WHY AT GOLGOTHA?
Teddy L. Desta
“Carrying His own cross, He went out to The place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle. ” John 19: 17-18
They crucified Jesus at a place called Golgotha (in Hebrew) or Calvary (in Latin). The translation of the name means the Skull. Then we have to ask: Why did God choose this place wit
When God Speaks Science
Teddy L. Desta
In the Bible there are several places speaking that God, only God, created the universe. (Gen. 1; Job 38; Ps. 33:6-7, 119:90-91; Prov. 8; Is. 40; Jer. 10:11). The Bible also declares about the infinite wisdom and knowledge of God (Da. 2:19-22; Prov. 8; Rom. 11:33-35). God invites us to the storehouse of his wisdom and knowledge (Prov. 2:1-7, 4:1-13, 9:1-6; 1 Cor 2; Col. 2:3). And He teaches how to access Hi
The Mountains of God
TEDDY L. DESTA
May 17, 2004
I gave My covenants from mountains. I proclaimed, decreed and ratified them from the high places which I used as My PA systems. The day I gave the law to Israel, I set Mount Sinai ablaze with fire. I shook Mount Sinai with peals of thunder, flashes of lightning, and the sounds of trumpets. I shook the mountain with earthquake. Thus, I revealed Myself to Israel as a dire reminder to her about My ch
The Israel-Palestinian Problem: A Biblical Solution
Teddy L. Desta
The problem in the Middle East, particularly the relationship between Jews and Palestinians, can find a solution only when any human-made peace plan follows God's peace plan outlines presented in the Bible. The following is what we see in the Bible about the Israel-Palestinian problem and its solution. Since the Bible speaks about the broader Israel-Arab relationship as well, what is he
The Kingdom of God and the Epochs
The Evolution of Man God's Way
God's plan is to fill the earth with the glory and knowledge of God (Is. 11: 9).
This study analyzes the transitional phases God's plan passes through until God's glory and knowledge covers of the earth. God's plan here is discussed under the concept of the Kingdom of God.
“There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among the nations, bewildered by the roaring of the sea and the surging of the waves. Men will faint from fear and anxiety over what is coming upon the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21: 25-27)
The coming of the Kingdom of God, the Bible shows will be preceded by
The Glock & The Cross
(In memorium of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, SC)
When Darkness hit hard,
knocking the Light out,
And in a pool of blood,
It hissed triumphant.
Though the Light reeled,
Though it staggered,
It roared back.
It rose from the dust,
On two feet to stand,
Yes, it did stand.
The Light went into action,
The Fellowship of His Suffering
My son, it is not about you
This experience you are passing through,
it is not about you.
It is not about your dreams and comforts.
It is not about your reputation and honor.
No, it is all about Me and My agenda.
It is about My eternal plan through you.
And My agenda is more important than your dreams.
Therefore, see your life as I se
The Bride is Coming
Teddy L. Desta
Biblical Analogies About the Believer
The Bible presents our relationship with the LORD in varied ways. Scripture uses different analogies to depict our relationship with God, some of the most familiar ones, include:
Father - Child of God
Teacher - Disciple
Commander - soldier
Master - Servant
Shepherd - Sheep
Corner Stone - L
One of Israel's ancient enemy, Amalek, was unique. It was an opportunistic enemy; it attacked Israel when it was weary or lacking its usual defenses. Israel confronted Amalek through two strategies: spiritual and natural. Israel fought Amalek using prayer and physical combat. This article draws parallels between Amalek's attacks against Israel and Satan's strategy targeting the most vulnerable in society. The paper argues that there is prophecy and parall
Restoring the Fallen Tabernacle of David
"On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, And rebuild it as in the days of old." (Amos 9:11)
Many interpret this prophecy as God’s promise to restore the ministry of praise and worship among the churches. However, as much as we are commanded to praise and worship God in many places in the Bible,
III: The End-Time Remnant
At the beginning each Kingdom dispensation the remnant-branch principle operates at a grand scale. For example, when God inaugurated the Dispensation of the Law, we saw how the remnant-branch principle operated in the life of Moses. We noted how God made a new branch out of the shepherd Moses to anoint and commiss
"Behold, the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will lop off the boughs with a terrible crash; Those also who are tall in stature will be cut down And those who are lofty will be abased." (Isaiah 10:33)
Unredeemed humanity - even for that matter carnal Christians - are hardly able to do the will of God by themselves. The root of the problem is the power of sin and thei
Teddy L. Desta
The Jacob Problem
One of the main characters of the Old Testament is the patriarch Jacob. Jacob has been a subject for many sermons and teaching books. However, Jacob has been portrayed mostly as a trickster, and even as a scoundrel. His name, Jacob, has been interpreted to support this characterization of a grabber, a born cheater. But how God understands Jacob and his weakness is different.
