Saturday, December 28, 2013

" Father, glorify thy name"

The Tallest TV Tower in the World, Japan

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Joh 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
Joh 12:27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
Joh 12:28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

Friday, December 27, 2013

"if I by Beelzebub cast out devils" - Iraqi and Afghan Tragedies

Mt. Fuji Observed from the Tokyo Suburbs, 100 km Far

Iraqi and Afghan Tragedies

How many innocent people have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Afghan citizens are not responsible for the 9/11 Terror at all.  But they are the worst victims of the Terror Islamic extremists led by Osama bin Laden.  These Islamic terrorists inflicted more seriously Muslims in Afghanistan than bad Christians in New York and Washington DC.

The war in Afghanistan continues taking and destroying lives, both due to the direct consequences of violence and the war-induced breakdown of public health, security, and infrastructure. In 2004, life expectancy was measured at a mere 42 years; moreover, 25 percent of children did not reach the age of 5. The first half of 2011 saw the most intense fighting since the early part of the war and more lives have been lost as a result of war than when the Taliban was in control. 
Civilians have been killed by crossfire, improvised explosive devices, assassination, bombing, and night raids into houses of suspected insurgents.  Unexploded ordnance from previous wars and from US cluster bombs continue to kill even in the absence of fighting.  
Hospitals in Afghanistan are also treating increasing numbers of war wounded, including amputees and burn patients.  The war has also inflicted invisible wounds.  In 2009, the Afghan Ministry of Public Health said fully two-thirds of Afghans suffer mental health problems.    

In Iraq, evil of material civilization was exposed due to the Iraqi War.  The US used ammunition based on depleted uranium which is believed to be a cause of cancer.  But a medical regime in Iraq has been devastated since many medical doctors have run away from their country.

The US military used DU-laden weaponry even more systematically and expansively during the 2003 invasion and throughout the occupation. In urban warfare, it was fired at vehicles and buildings in highly populated civilian areas. It was employed in “counter-insurgency operations,” such as the two battles of Fallujah in 2004.  
For two decades, the use of DU and its effects have been a subject of political and scientific controversy. In the US, this controversy played out in scientific evidence of the links—and official denial of those links—between DU and the variety of inexplicable conditions that afflicted US veterans. These conditions, loosely termed the “Gulf War Syndrome,” affected up to one in four Gulf War veterans....  
In 2004, the results of a five-year Pentagon-sponsored study insisted that DU was neither sufficiently toxic nor radioactive to cause health threats to soldiers...It was used during the 1999 NATO bombing of Kosovo and in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. Concerns over the rise of cancer rates and other DU-related afflictions have also been on the rise in these countries. Israel also allegedly used DU weaponry in Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008 – 2009, and its recent airstrike on targets in the Syrian capital Damascus. 
Thousands of Iraqi doctors and specialists have escaped the country to seek security and careers elsewhere. Since 2003, this exodus has increased due to ongoing violence that targets doctors directly. Hundreds, if not thousands, of doctors have been threatened, kidnapped for ransom, and/or assassinated. Some doctors have refused to perform surgical operations on patients for fear of retribution or demands for “blood money” from angry family members who might not accept unfavorable outcomes. The Iraqi Parliament recently passed a law allowing doctors to carry arms for their own protection.  
Anyway, they are Muslims who live in Iraq and Afghanistan.  For them God or Allah gave a holy book, the Koran.
"The day will come when this earth will be substituted with a new earth, and also the heavens, and everyone will be brought before GOD, the One, the Supreme" 14:48 
"The Hour has come closer, and the moon has split" 54:1 
These sentences must mean that religions on the earth, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, should be nullified and a new comprehensive or meta religion would be given to mankind.  And as evidence, the Islamic world should experience a great split through, for example, the US War on Islamic Terror and the Arab Spring.

This fate will extend to non-Islamic regions, namely to America, Europe, India, China, and so on.

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Mat 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
Mat 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

"him will my Father honour" - Conspiracy on the Shroud

Mt. Fuji Viewed from the Tokyo Suburbs , 3776 Meters High

Conspiracy on the Shroud

It was certain that those women who came to the temporary tomb of Christ Jesus on the third day of His burial after the crucifixion saw something very extraordinary.

Those women were pious.  They believed that Christ Jesus was God.  So, they would accept a fact that Christ Jesus resurrected and heavenly angels were with Him at the tomb if they should have met such a situation.  And indeed, when they came to the tomb, they found that a big stone which had covered the entrance to the tomb or the cave was rolled aside and the dead body of Christ Jesus disappeared while an angel putting on white garments met them.  Then those female followers of Christ Jesus should not have been afraid or frightened.  But strangely they were.
Mar 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
Mar 16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
Mar 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
Mar 16:4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
Mar 16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
Mar 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
Mar 16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.
Mar 16:8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
What were they afraid of?  What did they see except the stone rolled away, a young man sitting and clothed in a long white garment?  Yes, this angel told the women to watch the place where they had laid him.  And after watching it, they got so frightened.  What was there?

The burial shroud purports to show the imprint of the face and body of a bearded man. The image also purportedly shows nail wounds at the man's wrist and pinpricks around his brow, consistent with the "crown of thorns" mockingly pressed onto Christ at the time of his crucifixion. 
Many experts have stood by a 1988 carbon-14 dating of scraps of the cloth carried out by labs in Oxford, Zurich and Arizona that dated it from 1260 to 1390, which, of course, would rule out its used during the time of Christ. 
The new test, by scientists at the University of Padua in northern Italy, used the same fibers from the 1988 tests but disputes the findings. The new examination dates the shroud to between 300 BC and 400 AD, which would put it in the era of Christ. 
It determined that the earlier results may have been skewed by contamination from fibers used to repair the cloth when it was damaged by fire in the Middle Ages, the British newspaper reported. The cloth has been kept at the cathedral since 1578.
He also said his tests also supported earlier results claiming to have found traces of dust and pollen on that shroud that could only have come from the Holy Land. 
The latest findings are contained in a new Italian-language book — Il Mistero Della Sindone or The Mystery of the Shroud, by Giulio Fanti, a professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at Padua University, and Saverio Gaeta, a journalist.
Fanti, a Catholic, used infra-red light and spectroscopy – the measurement of radiation intensity through wavelengths -- in his test. He said the results are the outcome of 15 years of research.

The Vatican has tiptoed around just what the cloth is, calling it a powerful symbol of Christ's suffering while making no claim to its authenticity. 
The 14-foot-long, 3.5-foot-wide (4.3-meter-long, 1 meter-wide) cloth is kept in a bulletproof, climate-controlled case in Turin's cathedral, but is only rarely open to the public. The last time was in 2010 when more than 2 million people lined up to pray before it and then-Pope Benedict XVI visited.

The latest display coincided with Holy Saturday, when Catholics mark the period between Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. A few hundred people, many in wheelchairs, were invited inside the cathedral for the service, which was presided over by Turin's archbishop. It was only the second time the shroud has gone on display specifically for a TV audience; the first was in 1973 at the request of Pope Paul VI, the Vatican said. 
The display also coincided with the release of a book based on new scientific tests on the shroud that researchers say date the cloth to the 1st century.     
The research in "The Mystery of the Shroud," by Giulio Fanti of the University of Padua and journalist Saverio Gaeta, is based on chemical and mechanical tests on fibers of material extracted for the carbon-dating research. An article with the findings is expected to be submitted for peer-review, news reports say. 

