ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT?

The time is drawing near as mentioned in the blog about the End Time Events.  We are on the eve of the Anti-Christ playing his “One World Government” card.  Internet sources predict a 2030 date for there agenda to kick off, or be in full swing, that is just twelve years from now.  The goals of the Anti-Christ are laid out in the book of Revelation chapter thirteen.   The agenda of the anti-Christ through the United Nations is to make this happen as seen in the chart.14134705_666038046886022_737894274_n

The last four Presidents were all in favor of this agenda. The Sovereign God to ensure his plan caused an upset in Satan’s agenda with our 2016 Presidential election!  He placed a President in office that has thwarted this agenda like no other!   1 Cor. 1:27-28   “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are”.   If you watch the news you can see how God has gummed up the works for Liberals and the Democrats by his choice of president or the USA in the last election!

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“The only thing they are lacking right now is a sufficient crisis big enough to win enthusiastic public support in America and other nations in the world for full-on global governance,” says Paul McGuire, a Fox News and History Channel contributor and co-author of the new release, “Babylon Code: Solving the Bible’s Greatest End Time Mystery.”        Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/obama-puts-u-s-on-fast-track-to-world-government/#OwDMhe4J6u9E9fsC.99.   
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Do you think the Korean, “Rocket Man” could provide this substantial crisis that would be big enough to kick this off?     But this is no joking matter and I don’t mean to make light of this situation.  But what this really means is that one needs to be sure they have a right relationship with the Lord.  They need to ask God to forgive their sin and ask Christ to come into their heart and save them.   Follow this scripture

Romans 10:9-13 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT?

THE BIRTH OF CHRIST

We have come to the “Most Wonderfull Time of the Year”, Christmas time!!!  I think most true disciples realize that December 25th is not the actual date of the birth of Christ.  The question is; “Do we have an actual date for Christ’s birth?”  That is a tough one.  The Bible does not give a verse that tells us that exact date, but does lay out various clues that may help zone in on a precise date.  A quick answer can provide the day but not the year, if one would take the feasts of the Lord, given to the Jews in Leviticus 23 as to when the Jews were to celebrate certain things.  slide1-n

         The Feasts of the Lord, given above are broken down into Spring Feasts and Fall Feasts.  Theses feasts have been on the Jewish calendar since the time of Moses and are dress rehearsals for the Israelites to play out each year.  These feasts also lay out the doctrinal and prophetic events that were and those to come for the nation of Israel.  These spring feasts were fulfilled by Christ Jesus to the day and hour.  The fall feasts are believed to be fulfilled the same way!  Jesus will fulfill these fall feasts to the day and to the hour.

          The Feast of Tabernacles,  Sukkot,  points directly to the time Israel dwelt in the wilderness for forty years in booths, i.e. tents.  Sukkot also points prophetically towards our Lord’s second coming, and the millennial reign of Christ, when God will dwell among us.   This feast will be fulfilled in the days to come.   This feast was fulfilled once already when Christ came to dwell with us when he came at his birth and was called “Emanuel, God with us”, Matt. 1:23    “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.”    Therefore, this day, The Feast of Tabernacles,  is the day on which Jesus was born!  Therefore, whatever day of the week this day falls on, that day is the date of the Lord’s birthday!   Therefore, the 15th of Tishri, (end of September and beginning of October),  is the day Jesus was born.  What is not known is the year our Lord was born.  Even as the date is now set at December 25th, the year still is unknown.  Those who have viewed the verses and ultra biblical sources have only stated that the year would fall somewhere between 7bc and 1bc, a seven year span that could be the year of Christ’s birth would have been.

The Events that are searched out for this information are things like Herod’s death, the reign of Pilate, why did Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem, the birth of John the baptist, and others like Josephus, an extra Biblical source, and others!  For others that would site the same conclusions you can scan those on YouTube.  Pastor Mark Blitz is one you can check for facts about The Feasts of Israel, author of “God’s Day Timer”.

