Character is the backbone of the soul

“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation tend days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelation 2:10 NKJV.

Tested, peirazo, Strong’s # 3985. To explore, test, try, assay, examine, prove, attempt, tempt. The word describes the testing of the believer’s loyalty, strength, opinions, disposition, condition, faith, patience, or character. Peirazo determines which way one is going and what one is made of.  Tested in a good sense John 6:6; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Heb. 11:17 and in a bad sense Matthew 16:1; 22:18; 1 Corinthians 10:9.

A current example of the latter is found in the cesspool of our highly payed branches of organized government the Kleptocracy.

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Love the size of a chocolate heart, and an arrow in the seat of affection.

ORIGIN OF VALENTINES DAY

Why no smile Val?

Why no smile Val?

The origin of Valentine’s day has a really deep connection with romanticism and love. Is the day in which the lovers show their feelings to the person they love, sadly on these modern times it has become like most of the holidays, something materialistic and commercial?

The origin of Valentine’s day goes all the way back to the days of the Roman Empire, when Emperor Claudius II was the ruler. In an attempt to have more soldiers for his army, he tried to recruit every man possible, but when he saw that the men refused to leave their wives and family, he decided that all marriages should be forbidden.

But there was a priest who was loved in Rome by everyone, who thought it was unfair for young lovers not get married and share their life with the person they love. The name of the priest was Valentine, and he started to marry couples in secret. When Claudius II found out about the secret marriages, was furious and ordered that Valentine should be put in jail, where he spent the rest of his life. When he died his friends recovered his body and buried it on a churchyard in Rome.

One more version says that Valentine used to help everyone, even Christians, this was forbidden by the Emperor, who put him in jail. While he was prisoner, Valentine felt in love with one of the jailer’s daughter, and every day he used to send her love notes signed: “From Your Valentine”. Sadly, one day the Emperor ordered that he should be beaten up with cubs to death, it is believed that he died on February 14th, and to honor him, Pope Gladius set aside this date. But the King Henry VIII declared the day officially a holiday on 1537.

As time passed by Valentine became a Saint for all the lovers, and people around the world started to celebrate love during this day. Also some people believed that the first person of the opposite sex who one met the morning on February 14th, would be that person’s Valentine.

We talked about why it is celebrated love in this day, but let me tell you now the origin of Valentine’s day letters and poems: Supposedly the tradition of send poems on Valentine’s day started thanks to a Frenchman, Charles Duke of Orleans around 1415, who was made prisoner during the Battle of Agincourt.

For various years he sent poems or as we know them now “Valentines” to his wife back in France. The first commercial Valentine card appeared in 1800, they started just with poems, but later some art was added to give it some more romanticism.

Some Valentine’s day facts are that is the second most important holiday in the U.S.A and other countries, being the most important Christmas, and that is celebrated in just a handful of countries, but I bet there are some interesting things you did not know about this holiday. Next it’s a compilation of the most interesting and:

VALENTINES DAY FACTS ABOUT CUPID

Who Me? Nah.

Who Me? Nah.

  • In Roman Mythology Cupid it’s the son of Venus, Goddess of love, in Greek mythology is better known as Eros and his mother its Aphrodite.
  • Cupid is known as a mischievous child with wings, whose arrows would pierce the hearts of his victims, making them fall in love.
  • The significance of Cupid shooting his arrows it’s that love always manifest like a spell, and when Cupid appears blindfolded it is because always love its blind.
  • The first drawing of Cupid on one of the “Valentine cards” was made on the fifteenth century. It showed a knight and a lady with Cupid sending an arrow to the knight’s heart.
  • Cupid has no relation whatsoever with the life of St. Valentine, and its used only as a symbol because he is the God of Love.

VALENTINES DAY FACTS ABOUT GIFTS

  • The first box of chocolates made specially for Valentine’s day was produced by Richard Cadbury in the 1800’s.
  • In the U.S.A. 15 % of women send themselves flowers on this day.
  • Red roses are related to love because the color red stands for romantic strong feelings.
  • The best Valentine gift ever give its the Taj Mahal in India, which was built in the memory of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan’s wife.
  • In wales, spoons were made out of wood, and given on Valentine’s day. The favorite decorations were hearts, key holes and keys, which meant: “You unlock my heart”.

