By The People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission

August 9, 2016

By The People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission A review by Jack Kettler

By The People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission
by Charles Murray
Crown Forum, New York

Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His first work was published in 1984, Losing Ground and in 2012, Coming Apart.

What others are saying:

“By the People is a study in contradictions. It is simultaneously depressing and inspiring, technical and profound, infuriating and charming, but always compelling. Charles Murray plays the role of a liberty-loving Lenin asking the question, ‘What is to be done?’ To this end, he offers a practical guide to repairing our broken constitutional order. It is that rarest of books: a populist manifesto grounded in fact and logic.” – Jonah Goldberg

“A road map to recapture true American exceptionalism. With passion, brilliance, and a keen sense of the radical essence of what America means, Murray dismisses what passes for political debate today and offers an audacious plan to restore the liberty our founders bequeathed to us.” – Edward Crane, president emeritus, Cato Institute

“Liberty without permission? Selective civil disobedience? I’m in! At first I balked, but Murray makes a convincing case that a Madison Fund might scrape away the sclerosis of the suffocating state. As usual, his original arguments expand the way I think. When law is so complex that it’s indistinguishable from lawlessness, when the tax code is 4 million words long, something like systematic disobedience is badly needed.” – John Stossel

By The People is logically divided into three parts:

Part 1 Coming To Terms With Where We Stand
Part 2 Opening a New Front
Part 3 A Propitious Moment

In part I, Murray chronicles our broken Constitution, and our lawless legal system to lay the ground work for what follows. Murray notes; “Civil law that is sufficiently arbitrary and capricious is indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (36) He follows with; “Law that is sufficiently complex in indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (37) He continues; “Law that is sufficiently discretionary is indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (41) And finally he says; “Law that permits the state to take private property without compensation, or to force the transfer of private property to other private individuals, is indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (44)

In part II Murray sets forth and lays down ground rules for selective civil disobedience. He creatively comes up with a workable reasonable way to capitalize on public support to engage in selective resistance to bureaucratic over reach and tyranny. Establishing what he calls the Madison fund is a concrete effective way to fund resistance to fed gov tyranny. While it is true the fed gov has deep pockets, Murray demonstrates that each fed gov regulatory agency has limited resources when coming to number of attorneys. (142) This means there are limits to how many cases an agency like the EPA can try and prosecute. Murray’s proposals are well thought out and clearly within the tradition of the Jeffersonian doctrine of nullification.

In part III Murray provides hope for a return to relief from bureaucratic tyrannical overreach.

In Murray’s work you will learn how far our government is systemically broken. We’ve all heard about legislation and how it could not make it out of committee or the speaker or majority leader will not allow a bill come up for a vote. Murray introduces the reader to the corrupt practice of the “tollbooth” and how it works. (93) In short, no legislation moves without money being extorted to fund political campaigns. This happens no matter which party is in power.

In addition, Murray demonstrates how persuasive and corrupt the lobbying system works and how it is near to impossible to reform. When moving from a congressional staff position into lobbyist work is called “cashing in.” (92) Out of touch politicians have no incentive to reform this corruption because they believe that cannot attract quality staffers unless they have the opportunity making a financial killing by working for foreign interests instead of American interests.

This book is truly and eye opener. It certainly deserves wide distribution since it provides serious proposals to reclaim liberty. That battle will not be easy since in the words of Milton Friedman: “Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.”

Mr. Kettler is the owner of the website Undergroundnotes where his political and theological articles can be read.

An Earnest Plea to Latter-day-Saints

August 9, 2016

An Earnest Plea to Latter-day-Saints
http://www.lds.video/

This video/streaming presentation is much more than a Presbyterian response to the accusation of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church that the Presbyterian Church was not true.

This presentation is a thorough-going penetration and analysis of Mormon theology with a careful meticulous response to Mormon truth claims.

The presentation is divided into two logical parts:

Part One: An examination of the History of the Mormon Church. In this section, polygamy is covered along with blacks and the priesthood, prophecies, the Mormon war in Missouri and Mountain Meadow Massacre.

Part Two: An examination of the LDS and the Bible. In this section, the doctrine of the Godhead and the doctrine of salvation are covered, along with the last judgement and the false restored gospel of Mormonism.

This the finest video/streaming presentation on Mormonism I have ever seen. It most certainly deserves wide distribution and viewing. The biblical references used in this presentation to counter Mormon claims, clearly expose and refute the false gospel of Mormonism. This presentation would be perfectly suited for an adult Sunday School class or preparation material for those with a burden to share the good news with the LDS people.

This presentation was produced by Christ Presbyterian Church, A Congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake City, Utah. If the reader is ever in Salt Lake City on the Lord’s Day, they would be blessed to attend Christ Presbyterian Church for worship.

Christ Presbyterian Church website:
http://www.gospelutah.org/home.html

Christ Presbyterian Church sponsored debates:
http://www.gospelutah.org/debates.html

The Ancient Paths website; a gold mine of information:
http://www.ancientpaths.tv

A review by Jack Kettler, Author of The Religion That Started in A Hat: A Reference Manual for Christians Who Witness to Mormons.

Jeff Beck; The Legend, Still Standing Strong: Loud Hailer (2016)

July 23, 2016

Jeff Beck; The Legend, Still Standing Strong: Loud Hailer (2016) a review by Jack Kettler

Geoffrey Arnold “Jeff” Beck (born 24 June 1944) now 72 is an English rock guitarist. In Beck’s early career he formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. In March of 1965, Beck joined The Yardbirds to succeed Eric Clapton as the lead guitar player.

The musical genres Beck has mastered are: Pop/Rock; Blues; Jazz; Fusion. He is a true guitar virtuoso. Not only is Beck a virtuoso on the guitar, he is superior auto hot rod mechanic and builder. See his crazy about cars (2 parts). Today, many of Jeff’s musical contemporaries can barely stand up, yet Beck is standing strong and is good as ever.

If you are a Beck fan, you will not be disappointed in Jeff’s latest studio recording, Loud Hailer. Jeff has an ability to re-cast himself, break new musical ground and surround himself with fresh faces and extraordinary talent. This is most certainly the case with Beck collaborating with co-guitarist Carmen Vandenberg and on vocals, Rosie Bones. Loud Hailer was produced by Beck, along with Filippo Cimatti. Also appearing on the CD are drummer Davide Sollazzi and bass player Giovanni Pallotti.

