A Favourable Year

8th June 2021

I put this as a page on my site last year. I thought I would resurrect it. Might be useful to somebody. Saves me doing a detailed post. I have lots in the pipeline, nearly complete, half complete, a headline, that sort of thing.

But the sun is shining today and I really ought to try and get outside. I also have to try and deal with cretinous SSE, the electrical and gas company supposedly providing a ‘service’.

Well, yes, it does sort of, but it is bloody awful at the moment as they have mucked up the billing procedure and I am going to have to try and ring them to get them to sort it out and recompense me for wasted time etc.

Anyway, here is a new post. Hope it helps.

11th August 2020

To the church in the world, the chosen and called of God

‘The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour’

Well, the Lord’s favour has been upon us already. Since the beginning of lockdown we have had the most wonderful weather. Warm sunshine, gentle rain when we needed it, and only light winds. At least, here in Sussex that has been the case.

The Lord knew we would need it, for we have largely forgotten what our forefathers knew, at least instinctively if not in fact. We need the sun to make vitamin D for our bodies. And when we needed to get back to work, He sent cooler weather to encourage us!

And His favour is on me. For I died last year. The last bit of dirt on my soul was finally washed away. Then this year He filled me with the Holy Spirit, His breath. I had never experienced it before. It was like hyperventilating. I had waited years for this.

My 60th birthday came. My Father, my heavenly Father asked me what I wanted, anything at all. I thought of Elijah. He did 8 miracles. Elisha, his apprentice as it were, asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. He did 16 miracles.

So I thought why not 3 times the spirit of Elisha? But the king of Israel struck the ground with arrows only three times. Elisha was angry it was not more, as the enemy would then have been completely routed.

So why not 7 times, a perfect number, a number of completeness? Then I thought ‘You said anything? Why not everything then. Anything you can give me. All of it.’ So, of course, He did. And He gave me the Truth, the beautiful diamond hard Truth.

Now I have keys, a whole bunch of keys. Keys to life. I want you all to benefit. I cannot keep them to myself. So do come and ask, ask me for whatever key you need.

And I will always point you to Jesus Christ, the key and the door to the Most High, the heavenly Father.

I came to Christ because of the evidence and I could not avoid it. He had to be who he said he was, and I embarked on a quest to seek out all the truth, if that were possible. And I have found it is possible to find all the answers one needs, even the difficult ones.

The latter are like sharp swords, but in Jesus’s hands they are the surgeon’s knife, cutting out the rotten bits that the Devil, implanted in our genes 6,000 years ago.

When at last I saw the truth, of what really happened at the beginning of our world, I was appalled. There is much buried in scripture, that is in the original Hebrew and Greek, which has been badly translated in a number of areas. God has been gracious and not allowed the general sense to be lost, but the texts need a lot of work to get the best that the Lord wants for us.

For those on the quest for truth, there is one thing I must mention. Especially for the Angels in the United Kingdom. The revolting Relationships and Sex Education regulations which threaten the innocence of our nation’s little ones. It is of course, couched in soothing tones, with just that touch of hiss (you know where the sound comes from).

Many are on the case, but I suggest reminding the Minister for Education about millstones and who he will answer to. Lionesses are probably best for this, as they will be especially protective of their cubs. For the lions I suggest the Home Office to start with. I am sure you get the idea.

It is said that the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion. I have been foolish enough to miss the point. Like. Not as. Like. He is an excellent imitator, and will scare the children. But not the mature who recognise the sound.

No, WE are the lions, the lions and lionesses of Judah, and we have a Great Lion as our king, The Lion King. And he is returning soon, after the harvest of souls which is rapidly approaching.

Do read your children ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ if you haven’t recently.

And tell them Aslan is coming.

With much love

Baldmichael

Easter Day

4th April 2021

The day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are plenty of websites which will tell you about this.

You can of course go back to the original story, which you will find recorded in the four gospels of the New Testament. A good translation helps, although I know of none that make a hash of the original Greek to any great extent at least.

But if you have any knowledge of the ancient Greek, best to check the original Greek text if you want to be sure the translations are correct. I find Biblehub very good, although its translations in English are very variable.

I assume the original Hebrew or Greek text is faithful to that originally recorded in the ancient manuscripts. However as I have no access to these I cannot confirm this.

The day is not necessarily the day that Jesus rose from the dead in a transformed body, albeit still a man and still recognisable, although some were confused for some reason which I hope to explain later in another post.

When I say the day that Jesus rose from the dead, I mean not like our birthdays. That is when we celebrate (perhaps!) another passing year of our lives on the same numbered day of the month as when we were born.

His resurrection is related to the Passover of Israelite tradition. I won’t bother to try and explain why the date of Easter varies as defined by the churches, I am sure other websites can explain it well enough, as they do regarding the Passover.

There are those who say that Easter should not be celebrated as it refers to Eostre, a Saxon goddess of fertility, allegedly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%92ostre

There are those who say the goddess and the pagan festival, Eosturmonath, were made up by the Venerable Bede.

https://www.godchecker.com/germanic-mythology/EOSTRE/

Now Baldmichael put his thinking cap on and started to look more closely at this. I tried anagramming. Most enlightening as usual.

Eostre – ‘Eros et’, Eros meaning ‘god of love and sex’ and et meaning ‘and’ from the French.

Eosturmonath – ‘anoestrum hot’ – meaning anoestrum ‘no sex’ and hot meaning hot! Strictly anoestrum means between heat periods as in animals ‘in heat’ or sexually active. You can look it up.

Or possibley ‘Eostur’ and ‘monath’. As anagram ‘Eros tu’, meaning Eros you, tu as in French ‘tu’ meaning you. Thus ‘Eros you’ or ‘you Eros’.

Monath may be as in ‘monathtry’, like monastery, but with a lisp!!

Now perhaps the Bede was not thinking quite along those lines, but I think he was ‘taking the pith’ as the lisper might say. Therefore I conclude he was making a joke which helps pass the time when there is no sex in a monastery (supposedly)!

Traditionally there has been a period of fasting during Lent, a period of 40 days before Easter when food was often scarce any way. But fasting can be very useful to get rid of toxins built up during the winter months when sunlight is low and vitamin D levels are severely depleted (usually).

Anyway, overtime such jokes made by bored monks or others get magnified by so-called academics who take the story seriously, or those who get the joke and wish to embellish it and see how many fall for it. Which is funny in itself.

Easter eggs and bunnies are associated with Easter. Well, there seems much sense in saying that eggs tend to be laid again by the chickens who take the winter off given half a chance. And rabbits who start producing their litters of babies.

We mustn’t forget that the eggs themselves tend to hatch out and produce cute chicks (cute chicks can be pretty women, but that’s another story!).

These matters are a fact of life, and can be readily observed by those with access to the countryside and farming.

Talking of countryside, there are the villages of High Easter and Good Easter in Essex, part of the Roding valley up which I have cycled; a long time ago it seems now. Good Easter is quietly attractive I believe, as I imagine is High Easter. I love the Essex countryside. It is a lovely calm backwater of England, my beloved England.

Apparently Easter means ‘sheep fold’ – see

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Easter

High means just that, high up, or relatively high as there are not many parts of Essex that can be considered of any great height.

And Good means, well, good as far as I can tell. So a good part of England then. Makes good sense to me. I say it is good anyway.

But what about Jesus Christ? Well, Easter could be ‘e aster’ as in ‘He a star’ – aster means ‘star’.

And so He is, he is a star. He is one of the Morning Stars who sang together at the dawn of time. He rose again in the morning, at dawn. Perhaps just before dawn so he could see her again, Dawn with a capital ‘D’. He had missed her for 3 days it seems.

And as He is still so well known about in the world, despite the best efforts of Satan and his cronies to hide the facts, He may be considered a star. Like a celebrity only far better than most who are given the title nowadays.

This is because He is humble yet strong, upright and compassionate, a real man among men. And because He is bright, witty, intelligent, a real gent, a royal gentle man. A king of kings, of the throne of King David’s line in Israel.

You can look these statements up yourselves to check what I say, as others have said much about him.

And He came to life again, raised up on the command of the heavenly Father who would not let His Son’s body decay in the tomb.

Such a life He promises to those who follow Him, into His sheepfold, the High and Good Easter. Which is why we have much to celebrate this Easter, which we can do every day in any event.

But it is good to have special days when the weather improves after the cold and relative greyness of winter. And giving gifts is always a good thing, as long as they do not become our ‘gods’.

After all why give thanks to things which are only things, rather than the giver who is God. But who is God?

Why, the heavenly Father who loves to give good things to His Children, despite Satan and his children’s attempts to denigrate Him. How does He give us these things?

Why, through His children, the angels low, of course, both those you see (you and I) and His unseen children, the angels high, who guide us when we listen. So you can and should thank the giver always. If you should be given something you can’t use, pass it on to someone who needs it.

If the gift is not useable for some reason (which is sometimes the case), try being gently honest with the giver so that you encourage them to give something more suitable next time.

But the Father gave His Son that we might have life and have it to the full as Jesus says. A new life, a bit like that we see around us at this time of year, especially if we live in the countryside.

Simnel cakes are often baked at this time and served at Easter. I see form my Cloud and can just smell that my wife down below has baked one. I heard her say that it has risen well.

Like Jesus, The Star, The Celebrity, the Bright Morning Star. He has risen. Hallelujah, He is risen.

Hallelujah indeed!

P.S. I like chocolate – indeed I have written about it in a page C is for…..Chocolate

I like bunnies and chicks too (of both kinds of course as I am a Man!). Men do not have to be macho to be strong.

I like eggs as well. So I have no problem with Easter gifts. I just won’t make them my gods, that’s all.

If you wish to find out about Good Friday which I had hoped to post on the day I will have a page link here shortly all being well.

And look out for the ‘Mark of the Beast’ coming soon!

John of God

8th March 2021

I have been struggling with my energy of late. Personally, I blame the Germans who 80 years ago were pushing back the British forces in North Africa at this time. As I have referred to elsewhere, we seem to be following a repeat of World War 2, only in a different format.

Which may sound mad, put perhaps not as mad as John of God was at times it seems. You can find out about him on Wikipedia. All quotes from the article.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_God

I have not tried to double check other documents as it might not be true and then I wouldn’t be able to have some fun with this. And I could do with some more fun.

He apparently died on March 8, 1550. He was born ‘João Duarte Cidade’, in Portugal, so he was a ‘Port you geezer’ (geezer is slang for man).

Wikipedia says

One day, when John was eight years of age, he disappeared. Whether he had been deliberately kidnapped, or whether he had been seduced from his home by a cleric who had been given hospitality in the home, is not clear.

Given what goes on in the Roman Catholic Church today I am not surprised.

He was later abandoned and eventually taken in by Francisco Mayoral who must have been a kind man.

Apparently

The farmer was so pleased with Cidade’s strength and diligence that he wanted him to marry his daughter and to become his heir. When he was about 22 years of age, to escape his master’s well-meant, but persistent, offer of his daughter’s hand in marriage

John refused, presumably because a hand wasn’t much good to him as he had two already. Or more likely as he had some memory of his family’s once prominent position and thought he could do better.

Anyway, he became a soldier and was at one time ‘…appointed to guard an enormous amount of loot, much of which had been rifled by the time he was relieved. Suspicion naturally fell on Cidade; even if he had not been involved in the theft, at the least he was guilty of dereliction of duty. He was condemned to death, and that would have been his fate had not some more tolerant officer intervened to win his pardon.’

It does seem rather odd; if he stole it, surely he might have run away. Or was he just easily distracted and taken advantage of? Or is the whole thing concocted?

Again

Cidade experienced a major religious conversion on Saint Sebastian’s Day (January 20) of 1537, while listening to a sermon by John of Ávila, a leading preacher of the day who was later to become his spiritual director and would encourage him in his quest to improve the life of the poor.

And

At the age of 42, he had what was perceived at the time as an acute mental breakdown.

Note the age of 42, the ultimate answer to everything, apparently. See link if you are interested.  42 – The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything

Again

Moved by the sermon, he soon engaged in a public beating of himself, begging mercy and wildly repenting for his past life.

Now, I can see repenting is a good idea for past misdemeanours but public beating is taking things a bit far.

Still better than the treatment which was to be

…. incarcerated in the area of the Royal Hospital reserved for the mentally ill and received the treatment of the day, which was to be segregated, chained, flogged, and starved.

Which was very kind of the hospital. It is marginally better nowadays I believe. They tend not to chain you, flog you or starve you.

However, they do try poisoning you instead with drugs like risperidone though which all too often leaves you constipated in mind and body. Try looking this up and you will see what I mean.

Next

Cidade was visited by John of Avila, who advised him to be more actively involved in tending to the needs of others rather than in enduring personal hardships. John gained peace of heart, and shortly after left the hospital to begin work among the poor.

John of Avila seems a sensible chap. I can imagine the conversation from an English point of view. ‘ Now look here old chap, the public beating was all very well, but others seem to take a dim view of it and are rather more adept at it than you are. Why not try looking after the poor instead, there’s a good fellow?’

Cidade then apparently had a vision of Mary (I assume the article means Mary who gave birth to Jesus of Nazareth) who encouraged him to work with the poor.

So

When John began to put into effect his dream, because of the stigma attached to mental illness, he found himself misunderstood and rejected.

Typical. Try to do something kind and people don’t understand. Jesus of Nazareth had the same problem. Mind you he also told them the truth, and there are some people (usually so-called authorities) who don’t like this.

Which is partly why Jesus was flogged and crucified.

We read

To put a stop to his custom of exchanging his cloak with any beggar he chanced to meet, Sebastian Ramirez, Bishop of Tui, had a religious habit made for him, which was later adopted in all its essentials as the religious garb of his followers, and the bishop imposed on him for all time the name given him by the Infant Jesus, John of God.

Presumably the ‘religious habit’ was so uncomfortable that any beggar took one look at it and said in effect ‘No thanks, I’d rather be cold’.

Eventually John of God founded Brothers Hospitallers. As a consequence

One mark of honour to his labours is that this Order has been officially entrusted with the medical care of the pope.

Not sure what the current pope is up to then if the following is correct

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/newark-archbishop-pedophile-theodore-mccarrick-pope-b1720373.html

Perhaps the Francis is suffering from mental illness.

Anyway, it says later that John was ‘canonized by Pope Alexander VIII.’ I thought this meant fired. But apparently not.

Well, there you are. João Duarte Cidade a.k.a John of God. Rather mad perhaps initially, but if you have been abducted and perhaps abused at 8 years old is one surprised. Takes time and healing to get over that.

For his legacy the article says

The Order maintains a presence in 53 countries, operating more than 300 hospitals, services, and centers serving a range of medical needs in addition to mental health and psychiatry. The Family of Saint John of God, as those who commit to his vision are called, is made up of more than 45,000 members, Brothers and Co-workers, and supported by tens of thousands of benefactors and friends who identify with and support the work of the Order for sick and needy people across the world.

Jesus says

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.’

So Jesus’s true followers still doing that it seems. Perhaps raising the dead as in physical bodies may or may not be true. But as far as I am concerned, trying to wake those dead to what’s going on in the world today is true.

And uncovering the madness and lies going on. I consider the world has gone mad these last 12 months over the ‘flu as I have said elsewhere.

So do ponder over John of God and his experiences.

I reckon some of it must be true.