Archive for October, 2010

Josiah before birth

Monday, October 25th, 2010

During Jeroboam’s reign (B.C. 976-945), Israel had reverted to idol worship.  Jeroboam had established priests in “high places” including Bethel (House of GOD).  What was he thinking?  In 1 Kings 13, we find that Our Heavenly Father sent an undisclosed prophet to notify Jeroboam of his sin:

1 and behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the word of the LORD, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. 2  Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, "O altar, altar! Thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.’ " 3  And he gave a sign the same day, saying, "This is the sign which the LORD has spoken: Surely the altar shall split apart, and the ashes on it shall be poured out."

4  So it came to pass when King Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, who cried out against the altar in Bethel, that he stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, "Arrest him!" Then his hand, which he stretched out toward him, withered, so that he could not pull it back to himself. 5  The altar also was split apart, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. 6  Then the king answered and said to the man of God, "Please entreat the favor of the LORD your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me."

So the man of God entreated the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored to him, and became as before. 7  Then the king said to the man of God, "Come home with me and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward."

8  But the man of God said to the king, "If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place. 9  For so it was commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying,’You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.’ " 10  So he went another way and did not return by the way he came to Bethel.

It took a miracle from Our Heavenly Father to save the prophet from certain death by Jeroboam but soon afterwards was killed by a lion due to his disobedience to the Word of the LORD.  He had just experienced two miracles, the withered hand and the restoration, yet he trusted the word on an old prophet who lied to him versus the direct Word.  Hmmm, make a note of that!

Josiah reigned from 641–609 BC, over 300 years after the prophecy given to Jeroboam and did exactly what was prophesied.  Our Heavenly Father knew Josiah before HE formed Josiah in the womb.  Along with David and Hezekiah he is one of the three kings who alone did not "commit trespass."  His Love for Our Heavenly Father and The Law (which represents the character of Our Heavenly Father) led him to restore the Covenant and tear down and destroy the idols of worship.  It is no wonder that he is listed as the sixteenth (Love) generation from Christ!

The 16th Generation

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

In the Book of Matthew, we are given a clue to the “anointed ones” or overcomers who will be given the power and authority to rule and reign in the coming age:
 
Matthew 1:17  So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.
(14 x 3 = 42)

When we look at the “begats” however, we see 41 generations:

Matthew 1:2-16 

(Leaving out the begats.)
  1. Jesus
  2. Joseph
  3. Jacob
  4. Matthan
  5. Eleazar
  6. Eliud
  7. Achim
  8. Zadok
  9. Azor
  10. Eliakim
  11. Abiud
  12. Zarubbabel
  13. Shealtiel
  14. Jachoniah
  15. Josiah
  16. Amos
  17. Manasseh
  18. Hezekiah
  19. Ahaz
  20. Jotham
  21. Uzziah
  22. Joram
  23. Jehoshaphat
  24. Asaph
  25. Abijah
  26. Rehoboam
  27. Solomon
  28. David
  29. Jesse
  30. Obed
  31. Boaz
  32. Salmon
  33. Nohshon
  34. Amminadab
  35. Aram
  36. Hezron
  37. Perez
  38. Judah
  39. Jacob
  40. Isaac
  41. Abraham

The next generation after Jesus is “Christ” or the anointed ones hence the 42nd generation.  Accordingly, there are sixteen generations from Josiah to Christ and Josiah is the focus of this writing.  Josiah is specifically tied to Love by the fact the the Christ is the sixteenth generation from Josiah.  The numbers in Scripture are always significant and often are subtle indications of Our Heavenly Father’s character and plan.

Josiah was the son of Amon (skilled craftsman) and Jedidah, succeeded his father B.C. 641, at the age of eight, and reigned 31 years. (2Kings22:1)  His mother’s name was Jedidah (beloved).  Josiah was nurtured in Love and his heart was directed towards Our Heavenly Father thus connected to David, the man after GOD’S own heart:

2Kings22:2 And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

When he was sixteen (Love): 2Ch 34:3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.

The cleansing began when Josiah was 20 years old (redemption).  Once the purging was done, ten years after first seeking Our Heavenly Father, the repair of the House of the Lord began.

