The Light is Always On

“The Light is Always On” is a work of art created with Pastoral Care in mind. As an airman myself, I remember the first base I was stationed at. I did a training that lasted 90 days. Although it took place at a Reserve base, a full-time Chaplain was available. The light at the Chapel was always on.   Walking around base knowing that the light was always on created some kind of comfort because I knew there was always a place for prayer or spiritual connection.  I believe the presence and Chaplains’ ministry in the Armed Forces are an integral part of a soldier’s development of an overall resilience.

“The Light is Always On” was created having in mind faith, the availability of Chaplains in pluralistic settings, the complexities of the human mind and spirit, and the importance of the Spiritual Pillar as a component of the overall resilience of a human being who is also a trained soldier.
In this painting, a military member stands at the door under the light and knocks.  “The Light On” signifies the conscious presence of faith. The door represents the physical place of worship where the person who will open is a minister of the particular faith the military member seeks to see and talk to. Colors and shapes around the military member represent the complexity of a possibly compartmentalized state of mind and possible invisible wounds.
May “The Light be Always On” everywhere our troops train and serve.

It is good when “The Light is Always On.”

May we all continue to protect the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.

May “The Light be Always On” everywhere our troops train and serve.

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Faithful Eyes

Blessed and grateful I am today for experiencing what it is to regain full sight again.  Always had a 20/20 vision. About a year ago, a physical concluded that reading glasses might be needed at times.  I did  not think much about it, until one day I  found myself forcing my sight to see certain letters of certain sizes in the Bible. I stopped by a store where they sold reading glasses and found out that with a 1.0 pair, I would see the letters clearly again.  I called my family to let them know.  They said” not a surprise, you are already over 40. It is about time signs of age reflect on you.”  I bought the pair of reading glasses. Found myself wearing them most of the time. After a few months, I could not find my reading glasses. So, I bought a new pair. This time, it was 1.5 reading glasses.  When I got home, I prayed to God. I could not believe my 20/20 eyesight was no longer. Moreover, a whole new world was opening. Space around me did not feel the same when wearing reading glasses.  There was some kind of conscious enhancement my mind had to adapt to.  Inside, I wanted my 20/20 eyesight to come back. I prayed everyday, performed research on how to take care of the eyesight, and, consciously, began to eat more food that was known to prevent lost of eyesight.

Today, April 5th, 2017, I woke up motivated to have a great day because it is my birthday.  Prayers first, great attitude, nurture the overall resilience at the Gym, attend Bible class, have great conversations with my husband, and keep on having a fantastic day.  During the Bible class, I noticed, I did not have to wear my reading glasses. I could not explain how great it felt to look at the words again without wearing reading glasses. Eye sight restored.

The reading glasses helped and I am grateful for it. However, reading without reading glasses on seems more appreciated by my mind and all my senses.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6).  Along with knowledge, action in faith and prayer.

Whatever it is that I have been doing, with a grateful heart, I better keep doing it. It seems my natural sight have been restored and I better take excellent care of it. It feels like God’s love gave me a second chance.   Eventually, I will share what I did and will continue to do in order to maintain my natural eyesight as close to 20/20 as possible for the rest of my life.

Keep me in your prayers. I believe in the power of prayer and the ability it has to clear our minds in order to seek and find helpful information that keeps us growing closer to God and to our purpose in life.

If you have a story to share about your eyesight, please, feel free to share below.

God bless you.

 

 

 

Intro to the Epistle to The Ephesians

Before learning about the Ephesians, let us take a bird’s eye-view of The New Testament.  The NT is divided into 27 Books;  4 of the books are Gospels, 21 are Epistles,  1 Book of Acts, and 1 Book of Revelation.  It is among the Epistles that the letter to the Ephesians is found.

Here is the bird’s eye-view of the NT:

1.There are 4 Gospels:  (Narratives about the life  and teachings of Jesus Christ).

   1.1  Matthew.

   1.2 John.

   1.3  Luke.

   1.4  Mark.

 

  1. There are 21  Epistles: (Letters  written to a specific audience).

   2.1      Romans.————-

   2.2      1 Corinthians.                    I

   2.3      2 Corinthians.                    I

   2.4      Galatians.                            I

   2.5      Ephesians.                         I

   2.6      Philippians.                        I——–Paul the Apostle.

   2.7     Colossians.                          I

   2.8     1 Thessalonians.                 I

   2.9     2 Thessalonians.                I

   2.10   1 Thimothy.                          I

   2.11   2 Thimothy.                          I

   2.12   Titus.                                       I

   2.13   Philemon. ———— 

   2.14   Hebrews. ———————-  Attributed to Paul the Apostle.

   2.15  James.     ———————–   James the brother of Jesus.

   2.16  1 Peter     ———————–   Peter the Apostle.

   2.17   2 Peter    ———————–   Peter the Apostle.

   2.18   1 John    ———————–   John the Evangelist.

   2.19   2 John     ———————-   John the Evangelist.

   2.20   3 John    ———————–   John the Evangelist.

   2.21   Jude      ———————–    Attributed to Luke.

 

  1.   The Acts of the Apostles (Narratives about the Apostle’s Ministries).—-Luke.

      4.  The Book of Revelation.  (Prophetic Passages / Apocalyptic Literature).—-John. 

Now that we know  the Book of Ephesians  is an Epistle or Letter, let’s find out who wrote it, to whom this letter was written to, and for what purpose.

    The author and the audience is found in Eph 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are also faithful in Christ Jesus.

      The purpose of this letter is found in Eph 4:1-4: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,  eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call.  

Bird’s Eye View of the Epistle to the Ephesians:

Chart of Ephesians

 

 

 

     

The Full Armor of God

Dear beloved ones, do not despair, there is a way, a better way for you and everyone around you.

     Have you ever lost your temper? Felt unloved? Have doubt? Have low self-esteem? Believed someone betrayed you? Were a victim of bad intended gossip? Felt afraid of facing the truth or anxious not knowing what to do? Found yourself saying to yourself: “there must be something better than this?”  These and similar others that you might know of are common states when your spiritual guard is down. Even when everything seems fine and dandy, keep your spiritual guard up. Counter-interactive forces seem to always be present in the atmosphere, therefore, keeping your spiritual armor up at all times is the best defense you can have not only to protect yourself but also those around you who might be vulnerable when your spiritual armor is down.

We protect ourselves not only to prevent outcomes that might damage us, but also to protect what our own non-righteous actions could do to others.  Righteousness is found within the Armor of God (Eph 6:13); the protective shield that keeps us from spiritual and physical disintegration.

         In a letter to the Ephesians, Paul writes about the Armour of God (Eph 6:11); “Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (KJV).

         If you have not done so yet, do it today, arm yourself with the best weapon of defense, the armor that will keep you out of trouble, help you advance, and enhance the warrior in you when evil forces try to knock you down.

       If you need guidance on how to understand the Armor of God and how to activate it in you, leave a message below or contact KJViZion via Facebook.

     Put on the Full Armor of God today.

  Peace and Grace,

  Rev. Jeannie Franks.

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.  (Ephesians 1:18).

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  (Romans 12:12).

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6).  #RevJeannieFranks

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The Infamous Mark

God, bless the reader as he or she goes through this post. I thank you Father for the blessings of this page and for the Holy Spirit within me in the midst of typing the words present here today. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

So you believe or heard about a mark to be placed in the forehead or right hand in years to come. You heard that the mark could be a number 666 or a chip implanted in you. You have probably heard of an AntiChrist related to such mark and, most likely, you also heard that if you do not take the mark, you would perish or be isolated from all human rights.  Dear reader, keep reading because you are about to discover something you may have never thought of.  What you are about to read may give you the perspective that will set you free and move you closer to living with dignity and in peace.

It is common knowledge that human beings are creatures of habits.  It is also known that what it is in the mind directs someone’s actions. What it is in the right hand of a person influences the life of that person.  Why the Forehead? Why the Right Hand?  The forehead, most of the time, represents the place where thoughts dwell and decisions are made before they are put into action.  In regards to the Right Hand, well, have you heard anyone say: “He is my right hand in my company” ?   If anyone ever announces you or say you are that person’s right hand, that means that person have complete trust in you and you have the ability to influence that person.  In other words, whoever or whatever you let in your mind and whoever you consider you right hand will influence the decisions you make and the way you live your life today.

You may already have a Mark in you and you do not even know it. How so? What are your habits today? Are your habits helpful to you or are they making your life miserable?Are you a positive person persevering and not giving up your dreams or are you too comfortable or addicted to something or perverted in a way that you do not realize your life is moving no-where? Are you part of a loving family or are you on your own believing that no-one loves you? Are you having dreams or nightmares? Are you happy to be alive or are you thinking about dying most of the time?  Is technology a tool you use to advance and prosper in life or a way of life to you?  Do you prefer natural roses or digital ones?  Are you waking up motivated or waking up not knowing what to do with your life?  Is the place where you live a mess or do you keep it neat and organized? Are you happy with who you are today? Do you have faith in Jesus Christ?  Why am I asking all these questions? Because the 666 might already be part of your daily routine and you do not even know it.  The 666 does not need to be stamped in your forehead nor stamped in your right hand, nor a chip needs to be implanted in order for you to realize if you are walking on the 666 bridge or the 888 one.  Do you want to have a better idea where you are today? Answer the question above. Know that those are only a few basic questions anyone can answer.  Do not feel bad if you find out that you might be walking on the 666 bridge. Now-a-days, probably, most people are and you have been going with the flow not recognizing it.  There is a way to switch from bridge 666 to 888.

WHY 666?

Biblically, it is known that 666 is the Mark of the Beast and number six also relates to the number that represents man.  Both beast and man where created on the 6th day according to scripture.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Gen 1:26).

Also, when scholars perform their biblical research, many have the discipline to check the value of the words by checking the number assigned to that word in the dictionary of “Strongs” or a Lexicon.   According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon,  G666 refers to absence. This Strong is found in  Phillips 2:12 and it is linked to the absence of God.  Not having God in your life is not having the truth in your life.  What if you have a god in your life but Jesus Christ is not part of it?  Then, I would ask you: do you believe in Salvation? and if so, how do you think you will obtain it? Do you believe you have been forgiven of all your wrongdoings?  Are you advancing in life with peace in your heart and mind?  So, who is God? According to Book of Genesis, God is the creator of all things, including the Heavens, the Earth, and Man.  In the Old Testament, God is the Shield, the Almighty. God is the founder,  developer, and Director of the Law.  There is nothing hidden to God. Where you are at, God knows. It is up to you to also recognize it and know that all your good and all your not so good are known to God even when they are only in your mind. For it is written in Hebrew 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. In other words, there is nothing hidden to God, nothing, not even the good you did without telling anyone. God knew it then, God knows it now.

The 666 bridge could be seen as the road to experience stigma.  If you notice, in the Bible, the number 666 is not present. In Rev 13:18 (KJV), the words Six hundred and threescores and six  are written instead. The word “Threescores” means 3 x 20.  As you can see, no 666 is present in the entire Bible. The idea of 666 seems to have come from an interpretation during the times of Nero Caesar; an Emperor perceived as evil by many during his reign. In Hebrew, when adding the numeric value of Nrwn Qsr adds to 666.  Remember, the Bible was originally written in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.  The interpretation of the Hebrew language, back then and now, relies on the meaning and numeric value of each letter of its Alphabet. This is why, when reading an interpreting the Bible’s Old Testament, the reader has to take into consideration the place, frequency, position, and numerical value of each letter in each word. We are blessed that many before us have dedicated their time to figure these things out so today we do not have to spend so much time trying to translate each word from the Old and New Testament of the Holy Bible. We still do though. Since reading the Bible is a unique and personal experience, it is always exciting to notice a new connecting point.

Now you know that 666 is more about the state of mind than anything else.  Nor a stamp nor a chip will represent the infamous Mark of the Beast.  Even if the population of the Earth  changes the way  business and the day to day living are conducted, the 666 is in your mind and spirit nor in a stamp nor in a chip. Also, choose wisely who you want to have as your Right Hand in life, in business, and in play time. Once you declare somebody or something your Right Hand in anything you are involved in, you are giving keys to that person or thing the right to influence the treasures of your mind.   It is written:  Mat 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also. ” Guess what, your heart listens to your mind too. Your mind and your heart are a team.  In order to stay away from the 666 bridge, your mind has to be in sync with your righteous heart.  Pray as you discover where you are at in your life. Remember, no matter where in the  666 bridge you are at, there is always a way to get to the 888 one.

WHY 888?

The sum of the greek numerical value of the name of Jesus is 888. Why Greek? Because Jesus is evident in the New Testament which was originally written in Greek. Also, theologically,  Jesus resurrected on an eight day. The number 8th in the entire Bible seems to be always linked to resurrection, new creation, regeneration. It is also interesting how the number eight is very similar to the Infinite Symbol.  Theologically, Jesus is perceived as the living water that never runs out. This is why no matter how long you have been on the 666 bridge, you can always decide to take the 888 bridge and mark yourself saved, just like many mark themselves safe on Facebook when a dangerous event happens in the local area they live in.  Through social media, many are mentioning the approach of  Apocalyptic times.  Those embracing Apocalyptic thoughts are missing the opportunity to walk on the 888 bridge where they can be alive in Jesus Christ and where love conquers all unveiling to the mind the forgiveness of all wrongdoings and the promise of living a more joyful life that not only last your entire lifetime but also strengthens the inner spirit, the mind, and the body in such a way that no medication will ever do when compared to what faith in Jesus Christ does.  Instead of having the Mark of the Beast on your forehead, everyone has the opportunity to keep his or her forehead so clean that no stamp or chip will interfere with his or her natural joyful life.  As you can notice, the 888 bridge also has to do with the state of mind and who it is chosen as the Right Hand.

Besides the link of 888 to Jesus, when reading through Genesis, it is noticeable that God saves 8 people on the Ark in order to prepare them for the New Beginning of Mankind after the flood.  1 Peter 3:20 who formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.   Know that water, in theological terms, is also understood as Baptism.                       1Pe 3:21-22 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.    Do you see now who God decided to have as His Right Hand?  God is Almighty and all powerful. However, even God made the decision to have Jesus Christ as His Right Hand.  Who are you selecting as your Right Hand? If you are walking on the 888 bridge already, I am confident that you have a righteous Right Hand.

Thank you for reading. Please, feel free to post comments, share this post with other scholars, friends, family and make it a conversation among the people you hang out with.

God bless you, protect you, your mind, and your Right Hand as you continue your journey in life. It is my prayer that you choose to be on the 888 bridge.  Feel free to post your questions here if you are not sure yet which bridge you should be on for the rest of your life.

Blessings!

Presented to you on this day of our Lord 2017.

Rev. Jeannie Franks