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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hyperthymesia


I read an article about the syndrome called ‘Hyperthymesia’ – A Newly Discovered Memory In Which People Remember Every Day Of Their Lives

Read more at http://www.omg-facts.com/view/Facts/48442#tPP1TUuVDkfqkUKd.99

Hyperthymesia is a syndrome that allows one to remember details of their everyday life for years. While this might seem advantegeous, there is a huge downside.

The problem with the syndrome is that people who have it have a hard time living in the present, because their minds are constantly remembering and living in the past.

The same problem may happen to me and you readers if we keep living in the past for what you have done, well or bad. If you have done well, keep straining forward; if not, don’t be disheartened and frustrated too much so that Satan entraps you to a spiritual bankruptcy.

The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:13-14;

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

We need to go forward not to slide back in our journey of pilgrimage until we reach the Gate of Heaven.

For those who suffer from what you have done in the past, let us hear from God’s Word in Isaiah 43:25;

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”

From this verse, I feel that God suffers from ‘Hyperthymesia’ by His Being as Omniscient(all-knowing) God who knows and remembers everything you and I have done in the past and will do in the future. That’s the reason why He says, “I remember your sins no more FOR MY OWN SAKE!”

For Holy God, remembering our sins, inequities, transgressions, rebellions against Him will be a hard thing to bear with. Jehovah God said in Isaiah 43:25;

“Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.

 

Lord Jesus, thank You for washing us with Your Own Blood and making us whiter than the snow and wool in Father’s sight. Amen.

Feet Beautiful



A Philippine official said Monday (September  24, 2012) that a legendary collection of shoes and other possessions left behind by former first lady Imelda Marcos and her dictator husband have no historical significance, except for some Philippine-made gowns.

Imelda Marcos left behind at least 1,220 pairs of shoes (wow!), along with a vast collection of clothes and accessories, when she fled to the U.S. with her husband, President Ferdinand Marcos, during a 1986 uprising.

I have about 6 pairs of shoes in shoe rack. I thought about what kind of shoes we Christians need to put on.

There is always an answer found in the Word of God that I meditate on every day: Shoes of Good News.

 

We read in, Ephesians 6:15;

“For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.”

Isaiah 52:7;

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!””

Romans 10:15;

“And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!””

What is the Good News to us? That’s the Gospel of Peace proclaiming, “Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ is coming and He reigns!”

Revelation 22:20-21

“He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”

Gateway To Life



An old Korean saying I remember is “Wise Men Should Walk the Wide Road” (군자대로행/ 君子大路行).  I prefer to take wide roads and highways when driving. We know that this expression also has an implied meaning such as, “One should take a upright way when dealing with the matters of life.”

Our Lord Jesus told us to walk the “Narrow Gate and Difficult Road” to enter the Kingdom of God.
 

We read in, Matthew 7:14;

“You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”


Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary well said on these verses;

“There are but two ways right and wrong, good and evil; the way to heaven and the way to hell; in the one or other of these all are walking: there is no middle place hereafter, no middle way now. All the children of men are saints or sinners, godly or ungodly. See concerning the way of sin and sinners, that the gate is wide, and stands open. You may go in at this gate with all your lusts about you; it gives no check to appetites or passions. It is a broad way; there are many paths in it; there is choice of sinful ways. There is a large company in this way. But what profit is there in being willing to go to hell with others, because they will not go to heaven with us?

The way to eternal life is narrow. We are not in heaven as soon as we are got through the strait gate. Self must be denied, the body kept under, and corruptions mortified. Daily temptations must be resisted; duties must be done. We must watch in all things, and walk with care; and we must go through much tribulation. And yet this way should invite us all; it leads to life: to present comfort in the favor of God, which is the life of the soul; to eternal bliss, the hope of which at the end of our way, should make all the difficulties of the road easy to us.”


Gill’s Exposition on Entire Bible exegetes;

“By the ‘strait gate’ is meant Christ himself; who elsewhere calls Himself ‘the door’ in John 10:7. //…….// He is the gate of heaven, through which we have boldness to enter into the holiest of all by faith and hope now; as there will be hereafter an abundant entrance into the kingdom and glory of God, through His blood and righteousness. This is called “strait”; because faith in Christ, a profession of it, and a life and conversation agreeable to it, are attended with many afflictions, temptations, reproaches, and persecutions. “Entering” in at it is by faith, and making a profession of it: hence it follows, that faith is not the gate itself, but the grace, by which men enter in at the right door, and walk on in Christ, as they begin with Him.

