God’s Plan For The Ages 49 – Israel – Ezekiel 2 – The Prophet’s Call

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Hal Lindsey Show: The Prophecies of Ezekiel

God’s Promises For Israel’s Restoration

Texts

Isaiah 27:13 New American Standard 1977

It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown; and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 30:3 New American Standard 1977

‘For, behold, days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah.’ The LORD says, ‘I will also bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers, and they shall possess it.’”

Notes: MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

Isaiah 27:13 worship the Lord…at Jerusalem. The prophet reiterates one of his great themes: future worship of regathered Israel on Mt. Zion (24:23; 25:6, 7, 10).

Jeremiah 30:3 I will bring back. This theme verse gives in capsule form the pledge of chaps. 30–33. God’s restoration of the whole nation to their own land (cf. 29:10; Amos 9:14, 15; Rom. 11:26) has in view a final regathering never to be removed again (see note on 16:15) and not just a return in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (vv. 8, 9; 31:31ff.; 32:39, 40; 33:8, 9, 15, 16). This verse is a summary of the prophecy given in vv. 4–9.

Review

Ezekiel 1:28 NASB 1977

As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.

Text – Ezekiel 2 – NASB 1977

The Prophet’s Call

1 Then He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!” 2 And as He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me.

Consider Ezekiel 1:28 and 2:1-2. Consider the Holiness God (Elohim, Genesis 1:1).

3 Then He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. 4“And I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children; and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’ 5“As for them, whether they listen or not—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6“And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house. 7“But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.

8 “Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.” 9 Then I looked, behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. 10 When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back; and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe.

Consider God

Genesis 1:1 God

God אֱלֹהִ֑ים e·lo·him; 430 God, god pl. of eloah

430. elohim

elohim: God, god
Original Word: אֱלֹהִים
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: elohim
Phonetic Spelling: (el-o-heem’)
Short Definition: God

433. eloah

eloah: God, god
Original Word: אֱל֫וֹהַּ,
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: eloah
Phonetic Spelling: ((shortened) >eloahh {el-o’-ah)
Short Definition: God

Ezekiel 1:28 glory

of the glory כְּבֹוד־ ke·vo·vd- 3519b abundance, honor, glory from kabad

kabod: abundance, honor, glory
Transliteration: kabod
Short Definition: glory

Ezekiel 1:28 LORD

of the LORD. יְהוָ֑ה Yah·weh 3068 the proper name of the God of Israel from havah

Yhvh: the proper name of the God of Israel
Original Word: יְהֹוָה
Part of Speech: Proper Name
Transliteration: Yhvh
Phonetic Spelling: (yeh-ho-vaw’)
Short Definition: LORD

Ezekiel 2:2 Spirit

to me the Spirit ר֗וּחַ ru·ach 7307 breath, wind, spirit from an unused word

ruach: breath, wind, spirit
Original Word: ר֫וּחַ
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine
Transliteration: ruach
Phonetic Spelling: (roo’-akh)
Short Definition: spirit

Notice that the Name of God is “not” Jehovah. It never was, and never will be Jehovah.

John 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

is spirit, πνεῦμα pneuma 4151 wind, spirit from pneó

pneuma: wind, spirit
Original Word: πνεῦμα, ατος, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Transliteration: pneuma
Phonetic Spelling: (pnyoo’-mah)
Short Definition: wind, breath, spirit
Definition: wind, breath, spirit.

Notice that God is not “a spirit, ” but “spirit.” Had God been “a spirit” He would have been one of many spirits. But! No! God is spirit. He is Elohim, which is in the plural form, the trinity, one God in three persons. From the time of the creation in Genesis 1:1, there was no creation of “the Spirit of God,” (Gen 1:2) or of “Us” or “Our” (Gen 1:26).

Genesis 1:2 NASB 1977 “the Spirit of God”
And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters

Genesis 1:26 NASB 1977 “Let Us; Our image; Our likeness”
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness

Consider the plural form of the singular “name” of God in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19), “God, three persons in one.”

Matthew 28:19 NASB1977 “in the name” (singular)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

them in the name ὄνομα onoma 3686 a name, authority, cause a prim. word

onoma: a name, authority, cause
Original Word: ὄνομα, ατος, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Transliteration: onoma
Phonetic Spelling: (on’-om-ah)
Short Definition: name, character, reputation
Definition: name, character, fame, reputation.

