April 21, 2019

I'm Watching The NeverEnding Story (1984) It's Befitting Considering 7 Islamist Suicide Bombers Massacred Over 200 Christians Today In Sri Lanka On Christians Holiest Day Resurrection Sunday.

The Nothing = "Some people did some thing."
Sounds like Islam engulfing Western Civilization.
Christian massacre at a glance:

8 Islamist suicide blasts in one day.

3 Christian Churches packed with worshipers bombed by Islamist.
4 Hotels with guest celebrating Christian holy day bombed by Islamist.
1 house raided by police bombed by Islamist suicide bomber killing three police officers.

200 Christians massacred and 450 Christians injured IN ONE MORNING.

UPDATE 4/21/19 at 9:31pm: I added tweets below.

Handel - Messiah - Hallelujah Chorus ♥


From Andre Rieu's "Live From Radio City Music Hall"
in New York City 2004,
with the Johann Strauss Orchestra and the Harlem Gospel Choir.

Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
(For the lord God omnipotent reigneth)
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
(Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah)
Hallelujah

The kingdom of this world;
is become
the kingdom of our Lord,
and of His Christ
and of His Christ

And He shall reign for ever and ever
And he shall reign forever and ever
And he shall reign forever and ever
And he shall reign forever and ever

King of kings forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah
and lord of lords forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah
King of kings forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah
and lord of lords forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah
King of kings forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah
and lord of lords
King of kings and lord of lords

And he shall reign
And he shall reign
And he shall reign
He shall reign
And he shall reign forever and ever

King of kings forever and ever
and lord of lords hallelujah hallelujah
And he shall reign forever and ever

King of kings and lord of lords
King of kings and lord of lords
And he shall reign forever and ever

Forever and ever and ever and ever
(King of kings and lord of lords)

Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
Hallelujah

What Does it Mean That Jesus (Yahshua) is King of kings And Lord of lords?

[source: GotQuestions.org]

Question: "What does it mean that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords?"

Answer: The phrase “king of kings” is used in Scripture six times, three of which refer to the Lord Jesus (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14, 19:16). The other three (Ezra 7:12; Ezekiel 26:7; Daniel 2:37) refer to either Artaxerxes or Nebuchadnezzar, kings who used the phrase to express their absolute sovereignty over their respective realms (Persia and Babylon). The phrase “lord of lords” is used in Scripture five times, and only referring to God (Deuteronomy 10:17; Psalm 136:3; 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14, 19:16). Used together, the two phrases refer only to the Lord Jesus Christ.

In 1 Timothy 6, Paul is wrapping up his letter to Timothy, telling him to fight the good fight and keep his profession of faith. He tells Timothy that he’s to do this “until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,” whom he subsequently refers to as “the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion.” The title is used to indicate someone who has the power to exercise absolute dominion over all His realm. In the case of the Lord Jesus, the realm is all of creation. Paul labors to emphasize the solitary nature of Christ’s rule, calling Him the “only” Sovereign, who is “alone” and “unapproachable.” The rule of Jesus is unique and above that of all other rulers.

The other two uses of the phrase, those in Revelation, refer to the final conquest and return of Jesus. The implication is that in the end all other rules will be conquered or abolished, and He alone will reign supreme as King and Lord of all creation and creatures. There is no power, no king, and no lord who can oppose Him and win. There are myriad references to this absolute rule of Jesus, and His preeminence over other rulers, all throughout Scripture, some subtle, some overt. To mention just a few, Isaiah 40:23-24 says that the Lord brings “princes to nothing” and makes earth’s rulers “emptiness.” The mere breath of the Lord will “carry them off like stubble.” Daniel’s vision of the son of man in Daniel 7:13-14 is of one whom he calls “the Ancient of Days” whose everlasting dominion is over all people, nations and languages. In the New Testament, we get a better view of whom these passages refer to when the writer of Hebrews speaks of the Lord Jesus: “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3). The next verse speaks of Jesus being “much superior” to the angels. Clearly, His rule over creation is absolute.

Paul makes the point that this rule is derived from Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. In Philippians 2:5-11, he discusses the extent to which Jesus went to atone for sinners and concludes that this is the reason that “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (vv. 9-11).

Finally, in the book of Revelation we see the Kingship of Jesus made manifest. In chapter 5, the Lamb (Jesus) is the only one in all creation found worthy to open the scroll containing the judgments of God (vv. 2-5). In chapter 11, we hear voices in heaven proclaiming that the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of Christ, and that He will reign forever and ever (v. 15). In chapter 12, we read that the authority of Christ is what causes Satan to be thrown down to earth (vv. 9-10). In chapter 17:12-14, the Lamb conquers all those arrayed against Him, and John stresses that He conquers because He is King of kings and Lord of lords. Finally, in chapter 19, we read of His triumphant coming to strike the nations and tread the winepress of the wrath of God, having the authority to do so because He is King of kings and Lord of lords (vv. 11-16).

Fundamentally, the idea of Jesus being King of kings and Lord of lords means that there is no higher authority. His reign over all things is absolute and inviolable. God raised Him from the dead and placed Him over all things, “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:21-23).
Songs of Victory in Heaven
Revelation 19 Amplified Bible (AMP)
[source: Biblegateway.org]

1 After this I heard what sounded like a mighty shout of a great crowd in heaven, exclaiming, Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! Salvation and glory (splendor and majesty) and power (dominion and authority) [belong] to our God!

