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Slavery & Sex… Thoughts from an American Soldier

Posted in American soldier with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2018 by paulthepoke

Revelation 22:15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

1 Timothy 1:10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine…

Slavery… Does Islam condone slavery? Does Islamic teaching allow Muslim men to keep women as sex slaves?

Islam neither ignores nor condemns slavery. In fact, a large part of the Sharia is dedicated to the practice. Muslims are encouraged to live in the way of Muhammad, who was a slave owner and trader. He captured slaves in battle. He had sex with his slaves. And he instructed his men to do the same.

The Quran actually devotes more verses to making sure that Muslim men know they can keep women as sex slaves (4 verse) than it does to telling them to pray five times a day (zero verses).

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Quran 33:50 O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee.

This is one of several personal-sounding verses “from Allah” narrated by Muhammad, in this case allowing a virtually unlimited supply of sex partners. Other Muslims are restricted to four wives, but they may also have sex with any number of slaves, following the example of their prophet.

Genesis 2:24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

Titus 1:6 …namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.

 

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Quran 23:5-6 …who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess…

This verse permits the slave-owner to have sex with his slaves. See also Quran 70:29-30. The Quran is a small book, so if Allah used valuable space to repeat the same point four times, sex slavery must be very important to him.

 

Muhammad was relatively reticent on matters of human compassion and love.

Quran 4:24 And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.

Even sex with married slaves is permissible, a reference to war booty, of which slaves were a part.

Quran 8:69 But (now) enjoy what ye took in war, lawful and good.

The Muslim slave master may enjoy his “catch” because (according to verse 71) “Allah gave you mastery over them.”

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Mark 12:30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” -Jesus

 

Breeding slaves based on fitness…

Quran 24:32 And marry those among you who are single and those who are fit among your male slaves and your female slaves…

 

Quran 2:178 O ye who believe! Retaliation is prescribed for you in the matter of the murdered; the freeman for the freeman, and the slave for the slave, and the female for the female.

The message of this verse, which prescribes the rules of retaliation for murder, is that all humans are not created equal. The human value of a slave is less than that of a free person. And a woman’s worth is also distinguished from that of a man.

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.

 

Quran 16:75 Allah sets forth the parable (of two men: one) a slave under the dominion of another; He has no power of any sort; and (the other) a man on whom we have bestowed goodly favors from ourselves, and he spends thereof (freely), privately and publicly: are the two equal? By no means; praise be to Allah.

Yet another confirmation that the slave is not equal to the master. In this case, it is plain that the slave owes his status to Allah’s will. According to Quran 16:71, the owner should be careful about insulting Allah by bestowing Allah’s gifts on slaves, those whom the god of Islam has not favored.

Romans 3:22 …the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction…

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 6:9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

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Revelation: Laodicea, Please…Please Listen

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , on April 29, 2018 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

All seven churches in the book of Revelation are told… “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” This is the last time Jesus addresses the churches. It is an open invitation to whoever wants to listen. We all have ears. Please use them.

Please… “Hear” or ακουο/akouo… This is where we get the English word “acoustics”. The word can mean the following: attend; consider what is or has been said; to understand or perceive the sense of what is said; to find out, learn; to give ear to a teaching or a teacher; to comprehend. Definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance.

Seven times, the body of Christ is addressed. Each individual church (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea) is told. Each single, local church is encouraged to proclaim to the whole body. Please listen.

Revelation 2:7a He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches…

Revelation 2:11a He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches…

Revelation 2:17a He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches…

Revelation 2:29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 3:6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 3:13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 3:22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

 

Please…respond to what the Lord God is saying. There is time now. At some point, conditions are going to deteriorate. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit do not want to crush mankind like a bug. An out into a glorious eternity will be offered. Jesus is not going to give up on people when the going gets tough. He will continue to plea and reach out, even when things turn ugly. The call will be to all of humanity on Earth at this future time.

Revelation 13:9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear:

 

The next time Christ will make His plea, it will be during the context of the beast or the antichrist. The beast will be physically present on Earth during his reign. In this time, the beast will be in absolute authority, tyranny. The antichrist will demand to be worshipped or one will pay with their earthly, flesh and blood life.

Revelation 13:7-8 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, all who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

 

The choice for the believer in Jesus will be scary and grim for their present life. The focus will need to be on eternity with God in spite of their earthly circumstances.

Revelation 13:10 If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

 

Treacherous times are coming. Get over yourself. Don’t think you are immune to deception.

Matthew 24:24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Matthew 24:25 See, I have told you in advance. -Jesus

Please listen…

Straight Talk…God’s Glory & Resurrection, Rodna Epley

Posted in Gospel, Resurrection, Rodna Epley, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2018 by paulthepoke

RodnaThe power of God is in His glory. Romans 6:4 tells us that it was the glory of the Father that raised Jesus from the dead!

Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

What’s really cool is that in John 2:19 Jesus set Heaven’s alarm clock for this to happen when Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

This wasn’t just prophetic as we know the word prophetic. Jesus’ words went into the future and set the timer for Him to be raised from the dead by the Father’s glory!

Jesus was operating in His Father’s glory, the same glory He gave us in John 17:5,22, which is activated by the spoken Word! Wow! His Word amazes me! The fact that we too are supposed to operate in this same glory is even more mind blowing.

John 17:5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

John 17:22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one…

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– So Jesus raised Himself from the dead by His own spoken prophetic word.

John 2:19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

 
– The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead.

Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

 
– And the glory of the Father raised Jesus from the dead!

Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

The THREE raised Jesus from the dead as ONE!

Revelation: Laodicea, Do Something!!!

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation, Trend Update with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2018 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:14 And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

Jesus is explaining to the church at Laodicea He is talking to them. And He is defining aspects of His character. These are the words of the…

Amen…ἀμήν: verily, truly, so let it be.

Faithful…πιστός: trustworthy, believing.

True… ἀληθινός: real, genuine, literally made of truth as a source.

He is not just faithful and true, He is “the” witness. There is a Greek definite article in front of “witness”. A definite article is a point of emphasis. He is “the” One.

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Jesus Christ is the “beginning” or the ἀρχή/arché. He is “the” beginning in a sense of time. He is “the” preeminent ruler. He ranks first. He is “the” chief. He is in charge of God’s creation.

Jesus is talking and this is what He has to say.

 

Revelation 3:15 I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!

This is a plea from Christ. Do something! Show some passion for the cause of the church. How about some zeal! Jesus would even be okay if you were against Him. At least be cold hearted. Get off your butt and get in the game! Come on!

 

Revelation 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

The church is described as “lukewarm” or χλιαρός/chliaros. The word can also be translated as tepid.

I will spit you out of my mouth.

This is a classic example of where the translators do us no favor. Jesus is not going to “spit”. This is the Greek word ἐμέω/emeó.

In today’s vernacular, “I will vomit…”

The Lord has a bad taste in His mouth.

Definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance.

 

Revelation: Philadelphia, His Name is Yahweh

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2018 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:12b …And I will write on him the name of my God…

Jesus will write on the believer the name of His God. His name is Yahweh.

The topic of God’s name has been addressed previously to the church at Sardis. God takes the time to repeat the concept of His name to the church at Philadelphia. It bears repeating.

YHWH (scholars refer to this as the Tetragrammaton, Greek for four letters) is the proper name of the Hebrew God of the Bible. The correct spelling is YHWH. Note there are no vowels in this term. Vowels from the name Adonai were substituted and the term Yahweh emerged. Jehovah is a word that has been translated to English from the Hebrew, Yahweh. The name for LORD is Jehovah. It means the existing one. This name is so sacred, Jews refuse to pronounce it. The name is first introduced in Exodus 3:14 when Moses and God are having a discussion. His name is a statement of existence.

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

If one is looking for proof that God created or God exists, you are wasting your time. It is assumed. God is eternal and self-existent. God always has been and always will be. God was before the creation.

 

Not only does Jesus write the name of Yahweh on the believer, the believer is sealed with the Spirit of God. There are at least 12 verses in the Bible confirming the work of the Spirit in His people.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.

All three persons of the triune God are involved: Father, Son, and Spirit. To borrow a line from Stevie Wonder…

Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours.

This name is a promise for all eternity. We see this at the end of Revelation in New Jerusalem. These are the closing comments of the Bible.

Revelation 22:4 They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

 

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Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , , , on January 1, 2018 by paulthepoke

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One of the best feelings you will have is having peace in your life. The way to get peace is trusting in God & avoiding negativity in your life. God wants peace for us all, but you can’t have it by depending only on ourselves & others. Peace comes from God. Strive for peace my friends.

Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Romans 14:19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace & mutual upbuilding.

Have a peaceful year my friends!!!

Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2017 by paulthepoke

prayerI’ve always believed in God, but for a long period in my life I hardly ever prayed. I may go to our Father in Heaven when I wanted something, but that was about it. Now I pray every day, sometimes several times a day. I go to God to give thanks. I go to Him to pray for others. I go to Him seeking continued happiness. I go to Him for pretty much everything. I believe He wants that kind of relationship with all of us. You don’t have to be eloquent with words to have a conversation with God. Talk to Him like you do with anyone. He wants to hear what’s in your heart. Give it all to Him & have faith that He is listening. He will give you exactly what you need.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer & supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.

Matthew 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe you have received it, and it will be yours.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Have a praying week my friends!!!

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