“It is by God’s grace that this has been done,” said Dr. Terry Law, founder and president of World Compassion Terry Law Ministries, who had campaigned for the pastor’s release. “I don’t think there is precedent for a former Muslim, converted to Christianity and proselytizing other Muslims, now convicted of a crime in an Iraqi court, to be released by ‘private amnesty.’ The odds against it were huge!”
Hamzah was arrested in July 2011 and initially sentenced to five years in Iraqi prison, with authorities trying to portray him as a spy for Iran. World Compassion has argued, however, that the charges were false, and that his capture had more to do with his evangelism – the pastor has helped Dr. Law distribute $100,000-worth of food to people in Iraq, risking his life as he went undercover to refugee villages.
The Iraqi pastor has been suffering from serious medical conditions, including a tumor, and World Compassion warned that he needed immediate help if he was to live.
“He has been in prison for 18 months now, and before that we sent him to Jordan to have some gammanite surgery done,” Jason Law, vice president of Operations and the son of Terry Law, told CP in a previous interview. “He had a tumor in his brain, and they believe that it is coming back. From our understanding, he is now in a prison hospital but is not really receiving the treatment and care that he needs.”
Dr. Law traveled alongside his associate, Joel Vesanen, to Erbil, Kurdistan, in February to appeal for Hamzah’s release, carrying a letter from United States Senator James M. Inhofe (Oklahoma) petitioning for his cause. After a positive meeting with Minister of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa Bakir and other top level government officials, Law was given hope that the pastor could be released based on humanitarian grounds and given private amnesty.
“It was through the gracious and courageous act by President Masoud Barzani from the Kurdish Regional Government, that Pastor Jamal was granted private amnesty and released from prison,” World Compassion reported. “It should also be recognized Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Minister of the Interior Karim Sinjari played critical roles in helping encourage his release.”
Christians have been encouraged by Barzani’s recent pledge to believers in the Kurdish region of Iraq that they can be assured of protection.
“We will protect the right of any Kurd to choose another faith,” the prime minister has said, which according to World Compassion is “truly unprecedented” in the Middle East region.
The Christian ministry noted that the pastor has now left Iraq and is safe with his family at a refuge, where he is receiving the trauma counseling and medical attention that he needs
Time for Review
Anyone who has read the Torah knows that many commandments and instructions are repeated many times. The simple reason is that our Creator knows us very well. He understands the way we think and the way we tend to forget, unless things are repeated and maybe even then.
In Leviticus 23 we see a review of the Feasts. Let’s look at each one briefly as a review.
Shabbat – Because of His work in our lives we should enjoy rest, both spiritual and physical. We are to cease from endless striving for our redemption. Yeshua has accomplished this for us and we rest in Him. We are also to give our bodies physical rest on the Shabbat.
Passover – We remember the slavery we were once living and celebrate our being set free to live a new life.
First Fruits – As Yeshua was the first to be raised from the dead, we will also be raised from this life and enter into His likeness.
Unleavened Bread – Leaven is a type of sin. We are to be conformed into His sinless image through obedience to His word.
Pentecost – We celebrate the instructions He has given to us and the Spirit He has placed in us to enable us to walk in those instructions. The work of Passover in not truly complete until we have been given a new way of life in Torah.
Feast of Trumpets – Life is a wonderful gift, but we look for a day of complete restoration. One day the shofar will sound, His family will be gathered into His presence and we will forever be with Him.
Day of Atonement – While in this life we should “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.” We are to live our lives unto Him, knowing that one day we will all give an account for the way we lived. On that day we will stand alone, not with friends and family. On that day it will not matter what anyone else thinks, it will only matter what He knows.
Tabernacles – The day of final and complete redemption! The day when all the work of this life will be over. Sin will have been dealt with for all eternity. We will be His people and He will be our Elohim! He will “Tabernacle” in the midst of His people and of His Kingdom there shall be no end.
You may have noticed the Feasts tend to switch back and forth from the here and now to the hereafter. I believe there is good reason for this. The Feasts are another reminder to be like Abraham. Although he was in this world he was never attached to this world. He was always looking for a city whose builder and maker was Elohim. The Feasts should cause us to live this life in fear and reverence of a Holy Creator and to always keep an eye toward the Eastern Sky and eternity.
