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BJMP – Balungao, Pangasinan
December 19, 2017 (Tuesday); 10 A.M.
By Augusto A. Kho
Is it your destiny to be a prisoner?
Above photo from the internet
Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. “
The prophesy of Isaiah, a prince eventually came to pass and it is recorded by a tax collector named Matthew.
Matthew 1: 21-23, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. :22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
Born for a destiny
The word “born” came from the Hebrew word “yalad” meaning “beget” or “gender”. The son is of course a boy in term of sex, a male child. Born or yalad speaks of “day of birth” or “birthday.”
(READ below” What President Duterte said on “yalad”)
King Solomon also spoke of “birth” in Ecclesiastes 3:2, “cc 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die.” Solomon mentioned the word “born” or “yalad” means to “do the office of a midwife”.
Others do the office of assisting a travailing woman like in Exodus 1:15-22 when Hebrew midwives were assisting women in delivering their child while the Pharaoh on the other hand wanted all the male child to be killed even before they are being delivered. The same thing goes with King Herod, he is the junior, the wicked son of a former good king, King Herod in Matthew 2:16-18 when he learned that a messiah, the king of the Jews will be born on that day, he commanded his entire army to kill all the male child who are two years age below. Herod is afraid of losing his throne. It is greed for power that made an assassins of 2,000 innocent children in the sleepy town of Ramah as prophesied By Jeremiah. It is being called “The Massacre of the Innocents.”
How about you? Were you born to be in a prison like this? Would that be your destiny in life?
An office can be good or bad – one gives life, and another takes away life like that of an Egyptian king during Moses’ time and King Herod during Jesus Christ’s day of birth.
Office is a special duty, charge or position conferred by an exercise of government authority and for a public purpose says Noah Webster. It is an executive authority. It derived from the Late Latin officium called a “divine office.”
What do you do before this prison’s time? What office or calling do you have before? Is it worth the call? It is your office or calling is very fulfilling that gives you a sense of worth and meaning?
Other’s have the office of “Operation Tokhang.” By the way, is it killing an office just like Herod have done in Ramah?
John 10:10a writes, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” Then killing
may be an office or vocation but it comes from the dark side of life.
The messiah’s office is clearly defined by the prophet Isaiah.
Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be ipoin his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Christ has the office of wonderful, counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting father and the Prince of Peace.
Prince of Peace
I’d like to put an emphasis of the Messiah’s one office as Prince of Peace.
Prince in Hebrew “sar” means “prince, ruler, leader, chief, captain general, religious prince of office, Ruler of rulers, governor, master.
Peace on the other hand means “shalom” which means “completeness, welfare, soundness, safety, health, prosperity, contentment, friendship, perfection.
That is why Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. “
Above photo : Ancient church, Hagia Irene, Istanbul, Turkey
(Photo by Peps 2017)
Peace in Greek “eirene” means “quietness” or “rest.”
When you are in trouble be at peace. When you are physically or emotionally weary, be at rest with Christ.
Jesus Christ is not a trouble maker. He is our Peace Maker. He is the Divine Mediator between God and Man (John 3:16; John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:15).
Christ came for peace but the world does not recognized Him, not even by His own people, the Jew (John 1:10-11). What He was born for ? What was His destiny? Isaiah 53 clearly explained it.
Three major cultures
While I was speaking yesterday to over 70 pastors during our District 6 Thanksgiving Fellowship, it speaks to me three (3) clashing cultures – Jewish culture (Christ is a Jew), the Romans (where Israel have been under her power ) and the New Testament which have been written in the Greek
language and culture.
Jewish, Roman and Greek. And we are still under these ancient civilizations. We still use the Roman Calendar, our planets are named under the Greek or Roman. And we are still seeking the God of the Jews, the God of Israel. Is it a coincidence?
Christ is called the Beelzebub, the prince of hell as well in another ancient culture.
Beelzebub or Beelzebul is a name derived from a Philistine god, formerly worshipped in Ekron, and later adopted by Abrahamic religions as a given name to a major demon. The name Beelzebub is associated with the Canaanite god Baal. In theological sources, predominately Christian, Beelzebub is sometimes another name for the Devil, similar to Satan. He is known in demonology as one of the seven princes of Hell.
Why are you born? What are you being destined for? What is your purpose in life?
For Christ,. He Christ came for peace but the world does not recognized Him, not even by His own people, the Jew (John 1:10-11). What He was born for ? What was His destiny?