Loud Hailer as the title indicates is music to be played loud! Jeff’s masterful guitar wizardry is interspersed throughout the recording and featured front stage and center. Beck is touring the U.S this summer with blues legend Buddy Guy. I have tickets to see him in Denver the first part of August. I hope Rosie and Carmen are with him and they perform some of the material on this recording. I am proud to have Loud Hailer in my music collection.

The Reluctant Road Warrior: The adventures of a Silicon Valley engineer in the U.S. and abroad

July 2, 2016

The Reluctant Road Warrior: The adventures of a Silicon Valley engineer in the U.S. and abroad
https://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Road-Warrior-adventures-engineer/dp/1523900075?ie=UTF8&qid=1467474519&ref_=la_B00WT8E430_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1
By Dan P. Bullard
San Bernardino, CA
ISBN-13: 978-1523900077
A review by Jack Kettler

Having done a fair amount of business traveling, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

First off, a little respecting Mr. Bullard’s resume. Mr. Bullard has worked in the Automated Electronic Test business. He has written programs in C, C++, Pascal and other languages that test devices such as Op Amps, V/F convertors, MEMS accelerometers, PC Video chips (RAMDACs, Video Accelerators, etc), automotive chips and wireless devices like TV tuners. He has specialized in analog and mixed signal testing, memory tests, analog with laser trim and RF test as well as plain old digital test. Mr. Bullard is an award winning technical instructor for many years before doing programming. In addition, Mr. Bullard is a patented inventor.

Mr. Bullard’s book while covering several technical issues remains easily readable to those not familiar with Silicon Valley technology. The book is informative on the global competition and network of high tech engineering companies. What makes this book uniquely special are the entertaining stories of travel, hotels, restaurants, good food, bad food, work colleagues, conflicts challenges and successes.

Mr. Bullard is semi-retired, enjoying life exploring the Columbia River in a houseboat. Mr. Bullard lives free, everyday. If you need a break from your normal reading schedule, do yourself a favor and enjoy this book.

Who are the Good Followers of Mohammad?

April 2, 2016

Who are the Good Followers of Mohammad? By Jack Kettler

A true Muslim and one who represent true Islam, are ones who follows and obeys Allah’s words from the Koran completely. In Islam, the prophet Muhammad is the greatest example for the faithful to follow. It is a basic principle of Islam to please Allah that a Muslim must follow the example of the prophet Mohammad.

He [Mohammad] demonstrated good examples in all aspects of life, Allah says: ‘You have indeed in the Apostle of Allah a beautiful pattern of (conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day and who engages much in the praise of Allah.’ (Koran, 33:21)

The astute reader will notice the fallacy of circular reasoning at the foundation of Koranic thinking.

How does a Muslim know how to be a good Muslim? Consider:

Those who deny Allah and His Messenger and those who seek to separate Allah from His messenger saying, “We believe in some, but reject others,” therefore seeking a middle ground, these are truly unbelievers. And for the unbelievers We have prepared a disgraceful punishment. But those who believe in Allah and His messenger and make no distinction between them, they will be rewarded by Him. Allah is forgiving and merciful! (Koran 4:150)

You have an excellent example in Allah’s Messenger for those of you who put your hope in Allah and the Last Day and who praise Allah continually. And when the believers saw the confederates they said, “This is what Allah and His Messenger promised us, and Allah and His Messenger spoke the truth,” and this served to increase their faith and devotion. (Koran 33:21)

In light of the above two citations from the Koran one can ascertain, the Prophet Muhammad is the perfect leader and it is the obligation of every Muslim to imitate him. The faithful follower is “to make no distinction Allah and His messenger.”

So it is natural for a Muslim to ask: what did Mohammad do, or what would Mohammad do? If Muhammad practiced it and Muhammad is the perfect example of Allah, the conclusion is, the good Muslim must follow Mohammad’s example.

Jesus said: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

In a similar way, we learn from the following verses i the Koran what is expected of the faithful Muslim:

The punishment for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive after corruption, making mischief in the land is murder, execution, crucifixion, the cutting off of hands and feet on opposite sides, or they should be imprisoned. That is their degradation and disgrace in this world. And a great torment of an awful doom awaits them in the hereafter. Except for those who repent (and become Muslims) before you overpower them and they fall into your control. (Koran 5:33)

Believers, take not Jews and Christians for your friends. They are but friends and protectors to each other. (Koran 5:5)

Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: ‘Wipe the infidels out to the last.’ (Koran 8:7)

So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief ) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world). (Koran 8:39)

The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them. They are your enemy and Allah’s enemy. (Koran 8:59)

Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war. (Koran 9:5)

Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender, paying the protective tax in submission. (Koran 9:29)

Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find harshness in you. (Koran 9:123)

When you clash with the unbelieving Infidels in battle (fighting Jihad in Allah’s Cause), smite their necks until you overpower them, killing and wounding many of them. At length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind them firmly, making (them) captives. Thereafter either generosity or ransom (them based upon what benefits Islam) until the war lays down its burdens. Thus are you commanded by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam. (Koran 47:4)

The modern day media is constantly droning on about moderate and radical Muslims. This distinction completely misses the point when trying to understand Islam. The real question is, who are faithful or unfaithful followers of Allah and his prophet Mohammad?

The doctrine of abrogation:

Another thing the present day media miss in understanding Islam is their doctrine of abrogation.

Basically what this means when dealing with Koranic teaching is that when the two passages are in dispute, the later takes precedence. The earlier passages would still be true, but the more recent takes priority.

The moderate or peaceful Koranic passages occur before Mohammad conquered Mecca. When Mohammad was at a disadvantage, he made treaties and alliances and spoke of peace and tolerance. After he became more powerful he began uttering the verses of the sword and went back or broke his alliances. Some Muslim get stuck in earlier parts of the Koran, while other keep reading and find instruction for war against the infidels.

What about taqiyya in Islam?

Lying to non-believers that are permitted, which is known as taqiyya. This typically is to advance the cause of Islam for the purpose of gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

Some examples:

“…Allah and His Messenger are free from liability to the idolaters…” The dissolution of oaths with the pagans who remained at Mecca following its capture. They did nothing wrong, but were evicted anyway. (Koran 9:3)

A man is introduced as a believer, but one who had to “hide his faith” among those who are not believers. (Koran 40:28)
And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers. The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means ‘deceit’. (Koran 3:54)

If Allah is deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for saying that Muslims are not allowed to be deceitful and lie.
The so-called moderate or peaceful Muslims are basically irrelevant in the war that being waged against the non-Muslim world by the so-called radical Muslims. The moderate Muslims for a large part are just by-standers. This is not an unusual phenomena. In the past, not all Germans were Nazis. The problem is not with the by-standers, they are not trying to kill us. And for the most part, the Muslim by-standers do nothing to stop the faithful followers of Mohammad.

For those threatened by followers of Mohammad, what do we do?

For non-Muslims or so-called infidels in American the problem is political Sharia Islam, which is a subversive ideology and falls under the constitutional warning to be on guard against enemies both foreign and domestic. As an enemy by its very nature, its goal is to subvert constitutional freedoms in the Bill of Rights and install a foreign legal system. For example, Sharia law forbids anyone to speak ill of the false prophet of Islam under penalty of death. How will that work with the 1st Amendment? Therefore, Sharia Islam should be banned and its adherents expelled from the country.

We are facing the determined evil from evil men. Let’s consider the following thoughts:

According the Egyptian Press, narcissist Barry Soetoro (a.k.a. Barack Obama) is a member of the the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization. Many members of the Muslim Brotherhood are a part of His administration. His brother, Malik Obama, is an investment advisor for the Muslim Brotherhood.
“The Muslim Brotherhood builds Islamic Centers across America to be the “axis” of their Movement to “supply (their ) battalions.” These Centers are not simply places of worship. On the contrary their own documents say it is a place for all activity surrounding the Muslim Brotherhood’s mission here and the place from which they will launch their military assault at “Zero Hour.”1

1. John Guandolo, “Jihadi Raising a Jihadi Generation: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America,” (Kepanto Publishing, Vienna, Virginia), p. 21. This information should at the very minimum, warrant a Congressional investigation.

Some interesting thoughts and descriptions of Islam:

“Mahomet established a religion by putting his enemies to death; Jesus Christ by commanding his followers to lay down their lives.” – Blaise Pascal

“I would never regard Islam with anything but horror and fear because it is fundamentally committed to conquering the world for Islam… it is, I think, best described in a Marxian way as the uniting and justifying ideology of Arab imperialism. Between the New Testament and the Qur’an there is (as it is customary to say when making such comparisons) no comparison. Whereas markets can be found for books on reading the Bible as literature, to read the Qur’an is a penance rather than a pleasure. There is no order or development in its subject matter…. The Prophet, though gifted in the arts of persuasion and clearly a considerable military leader, was both doubtfully literate and certainly ill-informed about the contents of the Old Testament and about several matters of which God, if not even the least informed of the Prophet’s contemporaries, must have been cognizant… one thing I’ll say in this comparison is that, for goodness sake, Jesus is an enormously attractive charismatic figure, which the Prophet of Islam most emphatically is not.” – former atheist, Anthony Flew

“Islam was not a torch, as has been claimed, but an extinguisher. Conceived in a barbarous brain for the use of a barbarous people, it was – and it remains – incapable of adapting itself to civilization. Wherever it has dominated, it has broken the impulse towards progress and checked the evolution of society.” – Andre Servier

“If the people of this religion [Islam] are asked about the proof for the soundness of their religion, they flare up, get angry and spill the blood of whoever confronts them with this question. They forbid rational speculation, and strive to kill their adversaries. This is why truth became thoroughly silenced and concealed.” – Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Razi

“I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.
The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property—either as a child, a wife, or a concubine—must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science—the science against which it had vainly struggled—the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” – Winston Churchill

Mohammad instructs his faithful followers:

Make war on the infidels who dwell around you. (Sura 9:123, 66:9)
Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day. (Sura 9:29)
Strike off the heads of infidels in battle. (Sura 47:4)
If someone stops believing in Allah, kill him. (al-Bukhari 9:84:57)
Never be a helper to the disbelievers. (Sura 28:86)
Kill the disbelievers wherever we find them. (Sura 2:191)

In contrast, the words of Jesus:

If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to them the other. (Matthew 5:39)
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)
Blessed are the peacemakers. (Matthew 5:9)
Forgive and you shall be forgiven. (Matthew 6:14)
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. (Luke 6:27-36)

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Mr. Kettler is the owner of http://www.Undergroundnotes.com web site where his theological, philosophical and political articles can be read.

The Names of Jesus

March 15, 2016

The Names of Jesus by Jack Kettler

The name of Jesus is noteworthy in New Testament usage in that it is comparable the use of the name of God in the Old Testament. See The Name of God and Public Worship
or go to: http://www.undergroundnotes.com/names.html

The original Hebrew-Aramaic name of Jesus is yeshu‘a, which is short for yehōshu‘a or Joshua. The etymological account of the name Jesus is as follows: in Hebrew/Aramaic yeshu‘a became Greek Iēsous, then Latin Iesus, and then into English as Jesus.

Here is just some of what the Scripture says about the name of Jesus:

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become Children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)

“And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:16)

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” ( Acts 4:12)

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, given thanks to God the father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)

When you study the names of Jesus in Scripture, you’ll see Him in a more profound way.