With the world situation the way it is today, I am reminded of the Jewish people who lived through the Warsaw ghettos. When asked if they had kept Shabbat in the ghetto they said, “It is not that we kept Shabbat, but Shabbat kept us.” I wonder if one day we will be overheard saying that during the tribulation it was not that we kept the Feasts, but the Feasts kept us?
After running 32 kilometers (20 miles) of the Salomon Kielder Marathon in Great Britain, a runner dropped out and rode a bus to a wooded area near the finish line. Then, he re-entered the race and claimed third prize. When officials questioned him, he stated that he stopped running because he was tired.
Many of us can relate to the exhaustion of a worn-out athlete as we run the race of the Christian faith. The book of Hebrews encourages us to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (12:1). Running with endurance requires that we lay aside the sin that stands in our way and shed the weights that hold us back. We may even have to press on through persecution (2 Tim. 3:12).
To prevent weariness and discouragement in our souls (Heb. 12:3), the Bible urges us to focus on Christ. When we pay more attention to Him than to our struggles, we will notice Him running alongside us—supporting us when we stumble (2 Cor. 12:9) and encouraging us with His example (1 Peter 2:21-24). Keeping our eyes on “the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2) will help us stay close to the source of our strength and remain faithful to the finish.
A rebel Catholic group at the heart of major controversies that plagued former Pope Benedict has begun criticizing his successor Pope Francis for the popular approach he has taken since his election last month.
In a letter to supporters this week, the head of the ultra- traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) asked whether the new pontiff’s focus on serving people could be only “man-centered philanthropy” rather than true religious leadership.
Bishop Bernard Fellay’s sharp criticisms of the Vatican attracted attention during Benedict’s papacy because the now retired head of the Roman Catholic Church wanted to reintegrate the once-excommunicated group fully into the Roman fold.
Francis, the former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, has upset many Catholic traditionalists by eschewing Vatican pomp, presenting himself as a humble servant of the poor and showing little interest in returning to centuries-old traditions.
In his letter, Fellay urged Francis “not to allow souls to perish because they no longer learn sound doctrine”, by which he meant the ultra-traditionalist views the SSPX advocates.
“What good is it to devote oneself to serving people if it hides from them what is essential?” asked Fellay, whose group claims 500 priests and a million followers around the world.
Aiding the poor has always been a concern for the Church, he said, “but if it becomes merely man-centered philanthropy, then the Church is no longer carrying out its mission”.
Fellay, who had long hoped that Benedict would give in and reintegrate his group without conditions, had avoided public comment on his successor until now.
Soon after his election, the SSPX head for South America, Rev Christian Bouchacourt, denounced Francis’s simple style as humiliating and undignified for the Church.
“NOT A CATHOLIC”
While Benedict criticized some reforms of the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council, Francis praised it on Tuesday as “a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit” that remained to be fully implemented although some wanted to turn back the clock.
Benedict’s wooing of the SSPX, part of a his wider plan to bring back many Catholic traditions sidelined after Vatican II, triggered several controversies during his eight-year papacy.
His 2007 decision to allow wider use of the old Latin Mass met with a mixed reaction among Catholics and Jewish groups said it revived an old Latin prayer they considered anti-Semitic.
Two years later, Benedict set off a firestorm of criticism from Catholics, Jews and German politicians when he lifted the excommunications on the four SSPX bishops, including the notorious Holocaust-denier Bishop Richard Williamson.
Lifting the excommunications meant the four bishops were once again full members of the 1.2-billion member Church, but they and the SSPX had no official position or role within it.
In 2010, the Vatican launched theological discussions with the rebels aimed at an agreement that would make the SSPX a “personal prelature” or autonomous institution in the Church.
They ended in deadlock last year and Benedict made clear he would not give in on central Vatican II reforms such as its opening to dialogue with other faiths, especially Judaism.
Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, the top doctrinal official in Rome, told Germany’s Catholic news agency KNA last month that all priests accept the Council’s reforms as valid.
“Whoever does not recognize this is not a Catholic,” he declared.
Why do we often witness tragedy and senseless deaths during the second half of April? The list of violent events that occurred during this time period is simply staggering. Here are some of them:
There were many other violent occurrences that happened during that time period. In fact, CNN published an article in 2011 titled What is it about mid-April and violence in America?, discussing the events that occur in Mid-April. Sadly, the article only bashed “conspiracy theorists” and basically said “If you look for answers further than mass media, you are crazy and potentially dangerous”. However, two years later, the violent trend continues.
