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As the old Year gives way to the new I shall give a selection from my book under preparation.

“And I will put enmity between thou, and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise his heel (Ge.3:15).”

The Adam and Eve narrative is at once a symbol as well as acknowledgement of righteousness of the heavens. Rain, sunshine are indeed blessings sent from above that farmers everywhere can appreciate. When God says, ‘thorns and thistles shall it bring to thee’ it has a specific meaning to Adam apart from weeds are familiar to farmers. In a symbolic sense tares as unproductive ancillaries, is a curse since Adam shall never be able to predict from where it comes. The Parable of the wheat and the tares in the Spirit speaks of it as thus, “An enemy hath done this (Mt.13:28)”. Sustained symbolism of seeds and even Satan as a despoiler, however, makes the significance of the curse vivid enough. Tangled mass of tares as tangled skeins of man’s philosophies never agreeing with one other, connects with Satan. Like snake in the grass human philosophy can trip up faith of unsuspecting man. The spirit here specifically speaks of the Son of man whose humanity symbolized ‘her seed.’ Also significant is how Jesus responded to the other 70 disciples who returned successfully from their mission. “I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven. (Lk.10:18).”In the following verse the Spirit introducing the serpents and scorpions as symbols of ‘the power of the enemy,’ connect: do we look elsewhere for meaning or to the curse as stated in Ge. 3:15?

May the New Year bring a new blessing in your lives,

Benny

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New Year’s Eve -Greetings

Before me are the eight books published this year. These books are what I had let in my computer for long. This year I got them in order and are available through Amazon.com. These are as e books as well.

I am very happy to have got it done. Now I am raring to meet the New Year head on,

Season’s Greetings,

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Season’s Greetings

I wish all my readers best wishes for the coming year. I shall if God willing post again in January 2018.

Take care, come high come low

Waves weave their muscles,-

For they can’t help

And rock your ship where they will

But never give in to despair

Waves obey higher power But your hold

On what you are

Is enough for now, Take care.

 

Benny

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And the Lord Garden planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed (vs.5).

How the Spirit sets down the divine Will and how it is said to be a reality has its own colour. The Adam story as part of the narrative of the Lord God, serves as a symbol. It represents as such for the world.  This presupposes that something else is there what we need look for. The garden in which God put the man is a symbol. Adam is a symbol while garden is a transitional symbol for the holy city. The garden is shadow and the city,  however, is the substance. It is from the standpoint of the Son. This symbolic narrative where the significance of the symbol emerges accordingly from the point of view is inverted symbolism. We saw another example of inverted symbolism in the new heaven and new earth. What the Holy Spirit introduced with the verse one of Genesis ends up as coming from that of the Son.

Thus the Garden is a forerunner for the Church, the city of God New Jerusalem. Adam at the other end is qualified as the last Adam. Both names represent the Son of man. The garden is shadow of the fellowship where the glory of God covered Adam as gold sheathed shittim wood of the ark. Details that flesh out a symbol are not merely intended like window dressing but to convey much more. Thus a believer is not merely a number but light even as God is the Father of lights.

The river that fed the garden reminds us of the world that surrounds it. For this reason the Spirit mentions actual names of the regions it watered. “(Hiddekel)….goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth is Euphrates.”

From the above the aim of inverted symbolism refers to any symbol connecting the Father and the Son to establish their nature through the various events where they are not the principal players. Spiritual Rock refers to Christ and Moses in each case is the principal doer. He either smites as was told or disobeys (1 Co.10:4). Symbolism is sustained in other context as well. He is the cornerstone and rock of stumbling and so on.

The inverted symbolism brings to our mind how churches in the age of Grace ought to conduct themselves. How do we witness our Saviour Lord? Isn’t our activism as though we have listened to the serpent and what truck do we hold with crooked perverse nation?

“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world (Phili.2:15);”

Benny

 

 

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Sabbath

“And the evening and the morning were…” thus ran the formula in the first chapter with each creation day. Evening for creatures is set apart for rest. Adam was put in the garden to tend it and keep it. He also required rest as with beasts of burden and birds of the air. Rest is therefore a necessary aspect of the day that is collectively named as evening. It bears in turn relationship to the seventh day. Thus six days of creation has spiritual significance and connects man to the God’s rest. But does God being omnipotent require rest?For that matter how long did it take for God to complete creation is of a different time frame than with us.

It is the office of the Holy Spirit to set the timescale of man in direct context of God’s Time. When the Spirit through a vision convinced St Peter at Joppa that it was God’s Time to bring the gentiles also into the fold of God’s people and thus fulfill the prophecy found in the book of Joel.

“One day with the Lord as a thousand years…” This is what St Peter in his epistle refers to Time. It is similar to the scale with which the city of God was measured (Re.21:17). “It is according to the measure of a man that is of the angel.” Similarly we shall treat the duration in general terms. We are on surer grounds to treat each evening holding a certain relation with the day. Each evening in turn corresponds to the seventh day. The number seven is perfection. This holy day is sanctified because it directly refers to the period of time that God took to fill in His creation calendar. This is how we need to look at the new heaven and new earth not as separate but as seen from the standpoint of the Son.

“For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day (Mt.12:8; Mk.2:27) This rest or Sabbath is nothing but the Lord God’s absolute certainty, this is what Power and Wisdom would mean, and He rested in the outcome of His Will as accomplished by the Son. So we shall leave all speculations aside with regards to the time taken for God to complete the creation calendar. Considering man’s frame being formed of the earth Sabbath was made for him and not other way round.

Benny

 

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The key to unlock the significance of Genesis is on a few premises:

“I and my Father are one (Jn.10:30).”

“(Spirit of truth) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you (Jn.16:14)” Thus the reader has to understand both God, the Father and God the Son has had equal part. Their relation is as the Core Will of the Father being fulfilled by the Son. The first verse of the Bible is the Core Will as perfect as not wanting an afterthought. In the Book of Revelation (21:1) * we have it as accomplished. Divine Power and Wisdom applies to both. Both books serve as bookends, and events sandwiched in between chronicle man’s destiny.

Lastly heaven and the earth are as one, under the sovereign Will of the Father. What does that signify? Man’s salvation wherever occurs in time and place on the earth has to be validated in God’s Time. It is the Spirit’s office and he achieves it in a manner that gives the Bible its peculiar character: types, symbols, signs, visions, parables and such like are therefore the means employed to establish Truth.

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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’

The first verse in the Book of Genesis is from the standpoint of God the Father, His Core Will. Compare this with the new earth and the new heaven mentioned in the last book. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the earth were passed away;…(Re.21:1).” This new earth is not added from outside but signalling God, the Son has accomplished the will of his Father. “Behold I make all things new.” This is the testimony of the Son.

We also see the narrative mode of the Spirit. “So the last will be first, and the first will be last (Mt.20:16-NIV)”. In fullness of time God sent his Son and he accomplished his atoning work. So every believer according time and place on the earth by faith are set in heavenly places (Ep.1:3-14). This mode further underscores the testimony of Jesus Christ: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending…(Re.1:8) .

Ge.1:1 Heaven and earth do not mention any people. On the other end what do we read? In the Book of Revelation where the new earth and the new heaven are mentioned we read of ‘the holy city coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride…(Re.21:1-3) The risen Christ in his glory is present there.

The seas the sun and all physical features described in the first chapter of Book Genesis hold no significance since the Glory of God and the Lamb is the light of it (21:23). In the light we are told ‘the nations of them which are saved shall walk.

In this context let us consider the verse from Isaiah “Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders …(8:18).” The same verse is repeated in the New Testament (He.2:13-15) It was necessary for the Holy Spirit to reorganize the creation account of God with appropriate signs and symbols; and this narrative mode is validated when we see it from the vantage of God the Son who ‘took not the on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham (vs.16)”.