For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction; so that the one may be easily known from the other. There is no difficulty in finding out, or entering in at, or walking in the way of sin, which leads to eternal ruin. The gate of carnal lusts, and worldly pleasures, stands wide open.”

Jesus Wept



Story Summary (John 11:1-45)

 Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha, were friends of Jesus. When Lazarus fell ill, his sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When Jesus heard the news, He waited two more days before going to Lazarus' hometown of Bethany. Jesus knew that He would do a great miracle for God's glory and, therefore, He was not in a hurry.

 When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had already been dead and in the tomb for four days. When Martha discovered that Jesus was on his way, she went out to meet him. “Lord," she said, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Jesus told Martha, “Your brother will rise again.” But Martha thought He was talking about the final resurrection of the dead.

 Then Jesus said these important words: Jesus said to her (Martha), “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? 

Martha then went and told Mary that Jesus wanted to see her. Jesus had not yet entered the village, most likely to avoid stirring up the crowd and calling attention to Himself. The town of Bethany was not far from Jerusalem where the Jewish leaders were plotting against Jesus.

When Mary met Jesus she was grieving with strong emotion over her brother's death. The Jews with her were also weeping and mourning. Deeply moved by their grief, “Jesus wept” with them (verse 35).

 Jesus then went to the tomb of Lazarus with Mary, Martha and the rest of the mourners. There He asked them to remove the stone that covered the hillside burial place. Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed to His Father, closing with these words: “Lazarus, come out!” When Lazarus came out of the tomb, Jesus told the people to remove his grave clothes.

 As a result of this incredible miracle, many people put their faith in Jesus.


Points of Interest from the Story:

 • Jesus also raised from dead, Jairus' daughter (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:41-42; Luke 8:52-56) and a widow's son (Luke 7:11-15). Others who were raised from the dead in the Bible:

 In 1 Kings 17:22 Elijah raised a boy from the dead.

In 2 Kings 4:34-35 Elisha raised a boy from the dead.

In 2 Kings 13:20-21 Elisha's bones raised a man from the dead.

In Acts 9:40-41 Peter raised a woman from the dead.

In Acts 20:9-20 Paul raised a man from the dead.


Through the raising of Lazarus, Jesus showed the disciples, and the world, that He had power over death. Many believed that Jesus was the Son of God and they put their faith in Him after seeing this miracle. It is absolutely essential to our faith as Christians that we believe in the resurrection from the dead.

 In this story of Lazarus, Jesus speaks one of the most powerful messages ever: “Whoever believes in me, Jesus Christ, receives spiritual life that even physical death can never take away.”

Jesus revealed His compassion for people through a genuine display of emotion. Even though He knew that Lazarus would live, He was still moved to weep with the ones He loved. Jesus cared about their sorrow. He was not timid to show emotion and we should not be ashamed to express our true feelings to God. Like Martha and Mary, we can be transparent with God because He cares for us.

Often God allows our situation to go from bad to worse because He's planning to do something powerful and wonderful; He has a purpose that will bring even greater glory to God.
Jesus waited to travel to Bethany because He knew already that Lazarus would be dead and that He would perform an amazing miracle there, for the glory of God. Many times we wait for the Lord in the midst of a terrible situation and wonder why He doesn't respond more quickly.

Retrieved from http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestorysummaries/p/raisinglazarus.htm and modified for posting 09/27/2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Diaspora-διασπορά



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of South Korea recently released the statistical number of nationals residing in foreign countries for predicting the numbers of voters of  its upcoming general election.

According to this report, a total number of S. Koreans staying abroad is 3,042,315 and 6,833,973 including ethnic Koreans who acquired the citizenship of residing countries.

It’s a great ratio when compared with its total population of 50 million.

They can be called ‘Diaspora’ by definition.

