Thursday, November 22, 2007


George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and
Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to
pardon our national and other transgressions;
to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually;
to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed;
to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord;
to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
Signed - George Washington
God Bless America!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Angels

The Angels - According to the Bible

Angels are depicted on the Ark of
the Covenant's Mercy Seat.

  1. Called “sons of God” (Job 38:7)

  2. Called PRINCIPALITIES, POWERS Ephesians 3:10;Colossians 1:16)

  3. Created (Genesis 2:1; Nehemiah 9:6; Colossians 1:16)

  4. Of different orders (Isaiah 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Peter 3:22; Jude 1:9; Revelations 12:7)

  5. Immortal (Luke 20:36)

  6. Worship God (Nehemiah 9:6; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:6)

  7. Not to be worshiped (Colossians 2:18; Revelations 19:10;22:8,9)

  8. Do not marry (Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:35)

  9. Have knowledge of, and interest in, earthly affairs (Matthew 24:36; Luke 9:31;15:7,10; 1 Timothy 5:21; 1 Peter 1:12)

  10. Men called angels (2 Samuel 19:27)

  11. Are examples of meekness (2 Peter 2:11; Jude 1:9)

  12. Are wise (2 Samuel 14:17,20)

  13. Mighty (Psalms 103:20; 2 Peter 2:11)

  14. Holy (Matthew 25:31; Mark 8:38)

  15. Elect (1 Timothy 5:21)

  16. Aspects of (Judges 13:6; Isaiah 6:2; Daniel 10:6; Matthew 28:3)

  17. To Abraham (Genesis 18:2;22:11-18)

  18. To Hagar, in the wilderness (Genesis 16:7)

  19. To Lot, in Sodom (Genesis 19:1-17)

  20. To Jacob, in his various visions (Genesis 28:12)

  21. To Moses (Exodus 3:2)

  22. To the Israelites (Exodus 14:19; Judges 2:1-4)

  23. To Balaam (Numbers 22:31)

  24. To Joshua, "the captain of the Lord's host," (Joshua 5:15)

  25. To Gideon (Judges 6:11-22)

  26. Minister to the righteous (Genesis 16:7;24:7,40; Exodus 23:20,23;32:34;33:2; Numbers 20)

  27. Administer God’s Judgment (Genesis 19:1-25; 2 Samuel 24:16,17; 1 Chronicles 21:15,16; 2 Kings 19:35)

  28. Directs a backslidden prophet Numbers 22:35; God gives vision to men to actually be able to see angels who comprised a fierce army. 2 Kings 6:17 Job 4:15-19;38:7; P)

Angelic Appearances in the Bible

  1. To Manoah (Judges 13:6,15-20)

  2. To David, at the threshing floor of Araunah (2 Samuel 24:16,17; 1 Chronicles 21:15,16)

  3. To Elijah (1 Kings 19:5)

  4. To Elisha while he lay under the juniper tree (2 Kings 6:16,17)

  5. To Daniel, in the lions' den (Daniel 6:22;8:16;9:21;10:5-10,16,18;12:5-7)

  6. To Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:25,28)

  7. To Zechariah, in a vision (Zechariah 2:3;3:1,2;4:1)

  8. To Joseph, in a dream (Matthew 1:20;2:13,19)

  9. At the transfiguration of Jesus (Matthew 17:3; Luke 9:30,31)

  10. To Mary, concerning Jesus (Luke 1:26-38)

  11. To Zacharias (Luke 1:11-20,26-38)

  12. To the shepherds (Luke 2:9-11,13,14)

  13. To Jesus, after His temptation (Matthew 4:11)

  14. In Gethsemane (Luke 22:43)

  15. At the tomb of Jesus (Matthew 28:2-5; Mark 16:5-7; Luke 24:23; John 20:12)

  16. At the ascension (Acts 1:10,11)

  17. To Peter and John, while in prison (Acts 5:19)

  18. To Philip (Acts 8:26)

  19. To Cornelius, in a dream (Acts 10:3,30-32)

  20. To Peter, in prison (Acts 12:7-11)

  21. To Paul, on the way to Damascus (Acts 27:23)

  22. To John, on the island of Patmos (Revelations 1:1;5:2;7:11;10:9;11:1;17:7;19:10;22:8)
    Some religions teach that Jesus Christ is the Archangel Michael. Hebrews 1:5-8 puts this to silence when this rhetorical question is asked: “For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?”

Note: The listed information was compiled from Nave's Topical Bible available on

Angelic beings are a supernatural manifestation in many religions. They have been popularized in art and culture. You hardly can go into a store without seeing some sort of statuary, card or print with some depiction of an angel. The popular version is baby's with wings or a female human with wings. Those depictions are not biblical. The only times that angels are referred to they are spoken of in the masculine. There are different types, each with the ability to worship God in their own right. They are apparently unrestricted by the different dimensions and can easily move through them, including time. What do you think? Have you ever encountered a supernatural being?

More on Angels at a later time.

Monday, November 19, 2007

New Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God

Astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross gives this lecture in MP3 format which is also transcribed on the site. Click on the title bar of this article to proceed. Hugh Ross is an "Old Earth" Creationist and rejects both the Gap theory and the literal 6 /24 hour days of creation. He considers that the Big Bang is evidence for God and discusses this and more.
Some of the topics covered are:

  1. Why Big Bang = Jesus Christ

  2. Belief in a Static Universe Led to Darwinian Evolution

  3. Of all world religions, only Judeo-Christian theology says Time has a beginning

  4. Why the God of Modern Physics Matches the God of the Bible
and much more including a special Q & A session.

Transcribed in PDF format

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Air Pressure in the Bible

Air Pressure is described in

Job 28:23-28
"For He (God) looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. "When He imparted *weight to the wind and meted out the waters by measure, when He set a limit for the rain and a course for the thunderbolt, then He saw it and declared it; He established it and also searched it out."

*Some people have attempted to say that this verse has nothing to do with air pressure. After examining this verse I've found that the reference to the "weight to the wind" can also be translated “how hard the winds should blow.”
In view of this it is all the more amazing since the wind velocity, as we well know today is determined by barometric pressures, which is exactly what is indicated in the verse above. So whichever way you want to look at this verse it does have everything to do with air pressure. The air flows from high pressure to low pressure producing wind. Jewish tradition attributes the book Job to Moses. (It certainly is a Hebrew writing and predates Christianity by at least 600 years and the discovery of atmospheric pressure by over 2,000 years).

Over two thousand years after Job, Evangelista Torricelli (1608 – 1647) invented the barometer in 1643 while using mercury in a glass tube in an attempt to create a vacuum. He noticed that the mercury level in the tube changed and deduced it was caused by changes in atmospheric pressure. First called Torricelli’s tube, when working with Galileo in Florence, Italy. Job is considered on of the oldest writings in the Bible. The diagram above-right depicts Torricellis barometer
In addition, this verse also says 'the 'course for the thunderbolt.' We know that electron flow always follows a 'course' or path of least resistance.

Job 36:27-29 - "For He draws up the drops of water, they distill rain from the mist, Which the clouds pour down, they drip upon man abundantly. Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thundering of His pavilion? "
Psalm 135:7 - He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.

The Air Currents:

Ecclesiastes 1:6
"Blowing toward the south, then turning toward the north, the wind continues swirling along; And on its circular courses the wind returns."

The slow rotation of the earth toward the east causes the air to be deflected toward the right in the northern hemisphere and toward the left in the southern hemisphere. This deflection of the wind by the earth's rotation is known as the Coriolis effect.