What is Christmas without a gift, games, and fa la la la?
How about some espionage to deepen the mystery of the holiday? It was a forlorn
and homesick time of the year for the POWs in Europe in 1944, during World War
II. The easiest way to make another day go quickly in a war zone was to play
The Geneva Conference conceived a brilliant idea. They
concentrated their efforts on relieving the tensions between the countries. Still,
meanwhile, the U.S. Army designed a way to reveal escape routes for the
prisoners. Together, with the US Playing Card Company, Bicycle, they invented a
deck of cards called a “map deck.” Maps of top-secret escape routes were placed
between two layers of playing cards. When soaked in water, they peeled apart to
show the POWs the best way to safety. How ingenious was this idea!
The next problem was how they could get these cards into
the prisoner’s hands. Allied POWs were given the right to receive mail and
packages from the Red Cross, especially at Christmas. What a perfect
opportunity to smuggle these playing cards with maps!
The Red Cross delivered their Christmas gifts, and it didn’t
take long before the prisoners figured out their presents. Bicycle cards and
Monopoly games all contained hidden maps, escape routes, directions, and tips
to reach friendly borders.
The Monopoly games had authentic German currency hidden
within the game’s paper money, a metal file placed inside the board itself, and
maps of the prison and its locality inside the hotel pieces. Section Nine of
the British Directorate of Military Intelligence in the War Office printed the
documents in the game.
Because of these espionage tactics, the “map deck” cards
helped 35,000 POWs escape from Colditz Castle in Germany, and 316 attempts were
made to scramble away from the prison. The Monopoly game was responsible for a
third of the 35,000 prisoners fleeing their location.
It is unknown how many of the original decks exist today,
but two of them serve as an exhibit in the International Spy Museum in
Washington, D.C. The US Playing Card Company was kind and granted us permission
to use the image of these cards shown above. This top-secret plan was not made known
to the public for many years. In commemoration of the legendary deck, a
reproduction of the cards is now available for purchase in stores, today, by
the US Playing Card Company. Though the cards do not need soaked, you will find
the map printed on the outside of the deck. What a holly jolly Christmas
surprise for our POWs!! God bless Bicycle!
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In January of 2019, the Democrat Left in Congress and the Leftmedia were mocking President Trump (and his supporters) for claiming there was a real “crisis” on the southern border and declaring a National Emergency as a result. However, soon after Trump’s declaration even the Leftmedia has begun to admit a true crisis exists.
That’s because the figures for 2019, most notably for March, were simply undeniable. Though there are no official numbers for the month, however, the daily and weekly reports assure us that well over 100,000 apprehensions at the border will be the result.
President Trump recently reiterated a threat to close the southern border to stop the crisis.
The President is correct in this assessment as he was in declaring a National Emergency at the border for many reasons. To begin with, we must deal with what the numbers, as large as they are, do not tell us.
What the Numbers Don’t Tell Us
However, even those numbers don’t tell the full story about two facts that increase the need for immediate border security. The first fact is often passed over by most commentators, whether on the Left or Right side of the issue.
The Border Patrol used to do official estimates of the numbers of those who got away.
“For years, the Border Patrol (BP) officially used to report the ‘gotaway’ rate, those who ‘got away’ from apprehension. For decades, it was felt that on a ‘good day,’ the Border Patrol caught one in five illegal aliens, on a ‘bad day,’ the number was one in seven.”
However, that all stopped during the Obama administration. This policy change occurred in August of 2016.
Even a very conservative “gotaway” rate of 50% results in over 200,000 illegals entering last month which should make the urgency of closing the border much greater.
The second fact which many are not taking into account is the demographicsof those who are coming today as compared with the last time the numbers of apprehensions were this high. That was in the early 2000s, and back then the vast majority were Mexican nationals and they were working-age males.
Today, a growing number of immigrants showing up are women with children from Central American countries, and some of them are not even the parents of those particular children! It is far easier to claim asylum as a child or a woman with children than as a single male.
U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal told Fox News, “The situation at the border is unprecedented. We are being overwhelmed with migrants, principally family units and children, and then people that are from countries other than Mexico.” Villareal added that for the first time in the Border Patrol’s history, the majority of the agency’s arrests were “other-than-Mexican nationals.”
There are also incidences of unaccompanied minors arriving at the border alone. They journey at terrible risk of assault, death, and disease creating a humanitarian border crisis that Border Patrol is charged to handle with resources totally inadequate for the job.
Border Patrol agents have heroically attempted to care for the immediate needs of the immigrant families and children for food, shelter and medical care. However, they are not enough in numbers, expertise, or facilities to cope with the current situation.
They arrive with the knowledge that if they claim asylum because of “credible fear,” they will be let into the United States upon a judgment of that claim and an order to appear in two to five years for final adjudication of their claims. Over 90% of those charged to appear in court never show up for their asylum hearing, and disappear in the country.
