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A Voice in the Wilderness
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For the convenience of return visitors, who don't wish to subscribe to the mailing list. These are postings that don't receive a permanent spot on the website: they might be commentary on news events, Q/As that don't warrant a spot in the Q/A pages, or were perhaps addressed on other occasions.

July 17, 2016
Noah's Ark: 
Noah's Ark

Well, it has opened... a life-size replica of Noah's ark. If you're 
interested you can go to Kentucky and plunk down your $40.00 for a 
ticket to take a tour.

The news people make sure to take their pot-shots against creationism by 
differentiating that  this ark represents the "young earth" view of 
creation, as compared to the old (billion year) evolutionary view. Of 
course, creation is a "view" to them... not 'fact' based on God's Word: 
"and God said, Let there be light..." etc  And: "in the beginning God 
created the heavens and the earth"

For all that is wrong with the world today, this little testimony to 
God's Word is refresing.

more on...
Noah's Ark

READER COMMENTS:
On Facebook this is something being talked about and this morning one 
woman was jumping with joy so too speak at being able to go and see it 
soon, I asked what the price was and never got the answer, just changed 
to a different conversation about the Ark with my being Sarcastic lol I 
kinda said something like , I prefer the biblical account because 
imagination is free :) I guess the whole Ark thing could be a good thing 
but I wonder does it justify all the money going into its creation, I'm 
one who is ok with the biblical record , I don't really need to see a 
replica of it to believe, although I would not say no to a visit because 
I'm sure it would be something else to see, but since I live such a long 
way away in Ireland, I don't think I will ever get that privilege. Still 
40 dollars I suppose it might be worth the price, because I know they 
have to recuperate the money some way :) thank you for continuing your 
website, it's been a real blessing to me anyway and I share the articles 
when able to on a blog

VW REPLY:
Somewhat mixed feelings here. 

On one hand: why is God's Word not enough for people to believe. Like 
the old preacher who used to say "God said it, I believe it, that 
settles it." And the same goes for a 'young' (6000 years) 'created' 
earth, vs the evolutionarily 'old', of "billions" of years.

On the other hand, over the years there have been artist renderings of 
"rowboat" depictions. Things that could -never- contain all the animals. 
This that is in Kentucky starts to approach reality, doesn't it. And for 
sure, there will be the scoffers that -JUST- cannot make themselves 
believe anything that might be "Biblical" who will not accept this. 

Well, to them I say, "Tough!!!"  God tries this, that, and the other 
thing to get the sinner's attention. "Proof" concerning Himself. Man has 
been rejecting Him at every turn. So now a large exemplification has 
been made. 

So... WHAPP!  Up-side the head. Here!!! Look at this!!! Do we have your 
attention now???

"Do not be unbelieving, but believing." (Jn20:27b)

May 23, 2016
Big Bang: 

"Woe to him who strives with the One who formed him, a potsherd among 
the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to the one who forms it, 
What are you making? Or your work, He has no hands? Woe to him who says 
to his father, What are you begetting? Or to the woman, What are you 
writhing over? Thus says Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, and the One 
who formed him, Do you ask Me of things to come? Do you give command to 
Me about My sons, and about the work of My hands? 

I HAVE MADE THE EARTH, AND CREATED MAN ON IT; I, with My hands, have 
stretched out the heavens; and all their host have I ordained." 
(Is45:9-12)

Since having put TV's "Big Bang Theory" on my regular viewer list, I 
have become familiar with the name Steven Hawking. The term "big bang" 
and  the name "Steven Hawking" seem to be pretty much synonymous in 
scientific circles.

Last week PBS had several Steven Hawking ("genius") specials, 
back-to-back. First thing that became apparent was that SH has no room 
in his mentality for a "Creator". They came up with these huge earth 
movers, assuming that these piles of pebbles were like complete solar 
systems, they were piling these huge mounds to simulate the equivancies 
of the "billions and billions" of stars that make up the universe. 

They have made attempts at "contacting" whatever other life (forms) 
there might be out there. So far...nothing. If there is anybody out 
there, they're not answering us.

I wonder WHY??? 

"The fool has said in his heart, There is no God! They are corrupt; they 
have done abominable works, there is no one who does good." 
(Ps14:1,53:1)

For all his status as a supposed "genius", Steven Hawking is a 
"fool"...as is Sheldon Cooper. There was NO "BIG BANG". If they are 
ignoring God, why should they expect to hear from 'anybody'?

"By the Word of Jehovah were the heavens made, and all the host of them 
by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea like a heap, 
and designates the depths in storehouses. Let all the earth fear Jehovah; 
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. 

"FOR HE SPOKE, AND IT WAS DONE; HE COMMANDED, 
AND IT STOOD FAST." (Ps33:6-9)

But man does not like (accept) the way God did it.

"Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, 
and no one pays attention," (Pr1:24)

If only the world's geneuses would....

"Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and 
unfathomable things which you do not know." (Jer33:3)

Amen!

March 21, 2016
Passion: 

It is now rolling up to 10:05 pm Sunday evening, and one of the most 
horrendous events I have ever witnessed is finished. I had thought to 
watch the first few minutes and be done with it, since I tend to go to 
bed earlier these days, but as it began I knew it was of such filth and 
blaspheme that I -NEEDED- to watch the whole thing...to be 'aware'.