Tests conducted on the Shroud of Turin by researchers at Italy's University of Padua indicate that the linen sheet believed by some to be Christ's burial cloth dates back to Jesus' lifetime. 
The 14-foot-long cloth bearing the image of a man with wounds similar to those suffered by Christ was analyzed by university scientists using infrared light, according to The Daily Telegraph. 
The research linking the shroud to between 280 B.C. and A.D. 220 was published in book by Giulio Fanti, a professor at Padua University, and journalist Saverio Gaeta. 
Fanti, a Catholic, told the Telegraph that the results were based on 15 years of research on fibers taken from the cloth, which were subjected to radiation intensity tests. 
Fanti told the paper he rejects the conclusion of carbon dating tests conducted in 1988 that bolstered the theory the shroud was made in the 13th or 14th century in a medieval forgery. 
Those results, Fanti said, were "false" because of laboratory contamination, the Telegraph reported.
Those women were shocked to see what they had expected to happen came true.  So, it was not disappearance of Christ Jesus from the tomb that made them so frightened.  Neither an angel was a big surprise as they were pious.  But the image of Christ Jesus left on the shroud was against their faith in Judaism and Christ's teaching.  It was something beyond their imagination.  But where did the shroud later go?  Who took it out of the tomb?  
First century Edessa, today known as Urfa in southeast Turkey, was the seat of a small buffer kingdom between the Parthians to the east and Romans in the west.  It had a mixed population of Syriac, Greek, Armenian, and Arabic speaking peoples including a strong Jewish representation.  By the 6th century it and the adjacent Assyrian region was home to a large, thriving Christian population. Most historians agree that Christianity was a growing force in Edessa late in the 2nd century under the famous ruler Abgar VIII (“The Great”), with a church sanctuary dated there in 201 (Segal 1970: 24).  But when the Edessan Christians wrote their history in the 3rd century, they remembered that the Gospel originally came to them in the 1st century from a Jerusalem disciple named Addai and to a King Abgar V, a known historical figure contemporary with Christ.  Eusebius included in his Ecclesiastical History a brief late 3rd century version, reporting a famous letter from Jesus still kept in the Edessan archives (Eusebius 1991: 43-47).  But later in the 4th century (or possibly early in the 5th) a Syriac writer penned a much expanded text.  Known as The Teaching of Addai (hereafter TA) one small passage has Abgar, who is corresponding with Jesus by way of a messenger Hanan, instructing him to make a picture of Jesus: 
When Hanan the archivist saw that Jesus had spoken thus to him, he took and painted the portrait of Jesus with choice pigments, since he was the king’s artist, and brought it with him to his lord King Abgar.  When King Abgar saw the portrait he received it with great joy and placed it with great honor in one of the buildings of his palaces (Howard 1981: 9 - 10). 
Most modern scholars usually reject The TA as reliable history for a variety of reasons, but sometimes admit “a substratum of fact” (Segal 1970: 179–181).  Wilson recognizes numerous “anachronisms and interpolations” more characteristic of Abgar VIII’s time than Abgar V’s but also concludes that many “elements of the story have an authentic period ring” (Wilson 1998: 165).  As for the picture, this is the only certain place in antiquity that mentions the Edessa Image, and by itself would lead no one to dream that it was actually the NT sindon or Turin Shroud.  Writers like the Edessan Church Father Ephrem in the 4th century show no knowledge of the picture, leading some scholars to believe there never was such an object in ancient Edessa (Drijvers 1998: 17).  Others believe it was there, just not very famous (Drews 1984: 75).  Historian Daniel Scavone opines that the story is “made up after the fact, when the real history was forgotten, to explain the presence of the Christ-picture in Edessa” (Scavone 1991: 180).  What the TA may also suggest is that there was a distant memory in 4th century Edessa of a Christ picture coming to their city in an early evangelization, and if a lengthy history (like The TA) were to be written, contemporary readers might expect it to be included.  However, because of persecution, it had to be hidden away and perhaps even lost, with only confused memories surviving by the 4th century (Wilson 1979: 129 – 130).
This is of paramount importance in understanding the Holy Image of Edessa’s history, and why its identification with the Shroud of Turin is so apparently difficult; the cloth was almost always kept folded and hidden away from prying eyes, just as much as the Shroud during later centuries in Turin. 
This concludes Part 1. In Part 2 we will trace the Image of Edessa to the great capital of Eastern Christendom, Constantinople, and find more reasons to connect it with our present Shroud of Turin.
So, maybe a follower of Christ called Addai might bring the shroud those women had found in the tomb to Edessa.  In addition, Addai might have been the young man sitting in the tomb when the women entered it.    Anyway, a long story started up to Turin, today,

But then why did the  1988 carbon dating test result in the false finding that the shroud was made in the Middle Ages?

Who is behind this conspiracy?
Presently a committee working for the Catholic Church has finished a five-year review of various proposals for more Shroud testing. Recommendations will go to the Vatican and, at some unspecified date, new tests (not necessarily C-14) will be conducted. Benford and Marino also have learned recently that Professor Piero Savarino, Cardinal Polleto’s current scientific adviser, had co-authored a booklet in 1998 declaring that “invisible mending” had been used on the Shroud in the past. The booklet admitted that if the C-14 sample came from such a mended area, the 1988 results would be invalid (Benford and Marino, 2005:2-3). The force of the patch theory appears strong and continues to attract support. 
“Test everything; hold fast to what is good” (1 Thes. 5:21).
Indeed, if it is scientifically proven that the shroud is true showing the image of Christ Jesus in the tomb, the Vatican would be blamed for its long negligence of the glory of their Lord, God.

