HERE IS A 2011 NEW YEAR CONTRACT for you… with a Prayer and Good Wishes for this coming new year!

“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and is set to the tune of a traditional folk song.

It is well known in many English-speaking (and other) countries and is often sung to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight.

The song’s Scots title may be translated into English literally as “old long since”, or more idiomatically, “long long ago”, “days gone by” or “old times.”

Consequently “For auld lang syne”, as it appears in the first line of the chorus, is loosely translated as “for (the sake of) old times”.

The song begins by posing a rhetorical question as to whether it is right that old times be forgotten, and is generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships.

Auld Lang Syne 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup !
And surely I’ll be mine !
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin’ auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin’ auld lang syne.

CHORUS
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
And gies a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willie-waught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

2011 Contract  

After serious & cautious consideration… your contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2011.

It was a very hard decision to make… So try not to screw it up!!!

My Wish for You in 2011

May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy

May the problems you had, forget your home address!

In simple words …………

May 2011 be the best year of your life!!!

Happy New Year!!

This New Year’s contract was forwarded to me today by a friend, and I’m passing it along to you!

I pray for all of us that this coming New Year brings with it more prosperity for God’s people; more opportunities to tell people about Jesus, and see souls saved and brought into the Kingdom of God.

I pray it is a year for spiritual awakening and revival in the U.S. and around the world; and I pray also that it will be a year that we see some long overdue changes in our government, as more and more people today are becoming aware, and are signing up for this ongoing process (already begun) to re-inhabit our Constitutional Republic, and take back our government!

· May 2011 be a year of New Beginnings for our country and for us also as individuals;

· May it be a year that we each gain the courage to break out of our comfort zones, and be more about our Father’s business, to reach this world for Christ;

· May it be a year that we each seek closer and more intimate communion and relationship with our closest friend, the Holy Spirit, who is our Paraclete, our Advocate, and Comforter;

· May it be a year that we become more sensitive to Holy Spirit’s leading and to His voice in our lives, and the burden which God has to reach His estranged children, of all those who have yet to know Yeshua; and have not yet received reconciliation and forgiveness for their sins;

· May it be a year that we in the church become conduits and epistles of love to this dying and lost world, for all those who have yet to meet Yeshua (Jesus) and have not yet received Him as Messiah, Saviour and Lord;

· May it be a year where the church pushes out its walls, and takes back the land; that we take the message of the Gospel out into the marketplace, and do so with all accompanying signs, wonders, and miracles, just as we read happened in the Book of Acts;

· May this be a year where we in the United States, who are called by His name (Christ-ian) that we do as instructed in 2 Chronicles 7:14, where we humble ourselves and pray; turn from our wicked ways, and begin to seek after God’s face (which speaks of intimate relationhip); that God would then hear from heaven and heal our land. Selah

Happy New Year to all…

Skip Barland

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HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS… and let us not forget the meaning of the season!

Wise men and women today still seek Him and follow Him!

The IMPORTANCE of keeping Christ in Christmas

O for God’s Amazing Grace how sweet the sound…

The above song means many things to many people, but for those of us who know and love Yeshua (Jesus), whose lives have been saved by His grace, this song has become our anthem; and it is my prayer today for all those who have yet to know Him in this way, that it would become your anthem too… and that it will lead you to the cross!

Jesus Christ’s Effect on History

Flavius Josephus,
Jewish historian, became a Pharisee at 19, later commander, of the Jewish forces in Galilee. Captured by Romans and attached to their headquarters.  Born: 34AD

“Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ, and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first, did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians so named from him are not extinct at this day.”

Pontius Pilate, Roman governor of Judea who ordered Christ’s crucifixion, first century A.D

Wrote to the Roman emperor Tiberius Caesar:

“And him, Herod, and Archelaus and Philip, Annas, and Caiphas, with all the people, delivered to me, making a great uproar against me that I should try Him (Christ). I, therefore, ordered Him to be crucified, having first scourged Him, and having found against Him no cause of evil accusations or deeds. At the time he was crucified, there was darkness over all the world, the sun being darkened at midday, and the stars appearing, but in them there appeared no luster; and the moon, as if turned into blood, failed in her light.”

Julian the Apostate, Roman Emperor from 361-363 A.D. and one of the most gifted ancient adversaries to Christianity.

In his work against Christianity:

“Jesus…has now been celebrated about three hundred years having done nothing in his lifetime worthy of fame, unless anyone thinks it is a very great work to heal lame and blind people and exorcise demoniacs in the villages of Bethsaida and Bethany.”

But at the end of his life was forced to say:

“Thou has conquered, O Galilean!”

He also affirms the authenticity of all four gospels.

Thallus, Samaritan-born historian, wrote A.D. 52.  His writings have disappeared and we know of them only from fragments cited by other writers.

One such writer is Julian AfricanusA Christian writer of about 221 A.D. who says:

“Thallus, in the third book of his histories, explains away this darkness as an eclipse of the sun – unreasonable as it seems to me (unreasonable of course, because a solar eclipse could not take place at the time of the full moon, and it was at the season of the Paschal full moon that Christ died).”


Carnegie Simpson

“Jesus is not one of the group of world’s great. Talk about Alexander the Great and Charles the Great and Napoleon the Great if you will…Jesus is apart. He is not the Great – He is the only.”

David Strauss, German theologian who applied Hegelian philosophy to the study of the Bible.

Toward the end of his life

“This Christ…is historical, not mythical, is an individual, no mere symbol…”

E. M. Blaiklock

“Luke is a consummate historian, to be ranked in his own right with the great writers of the Greeks.”

Bruce M. Metzger

“Today no competent scholar denies the historicity of Jesus.”

H. G. Wells, British writer, 1866-1946

“In the reign of Tiberius Caesar a great teacher arose out of Judea who was to liberate the intense realization of the righteousness and unchallengeable oneness of God, and of man’s moral obligation to God…This was Jesus of Nazareth…Is it any wonder that to this day the Galilean is too much for our small hearts.”

Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French

“You speak of Caesar, of Alexander, of their conquests and of the enthusiasm which they enkindled in the hearts of their soldiers; but can you conceive of a dead man making conquests, with an army faithful and entirely devoted to his memory? My armies have forgotten me even while living, as the Carthaginian army forgot Hannibal. Such is our power.”

“I know men and I tell you, Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour, millions would die for him.”

“I search in vain history to find similar to Jesus Christ, or anything which can approach the gospel.  Neither history nor humanity, nor ages, nor nature, offer me anything with which I am able to compare it or to explain it. Here everything is extraordinary.”

Ernest Renan,
French historian, religious scholar and linguist

“All history is incomprehensible without Christ.”

“Whatever may be the surprises of the future, Jesus will never be surpassed.”

William E. Channing, American religious leader whose writings and sermons led to the emergence of Unitarianism, 1780-1842

“The sages and heroes of history are receding from us, and history contracts the record of their deeds into a narrower and narrower page. But time has no power over the name and deeds and words of Jesus Christ.”

