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AFTER 400 YEARS

The Projected Consequence OF SLAVERY

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VICTORIA G. RABB

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Jesus Christ

The Accepted Propitiation for Sin

By VICTORIA GRIMMETT RABB

All have sinned.


The children of Israel escaped from 350 years of enslavement in Egypt. They then encamped in the wilderness, where God communed with Moses about His plan for the Israelites.

 

God also told Moses that he wanted a physical dwelling place among His people, He wanted to teach them holiness and lead them in victory over the pagan enemies they would encounter on their way to the Promised Land.
 

The children of Israel remained stationary in the desert long enough to build a magnificent "mobile home" for their God, called a Tabernacle. It was portable, having to be disassembled/reassembled for Israel’s stop/go travel enroute to the Promised Land.
 

Every tabernacle piece was fashioned with splendor, precisely as God had commanded. The people were to worship God at the new altar, make sacrificial offerings to Him for their sin, for thanksgiving, including sins they might not know they had committed. The goal was to become a Holy people, as God is Holy. God gave them laws to follow.

After the tabernacle was erected, Moses ordained his brother Aaron and Aaron’s sons to the priest- hood. Aaron became the High Priest. The priests began officiating the people’s sacrifices to be offered to God on the brazen altar, just inside the tabernacle gate.


When the last of the altar sacrifices (peace offering, trespass offering, guilt offering, etc.) were laid onto the altar, the people of Israel beheld a spectacular event. Fire came down from heaven and completely
consumed the sacrificial offerings. God had accepted their offerings. The people fell to their faces and worshipped Him.

 

Years later, we read that God demonstrated this same spectacular power for Elijah the prophet (I Kings 18:38) when He sent fire from heaven and consumed the offering of Elijah. The prophet had purpose- fully drenched the altar with water to prove to the pagan worshippers of Baal that Elijah’s God was the one true God.


New Testament writers of the bible describe this action as an acceptance of the propitiation (an appropriate substitute sufficient to appease a wrathful God over man’s sinfulness).


Accepted in the Beloved?


In more than one scriptural reference, we see that God demonstrated His approval of a fitting sacrifice with a fiery onslaught emanating from heaven. Did this occur in the tomb where Jesus was laid?

 

Wisdom would dictate that it did. But a language consisting of a paltry 8,200 words would have not been equipped to sufficiently describe an electromagnetic current or frequency that pierced through a carved out stone sepulcher, leaving no damage, igniting a 3-day old corpse so strongly that the body awakened from the dead, and was so finitely accurate that there was no reported disturbance to the bench whereupon the corpse was laid or any other thing, except one: A delicate piece of cloth.


But on what we in the west celebrate mainly as Easter or Resurrection Sunday, we revel in the knowledge that our savior was resurrected to life. The greatest proof is the empty tomb. We can infer from this that Jesus was the acceptable sacrifice for our sinfulness. But did God send "fire" down from heaven? Did He leave us evidence? This writer asserts that He did.


We see in the Shroud of Turin, evidence that an active, ignited current had invaded the cloth. It was powerful enough that the dried blood still congealed on the body of the corpse was imprinted front and back onto a white burial sheet, 14.5 feet long, folded over a naked body from the top, and completely draping the body, front and back, with imprinted markings similar to that which a beaten, crucified man would display, including evidence of nail-scared wrists and feet.


Skeptical Shroud investigators have themselves proven that the imprints were not woven or embroid- ered, not a camera negative, not artfully painted onto the shroud material (finely woven from flax), but was most likely infused by an electro-magnetic current which we cannot identify.


All prior practices of consuming sacrifices by ‘fire’ were rehearsals (moedim) for that great coming day when Jesus would rise from the dead and take His place at the right hand of the Father, as our Savior.