Teddy L Desta
God aims at two major things in our life: to change our inner nature into Christ-likeness and to prepare us for the higher calling He has purposed for our life.
God is goal-oriented. He does not waste His time and our time when He works in us. From the tiniest encounters and experiences to major life-changing events He weaves it into His grand plan to change us into the image of His son and to
OF SAUL, DAVID, AND SOLOMON
Saul: The Zeal of the Flesh-cum-the Carnal Church
You were called of Me and anointed for a purpose. I gave you My favor and I expected you to obey. But it did not take you long before you veered off-course and your weakness become revealed to all.
And this was your fault and undoing, Saul - You had no ears to listen to My small, still voice; you had little
Body Parts and the Last Days
Teddy L. DESTA
May 3, 2006
My church, I have established you as a Body. Each of My children, I have made a body-part in My Church, My Body. Whom I have called, I have equipped, I have required each of you to function and to operate in the body, fitting properly. My children, there is no one whom I left out without a calling; there is no one in which I have not assigned a place.
Some, I have made pa
A Light will suddenly appear from heaven
like a bolt of lightning out of a clear sky
flashing and exploding in the world's midst
catching many off-guard.
A great Light shall burst in their midst
It will swirl like a tumbling laser sword
crisscrossing the earth like a searchlight.
For many, It will come to probe
Searching the recesses of life
How the Kingdom of God Arrives
The dream in Daniel Chapter 2 is about world politics as seen from God’s perspective. In simple terms, the dream presents a symbolic representation of the progression of governmental systems and how they will be superseded and destroyed at by the rise of the Kingdom of God at end of the ages. In an outline form, the dream maps governmenta
Reflection by the Sages
What might God be speaking through the sudden viral crisis that has gripped the world? Scriptures such as Isaiah 24 (and also Isaiah 2:12-23; Amos 3:1-8; Luke 21:34-36; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5) may be pertinent. Here I will use Isaiah 24, as an example, to show what God's Word can teach us about our times.
The twenty-fourth chapter is composed of three parts.
Isa 24:1-12 contains a de
The Rumor-Plagued Hell
O God, the news of Your coming
has reached the camp of Your enemies
Your foes are in disarray
As hell trembles in fear.
From the rumor of your coming
At the mention of Your name,
From the marches of your footsteps--
Like a woman in travail
The Enemy is melting away
In anguish and disarray.
Your irresistible powe
Fission and Fusion: The Power and Dialectic of Heaven
In nature and in modern industry, the most powerful energy is generated from nuclear power, from two opposite processes: fission and fusion. In the natural world, the sun and the other stars exude immense amount of energy and blaze perpetually because of nuclear fusion. On the other hand, humankind generates massive amounts of energy from nuclear reactors mostly by splitting tiny atoms through the fission process.
Esther, Mordecai, and Haman: A Preview of the End Times
This writing breaks the customary mold of studying end-time prophecy. It reads Old Testament stories as veiled prophecy of end-time prophecy. It takes the story of Esther and Mordecai as a foreshadowing of the end-time tribulation and glory of the church.
Esther the outsider — Esther and her people, the Jews, were alie