P. Carnegie Simpson,

Concerning Christianity said:

“Is a fact of history recognizable as any other.”

H. G. Wells,
British writer, 1866-1946

When asked which person left the most permanent impression on history, he replied that judging a person’s greatness by historical standards:

“By this test, Jesus stands first.”

“I am a historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.”

“Christ is the most unique person of history. No man can write a history of the human race without giving first and foremost place to the penniless teacher of Nazareth.”

Kenneth Scott Latourette,
former President of American Historic Society

In A History of Christianity:

“It is evidence of His importance, of the effect that He has had upon history and presumably, of the baffling mystery of His being that no other life ever lived on this planet has evoked so huge a volume of literature among so many people and languages, and that, far from ebbing, the flood continues to mount.”

“As the centuries pass by, the evidence is accumulating that measured by its effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet. The influence appears to be mounting.”

“No other life lived on this planet has so widely and deeply affected mankind.”

George Bancroft,
great American historian

“I find the name of Jesus Christ written on the top of every page of modern history.”

One Solitary Life

Nearly two thousand years ago in an obscure village, a child was born of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village where He worked as a carpenter until He was thirty. Then for three years He became an itinerant preacher.

This man never went to college or seminary. He never wrote a book. He never held a public office. He never had a family nor owned a home. He never put His foot inside a big city nor traveled even 200 miles from His birthplace. And though He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness, throngs of people followed Him. He had no credentials but Himself.

While He was still young, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His followers ran away. He was turned over to His enemies and sentenced to death on a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – the simple coat He had worn. His body was laid in a borrowed grave provided by a compassionate friend.

But three days later this Man arose from the dead – living proof that He was, as He had claimed, the Savior whom God had sent, the Incarnate Son of God.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone and today the risen Lord Jesus Christ is the central figure of the human race. On our calendars His birth divides history into two eras. One day of every week is set aside in remembrance of Him. And our two most important holidays celebrate His birth and resurrection. On church steeples around the world, His cross has become the symbol of victory over sin and death.

This one Man’s life has furnished the theme for more songs, books, poems and paintings than any other person or event in history. Thousands of colleges, hospitals, orphanages and other institutions have been founded in honor of this One who gave His life for us.

All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the governments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned have not changed the course of history as much as this One Solitary Life.

Daniel Webster, American politician., 1782-1852

“All that is best in the civilization of today, is the fruit of Christ’s appearance among men.”

Will Durant,
popular modern historian and philosopher

When asked what he felt the apex of history was:

“the three years that Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth.”

http://www.why-jesus.com/history.htm

Who do you say that He is?

The fact is, no one gets out of this life alive, and for that reason we ALL need a Saviour because as the Bible says “It is appointed to every man once to die, and afterwards the judgment.”  So everyman will one day stand before God and will be required to give an account of his or her life… and for everyone of us, where we spend eternity will depend on whether we have received  forgiveness for our sins through Christ’s amazing love and sacrifice, or whether we will stand alone before God, having rejected Christ.

On which side and in what group will you stand? Will you stand with Christ, or will you stand alone?

Christ bore your sins and mine on Calvary’s cross so that you and I might be set free and forgiven… so won’t you receive God’s gift of forgiveness into your heart this year, by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?

When was Jesus really born?

On that day the Magi, the Wise Men from the East came bearing gifts!

Even though the Biblical record doesn’t give us the date when Jesus was born, we can however with a little biblical and historical detective work determine, within the very narrow prophetic window given in Scripture, not only the time of year, or season as it were of His birth (as it relates to the Jewish Festivals); but also we can narrow it down pretty close to the month anyway, when He was born, as we know from Scripture that Yeshua (Jesus) was exactly six months younger than His cousin, John the Baptist.

So if we can first determine when John the Baptist was born, then we can from that information deduce the approximate time of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach’s birth.

Now I also want to say here, that even though we can know that Messiah Jesus’ birth most certainly did NOT happen on the date that is traditionally recognized, which is on December 25th, that fact should not in any way detract the Christian world from celebrating His birth in this time, as any day and everyday is appropriate for us to give honor and to celebrate the reason for His coming.

Which meaning is found in the message of the Gospel, in that for this reason Christ did come, to redeem all of mankind, of all those of Adam’s seed, who both acknowledge and receive through faith God’s forgiveness for their sins, and redemption offered through Yeshua (Jesus–Saviour), and be reconciled back into God’s family.

His coming then fulfilles another prophecy, which was given by the prophet Isaiah.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)

What’s more, the prophet Daniel (in Daniel 9:24-27) gives us the exact date when the Messiah would be revealed to the world, in what amounts to a mathematical prophecy that caused the “Wise Men” from the East (from the area around Babylon), who had been taught the prophecies of Daniel, to come looking for the newly born King, the Jewish Messiah; as they came bearing Him gifts; and by the way, this prophecy also gives us the exact numbers the days from the time the degree was given to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple (after the 70 years of Babylon captivity), until the Messiah would be revealed to the world and then subsequently cut off (meaning killed) for the sins of the people.

After which Daniel’s prophecy goes on to say that the Jewish Temple (which was Harrod’s Temple) would be destroyed a second time (which happened in 70 AD); the first time it was destroyed happened to Solomon’s Temple, when it was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar; after he had carried the children of Israel off into captivity, that again (as Jeremiah prophesied) was to last a period of 70 years.

So anyway, in our quest to determine when Yeshua was born, as is appropriate with all things regarding the truth on this subject, regarding the Messiah, we must begin in the Tanakh (the Jewish Old Testament), and then as we look to the New Testament, we can clearly see how these over 300 prophecies were and are today being fulfilled in the life of Jesus.

The first mention or promise of a coming Messiah, that is found in the Bible, is in Genesis 3:15, when God talks about how the Seed of the Woman would crush the Serpent’s head (who is Lucifer—the Devil).

This is interesting to note because women don’t have seeds, they have eggs. The seed is the sperm, and it comes from the male; which at the very outset identifies a supernatural occurrence, in that the Tanakh says that Messiah would be born of a virgin:

Isaiah 7:14

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (meaning God with us).

This is but another fulfillment of the over 300 prophecies, that are given in the Bible, that identify who the Messiah would be, and how He was to be recognized, when He came.

Well, let’s get back to my original subject… when was Jesus born?

To determine when that happened, or at least to determine the season of the year it was prophesied to happen, we must look at the seven Jewish Festivals.

Messiah is the center figure in each of these seven feasts (or festivals); and the way in which Messiah Jesus fulfilled the Jewish feasts is a fascinating study.

In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jewish prophet Amos records that God declared He would do nothing without first revealing it to His servants, the Prophets (Amos 3:7).

From the Old Covenant to the New (Genesis to Revelation), God provides picture after picture of His entire plan for mankind and one of the most startling prophetic pictures is outlined for us in the Jewish Feasts of Leviticus 23.

