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!
For further reading see http://www.thepinkswastika.com/

 

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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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The Last Trumpet

Years ago someone said to me that “the last trump”, of 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, the rapture trumpet, is the last in a series of Old Testament trumpets, and has nothing to do with the trumpet judgments of the book of Revelation. It certainly looks that way, but recently I came to realize that a great many professing Christians still think that the “last trump”  comes at the end of the Tribulation period, and these people will not be convinced by my just saying so. They need to see the series of trumpets, so I decided to do a study on these OT trumpets, and I will NOT use anyone else’s study guide.

If what we believe is true we should be able to find it with the help of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and no one else;

 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

If it is true that the Isaiah 27:13 trumpet is the “Last Trumpet” we should be able to prove this through a simple reading of the bible, in context; specifically the trumpet passages which must come before the beginning of the Tribulation period.

I prayed about this and below is the answer I received from the Lord, and no I did not hear an audible voice, I just read His word and relied on the Holy Spirit to do the interpretation for me;

One thing you need to understand is that the bible is a progressive revelation of God.  Moses did not understand the revelations that God would give to David, when he wrote his books.  Neither did David understand the revelations God would give Isaiah, Daniel, and Paul, when he wrote his Psalms.

Each author understood some of what God gave them, but even then they did not necessarily understand all the implications of what God was saying.  They simply wrote what God gave them, and it is up to the reader to listen to the Author to understand what He intended for us to learn.

So, with this in mind, we must understand that the book of Revelation was written some 30-40 years AFTER Paul’s death.  The unique prophecies of Revelation were not on Paul’s mind at all, and he had no knowledge of the trumpet judgments of Revelation.  Rather, Paul was thinking of Old Testament trumpets, because Paul was an Old Testament scholar.

There is no evidence that Paul ever read Matthew’s gospel, with its reference to “a great trumpet” in Matthew 24:31.  Paul never quoted any gospel except Luke, and Luke does not mention this trumpet in his parallel passage of Luke 17.  So if Paul never encountered any reference to the trumpet of Matthew 24:31 then he would not be referring to it, nor have any reason do think that this might be a contradiction.

Many Dispensationalists contradict their theory when they say that “nothing needs to happen before the rapture of the Church” but then never tell us where the other trumpets are, which must come before the Last Trump! If the “Last Trumpet” occurs at the end of the Church-Age then there must have been other trumpets already blown! It is a logical inconsistency to say the “Last Trumpet is the first one”!

There are all kinds of trumpets in the Old Testament. Most of them are in the law and related to feasts and celebrations, but the first mention of one which is related to the End Times is actually the one I consider to be the Last Trumpet, found in Isaiah 27;

12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.  13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

Keep in mind that God exists outside of time, and frequently issues prophecies that move back and forward in time. Many prophecies have elements that are separated by thousands of years, and yet appear in one sentence, or within one verse.

I have made the case already, in many articles, why the Isaiah 27:13 trumpet is the Last Trumpet, so I won’t go into that here, but it is fairly easy to prove that the job of the city watchman on the wall was to blow a trumpet when danger appeared. This is the kind of trumpet God is talking about here;

  1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.  2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.  3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not?wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.  4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.  5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?  6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?  7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Isaiah 58:1-7

These trumpets are a warning of coming judgment! The sins of Israel require judgment, not to mention the sins of our own nations, and the greatest sin of all is the rejection of God’s Messiah! So the “last trump” is the last warning Israel will receive before the Time of Jacob’s Trouble falls upon them! The warning actually causes them to return to the land en-mass!

 4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings. 5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.  6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction. Jeremiah 4:4-6

Is this trumpet a warning about the Gog and Magog war? It could be for the principal antagonist in that conflict is from the north of Israel, and is most likely Russia. It more likely is a warning about the attack of the Assyrians, or Babylonians, who both lived north of Israel. This would place some of the first trumpets 2,700 years before the Last Trumpet. Surely in 2,700 years Israel would get it right? Unfortunately for them it is not so, and the sins of their fathers are still being repeated today!

19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.  20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled,and my curtains in a moment.  21 How long shall I see the standard,and hear the sound of the trumpet?  22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. Jeremiah 4:19-21

Here it is again in the same chapter of Jeremiah. Repeated for emphasis!

