August 31, 2011 >> update
All Bible prophecy centers around Israel, a tiny country surrounded by enemies sworn to her destruction in word, faith and deed. Never before in the history of the world was their a country that was, was not, and then became a country again some 2,000 years later. Even the Hebrew language was brought back from the dead. Life has been breathed into the dry bones of this small Mediterranean spit of land, that was a fruitless, dusty nomad's land not more than 60 years ago.
"Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins from Bar Kokhba, and 2,000-year-old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store."
– Charles Krauthammer
How many resolutions have been passed by the United States against Israel? The Answer is somewhere more than 65 times. How can the United Nations be taken seriously when they have not passed 1 single resolution against the attrocities committed by Northern Sudan against the south, yet focus so much time and energy on Israel? While Israel should not be above the law, the UN record speaks for itself. There is an obvious and clear bias against the country of Israel by the very same General Assembly which conceived of the creation of the state in 1948.
A United Nations vote for offical membership of Palestine based on rolled-back borders to the pre-1967 lines is upcoming in September, 2011. However, membership in the United Nations, according to Article 4 of its charter, is open to all “peace-loving states which accept the obligations contained in the present Charter and, in the judgment of the Organization, are able and willing to carry out these obligations.”
The items slated for discussion during the 66th regular session of the General Assembly include:
Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,
including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over
their natural resources.
The United States has veto power in the United Nations, but Obama envisioned aloud that "when we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the United Nations — an independent, sovereign state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel."
I believe that disaster is heading for America in the form of God's wrath if the United States continues to favor the granting of statehood to the Palestinians and if the United States does not exercise it's veto power against any vote that arises at the UN on the issue of Palestinian statehood.
Recently I read an article about the correlation between natural disasters in the United States following actions or decisions by the United States which are not in favor of Israel.
It's interesting that the entire East Coast was just rocked by a rare 5.9 earthquake centered near Washington D.C. and was followed by Hurricane Irene a few days later, causing the worst flooding in Vermont in over 100 years. Also interesting that the stock markets in America have been on shakey ground in response to the debt rating of the US being downgraded and global economic fears centering around countries in Europe like Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland.
We're about to see some major power shifts in the Middle East. This week Muammar Quadafi has been officially ousted by the rebels in Libya. A few months ago Mubarak of Egypt was ousted. It appears that Assad of Syria may be next to go in the popular Muslim uprisings against these Middle East dictators.
It appears that the stage is being set for the King of the South to make his appearance.
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you,and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
"Thus says the Lord God:
'Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone,and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own Land."
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
What is the Apocalypse?
It has come to my attention today that the domain name www.Jesus.com has been used to forward people to the Metropolitan Community Churches website. Their motto in the footer of their websites says, "Diverse beliefs. Common values. A home for queer spirituality." I intentionally refuse to link to their website.
Yes, Jesus loves them… but the Jesus they claim to know and worship can not be the same Jesus who is the Son of God whom so much is written in the Holy Bible. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Homosexuality is a lust-based sin and sin is not something to be celebrated, it's something to be grieved by. Refusal to acknowledge sin as sin makes repentance impossible. In 1 Timothy 4, Paul warns about this type of teaching:
"Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron."
1 Tim 4
The teaching that homosexuality is not a sin falls under the growing trend of what is called 'apostasy', or a falling away from the Truth.
January 4, 2011 >>
DADT aka the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy has been repealed. People who subscribe to a homosexual lifestyle can now be openly gay while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This is a 'good thing' ? Like Hell it is. I say that not as a vulgar expression of speech but as a literal, Biblical expression of speech. Homosexuality is a sin because God clearly says that it is multiple times in the Bible to both the Jew and the Christian.
Genesis 19 > Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed > "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."