These comments are in no particular order, except that I soon began to 
realize that with age my (hand) writing skills are no longer what they 
were, once I'd written them I couldn't read them, so I turned on the 
computer and turned the TV volume up so I could hear from my 
office/bedroom.

Purpose of the cross to make this world  their home. (I thought Jesus 
promised to take us "Home" to be with the Father. That where He is, 
there we might be also. Not, let's make this  world a better place  so 
then we can come back.)

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive 
you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (Jn14:3)

Mary sings: we're all OK...but somebody's got to start fixing things 
around here.

"But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are 
like a menstruation cloth. And we all fade as a leaf; and our 
iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Is64:6)

I'm calling all you angels, if this cup can't pass but what I must take 
it...Your will be done. 

So the narrator from the balcony: "He's not giving up on you...so don't 
you give up either."

God to Mary....I'm waiting here for you...I know you're all worth it.

Procession of the cross...all nationalities, ethnicities and beliefs.

If  "all beliefs" are acceptible, what's the deal with: "For everyone, 
whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Ro10:13) If 
everyone is "OK" why do we need to be saved? Why did Jesus need to die?

So then Mary sings. To Jesus? (I couldn't  quite figure this one out)  
When you walk through the storm hold your head up high don't be afraid 
of the dark. You'll never walk alone....

So then Mary sings: I'm hangin' on to see what you're gonna throw my 
way.


So: why did Jesus die? To give peace on earth. To let humanity know that 
God loves us -UNCONDITIONALLY-: it matters not our ethnicity or beliefs. 

Unless I missed it there was not a  single word about being saved 
because we are sinners. I was under the impression that the PRIMARY 
PURPOSE for Jesus coming was...Mary gave birth to Jesus...

"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, FOR 
HE WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS." (Mt1:21)

Amen!

February 14, 2016
The End is Here: 

"The Word of Jehovah which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son 
of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of 
Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. I will gather up and make an end 
of all things from off the face of the land, declares Jehovah. I will 
gather away man and beast: I will gather away the birds of the heavens 
and the fish of the sea, and the stumbling-blocks, even the wicked. And 
I will cut off man from the face of the land, declares Jehovah. I will 
also stretch out My hand on Judah and on all the inhabitants of 
Jerusalem. And I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, the 
names of the idolatrous priests, with the priests; and those who bow 
down to the host of the heavens on the housetops; and those who bow, 
swearing to Jehovah, but also swearing by Melech, and those drawing back 
from following Jehovah, and who have not sought Jehovah, nor inquired of 
Him."

"Be silent in the presence of the Lord Jehovah, for the day of Jehovah 
is near. For Jehovah has prepared a sacrifice; He has consecrated the 
ones He called." (Zeph1:1-7)

Interesting how the Lord leads in 'what' to read...even for a daily 
personal reading. The book of Zephaniah seems to be "spot-on" for what 
the world is today. The following sentence comes from one of the things 
I subscribe to:

"The financial collapse is underway as many have warned us about since 
the phony 'recovery' following 2008."

'Tuned in to PBS (Nova) and they had some "expert"  forecasting that 
this earth has, at most, 10-20 years left before necessary resourses are 
depleted, and to keep up with population growth.

Some years ago the movie "Red Dawn" was re-made to follow more 'current' 
scenarios. In it N.Korea sent a bunch of warplanes over to the West 
Coast with paratroopers to attack the US. Now, an even more up-to-date 
scenario might see nuclear missles fired in orbit around the world, as 
they did recently when  the World Series was played. What an 'efficient' 
collection of people to be killed at one time...it would make 911 seem 
like child's play.

Over the past week or two Donald Trump's private jet had an 'incident', 
that I bet none of you heard about in the news. Around the same time 
some conspiracists were making words similar to "a single hit to the 
head".

Where does the death of the supreme court justice fit into everything, 
and the fact that our current communist/islamist president vows to get 
immediately on track to nominate a liberal replacement for him.

Ellen was "thanking" him the other day for his support for the gay 
community.

Where does the fact that many are placing Obama on the pages of US 
history as America's 'last' elected president...where does that all fit? 
What sort of world events would have occurred to make Obama into a final 
"king"?

"..earthquakes in various places.." (Mt24:7, Mk13:8)

With all the thousands fleeing warfare it's like "famine".

As we read in Zephaniah we read:

"I will punish the rulers" (vs8)

"I will punish...who fill their master's houses with violence and 
deceit" (vs9)

"the sound of a cry...and loud crashing from the hills" (vs10)

And what is the attitude of the world? They say "in their heart, Jehovah 
will not do good, nor will He do evil" (vs12)  Ho humm!!!

"The great day of Jehovah is near; it is near and hastens greatly...the 
day is a day of wrath...a day of the shofar and alarm...their silver and 
their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of 
Jehovah. But all the earth shall be devoured by the fire of His 
jealousy. For he shall make a complete and speedy end of all those who 
live in the land." (14-18)

Back in my college days I would read these verses, and then wonder why 
my fellow collegiates would label me as "judgmental" when I would make 
'application' to whatever passage we might have been studying at the 
moment.