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Joh 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

"whose surname was Mark" - A Japanese Version of Gospel Interpretation

Christmas Trees Everywhere around Tokyo

A Japanese Version of Gospel Interpretation

A Japanese comic artist drew a manga story titled JESUS in 1997.

Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the comic artist, is not a Christian.  He just wanted to present his version of interpretation of the Gospels.  Especially he was drawn to the Gospel according to St. Mark.

According to Yasuhiko, Christ Jesus was not God.  He finally died on the cross.  He did not resurrect.   But there was one young man, named Joshua, who followed Christ Jesus for some reasons.

Joshua's mother had been stoned to death due to adultery.  It damaged Joshua psychologically, so that he came to have a major trauma.  But one day the young man saw Christ Jesus helped out a woman who was almost to be stoned to death for her adultery.  Joshua was extremely moved.  The bottom of his heart was hit by cool and hot love Christ Jesus showed to the woman.   His psychological wound was healed.   So, Joshua decided to follow Christ Jesus so honestly.

But Christ Jesus was arrested by Roman soldiers.  It was Barabbas who set up this scenario.  Barabbas was himself a prophet.  When he had heard of Christ Jesus, Barabbas wanted to test Him to see if He was a true holy prophet.  So, Barabbas sent two spies to a group of followers of Christ Jesus: Judas Iscariot and that Joshua.

When Christ Jesus was arrested by Roman soldiers, Joshua ran away for his life as the Gospel depicted the tense scene.   However Joshua killed a Roman soldier while he was running away, for which he was arrested eventually to be sentenced to death. So, Joshua was crucified together with Christ Jesus.  But Joshua revived later in the house of Joseph of Arimathea.

After he came back to life miraculously and he found that three days had passed since crucifixion of Christ Jesus (and himself), Joshua asked Joseph of Arimathea to bring him to the tomb of Christ Jesus, since Christ might have resurrected.  So, they went to the tomb only to find that Christ Jesus was truly dead.  There was no resurrection of Christ Jesus.

But Joshua thought that Mary of Magdala, a girlfriend of Christ Jesus, should feel so sad to see that Christ Jesus could not resurrect.  Joshua took the dead body of Christ Jesus out of the tomb, leaving only some cloth, etc.  And Joshua put on white garments to pretend to be an angel who would meet Mary of Magdala and some other women in front of the tomb.  Shortly thereafter, these women came to the tomb and saw an angel (namely Joshua).  They were however extremely frightened as the Gospel according to St. Mark reported.  

This is a version of interpretation of the story of Christ Jesus by a Japanese cartoonist, if your hearts are touched or not.

Incidentally, the manga artist Yasuhiko joined an anti-Vietnam War movement when he was a university student in a local city of Japan.  But he was forced to leave the university due to his political activity.  He came to Tokyo and started to work in a photo-composition company.  But he seized an opportunity as he successfully applied for a post in a manga/animation production company run by the greatest manga artist of Japan Osamu Tezuka.
Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (1947- ) is a Japanese animator and manga artist in the anime industry. 
Yasuhiko dropped out of Hirosaki University and was hired by Osamu Tezuka's Mushi Productions in 1970 as an animator. He later went freelance and worked on various animation productions for film and television. In 1981 he won the Seiun Award in Art category. He began working as a manga artist in 1988. In 1992 he won the Japan Cartoonists Association Award, and in 2000, an Excellence Prize in manga for Ōdō no Inu at the Japan Media Arts Festival. He is also known as a novelist and science fiction illustrator. Some of his most notable works as character designer and director are Brave Reideen, Combattler V, and Mobile Suit Gundam. Less well known is the fact that he was the original character designer for the Dirty Pair, long before their first anime or manga appearance, when he was illustrating the Haruka Takachiho short stories that became the 1980 fixup novel Great Adventures of the Dirty Pair. 
In recent years he has branched out artistically, creating such works as Joan, a three-volume story of a young French girl living at the time of the Hundred Years' War, whose life parallels that of Joan of Arc; and Jesus, a two-volume biographical manga about the life of Jesus Christ.

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Act 12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit" - Christmas in Japan

Mt. Fuji

Christmas in Japan

Now it is 0:45 a.m. of December 25 in Japan.

All the Japanese know who and what Christ Jesus is but 99% of the Japanese do not trust Christian churches and priests.  They remain as Buddhists or Shintoists at least nominally.