Notes – Ezekiel 2 – MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

2:1 Son of man. A term used over 90 times by Ezekiel to indicate his humanness.
2:2 the Spirit entered me. What God commands a servant to do (v. 1), He gives power to fulfill by His Spirit (cf. 3:14; Zech. 4:6). This pictures the selective empowering by the Holy Spirit to enable an individual for special service to the Lord, which occurred frequently in the OT. For examples see 11:5; 37:1; Num. 24:2; Judg. 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 13:25; 1 Sam. 10:10; 16:13, 14; 19:20; 2 Chr. 15:1; Luke 4:18.
2:5 The people cannot plead ignorance.
2:6 briers and thorns…scorpions. Cf. 3:7, 9; 22:29. These are figures of speech God used to describe the people of Judah whose obstinate rejection of His Word was like the barbs of thorns and stings of scorpions to Ezekiel. The wicked were often so called (cf. 2 Sam. 23:6; Song 2:2; Is. 9:18).
2:8 open your mouth and eat. Ezekiel was to obey the command, not literally eating a scroll (vv. 9, 10), but in a spiritual sense by receiving God’s message so that it became an inward passion. Cf. also 3:1–3, 10 and Jer. 15:16.
2:10 writing on the inside and…outside. Scrolls were normally written on one side only, but this judgment message was so full it required all the available space (cf. Zech. 5:3; Rev. 5:1) to chronicle the suffering and sorrow that sin had brought, as recorded in chaps. 2–32.

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Biographies

Dr. John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
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Signs of the Last Days – Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
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Dr. Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

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Dr. John F. Walvoord, (1910-2012) long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy.
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Dr. Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
Dr. Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

Hal Lindsey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Lindsey
Harold Lee Lindsey (born November 23, 1929) is an American evangelist and Christian writer. He is a Christian Zionist and dispensationalist author. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree, majoring in the New Testament and early Greek literature.

Three CNN Employees Resign Over Retracted Russia Story

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Three CNN Employees Resign Over Retracted Russia Story
Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau, and Lex Haris have resigned in the wake of the story.

Posted on June 26, 2017, at 6:44 p.m.
Steven Perlberg
BuzzFeed News Reporter

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Three CNN employees have resigned in the wake of the news outlet’s retracted Russia story.

Thomas Frank, the reporter who wrote the story; Eric Lichtblau, who recently joined CNN from the New York Times; and CNN Investigates executive editor Lex Haris have left the news outlet. The Washington Post first reported the resignations, which a CNN source confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

“In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” CNN said in a statement.

The deleted story, which cited a single unnamed source, claimed that the Senate Intelligence Committee was eyeing a “$10 billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team four days before Trump’s inauguration.”

The story, written by investigative reporter Frank, was posted on Thursday and deleted late Friday. More than an hour after BuzzFeed News contacted CNN about the deletion, an editor’s note appeared on CNN website saying that the story “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted.”

The note also apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Trump’s orbit who had been named in the story (and who later tweeted that the apology was accepted).

The retraction sent CNN scrambling to deal with the fallout over the weekend, even within parts of the news operation that weren’t involved in the retracted report. On Saturday, CNNMoney executive editor Rich Barbieri sent a note to staffers saying that nobody should publish any content involving Russia without coming first to him and another CNN vice president, according to the email, which was obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Sources close to the network said that CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker was involved with the internal investigation into the story’s handling.

Steven Perlberg is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. His PGP fingerprint is 0ACB FA3B AC49 D43C 79C4 8DE5 3C06 7521 F4EC 3AA5

Contact Steven Perlberg at steven.perlberg@buzzfeed.com.

Considering Clinton Foundation Caught With $1M in Undocumented Funds From Qatar

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Many apologies to Gypsies – Should the words have been, “Clintons, Obamas, Holder, Lynch, Pelosi, Schumer, Reid, other such Democrats, liberal fake media, et al?” “Honest” Americas will decide.

