THE BIBLE ON EATING MEAT

15688921209301073659835930686689.jpgBible says God ate meat with 70 elders on Mount Sinai in Exodus 24:1-18 when Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and elders  saw the God of Israel and lived. They all ate and drank during Magnificent Meal. God invited 70 elders endorsed to help Moses. In Genesis 3:21 the LORD God of Israel made garments of animal skin fur for Adam and wife Eve. The LORD God fashioned garments from animal skins for Adam and wife and clothed them in Garden of Eden. Animals were killed in Paradise and eaten as part of man’s diet God killed animals to clothe Adam and Eve because HE provided specific foods eaten. God skinned animals and made Adam and Eve’s clothes. God killed the animals in Genesis to clothe Adam and Eve so fur clothing started in Bible. God the  meat with them and told them to be responsible for animals HE created for food. To treat animals well, not splatter their blood carelessly but to dig holes to pour the blood into because life is in the blood their lives belongs to God. Genesis God says kill and eat meat God provides as food. God told Cain and Able to hunt and cook for HIM. Genesis 9:1-3 as Able did. God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, Be fertile increase in number to fill earth wild animals, birds will fear you. Creatures crawling on ground and all fish in sea under your control. Living things your food although I give you the green plants as food I give you animals to eat too. God gives choice to eat meat or vegetables by a personal decision not FORCED on anyone by other’s lifestyles. Jesus attended wedding feast at Cana on third day called to provide extra wine in John2:1-11. Jesus at the wedding in Cana performed His first miracle turns water into wine. The wedding Cana in Galilee run out of wine the mother of Jesus told host to ask Jesus to help them it marked beginning of Christ’s public ministry. downloadfile-56.jpg