2 Because His judgments (His condemnation and punishment, His sentences of doom) are true and sound and just and upright. He has judged (convicted, pronounced sentence, and doomed) the great and notorious harlot (idolatress) who corrupted and demoralized and poisoned the earth with her lewdness and adultery (idolatry). And He has avenged (visited on her the penalty for) the blood of His servants at her hand.

3 And again they shouted, Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! The smoke of her [burning] shall continue to ascend forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities).

4 Then the twenty-four elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] and the four living creatures fell prostrate and worshiped [paying divine honors to] God, Who sits on the throne, saying, Amen! Hallelujah (praise the Lord)!

5 Then from the throne there came a voice, saying, Praise our God, all you servants of His, you who reverence Him, both small and great!

6 After that I heard what sounded like the shout of a vast throng, like the boom of many pounding waves, and like the roar of terrific and mighty peals of thunder, exclaiming, Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! For now the Lord our God the Omnipotent (the All-Ruler) reigns!

7 Let us rejoice and shout for joy [exulting and triumphant]! Let us celebrate and ascribe to Him glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb [at last] has come, and His bride has prepared herself.

8 She has been permitted to dress in fine (radiant) linen, dazzling and white—for the fine linen is (signifies, represents) the righteousness (the upright, just, and godly living, deeds, and conduct, and right standing with God) of the saints (God’s holy people).

9 Then [the angel] said to me, Write this down: Blessed (happy, to be envied) are those who are summoned (invited, called) to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me [further], These are the true words (the genuine and exact declarations) of God.

10 Then I fell prostrate at his feet to worship (to pay divine honors) to him, but he [restrained me] and said, Refrain! [You must not do that!] I am [only] another servant with you and your brethren who have [accepted and hold] the testimony borne by Jesus. Worship God! For the substance (essence) of the truth revealed by Jesus is the spirit of all prophecy [the vital breath, the inspiration of all inspired preaching and interpretation of the divine will and purpose, including both mine and yours].

The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast

11 After that I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse [appeared]! The One Who was riding it is called Faithful (Trustworthy, Loyal, Incorruptible, Steady) and True, and He passes judgment and wages war in righteousness (holiness, justice, and uprightness).

12 His eyes [blaze] like a flame of fire, and on His head are many kingly crowns (diadems); and He has a title (name) inscribed which He alone knows or can understand.

13 He is dressed in a robe dyed by dipping in blood, and the title by which He is called is The Word of God.

14 And the troops of heaven, clothed in fine linen, dazzling and clean, followed Him on white horses.

15 From His mouth goes forth a sharp sword with which He can smite (afflict, strike) the nations; and He will shepherd and control them with a staff (scepter, rod) of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath and indignation of God the All-Ruler (the Almighty, the Omnipotent).

16 And on His garment (robe) and on His thigh He has a name (title) inscribed:

king of kings and lord of lords.

17 Then I saw a single angel stationed in the sun’s light, and with a mighty voice he shouted to all the birds that fly across the sky, Come, gather yourselves together for the great supper of God,

18 That you may feast on the flesh of rulers, the flesh of generals and captains, the flesh of powerful and mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all humanity, both free and slave, both small and great!

19 Then I saw the beast and the rulers and leaders of the earth with their troops mustered to go into battle and make war against Him Who is mounted on the horse and against His troops.

20 And the beast was seized and overpowered, and with him the false prophet who in his presence had worked wonders and performed miracles by which he led astray those who had accepted or permitted to be placed upon them the stamp (mark) of the beast and those who paid homage and gave divine honors to his statue. Both of them were hurled alive into the fiery lake that burns and blazes with brimstone.

21 And the rest were killed with the sword that issues from the mouth of Him Who is mounted on the horse, and all the birds fed ravenously and glutted themselves with their flesh.

Jesus Christ Is God’s Son, The Living Breathing WORD Of God Who Was Made Flesh To Walk Among Us And Who Is Greater Than the Angels.

[source: Biblegateway]

Jesus Christ Is God’s Son

1 Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe (reference: John 1). 3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
3 AMPLIFIED VERSION: He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,
4 This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.

The Son Is Greater Than the Angels

5 For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus:

“You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.”

God also said,
“I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.”

6 And when he brought his supreme Son into the world, God said,

“Let all of God’s angels worship him.”

7 Regarding the angels, he says,
“He sends his angels like the winds, his servants like flames of fire.”

8 But to the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. 9 You love justice and hate evil. Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”

10 He also says to the Son,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. 11 They will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing. 12 You will fold them up like a cloak and discard them like old clothing. But you are always the same; you will live forever.”

13 And God never said to any of the angels,
“Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.”

14 Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.
(King James Version)

1 In the beginning WAS THE WORD, and the Word WAS WITH God, and the Word WAS God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was LIFE; and the LIFE was the LIGHT of men.

5 And the LIGHT SHINETH in darkness; and the darkness comprehended IT NOT.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the LIGHT, that all men through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that LIGHT.

9 That was the TRUE LIGHT, which lighteth EVERY man that cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him NOT.

11 He came unto his own, and HIS OWN received him NOT.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he POWER to become the sons/daughters of God, even to them that BELIEVE on his name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, BUT OF God.

14 And the WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten son of the Father,) full of GRACE and TRUTH.

15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

17 For the LAW was given by Moses, but GRACE and TRUTH CAME by Jesus Christ.

18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
(New International Version)

The WORD of Life

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of LIFE. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.

Walking in the LIGHT

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is LIGHT; in him there is NO darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the TRUTH. 7 But if we walk in the LIGHT, as he is in the LIGHT, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, PURIFIES us from all sin.

8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will FORGIVE us our sins and PURIFY us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

When Was Our Lord, Savior, And Redeemer Jesus Christ Crucified?

