Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Covenant of Friendship: Jesus(Yeshua) is Our Friend

In today times people loosely use the term friend. Even in the church world, people use this term, however don’t maintain covenant relationships with their quote on quote friends. People in the church gossip on one another about people who are their friends; they lie and run each other’s reputation down, backbite each other, married couples at the blink of the eye getting an divorce; people borrow money and promise to pay it back and never due; just plain out right covenant breakers. Most people don’t respect or even honor covenant relationships, that is expected in the “world” with the children of disobedience/darkness, but in the church with the children of God we suppose to represent obedience/light.

Friend in the American Heritage Dictionary is defining as follows: 1. A person, whom one knows, likes and trusts. 2. An acquaintance. 3. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; comrade. In other words a true friend is one who has your back, and stick with you through thick and thin, good times and bad times.

Ancient Hebrews, when two males would enter into a blood covenant or friendship they would follow nine steps. The steps were as follows: 1. Take off Coat or Robe; 2. Take Off Belt; 3. Cut the Covenant; 4. Raise the Right Arm and Mix the Blood; 5. Exchange Names; 6. Make a Scar; 7. Give Covenant Terms; 8. Eat Memorial Meal; 9. Plant a Memorial. We see a good example of this in the Old Testament scriptures in 1Samuel 18:1-4 with the friendship of David and Jonathan. In 1Samuel 18: 4, when Jonathan stripped off his robe and placed on David, it was symbolically saying I’m giving myself (total being and my life) I pledge to you and you do the same. And Jonathan gave David his sword, bow, and girdle (taking off his belt) it was symbolically saying a person is giving you all my support and protection, and they would do the same. This covenant had such a strong bond between the two individuals becoming as one in unity, is one reason David makes the statement in 2 Samuel 1:26 that his love for Jonathan pass that of a women (no they weren’t having homosexual affair, but two men with a strong bond of friendship). Secondly, after Jonathan’s death, David after being King over all of Israel, remembers his covenant with Jonathan, and takes Jonathan only surviving son Mephibosheth (he was lame) into his house(2 Samuel 9).

Jesus is our friend, we were once enemies of God, but through His death on the cross and His resurrection reconcile us back to God. Through excepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior now makes us a friend of God by being born again, and follow His commandments. Jesus said in St. John 15:14: “Ye are my friends, if do whatsoever I command you.” We can see how we relate to Jesus and this nine step blood covenant two Hebrew males would enter into. Look closely at the nine steps of this covenant.

Step 1: Take Off Coat or Robe: Now to the Hebrews, a person’s robe represents the person. By taking off the robe and giving it to someone, was symbolically saying, I’m giving you all myself (total being and my life) I pledge my life to you, and you do the same. Isaiah 61:10: I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Step 2: Take Off Belt: Means not to hold up someone pants, but hold a person weapons(armor together). A dagger, bow and arrow, or sword. Symbolically a person giving you all my support and protection and you do the same. Jesus gives us spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:13-18), and to tread upon all the instruments of the devil(Luke 10:19).

Step 3: Cut the Covenant: By taking an animal and cutting it right down the middle. After the animal is split, they would lay each half to the side of them and stand between the bloody halves, making a figure eight, and comeback to stop facing each other. In doing so we are saying that we are dying to ourselves, giving up the right to our own life and beginning a new walk with our covenant partner unto death. The second, the people point down to the bloody animal split in two and say, “God do so to me and more if I ever try to break this covenant. They would say; just split me right down the middle and feed me to the vultures because I tried to the most sacred of all covenants. Romans 6:4-5: Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.

Step 4: Raise the Right Arm and Mix Blood: Then they would raise their right arms, cut their palms and bring them together, to intermingle their blood; then swear allegiance to each other. By intermingling becoming one. This is because blood is life(Leviticus 17:11). It symbolically shows two becoming one. Romans 3:24-26; Hebrews 9:22; Revelations 12:11.

Step 5: Exchange Names: Then as they stand with their blood intermingling they exchange names. I take your last name as part of my name, and you take my last name as part of my name as part of your last name as part of your last name. Jesus became as sin for us when he died on the cross that we may become righteous through Him in the eyesight of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). We as believers the only we can saved is through His name, and He gives us authority. Acts 4:12 says: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Step 6: Make a Scar(Holy Ghost): The next step is they would rub our blood together as a permanent testimony to the covenant we had made. Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4: 30; 1 John 4:4 ; Revelation 12:11.