God is not judgmen-TAL. Nor is He possessed of GRAEEEEEEEEECE. (As 
though stroking one's head..."there there") We are "saved BY CRACE 
through faith. (Eph2:8)  And when a person rejects God's salvation, God 
"will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ" (Ro2:16) Period!!!

And What does deception look like? Is it preceeded by a pitch fork and 
horns?  Does it couch itself with "heh, heh, heh's"? Does it have a 
sinister smirk?

"Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, 
to draw away the disciples after themselves." (Ac20:30)

Where are  they drawing people away? After THEMSELVES.

"Now I say this, that each of you says, I am of Paul, and I of Apollos, 
and I of Cephas, and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified 
for you? Or were you immersed into the name of Paul?" (1Co1:12-13)

Some of the greatest deception happens with smiles and roudy 
"hallelujah's and praise the Lord's". And they will be saying

"Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in 
Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many works of power in 
Your name?" (Mt7:22)

And what will Jesus reply? Oh, sorry....My Bad. ???

"And then I will declare to them, I NEVER KNEW YOU; depart from Me, you 
who work out lawlessness!" (vs23)

C'mon people! Wake up! Look at the times we are living in. Pay attention 
to the daily news and see what is going on around us. In stead of 
whining at the messenger and attaching labels of "judgmental", Wake up! 
The time is past due.

"The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off 
the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk 
decently, as in the day, not in carousings and drunkenness, not in 
cohabitation and licentiousness, not in strife and envy. But put on the 
Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its 
lusts." (Ro13:12-14)

Amen!

February 8, 2016
Barbie Dolls 


READER QUESTION:
I wondered if you can give me your thoughts on the bratz and barbie 
dolls. You know... their image of sexuality, lust, rebellion and carnal 
identity. Also your view on nudity in the form of swim wear and todays 
fashion.

I see above as things God wants us to abstain from and to be separated 
from.

VW ANSWER:
Yes, that's also been on the news lately. They've come out with new 
models...being more ethnically diverse, etc. Of course, as a young 'boy' 
I was never interested in barbie dolls.  All I know about "barbies" is 
'that' stuff, (that they are) over there....out of site.

But on the whole generic topic of sexuality and lust I do have many 
observations. I mean, whats the whole thing with twearking....pelvic 
thrusting and gyrations? Can't they keep the bedroom -in- the bedroom?!!

"Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but prostitutes 
and adulterers God will judge." (Heb13:4)

Sunday night, over a week ago, PBS had this dance-off competition, and 
it seemed like the dancers all had these Russian names and it was as if 
the girls' outfits had no "left" side to them...their left side might as 
well have been naked.  When girl skaters take to the ice, it is almost  
predictable that their first move is to get up some speed, and then 
'invert' themselves and coast across the ice with their legs 
spread-eagle to the heavens. (as if to invite: Here! Look at this!)  And 
of course it evokes audience applause.

Swim suits are like skirt lengths. No matter how much people might 
modify what exists, there will be some to criticise it. If somebody is 
wearing a skirt to the calves, somebody will wish they were to the 
ankle. If they were mid-thigh, somebody will find fault because it is 
not knee-length.  

Regarding swim suits perhaps we should go back to what I have images in 
my (three year old's memory) when we were travelling on deputation (from 
Japan) in one of the Carolinas where we (the males because I was with my 
dad, at family Bible camp) were walking to the beach and passed all the 
females headed back the other way on their return trip...where we would 
go to the beach segregated...so-as not to "mix" the sexes, you see. Of 
course, that didn't stop the males and females from seeing each other 
and jovially laughing and whooping it up with each other as they passed. 
Oh, but, they were careful not to 'mix' the sexes!!! Ya, right!!!

"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should 
abstain from sexual perversion; that each of you should know how to 
possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of 
lust, like the Gentiles, who do not know God; that no one should take 
advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is 
the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For 
God did not call us to impurity, but in sanctification." (1Th4:3-7)

All the clothing in the world is not worth anything if a person is not 
of a "meek and quiet" spirit...

"Do not let your adornment be outward; arranging the hair, wearing gold, 
or putting on apparel; rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, 
with the incorruptible beauty of a meek and quiet spirit, which is very 
precious in the sight of God." (1Pt3:3-4)

A person can be more demure while totally naked, where the other person 
might be flashing their dance costumes around and thus being trashy. Or 
like Steve Harvey (Family Feud), being fully dressed with 3-piece suit, 
can behave despicably as though naked, by his shameful behavior by what 
he thinks is "comedy".

Sorry to say this in this manner, but when Jesus was crucified he was 
not provided with 'modesty' clothing like the artists portray. Every 
mark from the beating He received was visible. Here Thomas "Bring your 
finger here, and look at My hands; and bring your hand here, and put it 
into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." (Jn20:27)  The 
Romans did not view modesty as the Jews did. Jesus came to save sinful 
mankind.

"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become 
the righteousness of God in Him." (2Co5:21)

And when prophecy points out "jezebel" (Re2:20), today's females are 
prime examples of what that might be as they flash around their cloths 
and trim their swim suits down as 'small' as they dare to "get away 
with" and yet be called "dressed". Today they are not so much -dressed- 
as they are 'adorned'...as though with costumes.