[source: Bible Studies]

The Gregorian calendar date of Friday April 1, AD 33 (which corresponds to the Julian calendar date of Friday April 3, AD 33) has been proposed as the day our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. In this study an attempt will be made to determine if this date is supported by the information found in the Bible. Before going into any detailed calculations, we first need to establish what the Bible teaches in regard to the timing of Jesus' crucifixion. We can establish three important facts from the Bible:

1) Jesus was crucified on the latter half of the 14th day of the 1st month (Nisan 14), the day the Passover was killed (Exodus 12:6, John 18:28, 18:39, 19:14, Mark 15:25-34)

2) Jesus ate the Passover (last supper) with his disciples on the evening of the 13th day (Luke 22:15, John 13:1), not the evening of the 14th day (John 18:28)

3) Jesus was crucified on a Friday, the day before the Saturday Sabbath (Luke 23:54, John 19:31)

Now given Jesus crucifixion is related to the feast day of Passover, which occurred on the 14th day of the 1st month, it is necessary to calculate what would have been the first day of the Biblical new year (i.e., Nisan 1) for the year AD 33. Since Biblical months are related to the timing of the new moon, and new years are related to seasons, with the Biblical year aligned to spring, which is itself related to the vernal equinox, the following dates have been obtained from astronomical calculations for the year AD 33 (note: all dates below are Gregorian calendar dates):

> The AD 33 vernal equinox* occurred on Sunday March 20 at approximately 5:00 pm Jerusalem Standard Time (JST)
> The pre-equinox lunar conjunction** (dark moon) occurred on Thursday March 17, 12:38 pm JST
> The post-equinox lunar conjunction** (dark moon) occurred on Friday April 15, 9:09 pm JST

References:
* Vernal Equinox Reference
** Lunar Conjunction Reference

The next issue we are faced with is exactly how does one determine the start of the new year and new month given the above information for the vernal equinox and lunar conjunction. Below is a summary of the methods used to determine a new year and new month:

New Year: there are two different ideas for when a new year begins. The first argues the new year begins with the first moon conjunction after the vernal equinox (i.e., the post-equinox moon conjunction). The second argues it begins with the moon conjunction closest to the vernal equinox (but not more than 14 days earlier, i.e., one that would not result in Passover occurring prior to the vernal equinox).

New Month: there are two different ideas for when a new month begins. The first argues a new month begins the day immediately following the moon conjunction. The second argues it begins the day following the time of the moon conjunction plus 24 hours (the 24 hours allows time for an observable crescent moon to form).

As can be seen, the determination of new year and new month is not obvious, and various methods are possible. So which methods should we use? Unfortunately the Bible doesn't address these fine points directly. If one searches the internet, as well as Jewish and Christian history, one will find lots of opinion, but very little if any Biblical rationale for the methods finally selected. In this study a simple approach is chosen, which is to test each combination of new year and new month method, and see which of them satisfies the Biblical information regarding our Lord Jesus Christ's crucifixion. Below is a summary of each of these possibilities:

Method 1: New year using post-equinox moon conjunction and new month starting day immediately following the moon conjunction.
Method 2: New year using post-equinox moon conjunction and new month starting day following the moon conjunction plus 24 hours.
Method 3: New year using closest moon conjunction and new month starting day immediately following the moon conjunction.
Method 4: New year using closest moon conjunction and new month starting day following the moon conjunction plus 24 hours.

The analysis below uses each of the four methods above to determine what day of the week corresponds to the 14th day of the 1st month of the Biblical Calendar. Now the criteria used to judge which of these four methods is Biblically valid is that they MUST yield a date for Nisan 14 in AD 33 that is a Friday (the day before the Saturday sabbath when Jesus was crucified). If this criteria is not met, then we know for sure that particular method is not Biblically valid! Here are the analysis results for each of the four methods:

Method 1 (year starting post-equinox moon conjunction and month starting day immediately following moon conjunction):
> Vernal equinox AD 33 = March 20
> Post-equinox moon conjunction = April 15 at 9:09 pm JST
> 1st day of 1st month = April 16 at 6pm - April 17 at 6pm
> 14th day of 1st month = April 29 at 6pm - April 30 at 6pm
> Jesus crucified afternoon of April 30 (a Saturday)
> This would result in Jesus being crucified on a Saturday instead of Friday (the day before the Saturday sabbath), inconsistent with
Luke 23:54, John 19:31
> CONCLUSION: this possibility is EXCLUDED!
Method 2 (year starting post-equinox moon conjunction and month starting day + 24 hours after moon conjunction):
> Vernal equinox AD 33 = March 20
> Post-equinox moon conjunction = April 15 at 9:09 pm JST
> 1st day of 1st month = April 17 at 6pm - April 18 at 6pm
> 14th day of 1st month = April 30 at 6pm - May 1 at 6pm
> Jesus crucified afternoon of May 1 (a Sunday)
> This would result in Jesus being crucified on a Sunday instead of Friday (the day before the Saturday sabbath), inconsistent with
Luke 23:54, John 19:31
> CONCLUSION: this possibility is EXCLUDED!
Method 3 (year starting with closest moon conjunction and month starting day immediately following moon conjunction):
> Vernal equinox AD 33 = March 20
> Closest moon conjunction = March 17 at 12:38 pm JST
> 1st day of 1st month = March 17 at 6pm - March 18 at 6pm
> 14th day of 1st month = March 30 at 6pm - March 31 at 6pm
> Jesus crucified afternoon of March 31 (a Thursday)
> This would result in Jesus being crucified on a Thursday instead of Friday (the day before the Saturday sabbath), inconsistent with
Luke 23:54, John 19:31
> CONCLUSION: this possibility is EXCLUDED!
Method 4 (year starting with closest moon conjunction and month starting day + 24 hours after moon conjunction):
> Vernal equinox AD 33 = March 20
> Closest moon conjunction = March 17 at 12:38 pm JST
> 1st day of 1st month = March 18 at 6pm - March 19 at 6pm
> 14th day of 1st month = March 31 at 6pm - April 1 at 6pm
> Jesus crucified afternoon of April 1 (a Friday)
> This would result in Jesus being crucified on a Friday (the day before the Saturday sabbath), in agreement with Luke 23:54, John 19:31
> CONCLUSION: this possibility is INCLUDED!
Now from the above results for AD 33 we see that only one of the four methods described provides a date for Passover, Nisan 14, that is a Friday, and that is the fourth method listed. So if AD 33 is the correct year for Jesus' crucifixion, then we know the rules specified by method four above to determine Nisan 1 are the Biblically valid ones! However before we make this our final conclusion we also need to consider the possibility that Jesus wasn't crucified in some other year besides AD 33. For example, there are other Bible scholars who argue that Jesus may have been crucified as early as AD 29, or as late as AD 36, so we must analyze these years before going further. But before doing so, one might ask, why limit the range of years to AD 29 through AD 36? The reason for this comes from the Biblical citation found in Luke 3:1,
Luke 3:1-3 KJV

