Thursday, September 28, 2017

OF PROTESTING, THE FIRST AMENDMENT, AND THE NFL

It is very important to point out the FACTS in regards to the issue of the NFL players who feel they have a First Amendment right to protest. This would be true in some cases;  but it not true in this case. These players are employees of the National Football League.

Do not believe all you hear, read or see in the news, on the internet, on YouTube, or other places. The following are actually excerpts from stated sources and you can check this for yourself if you choose to do so. Let's quit being stupid.

Provided below an excerpt from the NFL Player's Manual that specifically addresses this issue and how it should be handled. Why the management of the National Football League either doesn't know its own rules or chooses to ignore its own rules I cannot speculate. But it is clear that this is a nefarious act, much more sinister than it appears on the surface.

The federal law which addresses the manner in which one conducts himself/herself whenever the National Anthem is played is also provided below. 

Many people claim that the athletes have a First Amendment right to kneel in protest of the National Anthem and injustice, but this is not accurate. In order for the First Amendment to apply to any situation, there must be a government entity involved on one side and a private person, group or organization on the other side. In the NFL context, there is no government entity and thus, there is no First Amendment concern.
The NFL and the various teams are private and the players are private employees of the National Football League. These are not being made to play. This is their chosen job/profession. The players have no First Amendment right to protest during their employment, including during the game. Interestingly, the NFL's operations manual addresses the National Anthem as follows:

During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

If the NFL chose to enforce its own operations manual that requires players to respect the National Anthem by being on the field, standing and otherwise showing respect, the continuing protest would cease.

The players have no First Amendment right to protest. The NFL has refused to allow players to wear decals or armbands or engage in other protests or show of support without prior approval. If the NFL or the football teams want to stop the protests, they have the right to do so.

WHAT DOES THE LAW HAVE TO SAY?

36 U.S. Code § 301 - National anthem
(a)Designation.—
The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
(b)Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem
(1) when the flag is displayed—
(A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
(C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
(2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.
(Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1263; Pub. L. 110–417, [div. A], title V, § 595, Oct. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 4475.)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

NO COMPROMISE

Recently someone asked the question should Christians remove their crosses in order to keep from offending those who follow allah, Muslims.

This is a very good question. And, it is one that is very important to us as we are
more and more often being told we should give in to the demands of those who do not follow nor do they know The Messiah, The Savior of the World, our Master and our Lord. True Believers of The Messiah are in the eye of a great storm right now.

The short answer to this question is no. A follower of Yeshua (Jesus) should understand that our first and only priority is to follow the teachings of our Savior. There is no compromise and compromising is what has gotten us to where we are today in this evil and fallen world.

We can look to many examples in Scripture that show us this truth. We, as followers of Yeshua (Jesus), are told that we are to be a light to the world. Light used here is Strong's #5457. This is the Greek phos (foce) (phao) to shine or make manifest, especially by rays; compare to #5316, #5346, luminousness, fire, light.

Matthew 5:14 tells us:

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid." [Luke 11:33; Eph 5:8; Phil 2:15; I John 1:15].

So, our light is Yeshua Himself. This light or fire, or luminousness, should pierce the darkness. This darkness is evil. What is evil? Anything not of Almighty God is evil.

"Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works (Strongs #2041) and glorify (Strongs #1392) your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:15-16.

Strong's #2041 referenced above is from the Greek er'gon, ergo (to work) toil; (as an effort or occupation), by implication an act, deed, doing, labor, work.

Strongs #1392 referenced above is from the Greek doxadzo; to render (or esteem), glorious, full of glory, honor, magnify.

The passage in Matthew 5:15-16 tells us many things. Among them, that our light should be for all to see. This is not just for our brethren to see, but for all men to see. There are no qualifiers to this statement. It says, "For ALL MEN..."

It is worth pointing out that by doing this, our works, or what we do, how we live, how we esteem and honor our Heavenly Father (or not), will bring glory to Him or not. Who would we be bringing glory to if we give in to the demands (no matter what they may be) of the enemy, those who walk in darkness, those unbelievers, those mockers, scoffers, and those who hate our Father and all things of Him? This bowing to the enemy brings no glory to Him.

