Word of the Week: Transcendence

More dead animals washing up

Oh how His creation is groaning!

Illinois officials report major fish kill on Little Wabash River
"Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois EPA are investigating the source of a major fish kill along the Little Wabash River in White County. Local sportsman Jack Emery of rural Carmi said he first started hearing about dead fish appearing in the Little Wabash a few weeks ago. However, in the past few days, the number of dead fish has exploded into the thousands."

More at link. No cause is found as yet.

Thousands of dead birds wash ashore at Wasaga Beach
Thousands of dead birds have flooded the shores of Georgian Bay in a scene that locals compared to the devastation from an oil spill. Dead loons, ducks and seagulls covered “every foot” of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park’s shorelines on Saturday, said local Faye Ego, who walks her dog there daily. “It’s like when you see the oil slicks,” Ego said. “It turns your stomach. It’s awful.” Between 5,000 and 6,000 dead waterfowl are scattered along a 3-kilometre stretch near Wasaga Beach, said Ontario Provincial Police Const. Peter Leon."

Wasaga Beach is on the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario, north of Toronto. Wabash River is in southern IL at the border of Illinois and Indiana. Neither is close to the other. Both remain a mystery as yet as to a cause of the kills.


  1. Is it just me, or are these kinds of incidents increasing....?

    Emily, www.extendingeagerhands.blogspot.com

  2. The earth itself and all that are on it are falling apart in every possible way. I remember these weird occurrences started happening the first week of January 2011. You could tell this year was going to be different but I don't think anyone could have imagined all that has occured in the past 10 months.

    Also, I know you've probably heard about this: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/world/europe/08pope.html

    We are so close to the end of life as we know it, aren't we?

  3. Hi Anonymous, yes I've heard about the Pope and his central financial institution idea. He is also in the news for promoting his convocation of world religious leaders, he wants to get involved in world peace and justice. These things have such prophetic overtones they scream IMMINENCE. Pastor JD said this week that not only are we living in the last days but the last moments of the last days. I agree with this.

  4. Yes I do too. There's so much going on, I sometimes don't know where to start if I decide to talk to people about it. The Holy Spirit just leads me to intercede and witness about Christ.

    I really do think the oracle of Damascus will happen very soon and will be the point of no return. It's all so overwhelming what is just over the horizon and yet so many are still so asleep. I cannot fathom how but God already knew....

  5. What is the oracle of damascus?

  6. Anonymous, Isaiah 17:1 begins in the NASB "The oracle concerning Damascus" and in NKJV "The burden against Damascus." An oracle or a burden is defined in the Topical Bible Dictionary:

    "Burden-- A weight or load, on body or soul; often used figuratively, to denote afflictions, failings, sins, Psalm 38:4 55:22 Galatians 6:2; services under law, Matthew 23:4; official responsibilities, Exodus 18:22 De 1:12; and especially prophetic messages, not always of a threatening character, Isaiah 19:1. In this last sense the Hebrew word may be rendered "oracle," "divine declaration," or "prophecy," as in Proverbs 31:31,1."

    It means an especially burdensome and weighty prophecy borne and uttered by the Prophet. Hal Lindsey discussed the actual prophecy of Damascus and what a burden is in the show week before last. I believe it is the one on 10/14/11 found here


  7. I was hoping to discuss about Christians participating in Halloween. I wasn't sure if you'd touch on it.

    I come from a country where witchcraft is not a joke or seen as cute and fun. It is used and seen as what it is. I'm just so so so dumbfounded as to how christians here (even mature ones) go trick or treating with their children, dress them up (or do so themselves). It doesn't matter if you don't believe in demons or think Halloween is nothing, it doesn't nullify what occurs in the spiritual realm during this period.

    How do you joyfully take part in the biggest day/period where the evil/witchcraft/paganism is glorified? What's going on here? Some think because they don't do anything outrightly satanic that it's ok...yet you are participating in rituals that are part of an evil holiday. It just makes no sense to me. I know it sounds like I'm judging but all I think of is Romans 12:2.

    I have passed out candy with family but we made sure to include tracts and try to share the gospel when I could. We only did it as a way to reach people for Chris. We also made sure to PRAY over my house and pray on behalf of those we would encounter. I'm not saying everyone has to do this but I think if you want to be part of halloween in ANY way it should be done with God's leading and wisdom and with prayer before His throne. It's just no joke.

    I thank God He's always protecting His children in mercy.

  8. Hi Anonymous,

    Here is an essay regarding different views of Halloween from GotQuestions.org:

    "Question: "Should Christians celebrate Halloween?"

    Answer: Whether or not Christians should celebrate Halloween can be a very controversial topic. Some Christians celebrate Halloween simply by dressing up in a costume and having fun, seeing it as innocent and harmless. Other Christians are equally convinced that Halloween is a satanic holiday established to worship evil spirits and promote darkness and wickedness. So, who is right? Is it possible for Christians to celebrate Halloween without compromising their faith?

    Halloween, no matter how commercialized, has almost completely pagan origins. As innocent as it may seem to some, it is not something to be taken lightly. Christians tend to have various ways to celebrate or not to celebrate Halloween. For some, it means having an “alternative” Harvest Party. For others, it is staying away from the ghosts, witches, goblins, etc., and wearing innocuous costumes, e.g., little princesses, clowns, cowboys, super-heroes, etc. Some choose not to do anything, electing to lock themselves in the house with the lights off. With our freedom as Christians, we are at liberty to decide how to act.

    Scripture does not speak at all about Halloween, but it does give us some principles on which we can make a decision. In Old Testament Israel, witchcraft was a crime punishable by death (Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 19:31; 20:6, 27). The New Testament teaching about the occult is clear. Acts 8:9-24, the story of Simon, shows that occultism and Christianity don't mix. The account of Elymas the sorcerer in Acts 13:6-11 reveals that sorcery is violently opposed to Christianity. Paul called Elymas a child of the devil, an enemy of righteousness and a perverter of the ways of God. In Acts 16, at Philippi, a fortune-telling girl lost her demon powers when the evil spirit was cast out by Paul. The interesting matter here is that Paul refused to allow even good statements to come from a demon-influenced person. Acts 19 shows new converts who have abruptly broken with their former occultism by confessing, showing their evil deeds, bringing their magic paraphernalia, and burning it before everyone (Acts 19:19).

    So, should a Christian celebrate Halloween? Is there anything evil about a Christian dressing up as a princess or cowboy and going around the block asking for candy? No, there is not. Are there things about Halloween that are anti-Christian and should be avoided? Absolutely! If parents are going to allow their children to participate in Halloween, they should make sure to keep them from getting involved in the darker aspects of the day. If Christians are going to take part in Halloween, their attitude, dress, and most importantly, their behavior should still reflect a redeemed life (Philippians 1:27). There are many churches that hold "harvest festivals" and incorporate costumes, but in a godly environment. There are many Christians who hand out tracts that share the Gospel along with the Halloween candy. The decision is ultimately ours to make. But as with all things, we are to incorporate the principles of Romans 14. We can’t allow our own convictions about a holiday to cause division in the body of Christ, nor can we use our freedom to cause others to stumble in their faith. We are to do all things as to the Lord."

    Personally, I am against Halloween and everything about it. I do not participate in any way. I am in the camp that sits at home with the lights off. However, my church is sponsoring a Trunk or Treat, encourages dressing up, and has invited the community. I don't want to cause a division over this, since it is not a foundational issue. So I will simply choose to stay home while understanding that others who choose to participate will do a good job of community outreach.


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