Sunday, January 31, 2010

UFO over Rome, Italy

As the Lord lifts His hand from the world, in preparation for the rapture and the Tribulation's last 7 years, the end times deceptions will increase. 1 John 4:3 - "and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world." We know that satan is the god of this world, that he will deceive the world during the tribulation with lying signs and wonders. "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)

"It is no great thing" to appear as deceiving angels of light. Ponder that as you watch the video...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

War drums on the horizon: beating loudly

In Ezekiel’s prophecy in chapter 38, a war breaks out when an alliance of nations make a surprise attack on Israel. Gog is named as the leader of this great army of nations who leads the attack. Gog is described as “of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal” (Ezekiel 38:2-3). Scholars translate this reference as Russia, with a suggestion that Meshech, and Tubal are the capital names for Moscow and Tobolsk, though that translation is not uniformly accepted.

The armies come primarily from the north and involve a few nations of the earth (Ezekiel 38:6, 15; 39:2).These are Russia (Magog/Tubal/Meshech), Libya (Libya) Gomer (Turkey), Beth Togarmah (Armenia), Iran (Persia), Sudan (North Africa-Put), Ethiopia (North Africa-Put)

The verses also go on to say that the surprise comes as Israel has laid down its defenses and is at peace, unsuspecting. When God Himself directly intervenes (38:3-7) from then on 'they shall know I am their LORD.' His act restores the covenant with Israel, when the Israelites see His hand in their rescue: "My holy name I will make known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let My holy name be profaned anymore And the nations will know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel."

The verses say that Israel buries the dead for seven months and burns the fuel for 7 years (ch 38:9). It stands to reason that this battle takes place immediately prior to the Tribulation or just as the Tribulation begins. This is Jack Kelley's opinion also: "I believe the Battle of Ezekiel precedes the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week, which precedes all the seal judgments. The 70th week can’t begin until Israel officially recognizes God’s involvement in their affairs, which happens in Ezekiel 39:22 at the end of Ezekiel’s battle." In any case the battle happens and it is devastating to the attacking armies.

It seemed for years that this battle couldn't happen, because Turkey was firmly pro-Western, never siding against Israel. Also, the Soviet Union had fallen and broken apart into mini-states. Russia was in decline militarily and economically throughout the 1990s through half of the first decade of the 2000's. It seemed that Russia was done for and had no political capital to be a mighty anything, never mind a leader of a "mighty army."

All that has changed in the last year. Turkey is moving ever faster away from Israel and into the waiting arms of its Muslim brothers. Libya's Gaddfi was a washed-up terrorist laughingstock. Not so any more: he is president of the African Union and highly respected, due to his having forged alliances in and among several of the (prophesied) north African countries such as Ethiopia and Sudan. Russia the Bear is back and charging ahead with its never-ending plans or world domination. The headlines this week caught my eye and seem to confirm the Gog-Magog event's near fulfillment:

Russia announces military deal with Libya: 1.8bn
Russia is to supply Libya with small-arms and other weapons to the value of $1.8bn (£1.1bn, 1.3bn euros), Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced. The contract is worth nearly a quarter of Russia's entire foreign arms sales last year, put at $7.4bn by the state arms exporter. Mr Putin said the deal had been signed on Friday during a visit by a senior Libya defence official.

Opinion-Analysis: Russia builds up arms export
Despite the world crisis Russia in 2009 exported 7.4 billion dollars worth of arms, 10 percent more than in the previous year. Expert attribute this to the multi-polarity of the modern world. Latin America has shrugged off many of Washington's controls, and other countries wish to diversify supplies, too. The main hopes of Russia's defense-industrial complex are pinned on India, which has been arming itself quickly and eagerly, and on markets in the Persian Gulf...

[I recommend reading the rest of the article...it outlines Russia's aims in terms of military strength. One thing they are doing is eying India as the anchor in a regional superpower. Russia is also wooing Saudi Arabia, a move which Britain-France-US are fighting against. Remember, the ten super-states the world will be broken into as per Revelation and the Beast's eventual dominance over them. The article is clear and understandable, and from an analytical perspective rarely offered here in the Obama-centric US.]

Russian, Turkish presidents in telephone talk discuss coop issues
Russian and Turkish Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Abdullah Gul had a telephone talk on Saturday on the Turkish side's initiative, the Kremlin press service said. The two leaders discussed Russian-Turkish cooperation in international affairs.

Libya Renews Call for United States of Africa,
A pre-summit meeting of African foreign ministers has opened with a Libyan call for prompt action to realize Moammar Gadhafi's dream of a continental federation. Ministers are preparing for a summit of African leaders beginning Sunday.

China suspends military deals with US
China suspended military exchanges with the United States and threatened sanctions against American defense companies Saturday, just hours after Washington announced $6.4 billion in planned arms sales to [The Kings of the East figure in the Tribulation battles: Rev. 16:12)

China, India, Pakistan, Russia, and North Korea are nuclear powers, and Rev. 9:18, Revelation 8:7and Joel 2:30 and Zechariah 14:12 seem to describe effects of a nuclear war on the earth and on the body.

It is a grim picture, no doubt. There's Ezekiel's war of Gog and Magog, with so many dead it takes 7 years to burn the fuel from downed materiel, the Psalm 83 war (which many think will precede the Gog-Magog war), the utter destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17:1), and the final wars of the Great Tribulation, ending with Armageddon, where nuclear holocaust is loosed upon the earth.

Psalm 83 begins thus:
"See how your enemies are astir,
how your foes rear their heads.
With cunning they conspire against your people;
they plot against those you cherish.
"Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation,
that the name of Israel be remembered no more."

Sound familiar?
Iran's Supreme Leader Promises Israel's Destruction
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called Israel a "cancerous tumour" that must be wiped from the map, but the new comments mark the first time in years he has openly speculated about Israel's demise. "Definitely, the day will come when nations of the region will witness the destruction of the Zionist regime," Khamenei was quoted as saying. "How soon or late (Israel's demise) will happen depends on how Islamic countries and Muslim nations approach the issue."

Jews flee Malmo as anti-Semitism grows
Threats and harassment are becoming increasingly commonplace for Jewish residents in Malmö in southern Sweden, leading many Jews to leave the city out of fear for their safety. Last year there were 79 crimes against Jewish residents reported to the police in Malmö, roughly double the number reported in 2008, according to the Skånska Dagbladet newspaper.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Strange things in the sky

The sky and cosmos have been displaying a wonderful array of weird stuff lately. Some of the sky phenomena are unexplained and some are explained but rare or are occurring in places they don't normally. And some of these phenomena are just a supernatural mystery. First, the explainable but strange:

Light Pillars:
"Light pillars scrape the night sky over Victor, Idaho, on January 26 (2009). Typically seen in polar regions, the vertical columns of light have been appearing along with frigid temperatures at lower latitudes this winter. Light pillars appear when artificial light (shown in diagram above) or natural light bounces off the facets of flat ice crystals wafting relatively close to the ground." Note the phenomenon occurs over furthest northern latitudes but lately they are seen as far south as Idaho.

