Thursday, December 31, 2009

We tip our hat to the New Year

During the Depression, though money was scarce, folks saved a quarter to attend the 'picture show' matinee on the weekend. They spent a few blessed hours removed from the grueling grind life had become and immersed themselves in fantasy scenes as far removed from daily life as they could get. I think it is a natural inclination to try and wring out hope from something pretty among the grit, something fanciful in the face of grimness.

I was watching youtube clips of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in 1935's "Top Hat." One of the most famous songs in the movie is "Dancing Cheek to Cheek." The lyrics Astaire sings speak of perfect happiness, more than the highest mountain peak, that all else has faded as he nears the girl of his dreams, that nothing can compare to her when they are dancing cheek to cheek. "Heaven, I'm in heaven" Astaire sings, as he and Ginger glide smoothly over opulent sets with marble and fountains and in floaty dresses with feathers and smart tuxedos.

The producers of these Depression-era extravaganzas knew what the audience needed, what they wanted. Moreover, they know what they would pay for. A fantasy so far away from reality as could be put into visual form. Something so utterly beautiful so joyful and lilting in music and dance, so gorgeous their eyes would feast on what they saw but almost be unable to comprehend it. Women swept up by a handsome man in a tuxedo... loving couples dancing so lightly they seemed to float, released from gravity to soar into the clouds... gowns adorned with feathers so lush they are almost one with the person wearing them. Sure beats filling Twinkies in the factory every day.

"When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek."
"A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance." (Ecc 3:4)

Irving Berlin wrote all the music especially for Top Hat, including "Dancing Cheek to Cheek." The set on which the couple dances cheek to cheek, dubbed "The White Set", was designed to mimic the Venice canal. It was so large it required two adjoining sound stages at RKO's Gower studio. The entire length was over 300 feet. Up to that time it was the largest set ever built on the RKO lot. Depression-era movie-goers were fascinated by such depictions of wealth and extravagance so far beyond their dreams and imaginings they lined up for blocks just to see it portrayed.

"Heaven, I'm in Heaven,  And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak; And I seem to find the happiness I seek"
"My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God." (Psalm 84:2)

This movie has the famous feather dress that Astaire hated. The feathers would float off and land on his tux so the crew had to individually sew each feather onto the dress so they would stay on as they whirled over the floor. But it did make Ginger look like an angel. This same scene was shown to death row convict John Coffey in "The Green Mile." Granted his last wish, the scene of reality inside a Depression era Louisiana death row movie room versus the glittering scenes on the screen, brought tears to the convict, who said wonderingly, "They's like angels, jes' like in heaven." We all want to cling to something lovely in the time of hardship.

"I want my arms about you, Those charms about you, Will carry me through...Right up to heaven, I'm in heaven..."
"And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight." (Acts 1:9)

The bible tells us much about heaven but the few direct descriptions of what it looks like are hard to comprehend. A perfect and joyful groom awaits us, hand extended and veritably floating on the clouds of heaven. Stephen saw it - "But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God. "What a picture! He is waiting for us! In glory, with hand extended! He will clothe us in white garments and wipe the tears from our eyes!

"The White Set" will be lit and glittering with the Lord's own light. Wealth beyond measure awaits us, treasures untold and unimaginable. We will wear garments of spotless white, live in serene happiness under our own vine. The city in which we will dwell will be laid with jewel-encrusted stones under gates of the largest pearl - luminously open to allow His bride entry.

"And the cares that hung around me through the week seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak"
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matt 11:28)

No one knows when the moment will happen when He calls us to Him with a shout, with a trumpet, with the voice of an archangel. No one knows when the full number of the Gentiles will come in. I hope that it will be soon, at least in 2010 if not ten minutes from now. As the New Year ticks over tonight, I look eagerly to my Savior in hope that 2010 will be the year that time will be no more.

As times get harder we tend to look for escape, whether in the form of electronic games, television, or movies. The greatest escape there is, is the bible - telling us of things beyond imagining. Amazing stories of battles and warriors and miracles. Read of Miriam's dancing. David's songs. Escape into the lives of other hardships such as Moses being chased by all of Pharaoh's army or Paul beaten and dragged to the city gates and left for dead. When you want to imagine The White Set, turn to Revelation and see what He is creating for us. When you are worried about supply read Matthew 6.

Read the glorious things. Make a New Year's resolution to escape into the bible's truths. If you know Him, sing, "Heaven...I'm in heaven. And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak; And I seem to find the happiness I seek." This year, make a resolution that when you are feeling down or depressed, weary from hardships, that you will read of glory. Escape into the truth! It is far more unimaginable than any escapism movie. It brings far more lasting relief than a matinee! YOu really want an escape into a movie? How about these?

This one - only 40 (devastatingly wonderful) seconds

Or this one, 5 minutes long:

Happy New Year friends. I hope if you experience hardship this year, that you rely on the Holy Spirit to strengthen you, and if you do not know Jesus I hope the seed planted within you blooms into the most wonderful fruit: the Truth of the Good News.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Danish paper says Obama greater than Jesus

Yesterday, a Danish newspaper said that "Obama is greater than Jesus." No this is not a spoof, and they were perfectly serious. Comparing Obama's accomplishments to Jesus's, Jesus comes up short.  Headlined, "The U.S. president - the practical saviour of our times" the comparisons begin, Jesus being only an impractical savior, is behind in points already. Above, the photo the editor chose to use in his piece.

Politiken is the nation's second largest paper with a circulation of almost half a million. Its editor wrote yesterday in gushing and adoring rhetoric that while Obama's tangible results are few and far between, his words have affected the global consciousness, and somehow this is even better than what that old Jesus did, and will undboubtedly have long-term effects. Again by tacit comparison, Jesus's words only have a short-term effect. And anyway, He spoke only in parables so "it is impossible to give an unequivocal result of his work."

The editorial claims by intimation that Jesus never existed, but if He were to appear and stand by Obama the comparison wouldn't even come close, it would actually be hilarious, because, "If such a comparison were to be made, it would, of course, inevitably be to Obama’s advantage." "Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus."

And unlike the unfortunate comment made by John Lennon that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, this piece claims that Obama is greater than Jesus. Lennon's claim was a direct attack on Christianity but not on Jesus Christ Himself. And in those innocent, bygone days, when "Datebook quoted Lennon's comments in August 1966, a violent protest broke out in the US. Beatles records were publicly burned, concerts were cancelled and threats were made. The protest spread to other countries including Mexico, South Africa and Spain; there were anti-Beatles demonstrations and Beatles music was banned from being played on radio stations." What will be Christians' reaction to the Danish claim that Obama is greater than the Savior Himself? I hope not crickets.

That prophetic implications are obvious. That the editor's statements are blasphemous and heart-rending are assured. The End Time prophecies are replete with warnings about false Christs and false teachers; warnings to stay away from men who speak flatteries and deceive the naive; warnings about doctrines of  demons and falling away from the faith; warnings about tickled ears and inability to endure sound doctrine, and more.

