He Lives by Bill Boldham

“God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.” Acts 2:32-33

         Fifty days after Jesus was crucified, forty seven days after being raised from the dead, and ten days after ascending into heaven, our living Lord was mindful of His promise to His waiting church. Jesus Christ was slaughtered on the first Jewish feastday—Passover. It was on the second Jewish feastday, the feast of firstfruits (Pentecost) that the Holy Spirit fell on 120 believers waiting in an upper room in Jerusalem.

         On that day, Jesus brought His church to life by filling them with His Holy Spirit. On that day, Peter preached the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time, and about 3000 people believed and were baptized. Jesus lived about thirty three years on earth. Once He sat down in heaven with all authority, Jesus would live on earth through His Holy Spirit living inside of all who believe. This is what Paul testified to when he wrote:

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

         We see in the healing of the lame man in the temple, Jesus at work through Peter and John, for it was in His name they healed the man. All the work that the apostles did was in the name of Jesus; they claimed no power of their own. Wherever they went, and whatever they did, it was to the glory of God and not themselves. Not only did they not seek the praise of men, they completely rejected and refused it.

         We see Jesus watching over His church. His apostles were placed in prison, but promptly that night, Jesus sent an angel to open the prison door and let them out. Another time, Herod arrested and imprisoned Peter, putting him under four squads of soldiers. (Peter won’t get away this time, he thought). Peter was bound with two chains between two soldiers and guards keeping the door. But his church family was praying for him, and God sent an angel and set him free. Jesus lives and has His way in the affairs of His people.

         Jesus arranged a meeting between Peter and a Gentile Roman officer. Through His Holy Spirit, Jesus led Peter to preach the gospel to the man and his family and friends, and they were saved and baptized. Our living Lord stopped a man named Saul who was persecuting the church. Jesus saved him and made Paul His apostle to the Gentiles.

         Jesus’ working in His church has not been limited to the first century, or the nineteenth century, but to this very hour, He is working. At the present time, His heart is with His church, His bride. Christ loves His church and, “…gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless…the Lord nourishes and cherishes His church.” Ephesians 5:25-29

         Jesus Christ lives! He is the Center Person and Head of His church to the glory of God the Father. He lives to recue all men from this perishing world, and eternal destruction; He lives to draw all men to Himself that they might be saved and live with Him and the Father forever. And, Jesus is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He ever lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25  Jesus Christ Lives and He Loves you!

Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at bboldham@sbcglobal.net  

Patrick Wood Asks: Will the Real Elon Musk Please Stand Up?

We’ve been played – big time

From leohohmann.com

Elon Musk has ascended to hero status in the eyes of many conservatives recently for his public stand against censorship on Twitter.

Besides being the owner of electric vehicle producer Tesla, a brilliant engineer and one of the richest men in the world, who is Elon Musk?

Musk was an early investor in Tesla but is also co-founder of Neuralink, a neurotechnology company that develops implantable brain–machine interfaces (BMIs). 

He’s also co-founder of OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research laboratory consisting of the for-profit corporation OpenAI LP and its parent company, the non-profit OpenAI Inc. The company conducts research in the field of AI with the stated goal of promoting and developing so-called “friendly AI” in a way that benefits humanity as a whole.

OpenAI was founded in San Francisco in 2015 by Elon MuskSam Altman, and others, who collectively pledged $1 billion. Musk resigned from the board in 2018 but remained a donor. In 2019, OpenAI LP received a $1 billion investment from Bill Gates’ Microsoft.

That’s what you’ll read on Wikipedia, but this only covers the outer veneer.

What about Musk’s personal makeup?

Patrick Wood has a new article up at Technocracy.News titled Will the Real Elon Musk Please Stand Up? In it, Wood attempts to shed light on the man behind the money, peeling back the curtain on Musk and his relationship with a controversial woman. I advise every conservative Christian to read Wood’s article before rushing to make Musk their personal First Amendment savior.

Wood writes that Musk is above all a technocrat and a transhumanist, having spoken on these issues at the 2017 World Government Summit in Dubai.

Musk is a space pioneer who believes the future of mankind will only be preserved by colonizing space.

Wood writes that, “Musk puts his money where his mouth is, having built his own rocket ship company, SpaceX.”

At age 50, Musk has fathered eight children. And this is where it gets interesting.

Wood writes:

“His first marriage to Justine Wilson produced five children but the first-born died. The next two (Griffin, Xavier) were twins and the next three (Kai, Saxon, Damian) were triplets.

Currently, Musk has had two additional children from a girlfriend who is a self-described pagan witch, Transhumanist and Technocrat. Born Claire Elise Boucher, she first changed her name to Grimes but now addresses herself simply as “C”. Her first male child with Musk was named X Æ A-Xii, or “X” for short. and she recently received a daughter named Exa Dark Sideræl, or  simply “Y”, born to a surrogate mother in December 2021.