This next set did occur in Canada near Toronto but the pillars did not act as they usually do: "Did you see something strange Friday night? (January 13, 2010). A British Columbia UFO chronicler and paranormal expert is reporting eyewitness accounts of strange vertical lights in the sky over Dundas and Waterdown. The witness thought they could be "light pillars," a visual atmospheric phenomenon created by the reflection of light from ice crystals from a light source such as the sun or moon, but they are not usually seen from several viewpoints."

Hole Punch Clouds
These kind of clouds are known to meteorologists but are rare. Or, they used to be rare. Now they are being seen more frequently.

1/16/10: Strange clouds in the sky over the Palm Beaches
WEST PALM BEACH, FL--There were some strange clouds spotted over south Florida on Thursday. They looked like a line or circle just dropped out of the sky. A steady flow of viewer pictures have come into WPTV.com.

Weird clouds:
A spate of strangely shaped clouds have been appearing worldwide. Meteorologists say they do not know what they are but insist they are a natural phenomenon. I don't understand how they know they are natural if they do not even know what they are, but that's just me. This one was spotted in Indonesia, and is part of an article noting the strange sky phenomenon lately.

UFO clouds spark possibility of alien life
"Incredible pictures of 'UFO clouds' have reignited space-lovers hopes that there is extra-terrestrial life after they hit the internet showing eerie illuminated discs in the sky which look like alien spaceships. Most of the pictures are from Indonesia but there have been similar sighting in Moscow, Romania, Florida and elsewhere in 2009."

The Moscow cloud sparked a huge amount of consternation. It hovered over the city for quite some time in October '09, snarling traffic and causing pundits of all kinds to weigh in. The opinion of meteorologists to explain this never-before-seen kind of cloud is that it was formed by sunlight bouncing off it, or planes flying through it. Uh, OK.

Hole Punch Cloud – Not UFO – Spotted over Moscow

"A rare cloud formation was spotted over Moscow this week, inciting widespread discussion of UFO sightings throughout the city – concerns which spread across the globe instantly via the internet. The British tabloid The Sun reported as a “Mystery UFO Halo” over Moscow although it was likely simply an interesting phenomenon created by planes flying through layers of thin high-altitude clouds." Note that the hole punch cloud has no hole, a consistently typical feature of this rare but known cloud. It's a stretch, but I guess it's better than admitting they simply don't know what it is.

I note these clouds because they are rare or unknown phenomena. These phenomena are occurring at an increasingly rapid pace. They do not constitute the entirety of the last 8 months' worth of strange clouds in the sky, but they are representative of a few of the noticed sightings.

Sightings are also occurring in space at an increasing pace. The secular world calls these sightings "Unidentified flying objects", or UFO's. The interesting thing about these UFO phenomena is not only that they are occurring more frequently, but at lower and lower altitudes and appearing to thousands at a time. No longer is it called in by a lone farmer in his field at dusk; no longer is it one local crackpot who also sees little green men at the Council meeting. No longer are they a rapid flash in the sky leaving humans to wonder if they even saw anything. These UFO sightings are appearing over whole cities, and hovering for hours.

Giant Pyramid UFO 'Hovers Over Moscow'
"A mysterious 'UFO' seen in the sky over Moscow has sparked speculation that the city has been visited by an alien spacecraft. The pyramid-shaped object was said to have remained for hours over the Red Square in the Russian capital."

Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway
"What's blue and white, squiggly and suddenly appears in the sky? If you know the answer, pop it on a postcard and send it to the people of Norway, where this mysterious light display baffled residents yesterday."

Was mysterious jellyfish in sky caused by space satellite reflecting Northern Lights?
"A strange jellyfish-shaped object spotted hanging in the sky over Norway, may have been caused by light from the aurora being bounced off a space satellite, experts say. If proven it will be the first known case of a satellite reflecting the Northern Lights."
credit: The mysterious phenomenon was photographed last week by amateur photographer Per-Arne Milkalsen over Andenesm, Norway.

And sometimes, authorities simply throw up their hands and say, "Er, I dunno."

Strange object filmed in the sky above Winnipeg 
"Prof. Jaymie Matthews, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, said he wasn't sure exactly what was caught on camera -- but he ruled out several possibilities. "A comet that bright, that close to the Sun, visible in the twilight sky, would have been spotted by professional and amateur astronomers long before last night," he wrote in an email from Paris. "And it would have been visible to people across North America last night, and still tonight." He added that it was also definitely not a meteor, fireball or a disintegrating space debris."

Were those mysterious bulletlike objects seen in the sky off the coast of Newfoundland missiles?
"In a case that sounds like a Hollywood science-fiction movie, locals in Harbour Mille, a small town near Newfoundland's southern coast, are buzzing over the sighting of three silver or grey objects early Monday evening."

PMO says PMO says mysterious sighting off Newfoundland is not a missile sighting off Newfoundland is not a missile
"The Prime Minister Office says there is no evidence of anyone firing a rocket near Newfoundland's southern coast. "There is no indication that there was ever a rocket launch," Dimitri Soudas, a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said Thursday in an email. But a Liberal MP is accusing Ottawa of failing to provide answers on the mysterious sightings from earlier this week."

What's the purpose of the sky phenomena recap? Several points. First, the amount of strange sightings in the sky and space are staggering. It's not that we have better telescopes or that there are more people to spot things, but that the things that are being spotted are unexplainable. They are occurring at the time when Jesus said to watch for signs of the end. He said "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) Who can reasonably explain why a pyramid hovered above Moscow during rush hour? Who can explain the Norway Spiral? What was that jellyfish thing in space? If the Winnipeg item wasn't a fireball, meteor, comet or space junk, what was it? We do know that in the end times Jesus said, "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves," (Luke 21:25). Strong's Greek dictionary defines sign in this verse as a "miracle, an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally -- miracle, sign, token, wonder."

Secondly it is to point out that we are in the time of great deception. Jesus said of the signs of the end of the age, first: "See to it that no one misleads you." (Mt 24:4) If Satan is the god of this age and he has been given permission to perform lying signs and wonders during the Tribulation...

2 Thes 2:9 "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, ..."
Matthew 24:24 "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."

...then it stands to reason that prior to the Tribulation he would be performing deceptive signs as well during the period just prior to the Tribulation.

The third point of this essay is to encourage Christians to remain alert so that satan will not catch you unawares. Paul said "so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes." Do not be ignorant of his schemes. The only sure guard against deception is truth. The only truth is God's Holy Word. Do you read, study, and pray each day? Do you wear your armor? Are you ready to see through the deception of these sky and space phenomena? They will only grow bolder and more outlandish as the tribulation draws near until the entire world is deceived, and the whole world follows after the beast (with his fake resurrection and lying signs.)

When we are called to 'look up for your redemption draws nigh" (Luke 21:28), are you able to look past the signs in the sun and the moon and the stars and see Jesus? I hope so? Keep looking but also keep praying.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Finally! Ouija board for girls

Thanks to: Geekologie-
"Upset that devil worshiping is traditionally a boys-only game? Well fret not, ladies, cause now there's a Ouija board just for you! It's pink! Girls love pink! Plus shoes!"