RANDOM VALENTINES DAY FACTS

  • The heart its the most common symbol of this holiday, because it was believed that the soul lived inside of it.
  • The only countries that celebrate Valentine’s Day are: U.S., Mexico, Canada, Australia, UK and France.
  • People believed that if you signed your Valentine letter with other than the line “From your Valentine”, you would have bad luck for the whole year.
  • The x became a synonymous of kiss, because during the medieval time, when people could not write even their name, they used to put an X, then kissed it to prove they were honest.
  • The women on the old days believed that if they saw a Robin flying on this day, they would marry a sailor, if they saw a Sparrow, they would marry a poor man, but would be happy, and if Goldfinch was what they saw, they would marry a rich man.

A moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips.

“Pilgrim Poem” ~ Author Unknown                                                  

Many years ago the Pilgrims came.

They sailed on a ship – the Mayflower was its name.

They sailed across the Atlantic blue,

So they could worship the way they wanted to.

Many people died along the way,

And the first winter was hard they say.

The Native Americans were already here.

They helped the Pilgrims plant corn and hunt deer.

They all got together to share food and pray,

And that’s why we celebrate Thanksgiving Day!

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“Thank you for the World so sweet” ~ Author Unknown

Thank You God for the world so sweet,

Thank You God for the food we eat,

Thank You God for the birds that sing,

Thank You God for everything!
Amen

Blessings to all this holiday season.

God is a great dancer

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor (grace) is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:4, 5 NKJV.

Verse 5 gives a good example of contrasting parallelism common in Hebrew poems.

Joy, rinnah, and Strong’s # 7440 this is a shout of rejoicing; shouting; loud cheering in triumph; singing. The description of rinnah is one of joyful shouting at the time of a great victory. Proverbs 11:10, rinnah describes the jubilation of the righteous when the wicked are eliminated.

Zephaniah 3:17 literally says that God will dance over His beloved people with singing or a shout of joy. Rinnah may best be illustrated by the testimony of the redeemed, returning from captivity.

Life in this verse equal lifetime. The plague lasted all day, so the night was full of weeping. Endure literally “lodge as a guest.” Some awesome parallelisms indeed.

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Artists comments: ”The Dance of Grace is not intended to be an illustration of a moment in the life of Jesus 2000 years ago, but rather a present depiction of the delight and celebration which He invites everyone to join in the present.
Let Him do as only He can – and join in the celebration of His love and the Dance of Grace.”
~ Mark Keathley

What do you think?

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WHEN THE WOMB BECOMES A TOMB