The Hebrew word for feasts (moadim) literally means appointed times.”

God has carefully planned and orchestrated the timing and sequence of each of these seven feasts to reveal to us a special story.

The seven annual feasts of Israel were spread over seven months of the Jewish calendar, at set times appointed by God.

They are still celebrated by the Orthodox Jews today; but for both Jews and non-Jews who have placed their faith in Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, and have been Born-again, these special days demonstrate the work of redemption through God’s Son.

The first four of the seven feasts occured during the springtime (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks) and they ALL have already been fulfilled by Christ in the New Testament.

The final three holidays (Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles) occur during the fall, all within a short fifteen-day period.

It is also believed that Jesus’ first coming, the time of His birth, happened during the Feast of Trumpets, which occurs typically in September, which would make sense, since that would have been the logical time to do a census, to have the people travel to their traditional ancestral city, to be counted and pay their taxes; and it would not make sense to have them do this in the dead of Winter, which would be when December 25th happened; but rather they would do it at the end of the harvest, when the people still would have money to spend, in order to pay their taxes.

Also there is the scripture that the Apostle Paul makes mention of that speaks of the “Last Trumpet,” that would be blown just before the catching away of the church (also known as the Rapture), that is to happen just before Messiah Jesus would return to earth a second time in order to set up His Millennium Kingdom:

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

~1Corinthians 15:51-52

This time is also called Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), and there is a ram’s horn (a shofar) that is blown a total of 100 times during this time.

Also, you will note that this Shofar is also called a trumpet; in fact, Jews commonly called this event the “Feast of the Trumpets” for that reason.

And so during this feast (as mentioned before) there is a series of trumpet blasts, from the shofar, and there is what is called “The Last Trumpet blast,” which is believed to be what the Apostle Paul is referencing in the above scripture verse.

As each of the four spring feasts were fulfilled literally and right on the actual feast day in connection with Christ’s first coming; likewise, these three fall feasts, it is believed, will be fulfilled literally in connection to the Lord’s second coming.

In a nutshell, here is the prophetic significance of each of the seven Levitical feasts of Israel:

1) Passover (Leviticus 23:5) – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover at the same hour that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.

2) Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6) – Pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible), making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.

3) First Fruits (Leviticus 23:10) – Pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in I Corinthians 15:20 as the “first fruits from the dead.”

4) Weeks or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:16) – Occurred fifty days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and pointed to the great harvest of souls and the gift of the Holy Spirit for both Jew and Gentile, who would be brought into the kingdom of God during the Church Age (see Acts 2). The Church was actually established on this day when God poured out His Holy Spirit and 3,000 Jews responded to Peter’s great sermon and his first proclamation of the Gospel.

5) Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24) – The first of the fall feasts. Many believe this day points to the first coming of Jesus; and also the Rapture of the Church when the Messiah Jesus will appear in the heavens as He comes for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and I Corinthians 15:52).

6) Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27) – Many believe this prophetically points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the Day of Atonement for the Jewish remnant when they “look upon Him whom they have pierced,” repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-6, 25-36).

7) Tabernacles or Booths (Leviticus 23:34) – Many scholars believe that this feast day points to the Lord’s promise that He will once again “tabernacle” with His people when He returns to reign over all the world (Micah 4:1-7).

On the question as to whether Christians should celebrate these Levitical feast days today? I believe that to be a matter of conscience for the individual Christian; however it is my opinion that it is much more appropriate to do that, rather than celebrate the pagan substitution for these Holy Days; but I won’t be dogmatic on that point.

In fact Colossians 2:16-17 tells us Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

Whereas Christians are not bound under Old Testament law to observe the Jewish feasts, in the way it is prescribed in the Old Testament, we should not criticize those who do; and neither should we criticize those who don’t (see Romans 14:5).

I also enjoy this time of year; but I do believe it is important for us to know and to teach the truth, so as to eliminate confusion on this subject.

The point is, while it is not required for Christians to celebrate the Jewish feast days, it is beneficial to study them; and certainly it could be beneficial to celebrate these days if it leads one to a greater understanding and appreciation for Christ’s death and resurrection and the future promise of His coming.

As Christians, if we choose to celebrate these special days, we should put Christ in the center of our celebration, as the One who came to fulfill the prophetic significance of each of them.

Back to my original subject, as I mentioned before, in order for us to answer the question, as to when Christ was born, we must first determine when John the Baptist was born?

On What Day Was Jesus Born?

While much of the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ on the 25th of December, can the actual day of Jesus’ birth be determined from scripture? This question will be explored in some detail, and will yield a result that is quite intriguing. The first passage we will consider begins with the father of John the Baptist, Zacharias:

Luke 1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

Luke 1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, …

Luke 1:23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
Luke 1:24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, …

The clue given to us here is that Zacharias was of the “course” of Abia.

The 24 Courses of the Temple Priesthood.

7. But David, being desirous of ordaining his son king of all the people, called together their rulers to Jerusalem, with the priests and the Levites; and having first numbered the Levites, he found them to be thirty-eight thousand, from thirty years old to fifty; out of which he appointed twenty-three thousand to take care of the building of the temple, and out of the same, six thousand to be judges of the people and scribes, four thousand for porters to the house of God, and as many for singers, to sing to the instruments which David had prepared, as we have said already. He divided them also into courses: and when he had separated the priests from them, he found of these priests twenty-four courses, sixteen of the house of Eleazar, and eight of that of Ithamar; and he ordained that one course should minister to God eight days, from sabbath to sabbath. And thus were the courses distributed by lot, in the presence of David, and Zadok and Abiathar the high priests, and of all the rulers; and that course which came up first was written down as the first, and accordingly the second, and so on to the twenty-fourth; and this partition hath remained to this day. — Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 7, Chapter 14, Paragraph 7.

King David on God’s instructions (1 Chr 28:11-13) had divided the sons of Aaron into 24 groups (1 Chr 24:1-4), to setup a schedule by which the Temple of the Lord could be staffed with priests all year round in an orderly manner. After the 24 groups of priests were established, lots were drawn to determine the sequence in which each group would serve in the Temple. (1 Chr 24: 7-19). That sequence is as follows:

1 Chr 24:7 1. Jehoiarib 2. Jedaiah
1 Chr 24:8 3. Harim 4. Seorim
1 Chr 24:9 5. Malchijah 6. Mijamin
1 Chr 24:10 7. Hakkoz 8. Abijah
1 Chr 24:11 9. Jeshuah 10. Shecaniah
1 Chr 24:12 11. Eliashib 12. Jakim
1 Chr 24:13 13. Huppah 14. Jeshebeab
1 Chr 24:14 15. Bilgah 16. Immer
1 Chr 24:15 17. Hezir 18. Aphses
1 Chr 24:16 19. Pethahiah 20. Jehezekel
1 Chr 24:17 21. Jachim 22. Gamul
1 Chr 24:18 23. Delaiah 24. Maaziah

1 Chr 24:19 These were the orderings of them in their service to come into the house of the LORD, according to their manner, under Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.