Product description At ToysRUs : It has always been mysterious. It has always been mystifying. And now the OUIJA Board is just for you, girl. With 72 fun questions included, you'll never run out of things to ask. Who will call/text me next? Will I be a famous actor someday? Who wishes they could trade places with me? Gather your friends around, draw a card, place your fingers on the planchette and ask your question. Concentrate very hard and watch as the answer is revealed in the message window. Make up your own questions, and let the OUIJA Board satisfy your curiosity in virtually endless ways. OUIJA Board will answer. It's just a game - or is it?"

Geekologie again: "It's not just a game. It's like an empty soup can and long string STRAIGHT TO THE DEVIL'S MOUTH. Don't believe me? One time growing up a friend and I asked what we were gonna get for Christmas that year. You know what it said? 'SOQMNETR'. Which, last time I checked, is not how you spell 'ALL THE HE-MAN TOYS EVER MADE INCLUDING THE CASTLE GRAYSKULL PLAYSET'. Then we threw it in the fire and heard screaming."

Couldn't have said it better myself. Satan is surely the god of this world.

Sanhedrin Calling World to Pesach Sacrifice

Exciting news! Much is happening in the prophetic world pertaining to Israel and also the Temple, which is the number one indicator of the times.

The bible says in Daniel (Daniel 9:27) that the Great Tribulation begins when the Antichrist stands in the Holy place and stops the sacrifices. The Holy place is the Temple. This scripture indicates several things. First, for sacrifices to be stopped, they must have begun. Second, for the antichrist to stand in the holy place, the Temple must have been rebuilt.

As of now there seems to be no way that the Temple could be built on its original holy site. That piece of land atop Mt. Moriah is the most contested in the world. The Muslim Dome of the Rock is there and Jews are barred entry to it and also to most areas around that site. They cannot even pray atop the Mount. However, the bible is inerrant and if it says there will be a temple, there will be a temple.

The prophecies say that at the time of the end, the whole world will come against Israel. Israel will be a cup of reeling and a burdensome stone. Though anti-Semitisim has always existed, the end times are a time when that hatred will come to a boiling point. This is happening now. It seems that daily some nation or other decries something or other that Israel has done or is about to do. The UN issues frequent resolutions against Israel. Constantly we hear of Iran’s Supreme leader or President saying Israel will soon be destroyed. They said it again today, here.

All this hatred and tension finally comes to a head just before or just as the Tribulation begins. Ezekiel 38-39 describes this war, known as the Gog-Magog war, as a coalition of nations that surprise Israel in an attack. The timing of the war is not clear. Either the church will be on earth and raptured during or immediately after the war; or the church will have been raptured immediately prior to its outbreak. In any case, the two events (rapture and Gog-Magog war) are close together in time. Just as it seems that the alliance attacking Israel will prevail, God Himself intervenes to save Israel. It's this intervention that brings Israel to the recognition of their old covenant with Him and the 70th week of Daniel begins ticking again. The Temple is rebuilt and sacrifices resume, all under the umbrella of a peace treaty (covenant) at the end of the Gog-Magog war. It is the Antichrist (along with many others) who confirms this treaty (“makes strong.”) Three and a half years into the 7-year treaty, the antichrist reveals himself by effectively tearing up the treaty, standing in the Temple and stopping the sacrifices, and declaring himself to be God. It is then that the Israelites realize their great mistake, and their persecution begins in earnest even as they flee the city.

How can a temple be rebuilt so quickly? How can sacrifices resume when they have not been allowed for thousands of years? Here is the amazing timeline of events that will answer those questions and also reveal God in His magnificent wonder.

April 2004:
After thousands of years, the Sanhedrin reconvenes

April 2008:
The Temple Institute prepared to sacrifice an animal as a rehearsal and practice and a demonstration for the priests they have been training. Predictably, the outcry was instant and vociferous. Animal rights activists complained. Muslims shouted. Court inunctions were even lodged. But in the end, the sacrifice went ahead.

Judge Rules Paschal Sacrifice Practice "Proper," Appeal Filed
The Jerusalem Magistrate's court ruled Friday that the Jewish Temple movement may, under state law, slaughter a sheep on Sunday as a “general rehearsal” for the renewal of the Pesach (Passover) sacrifice. The judge even called the effort "proper," ... The slaughter is planned as part of a conference dedicated to studying and restoring the Jewish observance of the Korban Pesach, as it was called since it was first observed in Egypt."

Mock sacrifice slammed
"Animal rights group "Tnoo Lachayot Lichyot" ("Let the Animals Live") is threatening to take legal action to prevent the Jewish Temple movement from carrying out an educational demonstration of the Pesach (Passover) sacrifice next week."

July 2009:
The Temple Institute announced that they were going to begin building a temple altar, at which sacrifices would (someday) take place. They also announced that over the past year or two, they had created the Temple utensils, consecrated the temple menorah, imported special worms to make the silk for priestly robes, and consecrated the Temple cornerstone. They did in fact begin making the altar to biblical specifications, and a video showed the event. It was quite moving to watch.

Temple Institute to Build Sacrificial Altar on Tisha B'av
The Temple Institute will begin building the sacrificial altar on Thursday, Tisha B’av, a fast day when Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple some 2,000 years ago.

Temple altar rebuilding begins
"The Temple Institute began work on the sacrificial altar Thursday, Tisha B’av, the day the Second Temple was destroyed almost 2,000 years ago."

October 2009:
The Temple Institute announced they had established a school for training and education of Levite priests. The priests needed to be trained in the proper way to accept sacrifices and to conduct worship in the temple.

Preparing for Service in the Rebuilt Temple
"Jews in the town of Mitzpe Yericho are taking practical steps to prepare for the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, by preparing descendents of Cohanim (priests) and Levites for service. At the Mitzpe Yericho school, Temple priest hopefuls learn exactly how to conduct the daily Temple service and offer the required sacrifices."

December 2009:

The Institute had announced in July that they started building the altar, and by December it was finished. The issue of sacrifices is always tense for those who hate Israel, because they know that if sacrifices begin then the Temple is sure to follow. Though there is precedent for having sacrifices without a temple, it is not meant to be a permanent state of affairs. Therefore when those opposed to Israel see sacrifices being talked about or rehearsed, they become agitated and tensions always increase.

Ezra 3:7
“From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the LORD, but the foundation of the temple of the LORD had not been laid.”

As you can see in Ezra the sacrifices on the altar occurred before the foundation of the Temple had been laid.

Model Altar of Unhewn Stones Completed at Temple Institute
The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announced Friday the completion of a model of the biblical altar which G-d, through Moses, commanded the nation of Israel to build at the Mount of Eval (Ebal) overlooking Shechem:  
“And there you shall build an altar unto Hashem your God, an altar of stones: you shall lift up no iron tool upon them. You shall build the altar of Hashem your G-d of unhewn stones.” (Dvarim / Deuteronomy 27:5,6).
January 2010:
And, right on the heels of that announcement last month that the altar is completed, the Institute announces that they now want to sacrifice a lamb for Passover 2010!! Passover 2010 is between March 30 and April 5.

Sanhedrin calling for sacrifices
"This year in Jerusalem, the Sanhedrin Initiative is calling upon the Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world to participate in the Korban Pesach. The Sanhedrin Initiative will choose sheep to be offered in the Korban Pesach, and all preparations will be made in the expectation that we can renew this ancient, traditional offering. In the event that political or other obstacles intervene, the Sanhedrin Initiative has taken halakhic precautions to ensure that the monies for purchasing the sheep can still be used for charitable donations."

Wow! Whether the actual sacrifices occur is one thing, but just the fact that all that has happened since 2004; the Sanhedrin, implements, cornerstone, pre-fab Temple, sacrifices and the WILL and INTENT to push for it all, is amazing. Just...wow!

In an email exchange between a curious Christian and the Sanhedrin, the Sanhedrin  representative said that the Temple could be built in three months! Three months! So quickly. The Jewish faithful are ready when the LORD'S prophesies to come to pass. While I don't believe personally that a sacrifice will take place as long as the old covenant has not been re-established, (though of course I could be wrong) the call to the world for participation in a Jewish Passover sacrifice on a biblical altar of unhewn stones is tremendous advance of near-fulfillment of the prophecies that WILL soon be fulfilled, in my opinion.

So you can see how close we are to His soon arrival! O come soon, Lord Jesus!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Biblical Math: God-style!

The bible is full of math. The four basic operations, add, subtract, multiply and divide are all there. Our God is a wonderful math teacher! See His lessons:

ADD/SUBTRACT

Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. Proverbs 30:6 (NKJV)

For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Rev 22:18-29)

I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him. Ecclesiastes 3:14  (NKJV)

“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it. Deuteronomy 12:32 (NKJV)

DIVIDE

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)

I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. Joel 3:2 (NKJV)

MULTIPLY

"I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; Genesis 26:4 (NKJV)

"...saying, "I will surely bless you and multiply you." Hebrews 6:14

EQUAL

You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, "He did not make me"; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, "He has no understanding"? Isaiah 29:16 (NKJV)

For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. John 5:18 (NKJV)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New heaven and a new earth

The bible tells us that earth will pass away and then be remade. Did you even wonder what it will be like in the New Heaven and the New Earth? I do. But first, the verses:

"A New Heaven and Earth"
"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!"" 2 Peter 3:12

"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." Rev 21:1






(Source for photos, actually is a video from Discovery "Proof of cosmic smashup")

So I often wonder about whether we as resurrected saints will be allowed to watch God in His Glory renew the earth, what the new earth will be like in form, and looks, and smells, and sights, and of course about the new heaven.

Just before the New Heaven and New Earth is remade, we know that the earth will be renewed after the Tribulation as the 1000 year Millennium Kingdom begins. I love animals so I'm especially looking forward to living out the verses that talk of no animals biting and all children can and will play safely near what were formerly wild beasts in the Millennium Kingdom. And that there will be no predators nor prey in the Millennium.

I found two stories that are pretty interesting and give a minute glimpse of what heaven will be like as follows:

"And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the young goat, And the calf and the young lion [a]and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them. Also the cow and the bear will graze, Their young will lie down together, And the lion will eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper's den. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea." - (Is 11:6-9)

Won't that be wonderful?? Do check out the articles, the photos are cute.

Tiger, lion and bear form unusual friendship
Rescued eight years ago during a police drugs raid in Atlanta, Georgia, the three friends were only cubs at the time and barely two months old. Delivered to the Noah's Ark animal rescue centre in Locust Grove, Georgia, the decision was made to keep the youngsters together. "We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind of family, the zoo decided to keep them together," said Diane Smith, assistant director of the Noah's Ark zoo.

The Pigeon and the Bunnies
These little bunnies, about 6 days old, were attacked by a dog and orphaned. Two out of the litter of five did not survive, and these three were not doing very well. Enter Noah—the non-releasable, one-legged homing pigeon/rock dove that we have here in rehab. Noah kept going over to the bunny cage and looking in—even sleeping in front of the door to the cage. Then, 2 days ago, I only counted 2 bunnies in the cage, so I hurriedly picked Noah up from the front of the cage so I could look inside. And to my surprise—there was the tiny bunny—under Noah's wing—sound asleep! (more at link)

So, first the Millennium, then the New Heaven and the New Earth. God is truly magnificent!

Keep on the sunny side, Christians!



 I used to spend the Fourth of July in Lubec-Eastport Maine. If you visualize Maine as the profile of a dog, Eastport and Lubec would be the nostrils. They are as far east as you can go in Maine and not be in Canada. The highest tides in the world begin there, with the Bay of Fundy beginning the funnel to a small inlet where massive tides are pushed in several times a day. They are nautical cities, driven by the sea, which surrounds both of them. And as for the air, there's cool, fog, and cold. Those are the seasons. (Notice the shadow side on the left and the sunny side on the right. The difference in temps would be at least ten degrees)

Even on the Fourth the temperatures remain cool - in the sun- and out of the sun you will need either long sleeves or a sweatshirt. I loved it.

The Eastport parade drew about 8000-9000 annually, helped by the docking of a navy ship of one kind or another which gave tours. The navy men marched in the parade down Water Street, a sea of white hats swooping down the gentle hill as we clapped for their service and dedication.

I used to get there early because the parade street ran north-south. The sun at the starting time was shining on one side of the street and the other was in shadow. The shadow side was cool and dimmer than the sunny side. It was simply more practical to get there early and be in the warm sun. (Note the ladies are wearing fleeces and huddling under blankets on the dark side of the street. It's cold on that side!)

I've noticed something lately. Many of my Christian brothers and sisters are sad. Times are tough, and there is much illness, uncertainty, and confusion. But that is not the kind of sad I am talking about- the sadness over the factory closing or not having money to take that trip this year. Not economic circumstances, but emotional. Many people I come across are sad about  things in their lives that happened to them on an interpersonal level. I get sad sometimes, thinking of the wrongs done to me or the loss of relationships or I mourn for the way things used to be.

Jesus got sad, too. Jesus even wept. When He arrived at the place where Lazarus had died, Mary fell at His feet weeping, and "Jesus was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled," (John 11:33b).

But there is a danger in allowing sadness to veer from a useful emotion that cleanses, and wallowing in it. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines wallowing as "to indulge oneself immoderately."

One would not normally think of being sad as something one chooses to indulge in, but it is, and is the point of this post. Things happen to us that make us sad, it is part of life. As a strong Christian you are more likely to have events occur that wind up in sadness. The world does not like us. "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you." (John 15:18-19). So prepare to be occasionally sad. But do not choose to wallow.

Yes, wallowing is a choice, one that all to many Christians indulge in. Do you return in your mind to that last dreadful conversation and mentally list all the really terrible things your ex-husband/boss/mother said to you? Do you revisit the terrible circumstances, re-telling it constantly in conversation? Even thought it happened last year, ten years ago? Do you sit in your room and cry more often that you sit in your room and praise? You're wallowing.

Yes, Jesus wept, but look what He did right after that: "So the Jews were saying, "See how He loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?" So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb" (John 11:35-38a) Jesus kept moving. He 'came to the tomb', He engaged in action, He didn't sit by the road and cry with His friends who all were crying and had been for days. He kept moving becase He had a job to do.

