Do Not Be Frightened, In Any Way, By Your Adversaries…
Do Not Be Frightened, In Any Way, By Your Adversaries… by Rory – The Daily Coin
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. Philippians 1:28 (KJV)
or said another way – You’re not in anyway terrified by your adversary, which is, to them, proof of their destruction.
I have been following Chris Duane, Truth Never Told, Sons of Liberty and Silver Shield for a number of years. For me it has been a great learning experience and, for a short period, Chris found himself on a bit of a roller coaster when he awakened entangled with a ponzi scheme criminal. Since truth, and love, always win Chris picked himself up, set the record straight and has gone on to produce some of the coolest silver medallions and bars to be found anywhere.
Some of the designs Chris has developed himself while others have been designed by some of the greatest coin sculptors to be found, like Heidi Wastweet, Heidi’s work stands out in a crowd like the first female coin she designed for the Silver Shield series Freedom Girl, pictured below. The striking beauty of her stoic face is as captivating as Mona Lisa herself.
This is not why I ask you here today, but it is a good way to capture your attention! We have much bigger fish to fry.
God had originally reached out to me around age 5-6 but, of course, I completely ignored the call and it would be about 35 years later that I would finally open the door.
When I was just barely 13 years old I was already smoking weed, cigarettes and by age 14 had drank enough beer to throw up for the first time. This debauchery continued until age 40, at which time, I was beat down far enough to submit. The bottom had been achieved and with no where else to turn, I turned to God. Thank goodness I did, otherwise, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to write these words today. Over the past several years my life has been transformed by the Holy Spirit.
Fast forward to age 44 and, after being clean and sober for 4 years and writing poetry, painting, building sculptures and drawing for more than 20 years I turned to hard core research. Devouring websites, books and manuscripts like most people devour ice cream on a hot day. I dove into economics, finance, money, currency and precious metals. This led to where I sit today, at age 56, with this website, happily married and developing a fantastic relationship with Jesus Christ.
A few weeks ago Chris Duane offered up one of his “blitz sales” and the coin that was on offer was the Crucifixion Coin – stunning to say the least and if you are a follower of Jesus Chris, then it has meaning to boot.
I decided to pick up a handful for myself and few for the people at my church as to share the Good News. I felt this would be a way to show them my appreciation for the good work they do and to open the door to Gods money, real money, generational wealth.
When I handed the first of four coins out the person ask me about the “INRI” and I explained it was painted on the plaque above Jesus’ head on the cross. I wasn’t exactly sure what it meant and why it was there; so, I looked it up.
The Latin abbreviation INRI can be traced back to the sign that Pilate had nailed to the cross of Jesus. John 19:19-20 states, “Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.’ Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek.”
John 19:19-20 – 19 Pilate ralso wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for sthe place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek.
In Latin, the phrase “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” would have been translated “Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum.” The first letter of each word creates the abbreviation INRI. Throughout history, art displaying Jesus on the cross has included Pilate’s sign, using INRI as an abbreviated form. In medieval Europe, these four letters were sufficient to communicate the idea that originated in the Gospel accounts.
Was the abbreviation INRI written on the sign posted above the head of Jesus on the cross? Probably not. John’s Gospel indicates the words were written out for others to read. John 19:21-22 says, “So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, ‘Do not write, “The King of the Jews,” but rather, “This man said, I am King of the Jews.”‘ Pilate answered, ‘What I have written I have written.'” Since the Jews protested the wording, it is clear the full text of the phrase had been used.
I explained the basic version – “King of the Jews” – to my friend and his response was “oh, interesting”. I wasn’t sure about his response but I presume the explanation I offered was satisfactory to his curiosity.
I then passed out the remaining three and this is the reason for writing this article. The reverse of this spectacular medallion is covered in a tightly knit design that, to someone that is not familiar with Duane’ work, or any of the symbolism he uses, this can look like a hot-mess. Before we get into the symbolism I want to introduce you to Bill Johnson, pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, CA.. Bill Johnson is one of those rare humans that can raise your knowledge base by simply being in your presence – even online.
“What you tolerate, will dominate“. ~ anonymous – I love this phrase as it is one of those sayings that is pure truth.
I want to provide you with a glimpse of what I see when I look at this coin, it is important to build some context with which I view it. Symbolism is extremely important to our world and to understand the impact of these symbols I wanted to have Mr Johnson share a story with you to frame the image.
The video that was chosen was removed by Bethel. Not sure why, because it was a remarkable service delivered by Bill Johnson. As of September 18, 2018 it is no longer available. What a shame they decided not to share this message with the world.
Grammer, Logic and Rhetoric – the trivium. These are the three standards of intelligence for humans. These standards are not to be changed and we are not to deviant from them. We are bound to them, if we choose, to raise ourselves to the “next level”. By utilizing these three pivot points, that are inherent in most all human beings, our entire lives we should find ourselves rising to the next level until the day our bodies die.
These gifts from God allow us to create a higher self, a self that is always reaching to new heights of intellect. Through the process of continual achievement we naturally bring the people around us along for the ride. The ones that are closest to us must begin achieving higher highs of intellect or the relationship will simply end. This is how it works. By going back to the Source and focusing on the Source our Spirit is lifted higher. One can not stop it from happening, it is by God’s design that it works this way.
Matthew 10 King James Version (KJV)
10 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover are the four elements instilled in man by God’s hand. If we are intended to do as Jesus’ directs we need to continually improve these tools He has provided. I can not imagine attempting to tackle these situations, which we are commanded to do, without having His power and authority channeled through these elements of manliness.
If you wish to utilize the “last generations knowledge” then, please feel free to do as you believe. If you want to achieve your highest self, well, that’s what going back to the fundamentals is all about. Going back to the Word, the Good News from the original source and following His lead.
The reverse of the this silver coin created by Chris Duane is layered with God’s word, God’s love and masculine energy. The layers of intertwined symbols create a mesh of beauty, thought and meaning that is difficult to ignore and has the ability to transfix one’s gaze. The sword in the middle and the flames around the perimeter moves one’s eye around the entire surface. Here is a short video, by Chris, to explain all the symbols.
Getting back to God is all that matters. In Jesus’ name, we pray.