Now each one of the 24 “courses” of priests would begin and end their service in the Temple on the Sabbath, a tour of duty being for one week (2 Chr 23:8, 1 Chr 9:25). On three occasions during the year, all the men of Israel were required to travel to Jerusalem for festivals of the Lord, so on those occasions all the priests would be needed in the Temple to accommodate the crowds. Those three festivals were Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Tabernacles (Deut 16:16).

The Yearly Cycle of Service in the Temple.

The Jewish calendar begins in the spring, during the month of Nisan, so the first “course” of priests, would be that of the family of Jehoiarib, who would serve for one week, Sabbath to Sabbath. The second week would then be the responsibility of the family of Jedaiah. The third week would be the feast of Unleavened Bread, and all priests would be present for service. Then the schedule would resume with the third course of priests, the family of Harim. By this plan, when the 24th course was completed, the general cycle of courses would repeat. This schedule would cover 51 weeks or 357 days, enough for the lunar Jewish calendar (about 354 days). So, in a period of a year, each group of priests would serve in the Temple twice on their scheduled course, in addition to the 3 major festivals, for a total of about five weeks of duty.

The Conception of John the Baptist.

Now back to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist.

Luke 1:23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
Luke 1:24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, …

Beginning with the first month, Nisan, in the spring (March-April), the schedule of the priest’s courses would result with Zacharias serving during the 10th week of the year. This is because he was a member of the course of Abia (Abijah), the 8th course, and both the Feast of Unleavened Bread (15-21 Nisan) and Pentecost (6 Sivan) would have occurred before his scheduled duty. This places Zacharias’ administration in the Temple as beginning on the second Sabbath of the third month, Sivan (May-June).

1st Month

2nd Month

3rd Month

Abib – Nisan
(March – April)

Zif – Iyyar
(April – May)

Sivan
(May – June)

First
Week

Jehoiarib (1)

Seorim (4)

All Priests
(Pentecost)

Second
Week

Jedaiah (2)

Malchijah (5)

Abijah (8)

Third
Week

All Priests
(Feast of Unleavened Bread)

Mijamin (6)

Jeshuah (9)

Fourth
Week

Harim (3)

Hakkoz (7)

Shecaniah (10)

Having completed his Temple service on the third Sabbath of Sivan, Zacharias returned home and soon conceived his son John. So John the Baptist was probably conceived shortly after the third Sabbath of the month of Sivan.

The Conception of Jesus Christ.

Now the reason that the information about John is important, is because according to Luke, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the sixth month of Elisabeth’s pregnancy:

Luke 1:24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
Luke 1:25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
Luke 1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
Luke 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

Note that verse 26 above refers to the sixth month of Elisabeth’s pregnancy, not Elul, the sixth month of the Hebrew calendar, and this is made plain by the context of verse 24 and again in verse 36:

Luke 1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for the last 3 months of her pregnancy, until the time that John was born.

Luke 1:56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
Luke 1:57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

Now working from the information about John’s conception late in the third month, Sivan, and advancing six months, we arrive late in the 9th month of Kislev (Nov-Dec) for the time frame for the conception of Jesus. It is notable here that the first day of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated on the 25th day of Kislev, and Jesus is called the light of the world (John 8:12, 9:5, 12:46). This does not appear to be a mere coincidence. In the book of John, Hanukkah is called the feast of dedication (John 10:22). Hanukkah is an eight day festival of rejoicing, celebrating deliverance from enemies by the relighting of the menorah in the rededicated Temple, which according to the story, stayed lit miraculously for eight days on only one day’s supply of oil.

The Birth of John the Baptist.

Based on a conception shortly after the third Sabbath of the month of Sivan, projecting forward an average term of about 10 lunar months (40 weeks), we arrive in the month of Nisan. It would appear that John the Baptist may have been born in the middle of the month, which would coincide with Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is interesting to note, that even today, it is customary for the Jews to set out a special goblet of wine during the Passover Seder meal, in anticipation of the arrival of Elijah that week, which is based on the prophecy of Malachi:

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Jesus identified John as the “Elijah” that the Jews had expected:

Mat 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
Mat 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
Mat 17:12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
Mat 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

The angel that appeared to Zacharias in the temple also indicated that John would be the expected “Elias”:

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

So then, the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the 15th day of the 1st month, Nisan, and this is a likely date for the birth of John the Baptist, the expected “Elijah”.

The Birth of Jesus Christ.

Since Jesus was conceived six months after John the Baptist, and we have established a likely date for John’s birth, we need only move six months farther down the Jewish calendar to arrive at a likely date for the birth of Jesus. From the 15th day of the 1st month, Nisan, we go to the 15th day of the 7th month, Tishri. And what do we find on that date? It is the festival of Tabernacles! The 15th day of Tishri begins the third and last festival of the year to which all the men of Israel were to gather in Jerusalem for Temple services. (Lev 23:34)

Immanuel.

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Immanuel means “God with us”. The Son of God had come to dwell with, or tabernacle on earth with His people.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), occurs five days after the Day of Atonement, and is a festival of rejoicing and celebration of deliverance from slavery in Egypt (Leviticus 23:42-43).

Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Luke 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Why was there no room at the inn? Bethlehem is only about 5 miles from Jerusalem, and all the men of Israel had come to attend the festival of Tabernacles as required by the law of Moses. Every room for miles around Jerusalem would have been already taken by pilgrims, so all that Mary and Joseph could find for shelter was a stable. During Tabernacles, everyone was to live in temporary booths (Sukkot), as a memorial to Israel’s pilgrimage out of Egypt – Lev. 23:42-43. The birth of the Savior, in what amounted to a temporary dwelling rather than a house, signaled the coming deliverance of God’s people from slavery to sin, and their departing for the promised land, which is symbolized by Tabernacles.

Also of note is the fact that the Feast of Tabernacles is an eight day feast (Lev 23:36, 39). Why eight days? It may be because an infant was dedicated to God by performing circumcision on the eighth day after birth:

Luke 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

So the infant Jesus would have been circumcised on the eighth and last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, a Sabbath day. The Jews today consider this a separate festival from Tabernacles, and they call it Shemini Atzeret.

Conclusion

So, if you have followed the above reasoning, based on the scriptural evidence, a case can apparently be made that Jesus Christ was born on the 15th day of the month of Tishri, on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, which corresponds to the September – October timeframe of our present calendar!

Jewish month

Begins the
New moon of

John the Baptist

Jesus

1. Abib / Nisan

March-April

Birth of John
15 Nisan

4

2. Zif / Iyyar

April-May

5

3. Sivan

May-June

Conception of John
after 3rd Sabbath

6

4. Tammuz

June-July

1

7

5. Ab / Av

July-August

2

8

6. Elul

August-September

3

9

7. Ethanim / Tishri

September-October

4

Birth of Jesus
15 Tishri

8. Bul / Marheshvan / Heshvan

October-November

5

9. Chisleu / Chislev / Kislev

November-December

6

Conception of Jesus
25 Kislev ?