The news that even more large ‘caravans’ of illegal immigrants are on their way to the border to add to the current number should emphasize the absolute necessity of closing the border now.
Closing the Border Is the Only Way to Halt the Invasion
There is no question that this incredible amount of people arriving from mostly Central American nations can be legitimately called an invasion. Since these stats use the base of a fiscal year, the 2019 figures are the total from November and December of 2018 plus January of 2019.
According to the statistics from the CBP [Customs and Border Protection], in the fiscal year of 2018, migrants held between the ports of entry totaled 521,090. In FY2019 so far, the total is 318,407 and the year is only a third of the way along!
The next set of numbers will cover February, March, and April of 2019 and I predict the result will be doubled to over 600,000 in just six months! This is the equivalent to the population of a city the size of Denver, Colorado invading America in the last six months alone.
The goal of those orchestrating and encouraging this invasion is to overwhelm the immigration system and cause chaos within America as a result. The political enablers of such an army of illegals come from the Democratic party and a handful of establishment Republicans.
The business community interests lie with continuing to acquire low-wage workers which they can exploit as cheap labor for various industries. The Left’s interests are also nefarious, for they wish to transform America into a Socialist nation via a new crop of illegal aliens who consistently favor the Democratic party.
Millions upon millions of illegal aliens, perhaps as many as 40 million now already strain the limits of our government’s assistance capabilities. A recent study by Yale University put out an estimate of about 22 million illegal aliens residing in America today.
However, as has been shown in this journal and elsewhere, that figure is a huge underestimate.
By applying the additional variables of those who leave and repeat offenders, a more accurate number has been estimated by retired Border Patrol chiefs at 40 to 50 million illegals in the United States today.
Halting the Illegal Invasion Is the Key
Closing the border is not without cost. Trade across the border would cease because travel in either direction would be halted or severely restricted.
That will adversely affect the country economically. However, the economic sacrifices involved in closing the border pale next to the terrible price all levels of society would pay should the border not be closed.
The act might have to be enforced with the aid of the military, depending on how much of the border is actually ordered closed. People on both sides of the line would be at risk of injury and death should the situation escalate by some foolish behavior such as trying to rush the border.
Yet the cost of not closing the border is far greater. It could mean the death of America as we know it, and its inevitable decline into a Socialist nightmare dwarfing any in history.
Closing the border is not the solution for America’s immigration debacle. However, unless this invasion is first halted there will be no time for a solution and the collapse of the nation under the sheer volume of people illegally entering will be imminent.
The true long-term solutions involve an overhaul of the immigration policies as well as vigorous enforcement of the laws already on the books. Moreover, long-term border security must include the completion of a border wall.
Otherwise, we will continue to have a de-facto open border, and that cannot be tolerated in any sovereign nation. A nation with open borders is a nation without borders, and a nation without borders is not a nation at all.
Not only must the border be closed, but it should also remain closed until the wall is finished and the asylum loophole is fixed. America is out of time and options at this point.
So please, Mr. President, regardless of what the Left may howl and even what the courts may try to stop, follow through and exercise your Constitutional authority to close the southern border. For America’s sake, I pray, as do many others, that God continues to grant you the strength and wisdom for the task.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
Ephesians 6:10 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
ides of March are upon us and superstitions of March 15th run
rampant across many nations. Thank you, Julius Caesar, for suggesting this as a
bad luck day… or is it really superstitious? Senators assassinated this “dictator
for life,” on the steps of the Curia of Pompey for in 44 B.C., Romans had no
love for kings. Since Caesar’s death, March has a notorious history of haunting
generation after generation, especially in the political arena.
March 15, 1917, Czar Nicholas II was forced to abdicate his throne just four days
before the February Revolution in Russia. Also on this day in 1944, King Louis
XV of France declared war on Britain. In the United States, ironically, our
Pentagon Joint Chiefs of Staff appear to favor the month of March for military
operations too. The US dispatched ground troops to Vietnam on March 8, 1965, starting
the beginning of the Vietnam War. In fact, March 15, 1972, was considered one
of the heaviest days of attacks during this conflict; the US destroyed a major
North Vietnamese camp and thirty troops. The war on Iraq was launched on March
20, 2003. A covert war on Syria began March 15, 2011, while NATO began relentlessly
bombing Libya just four days later. On the date of March 19, 2003, the United
States launched an attack against Iraq to topple dictator Saddam Hussein from
significant non-war related incidents which occurred in March was the beating
of Rodney King in Los Angeles on March 15, 1991; the Boston Massacre which began
March 5, 1770, and Texas’s Fort Alamo fell to Mexican troops on March 6, 1836. Remember
the stories of the Great Blizzard of 1888 which struck the northeastern United
States? The storm happened on March 12th dumping over 40 inches of snow and causing
four hundred deaths. As fate dictates for the ides of March, the newly elected
President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest while walking toward his
limousine in Washington, D.C. It was the 30th of March in 1981.
no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the
Lord will be your confidence and will keep your feet from being snared.
oddity is some states will not hold elections on the 15th of March. But in a
couple of weeks, on Super Tuesday, five states are having mid-term polls, now
considered a “bad luck day” by both opponents.
ides (division) of March – superstition or valid? I know superstitions are not
based on a godly belief system. They are created by people embracing the
supernatural. Only God is omniscient-all knowing. We are to be holy in our
relationship with God, not falling into false beliefs and practices. Yes, it seems
many nations, including the United States, has a history of horrible events
which occurred in March; perhaps it’s just coincidental. Ultimately, our great
Father is in control of all situations so let us pray for all our nations today.
