Monday, December 10, 2012

Outlining Islam

For the Christian

Point one: Historical Note: Where does the truth lie?   That is, if we are looking for the truth.  Islam is the name of the Religion, 2nd largest in the world: it infers to submit to God’s will, whatever that may be, it might be pointed out: and by whom?  The follower of Islam is the proclaimed Muslim, and s/he is supposed to follow the Koran (The Holy Qur’an), and not change it to his will, which so often we see. It is their bible. There are misunderstandings perhaps on both sides of the fence, Christian and Muslim, if not even for the Jew.

The Koran is an Arabic text, therefore English translations my change from one to another, plus, one must take into consideration, the versions or translations of the Koran may differ, actually are different in form, considering the three sects involved: Sunni, Shi’ite, and Sufi. 

Muhammad (or Mohammed) was born in the city of Mecca in Arabia, the founder of the religion, and perhaps today, there are over a billion Muslims in the world; therefore it is an important religion: and let’s not forget, they have a lot of influence with their oil, and this creates power. Islam has integrated over forty-countries, the world over. It has influenced Europe immensely, becoming the second largest religion there, especially in: England, France and Germany. In America, we can see Islam heavily in Chicago, Los Angeles, over 1200-mosques throughout the United States.

Islam became Islam, beginning in 610 A.D.  Muhammad could not read or write, thus, he received these revelations by an archangel, so it is said, and memorized them, later on written down.  It would seem the character of Muhammad is both complex and contradictory, and appeared to have gathered much of his insight by fasting, and dreams. We must all agree he was a born leader, even though at times he could be cruel and vindictive to his enemies, as we see Islam is today. Although on the other hand he could be generous, resolute. Perhaps a shrewd judge, and stooping to assassinations he had no qualms with; again as we see many Islamic countries do today, perhaps we can include the United States, Russia and China in this circle also (that being Christians and Atheists likewise).  Thus, by and large, Islam became Islam by supernatural revelations received by Muhammad.

Point two: Issues with Islam for Christians:   Muslims believe in Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, and the Seal of the Prophets being Muhammad. The issue comes in for the Christian, that Jesus was the Seal of the Prophets, and part of the Trinity, this is contrary to Islam. Muslims have five fundamental duties; no need to go over them, only that, one implies, Muhammad is his prophet, which Christians and Jews do not accept. Nor do Christians or Jews, or Hindus or anyone else for that fact accept this as truth, but the Muslim. They fast during the month of Ramadan, where as Christians fast during Lent. They must make a pilgrimage to Mecca; again this is only an Islamic requirement. The Jihad comes into focus here also—which is in essence (and over used to my belief): defending Islam. Saddam Hussein not being much different than bin Laden or other dictators in Middle East countries, all supported the takeover of America, or war against America, by terrorist attacks.

Allah being the view of the Muslim, the only true God, and the true religion is Islam, that is why they want to convert the world to Islam, as does the Christian of course, want to do the same, this is an unvoiced conflict, and perhaps race; but once studied, Allah is most defiantly different than the God of Christian faith. In that, Allah is one in one or the only one in the Godhead, where as the Trinity in Christendom, there are three persons in one.  Thus, this makes the rest of the world unbelievers to Islam: “No god is there but one God,” says the Koran. We can see plainly, the Muslim God, His character is different than the Biblical God, An example being: of the 99-names for Allah, not one is Love. The bible stresses God does love the sinner, we see that in Christ going to the cross for mankind, but Allah, does not love the sinner. Allah is both the author of Good and Evil, the biblical God is not.

One can bring this one step higher by saying: “Who is really Allah in Islam?” I mean he was unheard of up to 610 A.D. then discovered. He is in essence, remote in the past, an unknown God for 10,000-years, and then he appears. Something seemingly is incomplete here, unregistered. On another point, Christians can have a relationship with God, even feel his presence. On the other hand, it would appear to Muslims, Allah has not revealed himself, rather his desires and wishes, his well per se.  In searching for Allah, I cannot find his personality, it is indescribable one might conclude. In Christendom this is not so; matter of fact if you study Jesus, or Christology, you will discover a relational persona claimed or connected to God, or the Trinity. Allah seemingly is dependent on his own creation; the Christian God is not.

Point three: Jesus Christ vs. Islam:  what does Islam have to say about Jesus Christ?  I’ve already inferred they believe Him to be one of the great prophets, they even praise Him on one hand, and unlike the Jew, they accept him as the Messiah, that is, “As the word of Allah”. But this is the Islamic Jesus, not the Biblical Jesus, that He is the Son of God, He is man’s salvation. Muslims reject this, so the Koran infers time and again. Thus, to the Muslim, the Christian view of Jesus Christ being the Son of God, puts all Christianity into a box of literal blasphemy: “They do blaspheme who say ‘God is Christ the son of Mary.’…” (An unforgivable sin.)  Sura 43:59

Much like the Jew, the Muslims teach, or Islam teaches: forgiveness is conditioned upon good works, and Allah’s mercy. Of course we all have learned, the Ten-commandments were given to mankind to show him, he cannot keep them, thus, that was the reason for Christ, to shed pure blood, instead of goat’s blood and once and for all do away with, self-righteousness.  Anyhow, salvation   according to the bible is by Grace thru Faith: John 6: 47:  “Truly, truly, I say unto you he that believes on me has everlasting life.” On the other hand, if you do not want to do good works, how can you, say you are of Christ? Or as it is stated in the Bible, “Faith without good works is dead.” One can fool themselves into a false salvation.