10. Tebeth / Tevet

December-January

7

1

11. Shebat / Shevat

January-February

8

2

12. Adar

February-March

9

3

Tabernacles Future Fulfillment

It is also interesting to note that Tabernacles was a feast of ingathering of the Harvest (Exo 23:16 and 34:22). If Jesus’ first coming was indeed on 15 Tishri, the first day of Tabernacles, then it is quite reasonable to presume that the harvest of this earth, the ingathering of the second coming of Jesus Christ, will also occur on precisely the same date. The unknown factor would be the year that this would happen.

http://biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm

May each of you have a Merry Christmas and have a blessed and prosperous New Year!

Shalom,

Skip Barland

The Bible in prophecy, as it relates to today’s news, and the lineup of nations forming against Israel…

Countdown to Armageddon

A look at Bible prophecy in view of the unfolding events in today’s news, as we see the lineup of nations forming for the Last Days Gog Magog War of Ezekiel 38 and 39, against Israel.

(Note: the Gog Magog War is viewed by many Bible scholars as separate from the Battle of Armageddon, as the Bible says the Battle of Armageddon will include ALL the nations of the world, and the Ezekiel 38 War will involve only five nations; however nevertheless it is very interesting to note as we view today’s news, how this lineup of nations is forming for this Gog Magog War.)

Ezekiel 38 – The Gog Magog War


These are the nations that are listed in Ezekiel 38:5-6:
“Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:  Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.”
 

As we identify these other nations that will join with Russia, we discover that all of them are Islamic nations:

Persia – Today this is the nation known as Iran.

Ethiopia –  Do not confuse this with modern day Ethiopia.  The Ethiopia described by Ezekiel was located directly south of Egypt and would correspond to the modern country of Sudan.

Libya =  It is remarkable that the ancient country of Libya corresponds to the modern country of Libya. We would think the country would change names after more than 2500 years, but it has not.

Gomer and Togarmah =  These ancient names found their location in what today is the country of Turkey.

Thus, the four countries which will align themselves with Russia to invade Israel are these:

Iran
Sudan
Libya
Turkey

The Bible is truly an integrated message system; and though it contains 66 books that have been penned by 40 authors, over a period spanning over thousands of years, nevertheless the Bible as a whole bears strong irrefutable evidence of supernatural engineering and origin in every detail; and most importantly it contains a common message throughout that centers around the coming Jewish Messiah.

As just one evidence of this fact, I’d like to draw your attention to a Gospel message that is hidden in the first ten names listed in the first genealogy list (from Adam to Noah) that is given in the Bible, and can be found in Genesis chapter 5.

If you take the Hebrew meaning of each name that is given, and then line it up in the sequential order of their birth, as listed in the Bible, this is what you get:

Hebrew

Adam

Seth

Enosh

Kenan

Mahalalel

Jared

Enoch

Methuselah

Lamech

Noah

English

Man

Appointed

Mortal

Sorrow

The Blessed God

Shall come down

Teaching

His death shall bring

The Despairing

Rest, or comfort

Then as you lineup the meaning of each name side by side, this is the sentence that is formed:

“Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.”

There are many such proofs that the Bible is of extra terrestrial origin; however there are some today who would argue that the Bible is just another book.

However one way to know for sure that the Bible is truly the inerrant Word of God is the fact that it is the ONLY book ever written that accurately gives the future as history.

As another example there are some 300 prophecies that are given in the Bible, regarding the coming Jewish Messiah.

What are the mathematical odds that any one person would fulfill even eight of these?

Old Testament Prophecy

New Testament Fulfillment

Probability

Christ to be born in Bethlehem
(Micah 5:2)

And Herod asked where Christ had been born … they answered Bethlehem
(Matt 2:4-6)

2.8 x 105 or 1 in 280,000

Forerunner of Christ
(Malachi 3:1)

John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ
(Mark 1:2-8)

1 x 103 or 1 in 1,000

Christ to enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey
(Zech 9:9)

Christ enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey
(Matt 21:4-11)

1 x 102 or 1 in 100

Christ to be betrayed by a friend
(Psalm 41:9)

Judas betrayed Jesus
(Luke 22:21)

1 x 103 or 1 in 1,000

Christ to be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver
(Zech 11:12)

Judas sold out Jesus for 30 pieces of silver
(Matt 26:15)

1 x 103 or 1 in 1,000

30 pieces of silver casted down and used to buy a potter’s field
(Zech 11:13)

30 pieces of silver used to buy a potter’s field
(Matt 27:3-10)

1 x 105 or 1 in 100,000

Although innocent, Christ kept silent when on trial
(Isaiah 53:7)

Jesus kept silent when questioned
(Mark 14:60-61)

1 x 103 or 1 in 1,000

Christ crucified
(Psalm 22:16)

Jesus was crucified
(John 19:17, 18)

1 x 104 or 1 in 10,000

To answer the question what is the probability of one man fulfilling all eight prophecies, the principal of probability is applied.

Therefore, multiplying all eight probabilities together (1 times 2.8 x 105 x 103 x 102 x 103 x 103 x 105 x 103 x 104) gives us 2.8 x 1028, or for simplicity sake 1 x 1028 or 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

Given this and the time span between the writings of the Old Testament and the fulfillment by Christ in the New Testament, the prophecies were either given to the prophets by God, or the prophets just wrote them down as they thought they should be.

With Christ fulfilling all eight prophecies, what are the odds the prophets were just guessing?

God has made it crystal clear how we can recognize who the Messiah would be; and you have to bend over backwards to ignore this evidence.

The fact is there is ONLY one person who stands on the stage of history who meets ALL of these requirements, and His name is Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ).

And for anyone willing to do their homework and check out these facts, they will find that this is true; and not only that but the Bible has also consistently been used over the years as the most reliable reference source in discerning the chronological events of biblical history; and also in locating archeological sites, that are mentioned in the Bible.

It is very interesting to note today how the events we are seeing in the news are lining up with what the Bible says will happen.

Below is an article about how Syria is bowing out of any alignment with Iran (Persia) against Israel.

Shalom,

Skip Barland

In today’s news, Syria bows out:

 

Syria Told Iran: ‘We’re Too Weak’ to Help You Fight Israel

Tevet 5, 5771, 12 December 10 05:37

by Gil Ronen

(Israelnationalnews.com) Tehran asked Syria one year ago to say that it would join Iran and its proxy militia, Hizbullah, in case of a war with Israel, but Syria refused. According to JTA, this information is included in a US diplomatic cable made public by Wikileaks.

The cable from the US embassy in Syria is dated Dec. 22, 2009, and is one of thousands published by WikiLeaks in recent weeks. It relates to a visit to Syria by four high-level Iranian officials and the signing of a defense memorandum of understanding between the two countries.