wp-1579384711666.jpgwp-1579511699852.jpgStone jars found at Cana wedding site. In Leviticus 11:1-3 The LORD told Moses and Aaron,“Speak to the people of Israel These are the living things to eat among all the animals on the earth. Whatever parts the hoof, cloven-footed, chews cud animals you can eat. Though God didn’t like how Israel in wilderness demanded flesh to eat with bad attitude punished, HE still provide them with huge number of quail to eat in one special situation in Numbers 11:4, 13, 31 – 33. Its not eating meat that sinful or God would not send them the quail. Jesus ate meat in Luke 24:41-43 with His disciples overcome with joy as Jesus asked them, Do you have anything to eat, they gave him piece of broiled fish. He took it and ate it as they watched him after Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus cooked fish for His disciples at the seaside when they went to sea on return all ate together. Luke 5:3-6 Jesus got into boat belonging to Simon and asked him to push a little from shore. Jesus sat down and taught crowd from the boat. After speaking, He told Simon, “Take boat into deep water, and lower your nets to catch some fish.” Simon said, Rabbi we worked all night and caught nothing but if you say so, I’ll lower nets. Caught large number of fish nets tore call other boats to share fishes harvested. Martha and Mary cooked meat for Jesus eaten with His disciples.Georg_Friedrich_Stettner_attr_Christus_im_Hause_der_Martha-1.jpgwp-1579384729458.jpgLuke 22:7-15 says during the Festival of Unleavened Bread when Passover lamb is killed Jesus sent Peter and John to “Go prepare a Passover lamb for us to eat.” They asked him, “Where do you want us to prepare it?” He told them, “Go in the city you will meet a man carrying jug of water. Follow him into house he enters. Tell owner of the house the teacher asks ‘Where is the room I can eat Passover meal with my disciples?’ He will take you upstairs show you a large furnished room get things ready there. Disciples found everything as Jesus told them and prepared Passover. Jesus ate a Passover meal with apostles at table to celebrate  Passover of Exodus. All those who didn’t smear Passover lamb blood on doorpost were killed by death angel in Egypt.IMG-20190829-WA0012.jpgangelofdeath.jpgIn Mark 7:19 Jesus said food goes in the stomach not their heart and out of body so Jesus declared all food is clean. Jesus was not a vegetarian Bible records Jesus eating fish in Luke 24:42-43 and lamb in Luke 22:8-15. Jesus’ miracles fed crowds with fish and bread in Matthew 14:17-21. In Peter’s vision Jesus declared all foods clean including animals in Acts 10:10-15. After flood in Noah’s time, God gave humanity permission to eat meat in Genesis 9:2-3. God never stopped this permission to eat meat a Christian being vegetarian is choice in Bible. God says abstain from meat strangled, sacrificed to idols. The Bible didn’t say force your conviction on others or judge them by what they eat or don’t eat. In Romans 14 :2-3 Bible says, “One man’s faith allows him to eat everything but other whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does for God has accepted him. God gave permission to eat meat after flood in Genesis 9:3. Old Testament law commanded Israel not to eat certain foods in Leviticus 11:1-47 but never commands against eating meat. Jesus declared all foods, clean in Mark 7:19. Christians must pray for guidance on what God wants them to eat, decide if acceptable to God for providing it in 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Whether you eat or drink do it all for GLORY of God in 1 Corinthians 10:31.wp-1577100682177.jpgHunting in Genesis 27:2-9 Isaac said, “I am old man so don’t know day of death, get your quiver and bow go in country to hunt wild game for me. Prepare food for me to eat to give you blessing before I die.” Rebekah listens as Isaac spoke to Esau as Esau left to hunt game Rebekah said to Jacob, “I overheard your father told Esau, ‘Bring game and prepare food to eat, to bless in presence of the LORD before I die.’ My son listen, Go out to the flock bring two choice young goats I will prepare food your father likes as she did Isaac ate meat from Jacob not Esau. Proverbs 12:27 the lazy don’t roast game but the diligent feed on riches of a hunt. Leviticus 17:13 “If Israelite or foreigner living goes hunting to kill animals, bird approved for eating drain its blood into soil and cover it with earth. In Proverbs 12:10 God says care for the animals but wicked are cruel but treat animals well even if you eat them. Numbers 22:31-32 the Balaam saw LORD’S angel standing in road holding sword in hand. Balaam bowed to the ground. The angel asked Balaam, “Why did you hit donkey three times, he stopped you being killed treat animals kindly even if working for you.A5dr.gifRomans 13:1-3 You says obey the rulers appointed by God everyone who rules is given power to rule by God. If against a government its against God’s commands so do the right thing honour rulers free of fear of man do what God says is right. 1 Samuel 17:34-36 says David told Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father when the lion or bear took lamb from flock went after him, struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if it caught him struck and killed him by his bare hands. Your servant has struck down lions and bears so uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for defying armies of living God. Solomon’s sacrifice moved God’s Heart delighted by Solomon’s sacrifices in 2 Chronicles 7:5-9 offered 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep sacrifices to the LORD. Solomon in 1Kings 3:2-8 sacrificed 1000 sheep as the people worshipped God in Israel at Gibeon returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings to God. In Matthew 3:3-4 prophet Isaiah said John, “A voice cries out in desert ‘Prepare way for the Lord Make his paths straight. John wore clothes made from camel’s hair he wore leather belt on waist his diet locusts and wild honey wore carmel fur. You can’t pick few Bible verses to use in  biased views or opinions to impose on God’s laws and commands because you don’t approve them. God created all humans and creatures for HIS purpose on earth. Social media needs accurate knowledge radical emotions unbiblical.William_Holman_Hunt_-_The_Scapegoat.jpgLamb sacrificed to God in Bible on altar and scape goat set loose to bear sins of the people until Jesus died to set people free from sin. Every beast of the earth and bird of the air and everything that creeps on earth that has breath of life is given to eat and every green plant for food, Genesis 1:30. Daniel did not defile himself with food sacrificed to idols and wine asked to be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.’ After ten days they appeared better and fatter than all the young men eating their food in Daniel 1:8, 11–12, 15 Daniel refused to eat meat and wine sacrificed to gods and idols. In Bible on Jesus return to reign on earth, the wolf and lamb will feed together so lion eat straw like ox but serpent’s food will be dust so will not hurt or destroy on MY HOLY mountain in Isaiah 65:25. After Rapture and restoration of earth in the New Jerusalem creatures will be Very Very Good again so perfect after death is conquered and vanquished in the resurrection. Animals will not hurt again because it was a curse from God. Eve and Adam spoke to serpent it didn’t hurt them until after sin and curse. God clothed Adam and Eve with animal fur in the Garden of Eden Paradise.20190904_192054.jpgGod says watch ants to learn wisdom to ask animals and birds of the air so they will tell you in Job 12:7. The lion, bears kill and eat. A bird is monogamous and loyal to partner for life caring for young not abandoned. A male sea horse gives birth to babies is life lesson so righteous treats animals in mercy but the wicked are cruel to them Proverbs 12:10. God gives animals food and to young raven when they cry in Psalms 147:9. Farmers know taking care of animals calm them to produce better food for good returns on investment. God will make covenant that day with wild animals, birds of the air creeping things on ground to abolish bow, sword and war from land to make you lie down in safety in Hosea 2:18.  After Armageddon war Jesus comes to rule perfect earth with eternal life. This is the time mankind is restored again to relate in peace with animals. Don’t  misquote the Bible to justify personal choice decisions to impose on others. How long will land mourn and grass of fields wither greedy wicked exploit animals, birds but people think God is blind to their ways in Jeremiah 12:4. Changes take place by man made over use of resources does not mean stop eating meat. God provided Adam with all kinds of animals named told them to kill and eat in Eden Garden. wp-1578221519740.jpgGod is the Good Shepherd who cares for sheep, five sparrows sold for two pennies, not one is forgotten in God’s sight in Luke 12:6. God’s righteousness like a mighty mountain judges deeply to save humans and animals treat all well Psalms 36:6. Blessed are merciful they will receive mercy in Matthew 5:7 treat humans and animal well if its for food. People fighting for the rights of animals must know when God judges those who reject Lord Jesus will be fed to animals like lions ate Daniel’s enemies as Jezebel and Ahab eaten by dogs without burial. In the Bible animals will eat people God slaughters during HIS winepress wrath judgment during Armageddon and God and Magog wars of end times. Genesis 37:20 says, Come and let us kill him and throw him in a pit and say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ To see what become of his dreams as people fed to animals. In Genesis 37:33 He examined it and said, Its my son’s tunic a wild beast devoured him thoughg Joseph was torn to pieces on seeing the animal blood. Genesis 40:1 in three days Pharaoh lifts head to hang on tree so birds ate flesh. Deuteronomy 28:2 Carcasses are food to birds of sky to beasts of earth none frightened away. downloadfile-59.jpgEzekiel 32:4 God leaves dead crushed by Jesus casts on land, fields cause all birds of heaven feed beast of earth with their flesh. 1 Samuel 17:44 David, told flesh to feed birds of sky, beasts of field. Ezekiel 29:5 God abandons in wilderness to fish of rivers on openfield not buried, given food to beasts of earth and birds of the sky. Ezekiel 39:4 says on the mountains in Israel food to birds and beast of field. 