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My Name is Mark Lichtenwalter, I used to host The Kingdom of God or Nothing Podcast/Radio Show. I am starting a new Podcast. I like to read and discuss all things Mormon.

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My Name is Mark Lichtenwalter, I used to host The Kingdom of God or Nothing Podcast/Radio Show. I am starting a new Podcast. I like to read and discuss all things Mormon.

    WHAT WAS THE MOTIVE?, Chapter 14 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut

    WHAT WAS THE MOTIVE?, Chapter 14 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut

    Jesus often called the scribes and Pharisees “hypocrites,” which means they were not doing the things they claimed they did. He told His disciples, “All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” (Matt. 23:3) To believe and profess is not faith, but acting upon such belief is. The Apostle James declared that “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?” “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 2:14; 1:8; 1:22)

     

    These Jews claimed they were the children of “Abraham,” they sat in “Moses’ seat,” they were the leaders of the “chosen” people, they could do no wrong, and they claimed the right faith. However, they failed to exemplify the good works to accompany all their claims.

    Though they claimed to be righteous, Jesus said of them:

    Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. (Matt. 21:31-32)

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    A CURSE ON THE JEWS, Chapter 13 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut

    A CURSE ON THE JEWS, Chapter 13 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut

    To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings, thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse: as it is this day. (Jer. 25:18)

    As mentioned God has always brought blessings to those who serve Him and cursings upon those who fight against Him. Thus we can conclude that God would bring about an especially severe curse upon those who were responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. He had already cursed others for less serious crimes

    The financial bargain Judas made with the Jewish leaders was indeed a very tragic one. However, the bargain the Jewish leaders made with the Romans was about as bad. They chose Caesar as their king instead of Jesus the Messiah. They rejected the King of Kings for a black-hearted gentile who hated them and their religion. The Romans had found Jesus innocent of any crime, but the Jews charged Him with the worst of all capital crimes. It was a case in which the highest form of punishment was given through the lowest form of judgment. They chose to save Barabbas, a convicted felon, over Jesus, who was innocent of all crimes.

    Picture the scene! Those who claimed the guardianship of the sacred records and the revelations of God turned their affections against the wisdom and truth of the real repre-[111]sentative and likeness of God. The Romans, on the other hand, who had delighted in the destruction of their enemies, and were hardened in battle, looked upon Jesus and said they found “no fault in Him,” and refused to condemn Him to death. But the sanctimonious Jewish leaders wanted his blood. In their chants and demands for the blood of Christ, the Jews unknowingly purchased it with their own blood. But in one case, blood was shed as an atonement from sin, and in the other blood was shed as a punishment for sin

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    ANCIENT CURSES, Chapter 12 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut

    ANCIENT CURSES, Chapter 12 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut

    ANCIENT CURSES, Chapter 12 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut

     

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    Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God. (Deut. 11:26-28)

    It maybe asked why there are so few Jews who accept Christianity today? Among the reasons are that the children have a tendency to follow the traditions of their fathers, and also, harsh as it may seem, the sins of the fathers seem to fall upon their children through a curse for evil deeds they have committed. This has happened to (1) the children and descendants of Cain and Ham; (2) the Lamanites or Indians; and (3) the Jews.

     
    The Canaanites
    Regarding the curse that Noah put upon his son, Joseph Smith stated:

    Noah was a righteous man, and yet he drank wine and became intoxicated; the Lord did not forsake him in consequence thereof, for he retained all the power of his Priesthood, and when he was accused by Canaan, he cursed him by the Priesthood which he held, and the Lord had respect to his word, and the Priesthood which he held, notwithstanding he was drunk, and the curse remains upon the posterity of Canaan until the present day. (TPJS, pp. 193-94)

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    Kevin Kraut and Friends

    Kevin Kraut and Friends

    Cottage meeting for Sunday February 9th 2020. We spoke about preparing for end time events both physically and spiritually.

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    THE FALL OF JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE, Chapter 11 of Who Crucified Christ

    THE FALL OF JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE, Chapter 11 of Who Crucified Christ

    O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! (Luke 13:34)

    The Jewish conspirators were not satisfied with just the death of Jesus; they persecuted His followers and even imprisoned and killed them. For years God’s patience had been constrained until He used the Romans in 70 AD to bring retaliation against the Jews.

    Jerusalem had become a den of thieves, full of corruption and murder. Wickedness and dishonesty increased among Jewish citizens and leaders alike until conditions reversed and Romans became the aggressor. Not only had the Spirit of the Lord left them, but also common sense, kindness and fairness. The Romans, who themselves were known for their crimes and viciousness, now had rivals among the Jews, and they could no longer tolerate such uprising troublemakers. It would now become one evil force against another. The claims of treason and sedition that the Jews had hurled at Christ were now the very crimes of which they were accused.

    The Romans knew that such a rebellious people must be controlled. Thus the Roman soldiers (under the leadership of [Titus) surrounded the city and everything was ready for their attack. Suddenly the general withdrew his forces for no known reason. However, this action was a sign–the fulfillment of a prophecy by Jesus:

    And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. (Luke 21:20-21)

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    A CLOSER LOOK AT THE COURTS AND THE CRUCIFIXION, Ch10 of Who Crucified Christ

    A CLOSER LOOK AT THE COURTS AND THE CRUCIFIXION, Ch10 of Who Crucified Christ

    In our effort to further understand this issue, let us examine the story more closely. After appearing before Annas and then Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin, Jesus was led to the judgment hall of Pontius Pilate. The governor sensed that Jesus was not a criminal when the Jews declared, “We found this fellow perverting the nation and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar. . . .” The charge of blasphemy was the only crime worthy of death under the Jewish law; now the crime had to be contorted to another charge for death under the Roman law. Their charge against Jesus was now sedition, a political offense. Pilate took Jesus inside the palace, and after questioning Him, Pilate returned to the Jews saying, “I find in him no fault at all.” Jesus was acquitted! The mob was furious and their mania had been foiled. With their thirst for blood unquenched and their plans frustrated, they now hurled their madness against Pilate saying, “If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: Whosoever maketh himself a king, speaketh against Caesar.” The Jews despised the Roman rule more than any other; now, however, they were befriending it in order to convict Jesus. Pilate became worried. There was friction between Herod and Pilate; so to flatter Herod, who happened to be in Jerusalem at the time, Pilate directed them to take Jesus to him. This would rid himself of the responsibility of judgment on such frail evidence, and at the same time help to amend their personal enmities. Herod’s father had been a murderer of men and women and the babies of Bethlehem. Now one of his sons (Herod) had the blood of John the Baptist upon his hands as a result of granting a request after a seductive dance.

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