Malachi Prophesied of God’s Wrath

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Ingratitued of Israel Malachi

Malachi wrote this oracle in 433 B.C., King Artaxerxes was King of Persia; Nehemiah was his servant.  Nehemiah later returns to Jerusalem to learn the Jews fell into sin once more. The Sabbath was broken, intermarriage with foreigners, priests were corrupt. Malachi condemns the Jews for their sins in his oracle; the last book of the Old Testament.

Malachi 1:8- “When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord.

vs-13- “When you bring injured, crippled or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord. 14- Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great King,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.”

Malachi is condemning the Jews for the animals they are bringing before the altar for sacrifices. Moses was specific; the animals that were to be sacrificed to the Lord for offerings were to be without defect.

[2:1-3] 1- “And now this admonition is for you, O priest. 2- If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse upon you, and curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor me. 3- Because of you I will rebuke your descendants; I will spread on your faces the offal from the festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it.

vs-8-“But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the Lord Almighty. 9- “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”

Malachi rebukes the Jewish priests for their false teachings and for not honoring the Lord with their lives. God was sending curses upon them for leading their flocks astray with their teachings; also cursing their blessings.

[3:7] -“Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ 8- “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. 9- You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. 10- Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me on this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessings that you will not have room enough for it. 11- I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the Lord Almighty. 12- Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord God Almighty.

[13] “You have said harsh things against me,” says the Lord. “Yet you ask, What have we said against you?” 14- “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? 15- But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.’”

The Jews needed to return to the Lord as Malachi strongly counsels, to end the generational curses. The priests needed to honor the Lord with their lives and their teachings. The Jews needed to return to the practices taught by the laws of Moses; to bring food to the church and to bring proper animals to the priests to be sacrificed before the Lord. Malachi warns them to return to the Lord!

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The Day of the Lord

Malachi 4:1-3- “Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or branch will be left to them. 2- But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. 3- Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things,” says the Lord Almighty.

Malachi warns; the day is coming when the Lord will say—no more. His wrath will burn against the wicked. But also, at the same time, the Lord will lift up those Jews who revere his name, who walk by righteousness.

This was how the Lord dealt with Jerusalem Jews and priests, 433 B.C.—during the Old Testament.

Malachi was the last prophet of the old testament. God was silent for four hundred years after Malachi wrote his oracle.

The next time God was heard from was when the Word became Flesh. Jesus, the Son of God, walked the earth and became the perfect lamb. Sacrificed on the cross for all mankind’s sins. Jesus was the final, perfect, sinless sacrifice for all our sins. There is no need for animal sacrifices for sins because of Jesus.

Hebrews 10:8-10- First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them” (although the law required them to be made). 9- Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10- And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.

Have you accepted Jesus’ sacrificed body for your sins?  Jesus paid the ultimate price for you?  He made everything right between you and a righteous God? Jesus did this for you. But, you must accept the gift freely. Believe that he died on that cruel cross for your sins. Believe that he went to hell in your place. Believe that on the third day, God raised him up out of hell and the grave and now he sets at the right hand of the Father in heaven. Believe that Christ took your punishment for your sins; paid in full.

If you truly believe this, and you want eternal life in heaven rather than in hell with Satan, then pray this prayer. Lord God, I am truly sorry for my sins. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins. I want to make Jesus my Lord and Savior. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. I declare Jesus, you are my Lord. In Jesus name  pray. A-men.

If you prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God. Born again. The scriptures tell us that all of heaven is celebrating you right now. There is shouting, cheering, yelling, all throughout heaven, all because of you. The joy is overflowing.

As a new believer, we are called to study the bible, pray, and attend church to learn about God and grow with other believers. We are also called to take communion regularly.

If you prayed this prayer to rededicate your life to Christ, praise the Lord! Pray for God to show you where He wants to use you in his kingdom, for his glory. Don’t be surprised if he requires you to grow and change as a person and in your faith. That is also part of the journey.

