Ellis Washington
Symposium--This is your time
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By Ellis Washington
December 16, 2015

Socrates (470-399 B.C.) was a famous Greek philosopher from Athens, who taught Plato, and Plato taught Aristotle, and Aristotle taught Alexander the Great. Socrates used a simple but cleverly profound method of teaching by asking penetrating, revelatory, and psychologically probing questions. The Greeks called this form Dialectic – starting from a thesis or question, then discussing ideas and moving back and forth between points of view to determine how well ideas stand up to critical review, with the ultimate principle of the dialogue being Veritas – Truth.


"Be as you wish to seem."

"I can't teach anything to anybody. I can only make them think
[in time]."

~ Socrates

"Everything that is mine God has already given it before I even got here. If it's already mine and it's already been given, then it's not a matter of me going to get it, it's a matter of it coming to get me."

~ Bishop Noel Jones, Sermon – This is your time

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Socrates

Bishop Noel Jones

Plato
{channeling Socrates}

Socrates: What is Cronus? He was the ancient Greek god of the Ages and of Time. What is Time? And how can one exist in Time yet God demands that we move from Time to Eternity? – From the Physical to the Metaphysical? How does God use Time and Eternity to fulfill your Destiny? – In other words: Is there a difference between time for you and you for time?

In this Symposium we will discuss the omnipotence (all powerful) and omnipresence (all presence) of God to order your Destiny together with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus even before the foundations of the world were made. Regarding God's eternal time that transcends the Ages, God said to Jeremiah: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." Thus, through the Ages a singular Truth is that Your blessed Destiny in God is not a question of When, Where, How or If ... It is only a matter of Time.

Let us now hear the Word of the Lord according to the Book of Esther 4:13-17:
    4:13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.

    14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

    15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

    16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

    17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

Bishop Noel Jones: But I have considered in looking at this – Is there a difference between time for you and you for time? Now I understand that all of us in here because we are creatures of time something has happen because we have now blended with a God of Eternity. And it causes problems because intellectually because the finite mind cannot always comprehend the timing of God. Because being a God of Eternity He has decided some things and he didn't decide them in time.

One of the most prolific and profound scriptures declares then, "We were chosen in Him before the foundations of the world." And that, "All Spiritual blessings were given in Christ Jesus" before we got here. It would indicate then that everything that is mine God has already given it before I even got here. (I sort of like that; it's already mine). So if it's already mine and it's already been given, then it's not a matter of me going to get it, it's a matter of it coming to get me! ...

Socrates: But Bishop, how can Men of flesh and blood, mired in this fallen earthly realm, this dystopian State of Nature, now move effectively from Time to Eternity – from the Physical realm to the Metaphysical realms?

Bishop Noel Jones: But the difficulty is for me to move into the time that God has appointed for me, He has to reveal to me what He has already done. Again I take it further – He oftentimes reveals to me in time what He has done in eternity, but He reveals it to me in my Spirit before He materializes the gift. Because my Spirit can connect with the concept of what He has done in His Spirit before my intellect can grasp what's going on. I have to receive it in my Spirit and let my Spirit tell my mind that God has done something for you – Expect it anytime.

It's critical here because He has to reveal what He has already done. Anytime He has done it in eternity, I can't go into eternity and figure it out. He has to by his Spirit reveal it to my Spirit in time and give me the sense of security by faith that no matter what it looks like when God's time comes, it's got to happen and I just feel that IT'S MY TIME NOW! ... Once He reveals what He has done your faith comes alive to receive it, but when he reveals it to you, the Devil picks it up – Before the Devil didn't know how significant you were until God revealed how blessed you are then Satan moved to destroy you. The reason why you going through so much Hell is because the Devil knows it's getting ready to be your time.



Socrates: "I can't teach anything to anybody. I can only make them think."

Bishop Noel Jones: Don't take the negative negatively – You got to learn how to take the negative positively. Devil! I was doing fine until God revealed where He is taking me, so now that you're putting Hell in my life it doesn't turn me off, it turns me on. Because now I know it's really true it's just about to be my [time]! ... The time was fixed; you were manipulated in another instance – You were fixed and the time was manipulated. God brought the time to your place. And then at another place God is bringing you to your time. God moving you by his omnipotence and moving time by his eternity. You see His eternalness gives Him power over time – His omnipotence gives Him power over you. So when omnipotence and eternalness moves in time in you, it's got to come together. And I don't care how hard the Devil fights it, you're going to look him in the face and say, "Devil, you can't move in my time! – Get out of my time!"

"This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." It's an "I-Thou" relationship. You [God] make the day and I will rejoice. "Weeping may endure for a night," but you [God] make the day and "joy cometh in the morning." God's got a time where the Devil can't touch you. God's got a time where your enemies can't reign over you. God's got a time where your money won't be funny – Where your heart won't be broken.

And if it's broken tonight God's time hasn't come yet. And if you're broke tonight, God's time hasn't come yet. But when His time comes nothing in the world can stop you from God has ordained. (I feel like shouting myself. I just got a glimpse of the wonderful time that God is about to put in my hand.) Touch your neighbor and say, "My time is at hand." [For the Bible says] "The kingdom of God suffereth violence and the violent – [take it by force]". ...

Bishop Noel Jones: {Bishop to the women of the congregation} You see if God gives the promise there is nothing else for us to do with a promise but wait for it. And a promise changes my life. For instance, if some man walked up to you and he slipped on your finger an F-1 9-carat diamond, he just made a promise that whatever date you all set, he is going to marry you.

Now other men might come along and look at you and are astounded at your beauty, your intellectuality – whatever men look for. And they might say, "Well honey, hey..." And you just say... {waiving your engagement hand in his face} "Hey, I have a Promise!" {Laughter} Now the argument is that you are taken because you don't go out with anybody anymore – You don't talk to anybody anymore because you are taken.

Now, not married yet, but you are sho-nuff acting as if you are because you have a promise. Now the man doesn't understand why you pulled a gun on him a week before the wedding when he said he don't want to marry you no more. Because here's the first thing you say – "I have messed up my life waiting for you."... A promise changes your life, so don't mess with me if you aren't going to deliver. And here's what God says, "It's impossible for me to lie." If I'm going to do it, all you got do is wait. Touch your neighbor and say, "It's you time!" ...

Plato: {channeling Socrates} Regarding the ironic life of my teacher, Socrates I am reminded of Cronos (the god the Ages and Time). Although it often mystified me and all who knew my Master, every event in Socrates' life happened in Time. One time I recalled this pivotal event in the life and times of my teacher Socrates –
    When his friend Chaerephon, while visiting the Oracle of Delphi, asked if any man was wiser than Socrates, the answer came: "There is none." When told about this, Socrates was not flattered but puzzled. He eventually concluded that what the Oracle meant was that his wisdom consisted in knowing his own ignorance. Others, including the Sophists, had no more wisdom than he had but would not admit it. The oracular judgment had the effect of spurring him on [in time] to continue and extend his inquiries, and engage in them more seriously and systematically.
Bishop Noel Jones: Whenever you believe it, your time begins. I believe now. I believe now. I believe now. God is going to give you in a few days just a time of opportunity. Now it's up to Faith to grasp it because if you don't grasp it this time, then you have to go through a time when there is no opportunity and have to wait through another time of opportunity. Don't let it pass you this week. Get it this week. Don't put it off until next year – No! No! Get yours now. {Bishop to himself} Don't put it in front of me if you don't want me to get it. Don't even lay it near me, because {carpe diem} – I'll seize the moment...

[King] Ahasuerus is probably a man in history known as Xerxes and his kingdom ran from India to Ethiopia. He is King of Persia (Iran). He is a despotic monarch – Someone with life and death in his hands. I want you to understand this: He is nothing to play with. Not only that, he's a party animal. And according to the scriptures he has partied for 6 months so he's real drunk right about now... He's got all his buddies around him and he's now showing off his kingdom, his treasures, and his power. And then (because he got a little bored) he said, "I need [Queen] Vashti to come out here and dance."

Now it is not usual for a woman who knows she's got a man who can have her head chopped off at any time, not to come when he calls, but God is a manipulator. God will have folk act out of character in order to put you where He wants you to be. Touch your neighbor and say, "I got a boss who is in God's hand right about tonight. I got a boss who thinks he's running things, but God is running him!"

It's your time. God's getting ready to make folk act crazy in order to slip you in the job He wants you to have. I feel a breakthrough. Some folks are appointed, honey, but some folks are anointed and when God gets ready to move the anointed, He'll just {Bishop spins around in a circle} flip the script. It's getting ready to happen. Somebody is getting ready to be elevated. Somebody is getting ready to move in a new position. Somebody is getting ready to be moved into another job. God's getting ready!

Socrates: Yet Bishop, how can Queen Esther act against the King's decree (through the wicked Haman) to kill all the Jews? Will this act jeopardize her life?

Bishop Noel Jones: He acted out of character – It didn't matter; he was despotic. He could have killed her [Vashti], but he divorced her instead. Now He puts now Esther in place and Esther is His secret weapon. God can hide you in the right place. Don't tell everything right now because sometime is not the right time to tell. You can't tell your vision to everybody. You can't tell your plans to everybody because it ain't the right time. God's getting ready to bless you, but you blab too much. And you bring the Enemy in on you before the time. Hold your mouth. Praise God in your Spirit and be God's little secret weapon and when He gets ready He'll bring you out of the darkness and throw you up into the light. And before the Enemy can get you, you already in place. {Praises to God}

So Haman is now put in the open position. Haman is now appointed by the King. He's the favorite of the despotic monarch. And he's the enemy in position. Now notice that Haman is an Amalekite – He's an Agathite which means he's a descendant of Agag and Agag was an Amalekite. And the Amalekites ambushed Israel in a place long ago called Rephidim where the Lord showed Himself as Jehovah Nissi – the Lord is my banner. Now one thing he teaches me is that you gotta wipe out your enemies at the right time because they are enemies of the flesh that will come back at the wrong time if you don't wipe them out at the right time. (Oh, I wish I could talk to you). On your way up get rid of the sin that so easily beset you because when you get up the Devil will say, "I don't care how up he is, I know what I can bring him down with."


Rembrandt: King Ahasuerus with Haman and Queen Esther (circa 1660)

Socrates: Indeed Bishop, your words are derivative of two aphorisms of mine: "Remember, no human condition is ever permanent then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune." The first aphorism leads inexorably to the second – "Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued."

Bishop Noel Jones: The next time the Devil comes with you with the sin he thinks he got you with, look him in the face and say, "Devil, this is the wrong time. You should have killed me the other time. {Praises to God} It's too late for that now, I'm moving in another time."

Mordecai would not bow because any enemy of God is an enemy of Mordecai – "I am not going to bow to Haman." Now Haman is a killer and he wants to destroy the children of Israel. And whenever God gets ready to bless you the killers show up. The kids call them ... "Haters." (I feel – Hmmmm – I feel like lifting Him up). Touch your neighbor and say, "Neighbor, you must be doing something because the Haters showed up."

I feel a little churchy in here. Let them talk – God's got the last word. God on the other hand with Haman on his side, and Haman is hasty to sign a document to kill everybody [all the Jews]. Your enemies are in a hurry. When they get in position to try to push you out and cause you to lose, but you can't lose when you have an anointing behind you. You can't lose when God is on your side. I'm still here – It's got to be God. I'm still here through the think and the thin because God was on my side.

Haman is in a hurry to sign the [Jewish genocide] decree, but God lets the lots cast and puts the lots off for a long time. The Enemy want to kill them on a short time, but God says, "No" a long time. Then a despotic monarch – Vashti out of character – Esther becomes Queen – Discovers some treachery in the King's House and dares it to the King. Haman is appointed, Mordecai won't bow. Haman wants to kill him. The plot is on. But God's got a secret weapon that's now in bed with the king. God's got somebody whispering to somebody about what to do with your life. Touch your neighbor and say, "Neighbor, God's setting it up – Just wait on Him, honey. Just wait on him, Sir." He's putting the pieces [in place]. {Bishop frantically rearranges items on the altar}

Wait on him. He's moving some folk out and He's moving some folk in. Wait on him. It's your time to watch Him work. 10 months before execution Mordecai tells Esther, "You got to talk to the king because God put you in that position." She walks up to the king unannounced and the king could have killed her, but she made up her mind – It's my time to be blessed. For every blessing there is a risk, the greater the risk, the greater the blessing. And if the Devil is trying to kill you it must be a BIG – [blessing]. {Praises to God} It's your time!

Socrates: Derivative of the moral and metaphysical vision Mordecai and his niece Queen Esther possessed whom God had raised up in Cronos Time to fulfill his Eternal Time to save the Jewish people from the Old Testament Hitler – Haman, from an ancient Holocaust – "I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good."

Bishop Noel Jones: She walked in and its time now to confront Haman – to look him in the face, but instead of Esther preparing a dinner that same night, she had faith that I can wait until tomorrow. You got to wait just another 24-hours... He'll have it all in place. Watch my word. Listen to the Prophet. Everything is in place but I got to put you on somebody's mind.

And it said the King went to bed with Haman on his mind, but God woke him in the night and said, "Check the record." And then he found out what Mordecai did – And when he woke up, Haman was off his mind. (Can I preach like I feel it?) Touch your neighbor and say, "They went to bed with your enemy on they mind, but in the morning you'll be in the place of where the enemy was because God's going to switch names {Bishop makes demonstrative switching movements} ... In the night! It's your time! It's your time!


*N.B.: For further reading regarding the Life and Times of Socrates, see this outstanding opus by one of my most enduring intellectual mentors whom I've read for over 30 years – The outstanding and prolific English Historian – Paul Johnson, Socrates: A Man for Our Times (Viking Press, 2011), pp. 81-83.


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Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review (1989) and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute (1992). Currently he is an adjunct professor of law at the National Paralegal College and the graduate school, National Jurisprudence University, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, American History, Administrative Law, Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Real Property, and Advanced Legal Writing, among many other subjects... (more)

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