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Hi, sister or brother… I wish you to arrive in our Promise Land, the heavenly Zion. No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill”; and the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven. Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen (Isaiah 33: 24; Jeremiah 31: 13 and Revelation 22: 20), in the name of Jesus. Amen

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UNE LOI GRANDE ET MAGNIFIQUE POUR NOTRE BONHEUR

 

UNE LOI GRANDE ET MAGNIFIQUE POUR NOTRE BONHEUR!

L’Éternel a voulu, pour le bonheur d’Israël, Publier une loi grande et magnifique. Et c’est un peuple pillé et dépouillé! On les a tous enchaînés dans des cavernes, Plongés dans des cachots; Ils ont été mis au pillage, et personne qui les délivre! Dépouillés, et personne qui dise: Restitue!  (Esaie 42: 21-22).

 

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Le bonheur d’Israel dépendait de son obéissance à la loi de son Dieu. D’après ce verset, c’est une loi grande et magnifique.  Cette loi fut publiée sur le mot Sinai. Pour ceux qui veulent devenir un nouvel Israel de Dieu  aujourd’hui, leur bonheur aussi en dépend. Dieu veut nous inclure dans ce peuple crée pour obéir à sa loi et devenir heureux dans le royaume des Cieux pour l’éternité. « Car nous sommes son ouvrage, ayant été créés en Jésus Christ pour de bonnes oeuvres, que Dieu a préparées d’avance, afin que nous les pratiquions.  C’est pourquoi, vous autrefois païens dans la chair, appelés incirconcis par ceux qu’on appelle circoncis et qui le sont en la chair par la main de l’homme,  souvenez-vous que vous étiez en ce temps-là sans Christ, privés du droit de cité en Israël, étrangers aux alliances de la promesse, sans espérance et sans Dieu dans le monde.  Mais maintenant, en Jésus Christ, vous qui étiez jadis éloignés, vous avez été rapprochés par le sang de Christ.  Car il est notre paix, lui qui des deux n’en a fait qu’un, et qui a renversé le mur de séparation, l’inimitié,  ayant anéanti par sa chair la loi des ordonnances dans ses prescriptions, afin de créer en lui-même avec les deux un seul homme nouveau, en établissant la paix,  et de les réconcilier, l’un et l’autre en un seul corps, avec Dieu par la croix, en détruisant par elle l’inimitié.  Il est venu annoncer la paix à vous qui étiez loin, et la paix à ceux qui étaient près;  car par lui nous avons les uns et les autres accès auprès du Père, dans un même Esprit.  Ainsi donc, vous n’êtes plus des étrangers, ni des gens du dehors; mais vous êtes concitoyens des saints, gens de la maison de Dieu (Ephesiens 2: 11-19).

 

La loi à laquelle nous obéissons n’est pas celle des ordonnances. C’est  » une loi grande et magnifique » (Esaie 42: 21). Il y a eu de faux bergers qui se sont introduits dans le troupeau, en enseignant que cette loi est supprimée à la Croix. C’est vraiment faux! Voici ce que nous déclare, le Crucifié, Jésus-Christ lui-même:  » Ne croyez pas que je sois venu pour abolir la loi ou les prophètes; je suis venu non pour abolir, mais pour accomplir.  Car, je vous le dis en vérité, tant que le ciel et la terre ne passeront point, il ne disparaîtra pas de la loi un seul iota ou un seul trait de lettre, jusqu’à ce que tout soit arrivé.   Celui donc qui supprimera l’un de ces plus petits commandements, et qui enseignera aux hommes à faire de même, sera appelé le plus petit dans le royaume des cieux; mais celui qui les observera, et qui enseignera à les observer, celui-là sera appelé grand dans le royaume des cieux » Matthieu 5: 17-19).

 

De toutes les façons, ils argumentent sur la loi, lorsqu’on leur dit l’importance de garder le sabbat de l’Eternel. Par peur d’être rejettés, raillés et méprisés par le monde qu’ils ont trompé.  « Car ils aiment la gloire des hommes plus que la gloire de Dieu ». Jean 8: 43).  C’est ainsi que la parole de l’Eternel disqualifie leurs assemblées. Pour l’Eternel, ce ne sont plus des églises, mais  » on les a tous enchainés dans des cavernes, plongés dans des cachots (Esaie 42: 22). Pourquoi donc rester dans des cavernes, dans des cachots, alors que l’Esprit- Saint nous montre son Eglise: Sortez du mileu d’eux et separez-vous! C’est ici la persévérance des saints, qui gardent la commandements de Dieu et la foi de Jésus (2Corinthiens 6: 17; Apocalypse 14: 12). Il y a une église près de chez-vous, qui garde les commandements de Dieu, incluant le sabbat du 7ème jour, et qui les enseigne.