1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,

2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
Here in Luke 3 we find the Bible dates the beginning of the ministry of John the Baptist. And it was at this time that Jesus began his ministry, immediately after being baptized by John the Baptist. Below is a summary of the commonly recognized dates for the rulers mentioned in Luke 3:1,
> Tiberius Caesar ruled AD 14-37, so his 15th year would be AD 29
> Pontius Pilate governed AD 26-36 (this is the Pilate to whom Jesus was sent prior to his crucifixion)
> Herod Antipas tetrarch of Galilee 4 BC - AD 39
> Philip II (brother of Herod) tetrarch of Ituraea thought to die in AD 34
Based on these dates, we find that Luke 3:1, the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar, would have been AD 29. From the account in Luke 3 we know this is the year Jesus was baptised and began His ministry, and so is not a likely year for His crucifixion, but this year will be used as the earliest possible crucifixion year for this study. Now the other limit on the year Jesus could have been crucified would be the reign of Pontius Pilate, who the gospels account clearly record Jesus appearing before prior to His crucifixion, and the latest that could have occurred would be the year AD 36. Thus, based on Luke 3:1-3, we can establish eight possible years in which Jesus could have been crucified, i.e., anywhere from AD 29 to AD 36.

The next step is to do the same analysis for each year from AD 29 to AD 36 as was done for AD 33 above, again using each of the four possible methods listed to determine the date of Nisan 14, and seeing which ones land on a Friday. The results are tabulated below:

Analysis of years AD 29 to AD 32 (CLICK HERE TO SEE ANALYSIS)

Determining a Minimum Length of Jesus Ministry:

From the gospel of John it is possible to determine a minimum length of Jesus ministry. The following events should be considered:
> Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist (John 1:28-33)
> Jesus performs his first sign at a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee (John 2:1), following which he goes to Jerusalem for the Passover feast (John 2:13)
> Jesus returns to Galilee following the Passover feast in Jerusalem (John 4:45)
> Jesus goes to Jerusalem again for another feast, possibly the feast of Tabernacles (John 5:1)
> Jesus returns to Galilee again (John 6:1), soon after which another Passover is near (John 6:4), and Jesus feeds 5000 (John 6:10)
> Jesus still in Galilee and feast of Tabernacles is near (John 7:2), later Jesus goes to Jerusalem for this feast (John 7:10)
> Jesus still in Jerusalem at time of feast of Dedication, it is now winter (John 10:22)
> Jesus visits Bethany (near Jerusalem) and raises Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1)
> Jesus comes to Ephraim, and another Passover is near (John 11:54-55)
> Jesus returns to Bethany 6 days before this Passover (John 12:1)
> Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem (John 12:12-15)
> Jesus hour had come, he would be crucified at this Passover (John 13:1, John 18:28, 18:39, 19:14)
From the above accounts, we know Jesus was baptized prior to the Passover of John 2:13, a Passover he celebrated in Jerusalem. Jesus then returned to Galilee for a time but then returned to Jerusalem again in order to celebrate another feast (possibly of Tabernacles). After this he returned to Galilee, and the Passover of John 6:4 arrived, one where he remains in Galilee and feeds 5000. Later Jesus returns to Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles, where Jesus remains for the winter and the feast of Dedication. Following that Jesus spends time in Bethany and Ephraim before coming a final time to Jerusalem for the Passover on which he was crucified. Thus, we can set a minimum duration of Jesus ministry as one that spans at least 3 Passovers. If Jesus was in fact crucified at Passover AD 30 (April 5th or May 3rd), then the Passover of John 2:13, being two years earlier, would have been in the spring of AD 28. However we already saw that Jesus' ministry could not have begun earlier than August 20, AD 28, the start of Tiberius Caesar's 15th year. Based on this the year AD 30 can be excluded as a possibility for Jesus' crucifixion.

What about AD 36?

There aren't any theologians that espouse Jesus was crucified in AD 36 because that would result in His ministry being on the order of 6 1/2 years. In addition this would put Jesus 3 years older than if crucified in AD 33, making Him over forty years old. Finally, in the Luke 3:1 citation, it indicates Herod's brother Philip was still alive, and the date of his death is generally believed to have been in AD 34, so it's quite doubtful Jesus could have been crucified later than that, and thus it's very doubtful AD 36 could be when Jesus was crucified.

