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1. Bandita Couture

Bandita Couture

Direct/Shoot/Edit] Raymond J. Schlogel Model] Alexis Eden Feldman Swimsuit Design] Stacy Zeiler Kenyon Music] Honey by El Presidente Stylist] Rebecca Powe Hair & Makeup] Kat Johnson Production Assistance] Matthew Iha Production Assistance] Tony Hubbard Subtract my name from the list above and you have the people who really made this little whole project as bad ass as I personally think it is. This was kind of a unique project for me in that Stacy had contacted me to do a photo shoot for her Bandita Couture bikini line when I don't by any stretch consider myself a photographer, it was all about the pictures and the video was secondary. I don't want to repeat myself too much but you can read more about that and see more pics from the shoot here: http://tinyurl.com/4aod6or Bearing that in mind she did want a video but on the day of the shoot that totally took a back seat. At the end of the day I think I had shot maybe ten minutes if I was lucky of vid and was beyond convinced that we didn't have enough footage to make anything decent. It was pretty obvious that I was going to have to integrate the photography if I was going to make anything even close to substantial. From the start I knew that I wanted all the vid to be slow mo so the video snippets I did get were all shot on the same Canon 7D that I was using for the photography in 720/60p. First thing was to get the photo's in order, Stacy and I picked our fav's and I went about doing the little various Photoshop techniques it took to get the continuity in order and ready for print. That accomplished I started playing with the pics and footage in the edit. Even though I had some good moments it seemed to take forever to wrap my head around making it all come together and feel cohesive to me. I tried a good hundred various stock songs that I have on hand and just couldn't find my groove so to speak. For whatever reason this great song "Honey" by El Presidente came to mind. It was one that I had heard years ago and had kind of bookmarked in my head that I'd really like to use somewhere down the line. Popped it onto the timeline and literally like magic all the pieces fell in place. The look, feel, mood, texture, pacing just came came together so naturally and organic that I it felt more like I was just coaxing things into place instead of the usual feeling of the edit. As I used this without express permission it's my sincerest hope that anyone and everyone who watches this vid immediately falls in love with the tune and go buy it! Gotta support these incredible artists. El Presidente: http://www.myspace.com/elpresidenteband El Presidente if you ever by chance read this know that you provided the inspiration behind every choice of imagery, every nuance, and every single solitary decision that I made while putting this together. As I said I don't want to be too redundant from my other posts elsewhere but I simply have to give one more deep and never-ending thanks to Stacy for trusting me to do something I wasn't sure I was capable of. You perpetually impress me beyond words and I've sung so many songs of praise in your name that my throat is delightfully sore. Alexis, you are a golden drop of sunlight and having met you I can tell everyone that in real life you embody everything that I love and find so profoundly bold, elegant and beautiful about this video. Rebecca, you have effortless way of bringing harmony to the chaos and lighting up everyone around you with your presence. Kat your talent cannot be praised enough, you are the unsung hero and saving grace of every project you do. Matt and Tony, I never have to worry if you guys are on set. Your passion and dedication are everything I need and truly you guys deserve more credit than I because I would never be able to even hit record button or snap one frame without you. Everyone else I truly hope you'll forgive the brazen and shameless public display of affection, I can't help but but notice that it seems every project I do I'm surrounded and lifted up by some of the most amazing and talented people in the world. http://www.banditacouture.com/


2. SILIENT ZINE RELEASE PARTY & MULTIMEDIA SHOWCASE [recap]

  • Published: 2016-07-01T06:15:54+00:00
  • Duration: 290
  • By Anaka
SILIENT ZINE RELEASE PARTY & MULTIMEDIA SHOWCASE [recap]

I am so humbled by the support we received for the first issue of Silient Zine! Thank you to Danna Takako & Smiles Davis of Club 2723 for all your help. Thank you Chris @ Contact Lab for printing special photos & letting us use the space! Special thanks also to Rich Envisions for shooting most of the night. THANK U TO ALL THE PERFORMERS / DJs vertiqua, Eden Hagos (Soulection), Joy Postell, DJ Smiles Davis, lojii, Swarvy, Joyce Wrice & JBird, Leems, and mndsgn! See you at the next one! Songs used: bayyyyyy by Vertiqua E l s e w h e r e [Soulection & Chill Mix] by Eden Hagos Esta encendido by DJ Smiles Davis Panduh by mndsgn Silient Zine is the premiering zine curated by Anaka, designed by Grant Phillips & published by Dog Eared Records. Excerpt from the Curator's Note: "Conscious artists need an outlet to showcase their art created for the purpose of elevation. Natural, positive creation evokes effortless recognition, resources and respect...I curated this zine with specific artists who I believe have infinite ways to grow through their creation because they move with purposeful steeze...This community spreads love so infinitely the capitalist imprint of success cannot unhinge or waver us. Our love is what is creating a world where creativity is the source of happiness; and where our high consciousness on Mother Earth works to change the future forever." Featured artists: Tyler Hicks Bobo Matjila aura luna Pink Siifu Raina Morris Roseangelica Lopez Samantha Selin Alima Arin Hayes Chelsea Bravo Ivan Forde ash alexander Afrikan Sniper Rachel Smith JSNMSK Madenna Ibrahim With write ups about: Deep Underground PDX Live from Underground BX Including exclusive interviews with: Sofie Royer Ilani Fay Absent Avery Markus Prime Amandla Stenberg + more!


3. Tormentors Part 1: Pastor Jason Lozano

Tormentors Part 1: Pastor Jason Lozano

Tormentors – Exposing The Truth About Fear 1 Jn 4:18 there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear brings torment. 1. Cause and Effect - Nothing Just Happens Deut 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your children may live. Prov 26:2 Curses will not harm or land on someone without a cause Rom 8:2 for the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. • We must understand the laws that govern life and death • The law of life in Christ Jesus includes all God promised in His Word, the blessing, eternal life, faith, a born again spirit, peace, mercy, forgiveness, prosperity, the gifts of the Spirit, healing, deliverance, protection, the holy spirit, the fruits of the Spirit and so much more • The law of sin and death which governs satan’s Dark kingdom includes fear, the curse, sin, condemnation, shame, guilt, bondage, poverty, oppression and depression, addiction, sickness physical and mental, early death and ultimately separation from God in Hell Jn 10:10 the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 2. Faith Connects Us To Life and Fear Connects Us To Death Heb 11:1,6 now faith is the substance of things hoped for, it is the evidence of things not seen. 6 Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who truly want to find him. • For without faith it is impossible to please him or receive from Him Heb 11:1 now fear is the substance of things hoped for, it is the evidence of things not seen. • Faith and fear are very powerful spiritual forces that produce either abundant life or death • Both God and the devil need our agreement to move consistently and effectively in our lives • Every fear you face opposes the faith and promises of God • Everything Satan says should never be internalized, everything he says is the exact opposite of the truth • The truth always brings freedom, fear always brings bondage Job 3:25 everything I feared and dreaded has happened to me. 3. Fear Not, Only Believe Lk 8:50 But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Fear not; only believe, and she will be made well.” • God commands us over and over and over again to ‘fear not’ • When Jesus wanted to reverse the results of death he had to get fear out in order for his faith to work effectively • Jesus understood the power of words to transmit faith or fear Is 54:14,17 You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. 17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the inheritance of the servants of the Lord, Tithes and Offerings Malachi 3:10-11 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.” • His blessing on our lives is priceless, the blessing can turn any barren situation into a garden of Eden. • When we tithe we are advancing God’s Kingdom • His desire is for all his children to live in abundance in every area of their lives 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”


4. Jesus and the Test of the Golden Sash

  • Published: 2011-02-08T03:03:15+00:00
  • Duration: 2750
  • By Jim Tompkins
Jesus and the Test of the Golden Sash

This morning we want to focus on the golden sash across Jesus chest. It is the sash that covers His heart. It is a Kingly sash, wore by one in authority. It is a symbol of strength for action. The material is real gold and gold is only achieved when refined by fire, indicating that He was tested, yet came forth as gold. The purity of gold over His heart represents the purity of His love. His heart of love is the basis of His authority, His strength and His actions. His love is the foundation for everything He is and does. This is Divine Love, which we understand when we see the Real Jesus. It is a Love this world does not understand. We need an extreme makeover of our concept of love. We need to see the Real Jesus to understand the Love that He expects us to have in our Christian Life. Most of us really only know phileo, brotherly love. It is love (actually friendship) based on common interests and concerns. It is usually based on our interests and concerns. JESUS EXPECTS CHRISTIANS TO HAVE AGAPE LOVE. He expressed what it means in Matthew 5:44 when He told us to "love your enemies" To love (agapáō) others means to see what their need is and to meet that need, not according to that person's concept of need, but that of the one who loves. For a believer, we are to see the needs of even our enemies and we must do everything in our power to meet that need. Believers are never told to love their enemies with the word philéō because that would mean to have the same interests as they have . TO SEE THIS WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND GOD CALLING US 'FRIENDS' God calls us his friend (phílos), as He did Abraham (James 2:23), when we adopt His interests as our own, just as Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son even as God did His own. The Son of Man, the Real Jesus Christ has a message for each of seven churches in Revelation. Each message indicates a facet or characteristic of His Divine Love, and how the church is falling short of His love. The very first church, Ephesus, thinks they love Jesus, but Jesus wants them to understand what Divine Love is really all about. Let us examine carefully Christ letter and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us: Let's Pray REVELATION 2:1-3  Jesus knows (eido)  "emphasizes better the absolute clearness of mental vision which photographs all the facts of life as they pass" (Swete) . 1. Works (ergon) • erga; The whole life and conduct as in John 6:29 . "Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” John 6:29 • deed, act, action, something done 2. Toil (kopos) • kópos; gen. kópou, from kóptō , to strike. Beating, wailing, grief with beating the breast, equal to kopetós , lamentation, wailing (Sept.: Jer. 51:3). In the NT, toil, labor, i.e., wearisome effort, generally • Originally suffering, weariness; hence exhausting labor 3. patient endurance (hupomone) • Hupomoné is associated with hope (1 Thess. 1:3) and refers to that quality of character which does not allow one to surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. 4. Cannot tolerate evil men (Not able (ou dunēi).bear (bastasai) • No power to bear them. They are such a burden, you dismiss them as being a burden and drag to the congregation. 5. Test and deny false (pseudo) apostles 6. Patiently endured and born up for the sake of Jesus (bastazo) • bastázō; from básis, basis, foot. To bear, carry in the hands or on the shoulders (picturing the duty of a servant, to bear a pitcher of water). Also pictures carrying the cross. • Figuratively it means to bear, support, endure, i.e., labors, sufferings . 7. Not fainted or turned back. (kopiáō) • kopiáō; contracted kopió, from kópos, labor, fatigue. To be worn out, weary, faint Ephesus sounds like a great church. They are doing all the right things. They shoul dknow what love is: PAUL'S LETTER TO THE EPHESIANS Remember Paul's letter to the Ephesians: It was all about needing, knowing, living a life of Love, God's Divine Love.  1:5 - "In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ  2:4 - "For his great love wherewith he loved us"  3:17 - "that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  3:19 - " the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ"  4:2 - "bearing with one another in love"  4:15 - "speaking the truth in love"  4:16 - "the body...builds itself up in love"  5:2 - "Walk in love as Christ also loved us"  5:25 - "As Christ loved the church and gave himself for it"  5:25, 28, 33 "Husbands love your wives" - because you picture the love of Jesus Christ. How did the Church at Ephesus fail to wear the 'Golden Sash'? But I hold this against you, that you do not love as you did at first. Remember then how far you have fallen. Repent and live as you lived at first. Otherwise, if your heart remains unchanged, I shall come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. Revelation 2:4-5(Phillips) ~'But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. ~'Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. Revelation 2:4-5(NASB) But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love ⌊you had⌋ at first. Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. Revelation 2:4-5(HCSB) Jesus sees and knows intimately how hard they labor and toil and try to live a life pleasing to Him. They live good and moral lives for His name's sake. They endure persecution for His sake.  However, Jesus sees that something is missing in their hearts.  Something about their service bothers Him.  Outwardly, everything is great, but inwardly, something is not right. He sees that their duty is correct, but their devotion is missing love. They are laboring and enduring from obedience rather than love. They have moved away, they have forgotten what made them new creations. They have forgotten the love of Jesus Christ. Instead of it being about Him, and their love for Him, it has become about the service, the duty, and the religious observances. They are serving Him simply because they should. Jesus holds this against them.  Remember their deeds at the first? They sacrificed everything for the sake of following Jesus! And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily. Acts 19:19-20 THEY HAVE FALLEN They have (aphēkes), at a particular moment, made a sad but definite departure from your first love (tēn agapēn sou tēn prōtēn). The Love you had at the first! It pictures a definite moment in time when they left, deserted, or quit loving Jesus with all their heart mind, soul and strength. It is the same word used in Romans 1:27 that describes a man's decision to leave the natural love of a woman and start loving a man. O yes, homosexuality is a decision, just as leaving your first love is a decision. REMEMBER YOUR FIRST WORKS The first works define your life, define your heart. The first works move you to crazy love, where you risk everything for the one you love. • The work of God resulted in something utterly crazy, giving His only Son to take all the sins of the world. [“This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” John 6:29] • The work of Jesus led Him to become rejected by His Father, so that He might redeem you and me. Jesus saw their service but He also saw their hearts, and saw that they were falling into ritual service, ritual devotion, ritual duties. They were faithfully doing their duty. They were being good people doing what good people should. Jesus never meant His followers to religious or good. He meant them to love, the same way He loved. That love was not comfortable, not good, but it risked everything. THE EPHESIANS NEEDED TO REPENT. YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF, DO I NEED TO REPENT? 1. They had made a definite decision, which weakened their love. 2. Their decision resulted in a fall from Divine Love, the only Love, which pleases the Lord. 3. Their decision resulted in duty not devotion. 4. Their decision resulted in the Lord's demand for repentance and return.  Decision: to love something other than Jesus Christ, or to disobey his commands  Fall: Change of focus meant that the throne of God lost its power Leaving their first love meant that sacrifice and devotion gave way to duty and observances. The impact of this letter to the Ephesians is seen in answering the following questions from what Jesus said in the Gospels. 1. DIVINE LOVE IS DEFINED BY JESUS CRAZY: READ MATTHEW 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect (COMPLETE, FULL), as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48 LUKE 6:27-31 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. 2. SOURCE OF DIVINE LOVE As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. JOHN 15:9-11 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” JOHN 17:26 3. WHAT CAUSES US TO LOSE OUR LOVE A. NEGLECT OF THE WORD: Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. JOHN 14:23-24 B. OTHER INTERESTS: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. MATTHEW 6:24 C. FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD: You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. JAMES 4:4 D. COMFORT VS SACRIFICE: READ MATT 19:17-21 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect (complete, full), go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me". 4. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT THAT WE HAVE DIVINE LOVE? JOHN 5:40-44 "yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from people. But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? “If God were your Father, you would love me", John 8:42  Divine Love is Fullness of life! Be Full and Complete as the Father is Full! Only when you risk it all do you know true love and fullness! Which would you rather eat-the fruit of the forbidden tree or the fruit of the tree of life! Those that keep their first love will eat of the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life was in the Garden of Eden, where life was complete, full, until sin entered the world. The Tree of Life will be in the New Heavens, when God's plan is fulfilled, and life on earth is full! The world teaches that fullness of life is in possessions and money, a prestigious career, the number of friends you have, or even your family. But Jesus said "whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" Mark 8:35-36 Divine Love is Fullness of Life, Fullness of Life comes to those willing to risk it all for His sake! 5. WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF FALLEN LOVE? In His letter to the church, the danger was the removal of the candlestick, which signifies the removal of the fire of the Holy Spirit. Today Ephesus lies in ruins, and the church is long gone. Worship Devoid of the Spirit Across the world there are churches that look like churches, act like churches, but the Divine Love of God is not in them. The Holy Spirit is not there. They are functioning out of a mistaken sense of duty. There may be a supposed love for Jesus, but they have fallen from His standards. They are down, serving in their fleshly strength. They are not living in the fullness of Christ of His love, of His word. They are like the Pharisees, content in their religious observances, yet on their way to Hell. Children Abandon the Church The other consequence is that our children grow up with a concept of religion, but no concept of loving a real Jesus. Therefore, they rebel against religion for the sake of religion, and seek after something else that fills the void in their heart. A Nation that is Outwardly Moral but inwardly Corrupt 6. HOW DO WE RETURN TO OUR FIRST LOVE? Jesus said we are to do three things: A.Remember B.Remember what He has done for you C.Remember what you were willing to do at first. D.Repent E.Change your heart focus, F.Get rid of those things that have captured your affections, that have taken the place of Jesus Christ. G.Return H.Do what you did when you first came to Jesus I.Live for Him totally. J.Risk it all for Him The Lesson of David: READ PSALMS 51:7-15 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalms 51:7-15 Remember what Jesus asked Peter? READ JOHN 21:15-18 "WHEN they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep”. He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” Peter had left his first love, even denying Christ, and returning to the thing he loved most-fishing. Yet, when confronted by Jesus, he could only confess deep emotions for Jesus. He was not quite ready to confess agape love, that love that risks everything, sacrifices everything. Still, Jesus said, feed and care for my sheep. You will one day know that agape love. Return to the works you did at the first. Return to the time you depended upon me for everything. The agape will return. You will regain your first love. You will sacrifice, you will risk it all! Look at what Peter wrote later in life: PETER CAME TO AGAPE JESUS CHRIST READ 2 PETER 1:3-11 - His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:3-11  You will never fall as I did. You will keep your first love! Do You See the Real Jesus? Do you see His Golden Sash? Do You Pass the Gold Sash Test.? Do You Love Him with Divine Love? Have you fallen into comfort and complacency? Are you still doing the first works? Are you still risking everything for Jesus Christ? Perhaps you never did, perhaps you are not a genuine follower of Jesus Christ. Perhaps you never loved Him with agape love. You need to make sure you are a Christian. You need to repent and love Jesus with agape, sacrificing, risking it all kind of love! Do you really want to Know Divine Love? Do you want to see the Real Jesus? Turn with me to Hebrews 13:11 Jesus Christ died to set apart a people unto God. If we truly love Him, we must go to him outside the camp. ‘Outside the camp’ is where the lepers were kept. ‘Outside the camp’ is where murderers were sent. ‘Outside the camp’ is where the beggar begged as the apostles walked through the gate. ‘Outside the camp’ was where all who were to be separated from society at large were to be kept. ‘Outside the camp’ is where we were called to ‘go to him’ and ‘bear the reproach he endured’ – death. Going Outside the Camp is where we discover the Love of the Golden Sash. By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 1 John 3:16-19 • Divine Love risks it all for the city that is to come. • Whatever you lose in this life will be made up 1000 fold in the life to come. • We can either retreat and perish in the wilderness • We can risk it all for the love of Jesus Christ, who risked it all for us. the 1600's there was a man named Joseph Aline and he wrote a book entitled An Alarm to Unconverted Sinners.Let me close our time with what he said. "All of Christ is accented by the sincere convert. He loves not only the wages, but the work of Christ. Not only the benefits but the burden of Christ. He's willing not only to tread out the corn but to draw under the yoke. He takes up the command of Christ, yea, even the crossof Christ. The unsound man closes by halves with Christ. He's all for the salvation of Christ but he's not for sanctification. He is for the privileges but appropriates not the person of Christ. He divides the offices and benefits of Christ. This is an error in the foundation. Who so loveth life let him beware here. It is an undoing mistake of which you have beenoften warned and yet none is more common. Jesus is a sweet name but men love not the Lord Jesus in sincerity. They divide what God has joined, the King and the Priest, yea they will not accept the salvation of Christ as He intends it. They divide it, every man's vote is for salvation from suffering but they desire not to be saved from sinning. They would have their lives saved but with all would have their lusts. Yea, many divide here again, they would be content to have some of their sins destroyed but they cannot leave the lap of Delilah or divorce the beloved Herodias. They cannot be cruel to the right eye or right hand. The Lord must pardon then in this thing. 0 be careful here, your soul depends on it. The sound convert takes a whole Christ, takes Him for all intents and purposes, without exceptions, without limitations, without reserve. He's willing to have Christ upon any terms. He's willing to have the dominion of Christ as well as deliverance by Christ and he says with Paul, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" end quote. •