In Closing:  let me say, some Christians believe Muslims and Jews and Hindus and Buddhists will never reach heaven. How false this is. We must look at intent. I do believe: if your intent is pure and you have charity in your heart you need not worry, you need not fear. You will end up in Paradise, and then there you will get to know the Messiah, and thus, once you accept Him as Lord and Savior, the doors of Heaven will open. If still you can’t, perhaps you will remain in Paradise. There is a difference between Paradise and Heaven. In Paradise one is still tarnished. Paradise is where Abraham went to wait for the Messiah; on the other hand, Heaven is strictly for the pure, the cleansed, and only those who know the Messiah and has been purified by his blood can go automatically.   Why? Because he was the lamb, the sacrifice for humankind, because we could not keep the Ten-commandments, none of us could, or can, implying us that are still alive, cannot, just try for day and see…!

#978 (Commentary, 12-5-2012)

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Friday, October 05, 2012

The World That Was

When I traveled the world from continent to continent
       seen all the fossils, high and low:
Animals and our ancient ancestors buried in muck and mud
       walked on glaciers, seen the ocean’s floor,
Been to the peaks of the Andes, and on Cape Horn
To the ends of the earth, North and South—
To me it becomes quite obvious, it is God’s testimony
       to man,  should he feel he’s alone!
On the other hand, should he not be feared or revered…
One who is able to destroy the earth and nearly all that
       is on it, with a twist of his finger with water and sand:
Once angered by the filth of man, has something coming!
Thus, he can surly destroy the earth and man and his
       soul, ONCE again.
Incasing all man, back within the sediments of earth
       and sand, once and for all, from whence he came from.
There awaits an even more terrible fate for man, of this
       present age, who refuse Him respect,
       who disregards His warnings from the Heavens:
What is eternal fire, what can be compared to it?
Of that day, the heavens will pass away— with a great
       roar, with intense heat, and the earth will be
Scorched, and melted, like a candle and burnt meat…

#3439 (10-4-2012)
Note: Ref:  11 Peter 3:10/Ps 66:3/Heb 10:31/11 Cor. 5:11

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Dream of a God

((A Poem for Haiti) (a conspiracy))

The author inside the 1720 Citadel, built to defy Napoleon and his navy. It is 1986, the year the author decided to
do some missionary work in the mountains of Haiti…

At some time in our life, we may have to turn away from disbelief, seeing at least for a while, the possibility of a God because certain hidden voices within us are strengthened or freshened by our soul, by doing so. While I was in Haiti in 1986, I felt a longing to compose a radical poem, perhaps this one, with roots that would speak to what has its back turned to God.
       I began imagining two personalities roaming the streets and back streets and hill country, the whole country of Haiti: one a Christian God, the one everyone recognizes in the day, the morning, and the other a Voodoo God (conceivably composed of demonic figures), one recognizes in the twilight and later part of night, and one who betrayed the other at one time, in the far-off past, that being the latter. And so I now have started this poem, poetic prose, “Dream of a God,” with images suggesting these Voodoo demonic figures and their betrayal to their brothers, in some far-off pre-Adamic Period—these beings I call sleepwalkers, the un-magnanimous, unfriendly, and excitable, perhaps neurotic (with the symptoms of neurosis: insecurity, depression, anxiety, hostility, etc) who try to rewire our spiritual needs—the enemies of God: the Christian God.
       Naming and describing these internal as well as immortal beings, adversaries to God is not a practice, although: one that Blake, Keats, H.P. Lovecraft, Poe, Clark A. Smith, all poets in their own right, were good at describing,  that began in the Victorian Period of Western Poetic schools of thought, and has lasted to this day, Postmodernism, and Hollywood has continued this immortal image of damnation. How many beings dwell in us! Only they know. Certain entertainment industries: music, movies, and now religions, certain forms encourage us going beyond the breaking limits, replacing Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father—leapfrogging over the Trinity over our valuable spiritualization, to philosophical concerns; religious beliefs as Darwinism, the New Age movement; gods of Astronomy (as Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking would have it), it is as if these individuals or demonic beings want us to accept these compensatory forms as our gods, as if man is still stained with the unpardonable sin, and still needs goat’s blood to cleanse him, a conspiracy no doubt.
       Listen, and listen up closely for what I have to say: I have lived four and sixty plus years, I have learned this, as Solomon had learned, the Holy Spirit will call, and try to put families back on course, try to put you back with your family—as for the world, it has passed the breaking point, past the point of no return, but listen closely: heed the Spirit’s call, it may be only one call.

 “Brief, it was all so brief, back then, now I turn quietly,
   To feel my probing mind, —the   Poet inside anyhow: I
   Wonder how it is now…back there in Haiti, it has been
   twenty-six years…” D.L. Siluk

Dedicated to Pastor Naason Mulatre Midnight Poems VI (8-26-2011) No: 3031
Not taken from any journal notes, as others indicated in the Chapbook.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Christian Abortion (For Christian’s Only)

     (For Christian’s Only)

The persons I’m talking about wane and fade, become
       meaningless, but who are they?
They have 23 pairs of chromosomes, the same as us.
Their heart is beating at twelve days, the same as ours.
Their brain at thirty… the same as ours…
The Supreme Court says otherwise, that they are waste; they Are 
       not doctors or theologians: but right or wrong they rule, And it becomes constitutional law for a nation of 300-Million (nine people—guardians of the nation); thus we give to Cesar What
       belongs to him, and to God, what belongs to Him, and
       what does belong to God—these judges will have to pay The price, for they steal God’s treasures?
Abortion is a money making industry that belongs to Cesar!
But the Bible belongs to God…as does each human soul, and It says:
       in Genesis 1: 27 “God Forbids…killing…”
In Exodus 21:4 and 22, it says “A woman with child”
       refereeing to existence in progress.
The infants slaughtered by Pharaoh, in Acts 7:19
       does the same, Moses says: “Life taken, should be life
       given…” he speaks on behalf of God. Each judge who Has signed the Amendment to the Constitution will have his
       day of accounting…and it will be a horrendous day for Him or her.
God says, “Multiply after your own kind,” not decreases!
Who procreates a non-person?
Christ was born in the manner of men (Galatians 4)
In the likeness of humanity (Hebrews 2)
Man was created in likeness God.
Man calls it post-conception.
God declares it murder (Exodus 20; Matt. 5; 1 John 3.)
The Rapist should receive Capital Punishment (Deut. 22)
       not the woman (Deut. 22)
You are taking the life of one that has the image of God!
Life is God’s gift to man (Psalm 12 & 19)—
Perhaps he had a plan for that aborted child, one that
       now will never transpire, although he has his  alternate Plan (?)
People are chosen for salvation before the foundation of the
       world (Eph. 1)
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee (Jer. 1:5)
Need I say more to the Christian?
For the non-Christian, it is Cesar’s Bible you must read,
       or Satan’s, you have already read.