1 Samuel 17:46 The LORD delivers into hands to strike gives dead bodies of the army of Philistines to birds of sky, wild beasts of earth may know there is God in Israel. Ezekiel 33:27 says, ‘Thus says the LORD GOD, “Those in waste places fall by sword, and in open field given to beasts devoured and in strongholds and caves die of pestilence. In Jeremiah 12:9 God’s inheritance bird of prey against them on every side gather beast of field devour. 1 Kings 14:11 and All belonging to Jeroboam who die in city dogs eat or die in fields birds of heavens eat as the LORD says. 1 Kings 16:4 Those of Baasha who die in city dogs eat in field bird eat. 1 Kings 21:24 Those belonging to Ahab, who die in city dogs eat, and who dies in field birds of heaven will eat. In 1 Kings 21:19 speak to Ahab saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, “you murdered and took his possession same place dogs licked blood of Ahab.” In 1 Kings 22:38 they washed chariot by pool of Samaria as the dogs licked blood. 2 Kings 9:10 Dogs shall eat Jezebel in Jezreel none bury her he fled.1561426269894954926595381606762.jpgOn mount Carmel Elijah sacrifice to God is accepted so fire came from heaven on his offering on altar so idol worshipers of Jezebel slaughtered. In 2 Kings 9:36 word of LORD said Elijah the Tishbite said, ‘In property of Jezreel dogs shall eat flesh of Jezebel. In Ezekiel 39:17-20 son of man says the LORD GOD speaks to birds, beasts of field, assemble from seas to great sacrifice on mountain of Israel eat flesh, drink blood, eat flesh of mighty men, drink blood of princes of earth rams, lambs, goats bulls fatlings of Bashan. “Eat fat and drink blood until drunk from sacrifices. Revelation 19:17-18 Angel standing in sun cries out with loud voice to birds in heaven assemble for a great supper of God to eat flesh of kings, commanders, mighty men and of horses, those who sit on them, flesh of all men, free men, slaves small, great. In Revelation 19:21 Those who reject Jesus killed with sword from His mouth as He who sat on white horse and birds filled with their flesh. Isaiah 56:9 says beasts of field forest eat flesh. Psalm 68:23 says those shattered in blood tongue of dogs get portion of enemies. In Jeremiah 7:33 dead bodies of people food for birds of sky and beasts of earth no one frightens them away. In Jeremiah 16:4 their death of diseases not lamented buried is dung on ground ended by sword and famine, carcasses, food for birds of sky beasts of earth. In Jeremiah 19:7 God makes void the counsel of Judah and in Jerusalem carcasses food for birds of the sky and beasts of earth. Jeremiah 34:20 God give into hand of enemies dead bodies, food for birds of sky and beasts of the earth. In Ezekiel 34:8 LORD GOD says MY flock is prey for beasts in field lack shepherds to search for MY flock for shepherds fed themselves and didn’t feed MY flock. In  Ezekiel 34:5 they are scattered for lack of shepherd as food for beasts of field. Psalm 79:2 dead body food for birds of heavens flesh to the beasts of the earth.IMG-20190925-WA0008.jpgDaniel 7:5 Another beast like bear, three ribs in its mouth between teeth said to it, ‘Arise, devour meat!’ Judges 14:14 Out of eater something to eat of strong came something sweet could not tell riddle in three days. In 1 Kings 13:28 a dead body thrown in road with donkey, lion beside body did not eat body or tore donkey. In Ezekiel 34:28 They will not be a prey to nations beasts of earth not devour them live none will make them afraid. Ezekiel 35:12 Know the LORD heard all spoken against mountain of Israel, think they’re laid desolate given for food in vain.’ And in Ezekiel 39:18 Eat flesh of mighty men drink blood of princes of earth as rams, lambs, goats, bulls of Bashan. In Ezekiel 19:3,6 She brought her cubs and He is a Lion to tear prey to devour men. 1 Peter 5:8 says Be sober spirit be vigilant as the adversary the devil prowls like roaring lion seeking some to devour. Revelation 12:4 says his tail swept away the third of stars of heaven threwn to the earth. The dragon stood before woman gives birth to devour her child. In Revelation 17:16 Ten horns and beasts hates harlot make her desolate, naked eat her flesh burn her with fire. Veganism driven by new age pagan concept mankind reincarnate as animals means ‘killing’ fellow human beings not in Bible not true Christianity. Evolution misguides people to think the humans evolved from animals is not true. God creates all mankind in HIS OWN IMAGE AND LIKENESS AND SAID HIS CREATION IS VERY VERY GOOD in Bible in Genesis. God created a whole Adam and Eve so didn’t evolve in stages as evolution says. Mankind fell into sin but God provides a Seed Jesus to restore mankind to God. God demands animal sacrifices on altar in His Temples from many generations since Cain and Abel,  and Solomon gave the highest number of animal sacrifices to God in Bible on many occasions. You are highly valued by God to eat well to get nutrients body needs. Many people lack vitamins and essential minerals necessary for healthy growth and development. Recent fires confirm mankind’s climate damage and consequences of millions of animals die, petrol leaks kills fishes, whales birds in seas globally. Earth is destroyed but the damage not exclusively by meat eating. Close-up of RikkiOceans are polluted by plastics in areas of 100% natural recycling zones losing islands paying price for luxury of West. Extreme actions don’t convince or bring change but its a vendetta conflict battle between religious beliefs and a new age animism. Vegan is good for an adult to decide but nursing mothers need food dietary requirement as children grow up. Animal production needs education to treat animals right as God demands even if for food. Many fighting for rights of animals hardly care about how they treat fellow humans. It is the freedom of choice to exercise a right to eat meat or not to eat meat but God laws in society doesn’t permit personal choice imposed on others or kill animals to ‘save’ them. Personification of animals slaughtered as against its will people have to defend despite trained experts dealing with the animals is paradigm shift rebels fighting for. Its necessary to understand God’s view as creator of animals on handling them appropriately. Processes in place takes years of training to qualify ensure meat products are safe to eat. The meat industry must be educated on a proper way to process meat ethically according to the Bible. Those who do not eat meat cannot decide whole world must stop eating it. Life does not work that way as Bible shows Daniel had the CHOICE not to eat meat but he did not force nation to stop eating meat. During Exodus in Bible, Israelites demanded meat in the desert wilderness complaining against God to return into slavery in Egypt. God gave them meat but HE punished them for their arrogant demands not because he banned them from eating meat. After settling in Canaan ate passover lamb  over 3 thousand years instituted by God.A close-up of RikkiEmotive ways dealing with meat eater’s choices at home cooked foods, business, must take it into consideration cooked a vegan meal for those non meat eaters. It doesn’t need to be turned into argument if you can bake cake without milk, eggs. Learn to tolerate individual differences  not to dictate how other’s household’s is run. And soya milk productions equally destroys environment where forests are cut down to plow land for soya beans. It is cattle that eats grass and carbon cycle properly done essence in food chains. It is Vegan Society food brands waking up to vegan market big interest in subject in cities internet searches of noticeable increase in online searches. A criticism of veganism is too expensive so public encouraged to provide vegan menus. A kitchens can be asked in advance to get ingredients to cater for vegans. Attitude towards each other is important its not your way or high way. Research shows supermarket chain provides veganism products most popular and 18-34 year olds enjoy varities of choices available.Rikki clashed with vegan activist Joey Carbstrong on the showEating meat part of balanced diet means soil enriched by variety avert intensive farming. Fast food business in general has detrimental effects on environment as debate show extreme plastic material graphic death of animals in videos. Gory images watched of animals mishandled must educate them in correct procedure in Bible. Veganism good cause option in to ensure animaks cared for. Those with strong sentiment act like they are being killed. But do not be stuck in your ways, to condemn meat eaters as scared for change. Live and let others live for they do not force meat down your throat by force to eat it, you have a choice able to eat freely what you prefer. Traditional foods, hamburgers can be grilled to get rid of fat. Burger recipes can be made healthy to eat. If vegan and non-vegan meals eaten at home plan menu and the traditional chef must not feel slighted if meat not eaten. Do not force it on them adjust your portions and provide their vegan menu. Veganism is a whole life change and health needs considered if going to stop eating meat. Stop killing of animal is good but how many vegans campaign against killing human beings everyday? Don’t force it on other people to bother them just request vegan meal. Non-dairy milk with Dan in the backgroundStatistics show veganism popular with some younger people but less appealing to communities depending on meat and furs as only resources available where people are. Asda and Greggs,”among the others provide vegan foods. Local cafe owners started doing vegan options and breakfasts so ask or prepare own foods. Vegan messaging is not reaching people turned off by hardline tactics violence in news, damaging property, shaming diners in siege of vegans v meat eaters.” People arguing about must understand choices should be respected if you don’t go vegan showing video of something killed shock factor to make people think but know they will not eat live animals. Fiery vegans share feeling its not just a diet its whole life concentrated on being vegan. Dietary needs of allergies, health needs met so vegan choice is given to decide what you eat. God provides for people to choose what to eat in Bible so study word of God to educate yourself before you decide to eat or not eat meat.