The Feasts of the Lord at the time they were given by Moses, were prophetic events that would expose all that the Lord would accomplish in the life of Christ for the nation of Israel and ultimately the world.  Jesus fulfilled the first four feasts to the day and hour.   Jesus was the passover lamb, the bread of life, the first fruits of the harvest, and is the head of the church.  He is why the Trumpets are blown, who will be judge on the Day of Atonement, and he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, when he returns to establish his Kingdom.

The Feasts of the Lord are definitely the Lords.  However they were given to Israel, by Moses, Leviticus 23, and apply to the nation of Israel.  They were to be fulfilled by Israel each and every year to the date and hour and they have been before and after Christ Jesus.  However, the Body of Christ, while not directed to keep these feasts does not mean there is not application to the Body of Christ.

Be on the look out for the blog on The Feasts of the Lord.

The Apostles of the Lord, Cont.

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            The one apostle who is known far beyond he others is Judas Iscariot.   There is good reason for this.  Judas was known for being the greedy treasurer of the group, concluding with the Pharisees for 30 pieces of silver, becoming the traitor of Christ, and for hanging himself.

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.Judas_Kiss    Judas is by far a character, However, the thing he is most noted for is Jesus’s reference of Judas as being the “son of perdition”

           The following two passages of scripture will bear this out.  

John 17:12   “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.”

2 These. 2:3   “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition”

          Jesus is praying to the Father saying He has keep all the apostles, given to him by the Father, except one, the “son of perdition”, that being “Judas”.  And in the second verse this son of perdition is referred to as the “man of sin”, again that is Judas, for he is the son of perdition!  Another interesting verse concerning Judas is in Acts 1.25   “And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell,”  This passage is talking how the apostles were choosing another person to the apostleship to replace Judas.  The interesting thing here is the last phrase one the verse,  “that he might go to his own place.”  So what is his own place?

          So what are we talking about here?   Judas has died and what place is he going to, Abraham’s bosom or hell, Luke 16:19-31, (the story of Lazarus and the rich man), or his own place, should that place be different from those two.   Judas is the “son of perdition”, does that mean he is more than an ordinary man?  Judas as an ordinary man, who is not saved, would be placed in hell, like the rich man of Luke 16.  If Judas was a saved man he would have gone to Abraham’s bosom, like Lazarus, from the same passage.  He could not have gone to heaven at that time for Christ had not died and resurrected yet.  Today the unsaved, lost man when he dies goes to hell. The saved individual, those “Born Again” by the Spirit of God, will go to heaven, 2 Thess. 5:8. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

          Therefore, what does it mean that Judas is the “son of perdition”, a “son of the damned”, (see strong’s definition of perdition), and he went to his own place?  Jesus was talking with his disciples, calling Judas a devil, John 6:70-71    “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? — He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve”.  OK, Judas is a devil, so where would be the place that would be his own?  I call your attention to Revelation 9.  However, before looking a Revelation, I want to remind you of the men that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah were angels, Gen. 18-19.  The Idea here is that since angels can transform themselves into men, devils likewise can transform themselves into men as well.  Devils who could do this would give highlights to who were the “sons of God” were in Genesis 6.  Jude gives information as to what may be Judas’ own place, Jude 1:6-7    “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire”.

          Revelation 9 gives us a clue that the “bottomless pit” is the place Judas was headed too upon his death after hanging himself.  Rev. 9:1   “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit” and Rev 9:11   “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”   Along with the Jude passage and those of Genesis it is real conceivable that Judas is in fact a fallen angel, a devil, confined to the bottomless pit until a later date, either a time in the great tribulation or at the great white throne judgment and being cast into a lake of fire.

This discussion opens further discussions on who are the sons of God, for Born Again christians are called sons of God in John 1:11-13   “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”.

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  2 Cor. 15:20-21   “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”.

