THE HOLY CHILD
UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN...(Isaiah 9:1-7).
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a Woman who taketh of the incorruptible leaven and hideth it in Three Measures of Meal...and till the whole is leavened being baken by fire, becoming One Loaf...(The Gospel of the Perfect Life/ The Holy 12: XXXIX.5)
And Abraham HASTENED unto the tent, and said, make ready, QUICKLY, Three Measures of Meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth...(Genesis 18:6).
And they said unto Abraham, where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, IN THE TENT.
And he said, I will certainly return to thee ACCORDING TO THE TIME OF LIFE, and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a child...
THEREFORE SARAH LAUGHED within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
And the Lord said to Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, shall I of a surety bear A Child which am old?
Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, ACCORDING TO THE TIME OF LIFE, and Sarah shall have a Child...(Genesis 18 and 19).
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, TILL THE WHOLE WAS LEAVENED...(Matthew 13:33).
Nearly two thousand years later we open the Books and read the words
The Myth becomes the Reality...Luke 2:9-11. Understand it in supra-historic terms. It did not happen, it is happening.
There appeared a great wonder in heaven (in the heaven of human comprehension); a Woman (the Divine Mother in all of Her manifestations), clothed in the Sun, and the Moon under Her feet, and upon Her head a crown of Twelve Stars.
And She being with Child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered... (Revelation 12:1,2).
Thus saith Hezekiah (in the time of the Assyrian kings; see chapter 2): This is a Day of rebuke and blasphemy; for the children are come to the birth; and there is not strength to bring forth...(Isaiah 37:3; Job 26:1,2).
A voice of noise from the City, a voice from the Temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompense to his enemies.
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the Earth be made to bring forth in one day? OR SHALL A NATION BE BORN AT ONCE? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God...(Isaiah 66:6-9).
THE SHOFAR'S BIRTHING CRY
Shabbat Yom Kippur
"I'm waiting for the magic moment of 'Ne'illah,' once the moment when the temple gates closed on fast days and still Yom Kippur's glorious finale. I remember how, as a kid, when I had to water the lawn, I would pinch tight the rubber hose while moving the sprinkler...As the 'Ne'hillah' darkness gathers, I think that maybe God is similarly pinching off the Sunlight by slowly swinging shut the gates of heaven. But even as night fills the synagogue, my Havdalah candle pierces the darkness, and I remember that the High Holy Days season began with the liturgical addition of Psalm 27: 'God is my light, whom shall I fear?' The light that comes from knowing I am in God's presence cannot dim. It lights the way to eternity.
Then there is the Shofar...Throughout the preparatory month of Elul, it closed each morning service. Service preparations at the Hebrew Union College where I teach is ringed round with rules about who is assigned to do what, and how; but the blowing of the Shofar seems to happen spontaneously. Maybe Shofar blowers are heaven-sent--who knows? They show up from nowhere and discharge me to my chores...
The Rabbis likened the Shofar sound to a Woman Crying Out in Labor. 'Hayom harat olam' we say, when we hear it blown on Rosh Hashanah. 'This is the day of the world's birth.'
Sometimes when the sound really carries, I think it is the voice of God, whom I picture as our Mother giving birth to the universe. My little backyard garden plot is slowly dying these days, but the world is being reborn, spanking new, and me along with it--there's the miracle! 'Mother,' I say--my first-found words of gratitude in my new world.
On second thought, it occurs to me that 'hayom harat olam' means 'This is the day the world is conceived.' Yes, that's it! The world is reborn on Rosh Hashanah. It is conceived then, It remains in utero for a while, while we imagine its infinite possibilities. What might we amount to if we really try? 'How many are your works, O God! And I among them!' Count forward from the second day of Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, and you get exactly Nine days, a reminder of the pregnant hope gestating in some Divine Womb and waiting to spill out only with Yom Kippur.
These Days of Repentance, I think, have been days of labor: God's labor and my own. When Yom Kippur finally dawns, GOD WILL GIVE BIRTH TO ANOTHER WORLD, looking very much like the one already here, but don't let appearances fool you. The thing about a Baby world is that it has yet to grow up; who knows what it can learn to do? On Yom Kippur I sing with special gusto, 'Chadesh yameinu kakadem' 'O God, renew my days as of old!' I work at confessing my sins from the world just ending, and I prepare to be reconstituted anew...