Note: Written 7-16-2012 (#3377)

Monday, July 09, 2012

If What

(For: Czeslaw Milosz, the Poet)

It is easy for Czeslaw Milosz to say what he says about Christ, the sleepy and dream filled horny Christian in church while listening to a sermon thinking vulgar thoughts, the Church—he’s thinking they’re thinking what he’s thinking, but does he know the mind? Poetry, perhaps! Nobel Prizes’ are no more than a political tool stressing a point of contention, the committee wants expressed (they use people like him to get their agenda filled): they mean very little in a world that you can buy them for a price. Actually I think he is like the Jew, expecting Christ to return tomorrow and beat hell out of everyone, the Jew wanted him to do it 2000-years ago, and he just had a different agenda.

It comes to mind, no one needed to question Christ’s divinity, once he walked on water, healed the blind, crippled and crazy, turned water into wine, raised the dead—what other person could do that, had ever done that: no one! We need not believe this, but then it is as documented as Julius Casers’ life is. Perhaps better than George Washington’s life: whom should we start not believing: how about the existence of Alexander the Great? Did he do what everyone says he did?

If this is only a dream, as he might have put it, then I never did experience seeing Christ in my visions, five times, or got healed out of a coma and its devastating stroke, the doctors said I was a Fruitcake—but was healed in three days, while an angelic guard stood guard over my bed: missed two air flights that crashed, that I was supposed to be on, but wasn’t because of last minute alterations in my agenda. And of course the demonic world, who visited me perhaps as much if not more, right after I became a Christian, more than the doctors at the hospital did when I was ill. Whatever the case may be once experience, never to be forgotten. I was a Doubting Thomas, should you bend your knees, and ask Christ for a demonstration, Winner of the Nobel Prize, tell him I sent you, I get the feeling he might give you a demonstration.

The Mystery of Sin

((Reference: “The Fifth Moon”) (Afterward- commentary))

This commentary, or afterward, is written for the poetic prose story: “The Fifth Moon,” to understand the darkness that enveloped Eva, when Agaliarept, Henchman of Hell, stepped into her life, how this gradation of sin took place, where one sin led into another and into another, to a point she was cut off by God completely, finding herself in Sheol.
       This explanation may be good for those readers who are interested in the wages of sin; also those folks that keep on saying, and keep blaming God for everything under the sun.
       Anyhow, let’s unclose the mystery of sin—in reference to “The Fifth Moon,” and Eva the main character in the story, and we can judge for us, our immortal souls if we wish, even the Breath of God, if you are so daring. For I believe the immortal soul can bring upon itself, the mystery. You see the more you sin, the bigger the mystery. It’s like throwing a twig into a fire, and then another one and another one, until you’re throwing branches and logs into the fire, the more you put into the fire the hotter it gets, and higher its flame: God’s grace is not in the fire, it is under the fire.
       That now leads us to the next step in this mystery, the degenerate mind: vile affections comprise vile practices. That is to say, uncleanness is given way to uncleanness, then unto debauchery. One leads to the other, and it always seems to get worse.
       At this juncture, we are put onto a blacklist. 
    A blacklist—be it man or nation—those making the vile practices, the sins, those that get blacker as one steps deeper into the fire.  In the case of Eva, in the story of: “The Fifth Moon,” we see her transgressing started with her brother, thus, it started in an awful manner at an early age: she had a long sexual relationship with him, and when he died, this led into a obsession if not fascination or fixation, a near worshiping of him: one might even call it idolatry—against God; this provoked what you might call a spiritual plague, here comes the mystery: in people or nations, justly plagued are often solid blows by God, poisoned arrows put upon man’s spirit that sin against him. Let me explain this with more clarity:
       God says in the book of Exodus, “I will send my plagues upon thy heart,” hence, the heart and the soul are the objects that these plagues will fall upon; one sin punishes another…that’s the plague.
       In a similar manner, some sins dominate others, give punishment to others.  We see in the book of Isaiah, chapter six: “Make their ears heavy and shut their eyes, the whole nations.”
       The plague in prophecy, for the sinner: is utter darkness, under the wrath of heaven.
       God says, “My people would not listen to my voice, so I gave them up unto their own hearts, lust and their ways.” He cut them off from him. And thereafter, sin consumes, that is the nature of sin: it is its own punishment—like the snake eating his own tail, he brings on his own grief, his own downfall.
       So for Eva, we find her going down to Sheol, with the blessings of the Henchman of Hell, and perhaps with those of God Almighty, to see her beloved brother, and prior to this, there is a rape which takes place by the demonic forces, of which her sins have led her into, had she not spoken to Ronda the Seer, whom was a demon herself, this would not have taken place—one sin leads into another—and God has now cut the cord, between Him and her. 
       We see in the book of Isaiah, one sin given up to another; sins in themselves are punishment given up to a reprobated mind. What we see Eva doing is plain: she is running deeper and deeper into darkness, from one step to the next, and then to the next, and on and on.
       We see in the book of Romans, by being sinners we lose our glory, which is the departure from God.  In essence, we forsake God, also linked to the Book of Jeremiah.
       Again, the more sin, the more mystery to man’s mind; and the more punishment God will hand out to him: the sinning nation is no different, in that it is heaping sins upward to an annoyed God, and what are the wages of sin: death, or death of the nation. It’s a matter of blemishes, how many can a nation withstand before it crumbles.
       What is worse for a drunk, but to be allowed to remain drinking and be a drunk, a worse drunkard?
       Eva, now is in Sheol, and she sees all the creatures down there, and she sees her brother who is dreadful to say the least, his mind has been given over to the darkening of the heart, to unutterable things. What Eva had done was bring on a perversity upon her nature.  Put another way, what was already in her heart, came out through her mind, into an act—the first act was her brother, thus she brought in a monstrous size sin, and this rage of sin was permitted by God, and she could not fetch herself out of it—she was part of that fire I mentioned before—kind of like a ripple effect was taking place in her life, one thing leads to another—or one sin to another sin—like a magnet; the snake unknowing eating his tail; or perhaps knowing and uncaring.