End Time Events

In the way our country and our world have established themselves, one could say we are in the “End Times”!   It was seen Nov. 28, 2017 that North Korea has an ICBM missile that can now reach the USA!    So the question is, how long is it before the Antichrist plays the “One World Government” card?   There is no doubt that the USA is under the judgment of God, with hurricanes in the south, forrest fires in California, a volcano in Hawaii, and now a vicious threat from North Korea.   This is a very real threat could be the event that could push the USA into WWIII.  We are seeing Sexual Harassment and Assault cases in every area from governmental agencies to the private sector, which alone to be enough to bring the judgment of God upon us.

          The key to the beginning of end time events is the Nation of Israel.  What is happening to them is what needs to be looked at to determine were we are at in the end times.  However, it will take a crisis to bring in the End Times.  Look at this quote from Paul McGuire, a Fox News and History Channel contributor and co-author of the new release, “Babylon Code: Solving the Bible’s Greatest End Time Mystery.   “The only thing they are lacking right now is a sufficient crisis big enough to win enthusiastic public support in America and other nations in the world for full-on global governance,”   

Should North Korea shoot off a missile or the USA set off a pre-emptive strike could be the crisis it takes to set off the one world government movement.  

          What do think?   Let me hear from you on End Time Events.   Send your Comment at the bottom of this page!

Who Were the Seventy Apostles

          The Seventy chosen by the Lord Jesus are only recorded in the Gospel of Luke in chapter ten.  Their names are not recorded but they were given a call very similar to that of the twelve.  In Luke 10 these Seventy were never referred to as apostles and Luke refers to the Seventy as “disciples”.  Most likely some or many did not meet the qualifications for apostles, even though they are sent out by Christ.  Catholic scholars have lists of who the Seventy might be and you can Google to see them.

          The Seventy find they are to go to every city that the Lord would go Himself, while the Twelve were only to go to the Nation of Israel.   This means their travels was not limited to just Jews but may have  include Gentiles, as well.  The other significant difference was in the message the two groups were to deliver.  The Twelve were to preach “The Kingdom of Heaven was at hand”, (Matt. 10:7) while the Seventy were to deliver in their message, “The Kingdom of God is at hand”  (Luke 10:11).  This is signifiant because of who they are and who they represent.  The Message of the Twelve was to be given to the Nation of Israel only.  Therefore the “Kingdom of Heaven” was a message for the Nation of Israel, for The Millennial Kingdom is the fulfillment of the covenants of God to them. 

          Yes, there are those who say that both statements can be used interchangeably!  Even though similar things can be said of both, they are very much different in there nature.   The real fact that connect these two Kingdoms together is that King Jesus is the King of both when he is present.  The Kingdom of Heaven is a literal, physical, and political kingdom.  Something your five senses can appreciate.  This literal, physical, and political kingdom was given to Adam when he was created, Gen. 1:27-28 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth”.   To have dominion over something is the work of a king.images

          The Kingdom of Heaven is a literal, physical, and political place noted in Genesis, the firmament (the Universe) is called Heaven.   Gen. 1:8  “And God called the firmament Heaven.”  Adam was made, the king, of this kingdom by the Trinity.  Over the past 6000 years this literal, physical, and political kingdom changed hands from time to time to where Satan is now the god of this world,  the being in charge of what goes on here on this planet, (2 For. 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”).  

          However, with that being said, one must understand God is sovereign,  He ultimately controls all thing through the covenants He has made.  When Jesus was here during his first advent the phrase “is at hand”, was associated with both “Kingdoms”,  was valid.   The Israelites rejection of Jesus as their King allowed Satan to keep his seat.  When Jesus returns as King of Kings he will take Satan off his throne and through him in the pit, Rev 20:1-3.Covenants

          When Jesus returns as “King of Kings and Lord pf Lords to establish His Kingdom on earth.  He will take “The Kingdom of Heaven” from Satan. Sentencing him to thousand year stay in the bottomless pit, Rev. 20:1-11.  The theological term for this thousand year reign of Christ is; “The Millennial Kingdom”.   This is discussed by Christ in the Book of Matthew in “The Sermon on the Mount”,  in chapters 5-7.  This is the fulfillment of the covenants given to the Nation of Israel throughout the Old Testament.

