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By Augusto A. Kho - CLSF- Rosales
May 12, 2019 (Sunday); 9:00 A.M.
Revised: KCGI; Airport Road; Paranaque City; May 16, 2019 (Wednesday); 5:31 P.M.
Why look for a hero when there is a hero in you?
In every generation, any male child born in a Jewish family can be a “ mashiach.” Can you be the hero in your generation? Why you were born in such as time as this?
As I wrote earlier, a hero or maschiah is “an anointed one which is related to Hebrew term "moshiah" (savior). Moshiah which is from the root word, “Mem-Shin-Chet” which means “ to paint, smear, or anoint.”Moshiah is also from the root words, “Yod-Shin-Ayin” which means “to help” or “to save.”
The same came true in the lives of Moses, David, Jephthah (Judges 11:6) who serves as maschiach in their generation.
Can you be the hero to this nation at the end of these times?
Is it a hero is someone who will avenge in behalf of another, is it biblical?
Avenger from Hebrew, “naqam” (naw-kam) means “to avenge” or “to take revenge.”
Deuteronomy 32:43 says, “Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries… ”
In Greek word, “ekdikos,” the word avenger means someone who “exacting penalty from one,” or “the punisher,” or “the avenger.”
We once met the ancient avenger called Nemesis, the Greek goddess of retribution or revenge in the ruins of the ancient city of Smyrna (now Izmir). In front of the statue of Nemesis is her Roman counterpart name, “Ares, the Roman goddess of war.”
That sounds very Filipino because of the administration present anti-drug program called, “War on Drugs” and our very own, Nemesis that has been hailed by Time Magazine as “Avenger” or “Punisher.”
Time Magazine featured President Duterte, “The Punisher” by the time he was proclaimed winner in the 2016 presidential election. What followed after that are thousands of dead bodies on the street in relation to drug-related cases encounter of the Philippine National Police. Is it the Time Magazine just spoken prophetically?
Is the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses are here in our time and right here in the Philippines? Or their spirits are still prevailing on the air?
No one is a true avenger or punisher but the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:6, “the Lord is the avenger.”
Sadhu Selvaraj who was one among the speakers from the recent 30thNational Prayer Gathering (NPG) said on April 18, 2019 the following words, “You are the avengers, the Filipino avengers!”
Filipino Avengers’ Subtitles:
The following subtitles were based from my daily devotion from the Bible from the past few days. And I’ve found it as progressive and consistent.
The 4-Fold test
Birthright and Pornography in the Church
On May 4, 2019 at 2:00 A.M. our home television set have shown a movie entitled, “The Zookeeper’s Housewife.”
It is a movie based on a true story of a Polish couple who hid over 300 Polilsh-Jewish as “guests” in their zoo during the Holocaust in Warsaw, Poland.
Unaware, my devotion at 4:01 AM talked something about “Jewish foreigners” that reads:
1 Peter 1:1, “This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia.”
We’ve been in some places that Apostle Peter has mentioned on that reading. Those provinces are part of the ancient Asia Minor which we call Turkey today.
They were circumstantially become foreigners there because of religious persecution that caused them to scatter in distant places. Their virtue as foreigners, not on the basis of economic or anything else but politically-motivated. But if you will visit Turkey today, you’ll find out as if there is no trace or persecution that has been existed because it is looks like they are generally peacefujl places.
That was my devotion on May 6, 2019 (Monday); 8:43 A.M.
1 Peter 1:6-7/ NLT: “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”
Prophet Jeremiah was placed into public trial for false prophesy when he just spoken the Word of the Lord(Jer. 26:7-12). And in Matthew 14:3, an evil leader whose name is Herod put John the Baptist in prison and later he beheaded this “voice in the wilderness.”
They were men of God yet heavily persecuted, placed in a public trial, then finally terminated by the men of darkness.
When two politicians slapped me with two (2) separate criminal cases, I myself too was put into public trial. This bore a painful mark on me emotionally & mentally.
My voluntary surrender by the virtue of a Court’s Warrant of Arrest issued against me is one of the most humiliating moment in my entire life. When someone makes you a spectacle, putting you on public display for trial you may wish that you could have been dead.
Trial(Greek) “dokimion,” means “something tried or proved, a test.” From the root word “dokime” i.e. “a specimen of tried worth,” (Thayer).
Finis Jennings Dake said, 1Peter was written in Babylon sometime on 60 A.D. The letter’s theme is to exhort the believers to stand true in all kinds of sufferings and to set forth the true grace of God (5:12). The word “suffering” was mentioned 16 times in 5 chapters.
“Marks” is translated as “scars” in ISV which is derived from the Greek word, “stigma” meaning “a mark pricked in or branded upon the body.”
In other words, when you are in trial for the cause of Christ then you bear the Lord Jesus’ mark.
This is what Apostle Paul puts in these very words, “for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus, “ (Galatians 6:17 / KJV).
Historical Footprints: E.C.E.C,
Let me show you historical footprints on Christianity in terms of how this faith in Christ can be placed into a trial. I call this E.C.E.C, an acronym that I personally conceived after a keen observation in our Pilgrimage Tour and Prayer on May-June 2017 to perhaps the world’s best places in terms of Biblical History. These places are Egypt, Israel or Palestine and Asia Minor (now called Turkey)
E.C.E.C. stand for the following, “Explore,Conquest,Exploit. Convert.”
And I am just wondering if Mindanao thru the approval of Bangsamoro Basic Law or BOL (formerly Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL) will pave the way so easily on Federalism and Charter-Change or Cha Islamization?
Will this coming crucial May 13, 2019 Election will cause historical revisionism to this once “Christian Nation?”
The incoming senators whom you will be voting tomorrow once they are pro-BOLor pro-Federalism, or pro-Cha, drastically change our socio-political-religious landscape into Islamic Nation.
Look closely to this E.C.E.C. process:
Hagia Sophia or Holy Wisdom is built in 537 A.D. as an Orthodox Christian Church by then Constantine, the first Christian Roman Emperor. It is the world’s largest cathedral during that time.
When Latin Empire rose up in 1261, Hagia Sophia was converted by the Fourth Crusaders to a Roman Catholic Cathedral.
But when Islam-believer named, Bin Suleiman roseOttoman Empire into power, this Cathedral was converted as Imperial Mosque.
Now this former Christin Church has been converted by the modern government of Istanbul, Turkey today as “AyasofyaMüzesi,” which is called a “museum.”
Hagia Sophia Christian Church – Roman Catholic Cathedral - Mosque - Museum
The pro-Federalism and pro-Cha Cha senators you will be voting shortly can possibly adopt ECEC process unaware our of yours and mine as IGNORANCE if not SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS from the Lord that can CONVERT this nation to ISLAMIC then a MUSEUM.
As George Santayanasais, 'Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.‘
What is the Lord convert your present church today as Museum? Check with Webster what museum is?
The Roman Senate
Have you heard the system of political power called, “Pontifex Maximus,” and “Imperial Cult?”
I never heard them not until we went to Asia Minor in 2017 because those powers were able to overpowered the Church of Christ, at least earth-bound only, NOT heaven-bound that put John the Beloved into exile and placed Paul into prison until he was executed in Rome.
“Special power” what about that?
How is this related to the “Special Power” or “Emergency Power” that once being asked by Malacanan to be given to the President in order to address the worsening traffic in EDSA. Or is it the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao or if not in the whole Philippines should constitute “special or emergency power.”
Pontifex Maximus and Imperial Cult
The ancient Roman Senate has given then the emperor as “special power“ or “emergency power” which is equivalent to Pontifex Maximus which means “the highest priest.”
In other words, the emperor is not only a king but highest priest as well. And anyone who defy the words of the emperor, defy the very words of god. Such position brought the whole Roman Empire into what they call, “Imperial Cult” as a form of government.
The Imperial Cult form of government in ancient Roman paved way to the persecution against the Christians and the Church from 60 AD – 70 AD. placing emperors in the likes of Domitian, Nero and Augustus Caesar.
The Imperial Cult displaced the power of the Roman Senate.
In the area of Federalism in the Philippines, is it both the Supreme Court (SC) and the Senate of the Philippines will be displaced or totally be rendered useless that can trigger the nation into chaos or civil disobedience or civil war? Will this be the rise of Pontifex Maximus and Imperial Cult?
You see when the Constitution is blatantly violated and Rule of Law is being override, then the spirit of Imperial Cult is right here.
Your wrong votes for the coming senators will judge me whether I am right or wrong whenever you see the same process though different terminologies will be unveiled before our very eyes.
Advantages of Imperial Cult
The ancient cities of Pergamon and Ephesus are vying to be under the Imperial Cult. Imperial Cult cities will be provided by the central government during the time infrastructure funds, tax exemptions, political favors to name a few of your perks and privileges.
Once I have spoken to a lawmaker. He said he voted for the Impeachment of former Chief Justice Corona otherwise his CDF of P70-Million will be put on hold. The same goes during ancient time, when Church of Philadelphia and Church of Smyrna refused to embrace the system.
In the Church of Smyrna for example, the first bishop named Polycarp was skinned to death before he was thrown to the blazing fire when he refused to renounce his faith in Christ and abreast emperor-worship.
We’ve seen Polycarp’s dungeon where he was put into prison and to the Church that was built in his honor as a Christian martyr.