A techno-punk-pop-rave musician and singer, Grimes has over 2.1 million Instagram fans. One post stated, “I spend 2-4 hours in my deprivation tank, this allows me to ‘astro-glide’ to other dimensions—past, present, and future.” 

Musk and Grimes flashing occult sign.

In 2020, The Irish Times provided some interesting insight into the Musk/Grimes relationship:

A fan on her Reddit page describes the 32-year-old as a hybrid of a fairy, a witch and a cyborg – pretty much Musk’s dream girl – and she has talked about going through a Wiccan phase in seventh grade. “Yeah, she’s pretty special, that’s for sure,” Musk says, with his lilting South African accent. “She’s one of the most unusual people I’ve ever met.”

I wonder how it works with two such exotic birds. “We’ve had this debate of ‘Are you more crazy than me or am I more crazy than you?’ ” Musk says.

Grimes and Musk live apart in an open relationship and say they’re best friends and lovers.

Grimes has a song out titled “We Appreciate Power,” all about the wonders of transhumanism as a way to “elevate the human race.” It has some interesting lyrics, to say the least.

So, there you have it. That’s your free speech champion, America. Elon Musk. 

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Jordan Summons Israeli Ambassador after al-Aqsa Violence; Abraham Accords Partners Condemn Israel

I was wondering when the so-called partners of the Abraham Accords would turn on Israel and it’s happened. No surprise there

From allisrael.com

Priestly Blessing draws smaller crowd than usual as police work to maintain a tenuous peace in Jerusalem

Palestinian rioters throw stones at Israeli security forces during the holy month of Ramadan at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, April 15, 2022. (Photo: Jamal Awad/Flash90)

The semi-annual Birkat HaKohanimdrew a smaller crowd than usual on Monday with a few thousand Jews attending the Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall as opposed to the usual tens of thousands. 

Tensions have been simmering due to violence that has taken place on the Temple Mount during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, and Passover, one of the high Jewish holidays. Because of this convergence of holidays, police decided that the Blessing ceremony take place twice – on Monday and Wednesday – in order to facilitate smaller crowds at each one. The Priestly Blessing also is held during the week of the Sukkot holiday. 

Jewish worshippers cover themselves with prayer shawls as they pray in front of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, during the Aaronic Benediction (Birkat HaKohanim) during Passover, April 18, 2022. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) 

Jordan summoned Israeli Deputy Ambassador Sami Abu Janeb today over Israel’s “violations” on the Temple Mount. Jordan is the custodian of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Jordan will host an emergency meeting of Arab League foreign ministers later this week to discuss the “Israeli escalation.”

Clashes occurred at al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday when hundreds of Muslims fought with police at the site. Videos from the scene showed Muslims had stored rocks in the mosque and threw them at Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall on Friday prompting police to raid the compound. Police used tear gas and made several arrests. 

Police entered the compound again on Sunday after suspecting Muslims of planning to block non-Muslim visitors to the site. Some threw rocks at Israeli buses outside the Old City, wounding several passengers.

Following these incidents, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held an emergency security assessment and said Israeli forces have a “free hand” to maintain calm.

“The main goal is to ensure security for the citizens of Israel throughout the country. The security forces are continuing to receive a free hand from the political echelon for any measure to ensure security for the citizens of Israel,” he said. “We are working to calm things down on the one hand and are taking vigorous action against violent individuals on the other. The security forces are ready for any scenario.”

Israel’s actions drew sharp criticism from several nations including Israel’s Abraham Accords partners, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Turkey. 

“The UAE strongly condemned today Israeli forces’ storming of al-Aqsa Mosque, which resulted in the injury of a number of civilians,” the United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Ministry said in a statement, stressing that “Israeli authorities should respect the right of Palestinians to practice their religious rites and halt any practices that violate the sanctity of al-Aqsa Mosque.”

“Furthermore, the UAE underscored the need to respect the custodial role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in accordance with international law and the historical context at hand and not to compromise the authority of the Jerusalem endowment that manages the affairs of al-Aqsa Mosque,” the statement continued.

Morocco used even stronger language calling the incident an “incursion by Israeli occupation forces into the al-Aqsa Mosque, their closure of its gates and their aggression against unarmed worshipers in the mosque compound.”

The statement continued that it “believes that this flagrant aggression and deliberate provocation during the holy month of Ramadan will only inflame hatred and extremism, and reduce to nothing the chances of any relaunch of a peace process in the region.”

The United States also expressed concern. The State Department issued a statement calling on all sides “to exercise restraint, avoid provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.” 

“We urge Palestinian and Israeli officials to work cooperatively to lower tensions and ensure the safety of everyone,” the statement noted. “The State Department is closely following developments and will continue to be in close contact with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials to seek to deescalate tensions.” Source

My father always told me that we Jews were the world’s scapegoat. I believed it then and I continue to believe as I watch as tensions in the Middle East unfold.