2 Ch 34:8   Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan (hidden) the son of Azaliah (Jehovah (Yahweh) has reserved (set apart)), and Maaseiah (the work of Jehovah) the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.

34:9   When they came to Hilkiah (my portion is Jehovah) the high priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites who kept the doors had gathered from the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, from all the remnant of Israel, from all Judah and Benjamin, and which they had brought back to Jerusalem.

The some interesting things happened:

14  Now when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the LORD given by Moses. 15  Then Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, "I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD." And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan. 16  So Shaphan carried the book to the king, bringing the king word, saying, "All that was committed to your servants they are doing.17  And they have gathered the money that was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers and the workmen."18  Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." And Shaphan read it before the king.

19  Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes. 20  Then the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of MIcah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying, 21  "Go, inquire of the LORD for me, and for those who are left in Israel and Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found; for greatis the wrath of the LORD that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do according to all that is written in this book."

The existing money in the Temple was removed and given to the workers.  This money had been received by those people of the Inheritance (Manasseh, Ephraim, the remnant, Judah, and Benjamin).  THE LAW was found and lawfulness was restored to the Kingdom.  The funding of the restoration had come through the inheritors.  Love restored the Kingdom.

In pondering 1/11/11 which happens to be connected to “the anointing”, the binary number 11111 represents 31.  Josiah reigned for 31 years and is also connected to Love by being the 16th generation from Christ (the anointed).  Could we see something noteworthy occur in the spiritual realm on 1/11/11?

Multi-Front Crisis

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

$100 Oil/Currency War

We may soon see $100 oil based on the decline of the Dollar.  Global commodities are pushing up prices in terms of U.S. Dollars.  Bernanke and his cohorts want to see inflation but the rest of us have been experiencing inflation in our everyday lives.  See: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-15/opec-members-seek-100-a-barrel-oil-as-sliding-dollar-cuts-real-revenue.html  The US desperately needs a cheaper currency, but so do other countries.  There is a race to the bottom and gold & silver will reap the benefits.  The average person will be the loser due to the depreciation of savings.

No increase for Social Security Recipients

Once again, the “cooked” statistics have slapped our seniors in the face.  The measurement of inflation has been diluted by non-essential products and services that it has indicated to us there was no inflation over the last 12 months.  I wonder what country they live in?  We received notice of an increase in our health insurance premium, just like clockwork.  SGS places September’s consumer inflation level at 8.5% which is certainly a more realistic number.  See http://www.shadowstats.com  If the government used these numbers, the increase in Social Security would cause the agency to run out of money sooner than currently projected.    How can our seniors survive on the same check as last year?  What little savings they have, they receive virtually no interest.  There came a famine in the land!

Looming Energy Crisis

Within 48 months, I project the energy crisis revelation will go mainstream.  At that point, the gas guzzlers will become worthless.  We are hoping to have a Prius in the garage by the end of the month.  Once the mainstream media figures out the global production has peaked and in decline, fuel efficient cars will be in short supply and the discounts will evaporate.  Am I willing to give up roominess for geographic flexibility?  Yes.  I expect higher prices or a deeper recession.  Either way, we are reducing our relative energy expense and exposure.

Banks’ Impact

To add insult to injury, the banks are pleading for mercy in their mortgage-backed security crisis.  The problem is that someone is going to lose wealth at the end of the day.  Will it be the banks, the pension funds and other investors, and/or the US taxpayers?  The music has stopped and the party is over.  I expect we will be hearing cries to Heaven before long.  We’re in a multi-front crisis.

5.1 Earthquake strikes Oklahoma!

Friday, October 15th, 2010

At 9:06 AM October 13th, I was sitting at my home office desk on the phone with an associate.  Suddenly, the entire house (including the floor) shook!  An earthquake!  The United States Geological Survey was quick to post the epicenter located near Norman, Oklahoma, home to the OU Sooner football team:

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The International Headquarters of Servias Ministries had just experienced a major earthquake, 5.1 on the Richter Scale.  Was this the end?  This isn’t California, ya know.  Should I run outside before aftershocks arrive?  Do I have enough food and water stored for such an event?  Now where did I place that emergency plan?

My assistant who works about 4 miles northwest of me immediately called to check the damage.  Her dogs were pacing and whining.  Uh oh!  Suddenly, I couldn’t focus on the business at hand.  Was I in shock?  My wife (conveniently out of town… did she know what was coming and failed to alert me) called to check on me.  I wonder why she asked about the status of my life insurance policy?

What about the headquarters infrastructure damage?  Was my electricity still on? Check.  Was my server farm still operational?  Check.  Telecommunications? Check.

What will be the economic impact of this quake with such a fragile economy?  Only time will tell.  Damage assessments are already being reported by various state and local agencies.

Whew!  It looks like we dodged a bullet!   Below is a picture of the devastation near the epicenter of the “Quake of 2010”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By the way, even though the local Oklahoma Geological Survey originally measured the quake at 5.1, the USGS subsequently downgraded it to a 4.3 but we still made “the list”.  See http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/quakes_big.php

The Ground Swell Continues…

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Wall Street and the various policing agencies are becoming increasingly exposed to the chopping block.  As the media continues to focus and dissect the underlying issues in the mortgage-backed securities bailout, I suspect there are many banksters having sleepless nights:

Foreclosure Fraud: It’s Worse Than You Think

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

This article posted late today confirms my point about all mortgage loans, current or delinquent: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Foreclosure-Fraud-Its-Worse-cnbc-130283304.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=4&asset=&ccode= 

Unbelievable!

Foreclosure: The Big Picture

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

We are in a serious mess.  Greed has cornered itself in a box canyon and I expect a shootout soon.  The banks sold trillions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities and failed to “perfect” the title transfers as well as shoddy handling of paperwork.  This is not a new revelation but has been brewing for two years.  In the meantime, banks tried to get HB 3808 passed through Congress knowing that the chickens would come home to roost.  President Obama would not sign this bill into law, especially before the November 2nd elections.  He is the only one who would be on record, as noted below.

American Families versus The Big Banks

You have three direct parties in the MBS issue: the borrower (average American family), the lender (Big Investment Banks), the investor (pension funds, other banks, Federal Reserve[after disclosure of the toxic debt]).  Why do pension funds exist?  For the American family.  Who pays for the Fed’s actions?  The American taxpayer (or family).  Ultimately, this issue is between the Big Banks and the American family.  The problem is that the American family does not seem to be well represented in this issue.  The banks know this.  Congress is charged with the fiduciary duty to represent the welfare of the American family.  The banking industry is the largest contributor to Congressmen re-lection campaigns.  Hmmm.

U.S. Congress versus the American Families

House Bill 3808 was an attempt to make it easier for lenders to bypass the notarization process by allowing “electronic” notarization.  I don’t know about you but when I executed a mortgage on my house, I had a mountain of paperwork to review and had to sign my name more than 10 times on various documents to insure that there where no loopholes for me to get out of my mortgage debt in court.  The mortgage company attorneys made sure of that.  However, when it came time to sell that mortgage paper upstream the banks often bypassed the same pain of paperwork they forced on the borrower.  Since they knew they had cut corners, they wanted Congress to “fix” the problem with a new law- HB 3808.  It is interesting to look at the apparent deception surrounding this law.  When I attempted to find out if my Congressmen voted for the law, this is what I found:

Apr 27, 2010: This bill passed in the House of Representativesby voice vote. A record of each representative’s position was not kept.

Sep 27, 2010: This bill passed in the Senate by Unanimous Consent. A record of each senator’s position was not kept.

Source: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-3808  See for yourself!  I sent an email to each of my Senators asking their position on this bill.  I suspect I will not receive an answer until after November 2nd.

The Law of Unequal Weights and Measures demands restitution.  Though I don’t condone those who borrowed above their means, the banks were the experts in the mortgage transaction and deceived the borrowers into thinking they could qualify for the loan.  Now that the mainstream media is finally reporting on this travesty, those in power will be forced to do something about it.  Will the American public finally wake up to the exploitation that has been occurring for decades? 