But the last and longest blast is...a primal shout of triumph announcing actual birth: 'L'chaim! To life renewed, vision restored, hope rekindled!'
That is why I wait for 'Ne'illah:' it is the Havdalah moment when a single candle lights up the dark, and the birthing sound of 'tekiyah gedolah' rings in my ears." Lawrence A. Hoffman, Special to the Jewish Week.
Now why dost thou cry out aloud? IS THERE NO KING IN THEE? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.
Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the City, and thou shalt dwell in the field (see Matthew 13:38), and thou shalt go EVEN TO BABYLON; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord will redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies...(Micah 4:9,10).
And he (the King among us) shall stand and feed (the flock) in the strength of the Lord, in the Majesty of the Name of the Lord his God; and They shall abide: for now shall he be great UNTO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH...
And this Man shall be the peace when THE ASSYRIAN shall come into our land (our state of mind); when he shall tread in our palaces (among our own higher reasonings), then shall we raise against him Seven shepherds and Eight principle men...(Micah 5:3-6).
According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvelous things.
The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth; their ears shall be deaf...(Micah 7:15,16).
Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, it is all the same place--America...(Matthew 12:43-45; Rev.17:9-11)..
It shall come to pass in that day that the Great Trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and they shall worship the Lord in the holy mount in Jerusalem (the Higher Jerusalem, not in the Middle East..Revelation 21)...(Isaiah 27:13).
In those days and in that time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together,
Going and weeping they shall go and seek the Lord together.
REMOVE OUT OF THE MIDST OF BABYLON. GO FORTH OUT OF THE LAND OF THE CHALDEANS...(Jeremiah 50:4-8).
For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is,or hath been heard like it?
Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the Fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a Mighty Hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all the Lord thy God did for you in Egypt before your eyes.
Unto thee was it showed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him...(Deuteronomy 4:32-35).
And I saw as it was a sea of glass (tranquility and reflection), mingled with Fire, and them that had gotten the victory over the Beast and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God,
And they sing the Song of Moses, the servant of God (Exodus 15), and the Song of the Lamb (in a spirit of absolute nonviolence), saying, great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty, just and true are thy ways... (Revelation 15:1-3).
Message from the Hopi Elders
There is a river flowing
now very fast.
It is so great and swift, that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore,
They will feel they¹re being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know that the river
has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shores,
Push off into the middle of the river,
Keep our eyes open and our heads above water.
And I say, see who is there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history,
we are to take nothing personally,
Least of all ourselves.
For the moment we do,
Our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The way of the lone wolf is over.
Banish the word "struggle ' from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner
And in celebration.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.
THE BOOK OF HYMNS
I give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, for thou hast illumined my face with the vision of thy truth...
(Yet) I am in distress as a woman in travail bringing forth her firstborn, when, as her time draws near, the pangs come swiftly upon her and all the racking pains in the crucible of conception.
For now, amid the throes of death, new life is coming to the birth, and pangs of travail set in, as at last there enters the world the Man-child long conceived. Now, amid throes of death that Man-child long foretold is about to be brought forth.
Now, amid the pangs of hell, there will burst forth from the womb that marvel of mind and might, and that Man-child will spring from the throes!
From the moment he was conceived pangs have been sweeping apace over the whole wide world, new things have been coming to birth amid racking pains, and tremors have beset the wombs in which they lie.
And when he comes to birth, all those pangs of travail that rack the world's great Womb--that crucible of conception--will take a sudden turn; what has been conceived with all the bale of a viper will end, at the moment of birth in mere racking pain, and all the tremors be but labor lost. For lo, the wall shall rock unto its prime foundation, even as rocks a ship stormtossed on the waters...The Dead Sea Scriptures, pp.152,53.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world will rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
A Woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a Man is born into the world...(John 16:20-21).
Unlike a recent debate on the Donahue Show on the topic of sexuality, teenage pregnancy and the issue of sex education in the schools versus the Conservative (and Bush administration)-backed alternative--celibacy-until-marriage, where neither of the speakers wished to allow the other their point, or their time to complete it, there was a very timely and more substantive discussion this morning on the Freespeech Television channel. WBAI's Amy Goodman was the moderator, and the topic was abortion. She interviewed two advocates, Elizabeth Cavendish of the National Pro-Choice movement, and Olivia Gans of the National Right-To-Life Association. Although Amy Goodman's sentiments are (we assume), for political and philosophical reasons, those of the pro-choice movement's, she led a generally balanced and pointed discussion and allowed Olivia Gans to articulate (which she did) the positions of the Right-To-Life movement. But why, we want to ask, can not the two sides come together? Why are the two hell-bent as it is on carrying their separate points of view right into the middle of the impending world crises...without recognizing the glaring fallacies and inconsistencies that attend each of their positions, or, for that matter, the strength in each others resonings where they exist?
The Right to Choose? Of course, the right to be in charge of one's own mind and body (the empire of one's very own existence), which naturally includes all of one's own conscious decisions, and control over one's own sexual desires and reproductive capabilities, without interference from the greater, clearly-also immoral, largely male-dominated and imperiously conservative, self-righteous order that has risen over us. We ask, who gave this political order the authority to rule over others? When did they aquire it? And by what means? The God of History would have us understand that it was by violence and bloodshed, by rebellion, by killing and destroying--by means far removed from their own pretenses about the sanctity of Life. And then we ask: the right to choose what? More death? To be in league with it? With them? To add to the already-monstrous toll of sacrificial victims in the earth? For the right to dishonor the Mother of Life Herself, to demonstrate that the maternal environment into which the soul has been conceived can be as hostile to the life of that soul as the American empire is to the life and well-being of the entire planet? Even in the midst of personal anguish and conflict the right to choose must be distinguished from the actual choices we make, For as the soul thinks, so is it...
Forget about the technical and legal (the basically evil, wholly materialistic and humanistic) arguments that seek to determine when a fetus is a child and not some soulless mass of biological tissue. Every spiritually-conscious person realizes that the very spark of life itself is Divine (the very thought of Life is Divine), and that the merger of egg and sperm (moved by mystical forces in themselves) only facilitates and provides the genetic instructions for another Tree of Life to take root in the earth (a human Child), one whose seed was already planted in the fertile and future soil of human consciousness even before human conception began. Olivia Gans (of Right to Life) wonders why Ms. Cavendish (Pro-Choice) is so impervious to these spiritual realities, and so willfully (or perhaps just ignorantly) unmindful of the true meaning of Life--another strident feminist trying to overthrow the rule of a Father God as she is--that she so actively and callously militates and counsels against it...
On the other hand, Ms. Cavendish would have Olivia Gans see that her garment is not seamless. In fact, that it is as bloodstained as any abortion clinic doctor's. She would have Gans see that she is in bed with hypocrites (with the antichrists of the earth themselves), with a political and religious order whose lofty rhetoric does not conceal its own evil deeds; one that is actively responsible for creating and perpetuating the social and economic conditions in people's lives that lead them to fall aside and choose death over life; one that speaks of the sanctity of life in the morning but will unmercifully destroy it to further its own earthly ends at the end of day. It is against abortion it says, but will afterwards subject the born child (not its own of course) to the rigours of oppression, injustice and despair. It is against abortion it says, but the integrity of this position collapses when it comes to issues of capital punishment (the most unmerciful among them are for it), after the born child has fallen into all of the social traps that have been set before it. (Why is there crime below, in the streets and among the people? For the very simple reason that there is crime above--grand theft and murder abounds--as it is also written: spiritual wickedness in high places. As the Mind thinks the Body acts. As the government is, so are the people). It is against abortion it says, but has slaughtered millions in its religious wars (not to fail to mention those countless numbers it has tortured and maimed for their refusal to participate in such evil deeds). It wants the child alive so that it can either convert it into one of themselves, or use it as a pawn in its own defense, and more particularly now as it continues to engage God in the age-ending wars that are now being visited upon the earth. Those who say they are for life, but are in the end for war as well, are in serious conflict (both spiritually and mentally), with their own natural minds--about the mysteries of Life and Death--and remain critically unaware of how the God of Life is now rising up in the affairs of the world to separate the children of one from the children of the other:
POPE CALLS ON U.S. TO PROTECT UNBORN
VATICAN CITY...Pope John Paul II called on the United States to protect the rights of the unborn and to ensure a public role for people with religious convictions.
