Seeking Truth – Biblical Scriptural Reasoning

In my early twenties I remember studying for the LSAT as I initially wanted to be a civil liberties attorney. The LSAT is a logical reasoning and comprehension test that you need to pass in order to enter into law school. Fourteen years later, I’ve not taken the exam again: however, I remember how the test forces your brain to create fact based logical arguments that draw a fact based conclusion.

I feel the test is difficult for many because our minds are programmed to   draw conclusions from personal opinions, the opinions we’ve inherited or ideas derived from social biases. I was baptized in April 2016 and have been on a personal journey to read the Bible, explore the scriptures, spend intimate time with Yah, test, and meditate with the ultimate objective to come to my own, independent, non-inherited, non-denominational statement of beliefs. Oddly, I feel this world consists primarily of people who inherit beliefs and traditions and never feel moved to question or explore the roots and basis for them. Many have never read the Bible and in today’s society it’s a matter of people proclaiming their church leader knows more than you or another church leader.

I’ve gone through some significant changes in my life since 2016. One being raised to celebrate pagan holidays and being moved to research the historical roots and biblical scriptures. I’ve stopped celebrating pagan holidays 6 years ago and made a 360 degree change against the traditions I was raised to participate in, as I feel they are rooted in paganism which disrespects my Lord.  Also, a couple years ago, I transitioned from Sunday observance to the 7th day holy Sabbath and recognition of God’s holy days in the Torah. At the same time, I feel as though God has revealed to me an understanding of how the enemy is working with those who have secretly kneeled down to the service of greed (aka) mammon and how believers are globally being impacted by it if they discuss truth or if their testimonies don’t coincide with the carnal worldly system and the agenda of Babylon.

As I explore truths, I’ve spent quite a lot of time comparing the Old Testament with the New Testament and Jesus Christ’s teachings and the Epistles of Paul. I feel compelled to apply logical reasoning and create scriptural-based, factual arguments to provide me with conclusions of truth. Like the LSAT test, your opinions, biases, family traditions, inherited denominational beliefs all need to be placed aside and to find Biblical truth, I need to have fact based logical reasoning. I’m uninterested, in any Bible commentary, unmoved by the most revered, influential worldly proclaimed theology experts, what I’m seeking is scriptural, fact-based arguments that provide a scriptural conclusion and truth. The only way, you can disprove that scriptural truth, is through scripture.

Some might wonder why I feel this is so important and I believe our salvation is at hand. Satan deceives the entire world and if it were possible, he’d deceive the very elect.  If you meditate on that fact alone and there’re 144,000 elect and we have over 7 billion people in the world, there’s truly no safety scripturally in group think, the highest majority is correct. I also feel that the exploration will only lead to truth and if my argument is invalid, I will be led back to sound doctrine by the scripturally reasoning practice. The practice is enforcing me to scripturally “prove it.”

Example: What scriptural basis does Paul have in the Bible to create and add his own epistles? Without quoting Paul or his own writings, can you provide a direct scripture from the mouth of the Father or Jesus authorizing Paul’s addition of his own Epistles?

Fact 1: We’re not supposed to add to the Bible without the Father’s permission? 

Fact 2: We had authorization from the Father to hear Jesus. 
Fact 3: Father tells us to listen to Jesus and Jesus tells us to listen to the Father and that we have only one teacher and master.  
 
Fact 4: Paul self-proclaims he has revelations from Jesus. There’s no verification from the Father that he’s permitting Paul to create and add his own epistles.
Fact 5: Paul claims all scripture is inspired by God. Yet both Jesus and the Father tell us in scriptures (Deuteronomy 8:3 & Matthew 4:4) that we are to listen to the words directly from Father and Jesus.

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Fact 6: On the road to Damascus, the scripture states that Paul encountered Jesus. 

Fact 7: KJV Bible dictionary defines “Christ” as “Jesus.” 

Christ: Anointed, the Greek translation of the Hebrew word rendered “Messiah” (q.v.), the official title of our Lord, occurring five hundred and fourteen times in the New Testament. It denotes that he was anointed or consecrated to his great redemptive work as Prophet, Priest, and King of his people. He is Jesus the Christ (Acts 17:318:5Matthew 22:42), the Anointed One. He is thus spoken of by Isaiah (61:1), and by Daniel (9:24-26), who styles him “Messiah the Prince.”

Fact 8: The word “Lord” in Acts 9:6 can pertain to Sir or a human master. 

Word: kurioj Pronounce: koo’-ree-os

Strongs Number: G2962

Orig: from kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title):– God, Lord, master, Sir.

Use: TDNT-3:1039,486 Noun Masculine

Strong: H113 H136 H136 H410 H430 H433 H1167 H1376 H3068 H4756 H4911 H6697 H7706 H7980 H7989

1) he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord

1a) the possessor and disposer of a thing

1a1) the owner; one who has control of the person, the master

1a2) in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor

1b) is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master

1c) this title is given to: God, the Messiah

For Synonyms see entry

G5830

Fact 9:  We can’t scripturally prove that Saul repented and was properly baptized in Acts 9:17-18.

