Thoughts on recent developments in the news

Well, it has been a while since I have written. In the mean time Theresa May has lost her majority in the British election, and Donald Trump has made a trip to the Middle East.

You know, as I studied who the nations are who comprise the attacking nations in Ezekiel 38-39 I became convinced that the British Isles, Germany, and the other Germanic nations, along with Central Europe, Russia, Turkey, Iran, and Libya will all unite in that war (along with many others).

You will find a lot of bible teachers today downplay, or ignore entirely, the involvement of the UK in that war. Most people find it unthinkable that the UK could join Germany and Russia in an attack on tiny little Israel! “The UK is a “Christian” nation, and has always been on the side of fairness and decency! Haven’t they?”

And so what happens is that people’s pre-conceived notions and prejudices drive their understanding of Scripture!

Such people ignore the replacement theology that is common in UK Christendom. They also ignore the long-standing tendency of the UK to support Palestinian causes against Israel. They ignore the broken promises of the Balfour Declaration. And they ignore the fact that Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism is rampant in places like Scotland and Ireland!

I took heart that the UK voted to leave the EU with their Brexit vote last year, but was a little concerned that Theresa May was voted in as their new leader, After all, she had campaigned for the “remain” side of that vote. Still, she promised to lead the UK out of the EU and I had hopes that she would keep her word.

I am absolutely certain that the bible’s account will occur exactly as prophesied, but there is always hope that the Lord will relent and delay the inevitable. Indeed, even as we move toward that war, Christians need to speak-out on behalf of Israel, and to warn their nations of the dangers of going up against God’s chosen people.

Yes, in the Church-age Israel is still the apple-of-God’s-eye. Though many in that nation are not saved, God still has a special relationship with them. He is going to bring them all back to the land, like a manufacturer recalling a defective product, and once there He will bring the Time of Jacob’s trouble upon them.

This is the purpose of the Gog, and Magog war, of Ezekiel 38-39.

The nation will interpret that war as a sign that the worst is over, The Time of Jacob’s Trouble is over, and it is safe to return! In fact,however, that war is the last major event of the Church-age! Shortly after that war is over, the last remaining members of the house of Israel will return, the Rapture will occur, and the Antichrist will rise to power!

So, as I look at current events in Europe, it really doesn’t matter if the UK stays in the EU or if they leave; They will ultimately join the aforementioned nations in their attack on Israel! They may leave and then later form some sort of economic and military alliance with the other Western European nations, or they may stay in, and participate as full-fledged members of the EU. Either way the results will be the same.

As we look at the failure of the European nations to confront Islamic extremism in their midst it is becoming more and more apparent that the current influx of Muslim immigrants will result in those nations being dragged into Ezekiel’s war!

I for one, don’t think that war is imminent. My studies have led me to the conclusion that before Ezekiel’s war takes place, there is another war which will embroil the Middle East; The Psalm 83 war.

As I examined in the Spirit of Prophecy, the nations listed by their patriarchs in Psalm 83 form a ring around Israel. Every one of those nations have attacked Israel from time to time throughout history, sometimes even in groups of nations, but all ten of them have never attacked together.

Abraham’s son Ishmael was the patriarch of the Saudi Arabians, and the Hagarenes, or Hagarites, of southern Syria. As the driving force of Wahhabi Islam, I view the Saudis as a great danger, not only to Israel, but to the world in general. Wahhabism is a strict form of Islam that insists on a literal interpretation of the Qur’an. The Saudis are known supporters of Islamic terrorism around the world.

So it is with alarm that I view the current Israeli cooperation with Saudi Arabia. Because the Saudis are not currently making threats against Israel, and are cooperating in intelligence gathering efforts against Iran, does not fill me with confidence.

I was watching Amir Tsarfati the other day, and was surprised that he thinks the Psalm 83 war is over and that Saudi Arabia no longer poses a danger to Israel.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love Amir as a brother, and I consider him to be an excellent journalist and source of information of what is going on in Israel, but he is wrong about the Saudi’s. They still pose a grave danger to Israel, and the Israelis need to keep their eyes on the Saudis.

You see the nations included in the Psalm 83 war are not included in the Ezekiel 38-39 war. The obvious reason is that they attack first and are defeated and subdued. As you will see in Amir’s video the Saudis appear to be cooperating with Israel, but I think this is actually a prelude to war, and a deception. In fact this subterfuge is alluded to in the Psalm account;

2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

You see, the Psalm 83 war will be a surprise attack, and it will very nearly result in the destruction of Israel. This is what it means by “crafty counsel”! In the past the enemies of Israel amassed on the border before they attacked, but this one will happen when Israel thinks they are safe!

In fact I believe that Israel will be forced to use WMDs during that war. This is the war that will result in the destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17:1), Lebanon (Zechariah 11:1), Cairo (Isaiah 19:17-18), and likely many other Arab cities.

So, when I heard of Donald Trump’s $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis it caught my attention. What are the chances that those weapons will one day be used against Israel, during the Psalm 83 war? I would say “astronomically high”! Even if they are used against Iran, with Israel’s cooperation, they will then turn and use them against Israel herself!

Amir is correct that Sheba and Dedan are Saudi Arabia, but Tarshish is most likely the port of Tartus in Syria, and very likely their new capital after the destruction of Damascus. Look at the language these nations use against the invading forces;

13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

The little word “come” is very significant. These nations are not saying “are you going”, as they would say if they were in North America. They are using this language because they are in the way the invading armies must travel on their journey to Israel. Having been disarmed after the Psalm 83 war, they will be helpless to stop the invaders, but only able to register a complaint!

I know Mr. Trump, and even the Israelis, think the Saudis can be trusted, but I think this is a mistake. It is a yuuge mistake, but I don’t think Trump or Israel have any ill intentions against the people of Israel. It is just that the Saudis are very good at practicing Taqiyya! (Taqiyya: the Muslim practice of lying to their enemies to gain an advantage)

The practice began when Mohammad made a ten-year treaty with the people of the Quraysh tribe of Mecca, and then found a pretext to break it in the second year!

I want you to see some of the passages in the Qur’an that teach this;

Qur’an 2:225 Allah will not hold you responsible for your mere utterance in an oath, but he will hold you responsible for that which your hearts gained. And Allah is forgiving, forbearing.

A Muslim can make an oath to an unbeliever, so long as he intends to break it in his heart!

3:28 Believers do not take the infidels for friends, rather than the believers, and whoever does this so he has nothing to do with Allah, except that you should guard yourself from them, cautiously. And Allah himself warns you, and to Allah is the final return.

Muslims can pretend to be friends with unbelievers, so long as they guard their hearts from the things the unbeliever says!

3:54 And they deceived, and Allah deceived. And Allah is the best deceiver.

The God of Islam is a deceiver! The bible says that God cannot lie, and that Satan is the deceiver! So who is the God of the Qur’an?

66:1 O you prophet, why do you forbid what Allah has made lawful to you, seeking to please your wives? And Allah is forgiving, merciful. 2 Indeed, Allah has allowed you to be released from your oaths. And Allah is your protector, and he is the knowing, the wise.

So the God of Islam allowed Mohammad to break his vows, and Muslims have been following his example ever since! (All Quran Quotes from The Generous Qur’an, a literal translation by Usama Dakdok)

But the God of the bible says;

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; Titus 1:2

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: Psalms 50:14

But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. James 5:12

If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. Numbers 30:2

But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Deuteronomy 7:8

So, with the exception of his treatment of the Saudis, I am generally happy to see the way that Donald Trump is leading his nation, against extremely vocal opposition, but don’t think that Mr. Trump is a Saviour. He may give us a few more years of freedom, which we should use wisely, but he can’t stop God’s judgment against the USA or the world.

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Seven Mountains or Seven Spheres

I was recently listening to Brannon Howse on my car mp3 player when I heard him talking about a new video “Is Genesis History?”, and gushing with praise about it. From what he said it sounds like its an apologetic work on young-earth creationism, which would be a good thing, and something sorely needed in the world today, but then he mentioned the producer, Dell Tackett, and also that “We don’t agree with everything that Dell Tackett has done in the past, but this film is one we can agree on, and support.”

