Today, the world is engulfed in the celebration of Halloween. This ancient pagan custom was brought into the Christian church as a result of the amalgamation of Christianity and paganism in the fourth century under Emperor Constantine. The Roman church, the offspring of that amalgamation, continues to venerate this practice, and the day following, All Saints Day.
The entire festival is dedicated to worshiping the spirits of the dead--an activity which the God of Creation fervently abhors and warns against (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). Yet untold numbers who call themselves Christians, celebrate this pagan ritual which every witch, clairvoyant, wizard, and spirit medium regard as the most outstanding event of the year.
In the process, Halloween has virtually obliterated one of the most significant events of salvation history. It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral in Germany. He was protesting the un-Biblical teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic church which are still dearly held today. He started a movement that led untold millions out of the darkness of popery into the light of God's marvellous grace.
Unfortunately, however, the majority of those that call themselves Christians know little or nothing at all of this most significant epoch that as allowed them to freely practice their Christian faith. So rather than celebrating the freedom and liberty that Luther made possible, they are going to great expense to worship the spirits of the dead on the very day Luther risked his life, thereby allowing them to worship God according to the dictates of their consciences. It's a great mystery how pumpkins have replaced the protest.
Rather than imbibing in this satanic practice, shouldn't Christians be protesting, seeking a closer walk with Jesus and turning away from the errors of the enemy?
Democratic pollster Pat Caddell says some of the polling he is seeing is biased and overweighted against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“I’ve never seen the media more anxious to call an election over than this one.”
“I’ve never seen the polls so out of whack,” said Caddell Monday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “I mean, so not universal at this stage … The tracking polls all show Trump about even … You have the ABC poll, which is a really distorted sample, of course. Nine points Democratic, which has been seized upon to continue to drive the narrative of this election that it’s over. I’ve never seen the media more anxious to call an election over than this one. Usually, they want to say it’s a contest because they get more attention and they get higher ratings — but not this one.”
Caddell was referring to a weekend poll from ABC News that garnered major media attention. The poll showed a 12-point national lead for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The ABC poll found Clinton at 50 percent, Trump at 38 percent, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson at 5 percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 2 percent.
Thanks to Wikileaks we now know that at least 65 mainstream reporters were working closely with the Clinton campaign this election year. They were invited to top elitist dinners with Hillary Campaign Chairman John Podesta or Chief Campaign strategist Joel Benenson.
NO FOX NEWS REPORTERS MADE THE LIST!
These 65 mainstream reporters CAN NEVER BE TRUSTED:
As previously reported— At least 38 top national reporters attended a different dinner at John Podesta’s house in April 2015.
The Clinton campaign sent out invites to New York reporters in April 2015 on their off-the-record meeting on how to sell Hillary Clinton to the public.
Here are the bones of the story. For the first time in 30 years, a vaccine-damage case has gone before a court judge. Lawyers for a 16-year-old autistic boy are suing a medical clinic for administering vaccines that brought about the autism. The CDC, of course, denies any connection between vaccines and autism. But one of its own long-time researchers, William Thompson, has publicly confessed to fraud in that area. Thompson states that he and his colleagues concealed research data that would have shown the MMR vaccine and mercury-laden vaccines do cause autism. The lawyers for the 16-year-old boy want to bring in Thompson to testify about what he knows. The CDC has said NO. The head of the CDC, Thomas Frieden, states, “Dr. William Thompson’s deposition testimony would not substantially promote the objectives of CDC or HHS [the Department of Health and Human Services].”
Well, he’s right, because the CDC is the PR arm of the vaccine industry. The CDC is a major purchaser of vaccines for the US federal government. If this boy won his case, other cases would follow. The potential monetary exposure in judgments? A trillion dollars or more.
Underscoring Donald Trump’s charge that the media is rigged, video footage shows Hillary Clinton’s traveling press secretary Nick Merrill appearing to type a softball question for NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell, which she subsequently asks Clinton.
The incident occurred on HIllary’s campaign plane shortly after Wednesday night’s debate.
Merrill is clearly seen typing something into his phone before he presents it to Mitchell. Merrill then waits for Mitchell to acknowledge that she understood the message.
Moments later, Mitchell delivers a softball question, asking Hillary, “How did you feel when he [Trump] said, you know, ‘Nasty woman, nasty woman,’ and ‘You’re a puppet,’ and … the issue of Vladimir Putin?”
The question is clearly not well constructed and appears to have been clumsily put together on the spot by Mitchell based off the message Merrill showed her.
At 1:44 in the video below, Merrill is also seen signaling to another reporter in the crowd by air tapping his finger on his phone, suggesting that he just text messaged another planted question.
"The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning"
The living creatures of the land, sea and air were created by the LORD (see By Him Were All Things Created and The Christian Universe) because it was "good."The LORD does nothing in vain. The humans, that were created after the other living creatures, were given "dominion" (keep that word in mind, as we will come back to it a little later) over them.
"1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 1:25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:20-28 KJV)
Humans are subject to physical death (see The Postponement Of Death) - the same as the animals. The "spirit" described in the verses below ("who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth"), in the actual Hebrew, refers to the "breath of life," from the LORD, that all living creatures, human and animal, depend upon for every second of their life. It's more than just physical breath alone (see What Makes Physical Life Possible?). READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Researchers from The Ohio State University have discovered that spinal cord injury alters the type of bacteria living in the gut and that these changes can exacerbate the extent of neurological damage and impair recovery of function. The study, “Gut dysbiosis impairs recovery after spinal cord injury,” by Kristina A. Kigerl et al., which will be published online October 17 ahead of issue in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, suggests that counteracting these changes with probiotics could aid patients’ recovery from spinal cord injuries.
The trillions of bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract are collectively known as the gut microbiome. Disruption of this microbial community, or dysbiosis, occurs when nonpathogenic gut bacteria are depleted or overwhelmed by pathogenic inflammatory bacteria. Autoimmune diseases (including multiple sclerosis, type I diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis) have been linked to dysbiosis, and it has been implicated in the onset or progression of neurological disorders, including autism, pain, depression, anxiety, and stroke.
Traumatic spinal cord injuries have secondary effects or comorbidities, including loss of bowel control, that are likely to cause dysbiosis. The authors reasoned that if any changes in the gut microbiome occur, they might, in turn, affect recovery after spinal cord injury. Continue Reading on www.sciencedaily.com
I am an American, one who believes in the principals that were established by our founding fathers. Now I know that it says in I Corinthians 6 that queers, vile effeminate types, and abusers of themselves and others will never enter into the kingdom of God. Yes, you can get into the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps in today’s America, but let’s be clear, you cannot get into God’s kingdom. Yes, God, the living Godhead is not very modern when it comes to their Laws and punishment for those refusing to follow their Laws. Yes, I too, like God, am part of a shrinking minority of Americans who refuse to allow political correctness to m old my being. I am a red-blooded male that believes in God, being heterosexual, anti-gays in the military, schools and Boy Scouts, and yes against EOE’s being voted into the the White House solely because of the color of their skin! I may live 70 or so years here on earth, but that is nothing in the scheme of God’s plans for me, you and everyone else who wants to obey God. We have all eternity to plan for, and according to God, there are many living amongst us that will not make it.
The long-running row over whether the Great Pyramid of Giza is hiding a network of previously undiscovered tunnels behind its stone walls has now been answered. Experts confirmed the existence of the mysterious cavities on Saturday after scanning the millennia-old monument with radiography equipment. It follows an announcement by the antiquities ministry on Thursday that 'two anomalies' were found in the pyramid built 4,500 years ago under King Khufu. It has three known chambers, and like other pyramids in Egypt was intended as a pharaoh's tomb. The main image shows a 3D cutaway view of the Great Pyramid of Giza revealing its interior chambers. We are now able to confirm the existence of a 'void' hidden behind the north face, that could have the form of at least one corridor going inside the Great Pyramid,' scientists from Operation ScanPyramids said in a statement. Another 'cavity' was discovered on the pyramid's northeast flank, said the researchers Inset top left) who are using radiography and 3D reconstruction for their study. The project applies a mix of infrared thermography, muon radiography imaging and 3D reconstruction to create maps that show the internal structures (top and bottom right) MORE
Forward: I wrote this in 2008-- I was pretty much on the mark!
By Bob Barney
In yet another move yesterday, the FED moved to directly make loans to large corporations. Little guys need not apply. Some seventy-five percent of all employed Americans works for the little guy, but only large corporations get any help from good Ole Uncle Sam! America, are you going to awaken? Do you not see what your future holds if this continual move towards totalitarianism continues? We are in the darkest hour of our existence as a nation! No, we are not on the verge of losing our homeland, like, we were in 1812, or our nation is not embroiled in a Civil War, as we were in 1863, but we are on the verge of becoming prisoners of our own government with our national malaise and welfare mentality. I have been calling all Americans to stand up for years now. Big business is just as evil as big government and the two in collusion equals FASCISM! Did you read that? Fascism! That's what we are moving to. On one hand, we have this almost surrealistic Obama movement which is much closer to the Nazi's in Germany than anything ever seen before and on the other hand, John McCain who is probably the weakest, and least able candidate to have run since Jimmy Carter! However, John McCain and Sarah Palin is our only hope! At least they are not total socialist and communist itching to destroy America and turn us into a European vessel state. That is what an Obama led nation will do!
I have included some quotes that can say far better than I what our fate is going to be, unless we wake up and take this country back! We must reject every sitting House member that voted for the bailout. I don't care what party they belong to. We must reject the Obama ticket and let McCain know that we will not tolerate any more erosion of personal rights, liberties and wealth. We must break up all monopolistic big business entities into smaller groups and must give American businesses most favored company status over foreign companies. We want Toyota in America, but we want it to be an American company, 51 owned by Americans! Let them spin off a subsidiary, something they do in other countries in order to be there.
Friends, this is a pivotal time for America. We are not just talking about who is elected President of the USA, we are talking about who we select to lead this nation going forward. Hopefully, by God's grace ,we can return us to our glory days like we had with Ronald Reagan. However, it is important that you take back your government. Stop aliens from voting, stop the nonsense of ACORN and all like organizations and FIRE those who want to see us enslaved. I have warned that the Bible predicts that this will eventually happen to America, but it doesn't need to happen yet. We need to wake up.If we don't, then we are living in the last days of America. Our doom is on the way, and our destroyer will be Barack Obama. The narcisist in chief. The man who wants to be Hitler, Stalin or Mao. Elect Obama, and you will see the end of America. You will loose every American right that many have fought and died for. The Bill of Rights will be trashed. Say goodbye to the second amendment, and probably the first, along with the 4th, 5th and 10th! The man is your enemey. HE HATES YOU! If America fails to act, they will get the tyrant that they deserve!
In 1972, David Rockefeller(a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank and director of Chase Bank), who with Zbigniew Brzezinski, wanted to "bring the best brains in the world to bear on problems of the future." Speaking at Chase Manhattan International Financial Forums in London, Brussels, Montreal, and Paris, he proposed the creation of an International Commission of Peace and Prosperity (which would later become the Trilateral Commission). At the 1972 meeting, the idea was widely accepted, but elsewhere, it got a cool reception. According to Rockefeller, the organization could "be of help to government by providing measured judgment."
Zbigniew Brzezinski, a professor at Columbia University, and a Rockefeller adviser, who was a specialist on international affairs, left his post to organize the group with Henry Owen(a Foreign Policy Studies Director with the Brookings Institution), George S. Franklin, Robert Bowie (of the Foreign Policy Association and Director of the Harvard Center for International Affairs), Gerard Smith (Salt I negotiator , Rockefeller in-law , and 1st North American Chairman ) , Marshall Hornblower, William Scranton (former Governor of Pennsylvania), Edwin Reischauer(a professor at Harvard), and Max Kohnstamn. Brzezinski was the author of the book Between Two Ages, which was published in 1970, in which he called for a new international monetary system, and is considered to be the "Bible" of the Trilateralists. On page 72, he said: "Marxism is simultaneously a victory of the external, active man over the inner, passive man and a victory of reason over belief." He calls for "deliberate management of the American future (pg. 260)", a "community of nations (pg. 296)" and a "world government (pg. 308)". He became the first Director(1973-76), drafted its Charter, and became its driving force.
Funding for the group came from David Rockefeller, the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. (quotes from :silverbearcafe.com).
Journalist Bill Moyers said "David Rockefeller is the most conspicuous representative today of the ruling class, a multinational fraternity of men who shape the global economy and manage the flow of its capital...Private citizen David Rockefeller is accorded privileges of a head of state...He is untouched by customs or passport offices and hardly pauses for traffic lights."
In 1973, David Rockefeller met with 27 heads of state, including representatives from the Soviet Union and China; Furthermore, in 1974, had a meeting with Pope Paul VI, who afterward called for the nations to form a world government. Sen. Barry Goldwater wrote that the Commission was "intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States. Goldwater wrote in his book With No Apologies: "What the Trilaterals truly intend is the creation of a worldwide economic power superior to the political government of the nation-states involved. As managers and creators of the system they will rule the world....In my view, the Trilateral Commission represents a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power: political, monetary, intellectual, and ecclesiastical." On the left, the U.S. Labor Party alleges that the Commission was created by multinational companies in order to dominate American foreign policy. Upon analysis, their economic plans leaned toward the controlling of energy sources, food production, and the international monetary system, so was there any reason to doubt that there were ulterior motives to their agenda. (quotes from :silverbearcafe.com). You need to read all of this article!
It wasn't Just Barry Goldwater who predicted economic disaster for America if these industrialist powers over government did not get curtailed, Ronald Reagan said much of the same. In 1964, Reagan said, " No nation in history has ever survived a tax burden that reached a third of its national income..... A government can't control the economy without controlling people. In addition, they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy."
He went on to say some 44 years ago that "Private property moralities are so diluted that public interest is almost anything that a few government planners decide it should be. In a program that takes for the needy and gives to the greedy" Does this sound like 2008? I think so.
I agree with Reagan when he said, "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this Earth. " Reagan also said in 1980 "The people have not created this disaster in our economy; the federal government has. It has overspent, overestimated, and over-regulated. " This is just as true today!
Ronald Reagan, like what I have been writing about knew that our country needed a special relationship with God and that only God's blessings could pull us through tuff times. "We who are privileged to be Americans have had a rendezvous with destiny since the moment in 1630 when John Winthrop, standing on the deck of the tiny Arbella off the coast of Massachusetts, told the little band of Pilgrims, "We shall be a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world."
But nobody in the media cares how many people the Clinton's Killed
As more and more women line up to tell their stories about sex with Bill Clinton - both consensual and forced - there is one who is unable to relive the details of her alleged affair.
Penthouse Pet Judi Gibbs died in a mysterious house fire in 1986 amid rumors that she had pictures that proved she and the then-Governor of Arkansas had been regular sex partners.
And even now, 30 years after she died alongside her much-older other lover, doubts remain about how and why Gibbs and her long-time beau Bill Puterbaugh met their grizzly deaths.
But now DailyMail.com has pieced together the life and death of Judi Gibbs, telling for the first time how the auburn-haired woman from a pin-prick of an Arkansas town managed to bed the man who went on to be one of the most powerful men in the world.
John F. Kennedy has been an icon to many, the pillar of America’s hopes and dreams. Sexy, charismatic, friendly, and a fighter for equality and peace, right? The man that we have idolized and loved for years. But who was the real Kennedy? The most infamous scandal revolving around him was the Marilyn Monroe affair; but I have discovered that the truth surpasses the rumors by far; leaving Bill Clinton’s past affairs far behind and even adds more than just an affair to be ashamed of. But it doesn’t stop there, with his families rocky past, it is no wonder as to why JFK did the things he did.
John F. Kennedy has been well known for his long term affair with sex icon Marilyn Monroe(who has been said to also have slept with John’s brother, Bobby Kennedy). JFK has also been sexually linked to other celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Jayne Mansfield, and Angie Dickinson. But of course it doesn’t stop there, the man has also been noted to have slept with Jackie’s sister, Lee Radziwell. Wow, what a way to keep it in the family.
Speaking of Jackie, it is also rumored that Kennedy briefly married a Palm Beach socialite prior to his marriage with Jackie and then apparently had second doubts and had a friend steal the marriage certificate from the court house(I guess it’s good to have friends in high places when you have cold feet).This can also resemble his nephew Joe Kennedy’s marriage to Sheila Rauch. Joe and Sheila were married for 12 years when he decided to have his marriage annulled by the Vatican himself. She only discovered this years after the fact when Joe remarried and least to say was angry about it. Nine years later the Roman Rota reversed the decision of the annulment, which if you do the math makes Joe a polygamist. Bobby’s daughter Kerry, has also publically been known to have practiced in philandering and with a married man; needless to say she also had a divorce as an affect. It doesn’t stop there, Michael Kennedy, also Robert’s son, had an affair with a 14 year old babysitter that lasted for years! In an attempt to redeem himself, he did what many famous people do-he entered a treatment for his sex addiction.
Alicia Purdom was a woman who was paid off to keep her pregnancy by John Kennedy a secret, who had promised to marry her (and obviously he didn’t). Joan Lundberg kept her relationship no secret about John; she has said that he paid for her to have an abortion of his baby and left nothing to imagination with the interesting little tidbits that he loved threesomes. A White House intern was raped by JFK, it was statutory.William Smith Kennedy, John’s nephew, went through a famous trial for rape ; but as most of these Kennedy’s seem to-he got away with it;oh excuse me, he was acquitted.John has also been known to hire prostitutes and call girls for his benefit, some even say that he had been with one only an hour and a half prior to his famous Nixon debate (no wonder he was in such a good mood throughout the whole thing). The secret service even had code names for two girls kept on call at the White House used for sex. The code names were Fiddle and Faddle, if you ask me that’s not much of a code for hookers.One Mary Pinchot mysteriously was murdered after an affair with Kennedy; she did keep a diary of their escapades even including information that they had done drugs together-and of course the CIA ended up with this diary.JFK also had ties with the mafia, a woman, Alicia Dar Clark was in relations to the mafia and an often visitor to the white house, that is until she claimed to have gotten pregnant by Kennedy who paid for another abortion.JFK was also said to have a permanent STD. And with all of this experience you would think that he would have known what he was doing in bed but apparently he didn’t. Lover Angie Dickinson along with Jackie herself claimed that he was quite quick in the sack.
As if that’s not enough, John has left even more of a legacy(and not in the best way). John was said to have used drugs by multiple friends and girlfriends. During his election and beginning of his presidency John offered the hope of equality to many, however these promises soon failed. John even went as far as to having Martin Luther King’s phone tapped. I don’t think we really need to get into the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missiles Crisis, in that he just flat out failed. Ted Kennedy, Robert’s brother, is not immune. He has been linked to the death of the young Mary Jo Kopechne, one of the campaign workers. Ted was said to have driven off of bridge when he swam up and left her to drown. Ted did not call for help, nor did he report the accident. Walking past several houses in which he had the opportunity to call for help-he resisted; instead he went home to consult with his advisers. Her body and the wreck were not found until the next morning.
I would have to say that Bobby has always been my favorite Kennedy. Suave, charismatic, and on a mission for change. However, in my readings I have found that Bobby, my beloved, has also been involved in rather interesting situations. For one, after his brother, John was assassinated, Bobby and Jackie had an affair. This affair has been well documented by author David Heymann. Bobby, as mentioned, has also been rumored to have also slept with Marilyn Monroe. As a matter of fact, just four hours before her dead body was discovered, neighbors said that Bobby and a physician
was said to have entered her residence. Why might you ask? Well, Marilyn was said to be pregnant by Bobby and he desperately wanted her to have an abortion.I guess things didn’t go quite as planned. This trend with Bobby, though is not unimaginable-he had a great love and admiration for his brother. He went as far to wearing his brothers clothes and speaking to him (after he was dead) and so for him to go for the same women is really no shock.
All of this information can only leave me to wonder, is it something in the genes? And beyond that, what is it that makes this family so idolized and loved with all of the news and rumors of the past? If you look at the records Kennedy really didn’t do much in the office other than get laid and breach people’s personal information. One of the only Kennedy’s who I have not heard anything bad on is Maria Shriver, JFK’s niece and first lady of California. Perhaps the curse or whatever you’d like to call it skipped a generation. And speaking of curses, perhaps the Kennedy deaths were not from a family curse but from pure Karma. The Kennedys have left much- love to some, hope to others, and pure hatred for others. However, they have remained American icons.
Jimmy Stewart suffered such extreme PTSD after he lost 130 of his men as a fighter pilot in WW II that he acted out his anguish during filming of It’s a Wonderful Life
Actor Jimmy Stewart was haunted by his memories from his time in the Air Force and suffered from PTSD when he returned from World War II
Stewart wrestled with the guilt of killing civilians in bomb raids over France and Germany and felt responsible for the death of his comrades
Stewart never talked about his struggles and bottled up his emotions
But they came out when acting parts he chose when he returned to Hollywood
He tapped into his emotional distress during filming of It's a Wonderful Life, where his character George Bailey unravels in front of his family
Stewart's anguish is laid bare for the first time in Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the fight for Europe by author Robert Matzen
Jimmy Stewart suffered such extreme PTSD after being a fighter pilot in World War II that he acted out his mental distress during 'It's a Wonderful Life'. Stewart played George Bailey in the classic movie and channeled his anger and guilt into the scenes where he rages at his family. Stewart was haunted by 'a thousand black memories' from his time as an Air Force commanding officer that he took with him back to Hollywood after the war. Pilots who flew with him said that became 'Flak Happy' during World War II, a term to describe what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
Stewart wrestled with the guilt of killing civilians in bomb raids over France and Germany including one instance where they destroyed the wrong city by mistake.
Stewart felt responsible for the death of his men and especially one bloodbath where he lost 13 planes containing 130 men who he knew well. Stewart's anguish is laid bare for the first time in author Robert Matzen's Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the fight for Europe, published by Paladin Communications. Stewart never spoke about it, even to other veterans, and bottled up his emotions that came out in the acting parts he chose when he returned to Hollywood.
The Ten Commandments, In SVG (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Bob Barney:
1 After this, Jesus stayed in Galilee, going from village to village. He wanted to stay out of Judea where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. 2 But soon it was time for the Feast of Tabernacles (tents), 3 and Jesus' brothers urged him to go to Judea for the celebration. "Go where your followers can see your miracles!" they scoffed. 4 "You can't become a public figure if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, prove it to the world!" 5 For even his brothers didn't believe in him. 6 Jesus replied, "Now is not the right time for me to go. But you can go anytime, and it will make no difference. 7 The world can't hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of sin and evil. 8 You go on. I am not yet ready to go to this Feast, because my time has not yet come." 9 So Jesus remained in Galilee. 10 But after his brothers had left for the Feast, Jesus also went, though secretly, staying out of public view. 11 The Jewish leaders tried to find him at the festival and kept asking if anyone had seen him. 12 There was a lot of discussion about him among the crowds. Some said, "He's a wonderful man," while others said, "He's nothing but a fraud, deceiving the people." 13 But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders. 14 Then, midway through the Feast, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach. 15 The Jewish leaders were surprised when they heard him. "How does he know so much when he hasn't studied everything we've studied?" they asked. 16 So Jesus told them, "I'm not teaching my own ideas, but those of God who sent me. 17 Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. 18 Those who present their own ideas are looking for praise for themselves, but those who seek to honor the one who sent them are good and genuine. 19 None of you obeys the law of Moses! In fact, you are trying to kill me." 20 The crowd replied, "You're demon possessed! Who's trying to kill you?" 21 Jesus replied, "I worked on the Sabbath by healing a man, and you were offended. 22 But you work on the Sabbath, too, when you obey Moses' law of circumcision. (Actually, this tradition of circumcision is older than the law of Moses; it goes back to Abraham.) 23 For if the correct time for circumcising your son falls on the Sabbath, you go ahead and do it, so as not to break the law of Moses. So why should I be condemned for making a man completely well on the Sabbath? 24 Think this through and you will see that I am right." 25 Some of the people who lived there in Jerusalem said among themselves, "Isn't this the man they are trying to kill? 26 But here he is, speaking in public, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that our leaders know that he really is the Messiah? 27 But how could he be? For we know where this man comes from. When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; no one will know where he comes from." 28 While Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he called out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I come from. But I represent one you don't know, and he is true. 29 I know him because I have come from him, and he sent me to you." 30 Then the leaders tried to arrest him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come. 31 Many among the crowds at the Temple believed in him. "After all," they said, "would you expect the Messiah to do more miraculous signs than this man has done?" 32 When the Pharisees heard that the crowds were murmuring such things, they and the leading priests sent Temple guards to arrest Jesus. 33 But Jesus told them, "I will be here a little longer. Then I will return to the one who sent me. 34 You will search for me but not find me. And you won't be able to come where I am." 35 The Jewish leaders were puzzled by this statement. "Where is he planning to go?" they asked. "Maybe he is thinking of leaving the country and going to the Jews in other lands, or maybe even to the Gentiles! 36 What does he mean when he says, 'You will search for me but not find me,' and 'You won't be able to come where I am'?" 37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, "If you are thirsty, come to me! 38 If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within." 39 (When he said "living water," he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) 40 When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, "This man surely is the Prophet." 41 Others said, "He is the Messiah." Still others said, "But he can't be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born." 43 So the crowd was divided in their opinion about him." (John 7 NLT version)
Big Business (Globalization) has destroyed America. Capitalism does not work in a world of major global companies and big government. The two work and in hand to stop competition and raise prices, while moving workforces overseas to poverty laden countries. PLEASE SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES!
The Republican presidential candidate said he would bring 'economic independence' to the U.S. and claimed Clinton policies backing globalization had left people in poverty.
Every biblical holiday given to the Jewish people has three aspects. Israel was to observe the holiday in the presentin order to remember something God had done in the past, while looking forward to some future prophetic purpose hidden within each festival. This is true for their weekly observance of Shabbat, as well as for the annual pilgrimage festivals of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles.
During the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, the Jewish people were to gather together in Jerusalem not only to remember God's provision in the Wilderness but also to look forward to that promised Messianic age when all nations will flow to this city to worship the Lord.
A Feast for all People
Tabernacles is unique in that the Gentile nations were invited to come up to Jerusalem along with the Jewish people to worship the Lord at this "appointed time". The Lord told Moses to father all men, women and children, along with the foreigners in their land, so they can learn to fear the Lord (Deut. 31:12).
When Solomon later dedicated the Temple at Sukkot, he asked the Lord to hear the prayers of any foreigners that would come there to pray (2 Chronicles 6:32-33). It may surprise some, but Jesus kept the Feast of Tabernacles as well. On the last "great day of the feast", he stood in the Temple and cried out: "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38)
Remembering God's Past Provision
The most visible symbol of Sukkot is the small booth the Israelites are commanded to dwell in for the eight days of the Feast (Leviticus 23:33-43). Jewish families build these makeshift huts on their patios and balconies, and decorate them with colourful fruit, ribbons and pictures. Some families eat their meals in thesukkah and even sleep there at night. These flimsy booths are a reminder to Israel that they once dwelled in temporary shelters during the forty years in the Wilderness, totally dependent on the Lord. God is faithful and He continues to provide all we need to walk upright before Him still today.
Tasting the Joy of the Age to Come
Zechariah foretold of a time when all nations will ascend to Jerusalem each year to "worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (14:16). Thus we also keep Sukkot now because of this future prophetic purpose. Throughout the Messianic Age, the entire world will celebrate this feast because it will mark the return of Jesus to the earth. But for now, Christians flocking to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles is a powerful statement of faith demonstrating that we believe the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus is coming.
For the past 35 years, Christians from all over the world have come to Jerusalem each fall to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. They come to take part in a dynamic worship experience and to taste of the joy of the Lord in the age to come.