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The teardrop tattoo or tear tattoo is a symbolic tattoo of a tear that is placed underneath the eye. The teardrop is one of the most widely used prison tattoos and has various meanings. It can signify that the wearer has spent time in prison; or more specifically that the wearer was raped while incarcerated and tattooed by the rapist as a “property” mark and for humiliation, since facial tattoos cannot be concealed. It can acknowledge the loss of a family or fellow gang member; the tattoo is sometimes worn by the female companions of prisoners in solidarity with their loved ones. In some cases, it may signify that the wearer has killed someone. Sometimes the exact meaning of the tattoo is only known by the wearer. The tattoo’s meaning also can change depending on whether the tear is empty or is filled with ink.

In the book of GENESIS, Moses through divine spiritual interpatation from ELOHIM, describes the world’s first murder victim, killed at the hands of his brother, Cain. It details the warning, offense, deception, punishment and aftermath. There is no clear consensus as to what Cain’s mark was. The word translated as “mark” in Genesis 4:15 is ‘owth, which could mean a sign, an omen, a warning, or a remembrance. In the Torah, the same word is used to describe the stars as signs or omens. Cain showed no remorse for distinguishing the breath of life from his brother Abel but instead begged ELOHIM for protection. Cain felt banishment was to severe a punishment and feared for his own life as a fugitive (Hebrewנע‬ ) and a wanderer (Hebrewנד‬ ). The combination of these Hebrew words נע ונד‬, “fugitive” and “wanderer”, is unique in the Hebrew Bible. Modern interpretations of the Hebrew verse 12 suggest that Cain went on to live a nomadic lifestyle and that he was also excluded from the family unit. In the Septuagint, the emphasis on Cain’s curse is dramatically increased by the combination of the Greek participles στένων καὶ τρέμων (“groaning and shaking upon the earth”). Syriac, Christian and Greek interpretation says Cain experienced a real physical affliction, that would enable others to know who he was when they saw him. Though we have no evidence to weigh the account upon, except via bible scripture, we rely upon The Word of ELOHIM as truth beyond evidence.

EZEKIEL 33:8,9

When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.

What dwells in the psyche of all those who have extinguished the breath of life from the soul of either man, woman or child. Do they take pleasure in killing? and why in some individuals the remorse is so great that the perpetrator commits suicide or goes insane? I have examined numerous crime photos of murder victims (which is never easy to stomach) and have to ask again! what evilness born in mankind would supersede the qualities of love, kindness, compassion which is instilled in all creation?

What intense feelings brewed within Cain to loath his brother Abel, then assualt him after receiving a rebuke from ELOHIM to dismiss his evil intentions? Is it predestination for certain individuals to expire violently? Scientists and neurologist have conducted numerous studies upon the mentally insane and convicted killers to determine the genealogical traits that make individuals prone to violence. Like cancer or other hereditary diseases passed along from generation to generation, can violent and disobedient tendencies be shared among immediate family members? or has mankind become so numb to the senseless violence around them that they can shrug off the mass killings of school children? they neither concern themselves or pay attention to the unsolved murders of certain ethnic groups living in urban communities? close their ears and shut their eyes to religious and terrorists bombings? give the benefit of the doubt to reported civilian casualties and government sanctioned assassinations? Many say with the introduction of the internet, killings and murder are conducted more frequently, but nothing has changed concerning the evilness of mankind nature since the generation of Cain or Noah. The world-wide web (www) is helping our generation learn what is happening in foreign land and witness the carnage worldwide.

ECCLESIASTES 1:4-11

Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome,
more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.

With so much blood guilt upon the earth, many have questioned why a loving Most High God would allow children to be murdered and innocent lives slaughtered. It all comes down to choices. The offspring of Adam and Eve was endowed with the choice to be obedient or disobedient. Righteous or unrighteous.To follow demons and evil doctrines or the spiritual guidance of ELOHIM. The serpent who beguiled Eve in the garden, didnt lay out all Eve’s choices, pros and cons, for being disobedient to the Creator. The antagonist angel, did not tell Eve that hate, doubt, THEOLOGICAL illiteracy, dieases, health deteration, violence, sexual abuse, mental retardation and death would befall all her offspring. Do you think Eve and then Adam, would have been disobedient to ELOHIM after recieving the pros and cons from Beelzebub?

Mankind is ever evolving and learng new things daily. From construction to technology, we must admit that spiritual assistance is helping mankind shape their lives, either good or bad. Ancient books teach many the secrets of angels and demons, the language of present and past nations, art of warfare, secrets of trade and commerce, science and yes, murder. The power of death is cursed upon all mankind and no one escapes the inevitable and though many attempt to conduct their existence above the soil righteously, healthy, stress free, humble or kind to others, there is a large majority of individuals of various skin pigment who have no qualms about killing their brother or sister.

GENESIS 9:5,6

And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow-man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.   “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for YHWH made man in his own image.

To get to the center of the murder and homicide epidemic that is sweeping across america, we must first exam other countries and how they compare with the US..

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The United States far exceeds other countries in homicides. Many individuals of wealth, conservative beliefs, highly educated and gainfully employed, tend to view murder from a perspective of “in the wrong place at the wrong time” or “they got what was coming to them”. This has led many affluent americans, evangelicals, christians, and politicians, to justify the rising homicide rate to an individuals lifestyle and ethnicity. These same individuals dwelling in suburbs and gated communities have uttered “we are not like them, so we don’t see ourselves as part of the problem, which is exactly why C.S. Lewis once said: “The greatest evil is not done in those sordid dens of crime…It is conceived …in well-lighted offices by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.” 

The generation of today rarely experience the daily lynchings and murders chronicled during the 60s and 70s that went unsolved and unrestricted. Yes! money and means separate us all and to attempt to debate the problems of #AMERICA thirst for harsher prison sentences, biased #gun laws, class separation, public #education and #religion is futile. Unless you are a policymaker, lobist, member of the president cabinet, high profile political donor that is willing to spend 30 days in crime and poverty-stricken communities,  visit trauma wards or funerals of innocent murder victims, listen to the parents and victims of violent crimes, than youths and older #Americans who have access to weapons will continue using them to destroy mankind.

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This is not a ethnic problem but a people problem that exists in all communities where a majority of the population is fearful of their neighbors, youth, law enforcement and justice system. Also factor in the exodus of two parent households, absence of dominant male figure, include physical, mental and sexual abuse creating havoc within poverty-stricken communities, and you are witnessing a nuclear bomb exploding daily in urban America and now spilling into the suburbs and gated communities.

The world has turned deadly on every continent where miliions die annually from bomb makers and gun traffickers seeking huge profits or religious cleansing. Boys and girls age 12 and up, are kidnapped from villages, townships, and inner city projects by grown men with bad intentions and sinful desires. The color of one’s skin or economic status doesn’t guarantee safety in America and the purchase of handguns and automatic weapons only run the risk of additional guns in the hands of murderers.

2THESSALONIANS 3:3

But YHWH is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

PSALMS 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High God will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of YHWH, “He is my refuge and my fortress, ELOHIM, in whom I trust.”  Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,  nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “YHWH is my refuge,” and you make the Most High God your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For YHWH will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says YHWH, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

The conclusion of the teardrop is simple. Cain killed Abel because of jealousy. Warlords murder villagers to instill fear. Soldiers kill combatants because their ordered and others just do it because THAT’S what they desire. Weapons need people to take lives and until we come to the realization that mankind is born sinfully wicked, and needs to return to ELOHIM obedience and theological training via Holy Spirit, than gun debates and protests will continue until YESHUA makes his return.