TODAYS LATEST WORLD NEWS ARTICLES, DAILY SCRIPTURE, AND NEWS CLIPS SATURDAY OCTOBER 07th 2017

DAILY SCRIPTURE:

QUESTIONS ABOUT SECURITY

Gracethrufaith.com

QUESTION:   1. Does it say anywhere in the Word that God will release me from my own foolishness as I have paid a very high price for it over and over again. 2. Is it true that He would not have healed me if He had not also forgiven me? 3. Lastly, if someone apostatized – not just backslid, are they still covered under grace?

ANSWER:   In 2 Cor. 5:17 Paul said is anyone is in Christ He is a new creation, the old has gone the new has come, so from God’s perspective the pre-Christian you no longer exists. When you act like the pre-Christian, even after being saved, God does not attribute the behavior to you but to the sin that still lives in you (Romans 7:18-20).

It’s important to remember that when you were saved all the sins of your life, past, present, and future, were forgiven (Colossians 2:13-14). By His once-for-all-time sacrifice Jesus has made you perfect forever (Hebr. 10:12-14). Other wise God could not have guaranteed your inheritance when you first believed (Ephes. 1:13-14).

According to James 5:14-15 forgiveness and healing go hand in hand. And it’s impossible for a born again believer to backslide or fall into apostasy. The words “backslide” and “backslider” do not appear in the New Testament, and as I said above our inheritance is guaranteed from the time we believe. No one can take us out of the Lord’s hands (John 10:27-30) or separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39). No one includes we ourselves.

 

————————————

 

(CLICK ON) LATEST DAILY NEWS CLIPS:

News Clips Obtained From Many Sources – Including

HEADLINES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TRACKING BIBLE PROPHECY

Rapture Ready News

Prophecyupdate.Com http://www.trackingbibleprophecy.org/birthpangs.php ​​07/10/2017

 

ISRAEL NEWS:

 

WORLD TERRORISM – WARS

 

 

GENERAL WORLD NEWS

 

 

FINANCIAL WORLD NEWS:

 

 

MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:

 

 

CHRISTIAN NEWS – CULTS/RELIGION:

 

 

EXTRA WORLD – ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

http://www.stevequayle.com/index.php?s=143

 

 

——————————————————

 

PROPHETIC NEWS ARTICLES:

“SON OF HAMAS” SHOCKS U.N.

By Geri Ungurean – Published on: October 6, 2017 by RRadmin7 Category:General Articles, Geri Ungurean

In 2010, I read the book entitled “Son of Hamas” by Mosab Hassan Yousef.  It is the kind of book that one just cannot put down. It chronicles the life of Mosab, born in Ramallah to the leader of Hamas.  Mosab  became an undercover agent for the Mossad in Israel – saving many lives.

While in Jerusalem, Mosab had been approached numerous times by Christians. They invited him to attend their Bible study.  He finally decided to go, and Mosab became a Christian, turning his back on Islam! He said that the Scripture which made him realize that Jesus was truly the Lord was this:

 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

I met this brave man when he had a group on FB. We became friends.  He sought asylum in America because if he returned to his hometown, it would be certain death for him.  He was granted asylum, and those of us who belonged to his group rejoiced with him!

He told me that he and some others were to be honored at a dinner on Capitol Hill. He sent tickets for my husband and I to attend. It was so wonderful meeting this larger than life hero.

Mosab at the U.N. in September 2017

A FB friend sent me this video today.  She said to me “I wonder if this man is an angel?”

Watch Mosab at the U.N.:

Mosab Shocks Arabic UN Members

From israelnationalnews.com

Exclusive Interview:  “Son of Hamas”: The speaker who shocked the UNHRC”

There is a huge difference between Israeli and Palestinian leaders,” says Mosab Hassan Yousef, the video of whose speech at the UNHRC went viral, in an interview with Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld.

“Hamas, which I know well, is an ideological political organization that views extreme violence as a means to achieve its political ends. In the 21st century an individual or group that tries to achieve its goals by violent means should not be legitimized by anybody. In my definition, Hamas is a terror organization.

