February 4th, 2013
04:30 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, February 04, 2013

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: A killing, a life sentence and my change of heart
Jeanne Bishop is the sister of Nancy Bishop Langert, who, along with her husband and their unborn child, was shot to death by a juvenile. Since the murder of her family members, Jeanne Bishop has been an advocate for gun violence prevention. Through God she learned to forgive her sister's killer, and is now for abolition of the death penalty. Bishop is a criminal defense attorney in Chicago.

CNN: Amid 'storybook' ending, Ray Lewis is still controversial
It's not hard to find Ray Lewis in prayer. You might catch a glimpse of it on the sidelines before a game. In the locker room. Even on the cover of Sports Illustrated – the muscular Baltimore Ravens linebacker standing bare-chested in a swimming pool, his palms pressed together. To some, Lewis' frequent expressions of faith are the marks of a life redeemed, a long 13-year journey from murder accusations – later dropped by prosecutors – in the death of two men hours after the 2000 Super Bowl in Atlanta. But for others, the show of faith is little more than an act.

CNN: Quarterback's next play: Going long with the Bible
Ask Dylan Thompson to name his career highlights, and fans might expect to hear about one of his big moments as South Carolina's backup quarterback – like the time he led the Gamecocks to victory over rival Clemson, or when he threw the game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds left in the Outback Bowl. But while Thompson said he's proud of his team’s accomplishments as well as his own, nothing really compares to what happened to him off the field his freshman year. “Being saved and dedicating my life to Christ is actually the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me,” Thompson said.

CNN: Former Saint and Super Bowl great discusses new book, the big game, father's struggles and God
It was only three years ago that Reis was playing Super Bowl XLIV for the New Orleans Saints. He burst into the national spotlight with one unusual, but game-changing play, an onside kick recovery that surprised the opposition and many say paved the path for the Saints’ 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. It was an unlikely position for a kid who grew up in a broken family, with a father who was in and out of his life and addicted to sex and alcohol. Reis broke through the obstacles to succeed, he says, in part by finding God in high school.

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Photos of the Day:

People attend a ceremony to inaugurate nine new church bells on February 2, 2013 at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris. Hundreds of pupils attend the ceremony during a jubilee.

Cambodians prayed for the late former King Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace on Friday, as a sea of mourners filled the streets.

Buddhist monks, nuns and activists attend a protest rally in New Delhi on February 2, 2013. The Tibetan government in exile launched a Solidarity with Tibet Campaign 2013, as Tibetans continue to self-immolate calling for freedom in Tibet.

Palestinian protesters hold flags amid smoke of tear gas during clashes with Israeli soldiers as Palestinians set up a new camp to protest against Jewish settlements near the West Bank village of Burin on February 2, 2013.

Enlightening Reads:

Religion News Service: Vatican shoots down claim that Iran backed John Paul assassination attempt
The Vatican on Friday (Feb. 1) dismissed a claim by the man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II that the assassination attempt had been ordered by Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Mehmet Ali Agca makes the claim in his latest autobiography, “Mi avevano promesso il Paradiso,” (“They Promised Me Paradise”) released in Italy on Thursday. Turkish-born Agca shot and wounded John Paul in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981. He was released from prison in 2010.

Tablet Magazine: Ed Koch on His Life and His Judaism
Back in 2011, Andrew Marantz had a fascinating chat with Mayor Ed Koch, who passed away earlier this morning. In it, Koch talked about his love for the New York he ruled over, his love of Israel, and his Judaism. Here’s a small excerpt.

New York Times: Seeing Darwin Through Christian Eyes? It All Depends on the Christian
On Jan. 22, Rush D. Holt, a Democrat who represents central New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District, introduced a resolution designating Feb. 12, 2013 — Charles Darwin’s 204th birthday — as Darwin Day, “recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.” Mr. Holt, a nuclear physicist by training, would probably not have the support of his colleague Paul Broun, a Republican from Georgia’s 10th Congressional District. Representative Broun, a doctor, is famous among science lovers for having told the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet last fall that “all that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang theory, all that is lies, straight from the pit of hell.” Evolution, he added, is one of those “lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.” Two congressmen, two Christians and two very different views of the man who in 1859 published “On the Origin of Species.”

Reuters: Church should have more control over Russian life: Putin
President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the Orthodox Church should be given more say over family life, education and the armed forces in Russia, as he celebrated the leadership of its head Patriarch Kirill. Faith runs deep in Russia after the fall of the officially atheist Soviet Union and Putin has looked to the largest religion in Russia for support since he began his third term as president after a wave of protests against his rule.