WHEN THE WOMB BECOMES A TOMB
Posted by rspinos
The burning belly of Molech as a prophetic nightmare of abortion
Centuries before Christ, Molech was a demonic entity worshiped by the Ammonites. Their worship of this entity was detestable. Molech was a huge statue with arms and hands extended and curved inward to form a giant altar of burning coals. In another version, he was made with an open throat and abdomen full of fire in which children were thrown and burned alive. God completely prohibited this type of practice in Israel saying:
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire . . .” (Deuteronomy 18:10)
But over time the people of Israel entered into apostasy and began to practice this horrendous idol worship. God, in a cry of disappointment, confronted the situation.child-sacrifice-to-canaanite-gods
“They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, and it did not come into my mind.” (Jeremiah 7:31)
Just as this verse claims, the main altar of Molech in the city of Jerusalem was located in the famous Valley of the son of Hinnom. An interesting point is that during the time of Jesus this valley where children were murdered as burning sacrifices to Molech had been transformed into the garbage dump of Jerusalem, and had become a truly cursed place. Even more interestingly is that Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, made a direct comparison of this valley to hell:
“If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, then, having two eyes, to be cast into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:47, 48)
In any land fill or garbage dump there are worms which feed off of the organic waste, breaking down the cells. There is also fire which incinerates and consumes all that is flammable. In other words, there is decay and destruction. Clearly, Jesus mentioned the Valley of Hinnom to use an earthly example in an attempt to explain the spiritual concept of hell in a way that was easier to understand. When Jesus mentioned this terminology “fire of Gahanna”, he was referring to the man-mad hell, where the nation burned its children as human sacrifices to Molech.
Nowadays this Valley is frequently visited by tourists, and it is common for some people who go there to worship the Lord to identify this part of the tour as the famous “worship service in hell”. In fact, the word hell, which has its origin in Latin, comes from expression “valley of the son of Hinnom” which in the Hebrew language is “Gahanna” (or Hades, in the Greek language).
The “high places of Topheth” is another term which identifies this Valley and has a significant meaning. The word Topheth refers to the drums which were played at a deafening volume to drown out the screams of the children when they were burned alive to Molech.
“For he who requires blood requires them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.” (Psalms 9:12)
The historic fact to be considered is that this Valley where the parents ritually murdered their children was transformed into a garbage dump; an earthly version of hell. We must understand the implied analogy at this point to children who are murdered in their mother’s womb. Jesus compared this field of blood, which would later become a garbage dump, to hell itself. This is also a depiction of the mother’s womb where the blood of abortions has been shed.
We can spiritually define abortion as a sacrifice to Molech performed on the altar of the womb. Abortion is the religion of Molech which promises prosperity to all of its worshipers. Oddly enough, they were trading prosperity for sterility in the family.
This may shock you, for now, that is my objective. It is important that we comprehend the spiritual consequences of abortion. A womb subjected to an abortion is also subject to the decay and destruction of evil spirits. It becomes a human garbage dump. These entities act as “worms” or as “the destroying fire of Molech”, resulting in sterility, infirmities, tumors, cancer and serious menstrual problems. Abortion invites a truly intra-uterine hell.
Abortion has an effect on future conception and live births where children are being formed in the tomb of their own murdered brothers or sisters. In terms of spiritual heritage, each unredeemed abortion is an open door to be afflicted by the spirit of death through the future generations. This is also one of the most powerful causes of bankruptcy. When parents invest financially in the murder of their own child, the financial situation of these people is subjugated to the spirit of death. To overcome this is necessary to administer a thorough act of redemption and deliverance.
Many women who have had abortions seek out spiritual help. This is good because I know that abortion is covered up by most people. Many of these women start their dialogues with words such as: “what I am about to tell you I have never told anyone else!” When someone musters up enough courage to make a confession like this, it breaks the bonds of darkness and they are able to be freed from the pain caused by guilt.
When a person has the courage to confess involvement in an abortion (often for the first time), it is important to spiritually disconnect the effects of the abortion considering specifically the details related to the method used. If a child was sucked out, poisoned, pulled out, etc., it is fundamental to spiritually remove these mechanisms of death from that person’s life.
Suddenly, all of the emotional and spiritual weight can overflow into powerful deliverance for these women… The purifying fire of God can come over their lives. All of the pain caused by evil spirits is cast out through their crying, shouting, and vomiting.
To the extent that women who have had an abortion begin to feel forgiven by God, they can begin to forgive others as well. It is much like the painful process of childbirth, but deliverance can be birthed in a wonderful way. The feeling of tons of weight can be removed from shoulders; as the human spirit comes alive once again. The spiritual burden, the emotional torment, the wounded memories, the curse of death, and all that an abortion which is the yoke of Molech entails can be cast off in the name of Jesus.

Let us not forget the horrors of forced abortion.