Step 7: Give Covenant Terms: Then they could stand before a witness and give the terms of the covenant. Everything I have is yours and yours is mine, both assets and  liabilities. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Romans 8:16-17 says: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be also glorified together. Jesus took on our liabilities(sins), and gave us assets(salvation).

Step 8: Eat Memorial Meal: A memorial meal was used to complete the covenant. Wine and bread was used. Wine for blood and bread as flesh(Communion). 1 Corinthians 11:24-25.

Step 9: Plant a Memorial: They would plant a tree that would have sprinkled with the blood of animal. Signaling Jesus on the cross.

Let us remember Jesus is our best friend, He stick closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24), Jesus will never fail you or forsake you(Joshua 1:5; Hebrews13:5), He doesn’t leave us comfortless ( St. John 14:15-18), but gives us Holy Spirit to dwell inside us to lead and guide us.

To conclude, let’s try to keep and honor our covenant with Christ Jesus, and just not our covenant with Jesus, husband and wives, parents and children, friends and family, and the saints of God. Please let’s not abuse our relationships with each other, but let us follow Mark 12:30-31: And Thou Shalt Love The Lord Thy God With All Thy Heart, And With All Thy Soul, All Thy Strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor AS Thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. We must keep our covenant and love in relationships both vertically and horizontally.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Islamic Terrorist Group Partner with Mexican Drug Cartels

I was in Kingston, Jamacica on a ministry trip in September of 2002 when the Holy Spirit told me that   Islamic Terrorist groups would go to Mexico.  Their goal would be to pose a threat to the United State borders.  I did not hear from the Lord again regarding this matter until August of 2007 during an unlikely time.  Believe it not, I was on my honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  The Spirit of the Lord came to me strongly with the same word: an Islamic Terrorist group was coming to Mexico. 

Since that time, that prophetic word has been confirmed.  As it turns out, the Hezbollah Terrorist Group partnered with Mexican Drug cartels to form an alliance.  Hezbollah has established operations and a large stockpile of weapons in Mexico. Hezbollah's mission is to establish a strong terrorist network in regions of Mexico and South America. 
Needless to say, the relationship formed between Hezbollah and the various Mexican drug cartels is dangerous but predictably, mutually beneficial.   Hezbollah's goal is to bring terrorism and destruction to American soil.  The cartels weaken the boarders through their mayhem and lawlessness, allowing Hezbollah to do just that.   On the other hand, the cartels benefit because Hezbollah offers expertise in weapons and smuggling and cheaper access to heroin from Afghanistan and Iran. The following is a Fox News video report from July of 2011.  It describes a memo from theTuscon police department regarding Hezbollah partnering with Mexican Drug Cartels. 

Who is Hezbollah?

Hezbollah is a Lebanese miltitant Shiite Islamic group headquartered in Lebanon.  In the 1980's, it was partly founded and continues to be supported by Iran.  The very name Hezbollah means "Party of God ."  The Shiite group in Lebanon ia also a part of a bigger group referred to as "Twelvers."  Twelvers represent 85% of Shiites in Islam and believe that 12th Imam  ( or Islamic Messiah) will arise in the middle turmoil and chaos to revive Islam to it's former glory.  They also believe that the Mahdi/Imam will establish Islam as the global religion, and will reign for seven years before bringing about the end of the world.    

Before September 11, 2001, Hezbollah was responsible for more American deaths by acts of terrorism than any other terrorist organization...even al-Qaeda.  Hezbollah's main objective is to bring destruction to the nation of Isreal and anyone who gives them assistance.  The United States is one of Israel's allies and therefore one of Hezbollah's  four major enemies   .

Potential Future

Twelvers believe that Israel and America are "Little Satan" and "Great Satan" respectively and that both must be attacked in order for the Mahdi, otherwise known as the guided one or Islamic Messiah, to arrive on the world scene in order to fulfill Islamic prophecy.    

Hezbollah sitting right at the borders of American and allied with the Mexican drug cartels is a dangerous mix of potential horrific attacks of terrorism on American soil.  Not only does Hezbollah have a growing presence in Mexico, but throughout Latin America.  They are aided by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (here, here).  Although terrorism is sitting at America's back door, most Americans truly believe that terrorism could never happen in United States again because al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in May of this year.
Some believe that killing one of the most influential leaders of terrorism would make some believe that the war on terrorism is won.  But nothing has been won. You can't kill the spirit behind Islam and you can't kill the ideology of Islam.  Terrorism is not about Muslim extremists carrying out terrorist acts against their enemies, its all about Orthodox Muslims carrying out jihad against non-believers and enemies of Islam.  The ideology of Islam is solely based on executing violence to all the infidels/non-believers of Islam through jihad (here, here, here).
If the American government actually believes that they can negotiate with Islamic Shiite Twelvers, they have another thing coming.  Muslims exalt the Koran and its prophecies over everything. They believe that in  Quran 2:190  the Koran requires them to defend Islam to its fullest and this in turn justifies an attack on Israel and America.