       Punishing sin with sin, rather keeps the world spinning, that is to say, making men accountable, or in check. God has to take the restraints of grace off of man, lest he destroy all mankind over night; therefore God leaves man to himself in such cases, to commit the same sin over and over, and once given this grace back, if despised and rejected, and rebelled against, what does man expect? Eva in this case, called out to God while in Sheol, and an angel heard and announced it to God, whom bestowing his grace upon her, at that point, and she grabbed it. You may want to look at Romans 9 “What shall we say then?” In Eva’s case, she said the right thing. It was essential she grab the opportunity of God’s grace, lest it be not granted a second time, and be left to the devouring flood of sinfulness of Sheol.
       Eva was entrapped in the punishment of sin with sin, a trap for ungodly men as well, those who think they can sin all the time without any repercussions; also for those men who are not serious or sincere about entering a covenant with God, so God punishes this sin by giving him up to sin, which he is most ready to take up anyhow.
       So we see God allows blasphemers to blasphemy the Holy Spirit, who goes to the Father to recommend souls for grace and heaven and to be housed with the Holy Spirit: thus, receiving the unpardonable sin which is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, consequently the message of the Holy Spirit never reaches the Father, because there is no sincerity in the first place: in the New Testament it is plain to see, “Faith without acts is dead.” Meaning, your actions speak louder than you think.
       The Henchman of Sheol took Eva’s soul captive—figuratively speaking, at God’s will, in other words, he allowed it. But the devil in a way was either in her or influencing her to a large extreme (as we can read in Kings 22) “There will be lying spirits.” Sometimes when we are so caught up in sins, we can’t tell truth from fraud: this is again, a trait of God, that if you don’t seek truth for truth’s sake, He’ll allow you to live in pretence for pretence sake, and not be allowed to see or  brought to truth.
       We see in the Book of Revelation, chapter 22, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust…and he that is filthy, let him be filthy,” in essence, the punishment of sin is sin—which is the mystery. When a man or nation are given over to sin, are left to sin, in real meaning, the devil is resting upon their souls, they are doomed.   Mark said “There is not one regenerate soul among you all…” a nation given unto vile affections, like: America, or Haiti, or Peru, or Russia, or China, all of Europe… is worse than to be given up to a reprobate mind. Should these nations escape the forthcoming punishment of the Lord like Eva did—but not until after due course—their ways need to be mended!    
       So if sin comes easy for you as it evidently did for Eva for a long while, perhaps God has cut the cord; for sin begets sin, or put another way: sin creates sin.

References: Deut 19:20; Eph. 4: 19; Jam. 1:13-14; Exod. 9 & 14; Psalm. 81: 11, 12; Psalm, 95, 10 11; Hos. 4-17; Isa. 63:17: Rom 3, 23; Jer. 2:12

#938 (7-7-2012)  

Friday, April 22, 2011

† Pasión de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, según San Juan

† Pasión de nuestro Señor
Jesucristo, según San Juan
(18, 1—19, 42)

Apresaron a Jesús y lo ataron

C. En aquel tiempo, Jesús fue con sus discípulos al otro lado del torrente Cedrón, donde había un huerto, y entraron allí él y sus discípulos. Judas, el traidor, conocía también el sitio, porque Jesús se reunía a menudo allí con sus discípulos.
Entonces Judas tomó un batallón de soldados y guardias de los sumos sacerdotes y de los fariseos y entró en el huerto con linternas, antorchas y armas. Jesús, sabiendo todo lo que iba a suceder, se adelantó y les dijo:
“¿A quién buscan?”
C. Le contestaron:
S. “A Jesús, el nazareno”.
C. Les dijo Jesús:
Yo soy”.
C. Estaba también con ellos Judas, el traidor. Al decirles ‘Yo soy’, retrocedieron y cayeron a tierra. Jesús les volvió a preguntar:
“¿A quién buscan?”
C. Ellos dijeron:
S. “A Jesús, el nazareno”.
C. Jesús contestó:
“Les he dicho que soy yo. Si me buscan a mí, dejen que éstos se vayan”.
C. Así se cumplió lo que Jesús había dicho: ‘No he perdido a ninguno de los que me diste’. Entonces Simón Pedro, que llevaba una espada, la sacó e hirió a un criado del sumo sacerdote y le cortó la oreja derecha. Este criado se llamaba Malco. Dijo entonces Jesús a Pedro:
“Mete la espada en la vaina. ¿No voy a beber el cáliz que me ha dado mi Padre?”

