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News from Hong Kong trickles out when it has to do with the noble protesters against the administration of Carrie Lam. The Financial Times is reporting that residents should brace for violence using IEDs and firearms.

See the Financial Times story here:

The perpetrators of violent crimes are not likely to be the same people as those demanding real democratic change but the two groups (assuming there is a group responsible for the bombings) are in the same group to PRC. Next up for the antidemocratic governments: martial law.

January 31, 2020


As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 9:5

Then what? Global darkness? Definitely not. The disciples did not become orphans (John 14:18). They were going to have – incredibly generously- more with the next phase. Of that phase John would write:

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

1 John 4:4

Light prevents stumbling. Light departs and sorrow sets in. There is no sin lurking in the shadow of sadness. Lot was vexed daily seeing the decadence and wickedness of the residents of Sodom and remained a just man. When Christ the Light departed light would not become scarce for the disciples. The world would have get drawn to Christ because of his death. The very prospect of darkness saddened the disciples.

5) But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asks me, Where go you? 6) But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow has filled your heart.

John 16:5-6

And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takes from you.

John 16:22

The departure of Light was going to lead to a greater provision. The Holy Spirit would bring guidance into all truth that would fill the disciples with light and joy.

16) And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. 18) I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 14:16-18

Sorrow cannot be a good thing even though it comes naturally, and while it does not need to be anyone’s regular companion it is not a sin to be sad. The access to joy and light is wide and user friendly.


Neighbour remains unidentified after thousands of years of pursuing the slam dunk of love.

Idolatry remains unidentified after thousands of years of worshipping the invisible God.

Entering the Holiest

Ancient things are rudimentary and introductory because the mystery of godliness was kept from the understanding of the ancients. A few persons saw the coming kingdom of God. Tabernacle, blood, high priest, sacrifice are empty when the interpretation proceeds without the blood of Yeshua as the anchor for all that proceeds from that kingdom.

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, Heb. 10:19 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, Heb. 10:20 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, Heb. 10:21 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Heb. 10:22

These verses give a picture of approaching God in a new way and they do so using Levitical images:

  • holy places
  • blood (of a sacrifice)
  • curtain (veil)
  • high priest
  • God’s house
  • draw near (qarab, to bring, 105 times in Leviticus)
  • sprinkling (12 times in Leviticus)
  • wash (37 times in Leviticus)

These verses also introduce a picture of approaching God in a new way by pinning the approach to the Lord Yeshua’s blood. This leads to an intimacy that keeps happening as often as we wish. Christ’s blood makes access possible to all people, not only to Abraham’s descendants.

How this plays out in Christian worship has nothing to do with physical location except when the church is gathered. Even then the approach is cosmic. We by following the leaders in our services are joining the great fellowship of believers in prayers everywhere.

With Confidence

Christians face no barrier to the God of the Covenant. Christ ushers us into the holiest place. That is what is meant by through the veil: the veil used to hide or separate the inner chamber from the rest of the sacred tent. NO anxiety should accompany our worship and fellowship with the Father. John reminds us that Christ is the satisfaction for both the world and the saints. It is with confidence in the bag that we can approach God to praise him and seek his help. No one needs anything beside the blood of Christ to enjoy this access.

New cannot be old

The New brings perfection or maturity as opposed to childish and elementary things. The old cannot regulate the new. Christ was offered once for all. He is a priest of a different order.

If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need [was there] that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? Heb. 7:11

For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. Heb. 7:12

For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. Heb. 7:13

For [it is] evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. Heb. 7:14

And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Heb. 7:15

Tabernacle, blood, high priest, sacrifice are effective concepts when interpretated in the light of Yeshua’s person and work. All else is juvenile bondage. Christ delivers adoption of humans from every family and love that connects them with God directly. His message, coming to us through the apostolic witnesses, allows no return to Moses and Levitical conventions.

Better hope has come so we can come to God any time and anywhere

For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness Heb. 7:18

(for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. Heb. 7:19

Treacherous Tricksters

It is not possible for politicians who have spent 8 years obstructing the 44th president to wake up to facts and disavow their racist and violent manifesto, to recognize truth in any form. The church leaders of the United States have been virtually silent while the mercenary evangelical mob sneaked the right to life – a constitutional pillar- into the church’s mission. They tricked themselves into a slimy pit of soundbytes and dead doctrines when they formed an alliance with the Republican Party.

The end of abortion is a pretext for distracting the nation builders from dressing the gaping wound of bigotry and slavery. The same people waving the pro-life flag are also committing crimes of fascist nationalism.

Their professed care for the unborn is inconsistent with their silence about homicides, especially about their children’s. Their inaction to the commonplace bigotry-fuelled mass shootings, to the massacre of  Jews,  their eagerness to put Muslims and Mexicans into a trash category is fully consistent with wild beasts and farm animals.

2. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD has spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 3. The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel does not know, my people does not consider. 4. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, they are gone away backward.