In Jeremiah 6 we can see the trumpet as warning again;

16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.  17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. 18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.  19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. Jeremiah 6:16-19

So Israel fled the trumpets of war, but war followed them wherever they fled;

13 But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the Lord your God,  14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:  15 And now therefore hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;  16 Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.

Here is another trumpet of warning, but this warning is not for Israel, but for Babylon. For this reason I believe this trumpet is not a part of the series leading to the Last Trumpet, but is actually a part of a series in the early part of the Tribulation aimed at the city of Babylon itself;

Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillers. Jeremiah 51:27

Another ancient trumpet aimed at the sinners of Israel;

They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. Ezekiel 7:14

Again, Ezekiel tells us that there will be trumpets of warning coming against Israel, and those who heed the warnings will be saved;

 2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:  3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;  4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.  5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. Ezekiel 33:2-5

This is the type of trumpet Paul is speaking of in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, and not the trumpet judgments found in Revelation.

Another trumpet warning in Hosea 5:8

8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Beth–aven, after thee, O Benjamin.

The Lord’s leaving Israel in verse 15 occurred 40 days after the cross, and is a trumpet sign for Israel!

 15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.  6:1 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.  2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Israel has missed the trumpets God has sent them, and they will continue to do so until the last trumpet, the rapture of the Church-Age saints!

Joel speaks of some of the same trumpets;

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; Joel 2:1

And Amos…

14 The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.  15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,  16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. Zephaniah 1:14-16

Yes indeed, the “last trump” is the last warning of coming judgment! This is the context that Paul is speaking of! This passage is also a precursor to the rapture passage found in Zephaniah 2:3.

The Trumpet of Zechariah 9 is not in the same series of trumpets at all, this is another one that comes later, after the rapture, at the time when Jesus Christ shall return and save the remnant of His people!

14 And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.  15 The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.  16 And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.  17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

So you can see that there are a great many trumpets in Scripture, some before and some after the “last trump”, but the “last trump” itself is the last of a series of warning trumpets which the Lord has sent, and is sending, to wake-up His people!

The “last trump” in this series will indeed call the living saints to meet the Lord in the air, and it is this trumpet warning that will wake-up Israel. They will see the believers in their midst disappear, and they will know that it is the Lord who has done this!

They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. Deuteronomy 32:21

But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. Romans 10:19

Yes indeed, the rapture of the saints is the last trumpet warning that provokes Israel to jealousy, and causes them to pick-up the cause of Christ, and to be His missionary nation to the world for the Tribulation period!

 

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The Bread of Life

I don’t know about you, but I have found that Social Media, like Facebook, can sometimes take a lot of time, and be very frustrating. At the same time the challenges can be very rewarding.

I mean, sometimes people say things that get my goat, and make me dig into Scripture, and if we dig into Scripture with an open mind, the Lord rewards us with Himself and His truth.

So, on one of the Facebook groups that someone added me to, there are Catholics, Jews, Hebrew Roots, Muslims, and a few Christians, all posting various doctrinal positions at the same time. What I have found is that you can take the time to answer one, biblically, and the next week someone else is posting the same errors.

Readers of this page will know that I tend to focus on End Times prophecy, and the reason I do is because so many pastors avoid prophecy like it was the plague. Truth divides, but smooth words unite!

Christians should, however, be teachers of the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), and not always focus on one aspect of Scripture. Pastors who avoid prophecy are actually avoiding between 1/4 and 1/3 of God’s word. I don’t want to be like that, and I certainly don’t want to be accused of avoiding the other 2/3 to 3/4 of God’s Word!

Since some of my own ancestors, and living relatives, are Catholics, I want to focus on a Catholic error today; The Lord’s Supper and Transubstantiation. The truth is that even many Protestants get this wrong, claiming that the Lord’s presence is really there, in the elements of the Lord’s Supper; the bread and wine.

The error so many get into, on this subject, could so easily be avoided if we were to study all of Scripture, and allow the Author to harmonize His word in our hearts.

Jesus gave us the basic, necessary, tool in one statement to Satan in the wilderness;

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4

Jesus says “every word” but most people see this and read “the general teachings of God” as if it is acceptable to skip words. Seriously. We might read “every word” but then a great many take statements completely out of context, and butcher the Word of God. The truth is that if you do this you can actually make the bible say just about anything!