The following is an abbreviated list of names of the Lord Jesus Christ appearing in the New Testament and His prophetic names appearing in the Old Testament:

Almighty
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

Alpha And Omega
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

Apostle of our Profession
“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.” (Hebrews 3:1)

Amen
“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.” (Revelation 3:14)

Author and Finisher
“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

Beloved
“To the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6)

Beloved Servant
“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.” (Matthew 12:18)

Blessed And Only Potentate
“Which he will display at the proper time – he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (1 Timothy 6:15)

Beginning of God’s Creation
“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.” (Revelation 3:14)

Branch
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” (Isaiah 11:1)

Bread of Life
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

Bridegroom
“And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” (Matthew 9:15)

Bright Morning Star
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” (Revelation 22:16)

Captain of Salvation
“For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the captain of their salvation perfect through suffering.” (Hebrews 2:10)

Chief Shepherd
“And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” (1 Peter 5:4)

Carpenter
“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they took offense at him.” (Mark 6:3)

Chosen One
“And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” (Luke 23:35)

Consolation of Israel
“Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.” (Luke 2:25)

Christ of God
“Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” (Luke 9:20)

Chief Cornerstone
“Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.” (Ephesians 2:20)

Dayspring
“Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us.” (Luke 1:78)

Deliverer
“And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob.” (Romans 11:26)

Desire of The Nations
“And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Haggai 2:7 )

Door
“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

Elect of God
“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.” (Isaiah 42:1)

Everlasting Father
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Faithful Witness
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” (Revelation 1:5)

First and Last
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last.” (Revelation 1:17)

First Begotten
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” (Revelation 1:5)

Forerunner
“Where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:20)

Glory of The Lord
“And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:5)

God
“A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3)

God Blessed
“To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 9:5)

Good Shepherd
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11(

Governor
“And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” (Matthew 2:6)

Great High Priest
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” (Hebrews 4:14)

Head of the Church
“For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.” (Ephesians 5:23)

High Priest, Apostle
“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.” (Hebrews 3:1)

Holy One
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” (Mark 1:24)

Hope
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope.” (1 Timothy 1:1)

Horn of Salvation
“And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.” (Luke 1:69)

I Am
“Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

Image of the Invisible God
“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Jesus
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

Judge
“Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8)

Lamb
“And all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.” (Revelation 13:8)

Lamb of God
“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

Leader and Commander
“Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.” (Isaiah 55:4)

The Life
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Light of the World
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Lion of the Tribe of Judah
“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” (Revelation 5:5)

Lord of All
“As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all).” (Acts 10:36)

Lord of Glory
“None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Corinthians 2:8)

Lord of our Righteousness
“In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’ (Jeremiah 23:6)

Living Water
“Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)

Lord of Lords
“On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Revelation 19:16)

King of the Jews
“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2)

Man of Sorrows
“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3)

Mediator
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)

Master
“And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Matthew 8:19)

Messenger of the Covenant
“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 3:1)

Messiah
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” (Daniel 9:25)

Mighty God
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Mighty One
“You shall suck the milk of nations; you shall nurse at the breast of kings; and you shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isaiah 60:16)

Morning Star
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” (Revelation 22:16)

Nazarene
“And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.” (Matthew 2:23)

Only Begotten Son
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John 1:18)

Our Passover
“Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” (1 Corinthians 5:7)

Prince Of Life
“And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” (Acts 3:15)

Prince of Kings
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” (Revelation 1:5)

Prince of Peace
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Prophet
“When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” (John 6:14)

Redeemer
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” (Job 19:25)

Resurrection and the Life
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25)

Rock
“And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:4)

Root of David
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” (Revelation 22:16)

Rose of Sharon
“I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” (Song of Solomon 2:1)

Savior
“They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42)

Shepherd
“For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:25)

Shiloh
“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” (Genesis 49:10)

Son of God
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” (Hebrews 4:14)

Son of the Blessed
“But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” (Mark 14:61)

Son of David
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1)

Son of the Highest
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David.” (Luke 1:32)

Sun of Righteousness
“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.” (Malachi 4:2)

The Just One
“Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers.” (Acts 7:52)

True Vine
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” (John 15:1)

The Way, the Truth, and the Life
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Wisdom of God
“But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:24)

Wonderful Counselor
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Word
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

In conclusion, we can agree with the apostle Paul:

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

Mr. Kettler is the owner of http://www.Undergroundnotes.com web site where his theological, philosophical and political articles can be read.

The Name of God and Public Worship

February 14, 2016

The Name of God and Public Worship by Jack Kettler

Public worship and heavenly reality:

The apostle Paul, makes the statement that during worship we are seated with Christ in heaven, specifically; “and made us sit together in heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:6). Jesus our King is enthroned at the Father’s right hand, and we, through our union with Him, are led in heavenly worship by the King Jesus; “Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee” (Hebrews 2:12).

“Our Help is in the Name of the Lord.” (Psalm 124:8)

God’s name, elicits praise! We are to Praise His Glorious Name!

A Christian definition of praise to God: is the joyful thanking and adoring of God, the celebration of His goodness and grace.1

“I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.” (Psalm 7:17)

“Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.” (Psalm 66:2)

“Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” (Psalm 72:19)

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4)

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” (Psalm 103:1)

“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.” (Psalm 113:3)

“Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.” (Psalm 148:13)

The following is an abbreviated list of God’s revealed names and attributes:

A Hebrew Name for God is Adonai. Adonai is the plural of Adon, meaning “Lord, LORD, or master.”

Adonai – The Lord My Great Lord

But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, [Jehovah Adonai] what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” (Genesis 15:2)

A Hebrew Name of God is El. The word El comes from a root word meaning “might, strength, or power.”

El – The Strong One

The God [el] who equipped me with strength [chayil] and made my way blameless. (Psalm 18:32)

El Elohe Yisrael – The God of Israel

You, LORD God [elohim Yhvh] of hosts, are God of Israel [Yisrael]. Rouse yourself to punish all the nations; spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah (Psalms 59:5)

El Elyon – The God Most High

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God [el] Most High [elyown]. And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God [el] Most High, [elyown] Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God [el] Most High, [elyown] who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. (Genesis 14:18-20)

Elohim – The God of Hosts

Restore us, O God [elohim] of hosts; [tsaba] let your face shine, that we may be saved! (Psalms 80:7)

El Olam – The Eternal God

That this is God, [eloheinu] our God [elohim] forever and ever. He will guide us forever [olam]. (Psalms 48:14)

El Roi – The God Who Sees me

So she called the name of the LORD [Yhvh] who spoke to her, “You are a God [el] of seeing, [roi] ” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” (Genesis 16:13)

El Hakabodh – The GOD of Glory

The voice of the LORD [Yhvh] is over the waters; the God [el] of glory thunders, the LORD, [Yhvh] over many waters. (Psalms 29:3)

El Gibbor – The Mighty God

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, [el] Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

El Bethel – GOD of the House of GOD

And there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God [elohim] had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother. (Genesis 35:7)

El Shaddai – The All Sufficient One; The God of the Mountains

When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD [Yhvh] appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God [El-Shaddai] Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” (Genesis 17:1,2)

Immanuel – God With Us

Therefore the Lord [Adonay] himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

As seen in Isaiah, we run into a prophecy about the Messiah, which states His name will be Immanuel. Immanuel literally means “God is with us.” This is important because Jesus is God in flesh.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . ,” (John 1:1, 14).