Placating the enemy has proven to be (as Scripture clearly states it will) an act despised by God Almighty. It brings upon those individuals and those nations doing it the curses and great displeasure of God Almighty. This is not my interpretation of Scripture but is actually what is said over and over throughout His Word. The act of allowing sin, or of condoning sin, or by keeping quiet partaking of it,  brings sin into our lives and corporately to nations which brings judgment from Almighty God. He never condones sin nor should we. Sin brings death. It brings spiritual death and physical death. Is all of this worth giving in to muslims (or other pagans, atheists, humanists, any other group that does not follow the God of Abraham, Issac, and Israel) who demand symbols of the crucifixion of our Messiah be removed so that they are not offended? Is this really about symbols? No. It is an effort to remove God from our lives. Absolutely not! Who do we serve?

Does the Word of God not tell us that He is greater than all things? Are we not told that if He is for us, who can be against us? Are we not told that our battle is not against flesh but against powers, principalities, and rulers in high places? We are at war in the spiritual realm and if we are not at war then why are we not standing against the enemy?

These same groups are demanding ceasing of public prayer (unless it is to another god - a "little g" god). They are demanding that sodomy, incest, pedophilia, adultery, carnality, fornication, lying, stealing, murder and all manner of abominations not only be allowed but sanctioned by the very ones who should be standing against it. Where is the outrage from pulpits in the West who should be following the Word of God? Silence. Crickets. This is unacceptable and those who claim to be "Christian" should make a note of this and should seek Almighty God in prayer, the study of His Word, and stay there until they receive HIS answer. It doesn't matter what your "church" teaches. No church ever saved a soul but the teachings of them will lead many to hell.

The brother of our Savior, James, wrote the following. It definitely applies here.

"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness and receive with meekness the engrafted word which is above to
save your souls." (See also II Timothy 3:15).

"But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholdeth himself and goeth his way and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was." James 1:19-24.

The warning from James is clear.

"But if we have respect to persons ye commit sin, and are convicted as sinners." (See also Lev 19:15; Deut 5:29; Deut 16:19; Deut 27:26; Matt 5:19; Rom 3:19; Rom 3:31; Gal 3:10; Heb 10:26). James 2:9(a).

There is much more that can be said here in regards to this topic. These same principles should be applied to all areas of our lives. What we must understand is that we serve Almighty God. He does not serve us. There is no other God but Him. What He has declared in His Word, that which He has spoken shall come to pass.

All other gods of men are idols made from their own desires, motives, and for their own gain or to satisfy their fleshly desires. Our Heavenly Father never did and never will tolerate our complicity of sin nor of any gods of men. Ever. If anyone teaches otherwise, this is in direct conflict with the Word of Almighty God. And, there are many today teaching against the Word of God. From these, we must turn away.

To those who are teaching in direct conflict with The Word of God, the following warning is appropriate. This includes those who call themselves pastors, church leaders, and all who put themselves in authority over their congregations, those in social media, YouTube, and other mediums that propagate the lies of the enemy. Be reminded that it is Almighty God's people you are misleading. You will be held to a higher standard in judgment than others, for you willfully mislead these. This is the Word of Almighty God.

"Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do not feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them." Ezekiel 34:2-4

"Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not the flock; Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;  Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them." Ezekiel 34:8-10.

"For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. " Ezekiel 34:11-14.

We must ask ourselves is bowing or giving in to the enemy of our souls ever encouraged by Yeshua (Jesus)? No, absolutely not!

The early church, the original apostles, the first disciples, and many followers of Yeshua in the last 2,000 years refused to go against the teachings of The Messiah (the Truth).  They were threatened with death if they did not. They did not waver. These stood to the last breath for truth. They never considered compromising in any manner or matter, nor should we.

There are no "small things: with our Father. This topic is not a small thing, either. We must stand and stand firm upon the Rock, the Sure Foundation which is The Messiah, the Living Word. All else is sinking sand. And, we should recall many others never did bend nor give one inch in the face of storms and tests they faced. Moses did not. Abraham did not. Joshua did not. Gideon did not. David did not. Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, Elijah, Elisha, and all the prophets did not. And we must not, either.


Monday, September 4, 2017

WHAT MATTERS?