I was with him until he mentioned Dell Tackett’s name, and then alarm bells began ringing in my head! OK, that ringing may have been my tinnitus, but I was alarmed! Dell Tackett was the presenter in Focus on the Family’s film “The Truth Project” which my Church watched in 2010.

At the time I was nearing the end of writing The Spirit of Prophecy, and I had recently been through a study of the New Apostolic Reformation’s teaching called “the Seven Mountain Mandate”. What I found was that the NAR’s “Seven Mountain Mandate” and Del Tacket’s “The Seven Spheres of Society” is that this is exactly the same thing!

The NAR teaches that the Church has to take over the seven mountains of society, before Jesus can return. The Church takes over these seven mountains of society and then when Jesus returns they hand them over to Him.

So what are the Seven areas of the Seven Mountain Mandate?

1) Education
2) Religion
3) Family
4) Business
5) Government/Military
6) Arts/Entertainment
7) Media

If you’re a Christian, and haven’t found these seven mountains in Scripture, don’t be alarmed! They actually aren’t there! This teaching is not to be found in the Word of God, but is something that has recently been added to Church teaching by false teachers!

This teaching is a logical extension of an old, false, eschatological system originally popularized by one Augustine of Hippo. The system I am referring to is known as Amillennialism, and its related philosophies of Post-millennialism and Preterism.

Amillennialism says that we are in the millennial reign of Christ right now, and that things will get progressively better until He returns and takes us all to Heaven, or at least separates the wheat from the tares.

What the bible actually says is much closer to the system known as Dispensationalism. This system teaches that things will get worse and worse until the Tribulation and Armageddon occur, then Jesus will return, destroy the world’s system, and take over the world and rule from Jerusalem for 1,000 years. This system teaches that even under the perfect government of Jesus Christ things won’t be perfect because people will still be natural men, and while they might physically obey the laws of Jesus Christ, most will not be born-again, and when the opportunity presents itself they will rebel at the end of the 1,000 years!

This teaching does not fit with the teachings of false Christianity, which discounts the idea that we must be born-again by the Spirit of God!

A misunderstanding of the depraved nature of natural man seems to be at the heart of this philosophy; That man is basically “good”. It also puts man in the driver’s seat and makes God dependent upon humanity!

On a related note; When reading Revelation 17 and 18 there are 2 different prophecies about cities called “Babylon” and built on seven mountains.

I realized years ago that the original Babylon was built on a flat plain, and there isn’t a mountain in sight! It thus follows that if this city is actually the same Babylon, its mountains cannot be literal mountains, and if it is about a city of seven literal mountains it cannot be literally Babylon, Iraq.

In time I came to realize that these prophecies are 2 distinct cities; one is literally Babylon, with seven allegorical mountains, and the other is allegorically Babylon with 7 literal mountains! Two different cities in different geographical locations, and neither of them is Rome, Italy!

So what about the NAR’s “Seven Mountain Mandate”? This is the beginning of Babylon’s seven mountains!

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. Revelation 17:9

After Rome is destroyed during the Gog-Magog war, the false Christians of the world (perhaps with Hinduism, Buddhism and the remains of Islam, but this is not necessary, since these religions might well be converting to this false form of Christianity by this time!) will unite and build their headquarters in the place where all false religions began; Babylon, Iraq! They will use this teaching of the “Seven Mountain Mandate” as their basis for unity!

So what about the protestants who support Focus on the Family? They too will join in this doomed endeavor, and it is movies like “the Truth Project” that are preparing the way for this Satanic unity! Despite protests to the contrary, the vast majority of professing Christians, especially the Dominionists and Reconstructionists, will join in this movement!

So why is the endeavor doomed? Because not only will the Antichrist hate this harlot, so does God, and it is God who puts it into the hearts of the Beast and the world leaders to destroy this city, after using it to create their world government!

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

The use of the present tense in verse 18 has led many to assume that this must refer to a city that has ruled the world for the last 2,000 years, but the truth is there is no such city. Several cities have aspired to that goal, but none of them have attained it, not even Rome!

What they are forgetting is that this passage is prophetic, and refers to the time of the end, so the phrase “that great city, that reigneth over the kings of the earth” is a reference to this period of time, and does not refer to any particular city that has wielded power for a time during the last two millennia. In fact it refers to a city that lost power at a time before Christ came, and will not pick it up again until the time of the end; Babylon!

So what of the video “Is Genesis History?”? What if it actually contains much useful and true information about science? As I see it, this is simply a fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy of Matthew 24:5

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

It is not that Jesus isn’t the Christ, He certainly IS, but rather many false teachers come proclaiming Jesus is the Christ as a means of getting their “foot in the door” and then they teach their errors, and it is accepted because “they are Christians, after all”!

You would be better off getting your scientific information from www.icr.org, https://answersingenesis.org, or http://creation.com . To my knowledge, none of these ministries yet teach the 7 mountain mandate!

Dan

For more information;

https://www.thebereancall.org/content/less-truthful-truth-project

https://www.gotquestions.org/seven-mountain-mandate.html

https://mkayla.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/finally-found-the-roots-of-the-seven-mountains-mandate/

http://herescope.blogspot.ca/2016/02/

http://apprising.org/2011/08/26/denying-dominionism/

 

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The 2017 Canadian Conservative Party Leadership Vote

The Conservative Party of Canada is in a race to choose the replacement for Steven Harper, as party leader, and potentially the next Prime Minister of Canada.

I joined the Conservatives after following them on Facebook, and having been impressed by Rona Ambrose’s articles. I actually joined at the invitation of Kellie Leitch, one of the candidates, because I agree with her on defunding the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC is a leftist propaganda outlet, and does not deserve Canadian Taxpayer dollars.

Unfortunately, I am not a one-issue voter.

As a Christian I attempt to view all things through biblical lenses. None of us is wise enough to make all decisions on our own understanding, or by our gut-feelings. We need an objective standard, one that has the fingerprints of God on it, the bible.

Some of the candidates talk about “Canadian values” but I have seen Canadian values shift since I was a child, and they have shifted in a negative direction!

A core issue in this and every election these days, is the issue of how we view human life, and unborn human life in particular.

The bible is very clear that the child inside its mother’s womb is actually a person from conception.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. Psalms 139:13

So what was put together in your mother’s womb? It was you. It was not some lump of tissue, but a living human being. Being in your mother’s womb is a normal part of life, just as being a baby, a toddler, a child, a teen, middle-aged, and elderly are all normal parts of life.

I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. Psalms 22:10

We all depend on God from conception until death. None of us is an island, and we are not independent!  (You may think you are, but every breath you take is a gift from God!)

Up until very recently all societies on earth, even pagan societies, have viewed children as an asset, and a blessing!  It is a sign of the depravity of our generation that this is even the subject of a debate!

In fact children are God’s plan for the welfare of the elderly.

Think about it; even in a society like Canada, where work and government pensions are common, we all need there to be a body of young people working as we grow older.

If everyone in a society decided not to have children, there would be no one working in hospitals and retirement homes, after everyone retired. There would be no one working on farms or in grocery stores when we went to get food, because they all would have retired along with us!  Your old-age welfare depends on there being a large number of young people working in all facets of society!

So who are we killing when we allow abortions?

Not only are we killing a human being, made in the image of God, but we are also killing a future worker; a future grocer, farmer, garbage collector, nurse, doctor, taxi/bus driver, novelist, journalist, and perhaps even a future prime-minister!

This has been going on so long that our government leaders actually see the problem, and are doing something about it. No! They are not doing the right thing, prohibiting abortion, but they are bringing in large numbers of immigrants. And no, they are not bringing in immigrants who share our values, but aliens with a different set of morals and goals!

Think about it; will the children of Middle Eastern immigrants be happy to pay increased rates of taxation to support elderly Canadians on government pensions, especially when these Canadians did not have children of their own? These groups take care of their own elderly, and don’t rely on someone else to do it, as a rule! Why would they want to support people who did not have the foresight to have their own children?