5. The Realm of Resonance Between Heaven and Earth and True Parents' Holy Wedding

The Realm of Resonance Between Heaven and Earth and True Parents' Holy Wedding

True Father's address. (With English subtitles.) unofficial transcript Today is a good day for you yet my words may not be welcome. Unbeknownst to you, God's providential will shall from now raise and expand its borders while the borders of the satanic world will retreat. You should be aware that we have crossed over the halfway point in this world. There may be people in Korea who will not know about the Unification Church. However, outside of Korea, there isn't a single person who does not know about the Unification Church. Here, there are homely looking people people advanced in age, people who look humble and alone, however, when you go out to the other countries I am known by everybody, whether they have heard good or evil about me they may perceive Rev. Moon as a strange person, as an eccentric. or one who is unable to think. As time passes they will come to see that there will be a way to respect what Rev. Moon has done even if it means they should amend the laws in their country to do so. When I first began to walk the path that has brought me to this day, I may have thought about how difficult it was but now I have overcome that. Mother, please your hand. Here is a woman who has suffered a lot. She relates with me as her husband; yet, the demands she could make of her husband do not immediately have any effect. Even thought she is in the same position as me, we are in different dimensions. Whenever you hear the things I say, you may ask a few questions such as "How will you do those things?" or you may not understand. If you do not understand, you cannot relate with that issue. I did not stay in Korea but went out to the world because it was not possible to do things here. That is how I have lived. How many years has it been since I left my hometown? Standing in front of the gate that leads to my hometown, I go out again and seek out my home. It is the same here. At this summit, I have set up a ladder in a certain direction. I know the direction that leads , which you do not. Everything is fulfilled in that place. All of this is bathed in sunlight; and, as the sun gives its light, people follow it. That is why the Unification Church is an enigma. My destination is a mystery. If this old man who seems to amount to nothing is gone, Cheon Jeong Peace Palace becomes completely empty. Everyone who comes here for the first time says that they wonder what kind of responsibility I have that this place would become completely empty once I am gone. When I am absent from Korea, this nation becomes completely empty. It is the same with the members in the United Sates. When I go to the United States, I become the center of what they are doing in the United States. All our leaders in the 50 states and member from all 50 states strive to come and meet me. Wherever I go it is a difficult battleground for people who die in their work as special envoys. It's a battlefield. You all may just be observing from the back. I am more than 90 years old. I go about as I please. There are many people who perceive themselves as successful who want to meet me in Korea. I do not meet them. I may go and live in the United States. Now the time has come to candidly ask all people to live together (in harmony). What use is it to do politics? We are not people who need to do politics to survive. People come to know our strength because we skillfully push that aside. All that is left in the politic world is an empty tin can. What do you have in your hearts? You don't feel that? You have the mission of a special envoy. I have to teach you the things that you will come to know. This involves tens of thousands of questions. Yet, nobody has been able to answer a single one. There are now more than 2,700 volumes of my sermons. You and your descendants of the 3rd, 4th, and 7th generations will not be able to study them. This is not a laughing matter. How many years has it been since I gave that speech (which we read today)? It's been 50 years. The things I talk about dating back 70 years, are the content you need to know. There is no need to talk about its merits or demerits. What are you going to do after calling for numerous people to gather from around the nation? I have made the teaching material for you. Did you come to hear me speak? This is a compilation of my speeches Do you have this in your home? Well? How many volumes do you have? Eh? I don't think you have the speech given at the Cosmic Assembly for the Settlement of the True Parents of Heaven and earth and humankind and for the Proclamation of the Word of God's Substantial Self. I had intended to give this on the occasion. We have tens of thousands of copies stacked in a large storage house. . I hand these out when I go Do not give it to those who are not here. I have made all of these already. They are all here. Are those who buy all the volumes of my sermons loyal servants of Rev. Moon? Can they become my children? There is no longer a book that can help let you know about me or a book that can bring the world together and transform it. Even if the entire world clamors to buy all volumes of my sermons. they will not be able to buy them even after 10 years. They will not be able to buy them. I will not allow them to be published. The teaching materials and textbooks of the Unification Church are not something that you can freely use. You don't know what it took to make them. You would spit at the raw material? Don't you think I would know when I open and read these books? You may shed tears as you read this book, but the book will reject you. It will tell you not to touch it. I live in attendance to this book. Look at it. I have entrusted all of this to Mother. Before, I had checked to see whether it was prepared. How many times have you read this book? The content of today's instructions are in this book. This book is my "second self." This time I have revised the introduction. The era before the coming of heaven have both passed in Europe. What is the difference between these two eras? Isn't it in the title? What does it say? What is the title? If you look at this, the title, what does it say? What is the title? All of Rev. Moon's secrets are in this. Everything can be explained with this title. I have proclaimed the word the Word by God's Substantial Self. Did you know that the spirit world has been united? When I say something I live as if it had happened. I Live together with the ancestors and religious leaders. When I ask why you haven't come, they don't know. If you exclude the word 'humankind' from True Parents of Heaven, earth and humankind, the True Parents of Heaven and earth will not be able to settle down. If the character man/humankind is included, it refers to two people. Mind and body must become one; the father and mother must become one, siblings must become one and top/bottom, front, back; left, right, must become one. The same can be said of the top/bottom relationship, parent/child relationship, left/right relationship and husband/wife relationship. . Why do we say left and right instead of right and left? Did you know that is correct? Parent and child relationship is correct. "Top and bottom" is correct. Before the fall nobody used the term "left and right." It came about after the fall. Before the fall you said it in the order of "top, bottom, right and left." It was "top, bottom, right, left, front and back." I am saying that you should not like me. I am a person with a lot of bitter sorrow. There was a place that I loved in my hometown. Alone I shed tears. Alone I held onto the rocks on the hill. and prayed to become a friend to that friendless hill. I had no friends. If I talk about this it would seem that I was miserable. Even though I had a house, even though I saw my mother and father calling my name in search of me, I was unable to call out and go to them. I hid. It was exactly like the time when God was calling for Adam who felt they had to hide from God. When I passed the eighth stage of such a lifestyle, I had to cross a critical point that was heavy with many such circumstance. You have to read this history. Otherwise, you will not understand me. When many of you grow old and reach this position you will often come to weep loudly. I have spoken about this with that kind of heart. Thus, if you do not have material things, a person should appear. These stories are all recorded here. It is a record of what I accomplished, the path that I have trodden through my life. Even if you live with this record in your grasp and tears in your eyes, your path of life would not reach this book. Without meeting me you cannot succeed just with this book. What use is it if you just have the book but do not know how to love me or this book? In tht case, your mother, older sister, wife, sons and daughters will all disappear. Soon I will celebrate my 93rd birthday and Mother her 70th birthday. That is a difference of 23 years. You don't know how difficult it was to adjust one birthday. You may wonder how it was possible but it has been accomplished nonetheless. There are a few more things left. Those are the easy ones. Everything else is complete. Didn't I say that I will hold True Parents' Wedding Ceremony? I am not making this up. You have to make preparations to invest devotion that is ten, a hundred, ten thousand or even a hundred million times more than that of those people in the world who preach that we should become the bride. Otherwise, you will not be able to receive the new blessing and be introduced to your bride in the presence of the Parents. Anybody who is a son or daughter should live together in that house. She has worked through hardships in raising her children. You should not listen carefully to what I have to say. The Principle has been disseminated to 197 countries. You are all like cousins now You are not like second cousins. You are like uncles and aunts. You will be connected to the lineage making you siblings.and close relatives. I have never thought of you separately as Japanese people. I think about you first. There are more of you than the Koreans. When I think about you, all Japanese people have the Mongolian birthmark. Eighty-four percent of the human race, including those already in the spirit world, have this birthmark and are siblings. The father of our fathers, another words, God, is the one who seeks to see these relationships God does not have a place in this world. Who is the cause of this? He was separated from this world because of the false parent. because of the false parent. This is my responsibility (to deal with), Is this a fact or not? There is no greater blessing than if I bless you on the same day at the same hour of True Parents' Wedding Ceremony. There is one lineage not two. People should live together in joy. There is neither up nor down, neither large or small. Things are as they are. When you think about True Parents' Wedding Ceremony. There is one lineage not two. People should live together in joy. There is neither up nor down, neither large nor small. Things are as they are. When you think about True Parents' Wedding Ceremony, do you think they can marry while neglecting you who have been blessed? Who was it who married the True Parents? Where would you find such a principle or rule? If you have things in your possession, you should be ashamed. That is why I do not even have a wristwatch or ring. I have nothing. How can I as a founder of a religion, sit here with Mother and have a watch? The clothes I wear are the cheapest kind bought in a department store. These are all made of nylon. They are nylon, not wool. I wear suits that cost under a hundred dollars. I should buy you all a thousand dollar suit when you receive the blessing. I have given out many of my things. I have distributed much of what I had. I have nothing, not even clothes. I have given even more to my children and relatives. A lot of the assets have been used. It is all the debt of the Unification Church which must be paid off. Yet tens of times more assets will now come. Will they or will they not? Will you become rich or not once D day has passed. Others will lose their rights of possession. Is that correct? It is the Principle. I am saying that I will allow you to take part in that day of blessing, to take part in that public foundation that True Parents built up over thousands of years. There is no more mystical day than that. There never will be. There cannot be two sets of True Parents. This is absolute. Do you understand? There cannot be two types of true love or a love that teaches about two different sets of parents. This is absolute. Do you understand? (Yes) On the day that the Able UN is proclaimed, we will not have to wait three years. Everything will come to an end after six months. In order to create a resting place for you all, in order to search for the bride and groom for Adam's family and a world that manifests the will of the original Adam that was lost in the Garden of Eden. a commemorative day of blessing for brave soldiers will take place. On that day of True Parents' Wedding Ceremony, you will receive the blessing and clans will be registered, allowing the them to enter the palace in heaven. You will be able to see that day of liberation. I'm talking about registration. Do you know what registration means? The nation will become different. The world will become different. By taking part in True Parents' Holy Wedding Ceremony, you will be able to live under that flag of glory. This is a dream within a dream. It is a time more precious than sitting on the throne amidst the music of blessing to commemorate that day. Do you understand? (Yes) For the sake of that day, I shall give away my life, assets even hundreds of dollars to become a wanderer in this land. Finally I have see the liberation of the hometown and homeland and have discovered that the Korea is God's hometown. The land in (my hometown), Jeongju, is God's homeland and hometown. I know that that land was the training ground in which I was to fulfill the way of filial piety and loyalty to heaven during my youthful years in my twenties and thirties to show how one can live in that place that is the model of the heavenly nation, which I shall never forget. If you ever go to that training ground you must receive training. Do you understand. (Yes) It is my hometown. It is the hometown of the Father and Mother. You should go and live there. If you can live in that way and give the blessing to your descendants and not depart from there, then I have done my responsibility. What more can I teach you? What? Tell me. There is nothing. I have given everything. Kook Jin is going through a difficult time. What sin has he committed. I feel sorry for Hyung Jin who had a bad father. They have many siblings who are already in the spirit world. My sons and daughters have gone. I should go there now and gather them. I have sent more than a third of my children to the spirit world. I know that you are not qualified to be a candidate to replace them. Yet, for the sake of humankind, for the people who remain, I have left the bloodstains and have tied you together through the bloodties of the blessing. This bound lineage cannot be severed. That is why you should know that you cannot avoid going on this path. If it is a sin to be the child of a person, you should gratefully accept that sin. Where can you go when that inevitable path of destiny still remains? You should follow me on this path. Do you understand? (Yes) Will you follow me or not? We shall follow you. Close your eyes. Raise your hands to the heavens, and clap your hands loudly. Put your hands down. Why do I accept? It's promise? Put them down. I must crawl and be dragged. I cannot stand up. I am beyond 90 and beyond 60. I lost the means to accomplish more than half of what I determined to accomplish before I became 47 years old. Do you know how many of those descendants are crying in that nation? I do not have the condition to go and release them. You should uphold tis day and expedite the coming of that day while thinking of your brothers who are waiting. Who will save them? There is nobody who can. There is no way to save them. You must save them. Pray about it. Think about it. I do not lie. Do you understand? (Yes) You must remember that not many days are left in these pressing times where only one thread of that poignant memory remains, where I would have to end my words and breathe just as your children breathe the air. You do not understand the circumstances of Heaven. I know to a certain extent. That is why I am sitting here. For what purpose? What would I at 93 years of age desire to happen? I have to give out everything I have. When I talk my throat becomes parched sometimes, so I might stand up and turn around. If I only had eyes on the back of my head I would be able to hide my face and run away. My children must go with me, protect that path and pioneer it. They have a calling and responsibility. The Republic of Korea will disappear. You just wait and see what happens after you die. I do not make things up. Do you understand? (Yes) Clap your hands. This time if you close your eyes and clap, I have promised to accept that. The place that I want to go now is the place where I discovered God's Will and cried bitterly as a young boy. I miss that place. When that person who held onto a tree and wept bitterly because there was noone who understood his circumstances. went back to that place again, the tree and everything else was gone. I should go and rebuild it in its original form. I should rebuild it. You who are capable of rebuilding should follow me, follow the footsteps of an old man who is over a hundred years old. The young people should shed tears of gratitude and move on. Only then can the homeland that can liberate Rev. Moon revive again. It has not revived yet. It can begin to revive. I go with that hope in mind; yet, you cannot actually live in that world. Do you understand? I am slow and do not know how many more months I shall last. I shall pass and be gone. but I shall entrust that world which I have lived in and turn those years during which I spent my youthful years in suffering into blessings. My only wish is that your future descendants become such ancestors who can bequeath the things that I was unable to completely pass on to my children and descendants. I have no other wish. That is my only wish. I do not need money. I don't need any blessing. What can I do now with money? What can I do with blessings? What is left are the teaching materials and textbooks of my words which I have left for your descendants. You should seek these words and live according to them. You should be able to say that you are indeed the fruits of those words and live according to them. If you can do that, I shall live in your background and with your descendents. I shall be able to live with you forever. I will not go to the spirit world. instead I shall live with you. In that world we will be able to see and greet each other. Let's go to tht world together. How do you like that? (Yes) Will you go with me or not? (We will go with You) Place your hand on the ground. Throw yourself on the ground nd pledge that you will go. I hope that you will. I hope that you will do that. What do you think your ancestors will do? You should protect them on my behalf. They are your blood relatives. Thank you. If you adapt yourself, this meeting today will not disappear but will become seed in your heart that will bloom. The fields of its fruits will be revived from your bosom in your descendants. tens of millions of years from now. Do not throw this away. Do you understand? I pray that you will not forget these words which I beseech to you in True Parents' Name. With this I conclude today's meeting. I should be going now. Let's all rise and return to our places. We shall rise now to cheer Oak monsei ...


6. How to be transformed by God

  • Published: 2010-11-21T19:31:51+00:00
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  • By SCC Video Team
How to be transformed by God

Looking to see change in your life? God can transform it! Visit http://Godlife.com New messages every week - please feel free to subscribe at the "Sequim Community Church" Vimeo channel. Go to http://sccSundayMessagecc.blogspot.com for more like this (with captions/subtitles too!) Sequim Community Church, WA 98382 Dr. Scott E. Koenigsaecker I. WHAT SHOULD WE DO? A. We need to break from the past. "Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world..." Romans 12:2a B. We need to set a new course for our life. "....be transformed by the renewing of your minds." Romans 12:2b · We need to put off the old and put on the new "...throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life...Instead let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God---truly holy and righteous." Ephesians 4:22-24 C. What is included? "Let them (your bodies) be a living and holy sacrifice---the kind He will find acceptable." Romans 12:1 D. Why should we do this? · Because of what God has planned for our future. "...test and approve what God's will is--His good, pleasing, and perfect will." Romans 12:2c · Because of what God has done for us. "And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus...He endured the cross, disregarding its shame." Hebrews 12:1-2 II. DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHAT WE BELIEVE? A. God's plan for your life reaches to eternity. "For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 "...but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23 B. Who wouldn't want to spend eternity with God? · In heaven we will be completely in the presence of God. "And now all glory to God who is able to...bring you into His glorious presence, innocent of sin and with great joy." Jude 1:24 · We will have a glorified body. "For our earthly bodies, the ones we have now that can die, must be transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot perish but will live forever." I Corinthians 15:53 · All of our needs will be satisfied. "Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat." Revelation 7:16 C. How do I know I'm going to spend eternity with God? · We need to realize that because of our sin we are separated from God. "But your iniquities (sin) have made a separation between you and your God..." Isaiah 59:2 · We need to acknowledge that Jesus' death on the cross for our sins bridges our separation from God. "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God." I John 4:10 · We have to personally accept God's gift of eternal life. "Jesus says, 'Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.'" Revelation 3:20 This is the English transcript: Be transformed by the renewing of your mind let me read for you a very pertinent observation by Timothy Johnson you probably know that Name he's the medical advisor for ABC news whenever anybody has to talk about something medical he's the guy that does it and what most people don't know is he not only graduated from med school be graduated from seminary here's his observation he says the typical practices and morays of our social secular world have not resulted in a planet full of happy fulfilled and content human beings I wouldn't waste your time by listing all the evidence the barrage of Movies music tv reports Tabloids internet sources spew out more stories about tragically lives ruined by drugs promiscuity violence than we could possibly absorb clearly the enormous freedom and wealth that permeates much of our advanced and enlightening society has not produced for most of us what presumably we longed for ascent of fulfillment and contentment About who we are and what we do my calendar is full on a weekly basis of people who are unhappy with what's going on in their life with who they are as you rubbed shoulders this Christmas season with people at parties you're going to be rubbing shoulders predominately with people that are unhappy with their life unhappy with who they are and yes for the holiday season they're going to put on a smile and a red sweater you see I see you I see them without the smile and without the red sweater and I can tell you that Timothy Johnson's observation is all To accurate in a world of abundance and choices we are people who are unfulfilled and we are people who are unhappy with who we are and I can tell you that a Band-Aid spiritually or emotionally or even practically is not what we need what we need is we need a spiritual transfusion we need a whole new course in life and I'm like you are I'm up for a little mid-course correction I'm up for a little alteration but the idea that I have to leave it all Oh I'm willing to leave some of it but all of it? I want you to listen to the language that the Paul uses about how that transformation takes place in our life And simply you've heard me talk about this before we have to put off our old nature and on our new nature but listen to what he says this is the new living translation of Ephesians four he says throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life now the idea of throwing is a very good understanding of what the original language word And verb are here but think about throwing you come in the house and what do you do you throw your keys on the table is that the kind of throw that Paul is talking about just take your old Self and just throw it on the table I can tell you that's not to force of the verb what Paul is saying is you have to take your old way of living That is conformed to this world and you have to wind up and you have to throw it so far away that you can't find it any longer and if you're honest you don't really want to do that I'm willing to put off some of my old behaviors some of my old thinking some of my old attitudes but I want to throw them on the desk where I can find them because you know when things aren't good when I'm depressed and stressed and uptight when I feel as though nobody loves me and everybody's distant from me have you ever noticed that's the time you look around for that old conformity Because there is some comfort in old things isn't there? old ways of thinking old attitudes old behaviors Paul says we need a transformation a transfusion we need to put that off we need to throw it away somewhere we can't find it anymore instead let the Spirit renew your thoughts and your attitudes put on your new nature created to be like God truly holy and righteous here Paul is very insightful our new behavior often comes through changing of our thinking If you change the way you think you'll change the way that you live in fact the other is true too you change the way the you live and you change the Way you live what does this change this putting off putting on process this transformation that needs to happen in our life what does it include this is the hard part it could includes everything it includes all of who you are let them your whole bodies via living in the holy sacrifice the kind he will find acceptable our new self is acceptable to God it's our old self that's not acceptable to God it's not righteous And it includes all of who we and if we're honest again this morning There is stuff we don't want to give over to God I mean we've done pretty good right We're willing to give God the spiritual side of life We're willing to put God first on Sunday morning at ten o'clock Wednesday afternoon at four we meet with our small group wait pastor said we're supposed to read the Bible and pray a little bit every morning so we're doing that for A good five or ten minutes while we have our coffee and wake up all the way and ok you know if you really forced me to ok you know I'll look at the first ten percent of my money and will give that to God okay I know I'm going to spend the holidays with crazy Harold or crazy Harriett I'll try to be really kind to them but have you noticed in the list of things that you're willing to do you have a pretty good list of things you don't want God to touch you put up a force field around those things those thoughts those attitudes those Behaviors those relationships that undertaking of your life and we've got ourselves and we got it all figured out God doesn't care about that God doesn't want to influence that because it's this there isn't anything that you do there isn't anything that makes up who you are that God doesn't want to impact he wants to impact all of whom you are and he wants to impact every circumstance and setting and relationships of your life all of it he cares about your spirituality he cares about your sex life he cares about how you get a long with your children and he cares about how you get along with your co-workers he cares about how you feel and what you think on a good day And he any cares about how you feel and think on a bad day he wants all of it and that makes sense doesn't it? can you get a transfusion and only say no only go to my left arm that's where it hurts can you can you do that you put a band aid on one part of your body but if you had a transfusion it affects all of who you are and when Paul talks about putting off the old nature he's talking about all of who you are it involves all of who you are Time talent treasure and touch ambitions and passions what you do on Sunday and what you do on Friday nights the whole kit and caboodle whatever that is I know what the whole nine yards is that's a bolt of fabric and if you buy the whole bolt that has about nine yards of fabric but I don't know what someone email me what a kit and caboodle is this week how should we respond we should be transformed and that transformation includes all of who we are why should we do it? that's a great question two reasons one God has a a great planned for your life Paul goes on to say in Romans twelve He says test to prove what God's will is his good pleasing and perfect will what is it that God offers you that is not good Pleasing and perfect everything he offers us is good pleasing and perfect It makes sense if we do what God wants us to do his a good pleasing and perfect will what's going to happen to our life it's going to be more good to be more pleasing it is going to be more perfect God sets us up it's not for failure but for success he has a great plan for your life the other reason is because he was willing to pay the costs for our new life this is Hebrews twelve and let us run with endurance the race God has set before us we do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus he endured the cross And disregarded its shame you see God died for us he doesn't ask us to die It's one of the unique things about Christianity it does it require from the worshiper the requirement is all on God's side we can only love him because he loved us first he was willing to die for us That's what Christmas is all about he came down to earth Easter is all about his death and resurrection for us God didn't need to do that but he needed to do it for us so He did All so that we can have a transformed life now I often hear people say well it really doesn't matter what you believe what you believe matters because God's plan for you reaches all the way to eternity it is John three sixteen God so God love this world so much that he gave his one and only son that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life And the Romans six twenty three but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord you'll hear me say that I believe eternity is in the balance and I do believe that anybody who tells you that what you believe doesn't matter wow I don't think that's very wise or insightful person see that's like saying well it doesn't matter because God doesn't exist But He does if God exists that God loves us and has a plan for a life that matters what we believe and eternity is in the balance God's desire is that we would all go to heaven but he did not yell out from the cross Olly olly oxen free free free Did He? anybody that tries to pawn off universalism to you I think you're smart enough to realize that's really no consistent nor prudent decision to make for eternity because that conflicts with what the Bible says and the way that we really know who God is and How to live our life according to what the Bible says today I would offer this who wouldn't want to go to heaven who wouldn't want to spend eternity with God I want to meet them who doesn't want that three great things you get when you go to eternity number one is you get to be in the presence of God completely we all get little pieces of that along the way we love it It's why we come to church on Sunday morning that's why we gather together in small groups that's why we have fellowship together because when we sing when we laugh when we encourage one another we feel the presence of God who doesn't want that all the time and we get it all the time Jude one twenty four and now all glory to God was able to bring you into his glorious presence Innocent of your sin and with great joy complete presence of God only good no bad number two is that you get this new body you don't get liposuction from here to there that's not what I'm talking Right? we realize that Jesus appearing before he ascended after his resurrection gives us a little idea what her body to be like people recognized who he was he ate remember he had a little barbecue with the disciples on the beach a little fish fry but his body was a little more transcendent than a human body because he went through the door to the prayer meeting and he gives us some idea The older I get the more I want to change out this body it aches it doesn't work right It's awful For our earthly bodies of the ones we have now that can die must be transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot parish but will live forever who wouldn't want that In fact we try to make our youth last as long as we can and why do we do that because we really wanted it to last forever well guess what it will better than we ever imagine the third thing is that all of our needs will be met and we all know we have needs we get there we will be satisfied never again will they hunger never again will they thirstnever again will the sun beat upon them nor any scorching heat you go to Revelation chapter twenty one talks about the fact that there's no more crying there's no more death there's no more morning who wouldn't want that in fact we wanted so much we just want to go from here to there like that who wouldn't want to spend eternity in heaven with God what bad thing is they're waiting for us no bad thing at all in fact one of the things I didn't mention about our bodies reason why you need a new body is heaven is not up there heaven is down here that make sense God created the planet for human beings are we still human after we die yea we are we won't be on a cloud just strumming a lire with nothing to do will be like back to the garden of Eden stuff to do things to enjoy people to be with It will be awesome we all have a choice to make in terms of our response to God's existence and God's love and plan for us how do we know that we're going to spend eternity with God in heaven well it's about the choices that we make there is a choice to make you don't get to not make a choice not making the choices is a no choice why well the Bible's pretty clear that you are separated from God because of your sin but your inequities your sin have made a separation between you and God now we all know that in fact that's really interesting and I really haven't met the person that doesn't feel separated from God even the atheists that I know feel separated from God they don't feel connected to God that's why they don't believe that there is a God because they don't feel A connection and we all realize that there is a connection that we yearn to have with God that we don't have and the Bible says you don't have it because your impacted by sin your imperfect people we're all imperfect we've all sinned and we all fall short of God's glorious ideal and that sin has separated us from God the bridge between awesome God what bridges that separation between awesome God is Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone because he's the one that paid the price for our sins on the cross for Christ died for your sins once and for all the righteous that's Jesus for the unrighteous that is us to do what? to bring you to God now we've wrongly thought that we can get in relationship to God on our side all we have to do is be really good trust me your not that good we think all we have to do is Earn it I know I'll serve and Serve and serve and don't get me wrong service is good but it won't get you into heaven because the distances to great we tried being very moral get rid of our bad habits we think that'll get us to God but that won't do it we try salvation by setting We'll go to church oh that's also salvation by sitting and it's good that you're here but I can tell you what just because you come to church that doesn't mean that you knowledge the reality that Jesus has paid the price for your sins because I know every Sunday there were people here that think the transformation that Jesus Christ wants to do in their life is a Band-Aid and Paul wants to make it clear you could put Band-Aids all over your body and that's not going to bring you in a relationship with God you need a transfusion today you need to put off the old nature and you need to put on the new nature and you've got to be willing to throw that old nature away who would ever do that you would only do it because somebody deserves your commitment and your dedication and that's Jesus because he paid for your eternity personally the third thing is it's a very personal thing you have to decide yourself your spouse can do it for you parents can't do it for children you have to do it yourself John says you know Jesus stands at the door of your life and he knocks And He calls to you and when he calls he's calling out your name and he says what I need you to do now that I'm here is I need you to open the door and if you open the door that I promise you I will come in and I will be in relationship with you not only now but for all eternity what difference does it make that differences not only practical but it's eternal who wants to gamble their eternity on their own idea I know people do it all the time I'm smart I'm capable I'll make up my own rules well I'll tell you one day you'll realize that you really didn't get to make the rules and shhh don't tell anybody but God really doesn't care what you think he's the one that makes the rules he's the one that's been very clear he's the one that stands at the door in knocks and he called out to us Isn't Christmas about calling out to us what more do you want Him to do Die he does that at Easter you see it makes a difference that God exists it makes a difference that God loves us and has a plan for our lives what should our response be we should ask Jesus Christ to be the leader of our life I don't know a simpler way to put that to you and yes that means you're willing to have a spiritual transfusion and it may mean you have to be willing to take the band aid off in admit that really didn't work that didn't really do it it was comfortable it was easy God wants more than anything else that you would believe in him because he does not want you to perish and hell is heavens awful alternative he wants you to believe in him so that you won't perish but you will spend eternity with him Let us pray Lord some of us would like to wait about deciding you know when I'm on my deathbed that I'll get serious with you and if we're conscious enough to be able to do that then we know you'll even accept this then but then there's the whole issue of why wait what do we have to lose some old habits bad attitude Mess up thinking Lord we are thankful that you you call to us you bang on our heart and soul you invite us to be in relationship with you for those that have never ask you to be the leader of their life today I'd ask that they would open that door that they would be willing to simply acknowledge that they need you that you've paid the price for their sins and that they truly want you to be the leader of their life Lord that's what it means to believe in you and as we do we're now in relationship with you Lord help us that learn more about that helpless Lord to live to the best of our ability through the power and the presence of you Holy Spirit thank you for this day And we pray in your name Amen


