Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Native Americans?

           How do we determine who were the first people to inhabit North America? How do we determine the rightful owners of the lands? The following is the generalized conception, accepted by many people.


          Most people today will tell you that the white man came to this country and stole the land from the "native Americans". What I hope to examine here is the truth, or fallacy of that position.


(Dates listed, prior to the Biblical Creation in Genesis account, cannot be trusted as accurate.)

BC 30,044 the Japanese to South America

BC 22,000 there is evidence that Europeans, using the polar ice front, came to the Americas - known as Solitarians
 Some time later the Paleo Indians ( from Siberia) came across the Bearing Straits.
 Some time later they came together as they spread across the country. The combined peoples are called the Clovis people.


BC 700 Israeli's to eastern America all the way into the south west. There is DNA evidence of blood mixing with the Cherokee. DNA testing has proved the Cherokee did not come across the Bearing Sea, but rather some European areas.

BC 600 Israel to Central America

BC 500 - AD 800  the Celts used the Arkansas River to travel from the Gulf of Mexico to the Tulsa area of Oklahoma

AD 455 the Chinese, America's west coast

AD 530 the Irish to Groton, Conn.

AD 1000  the Polynesians. to South America and Santa Barbara ,CA area

AD 1000 the Norse (Vikings) from Scandinavia to Newfoundland, Canada
and Booklin, Maine

AD 1150  the Welch - Mobile, Alabama - may have had contact with the Cherokee, and the Mandan, in the Ohio river valley. The Mandan tribe were referred to as bearded white people due to the combined bloodlines of the Welsh explorers and the indigenous people, supposedly happening with a pre-Columbian voyage by the Welsh.  Some researchers say that this Welch voyage is myth.

AD 1162  Vikings to Minnesota

AD1421 the Chinese, America's east coast

AD 1492 Columbus to the Bahamas, the beginning of the Spanish  move into the America's

AD 1500's French colonization of the Americas began in the 16th century

AD 1620  The Mayflower brought the Puritans from Europe, followed by the Pilgrims, and this was the true beginning of what turned out to be the United States of America.

AD 1972 I bought my first house in Maryland, followed by My second house (sold the first) in Ohio, and my third house (sold the second) in Ohio, and my forth house (sold the third) in Florida. I have, for some time, known that I did not actually own my houses. The government can tax them away, the government can take them by eminent domain, the bank can take them for non payment and an enemy can kill you and take them.

America before colonization

I have included two of the old maps as it is to hard to distinguish which is accurate.

Map of North America (1750) - France (blue), Britain (pink), and Spain (orange)

          In 1600  the English controlled most of the east coast. West of the Mississippi was owned by the French. The Spanish owned Florida. The Spanish and French acquired most of Mexico and Western United states.  1803 Jefferson bought the Louisiana purchase.

          Since we know that all mankind originated in the Garden of Eden, where God created it, we know that all life on earth migrated from that point. As far as I can determine, all DNA studies verify this fact.

          Since we know that Elohim created the heavens and the earth, we know that the ownership of it all is His. The 66 books He gave us only describe one area where He officially assigned ownership, of a particular area of land to a specific group of people, was the original land mass described as given to Abraham, the Hebrew, and his descendents who became Israel, FOREVER.

          Based upon the information provided above, showing without dispute, that there is no such thing as a "Native American". Everyone who ever resided in what is now called "The America's" had to have come from somewhere else. The only "Native Population" that ever existed was Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Now, through modern research, we know that we are all truly brothers and sisters; descended from one set of parents and one race.

          The question has to be asked: what is the single most important thing that happened because of all these peoples coming to the Americas?  That single most important thing would be the introduction of the Grace and Salvation of Christ, being brought to the "native" populations. The French, the British and the Spanish were all responsible for the spread of the Gospel in the America's, among other endeavors, and often as an afterthought.  However, the Puritans had only one purpose in their coming to the Americas. As they said, they wanted to set up a "New Israel", in order to worship God in the purist form possible, and spread the Gospel. They succeeded in setting up a "city on a hill" that shined it's light throughout the world. The establishment of the United States, as a Christian nation, was accomplished in the late 1700's, by visionaries who knew that the only chance for our nation to grow and prosper would be its Biblical basis. This Biblical basis was truly established  based on the foundations set up by the Puritans and Pilgrims who first set foot in Massachusetts, starting in 1620.

