Saturday, October 31, 2009

Debbie Downer on Steroids

Do you remember the popular skit on Saturday Night Live called Debbie Downer? "The character's name is connected to slang phrase which refers to someone who persistently adds bad news or negative feelings to a gathering, thus bringing down the mood of everyone around them. Debbie's cynical character would interrupt social gatherings to voice negative opinions and pronouncements, making her one of the top favorite sketches of all time." Wikipedia. It was hilarious. Every time Debbie would pronounce a negative comment, a trumpet would make the "wah-wah-wah" and everyone would get bummed out.

Well, Isaiah prophesies of a time when everyone on earth will be Debbie Downer. On steroids.

Not all of the end time prophecies are contained in the Revelation or even all in the New Testament. The Old Testament is rife with prophecies concerning the state of things in the last days and God's upcoming judgment of them. The most famous, of course, are God's prophetic clock in Daniel, and Ezekiel's Gog-Magog war, but let us not overlook Isaiah. The last four chapters of the book of Isaiah (24-27) describes God's promises on the judgment of nations at the end of time and Israel's deliverance. These chapters are known as "Isaiah's Apocalypse."

Early on in Chapter 24 we read this:

The gaiety of tambourines ceases, The noise of revelers stops, The gaiety of the harp ceases. All joy turns to gloom. ... The gaiety of the earth is banished.

--A state of joyful exuberance or merriment; vivacity.
--Merry or joyful activity; festivity: making preparations for the holiday gaieties.
--Bright color or showiness, as of dress; finery.

Can you imagine all gaiety being removed from the earth? Think on this for a minute. God is not talking only of prurient revelries such as Halloween parties featuring scantily clad ladies in belly dancer costumes, nor tailgate parties before the football game featuring twenty-somethings awash in beer and guffaws. God is talking about gaiety like this:

The joyful exuberance of children playing and laughing. And this:

Teenagers goofing around on a summer day. Or this:

Joy at marriage celebrations. Or this:

 Mothers and babies giggling. Or this:

Grandmother laughing at her birthday party. All gaiety banished from the earth. The simple and pure gaiety expressed through celebrations and festivities since time immemorial ... GONE. And you thought Debbie was a Dower. Imagine everyone on earth as Debbie Downer. On steroids! And now you have a good picture of earth in the very last days. What's the alternative? Isaiah tells us.

Isaiah 35:10 "And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." Be where sorrow flees away, not where gaiety is banished! Joy everlasting. Now, that's an upper!

Friday, October 30, 2009

12 Places To Go If The World Goes To Hell

An article in Business Insider this morning caught my eye. It is titled, "12 Places To Go If The World Goes To Hell."

"War, oil shortages, global warming, nuclear bombs, and economic collapse... All of it seems unlikely, but don't you want to be prepared? If you have to jump on a plane (or a boat or a train or a hot air balloon) and head for safety, you want to know where in the world you should go. We've selected places that we expect will remain fortresses of stability, safety, and prosperity no matter what the world throws at it."

LOL, conspiracy theorists call this concept "bug-out places." Yet, therein lies the original problem: man's dismissal of the repeated warnings in the bible that all of this is not only likely, but sure. And the additional problem compounds, that man can overcome end time tribulations without God. The bible clearly teaches that at the time of the end, there will be no place of peace. There will be no place of stability. There will be no place to hide. The world will be hellish almost beyond endurance. Let's take a closer look at what's coming, and how the places mentioned in Business Insider's list will offer no respite from God's judgment. You can run, but you can't hide.

Peace: you can get to Tierra Del Fuego or the Yukon but God still knows where you are. He knows where every atom of each person's dead body whoever lived is, He certainly knows about your anchored boat in the Virgin Islands. There are four horsemen of the Apocalypse described in Revelation 6:1-8 (five, if you count Jesus arriving on a white horse to slay the assembled armies at Armageddon). The second horse is described in verse 4, “Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.” Peace will be taken from the earth. That means, the entire earth, even your bug-out place.

Stability: The later chapters of Revelation teach that nothing that anyone counted on in previous times will be stable. All that we have known from the beginning of time will be upended, from currency to gold/silver to even the mountains. Nothing will be stable because everything man has built will come tumbling down.

Hiding: Several of the places mentioned that would be 'great to flee to in case the world goes to hell' are islands such as Guam, or the Virgin Islands, or a remote island chain in the South Pacific, Tristan de Cunha. Also Switzerland's Alps is mentioned as a great place to dwell when the world falls apart. So is Denver because of the mountainous geography. You can go to the islands and the mountains but you will not find safety. "And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found." (Rev 16:2).

Everyone from kings of the earth down to the lowest man will flee to the caves, but caves will afford no protection. "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;" (Revelation 6:15). This theme is repeated in Isaiah 2:19- "And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth." And again in Ezekiel 33:27- "Say thou thus unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured, and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence." 

It is particularly saddening to see the jauntiness with which the article glosses over the realities of what Christians know is coming. This is one example: Tristan de Cunha "is known for excellent fishing -- the perfect kind of self-sustaining career if times were to get really bad." A third of the waters of the earth turn poison and bitter and many people die. Hosea 4:3 describes further judgment, "Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field and the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea are dying." So times WILL get really bad, even for the fish. What then?  Do not take lightly the realities of the coming Tribulation. You cannot be safe if you are carnally secure. But your spiritual safety is assured if you let go of carnality and begin a relationship with God. How?

Though these will be tough times as man has never seen before, no nor shall ever be again, there is remedy from them: Jesus. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of it all. If you accept that you are a sinner and are thus never holy enough on your own strength to dwell with God in heaven, and you ask Jesus to forgive your sins, He will. He died on the cross as the living sacrifice so that He could and would forgive you. All you have to do is but ask. But you do have to ask. And you have to believe in the One whom God has sent. (John 6:29)

All you need to do is recognize your sins, foremost of which is a Godlessness attitude that you can jauntily sail away to the Virgin Islands to escape the judgments that you yourself were a part of bringing upon the world. You CAN escape, though! FMI go here. Don't wait. After all, wouldn't you rather learn to be forgiven than hop a train to the Yukon? You can be raptured with believing, born-again Christians, eat at the marriage supper of the Lamb, and KNOW that you will be safe forever; or you can bug-out to Bern and live in a cave, hoping that you made the right choice.

The coming Antichrist

This is a solidly biblical sermon series on the Antichrist. It is in three parts, totaling about 25 minutes. It is part of an ongoing series by Dr. David Jeremiah, titled "What in the world is going on? Ten prophetic signs you can't afford to ignore." In this informative message, "When One Man Rules the World", Dr. Jeremiah talks about the coming of a new world Leader (Antichrist) who will emerge after millions of Christians are Raptured. Worth a look. While it's good to become acquainted with the scriptures that outline the personality and characteristics of the Antichrist, some people spend time researching who he is, debating who he is, and looking for him here and there. My favorite quote from the sermon: Don't spend a lot of time looking for the Antichrist. We are looking for Christ!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Where are the dads?

