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From anxiety and sorrow to rest and relief!

From anxiety and sorrow to rest and relief!

Abiy Ichabod

07-18-21

What could be more pleasing to the heart than the relief of the oppressed? This truth applies to all honest-hearted ones. God is always with the poor, the oppressed, the downtrodden, and the destitute. The atrocities committed against the people of Tigray during the past eight difficult months are horrific and mind-blowing. The lamentation and wailing of the poor people of Tigray reverberate worldwide from corner to corner. In addition to being heard in heaven and on earth, sadly, the painful punishment was on innocent people who have never done any wrong.

The suffering of the people of Tigray is unacceptably beyond measure. Disgrace; Migration; Sexual violence; Deliberately banning farming for mass starvation, slaughtering oxen, smashing and burning yokes and other farming pieces of equipment, displacing people from their father’s land, and sweet home, squandering grain and looting their cattle; blackout of media for months. It is inhumane and unbearable to deliberately cut off access to banking, electricity, fuel, telephone, and transportation services. The horrific and unbearable injustice inflicted and incurred on the people of Tigray; is the worst crime of all time.

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It took a long time for the perpetrators to come up with their bitter cup; it is a conspiracy hatched by various internal and external evil actors to eradicate the people of Tigray from the face of our mother planet. Leading actors in this vicious act are Ethiopia, Eritrea, the Amhara region, the Somalian government, and the government of the United Arab Emirates contributing modern drones. Abiy, Isaias, the Somalian president, and the Amhara chauvinists and expansionists discussed over two years to annihilate and wipe out the Tigreans from the surface of the earth by employing and manipulating many wicked techniques and arrangements. These are the associates who collaborate to carry out a merciless and brutal action over the innocent people of Tigray, using a factious pretext "revenge for the attack on the Northern Command"; 'In the name of law-and-order enforcement. The federal government of Ethiopia and its allies declared war against Tigray, which is one of the bodies of the federal states of Ethiopia. The despot Eritrean president Isaias Afewerki is the leading architect and mastermind of the catastrophic plan against the innocent people of Tigray. The goal of the war is either to wipe out the people of Tigray completely or to weaken them till they surrender to their whims.

Even though it has not been successful, Emperor Menelik, Haileselassie, and the Derg regime have tried to weaken and destabilize Tigray at different times. Abiy Ahmed finally rallied his allies and declared war against Tigreans on a new arrangement as a final offense. 

A few days before Abiy Ahmed and his associates held an unacceptable and unfair election, they purchased new heavy artillery and weapons; he told the Ethiopian people that his armies would surely win the last offense because they have purchased heavy weapons and armours.  In the final act of attack, they claim to win the battle; many of their soldiers were killed by the Tigray Defence Forces (TDF), and a significant number of the Ethiopian soldiers are known to be dead and caught captive.  Odd of all odds, the pathological liar and the brutal prime minister of the country vowed shamelessly; "We have given the farmers of Tigray favourable time in order to plough and till their land during the winter season and we offered a unilateral ceasefire". From this, it is possible to conclude that the premier is lying. The world has seen and heard the defeat of the Prime Minister's army on the ground through different acceptable mainstream media outlets. The evidence spread through many international media, and many people have watched it openly. Washing his face with salt, the prime minister and his colleagues lied the world, 'We did not leave Mekelle because we are defeated; It is in order to take time for tactical purposes, and to give opportunity for the region's farmers to plough and to till their land during the rainy season. '

I will try to briefly present the story about two couples from a fiction book I read long years ago. Once upon a time, married couples were living together for few years. The lady was a perfectionist and a bit impatient. As a result, they separated by divorce and continued living separately in different places. For the next Christmas after their divorce, the lady sent dung/stool in an envelope via post office stating, "You look like this!" After receiving the envelope, the gentleman eagerly opened the envelope and wondered what he finds inside it. Despite what he received from his ex-wife, he sent her a lovely flower stating, "A person can give from what he has; it is impractical to send something to someone from what you do not have!"  

Abiy Ahmed's pathological lying character is also determined and reflected from what he has in his heart; of course, a person can only give and grant from what he has inside his soul. A person who has twenty dollars in his pocket cannot give twenty-one dollars to someone. A person who has good treasure in his inner man or heart can give and share good to others from what he has inside him. Wickedness, cruelty, and lie do emanate from the hearts of evil people.  Truth is never expected of a liar; for it is a lie that reigns within. 

To show the destiny of false prophets, Jesus demonstrated a notable example that the root or heart is vital for the fruit or character manifested by people. In the book of Mathew chapter 7 verses 22 and 23, Jesus said to the false prophets:-

"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, was it not in your name that we prophesied, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name did many works of power? And then I will declare to them: I never knew you. Depart from me, you workers of lawlessness."

Notice that, 'in that day is the last judgment at the end of this world.  In addition to this, notice that Jesus has said, "I never knew you," not 'I never know you.'  According to contextual exposition, we have to see what is written before and after those verses about false prophets.

 

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. By their fruits, you will recognize them. Do men gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?  Even so, every good tree produces good fruit, but the corrupt tree produces bad fruit.  A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produces bad fruit" (Mat 7:16-18)

At a European Union meeting held a couple of months ago, a black lady called Abiy Ahmed as "a wolves with sheep's clothing." The three verses above speak repeatedly that lousy tree cannot produce good fruit and vice-versa. The lies of a pathological liar are fruits produced from a bad tree.

In theology, spiritual birth determines the character of the children. A person can either be the Son of God or is the Son of the Devil. There is no middle ground between these births, as such there cannot be a third type of birth. There are chapters, passages, and verses in the living word of God that speak about regeneration or to be born of God or the Spirit, and there are verses that mention the son ship of the Devil. These two distinct births are contrary to each other, and the birth decides the child's character.

In John chapter eight, there are plenty of remarkable critical arguments between Christ and the Jew concerning birth and character. Jesus boldly tells the Jews that he is the Son of God and came to the world to finish his Father's work. On the contrary, the Jews claim themselves as the sons of Abraham and are not slaves. They further told him that he has the Devil.  However, they know very well that he was delivering them from the possession of legions, and he was healing them from a variety of illnesses. Considering being the sons of Abraham in the flesh, they are free of any bondage.

Nevertheless, in reality, they were under the heavy bondage of where they should get rid of. Jesus is the only one who can deliver and save them from sin. In Mat 1: 21, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph and told him:-

"And she will bear a Son, and you shall call his name Jesus for it is he who will save his people from their sins."

The Jews sarcastically answered Jesus about his birth in the following way;- when he tells them frankly, "You do the works of your father," they responded to him, "We were not born of fornication, we have one father, we have one father God" John 8: 41

All the argument is solely about who is born of whom. Someone is either the Son of God or is the Son of the Devil. The Jews accuse Jesus that the virgin Sent Marry begets him from another father illegally; he is not the Son of Joseph, and he got another Father by fornication.

Next, we turn our attention to the living word. Concerning the Bible, the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

"All Scripture is God- breathedand profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete fully equipped for every good work."

 It is also written elsewhere that the Bible is a true plumb line and a guide for life. Based on this, we can see briefly from the living word of God what lies and murders are characteristic of.  There are many verses and chapters in the Bible that speak of being born of God or being a child of God or being born again; On the contrary, there are numerous references to being the Son of the Devil. By seeing their personality and character it is possible to know whose children they are. Son ship determines behaviour or personality , while behaviour or personality shows from whom someone is born.

Although the Jews boasted that they were children of Abraham, Jesus told them that they are children of the Devil. Particular attention should be paid to the fact that the Lord Jesus affirmed that they are sons of the Devil.  In John 8: 44-45 it is writtin as:-

"You are of your Father the Devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks it out out of his possession; for he is a liar and the father of it." 

Murder and lying are the hallmarks of the Devil; Those who practice and exercise these things prove to be children of the Devil. So is it possible to say that Abiy Ahmed is the Son of the Davil? Looking at him using the above verse as a magnifying lens, Abiy is with no doubt the Son of the Devil. Is Abiy a murderer and a liar?  First, is Abiy a murderer? To answer this question, it is enough to present the tragic scene of violence in Tigray. In Tigray, many innocent people were killed in a row, and young people were shot dead and thrown into the abyss, people were starved to death, food was banned, farmers' farms were burned, farming equipments were broken to halt productivity.  Instead of expending over one hundred billion Ethiopian birr to develop the small city called Bashasha to the level of the beautiful northern city of Mekelle, Mekele is downgraded to a small city Bashasha. The destructive premier said in his own words that he reduced Mekelle to Bashasha.  No one can argue that Abiy Ahmed is not a murderer.

The next question is, is Abiy Ahmed, a liar? Absolutely yes! Ethiopia currently exports to the world lies and lies only, and it is lies only that the country is delivering to its citizens. In Ethiopia, lies are institutionalized, and it is officially constituted as the working mechanism in all offices from top to bottom. The world is shocked by the lies of the Ethiopian government authorities.

Knowing that murder and lying are the main culprits of the Devil's childhood are written in the Holy Writ and happening on the ground: Some professing Christians; say contrary to the fact that 'Abiy Ahmed is God sent leader'. Those blind, hypocritical preachers who preach their desires and ambitions see murdering and lying in Abiy Ahmed. However, in their pulpits which indeed are full of fleshly show and drama, these self-sent evangelists further declare 'Abiy is a messenger from God for present Ethiopia who can bring peace and prosperity to all citizens.  However, those blind supporters of the prime minister could not argue what they say based on the Bible.  Driven by their deluded feelings and desires, they speak against what is written in the Bible and what is happening on the ground.  Ichabod!!

Below are some extract quotes referring to lies from www.geckoandfly.com

1)  "The most dangerous liars are those who think they are telling the truth."

2)  "Secrets and lies kill relationships. No matter how careful you are. You will get caught."

3)  "Never lie to someone who trusts you. Never trust someone who lies to you."

4)  "What I do not understand is how a person can tell you so many lies and never feel bad about it"

5)  "Every time you lie, it brings me a little goodbye."

6)  "Lies are a temporary solution to a permanent problem."

7)  " One lie is enough to question all truth."

8)  "Truth may hurt for a little while, but a lie hurts forever."

9)  "I am not upset that you lied to me; I'm upset from now on. I cannot believe you anymore."

10)              "lying is one of the quickest  way to ruin a beautiful relationship"

11)              "Once I catch you in one lie,  it makes me question everything you said"

Finally, in the spiritual realm how is a person’s citizenship seen? What is the significance of being Ethiopian? Could Ethiopian citizenship obligatory to a person, where people are suffering and hell is manifested on earth, and the country is overwhelmed by anxiety and fear! Could a person proudly say I am Ethiopian in such a dire situation?  Having loaded with such a heavy yoke on his shoulder; could there be any spiritual obligation that binds him to remain Ethiopian?

 Could one prefer to live as an Ethiopian, while the country is full of injustice and oppression?  A person would be proud to be Ethiopian as long as his rights and obligations are respected.  In spiritual and political practice and principles, there could be no compulsion or mandatory obligation to live in a state of disgrace.

 How dare does a citizen like to live as Ethiopian where he saw more than 60,000 wretched children who could not identify their left and right, remain without helpers and parents? What is the point of being Ethiopian? In the name of upholding Ethiopia's sovereignty, plenty innocent women have faced sexual harassment and abuse in an unprecedented way. Observing such atrocious injustice in broad day light, how can one say I am Ethiopian boldly? What is the advantage and benefits of being Ethiopian then?

 Tegaru who claim to be Ethiopians living outside of Tigray are forced leave their homes and imprisoned because they are Tigrians. When a citizen property is looted; he is abused and undermined because of his identity, how dare can he claim to be Ethiopian? How could displaced peasants from their parents say we are Ethiopians? When a citizen sees another innocent citizen brutally and mercilessly shot on his face and thrown to a sloppy cliff, how would he say I am Ethiopian? Intentionally more than five million Tegaru are on the brink of starvation; people starving to death; how could they say to the country that prepared this evil death feast my country? After shooting the young men in the forehead, what is the taste of being Ethiopian? While watching the evil drama of killing young innocent citizens in the forehead and throwing them into high cliff boasting, how dare one claim I am proud Ethiopian? There are plenty witnesses surrounding us who speak loudly about orphans; women who have been sexually abused; farmers who barred from ploughing, a number of people who were killed and shot indiscriminately.

 

In conclusion, the people of Tigray have been in the dark for eight months. The benevolent God, who helps the despised and humiliated people, deserves the praise and glory for he helped the people of Tigray.  Patriac Job, who faced of bitter affliction in his life said? "How did you help the weak?"  In our day and age, we have seen you helping the weak, despised, and humiliated people, and we say like Job, "How did you help the weak?"  Dear God, we thank you God for you dispelled the deep darkness and wrought the brightest light to the wreched people of Tigray from your throne!!! We anticipate that there are a lot of work to be done in order to be completely free from the challenges, bites and conspiracies of our enemies and allies. The arms of the oppressed and the afflicted wll remain stiff and strong, for with us is the faithful and true God, who strengthens the knees and ankles. We should never boast on ourselves, but we should boast on the almighty God who strengthens our arms and knees.

 "These are in the chariot, those are the horses; But we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They stumbled and fell, But we got up, We stood firm." (Psalm 20: 7-8)

 

 

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