Is it all a coincidence? For those in the know, there are no such thing as coincidences. In 2011, I wrote an article about the death of Bin Laden, announced between April 30th and May 1st (see Why the Death of the Man Who Was Not Behind 9/11 Was Announced on May 1st). In that article, I briefly described the ritualistic significance of May 1st (May Day) and its relation to a god that is still important for to the occult elite: Baal.
Throughout many centuries and across many civilizations, the second half of April has always been a time of blood sacrifice. The worship of Baal took many names (Enlil, Molech, etc.) and spread across several civilizations. Being a sun god and a god of fertility, rituals celebrating Baal took place after the vernal equinox (a time of rebirth) and often involved human sacrifice.
“The cult of Baal celebrated annually his death and resurrection as a part of the Canaanite fertility rituals. These ceremonies often included human sacrifice and temple prostitution.”
– Baal, Encyclopedia Mythica
Although the observance of these rituals was sometimes condemned by religious movements, it never truly disappeared.
“The religion of the god Baal was widely accepted among the ancient Jews, and although it was put down at times, it was never permanently stamped out. Kings and other royalty of the ten Biblical tribes worshiped the god. The ordinary people ardently worshiped this sun god too because their prosperity depended on the productivity of their crops and livestock. The god’s images were erected on many buildings. Within the religion there appeared to be numerous priests and various classes of devotees. During the ceremonies they wore appropriate robes. The ceremonies included burning incense, and offering burnt sacrifices, occasionally consisting of human victims. The officiating priests danced around the altars, chanting frantically and cutting themselves with knives to inspire the attention and compassion of the god.”
As a sun god, Baal’s worship involved human sacrifice and fire. Today, in the occult-elite ruled America, this time period often equals fire (or gun fire) and death. These rites were even mentioned in the Bible:
“They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal–something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind.”
– Jeremiah 19:5
From the Babylonian, Assyrian and Phoenician civilizations of the Middle-East (their Mystery religions come from the same point origin), the cult of Baal spread to distant civilizations, such as the Celts, who observed Beltane rituals on May 1st (Beltane originates from the word “Baal”). While the observance of Baal rituals differed from one civilization to another, they were nevertheless grounded in the same occult concepts of numerology and sacrifice. In other words, they were all tapping into the same magickal knowledge.
Today’s occult elite still observes these rites, but with one major difference: They are now carried out on unsuspecting civilians and spread across the world through mass media. Fed and amplified by the fear and trauma of the masses, these mega-rituals are seen by all, but only celebrated by the occult elite. More than ever, we are dealing with Black Magick.
Other sites dedicated to occult numerology have published information emphasizing the importance of this time period.
“April 19 – May 1 – Blood Sacrifice To The Beast, a most critical 13-day period. Fire sacrifice is required on April 19.
April 19 is the first day of the 13-day Satanic ritual day relating to fire – the fire god, Baal, or Molech/Nimrod (the Sun God), also known as the Roman god, Saturn (Satan/Devil). This day is a major human sacrifice day, demanding fire sacrifice with an emphasis on children. This day is one of the most important human sacrifice days, and as such, has had some very important historic events occur on this day.”
– Occult Holidays and Sabbaths, Cutting Edge
Another article briefly describes the elements required to carry out the elite’s mega-rituals.
“The human sacrifice required during many of these occult dates needs to contain the following elements, each one of which is exaggerated to the highest possible degree:
1. Trauma, stress, and mental anguish, sheer terror
2. The final act in the drama should be destruction by a fire; preferably a conflagration.
3. People must die as human sacrifices, especially children, since The Darkness views younger human sacrifice as most desirable”
– Advent of Deception
THERE WAS NO SWORD IN THE HAND OF DAVID
by Gary Wilkerson
“David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and
struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.
. . . When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. And the
men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as
Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way”
(1 Samuel 17:50-52).
When David slew Goliath, the tide turned so dramatically that Israel put the
stumbling Philistines to flight. Most important in this passage is one short
phrase: “There was no sword in the hand of David.” God proved Himself
faithful through David’s trust—and that filled every Israelite soldier with
faith. All mockery and shame were gone, and the Israelites’ confidence
returned—a confidence that their God would do battle for them.
