Good Riddance Obama!

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By Brother Nathanael Kapner

A HUGE SENSE OF RELIEF fills the air now that the bastard son of Frank Marshall Davis is about to be flung out of the White House.
Just as satan himself was cast out of heaven, like an odious swine, Obama is about to be cast to the dogs to be devoured.
Oh, it will happen, as those who commit abomination, (that is, homosexual activity, proven to be Obama’s past conduct), are cast into the lake of fire, where demons with scorpion-tipped tails wait for their sodomite prey, and drive their weapons right up the anus.
They’re licking their chops just to get their projectiles into Obama.
And right up the anus is what Obama did to America these past eight years.
His legacy is this: Barack Hussein Obama sodomized America by pushing homosexuality, lesbianism, transgenderism…a profane trinity of his sex-gods.
Why did he do it? Is it because Obama hates America? Yes, and more.
Obama’s main influence for his amoral agenda transits via the Jew, Saul Alinsky, to divide a united country, and create civic upheaval and “change.”
He went further than his mentor’s wildest dreams by balkanizing a homogeneous culture through mass immigration, and by subverting the Church’s morality.
Yet, Obama is essentially a coward.

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ATTEMPTING TO ESTABLISH
a balance of influence in the Middle East via his 2009 Cairo Speech, Obama quickly backed down.
For shortly after the speech the Jews told their ’schwartza’ how the world works:
Obama did not fully address the long record of Palestinian noncompliance with peace initiatives.
Thus, the Jewish hokum used to blame the Palestinians for the failure of Zionist “peace initiatives,” (which everyone knows is a Jewish snow job), effectively muzzled the mouth of Obama.
The schwartza next tried to stop the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, but after a posse of Jews banged down the White House doors, the cowardly ‘house-nigger’ caved.
And his latest parting shot by abstaining from voting on UNSC Resolution 2334 condemning Israel’s settlement expansion in the Palestinian West Bank is essentially a toothless action.

A SLAP ON THE WRIST is laughed off by the Jews. Oh, they make a fuss…but there is no punitive action in the Resolution that would obstruct continued settlements.
Yet another round of sanctions against Russia, enabled by Obama and authored by the Jew, Jacob Lew—bereft of any evidence of “Russian hacking”—has been executed.
The devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”. (Revelation 12:12)

Good riddance Obama! Hell has opened its mouth to receive you..!

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You’ll Never Guess Who Will Be Leading Prayer During Trump’s Inauguration!

DECEMBER 28, 2016

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At the inauguration ceremonies of past presidents, prayer has been a part of the ceremony. More than a few incoming presidents have incorporated God into their big days. The inauguration ceremony for President-elect Trump will include prayer, but it also has a twist unlike recent presidents.

For Trump’s swearing-in ceremony, at least six prominent clergy members are lined up to pray for Trump and the nation.  The clergy members include Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rev. Franklin Graham, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Bishop Wayne. T. Jackson, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White, according to reports.

“In American history, Inauguration Day is one of the most sacred and important celebrations we have as a people, not only because it signifies the peaceful transition of power but also because on this day ‘We The People’ appeal to the favor, blessing and guidance of God on our country, on our people and on our new leadership,”

Pastor Paula White said.

“I am honored to have been asked to offer a reading from Scripture at the upcoming presidential inauguration, and look forward to asking Almighty God to inspire and guide our new President and to continue to bless our great Nation,”

Cardinal Dolan said in a statement.

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Rabbi Hier also said he plans to read select passages from the Torah and has every confidence President-elect Trump will do the right thing for America.

Franklin Graham was an outspoken supporter of traditional marriage and ending abortion, things Trump has vowed to support as well. Graham also previously spoke at the inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001.

PS:
Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan (goes without saying), Rev. Franklin Graham, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Bishop Wayne. T. Jackson, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White are ALL false teachers….