“Syria reportedly resisted Iranian entreaties to commit to joining Iran if fighting broke out between Iran and Israel or Hizbullah and Israel,” said the cable, which was signed by Chuck Hunter, the charge d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Syria.

The cable quoted a source whose identity has been redacted:

“XXXXXXXXXXXX said Iranian officials were in Syria ‘to round up allies’ in anticipation of an Israeli military strike. ‘It (an Israeli strike on Iran) is not a matter of if, but when,’ XXXXXXXXXXXX said, reporting what Syrian officials had heard from their Iranian counterparts. The Syrian response was to tell the Iranians not to look to Syria, Hezbollah or Hamas to ‘fight this battle.’ ‘We told them Iran is strong enough on its own to develop a nuclear program and to fight Israel,’ he said, adding, ‘we’re too weak.’ The Iranians know Syria has condemned Israeli threats and would denounce Israeli military operations against Iran. ‘But they were displeased with [Syrian leader Bashar] Assad’s response. They needed to hear the truth,’ XXXXXXXXXXXX said.”

JTA said that while the Iranian visit to Syria was touted at the time as a signal of Syrian support for Iran in its showdown with the West, the cable “notes signs and reports that the Syrians were not eager to receive their guests.”

The Syrian government timed visits from French and Turkish dignitaries to coincide with the period of the Iranians’ visit. The presidential spokeswoman discussed the other visits in a press conference but “barely touched on the Iranians.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/news.aspx/141097

Here’s the latest Republic Conference call for Wednesday, December 8th, 2010…

On this week’s conference call:

  • New Republic Identification Cards are now available
  • Listen to the Arizona Chief Justice explain how he dealt with an unjust traffic ticket
  • On this call listen to interim President James Timothy Turner talk about the importance of forgiveness as a necessary part of the healing of our nation in the successful ongoing process of our reinhabiting our Constitutional Republic God’s way
  • Also included is a short question and answer period

(Note each segment will automatically sequence to the next, or you can manually advance forward as you like. This conference call has eight 15 minutes segments, and the overall running time is: 02:15:30)

Click on the link below to listen to the weekly

Wednesday night Republic Conference call for 12.08.10

An important part of our having a successful transition from this failing corrupt and bankrupt U.S. CORPORATION, and our successfully reinhabiting and restoring our Constitutional Republic, it will be necessary for the American people to be educated as to the real history behind how, starting with the forty-first Congress (in 1871), our de jure Constitutional Republic was changed; and was done so without public consent or knowledge, and without any constitutional authority to do so, into The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION!

It is my hope that those of you who read my blog, who are not yet convinced of this history, that you will investigate for yourselves, and do your own dudeligence to find out whether what I am saying here is true or not.

There are some very dishonest and corrupt people, some of them Presidents and Congressmen (both past and present) who have a very different agenda and future planned for our nation, than what “We the People” and our U.S. Constitution would allow.

It is for that reason that “We the People” need to take back our government, because left to their own devices and if they are allowed to continue unhindered with their evil ongoing agenda to dominate the world’s governments and monetary systems, at least as it pertains to our involvement (here in the our country), and if we capitulate and allow them to continue, then our lives and that of our children, and all future generations, will be forever changed… and we cannot afford to let that happen!

Make no mistake, but that these people are the true power brokers and behind the scenes puppet masters of our Washington DC political scene and power structure today.

This group of men, though small in number, are a part of the Rothchild’s International Banking Cartel, and they have single handedly corrupted most of the world’s governments, including our own, simply by using their influence and wealth to corrupt those within those various governments who were willing to be bought by them, and again this includes many of our past and present presidents and congressmen and women.

These people are also responsible for the corruption behind the economic problems, in the 2008 melt down; and also they are responsible for the on going dire state of our economy and the devaluation of our U.S. Dollar; not to mention they have also undermined our political system, our U.S. Constitution, and have over the years (little by little), been responsible for eroding away many of our Constitutional rights and liberties; and folks this has been going on now for over 139 years.

Don’t you think it is about time we put a stop to this… and if we don’t, who else will?

These men also own and control the Federal Reserve Bank, which in fact is a privately held corporation that is wholly own and controlled by these same international bankers (and mind you 7 out of 10 of these same bankers, who sit on the board of the FED, are not even U.S. Citizens).

Need I tell you that NONE of this is constitutional; and yet these men, these international bankers, were given permission to operate legally in our country, control our central bank and all our internal monetary policies, pursuant to the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which gives them total autonomy to operate without any accountability or oversight whatsoever from any elected official, including the President of the United States; and to make matters even worse, these same bankers over the years have gain influence in virtually every part of our society.

As a case in point, at the behest and under the leadership of J.P. Morgan, who founded an organization, in 1921, called The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), whose purpose it is to promote what these Globalist International Bankers have defined as a New World Order,” an ideal by the way that is not at all new, but was actually tried once before in late 1700’s, at the time our Republic was being formed; and our founding fathers were then able to stop that effort; but today they are still trying.

Well anyway, one of the first acts of the Council on Foreign Relations, under J.P. Morgan’s leadership, was to purchase the controlling interest of between 20 and 25% of the largest media outlets in the U.S. (first print and also subsequently broadcast) in order to control the news, and to sway public opinion in their favor.

If you have always wondered why the news in America is so biased and is swayed in one direction, mostly to the Left, well this is the reason why.

All of it is by design, because as long as you have the Left fighting against the Right, and even the Right by the way is manipulated and is tolerated to a certain extent, and is controlled by these bankers, for the reason that as long as the public are fighting over partisan matters, between Liberal and Conservative, no one is paying attention to what these bankers are doing, behind the scenes; and by having plants and operatives (who are bought and paid for by these bankers) in both parties, they are then able to continue their agenda to subvert our U.S. Constitution, and implement their “New World Order,” regardless of which political party happens to be in control.

Do you think I’m kidding? Well than just set your eyes on the following:

The CFR membership list is a who’s who of Washington and Wall St. elite going back nearly a century.

It should not be surprising that most presidential candidates in the 2008 election were CFR members.

Candidates do not advertise their CFR membership to the public. They pose as “liberals” and “conservatives” to control all aspects of the debate.

The CFR has stacked the deck for the 2008 election with several members in the race from both sides of the aisle:

Democrat CFR Candidates:

Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton

John Edwards

Chris Dodd

Bill Richardson

Republican CFR Candidates:

Mitt Romney

Rudy Giuliani

John McCain

Fred Thompson

Newt Gingrich

The tentacles of this corrupt group of International Bankers, over the years, has extended into virtually every area of our government, into our public education, our media, our colleges and universities, and this has been done with but one objective in mind, and that is to manipulate and control as much as possible public opinion, and obviously they have been very successful in that endeavor, to our own harm as American citizens!

Folks, you have to wake up and start smelling the coffee!