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Last week India faced a terror attack in which we lost 40 of our CRPF Jawans. It was a sad day for us (as a nation) and for the families of those Jawans.
As civilians we cannot even comprehend what the families of those Jawans go through. Though they have a lot of courage to have a family member join the military forces, still losing them would be the most difficult thing to face.
Just as we take care of our individual families, they take care of us (the one big family – our nation) without worrying about their own individual families.
As I read about the attacks my thoughts went deeper. I realized that we all lead a peaceful life because of our Military forces who struggled (struggled because they have to be ready for any unforeseen situations, they have to fight the tough weather conditions, they have to be away from their families, they have to be ready for any kind of attacks, etc…) at the Border to keep us safe.
I realized that as a civilian I could only do a few things for them:
Pray for the safety of our Military people. Stand by them and support them in the decisions they take for the safety of our nation.
Pray for every Military person who lost his life for the nation. Pray and support the families of those, who lost their lives fighting for the country. Their contribution is equally important.
Thank each one of the Military personnel for the selfless act done by them. They are the reason that we feel safe and lead a normal life.
Pray for the spread of peace and love throughout the world. If we all collectively pray and spread love, it will be very powerful and effective.
Bring up responsible world citizens who believe in peace, humanity, love and collective progress.
I just want to express my gratitude to every Military person (the world over) for the sacrifices they make for their beloved country.
I hope and pray for a world full of peace and love, for that is the only kind of world that can survive and thrive.
December 7, 2018, was the commemoration of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which occurred 77 years ago. That event propelled America into World War II in 1941 changing the course of world history.
The events leading to the attack reveal that Pearl Harbor Co-Commanders Admiral Kimmel and General Short ignored significant warnings from their superiors prior to the fateful Sunday. Moreover, other ignored warnings and mistakes in communication on the morning of December 7 increased the devastation.
What If It Never Happened?
What might have been the consequences if Pearl Harbor had never happened? For example, what if the warning given on November 27, 1941, had been taken more seriously,
The notice of November 27, to Kimmel, began, “This dispatch is to be considered a war warning,” went on to say that “negotiations have ceased,” and directed the admiral to “execute an appropriate defensive deployment.” Kimmel also was ordered to “undertake such reconnaissance and other measures as you deem necessary.” The communication of the same day to Short declared that “hostile action is possible at any moment” and, like its naval counterpart, urged “measures of reconnaissance.”
Perhaps the attack would have been called off if the Japanese saw the increased defensive preparation of the U.S. Navy 10 days before December 7. If that had been the case, the United States probably wouldn’t have entered WWII until later, possibly not for a long time.
Without the timely entry of America into the conflict, it is unlikely the Axis forces could have been defeated. At the very least, a victory would have cost far more in time, lives and destruction.
What Was Meant for Evil…
Let us make no mistake. The attack on Pearl Harbor was an evil act.
The bombing was a surprise attack resulting in a decisive victory for Japan. The American casualty toll was enormous, while Japan’s was very small.
2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. … Japanese losses were light… 64 servicemen killed. One Japanese sailor, Kazuo Sakamaki, was captured.
Moreover, the intent was evil as well. It was meant to destroy the American fleet and allow the Empire of Japan free reign to perhaps conquer China and all of southeast Asia.
However, what was obviously meant for evil turned out to be critical to stopping the global evil of the Axis powers. Perhaps, what man meant for evil purposes was used by God for the triumph of good over evil.
Toward the end of the book of Genesis in the Old Testament, we find the story of Joseph, one of Jacob/Israel’s sons. As a young man, Joseph is sold into slavery in Egypt by his own brothers. He serves faithfully and ends up in prison falsely accused of sexual crimes against his master’s wife.
Later, Joseph is released from prison by Pharoah himself in order to interpret some ominous dreams Pharoah has been having. Joseph is rewarded by being elevated to second-in-command of all of Egypt.
A few years pass and Joseph’s brothers are forced to look for food in Egypt because of a severe famine. Joseph meets them and at first, he is not recognized by his kin.
However, he reveals himself to his brothers and they respond with fear. They remember the harsh treatment they inflicted upon Joseph and fear now he will punish them from his new chair of authority.