However, all the advanced countries in Europe and America have put their base of civilization on Christianity.  So, Japanese like to join the mood of Christmas.  Accordingly you can see many Christmas trees in commercial streets and even in public facilities.

This is Christmas in Japan, good or bad.  

(to be continued...maybe)

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Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Monday, December 23, 2013

"the Son of man should be glorified" - Move to America from Israel

Scenes around Tokyo

Move to America from Israel

Tonight a Japanese TV station presented a report from Jerusalem and the border to Syria over the Golan Heights.

While it was on air live, some smokes suddenly stood from half-abandoned streets several kilometers under the eyes of a reporter standing in a monitoring post of the Israeli Army.  Syrian troops were attacking with cannons.

On the border area between Israel and Syria a unit of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, consisting of about 50 service men or soldiers, were stationed as part of UN efforts for peace from 1996 to January of this year.  As the situation got deteriorated, the Japanese Government decided to pull out the troops.    

This region situated on the east end of the Mediterranean was a focal point in history.  Abraham traveled there, Alexander the Great traveled there, Caesar traveled there, Cleopatra traveled there, Christ Jesus traveled there, St. Paul traveled there, the crusaders traveled there, and now Judaists are back there.

Diplomatic games and the balance of power in the regions are still drastic.

However, with the fall of the regime managed by an Islamic party in Egypt, Israel has become safer.  With a civil war going on in Syria, Israel has become safer.  And as the US and Iran concluded an accord about Iran's nuclear program, Israel has become all the more safer, though some radical Muslim groups are still maintaining some influences in Gaza, etc.

The big turmoils in Egypt and Syria which were unthinkable in 1990s and 2000s are now ironically helping Israel.  Israel is almost the only country in the Middle East that is safe or remote from the Arab Spring.  Rather, this political movement put both Egypt and Syria in confusion, antagonism, and violent commotions.  As Egyptians and Syrians are domestically fighting for power, they have no reserve of energy to threat Israel.  Israel is now safer than it was before the start of the Arab Spring.

But it looks like too good for Israel.  Conversely, something terrible ca happen to Israelis.
Arab Spring 
By December 2013 rulers had been forced from power in Tunisia,[1] Egypt (twice),[2] Libya,[3] and Yemen;[4] civil uprisings have erupted in Bahrain[5] and Syria;[6] major protests have broken out in Algeria,[7] Iraq,[8] Jordan,[9] Kuwait,[10] Morocco,[11] and Sudan;[12] and minor protests have occurred in Mauritania,[13] Oman,[14] Saudi Arabia,[15] Djibouti,[16] Western Sahara,[17] and the Palestinian Authority.
Apart from whether God has caused Arab Spring for Israel, what would be a decisive incident for Israel?  Can there be Hebrew or Jewish Spring?

Maybe some Judaists in Israel will start someday to think that they are in Palestine without an instruction or permission from God.  Their ancestors left Jerusalem and Judea due to the defeat in wars against the Roman Empire around A.D. 100.  But did Israelites at the time hear a voice of God who ordered them to leave Palestine and live as the diaspora?  Nonetheless some Judaists in Israel might come to think that God does not want them to live there any more for some reason.  Then if this opinion should be widely accepted by Judaists or Israelis, though it looks impossible now, they will change their views on their religion and their fate so as to leave Israel.

From a historical point of view, as the two critical incidents occurred simultaneously around 1500, namely the discovery of American by Columbus and the large-scale purges of Judaists from Spain, Germany, etc., I think they were a great manifestation of God's will that Judaists should move to America leaving Europe.  And I think it is time for Israelis to realize this manifestation, though 500 years later.  This can be the Hebrew or Jewish Spring.

In conclusion, as there has been the Arab Spring, there must be the Jewish Spring through which all the Judaists in Israel should move to America leaving Israel.  Then, the world will be more peaceful and maybe boring to European Christians and Muslims alike.              

Christopher Columbus discovered America for Judaists, though 500 years ago.  This is a conclusion from my study of history.  And America will be a place for Judaists and other believers of God.

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Joh 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

"the voice of a god"

 Mt. Fuji and Venus
 Mt. Fuji at Sunset, 100 km Far
Mt. Fuji, Japan, This Evening

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Act 12:18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
Act 12:19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.
Act 12:20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country.
Act 12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
Act 12:22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
Act 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.