February 2021 Blog

Let’s start this month with a prayer:

Thanks, Lord, for getting us past 2020. It was a tough one. But it looks like this year has started off to be even tougher. May the church be able to rise above the chaos and evil flowing like hot lava out of our nation’s Capital. We know lava will eventually cool and harden. It will stop and die. Life will go on. The church will survive and be victorious. We know You will have a bride who proudly wears Your name. May every reader of this blog be Word, Water and Spirit baptized when you return for her. In the name of Jesus. Let it be so.

The First Word

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (II Timothy 2:19).

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I wonder why…

…this beginning of Charles Dickens’ famous novel kept coming to my mind after the events of the first week of January:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”  ― A Tale of Two Cities

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Is Lucifer the “daystar”?

Angry accusations of blasphemy are hurled at contemporary Bible versions that accurately interpret the Hebrew helel in Isaiah 14:12 as “daystar” rather than Lucifer (“light-bringer/bearer”). But the name “Lucifer” does not actually appear in any Hebrew manuscripts. Apparently, it was never intended to be considered as a proper name. Some adamantly claim a conspiracy to try to make Jesus and Lucifer (whom they say is Satan) appear as one and the same (Revelation 22:16). The 1611 translators explained in the margin (all marginalia has since been removed) the literal meaning or alternative translation for “Lucifer” as daystarre. My 1950 edition Dickson Bible has Lucifer followed by daystar in brackets. Daystar is old English for the actual morning star, which is Venus. We should remember that there might be other beings also that can be described as “morning

The Wycliffe Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgate, was the first English Bible to introduce the Latin word “Lucifer” (which he left untranslated) into English editions. These accusations would never have been made if the medieval English Bibles

had not borrowed this Latin term to translate the Hebrew helel. The major modern versions do not use Lucifer, usually choosing the more accurate “shining one…star of the morning…daystar.”

Dr. Bert Thompson supplies this bit of information: “The word ‘Lucifer’ is used in the 1611 version only once, in Isaiah 14:12: ‘How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!’ The Hebrew word translated ‘Lucifer’ is helel (or heylel), from the root, hâlâl, meaning ‘to shine’ or ‘to bear light.’ Keil and Delitzsch noted that ‘[I]t derives its name in other ancient languages also from its striking brilliancy, and is here called ben-shachar (son of the dawn)… (1982, 7:311).’” However, the 1611 translators did not translate helel as Lucifer because of something inherent in the Hebrew term itself. Instead, they borrowed the name from Jerome’s Latin translation of the Bible (c. A.D. 383-405) known as the Latin Vulgate. Jerome, likely believing that the term was describing the planet Venus, employed the Latin term ‘Lucifer’ (light-bearing) to designate “the morning star” (Venus). Only later did the suggestion originate that Isaiah 14:12ff was speaking of the devil. Eventually, the name Lucifer came to be synonymous with Satan. But is Satan ‘Lucifer’? Evidently not. However, the full backstory is more involved than we have space for here.

[For a more thorough explanation of the use of Lucifer in Scripture and how it came to be inserted at Isaiah 14:12, see Norris, Rick, The Unbound Scriptures (Unbound Scriptures Publications: Fayetteville, N.C., 2003), p. Norris, pp. 354-356. See also White, James R., The King James Only Controversy (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2009), pp. 138,139. See also “Lucifer” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucifer.%5D

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Norman Rockwell no longer defines us

The America that Norman Rockwell knew and depicted so elegantly is history.

I grew up looking forward each month to another magazine cover drawn by Rockwell. IMO, he could put life onto a canvas like no other before or since. If you think this is only sentimental nostalgia at work, you are at least partly right. But I am also a realist with a couple of generations under my belt. We will never see the American people again as he saw them, unless there is a Rockwell painting I haven’t seen depicting the grief and pain of the Grapes of Wrath era.

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Changing the changers

The progressives and their publishers in the Christian faith recently made our Bibles to reflect the cultural mores of the time, with many Bibles changed to say “Brothers and sisters” where only “Brethren/Brothers” appeared in the Greek. That alone is not earth-shaking. But now Congress wants to lead the way to more changes in the way we refer to one another in our culture. Leaders in the House of Representatives announced on Friday a rules package for the 117th Congress that includes a proposal to use “gender-inclusive language” and eliminate gender-specific terms such as “‘father, mother, son, daughter,” and more. To see the story, click here:  READ IN BROWSER

Again, there is no stopping place once the political correctness ball begins to roll. Until, that is, when we begin to change the changers and remove the removers. Congress is overjoyed with the prospects being afforded to the cancel culture. Perhaps the cancelers will be cancelled in the next election.

Should similar proposals or resolutions trending in that direction ever come up in Apostolic conferences, I pray we have the common sense and intestinal fortitude to reject them.

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We knew it

The nation envisioned by the founders could not survive these three things:

1) the dismissal of the Bible, God and prayer from public education

2) the spilling of innocent blood by abortions in any stage

3) Same sex marriage and the extensions therefrom

No nation with a constitution like ours can survive when they embrace these values. A revival of return or judgment? Which will it be?

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More religious smoke and mirrors

Rev. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) opened Congress last month with prayer, closing it with “We ask [these things] in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths.” He was giving a nod to his party, evidently, which has come to acknowledge of the equality of all faiths, and the equality of all theistic names given to a deity anywhere. Who was he really praying to? This awkward equality expression finally ended his prayer: “Amen and Awoman.”

Let’s see…how next can the Judeo-Christian faiths be denigrated in “the temple of democracy”?

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Where do we go from here?

Claire Chretien

The best course of action for freedom-loving pro-lifers, I believe, is simply this:

a) Pray for America and strive for sanctity and sanity in our daily lives.

b) Love your family, and love your neighbors.

c) Speak truth to power, no matter the cost, gathering inspiration from people like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

d) Prepare for darkness and more persecution knowing, however, that in the end Christ will be victorious.

e) Continue to condemn senseless political violence (and acknowledge it is far from concentrated, normal, or prevalent on the American “right,” no matter what mainstream media tell us), voter fraud, and tyranny in all of its many forms.

Chretien is a journalist for LifeSiteNews.

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Memes worth repeating

Do other countries send us money in their stimulus packages? Asking for a friend.

Instead of sending Pakistan $10 million for gender programs, why not send them a million leftists with gender studies and diversity degrees?

If a male can identify as a female, can a mom and pop gift store operate as a Wal-Mart?

Many Texans are wishing Governor Greg Abbott would issue a permanent stay-at-home order…for all left-wing California residents.

The news is not news anymore. It’s about protecting some people, destroying others, and shoving a globalist agenda down the collective throats of Americans.

“Twitter stands for freedom of expression. We stand for speaking truth to power. And we stand for empowering dialogue.” – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Oct. 5, 2015. Hmmmm…

Our congressman took an IQ test and the results were negative.

The FBI solved the Nashville bombing within 3 days, but give them Hunter Biden’s laptop, Hillary Clinton’s emails, Jeffrey Epstein’s Black Book, and proof of play for pay in Ukraine, and years later they don’t even know they have them.

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I still believe

Before the New Testament period, scribes and historians of that age engraved stones or clay tablets that have verified many of the historical facts revealed in Scripture. The monarchy of David described in the Old Testament has been affirmed by the record of such stones, as well as the historical record of the New Testament writers. Modern doubters assumed that the Bible writers were making up names and events until archaeologists unearthed the actual evidence that confirmed the biblical account.

For example, when Paul wrote, “Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you” (Romans 16:23), these were actual individuals. A stone set in the street in Corinth was unearthed with the name of Erastus on it, verifying that one by that name in Corinth had either ordered the street to be paved, paid for the work to be done, or that the street was named after him.

Unearthed clay cylinders have verified the names and records of kings and rulers both in Judaism and in the Gentile world. Seals belonging to the accusers of Jeremiah were found in the excavations in the ancient City of David in Jerusalem. Many other stones, seals, and engravings underscore the accuracy of the biblical record. Doubters may find it much easier to believe the scriptural record after the Rapture. Don’t be one of them.

I put my faith in the Word of God before I could spell archaeology. It is not dependent on discoveries of artifacts. Faith is a choice we make before other factors enter the picture. Jesus is real and He lives in true obedient believers. However, empirical evidence does serve to undergird our faith.

– JRE,  Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts and Translations

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The Last Word

To our more liberal friends:

Please don’t be offended when folks want to continue to do what made America great in the first place. Give the nation credit for discontinuing some things that were negative and replacing them with those that were positive. Stop and think of what it was that made the young nation quickly climb to the pinnacle of the nations. The revival of the Christian faith was a primary factor. It instilled a sense of social justice as it evoked religious fervor. Take down Christianity and the nation falls. Where do YOU want the nation to be four years from now?

JREnsey

 

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  1. Every blog you produce is brilliant. This months is among the best. Thank for your research and incisive comments.

  2. GOOD STUFF!!!!
    Thanks much for another installment!!!!

    Buddy Casto


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