Leviticus 20:13 > If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
Romans 1:26-27 > God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
1 Corinthians 6:9-20 > Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Timothy 1:9-11 > We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
Jude 1:7 > And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
For this reason people who identify themselves as homosexuals either do not know God or hate God and reject His Word. For this reason we cannot be One Nation Under God. If we cannot be united then we are divided and a house divided can not stand. The moral decay of sin has eroded even more of the foundation which our country was built upon which is even evidenced by the labeling of this writing as 'hate speech' by some who read it and rage within. Perhaps you've heard the Christian expression, "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin". If our nation's representatives believe they are representing the will of the people by condoning and legitimizing unnatural sexual behaviors then all we can do is speak the Truth in Love and pray for the Revelation of Jesus Christ to those whose eyes are wide open but who do not see. No doubt the media will focus their attention on those who are unable to contain their disgust of homosexuality and act out in hateful ways. It's a spiritual war. The behavior of these people must either be rooted in their deeper knowledge and understanding of how depraved this so-called lifestyle really is or is motivated by the same unseen spiritual forces that incessantly attack all God's creation and gain more victory by suggesting through the media that ugly, hateful behavior is representative of Christianity.
Only those who do not know or who are afraid to speak of such things can dismiss the demonic roots of this sin. All sin has demonic roots. We have all fallen short of God's standard of perfection as defined by His law which is why we all need a Savior to save us from the penalty of breaking the law. The penalty is a death sentence in the form of being eternally separated from the author of life and everything good. The Good News is that your death sentence will be commuted simply by believing that God loves you so much that he sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, who is God in the flesh, to pay the price for you (and me) with his own life, and that he conquered death by rising from the grave on the 3rd day.
There is no constitutional right to serve in the military. The military has always discriminated based on physical or mental limitations, felony convictions, education, drug use, weight and other reasons. Upon enlistment, those joining the armed forces agree to give up some of their own Contitutional rights by swearing before God to support and protect the Constitution which gives rights to those in society. Homosexuality is not a right, however, it is a wrong and should be left out of our nation's military.
The dictionary defines the verb 'pervert' as "to turn to an improper use; misapply" or a "deliberate distortion". Therefore the use of the rainbow as a symbol of gay rights or anything 'homosexual' is perverted since the original meaning of the rainbow is a promise from God to His creation that He would never again destroy the earth by flood. However, this promise does not nullify the eventuality of his final pending judgement of all mankind.
God's Word is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. If your current beliefs are that homosexuality is not a sin then you don't believe that God's Word is inerrant. Therefore, if you believe God's Word is errant about homosexuality being a sin you can also choose to believe that other sins are not sin either, which essentially leads to creating your own god, religion and moral code. Yet God's first commandment is , "You shall have no other gods before me". The belief that homosexuality is not a sin is even embraced by many so-called 'Christian' denominations. This all circles around to original sin… when Satan deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden by asking her, "Did God really say…" Churches that embrace and condone homosexuality have only accepted the same old lies crafted by the Father of Lies himself, Satan.
I see the repeal of DADT as a major event or sign that the return of Jesus Christ our messiah is nearer than many think.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
God has stirred something up in me. I'm concerned about a movement that is gaining popularity and proclaims the name of Christ, but is not of Christ; at least it's not of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, our Savior, of whom so much is written in the Bible. [Read more…]
I recall a time over 10 years ago while I was a single man living in Santa Monica, California. I'd been ignoring God for a time, just living my unfulfilling life for myself, each day inching closer to death. Although my back may have been turned, He was always there, waiting patiently, speaking softly.
Some months earlier I had signed-up for a Christian CD-of-the-month club. When the CDs arrived in the mail I didn't excitedly open the box and listen to the latest music, but simply tossed the unopened box onto the floor into the pile of other unopend CD boxes. One day I needed to get out for a walk. Wanting to listen to something new, I randomly chose one of the unopened CDs and ripped open the box. The band was called Plumb, the album was 'Candy Coated Waterdrops', hmmm, this sounded interesting 'so I popped it into my portable CD player, put on my headphones and headed out the door towards the ocean to watch the sunset.
The very first song on the album is called 'Late Great Planet Earth' … once outside I started my walk to the deliberate, driving beat of the song, when something supernatural happened. The lyrics being sung were, "The sky is falling, voices crying out in desperation, hear the calling, everybody SAVE YOURSELF…" then something caught my eye that wasn't there the last time I walked down Broadway. It was a sticker spirally wrapped around the hand rail of some stairs to an office building. It was smaller than a bumper sticker, I could only read 3 letters on it that looked like "SAV" so I just knew that the rest of the word had to be "SAVE" so I stepped up to the rail and peeled the sticker off and read it in shocking belief, tears instantly welled up in my eyes, it said, "SAVIOR SELF" at the very exact moment that the lyrics to a song I'vd never listened to before were being sung, "YOU CAN NEVER SAVE YOURSELF". Only a fool says in his heart that there is no God.
I recognized the sticker as a mockery and insult to what God has done for us by sending His only son to earth to live a perfect life, and to pay the price for our sins by dying on the cross in our place, so that those who believe in Him and accept His love can be with him in paradise forever. But I also recognized this as a very special moment when God was speaking to me, showing me something. His death and resurrection made a new everlasting covenant between God and mankind. Christ promises those who turn to him: "Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed from death to life" (John 5:24).
There were a half dozen or so little blue advertising postcards strewn about on the ground and I felt compelled to pick one up and put it in my pocket. I felt that there was a connection to the sticker on the handrail. Although I don't remember exactly what was on the postcard I still have it stashed away somewhere. There was a website address on it. When I got back home I got on the Internet and did a WhoIs on the domain name… the owner's name, Morgan Bennett, was very familiar but I couldn't immediately figure out why. Then a lightbulb turned on, there was always mail being delivered at my apartment building to people who used to live there but moved years ago…at one time this guy lived in the very same 8-unit apartment building that I did on the corner of Lincoln and Broadway because I'd seen mail addressed to him… what are the odds of that?
So tonight, I watched a 5-minute video clip interview with Anne Rice, author of 'Interview with a Vampire' At one point in her narrative she says, "you can't save yourself" which sparked the memory of what I've just written above. I recommend watching it.
Interesting that the owner of www.SaveYourself.com is Suze Orman, the self-professed financial guru. Somebody ought to tell her that you CAN'T save yourself. The Way to true, everlasting security is Jesus Christ, who said, "I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me." : John 14:6
Today you can come to God by surrendering your life and heart to Jesus Christ. The Bible says: "To all who received him (Jesus Christ), to those who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12).
Right where you are you, right at this moment you can pray something like this: "Lord, I know that I have sinned and need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ died for me and rose from the dead. I invite you into my life to be my Lord and Savior."
If you sincerely put your faith in Christ, God promises not only to forgive you, but also to receive you into his family. "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you". If you haven't already made a decision for Christ, become a child of God today, while you still can.
Christians are looking toward the Second Coming which is the return of their savior, Jesus Christ, the son of God.
Jews are looking for their messiah to come for the first time.
Muslims are looking for the return of the Mahdi, or enlightened one.
The meaning of Islam is 'peace'. Peace in the Middle East between the Arab nations and Israel is the ultimate but elusive objective of all governments which are involved in the so-called peace process.
While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
1 Thess 5:3
They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace.
Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
Christians also believe in the appearance of a global leader who rises from obscurity. A man who speaks of peace but who also is hell bent on destruction. His title is the Antichrist and his number is 666. I personally do not believe that it will be possible to identify who this person is until a 7 year peace treaty is signed between Israel and presumably the Arab Nations. The word 'Anti' is Greek and not only means 'in opposition to' but also means 'in place of'. So by his very nature he will be against God, but will see himself as a god or savior of humanity.
I found myself wondering about the Bible passage describing people saying "Peace, peace" … wondering if that might be translated as "Islam, Islam" since the meaning of 'Islam' is 'peace'.
The Koran mandates the muslims "fight against those who believe not in Allah" who refuse to accept what Allah or Mohammed taught, even if they are the People of the Book, who are essentially the Christians and the Jews, until they pay a tax in acknowledgment of the superiority of Islam and until they are in a state of subjection.
From the Koran 009.030 :
"The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!"
There can never be true amity between the world's 3 major religions. Judaism and Christianity will eventually be reconciled when the Jews look upon the One who they pierced and weep in acknowledgment of their error. What will happen to the third religion, Islam? While it is true that Islam is currenlty the fastest growing religion in the world, it's destiny can only be to cease to be, to not even be a memory in His story.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Job 22:21 "Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.
These aren’t just for you, I need to be reminded every day…
The main question being “WHAT is going on!?” … we know the answer of course, there is warring for souls in the heavenlies and all around us, but the question still begs to be asked.
The recent news of the man who killed his wife and 5 children in LA has been weighing on me all day…even though it’s no longer ‘news’.
Money problems are causing people to do insane things lately… it’s tragic, and I’m afraid it’s just the beginning. Tens of thousands of people were laid off just yesterday by Seattle headquartered companies; Boeing 20,000, Starbucks 6,000 , Microsoft 5,000,
For far too long too many people have focused all of their attention on chasing money instead of on chasing God, and when the money is gone their foundation is gone so their perception of the world falls apart, leaving nothing for them to stand on…hopeless and falling.
But our foundation is the Rock who never changes.
The word “FOUNDATION” is now stuck in my mind, compelling a concordance search of course…
In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.
The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.
On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.
For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
Isaiah 28:16 So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.
Isaiah 33 (wow…what an amazing vision of things to come)
Isaiah 33:6 He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure…Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar…
Matthew 7:25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
2 Timothy 2:19 …God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his, and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
Revelation 21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them…The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb…
In California Proposition 8 narrowly passed, adding an amendment to the state constitution which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Yet nearly 47% of the state voiced their opinion that homosexuality should be accepted by all as normal and acceptable. This contradicts our nation's historical, conservative, traditional beliefs that what the Holy Bible clearly says on the issue is true and right. (Romans 1:26-28, 1 Cor. 6:9-10, Lev. 20:13, Lev. 18-22, 1 Timothy 1:8-10, ) The people have spoken.
California is a liberal state, where Democrats are in the majority and often get their way. But even with a majority there were enough Democrats whose conscience would not allow them to redefine that which God says is 'wrong' as 'right'. It's a matter of morality, not of hate or prejudice as many claim. How do you define morality? By whose authority? The accusations that it is hateful or prejudicial to not allow men to marry men or women to marry women are lies from the Devil who has come to steal, kill and destroy all that is good that God has in mind for you. You may or may not believe that there is a real Devil, but if you doubt his existence, your doubt does not make him any less real (The same can be said of those who do not believe that there is one God, the creator of all). I assure you that there is a real Devil who is known by various names; Satan, Lucifer, the Dragon, the Beast. His fate is sealed. He has been condemned by God Himself, the ultimate righteous judge, to spend all eternity in a place that was created just for him called Hell. There is nothing good in Hell, not one thing. Contrary to what many believe, Hell was not created for people, it was created for the Devil and the fallen angels who chose to worship him instead of the one true, living God. God does not want anyone to perish… This means that God does not want anyone to be separated from him for all eternity in Hell. More than anything God desires for each person to choose life, to receive the free gift He offers them and to spend eternity with Him in a place called Heaven where there are no tears, no pain, no death. There is a way to get to heaven. Jesus Christ says "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." Anyone who ultimately finds them self in Hell will have chosen their own destiny by rejecting God's call to turn away from sin and to believe in Him.
The Bible does not describe homosexuality as a "greater" sin than any other. All sin is offensive to God. Homosexuality is just one of the many sins which separate people from their Creator. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, you, me, everyone.
Sadly, a few laws have passed which mark the decline of morality in our society. In Washington state a proposition passed which allows for the administration of lethal drugs to anyone who is deemed to be terminally ill with less than 6 months to live. In other words, it's ok to kill someone if they're suffering. Another law which has passed says that parents are not required to be notified prior to their children getting an abortion.
What has happened to the sanctity of life?
What is written in the Bible about what is 'right' and what is 'wrong' is not a matter of interpretation, it has been made clear to all.
Satan's first deception was "Did God really say, "…." ?
Morality must be defined by an absolute authority and there is no more absolute authority than God. Otherwise, if morality is left to mankind to define by referendum then it will change with the times until that which is evil is deemed to be good. Those times have arrived.
We've been warned again and again in recent years, Judgment is at the door.
Pray for our country, for the souls who have not yet turned to Christ as the author and perfecter of Life and Savior of their souls, if they would only believe it and turn from their sin.
Free will, or the 'right to choose' does not negate our responsibility to value and protect life above all else.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14