Monday, April 14, 2014

FROM EVERLASTING

Suggested Reading: Micah 5-6

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

Manger Square in Bethlehem is just across the street from the Church of the Nativity, which is built over the spot where it is believed that Jesus was born. The Palestinian government has offices here. God has something to say to political authorities.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Micah 5:2, 6:8

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,

Yet out of you shall come forth to Me

The One to be Ruler in Israel,

Whose goings forth are from of old,

From everlasting…

He has shown you, O man, what is good;

And what does the Lord require of you

But to do justly,

To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?

 

The Bible scholars consulted by King Herod, during the visit of the wise men, had no trouble finding the scroll which contained the 700-year-old words of Micah and identifying the place of the birth of “the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting!” (literally the days of eternity). If the story of the birth of Jesus was not true, one would think that, with the amazing growth of the Jesus movement in Jerusalem, it would’ve brought official denials recorded in the Mishna (minutes of the Jewish ruling council which still exist today), from the priest/historian Josephus, or the Jewish teachers such as Gamaliel, grandson of the famous Rabbi Hillel; but there is no record which denies  the claims of the Apostles and others (read Matthew 2:1-12). Rabbi Saul, student of Gamaliel, who became the Apostle Paul, wrote, “Concerning His Son Jesus Christ [Messiah] our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh…” (Romans 1:1-6).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, thank You for what Peter called “The prophetic word made more sure, which you would do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place” (2 Peter 1:19a). I pray that I will see with insight, with a new perception, and a clarity of understanding. May I reflect Your light into dark places today. I ask this in the Name of “the Light of the World,” Jesus Christ. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve quoted often the words of our second key verse, but the most memorable time was on a phone call to former Prime Minister of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney. He had given me his private phone number sometime earlier, and I had never used it prior to this occasion. Now it was different. He had just lost a referendum on his formula to bring the French speaking province of Quebec into full partnership in the constitution of Canada. He had invested all his political capital and years of his time into the fulfillment of this vision. As I knelt in prayer that evening after the vote tally was in, I knew it was time to call him. Norma-Jean was beside me and she heard me say, “This is David Mainse. Is the Prime Minister in?” A lady said, “No, he’s at Meech Lake. He needs to talk to you, I’ll put you through.” A very discouraged Prime Minister said, “Hello.” His voice, always low, was lower than usual. When I told him who it was, he said, “I’m sitting here on the couch with my children. I’m reading them a story, thanks for calling.” In order to not keep him too long away from his children I got right to my point. I said, “I believe that God has a word for you. You’ve worked very hard to do what you believe is best for Canada. On behalf of all of us, thank you!” Then I shared the Word from the prophet Micah. I said, “Here’s all God expects of you: ‘What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?'” (Micah 6:8b). He thanked me for praying for him, his family and his government, and then we said goodbye. On a previous visit, he said that he and his wife, Mila, watched a 100 Huntley Street repeat most evenings around midnight. He laughed and said that I helped him sleep well.

Yours for the Word that God has for each person from His Book!

David

P.S. Here’s Prime Minister Brian Mulroney receiving one the books on Canada’s spiritual heritage which Crossroads published. Because of the 100 Huntley Street Christian television ministry, I’ve had the honour to converse with all our Canadian Prime Ministers (except for the very short term P.M. Kim Campbell) who have served our country over the last few decades. I pray every morning for, as Paul writes, “All who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim 2:2-4)

20 thoughts on “Monday, April 14, 2014

  1. Amazing to read today about the prophesy of the eternal Jesus’ birth in Jerusalem. The Word shared with Hon. Brian Mulroney PM was in perfect timing. It has been said to walk boldly through the doors God opens for us, and not to become discouraged when He closes one. All that is required of us is, “to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly” with our God. To place our complete trust in Gods sovereignty so that we may discern “what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Help us Lord, to be as light which shines through the darkness with Your love, patience and understanding, throughout this day. Amen.

  2. I’m so blessed and comforted to know that you David Mainse are known and listened to by our Prime Ministers. I am certain your words fall like seeds into their lives whether they realize it at the time or not. Thank you for the integrity you and Crossroads have that allows you access to important government leaders.

  3. God bless you David. You have seen many Prime Ministers through office. You have walked with the Greats, all the wile walking with the Greatest, Jesus Christ Our Lord. You have been the Light Of God In Dark places. David your light is still shining bright. You are the beacon that many of us have fallowed in dark times. You and the Lord together, are a force to be reckoned with. We love you David.

  4. Precious memories–thank you for sharing them with us, David. Especially knowing you have conversed with all the Prime Ministers of Canada (-1) and prayed for them and their leading authority over our great nation. We are so blessed to live in Canada, as Christians, and to have our Prime Ministers embrace your council, prayer and recognition to our God, David. Every morning, we said ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, and heard and sang along to ‘Oh Canada’ in school. Those are roots of being Canadian and always will be embedded for my generation and those before me. My personal daily prayer, that is full of scriptures, needs to be updated to include 1 Tim 2:2-4. Thank you for the reminder, David! For those growing up without prayer in the current school system, I incorporate Isaiah 55:11 into my prayer on your behalf: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

    Wishing all saints a blessed spring day in the Lord. Praying for you, today, David Mainse, for your protection, safety, and splendour of every moment God made!

  5. I posted this late in the day yesterday, I think it is appropriate to re-post today:

    I used to run 6 miles every 2nd day many years ago… most of the time in the early morning or early evening, but there was the odd time when I ran in the heat of the day or even in the dark… This was a very “one on one” time with my Maker, having experienced numerous Christ-Like apparitions, sometimes miracles, and I believe sometimes passing angels…

    I know of other runners who also found running a real joy and moving experience with their Maker…

    I’m assuming David Mainse that you feel that oneness with our precious Lord and Saviour as well when you ride… and understand your desire to experience that closeness again…

    May our Heavenly Father guide you, protect you, perhaps fill you with new insight as you journey home. God bless you as you travel. Amen!

    May our Lord watch over each of us with his blessings through out this beautiful new day!

    PS Is tonight the first of 4 blood moons this year?

    • Well technically it will be tomorrow since it will happen after midnight, but yes tonight– for the Eastern time zone it will start around 2 am, the peak should be around 3 am — but the skies right now are pretty cloudy so unless there is a break in the cloud we might not be able to see it at all.

    • Here is the official information:

      http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/180425-watch-the-lunar-eclipse-blood-moon-tonight-and-witness-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-the-world-maybe

      “At around 2am tonight (Eastern Daylight Time), the Moon will enter the Earth’s penumbra (the edge of the shadow cast by the Earth), creating a partial eclipse. From 3am through to 4:30am, the Moon will be fully within the Earth’s umbra, creating a total lunar eclipse. During this period, the Moon will appear sunset (or blood) red. It’s really quite beautiful.

      “The total lunar eclipse will be visible from the entirety of North America, in some parts of Europe in the morning during moonset, and the east edge of Asia and Australasia in the evening during moonrise. With the mid-eclipse occurring at 3:46am EDT, you’re either going to have to stay up very late or get up very early. West coasters have it a bit easier, with the eclipse hitting its peak just after midnight. Remember to look for Mars, too, which is currently very close to the Earth and looks like a large red star in the night sky.”

      In addition, “If you have poor visibility in your area, NASA’s Ustream channel will have a live feed of the first blood moon lunar eclipse — and if you don’t feel like staying up until 4am, then you should be able to watch a recording of the lunar eclipse on the Ustream channel later tomorrow.”

      http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc

  6. Amen, brothers and sisters. I thank God for you David and the witness you have been to our nation, leaders and around the world. Lord, thank you for the privilege and the spiritual and natural blessing of living in Canada. Blessings everyone on this foggy spring day!

  7. Thanks David for your commitment to serve God and us. May God bless and keep you and all your family, and may we also boldly, wisely, and lovingly share His Word with others.

  8. Dear Rev. David M.
    I am so relieved of the comforting you were able to give to former prime minister Brian Mulroney and his family in their time of great sorrow .
    Heavenly Father, let us go on being that beacon light in the world of darkness . Let our country of Canada like says our hymn O CANADA STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE , GOD KEEP OUR LAND GLORIOUS AND FREE , O CANADA WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE …. in the name of the one and only Jesus Christ, our Messiah, our Redeemer, our King . Amen.

    Have a blessed day everyone.
    xxxx Carole

  9. The Manger Square pic in Bethlehem is quite lovely and what a nice pic of you DM and Brian Mulrooney. Thank you for praying for our leaders. Canada is such a blessed country. God bless.

  10. Phenomenal photography!!! And videos (when you click on photos)!!! And aerial view (google maps!!!) I soooooo enjoy this!!!! I zeroed in on Metulla – since my husband and I were on a tour in 1980 – with George Otis… David Mainse was on another tour – and came on our bus, asking if there were any Canadians (3 of us for sure!) We got a photo with David Mainse!!! What I would do to be able to find that photo!!!!
    Thank-you soooo much for this online re-visit of Israel!!!!!

  11. Thank you David Mainse for your continued prayer and encouragement to the leaders of our Country, especially our Prime Ministers. May Our Lord Jesus Christ continue to keep you well and strong for many more years to come!!!

  12. I hope to see the blood moon sometime between 12:33 & 4:30 am as per the timetable posted. I don’t know when you plan to bike home David, but be prepared. Today was 18 or more in Burlington & it’s expected to be -8 (with windchill) tomorrow morn! You just never know. God protect & provide.

  13. You are riding your motorbike back to Canada!!!! Wow and Yahoo and Amazing! You are so healed! Who cares what negative reports the doctors give. God always has the last say. God has roads for you to travel yet, that you have never been down before. Hold on…. we are all in for an incredible ride as we come with you via this blog. It’s not over til God says it’s over.Our God reigns. Thank you Jesus!

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