November 9, 2015
-- Closing Words -- 
      
"My eyes fail with tears; my stomach is upset; my liver is poured on the 
ground for the destruction of the daughter of my people, because the 
children and the babies faint in the streets of the city." (Lam2:11)

Lately I have either shed tears, or been on the verge of tears when the 
state of the church is observed.

"and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are 
able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ 
Jesus." (2Ti3:15)

At the age of 5 I have known the Lord. I remember that night in Japan, 
after my dad highlighted a cross at July 13 on the calendar, and lifted 
me up as we went and looked at it together on the wall. It was a day of 
remembrance.

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the 
tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, 
If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been 
partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Therefore you are 
witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the 
prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. Serpents! 
Offspring of vipers! How will you escape the condemnation of Gehenna?" 
(Mt23:29-33)

During my years of education I sought to conduct myself in Bible 
studies. Campus Crusade was pretty much known to be 'iffy', what with 
their mini-skirted "dancing girls" in their musical groups, and 
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship was thought to be -the- group to be 
involved with. So that's where I gravitated. This was the group I've 
told about at other times who attacked me with accusations of being 
"judgmental" and "unloving". 

I was recently just reading in Jeremiah where this was found:

"The Word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, Stand in the gate 
of the house of Jehovah, and proclaim there this Word, and say, Hear the 
Word of Jehovah, all Judah, who enter in at these gates to bow down to 
Jehovah. Thus says Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel, Make your ways 
and your doings good, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Do 
not trust in lying words, saying, THE TEMPLE OF JEHOVAH, 
THE TEMPLE OF JEHOVAH, THIS IS THE TEMPLE OF JEHOVAH. 
For if you thoroughly make your 
ways and your doings good; if you work to execute justice between a man 
and his neighbor; if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, 
and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk 
after other gods to your hurt; then I will cause you to dwell in this 
place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, forever and ever. 
Behold, you trust in lying words that are of no benefit. Will you steal, 
murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense to 
Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know; and then come and 
stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, 
WE ARE DELIVERED TO DO ALL THOSE ABOMINATIONS? 
(It's OK for us to do this) 
Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in 
your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it, says Jehovah. But go now to 
My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first, and see 
what I did to it because of the evil of My people Israel. (THE CHURCH) 
And now, because you have done all these works, says Jehovah, and I 
spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear; and I 
called you, but you did not answer; therefore I will do to this house, 
which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to the place which I 
gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will 
cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, the 
whole seed of Ephraim." (Jer7:1-15)

At (so-called) Bible studies the passage would be opened, and we would 
read...and then the moderator (they didn't have an actual 'teacher') 
would ask to "go around the room"...what does this mean to you? I also 
happened to be going to one of the "57 varieties" of Baptist church and 
at the end of one of the evening services the college group loitered 
around behind "whooping it up", and out of concern for the sanctuary 
(you know: Holy place) I voiced concern to an adult near-by, and they 
suggested I might keep them occupied by playing the organ, and they 
could sing along. (The place had a nifty little 2-manual pipe organ)

The real kicker was...this was the college/career group. This group 
would continually ask me to conduct the Bible studies. I was always 
available to do whatever the Lord called, and so I would teach these 
classes. My Bible studies were the same as when I would -share- around 
the circle what the passage "meant to me". What does the passage mean? 
What it says. What does the Word mean? What God said. Whereas the IVCF 
studies would retort with one-liners, "You're being so judgemental"; 
these college/career kids would rile up -VERY- vocally. Viciously. They 
didn't like what I preached. But you know what? They would -continue- to 
ask me to take the Bible studies, regularly. They would get riled up at 
one lesson, but continually ask me back the next week.

What was I preaching? What Jeremiah did just above, here. This is the 
church. We're going to church. We are having affairs. But it's OK. We're 
under grace. This was going on in Bellingham, I also attended another 
Baptist church in Spokane: there it was "grace, grace, graaaaaeeeeessss"
God's grace "overlooks" our weakness. Actually, we have no "weakness". 
We are wonderful "just as we are" (as the speaker spreads his arms 
wiiiiidddd open)  ALL YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE. 
God accepts you just as you AAAARRRREEEE.

Silly me! I thought God meant what He said, and spoke it like God said 
it. I guess I was too much 'concerned' for them. What did God tell 
Jeremiah?

"Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry nor prayer for 
them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you." (vs16)

"Then I will cause the voice of gladness to cease from the cities of 
Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem, and the voice of joy, the voice 
of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride. For the land shall be 
desolate." (vs34)

Chapter 8 is more of the same. Please read it for the full picture.

"Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people from a distant 
land. Is not Jehovah in Zion? Is not her King in her? Why have they 
provoked Me to anger with their graven images, with foreign vanities? 
THE HARVEST IS PAST, THE SUMMER IS ENDED, 
AND WE ARE NOT SAVED. For the 
ruin of the daughter of my people I am broken; I am in gloom; horror has 
seized me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why 
then has the healing of the daughter of my people not come?" 
(Jer8:19-22)
 
And herein is one of the saddest verses in Scripture. And considering 
the time in history where we are presently standing poised, at the end 
of history. Every time I read it tears well up.

"THE HARVEST IS PAST, THE SUMMER IS ENDED, 
AND WE ARE NOT SAVED."

and also...