No, Obama has never proclaimed himself to be a messiah. But he has never denied it, either. Even the angels of God were quick to deflect worship but Obama accepts the Godly titles, and by his silent acceptance, encourages worship. If for anything else, the Politiker piece reminds us that the gulf between believer and lost is wide, and that the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. Writing such a claim, even thinking it, illustrates the depth of the fallen state of those who are lost and perishing. It also shows how desperately the lost need the savior, but are looking in all the wrong places.

Charles Smith is managing editor and a daily contributor to, a Christian news source. He wrote an excellent piece on this topic here. I recommend one and all to read it.

Politiker's editor, Julian Isherwood, listed an e-mail address at the end of the piece. I encourage one and all to write him, politely, and remind him of Who the true Savior is.

"Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour." (1 John 2:18)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Norway Doom Spiral and swirled coffee

It turns out that the Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Connecticut, "Ronald Mallett, thinks time travel is possible -- and he's designed an experiment that could do it. Basically, he wants to "swirl" empty space the way you'd swirl coffee in a cup, using a laser as the stirrer."

Which sorta looks exactly like the event that occurred earlier this month over in Norway. Continuing:

 "Because space and time are more or less the same, swirling empty space could also swirl time. Mallett would then drop subatomic particles into his roiling cup of space-time and see if they're hurtled a few nanoseconds into the future. The idea sounds esoteric, but it's based in solid theory: Einstein's, in fact.""

Here Professor Mallett is explaining the theory in an engaging interview with BBC reporters in 2006. His demo begins at 3:00. He said he is looking for funding to build the machine, which he hopes to complete within the next 10 years. That statement was just under 4 years ago so I do not think that the Norway event was a live test of a completed time machine, especially since the Professor's machine will be a desktop model thrusting one neutron along. But it COULD indicate either another experimenter who is far ahead of Dr. Mallett or at least its similarities provoke a thought about swirling time with  light & laser.

Likely we will never know what that spiral WAS, but it is mentally challenging and spiritually intriguing to wonder about the unexplainable in the world!

Misplaced Faith: reprise

I posted this on March 16, 2009 but I'm getting promptings to post it again with one change. Ahaz's story is told in 2 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 28 and some astounding prophecies from Isaiah 7-10. The change is an added verse. Today the key verse to ponder is from 2 Chronicles 28:22 -

"Now in the time of his distress this same King Ahaz became yet more unfaithful to the LORD." 

In these times of distress, surely to deepen as 2009 wanes and 2010 enters, we must ask ourselves if our distress has made us more faithful or less faithful to the Lord? A heart-check may be a good resolution for the New Year. Here is the essay on "Misplaced Faith."

[image "Azaz turns to idol worship"]
A secular economist I read, wrote this week; “I can’t tell you the exact moment I lost faith in the system, but I decided to equip myself with the tools necessary to survive whatever politics and history throw at me next.”

That sounds exactly like something King Ahaz could have said 1300 years ago, when times got tough and Ahaz turned from God and initiated an alliance with Assyria instead. Ahaz insisted on maintaining his faith in political alliances instead of standing firm in God’s revealed truth to him through prophet Isaiah. (2 Kings 16:7-8, Isaiah 7:3).

The economist uses the word “faith” so casually. He has faith, but it is misplaced. He looks for something to put his faith in. For him, it is “the system.” For Ahaz, it was other nations. Misplaced faith always has devastating consequences.

What is behind misplaced faith? Fear. The economist guy is fearful of the things coming on the earth. So he has decided to rely upon his own self and sell survival kits, switching his misplaced faith from ‘the system’ to kits.

Fear is a powerful emotion. It blinds us. It shifts our focus. It chips away at our faith. It stops us from acting on God’s revealed truth. It paralyzed Ahaz. Even when God Himself offered to give Ahaz a sign, Ahaz still refused!

We all fear. Acting on God’s revealed truth is scary. Even soldiers who win bravery medals from terrible battles are fearful of action. Winston Churchill said, “Why, you take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman, the most audacious soldier, put them together at a table, and what do you get? The sum of their fears.” Yet they act.

We Christians are soldiers. We go into battle every day with unseen forces. When we act on God’s revealed truth we strike a devastating blow to the enemy. If we were to take the most gallant teacher, the most intrepid missionary, the most audacious preacher, and put them together at a table, what would we get? The sum of their fears.

Ahaz was paralyzed by his fears to the point of (mis)placing faith in his wrong action, with devastating consequences. Faith is not in ‘the system’, faith is not in survival kits, faith is not in political alliances. Whether times are good or bad, God still reveals truth to us and urges us to act. Admittedly, in today’s times of distress, it is harder to act, to step out in faith. We can have a healthy respect for our fears, but I call upon my brothers and sisters to look through them to the one true God. He is the One whom we can and must properly place our faith. Isaiah said to Ahaz, “If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all.” (Is 7:9b). When the Lord returns, let Him find us standing.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sin's poison is visible in the world

In these waning days of the Age, do you think about the Garden of Eden? What untainted creation must have looked like? I do. The only mirror I have of earth as originally intended is in Genesis 1, and there, the LORD called it "good." The reverse of that is earth in today's condition. And today it looks pretty bad. (image source)

Consider these headlines:
Food Poison Journal National Steak and Poultry E coli Outbreak
"The outbreak linked to National Steak and Poultry, an Oklahoma-based purveyor of pre-portioned beef products, has sickened people in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota, and Washington. I haven't yet seen reference to how many are thought to have been sickened in the outbreak, but a listing of six states stretching from the eastern time zone all the way to the west coast portends some bad news on that front."

Our food is increasingly poison to our bodies.

List of polluted NC waters is floated
"A list of so-called impaired waterways in the state is available and the state is seeking public comment. The N.C. Division of Water Quality released a revised draft 2008 list as it is required to do every two years. Listed are the streams, rivers and other bodies of water that fail to meet water-quality standards or can't support uses such as aquatic life, recreation, fish consumption, shellfish harvesting or water supply."

Waters cannot be drunk nor support life.

First Case of Highly Resistant TB Seen in U.S.
"Doctors say Juarez's incessant hack was a sign of what they have both dreaded and expected for years — this country's first case of a contagious, aggressive, especially drug-resistant form of tuberculosis. The Associated Press learned of his case, which until now has not been made public, as part of a six-month look at the soaring global challenge of drug resistance."

Our formerly perfect bodies are rejecting even the good drugs that used to aid us in fighting disease.

Woman in NH contracts anthrax, possibly from African drums
"According to the CDC, "The intestinal disease form of anthrax may follow the consumption of contaminated meat and is characterized by an acute inflammation of the intestinal tract. Initial signs include nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, fever are followed by abdominal pain, vomiting of blood, and severe diarrhea. Intestinal anthrax results in death in 25% to 60% of cases."

Dread plagues from afar are striking close at home.

Bubonic plague found in Bakersfield, CA cat
"According to Matt Constantine, Director of Public Health “Plague is still very much present in our county, although we may want to believe that it is an obsolete disease of the past,”

Medieval infectious scourges are revealed to have not only re-emerged, but not to have gone away at all.

1 in 100 kids have autism
"Two new government studies indicate about 1 in 100 children have autism disorders – higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in 150. The new estimate would mean about 673,000 American children have autism."