Why indeed?

So, I read a few articles regarding the stands taken by the leadership candidates in the 2017 Conservative Party of Canada leadership race, and I would like to take a moment to share my findings;

There are a couple of candidates who are consistently Pro-Life, and another couple who tend to vote Pro-Life, and the rest don’t take much of a stand.

As Dana Loesch recently said “If you are not Pro-Life, you are not a Conservative”. I agree completely! We don’t need a Liberal in disguise as the Prime-Minister of Canada!

Here is Right Now!’s analysis on the  race;

http://www.itstartsrightnow.ca/cpc_leadership

I tend to agree with them, but I’m not likely to go beyond the mid-point of this sample ballot.

Pray about it, and then vote your conscience.

Dan

You could also check out;

https://www.catholicregister.org/item/24466-pro-life-group-ranks-conservative-hopefuls

http://www.campaignlifecoalition.com/index.php?p=Hot+News&id=325

Anti-abortion group endorses ‘pro-life’ Conservative leadership candidates Brad Trost and Pierre Lemieux

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The Ontario “Human Rights” Tribunal’s persecution of John Alabi

I recently heard about a case where the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has levied a fine against a landlord, which must be payed to a Muslim couple, Walid Madkour and Heba Ismail, of the sum of $12,000 CDN.

Evidently the landlord had refused to remove his shoes when showing the bedroom, because the couple used this space as their prayer room.  He had given them 24 hours notice of the visit, but refused to give an additional hours notice, which is not required by law in Ontario.

The leftist government of Ontario is full of deluded people who think that respect of persons is synonymous to respect for their religion.  This is not the case in the real world.  When you show respect to another person’s religion you are giving it credibility.

Mr. Alabi is a professing Christian, and must behave towards others the way the Christian bible dictates, NOT the way the Ontario government dictates behaviour!

So how does the bible tell us to treat other religions?  It certainly tells us to show love to others, but it does not tell us to respect their religion.

Here is one situation where the religion of another is addressed;

27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:
29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?
30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:27-30
While the earth is the Lords, and we are not forbidden to eat anything, eating something that has been sacrificed to idols does not glorify the God of the Bible, but is an insult to Him!  It is forbidden for Christians to eat food that they know has been sacrificed to a false god!  So if you see “Halal” on a package of meat, you should leave it at the grocery store; it has been sacrificed to a false god!Would taking off his shoes glorify the God of the bible, if John Alabi had removed them in a Muslim prayer space?  Absolutely NOT!  It would give the God of the Qur’an credibility, and dishonor John Alibi’s own God, Jesus Christ!

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has not upheld any “universal” human rights of this Muslim couple, but rather they have imposed foreign laws on a Canadian citizen, and a Christian.

As the Apostle Peter said;

Acts 5:29
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
When I heard of this travesty of justice I wrote the following to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and I recommend you do something similar;

To the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

“I am writing you about your persecution of John Alabi.

Mr. Alabi is a Christian, and he was showing his own property to a prospective tenant.

To say that Mr. Alabi violated someone else’s rights by not removing his shoes is actually a violation of Mr. Alabi’s rights as a Canadian citizen!  It is a lie, since no religion has the right to make me conform to its ideas, especially on my own property!

There is no law in Canada that says someone must observe any one else’s religion, and even if there was such a law, it would be an unjust law.

Islam is a false religion that worships a devil, and as such forcing respect to such a religion would be a violation of any Christian’s rights!

I recommend to John Alabi that he does NOT pay your fine, since the fine itself is a form of religious persecution, and is in fact a form of the Muslim Jizya, the tax on unbelievers!

Sincerely,
Dan Knezacek”

These “Human Rights Tribunals” are not really about human rights at all, but about punishing Christians for their faith!
The email address I used is hrto.registrar@ontario.ca
Dan
For more information;

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/04/26/human-rights-tribunal-rules-brampton-landlord-must-pay-muslim-couple-12000

While I disagree that the fine should be paid, the Rebel Media is collecting money to help John Alibi.  As a Christian I believe it is wrong to pay such an unjust fine.  Mr. Alabi did not violate anyone’s rights!  If you wish to help go to https://www.therebel.media/help_john

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The Case for Christ

Last night my wife and I went to see The Case for Christ, at our local cinema.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised, although there are some concerns, which I’ll get to later.

The movie is the story of Lee Stobel’s attempt to disprove the resurrection of Christ, ultimately leading to his own conversion to Christianity.

It starts with a chance encounter leading to his wife’s conversion.  Lee’s response to his wife’s conversion was one of anger and frustration.  When talking to another reporter at the Chicago Tribune, he was told “Christianity is built on the resurrection of Christ.  If you can destroy the resurrection of Christ the whole thing will come crumbling down like a house of cards”.

Being an investigative reporter Strobel approaches the resurrection the same way he would approach any journalistic assignment.  In the quest to disprove the resurrection he speaks to a number of experts on a variety of subjects, such as an archaeologist, a medical doctor, a psychologist, and others.

Interwoven in his quest is the story of the stress he put his family through.

It is an engaging story which will keep you interested from the beginning to the end!

As I said, there are some concerns;

While the movie does a good job of examining the evidence for the resurrection, I was disappointed that there was no clear presentation of the gospel.  Without the gospel, there is no reason for the crucifixion, or the resurrection!

There is no discussion of sin, or the fact that it separates us from God for eternity.

In a movie about the resurrection of Christ there is no discussion, or even mention, of the reason for its occurrence!

The Church in the movie is Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, Illinois.  This is the church founded by Bill Hybels.  This Church is deep into the “seeker friendly” errors, and is associated with Saddleback Church of Rick Warren, and the Purpose-Driven crowd.  I wrote a chapter in The Spirit of Prophecy about the myriad of serious errors in Rick Warren’s book.

Willow Creek is also heavily into “Dominionist” and “Kingdom now” theology, which is a serious theological error.  Closely related to this is “Replacement Theology” which denies that God has a plan for national Israel.  This would account for the fact that Senior Pastor Hybel’s wife, Lynn Hybels, is a sponsor of the “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference in Bethlehem, Israel, which is nothing less than an anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, hate-fest!

Willow Creek Church also promotes Contemplative Spirituality, which is nothing less than an invasion of the Church by Pagan practices! There is nothing Christian about Contemplative Prayer!

The Willow Creek Association is nothing less than fulfillment of Jesus words of  Matthew 24:5

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Just because someone names the name of Christ, it does not mean that they are theologically sound!  Very often false teachers use a Christian testimony as a means to gain credibility in order to teach error to a larger crowd!  I hope this is not the case with Stobel.

Still, Lee Strobel is no longer at Willow Creek, though I have no information if it is because of theological differences, or merely that he took a job out-of-state.

The archaeologist he spoke to in the movie is a Roman Catholic Priest.  While there was nothing wrong in the evidence the priest presented, the problem I have is that this tends to give credence to Rome and their wicked system.  There are lots of protestant experts in the biblical texts. I wish he had spoken to one of them!

Really there was nothing about doctrine of any sort in the movie!

Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. I Timothy 4:13

So, those are my concerns with this movie, and if you keep these in mind the rest of the movie is still worth watching.

Dan

For further research;

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/willowcreek.htm

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2013/07/04/willowcreek-church-s-involvement-in-ant-israel-group-raises-concerns/

https://standupforthetruth.com/2012/02/why-are-lynn-hybels-tony-campolo-and-shane-claiborne-hosting-anti-israel-christ-at-the-checkpoint/

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/willowcreek.html

http://bereanresearch.org/an-open-letter-to-all-82-willow-creek-association-churches-in-wisconsin/

 

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Eisegesis versus Exegesis

Have you ever been confused by the modern methods of interpreting texts? I remember in high school how I was rather intimidated by the English teachers and their searching for hidden meanings. At the time I didn’t understand the difference between Exegesis and Eisegesis. In fact I suspect that many today still don’t. On the contrary, Eisegesis is taught in our higher education institutions as the proper method for interpretating any text,when in fact, it should almost never be used!

The difference could be summarized as the difference between Objective and Subjective interpretations. We could also characterize it as the difference between In-Context versus Out-of-Context interpretation. Eisegesis is the foundation of post-modernism, probably the most destructive philosophy in the main-stream culture these days!

As Wikipedia says;

Eisegesis (/ˌaɪsəˈdʒiːsəs/; from the Greek preposition εἰς “into” and the ending from the English word exegesis, Greek ἐξήγησις, which in turn is derived from ἐξηγεῖσθαι “to lead out”)[1] is the process of interpreting a text or portion of text in such a way that the process introduces one’s own presuppositions, agendas, or biases into and onto the text. This is commonly referred to as reading into the text.[2] The act is often used to “prove” a pre-held point of concern to the reader and to provide him or her with confirmation bias in accordance with his or her pre-held agenda. Eisegesis is best understood when contrasted with exegesis. While exegesis is the process of drawing out the meaning from a text in accordance with the context and discoverable meaning of its author, eisegesis occurs when a reader imposes his or her interpretation into and onto the text. As a result, exegesis tends to be objective when employed effectively while eisegesis is regarded as highly subjective.

What we really want, when studying any text, is to understand the intent of the author. This should be our goal above all!

In Grade 11 English my class was studying John Milton’s Paradise Lost, some 40 years ago.  We came to a place where our teacher began to teach Eisegesis, which was such a glaring example that it has stuck with me all these years. I had to go through Paradise Lost again, but I think I’ve found the place;

I saw when at his word the formless mass,

This world’s material mould, came to a heap:

Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar

Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined;

Till at his second bidding Darkness fled,

Light shone, and order from disorder sprung:

Swift to their several quarters hasted then

The cumbrous elements, earth, flood, air, fire;

Or it might have been;

With dart and javelin, stones, and sulfurous fire;

What she said here was essentially that “This is a reference to the Big Bang,where the earth was formed in fire, as a molten mass”

As a quiet kid I rarely said anything in class, unless asked, but this was so obviously wrong that I had to speak-out! You see, John Milton was a Creationist, and while I disagree with some of his ideas, and especially his inclusion of classical pagan characters in the poem, there is no hint of Evolution in Paradise Lost! My teacher was reading her Evolutionary views INTO Paradise Lost!

The Big Bang was invented by believers in Darwinian evolution, in the 20th century, long after Charles Darwin died, some 250 years after John Milton! No one has any business reading evolution into the work of John Milton, because we know that he never heard the word in his life!

In case I haven’t made myself clear, it is wrong to do this to any text!

The proper way to understand any text, whether it is your car’s ownership manual, books on philosophy, or the bible, is to understand the plain-sense meaning of the words.

Some tell us that we must understand the bible’s context, by understanding the first-century context of its author’s homeland, or by learning about Jewish culture. The error of this type of thinking is that not all Jews thought alike, and the biblical authors did not write human books based on the human traditions of their time, but they wrote what God instructed them to write.

Some accuse Christians of Eisegesis when we find Jesus in the Old Testament text, but the fact is that God placed him there through the pens of its authors! Christians would, in turn, accuse many Jews of Eisegesis in places like Isaiah 53, where the servant of God, “he”, is separate and distinct from the Jewish nation “we” and “us”.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:4-6

So, this person has borne the griefs of a group of people; “He” cannot be synonymous with the people “He” bore the griefs of! So this person is the Messiah, Jesus, and not the nation of Israel.

We also see Jesus in Psalm 22 where the crucifixion is described in precise detail;

16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

David wrote this psalm, but he never experienced the events spoken of, himself. Rather David was looking through time, and through the eyes of the Saviour as He hung, dying on the cross.  There is no one else in Jewish history who fits the events of either Isaiah 53, or Psalm 22, except Jesus of Nazareth!

One thing that disturbs me is the number of professing Christians who practice Eisegesis, without even knowing it. Not ony is this practiced in Catholic and Pentecostal circles, but even Baptists do it as well.

When I was a young teen, my parents were looking for a property to invest in, and to move out of the city. They found one that they could afford, and then my mother said that she had found a verse that convinced her that we should move to this property;

Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; Isaiah 54:2

My mother was the daughter of a pastor, and I was a 13-year-old kid, so who was I to question my mother’s judgment? And, besides that, I wanted to move there!

The truth is, however that she was reading her own ideas into the text. She told us that it meant that we should buy the property, and add on to the house, but the text actually says to enlarge where your tent is, now! Besides this, if she had read the verses before and after she should have seen that this passage is specifically about Israel, in the last days!

1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.

2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. Isaiah 54:1-4

I love my mom, but taking verses out-of-context like this is dangerous. It turns the bible into a book about you, rather than a revelation of God! It also makes it subject to your will, to be used as your tool, where God becomes a genie who grants us our carnal wishes!

She didn’t have to do this; If buying a property is a good business decision, you don’t have to twist Scripture out of shape to make it seem that your decision has God’s stamp of approval on it! Just buy it and use the principles found in the Word of God to work it! Pray that He will make you wise to make good business decisions.

There is no place in Scripture where we are told that we must have God’s personal stamp of approval on everything we do. He gives us principles, and when we follow them, and work hard he will bless us.

The Contemplative Prayer proponents take another verse out-of-context;

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 46:10

They take the phrase “Be still, and know that I am God” to mean that we should practice emptying our minds, to make them open for spiritual contacts. What it actually does is make us susceptible to demonic contacts!

They teach the saying of a word or a phrase repeatedly, as a mantra, as a way of emptying the mind, and the result is that you induce an altered state of consciousness where you can be contacted by spiritual entities. The problem is that God and His angels never come when summoned this way! The only spiritual beings that will come are fallen angels! God is sovereign, and not subject to commands of mere men!

When you read the context of the passage you get a very different understanding from what these people want you to believe;

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

You see, God was saying that they should sit back and watch Him work to save them! To relax and put their trust in the Lord!

Here is a passage frequently abused by the Word of Faith movement and the New Apostolic Reformation;

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. Romans 8:18-19

This passage is a reference to the coming of Christ with His glorified saints, the Church, at the end of the Tribuation period, but these groups teach that they themselves are here to take dominion over the earth, now, and to manifest themselves as the Sons of God, through signs and wonders! Their claim is that they will do this in this life, and they frequently go as far as to say that Jesus can’t return until they take over the world and hand it to Him!

This is actually a variation of the old Catholic Eschatology of A-millennialism, dating back to the arch-heretic, Augustine of Hippo. Ultimately I believe these people will unite in the Tribulation, in Babylon, Iraq, to form the Harlot of Revelation 17!  After this God’s judgment will fall on them!

Here is a Catholic leader kissing the feet of N.A.R. Leader, Lou Engle (at about the 5:28 point)

…And, here is Lou Engle kissing the feet of a Catholic Priest!

Taking Scripture out-of-context can be very dangerous! It is one of the worst habits one can get into!

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisegesis

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=20820

 

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Milo’s Controversy

Well, you might have seen the storm of controversy over some videos that have appeared which seemingly make it look like Milo Yiannopulos is in favour of pedophilia. Since my last post was somewhat sympathetic to Milo, I thought it would be best if I address this current controversy.

Milo claims that the videos in question have been edited to make it appear that he is in favour of pedophilia. It also appears, by Milo’s own words (below) that he himself was a victim of pedophilia himself.

You need to understand that it is this experience that has turned him into a gay man. He might not say so himself, because his abuser was smart enough to make him think the ideas in his head were his own. A smart abuser will make his victim believe that the abuse was not only something he asked for, or deserved, but actually something he wanted! This is the way an abuser can go for many years without being caught!

And, it appears that Milo is in denial, or blind to the damage that sexual abuse, at the hands of a Catholic Priest, did to himself! He tells himself that “that’s the way I was made”, but the truth is that he chose this behavior. He was not made that way!

Please read Milo’s explanation below. I will follow it up with some more comments of my own;

Milo Yiannopoulos

Yesterday at 1:26pm ·

“I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim.

I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors. I am horrified by pedophilia and I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abusers. I’ve outed three of them, in fact — three more than most of my critics. And I’ve repeatedly expressed disgust at pedophilia in my feature and opinion writing. My professional record is very clear.

But I do understand that these videos, even though some of them are edited deceptively, paint a different picture.

I’m partly to blame. My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous. But I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, “advocacy.” I deeply regret that. People deal with things from their past in different ways.

As to some of the specific claims being made, sometimes things tumble out of your mouth on these long, late-night live-streams, when everyone is spit-balling, that are incompletely expressed or not what you intended. Nonetheless, I’ve reviewed the tapes that appeared last night in their proper full context and I don’t believe they say what is being reported.

I do not advocate for illegal behavior. I explicitly say on the tapes that I think the current age of consent is “about right.”

I do not believe sex with 13-year-olds is okay. When I mentioned the number 13, I was talking about the age I lost my own virginity.

I shouldn’t have used the word “boy” — which gay men often do to describe young men of consenting age — instead of “young man.” That was an error.

I am certainly guilty of imprecise language, which I regret.

Anyone who suggests I turn a blind eye to illegal activity or to the abuse of minors is unequivocally wrong. I am implacably opposed to the normalization of pedophilia and I will continue to report and speak accordingly.”

Well, he says he watched those videos in context, but I don’t think he has posted them online. He should if he wants us to believe him. He also clearly thinks that some 13 year-old-boys are capable of giving consent; using himself as an example.

Notice also that he is concerned with what is “legal”.  There are lots of things  that are “legal” that are still quite wrong!

The book I referenced in my last article, The Pink Swastika, is highly recommended for those who wish to have a greater understanding on this subject. This book is very well documented and researched, and I believe is a well-balanced look at the subject.

The abuse of young boys by older men is an ancient practice that goes back to the Nazis in Germany, and even before the Nazis, all the way back to the Greece of Plato, and even as far back as Sodom and Gomorrah. It has reared its ugly head in many societies throughout history. Even ancient Rome was no stranger to the practice, having many Caesars who were sexually abnormal and Rome has the dubious distinction of having the first man to marry another man in history; the Emperor Nero and his boy-wife Sporus!

The modern Gay push can be traced to many global elites’ belief that humanity is harmful to the planet, and that by promoting this practice fewer children will result, with the ultimate goal of reducing the human population on the earth! This is also why these same elites push abortion.

The amazing thing is that this planet is actually a rather empty place! All the inhabitants of earth could actually fit within the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida, and if they moved to Texas, there is actually enough room there for everyone to have a city lot with a bungalow!

There is no need to reduce the population of planet earth, and in fact God’s goal is to fill the earth with people! God loves people!

Interestingly, in the context of the End Times, God says this about the earth;

For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. Isaiah 45:18

God created sex because He wants to fill the earth with people, and He will do so to an extent that most today would think impossible, during the Millennial reign! Why does God say that He will bring the mountains down, and raise the valleys (Isaiah 54:10)? Because He is going to make room for so many more billions of people that people today would think the idea is crazy!

The Gay agenda is an attack on God, and His purposes, but Milo is a victim. He’s not the enemy!  He is working for him, however! (I mean Satan, not Trump!)

Don’t look to the Old Testament to try to understand what God wants to do with Gays! We don’t live in OT Israel, we live in the age of grace. Certainly Romans 1 is about the depravity of both male and female homosexuals, but we don’t stop there. We also read that there were former homosexuals in the early Christian Church!

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers (slanderers), nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. I Corinthians 6:9-11

The first century society was a lot like our own!

All the sins here exclude one from the kingdom of God!

The “effeminate” are men who behave like women, most likely the passive member of a gay couple, and “abusers of themselves with mankind” are the modern hyper-masculine Gays. The fact that the early Church had former homosexuals as members should be a clue to us as to how to deal with them. Treat them as any other sinner. Show them the love of Christ, and don’t be upset if they reject the gospel the first time they hear it. How long did it take for you to come to Christ?

Our job is to preach the gospel, and to show them the love of God. There are so many sins that required the death penalty in the Old Testament, that if the death penalty was carried out the earth would be empty! Even worshiping false gods was a capital crime. And so was adultery, and speaking back to one’s parents!

What can we say about people who want to bring back the OT law? Only that they don’t understand the gospel, and have a deluded view of their own righteousness!

Look what it says at the end of Revelation;

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8

Just being fearful is enough to condemn you to the lake of fire forever! Fearful of man, that is!

I see so much pride among professing Christians, but Jesus says “there is none good but one, that is, God”! (Mark 10:18)

My parent’s generation lived at a time when jobs were easy to find, and to keep. There was so much money around that one-income families were the rule! In times like this it was easy to sponsor a child overseas, or to make donations to your Church or other charities. It was easy to take in foster children, and you got paid for it.

Times of prosperity are not a test; the test comes when times are tough! What kind of person are you when you don’t have enough money to buy food? What kind of person are you when your job is at stake, and your boss wants you to tell a “little white lie” to a customer? (Remember, “all liars have their place in the lake of fire”) What kind of person are you when you are abused by a man in secret?

So, I think that Milo has failed one test, but the truth is that I too have failed, many times! So have you, and if you think you haven’t, you actually missed the test entirely!

But what about Milo’s crass jokes, and innuendo?

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? II Corinthians 6:14

We are here to be Christ’s representatives. Our commission is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are not here to save the world politically. The political future of the world is the kingdom of the Antichrist! We want to snatch people out of that kingdom, and we want to leave a legacy that people will be drawn to after the rapture!

If Milo runs for political office, and his views are the closest to yours on the ballot, then you can vote for him. (Of course, if he were in a position to relax the laws against pedophilia, he just might do it, so be warned!) That’s not being yoked together, but joining him in any endeavor is off limits to Christians. The same goes for all the unbelievers in Washington, or Ottawa, and these cities are full of them.

Working for the same employer as a gay person is not being yoked together, unless you find you are compromising your beliefs.

Christians ought not to be uniting with unbelievers, in marriage, or in any endeavor where your testimony could be compromised. This is not about being better than them, but about being faithful to the Lord’s commands.

It is also about protecting your testimony, and avoiding sin yourself;

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

When we think about deviant behavior we become drawn to it, and ultimately participate in it!  Think about good and praiseworthy things, like the gospel, and good works!

Christians ought to have compassion for people like Milo. Compassion means we must give them the gospel. We can support the same causes, but we ought not to be seen to be supporting their sin.

So, should CPAC have uninvited him as a speaker, when they found out that he was promoting pedophilia? I do think their action was appropriate, although I hope they spoke to him first.

Where I part ways with many professing Christians is when they want to bring back laws to criminalize homosexual behavior. We do not live in biblical Israel, nor in the Millennial reign. Laws that are applicable to those times are not applicable to the age of grace! If God has been gracious to you, then you need to be gracious to other sinners!

Watch this video by John MacArthur.  He is mostly correct;

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Conservative Homosexuals and Christians

If you, like me, grew up in a conservative Christian home and Church, you will have a particular view of Homosexuals. You may be moving from this view, but it is the view where you came from.

You may have heard pastors preach fiery sermons on the homosexual lifestyle, and you may have heard opinions that they “should all be locked up” or even that they “deserve the death penalty”! And this from professing Christians! I have heard some proclaim that this is “the single worst sin one can commit”, with the possible exception of murder! Interestingly, there is quite a lot of homosexual molestation that goes on in such institutions, and I speak from personal experience!

Your pastor may have preached sermons on Sodom, and other places in Scripture where homosexual activity is frowned upon.

He was right to do this.

Such sermons, however, need to be salted with the salt of the teachings of Jesus Christ. We don’t live in the age of Israel, we live in the age of grace, and Christians need to view other sinners through the lens of Scripture… all Scripture! Christians are NOT under the Old Testament law, but under the law of the Spirit.

We ought to remember that we, ourselves, deserve the same penalty they deserve, and if God has been merciful to us, we ought to be merciful to others.

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5

These days most would stop at the first verse, but Jesus didn’t stop there did He?

We have to read and understand all of Scripture, and not take verses from here and there out-of-context. It is certainly not wrong to point to the sins of others with the intent to show them their sinfulness before God, so that we might lead them to the light of the Gospel, and to eternal life in Jesus Christ.

We are not here, however, to build the kingdom of God on earth! This has been one of the huge mistakes of many professing Christians, both Catholic and Protestant!

The intent of the Old Testament law was to build the nation of Israel, in the age where Israel was receiving the Scriptures directly from God, and the standard therein is God’s holy, perfect standard. It was never God’s intent that Israel would keep His law perfectly, and thus to earn Salvation. Never!

No, the Law was given to condemn the human race, completely! The intent was that our conscience would be pricked, and we would cry out to God for deliverance, and mercy!

There are some 40 laws which call-for the death penalty in the Law of Moses. Things from murder, adultery, homosexuality, and speaking back to your parents all call for the death penalty!

Well, is the law wrong? No! Every one of those sins does indeed deserve the death penalty! Yes, even talking back to one’s parents!

Did God intend that it should all be carried out? No! As a parent, when your child talks back to you, do you remember when you did that to your parents? You did, and if you can’t remember, it is because your memory is faulty. So if God was merciful to you, then you ought to be merciful to your children!

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Matthew 7:2

When Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant with Jesus, he had a choice; he could have her put to death for adultery, or he could divorce her quietly. Think about it; she claimed that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit, and it was a virgin conception! A few women have tried this in history, but this was the first time it had actually happened! Joseph would have been completely within his rights to have her stoned, or to at least divorce her.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. Matthew 1:19

So what does it mean that Joseph was a “just man”? It means exactly what I am talking about here; that Joseph knew that he too was a sinner, and that he too deserved the eternal death penalty! Being a “just man” however, he was willing to act mercifully towards his wife, because he too desired mercy from God!

This teaching is there throughout Scripture; When David’s ten concubines slept with Absalom, he too could have had them put to death, but he remembered what He had done to Uriah and Bathsheba, and so he acted mercifully towards them, and actually fed, clothed and sheltered them the rest of their lives! (II Samuel 20:3)

God had actually embedded this teaching in the law, but those with hard hearts could not see it! He set a trap for them!

When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. Deuteronomy 24:1

The phrase “come to pass” means an indefinite period of time. Many pastors today say that this only pertains to their wedding night, but it does not! This could be ten years later, and the uncleanness spoken of is sexual infidelity! God was essentially giving them a choice; either you can insist on the letter of the law; death, and receive the letter yourself, or you can practice mercy and receive mercy yourself!

This was Joseph’s understanding, and he chose mercy, and life!

One pastor told me that “God couldn’t put David to death, since he was the king”, as if to say that “God really does want adulterers put to death, just not in the case of David”! Well, is God a respecter of persons? Of course not! If God really wanted David dead, after adultery and murder, he is powerful enough to carry out the penalty Himself!

God was communicating something to you and I, in these cases;

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6

Many Christians point to Romans 1, to show that God is not pleased with homosexuality. They are correct to do this! This chapter is a very clear indictment of this type of behaviour.

Christians ought not to ever celebrate anyone’s sin! We ought to expose it for what it is…in love!  Accepting their sin is not love!

Did you know that there were former homosexuals, and gays in the early Christian Church? Paul very clearly says so in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11;

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

The two types of homosexuals we still have with us today are listed in verse 9; regular homosexuals are the “effeminate” and the militant Gays are the “abusers of themselves with mankind” (See the Pink Swastika). Notice also that he does not state that their sin is worse than that of idol worshippers, or covetous persons! Don’t forget that covetousness is simply looking at the possessions of others, and wanting them for yourself! Ouch!

But thank God he wrote verse 11! Even gays and covetous persons can be saved, and washed by the blood of the Lamb of God!

You see the only sin that can’t be forgiven is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, all other sins can be forgiven!

So Christians have no business advocating for the death penalty. That is not our job! When Jesus comes and rules with a rod of iron, He very well might put to death those in gross sins, but that is a different era, that is His decision, and being God He is free to carry-out God’s will in that way.  You and I, however, are not God. Nor are we here to clean-up society!

In the mean time our job as Christians, is to see to it that everyone hears the gospel! That’s it! We are not called to be political activists, although its not wrong to vote your conscience. It is not even wrong for Christians to hold public office, but that is not our purpose in being here!

Then we have the phenomenon of Milo Yiannopolous, an outspoken conservative homosexual activist.

I have a son who is very interested in the ideas of the alternative right. I see him watching Ben Shapiro and Milo Yiannopoulos, and the truth is that there is a lot of truth in what these gentlemen say. There is a lot of logical common-sense here!

I would not say to my son “Don’t listen to what he has to say, he’s gay” or “Don’t listen to what he has to say, he’s Jewish”. No! What I say to my son, and to you, is “listen to what they say and filter it with the Word of God”. If they say something that it true and good then we can agree with them on that, but when they say something wrong we can disagree, without becoming enemies.

We can and should do this without endorsing their errors! I would never say to Milo that his homosexuality is OK with God. It isn’t! Neither would I say to Ben Shapiro that he could get to Heaven by keeping the Law. He can’t! Jesus Christ is the only way to God for any one!

Ultimately, if these gentlemen die without Jesus Christ they will be lost forever in the lake of fire! God Himself is a conservative, but being a conservative is not what God requires to be saved! What a tragedy to be so right about so many things and to still lose everything!

As far as we can tell, Daniel and his three friends, were the only true believers in Nebuchadnezzar’s government. Did that stop them from doing their jobs? No! Did any of these men say “I can’t work with that guy, he’s a pagan!”? No! They just did their jobs, and they did what was right, they took a stand for the truth, and they trusted God to protect them. And He did just that!
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Another new year!

Well, another year has come and gone. 2016 was a wild ride, both personally and politically.

For me personally, my first grandchild came into the world on the 23rd of May. Andrew Gordon is a healthy, happy little guy, and the bright spot in this year!

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I went on my first trip to Florida in March, and witnessed the SpaceX rocket launch! Another high point! Coming back we found ourselves paying over $5,000 in maintenance costs on our Infiniti M35, and consequently trading that car in on a Toyota RAV4.

I have never spent so much time working on vehicles as this year. I can’t remember everything I did, but there was the cam position sensor replacement on the Infiniti. Having spent the five grand on the Infiniti, I couldn’t bear to have them do more work on it! So I did the rest myself.  As a trade-in allowance we got back just the recent maintenance costs, and not a penny more!

I miss that Infiniti, what a wonderful car to drive, but we just couldn’t afford to keep it!

Then there was also the timing belt, front strut replacement, and the tie-rod ends on the Honda, and 3 alignments on that same vehicle! Oh, and there was the “check-engine” light that wouldn’t go out even after the numerous replacements of parts in the evaporative canister system. Still, it did pass the e-test in September! And, the “check-engine” light is still on!

My youngest son got his first car, so we found ourselves widening our driveway in the fall, just before the first snow!

Finally, just to make things interesting, we got a puppy in October! We have had dogs almost since we got married, but this is our first puppy! I thought it would be a good experience for our two youngest boys before they leave home. They both said I was crazy!

I was not prepared for the amount of work it takes to train a puppy!

maggie-at-5-monthsMaggie is half Corgi, and half Sheltie, so I guess she’s a “Corgeltie”, or maybe a “Sheltorgie”

Our older dog, Coda has been having a hard time with this!

coda-and-momMom comforting Coda

One of my friends, who I went through high school with, who stood-up for me at my wedding, and has been a friend for 40 years, unfriended me on Facebook because I simply said that Donald Trump should be heard-out before we judge him!

The last thing that happened is that Windows on this computer downloaded an “update” and I ended up losing my Ubuntu partition! Argh! So I got it running again, but have lost a lot of information!

On the world scene, we followed the US elections throughout the year with interest. I must admit there was some relief when Donald Trump won, although I still say that he is not a conservative. Still, it would be very difficult for him to be worse than Obama, or Hillary. I expect that he will be better than either of those two, but he has a maximum of two terms to serve, and if recent history continues the trend, they will elect a “Democrat” next time, and I shudder to think what he/she (or ze) will be like!

God has granted America a moment of grace; now is the time to turn to Christ, before it is too late!

Is Donald Trump the Antichrist?

I do not think that Donald Trump is the Antichrist, but as I wrote in one of my articles, Donald Trump fits the pattern of the Antichrist. In order for the world to accept the Antichrist, Satan will put someone very obviously evil in a place of power first (like Obama), then when they don’t think they can stand any more, a “white knight” will arise and sweep them off their feet!

I have no doubt that the Antichrist will appear to be a conservative, at least at the beginning of his reign. No conservative will ever vote for someone so obviously evil as Obama or Hillary Clinton, but they will vote for someone like Donald Trump, even if he is not a conservative! He only has to say some of the things they want to hear.

Could God use Donald Trump in a way that sets-back the Gog/Magog coalition, and delays their attack on Israel? While I don’t yet understand how He will do it, I think this is likely. But let’s wait-and-see if he even makes it to the White House.  There are a lot of people working against Donald Trump, and given the character of his enemies, I think it would be better to support this new president!

As I predicted in The Spirit of Prophecy, in 2010, I expect the European Union to eventually break-up; not into the original founding nations, but into smaller regional and economic unions. Everyone knows that small little independent nations are vulnerable to bullying from their larger neighbours, so it is in all their interests to join together into some form of mutual defense unions. I believe the immigration and financial crises Europe is experiencing right now will provide the motivation for Europeans to rethink their Union.

I also think the resulting unions will reflect the biblical patriarchs those people are descended from; So Eastern Europe, like the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, Finns, Georgians, Ukrainians, etc. Will form a union loosely based on the Warsaw Pact, but not aligned with either the Russians or the western Europeans. These people are threatened on both sides, and it makes sense for them to band together for mutual protection.

The world saw how western Europe stood idly by and allowed Russia to take the Crimea from the Ukraine without hardly a peep of protest. In order for eastern Europe to prevent their members from being carved-up piecemeal, they need to band together and form their own union. One that will actually stand-up to external threats.

In the process of doing this, the descendants of Magog will form one of the most infamous nations for a future invasion of Israel, found in Ezekiel 38 and 39. One of the amazing things that Scripture teaches about this nation is that it will survive the Great Tribulation, and the Millennial Reign of Christ, only to lead another rebellion some thousand years later. (See Revelation 20:8)

Watch the Visegrad group of nations. I expect they will gain members and grow in influence, ultimately leading to them leaving the EU to form their own union.

Javan is absent from Ezekiel’s account. The Italians, Greeks, and other southern Europeans are descendants of Noah’s grandson Javan. These nations are going through their own troubles today, including the immigrant crisis, and also their own economic crises, brought about by left-leaning governments with out-of-control spending, and stagnant economies.

Spain is one country which is split between descendants of Javan, the Spanish, and the Celts of Catalonia, descendants of Gomer. Now, since Ezekiel says that “all of Gomer’s bands” will participate in that war, either Spain will go with northern Europe, or Catalonia will separate from Spain.  I think the Catalonian independence movement will gain ground, because Spain is more like Italy, and Greece, than France and England.

Will 2017 see Catalonia leave Spain?

Just because Britain has voted for Brexit, it does not mean that Brexit will happen… until it actually happens!

The Ezekiel war includes western Europe, when it says “Gomer and all his bands”. The Germanic tribes are descendants of Gomer’s son Ashkenaz. This includes Germany, Austria, France, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and England! You may remember that Jews who lived in western Europe are called “Ashkenazi Jews”? This is not because they are descendants of Ashkenaz themselves, but because they lived with the descendants of Ashkenaz for thousands of years!

Most prophecy teachers correctly teach that Gomer is Turkey, but they neglect to mention that it is Gomer’s son Togarmah who is the father of the Turkic tribes. This includes not only Turkey but also Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. In fact, the Uighurs are a Turkic tribe within the borders of China! Unfortunately these prophecy teachers frequently neglect to mention Gomer’s other two sons, Ashkenaz and Riphath.

Riphath was the father of the Celtic tribes, who are represented by not only the Scotts, Welsh, and Irish, but also the Bretons of France, and the Catalans of Spain.

So Gomer is not only Turkey, but a large part of northern Europe from Ireland in the west to the nations of the former Soviet Union in the East! This does not include Russia, however, since Russia is represented in the coalition by their patriarchs Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.

As we watch the break-up of the EU, however long it takes, we should expect to see these nations join together in one or more regional unions, and, these unions will be along ancient tribal lines!

Will this all occur in 2017? I don’t think so, but things are definitely moving in that direction, one step at a time!

I am getting ahead of the schedule, talking about the Ezekiel 38-39 war. This war will occur after the Psalm 83 war, and the fact that none of the participants of the Psalm 83 war are listed as belligerents in the Gog/Magog war is very significant. The ten Arab nations listed in the Psalm will not participate in the next war because they will have lost to Israel and have been the beneficiaries of a peace treaty, which will have been brokered by the Southern Europeans.

This is why their protest of the attack is characterized by their question to the belligerents; “Art thou come to take a spoil?”(Ezekiel 38:13) You see, some prophecy teachers say that Europe is Tarshish in this verse, but this cannot be because while Tarsus is in Turkey, this would be like one city in Turkey protesting what the rest of Turkey is doing.  With a dictator like Erdogan in control of Turkey this will not happen!

The fact that the protesters use the phrase “art thou come” indicates that the armies will be marching through their territory on their way to Israel. Sheba, Dedan, and Tarshish are all Arab entities, and the best explanation for the term “Tarshish” is that this is actually the Syrian port of Tartus, which will become the new capital of Syria after the Psalm 83 war when Damascus becomes a heap of ruins (Isaiah 17:1).  These nations will sit helplessly by as the Gog/Magog armies march through their territory to get to Israel!

While there were at least three ancient cities with similar sounding names around the Mediterranean, what we should be looking for is a city that will benefit from peace with Israel, after losing a major war with her. Given the prophecies concerning these end times wars, Tartus, Syria is the best candidate for this mention. Once the Syrians are no longer involved in a civil war, and no longer fighting with Israel, they will benefit financially, and their port will become a great source of revenue to the nation.

So, much more imminent than the Gog/Magog war is in fact the Psalm 83 war. Could this war occur in 2017? Again, I think it is unlikely. I can’t see the various factions of the Syrian civil war suddenly joining hands and attacking Israel with the rest of the Arab nations. In fact the war in Syria is also being fought in Iraq. Both of these conflicts will have to be ended some time before the Arabs join together to attack Israel.

The Psalm speaks of this attack being “crafty” so I take it that Israel will have their guard down at the time.  Could it be because these nations will have used Israel’s intelligence to defeat ISIS, and to neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat?  Is it possible that there will Arab/Israeli cooperation to take-out Iran’s nuclear installations, which both the Arabs and Israel view as a threat?

I think this is likely, but it would be a mistake for Israel to let down their guard just because the Arabs might work with them to defeat a greater enemy, Iran!  After Iran is dealt with, they will turn on Israel!

Could 2017 be the year of the Psalm 83 war?  I don’t think so, but I think events will lead in that direction.  It is more likely that Iran’s nuclear program will suffer a major set-back!

So, could I make any predictions for the coming year?  Only that you need to sit down and hold-on!  We are in for a wild ride!

 

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The First Sign of the Antichrist

Most people who come to this blog would consider themselves Christians, and I think that a great many of them are. I have friends who keep coming back, and I am thankful for you.

So, I have a question, or a series of questions, for Christians in general, not only for readers of this blog, but for all those who profess to be Christians;

How much do you love Jesus?

Is Jesus something you have added to your life, or is He the center of it?

If the bible says something about Jesus that does not fit-in with your understanding of society, or of morality, do you ignore it, excuse it, or do you accept it, and adjust your views accordingly?  The Baptist churches I came from frequently did the first two, and rarely the third, although I know some members who privately would say something contrary to their official Church position on a number of issues.

One example would be the wedding in Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine. Some “Christians” can’t accept the biblical teaching at this point, so they say “well, it wasn’t really wine, just grape juice”. And so, in order to understand Scripture, according to these people, we have to go to them to interpret Scripture for us!

The truth is that the word used in this case “oinos” is wine; trux was the Greek word for grape juice, or must. “Trux” was not used in the biblical text, because they were not drinking grape juice! It is dishonest to read one’s prejudices into the biblical text, as the anti-wine people do here. Not only is it dishonest, but it is downright faithless!

The bible is plain that God condemns excessive indulgence, but it never condemns the moderate use of wine.

But what of other subjects?

There is a subject that has a relation to the first identification of the Antichrist himself, which most professing Christians would reject, and as a result they will view the Beast as “a man of God”. Here is the passage to which I am referring;

36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.  37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. Daniel 11:36-37

The bible speaks of many women who had difficulty having children, and how they had such a very strong desire for children that some of them did extraordinary things to that end. Lot’s daughters seduced their own father. Hannah made extraordinary prayers at the tabernacle, because of her desire for a child, so much so that the High Priest thought she was drunk!

Sarah gave her handmaid to Abraham, as a second wife, in the hope that she could call the resulting child her own. The same thing happened with Rachel and Leah.

Elisha stayed with a Shunnamite couple, who couldn’t seem to conceive. He prayed and she had a child, but before she conceived she told him “don’t deceive me”. You see she had a strong desire to have a child, and didn’t want to have a false hope. Later when the child died, she brought him to and said  “Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?” You see, she was not denying this desire of women, she was actually affirming it, and when the child died she was essentially saying “you have given me false hope! If the child dies then you have deceived me!

We could look at other women in the bible as well, such as Tamar, Judah’s daughter-in-law, or Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother, and we would see this same thing; the biblical desire of women is to have children, preferably by her husband.

Now think about the Antichrist; He is going to take over the government of the world at a time very similar to the time Jesus Christ will take over; after a great war! In fact the Beast will take over shortly after the Gog and Magog war, and that will be a time when remnants of the armies from that war are returning home. The situation will be like it was in many wars, where large numbers of men die on the battle field, only this time the bible actually tells us the ratio of survivors to the casualties;

 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: Ezekiel 39:2

Since most armies are almost entirely male, and considering that there is a large Muslim component in the attacking armies, the numbers of women in these forces will be very small if they exist at all. These surviving men, when they return home will find that there are five women for every man, and this will be the exact time when polygamy will be prohibited in the nations which have practised this form of marriage as a means of dealing with the fallout of war, from ancient times!

This is what the phrase “ Neither shall he regard the desire of women” means in Daniel 11:37! The surviving women will expect that they will simply have to “gang-up” on their men, to a ratio of 6-1, so that they can have a family, but the ruler of those nations will prohibit this practise!

The worst part of all this is that professing Christians will think that this is a sign that this is a “man of God”!

You see, as I studied this issue it became apparent that the prohibition of polygamy does not come from Christianity, but from pagan Greece and Rome! What happened is that this practise was prohibited in both of these empires, except in Israel, and many years after the founding of the Christian Church this pagan teaching adopted by professing Christians and was read-into the biblical text!

The truth is that it is not actually there!

Matthew 19:9 
And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Mark 10:11 
And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

I am in full agreement with what Jesus says here, and please note that He did not say it is wrong for a man to marry two women at the same time, only that it is wrong to divorce one in order to marry another.

Polygamists don’t divorce one woman to marry another. And, if you examine the life of David you will see that he didn’t divorce one woman before remarrying. It is true that Saul took Michal away from him and gave her to another man, but David understood that marriage is for life, and went and took her back when he had the chance, proving that here marriage to the second man, even after having children with him, was not legitimate!

Some people might think that what I am saying is blasphemy, but it is actually in the bible. In fact there is a prophecy about the Millennial reign of Christ which specifically says that He will allow this practise when He is on the throne in Jerusalem!

  And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.  2 In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.  3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:  4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. Isaiah 4:1-4

What is it when a woman takes a man’s name? It is marriage, of course! It is the desire of these seven women to be married to one man! If you go back 3 or 4 verses in the preceding chapter, you will see the reason; the majority of the men have been killed during Armageddon!

Notice the next verses are connected to verse one by the phrase “in that day”. This phrase can mean “at the same time” or it can also mean “one thing closely following another, in a short period of time”.

In verse 1 it means the latter, but in verses 2 through 6 it is actually the former.

The phrase in verse 1 connects these verses with chapter 3 which is an indictment of ancient, and modern, Israel. They are condemned for their immoral ways and the women of Israel are singled out for flirting with men and attracting them with their clothing, hairstyles and jewellery. These are the same women who are called holy in verses 2 through 4 of chapter 4.

They weren’t holy when they were flaunting their sin, but they became holy when the Tribulation came upon them! When they called out to the Lord Jesus Christ He answered them and saved them, both bodily and spiritually! Now they are survivors of Armageddon and there are not enough men for them to each have a husband to herself.

Of course this situation will be the same throughout the world, because 100% of the armies that attack Israel will die in the battle field, leaving many more women than men in every country.

The Lord presents us with a cause and effect relationship in these passages;

The sin of Israel in Isaiah 3:1-23 is the cause of God’s judgment in verses 24-26, and the judgment in these verses causes Israel to suffer a severe shortage of men as the survivors enter into the Millennial Kingdom, in 4:1. Chapter 4 is dedicated to describing the conditions of the Millennial reign, including verse 1.

Why would God do this? He already gave us the answer in chapter 45:18;

17 But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.  18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. Isaiah 45:17-18

Just by existing People glorify God. In fact all people glorify God, even the lost! For all eternity those in Heaven will glorify God, and so will those in the lake of fire! It is God’s plan to fill the earth with a staggering number of people during the Millennial Reign, and it will start-off with large polygamous families! This is why the mountains will fall at the return of Christ; they will fall and the waters will flow underground as they were in the early earth, to make room for the massive increase in humanity!

The current population of 7 billion or so, will seem like a country village compared to the population during the Millennial reign!

As God re-creates Garden of Eden conditions on earth, and as 100% of the survivors of the Tribulation will be believers in Jesus Christ, even as Jesus rules the earth physically from Jerusalem, with all His saints, even so their descendants, living in near perfect conditions will ultimately rebel in large numbers!

So, what if you thought I was correct about Jesus? Would you abandon him, thinking your western culture is superior? Or, would you retreat back to your “safe” man-made-Jesus? The Jesus who doesn’t offend anyone is also a Jesus who cannot save anyone! I hope you have or will receive the biblical Jesus, because He is the only Saviour!

Some have abandoned me, accusing me of making-up my own Jesus, and refusing to read The Spirit of Prophecy any more than the first couple of paragraphs in chapter 8. That is so sad, because this is the first sign of the Antichrist, and so many will miss it because of their pre-conceived beliefs! In fact it is professing Christians who will put him on the throne, thinking that his opposition to polygamy is a sign that he is a Christian!

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 tells us that the Antichrist will be revealed BEFORE the rapture occurs, but verses 6-8 tell us that he will be revealed AFTER this same event. Some groups grasp one or the other of these truths to form the basis of their doctrine, but these statements must be harmonized if we are going to come to an understanding of this passage.

The simplest and best answer to this dilemma is that the Antichrist will be revealed to one group BEFORE the Rapture, and to another group AFTER. The bible even tells us which group is first;

Amos 3:7 
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

So who is in the place of the prophets today? The very same people who will be raptured BEFORE the Tribulation, the true believers of the Christian Church!

The first revelation is during a time when he is not in a position to do great harm to the believers, but is still ascending to world domination.

Some of them might actually read this blog, and disagree with me until they see it. In fact when they do change their opinion, when they see the Beast disregarding the desire of women, after the Gog/Magog war, the world will say something like “You told us that polygamy was wrong for centuries, and now you are changing your mind when you see this good-man prohibiting it? Why should we believe you now?

And the world, led by the false Church, will approve and lift-up the Antichrist to the position of world ruler!

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