          I took special interest in this subject because of family questions about the truth of the theories. I wrote the following "Thanksgiving" article to give the position of my family.
"What is Thanksgiving all about?
 There are those who wish to rewrite history and vilify our ancestors, about the way the Native Americans "were treated".  Anyone care for the truth? 

1. No one knows for sure where the "native", "original", "first" or "indigenous " people, that were here when the Pilgrims landed came from. There are dozens of theories such as the lost tribes from Israel. the Minoans, the Vikings, the Chinese and the Mayans, among others.  We do know that this continent is not where God created man.

2. My family, who originally came here from England, came to be able to practice their Christianity in peace, and spread the Gospel of Christ.

3. The Puritans and Pilgrims enslaved nobody.

4. The Puritans, and later the Pilgrims and the "Indians" got along very well.  It was only because of the help of these "Indians" that a little over half of the settlers lived through the first winter.  My ancestor, William White, died that winter.  My direct ancestor, John White (William Whites nephew), arrived here in 1630 with his bride (whom he married on the ship), Francis Jackson, and settled in Watertown Massachusetts.

5. No land was stolen from the "Indians".  A large tract of land, that was cleared and ready for planting, was available to the Pilgrims because the tribe that had occupied it had been completely wiped out by disease, long before the Pilgrims arrived.  The "Indians" believed there was something evil in that land, and therefore wouldn't use it. 

6. The true history of those who were the precursors of what came to be the United States is available for those who care to research it.  For this history, I recommend the book "The Light and The Glory", by Peter Marshall and David Manuel.  I recommend this book because it stems from the original writings, from those involved.  These Pilgrims were held together by their love of God, and Jesus law of "love thy neighbor", which included the "Indians" ( since all men are created equal). 

7. The first "Thanksgiving" celebration was a combined banquet with the Pilgrims and the "Indians".  The "Indians" supplied most of the meat, consisting of venison, wild turkeys and probably rabbits, squirrels and other items. The thanks that were given were for the blessings that God had bestowed on the Pilgrims (these blessings included the "native Americans")."[7]


[1] Picture credit, History2 channel, Who Really Discovered America?
[2] Picture credit, History2 channel, Who Really Discovered America?

[3] Picture credit, History2 channel, Who Really Discovered America?
[6] http://nortonsafe.search.ask.com/web?q=%22Nouvelle-France+map-en%22+by+Pinpin+-+Own+work+from+Image%3ANouvelle-France1750.png1)Les+Villes+fran%C3%A7aises+du+Nouveau+Monde+%3A+des+premiers+fondateurs+aux+ing%C3%A9nieurs+du+roi%2C+XVIe-XVIIIe+si%C3%A8cles+%2F+sous+la+direction+de+Laurent+Vidal+et+Emilie+d%27Orgeix+%2F%C3%89diteur%3A+Paris%3A+Somogy+1999.2)+Canada-Qu%C3%A9bec+1534-2000%2F+Jacques+Lacoursi%C3%A8re%2C+Jean+Provencher+et+Denis+Vaugeois%2F%C3%89diteur%3A+Sillery+(Qu%C3%A9bec)%3A+Septentrion+2000.Map+1+)+(2008)+The+Forts+of+Ryan%27s+taint+in+Northeast+America+1600-1763%2C+Osprey+Publishing%2C+pp.+6%E2%80%93+ISBN%3A+9781846032554.Map+2+)+Ren%C3%A9+Chartrand+(20+April+2010)+The+Forts+of+New+France%3A+The+Great+Lakes%2C+the+Plains+and+the+Gulf+Coast+1600-1763%2C+Osprey+Publishing%2C+p.+7+ISBN%3A+9781846035043..+Licensed+under+CC+BY-SA+3.0+via+Commons+-+https%3A%2F%2Fcommons.wikimedia.org%2Fwiki%2FFile%3ANouvelle-France_map-en.svg%23%2Fmedia%2FFile%3ANouvelle-France_map-en.svg&o=apn10506&prt=cr
[7] first published at Thanksgiving 2014

Monday, December 21, 2015

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Jesus, Hanukkah and Christmas

QUESTION: Should Christians honor and celebrate Hanukkah?