          The Kingdom of God, on the other hand, is the message of the Seventy, is not a literal, physical, and political kingdom, but “The Kingdom God” is of a spiritual nature, John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”   This Kingdom of God is only entered by one being “Born Again”,  John 3:3-7.  “Ye must be born again”.  One who is “Born Again” become a sons of God, John 1:11-13, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Look for posts on “Eternal Life” for discussions on being “Born Again” and “Sons of God”.

          One can see, in these verses, how through the rejection of Jesus, by the Nation of Israel, how Jesus failed to become king and the Nation of Israel missed having “The Kingdom of Heaven”.  Jesus is returning as the conquering savior, Rev. 19:11-21.  “He will rule the nations with a rod of iron”, Rev. 19:15.  Jesus now the King of ‘The Kingdom of Heaven, throwing the Beast and False Prophet in the “Lake of Fire” and Satan into the “Bottomless Pit”, will establish his “Millennial Reign” on this earth.

When Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, Acts 1:8, He left as a Priest in The Kingdom of God only.  The kingship of The Kingdom of Heaven was left in Satan’s hands.  Jesus now is head of his body, the church, a priest, until He returns as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”, Rev. 19:11-21.   His office He fills now is Priest.  He was the “Prophet” in the Old Testament and will be positioned as “King” when he returns.

          The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to the Nation of Israel, and while they are in the land possession takes place when their King arrives.    The Kingdom of God is inhabited by the Church, the “Bride of Christ”.  Through the covenants of God the Nation of Israel was promised a Kingdom.  When Jesus returns as King he will fulfill this promise to them.  A look at Revelation 20, 21, and 22 will give you something to think about when God makes a new heaven and new earth.

Who were the Seventy apostles?  It is hard to say they were apostles, but we do know they were disciples, Luke 10.  The word apostle is not used for their description.  By definition of the word apostle they seem to fit the definition.  However, they may not bare the name apostle because they may have not met the qualifications.  See blog “The Apostles of the Lord?”

 

Essential Oils of the Bible

 david-stewartThis is David Stewart.  David is a registered Aromatherapist, a former United Methodist pastor, holds degrees in physics, math, earth science, natural medicine, and author of sixteen books.   He is President of the Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE) offering training programs throughout North America, which includes the scriptural basis of helping oils.  the CARE website, http://www.raindroptrainging.com.  I think he knows a bit about these Essential Oils of the Bible.

          Looking at these alphabetically we will start with Aloes or Sandalwood (Santalum album) from John 19:39. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.”    

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Biblical Aloe was an oil imported from India, known as sandalwood.  Sandalwood is known for its ability to nurture various systems in the body by:                     The Sandalwood Plant

  • Oxygenating tissue, including the brain
  • Stimulating our natural secretions melatonin
  • Enabling a good night’s rest
  • Preparing bodies for burial

Cassia (Cinnamomum Cassia). Psalm 45:8. All thy garments 

maxresdefaultsmell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.”                 The Cassia Plant

Our sense of smell is wired directly to our emotional brain were our feelings are catalogued where Cassia can nourish our bodies by:                                        

  • Stimulating feelings of joy, happiness, and gladness
  • Enabling emotional healing

          Cedarwood (Cedrus Atlantical). Leviticus 14:17 And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the trespass offering.”                              The Cedarwood Plantth

This verse tells in where to apply the oil, not making mention what type oil is used.  However, the context of the passage reveals that cedarwood is involved in  the act of cleansing.  Solomon used Cedar Wood in the building of his temple and home in   1 Kings 6:9-15.  In maligning this choice of lumber he would be inhaling in the Cedar wood scent so that he would be able to think clearly and wisely.  Cedarwood has the following effects:

  • Clearing our minds of clutter
  • Clarifying our thinking

         Cypress (Cupress Sempervirens) Isaiah 41:19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, The myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine, And the box tree together.”                        The Cypress TreeDwarf-Hinoki-Cypress-450w

Modern sciences ha shown that inhaling, applying, or taking Cypress Oils internally stimulates white blood corpuscle generation which may have beneficial applications following chemotherapy and radiation.  The molecules of  cypress oil deem to have an affinity with all aspects of the cardiovascular system, including blood vessels and heart.  Uses for Cypress Oil includes:

  • Fighting arthritis
  • Battling laryngitis
  • Reducing scar tissue
  • Boosting the immune system

Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri)  Leviticus 2:1 “And when any will offer a meat offering unto the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon”.     The Frankincense Treetree-acacia

  Used for religious rituals, flavoring food, and for all manner of healing purposes, frankincense is the second most frequently mentioned oil in the Bible.  Ancient Egyptians  had a saying that “frankincense could heat everything from gout to a broken head.”   Frankincense has been used by various religions and royalty to help with:

  • Reducing anxiety and concerns
  • Promoting focus on spiritual matters

Galbanum (Ferula Gummosa) Exodus 30:34-35 “And when any will offer a meat offering unto the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon.”              eo_galbanum

   Galbanum was one of the four oils in the holy incense, which has been burned Jewish temples for thousands of years in combinations with Myrrh, Onycha, and Frankincense.  Historically, Galbanum has been used for:                                                                The Galbanum Plant

  • Providing pain relief
  • Hindering cramps and spasms
  • Repairing abscesses, wounds, wrinkles, and acne
  • Battling asthma and chronic coughs

Hyssop (Hyssopus Officinalis) Exodus 12:22 “And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.”                               The Hyssop Planthyssop

Animal sacrifices were offered almost daily in Jewish temples which could result in a bad oder problem.  However, the jewish congregation regularly supplied the priests  with fresh fragrant herbs that were scattered on the temple floor each morning.  When people walked over them, crushing their leaves and stems, their fragrant oils would be released and freshen the air.  The Scripture above refers to the first Passover.

Myrrh(Commiphora Myrrha) Matthew 2:11 “And when they were come intoMyrrhe-Pflanze the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh”.                              The Myrrh Tree

 

          Myrrh is the most frequently mentioned oil of the Bible (156 times).  it is the first oil mentioned in the Old Testament (Genesis 37:25) and the last mentioned in the New Testament (Revelation 15:23).  It is one of the first to be received by the Christ child along with Frankincense and the last to bed offered as he stood at the cross (Mark15:23). 

Myrtle (Myrtus Communis) Isaiah 55:13. “Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”  The Myrtle Treecrepe-myrtle

       To the. ancient Jews, the Myrtle Tree was a symbol of peace and justice as well as a source fr a healing oil.  In celebration of their freedom from Babylonian captivity and the restoration of the law of Moses, the Jews gathered branches of Myrtle (Nehemiah 8:15).  In Biblical times myrtle oil was used for the following reasons:

  • Purifying from uncleanliness
  • Restoring normal thyroid activity
  • Decongesting the respiratory tract and sinuses

Onycha (Styrax Benzoin)  Exodus 30: 34-35  “And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight

Back To Basics- Using Onycha Oil As A Wound Healer

: And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy”                         The Onycha Plant (Lord’s Calendula)

While Onycha Oil was used in the holy incense of Exodus 30, it modern uses have been extensive.  it has a wonderful odor of vanilla because it contains vanillin aldehyde, also found in the vanilla plant.  Onycha contains more acids than any other oil, including benzoic acid.  This oil has been used for:

  • Providing antiseptic service to the body
  • Producing a calming scent

Rose of Sharon (Cistus Ladanifer) Song of Solomon 2:1. “I am the rose of Sharon,
and the lily of the valleys.”                                                                    The Rose of SharonRoseofSharon

          Also known a Cistus, Labdanum, and Rock Rose, this is not the traditional sweet smelling flower with the thorny stems we normally think of.  It is a wild bloom that has grown on the Plains of Sharon, west of Jerusalem, for thousand of years.  Rose of Sharon has proven able in:

  • Healing cuts and bruises 
  • Relieving sciatic nerve pain

Spikenard (Nardostachys Jatamansi) Song of Solomon 1:12 “

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While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.”                         The Spikenard Plant

It was an ancient custom to honor distinguished guests by anointing their head and feet with Spikenard.  Jesus was anointed twice with spikenard the week before he died, (Matthew 26:6-7 and John 12:1-3).  The fragrance from this essential oil has been used in:                           

  • Relieving fear and anxiety 
  • Preparing the body for burial

You can get a set Essential Oils of the Bible from Young Living Essential Oils through Lynn West.   Call or Email to set your order with Lynn

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 The Apostles of the Lord!

How Many Apostles Were Appointed?

       Christ Jesus in Hebrews 3:1 is referred to as “The Apostle”.   Now the names of the twelve apostles he chose are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him, Matt.10:2-4.   Matthias, who replaced Judas Iscariot, became one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb (Acts 1:26), making him number thirteen.   The Eleven are named in Acts 1:13, “Peter and John, and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. “ Judas Iscariot, one of the original twelve, the one who betrayed Jesus, is not named in that list.   Therefore, the original twelve will include Matthias. “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Revelation 21:14).  These would be those twelve.

         An investigation of the Scripture reveals several individuals in addition to the original twelve who are explicitly referred to as apostles.    Paul, the apostle, so named in almost every book he wrote will make number fourteen.  

 A complete listing of New Testament apostles follows.

Barnabas–Acts 14:14, Apollos – Corinthians 4:6-9, James, the Lord’s brother, Gal. 1:19, Timothy and Silvanus– I Thessalonians 1:1 and 2:6, Epaphroditus–Philippians 2:25, Andronicus and Junia–Romans 16:7, were of note among the apostles, that is notable Jewish apostles but labeled “my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners” who were in Christ before Paul, and thus Jewish apostles but not of the original twelve.  These nine now make a total of 22 (13 + 9 = 22).

         The Greek word “apostoloi” is translated apostle, normally, is also translated “messenger(s)” as in the case of Epaphroditus–Philippians 2:25 and Second Corinthians 8:23 noting two unnamed individuals as messengers.  These additional two unnamed messengers bring the total to 24.  Finally, Hebrews 3:1 designates Jesus Christ the “Apostle and High Priest of our profession.” Therefore, making 25 apostles in the New Testament!

         Concerning Titus (#26) of that same passage of Second Corinthians 8:23, should he be considered an apostle by mere association perhaps or not?  Strong’s definition defines “apostoloi” as from 649; a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ (“apostle”) (with miraculous powers):–apostle, messenger, he that is sent.   However, Paul was the last of the apostles, writing fourteen books of the New Testament, should the book of Hebrews be counted as Paul as the writer. 

The Mission of the Twelve Apostles

             The mission of the twelve apostles is found in;

Matthew 10:5-11, “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.”  

 Mark 6:7-13 “And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city. And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

 Luke 9:1-6 “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.”

 In summation for the three passages of scripture, these apostles were (1) told where to and not to go in delivering their message, (2) told what and what not to take on their journey, (3) told what to preach. However, things are clear but it does not mean there is no problem. The problem lies in the message they are to preach. The phrase in question is “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” in Matthew, “and preached that men should repent” in Mark, and “to preach the kingdom of God” in Luke.   The passage in Mark is not the problem but the other two passages are of conflict statements. There are those who say The Kingdom of God and The Kingdom of Heaven is the same thing.  There are those who say that these are different kingdoms, for God is not heaven and heaven is not God!  

Well, this is a topic for another blog page!

 The Scriptures for the Giving of Apostles

1 Corinthians 12:28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.


Ephesians 4:7-8, 11-12 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: