The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.Psalm 19:1 When was the last time you gazed into the sky? I frequently watch the sky. Sometimes when I go outside early in the morning to pray, I like looking at the constellations, and realize how small our little blue ball is in the grand scheme of things, and wonder at God's interest in us, so much so that He's even numbered the hairs of our heads. man made satellites pass silently through the sky and can be seen at the hours before dawn. My granddaughter and I look at the shapes of clouds and she tells me how some of them look like animals. "Grandpa, that one looks like an elephant, and that one looks like a bird" and so forth as she discovers this new past time for herself. I've noticed for years now, that there are jets flying about, making clouds of their own that can turn a beautifully clear blue day into a cloudy covering better known as 'Chem trails,' but that as they say, is another story. My granddaughter was amazed when I explained to her that the stars are still in the blue sky of day, but "you just can't see them in the sun's brightness." Likewise, the Hubble Telescope has given us wonderful pictures of incomprehensible star clusters and billions of unknown galaxies where we once thought there were none. Is it any wonder that a Being so infinitely powerful and intelligent as the God of the Bible could plan from the beginning the movements of the stars and planets to signify to the world such events as the birth of His Son, or the birth of a nation? The Universe is His clock. My wife and I happened to be camping in Death Valley in February of 2008 when we learned that there was going to be a total lunar eclipse on the 21st. We thought we'd go to Zabriskie Point because its terrain resembles a lunar landscape and that would be the perfect place to heighten the experience. We weren't the only ones...the little parking lot there was full. As earth's shadow crept across the surface of the moon, the landscape around us began to transform in appearance adding to the drama. Finally the moon "blushed" and took on an eerie glow as did the ghostly landscape around us. It was unforgettable. This most recent total lunar eclipse, (which is the first of a Tetrad of total lunar eclipses we'll experience) was slightly different, and much more significant. I set up chairs for my grand-kids on my driveway, turned my security lights off and got my binoculars out - and waited. Of course they had school the next morning, so as the night grew deeper, they had to go in and get ready for bed. So I turned on the NASA channel so they could see a live simulcast of the event. I preferred to go outside and watch. I was not disappointed, but alas, only the eldest stayed up long enough to see the eclipse. As I watched the eclipse going full, my thoughts turned to the scriptures and what this might mean. It was Passover and as I gazed through my binoculars, I could clearly see Mars about a hand-breadth above the moon. I remember how that to many of the Ancients, Mars was the god of war. I thought about how Passover was the first of the four 'spring feasts or convocations of the seven God called His (Lev.23).' This blood moon was also the first of four blood moons to take place in 2014-15. Jesus fulfilled all four of the Spring feasts, leaving only three Fall feasts to be fulfilled. The first Fall "feast" is the Feast of Trumpets, (which coincidentally is also referred to as the Feast of which no man knows the day or hour." This is reminiscent of Jesus' words: Mat 24:36 - "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
It has been my contention that Christians today are largely unaware of the significance of their Hebrew roots and further, that Bible prophecy, and the significance of some aspects of the New Testament cannot be properly understood without some knowledge of God's "appointments", 1.e. the Jewish "feasts." Perhaps that is because the whole Bible, (with the exception of the Gospel of Luke and book of Acts) was written by Jews. It is a Rabbi by the name of Mark Biltz that first brought this information to the church at large. Blood moons are not that unusual and are simply the red glow reflected from the moons surface when a total lunar eclipse occurs. BUT, the coming TETRAD of four blood moons of 2014/15, each one happening on Jewish 'feast' days is extremely rare. Of the three tetrads in the last 500 years, occurring on Jewish feast days have signaled great events to happen to the Jewish people, each beginning with tragedy and ending in victory. They occurred in 1492, 1949 and 1967, each of those periods were very significant. Why? To answer go back to the Hebrew books of the Mosaic law. The first book (Genesis) gives us the purposes of signs in the sun, moon and stars as seen in the heavens: "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:" - Genesis 1:14. For example in my last post, I discussed the star and wise men from the east who took it (correctly I might add) that the King of the Jews was born. So there is a correlation to signs and certain astronomical events. Now, take a look at the way you might understand a couple of these words this if you could read it in the original Hebrew, rather than the an English Bible. "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs,(Heb. oth) [Beacon, flag or signal] and for seasons (Heb. - moed) [appointments, Holy convocations], and for days and years." So, in Genesis 1:14, there are signals in the sky marking God's appointments. Appointments? Yes, God has forecast appointments and since the Hebrew calendar is based on lunar cycles, then logic would dictate that the Jews should be looking for events marked by signs in the sun, moon and stars. Furthermore, in the third book of Moses, Leviticus, chapter 23, God gives seven 'feasts' [appointments] that He says are His! Lev 23:4 - "These are the feasts [appointments] of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. Among these seven appointments are Passover, (fulfilled by Jesus Christ at His crucifixion), and Sukkot, or the 'Feast of Tabernacles', (as yet, unfulfilled by Christ) both of which commence on the full moon of their respective Jewish months. In 2014 and 2015 there will be a tetrad of blood moons, on Passover, 2014 & 2015 and Sukkot 2014 & 2015. Not only that, but this Jewish year is a Shmita year. Further, the full moon on Sukkot is considered a Super Moon. In the midst of this coming tetrad, there are going to be two Solar eclipses as well. In this dynamic, solar eclipses tend to have to do with gentile nations, but that is for a later discussion. The first of the lunar tetrad moons, will occur on April 15th of this year. It remains to be seen what will occur. Could it begin like the other tetrads, of 1492 when the Spanish inquisition began? Or 1948/49 when the newly revived nation of Israel was attacked by surrounding armies, or the 1967 six day war? Will Tehran order a missile strike against Israel? Who knows. I'm not predicting, just echoing the warning I perceive is going to herald the next amazing events. Perhaps this could be another outpouring of God's Spirit, the latter rain (Joel 2:23), greater even than the day of Pentecost, as Peter spoke of in Acts 2:16-21. "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Some have taken these events point to the Rapture, some say to the tribulation and others to the advent of Christ to establish His kingdom on earth. Some say there is no significance. Time will tell, and as with many other fulfillment's to Bible prophecy, we may only be able to discern what it means after the event. Tell me what you think?
Monday, December 9, 2013
IS IT REALLY "A MYTH"? Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD - (Isaiah 1:18a)
According to scripture, these visitors came from the East, having seen the Star announcing the birth of the King of the Jews.
(Matthew 2:1-2) "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, Wise-men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,
Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and are come to worship him."
They were described only as 'wise men.' These wise men were astrologers because the only cause that beckoned them to go on this journey was this once in a lifetime celestial event, and they determined it to be a celestial announcement of the birth of an extraordinary person who was to be, King of the Jews. This is *reason* enough to also call them ambassadors, and as such they represented a kingdom(s), but does not necessarily mean they themselves were three kings.
We aren't told where they began their journey or how long it took them to prepare for the trip. We do know that east of Bethlehem there are vast stretches of desert wilderness requiring much thought and preparation for such an endeavor. The greatest kingdom nearest them to the east was Persia, and we know that the Persians (modern day Iran) employed many astrologers, so it is *reasonable* to assume that is where their journey began or whether men from other kingdoms accompanied the wise men. So why is the tradition of only three wise men celebrated? Could it be that is because there are specifically three gifts mentioned? That stands to *reason,* doesn't it?
(Matthew 2:11) And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
A well supplied caravan had to be assembled, accounting for a round trip of great distance. *Reason* says this could take many months, from start to finish. Caravans carried wealth, and *reason* says that is especially so when the purpose of the journey is to visit a king. This meant a caravan bearing great wealth in addition to the other provisions, as the record specifically states that they brought "treasures." Treasures are something thieves and highway men would be interested in, and only three men on camels would be easy prey, so *reason* demands that the caravan carried it's own armed protection which may have included an entourage of at least a dozen or more men.
So now you're probably wondering about the celestial event itself. What evidence is there that could possibly be that could fit the Biblical account. Interestingly, there are nine facts found in the book of Matthew concerning the Star of Bethlehem. Is there any way the confluence of Matthews grouping be confirmed or denied through astronomy? For me to write it out would be a book, and one already has been written that accounts for all nine of Matthew's statements, and a video of it has also been made. If your interest is genuine, I would ask you to view this you tube video by the author of that book.
If you dare to watch this I think reason will tell you that this astonishing event is at least evidently reasonable...STAR
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Following the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem (AD 70) until 1948, Israel did not exist as a nation. The Bible on the other hand was full of prophetic events said to take place in the end times centering around the nation of Israel and Jerusalem in particular, naming the twelve tribes specifically.
Before I go any further, giving my definition of 'cult' would be appropriate. With no intention to demean other religious groups, I agree with Dr. Walter Martin’s definition which is “ ‘cult’ as a group of people gathered about a specific person or person’s mis-interpretation of the Bible.”
Revelation 7:4 - "I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000. Those who were sealed were from every tribe of Israel:"
So-called "Christian" offshoots (cults) from the mainstream could not fathom how those Bible prophecies could be literally fulfilled since Israel played such a prominent role in end-times prophecy, did not exist. Many attempted to reconcile the prophetic scripture by laying claim to themselves being members of one of the so called, ‘ten lost tribes.’ Hence the rise of British Israelism which even today has its adherents. ‘Spiritualizing’ those prophecies they obviously concluded that the 144,000 chosen ones, sealed from every tribe of Israel referred to spiritual “Israel”. Cults began to spring up during the 19th and early 20th century, led by people, each one who claimed they were the true Israel and that God’s chosen ones came from their ranks. The belief that the Church has replaced Israel is often referred to as “Replacement Theology.” Jesus gave a harsh warning about this in His statement to the Church of Smyrna:
“I know how much you suffer and how poor you are, but you are rich. I also know the cruel things being said about you by people who claim to be Jews. But they are not really Jews. They are a group that belongs to Satan. . – Rev. 2:9 CEV
The inconvenient truth is that Israel once again became a nation on May 14, 1948 and the ancient Hebrew language also was revived - all in the land that God gave to Abraham and confirmed to both Moses and Joshua. Since that day in 1948, Israel has become a permanently established nation in the Middle East regardless of the goal of Islamists to “drive the Jews into the sea.”
Isa 66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once?
That prophecy opened many eyes to the literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy in our time. It had been hidden from man until the end times. God had shown such things to the prophet Daniel, including the 70 year captivity they were to go through until
Israel indeed became a nation in one day! May 14, 1948 was the day that Israel once again became a nation. On May 15, the surrounding Islamic countries declared war on this infant nation, and Israel continues to prevail. [The fulfillment of that one prophecy, 'a nation born in a day,' validated in the minds of many believers that the biblical prophecies concerning Israel could, and should be taken literally - at face value. Yet there are those who stubbornly cling to the belief that they are ‘spiritual’ Israel, though genetically they share no physical connection]
1. Doesn't the charter of the Muslim Brotherhood advocate the destruction of the Jew?
2. Is the Muslim Brotherhood linked to both Al Qaeda and Hamas - both recognized as terrorist organizations?
3. Why has President Obama held Ramadan for members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House (WH), and have their members make dozens of visits to the WH?
Are Christians Terrorists Too?
There are those groups who attempt to justify their prejudices and violence they perpetrate on others by claiming a connection to Christianity with no resemblance to Christ or His teachings whatsoever. Some years ago I happened to be listening to a call in radio interview in which a California legislator made the statement that she saw little difference between Islamic extremism and Christian fundamentalism exhibited by the "Oklahoma bomber" (Timothy McVeigh). I was so incensed at the accusation I tried to call into the program, but was unsuccessful. How many millions of listeners accepted the legislators comment as Gospel one can only guess, but it was never brought into question for the remainder of the program. You see, Timothy McVeigh was not and did not claim to be a Christian. When asked, he said "Science is my religion." Those are the exact words you could expect to hear from many secularists, atheists and agnostics, but certainly NOT CHRISTIANS!
The online encyclopedia Wickipedia has an article (with information supplied by readers) posted, entitled "Christian Terrorism." As you read down, it inserts this caveat (for good reason): "An editor has expressed a concern that this section lends undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, controversies or matters relative to the article subject as a whole. Please help to create a more balanced presentation. Discuss and resolve this issue before removing this message. (July 2011)"
"For good reason," yet how many people religiously use that resource as settled fact? In naming names, it makes certain specious claims that are easily challenged, such as the reference to Anders Breivik, the so-called "Christian Crusader" who went on a killing rampage in Norway in July of 2011. So was he really a Christian Crusader? Noted Rabbi Brad Hirschfield rejected that contention, as did many others.
I know that there have been times in History when misled Christians have done evils in the name of Christ, and one example that has been repeated time and time-again are the infamous Salem witch hunts... So how many thousands of witches have been killed? Not thousands? Hundreds? Not to minimize the severity and horror of those who were condemned, but all of the so called "witches" couldn't fill all the seats on a bus. Compare that to the death toll in buses, planes, restaurants, night clubs, and traffic stops that are sponsored at the behest of 'Allah.'
Or as conservative radio host Michael Medved said, "
“On a recent CNN appearance, I confronted the obscenely foolish liberal argument that insists that contemporary Christian terrorism represents even more of a threat than Islamic terrorism—citing the shameful slaying of a handful of abortion doctors as proof.”
“First, the incidents of murder in the anti-abortion cause brought fewer than a dozen deaths in the last three decades, while victims of Islamo-Nazi terror—most of them Muslims, by the way—can be counted in the tens of thousands. Secondly, no nation or prominent church group promote or applaud violence in the name of Jesus, but many nations support leading voices in Islam who endorse violence in the name of Allah. Radical Islam stands alone among contemporary religious sects in suggesting that the slaughter of innocent women and children in suicide attacks will bring glory to Allah.”
In the highly politically charged atmosphere in the US today, it is more common that 'liberals,' and not conservatives (religious and otherwise) are the perpetrators of violence on their fellow man despite the false accusations in the mainstream media. With regard to conservatives and in particular evangelicals, the leftist media and liberals in general seem to share their hatred for them. Yes, you heard right. The left will castigate conservatives, and attempt to silence them. Recently the Administration was found to have targeted Tea Party conservatives by the IRS. The media is in bed with the administration and provides cover for it by the absence of reporting, or by a false narrative. An example of this is the absence or under reporting of the persecution of Christians world wide. Another example is providing their own narrative which is often silent or incorrect on certain facts in order to validate that agenda.
Friday, February 8, 2013
God Is the Only Creator
By no means a complete list but just a short compilation from the Bible showing that God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is the creator.
11For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 3Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 5Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 9When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 10And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, 11And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
12Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; 13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 14It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment. 15And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken. 16Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? 17Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? 18Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. 19Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, 20That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? 21Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great? 22Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, 23Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? 24By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?
25Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; 26To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; 27To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? 28Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? 29Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? 30The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen. 31Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 32Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? 33Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? 34Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? 35Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? 36Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? 37Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 38When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together? 39Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, 40When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait? 41Who provideth for the raven his food when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Psalm 95:5, 6.
The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Isaiah 40:21, 22
Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
Isaiah 40:25, 26
To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. 26Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; 3Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
John 1:1-4, 10
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 25Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Historic American Thanksgiving Proclamations
During the American Revolutionary War the Continental Congress designated days of thanksgiving each year. The First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving was made in 1777:
"FOR AS MUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence; but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased, in so great a Measure, to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops, and to crown our Arms with most signal success: It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these UNITED STATES to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and PRAISE: That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and earnest Supplication that it may please GOD through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance; That it may please him graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole: To inspire our Commanders, both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with that Wisdom and Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these United States, the greatest of all human Blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE: That it may please him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the Labor of the Husbandman, that our Land may yield its Increase: To take Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the Principles of true Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing Hand; and to prosper the Means of Religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom, which consisteth in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost."
Of that proclamation, Samuel Adams wrote to another Declaration signer, Richard Henry Lee, noting the specificity of the language that, "the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and join ... their supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ." Patriot Post, 11/22/12