“I have seen how radically different the behavior of democratic Israel is from that of Hamas and Fatah. Hamas is still living in the 7th century, something Europe cannot even understand. Over the years I have realized that due to their religious views, Hamas cannot make peace with Israel. Their interpretation of Islam requires that cease fires alone are possible with infidels, not peace. Such a cease fire can last no more than 15 years. No political solution will ever satisfy Hamas in the long term. It is not about borders but who believes in their God and who does not. Hamas’ target is not just Israel, but for Islam to gain control over all non-believers.”

Mosab Hassan Yousef was born in 1978 in Ramallah, son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founder of Hamas. After involvement in anti-Israeli activities he was arrested by the Israeli Shin Bet security service. When he was imprisoned he initially decided to become a double agent. After  he saw the huge difference in behavior between Israel and Hamas he served as a key agent of the Israeli security services and continued to act in that capacity for ten years.

Yousef’s story is described in the 2010 bestseller, “Son of Hamas, A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices” which has been translated into many languages. The movie “The Green Prince” which tells his story was released in 2014. Yousef converted to Christianity and now lives in the United States where he was granted asylum in 2010.

This interview was carried out on 27 September 2017, two days after Yousef spoke –– under the auspices of UN Watch — at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The video of that speech received millions of  hits. In our conversation he repeated several of the statements he made at the UNHRC.

Regarding the Palestinian Authority, Yousef said that the PA was not elected by the Palestinian people. On the contrary, the PA was self-appointed and not accountable to its people. As proof of his words he pointed out the PA’s ongoing violation of human rights.

Yousef quoted what he had said about the PA at the UNHRC: “In fact, the Palestinian individual and their human development is the least of your concerns. You kidnap Palestinian students from campus and torture them in your jails. You torture your political rivals. The suffering of the Palestinian people is the outcome of your selfish political interests. You are the greatest enemy of the Palestinian people.”

Yousef remarked: “I have often said that the Israelis care more about the Palestinians than the Fatah or Hamas leadership.” He added: “I do not believe that the violent Palestinian struggle is justified.”

In another meeting in Switzerland he pointed out that neither Hamas nor Abbas has an interest in ending the conflict since maintaining it allows their organizations to receive billions of dollars.

On the wider issue of Islam Yousef said: “I was born a Muslim, it was not my choice. Islam has an ambitious dogma which contains violence.  With that violence I totally disagree. Murder in the name of Allah is a wider Islamic problem which Western societies do not sufficiently realize. Western political correctness is conducive to Islamic terror. I do not want Islam to collapse, but to reject violence in our days. I believe that a new generation of Muslims must be educated to know love instead of hate.

“The Palestinian people are very tired. They have been misled… with false hopes of state borders, It is time for the Palestinian people to finally realize that Israel is a reality and its security in the region cannot be compromised.

“I decided to convert to Christianity, a religion which is seen negatively by Muslims. Christianity helped me to love the other. Israel and the West love life, Hamas and Fatah glorify death. That is another reason why it is so hard to negotiate. How does one find a common interest when coming from such different value systems?

Concerning peace between Israel and the Palestinians Yousef says: “The Palestinian people are very tired. They have been misled by Palestinian leaders with false hopes of state borders, independence and self-determination. It is time for the Palestinian people to finally realize that Israel is a reality and its security in the region cannot be compromised.

“Palestinians need to start thinking about priorities. Is a political goal really their main priority? If they choose to be fooled by their leadership their fate will be continued suffering, pain and misery. The priorities can also be non-political: developing their economy, working for better education, increased individual rights, improved health and upgraded infrastructure. For that to happen the Palestinian people would have to become pro-active.

“In that case Israel and the rest of the world can help them improve their towns and villages. This would enable them to develop not only a solid economy and improved medical institutions. It would also make it possible for the Palestinian people to build bridges with the world. These seem to me to be much better priorities than following fancy political goals imposed by corrupt politicians who do not care about their people’s fate.”

When asked whether he will form a movement Yousef laughed and said: “I am not thinking of starting a movement nor do I belong to any organization. I am an individual who does not represent anyone. I thus speak on my own authority which is based on my own experience. – source

Mosab – if you are reading this, thank you so much for your heroic actions – declaring Truth to the nations!

Your rewards in heaven will be plentiful!

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!