"There is no known single cause for autism, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism versus neuro-typical children. Researchers are investigating a number of theories, including the link between heredity, genetics and medical problems."

Our very brains are mutating.

How far and deep has the effect of sin permeated our waters, our land, our food, and our very bodies and brains? Everything seems as poison now. Creation itself is laboring under the poisonous effects of a sinful world. "For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now." (Romans 8:20-22)

"[T]herefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink." (Jer 9:15) Matthew Henry writes of that verse, "Every thing about them, till it comes to their very meat and drink, shall be a terror and torment to them. God will curse their blessings." Malachi 2:2 is that reminder of His promise to curse even the blessings of food and water. 

I am not referring to the curse of oil spills or overflowing landfills or garbage scows nor greenhouse effects. I am talking the tide of sin-pollution and its impact on a falling world. "Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets, 'Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem pollution has gone forth into all the land.'" (Jer 23:15). If we insist on wallowing in sin, then the Lord obliges by sending its visible manifestation to us and causes us to eat and drink of it.

Worse, "Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it." (Malachi 2:4). Does the dung promise to mean that if we speak refuse, live in refuse, offer Him refuse, that we will eat refuse? That just as we punish a puppy who messes in the house with rubbing his face in it, God will do the same? Well, want a steak? Have some e coli.

How we have allowed sin's effects to creep like a tide of polluted water to poison the world. How often we see the bitter herb 'wormwood' used in the bible as a visible materialization of our sin. And so it will be again: "The name of the star is called Wormwood, and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter." (Revelation 8:11)

Sin is a terminal condition. Do not underestimate how seriously God takes refusal to turn away from sin!! Do not underestimate your own sin! Do not think you will escape! The only remedy is the blessed Hope, His forgiveness, made possible because of His sacrifice of blood on the cross. If you feel burdened with guilt for your misdeeds, and believe Jesus died and rose again for your sin, then ask him with sincere heart to forgive you. Believe on His name. Only the forgiven of sin can dwell with the Most High and Holy. Those with sin in them will be given over to the poison that it truly is, now made increasingly visible and manifest in this dying world.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Israel discovers "huge" oil reserves in Rosh Ha'ayin

Ezekiel 38 and 39 reveal that in the time of the end, God uses Israel's enemy nations to draw them into attacking Israel. Thus He reveals Himself to the world as He saves Israel from this surprise attack. The event causes Israel to renew the covenant with Him and the last 7 years thus begins.

Nations He will draw into this evil coalition include Iran and Russia, Libya, Sudan, Turkey, Armenia, and others. We know from constant rhetoric from Iran's Muslim Clerics and its President, Ahmadinejad, that they want to attack Israel on religious grounds. Russia could care less about Israel's religion, but they do care very much about oil. Russia has an interest in the world's oil reserves, namely, owning them. The following scripture from Ezekiel describes the motivation for this attack:

“I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.” (Ezekiel 38:11-12)

Other nations, standing by, ask, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?” (Ezekiel 38:13) confirming the motivation for the attack as plunder. By the time of the end, Israel has treasure that Russia and Iran want and will set about to plunder it.

Last January, Israel discovered massive natural gas reserves under the Mediterranean Sea near Haifa. The find was of "historic proportions" the gas company said. At this time, the prophesied coalition of nations took notice and start talking among each other. Diplomatic unions were reaffirmed or affirmed for the first time, materiel was pledged to be sold among the alliance, and trade increased. In other words, the Gog-Magog nations solidified their relationship.

The bible states that the motivation for this surprise attack comes because the nations want to plunder Israel's riches. Israel is at the forefront of agricultural technology and has made the desert bloom, however, it is not so conceivable that Russia would attack Israel over figs. Israel has become a forerunner in scientific and military technology, but Russia could just spy and steal that without using materiel in a battle. What could make Russia rouse her bearish nose and sniff over to the desert? Oil.

Today this news comes: Israeli company finds oil beneath Rosh Ha'ayin
"An Israeli oil exploration company on Thursday announced that it had found a huge amount of oil and gas during drilling below the city of Rosh Ha'ayin this week. Givot Olam Oil Exploration Limited Partnership said that more than 60 percent gas was measured in the drill, indicating the first such find in Israel. The company said it was too soon to determine what significance the find would bring to Israel, but added that it would become clear over the next few months of drilling whether it could be used for commercial purposes. Givat Olam began drilling at the Megged 5 well beneath Rosh Ha'ayin last June. Its shares rose 123 percent upon news of the find."

Remember this promise of blessing from Deuteronomy 33:19 -"They will summon peoples to the mountain and there offer sacrifices of righteousness; they will feast on the abundance of the seas, on the treasures hidden in the sand." God gave Israel treasures, among them, riches under the sea and under the sand. Matthew Henry Commentary says that this prayer is a prophecy, that they would keep His favor and that the tribes shall always receive the earthly blessings that the Lord had bestowed on them: including what was under the sea and under the sand.

This year, Israel discovered historic gas deposits under the sea and huge gas reserves under the sand. The recent oil discovery was in the city of Rosh HaAyin, which is in the Center District of Israel. "living at the center of the land" Ezekiel 38:12 says.

A few conditions must be met before the Gog-Magog attack occurs. Israel must possess treasures worth plundering. It must be living in a state of peace, unsuspecting in 'unwalled' villages. Israel is not in a state of peace, but could be soon.  Netanyahu has agreed to U.S. terms for a Palestinian state
"Israel and the United States have unofficially reached agreement on the terms of negotiations for a Palestinian state in the entire West Bank, a report said. The report by the Middle East Forum asserted that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. envoy George Mitchell have reached agreement on the terms of reference for final status negotiations with the Palestinian Authority."

Other conditions that must be in place when the Gog-Magog war occurs are in place or nearly so; Israel is in the land, she is in possession of Jerusalem, Turkey has switched sides as she must do before the attack, because she aligns with Russia and Iran in the  war. Israel has no friends in the world, she is in possession of riches worth plundering, the ancient Roman Empire has revived with the signing of the Lisbon Treaty.

It seems the stage is set for the Gog-Magog war to occur. This war is the precipitating event that draws Israel back into covenant with God, and the resumption of the covenant starts Daniel's clock ticking on that 70th week, the last 7 years of the old earth. Prior to the Gog-Magog war, the rapture occurs.

The pieces are falling into place. It is of massive prophetic proportions that huge oil reserves were discovered at the center of Israel. The LORD'S timing is His own, so I have no idea when this attack will occur, other than prior to the Tribulation. But it is such a pleasure to see His works in today's preparatory stage! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and look up, for our Redemption draweth nigh!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Our Savior

As we come to the holy day of Our Savior's birth, I've been pondering this:

He sacrificed Himself on the cross, shedding blood to pay for our sins. This as an amazing thing. What King leaves His throne to dwell among the poor and unwashed? Our Savior.

But also consider this: He confined Himself into a man's body for all eternity. He, who was outside of time, Who existed since the beginning, submitted to the Father's will that He should become a man forever. He poured His eternal presence, as large as the Universe, author of time and outside of it, into a man's body with  looks so unremarkable that "He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him." (Is 53:2b) Our Savior.