DR. EPHRAIM KWAKU AMU

wp-1577717343772.jpgDr Ephraim Kwaku Amu was a famous Ghanaian composer, musictechnologist and teacher. He was born, 13 September 1899 at Peki-Avetile or Abenase in Peki in the Volta Region a male child born on Wednesday, Kwaku. His father Stephen Amuyaa Papa Stenafo was woodcarver, mother Sarah Akoram Ama. Ephraim was baptised by Rev. Rudolf Mallet, 22 October 1899. Amu in May 1906 aged 12 at the Peki-Blengo E.P. Boarding Middle School shows his interest in music and agriculture. Enjoyed music played in church by Mr Karl Theodore Ntem who played organ. Amu’s teacher of music on organ in return for work on Mr Ntem’s farm on Saturdays taught him  music he loved and did agriculture. In 1915/16 year, Amu passed the standard 7 School Leaving Certificate and Abetifi teachers Seminary Exams. With others walk 150 miles from Peki to Abetifi with boxes on head to start teacher training education. They rest at Koforidua, and NkawkawAsubone and Obomen. In college joined 25 others, Amu saw some students classmates had steel bicycles built his own bicycle from wood carved from a wooden slab in the bush near college.wp-1577730979485.jpgwp-1577717366195.jpgwp-1577719597840.jpgwp-1577717355385.jpgwp-1577717377384.jpgThe students discovered his handiwork named it Amu. It is on record the son of Swiss principal, Stern, enjoyed rides on Amu wooden cycle. Amu’s ingenuity led to carved wooden balls for their school games, which replaced imported balls used at the seminary. Amu completed his four-year teacher-catechist training in 1919. Newly graduating as a teacher-catechist, was one of the two preachers selected in the pulpit on behalf of fellow mates to preach to express appreciation to the tutors and townsfolk. The sermon was an assessment of the quality of the theological training offered to students. Amu chose sermon text from Matthew 25:40 for occasion themed, “the LORD will thank you for all the good you do for HIS little ones.” Amu used Twi and Ewe in his short sermon. Amu is known for his use atenteben, Ghanaian bamboo flute he promoted and popularized the instrument throughout the country, and composed music for it. Amu composed “Yen Ara Asase Ni” -This is our own land a nationally acclaimed patriotic song is performed at national functions.wp-1577717331895.jpgIn 1926 Amu transferred on promotion to the Presbyterian Mission Seminary at Akropong on recommendation of the Synod Committee of the Eʋe Presbyteria Hame. At Akropong, in his new ways of doing things, actions, ideas, unorthodox. In charge of gardening request students to use waste to manure college farm the students unpleased it was a taboo for an educated man to waste. Proved example carried waste to college farm ahead of unwilling students. Dr. Ephraim Amu employed no one to sweep his rooms, wash his plates or run errands for him. No manual work too menial or hard for him, believed in using African cultural artefacts and good African technological and social inventions. He preferred title Owura to “mister” prefix to his name. Dr Ephraim Amu selected Twi names for four new college dormitories completed in 1929. On request from Mr Ferguson Principal of Akropong Training college, Amu came out with a solfa and notation of street song “Yaa Amponsa” set to his own chaste words. His students enjoyed the new song, melody and new words. The street ballad Yaa Amponsa, popular with great appeal and appreciation.wp-1577717317363.jpgAmu learnt to speak correct Akuapem Twi from the members of his Akropong Church singing band who specialised in Amu’s type of African music during the period he led and taught the group. In 1927, inspired by the contents of Wasu, a journal published by the West African Students’ Union, Amu decided he would wear African dress with pride. So not to wear warm those unsuitable European clothes in the tropical Africa. He made efforts to make Christian church service meaningful to African worshippers who were ashamed of their African clothing, language, music or their African names. As part of his ingenuity and creativity Amu introduced bamboo odurogyaba, odurogya and atɛtɛnbɛn. In 1931 after Amu preached wearing African attire on Sunday, he was summoned to appear before the church court. Rev. Peter Hall told Amu, “We were taken aback to see you conduct a Sunday service in native cloth hope you will not do this again.” Amu in his polite manner took leave of the church session but decided in his heart to continue to work in the church as a catechist and music teacher than to become minister of the Gospel to accept wearing unsuitable European dress. In June 1942, Amu married Beatrice Yao and presented a wooden box made of the finest wood instead of an imported steel trunk to his bride. Dr Amu married at the age of 43 on 3 September 1942.wp-1577718179380.jpgDr Amu drove a truck almost similar to this with metal frames he drove around. On Saturday, 27 March 1965, University of Ghana conferred honorary degree of Doctor of Music on Ephraim Amu at University of Ghana, Legon. An Ephraim Amu Foundation was founded in 1995 launched in 2004 in his honour. Blessed to know Dr Ephraim Amu and visited his hometown to attend his son and his daughter in law friend whose wedding we attended. We knew Dr Ephraim Amu for five years in visits to his beautiful home. He is one of the great Pan African pioneers who did his part for Africa quietly in humility allowing his music and lifestyle to speak for itself. As the Ghanaians say, “a good quality product sells itself” without any attempt of spin doctor bulldozing inferior item sold. Dr Ephraim Amu did his best in life left his wonderful legacy of promoting African music, drum cultural values important to him. Dr Amu Day is celebrated as global icon ambassador of African costume culture, music, drums, organic agricultural production. He led by example, so extremely hardworking and it is a privilege to personally meet and know Dr Ephraim Amu’s works of music. He is acknowledged on currency of Ghana as a citizen who stood up for his country and traditions. Above all he loved God as a living testimony for all to see in humility to the Glory of God. Too young to fully understand or appreciate his Pan African cultural views, grateful and thankful for his life as Ho Technical college renamed after Dr Ephraim Amu.wp-1577727243415.jpgDr Amu’s music is underway by Galaxy Music imprint of ECS publishing Group, released three titles introducing non-Ghanaian choirs to his work to stir up interest in the wider corpus. A quarter of Dr Amu’s works is published in five collections out of print. Though some scores missing, autograph manuscripts fill most of void but are unpublishable. With his daughter Misonu Amu is being developed into a new edition of Amu’s scores through a process of comparing primary sources published and versions of audio recordings in consultation with Ghanaian members of team intimately familiar with Amu’s music performance practice. This new six-volume of critical performance edition will present works according to voicing. Thirty titles per volume organized as follows: 1-3) three volumes SATB scores, 4) A volume TTBB scores 5) Volume unison/duet/trio work 6) one volume instrumental pieces. Amu held students’ interest teaching simple African tunes and rhythms studied and adapted the popular traditional African dance, song. Amu also studied Western music and traditional African Music. He studied European Music: Bach, Mozart, Hadyn and other Masters. Amu before hid studies at the Royal College of Music London 1937 had a solid foundation in theory and practice of music. He studied harmony, counterpoint, orchestration, piano, composition of musician Herbert Howells and Gordon Jacob. Amu’s music studies in Europe prepared his musical career in Gold Coast, Ghana. wp-1577717343772.jpgDr Ephraim Kwaku from 1940, for fifty years led contemporary Ghanaian Art Music active musical life in Ghana. He established a Government Music School at Achimota and a Faculty member of University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Established Music Department Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana at Legon as Senior Research Fellow from 1962-1971 then retired. Amu’s career created the National Orchestra of classical music in Ghana. The National Theatre, National Choir honoured Ephraim Amu, on his ninety- fifth birthday. Choir, conducted by Mrs. Dinah Reindorf performed the works by Amu. Amu’s music is classified into three distinct styles: Early period (1920-1937), middle period (1937-1951), third period (1952-1996). Early work is simple diatonic chords. Songs use duple, triple effect patterns: Biakoye (Unity), Israel Hene (King of Israel), Abibirimma (African Sons) Akwaabadwon (Welcome Song Hail Victors). Middle period works polyrhythmic polyphonic textures show fine music. Amu’s polyphonie textures in Ghanaian languages foundation for his works: Adawura Bome (Play for Me). Akyede Pa Mafo (Giver of Good Things). Amu’s works melo-rhythmic idiom of instrument music effective in writing songs vocals: Adawura Bome  (S.A.T.B.) (Play For Me) percussion rhythm gong and drum of sounds as kon kon kon and pete pete pete.’ Hyiawu hunters’ song. Alegbegbe…(God Loves World). Amu’s music preserves and reflects the linguo-musical dialect music to make culture relevant to Ghanaian music composed, collected and studied.wp-1577717343772.jpgDr Ephraim Kwaku 1958 plays bamboo flutes seprewa, atenteben, instruments developed so standardised. Akan drums atumpan and fontom in his works. His Agyinamoa Wou (demise of cat), scored to bamboo flute ensemble of Atenteben of piano. Amu provides the foundation for composers to contribute to growth sustains Ghanaian mix European music. Ethnomusicologists combine the strong academic interest in music styles. Amu’s vision influence composer’s integration of European African music element and relevant African ethnomusicology helps to understand his music distinguished by his career. Eweland music of Amu’s Asafo Ghanaian war set to Fante tunes of worship in church. Highlife popular West African music origin in Ghana use European- diatonic harmonics emphasis raised to the supertonic minor seventh, modulation dominant African rhythm. Percussive rhythm, parallel harmonics in thirds or sixths; melodic line pattern of texts, non-lexical syllables harmonic and rhythmic effects. ASεM YI DI KA Dr. E. Amu Art Music Ghanaian elements mix native with the European culture: Israel Hene (King of Israel) Odumayefo Ibrefo (Tiresome worker) Awurade Otumfo Kese (Our Great LORD) Onipa dawohoso (Be on guard) Yen Wura Jesu Anim Obi Nni Ho (None like Jesus) Wope Onyame Asenoa (To be like God) Akwaabadwon (Welcome victors) Hyiawu (Hunters’ song) Adawura borne (Play for me) Alegbegbe Mawu lɔ Xexeame (God loves world) Abibirimma (Sons of Africa) Tete Wobika  (proclaim) Nenyo De Wo Dede (Perfection) Mo koso So Mforo (Keep climbing) Onyame Ne Sahene (God Captains our host) Biakoye (Unity) Asafo (War music). Bonwere Kentenwene (Bonwere weave) Mawue Naa Me, Mawue Tea Me (God gives, God withholds) Akyede Pa Mafo (Giver of good things) Yen Ara Asase Ni (This is our land) Enne Ye Anigye Da (Its a joyful day) Ennye Yen Nyame (Not to us O LORD) Sam Befa (Collect what you left behind) Asem Yi Di Ka (Prime talk).wp-1577717410363.jpgUnited Nations must set 13th September Dr Amu International Pan African Day to be observed by the United Nations. It is important to designate specific day as occasion to mark events, topics in order to promote awareness and action of his objectives of the Organization. Member States propose observance and General Assembly to establish by resolution his contribution to music. Celebrations by specialized agencies of United Nations UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO this issues within their scope by the General Assembly.

Works by Ephraim Amu:

  • Amu, Ephraim. Twenty-five African Songs in the Twi Language. Music and words by E. Amu. Sheldon Press, 1932.
  • Amu, Ephraim. Amu choral works. Waterville Publishing House, 1993.
  • Amu, Ephraim. How to Study African Rhythm. The Teachers’ Journal (Accra) 6.2 (1933): 1933-34.

