Omega Letter Lane – by Kari Velemirovich

Omega Letter Lane_hi Omega Letter Lane – by Kari Velemirovich
Vol: 29 Issue: 13 Saturday, October 13, 2018

Today will be the last publishing from www.omegaletter.com. But there is an upside… Jack’s briefs are not lost.

We have mentioned the Vault a few times.  In the age of information, we, as a collective, miss things. We aren’t reading to the end of the story.  Time is of the essence, I suppose. (Psalm 46:10)

THE VAULT was created in 2007 by long time member, Joel Pena.  There is a search, maps and Jack’s book, “The Last Generation”. And it all FREE. The best part is that it is not isolated to the internet.  It’s a mini download to your computer.  It’s there, on your computer, for you and your ministry, as an archive, forever!

OL’s wonderfully talented writers are working on several projects to get the Word out.

Pete has his site…https://rev310.wordpress.com/
Alf has his..http://www.zeteo316.com/
Jerry has his…http://www.theendthebook.com/
Steve has his..http://thewordwithsteve.com/
Wendy??? She is on sabbatical for now.

Several of the original OL authors are also regularly featured at Rapture ForumsRapture ReadyOlive Tree Ministries and countless others.

Towards Dad’s last days, we discussed it and I expressed he might be the Spurgeon/Moody of the 21st century.  He guffawed.

But what do I know?

Dad had a way with words that would stick in your head…”tin foil hats”… “things that are different are not the same”…”the beatings will continue until moral improves”…”the outcome belongs to God”.  They are in the Vault, and you can search them.

We saw Sukkot; God’s provision.  He set the stage with the people and the resources. We may be dark at http://www.omegaletter.com but as of yesterday THEOMEGALETTER.COM appeared, due to the forward thinking of the Vault’s creator.  It’s God’s anyway, He can name it what He wants. There was void and then there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3)

The Omega Letter Community will remain on Facebook. Patti Wiseman has done a bang up job sharing the Letters with social media and will continue doing so.

As one member pointed out, “Omega Letter Lane” was a heavenly dream of Dad’s.  It’s time to expand the neighborhood.  We love you all so much.  Seventeen years is a very long friendship.  Let’s keep in touch over at Frank’s place.

Excerpts from Jack: 

God Himself issues a challenge to other so-called ‘gods’ to predict the future:

“Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.” (Isaiah 41:21-22)

Only God is omniscient, or all-knowing. God not only reveals the future, but He foretells the circumstances that conspire together to bring them about.

And, unlike false prophets like Nostradamus or Edgar Cayce, God reveals the outcomes. False prophecies might contain astonishing details about a single event, since Satan knows what he has planned. But Satan is not omniscient.

The best he can do is detail what he has planned in advance to one of his ‘prophets’. He doesn’t know how those plans will turn out. He had a plan to defeat Jesus by having Him killed by His Chosen People. Had he known the outcome, he would have planned things differently:

“Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1st Corinthians 2:8)

God continues His challenge to the gods of this world, saying,

“Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.” (Isaiah 41:23)

God issued His challenge because He knows there are no other gods. He alone is God, and therefore, it stands to reason, that He alone is the only one who could accurately and consistently declare the end from the beginning.

“Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.” (Isaiah 41:24)  (Behold, Ye Are of Nothing..2006)


 

…..What should we take away from this as Christians?   Are these experiences necessarily Biblical?  Nope. I don’t think so.   I don’t even think they necessarily have to be Divine.

They could just as well be an enemy effort at lulling people into believing that salvation isn’t necessary and that everybody goes to a warm and fuzzy place.

But what we should take away from this is the certain knowledge that you aren’t a body — you have a body.  You have a brain, but your brain is not your mind — it is your mind’s container.

Your mind is the repository of your consciousness, will and emotions – this is the soul – the part that continues after death.   If your soul’s spirit has been quickened, (made alive, or what we call ‘saved’) then to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

If not, then your soul (mind, will and emotions) will be judged according to the things done in the body and cast into hell.

Hell is no fairy tale.   It is not a religious bogey-man invented by churches to keep their congregants in line.  Hell is as real as heaven.  Jesus described it as the place where “the fire is never quenched and their worm dieth not.”

Heaven is a real place, too.   It is the place where “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

As we approach the end of this present age, we are exhorted to look for the Rapture, the “Blessed Hope” when the Lord Himself will come for the Church and we will meet with the Lord in the air.

It is the hope of every believer.

But in reality, death is really just an advance ticket to the Big Show. Those already dead return with the Lord and get their resurrection bodies first.  But they are already with the Lord.

Everybody wants to go to heaven. But nobody wants to die. That’s why the Rapture’s called “The Blessed Hope.” (The Final Trip…2010)


 

….We are living in the last days. There is no time to bandage the walking wounded, the battle has been joined. Every soldier is desperately needed on the line.

A soldier on the line does his best, and that is all anyone can ask. Especially the One Who really KNOWS that you are doing the best you can.

And He not only understands, He made you to a specific purpose, which is why all things were lawful to Paul, but not all things were expedient.

What may appear as defeat to you from your vantage point in the action may actually be a tactical victory somewhere else up the line. Only our General knows, and He says, ‘Trust Me’.

Take heart! Don’t let the fact you are a sinner steal your victory. The only prerequisite for being a Christian is that you must be a sinner first. God has a plan for your life, and He has somebody for you to talk to.

That appointment is so important to God that He has arranged your whole life until now — just so you would be available to keep it when that appointment comes due.

Will you be there to keep it? Or will you be licking your wounds in defeat off in a corner somewhere? We’re running out of time, and the enemy’s sole focus for your life is to keep you defeated and ineffective as the hours tick down to the Final Confrontation.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians (12:9)

Today will be the last publishing from www.omegaletter.com. But there is an upside… Jack’s briefs are not lost.