Back in the desert, with the newly freed Israelites, God commanded that they bring sacrifices to atone for their sins. He also allowed them to use the ritual as a form of worship and thanksgiving. But the majority of sacrifices were as propitiation for the sins which so easily deserved eternal damnation. The sacrifices were accepted by God via a spectacular event which resembled a consuming fire shooting down from heaven. This ritual was for the people of Israel only.


But one day, hundreds of years later, a sacrifice was made, once and for all, and Jesus the Anointed One became the ultimate propitiation for an entire sinful world, by faith.
 

Infallible Proof
 

Did God accept the sacrifice? Most believers would answer yes, not requiring proof! And yet, we might not realize that we actually have proof that this did occur. God did send a fire-like power down from Heaven, but the power from heaven did not consume the body; it consumed the second deaththe eternal, irretrievable, merciless, final death due to us all. God gave us life in Jesus. He took away sin and the second death!


The Shroud of Turin has given the world somewhat solid evidence that it came from the tomb of a crucified person. We can further postulate that a powerfully charged atomic disturbance permeated the place where this shroud was used. Even those who wish to debunk the authenticity of the shroud can present no plausible scientific explanation for how it could have been forged or created by natural processes.


Based on what we can derive in scripture about God’s method of acceptance of sacrifices, we can deduce that God surely left a "footprint" somewhere on this planet. Clearly by the evidence burned into the Shroud of Turin, we are assured that the sacrifice itself was considered acceptable by God and consumed by a charged power, just as every other well-pleasing sacrifice had been.


The sin that was upon mankind demanded eternal separation from God, which is the second death or Hell. Jesus died for our sins as well as for the consequences due to us, and He has appeased the wrath of God by becoming our sacrificial substitute. He is risen!

 

We who believe are saved from the second, eternal death by God’s mercy and grace, and by the
completed work of the cross and the grave. Meanwhile, Jesus lives eternally, protecting his legacy upon the church, with sacrificial intercession for all who will believe!

Victoria Grimmett Rabb writes and lives in Los Angeles.

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ANTITHESIS OF GOD TARGETING

BLACK MALES

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IN THE CROSSHAIRS

Nearly 92,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2020, marking a 30 percent increase from the year before, a 75 percent increase over five years and by far the highest annual total on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Preliminary figures suggest that the 2021 death toll from overdoses may be even higher.

While overdose death rates have increased in every major demographic group in recent years, no group has seen a bigger increase than Black males. In fact, it's no secret that Black males are the target of multiple predatory factors from illicit drugs to street gang mayhem, and police killings.

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Are America's Days

Numbered?

By JARRETTE FELLOWS, JR., Editor-in-Chief

The United States of America has entered a portal of darkness from which she may never emerge, led
by the antithesis of God through an un
regenerate, unrepentant personality wh
olly unaware of his perilous path. Once regarded as the globe's preeminent power, America is eroding like the polar ice caps amid global warming.

The nation is incontrovertibly in a downturn morally, politically, economically, and socially. If this trend persists, it bodes ill for America. It is unsettling to speculate that this could very well be the reason America is not mentioned in Bible prophecy at the consummation of the end of days.

The greatest, wealthiest nation in the annals of human history, bearing the most powerful military arsenal in Earth's existence, is not mentioned in the waning pages of the Book of Revelation.

America does not take part in the final battle between the powers of darkness and the powers of lightin the Battle of Armageddon, when the kings of the Eastwidely suspected to be Russia and Chinamarch against the sovereign state of Israel.

America is conspicuously absentat least by name.

What happens to the US between now and the coming dreaded time when the world is engulfed in an unimaginable cataclysm.

The US has been Israel's staunchest ally since the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948 by David Ben-Gurion, executive head of the World Zionist Organization at the time, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, and first prime minister of Israel. Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israelthe State of Israel.

Since Israel's emergence on the world stage, America has walked in lock step with herthe Jewish state's biggest benefactor in terms of economic and military aid. Given the unwavering loyalty which continues to the day, no power on Earth could ever threaten Israel's safety and security with the US standing before her as a fire wall against tyranny.

This begs the question: Where is the US when the kings of the East rise against Israel?

Does America implode before this coming time? It can be said with reasonable certainty that no nation on Earth could defeat America outright in a hot warnot even nuclear war, because no nation would win a nuclear exchange, which would only result in mutual assured destruction.

And so, the question remains, why does John the Revelator exclude America in Revelation. There are clues. Matthew 12: 25 tells us, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand."

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Since 2016, when Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th POTUS, America has witnessed an enormous erosion of political and social cohesion to the point of threatened violent civil upheaval in the nation.  The unprecedented Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection and assault on the US Capitol is proof that greater mayhem is very real threat.

Jan. 6 was a manifestation of Matthew 12: 25. One-half of the American political spectrum that forms the democratic process and principles that have steered America to unparalleled greatness in global history, is currently eroding precipitously, flimflammed seemingly hypnotically by a deranged narcissist and wannabe authoritarian.

Bible prophecy provides a peek into the future. What appears to be the prophetic future is dauntingthe US becomes a shell of a once great nation; an anemic, powerless remnant or we may not exist at all.

Is this where America is headed? No longer an amalgamation of "united" states, but rather a disoriented, convoluted state of confusion, bearing an anemic compromised evangelical church that has aligned itself with politics over the principles of God and holiness. 

In view of this behavior in the wake of Donald Trump, America is in dire straits.

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HALL OF FAME PHOTO GALLERY

Presiding Bishop J. Drew Sheard (left), and Presiding Bishop Emeritus Charles E. Blake, Sr., of the Church of God in Christ, pose for a candid photo during the 2023 Board of Bishop's Conference, Sept. 25-28 at the Airport Hilton in Los Angeles, Calif. 

Blake succeeded the late Presiding Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson in 2007, serving three 4-year terms, before retiring and handing the reins of leadership to Presiding Bishop Sheard.

 

The Church of God in Christ is a 6.5 million-member Pentecostal denomination, and the largest predominantly African American Pentecostal denomination in the US, and one of the largest in the world.

 

The US church body is 116 years old, and was founded by Bishop Charles Harrison Mason in 1907 in Memphis, Tenn.

The Fountain of Life

 

Jehovah God Almighty offers a simple plan of salvation.

 

You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Christ, who died in your place, you will spend eternity in apart from God. If you believe on Jesus as your crucified, buried and risen Saviour, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.

 

This is the most important decision your will make in your entire life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are nor if you are a church member  but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

 

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.” In the Bible, God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be "saved.” His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How? First, you must realize you are a sinner.

 

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” -- Romans 3:23). Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death” -- Romans 6:23. This includes eternal separation from God in hell. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” -- Hebrews 9:27.

 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” -- John 3: 16. 

God sacrificed His only Son to bear your sin and die in your place. “...He hath made Him who [knew no sin] to be sin for us ... that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” -- 2 Corinthians 5:21. Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” -- Lev. 17:11.

 

Although we cannot understand how, God said our sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie. “God ... commandeth all men everywhere to repent.” -- Acts 17:30.

 

Although we cannot understand how, God said our sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie. “God ... commandeth all men everywhere to repent.” -- Acts 17:30.

 

This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross. In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Saviour.

“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.” -- John 1:12. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” -- Romans 10:13. Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved. Surely, you realize you are a sinner.

 

Right now, wherever you are repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer. In Luke 18: 13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray, “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Saviour. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”

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Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it! Your soul is worth more than all the world. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”

-- Mark 8:36.

 

Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment. God's power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life.

 

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” -- 1 Corinthians 10:13.

 

Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God's promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth: (1) Pray. When you talk to God. (2) Read your Bible. When God talks to you. (3) Witness. When you talk for God.

 

You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay.

 

“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord... .” -- 2 Timothy 1:8. “Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.” -- Matthew 10:32. 

“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 shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” -- Romans 10: 9, 10

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