So how could we tell now that Imperial Cult is not being practiced here in the Philippines? In every administration here in the Philippines, oppositionists are likely being deprived of his country development funds (CDF) that also affects his constituents.
Amphitheater vs Theatre
While we were on a tour in Turkey in 2017, our American archaeologist-companion named, Dr. Mark Fairchild simply sharpened my understanding on the Greek culture the importance of theater and amphitheater.
“The Colosseum in Rome is one of the most iconic monument archaeological sites in the world; as well know as the pyramids in Egypt or the Great Wall of China.
“An action was the order of the day in an amphitheater, seeing that action was far more important than hearing. The reverse being true for theatres.
“ Amphitheater is being used for gladiatorial combat, slaying and human execution while theaters were used for staging plays, pantomimes, oral events and orations, circuses and hippodromes for racing events and stadia for athletics.”
It seems to me that there are two kinds of Christians. One is who merely acts as an actor on a stage displaying his theatrical rhetoric to the paying audience, while the other one dies as a martyr or martus. Martyr or “martus” in Greek is interpreted as “witnesses” in Acts 1:8. (Below are photos by this writer to some theatres or amphitheater.
Reign of Terror
Often we associate terror with extreme and militant religious sect just like from Bin Ladin and ISIS but the word “terrorism” is originated from the French government in 1793. I discovered this when I was doing research for my report on “Religious Terrorism” during my stint in my Masters Studies.
Terror according to Webster means extreme fear, dread, horror, fear and trembling, fright, trepidation, alarm, panic, shock.
God is a God of Terror (Genesis 35:5; 2 Corinthians 5:11).
Terror in Hebrew “chittah” means “to shatter” or “to scare.” In Greek’ “phobos” fear means “dread, terror, alarm, fright, fear or your reverence for one’s husband.”
Take note that “terror” does not meant to harm physically but it serves only as an alarm-system. But it is different when there is already body-contract to terminate just in the case in the time of persecution against the people of God. Take the case of Polycarp.
Terror however has been recorded earlier in the Biblical times during the leadership Egyptian Pharaoh; Hazael king of Syria, king Ahaz, Herod to name a few. Their state policies persecuted and terminated God’s people.
In the same way, our present legislators in the likes of House of Representatives and Senate can “legislate wicked bills” that can spearhead more poverty, inequality, curtail human rights and religious freedom, legalized persecution, social injustice, criminalize the innocent and the weak, or “legalize” murder? Is it the “extra-judicial killing” or EJK is a form of religious cult just like that “Imperial Cult”?
Polycarp, 1st Bishop of the Church of Smyrna, disciple of John the Beloved, was skinned alive by the Roman soldiers under the order of the Emperor and he was thrown into a blazing fire.
In Philippines, will you be “criminalized and jailed” if you speak against the government? If yes. is it a sort of Imperial Cult?
Persecution is real. I shared the “imperial-cult” like life testimony of mine in my teaching entitled, “The Trial” dated May 6, 2019. That was when I was criminalized by two politicians on two separate occasions.
During Holocaust from 1941-1945, the same persecution took against the Jews mostly in Europe that took 5-6 Million lives. This is not a work of man but work of the devil.
Pressing National & International Issues
The Senators whom you will be voting this May 13, 2019 Election will surely change the national and international landscape of the nation in the like of Bangsamoro Organic Law or BOL, Federalism, Charter Change or Cha-Cha. That includes the moral fiber of our society in relation to SOGIE-Bill, Civil Partnership (same-sex marriage), Divorce, Corporal Punishment, to name a few.
Senatorial candidates who are pro-BOL or BBL will be favoring Federalism, Charter Change (change of Constitution), that could also endanger our sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea.
Will Federalism and Cha-Cha once approved can dissolve the Congress (House of Representative and the Senate) as well as Judiciary that serves as a “check and balance?”
Will this end the democracy in the Philippines and the nation will be handed over to the “elite” and the “powerful” or under a “one-man” rule just like that of Imperial Cult?
Just like in the time of Domitian, Augustus Caesar or Nero, will this abolish the power of the Senate as an independent branch of government and end up to a tyrannical, one-man rule?
