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SAINT PETER’S FISH

“On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house.

 

Common Tilapia

Common Tilapia

But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?”

“They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied.

“Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.” – Matthew 17:24-27

The name “Saint Peter’s Fish” comes from the above story in the Gospel of Matthew. Peter caught a fish that had a coin in its mouth, just as Jesus predicted, and paid the Temple tax with it.

Although the passage does not name the type of fish Peter caught, it was very likely a Tilapia. Tilapia were one of the three main types of fish caught in Biblical times from the Sea of Galilee. Tilapia breeds easy and has a mild taste – not fishy. In factory fish farms today, they harvest large numbers of Tilapia which happily eats pellets made largely of corn and soy and gains weight rapidly.

At the time the gospel events took place, Tilapia were called musht, or later called “St. Peter’s fish”. A common Bible story says Jesus fed the 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish, which scholars surmise were tilapia.

– Luis Josephus


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Did Rahab the ex-prostitute become a virtuous woman?

Many people will be surprised to discover that Jesus was not only a physical descendant of King David, but also of Rahab the ex-prostitute of Jericho. But, keep in mind, Rahab was a harlot who changed her ways and came before the living God in repentance.

Rahab was a Canaanite woman who ran an “Inn” in Jericho. It was actually a house of prostitution where men could spend the night with the woman of their choice. Murray Johnson writes:

“It is very important that we understand what the text really says about Rahab. It says Rahab was a harlot. What better place for the spies to hide out than at Rahab’s house? With all the comings and goings of a whorehouse, they could blend in easily. However, these men were on a righteous mission. “

Rahab was a prostitute herself. As a Canaanite, she was also a worshipper of a great number of deities of the Canaan religion, including Baal (god of fertility), Dagon (god of the crops) and Molech (god of fire). When Joshua sent two of his men to Jericho to spy out the city for destruction, they came to Rahab’s place. When the king of Jericho heard about their visit, he sent his soldiers to kill them. Rahab took sides – not with her own people – but with the children of Israel. She protected the two spies at great peril to her life, and hid them on her roof for three days. She also lied to the king’s soldiers and sent them on a wild goose chase. She told them that the spies had already left out of the city gate.

After the soldiers departed and the coast was clear, she went up to the roof and made them promise to protect her and her father, mother, brothers and sisters. The two spies agreed to protect her and her family when Joshua and his army returned to destroy the city.

Rahab’s confession of faith.

She declared, “…for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”Joshua 2:11

Rahab’s faith in the God of Israel was greater than her fear. By embracing Yahovah God – the Eternal, living God, she was renouncing all pagan gods that she had once worshipped. The moment she made the confession of faith, “…for the LORD [Yahovah] your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below”, Rahab was saved from her sins, spiritually born-again, and accepted into God’s family. It did not matter that she was formerly a prostitute, or an idol worshipper, or whatever, God is no respecter of persons; whoever will come to Him in repentance and faith will be accepted by Him. Rahab is a prime example of how God loves to take the worst of sinners and turn them into saints. His arms are always open to anyone who feareth Him and worketh righteousness (Acts 10:34-35).

Rahab, the ex-prostitute, was transformed into a new creature in Christ.

Her faith was backed up by the evidence of good works when she risked her life to save the two spies. She is praised twice in the New Testament. The apostle James describes her justification by her good works:

”Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by [good] works, when she had received the messengers and had sent them out another way?” (James 2:25)

Rahab’s faith and actions working together was approved of God who forgave her immoral past and justified her (acquitted her of guilt) in His sight.

The writer of Hebrews also praises Rahab in Hebrews 11:31. She perished not with the rest of her city when the walls of Jericho fell down and Joshua’s men killed all who lived there. Rahab’s faith and the scarlet thread she let hang down from her window was a type of the blood of Jesus Christ – the Messiah to come. It paralleled the Passover lamb. Just as the blood of the lamb was put on the houses of the Israelites in order to protect them from the judgment of God, so the scarlet line hanging from Rahab’s house brought safety and deliverance for her and her family.

Rahab marries a Jew.

After converting to Judaism, Rahab became a righteous woman. She joined herself  to the people of God, the children of Israel. She left her sordid past behind, continued to travel with the Israelites, and eventually married a Jewish man named Salmon of the tribe of Judah. Their marriage gave birth to Boaz who married Ruth, who birthed Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of King David.

What an amazing testimony of what God can do! He transformed a former prostitute into the ancestral grandmother of Israel’s greatest king – David, the man after God’s own heart. In Matthew’s geneology, even our Lord Jesus Christ was an ancestor of Salmon and Rahab (Matthew 1:1,5).

Whosoever calls on the Lord shall be saved.

If you’ve been struggling with a life of sin, or you have done something in your past that is so bad you’ve never told anyone, and you have wondered if God could ever forgive you, remember what He accomplished in the life of Rahab the ex-prostitute and idol worshipper from Jericho. There is no sin too big for God – He will forgive you if you sincerely repent and call upon His name in faith. There is always hope and forgiveness:

”And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Acts 2:21

“Whoever” means you! There is no sin so grievous that Jesus cannot forgive. He died on the cross and shed His blood to forgive all types of sins – small sins as well as big sins. Call upon Jesus today and be forgiven and saved from your old life. He will give you a new life from this day forward and transform you into the man or woman He created you to be.

Pray this prayer right now:

Dear Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins. I repent of my past life. Please forgive me. I promise to live for you from this day forward. I receive you today as my Savior and Lord of my life. Amen.

If you just prayed this prayer, email us and let us rejoice with you.

–         Luis Josephus

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Prophecy Watch

Prophecy Watch_300 pxThe Great Whore is rising

“Come here; I will show you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters….And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth…” – Revelation 17:1,5

We believe the Great Whore of Revelation 17 represents the Roman Catholic Church which, since its founding in 380 A.D., has corrupted the Christian church with idolatry, occult practices, pagan holidays, and all manner of abominations. It has also spawned the many corrupt Protestant denominations. That is why she is called the “mother” of all spiritual harlots. Eventually, she will unite every form of false spirituality into a one world religion that supports the coming Antichrist. We also believe the Pope (at that time) will be the False Prophet that causes the world to worship the Beast and take his mark of 666.

Catholic_Pope_Holding_MassAlready the Lutheran and Anglican churches (Episcopalean Church in the U.S.) are succumbing to the seductions of the Great Whore and committing spiritual fornication with her. After almost 500 years apart, Lutherans could be re-joining the Roman Catholic church. Since 2009, Anglicans have been able to reunify with the Roman church through groups called “ordinarates”, which allow them to keep many of the Anglican traditions while being absorbed into Roman Catholicism.

The larger Lutheran community is now following suit and also moving towards Rome. Back in 1999, the Lutheran World Federation signed a Joint Declaration with the Vatican overcoming the greatest obstacle on the matter of justification by faith. This would allow the Vatican to bring a significant nymber of Lutherans back under its authority. Watch as the Roman Catholic church continues to rise in power as the Great Whore of Bible Prophecy.

Police officer plots atrocities

Law EnforcementIn an increasingly sick society rife with the glorifying of evil, violence, drug abuse, and perversion, even our police officers who are paid to uphold the law, are breaking the law.

Recently, a shocking case appeared in court when a New York City police officer was arrested and charged with plotting to kidnap, rape, torture, then cook and eat his female victims. The officer used access to police files to gather detailed information on 100 potential victims. He was also allegedly commissioned to kidnap a woman for someone else. He responded back by email: “$5,000 and she is all yours.”

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be…unholy…fierce…” – 2 Timothy 3:1-3

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