Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
Looking Beyond Series "What are we looking forward too?"
In Scripture we are encouraged to rejoice even in the face of difficulties. Below is an article by a friend that encourages us to "Look Beyond" today’s concerns and rejoice.
"Rejoice brethren - our King is coming. Ps 97:12 (NKJV) Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. Yes our king is coming - to rule the earth with righteousness. Isa 35:1 The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose…
In the meantime, try and be patient - for in due time that great and awesome Day of the Lord will arrive to bring righteous government to this earth, so that all people may be blessed to live in Shalom (total peace) with one another. When is the Righteous Kingdom going to arrive? As soon as the Father gives the word to His Son Yeshua that it is time to fetch His Bride:Mark 13:32 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
-Be Not Troubled-
We live in an age of violence, strife, and hatred. That condition has been true since the fall of man. However, what makes things different today is that we hear, in detail, about all of the world’s troubles, because we have instant communication via the Internet. This evil information is brought to our doorstep day and night, whether we have need to hear it or not. It is no wonder that Americans are suffering from the highest level of anxiety in the nation’s history. Surely it is a sign of the times that we are in the last days:2Tim 3:1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
It is a done deal - nothing can stop the coming of the Kingdom. Yeshua came the first time to qualify to become the ruler of the earth - and qualify He did. Therefore, all of this turmoil going on in the earth today (while it may concern us in the short run) - need not concern us in the long run if we but look beyond today into the glorious future.
Today’s temporary troubles can be immediate concern, because we currently have to deal with these "perilous times." However, we need to look to the long haul - to that time when the Kingdom arrives in all its glory - to that time when we will have a Crown of Righteousness shining brightly on our heads. Paul spoke of this very hope:2Tim 4:8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
The Crown of Righteousness is the goal for which we must strive. Do not look to riches and power in this life, for it is passing away. Rather, look to the future with a profound hope.1Cor 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
The time is coming when the powerbrokers of this present evil world will come to their demise. Those who would enslave mankind, in their Antichrist version of the New World Order, should be the ones looking over their shoulder in fear, for their days are numbered as the time for Yeshua to return approaches:Luke 21:27 "Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." "
Thanks to: Dean and Susan Wheelock HebrewRoots.net
Heb 12:3For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart. 4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him; 6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives."
Make a difference in today’s world by rejoicing and endure to the end.
Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.
Proverbs 22:4By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death. Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
Keep the vision - Look Beyond - To the promised inheritance
"We see the brightness of a new page where everything yet can happen." Rainer Marie Rike
Heb 11:8By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
Time is understood very differently across cultures
By Mary Beth Griggs/Sep 4, 2017
Forget the gears of a watch. Those collections of cogs and springs might help us track the passing hours, but the way we visualize tempo is far more nuanced. "Time is abstract. It can’t be tall or short or big or small," says Emanuel Bylund, a linguist at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Time itself might be universal, but cultures worldwide use all kinds of metaphors and mannerisms to imagine the fourth dimension -and not everyone crams it into the same spatial constraints.
Write way, write time
To understand this page, you need to read from left to right. That’s how the Greeks set up their alphabet, one of the precursors to our own. But in written Arabic, words flow in the opposite direction, and in Chinese, characters run top to bottom. Researchers have found that the direction of your writing determines how you orient the arrow of time. When asked to organize events in a line from earliest to latest, English readers arranged them left to right, Arabic right to left, and Chinese top to bottom. People without writing systems, like Papua New Guinea’s Yupno, had a free-form approach.
Swedish days are "long," but Spanish ones can be "full." These metaphors help us see time, but they can also mess with our heads a little. In one experiment, people watched a short line grow on a screen for three seconds, followed by a longer line over the same duration. The lengthier line tricked Swedish subjects into thinking extra time had elapsed. The same thing happened when Spanish-speakers watched a cylinder fill up: To them, a fuller cylinder meant more time had passed. They had no trouble with the line experiment, and vice versa for the Swedes. Words really do matter.
It's all uphill from here
Location isn’t just a buzzword for real estate agents; terrain can contour speech. Papua New Guinea’s hilly landscape has helped shape the indigenous Yupno people’s perception of time. To them, the future is uphill and the past down. Cognitive scientist Rafael Núñez from the University of California, San Diego says that, while rare today, other geography-based time systems may have existed once, based on features like plains or waterways. But migration to different lands-and landscapes-likely erased their usefulness. "Perhaps this is not a system that travels well," Núñez says.
Your future is behind you
Time seems to come at us head-on: the future in front, the past behind. Not so for the Aymara people of the Andes. Because the past is what they have experienced, it lies ahead, where they can see it. The future remains hidden, so it is behind them. That’s because visual evidence is particularly important to the Aymara. Their grammar, for instance, indicates whether you personally saw Joe go to the store (-vna), or learned he was going there (-tayna). You’d also use -tayna if you saw Joe leaving while you were drunk, so your eyesight can’t be trusted. This emphasis on vision frames their view of time.
This article was originally published in the September/October 2017
Mysteries of Time and Space issue of Popular Science.
(Not all items were verified)
How much approval do you need to keep going? Yeshua (Jesus) told a story about a rich man who went on a long journey. The point of the story was about the conduct of his servants in his absence. He wasn't present to direct or correct them, and as a result, some behaved badly and didn't carry out the duties assigned to them. In the story Yeshua is the rich man who will return and you are the servant. The people around you may not appreciate your faithful service to Him even if they benefit from it. Yet He is with you even as you occupy until Yeshua’s coming. Do you sense His favor and approval to sustain you now, even as you wait for His return?
(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
Blessed be YHVH(Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
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