NBA Power Rankings: What the second half could have in store for all 30 teams

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  1. Utah Jazz

Previous Ranking: 1 (Same)

Record: 27-9

The Jazz have emerged as true championship contenders, as they are currently the one seed in the West. With some tight competition at the top of the conference, Utah might not be able to secure the one seed, but should be hosting a playoff series come playoff time. With three All Stars in Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and the recently announced replacement Mike Conley, the Jazz shouldn’t be a team treated lightly in the second half.

  1. Brooklyn Nets 

Previous Ranking: 2 (Same)

Record: 24-13

The Nets finally have some time to get healthy over the All Star break. The big three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden have all been banged up and missed time this season, leading to the three playing only five games together so far. The break will give them time to heal, and Brooklyn should be able to keep their momentum to make a push for the one seed in the East.

  1. Phoenix Suns

Previous Ranking: 6 (Up 3)

Record: 24-11

The young Suns team that narrowly missed out on the playoffs last year is currently on pace to easily make it this season thanks to the addition of Chris Paul. Paul and fellow star Devin Booker got All Star selections, which is well deserved for the best players on the most improved team. Phoenix will be in contention for the one seed in the West, but should have home court advantage in the opening round regardless, as they attempt to go on a deep playoff run.

  1. Philadelphia 76ers

Previous Ranking: 5 (Up 1)

Record: 24-12

The 76ers are currently the one seed in the East, but only have a half game lead on the Nets. With two All Stars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, Philly should be able to lock in a top three seed at the very least. Embiid will continue to try and make his case for winning the MVP award, while Simmons makes his case for DPOY.

  1. Los Angeles Lakers

Previous Ranking: 4 (Down 1) 

Record: 24-13

The main thing the Lakers need to do in the second half of the season is to get healthy. Before several key injuries to players like Dennis Schroder, and more importantly Anthony Davis, the Lakers were sitting pretty at the top of the West and our power rankings. LA will need to get healthy if they want a shot at repeating as champions this year.

  1. Los Angeles Clippers

Previous Ranking: 3 (Down 3)

Record: 24-14

The Clippers, despite a recent skid, are still among the top four seeds in the west right now. They should be able to finish in the top four, but the main question is whether they can translate their regular season success to the postseason. Although they have the talent to be contenders, some feel they are imposters because of how they disappeared in the playoffs last season. They will need to prove that they are the real deal this season.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks

Previous Ranking: 7 (Same)

Record: 22-14

The Bucks are in a very similar situation to the Clippers, in which they haven’t really been able to translate their regular season success to the postseason. This time though, they aren’t the best team in the East record wise, and Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t really in conversation for the MVP award. Maybe having the spotlight off them will help Milwaukee succeed in the postseason.

  1. Portland Trail Blazers

Previous Ranking: 9 (Up 1)

Record: 21-14

Portland is another team that should be getting key players back after the all star break. CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic, who were both injured early in the season, should be making a return at some point in the second half of the season. These additions will take a major burden off of Damian Lillard, making Portland a sleeper pick in the West, and a team that no one wants to play in the first round. 

  1. Denver Nuggets

Previous Ranking: 10 (Up 1)

Record: 21-15

Denver should lock up a playoff spot in the second half of the season behind their duo of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Jokic will continue to make his case for the MVP award, and would have a legitimate shot at it if the Nuggets somehow sneak into the top three seeds in the West. Regardless, Denver will be a tough out come playoff time.

  1. San Antonio Spurs

Previous Ranking: 11 (Up 1)

Record: 18-14

One of the biggest surprises of the season has been the success of the Spurs when many, including myself, doubted they would be in playoff contention. The Spurs have continued to be doubted, but this core of young players mixed with solid veterans should be able to find themselves in the postseason when the time comes. It will be a successful season if coach Gregg Popovich can lead this team to a playoff berth.

  1. Dallas Mavericks

Previous Ranking: 14 (Up 3)

Record: 18-16

Dallas has quickly emerged back in the playoff hunt, as they are currently the eight seed. They should be one of many teams fighting for the final spot, and will most likely participate in a play-in game for one of the final two spots. Dallas has had many ups and downs this year, and it would be impressive to see them clinch a playoff spot despite it all.

  1. Golden State Warriors

Previous Ranking: 8 (Down 4)

Record: 19-18

A recent skid has the Warriors currently out of the playoffs right now, but they should be in a tightly contested race down the stretch for one of the final spots. Although they have a chance to make some noise this season, the most important thing is to build chemistry and develop James Wiseman for next season. Next year they will finally get Klay Thompson back and will become true contenders for the title.