 

Que le  Seigneur vous sanctifie et qu’il vous guide dans le bon chemin, au nom de Jésus. Amen.

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HISTOIRE De CYRUS, ROI DES PERSES

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La naissance de Cyrus (vieux-persan[2], Kūraš[3], « soleil ») fait l’objet de légendes orales qui entourent traditionnellement en Mésopotamie les figures de fondateurs, à l’instar de Sargon d’Akkad.

Selon Hérodote (I, 107-130), Cyrus II est le fils de Cambyse Ier, fils du roi perse Cyrus Ier, et de Mandane, fille du roi mède Astyage. Or Astyage a vu en rêve que son petit-fils deviendrait roi à sa place : il ordonne donc à Harpage, l’un de ses parents, de faire disparaître l’enfant. Harpage, ne voulant pas en être le meurtrier, le confie à Mithridatès, bouvier royal de la cour mède. La femme de celui-ci, qui vient de perdre un enfant mort-né, le convainc de ne pas exposer le bébé aux bêtes fauves, mais de le garder et de l’élever comme leur enfant. Mithridatès substitue donc à Cyrus son fils mort-né, dont il abandonne le corps dans la montagne, paré des habits du prince. La ruse est découverte lorsque Cyrus a dix ans : lors d’un jeu dans lequel il tient le rôle de roi, il a sévèrement puni le fils d’Artembarès, dignitaire mède. Celui-ci le dénonce à Astyage, qui reconnaît son petit-fils. Pour se venger d’avoir été trahi, le roi sert à Harpage les restes de son propre fils au cours d’un festin. Puis, les mages ayant assuré qu’il n’a plus à redouter, Cyrus ayant porté le nom de roi, il renvoie le garçon auprès de ses parents véritables.

Selon une autre version, rapportée par Justin (I, 4, 10), Cyrus bébé, abandonné par Mithridatès dans la montagne, est recueilli par une chienne qui le nourrit et le défend contre les bêtes sauvages. Cette version mythologique se retrouve dans plusieurs récits légendaires du monde indo-européen. Enfin, une troisième version, probablement recueillie par Ctésias et rapportée par Nicolas de Damas, veut que le père de Cyrus ait été un dénommé Atradatès, de l’ethnie méprisée des Mardes, brigand de son état — et sa mère, une gardeuse de chèvres. « Donné » à l’échanson royal Artembarès, Cyrus finit par en être adopté et par en hériter la charge.

Si l’on écarte les éléments mythiques, il semble certain que Cyrus II est l’héritier de la dynastie achéménide des rois d’Anshan, qu’on a localisée dans la plaine de Marvdasht qui se trouve dans le Fars, berceau de la Perse.

Constitution de l’Empire perse[modifier | modifier le code]

Guerre médo-perse[modifier | modifier le code]

Vers 553, une guerre éclate entre Astyage et Cyrus. Les sources babyloniennes (le Songe de Nabonide et la Chronique de Nabonide) et grecques ne s’accordent pas sur la responsabilité du conflit. Si Hérodote présente la marche contre Ecbatane du fait de Cyrus, la Chronique indique qu’Astyage « mobilis[e] [son armée] et il march[e] contre Cyrus, roi d’Anshan, en vue de la conquête. » Toujours est-il qu’il s’ensuit une guerre médo-perse de plusieurs années.

Astyage a placé Harpage à la tête de l’armée mède : ce dernier trahit son souverain et exhorte l’armée à faire de même lors de la première bataille, qui voit une victoire des armées perses. Cependant, contrairement à ce que prétend Hérodote (I, 130), cette bataille ne suffit pas à emporter la décision. Selon Ctésias (utilisé par Diodore, IX, 23), Astyage renvoie alors ses officiers, en nomme de nouveaux et prend lui-même en main la conduite de la guerre. Selon Nicolas de Damas et Polyen (VII, 6–9), les combats sont violents en Perse, particulièrement près de Pasargades. Cependant, Cyrus finit par retourner la situation et remporte la victoire. Il se lance alors dans la conquête de la Médie, et Ecbatane finit par tomber vers 550.

Cyrus épargne Astyage, qui conserve un train de vie princier, et se pose même comme son successeur : selon Ctésias et Xénophon, il épouse sa fille Amytis. L’Empire mède passe ainsi entièrement sous le contrôle perse.

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On ne connaît pas précisément les campagnes que mène Cyrus dans les années suivant sa victoire sur Astyage. Mais c’est probablement vers 547 av. J.-C. que Crésus, roi de Lydie, attaque l’empire perse : selon Hérodote (I, 46),

« L’empire d’Astyage, fils de Cyaxare, détruit par Cyrus, fils de Cambyse et celui des Perses, qui prenait de jour en jour de nouveaux accroissements, lui firent mettre un terme à sa douleur (liée à la mort de son fils Atys). Il ne pensa plus qu’aux moyens de réprimer cette puissance avant qu’elle devînt plus formidable[4]. »

La volonté de conquête s’ajoute à ces motifs de prudence : Hérodote explique plus loin que « Crésus partit donc avec son armée pour la Cappadoce, afin d’ajouter ce pays à ses États (…) et par le désir de venger Astyage, son beau-frère » (I, 73). Le Lydien s’est préparé en interrogeant l’oracle de Delphes lequel, comme à son habitude, a fourni une réponse ambiguë, lui assurant que « s’il entreprenait la guerre contre les Perses, il détruirait un grand empire » (I, 53), et lui conseillant de rerchercher « l’amitié des États de la Grèce qu’il aurait reconnus pour les plus puissants » (ibid.). Aussitôt, Crésus avait noué un traité d’alliance avec Sparte.

La contre-attaque de l’armée perse ne se fait pas attendre. Lorsque Cyrus arrive en Cappadoce, il propose à Crésus de devenir satrape de Lydie, autrement dit d’accepter la domination perse, mais celui-ci refuse. Crésus est confiant, car il a passé des alliances non seulement avec Sparte mais aussi avec l’Égypte d’Amasis et Babylone — mais celle-ci n’intervient finalement pas dans le conflit. De son côté, Cyrus a demandé aux cités grecques d’Ionie de faire défection, mais sans succès (Hérodote, I, 76).

Après la bataille de la Ptérie (bataille de l’Halys) en Cappadoce, Crésus, qui ne s’avoue pas vaincu, fait marche arrière. L’hiver étant venu, il démobilise son armée et espère pouvoir profiter de la mauvaise saison pour mettre sur pied une armée encore plus puissante. Contre toute attente, Cyrus lance son offensive en plein hiver ; après de nombreuses batailles, il finit par forcer Crésus à se réfugier dans sa citadelle de Sardes. Au quatorzième jour du siège, la ville tombe (probablement en 546 av. J.-C.).

Comme pour Astyage, Cyrus laisse la vie sauve à Crésus, lui attribuant les revenus d’une ville de la côte pour maintenir son train de vie. Les cités grecques d’Asie Mineure refusent quant à elles de se rendre, mais des révoltes à Babylone et en Asie centrale obligent Cyrus à rentrer en urgence à Ecbatane. Il confie la charge de lever les tributs à un Lydien, Paktyès ; celui-ci se révolte, rassemble les Lydiens et marche sur Sardes. Cyrus dépêche son général Mazarès régler l’affaire ; il finit par capturer Paktyès, et met complètement l’armée lydienne sous commandement perse. Mazarès commence à conquérir une à une les cités grecques ; puis, à la mort du général, Cyrus envoie Harpage achever la conquête, qui dure quatre ans.

Conquête de l’Asie centrale[modifier | modifier le code]

Après son départ de Sardes, Cyrus se dirige vers la partie orientale de son empire ; malgré l’acte d’allégeance des peuples d’Asie centrale après le renversement d’Astyage, plusieurs tribus se sont en effet soulevées. On ne connaît pas la chronologie des nouvelles conquêtes que Cyrus accomplit, mais lorsqu’il marche sur Babylone en 540 se sont ajoutés à son empire la Parthie, la Drangiane, l’Arie, la Chorasmie, la Bactriane, la Sogdiane, le Gandhara, la Scythie, la Sattagydie, l’Arachosie et le Makran.

Conquête de Babylone[modifier | modifier le code]

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Cyrus II le Grand et les Hébreux, miniature de Fouquet.

Le royaume néo-babylonien de Nabonide est le second grand rival de l’Empire perse constitué par Cyrus. De fait, les hostilités avec Babylone ont certainement commencé au cours des années 540 ; à la fin de cette décennie, la guerre ouverte éclate. Bénéficiant du soutien d’Ugbaru, gouverneur babylonien du pays de Gutium[5], l’armée de Cyrus remporte une première victoire à Opis (26 septembre 539), puis à Sippar, et enfin assiège Babylone où s’est retranchée l’armée du roi Nabonide. La ville est puissamment fortifiée, et dispose de suffisamment de réserves pour soutenir un long siège. Les Perses détournent alors le cours de l’Euphrate pour permettre à une petite troupe sous la conduite d’Ugbaru de s’emparer des citadelles, alors que les Babyloniens célèbrent une grande fête religieuse. Quatre jours plus tard, le 12 octobre 539 l’armée perse rentre dans Babylone. Cyrus fait son entrée dans la ville le 23 octobre 539. Là encore, Nabonide est épargné.

Selon deux textes cunéiformes, le « Cylindre de Cyrus » et le « Panégyrique de Cyrus », Nabonide était un roi impie, qui avait abandonné le culte de Mardouk : Cyrus au contraire ramène les idoles chassées dans les temples de Babylone, et entreprend de grands travaux de restauration des remparts, des temples et des bâtiments civils. En fait, il est plus probable que Cyrus se soit accaparé les réalisations de Nabonide, celui-ci étant connu comme un roi bâtisseur.

Le livre d’Esdras de l’Ancien Testament raconte comment Cyrus autorise les Judéens exilés à Babylone à rentrer à Jérusalem, et donne l’ordre de reconstruire le Temple de Jérusalem détruit lors de la prise de la ville par Nabuchodonosor.

Mais la Judée a été considérablement appauvrie dans l’intervalle, et seule la fondation du Temple peut avoir lieu sous le règne de Cyrus. La Judée ne redevient pas un royaume indépendant, mais une province de l’Empire perse (Yehoud Medinata), qui sert les intentions stratégiques de Cyrus face à l’Égypte. Toute la région conquise fut réunie en une seule et immense satrapie réunissant Babylone, la Syrie, et la Judée.

Fin du règne et mort de Cyrus[modifier | modifier le code]

La fin de la vie de Cyrus est mal connue. On sait seulement qu’il poursuit sa marche vers l’Est et domine tout le pays entre la mer Caspienne et l’Inde. Hérodote rapporte qu’il aurait été tué lors d’une bataille contre Tomyris, reine des Massagètes (Hérodote, Histoire, livre I, 214). Cambyse II succède à son père en 528 à Suse (Hérodote, I, 208) et fait ramener son corps à Pasargades (dans l’actuel Fars). Une tradition fait du tombeau de Pasargades qu’il aurait fait construire de son vivant (Ctésias, §8), celui où il repose. Le monument est encore visible aujourd’hui.

Bilan du règne[modifier | modifier le code]

L’ancienne capitale Mède Ecbatane reste une des résidences régulières des grands rois achéménides, car elle présente une importance stratégique certaine pour qui veut dominer l’Asie moyenne. Cyrus II réussit à fonder un empire cohérent par ses conquêtes, mais aussi par la diplomatie, la tolérance en matière religieuse et politique et l’intégration des coutumes de chaque peuple vaincu. On lui attribue l’institution de l’araméen comme langue administrative officielle et sa diffusion dans tout l’Empire.

Sa famille[modifier | modifier le code]

Comme la plupart des potentats de son époque, Cyrus disposait probablement d’un gynécée avec plusieurs épouses et concubines. Certaines de ces épouses sont mentionnés par les historiens grecs :

  1. d’abord Cassandane[6], sa cousine puisque fille de Pharnaspès, noble achéménide, et d’Atossa, elle-même fille de Cyrus Ier[7],
  2. ensuite Neithiyti, princesse d’Égypte, fille du Pharaon Apriès (589 – 570 av. J.-C.)[8]
  3. Amytis, fille d’Astyage, roi des Mèdes, et d’Aryenis est mentionnée par Ctésias. Elle serait ainsi la demi-sœur de Mandane, la mère de Cyrus. Mais cette épouse n’est pas toujours prise en compte[9].

Plusieurs enfants sont nés de ces mariages :

  • Cambyse, fils et successeur de Cyrus, qu’Hérodote mentionne comme né de Cassandane, bien que les Égyptiens aient voulu en faire un fils de Neithiyti[6].
  • Bardiya, fils de Cyrus et de Cassandane[10]
  • Roxane, fille de Cyrus et de Cassandane, mariée à son frère Cambyse[11].
  • Atossa, mariée successivement à Cambyse, à Bardiya, puis à Darius Ier. De ce dernier, elle donne naissance à Xerxès. Il n’est pas possible de préciser sa mère avec certitude[12].
  • Artystonè, mariée à Darius Ier[12].

Notes et références[modifier | modifier le code]

  1. CYRUS iii. Cyrus II The Great – Encyclopaedia Iranica [archive]
  2. R. M. Ghias Abadi, Achaemenid Inscriptions lrm;, Tehran, Shiraz Navid Publications,‎ 2004, 2e éd. (ISBN 964-358-015-6), p. 19
  3. (en) Ronald Grubb Kent (trad. S. Oryan), Old Persian: Grammar, Text, Glossary,‎ 2005 (ISBN 964-421-045-X), p. 393
  4. Les passages d’Hérodote sont issus de la traduction de Larcher, disponible en ligne [archive].
  5. Il s’agit probablement du Gobryas mentionné par Xénophon dans la Cyropédie : le personnage est présenté comme un Assyrien souhaitant venger le meurtre de son fils par Nabonide, jaloux des exploits du jeune homme à la chasse (IV, 6, 1–11).
  6. a et b Hérodote, Histoire, livre III, 2.
  7. Christian Settipani, Nos ancêtres de l’Antiquité : étude des possibilités de liens généalogiques entre les familles de l’Antiquité et celles du haut Moyen-Âge européen, Paris, Christian,‎ 1991, 263 p. (ISBN 2864960508), p. 144.
  8. Hérodote, Histoire, livre III, 1 et 2.
  9. (en) Kathleen Mary Tyrer Atkinson-Chrimes (« The legitimacy of Cambyses ans Darius as King of Egypt », Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 78,‎ 1958, p. 167-177) rejette son existence, considérant d’une part que Ctésias est assez fantaisiste dans ses récits, d’autre part qu’Amytis, connue pour avoir épousé Nabuchodonosor II avant 605, peut difficilement se remarier vers 550. Mais Christiant Settipani fait remarquer qu’il y a confusion entre deux Amytis, l’une tante de l’autre (Settipani, op. cit., p. 155).
  10. L’inscription de Bisotoun le dit « fils du même père et de la même mère » que Cambyse (Settipani, op. cit., p. 157).
  11. Settipani, op. cit., p. 157.
  12. a et b Settipani, op. cit., p. 158.
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YOU MAY ENCOURAGE THIS MINISTRY

YOU MAY ENCOURAGE THIS MINISTRY:

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For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2Corinthians 8: 12 and 9: 7).

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DAILY DEVOTION (3)

DAILY DEVOTION (3)

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And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,  knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2Peter 1: 19-21)

So, you know we are in the last days. And we have to keep our faith and to be firmly planted in Jesus. « To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. » Isaiah 8:20. The people of God are directed to the Scriptures as their safeguard against the influence of false teachers and the delusive power of spirits of darkness. Satan employs every possible device to prevent men from obtaining a knowledge of the Bible; for its plain utterances reveal his deceptions. At every revival of God’s work the prince of evil is aroused to more intense activity; he is now putting forth his utmost efforts for a final struggle against Christ and His followers. The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist is to perform his marvelous works in our sight. So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures. By their testimony every statement and every miracle must be tested.

Those who endeavor to obey all the commandments of God will be opposed and derided. They can stand only in God. In order to endure the trial before them, they must understand the will of God as revealed in His word; they can honor Him only as they have a right conception of His character, government, and purposes, and act in accordance with them. None but those who have fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand through the last great conflict. To every soul will come the searching test: Shall I obey God rather than men? The decisive hour is even now at hand. Are our feet planted on the rock of God’s immutable word? Are we prepared to stand firm in defense of the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus? (Ellen G. WHITE, The Great Controversy, p.593-594)

We encourage you to read daily your Bible, because of there is no protection against the snares of the Evil in these last days, but in word of God. Be careful when you speak or do  some thing, see if it may agree with  » It is written ». In the name of Jesus. Amen

A call to participate to the God’s sake: Don’t miss this occasion! This is a time, to serve the Lord with all the blessings you have from Him. Tomorrow will be very late. Many peoples do not want to take a part in God’s work today: « With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the Lord, but they will not find him;  he has withdrawn from them  (Hosea 5: 6).  If the voice of the Holy Spirit convince you to do something, do not hesitate. We have  some projects in Africa, in which you can help: to help the missionaries in their needs, to buy the land for the new congregations,  to build new chapels, etc. For all informations, please, press on this link:  http://mpcv.unblog.fr/20/6/02/24/you-may-encourage-this-ministry/

Pray for your individual conversion today.

God bless you!

Pastor Bartazar M. Vaillancourt.

 

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WE NEED THE RAIN OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM ABOVE

 

WE NEED THE RAIN OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM ABOVE

 WE NEED THE RAIN OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM ABOVE

 

 

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.  He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you (John 16: 13-14)

 

The Latter Rain

The Work of the Spirit Likened to Rain

“He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain.” In the East the former rain falls at the sowing time. It is necessary in order that the seed may germinate. Under the influence of the fertilizing showers the tender shoot springs up. The latter rain, falling near the close of the season, ripens the grain and prepares it for the sickle. The Lord employs these operations of nature to represent the work of the Holy Spirit. [See Zechariah 10:1; Hosea 6:3; Joel 2:23, 28.]

As the dew and the rain are given first to cause the seed to germinate, and then to ripen the harvest, so the Holy Spirit is given to carry forward, from one stage to another, the process of spiritual growth. The ripening of the grain represents the completion of the work of God’s grace in the soul. By the power of the Holy Spirit the moral image of God is to be perfected in the character. We are to be wholly transformed into the likeness of Christ.

The latter rain, ripening earth’s harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man. But unless the former

rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 506 (1897).

A. The Historical Application To the Church as a Whole

The Early Rain Came in A.D. 31 at Pentecost

In obedience to Christ’s command, they [the disciples] waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father—the outpouring of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. The record says that they were “continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.” (Luke 24:53)….

As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief…. The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship.—The Acts of the Apostles, 35-37 (1911).

It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out.—Testimonies for the Church 8:20 (1904).

The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. To the end of time

rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 506 (1897).

A. The Historical Application To the Church as a Whole

The Early Rain Came in A.D. 31 at Pentecost

In obedience to Christ’s command, they [the disciples] waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father—the outpouring of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. The record says that they were “continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.” (Luke 24:53)….

As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief…. The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship.—The Acts of the Apostles, 35-37 (1911).

It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out.—Testimonies for the Church 8:20 (1904).

The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. To the end of time

rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 506 (1897).

A. The Historical Application To the Church as a Whole

The Early Rain Came in A.D. 31 at Pentecost

In obedience to Christ’s command, they [the disciples] waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father—the outpouring of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. The record says that they were “continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.” (Luke 24:53)….

As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief…. The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship.—The Acts of the Apostles, 35-37 (1911).

It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out.—Testimonies for the Church 8:20 (1904).

The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. To the end of time

rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 506 (1897).

A. The Historical Application To the Church as a Whole

The Early Rain Came in A.D. 31 at Pentecost

In obedience to Christ’s command, they [the disciples] waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father—the outpouring of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. The record says that they were “continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.” (Luke 24:53)….

As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief…. The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship.—The Acts of the Apostles, 35-37 (1911).

It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out.—Testimonies for the Church 8:20 (1904).

The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. But the latter rain will be more abundant.—Testimonies for the Church 8:21 (1904).

Near the close of earth’s harvest, a special bestowal of spiritual grace is promised to prepare the church for the coming of the Son of man. This outpouring of the Spirit is likened to the falling of the latter rain.—The Acts of the Apostles, 55 (1911).

Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children.—The Great Controversy, 464 (1911).

The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost. As the “former rain” was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the opening of the gospel, to cause the upspringing of the precious seed, so the “latter rain” will be given at its close for the ripening of the harvest.—The Great Controversy, 611 (1911).

The Latter Rain Will Produce the Loud Cry

At that time the “latter rain,” or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out.—Early Writings, 86 (1854).

(Ellen G. WHITE, The Last Days Events, p.184-186.)

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS PROMISED RAIN FROM THE THRONE OF GRACE? LET Us PRAY FOR IT, WE NEED IT ABSOLUTELY! JESUS IS COMING SOON AND WE SLEEP IN OUR DAILY DEAL.

Bartazar M. Vaillancourt,  the preacher

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

 

 

 

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WE NEED THE RAIN OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM ABOVE

WE NEED THE RAIN OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM ABOVE

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When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.  He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you (John 16: 13-14)

The Latter Rain

The Work of the Spirit Likened to Rain

“He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain.” In the East the former rain falls at the sowing time. It is necessary in order that the seed may germinate. Under the influence of the fertilizing showers the tender shoot springs up. The latter rain, falling near the close of the season, ripens the grain and prepares it for the sickle. The Lord employs these operations of nature to represent the work of the Holy Spirit. [See Zechariah 10:1; Hosea 6:3; Joel 2:23, 28.]

As the dew and the rain are given first to cause the seed to germinate, and then to ripen the harvest, so the Holy Spirit is given to carry forward, from one stage to another, the process of spiritual growth. The ripening of the grain represents the completion of the work of God’s grace in the soul. By the power of the Holy Spirit the moral image of God is to be perfected in the character. We are to be wholly transformed into the likeness of Christ.

The latter rain, ripening earth’s harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man. But unless the former

rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 506 (1897).

A. The Historical Application To the Church as a Whole

The Early Rain Came in A.D. 31 at Pentecost

In obedience to Christ’s command, they [the disciples] waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father—the outpouring of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. The record says that they were “continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.” (Luke 24:53)….

As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief…. The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship.—The Acts of the Apostles, 35-37 (1911).

It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out.—Testimonies for the Church 8:20 (1904).

The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. To the end of time

rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 506 (1897).

A. The Historical Application To the Church as a Whole

The Early Rain Came in A.D. 31 at Pentecost

In obedience to Christ’s command, they [the disciples] waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father—the outpouring of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. The record says that they were “continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.” (Luke 24:53)….

As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief…. The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship.—The Acts of the Apostles, 35-37 (1911).

It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out.—Testimonies for the Church 8:20 (1904).

The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. To the end of time

rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 506 (1897).

A. The Historical Application To the Church as a Whole

The Early Rain Came in A.D. 31 at Pentecost

In obedience to Christ’s command, they [the disciples] waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father—the outpouring of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. The record says that they were “continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.” (Luke 24:53)….

As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief…. The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship.—The Acts of the Apostles, 35-37 (1911).

It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out.—Testimonies for the Church 8:20 (1904).

The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. To the end of time

rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 506 (1897).

A. The Historical Application To the Church as a Whole

The Early Rain Came in A.D. 31 at Pentecost

In obedience to Christ’s command, they [the disciples] waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father—the outpouring of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. The record says that they were “continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.” (Luke 24:53)….

As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief…. The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship.—The Acts of the Apostles, 35-37 (1911).

It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out.—Testimonies for the Church 8:20 (1904).

The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. But the latter rain will be more abundant.—Testimonies for the Church 8:21 (1904).

Near the close of earth’s harvest, a special bestowal of spiritual grace is promised to prepare the church for the coming of the Son of man. This outpouring of the Spirit is likened to the falling of the latter rain.—The Acts of the Apostles, 55 (1911).

Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children.—The Great Controversy, 464 (1911).

The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost. As the “former rain” was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the opening of the gospel, to cause the upspringing of the precious seed, so the “latter rain” will be given at its close for the ripening of the harvest.—The Great Controversy, 611 (1911).

The Latter Rain Will Produce the Loud Cry

At that time the “latter rain,” or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out.—Early Writings, 86 (1854).

(Ellen G. WHITE, The Last Days Events, p.184-186.)

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS PROMISED RAIN FROM THE THRONE OF GRACE? LET Us PRAY FOR IT, WE NEED IT ABSOLUTELY! JESUS IS COMING SOON AND WE SLEEP IN OUR DAILY DEAL.

Pastot Bartazar M. Vaillancourt

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

 

 

 

Publié dans : Non classé | le 23 février, 2016 |Pas de Commentaires »

DAYLY DEVOTION (2)

DAYLY DEVOTION (2)

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Praising  Hymn

1.

There shall be showers of blessing: This is the promise of love;

There shall be seasons refreshing, Sent from the Savior above.

Refrain

Showers of blessing, Showers of blessing we need: Mercy drops round us are falling, But for the showers we plead.

2.

There shall be showers of blessing, Precious reviving again;

Over the hills and the valleys, Sound of abundance of rain.

Refrain

3.

There shall be showers of blessing; Send them upon us, O Lord;

Grant to us now a refreshing, Come, and now honor

Refrain

There shall be showers of blessing: Oh, that today they might fall,

Now as to God we’re confessing, Now as on Jesus we call!

Refrain

4.

There shall be showers of blessing, If we but trust and obey; There shall be seasons refreshing, If we let God have His way.

Refrain

Shall we pray:

O Shower of blessings, welcome in my life and transform me. Teach me how to serve my Lord and King Jesus in humility. In his name I pray. Amen

The Word of God:

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11: 2).

We need this Spirit in these last days, while we are waiting after our great day of deliverance. We need this Holy Spirit, because sometimes we forget these precious counsels from our Lord Jesus: «  Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.  “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?  Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.  Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.  But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’  and begins to beat his fellow servants[ and eats and drinks with drunkards,  the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know  and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 24: 44-51)

Do you feel a lack of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life todays or sometimes in your life?. Take a time to lift up your spiritual eyes and pray. There is a great resource of spiritual help from our Savior, on the throne of grace. «  Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need » (Hebrews 4: 14-16), in Jesus name. Amen.

Pray for your full conversion, because of we need absolutely the force from above for to face the trials in the last days!

God bless you!

Pastor Bartazar M. Vaillancourt

 

Publié dans : Non classé | le 23 février, 2016 |Pas de Commentaires »

DAYLY DEVOTION (1)

 

DAYLY DEVOTION

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SUNDAY, February 21st, 2016

Praising Hymn:

1There is a gate that stands ajar, And through its portals gleaming A radiance from the cross afar, The Savior’s love revealing.

Refrain: O depth of mercy! Can it be That gate was left ajar for me? For me? For me? Was left ajar for me!

2 That gate ajar stands free for all Who seek through it salvation; The rich and poor, the great and small, Of every tribe and nation. [Refrain]

3 Press onward, then, though foes may frown, While mercy’s gate is open; Accept the cross, and win the crown, Love’s everlasting token. [Refrain]

4 Beyond the river’s brink we’ll lay The cross that here is given, And bear the crown of life away, And love Him more in Heaven. [Refrain]

Shall we pray:

Our Heavenly Father, I thank you so much for this new day and for all your protection and providing to me. Father I ask you the grace to walk with you all this day, and from today I consecrate all my life to you. Preserve mefrom the sin and its roots, in Jesus name I pray. Amen

The Word of God for this morning:

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (1John 2: 1-2)

So, I see that I am too blessed to have an advocate with the Father.  And the Bible tells me: «  Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—  and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.  For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.  For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 2: 14-18 and 4: 14-16).

You may support the work of God in church planting in the North of Burundi and to help some villages to get a drinking water.

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have (2Corinthians 8: 12)

Pray for your full conversion, because of we need absolutely the force from above for to face the trials in the last days!

Have a nice day!

Pastor Bartazar M. Vaillancourt

Publié dans : Non classé | le 21 février, 2016 |Pas de Commentaires »

DAYLY DEVOTION

 

DAYLY DEVOTION

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SUNDAY, February 21st, 2016

Praising Hymn:

1There is a gate that stands ajar, And through its portals gleaming A radiance from the cross afar, The Savior’s love revealing.

Refrain: O depth of mercy! Can it be That gate was left ajar for me? For me? For me? Was left ajar for me!

2 That gate ajar stands free for all Who seek through it salvation; The rich and poor, the great and small, Of every tribe and nation. [Refrain]

3 Press onward, then, though foes may frown, While mercy’s gate is open; Accept the cross, and win the crown, Love’s everlasting token. [Refrain]

4 Beyond the river’s brink we’ll lay The cross that here is given, And bear the crown of life away, And love Him more in Heaven. [Refrain]

Shall we pray:

Our Heavenly Father, I thank you so much for this new day and for all your protection and providing to me. Father I ask you the grace to walk with you all this day, and from today I consecrate all my life to you. Preserve mefrom the sin and its roots, in Jesus name I pray. Amen

The Word of God for this morning:

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (1John 2: 1-2)

So, I see that I am too blessed to have an advocate with the Father.  And the Bible tells me: «  Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—  and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.  For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.  For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 2: 14-18 and 4: 14-16).

Pray for your full conversion, because of we need absolutely the force from above for to face the trials in the last days!

Have a nice day!

Pastor Bartazar M. Vaillancourt

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