"And he said to me, Do not seal the Words of the Prophecy of this Book, 
for the time is at hand. HE WHO IS UNJUST, LET HIM BE UNJUST STILL; 
HE WHO IS FILTHY, LET HIM BE FILTHY STILL; HE WHO IS RIGHTEOUS, 
LET HIM BE RIGHTEOUS STILL; HE WHO IS HOLY, LET HIM BE HOLY 
STILL. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, 
to give to every one according to what his work shall be." (Re22:10-12)

"....WE ARE NOT SAVED"

"Even so. Amen!" (Re1:7)

October 26, 2015
It is Finished 

"And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, 
Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and 
a loud voice came out of the temple of Heaven, from the throne, saying, 
It is finished! And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; 
and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as 
had not occurred since men came to be on the earth. And the great city 
was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And 
Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the 
wine of the anger of His wrath. And every island fled away, and the 
mountains were not found. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each 
hailstone about the weight of a talent. And men blasphemed God because 
of the plague of the hail, because the plague is exceedingly great." 
(Re16:16-21)

(Note: Talent of Gold = 200 lb - Silver = 100 lb)

How well do you know the Bible?  Recently I've been reading in Isaiah 
and reminded of passages as my dad would preach them during deputation 
meetings, when I was a kid. He had a couple of messages he would repeat 
in various churches across the country, and I could nearly repeat them 
word for word. When preachers on TV quote Scripture, I can pretty much 
quote the passage before they get to it in their reading. In trying to 
keep my mind sharp I follow a  couple things like "Jeopardy" or "Who 
Wants to be a Millionaire?" (Their new host doen't 'scream' at the 
audience like Terry Cruz used to do) I don't usually get the Bible 
questions wrong.

The other evening I caught a couple of men on SDA network discussing 
prophecy with each other, suggesting that there is no prophecy left to 
fulfill. Of course I have periodic "problems" with the SDA's and their 
rendition of what they think prophecy teaches. And... I've never been 
much of a student of history; used to be more into rehearsing and 
performing MUSIC.

So... what's next?  If it is true that nothing is left to fulfill, what 
do we watch for next?

"For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shouted command, 
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the 
dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall 
be caught up together at the same time with them in the clouds to meet 
the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." 
(1Th4:16-17)

And then...

"For when they say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon 
them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall by no means 
escape." (1Th5:3)

Do we not see "labor pains" already commencing.

How do earthquakes come? Things were calm....and SUDDENLY everything is 
shaking. In Japan they would often come with an 'announcement' of the 
"Boom!" in the distance, so a person could bristle up and get set; get 
ready to start being 'scared'. Once the shaking starts, it's as if there 
had not been any "calm".  And if the lightning is close enough, there is 
no warning there, either. BOOOOMMM!

Imagine such an earthquake that -all- the islands are gone. So much for 
the "island paradise" of places like Hawaii, or your other favorite 
destinations. That recent earthquake in Japan, one of the islands moved 
out of place. You like hiking or skiing? The mountains are gone, too.

People, those in the 'know', are saying that this country is having the 
worst (ever) in terms of fires, floods, tornadoes, huricanes. I could 
start feeling a bit smug, until I think about the fault line that runs 
along the Shadle hill about 4-5 blocks from my house. During that week 
when we had continual rumblings a few years ago, there were a couple of 
-HUGE- "BANG"s seemingly directly under the building where my sign shop 
was...perhaps an "epicenter"?...it seemed like what it might be like if 
a person was directly 'inside' an explosion? I don't know, but it sure 
was loud!

I speak of the USA because that's where I'm closest to. And there's 
"wars and rumors of wars". Russia (from the North). Syria. Israel is 
getting pounded/stabbed nearly daily these days; as passers-by and 
on-lookers laugh and clap (applauding the injuries and death). And 
Obama, who is supposed to be looking out for them as a supposed 'ally', 
just smirks along happily. But unless you subscribe to certain sources, 
you're not hearing about it because the main media seems to be hush hush 
about it.

'Just read that Canada's got some political upheavals going on. Even 
though I am a few miles from the Canadian border, our local/network news 
isn't uttering a peep about it.  From another news source I subscribe to 
it's a story about a popular French weather reporter who was fired for 
not towing the party line about "climate change/ global warming". 
And then, there's apparently 500 days left until the "end of the world".

As I'm writing this 'now' (Friday), Mexico is being run over. Some who 
are in the know are saying it is the worst storm -ever- (in history?).

You'all know, don't you, that an openly stated goal of the UN Agenda is 
to purposely kill off all but 100 million people, to reduce earth's 
population, because man is "killing the planet". Which pretty much 
agrees with Scripture where a third, a third and a fourth of humanity is 
killed...that's about 90% (killed). Does that commence in 500 days?

"Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man comes at an hour you do 
not expect." (Mt24:44)

"Let your garments always be white; and let your head lack no ointment." 
(Ec9:8)

"...that, as I said, you may be ready;" (2Co9:3b)

Amen!


October 12, 2015
According to their kind 

"So God created great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, 
that swarmed in the waters according to their kind, and every winged 
flying creature according to its kind. And God saw that it was good." 
(Ge1:21)

Rachel Dolezal, as I'm looking to see the spelling of her name, one 
Google heading includes: "Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended 
to be black?"