When Resurrected Jesus returned to heaven, He did not dispense with the body and return to spirit with the Father. Oh, no.  Appearing to the Disciples, He told Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." (John 20:27). John the Revelator said, "And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, (Rev 5:6). Jesus has fleshly solidity and walks and eats: "They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence." Luke 24:37-43). Our Savior.

Jesus had a body as He walked on earth, He has a body that appeared post-resurrection, and He has a body in heaven as seen by John. He will make our bodies like His on the Day of the Rapture: "who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." (Phil 3:21).

I can't comprehend the magnanimity of His gift to willingly confine Himself into a man's body for all eternity. I can't conceive of the love of Our Savior who said of His life, "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father." (John 10:18). He gave His life, His eternity, His Spirit, to be contained in a vessel of glorified humanity for all eternity, so that we could live. Is there any name Higher? No. Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Did Obama put Interpol above the 4th Amendment today?

We are told in Revelation 13:16-17 that a one world economy will be in place during the Tribulation. We also know that by the end, the whole world follows the Beast. The Antichrist will be the global dictator.

A series of events is occurring this week that brings us closer to the reality of the future fact of global governance. First, the Telegraph UK headlines an article with a statement about the coming global government, which in my opinion is extraordinary:

Paper: "There'll be nowhere to run from the new world government"
'Global' thinking won't necessarily solve the world's problems, says Janet Daley
"The dangerous idea that the democratic accountability of national governments should simply be dispensed with in favour of "global agreements" reached after closed negotiations between world leaders never, so far as I recall, entered into the arena of public discussion. [Until now...]"

Second, this week a British Minister of Parliament spoke at the European Parliament of the European police force, and asked the President, "When did we ever vote for this?"  Here the a link to 1:37 video of Daniel Hannan, Minister of European Parliament, stating that the germ of a police force put in place a few years ago has slyly grown to monstrous proportions. In the video, he says:

"See how stealthily, how silkily, insidiously, moving bit by bit, we have moved toward the establishment of a Pan-European police force, one with diplomatic immunity no less, which cannot be held to account for any abuse of police powers. ... It was initially established as a regional branch of Interpol, if you like. But bit by bit it has been given executive and policing powers and has changed into a pan-continental police force. When did we ever vote for this? When did we ever agree to set up a Pan-European system of criminal justice with its own arrest warrant, its own police force, its own prosecuting magistracy, and its own Pan-European prosecutor?"

He was talking about of Europol, a European police force which covers all 27 member states of the European Union.

Third, a few things about Europol: It has been decided that Europol will be converted to a full EU agency on 1 January 2010. "At that time it will become an agency, as opposed to an 'institution,' thus simplifying the procedure to reform it; until then, reforms have to be made through an amendment to the Europol Convention." This means, Europol is a police force with immunity from its actions and is above the European governments. No wonder Mr Hannan was upset.

Fourth, it, and the already established Interpol, are now morphing into one agency! The news was also announced Dec 12 2009:

EUROPOL and INTERPOL Agree to Enhance Cooperation for the Benefit of Their Member States
"The Secretary General of Interpol, Ronald K. Noble, visited Europol today to discuss the enhanced cooperation between the two organisations. The meeting focused on the development of new ideas for future joint actions which will make use of the complementary strengths of both organisations. One outcome of the discussions was an agreement for a new joint Interpol-Europol global police initiative." [emphasis mine.]

Fifth: lest we think the US is immune from European complaints and machinations, also this week Obama has put us squarely under its thumb. On December 17 2009, Obama gave Interpol powers over the US with this Executive Order 12425:

"Designating Interpol As A Public International Organization Entitled To  Enjoy Certain Privileges, Exemptions, And Immunities"

By this Executive Order, Obama has conferred diplomatic immunity upon Interpol, exemption from being subject to search and seizure by law enforcement, exemption from US taxes, and immunity from FOIA requests, etc.  Obama just declared Interpol records immune from search and seizure. Remember the Fourth Amendment? Gone. How about that.

As Patriot Room explains:
"INTERPOL, an international criminal police organization, is now poised to reside above the United States Constitution - in a place of sanctity beyond our FBI, CIA, DIA, and all other criminal investigatory domestic organizations. President Obama has just placed our Constitutional rights under international law."

It means if Interpol has a file on Obama, it can stay hidden. It also means that we have an international police force authorized to act within the United States that is no longer subject to 4th Amendment. Additionally, Interpol US is housed within the Department of Justice. So all the DOJ has to say is that any investigation they are conducting is in conjunction with an Interpol investigation, and all records and even the building is off-limits to search. it is a massive forfeit of sovereignty. One World Government anyone?

Beloved, is it hard to see that these prophetic pieces related to Revelation's promise of one world dictatorship, so close they are almost touching, coming together with rapidity in the aftermath of the rapture? No, it isn't. Though the loss of rights given to us under our wonderful Constitution is heartbreaking, it also means that the time for us to depart this world is growing ever nearer. The old must make way for the new. At the end of time, soon, we will have a government of PERFECT justice, PERFECT mercy, and PERFECT holiness! Jesus will be king, and we are privileged to rule and reign with Him. Mourn the loss of our nations, mourn the loss of our rights, but rejoice too, for that means He is so much closer to his great gathering up of His church!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Did a prayercast against Healthcare Reform result in snowpocalypse?

Sometimes the beleaguered saint prays against a situation. David prayed against those whom were oppressing him and his people. Jeremiah prayed against those whom were slandering and harassing him. Prayers against a situation or enemy are called "imprecatory prayer." As Mark Moore explains,

"They were not merely asking God to hear. They were asking him to attend to the problem. It is when you ask God to put the hurt on your enemy so justice will be served and the righteous vindicated. The verbiage is often brutal (e.g., Psa 58:6–11, 59:5, 13; 109:6–15; 137:8–9; 139:19–22)." One example of harsh language in appeal to the LORD for righting wrongs is uttered by David in Psalm 139:19

"If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies."

David was a sinner but he was a righteous man, and a King from whom the LORD saw fit to descend our Savior. Was David wrong to pray against his enemies, who he noted were actually enemies of God? Was he being "hateful"? No. Those who love the LORD hate sin and injustice, especially when it is done against the innocent.

Imprecatory prayer is not selfish, though. It does not ask your neighbor to die in a car crash because he ran over your dog. It is not asking the Lord to smite your boss because he made you work on Saturday. Imprecatory prayer is serious, and needs to be done thoughtfully and sensitively.

On December 16, 2009, Reps. Michele Bachmann and Randy Forbes and Sens. Jim DeMint and Sam Brownback joined forces with Lou Engle, Tony Perkins, Jim Garlow, and Harry Jackson for a  "prayercast" organized by the Family Research Council during which they sought God's intervention to prevent the passage of healthcare reform. These were pleas to God, and not even imprecatory prayers, particularly.

They did this because "Life and death hinges on the Senate health care bill. We face significant threats to the God-given right to human life through government funding of abortions, our health from rationing, our family finances from higher taxes, and our general freedoms posed by the government plan to take over health care.  ...  Tonight, we will face this moral crisis by taking action and obeying the Biblical mandate to pray for our nation and its leaders." Perkins said.