2 Striking Truths about the Last Supper

Most of us are familiar with Jesus’ words at the Last Supper—or at least with some of those words. When we celebrate communion together, we regularly hear “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” and “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
I read through Luke 22, which includes the Last Supper and the events surrounding it. In addition to these familiar words from the Last Supper, I was struck by some of the other words spoken by Jesus on this momentous occasion.
After Jesus and the disciples settled together around the Passover table, the first words Jesus spoke were these: “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Luke 22:15). As he faced a time of unimaginably intense suffering in his life, Jesus has a deep and powerful longing to be with his disciples. Though Jesus clearly needed to be with his Father as he approached the suffering that was to come (vv. 41-44), he also seems to have felt a need to be with his disciples—his closest earthly, human friends. Jesus’ profound yearning to be with his disciples at this darkest, most difficult place in his life is quite remarkable.
This desire is even more remarkable when considering the major imperfections of the disciples, which are on display for all to see in the events following the Last Supper in Luke 22. Their immediate reaction to Jesus’ disclosure of his imminent suffering is not sympathy, but a discussion of which one of them is going to betray Jesus (v. 23). This is immediately followed by a dispute that arose among them as to which of them should be considered to be the greatest (vv. 24-30). He later asks them to pray that they might not enter into temptation while he is alone in prayer with the Father. Instead, they fall asleep (vv. 39-46). Judas betrays him (vv. 47-48), and Peter denies him (vv. 54-62). Their actions do not reveal the disciples as being intent on encouraging and strengthening a friend in a time of great need. Yet in spite of the disciples’ human frailties and failures, of which Jesus was well aware, he still earnestly desired to be with them at this horrendously grueling point in his life.

There are two truths in particular from this narrative in Luke 22 that I find most striking and extraordinary. First, Jesus loved his disciples as they were and strongly desired to be with them. It is obvious that the disciples needed Jesus in profound ways. Yet, on some level, Jesus “needed” the disciples—or at least he wanted them with him in this place of deep struggle and pain. He didn’t want to be with them because of the depth of their maturity; rather, he longed to be with them with all their flaws and defects because he knew that they (except maybe Judas) loved him to the degree that they were capable of doing so. I find it immensely comforting and quite astounding to know that Jesus actually wants to be with me with all my imperfections and weaknesses—because I have a lot of them.
Second, though the disciples were with Jesus in this place of deep anguish, they didn’t really hear what he had to say. They were more focused on themselves and what they perceived as their needs. They seemed to be more worried about which of them would betray Jesus rather than the fact that Jesus was going to be betrayed. During their last hours with the greatest human being who ever lived, they were arguing about which of them was the greatest. When Jesus asked them to pray while he was alone with the Father, they fell asleep. With momentous events of eternal consequence taking place around them and in the presence of the one at the center of these events, the disciples seem to be missing the significance of Jesus’ words and the privilege of Jesus’ presence.

It saddens me to realize that often I am welcomed into the presence of Jesus, who earnestly desires to be with me, and all I can do is think about and talk about me. I miss what He is saying and doing, which is of much greater, deeper, and lasting significance than what I am saying and doing. Jesus gave His body for me and poured out His blood for me; He willingly sacrificed all for me. Shouldn’t that motivate me to recognize the eternal, incalculable value of reveling in the privilege of enjoying His presence and closely watching for what He is saying and doing while I am with Him?

US Government Can Legally Access Your Facebook Data — And Now We Know How

By Alice Salles

The end of the year is approaching, and data concerning government abuses of power has begun pouring in.

According to Facebook’s Global Government Requests Report, government’s requests for Facebook account data rose 27 percent in the first half of 2016.

Facebook’s official announcement explained that requests for user data went from 46,710 in the last half of 2015 to 59,229 in the first half of 2016. At least 56 percent of these requests, Facebook added, “contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user.

Law enforcement agencies from across the globe, Facebook continued, often send restriction requests demanding Facebook remove content from its forums. Fortunately, these requests dropped substantially this year, from 55,827 in the last half of 2015 to 9,663 in 2016 — an 87 percent drop. Most of the 2015 requests revolved around “French content restrictions of a single image from the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks.