In 2007 President Felipe Calderon met with former Iranian President Mohamed Khatami in Mexico City to discuss developing cultural bonds between the Islamic and the west (here). Since that meeting,  Iran has aggressively attempted to develop closer political and economic ties to Mexico.   In turn, Iran has already developed a presence within Latin America and close ties to Bolivia, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a close relationship with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who has a tremendous hatred of the United States of America.  If Mexico were to continue to grow economic, political and military ties with Iran, Iran would pose a great threat to the United States borders and national security.

Americas Future

As it stands now America needs to repent from all of its violence, witchcraft, sexual immorality, and gross sins and abomination.  It is just like previous great nations that entered into pride, tremendous amount of iniquity running wild. They were judged and therefore, lost their place in the earth.  Our nation is in the need of prayer and revival.   Many American church prophets prophesy prosperity and blessings.  They help you live a wonderful life now while feeding their followers lies and divinations.  They need to tell people to repent because judgement is coming to those that have align themselves against the Lord Jesus Christ. We are seeing Bible prophecy fulfilled right before our eyes.  We are living in the last days.  If you have been intoxicated by the world system, it is time to wake-up from spiritual sleep, and become sober and vigilant.  For this is not the hour not to be playing games with your soul's salvation.

Proverbs 14:34 says, "Righteousness exalts a nation: sin is a reproach to any people."

Psalm 9:17 says, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God."

Matthew 24:6-8 says, " And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."



Smurfs Spellbound Movie Goers with Witchcraft

Released several weeks ago, Smurfs is an updated computer-animated movie based on the popular '80s cartoon series.  It was made with a $110 million budget and has already grossed over $162 million  in one month since its opening.  It features cute little blue mythical creatures that formerly proved to be the pop culture icons of their day.  And whoo-hoo, now our children can enjoy them!  But is Smurfs an innocent kids' movie or something more sinister?

 Smurfs the Movie

In the movie Papa Smurf sees a vision of the Smurfs in cages. Gargamel is powerful and Clumsy Smurf is in possession of a dragon wand.  Gargamiel then invades the Smurfs' village.  In order to get away, the Smurfs flee into a forbidden cave where they are sucked into a vortex and transported to New York.   
Papa Smurf has to search for a spell to get the Smurfs back home.  While on a quest to do so, Gargamel uses the Dragon Wand to empower himself with magical gifts.  In a nutshell, the Smurfs eventually conquer Gargamel and subsequently find the proper spell to transport themselves home (here).  The end.  So what could be so bad about that?  Its a safe plot with cute characters!  Good conquers evil!  Read on... 

Occult Themes of the Smurfs and Background

About 3:30 into the video Gargamel draws pentegram and cast a spell

The truth is this: the story of the Smurfs is based on occult practices.  The constant storyline is that these little blue creatures represent good and consistenly overcome evil by defeating Gargamel, an evil wizard, with good magic.   
Throughout the movie and cutely packaged television episodes are very blatant practices of witchcraft, sorcery, and manipulation (here).  In order to overcome evil, the Smurfs use good magic to cast spells, put hexes on people, and create cauldrons of potions of witchcraft (here).  But the Smurfts aren't the only ones using magic.  Gargamel's ultimate goal is to capture the Smurfs in order to eat them.   He uses evil magic and is seen casting spells in the name of Beelzebub.  Beelzebub means "lord of the flies", "prince of demons" the fact natural flies carry many diseases.    Demonic spirits are spiritual flies that carry natural and spiritual diseases to inflict harm on mankind.  Gargamel is an evil wizard and represents  black magic while  Papa Smurf is a good wizard and represents white magic.  The Church of Satan founder, Anton Lavey, said that there is no difference between black magic and white magic.  Whether black or white, they both draw their power from Satan.

In the movie Gargamel draws his power from the Dragon Wand.  If we see in the Book of Revelation that Satan is called "the dragon,"  then is Gargamel receiving his power from Satan?  In Revelation 13,  "the False Prophet" draws his power from Satan/Dragon to work lying signs and wonders.