Acts 9:17

17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

Meditation: If you cut out Paul’s epistles and people listened to the Father and Jesus only, what would the church structure look like?

 

Paul writes the doctrines of law and grace, lists the characteristics required of church leadership, creates a paid church hierarchy, defines the fruits of the holy spirit, implements control mechanisms if people don’t follow his epistles, even to the extent of stating if you don’t follow them you’re accursed.  (Galatians 1:8) Abolishes the need for laws, teaches on clothing apparel and godly lifestyle etc., and defines women’s roles in the church.

 

Galatians 1:8

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

 

If we listened to Jesus and truly only received the Father and Jesus’s words, how might that change the church today? We are brethren, and share one Father and he can provide unique scriptural insights to all of his children. We see this easily available by social media platforms such as Utube, when everyone can create a channel and share their scriptural insights as opposed to primarily hearing the insights of one individual or a small selection.

 

I feel God often will plant a seed of insight that differs from the other members of the spirit body and when believers collectively share you feel a sense of joy as they reveal something you’ve never considered before and it brings you closer to miraculous power of YAH and confirmation that his spirit is at work in our lives.

 

Often, in society there’s a sense of fear over biblical misinformation, yet how many Christian denominations differ in their statements of faith for thousands of years and new denominations continuously form and are adopted. You can’t control how people interpret the scriptures; however, you can independently read the Bible yourself to ensure your interpretation is personal and not the conclusion of someone else.

 

I feel it’s imperative to know and understand if God truly permitted Paul’s epistles as biblical teachings. Again, the Father granted Jesus permission in Matthew 17:5 and Luke 9:35 when he told us to hear him? To hear Jesus. If we don’t answer this with scriptural accuracy, is the salvation of mankind not in jeopardy?

 

Matthew 17:5

5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

 

Luke 9:35

35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, this is my beloved Son: hear him.

 

(Please note:  No scripture from what I can find, notes the Father stating “Hear Paul.”)

 

(Ending with a quote from Jesus).

 

John 10:4-5

4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

 

 

God’s Word on Lip Service

 

13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

 

VERSUS….

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

1 John 4:2-3  King James Version

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

 

2 John 7  King James Version

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

 

Cloud of the Lord Upon thy Tabernacle: Confirming Yah’s Voice

Is the symbolism of the cloud a confirmation that the voice is from YAH?

35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:

37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.

38 For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

Notice when Moses hears the voice of God from within the burning bush. The Angel of the Lord  turns into fire and God speaks from within the bush in Exodus 3:2-4. We see the symbolism of the fire by night. If you look at Exodus 3:1, Moses leads the flock to the backside of the desert, prior to walking up the mountain. He could have been doing this at sunset, which would align the burning bush and fire with “the cloud by day, fire by night symbolism,”  of God over his tabernacle and confirmation that the voice was truly God. 

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

 

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

 

Mark 9:7  King James Version

And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

 

Luke 9:35 King James Version

35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

 

32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

 

Acts 9:6-9   (Saul’s conversion continues…)

And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

7And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

 

 

Bar-Jesus vs Bar-Abbas

The Name “Bar-Jesus?”

The Sorcerer in Acts 13:6

And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus:

Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.

But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.

10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

BAR-JESUS IS CONSIDERED TO BE A FALSE PROPHET

Do you remember prior to Jesus’s crucifixion how the crowd made a decision between Barabbas ( a known criminal) and Jesus Christ (a sinless man) and the decision as to who would be released or crucified.

If you were to abbreviate Barabbas’s name so it reads: Bar  you could add a hyphen and add Jesus.

BAR Versus Jesus.

I was just wondering if it could be of any symbolic reference to our decision to receive Jesus or reject him? I find Act 13:6-12 interesting because Saul is meeting with a known false prophet and he is angered by Elymas for trying to break up their meeting and curses his blind.

The scripture makes it appear as though Elymas is a sorcerer? Yet is he really?  In Acts 13:6 the scripture states that because his name means “sorcery” we should receive him as one? That’s like stating if a Hispanic man’s name is “Jesus”, he must be Messiah?

Acts 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

Elymas is called a child of the devil by Saul (Who is also called Paul). What if Elymas, thought the meeting was inappropriate and tried to break it up? Saul was connected with the Jewish Centurion and was now walking in a testimony of Jesus Christ. The most interesting part of this story, is that the deputy who is with Bar-jesus, is astonished by Saul/Paul cursing Elymas blind and comes to believe in the “doctrine of the Lord.”

Seeing Jesus Christ only curse a fig tree in the scripture, my question:

Is this the doctrine of Paul or the doctrine of Jesus?

BAR-JESUS OR BAR VS. JESUS?

False Prophet (depicted in Acts 13:6)  vs Jesus?

Even stranger, look at the name BARABBAS?

Equals -BAR – ABBAS?

BAR vs ABBAS? “Abba Father… As if stating Jesus belongs to the Father? He’s Abbas?