ANSWER: Yes, Jesus did. John 10:22


ANSWER: Because a Born Again Christian has been adopted into the root and family of Judaism. Any celebration the Lord honors should be honored by every Christian and Jew. 

          In all probability, Jesus was conceived (placed by the
Ruach HaKodesh[1]) in Mary's womb during the celebration of Hanukkah.[2] If you take the conception of Jesus to be during Hanukkah, count forward 9 months, you will come to the middle of September - where some scientists say is the actual birth time for Jesus. The time of  the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot and Rosh Hashanah.

          Hanukkah is a Hebrew holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple), it is the Festival of lights, and Jesus is the Light Of The World. As we know, Light is the smallest particle we know of and is the substance of which all things are made.

          Laminin is a cell adhesion molecule. That's what holds all of our cells together.
This is the structure of Laminin.

          Now we know that is was Jesus who made us, Jesus is the light of which we are made and the Cross is the stuff that holds us together.

          There is a difference between the Temple Menorah and the Hanukkah menorah. The Temple Menorah represents the 7 days of creation, where the Hanukkah Menorah stands for the 8 days the oil lasted. The word Hanukkah means "Dedication". The first Menorah represents the creation of the world and the second represents God's willingness to supply continuing Salvation.

          Many say that the Sheppard's were the first human visitors and were the lowliest of people; to show Jesus humility. Please keep in mind that Sheppard's were the protectors of the sheep. They kept the sheep safe from wolves, bears and lions. These were not wimpy uneducated men. Think in terms of King David and Gideon. David was a Shepard, while Gideon was a wheat farmer.  David became a king over Israel, while Gideon became a judge over IsraelJesus was, and still is, the Good Shepard, but also the King of Kings.

Why Bethlehem?
Bethlehem means" House of Bread" and Jesus said He is the bread of life.
He was born, and lain in a manger feeding trough for a crib.
Bethlehem is where the lambs for the temple sacrifice were raised. Jesus was born for the sacrifice. Micah 5:2 says: "But thou, Bethlehem Ephrata, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting[3]."

          In the Old Testament prophesies, the Messiah was predicted to come from Bethlehem.  This is one reason some of the Jewish leaders rejected Him. They knew that the Messiah would not come out of Nazareth, where they thought Jesus was born. Truth is always truth, but sometimes it must be sought out. True study of the scriptures would have told them where to look, and questioning about the birth place would have yielded the truth. Throughout history, men have gone about half cocked and swearing by it. God does not hide the truth from His people. There are many people today who study church doctrine more than they study the scriptures.

          The Shepard's of Bethlehem were the first to greet the birth of the Lamb. Bethlehem is where the kingdom of David begins. It is where David was a Shepard. It is prophesied that Jesus will rule from the throne of His father David.

          Simeon and Anna were in the Temple in Jerusalem when Joseph and Mary brought Jesus in to fulfill the custom of the law.  Simeon and Anna had a special understanding with God, that they would see the salvation of the world before they died.  They both proclaimed it to be Jesus.[4] "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him."[5]

          When Jesus was about 18 months old, the Magi came to worship Him. He was in the "terrible two's" at the time. My wife says that since Jesus was God, he couldn't be in the "terrible two's". Perception is everything. If you were Satan, you would think that Jesus had come out of the terrible one's, was in the terrible two's and entering the terrible three's.