Llevaron a Jesús primero ante Anás

C. El batallón, su comandante y los criados de los judíos apresaron a Jesús, lo ataron y lo llevaron primero ante Anás, porque era suegro de Caifás, sumo sacerdote aquel año.
Caifás era el que había dado a los judíos este consejo:
‘Conviene que muera un solo hombre por el pueblo’.
Simón Pedro y otro discípulo iban siguiendo a Jesús. Este discípulo era conocido del sumo sacerdote y entró con Jesús en el palacio del sumo sacerdote, mientras Pedro se quedaba fuera, junto a la puerta. Salió el otro discípulo, el conocido del sumo sacerdote, habló con la portera e hizo entrar a Pedro. La portera dijo entonces a Pedro:
S. “¿No eres tú también uno de los discípulos de ese hombre?”
C. El dijo:
S. “No lo soy”.
C. Los criados y los guardias habían encendido un brasero, porque hacía frío, y se calentaban. También Pedro estaba con ellos de pie, calentándose.
El sumo sacerdote interrogó a Jesús acerca de sus discípulos y de su doctrina. Jesús le contestó:
†. “Yo he hablado abiertamente al mundo y he enseñado continuamente en la sinagoga y en el templo, donde se reúnen todos los judíos, y no he dicho nada a escondidas. ¿Por qué me interrogas a mí? Interroga a los que me han oído, sobre lo que les he hablado. Ellos saben lo que he dicho”.
C. Apenas dijo esto, uno de los guardias le dio una bofetada a Jesús, diciéndole:
S. “¿Así contestas al sumo sacerdote?”
C. Jesús le respondió:
“Si he faltado al hablar, demuestra en qué he faltado; pero si he hablado como se debe, ¿por qué me pegas?”
C. Entonces Anás lo envió atado a Caifás, el sumo sacerdote.

¿No eres tú también uno de sus discípulos? No lo soy
C. Simón Pedro estaba de pie,calentándose, y le dijeron:
S. “¿No eres tú también uno de sus discípulos?”
C. El lo negó diciendo:
S. “No lo soy”.
C. Uno de los criados del sumo sacerdote, pariente de aquel a quien Pedro le había cortado la oreja, le dijo:
S. “¿Qué no te vi yo con él en el huerto?”
C. Pedro volvió a negarlo y enseguida cantó un gallo.

Mi Reino no es de este mundo

C. Llevaron a Jesús de casa de Caifás al pretorio. Era muy de mañana y ellos no entraron en el palacio para no incurrir en impureza y poder así comer la cena de Pascua.
Salió entonces Pilato a donde estaban ellos y les dijo:
S. “¿De qué acusan a este hombre?”
C. Le contestaron:
S. “Si éste no fuera un malhechor, no te lo hubiéramos traído”.
C. Pilato les dijo:
S. “Pues llévenselo y júzguenlo según su ley”.
C. Los judíos le respondieron:
S. “No estamos autorizados para dar muerte a nadie”.
C. Así se cumplió lo que había dicho Jesús, indicando de qué muerte iba a morir.
Entró otra vez Pilato en el pretorio, llamó a Jesús y le dijo:
S. “¿Eres tú el rey de los judíos?”
C. Jesús le contestó:
“¿Eso lo preguntas por tu cuenta o te lo han dicho otros?”
C. Pilato le respondió:
S. “¿Acaso soy yo judío? Tu pueblo y los sumos sacerdotes te han entregado a mí. ¿Qué es lo que has hecho?”
C. Jesús le contestó:
“Mi Reino no es de este mundo. Si mi Reino fuera de este mundo, mis servidores habrían luchado para que no cayera yo en manos de los judíos. Pero mi Reino no es de aquí”.
C. Pilato le dijo:
S. “¿Conque tú eres rey?”
C. Jesús le contestó:
“Tú lo has dicho. Soy rey. Yo nací y vine al mundo para ser testigo de la verdad.
Todo el que es de la verdad,escucha mi voz”.
C. Pilato le dijo:
S. “¿Y qué es la verdad?”
C. Dicho esto, salió otra vez a donde estaban los judíos y les dijo:
S. “No encuentro en él ninguna culpa. Entre ustedes es costumbre que por Pascua ponga en libertad a un preso.¿Quieren que les suelte al rey de
los judíos?”
C. Pero todos ellos gritaron:
S. “¡No, a ése no! ¡A Barrabás!”
C. (El tal Barrabás era un bandido).

¡Viva el rey de los judíos!

C. Entonces Pilato tomó a Jesús y lo mandó azotar. Los soldados trenzaron una corona de espinas, se la pusieron en la cabeza, le echaron encima un manto color púrpura, y acercándose a él, le decían:
S. “¡Viva el rey de los judíos!”,
C. y le daban de bofetadas.
Pilato salió otra vez afuera y les dijo:
S. “Aquí lo traigo para que sepan que no encuentro en él ninguna culpa”.
C. Salió, pues, Jesús, llevando la corona de espinas y el manto color púrpura.
Pilato les dijo:
S. “Aquí está el hombre”.
C. Cuando lo vieron los sumos sacerdotes y sus servidores, gritaron:
S. “¡Crucifícalo, crucifícalo!”
C. Pilato les dijo:
S. “Llévenselo ustedes y crucifíquenlo, porque yo no encuentro culpa en él”.
C. Los judíos le contestaron:
S. “Nosotros tenemos una ley y según esa ley tiene que morir, porque se ha declarado Hijo de Dios”.
C. Cuando Pilato oyó estas palabras, se asustó aún más, y entrando otra vez en el pretorio,dijo a Jesús:
S. “¿De dónde eres tú?”
C. Pero Jesús no le respondió.
Pilato le dijo entonces:
S. “¿A mí no me hablas? ¿No sabes que tengo autoridad para soltarte y autoridad para crucificarte?”
C. Jesús le contestó:
“No tendrías ninguna autoridad sobre mí, si no te la hubieran dado de lo alto. Por eso, el que me ha entregado a ti tiene un pecado mayor”.

¡Fuera, fuera! Crucifícalo

C. Desde ese momento Pilato trataba de soltarlo, pero los judíos gritaban:
S. “¡Si sueltas a ése, no eres amigo del César!; porque todo el que pretende ser rey, es enemigo del César”.
C. Al oír estas palabras, Pilato sacó a Jesús y lo sentó en el tribunal, en el sitio que llaman “el Enlosado” (en hebreo Gábbata).
Era el día de la preparación de la Pascua, hacia el mediodía.
Y dijo Pilato a los judíos:
S. “Aquí tienen a su rey”.
C. Ellos gritaron:
S. “¡Fuera, fuera! ¡Crucifícalo!”
C. Pilato les dijo:
S. “¿A su rey voy a crucificar?”
C. Contestaron los sumos sacerdotes:
S. “No tenemos más rey que el César”.
C. Entonces se lo entregó para que lo crucificaran.