It’s one thing to not know the facts, or to be ignorant of the facts; but it is quite another to have the evidence presented before you, time and time again, and for whatever reason, still not see the picture, nor understand the obvious agenda; and it is unfortunate but also this is true for many of our U.S. citizens today who refuse to believe, or who don’t want to believe the facts, for whatever reason, that is being presented to them.

This is exactly what happened in pre-Nazi Germany in the 30’s that gave rise to the Nazis and to Hitler; and truly the only thing necessary for EVIL to prosper is for good people to do nothing, and remain silent!

Well for those of us who know our Bible, we understand that the next mad man to gain world attention and dominance will be the Antichrist; and my point, and that of every other citizen who is today taking back our country and is reinhabiting our Constitutional Republic, is to make sure the united states Republic is NOT a part of that group!

So please sign up and join today, if you haven’t already done so.

Shalom,

Skip Barland



The REAL meaning of Christmas…


FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN…

unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:

and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty

God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

(Please note: this is an important enough subject that God did not leave it open to subjective means of interpretation, but he left us a concrete road map, in the form of biblical prophecy, in order that we not miss Him; and mind you there is ONLY one person on the stage of history, who meets ALL of these prophetic requirements.)

(Who were the Magi, the Wise Men from the East?  They were students of the Prophet Daniel, and his prophecy regarding the coming Messiah)

The true meaning of Christmas involves the reconciliation between God and His much loved, howbeit estranged children, of all those who would by faith in God’s covenant, receive forgiveness for their sins, through the sacrifice and propitious work of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, when He offered up His life and died in our place, as our Passover Lamb, as a covering for our sins.

No longer is there a need for us to sacrifice animals, as was required under the old covenant (which only provided a temporary covering and had to be repeated every year); but now after having had our sins laid on Him, we are now free to live for Him and also to serve Him forever… which is in fact the whole meaning of life… to serve and to worship God!


John 3

Born from Above

1-2 There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. Late one night he visited Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we all know you’re a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren’t in on it.”

3Jesus said, “You’re absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.”

4“How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?”

5-6Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.

7-8“So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.”

9Nicodemus asked, “What do you mean by this? How does this happen?”

10-12Jesus said, “You’re a respected teacher of Israel and you don’t know these basics? Listen carefully. I’m speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing secondhand here, no hearsay. Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions. If I tell you things that are plain as the hand before your face and you don’t believe me, what use is there in telling you of things you can’t see, the things of God?

13-15“No one has ever gone up into the presence of God except the One who came down from that Presence, the Son of Man. In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.

16-18“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

19-21“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”

The Bible, God’s Love letter to you…


For more information click here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYIrhD-ZwCg

For all of you who read my blog, it is my prayer and hope for each of you this season, that on the day which we have set aside to celebrate the birth of our Messiah, who is also Saviour of the world, that it would mark a new beginning for each of you; that as we close out the year 2010, and as we begin anew the year 2011 that this new year will bring not only new beginnings, but also along with it that it would included a brighter, a blessed, and a more prosperous future, as we all start this new year with our priorities in order; and that means that God would once again rein supreme in the hearts and lives of His people, of each and every one of us, who have made Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (His name in Hebrew, meaning: Saviour, the Messiah) numero uno; and that He would rule in each of our lives; and direct each of us with His wisdom and light, by and through the precious Holy Spirit, who indwells the hearts of each one of us who has been born-again… as explained in the above verses of Scripture, by Yeshua to Nicodemus!

Make no mistake, but that this is the TRUE meaning of Christmas, that this message be announced to the world!

It is very important for each of us, whether or not we accept this message of the Gospel, and whether we conform and pattern our lives to follow Yeshua, as His disciples; because, as per the words of Yeshua, there is no other way unto the Father, and no one (and the Bible makes it very clear that NO ONE) can come to the Father, or even see the Kingdom of Heaven, unless, as Yeshua (Jesus–Saviour) says, we are born-again; and come by way of His Sacrifice and death on Calvary’s cross!

We mustn’t allow our intellect and pride get in the way, and we mustn’t get puffed up to the point we think that we because of our education and intellect are some how exempt from these requirements, because we aren’t!

Jesus made it very clear that unless we become as little children, in our childlike faith and trust, which we all had at one time, and unless we surrender our pride and humble ourselves before God, that we shall not ever experience the Kingdom of Heaven

And so for the benefit of all you intellectuals out there, you must understand that these are God’s requirements for reconciliation, because we ourselves could never make the cut or meet His requirements by ourselves (apart from our faith in Jesus); and that’s because ONLY Jesus lived a righteous life, that was without sin, and only He paid the price and met the requirements of the Father, with His own life; and thus it is of utmost importance that we each comply, and it’s not so important that we agree or even understand; but sufficient is it to know that there is NO other name under heaven whereby we may be saved… except through the name of Jesus!

After all, God is God, and He created us… and we did not create ourselves… and so with that said, please listen up and obey!  Selah

It is also my prayer for those of you who have yet to make that decision, to accept Yeshua as your personal Lord and Saviour, and thereby recognize Him also as your Messiah, that you, this year during this season, that you along with us, would know the REAL meaning of Christmas.

I pray also that ALL of us who are His offspring, who are made in His image and after His likeness, that through the Holy Spirit (who has been given to each one who is born-again), that we each would come to know Him (Jesus) better (and also our Heavenly Father through Him, as was the plan); and that we each would become one with this ONE who gave us our life, who created us; and then paid the price to redeem us, by offering up His life on the cross of Calvary, in order to make us one with Him, and give us each the privilege of spending eternity with Him!

And with that, I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Happy New Year!

Shalom,

Skip Barland

The American people are finally getting fed up with our government’s graft and corruption…

The American people really need to listen to this two part interview segment that was recorded last November, over Republic Broadcasting Network, where interim Republic President Timothy Turner gives a good overview of the status of the re-inhabiting of our de jure Constitutional Republic and why the de facto U.S. Corporation is broke:

Part 1 of 2 (runs 15:07 mins)

Part 2 of 2 (runs 11:20 mins)


It appears as if the American public are finally getting fed up with the backroom, under the table deals, and the continued graft and corruption of our elected officials, under this de facto (illegal/unconstitutional) UNITED STATES CORPORATION; but yet most of the American public are not even aware of the extent of the lies and corruption that exists, that has been going on now for over 139 years; ever since our government STOPPED operating as a Constitutional Republic (1871), and was changed over to become THE UNITED STATES CORPORATION.

This Act of 1871, that was passed by the forty-first Congress was completely unconstitutional; and therefore is illegal!

Only the American people can change this folks, and put our de jure (meaning legal) government back in power, as our founding fathers always indented; and that can ONLY happen by the American people reinhabiting our original Constitutional Republic!

As it is the “organic” U.S. Constitution is ignored by our politicians, and to a man (or woman, as the case may be) ALL of them are today operating as Corporate Officers of this de facto (illegal) U.S. CORPORTATION!