Additionally, Facebook used its report to disclose for the first time what the company does when law enforcement agencies request “snapshots” of a user account that might be relevant to law enforcement for undisclosed reasons.

These “preservation requests,” as they are known, are requests to “preserve data pending receipt of formal legal process.” They are often processed by the social media website as snapshots, which are preserved temporarily. According to Facebook, the company does not “disclose any of the preserved records unless and until we receive formal and valid legal process.” In the first half of 2016, Facebook received 38,675 preservation requests regarding 67,129 accounts, a staggering number of requests.
Further, Facebook insisted it does not give law enforcement any “back doors” to user information. Adding that requests are only fulfilled if they meet legal requirements or “legal sufficiency,” as Facebook puts it, they claim to “apply a rigorous approach to every government request [they] receive to protect the information of the people who use [their] services,” the company added. But this rigorous approach is not rigorous enough if “reforms” designed to avoid privacy overreach in America simply don’t go far enough.

Take the USA Freedom Act, for instance. The 2015 law was once supported by libertarian-leaning congressmen like Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI). Later, however, Amash criticized the bill after changes giving government more power were adopted.

Mentioning the new rule by name, Facebook added that “as a result of transparency reforms introduced this year by the USA Freedom Act, our report also contains additional information concerning National Security Letters (NSLs).” NSLs are “extraordinary search procedures” that give the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) the power to “compel the disclosure of customer records held by banks, telephone companies, Internet Service Providers, and others.” They are extraordinary because detailed information can be surrendered without proper oversight, an issue that has led to countless cases of abuse.

While NSLs are still being implemented, the gag order related to the procedure has changed. Now, “the government goes to court to justify the gag order only if an NSL recipient notifies the FBI of its desire for judicial review in the first place.” While the government bears “the burden of immediately going to court and proving its necessity,” NSLs give the FBI the power to bypass this important step.

Explaining that “the government lifted a gag requirement on one NSL issued in the second half of 2015,” the company decided to publish it. It’s unclear sure how many other NSLs Facebook has received.

Facebook may promise to “apply a rigorous approach to every government request” that comes its way, but rigor may only be practiced within the boundaries of U.S. law. If the law fails to protect the user’s privacy by allowing agencies to use “extraordinary” procedures, your data is never protected, no matter how well-meaning companies like Facebook claim to be.

According to Facebook, other government requests concerning “imminent risk of serious injury or death” are also granted on a regular basis. At least 3,016 of these requests were made in the first half of 2016. They targeted 4,192 accounts.

Search warrants were produced in only 13,742 cases of request for data while only 781 others were backed by court orders.

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DO YOU REFLECT JESUS?

When we open the Bible at Christmas time, it’s often to the first pages of Luke, where we read of a manger and shepherds and wise men. We don’t often think of the opening of John as a Christmas story, but I love the way he describes the birth of Jesus. John writes,
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Jesus is the light that shines into the darkness.

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John 1:9

Paul too wrote about Jesus coming to earth, but we don’t read it much at Christmas time either. I think we should. Paul describes Jesus’ birth as an example for our own lives and says if we follow the example, we will reflect His light.

In Philippians, Paul brings us to the original Christmas to illustrate the attitude Jesus had – the example we should follow, he says that Jesus, “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: ” (Philippians 2:6-7)

Jesus is God, He always has been God, but He set aside His own interests, put Himself aside, made Himself nothing, so He could be made in human likeness to put us first. The One who had always had the world at His feet now comes to wash the feet of the world.

And we have been called to reflect that same attitude.

In verses 3-4 of Philippians 2, Paul gives a practical picture of what that looks like, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

The way we apply Christmas to our own lives is to look at other people as more important than us, to set aside our own interests for the sake of others. Is that how you would describe your life? Is that how you would describe your home over the holidays?

Let’s get practical. What do you do when:

• Someone cuts you off in traffic?

• You discover a coworker is secretly going behind your back at work?

• Your neighbour makes living on your street a nightmare?

• Someone attacks or humiliates you in a post on Facebook?

• Your spouse never has anything encouraging to say?