Our job is to be salt and light. We can't be that if we stop moving. We can't be that if we are wallowing in sadness over the things that happened to us. If we expend salt on our own tears and our light is dimmed by wallowing, then we are not fulfilling our obligations to the Lord Who also wept, but Who also kept moving.

Notice the photos I included in this essay. There is a sunny side and a shadow side at the parade. One side is warm and bright and the other side is dark and cool. Some choose to be on the dark side. Those who do, stand with coats on, then they sit and grab a blanket, then they start to huddle and shiver, not wanting to move because it is so comfy under the blanket. But it is more comfortable on the sunny side to begin with. It takes a bit of work to get there, making plans to arrive early and staying longer, but the entire experience is warmer and brighter because of the extra effort.

Christians you can choose to be sad and wallow in 'what he said' or 'what she did,' and that is a never-ending pit because the world hates us and would love to steal your effectiveness as a joyful Christian on the move. Or you can weep but move on to the next task with all the salt and light you can muster. If you have a hard time doing that, ask the Lord for help, and see what He can do: "You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy." (Ps 30:11) Keep on the sunny side, Christians! And keep moving!



There's a dark and a troubled side of life
There's a bright, there's a sunny side, too
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

[cho:] Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us ev'ry day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

The storm and its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear;
Clouds and storms will, in time, pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with the song of hope each day
Tho' the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour away
Who keepeth everyone in His care

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Damascus the movie now on Youtube

You may remember last March, Joel Rosenberg's report of the opening of the Damascus movie. Rosenberg wrote" Damascus is "a major motion picture about the life of the Apostle Paul and how he came to faith in Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus was going to premiere in the Syrian capital. I also asked you to pray that God would bless the showing of the film entitled, Damascus. Let me report that your prayers have been answered. More than 1,000 Syrian political, business, and religious leaders — along with journalists — attended and there is a lot of buzz in the region about the film." Here is another report, more lengthy, also by Rosenberg.

The movie's actors are Syrians from a Muslim background. The film is spoken in Arabic, with English subtitles. The use of this Middle Eastern language, speaking the actual words recorded in the Bible, is an unusual perspective and gives a tremendous authenticity. Also authentic are the locations: they are all where Paul traveled and many of the spots are now marked or noted.

I recommend the movie, I was completely inspired. It is 9 parts on Youtube. Here is part one.

Investing in sin pays no dividends

We are told that in the end, "Difficult Times Will Come"

"But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these."(1 Timothy 3:1-5)

I noticed in our local paper that pizza delivery drivers are getting assaulted in our small city. Now, pizza delivery drivers have always been targets. They know they assume risk when they take on the job. That fact is nothing new and not indicative of the end times, particularly. However, I did think that two assaults in one week were unusual. Our small city is not fraught with a lot of violent crime.

Then I read on Drudge that a Philly pizza delivery driver was shot and killed while on the job. I learned that it was the second driver killed in less than two weeks, which was apparently startling to that large city. The driver had been lured to a vacant lot by a false premise. He was shot and killed, left bleeding on the street and died en route to the hospital.

Curious at the coincidence of seeing two news headlines in the same hour on the same topic, and knowing the importance of Godly coincidences, I Googled around and discovered that assaults on pizza delivery drivers are way up. There seems to be some dark connotations as well. Past crimes against drivers had mostly been spur of the moment "crimes of opportunity" that are categorized as assaults or robberies with trauma but no bloodshed. However the crimes I read about this week were planned in advance and involved killings. Secondly I noticed that the gain from the robberies was paltry and pitiful. Robbers are killing for $39, or $21 in some cases. One delivery driver died because the killers stole 5 pizzas.

The law of diminishing returns comes to mind here. The pain is not worth the gain. "The law of diminishing returns is a classic economic concept that states that as more investment is made, overall return on that investment increases at a declining rate," until you are getting practically nothing in return. Sin is a classic example of the law of diminishing returns. The more you invest in sin, the less you reap. (See illustration above)

In the times of Noah, "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Gen.6-7) The times are surely brutal when a life is only worth 5 pizzas. The Lord rendered judgment upon the earth in the days of Noah because evil trampled the earth and sin was abounding in every heart. “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth." (Gen. 6:11-12)

The Lord said that in the end times that the days would be as in the days of Noah. “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." (Matt. 24:37). These unholy times will end, and they will end suddenly and badly for the unrighteous. Until then, I believe that the prophesied 'difficult times' have arrived. Pray for the lost, that God would have mercy on them and draw them toward the foot of the cross. It is only there that the law of diminishing returns is overcome, and the dividends are reaped in heaven.

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Athens GA
Second assault in a week on pizza delivery drivers
A man tried to rob a pizza delivery woman in East Athens on Tuesday night, just days after another employee was robbed while delivering to an apartment complex near downtown.

Philadelphia, PA
Pizza Deliveryman Shot, Killed During Robbery
2nd Pizza Deliveryman Killed In Less Than 2 Weeks
Investigators said Jacques responded to a call for pizza, but found the address was a vacant lot where the suspect(s) were hiding out. This is the second time in the last two weeks that a pizza deliveryman has been robbed and killed.

Atlanta GA
Pizza man robbed at gunpoint
A Pizza Hut delivery man showed up Wednesday night to an address in Austell only to find an empty townhome.

Greensboro, NC
Delivery Driver Robbed Of Pizza, Cash
A pizza delivery driver was robbed Wednesday evening after he realized the home he was called to didn't order a pizza. Greensboro Police say Lorenza Wyatt, 24, was making a delivery in the 2000 block of Spring Garden Street when he was told by the resident that they hadn't placed an order.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The thrill is gone

On Drudge this week:


The "Thrill is gone" is a reference to a very famous BB King blues song of the same name. The reference would be immediately identifiable to anyone with a cultural antennae tuned to the Blues direction, and the moment I saw it, I laughed. Some lyrics:

The thrill is gone
The thrill is gone away
The thrill is gone baby
The thrill is gone away
You know you done me wrong baby
And you'll be sorry someday

You know I'm free, free now baby
I'm free from your spell
I'm free, free now
I'm free from your spell
And now that it's over
All I can do is wish you well

The reference was on Drudge a few days ago but the Spirit has been moving in me until this thought coalesced. Most Americans who voted for Obama certainly were under a spell. The facts did not add up, yet they were ignored. Secular man went ahead, always thinking he knows better. 'This is the moment!' 'This is the answer!' 'This is the solution!' Warning signals were ignored.

However the law of diminishing returns always holds true and the fall of Obama was swift and just as hard as the heights had been soft. Now, here is the moral, the prophetic truth. Will Obama serve as an object warning that the answer is not in man, the answer is not in words, the answer is not in politics, the answer is not in lofty nothingness that will not sustain truth? No.

Will man seek after the next one who claims to have an answer? Who has lofty words and a spellbinding solution? Yes. We know history in advance and we know soon be "the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;" (Rev 13:3); we know "He shall wax exceeding great," (Dan 8:9); we know "shall he corrupt by flatteries:" (Dan 11:32a)

The sin nature of man cannot help but seek after thrill after thrill in the wrong place...and so if Obama's thrill is gone...it is gone. Until the next thrill comes along. And that thrill will be the last. For he will be the Antichrist.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Verses on gun sights to be removed

On Monday I repeated the question Jesus asked in Luke 18:8b, "However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" This was in reference to a flap concerning a manufacturer of gun scopes for the US military and the discovery that the company, a Christian owned outfit, inscribes bible verses on each scope as a matter of faith and practice.