Here is the account from chapter 50 of Genesis:
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. Genesis 50:15-20
War Cannot Be Sanitized
The day of December 8, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress for a declaration of war against Japan, and it was granted.
Almost four years later, WWII ended with the unconditional surrender of Japan after the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. The horror of a nuclear catastrophe became a real possibility from that moment.
Atomic cloud bursting over Hiroshima, 2 minutes after the explosion, at 8:17AM
Over seven decades have passed since then. Though the threat of nuclear war remains in this world, no use of these horrific weapons has as yet been employed.
In fact, once fearsome enemy Japan has now become one of America’s strongest allies in Asia. That is unquestionably a good thing for international relations and peace.
There are at least two great lessons to be garnered from Pearl Harbor and WWII. The first is that war cannot be a sanitized event.
Attempts to make war less destructive, while somewhat laudable, are also short-sighted. Attempting to prevent war is better than trying to make war more palatable once it is upon you.
A good illustration comes from the classic sci-fi series “Star Trek.” In an episode from season one of the original series, two planets are involved in a war by computer.
Computer attacks were launched and the results recorded how many casualties from each planet there would be. In accordance with a 500-year-old agreement, those numbers of people, randomly selected, were to be killed in disintegration chambers.
Captain Kirk destroys the war computer of one planet because his crew is selected as casualties. The horror of the Planet Council to this action is countered by Captain Kirk’s reasoning.
He tells the head of the Council that they have made war so clean that they have no reason to end it. It has resulted in 500 years of war the two planets had little real motivation to actually come to peace.
Death, destruction, disease, horror. That’s what war is all about. That’s what makes it a thing to be avoided! You’ve made it neat and painless. So painless, you’ve seen no reason to stop it. Since its the only way I can save my crew, I’m going to end it for you; one way or another.
Real war, once begun, must be ended as decisively as possible by victory as quickly as possible. The horror of the cost of such a victory should always give us pause.
Evil Didn’t Get The Last Word
A second great lesson from Pearl Harbor is that evil didn’t get the last word. No matter how hopeless it seems and horrible the situation is, God is still in control in ways beyond our fathoming.
The United States was ill-prepared for war with Japan, let alone Germany and Italy on December 7, 1941. I am convinced that somehow, God had a hand in the near-miraculous turn about in less than a year.
U.S.S. Yorktown during the Battle of Midway
In fact, less than six months later, June 4, 1942, the Battle of Midway was a stunning victory of America over the Japanese Fleet.
During the four-day sea-and-air battle, the outnumbered U.S. Pacific Fleet succeeded in destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own, the Yorktown, to the previously invincible Japanese navy.
Man may intend much for evil, including world war. But with courage and faith in God, the evil can be defeated, as Pearl Harbor reminds us.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. Proverbs 19:21 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
November 11, 2018 was the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, aka World War 1. You and I know it better as Veteran’s Day.
Veteran’s Day exists on November 11 because of Armistice Day in 1918. The “war to end all wars,” as it was then called, didn’t accomplish the task of ending wars.
In fact, many who have studied WW1 conclude that the terms of Germany’s surrender planted the seeds for the next, and even larger, conflict two decades later.
Be that as it may, it is proper and right to remember the First World War in all its history and the sacrifices it entailed.
How Did the Great War Happen?
The incident which sparked the conflict was the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife in July of 1914. Ferdinand was the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire and he was shot to death by a Serbian nationalist.
Statue of Kaiser Wilhelm
This swiftly developed politically until Austria-Hungary sent untenable demands to Serbia as a response to the killing of the Archduke. Austria-Hungary was supported by German Kaiser Wilhelm’s forces, while Serbia was backed by Russia.
With assurance from Wilhelm that they would support Austria-Hungary with their military might, they declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914.
Within a week, Russia, Belgium, France, Great Britain and Serbia had lined up against Austria-Hungary and Germany, and World War I had begun.
The “allies” formed the group headed by Russia at the time. The “central powers,” of Germany and Austria-Hungary were soon joined by the Ottoman Empire and these formed the opposing nations for the bulk of the war.
Fighting In The Trenches
A defeat of German forces at the First Battle of the Marne in Western Europe began the bloody campaign of ‘trench warfare’ which decimated forces on both sides. The Germans had hoped for a quick victory in that battle which took place only 30 miles from Paris.
However, French and British forces pushed the German Army back until the lines stabilized north of the Aisne River in France.
The defeat meant the end of German plans for a quick victory in France. Both sides dug into trenches, and the Western Front was the setting for a hellish war of attrition that would last more than three years.
Drawing of French Soldiers at Verdun
Fighting in the trenches during WW1 was a hellish exercise. Combatants on both sides suffered weeks of exposure to all the elements, and a new disease called ‘trench foot’ inflicted thousands.
Trench foot, or immersion foot syndrome, is a serious condition that results from your feet being wet for too long. The condition first became known during World War I, when soldiers got trench foot from fighting in cold, wet conditions in trenches without the extra socks or boots to help keep their feet dry. Trench foot killed an estimated 2,000 American and 75,000 British soldiers during WWI.
The trench-warfare casualties went beyond disease alone. The long battles left mountains of dead soldiers from both sides.
Particularly long and costly battles in this campaign were fought at Verdun (February-December 1916) and the Battle of the Somme (July-November 1916). German and French troops suffered close to a million casualties in the Battle of Verdun alone.
When I first read about the length of the Battle of Verdun I was stunned that it lasted almost a full year! It is difficult to even imagine the level of carnage and suffering produced by just this one battle of the unprecedented Great War.
The Dawn of Modern Warfare
Much of what we now take for granted as part of war made the first appearances in WW1. For example, the fearsome flamethrower made its debut during the war.
Tanks were first used during the battles of the Great War. Here was an armored juggernaut that could move rapidly and rain explosive devastation upon the enemy.
The first combat using airplanes was seen on the European battlefields of WW1. Bombs were dropped by hand on targets, while bullets were fired by rifles from the cockpits of biplanes and triplanes.
With the advent of air power also came the first appearance of aircraft carriers at sea. These floating platforms eventually replaced the battleship and remain vital even today.
Chemical warfare was introduced and gas masks were first used to counter it during the fighting. Terrible concoctions such as mustard gas inflected horrible, lingering death throughout the war.
America Breaks the Stalemate
Americans were uninterested in participating in WW1 under Woodrow Wilson’s isolationst policies. The official American entry did not occur until April 2, 1918 after multiple sinkings of American ships by Germany.
Though the war had been raging for almost four years, the conflict was basically a stalemate until the United States joined the fray. Russia had already withdrawn because of the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 and signed a peace agreement with Germany.
Wounded American in France, 1918
American military forces filled the void left by Russia, and the allies began making swift gains and pushing the enemy back in all areas. By the fall of 2018, most of Germany’s allies in the “central forces” were ready to give up.
The Turks from the crumbling Ottoman Empire signed a peace treaty with the Allies in October, followed on November 4 by the remains of Austria-Hungary. Finally the Germans threw in the towel and the hostilities ended with the signing of the Armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
The Treaty of Versailles
The official end of WW1 was with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. Germany was allowed almost no voice in the negotiation of the treaty, and was severely punished for its part in the war.
The boundaries of Germany were redrawn and they were assigned to pay war reparations to the Allies. They were also effectively disarmed by being restricted to a small army and only able to possess certain types of weapons.
Palace of Versailles
Another result of the Treaty was the creation of a new League of Nations, which Germany was prohibited from joining until 1926. These and other crippling financial penalties were placed on Germany
The German government signed the treaty under protest. Right-wing German parties attacked it as a betrayal, and terrorists assassinated several politicians whom they considered responsible.
Moreover, the Treaty itself was not approved buy the U.S. Senate as they believed its restrictions were overly harsh. Indeed, Versailles created a growing resentment within Germany which allowed the initial rise of Hitler to the Chancellory in 1933, and WWII six years later.
Why It Matters to Remember
There were more than 16 million casualties during WWI. Destruction of such magnitude demands that we understand what went wrong and how to avoid this abomination.
The Great War has many important lessons for us 100 years later. Lessons we must continue to learn in each generation if we are not to repeat the horrors of that age.
Lessons about the inherent error and immorality of empires. Empires become infected with expansion by force, and wars are then inevitable.
Lessons about how to treat a defeated foe. The rise of National Socialism in Germany might likely have not come about if the victors would not have sought revenge.
I pray that we have learned enough in the past century to remain free and peacefully deal with those who oppose liberty. However, the final lesson among many of WWI was that we must always be prepared for those who will bring war to us, because it really wasn’t “the war to end all wars.”
So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:12-13 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Journal—An Ongoing Dialog Between thiaBasilia And Master Yahuwah/Yahushua. …
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 10:06 pm.
Time Is Telling No Doubt ….
The human element is going on, on queue –Knowledge. Business. Entertainment. Romantic Love. Noble humanistic ways, on and on the busyness goes on and on, but!
Time is telling. Time is saying—loudly lovingly saying, “I AM COMING TO MY END. BEWARE, O HUMAN, BEWARE!
Ha! A Doomsayer! Nonsense! Maybe Not. Read On …?
This day is coming to an end with a great note! O my Father? You are full of wonderful surprises for Your child.
Yesterday was a downer, but! Today? It turned out to be an upper! The cause? Whatsapp. SIWO Board Members. My inability to type in the phone screen.
All that insidious junk running through my carnal mind, but! My Father’s love and wisdom prevailed. Father whispered to me:
“Go to Whatsapp in your desktop. Read the instructions carefully to activate the app in your computer so you can type your heart out to communicate with the Board at SIWO.”
Wow! This time? In no time all my computer is set to handle whatsapp from my desktop. What a feat conquered!
Victory! Defeat! Up! Down, But! ….?
It’s now 11:35 pm. Suspense. Nothing has happened for the last couple of hours. I find myself as usual? Not knowing which way to turn, but! That’s only momentarily.
Anyhow? I’ll go to bed. Things will look better when I wake up if? I go to sleep. Perhaps things would look worse. No matter. In glee or gloom? You always zoom!
Good Reason To Sit Still And Wait ….?
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 3:07 am.
O my Father, thanks for Your Presence. I am not alone. Even so, the human element is not to be found, but!
You have good reason for things to be the way they are. I must sit still if I want to see Your deliverance.
It’s now 6:44 am. Indeed! I MUST sit still. I haven’t got the slightest about what’s happening with me. Nor have I the slightest about what’s happening in my world.
Definitely? My Eyes Are Set On You. The Human Element? I Now Understand It.
Whether the human element recognizes You in me or not? You are in perfect control of the human element
Me? I am human. You are in control of every minute detail of my life. Your children? My children and brothers and sisters.
Father’s Wisdom Prevails In My Life ….?
I continue to find myself so full of laughter, compassion, immense undying love for all my deserters and children and brothers and sisters!
Whatever happens between them and myself? Once I get over my shock? I continue to hear:
“Think like I think, respond! Reason with your brother et all. Reason with the wisdom I have instilled within your being.”
So, That’s What I Do. Then? The Vicious Circle! Shucks!….?
I get bent out of shape because I don’t get standing ovation from mine? O dear! What a tricky thing this carnal self of mine is!
Nay! I Am Human, But! No Need To Act Like The Wicked Human That I Am ….?
What I write? What I say? What I do? It’s all from the innocent child’s heart my Father gifted to me. It ALL comes from my Father’s heart not from my wicked human self.
It’s unbelievable the pickles I get myself into from telling ALL people—female, male, young or old, “I love you! Give me a hug!” Never thinking of how it sounds.
The Shock Of My Life ….?
It was not until I came to these parts of the world that I got the shock of how people takes the famous 3 letters word, I LOVE YOU. Can you believe it, dear Reader?
The first instruction given to me when I arrived to these parts of the world? “Do not tell these men, ‘I love you’ for they take it you mean you want to go to bed with them.”
What? That Was A Shock Of Shocks, But!
An even worse shock? NO HUGS! Not even shaking hands. Do not touch the male element at all.
Even the women. If it is a friend? You kiss on their left and right cheek. If it is a fond friend? You kiss two or three times, but! Men?
It’s Totally Amusing To Me ….?
If we are visiting in their parlor and the husband or brother appears and announces a male visitor? The woman quickly get up and leave the room—they run for cover!
I remain in the room not knowing what’s happening because I don’t speak the language. Immediately, the male visitors appear with their respectful greetings.
I Am Ignored Like I Am Not There At All ….?
I watch. They pretty much ignore my presence. They simply go on with whatever their visit is about. Later on? I’m instructed. I do not have to run for cover. I am exempt. Phew!
The Tradition Must Be Kept ….?
If the woman goes to the roof or in any public place? She MUST cover her head least a man sees her uncovered head and takes her for a bad woman.
Of course, all that is changing. The older woman are having a time to get their young daughters to stick to the tradition, so? They tell them all kind of incentives for them to do so.
The Television ….?
Unfortunately? The television industry is prevailing over any such traditions. The young girls go now with ripped tight fitting jeans and Western style fashions in addition to the head cover. Beats the world out of old fashion me!
Anyhow? Coming To My Bout With The Human Element ….?
My Father’s mercy for me! He knows me like a book. I am His little girl. I amuse Him. Yes, I do, but!
The human element? They do not—better yet? They CANNOT understand nor accept my reality as my Father’s little girl. For the most? They think such to be nonsense! So I been told.
Regardless! I am what I am by my Father’s design and purpose for my birth and life in these earthly grounds. Here lately?
No More Begging For Human Approval.
No more begging for standing ovation. No more regard for whatever my carnal mind and heart can come up against my little girl’s reality in the Presence of my Loving Father.
Father’s Love And Wisdom Prevails In My Heart And Mind. I Think Like He Thinks ….?
I’m going on. Father’s love and wisdom prevails. In my heart there rings a melody of Father’s love for all. No problem anymore. I think as my Father thinks. I’m going on!
Meantime and until the next post? His love in my heart for you and for all stays there to stay for eternity, thiaBasilia.
Journal—An Ongoing Dialog Between thiaBasilia And Master Yahuwah/Yahushua. …
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8:30 am.
Inquiring minds? Forever the question, “What came first? The chicken or the egg?” Who cares?
O my Father! I haven’t got the slightest how to get out of this mood that I am in. To realize one’s deficiencies; one’s inabilities? It’s enough for a bad mood!
What’s the most depressing deficiency that troubles me?
That’s just it! I don’t even know what is it that troubles me, my Father? Perhaps the inability to let go of the insidious self-consciousness always lurking around no matter what I say or do!
No matter how certain I am? I can’t rid myself of the after the fact effect. I can’t get rid of that ‘humanly perfect’ concept. I can’t get rid of that insidious fear of repercussion.
Am I alone in this train of thought?
Perhaps that’s the human trend that humans so cleverly hide. Perhaps I’m opening a can of worms. Those hidden worms eating us up unaware.
Perhaps it’s You, my Father, the One opening that can of squirmy varmints eating me up unaware. Hum! Now I’m getting hot in the finding game, am I not, my Father?
O thiaBasilia—O Child Of My Heart? Indeed! I have separated you to cleanse you with the experience of My written words. For what purpose? That you might be set-apart and faultless. That you might be in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things at My return.
Father? The Organized Church troubles me.
O my Beloved Father, You compel me to look around all the evil going on. I look around. I see the Organized Church as the greatest stumbling block for a closer relationship with You.
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 5:28 am.
What now, O my Father? Your plan of restoration consumes my being.
Your Presence within my being compels me in the Oneness with Your Being. Sunning myself on the roof I see luscious gardens. I see happy faces taking care of those garden. I hear sweet loving songs.
The disgusting clutter in the present roofs? The screeching noise that goes by the name of music now? The crying babies. The disturbing angry voices? All gone!
Even now while we are still breathing the polluted air on these earthly grounds?
Even now Your plan of restoration is in effect. You have dried my tears away. You have restored me. In Your Presence You keep me aloof from all evil no matter any and all circumstances of glee or gloom.
Yes, You compel me to look around and be astonished at what goes on in this insanity ridden world.
I look around. I am astonished. Multitude of young people obsessed with the knowledge from the Tree of Good and Evil, but! Not a clue of what they do.
Multitude of parents obsessed with the raising of super knowledgeable children to rule the future in this world.
Behold the Great Fallen Away!
Right now as I look around all that goes on with young and old? I am astonished! The written words are coming to pass exactly as those are written, but!
What is it that troubles me with what I see? All this NOT so new thing with positive thinking and success, success, success.
Goodness sake! I am a member of Success Inspirers World Organization, and? Am I against SUCCESS? How that figures, O my Father? How that figures?
It figures in My written words, My child. I have planted you in this organization of My most selected children for you to herald those written words to them, why?
To prevent My most elected children from the great fallen away. You see, My child, your enemy is as shrew beyond your wildest imagination.
The enemy is no longer working on injecting doubt into your heart as to My intentions to forbid you to eat from that tree. No. That has already taken place.
So what is the enemy’s agenda now? To make of you a super human—full to the brim with the knowledge of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ quite capable to be your own ‘god’.
What for is there a need to depend on Me if you can depend on your own self, but! That is something not quite visible because of the camouflage of good and beautiful.
The New Age movement of positive thinking with all its branches? Is nothing else but tinsels instead of gold.
Even so, the GOLD of My Presence is now shinning forth from the heart of My selected witnesses. The experience of My written words?
That’s My work in the heart of My witnesses. That’s what makes My Presence shine forth as pure GOLD from the hearts of my selected vessels.
Furthermore? My selected vessels are not called to ‘teach’ or to ‘minister’ or to ‘police’ and apply those words as they see fit to do so. NAY!
My selected vessels only task is to refrain from doing any of that by the power of their mind. The written words CANNOT be taught by the power of the human mind.
It’s My Spirit Who gives LIFE to those words, but! The human mind is set to interpret and misconstrue My written words.
Therefore? My reason to empower you to give up the dependence in the human mind and heart both yours as well as any other human’s mind and heart.
My reason for planting you in the midst of My children in this institution? You are to share the experience of the words I have made alive in your heart.
Yahushua, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith
THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Yahushua, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of the Almighty.
What is the sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us? The sin of unbelief. We all brag about our beliefs, about our faith, but!
In real life? The Universities. The Doctors. The ‘Holy Ones’. The Worldly Famous. The Work of our hands? That’s the gist of our beliefs. That’s what we live by. That’s what is preached!
No kidding. I know the drill only too well, but! The power and wisdom from our Loving Father/Creator. He sent me a WITNESS. He turned me around, and? I saw!
What did I see?
The same thing the Father/Creator is now showing to all who has ears to hear and eyes to see. He showed me the utter arrogance of MY KNOWLEDGE!
I thought I knew Him when? I knew nothing period. Nothing about Him at all. Nothing about life. I was an educated fool!
O well? That’s my two cents to make the point of this writing. What am I to do right now?
Whether is liked or not? I am to proclaim to SIWO and the whole world, the TRUTH of the evil of what the world has programmed us to do on this SUCCESS thing. It’s written,
I CHARGE [you] in the presence of the Almighty and of Messiah Yahushua, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom:
Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.