          By now, some of you are saying that there is at least some of this that I can't prove. You are right. So, at this point, you need to take my advice and study the scriptures for yourself. I will admit that some of this is a result of taking scriptural studies to "the next step", where common sense takes over, from information gained by listening to biblical teachers and application of the Bible to science. History and science are perfectly good study disciplines, if we realize that where they disagree with scripture, it is science and history that are not trustworthy. All things must be judged by the Word of God. Regardless of what date or season we choose to celebrate the birth of Jesus, I will join in. I will give celebration and honor to Jesus at any time. For the church's first three centuries, Christmas wasn't in December—or on the calendar at all[6]. The Puritan's and Pilgrim's, when they came here from Europe, did not celebrate Christmas at all: they considered it to Holy for celebration.

          It is not that important when we celebrate Jesus. The important thing is that we recognize who and what He is. When we accept His offer of Salvation, and make Him the Lord of our life, we become members in the family and kingdom of God.

[1] Holy Spirit
[2] Hilke Dokter  offers three indicators from the Bible that Jesus was born during the Jewish month of Tishri (our September/October). http://www.members.shaw.ca/hdokter/My_Web/index.htm
The approximate month of Jesus birth can actually be calculated with reference to the conception of John the Baptist:
Luke 1:5 says that John's father, Zacharias, was "a member of the Abijah division of the Temple service corps." (Living Bible)
1 Chronicles 24:15 assigned the priests of the Abijah division to begin temple service at the start of the 9th week of the year. But at the end of the week, Pentecost had begun, so he would have remained on duty until the end of the 10th week.
Luke 1:23-24 records that Zacharias returned immediately to his home, and that John was conceived shortly thereafter - probably during the last half of Sivan, the 3rd month in the Jewish calendar.
Allowing for a normal 9 months pregnancy, John would have been born in the springtime.
Luke 1:36 records that the angel came to Mary when John's mother Elizabeth was 6 months pregnant.
Luke 1:31 reports that Mary conceived very shortly after the angel's visit.
Assuming a normal, 9 month pregnancy, Jesus would have been born about 6 months after John - sometime in the fall of the year.
[3] John 1:1-4
[4] Luke 2:22-39
[5] Luke 22:40
[6] http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/news/2000/dec08.html


Friday, December 11, 2015

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The Bible: Only a Bunch of Rules, and Do’s and Don’ts?