  1. Miami Heat

Previous Ranking: 13 (Same)

Record: 18-18

After one of the worst starts to a season, Miami has seemed to get their mojo back, as they are currently sitting at .500 at the All Star break. Jimmy Butler being healthy has paid dividends, as the difference he makes is very clear when he isn’t in the lineup. Miami has set themselves up to be in a similar position as last year, where they could be a team no one wants to really face. 

  1. Boston Celtics

Previous Ranking: 15 (Up 1)

Record: 19-17

The Celtics were able to rattle off four straight wins right before the All Star break to get them back over .500. Boston will look to continue this momentum after the All Star break as they could potentially be getting reinforcements at the deadline. They are rumored to be interested in Nikola Vucevic and Jerami Grant, and both could be significant additions to the Celtics and make them true contenders out of the East.

  1. New York Knicks

Previous Ranking: 16 (Up 1)

Record: 19-18

New York is currently sitting at the sixth seed as they look to finally end their seven season playoff drought. Although they don’t seem like true contenders, making the playoffs would be huge for Knicks fans, as they have been the laughing stock of the NBA for the past few years. If the Knicks can stay around .500, they should have a really good shot to make the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference.

  1. Toronto Raptors

Previous Ranking: 12 (Down 4)

Record: 17-19

After finally getting back to a .500 record, Toronto lost its last two games to dip back to below .500. Despite that, the Raptors should be able to lock up a playoff spot in the second half of the season. The Raptors will look to improve their center rotation at the trade deadline, as that is the true weak spot, and it could help them surge back up the standings. 

  1. Memphis Grizzlies

Previous Ranking: 18 (Up 1)

Record: 16-16

Despite a ton of injuries to key players to start the season, Memphis is sitting with a .500 record at the All Star break. With all the superstar talent in the West, Memphis has flown under the radar and quietly kept their playoff aspirations alive. They currently are in the play in tournament as they sit in the ten seed, and should have a good shot at holding on to that spot.

  1. Charlotte Hornets

Previous Ranking: 19 (Up 1)

Record: 17-18

The Hornets have been a pleasant surprise this season, as many key additions they made in the offseason have panned out. Gordon Hayward has revived his career, and rookie LaMelo Ball has been sensational so far. Charlotte currently sits at the seven seed and is one of several teams that will be fighting for the last two spots in the East. 

  1. Indiana Pacers

Previous Ranking: 17 (Down 2)

Record: 16-19

The Pacers rough stretch has continued, as they are currently the ten seed in the East. This losing trend is worrisome for the Pacers, but ultimately it is tough to see the Pacers missing the playoffs with the talent on their team. They should be getting Caris LeVert back soon, so he should help get them back in the top 8 seeds.

  1. Chicago Bulls

Previous Ranking: 20 (Same)

Record: 16-18

Chicago is another team in the East that is in the hunt for the playoffs. They are currently sitting 2 games under .500 at the ninth seed, but a small winning streak could get them into the eight seed or even higher. At the end of the season though, the Bulls should have a shot at the playoffs with the play-in tournament regardless.

  1. Atlanta Hawks

Previous Ranking: 22 (Up 1)

Record: 16-20

Despite a ton of moves in the last offseason, the Hawks find themselves in a similar position to last year. They have already fired their head coach, Lloyd Pierce, and have lost De’Andre Hunter for the season, but still could force a play in game for the playoffs despite these struggles. However it seems more likely that the Hawks will be back in the lottery at the end of the season.

  1. New Orleans Pelicans

Previous Ranking: 21 (Down 1)

Record: 15-21

The young core in its first season under Stan Van Gundy have certainly disappointed this year. Although they aren’t completely out of the playoff race, it is certainly a long shot in the West, and the Pelicans would need an almost perfect second half to pull it off. Instead the Pelicans should use the second half of the season to see who they are going to keep and who they are going to move in the supporting cast of their two young stars, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.

  1. Washington Wizards

Previous Ranking: 23 (Same)

Record: 14-20

The Wizards have bounced back from an abysmal start, and have somehow found themselves with a shot to make the playoffs. Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook have been playing really good as of late and have put them in position for a solid second half of the season. With some minor moves at the trade deadline, the Wizards could find themselves making a playoff push in the second half.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder

Previous Ranking: 24

Record: 15-21

For a team many projected to be the worst in the league, OKC has done surprisingly well. They have two core guys in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort who they can build around for the future. In the second half of the season, the Thunder should be a competitive team that people can’t take lightly, but ultimately they will most likely miss out on the playoffs and get a lottery pick. 