7. THE LION & THE LAMB #1

THE LION & THE LAMB #1

Pastor Lissette Martinez July 7, 2013 Revelation 5:5-6 “The Lion & the Lamb” 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” 6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirit of God sent out into all the earth – Rev. 5:5-6 (NKJV) Forgiveness is the key to a successful relationship If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained. - John 20:23 (NKJV) The Lord God planted a Garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. - Gen. 2:8 (NKJV) GARDEN – Means to GUARD; EDEN – Means PLEASURE; GARDEN OF EDEN MEANS: A Guarded Pleasure OUR ENVIRONMENTS 1. Living Room – Where we discuss our family issues and our future 2. Dining Room – Where we discuss our day and talk with our kids 3. Bed Room – Where we’re intimate and meet each other’s needs physically, mentally, socially, & spiritually What is the Nature of the Man (Lion) and the Woman (Lamb)? THE LION: A. Protective B. Brave C. Willing to Fight D. Loves to Stand Out Amongst the Crowd E. Pride (Group Members) with Females F. Loners on the Big Scheme of things G. Communicative to their own (His Roar wins Her but also can control Her) 1. THE LION IS THE STEWARD OF THE JUNGLE BUT NOT THE SHEPHERD (OWNER) OF THE JUNGLE Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.– Gen. 2:15 (NKJV) But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.– 1 Cor. 11:3 (NKJV) **** ORDER OF HUMANITY: JESUS – Man - Women 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. – Eph. 5:22-24 (NKJV) 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church – Eph. 5:28-29 (NLT) 2. THE LION WANTS COMPLIMENTS, ENCOURAGEMENT, BEAUTY & RESPECT Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. - Ephesians 5:33 (NKJV) He who finds a good wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. - Prov 18:22 (NKJV) THE LAMB: 1. Vulnerable 2. Easily Influenced 3. Competitive 4. Constantly Needs New Pastures 5. Stubborn 6. Need the MOST care of all Animals 7. Needs the ROD & STAFF for Guidance 3. THE LAMB ULTIMATELY WANTS PROTECTION, DIRECTION, AFFIRMATION, & ADORATION 1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. Ps. 23: 1-6 (NKJV) 4. THE LAMB WANTS TO BE HELD 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. – Ephesians 5:25-33 (NKJV) A. A SACRIFICING LOVE – (V25) B. A SANCTIFYING LOVE – (V26) C. A SUSTAINING LOVE – (V29) D. A SECURING LOVE – (V29) E. A SOLID LOVE - (V31)


8. THE KING'S SON & THE EMPEROR'S DAUGHTER complete (90 minutes)

THE KING'S SON & THE EMPEROR'S DAUGHTER complete (90 minutes)

a 90 minute collage of text, music and images, based on the lives of rabbi nachman of breslav and salon hostess rahel varnhagen. the lives of these two historical persons overlapped during the first decade of the 19th century. rabbi nachman of breslav founded the breslav hassidic sect in the ukraine, and rahel varnhagen was a salon hostess of the jewish enlightenment movement, known as the "haskalah", in berlin. i combined their biographies and imagined what might have happened in reality and in fantasy if nachman showed up at rahel's salon and attempted to bring the assimilating jews there back to the fold of orthodox judaism. the 90 minute show begins in the style of naturalism and evolves into an expressionistic fantasy being woven by the two main characters, in which nachman projects onto rahel the role of "the shekhinah" ( female aspect of god and also the jewish people in relation to god), while rahel projects onto nachman the role of messiah. so we end up at the end of the show with a fantasy marriage of the jewish people and the jewish messiah at the end of days, without forgetting for a moment that in real life these two never met and as a matter of fact rahel converted to christianity and married the german protestant nobleman august varnhagen. IN THE ESSAYS THAT FOLLOW THE SHOW HAS ITS ORIGINAL NAME, "RAHEL! RAHEL!". I CHANGED THE NAME AFTER I DISCOVERED ON THE NET THAT PAUL NEWMAN MADE A MOVIE WITH THAT NAME BACK IN THE 1960'S. TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD ALL OF MY VIDEOS, PLUS 1500 PAGES OF MY EXPLANATORY ESSAYS (ALL AT NO CHARGE) PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE: franklynwepner.com. ALSO PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH ME ANY COMMENTS ABOUT MY WORK: [email protected] IN THE LISTING OF VIDEOS THE LETTERS (HQ) REFER TO A HIGHER QUALITY VERSION OF THE VIDEO, WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO YOU IF YOUR COMPUTER CAN HANDLE IT. APPRECIATING MY MUSICAL SHOW "RAHEL! RAHEL!" 1. GENERAL THEORY Of course, the best way to begin to appreciate most works of art is just to experience them a few times and form your own conclusions. The opinions of the creator of an artwork are merely incidental at that stage of the process. And certainly once an artwork is created it takes on a life of its own, just like a child more and more slips out of the control of its parents. Nevertheless, I think we will agree that this particular artwork is unique in its form, what it seeks to accomplish, and the demands it makes on its audience. "Rahel! Rahel!" is an ambitious project which reaches out beyond the realm of art and grapples with major issues of religion and philosophy. Whether I as the author have succeeded in my project is for you the audience to decide, but since my artwork is intended to operate on several different levels I feel it appropriate for me to lay out for you the plan of what might be there for you if I have succeeded in carrying out my original goals. Just as I did not compromise in creating the piece, I will not compromise here in discussing the piece. If you don't "get it", maybe I failed and there ain't nothing there to "get" in the first place. Or if you don't "get it", maybe you need to do some homework on your own, or just give up on it and go do something else more appropriate for your talents. Nachman of Breslav wrote "my Torah is entirely 'b'hinot' ". "B'hinot", in Hebrew, means "aspects of", "associations", "points of view". For example, if I think of vanilla ice cream then I can associate to that idea chocolate ice cream, or cows, or a forest of vanilla beans somewhere in Madagascar. In other words, there is no limit to the range of possible associations I might get. Nachman might have said instead, "my Torah is entirely induction", and then we would contrast inductive logic to deductive logic. Deductive logic begins with a single idea and like an upside down tree follows the ramifications of that idea out into the myriad subdivisions and corollaries of that idea. Scientific textbooks usually are written deductively. Inductive logic begins with the vast realm of concrete living awareness experiences and step by step moves up the upside down tree back to a single encompassing idea that strives to somehow include all of the original experiences in its breadth. Francis Bacon in the 14th century championed inductive logic. Theologically speaking, Breslav kabbalah is inductive thinking, while Chabad kabbalah is deductive thinking. Nachman begins with a wide range of Torah texts and trusts in associative links to get to his main points, while Shneur Zalman, author of the Chabad "Tanya", writes an orderly textbook in which he systematically lays out his major and minor premisses. But both authors are using the same tree style thinking. Nachman moves up the upside down tree, while Shneur Zalman moves down the upside down tree, the kabbalistic tree of life on which the "sefirot" (points of view) are hanging like Christmas tree ornaments. For philosophy in general, this tree is the tree of dialectical thinking, whether we are forking from one branch to two or from two branches to one. Both types of forking involve moving logically from thesis to antithesis to synthesis in one way or another. Dialectical thinking underlies much of world culture, whether in religion, philosophy, healing or the arts. Turning now to "Rahel! Rahel!", this work is offered as an example of dialectical thinking, especially in the inductive tradition which we find in the work in Nachman of Breslav. It is therefore one more chapter to be added to Nachman's own "Likutei Moharan" ("Collected Essays"). I do in this piece what he does in Likutei Moharan, with the addition that I insert the man Nachman himself into the same dialectical process he uses. I begin with Nachman's biography and writings. Then I work by associations and trust that somehow you as audience will have the intelligence, motivation and patience to "get it" when it all comes together at the end. Or if you don't get it on your own, perhaps you will get it once I show you what I am driving at. You might not agree with my interpretation, but at least I hope you will consider it for a moment. The piece begins with two dialectically opposite points of view, that of Rahel (Varnhagen) and that of Menachem (code for Nachman). Specifically, I begin with Hannah Arendt's "Rahel Varnhagen" text, and Nachman's "Likutei Moharan". At the beginning I make no attempt to bridge the gap. On the surface, it is a story of how some religious fanatic shows up at a wild secular party looking for trouble. Nachman wants to bring Rahel back to the fold of orthodox Judaism. Lots of luck! That is to say, theatrically speaking the piece begins in the style of "naturalism", real life melodrama between good guys and bad guys. Who is the good guy depends upon your own point of view. I personally see value and garbage, sense and nonsense, in both camps. But by the end of the show we have left naturalism behind and we are at a different level altogether, that of symbolism. For gradually Menachem begins to see in Rahel the embodiment of "the Shekhinah", while gradually Rahel begins to see in Nachman the coming Messiah. Menachem is quite explicit, and gives us an extended lecture about how Rahel is the Shekhinah, the female aspect of God. Rahel also gives us an extended lecture about how she herself is the Shekhinah of God. But nowhere does she say that Menachem is the Messiah. Rather she comes to that conclusion by means of a deep metaphor, that of the "night" in the song "Night And Day". She discovers that by killing off Menachem (in the form of Captain Ahab) she also is dying. This is a transparent alllusion to the underlying dialectic of the whole project. The thesis and the antithesis need to suffer death in order that the new encompassing synthesis can emerge. Rahel and Menachem are the thesis and the antithesis, while the End of Days, or Jewish Messiah, or Jesus, or whatever label you wish to use is the emerging synthesis. Dialectical thinkers here refer to the "negation of the negations", since each extreme of the polarity is itself a negation of the original Oneness. So the label "Messiah" refers here merely to the emerging Oneness, what Gestalt therapists label "the coming solution". This way of thinking runs the risk of putting God within the dialectic, as Hegel was wont to do. But pietists like Nachman of Breslav counter this tendency by emphasizing the power of the Void as a stage of the dialectic, the moment at which we allow ourselves to not know the answer for a long enough time to discover some new ideas. Now I do not want to get involved in the battle over which flavor of Messiah is the most tasty. I personally identify with the Jewish community, and I am an ardent Zionist, as will be clear to you if you read my show about the Cave of Machpelah. However, in this RAHEL show I leave that question hanging by having the wedding of Menachem and Rahel followed by Rahel's allusions to Jesus. I could have added another scene and had her extol the virtues of Mohammed or the Buddha, and the basic meaning of the play would have remained the same. Just as we can look in the direction of "the coming solution" to get the big picture, likewise we can look back in the direction of "origin" to seek an initial Oneness that has been negated by the necessities of existences. The forward looking direction is that of Aristotle's "final cause", which is to be attained via committed authentic action. The backward direction is that of Plato's "anamnesis", "not forgetting", and the emphasis in anamnesis is on entering the void of "not knowing". This is what kabbalists, following Rabbi Isaac Luria, label "tsimtsum", contraction of ego. In any real happening the two points of view, that of Aristotle and that of Plato, are intertwined, and RAHEL! RAHEL! is no exception. But if we look back to a hypothetical place before this play begins, then what or who is the Oneness that is implied? What or who is the Oneness that is fragmented as the play begins? From the point of view of a dialectical therapy, such as Gestalt Therapy, we can infer that since Rahel and Menachem are the antitheses, therefore I as their author must be the Gestalt client who is presenting my own search for integration by means of this playwriting project. At the same time, to the extent that you can identify with the characters I have created you as audience member also are invited to be that Gestalt Therapy client undergoing your own healing vicariously, as though you are attending a groupwork Gestalt session at which I am doing most of the work and you are sitting patiently watching. 2. PRACTICE RAHEL! RAHEL! is a collage of music, text and images, at the same time it is a tragic drama in the tradition of Aristotle's theory of tragedy. That is to say, it is Brechtian formalism and Stanislavsky naturalism at the same time. It is Plato and Aristotle simultaneously. The tragedy aspect of the script is that both sides of the dialectic, Nachman and Rahel, need to die in order for the final Oneness to emerge, like the legendary phoenix, from their ashes. The junk collage builds up a wide range of "b'hinot", a net of associations, that undergoes Platonic collection, or gestalt formation, or a figure/ground reversal. These fragmentary associations then coalesce at the end into a single idea. That final single idea is the messianic notion that the one and the many, God and the world, somehow can - in the manner of Humpty Dumpty - be put back together again. As the play goes on this quest for the one in the many, identity in difference, or return to origin focuses on Menachem's aggressive approach to Rahel and her aggressive defense against his preaching. The dialectical process requires that there be two opposite extremes that burn each other up in a final conflagration, and that is the reason for all the creative aggression. The battle of Ahab and the Goddess Of The Ocean is the peak moment of the dialectic, in which the two fanatics do each other in. Each has evolved into a caricature of itself. Ahab symbolizes a hyper-chassid determined to embody the Talmudic story about the big fish that spouts the two messiahs by harpooning Moby Dick. He sees himself simultaneously as the final Messiah Son Of David and the penultimate Messiah Son Of Joseph. The latter, the warrior messiah, operates on the level of "the spirit of Cain", as a force of evil on the other side, with a lust for bloody vengeance in his crusade to accomplish positive holy objectives. Likewise Rahel, by taking Fichte's philosophy of Romantic Individualism to its absurd Nazi limits fancies herself to be the warrior Great Lady Of The Ocean, making a joke out of Zohar kabbalah in the process. The complex junk collage symbolizing the final battle between Menachem and Rahel, between Gog and Magog as it were, is at the same time the moment of Platonic collection and Aristotelian tragedy. At that point I call up a text of Julia Kristeva about how the female side represents what she labels the explosion of the Semiotic into the Law Of The Father. We can say the same thing by referring to Aristotle's final cause or Plato's anamnesis as the healing Oneness that blasts the pseudo-wholeness of a rigid structure to pieces and restores the primordial free flow of energy and infinite possibilities to the world. From this point of view the Indian guru Rajneesh wrote, "it is only pure if it is chaotic". The Law Of The Father here is any myopic reduction of religion to an oversimplified do-it-or-else rulebook taught to children at a tender age, and swallowed whole as an unassimilated introject. Just as Rahel is demolishing Menachem's simplistic Judaism, Menachem is demolishing Rahel's simplistic Nazi totalitarianism. Visually I associate the right angles of a swastica to the squares of a checker board, and this accounts for the checker board wings that the Goddess Of The Ocean is wearing. 3. RAHEL! RAHEL! AND LIKUTEI MOHARAN In my essays on Likutei Moharan I decode Nachman's kabbalistic word salad of b'hinot into basic philosophical ideas. Let's review some of that process here, and relate the theory to the RAHEL show as an example of practice. First of all, the notion of the Shekhinah, which in the kabbalah is a legend with endless ramifications and endless layers of associations. One metaphor Nachman uses is that of two birds that when they fly properly represent the pure singing of a properly inspired singer or prophet. In any concrete living experience a person, as it were, radiates out (from his forehead, it is said) a ray of holy light, which Nachman sees as a holy pidgeon or canary or eagle or whatever. At that same moment, the object of our attention or awareness likewise emits a holy pidgeon or canary or eagle or whatever. The holy birds meet halfway, fall in love, come to an orgasm of oneness in the manyness, and voila! We get a moment of healthy, contactful experience in our life. Nachman might have gotten the idea from Aristotle's theory of psychology, or from the notion of a phoenix arising from the ashes of two other dead birds, or more likely he got the idea from various Torah commentaries on Genesis, commentaries which focus on the moment at which Adam generates Eve from his own being. If so, then bird A is Adam, while bird B is Eve, and the ongoing world of our contact boundary of lived experience is the messianic state of authentic action or the primordial state of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden where the pure rivers of experience flow endlessly. Adam is continually "knowing" Eve in a state of ongoing orgasm. In the RAHEL show, I have Menachem (Adam, bird A, sefirah chochmah) projecting onto Rahel the role of Eve, bird B, sefirah binah, in an idealistic passion to restore the experience of "oneness in manyness" to the Jewish people as a whole. The encounter of the two birds, of Adam and Eve, of chochmah and binah, ideally generates a moment of authentic healthy action or enlightenment, depending upon whether your perspective is Aristotle or Plato. The Shekhinah is, then, the side that Adam projects out of himself. On a macrocosmic scale the Shekhinah is the female aspect that God as male projects out of Himself. Of course, in the microcosm of human experience things never go quite according to Divine expectations, and the next thing you know this pure phenomenological process is stymied when Eve/Lilit/ Moon gets fed up with shining only by reflected light, and she wants to compete with Adam/Sun as the generator of her own holy light. Things then can get quite complicated, as the plot of the RAHEL show indicates. For on the one hand Menachem wants to restore the Shekhinah, his other half, to her original purity and power to hasten his own integration, and on the other hand his efforts at dominating her accomplish the exact opposite result. She rebels and is all set to gobble him up after cooking him and his cohorts in a big black pot. Likewise, Rahel is no more successful in projecting Menachem as her own Shekhinah, when she herself assumes the traditional masculine macho role. She uses the cannon as a substitute penis, her own Moby Dick to do her projecting! I, Franklyn Wepner, as author, of this kaleidoscopic collage of images, I keep discovering new nuances of interpretation, and I invite you to get your own hits and come up with your own "Torah" exegesis. Referring back to Nachman's analogy of the two birds, the unpure state of two rabid birds (since doves originally were dinosaurs) pecking at each other, Nachman relates to an unholy cantor singing primarily to impress his wife or to advance professionally in the system. Since Menachem and Rahel end up "following after their eyes", worshipping the golden calf, being possessed by the "spirit of Cain", hence they deserve to be demolished as the play draws to its conclusion. Menachem and Rahel, as caricatures of themselves, both end up stuck on the "day" side of reality, while it is the "night" side of reality which remains the true ground of experience. The final moments of the play represent this figure/ground reversal, as the night reasserts it authority as the One capable of encompassing the Many. The epilogue scene makes the statement that this primordial One/night is not just Jewish property, but is available to all life through the dialectical process which the play embodies. Amen. 4. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This show, like Likutei Moharan, is a collage of fragments. No one fragment is the main idea of the show, but certainly all of them need to be acknowledged and given credit. If I overlook a few, it is because there are so many of them. In a sense, life is one big plagiarism, which we label "tradition" or "learning". Do I need to run around getting permission from 100 artists and writers? Probably not, and perhaps I will get sued one day. First of all I will acknowledge the Torah which Nachman pilfered to write Likutei Moharan and Arthur Green pilfered to write "The Tormented Master". Then I will acknowledge the writings of Rahel Varnhagen, which Hannah Arendt pilfered to write "Rahel Varnhagen". Certainly the drawings of shtetl life of Reiss and the photos of Vishniac deserve mention, as well as the paintings of Chagall, of which three appear here. I ought to acknowledge the music of the western culture from which I stole the rules of harmony and counterpoint which underlie my musical score. And certainly Rabbi Danny Schultz deserves mention, for inspiring my portrayal of the great rebbe Mordecai Daniel of Schultzrina at the time I was living in the Diaspora Yeshiva of Jerusalem in 1982. Overall, this whole process of video collaging would not have been a realistic option had it not been for the powerful resources which the Art Explosion and the Google libraries of images makes available. Last but certainly not least, there is my mama, my dear "chicken soup mama" who, incidentally, never bothered to distinguish between milchik and fleishik, or even between kosher and nonkosher! But nevertheless, certainly her heart was all for me, and without her endless support and encouragement and love the junk collage that is Franklyn Wepner would never have coalesced into the artist Franklyn Wepner. ........................ SUMMARY OF THE SCENES PART 1 "the lost princess" SCENE 1: Berlin, 1806. Jewish salon hostess Rahel Levine, alone in her boudoir, soliloquizes about her dissatisfaction with her Jewish upbringing, which to her mind is the cause of all the frustrations she has experienced in life. She would like to change herself completely. SCENE 2: Menachem of Saslov (i.e., Nachman of Breslav) protests to the reigning Hassidic rebbe, Mordechai Daniel of Schultzrina, against what he regards as a preoccupation with the externals of Jewish life rather than commitment to Torah study and prayer. A celebration of the holiday of "Shavuous is taking place, but Menach feels that only he is actually receiving the Torah at this moment. SCENE 3: Locked in the stocks by Rebbe Mordechai Daniel, Menachem tells us the story of the Lost Princess: a King (God) momentarily angered by his favorite daughter ) tells her to go to the devil. And in the morning she is nowhere to found. Seeing the misery of the King over her absence, the Viceroy (Messiah) sets out to seek her. He finds her in the palace of the devil. Symbolically Rahel here represents "the Shechinah", from the Hebrew root "to dwell". The implication is that the Jewish people has the potential to embody God's living presence ("dwelling") here on earth so long as it does sell its soul to the devil. PART 2 "nachman at rahel's salon" SCENE 4: Menachem is present at the salon of Rahel, i.e., at what he sees as the palace of the devil, in an effort to bring the Jews that are there back to traditional Judaism before they intermarry with the gentile aristocrats and artists who also attend the salon. Rahel and the Protestant Count Karl Gustav von Finkenstein sing a passionate Mozart style love duet, amid antisemitic gossip directed against Rahel. SCENE 5: Count Genz taunts Menachem, who is playing chess, with the fact that he saw Rahel in the park on the Sabbath riding in a carriage. In a song, Rahel strongly defends her right "to say no to remembering my Jewish race". SCENE 6: Rahel invokes the writings of Fichte, who advocates freeing children from the heavy hand of tradition and developing in them instead the free use of their natural reason. In this way they will grow up to be "cultivated personalities", such as the glorious free spirits present in this salon now SCENE 7: This scene is a Brechtian formalist style theatrical caricature of those "cultivated personalities" imagined by Fichte and worshipped by Rahel. SCENE 8: Menachem is talking to G-d, pouring out his heart about his triumphs and failures. He sings "Comfort Ye". The text of the song states that the Jewish people (the "Shekhinah" or "Divine Presence" here on earth which is represented by Rahel) have already received from God a double portion of punishment, and they therefore should return to God their father, who now will be compassionate. Menachem gives us an example of how he uses a Talmudic text as a basis for spiritually inspired free interpretation. His meditations lead him to a deeper sense of his own mission as "tzaddik ha-dor", the "righteous man of his generation". He sees himself as the contemporary embodiment of the Messianic soul, which reappears in each generation. First this soul was that of Moses, now it is his, and soon it will be that of the Messiah. PART 3 "rahel betrayed" SCENE 9: Rahel relates a dream. She is standing in the stone ruins of a castle, high on a cliff. An angry mob demands that Finkenstein (their king and the person by whose side Rahel now is standing) allow them to throw her over the cliff. Terrified, Rahel in her dream screams to Finkenstein for his protection, but he hands her over to the mob. As she falls over the cliff she awakens, only to find Finkenstein standing by her side and giving her a "dear John" rejection message. Rahel is furious and humiliated. She blames all her misfortunes, once again, on the fact of her "infamous" (Jewish) birth. SCENE 10: Menachem expresses his sympathy for the sufferings of Rahel, which he regards as the sufferings of the Shekhinah. The time has come, he concludes, for his own major project to begin. He shares with the audience his belief that he himself is the Messiah. Not just the Messiah of the seed of David is he, but also the Messiah of the seed of Joseph - the warrior Messiah whose sword prepares the way for the final Day of Judgment. Menachem now asks his disciples (the audience) to choose, each one for himself, whether or not he wishes to accompany him on this dangerous mission to the Holy Land. With those few that decide to remain with him, he shares his Messianic teachings. This small band is to be the vanguard which prepares the way for an exodus of the Jews from Europe and Czar Alexander's Russia to the Holy Land. To those that falter in their resolve for the task, Menachem gives advice. "Then you must sing and dance and clap your hands many times! Above all, do not despair!" One's joyous side must dance to force his own melancholy side to join in the struggle, just like dancers in a group grab a hesitant onlooker and encourage him to join their dance. These are basic principles of the Breslaver sect of Hassidim which Nachman of Breslav (i.e., Menachem in this play) is founding. Then Menachem does a full-scale dance of theurgy to mobilize the divine powers (and the audience) for the coming journey. SCENE 11: Rebbe Mordecai Daniel sends the sheriff (who happens to have a Texas accent, 10-gallon hat, six-gun and star) to bring Menachem before the "beyt din" (religious court). Mid much Kafka-esque ritualistic chanting and tribal drumming, witnesses confirm every charge the Rebbe makes and then the sheriff hauls Menachem off to the hoosgow. The sheriff warns the audience (Menachem's disciples): "Ah siggest yiz make easel's scare 'roun these parts a while". As the sheriff demands, an intermission follows. PART 4 "king's son & emperor's daughter" SCENE 12: Menachem tells another story. The daughter of an emperor and the son of a king fall in love. Their parents forbid the marriage, so the lovers hire a ship and flee. On a distant shore they get lost from each other in the woods. A different ship happens to sail by, rescues the princess and takes her back to the country it sailed from. There the king of that country offers to marry her. He gives the princess 3 ladies to wait on her while she is making up her mind. The the princess makes the ladies drunk by giving them wine, and while they sleep she sails off with them in the king's ship. SCENE 13: At sea in a tiny cardboard cutout boat, the four women share their frustrations in regard to men. They would like to rearrange the world, and they sing "If God Were A Lady Like Me". God offers them helpful advice. He informs them that if they would merely consult the holy Zohar (book of Jewish kabbalistic wisdom written in the 15th Century C.E.) they will find written there (in Book 2, Section 50B) that indeed God is a lady just like them. SCENE 14: The ladies do as the Lord suggests. They discover that the Zohar text is exactly what they had in mind. Rahel and the 3 ladies act out the text by taking on the roles of Shekhinah (Rahel as the Goddess, Great Lady of the Ocean) and the Guardians of the Shekhinah (the 3 ladies as Warriors). They express all this in a Kabuki style dance of Samurai warriors. Menachem, off to the side, invites his disciples (the audience) to participate mystically in this sacred rite, which in terms of traditional Jewish symbolism represents (1) "creation" as the mystical descent of the Shekhinah from heaven ("Keter) into the physical world ("Malchut"), (2) the Shekhinah's spiritual struggle combatting evil down here in the world, and (3) the final re-ascent to God of the Shekhinah (Rahel) via a mystical marriage with the soul of the Messiah, i.e., with him, Menachem. PART 5 "two endings" SCENE 15: Like Popeye with a can of spinach, Rahel now is empowered by spiritual energy. Rahel as the Shekhinah (Goddess of the Great Ocean) now gets her turn to run the show, dishing out divine retribution as it suits her fancy. She begins with the Finkenstein mannequin, dealing with him Samurai warrior style. Next come along Captain Ahab, Starbuck and Stubbs (three major characters from Melville's "Moby Dick") in their whaling dinghy and in hot pursuit of the Great White Whale. The point here is that just as Rahel has now gone overboard in her power/holiness trip, so has Menachem done likewise. Ahab in hot pursuit of the Great White Whale is played by Menachem in hot pursuit of the Holy Land which at the moment equates with hot pursuit of Rahel's Great White Bosom. The resulting clash of opposite extremes (Rahel vs. Menachem) is a theatrical metaphor for the Battle of Gog and Magog, of opposite X/-X evil forces, which must precede the coming of the Messiah according Jewish tradition. So what to the audience reads as ultra avant garde experimental theater actually is merely 15th Century C.E. Jewish mysticism. Rahel's side wins. The women cannibalistically boil up Ahab, his crew and his boat in a big black cardboard cutout pot and serve them up for dinner. After dinner the women sing a whaler's song and drink a toast. SCENE 16: Along with these eschatological happenings comes a similar use of "language" in the text of the play. French feminist (post-Brechtian formalist, deconstructionist) theoreticians of today, such as Julia Kristeva, maintain that rational language must be deconstructed into what reads as avant garde poetry. One way to do this is by intercutting very different texts, in order to create a sea of new possibilities, associations, meanings and ideas. Onstage the audience sees the intercutting of Zohar mystical jargon and Moby Dick whaling jargon into a very carefully worked out word salad with all sorts of textual and mise-en-scene allusions. The feminist literary critics regard coherent use of language surrender to "the tyranny of the symbolic father, the phallic law giver". But now (since "God Is A Lady Like Me") things will be different! Rahel and her feminist warriors commandeer the large phallus-like cannon which Ahab has brought onstage. At last they have the phallus! So when Menachem sends angels to set things aright, Rahel - wearing Ahab's coat and hat and smoking one of his cigars - thoroughly enjoys her ejaculations shooting the angels down from their celestial heights, i.e., inseminating them. One after another angel (fertilized egg) plops ingloriously into the briney deep, accompanied by the sound effect of a toilet flushing. This sort of female/male battleground is a parody of the sacred marriage of the Shekhinah with the Messiah, the best we can do in our pre-messianic times - an age in which most marriages either never happen or end in divorce. The idealistic true messianic style marriage union will happen in Scene 18. SCENE 17: The Messianic Age is dawning, and Rahel now identifies with her "night", grounded, roots, Shekhinah side. From that point of view she sings "Day and Night", in which the lyrics state that night "deceptively transforms these shadows (day's illusions, ego games) into life's ground and native soil". Having failed in killing off Menachem and what he represents, Rahel now allows him to embrace and dance with her. Menachem likwise has learned that joyous dancing is a better means than is a violent power trip to attain messianic goals. Dialectically speaking, we can say that the original Rahel/Menachem pair of opposing egos (thesis vs. antithesis) has died in the struggle and that both emerge reborn as a higher, more enlightened spiritual way of being (the synthesis). Rahel says: "So I have killed you after all, for I am dying with you!" Kabbalists will observe here the negation of negations of the One Without A Second, which restores the oneness of God at the End Of Days. SCENE 18: A traditional Jewish wedding now unfolds, the wedding of Rahel (the Shekhinah) with Menachem (the soul of the Messiah). The divine couple and the rest of the cast dance the traditional wedding dances. SCENE 19: But a surprising epilogue follows. Rahel returns to her boudoir and confides to the audience: "What a history . . . to have been born a Jewess, I would not now have missed it at any price!" The actress playing Rahel then steps out of character and shares with the audience the disconcerting fact that as a matter of fact Rahel at age 43 did intermarry. The character Rahel at 63 and near death then speaks to her Protestant husband August Varnhagen of her love for Jesus and her admiration of Mary. The audience is left with two different endings for the play, and by implication each audience member is invited to think about the play and to arrive at his own conclusions - in keeping with the Brechtian epic theater tradition to which this play belongs. Will you think dialectically and regard the ending as the triumph of idealistic truth over all the obstacles that enchain the human spirit, or will you think with ordinary everyday cause and effect logic and find yourself wondering "how come this play doesn't make sense?" PHILOSOPHICAL OVERVIEW The author is of the opinion that the true "history" that Rahel "would not now have missed at any price" is: (1) what Hegel calls "the phenomenology of the spirit", or an "objective history" rather an everyday ego dominated, illusionary "subjective history", (2) which is what therapists call working through the blocks to our awareness and the "games we play" to get to authentic action in our lives, (3) which is what literary critics call a complete dramatic action, in this case spread out over the events enacted by both Rahel and Menachem rather than combined in the life of just one character, (4) which is what neo-Platonic thinkers such as Philo call the path of the logos embodying pure Platonic ideas, (5) which is what Christians call the "stations of the cross" as embodied ideally in the life of Jesus, (6) which is what Maimonides in his "Guide For The Perplexed", and in the tradition of Aristotle, calls the system of concentric spheres or heavens leading down from and back up to God (God being conceived as the Unmoved Mover or Active Intellect), (7) and which is what Jewish kabbalists call emanation of the "Word of God" or "hish'tal'sh'lut", from the Hebrew: "to make a chain". The chaining is a chain of "sefirot", from the Hebrew "to count" pure numbers (like Pythagoras) or to enumerate a sequence of pure ideas or different points of view (like the Greek "logos" or account). The "hish'tal'sh'lut" is a descent down the chain and an ascent back up the chain - from the highest sefirah ("Keter") down to the lowest sefirah ("Malchut") and then back up again. The ascent or "t'shuvah" (Hebrew: "returning") is the pathway back to our lost unity with God. The different one sided points of view which Rahel and Menachem embody along this pathway are incomplete versions of the Name of God, while the play as a whole seeks to approach - but only asymptotically - the Great Name (or Naming) of God. As the Jewish prayer service tells us, "On that day will God and His Name be One". (8) Menachem embodies the soul of the Messiah, the possibility of God in human experience as symbolized by the notion of the complete Name. Rahel, on the other hand, embodies the Shekhinah, all the partial Names distributed among the many created creatures, especially among the different individuals of the Jewish people. The sacred marriage of Menachem and Rahel symbolizes the integration of the one with the many, which has an endless number of representations in cultural traditions all over the world. For Jews the union of God (the One) with the Jewish people (the Many or Shekhinah) is focused especially on key moments in the ritual calendar, especially the moment of the "L'chah Dodi" prayer, song and dance on Friday nights at the beginning of the Sabbath. The Hebrew is: "Come, my friend, and let us greet the Sabbath Queen or Shekhinah". (9) You did not come to an avant garde theater script for a Torah lesson, but you got one anyway. I fooled you! The word Torah has two possible Hebrew roots. (1) "Hora'ah", which means "instruction", and (2) "tur", which means "to seek, investigate, search", i.e., to take a journey of discovery, which is what this play represents. The descent and ascent of the Shekhinah is one way this Torah experience is symbolized in Jewish tradition. The pathway (Torah) away from and back to what in this play is labeled "God" is a possibility for human consciousness. We have the option to travel it or we can find other things to do with our allotted time. And we can use either sacred or secular terminology to describe the trip. This play uses both.


