Is Male Cowardice the Story of Christ’s Crucifixion?

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Is Male Cowardice the Story of Christ’s Crucifixion?

New York Times columnist claims the fundamental lesson was that ‘the men fled; the women stayed.’

Ahead of the Easter holiday, New York Times opinion writer Ross Douthat took the liberty of using the events surrounding Jesus Christ’s torture and murder to attack men as being inferior to women.

In “God and Men and Jordan Peterson,” Douthat wrote, “The men fled; the women stayed. That’s the story of Easter weekend in the New Testament.”

First, the story of Easter weekend is actually about bunnies, eggs and chocolate—none of which are found in the Bible. But this writer is saying that the premise of Christ’s crucifixion is male cowardice! He is actually using the one inspired book that actually honors and upholds the office of a husband and father to denigrate and malign male authority! This is where the #MeToo movement has brought us today.

What is actually central to the events surrounding Christ’s crucifixion? Read John 19 and notice the male authority, leadership, sacrifice, love and commitment!

God’s master plan is about family, and the Head of God’s Family is the Father. John 3:16 says that “God [the Father] so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Douthat believes (emphasis added throughout):

Most of Jesus’s male disciples vanished when the trouble started, leaving His mother and Mary Magdalene and other women to watch by the cross, prepare His body for His burial, and then (with the men still basically in hiding) find the empty tomb.

But what does your Bible say? Again, read John 19. Notice verses 25-27: “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! …”

By this point, Mary’s husband Joseph had died. Despite the fact that Christ was in agony after having His body shredded by the scourging, He managed to reach out on behalf of His grief-stricken mother. What love and outflowing concern He had for others, and in this case, for His widowed mother. He looked at John, the disciple whom He loved, and said, You take care of my mother!

Verse 27 concludes: “And from that hour that disciple”—that was John (a man)—“took her unto his own home.” John stepped up to serve and comfort Christ’s mother.

After Christ died, Douthat said that it was the women who prepared His body for burial. But notice verse 38: “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.”

Mark’s account says, “Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus” (Mark 15:43).

It was Joseph of Arimathaea, a wealthy disciple of Christ (and a man), who went to Pilate boldly! The Jews were in a frenzy about crucifying Christ, so this would have taken a lot of courage. It took a courageous and honorable man to retrieve the body of Christ and prepare it for burial.

Notice who else was there to help Joseph prepare the body for burial. “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight” (John 19:39).

We first encounter Nicodemus in John 3, when he came to Christ by night because he was afraid of being persecuted. But here, these two men were seen boldly preparing for proper burial the body of a man who was viciously hated by the most powerful people in Judea.

“Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand” (verses 40-42).

Your Bible makes it very clear that late Wednesday afternoon, Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus (two men) prepared Christ’s body for burial.

Douthat then used his distorted view of the gospels to make a point about male absence in religion today. There are about 10 percent more women than men attending Christian churches and denominations in the United States. But as the Federalist’s Matthew Cochran pointed out in response to Douthat, the dearth of male leadership is not limited to religion alone. It runs through our entire society!

We’ve long been observing the same kind of sex gap in higher education,” Cochran wrote. “According to recent numbers, women make up a 57.3 percent majority of college students.”

What we are seeing in our society is the fulfillment of Isaiah 3:12: “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.”

Why is all this happening? It is the result of broken law. Ephesians 5 provides teaching and instruction about how marriages should be conducted in order to produce happy families and, in turn, happy societies. God makes it clear that the husband is to be the loving head of the wife, and the wife is to be in loving submission to her husband.

Cochran concluded his article by writing:

God’s instructions to husbands and wives in Ephesians 5 is probably the most hated Bible passage in America. Without exception, both in church and at seminary, every time I have heard Ephesians 5 taught, the “husbands, love your wives” part was laid out straightforwardly with a healthy dose of shame for men who do not aspire to love their wives as Christ loves the church.

This is as it should be—flattery of men is not the solution here. Nevertheless, when those same teachers taught the part that instructs wives to submit to their husbands as unto Christ, they spent the entire time hedging—explaining nothing while piling up (often dubious) exceptions until submission had no tangible meaning at all. And that’s if they didn’t just gloss over it entirely.

This is poor instruction, particularly when we consider which part our culture is most apt to rebel against. If we teach the female half of our congregations that God’s instruction is to be carefully avoided, the male half is going to learn the same lesson—and they won’t be oblivious to the blatant hypocrisy.

If Douthat wants to use the Bible to make a point, he should acknowledge the fact that the disciples whose lives were in danger forsook Christ and fled. He should acknowledge the fact that the often-maligned Scriptures highlight the roles of women here in the gospels and elsewhere. (Other articles at the New York Times and elsewhere often ignore the honor that the Bible gives to women and their roles.) But he should also acknowledge the faithfulness of some of the men on the scene. And he should acknowledge the heroic faithfulness of Peter and the other apostles who went on to dedicate their lives to the living Christ: Peter went on to be crucified himself for his faithfulness to Christ! The New York Times should acknowledge the other 99 percent of the Bible that establishes the godly role of men and the godly role of women! And it should acknowledge the perfect, godly, masculine example of Jesus Christ Himself.

Cochran pointed out that our people don’t believe and obey the instructions of God contained in the Bible—we just pick and choose what we want to believe. Douthat’s article is certainly proof of this.

If you would like to learn more about this subject, I discussed it at length on my April 13 Trumpet Daily Radio Show. If you would like to know more about the most momentous event in human history, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, read our reprint article “When Was Christ Crucified and Resurrected?

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Houthis Targeting Saudi Oil Facilities

Iran and Saudi Arabia are attempting to outmaneuver each other in the Red Sea. We know who will win.

Houthi attacks on Saudi oil facilities are increasing. The Yemeni rebels have claimed eight attacks since early March, though the Saudis dispute the number.

Even so, Houthi efforts to target these facilities could have global implications.

The latest attacks have targeted Saudi company Aramco, the world’s largest oil company. Aramco is in the final stages of developing an oil refinery at its port facility in Jazan. The port is on the Red Sea, north of Yemen. This makes it a prime target for the Houthi.

When the Houthis launched ballistic missiles at Riyadh on April 11, they also began a second attack. That night, the Houthis launched a drone attack on the Jazan facility. There was no major damage.

On Monday, April 23, the Houthis tried again. Two ballistic missiles were launched toward the site. Both were intercepted over the Jazan province. It remains unclear what type of ballistic missile was launched. It stands to reason that it would be the same as the April 11 variety—the Qasef-1. According to a 2017 report by Conflict Armament Research, the Qasef is “consistent with descriptions and imagery” of Iran’s Ababil-T missile.

Many analysts doubt the missiles are homemade. Common knowledge suggests the Houthis lack the resources and skill to design the rockets. Evidence suggests Iran has been supplying the firepower.

So why then are the Houthis and their Iranian sponsor targeting Saudi oil facilities? It has everything to do with subjugating Riyadh and controlling the world oil market.

Controlling the Seaways

Saudi oil facilities on the Red Sea undermine Iran’s ambitions.

The Jazan facility will process 400,000 barrels of crude per day. From there, the oil can flow north to Europe via the Suez Canal. In this way, Saudi Arabia bypasses Iranian chokepoints at the Strait of Hormuz and the Bab el-Mandeb.

The Strait of Hormuz and the Bab el-Mandeb

Through these choke points sail tankers carrying the vast majority of Middle East oil. This gives Iran immense leverage to control world oil prices. Were Iran to shut down either sea-lane, global trade could be brought to its knees. The Trumpet regularly warns of this looming crisis.

On Oct. 25, 2016, Foreign Policy wrote, “If a coastal foe can menace shipping transiting [the Bab el-Mandeb] seaway, it would disrupt the shortest, most convenient sea route connecting Europe with South and East Asia. Doing so would carry significant economic and military repercussions.”

The facility in Jazan is part of a large project by Aramco to boost its oil trade to 6 million bpd (barrels per day) of crude and refined products by 2020. That is up from 3.6 million bpd at the moment. The more it produces, and the more Red Sea facilities it has, the less Saudi Arabia can be affected by Iranian interference.

Aramco has been working to expand the capacity of the East-West crude oil pipeline. This line carries oil from the Persian Gulf to the Red Sea. Right now it can carry 5 million bpd.

Iran’s desire to control the Bab el-Mandeb is paramount to its strategy. And the ability to attack Saudi oil facilities is a great side benefit for Iran.

And it won’t end with missile attacks. Prophecy indicates Iran is about to gain a far more devastating tool to control the oil trade: Egypt.

Scripture shows that Riyadh is about to be outfoxed by a powerful alliance.

Saudi Efforts Thwarted

The Trumpet often references Daniel 11 when discussing the Middle East. Verse 40 describes a power called “the king of the south”—referring to radical Islam led by Iran.

Notice who is part of this alliance. “He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape” (verse 42). This indicates Egypt will be part of this alliance with Iran! Some might say this is hard to believe, but remember 2011. In a moment, Egypt transformed into a radical Iranian ally. It will happen again.

Now consider how this affects Saudi Arabia and Europe. Suddenly Iran will have total control over Saudi oil leaving the Middle East. Three sea-lanes—the Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb and the Suez Canal—and all three are in regions controlled by the king of the south.

In April 2011, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote, “If Iran gets control of that trade route [through the Red Sea], it could create enormous damage and chaos in America and Europe almost overnight.”

Europe Responds

Prophecy speaks of Iran wielding this terrible economic weapon. Daniel 11:40 says that Iran is going to “push” at Europe. As Mr. Flurry wrote, “The king of the south is going to push at the king of the north, probably from its trade route power.”

The following February 2015 Key of David program is a must-see for anyone who wants to understand this “push.”

Iran will get a reaction. The ensuing verses of Daniel 11 show Europe—the king of the north—will destroy Iran’s alliance. If you want to know how a German-led Europe is preparing for this assault, read our free booklet Germany’s Secret Strategy to Destroy Iran.

“Yemen is one of the most strategically important countries in the world, certainly in the Middle East,” Mr. Flurry said in his Key of David program titled “The Yemen Crisis.” The Houthi takeover of Yemen is “changing the course of the Middle East in many ways. And that is what we need to understand, and it’s going to affect all of us. It is going to affect individual lives in this country [the United States] in a way that I think is hard for people to imagine.”

Right now Saudi Arabia and Iran are attempting to outmaneuver each other in the Red Sea. Prophecy indicates Iran is about to gain the upper hand with deadly consequences. For more information, request our free booklet The King of the South.

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New Microscope Reveals Most Detailed View of Cells Deep in Living Bodies

First-of-its-kind 3-D footage shows cells moving in vivo.

Mankind’s view into the cellular realm just became exponentially clearer.

Scientists at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (hhmi) have combined two advanced imaging technologies to provide a view of subcellular events—such as immune cells maneuvering, and organelles remodeling during mitosis—in unprecedented 3-D detail.

“The results offer an electrifying new look at biology,” wrote hhmi’s Meghan Rosen regarding the work that was reported in Science on April 19.

The results “reveal a bustling metropolis in action at the subcellular level,” Rosen said.

In the clip below, fiery orange immune cells are shown moving rapidly within the inner ear of a zebrafish, as they gather blue morsels of sugar.

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This breakthrough gives us a glimpse of the intricacy and beauty that God has woven into His creation—even at extremely minute levels.

But His incomparable artistry is certainly not limited to the microscopic realm.

Alongside these movies of cells in action, you could place pictures of the inconceivably vast Heart and Soul nebulae, and you would notice that both sets of images embody similarly awe-inspiring splendor—but on scales so distant from each other they could not be compared.

Beauty also saturates levels of creation far tinier than cells, even down to the atomic level. And it permeates far broader vistas than that of the Heart and Soul, such as the breathtaking image we see after stepping away from the telescope and those two colossal nebulae become tiny spaces between the main stars of the radiant Cassiopeia constellation.

God is the author of beauty, and He wove it liberally into every stratum of His creation—from the nanoscopic to the macrocosmic. Every layer and every aspect of His physical creation proclaims His splendor.

Psalm 104, notable for its emphasis on God’s role as Creator, reinforces this truth. The German writer Johann Gottfried Herder famously said, “It is worth studying the Hebrew language for 10 years in order to read Psalm 104 in the original.” After describing the intricacies and beauty of some of God’s creation, the writer of this remarkable psalm offers this praise: “O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all.”

To understand the perfect Being who created the manifold splendors of the natural world—including the immune cells in the zebrafish, the entire vast universe, and who created you with the potential to be born into His Family—please order a copy of our free booklet Our Awesome Universe Potential.

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This “civil war” encompasses the major news stories in Europe: the migration crisis, terrorism and the rise of the far right.

As Europe’s most populous, richest and dominant country, Germany will be crucial in deciding the outcome. Without Germany on their side, the illiberals are the minority, with the modest goal of merely avoiding EU sanctions and hanging on to the shreds of their heritage that they have left. With Germany on their side, the illiberals could change the fate of Europe.

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Could the former politician regain an office that would allow him to do the “dirty work”?

The Return of the Cross in Bavaria

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While this may seem like a small step, it marks an important change in direction for Germany.

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If Díaz-Canel continues the economic reforms started by Castro in 2011, he could make it much easier for Europe to develop trade and investment opportunities with his nation and thereby give a developing European superstate a strategic foothold on the shelf of the North American continent.

Historic Meeting: China Coaxing India Away From U.S.

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Show Notes

  • Many nations are working to undermine America’s political and economic power.
    • They’re turning away from using dollars—such as China introducing yuan-denominated oil contracts, Iran replacing the dollar with the euro, and Venezuela launching a cryptocurrency.
    • China is coaxing India away from its alliance with America by courting its prime minister.
    • Security cooperation among Asian nations under the leadership of Russia and China is stronger than ever thanks to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
    • The European Union is strengthening its trade relations with Mexico to help minimize the impact of President Donald Trump’s renegotiation of nafta.
  • We’ll also talk about the possibility of a new Iran nuclear deal, attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, a state in Germany that has decided that all public buildings need to start displaying the cross, and another ugly development exposing the corruption in Washington.

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