Mary was chosen by God as blessed to bring into this world our Lord and Saviour, God's Son, raised by Joseph and Mary, Jesus Christ. "The Holy Family" was God's starting point to bring us all into God's Eternal Family. God chose to live with the love and care of this family for 30 years before He began to share the reality of His Kingdom with the world.
Roman Catholics the world over (just recently crossed the 1 Billion mark in terms of parishioners) have been praying The Rosary (Crown of Roses) for over 800 years. A form of Christian devotional prayer, includes prayers, such as "the Lord's Prayer", "the Hail Mary", "the Magnificat". Customarily uses 'rosary' beads as a form of discipline. The "Hail Mary" is "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women, and Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus." Luke 1:26-38
In the Eastern Orthodox Church this song was written by Early Church Father St Athanasius:
"Today is the beginning of our salvation, And the revelation of the eternal mystery! The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin As Gabriel announces the coming of Grace.Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos:"Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!"
Non-Catholic Christians tend to less emphasis on the miraculous value and importance of God's decision to choose Mary and Joseph as His Holy Family for the raising of His Son, Jesus. Communion also tends to be more a memorial than a Table to meet with the Lord. However, renewal through the Eucharist/Communion is needed in all of Christendom by all branches worldwide in preparation for the Lord's Return! Jesus is and will completely answer the prayer of John 17. For "Jerusalem which above is free, is the mother of us all." The hope of the Resurrection is realized through (See John 6:25-68) Communion. Galatians 4:26
Affiliated with this historic approach to devotional praying are "The 20 Mysteries" in 4 Categories. The Rosary has developed organically with changes and developments over the centuries.
parousia: a presence, a coming
Original Word: παρουσία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (par-oo-see'-ah)
Short Definition: presence, a coming, arrival, advent
Definition: (a) presence, (b) a coming, an arrival, advent, especially of the second coming of Christ.HELPS Word-studies
3952 parousía (from parōn, "be present, arrive to enter into a situation") – properly, coming, especially the arrival of the owner who alone can deal with a situation (cf. LS). 3952 (parousía) is a "technical term with reference to the visit of a king or some other official, 'a royal visit' " (Souter) – "hence, in the NT, specifically of the Advent or Parousia of Christ" (A-S).
[3952 (parousía) is "used in the east as a technical expression for the royal visit of a king, or emperor. The word means literally 'the being beside,' thus, 'the personal presence' " (K. Wuest, 3, Bypaths, 33).]
A prophecy against Egypt: See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.
"In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.
"And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.
On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
"Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
"Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.
"At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.
and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."
1 Corinthians 15:52
in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
2 Corinthians 12:2
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know--God knows.
2 Corinthians 12:4
was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.
1 Thessalonians 3:13
May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
1 Thessalonians 4:17
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
1 Thessalonians 4:18
Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 5:10
He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
"Look, he is coming with the clouds," and "every eye will see him, even those who pierced him"; and all peoples on earth "will mourn because of him." So shall it be! Amen.
Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
From http://www.parousiaband.com/parousia "Parousia" In Scripture
Many of you have asked us what "Parousia" means. To help you to better understand, here is a website we found that explains the meaning of the Greek word, “Parousia,” much better than we can put into words.
We encourage everyone to prayerfully conduct his/her own search for the full meaning of this word, as the Lord is more than able to lead and direct your own understanding by His Holy Spirit. We are not endorsing this website and all of its contents, nor do we state that we agree entirely to all that is found there; it is simply a link that explains “Parousia” more fully than we can, and God can give the reader his/her own revelation in its beautiful meaning as He guides you in your search.
Also, we are not affiliated with any particular doctrines associated with this word. It is a beautiful word, and is a blessed hope for us all, as Believers and followers of Jesus Christ, and the Word Living God.
Following are some scriptures where Parousia is used in the Bible (we have placed the Greek word in the stead of the English one in each verse where it is found), and for those of you that read a Scofield Study Bible, you will find "Parousia" referenced within his commentary notes:
Matt. 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy parousia, and of the end of the world?