Definiton

A diaspora (from Greek διασπορά, “scattering, dispersion”) is “the movement, migration, or scattering of people away from an established or ancestral homeland” or "people dispersed by whatever cause(immigration, business, study, political asylum etc.) to more than one location”, or “people settled far from their ancestral homelands”

The term derives from the verb διασπείρω (diaspeirō), “I scatter”, “I spread about” and that form διά (dia), “between, through, across” + the verb σπείρω (speirō), “I sow, I scatter”.

After the Bible's translation into Greek, the word ‘diaspora then was used to refer to the population of Jews exiled from Israel in 587 B.C. by the Babylonians, and from Judea in 70 A.D. by the Roman Empire.


Diaspora in the New Testament Bible

We read in, 1 Peter 1:1-2;

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”
 

Corresponding Greek text:

Πέτρος ἀπόστολος Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐκλεκτοῖς παρεπιδήμοις διασπορᾶς Πόντου, Γαλατίας, Καππαδοκίας, Ἀσίας καὶ Βιθυνίας,

This letter is addressed to believers in general, who are strangers in every city or country where they live, and are scattered through the nations. These are to ascribe their salvation to the electing love of the Father, the redemption of the Son, and the sanctification of the Holy Ghost.

Dear readers, you may be a ‘Diaspora.’ I am too. I have been living in the U.S. for 30 years now.

But remember this truth always. You have a country to return on earth.  What is more important, you have a home in Heaven to spend eternity, as Paul tells in Philippians 3:20;

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Take heart amidst the hardships you may undergo while residing as strangers and scattered through the foreign lands you stay.

The Lord promised to be with you to the end of this world age! Amen.

Maranatha!



I like Praise and Worship Music from Maranatha! Music. When its ‘Top 40 Praise and Worship: Vol. 2’ hits the stores, I plan to purchase them.

TRACK LISTING:


Above All
All Things Are Possible
Be Glorified
Be Lifted Up
Be Still And Know
Blessed Be Your Name
Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?
Eternal Wonderful God
Falling In Love With Jesus
Father Of Life
For Your Glory
Grace Alone
Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)
He Lives
Holy Is The Lord
How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
How Great Is Our God
How Great Is Your Love
How Great You Are
I Believe, I Believe
I Have A Hope
I See The Lord
I Stand In Awe
I Will Not Be Shaken
I Will Rise Up
I Will Sing
In That Day
Let All The World Sing Praises
Let My Words Be Few
Let The River Flow
More Of Your Glory
No Higher Calling
Shout It Out
Surrender
True Worship Song
We Believe
Who Is Like The Lord
With All My Heart
You Are My Refuge
You Are My Treasure
Your Love Oh Lord


I will explain what ‘Maranatha’ means from the Bible.

 

The Apostle Paul closes his letter to the Corinthian Church in 1 Corinthians 16:22;

“If anyone does not love the Lord--a curse be on him. Come, O Lord1”

εἴ τις οὐ φιλεῖ τὸν Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, ἤτω ἀνάθεμα. μαρὰν ἀθᾶ.

 

Anathema(ἀνάθεμα:a thing devoted to God; a curse, the thing cursed. Original word is ἀνατίθημι  - I lay a case before, impart, communicate, relate)

Maranatha -  an Aramaic term derived from two roots which literally mean, "Our Lord has come" (the Chaldean(Babylonian) words אֲתָה מָרָנָא, i. e. our Lord cometh or will come: perfect tense in Aramaic, emphasizing the lingering results involved).
 

This is a most solemn close of the whole epistle. It was designed to direct them to the great and essential matter of religion, the love of the Lord Jesus.

Let him be anathema - The word properly means accursed, or devoted to destruction; and the idea here is, that he who did not believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him, would be, and ought to be, devoted to destruction, or accursed of God. It expresses what ought to be done; it expresses a truth in regard to God's dealings, not the desire of the apostle Paul himself.

Maranatha-Syriac for, “the Lord cometh.” A motto or watchword to urge them to preparedness for the Lord's coming; as in Philippians 4:5, “The Lord is at hand.”

It appears to be a Greek equivalent of this acclamation in Book of Revelation 22:20 “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”

Dear readers, you are now in the Blog titled, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.” Maranatha!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Two Witnesses



The two witnesses are two of God's prophets who are seen in a vision by John of Patmos, who appear during the Second woe in the Book of Revelation 11:1-14.

John is told that the court of God's temple would be trampled on by the nations for 42 months. During that period for 1,260 days (or 42 months, or 3½ years), two witnesses would be granted authority to prophesy.

They are described as two olive trees and two lampstands who stand before the Lord of the earth. They are able to devour their enemies with fire that flows out of their mouths.

They also have power over the sky and waters, and are able to strike the earth with plague. After their testimony, the Beast overcomes the two witnesses and kills them. For three and a half days, the people of the earth celebrate the death of the two witnesses who have tormented them for three and a half years.

Then God resurrects the two witnesses. This strikes fear on everyone witnessing their revival and the two witnesses ascend to heaven. In the next hour, a great earthquake occurs and kills 7000 people, destroying a tenth of the city.[1]

The two witnesses have been identified by various theologians as real individuals, two groups of people, or as two concepts. But we need to go back to the Word of God to know who these two witnesses truly are.

Pay a special attention to verses 3-4 and 6.


We read in, Revelation 11:1-14;


1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. 2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.


 3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.


5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.


6 These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying;(a) and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.(b)


7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8 Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.

13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.


First, compare the Word of Jesus in Luke 4:25-26 with Revelation 11:6a


25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.-Miracle of Elijah


Second, compare Exodus 7:17 with Revelation 11:6b

This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.-Miracle of Moses


Based on the matching passages above, we can say the two witnesses in Revelation 11:1-14 are none other than ‘Elijah and Moses, the Law and the Prophet. They who appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration and talked with Jesus about His imminent death on the cross as recorded in Matthew17:1-3;

1After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Your Resurrection Order



We all have many questions about the resurrection of our body; How and When? The following two passages will answer the questions and further give us a clear understanding of what order it takes when resurrection occurs;

Let’s take a close look at two passages below


1 Corinthians 15:23;

“But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back.”

We know what order the resurrection occurs; First, Christ Himself Who rose from the dead as first fruits; Second, all who belong to Christ when He comes back (dead or alive).

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18;

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

This passage tells us what is a resurrection order among those who belong to Christ; First, the dead Christians (your parents, siblings and friends who passed away) will rise;

Second, we (you readers and me) who are still alive when Christ comes back will be changed into a glorious body in the twinkling of an eye.

 
To know this for sure, we read in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52;

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

The Apostle Paul called this truth a ‘Mystery’ which has not been revealed before but now known to us by the Holy Spirit.

Lord Jesus, Come quickly and transform our lowly body into a glorious body just like You are because we believe You are the Resurrection and the Life.

Philippians 3:21;

He (Jesus) will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like His own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.”


Hallelujah, we praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit Who gave us an eternal life, a glorious body forever and ever. Amen!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Dear Readers



I came to the U.S. as a foreign student and have lived here for 30 years by January this year. I planned to go back to South Korea to teach at the theological schools as professor. This specific dream has not been achieved yet; however I had an opportunity to serve the Lord as a Korean language pastor for the Home Mission Board of Southern Baptist Convention for 6 1/2 years.  And I taught Classical Biblical languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek) in several Christian schools. Also I served as English Ministry pastor for two years. Since 1999, I have been working as an employee of the US Federal Government.

What I really want to say to the readers is that the Lord Jesus wants His gospel to be preached even to the utmost parts of the world.

He commanded us in Matthew 28:18-20,


“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


I know I am an unworthy servant of Christ for this mission. But ‘unworthy servant is also servant’ so I will keep preaching His good tidings by writing. So far I wrote more than 200 articles from March this year, which is beyond my own ability in literary work, which I acknowledge.


The Lord gave me strength and talents to write about the news of His imminent Kingdom to come and the readers in all parts of the world can read them in a matter of second in this technologically-advanced era.

I believe the current time of this  age best fits to the description of the end times prior to the Glorious Coming of the King of kings, the Lord of lords, even Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Daniel prophesied in Daniel 12:4;


"But you, Daniel, keep these words secret, and seal the book until the end times. Many will travel everywhere, and knowledge will grow."


Amen! Come, Lord Jesus. I love You, Son of God.

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