This is what they prayed:

James Dobson's prayer: "I just pray that You will frustrate the plans of the Evil One, and revive us again with conviction and forgiveness. Show us how we can further your cause, Lord and advance your kingdom, and we will be careful to give you the praise. Just begin a revival in our hearts that will restore us as one nation under God."

James Dobson's other prayer: "Heavenly Father, the principles of righteousness that you taught us are just being abandoned now by our governmental leaders. And if they prevail in the measures that they‘re now considering, even more babies will die. More than 50 million already have. And in other measures, the institution of marriage itself, will be destroyed."

Rep. Michele Bachman (R-MN) thanked the Lord for the Godly men and women who are in public life, and asked forgiveness for government leaders that haven't looked to God.

Is it wrong to pray to God to intervene to affect government? No. "[T]he Bible's very clear that prayer affects government," said Engle. "Esther's three-day fast changed public policy; Daniel's fast changed public policy; and it's the same, yesterday, today and forever, and that's why we're here."

These are not hateful prayers. Their pleas are agreeing with God. Far from being small-minded and wrathful, these Christians are appealing to a righteous God in a righteous format. So. Did it work?

Ask yourself, is it coincidence that two days later a Paralyzing Snowstorm Clobbers Washington, D.C., to Providence ? That a blizzard rose up and put a stop to everything? God does use disasters for His purposes. To cause obedience in Jonah. To punish wicked nations through famine or drought. To send for a witness to His power. He has always used storms for His purposes and He said He would do the same in the end time.

Snow is actually falling at 2+ inches an hour in DC. Senators have scattered in advance of the storm, and others who didn't make it out are sleeping on cots. Senators have had to scurry to obtain the necessary 60 votes to pass the bill. For a while Friday night the situation in the halls of the Senate was in disarray. And while the disarray continues, so does the snow.  One meteorologist wrote: "I want to caution and alert everyone reading this blog to the fact that there will be some INTENSE SNOW BANDS, narrow in width and perhaps isolated in nature, forming around dinnertime (4 PM to 7 PM Saturday). These BANDS will have the potential to make 1 to 3 FEET look like child's play." Above: the Watergate building in Washington DC.

Is it coincidence that as powerful and mature saints of Christ cried out for the failure of health care reform, a snowpocalypse occurred? Is it a coincidence that just as those in government were about to vote for a bill that contained known abominations to God, snowmageddon happened? I do not know if Snowmageddon 2009 is a direct result of God's intervention, or not. Only God knows. Personally I think it is not a coincidence. Government-sanctioned child-murder was an abomination to God in Molech's day and it still is now: "I will also set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given some of his offspring to Molech, so as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy name."

At some point, the obvious causal relationships between our sinful state and the natural and supernatural disasters visited upon us will be too obvious to ignore. We know that even at the end of time when it is more than obvious what is happening is Divinely wrought that people will still not repent. But there is still time, now. Repent means to be sincerely sorry for your sin, for going against God, and asking Him to forgive you. Then turn in the other direction, away from your sin and toward God. He will lead you and light your path.

Healthcare reform may or may not be passed today. In my opinion, though, either way, God has let us know what He thinks of government sanctioned usury, murder, and oppression. Just as He always has.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pyramid shaped UFO hovers over Moscow


Telegraph UK: UFO pyramid reported over Kremlin
"A giant pyramid which appears to be a UFO hovering over the Kremlin has caused frenzied speculation in Russia that it is an alien spacecraft. The object has been compared to an Imperial Cruiser in the Star Wars films and witnesses estimated it could be up to a mile wide. Two film clips exist which appear to show the same object and footage has been repeatedly playing on Russian television news channels. (the stills are screenshots of each video clip mentioned).  The shots, one taken at night from a car and one during the day, were both filmed by amateurs. The 'craft' was said to have hovered for hours over Red Square in the Russian capital. The clips of the 'invasion' have gone to the top of the country's version of YouTube. The identity of the shape has not been confirmed. Russian reports ruled out a UFO but police refused to comment. Nick Pope, a former Ministry of Defence UFO analyst, said it was "one of the most extraordinary UFO clips I've ever seen". "At first I thought this was a reflection but it appears to move behind a power line, ruling out this theory." A spokesman for aerospace journal Jane's News said: "We have no idea what it is."

I have an idea what it is. Yesterday's End Time discussed "fearful sights and great signs from heaven." The world has marveled after colorful fireballs streaking through the sky, a continuously brightening Geminid Meteor shower, a sky-sized spiral over Norway and China- just this week. UFO's are becoming de rigeur. Saying you saw one makes you one of the "in crowd" and not a fringe insane person whom should be edged away from. On Nov 23rd even the Bulgarian government stated that aliens have arrived.

I have written about the UFO/Alien issue several times, once, here. Remember, God promised signs and wonders and He also promised lying signs and wonders.

Signs are workings of God, who sends them to point to Himself and say, 'This is of Me.' A wonder is something that happens that's obviously supernatural and for which there is no natural explanation. Like a mile-wide pyramid appearing in the skies over Moscow and hovering there for hours. "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matthew 24:24). In other words, false signs are promised, too. False signs are a counterfeit that satan wants you to think are from God but are not. Further, these promised false signs will be so powerfully convincing even the elect (saved believers) are at risk of thinking they are from God, that is how convincing they will be.

"For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way." (2 Thess 2:7) Lawlessness was already abounding in the world Paul said, and will continue to be in the world until the moment when God calls His church to Him, removing the indwelling Holy Spirit from the earth and leaving the people to something worse, unrestrained lawlessness (evil).

"The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing." (II Thessalonians 2:9) In this passage, Paul is explaining the conditions that will be on the earth just prior to and as the Antichrist is revealed. Paul is saying that the Antichrist's coming will be accompanied by counterfeit miracles that the Lord will allow people to believe are real because "they refused to love the truth and so be saved." (2:10)

These spirals and fireballs and Pyramid-shaped mile-wide UFO's have to be explained somehow. They are seen, videotaped, put on the news, discussed, and known. These wonders are not appearing in singular numbers in the wee hours to a milking farmer or patrolling policeman. They are brazenly appearing to thousands, above huge cities, in the day. One even appeared at Obama's inauguration, and CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Cooper Anderson discussed it. Is there any way to explain these things except in accordance with what we have been told will occur in the very last days? As the birth pangs increase in preparation for the removal of the Church and the unrestrained evil to cavort? Those who have refused the Lord's truth will be susceptible to the great delusion. They do not have armor to shield them from satan's lying signs and wonders, his influence, and his explanations. So, yes, there are ways to explain these phenomenon if you choose to reject the truth. They are aliens, here to help us. It's Maitreya here to unite the world. It's mass hysteria due to genetically modified growth hormones in milk. It's global warming. Pick your explanation, but Christians, be sure that if you work or live in a sphere with an unbeliever, after the rapture, they will choose to believe one of the above or any other creative explanation that are offered. But none are the truth.

The truth is in the bible. In the run-up to the 'coming of the lawless one, there will be counterfeit miracles, lying signs and wonders, and evil.' There will be also great signs and wonders from God. The way to distinguish one from the other is first, to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as risen savior, having forgiven your sins when you asked Him and repented. Second, study the bible and know what is to come. You do not want to have words without knowledge. It is a dangerous time to be at the mercy of lies and rising evil. That is why Jesus said that even the elect may be seduced into false explanations. Be strong in the Word! Third, put on the armor that will shield us from satan's influence. And fourth, pray. Stay in relationship with Jesus daily.

David knew. "He said I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken," (Psalm 16:8-11). Peter knew. He reminded the people at the sermon at Pentecost when they were astounded at the miracle of tongues. (Acts 2:25). Can you say, "I will not be shaken?"

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I consider these signs in the sky

Spirals and earthquakes and fireballs! I consider these signs of the times. Luke 21:7,11 "And they asked him saying Master but when shall these things be and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? ...Then said he unto them "Nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. And great earthquakes shall be in divers places and famines and pestilences and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven."

The above photo is from Astronomy Picture of the Day: "Monstrously bright, this fireball meteor lit up the Mojave Desert sky Monday morning, part of this year's impressive Geminid meteor shower. Seen toward the southwest over rock formations near Victorville, California, a more familiar celestial background was momentarily washed out by the meteor's flash. ... A rewarding catch for photographer Wally Pacholka."

There is nothing unusual about the Geminid Meteor Shower. It occurs every year in December. However, the unusual aspect of this annual meteor shower is that "Geminid activity will increase for the next few decades, perhaps getting 20% to 50% higher than current rates. A 50% increase would boost the Geminids to 200 or more meteors per hour, year in and year out. "That would be an amazing annual display," says Cooke. Moreover, says Brown, "the proportion of large, bright Geminids should also increase in the next few decades, according to Jones' model." So the Geminids could turn into a "fireball shower." So the Geminids have strangely become more frequent AND brighter and will continue even more so in the near future. Now that's curious!

Speaking of curious, Spaceweather website reports a "Curious Event in Nebraska: "Last night, Dec. 16th at 9 p.m. CST, a very bright meteor lit up the completely overcast sky like lightning in southeast Nebraska," reports Trooper Jerry Chab of the Nebraska State Patrol. "It flashed for approximately 2 seconds and was followed by sonic booms and ground shaking, which prompted many calls by the public to law enforcement in a three county wide area." Meanwhile, the USGS says there was a magnitude 3.5 earthquake near Auburn, Nebraska, at 8:53 pm, about the same time and place as the fireball. ..."If the earthquake is confirmed, as it appears to be, I think we have the most cosmic of coincidences: A large fireball around the same time of an earthquake," says Chab. "I am simply amazed!" Keep in mind that this quote is from State Trooper, someone trained to be observant, and above all, unemotional in reporting of the facts. He gushed that it was an amazing cosmic coincidence? Now that's curious!

(Ireland) Astronomers seek fireball witnesses
Astronomy experts are appealing for witnesses to an extremely rare fireball believed to have blazed across the morning sky.The spectacular sight, which star-gazers claim happened just before dawn on Monday, is being attributed to a massive meteor shower currently taking place over the northern hemisphere. "The fireball is really very special and unusual," Astronomy Ireland chairman David Moore said. Curiouser and curiouser.

Back to Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places and famines and pestilences and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven." Strong's definition of SIGN: "semaino; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally -- miracle, sign, token, wonder." Mark 13:8 says that when you see these signs it is the beginning of the birth pangs. "Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door."(Mark 13:29)  Fearful events and great signs from heaven are signs of God's activity. Acts 2:19 says "And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below." In addition to seeing His works, are you ready to see Him in person? Look up!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Yellowstone shown to have lava plume on the rise

Last year about this time, Yellowstone supervolcano exhibited ominous rumblings. I reported on it here and here and here. It was said that a plume of hot and molten rock was rising fast and that its eruption, if large enough, could constitute an extinction level event (ELE). The BBC documentary "End Day" illustrates the 6 likeliest ways life on earth could end. When Yellowstone acted up, it was trotted out again on youtube, part 5 of 6 shown on endless loop, (Yellowstone eruption.") Fascination abounded with the Yellowstone supervolcano, its size, and what the earthquakes could mean.

The rumblings continued until the nearly continuous earthquakes were deemed to be an earthquake swarm. Hundreds and hundreds of earthquakes swarmed and roiled underneath the massive volcano for two weeks, until there was a pretty good set-in of panic. The tremors were harmonic, which are known precursors to an eruption. In order to quell the rising global panic, scientists insisted that there was no plume of molten lava rising inexorably to the surface even though that was what the data seemed to affirm. They said that there is no deep plume of molten rock, only shallow hot rock moving around like slowly boiling soup, which is normal and no worries were necessary, please disperse, nothing to see here.

Only, that's wrong.

"Today, the most detailed seismic images yet published of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano shows a plume of hot and molten rock rising at an angle from the northwest at a depth of at least 410 miles. Seismic imaging was used by University of Utah scientists to construct this 3-D picture of the Yellowstone hotspot plume of hot and molten rock that feeds the shallower magma chamber ... " (Credit: University of Utah)"

Not only is there a plume after all, but it's 20% larger than previously suspected and goes 20% deeper than originally thought too. "Researchers say, the new images prove that the Yellowstone caldera holds more fuel for a “supereruption..."

Not that an eruption is imminent, scientists say. But the again, they also said that there was no molten plume under Yellowstone, didn't they?

Beyond what the bible tells us, I certainly do not know that the Lord has in mind for specifics in upcoming judgments. I don't know if Yellowstone will erupt soon, or ever. I do know what the bible says, though. "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be." (Matthew 24:21). The Lord said that it will be so terrible that if He did not cut short the time, NO ONE would survive. (Mark 13:20). Even if a Yellowstone eruption is not in the future course of events, think about what life on earth would be like if it did erupt, and then transfer that horror and strife to any of the other events the Lord DID promise would come. The seal judgments kill one-fourth of the earth's population (Revelation 6:8). The trumpet judgments come next and one-third of those remaining also die (Revelation 9:15). The bowl judgments do not result in widespread deaths at all. Instead, they produce intense suffering, so bad that people try to die, but can't.

If a super-eruption does occur, it could explain passages such as these:

"There was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;" Rev 6:12. I've always wondered about the tie-in with an earthquake followed in the verse by a darkened sun and moon like blood, but it could indicate an earthquake triggering the supereruption. A eruption of this kind would actually be like 100 nukes going off underground, then the shock wave comes to the surface, blowing a 30 mile wide explosion, throwing debris in the air. The debris creates a darkened sun and a volcanic winter.

Rev 6:14 "The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place." During a nuclear explosion, (and also a super-eruption), the atmosphere parts as a vacuum is temporarily created. This could be the phenomenon John is talking about in that Revelation 6:14. Scholars think that those passages indicate nuclear blasts, and they well could. Though phrases like "hail and fire," "a great mountain burning with fire," and "a great star... burning like a torch" have typically been interpreted to indicate successive large nuclear blasts, they could also be a super-eruption. Revelation 6:8 is the sixth seal, the first set of judgments, so the chronology would not be far off from this point in time. Though, with Iran testing advanced missiles and creating nuke triggers, it looks likely that nuclear war could well be in the tribulation landscape as well.