9. Realm of Resonance Between Heaven and Earth, and True Parents¡¯ Holy Wedding-Eng

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Realm of Resonance Between Heaven and Earth, and True Parents¡¯ Holy Wedding-Eng

Realm of Resonance Between Heaven and Earth, and True Parents-Holy-Wedding- First Video / unofficial transcript For new history on the new sacred place for the peace dreaming the begin of the world True Parents Birthday 2012 Day of Origin 2013 True Parents' Address Realm of Resonance Between Heaven and Earth and True Parents' Holy Wedding 8.4-7 by the heavenly calendar (Sept. 1-4, 2011) Cheon Jeong Gung A special banquet each day for four days A (spiritual) feast beginning the break of day & lasting until midday A venue of harmony under the clear blue Autumn sky True Parents reflected on Their eventful Life and expressed Their fervent wish for all Unification family members worldwide to be reborn Blessing Family Today is a good day for you yet my words may not be welcome. Unbeknownst to you, God's providential will shall from now raise and expand its borders while the borders of the satanic world will retreat. You should be aware that we have crossed over the halfway point in this world. There may be people in Korea who will not know about the Unification Church. However, outside of Korea, there isn't a single person who does not know about the Unification Church. Here, there are homely looking people people advanced in age, people who look humble and alone, however, when you go out to the other countries I am known by everybody, whether they have heard good or evil about me they may perceive Rev. Moon as a strange person, as an eccentric. or one who is unable to think. As time passes they will come to see that there will be a way to respect what Rev. Moon has done even if it means they should amend the laws in their country to do so. When I first began to walk the path that has brought me to this day, I may have thought about how difficult it was but now I have overcome that. Mother, please your hand. Here is a woman who has suffered a lot. She relates with me as her husband; yet, the demands she could make of her husband do not immediately have any effect. Even thought she is in the same position as me, we are in different dimensions. Whenever you hear the things I say, you may ask a few questions such as "How will you do those things?" or you may not understand. If you do not understand, you cannot relate with that issue. I did not stay in Korea but went out to the world because it was not possible to do things here. That is how I have lived. How many years has it been since I left my hometown? Standing in front of the gate that leads to my hometown, I go out again and seek out my home. It is the same here. At this summit, I have set up a ladder in a certain direction. I know the direction that leads , which you do not. Everything is fulfilled in that place. All of this is bathed in sunlight; and, as the sun gives its light, people follow it. That is why the Unificiation Church is an enigma. My destination is a mystery. If this old man who seems to amount to nothing is gone, Cheon Jeong Peace Palace becomes completely empty. Everyone who comes here for the first time says that they wonder what kind of responsibility I have that this place would become completely empty once I am gone. When I am absent from Korea, this nation becomes completely empty. It is the same with the members in the United Sates. When I go to the United States, I become the center of what they are doing in the United States. All our leaders in the 50 states and member from all 50 states strive to come and meet me. Wherever I go it is a difficult battleground for people who die in their work as special envoys. It's a battlefield. You all may just be observing from the back. I am more than 90 years old. I go about as I please. There are many people who perceive themselves as successful who want to meet me in Korea. I do not meet them. I may go and live in the United States. Now the time has come to candidly ask all people to live together (in harmony). What use is it to do politics? We are not people who need to do politics to survive. People come to know our strength because we skillfully push that aside. All that is left in the politic world is an empty tin can. What do you have in your hearts? You don't feel that? You have the mission of a special envoy. I have to teach you the things that you will come to know. This involves tens of thousands of questions. Yet, nobody has been able to answer a single one. There are now more than 2,700 volumes of my sermons. You and your descendants of the 3rd, 4th, and 7th generations will not be able to study them. This is not a laughing matter. How many years has it been since I gave that speech (which we read today)? It's been 50 years. The things I talk about dating back 70 years, are the content you need to know. There is no need to talk about its merits or demerits. What are you going to do after calling for numerous people to gather from around the nation? I have made the teaching material for you. Did you come to hear me speak? This is a compilation of my speeches Do you have this in your home? Well? How many volumes do you have? Eh? I don't think you have the speech given at the Cosmic Assembly for the Settlement of the True Parents of Heaven and earth and humankind and for the Proclamation of the Word of God's Substantial Self. I had intended to give this on the occasion. We have tens of thousands of copies stacked in a large storage house. . I hand these out when I go Do not give it to those who are not here. I have made all of these already. They are all here. Are those who buy all the volumes of my sermons loyal servants of Rev. Moon? Can they become my children? There is no longer a book that can help let you know about me or a book that can bring the world together and transform it. Even if the entire world clamors to buy all volumes of my sermons. they will not be able to buy them even after 10 years. They will not be able to buy them. I will not allow them to be published. The teaching materials and textbooks of the Unification Church are not something that you can freely use. You don't know what it took to make them. You would spit at the raw material? Don't you think I would know when I open and read these books? You may shed tears as you read this book, but the book will reject you. It will tell you not to touch it. I live in attendance to this book. Look at it. I have entrusted all of this to Mother. Before, I had checked to see whether it was prepared. How many times have you read this book? The content of today's instructions are in this book. This book is my "second self." This time I have revised the introduction. The era before the coming of heaven have both passed in Europe. What is the difference between these two eras? Isn't it in the title? What does it say? What is the title? If you look at this, the title, what does it say? What is the title? All of Rev. Moon's secrets are in this. Everything can be explained with this title. I have proclaimed the word the Word by God's Substantial Self. Did you know that the spirit world has been united? When I say something I live as if it had happened. I Live together with the ancestors and religious leaders. When I ask why you haven't come, they don't know. If you exclude the word 'humankind' from True Parents of Heaven, earth and humankind, the True Parents of Heaven and earth will not be able to settle down. If the character man/humankind is included, it refers to two people. Mind and body must become one; the father and mother must become one, siblings must become one and top/bottom, front, back; left, right, must become one. The same can be said of the top/bottom relationship, parent/child relationship, left/right relationship and husband/wife relationship. . Why do we say left and right instead of right and left? Did you know that is correct? Parent and child relationship is correct. "Top and bottom" is correct. Before the fall nobody used the term "left and right." It came about after the fall. Before the fall you said it in the order of "top, bottom, right and left." It was "top, bottom, right, left, front and back." I am saying that you should not like me. I am a person with a lot of bitter sorrow. There was a place that I loved in my hometown. Alone I shed tears. Alone I held onto the rocks on the hill. and prayed to become a friend to that friendless hill. I had no friends. If I talk about this it would seem that I was miserable. Even though I had a house, even though I saw my mother and father calling my name in search of me, I was unable to call out and go to them. I hid. It was exactly like the time when God was calling for Adam who felt they had to hide from God. When I passed the eighth stage of such a lifestyle, I had to cross a critical point that was heavy with many such circumstance. You have to read this history. Otherwise, you will not understand me. When many of you grow old and reach this position you will often come to weep loudly. I have spoken about this with that kind of heart. Thus, if you do not have material things, a person should appear. These stories are all recorded here. It is a record of what I accomplished, the path that I have trodden through my life. Even if you live with this record in your grasp and tears in your eyes, your path of life would not reach this book. Without meeting me you cannot succeed just with this book. What use is it if you just have the book but do not know how to love me or this book? In tht case, your mother, older sister, wife, sons and daughters will all disappear. Soon I will celebrate my 93rd birthday and Mother her 70th birthday. That is a difference of 23 years. You don't know how difficult it was to adjust one birthday. You may wonder how it was possible but it has been accomplished nonetheless. There are a few more things left. Those are the easy ones. Everything else is complete. Didn't I say that I will hold True Parents' Wedding Ceremony? I am not making this up. You have to make preparations to invest devotion that is ten, a hundred, ten thousand or even a hundred million times more than that of those people in the world who preach that we should become the bride. Otherwise, you will not be able to receive the new blessing and be introduced to your bride in the presence of the Parents. Anybody who is a son or daughter should live together in that house. She has worked through hardships in raising her children. You should not listen carefully to what I have to say. The Principle has been disseminated to 197 countries. You are all like cousins now You are not like second counsins. You are like uncles and aunts. You will be connected to the lineage making you siblings.and close relatives. I have never thought of you separately as Japanese people. I think about you first. There are more of you than the Koreans. When I think about you, all Japanese people have the Mongolian birthmark. Eighty-four percent of the human race, including those already in the spirit world, have this birthmark and are siblings. The father of our fathers, another words, God, is the one who seeks to see these relationshps God does not have a place in this world. Who is the cause of this? He was separated from this world because of the false parent. because of the false parent. This is my responsibility (to deal with), Is this a fact or not? There is no greater blessing than if I bless you on the same day at the same hour of True Parents' Wedding Ceremony. There is one lineage not two. People should live together in joy. There is neither up nor down, neither large or small. Things are as they are. When you think about True Parents' Wedding Ceremony. There is one lineage not two. People should live together in joy. There is neither up nor down, neither large nor small. Things are as they are. When you think about True Parents' Wedding Ceremony, do you think they can marry while neglecting you who have been blessed? Who was it who married the True Parents? Where would you find such a principle or rule? If you have things in your possession, you should be ashamed. That is why I do not even have a wristwatch or ring. I have nothing. How can I as a founder of a religion, sit here with Mother and have a watch? The clothes I wear are the cheapest kind bought in a department store. These are all made of nylon. They are nylon, not wool. I wear suits that cost under a hundred dollars. I should buy you all a thousand dollar suit when you receive the blessing. I have given out many of my things. I have distributed much of what I had. I have nothing, not even clothes. I have given even more to my children and relatives. A lot of the assets have been used. It is all the debt of the Unification Church which must be paid off. Yet tens of times more assets will now come. Will they or will they not? Will you become rich or not once D day has passed. Others will lose their rights of possession. Is that correct? It is the Principle. I am saying that I will allow you to take part in that day of blessing, to take part in that public foundation that True Parents built up over thousands of years. There is no more mystical day than that. There never will be. There cannot be two sets of True Parents. This is absolute. Do you understand? There cannot be two types of true love or a love that teaches about two different sets of parents. This is absolute. Do you understand? (Yes) On the day that the Able UN is proclaimed, we will not have to wait three years. Everything will come to an end after six months. In order to create a resting place for you all, in order to search for the bride and groom for Adam's family and a world that manifests the will of the original Adam that was lost in the Garden of Eden. a commemorative day of blessing for brave soldiers will take place. On that day of True Parents' Wedding Ceremony, you will receive the blessing and clans will be registered, allowing the them to enter the palace in heaven. You will be able to see that day of liberation. I'm talking about registration. Do you know what registration means? The nation will become different. The world will become different. By taking part in True Parents' Holy Wedding Ceremony, you will be able to live under that flag of glory. This is a dream within a dream. It is a time more precious than sitting on the throne amidst the music of blessing to commemorate that day. Do you understand? (Yes) For the sake of that day, I shall give away my life, assets even hundreds of dollars to become a wanderer in this land. Finally I have see the liberation of the hometown and homeland and have discovered that the Korea is God's hometown. The land in (my hometown), Jeongju, is God's homeland and hometown. I know that that land was the training ground in which I was to fulfill the way of filiel piety and loyalty to heaven during my youthful years in my twenties and thirties to show how one can live in that place that is the model of the heavenly nation, which I shall never forget. If you ever go to that training ground you must receive training. Do you understand. (Yes) It is my hometown. It is the hometown of the Father and Mother. You should go and live there. If you can live in that way and give the blessing to your descendents and not depart from there, then I have done my responsibility. What more can I teach you? What? Tell me. There is nothing. I have given everything. Kook Jin is going through a difficult time. What sin has he committed. I feel sorry for Hyung Jin who had a bad father. They have many siblings who are already in the spirit world. My sons and daughters have gone. I should go there now and gather them. I have sent more than a third of my children to the spirit world. I know that you are not qualified to be a candidate to replace them. Yet, for the sake of humankind, for the people who remain, I have left the bloodstains and have tied you together through the bloodties of the blessing. This bound lineage cannot be severed. That is why you should know that you cannot avoid going on this path. If it is a sin to be the child of a person, you should gratefully accept that sin. Where can you go when that inevitable path of destiny still remains? You should follow me on this path. Do you understand? (Yes) Will you follow me or not? We shall follow you. Close your eyes. Raise your hands to the heavens, and clap your hands loudly. Put your hands down. Why do I accept? It's promise? Put them down. I must crawl and be dragged. I cannot stasnd up. I am beyond 90 and beyond 60. I lost the means to accomplish more than half of what I determined to accomplish before I became 47 years old. Do you know how many of those descendants are crying in that nation? I do not have the condition to go and release them. You should uphold tis day and expedite the coming of that day while thinking of your brothers who are waiting. Who will save them? There is nobody who can. There is no way to save them. You must save them. Pray about it. Think about it. I do not lie. Do you understand? (Yes) You must remember that not many days are left in these pressing times where only one thread of that poignant memory remains, where I would have to end my words and breathe just as your children breathe the air. You do not understand the circumstances of Heaven. I know to a certain extent. That is why I am sitting here. For what purpose? What would I at 93 years of age desire to happen? I have to give out everything I have. When I talk my throat becomes parched sometimes, so I might stand up and turn around. If I only had eyes on the back of my head I would be able to hide my face and run away. My children must go with me, protect that path and pioneer it. They have a calling and responsibility. The Republic of Korea will disappear. You just wait and see what happens after you die. I do not make things up. Do you understand? (Yes) Clap your hands. This time if you close your eyes and clap, I have promised to accept that. The place that I want to go now is the place where I discovered God's Will and cried bitterly as a young boy. I miss that place. When that person who held onto a tree and wept bitterly because there was noone who understood his circumstances. went back to that place again, the tree and everything else was gone. I should go and rebuild it in its original form. I should rebuild it. You who are capable of rebuilding should follow me, follow the footsteps of an old man who is over a hundred years old. The young people should shed tears of gratitude and move on. Only then can the homeland that can liberate Rev. Moon revive again. It has not revived yet. It can begin to revive. I go with that hope in mind; yet, you cannot actually live in that world. Do you understand? I am slow and do not know how many more months I shall last. I shall pass and be gone. but I shall entrust that world which I have lived in and turn those years during which I spent my youthful years in suffering into blessings. My only wish is that your future descendants become such ancestors who can bequeath the tings thast I was unable to completely pass on to my children and descendants. I have no other wish. That is my only wish. I do not need money. I don't need any blessing. What can I do now with money? What can I do with blessings? What is left are the teaching materials and textbooks of my words which I have left for your descendants. You should seek these words and live according to them. You should be able to say that you are indeed the fruits of those words and live according to them. If you can do that, I shall live in your background and with your descendents. I shall be able to live with you forever. I will not go to the spirit world. instead I shall live with you. In that world we will be able to see and greet each other. Let's go to tht world together. How do you like that? (Yes) Will you go with me or not? (We will go with You) Place your hand on the ground. Throw yourself on the ground nd pledge that you will go. I hope that you will. I hope that you will do that. What do you think your ancestors will do? You should protect them on my behalf. They are your blood relatives. Thank you. If you adapt yourself, this meeting today will not disappear but will become seed in your heart that will bloom. The fields of its fruits will be revived from your bosom in your descendents. tens of millions of years from now. Do not throw this away. Do you understand? I pray that you will not forget these words which I beseech to you in True Parents' Name. With this I conclude today's meeting. I should be going now. Let's all rise and return to our places. We shall rise now to cheer Oak monsei ...


10. What Happens When Christians Die?

  • Published: 2011-05-22T12:39:53+00:00
  • Duration: 2065
  • By Jim Tompkins
What Happens When Christians Die?

Heaven: The Revelation – What Happens When Christians Die? Pam Weddings’s brush with death came on a north Georgia river more than 40 years ago. She was a 19-year-old student at the University of Georgia. She says she and her boyfriend, Jim, were whitewater rafting on a high, fast-moving river. "We lost our oars,” Pam recalled. “There was no way to navigate; we were just riding with the current then." From a hilltop, they saw people waving. "And when we got up closer, we could tell they weren't waving,” Pam explained. “They were saying, ‘Get out! Go away! Go back!’" Suddenly, around a bend, Pam says they were sucked over a dam and into a vortex of water below. She says she was surrounded by darkness. "And my eyes were opened, in pitch black, I felt churning all around me. But I didn't feel like I was churning," she explained. Pam remembers thinking she must be dead. She says she saw images come up in front of her, some of them of loved ones like her father, who died when she was 7. Then she says she saw light, getting closer and closer. "It was the most incredibly peaceful, I keep saying that word, because I've never felt anything like that,” Pam described. “It was really beautiful and nurturing, just complete peace." Wedding says she remembered thinking she was okay. “At that instant, that I said, ‘Its okay, I'll go,’” she said. “I felt a hand grab me strongly on the wrist and pull me up out." Barbara Harris-Whitfield believes she too got a taste of dying. It happened 37 years ago when she was 32. She was in a hospital bed two days after undergoing spine surgery. Barbara says she floated out of her body, and into a tunnel that was filling with light. "And then, my grandmother was there,” Barbara explained. “Now my grandmother had been dead for 14 years, and I had never once thought of her existing beyond her death. I was an atheist up until this moment." Harris says her grandmother wrapped her arms around her. "We were talking without words and she was letting me know she would always be there waiting for me,” Barbara said. “And then the next thing I knew, I was back in my body, back in the circle bed, and it happened again a week later." Dr. Raymond Moody has documented hundreds of stories like those of Pam and Barbara in a half-dozen books. His latest is called ‘Glimpses of Eternity’. "I've talked with literally thousands of people from all over the world who've been to the brink of death and come back with these astonishing stories," Dr. Moody said. He says what is so striking is that so many people describe the same experience. "And I think that what these near-death experiences do is they give us hope that what we call death is not the end, but a transition into some other reality," Dr. Moody said. VITAL THAT WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE. Paul wanted the Thessalonians to know exactly what happens. However, we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 Knowing what happens to our loved ones when they die in Jesus Christ will give us a strength which will let the world know the power of Jesus Christ. WHERE DO BELIEVERS GO? TO UNDER STAND WHAT HAPPENS TO US, WE MUST BECOME AWARE OF WHERE WE ARE GOING.  When You Die you will go to one of two places. There is no soul sleep. There is no purgatory. There is no second chance. DYING THIEF ON CROSS One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:39-43 PAUL I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. Philippians 1:23 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8 THERE ARE TWO HEAVENS: We need to be aware that there is actually two heavens we need to learn about. There is the Present Heaven, where God dwells now, and there will be an eternal heaven that will be created once the Word of God has been totally fulfilled.  The Present (Intermediate) Heaven  The Eternal Heaven THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD When a believer dies, there will be a transitional period of a temporary nature. Our redemption will not be complete, and we will be in a transitional state.  INTERMEDIATE HEAVEN IS NOT OUR FINAL DESTINATION Will we live in Heaven forever? Absolutely, just not in the same place. When we die, we will go to Present (or Intermediate) heaven. Once the Scriptures have been fulfilled, there will be a New Heaven and a New Earth, and the two will be joined in a New creation. Hell will even be relocated. Heaven and even our state will change. We need to answer two questions- 1. What is Heaven Like 2. What will Heaven be Like? Briefly, it will help our understanding of God’s purpose to see that the present Heaven is in an angelic realm, distinct from earth. It is normally not visible from earth. Eternal Heaven is in the human realm, on earth, part of earth, visible and touchable from earth. Heaven will change, be enlarged, expanded and relocated. Yet our Jehovah God will stays the same. He never changes. REV 21:1-3: New heaven descends from present heaven. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. Revelation 21:1-3  God Will Actually Dwell With Us On Earth: The Father will dwell with us on earth. The words of Jesus will come true in physical as well as spiritual sense. Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23 UNDERSTAND GOD’S ORIGINAL PURPOSE GOD’S ORIGINAL PURPOSE WAS AND IS TO DWELL AMONG MEN (“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8) God’s goal is the triumph of the Spirit over the flesh. What better way to do that than to resurrect the flesh and unite it with glorified bodies, and to triumph over the earth by bringing Heaven to earth and dwelling on it!  God’s original purpose will be accomplished. THE NEW EARTH WILL BE HEAVEN INCARNATE. One Day we will watch as the New Jerusalem descends from heaven: “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband”. Revelation 21:2 The New Heaven will be on earth. Heaven and Earth will be compatible and will be joined. As a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1:10 WHAT IS PRESENT HEAVEN LIKE? SPIRITUAL ASPECT: PRESENT HEAVEN IS UNSEEN FROM EARTH (These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city). Hebrews 11:13-16 OCCASIONAL GLIMPSES OF HEAVEN 1. Stephen But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Acts 7:55  Could be next to us, could be unseen, but they can see. This was not a vision that God created for Stephen, but the reality of Heaven revealed to Stephen to see. 2. Gehazi’s eyes were open.- Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17 3. Paul & John both saw the Present Heaven THE RESURRECTION BODY IS A “SPIRITUAL” BODY (1 COR 15:44) But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 THE INTERMEDIATE HEAVEN IS A PHYSICAL PLACE God is spirit, angels are spirit beings, Both can (and in the New Earth) will live in a physical environment. HEAVEN IS NOT A REVELATION OF THE NATURE OF GOD  God is infinite.  God exists apart from the restraints of time and space.  The Laws of physics do not apply to God. HEAVEN ACCOMMODATES THE NATURE OF BOTH Man AND God. Can humans exist as God does-outside of time and space? If we can, it would be a temporary aberration that will be permanently corrected by our bodily resurrection in preparation for life on Heaven and Earth. Can Heaven be considered ‘spiritual’ if it is a physical place? God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 God indeed is spirit, but Heaven is not God. God chooses to dwell in Heaven, but He does not need a dwelling place. Humans, as finite beings, do need a place to dwell.  Can people who are by nature both physical and spiritual, dwell in a realm without physical properties? THE NEW EARTH IS DEFINITELY A PHYSICAL DWELLING PLACE.  So would it surprise us that God provides a waiting place that is also physical?  As humans, we occupy space.  Will that space in heaven be physical? Or will it be spiritual?  Since the present, intermediate heaven was created to provide dwelling for angels and God, certainly it makes sense that it could and would accommodate humans as well.  Angels can exist both in the spiritual and physical world. They exist in this world, as stated in Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2 WHY DO WE ASSUME HEAVEN IS SPIRITUAL?  Teaching subtle or otherwise, that the spiritual world is good and the physical world is evil. “The idea of having bodies and eating food and being in an earthly place sounds so unspiritual (worldly). Intermediate Heaven will very well be a physical realm. PRESENT HEAVEN HAS Physical PROPERTIES Could Earth be but a shadow of Heaven?  Garden of Eden (Tree of Life) is in Heaven (Rev 2:7)  Temple in Heaven is filled with smoke. (Rev 15:8) and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished. Revelation 15:8  There is lightning and thunder heaven From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, Revelation 4:5  Scrolls in Heaven  Elders with faces (Rev 11:16)  Martyrs with clothes (Rev 6:11)  People with ‘palm branches’ in their hands. (Rev 7:9) After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, Revelation 7:9  Musical instruments (Rev 8:6) Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them. Revelation 8:6  Horses to and fro (2 Kings 2:11; Rev 19:14) And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2 Kings 2:11 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. Revelation 19:14  Eagles flying (Rev 8:13) Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!” Revelation 8:13 ARE THESE ALL MERELY SYMBOLIC? Theologians argue that Revelation is apocalyptic literature and should be seen as figurative, not literal. THE MESSAGE OF HEBREWS IS THAT EARTH IS THE image OF HEAVEN… Earthly priests serve at a sanctuary that is a COPY and SHADOW of what is in heaven” (Hebrews 8:5) They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” Hebrews 8:5  The earthly Tabernacle was made according to the pattern revealed on the mountain  Pattern was made from something very physical.  Earth is to be seen as the derivative realm and Heaven is the source realm. (Strong likelihood that those things, which are in heaven, exist in type here on earth.) Heaven and Earth are not polar opposites but overlapping circles that share things in common.  Heb 9:11-12 – Christ went through the heavenly tabernacle. But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent ( not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:11-12  Heb 9:24 – Christ entered the heavenly sanctuary. Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Hebrews 9:23-24  The New Jerusalem to be brought to the new earth is present in the intermediate heaven. (Heb 12:22) But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, Hebrews 12:22 This means that the New Jerusalem is physical now, so intermediate heaven must have physical attributes... HEBREWS SUGGESTS THAT GOD CREATED EARTH IN THE IMAGE OF HEAVEN CS Lewis: “The Hills and Valleys of heaven will be as a flower to the root of those you now experience”. Instead of thinking that God patterns Heaven’s holy city after an earthly city, should we not consider that earthly cities and communities are derived from the community and culture of heaven’s cities? We should start with Heaven and reason down to earth.  Father-child relationship (God’s relationship with us)  Husband-wife relationship (Christ’s relationship with us) DOES PARADISE SUGGEST A PHYSICAL PLACE? Luke 23:43 – Today you will be with me in paradise. – Intermediate heaven. parádeisos; gen. paradeísou, masc. noun. Paradise. This is an oriental word which the Greeks borrowed from the Persians, among whom it meant a garden, park, or enclosure full of all the vegetable products of the earth. Paradise (the Greek word in the Septuagint) describes the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:8, Eze 28:13). Paradise refers to nature under mankind’s dominion. Man brings his creativity and nature to bear on managing, cultivating and presenting the garden. The picture of a walled garden enclosing a carefully cultivated area of exquisite plants and animals was the most powerful picture of paradise available to the human imagination, mingling the images of the beauty of nature with the orderliness of human construction. Paradise is a physical, actual place where God and His people dwell together, surrounded by physical beauty, enjoying great pleasures and happiness.  Rev 2:7 – Him that overcomes I’ll give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. The same physical tree of life that was in the Garden of Eden will one day be in the New Jerusalem on the New Earth. NOW, the Tree of Life is in the Intermediate Heaven. The same physical properties the Tree had in the earthly garden are extent in the intermediate heaven. Gen 3:24-The Paradise of Eden with the Tree of Life retained its physical attributes but was no longer accessible to man. There is no indication it was converted into a ‘spiritual’ version.  The physical has been removed to a realm we have no access to.  Eden was not destroyed. What was destroyed was mankind’s ability to live in Eden. God is not done with Eden. He has preserved it to show mankind what it was, and to allow us to occupy it once again.  The original Eden may be a huge park at the center of the New Jerusalem. This would fit with Rev 2:7 Though earth was corrupted by sin, the Garden of Eden was treated differntly. Perhaps it had come from heaven and was transplanted onto earth. We do know that God visited with man in the Garden (Gen 3:8) But He would not do so after the fall. CONCLUSION: Intermediate Heaven has physical properties and contains physical objects. BELIEVERS WILL HAVE Intermediate BODIES IN THE Intermediate HEAVEN  Humans are both spiritual and physical – Gen 2:7 God did not create Adam as a spirit and place him inside a body. He created the body first and then breathed the spirit into the body. Humans are connected in body and soul. Neurophysiological studies reveal an intimate connection between our bodies and our soul – mind will and emotion. We are not essentially spirits inhabiting a body, but we are essentially as much physical as we are spiritual. We cannot be fully human without both body and soul.  We Will have “between bodies” in intermediate heaven? For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 2 Corinthians 5:2-4  At death we are clothed with a heavenly dwelling When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. Revelation 6:9-11  Disembodied spirits do not wear clothes. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives (psyche) even unto death. Revelation 12:11  Put on Wedding Garments “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:11-14  John had a body when he visited heaven (Rev 10:9-10) o He touched, grasped, tasted and eat. PSUCHE PSUCHE MEANS WHOLE SELF The context shows that a complete person, a total life, is meant. MT.2.20: "...Arise and take the child and his mother and go into the land of Israel; for those seeking the life (psuche) of the child have died." Herod was not seeking to destroy the soul of the baby Jesus, but his life. MT.20.28: "...the Son of Humanity did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life (psuche) a ransom for many." Jesus didn't give away his "soul," but his life, when he died on the cross." John had a body when he visited heaven – Rev 10:9-10. He is said to have touched, grasped, eaten, tasted.  Paul was caught up to the third heaven in 2 Cor 12:3 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 Paul could not say he had a body, but the fact that he could not tell is significant. The thought of having a body was not impossible. It could be that he had a body but it was different from what he was used to. The possibility that we have temporary forms does not minimize the absolute necessity and importance of our future bodily resurrection. In the Old Testament, the saints were granted entrance to paradise on the promise of their redemption by Jesus Christ. In the intermediate heaven, we may have temporary bodies because of the promise of our earthly bodies resurrection.  We will not receive our resurrection bodies until that final resurrection. Christ’s physical body was resurrected and is now in the intermediate heaven. There is at least one physical body in heaven. If there is one physical body in heaven, then it makes sense there are others in heaven having physical properties as well. Otherwise Christ has been floating for two thousand years in a realm without material substance. Since Christ has a physical body, can we also assume that other references to physical objects in heaven, including physical forms and clothing, are literal rather than figurative? RICH MAN & LAZARUS “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’ ” Luke 16:19-31  Had a tongue  Had eyes to see  Had feelings of pain  Had memories of good things, family, missed opportunities  Could recognize Lazarus  Had feelings of regret (When we die, we are present with the Lord in some form. Not just part of us, but our whole LIFE) If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, and He indeed lives within you. You have been born again, and that means when you die, you die as a child of God. You will awake in the presence of God. WE WILL FACE TWO JUDGMENTS A.We will face the judgment of our faith. Outcome determines whether we go to intermediate Heaven or Hell. It is not based upon our works but our faith. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7 B.The judgment of our works. • Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Romans 14:10-12 • For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 5:10 • each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 WE WILL WITNESS THE JUDGMENT OF NON BELIEVERS Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Revelation 20:11-13 THE JUDGMENT OF BELIEVERS WILL HAPPEN: After the judgment of faith (one at a time happening at your death and before entrance to heaven) • In the intermediate heaven, between our death and the return of Christ. • Between the rapture and the 2nd return of Christ to set up His kingdom • At the same time as the GWTJ PHILIPPIANS 3:20-21 20 “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”


11. OH

OH

OH is an experimental fashion film inspired by Ophelia's maddening love for Hamlet with a modern and hallucinogenic riverb. Poem written by Mitzi Peirone OH - The day Ophelia took acid Glazed In moon dust. Silver and gold. Not a whisper would slip through our sealed up holy bodies. My lips found rest on your right shoulder over and over, slid down your collar bone, up to your neck, savouring your sweat. I can feel your heart beating so clearly that I can hear it echoing in my own chest. Our breaths synchronize like they had always been one. The dirt under our fingernails, so eager to learn..! Each muscle is discovered for the first time in the garden of Eden, every trail of blood is followed with wonder, each bone is a pure miracle.! Everything moves around us and we stand still. I need your hands around my waist to stand straight, to let my breath flow properly. I learn every angle and curve and corner and hallow of your beautiful face like I had never seen another human before. Your fingertips pull on my earlobes, clasp my elbows, stroll down my spine slowly to embrace me as a whole; I can feel them running like water under my heart, I can feel them wrapping me like a cocoon. In an old saloon young bodies stand close. Time dissolves. Reality is far away, or too close to tell. You're covered in stardust and moonlight rains on us. Our hands radiate. We place them on each other's hearts. I beat only if you beat. You breathe only if I breathe. My palms become eyes and I see all of what you were and are and will be, and I believe It. And I adore it. There are no shadows in me, nothing you can't see; I am fully opened to you and feel no fear. You tell me you're 26 as the sun creates a halo behind your head. A blind lady with a dog blesses us. In the birds nest my hair becomes hay and you tell me to take my shoes off. The soil's gluttony. You're too much in the sun.