We have mentioned the Vault a few times.  In the age of information, we, as a collective, miss things. We aren’t reading to the end of the story.  Time is of the essence, I suppose. (Psalm 46:10)

THE VAULT functions a little like Dad spoke.  There is a search, maps and Jack’s book “The Last Generation”. And it all FREE. The best part is that it is not isolated to the internet.  It’s a mini download to your computer.  It’s there, on your computer, for you and your ministry, as an archive, forever!

 Towards Dad’s last days, we discussed it and I expressed he might be the Spurgeon/Moody of the 21st century.  He guffawed.

But what do I know?

Dad has a way with words that would stick in your head…”tin foil hats”… “things that are different are not the same”…”the beatings will continue until moral improves”…”the outcome belongs to God”.  They are in the Vault, and you can search them.

We saw Sukkot; God’s provision.  He set the stage with the people and the resources and we may be dark at http://www.omegaletter.com but THEOMEGALETTER.COM will remain.  It’s God’s anyway, He can name it what He wants.

There was void and then there was light. (Genesis 1:1) Ya got to start somewhere!

The authors are archived in much the same manner as the Vault and that will all come together eventually.

In the meantime THE Omegaletter Team is diligently working on several projects to get the Word out.  Pete has his site…
Alf has his..
Jerry has his…
Steve has his..
Wendy?? She is on sabbatical for now.

“Omega Letter Lane” has already come together.  It’s time to take it outside the neighborhood.  We love you all so much.  Seventeen years is a very long friendship.  Let’s keep in touch over at Frank’s place.

Excerpts from Jack: 

God Himself issues a challenge to other so-called ‘gods’ to predict the future:

“Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.” (Isaiah 41:21-22)

Only God is omniscient, or all-knowing. God not only reveals the future, but He foretells the circumstances that conspire together to bring them about.

And, unlike false prophets like Nostradamus or Edgar Cayce, God reveals the outcomes. False prophecies might contain astonishing details about a single event, since Satan knows what he has planned. But Satan is not omniscient.

The best he can do is detail what he has planned in advance to one of his ‘prophets’. He doesn’t know how those plans will turn out. He had a plan to defeat Jesus by having Him killed by His Chosen People. Had he known the outcome, he would have planned things differently:

“Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1st Corinthians 2:8)

God continues His challenge to the gods of this world, saying,

“Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.” (Isaiah 41:23)

God issued His challenge because He knows there are no other gods. He alone is God, and therefore, it stands to reason, that He alone is the only one who could accurately and consistently declare the end from the beginning.

“Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.” (Isaiah 41:24)  (Behold, Ye Are of Nothing..2006)

…..What should we take away from this as Christians?   Are these experiences necessarily Biblical?  Nope. I don’t think so.   I don’t even think they necessarily have to be Divine.

They could just as well be an enemy effort at lulling people into believing that salvation isn’t necessary and that everybody goes to a warm and fuzzy place.

But what we should take away from this is the certain knowledge that you aren’t a body — you have a body.  You have a brain, but your brain is not your mind — it is your mind’s container.

Your mind is the repository of your consciousness, will and emotions – this is the soul – the part that continues after death.   If your soul’s spirit has been quickened, (made alive, or what we call ‘saved’) then to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

If not, then your soul (mind, will and emotions) will be judged according to the things done in the body and cast into hell.

Hell is no fairy tale.   It is not a religious bogey-man invented by churches to keep their congregants in line.  Hell is as real as heaven.  Jesus described it as the place where “the fire is never quenched and their worm dieth not.”

Heaven is a real place, too.   It is the place where “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

As we approach the end of this present age, we are exhorted to look for the Rapture, the “Blessed Hope” when the Lord Himself will come for the Church and we will meet with the Lord in the air.

It is the hope of every believer.

But in reality, death is really just an advance ticket to the Big Show. Those already dead return with the Lord and get their resurrection bodies first.  But they are already with the Lord.

Everybody wants to go to heaven. But nobody wants to die. That’s why the Rapture’s called “The Blessed Hope.” (The Final Trip…2010)

….We are living in the last days. There is no time to bandage the walking wounded, the battle has been joined. Every soldier is desperately needed on the line.

A soldier on the line does his best, and that is all anyone can ask. Especially the One Who really KNOWS that you are doing the best you can.

And He not only understands, He made you to a specific purpose, which is why all things were lawful to Paul, but not all things were expedient.

What may appear as defeat to you from your vantage point in the action may actually be a tactical victory somewhere else up the line. Only our General knows, and He says, ‘Trust Me’.

Take heart! Don’t let the fact you are a sinner steal your victory. The only prerequisite for being a Christian is that you must be a sinner first. God has a plan for your life, and He has somebody for you to talk to.

That appointment is so important to God that He has arranged your whole life until now — just so you would be available to keep it when that appointment comes due.

Will you be there to keep it? Or will you be licking your wounds in defeat off in a corner somewhere? We’re running out of time, and the enemy’s sole focus for your life is to keep you defeated and ineffective as the hours tick down to the Final Confrontation.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians (12:9)

 

Farewell to Our Beloved Omega Letter – by Alf Cengia

Farewell to Our Beloved Omega Letter – by Alf Cengia
Vol: 29 Issue: 12 Friday, October 12, 2018

As most readers are already aware, the Omega Letter website founded by Jack Kinsella is finally closing down. Here’s my fond farewell to our beloved Omega Letter.

providentially discovered Jack Kinsella and the OL some time after the events of 9-11. By that time I’d left my New Age past behind. I was still finding my footing and wondering what this world was coming to.

Ironically, I found Jack by doing an internet search for Hal Lindsey. The irony is that I’d rejected Hal’s ideas prior to becoming a New Ager. I actually bought some of his books and promptly gave them to my mother. They just happened to be an answer to her prayers. But that’s another story.

After the 9-11 wake-up call I wanted to check if Hal, the Old War Horse, was still around. From what I was seeing around me, his warnings appeared to be coming to fruition. Perhaps he wasn’t just a raving lunatic after all! Maybe I was the one who needed to read the memo.

Because of Jack’s connection to Hal my internet searches exposed me to an early version of the Omega Letter Website. It took some time before joining. However, I was immediately drawn to Jack Kinsella’s incisive commentaries and sarcastic wit.

For the longest time I read all the free briefings. Finally, I couldn’t get enough and became an OL member. One of my most touching memories happened after my first comment. An older Vietnam vet (Lou Talley) immediately reached out to me. Lou is now with the Lord and I still miss him.

The OL has always had a close family atmosphere. It was a secret, safe haven we could all go to; to chat with, pray for, and comfort each other. Sure there were squabbles. The Holy Spirit was there too. We always made up and blessed each other.

One thing I loved about Jack was that he allowed us to quarrel – he didn’t micro manage the forums. He’d only cut in when he felt the bickering went too far, as it sometimes did. Then he became the wise big brother who brought peace to the family.

John “Jack” Michael Kinsella went to be with the Lord on March 14 2013. I’m hopeless at recalling dates, but I know this because I still have a token of his memorial service on my desk. I’m looking at his photo as I type, and often wonder if the angels keep him informed of the goings on in this broken world. How busy would Jack be if he was still writing daily briefings!

It was a bitter-sweet honor and privilege to attend his service. Bitter because we lost Jack and missed him terribly. Yet it was sweet because Jack was now with the Lord. Jack’s family blessed me that day, and others too I bet. To this day I wish I had his family’s testimonies on video. They filled me with hope and encouragement. I’ll never forget it.

It is Well with My Soul (One of Jack’s favorite hymns).

A few of us often whimsically muse that Jack might have set up an Omega Letter Lane in Heaven. Lou is there along with other members who’ve gone to be with the Lord. They’re likely sitting down laughing, talking with the Lord, and sipping heavenly lattes, while waiting for us to join them. Oh to have an ear into those conversations!

We’re all very fortunate that the Omega Letter lasted so long after Jack’s departure to heaven. This is a testament to the commitment and dedication of his family. With all my heart, I’d like to thank Gayle, Kari, Mike and all else concerned. It takes a lot to maintain a safe website!

Kari must be applauded for her commitment to providing Jack’s past briefings on a daily basis and keeping them relevant. I thank all the writers (current and past); as well as those involved in getting the graphics done, and the social media postings. Finally, I’m very grateful for the privilege of writing for the Omega Letter over the years.

Sometimes God allows a door to close. Then He opens another one. He is sovereign and good and we must trust Him whatever happens around us. This is a hard lesson for me, so I’m not preaching – just reminding myself.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

This world is becoming increasingly wicked – moreover the events in the Middle East suggest that the Lord may be returning soon. Let’s all pray for the church, for lost souls, keep watch and seek closer fellowship with, and commitment to, the Lord.

I’m particularly concerned about keeping in touch with members who aren’t on social media. Many don’t have churches to attend. The OL prayer forum was a place of support for them. Let’s keep in touch with each other! There’s always a chance that a future safe space will be created for fellowship.

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matt 18:20

My wife, Alesia, and I have set up our own website Zeteo 3:16.  You can read our Statement of Faith HERE and our Mission Statement HERE. Those of you who aren’t on social media can reach me via our Contact Form. We can then keep in touch via e-mail etc. I can also be reached on Facebook and am happy to try to connect people to other writers and members.

Finally, I have a lot of favorite Bible verses which give me comfort. This one comes to mind right now:

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1Cor 2:9

As one of the Omega Letter members often says, “Keep Looking up!

Maranatha!

NOTE From Frank

I’ve always considered the Omegaletter website a safe place to meet and talk with a loving group of like-minded Christians about current events and their significance in Bible prophecy without having to deal with the trolls, naysayers and the like.

It’s tiring and all but impossible to have a Christian conversation on Google, You Tube, Twitter, and Facebook etc. without all the noise and attacks and in some case even being blocked for saying something that the world hates.

We’re all going to miss the OL terribly, but it has been on my heart to have a safe place to meet.  That’s why with the help of some others have set up a website https://omegaletter.chat. The membership is by email invitation only and any of the members can invite others to join after they have been members for some number of days.  Time will work this out for the best way to handle.

It’s not going to look at all like the OL site we love, but working hard to try to keep it a safe one from those that would seek to do us harm in body and spirit. It will definitely take some time getting used to, but I hope that some of the upgrades and newer features will compensate for what we have lost on the OL, or at least make a few things tolerable, while we fulfil he great commission and longingly wait for Jesus to tell us all to “Come Up Here!”.

Please remember that it IS a work in progress, and there will be bumps along the way.

Moving forward, will try to add in some of the nice things that we have all gotten used to on the OL.  We all hate to see the Omega Letter Website go, but that does not mean we can’t keep in touch.

Since we are starting from scratch here, If you want to join, Send a message to Alf or myself on Facebook or an email to omegaletterchat@gmail.com with the email address you want to receive the invitation on.  There is NO fee to join or use.

God Bless you and look forward to seeing you there.

Frank (Phrank)

The Final Chapter – by J.L. Robb

The Final Chapter – by J.L. Robb
Vol: 29 Issue: 11 Thursday, October 11, 2018

In 2010, I had a “calling” to write a series of books about the last days. The calling had been there for decades, but I never heeded it. I did not know why God would be calling me to write, since I had no book writing experience and because I had been so adept at sinning.  As a Christian, I would sometimes get angry at myself; because I so often talked-the-talk but did not walk-the-walk. It is difficult.

In May of 2011, The End Part One was published; but I remember how down in the dumps I was when I wrote the final chapter. It was a lot like the day after Christmas, when I would have a “let down” feeling that it was over. I did not want it to end.

When I finished the final chapter in Part Two, the feeling was the same. The saving grace: I had another to write.

This week, I am writing the final chapter of the final book, Part Seven. It is titled The Ninth of AV and concludes with a world in disarray and on fire, wars and civil wars, a Muslim antichrist and Pope Pius XIII as the False Prophet. Only the return of Christ keeps mankind from killing everyone. Once again, I feel saddened that it will be over this week. It has been the most wonderful journey.

In reading reviews of the series on Amazon, each book is rated between 4 and 5-stars and the praise is humbling. However, there are a few negative comments that the books do not exactly follow scripture. Of course, that is true. The predictions of the major prophets, the minor prophets and the apostles concerning the last days would be beyond my capabilities to write exactly the way the scriptures are written. There is too much left for interpretation.

But my target market is not the saved, but the unsaved; not the found but the lost, like I was. I believe that God’s guidance formed my thoughts throughout to help me save at least one individual and possibly, many. The series incorporates plenty of scripture but not an overwhelming amount. Had I loaded it up with scripture; the people I want to reach would not read it.

The characters for the most part are not churchgoers. Except for Jeffrey Ross, the lead character, all the main characters are believers… sort of. They claim Christianity but have not read or studied the Bible, except for Abe the Bartender, a Messianic Jew. They go to church at Christmas and Easter, but it is more of a social event than a Holy event.

Over a period of years and a series of tragedies, these friends, mostly senior citizens begin to notice all the unprecedented events and how similar they are to stories they heard or read at church. Water turning to blood, fire falling from heaven, the rise of a sinister ruler that no one knows is sinister and all the disappearing people.

If you haven’t had a chance to read, I hope you will. You can follow the lives of Abe the Bartender, Wild Willy, Sheryl and The Admiral, Chadbo, Condi and Jeffrey Ross as Islamic terrorism hits the Bible Belt; and the world is going to Hell in the proverbial handbasket.

It will be sad to finish the final chapter.

There is another Final Chapter in my life right now as I conclude my final Omega Letter, and I am not alone in my sadness that Omega Letter will close. God led me to the Kinsella family, and I am so glad I met them. As I read the letters from Jack and the other phenomenal writers, I was humbled when asked to join this group. It was another one of my many gifts from God.

Before joining the Omega Letter family, Kari asked me to send Part One so they could have a read. When Jack read it, he wrote an article recommending it to Omega Letter readers. We mailed more books in the following 48 hours than we ever have, before or since. And what a magnificent group of readers and subscribers to this family business! Many of our lives have been blessed by Kari, Mike, Jack and Gayle. My life has also been blessed by those who commented on the weekly articles.

I hope you will continue to stay in touch, either through my author page on facebook or via email.

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJLRobb/

Email: jrobb3328@gmail.com or jrobb3328@aol.com

Pete started a facebook page, EFTB Even From the Beginning, and I hope you will check it out.

One thing I have noticed about sadness is that it often leads to gladness in ways we do not understand. God weaves mysteries in our lives. I feel confident and pray that Omega Letter makes a comeback. If so, I will be there with the other writers. Our love for this family runs deep. Until then, may God smile on the Kinsella family and all of you.

I bid you sweet adieu, and keep looking up.

What s in a Name? – by Wendy Wippel

What s in a Name? – by Wendy Wippel
Vol: 29 Issue: 10 Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ever noticed how often God changed people’s names? Abraham and Sarai (both of whom acquired a “Heh”, when God changed their names, “Heh” being the Hebrew letter that represented the Holy Spirit.).  Jacob, who became Israel, meaning “ Prince of God” . Peter, who went from Petros (pebble) to Petra (boulder). Conclusion: names matter. They carry a spiritual promise. Apparently from Adam on.

We all know God himself named Adam:

And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them.”

God made the man and called him Adam (the word for man being Adam), and let him name everything else. But names matter. And it would seem Adam had a little help with picking names, or at least some divine inspiration. Because the names that followed Adam’s carry the biggest spiritual promise of all.

Genesis 5 gives the genealogy of the first family, beginning with Adam and continuing down to Noah, at which point the population of earth kind of got a fresh start. Specifically, in order, the genealogy names:

  • Adam
  • Seth
  • Enosh
  • Kenan
  • Mahlalel
  • Jared
  • Enoch
  • Methuselah
  • Lamech
  • Noah

Adam, we already got covered.  It means “man”.

The meaning of Seth’s name is revealed in Genesis 4:25: And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.”  

Seth means given. “Allotted. Appointed.”

From here on out, however, you have to dig a little deeper to figure out meanings.  I use Blueletter Bible’s online Interlinear/concordance and it’s awesome .  (Click on the root words for more depth of meaning.)  Lots of fun.

We continue:

Enosh means “mortal one” from a root word that means desperate, sick, wicked, incurable. 

Kenan, from its root word means sorrow, grief, lamentation (see Ezekiel 2:102732) We get the English verb to keen, meaning to cry in a way that represents absolutely inconsolable grief, from the Hebrew root word for Kenan.

Mahalalel, from its root words. means “the God who is to be praised” See Proverbs 27:32and look at the Hebrew words in a concordance that gives you the actual word for more examples.

Jared means “to descend, to come down” See Genesis 18:21, and look at the Hebrew words in a concordance that gives you the actual word, like BlueletterBible.com for more examples.

Enoch, from its root word means “to teach, to train up”. See I Kings 8:63.and look at the Hebrew words in a concordance that gives you the actual word like BlueletterBible.com for more examples

Methuselah literally means “his death shall bring” a prophecy of Methuselah’s death occurring simultaneously with the onset of the flood.

You can do the math for yourself using the lifespans of the patriarchs in Genesis, and it does.

For another example of Methuselah being used to mean “his death shall bring” see Psalm 43:3 in a concordance that gives you the actual Hebrew words, like BlueletterBible.com

Lamech is the one word that carries over into English. Lamech means to lament. to despair. To lose all hope. It’s a combination of  the Hebrew prefix “le” meaning “toward”  and “muth” meaning “death.”

Toward death.  I think we get the idea.

Noah, as implied  in Genesis 5:29: And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.”, means a place of comfort, quiet, rest. 

So what’ the spiritual promised here in this list of names? 

The one I promised you?  Just read the names in order:

Man

is given, appointed, allotted

desperate, sick, mortal

sorrow

The God who is to be praised

shall descend, come down

teaching

his death shall bring

those who despair, lament, and mourn

a place of quiet, comfort, and rest.

I have taught this a dozen times and I still have chills.

We serve an awesome God.  One we’ll meet someday soon in the sky.

And how cool is it that when we do, we’ll have a new name given to us by the Lord himself. (Revelation 2:17)

I’ve never liked my name much. Wendy was not a name with a weight  with a weight of tradition behind it (J.M. Barriemade it up for the book Peter Pan from a word he used to describe his daughters chums”  “fwendies”.  And for some reason (Probably just because it was the sixties, and nature names were the rage) classmates and teachers alike seemed convinced that it was actually supposed to be “Windy”. Making matters worse, my mom paired my first name, Wendy, with the middle name Gale (as opposed to Gail) which brought me my share of grief on the playground.

And then married into Wippel. Wendy Wippel. Which actually gets guffaws from time to time.

Heavy sigh.  Yep. I’m ready for an upgrade. Aren’t we all!

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LYING LIPS AND THE APOCALYPSE- by Steve Schmutzer

LYING LIPS AND THE APOCALYPSE- by Steve Schmutzer
Vol: 29 Issue: 9 Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I’m in no mood to mince words here, nor is there good reason to. The truth about our nation’s political and cultural upheavals needs to be plainly stated, so I’ll start with the burner on low and turn up the heat as I go.

There are various ways to approach these issues, but I want to look at “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” With my nod to Clint Eastwood, that’s an easy outline to follow.  First – the “good.”

President Trump has achieved an amazing feat with our nation’s economy, and even the Washington Compost, The Associated Depress, and The New York Slimes reluctantly admit this. The President’s brand new NAFTA deal is the latest of his promises he’s performed on, and it remedies a massive $500 billion trade deficit that has burdened America’s manufacturers. It infuses fresh oxygen into an economy that’s already roaring back under his leadership.

The unemployment rates for African Americans and Hispanics have fallen to their lowest levels on record, and our nation’s overall unemployment rate is at a 50-year low. Consequently, consumer sentiments are at their most favorable levels in 18 years, and U.S. small business optimism has just hit its highest point in history.

The United States economy grew at a rate of 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018, and the stock market has jumped 27 percent since President Trump began slashing regulations, implementing sensible tariff policies, and cutting taxes. Various environmental and economic policies that President Obama put in place to hamstring this country have been repealed, and now all the right arrows are going up.

The good news permeates other fronts in our nation’s affairs too. Kim Jong “Goon” hasn’t fired any more missiles over Japan since President Trump told him whose red button was bigger and better. Instead, America received back the remains of its Korean War heroes without airlifting pallets of illegal cash in a covert nighttime operation. “Little rocket man” has pledged to disarm his atomic arsenal in North Korea, and the Iranian Nuclear Accord has been exposed for being the shameful house of cards it always was.

President Trump has also unshackled his military leaders so they can do their job. They no longer have to get permission to “shoot back.” The result is ISIS has been crushed in Iraq and Syria and they are in full retreat. President Trump has actually followed through on his “red line” promises. He has dropped massive bombs on terrorist hideouts, unleashed cruise missiles on chemical warfare perpetrators, and required our NATO allies to pay their fair share of the defense account.

In the 20 months or so since the world’s most recognized comb-over has rebranded The White House, many young conservative judges have been appointed to the federal appeals courts and constitutional judges have been appointed to The Supreme Court. President Trump’s greatest legacy may end up being his forward-thinking stamp on the U.S. judicial system. The benefits are likely to be felt for decades to come.

Under President Trump’s leadership, it’s OK again to say “Merry Christmas” and to claim we are “one nation under God.” We may not be a truly “Christian” nation at this point in time, but at least we now have a President who is supporting the basic expressions of our faith.

The obvious truth that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital is finally official, and relations between Israel and America have never been better. It’s also proper now to screen folks coming into the US from countries which have openly pledged to harm American citizens. It always was proper to do this, but President Trump had to contend with lawless ideals in order to make common sense a rule.

Much more could be said here that qualifies as “good,” but the bottom line is President Trump has made our nation stronger and safer. By rejecting a fanatical socialist-globalist agenda, he has pointed our country back towards sanity.

Enter Maxine “Mad Max” Waters. Like a pull-string doll in a rumpled James Brown wig, her reaction to all this good news is, “Impeach! Impeach! Impeach!” Her talking points are mostly two-syllable squawks that contribute as much to a productive discussion as a trained parrot.

“Maxine, what do you think of the historically-low unemployment figures within the African American community?”

“Impeach!!!”

“Maxine, how do you feel about getting proven constitutionalists on the judiciary instead of activist judges that want to change the laws?”

“Impeach!!!”

“Maxine, isn’t it great that we’ve managed to beat back ISIS?”

“Impeach!!!”

“Maxine, have you….”

“IMPEACH!!!”

It’s obvious by now I’ve shifted over to the “bad” point of my outline, but I wouldn’t be writing this article if the rabid rantings of “Mad Max” were isolated to her. They’re not. She’s just one of the most transparent individuals about her party’s real intentions.

We hear that the left is “unhinged” in their reactions to President Trump and his supporters, but that description hardly comes close to telling the truth.

Although the right was deeply distraught with the elections of President Obama, and with his “Make America Weak” policies, they never rioted in the streets, torched cars, beat up bystanders, threatened to kill electors, shot cops, formed filthy communes in public places, encouraged assassinations, promoted anarchy, planned hit squads against homes, bankrolled mobs, shut down free speech, nor asked for safe rooms, teddy bears, pet therapy, and Play-Doh.

When conservatives disagree with the liberal-socialist agenda, they don’t flood Twitter with murder threats or roundhouse kick peaceful protesters. They don’t menace the left with threats of rape, and they don’t shoot democrat lawmakers at baseball games.

Conservatives clean up after themselves at their own (peaceful) rallies and they don’t chase administration staff from restaurants. They don’t talk about blowing up the White House and they don’t pose with severed heads of the President. Conservatives are not out there shouting at folks in elevators, stabbing opposition candidates, encouraging supporters to harass liberal lawmakers wherever they find them, or burning the left’s campaign headquarters to the ground.

The right has not compared Obama’s supporters to segregationists or Nazis, and they have not claimed that a democratic President is worse than the 9/11 terrorists. Conservatives don’t scream that the left has placed a madman in The White House, and they don’t publicly appeal for drastic action and violence in the streets. Conservatives don’t attack and berate Christians for their beliefs and values at the same time as they are protecting and aiding Sharia law.

Conservatives don’t call for impeachment just because they don’t like someone, and they don’t protect a two-tiered system of justice at all costs. They don’t turn venerated proceedings for Supreme Court picks into chaotic protest rallies, and they don’t stonewall cabinet nominees for over a year. The right does not register illegal immigrants in a dishonest effort to create sympathetic voters, and conservatives do not go on national television to protect criminals from that group over the rights of their unfortunate – and legal – victims!

Sure, the right is imperfect. Nobody is going to argue with that one, and I’ll be first to say I’m very unhappy with many of the “reds.” No one disagrees that far too many Republicans are really “Republicrats” under their tailored suits. The “never-Trumpers” behave like “blues,” and we can look at who the Bush family voted for as a case in point.

All those things said, we have much bigger problems here. The conduct of the left is now commonly unlawful, routinely deceptive, habitually self-serving, frankly phony, and – on so many points – outrageously wrong!

It’s not that the left doesn’t understand the virtues of common sense, law, due process, and faith – but rather, they don’t want them! This is why committed liberals are engaged in a war against all things reasonable, righteous, and respectable.  Their actions prove they’re agents of hate.

All that leads me to “ugly,” and maybe it feels like we’re already there. We naturally wonder, “Can it get any worse?”  Unfortunately, it will.

I’m becoming more and more convinced that these rapidly-eroding cultural and political trends we see within our nation represent a prototype that will reach full expression in the Tribulation. If the Lord returns soon, many hardened liberals will be the antichrist’s strongest allies.

“GASP!!!! Whaaaaat?!? How can you say that? That’s so intolerant, so racist, so totally, uh….white male! You’re creating division!  You are not promoting healing. Shame on you!”

Whatever.

The left doesn’t want healing! They want their way – and they’re playing by whatever rules they need to play by to get it. They govern by mob rule, and if they can smear and move the goalposts in the process, that’s just fine. Disruptions and crises are useful to them. It’s patently obvious.

Think about it. My points are not an issue of partisan labels, but rather an assessment of the plain facts. Those who most despise God, His gospel, His values, His followers, and His systems of law and order which are based on His Word – are those who are most likely to be left behind in the Rapture. It’s these hateful postures that routinely marinate the passions of the left.

In the past ten years we’ve seen many examples of liberals ignoring the laws to advance their agenda, and that’s because they could care less about laws. Laws remind responsible people how to color inside the lines and so laws are an inconvenient factor for the left. If laws are in their way, the left ignores or attacks them.

None of their behaviors are about making a cogent case; the left will elevate the absurd to achieve their goals. Over and over we’ve seen the left praise anything which calls sound reason into question. It’s why liberals are the ones to most exalt the senseless premise of climate change, and it’s why they celebrate economic policies which are not supported by third grade math.

It’s predominately the left that attacks national boundaries, pushes for government dependence, expands welfare, riots against free speech, hates Israel, promotes violence as a means of expression, plots lies to gain an advantage, puts down Christians, and believes in redistribution of wealth.

So again, let me be blunt. The kind of folks that are going to rally behind the antichrist and his depraved policies are exactly the kind of people the progressive-liberal-socialists are today.

For any of my readers which are offended by my assertions, take a deep breath. Let’s all be honest here – politics have changed!

The democrats today are not the party of your mother or your grandmother! The left is not the party of John F. Kennedy anymore. His past speeches ring with more conservative fervor than an entire apple-pie-eating Republican congress can muster today. The left of our times has morphed into an anarchist movement that wants to constrain freedom, create chaos, control power, and change the responsible order of things. Like it or not, that’s the truth.

Let’s assess my conclusions from another point of view. Let’s see what the Bible says about the antichrist and his style of leadership. I believe that will help us imagine the sort of people his supporters will be like.

A pithy portion of Scripture that lays out a series of bullet points about these matters is found in Daniel 8:23-25.  Here, Gabriel explains some details about the antichrist to Daniel, and the picture that emerges is a telling one.

He throws truth to the ground. This is an over-arching condition that is stated back in Daniel 8:12, and it reinforces that the end times will be upside down.

Lying lips will be the foundation of the apocalypse. Good will be bad and bad will be good. Right will be wrong and wrong will be right. Gabriel elaborates on this matter more in Daniel 8:25 where he says of the antichrist, “He will cause deceit to prosper.”

The antichrist’s political system and the people he will set up to advance his globalist agenda will actively promote deception. His efforts will be strategic, ruthless, and unapologetic. Lies of all kinds will infuse the antichrist’s brand, and his supporters will approve of his ruses the same way those tactics are defended by the ranks of the left today. For unprincipled liberal-socialist-globalists then and now, “the end justifies the means.”

Various other translations state the antichrist’s deceit will come by way of his “cunning,” and “policies.” This is simple to understand; he’s intentional about his shams. If someone wants to advance law and order, promote accountability, and fight for justice during the antichrist’s rise to power, they’re not going to be welcome.  He’ll see to that.

Deception is key to the end times at every turn and level. The antichrist’s agenda will promote “hope and change,” but that’s part of his deception. His real goal is a godless one-world government with himself at the top. He wants to be seen as God and he wants to be worshipped as God (2 Thess.  2:3-4), and to achieve this he must control the minds of the masses. His supporters will believe things which are not true, and they will be this way because he has “….caused deceit to prosper.”

He destroys mighty men and the holy ones. This phrase closes out Daniel 8:24, and it emphasizes the theme of destruction which marks the antichrist throughout the Scriptures. But here, every translation states he will destroy two specific groups of people, and I think there are details we should take note of.

“Mighty men” is the most commonly-used term for the first group, but other translations call them “powerful leaders” or “powerful people.”  These are folks with resources and networks, and they are probably wealthy. They are powerful, prominent, and privileged.  In other words, they have the potential to resist the antichrist and to influence others.

Despots throughout human history have always destroyed this class of people in their own rise to power. Rich people, scientists, scholars, politicians, and businesspeople have always been a threat to narcissistic dictators, and so they are eliminated. The antichrist will do the same thing.

Many of these “mighty men” in Daniel 8:24 will be self-made. Many of them will be independent – not in the political sense, but in terms of shaping their destinies. They are likely to be suspicious of the antichrist’s plans, and they’ll hesitate to give up what they’ve worked hard to achieve.

These “powerful people” missed the Rapture so we can assume most of them by this point will still be godless – but like many of their classic type, they will be self-reliant. They will “march to the beat of their own drummer, and this will mark these non-conformists as a threat to the antichrist’s agenda. The Bible says he will eliminate them when they least expect it (Daniel 8:25).

Believe me – the antichrist will find strong support for destroying this influential group.  We see the basis of this argument today. Millenials form the bedrock of the liberal activists and mobs. They constitute the majority population of “Occupy Wall Street,” “Black Lives Matter,” and “Antifa.” Millenials are proving you only need two things to succeed: ignorance and confidence.

Because they fail to understand basic economic principles, and because they lack a strong work ethic, Millenials distrust capitalism and they resent those who are successful. They constantly demand entitlements, even if it means others need to give up what they’ve legitimately earned and acquired. Newsweek called the Millenials “The Me Me Me” generation in 2013, and it’s one of the few times this publication has stated the truth.

I’m painting with a broad brush here, but if many Millenials’ brains were taxed, they’d get a refund. Several studies reiterate that most Millenials want socialism which proves this group has learned nothing from history. Modern political and economic failures like Venezuela, South Africa, and most of the European continent are shrugged off. Millenials still want everything for nothing.

In defense of the Millenials, it’s impossible to be informed when your news source is SNL and The Comedy Network. It’s hard to find the truth when CNN admits they’re pushing lies, but they push them anyways. It’s challenging to gain a responsible perspective of the world when you’re still supported by your parents as an adult.

This entire state-of-affairs is a convenient situation for the globalists!  At a recent campaign-style rally in Las Vegas, Michelle Obama encouraged folks who “know nothing about nothing” to get out and vote. It is the “low information voter-type” that will endorse the antichrist’s destruction of “powerful people.” This plan will appeal to their ignorance, to their progressive-socialist ideals, and to their warped sense of justice.

There’s a second group the antichrist will target, and it’s also going to suffer more of the same biases we already see from the ranks of the left today.  The antichrist, in Daniel 8:24, will also destroy the “holy people.” Other translations call them “God’s people,” “saints,” and “Holy ones.”

These are folks which have come to saving faith after the Rapture. They didn’t have a right relationship with God before that point, but they do now! “Seeing is believing” I guess.

But these people are the real deal! Revelation defines them as those who will be killed “….for the Word of God and the testimony they had maintained” (Rev. 6:9; 12:11). It’s pretty clear from Revelation and related passages that the antichrist does all he can to get rid of them.

This is also the point of Daniel 8:24. The followers of God during the antichrist’s reign share something in common with the “powerful people,” though they may differ in most other ways. This second group also resists the antichrist and his system. They are also a threat to his plans.

Now, the motives of “God’s people” will be much different than the motives of the “powerful people.” Since the saints are marked by a right relationship with God, their stance is a righteous one. But it’s the same net end result for the antichrist.

This second group will not conform to the antichrist’s godless, deceptive, and self-serving ideals because these things are in violation of a Holy God and His standards.  They will not yield to the antichrist’s economic policies and his corrupt governance. In fact, we know the saints will speak out against all of this. Again, Revelation makes that clear.

This second group will be reviled, attacked, persecuted, and killed for placing their faith in Jesus Christ and for living according to God’s Word.  They will refuse to conform to the sham of a one-world system. Put another way, “God’s people” of Daniel 8:24 will be square pegs in a new world order where all the holes are round.

It’s that way for “God’s people” right now, so it’s easy to see this dynamic becoming much worse. The seeds of hate against “God’s people” are already flourishing in the left today, and nobody set that prejudice in motion more effectively than our nation’s first Muslim President, Barak Hussein Obama.

It was B.O. who showed up at the National Prayer Breakfast to remind attendees about the terrible deeds done in the name of Christ. He was the one who mocked folks for “clinging to God.” His White House asked Georgetown University to cover a symbol of Jesus’ name before he spoke there. He tried to implement a non-religious Christmas. It was President Obama who said in 2006, “….we are no longer a non-Christian nation,” and it was him who said it again to his Turkish buddies in 2009. Finally, it was President Obama who decided against recognizing the National Day of Prayer, but who chose to host a Ramadan dinner instead.

This is just a sampling of all the ways President Barak Hussein Obama rejected Christians and their faith during his eight years in office. Under his leadership, the left found energy and justification for disparaging Christians, and their bigotries have only grown since.

We’ve truly reached a point where the left is anti-God. The Democrat party has veered so far in the pro-choice, anti-family, pro-gay, anti-Israel, pro-transgender, anti-prayer (etc.) directions that former 2013 nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, E. W. Jackson, stated, “Christians should leave it.” He added in a radio interview that he thinks believing in God and voting Democratic are fundamentally incompatible. I think he’s much more right than he is wrong.

The “demon-crats” today attacks the tenets of Christian faith with a venom that is truly other-worldly.  Their angst against the Bible and against those that rightly believe it is the inspired Word of God boils down to one basic reason: liberals are anti-God!

Pick your poison – call them what you will: “liberals,” “the left,” “democrats,” “progressives,” “socialists,” “globalists,” “fascists,” – define them anyway you choose. It’s clear the lines between these terms are heavily blurred.

All these groups despise conservatives, Christians, and constitutionalists, and they all hate God. Members of one group are active in the next. Labels mean very little when the depraved behaviors are the same across the spectrum.

Because liberals are anti-God, they are an intellectually dishonest and unprincipled people. They’ve checked their brains at the door because they are always in search of a world without moral consequences, and that’s not the way God designed things. This situation renders the left as “fools” because they refuse to admit the obvious facts and to “give God glory” (Rom. 1:21-22).

The truth about God is an unrelenting accountability to the left’s corrupt desires (Rom. 1:18-19). Liberals don’t want the Gospel because that implies their choices are wrong. A liberal cannot stand the fact that their own conscience is supernaturally wired to remind them of their sin. This is a key reason why so many liberals are angry people. They are constantly at war within themselves against their own need for God’s grace.

It is also a key reason why the left makes “the State” their god. Liberals worship “the State” and the one-world community they desperately want it to become. The left attempts to use their god (big government and absolute control) to achieve their globalist ideals and to eliminate all consequences for their immoral behavior.

This is why the left despises Christians now, and it’s why liberals make every effort to shut down all expressions and standards of the Christian faith. It’s why liberals scream bloody murder against any warnings about the true Islamic agenda while they turn a blind eye and deaf ear to those who persecute Christians and mock The One True God.  Their double standard is evident to all.

The Tribulation Scriptures plainly lay out the loathsome behaviors directed against God and His followers by those who support the antichrist. A number of passages provide startling parallels between the vile behaviors that are graduating in liberals today and the abhorrent deeds that qualify the globalists during the end times.

For example, the antichrist will oversee and orchestrate the relentless persecution and killing of the Tribulation saints (Daniel 7:21, 25; Dan. 11:33; Rev. 12:11; 20:4; et. al.).  He cannot tolerate their resistance, but more importantly, he hates God.

In exact imitation of the antichrist’s hatred of God’s followers, his supporters will rage en masse against God’s truth and against those who dare to speak it. The mobs will react in unspeakable ways as a result. A particularly-grotesque example of this is when the two witnesses of God are killed in Jerusalem (Rev. 11:5-10).

This text says the world will applaud the death of these two witnesses and will refuse their burial.  They will even “send each other gifts” to celebrate this occasion. It’ll be party time!

It will be a big deal to the unsaved world because these two witnesses will have a strong “testimony” (vs. 7) and they will back up their words with evidence of God’s power (vss. 5-6).  The world that will reject Christ then will want no reminders of who they have rejected, in the very same way that fact is underscored over and over today.

One of the clearest displays in The Tribulation of the left’s behaviors in our times is the way the followers of the antichrist will choose to remain in their sin even when they are presented with the truth and when they face consequences (Rev. 9:20-21). All around them, the depraved ranks of humanity will have been killed by God’s judgments.  Surrounding these rebels will be evidence of God’s sovereignty, power, and truth.  It will be on plain display like no other time in history.

It seems none of this will matter to the antichrist’s followers.  They will choose to remain in their sin and they will curse God instead (Rev. 16:9). They will do whatever it takes to protect and continue in their depravity.

One only needs to look at the violent behaviors of liberals who defend abortion and gay rights today to see this egg has been let out of the shell. It’s not going back in. There is no doubt the unsaved masses today have chosen darkness rather than light (John 3:19).

One of the hallmark qualities of the left today is their desire to control the flow of money, to redistribute wealth, and to implement a global system of economics. This highly-regulated situation defines the socialist utopia, and the antichrist will succeed at accomplishing this.

I believe it’ll all start matter-of-factly enough.  The Rapture will take out millions of people and this will result in abandoned properties and resources being left for all those who remain.  There will be plenty of money and “goodies” to redistribute for a while, and this will further condition the masses for the socialist ideals they are already wired to want.

Eventually, resources will run slim. There will be too many takers and not enough givers. The bottom line is socialism never works. Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”  This dilemma will inevitably arise in The Tribulation as it has with every socialist experiment before it.

There’s no doubt the “mark of the beast” (Rev. 13:16-17) is strategically-designed to cause further persecution of the Jews and Christians during The Tribulation. But, given that the antichrist is also the maximum expression of a socialist dictator, I believe his mark is also a tool to institute global economic control.

This, quite simply, is the ultimate objective of liberal-socialist-progressives today.  If they can control the flow of money and resources and place themselves at the top of the food chain, then they have everything else they most covet.

Hints of the antichrist’s socialist constitution emerge elsewhere in the Scriptures. He redistributes land and wealth (Dan. 11:39), his policies become the economic ruin of many (Dan. 8:25), he accumulates vast amounts of resources for himself (Dan. 11:43), and he will speak out against God (Dan. 7:25; Rev. 13:5-6) throughout the entire process.

Stride for stride, these are the hallmarks of every socialist despot in human history, and sadly – they are the passionate bent of the left today.  The antichrist will be the ultimate “show and tell” of the current left’s agenda, and the entire world will suffer as a result.

In closing, the title of this article is one which focuses on deception. It is blatant deception the antichrist will employ to achieve his goals, and it is lies of every sort that the left advances in our times to achieve theirs.

The socialist ideals of liberals cannot succeed where truth is given priority and virtue is encouraged. It will be during the end times as it is now: an atmosphere of crisis and a stew of lies will be fostered by the depraved world to justify a collectivist oppression.

We see many examples in our time of the left calling evil “good” and calling good “evil.” Daily, we see law and order being rejected and rebuked by the violent and ignorant masses. Every evening we are saturated with news stories that feature the blatant corruption and injustice of those who have rejected God’s standards. We see the mounting hatred of God and His people. We see physical attacks and calls for assassination against people just for their political views.

There are so many examples like these – even 15 years ago, we would have marveled to think we’d be where we are now….. but it has happened!  The world is preparing itself for their false Messiah, the antichrist, and he’ll find favor from many people the likes of many around us today.

There is no remedy for this grievous situation except the Gospel. Those who are truly in Christ do not need to be afraid.  Jesus knows what we are facing now, and He knows what is coming.  In John 14:27-31 He reminds us of this:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

Come now, let us leave.”

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