I pray that God will use you for His glory,

JA The Tested

 

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Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

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Jesus Feeds five Thousand

Matthew 14: 13-15-When he heard what had happened [to John the Baptist(that he had been beheaded and was buried)] he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14- When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15- As evening approach, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crows away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

vs- 16- Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” vs- 17-“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18- Jesus replied, “Bring them to me. 19- And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20- They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve baskets of broken pieces that were left over. 21- The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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Mark writes, Mark 6:37-But Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat.” Then they said to him, “That would take eight months of a man’s wage’s! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”

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Luke writes, Luke 9:10- When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida.

Jesus spoke to the people about the Kingdom of God and healed many, according to Luke.

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John writes, John 6:1- Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee(that is, the Sea of Tiberias)

vs- 4- The Jewish Passover Feast was near.

vs 5- When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6- He asked this only to test, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7- Philip answered him, “Eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8- Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9- Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

10- Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11- Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12- When they all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13- So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. 14- After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the prophet who is to come into the World.” 15- Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

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All three disciples wrote very similar stories. Each added details. I have noted those details only in Mark, Luke, and John to avoid replicating.

Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand is one of only two of His miracles that are found in all four gospels. The other, his greatest miracle, his own resurrection, is the basis of our faith.

These two miracles, being included in all four gospels, boasts of their level of importance. For this article, we will concentrate on the feeding of the five thousand.

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John 6:14- After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the prophet who is to come into the world.” 15- Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

Why the conflict? The people were looking for a great human leader that would be king, like King David. They were not looking for a savior.

The people were looking for the messiah, as the religious leaders described him, as they interpreted how the scriptures prophesied about him. Jesus did not fit into their mold of the messiah. So they rejected him.

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John 6:35-40- Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36- But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37- All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I will never drive away. 38- For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39- And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40- For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Even though Jesus was easily capable of filling five thousand plus, people’s empty stomachs, with only five small barley loaves and two small fish, that was not his purpose. As he said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” That was his message; not the fact that he could easily feed five thousand people with almost nothing. Jesus offers eternal life.

John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one gets to the Father except through the Son.”

Do you have a personal relationship with the Son? With Jesus? If he is calling you to salvation, do not wait.

Today might be the only day that God calls you. Pray this Salvation Prayer to receive the bread of life Jesus is offering. Eternal life in heaven with him and God for all eternity, that is what Jesus offers.

With true repentance, pray this prayer. Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed this prayer and really meant it, you are now a child of God. You are born again. Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. As Jesus said, it can never be blotted out.

The scriptures tell us that when one person repents and comes to Jesus, all heaven celebrates. Right now, all heaven is rejoicing, cheering, applauding for You; Proclaiming Your Name.

I pray that you will grow in the faith, and the love, of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Gary The Tested

Has Satan Lured You Away From God?

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Aaron and Golden Calf

The Israelites worship a golden calf at the base of Mount Sinai

Genesis 15:13-14- Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. 14- But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterwards they will come out with great possessions.

Exodus 3:1- Now Moses was attending the flock of Jethro, his father –in-law, the priest of Midian.

2- There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that through the bush was on fire, it did not burn up.

4-God called to him, “Moses! Moses!  and Moses answered, “Here I am.”

5- “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place you are standing is holy ground.” 6- I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.”

7-The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

10- “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

13- Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, what is his name?

14- God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. I AM has sent you.”

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So Moses agreed reluctantly. God sent a helper in Aaron. Together they went before the Pharaoh and asked him to let the Lord’s people go. When he refused, the Lord released plagues upon Egypt.

1- He turned the water into blood.  2- Frogs- 3-Gnats 4- Flies 5-Diseased livestock 6-Boils- 7- Thunderstorm of hail and fire 8-Locust 9-Darkness for three days- 10-Death of the First born

The scriptures tell us that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so he refused Moses so that God could show His glory through Pharaoh. (Exodus 11:10- Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and would not let the Israelites go out of this country.)

Finally Pharaoh agrees, after the death of his son. (Exodus 12: 31-32 During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32- Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And bless me.”)

He frees the Israelites. They must leave quickly.

Soon, Pharaoh pursues with his army.

The Israelites saw with their own eyes God’s mighty hand.( Exodus 14:19-20- Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20- coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

Then God parts the Red Sea. Later, God brings water out of stones in the desert.

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On Mount Sinai, the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

Moses was gone on the mountain a long time. The Israelites fell into temptation.  (Exodus 32:1-4- When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” 2- Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold rings that your wives, your sons and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3- So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4- He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you out of Egypt.”

Many Christians go their entire lives and never see anything that they can say for certain was the hand of the Lord. The Israelites saw God do one great, supernatural miracle after another.

Satan’s power to tempt us and lure us away from God is very powerful. (Genesis 3:1-7- Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals  the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” 2- The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4- “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.  5- “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God knowing good and evil.” 6- When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took and ate it. She also gave to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7- Then both of their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.)

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Satan uses the same strategies today as with Adam and Eve to tempt God’s people into sin. Why? Because sin separates us from a relationship from our holy God. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit. We cannot sin and have a personal walk with a holy, righteous God. Satan knows that.

Satan will lure us by temptation. Once we act on his temptation, he will get us to stop praying because of guilt. Or perhaps make us too busy. Next we may stop reading our bible. Next we may become more sporadic with church attendance; thus drifting away from God. This will lead to more sin, which is what Satan wants.

That is only part of Satan’s strategies. Others include bringing a catastrophic storm into our lives that is so unfair and so crippling that it is all we can do simply to maintain basic life functions. This is so cruel that we are devastated.  We are probably crying uncontrollably; overwhelmed to the point of barely functioning in live.

Undoubtedly very angry with God for letting this happen to us and our family. We are much too overwhelmed to pray regularly, or read our bible.  To exhausted or distraught to attend church. We might be in the middle of a testing. For my insights on that subject read my article, The Full Armor Of God—Wear It! https://bestill876095733.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/the-full-armor-of-god-wear-it/

Are you going through a storm that has lured you away from God? Do you want to know where God is? Why has He forsaken you? And your family?

Deuteronomy 31:6- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

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God is always with you. He has not forsaken you. That is His promise.

Instead of giving Satan what he wants; letting him win, I know it is very difficult, believe God’s promise and draw close to him. Get in Satan’s face for what he is doing to you and your family. Pray to the Lord like never before, He will hear you. Read and study your bible. Learn about God. The Holy Spirit will speak to you through the scriptures; the scriptures are alive. Attend church regularly. God will deliver you and heal you. You have His promise. This is how you get into Satan’s face. And pray for God’s hedge of protection for you and your family. God’s angels will protect you from Satan.

This is how you establish and maintain a close, personal relationship with God. The creator and ruler of the universe. And, declare victory over Satan.

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Follow the scriptures, and walk humbly with God—daily; defeat Satan every day.

Gary The Tested

Born Into Eternity

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Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother‘s womb. 14- I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15- My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16- your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.

Job 33:4 The spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

John 5: 24 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

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We were all formed by the Lord in our mother’s womb. God breathed life into us, bringing us into eternity. That means, from that moment, the person we are (our soul) lives throughout eternity.

As everyone knows, one of the grim facts of life is that everyone dies in the Lord’s good time. If we consider that we are all born into eternity, then only our body ceases to function. We are still alive for all eternity.

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Acts 7: 56 + 59 (The stoning of Stephen) “Look”, he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 59- Then he fell to his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

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For believers in Jesus Christ, heaven opens up and Jesus descends to escort us (soul) to the throne of God, at the moment of our bodies death.

For the unbeliever, Satan claims that person (soul) for all eternity.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Are you prepared for the next step in eternity? When we die. Are you going to spend eternity in heaven or hell? It’s your choice. The choice is very real.

Repent of your sins and ask Jesus into your heart and you will live for all eternity with the Father and Jesus, and every Christian.

There is a believer’s prayer above. Sincerely pray with a repentant heart and repent of your sins like a child before the Father in Heaven and experience Jesus’s forgiveness. Jesus will save you and become your Lord and Savior. This will insure your name is written in God’s book of life. You will have eternal life in heaven. You will be a Christian.

May God lead you to His salvation,

Gary The Tested

 

 

Do You Know Jesus?

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To accept Jesus, as your Lord and Savior, you must believe he paid the price for your sins at the hands of the Roman soldiers. The beatings he suffered by their cat of nine tails that ripped into his innocent flesh was for your[everyone’s] sins. Our punishment for our sins. He was crucified on that terrible cross for our sins.[He had no sin] He died and descended into hell where he spent three days declaring his victory over sin and death.  He was taking our place in hell for our[everyone’s] sins. On the third day, God ascended him out of hell and the grave. Now Jesus is in heaven with the Father. You must believe he took your punishment for your sins. [Paid in Full] Jesus’ salvation is a free gift.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer. If you truly want Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and to forgive you of your sins, and secure your place in heaven, pray it more than once.

Believers Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed that prayer you have been born again. You are now a Christian. Praise God!

 

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Father in Heaven, I commit to You that I will pray for the people and organizations on this list twice daily. May You work miracles in their lives. In Jesus name. A-men.

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Amy in America – Lord I pray that you will bless Amy’s health, her life, and keep her safe. I pray for your Angels to protect her. Lord, I pray you will bless her with the answers for life’s questions she is searching for. I pray Lord for your happiness upon her life.  I ask all the saints and angels in heaven including; The Virgin Mother Mary, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Moses, David, Job, Ruth, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,  St. Joachim and St. Anne Novena, St. Joseph, Saint Monica Novena, and St. Derriel Burney. Please pray for Amy.  Thank you Saints and Angels.

Manjula in Bangalore, India – Lord I pray for a better job for Manjula so she can move out of the shelter. I pray that you will reunite her with her two sons and her family. If it be your will, I pray she be relocated to America. Bless Manjula. Forgive her sins. Place your hedge of protection around her, Lord. I ask all the saints and angels in heaven including; The Virgin Mother Mary, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Moses, David, Job, Ruth, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,  St. Joachim and St. Anne Novena, St. Joseph, Saint Monica Novena, and St. Derriel Burney. Please pray for Manjula.  Thank you Saints and Angels.

Manjula’s Husband and Two Sons in Bangalore, India – Lord I pray for their salvation. I pray they will come to Manjula’s aid and rescue her from the shelter.

Shahid – Pakistan, Pray that God will rescue him from the financial problems he is experiencing. Pray for his health. He is having stomach pain and fever due to an ulcer. Pray that God will deliver him from this illness. Pray for the Lord’s blessings upon his life.  Pray that the Lord will bless his wife and two sons and keep them healthy. Pray for their education. Pray for Shahid. Pray that God will protect him from the harassment at his work. Pray that God will heal his stomach. Pray for his wife and two sons.  Pray for his finances. I ask all the saints and angels in heaven including; The Virgin Mother Mary, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Moses, David, Job, Ruth, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,  St. Joachim and St. Anne Novena, St. Joseph, Saint Monica Novena, and St. Derriel Burney. Please pray for Shahid.  Thank you Saints and Angels.

Momina in Pakistan, I pray that God will bless Momina in every way. Bless her health, her life, her family, and her finances.

Mark – Soroti, Uganda, Africa. Pray for Mark as he grows in the Christian faith under Missionary Kerri Phillips’ care. Mark wishes to be a minister or missionary. Pray for God’s blessings on his calling.

Josephine – Soroti, Uganda, Africa. Pray for Josephine. She fells called to be a missionary or minister. She is being trained by Missionary Kerri Phillips. Pray for Josephine as she grows in the faith.

Independent Baptist Church of Soroti, Uganda, Africa. Pray for God’s blessings upon this church. Pray for this church’s finances. Pray that people would be saved in this church.

Lawrence and Rebecca Lantz and their six children – Missionaries and Pastor of Independent Baptist Church of Soroti, Uganda, Africa. Pray for their health, finances, and life. Pray for God’s blessings upon the children and Rebecca. Pray for Pastor Lantz. minister.

Kerri Phillips, Missionary, Soroti, Uganda, Africa. Pray for her health and finances as she teaches the orphans about Jesus.

Orphans in Africa. Soroti, Uganda. Pray that they will be taught the gospel of Jesus and become saved.

Gary – California, USA – Suffering from liver failure. Looking for a liver match. Pray for a full recovery from his liver disease. Pray for a liver donor on the directory. Also pray the Lord will pour out His graces and mercies upon Gary’s life. Pray for God’s blessings upon Gary’s finances. Pray as he possible relocates to Ohio.

Sherry H. – America – Pray for Sherry’s recovery from severe neck surgery on June 1 st. She needs God’s comfort and peace. Pray that the Lord heals her body speedily and returns her to work quickly. I pray for her physical therapy.  Pray for God’s blessings upon Sherry’s live, her husband, and their son Shawn; their health, and finances, and home, and Sherry’s job.

Jackie in the Philippine Islands – Pray that God will bring Jackie and her husband back together. I pray that God will bless their marriage. I pray that both Jackie and her husband will forgive each other and reunite. Pray for healing for her back pain and a better job or easier job; that her boss will be kinder to her.  Also pray for her family that God will bless and keep her family in good health and rich blessings. Pray for her four children. Pray for God’s Hedge of protection for her and her family.

Frida- Kenya, South Africa – Pray for God’s blessings upon her life. God’s hedge of protection.

Emorut – Jerusalem, Israel – Pray for God’s  blessings on his life. Pray for good health and long life. Pray for God’s will in his life. Saint Monica

Glenndaan, Mactan, Philippines – Pray For God’s Hedge Of Protection– Pray that God will lift up her spirit when life’s heartaches anchor her soul.  Pray that the Lord will keep her long-distance daughter safe. Give the Lord praises that her family is all in good health.

Nikkaricci in Manila Philippines -Pray For God’s Hedge Of Protection Pray for her safety. That the Lord will bless her and care for her and meet her needs. That God will pour out His grace and mercies upon her life. Pray that God will bless her VBS work.

Jill in America- Pray for healing. I pray the Lord will comfort her broken heart. I pray to the saints in heaven they will pray for Jill. I ask all the saints and angels in heaven including; The Virgin Mother Mary, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Moses, David, Job, Ruth, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,  St. Joachim and St. Anne Novena, St. Joseph, Saint Monica Novena, and St. Derriel Burney. Please pray for Jill.  Thank you Saints and Angels.

Becky in Alabama, USA- Suffering from terminal cancer. Pray that God will heal her and save her life. At her last doctors appointment, she weighted 85 pounds. She is five feet and five inches tall. Pray fervently for the Lord to heal her of the cancer. Bless Steve. St. Peregrine

Philip B. in Alabama, USA – I pray Lord you will bless Philip’s health, his life, and his finances.

Jyotee in Nepal- My niece in Christ. New Christian, pray that God will grow her in the faith of Jesus Christ. Praise God that she has finished College and is an English teacher. Pray that God will use her as a powerful witness for Christ. Pray for God’s hedge of protection for her and her family.

Danlea from the Philippines. Pray that her husband changes his attitude. He breaks his addition to alcoholic. Changes his focus to his wife. Pray that her husband receives Christ as Savior and Lord. I pray that the Lord will bless their marriage and their children.

Marlene in the Philippines – Pray that God will bless her health and financial status. Also pray that the Lord will enter her into a friendship with a Christian man; that the relationship will blossom into a lifelong marriage. Pray that God will pour out His grace and blessing upon her family. Pray that the Lord will bless her niece and nephews with their school work, and give them the ambition to complete their education.

Arthur, now in Glory with his Lord Jesus. Passed away at age 91, in Manchester, UK. We praise you Lord that he was a man of the faith. We also pray that the Lord will pour out His blessings and mercies upon his son, Nick in the UK. Pray that God will bless Nick’s  book business with more commercial success.

Mavis – Atlanta, Georgia – Pray that the Lord will bless his life, his health, his finances, and his business. Pray that God will pour our His grace and mercies upon Mavis’ entire life.

Hager in Ghana –  Pray that God will pour out His blessings and mercies upon her health, her life, and her home. Pray that God will bless her finances. Also pray that the Lord will bring a Christian man into her life; pray that the relationship will grow into a lifelong marriage.

Carol , USA – Age 90. Pray for a full recovery from knee surgery. Pray that the Lord will keep her pain low. Pray that God will pour out His grace and mercies upon Carol’s life in every way. Pray that God will bless her finances and health during the recovery.

Michelle – California, USA – We praise God for her growth in Christ and her testimony of faith. God has given her such joy in life. I praise God for her Christian example of love, faith, and joy in Christ. Pray that the Lord will bless her life to the fullest.

Priscilla’s Mother in Ghana. Suffering from stomach cancer. Pray that God will heal her cancer. Pray for a total recovery.  We pray for the Lord’s blessings upon Priscilla’s and her Mother’s life, their health, and their finances. St. Peregrine

Josephine in Marietta, USA – Pray for God to bless her with employment. Pray for her finances and health. Pray that the Lord will bless her life in every way.

Sebastian in America, Catholic in faith. He requests prayer for the poor and the sick. We pray that God will bless Sebastian. Bless his life, his health, and his finances. I pray that God, through His Holy Spirit, will bless Sebastian’s steps and inspire him mentally. 

Michelle in America – Pray that God will bless her health, her job, and her life.

Sean in Lewisville, Texas – Pray for God’s blessings upon his life, his health, finances, and job. Also the Lord’s blessings upon Sean’s book sales.

Dave and Deb in Michigan. I pray for their salvation. I pray that the Lord will forgive them for their blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. I pray that God will take their leadership positions away from them. I pray that God will bless them with good health, bless their finances, and their lives.

Robert S. in Michigan. I pray for his salvation. I pray that the Lord will forgive his for his blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. I pray for God’s blessings upon his family, his life.

First Baptist Church – I pray that the Lord will bless the church and remove the unsaved minister and unsaved leaders in the church. Please cleanse the church, Lord.

Bill S. Keego Harber, Michigan – Pray for God’s blessings upon Bill’s health, life, and job and finances. I pray that Bill will accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Bill will become saved.

Weldon and Mavis in Muscle Shoals, Alabama – Pray for God’s blessings on their life, health , finances, rental house. God’s blessings on their family.

June, Chris, and Micah, Muscle Shoals, Alabama – Pray for God’s blessings on their life, jobs, finances, health. Pray for Micah’s seizures that the new medication will work. I pray for Micah’s new job. I pray that it has insurance. Pray for June’s finances. I ask all the saints and angels in heaven including; The Virgin Mother Mary, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Moses, David, Job, Ruth, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,  St. Joachim and St. Anne Novena, St. Joseph, Saint Monica Novena, and St. Derriel Burney. Please pray for June, Chris, and Micah.  Thank you Saints and Angels.

Janice and John in Prudenville, Michigan – Pray for God’s blessings on their lives, health, finances.

Brother Razaq in Pakistan. Pray for God’s protection as he spreads the gospel on the front line in Pakistan. Pray for his health, finances, and life. Pray that he leads people to Christ.

Brother Yemane in Ethiopia – Pray for healing from his heat stroke. Pray that he will walk again. Praise God for his strong faith. I pray for God’s protection around him.

I pray for the Christians in Eritrea, that they may be free. That they have the strength to endure the persecution and faithfully witness for Christ. I pray for President Isaias of Eritrea that he will become saved. I pray for the government in Eritrea that they will no longer imprison Christians. I pray for the parents who’s spouses are in prison and are raising children by themselves. I pray for the churches outside the country that are caring for children who’s parents are in prisons in Eritrea. I pray that new doors will be opened for the gospel to enter Eritrea and people especially in the government will be saved.

Lord I pray for the souls in purgatory. I pray that their time could be brief and they could move to your presence, Lord. I pray for Your forgiveness of their sins.

Ron Denim – Michigan – I pray God’s blessings upon Ron’s life, finances, and health. I pray Ron will receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Lord I pray that my earth father [Murphy] and my earth brother [Donald] may be forgiven of their sins and released from purgatory early. I pray to Mother Mary, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Moses, David, Job, Ruth, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, St. Joachim and St. Anne Novena , Saint Derriel Burney that you all would pray for Murphy Burney and Donald Burney and Saint Monica Novena.

Lord, I pray for the martyrs around the world, that You will give them the courage and strength to remain true to Jesus under severe persecution.

Camille and Ellevie and daughters in Mayotte, Haiti – I pray for God’s blessings upon this family and this farm in Haiti.

Franklin Graham preaches in Oregan and Washington State and Blackpool England. Lord I pray people will be saved during this tour. I pray Your blessings upon Franklin Graham.

Lord I pray for Rising Hope in Vietnam – Billy Graham TV – Aug 6 – Sept 9, I pray people will become saved due to this broadcast.

JA and Jill financially and prayerfully support the following ministries:

Cathedral of Saint Andrews Catholic Church, Grand Rapids

Pastor Robert Morris Ministries – The Blessed Life

TBN [Trinity Broadcasting Network] Networks – Matt & Laurie Crouch

Dr. David Jeremiah – Turning Points Ministries

Dr. Robert Jeffress – Pathway to Victory Ministries

Dr. Charles Stanley – In Touch Ministry

Dr. Billy Graham Evangelism Association

Samaritans Purse International Relief – Dr. Franklin Graham

Grace to You – Dr. John MacArthor, Pastor Grace Community Church, LA California.

Every Home for Christ – World Wide Evangelism

Gospel For Asia

Our Daily Bread Ministries

The Voice of the Martyrs- Stand Firm! 1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

For the churches I pray as Paul prayed for the churches in his care: [Philippians 1:9-11], [Colossians 1:9-11], [Ephesians 3:14-19]

Philippians 1:9-11 – And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of sight, 10- so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,” filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ- to the glory and praise of God. Amen.

Colossians 1:9-11 – For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10- And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joy. Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-19 – For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15- from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16- I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being. 17- So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18- may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19- and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Amen.

Noah – Movie Review

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Friends,

NoahHere’s a movie review of a motion picture that is bible based. Russell Crowe plays Noah in this action film.

In the beginning there was nothing… Temptation led to sin… Cast out of Eden, Adam and Eve had three sons: Cain, Abel, and Seth.

Cain killed Abel and fled to the East, where he was sheltered by a band of fallen angles: The Watchers. Rock giants. These Watchers helped Cain’s descendants build a great industrial civilization. Cain’s cities spread wickedness, devouring the world. Only the descendants of Seth defended and protect what is left of Creation.

Noah receiving the birthright from Dad

The boy Noah receives the birthright from his Father

Today, the last of Seth’s line becomes a man. Noah is a child. He receives the birthright from his father. The Shrine of Seth!

Descendants of Cain arrive. They kill Noah’s father and steal the birthright. Noah flees.

The next scene, Noah the fifty-something man. His Wife and sons; Shem, Ham, and Japheth, an infant.

Noah's dog

The family dog

Men are coming. They kill Noah’s family dog for the meat. Noah kills all three men. He cremates the pet.

Noah has a dream. God speaks to him. There will be a great flood. God is going to destroy the world. He saw Methuselah’s Mountain. They are to journey there and see his grandfather. Noah hopes  his grandfather, Methuselah will know what to do. A long journey by foot along a baron wasteland.

They come upon a tzohar  mine. A family is dead, all but a small girl named Ila. She is stabbed in the stomach with a sword.

The Watcher leads Noah's family to the mountain

The nice Watcher leading Noah’s family to the mountain

Men attack. Noah’s family flees. They’re saved by a Watcher. The Watchers quarrel over having humans on their land. That night, the nice Watcher helps them. It leads them to the mountain.

God created the Watchers on the second day of creation, to watch over Adam and Eve. They were light, but disobeyed God. Their punishment was to be turned into rock, mud, and crust. Methuselah protected the Watchers. They were hunted and mostly killed.

Great grandfather meets Shem

Great grandfather, Methuselah, meets Shem in the cave

Noah and Shem climb the mountain as his wife and family remain at the base with the friendly Watcher. Great grandfather is in a cave. Shem introduces himself. Noah’s oldest.

They talk about his dream. After drinking a special herbal tea, Noah sleeps and has another dream. Now he knows about the Ark and filling it with animals. Grandfather gives him a seed from the Garden of Eden.

Noah and Shem return to the camp. He explains a great flood is coming. They will survive to start a new world. They save the animals too. They are to build an Ark. He plants the seed Grandfather gave him.

Reptiles enter the Ark

Snakes enter the Ark

Water flows from the ground. Trees spring up. An entire forest grows in minutes. They’re in the middle of dense woods. The lumber for the Ark.  The Watchers help. The construction begins immediately on the Ark.

As the Ark nears completion, animals come. Birds fly in by the thousands, snakes, lizards, etc…

Noah and King Tulal-cain argue

Noah and King Tubal-cain faceoff

Tubal-cain is there with his army. He is the King. He followed the birds. He’s heard talk of miracles.  He wants to claim the Ark as his. The Watchers stand with Noah.  Noah tells the King they will perish in a great flood.

“I am not afraid of miracles, son of Lamech!” the King yells at Noah. He vows to return with Legions of solders with weapons.

Livestock enter the Ark by the hundreds.

King Tubal-cain prepares his army for a war on Noah.

Livestock enter the Ark

Livestock enter the Ark

Noah has another vision. He sees an evil people in a city destroyed by fire. He saw the wickedness in everyone.

Ham meets Ná el. They talk.

Great grandfather gives Ila his blessing . He waved his hand over her stomach. There’s a magic pulse. Ila runs. She’s driven Mad with desire for Shem. They make love in the forest.

The Watchers battle the army

The Watchers fight the King’s army

The Ark is complete. A storm blows in. Fast! The sky darkens. It begins to rain.

The King and his army try to capture the Ark. The Watchers battle them.

Ná el is killed during the fight. Ham makes it into the Ark.

A Watcher ascends to Heaven

A Watcher ascends to Heaven

The Watchers are killed one at a time by the King’s army as the battle rages. As they die, they ascend to Heaven in a beam of light.

Noah’s family is in the Ark. He closes the door.

The King finds a way inside the Ark. Ham helps his out of revenge because Noah let Ná el die during the battle.

Grandfather parishes in the flood as he eats a berry.

The Ark

The Ark

Noah and his family can hear people outside screaming as they struggle for their lives in the floodwaters.

The earth is covered in massive storms. The floodwaters consume the earth in minutes.

Noah believes man is to become an extinct species. His family is to die. Creation without man.

Ila and Shem

Shem and Ila

Ila is pregnant. Noah’s grandchild. Noah goes Mad when he finds out. He wants to kill the baby thinking it’s God’s will.

The rain stopped.

His wife tells him if he kills the child his family will leave him and hate him forever.

Shem and Ila prepare to leave on a raft. Noah burns the craft. Ila goes into labor and delivers twin girls.

Ham and the King prepare to kill Noah.

As Noah and the King fight, the Ark runs aground. Ham stabs the King, killing him. “Ná el. Her name was Ná el. You let her die,” Ham said.

They begin new lives on a mountain

Their new lives on the mountain

Later, Noah can’t kill the twins.

They begin their new lives on a mountain. Next to the sea. They build homes.

Noah is a drunkard old man. His wife left him.

Ham left the family and struck out on his own.

At Ila’s advice, Noah makes up with his wife. They are reunited.

The Ark on the mountain top

The Ark on the mountain top

Noah hands down the birthrights to his granddaughters. “Be fruitful and multiply. Replenish the earth.” On the mountain, next to the Ark, under a rainbow. Birds are fling in the sky overhead.

The End

The Watchers

A Watcher

This was an interesting story of the Noah and the flood.

You decide if the Watchers and this movie are fact or fiction. The movie was entertaining.

Noah demonstrated how easy it is to be confused about God’s Will. It’s a good thing he followed his conscious and didn’t kill those innocent baby twins.

Hope you enjoyed my review of Noah.

My rating: 4 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland