Trump bans the stranger

Trump’s executive order banning visitors and immigrants from 7 countries has caused issues at the airports with protests even though at the end a handful were impacted. The irony is that multitudes of feminist and gays who protested in the streets of the US would be hauled up and would not be seen again if they did so in many countries of faith in the Middle East, the actions justified in the name of faith. Trump is shaking the UN new world order in the making for 70 years.

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A time of Jubilee, a time of rest

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As thou has been Thou forever will be.

Great is thy faithfulness, Great is thy faithfulness,
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand besides

The year 2017 and beyond will be a period of resting and time spend in prayer and worship understanding that Jesus is my jubilee. I am surprised I have survived in my life and be true to the faith. It is really not my faith but His faithfulness and grace.

Essentially, this phase of life is over soon . Working life, relationships, even church life. We have lived decades so involved in relationships, work, ministry, and  church life. Our space is so crowded,  many concerns and deadlines. But at the end, what do we have? Not much, really.

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A Jubilee year for the Jews

Lev 27.24 in the year of Jubilee the field will revert to the person from whom it was bought, the one whose land it was.

The lost in the US elections to trump has embolden some to come out to launch a final solution against the Jews. It will be a very eventful year, just as it has been the last ‘jubilee’ in 1967 and 1917 for the Jews where there was a return of what was lost and taken away. The land was actually a no man’s land for 50 years.

At each Jubileee of modern Israel, what was hitherto stolen from them is being increasingly returned to them. The title deed is returned to Israel for the days of gentiles over Jerusalem is over. Others have been camping on it but it was never their land. For the last 8 years, God has hardened Obama’s heart until it has been a personal crusade to eject the Jews from the temple mount so that a tipping point of judgement is reached.

The Jews suffered injustice in the hands of Pharaoh for more than 400 years, during which time they were harassed physically into slave labor, their babies killed because the Jewish population was growing rapidly, and there was spiritual oppression having to bow down to the gods and spiritual deities of Egypt. The judgement on Egypt appears seemingly on the “innocent” first born. But God sees the first born as being under their parents. So the sins of the parents is imputed to the children under God’s law. Continue reading

Vanity of vanities

Ecc 1: 2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”
3 What profit has a man from all his labor In which he toils under the sun?

As we celebrated year 2017, I begin to understand Solomon’s declaration that essentially all that we do is in vain if indeed is for the now and no connection to an eternal purpose.

At the end of our lives, we all will die (Ecc 3:19) and in a way no different than animals. We may have a better life than others who toil day and night to gather the harvest, the peasants to give to the rich (Ecc 2:26), but this again is also vanity and the grasping of the air because soon both will die. There is also deep injustice where the just and righteous man dies even sooner than those who does injustice (Ecc 7:15), the good man often suffers but not the evil person. Continue reading