The Jewish Daily Forward: Advocates for Religious Pluralism in Israel Buoyed by Election Results
Proponents of religious pluralism in Israel are in a jubilant mood these days, saying that the surprise results of the January 22 elections may lead to some of the momentous changes they have been seeking. When the Yesh Atid (“There Is a Future”) party emerged as the second-largest faction, many saw it as a long-overdue message from the electorate that Israel’s Orthodox-favoring religious status quo needs to change. In a political culture normally dominated by foreign policy, it is rare to see the triumph of a party so focused on domestic issues.

The Times of India: Buddhist conclave digs into excavation prospect
Experts from India and abroad on Friday began churning Odisha's rich Buddhist heritage at Udayagiri, about 85 km from here in Jajpur district, raising hopes of fresh initiatives for major excavations in the state. Though the three-day international meet is aimed at showcasing the state's Buddhist treasure with a view to attract more tourists, experts are of the view that the goal cannot be achieved unless more ancient sites are brought to light and that can be possible only if the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) or its state counterpart takes up major excavations.

Opinion of the Day:

CNN Opinon: Real heroes: four died so others might live
While you watch the Super Bowl 'heroes' today, remember the four military chaplains who on this day in 1943 selflessly ushered soldiers on a sinking ship to safety, Bob Greene says.

Join the conversation…

CNN: Opt out option expected for religious insurers who oppose contraceptives
Religiously affiliated organizations will be able to opt out of providing their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives under updates to an Obama administration mandate that the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to unveil on Friday, according to two sources. In March, after an uproar among religious institutions that didn't want to pay for contraceptives, the Obama administration offered several policy suggestions that would require the administrator of the insurance policy, not the religious institution or the insurer, to pay for contraception coverage and invited comment on those proposals.

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. bobk52

    The End is rear!

    February 5, 2013 at 4:35 am |
  2. bobk52

    I am Georgey Wood!

    February 5, 2013 at 4:31 am |
  3. bobk52

    I am who am!

    February 5, 2013 at 4:26 am |
  4. bobk52

    Topher before u run away who did u murder?

    February 5, 2013 at 4:24 am |
  5. bobk52

    Topher before u run away who did u murder.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:22 am |
  6. Austin

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi78PmRX46Y&w=420&h=315%5D

    February 5, 2013 at 12:03 am |
    • Whale Time

      Fail Whale for Austin.

      February 5, 2013 at 12:16 am |
    • Help

      youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi78PmRX46Y&w=420&h=315%5D

      February 5, 2013 at 12:20 am |
    • Help


      February 5, 2013 at 12:20 am |
    • Simran

      Good going. Only the URL starts with http onwards. The" [youtube " was extra and didnot allow your video to get posted.

      February 5, 2013 at 12:22 am |
    • End Religion

      if this was the pattern you want it to be, the 2nd blood moons would have appeared in '48. They didn't but you desperately want to see a pattern so you claim it is. You're supposedly speaking of an inerrant guide. His signs wouldn't be off by years.

      February 5, 2013 at 12:37 am |
    • Austin

      heeeeeeeeeeey thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 5, 2013 at 1:37 am |
    • Science

      To Austin sorry but the talking snake and the creation story lost

      EVOLUTION IN A TEST TUBE Jan. 30 2013

      News Release

      3-D structure of the evolved enzyme (an RNA ligase), using 10 overlaid snapshots. In the top region, the overlays show the range of bending and folding flexibility in the amino acid chain that forms the molecule. The two gray balls are zinc ions. (University of Minnesota)

      University of Minnesota researchers unveil first artificial enzyme created by evolution in a test tube

      Thanks Doc.

      February 5, 2013 at 6:40 am |
  7. lionlylamb

    Is space really flat?


    February 4, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • Austin

      can you put the video from utube up Blood Moon and solar eclipse Mark Blitz

      i dont know how but its cool and biblical thanks for your time if you do

      February 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
    • Simran

      I would rather have asked how to put a video online, rather than ask them to put it out there for me. Would be good to learn some new stuff.
      By the way, you can just copy and pste the URL to post a video.

      February 5, 2013 at 12:14 am |
  8. ¿¿lol

    For early apologists, one way to make excuses for the gospel stories being copy-cats was to say earlier similar stories were a pre-emptive strike by Satan; another way was to move a key character in time and use bright red symbolic links to say the earlier tidbits in the older stories were prophesies.

