BEST AGE TO START FAMILY

DIqlGRVUwAASjVlStarting a family can be tricky business so you need to know when the time is right and if your partner is ready, and whether you can cope. Not all families are planned but more often than not, parents have given some thought to it. The best age to become a mother or dad is often a decision many have to make at some point in their lives. Now a new research by scientists point to ideal age 35 years. Thanks to science and media, according to Mirror Newspaper, signs, pressure and constant discourse about fertility seem to point to “sooner rather than later time as previously thought. A new research discovered the benefits of motherhood contrary the conventional wisdom. This new study conducted at the University of Southern California found out having a baby after age 35 improves mental abilities of the mother. _97789987_serenawilliamsSerena Williams played tennis during pregnancy and won with baby Alexis Jr. A sound preparation towards family life helps both parents to nurture the child better. The Guinness Book of Records the new mothers existing beyond age 60 as the geriatric mothers. Evidence of having baby after 35 years can increase life expectancy as research shows. This research of 830 postmenopausal women did several tests performed as part of research revealing participants tested on planning, visual perception, verbal memory, concentration and attention performed better. Women who had a first baby after 24 performed better on the mental acuity tests, problem solving, and verbal skills compared to mothers between the ages of 15 and 24. Mothers who had last baby after 35 had the better verbal memory and cognition results. Their increased mental clarity is thought to be related to oestrogen surge and progesterone in pregnancy. And the hormones are believed to improve their brain chemistry and functions if their pregnancy occurred later. Whether or not this informs a woman’s decision to have a child is up to them and should always consult your doctor about any worries but it’s still refreshing to hear having a baby at age 35 or onwards is not all bad news. So there is hope for many single women worried about their body clock. Since frontal cortex brain does not form before age 25 on average it makes sense to grow up first before trying to have a child. Often the world is full of children having children and struggling with shock and reality of caring for children and the pressures of motherhood in general. A 35 year old matured and experienced woman can perhaps handle pressures of sleepless nights better than 15 year old. Research confirms need to grow up first before taking on a responsibility requiring life commitment of financial burdens of taking care of children. Support is also necessary whether one has the children earlier or later in life. Most men really do not fully mature until about 45 years so worth noting that impacts their life. A family life requires hardwork, quality time and lifelong commitment so a child is for life no matter the age of parents.

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JESUS CRUSHED snake’s head

DIOS MALDICE LA SERPIENTESupernaturally Jesus’ Miracle POWER from God as The Seed of the woman crushed head of serpent the snake by a fatal blow in Genesis 3:15 in Bible. Jesus defeated God’s arch- enemy serpent and death at Calvary Cross as foretold after Adam and Eve sinned God said the Seed of the woman Jesus will bruise serpent’s head. The serpent or snake caused the deception of Adam and Eve to fall into sin in Genesis 3 to be separated from direct interaction with God. Their sin affected the perfect relationship with God so contaminated DNA of mankind. God set up redemption plan to restore mankind to God through Seed Jesus so forgives those who accept Jesus the Son of God and Messiah. The serpent snake fallen angel satan devil lucifer punished by God’s Seed Jesus for attacking God’s Children is crushed forever. satan bruise Adam EveMiraculously, redemption from the generational sin of Adam and Eve is through the Seed Jesus. God PROVED HIS POWER over death in Jesus to save all mankind. Again, God called Moses in Exodus 4 by turning his stick into snake to PROVE GOD I AM sent Moses to Egypt to speak to Pharaoh to let HIS people go from the slavery. Exodus 7:10-15 says Moses was accompanied by his brother Aaron so appeared before king Pharaoh who stubbornly refused to let God’s people go. God commanded Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand release of the slaves to go and worship God. When Moses and Aaron appeared before king Pharaoh Aaron’s rod transformed into a serpent snake. Then pharaoh’s sorcerers and magicians also changed their staff into snakes. Aaron’s Serpent swallowed the magician’s serpents before Pharaoh in Egypt to prove that Highest POWER belongs to God over serpent satan. 1The LORD God told Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen so MY wonders will multiply in Egypt. So Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders yet Pharaoh hardened his heart so did not let the Israelites go out of his country. After several miracles and the death of first borns of Egyptians Hebrews gained freedom at last and left Egypt. Exodus 7:10-12 highlights again and again in Scripture in all generations how MIGHTY POWER of Living God subdues evil. Practice of snake worship some say is traditional alternative to Christianity. Culturally biased people seek true justice so put confidence in the creature in Romans 1, not Creator God Ultimate Saviour from swallowing by God’s Serpent. 1-15Despite miracles of Aaron and Moses’ snakes proving the Almighty God’s POWER swallowing sorcerer’s snakes still God hardened heart of Pharaoh. Those seeking deliverance or repent to stop following satan can face such challenges after salvation. The snake serpent stronghold defeated by God’s POWER, SUPERIOR SUPERNATURAL MIRACLE SUPERCEDING such snakes relentlessly want to attack. The good news is Jesus crushed serpent’s head so saves all who repent by a changed heart. The miracles of God’s POWER is duplicated by sorcerers and occult because the serpent was once angel of God. So the reason for what God does may not be understood but it is Best to belong to God’s SUPERIOR POWER of the Universe. God’s Perspective is above all the imitated counterfeits of the devil which cannot compare with Almighty God’s MEGA SUPERPOWER Proved over and over again in living history into infinity in Jesus, Moses among others in brass serpent story. 800px-Flemish_17th_century_Moses_and_the_Brass_SerpentIn John 3:14-15 Jesus told Nicodemus He is Like the bronze serpent in Numbers 21:4-9 as Moses lifted up snake so those who lift up eyes to look to Jesus saved from venomous bite of devil. God sent Jesus to save all mankind from snake worship culture. Jesus said be wise like serpents among enemies in the world. The serpent is crafty so tricks, deceives people to sin against God. The devil is spirit behind tricks of people of thinking the snake has mystical powers. Though it is true magician’s had some power to change their sticks into snakes the spirit behind that power is satan the devil. So God says do not gain whole world and lose your soul to the devil. Pursuit of material assets caused some to trust satan not God. In Psalm 91 POWER is given to believers over adders, serpents, snakes, young lions, scorpions to tread and CRUSH under the feet because Jesus lives in you as Paul demonstrates here. hch28 (1)The Christian’s POWER and Authority over snakes is seen in St. Paul’s actions in Acts 28:1-10 in Malta after shipwreck. Paul gathered sticks laid on fire when the poisonous snake  driven out by heat bit him on the hand between AD 59-AD 60. They arrived ashore after shipwreck in which ship was lost but all lives saved as God told Paul. God uses such occasions to show HIS POWER over snakes in many lives. This power is not to be abused to tempt God to taunt snakes unleashed to show off. Some people died in ignorance by going out deliberately to collect snakes to invade their private space and died bitten by snakes. There is absolutely nowhere in the Bible God Commands a Christian to only focus on treading on serpents. A believer is to share Gospel daily and win souls without tempting God’s POWER. Snakes in nature are part of food chain to fight rats, mice etc. Zoos or private collections keep them in view for the public to see and study them. So ritual abuse of God’s POWER this blog is talking about. God’s MIGHTY POWER is manifested through Jesus’ Power and Victory over serpent satan. The Bible describes satan as serpent and wicked as possessed by the serpentine spirit. crush-serpantSo God warns against snake worship of the creature. Things done by serpent spirits can be mistaken for God’s Holy Spirit if not discerning. Fear in snake worship is the foundation of binding covenants in many families keeping ritual snakes. A sense of belonging devotees experience, cause them to prefer gathering of such similar minded people in shrines often to sacrifice during annual ceremonies. Paul wrote in Romans 1:18-32 on God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness unrighteousness of men who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 They know God plainly, because God shows 20 HIS invisible attributes, HIS ETERNAL POWER and Divine Nature 20 clearly perceived since creation of the world in things made. So they are without an excuse.091e0afe0d1e7c557e19c6c3c44041d2 21 Although know God, do not honour HIM as God or give thanks to HIM, but futile in thinking their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise became fools 23 exchanged GLORY of Almighty Immortal God for images resembling man, birds, animals and creeping things. 24 So God gave them up to lusts of their hearts to impurity to dishonor the bodies among themselves. 25 They exchanged Truth about God for a lie to worship and serve the creatures than Creator Blessed forever! Amen. So 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonourable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those contrary to nature 27 men gave up the natural relations with women consumed with passion for each other, men committing shameless acts with men receiving in themselves God’s due penalty for error. Pharaoh and enemies of God were swallowed by God’s wrath.1101978084_univ_cnt_2_xl 28 They did not see fit to acknowledge God so God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 With manners of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malicious gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 And foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree those who practice such things deserve to die not only do so but approve of those who practice them. Such serpent shrines or temple prostitution use rampant fear to control shrines dominated by the leader to deceive the devotees. Wielding power over vulnerable soul-searching people looking for answers in life often drawn to cults orgies of coerced false promises. Some sex traffickers initiate victims by rituals to influence their minds. There are stories told of people losing ritual snakes and begging people not to kill them or they will die. Others practice divination occult serving snakes. Such powers are not acceptable to God as born again believers in Christ. Moses’ stick turned back into wood again now kept in Birmingham Museum in UK. It was same the stick used in the miracles including parting of red sea to Canaan.aaron-staff-turns-to-serpent1The serpent is God’s nemesis devil that destroyed humanity so why is believer worshipping God’s enemy? This article shares Christ’s Love so people will know God does not want HIS Children to be involved in snake shrines to perish. The serpent or snake, represents satan the devil and most evil all of God’s creation. Some people worship snakes literally carried inside body or kept at home as their god. The shrines have live snakes fed daily and given blood sacrifices by all those who serve shrine. Emmanuel Eni, once part of kingdom of darkness shared testimony of carrying snake in his leg. Such wealth seekers initiated in snake shrine are given token snakes to keep as point of contact for allegiance to shrine. Such people have logo symbols of snakes as a sign of potent power to try to put fear in them. Jesus, the Head of all principalities and powers has the Highest POWER people search for. God PROVES HIS POWER to Moses in Exodus by turning his stick into snake to PROVE HE IS I AM to convince Moses to go back into Egypt to speak to Pharaoh to let HIS people go from slavery. 8eb8d77cab537b8701fca2209140265d

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Saviour Messiah Yeshua is second Adam Seed born of the woman Mary Who will save mankind. Just as in Exodus 7:10-15 God Commanded Moses to see Pharaoh with Aaron to demand Hebrew freedom so Jesus delivers from bondage to snake. God sends His Words to people to be set free from captivity and slavery of sin of snake worship. God is calling on people to change their hearts and minds to gain understanding and wisdom to be saved in Jesus Name before it is too late. Jesus defeated serpent so cast the great dragon out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth and his angels were cast out with him in Revelations 12:9. So Jesus will cast them into hellfire eternally. All POWER and AUTHORITY is given to Jesus to cast out devil and demon from people. Jesus cast 1000 demons out from Gadarene demoniac. All who truly repent and seek God will receive salvation, deliverance and healing from serpents and snakes destroyed to set free from ritual bondage. There is no need to gain the whole world and lose the soul. The material things obtained by those sacrifices are accompanied by so many unforeseen tragedies. The BLOOD of Jesus cleanses from all sin so those who accept Christ Jesus genuinely are set free in Jesus Name. Many people are serving the living God today who were once under such bondanges. Whom the Son Jesus sets free is free indeed thanks and Glory be to God Almighty.    

JESUS’ HEAVENLY REWARDS

IMG_20170827_214404Jesus will reward believers in heaven according to quality of their work for God in life. An eternal crown category is described by types of effort or sacrifices made in life by doing the works of God. So Bible in 1 Corinthians 3:12 describes rewards as gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw.  That great day all will receive reward based on the foundation laid in building their life and ministry. So each person’s ultimate performance in life is built on God foundation of gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and stubble, merits of rewards guaranteed. A loyal believer is guaranteed salvation in Christ if one remains faithful to the end so saved. On entry into heaven in passing or Rapture is the great reunion of family and loved ones in Christ sanctified by blood of Lamb Jesus. This guarantees salvation means eternal joy in God’s Presence above all plus reward of the quality of faithful servants of God. This rewards are cast at the feet of Jesus and believers continue in heaven praising God. They face reward assessment seat of God so believers receive Jesus their appropriate rewards entitled to by their performance in life by the grace of God. Various books of life and remembrance are opened and checked to tell believers their lifestyle deeds recorded by God. 5 golden crowns for righteusness, crown of life, crown of glory, the incorruptible crown, crown of rejoicing in the Lord.b8Gold star standard reward is based on a trial of enduring ‘fire’ process as Daniel and friends were tested in fire survived with Jesus. Jesus decides who is faithful so rewards believer’s shared testimony. Each reward level is compared to gold standard, silver, precious stones like the Olympic gold medals a person gets what they deserve by their hard work in life. Believer’s life work merits gold, silver, according to the record books of God. So a reward is compared to other precious stones like diamonds, rubies, sapphires as God decides based on assessment of their lifestyle history and faithfulness. Precious stones put through fire often produce the best quality priceless most durable treasures. A believer’s work is tested in fire check if merits high level precious stones quality or is chaff. firegoldstonesGood works of gold, silver and precious stone last as John 15:16 says in the Bible God ordains believer appointed, chosen to bear fruit that will remain. Paul said he ran the race to win as the disciples of Jesus do, saving others so did not want to be lost or left behind. Prayers of soul winners is their fruit will last to remain rooted and grounded in Christ eternally saved to receive respective rewards. So believers then can ask God for anything  within the WILL of God. God chose the belivers appointed to bear good fruit and for fruits to remain. So trees not bearing good fruits accordinly then God cuts off, prunes branches to divert nourishment to healthy viable plants and all grafted in. Some fruits do not remain as drawn away by own lusts or cares of the world. Like wood, hay, straw, stubble, burns in fire combusting too quickly so is not fire retardant or resistant. God’s Consuming fire puts believer’s works to test so good works last but others burn so does not last. Like parable of sower, seed on good soil grow 100% but others get lost or fall away by snares, cares or worries of the world. God’s Mercy, Compassion saves sower whose fault it is not when some believers drift off like the prodigal son. Freewill means some leave God, Ezekiel 3:33 and 33:7 says if believers saves soul his blood is not demanded from them. If believers refuse to save a soul his blood will be accounted for to God for a lost soul. God knows those ministered but if rejects God and soul lost believer’s work tried in fire receives a reward because such lost blood is not demanded by God. Therefore a believer remains saved in God’s Presence in heaven despite loss. It confirms what Jesus said that some use His Name in vain so He rejects them for falling short of Glory of God. No reward is given except God’s wrath sending lost into hellfire for gnashing of teeth.gold-silver-stones-fireSo Judgement starts in the House of God during Rapture those in Christ qualify so rescued from great tribulation way of escape to go to heaven. Jesus intercedes at the Right Hand of God on behalf of all believers to remain faithful to endure to the end so saved as His Chosen jewels. God so loved the world HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON Jesus Who died to set free all from sins and condemnation. Jesus after death and His resurrection visited and encouraged apostles, disciples, believers to reassure He is praying for them. But Jesus draws the line against those who totally reject God forever by not wasting time to cast pearls before swine. Those who reject God Jesus warns that if they do not repent they have no reward but REJECTION in return by God. John 17:9 says penalty of rejection of God is Jesus not praying for the world anymore after proving He is Messiah and Son of God Raised from death, healed the sick, did miracles, saved souls, raised the dead and fed thousands many times before ascension He told disciples to continue in the faith. But those still in the world not convinced He is Messiah unless all repent there is no more hope for them. Jesus continues to pray specifically for His disciples those saved He loves to be protected from evil viles. Jesus said in Mathew 24:24 if elect are not discerning can be deceived, as the rest world of the world who reject him forever, cannot be saved even if prayed for by Jesus they have reprobate minds. Like wood, hay and stubble burns forever despite time devoted for years to minister to help them but believer is rewarded by Jesus. All who prefer the world and things of the world burn forever in hell fire and their assets burn like wood straw hay or stubble. The material things confidence is put in life burns like wood, hay, straw, stubble to chaff ashes in God’s unquenchable fire without rewards.e0638f16bea1d1e3180d3f514774f661--the-day-for-the Jesus rewards faithful with gold, silver, precious stones but others in Romans 1, their rebellious destructive freewill God allows them to deceive themselves by a reprobate mind. Such prefer to honour creatures more than Creator God and so endorse rebellion against the church of God in Christ. God warns them Jesus is even at the door so cannot tolerate any longer those that choose to reject God. During evangelism powerful instruction given is test the spirit to discern if they are of God. Avoid time wasters sent to distract reaching precious souls whose last chance it may to be saved before passing on. God’s Word is the Seed sown and different soils represent people but God’s Holy Spirit Nurtures for Spiritual growth through watering and sunshine. This principle enables Jesus to decide if the believer’s duty of agape love or care for lost souls was gold standard, not to blame them for lost souls. God knows as HE records those who qualify for God’s Kingdom Life. The required Wisdom of God to ministers for lost is to depend on prayers of intercession and dedication. Many are lost even in church as Joyce Meyer says living in a garage does not make you a car. God before foundation of earth preordained those predisposed to salvation and those who chose to side with fallen angels against God. So keep up prayer and trust God that your fruits remain. The Bible says, God appointed those Chosen to bear fruit and ask God for more souls in prayer for God’s Mercy to keep you, family, loved ones and to save backsliders and prodigals to return into Father God’s House in Lord Jesus’ Name quickly before it is too late. In the long-run God eliminates all who reject HIM forever from HIS HOLY CITY PRESENCE to hell based on HIS WORDS in BOOK of Remembrance in Malachi 3:16.

SCIENCE ON THE AFTERLIFE

nintchdbpict000347494199Science confirms experiences recorded by research of doctors during the near death or process of dying. Opportunity came back to explain death experience scientifically including changes in brain and out of body true stories recounted. Many religions believe in afterlife that the soul or spirit goes out of the body to live a new life in the spiritual realm. So people believe good people are sent into heaven while the wicked person is sent to hell to be tormented by a blazing fire. The stories reflect if a righteous person is sent to heaven to live an eternal and joyful life or enters abyss of darkness. It is these encounters shared as recorded scientifically during each process. These scientists study religious interpretation of death as mythology. The researchers devoted themselves to unravelling this mystery to establish if there is some sort of life after death. At the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, researchers confirmed in a new study indeed life exists after death. The study published online journalResuscitation.nintchdbpict000347494210

The study is said to be the largest ever medical study into near-death and out-of-body experiences. The study revealed some awareness continues after a brain is shut down completely. Human beings are pronounced clinically dead if heart stops beating and brain shuts down in a condition called cardiac arrest. In study, according to the researchers, they spent four years examining more than 2,000 people who suffered cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals in the United Kingdom, the United States and Austria. They found that nearly 40% of people who survived resuscitation described some awareness during time when clinically dead. Of the 2,060 cardiac arrest patients studied the 330 survived and the 140 surveyed 39% said they experienced awareness while being resuscitated. Although many of them could not recall specific details, some themes emerged. One in five said they felt unusual sense of peacefulness, while nearly one third said time slowed down or speeded up toward heaven.6abf94c224fb450ed6b018ba0f92dbb2--out-of-body-life-after-death

Some recalled seeing a bright light; a golden flash or the Sun shining. Others recounted feelings of fear, drowning or being dragged through deep water. 13% said they had felt separated from their bodies, and the same number said their senses had been heightened. A 57-year-old man from Southampton, who was pronounced dead for three minutes, said he left his body entirely, watching his resuscitation from the corner of the room. He was able to accurately recount actions of nursing staff and the sound of machines used in resuscitation process. Lead researcher of study Dr Sam Parnia said the study accurately reveals people experience some awareness after death. Dr Parnia was quoted as saying: “We know the brain can’t function when the heart has stopped beating. But in this case, conscious awareness appears to have continued for up to three minutes into period when heart wasn’t beating even though the brain typically shuts down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped. The man described everything that had happened in the room, but importantly, he heard two bleeps from a machine that makes a noise at three minute intervals. So we timed how long experiences lasted for. The brains seen here reveal differences between the normal conscious brain, a cardiac arrest brain and the dead brain. Confirms alertness as brain still records immediate ongoing events surrounding a cardiac arrest state of consciousness.    s-2-9-e1499341574169

He is very credible so everything that he said had happened to him had actually happened.” Dr Parnia added that many more people have such experiences and when they are close to death. But drugs, sedatives used during resuscitation may stop them remembering some details. It is estimated and suggested that millions of people have had vivid experiences in relation to death but scientific evidence have been published. Leading doctors and atheists who encountered the near death experience shared encounters in books. Many people use to assume these were hallucinations or illusion but now science records corresponded to actual events. Higher proportion of people have vivid death experiences but do not recall all due to effects of a brain injury or sedative drugs on memory circuits. It is now documented by reserach so these experiences further confirm what Bible teaches on afterlife. Commenting on the study editor-in-chief of online journal Resuscitation, Dr Jerry Nolan said Dr Parnia and colleagues are congratulated on completion of fascinating study that opens door to more extensive research into what happens after life.

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The Bible and many cultures have their strong beliefs on the afterlife so prepare towards future life. It shows life on earth does not finish in the total death of knowing nothing and completely eradicated. Instead life goes on after death but the destination often depends on when a person is righteous in the WILL of God or is a wicked rebellious perishing in hell. The ultimate final say and decision belongs to God based on the Book of life records of each person. This is why the righteous enjoy blissful bright light encounter of heaven in their shared stories. On the other hand those who reject God, Christ experience utter darkness of abyss and hell. After life is real so Bible reveals so many people go to heaven and are back on earth at one time. Today, people not dead still are invited into heaven to bring a message from God to world. Sitting in heavenly places means some people enjoy direct link into heavenly Presence of God. And people from heaven sent help on earth. There is daily contact between heaven and earth or hell so choice depends on individual if they believe in God or not.

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How a few moments of death dragged on so felt like an eternity in his head.

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This anonymous man claims to know what happens to your soul after you die. The man drowned a year and a half ago, and experienced a sensation like he was travelling in the moments before he was resuscitated by lifeguards. He said: “In his travel was gifted knowledge of where good souls go to and where the doomed souls are sent to.” And the man claims things take very dark turn in the afterlife if not been good with doomed souls sent to a place with “no light.” He adds: “You will know you are in hell and will be there for all eternity. Without no thoughts except knowing you are a bad person haunts your mind. The darkness leaves you in a terrified paralysis where you can’t see anything except the vast dark emptiness of hellish universe with no stars, no light, no anything, not even thought. “I will not wish a worst enemy to go to this place.”

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Account of afterlife suggests good and bad souls separated, sent to different places waiting final judgement into hell. Seems not ‘bad’ before judgement pain.

Experinced captured on camera prove that timing is everything. This post also describes what happens if you’ve been good and anonymous man claims went to a “calming place on a hill” when he drowned. He said: “I felt everything was going to be OK forever so wouldn’t ever worry about anything as life is blissful.”

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Good souls ascend into this better place, where everything is calm. And, in case you were wondering, the man revealed how you’ll come to know that you’ve died. He said: “When you die you’ll know you’re dead because one of two things will happen, you’ll either be travelling through what will look like a tunnel of light shooting all around you or you will be in a place that comes with nothing but fear and darkness around. “Now as for the tunnel, its not really a tunnel its more of what from outside looks like glowing cord slowly whipped around in space and all light shooting around inside with the good souls going in all the same direction to better place.

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Things don’t just stop when you die as this anonymous account is believable. It is this account of the afterlife explaining why there is truth to claims that there is ongoing life after death. Previous teams of scientists came across other similar evidence suggesting humans have souls which leave body after death. Last year, such a remarkable claim about afterlife made by terminally-ill violinist survivor of 17 near-death experiences and claims to other side. A doctor is among millions globally who ‘glimpsed afterlife’ in their near-death experiences lifestory shared.

2 RINGS AROUND 2 CARROTS

_97412737_ecefbc06-1a7f-4912-9886-967dab2594d3A Canadian woman got an extra carrot with her diamond ring when it was found in her vegetable patch 13 years after she lost it. Mary Grams, 84, was devastated when she lost the ring while weeding on the family farm in Alberta in 2004. She had kept the ring’s loss a secret from all but her son for more than a decade. On Monday, daughter-in-law discovered the secret and the ring when she pulled up a lumpy carrot. The carrot had grown straight through the ring, enabling it to be plucked out after many years hiding in the soil. She had decided not to tell her husband when she lost it, out of embarrassment, but she told her son. She went and bought a slightly cheaper replacement ring, and carried on as if nothing had happened. “Maybe I did the wrong thing, but you get so worked up,” she said, no one was wiser. This week her daughter-in-law Colleen Daley decided she wanted some carrots for supper.Mary Grams with her diamond ring-carrotImage caption Mary Grams with her diamond ring-carrot. Ms Daley, lives on the farm where Mrs Grams used to live, went to harvest some vegetables in the garden. Lo and behold, she spotted the ring while washing a rather lumpy carrot. Her son instantly knew who ring belongs to and called his mother. And looking back, Mrs Grams said she wishes she had told her husband, who died five years ago. He was a joker, she said, and probably would have found this whole situation pretty funny. Now that she has it back, she said she will be more careful. “If I am going outside or anything I am going to put it in a safe space. That is what I should have done,” she said. This is not first time someone found a diamond ring on a carrot. In 2011, a Swedish woman found her wedding ring 16 years after she lost it. _57636476_57636475 (2)A Swedish woman has discovered her wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden, 16 years after she lost it, says a newspaper. Lena Paahlsson had long ago lost hope of finding the ring, which she designed herself, reports Dagens Nyheter. The white-gold band, set with seven small diamonds, went missing in her kitchen in 1995 she told the paper. Although the ring no longer fits, she hopes to have it enlarged so she can wear it again. Mrs Paahlsson and her family live on a farm near Mora in central Sweden. She took the ring off to do some Christmas baking with her daughters, but it disappeared from the work surface where it had been left, she explained to Dagens Nyheter. The family searched everywhere and years later took up the tiling on the floor during renovations, in the hope of finding the ring. It was not until 16 years later when Mrs Paahlsson was pulling up carrots in her garden that she noticed one with the gold band fastened tightly around it. The carrot was sprouting in the middle of the ring. It is quite incredible,” her husband Ola said to the newspaper. Lena Paahlsson and her husband, Ola Image caption Lena Paahlsson and her husband Ola say it is incredible the ring was found. The couple believe the ring fell into a sink back in 1995 and was lost in vegetable peelings that were turned into compost or fed to their sheep. “I had given up hope,” Mrs Paahlsson told Dagens Nyheter, adding she wanted to have the ring adjusted to fit her. “Now that I have found the ring again I want to be able to use it,” she said. Jesus says there is great joy shared when lost coin or treasure is found. Often the owner is looking for a ring, coin or lost sheep and persists until it is found. Similarly, God keeps on looking forward to ‘finding’ all HIS Children no matter how many years it takes to return to God, Rightful Owner reunited with their beloved treasured prodigal children in Christ Jesus Name.   

 

GOD’SHOLYCITY MOUNTZION

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Jerusalem at the time of Jesus and temple is different from modern times. Acts 15:16 says God and Messiah Yeshua will build a temple on Temple Mount Zion. God intervenes to choose a people for HIS NAME from Gentiles. 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: 16 “After this Jesus will Return and rebuild David’s fallen tent, Its ruins Jesus will Rebuild and Restore Temple. 17 The rest of mankind will seek the LORD God Yahweh, even all Gentiles who bear MY NAME, says the LORD God Yahweh, WHO does these things’ 18known from long ago. Joel 2:1 says blow the Temple in Mount Zion and announce the coming days of the LORD Yahweh. And Yeshua Rebuilds Mount Zion is significant spiritually as He predicted fall of Temple in His days destroyed, no stone was left standing of that particular Temple. Jesus is Absolutely correct because specific Temple of His day was destroyed.

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Tabernacles constructed by Moses, Bezalel and Oholiab in the wilderness Isaiah 33:20 were brought to Mount Zion as a centre of worship of YAHWEH before the days of Jesus, King David and Solomon’s Temples among the many other previously destroyed Temples. Isaiah 33:20. Look upon Zion, the City of our solemn gatherings; thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a peaceful habitation, a tent that shall not be removed, the stakes whereof shall never be plucked up, neither shall any of the cords be broken. Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the end of days, that mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established at top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 Many peoples shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob and He will teach us His ways and walk in His paths.’ Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

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Jeremiah 50:4 In those days and in that time says the LORD, the children of Israel shall come with their children and Judah together; they shall go on their way weeping, and shall seek the Lord their God. 5 They shall inquire concerning Zion with joy on their faces saying ‘Come and join yourselves to the LORD in everlasting Covenant that shall not be forgotten.’ 6 My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains; they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting-place. The real Chabod Shekinah Glory of the LORD Yahweh will reappear again on Mount Zion because God Chooses to do so. Isaiah 4:5 And the Lord will create over the whole habitation of mount Zion, and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and shining of flaming fire by night for all the Glory shall be canopy. 6 There shall be a pavilion for a shadow in the day-time from the heat, and for a refuge and for a covert from storm and from rain.

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Another significant event in history of Israel is conquest of Jericho led by Joshua. The walls of Jericho falling down, recorded in Joshua 6:1-27 by God’s miracle power. Destruction of Jericho regains their inheritance on return from captivity in Egypt. The people of Israel crossed the Jordan River into the land of Canaan in Joshua 3:14 -17 back to their land of milk and honey God promised Abraham over 500 years in Deuteronomy 6:3, 32:49. After forty years in wilderness desert of Sinai the people of Israel arrived on eastern banks of the Jordan. To take land of Canaan back they started from the city of Jericho in Joshua 6:1 from the walled city. Excavations reveal fortifications featured a stone wall 11 feet high and 14 feet wide with smooth stone slope, angling upward at 35 degrees for 35 feet, joined to massive stone high walls. It was virtually impregnable so ancient warfare used assault or surrounded city and people starved into submission. Invaders weakened the stone walls with fire, tunneling, heap up mountain of earth to serve as a ramp methods of assault took weeks or months, and the attacking force usually suffered heavy losses. Strategy used to conquer city of Jericho was unique as laid out by God for people to march silently around Jericho six days on seventh day march seven day with a loud shout. When people shouted, the walls collapsed and Israel won the victory. God restored the city of Jericho to them im Joshua 6:2, 16. Ancient_Jerusalem_Map-01People of God by faith, followed the commands of God so walls of Jericho fell down in Joshua 6:20. In Isaiah 4:5, Chabod or Glory of the LORD, Cloud or pillars of smoke and fire in wilderness shows Presence of God to reassure the children of Israel on their way to Canaan Land out of Egypt. The issue of location is now a major issue and conflict. Yet like any other old cities rebuilt or renamed over the centuries, there is bound to be mix ups of vital details and information lost in translation. Isaiah 34:8 For the Lord hath a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the controversy of Zion. So Isaiah 66:1 says, Thus saith the Lord: the heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool; where is the house that ye may build unto Me? And where is the place that may be My resting-place? Zechariah 8:2 ‘Thus saith the Lord of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great fury. 3 Thus saith the LORD: I return to Zion, and will Dwell in the midst of Jerusalem and Jerusalem shall be called City of Truth Holy mountain of LORD of hostsmountzionmap

Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and with a strange tongue shall it be spoken to this people; 12 To whom it was said: ‘This is the rest, give ye rest to the weary; and this is the refreshing’; yet they would not hear. Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the Lord: Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the ancient paths, which is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk in it. Isaiah 27:12 In that day the LORD will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, O Israelites, will be gathered up one by one. 13 That day a Great Trumpet will Sound and those perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship LORD on Holy mountain in Jerusalem.

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God Chose Zion HIS desired Habitation in Scripture states many times Zion is correct Temple location. The following passages make clear mention of this and many more verses apart from these cited here can be examined to maintain the same point. The first Psalm of King David as follows says: Psalm 132:1, LORD, remember David and all his sufferings. 2 He swore an oath to the LORD, he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 “I will not enter my house or go to my bed, 4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, 5 till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” 6 We heard it in Ephrathah, we came upon it in the fields of Jaar. 7 Let us go to HIS Dwelling place, let us worship at HIS footstool saying, 8 Arise, LORD and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might clothe your priests your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy.'” 10 For the sake of your servant David, do not reject your anointed one. The whole City of Jerusalem is called tha City of David not just his palace, courtyards and garden grounds or altar built in a Tent for Yahweh. During conquest of Jebusite stronghold Zion now called Jerusalem, Joab the Chief Captain expanded City of David upwards to Millo near rest of the city. And Chief Captain built and repaired  ruins damaged by conquerors who took people into exiles. Solomon built his Temple, palaces, gardens on expanded to the Temple Mount area in the City of David.

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11 The LORD Swore Oath to David, a sure Oath HE will not revoke: “One of your own descendants I will place on your throne. 12 If your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever.” 13 For the LORD has CHOSEN Zion, HE has desired it for his dwelling, saying, 14 This is My Resting place forever and ever; here I will Sit Enthroned for I desire it.15 I will bless her with abundant provisions her poor I will satisfy with food.16 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy. 17 Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one. 18 I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown. Isaiah 24:23, The moon shall be confounded and sun ashamed for the LORD of hosts will Reign in Mount Zion and Jerusalem, before HIS elders shall be Glory. Psalm 48:2, Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised in the City of our God, His Holy mountain, 3 Fair in situation, the joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion the uttermost parts of the north, the City of the Great KING. God in HIS palaces made Himself known as a stronghold. Psalm 87:1 A Psalm of the sons of Korah sang: His foundation is in Holy mountain.2 The LORD loves gates of Zion more than all dwellings of Jacob. 3 Glorious things are spoken of City of God. zion_fleming

Obadiah 1:17, In Mount Zion there shall be those that escape, and it shall be Holy; and the house of Jacob Israel shall possess their possessions. Joel 3:5, And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those that escape, as the LORD said among remnant whom the Lord shall call. Joel 4:16 And the Lord shall roar from Zion,and utter His voice from Jerusalem and the heavens and earth shall shake; but the Lord will be a refuge unto His people, and a stronghold to the children of Israel. 17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God, Dwelling in Zion My holy mountain; then shall Jerusalem be Holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. 18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the brooks of Judah shall flow with waters; and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim. 19Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. 20 But Judah shall be inhabited for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21And I will hold innocent their blood that I have not held as innocent, the LORD Dwells in Zion.

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Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and the ordinances, which ye shall observe to do in the land which the Lord, the God of thy fathers, hath given thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth. 2 Ye shall surely destroy all the places, wherein the nations that ye are to dispossess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every leafy tree. 3 And ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and burn their Asherim with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods; and ye shall destroy their name out of that place. 4 Ye shall not do so unto the Lord your God. 5 But unto the place which the Lord your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put His name there, even unto His habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come; 6 and thither ye shall bring your burnt-offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and the offering of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill-offerings, and the firstlings of your herd and of your flock; 7there shall eat before the LORD your God and you shall rejoice in all you put your hand to and your household the LORD your God has blessed you.

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Psalm 87:2-3 says, The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said of the City of God.”  Zion is synonymous with city of God, and it is a place that God loves. Zion is Jerusalem. Mount Zion is the high hill on which David built a citadel. It is on the southeast side of the city. The word Zion occurs over 150 times in the Bible. It essentially means “fortification” and has the idea of being “raised up” as a “monument.” Zion is described both as the city of David and the city of God. As the Bible progresses, the word Zion expands in in spiritual meaning so Zion and Jerusalem refer to the same City, indicating physical and spiritual location of the HOLY City. The word Zion means ‘marked’ as ‘distinctive’ with inner qualities distinguishing Jews as Chosen ‘people who dwell in covenant with God’s unique spiritual traits, terms and conditions.

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The first mention of Zion in the Bible is in 2 Samuel 5:7, “David captured the fortress of Zion to build the City of David.” Zion originally ancient Jebusite fortress in the City of Jerusalem. After David’s conquest of the fortress, Jerusalem became a possession of Israel. The royal palace was built there and Zion Jerusalem became the seat of power in Israel’s kingdom. When Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, meaning of Zion City expanded further to include the temple area in Psalm 2:6, 48:2, 11:12, 232:13. In the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:6, “Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.” In  Isaiah 40:9, Old Testament Zion name for the City of Jerusalem includes the land of Judah according to Jeremiah 31:12. The nation of Israel as a whole is called Zion in Zechariah 9:13. The word Zion in theology in a spiritual sense in Scripture means figuratively to Israel as the people of God in Isaiah 60:14. In New Testament, Zion is God’s spiritual KINGDOM for believers to come “to Mount Zion and to the City of the living God in the heavenly Jerusalem as stated in Hebrews 12:12. Peter, said quoting Isaiah 28:16, Christ is Cornerstone of Zion: “See, I lay a Stone in Zion chosen precious Cornerstone and one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame in 1 Peter 2:6.

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Mount Zion as a geographical area currently is a center of dispute. The Bible is clear, one day, Zion will be the Sole Possession of the Lord Jesus and Zion the nation and City will be restored. “Awake, awake, Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion, Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments O Jerusalem, the HOLY City for the spiritually uncircumcised unclean will no longer come into you says Isaiah 52:1. The children of your oppressors will come bowing before you and all who despise you will bow down at your feet and call you the City of the LORD, Zion of the Holy One of Israel according to Isaiah 60:14. Isaiah 34:8 For the Lord hath a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the controversy of ZionDavid’s declaration in 1 Chronicles 22:1, says David in the Psalms state Zion is for God as the reserved place where the LORD God would dwell. The temple was located at Zion from time David brought the Ark into Jerusalem until they took it to temple on Mount Moriah. The Temple belonged at Zion but due to wars fought by David Ark was often hidden in secret locations in Scripture as Mount Zion the highest point of elevation than Mount Moriah.

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In 2 Samuel 6:16 And it was so, as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. 17 They brought in ark of the Lord and set it in its place, in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before the Lord. Nahmanides in Jerusalem In the year 1322 Estori Farhi was in Jerusalem; and his “Kaftor wa-Ferah” (ch. vi.) gives archeological description of city (Eng. transl. in “Itinerary” of Benjamin of Tudela, ii. 393; German, in Zunz, “G. S.” ii. 268). According to Farhi, Jerusalem was three parasangs long. He mentions the entrance to the Cave of Hezekiah (B. K.16b), within the walls of Jerusalem to the north; the tent erected by David for Ark, in a place called “David’s Temple,” south of Mt. Moriah (comp. “Yihus ha-Abot,” p. 25); northwest of this was a place where a synagogue and the Jewish quarter (see David b. Zimrah, Responsa, No. 633). The city of Jerusalem is, according to him, higher than Mt. Moriah and higher than the synagogue.

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In 2 Samuel 5:4-9 King David takes stronghold of mount Zion where he was mocked that the blind and lame shall not come in there. The spiritually blind and lame cannot come into the HOUSE of God metamorphoricaly speaking. All must know God for themselves and His Words in Scripture. 1 Chronicles 11:4 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem the same is Jebus and Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there. 5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David: ‘Thou shalt not come in hither.’ Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David. 6 And David said: ‘Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain.’ And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and was made chief. 7 David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore they called it the city of David. 8And he built the city round about, from Millo even round about; and Joab repaired the rest of the city. Isaiah 33:5 the Lord is exalted, for He dwelleth on high; He hath filled Zion with justice and righteousness. The House of God will stand at the HOLY site that is most suited for prayer as it is written: “God’s Eyes are opened towards HIS HOUSE night and day, towards the place HIS NAME IS, to HEAR the prayer Your servant will pray toward this place. And You shall hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel that they will pray toward this place.” Isaiah 33:20 Look upon Zion, the City of our solemn gatherings your eyes shall see Jerusalem a Peaceful Habitation, a tent shall not be removed, the stakes shall never be plucked up, neither shall the cords be broken ever again.

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This information locates Zion to conclude though previous temples located at Zion were destroyed, 2 Samuel 5:8 refers to a landmark water shaft. “Water shaft” is rendered “quarry tunnel stretching beside Temple for washing and purification required” in the 1917 Jewish Publication Society Tanakh. Scripture notes other landmarks located with certainty today to establishes the western boundary of the City of David in ancient times is the water channel built by King Hezekiah. And in 2 Chronicles 32:30, Hezekiah stopped the upper spring waters of Gihon and brought them straight down on the western side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works. Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of messenger of good tidings, that announce PEACE, the harbinger of good tidings, announces salvation; saying to Zion: ‘Your God Reigns!’ 8 The watchmen lift up their voice, together to sing; for they shall see, eye to eye, the Lord returning to Zion. 9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted His people, He hath redeemed Jerusalem. 10 the LORD has made bare His HOLY ARM in the eyes of all the nations and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

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The Millo in this ancient map in Hebrew: המלוא was a place in Jerusalem first mentioned in 2 Samuel 5:9 and in Chronicles and Kings. It is part of the expansion of the City of David built by the Jebusites before conquest by David with Joab and Israelites. Joab specifically expanded David’s City into Millo nearby Solomon’s Temple. Millo was rebuilt and repaired by Solomon. There is archaeological and historical site of Millo from ancient Israel  and ruins of Millo as Stepped Stone Structure uncovered by  Kathleen Kenyon and Eilat Mazar connected Millo to the recently discovered large stone structure. Excavation by Eilat Mazar directly above the Stepped Stone Structure shows this structure connects and supports the large Stone Structure. Mazar presents evidence that the Large Stone Structure was an Israelite royal palace in continuous use from tenth century as part of a single, massive royal palace. This biblical reference to Millo as the House of Millo in II Kings 12:21 and II Chronicles 24:25 was the place where King Joash lived until 799 BC. Millo is derived from “fill” in Hebrew milui). The stepped stone support structure is built of fills. In Samuel, Millo is mentioned as the boundary of King David’s construction while building up the City of David after capture of Jerusalem from Jebusites. Millo is translated literally as Landfill or supporting terraces.

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Hezekiah’s repair of the Millo is mentioned in repairs to military fortifications, and several scholars agree connection to military tower citadel or significant part of a wall. It was embankment flattened slope between Ophel and the Temple Mount. Isaiah 46:13 God brings near HIS righteousness not far off and HIS salvation shall not delay and WILL place salvation in Zion for Israel HIS Glory. Amos 9:11 In that day GOD WILL I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old. 12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom and all nations, upon whom My NAME is called, says the Lord WHO does this. 2 Chronicles 5:2 Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers’ houses of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Covenant of the Lord out of the City of David in Zion2 Samuel 6:16, As ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord and despised him in her heart. 17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, in the midst of the tent David pitched for it and David offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before the Lord. Acts 15:16 After these things I will return, and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which is fallen, and will rebuild its ruins, and will set it up, 17 so that the residue of men may seek out the Lord, and all the nations on whom my name is invoked, saith [the] Lord, who does these things 18 known from eternity.

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Mount Zion name of the Jebusite fortified city on the lower part of ancient Jerusalem’s Eastern Hill, known as City of David where he built his palace but Zion extends outwards to include: According to the 2 Samuel Mount Zion the site of the Jebusite fortress called the “stronghold of Zion” that was conquered by King David then renamed and partially rebuilt by him as the “City of David”, where he erected his palace, courtyards. Upper Eastern Hill Temple Mount was First Temples and Tabernacles precede Solomon’s Temple erected at the top of the Eastern Hill on “Mount Zion.” After the conquest of the Jebusite city, its build-up area expanded northward towards uppermost part of the Eastern Hill. The highest point became site of Solomon’s Temple. The identification of pre-Israelite Jebusite and Israelite towns on the Eastern Hill is based on existence of only one perennial water source in the area, the Gihon Spring and archaeological excavations revealing sections of the Bronze Age and Iron Age city walls and water systems. The “Mount Zion” mentioned in Isaiah 60:13- 14 and in Book of Psalms and First Book of Maccabees (c. 2nd century BCE) to refers to top of the hill Temple Mount.

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Natural topography of the old city of Jerusalem and its surroundings. The last shift of the name Mount Zion was to the Western Hill, which is more dominant than the Eastern Hill and seemed to first-century CE Jerusalemites the worthier location for the by-then lost palace of King David. The Western Hill is what today is called Mount Zion. In the second half of the First Temple period, the City expanded westward and its defensive walls were extended to include the entire Western Hill behind them. Transitions have taken place over the years changing boundaries and relocating places of worship when required or forced upon the people because they were banned from the use of a previous Temple or synagogue or church. Nebuchadnezzar 2 destroyed the city almost completely around 586 BCE, erasing the continuity of living historical memory. A long period of rebuilding followed, ending with Jerusalem’s second total destruction at the hands of the Romans in 70 CE. And Josephus, a first-century CE historian who knew the city as it was before destruction identified Mount Zion as the Western Hill near the lower, Eastern Hill by Tyropoeon Valley. Josephus used in place of the name “Mount Zion” in his writings, the “Citadel” of King David as being situated on higher and longer hill pointing to the Western Hill as what the Bible calls Mount Zion.
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Modern Political demarcations of Israel clearly show varying contrasts in maps before the time of Jesus and afterwards. Some of the featured sites on today’s maps were non existent in ancient maps of Israel. Whenever there is conquest and wars, the powerful winner takes it all so erases the significant landmarks that remind them of their predecessor’s presence or influence over the people. Every effort is made and no expenses spared to attempt to wipe out all traces of the previous leaders and contributions to the society. Even central places of YAHWEH’S WORSHIP are not spared by the Romans installing their God Zeus in God’s Holy Temple. And Maccabeans fought relentlessly to restore the Temple again and sanctified Holy of Holies to worship God. In the same way, versions of living history often presented from the perspective of victors who vilify victims as the evil perpetrators responsible for all ill. So attempts are made to conceal or eradicate all traces of archeological evidence in favour of victims to deny justice in favour of their cause against oppressive rulers. Heavy bulldozing takes place to demolish land marks and destroy precious artefacts to deny previous existence of victims hounding conscience of oppressors. Even perfectly, useful and sound structures that can last for hundreds of years are demolished to humiliate and punish the victims. In the process treasure and antiquities of sacred value are plundered and sold off to scatter original owners.
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This strategy empowers perpetrators as Nebuchadnezzar who took God’s golden treasures to Babylon used in his palace courts to entertain his governors and officials. Some Holy Sites were turned into dumpsters and toilets for centuries so like searching for a needle in a haystack is an attempt to put together treasures or items to reconstruct exact original structures and contents damaged or destroyed in history. Accurate historical records in the Bible detail the exact descriptions of various Temples and contents designs as architecturally specified by God to Moses or David among others. As a result, many generations of descendants and opposing factions get sucked into perpetual conflict based on their versions of history. Often each side has supporting documents relating to their own perspective with discrepancies over the overall party entitled to sole ownership. Almighty God’s Holy of Holies is not spared by megalomaniac anti-Christs usurping Rightful place of God. By imposing themselves as desolation sacrilege defiling God’s Sanctuary and demanding worship in Dwelling place of YAHWEH in Mount Zion. Since each side is convinced they are absolutely right in their own way so will not compromise, the onus is on God to resolve this matter once and for all. It is for this reason that YAHWEH Chose Mount Zion as HIS PERSONAL PRIVATE LAND AND PROPERTY LOCATION to take it from all those fighting over this tiny space in the whole world. Whenever God is ready to move in for Aliyah HE WILL sooner than later. But like a dying horse kicking hard, anti-Christs put up a fight against Almighty God until HE wipes them all out in Armageddon battle to take back HIS Possession.

RETURNED CHIBOK WOMEN

_92117174_yola_afpThank God that the long-expected good news happened concerning some Chibok girls, turned women’s return. Some freed or escaped back in education. But one had amputated limb and was walking with crutches, an injury sustained, according to what Mr Mustapha was told, during the Nigerian military air strikes against Boko Haram. The girls all ran with joy when told, “You are free today,” said Mr Mustapha to the 82 women after all the names were called out. They all smiled he said, despite a subdued reaction as a result of the presence of the militants all armed with guns or in army camouflage uniforms and boots. Mr Mustapha took some photographs with the women._96078257_chibokhi039356204 The militant’s video camera recorded events and ICRC vehicles eventually arrived. So told to go to cars they ran, Mr Mustapha said. Immediately they entered vehicles, they started singing for joy. Some shed tears.” Mr Mustapha received a number of accolades for his work with Future Prowess School. He was a finalist for the 2016 Robert Burns humanitarian award given to those who save, improve enrich the lives of others or society as a whole, through self-sacrifice, selfless service, hands-on charitable or volunteer work, or other acts”. He was also given a 2017 Aurora Prize Modern Day Hero award for those whose “life actions guarantees the safe existence of others.” _96078650_chibokhi039356085He said handing over the 82 freed girls to Nigerian government is “the highest point in my life felt he did something worth saying to the world that I have done this,” he said. But in the series of letters from African journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani this happiness is tainted with the sadness as some Chibok women are yet to return, or refuse to return or even go back after being freed. Looking at why some Nigerian women have gone back to the militant Islamists who abducted them is very complex and puzzling to many people. _92110166_reutersWhen news emerged that some Chibok schoolgirls, abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, had declined to return home with the batch of 82 freed in May, the world found it difficult to believe. Not even the release of a Boko Haram video showing some hijab-clad, Kalashnikov wielding girls saying they were happy in their new lives, was enough to convince the people. “They must have been coerced,” some said. “It is Stockholm syndrome,” others said. What else explains why any girl or woman, would choose to remain with such horrible men? Yet, some of the women rescued by the Nigerian military from captivity are willingly returning to Boko Haram’s Sambisa forest hideout in north-eastern Nigeria to be with these same horrible men.map

‘Fairytale life’

In January, I met Aisha Yerima, 25, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram more than four years ago. While in captivity, she got married to a commander who showered her with romance, expensive gifts and Arabic love songs. A fairytale life in the Sambisa forest she described was suddenly cut short by appearance of the Nigerian military in early 2016, at a time her husband went off to battle with other commanders. When she first interviewed Aisha, in the government custody for eight months she completed a de-radicalisation programme run by psychologist Fatima Akilu, the executive director of the Neem Foundation and founder of the Nigerian government’s de-radicalisation programme. “I now see that all the things Boko Haram told us were lies,” Aisha said. “Now, when I listen to them on the radio, I laugh.”

The pull of power?

A handout picture released by the Nigerian Army shows an insurgents' camp being destroyed by Nigerian military in the Sambisa forest (archive pic)Image copyrightEPA Image captionThe Nigerian military have been battling Boko Haram since 2009. But, in May, less than five months after being released into the care of her family in north-eastern Maiduguri city, she returned to the forest hideout of Boko Haram. The past five years, Dr Akilu worked with former Boko Haram members including some commanders, their wives and children and with hundreds of women who were rescued from captivity. “How women were treated when in Boko Haram captivity depends on which camp a woman was exposed to. It depends on the commander running the camp,” she said. “Those who were treated better were ones who willingly married Boko Haram members or who joined the group voluntarily and that’s not the majority. Most women did not have the same treatment.” _97056835_blurredAisha had boasted about the number of slaves she had while in the Sambisa forest, the respect she received from other Boko Haram commanders, and the strong influence she had over her husband. She even accompanied him to battle once. “These were women who for the most part had never worked, had no power, no voice in the communities, and all of a sudden they were in charge of between 30 to 100 women who were now completely under their control and at their beck and call,” Dr Akilu said. “It is difficult to know what to replace it with when you return to society because most of the women are returning to societies where they are not going to be able to wield that kind of power.”_96080364_mediaitem96080363

Still in shock

Apart from loss of power, other reasons Dr Akilu believes could lead women to willingly return to Boko Haram include stigmatization from a community which treats them like pariahs because of their association with militants, and tough economic conditions. Dealing with the aftermath of release is a struggle for some of those who were abducted. The “De-radicalisation is just one part of it. Reintegration is a part of it. Some have no livelihood or a support built around them, Dr Akilu said. The kind of support in de-radicalisation programmes does not follow them up when they leave. So come out successful in de-radicalisation programmes but struggle in community and it is that struggle that leads them to go back. Recently, visited Aisha’s family, still in shock at her departure, worried about her wellbeing.Chibok schoolgirls are reunited with their families in Abuja20/05/2017 Image copyrightREUTERSImagecaption. Her mother, Ashe, recalls at least seven former Boko Haram “wives” she knew, all friends of her daughter, who had returned to the Sambisa forest long before her daughter did. “Each time one of them disappeared, her family came to our house to ask Aisha if she heard from their daughter,” she said. That’s how I knew. Some women kept in touch with Aisha after they returned to Boko Haram. Her younger sister, Bintu, was present during at least two phone calls. “They told her to come and join them but she refused,” Bintu said. “She told them she didn’t want to go back.”

Life on track?

Unlike some of the former Boko Haram “wives” met, who are either struggling to survive harsh economic conditions or dealing with stigma, Aisha’s life seemed to be on track. She was earning money by buying and selling fabric, regularly attending social events and then posting photos of herself all primped up on the social media, and had a string of suitors. “At least five different men wanted to marry her,” her mother said, pointing out that there could be no greater form of acceptance shown to a woman, and presenting this as evidence that her daughter faced no stigma whatsoever from the community. “One of the men lives in Lagos. She was thinking of marrying him,” she said._90811551_nigeria_portharcourt_adamawa_borno464But, everything went awry when Aisha received yet another phone call from the women who had returned to the forest, informing her that her Boko Haram “husband” was now with a woman who had been her rival. From that day, the vivacious and gregarious Aisha became a recluse. “She stopped going out or talking or eating,” Bintu said. “She was always sad.” Two weeks later, she left home and did not return. Some of her clothes were missing. Her phones were switched off. She took the 2 year-old son fathered by commander in the Sambisa forest, but left the older one she had with husband she divorced before her abduction. “De-radicalisation is complicated by the fact that we have an active, ongoing insurgency. In cases where a group has reached settlement with the government and laid down their arms, it is easier,” Dr Akilu said. “But, when you have fathers, husbands, sons still in the movement, they want to be reunited, especially women.” Asta, another former Boko Haram “wife”, told me that she has heard of many women returning to the group, but has no plans to do so herself. However, the 19-year-old described how terribly she misses her husband, and how keen she is to hear from him and to be reunited with him. She insisted that she would not return to the forest, not even if he were to ask her. “I will tell him to come and stay here with us and live a normal life,” she said. But as with Aisha, the desire to be with the man she yearns for may turn out to be more compelling for Asta than the aversion to a group responsible for the deaths of thousands of people in north-east Nigeria, and for the displacement of millions who are struggling to survive in refugee camps.


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