During the IFP Monthly Prayer Meeting held at Dagupan City May 7, 2019 (Tuesday) , I shared the following verses:
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—
though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world, “ 1 Peter 1:7/NLT
1st Test. R. A. 6713 – Constitutional & Ethical Standards
Sec. 1-2, “This Act shall be known as the "Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. It is the policy of the State to promote a high standard of ethics in public service. Public officials and employees shall at all times be accountable to the people and shall discharge their duties with utmost, responsibility, integrity, competence, and loyalty, act with patriotism and justice, lead modest lives, and uphold public interest over personal interest.
lead modest lives
uphold public interest over personal interest
2nd Test. Exodus 18:21/ISV – Biblical and Spiritual Standards
"You are to look for capable men among the people, men who fear God, men of integrity who hate dishonest gain. You are to set these men over them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. ”
Among you or the people (same faith, tribe, family, affiliations, organization)
Able or capable men
men who fear God
men of integrity (truth)
Hates covetousness or hate dishonest gain
set these men over them as officials
3rd Test. Social-political Issues –
Civil Partnership (same-sex marriage)
Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) formerly Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)
Charter Change (Cha-Cha)
Militarization of West Philippine Sea (WPS)
4th The Conscience Vote – Moral & Social Standard
Sin is the amount of light known but rejected.
Conscience is the determining mechanism of an individual. Conscience can rise us up from slumber of innocence to the knowledge of good and evil. It is in the same way that Adam realized he have fallen into sin. That was the reason he sewed figs to cover his nakedness.
The conscience is an awareness of what is wrong to put things right.
Conscience (Greek) “suneidesis” i.e. the soul as distinguishing what is morally good or bad, prompting to do the former and shun the latter; commending one, condemning the other (Thayer). It also means as a perception i.e. moral consciousness according to Strong.
Conscience is cognitive (reason) rather than affective (emotion)
Shall we elect this coming election using our conscience or emotion?
Pornography in the Church?
Is it possible that a Bishop, Pastor or a Christian can be branded as “pornographer?”
“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright,” Hebrews 12:6
A “pornographer” is a person who makes or sells pornography according to Cambridge Dictionary while a strip-teaser is burlesque act in which a performer removes clothing piece by piece.
One week prior to this election, I heard how this man who hailed from well-off family bragged how he received P1,500.00 from re-elected public officials who was vying for vice-mayoral candidacy.
And I couldn’t believe that despite of their affluence, he still covet such very small amount of money.
How about you and me? How do we treat our one vote? It is for sale? Shall we negotiate it to the highest bidder?
Jacob said his twin-older brother Esau, “Sell me your birthright” (Genesis 25:31). Esau replied, “What profit shall birthright do to me? (Gene. 25:32). On that day, just for a bowl of soup, “Esau despised his birthright “ and sold it (Gen.25:34)
Birthright in Hebrew, “bekorah” means “right of the firstborn” or “primogeniture.” Meanwhile, in Greek “protokia” it means, “the right of the firstborn, birthright or privilege.”
Webster defines “primogeniture,” as the “exclusive right of inheritance” or the “right of birth” according to Webster.
Bishop Fabillo of Roman Catholic Church urged his parishioners saying, “Our one vote is our dignity – let us not sell it.”
When you sell your right to vote, you sell your dignity. From there you become a paid-prostitute, a porno-star.
Because God identified Esau as “fornicator” from the Greek word, “pornos” meaning “pornography,” a “paid male prostitute.”
From there, shall we hope for the coming mashiach to save us from this evil generation? Will you be the next maschiach, our very own Filipino Avenger?
Amphitheater vs. theaters
Some amphitheaters are much more elaborate than others, but the common, basic structure is an open-air oval arena that is surrounded by raised seating.
Colosseum had an estimated seating capacity of between 50,000 and 80,000 people while those of amphitheater in small Roman towns were only require to accommodate around 5,000 spectators.
In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV declared Colosseum as a sacred site were Christians had been slain.
Amphitheater is being used for gladiatorial combat, chariot races, animal slaying and human execution. other venues were used for other sporting and cultural activities: theatres were used for staging plays, pantomimes, oral events and orations, circuses and hippodromes for racing events and stadia for athletics.
Today, amphitheaters are often confused with theaters, but there are differences between the two structures that relates principally to the events stages therein.
An action was the order of the day in an amphitheater, seeing that action was far more important than hearing. The reverse being true for theatres. Consequently, theatres tend to be small and have much better acoustics. Perhaps the most fundamental difference between a Roman amphitheater and a Roman theater have a semi-circular arrangement of raised seating looking into a stage, where an amphitheater is a “theater in the round- amphi is Greek for “around.”
Reign of Terror
The Reign of Terror, or The Terror (French: la Terreur), refers to a period during the French Revolution after the First French Republic was established.
Several historians consider the "reign of terror" to have begun in 1793, placing the starting date at either 5 September, June or March (birth of the Revolutionary Tribunal), while some consider it to have begun in September 1792 (September Massacres), or even July 1789 (when the first lynchings took place), but there is a consensus that it ended with the fall of Maximilien Robespierre in July 1794 according to Encyclopædia Britannica (2015) and Marisa Linton, “The Terror in the French Revolution.”