The following interview provides exposure and clarity to the issue at hand:

Extreme Volatility Ahead

Monday, October 11th, 2010

For the past few years I have been a “watchman on the wall” for the readers of our blogs.  The readers were told to expect gold and silver to move notably higher, warned of a Great Recession, and warned of the financial system’s stress due to toxic mortgages.  As we know those events are now in play.  With the latest reporting of the legal battles erupting all over the country, expect gold and silver prices to become volatile with possible $100 swings in gold within a 24 hour period.  Yesterday, I saw “Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps”.  This movie provides a stark view of the way Wall Street thinks, acts, and responds.  Oliver Stone captured Wall Street’s essence and arrogance when Michael Douglas proclaimed “I used to say ‘greed is good’, but now I must add ‘greed is legal too’”.

Anyone who has ever reviewed an abstract or county courthouse records understands the requirement for “chain of title”.  Property rights in America are based on a well-recorded history of the chain of title.  We buy title insurance to insure that we have clear title to our property so that nobody can come back and legally take our property away due to some failure of proper recording of a deed.  This includes error and omissions of legal descriptions, names, etc.  This is where the ugliness begins.  For an in depth understanding, the following video is a must: http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=168528

Bankers have received a “cease and desist” order to stop foreclosures in several states because of this problem.  What about those of us who have paid our mortgages?  Has the recipient of our interest been collecting it illegally, without a note to back it up?  That is another issue in itself.  If I were to demand the lender to prove his legal position to collect interest in a court, could he?  This sloppy handling of paperwork could work its way up the food chain rapidly if bloodthirsty attorneys began building a class action suit against the perpetrators of the greatest fraud in American history.  Could this be the tipping point I’ve been writing about in the last several months?

As confidence diminishes in the U.S. economic structure, the dollar will get hammered.  Hot money moves around the globe at the speed of light.  This sets the stage for extreme volatility in the gold market.  I would expect to wake up some morning and find that gold has jumped $100+ overnight in other markets whereas silver might jump $2 in a single trading session.  At some point, investors will see that they can leverage their investments by investing in gold and silver mining stocks.  Currently, the stocks have been lagging the metal marketwise.  Once John Public figures this out, I expect the stocks to outperform the metal.  Professionals see this as phase three of the bull market in precious metals where big money is made as prices skyrocket.

When do you sell?  I suspect we have a long way to go before the resolution to all of this monetary meltdown is resolved.  Until then, volatility will be the name of the game.

The Greatness of Giving

Friday, October 8th, 2010

A person’s greatness is measured by his outreach, not by his containment.  We see that Jesus exposed the problem of hoarding wealth in Luke 18:

18 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

19  So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ "

21  And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth."

22  So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."

23  But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.

The young ruler’s behavior was consistent with the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament but he failed to comprehend that Love was behind the Ten Commandments.  As he walked through the streets among the poor and desolate, he failed to view them through the eyes of Love.  His wealth could have ministered to the needs of many but he must have feared the loss of wealth.  Making the transition from “entitled” to “steward” is often difficult.  Many people I have known who gained wealth develop the attitude of “entitlement”.  It is as though they suddenly take on a belief of having been anointed with wealth to live a “blessed” life above the masses.  They begin to put their trust in money rather than Our Heavenly Father.  There are those who are called to be financial stewards but their hearts have been prepared to handle the money has a commodity rather than being more precious than salvation.

The IRS is now focusing on charitable giving in an effort to gain more tax revenue.  Some will use this as a reason to reduce or cease their giving.  Others will simply acknowledge that their giving will be reviewed and will continue to give, knowing that there will be additional paperwork and correspondence to deal with.  The greatest nations are those who give to other nations.  Name me on nation who is poor and constantly receiving aid that you would call “great”.  This is true on the personal level as well.  I suspect that there is not one city in the U.S. without a grade school in need of media supplies.  Moreover, a grade school in the desolate area of town has the greatest needs.  You do not have to look 5,000 miles away to find a good cause.  Grade schools in your own backyard are hurting for assistance.  Servias Ministries can distribute your dollars on your behalf to these grade schools.  Your anonymity can be retained if you desire.

Especially in these times, giving to the poor differentiates the person of greatness from one of regret.

A Memorial to Mom

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Mom was born 19 days after the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and grew up in the Great Depression.  The family migrated from Gainesville, Texas to Oklahoma in search of a job.  Times were tough to say the least.  Her mother parted ways and Grandpa, Mom, and her three brothers northward.  He married again and a half- brother and sister were added to the family.  She ended up being the babysitter for the younger two.

