JESUS KING OF Kings/Princes

20190901_215455.jpgJesus is KING OF Kings and Princes Who return to rule in Israel. Revelation 20:4+ says resurrected saints rule and reign with Christ. Jesus and saints return with a heavenly army in Jude 1:14 as Enoch the seventh from Adam prophesied. The Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints and many passages in the old and new testament confirm saints will rule. Isaiah 32:1 says the righteous reign with Messiah and princes rule with justice. Daniel and John says saints rule after the beast destroyed in Revelation 19:20 in Second Coming of Christ, reign of saints not yet come. Four kings arise out of earth but saints of Most High God will receive to possess kingdoms forever in Daniel 7:17-18. The Ancient of Days will come to judge but favour saints of Most High in Daniel 7:21-22. God’s Kingdom,  dominion, greatness of kingdoms under the whole heaven given saints. Kingdom is everlasting, dominions will serve and obey Jesus in Daniel 7:27. Jesus given an authority over cities Luke 19:17-19. Not as James and John want position on left and right of Jesus share rule in Mathew 20:20, Mark 10:37. Revelation 3:21 says Jesus tells overcomers to sit with Him on His throne as He sits on His father’s throne: God’s gives high authority to the believers with Jesus on David’s throne in Matthew 25:31 as kings on this earth. This kings and priests of God’s kingdom iRevelation 5:10 reign in the FUTURE as kings and priests to God. Joint heirs with Jesus as believers in God’s Word by royal priesthood. New new creations as His special people, Body of Christ, heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ Jesus. KINGS AND PRIEST.jpgAs Jesus Rules and Reigns all in Christ will rule and reign as kings, queens and royal priests on earth. Jesus is ONLY KING’S KINGDOM citizens made Kings and Queens. People in other kingdoms are NOT ALL Kings as UNIQUE Kingdom of God. People must know because some are going around saying they kings and queens. In Deuteronomy 17:14–15, God said, “ In land the LORD your God gives you say, ‘set king over us like all nations be sure to appoint a king LORD chooses. God promised Jacob, Nations will come from you and kings among descendants in Genesis 35:11, Genesis 36:31; 49:10; Numbers 24:7–9; Deuteronomy 28:36. In Bible, Jezebel the woman she – devil in 1 Kings 16:31; 18:4-19; 19:1, 2; 21:5-25; 2 Kings 9 manipulates King Ahab to control nation. Its a misnomer to encourage the people to think all are kings and queens all at the same time. One reigning king and queen and subordinate kings and queen living in harmony. Hierarchy structure of kingship is birthright seniority from God but exceptions happen on special occasions. Hierarchy structure includes set formal positions with authority of each king. A paramount King is bowed to by lesser king during durbars. During procession event lesser king got out of his palaquin to walk on foot by a Senior King’s palace as a sign of respect and honour. Repeats again on return after procession to sit in palaquin after passing the King’s palace. Each king holds their strategic positions in battle knows which location to be in to cover the Senior King permanently associated with each kingdom. These kings meet together at international and local level to help celebrate community and to keep in touch with the citizens. thought-1.jpgDisputes or differences settled amicably but warring faction may disagree on the issues they do not see eye to eye. This is a traditional kingship which treats their king as God’s representative on earth. A lesser king brings specific gifts, tributes, to the Senior Kings. During the hunting season parts of the game veal belonging to Senior King given to them. A public  sitting, arrival, processions are all based on preset protocol of Kingdom structure for thousands of years. Highly followed protocol based on hierarchy of an office and position of a king is established by the traditions. They are not based on the favouritism or popularity of the King or opinions of the people. Those close to a kings family are trained from birth to be aware of these traditions. People not familiar with a kingdom rule may find a standard protocol strange but it has the very role to establish order and security or safety. Some misunderstand protocol demand to be treated as they like do not respect a traditional setting structure. Some declare they are kings wear huge gold chains, gold teeth, distorts true reality of kingship. Lack humility and mislead people by delusion of grandeur megalomaniac impostor syndrome of a royal paranoia always feeling superior to others. Do not submit to authority or understand that kings are not arrogant pompous tyrants who order the people around. Its King makers who choose a humble considerate and pliable person they feel will cope well with position. They are trained and taught kingship is duty for life not self aggrandisement for negative attention seeking behaviour to outshine others and to show off to the world. It is essential to educate modern generations about social structure to understand role of subjects and citizens. Lack of modern education makes social media want to dictate structures they do not fully understand. Security reasons require discreet communication silence, using trained eyes, blink, wink, handle position of teacup, bags, subtle language in the presence of dignitaries. One cannot be blunt, raw or outspoken all the time for personal safety. Revelation 8:1 says when the Lamb opens seventh seal is silence in heaven for about half an hour. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent we must know when to talk and when to say nothing as Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:17. Jesus SUBMITS to God yet He is the ONLY KING of Kings SEATED AT GOD’S RIGHT HAND. Good to know wealth or fame is not reason to become king. Some think being rich in powerful positions automatically makes them king. So make unrealistic demand on others to fulfil their fantasy so if they are rebuffed get so angry and irrational. They live in a utopia fantasy world with blindspots not realising life is tough and challenging so must adapt and grow up.  Must put other people first because life is not exclusively only all about them. IMG-20191029-WA0004.jpgThere is ONLY ONE KING OF Kings Jesus Head of all Children of God. Jesus warns in the last days highminded people who feel above their station have minds on physical things not real things of God. God is not retained in their thoughts in Psalm 10:4, Romans 1, despise authority do their own thing for they think they are superior to God and Jesus. They are presumptuous, self-willed, impose their strong will on others by their way or no way behaviour, act out of dictates of their own hearts to influence public opinion than following God with humility and trusting HIM to bring HIS WILL to pass. 2 Peter 3 says: 1 Know in the last days perilous times will come 2 people will be lovers of themselves lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure than lovers of God 5 having form of godliness but deny God’s power. From such turn away 6 For this sort creep in houses and make captives of silly women load down with sins, led away by lusts 7 always learning and never able to come to knowledge of truth. 8 As Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, resist truth, men of corrupt minds disapproved of by faith 9 will not progress their folly manifests to all they misled. Man of God using Word of God must 10 follow doctrine, lead Godly life, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance 11 face challenges like Antioch, Iconium endured as the LORD delivered. 12 All who live Godly in Christ go through life challenges 13 as the evil men impostors grow worse deceive so deceived.KINGS AND PRIESTS.jpg2 Peter 3 says 14 You continue in things learnt in childhood 15 known Holy Scriptures to make you wise for salvation by faith in Christ. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction instruction, righteousness 17 man of God to be complete equipped for good works. ONLY JESUS MILLENNIAL REIGN believers made kings so don’t be deceived or think too highly of yourself not submit to God. Daniel 2:21 says God changes times seasons HE makes  kings,  removes kings, promote kings. HE gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the humble. A TV show put only kings in a house without servants so did chores, cooked, cleaned. SOVEREIGN LORD gave Jesus all POWER of authority in heaven and earth in Matthew 28:18-19. To teach all nations, baptizing them in Name of Father God, Son, Holy Spirit. Jesus in John 14:12–14 gives power as crucified risen Christ. But satan tries to be like Most High God in Ezekiel, Isaiah 14 cast out of heaven. So Most High God is KING could not have another king in heaven. Kings and queens in kingdoms so no two kings or queens at same time. After satan cast out of heaven to earth the world became his kingdom as ruler of world in John 12:31. Kingdom of God has One KING, Jesus Christ ruling KING in 1 Corinthians 15:28. Jesus refused the offer of satan to make him king after He fasted 40 days and nights in wilderness. In future all overcomer saints rule with Jesus as sons and daughters of God. The Kingdom of God gives leadership power of dominion to saints. Jesus is Absolute KING OF Kings and Lord of lords.

 

SLAVE DANCE MUSIC ITEMS

Slave+drum+from+1645,+found+on+a+VA+plantation.jpgIMG-20191028-WA0001.jpgat783176122225883477906321000011840561155310077420182n1.jpgIMG-20191028-WA0003.jpgslavedance.jpgwp-1572269263498.jpgwp-1572269200706.jpgUncle-Toms-Cabin-2.jpgcard07.jpgA0057_image0001.jpgthe-bamboula-granger.jpgwp-1571952504645.jpgtap_12.gifdancing-the-slaves-1024x617.jpg6drmr.jpg7D955E00-D477-4299-89D9-73C96B138393.jpgdownloadfile-39.jpg2008268WH0417-1024x683.jpgbenin.jpg3d9dfa5e820988bc198023a09700f9f5bffaae75_00.jpgdownloadfile-48.jpgAtem-Bangwa-carver-sculptor-artist-Cameroon.jpgTamTam.jpg20191028_145811.jpgLunda 1972 - portage d'un tambour.jpgslide_4-1.jpgRaineri_Musical-instruments-belonging-to-negro-slaves.jpgslide_6.jpgdownloadfile-37.jpgdownloadfile-40.jpg611f8a5f-c350-4068-9063-99c447c064f1.jpgAfrica-Unplugged.jpegweb1_CubanBarbershop.jpgIMG-20191028-WA0004.jpghqdefault.jpg46517066_196782661230954_2434980490982195200_o.jpg19367118_1919652318316036_5681263008345489408_n.jpgTraditional music of African continent is passed down orally and is not written. Sub-Saharan African music tradition is based on many percussion instruments  including xylophones, drums, and tone-producing instruments such as mbira or “thumb piano.” The music and dance of African diaspora is from these various regions of diaspora origins. The degree of influence of African musical tradition includes American music or Caribbean genres like soca, calypso and zouk. And Latin American music genres: rumba, conga, bomba, cumbia or samba music of the music of enslaved Africans. These in turn influence African global music.ee69f5393c8ce402bdf85148553c983b.jpgReplica of a Akan West African chief’s drum used for dance music events. The artist is high ranking West African well slave community. Drum denotes a wood carving specialist but drums prohibited because white colonists feared its used to communicate for revolt. So Virginia preserved African Cultures from 1700 – 1800, drums made of animal material and Wood. Drums are oldest African-American objects collected early 1700s in Colony of Virginia in America. Drum was made in the Akan region in Ghana West Africa is played during ceremonies or social occasions. The music is fusion of sounds from Ghana, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Gambia, Uganda, Morocco, Belgium, Scotland, England, Denmark, and France. instruments include Kora, Ngoni, Gimbre, Krakab, Axatse, sticks, Gakogui, Seprewa, Sogo, Apentema, Kpanlogo, Atumpani, Fontonfrom, Dondo, Endingidi, Goje, Bolong, Atenteben Flute, the orchestral Flute and Egoe Calabash Gourd.

The drum travelled across Atlantic on a slave ship used to exercise slaves to keep healthy. Music legacy of drumming on plantations by over 12 million Africans transported to America between 1501-1800s. Provided labour for mines, plantations of sugar, rice, tobacco and cotton. Drumming, African musical tradition in colonies of different music, shouts, hollars, work songs, fife, drum and spirituals. Ghana drum opens news broadcast with ‘Ghana muntie’ ie Ghana listen.   

Music of 12 million Africans into Brazil, Caribbean, America by Europeans from West Africa. Europe used war captive as slaves to farm plantations and domestic slaves. Chained below deck, did not see outside travelling on deck to breathe air or dance. Shackled, densely packed like sardines got sick some died, killed from their societies at sea. Sloane’s collected the material culture of Drum objects in African-American slave trade era. These middle passage forced Africans to dance to exercise for slave labour. Akan drum reached Virginia as musical instrument coerced circulate as cultural resources is used in African international music.

Sloane recorded slave music in Jamaica of African drum, guitar. African-Americans play guitar or drums identity of community. Planters didn’t tolerate performances of slave societies. Sloane notes instrument bans didn’t make drums ddisappear. Sloane collected slave artefacts in C18th tools, clothing, whips, nooses, weapons or anatomical remains. Objects, were gifts from correspondents or collectors, judged Sloane on Caribbean’s natural history slavery. The Akan drum donor Reverend Clerk to Sloane identified it “as Indian drum,” but its African. True identity of African objects survived and circulated by slave traders, recreated by slaves for music to dance to. downloadfile-33.jpgAccording to RootsKunta Kinte was born circa 1750 in Mandinka village of Juffure, in Gambia. He was raised in a Muslim family. In 1767, Kunta while he searched for wood to make a drum for his younger brother, four men chased him and took him captive. Haley traced record of ship The Lord Ligonier to Maryland where Kunta arrived in chain in America. Kunta Kinte kept name of his village and native name of Gambia River origin from Portuguese cambio for exchange or trade. Kunta Kinte’s life in village is similar to Masaka Africana.

Cambio is Kamby Bolongo native trade route like Naplis is Minneapolis. By 1600s large agricultural or commercial estates in Brazil needed more slaves. Portuguese slave traders of Gambia kidnapped Kunte. He traced his roots back to the Gambia. Kunte Family was: Omoro (father) and Binta (mother); Belle (wife); Kizzy (daughter); Chicken George (grandson). Kunte was born in c. 1750 in Juffure, The Gambia and died: c. 1822 (aged c.71–77); in the Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Despite attempt by the slave master to erode his name, Kunta Kinte held onto his memories passed on to his descendants written about in his life history book, Roots made into films. 

Courtesy & Credit Images

Professor Kwesi Ampene, CU West African High Life & World Music International Team

Adam Holden, Obroni Dance Music

Anthony Appiah, Princeton University,

Alex Haley, Roots, Kunta Kinte, Virginia

James Delbourgo, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University, USA

Patton, S.F. (1998) African-American art. Oxford, N.Y.: Oxford University Press.Hans Sloane’s collection?

CHOCOLATE COCOA HISTORY

1570957965885497972497589516589.jpgChocolate cocoa history dates to 450 BC. when the Aztecs in Latin America were seen fermenting cocoa seeds made into powder and drunk bitter. The seeds had so much value it was used as currency. Westerners observed them and tasted it but added sugar to sweeten cocoa drink. 20191013_101929.jpg20191012_223843.jpg20191012_223613.jpgTetteh Quashie from Ghana brought the cocoa seeds to Gold Coast and thrived so became a global commodity exported. A tropical temperature suited cocoa best it flourishes in Ghana, Ivory Coast and in Nigeria exported into Western countries Belgium, Britain Cadbury World, Nestle of Switzerland among top 15 countries. 15709666448414663460037240615432.jpgIn 1591 the first transatlantic chocolate cocoa reached Spain turns into popular product as demand grew. The cocoa tree planted from seeds grown is harvested by difficult process by slaves used in its production. History of cocoa process of industrialization of chocolate used slave labour on plantations to supply world with cocoa beans to make chocolate. international_chocolate_organizations_bg.pngThe islands of São Tomé and Príncipe a then colony of Portugal and West Africa archipelago were first to cultivate cocoa among the world’s largest producers in the 20thcentury. The increasing demand from Europe cleared more acres of this plantations. Slaves from Angola of more settlers and more machinery increased supply chain of cocoa and chocolates.15709669144015420792004222029435.jpgscreen-shot-2015-03-12-at-7-45-58-pm.pngThe British Journalist Henry Nevinson documented plight of plantation slaves in articles, magazines and book Modern Slavery published in 1906 in a Harpers Monthly Magazine.“A long line of men and women at intervals of about a yard, were clearing plantation. ..To the back of every woman clung an infant’s head lay between her shoulders, bumped against her back as she struck hoe in the ground.15709668577338478487483041897377.jpgscreen-shot-2015-03-12-at-7-11-13-pm.pngFive or six yards behind them officers stood, white men, or three parts white, dressed in traditional planter style of big hat, white shirt, and loose trousers. Each carried an eight foot stick of hard wood, whitewood, pointed at ends” Nevinson’s work included numerous photographs, descriptions of the working conditions that fueled controversy in Great Britain.1570959284218922480331549334500.jpg1570913992381271102547401987556.jpg15709140345921898763941735144302.jpg15709577132403422594441858102305.jpg15709576587538243842794166318413.jpg157095762463894220843834516828.jpgwp-1570973939028.jpgwp-1570975857142.jpg15709616753066208273275664093074.jpg1570957416522359261156549676512.jpgIMG-20191013-WA0001.jpgIMG-20191013-WA0004.jpg20191012_223727.jpg20191012_224622.jpgIMG-20191013-WA0006.jpgDespite attention to business practices of Cadbury company of Great Britain as biggest owner then of these plantations manufactured chocolates. It publicised situation, shows complicated network dodges blame. Public pressure results in government intervention investigations court case. Cadbury stopped purchasing from São Tomé and Príncipe tranferred the cocoa plantations into West Africa.15709589640531476278166812542906.jpgwp-1570974378415.jpgwp-1570974323215.jpgIMG-20191013-WA0008.jpg15709581362018921958481800225620.jpg15709601948667178737729845178804.jpg15709574448313460189514792968319.jpg15709580230053693676271048576345.jpg15709580965951627154621136725728.jpg15709580676498724700736445595630.jpg1570958672381763599102141026146.jpg20191012_223649.jpgDespite official abolition of slavery the slaves were transported another 400 years and ongoing in parts of the world. In 2001, slave ship MV Etireno carrying several hundred children from Benin were reported missing refused entry to Gabon and Cameroon rescued children. 15709609201355720542936295948445.jpgUNICEF becomes involved investigating reveals slave trafficking operation links West Africa in Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast is the world’s largest supplier of cocoa beans provide 43 % of world’s supply. IMG-20191013-WA0003.jpg15709610769421398615502886880121.jpg15709612150727871124352297305669.jpg15709610018138559175942143094065.jpg15709613775144636840332272573726.jpg15709616191443179012462901860512.jpgThe 600,000 cocoa farms in Ivory Coast account for one-third of nation’s entire economy half the world’s supply for chocolate trade. Most people who are trafficked tricked and lied to with fantastic job prospects with good pecks assured. Find themselves enslaved and victims abused by such traffickers.15709127031975255928808816704229.jpg15709122732244232830728597531413.jpgIMG-20191012-WA0007.jpg
15709125937671682014492957299521.jpg15709124083746362380166338486847.jpg1570912315162438997010313738705.jpg15709152571901898279892588286755.jpg15709152270256971228287323585406.jpg15709151587383094067555383762175.jpg15709151843573151428979682105142.jpg15709143369542848624500990035780.jpgwp-1570979760414.jpg15709137549442769275504908743346.jpg15709150777064823325467641070824.jpg15709124520911926464681554713213.jpg1570912497702511151652750979082.jpg15709149649204204772370625945755.jpg15709149883824262627048778293816.jpgHuman trafficking and child slavery in cocoa and chocolate industry continues today. The Freedom Project investigated series by CNN broadcasted on chocolate industry and government of Ivory Coast address modern slavery in plantations.15709138939523342688749804279542.jpg1570991586829225328139591335123.jpg15709915420956794392330243494243.jpgcacao_photo_8-498x327.jpg15709917056801320040547398428411.jpg15709916241188296576054514775087.jpg15709940654191196607743158215198.jpg1570914640871285281432986836431.jpg15709963627551472745859322635130.jpg15709938622796684368964997672713.jpg15709940303113896639172690823035.jpg15709937734724174395920450358998.jpgwp-1570994671869.jpgwp-1571007286187.jpg15710070494287827044677125274229.jpg15709974957951724047021802272273.jpg15709941748594251023928542528722.jpg15709949682263479862376989604565.jpgwp-1570996871409.jpg15710077035061774160667874051637.jpgwp-1570996769232.jpgwp-1570997036473.jpgwp-1570997695826.jpgChildren at seven years old are working harvesting cocoa pods and beans for the sweet chocolate delicacies of Western people. Education is not compulsory in some countries and due to school fees so many cannot afford to pay. Therefore children work family business to gain skills even if illiterate become farmers.  15709145074994809227748061131838.jpg15709142467478737125626412808158.jpg15709139495294799173970323903708.jpg15709144649192665944281729331706.jpg15709146612125841173579566817033.jpg1570914213505158368728100696923.jpg15709147119983881069686190393130.jpg15709143857771503011103315736757.jpg15709147788696943767045855007937.jpgCNN report felt public must know about it to take action and to stop it, said Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin with Rep. Eliot Engel of New York in response: “How many people know the wonderful chocolates they eat are produced by child labour.15709123579155304010273066167215.jpg15709136806434425289464165586051.jpgIMG-20191012-WA0008.jpgIMG-20191012-WA0010.jpg15709129827953101181712330669658.jpg15709135207818673941076417422835.jpg15709131505218483977154594437069.jpg15709133791519192219027226466769.jpg15709132986567961157504701423115.jpgAgreed a voluntary protocol signed by heads of chocolate industry to stop child labour to certify the cocoa trade as child labour free. The working conditions in cocoa growing bring awareness of a fair trade by consumers. A researcher noted lack of evidence of ethical consumption among end-user improved situations of the child workers on West African cocoa farms. All to consider and ask questions of origins of food and conditions food is produced in. This concerns of safety of well being of those who produce food in Western countries ensures West African cocoa growers and harvesters and other workers globally afforded same rights.

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.

GOD’S WRATH: gold calf idol

15690979064902713126790492251793.jpgA golden was calf made as Moses stayed on the mountain, it caused people to tell Aaron to, “Come, let us make gods to go before us. Moses who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what happened to him in Exodus 32:1. Instead of sending a search party to check on Moses ask for a god to replace the LORD God Elohim. So 2 Aaron said, “Take off the gold earrings your wives, sons, daughters wearing to bring it to me. 3 All the people took off the earrings so brought them to Aaron. 4 He took put into fire to make idol cast calf fashioned by a tool. They said, “This is god Israel which brought you out of Egypt.”5 Aaron built altar in front of the calf said, Tomorrow will be a festival to the LORD. 6 The next day people rose early to sacrifice burnt offerings and sat down to eat, drink, indulged in revelry. 15690854387152242805834355396970.jpgThe LORD said to Moses, Go down, because your people you brought from Egypt became corrupt. 8 They turned from command to make idol cast calf. They bow and sacrifice to it and said, These are your gods Israel which brought you from Egypt. 9 God told Moses they are stiff-necked people so MY anger burns against them to destroy them so I will make you a great nation.” 11 Moses pleads with God, “why should your anger burn against people you brought out of Egypt with great power and mighty hand? 12 The Egyptians will say, ‘Your evil intention brought them to kill them in the mountain to wipe them off the face of the earth. Stop your fierce anger don’t bring disaster on the people. 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as stars in the sky to give your descendants all this land promised their inheritance forever.’14 God relents and did not bring on HIS people threats. 15 Moses went from mountain with two tablets of the covenant law inscribed on 16 Are tablets God wrote and engraved. 15690850117201042018437546389012.jpg17 Joshua heard noise of shouting said to Moses, “There is sound of war in the camp.”18 Moses said: “Its not sound of victory its sound of singing.” 19 Moses by camp saw calf and dancing, his anger burned, threw tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of mountain. He took calf, burnt it in fire, ground to powder mixed in water and made Israelites drink it. 21 Asks Aaron “What did people do to you to lead them into great sin? 22 Do not be angry my lord Aaron said, “You know people these prone to evil 23 They said, ‘Make gods to go before us. Moses who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what happened to him. 24 I told them bring gold jewelry I threw into fire to make calf.”25 Moses saw people running wild Aaron let them get out of control and a laughingstock to their enemies. Moses stood at entrance of the camp and said, “Whoever is for the LORD, come to me all Levites went to him. 27 This is what the LORD God of Israel says: ‘Each man strap sword to his side. Go in camps from one end to other killing, brother, friend and neighbours.”15690853861033695279721949296149.jpg 28 Levites did what Moses commanded so that day three thousand people died. 29 Moses said, “You are now set apart to the LORD today as you were against your own sons, brothers HE has blessed you this day.” 30 The next day Moses told people, “You committed a great sin so I will go to the LORD to make atonement for your sin.”31 Moses went to the Lord and said, “What great sin the people committed to make gods of gold. 32 Please forgive their sin if not, blot me out of book you have written.” 33The Lord replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. 34 Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.” 35 The Lord struck the people with plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron made. God of Israel freed them from their slavery in Egypt in Exodus 32:8 forgotten wants god made from their trinkets, jewelry, bangles borrowed in Egypt. 15690978052441768923771628213165.jpgIsrael given gifts from God turned it into idols to replace Moses mediator with an idol of gold meant for God’s Glory. Their gifts from Egypt from God turns to evil abomination. Seems ridiculous to turn gold to idol declared “gods that brought them out of Egypt.” Israel is taken out Egypt but Egypt is not taken out of them copied idols in Egypt. Took the gifts God to Israel to worship idol not the Creator Almighty God. Knowing God deserves loyalty to be faithful to the Covenant. Impatient waiting a long time for Moses to return from Mount Sinai with the 10 Commandments. God’s timing is not by their terms, conditions, schedule but decided to take matters into own hands. God’s High Priest Aaron’s words to remind them of God’s goodness is non existent. Didn’t seek monotheistic God’s face in prayer, frustrated acted by their permissive freewill of their timetable. Force God to act quickly as HE DID and sent Moses to their own destruction by death and plagues. Aaron tried to justify his reason he set up calf with an excuse the “people made him do it.” Aaron’s job depended on the direct instruction from God not from people who mislead him. To obey God rather than men not make idol for sacrifice or feast uncalled for by God to please people out of fear. Aaron compromised but spared by God for the sake of Moses and his calling by God. IMG-20190921-WA0014.jpgIMG-20190918-WA0011.jpgIMG-20190918-WA0013.jpgGod Elohim Elohim saved the children of Israel through Moses and Aaron who spoke to Pharaoh. But people forgot God did great miracles in Egypt after Moses  was away for 40 days demands Aaron  “make gods to go before them.”So Aaron said took gold rings and he fashioned it into molten calf said “They said, these are your gods O Israel  who brought you from Egypt. So “Aaron built an altar and organised festival to celebrate god tomorrow.’ Fear of mob or doubt sets in so Aaron as a leader who should know better joined in. Moses returned from mountain shocked by their actions and broke the tablets of ten commandments. Aaron’s weak position compromised his faith so they behaved even worse after the calf was made. Wrong action Aaron took to please the crowd made it worse. Moses saw Aaron’s lack of their strong leadership and irresponsibility grinds the god calf. Moses asked him in Exodus 32:21 “Why he led people to sin? Moses angry they made idol at Sinai are told forbidden, worship it, credit it with the GLORY and HONOUR due to Elohim. Aaron’s answered, “the people prone to  evil in fear put gold, silver in fire made golden calf. Aaron said, “remove gold rings in ears of your wives children” in 32:2. Aaron ask Israelites to contribute gold for Tabernacle shortly after. Made a complete U turn Aaron used jewelry for God. “These are your gods, O Israel” in Exodus 32:8 shows ignorance after all the miracles in Egypt in Exodus 12:38.15690853396981651610688323950098.jpgMoses punished people involved killed by sword or died forced to drink water of ground golden calf, plagues, in 32:20-35. For the sake of Moses, Aaron spared by God made High Priest. And God told Moses in 32:7–8, “Go to your people you brought from Egypt made a molten calf. Moses in Exodus 28:1, pleads with God for helper God told Moses “Bring Aaron to serve Me.” God told Moses to, “bring him near.” Aaron, despite flaws chosen by God for job. Moses, Aaron had flaws too but God’s Divine Choice overruled Moses’ anger. So Aaron and Moses God permitted to enter Holy of Holies. God spoke to Moses and Aaron who told the Israelites “remove gold rings in the ears of your wives and children” in Exodus 32:2. Miracles and plagues witnessed by Israel that destroyed Egyptians by God soon forgotten by Israel. The idols gods of gold, silver, stones, statues, rocks or wood, rivers, etc. cannot compare with God Elohim. Romans 1:25 says, people changed truth of God into lie, worship and served the creature more than the Creator Elohim who is blessed for ever. 15690852998777617629643321381310.jpg
Psalm 115:5 says gods have mouths but cannot speak, eyes but cannot see. And  Psalm 135:16 Have mouths do not speak have eyes but do not see. Deuteronomy 4:28 says “They serve gods the works of man’s hands, wood, stone, neither see, hear, eat or smell. Daniel 5:23, you exalt yourself against the LORD of heaven, took vessels of HIS HOUSE you and your nobles, wives and concubines use to drink wine you praise gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which do not see, hear or understand. YET God is One in whose hand your life breath is in, you do not GLORIFY HIM. So become like what they worship blind to Spirit of the Living God deaf to Word of God, dumb to the Everlating Gospel of Testimony of Jesus Christ, Revelation 5:1-14. People become like the idols they worship. What they adore is resembled but believers are to love God to conform to the Image of Christ with God. Antioch people recognised apostles and disciples being with Christ by imitating Him. 15690854132716197525446172792585.jpgIn Jeremiah 10:1-10 same instructions to all to hear the words the LORD spoke to the house of Israel and to all the nations 2 Thus says the LORD Learn not ways of heathens and be not dismayed at signs of heaven; for heathen are dismayed at them. 3 The customs of the people are vain, one cuts a tree out of the forest the work of the hands of the workman with an axe. 4 Decks it with silver and gold so ties it with nails and hammers to fix it not to move. 5 Like an upright palm tree speaks not, is carried because it cannot move. Be not afraid of them they cannot do evil or is it in them to do good 6 And there is none like Elohim O LORD. You art great and your Name is mighty God. 7 Who will not fear you O King of all the nations? For to you belongs all nations And among all the wise men of nations and in all the kingdoms there is none like you. 8 So altogether is a brutish and foolish doctrine of vanities. 9 The Silver spread plates is brought from Tarshish, gold from Uphaz, work of workmen and hands of foundering blue, purple is the clothing of all the work of cunning men. 10 But the LORD is the LORD God, HE is the Living God and Everlasting KING. At HIS wrath earth tremble nations unable to abide at HIS anger.IMG-20190922-WA0001.jpgIMG-20190921-WA0015.jpg15690979577412213509752473793311.jpgQueasyEllipticalBlowfish-size_restricted.gifJeroboam told people of Israel, “It is too much to go to Jerusalem to worship God so, Here are your gods O Israel, which brought you up from land of Egypt in 1 Kings 12:28. Divided kingdom period of Israel in 931-723 BC, Judah: 931-587, Jeroboam built Danite pagan altar high places of 1340-723 BC. Dan tests people through their idolatry in Israel. The sons of Dan set graven image and Jonathan son of Gershom son of Moses and sons priests to tribe Danites until day of captivity of the land in Judges 18:30. God tore Israel from house of David to make Jeroboam king he drove Israel from following the LORD to commit great sin. The sons of Israel walked in sins of Jeroboam so did not depart so God removed Israel from His sight. Israel was carried away into exile from their own land. Amos heard the LORD saying: “Strike the tops of the pillars so thresholds shake. Bring them down on heads of all the people; those left killed with the sword none will get escape. God sends earthquakes in Amos 1:1 destructive power to destroy temple and homes. Survivors of the earthquake killed by sword. The LORD’S fugitives to escape judgment no escape of avenging hand of the LORD. Dig to depths below, climb to heavens above brought down. Hides on top of Carmel is hunted down, seized, hides from MY eyes at bottom of sea but commands serpents to bite them so God finds them in grave, skies on Mt. Carmel, bottom of Mediterranean. God commands giant sea serpents to destroy Israel, all people who reject Christ Jesus.15691508974177443346729491138605.jpgActs 17:27 God wants all to seek HIM to reach out to find HIM HE is not far from any one of us. 27 For in HIM we live and move and have our being. 28 your poets say, ‘We are HIS offspring 29 as we are God’s offspring should not think of God in gold, silver, stone image designed by human skill 30 God overlooks ignorance but commands people to repent 31 God  sets day HE will judge world justice by the man HE appointed and given proof by raising Him from the dead.”32 When they heard about resurrection of dead some sneered but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject 33 Paul left Council 34 Some people follow Paul, believed one is Dionysius a member of Areopagus and woman named Damaris and number of others. Israel’s golf calf of pagan heathen nation spiritually God says idols of gold or silver cannot save. Hosea 14:3 tells Israel not to depend on strength and support of foreign powers or people’s own abilities to make war so asks people “Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount warhorses.” God alone saves His people not by the means of conventional weapons. People to love each by other mutual understanding and respect not by dominance and power. God’s compassion delivers Judah not bow, sword, battle, horses or horsemen in Hosea 1:7. Racist divisive leaders self-destruct through hatred.15691513515824318622528750280201.jpgGod’s love is to Israel and nations is: the LORD loves you and keeps oath sworn to your ancestors. God brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from land of slavery. The LORD God is faithful God, keeps Covenant of love to thousands of generations all who love and keep HIS commandments in Bible in Deuteronomy 7:8–9. God’s Wrath is to idol nations as Moses and Elijah warned to stop hopping between God and baal like Jezebel and Ahab. Wrath of God has consequences for all who cling to God’s creatures not Creator. So 3000 years ago God sent Moses and Elijah to confront nations to choose between idols and HIS Kingdom. Endtime those in Christ Jesus know Rapture will come to go to heaven safely with friends and family. The lost must accept Jesus as living sermon His consuming fire burns in our bones so idols cast down. Anything superseding Lordship of Christ gone, idols destroyed, fear gone. When they saw boldness of Peter and John known as uneducated men surprised, recognized they have been with Jesus in Acts 4:13. They look and sound like Jesus. Moses face shines with God on mountain. So whoever you are around reflect in your persona Bible says God is not mocked good manners is corrupted by evil idols so be careful to worship only Jehovah in Christ Jesus.

Bible Texts on gold calf:

Exodus 32:13: “Remember Abraham, Isaac, Israel, You Swore by Yourself to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as stars of heavens give lands to your descendants to inherit forever don’t kill them for making the golden calf.”
Exodus 32:4: Aaron took gold from their hand and fashioned it with graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
Deuteronomy 9:16:“You sinned against the LORD your God made for yourselves molten calf; turned aside from the way the LORD commanded you.
Nehemiah 9:18:“They made themselves a calf of molten gold and said, ‘This is your god who brought you from Egypt,’ and committed great blasphemies.
Acts 7:41:“They made a calf and brought a sacrifice to idol rejoicing in the works of their hands.
1 Kings 12:28:The king consulted them and made two golden calves and said to them, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem, behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you from land of Egypt.”
2 Kings 10:29: The sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat he made Israel to sin from these Jehu did not depart, even golden calves remained at Bethel and Dan.
2 Kings 17:16: They forsook commandments of the LORD their God and made for themselves molten images two calves. Made asherah worshipped all the host of heaven and served baal.
2 Chronicles 11:15: He set priests of his own for high places, for satyrs and for the calves he made.
2 Chronicles 13:8:“You resist kingdom of the LORD through sons of David being a great multitude having golden calves gods Jeroboam for you.
Hosea 10:5: Inhabitants of Samaria will fear for calf of Beth-aven so people will mourn for its idolatry, their priests will cry out over its glory departed from it.

 

JESUS’ BIBLE ARCHAEOLOGY

IMG-20190823-WA0006.jpgIMG-20190828-WA0015.jpg15670181022068472870892802949715.jpgJESUS WAS BORN IN AUGUSTUS CAESAR’S TIME
IMG-20190818-WA0014.jpgJesus Bethlehem Star in Herod Roman ISRAEL15665444585456037928711354045433.jpgBC= (Before Christ) AD =(Ano Domini)15665438173193802429330246765213.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0015.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0016.jpg     CE = (Current Era is same as AD)IMG-20190818-WA0012.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0019.jpgIMG-20190826-WA0001.jpg15668144222191724282044097895602.jpgJesus’ Nativity Grotto Manger built in cave the place of His birth in Israel at Bethlehem celebrated globally today.1566423816977775302544281360036.jpgThe walls are protected by the heavy leather drapes backed with asbestos. Grotto Manger is covered by marble. 15664241738113112520822431802471.jpgThe 14-point silver star marble floor Grotto Nativity words “Hic de Virgine Maria Jesus Christus natus est,” Jesus Christ was born by the Virgin Mary. 15664247415413966455054614853852.jpgBethlehem Church of Nativity altar is a cave rectangle 12 by 3 metres rock trough replaced by marble. On feast days cave is lit by 48 hanging lamps.15664825904808576486757094227569.jpg 15664265948953064182727094918725.jpgA small altar in Grotto of Manger is dedicated to Adoration of Magi, Three Wise Men in Matthew’s Gospel from the East to worship newborn Jesus.15664267378333176950932698485893.jpgThe crosses on original grotto pillar.15664262814155682875504643502475.jpgThis original manger feeding trough rock cut by Bedouins found in Megiddo like one Jesus slept in. Grotto was enlarged for pilgrims. Silver manger replaced stone trough of Jesus bed.15664736799232959997281084708902.jpgNearby Church of Nativity Bethlehem a cave on Milk Grotto street hollowed out of soft white rock sacred to Christians.IMG-20190822-WA0002.jpg1564765725974608829493392566377.jpgHerod was killing infants so Jesus lived in secret cave hide outs done to escape Jesus’ death before going into Egypt for many years until Herod died. So family returned to Jerusalem but moved back to live again in Nazareth hometown.156648475499118206631917729006.jpgChurches are built on many places Jesus lived as a child and to His adulthood. So people visit the various places and of His ministry on earth. Home of Jesus in Nazareth is like this ancient house.15665031256949219574567600189324.jpg15663236614986317289956720022642.jpg15662362640174233423692023829914.jpg15662362348833108589619410840358.jpg15662361693593675924940286115312.jpg15664940828772395510996587276684.jpg15662365140781068905542913250518.jpg1566236478995994813015487377863.jpgpictures-jesus-photos-images-jesus-christ.jpg15663394616698521787745321239378.jpgOn third day of wedding in Cana, Galilee mother of Jesus and disciples told Jesus, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman why concerned my hour has not yet come.” in John 2:1-4. She told them to do what he says so Jesus asked them to to fill jars with water He turned to wine.15669358452308775356471386031975.jpg15669357895561757365477922007520.jpgExcavations at Khirbet Cana in lower Galilee show evidence its town Jesus’ first miracle performed. There is discovered large Christian underground veneration complex site of worship in Cana of Galilee of early Christians. IMG-20190828-WA0010.jpg15670082031233262210970988777229.jpg15670082904218773792228080786170.jpg15670085105472130690804631178149.jpg15668144879756191493016025430071.jpg15670107870142772919909853508456.jpg1567011653567850557501939099228.jpgWidow’s coins minted for Alexander the Great in 336-323 B.C. used in Jesus’ time. Her offering pleased Jesus as she gave her all cheerfully and freely to God. In Mark 12:41 – 44 and Luke 21:1-4 Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem specified two mites, in Greek lepta, worth quadrans. Is the smallest least value Roman coin in circulation in Judea about sixth of a day wage. Jesus sat near treasury and saw crowd put money into treasury. The rich put in large sums but poor widow put in two small coins. Jesus told His disciples, ‘This poor widow put in more than all the others who gave surplus wealth. So contributed her all though poor. Others gave to show off wealth proudly but she gave from her heart all her little to God.15663249773947962716299888396233.jpgIn Capernaum Jesus preached, taught in synagogues Gospel good news, healed diseases, cast out demons. Synagogue in Capernaum with an artist’s impression.15663358055988475408216808120575.jpg15663358238894987569791949183702.jpg15664172581063736700920800346121.jpgCapernaum Byzantine Christian Church 15663326512346522450012154860155.jpgByzantine church home of Peter & Jesus.15663243739756729027642452721728.jpg15670815546847062269346887881642.jpg15662898597205896586587013407161.jpgMagdala stone from ancient synagogue to rest Torah on. Used during time of Jesus when they went into synagogue.15652753242012541944933542349369.jpg1567088090316862647094541099186.jpg15670876243245119766838690711785.jpg15670889467298907210550841406749.jpg15670851991408588309565971821284.jpg15670856556857654663206755445214.jpg15670885202274300226693725603084.jpg15670831312008915914056587105187.jpgJesus cast out Gadarene demoniac’s evil legion spirits run into pigs and drowned in sea, saved an evangelist in his town. 15670822830504673379061637071824.jpg15670836703732572662902447410981.jpg15670835520678301324301608397543.jpgJesus’ said prodigal son repented, went back to his father for forgiveness. So all mankind given chance to repent and go back to God the Father through Jesus to obey all God’s commands in the Bible. 156708789663047215162505234737.jpgTransfiguration of Jesus glory radiance on mountain in Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36; 2 Peter 1:16-18.15662912546075529512496030354082.jpgAs many times as Israel did not remain loyal to God exiled many times. Temples of Solomon and Herod destroyed. In 70 AD after 40 years as Jesus predicted fell destroyed by Romans rumbles remain. These are coins used during Jesus’ time.15662925580936803512405705657561.jpg156629322900342107636046674473.jpg15662926940426063586077841079287.jpgJESUS PAID TEMPLE & ROMAN TAXES15662926500811374526630168511865.jpg20190828_221510.jpg15670111831725599063996389985364.jpg15662925241803434292147364051315.jpg15668405886782239637014589755044.jpg15668487695326259794423146412809.jpg1566845019009123509438516231754.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0000.jpg15668159100026310704675091084098.jpgJesus said in Luke 17:2 in the Bible that if anyone hurts a child its better that a millstone was hanged about his neck to be cast into the sea than to offend little children. Jesus said do not cause a little child to stumble to lose faith in God. If a person does incurs the wrath of Jesus so better large millstone hung round neck.15668165507422226521038688812880.jpg15668160172793661401119101523099.jpgIMG-20190826-WA0011.jpg15668415689723957343237436326019.jpg15668371309423068194743376001348.jpgThis small ceramic and glass flasks pear shaped bottles dated to a period in time. Includes time of Yeshua from 50 BC till beginning of 2nd century AD type of jar used in Luke 7:37 to anoint Jesus’ feet.15668160745238101147809458323887.jpgPrecious oils cost lots of money as made from essential fragrance perfumes that anoint the body or used for embalming dead with perfumed oils during Biblical times. In Matthew 28:1, Luke 24:1, John 20:1.women took oils to prepare Jesus’ body after death but He had risen.15668490394053975909664804014148.jpgIMG-20190826-WA0014.jpg15668491466145424823508162907642.jpg15668483234634864725718773270260.jpg15668445698841008633996223022033.jpg20190820_223424.jpg15670852934774798800673806614724.jpgJesus healed the cripple waiting 38years by this ancient Pool of Bethesda ruins in Old City Of Jerusalem. Bethesda ruins in Israel excavated shows buildings, places Jesus walked and ministered. People all over go to Jerusalem three times a year for feasts God required Jewish males do.15670922314977885903453516038122.jpg15670882522765652044414096832105.jpg15666404128014194366947009658658.jpgIMG-20190829-WA0012.jpg15663181940934169181263354126930.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0001.jpg15668450565778109949425112341738.jpg15668418821692915175104095000323.jpgJersusalem Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed before trails, crucifixion and His resurrection. This is Mount of Olives in Jerusalem amazing urban garden, very famous place where Jesus prayed as His disciples slept but angel comforted Him.IMG-20190828-WA0008.jpgIMG-20190828-WA0009.jpg15664135414271097513066499190994.jpg15664131185097414822708197235281.jpgMatthew 27:57-61 says a rich man from Arimathea Joseph disciple of Jesus went to Pilate for Jesus’ body. So Joseph took Jesus’ body wrapped in linen cloth and placed Him in his own NEW TOMB CUT OUT OF A ROCK. He rolled big stone at entrance of tomb and put body in. Mary Magdalene and other Mary sat opposite the tomb. Jesus died 3 p.m. as Passover Sabbath in John 19:31 begun at sunset Joseph acted quickly in John 19:38 went to Pilate discreetly. Luke 23:50 – 51, says Joseph was member of Sanhedrin ruling council of Judaism buried Jesus in cave fulfills prophecy Jesus buried with rich.15663180686217434891882956545879.jpg15664188782057439064172452035796.jpg15662947799909184051289945294166.jpg15664160380952703210444056131719.jpg15664177960142525595668191577811.jpg20190912_095055.jpgEpoch Times says tomb was opened in October 2016 said to be where Jesus lay for three days after Crucifixion. Tomb was subject to a restoration project in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. Fredrik Hiebert of National Geographic was part of the team and explained: “Tomb destroyed many times by fire, earthquakes and invasions over the centuries. It is a fake tomb created by the high priests to save face by embarrassment of resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paid soldiers to deceive people Jesus did not rise from death in Matthew 28:11-15. A violent earthquake and angel rolling stone from Jesus’ tomb guarded by governor’s soldiers shocked by fear collapsed to ground in Matthew 28:2-4. The angel told women at tomb Jesus had risen from death sent to tell His disciples. Guards at tomb went to tell chief priests what happened. 12 The chief priests and elders gave soldiers a large sum of money, 13 “Told to say, ‘His disciples came at night to steal body as while asleep.’ 14 If governor hears truth you will be in trouble.” 15 The soldiers took money did as instructed. This story known among Jews to this day Matthew wrote rumour in his gospel. If disciples stole Jesus body grave robbing is serious offence of death sentence? How did the guards asleep SEE who rolled the huge stone of tomb to lift Jesus? Why did they get away with not guarding Jesus’ body of death penalty? Guards said, disciples took Jesus body why did the authorities not deal with them to put them on trial?
Apostles were persecuted so put on trial for preaching Jesus is alive if they knew Jesus was not raised? The TRUTH is the stone rolled by angels Jesus came from tomb ALIVE by VICTORY over death. Chief priests tried to cover up truth with a lie for they did not believe Jesus arose from death. They hate Jesus seen radical who could upset social order in city of Jerusalem and followers threat to them. They did not believe in resurrection and chief priests felt guards of tomb lied and story will bring more people to Jesus to replace them as expected King of Jews. Its fake “Tomb” not used by Jesus so real tomb used is empty and in Jerusalem. 15662943207971563147261305293085.jpgAncient retaining wall uncovered under City of David during last century arrow on right in 1 Chronicles 11:8 shows city built from supporting terraces. Millo is extended by Joab to repair City. 7 David, resident in fortress City of David told his soldiers whoever takes rest of city will be captain. Joab son of Zeruiah, nephew of King David, commander of army won took city extended upwards. King David conquered Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 2-5 in Canaanite royal city Joab took Millo.15666400248286791627505959410494.jpg15662314547413347899319819000870.jpg15662945597882388846102832295170.jpg1566231546768786128824024332029.jpgIMG-20190820-WA0006.jpgPool of Siloam is a rock-cut pool on the southern slope of City of David. Siloam Pool is where Jesus Cured blind man in Biblical Archaeology. A Canaanite pool built by King Hezekiah’s Lower Pool. Is significant in John 9:7 mentioned in the Bible the pool is near the Temple sites.15662961420895759387409267980938.jpgThe Triple Gate on the Temple Mount is at the Royal Stoa southend of Solomon’s Colonnade by stairway of worshippers to outer courtyard of the Temple Mount. This Triple Gate is “Beautiful Gate” in Acts 3:2: the beggar healed by Peter and John in Solomon’s Colonnade Acts 3:1-11. The Temple Gate has a highly decorated stone called “The Beautiful Gate.” Jesus and apostles walked through this gate led to outer courts of Solomon’s Porch early church in Jerusalem met daily.  15662984895838916042761061226141.jpg15662992301654758318511346102690.jpgRobinson staircase once widestone arch stood at southwestern corner of  Temple Mount. Built as expansion of the Second Temple by Herod the Great at the end of 1st century BCE completed in at least 20 years after his death. This massive stone span constructed with retaining wall of Temple Mount. In ancient Jerusalem’s Lower Market area by Tyropoeon street to Royal Stoa complex esplanade Mount. overpass destroyed during Great Jewish Revolt, a few decades after completion.15662989486731074866030682879497.jpgThe Mikvah in first century used in days of Jesus south of Temple Mount at base of Double Gate stairs. Used to baptize some of 3,000 new Jewish believers on Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Water is used by Jews for ceremonial washing, ritual baths to purify before or after if events make them unclean. Judaism requires submersion in a mikvah. Temple Mount south filled with mikvah to baptize the converted Jews in Jesus’ name change as a sign of new faith. Mikvah’s source is running water, spring, or fresh water rain. Mikvah large to immerse people. Stairs used to descend in and out of the mikvah. A wall separates the clean side from the unclean yet to be cleaned.15663136444944018069398915433631.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0017.jpg15670888942508890919960644943674.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0009.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0026.jpg15663164477812878629231246823882.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0022.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0013.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0020.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0018.jpg1566233011094615817986516559480.jpg15662092444831610928066468387198.jpg15662132613634254343354155873501.jpg15662184773413084311194003862594.jpg15662133863335980419097039675382.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0022.jpgJewish proselyte male converts from the whole world go to Jerusalem Passover.IMG-20190829-WA0014.jpg15674099287478925127510311752197.jpg15670927147571808113465177764769.jpg15670928244454442280400405526663.jpg15670930145905241487063085671002.jpg15670944795622528301894066437933.jpg15670943561933930112097596112003.jpgETHIOPIAN Eunuch baptized by Phillip15670946683088724137789873070593.jpg15670947325128349577097322478541.jpg15662319479053946165838556539094.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0031.jpg15662531969842340283848650706831.jpg15670879889012480806963422995676.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0021.jpg15666369890558135462993977521811.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0023.jpgThe Exodus ends 400 years of slavery for the descendants of Israel in Egypt.156623163646838325166646868832.jpgJourney of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. In Genesis 15:13 The LORD Elohim told Abraham, For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in other countries enslaved and mistreated. 14 I will punish nations you served as slaves and come out with great possessions.15662205129971715746272086909865.jpgIMG-20190824-WA0001.jpg15666407099056762572369719790770.jpg15 You will live in and be buried at a good old age. 16  Your fourth generation descendants will go back for the sin of Amorites.” 17 At sunset, Presence of God by fire passed between Sacrifice by Abraham to God sealed the Covenant.15670880467304502790752470356315.jpg15666408718284068419412156589777.jpg18 The LORD God’s COVENANT to Abram said, “To your descendants I GIVE lands between Nile, Euphrates,19 Kenites and  the Kenizzites,  Kadmonites  20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites  21Amorites, and Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.” You will be father of all nations grafted in Covenant with Israel as countless as sands of seas and stars in the heavens. 4000 years ago, God in the Garden of Eden, PROMISED Seed (Jesus) of woman (Mary) will restore all mankind to God after sin of Adam and Eve. Jesus’ Victory over sin and death brings mankind to God as Second Adam the Only Way God Chose to restore HIS of Gift eternal Life. 15670795163494228425110843377816.jpg15634398664748753317748116550906.jpg20190718_095342.jpg15669012257071536523316912386443.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0011.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0007.jpg15668153479111273704434683951209.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0012.jpgArchaeologists discover new finds at sites in the lands of the Bible but most do make the news headlines. Scholars show the relevant discoveries as Sodom and the Exodus routes that happened. A trail of evidence exist of ancient Jericho, Israelites, and David’s City as great king. New discoveries in 20 years highlights recent finds to the claims of the Bible an Experienced archaeologist David Graves assembled a helpful collection of some discoveries journeys confirm in history biblical events and people past. Explore new archaeological discoveries, pottery, inscriptions, seals, ossuaries, coins, and manuscripts, and artifacts. Presented a short history of archaeology, outlining characteristics and role in Christianity. in meticulous excavation methods used to explore significant manuscripts for the transmission of Bible. And insightful books illustrate the archaeological finds in photographs, detailed maps, charts and tables, glossaries defined technical archaeological terms of extensive study footnotes and bibliography. Invaluable resource provide information to help us understand the cultural and historical background of Bible archaeology. This is resource for people to know more about archaeology and the Bible, in seminary courses, college classrooms, church groups or personal study.

 

Author of Biblical Archaeology Book

DAVID E. GRAVES (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) involved in teaching Bible and archaeology for more than thirty-five years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Liberty University Online, Rawlings School of Divinity. He is one of the worlds leading experts on Sodom. Has taught archaeology at Oxford University, England; provided tours of the Ashmolean and British Museums; traveled extensively in the Middle East; and been involved in Mount Ararat research. He is currently a supervisor at the Shiloh excavations, Israel and was part of the team who discovered and excavated the Dead Sea Scroll cave Q12 near Qumran, Israel (Jan 2017) and Tall el-Hammam (Sodom), Jordan (2005-2015); and is a member of the Near East Archaeological Society (NEAS). He is the author of Seven Messages of Revelation and the Vassal Treaties: Literary Genre, Structure, and Function; Key Themes of the Old Testament and New Testament; The Location of Sodom; and has authored a number of articles on the Bible and archaeology.