Benny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I don’t want a lot for Christmas
Peace in my heart, let it burn:
I don’t care about the presents,-
You need not shout HoHo please,
You kill what glow I let blaze
With fake news a new normal
All your false cheer in tears end:
All I want for Christmas is peace
I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need, and I
Don’t think you can drop in one
Day of the year and say all
Is well, Ho Ho peace on earth.
 Benny

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Thousand One Nights- Duniazad

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Let us not forget politics is the art of the impossible made to pass for the possible. Since the founding of the new nation it was played by the educated and also who were not so endowed with intellectual abilities but they all had ambition to run for office. The slogan Making America Great Again sounds great but isn’t that what the Presidents from George Washington till Obama have been striving for? Only that no citizen got a chance to see this perceived greatness since wave after wave of world events rocked the shores while ethnic minorities and native Americans reacted to the domestic policies vector of forces impacting from elsewhere. Wars broke out as riots were quelled and even a Civil War from 1860 till 1865 did not achieve what greatness every President had hoped for. So politics is an euphemism for what really takes place in the backrooms while every President in office assures home and abroad what they see is indeed greatness. In this connection I think the rise of President Trump would be a good topic to illustrate how politics discover you. You rake up the cesspool of human ambition and greed and it is wealth  what you gather. Carnegie, Rockefeller and Mellon and many others used it with class so their wealth funded music arts and letters. Their foundations made treasures of the world accessible to a man on the street. For those who have made millions in unsavory manner a university or Homes for the Veterans that they float is not for the end user but the means to bilk the very people who may vote them to office. In whichever case politics discovered Trump.

Trumps’ grandfather arrived as an immigrant from Germany and after many unsuccessful attempts, not exactly in honorable manner while selling liquor and girls of easy virtue made one economically viable,’ for god’s sake there was gold rush in those days. He died young and Trumps father made money in a manner that shaped Donal’s future irrevocably.  “In 1973 Trump, 27, was living in a rent-controlled studio, wearing French cuffs, and taking his dates to the Peacock Alley, the bar in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria. At the time, the lockbox of Establishment New York was tightly closed to the Trumps of Queens, despite their mansion in Jamaica Estates.

Riding around Brooklyn in a Rolls-Royce, Trump’s mother, Mary, collected quarters from laundry rooms in various Trump buildings. Trump’s father, Fred, had already beaten back two scandals in which he was accused of overcharging and profiteering at some of his government-financed apartment complexes, and was now facing an even more explosive charge—systemic discrimination against black and other minority tenants. The Trumps, however, were connected to Favor Bank politicians in the Brooklyn Democratic machine, which, in tandem with the Mob bosses, still influenced who got many of the judgeships and patronage jobs. It was twilight world from Dante and if you did not hold on to your scruples you were sure never to find way back again.

It was here his world connected with a lawyer much older in comparison by name Roy Cohn.  Cohn and Trump were twinned by what drove them. They were both sons of powerful fathers, young men who had started their careers clouded by family scandal. Both had been private-school students from the boroughs who’d grown up with their noses pressed against the glass of dazzling Manhattan. Both squired attractive women around town.

Cohn after graduating from Columbia Law School at 20, he became an assistant U.S. attorney and an expert in “subversive activities,” allowing him to segue into his role in the 1951 espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. (Cohn persuaded the star witness, Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, to change his testimony; in Cohn’s autobiography, written with Sidney Zion, Cohn claimed that he had encouraged the judge, already intent on sending Julius to the electric chair, to also order Ethel’s execution, despite the fact that she was a mother with two children.) Come 1953, this legal prodigy was named McCarthy’s boy-wonder chief counsel, and the news photos told the tale: the sharp-faced, heavy-lidded 26-year-old with cherubic cheeks, whispering intimately into the ear of the bloated McCarthy. Cohn’s special skill as the senator’s henchman was character assassination. Indeed, after testifying in front of him, an engineer with the Voice of America radio news service committed suicide. Cohn never showed a shred of remorse.

Cohn was best known as a ruthless prosecutor. During the Red Scare of the 1950s,  But in the decades since, Cohn had become the premier practitioner of hardball deal-making in New York, having mastered the arcane rules of the city’s Favor Bank (the local cabal of interconnected influence peddlers) and its magical ability to provide inside fixes for the ilk of Trump.

“You knew when you were in Cohn’s presence you were in the presence of pure evil,” said lawyer Victor A. Kovner, who had known him for years. Cohn’s power derived largely from his ability to scare potential adversaries with hollow threats and spurious lawsuits. Trump—who would remain loyal to Cohn for many years—would be one of the last and most enduring beneficiaries of Cohn’s power.

Cohn, with his bravado, reckless opportunism, legal pyrotechnics, and serial fabrication, became a fitting mentor for the young real-estate scion. And as Trump’s first major project, the Grand Hyatt, was set to open, he was already involved in multiple controversies. He was warring with the city about tax abatements and other concessions. He had hoodwinked his very own partner, Hyatt chief Jay Pritzker, by changing a term in a deal when Pritzker was unreachable—on a trip to Nepal. In 1980, while erecting what would become Trump Tower, he antagonized a range of arts patrons and city officials when his team demolished the Art Deco friezes decorating the 1929 building. Vilified in the headlines—and by the Establishment—Trump offered a response that was pure Roy Cohn: “Who cares?” he said. “Let’s say that I had given that junk to the Met. They would have just put them in their basement.”

For author Sam Roberts, the essence of Cohn’s influence on Trump was the triad: “Roy was a master of situational immorality . . . . He worked with a three-dimensional strategy, which was: 1. Never settle, never surrender. 2. Counter-attack, counter-sue immediately. 3. No matter what happens, no matter how deeply into the muck you get, claim victory and never admit defeat.” As columnist Liz Smith once observed, “Donald lost his moral compass when he made an alliance with Roy Cohn.” Then was the third in the triad. Roger Stone in 1979 though only 27, had achieved a degree of notoriety as one of Richard Nixon’s political dirty-tricksters. At the time, he was running Ronald Reagan’s presidential-campaign organization in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and he needed office space. He came in touch with Cohn who in turn put him to Trump

“I went to see him,” Stone told me, “and Trump said, ‘How do you get Reagan to 270 electoral votes?’ He was very interested [in the mechanics]—a political junkie. Then he said, ‘O.K., we are in. Go see my father.’ ” Out Stone went to Avenue Z, in Coney Island, and met Fred Trump in his office, which was crowded with cigar-store Indians. “True to his word, I got $200,000. The checks came in $1,000 denominations, the maximum donation you could give. All of these checks were written to ‘Reagan For President.’ It was not illegal—it was bundling. Check trading.” For Reagan’s state headquarters, the Trumps found Stone and the campaign a decrepit town house next to the ‘21’ Club. Stone was now, like Donald Trump, inside the Cohn tent.

And Stone soon seized the moment to cash in. After Reagan was elected, his administration softened the strict rules for corporations seeking government largesse. Soon Stone and Paul Manafort, Trump’s future campaign manager, were lobbyists, reaping the bonanzas that could flow with Favor Bank introductions. Their first client, Stone recalled, was none other than Donald Trump, who retained him, irrespective of any role Manafort might have had in the firm, for help with federal issues such as obtaining a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the channel to the Atlantic City marina to accommodate his yacht, the Trump Princess.

All along there had been something deeper connecting Stone and Trump and Roy Cohn: the climate of suspicion and fear that had helped bring all three to power. Although Stone, like many around Cohn in the 70s and 80s, was too young to have observed how Cohn helped poison America in the McCarthy years, Stone had learned at the feet of Richard Nixon, the ultimate American paranoid. And the politics of paranoia that Cohn and Stone had cynically mastered would eventually make them kindred spirits. Just as the two of them had come to prominence by exploiting a grave national mood (Cohn in the 50s, Stone in the 70s), it was this same sense of American angst, resurgent in 2016, that would ultimately help elect Donald Trump.

“Pro-Americanism,” Stone said, “is a common thread for McCarthy, Goldwater, Nixon, [and] Reagan. The heir to that tradition is Donald Trump. When you combine that with the bare-knuckled tactics of Roy Cohn—or a Roger Stone—that is how you win elections. So Roy has an impact on Donald’s understanding of how to deal with the media—attack, attack, attack, never defend.”

Ack: Vanity Fair magazine section: How Donald Trump and Roy Cohn’s Ruthless symbiosis changed America /Marie Brenner Aug.2017

Benny

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