• You see someone in need, but you don’t know them and aren’t expected to help?

That’s when Christmas becomes real. When it’s someone who never says thank you, someone who gives nothing in return, someone who is unlovable, but you have an opportunity to love them, that’s when you get to live out Christmas.

There’s nothing wrong with putting up trees, making cookies, or exchanging gifts, but none of those are Jesus’ followers living out Christmas. We live out Christmas when we make ourselves nothing, when we take the very nature of a servant, when we fight against our selfishness and choose to make it our ambition to humbly put the interests of others above our own.

We live out Christmas when we make ourselves nothing and humbly put the interests of others above our own.

— Kyle Idleman

So, how will you live out Christmas this Christmas? What opportunities has God put in front of you to follow Jesus’ example?

What could you do today?

Remember, the idea isn’t to generate light, but to reflect light. To me, that’s encouraging. I have a different kind of flashlight. Instead of operating by way of batteries, it’s solar powered. The only way this flashlight can give light is if it first receives light from the sun. If it doesn’t receive light, it has no light to give.

That’s the way we are.

This Christmas, my prayer is that you would put yourself in a place where you can truly receive the light of God into your life. When we receive it, we can give it. In some ways we’re like the moon: We have no natural light of our own. The only hope we have of shining in the darkness is the reflection of the Son. And that is what we’ve been called to do.

God’s Smile

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Malachi 3:17, “And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

Reading: Malachi 3

Do you ever feel God’s smile of approval? What prompts it? According to the Bible, some things please God immensely (Revelation 4:11). You can almost see God smiling and glorying over His work.

We find such an example in the OT, Malachi 3. God took note that in spite of a wholesale departure from His ways, there were some people who still feared Him and thought on His name. They were not just thinking of themselves in pious pride, but were taking pleasure in meditating on the goodness of God. 

These people were speaking to each other and encouraging each other in a time (like now) when there was much to be disturbed about. Words were stout against God (vs. 13). The popular opinion said it was vain to serve God; there was no personal benefit in it (vs. 14). The proud were called happy and the wicked were “set up,” suggesting that they were the ones who had the good life.

We face similar conditions in our day, but God always has His remnant, and He makes sure they find each other. They converse often because it is a delight to them. Their discussions focus on the Gospel, His provisions and their desire to continue to walk and have faith in God – obeying His precepts. 

The Lord hears all this; in fact, I believe He hearkens and smiles with pleasure. He claims these people for His own and adds them to His collection of jewels, the most precious of His possessions. He spares them from evil and harm as parents spare their children who put their trust in their parents. We also say that He saves them from sin and it’s ugly results and He adopts them into His Royal family, the real “Royal Family” (1 Peter 2:9). Don’t this make you want to smile with delight too?

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‘The smile of the Lord is a feast to the soul’

Christians Believe In Global Warming

by  Dave Miller, Ph.D.

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The hoopla in recent years regarding global warming has reached a frenzied state. As Al Gore declared in his 2006 book An Inconvenient Truth:

Not only does human-caused global warming exist, but it is also growing more and more dangerous, and at a pace that has now made it a planetary emergency…. [H]umans are the cause of most of the global warming that is taking place…. [W]e are hearing and seeing dire warnings of the worst potential catastrophe in the history of human civilization: a global climate crisis that is deepening and rapidly becoming more dangerous than anything we have ever faced (pp. 8,9,10, emp. added).

Of course, the boisterous allegations of the climatologists have been fraught with self-contradiction. Today we are being told that due to human interference, global warming and the “greenhouse effect” are occurring, and that the Earth’s temperature is increasing (cf. Sagan, 1997, pp. 105ff.). Yet we have also been terrorized with the notion that our actions are “lowering the surface temperature of our planet” (Sagan, 1980, p. 103). Ironically, a 1974 article in TIME magazine reported a three decade long cooling of atmospheric temperatures and other “weather aberrations” that “may be the harbinger of another ice age” (“Another Ice Age?”). Insisting that “telltale signs are everywhere,” as expected, one of the culprits responsible for the threat was identified as man, since “dust and other particles released into the atmosphere as a result of farming and fuel burning may be blocking more and more sunlight from reaching and heating the surface of the earth” (“Another Ice Age?”). The 1974 article concluded:
Whatever the cause of the cooling trend, its effects could be extremely serious, if not catastrophic. Scientists figure that only a 1% decrease in the amount of sunlight hitting the earth’s surface could tip the climate balance, and cool the planet enough to send it sliding down the road to another ice age within only a few hundred years (“Another Ice Age?,” emp. added).

So which is it? Ice age or global warming? Since yesterday’s science is today’s superstition, how wary ought we to be regarding the bold claims of today’s “science”?
The truth is that God created the Earth to be self-sustaining until it has served its purpose. It is self-healing, resilient, and restorative. It actually rejuvenates itself. The greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon set into place by God. God designed gases in the atmosphere, like carbon dioxide and water vapor, to remain in balance and warm the Earth, creating a stable climate for the support of plant, animal, and human life. Without these gases, Earth would be 40 to 60 degrees colder—essentially a frigid desert (cf. Climate Change…, 1990, p. xxxvii).
The Earth is not “fragile” when it comes to human interference. Humans cannot destroy the Earth (let alone the Universe). Humans cannot eliminate the ozone layer. Humans cannot cause permanent, life-threatening global warming. Human ability to pollute, contaminate, and destroy the environment cannot begin to compare with the destructive forces of nature itself: volcanoes, tornados, hurricanes, drought, typhoons, earthquakes, and floods. The 1991 volcanic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines introduced 20 to 30 megatons of sulfur dioxide and aerosols into the Earth’s atmosphere, with those materials completely encircling the Earth in some three months (Sagan, 1997, p. 107).
From data collected indicated that, as a result, “the ozone levels had depleted by about 15 percent” (Rickman, 1997). In fact, as a direct result of the large amounts of stratospheric sulfate particles from the Mount Pinatubo eruption, “record low global ozone levels were recorded in 1992 and 1993” (“Environmental Indicators…,” n.d., emp. added). NASA concluded: “Stratospheric aerosols such as those produced by major volcanic eruptions are thought to be important catalysts in the chemical processes leading to the observed ozone losses” (“NASA’s Ozone Studies,” n.d.; cf. “Incomplete Recovery…,” 2006). Humans cannot begin to compete with nature’s impact on itself. We humans have an inflated sense of our own importance if we think that we determine whether the world goes on after we are gone.
Sadly, while so much of the world’s attention is directed to physical concerns, America’s most important role of pointing the world to spiritual concerns, specifically, the truth of the Christian religion, has fallen by the wayside. Instead of being preoccupied with the future of the Earth—the God-designed, temporary abode of human habitation (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)—our foremost concern ought to be with where we will spend the afterlife: heaven or hell. As God warned the Romans: “… for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:10-12). To the Corinthians, He explained: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” (2 Corinthians 5:10-11).
The world will last for just as long as God intends—regardless of how much environmental damage humans inflict on the planet. The Earth’s environment will remain intact until it fulfills the purpose for which He created it. When that day arrives, then, yes, global warming will most definitely occur—but it will be divinely instigated and exceed anything humans can even imagine. Here is God’s own description of that day:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

REFERENCES
“Another Ice Age” (1974), TIME Magazine, June 24, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,944914-1,00.html.
Climate Change: The IPCC Scientific Assessment (1990), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), http://www.ipcc.ch/pub/reports.htm.
“Environmental Indicators: Ozone Depletion” (no date), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.epa.gov/ozone/science/indicat/index.html.
Gore, Al (2006), An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming (New York: Rodale).
“Incomplete Recovery Forecast for Earth’s Ozone Layer” (2006), CBC News, May 3, http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2006/05/03/ozone-layer060503.html.
“NASA’s Ozone Studies” (no date), NASA Facts On-Line, http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/gsfc/service/gallery/fact_sheets/earthsci/ozonestu.htm.
Rickman, James (1997), “Los Alamos Computer Model Accurately Predicts Global Climate Effects of Pinatubo Eruption,” Los Alamos National Laboratory, http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/pa/News/012297text.html.
Sagan, Carl (1997), Billions and Billions (New York: Random House).
Sagan, Carl (1980), Cosmos (New York: Random House).