Until the American people are made aware of the truth behind what has been going on for the last 140 years or more, and what the true agenda is behind all of this, then there can be no real change in Washington DC; not as long as we still are operating on this corrupt foundation of lies and deceit!

Hopefully this is all changing today, as the word is finally getting out, with no thanks to the U.S. media; but rather it is getting out by word of mouth and through the internet.

FINALLY I think the American people are becoming aware of ALL the lies and corruption that has exists behind our two-party political system for all these years; and the fact is, until we deal with that problem FIRST, and redo our foundation, anything less than that is just to continue down the same path, and it will be business as usual… and we cannot afford that any longer!

As I have said countless times before, partisan politics aside, both political parties (at least from their leadership down), including both Democrats and Republicans, they are complicit and are working hand in hand with these Globalist Bankers, at their direction, in order to establish a “New World Order,” which will mean the end of America as we know it; the end of our U.S. Constitution; and the end of all our freedoms!

This is no joke folks; and we all need to do our own dudeligence and homework in order to know the truth, in what’s really going on, before we can affect the proper changes.

Just because these Banksters have controlled the media (including both press and electronic); and just because they have used their immense power and wealth to corrupt our two-party system, that is no excuse for the American people to remain ignorant, for there are other sources of information. All you have to do is open your eyes, and look around you.

That is especially true for all of you who are Believers, who know your Bible prophecy; because truly we are living in the last days; and as I speak (or rather as I write) this world is today being set up (in part by this current Democratic Administration, and also we were being set up by former Republican administration before it) for the Antichrist kingdom!

This has happened before, folks, just look at what happened in pre-Nazi Germany, in the 20’s and 30’s after World War I.

Hopefully the light is finally coming on, here in America, so that we don’t repeat their mistakes!

In pre-Nazi Germany in the time right after WW I, after a short period of prosperity, and then having suffered from extreme hyper inflation and the continued devaluation of the German Mark, as a fiat currency, they eventually defaulted; just as is happening today with the U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE!

All of this is the result of the policies of these same international “Banksters,” who are today in control not only of our central bank and all of our internal monetary policies, but also that of the entire world.

These are the real criminals who are responsible for the economic meltdown in 2008; who also having ripped the American public off with that shell game of derivatives, who then had our politicians (these corporate officers) pass the BILLIONS of dollars in Bail Out and Stimulus money, which is today largely unaccounted for; and our elected politicians never even read the legislation before they voted on it; but rather just rubber stamped it as they were requested to do by George W. Bush!!!

I mean, come on folks, are we really that stupid and gullible; and do we really think that just because our media is silent and is not telling us the truth about what’s really going on, that all is well?

Politicians lie, and they are lying through their teeth when they are telling us that things are getting better!

Folks, our country is being sold up the river by these same people in Washington DC, who are suppose to represent our interest, but have elected to sell our country out in favor of the Bankster’s agenda. After all, why else would they blindly sign into law all these Billions of dollars Bail Out and Stimulus Legislation?

My point is, nothing is going to change by our merely changing over to a Republican Congress, or by our electing a Republican Administration in 2012, that is nevertheless still operating under Admiralty Law (not Common Law); and is operating as a CORPORATION, and not as a REPUBLIC!!!

The American people have to first understand our history, and perhaps this video will help you to see how we got to this point and why:

Unless the American people know the truth, how can they make the proper decisions to correct all our very serious problems?

The answer is the American people can’t correct the problem until they know what the real problem is; and the way things are going, these Bankster criminals who have been running our country into the ground these last more than 139 years, who both own and control the FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, as well as many of our politicians (in both parties) and also our media, they are all counting on our remaining both ignorant and silent!

If you doubt the truth of what I’m telling you, regarding the complicity of both political parties in this Globalist Agenda, then just look at the membership of those who belong to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral Commission.  Both are a “Who’s Who” list of the leadership of both Republican and Democratic parties, and large Corporate interests.

These secret organizations and others like them, have all been set up by the International Bankers, in order to implement their Agenda for a “New World Order,” and a one world monetary system, all of which you can read about in chapter 13, in the Book of Revelation.

Folks, our merely passing a Constitutional Amendment won’t fix our problems, unless we also get rid of this already Bankrupt de facto U.S. CORPORATION, that is causing all the problems, which was formed by the Act of 1871, and was passed in order to make the American people the collateral for the national debt.

As I have already pointed out, all of this was and is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and therefore it is illegal… meaning they had no legal right to do this, and they did it without the knowledge or consent of the American people! In short they lied, and have been lying to us ever since!

Today this same de facto UNITED STATES CORPORATION, which is already bankrupt (and has been since before 1871), despite the media silence on the subject, it is already on the verge of defaulting.

There have been reports in Hawaii and other places where people are not getting their Social Security checks, or they are only receiving partial payment and a IOU from our government.

The plan will be to implement Martial Law once U.S. CORP defaults; and the banks will be forced to closed (probably as a forced “Bank Holiday” as happened during the Great Depression).

When this happens, these FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES will be worthless, and already they are nothing but a fiat monetary system, because there is NOTHING backing them up; and as such they are not even worth the paper they are printed on.

And so the plan is, as I have said, once U.S. CORP defaults and we will not be able to buy and sell any longer, just as happened in pre-Nazi Germany, the government will seize control; and once the American people are faced with all these problems, then the plan is that these foreign Banksters, through Obama or whomever is in the White House when this happens, will declare martial Law and take over country, through UN Forces.

This is what will happen unless We the People act now, and go further than what is suggested below; we have to FIRST get rid of the de facto (meaning illegal) US CORPORATION, and we have to reinhabit our Constitutional Republic, which is already underway.

The American people just need to know the truth, and quit drinking the Kool-Aid!

Before that can happen though, they need to be told the truth; and then join forces with every other American citizen who wants to once and for all do away with political corruption, and see our country run as our founding fathers always intended for it to be run, as a Constitutional Republic.

So with that said, PLEASE, if you haven’t already done so, please sign up and register at the website below.

Skip Barland



The following was forwarded to me today, but it is NOT enough!!!

Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2010 5:34 AM
To: Undisclosed
Subject: Fwd: About time

I was sent this and am passing to friends I believe are interested and active…

—– Original Message —–
 

Governors of 35 states have already filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them.  It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on.

An idea whose time has come!

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of ongress.

Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for  sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws.

The latest was to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform … in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an-elite that is above the law.

I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

A Constitutional Convention – this is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.  And, with the advent of modern communication, the process can be moved along with incredible speed.

There is talk out there that the “government” doesn’t care what the people think.  That is irrelevant.  It is incumbent on the  population to address elected officials to the wrongs afflicted against the populace…you and me.  Think about this…

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The people demanded it.  That was in 1971…before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

I’m asking each addressee to forward this Email to a minimum of twenty people on their Address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”

You are one of my 20+.   Keep it going.