Please take time to read the links of this post. There has been a great attempt to take away the freedoms of the USA that we have enjoyed for 241 years. There has been an unending attempt to take God (Elohim) out of our country. There has been an attempt to force normal Americans to, not only, accept abortion on demand and homosexuality, but to embrace such ungodly abominations. Too many people, who say that they know Christ as their Lord and Savior, continue to vote for Democrats…the party that supports abortion on demand and homosexuality and has those ungodly lifestyles on their party platform. Many thanks to “Reclaiming Our Republic” for its post on this subject, from which the ideas of this post were gathered.

https://cchurchchurchblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/clinton-foundation-caught-with-1m-in-undocumented-funds-from-qatar/

Clinton Foundation Caught With $1M in Undocumented Funds From Qatar
Posted on June 25, 2017 by ror1774

June 23, 2017 by Andrew West

From the moment Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for President years ago, her handlers must have understood what a lost cause it would be.

Clinton, who is an absolutely filthy politician known for corruption over anything else, was about to be under the microscope in ways that only a presidential candidate could be. Every nook and cranny of the skeletons in her closet would be picked apart, bone by bone, and reassembled nightly on the network news. There were the obvious topics to discuss: Benghazi, her vote on the Iraq war, and a myriad of other scandals would be revisited, tenfold, as she prepared to face Donald Trump in the general election.

In an incredible twist of fate, the world was able to dig even deeper than ever before into the grimy world of Clintonian politics thanks to a treasure trove of Hillary campaign emails being delivered to anonymous whistleblower website Wikileaks. These disclosures would ultimately contribute to Hillary’s embracing electoral defeat, as they were both extremely profound and incredibly damaging.

One such subject addressed after this massive leak was a clandestine channel used by the Clintons to trade small fortunes for time with then-Secretary of State Hillary. This pay-to-play scheme within the Clinton Foundation still stands as one of the most egregious abuses of American governmental power for which no one was ever indicted. In the midst of all of these backdoor deals, the Clinton Foundation apparently took in a pile of cash from Qatar that was never reported…until now.

“Among the thousands of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman John Podesta and published by Wikileaks, one stated that officials from the government of Qatar gave the Clinton Foundation $1 million to celebrate Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday, funds which the foundation did not report to the State Department.

“That would seemingly violate an ethics agreement Hillary Clinton signed when she became Secretary of State in 2009, in which she promised the foundation would notify the State Department’s ethics official if a new foreign government wanted to donate or ‘increase materially’ its contributions.

“Clinton Foundation spokesman Brian Cookstra told Reuters that the $1 million gift was not a ‘material increase’ in Qatar’s contributions. But Qatar had given between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation in total, meaning the $1 million gift represented between a 20% to 100% increase.”

This is just one of many such instances in which the Clintons completely swindled the American people.

The source of these leaks that have provided us with a clear representation of the vast voraciousness of the Clinton crime family is thought to have been Seth Rich, a DNC staffer that was mysteriously murdered shortly after being identified as a possible suspect in the leak. Like many of Clinton’s enemies, Seth’s murder was under investigated, and lead to conclusions that even the most brainwashed liberals are having difficulties dismissing.

http://constitution.com/clinton-foundation-caught-1m-undocumented-funds-qatar/

Clinton Foundation Caught With $1M in Undocumented Funds From Qatar

And, she was almost our president. Thank God for the Electoral College.

Reclaim Our Republic

June 23, 2017 by Andrew West

From the moment Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for President years ago, her handlers must have understood what a lost cause it would be.

Clinton, who is an absolutely filthy politician known for corruption over anything else, was about to be under the microscope in ways that only a presidential candidate could be.  Every nook and cranny of the skeletons in her closet would be picked apart, bone by bone, and reassembled nightly on the network news.  There were the obvious topics to discuss:  Benghazi, her vote on the Iraq war, and a myriad of other scandals would be revisited, tenfold, as she prepared to face Donald Trump in the general election.

In an incredible twist of fate, the world was able to dig even deeper than ever before into the grimy world of Clintonian politics thanks to a treasure trove of Hillary campaign…

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Democrat Mish-Mash – Obama To Trump: “Stop Whining” About A Rigged Election

“Democrat Mish-Mash”

Obama To Trump: “Stop Whining” About A Rigged Election

Oh! How words are changed to fit, or attempt to fix, the situation!

Our former President said that US elections can’t be rigged.
Our former President said that the results of the presidential election should be respected and accepted.

Read some of the following You Tube comments

Published on Oct 18, 2016
President Obama just put Donald Trump in his place. After weeks of Donald Trump telling supporters the American presidential election process is rigged (it isn’t), President Obama says the Republican nominee for President of the United States should “stop whining” and focus on getting votes.

