Revelation 2, The Greek Chi – X is shorthand for Jesus Christ

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” is written seven times to the congregations in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The Book of Revelation is full of sevens. There are seven congregations, seven angels, seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls.

We’ll be reading the seven letters Jesus wrote to the churches, the congregations. After these letters, the congregations are not seen again until the wedding in chapter 19. You’ll see the fulfilment of the promises Jesus made to the churches from that chapter on, but we’ll get to that later.

The promises to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 are matched with the outcomes at the end of the book in Revelation 20, 21 and 22. All except for Pergamum. We’ll get to that when we get to Pergamum.

The Greek Chi

Can you see the pattern? The first promise was mirrored in the last outcome, the second in the second to last, and so on. In my book ‘The End, the Wayfarer’s Guide to the Apocalypse,” I saw it as a seven layered angel cake in the shape of an X with a surprise in the middle. Wisdom baked it.

The X is also a chiasm, a literary device in which a sequence of ideas is presented and then repeated in reverse order. The word chiasm comes from the Greek letter chi which looks like the letter X.

A simple chiasm in the Bible from the Bible is, “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first,”referring to Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:30.

There are also chiasms in common wisdom; for instance: ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’ and Benjamin Franklin’s axiom “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

X Marks the Spot

The Greek letter X is shorthand for ‘Jesus Christ.’

I’m going to explain in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 each congregation’s inheritance – and the things they have to overcome in order to obtain it.

Revelation 1: The Congregations

Revelation 1

The Book of Revelation begins with a greeting to seven churches;

Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. Revelation 1:4-5

We can see Jesus in the greeting but the others are a bit mysterious.

God, the great I AM is He “who is and who was and who is to come.” He occupies the present, the past and the future;

  • who is – I exist
  • who was – I have always existed
  • who is to come – I will continue to exist.

If the seven Spirits before God’s throne are able to send greetings, who are they? They are angels who represent congregations.

Jesus gives us the key to that in the last verse, Revelation 1:20. And that’s the only clue we get! We know they’re before the throne of God but we don’t get to see them.

“What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Revelation 1:11.

Asia is not in the east in this case – it’s the old Roman provinces straddling Europe and the Middle East. The seven churches lay in front of the Taurus mountain range, a great mountain chain running parallel to the Mediterranean coast in what is now Turkey.

Why did the Lord write the letter to these churches? The seven churches include two comparatively small towns, Thyatira and Philadelphia, while larger churches are passed by.

The seven lampstands are the earthly congregations; “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;  His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;  

Jesus is wearing a garment down to the feet and is girded about the chest with a golden band. He’s dressed as the high priest. Below, under related posts, are his letters to the congregations on earth.

The stars Jesus holds in his right hand are the heavenly congregations; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. Revelation1:12-16

The Pleiades and Orion are mentioned three times in the Bible – in Job 9:9, Job 38:31, and Amos 5:8. If they’re mentioned three times, it’s meant to get our attention.

The seven stars are represented by the Pleiades, a gravitationally bound star system within the constellation of Taurus. It means “the congregation of the Judge or ruler.” They roughly correspond to the shape of the seven churches which lay in front of the Taurus mountain range in Turkey.

Taurus is one of 88 constellations.

Each constellation tells a story.

Do you know the meaning of the word astrology? Astro means stars and Logos means the word of God.

ASTRO : There are 12 astrological signs with 3 Decans (36 groups of stars), and 88 Constellations. The signs contain a truth which in the ages after the flood, lost its meaning and became corrupted into what we have today, the zodiac.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Silently, the night sky pours forth speech; night after night the constellations and stars reveal knowledge.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4

Although much meaning has been lost, the ancient language of the stars and constellations is still there, buried and fragmented in the legends of the world, like an ancient song forgotten voices still sing.

LOGOS :

Logos means the Word of God. Jesus is the Logos. As I explained the name of Jesus in Greek is IHSOUS. Greek letters have number values and the numbers of these letters add to 888. The Book of Revelation that Jesus gave the apostle John has 22 chapters of 404 verses, and 22 multiplied by 404 equals 8888. So he’s stamped it, signed it, sealed it, and delivered it through his servant John.

Forever, O Lord, Your word is fixed in heaven. Psalm 119:89

Jesus is holding the seven stars, and God tells us in Amos 5:8 to seek Him; “Seek him that made the seven stars and Orion, and turned the shadow of death into the morning, and made the day dark with night: that called for the waters of the sea, and poured them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name …”  Amos 5:8 KJV


Related posts

Letters from Jesus

Revelation 1:1, What does 8,88,888, and 8888 Signify?)