12. Merging with takayna

Merging with takayna

Merging with takayna is a short film produced to illustrate the beauty and diversity of a globally significant region on the North West coast of Tasmania, known as takayna / Tarkine. Home to Australia's largest temperate rainforest, endangered species and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. This film is a collaboration of 21 Australian film makers and artists and is part of the Tarkine in Motion environmental arts project which is co-ordinated through the Bob Brown Foundation to raise awareness for the need to protect and respect this wild landscape. Featuring the soundtrack 'Red Blood Moon' by Melissa Black from her EP 'The Eden Project'. Keep watching at the end of the film for behind the scenes of the merge. You can help support the campaign to protect takayna / Tarkine through the following links: http://www.bobbrown.org.au http://www.actionfortarkine.org Learn more about the artists who have contributed so generously to this film and the campaign: http://www.riversongmusic.com/tarkine-in-motion-artists http://www.melissablack.com.au http://www.wendymcdougall.com.au http://www.orlyfaya.com Executive Producers - Brian and Melissa Stanton Producer - Riversong Music Director - Trudi Bird Assistant Director - Wendy McDougall Editor - Trudi Bird Assistant Editor - Scott Bird CAST Merged woman in forest and ocean - Melissa Black Woman in white in forest - Lady Longdrop Eagle woman dancer - Lucy Langdon-Lane MERGE FILM CREW Body Painter and Body Art - Orly Faya Camera Operator 1 - Wendy McDougall Camera Operator 2 - Trudi Bird Camera Assistants - Scott Bird and Brian Stanton Catering - Cabe MacKenzie and Kerry Cetin Merge painted and filmed on location at Julius River and Arthur River - Edge of the World takayna / Tarkine, Tasmania, Australia OTHER CONTRIBUTING FILM MAKERS Dan Broun, Tim Cope, Ignite Digi, Gabrielle Eve, Francois Fourie, Dan Haley, Daniel Johnson, Fraser Johnson, Al Long, Nick Monk, Marcus Morrell, Ella Richmond, James Stone 'RED BLOOD MOON' Written by Melissa Stanton and Scott Bird Recorded and Produced by Scott Bird and Andrew Beck Mastered by William Bowden Recorded at The Back 45, Erina Australia Performed by Melissa Black, Scott Bird, Andrew Beck, Chris E Thomas SPECIAL THANKS Trish and Cohan Abbott for giving us their home Cabe, Kerry, Asher, Sarah, Kat and Josh Dan Broun for curating additional footage All Tarkine in Motion Artists Bob Brown Foundation for their campaign to protect takayna All filming for 'Merging with takayna' was shot in takayna / Tarkine and all contributing artists are a part of Tarkine in Motion. For more information about Riversong Music and the environmental art projects we are working on including 'The Eden Project' by Melissa Black, please visit our website, sign up to our mailing list and join the 'Riversong Music Family'. "Fall in love with the wild places, wherever they may be." http://www.melissablack.com.au | http://www.riversongmusic.com


13. Realm of Resonance Between Heaven and Earth, and True Parents’ Holy Wedding

  • Published: 2011-09-28T09:14:43+00:00
  • Duration: 1840
  • By Tongil
Realm of Resonance Between Heaven and Earth, and True Parents’ Holy Wedding

Realm of Resonance Between Heaven and Earth, and True Parents-Holy-Wedding- First Video / unofficial transcript For new history on the new sacred place for the peace dreaming the begin of the world True Parents Birthday 2012 Day of Origin 2013 True Parents' Address Realm of Resonance Between Heaven and Earth and True Parents' Holy Wedding 8.4-7 by the heavenly calendar (Sept. 1-4, 2011) Cheon Jeong Gung A special banquet each day for four days A (spiritual) feast beginning the break of day & lasting until midday A venue of harmony under the clear blue Autumn sky True Parents reflected on Their eventful Life and expressed Their fervent wish for all Unification family members worldwide to be reborn Blessing Family Today is a good day for you yet my words may not be welcome. Unbeknownst to you, God's providential will shall from now raise and expand its borders while the borders of the satanic world will retreat. You should be aware that we have crossed over the halfway point in this world. There may be people in Korea who will not know about the Unification Church. However, outside of Korea, there isn't a single person who does not know about the Unification Church. Here, there are homely looking people people advanced in age, people who look humble and alone, however, when you go out to the other countries I am known by everybody, whether they have heard good or evil about me they may perceive Rev. Moon as a strange person, as an eccentric. or one who is unable to think. As time passes they will come to see that there will be a way to respect what Rev. Moon has done even if it means they should amend the laws in their country to do so. When I first began to walk the path that has brought me to this day, I may have thought about how difficult it was but now I have overcome that. Mother, please your hand. Here is a woman who has suffered a lot. She relates with me as her husband; yet, the demands she could make of her husband do not immediately have any effect. Even thought she is in the same position as me, we are in different dimensions. Whenever you hear the things I say, you may ask a few questions such as "How will you do those things?" or you may not understand. If you do not understand, you cannot relate with that issue. I did not stay in Korea but went out to the world because it was not possible to do things here. That is how I have lived. How many years has it been since I left my hometown? Standing in front of the gate that leads to my hometown, I go out again and seek out my home. It is the same here. At this summit, I have set up a ladder in a certain direction. I know the direction that leads , which you do not. Everything is fulfilled in that place. All of this is bathed in sunlight; and, as the sun gives its light, people follow it. That is why the Unificiation Church is an enigma. My destination is a mystery. If this old man who seems to amount to nothing is gone, Cheon Jeong Peace Palace becomes completely empty. Everyone who comes here for the first time says that they wonder what kind of responsibility I have that this place would become completely empty once I am gone. When I am absent from Korea, this nation becomes completely empty. It is the same with the members in the United Sates. When I go to the United States, I become the center of what they are doing in the United States. All our leaders in the 50 states and member from all 50 states strive to come and meet me. Wherever I go it is a difficult battleground for people who die in their work as special envoys. It's a battlefield. You all may just be observing from the back. I am more than 90 years old. I go about as I please. There are many people who perceive themselves as successful who want to meet me in Korea. I do not meet them. I may go and live in the United States. Now the time has come to candidly ask all people to live together (in harmony). What use is it to do politics? We are not people who need to do politics to survive. People come to know our strength because we skillfully push that aside. All that is left in the politic world is an empty tin can. What do you have in your hearts? You don't feel that? You have the mission of a special envoy. I have to teach you the things that you will come to know. This involves tens of thousands of questions. Yet, nobody has been able to answer a single one. There are now more than 2,700 volumes of my sermons. You and your descendants of the 3rd, 4th, and 7th generations will not be able to study them. This is not a laughing matter. How many years has it been since I gave that speech (which we read today)? It's been 50 years. The things I talk about dating back 70 years, are the content you need to know. There is no need to talk about its merits or demerits. What are you going to do after calling for numerous people to gather from around the nation? I have made the teaching material for you. Did you come to hear me speak? This is a compilation of my speeches Do you have this in your home? Well? How many volumes do you have? Eh? I don't think you have the speech given at the Cosmic Assembly for the Settlement of the True Parents of Heaven and earth and humankind and for the Proclamation of the Word of God's Substantial Self. I had intended to give this on the occasion. We have tens of thousands of copies stacked in a large storage house. . I hand these out when I go Do not give it to those who are not here. I have made all of these already. They are all here. Are those who buy all the volumes of my sermons loyal servants of Rev. Moon? Can they become my children? There is no longer a book that can help let you know about me or a book that can bring the world together and transform it. Even if the entire world clamors to buy all volumes of my sermons. they will not be able to buy them even after 10 years. They will not be able to buy them. I will not allow them to be published. The teaching materials and textbooks of the Unification Church are not something that you can freely use. You don't know what it took to make them. You would spit at the raw material? Don't you think I would know when I open and read these books? You may shed tears as you read this book, but the book will reject you. It will tell you not to touch it. I live in attendance to this book. Look at it. I have entrusted all of this to Mother. Before, I had checked to see whether it was prepared. How many times have you read this book? The content of today's instructions are in this book. This book is my "second self." This time I have revised the introduction. The era before the coming of heaven have both passed in Europe. What is the difference between these two eras? Isn't it in the title? What does it say? What is the title? If you look at this, the title, what does it say? What is the title? All of Rev. Moon's secrets are in this. Everything can be explained with this title. I have proclaimed the word the Word by God's Substantial Self. Did you know that the spirit world has been united? When I say something I live as if it had happened. I Live together with the ancestors and religious leaders. When I ask why you haven't come, they don't know. If you exclude the word 'humankind' from True Parents of Heaven, earth and humankind, the True Parents of Heaven and earth will not be able to settle down. If the character man/humankind is included, it refers to two people. Mind and body must become one; the father and mother must become one, siblings must become one and top/bottom, front, back; left, right, must become one. The same can be said of the top/bottom relationship, parent/child relationship, left/right relationship and husband/wife relationship. . Why do we say left and right instead of right and left? Did you know that is correct? Parent and child relationship is correct. "Top and bottom" is correct. Before the fall nobody used the term "left and right." It came about after the fall. Before the fall you said it in the order of "top, bottom, right and left." It was "top, bottom, right, left, front and back." I am saying that you should not like me. I am a person with a lot of bitter sorrow. There was a place that I loved in my hometown. Alone I shed tears. Alone I held onto the rocks on the hill. and prayed to become a friend to that friendless hill. I had no friends. If I talk about this it would seem that I was miserable. Even though I had a house, even though I saw my mother and father calling my name in search of me, I was unable to call out and go to them. I hid. It was exactly like the time when God was calling for Adam who felt they had to hide from God. When I passed the eighth stage of such a lifestyle, I had to cross a critical point that was heavy with many such circumstance. You have to read this history. Otherwise, you will not understand me. When many of you grow old and reach this position you will often come to weep loudly. I have spoken about this with that kind of heart. Thus, if you do not have material things, a person should appear. These stories are all recorded here. It is a record of what I accomplished, the path that I have trodden through my life. Even if you live with this record in your grasp and tears in your eyes, your path of life would not reach this book. Without meeting me you cannot succeed just with this book. What use is it if you just have the book but do not know how to love me or this book? In tht case, your mother, older sister, wife, sons and daughters will all disappear. Soon I will celebrate my 93rd birthday and Mother her 70th birthday. That is a difference of 23 years. You don't know how difficult it was to adjust one birthday. You may wonder how it was possible but it has been accomplished nonetheless. There are a few more things left. Those are the easy ones. Everything else is complete. Didn't I say that I will hold True Parents' Wedding Ceremony? I am not making this up. You have to make preparations to invest devotion that is ten, a hundred, ten thousand or even a hundred million times more than that of those people in the world who preach that we should become the bride. Otherwise, you will not be able to receive the new blessing and be introduced to your bride in the presence of the Parents. Anybody who is a son or daughter should live together in that house. She has worked through hardships in raising her children. You should not listen carefully to what I have to say. The Principle has been disseminated to 197 countries. You are all like cousins now You are not like second counsins. You are like uncles and aunts. You will be connected to the lineage making you siblings.and close relatives. I have never thought of you separately as Japanese people. I think about you first. There are more of you than the Koreans. When I think about you, all Japanese people have the Mongolian birthmark. Eighty-four percent of the human race, including those already in the spirit world, have this birthmark and are siblings. The father of our fathers, another words, God, is the one who seeks to see these relationshps God does not have a place in this world. Who is the cause of this? He was separated from this world because of the false parent. because of the false parent. This is my responsibility (to deal with), Is this a fact or not? There is no greater blessing than if I bless you on the same day at the same hour of True Parents' Wedding Ceremony. There is one lineage not two. People should live together in joy. There is neither up nor down, neither large or small. Things are as they are. When you think about True Parents' Wedding Ceremony. There is one lineage not two. People should live together in joy. There is neither up nor down, neither large nor small. Things are as they are. When you think about True Parents' Wedding Ceremony, do you think they can marry while neglecting you who have been blessed? Who was it who married the True Parents? Where would you find such a principle or rule? If you have things in your possession, you should be ashamed. That is why I do not even have a wristwatch or ring. I have nothing. How can I as a founder of a religion, sit here with Mother and have a watch? The clothes I wear are the cheapest kind bought in a department store. These are all made of nylon. They are nylon, not wool. I wear suits that cost under a hundred dollars. I should buy you all a thousand dollar suit when you receive the blessing. I have given out many of my things. I have distributed much of what I had. I have nothing, not even clothes. I have given even more to my children and relatives. A lot of the assets have been used. It is all the debt of the Unification Church which must be paid off. Yet tens of times more assets will now come. Will they or will they not? Will you become rich or not once D day has passed. Others will lose their rights of possession. Is that correct? It is the Principle. I am saying that I will allow you to take part in that day of blessing, to take part in that public foundation that True Parents built up over thousands of years. There is no more mystical day than that. There never will be. There cannot be two sets of True Parents. This is absolute. Do you understand? There cannot be two types of true love or a love that teaches about two different sets of parents. This is absolute. Do you understand? (Yes) On the day that the Able UN is proclaimed, we will not have to wait three years. Everything will come to an end after six months. In order to create a resting place for you all, in order to search for the bride and groom for Adam's family and a world that manifests the will of the original Adam that was lost in the Garden of Eden. a commemorative day of blessing for brave soldiers will take place. On that day of True Parents' Wedding Ceremony, you will receive the blessing and clans will be registered, allowing the them to enter the palace in heaven. You will be able to see that day of liberation. I'm talking about registration. Do you know what registration means? The nation will become different. The world will become different. By taking part in True Parents' Holy Wedding Ceremony, you will be able to live under that flag of glory. This is a dream within a dream. It is a time more precious than sitting on the throne amidst the music of blessing to commemorate that day. Do you understand? (Yes) For the sake of that day, I shall give away my life, assets even hundreds of dollars to become a wanderer in this land. Finally I have see the liberation of the hometown and homeland and have discovered that the Korea is God's hometown. The land in (my hometown), Jeongju, is God's homeland and hometown. I know that that land was the training ground in which I was to fulfill the way of filiel piety and loyalty to heaven during my youthful years in my twenties and thirties to show how one can live in that place that is the model of the heavenly nation, which I shall never forget. If you ever go to that training ground you must receive training. Do you understand. (Yes) It is my hometown. It is the hometown of the Father and Mother. You should go and live there. If you can live in that way and give the blessing to your descendents and not depart from there, then I have done my responsibility. What more can I teach you? What? Tell me. There is nothing. I have given everything. Kook Jin is going through a difficult time. What sin has he committed. I feel sorry for Hyung Jin who had a bad father. They have many siblings who are already in the spirit world. My sons and daughters have gone. I should go there now and gather them. I have sent more than a third of my children to the spirit world. I know that you are not qualified to be a candidate to replace them. Yet, for the sake of humankind, for the people who remain, I have left the bloodstains and have tied you together through the bloodties of the blessing. This bound lineage cannot be severed. That is why you should know that you cannot avoid going on this path. If it is a sin to be the child of a person, you should gratefully accept that sin. Where can you go when that inevitable path of destiny still remains? You should follow me on this path. Do you understand? (Yes) Will you follow me or not? We shall follow you. Close your eyes. Raise your hands to the heavens, and clap your hands loudly. Put your hands down. Why do I accept? It's promise? Put them down. I must crawl and be dragged. I cannot stasnd up. I am beyond 90 and beyond 60. I lost the means to accomplish more than half of what I determined to accomplish before I became 47 years old. Do you know how many of those descendants are crying in that nation? I do not have the condition to go and release them. You should uphold tis day and expedite the coming of that day while thinking of your brothers who are waiting. Who will save them? There is nobody who can. There is no way to save them. You must save them. Pray about it. Think about it. I do not lie. Do you understand? (Yes) You must remember that not many days are left in these pressing times where only one thread of that poignant memory remains, where I would have to end my words and breathe just as your children breathe the air. You do not understand the circumstances of Heaven. I know to a certain extent. That is why I am sitting here. For what purpose? What would I at 93 years of age desire to happen? I have to give out everything I have. When I talk my throat becomes parched sometimes, so I might stand up and turn around. If I only had eyes on the back of my head I would be able to hide my face and run away. My children must go with me, protect that path and pioneer it. They have a calling and responsibility. The Republic of Korea will disappear. You just wait and see what happens after you die. I do not make things up. Do you understand? (Yes) Clap your hands. This time if you close your eyes and clap, I have promised to accept that. The place that I want to go now is the place where I discovered God's Will and cried bitterly as a young boy. I miss that place. When that person who held onto a tree and wept bitterly because there was noone who understood his circumstances. went back to that place again, the tree and everything else was gone. I should go and rebuild it in its original form. I should rebuild it. You who are capable of rebuilding should follow me, follow the footsteps of an old man who is over a hundred years old. The young people should shed tears of gratitude and move on. Only then can the homeland that can liberate Rev. Moon revive again. It has not revived yet. It can begin to revive. I go with that hope in mind; yet, you cannot actually live in that world. Do you understand? I am slow and do not know how many more months I shall last. I shall pass and be gone. but I shall entrust that world which I have lived in and turn those years during which I spent my youthful years in suffering into blessings. My only wish is that your future descendants become such ancestors who can bequeath the tings thast I was unable to completely pass on to my children and descendants. I have no other wish. That is my only wish. I do not need money. I don't need any blessing. What can I do now with money? What can I do with blessings? What is left are the teaching materials and textbooks of my words which I have left for your descendants. You should seek these words and live according to them. You should be able to say that you are indeed the fruits of those words and live according to them. If you can do that, I shall live in your background and with your descendents. I shall be able to live with you forever. I will not go to the spirit world. instead I shall live with you. In that world we will be able to see and greet each other. Let's go to tht world together. How do you like that? (Yes) Will you go with me or not? (We will go with You) Place your hand on the ground. Throw yourself on the ground nd pledge that you will go. I hope that you will. I hope that you will do that. What do you think your ancestors will do? You should protect them on my behalf. They are your blood relatives. Thank you. If you adapt yourself, this meeting today will not disappear but will become seed in your heart that will bloom. The fields of its fruits will be revived from your bosom in your descendents. tens of millions of years from now. Do not throw this away. Do you understand? I pray that you will not forget these words which I beseech to you in True Parents' Name. With this I conclude today's meeting. I should be going now. Let's all rise and return to our places. We shall rise now to cheer Oak monsei ...


14. Preparing for Life on the New Earth

  • Published: 2011-07-01T18:58:10+00:00
  • Duration: 2554
  • By Jim Tompkins
Preparing for Life on the New Earth

A couple had been debating the purchase of a new auto for weeks. He wanted a new truck. She wanted a fast little sports-like car so she could zip through traffic around town. He would probably have settled on any beat up old truck, but everything she seemed to like was way out of their price range. "Look!" she said. "I want something that goes from 0 to 200 in 4 seconds or less. And my birthday is coming up. You could surprise me." So, for her birthday, he bought her a brand new bathroom scale. Services will be at Downing Funeral Home on Monday the 12th. Due to the condition of the body, this will be a closed casket service. Please send your donations to the "Think Before You Say Things To Your Wife Foundation," Dallas, Texas. WE JOKE ABOUT DEATH A women accompanied her husband to the doctor's office. After his checkup, the doctor called the wife into his office alone. He said, "If you don't do the following, your husband will surely die: 1. Each morning , fix him a healthy breakfast. 2. Be pleasant and make sure he is in a good mood. 3. For lunch, make him a nutritious meal. 4. For dinner, prepare him an especially nice meal. 5. Don't burden him with chores as he probably had a hard day. 6. Don't discuss your problems with him. On the way home, the husband asked his wife what the doctor said to her. "You're going to die," she replied. WOODY ALLEN "I'm not afraid of death. It's just that I don't want to be there when it happens." - Woody Allen THE TRUTH OF CHRIST I once scorned ev’ry fearful thought of death, When it was but the end of pulse and breath, But now my eyes have seen that past the pain There is a world that’s waiting to be claimed. Earthmaker, Holy, let me now depart, For living’s such a temporary art. And dying is but getting dressed for God, Our graves are merely doorways cut in sod. (Calvin Miller) Death is painful, death is an enemy. For those who have a living, real relationship by faith in Jesus Christ, death is the final pain and the last enemy. 1 Corinthians 15:25-26 (ESV) For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. THE HOPE OF HEAVEN: CHRIST WILL SWALLOW UP DEATH FOREVER Isaiah 25:6-9 (ESV) On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” WHILE WE DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR DEATH, WE DO NEED TO PREPARE FOR IT.  We will reap in Heaven what we have sown in this life… Galatians 6:7-10 (ESV) Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. HEAVENLY FOCUS WILL PRODUCE CHANGES IN OUR EARTHLY LIFE...  Purchases…  How will this enhance my life in eternity  Could this money be used to benefit someone for eternity?  Relationships  Will this person enjoy life with me in the New Jerusalem  What can I say or do to touch this person for eternity?  Possessions  Do I love things that I will be able to enjoy on the New Earth?  Will I get upset over this on the New Earth?  Works of my heart and hands?  Any chance this will survive the fire?  How will this influence the New Earth to come? PREPARE FOR OUR LIFE ON A NEW EARTH 2 Peter 3:7-13 (NASB) But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. ELEMENTS: stoicheíon - the basic parts, rudiments, elements, or components of something. Among the ancient Greek philosophers, it designated the four basic and essential elements of which the universe consisted, namely, earth, water, air, and fire HEAVEN BECOMES OUR GUIDE • Does not mean to abstain from gratification, but to delay gratification. • It means to find our joy in Christ rather than the things of this world. • It means we don’t go to places that will not be on the New Earth • Heaven becomes our North Star, giving us direction and guidance for how to live. 1 John 3:2-3 (ESV) Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. HEAVEN BECOMES OUR GOAL Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV) Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. HEAVEN BECOMES OUR JOY Hebrews 12:28 (NIV) Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, “A man who has been in another world does not come back unchanged” CS Lewis (Perelandra) PRACTICAL APPLICATION USE EARTHLY POSSESSIONS TO GAIN HEAVENLY FRIENDS Luke 16:9 (NIV) I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. BE FAITHFUL ON EARTH Luke 16:10-12 (ESV) “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? Luke 19:17-22 (ESV) And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! … Matthew 25:23 (ESV) His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ ALL THINGS WILL BE MADE NEW Tell me about those times in your life when you thought “It doesn’t get any better than this!” It could have been a wonderful Christmas, a storybook romance and wedding, a great moment with some close friends. Perhaps a fun time with your kids, something one of them does or says. Can you remember even one moment in your life when that seemed to be true-“It doesn’t get any better than this?”  Well, it isn’t true! The most ordinary moment on the New Earth will be greater than the most perfect moments in this life. Can you see yourself sitting around a fire, your loved ones gathered around you, talking about some adventure you just shared, some far off planet you just explored, some marvelous project you finished building. No more will you talk of dreams or bucket lists, only to have something get in the way. You will go out and live those dreams. You will share untold adventures. There will be no fear, no failures, no disappointments. Revelation 21:1, 3-5 (ESV) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more... And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Making: To make, form, produce, bring about, cause, spoken of any external act as manifested in the production of something tangible, corporeal, obvious to the senses, completed action. But this is continuous. New: καινός, kainos: denotes "new," of that which is unused, not "new" in time, recent, but "new" as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old. Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV) “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. No matter how good things get here on earth, or no matter how bad things get here on earth, we have the promise of the one who is trustworthy and true, Jesus will make all things new, Je will make all things better than even the best we can experience here on this present earth. Everything on this planet earth matters to God. The animals, the natural beauty of His creation, our bodies, our possessions. If they matter that much to God, should they not matter to us. We are not just spirit, but we are spirit soul and body. On the New Earth we will live breath, eat, dress, relate, work, play as spiritual beings, in full control of our resurrected flesh. Isaac Asimov: I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse”. Even among Christians, we have succumbed to Satan’s strategies “to blaspheme God and to slander His name and His dwelling place” (Rev 13:6). WILL WE GET BORED? Psalms 16:11 (ESV) You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. “The ahh! of deep satisfaction and the aha! of delighted surprise meet and they kiss” (Mark Campbell)  No more wishing we were somewhere else…  No more wishing we were someone else…  We will know continual satisfaction and delight with where we are and whatever we are doing. ONLY SIN-POISONED MINDS BELIEVE THAT SIN EQUALS FUN. God invented fun. Look at His creation. Look at the animals. God has the best sense of humor. (Aardvarks, Manatees, baboons, orangutans) Luke 6:21-“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh”. We’ll also continue in good works. We’ll help God run the universe. We’ll also continue our life’s work that we never finished here on old earth. Victor Hugo: “When I go to the grave I can say, as others have said, "My day's work is done," But I cannot say, "My life is done". My work will recommence the next morning. The tomb is not a blind alley; it is a thoroughfare. It closes upon the twilight but opens upon the dawn. IMAGINE A renewed natural universe and a new city with the best of human culture from the old Earth. Where will civilization go from there?  CRAFTSMANSHIP IS IMPORTANT TO GOD The first person described as “filled with the Spirit” was not a preacher, a priest or a prophet. He was a craftsman. (Exodus 31:1-6- Bezalel-chosen and filled to make artistic designs in gold, silver and bronze, along with Oholiab to help him) Read Exodus 25-40, to see the detail God gave in his instruction on how to build the tabernacle. (And that was only temporary) It was no accident Jesus was born into a carpenter’s family. Carpenters are makers, God is a maker, Jesus will always be a maker, “I make all things new.” We will continue to ‘make’ things on the New Earth  TRADE AND BUSINESS Revelation 21:24 (NIV) The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.  LIFE ON THE NEW EARTH AS SEEN IN ISAIAH Isaiah 11:6-9 (ESV) The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. ISAIAH 60:5-9 (NIV) Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord. All Kedar's flocks will be gathered to you, the rams of Nebaioth will serve you; they will be accepted as offerings on my altar, and I will adorn my glorious temple. "Who are these that fly along like clouds, like doves to their nests? Surely the islands look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish, bringing your sons from afar, with their silver and gold, to the honor of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor. ISAIAH 60:11 (NIV) Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that men may bring you the wealth of the nations-- their kings led in triumphal procession. ISAIAH 60:21-22 (NIV) Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor. The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly." LIFE IN HEAVEN • Ethnic and National Identities (Rev 5:9,10) • Building (Isa 60:10; 65:21) • Gardening, Farming (Isa 65:21) • No more sin, death or suffering (Rev 21:4) • Learning (Eph 2:6-7; Matt 11:29; 2 Cor 3:18) • Jewelry, Art, Sculptures, Garments, Embroidery (Ex 35:35, Isa 60:6,7,9) • Total Safety (Isa 60:18; Micah 4:1-7) • Music - Voice and Instruments (Rev 8:7-13; 15:2; Isa 38:20; Rev 14:2-3) • Animals and Pets (Isaiah 11:6-9; Isa 65:25, Psalm 50:10-11) • Babies and Children (Isa 11:8; 60:29) • Travel (Isa 60:8) • Poetry, writing, books, songwriting • Shipbuilding (Isa 60:9) • Navigation, Maps (The entire universe) • Seasons, weather (Ezekiel 34:26-28) • Sing and Praise to God (Rev 4,5+) • Dancing (Prodigal Son returned and a party with dancing was held; Ps 30:11 “You turned my wailing into dancing”; David danced 2 Sam 6:16; Jer. 31:5 – “Again you will take up your tambourines and go out and dance with the joyful.” • Tell stories (even Angels-Job 38:1-7) • Relationships and Reunions (1 Thess 2:19-20; 3:9; 3:13; I Thess 4:14-18; Matt 8:11)) • Family (Luke 8:19-21; Mark 10:29-30 • Memories (Luke 16:25, Rev 6:9-11) • Learn of all the things Jesus did on earth (John 21:25) • How will we react to family and loved ones not being in Heaven (Matt 25; John 5:22-29; Rom 1:18 - 2:16; 2 Thess 1:7-9; 20:11-35) God’s judgments are just and we will praise Him because of it) • Movies? (without evil); Drama (without evil characters) • Laughter (Luke 6:21) Laugh – Martin Luther said “If you’re not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there”. • Play-yes, because God created and values a child-like spirit. (Mark 10:14-15) • Toys • Sports, even games we haven’t imagined. (Competition is good – 1 Cor 9:24,24; 2 Tim 2:5) • Fishing (Eze 47:9-12) • Challenges • Hard Work • Sweat? Hurt? Sore? • Skydiving without a parachute? Scuba diving without an air tank? MISSED OPPORTUNITIES  When someone dies young, we think how tragic. Michael Coomer (17) and Taiann Wilson, 15. Died on August 31 1995. He was a Senior and she a Sophomore at Southwestern High School in Somerset Kentucky Matthew was murdered with his girlfriend, Taiann Nicole Wilson on their first date while having a picnic behind his house at a little stream that he said was one of the most beautiful places that he knew of. The accused murderer testified that Matthew and Taiann were sitting on a little bridge taking off their shoes and socks when he came out of the woods and splashed mud and water on them. He then walked off and latter returned with a gun and shot Matthew, then turned and told Taiann that he could not leave any witnesses. Taiann was stabbed to death with a bayonet and a hunting knife. She had close to 100 knife wounds over her body. Both were Christians, active in their respective Baptist Churches. Both had dreams for their lives, but those dreams were tragically ended, or were they? You know someone who died young, or was stricken with a disease, or born with a disability. So tragic, those unfulfilled dreams.  WHAT ARE WE THINKING? We assume that life on present Earth is superior to life on New Earth. That is foolish thinking. What of the father who abandoned his family and then later came to Christ? What about the young woman faced with an unwanted child and decides to abort the baby? What about the young man killed in combat before he gets to see his son born? What if the God of second chances allowed us to re-live all those missed opportunities? What if that Mom could raise that baby she had aborted. What if that Father could return and raise those children he left?  God promises to make up for all the heartbreaks on this earth. Matthew 5:3-12 (ESV) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Are you living with the disappointment of unfulfilled dreams? In Heaven you’ll find their fulfillment! Did poverty, poor health, war, poor decisions, lack of time prevent you from pursuing an adventure or dream? Good news…On the New Earth you will have a second chance. WHAT ABOUT REGRET, SCARS OF THE PAST? Rev 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 There are tears because of suffering and death, because of injustice, orphans, widows treated unfairly, the oppressed, those imprisioned wrongly, those who are hungry, thirsty, diseased.  God will wipe away all those tears for all eternity. This verse addresses the cause of those tears. But certainly we will still have tears of joy. It seems impossible that one would not cry upon gazing at the wounds of Jesus for the first time.  People in Heaven will have lots of feelings-all good ones. We are told in the Scriptures about banquets, feasts, singing. People will laugh (Luke 6:21) All of these involve feelings. When the curse is removed, our emotions will no longer have a bend in the wrong direction. I don’t believe we will be on a constant emotional high, such a life would not allow the appreciation of special moments of joy. As humans we experience an ebb and flow of our lives. That rhythm is part of our humanity and finiteness – and we will always be both. NEW EARTH – PLACE OF HEALING In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2 Jesus healed as a foretaste of Heaven, and of His reign as Sovereign King. Every act of healing spoke of wholeness and health-a memorial to Eden. HEALING LOST OPPORTUNITIES I suffered from really bad asthma when I was in junior high and even into high school. I could not participate in sports. I could not run. I believe I’ll be able to do all that I want in heaven. Sure I’ll still have my DNA designed restrictions, but I won’t have the restrictions of health. Joni Eareckson Tada: I haven’t been cheated out of being a complete person-I’m just going through a forty year delay, and God is with me even through that. Being ‘glorified’-I know the meaning of that now. It’s the time, after my death here, when I’ll be on my feet dancing!” God can allow us to fulfill our God-honoring dreams, and expand them as well. When you experience disappointment and loss as you serve God here, remember, the loss is temporary! Every day on earth will be an opportunity to live out the dreams that matter most! James 1:2-4 (ESV) Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


15. Alas, Babylon

  • Published: 2011-11-01T03:21:56+00:00
  • Duration: 2625
  • By Jim Tompkins
Alas, Babylon

http://mudpreacher.org/2011/10/31/alas-babylon/ ALAS, BABYLON VATICAN CITY, Oct 24 (Reuters) - - Pope Benedict called on Monday for sweeping reforms of the world economy and the creation of a ethical, global authority to regulate financial markets as demonstrations against corporate greed continued to spring up in major cities across the globe. “Caritas in Veritate,” or “Charity in Truth,” is Benedict’s third encyclical since he became pope in 2005. He said the financial downturn had revealed behaviours like "selfishness, collective greed and hoarding of goods on a great scale," adding that world economics needed an "ethic of solidarity" among rich and poor nations. Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday Oct 26th 2011 called for a radical rethinking of the global economy, criticizing a growing divide between rich and poor and urging the establishment of a “true world political authority” to oversee the economy and work for the “common good.” The Vatican called for the establishment of “a supranational authority” and a “true world political authority” with worldwide scope and "universal jurisdiction" to guide economic policies and decisions and work for the common good. Such an authority should start with the United Nations as its reference point but later become independent and be endowed with the power to see to it that developed countries were not allowed to wield "excessive power over the weaker countries". This startling announcement brought back to my mind teaching I heard in the late 60’s that the Pope was the Antichrist. Then I started thinking “ What if this idea gets traction, and the Pope succeeds in getting the world leaders together to put this plan into action. Then some of what is written in the Book of Revelations would make perfect sense. THE BOOK OF REVELATION: Revelation 13:17 (ESV) so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. How easy would this be if we have only one world bank and money? Then what happens in Revelations 18 would make sense as well: Revelation 18:1-3 (ESV) After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. And he called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.” Many teach that the Antichrist will come from ‘Babylon’ Revelation 17 says he will carry Babylon, but then he will carry out its destruction. I can see the world’s financial collapse leading to such a plan as the Pope is proposing. One of the great supporters of it will be the Antichrist. But after the plan is in place and he comes to power, he will turn on the religious power of Babylon, destroying it (Rev 17) and then turn on the political power of Babylon (Rev 18). This is because all power will belong to him! So much for conjecture… Regardless of who or what Babylon is, it plays a prominent role in the events of the Revelation of the end times.  This brings me to the deeper issue… I. WHAT DOES BABYLON REPRESENT IN SCRIPTURE? To understand Babylon, we need to go way back, to the time just after the Great Flood. As we examine Babylon’s place in history, we will find that it represents the Best that Man can do and be. Babylon is man exalting himself to God, and even above God.  Babylon represents man’s efforts to replace God with himself! A. The First Sin of Babylon The First Corporate Sin that Manifested itself after the Flood took place on the planes of Shinar, the sight of Babylon. Here a mighty ruler named Nimrod built a tower that reached to the heavens. Genesis 10:8-10 (NIV) Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, "Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord." The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Akkad and Calneh, in Shinar.  The Sin of Nimrod and his subjects was rebellion against GOD.  They were seeking to exalt themselves above God.  They were seeking to take God out of their lives. Genesis 11:4 (ESV) Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” Babylon represents Man’s efforts to Reduce God. They wanted a God whom they could control. The attitudes revealed in their actions indicate how they sought to accomplish this. What we glory in reveals the God of our Lives. 1. Glory in Splendor – a beautiful city 2. Glory in Status – the tower that reached to the heavens 3. Glory in Success – make a name for ourselves Man wanted to make a name for himself, through the work of his hands. He wanted recognition for what he could accomplish. So man built a tower on the plains of Shinar, at Babylon. The very first place in the post-flood world that man exalted himself above God was at Babylon. Indeed Babylon became a symbol for the greatness of man! In his book, Structures or why things don't fall down (Pelican 1978–1984), Professor J.E. Gordon considers the height of the Tower of Babel. He wrote, 'brick and stone weigh about 120 lb per cubic foot (2,000 kg per cubic metre) and the crushing strength of these materials is generally rather better than 6,000 lbs per square inch or 40 megapascals. Elementary arithmetic shows that a tower with parallel walls could have been built to a height of 2.1 km (1.3 mi) before the bricks at the bottom were crushed. However by making the walls taper towards the top they ... could well have been built to a height where the men of Shinar would run short of oxygen and had difficulty in breathing before the brick walls crushed beneath their own dead weight." This desire to rob God of His glory is so entrenched in mankind, that no matter what God does to mankind in the tribulation, mankind will curse God and refuse to repent and give Him glory! Revelation 16:8-9 (ESV) The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.  Indeed, Psalms 2 reveals the heart of man: Psalms 2:1-4 (NIV) Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. "Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters." The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.  God had the last laugh: Genesis 11:6 (ESV) And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.  Where Does Man Get this desire to rob glory from God? SATAN What man was saying was eerily similar to something Satan (Lucifer) had said centuries before: Isaiah 14:13-14 (ESV) You said in your heart,  ‘I will ascend to heaven;  above the stars of God I will set my throne on high;  I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north;  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;  I will make myself like the Most High.’ We all know what happened to Lucifer Luke 10:18 (ESV) And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. B. The First Sin of the Promised Land The first Sin that spoiled the Promised Land for the Jews was the pride of wearing a Babylonian Garment. Joshua 7:21 (KJV) When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. Joshua 7:21 (ESV) when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” Achan just had to have that babylonian garment  Joshua had warned the people Joshua 6:17-19 (ESV) And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent. But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel a thing for destruction and bring trouble upon it. But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord.” Jericho, an evil city, full of evil inhabitants, so evil that Lindey Lohan could have been a priestess, was dedicated to God for destruction. It was so evil that everyone in it was to be destroyed like Sodom and Gomorrah. The silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron was to be given to the treasury of God.  Achan cheered at Joshua’s decree. Yeah! Everything is wicked! We’ll destroy it all! But there he was, checking out the spoil of one of his victims, and his eye was attracted to this snazzy Babylonian garment. The material was so soft, the design was so intricate. The beading and jewels adorning the garment took your breath away. This garment took a year to sew. He had seen something almost as nice in the latest issue of Babylonia Today! If his friends would see him wearing such a garment, they would be so jealous! He could go anywhere in the Kingdom wearing such a garment. It was fit for a King! Actually, that garment was fit for destruction. It represented Man’s Pride in his accomplishments, accomplishments made apart from God!  Achan confessed his sin: “then I coveted them and took them” The life of Achan ended in a heap of stones: Joshua 7:25-26 (ESV) And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The Lord brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones. And they raised over him a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his burning anger. Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor. C. The First Sin of the Church Acts 5:1-4 (NIV) Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife's full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles' feet. Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God." Ananias, in lying to the church, embraced all the sins of Babylon. He wanted the splendor that the money could by him. He wanted to status of appearing to be such a giving saint. He wanted to appear successful in the eyes of the church and his friends. Satan filled his heart with the spirit of Babylon. Ananias tried to minimize God, and exalt himself. God had the last laugh once again. D. What is the Danger of Babylon?  Nimrod built one tall building  Achan took one fancy robe  Ananias told one little lie Nimrod looked at the Tower of Babel reaching to the sky and said, wow, look what we did!  God saw the Tower and changed the course of Mankind! Achan looked at the Shiny Robe and said, Wow wouldn’t I look like somebody in the Robe?  God saw the robe hidden in his tent and changed the course of Achan’s life! (In a dramatic fiery heap of stones!) Ananias told a partial truth but still gave the church a lot of money  God saw his heart and startled the church What is so dangerous about Babylon? What dangers was God wanting to protect His people from? The Best Way to understand the danger of Babylon is to understand what the Babylonian Garment represented. This garment pictures Babylon far better than the silver or gold that Achan also took. That is why it was mentioned. This Babylonian Garment represents Three Things that are a Danger to our love for God. They are seemingly innocent things, things that we all need and appreciate and even desire. But the Seduction of these three things will work their way into our lives until we minimize our need for God. THE BABYLONIAN GARMENT 1. Splendor We all appreciate beauty. We are drawn to it. Whether it is a car, a woman, even a horse, we love beautiful things. Advertisements shout this loud and clear. Television shows, even reality TV shows, shout this. Women spend billions of dollars to make themselves beautiful. Architects design buildings, even stadiums, to display the splendor and beauty of their imagination. King Ahasuerus, reigned from India to Ethiopia, and in the third year of his reign, he gave a feast for all of his officials and servants and nobles and governors that lasted 180 days. All the days of the feast he displayed the riches of his royal glory and the splendor and pomp of his greatness. We love to display our splendor and glory-whether in our clothes, our car, our home, our possessions. America is a land of BLING! We even do it with teeth fillings, piercings and tattoos! We trick out our trucks, our cars, our motorcycles, we wear our jewelry and accessorize! a) Even Satan was all about BLING! According to Ezekiel 28:13, a probable reference to Lucifer, we learn that he is an amazing being to behold: "You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. Splendor is seductive. It lured Lucifer into rebellion. It lured David into deep sin. It lured the wisest man on the earth into committing unspeakable acts against his God, whose very wisdom he possessed. b) Nebuchadnezzar: Daniel 4:29-30 (NIV) … as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, "Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?" God Had the Last Word: Immediately a voice came from heaven: Daniel 4:31-32 (NIV) "This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes." c) Israel: Hosea 2:11 I will stop all her celebrations: her yearly festivals, her New Moons, her Sabbath days --all her appointed feasts. 12I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, which she said were her pay from her lovers; I will make them a thicket, and wild animals will devour them. 13I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot," declares the LORD. GOD AND SPLENDOR 1. Inner beauty and splendor matters to God 1Pet. 3:1 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. 2. God Looks on the Heart 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV) But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 3. God Must be our Splendor  Psalms 96:9 (ESV) Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!  Psalms 104:1 (ESV) Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty,  Psalms 111:3 (ESV) Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. 4. We are to make Known His Splendor to our Children  Psalms 145:12 (ESV) to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 5. In the End Times, Men will seek to hide from the splendor of God! Isaiah 2:19 (ESV) And people shall enter the caves of the rocks and the holes of the ground, from before the terror of the Lord, and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth. 6. The Splendor of Babylon will be no more Isaiah 13:19 (ESV) And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the splendor and pomp of the Chaldeans, will be like Sodom and Gomorrah when God overthrew them. 7. The Church will be presented to Christ in Splendor Ephesians 5:25-27 (ESV) Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 2. Status Tradition has it that this robe was a priestly robe, used in worship to the Canaanite gods. This robe not only was beautiful, it represented power. It represented standing. It represented status. Whoever wore this robe was always on the “A-List” party invitations. This robe granted its wearer access to the power people of Jericho and Canaan. The wearer was somebody. Nobody messed with whoever wore this robe. If they did, they found themselves being sacrificed to Baal!  Status is very important in our world.  Satan began it all by saying “I will be as the most high”. He wanted the status of God himself.  Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit because they wanted to be like gods.  Lot chose the well watered plains of Sodom and Gomorrah, and instead of hating the sin, he became enmeshed in it, even becoming a man of ‘status’ a judge at the gate.  Judas followed Jesus for the status he thought it would bring him. When it became apparent that Jesus was not going to become King, he set out to betray the Son of God!  Aaron and the Levites set out to worship God in the Tabernacle. But by the time of Christ, the High Priest had become a perverted, corrupt institution motivated by power and status.  Ministry today is often corrupted by a pursuit of ratings and donations and status. Pastors focus their efforts on the Four “B’s” – Building Size, Budget Size, Number of Baptisms, and Number of Bodies. Spiritual growth and Character growth are not emphasized, because they do not build the churches ‘status’ as far as the world is concerned.  Focus upon STATUS is PRIDE! There is no room for Pride in God’s Kingdom: Mark 9:35 (ESV) And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 3. Success Nothing says success like Excess. Or a Rolex, Cadillac, or ___________. You name it, we’ll wear it or drive it as long as it makes us look successful! I can just see Achan trying on that shiny robe. Ooh he felt so good. He couldn’t wait to be seen wearing it. Everyone would be jealous of his apparent success! Daniel 4:4 (ESV) I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace. Look at America. We are swimming in debt, but we still consume and charge and buy our way into success. Just a few months ago the politicians were encouraging us to consume more to get this economy going. We trade our souls for stuff. Stuff to show our success. Stuff to make us feel secure at night. Possessions, Money, those are things we can rely on. Our future is secure if we have money. We don’t have to worry about growing old, or caring for our loved ones, if we have money in the bank. Man’s Success is Failure before God Mark 8:34-36 (ESV) And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Revelation 3:17 (ESV) For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Joshua 1:8 (ESV) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. E. The Splendor of Babylon Will Vanish  Revelation 18:10 (KJV) Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.  Revelation 18:14 (NLT) “The fancy things you loved so much are gone,” they cry. “All your luxuries and splendor are gone forever, never to be yours again.” When Babylon Falls, there will be the greatest Hallelujah ever. Revelation 19:1-3 (ESV) After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just; for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” Once more they cried out, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” F. The Solution for A Heart Infected with Babylon Joshua 7:19 (ESV) Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord God of Israel and give praise to him. And tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.” To counter the effects of the Babylonian Garment, Joshua told Achan to give glory to the Lord God! When we do what we want, when we go our own way, when we place our confidence in splendor, status and success, we are robbing God of His Glory. God wants His people to give all praise and glory to Him. Everything in our live depends upon God!  We are Losing a Generation of Young People because we are wearing Babylonian Garments The Millennial Generation or Generation Y consists of young adults born after 1980. The latest research from Barna indicates that this generation is growing up without a Biblical Foundation of Jesus Christ. Only 15% of Millennials profess faith in Jesus Christ. Yet their parents, the Baby Boomers, profess a 65% Christianity. What happened. The Garment of Babylon is what happened. We have put on our Sunday Faces and Clothes at Church, but throughout the week we wear our Babylonian Garment. We pursue our splendor, our status and our success. We embrace the spirit of Babylon in our homes and work. We display a MINIMAL DEPENDENCE upon God in our homes, our work and our lives. Jude 1:11 (ESV) Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. We have danced with Cain, we have partied with Balaam and we have colluded with Korah. And so they have infected the hearts of our families and children. Cain wanted to seek the God in his own way. He thought his splendor was good enough. Balaam was divided between pleasing God and having the status of the King’s Prophet. So he corrupted the message of God, and gained the status of the King, but lost his soul to the ways of Babylon. Korah wanted to make his own success, apart from Noah and God. He had enough of Moses, and told him, everyone is holy enough. He wanted to go his own way and be successful apart from Moses and God.  We have two choices: Allow Babylon to Steal our Love for God Give Glory to God in everything, and Seek His Glory through Everything. WE CAN LIVE HALLELUJAH LIVES OR CRYING LIVES!  The World cried at the downfall of Babylon. It had become their life!  Those Saints in Heaven Shouted Hallelujah! Revelation 19:1 (ESV) After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, When we seek satisfaction in the Splendor, Status and Success of this world, we will end up miserable, dissatisfied, on medication for depression. Or you will come to the Salvation that only Jesus Christ offers, accept the misery of sin, and fall into the Love and Hope that Jesus Christ alone offers. When Jesus Christ becomes your Savior, then God can say to you: Jim, you are the most wretched and hopeless man, and in yourself you will never be anything else. But I have looked upon you through your faith in My Son as though you never sinned at all. I chose to see you in my Son by your faith! Glory! God alone is worthy of Glory! My Joy, my happiness, my accomplishments are all in Him! What Does that Babylonian Garment offer me that could even compare? It is temporary, it is fading, it will be soon eaten or destroyed or lost! We need to embrace Christ with our children. We need to quit putting emphasis on the Babylonian Lifestyle of self effort and success, and focus on the splendor, the standing and the success that come from putting on the Lord Jesus Christ! Isaiah 43:7 says we are created for God’s Glory! Isaiah 48:9 says God will not give His glory to another. So God did not create us so that He would become more glorious, for His beauty and perfection are complete. He is already Glory defined. God cannot become more God by making something that is not God. No, God created us to display His Glory! This world is to KNOW God’s Glory by our lives! We are not to seek our own glory through splendor, status or success. No, in all our lives we are to display God’s glory to the world, not our own glory! Babylon is man-centeredness. It can be in our churches, our worship, our work, our families, our lives. God will give His glory to no one. We cannot make God more glorious by accumulating stuff and bringing it to Him. But we can bring our lives and all we have to HIM and ask Him to use it to bring glory to Him. Never hold on to stuff if it starts to become more important than God or worshipping Him! We are to display God’s Glory to the world with all our lives, with all our being.


16. Workshops in People's Homes

Workshops in People's Homes

Workshops in People’s Homes will be a public programme of workshops that will take place around Cumbria in Spring 2016. Members of the public will work with artist Joshua Sofaer to develop a workshop in their own home through both group and one-to-one sessions. They will then deliver their workshop to a paying audience in their own home. We would like to hear from all kinds of people, of all ages, who live in all kinds of homes and who have all kinds of different suggestions for a workshop. Maybe you’d like the opportunity to share your skill at a dying traditional art, an invention you’ve made, or a long kept secret family recipe. It could be funny and irreverent, or serious and precise, its up to each person to decide how to develop their workshop. You don’t need any previous experience. All you need is enthusiasm and a willingness to take part. Even if you don’t have a clear idea for a workshop right now, we’d love to hear from you if you’re keen to be involved. To find out more come to one of the Workshops in People’s Homes ‘Public Forum’ events: 2pm – 3.30pm Saturday 19 September 2015 AND festival, Grizedale Visitor Centre Cafe, LA22 0QJ 2pm – 3.30pm Saturday 17 October 2015 Eden Arts, Old Fire Station, Bridge Lane, Penrith, CA11 8HY For more information on the project, public forum and how to register you interest: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/workshops-in-homes


17. Preach The Word - July 19, 2009

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  • By Grace Downtown
Preach The Word - July 19, 2009

2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 What can we do about a world gone bad? To find out how to cope in a world gone bad, Timothy turned to the apostle Paul for advice and direction. Paul responded in 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 and centered on one main theme: Preach The Word. What can we do about a world gone bad? Students are increasingly disobedient and disrespectful. Their parents have been divorced and make excuses for their kids or don’t care. Twenty-somethings seem unrestrained in their pursuit of personal pleasure and parties. Middle-agers are ungrateful for the hard work and heritage handed to them by previous generations. Senior citizens press the default ‘no way’ button with anything involving change and are unwilling to contribute anything except bitterness and complaints. What can we do about a world gone bad? That’s what Pastor Timothy and the members of the congregations in and around Ephesus in the first century A.D. were asking. With all the best schools, the best libraries, and the top scholars, researchers, and consultants near at hand, it seemed to them that the world was getting worse. In addition, some educators were reinforcing the problems by teaching people, “The main object of life is to satisfy your own desires. So, step on anybody any way you can in order to get ahead.” To find out how to cope in a world gone bad, Timothy turned to the apostle Paul for advice and direction. Paul responded with this letter and centered on one main theme Preach The Word. Because “The Word” has an unusual author It is not strange to hear people who are concerned about the evils in society say, “All we have to do is make sure everyone gets a good education.” Of course, a good education hinges on having good teachers, and good teachers themselves are continually learning from experts who author books to share their expertise. Some textbooks become so popular and so famous that they are known not by the book’s title but by the author’s name, at least that was the case way back when I was in school. I don’t recall the titles of the history books we used, but every sophomore in our little high school had a Breasted history text and nearly all of my college classmates studied from Heichelheim & Yeo and Strayer & Munroe. People like Breasted, Heichelheim, Yeo, Strayer, and Munroe were experts in ancient and medieval history. Information gleaned from their books was reliable and solid because the authors were well-known authorities. But, as you might expect, sometimes experts disagree. There’s always the possibility that new research will dig up new information and lead to a rethinking and rewriting by new experts. If that can happen in the field of history, what about biology, chemistry, linguistics, and a host of other subjects? Education is important in trying to solve some of the problems of a world gone bad, but education based on what today’s experts have to say may have to be replaced by what tomorrow’s experts have to say. Wouldn’t it be frustrating – no, downright alarming – if what we need to know about our relationship with God here on earth and how to get to a happy hereafter were based on questionable authors? But that is not the case. We have answers to life’s biggest questions based on a book with an unusual author, one who never errs and who doesn’t shift around like a shadow. All Scripture is God-breathed. In a miraculous way God himself breathed into various writers the actual thoughts and words he wanted to be recorded. The Bible is God’s own book in which he reveals what he is like and how he connects himself to people so that we can cope with life in a world gone bad and live with the certainty that he has given us life in the world to come. And the center, the core, the heart of the entire Holy Scriptures is Jesus. What he did for us – trading places with us so that he not only felt the pressure of trying to do everything right but did it and took the heat from God for our failed attempts at doing things right – makes life worth living now and makes life eternal real. That’s why Paul’s main message to Timothy and to us was, “Preach the Word,” that is, proclaim all of what the Bible says because all of the Word points to Jesus. And you can count on it being reliable because this book has an unusual author, God himself, who won’t change his mind or shift his opinions about you. Because “The Word” has unique power Authors of textbooks aim at our brain so that they can stuff information into the two and a half pounds of pinkish-gray jelly between our ears. Novel writers usually take aim at our heart. A murder mystery might make us afraid. A love story might make us happy. A war story might make us angry or sad. It’s also true that an author might write several books, none of which get published because they are perceived to be duds, not very effective in touching either the reader’s intellect or emotions. God’s Word affects both the head and the heart, and God’s Word is not a dud. Could you imagine a surgeon removing the tip of a tumor and not addressing the root cancer underneath? Can you picture someone scrambling up a steep sand bank and always sliding down? Can you picture someone lost in a maze, bumping into corners and not finding the exit? Timothy wanted to help the Christians in and around Ephesus identify the root of their problems. He wanted them to be able to stand on solid ground and peer over the embankment all the way to heaven. He wanted them to sort through the maze of mixed messages sent out by false teachers who were leading believers away from God. So Paul wrote, “The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” That’s why Paul told Timothy, “Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because … from infancy you have know the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” The Bible doesn’t just convey religious head knowledge. It has the unique power to rock our core. It exposes the hurtful ways we treat friends and co-workers and sometimes even family members, the grudges we bear, the different shades of green we turn in envy when someone makes more money than we do. It reveals the error of our sullen silence when we don’t honestly convey our feelings, causing relationships to stagnate and fall apart. It uncovers the skeletons in our closet which cause us to awake in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. We shiver at what God says in his Word concerning what we deserve – a push into a pit from which we can never get out. But then the Word made flesh comes to us through the words of this holy book and says, “Do not fear … do not let your hands hang limp. The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over your with singing”(Zephaniah 3:16-17). That’s when our lower lip starts to quiver, and the corners of our eyes get a little moist from tears of joy because the Word of God tells us that the Maker of all, the Master of the universe, loves me and loves you. That’s what Paul meant when he said that holy Scriptures are able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. In answer to Timothy’s concern, “How can I help people cope in this world gone bad?” Paul stated clearly, “Preach the Word because it has the unique power to transplant into us all the great things Jesus did so that we are declared right with God. That good news fills our hearts with joy and gives our life meaning and purpose.” Because “The Word” has a useful purpose The primary purpose of this holy book is to rescue us from the ravages of sin by hiding us in the mighty fortress of Jesus’ love. But the Savior does not want us to cower behind those fortress walls, curled up in a fetal position, biting our nails, praying fervently that the messes in this world and in our life will just pass by so that we don’t have to deal with them, and adding the prayer, “Come, Lord Jesus, soon – very soon!” Timothy and the people of Ephesus needed a fortress for their faith but also needed direction for their life to step out of those fortress walls with confidence and purpose. So Paul wrote, “All Scripture … is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the person who belongs to God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” … Be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.” Sally didn’t go to church because of bad experiences she had with “the institutional church.” But a friend told her that Jesus’ love is so wide that it’s big enough to cover all sins of all sinners. Now Sally is on her church’s evangelism team. Bob made a mess of his life – drugs and alcohol. But Jesus pulled him out of the pit he was in. Now Bob is helping others who are where he had been. John and Jill were just about ready to give up on their marriage. But Jill’s sister-in-law said, “You’re both wrong. You need to take your sins to the cross of Jesus. His blood washes them away, and if he can forgive your sins, he can surely help you work on your marriage.” Now they are recommitted to a lifetime of love. Tom and Mary had questions on how to get their kids to learn important values in life. Their neighbors told them about a Lutheran school nearby. The whole family is in church every week now, and they have moved up from the Cheerio rows in back because the kids are actually paying attention. Joe never had enough dough. But Jesus snagged his heart, and Joe’s wallet came along for the ride. Now he’s known as generous Joe. At our fingertips we have a resource that not only describes riches of God’s love but empowers us. I once heard someone say that he did not think the Bible was relevant for our real, contemporary world. But Satan still uses the same bag of lies which he used in the Garden of Eden and with the Christians in Ephesus. But the Bible is still God’s truth and God’s Word counters those tricks and paves the way to heaven. What can we do about a world gone bad? Preach the Word – preach Jesus! Amen. Preached at Grace Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, WI (www.gracedowntown.org) on July 19, 2009


18. “The Nature of the Lion & Lamb #2”

“The Nature of the Lion & Lamb #2”

Pastor Obed Martinez July 10, 2013 Revelation 5:5-6 “The Nature of the Lion & Lamb #2” 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. – Revelation 5:5-6 (NKJV) The Lord God planted a Garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. - Genesis 2:8 (NKJV) GARDEN – Means to GUARD; EDEN – Means PLEASURE GARDEN OF EDEN MEANS: A Guarded Pleasure OUR ENVIRONMENTS • Living Room – Where we discuss our family issues and our future • Dining Room – Where we discuss our day and talk with our kids • Bed Room – Where we’re intimate and meet each other’s needs physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually A LION IS: A. Protective B. Brave C. Willing to Fight D. Pride (Group Members) with Females E. Loners on the Big Scheme of things F. Communicative to their own (His Roar wins Her but also can Control Her) A LAMB IS: A. Vulnerable B. Easily Influenced C. Competitive D. Constantly Needs New Pastures E. Stubborn F. Need the MOST care of all Animals G. Needs the ROD & STAFF for Guidance (There Actually ONE – Hook – Pulls them out of Danger; The Pointer – Gives them Guidance as Himself) Here’s The Origin of a Mans and Women’s Nature? MAN Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” – Genesis 1:26 (NKJV) WOMEN 21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. Genesis 2:21-22 (NKJV) RIBS PROTECT: Heart and lungs but most importantly it BRINGS STRUCTURE to the Body like the Skull does to the Head 1. THE NATURE OF A PERSON IS DIFFERENT THEN THE PERSONALITY OF A PERSON Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. – Genesis 2:22 (NKJV) I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. – Psalms 139:14 (NKJV) • NATURE: Who We Are • PERSONALITY: What We Are 2. THE NATURE IS OUR SPIRIT THE PERSONALITY IS OUR FLESH Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. – Genesis 1:26A (NLT) PERSONHOOD • Loyalty makes a person attractive…Proverbs 19:22 (NLT) • A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. – Proverbs 18:9 (NLT) • A hot-tempered person starts fights;..Proverbs 15:18 (NLT) • A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. – Proverbs 25:28 (NLT) 3. THE NATURE OF THE PERSON SHOULD BUILD THE PERSONALITY OF THE PERSON 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)


19. Bad Reputation PSA

Bad Reputation PSA

In 2013, there were more laws passed to limit women’s reproductive rights than in the entire previous DECADE. Many of us may have access to good health care, but our experience being a woman – and our rights – shouldn’t depend on our zip code. Our sisters in Texas, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Ohio, Arkansas, and so many other states don’t have what we have. The most regressive, anti­-woman, anti­-voting, anti-equality laws are being passed on the state level. This is why the MIDTERMS are so important. The midterm elections on Tuesday, November 4th, are just as important as the Presidential elections. Need a reason to go vote? Check out these terrifying facts: • 29 States in America allow a rapist to sue a women for custody and/or visitation of the child birthed from that rape.  • 87% of all US Counties have no abortion provider.  • 35%of American women will have an abortion by the age o f45.  • In 35% states, Medicaid recipients do not have abortion coverage.  • In 13 states a pharmacist can legally refuse to disperse birth control, even if you have a prescription. • 26 states have waiting periods for abortion; only 11 have waiting periods for guns.  • in 17 State the government forces women to go to counseling before she can have an abortion. • In 32 State terminally ill women are forced to carry a pregnancy to term, regardless of her wishes or her living will.  • More than 50 abortion clinics were shut down by unnecessary laws from 2010­-2013. Not including the dozens that were shut in Texas in the last month. (For a state by state list of anti­-women/anti-equality laws go to the nifty state-by-state map at ladypartsjustice.com) Power To The Peaceful and The Proactive! Sarah Sophie, Maximilla Lukacs, Tennessee Thomas, Rebecca Fernandez, and Jorjee Douglass Appearances by: Alexa Chung Alexis Krauss Alia Penner Alia Shawkat Alison McQuade Allison Tolman Ami Sioux Amy Kersten Amy Van Doran Ana Calderon Ana Kayne for @prinkshop Andrea Diodati Anne Guynn Antje Knott Arden Wohl Ariana Delawari Arrow, Wilder and Dusty Peretz Auréole Menashe Ribes Bridgid Ryan Brittany Natale Brooke Williams Carlen Altman Carrie Brownstein Cass Bugge Cass McCombs Cathy Hahn Chanterelle Menashe Ribes Christina, Patty Schemel and Bee Claire Wilson Connie Peirce Dan O'Reilly-Rowe Debra McGuire Denise Hewett Diana Garcia Diva Dompe, Matthew McQueen and baby Love Domino Kirke Duncan Frederick Eden Weinberg Elaine Ewing Eleanor Friedbereger Elias Altman for @prinkshop Erika Spring Gala Knörr Gillian Lee Whitlock Hailey Hayes Hannah Simone Holly Miranda Illy Fraiture Jared Birdsong Jemima Kirke Jen Cohn Jenn Wong Jenny Lindberg Jericah V Jess Gallucci Jess McIntosh Jesse Lee Jacobs Jesse Peretz Jessica Byrd Jessica Gallucci Jessica Tonder Joan Jett Jocelynn Montoya Jorjee Douglass Judy Wolf Julia Baylis Juliann McCandless Kat Zagaria Kristen May Lee Laena Geronimo Lamorne Morris LaTonya Staubs Laurie Henzel Leah Manjarrez Lesley Gore Lianna Carrera Liz Goldwyn Lizz Winstead Lola Kirke Lola Rose Thomson Lori White Lyndsay Messina Magan Wiser Marcela Cantu Mariana Garces Martika Finch Masha Orlov Maude Boddie Max Greenfield Maximilla Lukacs Mayan Toledano Meg Olsen Melissa Auf der Maur Mia Lidofsky Michelle Demilt Mila Wizel MissKK Karnaky Molly Schiott Morgan Gillio Natasha Lyonne Natasha Rutters Nicki Alkire Nico Turner Paige Siegwardt Petra Collins Pony Cassells Priyanka Mantha Rachel Kibbe Rain Phoenix Ramona Gaberman-Rowe Rebecca Fernandez Rebecca Woolf Riley Destefano DeLuise River Auf der Maur - Stone Robin Glaser Samantha Pleet Sarah Alice Moran Sarah Moran Sarah Sophie Flicker Shelby O'Neal Sia Siena Oristaglio Sophie Kuller Stephanie Allynne Tara Violet Taryn Southern Tavi Gevinson Tennessee Thomas Todd Weaver Tracee Ellis Ross Una Birdsong Z Berg Zoë Chao


20. 2 Scoops - Put It In A Broken Heart

2 Scoops - Put It In A Broken Heart

All Copyrights go to Columbia and Alicia Keys and whoever else and all that. This is for promotional use only. This is an old song I wrote in earlier this year (May to be exact). Finally got around to recording it. Any resemblance to relationships between persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Performed by 2 Scoops Follow at: twitter.com/thetwoscooper ++LYRICS++ and when i said i'd never leave, girl i pinky promised/ it never crossed my mind that you would cross your fingers on us/ cuz obviously, you wanna choose a different option/ now mother nature is crying, i can feel her drippin on us/ damn, someone told me rainy days'll get better still/ but tears on my pokerface, girl you could bet its real/ i'm still alive, but yet../ ..its hurting alot, like returning your watch/ 'cause you dont like the time we spent/ i mean, you knew you were my number one/ only really coming number two to nothing but the sun/ its like the sunset, whenever youre upset/ now my world is upside, down, with no upside/ how do i fall asleep without this broken heart/ and how do i wake up without feelin torn apart/ cause when i say i need you, i mean it 1 hunned/ cupid got at me, said you the one hunted/ now whenever me and you kick it, punt it/ i take my time when i hit it, bunt it/ my base hits turn into my basement/ thats the place, where we kill time, slay it/ make minutes (h)ours, the days are weekends/ and a kiss convinces you to stay the evening/ yeah girl, youre the flyest, highness/ i find myself lost when im lookin where your eye is/ high i see, wall-e and eve, calling to me/ actually its adam and eve in the Garden of Eden/ now i remember fallin for you, but not in autumn/ it was love in the air, from wall-to-wall and/ now im missin you like waldo, although its false/ if sick looks could kill, im in a coffin, coughin'/ your smile is the sun, you make it hot/ but whenever you're depressed, it rains alot/ maybe im crazy in love, insane or not/ you find ways to conduct my train of thought/ lets have a conversation amongst constellations/ with a confirmation for the congregation/ thats you saying "i do" right after i do/ lookin in your eyes is like starin at the skies/ shootin stars at night, really just airborne/ i could make wishes, like that's what it's there for/ but you already came true, therefore/ its like i woke up and picked you up from the airport/ you're as fly as a stewardess, flight attendant/ all of these sweet dreams leave me diabetic/ you and i together, no alphebetics/ we are oppostites attracting, no magnetic/ field, if it must be a crime, guilty/ im sold on you, must be a sign, realty/ youre touch is like clouds, thats how ya hands feel/ youre a damsel, bringing traffic to a standstill/ let the crowd clap, we are where the clouds at/ mile high, smile, now try to find where your frowns at/ anytime you colon + shift 9, i'll erase/ and you'll replace it with an L-0-L, smiley face/ now its no pokerface, but its safe to say/ if you need a hand, im the 10 to the ace of spades/ you'll forever stay taking my breath away/ when im outside your door, Heaven is a step away.. ++++++++++