He claimed to be the Son of God, the King of the Jews YET:
His people and the religious sector conspired to give false testimony against him
The religious sector and the Roman government (supposedly divine government) made a wicked, devilish alliances to accuse an innocent man
He was arrested on midnight without Court Order, when it is illegal to arrest a man on a midnight according to the Roman Law.
He was not given the right for an attorney, not given his right to defend himself and give his testimony or counter –affidavit. Can you relate His story to your case? Is it your rights have been violated?
He was charged without a cause.
Totally Rejected as King and Messiah. When Pontius Pilate, the Governor of Jerusalem tried to intervene not to accuse an innocent man and said to the Jews, “He saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! “But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar,” (John 19;14-15)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God YET He was destined to be a criminal worthy of death. Now tell me, who is not a victim of Human Rights here?
Jesus Christ was born and destined to die for you and me even to the point of being branded a criminal (yet without sin).
Romans 5:8, “ ..while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. “
Hon 10:10 Jesus said , “I have come to give you life and to have it more abundantly.”
Isaiah 49:16, “Look, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;”
Hagia Irene or Hagia Eirene (Ancient Greek: Ἁγία Εἰρήνη, Byzantine Greek pronunciation: [aˈʝia iˈrini], "Holy Peace", Turkish: Aya İrini), sometimes known also as Saint Irene, is a Greek Eastern Orthodox church located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. It is one of the few churches in Istanbul that has not been converted into a mosque. The Hagia Irene today operates as a museum and concert hall according to Janin. (page 106).
The building reputedly stands on the site of a pre-Christian temple. It ranks as the first church built in Constantinople before Hagia Sophia. Roman emperor Constantine I commissioned the first Hagia Irene church in the 4th century. It served as the church of the Patriarchate before Hagia Sophia was completed in 537. During the Nika revolt in 532. (Source: Allan Doig, Liturgy and Architecture: From the Early Church to the Middle Ages, (Ashgate Publishing, 2008), 65).
Hagia Irene was burned down. Emperor Justinian I had the church rebuilt in 548. It was then damaged again by an earthquake on October 20 740, about six months before the death of Leo III. The Emperor Constantine V ordered the restorations  and had its interior decorated with mosaics and frescoes. Some restorations from this time have survived to the present according to John, Freely and Ahemet Cakmak (2004).
The term “yalad” is quite the very opposite of President Duterte statement that he is in favour of same –sex marriage as it was broadcasted by ABS-CBN late news last night. It is because yalad speaks of the male and female gender of a child that shows the physical characteristics as well it speaks of genetics.
The president however admitted that same-sex marriage is against the Family Code of the Philippines that described Marriage is a special contract between male and female.
The president said there is no problem with him changing the Constitution to fit in same-sex marriage. It is tantamount of changing the truth or merely changing the truth to one’s personal preference which is the very opposite of a public official’s sworn of office that he or she must uphold the Constitution at all times.
CLSF Feeding Program
DEC 19/ TUE, 11:00 BJMP- Balungao, Pangasinan
Project Details for December 19, 2017
301 inmates inmates of BJMP - Balungao, Pangasinan
14 jailguards including the warden
Catered by Mang Inasal
Project Cost: Around P38,000.00
Note that catering is being done only on Christmas to let the inmates know that someone still cares for them. Some inmates have been in jail for ten years yet not a single visit from an immediate family or relatives.
Monthly feeding program cost P18,000.00- 20,000.00 depending on the number of inmates.The Feeding Project is around P250,000.00 to P300,000.00 a year. And we have been doing this benevolent project for the past 16 years.
Why do we do this? Because Jesus said, “I was in prison and ye did not visit me, I was hungry and ye did give me no meat…” But with you and me in this divine endeavour, we fulfil the will of the Lord to visit
those who are prisoners and feed them.
We merely raise donations from our brethren and other sources aside from my our personal pockets. And we are thankful to faithful friends who share with us on this charity work of compassion.
In a wee hour of past 2 AM, God have shown me a vision of three female inmates one of which is dressed up in white all over who are being released from prison. Then the Lord gave a Scriptures that says in Psalm 102:20, “To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death.”
The next day I called the Bureau of Jail, Management and Penology (BJMP) Warden named, Warden Taylan and shared to him that three inmates will be released shortly. He said he have not received any court order yet.
Two days later, Warden Taylan called up and said, “Yesterday, Monday, we received a court order for the release of three female inmates one of whom is dressed up with white blouse and white skirt, exactly the same way you described from the vision of God.”
Jesus Christ said, “I was in prison and ye did visit me.”
That is the reason we could not simply give it up not until the Lord tells us it is time for let it go.