Matt. 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the parousia of the Son of man be.
Matt. 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the parousia of the Son of man be.
Matt. 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the parousia of the Son of man be.
1Cor. 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his parousia.
1Thess 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his parousia?
1Thess 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the parousia of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
1Thess. 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the parousia of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Thess. 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the parousia of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Thess. 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the parousia of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him
2Thess. 2:8,9 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his parousia: Even him, whose parousia is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders
James 5:7,8 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the parousia of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the parousia of the Lord draweth nigh.
2Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and parousia of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
2Peter 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his parousia? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation
2Peter 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the parousia of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
1John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his parousia.
Again, Lord bless you all, and we sincerely hope that we may always be a blessing and a tool of God to aid and encourage people in their walk as they search God’s Word with open minds and willing hearts. Enjoy the journey!
They believed because they saw His glory revealed to them in having Communion from house to house. They watched how His reality became their reality. Jesus is the Word made flesh and His essence is love providing the way into His presence (the truth) where we encounter Him as our (bread) of life.
This life is the light as Jesus is the light of the world. (John 1) In His presence there is no darkness and no shadow, The laws of physics (the natural realm) are replaced by the law of the Spirit of life (His super-natural realm - the realm of Hi Kingdom). Here we encounter the 'truth' of His 'reality', eternal wonders and mysteries filled with limitless grace and eternal, heart-pounding love.
Alétheia: Truth - Definition: truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.from 227 /alēthḗs, "true to fact" – properly, truth (true to fact), reality.[In ancient Greek culture, 225 (alḗtheia) was synonymous for "reality" as the opposite of illusion, i.e. fact.] Truth is to: Realize Recognize and Perceive the Truth, the Reality of Fact
When we encounter Jesus, we get a taste of His "eternal reality". It is more real than the chair you are sitting in. His reality is almost too good! In His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. When we think of Him, having tasted His presence, we have perfect, complete peace. This is His peace. It has no toxins, no corruption, no guilt, no shame, no condemnation. His peace triggers the work of healing, restoration, provision, renewal and it revives us again and again in His real, true eternal presence and power deepening our Communion with Him. "He died, rose and revived that He might be Lord of your life." Romans 14:9
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (the reality of the presence of Jesus).
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth (eternal forgiveness, healing, provision we find in His presence) came by Jesus Christ.
But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth (The presence of Jesus): for the Father seeks such to worship him.
John 8:32, 36
And you shall know the truth (the reality of My presence), and the truth (reality of my presence in your life) shall make you free... If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth (the true, eternal reality), and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.
Kim Walker-Smith Encounters CommunionFire!?
And all of the sudden—and let me just remind you again, okay? This is not a normal thing for me to just have these encounters, but I have one and I just live off of that until the next one (laughs). So, I had this encounter, all the sudden I see Jesus standing in front of me and He’s reaching for me like this (gestures)—like He wants me to come to Him. And, I was terrified. I—I felt like I couldn’t go to where He was. I felt—I felt ashamed, I felt scared, I felt like I didn’t deserve to be close to Him. I couldn’t even look Him in the face. And Jesus (laughs) is completely irresistible. I always say there are three things that are completely irresistible to me. One is, of course, Jesus. Number two is my husband. And number three is chocolate (laughs, audience laughs) Completely irresistible.
Anyways, (pause) so, irresistible, I go to Jesus, I fall in His arms. And as I’m laying in His arms, I’m still feeling kind of afraid to really even look at Him. All the sudden this thought comes into my mind, and I know this is not my thought. I would never, ever, ever in a million, trillion years think this; and I think, “I need to ask Him two questions.” I need to ask Him, “How much do You love me; and what were You thinking when You created me?” And as this thought comes into my mind, I’m thinking, “No way! I am not asking those questions.”
Now, here’s what you need to know about me, and why I’m so afraid to ask those questions. One is, when I was a little girl, I’d heard someone say something; and long story short, I got it in my head somehow that I was a mistake. I thought that I was supposed to be born a boy; but I was born a girl, and God made a really big mistake. And now here I am, just this big mistake, and I literally believed that my entire life. And to ask God, “What were You thinking when you created me?” I really believed that He would say to me, “Well, I made a mistake. And I was trying to make a boy, and came out a girl; and, now I’m just trying to make the best out of a bad situation.” (shrugs, audience laughs) I know, it sounds ridiculous, huh? That’s really what I believed; it’s crazy! And then to ask Him, “How much do You love me?” I felt like He’d say, “Well, you’re a mistake, so how much could I love you? I mean, I think you’re okay.”
So, now (pause) now I feel like the little kid that just got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. That’s how I feel; I feel completely exposed. I felt so angry, like, “Anthony, you just said it out loud in front of everybody—now everybody knows; and He (points to the sky) probably heard you!” (audience laughs) Now I have to ask! I was so upset. And finally, I’m just—I’m trembling, and I can see myself in Jesus’ arms just—just trembling and shaking—I can’t even look at Him. And finally, I get the courage—and let me tell you my courage was about this big (holds up finger and thumb to show a pinch)—and thank the Lord, that is all you need; you just need that much courage, okay? I finally say, “How much do You love me?” (motions pulling back) I’m kinda’ scared.
I mean, this is what’s going through my head. I know this sounds crazy, but, these are the kinds of lies that I was believing. And all the sudden, out loud, in the natural—outside of my vision—k, over the microphone, Anthony Skinner says, “You need to ask God two questions.” And my heart starts pounding, “What?” “You need to ask God, ‘How much do You love me?’ And, ‘What were You thinking when You created me?’” (feigns shocked look) “What?!” (audience applauds)
And all the sudden, Jesus puts me down (laughs) and He starts stretching out his arms, k. They’re each going out each way; and it looked like Stretch Armstrong. And a lot of times I say Stretch Armstrong and some of the younger people don’t know who I’m talking about, okay? He was a superhero; and by the way—that makes me feel old, and I am not old, okay? (audience laughs) So, if you don’t know who Stretch Armstrong is you need to Google him. But he was, like, a superhero; and his arms and legs and stuff they’d like stretch out like spaghetti noodles—like forever. And you’re, like, falling off a cliff and he’d be like (makes stretching motions) and, like, save you, okay?
So Jesus, k, His arms are like stretching out forever and ever, and I’m looking and looking and I can’t see the ends. I can’t see where it’s ending; and he starts laughing, and he goes, “I love you this much ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!” And He’s laughing hysterically. (audience laughs) And then, I start laughing. I’m cracking up. I’m—I’m suddenly like—I’m—I’m becoming like so full of joy; and I’m just like, “What?! You love me that much?!” I can’t even see the ends—it’s going on forever and ever and ever. Oh my goodness, I can’t—“You love me that much?”
This—this crazy happiness is like welling up inside of me and I’m laughing with him and—and in the end of it, I’m like, “You know what? I’m good. I don’t need to ask that other question. Nah; hey, I’m good. Hey, we made some great progress today. This has been wonderful. We should do this again, sometime. Thank you, Jesus, thank you.” Like, this is how I am, okay? And a few months later; a few months, I’m at the prayer house and it’s like really early in the morning. I—I like to go there when the sun was coming up, and I’d—I’d just sit and pray and watch the sun come up. Which by the way--that is a miracle in itself because I am not a morning person.
There’s like this period of time in my life where—I don’t know, it’s just the Lord, but—anyway, so I’m there, and nothing is going on, you know, out of the ordinary. I’m just sitting and reading the Bible. And all—I—I have my—my back to the door; and all the sudden I feel the presence of the Lord literally walk into the room. And I just (catches her breath)—I mean—I—I suddenly felt this—almost like a—the fear of the Lord. This—this trembling inside of me. And I can feel Him walking towards me, close to me; and I suddenly had this revelation: He has come for that question. (audience laughs)
And I am freaking out; and there is nowhere to go. There is only one door and it is on the other side of Him; (laughs) and I am stuck. And I feel Him just come right up to me. His presence is so strong I can’t even turn. I’m just sitting there like this; and just—my heart is pounding and I feel him saying, “Kim, please, ask me that question.” And I’m like, “Ooh, hello Jesus. Good morning. I’m great. I don’t need to ask that question, I’m doing so good. Have You seen how good I’m doing, lately?” (laughs) The nervous laugh. And, Jesus is like, “Please, please, ask Me that question.”
“Ah, you know, I’m good. I’m good, Jesus. Hey, hey, you know what? It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all cool. We’re cool; we’re cool Jesus.” And I feel Him again, “Please, please ask me that question.” And again, He was completely irresistible. And I fall on the floor; I start sobbing—like I do in His presence—and I finally say to Him, “Jesus, what were You thinking when You created me?” And suddenly; I’m standing with Jesus. And just in front of me is God the Father and He’s got a table in front of Him; and He reaches into His heart and He rips this chunk off of His heart, and He throws it on the table.
And it’s suddenly, like, clay or Play-Doh. And He starts molding it and shaping it, and I’m like, “Jesus, (pointing) what is He doing? Wh—What’s He making? What is He making?” And all of the sudden I see—He makes me! I’m there—on the table. And He reaches over; and He grabs this box and brings it over, and He sets me inside the box. And, you know those little jewelry boxes that little girls have; where you open it up and it plays music, and the little ballerina, like, twirls? Hello? Do you know what I’m talking about? (laughs) No? Do they not make those anymore? (audience laughs)
My goodness. I’m not old, k? (audience laughs) And um, it was a box like that. And He shuts the box; and He gets in front of it. (crouches) And He’s like really excited. Kinda’ looks around, and He opens the box,real fast like that! (motions upward) And when He does, inside, I start twirling, and dancing, and singing to Him and worshiping Him. And He goes, “Woohoo! Woooo!” (acts like running around) He, like, runs around—He runs around and He comes back, and He closes the box, And He’s like (looks side to side grinning as audience laughs and then motions upward). And He throws it open again and He’s like, “Woohoo!” And He starts running around in circles again, and He comes back over, and He closes it again.
An—And—I mean this is going on, and on, and on, and on; and it’s so crazy! He’d get so excited every single time. It reminded me of those little kids with the jack-in-the-box; and they’re, like, shocked every single time it pops up, as if they don’t know it’s going to do that? Right? It was like that. It’s like--it’s like He was so surprised, and so happy, every single time. And I’m—I’m standing with Jesus watching this going, (takes deep breath) “What is happening? What is—what is this? Why—why is He so happy?” And all the sudden, He reaches in the box, and He picks me up. And He puts me in the palm of His hand; and I go, from being (pause) there—watching with Jesus—to being in the palm of the Father’s hand. And, He’s bringing me close to Him; like this. (draws her palm towards her)
And I’m watching like, “What’s happening? What’s going on?” I’m getting, like, closer and closer. And all the sudden I see His heart; and I see this outline in His heart. It was that spot where He’d ripped that chunk off of His heart. And, as I’m getting closer and closer—all the sudden—He just slides me right into that spot; and I fit like a perfect puzzle piece. It was, like, a perfect fit. And as I’m sitting there—in His heart—He just says to me, “Kim, this is what I was thinking when I created you. I created you from this place, right here. I knew exactly what I was doing. You are not a mistake. You are, made perfectly how I imagined and designed. I made you simply because you make me happy. You bring me joy. And guess what? You—I think you’re funny. You make me laugh.”
This is what He’s telling me. And He says, “This is the place where I created you from; and this is the place where I have brought you back, and this is the place where you stay. Right here, in My heart, in My presence.” And all of the lies just dissipated like that; they melted away. All the lies were—were just completely gone. And in one moment, my entire life changed. I could never be the same after that. (audience applauds) One encounter with God’s love; that’s all it takes. And we were created to respond to His love. I really believe that—just my opinion—the best worship, is the worship where everyone in the room encounters God’s presence, and releases the worship that’s inside of them.
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