"The original separation of church and state in the United States was certainly not an effort to ban all religious convictions from the public sphere, a kind of banishment of God from civil society," said the Pope. (Of course, the Pope does not understand what he is saying here).
The Pope urged the United States to remain true to the "religious convictions upon which the American experiment was founded," including liberty and justice for all.
That justice should be extended to the unborn, he said. Journal Star News Services.
CALL IT PARTIAL-BIRTH "MURDER" SAID O'CONNOR
John Cardinal O'Connor looked out to hundreds of people stuffed into the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria and cried: "That's murder,"
In case they didn't hear him, or perhaps failed to get the message, he hit it again. "It's murder," he said....
He was at the Waldorf Tuesday to receive the Cardinal Cooke RIGHT TO LIFE Award on behalf of THE PRIESTS in the archdiocese..."I suspect that if Cardinal Cooke were on earth today, he would be virtually shattered by what has been happening in the Congress of the United States by way of presidential vetoes and therefore what has happened to OUR LAND," said the Cardinal. (There are many antichrists...1 John 2:18,19).
Everyone knew what he was talking about. Four days earlier the U.S. Senate, for the second time, failed by three votes to override President Clinton's veto of legislation to ban "partial birth: abortions.
These abortions ARE BARBARIC. They are performed on babies just seconds away from birth by piercing their skulls and sucking out their brains...
All that stands in the way of ridding the country of this scourge is President Clinton's veto--or three votes in the Senate. "THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT HAS LEGITIMIZED INFANTICIDE," O'Connor said.
"When we were children, the sisters would tell us in school how those allegedly heartless Chinese, those pagan Chinese, would purportedly leave their babies by the river bank to die, exposed and malnourished. We don't wait for babies to die by the bank of the river. As soon as we see them emerging from their mother's wombs, we have the doctor plunge the scissors into their heads, to murder them...That's Murder!" (see Exodus 1:12-22).
"We can't be euphemistic about this," the Cardinal went on...That's INFANTICIDE!"
"How big and courageous we are in this mighty country of ours. How powerful. We are spoken of as the most powerful country in the world--AND WE MURDER LITTLE INFANTS." The New York Post. Sept.24, 1998.
"If the Soviets want to improve relations with the U.S. they must repair their record on individual freedom. It is morally repugnant to the U.S. 'A nation of immigrants,' to see the Soviet people unable to leave their own country...and to see Jews and dissidents imprisoned." R. Reagan.
RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION: Republicans used their weekly radio address to call for legislation monitoring religious persecution around the world. Calling on Americans to help "prisoners of faith," Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., cited cases of torture in countries such as Sudan, China, and Tibet. Wolf drew from his own experiences abroad to underscore the need to protect religious freedom for all people. "Many around the world are enduring these hardships simply because they are practicing their faith," Wolf said...Wolf has sponsored The Freedom From Religious Persecution Act, which would create a White House office for reporting religious persecution worldwide, impose sanctions of governments that carry out religious persecution and improve asylum procedures. USA Today.
They must now give account of every idle word they have spoken.
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS (Not those who merely speak of peace, and then resort to war in the end, but those who speak of peace, and then pursue it, even in a time of war..2 Peter 3:10-14); for they shall be called the Children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake; for their's is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake (for the son of Man's sake).
Rejoice (in that day), and be exceedingly glad : for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you...(Matthew 5:9-12; Luke 6:22,23).
CLINTON: FREEDOM IS THE RIGHT OF ALL
BEIJING...President Bill Clinton boldly extolled human rights and freedom this morning at Beijing University, whose students played the leading role in the 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement that led to a bloody crackdown.
"I believe that everywhere, people aspire to be treated with dignity...to give voice to their opinions...TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN LEADERS...to associate with whom they wish...to worship how, when, and where they want," Clinton said, according to excerpts released by the White House...
"These are not American rights or European rights or developed-world rights," Clinton told the audience..."They are the birthrights of people everywhere."...
"We believe, and our experience demonstrates, that freedom strengthens stability," the president said. "In the global information age, freedom is a powerful engine of progress." By Ken Fireman and Dele Olojede, Staff Correspondents.
PRESIDENT ATTENDS SERVICE
BEIJING...When Yang Xiting was an elementary-school student a decade ago, her teacher stumbled upon a family secret: She and her parents, who were lifelong Christians, regularly attended church services.
"She made me promise to all my classmates that I would never go to church again, which I did with tears," said Yang, who is now a 20-year old student at Beijing University. "Now I think of it as a shame."
As President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright attended services in an effort to highlight both an improved climate for religion in China and the need for even greater freedom. Yang now goes to church without fear of censure, and her parents, who once kept their religious faith quiet, feel free to be open about it.
"They would not deny that they were Christians, but they didn't used to dare admit that they were," Yang said, "Now we feel safe to evangelize our neighbors."...
Yet for all this new openness, Yang's church and every other where services are performed openly must register with the still officially atheist Chinese government, PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE STATE ABOVE ALL ELSE and abide by a variety of STATE-IMPOSED RESTRICTIONS. Those that reject such controls must hold their services furtively, and their ministers and congregants are subject to arrest. By Ken Fireman, Washington Bureau.
REPORT OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
"I welcome the release of the Secretary of State's report on United States Policies in support of Religious Freedom. Promoting religious freedom around the world is a key part of our human rights policy and an important focus of our diplomacy.
THE REPORT WILL HELP SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON THE SERIOUS PROBLEM OF RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE AND PERSECUTION. It also underscores the importance of concerted actions by the United States and other like-minded nations to promote religious freedom.
The report fulfills a Congressional request for a summary of U.S. policies to reduce and eliminate persecution against Christians around the world. It also describes our efforts to address religious persecution more broadly, which have included defending the right of Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, Bahais and others to practice their faiths freely. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right, and the United States vigorously condemns persecution against any believer and all faiths.
Our nation was founded by men and women seeking refuge from religious persecution. Religious freedom is the first freedom guaranteed in our Bill of Rights. I am pleased that our nation has been a leader in promoting religious rights, through the establishment last year of the Secretary's Advisory Committee of Religious Freedom Abroad, through our willingness to press for religious liberty at the United Nations and in our relationship with other nations, and through our determination to report fairly and accurately on these issues around the world. The report is part of America's larger commitment to help people of all faiths to live free of persecution and to worship in the freedom that is their birthright." President Clinton, in The Jewish Press.
REPORT...ALSO CRITICIZES PROPOSED RUSSIAN CURBS
WASHINGTON, July 21...In its first comprehensive review of persecution of Christian groups around the world, the United States government sharply criticizes China for suppressing religious worship and urges President Boris Yeltsin of Russia to veto legislation restricting religious freedom there...
Ms. Shea said the report "is a very good thing, and it underscores a serious human rights issue that has been overlooked." Anti-Christian persecution "is massive and vastly unreported," she said.
"But few Christian Americans even know about it," she said, adding that no President or Secretary of State has ever given a major speech about it.
"There's a bias among some of our political elites, that if your willing to die for the Bible, your a fanatic, but if you die in front of a tank, you're a hero," she said. "The great lesson absorbed by the tyrants of the world from the collapse of the Soviet empire is that it was the churches that contributed to the democratization and collapse of an empire...By Steven Erlanger, The New York Times.
THERE'S AN ART TO FREE SPEECH
Free speech invariably creates problems. If you have something to say, someone is likely to be offended by it. Those with power, property and political influence may not need public streets and sidewalks as a forum to express their ideas. Street (speakers) do...
What they don't seem to understand is that the public sidewalks of a city are, in the Supreme Court's words, "the marketplace of ideas" and a public forum. The court ruled in favor of street (speakers) in order to protect everyone's free speech...
Sidewalks are not just for walking. If New York City hopes to remain the cultural capital of the world, we need to start respecting the idea behind the First Amendment freedom. While freedom of speech may cause inconvenience or occasional discomfort, the alternative is far worse...
I prefer to live surrounded by the noise and clamor of a free society, where even the poor and the despised have the same right to communicate their ideas as the wealthy and privileged. That's the essence of what America is about and why it is still the greatest country on earth. By Robert Lederman, N.Y. Daily News, June 18, 1997.
These articles defined the nation's attitude toward the sanctity of childbirth and religious persecution--up to the inauguration of George W. Bush. Let America and its present leaders live up to those words as The Child of Revelation begins to appear. For just as every child is born out of the darkness of its own mother's womb into the light of Day, so this Child is being born out of the Darkness of this age--out of the Darkness of the American state of mind--into the Light of the age to come. The waters of this great event broke on Tuesday morning, September 11th, 2001:
And there shall be upon every high mountain (every great nation), and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters IN THE DAY OF THE GREAT SLAUGHTER, WHEN THE TOWERS FALL...(Isaiah 30:25).
But of the times and seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall be begin to say, Peace and Safety (imagining as they do, that they are capable of ordering and creating the world in their own militiristic and capitalistic image); then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
But ye brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of Light, and the children of the Day: we are not of the Night, or of Darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
But let us, who are of the Day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet the hope of salvation...(1 Thessalonians 5:1-8).
PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS BORN-ALIVE INFANTS PROTECTION ACT
PITTSBURG, PA__In August, President Bush signed a bill that provides legal protection to babies born alive following a failed abortion. He signed the pro-life bill at a ceremony to celebrate the rescue of nine trapped mine workers who had captured the hearts of Americans.
The Born Alive Infants Protection Act would guarantee vulnerable babies surviving abortion procedures have full legal rights--regardless of their stage of development--and should receive suitable medical care to sustain their lives...
Mr. Bush said, "A child who is born has intrinsic worth AND MUST HAVE THE FULL PROTECTION OF OUR LAWS. Today, through sonograms and other technology, we can clearly see that unborn children are members of the human family as well." Mr. Bush noted the importance of seeing such a baby as a "person," adding that his hope was that the law "is a step TOWARD THE DAY WHEN EVERY CHILD IS WELCOMED IN LIFE and protected in law."
Of course, George W. Bush does not understand what he is saying either, because it is also written:
And when the dragon (the Serpent--the spirit of antichrist) saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the Woman which brought forth the Man-child...And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the Woman, that he might cause her to be carried off of the flood, (the wars)...(Revelation 12:13-15).
When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid...(2 Samuel 22:5).
For the mouth of the wicked is opened against me...They compassed me with words of hatred...(Psalm 109:2,3; Romans 3:10-19).
Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
Come on, and let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, AND IT COME TO PASS, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us (in the Spirit), and so get them up out of the land...
And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every Son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter shall ye save alive...(Exodus 1:7-22).
Gather at the Center, Create a New Nation.
Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egyppt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, AND THOU ART AS A WHALE IN THE SEAS: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledest the waters (the nations) with thy Feet, and fouldest their rivers.
THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; I WILL THEREFORE SPREAD OUT MY NET OVER THEE WITH A COMPNY OF MANY PEOPLE; AND THEY SHALL BRING THEE UP IN MY NET.
THEN WILL I LEAVE THEE UPON THE LAND, I WILL CAST THEE FORTH UPON THE OPEN FIELD, and will cause all the fowls of heaven to remain upon thee, and will fill the beasts of the whole earth with thee.
AND I WILL LAY THY FLESH UPON THE MOUNTAINS, AND FILL THE VALLEYS WITH THY HEIGHT.
I WILL ALSO WATER WITH THY BLOOD THE LAND WHEREIN THOU SWIMMEST, EVEN TO THE MOUNTAINS; AND THE RIVERS SHALL BE FULL OF THEE...(Ezekiel 32:1-32).
Hear now these things, and understand them, ye servants of the Lord.
Hear the word of the Lord, receive it: believe not the gods of whom the Lord spoke.
Behold, the plagues draw nigh, and are not slack.
As a woman with child in the ninth month bringeth forth her child, within two or three hours of her birth great pains compass her womb, which pains, when the child cometh forth, they slack not a moment:
Even so shall not the plagues be slack to come upon the earth, and the world shall mourn, and sorrows shall come upon it on every side.
O my people, hear my word: make you ready to the battle, and in those evils be as pilgrims upon the earth...
For there shall be in every place, and in the next cities, a great insurrection upon those that fear the Lord.
They shall be like madmen, sparing none, but still spoiling and destroying those that fear the Lord.
For they shall waste and take away their goods, and cast them out of their houses.
Then shall they be known, who are my chosen; and they shall be tried as gold in the fire.
Hear, O ye my beloved, saith the Lord: behold, the days of trouble are at hand, but I will deliver you from the same.
Be not afraid, neither doubt; for God is your guide...(2 Esdras 16:35-40, 70-75).
The texts in Exodus and Esdras are a direct, and prophetic reference to the things that God shall shortly bring to pass in America. For America is not only the fulfillment of the epic story of Egypt (Genesis 15:13,14), but it is also the fulfillment of the mysteries of Great Babylon as well:
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, BABYLON THE GREAT IS FALLEN, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues...(Revelation 18:2-4).
"The right to walk out. This is the meaning of Democracy." R.Reagan.
"They pay no heed to the real hidden meaning of things...They do not know the hidden meaning of what is actually taking place, nor have they ever understood the lessons of the past. Consequently, they have no knowledge of what is coming upon them, and have done nothing to save their souls from the deeper implications of present events.
This, however, will symbolize things for you. What is going to happen is, as it were, that all iniquity is going to be shut up in the womb and prevented from coming to birth. Wrong is going to depart before Right, as darkness departs before light. As smoke disappears and is no more, so will Wrong disappear forever. But Right will be revealed like the Sun. The world will rest on a sound foundation. All who cling to error will cease to exist. The world will be filled with knowledge, and ignorance exist no more.
The thing is certain to come. The prophecy is true, and by this you may know that it will not be revoked: Do not all peoples hate wrongdoing? Yet, is it not rampant among them all? Are not the praises of truth sung by all nations? Yet is there a single race or tribe that really adheres to it? What nation likes to be oppressed by a stronger power? Or who wants his property plundered unjustly? Yet, is there a single nation that has not oppressed its neighbor? Or where in the world will you find a people that has not plundered the property of another?" The Dead Sea Scriptures, by Theodor H. Gaster, p.429.
There is only one nation in the earth that is not guilty of these things, and that's the one that is still in the process of being born. It is being born in every single individual--out of every race of humankind, and out of every religious tradition--who is coming to the Light of the coming age.
"It would be a mistake to suppose that the writers of the Scrolls...were inspired only by recollections of things past or that they chose their way of life simply because they were unsettled by political turmoil or disgusted by the venality of the Jerusalemitan priests.They were swept also by other winds. One of these was a widespread and well-attested contemporary belief that the Great Cycle of the Ages was about to complete its revolution. This belief was based on a conception, which can in fact be traced to remote Indian antiquity, that existence consists not in linear progressive development--that is, in 'history' (which it does, also)--but in constant cyclical repetition of primordial and archetypal events. When major upheavals occurred, it was promptly supposed that the cycle was nearing its end, that the Great Year was at hand, and that cosmos was about to revert to chaos, (or vice-versa). The primordial elements, restrained and regulated at the beginning of the world, would again be unleashed; all things would dissolve in an overwhelming deluge (war) or be burned in that everlasting fire which rages in the depths of the earth, (which rages in the depths of man's natural, unregenerated heart). Then the cycle would begin again; a new world would be brought to birth." The Dead Sea Scriptures, p.8.
Malachi, chapter 4...(KJV).
"The hymns represent the most original literary creation in the Dead Sea Scriptures...Especially noteworthy is the prevalence in these hymns of the vocabulary which Evelyn Underhill and others have recognized as the standard and characteristic idioms of mystical experiences. There is the same harping on the wilderness of isolation; the same reference to the 'ascent' to God and to the 'height of eternal things'; the same metaphor (particularly in Hymn No. 5) of the New Birth and 'the travail of the world'; the same intensive apprehension of Divine Providence, communion and 'enlightenment'; and the same sense of nursing a precious secret against the Day of Revelation..." The Dead Sea Scriptures, p.120.
Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus (the great Angel of Divine Presence) shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his Power...(2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Isa.66:15-18).
Come Out of Her My People
The Seventh Month, The Great Jubilee