Crucificaron a Jesús y con él a otros dos

C. Tomaron a Jesús y él, cargando con la cruz, se dirigió hacia el sitio llamado “la Calavera” (que en hebreo se dice Gólgota), donde lo crucificaron, y con él a otros dos, uno de cada lado, y en medio Jesús.
Pilato mandó escribir un letrero y ponerlo encima de la cruz; en él estaba escrito: ‘Jesús el nazareno, el rey de los judíos’.
Leyeron el letrero muchos judíos, porque estaba cerca el lugar donde crucificaron a Jesús y estaba escrito en hebreo, latín y griego. Entonces los sumos sacerdotes de los judíos le dijeron a Pilato:
S. “No escribas: ‘El rey de los judíos’, sino: ‘Este ha dicho: Soy rey de los judíos’ ”.
C. Pilato les contestó:
S. “Lo escrito, escrito está”.

Se repartieron mi ropa

C. Cuando crucificaron a Jesús, los soldados cogieron su ropa e hicieron cuatro partes, una para cada soldado, y apartaron la túnica. Era una túnica sin costura, tejida toda de una pieza de arriba a abajo. Por eso se dijeron:
S. “No la rasguemos, sino echemos suertes para ver a quién le toca”.
C. Así se cumplió lo que dice la Escritura: Se repartieron mi ropa y echaron a suerte mi túnica. Y eso hicieron los soldados.

Ahí está tu hijo - Ahí está tu madre

C. Junto a la cruz de Jesús estaban su madre, la hermana de su madre, María la de Cleofás, y María Magdalena. Al ver a su madre y junto a ella al discípulo que tanto quería, Jesús dijo a su madre:
“Mujer, ahí está tu hijo”.
C. Luego dijo al discípulo:
“Ahí está tu madre”.
C. Y desde entonces el discípulo se la llevó a vivir con él.

Todo está cumplido

C. Después de esto, sabiendo Jesús que todo había llegado a su término, para que se cumpliera la Escritura dijo:
“Tengo sed”.
C. Había allí un jarro lleno de vinagre. Los soldados sujetaron una esponja empapada en vinagre a una caña de hisopo y se la acercaron a la boca. Jesús probó el vinagre y dijo:
“Todo está cumplido”,
C. e inclinando la cabeza, entregó el espíritu.

Aquí se arrodillan todos y se hace una breve pausa.

Inmediatamente salió sangre y agua

C. Entonces, los judíos, como era el día de la preparación de la Pascua, para que los cuerpos de los ajusticiados no se quedaran en la cruz el sábado, porque aquel sábado era un día muy solemne, pidieron a Pilato que les quebraran las piernas y los quitaran de la cruz. Fueron los soldados, le quebraron las piernas a uno y luego al otro de los que habían sido crucificados con él. Pero al llegar a Jesús, viendo que ya había muerto, no le quebraron las piernas, sino que uno de los soldados le traspasó el costado con una lanza e inmediatamente salió sangre y agua.
El que vio da testimonio de esto y su testimonio es verdadero y él sabe que dice la verdad, para que también ustedes crean. Esto sucedió para que se cumpliera lo que
dice la Escritura:
No le quebrarán ningún hueso; y en otro lugar la Escritura dice:
Mirarán al que traspasaron.

Vendaron el cuerpo de Jesús y lo perfumaron

Después de esto, José de Arimatea, que era discípulo de Jesús, pero oculto por miedo a los judíos, pidió a Pilato que lo dejara llevarse el cuerpo de Jesús. Y Pilato lo autorizó. El fue entonces y se llevó el cuerpo.
Llegó también Nicodemo, el que había ido a verlo de noche, y trajo unas cien libras de una mezcla de mirra y áloe.
Tomaron el cuerpo de Jesús y lo envolvieron en lienzos con esos aromas, según se acostumbra enterrar entre los judíos. Había un huerto en el sitio donde lo crucificaron, y en el huerto, un sepulcro nuevo, donde nadie había sido enterrado todavía.
Y como para los judíos era el día de la preparación de la Pascua y el sepulcro estaba cerca, allí pusieron a Jesús.

Bible Reading, April 23, 2011

Gospel, Mt 28:1-10

1 After the Sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre.

2 And suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it.

3 His face was like lightning, his robe white as snow.

4 The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they were like dead men.

5 But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, 'There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay,

7 then go quickly and tell his disciples, "He has risen from the dead and now he is going ahead of you to Galilee; that is where you will see him." Look! I have told you.'

8 Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples.

9 And suddenly, coming to meet them, was Jesus. 'Greetings,' he said. And the women came up to him and, clasping his feet, they did him homage.

10 Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; there they will see me.'

Bible Reading, April 22, 2011

Gospel, Jn 18:1-19:42

1 After he had said all this, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron valley where there was a garden into which he went with his disciples.

2 Judas the traitor knew the place also, since
Jesus had often met his disciples there,

3 so Judas brought the cohort to this place together with guards sent by the chief priests and the Pharisees, all with lanterns and torches and weapons.

4 Knowing everything that was to happen to him,
Jesus came forward and said, 'Who are you looking for?'

5 They answered, 'Jesus the Nazarene.' He said, 'I am he.' Now Judas the traitor was standing among them.

6 When
Jesus said to them, 'I am he,' they moved back and fell on the ground.

7 He asked them a second time, 'Who are you looking for?' They said, 'Jesus the Nazarene.'

8 Jesus replied, 'I have told you that I am he. If I am the one you are looking for, let these others go.'

9 This was to fulfil the words he had spoken, 'Not one of those you gave me have I lost.'

10 Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his
right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.