Luke 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,
> Philip II (brother of Herod) tetrarch of Ituraea thought to die in AD 34
Conclusion:

It has been shown that AD 33 is the only year that satisfies all the relevant scriptures for the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Other possible years can be excluded based on either not satisfying a Friday Passover crucifixion, or for being too early to allow a sufficient length for Jesus' ministry. It has also been shown that the appropriate method for determining a new year is to use the moon conjunction that occurs closest to the vernal equinox, and that the first day of a new month is one that follows the moon conjunction plus 24 hours (time to permit a visible formation of a crescent moon). It has been shown that other possible methods of calculating new years and new months do not provide for a Friday Passover on the 14th day of the 1st month for AD 33, and can therefore be excluded.

The Throne in Heaven; The Lamb Opens the Scroll

Jesus Christ (Yahshua HaMashiach) is both
the Lamb of God AND the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

Revelation 4 NIV
[source: Biblegateway]

The Throne in Heaven

1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. 4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. (the sevenfold Holy Spirit) 6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures (beings), and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. 7 The first living creature (being) was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. 8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“‘Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty (Omnipotent),’

who was, and is, and is to come.”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
[source: Biblegateway]

The Lamb Opens the Scroll

1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root (Source) of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God (the sevenfold Holy Spirit) sent out into all the earth. 7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures (beings) and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain (sacrificed),
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures (beings) and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain (sacrificed),
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures (beings) said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped the lamb.

Worthy Is The Lamb ♥ Jesus Was Sacrificed On The Cross For ALL Of Humanity. He Shed His Blood For Us So We Can Be Spiritually SET FREE ETERNALLY.

written by R.C. Sproul
[source: Ligonier Ministries]

This idea of the Lamb of God is a strand that runs throughout the history of redemption. It can be traced all the way back to Genesis 22, when God called Abraham to go to Mount Moriah and offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham, in obedience to God, was prepared to do just that, but at the last possible moment, after Abraham had tied Isaac to the altar and was preparing to plunge the knife into his heart, God stopped him, saying, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me” (v. 12). Then there was a ruckus behind Abraham, and he turned to see a ram that was caught in the thicket by its horns. God provided a lamb as a sacrificial substitute for Abraham’s son. Of course, it is never stated in Genesis 22 that the ram Abraham caught and offered in the place of Isaac was an expiatory sacrifice. Nevertheless, it was a substitutionary sacrifice, and that is the idea that underlies the atonement of Christ. Jesus acts as our substitute, and God pours out His wrath on account of our sin onto Him instead of us. God, then, provides a Lamb of His own and accepts the life of that substitute.

Likewise, the Lamb of God is certainly prefigured in the Passover. When God prepared to bring His final plague on the Egyptians, the death of every firstborn male of the Egyptians, including the crown prince of the Pharaoh, He instructed His people Israel to slay lambs without blemish and to spread the blood on their doorposts. God promised to pass over all the houses where He saw the blood of the lambs on the doorposts (Ex. 12:3–13). Just as the blood of those lambs caused the people of Israel to be spared from God’s wrath, the Lamb of God redeemed His people from the penalty that was due for their sin.

Given this imagery in Genesis 22, Exodus 12, and other passages throughout the Old Testament, it’s foolish to say that the title “Lamb of God” is an invention of the apostle John. The words of John the Baptist were informed by his knowledge of the Old Testament, the sacred Scriptures of the Jews at the time of Christ.

Despite the abundant use of significant titles for Jesus in the first chapter of John—“Lamb of God,” “Son of God,” “Messiah,” “Son of Man,” and so forth—I don’t believe that John the Baptist, Andrew, Nathanael, or any of the disciples had a comprehensive understanding of the meaning of these titles. John the Baptist, who here said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” later was thrown into prison and sent messengers to Jesus, asking, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (Luke 7:20). This question indicates that John had not fully understood the identity of Jesus, despite his dramatic testimony to Jesus’ identity. The problem was that he had his own expectations. He expected that the Lamb of God would come and drive the Romans out, just as everybody else did. When he saw Jesus merely going about preaching, he became confused.

Jesus told John’s messengers, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Luke 7:22). Jesus pointed to His miracles to confirm His identity for the doubting John. He also referenced the messianic prophecy in Isaiah 61:1–2a, which says:
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
It was as if Jesus was saying: “John, if you had really studied your Bible (Old Testament/Jewish Torah), you wouldn’t be asking whether I am the One who was to come. You don’t have to look for another one. You had it right the first time. I am the Lamb of God.”

Peter was likewise confused, even when he gave his great confession at Caesarea Philippi. In answer to Jesus’ question as to whom the disciples thought Him to be, Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). Jesus affirmed that confession to be accurate and declared Peter “blessed” for understanding who He was. But immediately afterward, when Jesus told His disciples that He was bound to Jerusalem to suffer and die, Peter rebuked Him and said, “This shall not happen to You!” (16:22b). One minute Peter affirmed that Jesus was the Messiah, but the next minute he revealed that he didn’t really understand all that it meant for Jesus to be the Messiah.