What really matters? Is it life? Is it a skin color or a race? Does a person's faith matter? If so, should a person's faith take precedence over all matters in their life? People have a wide variety of opinion as to the answers to these questions. Many things matter. But, what really matters?

If we are followers of Yeshua (Jesus) and we didn't have our scriptures or our doctrines or our traditions, we would still have Him. In spite of the various doctrines and creeds many associate with the Messiah Yeshua, He is Who He always was and always will be. And, whether one chooses to believe or not, His Word is alive and all of it will come to pass. Sadly, most people don't know Him. Even those who think they know Him really don't know Him.

What is discipleship? Is it following teachings of the Baptists? Is it following the teachings of the Lutherans? Is it listening to and following the instructions of a man clothed in white and scarlet who claims he has sole authority of our Father on earth?  No. It is none of these. It, in a simple term, is getting to know Yeshua and following Him by what He taught, how He lived, and what He wants for us.

One thing that is clear is that people like to read books about God's Word. They usually don't read the Bible as much as they read what others have written about it. This is a problem. It impedes our growth in the knowledge of our Savior.

Who is Yeshua? How did He live? What did He do in the context of the customs of His time and how society was at that time? This topic can't fully be explored here. But, let's get to know a little more about Him.



We know He lived. He wasn't a fictitious character in some fairy tale. He was a real person who lived, breathed, had feelings, emotions, reactions. He slept, ate, and conversed with many people. He lived a holy life. We may have a certain mental image of Him. Some of us may even think of Him as a bit mystical or mysterious. Does one have to go to a Bible college in order to really know Him?  Certainly not! In fact, these schools teach man's theology that may or may not agree with the Word of God. These teachings have been one big reason so much error, discrepancy, and division has been perpetuated today. This can keep a person from truly knowing Yeshua and the truth.

Yeshua is Jewish. The name "Yeshua" is His Hebrew name. We might use the name "Joshua" in English as this would be the best use of language to say His name. Jesus is what most people in the West call Him. It is derived from Greek. Many today believe that if we don't call Him by His "real" name and if we don't speak it correctly, we are in error. That is a big topic for another day. This is not why I prefer to use His Hebrew name. It "feels" good to call Him by the name He used. It seems more intimate to me. Just to clarify this is important.

The statement that He is Jewish may shock some reading this. He was from the Tribe of Judah. He was raised much like other boys were in His day. He was taught the Torah and He knew it intimately. He prayed several times a day. He wore a Tallit. He wore Tzit Tzit on the hem of His garment. He ate only food that was declared clean by His Father. He kept the Sabbath, went to Synagogue, kept the Feasts of Adonai. He went to the Temple each time He was required to be there. He was a respected scholar and rabbi.

Yeshua taught others to do these things. His apostles and those who followed Him walked in His footsteps. He was beloved. He stood against contrived teachings of religious leaders in His day. He instructed how a man should walk in His Father's ways and observe to do all things He commanded. He taught the Torah. He changed the world and that is awesome.

II Timothy 3:16 tells us that all scripture is inspired and useful. This absolutely is speaking of what many call the "Old" Testament. Yeshua taught from scripture. Which scripture did He and His Apostles teach? The Old Testament, of course. The foundation of all scripture is the Torah. Amazingly, it didn't begin with Moses. It isn't even "Moses' law." It is Almighty God's Word, Law, and Ways.

Romans 15:4 tells us that the things written by Moses and the prophets are profitable for us. Yeshua is The Word. He is The King. There is a difference in saying Yeshua was Jewish and saying Yeshua is Jewish. He is the Suffering Servant. He is the Hope of the World.  It is important to understand that "Jewishness" today is not what it was considered to be in Yeshua's day. Judaism wasn't exactly as our Heavenly Father wanted it to be then, either. Just as there are many and varying beliefs within Christianity today, there are many versions of Judaism today. Basically, our Dear Master kept the commandments of The Torah according to the generally accepted traditions of Judaism in His day. Not only that, as any good rabbi would Yeshua commanded His disciples to live as He did. He said, "Follow Me."