We are told in Mark 13:29-30 that the generation that sees the beginning of the end times signs will not pass away until these things take place. Additionally, we are told in 2 Timothy 3:2-4 that this last generation will be "... lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—"

Therefore, it is not surprising that we see this last generation is dubbed the 'Me Generation'. The Me Generation describes anyone born in the 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s -- in 2009, this means people between the ages of 10 and 39. These people take it for granted that the self comes first. Societally, it is increasingly obvious that the ego is king here on earth. A new book says we're in a narcissism epidemic, "Armed with a steady influx of trophies just for showing up, "I Am Special" coloring books and princess parties, it is hard for kids to understand why an abundance of ego might be bad for them..."

Which brings me to the pattern I've noticed lately. Since the television show Supernanny has gone into repeats, I watch one episode nightly. This is the show where the kids are misbehaving and a nanny with child management experience comes in to the home and gives parents techniques for how to change the unwanted behavior in the child. Almost always, the techniques include changing the behavior of the parents. Because it is television, the techniques are always successful and at the end of the show the home is peaceful and all roles of children, mom, and dad are rightfully restored.

Now that the show is on every night, I've been able to spot a trend. With rare exceptions for widows or wives with militarily deployed husbands, the show portrays a husband and wife with both living in the home. But the trouble most times stems back to the dads. They're not there. Supernanny, where are the dads?

Oh, the dads are present in the home, when they are not working long hours, or out with the guys, or cloistered in their bedroom on the computer. They simply do not engage with, support, or sometimes, even look at their family. When Supernanny asks why they don't play with their kids, they say things like, "It's not my thing," "It's not enjoyable," or "It's boring."

Herein we see the hens of the Me Generation come home to roost. When they say it's "boring," they mean, 'it does not gratify ME.' The disengaged men I've seen are not clueless. They have wisdom, experience, and skills. It was just that they simply didn't WANT to play with, be with, or laugh with their own kids. One man admitted that he had milked the 'transition time' of privacy he'd set up upon arriving home from work from 15 minutes to several hours to finally, all night. "And I was getting away with it, too. Until Supernanny busted me." Getting away with NOT being a dad in full view of his wife, and his children. How sad.

The bible is strict with teachings on how to raise children, beginning with the commandments. "Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." (Deu 6:7) There are serious repercussions when the structure and roles of the family God set up are ignored. I don't mean to pick on the Supernanny show. And of course the dads on that show are to be commended with recognizing there was something drastically wrong and they set about seeking help. But to see so plainly on national tv the plague of disinterested fathers is heart-wrenching. And those repercussions are surfacing now. Never mind the judgments to come. In any case, the prophecy we were warned would come to pass in 2 Timothy about is being fulfilled.

God told us that the last generation would be selfish and ungodly. Disengaged fathers loving only themselves result in disobedient kids who are ungrateful and without self-control. Skeptical of the national impact of this scourge? Just ask Supernanny. She is in her sixth season with no lack of takers for "fixing those kids." Though Supernanny's techniques are helpful, the issue is godlessness, not bad parenting skills. I say: Fathers, seek God and ask Him for strength, wisdom, and for His plan for families to be strong and present in your life. "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Eph 6:4

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Key of David and the closed door

Have you ever locked yourself out of your car? Or worse, your house? LOL. It's always aggravating when that happens, and it happens to the best of us. Sometimes your child will lock you out on purpose, and you stand there begging and pleading, "Please open up. Open it. I said NOW!" Anyway, it's always a relief when you get the key and let yourself in.

I was reading Isaiah 22 last night and I came across the verse containing the phrase, "The Key to the House of David." It isn't a long chapter but that phrase stopped me and I kept returning to it. Here it is:

"Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder, When he opens no one will shut, When he shuts no one will open." Hmmm. Isaiah is a prophetic book. We see in the prophetic book of Revelation 3:7 the same phrase is repeated.

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:"

Plenty of more scholarly folk than I have delved into the spiritual implications of these bookend phrases describing the Key of David. However, the Spirit is drawing me to the simple. The door and the key. The bible is replete with symbology depicting the Open Door and Christ is that door. Here are two examples.

Luke 13:24-
He said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to." Matthew 7:7- "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." However this promise is not open-ended.

He is also the key! The authority of the Church is God and He has given the key to Jesus, descendant of David, to govern. Though Jesus has sole authority, His mercy proclaims that we, His bride and soon to be His wife, will govern with Him. (Rev 1:5-6; Ephes. 2:6; Romans 8:17). We have received the keys to the kingdom. The guarantee of the open door will not remain forever, however.

"Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know where you are from.' (Luke 13:25). Can you imagine that one day the door will be shut and the key will not ever enter the lock to open the door again? If you thought it was aggravating to be locked out of your car for a few minutes, imagine how it will be to be locked out of the Lord's presence for all time.

Why is it that so many people stampede to get in the closed doors at Wal-Mart at Thanksgiving's Black Friday, and do not stampede to get into heaven, with its infinitely more beautiful riches and goods? You, precious reader, can partake of the glories of worship of the Lord in heaven. Your trials and tribulations can be laid behind and your tears to be wiped from your eyes by your Maker. You must make sure you are in the right side of that (currently) open door. Be eager to ask forgiveness of your sins and make Jesus your Savior and Lord. Because, He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, ... who shuts and no one opens... and that day when the door shall be shut is coming.

Climate change treaty a cover for one world government?

Here is VeriChip extolling the virtues of the implantable chip, many of which escape me, frankly. One of its alleged virtues is that "it provides immediate access to your medical records," indicating that the voluminous information will be housed in one place and readily called up "when every second counts." We hear in this one minute ad reasons for getting a foreign object implanted in your body include medical ease, child find, being a good husband, being a good grandpa, and because you forget stuff.

So what does a medical ad have to do with the end times? In Revelation 13: 16-17 we read that "he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." No one knows the type of mark that it will be. However, if no one may buy nor sell without it, it seems likely that it may be some kind of information chip, because the seller will need to instantly call up your bank information which will need to be located in one place when you are at the point of sale. From the ad above, we know that the technology exists.

Is the one world economy a long way off, you ask? No. This today from the Wall Street Journal, but if you are a Glenn Beck fan or a haunter of blogs, you already know about Lord Monckton.

"We can only hope that world leaders will do nothing more than enjoy a pleasant bicycle ride around the charming streets of Copenhagen come December. For if they actually manage to wring out an agreement based on the current draft text of the Copenhagen climate-change treaty, the world is in for some nasty surprises. Draft text, you say? If you haven't heard about it, that's because none of our otherwise talkative political leaders have bothered to tell us what the drafters have already cobbled together for leaders to consider. And neither have the media."