We, of course, are prone to the same confusion. Only when we look at the whole picture, taking into account the cross, the resurrection, the ascension, and the outpouring of the Spirit at the Day of Pentecost, do we begin to see the depths and the riches of all that God was communicating through the announcement of His messenger, who said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Worthy Is The Lamb
by Hillsong

Thank you for the cross, Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace

Thank you for this love, Lord
Thank you for the nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know
Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious

High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

***********************

written by Michael Lane
[source: Delve Into Jesus Ministries]

There are several passages in the Bible where Jesus is referred to as a lamb, or the lamb of God. Peter calls Jesus, "a lamb without blemish or defect" (1 Peter 1:19) and Apostle Paul calls Jesus the "Passover Lamb who has been sacrified" (1 Corinthians 5:7). When John the Baptist sees Jesus walking toward him for the first time, he exclaims, "Look, the Lamb of God!" (John 1:36). Throughout much of the book of Revelation, Jesus is referred to as a lamb. Angels proclaim, "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" (Revelation 5:12)

According to the law of Moses, the Jewish people offered animal sacrifices to God to attone for their sins. This was a temporary solution for the problem of sin, and sacrifices needed to be offered periodically to keep Jews in a right standing before God. One of the animals commonly sacrificed was a lamb. When Jesus was killed on the cross, He became the final and ultimate atonement sacrifice. For those who place their faith in Christ, his sacrifice covers all their sin and no other sacrifice to God is necessary. In this way, Christ was the sacrificial "lamb" who laid down his life for us.

Christ's role as the lamb of God was predicted by the prophet Isaiah hundreds of years before He came to offer His life. In chapter 53 verses 6-7, Isaiah writes:
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

Pssst... HAPPY EASTER! Hope You Have A Great Day Doing Whatever It Is That Puts A Great BIG SMILE On Your Face! :D

I don't have children, but if I did I would teach them to know the difference between the secular Easter Spring Celebration and Jesus' Resurrection Sunday. I personally take no issue celebrating them both, my motto is to each his or her own, live and let live. But it is important to understand the difference between the two. The Easter Spring Celebration is a pagan secular ritual and Jesus' Resurrection Sunday is Holy. It was the Catholic church that integrated them both into one. There is no mention of Ostara, the goddess of Spring in the Bible nor is there any mention of the word Eostre aka Easter.

So, with that being said, I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating whichever way makes you happy. :)
[source: Goddess cards]

Ostara is the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring. Her other name is "Eostre" meaning "movement towards the rising sun." She is celebrated on March 21st at the Spring Equinox, when days are brighter and growing longer. She points the way to Beltane, the great and joyous festival of coming Summer.

Ostara is a fertility goddess, the northern counterpart of Astarte and Ishtar. She is associated with the moon hare or rabbit, with eggs, dawn and the east - all symbolizing her primary qualities of bringing birth, rebirth and renewal to a winter-weary world.

In modern times, we have transformed Ostara's sacred rabbits and eggs into the secular Easter bunny, and colored and chocolate Easter eggs that delight children and grownups alike. Ostara's deep femininity is reflected in the fact that our word for the female hormone, estrogen, is derived from her name.
[source: The Holiday Spot]

Easter and Spring

Come March. And the world around you gets geared up to go ga ga on a festive spree. Some skeptics might shrug off the March madness fray, but can't beat the freak it rolls out of its season of rejuvenation, rejoice and renewal that ushers in with a basketful of new promises and gifts in galore. The nature discards its weary look to don a brand new outfit. The shining sun showers its blissful warmth, as if, to thwart the frosted blanket which the winter wraps around us. The brook turns bubbly. The blooming tulips, the crocuses and the daffodils - all swayed by the cool southie breeze, bring back the vibe on earth.

What else can be a better day for fun and fiesta? To have your family reunited? Friendship and love renewed? And feelings shared?
Perhaps all these traits have made spring and celebrations almost synonymous. That too from the dawn of human history.

Even in the Greek mythology, Demeter and Persephone, convey the idea of a goddess returning seasonally from the nether regions to the light of the day. This is in conjunction with the vernal equinox, March 21, when nature is in resurrection after the winter.
Even Easter - the grand occasion that reminds you of the golden and crimson eggs and chocolate bunnies, the ho'cross buns, is also a spring time festival. As if the Almighty had chosen this glorious season for the death-resurrection and exaltation of Jesus Christ, the son of God.

History Of Easter

Easter, the principal festival of the Christian church year, celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion. The origins of Easter date to the beginnings of Christianity, and it is probably the oldest Christian observance after the Sabbath (observed on Saturday). Later, the Sabbath subsequently came to be regarded as the weekly celebration of the Resurrection.

Meanwhile, many of the cultural historians find, in the celebration of Easter, a convergence of the three traditions - Pagan, Hebrew and Christian.

According to St. Bede, an English historian of the early 8th century, Easter owes its origin to the old Teutonic mythology. It was derived from the name Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, to whom the month of April was dedicated. The festival of Eostre was celebrated at the vernal equinox, when the day and night gets an equal share of the day.

The English name "Easter" is much newer. When the early English Christians wanted others to accept Christianity, they decided to use the name Easter for this holiday so that it would match the name of the old spring celebration. This made it more comfortable for other people to accept Christianity.

But it is pointed out by some that the Easter festival, as celebrated today, is related with the Hebrew tradition, the Jewish Passover. This is being celebrated during Nisan, the first month of the Hebrew lunar year. The Jewish Passover under Moses commemorates Israel's deliverance from about 300 years [it's really 400 years. (emphasis mine)] of bondage in Egypt.