For in Him [Jesus] all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,” (Colossians 2:9).

“I am Jehovah: this is my name: and my glory I will not give to another.” (Isaiah 42:8)

Jehovah (/dʒᵻˈhoʊvə/ jə-HOH-və) is a Latinization of the Hebrew יְהֹוָה, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible.2

Jehovah (YHWH) – “I AM;” The One Who Is; The Self-Existent One

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD [Yhvh] God [elohim] made the earth and the heavens. (Genesis 2:4)

Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord Will Provide

So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD [Yhvh] will provide” [raah]; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD [Yhvh] it shall be provided.” (Genesis 22:14)

Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord is My Banner

And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD [Yhvh] Is My Banner [nes]. (Exodus 17:15)

Jehovah-Shalom – The Lord is Peace

Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD [Yhvh] and called it, The LORD [Yhvh] Is Peace [shalom]. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites. (Judges 6:24)

Jehovah Metsudhathi – The LORD My High Tower

The LORD [Yhvh] is my rock and my fortress [matsuwd] and my deliverer, my God, [el] my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalms 18:2)

Jehovah-Rapha – The Lord Who Heals

“If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD [Yhvh] your God, [elohim] and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, [Yhvh] your healer.” (Exodus 15:26)

Jehovah-Rohi – The Lord is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David. The LORD [Yhvh] is my shepherd; [ra’ah] I shall not want. (Psalms 23:1)

Jehovah-Sabaoth – The Lord of Hosts

Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD [Yhvh] of hosts [tsaba] at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the LORD. [Yhvh] (1 Samuel 1:3)

Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord My Companion

The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD [Yhvh] Is There [shammah].” (Ezekiel 48:35)

Jehovah-Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness

In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD [Yhvh] is our righteousness’ [tsedeq]. (Jeremiah 23:6)

Theos is the Greek word translated “God.” Theos is the principal name for God used in the New Testament.

Kurios is the Greek word translated “Lord.” Stresses authority and supremacy. It is used largely as the equivalent of Yahweh of the Old Testament.

The benediction is an act or pronouncement of blessing, literally, placing God’s name upon His people. In the Old Testament, the Aaronic benediction was given to Aaron and his sons as a part of their ministry in God’s behalf towards His people (Numbers 6:22-27). The New Testament parallel is the apostolic benediction, (2 Corinthians 13:14) which reflects God’s favor toward His people.

In conclusion, at the beginning of worship, throughout the service, including the final benediction, God glorifies His Name and we in response give praise to His Name! As congregates go, the minister places God’s name upon the members of God’s Church.

Notes:
1. Definition from the NIV Bible
2. Definition from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah

Mr. Kettler is the owner of http://www.Undergroundnotes.com web site where his theological, philosophical and political articles can be read.

“The Heavens Declare the Glory of God” Psalms 19:1-6 A Devotional by Jack Kettler

January 30, 2016

“The Heavens Declare the Glory of God” Psalms 19:1-6 A Devotional by Jack Kettler

{To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.}
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
ridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. (Psalms 19:1-6)

This Psalm has tremendous apologetic value, because all creation testifies of God’s glory; For example, “his handywork is seen in creation.” And, “there is no pace in heaven or earth where His voice in not heard.” In the New Testament book of Romans, the apostle Paul refers to Psalm 19 and in particular 19:4. “But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world” (Romans 10:18). Fallen man may try and evade this testimony, yet he cannot escape it. Redeemed man, marvels at this powerful all encompassing testimony.

In verses 1-6 of the Psalm, David shows that the creation, the heavens and the earth, proclaim God’s existence everywhere. There is nowhere man can go to hide from or escape this testimony. This creation testimony is what is known in theology as “general revelation,” in contrast to “special revelation.” Special revelation is the testimony of Scripture. These two types of revelation are not opposed. They work in harmony. God is the author of both.

To start our devotional exegesis of the Psalm, Matthew Henry’s general observations provide an excellent over-view:

19:1-6 The heavens so declare the glory of God, and proclaim his wisdom, power, and goodness, that all ungodly men are left without excuse. They speak themselves to be works of God’s hands; for they must have a Creator who is eternal, infinitely wise, powerful, and good. The counter-changing of day and night is a great proof of the power of God, and calls us to observe, that, as in the kingdom of nature, so in that of providence, he forms the light, and creates the darkness, Isa 45:7, and sets the one against the other. The sun in the firmament is an emblem of the Sun of righteousness, the Bridegroom of the church, and the Light of the world, diffusing Divine light and salvation by his gospel to the nations of the earth. He delights to bless his church, which he has espoused to himself; and his course will be unwearied as that of the sun, till the whole earth is filled with his light and salvation. Let us pray for the time when he shall enlighten, cheer, and make fruitful every nation on earth, with the blessed salvation. They have no speech or language, so some read it, and yet their voice is heard. All people may hear these preachers speak in their own tongue the wonderful works of God. Let us give God the glory of all the comfort and benefit we have by the lights of heaven, still looking above and beyond them to the Sun of righteousness.1

Henry concludes his comments with the summary of what the Psalmist has observed when he says:

“Let us give God the glory of all the comfort and benefit we have by the lights of heaven, still looking above and beyond them to the Sun of righteousness.”

Known as the prince of theologians, John Calvin is lucid and logical in his exegesis of Psalm 19:1:

“1. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork”
1. The heavens declare the glory of God. I have already said, that this psalm consists of two parts, in the first of which David celebrates the glory of God as manifested in his works; and, in the other, exalts and magnifies the knowledge of God which shines forth more clearly in his word. He only makes mention of the heavens; but, under this part of creation, which is the noblest, and the excellency of which is more conspicuous, he doubtless includes by synecdoche the whole fabric of the world. There is certainly nothing so obscure or contemptible, even in the smallest corners of the earth, in which some marks of the power and wisdom of God may not be seen; but as a more distinct image of him is engraven on the heavens, David has particularly selected them for contemplation, that their splendor might lead us to contemplate all parts of the world. When a man, from beholding and contemplating the heavens, has been brought to acknowledge God, he will learn also to reflect upon and to admire his wisdom and power as displayed on the face of the earth, not only in general, but even in the minutest plants. In the first verse, the Psalmist repeats one thing twice, according to his usual manner. He introduces the heavens as witnesses and preachers of the glory of God, attributing to the dumb creature a quality which, strictly speaking, does not belong to it, in order the more severely to upbraid men for their ingratitude, if they should pass over so clear a testimony with unheeding ears. This manner of speaking more powerfully moves and affects us than if he had said, The heavens show or manifest the glory of God. It is indeed a great thing, that in the splendor of the heavens there is presented to our view a lively image of God; but, as the living voice has a greater effect in exciting our attention, or at least teaches us more surely and with greater profit than simple beholding, to which no oral instruction is added, we ought to mark the force of the figure which the Psalmist uses when he says, that the heavens by their preaching declare the glory of God.
The repetition which he makes in the second clause is merely an explanation of the first. David shows how it is that the heavens proclaim to us the glory of God, namely, by openly bearing testimony that they have not been put together by chance, but were wonderfully created by the supreme Architect. When we behold the heavens, we cannot but be elevated, by the contemplation of them, to Him who is their great Creator; and the beautiful arrangement and wonderful variety which distinguish the courses and station of the heavenly bodies, together with the beauty and splendor which are manifest in them, cannot but furnish us with an evident proof of his providence. Scripture, indeed, makes known to us the time and manner of the creation; but the heavens themselves, although God should say nothing on the subject, proclaim loudly and distinctly enough that they have been fashioned by his hands: and this of itself abundantly suffices to bear testimony to men of his glory. As soon as we acknowledge God to be the supreme Architect, who has erected the beauteous fabric of the universe, our minds must necessarily be ravished with wonder at his infinite goodness, wisdom, and power.2

Calvin zooms in on the apologetic power of David’s words: “David shows how it is that the heavens proclaim to us the glory of God, namely, by openly bearing testimony that they have not been put together by chance, but were wonderfully created by the supreme Architect.”

The redeemed, will rejoice in response to David’s testimony of God’s glory in the Psalm.

Commentator Matthew Poole makes the following observations on Psalm 19:1:

The design of this Psalm is to adore and magnify the name of God, for the discovery of his wisdom, and power, and goodness, both by his great and glorious works of creation and providence, and especially by his word and the Holy Scripture; which he prefers before the former.
The heavens declare the glory of God, Psalm 19:1. So do night and day, Psalm 19:2,3, and the sun, Psalm 19:4-6. The perfection, purity, and extent of God’s law; its effects, Psalm 19:7-12. He prayeth against presumptuous sins, Psalm 19:13.
The heavens; these visible heavens, so vast and spacious, richly adorned with stars, so various and admirable in their course or station, so useful and powerful in their influences.
Declare; not properly, but objectively, as the earth, and trees, and stars are said to speak, Job 12:8 38:7 Isaiah 55:12; they demonstrate or make it evident and undeniable to all men of sense or reason; they are as a most legible book, wherein even he that runs may read it.
The glory of God, i.e. his glorious being or existence, his eternal power and Godhead, as it is particularly expressed, Romans 1:20; his infinite wisdom and goodness; all which are so visible in them, that it is ridiculous to deny or doubt of them, as it is esteemed ridiculous to think of far meaner works of art, as a house or a book, &c., that they were made without an artist, or without a hand.
The firmament; or, the expansion, i.e. all this vast space extended from the earth to the highest heavens, with all its goodly furniture, the same thing which he called heavens.
Showeth his handywork; the excellency of the work discovers who was the author of it, that it did not come by chance, nor spring of itself, but was made by the Lord God Almighty.3

Poole sees the apologetic value when he focuses on the objective power of the creation testimony.

Poole says:

“Declare; not properly, but objectively, as the earth, and trees, and stars are said to speak, Job 12:8 38:7 Isaiah 55:12; they demonstrate or make it evident and undeniable to all men of sense or reason; they are as a most legible book, wherein even he that runs may read it.”

Since the apostle referenced Psalm 19 in Romans 10:18, there is no doubt that Paul has Psalm 19 in view when he indites man and declares:

“Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:19-22)

Psalm 19:4 has in particular, two parallel passages:

“Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” (Acts 14:17)

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;” (Job 12:7)

In a similar way, Isaiah reminds us of God’s creation testimony:

“Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.” (Isaiah 40:26)

Everywhere man looks, he is confronted with God’s testimony. This is our point of contact with fallen man. Man has knowledge of God, yet suppresses it Romans 1:19. We must challenge fallen man to forsake his rejection of God’s testimony.

God’s attributes of Omniscience and Omnipresence make it impossible for man to hide:

“Where shall I go from your spirit? or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there.” (Psalm 139:7-8)

“Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:24)

In conclusion:

Therefore, man is without excuse. God’s creation speaks, and His printed Word speaks with authority.

“The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good.” (Psalms 14:1)

“Listen! My beloved! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.” (Song of Solomon 2:8)

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7)

The redeemed will surely say: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” ( Psalm 119:103, 105)

Notes:

Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, (Grand Rapids, MI: Ethereal Library), p. 831.

John Calvin, Calvin’s Commentaries Volume 1V, Joshua, Psalms, (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Book House, Reprinted 1979), pp. 308, 309.

Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Holy Bible, (Peabody, Massachusetts, Hendrickson Publishers, 1985) p. 29.

“There is not a single square inch of the entire cosmos of which Christ the sovereign Lord of all does not say, ‘This is mine.’” – Abraham Kuyper

Mr. Kettler is the owner of http://www.Undergroundnotes.com web site where his theological, philosophical and political articles can be read.

The So-Called Mystery of Islamic Radicalism

December 20, 2015

The So-Called Mystery of Islamic Radicalism by Jack Kettler

It does not take a rocket scientist to see the reality starring everyone in the face regarding why Muslims become radicalized.

Why do young Muslims turn radical, or become consisted followers of Mohammad?

The only people this is a mystery to are; ostrich like politicians and media politically correct prostitutes.

All you need to know is the fact of Saudi Arabia, the “Kingdom of Backward Arab Culture” and Wahhabism explain all of this.

Wahhabism is a particularly subversion strain of Islam that is supported and promoted in all Mosques that are funded and supported by the “Kingdom of Backward Arab Culture” world-wide, especially in the United States and Europe. Many other Mosques promote subversive ideology.

Wahhabism is the version of Islam that gave birth to al-Qaeda and ISIS.

It is just a mater of time before this insidious subversive political ideology that is combined with an authoritarian religious structure where no dissent is tolerated will spawn new murderous attacks against so-called infidels or people of good conscious who are not convinced that Mohammad is anything more than a mad man from the desert.

Strict adherence by Muslims to Sharia law that mandates individuals who criticize Islam and Mohammad should be killed, should be expelled from the country under laws prohibiting political subversion.

Simply stated, it is only a matter of time before any one subjected to this noxious version of Islam, before they become radicalized, or turn into a faithful followers of Mohammad’s genocidal political religion of “Backward Arab Culture” and start murdering people.

Some alarming stats from the May 20, 2013 New American magazine article titled What A Billion Muslims Really Think:

When Muslims reach 2-3% of the population they start effectively proselytizing for converts, most observably in prisons where there convince criminals that their crimes were justified since they were against infidels.

When Muslims 5% of the population they begin exerting enormous pressure on business, schools and cities to accommodate them in observance of their dietary laws.

When Muslims reach 10% there will increase in rioting (example burning cars in Paris, France or death threats against the makers of legitimate political cartoons, Amsterdam, Holland).

When Muslims reach 20% of the population a country will experience major flash Muslim rioting with non-Muslims and Christians and Jews being murdered.

When Muslims reach 40% of the population a country will start experiencing Muslim militias attacking their opponents.

When Muslims reach 50% of the population or higher their will be out in the open genocide of non-Muslims.

See The Islamic Laws of Sharia and the Loss of Freedom by Jack Kettler
http://www.undergroundnotes.com/Sharia.html

There is no mystery! Solution:

Ban all Mosques that are connected to the “Kingdom of Backward Arab Culture.” Revoke tax exemption status for these politically subversive outposts that are preparing for the military overthrow and subjugation of non-followers of the Mohammad’s genocidal political religion of “Backward Arab Culture.”

The 1st Amendment does not guarantee the freedom to promote political subversion. The federal government has the authority to protect this country against enemies both foreign and domestic.

In light of t he above, Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily halt immigration from Muslim nations until we find out what the hell is going on is perfectly rational.

Mr. Kettler is the owner of http://www.Undergroundnotes.com web site where his theological, philosophical and political articles can be read.

The False Christian Faith of Barry Soetoro, (a.k.a. Barack Obama)

November 11, 2015

The False Christian Faith of Barry Soetoro,* (a.k.a. Barack Obama) by Jack Kettler

To this day, members of the so-called main-line-media and many leading conservatives say we must take Barry at his words and accept his claim to a Christian serious. Why?

Consider; A Tree and its Fruit:

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.…” (Mathew 7: 15-17)

“As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’ so my hand will not touch you.” (1 Samuel 24:13)

“Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?” (Proverbs 20:11)

“My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” (James 3:12)

In what follows, I cover no new ground, I simply cite a number of stories on Barry and his association with “Liberation Theology” and questionable people. The first important story on Barry comes from the “Right Scoop” which quotes Barry in his own words on Islam and Christianity.

In his own words: Barack Obama on Islam and Christianity
http://therightscoop.com/in-his-own-words-barack-obama-on-islam-and-christianity/#ixzz3r71eiq38

From this article, the truth about Barry Soetoro (a.k.a. Barack Obama’s) faith can be known. One thing is sure, it is not Christian Faith in any historic sense of the Christian Faith:

OBAMA ON ISLAM:

1. “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”

2. “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer”

3. “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.”

4. “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam.”

5. “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.”

6. “Islam has always been part of America”

7. “we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities”

8. “These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.”

9. “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

10. “I made it clear that America is not – and will never be – at war with Islam.”

11. “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.”

12. “So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed”

13. “In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education.”

14. “Throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”

15. “Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality”

16. “The Holy Koran tells us, ‘O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.’”

17. “I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.”

18. “We’ve seen those results in generations of Muslim immigrants – farmers and factory workers, helping to lay the railroads and build our cities, the Muslim innovators who helped build some of our highest skyscrapers and who helped unlock the secrets of our universe.”

19. “That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

20. “I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”

OBAMA ON CHRISTIANITY:

1. “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”

2. “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”

3. “Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?”

4. “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”

5. “The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics.”

6. From Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope: “I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex—nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.”

7. Obama’s response when asked what his definition of sin is: “Being out of alignment with my values.”

8. “If all it took was someone proclaiming I believe Jesus Christ and that he died for my sins, and that was all there was to it, people wouldn’t have to keep coming to church, would they.”

9. “This is something that I’m sure I’d have serious debates with my fellow Christians about. I think that the difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and prostelytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to hell.”

10. “I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That’s just not part of my religious makeup.”

11. “I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.”

12. “I’ve said this before, and I know this raises questions in the minds of some evangelicals. I do not believe that my mother, who never formally embraced Christianity as far as I know … I do not believe she went to hell.”

13. “Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will–they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.”

14. On his support for civil unions for gay couples: “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount.”

15. “You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

16. “In our household, the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology”

17. “On Easter or Christmas Day, my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.”

18. “We have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own”“All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra— (applause) — as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer. (Applause.)”

19. “I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.” End of quotes

Historic Christians, whether Roman Catholic or Protestant after analyzing the above quotes would be hard pressed to make a case that Barry Soetoro has the faintest clue about the Christian Faith. The next citation of part of an interview, conducted by Cathleen Falsani at god-father-politics online continues to prove the point that Barry does not have the foggiest notion of what Christianity is.

As will be documented further by information links, Barry was extensively indoctrinated into “Liberation Theology” which is Marxism dressed up in Christian terminology. In my opinion, Barry’s picture of Christ would probably would look like Che Guevara rather than the biblical Jesus.

Cathleen Falsani with Barack Obama in 2004 when he was running for the US Senate:

FALSANI: “Do you believe in heaven?”

OBAMA: “Do I believe in the harps and clouds and wings?”

FALSANI: “A place spiritually you go to after you die?”

OBAMA: “What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded. I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.

When I tuck in my daughters at night and I feel like I’ve been a good father to them, and I see in them that I am transferring values that I got from my mother and that they’re kind people and that they’re honest people, and they’re curious people, that’s a little piece of heaven.”

FALSANI: “Do you believe in sin?”

OBAMA: “Yes.”

FALSANI: “What is sin?”

OBAMA: “Being out of alignment with my values.”

FALSANI: “What happens if you have sin in your life?”

OBAMA: “I think it’s the same thing as the question about heaven. In the same way that if I’m true to myself and my faith then that is its own reward; when I’m not true to it, it’s its own punishment.”

An Excursus from Cathleen Falsani’s interview with Obama:

A brief survey of Protestant, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox views of sin is in order:

Protestant Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 14

Q: What is sin?
A: Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.(1)

( 1) John 3:4. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
James 4:17. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Romans 3:23. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

Catechism of the Catholic Church – Sin

Sin is an offense against God: “Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in your sight.” Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it. Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God
through the will to become “like gods,” knowing and determining good and evil. Sin is thus “love of oneself even to contempt of God.” In this proud self-exaltation, sin is diametrically opposed to the obedience of Jesus, which achieves our salvation.

The Eastern Orthodox definition of sin?

In Greek—the language in which the New Testament was written—the word for “sin” is “amartia,” which literally means “to miss the mark.” For Christians, the “mark” for which we strive is to live in communion with God, basing our lives
and actions on the life and actions of Jesus Christ; hence, when we “miss this
mark” we sin.

There is a basic agreement between the Three main Branches of Christianity on sin.

Back to Cathleen Falsani’s analysis of Obama’s knowledge of sin and God:

Christianity clearly teaches that sin is man’s disobedience of God. Because of man’s sin, man only has the right to go to Hell which is why we need a Savior. The Savior is Jesus Christ who as God came to earth in the form of a man, lived a sinless life, was crucified on the Cross for OUR sins, died, was buried and the rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He prepares a place for us.

Yet from his own mouth, Obama has no idea if there is a heaven or afterlife and sin is when something goes against his own values. He has absolutely no concept what Christianity is or what it teaches. All he knows is that if he is good, he will get rewarded somewhere and sin about his values, not God’s.

See more from this interview at:

http://godfatherpolitics.com/4096/barack-obama-sin-is-being-out-of-alignment-with-my-values/#KV1vFtEUbPU2zbvb.99

As Cathleen Falsani exposes, Barry does not have a credible knowledge of man’s sin, his own sin, and redemptive salvation in Christ who gives hope in the future resurrection. Without a correct knowledge and awareness and confession of your own sin, you would never seek salvation in Christ’s substitutionary atonement.

The information at the following links serve to confirm what the above two citations of Barry Soetoro (a.k.a. Barack Obama) in his own words make clear, namely, that we are dealing with a man who has a false profession of the historic Christian Faith:

The Gospel According Barack Obama’s Pastor: Black Liberation Theology
http://www.marketfaith.org/non-christian-worldviews/the-gospel-according-barack-obamas-pastor-black-liberation-theology/

Obama’s Black Liberation Theology is ‘Afro-Nazism’
http://stop-obama-now.net/afro-nazism/

Is Obama Really a Christian?
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/415266/obama-really-christian-david-french

Obama, Black Liberation Theology and Karl Marx…Revisited
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/08/obama_black_liberation_theolog_1.html

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH – BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY
http://www.jeffhead.com/blacklibtheology.htm

Obama’s Church: Gospel of Hate
http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=30508

The Shocking Source of Obama’s Religion
http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/us/the-shocking-source-of-obamas-religion

Is Obama really a true Christian?
http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/is-obama-a-true-christian/

The Gospel according to Obama
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/21/to-some-obama-is-the-wrong-kind-of-christian/

Mag Makes Case Against Obama’s Proclaimed Christianity
http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/mag-makes-case-against-obamas-proclaimed-christianity

Obama is acting out Christian Black Liberation theology on America
http://www.thepropheticyears.com/wordpress/obama-is-acting-out-christian-black-liberation-theology-on-america.html

Barack Obama: A wolf in sheep’s clothing
http://www.creationists.org/barack-obama-wolf-in-sheeps-clothing.html

In conclusion, would Barry be illegible for membership in your church or approved to take communion after seeing his beliefs on Islam and Christianity? His understanding of Christ and sin are clearly inadequate and would disqualify him for membership in churches that practice godly discipline.

In the opinion of many, the alleged Christian Faith of Barry Soetoro, (a.k.a. Barack Obama) is a complete sham and individuals who continue to insist that Barry is a Christian are irresponsible. The responsible thing to do, is highlight that Barry, by his own statements on the details of his faith make it clear that he is not a Christian, and Christians should call him to repentance and should pray for his salvation.

* I generally call him Barry because that was his adopted name when he attended a Muslim school in Indonesia. There are no public records available on when and if he ever changed his legally to Obama. In addition, as noted by presidential candidate Ben Carson, all of Obama’s past records are sealed. Why would a Christian hide his past by keeping it secret? If you take issue with my use of Barry, correct me by pointing me to appropriate documents where his name was legally changed.

Pursuing appropriate conduct, a Christian must lay a solid foundation, building on principles from God’s Word (John 14:26; 16:13–14; 1 John 5:6; Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16–17). This is particularly important when a Christian considers doing things in secret.

“For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.” (Mark 4:22)

Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons believe in a different Jesus than the Jesus of the Christian Scriptures. Faith in a false Jesus cannot save you. Likewise, Barry believes in false Jesus. Therefore, he is not a Christian.

“Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

Mr. Kettler is the owner of http://www.Undergroundnotes.com web site where his theological, philosophical and political articles can be read.


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