Today comes the news that the bible references will be removed
"The references to Bible passages raised concerns that they break a government rule that bans proselytising by American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.  ... On Thursday, General David Petraeus, Central Command’s chief officer, called the references “disturbing". “This is a serious concern to me and the other commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he told an audience at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington."

"The company began putting Bible references on sites nearly 30 years ago under Trijicon’s founder, Glyn Bindon, who was killed in an aircraft crash in 2003. His son Stephen, Trijicon’s president, has continued the tradition."

Again, when the Son of Man returns, will He find faith upon the earth? At this rate...perhaps not.

More on signs in the cosmos

Yesterday I wrote about a mini-asteroid that sneaked up on earth and then incredibly a week later another comet that sneaked up on earth, catching professional astronomers unaware. In that essay was information on another celestial mystery; "Mystery Object Behaves Both Like a Comet and Asteroid." Jesus said there will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars as part of the notification to earth's inhabitants that the end is near.

Well, on Monday, a meteor streaked through the twilight sky in Maryland-Virginia. "The Tuesday morning mail contained the following report from a reader in Reisterstown, Md. He and his wife spotted a bright meteor to their south after sunset on Monday evening. The crescent moon and planet Jupiter were visible in the southwest." Other reports confrmed that indeed a bright fireball streaked across the sky at sunset.

By Tuesday it had become known that the fireball was a mango-sized meteor. "Crusty fireball space mango wrecks US doctor's office" as the UK Register cleverly phrases the headline. A "mango-sized" meteorite crashed into a doctor's office in Virginia this week at more than 200 mph, according to reports. The space rock smashed through the roof, an internal wall and an upper floor before shattering into several pieces on a concrete slab. Local residents apparently reported a "brilliant fireball" streaking through the sky, prior to the devastating doctor's-surgery strike. Welzenbach says the blazing passage of the rock through the Earth's atmosphere had melted its exterior, giving it a "fusion crust".

Sounds like a high cuisine menu at a fancy restaurant, doesn't it? LOL, meteors have also been spotted in Montreal, and another in Colorado where a similar thing happened as in Virginia, this time the meteor crashed through the roof of a tavern. It took some convincing to the fire department to get them to come out and inspect the hole in the roof...lol.

One scientist said that 90% of the time meteor sightings are not actually meteors, they are misidentified.  He said only 10% of the time are they correctly identified. Additionally, he said, meteor strikes only happen about every ten years. In other words, rarely. This week we had two.

Not for nothing did Jesus tell us to "Look up!"

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mini-asteroid sneaks up on earth

Jesus said "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves," (Luke 21:25). The Dictionary of the Bible says that signs are "remarkable events which witness to the will of God, such as the rainbow (Gen. 9: 12) or the plagues wrought by Moses and Aaron in Egypt (Exod. 10: 2). In the NT the Jews demanded miraculous signs from Jesus (Matt. 12: 38), which he refused. In John's gospel the miracles are called signs (semeia in Greek) which are intended to produce faith (John 20: 30–1). Jesus would therefore be accepted as the one who performs the works of God, which are the eschatological acts of salvation (John 5: 20–3)."

I do not know what 'signs in the sun' would be. But I do know that remarkable events are occurring that haven't occurred before. On January 4, 2010, amateur astronomer Alan Watson saw a comet inside our near solar system, heading straight for the sun. To me the interesting thing about this discovery is that though there are a billion dollars' worth of telescopes and helioscopes aimed at every quadrant of the visible universe, the comet escaped everyone's attention until it was practically on our backyard. Where did the comet come from? No one knows. It was unnamed, then named after the amateur astronomer who found it. The comet streaked toward the sun for several days then was gobbled by the sun's might.

Phew, that was a close one. Good thing THAT doesn't happen very often. Astronomers believe that this comet was part of the Kreutz Sungrazers cluster. These are fragments of one larger comet that broke apart centuries ago. Occasionally a fragment appears and plunges near the sun, sometimes to be swallowed, sometimes to escape. The last near-sun fragment appeared in 1965. Until January 4. Again, good thing THAT doesn't happen very often.

Until January 21, that is. Again, a sudden appearance of what is likely (?) a Kreutz Sungrazer streaked toward the sun. It came from the same direction as the one a week ago. This is the second comet in near earth neighborhood and the second one to take astronomers by surprise.


Spaceweather.com said: "INCOMING COMET: NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft has discovered another comet plunging toward the sun. The last time this happened on Jan. 4th, the comet was destroyed, and history could repeat itself later today. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has a good view of the comet's death plunge: movie, labels. Stay tuned for updates." The UK Register simply says "Mini-asteroid sneaks up on Earth"

These two comets are not the only strange things giving astronomers sleepless nights. In the far reaches of the universe, over in the asteroid belt is a mystery object scientists cannot explain. One article titled "Mystery Object Behaves Both Like a Comet and Asteroid" states: "Something awfully curious is happening 250 million miles away in the asteroid belt. Astronomers think they may be witnessing a never-before-seen collision between two asteroids. The puzzle centers on a newly discovered object that superficially looks like a comet but lives among the asteroids."

I do not know if these are some of THE signs, but I do note that the scientists say they are unprecedented, never before seen, interesting and unusual. When there are a series of never before seen things happening in the cosmos, and knowing Jesus said there would be signs in the sun/moon/stars, I do sit up and say, "Come soon, Jesus!"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

All things are not permissible

Here are some dribs and drabs on a variety of topics, rather than an essay today delving deeply into one subject.

Without self control (2Tim3:4) Man has glasses tattooed on his face: I saw this photo and was struck by how casually people treat their bodies now. Here is this man...abusing his body with permanent (and silly) markings. What will he look like when he is 80 years old? Doesn't he think he will get tired of seeing the fake glasses in the mirror? What will happen as he ages and he needs real glasses? Notice his neck and shoulder: his entire torso is tattooed.

GotQuestions.com says: "The Old Testament law commanded the Israelites, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:28). So, even though believers today are not under the Old Testament law (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15), the fact that there was a command against tattoos should raise some questions. The New Testament does not say anything about whether or not a believer should get a tattoo." The essay at Gotquestions goes on to say that the barometer for any activity we undertake is: will it please the Lord? Good words.

Everything is permissible for me (1 Cor 6:12)
Someone contacted me on Twitter this week. They wrote: "If you haven't read this yet, please do: The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage." As the legal challenge to the voter enacted defeat of the Supreme Court's decision institution on Gay Marriage in California that overturned a voter initiative goes on (got that?) the issue of gay marriage in CA once again heats up. And if it's heating up in CA its heating up nationally. Now, I have no clue who this person is who contacted me (though I have suspicions) but I am always ready to contend for the gospel, against sin, and point to God's holiness. Rolling up my sleeves, I read the piece, and of course disagreed with it. A series of tweets between us ensued, where I advocated for God's holiness and against sin. Tweets on apologetics are always challenging because Twitter limits conversations to 140 characters. However, the exchange illustrated to me the creative and deceitful ways that secular people interpret the gospel.