11 Jesus said to Peter, 'Put your sword back in its scabbard; am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?'

12 The cohort and its tribune and the
Jewish guards seized Jesus and bound him.

13 They took him first to Annas, because
Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.

14 It was
Caiaphas who had counselled the Jews, 'It is better for one man to die for the people.'

15 Simon Peter, with another disciple, followed Jesus. This disciple, who was known to the high priest, went with
Jesus into the high priest's palace,

16 but Peter stayed outside the door. So the other disciple, the one known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the door-keeper and brought Peter in.

17 The girl on
duty at the door said to Peter, 'Aren't you another of that man's disciples?' He answered, 'I am not.'

18 Now it was cold, and the servants and guards had lit a charcoal fire and were standing there warming themselves; so Peter stood there too, warming himself with the others.

19 The high
priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.

20 Jesus answered, 'I have spoken openly for all the world to hear; I have always taught in the
synagogue and in the Temple where all the Jews meet together; I have said nothing in secret.

21 Why ask me? Ask my hearers what I taught; they know what I said.'

22 At these words, one of the guards standing by gave
Jesus a slap in the face, saying, 'Is that the way you answer the high priest?'

23 Jesus replied, 'If there is some offence in what I said, point it out; but if not, why do you strike me?'

24 Then
Annas sent him, bound, to Caiaphas the high priest.

25 As
Simon Peter stood there warming himself, someone said to him, 'Aren't you another of his disciples?' He denied it saying, 'I am not.'

26 One of the high priest's servants, a relation of the
man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, 'Didn't I see you in the garden with him?'

27 Again Peter denied it; and at once a cock crowed.

28 They then led
Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium. It was now morning. They did not go into the Praetorium themselves to avoid becoming defiled and unable to eat the Passover.

29 So Pilate came outside to them and said, 'What charge do you bring against this man?' They replied,

30 'If he were not a criminal, we should not have handed him over to you.'

31 Pilate said, 'Take him yourselves, and try him by your own Law.' The
Jews answered, 'We are not allowed to put anyone to death.'

32 This was to fulfil the words
Jesus had spoken indicating the way he was going to die.

33 So Pilate went back into the Praetorium and called
Jesus to him and asked him, 'Are you the king of the Jews?'

34 Jesus replied, 'Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others said it to you about me?'

35 Pilate answered, 'Am I a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me: what have you done?'

36 Jesus replied, 'Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. As it is, my kingdom does not belong here.'

37 Pilate said, 'So, then you are a king?'
Jesus answered, 'It is you who say that I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this, to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.'

38 'Truth?' said Pilate. 'What is that?' And so saying he went out again to the
Jews and said, 'I find no case against him.

39 But according to a custom of yours I should release one prisoner at the Passover; would you like me, then, to release for you the king of the Jews?'

40 At this they shouted, 'Not this man,' they said, 'but Barabbas.' Barabbas was a bandit.

1 Pilate then had
Jesus taken away and scourged;

2 and after this, the soldiers twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on his head and dressed him in a purple robe.

3 They kept coming up to him and saying, 'Hail, king of the Jews!' and slapping him in the face.

4 Pilate came outside again and said to them, 'Look, I am going to bring him out to you to let you see that I find no case against him.'

5 Jesus then came out wearing the
crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said, 'Here is the man.'

6 When they saw him, the chief priests and the guards shouted, 'Crucify him! Crucify him!' Pilate said, 'Take him yourselves and crucify him: I find no case against him.'

7 The
Jews replied, 'We have a Law, and according to that Law he ought to be put to death, because he has claimed to be Son of God.'

8 When Pilate heard them say this his fears increased.

9 Re-entering the Praetorium, he said to Jesus, 'Where do you come from?' But
Jesus made no answer.

10 Pilate then said to him, 'Are you refusing to speak to me? Surely you know I have power to release you and I have power to crucify you?'

11 Jesus replied, 'You would have no power over me at all if it had not been given you from above; that is why the
man who handed me over to you has the greater guilt.'

12 From that moment Pilate was anxious to set him free, but the
Jews shouted, 'If you set him free you are no friend of Caesar's; anyone who makes himself king is defying Caesar.'

13 Hearing these words, Pilate had
Jesus brought out, and seated him on the chair of judgement at a place called the Pavement, in Hebrew Gabbatha.

14 It was the Day of Preparation, about the sixth hour. 'Here is your king,' said Pilate to the Jews.

15 But they shouted, 'Away with him, away with him, crucify him.' Pilate said, 'Shall I crucify your king?' The chief priests answered, 'We have no king except Caesar.'

16 So at that Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. They then took charge of Jesus,

17 and carrying his own cross he went out to the Place of the Skull or, as it is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,

18 where they crucified him with two others, one on either side,
Jesus being in the middle.

19 Pilate wrote out a notice and had it fixed to the cross; it ran: 'Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews'.

20 This notice was read by many of the Jews, because the place where
Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the writing was in Hebrew, Latin and Greek.

21 So the
Jewish chief priests said to Pilate, 'You should not write "King of the Jews", but that the man said, "I am King of the Jews". '

22 Pilate answered, 'What I have written, I have written.'

23 When the soldiers had finished crucifying
Jesus they took his clothing and divided it into four shares, one for each soldier. His undergarment was seamless, woven in one piece from neck to hem;

24 so they said to one another, 'Instead of tearing it, let's throw dice to decide who is to have it.' In this way the words of
scripture were fulfilled: They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothes. That is what the soldiers did.

25 Near the cross of
Jesus stood his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.

26 Seeing his mother and the
disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, 'Woman, this is your son.'

27 Then to the
disciple he said, 'This is your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

28 After this,
Jesus knew that everything had now been completed and, so that the scripture should be completely fulfilled, he said: I am thirsty.

29 A jar full of sour wine stood there; so, putting a sponge soaked in the wine on a
hyssop stick, they held it up to his mouth.