Works on Ephraim Amu 

  • Agawu, V. Kofi. The impact of language on musical composition in Ghana: An introduction to the music style of Ephraim Amu. Ethnomusicology (1984): 37-73.
  • Agawu, V. Kofi, and Ephraim Amu. “The making of a composer.” Black Perspective in Music (1987): 51-63.
  • Agyemang, Fred M. Amu the African: a study in vision and courage. Asempa Publishers, Christian Council of Ghana, 1988.
  • Amu, Misonu. Stylistic and Textual Sources of contemporary Ghanaian Art Music composer. A case study: Dr. Ephraim Amu.Unpublished M. Phil, thesis presented to the Institute of African Studies, Univ. of Ghana, Legon (1988).
  • Professor Kwesi Ampene, on Dr Amu, CU West African Music High Life International Studies Centre

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  • Atiemo, Abamfo Ofori Singing with understanding’: the story of gospel music in Ghana.” Studies in world Christianity 12.2 (2006): 142-163.
  • Beeko, Anthony Antwi. The Trail Blazers: Fruits of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, 1828-2003. Afram Publications Ghana Limited, 2004.
  • Dor, George. Uses of indigenous music genres in Ghanaian choral art music: Perspectives from the works of Amu, Blege and Dor. Ethnomusicology (2005): 441-475.
  • Flolu, James. “Music teacher education in Ghana: Training for the churches or schools?.” Sounds of Change–Social and Political Features of Music in Africa. Stockholm: SIDA (2004): 164-179.
  • Nketia, JH Kwabena. The Historical and Stylistic Background of the Music of Ephraim Amu. Ephraim Amu, Amu Choral Works 1 (1963).
  • Nketia, J. H. Modern trends, Ghana music. African Music (1957): 13-17.
  • Oehrle, Elizabeth. Emerging music education trends in Africa. The Int.  journal of music educ.1(1991)23-29
  • Turkson, A. R. “The Bi-musical approach of Ephraim Amu to music education in Ghana.” Eleventh International Research Seminar in Ghana. 1986.
  • promoted choral music in Ghana
  • Laryea, Philip T. Ephraim Amu: Nationalist, Poet and Theologian (1899-1995) (Foreword by Emeritus Professor J. H. K. Nketia), Akropong-Akuapem, Regnum  Africa, 2012
  • Professor Flolu, Emmanuel James (1994) Re-tuning music education in Ghana: a study of cultural influences and musical development, dilemma confronting Ghanaian school music teachers. PhD thesis, University of York.

Amu composed several musical pieces, briefly summed up among the others:

  1. “Fare thee well”
  2. “Mawɔ dɔ na Yesu”
  3. “Nkwagye Dwom”
  4. “Dwonto”
  5. “Yetu Osa”
  6. “Israel Hene”
  7. “Onipa da wo ho so”
  8. “Yaanom Abibirimma”
  9. “Yen Ara Asase Ni”
  10. “Adawura abo me”
  11. “Samansuo”
  12. “Ale-gbegbe”
  13. “Mia denyigba lɔ̃lɔ̃ la”

Dr Amu composed the next song below based on the traditional craft of Kente weaving of Ghanaian national costume. Vibrant colours of fabrics of the textiles is so bright and techniques of weaving sounds so rhythmic he composed next song. Kente is impressive but expensive was originally worn only by kings and queens for centuries. Made popular by leaders now available to all to wear on special occasions. In memory of Dr Amu Ghanaians wear cultural costumes on Fridays to work to celebrate their independence from colonialism. Still under economic yoke Dr Amu will not be amused would compose a new song.

Bonwire Kente Song:
Akyinkyinakyinkyin ama mahu nneɛma

Akyinkyinakyinkyin ama mahu nneɛma,
Akyinkyinakyinkyin ama mate nsɛmma,
Asante Bonwire Kente nwene deɛ,
Manhu bi da o,
Asante Bonwire Kente nwene deɛ,
Manhu bi da o,
Kwame nim adeɛ yɔ
Ne kente nwono na abɔ me gye
Ne nsa; ne nan, n’asadua saa nie:
Kro, kro, krohikro,
Hi, hi, hi, hi,
Krohikro hi krokrokro,
Hi, hi, hi, hi,
Krohikro,
Na ɛyɛ me dɛ o,
Na ɛyɛ me dɛ o,
Na abɔ me gye koraa,
Na ɛyɛ me dɛ o,
Na abɔ me gye koraa.
Roaming about has made me observe things,
Roaming about has made me hear of stories,
As for Asante Bonwire Kente weaving,
I’ve never seen some before
As for Asante Bonwire Kente weaving,
I’ve never seen some before
Kwame knows his craft His expert Kente weaving, amazes me.
His hands; his feet, the loom sound thus:
Kro, kro, krohikro,
Hi, hi, hi, hi,
Krohikro hi

WHERE I AM YOU’LL BE ALSO

5581b66e33c304d251c5427201c01bb5.jpgJesus says, where I am you will be also in John 14:1 so do not let your heart be troubled if you believe in God believe in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions if it were not so I will tell you. I go to prepare a place for you. As I go and prepare a place for you I will come again to receive you to myself so where I am you will be also. And you know where and the way you know.downloadfile-151.jpg Thomas said to him, Lord we know not where you go and how can we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth and the life no man comes to the Father but by me. If you know me you know my Father and you know HIM because you see HIM in me. Philip said to him Lord show us the Father.b.jpg Jesus said to him I spent a long time with you yet you don’t know me Philip? he who sees me sees Father God so why do you say show us the Father 10 Believe I am in the Father and Father is in me. These words I speak to you, I speak not of myself but from the Father dwelling in me, HE does the works. 11 Believe me I am in the Father and the Father in me so believe me for HIS work’s sake.great-council-in-heaven4-1.jpgIMG-20191211-WA0001.jpg 12 I say to you all who believe in me the works I do you will do also and greater works than these you will do because I go to my Father. 13 What you ask in my name will I do so Father is GLORIFIED in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. 15 If you love me keep commands. 16 Father God will give you another Comforter to be with you.IMG-20191211-WA0002.jpg 17 Even Spirit of truth the world cannot receive because it sees him not or know him but you know him for he dwells with you and in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 A little while the world sees me no more but you see me because I live you shall live also. 20 That day you will know I am in my Father as you in me and I in you. thought-1-1.jpg21 He that has my commands and keeps them loves me and those who love me shall be loved of my Father and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas said to Lord, how will you manifest yourself to us and not to the world? 23 Jesus said to him If you love me keep my words and my Father will love you we’ll come to abide with him.14-1.jpg 24 He that loves me keeps my sayings so and the word you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me 25 These things I said while present with you but  26 the Comforter, Holy Spirit the Father sends in my name, he shall teach you all things to bring to your remembrance what I say to you and countless others.052161_b2b167769f364d3ab1e6c8caceb1b53a~mv2.jpg 27 Peace I leave with you my peace I give to you not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled, do not be afraid. 28 I say to you I will go away and come again to you. If you love me you will rejoice because I go to the Father my Father is GREATER than I. 29 I tell you before it happens so when it comes to pass you will believe in me.IMG-20191024-WA0000.jpgjesus-and-the-angels-leading-the-rapture-1.jpgdownloadfile-130.jpgIs-the-Hope-of-Rapture-to-meet-Jesus-Christ-Achievable.jpgsource.gifdownloadfile-4.gif