In offering the 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 verse I was told that it has been "mistranslated." In pointing to Paul the twitterer stated that Paul's credibility was suspect because he had no knowledge of sexuality (?). That God is love and He would never preach 'hatred'. That the OT verses condemning homosexuality were also advocating putting gays to death so I must also be advocating putting gays to death. And more.

Aside from learning how deeply the secular are deceived and the lengths they will got to pervert the plain speaking of the gospel in order to satisfy their own lusts, I also had good practice in apologetics. Don't be swayed by the homosexual argument. It is all about sin, Jesus, His sacrifice, and redemption. Always bring the conversation back to sin - it is the world's greatest problem. And Jesus is the world's greatest solution. In any case, no one, conservative or liberal, can ever make the case that gays are qualified for marriage. In the verse above, Paul was writing to the Corinthians about the dangerous deceit they held that that all things are permissible. The Corinthians were the original "if it feels good, do it" bunch of Christians. Many Christians - and others - will be surprised to discover that not everything is permissible in God's economy, including homosexuality.

Earthquakes in diverse places
Jesus said that one of the signs in the birth pangs of the end time prior to rapture would be earthquakes. There have certainly been a lot lately. A 6.1 quake hit Haiti this pre-dawn morning, sending terrified survivors screaming into the streets. It made me think of the verse from Luke 21:26 - "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." There have been strong earthquakes in Oklahoma City USA, El Salvador, Guatemala, Solomon Islands, Argentina, and Haiti of course. Here is a link to a list of all US Geological Survey earthquakes as they happen.

The weather is freaky everywhere. California is getting hammered by successive storms this week all increasing in size, there was even a tornado yesterday in SoCal. Today's storms are expected to be huge, with up to 20 inches of rain in some places. Hundreds urged to flee before California storm hits "This is a severity we have not seen in a very long time," Villaraigosa said at a news conference late Tuesday. "Respect any and all orders to evacuate. They are doing this to protect your safety. Please cooperate" said the LA Mayor." photo source

In response to the quakes and the storms, people are starting to write things like "All these movies about the end of the world; all these storms are starting to convince me... *grabs Bible & starts praying*" or, "whats our planet coming 2?" One lady wrote "All these quakes are freaking me out. I think Jesus is coming..." Pray that the Spirit will move in hearts that are wondering, looking up, and asking what is going on. Pray they are receptive to the Word! No one knows how much time is left because no one knows the number of Gentiles that will complete the church. It could be any moment! The final generation that see these things come to pass will see the Son of Man in the sky, and these things refers to Israel becoming a nation and the birth pangs starting. So many people feel the imminence of the prophecies being fulfilled that prayer is needed for the many who are lost and are in danger of remaining so.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Will the Son of Man find faith upon the earth? Perhaps not

ABC News investigated a tip and uncovered a blockbuster story. "U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes". The story begins:

"Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found."

Oh my goodness, this is horrible! Egad! Read on, it gets worse:

"One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

Mentioning a light-filled heart is the worst thing I have ever heard! How could the company that makes these guns DO such a terrible thing? I know that every soldier that ever touched one of these guns will be permanently and emotionally scarred for life. Lawsuits could ensue. I am thrilled that ABC News undertook to expose this heinous activity.

This ridiculous response from the company that made these guns is a poor defense, indeed, full of corporate backtracking and passing the buck kind of excuses typical of executives when caught doing wrong:

"Trijicon confirmed to ABCNews.com that it adds the biblical codes to the sights sold to the U.S. military. Tom Munson, director of sales and marketing for Trijicon, which is based in Wixom, Michigan, said the inscriptions "have always been there" and said there was nothing wrong or illegal with adding them."

Do you see how diabolical these sneaky Christians are? And it doesn't stop there.

"Other references include citations from the books of Revelation, Matthew and John dealing with Jesus as "the light of the world." John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

The horra! The horra!

The company's motto is "We believe that America is great when its people are good," says the Web site. "This goodness has been based on Biblical standards throughout our history, and we will strive to follow those morals."

The unmitigated gall of these people. To strive to be moral. How crass.

"Spokespeople for the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps both said their services were unaware of the biblical markings. They said officials were discussing what steps, if any, to take in the wake of the ABCNews.com report. It is not known how many Trijicon sights are currently in use by the U.S. military."

Yeah, ABC! You tell 'em!

"This is probably the best example of violation of the separation of church and state in this country," said Weinstein. "It's literally pushing fundamentalist Christianity at the point of a gun against the people that we're fighting. We're emboldening an enemy."
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Though the investigation and resultant news article is all too unfortunately real, my comments are sarcastic. The language used in the article intimating that soldiers would be irreparably harmed by handling a gun that has a bible reference on it is ridiculous in the extreme. The inference that if the enemy found out that these guns contain bible references that they too would be irreparably harmed is also ridiculous. And the journalistic trick of using "scare quotes" around the word Jesus is a tragic example of how marginalized the Savior is from public life. From a journalistic standpoint, this is the dumbest ABC News investigation ever.

As far as emboldening the enemy, I have found that the best thing to do to make the enemy quiet is to agree with him. Abstain from bible reading, avoid morality, remove the mention of Jesus from public life, and separate church and state, and you will quieten the enemy, not embolden him. There are many scriptures that speak to an end time apostasy. But one speaks loudest. "However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8b

Sunday, January 17, 2010

To a vampire, it's all about the blood

Twilight is a book published in hardcover in 2005, by Stephanie Meyers. It was also the biggest selling book of 2008. It is in a new genre called "vampire-romance" and it depicts the budding romance between a supernatural vampire youth and a young human girl growing more deeply in "love." The author said she received the outline for her first book in the series via a very clear dream that was compelling to her and which immediately shoved aside all else that day until she could get the details down on paper. She said that in her dream, what would become the two main characters were discussing the difficulties of human-vampire love. The vampire boy said he "was particularly attracted to the scent of her blood, and was having a difficult time restraining himself from killing her immediately." What a gem of a boyfriend. "Thanks for not killing me!"

Hollywood, never slow to pick up the scent of blood money, quickly made the movie and that debuted in 2008. "'Twilight' Success "Unbelievable," Says Director "$70.55 million for Twilight’s opening weekend. Fans, look what you’ve done to film director Catherine Hardwicke. “It’s pretty crazy,” she said. “It’s pretty cool. When I think that we’re going to be bigger than the biggest [James] Bond opening weekend? That blows my mind!”

It doesn't blow mine. "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.” (1 Timothy 4:1) We are in the later times and the devils are pushing their doctrines. Satan is a counterfeiter, he cannot and does not create anything, he can only copy it. And what is the ultimate doctrine of Jesus? That He died for our sins, having shed His blood as the sacrificial lamb. Anyone who is saved, or even not saved, knows that it is ALL about the blood.

Since satan is a counterfeiter, it's all about the blood to him, too. Jesus shed His blood so His children would live. Satan wants the children to shed their blood and die. There is a problem, though. How can satan make shedding your blood seem like something you want to do? Aside from Jesus, shedding blood is not a topic that people generally cotton to. So satan made it "romantic" and targeted youths, and a new media genre was born, the 'vampire-romance.'