The Light of the Heavens

The mystery of the seven stars

Winter in New Zealand heralds the arrival of Matariki, the Maori New Year.  Matariki is marked by the appearance of the Pleiades Star Cluster.  In the night sky, the Pleiades can be spotted with the naked eye as a dim cluster of stars above Orion’s left shoulder.

Stars in their eyes

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For the Maori, Matariki literally means “eyes of God” (Mata Ariki) or “little eyes” (Matariki.)  After the languages were mixed up at the Tower of Babel, each ethnic group was dispersed with a piece of the story. The seven eyes represent angels. The prophet Zechariah, writing about his vision of a lampstand with seven lamps, tells of the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth.

Links

Who Is “Him Which Is, And Which Was, And Which Is To Come?”

Revelation 1:1, What does 8,88,888, and 8888 Signify?

Revelation 1

Revelation is the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:2) and the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Rev 19:10)

There’s a blessing for those who read, hear and keep the words of the prophecy. You can’t just read the book, you have to hear and keep the words. Who better to explain it than the author? He has the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2

The first verse of Revelation begins with Jesus and God. God wants to show His servants things that must happen at the time of the end and he gave the Revelation to Jesus, to give to John through an angel.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, Revelation 1:1

Did you notice that Jesus not only sent it, he signified it? How does one signify something? In years past, a letter would be sealed with hot wax and the seal imprinted with the person’s signet ring.

There’s an example of this in the Book of Esther, chapter 8 verse 8. Note the eights.

You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.” Esther 8:8

8

The Bible does have some significant numbers. Six is the number of man and seven is the number of God. We always hear about 666 when it comes to the Book of Revelation, but never 888. The number eight is Jesus’ number.

In Greek, the name of Jesus is spelled I H S O U S. Each Greek letter has a numerical value and so if we then take each letter in Jesus’ name and add them up, the total comes to 888.

I H S O U S (Jesus) = 10 + 8 + 200 + 70 + 400 + 200 = 888.

NameGreek letterValue
Iiota10
Heta8
Ssigma200
Oomicron70
Uupsilon400
Ssigma200
TOTAL888
Above: The name of Jesus in Greek, I H S O U S

8 is the same, up or down.

Sideways it’s the symbol of infinity, represented by an 8 laid down.

Eight is the number of resurrection and the resurrection is the eighth ‘great sign’ recorded in John’s Gospel.

God has left us with some signs to see. Here is a cosmic wonder from heaven; the Infinity Symbol discovered at the heart of the Milky Way in 2011, and a thing of beauty from the earth – a butterfly called “Anna’s 88.” Butterflies are used as a symbol of new life and the resurrection.

Jesus is referred to as the ‘Son of Man’ 88 times in the New Testament.

The Book of Revelation has Jesus’ number stamped on it. There are 22 chapters of 404 verses, and 22 multiplied by 404 equals 8888.

Signed, sealed, signified and delivered – that’s his book.

We’re not used to seeing Jesus as a king, but we will be soon.

Judah’s signet and cord

Judah and Tamar were ancestors of Jesus Christ. The royal line began with Judah;

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
Genesis 49:10

In Genesis 38 Judah gave Tamar his signet and cord, and staff as a pledge before he lay with her. When confronted she produced them asking, “Please determine whose these are—the signet and cord, and staff,” Genesis 38:25. It was an awkward question for Judah but not for God. Whose signet was it? The message is there in a hidden equidistant letter sequence which spells out “God encoded, God is truth.”

Related post: Through the Word: Tamar

Jesus as King

Jesus is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Joshua. The meaning of the name Jesus is ‘Yah Will Save, Yah Saves.’ Salvation is to be found under no other name.

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

God said through the prophet Isaiah;

“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.
 By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.
Isaiah 45:22-23

Every knee will bow before Jesus.

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the 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 that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

Related post:The Great Sign in Heaven.’

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The name Jesus: Summary

Anna’s 88

Is the butterfly with 88 on it’s wings a sign, or a coincidence?

Jesus brought to the temple after his eighth day and greeted by a prophetess named Anna, a widow in her 80’s.

Luke 2:21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Luke 2:21-24 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Luke 2:36-38 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;  and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.  And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

The LORD’s signet ring

Ancient kings used signet rings to designate authority, honor, or ownership. A signet contained an emblem unique to the king. Official documents were sealed with a dollop of soft wax impressed with the king’s signet, usually kept on a ring on his finger. Such a seal certified the document as genuine, much like a notary public’s stamp today. In 1 Kings 21:8, the evil Queen Jezebel took King Ahab’s signet ring and “wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal.” The ring’s stamp gave her letters the king’s authority. In Daniel 6:17, a signet ring was used to seal a stone covering a lions’ den: “A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.” A royal signet ring is also featured in Genesis 41:41-43 and Esther 8:8.