 

————————————

A MICHIGAN WOMAN IS SENT TO PRISON FOR REFUSING TO VACCINATE HER SON

by Michael Snyder – endoftheamericandream.com

Should parents that don’t vaccinate their children be locked away in prison?  That is a very chilling question, because there are literally millions of parents all across the country that don’t vaccinate their children for various reasons.  Personally, I have been writing about vaccine safety concerns for the last seven years, and as a member of Congress I will fight extremely hard to make sure that parents always have the right to make health decisions for their own children.  Over the years I have read so many vaccine horror stories from distraught parents, and nobody should ever be forced to vaccinate their children against their will.  Unfortunately, that is something that just happened in Michigan

Rebecca Bredow, of the Detroit area, has has been sentenced to seven days in jail for refusing to bring her child’s vaccinations up to date.

Bredow appeared at a hearing on Wednesday morning at the Oakland County Circuit Court where Judge Karen McDonald sentenced her for contempt of court after Bredow refused to comply with court orders for her to allow her son to receive all his missing vaccinations within one week.

Michigan does have a law that allows parents to opt-out of vaccinations, but in this particular case a custody dispute was involved.  The court had sided with the father and was insisting that the boy’s vaccinations be brought up to date, and the mother was greatly troubled that so many shots would have to be administered all at once

The court order stems from an earlier custody hearing where the boy’s father said he wanted the vaccinations for the child. Breedow told WWJ that she objected to grouping the shots together. [Get more details about the case].

This is just another example of the medical tyranny that we have been witnessing all over the country.  Just today, I came across another article about an 8-year-old boy that was “carted off in a police car to a hospital and being forcibly injected with drugs” on his first day of school this year.  If we don’t stand up and fight, these types of incidents will continue to become even more frequent.

The root of the problem is the major pharmaceutical companies.  We are the most drugged up society in the history of the planet, and they are making billions upon billions of dollars off of our pain and suffering.

And the mainstream media carefully avoids talking about the nightmarish effects of many of these drugs, because the drug companies spend enormous amounts of money on advertising.  For years, the alternative media has been documenting the connection between antidepressants and mass shootings, and I just published an article asking if Stephen Paddock had been on any of those types of drugs.

Well, it turns out that he was

Stephen Paddock, who killed at least 58 people and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas on Sunday with high-powered rifles, was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June that can lead to aggressive behavior, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has learned.

Records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program obtained Tuesday show Paddock was prescribed 50 10-milligram diazepam tablets by Henderson physician Dr. Steven Winkler on June 21.

The more common name for that drug is Valium, and studies have discovered that it can “trigger aggressive behavior”

Diazepam is a sedative-hypnotic drug in the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which studies have shown can trigger aggressive behavior. Chronic use or abuse of sedatives such as diazepam can also trigger psychotic experiences, according to drugabuse.com.

But you won’t hear a peep about this from the mainstream media because they might start to lose advertising revenue.

Sadly, the truth is that almost every mass killer over the past several decades was on some sort of pharmaceutical drug at the time of the attack.  The following comes from Paul Joseph Watson

As we previously highlighted, virtually every major mass shooter was taking some form of SSRI or other pharmaceutical drug at the time of their attack, including Columbine killer Eric Harris, ‘Batman’ shooter James Holmes and Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza.

As the website SSRI Stories profusely documents, there are literally hundreds of examples of mass shootings, murders and other violent episodes that have been committed by individuals on psychiatric drugs over the past three decades.

And for much more on this, please see this list compiled by WND.

In the aftermath of what happened in Las Vegas, countless politicians, celebrities and journalists are calling for guns to be banned.

But why aren’t any of them calling for these types of drugs to be banned?

The truth is that these unstable individuals are being turned into mass killers by these drugs, and until we are willing to admit that fact we are never going to get to the root of the issue.

Of course nobody in our society wants to take on the big pharmaceutical companies.  They donate countless millions of dollars to political campaigns and they spend countless millions of dollars on advertising with the mainstream media.

So they are going to continue to do whatever they want, and there won’t be any consequences until we get a new generations of leaders that are willing to stand up to them.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

 

————————————

WAS THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING A PREVIEW OF THE VIOLENT CHAOS THAT ANTIFA PLANS TO UNLEASH STARTING ON NOVEMBER 4TH?

by Michael Snyder – endoftheamericandream.com

On November 4th, Antifa is pledging to “gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country”, and they are promising not to end their protests until “the Trump/Pence Regime” is “removed from power”.  But of course these won’t be entirely peaceful protests.  In fact, Antifa activists are very open about the fact that “violence is necessary” in order to achieve their goals.  This open embrace of violence has gotten the attention of federal law enforcement authorities, and the DHS and the FBI have both warned that Antifa is engaging in “domestic terrorist violence”.  Starting with the protests around the nation on November 4th, Antifa is pledging to do whatever is necessary to end the presidency of Donald Trump.  How far is Antifa ultimately willing to go in order to achieve that goal?