For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,
And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.
Dear Reader, none of us wish to hear such strong words. We are at the point that we only want to hear compliments and words of encouragement, but!
It’s imperative that we take these words, bitter as they are, in the same way we would take the most distasteful medication to heal our bodies.
NO! I am not against SUCCESS. I am for SUCCESS in hearing and understanding the intent of our Creator for creating us. He created us for 3 reasons:
To love Him.
To be loved by Him.
Your Cherish Family O Mighty One? Forever To be!
Heavenly ointment to heal our wounded souls
To that end? We work day and night to accomplish His plan of restoration to the original intent for our creation.
Those words are the heavenly ointment to heal our wounded souls. Wounded by the lack of Knowledge of His loving ways.
Meantime and until the next post? His love in my heart for you and for all stays there to stay for eternity, thiaBasilia. 🙂
Journal—An Ongoing Dialog Between thiaBasilia And Master Yahuwah/Yahushua. …
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 4:14 am.
These are days of much reflection for me ….?
Yes, indeed! You are with me whether gloom or glee! Even so? The moments of gloom multiply. The moments of glee? So far in between they happen to fly by and by.
These are days of much reflection for me as it is for a certain few. Yes, it’s a comfort to find those few, but! For the most?
This is a lonely road in the trails of this insane world ….?
Even so, it is by choice that anyone travels in it. I made my choice. I chose to follow Yahushua. No regrets. How did I so chose?
By the power of my Father’s love and wisdom from on high. Of my own power? Impossible. Unless the Father calls? No one can come to the SON.
What it means to live in self-righteousness ….?
The hardest I tried to follow Yahushua? The farthest away from Him I lived. Yes, to live in self-righteousness is to live far from Yahushua, but!
A self-righteous life is what all human beings with no exceptions are programmed to live. Eve n so? Father knows all about it.
It’s now 5:14 pm. I slept from 1:31 pm to 3:39 pm. Was led to go directly to my inbox. There I was led to click on, https://adewumipeterblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/gods-generals-are-you-a-general-in-your-field/.
And my heart constricted big time! ….?
My Brother Peter is only expressing the staunch belief and standard for all Ministers leaders of the Flock.
I wanted to cry, but! Instead? Father’s wisdom prevail. I found myself so full of laughter, compassion, immense undying love for all my deserters et all!
I got over my shock. I heard: “Think like I think, respond! Reason with your brother et all. Reason with the wisdom I have instilled within your being.” I obeyed. I wrote:
I do not debate or tell anybody what to do or not to do. I share what Father is doing with me.
John was right.
We are wrong.
We call evil good.
We call good evil.
All those so called ‘Ministries’ are not in the will of our Father.
We do not know our Father/Creator or His ways.
We are not going to any ‘Heaven’.
The Kingdom of heaven is in our hearts, but! We take it for granted with our carnal minds.
The Kingdom of Heaven shall be established in Jerusalem here on earth like it is in heaven.
These things The Almighty Spirit of our Creator is now revealing to us. To me personally? Quote:
“My children think, act, live by what they know, but! My children do not ‘know’ Me. In the same way? You just realized it’s the same about you and your children and friends.
Your children and friends do not know you, but! Regardless? You have not for one instance stopped loving them.
Even more so? You realize they as well love you despite the lack of knowledge on either end.
Likewise? It’s between My children and My Being. Only difference? I know it all, but! I only let you know so much as you need to know at any given time, and?
Today? This Little Portion Of My Knowledge? Hit You Like A Bomb! Why?
Because it is a bomb—THE BOMB that completely destroyed all traces of evil murdering thoughts about your children et all.
Go On My Child! Now You Thinking Like I Think ….?”
Unless the Father/Creator does the work within each one of us personally? We labor in vain.
Yes, thank our Father for the great workers. Those workers did not mean for us to PRAISE THEM! They all directed us to our Father/Creator Yahuwah/Yahushua.
Unfortunately? We follow man not our Father/Creator. We have made a ‘God’ of our Father/Creator, but!
That’s all coming to an end now. Behold! The Power of love and wisdom from on high. It never fails. It always avails.
Therefore? O well! Our paths have crossed. The plan of restoration to the original intent for our creation is now in effect.
To Be Loved.
Your Cherish Family O Mighty One? Forever To be!
We have been saved, but! We, liken to the Galatians & the Corinthians have remained CARNAL depending in our carnal mind knowledge.
BUT! No Problem. Our Father is STILL in control of it ALL!
HE IS BRINGING US ALL TO THE FIRST & MOST IMPORTANT OF THE COMMANDMENTS! Hahaha! HalleluYah.
Much love, thiaBasilia. 🙂
Meantime and until the next post? His love in my heart for you and for all stays there to stay for eternity, thiaBasilia. 🙂