"Enter Lord Christopher Monckton. The former adviser to Margaret Thatcher gave an address at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, earlier this month that made quite a splash. For the first time, the public heard about the 181 pages, dated Sept. 15, that comprise the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—a rough draft of what could be signed come December."

So far there have been more than a million hits on the YouTube post of his address. It deserves millions more because Lord Monckton warns that the aim of the Copenhagen draft treaty is to set up a transnational "government" on a scale the world has never before seen."

On other words, a One World Government. The link above takes you to the actual document. The end time prophetic pieces are coming together, folks. Are you ready?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Is your foundation cracked?

Paul spoke directly and plainly to the Corinthians regarding their foundations for living. He scolded them for still needing to drink milk and for not being weaned as mature Christians yet. They were quarreling over which teacher was better and which to follow, Paul or Apollos. Paul chastised them, saying that the Lord has assigned each teacher to his task, "I planted the seed; Apollos has watered it, but God made it grow." Paul continued, "Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor." It is this reward I'd like to speak to.

What do you have to show for your life? Nothing, by secular standards? Yet you are rich. You are saved by grace of the Jesus, Savior and Lord. You serve Him and through this service you are justified, for the glory of His name! V 22: "whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God." Do not worry for lost things in this life, for all things belong to you!

In today's economy, there are many Christians who are discovering how secular they have become. They are quickly being stripped of jobs, and with it, status. They are no longer able to provide for their families. They are selling homes and cars and maybe for the first time ever, are wearing second hand clothes. It is a trying time for many, and there is fear and worry afoot.

However it is also a blessed time. For if you are one of those Christians who has, over years, perhaps, slipped into secular thinking, that it is important to pile up goods and wealth, then you are blessed for you have time to be stripped of that. You have time to repair your house to the right foundation. "For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." v11

For there is a judgment in heaven for Christians. It is known extra-biblically as the Bema Judgment. Paul says "Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire." Some of the rewards that will be given are crowns, for how faithfully we served Him as stated in 1 Corinthians 9:4-27, or how we longed for His appearing, how victorious we were over sin, and how well we obeyed the Great Commission. These deeds will remain from the fire. The rest will be burned up.

Did you know that, Christian? That we will be called to account for the works we did for HIM while in the body?  Second Corinthians 5:10 tells us, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” It is not enough to say "oh, I got saved when I was 14 and that was that." Though our works do not save us, our works are an outgrowth of our growing faith. You should be on solid food by now! If your foundation has been built on wood or hay it will be burned up in front of your eyes!

If you have lost your job and are experiencing low self-esteem because for the first time you have to use the food pantry, fear not. If you feel you are less of a man because you cannot provide for your family to the standard you used to, fear not. It is not the size of the house you live in, it is the foundation upon which it was built. Is your house built upon the solid works of fire-resistant materials? If so, you will earn your reward at the Bema Seat. Yes, it is hard to adjust to the new economic reality, however it is for but a short time. And at the Bema Seat, your job and your car and your house and your clothes will not matter. The only thing that will matter is what you did for Him. Is your foundation solid, or cracked? The fire is coming.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

President Obama declares H1N1 flu a national emergency

There will be pestilences. "and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven." Luke 21:11

"President Obama Saturday declared the H1N1 flu a national emergency, clearing the way for legal waivers to allow hospitals and doctors offices to better handle a surge of new patients. It says that Obama does "hereby find and proclaim that, given that the rapid increase in illness across the Nation may overburden health care resources and that the temporary waiver of certain standard Federal requirements may be warranted in order to enable U.S. health care facilities to implement emergency operations plans, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic in the United States constitutes a national emergency."

MSNBC says:
"Swine flu is also more widespread now than it's ever been, and has resulted in more than 1,000 U.S. deaths so far. Flu illnesses are as widespread now as they are at the winter peak of normal flu seasons, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden told reporters Friday. "To be basically in the peak of flu season in October is extremely unusual," he said."

In the inexorable slide to a one world government, will this announcement allow for other waivers of regular procedures? We will see. Meanwhile, at almost the same time as the Pestilence Alert, we see a 7.0 earthquake in Indonesia. O Lord, come soon!

A bad week for the scientists

I noticed that there has been a spate of news articles coming out the last 8 days or so on "unexpected" or "surprising" science news. Scientists are either discovering massive new things which upend their theories, which they then have to throw out the window, or they are discovering how much they don't know. So this blog entry today focuses on science. If the scientists who peer through telescopes and microscopes and stethoscopes just SEE, they will see His invisible attributes!

Romans 1:20 "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." God IS so visible, if they only care to look. But for those who do not look,  "Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Mt 13:13. Of those who have been given long enough to look but still refuse the obvious, Paul says in Romans 1:28  "And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,"

I underlined the pertinent phrase in each of these recent articles, and please note how many times the scientists just this week have had to go back to the drawing board.

Fossil hailed as Man's ancestor is 'not even close relative'
It was billed as one of the most important fossil finds in history, a “missing link” that would challenge everything we knew about human evolution. Darwinius masillae, the primitive primate that was unveiled to the world with huge fanfare and a Sir David Attenborough documentary in May, seems now to have been less of a missing link than an evolutionary dead end.

[Well, imagine that. The long-sought missing link to confirm evolution ... isn't. I wrote about it in May, here, when the alleged missing link surfaced. I wrote about it from a specifically Christian perspective at that time also, here.]

32 New Planets Found Outside Our Solar System
The 32 previously unseen planets range from five times the mass of Earth up to eight times the mass of Jupiter, scientists said. In addition, the new planets were found around different types of stars, challenging existing theories for where and how planets form.

Giant ribbon discovered at the edge of the solar system: For years, researchers have known that the solar system is surrounded by a vast bubble of magnetism. Called the "heliosphere," it springs from the sun and extends far beyond the orbit of Pluto, providing a first line of defense against cosmic rays and interstellar clouds that try to enter our local space. Although the heliosphere is huge and literally fills the sky, it emits no light and no one has actually seen it. Until now. NASA's IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) spacecraft has made the first all-sky maps of the heliosphere and the results have taken researchers by surprise. The maps are bisected by a bright, winding ribbon of unknown origin. "This is a shocking new result," says IBEX principal investigator Dave McComas of the Southwest Research Institute. "We had no idea this ribbon existed--or what has created it. Our previous ideas about the outer heliosphere are going to have to be revised."

["what" created it, they ask? How about "WHO" created it! LOL]

Physicists Calculate Exact Number of Alternate Universes
For some time, physicists have theorized about the existence of alternate universes. In fact, some models of physics require multiple universes, to explain some rarely observed phenomena.

[So, basically what they are saying here is that because some things cannot be explained nor reproduced in the lab then the only alternative to explain its existence is an alternate universe. I pray that eventually some will see that the unfathomable is GOD and He exists in this, the only universe].

Sun's heliosphere has a different shape than theorists had expected

The sun's environment in interstellar space — the heliosphere — is essentially a bubble that encompasses the entire solar system and has a diameter about 100 times the distance from the Earth to the sun. This region, in which the solar wind dominates before it smashes into the surrounding galactic gas and dust, was supposed to look something like the shape of a comet: a region pushed inward on one side and streaming outward on the other. But a new NASA orbiting observatory designed to study this vast zone found something completely different. ... What does the discrepancy mean? It will take theorists some time to figure that out, since the observations were so different from anything predicted by existing theories or models. "Theories are flying," Crew says.

5,000 Years Makes Pavlopetri Oldest Underwater Town Submitted
Archaeologists surveying the world’s oldest submerged town have found ceramics dating back to the Final Neolithic. Their discovery suggests that Pavlopetri, off the southern Laconia coast of Greece, was occupied some 5,000 years ago - at least 1,200 years earlier than originally thought. The Pavlopetri Underwater Archaeology Project aims to establish exactly when the site was occupied, what it was used for and through a systematic study of the geomorphology of the area, how the town became submerged.

(I wonder what submerged this town so suddenly...? LOL)

"Life's Chemistry Set" Found in Remote Reaches of Universe
While some have been scanning our nearest neighbors for signs of life, excited by the existence of ice and methane plumes on Mars, others have been looking farther afield. Much farther afield. Twenty-five thousand light years afield, in fact, which is a bit more afield than the human brain can actually picture without popping, and in the far flung locale of HMC G31.41+0.31 one of the basic components of life has been found. Recent results indicating that there are far more planets out there than we previously suspected...

Is Unknown Force In Universe Acting On Dark Matter?
An international team of astronomers have found an unexpected link between mysterious 'dark matter' and the visible stars and gas in galaxies that could revolutionise our current understanding of gravity. One of the astronomers, Dr Hongsheng Zhao of the SUPA Centre of Gravity, University of St. Andrews, suggests that an unknown force is acting on dark matter.

And, presentinnnnnng, the biggest science moment of all: I consider this a true "Tower of Babel" moment:
Scientists claim the giant atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is being jinxed from the future to save the world. They say their maths proves that nature will "ripple backward through time" to stop the LHC before it can create the "God particle", like a time traveller who goes back in time to kill his grandfather. “One could even almost say that we have a model for God,” Dr Nielsen says in an unpublished essay.“He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them.” I feel like a lightning bolt will smite me just for passing on the comment, never mind saying it, and worse, believing it!

If any of you do apologetics in sciences, this cluster of headlines can be used to show that scentists don't know (heliosphere, 32 planets). Where they do not know, they make up theories than cannot be proved (dark matter). When some theories are disproved (missing link), they ignore the proof, and they ignore what's in front of them as a confirmation of the historic record (submerged city).

I am not saying that science is bad. Science is good. Polio has been beaten, leprosy is no longer the problem it once was. Cancer treatments exist. We have visited the moon. But, when science is based on theories that supplant and ignore God, then it becomes a problem. It always has been a problem (Tower of Babel), and it always will. Thus in these last days, God is making Himself known. "Declare what is to be, present it — let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me." Isaiah 45:21


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Is Ariel Sharon waking up?

Weisglass: Sharon May Come Out of His Coma
October 22, 2009

"Close to four years after suffering a massive hemorrhagic stroke, Dov Weisglass, who served as bureau chief to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, told Israel Radio’s Reshet Bet on Thursday that the former prime minister’s medical team indicates he may emerge from his coma, soon."

"Not really explaining his words, Weisglass exhibited a measure of optimism, seemingly confident the former war hero, prime minister and architect of the Disengagement Plan will awaken from his coma. He did not address earlier reports that Sharon sustained profound neurological compromise as a result of massive cranial bleeding from the stroke(s)." (Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)

Sharon suffered massive brain trauma from the stroke. And this talk of waking up is just a rumor. But with all that is already happening, and this rumor pops up after four years of Sharon's slumber, it may not be out of the realm of possibility. If Turkey and Armenia can normalize relations, then would Ariel Sharon emerging from a persistent vegetative state be any less of a miracle?

Sharon Bio here.
Full encyclopedia entry here.

UPDATE: The rumor was immediately denied.

Doctor: 'no change in vegetative state'

Despite claims on the radio by Ariel Sharon's longtime friend and lawyer Dov Weisglas that the former prime minister - hospitalized for nearly four years at Sheba Medical Center - is "in a stage before awakening from his coma," his personal physician said Thursday that there was no truth to it.

It's getting harder and harder

I wanted to write about the article in today's news regarding the EU and the vote for the Lisbon Treaty meaning that they will soon need to appoint a President of Europe; and the fact that one of the leaders of the EU today said they needed to find a President who had a certain charisma and force of personality to maintain the delicate diplomatic work that will continue. "Future EU foreign policy dependent on personal chemistry." That headline just so clearly spoke to me of the Antichrist and his forceful personality and diplomatic skill that will delude so many straight to hell.

But I just stared dumbly at the screen, occasionally looking at a few photos, scanning my e-mail, reading some jokes. In other words, light stuff. I didn't have a particularly hard day, but I could not make myself research the article and the bible scriptures deeply enough to write it. Aggravated at my lack of productivity, I flipped on over to Curt's "70th Week Blog" and I saw this preamble to his latest (interesting!) entry:

Curt Here...
"Hello everyone, sorry for the time between now and my last blog entry. It is crazy, that even though almost daily, there are amazing and possibly prophetic events occurring in this confusing world I am finding it more and more difficult to articulate these events in such a manner that doesn't add to the confusion. I guess I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, as it is becoming more and more plain to me that our Savior is coming soon (Praise God). It is also very frustrating to me that many of our brothers and sisters in Christ are not seeing the signs of His soon return, and because of this they could be caught at some point unaware. Is anyone else experiencing this frustration or is it just me?"

Aha! That's IT! I answered him:

Hello Curt,

"I sympathize with your feelings. On the one hand things are so exciting because many events are unfolding at once and I get thrilled seeing the LORD'S hand at work. On the other, I mourn the loss of so many unsaved, and worry for the blind Christians who resist seeing the season and continue secular life apace like nothing's happening. These conflicting emotions are running rampant at this time, interfering with and making cohesive thought harder than ever for me."