The entire point is, are you ready??? Bad things are coming. Earthquakes so bad that every mountain was put out of place. Death on a global scale. Blood flowing so high it passes the horses' bridles.(Rev 14:19-20). You do not have to be on earth for these cataclysms! You can be sequestered with Jesus and attending the banquet of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! (Rev 19:7-10). How? Do you believe that you sin? That Jesus died and rose again to pay for those sins? And thus believing, and repenting, that His forgiveness will allow you to dwell in heaven with Him forever? Then you are saved. Pray to Jesus for forgiveness of those sins, and believing on His name, you will be with Him and His bride forevermore. Or, stick around for the supereruption that the movie 2012 cannot even bring close to the reality and horror that unbelievers will soon endure.

Thirty–Six Pre-Trib Rapture Texts

For those seeking to defend the Pre-Tribulation stance to others who hold the Church will go through the Tribulation, here is a good article. The Pre-Trib position is the only scripturally correct position. The "70th Week" of Daniel will begin the last 7 years of time on earth prior to the Second Coming. The 70th week is actually a resumption of the Age of Law, which had not concluded its course prior to Pentecost. The Church was not part of the Age of Law, so there will be no overlap. The Age of Law is God dealing with the Israelites. Read the article for scriptures and more.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Those Christians, causing the crash!

The Atlantic Magazine (seriously) explores the question:

Did Christianity Cause the Crash?
"Many explanations have been offered for the housing bubble and subsequent crash: interest rates were too low; regulation failed; rising real-estate prices induced a sort of temporary insanity in America’s middle class. But there is one explanation that speaks to a lasting and fundamental shift in American culture—a shift in the American conception of divine Providence and its relationship to wealth."

2 Thessalonians 2:3, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”

According to the Atlantic, there is "one explanation" for the current economic global crash, and that is Christians. Not other explanations such as greed, excess, political corruption, or corporate corruption. Have there been no other lasting and fundamental shifts in American culture that could have had a hand in it, like the vote to allow abortion? Or acceptance of homosexuality? Cultural shifts, by the way, that are decades older and more pervasive than the relatively recent and sect-like "prosperity gospel" the Atlantic claims was the culprit for our current global economic strife.

It would be nice if those who explore cultural shifts would look at the obvious: gay lifestyles and the impact on marriage; abortion and the effect on the psyche; the feminist movement and the effect on marriage. But they do not, and that is because "Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength." 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 (NIV)

The Good News of Christ crucified is foolishness to the unbeliever. Therefore they would never look to the obvious moral failings as causes of cultural disintegration. Instead, they look to Christianity itself.

Alan Keyes wrote today
"... I found myself thinking about Christianity's unique effect on our understanding of the justice (and injustice) of human action. The last point made in the article is about the connection between arrogant elitism and the self-inflation the Pharisee derives from comparing himself with other people. In light of this connection we can better understand why the elitist forces that strenuously promote the specious doctrine of the separation of church and state are so often guilty of favoritism. They invoke the doctrine to repress Christian institutions and practices, while treating those of other religions as protected artifacts of "cultural diversity." "

Christians, be advised that our belief in Jesus and His sovereignty over all peoples, nations, tongues, and tribes is being challenged on all fronts, in the name of 'tolerance' and 'diversity.' It is a false front, meaning, that Christianity is supplanted in favor of other cultural, spiritual, and personal interactions such as New Age, Islam, Homosexuality, Divorce, that are then assigned a higher value than the Gospel of Christ crucified. That attitude will increase because He is making Himself more known in the world every day, and as He does so, the explanations by definition will have to become more outlandish just in order to keep pace. And the finger-pointing toward Christianity and Christians will also become more outlandish, like the Atlantic's assertion that Christians caused the global economic crash. And the falling away continues.

1 Timothy 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”

Monday, December 14, 2009

"And there was no longer any sea"?

Revelation 21:1 says-

"The New Heaven and Earth" - "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea." This disappoints many people, including myself. I love the sea and I hope that Jesus is preparing a place for me near it. Many people can't conceive of a world without the oceans and their tides, waves, ships, and magnificent animals. Someone recently asked me about this and I agreed that it was a disappointment that the scriptures seemed to say that after the old earth passes away and the new earth is made, that the oceans will be no more. Until...

I started thinking, and remembered that the sea is a biblical symbol for heaving, undulating, rippling discontented people. Scripture interprets scripture, here is sea defined for us:

Isaiah 57:20 “But the wicked are like the tossing sea, For it cannot be quiet, And its waters toss up refuse and mud.” (NASB)

There is a support text in the bible that reinforces the notion that the wicked is like the sea:

Jude 1:11-13 “These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.”

The sea is also the name for the bronze laver. Here, 1 Kings 7:23 has the verse:

"Then he made the sea of cast metal. It was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference."

Also The Sea is referenced in 2 Chronicles 4:2, Jeremiah 52:17, 2 Kings 16:17  among other verses.

In Revelation 21, the fact that there is no more sea could mean that as in Isaiah's symbolism, there are no more wicked (sea), they have all been judged and put into outer darkness. Or in 1st Kings, there is no need for a laver (sea) because there is no longer any need to sacrifice and clean up. We are all clean by then.

I thought further. If God created a sea and its animals on the third day and declared it "good" then why would He abandon the sea at the renewal of the earth? Does that mean it is 'not-good' now? It doesn't make sense.

Secondly, Jesus said in Matthew 19:28 (NIV) “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Rev 21:5 repeats the concept 'at the renewal of all things,' “And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." All things being made new means all things! I believe that this means things that were created in the 6 days, the first beginning of “all things.”

The sea is eternal
Jeremiah 5:22 (NASB)
'Do you not fear Me?' declares the LORD
'Do you not tremble in My presence?
For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it.
Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.

There exists a decree from the lips of the LORD who said it will stand for all eternity: that there is a sea-sand boundary over which the sea will never cross. For this decree to be in force eternally, there must always be sand and sea.

There are support texts in the bible that reinforces the notion that there is an eternal decree:

Job 38:8-11

"Or who enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
And I placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop'?

Psalm 104:9

You set a boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they will not return to cover the earth.

Proverbs 8:29

When He set for the sea its boundary
So that the water would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth;

Finally, Matthew Henry’s commentary explains thus: “The new heaven and the new earth will not be separate from each other; the earth of the saints, their glorified, bodies, will be heavenly. The old world, with all its troubles and tumults, will have passed away. There will be no sea; this aptly represents freedom from conflicting passions, temptations, troubles, changes, and alarms; from whatever can divide or interrupt the communion of saints.”