A Letter From the Dead?

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According to 2 Chronicles 21, during the reign of King Jehoram, the fifth king of Judah, “there came a writing to him” from Isaiah in which the prophet rebuked the wicked king and predicted his painful disease and death (2 Chronicles 21:12-15). This account, however, has drawn criticism from some 1 since 2 Kings records Elijah being taken up into heaven in chapter 2—six chapters before Jehoram is mentioned as beginning his eight-year reign over Judah (2 Kings 8:16-24). Thus, inquiring minds want to know how Elijah could have penned a letter to a king if the prophet was no longer on Earth?
There are at least two possible, reasonable answers to this question. First, as with many other recorded biblical events, 2 it may be that the account of Elijah’s miraculous translation into the spirit realm recorded in 2 Kings 2 was not placed in that particular section of Kings for strict chronological purposes. If the apostle John could place the account of Jesus cleansing the Temple at the beginning of His ministry (John 2:13-22), 3 and do so, as some contend, for thematic or theological purposes, rather than chronological reasons, could the inspired penman of Kings not have done something similar? We agree with Keil and Delitzsch, who concluded:
It is impossible to fix the year of Elijah’s ascension. Neither the fact that it is mentioned after the death of Ahaziah of Israel, which he himself had personally foretold to that ungodly king, nor the circumstance that in the war which Jehoshaphat and Joram of Israel waged with the Moabites prophet Elisha was consulted (ch. 3), warrants the conclusion that Elijah was taken from the earth in the interval between these two events. It is very obvious from ch. 3:11 that the two kings applied to Elisha simply because he was in the neighborhood, and not because Elijah was no longer alive. 4

Elisha had entered upon this relationship to Elijah long before Elijah’s departure from the earth (1 Kings 19:19 ff.). Elijah may therefore have still been alive under Joram of Judah. 5
Interestingly, King Jehoram of Judah is actually mentioned in 1 Kings 1:17—before Elijah is translated into heaven. This verse certainly establishes the fact that Jehoram was alive during the time of Elijah and likely hints at the co-regency of Jehoram and his father King Jehoshaphat (cf. 2 Kings 8:16-24), 6 which admittedly may cause some confusion when attempting to make precise chronological judgments regarding certain events in Kings and Chronicles.
Even if the events in 2 Kings 1-8 are recorded in a more strict chronological order, however, and Elijah had actually left Earth prior to Jehoram’s independent reign as king began, there still is no proven contradiction between these passages and what the chronicler recorded about Elijah’s letter to Jehoram. Second Chronicles 21:12 does state that “there came a writing to…” Jehoram “from Elijah the prophet,” but notice that the text does not say that Elijah personally delivered the letter. One simply cannot prove that the text is implying that Elijah was still alive. It could very well be that the prophet Elijah wrote a prophetic letter about King Jehoram’s future sickness and death, which was delivered to the king (perhaps by Elisha) years after Elijah left the Earth. If uninspired people who pass from this life can leave letters and other forms of communication for family members to read (or watch) after their deaths, could a divinely inspired prophet not have arranged for a letter, which he wrote long before, to be delivered at a particular time after his death? To ask is to answer.
Although some may become disturbed upon initially comparing 2 Kings 2 with 2 Chronicles 21, a fair and sober assessment of the text reveals logical explanations for the differences found therein. Perhaps the differences are the result of the events of 2 Kings 2 not being placed in a strict sequential order in the text. Or, it could very well be that Elijah wrote the letter of 2 Chronicles 21 as a prophetic letter before his departure from Earth and long before Jehoram became the sole King of Judah. One thing is certain: no justifiable contradiction has been proven.

ENDNOTES
1 Steve Wells (2016), “The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible,” http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/2chr/21.html.
2 See Eric Lyons (2005), “Alleged Chronological Contradictions,” Apologetics Press, http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=13&article=1582.
3 As opposed to the end of it, which is where Matthew, Mark, and Luke place the event.
4 C.F. Keil and F. Delitzsch (1996), Commentary on the Old Testament: 1 & 2 Kings; 1 & 2 Chronicles (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson), 3:209-210.
5 Ibid., 3:643.
6 See R.D. Patterson and Hermann J. Austel (1988), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: 1 & 2 Kings, ed. Frank E. Gaebelein (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan), 4:173.

King James XXVIV

WEEK 29

Mark 1:41

(KJV)   And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

(1611 KJV) And Iesus mooued with compassion, put foorth his hand, and touched him, and saith vnto him, I will, be thou cleane.

(1587 Geneva) And Iesus had compassion, and put foorth his hand, and touched him, and said to him, I wil: be thou cleane.

(1568 Bishops Bible) And Iesus had compassion on hym, and put foorth his hande, touched hym, and sayth vnto hym: I wyll, be thou cleane.

(1539 Great Bible) And Iesus had compassion on hym, & puth forth his hande, touched hym, & sayeth vnto him: I wyll, be thou cleane.

(1535 Coverdale) And it pitied Iesus, and he stretched forth his honde, and touched him, and sayde: I wyll, be thou cleane.

(1526 Tyndale) And Iesus had copassion on him and put forth his honde touched him and sayde to him: I will be thou clene.

 

Counterfeit Versions

(CEB) Incensed, Jesus reached out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do want to. Be clean.”

(ERV) These last words made Jesus angry. But he touched him and said, “I want to heal you. Be healed!”

(LEB) And becoming angry, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be made clean.”

(NIRV) Jesus became angry. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing to do it,” Jesus said. “Be ‘clean’!”

(NIV) Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”

 

Textus Receptus – Traditional Text

ο δε ιησους σπλαγχνισθεις εκτεινας την χειρα ηψατο αυτου και λεγει αυτω θελω καθαρισθητι

 

Hort-Westcott – Critical Text

και σπλαγχνισθεις εκτεινας την χειρα αυτου ηψατο και λεγει αυτω θελω καθαρισθητι

 

Corrupted Manuscripts

If you notice in the Textus Receptus the name of Jesus (ιησους) is included and it is found in both the Byzantine Text and Stephanus 1550 A.D. When we look at the Hort-Westcott text, we will see that the name of Jesus is omitted in the Greek which means the translators can use the proper name or replace it with a pronoun “he” like the LEB does.

 

Affected Teaching

The word “splanchnistheis” in the Greek is translated “compassion” all 12 times it is used in the New Testament.  It carries with it the meaning of “have compassion, feel sympathy, or have mercy.”  I remember when the 1984 NIV was being revised in 2011 by Biblica (formerly International Bible Society) and the President and CEO of Biblica made the following statement, And we’ll make sure we get it right this time,” Here is how bad they still did.

 

(1984 NIV) “Filled with Compassion….”

(2011 NIV) “Jesus was indignant….”

 

After they revised their version, they went from correct to incorrect, so how did they get it right?  THEY DIDN’T!

 

Here are the definitions of the words used by the modern versions above from the 1913 Websters.  Quite different than the Greek word in the Textus Receptus.

 

Indignant – Affected with indignation; wrathful; passionate; irate; feeling wrath, as when a person is exasperated by unworthy or unjust treatment, by a mean action, or by a degrading accusation.

 

Incensed – Angered; enraged. (2) Represented as enraged, as any wild creature depicted with fire issuing from mouth and eyes.

 

Once again the modern versions take a Greek word with a specific meaning and translation throughout the New Testament and apply their own meaning to it.  The worst part about it is that the word is translated with a definition that is completely opposite of what the word means.  This is why the modern versions are so dangerous because you never know when they have taken a word and translated it wrongly. They do this so they can get a new copyright because to gain a copyright you must have a certain amount of changes, so they make changes not even concerning themselves with your spiritual growth.