"Also, attempting to articulate what are ever more clearly *supernatural* events is stretching my writing and thinking skills to my natural limit just internalizing them enough to re-articulate them for my blog readers and subscribers. It is so hard to comprehend the supernatural when you have a natural brain and only so many words to formulate the deep thoughts and awful import of what I am seeing! Describing it becomes nearly impossible. Some days I just stare at the computer (like today) knowing what I want to write but am totally unable to. Days like these I just pray. Sometimes I just groan."
"Keep at it though, the Christians who are clued in are SO hungry. I guess we all just do the best we can and when one falls back there are others to step in and spell them, and when we are rejuvenated by the Spirit, we step in again. You do great work, never think it is for naught. I love your take on things and the EU-Political niche you are taking on. No one else is writing about that as consistently as you are, and your contributions are so valuable."

"Peace to you brother!"

I might feel like that little girl in the photo above, so many stairs to climb until I rest, but the Lord I serve is the Lighthouse, his strength is infinite, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it! Occasionally it is good to hear honesty in my fellow soldier-writers, and know that I am not the only one sometimes quailing before the ever-increasing task. But when that happens to me, I remember I can do all things through Christ who strengetheneth me, and I cling to Him, the Lighthouse. He will not let the waves wash me away.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Doomsday in reverse?

"A couple of scientists reckon that God or time travellers broke the Large Hadron Collider. The duo, who are, remarkably, still walking the streets, have published a paper claiming that the world’s largest particle accelerator, which failed a week after being switched on last September could have been broken by divine intervention or time agents from the future."

So let me see if I have this straight. The Large Hadron Collider's grandfather came back from the future to sabotage the search for the God particle? Alternately, maybe it was God? Same diff? Really.

Sigh. Back to the beginning. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator intended to collide opposing particle beams of either protons or lead nuclei. It lies in a 17 mi in circumference, as much as 570 ft beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) with the intention of testing various predictions of high-energy physics, including the existence of the hypothesized Higgs boson particle. To make this confirmation of the heretofore theorized article, the conditions at the beginning of the universe have to be reconstructed. So, ignorant of their arrogance, and unfamiliar with the issues around the building of the Tower of Babel, scientists built a collider deep underground so they can replicate the conditions at the moment of creation, (Big Bang), watch to see if this particle is among the matter flung out from the Bang's aftermath, and then track the Higgs Boson if it exists. Whoever thought that replicating the moment of the universe's creation must have been crazy. Even non-scientists worried about the likelihood that the Bang, even though it was deep under the Alps, would cause a black hole and suck the earth into it. I hate when that happens.

Well, there have been a series of, shall we say, mishaps, with the LHC every time it was turned on. The notion that enough weird and spooky things have been happening to the LHC that even scientists would consider that God was behind it is good news. Why? Because any time people are recognizing that God is in control, and even better, that He might not be happy with your choices, is a good thing. The notion that enough weird and spooky things have been happening to the LHC that even scientists would consider that God was behind it is bad news. Why? If deep atheists are wondering if God is involved then God must have really gotten their attention, but usually after that, judgment comes.

Some of the remarkable news links on this issue:
Is the Large Hadron Collider Killing its Own Grandfather? 
Censorship on a Cosmic Scale
Doomsday in reverse? 
Can God particle travel back in time to kill itself?

But here is the most remarkable link of all. Genesis 11:1-9

"Now the whole earth had one language and few words. And as men migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, 'Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.' And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.' And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. And the LORD said, 'Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.' So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.' Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth." (Genesis 11:1-9)

commentary here for more information on the Tower of Babel affair. The LHC definitely reminds me of the Tower of Babel. As for the LHC and the elusive Higgs Boson God particle, we will wait and see what God will do!

Everyone and his brother is a prophet nowadays

It seems that I cannot go on any message board these days than to read about someone who calls himself or herself a prophet. I can understand that people want to hear something, anything, that will give them comfort in these troubled times. They are dying to hear some item than will give them a heads up on what might be coming down the pike. But so many people don't want to 'work' for it through a diligent walk with God and daily bible reading, and persistent prayer. It is easier for them to listen to some guy pronouncing things importantly, with gravitas and self assurance. They believe it, and voila, a false prophet with a following is born.

Yes, there are modern-day prophets. No, not everyone who calls themselves one, is one. First, look at what a modern day prophet IS. The old prophets such as Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel etc were prophets in the office of prophet by virtue of being called by God to bring the Word of the LORD to the people. There were no self-made prophets. They did not go to temple and learn how to be one. They were called, called specifically to speak His Word. That Word came directly [i]from[/i] God [i]to[/i] them, and they in their office were bound to share it immediately and clearly, exactly and persistently, no matter what the cost to them personally. Jonah resisted the LORD'S call and ran away but after a series of events occurred he was convinced otherwise to remain dutiful.

Today, we have the Word in the form of the Bible and no longer need prophets to speak it. We can read it. However, we are told that in the latter days (Joel 2:28) that "I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions."

So...Why did God say He will use prophets in the last days when we already have the bible to refer to? To fill in the gaps. This gap-filling was prophesied to occur as the end approached: "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end, many shall run to and fro [u]and knowledge shall increase[/u]." (Daniel 12:4)

Knowledge shall increase, meaning knowledge of prophecy, if you look at that verse in context. If God said He will pour out his Spirit unto all mankind, He will, and if He said some will prophesy, they will. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If we are told we will receive spiritual gifts, 1 Corinthians 12, and one of those gifts is the gift of prophecy, then not only did they receive it yesterday, but they will also receive it today and forever.

People may be called to say a word that may be spoken to an individual, a social circle, a town, or more widely. They will be "increasing knowledge" by filling in gaps. They will be warning, as the watchmen used to do in the Old Testament. They will be reminding, exhorting, rebuking, essence, all the things Old testament prophets used to do but on a more specific and minor scale. Jesus is the Prophet today (Heb 1:1-2) so He has the big picture covered, but we are told that men and women will prophesy, so it can be inferred that these people will fill in the details of the smaller picture.

When coming across people who say they are prophets, I would caution one and all to be suspicious but not despising. To begin with, we are told that there will be many false prophets in the last days (Mat 24:11; 2 Pet 2:1; 1 John 4:1). Another tip-off to be aware of is that people calling themselves a prophet today usually are not. People who are chosen by the God of the Universe to speak His messages are more humbled by the calling than they are proud name-droppers, prancing around with the name 'Prophet' on their letterhead. Also, look to see if what they say comes true.

A true prophet preaches repentance and obedience to God's Law. This has never been a popular message. People aren't generally wildly enthusiastic about a person who tells them they need to shape up their behavior. If you hear of a prophet who has acquired an instant and hugely popular following, then scrutinize his or her message to see that it aligns with the bible. A good example but a terrible tragedy is Oprah. My bet is that the message won't align with God's Word, because in the last days people will like their ears tickled and will not endure sound doctrine (2 Tim 4:3).

The prophetic word that is safe to accept are men and women of God who bring the Word to you unadulterated, no matter what the cost to themselves. Who fill in gaps of understanding with regard to WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PROPHESIED. Who do not add their own interpretations. Who bear good fruit. Who may have said something to you that someone has already been said to you once, for when there are two witnesses, a thing is established.

The best thing to do in these last days is be strong on the Word. Memorize scripture. Have an understanding of its precepts. That way, when you came across a false prophet "Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted."

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ignoring reality, part 2

On Friday, I published an entry that discussed how the media, if it is controlled by evil, can and does change observable reality; and how that reality denial causes confusion and anger, two emotions that will be prevalent in the end times. Here is another example of this egregious abuse of a public trust. Rep. John Murtha ignores reality to push through his preferences. Though the "Nays" clearly have it, Murtha declares the vote to the Ayes, and then abuses his position to deny the Parliamentary rules and the Constitutional decrees that govern law-making in the United States House of Representatives. Though this video was taken in 2007, one can imagine how much more egregious the abuses and corruption have become since then.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Rich Have Stolen the Economy

Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, wrote an excellent economics essay for the secular world putting together the pieces of a picture that actually confirms what the very last days of the economy in the Great Tribulation will look like. I am taking his outline and interspersing scripture to illustrate that in the last days of the Tribulation, contrary to most peoples' belief, there will be riches upon the earth and mighty men wielding power and economic clout, while the rest of the world suffers. The economic disparity shown in Revelation between the very rich and everyone else, has begun.

We know that in the very last days that people will still be buying and selling. The antichrist institutes the mark so that as the age-old buy and sell mechanism continues, he will be worshiped. The very rich will be largely unaffected by the coming famines and disruptions in food supply etc. "When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!” (Rev 6:5-6).

From Jack Kelley: "Two things result when the world is plunged into uncertainty and wars erupt. First comes inflation, causing the prices of everything to skyrocket. When John wrote this, a denarius was the average pay for a day’s work, and that’s what it will cost to buy a quart of wheat, about enough food for one day. Think of it. For many, a whole days wages will barely buy enough food for that day. The next day it starts all over again. No money left for anything else."

The disparity between rich and poor in America, and elsewhere, is growing like never before.

Long-term unemployment spiking exponentially
Just when you think you've seen every absurdly terrifying unemployment chart - closing in on 9 million: Civilians Unemployed - 15 Weeks and Over. source- St. Louis Fed.

15% vacancy rate on Fifth Avenue
But as New Yorkers have drastically cut back, the shops that line the streets, from chain outlets to family-run shops, have started to disappear. The storefront vacancy rate in Manhattan is now at its highest point since the early 1990...

New York City and the Homeless 
New Yorkers in and out of government should be concerned by new statistics showing that homelessness has reached an all-time high and that 120,000 men, women and children resorted to the shelter system during the fiscal year that ended this summer.

Lost Vegas: Hundreds of homeless living under storm drains
Because, along with hundreds of others, the couple are part of a secret community living in the dark and dirty underground flood tunnels below the famous [Las Vegas] strip. 

From Jack Kelley: "Of course, the wealthy always benefit from inflation. When they see it coming, they’re able to convert their wealth into things that are either inflation proof, or actually increase in value during periods of inflation. The earliest example of this is comes from the Book of Genesis, when Joseph, who gained control of the world’s wheat supply on Pharaoh’s behalf, eventually acquired the entire wealth of Egypt in exchange for it. That’s what John meant by not harming the oil and wine, commodities that in his day were symbols of wealth. The vision he saw was famine amidst plenty."

to wit, while homeless population in New York expands to the size of Topeka KS, the very rich are lining up to buy gold at Harrod's in London.

Harrods to sell gold bullion for the first time
In a sign that the credit crisis has left his gilded customer base largely untouched, Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed has teamed up with Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux (PAMP), the Swiss refiner, to sell gold in the store. Aimed at private investors, the gold will be sold at the Harrods Bank branch on the lower ground floor of the West London store.  Harrods, famed for its gold and green livery, has never sold bullion before.

And the banker buddies of high muckey-mucks in the US grow only richer:

Geithner Aides Reaped Millions Working for Banks, Hedge Funds
Some of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s closest aides, none of whom faced Senate confirmation, earned millions of dollars a year working for Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other Wall Street firms, according to financial disclosure forms.

The gifts of billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money provided the banks with an abundance of low cost capital that has boosted the banks’ profits, while the taxpayers who provided the capital are increasingly unemployed and homeless.  JPMorgan Chase announced that it has earned $3.6 billion in the third quarter of this year.  Goldman Sachs has made so much money during this year of economic crisis that enormous bonuses are in the works. There is so much mega-money floating around that the Financial Times has launched a magazine titled "How to Spend It."

Not that there is anything wrong from earning wealth through diligence and hard work! But only to show the disparity is growing and will only widen as the world counts down to the inevitable moment when all will end. Back to the bible. Not only will there be "buying and selling" as described in Revelation 13, but in Revelation 18, that buying and selling is in luxury items. Since most of the world is so poor that they work all day to pay for one meal, and in no way can afford these luxuries, the items must be for the very rich, who still exist even in the latter days of the Great Tribulation.

"And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more--
cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble, and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives." Revelation 18:11-13.

'Human lives.' The price of a life is becoming increasingly worthless...on earth. But the value of a life to God is priceless. "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Mathew 6:19

The very rich discover too late that they have clung to the wrong treasure. So, gentle one, if you are in want, if you are homeless, if you are on the edge emotionally or physically or mentally, cling to the One who will wipe away your tears and will receive YOU as His greatest treasure. This privation and struggle is for but a short time. Know that at the end, "They will fling their silver into the streets and their gold will become an abhorrent thing; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD." Ez 7:19. You, Christian, will dine with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. You will never know want again, for you will dwell in perfect love and total joy.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hawaii newspaper reports Obama born in Indonesia

The end times are characterized by rising lawlessness: (2 Thess 2:7; Mt 7:23). When the word “lawless” is used in context of the bible it does not mean breaking man’s secular law, it means individual, rebelling hearts rejecting against Jesus and His grace. Thus, more people in the world rebelling means more evil abounding.

What does abounding evil (lawlessness, rebellion) at the time of the end look like in today’s world? How does satan sow discord, confusion, chaos? What does he do with all those rebelling hearts having the spirit of antichrist? These are surely going to characterize the end times. Satan is the god of this world and he loves nothing better than to bring confusion. People who are confused or anxious tend not to think straight. If you are not thinking straight it is harder to hear the Lord’s knock on the door of your heart.

Messing with reality

The best way to sow confusion and incite lawlessness is to mess with peoples’ reality. The news business used to be in the business of presenting unadulterated facts to the consumer. News presented reality. People decided if they like it or not, and proceeded to engage in the world on that basis. Not so anymore.

A few years ago the Lord put me in a place where He used me in the newspaper business. The task at hand was spiritual warfare for control of a town and the war was played out through the two newspapers in town. I see the same thing happening in the wider America now. Media is a wonderful way to sow discord. All they have to do is misrepresent facts or leave out facts all together and soon cognitive dissonance occurs.

Cognitive dissonance is holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously. When people know what happened, yet they encounter a contradictory media story, they enter in a state of dissonance. Remaining in a state of dissonance for too long causes people to become angry. It needs to be resolved for cognitive peace to reign in the mind again.

Messing with peoples’ reality cuts to the core of who they are. Once folks have internalized a fact or an experience, it becomes part of them. If there is a difference between what people know and what they see presented as reality through the media, it creates dissonance. If that fact or experience is skewed it then takes mental energy to pursue getting to the bottom of the truth. Of course, with satan, there is no bottom, so it is a rabbit trail that expends energy, increases angst, and promotes anger. Voila, a demon’s work is never done.

Gaining control of The fourth estate is critical to satan’s work. Candidates in a political campaign say that “controlling the message” is of utmost importance. But the state the media is in today goes way beyond simply pre-empting the press's inquisitiveness by a PR flak. A solid case can now be made that American press is controlled by satan and his minions. If this is so, then they can do more than control the message. They can distort, deny, delude, and disparage any and all messages. They can ignore the fabled “both sides” of the story and they can present only what they want the people to know. Increasingly, I have noticed that as satan’s control of the journalism industry tightens, the journalists are more blatant about deliberately changing the news. One example is below.

An eagle eyed reader of the Honolulu Advertiser noticed the unusual statement in an archived news story. It was a feature highlighting the accomplishments of Maj. Tammy Duckworth. The paper indicated that “both were born outside the country- Obama in Indonesia, Duckworth in Thailand.” To plainly state that the President of the United States was born in another country is extraordinary, since it would render him constitutionally ineligible to serve as President.

One wonders, did the writer of the news article research this piece and discover the fact that our president is not a natural born citizen? And then edit it later because the facts were inconvenient? Or did the reporter fail his duty to the Fourth Estate by taking someone else’s word for it without checking as a reporter should? In both cases it is bad form. Worse, the online version of the article was quickly changed. Within a day after the archived story was unearthed the sentence about the Indonesian birth was deleted. So which is true? The Indonesian birth? Or not? Journalism is supposed to erase confusion, not cause it.

Another example is the blatant bias in most news outlets at the Million American tea party march on September 12, 2009. Most people with eyes and a brain could see that there were at least a million present. The newspapers wrote that there were 60,000. Dissonance: we could see that there were many more than liberal, satan-controlled media were reporting, but how to get them to tell the truth? Many people spent a great deal of time attempting to do just that, with only the media's eyes more firmly closed. The disparity between what was reported and what everyone saw was tremendous and millions stewed about it. The result is confusion, chaos, anger and voila, a demon's work is never done.

Lest any person underestimate the power of the press, or think I am overstating the evil that satan and his minions can do in control of it, remember that the first thing the Lenin did in the Russian Revolution was shut down the newspapers and create a Bolshevik news media. When Mussolini took over Italy he personally chose all newspaper editors and no one who did not possess a certificate of approval from the fascist party could practice journalism. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has closed newspapers, turned off television stations, and continues to close media outlets that publish or produce news opposing his dictatorial and socialistic advances. Recently, America's President has "gone to war" with the only media outlet that is not succumbing to his message, Fox News. An Australian cartoon reveals in visual form just how silly Obama's war with Fox is, and worse, how chicken the American media is for failing to report it. Where evil Princes of a Nation govern, the press is sure to follow.

There is nothing good to be said about a lying media. However, where God is involved, there is always good. Perhaps He is giving Christians a period of time to let go our fast-held traditions and look now to ONLY Him. Media can no longer be trusted in any way for news. But the bible can always be trusted as a source of news (future news = prophecy!), truth, comfort, and wisdom. Soon, and very soon, we will see Truth Himself and we will not have to rely on newspapers any more. Hallelujah!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fiery meteor over Holland startles many reports "NETHERLANDS FIREBALL: A fireball as bright as the full Moon startled observers in the Netherlands yesterday when it raced across the evening twilight sky. A lucky shot by photographer Jan de Vries at approximately 1658 UT caught the meteor in mid-flight:"

"It was spectacular," says eyewitness Dominic Doyle of the European Space Agency in Noordwijk. "I estimate its magnitude to be about -12," adds amateur astronomer Koen Miskotte, who saw it from the small village of Ermelo. Various observers report it breaking apart into as many as a half-dozen pieces, followed by sonic booms, low rumbles and shaking windows. A Royal Dutch Meteorology Institute listening post detected strong infrasound (low-frequency sound) waves, apparently confirming a high-altitude breakup event: data."

There has been a spate of meteors lately. A cluster of them early this year sparked interest worldwide. As we approach the time of the end, there will be increasing phenomena from all directions; 'natural disasters' such as earthquakes, meteors, and inexplicable things that create terror in earth. It is described in Luke thus: "men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken." Luke 21:26.

The signs that Jesus give in His Olivet Discourse in response to the Apostles' question, "What shall be the signs of your coming?" was a list of items and a description of them. Jesus indicated by using the birth pains analogy that the signs would have a beginning, rise in intensity (like birth pangs) and then culminate in a crescendo of terrors so terrible that men faint just waiting for them to happen. In other words, the end times will have a rhythm as much as it is a series of events. One meteor does not an end time make. But placed in the context of more and more frequent events just as Jesus described, rising in insenity and frequency, even overlapping at times, now we have an end time progression that can be pointed to. Which is the entire point.

Jesus used the birth pang analogy in Mark 13:8 to good effect. A pregnancy is gestated for a certain period of time, usually nine months, give or take two weeks. Pinpointing the exact timing of the birth is not possible nor is ever accurate. Labor itself is marked by a definite beginning, when the water breaks (Israel becoming a nation.) The labor proceeds for a period of time, again not marked by exactitude. Labor could take a day, or 36 hours or 48 hours, or more. You never know how long it will be but you know for sure that it will end with a baby. The pains get worse as labor continues. There are some lulls, each lull getting shorter in duration and less frequent in number as the labor pains increase in duration and in number, until the birth is performed.

If you study the Book of Esther, you see that the events unfold in the same way. They start slowly, the people gather and are making their decisions that will set in motion the events. The events begin, and when they do, it all happens very suddenly. God dealt with Haman very quickly but looking back over the entire book, one can see that the events took a long time to unfold. But the end came fast, with the events rolling on ever faster as Haman met his doom.

The meteor over Holland, set in the context of the meteors that hurled to earth this winter, combined with the famine, pestilences, wars, and rumors of wars etc, are end times signs. The labor pains are intensifying.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Two Witnesses: who are they?

There is much speculation about who the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11 will be. The middle chapters of Revelation describe the Great Tribulation. This is the point in the end time that events will be so horrendous that unless the Lord cut them short, no man would be left alive. The rapture has taken place and the world is given over to its own evil devices, except for those who have converted to Christianity and for the 144,000 supernaturally sealed evangelists the Lord has sent. But the Lord in His mercy never leaves us completely alone, and in this case, He sends two witnesses so that a thing can be established (Deu 19:15; 2Cor 13:1). These two witnesses preach, prophesy, and call for repentance for 1260 days non-stop.

These two, clothed in sackcloth, stand in the Jerusalem street, likely near the Temple. The bible says that the everyone hates them, these who are not named in scripture. They are hated so much that the world celebrates their eventual death and they lay in the Jerusalem street for three days before supernaturally being resurrected and ascending to heaven before the astonished eyes of the people.

Speculation abounds as to the identity of the Two Witnesses. I am of two minds. I think it is almost pointless to dwell on searching out the details of prophecies for which there is no knowable answer. The bible does not name them, period. Anyway, we will be raptured before the appearance of these witnesses, and before other unknowable prophecies' details come to pass, such as before the antichrist is revealed and before learning exactly what "Wormwood" is. So spending time and energy to search out the unknowable things out is not a way to bear fruit for His Kingdom. Revelation 10:4 even says there are part of the Tribulation that are coming (The Seven Thunders) but were deliberately sealed up and John was prohibited from writing about them. However, on the other hand, it is good to mildly speculate, and read the scriptures to connect the dots. The following was a dot that connected for me.

We read in Hebrews 9: 27 " is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment." However, we know that many have died twice. Lazarus, Jesus's friend died and was buried four days before being raised to life again, to die later at a second time. So my opinion is, since the scriptures have been proved not to mean, to die ONLY once and then the judgment, it must mean to die AT LEAST once and then the judgment.

People have said that the two witnesses must be Elijah and Moses because it was those two who appeared with a glorified Jesus in Matthew 17:3. And also that Moses was known previously for being used of God in producing miracles that involved turning waters into blood (Ex 7:17-21) and the Witnesses will also turn waters into blood (Rev 11:6) and since God is consistent... However, if the scriptures say it is appointed for a man to die (at least) once and then judgment leaves two men who never died who would make that scripture moot: Enoch and Elijah.

Hebrews 11:5 "By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God." Enoch did not die.

2Kings 2:11 "As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven." Elijah did not die.

It seems obvious to me that after having witnessed for 1260 days the scriptures would be fulfilled if Enoch and Elijah's appointment with death was on the street of Jerusalem. Otherwise they would be two men who had not died once. Again, Enoch or Elijah may have a part to play in the unknowable Seven Thunders events that includes their appointment with death, so they may not necessarily have to be one of the two witnesses based on the "die once" verse.

Therefore, I cannot make a doctrine out of this. Ultimately, I find it helpful to dwell not on the identity but on the miracle. God's love is so deep that even in humanity's darkest days, when hearts heavy as stone and hard as glass refuse and blaspheme Him, He STILL sends the message to us. Jesus saves.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

What does it mean to repent? And why did Jesus go on about it so much?

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Mt 4:17

Those were the first ministry words of Jesus. Repent. From that time on, the bible says, Jesus preached, and He always preached the same thing: the Kingdom of God and the repentance required to enter it. After Jesus was gone, the message remained the same.  "What must we do"? they asked Peter. And Peter answered as Jesus had taught him, "Repent." The message is very simple: we are sinners, born that way. We must repent and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, forgiver of our sins. Then we can enter Paradise.

What is repentance? It means to turn away from your sins, confess them, and looking to Jesus, ask Him to forgive them. A 180 degree turn. Not a sinner you say? You are a pretty good person? Have you ever lied? Sure. Stolen? Likely. Lusted? Of course. Sinner.

Anyone who sins cannot enter the kingdom of God. God is Holy and as such, cannot be near to sin. So we have a sin problem. However, God in His mercy made a way. Jesus died on the cross and took on our sins. All sin, past, present, and future Yours and mine, being the offering to God as the sinless lamb. Now all we need to do is accept His sacrifice and believe in His cross as the bridge to get over the gap that exists between sin and God.

Two very famous, iconic photos illustrate what repentance is, and what repentance can do. In 2004 on Boxing Day there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean. The 9.1 mega earthquake was the strongest ever recorded by seismographs. The entire earth vibrated 1cm. The energy released from the quake was stronger than all the explosions in WWII, including the two atomic bombs. The energy release sparked a tsunami which affected 15 countries, killing or injuring over 2 million people. The following is a still taken from a video shot from a second story restaurant overlooking the beach at Khao Lak, Thailand. A man is seen standing alone on the beach, with his back to the massive wave that is about to engulf him. He never turned around, so he never knew what was to hit him. He is swept away and died instantly.

In 1989, there was a protest in Tienanmen Square, China. When a beloved pro-democracy and anti-corruption official died, people wanted to mourn him. They gathered in Tienanmen Square and soon, be the eve of his funeral, over a million people had collected. The mourning continued for seven weeks, escalating into protests. Chinese officials let the protests go on only so long before cruelly and crushing them. One day, tanks showed up and cleared the people out with force. Many killed and injured. This man, never identified, stood with his briefcase in front of a line of reinforced tanks, facing down evil with a look.

Look away from Jesus and any old wave will sweep you to your destruction. If that Tsunami Man had just turned around, he would have seen the destruction coming at him. Please, turn from sin, look to Jesus for forgiveness. He will strengthen and help you. You will even be able to look full in the face of evil, and it will stop in its tracks. You will be an overcomer.

Will you make that 180 degree turn? Will you repent, turning AWAY from the destructive wave of sin engulfing your life, and turn TO Jesus, through Whom you can do all things? Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Past Nobel winners

Just to see what kind of company Obama is in ... and to see if past selections have stood the test of time. In my opinion, the last worthy recipients were Mikhail Gorbachev, and Lech Walesa, true men of peace. Full list here. Only 4 US Presidents have won it. Aside from Obama, an Israel hater, there was Jimmy Carter, an Israel hater; Woodrow Wilson, for creating the League of Nations which became the UN, an Israel-hating organization, and Teddy Roosevelt in 1906 for his work in the negotiations that led to the Treaty of Portsmouth ending the Russo-Japanese War in 1905.

Kay Cude poetry: The Tunnel

Used with permission. Click to enlarge