Fast forward to the 1940’s.  Mom was now in high school and was a “straight A” student, of course.  She applied herself in everything she did.scan0003 This is her high school picture, “What a Babe!”.  My Dad figured this out and married her where he got the best end of the deal.  Mom was an industrious woman but with one interesting note: she never learned to drive a car.  In those days, a teenager did not automatically get a car on their 16th birthday.  People were broke back then but not “poor”.  Dad had to borrow some money just to get married, $25, I think.

Before I was born, Mom went to clean my dad’s mother’s house for her.  My brother was two and she had no transportation.  Grandma evidently did not have a vacuum cleaner so Mom walked to her house with my brother and a vacuum cleaner in tow.  She would carry my brother a few hundred feet then go back and get the vacuum cleaner left behind.  Mom was enterprising with the “cards she was dealt”.  Eventually she arrived at Grandma’s and cleaned the house.  Yep, the return trip required the same energy.  Her Love Language was “acts of service”.

Mom made the best of the situation we were in.  When I was three, we could not afford turkey at Thanksgiving so we had chicken noodle soup and were told it was turkey.  It tasted fine to me!

Things started improving in the mid 1950’s and we moved to Midwest City where I grew up.  We were the classic “Leave it to Beaver” household.  The TV series was easy to identify with.  Dad worked and Mom stayed at home and managed her two sons,,, who needed managing.  Mom was the moral compass of the family.  More than once would she washed out our mouths with soap when we tried out our wings with “cuss” words.  Though we didn’t know what they meant, we figured out that Mom didn’t like it.  She didn’t curse, smoke, or drink.  She was truly a handmaiden.

As my brother and I participated in most all sports, Mom was always involved.  She was the scorekeeper for my baseball team.  Her black eye from a foul ball was her badge of honor.  After that, she always sat behind the backstop out of harm’s way.  She would walk us down to the local swimming pool 5 blocks from the house for swimming lessons.  She would walk us to school (the same 5 blocks) everyday until each of us was old enough to make the trek on our own.  We walked everywhere during the week.  My brother’s drum lessons?  No problem!  Mom and my brother would take turns carrying the snare drum to the practice.  The drum case was too big for me at the time.  It seemed like it took forever to get to our destination.  Mom generated extra income by baby-sitting.  In the summer, we would have a house full of kids.  It made for a good baseball game everyday in the street.  More than one of these kids knew the Love Mom dished out.  She practically raised a few of them.

 scan0005    My dad started a new business with an uncle- a drive-in cafe.  At first, the two families alternated weeks of running the drive-in but that did not work out to well.  Dad bought my uncle out and Mom became the chief cook.  Twelve hour days over a hot grill became the norm for Mom.  Every night she laundered and ironed her uniform and our clothes as well.  They worked six days out of the week.  It was a tough life.  She still found time to bake and crochet.  This workload continued through my teenage years.

In the 1970’s, Mom was finally out of the food service industry and the grandkids came.  She loved to quilt and she was a “quilting machine”.  All of her quilts were done by hand.  Although she was an excellent seamstress, machine quilting just didn’t seem to be the thing to do.  She made quilts for each member of the family.  Each quilt was unique and hand stitched.  Baby quilts for the newborns, crocheted towels for the kitchens, and quilts for the beds.  The Love and warmth of Mom was everywhere.  Her reputation for quilting expanded.  Women would bring her material and pay for her handmade quilts.

When Grandpa was no longer able to live alone, Mom moved him into the house.  As a loving daughter, she took care of him in his final years.  She was always finding solutions to problems, many involved her sacrifice but she was happy to oblige.  If a loved one was ill, she would cook a meal, bake a pie, send a card of encouragement, and the list goes on.  Even at the age of 70, she was babysitting her great nephew.

After 29,532 days on this earth, Mom has return to spirit.  She is not gone, just transformed and resides in Heaven with her Lord Jesus Christ.  Our loss is Heaven’s gain.  Her acts of Love would fill several books.  More than one cousin has called her their favorite aunt.  She was a “Mom” to many of our friends.  She was always there for her sons and her husband.

scan0006     Mom, I Love You and I will miss You!