the-rapture-header.jpgdownloadfile-110.jpgRapture is instant in “the twinkling of an eye” in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 in Bible. Jesus will come in the CLOUDS to receive His believers in Christ and dead raised alive together with living into heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. 2 Thessalonians 2:1–10 speaks of the rapture and blessed hope in Titus 2: 13 and 1 John 3:3. During tribulation before an antiChrist great tribulation when God judges earth. Accept Jesus, pray to God to save you in Jesus Name in this eternal life in God’s Presence. Revelation 22:4 says people SEE GOD’S FACE AND HIS NAME will be on their foreheads. God’s name will be written on the foreheads of believing people.New-Jerusalem-New-Heavens-New-Earth-Revelation-21-Tabernacles.jpgIn John 14 30 Jesus said the prince of this world comes but has nothing in me. 31 The world knows I love Father God and Father gives commandments done. Twenty-four elders in Revelation 4:4 sit on twenty four thrones in heaven wear white garments of God’s righteousness. These are 12 sons of Jacob and elders of Israel named land on map of Israel. The new Jerusalem has jewels of 12 tribes and 12 disciples of Jesus’ names on 12 gates and 12 foundations of New City of Zion. Revelation 21:12 City’s great high wall has twelve gates with twelve angels and names written of names of twelve tribes of the children of Israel.downloadfile-86.jpg13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates and on the west three gates. 14 The wall of the city has twelve foundations, and in them names of twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And talked with me had a golden reed to measure city and gates and wall. 16 The city foursquare length as large as breadth measured city with reed, twelve thousand furlongs. Length and breadth height equal. 17 And wall hundred and forty four cubits measure.IMG-20191211-WA0004.jpg18 Building of wall is jasper, city is pure gold like clear glass. 19 Foundations of wall of city is precious stones: jasper, sapphire; chalcedony; emerald; 20 Then sardonyx; sardius; chrysolyte; beryl; topaz; chrysoprasus; jacinth, amethyst. 21 Twelve gates has twelve pearls each and the street of the city is pure gold as transparent glass. Citizens of heaven on earth like 12 tribes of Jacob, 12 disciples of Jesus were of once flesh and blood on earth in Israel and Jesus lived among them physically. Jesus promised homes in heaven and they are in the presence of God right now 24/7 praising God and worshipping in heaven. During Rapture Jesus will come for those in Christ into heaven just as he took these 24 elders other remnant left behind sealed. Years later all come back to live on the earth in the New Jerusalem Israel on earth. 

GOD GIVES PERFECT PEACE

GOD keeps in PERFECT PEACE the MIND kept on GOD because of TRUSTING GOD says Isaiah 26:3. A man declared FAITH in God that if GOD slays him he STILL LOVES AND TRUSTS GOD. In Job 13:15, Job’s faith in GOD was tested yet TRUSTS God and maintains his ways before God.15710500170627782202892357446392.jpgJesus Disciples said, they have nowhere else to go because Jesus has the WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE. In John 6:68, Simon Peter answered Jesus, Lord to whom do we go? No matter their fate, challenging circumstances of life they had nowhere to go but run to LOVING ARMS OF GOD.1571049947069757816999684027485.jpgJesus asked His twelve disciples “Do you want to leave too like Judas Iscariot for greedy love of money, for pleasures of the world etc betrayed Jesus? They said absolutely not because he who has the Son has life. No matter the issues of life Jesus warned of these perilous times.D.15710498484774482450719129202222.jpgThe Have CONFIDENCE in GOD to see you through life in Jesus Name. GOD says do not fear those who kill flesh but cannot kill the soul in Jesus Name FEAR GOD who kills soul. Bible says in John 16:2 they will put you out of synagogues or kill thinking they are DOING GOD a favour. The day is coming they will face WRATH of GOD on DAY of the LORD.wp-1571053184636.jpgJESUS COMES TO GIVE LIFE EVEN LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY IN JESUS NAME. As citizens of heaven THE REAL LIFE ETERNAL IN ETERNITY IS YET TO COME to reunite LOVED ONES as devil burns in hell for attacking GOD’S people globally. Example of faith is testimony of Horatio Spafford’s faith in GOD in his time of adversity. Weeping may endure  but joy comes in the morning for those who MOURN with HOPE in Christ.15710499640867255745608443986295.jpgOn being notified of tragedy at sea and the loss of his children, Horatio Spafford immediately set sail for Wales to reunite with his heartbroken wife. Once at sea, Spafford asked the captain to point out exactly where the Ville du Havre sunk.
As he crossed fateful spot grief-stricken father sat with pen in hand and wrote what become one of Christendom’s most beloved song of HOPE and TRUST in GOD ELOHIM JEHOVAH in CHRIST.wp-1571053218214.jpgChristian believer’s salvation is in Christ alone because there is no other name given among men by which to be saved. In Psalm 139:8 Bible says, “If I ascend to the heavens GOD is there; if I descend in Sheol GOD is there. GOD’S WORD does not go void so achieves GOD’S purpose for sending word. In Psalm 139:9 If rise on wings of dawn or settle by farthest sea GOD is there. There is nowhere to go to escape wrath of God its a futile desire to run from the LORD so RUN to GOD. 15710853891056583687574779996534.jpgPhilippians 4:7 says the PEACE OF GOD which passes all human understanding will keep your HEART and MIND SAFE in UNION with CHRIST JESUS. Its GOD’S Grace, Mercy and Compassion that gives Strength to endure in adversity to cope with grief, sorrow, pain, loss. GOD is still on the Throne so in Control of your life. 

PERFECT PEACE FOR ALL WHO TRUST GOD.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
(Refrain)
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