The Awakening Conscience

The Pre-Raphaelites, 1848, a group of English artists got together to challenge the “emptiness of High Art and the precedence given to Raphael.” They sought a fresh moral conscience to painting and to take precise observation of nature as their standard, rather than the style of the Old Masters. William Holman Hunt was a founder.
The Awakening Conscience is a fine example of popular Victorian painting. It tells a story. Its theme is the fate of the fallen woman. This is a genre scene, depicting a contemporary domestic interior that comments of the society of the day. Many details are intended to be read symbolically. The moral message is stern and strongly disapproving.
To achieve the greatest possible visual accuracy Hunt rented a villa in St. John’s Wood, North London, an area where rich men housed their mistresses. His model was Annie Miller, his girl friend.Hunt_1853_The-Awakening-Conscience
Hunt responded to the challenge of photography and the production of bright, new synthetic colors created for the cloth industry by using the new colors extensively and filling his canvas with detailed accuracy.
ANALYSlS
[The analysis will be by quadrants of the painting beginning in the upper right quadrant and reading clockwise.]
Upper Right Quadrant
(1)Sleeping Cupid – wall paper – “The corn and wine are left unguarded by the slumbering Cupid watchers, and the fruit is left to be preyed on by the thievish birds.” (WH Hunt) Hunt implies that women must guard their chastity as a farmer guards his crops.
(2) Nostalgic song – found on the piano – “Oft in the Stilly Night” is a song about a woman reflecting on her childhood innocence. Words of the song have stung the woman’s conscience.
(3) Cupid bound – clock decorated with the image of Chastity binding Cupid (god of love), which suggests that the gentleman will not have his “wicked” way. The picture on the wall shows the biblical story of the women taken into adultery.
(4) Flowers of deceit – flowers in the vase on the piano are the morning glory, which tangles itself with other plants. It symbolized the embroiled and complicated relationship of the woman. Tangled skeins of wool at the feet of the piano imply the same thing.
Lower right quadrant
(5) Rings of fingers – Young woman shows her hands. There’s a ring on every finger except the “wedding finger”. She is a kept woman, entirely dependent on the support and whim of the man. If he rejects her, she is likely to resort to prostitution in order to survive.
(6) Posture – She’s at the point of rising from her lover’s lap – at the precise point when her conscience is awakened. Her lover is sing and playing the piano, oblivious to her transformation
(7) Glove – soiled, discarded white glove on the floor symbolizes the woman’s fate if she stays with her lover.
Lower left quadrant
(8) “Tears Idle Tears” – music on the floor – Edward Lear’s musical adaptation of a poem by Tennyson, contrasting past innocence with present wretchedness. Like the music on the piano, it indicates sorrow over the woman’s present predicament.
(9) Artist’s initials and date – in the lower left corner – in the opposite comer is a shaft of light, falling on the foot of the piano, symbolic of the girl’s salvation; strands of wool becoming unraveled from the tapestry is a symbol of her current state, which could well have been her undoing.
(10) Cat & bird – The cat under the table plays with the bird. There could be a double meaning here: (a) cat = man; bird = mistress (b) bird seems to have escaped the grasp of the cat, suggesting her salvation.
(11) Hat and book – the hat on the table says the man is a visitor and not a permanent resident. The black bound book indicates Hunt’s plan to educate Annie Miller who was barely literate.
Upper Left quadrant
(12) Victorian gentleman – the young man, well dressed and well-to-do, visiting his mistress whom he “lodges” in a comfortable modern house. He visits when he pleases. She is in a state of undress; lace-hemmed garment is her slip.
(13) Changing expression – first owner of the painting had Hunt repaint girl’s expression because it was too painful to look at. Girl’s face illuminated by the light from the window, which appears in the mirror.
(14) – “Light of the World” – girl stares out the window at the sunlit garden reflected in the mirror. “Light of the World” is the title of this painting’s companion piece. Light represents her salvation. White roses in the garden represent purity.
Hunt exhibited the picture with an elaborately decorated frame which he designed himself. It contained appropriate emblems, such as marigolds symbolizing sorrow, and bells representing danger. It also included a quotation, “As he that taken away a garment in cold weather, so is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart.” He cited this as his inspiration.
The painting demonstrates the other side of Victorian English life, that not open to polite society, that which was discussed in Gentlemen’s Clubs, but certainly not at home. Imperialism had opened the world to men and their whims. They lived a life of adventure, of money and opportunity, all things not yet open to women. Confined and kept home a woman was not even free enough to venture out to obtain the paper to look for a job. Alcoholism was rampant (is there a connection to Freud?), but so is the temperance movement which is supported by women who see the evil and hopelessness of their plight. The AP European History student should not only look at the painting as art, but should see its connections to the activities of the era.
Source:
The analysis of this painting may be found in Robert Cumming’s Annotated Art , DK Publishing, 1995.

Any thoughts?

Is Avon calling?

If you Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? Ps.130:3 NKJV.

Iniquities, avon, Strong’s #5771 : Evil, fault, sin, iniquities, guilt, blame, moral illness, perversion, crookedness, wickedness and rebellion.  Avon is derived from avah, to “bend” or “distort.”

So iniquity is the “evil bent” within human beings, or the “crooked” direction or warped deeds of sinners. Avon occurs more than 220 times in the O.T.

Its first mentioned in Genesis 4:13, where Cain finally understands the enormity of his deed and states, “My punishment (iniquity) is greater than I can bear.” Knowing that iniquity is something too heavy to be borne by fallen humanity, God promised that His Suffering Servant would bear the iniquities of His people.bull

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