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This set of cards is called, in Poker, Dead Man’s Hand, that was held in the hand of Wild Bill Hickok a noted gunfighter in the Old West.  Before he could lay his hand down he was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall, August 2, 1876.  Although it is not known for sure if Wild Bill Hickok actually held these particular cards.  The notoriety of that event is forever enshrined in the  history.

Poker is a card game born out of the Old West to while away the boredom of life.  It is a game of chance the object of which is to bluff your opponent into thinking you have a better hand.  Five cards are dealt and you play your best hand and call the bet.  We will never know what the fifth card was that Wild Bill Hickok was holding.  The hand he was holding is two pairs of ranks. Not much of a hand to boast about.   If you were holding 3 Kings and a pair of tens, called a Full house, you would take the bet played on the table.  There are several different versions of Poker games that you can play.  There is one called Texas Hold Em,  Seven Card Stud and Five Card Stud plus several other versions of Poker.

So before the cards are shuffled the dealer announces to everyone around the table what the Poker game is that you are playing. Everybody hears the voice of the dealer and agrees but as usually is the case there’s always someone who wants to change the rules.

I know the Lord plays poker He gave us the rules of the game it called Life.  Your set of cards are 66 books in the deck.  There are however only two hands you can play.  You can either be holding the Dead Man’s Hand or you can be holding a Full House.  The bets on the table are high.  The stakes are higher if you win you have eternal life if you lose eternal damnation.  You are not going to be able to call mitigating circumstances after you are called to show your hand.  The dealer has already gave you the rules of the game they are immutable.

We all play Poker every day all week-long.  Once you leave your house for the day you are wearing your Poker face.  If you are married you play poker with your wife.  You bet on a lie, bluffing, she does not know that, you’re doing alright, until she calls your hand either you win or you lose your bet.  We do the same to others we meet in our daily walk.  You meet a friend and he tells you that he just bought a new car.  You first question will usually be, “Hey I would like to see it”.  You are calling him to place his cards on the table.  Your calling his bluff you can only lose if he produces the truth his statement.

Walking through a church door is like playing Poker you are comfortable with what the Sheppard is teaching you.  We never ask to call his bluff.  Is he telling you the truth or bluffing.  The reason this happens is that we never read and understand the stories of the Old Testament and the New Testament.  That is where you will lose the game like Wild Bill Hickok you’re holding a Dead Man’s Hand.  When you sit before your Father and he calls you to show your hand.  If he does not see the wounds on your wrist.  He going to tell you to depart you are not His son.

Who will the Father call before Him in the Judgement Room?  It is not going to be the unbeliever they are already in the lake of fire.  It is going to be the Gentiles/Muslim (Christian) and the Chosen (Jewish) who will be standing before the Father.  These are the branches of the tree the seed of Abraham.

For Gentiles/ Muslims we come from the seed of Ishmael. He was born of Hagar the slave (Egyptian). The seed of the Jewish people go back to Isaac born of Sarah(Jewish) the free woman.  We all come from the seed of Abraham the Father of all Nations.  This is our assigned lineage by our Lord.  SInce I am a born again Christian I will only deal with the branch of Ishmael.  We as Christians/Muslims are both under the covenant made to Hagar (Egyptian) by the Lord.  We are born of the flesh, selfishness, the core essence of sin.

If you look at Rev. 19: 17-18– The angel of the Lord is telling John to come and eat at the great feast of the Lord.  Then you read the following verse; “That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great”.

In Rev. 19- 7–The marriage of the Lamb a great festival has begun this is before the Great Judgement that befalls everyone.  What Rev. 18 is talking about are the believers that profess Christ but because of their apostasy they have not received the mark on their foreheads or hands.  The Crucifixion to their selflessness.

You look in Mat.24: 6-8;—-And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
   7: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
   8: All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Those that believe in Christ will turn on themselves and start killing each other before the Great Judgement.  This is what you are seeing today the wars within the church the wars between the Christians and the Muslims.  We are going to implode against each other.

Take a look at King Jehoshaphat and the great battle that took place there around Jerusalem 2Ch:22;  ” For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, everyone helped to destroy another”.

The men of Ammon( closely related to the Israelites) and Moab( they were of the same ethnic stock of the Israelites) and the inhabitants of Mount Seir( were related to the Israelites but hated the Jews) were coming in a great army to remove the people of Judea and Jerusalem from their promised land.  The men of the Ammonites and the Moabites knew Yahweh for they were the siblings of Lot,s daughters, born into incest (born of the flesh).  The inhabitants on Mount Seir were the Edomites they worshipped Yahweh plus other gods.

The Ammonites and the Moabites turned on the Edomites and slew them.  Then they decided to turn on each other and destroyed each.  The great spiritual battles you see in Revelation are the battles between all those that say they believe in Yahweh, Christians and Muslims.

So from the seed of Ishmael were are in one of three camps, The Edomites, Ammonites or the Edomites.  Christians and Muslims alike because we all believe in Yahweh.  Because of selfishness we do not know who Christ is.  There is only one way to know Christ that is to learn Him yourself from the Bible.  The priests of the temple love the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Walk back to Zion I,m telling you that you need to go back and learn who Abraham is ,the Father of all Nations and learn of the covenant that the Lord made with all the nations and start your journey there.

Or you are going to be sitting at the card table like the Edomites, Ammonites and the Moabites all who thought they knew Yahweh and your holding the “Dead Man’s Hand”.

Father in the Great Judgement Hall is going to call your bluff to see your hands and if you do not have the mark of the nails or the Crown on your forehead. He is going to cast you away into the lake of fire.  666 is the image of man you have the mark of unbelief on your hands and forehead, selfishness.

It says in Romans 11:  19:19- 25—  It says that the branches of the Tree have been cut off and fallen to the ground.  He did not spare the branches of the Moab, Ammonites or the Edomites remember they all knew Yahweh so they professed.  Those that believe God , he will graft you into the Tree of Life.  During this time the eyes of the Israelites have been blinded till the fullness of the Gentiles comes in.  We are close to the end of the Life and we will all that believe will see the glory of the Lord.

You put a hundred people in a room and deal the cards. I bet only 10 will know who the Lord is. Check out Lot and the story of Sodom and Gomorrah only a remnant will ever hear the voice of the Lord, Gentiles and Jews alike.

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DEAD MAN’S HAND

 “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night”.