Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Great “I AM”

A man who promotes himself as a preacher has written a book entitled “The Power of I Am,” but his book is not about The Great I AM who rules Heaven and earth but about man telling himself “I am strong,” I am beautiful,” “I am somebody,” to motivate oneself into feeling better about themselves. Taking the most Holy Name of God and applying it to humankind borders on blasphemy. It was Satan who said he wanted to be like the Most High in every way and was promptly cast out of Heaven, along with a third of the angels who agreed with his devious boast (Isaiah 14).

Abraham was the first to receive the introduction of The Great I AM when he was told “I AM the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees” (Genesis 15), but most remember it as Moses who encountered The Great “I AM THAT I AM” in the midst of the burning bush on the backside of the desert (Exodus 3). Fast forward to the New Testament where Jesus’ reveals Himself as The Great I AM who was willing to lay down His life for His sheep.

Jesus first met the Samaritan woman at the well who questioned His identity, perceiving that He was a prophet. She knew the Messiah was to come, and it was then “Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee AM He” (John 4). It was later while teaching in the Temple in Jerusalem Jesus made it very clear that He was and is The Great I AM.

Upon hearing Jesus declaring Himself the Light of the world, the Pharisees questioned who He was and who was His Father. Jesus answered them, “Ye neither know Me, nor my Father,” and tells them where He is going they cannot come. It is then He tells them, “Ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I AM, ye shall die in your sins. Then said they unto Him, Who art Thou?Having previously thought He spoke of killing Himself when He had told them they could not come where He was going, He foretold His death when He said, “When ye have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall ye know that I AM.” At the conclusion of their interaction with Him, “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.” It was then they realized He was claiming to be God, the second Person of the Trinity. “Then took they up stones to cast at Him” and pursued His demise until He reached Calvary where His blood was shed for the remission of sin for all who will call upon His Name, (John 8; Romans 3).

The power of I AM was clearly seen in the Garden of Gethsemane before His death when those who came to arrest Jesus found themselves on the ground. When asked, “Whom seek ye? They answered Him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I AM…  As soon then as He had said unto them, I AM, they went backward, and fell to the ground.” He asked them again whom they sought and upon their reply He stated again, “I have told you that I AM, (John 18:1-8). The power of I AM is not in man, but in GOD. Jesus states in John 10:30, I and My Father are One.”

Biblical Insight into Today’s News

With a newspaper in one hand and a Bible in the other, many end time prophecies are playing out on the world stage this very moment with the main focus on Israel and the Temple Mount, Syria, Russia, Turkey and the entire Middle East. A retired U.S. Treasury agent with many connections in government and around the world, who now serves as an ordained chaplain of the International Cops for Christ which he helped co-found and a Pro-Life leader in central Pennslyvania, John McTernan gleans pertinent happenings that are being overlooked by the mainstream media, connecting those events to what God foretold in Scripture would happen in the final days before Jesus’ return. For those who have “eyes to see and ears to hear,” stay up-to-date through his public Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/johnmcternansinsights . Those hard to understand passages will be made clear as John McTernan connects Scripture to his analysis.

Finding Hope in a Hopeless Time

When times seem hopeless there is a place of refuge where hope is found. Scripture is full of accounts of people who despaired of the necessities of life only to be clothed and fed, of captives who despaired of going home again being restored, and of loss of life being revived. While the adversities of this life swirl around us and seek to overwhelm us, God’s Word is the place to find solace and hope in these uncertain times.

When the Children of Israel fled the presence of Pharaoh in the great exodus, they could only take with them what they could carry. Their food and water lasted only a few days before running out; their shoes and clothes being only what they were wearing the night the death angel passed over the land of Egypt. God provided manna from heaven to feed them and water from a rock to hydrate them, but He also saw to the needs of their clothing as we read Moses’ words in Scripture, “I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot,” (Deuteronomy 29:5). In recounting how the Lord cared for them, Moses also said, “neither did thy foot swell,” (Deuteronomy 8:4). God’s Word brings hope to all who read.

While being held captive under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar, the Children of Israel found themselves in great despair far from their homeland. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 137, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.” Their captors required of them to sing the songs of Zion but they would not, they could not for heaviness of heart. But 70 years later their joy and singing returned as King Cyrus under God’s plan for His Children, permitted them to leave and return to Jerusalem to rebuild the House of God (2 Chronicles 36). God’s Word brings hope to all who read and believe.

It had been four days since Mary and Martha’s brother had died. Jesus had finally arrived with His disciples to comfort the bereaved, or so they thought. Little did they know He had come to perform a miracle to restore their joy and happiness, but more importantly to show HIS power over death. Martha’s unknowing attempt to hinder His work, said, “Lord, by this time he stinketh.” With just three short words, “Lazarus, come forth,” what was once dead came alive, (John 11). God’s Word brings hope to all who read, believe and receive.

In the troublesome times in which we live, God’s Word is our only source of hope. The pages of Scripture overflow with encouragement, hope and most importantly God’s love for us and His plan for our future. Just as He cared for those wandering in the wilderness, those who were held captive, and those who had experienced the death of a loved one, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you,” (I Peter 5:6-7).