30 After
Jesus had taken the wine he said, 'It is fulfilled'; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit.

31 It was the Day of Preparation, and to avoid the bodies' remaining on the cross during the
Sabbath -- since that Sabbath was a day of special solemnity -- the Jews asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken away.

32 Consequently the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
man who had been crucified with him and then of the other.

33 When they came to Jesus, they saw he was already dead, and so instead of breaking his legs

34 one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediately there came out blood and water.

35 This is the evidence of one who saw it -- true evidence, and he knows that what he says is true -- and he gives it so that you may believe as well.

36 Because all this happened to fulfil the words of scripture: Not one bone of his
will be broken;

37 and again, in another place
scripture says: They will look to the one whom they have pierced.

38 After this,
Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus -- though a secret one because he was afraid of the Jews -- asked Pilate to let him remove the body of Jesus. Pilate gave permission, so they came and took it away.

39 Nicodemus came as well -- the same one who had first come to
Jesus at night-time -- and he brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds.

40 They took the body of
Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, following the Jewish burial custom.

41 At the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in this garden a new
tomb in which no one had yet been buried.

42 Since it was the
Jewish Day of Preparation and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Bulls of Bashan ((a prophetic Poem)(by: Dlsiluk))

The Bulls of Bashan

((A prophetic Poem) (Poetic Prose; Revised))

“I am the punishment God has sent you for having committed such great sins!”

The Bulls of Bashan

Part One

Tartarus, home to the Angelic Renegades, the dark abode of torment, torture and agony: given to those who left their first abode, who shed their house from heaven—that heaven gave, for flesh and skin, to cohabitate with earthly women, who gave birth to those Giants of Old, called the Nephilm and Rephaim—in those far-off days, in the time of Noah, whose sons worshiped at the Circle of Rephaim: Stone Heap of the Wildcat! The very ones to be released from Tartarus cast into the end-days ((that everlasting place of woe and darkness; now restraint in chains only to return to get revenge—the angelic renegades) (here they wait, in that pit of darkness with their sons of old—the Bulls of Bashan, and the demonic foe))

Part Two

These giants of old were bold, Greek Titans, partly celestial, partly terrestrial, these were the Nephilim, the Star People—the ghosts, the spirits, the dead ones, the Bulls of Bashan…and the Lord cried: “The Bulls of Bashan…have weighed down my earth…” (says He who speaks in Psalms)

Part Three

“And then I saw the Legs of mud” said Daniel and they were of miry clay—made of dust, and there the world was, without boundaries (Global terrorism)—and I saw also: nuclear proliferation, a cosmic threat, a new world order on the horizon: don’t be surprised, the Nephilim are alive. They, the men of miry clay (the dead that once were of heaven’s abode, the cold ones, are about to return and mix with iron…to no resolve).

Part Four

Like in the days of Noah! (From the roots of Gaza, and those at the Golan Heights: the Nephilim were left to fight…) and now comes again, this beast! And the Trinity cries in Psalms, “The kings of the earth are against us… how silly can they be!” Somehow they aim to throw off the shackles of God—an unpalatable disappointment—

“It is because the Rephaim will not be resurrected,” says Isaiah in those far-off days— “…and so it shall be in those days, as it was in the days of Noah!” (From the roots of Gaza, and those at the Golan Heights: the Nephilim will come to fight.)

“So shall the end-days be…” reiterates Jesus. What on earth did He mean? The return of the Angelic Renegades: look into the window of illumination, the window of life, the hologram: that was, and will be, the three dimensional map for us earthly beings, the “B’nai Elohim’ this hard cold bred of angelic beings, the Nephilim—are on the rim of the earth ready to integrate—the world at large.

And the Lord cries out in the illumination: “Man appointed mortal sorrow; but the blessed God shall come down, teaching and shall the despair rest and be comforted.” So do not fear, but pray, and pray hard.

Part Five

And there shall be no order out of chaos. And God does not need America to protect Israel, and the New World Order becomes restless, and that means no more Jesus, and that means, Obama, and Moscow, and Iran, and Jerusalem, and the yoke of the White House becomes thin: do not be angry with Obama, an instrument of God— to initiate his plight. Says Nostradamus: Obama “he is in prophecy—you see, the Last King of the South to be: the Great Power, who came from the dark side of slavery.” As people were drawn to Hitler, so they will be drawn to Him, “…but be aware of the power given the Dark One:” says Nostradamus—the Antichrist is near…!

He is possessed by those hierarchical spirits which can descend into any ordinary mortal—a common fleshy unsanctified man. Says Timothy: “In the last days there will be very different times for people will love only themselves…money. They will be boastful and proud, and scoffing at God…ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred…unloving and unforgiving…they will betray their own friends…are puffed with pride…stay away from people like that! They are the kind…they have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith…”

Thus, the leopard comes up out of the sea ((Obama) (USA)) last king of the south. He will provoke Russia, WWIII; look in the Book of Revelation, Chapter Thirteen.

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and I saw a beast rise up out of the sea…the name was blasphemy” (the rise of the Antichrist) and all I could remember, and I smiled remembering “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Notes: references: Jude 6; 2 Cor. 5:2; Josephus Flavius; 2 Peter 2. 4, 5, Testaments of the 12 Patriarchs; Traditional Rabbinical Literature; Psalms 22; Revelation 11; Psalms 2:1-3 (The Trinity); Reference to angelic beings “B’nai Elohim”; the Septuagint (written by 70-scholers, in Alexander, Egypt, 15-years to write, Old Testament into Greek Language (see: Genesis 6:1-2 Bene HaElohim “Sons of God” referring to angels, the fallen ones the Nephilim, born of the earth, and the hybrids, their offspring); 1 John 11 and 12; Job 1:6; Luke 20; Obama reference to Revelation 12:1; Tartarus, in Greek means hell, a dark abode of woe. Poem No: 2772 (Written 8-8-2010)