There has always been fascination with vampires. However in the middle ages throughout the Renaissance they were a topic of fear and hatred. All that changed in the 1800s when Bram Stoker published "Dracula." The influence of Dracula cannot be overstated: "The novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film and television interpretations throughout the 20th and 21st centuries." And satan was off and running. I believe that satan laughs at the humans. We know his hubris knows no bounds. (Isaiah 14:12-15). I believe he loves to point to himself in any way he can, and does this often, hiding in plain sight, as it were. The cover of Twilight depicts an apple being enticingly offered, and the title of the book shows a nail or a stake, to shed the blood. How much clearer can his influence be?

The bible is all about the blood:

The life is in the blood:
Lev 17:11  'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.'

We are purchased by His blood:
Eph 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 

We are protected by His blood:
Ex 12:7,12-13 Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. ... The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

We are covenanted and cleansed by His blood:
Heb 9:15-22

But woe to those who allow the blood doctrine to be cheapened by devils!
Heb 10:29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

Youths, be careful of what you are doing. When you seek movies or books like Twilight, or even dress for Halloween as a vampire, you are succumbing to doctrines of devils, who cheapen the blood covenant and insult the Spirit of grace! Shedding your blood, even in imagination, for a misguided 'romance' with a hellish supernatural being who would sooner kill you than smell you, is NOT LOVE. God is love. "The greatest significance of these blood regulations [in Leviticus] was in their declaration of the preciousness of blood, due to the interrelationship between life and blood, and consequently the preparation of the Israelites for the atoning work of Messiah in a day yet to come. It is only in the light of the death of Christ that the significance of these blood regulations can really be grasped." It's all about the blood, both to Christ and to satan. Which covenant do you choose?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Move over Geico gecko

Move over Geico gecko, there's a new gecko in town. Scientists have discovered the world's smallest gecko in the Ecuadorean jungles. It's so small it fits on the head of a pencil.



Spot the gecko: Reptile so small it can fit on pencil top found along with dozens of other new species in threatened Ecuador jungle. A gecko so small it can perch on top of a pencil has been discovered along with dozens of new animal species in Ecuador’s threatened rainforest. Scientists also found 30 new varieties of frog and a snail-sucking snake – all on the verge of becoming extinct. His team also found three species of lungless salamanders and bushmaster snake, which is the longest viper in the world yet is rarely recorded, having been hunted almost to extinction in many parts of its range.

‘There are countless gaps in our knowledge about the status and distribution of tropical animals; this study just scratches the surface of what we know about this region alone, much less what is happening to global patterns of extinction’, said Dr Hamilton."

In this part of ¬Ecuador, if you go to one spot you can find 20 or 30 species of frog, and if you go to the next site over you will see a whole bunch of different ones.’ His team also found three species of lungless salamanders and bushmaster snake, which is the longest viper in the world yet is rarely recorded, having been hunted almost to extinction in many parts of its range. One of the discoveries which has most excited many of the scientists are the frogs which lay their eggs in trees rather than water. Instead of hatching into tadpoles, they hatch out into miniature versions of the adults, some barely larger than a pinhead. (photos Paul Hamilton)

Is God revealing more of Himself as the time for rapture draws nearer? Is knowledge increasing?  "But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase." (Daniel 12:4) You decide...

As for me, I enjoy seeing the diversity and creativity in our Lord's work in creation. He is amazing! Please read the entire article, and view more photos. It's really cool.

What on earth is going on?



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Joel Rosenberg is in Manila today, ready to open the Epicenter Conference. He writes that the Filipinos are wondering "what on earth is going on?" The magnitude of the Haiti disaster has made the world sit up and take notice, but the Filipinos have also been struck this year. They have endured multiple floods, devastating typhoons, economic decline, and a volcano exploding under their noses. Rosenberg writes: "many Filipinos have been shaken by recent events and are wondering what they all mean….where is God?….is there any hope?….is there a certain way to know we can go to heaven when we die?….are we living in the End of Days?….are things going to get worse?" What IS going on?

Jesus warned us the end of time would come. He called it the Tribulation. He said it would be preceded by a series of events that would increase in intensity like birth pangs do. Rapture Ready defines birth pangs thus: "Birth pangs, in terms of Bible Prophecy, refers to certain convulsive geopolitical, geophysical, astrophysical and world-wide socio-economic events and issues scheduled to occur in the time leading up to Jesus Christ's Second Advent (second coming). These are likened to the contractions experienced by a woman about to give birth, with those episodes increasing with frequency and intensity. Jesus' foretelling of these birth pangs use the word "sorrows," in His Olivet Discourse on end time things to come." These events are the signs of His soon coming.

The end time's purpose is to awaken the nations, and to awaken individuals, to the correlation between sin and judgment, Jesus and redemption. God said that "there will be earthquakes in diverse places" that there will be "wars and rumors of wars." He said that there will be plagues and pestilences, signs and terrors. We do not know specifically that Haiti is under judgment but we do know specifically that we are all cursed and deserve judgment. We should not presume to speak of the mind of God as if we know it. We cannot say with finality that Haiti is under a curse. But we are to point to God's power, His holiness, and His intolerance of sin and rebellion through a Godly and truthful witness. We know that he said He would use earthquakes as a sign of His growing impatience with sin. So what can we do if we are asked what on earth is going on?

The bible says it is the Christian's duty to love God. Second He said, love your neighbor as yourself - and we know who our neighbor is, it's everyone. We are to witness to the Good News of Jesus work on the cross and make disciples. And we are to pray. We can open the bible, and open our hearts, and with love ask, "what if?" ...

WHAT IF?
By Daniel Lim Buenafe

"Many think very little of the Bible, considering it a book of myths and legends, hardly worth taking the time to crack open. Others rate the Bible as a good piece of literature and nothing more. Assuming they even have a copy lying around at home, far too many are content to leave it on a bookshelf to gather dust. But have you ever wondered if what it says might, in fact, be true? What would you think if I told you that there is much, much more to the Word of God than a collection of fables and nice stories? And that what the Bible teaches has profound implications on your life, and your family’s lives, that will no longer allow you to just go on ignoring it?"

"What’s worse is that your nation may be making political decisions that carry with them spiritual consequences, some of them not at all desirable. Your country’s leaders may have been making alliances with enemies of God’s Plan as outlined in that Bible, cutting deals with people who stand in the way of what God wants to do and is already doing, and who will only reap the whirlwind for the poor choices they have made. But what about you? Will you align yourself with Him, or will you stand in His way?"

"Think about that for a minute. Either Bible truths invade your life with your cooperation and understanding, or without it. You may not know it, but the invasion has already begun." What if God was dead serious when He proclaimed to the nation of Israel in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you,and whoever curses you I will curse?”

(more at link)

As Joel Rosenberg opens the Epicenter conference in Manila today, he will be addressing these issues of  'what are the end of days?' and 'are we in them now?' He will be offering answers from the Bible. He will be praying and the participants will be praying. As the end times become more difficult, peoples' questions will keep coming. Are you ready to offer The Answer?