GOD KNOWS YOU BY NAME

15696018096118520238093821280294.jpgGod called Moses in Exodus 2:1-6 in the burning bush by name ‘Moses! Moses in verse 4. God knew and called Moses by name for God knew Moses by name and God knows your name too. In Exodus 33:17 the LORD God told Moses I will do the thing you asked for you found grace in my sight and I know you by name.15695936359615921057643056964170.jpg1 Samuel 3:1-10 says God called Samuel by name five times that night. Samuel’s name is known by God who knows your name too. Jesus after death when ladies at His tomb told by angel, “Go tell the disciples and PETER, Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee in Mark 16:7.  Peter is named by Jesus and God knows your name too. Be confident God knows your name to care in HIS LOVE for you.15695930491324585302263683787082.jpgtumblr_ca0a2765cf4867f498a1ffd18607a767_81b9a534_540.gif15695928353085138114838400789948.jpg15695937154576726216725543685279.jpgIsaiah 43:1 – Bible says in Jeremiah 1:5 Before God formed you in the womb He knows you, before you were born God sanctified you, ordained you prophet to the nations. Before you were born God called you from birth and mentioned you by name in Isaiah 49:1-26. Listen, O isles, hearken people from far. The LORD called Isaiah from the womb so God mentioned Isaiah by his name.IMG-20190927-WA0003.jpgIsaiah 43:1-28, The LORD God created you Jacob and He formed you O Israel, Fear not, God redeemed you and called you by your name as God’s property. In John 10:14-15, The GOOD SHEPHERD is God HE knows HIS sheep and HIS sheep know God and hear HIS VOICE daily.15695927732523471099889250649876.jpg15696018479875481401615843368842.jpgIn John 10:3, the Good Shepherd Jesus the door opens and the sheep hear His voice. Calls His own sheep by name and leads them into green pastures. Psalms 139:1 – 127:24, in the Psalm of David, O LORD you searched me and know me. It is written in Psalms 91:14, Because you set your love on God, therefore God will deliver you and set him on high because you know God Elohim Jehovah’s Name.IMG-20190925-WA0001.jpgIn Isaiah 43:2, When you pass through the waters I will be with you through rivers they shall not overflow you. When you walk through fire you will not be burnt or flames burn you. Isaiah 43:7 Says everyone called by MY NAME is created for God’s GLORY formed by God WHO made him. Exodus 33:17 The LORD told Moses I will show you MY GLORY as you said for you found grace in my sight and I know you by your name.20190927_153428.jpgMoses negotiates with God to lead Israel by cloud in the day and by fire at night. Moses no longer carried the burden of leading the people allowed Moses rest to let people God tells them to move or to stop. Moses told “the LORD lead the people so everyone will know You are leading us.” God’s response in Exodus 33:17 is I will do what you ask because I know you. God knows Moses and Moses knows God will do as HE said HE will do for Moses trusts who God knows Moses. 15696020670754183882991775581690.jpgThe LORD assured Moses HIS Presence will go with Israel and responded with these words in Exodus 33:17: “I will do this thing you spoke of you found grace and favour in My sight, I know you by name.” This profound statement and is confidence boosting for Moses under so much pressure from people. This truth from to Moses is significant in our lives. Leaders find people look up to them not God to settle problems. So may not seek answers in Bible for guidance look for others for advise them. God is needed despite angelic help for journey to help with challenges of life in Promised land. 15696016206507657032653170389037.jpgMoses said, “If You know my name and I find grace in Your sight be with us. The LORD knows your name HIS favour on you to truly to experience HIS presence, grace in life, family, work or future. God knew all his mistakes, his anger, pride, murder, grief of loss of Miriam, his need for a new leader to help. God knows us by name. God knows moment from time knitted in womb and named. When we feel lonely God knows we are not alone for the Father God is with us. And Jesus promised to be with us to the end. God leads and gives rest. We trust God to be with us shows up in HIS Shekinah Glory to reveal His presence to give us hope.15696015692418302686744808717505.jpgRevelation 20:15, says God knows those whose are found written in the book of life but those found cast in a lake of fire. God sees good deeds in secret. Matthew 6:4-8, says all your gifts in secret Father see in secret to reward you openly. The Almighty God, Creator of the Universe created you in HIS OWN IMAGE knows your name each hair on your head. He knows details of your life and loves you, wants to spend time with you. So God is part of your life as you are in HIS Image you have God’s inbuilt nature, qualities of God. All who call upon the Name of the LORD shall be saved in Jesus Name156960351765152153874966760369.jpgIn Isaiah 43:1-28 The Lord who created you Jacob and formed you O Israel: says “Fear not for I redeemed you and called you by name you are mine. And when you pass through the waters I will be with you and through the rivers they will not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you will not be burned and the flame shall not consume you. For I AM the Lord your God the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour. I give Egypt as your ransom Cush and Seba in exchange for you. You are precious to me, honoured and I love you, I give men in return for you in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I AM with you and I will bring your offspring from the east and west. I will gather your children from the north.15695940672132046145896182366750.jpgIn John 10:14-15 Jesus as good shepherd knows His own and His own know Him  the Father knows Jesus and Jesus knows the Father and He lays down His life for His sheep. In John 10:3 His sheep hears His Voice, and He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. Psalm 139:1-24 says,  LORD, you search and know me you know when I sit down or when I rise up. You discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and acquainted with all my ways. Before I speak the words on my tongue O LORD you know it. Your hedge of protection is behind and before me to and keep your hands upon me. God.15696016868903921635021051869826.jpgIn Psalm 91:14 “Because we hold fast to God in love He will deliver and protect us because we knows God’s Name. And  Isaiah 49:1-26 says Listen O coastlands, give attention people from far. God has called me from my mother’s womb and named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of HIS hand he hid me, made me a polished arrow in HIS quiver he hides me. God said, “You are God’s servant in whom Israel will be glorified.” I said, “I laboured in vain and spent my strength for nothing in vain its LORD God who will recompense me. So the LORD formed Isaiah from the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to HIM and Israel gathered to him. Isaiah is honoured in the eyes of the LORD and God is our strength in Jesus Name. 

GOD SAID TAKE OFF JEWELS

15688799791249154926920231695478.jpgGod told Israel to take off jewelry ornaments by Mount Horeb in Exodus 33:6. Israelites told to strip themselves of their jewelry to stop wearing it due to their stiff neckedness that made God angry. God’s authority as gold provider  teaches them to be humble not insolent because they dress in luxury gold. God forced them to be accountable for their stiff necked behaviour in life to reflect on their actions. So must appear in deep mourning repent of their circumstances as God told Moses. They cried at the sad news Moses relayed but remorse requires practice of a demure, sombre, silence to signify sorrow, grief and regret. Luxury jewels, trinkets, ornaments taken off, hairstyle kept simple, covered or shaved to be humble in the sight of God. Some wear sandals or walk barefoot in sackcloth as sign of humility to seek face of God in prayer of repentance. Humble penitence pleases God if mankind strips off excess to lay themselves bare before God to enter HIS Presence in the temple in silence. Its a deep reflection to seek God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness to search their heart, soul in repentance. God’s decision is not cruelty but of pity and mercy of God’s concern and love for them to change. Faces must show grief, tears or grievous sighs, groaning, sobs pleading for remission of sins, promises of eternal life in Christ. God required Israelites to show true remorse in their appearance in anguish of souls at the foot of Mount Horeb. God warned them about their stiff-neckedness that results in punishment from God. Isaiah 2:19-22 in Bible says people hide in caves, holes, rocks in fear of the LORD’S GLORY and Majesty as HE rises to shake earth. 20 That day people will cast idols of silver, gold made to worship to moles and cave bats. Revelation 6:15-17 kings of the earth, princes, generals, rich, mighty, slave, free hide in caves of rocks, mountains. 16 They call mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of God who sits on the throne and from wrath of the Lamb. 17 The great day of wrath has come and who can stand God?”IMG-20190919-WA0000.jpgAs Revelation 6:15-17 says The kings of earth, princes, generals, rich, mighty, slave or free hide in caves among rocks of mountains. 16 They call on mountain and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of God who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. 17 The great day of wrath has come who can stand God?” God expects humility to see external physical norms associated with sadness or grief and sorrow. God told Moses to tell them to put off ornaments until God decides what to do with Israel to move on as God instructed Moses. This God’s command was to a “stiff neck” people in time of anger against their rebellion. It does not mean Christians must never wear gold. Neither are ornaments to be a centre of focus for wrong reasons of a negative attention seeking behaviour. In 1 Timothy 2:9 he warns Church women to dress in moderation compared to the vulgar outlandish costumes to draw an attention of moral decadence. In 1 Peter 3:3 the problems of affluence in Church meant adornment outwardly arranging the hair, wearing gold putting on fine apparels became competition to outdo each other to show off even in giving. It  is still an issue as Peter is talking about modesty in dress and moderation in all things. Jewelry is good as God adorns His Bride with jewels in prophecy living in Golden heavenly city bedazzled with precious jewel in New Heaven and New earth freely given to all those in Christ.15691430577836522483842083837573.jpgBut going and spending too much time preparing self with gold to look bizarre to impress to seduce in the presence of God’s house is at the heart of the matter. Gold is good to Glorify God at the heart of worship in Church in His Presence so is not fashion catwalk. Christians live in a world of luxury and decadence Peter warned of the danger of lack of modesty in adornment in the Church. A senseless extravagance to show off is not modesty to focus on God for their selfless service of goodness. Bible says Christians to be adorned modestly in humility. Timothy says ladies in church adorn your heart.  I Timothy 2:9 says wear modest apparel and be properly covered. In moderation use simple braid hair, gold, pearls not a costly clothing to show off wealth. These passages confirm the notion of stripping off fine jewels and rich clothes in times of deep grief and humiliation in Micah 1:8. To wail and howl; strip in sackcloth or simple clothes to make wailing sound of mourning required by a sincere grief. In Numbers 31:50 some gave offering to the LORD gold articles, armlet bracelets, signet rings earrings, necklaces to make atonement before the LORD. 51 Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted gold, all crafted articles. 52 from commanders of thousands, commanders of hundreds so Moses and Eleazar presented gifts to the LORD weighed 16,750 shekels. 53 From soldier’s plunder. 54 Moses and Eleazar the priest took gold to tent of meeting as memorial of Israelites before the LORD.15688437892126007227081830922345.jpgIMG-20190918-WA0010.jpg20190922_072843.jpgIMG-20190918-WA0011.jpg15691434028886680607314834921558.jpgIMG-20190918-WA0014.jpgGodly sorrow and mourning has a hope of eternal life and given precious jewels. Church is not a time for fashion parades to show off gold wealth. Or of changing clothes many times during sad funerals like a wedding feast. Costs thousands to those planning funeral to spend money after death but not in the lifetime. Deep grief or sorrow strips fineries of life in sadness for a season. God expects life to return to normal after the time of sorrow and grief. In 1 Samuel 19:24 the extreme deep devotional exercise of Saul under prophetic influence strips him bare before God. Israel is humbled by God. Ancient Jewish name יהוה of Jehovah’s Divine protection in a golden ornament used to make golden calf had consequence laying naked, defenceless. All ornaments or spiritual things of God commanded to lay off and to not wear symbols of Divine protection forfeited by transgression until after repentance. God said, “That I may know what to do to Israel” under God’s Divine protection shield is commanded to put aside. Many parted with ornaments put aside and later worn again. Lots of jewels, wives, daughters, sons of 600,000 men stripped to make golden calf. Rest of ornaments later used in Tabernacle furnishing so much people were asked to stop giving it became too much in Exodus 36:5-6. A lesson here is not to put confidence in gold wealth, riches but put confidence in God. Whoever lost gold or riches God is able to restore a 100 fold in this life and in eternal life to come in heaven.

JESUS’ MOUNT ZION 144,000

20190907_175937.jpgJesus and 144,000 Jews on Mount Zion  in GREAT TRIBULATION so unscathed. Jesus works with them at Mount Zion in Israel. In Revelations 5:​9, 10; 20:6, they are in Israel with Jesus on Mount Zion. The 144,000 Jews in Revelation 7:4, Revelation 14:​1-3 with the Lamb, Jesus standing on Mount Zion in Israel. The 144,000 work with Jesus in John 1:​29;  1 Peter 1:​19 in the literal physical Israel Mount Zion on earth. Jesus joins 144,000 before unleashing GREAT TRIBULATION to the maximum intensity. Jesus goes to Israel during ministry of 144,000 with them to give them to evangelise. Earth is joined to heaven in Psalm 2:6; Hebrews 12:22 so Jesus comes and goes to earth from heaven. The 144,000 Jews sealed means they have special protection from God’s judgment against wicked and antiChrist in GREAT TRIBULATION of Revelation 6 : 17. For seven years warn Israel of the judgment of God against all those who reject God and Jesus to complete plan of salvation for Israel. Daniel 9:24–27 says 144,000 first fruits, Revelation 14:4 are REDEEMED in Israel in Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:25–27. 15678760027586619305401476038262.jpg15679334750041544978209387909551.jpgWomen priests evangelize too. So 144,000, sealed in Revelation 7:3 completed BEFORE 4 angels Released in Trumpet 6 & Woe 2 in Revelation 9:13. Then the  6th angel blows trumpet and a voice 14 says RELEASE 4 angels bound in great river Euphrates. 15 Those 4 angels kill a third of mankind. After 144,000 in post-rapture world proclaim gospel of Jesus to the world during great tribulation period. Their ministry bring countless multitudes from every nation, tribe, people, language, in Revelation 7: 9 receive Christ. In the Bible they play an important role in restoring nation of Israel and world in the final days before the Second Coming physically of Jesus to earth. 144,000 unannounced on TV but known when Jesus takes CONTROL on earth during final 1,335 days of GREAT  TRIBULATION on earth. The 144,000 Jews preach to Jews and all the nations, encounter Jesus preaching repentance to receive Gospel of Kingdom of God. In  Revelation 14:6 Three angels flying with ETERNAL GOSPEL proclaim to who live on the earth to work with 144,000 and the two witnesses to win countless the multitudes of saints from all nations, kindred, tongues appear to before God, GREAT TRIBULATION souls saved. So sealed 144,00 Redeemed from earth go before throne singing exclusive new song. Christians see 144,000 after rapture and the GREAT TRIBULATION of the judgement wrath of God to destroy people, trees. 144,000 Jewish converts of 12,000 from 12 tribes, Israel evangelize Jews, Gentiles save countless multitude all in white in heaven, Revelations 7:1-4.15678752442271673699280881626181.jpgIMG-20190902-WA0011.jpg1567875739736784344249470041369.jpgIMG-20190902-WA0013.jpg20190903_091613.jpgIMG-20190907-WA0004.jpgIMG-20190907-WA0005.jpg15679456673828355860852592776047.jpg15679458530822187249850544869101.jpg15679468646322125256681700529078.jpg15679537804548540671690504974507.jpgIMG-20190902-WA0014.jpg15678757633772723000347447199095.jpgIMG-20190908-WA0006.jpgIMG-20190902-WA0012.jpgIMG-20190908-WA0000.jpgThe 144,000 have testimony of Jesus as witnesses to testify about Jesus’ Gospel concerning God in Revelations 1:9. John is told to worship God by angel to keep words of this book in Revelation 19:10. Saints worship God like Jesus did doing God’s so believers, angels are the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2,4, Job 1:6;  2:1; Job 38:7. In Luke 1:35; 3:38 Jesus and Adam created directly by God. Those saved or born again are sons of God in Luke 20 : 36, John 1:12; Romans 8:14, and Romans 8:19; Galatians 3:26. Believers in Christ  by faith also believe in the Testimony of God concerning Son in John 1:1;John 5 :9-10. Peter told Cornelius in Acts 10:25-26 worship God not man. Lystra people told by Barnabas and Paul in Acts 14:10-15 worship God, serve no other gods in Exodus 20:3. Jesus refused to worship satan said, Go away its written ‘Worship LORD God serve HIM only in Matthew 4 :10. Revelation 7:1-4 says Jesus, 144,000 standing on Temple Mount Zion, Israel.156787582259121615811016526371.jpg15679340158457240328684188222444.jpg15679339571308971641764648968398.jpg15679338838705427554890681789378.jpg15678778472037811424408330642529.jpg 20190907_183841.jpgTestimony of Jesus Hebrew μαρτυρία  martyria is to testify about Christ Jesus is reason for testimony of Jesus and God. Jesus is source of testimony to God and spirit of prophecy. The testimony about Jesus is spirit of prophecy by Holy Spirit through Spirit of Christ in John 14:18; Romans 8:9; 1Peter 1:11. The source of prophecy in Revelation 1:1-2 is Jesus so Testimony of Jesus cause persecution,  martyrdom of these saints in Revelations 1:96:911:712:11, 12:17 and 20:4. So Christ suffered many things to enter His Glory in Luke 24:25. 144,000 with Jesus during Second Coming and in “New Heavens,” heavenly government ruling the “new earth.” Holy righteous earth brings God to dwell in Jerusalem Israel in Isaiah 65: 17;2 Peter 3:​13. Jesus reigns with chosen kings, priests for 1,000 years in Israel till war with Gog and Magog Armageddon battle takes place. Then Revelation 19:1 says Heaven rejoices at fall of ‘Babylon,’ loud voice of multitudes said “Alleluia, Salvation, GLORY, HONOUR, POWER,  belong to the LORD God. 2 So True and righteous are HIS judgments. As God is judging to avenge blood of HIS servants shed3 Shouted, ‘Alleluia’ as smoke rises up forever. 4 So twenty-four elders, four living creatures fall down, worship God who sat on throne say, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5 A voice from throne said, “Praise our God, all you HIS servants all who fear HIM both great and small. These GREAT TRIBULATION saints and other saints in Christ resurrect in eternal life in God’s Kingdom. God’s CHOSEN 144,000 Jews are only Males from Israel. God LOVES Jews and will NOT replace them with any church or Jehovah’s witnesses or anyone claiming to be chosen. God KNOWS the 12 tribes and chooses them to do HIS end time work for HIM. So Christian believers are grafted in God’s Covenant with Israel so Jews and the Gentiles are ONE IN CHRIST. God has mansions for countless multitudes from all nations, tribes and languages and so Jesus welcomes all.

Courtesy of Book Excerpts:

Brown, We are Not Afraid of antiChrist