COINCIDENTAL… 🙂

 

John 10:30-33

King James Version

30 I and my Father are one.

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

Kind Miracles to bring people to the Father… Or a not so kind sign and wonder to bring sinners to the “doctrine of the Lord” as depicted by Paul in Acts 13?

Acts 13:6-12 KJV

And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar–jesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

 

Moses Lived to be 120 Years Old

 

Podcast:  https://anchor.fm/dana-lou/episodes/Moses-Lived-to-be-120-Years-Old-er6j8k

Do you believe God created you with an immune system capable of fighting off any plague he creates? Does your Creator need a COVID virus to kill you if he truly wants to bring you home? If your body is incapable of fighting illness, have you defiled it with anything that God wouldn’t approve of?

Podcast discusses:

The fear of COVID and God’s ultimate sovereignty over our health.

Brief discussion regarding Israel’s disobedience to God in the Old Testament and how he handed them over to slavery as a result.

The US debt in America and the tax payers enslavement.

Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

1 Timothy 5:22 “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.”

Jeremiah 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to (A)cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to (B)Molech, (C)which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’

Leviticus 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.

1 Kings 11:7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

2 Kings 23:10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.

 

Who Consoled Jesus? The Father Did

 

Podcast Journal Entry 02-26-2021

https://anchor.fm/dana-lou/episodes/Who-Consoled-Jesus-er67sb

Matthew 9:2 And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 3. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 4. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

Matthew 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

Beauty in God’s Desire to Collaborate with Adam

 

https://anchor.fm/dana-lou/episodes/God-Collaborated-with-Adam-er6dkv

There’s immense beauty in God’s Desire to Collaborate with Adam. He wants an intimate relationship with us.

What an honor to have the Creator allow you to name his masterpieces.

Genesis 2:19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

Vaccines: Accomplices to Molech Sacrifice

A serious question that I feel compelled in my heart to ask Christians pertains to the use of vaccines. I’ve been in deep contemplation and have decided to share a concern I have regarding the use of fetus cells.

If you inject your body with a substance that God would find defiling and that substance includes the cells of an aborted baby, are you becoming an accomplice to a sacrifice made to a principality, referenced in the Bible as Molech?

Is it Molech then rewarding you, by protecting you from an illness?

How many times does the Lord state “Fear Not” in the Bible? If you search this question you might see 365, which is equivalent to the number of days in a year. God’s point?

Over 365 verses on “Do Not Fear” and over 365 different ways God can kill you. God doesn’t need COVID to take you home. People die from choking on food alone, trees fall on houses during storms, a person’s heart can suddenly stop, car accidents, buses and the list goes on and on. God is sovereign, when it’s your time, you’re gone.

Do you believe God created you with an immune system capable of fighting off any plague he creates? Does your Creator need a COVID virus to kill you if he truly wants to bring you home? If your body is incapable of fighting illness, have you defiled it with anything that God wouldn’t approve of?

Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Final question, with changes in the past 3 years regarding the legalization of aborting babies in some states up to 6 months in the womb, can you see any significant changes politically? Any significant changes in America?

Please email me your thoughts and responses:

agapeloveabbanson@gmail.com

1 Timothy 5:22 “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.”

Jeremiah 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to (A)cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to (B)Molech, (C)which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’

Leviticus 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.

1 Kings 11:7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

2 Kings 23:10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.

 

 

 

Matthew 18:6 and Revelations 18:21

 

Given the current events in the world today, I’ve been thinking a lot about the symbolism of the millstone depicted by Jesus in Matthew 18:6. Also, referenced in Luke 17:2. Jesus is speaking of his believers who have become like children and  wholeheartedly believe in him and those who are intentionally try to cause them to stumble.

If you read Revelations 18:15-24 KJV. Notice, that the millstone Jesus warned about in Matthew is placed around Babylon in Revelation 18:2, by an Angel and is thrown into the sea.

Given, the current events right now, if you read the scriptures, what are your thoughts?

Sorcery “Pharmakeia’s” best interpretation is man-made “mind altering drugs.” If you polled Americans and asked them if they think heroin, crack or any illegal substance is “good for them,” more than likely, 99.9 percent would say “no?” If people point their fingers at illegal street drugs being biblical “sorcery” then how is the entire nation deceived by it? Thoughts?

Scriptures:

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

Luke 17:1-2 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

Revelation 18:15-24 KJV

15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Great Article I found that breaks down the definition of sorcery “Pharmakeia.”

The Marketing of Madness: The Truth About Psychotropic Drugs

Let the Poor & Needy Praise Thy Name

 

Psalm 74:21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name. 

I found this article today and valued the time the author took organizing the scriptures.

http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/poor.htm

If you read the entire article, can you recognize how God might feel at the treatment of the poor in the world today? Do you recognize the rebellion against God’s word in both the Old and New Testament?

Praying that those being oppressed and in deep suffering will praise God’s name. Your sovereign redeemer lives, he is omniscient, in complete control and never sleeps nor slumbers.

Job 19:25-27 (KJV) For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.