    February 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
  9. Austin

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    February 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
  10. Geraldo

    Prophecies Relating to Christ’s Crucifixion
    1. Sold for Thirty Pieces of Silver
    Prophecy: Zechariah 11:12 And I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!” So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages.

    Fulfillment: Matthew 26:14-15 Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me to deliver Him up to you?” And they weighed out to him thirty pieces of silver.

    2. Betrayed By a Friend
    Prophecy: Psalm 55:12-14 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, Then I could hide myself from him. 13 But it is you, a man my equal, My companion and my familiar friend. 14 We who had sweet fellowship together, Walked in the house of God in the throng. (See also Psalm 41:9; Zech 13:6).

    Fulfillment: Matthew 26:49-50 And immediately he went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.

    3. The Money Cast to the Potter
    Prophecy: Zechariah 11:13 Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

    Fulfillment: Matthew 27:5-7 And he threw the pieces of silver into the sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. 6 And the chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood.” 7 And they counseled together and with the money bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers.

    NOTE: Notice that in both prophecy and fulfillment we find stated that (1) it was silver; (2) there were 30 pieces (Matt. 27:3); (3) they were thrown down; (4) they were cast down in the House of the Lord; and (5) the money was used to purchase the potter’s field.

    4. The Disciples Forsook Him
    Prophecy: Zechariah 13:7 "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate," Declares the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; And I will turn My hand against the little ones.

    Fulfillment: Matthew 26:56 “But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left Him and fled. (See also Mark 14:27)

    5. Accused by False Witnesses
    Prophecy: Psalm 35:11 Malicious witnesses rise up; They ask me of things that I do not know.

    Fulfillment: Matthew 26:59-60 Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, in order that they might put Him to death; and they did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward, . . .

    6. Smitten and Spit Upon
    Prophecy: Isaiah 50:6 I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.

    Fulfillment: Matthew 27:30 And they spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head.

    NOTE: Note here the details that correspond in both prophecy and fulfillment (1) He was to be smitten, (2) He was to be smitten on the face (as well as the other parts of the body). See Luke 22:64. (3) He was to be spit upon, and (4) He was to be spitten upon in the face.

    7. Dumb Before His Accusers
    Prophecy: Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

    Fulfillment: Matthew 27:12-14 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He made no answer. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so that the governor was quite amazed.

    8. Wounded and Bruised
    Prophecy: Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

    Fulfillment: Matthew 27:26, 29 Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he delivered Him to be crucified. . . . And after weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they kneeled down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

    9. Fell Under the Cross
    Prophecy: Psalm 109:24 My knees are weak from fasting; And my flesh has grown lean, without fatness.

    Fulfillment: John 19:17 They took Jesus therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Luke 23:26 And when they led Him away, they laid hold of one Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.

    NOTE: Evidently the Lord was so weak that His knees gave way under the weight of the heavy cross. So they had to put it on another.

    10. Hands and Feet Pierced
    Prophecy: Psalm 22:16 For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

    Fulfillment: Luke 23:33 And when they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.

    NOTE: Christ was crucified in the customary Roman manner, the hands and feet being pierced by huge spikes which fastened the body to the wooden cross. See John 20:25-27 “ . . . except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails . . . Then said He (Jesus) to Thomas, reach hither thy finger and behold My hands,” etc.

    11. Crucified with Thieves
    Prophecy: Isaiah 53:12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

    Fulfillment: Mark 15:27-28 And they crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. 28 (And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And He was numbered with transgressors.")

    12. Prayed For His Persecutors
    Prophecy: Isaiah 53:12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors. (emphasis mine)

    Fulfillment: Luke 23:34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.

    Here Jesus, as foreseen by Isaiah, “interceded for the transgressors” who nailed him to the cross.

    13. People Shook Their Heads
    Prophecy: Psalm 109:25 I also have become a reproach to them; When they see me, they wag their head.

    Fulfillment: Matthew 27:39 And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads.

    14. People Ridiculed Him
    Prophecy: Psalm 22:8 “Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”

    Fulfillment: Matthew 27:41-43 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him, and saying, 42 “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we shall believe in Him. 43 “He trusts in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He takes pleasure in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

    15. People Astonished
    Prophecy: Psalm 22:17 I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me;

    Fulfillment: Luke 23:35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.”

    16. Garments Parted and Lots Cast
    Prophecy: Psalm 22:18 They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.

    Fulfillment: John 19:23-24 The soldiers therefore, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. 24 They said therefore to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”

    NOTE: How exact the inspired prophecy! The garments were to be parted among them, but the vesture was to be awarded to one by lots. These were statements that would appear almost contradictory unless explained by the record of the scene at the cross.

    17. His Forsaken Cry
    Prophecy: Psalm 22:1 For the choir director; upon Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.

    Fulfillment: Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? “that is, “ My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me ?”

    18. Gall and Vinegar Given Him
    Prophecy: Psalm 69:21 They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

    Fulfillment: John 19:28-29 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop, and brought it up to His mouth.

    19. Committed Himself to God
    Prophecy: Psalm 31:5 Into Thy hand I commit my spirit; Thou hast ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth.

    Fulfillment: Luke 23:46 And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit.” And having said this, He breathed His last.

    20. Friends Stood Afar Off
    Prophecy: Psalm 38:11 My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand afar off.

    Fulfillment: Luke 23:49 And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee, were standing at a distance, seeing these things.

    21. Bones Not Broken
    Prophecy: Psalm 34:20 He keeps all his bones; Not one of them is broken.

    Fulfillment: John 19:33, 36 but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs; . . . 36 For these things came to pass, that the Scripture might be fulfilled,” Not a bone of Him shall be broken. “

    NOTE: It is profitable to notice two other prophecies concerning His bones which undoubtedly had an exact fulfillment, although such is not stated in Scripture in so many words. We draw our conclusions from honest inference. (1) Psalm 22:14 “All my bones are out of joint.” Hanging on the cross by the hands and feet would easily disjoint the bones, especially when we remember that the body was fixed to the frame while lying on the ground. (2) Psalm 22:17 “I may tell all My bones.” He was left hanging on the cross naked (John 19:23) and all His bones could thus easily be seen. The extension of the body and the wasting pangs of crucifixion would make the bones more prominent than usual.

    22. Heart Broken
    Prophecy: Psalm 22:14 I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me.

    Fulfillment: John 19:34 but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.

    NOTE: The blood and water running out of the pierced side presented an evidence that the heart had literally burst.

    23. His Side Pierced
    Prophecy: Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born.

    Fulfillment: John 19:34-37 but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water. 35 And he who has seen has borne witness, and his witness is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. 36 For these things came to pass, that the Scripture might be fulfilled,” Not a bone of Him shall be broken. “ 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”

    24. Darkness Over the Land
    Prophecy: Amos 8:9 “And it will come about in that day,” declares the Lord GOD, “That I shall make the sun go down at noon And make the earth dark in broad daylight.

    Fulfillment: Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.

    NOTE: The Jews reckoned twelve hours from sunrise to sunset. This would make the sixth hour about noon, and the ninth hour near three o’clock.

    25. Buried in a Rich Man’s Tomb
    Prophecy: Isaiah 53:9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

    Fulfillment: Matthew 27:57-60 And when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given over to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.

    Old Testament Prophecies
    Relating to the Person of Christ
    1. His first Advent
    The Fact: Gen. 3:15; Deut. 18:15; Psa. 89:20; Isa. 2:2; 28:16; 32:1; 35:4; 42:6; 49:1; 55:4; Ezek. 34:24; Dan. 2:44; Micah 4:1; Zech 3:8.

    The Time: Gen. 49:10; Num. 24:17; Dan. 9:24; Mal. 3:1.

    His Divinity: Psa. 2:7, 11; 45: 6-7, 11; 72:8; 102:24-27; 89:26-27; 110:1; Isa. 9:6; 25:9; 40:10; Jer. 23:6; Micah 5:2; Mal 8:1.

    Human Generation: Gen. 12:3; 18:18; 21:12; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; 49:10; 2 Sam. 7:14; Psa. 18:4-6; 50:22-23; 89:4, 29-30; 132:11; Isa. 11:1; Jer. 23:5; 33:15.

    2. His Forerunner
    Isa. 40:3; Mal. 3:1; 4:5.

    3. His Nativity and Early Years
    The Fact: Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Jer 31:22

    The Place: Num. 24:17, 19; Micah 5:2

    Adoration by Magi: Psalm 72:10, 15; Isa. 60:3, 6

    Descent into Egypt: Hosea 11:1

    Massacre of Innocents: Jer 31:15

    4. His Mission and Office
    Mission: Gen. 12:3; 49:10; Num. 24:19; Deut. 19:18; Psa. 21:1; Isa. 59:20; Jer. 33:16

    Priest Like Melchizedek: Psalm 110:4

    Prophet Like Moses: Deut. 18:15

    Conversion of Gentiles: Isa. 11:10; Deut. 32:43; Psa. 18:49; 19:4; 117:1; Isa. 42:1; 45:23; 49:6; Hosea 1:10; 2:23; Joel 2:32.

    Ministry in Galilee: Isa. 9:1-2

    Miracles: Isa. 35:5-6; 42:7; 53:4

    Spiritual Graces: Psa. 45:7; Isa. 11:2; 42:1; 53:9; 61:1-2

    Preaching: Psa. 2:7; 78:2; Isa. 2:3; 61:1; Micah 4:2

    Purification of Temple: Psa. 69:9

    5. His Purpose
    Rejection by Jews and Gentiles: Psa. 2:1; 22:12; 41:5; 56:5; 69:8; 118:22-23; Isa. 6:9-10; 8:14; 29:13; 53:1; 65:2

    Persecution: Psa. 22:6; 35:7, 12; 56:5; 71:10; 109:2; Isa. 49:7; 53:3

    Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem: Psa. 8:2; 118:25-26; Zech. 9:9

    Betrayal by Own Friend: Psa. 41:9; 55:13; Zech 13:6

    Betrayal for Thirty Pieces: Zech. 11:12

    Betrayer’s Death: Psa. 55:15, 23; 109:17

    Purchase of Potter’s Field: Zech 11:13

    Desertion by Disciples: Zech 13:7

    False Accusation: Psa. 27:12; 35:11; 109:2; Psa. 2:1-2

    Silence Under Accusation: Psa. 38:13; Isa. 53:7

    Mocking: Psalm 22:7-8, 16; 109:25

    Insult, Buffeting, Spitting, Scourging: Psa. 35:15-, 21; Isa. 50:6

    Patience Under Suffering: Isa. 53:7-9

    Crucifixion: Psa. 22:14, 17

    Offer of Gall and Vinegar: Psa. 69:21

    Prayer for Enemies: Psa. 109:4

    Cries Upon the Cross: Psa. 22:1; 31:5

    Death in Prime of Life: Psa. 89:45; 102:24

    Death with Malefactors: Isaiah 53:9, 12

    Death Attested by Convulsions of Nature: Amos 5:20; Zech 14:4-6

    Casting Lots for Vesture: Psa. 22:18

    Bones not to be Broken: Psa. 34:20

    Piercing: Psa. 22:16; Zech 12:10; 13:6

    Voluntary Death: Psa. 40:6-8

    Vicarious Suffering: Isa. 53:4-6, 12; Dan 9:26

    Burial with the Rich: Isa. 53:9

    6. His Resurrection
    Psalm 16:8-10; 30:3; 41:10; 118:17; Hosea 6:2

    7. His Ascension
    Psalm 16:11; 24:7; 68:18; 110:1; 118:19

    8. His Second Advent
    Psalm 50:3-6; Isa. 9:6-7; 66:18; Dan 7:13-14; Zech. 12:10; 14:4-8.

    February 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      So tell us, are divine prophecies usually hidden in 1-3 verses of books that if read completely don't support that it was any kind of prophecy?

      February 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • Austin

      maybe you should look in to this a little more.

      February 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
    • Austin

      you read isaiah chapter 53?

      February 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      And why would I waste my time? I looked up the first 3 points, and all of them ended up being the author talking about himself. Why would I waste any more time looking up bible verses that have obviously been cherry picked from larger narratives?

      February 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • Austin

      they are all prophecies though. My favorite Isaiah 53 written in 700 BC there is a lot of material here that is for sure.

      so how is it going man? do you drink coffee?

      February 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
    • frank

      9. He availed himself of all the dates he could consume on the sixth night.
      Prophecy: He had the shits really bad on the seventh day. Gastronomy: 1:17

      February 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • hawaiiguest


      And what about Isaiah 53? Something interesting that I do notice is the rest of Isaiah is written as most prophecies are (that being with a lot of "this will happen, that will happen", and in Isaiah 53 it switches completely to "this has happened and that has happened". This reads more of a reprimand than a prophecy.

      February 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
    • hawaiiguest


      And the first three of the large copy and paste list above are total cherry picked crap.

      February 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      There's a real coincidence. I just posted on Isaiah 53. This bit:

      Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
      and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
      he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
      and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

      How the parts of prophecies that just don't fit are conveniently ignored.

      February 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
    • This is called "circular reasoning"

      You cannot prove the book is true by using the book as your proof. Get a fucking clue already!!

      February 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
    • Austin

      how can a prophetic word, which is what the bible is, not be seen as circular reasoning. ? just saying the prophecies were writtten out ahead , then fulfilled and written down, and you think by saying to a sovereign all knowing God, who fulfills promises that He is debunked for "circular reasoning" aha! thats corny.

      February 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
    • Pete

      Did Jesus build the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28), gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6), usher in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease. As it says: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall man learn war anymore." (Isaiah 2:4). Did he spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. As it says: "God will be King over all the world ― on that day, God will be One and His Name will be One" (Zechariah 14:9)?

      No? Well he wasn't the expected messiah then, was he? Even with the scriptures right before them to craft a story where Jesus fulfills prophecy the Gospel writers could not fake these things.

      February 5, 2013 at 12:04 am |
    • A Frayed Knot


      Guess what? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul (and even Jesus himself, if he existed), as Jews, read or heard all of those old-time prophecies. How simple to include them in their stories. There is no evidence outside of their stories that these things really happened.

      February 5, 2013 at 12:07 am |
    • Donna

      Faked prophecies even in Amos


      February 5, 2013 at 12:14 am |
    • Austin

      how many prophecies are about "the day of the lord" all ezekiekl and the temple is referring to the millineal kingdom.......thousand year kingdom none of that stuff has happened yet.

      go google "the day of the Lord" and you will see how many prophecies have not happened yet. if you read revelations, you see that the entire world will war and get way way worse. clearly the prophecies you refer to if they havent happened yet, they wll happen. not one of them wont.

      February 5, 2013 at 12:18 am |
    • Pete

      The original Hebrew use of "the day of the Lord" was to reference times when YHWH punished them. Not future millineal kingdom Christian bs. Christians reworked Old Testament prophecy like Twilight reworked vampires.

      February 5, 2013 at 12:32 am |
    • Pete

      And the book's name is Revelation, not Revelations. Like I said, some of the prophecies that haven't happened yet refer to the coming messiah, coming because Jesus failed to fulfill them.

      February 5, 2013 at 12:36 am |
    • Austin

      donna that video is stupid and useless. I have a prophetic gift called special revelation, and your world doubts are inspired by the angel of deceit.. I know spiritual reality, i have experienced it time and time again, and the world of Godless education is from the pit of hell. the secular world system is know as mystery bablylon and the hore that rides the beast. that is all detailed in the book of Revelation, what will become of that false religion.

      Pete, isaiahs prophecy, and ezekiel, refer to the day of the Lord and the milineal kingdom. only someone who rejects the entire bible would look at those prophecies and conclude that since it didnt allready happen that it never will, and that is like saying, i am alive today and so God must have been a god of yesterday only.

      That is really arrogant. it does not get any more arrogant than that. Pete, look into the book of daniel and see how the anti christ will have footholds in Lybia, Egypt, Syria, and Africa does that sound familiar? you better get ready because He is coming back to put evil in its place. You are justified, and redeemed, unless you reject your calling.

      February 5, 2013 at 12:42 am |
    • Pete

      This might help you understand how "day of the Lord" only refers to local judgments, not to grand future end times.


      February 5, 2013 at 12:49 am |
    • Austin

      I am one of those sons who dreams dreams and sees visions. The time has come.

      Go watch blood moon with mark Blitz

      Joel 2:20
      Acts 2:17-21
      New International Version (NIV)
      17 “‘In the last days, God says,
      I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
      Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
      your young men will see visions,
      your old men will dream dreams.
      18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
      I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
      and they will prophesy.
      19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
      and signs on the earth below,
      blood and fire and billows of smoke.
      20 The sun will be turned to darkness
      and the moon to blood
      before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
      21 And everyone who calls
      on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[a]

      February 5, 2013 at 12:50 am |
    • Donna

      Your "special revelation" is just your over-sized ego telling you that you're too smart to be wrong. Tell me, what makes you such a scholar? Where did you study?

      February 5, 2013 at 12:53 am |
    • Austin

      do you believe in the resurrection? because the testimony of the Holy Spirit can be a miraculous revelation, as it has been in my case. Do you have a soul?

      February 5, 2013 at 12:54 am |
    • End Religion

      " I have a prophetic gift called special revelation"
      ...speaking of arrogance. I liked you better when you were just a drunk in prison. Imagine... if there was a god and he decided to manufacture a prophet, that you think he'd choose a crazy drunk criminal is just sad. You're not prophet material.

      February 5, 2013 at 1:04 am |
    • Austin

      unbelief Donna. what personal merit do you have to be saved or discredit prophecy?

      trust me donna, God is faithful to give faith. no one earns it. my ego has nothing to do with spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit is a sanctifying spirit that reveals the truth in a persons heart mind and soul.
      seek Him. we are all desperate. remember how aaron ran right down the mountain and John the baptist sent his friends to ask Jesus....."should we expect another messiah" we are all pitiful and helpless. faith is a gift . and you are desperate to receive faith.

      February 5, 2013 at 1:07 am |
    • Austin

      go study spiritual gifts genius. the apostle paul killed christians. Noah was drunk and got a hoker. come on dude. get real david had uriah killed and committed adultery. I am not a prophet. that doesnt mean i dont have a prophetic gift. prophets received direct revelation. the bible is general revelation. and there is a huge range of special revelation. the Holy spirit has its own ministry of special revelation, ranging from revealing truth, to the miraculous. God is a living God. and I do have a spiritual gift .

      February 5, 2013 at 1:13 am |
    • A Frayed Knot


      A few years ago "prophets" like you were found in every large city park - on their soap boxes, preaching their diatribes non-stop. Almost dime-a-dozen, they were. I'm sure you are more comfy in your computer chair than they were, but you are every bit as preposterous.

      February 5, 2013 at 1:55 am |
  11. Joshua Dewal

    I just got paid $6784 working on my laptop using these simple steps leaked on this web page. Make up to $85 per hour doing simple tasks that are so easy to do that you won't forgive yourself if you don't check it out! Weekly payments! Here is what I've been doing Rich45.ℂOM

    February 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
  12. Science


    News Release

    3-D structure of the evolved enzyme (an RNA ligase), using 10 overlaid snapshots. In the top region, the overlays show the range of bending and folding flexibility in the amino acid chain that forms the molecule. The two gray balls are zinc ions. (University of Minnesota)

    University of Minnesota researchers unveil first artificial enzyme created by evolution in a test tube

    Thanks Doc.

    February 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
  13. Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

    In 1973, Mike Oldfield released one of the first unconventional progressive rock albums that would be referred to as New Age music. Most know the opening piano solo from Tubular Bells as the title music to the film The Exorcist.

    Two years later, Oldfield released another two-movement work: Ommadawn. Oldfield sought out the ancient Celtic influence on English music and composed for traditional instruments such as uilleann pipes on the original LP version. The album was reissued by Mercury Records in June 2010 with additional content. It was recorded at Oldfield's home at Hergest Ridge (the name of another two-movement album by the artist).


    And live from Montreaux (1981), it's "Tubular Bells"


    also: awesome ambient extract from Tubular Bells, Pt 2.:

    also: Taurus, Sheba (medley)

    and one I cannot locate . . . oh heck just take off a day and youtube all of mike's fantastic stuff!

    February 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

      Mike has been so prolific, he has a separate wiki discography page:


      February 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
    • Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

      Mike & Norwegian singer Anita Hegerland had two in the late 1980's.
      Here they are together with "The Time Has Come" (1987)
      Is there a message to the song & video?

      February 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
    • Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

      oops. [they] had two children together in the late 1980's.

      February 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
  14. Austin

    New Athiest
    I asked for an example of a prophacy that the bible foretold that has come to pass. The only one Live4him provided was Ezekiel 37, the jews renaming their holy land. I argued that this was a self fulfilling prophacy,proved nothing, and not all that insightful. Could someone please do better?
    Isaiah 53
    New International Version (NIV)
    53 Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
    2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
    He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
    3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
    Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
    4 Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
    yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
    5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
    the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
    6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
    and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
    7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
    he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
    8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
    For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
    9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
    though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.
    10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
    he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
    11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
    by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
    12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
    because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
    For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

    February 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • Austin

      Isaiah is a messianc iprophecy 700 BC

      if you do not understand the ceremonies consecrated by Moses Passover(blood of the Lamb that set apart Israel as an escape from slavery/bondage) Unleavened bread, firstfruits, feast of weeks

      these festivals were celebrated for 1400 years, and christs crucifixion resurrection, and assention were the literal fulfillment of the festivals that were foreshadowing in God's sovereign plan through Moses and the festivals. Amen.

      Jehovah Shammah the Lord is There

      February 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
    • End Religion

      The bible cannot be used as proof of itself. It is a fraud. Beyond that, it is also circular reasoning.

      February 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
    • Austin

      there is no way all the old testament or any prophecy could written, be fulfilled and then written down, and then not be seen as circular logic though. do you see? thats not a good argument for the prophetic word.

      February 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
    • End Religion

      1) the bible is a known fraud
      2) no source can be used as proof of itself, otherwise I could easily show you that there is such a monster as a Jobberwocky because a poem suggests it exists
      3) no one knows the future except to the extent that we may guess generalities, in which case that is hardly prophecy

      February 5, 2013 at 12:49 am |
  15. Chad

    “Being saved and dedicating my life to Christ is actually the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me,” Thompson said.


    February 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • sam stone

      free people do not need to be saved, chard

      February 5, 2013 at 8:32 am |
  16. lionlylamb

    neodime magnet in copper pipe 02/1/13


    February 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      3-foot copper pipe with a neodymium magnet free falling thru it


      February 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
  17. lionlylamb

    Astra-physiology 02/04/13


    February 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
  18. lionlylamb

    DFFocus Blogs 02/04/13


    February 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  19. Doug

    Im naked!

    February 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • Akira


      February 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • Doug

      Dont harass me Akira!! why are you?

      February 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • Akira

      Relax there, spanky; I'm not harrassing you, just hoping you live in a warm climate.
      I won't address you again, since you seem so thin-skinned; not good if you like to run around naked.
      Flop on, bro, flop on. Watch out for shrinkage.

      February 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
  20. Rodney

    fish eggs ? maybe the eggs survived. sharks are being found in the missouri river. or mississippi.

    February 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • The Truth

      You sound like a desparate ho.mophobe trying to explain away to your friends the adams apple on the "girl" you just kissed at a bar..."No, no, her lip's were too soft to be a dudes, it's just not possible guys, and she just likes wearing scarves...!"
      "No, no, we just don't know if the eggs could survive the flood, i mean, they found sharks in a river!..."

      February 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Austin

      @ The truth.....................have you been drinking wiskey or what. chill out bro.

      February 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
    • The Truth

      This May will be two years since I had any whiskey or any other alcohol and not one AA meeting nor any throwing my burdens on God to do it after over a decade of drinking at least two bottles of wine a night.

      February 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
    • Akira

      Tell me again about the blood red moons; you accuse others of drinking??

      February 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      The Truth – in vino Veritas

      February 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • Austin

      The truth

      with you in sobriety!

      Akira you may want to think twice about the last two 4 consecutive blood mood having correspondence with Israel, and then you can sum up the prophecy of the Blood moon because there is not any disputing going an of any coincodence, it is what it is. in a day or two i am going to launch in to the book of Daniel for yall.

      February 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
    • The Truth

      @tom tom – Yes, there was The Truth in wine... 🙂

      February 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
    • Akira

      Nonsense, Austin; I have seen a "blood moon" before; in my case it was the tremendous amount of ore in the air hovering over my town due to air pollution from the many steel mills in my area; this was back in aound 1970.
      But, whatever floats your boat.

      February 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • Austin

      right , but i am talking about the year when there were 4 consecutive blood moons , which is the max it can happen in one year, and rarely happens. like i said, the last 2 times that happened was in 49 and 67, both times israel was winning a war. look up the blood moon and 9th of AV discussions on utube for a clear presentation. but what im talking about is unprecedented in its value and meaning. it is beyond a coincodence.

      February 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
    • hawaiiguest



      Oh please, keep going on about "blood moons", it's freaking hilarious!

      February 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
    • Austin

      you tube Blood Moon with Mark Blitz just eat it..............eat it

      February 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
    • hawaiiguest


      Great comedy to end my day, guess you couldn't answer my points on Isaiah 53. Oh well maybe when I come back tomorrow I'll see you post some asinine non-answer.

      February 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
    • Austin

      ok man, im going to tell on you. ahaha

      February 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
    • End Religion

      Your pattern matching is off by months and even years. The moons have no religious significance. It isn't prophecy if we have to interpret it: if it isn't literally telling us exactly when and where and what and how, then it's just a vague guess that seems substantiated by any fevered hallucination. It's Nostradamus' ridiculous prophecies, which may be fun when one is 12 years old, but doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the scam.

      Apparently even this Blitz guy agrees now it is insignificant because of the supposed other prophesied garbage that needs to happen before tribulation. You are a crazy, inept, deluded fuck who is late to his own conspiracy. You call yourself a prophet and you don't even realize your own stupid hinted "revelation" isn't going to happen.

      You haven't even actually prophesied ANYTHING. You're merely telling us what the NASA web site shows: a naturally occurring event will happen again a couple times in 2014 and 2015 and then again years later, as it did years before. Because you'll accept any vaguary as prophecy we'll now have to suffer through you claiming your "success" if even the tiniest of events occurs in Israel in the next few years, which is highly likely as events happen all the time, all year long, in every country of the world.

      You're not prophetic, you're pathetic.

      February 5, 2013 at 2:45 am |
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