So the error I wan to look at today is based on a statement in John 6, taken out of context by a great many Catholics and Protestants alike! You should read the entire chapter, but for the sake of brevity I will just give the pertinent verses, you can read the whole thing on your own;

53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 

Now, a great many do indeed cross reference this with His statements at the Last Supper found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke;

19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.   20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying,This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.  Luke 22:19

You can see I have highlighted the parts they read, but the whole controversy could have been nipped in the bud if they had simply read the statement “this do in remembrance of me”. Christians who say that this service was meant to be a memorial are correct; the word “memorial” has the same root as the word “remembrance”. Jesus simply meant that the communion service should be kept as a means of remembering what He did on the cross, but not to take it literally!

Now, back to John 6:53; Jesus did not intend this statement to be taken literally. We can see this throughout the chapter, but nowhere clearer than in verses 61-64

61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?   62  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?   63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.   64  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 

A great many professing Christians simply ignore these verses, but these put the whole statement into very clear context;

Look at verse 62. Here Jesus is telling them that He was going to ascend to Heaven in the body they were looking at, so how could they think He could be literal? How could He be literal if He was taking that body to Heaven with Him?

Jesus was not even thinking of the Pagan idea of transubstantiation, that the bread could magically turn into His body whenever a priest blesses it and a Catholic eats it.

His intentions are even clearer if we keep on reading; verse 63 destroys any idea that He could be talking about his literal body

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

I am aware that Catholics teach that His presence is spiritual, but He was not even talking about literal bread and wine here at all; He was talking about eating His words and making them a part of our being.  In the same way as the food we eat becomes a literal part of our physical body, we are to read His Words and believe them and make them a part of our being!

Notice “the flesh profiteth nothing”. What He meant is that if you licked up some of His actual blood from under His cross, or if you slipped into his grave and snipped off an ear lobe and ate it, you would still be lost and on your way to the Lake of Fire! Eating his literal flesh is not what He had in mind, and he didn’t even intend that bread and wine would suffice as a substitute for His body and blood.

The last statement sums up what He was saying entirely;

the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

Notice that He is not saying “these words”, but “the words that I speak unto you”. He is not talking about this particular statement, but about All of His teachings! We are to take His teachings and “eat” them, and make them part of our being. A part of our soul and spirit!

He repeats this same teaching again in chapter 8

Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” John 8:51

He is not saying “you must eat my flesh and drink my blood in order to have eternal life” and then contradicting Himself by saying “but you must also believe and keep my teachings to have eternal life”. He is simply repeating the same teaching in a different way.

He is not contradicting John 1:12 here either;

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

When you believe on His name, you will keep His commands. Obedience comes from a saving belief.  A “saving belief” is not the same as an intellectual assent, by the way.

Nor is He adding something different than found in the words of Paul in Romans 10:9 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

The command to keep the Lord’s Supper is to be as a memorial to remember Him by, because as humans our memory is short, and we forget. He wants us to remember the cross because it is the entire reason that you and I can go to Heaven. That we can be forgiven and have fellowship with God restored, because of the cross!

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23

You don’t have to say a prayer and invite Jesus into your heart, all you have to do is read His Word, and believe Him and He will come and live with you! The truth is that a great many have said the “sinner’s prayer” and walked away as lost as they were before saying it!

This was my story, and I said that prayer many times before I realized that I had to simply believe Jesus, and He would save me!

A great many millions have eaten a piece of bread and sipped a bit of wine, (or grape juice) and have walked away lost and on their way to Hell, only thinking they were Christians!

 

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Theresa May sets the Brexit timeline

So finally, Theresa May has made a speech where she is promising to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the exit clause of the European Union, by March of next year, and be fully out of the EU by 2019.

Well, does this mean that the biblical End Times prophecies are now going to be postponed? Does this mean that the old Roman Empire is not being put together right now, and so all bets are off?

Personally, I think this is going to hasten the fulfilment of the bible’s End Times prophecies.

Dispensationalists have usually taught that the rise of the European Union is the revival of the Roman Empire, the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, and the ten-nation confederacy of Revelation 17.

While Dispensationalism has certainly made some great strides in understanding biblical prophecy they have also made some mistakes. They are correct that there will be a literal 1,000 year reign of Christ, and a pre-Tribulation rapture of the saints, but they are wrong that there won’t be any signs before the rapture. The bible lists many of the signs which will occur before the rapture.

They are also wrong when they say that some people were saved by keeping the law during the age of Israel.

No one was ever saved by keeping the law.

Similarly they are wrong that the Roman Empire will be revived in the same form, or geographical area, it existed in the time of Christ.

The End Times Empire is indeed a continuation of the Roman Empire, but it will encompass the whole world, not merely a small part around the Mediterranean sea. The mindset of Rome has spread to the point that it is all over the world today, and it will be the cause of the nations of the world coming together in a global unity.

So wouldn’t Brexit serve to hinder the final form of the Roman Empire?

Actually, I think it will serve to hasten the Gog/Magog war of Ezekiel 38-39, and this war will serve as a cautionary tale, and a reason for the final push for global unity. In effect the global elites will say “Look what disunity caused; the greatest war humanity has ever seen! Surely now is the time to come together in global unity and to banish war for ever?”

They will blame the fact that humanity was not united as the cause of the Gog/Magog war, when in fact it is God who will bring those nations against Israel.

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Ezekiel 38:3-4

As I have explained in other articles, Meshech and Tubal were the patriarchs of Russia, where Meshech is the person places like Moscow were named after, and the city of Tobolsk and the Tubal river were named after Tubal, so it would appear that Gog will be the Russian leader, but who are the peoples who follow, in the Ezekiel account?

Togarmah is Turkey, and the Turkic tribes, also found in places like Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Gomer was Togarmah’s father, but he had two other sons; Ashkenaz and Riphath.

Ashkenaz was the father of the Germanic tribes, including Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, France, and England.

Riphath was the father of the Celtic tribes, found in places like Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany in France, and Catalonia in Spain. An interesting side note is that the Welsh language, in their own tongue is known as Gemerad, a name containing the name of their Patriarch, Gomer.  If this is the case, and it is, then what will become of Catalonia in Spain?  “Gomer and all his bands” certainly includes Catalonia.  Will they leave Spain and go the way of the other Celts?

Magog was the father of the Eastern European tribes such as the Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Latvians, Lithuanians, Finns, and Hungarians, Georgians, and many other nations in Eastern Europe. It is known that the Finns and Hungarians were once one tribe, which separated into two groups, one going to the north and the other to the south central part of Europe. The Hungarian language is known as Magyr in their own tongue, which is a variation of the name of their Patriarch. Georgia also has the name “Gog” embedded in it.

Javan, the brother of Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Magog, was the father of the Southern European nations including the Greeks and the Italians, and probably also the Spanish and Portuguese. If you read the Ezekiel account you will see that Javan is not mentioned as an attacking nation in this war. This is because Southern Europe will not attack Israel at this time but will actually consider themselves protectors of both Israel and the Arabs.

The Southern Europeans will have brokered a peace treaty between Israel and the Arabs by this time, and they will not have any intentions of attacking. Rather this agreement will guarantee that they will protect Israel in the event of an attack, and this will ensure that they themselves are attacked at the same time the coalition attacks Israel!

The nations in the passage form a block from Ireland and the UK, in the West eastward to the borders of China, and down to Turkey and Iran in the South.

These nations do not need to be a part of the European Union for this war to occur. In fact, being a part of the EU would tend to hinder this surprise attack. The EU is notorious for NOT getting things done! In its present form, The EU is too much of a bureaucracy and any war action, like that found in Ezekiel 38-39, would result in weeks or months of public debate, rendering a surprise attack impossible!

No, the European Union is not found in its present form in the Ezekiel account, not at all!

In the Gog/Magog war the UK will align itself with Germany, Russia, Central Europe, Iran, Libya, and Turkey in a surprise attack against Israel, and Israel’s protectors!

Do you think that doesn’t sound like England? Is England a “good” nation?

The truth is that the UK has been hostile to Israel since they reneged on the Balfour declaration in the 1920s! Scotland and Ireland are some of the most antisemitic people on the planet! Add to this the fact that all of Northern Europe, from Russia to Ireland, has seen a rapid influx of Muslim immigrants in the last 30 years, and it becomes quite obvious that these groups will have an increasing political influence in their respective host nations in the next decade or two.

So what can we make of the current anti-immigrant, and anti-globalist sentiments gaining ground in Europe and the USA? Don’t the global elites control the media and thus public sentiment? They do, and I am sure the public hand-wringing of the global elites is merely an act. They actually want wars, and will use them to push for a global government.

In effect, after the Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 wars, they will be telling us that it was nationalism, and religion, that caused these major disasters, and we have to set-aside our national sovereignty, and our faith, and join together to form a global government to prevent such events from occurring again!  This would also explain why they have allowed Donald Trump to rise.

The problem is, of course, that once a true global government is in place, Armageddon will be just around the corner! That war will make these other wars look like child’s play!

For further reading;

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/25/article-50-brexit-debate-britain-eu

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/02/theresa-may-brexit-boris-johnson-david-davis-liam-fox-live/

https://anneinpt.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/antisemitism-and-antizionism-in-modern-ireland/

http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/dani-garavelli-growing-antisemitism-in-scotland-1-3697999

 

 

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The Prodigal Son and Parental Responsibility

When children grow up in Church, they hear preaching every week, preaching about God, and righteousness.  There is a tendency for us to use the teaching we grew up with as a yardstick whereby we judge all other teachers of God’s Word.

Very often, however, these teachings are coloured by the culture in which the preacher grew up, or went to seminary in.

I don’t think these teachers do this deliberately, but they do do it, and this tendency clouds the words of God and our thinking! If not checked, this error can go on for generations! The erroneous teachings of “Saint” Augustine have infected many churches for some 1,600 years, because many simply accept his teachings without question or without comparing them to the Word of God. The truth is that all the context you need is actually found in the Word of God itself!

And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:10-11

Now wait a minute; If a man like Paul preaches to you shouldn’t you just believe what he says? No! You need to check out the teachings of every preacher by the Word of God, even preachers who seem genuine and kindly! Even if a man gives one or two verses which seem to support his position, you need to make sure that he is not taking them out of context!

For many preachers, even the majority, taking Scripture out-of-context is an art form! This is not limited to mainline denominations but is also common among Baptists, Pentecostals, and independent Churches!

In the law the Israelites were told to give their oldest son a double portion of the inheritance.

15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: 16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: 17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his. Deuteronomy 21

Most western preachers take this to mean that when a man is dying,on his death bed, that he is to leave a double portion of his property to his oldest son. In other words he has no responsibility to this son, and can do what he wants with his money and possessions, and the responsibility only kicks-in when he is on his death bed.

Nothing could be further from the truth! Notice the phrase “when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath” is an open-ended command. It is left to the father when he gives them their inheritance. Don’t read into it permission for the father to be selfish, however, because God wants fathers to be generous in helping their sons, and this means helping set them up in a career!

As you go throughout the books of Moses the term “inheritance” is almost always related to land. They were a nation of farmers, and farming was their business.  It was the father’s responsibility to help his sons by setting them up in business, and training them to run that business.

When Abraham’s servant came back with Rebecca, to be Isaac’s wife, they met him out in the field…

 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself. Genesis 24:65

Notice that he didn’t say “this is my master’s son”. This is because Isaac already had authority. The servants already looked to him as their master, because his father had already given him authority over his property. There is a parallel in the story of the prodigal son, where the older son also received his inheritance with the younger brother.

In the next chapter Abraham took another wife, Keturah, and had another whole family with her. Very obviously he still had property even while he had already given the inheritance to Isaac.

Later on we learn that Abraham sent his other sons away to the east, so that they would not have conflict with their older brother Isaac.

But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. Genesis 25:6

Don’t think that Abraham was stingy with these sons. Abraham was a very generous man, and no doubt his generosity extended to all of his children. He did not merely give a few trinkets to these sons, but he gave them enough wealth to set them up in business in the lands where they went.

Notice also that Abraham did not give these gifts on his death-bed, but “while he yet lived”. He set-up his sons for success while he had the means to do so, and he did not give them everything, because he was “yet living”, and still had needs to care for himself and his wife Keturah.

A few years ago Dr. John MacArthur did a sermon on the Prodigal Son in which he made the western error. You can listen to Dr. MacArthur’s sermon at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9908135378

When the prodigal son asks his father for his inheritance Dr. MacArthur characterizes the son’s request as saying “drop dead, dad”.

R.L. Hymers agrees with MacArthur thussly;

“Jesus said that there was a man who had two sons. The younger son came to his father, and asked for his part of the inheritance now, before the father’s death. The father agreed, and gave the younger son his half of the inheritance. The younger son took everything and left home. He went far away to a distant country and squandered the entire inheritance with loose and sinful living.” http://www.rlhymersjr.com/Online_Sermons/2013/082513PM_MisinterpretingProdigalSon.html

The assumption here is that the son has no right to receive his inheritance before his father’s death.

Now, this is a great way to make sons long for their father’s death! Isn’t it?

When you read the story of the prodigal son, you should note that the father gave both of his sons their inheritance at the same time. He didn’t just give it to the younger…

And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. Luke 15:12

So you need to remember, when reading the story, that the older son already had his inheritance. He just didn’t squander it as his brother, and he still lived with his father.  This was not something extraordinary, but a normal occurrence to His audience. The inheritance was intended to help the children get their start in life, not something they received when their father was dying.  Don’t forget that when the father dies, usually the children are already past middle age.

Paul, when speaking of the Corinthian Church compares himself to a father;

Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. II Corinthians 12:14 

This is the New Testament policy regarding parents and children. It is the parents responsibility to not only provide food, shelter, clothing, and education for their children when they are small, but they have a responsibility to set-aside something for their children as they approach adulthood, so that they can get a good start in life.

This teaching is lacking in many Churches today, to the point that the secular world often puts Christians to shame! Sometimes pagans put Christians to shame!

My friends, this ought not to be!

To my shame, I grew up in the western system, and my parents did not set anything aside for me, for when I reached the end of high school. My father told me that I should go to college, but he never told me that they would help pay for it. As a young man working on farms, at farm wages, I could not see going to school, because I could not afford to pay for it myself.

“A man has got to stand on his own two feet” is how I was raised, in Baptist Churches. To be sure, this is a common attitude in Canadian society, among all denominations, and even in the secular world.

I don’t blame my parents for this, because this was how they were trained. So were their parents.

What flabergasts me is that this teaching is passed off as Christian, and is taught in Christian Churches, even though it directly contradicts the teachings of both the Old and New Testaments!

I will confess to you, that when my older son went to university that I did not have any money set aside for him. In fact that was the time that I went back to school myself.

I had a printing business at the time, and had always struggled to make ends meet. The year 2,000 saw the highest income my business ever brought in, about $25,000. That was the only year that my self-employed income was above the poverty line. The next year that figure dropped-off to around $18,000, and I knew that I had to make changes.

So, what am I saying, and why would I bring myself into it?

I am saying that you can’t milk a stone. Don’t feel guilty if you work hard and still don’t have extra, but if you have enough for a few luxuries, you really need to set aside something for your children’s education.

If they decide to take a different career path than you would prefer don’t insist that they do your will or else! I don’t recommend secular universities, and I certainly think you should voice your opinion, but if they insist on the wrong thing, so long as it is legal, don’t hinder them.

In Canada we have what is called a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), in which the government also contributes to, based on your contributions.

If you have children, you should put something aside for their education. Anything is better than nothing.

In Canada the law says that parents must provide for their children up through the first degree of a post secondary education. When I went to court with my ex over this issue, the judge told me that children have the right to sue their parents for support while they pursue a post-secondary education!

I was not happy to hear that, at the time, but eventually came to the realization that this requirement is right in line with the teachings of the Holy Bible! Parent’s ought to lay-up for their children!

If the laws of your country do not contradict the teachings of the bible, then we ought to obey them! And this includes providing for children’s post-secondary education.

So why would the oldest son receive a double portion of the inheritance, compared to their younger brothers? This was because parents lived with their oldest son’s family, after they retired. The double portion was so that the oldest son, and his family, was given the resources to care for their parents in their declining years! That’s right, the inheritance was not only for the children, but it was also the parent’s retirement savings plan!

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