          I hadn’t taken the time to draw near to the Lord and enjoy being in His presence for several days.  I’m not going to give any reasons, for they would be mere excuses.  I didn’t sleep much again last night and was feeling weary this morning.  Even so, I shrugged off the inclination to just lie there in hopes that somehow I might be able to drift off into a deep sleep.  I felt Him calling and beckoning me to meet with Him, as though He was saying, “Come on Ginger.  Haven’t you missed our time together even just a little bit?  I won’t keep you long if you don’t want me to.”  I pulled myself out of bed and went to our special meeting place – my recliner.  Picking up my Bible, I ran my hands across it before opening it, as if I might be able to touch the very hand of God just by being close to His precious word.  All of God’s word is more precious than silver and gold, but I confess that the Psalms and Proverbs hold a place of special affection within my heart.  I turned to Proverbs 2 and began to read once again from His instructions about how to live life according to His precepts, seeking His wisdom and knowledge, that I might understand more fully the vital importance of understanding and walking in the fear of the Lord.
          As I read, words which I have often heard spoken by those who have not yet learned to love God or His word, popped into my mind: “The Bible, what good is it?  Who wants to have anything to do with something that is nothing more than a useless list of do’s and don’ts?”  This expression is often used by scoffers, as if the speaking of them was a rational reason to look upon God’s word as no more than words written by mere men, or as useless garbage that should easily be discarded and thrown into the nearest trash can.  It would always make me bristle to my very core and want to respond, in a not so Christian way, by telling them what absolute idiots they were.  Over the years, I hope I have learned a bit more about the importance of not speaking every thought that comes into my mind.
          At any rate, after reading a couple of chapters, and enjoying every minute of “tasting” the goodness of the Lord and His word, I began to contemplate upon the idea of the word being merely a list of do’s and don’ts.  Instead of just wanting to discard it as the rationalization of any unbeliever for ignoring God and His word, I asked myself to consider the possible influence of that assumption, even in such limited boudaries?  Understanding that an unbeliever is not going to have any idea of the person and role of the Holy Spirit, who guides every believer into the understanding of the wisdom and knowledge of God, I began to consider the statement itself and question, “Ok, what if the word was only a ‘list of do’s and don’ts?”  Of course, I don’t believe that.  But just for the moment, I was willing to explore the idea to decide for myself, if that’s all it was, would or could that list, or standards and requirements, still have worth or value in shaping and changing a life for the better?  Does God’s standards of right and wrong, when activated and practiced in one’s life serve to produce to improvement within the person and in the person’s actions and behavior towards others?  To begin with, I considered just the Ten Commandments and the possibility of their consequences in a person’s life.  If someone read them and tried their best to apply them in their life on a consistent basis, even if they did not believe in the One who was the author of them, would they be an instrument to work for good or for bad in life?  I compared their possible effect with a similar effect of being able to understand the law of gravity and its application in life.  If I were to ignore the law of gravity by deciding to walk off the edge of a cliff, would the truth of the law become null and void and of no effect?  Would my choice of not believing in the law stop me from falling to my death? Of course not!  The law of gravity is true, and it’s going to work whether I choose to believe in it or not.  Applying that law and acknowledging its truth can only serve to protect me and make my life safer, and even longer.  So it is with God and His word.  I could personally choose not to believe in God or His word, but that is never going to have the effect of changing or diminishing the truth of His word; it only means that I will have robbed myself of the transforming power of His word in my life.
          God’s do’s and don’ts are meant for my good, not for my harm.  The fact that I may choose not to believe or apply His word, in the living of my life, can only serve to block God from helping me to live out His purpose for my life.  I can think of only one reason why anyone would want to ignore God and His word, and that is because His directions may tend to get in the way, making His way inconvenient for us, if what we desire is to go against them, preferring to go our own way, to live a life that is self directed instead of God directed.  Man, in his natural fallen state, is full of pride, and therefore finds it much more appealing to deny Christ as Savior and Lord, and deny His right to have authority over and in our lives.  It isn’t really that the unbeliever doesn’t live by a set of rules, standards, or do’s and don’ts.  The problem is that he wants to retain for himself the right to be the only one having the authority to make up those rules to suit his own desires at any given time and place.  As the song “I Did It My Way” says, man wants to follow his own path and not be “restricted” or “constrained” by anything or anyone else; thereby, exalting himself to the position of the only god in his life.  It’s easy not to have to accept responsibility for your own actions, good or bad, if you have no one above yourself to hold you accountable. 

          Sad to say, in rejecting God and His authority, we also are choosing to divest ourselves of all His many blessings that His Holy Spirit would gladly pour out into our lives, blessings of peace, love, joy, hope, and yes, forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation, given freely by the grace and mercy of God who has loved us first.  So, in reality, it’s not the do’s and don’ts that really bothers us, it’s the fact that they are established as absolutes by someone else other than ourselves, and they are not relative, up for debate, or changeable to suit our own desires.  To top it all off, the scriptures, or do’s and don’ts as some have called them,  point to God as the only one who has the authority to decide what sin is or is not, and we don’t like to acknowledge God’s right to have authority over our lives.  We prefer to think that there are many paths to God, because we think that by so doing, we can then choose any path that suits us, and ignore the words of Jesus: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh to the Father except by me.” (John 14: 6)  “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word that ye hear is not mine , but the Father’s which sent me.  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14: 23 – 26)  That’s plain, clear, and does not depend upon your own personal opinion or private interpretation.  It’s not the gospel according to Ginger; it’s the gospel according to Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Put not your trust in your own works, but repent, ask for forgiveness, and trust in the works of Jesus Christ, who was crucified, resurrected from the dead, and ascended unto heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  Believe and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you shall be saved by the mercy and grace of God.