Today we read the third chapter of The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 15: Philippians 3, Isaiah 16, Isaiah 17, Isaiah 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 3. Paul had reason to brag about his perfect Jewish credentials, but he did not, he would glory only in Christ, and his resurrection. Let us press on towards the goal, after all, our citizenship is in heaven.
Isaiah 16 speaks of the destruction of Moab.
Isaiah 17 tells of the oracle against Damascus (with a side note featuring Nancy Pelosi in Damascus)
Isaiah 18 features a prophecy against Cush (with a vignette from modern Sudan).
Mark 6, a Prophet without honor, Jesus sends out the Twelve, John the Baptist beheaded, the feeding of Five Thousand, Jesus walks on the Water.
There has always been a strange fascination about beheadings. On Feb 12, 2018 the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled.
Other works by Obama’s artist Kehinde Wiley: “Judith beheading Holofernes”
This one is also from the apocryphal book of Judith
Not to be outdone, in 2007 the then speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi went to Damascus, Syria, Tuesday April 3, 2007. Question: Why does an American Woman Infidel do the sign of the cross in the great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus Syria? Answer: Nancy Pelosi does the sign of the cross to pay her utmost respect to the skull of John the Baptist. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi looks at the tomb containing the head of St. John the Baptist inside the historic Umayyad Mosque.
Damascus was famous since Roman times for their swords. They were forged from an iron ore imported from India containing Tungsten and Vanadium and carbonized using leaves rather than charcoal. Around 1750 the ore was exhausted and many have tried to reproduce the sword forging, none able to duplicate it. It seems that the ore also contained carbon nanotubes making it exceedingly flexible and forge-able making them the sharp enough to split a hair.
Damascus is the oldest city that has never been destroyed. For this reason Isaiah has been questioned as a Prophet, since it has not happened yet. Yet today Damascus is in the news again.
Some years ago, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited Damascus to make diplomacy with Syria against the will of the State Department. What was she really doing?
She, an American infidel (Roman Catholic) woman was doing the sign of the cross inside the Ummayid Mosque. To her credit, she wore a proper hijab. Diplomacy at its best.
The destruction has begun, but the total destruction overnight is yet to happen.
This siege did not finish off Damascus.