Romney was right about Russia – Obama was clueless.

Our former President said that we should have treaties with Russia, and that Russia was not a threat to the USA. (Oh, how words change!) The President was in favor of removing U.S. troops from Iraq, which, when he prematurely removed our troops from Iraq, he opened up a vacuum that ISIS filled (it is not ISIL, as the former President, and his staff, chose to say when relating to ISIS). The President criticized the Governor’s economic policies, relating them to the policies of the 1920s, yet, our country suffered greatly, economically, during the Obama administration.

Rights Of U.S. Citizens: Of Free Speech, and From Government Spying

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming 1966 Movie

The opening video plays on humor. It’s amazing how the truth of such humor has affected the USA fifty-one years after the movie was first shown.

Consider Eric Greitens. He is the newly elected Governor of the State of Missouri. As his personal information shows, he is a former Navy SEAL, and not a man of great financial status.

Consider the life of Eric Greitens prior to his being elected to public office. As with any U.S. citizen, he was free to go anywhere around the world, and speak to anyone in any country, without any interference from our government. Limitations could have come from the nations where he traveled. Because Eric Greitens had been a member of the U.S. military, he had access to classified information, which was information that he was not allowed to share with foreign nationals, or with anyone else in our country who did not have a security clearance, or, even someone who may have had a security clearance but did not have a “need to know” of the information that Eric Greitens possessed.

Any potential candidate for public office is protected by the first and fourth amendments to our Constitution, which are a part of the Bill of Rights, which are also known as, “enumerated rights,” or personal rights against government intrusion in our lives. The key feature of the first amendment is “free speech,” whereby our government can not control our speech. The key feature of the fourth amendment, is that our government can not spy on us without probable cause.

Consider a U.S. citizen who may lead a company that has locations that are located throughout the world. The job of that person is to lead that company to financial prosperity. Such a leader may be required to discuss business dealings with any other business leader, or governmental official, regardless of the nation where that business may be located. Because this particular U.S. citizen/business leader is not an employee of the U.S. government, whether military, civilian or government contract, and has no access to classified information, there is no classified information that can be divulged to anyone else, whether American or foreigner. Therefore, such a U.S. citizen/business leader is protected by the first and fourth amendments to our constitution. That leader is free to speak without U.S. government control, and without U.S. government spying, whether that leader is in the USA or in a foreign country.

Consider our President. He was a business leader who had business holdings in the USA, and throughout the world. He had a responsibility to make his business successful. He also had the necessity to speak to business and government leaders in countries throughout the world. Because he was not an employee of the US government, or a government contract employee, and did not have access to classified information, he was free to speak to anyone, anywhere, about anything in any country of the world, with the protections of the first and fourth amendments to our constitution.

The charge against our President that he helped to “hack the 2016 election” is a charge that is an impossibility. As a candidate for office, he had nothing to do with the election process, and could have not done anything to affect the outcome of the election. The protection that we have in the USA against “hacking” our elections comes from the twelfth amendment to our constitution, which states that elections of the President and Vice-President are decided by the electoral college. The charges that our President is an illegitimate President, due to the popular vote, comes from Democrats in Congress, and from other Democrats, who should know the procedure for our election process. Even though they know, or should know, that Presidents and Vice-Presidents are elected by the electoral college, those democrats will not tell the truth to their constituents and, thereby,create great confusion in our country (I will not expound on the possible results of such confusion.) At the time that our government began spying on our “President to be,” he was not the candidate of the Republican Party. Such intrusion into his life was in defiance to the first and fourth amendments to our constitution. He should not have been the object of surveillance under the intelligence gathering resources of our former President. Such spying on members of his business or political committees was also in defiance to our constitution’s first and fourth amendments. If the tables had been turned, and if these intrusions had been forced on the life of our former President, my post would have been written in support of his constitutional rights, too. This post addresses truth, and not Trump.

The charge against our President that he “colluded” with the Russians, is also an impossibility. There is nothing that any of the other candidates, who were not government or government contract employees, could have shared with any person or any country. Such is not the case with the loser of the election. She had been an employee of the U.S. government, and had possessed a great knowledge of classified information.