Got Questions: What does it mean that Zerubbabel was the LORD’s signet ring (Haggai 2:23)?

The Book that’s Signed, Sealed and Hyperlinked

I mentioned that in a lifetime of reading the Bible, I’ve noticed some passages almost seem designed to fit together. I’ve noted them in my Bible, but it seems I haven’t seen all of them, or my Bible would have fallen apart.

Humanity’s First Hyperlinked Book

Here, Jordan Peterson explains the hyperlinks.

Jordan Peterson shows humanity’s first hyperlinked book having 65000 cross references through a map!

No Ordinary Book

The late Chuck Missler, noted American Bible teacher author and engineer, described the Bible as “an integrated message system from beyond our time domain.”

The Word has a seal

Now I’m going to talk about the Bible’s authenticity. We know how do you prove that something is genuine and not counterfeit from a watermark.

The Bible has strings of hidden text within the surface text, no doubt used as a seal or mark of authenticity. The hidden text is called equidistant letter sequences. The codes have been locked away for the generation that would have the technology to discover them. The Jewish sages knew they were there, but couldn’t prove it until computers were invented.

An example of hidden text is where five generations of the family tree of Jesus are hidden within the text of Genesis 38. The names Boaz, Ruth, Obed, Jesse, and David are placed in chronological order at 49-letter intervals.

And here we have the text from Genesis 38:25,
“Discern, I pray thee, whose sign this is.”
The hidden text spells out, “God encoded, God is truth.

Those running the Hebrew text through a computer program can’t use it to predict events although they’ve tried. Unfortunately, this has led to sensationalism and caused many conservative scholars and unbelieving sceptics to turn away from this study. How many authentic treasures hidden beneath the Biblical text have been discounted because of this? How sad. What a lost opportunity to dig for buried treasure.

Related post: Through the Word, Tamar

If you want to read more about the Bible codes, I recommend a book called The Truth Behind the Bible Codes by Dr Jeffrey Santinover.

The Author is present

The Author knows when you’re reading his book, and the Holy Spirit will guide you if you take Jesus at his word, make him your Lord and ask him to send the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth. He is called ‘the Spirit of Truth.’

Jesus said, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.John 16:13-15

The Word can be LOGOS for knowledge, where it’s used for teaching, or RHEMA where the Holy Spirit can deliver a message as a personal revelation from God – just for you, if you have the faith to receive it.

Related post: A Word About ‘the Word’ (of God)

The Book You Can Trust

Wisdom is to be sought above all else but knowledge is needed too. The discerning heart seeks knowledge. Having faith is fine but the Bible has its critics and they need to be answered. We need to KNOW how the Bible was constructed.

In a lifetime of reading the Bible, I’ve noticed some passages almost seem designed to fit together.

How can that be?

The Bible is a compilation of 66 books by 40 authors on three continents and it was written over a period of 1500 years, before and after Christ.

I’ve heard people say the Bible contradicts itself, but I’ve found the opposite – it fulfils itself. Others think it’s a gigantic fairy tale, the stuff of myths and legends. And even if they accept there’s some truth to it they believe it must have changed over the centuries.

I don’t blame people for thinking that way, I’ve had questions about the Bible too. It’s good not to take everything at face value.

I once invited a Muslim friend to our Bible study, and he was surprised to see our differing versions all saying the same thing. He later told me that Muslims believe our book has been changed! I never believed it’s been deliberately changed for nefarious purposes, but what about accidental changes where bits go missing and all that?

There are two pieces of evidence to prove the Bible hasn’t been changed.

I read a book called theSecrets of Mount Sinai,’ a true account of finding the world’s oldest Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus. It was kept in Saint Catherine’s Monastery, located on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, and because of the dry desert air the Bible was preserved very well.

The ancient codex has been dated to the second half of the fourth century and it agrees with our modern translations.

And then there’s the Dead Sea Scrolls, preserved in the dry desert at the lowest point on earth.

The scrolls were found in 1947, at a time when major prophetic events were beginning to unfold.

As prophesied, Jews came streaming back to the land of Israel after World War Two, fighting the Arabs for their right of return. Israel became a nation-state in November 1947 when the UN recommended the creation of independent Arab and Jewish States and a special international regime for the city of Jerusalem.

The same year, the Judean desert gave up its secrets when a young Bedouin shepherd, searching for a stray sheep on the crumbling limestone cliffs of the Dead Sea cast a stone into a cave. He was startled by the sound of breaking pots. Climbing into the cave, he found intact clay jars with lids still in place, containing old scrolls, some wrapped in linen and blackened with age.