My conclusion, based on scripture, is that when John declares, “and there was no longer any sea” that if we substitute Isaiah’s definition for sea, OR the laver being the sea, rely on the promise of the renewal of all things, and know that there is an eternal decree for a sea-sand boundary, then we can safely say that there will in all likelihood likely be an ocean kind of sea. Hallelujah! Surf’s up!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Passing along a very good article

Over at RaptureReady is an article titled "The Underworld is Trembling". It is well-written and offers some clarity in these confusing times. Here is one excerpt:

"The entire population of this world is facing dangerous times. But the majority of them have absolutely no understanding of what is happening behind the scenes. The underworld always does everything in their power to hide their actions. Satan and his demons are invisible unless -- in some rare moment -- there is a physical manifestation. I believe these visible acts will become more frequent as the end unfolds."

Please take a few minutes to read Joseph Chambers' article...and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

"Our future is both bright and challenging. We should rejoice because of what we see on the world scene. It is clear that the dark underworld is fighting for their final control. The darkest hour is always just before the dawn of a new day. We will witness the fury of evil, and every truth in Scripture will be fulfilled. The wicked will have their last opportunities to manifest the darkness in their heart."

Friday, December 11, 2009

More spirals? Wormholes? Hoaxes?

After reporting on the Norway spiral earlier this evening, I discovered under-the-radar video that shows a spiral forming over China. It also shows an excitable scientist type guy obviously flummoxed over what it is. Since the video is in Chinese I cannot vouch for its content nor authenticity. But I wonder, are all these spirals failed missiles?

And remember this? I reported on it in October

The Story of the Norwegian Doom Spiral

This is the story of the Norwegian Doom Spiral:

So, a few days ago, before it hit the mainstream media, I discovered that a weird sky phenomenon had occurred in Norway. I saw this weird photo of a perfect spiral in the sky, with a blue beam coming out of it toward the ground. An attendant video showed these same things, and in addition, a hole opened in the middle of the spiral, something the photographs didn't capture. I've never seen a wormhole, but this seemed to be a great candidate for what one would look like.

"What is THAT?" I asked myself. It looked so perfect, I thought it must be a hoax, a computer generated photoshopped effort from someone getting giggles in freaking out, you know, the WORLD. After all, in the recent spate of weird meteors falling, here, one of them turned out to be a hoax. I waited a few days to report on it to see if it would be found as a fake. Hoaxes unravel quickly. The debunking hoax busters are like good jackals, ready to pry apart the most seemingly airtight case with razor-sharp intellect and a good measure of glee.

Nothing showed up on the hoax front, and the Norwegian Doom Spiral interest only grew. Witnesses came forward. Newsrooms released video. Scientists were perplexed. Whatever it was, was real.

The most obvious sky phenomena are missile and satellite events, but the Russians initially denied that it was a missile test gone wrong. Later, they said it was a failed missile test, an ICBM launched from the White Sea that failed in its third stage. And there the Norway Doom Spiral phenomenon sputtered to a stop. A few nerdy scientists continued to parse the particulars of the matter of the blue beam ("tiny sapphires") and a few alien-enthusiasts continue to await confirmation from Intergalactic headquarters...but those are the facts. The Russians' ICBM story seemed to calm the frenzy.

Or, did it?

The launch if it indeed came from the White Sea would put the missile over NATO countries, which would like, tick them off to no where's the outrage? And, the phenomenon lasted a reported 10-12 minutes and the third stage of a rocket has very little fuel in it. Third stage is when the missile is thrust into space, and uses the last of its fuel to do so. There's only a few seconds of fuel left, maybe a minute. Not the reported ten to twelve minutes as seen by eyewitnesses on the Norwegian Doom Spiral (I just love saying that!) If this Bulava is the 8th failure out of the 12 launched, why have there been no other spirals appearing after similar ICBM failures? Even remotely similar? Ever? And no explanation I have heard convinces me that a failing, wayward missile can make a perfect spiral in the sky. Perfect.

So if we do not accept the Russians' explanation that it was Bulava ICBM, or are at least suspicious of it, what, then, could it be? I can think of two possible explanations.

First, over in Geneva, miles under the Alps, lay a 17-mile circular machine, built to collide particles at incredible speeds. It is the Large Hadron Collider and its purpose is to smash particles at speeds of the Big Bang, to replicate the conditions immediately after the Bang, and measure the gasses and particles that exist therein. This is to confirm or debunk whether the Higgs-Boson particle has mass and if so, if it is the mass that hangs the universe together. The LHC has undergone numerous freak accidents upon the ramping up to the actual experiment. I've reported on these freak breakdowns here, here, and here. There were so many breakdowns at one point, the scientists thought that a time traveler was coming back to haunt the machine to prevent it from completing its mission. Hmmm.

The LHC scientists have said twice that the experiment may, just remotely may, have dire consequences. That recreating the universe's creation may have some harmful side-effects, such as initiating a massive explosion that wipes out Geneva, creating a black hole into which the earth may be sucked, or ... it may make a wormhole. Here is where it gets interesting.

"Prof Irina Aref'eva and Dr Igor Volovich, mathematical physicists at the Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow believe the energies generated by the subatomic collisions in the LHC may be powerful enough to rip space-time itself, spawning wormholes. A wormhole not only has the ability to take a shortcut between two positions in space, it can also take a shortcut between two positions in time."


"A top boffin at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) says that the titanic machine may possibly create or discover previously unimagined scientific phenomena, or "unknown unknowns" - for instance "an extra dimension". "Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it," said Sergio Bertolucci, who is Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN, briefing reporters including the Reg at CERN HQ earlier this week."

Really really.

Scientists at the LHC had successfully collided 2 particles just a few hours before this Norway phenomena appeared. Could this Norwegian Doom Spiral and Hole have been a result of the CERN Large Hadron Collider experiment? A wormhole side-effect that several scientists have admitted could occur? I leave it to you to decide if so or if not.

Second, the spiral could simply be a birth pang precursor to the prophecy discussing the tribulation events in Luke 21:25, "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars...". If the Norway Doom Spiral wasn't a sign from God I'm glad I won't be around to see the real deal! That was one freaky light show.

As for the intriguing spiral shape...If you want to go pretty far "out there" then google search images for petroglyphs and see the many, many examples of spirals that the Native Americans carved upon rock after rock. And Europe. Spirals appear in ancient art quite frequently. One scientist says

"[T]he grandest quest of the human mind: to understand man's place within the universe. To perceive the pattern which connects man and nature ... Posing the question, "what is the pattern which connects all living creatures," is it the spiral? The spiral has appeared in ancient art since the beginning, and all over the world too. Then there is the Divine Proportion, the Logarithmic Spiral, and the Fibonacci Number sequence that all explore pattern and regularity and beauty in the gorgeous spiral. And let's not even start discussing spiral crop circles! Left, Newgrange entrance spirals

I guess we have wandered quite a bit from the original fact that a giant spiral appeared in the Norwegian sky, a blue beam shot out of it and a hole then appeared in its center. But the spiral shape itself has attracted attention and imagination since the beginning of time. Even the Tower of Babel was allegedly a spiral form. The magnificent spiral attracts us like no other shape. Is it because something in our spiritual DNA responds to its divine proportion?

There are many people, myself among them, who believe the Norwegian Doom Spiral was supernatural in origin. Whether a sign from God as promised in Luke 25, or a sign from the demons in this deceiving end time, also promised, remains speculation. The fact is, the end is near.

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