Isaiah 1:2-4

Hard to Heal

None of the churches (denominations) in North America ever cared enough about social justice to take a public stand.   That zeal died with the revolution and every upward step by the upcoming generation has been the victim of the grip of old Caucasian males on political office.  The legacy of the justice fight is as assassination-laden as any racist imperial government anywhere. Politicians who return to office until their 8th and 9th decades – at which time they find youthful clones – are a scandal and disgrace. “Tomorrow’s leaders ” turn out to be yesterday’s monsters. The fresh views and unpolluted passion of young people are no longer the lifeline of consistent transfer and visionary growth.

People on their way down

The designed divide in the government – opposition and incumbent – is enough evidence that healing is not possible.  Divided houses fall!  Lies perpetrated by Abraham, Hammurabi, Pharaoh, Moses, Aaron, Nebuchadnezzar, Nehemiah,  heads of state, or people representatives are not cute and serve no noble process.  A lying prostitute is the heritage of the nations in the last days.

Lies and fables

9. Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10. Day and night they go about it on the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the middle of it. 11. Wickedness is in the middle thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

Psalms 55:9-11

People who do not curb their desires to be first in everything are doomed to become a proverb. This does not say much for the billions spent to be great (again?)

Their constitutional integrity tells them a Gentile will become high priest in Israel.  They are professional disesteemers.

Behold, you despisers, be astonished and perish, because I am carrying on a work in your time–a work which you will utterly refuse to believe, though it be fully declared to you.'”

Acts 13:41

Peace a la criminal

Two biggies talking about doing the right thing with their fingers on the assassin’s trigger is trash beyond imagination. The US president and Israeli PM cannot be the architects of anything reliable. Two states with Muslim bias and Jewish superiority is dead from the start. Russia and its alliance will enforce the UN-sanctioned. The US is no longer a credible partner. Bigots with criminal records hanging over them are poor candidates for nation building. Ask David ben-Jesse about building for God.

Israel’s God must be preparing another embarrassment.

When you pray (continued)

Leading others

When you are asked to pray in public the effectiveness of your prayer should be intelligible, to the extent that (1) you address the matters you are asked to address, (2) you have the “Amen” of the audience and (3) that you are following the Lord’s instructions. The effectiveness of a prayer should be measured by the answer that God gives, whether immediate or delayed. The problems we face in our prayers include the fact that we often ask for things that we have the power to change, and there is too often no evidence that the prayer-minister is in receipt of the divine answer. Saying “amen” does not ensure God’s receipt or answer

Do we listen?

Prayer is a two-way communication. If one asks the prayer-minister “What did God say in response to your requests?” the answer will in most cases be “I cannot say”. The neglected aspect of prayer is that we do not listen as well as we speak.

Who is dictating?

The main hindrances to effective prayer is that we do not follow the Holy Spirit’s lead. After all He is the supreme Prayer-helper. He prays for us, prays ahead of us, and delivers the intents of our hearts to the Father. Related to this hindrance is the fact that we address the Son of God (who insists that we pray to the Father) and the Holy Spirit.
“Let us pray” should elicit a collective attitude and a listening ear, because it is ill-mannered to speak and not listen to the person to whom we are speaking. We ought to be assured that while we are speaking that God is preparing and sending the answer, and His work is not always perceptible in the natural world. People do not have to fall into trances as evidence that God hears us.

Already in progress

The call to prayer should be a signal to focus that which is already in progress, both on our account and more importantly the Holy Spirit’s. “Let us pray” is a reminder of the prayerful attitude that we ought to be in all the time with the acknowledgement that the entire audience is at the throne of God by virtue of the Holy Spirit’s ministry.

When You Pray

Prayer is at the centre of Christian life and Christ’s instructions include healthy practical examples of how to pray. We can understand the ineffectiveness of our prayers by comparing them with Messianic instruction. The preliminary survey is disturbing.

What do we say?

We are familiar with repetitious, lengthy, and improperly addressed prayers, and these seem to be the standard. It is rare for a prayer to have the kind of effectiveness that is anticipated by the writers of the New Testament.
Personal prayer, addressed in Matthew 6:5-6, is decidedly a private, Father-directed endeavour. When an individual prays he should not imitate the hypocrites who are essentially performing for human observers.
The instruction directed to all the disciples discourages empty repetitions and imitation of the heathen (vs. 7).

Common threads

In the actual content of the prayer our Lord expects the prayer to be collectively based. The Lord expected us to pray mindful of the common Father, the common bread, the common debts, the common protection from the risks of temptation, and the common rescue from evil.

The Father’s Realm

It will be evident that most (public) prayers turn intensely personal and even inappropriately private even though apostolic instructions, such as Paul’s, call for recognition of our community.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; (1 Timothy 2:1) For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (1 Timothy 2:2)

The Church is in grave danger of majoring in minors when it comes to prayers. Prayers quickly degenerate into exorcisms, decrees and emotion-eliciting cliches and misapplication of Scripture. The hindrances that show up in our prayer life ought to be addressed m in our daily life.

When you pray, are you self-centred? Do you prepare lengthy preambles to establish your authority in the spiritual realm? Do you claim to be other than what you really are; a person with human passions and reverence for the Father in heaven? Is Father-God just another “friend”?

(More tomorrow)