Azrael the Cat
 Azrael the cat is Gargamel's  familiar. What is a familiar?   A familiar is a demon that supposedly attends and obeys a witch.  In witchcraft and demonology a cat is an animal embodies a supernatural spirit and aids a witch in performing magic (here).  Azrael is often seen aiding Gargamel in performing his magical craft.  The actual name for Azrael is the name of Lucifer's personal death angel and is also looked at as the  Archangel of Death in some extrabiblical traditions.  The creators of the Smurfs sneak in this occult belief in the form of children's tales to entice people into the occult arts.

  The book "Fourteen Things Witches Hope Parents Never Find Out"  p.73 states the following:

"When a person is in demonism and they want to commit suicide they call on on Azrael. Unless you were well versed in demonology you would not chosen that name. The names for these characters are not made up; they come from demonology and the occult"

One thing is very interesting: the author stated that these characters' names aren't made up.  They come from the occult.  The creators and writers of the Smurfs aren't ignorant to these facts.  Their agenda is to push an occult agenda to youth of America. This movie at best is a satanic tool to desensitize the general public to witchcraft/occult, and draw young people that may be curious about the curious arts.

Smurfette the Succubi

The only female smurf of the whole village of males is Smurfette. Smurfette was created by the wizard Gargamel using a magical potion.  Its' ingredients include: "Sugar and spice but nothing nice...crocodile tears...A peck of bird brain...The tip of an adder's tongue...Half a pack of lies, white, of course...The slyness of a cat...The vanity of a peacock...The chatter of a magpie...The guile of a vixen and the disposition of a shrew...And of course the hardest stone for her heart...."  Let's analyze three, shall we?

1.The tip of adder's tongue.  The adder is one of the most deadly snakes in the world.  Its a serpent.    And don't forget, the serpent in the Garden of Eden and how it beguiled Eve. Spiritual serpents can poison someone spiritually and leave its victims spiritually dead.

2. The slyness of cat. slyness is practice of deceit.  Who is the grandmaster of deceit?  Satan himself.  Enough said.

3. Smurfette she was made of a pack of lies.  Satan is the father of lies.

All of Smurfette's ingredients are characteristics of a devil.  In all actuality Smurfette was originally a Succubi/she devil created to bring about the defeat of the Smurfs. She was summoned by Gargamel. So what is a succubi? A Succubus (Succubai plural) is a female demon that appears in a human woman form in the dreams of men in order to seduce them through sexual intercourse. A Succubus is also looked at in modern literature as a highly attractive seductress or enchantress. Their main objective is to bewitch men in order to bring them down to their destruction (see Proverbs 6:23-32).

The orginal purpose of Smurfette's existence was to entice all of the male Smurfs and cause distrust within their community which would ultimately cause.  But eventually Papa Smurf uses good magic to transform Smurfette into a beautiful blonde smurf.

Spirit Led Parenting and Instruction: Key to Combat Occult Influence 

As Christian parents we must be good stewards over our children's spirituality.  We must instill in them a strong foundation of the Word of God and train them up in the way they should go so that when they are old they won't depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). I like the quote from Jeremy White's book entitled, "In His Shadow: Growing With Reggie White." Jeremy is the son of the late great NFL Hall of Famer Reggie White. In his book he quotes an experience he had at six years old while a friend's house. "I was six years old over at my friend's Tammy's house watching television when Tammy's mom Ms. Lynn asked me something that could have compromised my beliefs, "  She told him that he could watch the Smurfs. "I knew my dad wouldn't want me to watch the Smurfs because it had witchcraft in it. Papa Smurf had a black cauldron and would practice alchemy. His nemesis, Gargamel cast spells.  Dad had some beliefs he would waver on, but witchcraft wasn't one of them."  Ms. Lynn told him that it was okay and that his mother wouldn't mind.  He ended up telling her no and that he wouldn't watch the show.  He ended up turning his head and closing his eyes until she turned the channel (here)." 

When his mother came to pick him up, Ms. Lynn told his mother how obedient he was. This was due to Jeremy's spiritual training that his parents instilled in him.  When he was tested he didn't fall under pressure. A key to aiding Christian kids in this dark spiritual condition of America is to get them grounded in the Word of God, prayer, and spiritual warfare. The enemy wants our kids and he is attempting to pull out all the stops. Parents must operate under a much greater level of discernment and a greater knowledge of the Word. Satan is using demonic child's play to bewitch this generation of children through the media as a medium.  Here are some scriptures to consider regarding this subject matter. Be blessed.

Acts 8:9-12 states,
"But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.  But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women."

Deuteronomy 18:9-16 states,
"When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not."

Second Chronicles 33:6 states,
"And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger."

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