The profound effect of seeing God’s power work on our behalf is that our
confidence is renewed to enter the fray. The battle is Christ’s, who calls to
us, “Come see My hand of victory. I have cut off the head of your accuser!”
We are now empowered to follow, saying, “Lord, You haven’t abandoned me.
You allowed all of this—every setback, even the taunts. And You did it in
mercy so that I might believe You.”
Still, many of us wonder, “When will the Lord move on my behalf?” The
answer to that is, Jesus has already moved! Your victory was secured 2,000
years ago on the cross. His triumph on the cross is the same victory that puts
to flight every giant in our lives. Your marriage may be suffering, but Christ
has defeated the powers of darkness arrayed against you and your spouse. Your
finances may not be in order, but your Lord has prepared for you a future and a
hope. Your children may not lead the godly life you envision for them, but Jesus
has purchased their salvation. We may have battles on many fronts, but Christ
has secured our victory.
Are you now able to see your foe defeated? Think of all the accusing voices you
hear. You can answer them all: “This is the end for you, devil. Jesus’
victory has put you to flight. My victory is already sealed and won. Whenever
He chooses, my Hero will demonstrate that victory, and the world will behold
Him in all His glory. All will know that the battle is not with the sword and
spear, but with the Lord.”
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday hailed Pope Francis as “a spiritual leader of the world” and emphasized goals of social justice shared between the Vatican and the United Nations.
“It is very important to meet a spiritual leader of the world,” Ban said at the start of his meeting with the Argentine pope, who last month became the first non-European leader of the world’s Catholics in nearly 1,300 years.
“The Holy See and the UN share common goals and ideas,” said Ban—one of the first world leaders to be received at an audience by the new pontiff.
Francis has called for the Roman Catholic Church to be closer to ordinary people and help the needy, as well as to reach out to people of different religions and non-believers.
“We discussed the need to advance social justice and accelerate work to meet the Millenium Development Goals,” Ban said after the meeting.
The international community has undertaken to meet goals including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and reducing child mortality by 2015.
“Pope Francis is a man of peace and purpose. He is a voice for the voiceless,” he said.
Ban said he also invited the pope to visit the United Nations “at his earliest convenience.”
The UN leader also commented on the pope’s choice to name himself after St Francis of Assisi, saying this was “a powerful message for the many goals shared by the United Nations.”
“It speaks loudly of his commitment to the poor, his acute sense of humility, his passion and compassion to improve the human condition,” he said.
Ban gave the pope a large book with the Charter of the United Nations in six languages.
The pope, who only spoke in Italian, gave Ban a mosaic of Rome.
he other day on the radio, I heard a very well known Bible teacher make the comment that the doctrine of Universalism has now spread into the conservative end of Christianity. When he said that, I just about fell out of my chair, as I thought the conservative end of the Body would be the absolute last ones to fall for such a demonic lie and doctrine.
As we all know, this false doctrine has infiltrated into the liberal end of Christianity. But with some of the more conservative Christians now starting to fall for it, this shows us how far this deadly demonic doctrine has now spread.
And then to top it off, we now have our current sitting president, Barack Obama, also believing in this false doctrine, as he has been quoted as saying that he is only saved if we are all saved. And then when he was asked about his thoughts on hell, he made the comment that he found it hard to believe that a good and loving God would condemn 4/5 of the human race into hell for all of eternity.
From there, President Obama then added that he felt there are many “paths” to the same God. His exact quote was – “I believe that there are many paths to the same place.” He then goes on to say that all people of faith, whether you are a Christian, Muslim, animist, etc. all know the same God.
Many sceptics and atheists target the very idea that since God is both loving and good, there would be no such reason that He can endure watching people swimming in the lake of fire forever.
Since God is forgiving, merciful, gracious, loving and good, it would be in a total opposition to His character when He executes such horrible punishment.
Other professing Christian groups and cults today such as Jehovah’s witnesses, deny the very existence of a conscious tormenting condition in hell.
They substitute hell with the doctrine of annihilation. They don’t believe on the Bible’s teaching about eternal torment, but changed it to a doctrine of annihilation that is not taught by the Bible itself.