Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV) The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Commissioned men receive a sword, the symbol of a trained warrior, of a man expected to lead others. The sword is a weapon of battle and the giving of a sword to Commissioned men is recognition that they are now armed for battle, to fight for the souls of men.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOUR COUNTRY LATELY?
Former LT Jason Redman joined the Navy on September 11, 1992 and spent 11 years as an enlisted SEAL. Jason headed to Old Dominion University in August of 2001, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He completed his time with the Hampton Roads Naval ROTC as Student Battalion Commanding Officer before he was commissioned in May of 2004 as a Naval SEAL Officer.
In May of 2006, he graduated from the grueling US Army Ranger School and deployed to Fallujah, Iraq the following year. In September of 2007 while acting as Assault Force Commander to capture an Al Qaeda High Value Individual, LT Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he was severely wounded in the ensuing firefight.
While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, LT Redman hung a bright orange sign on his door, which became a statement for wounded warriors everywhere. This sign gained national recognition and now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the Bethesda Medical Center. After 37 surgeries, Jason uses his positive attitude to motivate others and to continue to raise awareness of the sacrifices of America’s military forces and their families. This drive led him to create Wounded Wear, a Non-Profit organization designed to provide clothing kits and clothing modifications to America’s wounded warriors, and to promote awareness throughout the country of the sacrifices that wounded service members have made in the name of freedom. More>
US Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret “Jesus” Bible Codes|
Jan 18, 2010
By JOSEPH RHEE, TAHMAN BRADLEY and BRIAN ROSS via Nightline
Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the U.S. military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found. The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.
U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious “Crusade” in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.
One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” More>
Since the video above was made in 2010 I researched the net to see of the “Bible Codes” have been removed and the article below answered my question.
Trijicon Agrees to Remove Codes from Scopes
There will be some that do not think that these two articles are related but I choose to think they are very much related. We are all commissioned to spread the WORD and save souls but as Jesus said, we will be persecuted for doing so. Our Military is facing more persecution today than every for their religious beliefs. “The religious persecution is happening,” one pastor said. “It’s getting bigger every day. Gay and lesbian airmen can talk about their lifestyle, but the rest have to stay completely quiet about what they believe.”
Soldiers who desperately need to rely on their faith in G-d to keep them going are being reprimanded if they do so. One in particular I read about is Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk. A 19-year veteran who was punished after he refused to tell his lesbian commander his position on gay marriage. ( An article by Todd Starnes at: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/09/30/airmen-say-air-force-is-punishing-evangelical-christians/ )
Jesus said, “Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32,33).