It was in during this Passover in 30 AD [it's really 33 AD. (emphasis mine)] Christ was crucified under the order of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate as the then Jewish high priests accused Jesus of "blasphemy". The resurrection came three days later, on the Easter Sunday. The early Christians, many of them being brought up in Jewish tradition regarded Easter as a new feature of the Pascha (Passover). It was observed in memory of the advent of the Messiah, as foretold by the prophets. And it is equanimous with the proclamation of the resurrection. Thus the early Christian Passover turned out to be a unitive celebration in memory of the passion-death-resurrection of Jesus. However, by the 4th century, Good Friday came to be observed as a separate occasion. And the Pascha Sunday had been devoted exclusively to the honor of the glorious resurrection.

Throughout the Christendom the Sunday of Pascha had become a holiday to honor Christ. At the same time many of the pagan spring rites came to be a part of its celebration. May be it was the increasing number of new converts who could not totally break free of the influence of pagan culture of their forefathers.

But despite all the influence there was an important shift in the spirit. No more glorification of the physical return of the Sun God. Instead the emphasis was shifted to the Sun of Righteousness who had won banishing the horrors of death for ever.

The Feast of Easter was well established by the second century. But there had been dispute over the exact date of the Easter observance between the Eastern and Western Churches. The East wanted to have it on a weekday because early Christians observed Passover every year on the 14th of Nisan, the month based on the lunar calendar. But, the West wanted that Easter should always be a Sunday regardless of the date.

To solve this problem the emperor Constantine called the Council of Nicaea in 325. The question of the date of Easter was one of its main concerns. The council decided that Easter should fall on Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. But fixing up the date of the Equinox was still a problem. The Alexandrians, noted for their rich knowledge in astronomical calculations were given the task. And March 21 was made out to be the perfect date for spring equinox.

The dating of Easter today follows the same. Accordingly, churches in the West observe it on the first day of the full moon that occurs on or following the Spring equinox on March 21., it became a movable feast between March 21 and April 25.

Still some churches in the East observe Easter according to the date of the Passover festival.

The preparation takes off as early as on the Ash Wednesday from which the period of penitence in the Lent begins. The Lent and the Holy week end on the Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection.

Happy Resurrection Sunday! ((( ♥ )))

written by Rose H.
[source: Meditations of His Love]

Mark 16:1-7 (NIV) When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?" But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.'"

He is Risen! Our God is a living, breathing, loving God. Death can no longer have the final say. Sin will not have final victory. Jesus has conquered! We are free! Life has won!

Revelation 5:4-6 (NIV) I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals." Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Our God is Worthy! All praise honor and glory are His, now and forever more.

Let us take some time to worship and glorify Him. He is loving and gracious! He is the same now as He was when the Bible was written. Let us praise Him for He is worthy!

Christ's Resurrection by Pastor Joseph Prince


I've taken the following from Pastor Joseph Prince youtube video description:

Understand the power of Jesus' resurrection like never before! In this powerful and inspiring message by Joseph Prince, discover how, when Jesus rose again, He conquered not just the grave, but also sorrow, fear, doubt and discouragement—the four main means the devil uses to attack the human heart. Learn at the same time how Jesus' resurrection is heaven's receipt that you are completely forgiven, so that you can be bold to believe Him for great things. You'll also discover the secret to walking in the power of His perfect finished work and see His salvation manifest in every area of your life!

It Is Finished! WOW! This is an AMAZING message! Thank you Pastor Prince. ♥ AMEN! ♥

It Is Finished!

John 19:30: So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Imagine looking at Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting in the Louvre museum. Would you think of adding more brush strokes to it? Of course not! It was done by a master, so what could you possibly add to the painting to improve it?

In the same way, that is how we are to look at Jesus’ work on the cross. He cried out, “It is finished!” You cannot complete a completed work. You cannot finish a finished work. Our salvation is won. Our sins are all forgiven. We are made forever righteous by His blood. Christ paid completely and perfectly for our total forgiveness, righteousness and every blessing!

In fact, these three words, “It is finished”, come from one Greek word teleo. In the days of Jesus, a servant would use it when reporting to his master: “I have completed the work assigned to me.” (John 17:4) The word means, “It is finished, it stands finished and it will always be finished!” Perhaps the most significant meaning of teleo is how it is used by merchants: “The debt is paid in full!” When Jesus gave Himself on the cross, He met fully the righteous demands of the law. He paid our debts in full!

Today, it is not our works that will bring us the blessings. It is Christ’s finished work. Christian living is not about doing, but believing in His finished work. Under the law, we must do. Under grace, it is done!

Maybe you are faced with overwhelming odds today. Jesus promises, “It is finished!” You are not going to be delivered because you have already been delivered. You are not going to be healed because you are already the healed! God healed you 2,000 years ago! Isaiah 53:5 declares, “By His stripes you are healed!” You are already pregnant with healing. Keep resting in His finished work and it will manifest!

My friend, the work is finished. The victory is won. Our blessings have been bought by His blood! Live life knowing that there is nothing for you to do — only believe! It is finished!

Thought Of The Day: It is believing in Christ’s finished work that will bring us the blessings.

April 20, 2019

Dolphin Power Animal: Symbol Of Breath Of Life, Love, Balance, And Community. The Characteristics Of The Dolphin As A Spirit Animal. Virgo Full Moon Energy I'm Feeling Right Now. 💖

I added the picture gif above to the message below.
written by Ina Woolcott
[source: Shamanic Journey]

Dolphin teaches us that when we live in tune with the patterns and rhythm of nature, we learn how to truly be in touch with, resonate and communicate with All That IS and how to share this sagacity with anyone interested. There are those that believe Dolphins are more intelligent than humans. Especially when it comes to love. They have large brains, superior intelligence and are often associated in mythical lore with higher forms of consciousness. Some believe they are far more evolved than we are, especially on a spiritual level. Some believe they are alien beings from a different dimension.

