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Sports Illustrated did an article on the 10 greatest comebacks of all time.
10 Elvis Presley, 1968
Following years of making schlocky movies, the King wows fans and critics with an electrifying live 1968 TV special, Elvis on NBC
9 Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1929
After quitting academia to teach primary school and to labor as a gardner, he returns to Cambridge University to begin Philosophical Investigations, the seminal work of 20th-century Anglo-American philosophy.
8 Go-go boots, 2000
Three decades after their kicky heyday, the knee-high footwear stages a surprising fashion revival.
7 Harry Truman, 1948
Trailing in the polls by a wide margin for most of the presidential campaign, he turns the Chicago Tribune's DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN edition into a future treasure on eBay.
6 Humanity, 14th century
After 25 million Europeans perish, mankind surges back from the Black Death.
5 Muhammad Ali, 1974
Seven years after being stripped of his title and his boxing license, the Greatest KO's George Foreman in Zaire to win back the belt.
4 John Travolta, 1994
Defibrillates his comatose movie career by taking a star turn in Pulp Fiction.
3 Michael Jordan, 1995
Quits baseball to make first triumphant comeback.
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2 Japan and Germany, 1950s
Former Axis powers rise from the ashes of World War II to become industrial superpowers.
1 Jesus Christ, 33 A.D.
Defies critics and stuns the Romans with his resurrection. When jesus said it is finished and life left his body it was just the beginning.
Job lost everything farm livestock children, friends misunderstood him but the latter end of his life was greater than the former
Simon peter denied jesus 3 times yet 50 days after the resurrection during the feast of Pentecost he preached a powerful message and 3000 were added to the church.
Saul was a murderer a hater of the church yet he became paul the church builder
John mark spent 16 years playing and wasting his talents not ministering until paul recognized that he had grown and was now a profitable minister
David was an adulterer and murderer yet eventually was identified as a man after God’s own heart
What of lazarus dead in the grave 4 days body stinking yet jesus said lazarus it aint over
What of moses who killed an egytptina and hid his body and spent 40 years on the backside of the desert unitl god said it aint over and spoke to him out of a burning bush and moses led some 2.5 million people out of Egypt
Jonah ran from god and 3 days he spent in hell in the belly of a fish
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But He prayed. hell cant keep down a praying man spit him up and he preached to ninevah and thousands of people repented and were spared it aint over
Daniel was unjustly tossed into a den of lions and god turned this extremely scary and life threatning situation and danile was blessed and a whole kingdom was blessed
Shad mesh and Abednego tossed into a firy furnace and god said it aint over andjumped into the fire with them
Elder preacher john might have thought his life and ministry was over but he was in the spirit on the lords day and was inspired by the hg to pen revelation
Hiro Onoda was born on March 19, 1922, in Japan. When he was 20, he was enlisted in the Imperial Japanese Army. No Surrender: My 30 year war
Onoda trained as an intelligence officer in the commando class of Nakano School. On December 26, 1944, he was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines. He was ordered to do all he could to hamper enemy attacks on the island, including destroying the airstrip and the pier at the harbor. Onoda's orders also stated that under no circumstances was he to surrender or take his own life.
Within a short time of the landing, all but Onoda and three other soldiers had either died or surrendered and Onoda, who had been promoted to lieutenant, ordered the men to take to the hills.
Onoda continued his campaign, initially living in the mountains with three fellow soldiers (Private Yūichi Akatsu, Corporal Shōichi Shimada and Private First Class Kinshichi Kozuka).
Towards the end of 1945 leaflets were dropped by air with a surrender order printed on them from General Tomoyuki Yamashita of the Fourteenth Area Army. They were in hiding over a year at this point, and
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this leaflet was the only evidence they had the war was over. Onoda's group looked very closely at the leaflet to determine whether it was genuine or not, and decided it was a hoax.
One of the four, Yuichi Akatsu, walked away from the others in September 1949 and surrendered to Filipino forces in 1950 after six months on his own.
In 1952, letters and family pictures were dropped from aircraft urging them to surrender, but the three soldiers concluded that this was a hoax. Shimada was shot in the leg during a shoot-out with local fishermen in June 1953, following which Onoda nursed him back to health. On May 7, 1954, Shimada was killed by a shot fired by a search party looking for the men.
Kozuka was killed by two shots fired by local police on October 19, 1972, when he and Onoda burned rice that had been collected by farmers, as part of their guerrilla activities, leaving Onoda alone. Though Onoda had been officially declared dead in December 1959, this event suggested that it was likely he was still alive and search parties were sent out, though none was successful.
On February 20, 1974, Onoda met a Japanese college dropout, Norio Suzuki, who was traveling the world and was looking for "Lieutenant Onoda, a panda, and the Abominable Snowman, in that order". Suzuki found Onoda after 4 days of searching. Onoda and Suzuki became friends, but Onoda still refused to surrender, saying that he was waiting for orders from a superior officer who had originally given him orders.
Suzuki returned to Japan with photographs of himself and Onoda as proof of their encounter, and the Japanese government located Onoda's commanding officer, Major Taniguchi, who had since become a bookseller. He flew to Lubang where on March 9, 1974, he finally met with Onoda and fulfilled the promise made in 1944, "Whatever happens, we'll come back for you,"
Onoda was relieved from duty, but never surrendered. His sword, with his Arisaka Type 99 rifle still in operating condition, 500 rounds of ammunition and several hand grenades were also turned over, as well as the dagger his mother gave him in 1944 for protection.
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Though he had killed some 30 Filipino inhabitants of the island and engaged in several shootouts with the police, the circumstances were taken into consideration, and Onoda received a pardon from President Ferdinand Marcos.
For 30 years he would not quit until the same man who put him there got him out.
There is no quit in the child of God
Some here today have conceded defeat to your enemy
Gehazi (visionary, perceptive) was a servant to prophet Elisha
He had gift he was able to understand
He told Elisha about the shunemites barreneness and the woman had a child
The little boy eventually dies and gehazi was the 1st to go and lay a staff on the body of that boy and Elisha raises the boy
naaman (captain of the host of the king of Assyria ) was directed by Elisha to dip 7times in the Jordan and was healed of leprosy he then offered to the prophet gifts that elisha refused
and then naaman left But he hadn't gone far when Gehazi, servant to Elisha the Holy Man, said to himself, "My master has let this Aramean Naaman slip through his fingers without so much as a thank-you. By the living God, I'm going after him to get something or other from him!" And Gehazi took off after Naaman.
Naaman saw him running after him and jumped down from his chariot to greet him, "Is something wrong?"
22 "Nothing's wrong, but something's come up. My master sent me to tell you: 'Two young men just showed up from the hill country of Ephraim, brothers from the guild of the prophets. Supply their needs with a gift of 75 pounds of silver and a couple of sets of clothes.'"
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23 Naaman said, "Of course, how about a 150 pounds?" Naaman insisted. He tied up the money in two sacks and gave him the two sets of clothes; he even gave him two servants to carry the gifts back with him.
24 When they got to the fort on the hill, Gehazi took the gifts from the servants, stored them inside, then sent the servants back.
25 He returned and stood before his master. Elisha said, "So what have you been up to, Gehazi?"
"Nothing much," he said.
26-27 Elisha said, "Didn't you know I was with you in spirit when that man stepped down from his chariot to greet you? Tell me, is this a time to look after yourself, lining your pockets with gifts? Naaman's skin disease will now infect you and your family, with no relief in sight."
Gehazi walked away, his skin flaky and white like snow. Greedy and a liar.
Stage 4 leprosy means death is soon to follow as body parts rot limbs away, infection sets in gets in the blood stream and the victim dies.
2Ki 5:27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow. He was marked off. When we mark some off god restores them.
He is still a deliverer, healer and waymaker
This seem to be the end for this young prophet in training this young man of vision. Sometimes even the judgment of god seems to be permanent when it is temporary.
He should have been dead within a year. He was not to be in contact with anyone. In 2 kings 8, 4 years later we seen gehazi back on the scene in the prescence of a king and described as the servant of the man of god
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What the world and the church had given up on god said it aint over til god says its over
Quit just coping and start hoping
Psa_43:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Psa 130:7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
Psa 130:8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Prov 14:32 even in death the righteous have hope
Rom 5:5 And hope(confident expectation) maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Rom 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom 12:12 Rejoicing in hope;
Rom 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Heb 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
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Heb 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Mic 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.