In part 1 of this series, I discussed the horrific events that transpired on Sunday in Las Vegas.  It appears that the shooter, Stephen Craig Paddock, may have been involved in anti-Trump protests and at least one outlet is reporting that Antifa literature was discovered in his hotel room.

If Paddock was inspired by Antifa, it would make sense that he would specifically choose to target a country music festival, because there would certainly be a very high percentage of Trump supporters in attendance.

Will we see similar acts of mass violence as Antifa becomes even more active across the country?

Approximately one month from now, Antifa plans to unleash their biggest protests ever, and they are promising never to stop them until Trump is out of office.  The following is an extended excerpt from a “press release” that was posted on refusefascism.org

ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017:

We will gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country, at first many thousands declaring that this whole regime is illegitimate and that we will not stop until our single demand is met: This Nightmare Must End: the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

Our protest must grow day after day and night after night—thousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millions—determined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power.

Our actions will reflect the values of respect for all of humanity and the world we want—in stark contrast to the hate and bigotry of the Trump/Pence fascist regime.

Our determination to persist and not back down will compel the whole world to take note. Every force and faction in the power structure would be forced to respond to our demand. The cracks and divisions among the powers already evident today will sharpen and widen. As we draw more and more people forward to stand up, all of this could lead to a situation where this illegitimate regime is removed from power.

In “Living A Life That Really Matters”, I discuss the rising tide of violence that we see coming from the radical left.  The “black bloc tactics” that they are using have no place in a civilized society, but Democrats have been very slow to denounce them.  Instead, the mainstream media and top Democrats continue to stir up even more anger and even more hatred, and this is going to fuel more acts of violence.  Since I am running for Congress, this is something that my wife and I have discussed frequently, because obviously she doesn’t want anything to happen to me.

I don’t know if we have ever had a time in modern American history when the left has embraced violence so openly.  According to Paul Joseph Watson, Antifa’s plans are largely based on a book that was authored by an American communist activist entitled “The Coming Civil War”…

A longer screed posted on the Revolutionary Communist website makes it clear that Antifa is not prepared to wait for electoral change from Democrats, and will engage in a “ferocious struggle,” based on plans outlined in a book written by Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which is called The Coming Civil War.

Vowing to stop the “unrelenting terror” of the Trump administration, the group asserts that, “The stakes are nothing less than the future of humanity and the planet itself,” typically hysterical rhetoric which when combined with Antifa’s violent tactics should be a deep cause for concern for law enforcement bodies.

None of us should want violence.  That is not how our society should operate, but Antifa appears to have passed the point of return.  In an undercover video produced by Steven Crowder, members of Antifa are seen “planning violent attacks, handing out sharp objects with which to stab conservatives, and even discussing the procurement of AK-47s.”

And in case you were wondering, refusefascism.org is directly connected to Bob Avakian and the Revolutionary Communist Party.  This group has even gone so far as to draft an entirely new constitution for a “post-American order”

The Revolutionary Communist Party is headed by Bob Avakian, a self-described “intellectual” who claims to have developed a new synthesis of communism.

Refuse Fascism is a front group for the Revolutionary Communist Party, a fiercely anti-American leftist group noted for its overt call to abolish the United States. WND reported in July the group protested the United States and burned American flags outside the Republican National Convention.

The party has even drafted a “Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America” as a template for the post-American order.

When we pledge to protect and defend the constitution of the United States from all enemies, these are the types of guys that we are talking about.

They are evil on a level that is hard to describe, and their ranks are surging.  We are literally in a war for the future of our nation, and Antifa wants to make sure that struggle is a violent one.

November 4th is just the beginning.  Great chaos is coming to major cities all across America, and it is going to be fueled by the radical left.  Whether you want to call them “communists”, “socialists”, “leftists” or “progressives”, the truth is that they are extremely dangerous and they are an existential threat to the future of this nation and our way of life.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

 

———————————-

ONE WORLD RELIGION: POPE FRANCIS SAYS ALL MAJOR RELIGIONS ARE ‘MEETING GOD IN DIFFERENT WAYS’

by Michael Snyder – endoftheamericandream.com

A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God. He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God”. This is the most recent example that shows that the Pope has completely abandoned any notion that a relationship with God is available only through Jesus Christ. As he has done throughout his papacy, he continues to lay the groundwork for the coming one world religion, and yet hardly anyone seems upset by this.

When I first heard of this new video, I was so stunned that I thought that it might be a joke. But the truth is that this video is very real. The following comes from an article that was put out by Catholic News Agency

The Pope’s first-ever video message on his monthly prayer intentions was released Tuesday, highlighting the importance of interreligious dialogue and the beliefs different faith traditions hold in common, such as the figure of God and love.

Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God,” Pope Francis said in his message, released Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.

But it isn’t just Pope Francis speaking in this video. In fact, one section of the video features leaders from various global religions expressing faith in their respective deities. The following comes from an article about this new video that was posted on Christian News Network

The video then features clips of those from different world religions declaring belief in their various deities.

I have confidence in Buddha,” a female lama announces.

I believe in God,” a rabbi affirms.

I believe in Jesus Christ,” a priest states.

I believe in Allah,” an Islamic leader declares.

Are you shocked yet?

The Pope closes the video with an appeal for people from every religion to talk with one another and to work with one another. Here is more from Catholic News Agency

Later on, after the Pope affirms that all, regardless of their religious profession, are children of God, the faith leaders state their common belief in love.

Pope Francis closes the video by expressing his hope that viewers “will spread my prayer request this month: that sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce fruits of peace and justice. I have confidence in your prayers.”

If you have not seen this video yet, it is definitely worth a few minutes of your time. You can watch it right here

Of course this is not the first time that Pope Francis has done something like this. Very early in his papacy, he authorized “Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran” at the Vatican for the first time ever. And as I documented in a previous article entitled “In New York, Pope Francis Embraced Chrislam And Laid A Foundation For A One World Religion“, during his visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan he made it very clear that he believes that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. The following is how he began his address

I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters: Firstly, my greetings as they celebrate the feast of sacrifice. I would have wished my greeting to be warmer. My sentiments of closeness, my sentiments of closeness in the face of tragedy. The tragedy that they suffered in Mecca.

In this moment, I give assurances of my prayers. I unite myself with you all. A prayer to almighty god, all merciful.

In Islam, one of Allah’s primary titles is “the all-merciful one”. If you doubt this, just do a Google search. And this certainly was not the first time that Pope Francis has used such language. For example, check out the following excerpt from remarks that he made during his very first ecumenical meeting as Pope…

I then greet and cordially thank you all, dear friends belonging to other religious traditions; first of all the Muslims, who worship the one God, living and merciful, and call upon Him in prayer, and all of you. I really appreciate your presence: in it I see a tangible sign of the will to grow in mutual esteem and cooperation for the common good of humanity.

The Catholic Church is aware of the importance of promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – I wish to repeat this: promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – it also attests the valuable work that the Pontifical Council for interreligious dialogue performs.

Are you starting to get the picture?

Pope Francis believes that all religions are different paths to the same God, and he is working hard to lay a foundation for the coming one world religion.

After watching this most recent video, I don’t know how anyone can possibly deny that.

However, there are some religious people that Pope Francis does not like. Just recently, he referred to Christian fundamentalism as “a sickness“, and he made it clear that there was no room for it in Catholicism.

So precisely what is “fundamentalism”?

Google defines it as “a form of a religion, especially Islam or Protestant Christianity, that upholds belief in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture.”

Does this mean that Pope Francis is against any Christian that believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible?

That does appear to be what he is saying, and without a doubt those would be the Christians that would be against the kind of one world religion that he appears to be promoting.

Nearly 2000 years ago, the Apostle John warned us that a one world religion was coming, and now we can see that it is coming to fruition.

So what will the end result of all of this be?

 

———————————–

THE GADARENES

By Grant Phillips – Published on: October 6, 2017 by RRadmin7 Category:General Articles, Grant Phillips

Matthew (Matthew 8:28-34), Mark (Mark 5:1-21) and Luke (Luke 8:26-40) recorded the occasion when Jesus cast out demons in a place called Gadara (or Gerasa). Gadara was located on the east side of the Sea of Galilee.

Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee and visited these folks. When He arrived, Matthew tells us of two men who were possessed with demons and had been living in the tombs. Mark and Luke speak of only one of the men, perhaps because he was possessed by the greater number of demons and was more violent.

Concentrating on the one demon possessed man mentioned in Mark and Luke; we notice that the demons were called “Legion.” The Scripture says they were called Legion because they were many. During the time of Augustus, a legion was 6,826 men (6,100 foot soldiers and 726 horsemen). Was this one man possessed by 6,826 demons? I don’t know, but since they were called Legion, perhaps he was.

The demons begged Jesus to not send them to the abyss, but instead allow them to enter the herd of swine nearby. According to Mark there were about 2,000 swine in the herd. Now that’s a lot of bacon! Jesus granted their request and when they entered the herd of swine, the herd ran down the steep slopes, into the sea and was drowned. Yep, must have been a lot of demons. No wonder the demon possessed man was so strong and uncontrollable.

Obviously, there were few to no Jews in Gadara. Think about it. The Israelites would have nothing to do with swine. (Come to think of it, maybe this is where the prodigal son ventured to, but that’s for another time.)

The slaves responsible for tending the swine were so scared they fled like mice on a sinking ship and told everyone they saw what happened. Now I’m sure the owners of the swine were not happy campers. They had just lost a lot of money. The townspeople and those in the country were not delighted to hear this either. Why? Their food supply had just taken a hit. The meat department at the local grocery was nearly depleted. So they all go out for a first-hand investigation.

They get there and notice that this wild, beast of a man is clothed and in his right mind. They also notice that the herd of about 2,000 swine is gone. They look over to the sea, and there they are, dead swine floating here and there in the whitecaps.

Now I’m ready to get to the point. Two contrasts immediately come to mind when reading the closing words of our Lord’s visit to Gadara.

In Mark five we see two verses, back to back, that really tell a story. In verse seventeen we read these words from the Gadarenes that were said to Jesus, and then in verse eighteen we read what the formerly demon possessed man said to Jesus.

“Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.”

“As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.” (Mark 5:17-18)

What a contrast. The group wanted Him gone from their presence. The one man freed from the demons wanted to go with Him.

Jesus told this one man to go instead to his own people in the cities in that area and tell them how much Jesus had done for him. He did just that, and the people were amazed.

“Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.” (Mark 5:19-20)

Then Jesus left, and crossed back over the Sea of Galilee to the other side.

Think of the times Jesus has come to visit us. What did we say, “Leave me” or Take me with You?” The most damning sight for any person would be seeing only Jesus’ back as He walks away once we have rejected His being in our presence. The wealthy self-righteous swine owners wanted to be rid of Him, but the embarrassment of Gadara wanted to stay with Him.

Jesus proved the point over and over that “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32) What did He mean by these words? He is simply saying that the self-righteous will not listen, but the outcasts long to hear.

Think of the parable Jesus told of the Pharisee and the publican in Luke 18:9-14.

Matthew Henry comments, “too many prefer their pigs above their Savior, and so come short of Christ, and salvation through him.”

Do we prefer swine over the Savior? Have we begged Him to leave us as the Gadarenes did? No sadder words could be spoken than, “He left.” Are we too good for God? The man who knows he is a sinner yearns to hear the Words of Jesus and have His presence in his life. He will gladly go and share all that Jesus has done for him and tell of His great mercy.

If we haven’t done so as yet, we urgently need to decide today, right now, are we going to beg Jesus to leave us, or are we going to ask to go with Him?

The formerly demon possessed man got it right. The Gadarenes got it wrong. Thank goodness for the other folks in that area that Jesus told him to go back to his people and tell them what great things the Lord has done for him and of His great mercy. Many were amazed, and I’m confident some listened and were saved.

So which is it going to be, “Depart from me Jesus” or Take me with you Jesus?”

Grant Phillips

Email: grantphillips@windstream.net

Pre-Rapture Commentary: http://grant-phillips.blogspot.com

Rapture Ready: http://www.raptureready.com/featured/phillips/phillips.html

Sharing is caring!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *