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King Without A Throne
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Samuel Adesunloro
at Jul 24, 2014 7:50:49 AM
Ephesians 5:3-12; 1John 4:4

To have dominion means to have absolute control over situations or circumstances. It also means having power and authority over a given territory or a realm. The topic before us refers to dominion a Christian should excise over works of darkness. Works of darkness here from our text in Ephesians chapter 5:3-5, are sinful habits through which Satan enslaves gullible souls unto damnation. Therefore the highest form of dominion is dominion over sin and its allurements.

Many times the human mind will refer to the activities of demonic forces as the works of darkness that a believer should overcome. Of course the works of darkness in the context of our topic is not exclusive for or limited to only the sinful actions of men. It includes the activities of the powers of darkness – Ephes 6:12. However, the truth is that the pestilence, hardship and failure that stare some believers on the face may not be as a result of the activities of a herbalist or an enemy somewhere. They may be as a result of the believer’s inability to overcome secret sinful habits. Therefore the greatest dominion to enjoy is the victory over sin – Prov 14;34; 28:1.

Have you unwittingly subjected yourself to the control of contrary forces through yielding to temptations and sin? Dominion can be your experience if you sincerely surrender to the Lordship of Christ – John 1:12.

2 Corinth 2:11; Prov.14:34; Isaiah 59:1-3; Eph. 5:3-6; Gen3:1-4; Josh 7:11-12

Satan does not come as an ugly black figure or a monster with horns and tail as portrayed in pictures depicting him. He uses the instrumentality of sin to steal the authority and dominion of a believer – John 10:10a. He used that approach against Eve and Adam in the garden of Eden and still uses the same today- Peter 5:8. Here are a few such works of darkness which the believer must watch against.

a) Deceit – Gen 3:1-4
b) Covetousness – Lk 12:13,15
c) Fear and lying - Gen 20:2,11
d) Lust of the flesh and eyes 2 Tim2:22a
e) Pride of life 1 John 2:15-17
f) Doubt and unbelief – Matt 13:58
g) Worries, anxiety and compromise Matt 6:31-32
h) Love of money and popularity 1 Tim 6:9-10

1 John 1:12; Prov. 28:1; Ephes. 6:13-18Heb 11:6

Unto the righteous, dominion is certain. The plan of God for His children is total victory over all works of darkness – Isaiah 54:17. So He has provided for this dominion through His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus – Matt 1:21. Once the new birth has taken place, the believer should appreciate his new status and make use of the divinely provided weapons for dominion such as :

a. Breast plate of righteousness through Christ . – John 1:12;
Rom. 3:22; Ephes. 6:14
b. Purity of heart – Job 22:21-23,30; 1 Thess. 5:23
c. Word of God- Eph. 6:17; Heb 4:12
d. Shield of faith – Eph. 6: 17b
e. The blood of Jesus Christ – Rev 12:11
f. Word of testimony – Rev 12:11
g. The name of Jesus – Phil 2:9-11.

Eph. 5:6,11; Dan 1:8; Gen 39:7-9,Psalm 57:7; Joshua 14:11-12

The moment a believer has made up his mind to remain untainted and unstained with sin which is the most potent weapon used by Satan to pull men down, dominion over all other works and forces of darkness become guaranteed – Luke 10:19; 1 John4:4. So, as a believer, you must remain focused and resolute in your decision to stand for God in this untoward generation and then God the Father will empower you more and more unto dominion over works of darkness anywhere, anytime, any day – 1John 4:4;17.

There were men and women in Bible days who had dominion over the works of darkness. Such people remain our shining examples to emulate, e.g.
a. Abraham - refused to be provoked by controversy from Lot’s herds men – Gen 13 : 7-9.
b. Joseph - refused to yield to immorality with Potiphar’s wife – Gen 39:8-10
c. Moses – rejected the spoils of the throne associated with idolatrous practices – Heb. 11:24-26.
d. Joshua and Caleb – refused to joined the crowd of murmurers – Numbers 13:30, 14:6-9,38.
e. Deborah – stood more courageous than men of her time – Judges 4:4-6, 8-9 .
f. Ruth – refused to return back to the idols of Moab – Ruth 1:15-18.
g. Daniel – rejected defilement through the king’s meal. – Daniel 1:8
h. Paul – fought the good fight of faith – Phil. 3:10,14
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at Jul 24, 2014 7:37:03 AM
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Kai Rathsack
at Jul 24, 2014 7:36:54 AM
Tina Guo - Game of Thrones (Main Theme - Electric Cello Cover)
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at Jul 24, 2014 7:36:32 AM
Enjoy the new epic cello cover by Tina Guo.
Tina Guo - Game of Thrones (Main Theme - Electric Cello Cover)
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Rabenbrand Relies commented at Jul 24, 2014 7:42:24 AM
        Reminds me of Appocalyptica :)
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at Jul 24, 2014 7:30:51 AM
Ray Matina
These remimders I find I must do on a daily basis these days in order that I not get caught up in a politicized world, divisive an easily influenced. I don't give credence to things such jazz separation of church and state; socialism; what Americans are currently calling our government because it calls for the haves to give to the have nots without their permission.Why should my "MONEY" be given to someone in need. Immigration laws. More and more Americans are moving to the side of denying the opressed and the impoverished coming to our country and taking and using our "MONEY." Raging debates about gun control. Bipartisanship the practice of not doing what's best for America but what's best for your party. And the list is endless. I for one prefer to guard my salvation as opposed to my wealth. That's why I must remind myself show restraint and discipline to not be opinionated nor influential in any manner. Because the cause of all this strife cannot be found in the Bible. Jesus did not acknowledge or make mention of the problems above. But he did say this. When the children were brought to Jesus to lay hands on them and pray the disciples rebuked those who brought them. "JESUS SAID." leave the children alone! Around the little ones to come to me, and do not prevent or restrain or hinder them, for of such is the kingdom of heaven composed. (I wonder if he meant those children on those buses) As for the so-called socialist attitude of America. When asked by a man what must I do to gain eternal life. "JESUS SAID." Keep the commandments. And if you would be perfect go and sell all that you have and give it to the poor. "AND JESUS SAID" anyone and everyone was lip houses or brothers or sisters or fathers or mothers or children of lands for my name sake will receive many times more and will inherit eternal life. When "JESUS SAID" hey there for to Caesar the things I do to Caesar, and pay to God the things that are due to God.( the question asked of him that made him reply those words the legality of paying tribute taxes paid yearly; not human souls."JESUS SAID" you blind fools! For which is greater the gold, or the sanctuary of the temple that has made the gold sacred? "JESUS SAID" And the love of a great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness in equity, but he who endures to the end will be saved. For just as the lightning flashes from the east and shines is seen as far as the West, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. "JESUS SAID" Scribes and Pharisees though you give a tenth in tithing. You have omitted and negleted the weightier matters of the law----- right and justice,mercy and fidelity. "JESUS SAID" watch therefore for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come. "JESUS SAID" when the son of man comes in His glory and all the Holy Angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. And he will cause the sheep to stand at his right hand; but the goats at his left. "JESUS SAID" the King will say to those at his right hand,come you blessed of my father inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought me together with yourselves and welcomed me and entertained and lodged me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see me. And the just and the upright will ask Lord when did we do these things? "JESUS SAID" and the king will reply to them, verily verily I say unto you, insofar as you did it for one of the least of my brethren you did it from me. "JESUS SAID" I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the before all and the end of all. "JESUS SAID" I personally solemnly warn everyone who listens to the statements of the prophecy in this book: if anyone shall add anything to them, God will add and lay upon him the plagues that are recorded and described in this book. "JESUS SAID" he who gives this warning and affirms and testifies to these things says yes it is true. "JESUS SAID" I am coming quickly. Amen. Yes, come, Lord Jesus. .

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at Jul 24, 2014 7:25:39 AM
European Folklore,Myth,History.And Legend,....Preserving Its Racial and Cultural Heritage

Teutonic Myths And Legends... .Germanic Myth

Part 2...The Descent Of The Gods

The Asa-gods built for themselves Asgard, the celestial city, which is set high above the heavens. It stands there in beauty and in glory upon a holy island in the midst of a dark broad river flowing from the thunder-vapours that rise through the great World-tree from Hvergelmer, "the roaring cauldron", the mother of waters. The river is ever troubled with eddies and fierce currents, and above it hover darkly thick banks of kindling mist called "Black Terror Gleam", from which leap everlastingly tongues of vafer-flame, (lightning) filling the air and darting like white froth from whirling billows.

Round Asgard is a dark and lofty wall, and the great boiling river breaks angrily at its base. There is no entry-way save by Odin's mighty gate. And if anyone who is unworthy, be he god or giant or mortal, should cross the river unscathed by the vafer-flames, and seek to open the gate of Asgard, he would be caught suddenly by a chain which springs from the lock of strange mechanism, and crushed and utterly destroyed.

In the middle of Asgard was built stately Idavoll, the Court of Judgment, the High Thingstead of the Gods, in which their own divine affairs are discussed and arranged. The beauty of the great hall is unequalled in the nine worlds, for its roof is of shining silver and it is resplendent without and within with burnished and graven gold. Therein was set the great golden throne of Odin, the chief ruler of Asgard, and around it were placed twelve golden seats for the gods who sit with him in judgment, and to whom the All-father gave power to rule and to issue decrees.

When Odin sits on his high golden throne he looks over the homes of giants and elves and mortals and sees all things. He is silent and he listens.

Another fair and stately structure did the gods cause to be made as a sanctuary for the goddesses, and by singers of skalds who echo its praises it is called Vingolf, "the abode of friends".

In Asgard was shaped a smithy which was furnished with anvils and hammers and tongs. With these the gods had made for them, by the cunning elf-smiths, Ivalde's sons and Sindre's kinsmen, every instrument they had need of. They worked in fine metals, and so great was the treasure of gold that all movables were made of it.

On a green place in the celestial city were found the golden tablets with which was played the Game of the Gods. This was in the Golden Age, which lasted until there came from Jotun-heim three giant maids, who brought corruption.

To the gods in ages past it became known that there dwelt in Midgard a race of dwarfs. In the deep, dark mould of Ymer's body they swarmed as do maggots in rotted flesh, and they went hither and thither with no purpose or knowledge.

All the gods assembled in their high Thingstead, with Odin seated on his golden throne, and there took counsel one with another. To the dwarfs they gave human shape, but their hue was the blackness of earth in which they had being. Over them the gods set Modsognir, who is Mimer, to be king. In the mounds of the earth dwell one tribe of these earth-black elves, within rocks another, and a third have their habitation inside high and precipitous mountains.
Besides these are the Trolls, who fly hither and thither carrying bundles of sticks, and have power to change their shape.

Now the wonder of the Universe, which was set in order by the will of All-father, is the great ash tree, Ygdrasil, the Tree of Existence, which nourishes and sustains all spiritual and physical life. Its roots are spread through the divisions of the worlds that fill the yawning gulf, and its boughs are above the high celestial city of the gods. It grows out of the past, it lives in the present, and it reaches towards the future.

The World-ash has three great roots. In the realms below Midgard is one root, which receives warmth and life in Hela's glittering plains from the deep fountain of Urd, the goddess of fate and of death; another root reaches the egg-white well of Mimer, who is Wisdom and Memory; and the last root is in gloomy Nifel-heim, where it finds hardening sustenance in Hvergelmer, "the roaring cauldron", the fount of primeval waters, ice-cold and everlasting, which springs up on Hvergelmer mountain.

In the realm of Urd, which is Hela, the souls of good men be. Nigh to it, in the underworld, is Mimer's well in Mimer's grove, where dwells the race which will regenerate the world of men.

Below cold and darksome Nifel-heim are the nine divisions of torture in which the souls of the wicked are punished. At Hvergelmer the watchman of the root of Ygdrasil is Ivalde, who with his sons contend against the storm-giants who threaten Hela.

The roots of the great World-tree suck up the waters of the three eternal fountains, and these mixed together give imperishable life. In the well of wise Mimer the fibres are made white with the holy mead which gives wisdom to men, and poetry also, and is the very elixir of life eternal.

On the high branches of Ygdrasil, which overshadow Asgard, sits a wise eagle, and between its eyes is perched a hawk named Vedfolner. On the topmost bough is Goldcomb, the "cock of the north", which awakens the gods from sleep and puts the demons to flight. From Hela answers the red cock, whose fire purifies what is good and destroys what is evil.

But the great World-tree bears a more painful burden than mortals can conceive. In the well of Hvergelmer, in the black realm of Nifel-heim, is the corpse-eating dragon Nidhog, "the lower one", which chews constantly at the root; above, four giant harts are ever biting its buds and its leaves; on its side, Age rots it; and many serpents gnaw its tender fibres in the dark underworld. For there never was good to which evil came not, nor growth which has known not decay and the wasting of time.

The Norns of Hela sprinkle the great ash-tree each morning with precious mead from Urd's fount of life, so that its leaves may ever be green. Thence comes the honey-dew, which drips upon the world and is stored by the bees. And in Urd's fountain are the two mystic swans which are the ancestors of the swan race in Midgard.

Up and down the World-tree runs constantly the squirrel Ratatosk, which bears gossip between the eagle on the highest branches and the dragon Nidhog at the root, and is thus ever the cause of strife. Greatly dreaded is Nidhog, who flies to the rocks and cliffs of the lower world with the bodies of dead men beneath its wings.

The three Fates, who are called Norns, are Urd and her two sisters--Urd, "present"; Verdande, "past"; and Skuld, "future". By them are spun at will the fates of men and women. There are also Dises, who are maids of Urd, unto whom various duties are assigned. The Hamingjes are those Dises who are guardians of men through their lives, and appear to them in dreams to give warnings and noble counsel, and he whom the holy elf deserts for wrongdoing is indeed lost.

The decrees of Urd are executed by the Giptes, and men who are favoured are suddenly awarded good fortune and treasure; other Dises attend upon families and even upon tribes. There are also the sweet elf-maids who have care of babes unborn in the fair realms of Urd, and find them kindly mothers in the world of men; and there are maids who conduct the souls of the dead to Hela's glittering plain.

Now in Hela is the lower-world Thingstead of the gods, where the souls of the dead are judged, and rewards and punishments are meted out by Odin. There is but one road thither from Asgard for all the gods save Thor, and that is over the curved bridge Bif-rost, "the rainbow", which has its foundation beyond the edge of the world of men. The southern span reaches to the fount of Urd in the realms of green verdure that never. know decay.

Bif-rost is built of air and water, and is protected by red fire flaming on its edge. Frost giants and mountain giants ever seek to capture the bridge, so that they may ascend to Asgard and overcome the gods; but its sentinel, Heimdal, is constantly on guard against them.

The gods set Heimdal, son of the waves, to protect the bridge forever against the enemy. He is clad in silvern armour, and on his head is a burnished helmet with ram's horns. Horsed on his swift steed, Gull-top, he now watches at the highest point of Bif-rost from his fortified citadel, Himinbjorg, "the ward of heaven", where his hall is supplied with precious mead. Anon he crosses over from side to side of the bridge. His sight is so keen that he can see by night as well as by day the length of a hundred leagues, and he listens so keenly that he can hear the grass growing. He sleeps as little and as lightly as a bird. When the giants and monsters come to assail the gods at Ragnarok, Heimdal shall blow a thunderblast on Gjallar-horn which is hidden in the deepest shade of the World-tree. With his great sword he shall combat with the Evil One in the Last Battle.

Heimdal is loved both by gods and by men, and he is also called Gullintani because his teeth are of gold. There was a time when he went unto Midgard as a child; he grew up to be a teacher among men, and was named Scef.

Every day the horses of the gods thunder over Bif-rost as they descend to and return from the lower-world Thingstead. Thor, the thunder god, cannot travel thus because the fire of his thunder chariot might set the bridge aflame and destroy it. He must needs wade across the four great girdling rivers in the underworld to reach Hela's glittering plains.

When the gods come unto Hela they leap from their horses and take their seats in the Thingstead. The dead are then brought before them.

A weary way and long these dead men and women have travelled. Down the valley of thorns they came, and those who were given hel-shoes in their graves, because they had shown mercy to others while they lived, suffered indeed little; but the feet of the wicked were torn and bleeding. Then they crossed a river full of weapons. The just walked over on boards, but the unjust waded, and were sorely wounded and covered with scars, so that their bodies dripped blood.

To the Thingstead come men and women in full attire, with the jewels and ornaments which those who loved them placed on their bodies ere they were laid in grave-chambers. Warriors carry their weapons, and all are clad so that they may be recommended to the gods as the well-beloved among men.

But silent are the dead, save the happy ones under whose tongues were placed, ere yet they were laid in their graves, magic runes, so that they might make answer when accused, and give reasons to justify their deeds. But the Hamingjes can also speak for the dead, and those who have not Hamingjes to speak for them are known to have done evil and to be deserted by their Dises in sorrow and wrath.

Those who are justified pass to the eternal realms of Hela, where joy prevails, because they have lived upright lives, and have been honourable and full of pity and have helped others; because they were brave and feared not to die; and also because they worshipped the gods and gave offerings in the temples.

But those who are condemned are sent to Nifel-hel, the region of torture. They are judged to be unworthy if they injured others by falsehoods or wicked deeds, if they were adulterers, or murderers, or despoilers of graves, or cowards, or were traitors, and profaners of the temples.

Those who are to share eternal joy are given to drink from the horn of Urd, which imparts to them enduring strength. In it are mixed the three meads from the wells which sustain Ygdrasil, the World-ash. But the doomed are given a draught of burning venom which changes them to monsters. Their tongues are then for ever bereft of speech and they can moan only.

The happy dead disport themselves on the green plains of Hela, where they meet lost friends and ancestors from the earliest years of the world. And many beauteous ways they travel, and wonderful tales they hear. The children are cared for in the realm of Mimer, "memory", where joy is theirs forever and their food is honey-dew.

The doomed are fettered and are driven towards Nifel-hel by black elves, who carry thorny rods with which they lash those who falter or seek to turn back. Their first punishment is received when they must needs pass through the regions of eternal bliss, and behold with grief unutterable the joy of the blessed. Then they cross the rivers which girdle Hela, and climb towards the dark mountains of Nifel-hel. The wolf dog barks at them in the shadowy valley where it guards the borders of Hela, and there is blood on its breast. And as they climb tortuous paths and tread the narrow path on the edge of dizzy precipices they hear the barking of the terrible watchdogs at Nifel-hel's gates. The dreaded dragon, Nidhog, hovers near them, and ferocious birds of prey sit on the rocks.

Then they enter the Na-gates and die the second death. Punishment is given in the nine realms of torture according to the sins that were committed. Some are seized by the dragon and some by the birds of prey, according to their deserts. Others are tempted for ever by illusions of sinful things they sought in life, and there are those who are torn to pieces by the great wolf.

In the Venom-dale is a river called Slid, and it is full of daggers and sharp spears. Through it must wade the perjurers and murderers and adulterers, who are continually suffering new and fierce wounds. Others sit together on benches of iron, while venom drips on them, within a hall which is full of stench unbearable. Traitors are hung on trees, and cowards are drowned in pools of foulness. Eternal night broods over all.

Naglefar, the "ship of death", lies in the Gulf of Black Grief, in the outer regions of Nifel-hel, made fast to a dark island with chains that shall not sever until Ragnarok, "the dusk of the gods". It is constructed of the parings of dead men's nails--the wicked men, hated by their kind because of their evil deeds, whose bodies were cleansed not at life's end, and whose nails were not pared ere they were laid in grave-chambers. When Naglefar breaks loose the avenging hosts shall sail in it to battle against the gods.

The warriors who are slain in battle, or drowned at sea, are borne to Valhal in Asgard by the maids of Urd, who are called Valkyries. They are horsed on swift steeds, and first they pass to Hela, where the gods give judgment and reject the unworthy. Then they are carried by the Valkyries over Bif-rost, and the hoofs of their steeds resound in Asgard. In great Valhal the heroes feast with Odin in eternal triumph and happiness.

Now these are the divisions of the Universe. In the midst is the earth, Midgard, which is encircled by the ocean. On high, and above all else, is Asgard, and below it is the realm of white elves, who flit between thebranches of the great World-tree. Then Vana-heim, the home of the Vana-gods, is in the air and in the sea; and in the depths of the western sea is the hall of Æger, god of Ocean ... Alf-heim, the home of elves, is to the east. In the lower world, below Nifel-heim, are the Nifel-hel regions of torture, and under Midgard are the Hela realms of Mimer and of Urd. Far below the path of the gods towards Hela's fields of bliss are Surtur's deep dales on the borders of Muspel-heim, where the great giant Surtur, the swarthy sentinel, keeps watch with his flaming sword. Jotun-heim is to the north and the east, beyond the world's edge.

Billing is the elf-guardian of the western heaven, and when the cars of Day and of Night and of the Sun and of the Moon enter the forest of the Varns, "the protectors", they pass through the lower-world realms of Mimer and of Urd towards the gates of Delling, the elf of dawn, in the east. When Nat reaches Hela, where she must rest, darkness falls around her, and the blessed are given sleep, and light comes again with Dagr, as Nat covers the earth above with shadow and deep slumber.

The Descent of the Gods

The Gods arose,
And took their horses, and set forth to ride
O'er the bridge Bifrost, where is Heimdall's watch,
To the ash Ygdrasil, and Ida's plain;
Thor came on foot, the rest on horseback rode.
And they found Mimir sitting by his fount
Of wisdom, which beneath the ash-tree springs;
And saw the Nornies watering the roots
Of that world-shadowing tree with honey-dew.
There came the Gods, and sate them down on stones.
--From "Balder Dead", by Matthew Arnold....

Source Teutonic Myth And Legend
by Donald A. Mackenzie.
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at Jul 24, 2014 7:25:37 AM
Jah Mason - Rainbow Circle Throne
A steppers classic from Jah Mason, produced by Jah Warrior and released in 2003. Available on 7" from & on download from reggaemusicstor...
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Kevin Davis
at Jul 24, 2014 7:23:16 AM
"The Man Comes Around"

And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder:
One of the four beasts saying: "Come and see." And I saw.
And behold, a white horse.

There's a man goin' 'round takin' names.
An' he decides who to free and who to blame.
Everybody won't be treated all the same.
There'll be a golden ladder reaching down.
When the man comes around.

The hairs on your arm will stand up.
At the terror in each sip and in each sup.
For you partake of that last offered cup,
Or disappear into the potter's ground.
When the man comes around.

Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers.
One hundred million angels singin'.
Multitudes are marching to the big kettle drum.
Voices callin', voices cryin'.
Some are born an' some are dyin'.
It's Alpha's and Omega's Kingdom come.

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
The virgins are all trimming their wicks.
The whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Till Armageddon, no Shalam, no Shalom.
Then the father hen will call his chickens home.
The wise men will bow down before the throne.
And at his feet they'll cast their golden crown.
When the man comes around.

Whoever is unjust, let him be unjust still.
Whoever is righteous, let him be righteous still.
Whoever is filthy, let him be filthy still.
Listen to the words long written down, When the man comes around.

Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers.
One hundred million angels singin'.
Multitudes are marchin' to the big kettle drum.
Voices callin', voices cryin'.
Some are born an' some are dyin'.
It's Alpha's and Omega's Kingdom come.

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
The virgins are all trimming their wicks.
The whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

In measured hundredweight and penny pound.
When the man comes around.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts,
And I looked and behold: a pale horse.
And his name, that sat on him, was Death.
And Hell followed with him.

"Million Dollar"
(performed by Detail & Future)

There's a few women out here
That got that million dollar pussy
Sometimes they come from a very struggling environment

[Verse 1: Detail]
Boarding pass that flight
But make sure you on it cause I'm here
And I'm thinking about that shit you said the other night when you text me
And said "when I'm off of your time, you better turn up, you got all the plugs, even wayne came to yo house"
Gold bottles in my kitchen
Candles in my restroom
And I sent her ass to my best room
That fire place got chest room
Two guests, indian or you gotta be arabic
That hour glass look mighty round
Is it real or did you inherit it
Phone calls on phone calls
Girl I keep that work going
All you gotta do is lick them lips
Girl gon and keep that flirt going
First night, popped it off
All you did was look
You was cool once you realize you wasn't fucking with no crook
Baby I don't kiss and brag
I'm a follow your lead
I see the pussy got a tag on it
Go on and let that milli breathe

[Verse 2: Future]
Champagne on her nipple
Dripping on my pistol
Fuck her like I miss her
I just met her and dismissed her
Marble on my counter
Mollys on my counter
Roses in my yard
Dying by the day
Trying water every seed
Showing off my seeds
Water all my seeds
Watch em grow to kids
Keys to the 'Gati
Keys to the 'Rari
Keys to the Lambo
Keys to the Mansion
Keys to the Penthouse
Hmm hmm hmm
You contagious
I can taste it
You need to fuck me like you love me
From your face is on this back, You know your into me
You a fein to me
You into me
You Into Me

[Hook: Future and Nicki Minaj]
Million Dollar Pussy (TapOut)
Million Dollar Pussy (TapOut)
And I'm gon make her Tap Out
Tap out, Tap Out, Tap out, Tap Out
Tap Out

(performed by Birdman, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine, Lil Wayne)
(feat. Future)

[Lil' Wayne:]
(Rich Gang)
If you hating, you just need some pussy. (Rich)
She fucked up when she gave me some pussy.
Say, "I fuck you better than that other nigga."
She say Tune, "I'm 'bout to cum, " I say, "I'm cumming with ya."
And she don't like them pretty niggas s'diddy niggas
She ride this dick her titties jiggle
That's my pillows.
That's because I sleep in that hoe
Hit it when I wake up tell the pigs I say, "Asalaam Alaykum uh."
My bitch a choosy lover never fuck without a rubber.
Sweet yellow bone thing I call her honey mustard.
Pussy like a sea shell.
Dick like a V12.
She say I drive her crazy.
I say just keep on your seat belt.
Bend it over bust it open for me
Baby bend it over bust it open for me
Yeah, she say she love me, she just love this dick.
I put that million dollar pussy on me make me rich.

[Chorus: Future]
She got that million dollar, million dollar oooo ooo ooo. [x2]
And all I wanna do is touch it, touch it, touch it, ooo ooo oo
Make her tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out
And I'm a make her tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out (all day, all night)

Crib made her tap out,
Sauna made her tap out,
Jet made her tap out,
Pilot with the map out.
Million on the diamonds, million on the kitchen, millions on the Maybach, glass top ceiling.
Million dollar pussy, sleeping on Versace, sleeping on the Fendi, sleeping on Cavalli,
Married to the money,
Millions in the bank.
Alexander McQueen, rich in the paint.

[Mack Maine:]
I got that fuck you if you love me on some nigga shit.
She got that million dollar 7 figure nigga rich.
We switch positions like we doing yoga in this bitch.
She get to shaking then stiff

She got that million dollar, million dollar oooo ooo ooo. [x2]
And all I wanna do is touch it, touch it, touch it, ooo ooo oo
Make her tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out
And I'm a make her tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out

[Nicki Minaj:]
Million dollar pussy, million dollar pussy
Six inch pumps, play with his balls, dunks
Bald head, yup, don't want no Forest Gumps
Don't let me tell ya twice, already told ya once
Eat that pussy
Who got the baddest pussy on the planet
D boys love me they don't understand it
Oooooh deep throat (Rich Gang)
Million dollar pussy might pounce on that ass
Throw them hundreds 'til I lose counts on that ass
Max out all of them accounts on that ass
Million dollar cheques don't bounce on that ass
Pull up in that you can't afford this
Only rap bitch on the Forbes list
Pussy jewelry make 'em say burr man, rubs hands like Birdman

She got that million dollar (Rich Gang)
Million dollar oooo ooo ooo (rich girl)
She got that million dollar (sexy slim, I see you, paradise home)
Million dollar oooo ooo ooo (flossing while you're shining and jumping out a Bugatti)
And all I wanna do is touch it, touch it, touch it, ooo ooo oo
Make her tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out (fuck the money game up) (why? I don't know)
And I'm a make her tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out, tap out (yeah, Sweet D)
Love you baby girl

[Bridge: Detail]
I'm in love with your Egyptian skin
And your talk about religion
I'm in prison with the pussy
And I'm fallin', no cushion

"My Way"

And now, the end is here
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I traveled each and ev'ry highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way

I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way,
"Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way"

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!

Yes, it was my way

ROMANS 8: 28


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified; he also glorified.

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died - more than that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long;
We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Good night Kiss from Heaven

I hear His whisper...

"I will give to you a new heaven and a new earth. I am the God who makes all things new. I will renew your heart and spirit this day to know Me as the God of Heaven. My presence, My Immanuel, lives in you. Where My presence abides it is heaven. What makes the heavens full of glory is My presence, for where I am, glory is found. Living within you this moment is the heavenly glory that I have given to My sons and daughters. Many look away to heaven and fail to embrace eternal life within. For everything that makes heaven real, lives in you, My child.

"The heavenly reality will be made clear to you. Soon, all that is around you will become nothing more than trinkets compared to the glory that is within you. My endless grace has opened a fountain within you, pouring satisfying streams into your thoughts, your emotions, your very soul. This grace-fountain will be the source of life, heavenly life, within you. Love, joy, peace-- is My presence in your soul. Fill your heart with My words and more of heaven will flow into you. Never say, 'I am rich and in need of nothing,' for that is the boast of the Laodecians who must come to Me and buy gold, so they can be truly rich.

"Heavenly life is My portion which I share with you today. Have I not seated you in heavenly places and enthroned you as My overcomer at My right hand? All that I am I give to you, My heaven-born child. Receive yet more and drink of the water of Life that flows from before My eternal throne. Drink deeply of the substance that pours from Me. Heaven's gift is yours this day.

"Let your mind be renewed and brought into a heavenly perspective. I have you taken your true life and it is now hidden in My realm of glory. Set your eyes and your affections on heavenly things and watch the healing of your heart be complete. I have a heavenly eye salve that will cause your eyes to open to the brightness of My glory within you. I have pure white robes to place upon your inadequacy and weakness. I bring My children into My courts as they see what I have provided for My household. As My children praise Me I open greater doors into glory. Come into My world, for I have come into yours. Seek My face, forsake your habits of passivity and stir your heart to come into the heavenly chamber. For I am the God who makes you new, strong, and courageous."

Psalm 26:6-8 The Passion Translation
When I come before You, I’ll come clean,
Approaching Your altar with songs of thanksgiving;
Singing the songs of Your mighty miracles.
Lord, I love Your Home, this place of dazzling glory,
Bathed in the splendor and light of Your presence!
:-) <3
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A President Without Balls By: Femi Fani-Kayode

Permit me to begin this contribution by quoting a portion of an essay that I wrote on 26 September 2011 which was titled ‘’On Goodluck Jonathan, David and Goliath’’. The portion reads as follows.

‘’A few days ago from the sacred pulpit of the hallowed chambers of the National Christian Centre in Abuja and in the prescence of the entire leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan proclaimed as follows- ‘’I am not David....I am not a general.....I am not a lion.....I will defeat the Goliaths in our land’’. These are deep and instructive words yet I do wonder whether Mr. President understands the spiritual and practical implications of what he is saying.

If he says that he ‘’is not a David’’ how can he then possibly slay the ‘’Goliaths in the land?’’ If he says that he ‘’is not a general’’ how can he be an effective Commander-in-Chief who commands the respect and confidence of his army and his officers? If he says that he ‘’is not a lion’’ how can he overwhelm the animals in our jungle that seek to destroy and ravage our land? The lion is a noble and courageous animal that defends it’s pride and family and protects it’s own. That is why it is known as the ‘’king of the jungle’’ and that is why our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself is known as the ‘’Lion of the Tribe of Judah’’.

Every king worth his salt must have the spirit of the lion and the warrior in him to a certain extent. It is a fundamental pre-qualification for good quality and inspirational leadership and that is what distinguishes the pretender and the usurper from a real king. May the spirit and weakness of Ahab not be our President’s portion even though his words seem to have ensnared him. History proves that weak kings and weak leaders always pull down and destroy great empires and strong kingdoms.

If you have any doubt about that consider what happened to the Roman Empire under Nero, Claudius or Caligula. If you still have any doubts after that then read up on Russian history or watch an excellent old film called ‘’Nicholas and Alexander’’ about Tsar Nicholas the 1st, the last Tsar of Russia and how his strong-willed wife and his consistent display of weakness shamed and brought down imperial Russia, destroyed the 300 year old royal dynasty of the Romanovs, led directly to the First World War (which in turn led to the Second World War and then later the Cold War), caused the communist revolution, led to the Russian civil war, resulted in the murder of his whole family and ended in the establishment and creation of the most evil and godless empire that has ever ruled half of the world- the cold and all-powerful Soviet empire.

That is what weakness, prevarication, inconsistency, cowardice, emotional slavery, inexplicable fear and the celebration of indecision can do. Worst still you don’t boast about such qualities because there is nothing to be proud of in them. Always remember, whether you are a king or a subject, that courage is the greatest of all the virtues. This is wisdom. Would someone please tell our President’’.

Once again please take note that the contribution that I quoted above was part of an essay that I wrote on 26th September 2011, almost two years ago to the day.

With the killing of 91 children by Boko Haram in Damatru a few days ago, the slaughter of 140 Nigerian troops by Boko Haram in Borno state last friday, the massacre of 41 school children in Borno state by Boko Haram two months ago, the mass murder of no less than 7000 thousand Nigerians by Boko Haram in the last 3 years and the raging war that is going on in the northern eastern part of our country between Boko Haram and our military today those words and that counsel that was offered two years ago seem even more relevant today than it was even at that time.

The carnage that we are witnessing in our country today has come as a direct result of the manifestation of weakness at the top. When a President tells the world that Boko Haram are his ‘’siblings’’ whom he ‘’cannot move against’’, as he did earlier this year, he is asking for trouble. When a President keeps offering Boko Haram amnesty even when they kept rejecting it and whilst they were murdering his people, as he has been doing for the last three years, he is asking for trouble. When a President installs and supports a party National Chairman who describes Boko Haram as ‘’freedom fighters’’, as he did earlier this year, he is asking for trouble.

When a President announces to the world that he is ‘’not a lion or a David’’, as he did exactly two years ago, no-one should be surprised when his people are killed like flies before his very eyes. May God bring us a real leader that can save our nation and may He take away this one who feels no pain and has no empathy when Nigerian blood, nay even the blood of innocent children, is shed with impugnity. Under the tenure of our ‘’lamb’’ President more innocent Nigerians have been slaughtered by terrorists than at any other time in the history of our country except during the civil war.

What a mess, what a record. I continue to ponder about one thing though- would the President have been so unperturbed and detached from the whole thing if the children that were killed in their school yesterday morning had been from his Niger Delta area or from the east. It appears to me that simply because those kids were northern muslims this President just ‘’doesn’t give a damn’’. What a tragedy. Whether christian or muslim, northern or southern these are only children and they are NIGERIAN children each of whom is entitled to the full protection of the Nigerian state. I have said it before and I shall say it again, Nigeria has become an abbatoir of human flesh and blood under the tenure of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and all those who support him should bury their heads in shame. The blood of all those innocent people is on his hands because he swore to an oath before God and the Nigerian people to protect them from such evil. Instead of getting on with his job and doing so he has spent the last few days boasting to the world about ringing the bell in the New York Stock Exchange and receiving irrelevant, illusionary, self-serving and absurd commendations for absolutely nothing from President Barack Obama. May God deliver us.

Permit me to make a painful observation here. I was thoroughly appauled about the fact that when our lamb President was asked about the latest round of killings during his live ‘’Presidential Media Chat’’ programme on sunday evening he not only told a lie to the world by claiming that only ‘’21 or 22 students were killed’’ at a time when the BBC and CNN had confirmed that at least 45 bodies had been found (more were to be discovered later) but he also failed to express his condolences to the families of those that had lost their loved ones. He made the same omission when he failed to commiserate with or express his condolences to the families of the 140 soldiers that were killed in Borno state last friday whilst fighting Boko Haram simply because they ran out of bullets during the course of the battle.

By way of contrast not only was he quick to offer his condolences to the government and people of Kenya for the terrible carnage that was inflicted on them by Al Shabab last friday when 68 people were killed (I guess that to him Nigerian blood is not as expensive or as important as foreign blood) but he was also quick to offer the Kenyan government military assistance. If President Uhuru Kenyatta decides to accept his offer let us hope that our lamb President will give enough bullets to the soldiers that he will send. Our boys are deeply courageous fighters and they certainly deserve that much. They also deserve to have a Commander in Chief that inspires them, that watches their back and that gives them the very best. May the souls of all those that have been killed by Boko Haram in the last three years rest in peace and may the Lord take the leadership of this nation from the lamb and give it to a lion king.

Permit me to end this contribution with the following observations. As crude and as unpleasant as it may sound the question must be asked - does our President have any balls? Is he really a man? Does he have what it takes to fight a war against terror or is it that there is more to this than meets the eye? Is there a sinister and diabolical conspiracy and plan to ensure that elections do not hold in the north-east and the north-west in 2015 given the fact that those areas are very hostile to the suggestion that Jonathan should return to power that year? Is this whole thing planned and contrived or is it a case of chronic incompetence, ineptitude and weakness? Does Jonathan believe that it is in his interest for the north to burn and for northern blood to be spilt?

Is the mindset of those that are pulling the strings of the view that since the problem has been (to use the President’s own words in his last media chat) ‘’localised’’ and ‘’contained in a certain area’’ the government can sit back and watch the locals slaughter themselves whilst they continue to drink champagne in the Villa and fantasise about 2015? If that is the case has it not occured to them that their fellow Nigerians live in those areas where the problem has supposedly been ‘’localised’’ and is the blood of those fellow Nigerians not red as well? Are they less Nigerian because of where theywere born and who they are? Are the people that live in the villages and countryside not as important as those who live in the towns and cities?

Whatever is really going on here God sees all and anything that is not of Him will surely fail. If it is nothing but weakness and incompetence that has resulted in this unperecedented carnage the President will answer before God for violating his solemn oath to protect the Nigerian people from enemies within and from enemies without and if it is a conspiracy to encourage and create turmoil and chaos in the north just to ensure that they are excluded from the vote in 2015, both Jonathan himself and Nigeria as a whole will reap the consequences. It is worth noting that that is precisely what happened in Mali in the elections that took place before the north was taken over by the islamists and it led to a full scale civil war. Any attempt to exclude any part of this country from participating in the elections in 2015 under the guise of lack of security or Boko Haram will result in the same thing with catastrophic consequences for Nigeria.

Yet as Napolean Bonaparte once said, ‘’we must never account to conspiracy what can easily be explained away by incompetence’’. It is more likely than not that the situation that is folding in the north-east and the feeble fight that our government is putting up against Boko Haram over there is down to Jonathan’s weakness and nothing more. So when asked the question is our President capable of fighting the war against terror my answer would be that I am afraid that I doubt it very much. He just doesn’t have it in him. As the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair once said about John Major, his predecessor in office, he is just ‘’weak, weak, weak’’.

I am a great believer in strong government and I am one of those that has always believed that President Olusegun Obasanjo was one of the best, if not the best, and most effective leaders that we have ever had in this country. I say this not because I had the honour and privilege of serving in his government but because, when it comes to his record in public office, the facts and figures speak for themselves. Not only are they outstanding but they are yet to be matched and since he left office in 2007 everything has gone to the dogs. Love him or hate him one thing is clear- not under Obasanjo’s watch would 7000 thousand innocent Nigerians be massacred at will in the space of just two years by a bunch of murderous and heartless terrorists.

He would have known exactly what to do and how to do it to put a stop to such callous lawlessness and anarchy right from the start. Equally significant is the fact that such was his love for Nigeria that regardless of the region, ethnic group or religious faith that the victims came from, espoused or belonged to, his response to the terrorists would have been swift, decisive and utterly ruthless. He would have had Boko Haram in ‘’shock and awe’’ and the whole world would have marvelled at it. This is because in Obasanjo we had a President who not only had balls but who also had the courage, heart and guts to match them.

The greatest error that we as a people ever made and the worst tragedy and misfortune that has ever befallen us as a nation is the fact that a meek lamb ended up taking a throne that was designed and prepared for a lion. The unfortunate consequences of that tragic error and misfortune are there for all to see. The shedding of the blood of even the youngest, the most innocent and the most vulnerable in our society by Boko Haram on a daily basis is an eloquent testimony to that unsavoury fact.

— Kayode wrote in from lagos
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I have painted this new artwork called Winter Guardians for a Yule card that will be out later in the year from stockist of Eastgate Resource products. It will also be featured as December in my 2015 calender, and no doubt on some other items soon as well. I enjoyed painting the wolf theme. It is not based on any existing characters, but was inspired in part by the great story of the Stark's and their wolf companions in the Game of Thrones TV series which I have enjoyed watching.

Thanks to model Elandria for the photo I used as reference when painting the figure.
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REASONS WHY YOU MUST NOT MISS CHURCH MIGHTY MANIFESTATION MINISTRIES 135 ABULOMA RD, BY PEACE DRIVE PORT HARCOURT SPIRITUAL KITCHEN Tue 22nd and Sun 27th July, 2014 TOPIC: 15 REASONS WHY YOU MUST NOT MISS CHURCH SERVICE TEXT: Heb 10:25, Psalm 84:7, Psalm 122:1, Psalm 16:11 MEDITATION VERSE: Zech 14:17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. INTRODUCTION If you are a Christian, going to church faithfully is the first visible evidence that you love God. The farther you stand away from the church (by the way you regard and attend it), the clearer the evidence that you and God having nothing in common, either in this life or in eternity. Soldiers gather in the barracks, students meet in schools, doctors and nurses report to the hospital, civil servants must go to the secretariat, commercial drivers meet in the park, every plane must land at the airport, every car must go to the petrol station to refuel, every Magistrate and Lawyer must go to the courtroom, even witches must meet in the coven. So also EVERY TRUE CHRISTIAN MUST FAITHFULLY ATTEND CHURCH SERVICES. In this study we are looking at 15 reasons why you must not miss worship service. 1.GOD WANTS YOU THE WAY YOU ARE - Isa 1:18 Some people say “am not good enough, I can’t go to church, let me try and be better first…” God wants you in His presence, not when you have the best clothes, well washed and ironed, not when you have solved all your problems and after you have become a saint. He wants you just as you are – sinful, miserable, hopeless and in whatever attire you can afford. He wants to become solely responsible for your change so that He will solely take the glory. By the time you have saved yourself, you would have become “God” yourself, and definitely in need of no other. Remember, no salvation outside of Jesus - Acts 4:12 2. FEW DAYS IN A MONTH IS NOT TOO MUCH I discover that, in this month of July, we have only 13 meetings (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays). And some of these meetings are less than two hours each. By calculation you have less than 26hrs to be in church this whole June, and we have a total of 744 hours in the month of July! Out of every seven days a week, you have six for your business and just one day (few hours) set aside for God for Sunday service. If the Almighty God has been so generous to give you six days, is it too much for Him to expect just one from you? What if He forced you to use one day for yourself and six for Him, what would you do? Some people even come late to church, and are looking at their wrist watch and want to go early! 3. YOU NEED GOOD INFORMATION TO SUCCEED – HOSEA 4:6 The most sought after resource in the world today is information. Of all the sources available, divine information is the greatest tool for transforming deformed people and nations. Your greatest need in particular is what God is saying about your condition, in spite of what men may have said against you. God speaks expressly over your situation in the church. He is even so expectant of your coming that He has specially called and anointed a man, to welcome and deliver to you His mind. Each service brings a distinct parcel of divine agenda and information for your life, family and business. You just have to be in church to be a partaker. 4. PHYSICAL PRESENCE IN CHURCH IS NOT THE SAME AS TV WORSHIP Sitting at home to pray, read the bible or follow a service on radio, television or internet is never the same as being physically present in the church. God’s prescription is a physical, active participation (Heb 10:25). If God wants you there, you cant be wiser or achieve better by sitting comfortably watching other believers do it from your parlour. By the way, if everybody were to stay back also, who would make up the stage for you to stay back and watch? 5. JESUS IS THE ANSWER – Acts 4:12 The solution of certain problems (like peace, guilt, sin, fear of the unknown, insecurity, sickness etc) cannot be found elsewhere except in Christ. Such problems need to be taken to the house of God, just as you take your sickness to the hospital, the official residence of the doctor. The church environment is the official residence of the Lord. Besides you focus better, both in your appreciation of the Lord’s awesome power and in trusting Him to turn the situation around. When you are not in church, what you get cannot be like what you get in church. The best will be men’s promises, which easily fail. 6. YOU CANT GROW ALONE - Matt 18:20 You learn the secret of dedication from the dedication of other believers. Alone at home, it will be a great thing to pray for five minutes, but as you watch others pray for a far longer time, you will be challenged to see that your five minute prayer life is too insignificant for your size of problem. Alone at home you will quarrel God for having only garri to sip, but by the time you hear somebody in church testifying how he went through days of hunger until God intervened, you will become ashamed that you have not been grateful to God enough. 7. STAYING AT HOME IS A RISK It costs more to stay at home when you should be in church. You may have to answer for any fire outbreak, missing goat, robbery incident, accidental death or any other unfortunate incident that may occur in your neighbourhood while everyone else is away to church. That may land you in police net, court or jail. Then that money you said you didn’t have as to be in church will come out that day; you will wear those clothes you said were too dirty to wherever the case will take you. You will become a praying machine by force, even though you used to hate prayer in church. May God forbid! 8. GOING TO CHURCH IS AN OPPORTUNITY It is not exactly for God’s sake that you are being invited to church - it’s yours! God says, I have no need of a bull from your stall, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills is mine. If I were hungry, I will not tell you, for the world is mine (Ps 50:9-12 paraphrased). God will not suffer stroke or fall off His throne if you refuse to worship or be in His presence. He was there long before He created you, He will continue long after you are gone. Instead you should consider that there are many who are sick or already dead and give God the glory in your life. Before you finish this school of wisdom, you can’t believe the number of people who will slip into eternity of hell. Then you should count it a privilege to be in church to hear the word of God. 9. THERE IS POWER IN AGREEMENT – Matt 18:18 The strongest bond or covenant requires at least two signatories to establish it. We believe that only God can give life. Trying to carve out your own church by staying back to pray and fellowship alone, compared to praying with the congregation in church could be harder than one marital partner trying to produce a child alone. Jesus meant it when He said. “whatever you (plural) bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven, for where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them – Matt 18:18-20) 10.YOUR FAMILY NEEDS A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE Staying behind on Sunday and other worship days do not leave a good example for your children. Some fathers drop off their family in the church and go back home to watch television. The godly training they need must not go with threats and hard knocks on their heads only, but with gentle, practical and godly examples. The bible’s pattern for leading in the path of godliness is in you gently leading from the front. Commanding from the back gives the impression that going forward is a risky undertaking - so risky that even you their parent dread to go there. 11.ABSENTEEISM QUESTIONS THE QUALITY OF YOUR CHRISTIANITY Everyone’s membership of an organization can be justified from his faithful attendance and active participation in its meetings. Every serious student attends his lectures promptly and regularly. Employees report daily in their offices. Muslims go to the mosque on Fridays. If indeed you are a Christian, you must be in church. To stay back at such a time to wash clothes, attend town’s meeting, transact your business or remain in bed, will not tell much about you as a child of God. It will interest you to know that the term “Christian” was never awarded as a medal for religious cripples but for vibrant men and women who turned the world right side up. It was not dashed but earned (Acts 11:25-26). 12.ABSENTEEISM IS A MARK OF INDISCIPLINE It is a mark of indiscipline for you to choose to go to church or stay at home at will. Neither the pastor nor other members are precious enough for you to feel lonely without them or close enough to confide in them. One common area of this indiscipline today in the churches is in the way many Christians honour invitations to attend special services and dedications in other local congregations without approval from their pastor. It is embarrassing that even church workers sometimes leave their responsibilities and just roam the streets from one church to another in the name of invitation. Discipline will make such movements impossible, except with permission from their Shepherd, the pastor that God has put over them, who must also give account of them before God (Heb 13:17). Such lifestyle speaks of one who is a spiritual bastard, self centered and incorrigible; such people also don’t last long in the faith, for by turning the solemnity of church service into a social organization they make themselves fugitives and wanderers. 13.YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH PROBLEMS – 1 Pet 5:9, Rom 2:1 Those who go to church have your kind of problems too, sometimes worse. It takes one who has no serious commitment with God or in the church to be held back by every seemingly consoling excuse. The serious one will ignore the odds and fulfill his or her obligation to the Lord and church for the day. You will be shocked to hear some unpleasant experience some people had, yet they still go on and worshipped God until there was a change. Borrow a leaf from them. 14. YOU WOULD GO TO CHURCH IF MONEY WOULD BE SHARED Be in church because you would not stay back if some related favour or some millions of Naira were to be shared, on condition that every beneficiary must be physically present in the church. If that were to happen, you would even crawl or roll just to be here. You will even begin many days earlier, just to be sure you don’t arrive late. But you always receive far more blessings from the Lord than just money or material things, except that these are not readily visible until at a later day (1 Cor 2:9) 15. BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW THE DAY OF YOUR VISITATION God can actually be looking for you on the day you decide to be absent. A lot of the people that God healed were those who were present in the synagogue (church) when Jesus was there. E.g Luke 5:17, Luke 13:10-12. If Job was not absent on the day satan was arguing with God on his head, he would have been able to bind the devil and free himself from the trouble he later had.
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Salvation, or "being saved" means redemption from the power of sin. In practical terms, God's salvation is what we need to get to heaven or attain eternal life.

Salvation means being saved from the power of sin and from hell, the eternal penalty of that sin. Through the process of salvation, we are freed from everything that could prevent us from enjoying eternal life with God. Other common terms for salvation are being saved, going to heaven, eternal life, everlasting life, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven.

The Word says:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
ROMANS 10: 9

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
JOHN 14: 6

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
ACTS 4: 12

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
JOHN 3: 5

¶ Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
ACTS 2: 37-39

Salvation Is by the Grace of God Through the Sacrifice of YESHUA Jesus Christ.

16 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.
John 3: 16-17

But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
ROM 5: 8

In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His Grace;
EPH 1: 7


Is there another salvation described in the Word, for which a saved person has to look for? Yes, there is one of which Paul is talking about in Hebrews.

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall HE appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

HEB 9: 28 KJV


(So CHRIST, having been Offered Once to Bear the Sins of Many, will APPEAR A Second Time, Not to DEAL with SIN but to SAVE those who are Eagerly Waiting for HIM.)


THE WORD HERE USED FOR SALVATION in the Greek is apekdechomai. It is used seven times in the New Testament, always with that same meaning. It is translated sometimes "to wait," sometimes "to look for." Apekdechomai is the Greek word meaning “to expect earnestly, fervently; to wait for patiently, devoutly, prayerfully.” I shall read to you all seven instances where that word is used in the New Testament.

In the eighth chapter of the Book of Romans, like the ninth chapter of the Book of Hebrews, one of the great, great chapters of the Bible—in chapter 8 of the Book of Romans, Paul says, “For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth,” there it is, “for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creation was not made subject to vanity willingly, but God allowed it, that it might be subjected in hope, looking for,” waiting for, “that great manifestation” Romans 8:19-20. That's the first time it's used.

The second time, “And not only they, the whole creation that groaneth and travaileth in pain together unto now” Romans 8:22; the whole earth was cursed for the sake of man; the earth with the thorn and the brier, the desert waste of the continent, the salt of the seas, the barrenness of the planets above. “The whole creation travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, the creation, but we ourselves also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit. Even we ourselves groan within ourselves waiting” Romans 8:23. There it is again, the second time it's used; “waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of the body”; saved in our spirit, born again, regenerated when we are converted. But the Book says that's not the end. There shall be a redemption of the whole precious possession. The body shall be redeemed as well as the spirit and the soul, waiting for that great consummation, to wit, namely, the redemption of the body.

The third time it is used, “For we are saved by hope”; he says, “but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for it? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it, apekdechomai? If we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience look for it?” Romans 8:24-25 Prayerfully, devotedly, expectantly, waiting for it.

The fourth time he uses it is in 1 Corinthians 1:7, waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, apekdechomai, expectantly looking, patiently waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The fifth time he uses it is in the Book of Galatians, the fifth chapter and the fifth verse: For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. The sixth time he uses it is in Philippians 3: “For our citizenship is in heaven” Philippians 3:20.

“For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for” there it is again, wait for, apekdechomai, from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our body of humiliation," sentenced to death, and age, and illness, "that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things even unto Himself” Philippians 3:20-21. The power of God is in it. Our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we apekdechomai, look for, wait for, expect the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

And the seventh time it is used in the text in subject, the ninth chapter of the Book of Hebrews and the twenty-eighth verse: And unto them that apekdechomai, that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation. The secret of a man's life is to be found in what he looks for and what he expects. If the life is filled with darkness and gloom, it's because the man looks for defeat, and disaster, and trial, and trouble. If a man's life is filled with light, and glory, and gladness, it's because he looks for and expects ultimate triumph and victory. You will find in that the key, the secret to the dynamic overcoming spirit of those first and primitive apostles.

The disciples saw Him go; His disciples shall see Him return. He went away in a cloud, the shekinah glory of God; He shall return in the same glory, in the same shekinah, in the same cloud.

Among those early disciples, there were watch words that they said to one another. One of them you will find at the close of this First Corinthian letter, maranatha, the Lord cometh, and another one, achris hou elthei, till He come, till He come. On a crowded street or in the dead of night that word of Christian recognition and greeting was passed between the children of the Lord. Sometimes the face of a weary stranger would light up as the greeting of kindness and courtesy was extended, achris hou elthei. And sometimes, as the martyr walked to the stake or to the arena, his praying companions in the Christian faith would raise their voice in that final greeting, “maranatha, maranatha, the Lord, the Lord cometh.” And that hope has lived in the heart of the churches of Jesus Christ through the centuries that have multiplied since.

However much we may achieve in the days that are to come, what of these who are fallen in the dust of the earth? And it shall not come to them and not come to me. If the Lord tarries, I too shall fall into the grave. You shall come to my funeral or I shall go to yours. Is there not some better thing than just to die? Is there not some more glorious consummation than just the grave? Are we not able to lift up our spirit to behold some more marvelous future than to decay and to die? Is this the meaning of life; to cry, to be broken‑hearted, to dig graves, to become senile and old? Is there not some better thing God has prepared for us? It lies in the hope of the Christian faith. Beyond this hour, beyond this day, beyond these fading flowers, beyond this withering grass, beyond this death, beyond this life, there is a more glorious consummation. It lies in the eternal, immutable promise of the Son of God.

“And we who are alive and remain shall not see Him first,” shall not precede them who are asleep. “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel," and they shall see Him first. "Then we who are alive and remain, shall be caught up with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord: and so shall we ever be with Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.

Our Lord said “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. I will come again” John 14:2-3. If it isn't true, there's no comfort in it. If it is true, we do not mourn as those who have no hope. The infallibility and integrity and authority of the Word of God itself depends upon the promise.

And at the head of that golden stairway stands the Son of God, our Savior, the Lord of the worlds. “Unto them that wait for Him shall He appear the second time apart from sin unto salvation” Hebrews 9:28. If there is any comfort in the Savior's words, that must be true.

Paul writes, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain SALVATION by our Lord JESUS CHRIST” (I Th. 5:9). The “salvation” mentioned here is not the initial receiving of Christ by the believer, But The act of being removed from the earth before the Tribulation.

The question comes in our mind, why has God planned a removal of the Church from the Earth? If the Lord is coming back to set up His Kingdom on EARTH (which He certainly is), why doesn’t He simply return, resurrect the righteous dead and proceed with it from that point? Why would He Bring the Righteous – Both living and dead – upward into the air, when all He would have to do is resurrect believers at His Second Coming?

This raises still another question. At the Second Coming, who will serve at His throne as His earthly representatives? I believe that is RAPTURED PEOPLE “THE CHURCH”.

As Wesley's explains:-

Christ having once died to bear the sins - The punishment due to them. Of many - Even as many as are born into the world. Will Appear the second time - When HE comes to judgment. Without sin - Not as HE did before, bearing on Himself the sins of many, but to bestow EVERLASTING SALVATION.


Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when HE shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as HE is.
And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as HE is pure.

1 JOHN 3: 2-3





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I make a decree, that in all the dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, And his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed; and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
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Daniel 6:26 BBE
Bible in Basic English
It is my order that in all the kingdom of which I am ruler, men are to be shaking with fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, unchanging for ever, and his kingdom is one which will never come to destruction, his rule will go on to the end.
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Daniel 6:26 CEB
Common English Bible
I now issue this command: In every region of my kingdom, all people must fear and revere Daniel's God because: He is the living God. God stands firm forever. His kingship is indestructible. God's rule will last until the end of time.
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Daniel 6:26 CJB
Complete Jewish Bible
"I herewith issue a decree that everywhere in my kingdom, people are to tremble and be in awe of the God of Dani'el. "For he is the living God; he endures forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed; his rulership will last till the end.
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Daniel 6:26 RHE
It is decreed by me, that in all my empire and my kingdom, all men dread and fear the God of Daniel. For he is the living and eternal God for ever: and his kingdom shall not be destroyed, and his power shall be for ever.
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Daniel 6:26 ESV
English Standard Version
I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end.
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Daniel 6:26 GW
GOD'S WORD Translation
I decree that in every part of my kingdom people should tremble with terror in front of Daniel's God, the living God who continues forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed. His power lasts to the end [of time].
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Daniel 6:26 GNT
Good News Translation
I command that throughout my empire everyone should fear and respect Daniel's God. "He is a living God, and he will rule forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his power will never come to an end.
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Daniel 6:26 HNV
Hebrew Names Version
I make a decree, that in all the dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniyel; for he is the living God, and steadfast forever, His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed; and his dominion shall be even to the end.
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Daniel 6:26 CSB
Holman Christian Standard
I issue a decree that in all my royal dominion, people must tremble in fear before the God of Daniel: For He is the living God, and He endures forever; His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion has no end.
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Daniel 6:26 KJV
King James Version
I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed , and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
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Daniel 6:26 LEB
Lexham English Bible
{I make a decree} that in all the dominion of my kingdom [people] will be trembling and fearing before the God of Daniel, for he [is] the living God and endures {forever} and his kingdom [is] one that will not be destroyed and his {dominion has no end}.
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Daniel 6:26 NAS
New American Standard
"I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel; For He is the living God and enduring forever, And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, And His dominion will be forever.
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Daniel 6:26 NCV
New Century Version
I am making a new law for people in every part of my kingdom. All of you must fear and respect the God of Daniel. Daniel's God is the living God; he lives forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end.
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Daniel 6:26 NIRV
New International Reader's Version
"I order people in every part of my kingdom to respect and honor Daniel's God. "He is the living God. He will live forever. His kingdom will not be destroyed. His rule will never end.
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Daniel 6:26 NIV
New International Version
"I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. "For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.
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Daniel 6:26 NKJV
New King James Version
I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, And steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end.
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Daniel 6:26 NLT
New Living Translation
"I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end.
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Daniel 6:26 NRS
New Revised Standard
I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people should tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: For he is the living God, enduring forever. His kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion has no end.
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Daniel 6:26 RSV
Revised Standard Version
I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring for ever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end.
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Daniel 6:26 DBY
The Darby Translation
I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; for he is the living God, and steadfast for ever, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
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Daniel 6:26 MSG
The Message
I decree that Daniel's God shall be worshiped and feared in all parts of my kingdom. He is the living God, world without end. His kingdom never falls. His rule continues eternally.
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Daniel 6:26 WBT
The Webster Bible
I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he [is] the living God, and steadfast for ever, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion [shall be even] to the end.
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Daniel 6:26 TMB
Third Millennium Bible
I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God and steadfast for ever, and His Kingdom, that which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall be even unto the end.
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Daniel 6:26 TNIV
Today's New International Version
"I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. "For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.
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Daniel 6:26 WEB
World English Bible
I make a decree, that in all the dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; for he is the living God, and steadfast forever, His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed; and his dominion shall be even to the end.
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Daniel 6:26 WYC
Therefore a decree is ordained of me, (which is,) That in all mine empire and realm men tremble, and dread the God of Daniel; for he is God living, and everlasting into worlds, and his realm shall not be destroyed, and his power is till into without end. (And so a decree is ordained by me, which is, That in all my empire and kingdom, people tremble before, and fear the God of Daniel; for he is the living God, everlasting and forever, and his kingdom, or his reign, shall never be destroyed, and his power shall last forever.)
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Daniel 6:26 YLT
Young's Literal Translation
From before me is made a decree, that in every dominion of my kingdom they are trembling and fearing before the God of Daniel, for He [is] the living God, and abiding to the ages, and His kingdom that which [is] not destroyed, and His dominion [is] unto the end.
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Daniel 6 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 6

The malice of Daniel's enemies. (1-5) His constancy in prayer. (6-10) He is cast into the lion's den. (11-17) His miraculous preservation. (18-24) The decree of Darius. (25-28)

Verses 1-5 We notice to the glory of God, that though Daniel was now very old, yet he was able for business, and had continued faithful to his religion. It is for the glory of God, when those who profess religion, conduct themselves so that their most watchful enemies may find no occasion for blaming them, save only in the matters of their God, in which they walk according to their consciences.

Verses 6-10 To forbid prayer for thirty days, is, for so long, to rob God of all the tribute he has from man, and to rob man of all the comfort he has in God. Does not every man's heart direct him, when in want or distress, to call upon God? We could not live a day without God; and can men live thirty days without prayer? Yet it is to be feared that those who, without any decree forbidding them, present no hearty, serious petitions to God for more than thirty days together, are far more numerous than those who serve him continually, with humble, thankful hearts. Persecuting laws are always made on false pretences; but it does not become Christians to make bitter complaints, or to indulge in revilings. It is good to have hours for prayer. Daniel prayed openly and avowedly; and though a man of vast business, he did not think that would excuse him from daily exercises of devotion. How inexcusable are those who have but little to do in the world, yet will not do thus much for their souls! In trying times we must take heed, lest, under pretence of discretion, we are guilty of cowardice in the cause of God. All who throw away their souls, as those certainly do that live without prayer, even if it be to save their lives, at the end will be found to be fools. Nor did Daniel only pray, and not give thanks, cutting off some part of the service to make the time of danger shorter; but he performed the whole. In a word, the duty of prayer is founded upon the sufficiency of God as an almighty Creator and Redeemer, and upon our wants as sinful creatures. To Christ we must turn our eyes. Thither let the Christian look, thither let him pray, in this land of his captivity.

Verses 11-17 It is no new thing for what is done faithfully, in conscience toward God, to be misrepresented as done obstinately, and in contempt of the civil powers. Through want of due thought, we often do that which afterwards, like Darius, we see cause a thousand times to wish undone again. Daniel, that venerable man, is brought as the vilest of malefactors, and is thrown into the den of lions, to be devoured, only for worshipping his God. No doubt the placing the stone was ordered by the providence of God, that the miracle of Daniel's deliverance might appear more plain; and the king sealed it with his own signet, probably lest Daniel's enemies should kill him. Let us commit our lives and souls unto God, in well-doing. We cannot place full confidence even in men whom we faithfully serve; but believers may, in all cases, be sure of the Divine favour and consolation.

Verses 18-24 The best way to have a good night, is to keep a good conscience. We are sure of what the king doubted, that the servants of the living God have a Master well able to protect them. See the power of God over the fiercest creatures, and believe his power to restrain the roaring lion that goeth about continually seeking to devour. Daniel was kept perfectly safe, because he believed in his God. Those who boldly and cheerfully trust in God to protect them in the way of duty, shall always find him a present help. Thus the righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. The short triumph of the wicked will end in their ruin.

Verses 25-28 If we live in the fear of God, and walk according to that rule, peace shall be upon us. The kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever, are the Lord's; but many are employed in making known his wonderful works to others, who themselves remain strangers to his saving grace. May we be doers, as well as believers of his word, least at the last we should be found to have deceived ourselves.
Daniel 6 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible



1. Darius--GROTEFEND has read it in the cuneiform inscriptions at Persepolis, as Darheush, that is, "Lord-King," a name applied to many of the Medo-Persian kings in common. Three of that name occur: Darius Hystaspes, 521 B.C., in whose reign the decree was carried into effect for rebuilding the temple ( Ezra 4:5 , Haggai 1:1 ); Darius Codomanus, 336 B.C., whom Alexander overcame, called "the Persian" ( Nehemiah 12:22 ), an expression used after the rule of Macedon was set up; and Darius Cyaxares II, between Astyages and Cyrus [AESCHYLUS, The Persians, 762, 763].
hundred and twenty--satraps; set over the conquered provinces (including Babylon) by Cyrus [XENOPHON, Cyropædia, 8.6.1]. No doubt Cyrus acted under Darius, as in the capture of Babylon; so that Daniel rightly attributes the appointment to Darius.

3. Daniel was preferred--probably because of his having so wonderfully foretold the fall of Babylon. Hence the very expression used by the queen mother on that occasion ( Daniel 5:12 ) is here used, "because an excellent spirit was in him."
king thought to set him over the whole realm--Agreeing with Darius character, weak and averse to business, which he preferred to delegate to favorites. God overruled this to the good both of Daniel, and, through him, of His people.

4. occasion . . . concerning the kingdom--pretext for accusation in his administration ( Ecclesiastes 4:4 ).

5. It is the highest testimony to a godly man's walk, when his most watchful enemies can find no ground of censure save in that he walks according to the law of God even where it opposes the ways of the world.

6. assembled together--literally, "assembled hastily and tumultuously." Had they come more deliberately, the king might have refused their grant; but they gave him no time for reflection, representing that their test-decree was necessary for the safety of the king.
live for ever--ARRIAN [Alexander, 4] records that Cyrus was the first before whom prostration was practised. It is an undesigned mark of genuineness that Daniel should mention no prostration before Nebuchadnezzar or Darius

7. The Persian king was regarded as representative of the chief god, Ormuzd; the seven princes near him represented the seven Amshaspands before the throne of Ormuzd; hence Mordecai ( Esther 3:4 ) refused such homage to Haman, the king's prime minister, as inconsistent with what is due to God alone. A weak despot, like Darius, much under the control of his princes, might easily be persuaded that such a decree would test the obedience of the Chaldeans just conquered, and tame their proud spirits. So absolute is the king in the East, that he is regarded not merely as the ruler, but the owner, of the people.
All . . . governors . . . counsellors, &c.--Several functionaries are here specified, not mentioned in Daniel 6:4 Daniel 6:6 . They evidently exaggerated the case of the weak king, as if their request was that of all the officers in the empire.
den of lions--an underground cave or pit, covered with a stone. It is an undesigned proof of genuineness, that the "fiery furnace" is not made the means of punishment here, as in Daniel 3:20 ; for the Persians were fire-worshippers, which the Babylonians were not.

8. decree--or, "interdict."
that it be not changed--( Esther 1:19 , 8:8 ). This immutability of the king's commands was peculiar to the Medes and Persians: it was due to their regarding him infallible as the representative of Ormuzd; it was not so among the Babylonians.
Medes and Persians--The order of the names is an undesigned mark of genuineness. Cyrus the Persian reigned subordinate to Darius the Mede as to dignity, though exercising more real power. After Darius' death, the order is "the Persians and Medes" ( Esther 1:14 Esther 1:19 , &c.).

9. Such a despotic decree is quite explicable by remembering that the king, as the incarnation of Ormuzd, might demand such an act of religious obedience as a test of loyalty. Persecuting laws are always made on false pretenses. Instead of bitter complaints against men, Daniel prays to God. Though having vast business as a ruler of the empire, he finds time to pray thrice a day. Daniel's three companions ( Daniel 3:12 ), are not alluded to here, nor any other Jew who conscientiously may have disregarded the edict, as the conspirators aimed at Daniel alone ( Daniel 6:5 ).

10. when Daniel knew . . . writing . . . signed--and that, therefore, the power of advising the king against it was taken from him.
went into his house--withdrawing from the God-dishonoring court.
windows . . . open--not in vainglory, but that there might be no obstruction to his view of the direction in which Jerusalem, the earthly seat of Jehovah under the Old Testament, lay; and that the sight of heaven might draw his mind off from earthly thoughts. To Christ in the heavenly temple let us turn our eyes in prayer, from this land of our captivity ( 1 Kings 8:44 1 Kings 8:48 , 2 Chronicles 6:29 2 Chronicles 6:34 2 Chronicles 6:38 , Psalms 5:7 ).
chamber--the upper room, where prayer was generally offered by the Jews ( Acts 1:13 ). Not on the housetop ( Acts 10:9 ), where he would be conspicuous.
upon his knees--Humble attitudes in prayer become humble suppliants.
three times a day--( Psalms 55:17 ). The third, sixth, and ninth hour; our nine, twelve, and three o'clock ( Acts 2:15 , 10:9 , 3:1 , 10:30 ; compare Daniel 9:21 ).
as . . . aforetime--not from contempt of the king's command.

11. assembled--as in Daniel 6:6 , "assembled" or "ran hastily," so as to come upon Daniel suddenly and detect him in the act.

12. They preface their attack by alleging the king's edict, so as to get him again to confirm it unalterably, before they mention Daniel's name. Not to break a wicked promise, is not firmness, but guilty obstinacy ( Matthew 14:9 , 6:26 ).

13. That Daniel--contemptuously.
of . . . captivity of Judah--recently a captive among thy servants, the Babylonians--one whom humble obedience most becomes. Thus they aggravate his guilt, omitting mention of his being prime minister, which might only remind Darius of Daniel's state services.
regardeth not thee--because he regarded God ( Acts 4:19 , 5:29 ).

14. displeased with himself--for having suffered himself to be entrapped into such a hasty decree ( Proverbs 29:20 ). On the one hand he was pressed by the immutability of the law, fear that the princes might conspire against him, and desire to consult for his own reputation, not to seem fickle; on the other, by regard for Daniel, and a desire to save him from the effects of his own rash decree.
till . . . going down of . . . sun--The king took this time to deliberate, thinking that after sunset Daniel would be spared till morning, and that meanwhile some way of escape would turn up. But ( Daniel 6:15 ) the conspirators "assembled tumultuously" (literally) to prevent this delay in the execution, lest the king should meantime change his decree.

16. Thy God . . . will deliver thee--The heathen believed in the interposition of the gods at times in favor of their worshippers. Darius recognized Daniel's God as a god, but not the only true God. He had heard of the deliverance of the three youths in Daniel 3:26 Daniel 3:27 and hence augurs Daniel's deliverance. I am not my own master, and cannot deliver thee, however much I wish it. "Thy God will." Kings are the slaves of their flatterers. Men admire piety to God in others, however disregarding Him themselves.

17. stone . . . sealed--typical of Christ's entombment under a seal ( Matthew 27:66 ). Divinely ordered, that the deliverance might be the more striking.
his own signet, and . . . of his lords--The concurrence of the lords was required for making laws. In this kingly power had fallen since it was in Nebuchadnezzar's hands. The Median king is a puppet in his lords' hands; they take the security of their own seal as well as his, that he should not release Daniel. The king's seal guaranteed Daniel from being killed by them, should he escape the lions.

18. neither were instruments of music, &c.--GESENIUS translates, "concubines." Daniel's mentioning to us as an extraordinary thing of Darius, that he neither approached his table nor his harem, agrees with XENOPHON'S picture of him as devoted to wine and women, vain, and without self-control. He is sorry for the evil which he himself had caused, yet takes no steps to remedy it. There are many such halters between good and bad, who are ill at ease in their sins, yet go forward in them, and are drawn on by others.

19. His grief overcame his fear of the nobles.

20. living God--having life Himself, and able to preserve thy life; contrasted with the lifeless idols. Darius borrowed the phrase from Daniel; God extorting from an idolater a confession of the truth.
thou servest continually--in times of persecution, as well as in times of peace.
is thy God . . . able--the language of doubt, yet hope.

21. Daniel might have indulged in anger at the king, but does not; his sole thought is, God's glory has been set forth in his deliverance.

22. his angel--the instrument, not the author, of his deliverance ( Psalms 91:11 , 34:7 ).
shut . . . lions' mouths--( Hebrews 11:33 ). So spiritually, God will shut the roaring lion's mouth ( 1 Peter 5:8 ) for His servants.
forasmuch as before him innocency--not absolutely (in Daniel 9:7 Daniel 9:18 he disclaims such a plea), but relatively to this case. God has attested the justice of my cause in standing up for His worship, by delivering me. Therefore, the "forasmuch" does not justify Rome's doctrine of works meriting salvation.
before thee--Obedience to God is in strictest compatibility with loyalty to the king ( Matthew 22:21 , 1 Peter 2:17 ). Daniel's disobedience to the king was seeming, not real, because it was not from contempt of the king, but from regard to the King of kings (compare Acts 24:16 ).

23. because he believed--"Faith" is stated in Hebrews 11:33 to have been his actuating principle: a prelude to the Gospel. His belief was not with a view to a miraculous deliverance. He shut his eyes to the event, committing the keeping of his soul to God, in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator ( 1 Peter 4:19 ), sure of deliverance in a better life, if not in this.

24. ( Deuteronomy 19:19 , Proverbs 19:5 ).
accused--literally, "devoured the bones and flesh." It was just that they who had torn Daniel's character, and sought the tearing of his person, should be themselves given to be torn in pieces ( Proverbs 11:8 ).
their children--Among the Persians, all the kindred were involved in the guilt of one culprit. The Mosaic law expressly forbade this ( Deuteronomy 24:16 , 2 Kings 14:6 ).
or ever--that is, "before ever." The lions sparing Daniel could not have been because they were full, as they showed the keenness of their hunger on the accusers.

26. Stronger than the decree ( Daniel 3:29 ). That was negative; this, positive; not merely men must say "nothing amiss of," but must "fear before God."

28. It was in the third year of Cyrus that Daniel's visions (Daniel 10:1-12:13') were given. Daniel "prospered" because of his prophecies ( Ezra 1:1 Ezra 1:2 ).

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