The world held its breath at the discovery but had to wait forty years while experts studied the scrolls. It was a long breath, longer than a pearl diver. The scrolls were eventually published in the early 1990s due to public pressure, and only after that did conjecture that they would ‘disprove’ the Bible stop.

So the Bible has been miraculously preserved and the year of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is significant.

You can trust this book. If the Bible was a vehicle, we can climb in, strap on our seat belt and trust it will take us through the end times.

The Isaiah Scroll

Isaiah was Jesus’ favourite book. He read it at the synagogue in Nazareth, stopping at the year of the Lord’s favour. “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing,” he announced. The people in the synagogue loved him for saying that, not. They tried to run him out of town and over a cliff.

It does not surprise me that one of the seven scrolls recovered was the ‘Isaiah scroll.’ Besides its great antiquity, it is notable for being the only scroll from the Qumran Caves to be preserved almost in its entirety.

Written in Hebrew, the Isaiah scroll contains the entire Book of Isaiah from beginning to end, apart from a few minor damaged portions. The scroll is written on 17 sheets of parchment and is the oldest complete copy of the book of Isaiah, being approximately 1000 years older than the oldest known Hebrew manuscripts.

The Jewish scribes were fanatics about accuracy. If they found even one letter wrong, the whole parchment would be destroyed. That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 5:18, ‘not one jot or tittle will pass from the word till all is fulfilled.’

The Isaiah Scroll is at the Israel Museum, it’s in a climate controlled building called the ‘Shrine of the Book. The scroll is Isaiah chapter 53, a description of Jesus Christ, 700 years before he was born.

The verses describe a man growing up as a tender plant – like a root out of dry ground, to be despised and rejected by men; A man of sorrows, who was acquainted with grief, pierced for our sins, crushed for our transgressions, led as a lamb to the slaughter, cut off, stricken, assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death. That’s why Jesus said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’”

It’s like getting a detailed description of a person alive now, written way back in the 1300s. Christopher Columbus hadn’t even been born! What are the chances?

It’s mind-boggling.

Jesus said this about His word, and I’m quoting from the Message Bible as I like their version:

Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures—either God’s law or the prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s law will be alive and working.” Matthew 5:18


Links

Jesus rejected at Nazareth

The discerning heart seeks knowledge, Proverbs 15:14

Shrine of the Book, Jerusalem

Secrets of Mount Sinai

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript – the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity – is of supreme importance for the history of the book. [Find out more about Codex Sinaiticus.]

Jesus in Isaiah

The name Jesus means Yah Will Save. The name Joshua is the Hebrew form of the Greek name Jesus, and most probably the name by which Jesus was known by his contemporaries. Jesus was fascinated by the Book of Isaiah, possibly because this Book appears to be entirely about Him, but perhaps also because the name Isaiah (ישעיה) is almost identical to the name Joshua with the two segments reversed.

Abarim Productions, the Name of Jesus

What are the odds of Jesus fulfilling all the ancient prophecies?

“Jesus Historically fulfilled over 300 Prophecies…Accidentally?”

Bible Prophecies Are So Accurate – Historical Evidence Proves It!

The Mathematical Probability of Jesus Fulfilling
The Old Testament Prophecies as Israel’s Messiah

The Kingdom of God – Whiteboard

Many scenes in my book “The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams” take place in the Kingdom of God.  What is the Kingdom of God?  It’s hard to explain because the Kingdom is both personal and all-encompassing.  It’s not about church – although church can be part of it.  This short whiteboard explanation is worth watching.

Seeking 1 out of 99 readers

God plays an active and unapologetic role in my book.  He appears as ‘The King’ in various roles.  Sometimes he refers to Himself as the Shepherd.  Why?  Well, we are all like sheep who have gone astray. 

Sheep can get into a lot of trouble.  Growing up on a New Zealand sheep farm I’ve rescued them from creeks, mud, and barbed wire.

I loved finding the lost lambs, and so does Jesus.  Here’s me back from the lambing beat, with a lamb in my arms, about a hundred years ago …

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Ever heard the parable of the lost sheep?

Jesus told the Pharisees and teachers of the law this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:3-7

My book will appeal to those who understand the wilderness.  The reader I am looking for may not know the Bible, or God – but will love redemptive romance and a great good versus evil story.  I’m not writing for 99 people – I’m writing for one.  Come into the pages of my book.  The path will begin in a field.  Follow the butterfly.

book_by_fantasyart0102-dabdbjlSource of image: Deviant Art, Book by FantasyArt0102

The road few find

Kaukatea Valley Rd 1978 resized
The road I grew up on was a difficult road that few bothered to travel without good reason. Our nearest neighbours were a mile away, so we could be as noisy as we liked. 

‘Mount Zion,’ the sheep station at the end of our road straddled two valleys – ours and Longacre, and part of it bordered our farm. Mount Zion could be accessed from a paper road which connected with our road – but you had to know where it was.  I used to ride there to get horses shod.

I learned to drive on that road and it was difficult, handling a motorbike on the gravel.

Poplars that had grown from fence battens the original farmers used lined the road. Number eight wire was used with the fence battens.  There were lots of interesting places along the road – even a cave, which is included in the video clip below.

This is the actual road, filmed by a motorcyclist.

So that’s my narrow road in the natural.  There’s another road, and another Zion.  Named as “the King’s holy mountain and the place where God dwells with man,” Mount Zion is referenced in the Bible at least 52 times.

The Bible points to the narrow road which leads to Zion.  Jesus said on the mountain, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14

In my thirties I wandered off, got lost and found myself on the wrong road.  I couldn’t find a lot of help when I wanted to get off that road.  After two unsuccessful attempts at counseling I gave up and turned to the pages of the Bible, because one of the King’s names is “Wonderful Counselor.”

This is his promise; “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”  Psalm 32:8

I had to get some help from somewhere.  So I went to the King for counseling.  It was the best thing I ever did.

In New Zealand we’ve had to be resourceful because of the difficulty sourcing stuff, being at the ends of the earth as we are.  We are known to “fix things with number eight wire.”  Using inventive number eight wire mentality, and thinking outside the box, I built a world I could go into and hear from the King, who counseled me on the way I should go.  I wrote down His words in my story.

As for the setting, God knew I’d write it into a book later on in life.  My book is a paper road that leads to Zion.  It’s for those who want a good, unconventional read from a traveler, a stranger, a sojourner on the road not well-traveled.  I promise you that you’ll never read another story like it.

Click on the Amazon link at the top right-hand side of the page to purchase the book.

Kaukatea Valley

Kaukatea Valley Road


The fading flower …

Shortly after my last post where I asked “Who wants to live forever?” my mother passed away.  For most of her life she grappled with the highs and lows of bipolar disease.  She’s free of her demons at last. 

My memories of her when she was bipolar aren’t good, but in between times she had a happy, sunny nature.  And that’s how I want to remember her.

I’ve made a youtube video of the powerpoint I prepared for the funeral, showing scenes from her life, which I and my family feature in.

It’s here if you want to see it.  The music is “Who am I?” by Casting Crowns.

It brings to mind the scripture that God has compassion on us mortals – who are here today and gone tomorrow, just like the grass and flowers.  That’s why Jesus wept at the grief of Lazarus’s sisters.

As a father has compassion on his children
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.” 

Psalm 103:13-19

I wasn’t sure of how things were with my mother and God.  He gave me a story to tell her on the last occasion she had a serious heart attack, which I wrote here.

superscript_seven_u2077_icon_256x256God gave us a sign that she’d gone to be with him.  Seven is the number of rest, and she’d entered his rest, dying at 7pm on the 7th day of the 7th month, aged 77.

He explains about that rest in Hebrews 4;

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest.

Hebrews 4:9

I recommend reading the whole passage from Hebrews 4:1-11.

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Hebrews 4:1-10 The Promise of Rest

So now I know what can go on my mother’s headstone; “At rest.”  Two simple words that say so much.

Who wants to live forever?

Here’s an interesting post from another blog which gives three ways to avoid life’s greatest certainty, death.
Click on the picture on the right and it will take you there.

I don’t think it’s wise to rely on the Tech giants solutions (especially after reading about Microsoft’s latest mishap with ‘Tay,’ their embarrassing AI chatbot.)

No one wants to die, because we were made for eternity.  It’s been set in our hearts.

In Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) we read “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

But forget about Eternime, where you go virtual, or Cryogenics where you have your head frozen.

Only one man came guaranteeing us immortality.  Jesus said Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”  John 8:51 (NKJ)

So if you want to live forever, believe in the Lord and the one who sent Him (God).  Keeping His word means reading it and storing it up in the heart, where eternity has been set.

I’ve read and stored His word by weaving it into a story, but do whatever works best for you.

Finally, we can’t cheat death here – but we can get a rough idea of how long we’ll live.  Just take this test.  Apparently I’ll make it to 91!

http://media.nmfn.com/tnetwork/lifespan

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Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.      Psalm 90:12