There should be no surprise that the USA is a target of hostile Russian aggression. For anyone who was a member of the U.S. armed forces, during the Vietnam War era, it was a major concern that the former Soviet Union was a major threat to the peace and security of the USA. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the threat toward the USA has continued through Russia, who is the main-stay of the former Soviet Union. It appears that our former President did not take that threat seriously. It was his job to provide the necessary intelligence and security for the USA. Any hacking that took place prior to our current President taking office can only be laid at the feet of our former President. Please notice my words, “hostile Russian aggression.” I have many social media friends in the Slavic countries, to include Russia. My desire is to let those people, to include people from Russia, know that Americans are good people.

The charges against our President are just that, “charges,” with no basis of truth. Consider the following information which shows illegal surveillance of Americans during the administration of our former President; that our former President was aware of the attempt of Putin to hack our elections and yet, did nothing to protect against, and advise our nation of, the attempt to create confusion in our election process. There is also the debate between our former President, and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, when our former President said that Russia was not a problem for the USA.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Greitens

Eric Greitens
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eric Robert Greitens /ˈɡreɪtənz/ (born April 10, 1974) is an American politician, author, and former Navy SEAL currently serving as the 56th Governor of Missouri, since January 2017. He is currently the second youngest Governor in the United States, after New Hampshire’s Chris Sununu.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Greitens graduated from Parkway North High School before attending Duke University with a scholarship. After attending the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and earning a D.Phil (PhD), Greitens later became a Lieutenant Commander of the Navy SEAL, serving four tours of duty around the world, commanding an Al-Qaeda targeting cell and earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart among other decorations. Following his military service, Greitens founded The Mission Continues, a non-profit organization serving veterans which he led until 2014. Time Magazine included him in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013.

Previously a Democrat, he announced his candidacy for governor as a Republican, campaigning on a platform centered around ethics reform. After defeating three other candidates in the Republican primaries, he faced state Attorney General and former Republican Chris Koster whom he defeated in the general election on November 8, 2016.

THE BILL OF RIGHTS: The protection of citizens from government; a wall of separation, over which government intrusion is not allowed to climb over and intrude in the lives of citizens, to include the so-called “religious” wall of separation. Government is not allowed to climb over any part of the wall that protects citizens from government into lives of citizens. It is important to remember that the Bill of Rights is the rights of citizens from the government that it put in place.

https://www.aclu.org/other/bill-rights-brief-history

THE BILL OF RIGHTS: A BRIEF HISTORY

“[A] bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse.”
– Thomas Jefferson, December 20, 1787

http://quatr.us/northamerica/after1500/government/billofrights.htm

Bill of Rights

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Bill of Rights

April 2017 – After the leaders of the new United States wrote the Constitution, they had to get the thirteen states to agree to it. Some of the states didn’t want to agree unless they could add some specific rights for individual people. So in 1791 the United States added ten new rights to the Constitution. They got the idea for some of these rights from the Magna Carta, and for others from the Iroquois Confederacy. These are called the Bill of Rights: the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.

These are the ten individual rights that are in the Bill of Rights, in simpler words:

The United States Congress can’t make any law about your religion, or stop you from practicing your religion, or keep you from saying whatever you want, or publishing whatever you want (like in a newspaper or a book). And Congress can’t stop you from meeting peacefully for a demonstration to ask the government to change something.

Congress can’t stop people from having and carrying weapons, because we need to be able to defend ourselves.

You don’t have to let soldiers live in your house, except if there is a war, and even then only if the United States Congress has passed a law about it.

Nobody can search your body, or your house, or your papers and things, unless they can prove to a judge that they have a good reason to think you have committed a crime.

You can’t be tried for any serious crime without a Grand Jury meeting first to decide whether there’s enough evidence for a trial. And if the jury decides you are innocent, the government can’t try again with another jury. You don’t have to say anything at your trial. You can’t be killed, or put in jail, or fined, unless you were convicted of a crime by a jury. And the government can’t take your house or your farm or anything that is yours, unless the government pays for it.

If you’re arrested, you have a right to have your trial pretty soon, and the government can’t keep you in jail without trying you. The trial has to be public, so everyone knows what is happening. The case has to be decided by a jury of ordinary people from your area. You have the right to know what you are accused of, to see and hear the people who are witnesses against you, to have the government help you get witnesses on your side, and you have the right to a lawyer to help you.

You also have the right to a jury when it is a civil case (a law case between two people rather than between you and the government).

The government can’t make you pay more than is reasonable in bail or in fines, and the government can’t order you to have cruel or unusual punishments (like torture) even if you are convicted of a crime.

Just because these rights are listed in the Constitution doesn’t mean that you don’t have other rights too.

Anything that the Constitution doesn’t say that Congress can do should be left up to the states, or to the people.

http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/documents/1786-1800/bill-of-rights-and-the-amendments-to-the-constitution.php

Bill of Rights and the Amendments to The Constitution

The Ten Original Amendments: The Bill of Rights. Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The later amendments to the constitution

The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.

Passed by Congress March 4, 1794. Ratified February 7, 1795.

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;–The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;–The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a =majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.
passed by Congress December 9, 1803. Ratified July 27, 1804.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/obama-putin-election-hacking/?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.df889e9a155e

The Washington Post – June 23, 2017

By Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adams Entous

(An article that was written about events of July 2016. Two excerpts follow. The link above will show the entire report.)

” In July, the FBI had opened an investigation of contacts between Russian officials and Trump associates.”

“At that point, the outlines of the Russian assault on the U.S. election were increasingly apparent. Hackers with ties to Russian intelligence services had been rummaging through Democratic Party computer networks, as well as some Republican systems, for more than a year. In July, the FBI had opened an investigation of contacts between Russian officials and Trump associates. And on July 22, nearly 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee were dumped online by WikiLeaks.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/20/trump-wiretap-claims-well-obama-did-secretly-spy/

Trump wiretap claims? Well, Obama did secretly spy

By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times – Monday, March 20, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Sen. Susan Collins, Republican from Maine, took to national television airwaves over the weekend to insist that President Donald Trump explain why he decided it was OK to accuse Barack Obama of wiretapping his conversations in Trump Tower.

Here, let me help: Because Obama’s White House was tapping into people all the time.
Are memories that short?

From May 2013, an NPR report: “The Associated Press is protesting what it calls a massive and unprecedented intrusion into its gathering of news. The target of that wrath is the U.S. Justice Department, which secretly collected phone records for several AP reporters last year.”

That was when Eric Holder was attorney general of the United States.

And as an attorney for the AP said at the time, the Justice Department’s collection of data included phone records — both home-based and cellphone — of AP reporters in Hartford, New York, Washington, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

The records of roughly 20 different telephone lines spanned the April-May 2012 time period, and roped in 20 or so different phones.

Then look at this, also from May 2013, from the Washington Post: “Journalists, First Amendment watchdogs and government transparency advocates reacted with outrage Monday to the revelation that the Justice Department had investigated the news gathering activities of a Fox News reporter as a potential crime in a probe of classified leaks.”

And just who was that Fox News personality?

James Rosen, the cable outlet’s chief Washington correspondent.
“It was downright chilling,” said Fox News executive Michael Clemente in a statement, of the government’s attempt to seize Rosen’s emails.

That’s just two surveillance operations on innocent Americans — members of the press, no less — from Team Obama.
But let’s not forget Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS correspondent whose critical reports on the Obama administration’s handling of Fast and Furious and of Benghazi more than likely irked.

Attkisson, in 2015, sued the Justice Department, outright alleging the Obama administration had illegally hacked into her computer to secretly monitor her work. Justice denied — but it was a straddle-the-line type of denial.
“To our knowledge,” the agency said in a statement in 2013, after Attkisson went public with her accusations, “the Justice Department has never compromised Ms. Attkisson’s computers.”

It’s the “to our knowledge” that leaves open the doors. It’s just so easy to slide into the category of “yes, we did, but we had no knowledge of that.” Kind of like when Lois Lerner of Internal Revenue Service scandal fame — you know, when the IRS was found to have delayed nonprofit applications for tea party groups seen as unfriendly to Team Obama’s reelection efforts? — said she had no knowledge of what went on beneath her watch.
So Trump under surveillance by Team Obama at Trump Tower?
It’s hardly crazy talk.

“I don’t know the basis for President Trump’s assertion,” Collins said, during a “Meet the Press” appearance on NBC. “And that’s what I wish he would explain to us on the Intelligence Committee and to the American people. And I do believe he owes us that explanation.”