So, we should see Yeshua as a real person. Our mental picture of Him should be that He is a Jewish rabbi who practiced Judaism. He did not abolish the Torah. He didn't gut the Old Testament of its foundation. He actually affirmed and lived by the law. He passed that way of life to all who follow Him then as well as now. And, as followers of Yeshua, we must never hate Jewish people. For heaven's sake, they are our Beloved's people! Let's avoid the conspiracy theories, let's not think we must have replaced Israel. Let's remember that we are grafted in. We are not separate - from Israel. We have become part of it when we follow the Messiah, Yeshua, the King of the Jews. We are not the "new and improved girlfriend/bride."

We are to walk as He walked and live as He lived. As we strive to do these things and to honor Him in all we do, we grow closer to Him. Our beloved Yeshua is The Word made flesh. As we come to know Him better, we love and appreciate Him more and more. He truly walks with us and His Word comes to life. We not only will see who He was as a man, but Who He truly is.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS THEE AND CURSE THOSE WHO CURSE THEE

September 3, 2017

The USA has just experienced a horrific loss in human cost as well as financially with Hurricane Harvey. Both Texas and Louisiana were devastated. Many US citizens may think that just because they don't happen to live in either of those two places it doesn't affect them.

They are dead wrong.

Much of the nation's petroleum products are refined in the ports on the S.E. coastline of Texas. There are numerous chemical plants along that area and into Louisiana. The refineries were damaged and power has not been restored as of this date. The cost of fuel has risen and may rise even more. Everyone will feel this pinch. The massive amount of flooding is concerning not only because of the amount of damage to real property but also those flood waters have come into contact with dangerous chemicals and these may dry up, but the chemicals never change. This is going to be a problem.

All of this is being written as possibly the largest storm in history (recorded history) is bearing down on the East Coast of the U.S. It appears that New York City and that area including Washington D.C. is in danger.

People still slumber.

Our nation has done grievous things. Most recently, the SCOTUS striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, the treacherous vote at the United Nations against the nation of Israel, and numerous other things certainly will bring severe judgment upon this land. There are those who say it is all coincidence. It is not. We will see who still thinks that way after Irma hits.  Hurricane Harvey hit as Jared Kushner and Goldblatt were meeting with Abbas putting pressure on Israel to give more land away. This land does not belong to Israel. It belongs to Almighty God. And He is not pleased. Where are the voices of outrage in Churchianity today? Nowhere to be heard. Soon we may hear a different tune.

Below is a video that details prophetically what is happening. You will not find this taught in any church. Yet, it is truth. Wake up. Yes, YHVH will send storms, and destruction upon the wicked. He has always done so. But, He has done so after many warnings and many opportunities for people to see the error of their ways. He will not deal with mankind much longer.  I am sharing this video from YouTube. This is not my video.  But, it would benefit everyone to take the time to watch it intently.

Click the link below to view the video.

Dividing the Land, the Wilderness, and the End of the 70 Years of Indignation 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ISRAEL LOSES CONTROL OF JERUSALEM - PROPHECY CONTINUES TO BE FULFILLED RAPIDLY

FROM THE DENOON INSTITUTE OF BIBLICAL STUDIES. FOR MORE INSIGHTFUL TEACHINGS VIA THEIR YOUTUBE CHANNEL PLEASE VISIT.


DR. STEVEN PIDGEON FROM DULUTH GEORGIA CONFERENCE

IT'S TIME THAT THOSE IN CHURCHIANITY COME AWAY FROM THE TEACHINGS OF ANOTHER GOSPEL AND LEARN THE TRUTH. THIS SHORT VIDEO IS VERY INFORMATIVE AND ANYONE WHO SEES THIS SHOULD TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH.

THIS IS AN INTERESTING INTRODUCTION BY DR. STEVEN PIDGEON BEGINNING AN INTERESTING CONFERENCE ON VARIOUS TOPICS FROM DULUTH GEORGIA, USA.



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HAS REX TILLERSON BEEN STRATEGICALLY PLACED TO DIVIDE SYRIA?

Very informative and thought provoking article via YouTube from Steven DeNoon of Israeli News Live. People, it's time to awaken.



This video appears on Israeli News Live's YouTube Channel. For more very informative teachings and videos please go to their YouTube Channel. A Link can be found on our Link page