  1. Sacramento Kings 

Previous Ranking: 25 (Same) 

Record: 14-22

The Kings have fallen out of the playoff picture and will likely miss the playoffs again. Their young core should continue to develop in the second half of the season, as they seem to have found their backcourt of the future in De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton. They will need to go into the offseason looking to improve their frontcourt and surround their young guards with solid players who could help get them into the playoffs come next season.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Previous Ranking: 27 (Up 1)

Record: 14-22

For the second half of the season, the Cavs should look to develop their young players as well. Fortunately, they believe they have found their core for the future in Colin Sexton, Darius Garland, Isaac Okoro, and Jarrett Allen, but will have to look to build around them in the offseason. They will look to get some assets out of Andre Drummond at the deadline to try and kickstart that process.

  1. Orlando Magic

Previous Ranking: 26 (Down 1)

Record: 13-23

Injuries have played a major role in the Magic’s lack of success, and will be a major reason for them missing the playoffs. Orlando should hopefully move Nikola Vucevic, whether it’s at the deadline or in the offseason. They should prioritize developing their young players in the second half of the season, and build a solid young core for the future.

  1. Detroit Pistons

Previous Ranking: 29 (Up 1)

Record: 10-26

Detroit is once again one of the worst teams in the league and will be looking to improve their young core with a high draft pick. The major bright spot on the team has been forward Jerami Grant, who signed with the team in the offseason. Grant is currently the front runner for the Most Improved Player award and has played near an All Star level despite the Pistons lack of success. Expect Grant to continue his good play in the second half of the season as he looks to secure this award. 

  1. Houston Rockets

Previous Ranking: 28 (Down 1)

Record: 11-23

After a promising stretch of games after the James Harden trade, the Rockets have fallen to the bottom of the West and are currently on a 13 game losing streak. They should consider moving some of their veteran pieces, such as Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker at the deadline to get some value for players who aren’t helping them at the moment. From there, they should fully embrace the rebuild, as they have a ton of picks to use in the upcoming drafts.

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves

Previous Ranking: 30 (Same)

Record: 7-29

Minnesota will once again find themselves at or near the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference by the end of this year. The front office should take the second half of the year to really assess the talent they have on the roster. They will need to make some moves in the offseason, as they can’t keep running with a bunch of young draft picks with potential and either need to move some of them to build a core around Karl Anthony-Towns and D’Angelo Russell, or go into a complete rebuild.

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  1. I want to share a message that has been spreading all over the internet that concerns the times we are living in. Whether you believe in God or not, this is a must read message!

    We can see throughout time how we have been slowly conditioned to come to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Would it surprise you to know that the Bible foretold of this event? Don’t believe me? This may be the most imporant message you will read in these times…please do not ignore this!

    This messsage reveals what the Mark of the Beast is, and the meaning behind counting a number people have been pondering for centuries, 666. This message also shares why Barack Obama will be the Antichrist. This is truly a message from God!

    In the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to the apostle John, we read:

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV).

    Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless money society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Why? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast in our right-hand or forehead. We could still buy or sell among one another without receiving the mark if physical money was still currency. It logically deduces itself to this reason.

    These verses could not be referring to something spiritual because the word references two different physical locations (our right-hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one “OR” the other. It once again logically deduces itself to this reason.

    Here is where it really starts to come together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning the RFID microchip. These are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this microchip in the late 1960’s.

    “Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about a one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

    Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

    Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places Revelation says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

    Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16-18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this refers to a hypodermic needle (see photo).

    Mr. Sanders asked a Boston Medical Center doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor responded that if the microchip broke inside a human body, the lithium would cause a severe and painful wound filled with pus. This is what the book of Revelation says:

    “And the first (angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

    THE HIDDEN MEANING BEHIND THE NUMBER 666 REVEALED!

    What I first want to mention, before I share what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me concerning the number of the beast, is that God confirms in threes. We can see this throughout scripture:

    “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 John 5:7 NKJV).

    “and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4 NKJV).

    “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8 NKJV).

    There are many more examples, but I thought I would just share three of them to make the point.

    Examining Revelation 13:16,17,18, the first group of three I would like to point out is that the mark of the beast is described in three separate verses, 16, 17 and 18.

    The next three I see is in verse 16, “He causes all…” is followed by three contrasting categories of people,

    1 – “both small and great,
    2 – rich and poor,
    3 – free and slave…”.

    Then unto verse 17, it opens with, “and that no one may buy or sell except one who has…”, followed by three explanations of what one must have to buy or sell,

    1 – “…the mark
    2 – or the name of the beast,
    3 – or the number of his name”.

    Now unto verse 18, we read “Let him who has understanding calculate…”, which is followed by,

    1 – “the number of the beast,
    2 – for it is the number of a man:
    3 – His number is 666”.

    The last three I see is the number “6” being used three times in a row. The reason I’m making this point about God confirming in three is because it is the key to unlocking how to calculate the number 666.

    Throughout the centuries there have been people trying to calculate numbers based on titles and names that come up to the number 666 to identify one person, the Antichrist; but from Revelation 13:18, I do not see where God is telling us to count up to 666, but rather to count the number of the beast. This number is identified as 666. So the verse is telling us to count the number 666.

    What does it mean to count? It means to add up. So how could we add up 666? Remember my previous point about God confirming in threes is key to unlocking the number 666. So logically, what would be the best way to count the number 666? To count it equally by using the rule of three based off the number.

    We cannot count it equally as 600+60+6, this would also bring us back to the start.

    We cannot count it as 600+600+600, or 60+60+60 because there are no zeroes in between or at the end of 666.

    The only logical option is 6+6+6=18.

    What is interesting is that the verse that reveals for us to count the number itself is verse 18 (there a total of 18 verses in Revelation Chapter 13), being the third verse out of the three verses that describe the mark of the beast in Revelation 13:16,17,18. What is 18 divided by 3? 6. So 3×6=18, or 6+6+6=18.

    Another interesting point is the only two other combinations (making a total of three possible combinations) for placing a “+” symbol in between 666 are:

    66+6=72 and 6+66=72.

    Add both 72’s together and you get 144.

    Why the number 144 is worth our attention is because the verse following Revelation 13:18 is the first time in the Bible where the 144,000 are being described in detail:

    “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads…” (Revelation 14:1).

    Now if you add up all three numbers from counting 666 by moving the “+” symbol around, it would be 72+72+18=162. What is compelling about the number 162, is, if you divide 144,000 by 162, you get 888. The name of Jesus in Greek gematria adds up to 888. The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language. Revelation 14:1 not only mentions the 144,000, but also the Lamb who is Jesus.

    Now what is interesting about the number for Jesus, 888, is that if you apply the same formula that was used to count 666, you get 8+8+8=24. Why the number 24? Revelation chapter 4 tells us there are 24 elders seated around the throne of God. This is the same throne where Jesus sits.

    Now if you take:

    8+8+8=24

    8+88=96

    88+8=96

    you get 24+96+96=216.

    Take 144,000 divided by 216 and you get 666.

    Remember that this was the same exact formula we used to count the number 666 that ultimately brought forth the number 888.

    Here is a quick recap to demonstrate how this formula confirms itself as being the true way to count 666:

    1: 6+6+6=18 > 66+6=72 > 6+66=72 > 18+72+72=162

    2: 144,000 divided by 162=888

    3: 8+8+8=24 > 88+8=96 > 8+88=96 > 24+96+96=216

    4: 144,000 divided by 216=666

    1: 6+6+6=18 > 66+6=72…

    As you can see, it is perpetual. And remember that we consistently used a formula that worked in threes being the number that God uses for confirmation.

    So what could this mean? Well we know in this world we are identified by numbers in various forms. From our birth certificate to social security, as well as our drivers license; being identified based on a system of ruler ship. So it is possible that this RFID microchip will contain a new identification that has a total of 18 characters (6+6+6).

    “here the wisdom is, the one having the mind let him calculate the number of the wild beast, number for “of human” it is, and the number of it 666″ (Revelation 13:1, Greek Translation).

    The Greek word “anthrōpos” being used in verse 18 where it says “of human” is the Greek strongs concordance G444. The first two definitions of the word are “a human being, whether male or female”, and, “generically, to include all human individuals”. Could the number of the beast apply to all mankind?

    In the Greek (the New Testament was originally written in the Greek language), and other translations, you will notice the beast is described as an “it”, instead of “him”. The reason I’m making this point is because when a translation says “His number is 666”, this would imply a singular person, the Antichrist. But by saying “the number of it 666”, implies that it is of the beast system as a whole.

    We can know the number of the beast cannot be to identify products (like a new barcode) to buy or sell because scripture says we cannot buy or sell without the number of the beast. What am I getting at? There will be instances where you could buy something someone made themselves and it wouldn’t have a store branded identification on it. But for this number to be in our chips, that is where it must be to conclude ultimately that we cannot buy or sell without having the number of the beast. As previously mentioned in Revelation 13:18, the number of the beast (6+6+6=18) is a “human number”, definition “generically, to include all human individuals”.

    “Why did the Biden campaign choose 30330? 2020 divided by 666 = 3.0330 Who believes this to be a coincidence? October 2020 Isaiah 53:6 Someone said we are being whipsawed in 2020. Truly a great division is taking place between good and evil—both symbolically and literally (riots, unrest, politics). If you take the current year 2020 and divide it by the number 666 (known for its satanic implications) you will get the number 30330 (repeated). This number 30330 happens to be the number used to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Freaky? Supernatural? Odd for sure. Whatever this means, it doesn’t seem good to me. First, why would anyone knowingly choose those particular numbers for their campaign? If they weren’t knowingly chosen, then it appears to be a supernatural act by the evil one himself and I would want to change those numbers ASAP. And if the numbers were chosen knowing their significance, are you satanic? Is this campaign satanic? Either way I do not believe this is a coincidence. And one thing is certain, 2020 is truly being divided by Satan. He is the master deceiver and spreader of chaos. Jesus calls him the father of lies.”

    So I looked up this number 30330 concerning Joe Biden, and I found this information:

    If you send a text to that number (at that time), you would get a response asking to support Joe’s campaign to take down Donald Trump, with one part in caps saying “CHIP IN >>” pointing to a link to go and donate.

    “CHIP IN”? Obama has used this phrase in the past on his twitter and people believe it is a subliminal message to receive the mark of the beast, that is to say the implantable RFID microCHIP that will go IN our body.

    Go to: http://voice-truth.org to see all the proof!

    Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life? Jesus says that we must be born again to enter the kingdom of God in the Gospel of John chapter 3.

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    BARACK OBAMA IS THE ANTICHRIST:

    In the Islamic religion they have man called the Mahdi who is known as their messiah of whom they are waiting to take the stage. There are many testimonies from people online who believe this man will be Barack Obama who is to be the biblical Antichrist based off dreams they have received. I myself have had strange dreams about him like no other person. So much so that I decided to share this information.

    He came on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith…

    “In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned — by people who don’t know me — or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,” – Barack Obama

    …but was later revealed by his own family members that he indeed is a devout Muslim.

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someones name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface…

    “And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In the Hebrew language we can uncover the meaning behind the name Barack Obama.

    Barack, also transliterated as Baraq, in Hebrew is: lightning

    baraq – Biblical definition:

    From Strongs H1299; lightning; by analogy a gleam; concretely a flashing sword: – bright, glitter (-ing, sword), lightning. (Strongs Hebrew word H1300 baraq baw-rawk’)

    Barak ‘O’bamah, The use of bamah is used to refer to the “heights” of Heaven.

    bamah – Biblical definition:

    From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation: – height, high place, wave. (Strongs Hebrew word H1116 bamah baw-maw’)

    The day following the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama was a U.S. senator for Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    Jesus stands alone among the other religions who say to rightly weigh the scales of good and evil, and to make sure you have done more good than bad in this life. Is this how we conduct ourselves justly in a court of law? Bearing the image of God, is this how we project this image into our reality?

    Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good that we have done, but rather the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

    God has brought down His moral law’s through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Sinai. These laws were not given so we may be justified, rather that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in each and every one of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, and so forth.

    We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh over 2000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill; even bringing the law to it’s truest light by stating, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28).

    The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays our fine, even though we are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let us go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood.

    Because God is Holy and just, the wrath that we deserve could not go unnoticed. Through the perfect righteousness and justice of God’s character, it must be dealt with, it must be quenched, it must be satisfied.

    For God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.

    This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all die and go to hell. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son whose soul could not be left in Hades, but was raised to life on the third day and seated at the right hand of God in power.

    So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer sees the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death.

    Now what we must do is repent and put our trust and faith in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins. This is not just a head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart, so that we may truly be transformed into the image of God. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness through faith in Him.

    Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again'” (John 3:5-7).

    Come before the Lord with a contrite spirit, humble yourself, ask Him for His forgiveness, to receive the free gift of His salvation, to receive His Holy Spirit, so that you may be transformed into a new creature, into a child of the living God.

    There is a reason why the words of Jesus have been translated in to over 2000 languages, and nothing comes remotely close (the Quran just over 100), because there is a God in heaven who desires to have a relationship with you, to know Him through His word, as that is how we personally get to know anybody. There is a reason why it is the year 2021, because Jesus came to earth just over 2000 years ago fulfilling major prophecy causing a divide in our timeline.

    Jesus loves you! Seek Him while He may be found!

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