Quite right. But let’s be real here. The notion of Obama and his supporters putting an American under surveillance for personal and political reasons is not a left-field thought. Really, considering the history of the previous White House, and all the secret surveillance that went on during those eight years, it would actually prove more surprising to find out Trump wasn’t placed under watch by Obama teammates and cheerleaders.
Trump’s claims may be unfounded; may be proven. But in the end, the bigger story is this: Obama’s presidency tapped into citizens’ private information all the time. Isn’t that, more than Trump’s accusations, cause for more concern?

Romney & Obama on Russia during the 2012 Presidential Debate

Democrats hit Obama’s failure to counter Russian election meddling
Top Democrat says Obama should have done more to counter foreign interference

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/25/adam-schiff-obama-made-very-serious-mistake-russia/

By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times – Sunday, June 25, 2017

It was the Democratic Party’s turn Sunday to sweat over Russian meddling as lawmakers acknowledged that President Barack Obama knew about the foreign election interference but failed to act until after the 2016 presidential race.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the Obama administration should have done more to counter Russian interference, blaming election-year politics for what he described as “a very serious mistake.”

“The American people needed to know, and I didn’t think it was enough to tell them after the election but rather given the seriousness of this, I think the administration needed to call out Russia earlier and needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier, and I think that was a very serious mistake,” said the California Democrat on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
(click onto the link to see the complete news article)

It should be noted that while I was doing research for this post, by searching for significant names, my computer locked up and was difficult for me to get it working again. Not long ago, as I was composing a similar post, using significant names, my computer also locked up. On that occasion, I had to ask my internet company to get my computer working again. There are email providers that have blocked my emails when significant names were written in the subject line of the letters. Are these “matters” of coincidence?

John 8:32. ” you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

God’s Plan For The Ages 48 – Israel – Ezekiel 1 – Ezekiel’s Call And Commissioning

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Ezekiel, Israel and the Middle East

God’s Promises For Israel’s Restoration

Texts

Isaiah 14:1 New Living Translation 1 But the LORD will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel.

Jeremiah 31:31-33 New American Stand Bible 1977 31“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. 33“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Hebrews 8:8 New American Standard Bible 1977 “BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL EFFECT A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH;

Notes: MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

Isaiah 14:1 The strangers. These are Jewish proselytes who join themselves to the nation in the final earthly kingdom of Christ.

Jeremiah 31:31–33 a new covenant. In contrast to the Mosaic Covenant under which Israel failed, God promised a New Covenant with a spiritual, divine dynamic by which those who know Him would participate in the blessings of salvation. The fulfillment was to individuals, yet also to Israel as a nation (v. 36; Rom. 11:16–27). It is set 1) in the framework of a reestablishment in their land (e.g., chaps. 30–33 and in vv. 38–40) and 2) in the time after the ultimate difficulty (30:7). In principle, this covenant, also announced by Jesus Christ (Luke 22:20), begins to be exercised with spiritual aspects realized for Jewish and Gentile believers in the church era (1 Cor. 11:25; Heb. 8:7–13; 9:15; 10:14–17; 12:24; 13:20). It has already begun to take effect with “the remnant according to the election of grace” (Rom. 11:5). It will be also realized by the people of Israel in the last days, including the regathering to their ancient land, Palestine (chaps. 30–33). The streams of the Abrahamic, Davidic, and New Covenants find their confluence in the millennial kingdom ruled over by the Messiah.

Hebrews 8:8–12 Quoted from Jer. 31:31–33 (see notes there).

Text – Ezekiel 1 – NASB 1977

The Vision of Four Figures

1 Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 2(On the fifth of the month in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile, 3 the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him.)

4 And as I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire.5 And within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form. 6 Each of them had four faces and four wings. 7 And their legs were straight and their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their four sides were human hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, 9 their wings touched one another; their faces did not turn when they moved, each went straight forward. 10 As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man, all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being,and two covering their bodies. 12 And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire. 14 And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.

15 Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living beings, for each of the four of them. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if one wheel were within another. 17 Whenever they moved, they moved in any of their four directions, without turning as they moved.18 As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about.19 And whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also. 20 Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels. 21 Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.

Vision of Divine Glory

22 Now over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of crystal, extended over their heads. 23 And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other; each one also had two wings covering their bodies on the one side and on the other. 24 I also heard the sound of their wings like the sound of abundant waters as they went, like the voice of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings. 25 And there came a voice from above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.

26 Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. 27 Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. 28 As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.

