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Coincidences in my life – Part 1

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COINCIDENCES IN MY LIFE – PART 1©

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit

 

All the names below—Aristaeus, Artemis, Apollo, and Echo—are names in Greek mythology which have been associated with me.  Those in parentheses are quoted from The World Book Dictionary.

  1.  Aristaeus – “the son of Apollo and the water nymph Cyrene, famous as a keeper of bees”.   He received instruction from the Muses in the arts of healing and prophecy.  He is the guardian of herds and fields and was represented as a young man dressed like a shepherd and sometimes carrying a sheep.

My name is Aristeo.  It came from the Hispanized Greek god Aristaeus which may be from the Greek word aristo meaning ‘best’.

  1.  Artemis – “the goddess of the hunt, of the forests, of wild animals, and of the moon.  She was the twin sister of Apollo and was called Diana by the Romans.” 

This is the name of the computer fourth generation database program that I used when I worked in Saudi Arabia (1985-1988) and at BHP Steel in Australia (1989-1992).

  1. Apollo – “the god of the sun, poetry, music, prophecy, healing, and archery.  The Greeks and Romans considered Apollo the highest type of youthful, manly beauty.”  He is the son of Leto and twin brother of Artemis.

This is the name of the model of the family’s second car in Australia (1994 to present, 2012).  It is made by Holden (General Motors) and is a rebadged Toyota Camry.

  1. Echo – “a nymph who pined away with love for Narcissus until only her voice was left”.

This is the name of the model of the second-hand Toyota economy car that I used in commuting between home and work at the Department of Defence at Bulimba in Brisbane (2006-2008), a distance of about 40 km each way.  It is still running and has been lent to my daughter in Melbourne in 2011. 

After I bought the car in 1986, I realized that I am just echoing the Holy Spirit, that is why from then on, I say that I am the ‘Echo of the Holy Spirit’.  I recommended the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) by our team in the Department of Defence in Sydney (2004-2006) for correct spelling of purchase order number, names of people, streets and suburbs, etc.  Echo is IPA’s code name of the letter E.

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Did Allah talk to the prophets?

DID ALLAH TALK TO THE PROPHETS?©

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit

 

Is Allah that the Muslims worship the same as the Lord God of the Holy Bible? 

The Muslims believe that the six greatest prophets of Allah are Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad. 

Herewith are some verses wherein the Lord God spoke directly to Noah, Abraham, and Moses as found in the Pentateuch of the Old Testament (Tawrat as the Muslims call its first five books):

Noah – Genesis 7:1 – “And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.”

Abraham – Genesis 12:1 – “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee:”

Moses – Exodus 12:1 – “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,”

The Muslims also claim that Allah spoke to Jesus.  Please tell us where in the New Testament, which the Muslims call the Injeel, can this be found. 

In the New Testament, the Lord God spoke saying in Matthew 17:5, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”  This was not addressed to Jesus but to Peter and the brothers James and John who were with Him at the transfiguration.

The Muslims also claim that Allah talked to Adam.  What did Adam prophesy that they call him a prophet?  Is there any?

Lastly, did Allah talk to Mohammad?  In the 23 years that angel Jibreel revealed the Qur’an to Mohammad, not even a single time did Allah talk to Mohammad.  Why?

Did Allah talk to all his six greatest prophets?  Proofs please, especially to Jesus and Mohammad.

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Barren women gave birth

BARREN WOMEN GAVE BIRTH©

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo

There were women in the Holy Bible who were barren but with God’s will, they conceived as prophesied.  “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14)  God sent an angel to announce the event.

1.  The angel of the Lord told Abraham that his old and barren wife Sarah would conceive and give birth to a son; to wit (All quotations from King James Version):

Genesis 18:10 – “And he [one of the three men, most likely an angel of the Lord, or the Lord Himself] said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.  And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.”

2.   The angel of the Lord told Zechariah that his old and barren wife Elisabeth would conceive and give birth to a son to be named John; to wit:

Luke 1:13 – “But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zechariah: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.”

Luke 1:19 – “And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God, and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings.”

3.  The angel appeared to Manoah’s wife (mother of Samson) who was barren, and said:

Judges 13:3 – “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.”

4.  Regarding Santa Ana, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on page 12a of Pasiong Mahal [Holy Passion], it is indeterminate who revealed that she would conceive and to whom whether it was revealed to her or to her husband San Joaquin.  It states: “Kahi’t baog at matanda si Santa Anang dakila, naglihi at nanganak nga isang babaing mistula dikit na walang kamukha.  Rosa na lubhang maganda sadyang mabangong sampaga ang anak ni Santa Ana yaong nga at dili iba ang Birheng Santa Mary.” [“Even though the great Santa Ana was barren and old, she conceived and gave birth to an incomparable girl.  A very beautiful rose who smelled as scented as sampaguita was the child of Santa Ana who is none other than the Blessed Virgin Mary.”]

You may question my using Pasiong Mahal other than the Holy Bible but the Holy Spirit told us that we may use the former as well since not all the details are in the latter.

On the following, God can make a woman to conceive and He can also withhold her to conceive.

1.   Rebekah was the wife of Isaac.  Isaac entreated the Lord to make his wife conceive.  She conceived to twins Esau and Jacob.

Genesis 25:21 – “And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife because she was barren: and the LORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.”

2.  Jacob was married to sisters Leah and Rachel.  The Lord opened the womb of Leah but Rachel was barren.  Leah gave birth to Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah.  She thought she had stopped bearing children so she gave Jacob her handmaid Zilpah to wife.  Zilpah gave birth to Gad and Asher.   God made Leah to conceive again and gave birth to Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah. 

 

After Leah gave birth to Judah, Rachel said to Jacob to give her children or else she would die.  Jacob, in her anger, said:

                 Genesis 30:2 – “Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?”

 In desperation, Rachel gave her handmaid Bilhah for Jacob to wife.  Bilhah gave birth to Dan and Naphtali.  God remembered Rachel and heard her and opened her womb.  She gave birth to Joseph and much later (Genesis 35:18), to Benjamin.

If the children of Israel would listen and “keep the commandments, and the statues, and the judgment” and do them, the Lord God shall keep the covenant that He swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and He promised:

                               Deuteronomy 7:14 – “Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, and among your cattle.”

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OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES ABOUT THE MESSIAH

 

SOME PROPHECIES ABOUT THE MESSIAH
FULFILLED BY JESUS

 

The prophecies are from the Old Testament or the “Tanakh” as the Jews call their Holy Scripture.  The fulfillments are from the New Testament.  All quotations are from the Holy Bible, King James Version.

 

The fulfillment is just cited as reference.  It is assumed that the reader has some knowledge of the story of Jesus.

 

The prophecies were made hundreds of years before the coming of Jesus in 1st century BC.  Isaiah and Hosea lived during the 8th century BC;  Micah, 7th century BC; and Zechariah, 6th century BC. 

 

The book of Psalms was composed by different authors over a long period of time and compiled by the people of Israel.

 

1.  He will be born from the tribe of Judah.

     Prophecy:  Genesis 49:10 – “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”

     Fulfillment:  Matthew 1:2-16; Luke 3:23-33; Hebrews 7:14

 

2.  He will come from the family of David, the son of Jesse.

     Prophecies: 

          Psalm 132:11 – “The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.”

          Isaiah 9:7 – “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”

          Isaiah 11:1 – “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.”

          Isaiah 11:10 – “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.”

     Fulfillment:  Matthew 1:1, 6-16; 9:27; Acts 13:22-23; Romans 1:3; 15:8-12

 

3.  He will be born in Bethlehem Ephratah.

     Prophecy: Micah 5:2 – “But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

     Fulfillment:  Luke 2:4-11; John 7:42

 

4.  He will be born by a virgin.

     Prophecy:  Isaiah 7:14 – “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

     Fulfillment:  Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:30-35

 

5.  He will enter Jerusalem upon a colt of an ass and hailed as king.

     Prophecies:

          Psalm 118:26 – “Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD; we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.”

          Zechariah 9:9 – “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

     Fulfillment:  Matthew 21:1-9; Mark 11:7-11; Luke 19:28-38; John 12:12-15

 

6.  He will be betrayed by one of his familiar friends, an apostle.

     Prophecies: 

          Psalm 41:9 – “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.”

          Psalm 109:8 – “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.”

     Fulfillment:  Matthew 26:47-50; Mark 14:10; 14:43-45; Luke 22:47-48; John 13:18, 26-30; 18:2-3; `Acts 1:16-20

 

7.  He will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.

     Prophecy:  Zechariah 11:12 – “And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear.  So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.”

     Fulfillment:  Matthew 26:15; 27:3-10; Mark 14:10-11

 

8:  They will pierce Him for our transgressions.

     Prophecies: 

          Psalm 22:16 – “For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.”

          Isaiah 53:5 – “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

          Zechariah 12:10 – “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born.”

     Fulfillment:  Matthew 27:35, 49; Mark 15:24-25; Luke 23:33; John 19:18, 23, 34, 37; 20:25, 27; Revelation 1:7

 

9.  He will be given vinegar and gall.

     Prophecy:  Psalm 69:21 – “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”

     Fulfillment:  Matthew 27:34, 48; Mark 15:23,36

 

10.  They will cast lots for His garment.

     Prophecy:  Psalm 22:18 – “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”

     Fulfillment:  Matthew 27:35; John 19:23-24