Dolphins are connected with the power of breath and with emotional release, which are also both deeply connected. One of the most important factors in spiritual growth is to give ourselves the freedom of full experiencing our feelings and emotions. Often negative emotions are suppressed as we don’t want to be a part of them, so we try to stay apart from them. Feelings of sadness, pain, anger, grief. We need to stop doing this, as this only lays the foundation for disagreeable outcomes. We need to feel our feelings, by suppressing these feelings, of course they DO NOT go away. They are still there, subconsciously, manifesting blocked energy with-in, and if these blocks aren’t removed, this can go on to physical imbalances, with-out. On top of this, by blocking these so called negative feelings, this can result in losing the quality of being able to feel at all, losing much of life’s joy. Becoming dead to the world.

Simply stated breathing is conversing with the outside world. When people feel that the outside world is a source of pain, they learn, very frequently at a young age, to constrict their breathing. The diaphragm is built to assist us in breathing and to feel deeply, but it becomes suppressed. When we learn to breathe deeply we can learn to feel deeply, in turn letting go of stifled feelings. One way of doing this is to copy the dolphins pattern of breathing, a superb tension reliever!. Dolphin breathes deeply, holds his breath underwater, then breathes out forcefully. Living in water is an important characteristic of Dolphin, as in many belief systems, including astrology, water is related to feeling and emotion.

If Dolphin swims into your life, he is asking you to relish water both physically and mentally, swimming freely and going along with your natural feelings. He is showing you how to enter the waters of life and then with breath and sound call forth what you most need or desire. Dolphins use a variety of whistles, grunts, clicks, and body postures to communicate. They have unique, personal whistles they give out. If they want to get the attention of another Dolphin, they give out their personal whistle. Sound is the creative life force and a big part of dolphins life, therefore this needs to be a part of your life. Communicate. With those around you and All That Is. Creating inner sounds creates outer manifestations. If Dolphin is your power animal, you may do well using your voice for healing or communicating, whether incorporating this into a job or just as a hobby or in day to day life with those nearest and dearest to you..

Dolphins have a wise, innocent, purity of being which reaches out to our inner nature. Follow their lead and open yourself to the energy of love, harmony and balance. Express your inner truth, be true to yourself. follow your inner joy. Dolphin is asking you to go back to your roots, to the depths of your being and rediscover the Love that you truly are.

Dolphins spend most of their day playing. Their life is lived in joyful harmony with each other and their world. Apparently they have learned the lesson that love is the most important factor in life. If dolphin is your power animal he may be there to teach you how to love yourself and your world more. A big part of Dolphins medicine is living in balanced, harmonious communities. They live in big groups of up to 100. Females will give birth to a single offspring, with several dolphins around her, helping with the birth, pulling the newborn out by its tail. They then protect him or her from any imminent danger. If a dolphin is hurt or ill, other dolphins will tend to them, lifting them to the surface to breathe.

Dolphins Wisdom Includes – Knowledge of the sea, change, patron of sailors, harmony, wisdom, balance, Communication skills, freedom, trust, understanding the power of rhythm in your life, use of breath to release intense emotions, water element magic, unselfishness. Dolphin reminds us to get out, play and most importantly, to breathe.

I added the picture gif above to the message below.
written by Love Totem
[source: Medium.com]

The dolphin as your spirit animal is a representation of balance and harmony because they are in tune with their instincts and very intelligent. Dolphins also symbolize resurrection and protection. They have a playful nature, which reminds us to approach life with a sense of joy and humor. People identifying with the dolphin as a spirit animal are normally gentle, peaceful, and possess a deep inner strength.

The dolphin is a complicated creature with various meanings attached to it all through history such as:

- Cooperation

- Inner strength

- Resurrection

- Joy and playfulness

- Protection

- Harmony and peace

Representations of Harmony and Peace

Dolphins are highly intelligent and this helps to balance out their animal nature. They are capable of trusting their intuition and instincts instead of overthinking things. They can live in peace with other species, humans included and it is common for them to play and swim around boats and swimmers in the water. Their gentle nature is a reminder for us to see the good in all people and try to bring peace to everyone around us and in our own lives.

Symbols of Cooperation

Dolphins normally live in cooperative social groups. The healthy adult dolphins work to feed and protect the injured ones and the whole pod gathers around the mother dolphins and their calves in order to protect them from any predators. Dolphins show a degree of cooperation and selflessness that a majority of people have a problem trying to achieve. The dolphin spirit animal is an indication that coming from a place of love makes it easier to work with others without having to sacrifice your own needs.

Inner strength

Dolphins are fearless and strong when they are in the wild and when threatened by orcas or sharks, they fight instead of trying to swim off. They are a representation of self-confidence and strong moral convictions. They remind you to stand your ground and speak your mind instead if hiding your authentic self.

A Symbol of Resurrection

Dolphins have been connected to resurrection for a long time and in different cultures. People who are attracted to the dolphin as their spirit animal might find themselves on the threshold of a personal and spiritual rebirth or they might have recently gone through one.

A Playful Spirit

People are often drawn to the dolphin because of playful nature. They remind you to maintain a sense of humor about your life and this spirit animal also shows you that it is good to play at times just for the joy of it. This spirit animal reminds you to take some time from your busy life to experience things with child-like wonder.

A Symbol of Protection

Sailors have always believed that dolphins are a sign of good luck. They have been known to chase sharks away and help drowning people in the water. For this reason they have earned a reputation as protectors and they give us a lesson in protecting those who need help and in saving ourselves.