Notes – Ezekiel 1 – MacArthur Study Bible (Everybody should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

1:1 thirtieth year. Most likely this was Ezekiel’s age, since the date relative to the king’s reign is given in 1:2. Thirty was the age when a priest (cf. v. 3 with Num. 4) began his priestly duties. River Chebar. A major canal off of the Euphrates River, S of Babylon. visions of God. This scene has similarities to the visions of God’s throne in Rev. 4, 5, where the emphasis is also on a glimpse of that throne just before judgment is released in Rev. 6–19.
1:2 fifth year. This is 593 B.C. The king, Ezekiel, and 10,000 others (2 Kin. 24:14) had been deported to Babylon in 597 B.C., Ezekiel at the age of 25.
1:3 word of the Lord…hand of the Lord. As God prepared Isaiah (Is. 6:5–13) and Jeremiah (Jer. 1:4–19), so the Lord prepares Ezekiel to receive revelation and strengthens him for his high and arduous task to speak as His prophet. Ezekiel the priest. See note on v. 1.

1:4–14 The opening vision focuses on angels surrounding God’s presence.

1:4 whirlwind…fire. Judgment on Judah in a further and totally devastating phase (beyond the 597 B.C. deportation) is to come out of the N, and did come from Babylon in 588–586 (as Jer. 39, 40). Its terror is depicted by a fiery whirlwind emblematic of God’s judgments and the golden brightness signifying dazzling glory.
1:5 four living creatures. Four angels, most likely the cherubs in 10:1–22, appearing in the erect posture and figure of man (note face, legs, feet, hands in vv. 6–8) emerge to serve God who judges. The number 4 may have respect to the 4 corners of the earth, implying that God’s angels execute His commands everywhere.
1:6 four faces. See note on v. 10. four wings. Four wings instead of two symbolize speed in performing God’s will (cf. v. 14).
1:7 legs. They were not bent like an animal’s, but “straight” like pillars, showing strength. calves’ feet. This points to their stability and firm stance.
1:8 hands of a man. This is a symbol of their skillful service.
1:9 did not turn. They were able to move in any direction without needing to turn, giving swift access to do God’s will. Apparently all were in harmony as to the way they moved (v. 12).
1:10 faces. These symbols identify the angels as intelligent (“man”), powerful (“lion”), servile (“ox”), and swift (“eagle”).
1:12 the spirit. This refers to the divine impulse by which God moved them to do His will (cf. 1:20).
1:13 like…fire…torches. Their appearance conveyed God’s glory and pure, burning justice (cf. Is. 6) which they assisted in carrying out even on Israel, who had for so long hardened themselves against His patience.
1:14 Intense, relentless motion signifies God’s constant work of judgment.

1:15–25 This section looks at the glory of God’s throne in heaven.

1:15 a wheel. This depicts God’s judgment as a war machine (like a massive chariot) moving where He is to judge. The cherubim above the ark are called chariots in 1 Chr. 28:18.
1:16 wheel in the middle of a wheel. This depicted the gigantic (v. 15, “on the earth” and “so high,” v. 18) energy of the complicated revolutions of God’s massive judgment machinery bringing about His purposes with unerring certainty.
1:17 did not turn aside. Cf. vv. 9, 12. The judgment machine moved where the angels went (cf. vv. 19, 20).
1:18 eyes. These may picture God’s omniscience, i.e., perfect knowledge, given to these angelic servants so that they can act in judgment unerringly. God does nothing by blind impulse.
1:20 spirit. See note on 1:12.
1:24 noise of many waters. This imagery could have in mind a thunderous rush of heavy rain or the washing of surf on rocks (cf. 43:2; Rev. 1:15; 14:2; 19:6).
1:25 voice. No doubt this is the “voice of the Almighty” (v. 24), since God’s throne (v. 25) was “over their heads.”

1:26 a throne. Cf. Ps. 103:19; Rev. 4:2–8. a man. The Godhead appears in the likeness of humanity, though God is a spirit (John 4:24). The Messiah, God incarnate, is the representative of the “fullness of the Godhead” (Col. 2:9), so this can be a prelude to the incarnation of Messiah in His character as Savior and Judge (cf. Rev. 19:11–16).
1:28 the glory of the Lord. That glory shines fully in the person of Jesus Christ (cf. 2 Cor. 4:6), which is a constant theme in Ezekiel. fell on my face. John, in Rev. 1:17, had the same reaction to seeing the glory of the Lord.

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