When little puppies or kittens are lined up along-side to suckle their 
meal, who is feeding them?  The -female- (bitch). The "mother". Please 
excuse terminology here...I've also had some farm background: and if a 
caregiver or animal handler wants to know the gender of the parents, 
what do they do? Grab the 'tail' of the animal and lift it up and -look- 
underneath. What sorts of "parts" are attached to the underside?

There's been a documentary type program "Who Do You Think You Are?" 
Various famous people have been searched for their backgrounds. Lisa 
Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) (among other things) famous for her rendition of 
"Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you?"  Right now I google 
her name and see she's got 'tons' of stuff at Wikipedia, and I'm 
reminded now that she has Jewish heritage that imigrated from eastern 
Europe.

There's also been commercials recently promoting a similar thing. The 
fellow is talking, thinking he is of German background, wanting to be as 
"authentic" as possible, including wearing lederhosen. So then he 
searches something like Ancestry.com for German heritage to look up 
ancient relatives, he doesn't find any. But instead, his ancestry is in 
Ireland, so now they show him wearing kilts.

In Israel the technology is so exacting that they can tell the tribe of 
Levi, from the other 11 tribes, to know they have the correct heritage 
to fulfill the priestly duties.

So, you mean to suggest (you who love the loose morality) that you DON'T 
KNOW "what" you are married to? Like Dolezal, who when asked, "FEELS 
LIKE she's black"? (Did you not -look- at yourself???)  If you snipped 
and cut things, because you didn't "feel" like the gender God made you. 
That you, Ellen, married to your female lover haven't stopped to 
consider that you, yourself, are female...and how, ever, in a million 
years are you going to be "fruitful" to be able to be "after your kind"?

God did not create men or women to reproduce their own gender. It takes 
the opposite genders, working together, to do that. Or did you not pay 
attention in sex-ed class?  ...or when your parents had "the talk" with 
you?

"He created them male and female, and blessed them, and called their 
name Mankind in the day when they were created...also seven and seven of 
the flying creatures of the heavens, MALE AND FEMALE, TO KEEP SEED ALIVE 
on the face of all the earth." (Ge5:2,7:3)

It used to be that sinners would grumble against God's commands to -DO- 
or -NOT DO- this or that based on the Law of the Ten Commandments. But 
man is not content with that any more. Now it's a rebellion against 
one's own essense. 

This would be like postulating a math question: what is 2 + 2 ?  

Well, to know that one needs to postulate Bill Clinton's question as to 
what the meaning of "is" is. If one is like Sheldon Cooper as he is 
collecting a bunch of cats (as he is replacing the girl that is his 
friend, but is not his "girlfriend") one of the cats he "felt" was 
"Zazzy". And so by such reckoning, "2" is no longer "2", but rather "3" 
or some other value, whatever one is "feeling" at the moment. Thus the 
equation might come to "6". It's like the ancient philosophy: "That 
which is, is. That which is not, is not." Of course, that is possible 
where there are -absolutes-. 

God is a God of absolutes.

It doesn't matter how much a person would prefer things to be different, 
if a fire is raging and a person sticks their hand into it, they are 
going to get burned. And else being equal, they will get -hurt-. It 
doesn't matter how much a couple wants to have a child, if the two of 
them are female, or the two of them are male, they are NOT going to be 
fruitful to pregnancy. It just doesn't work that way. It's impossible!

But God is not fair!!!

Please remember the earlier notes on "terminology": My reproductive 
organs are down lower, but I would dearly love for them to be up where 
everybody can see them. Why couldn't I have been made differently. I 
-really- WANT them. Emotionally I -REALLY- "FEEL" like a woman "TRAPPED" 
in a man's body. I'm really upset. And yes, if asked, I'm mad at God. He 
made a mistake. Waaa, Waaa, Waaa! I'm going to stomp aroung in a 
tantrum, until God comes down here and "corrects" how He made me...a 
defect. Slap! Slap! Slap!  And let Him be quick about it, too!!!

"No, rather, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing 
formed say to him who formed it, Why have you made me like this?" 
(Ro9:20)

Instead we should be of the attitude...

To "be content with such things as you have." (Heb13:5)

"I will give thanks unto You, for I am awesomely and wonderfully made; 
marvelous are Your works, and my soul knows it very well." (Ps139:14)

Amen!

Septemter 28, 2015
His (un)holiness 

I took a few trips outside last night to track the moon's progress up 
across the horizon, sneeking up over my neighbor's roof and in-between 
the twigs and branches of the neighbor's maple tree, as it traversed up 
Shadle Hill. By the time I came in the last time the moon had already 
turned white and was carving itself back into "round". Actually rather 
UN-spectacular.

As I sat back down to the TV and the pope, his trip to the US was over. 
The family that drove all the way from S.American to see him had gotten 
their 3-seconds of "unforgetable" heart flutter time, the various 
children were winding down from their "unforgetable" time of having seen 
him, and if they were extra-blessed having had him touch them, Speaker 
Boener had his "tears" to resign as speaker. Wasn't that special!

Otherwise what? Calls for climate change, more freedom for those 
sneeking into other countries illegally, and what else? Let's all just 
learn to love each other and get along. Isn't that special!

Let's see: how many were trampled to death at Mecca? How many countries 
is Russia arming? How many months does it take for Iran to arm those 
nukes?

As I walked inside and locked the door, and sat down to news that the 
pope was heading home... I suddenly realized that the moon turning "red" 
is not about Jesus' coming, as much as it is about fulfillment of 
judgment.

"I will present wonders in the heavens above and signs in the earth 
beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into 
darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and 
glorious day of the Lord." (Ac2:19-20)

Children and girls get all giddy when the pope touches them and men get 
weak in the knees just like the  girls around Ellen, yelling, screaming, 
jumping around and don't know how to "shut up!!!!" already.

"And it shall come to pass that everyone who shall call on the name of 
the Lord shall be saved." (vs21)

I didn't see any of that. It was "his holiness". He was holy...just 
merely standing there.
 
Lord, have mercy!!!


June 14, 2015
the gods displeased? 

Last Monday's evening CBS news with Charley Rose they had some sort of 
ornate buildings, of the style of S.Asia temples...I didn't catch the 
story from the very beginning...were they moving the buildings on large 
barges?  Were the buildings merely sitting there next to the water?

Whatever the case, these ornate temple-like buildings were shown slowly 
toppling over, into the water, and disappeared into the water.

Charley Rose's commentary of the event was to 'wonder' whether or not 
"the gods" were unhappy and were exacting revenge for something or 
other, and there was a definite sense of a "snicker" to his tone.

Let's see now. How many of these events have we seen?  Earthquake in 
Nepal, bombs on Babel; and there were a couple others that don't 
immediately come to mind.

When God gave the Law, the Ten Commandments, what was the first law?

I am Jehovah your God
You shall have no other gods before Me
You shall not make a graven image
You shall not bow down to serve them  (Ex20:2-5)

And what is God's final sermon to mankind today?

"Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; 
also, do homage to Him who made the heavens and the earth, the sea and 
springs of water. And another angel followed, saying, Babylon is fallen, 
is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of 
the wine of the wrath of her sexual perversion." (Re14:7-8)

What is "sexual perversion"? Perhaps we can ask Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner? 
'Couple weeks ago I ran into our local neighborhood pervert at the 
grocery store. No way to avoid him like I usually do when we are each of 
us walking in the neighborhood, he came into the line right behind me. 
Apparently when he's not just going for walks, going shopping, he 
"dresses up" with pierced errings, necklaces, cosmetics, etc. I was with 
the cashier I try to find, am friendly with at that store, and when he 
stomped up behind me, and I turned to see who it was, she (the cashier) 
gave me a 'knowing' glance. Is it enough for Ireland to change its laws, 
or does it require that SCOTUS makes it official for this country, for 
God to rain down the fire of His judgment?

"but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone 
from heaven and destroyed them all. Even in the same way will it be in 
the day when the Son of Man is revealed." (Lk17:29-30)

The men -became- "girls". But they cannot bear "after their kind". They 
can decorate various body parts, but they don't make the changes to 
their plumbing and hormones. They simply CANNOT bear (It's not 
possible!) "after their kind" as God designed it.

Furthermore, not only cannot they reproduce (male with female) as God 
intended, those who have left the blumbing in tact go reaching around up 
there, stirring things around killing the new life that WAS growing. Not 
only did God say to not have other gods, when things were being restored 
after the flood, God made a special point to elevate the sanctity of 
life...

"Surely the blood of your souls will I require; at the hand of every 
living thing will I require it, and at the hand of man. At the hand of 
every manís brother I will require the soul of man. Whoever sheds manís 
blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made 
man. And as for you, BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY; 
SWARM IN THE EARTH AND 
MULTIPLY IN IT." (Ge9:5-7)

At least....Solomon was doing it WITH WOMEN!  But on the other hand, 
those women he cavorted with, led him into idolatry...God's #1 Law!

What stirs up God's wrath against humanity. One "big" sin? Or is it all 
the "little" sins piled up to make for one big pile of dung on the face 
of the earth?

"Blow the shofar in Zion, and shout an alarm in My holy mountain. Let 
all the inhabitants of the land tremble. For the day of Jehovah 
approaches, it is near; a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of 
clouds and thick darkness, as the dawn spread out on the mountains, a 
great and a strong people. There has never been the like, nor shall 
there ever be again to the years of many generations; a fire devours 
before them, and a flame burns behind them. The land is as the garden of 
Eden before them, and behind them is a desolate wilderness; yea, also 
nothing shall escape them." (Joe2:1-3)

"Cry aloud, do not spare; lift up your voice like a shofar, and declare 
to My people their transgression, and to the house of Jacob their 
sins.... They say, Why have we fasted, and You do not see? Why have we 
afflicted our souls, and You take no notice? Behold, in the day of your 
fast you devise pleasures, and oppress all your laborers." (Is58:1,3)

Read the following verses in Isaiah 58.

It's about rejecting God. It's about rejecting God's order for LIFE. 
It's about rejecting and killing God's order of procreation. It's about 
perverting human interaction.

"There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end of it is the 
ways of death." (Pr14:12, 16:25)

If we tear this passage apart a bit, we might come up with, "There is a 
way that seems PLEASING to man".  For the life of me! I can't figure out 
'how' they take pleasure in their activities!!! Men with men. The way 
God designed it is quite 'pleasant' enough. Not to mention, when women 
have these "pink heart" days (for breast cancer), how many of them 
brought the cancer on themselves? If somebody is fighting breast cancer, 
I would ask them how many of them had an abortion?


And do a word search on "young women" or "cancer"

Notice that 1Ti2:15 says that "she will be kept safe -through- 
childbearing". It does not say to cavort around while taking "the pill", 
and breathe a sigh of relief "Phew!" because one did not get pregnant. 
Once pregnant it is the "child-BEARING" that keeps the woman "safe"

It's about rejecting God and every "right way". Jesus Who is the "Way, 
the Truth and the Life" (Jn14:6)  They are "in darkness" (1Jn2:9)

It's not about us "hating" them and uttering (so-called) "hate speech" 
at them. But it's about us "hating every false way" (Ps119:104)  And as 
long as they continue the way they are going, they will bring on 
themselves God's wrath'

And it's not that they DON'T KNOW and CAN'T HELP IT. Who can forget 
Michal Jackson mixed up about (singing) whether he was "black or white" 
and continually having "work" done to change his appearance until, in 
the end, a once handsome black man had become a 'freak'. 

Well, currently there is raging, apparently it is making the tweets 
around the globe, a local gal from Spokane, Rachel Dolezal, who was born 
white (freckle-faced blonde) of northern European ethnicity, had done 
things to her hair and skin tones and calls herself "black". The media 
have asked her parents, who can't figure out why she is 'lying' about 
her "whiteness". She is some big-wig in NAACP. She does not admit to 
having had "work" done. She  straight-out calls herself "black". Not 
"African-American" .... "BLACK"

"Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, Why have you made me 
like this?" (Rom9:20)

"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard its spots? Then you 
also may do good, who are accustomed to doing evil." (Jer13:23)

Whatever God commands.... NO! We don't want what God says! God has 
created a most beautiful thing...

"Three things are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I do not know:
The way of an eagle in the air, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way 
of a ship in the middle of the sea, and THE WAY OF A MAN WITH A VIRGIN." 
(Pr30:18-19)

No! We don't want that! 

Judgement? Shmudjment! Who cares...we're having fun. And none of this 
judgmental talk from you!!!

Sigh! Ooookeee doookeee!

And...may it be upon them in full measure!

Amen!

May 3, 2015
Other life? 


Wednesday our local CBS affiliate KREM2 TV had a lead story from 
Washington State University, also shared by other places of higher 
education and NASA... they showed an artist depiction of this round 
object representing a -possible- 'planet' from a known location in the 
distant universe. 

The accompanying question: Could this be a location for other life in 
the universe?

Star Wars, Superman, Deep Space Nine, Star Trek, and StarGate are all 
"fun" to 'make-believe' in fantasy world. But they are not real. And 
they never will be. Why?

"I have made the earth, and created man on it; I, with My hands, have 
stretched out the heavens; and all their host have I ordained....For 
thus says Jehovah who Created the heavens, God who has formed the earth 
and made it; who has established it, who has not created it void, but 
has formed it to be inhabited: I am Jehovah, and there is no other." 
(Is45:12,18)


May 3, 2015
Mankind 

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created 
him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them, and God said 
to them, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have 
dominion over the fish of the sea, over the flying creatures of the 
heavens, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." 
(Ge1:27-28)

"And God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was extremely 
good. Thus, the evening and the morning: Day Six." (vs31)

The original intent and design of creation was for man and woman to be 
together and procreate life. One man with one woman; that is wherein the 
procreation exists.

"And He answered and said to them, Have you not read that He who made 
them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this 
reason a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, 
and the two shall become one flesh? So then, they are no longer two but 
one flesh. Therefore what God has yoked together, let not man separate. 
They said to Him, Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of 
divorce, and to put her away? He said to them, Moses, because of the 
hardness of your hearts, permitted you to put away your wives, but from 
the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever puts away his 
wife, except for sexual perversion, and marries another, commits 
adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery." 
(Mt19:4-9)

"If a man lies with a male as one lies with a woman, both of them have 
committed an abomination. They shall be executed to death. Their blood 
shall be upon them." (Le20:13)

With such activity procreation is NOT POSSIBLE. Adoption can be engaged 
in, but it is not, by definition, "PROCREATION"

"And Jehovah said, The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and 
their sin is exceedingly heavy." (Ge18:20)

"and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them 
to destruction, making them an example to those intending to live 
ungodly;" (2Pt2:6)

What is the last straw? At what point does depravity exceed God's 
tolerance? For all of Solomon's thousand women, he was with -WOMEN-, 
wasn't divorcing them to re-marry. What was the world's sin for which 
Noah's flood destroyed "all flesh" because they had "corrupted their 
way" (Ge6:12) The "sons of God" (Ge6:2) were doing genetic mutations. 
Noah was the only one whose genetics was pure. (Ge6:9)  And in the end 
times the same is going to be the case where there will be mixing "with 
the seed of men" (Da2:43) (Notice: "seed" is a genetic term)

The current news is what the Supreme Court will decide about abomination 
marriage. What are they going to decide?

"Do not be led astray, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that 
he will also reap." (Ga6:7)

"And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of 
the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were 
given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the 
flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days 
of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they 
built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and 
brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even in the same way will 
it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed." (Lk17:26-30)

Amen!

April 27, 2015
The World's Comin' Down 


Recently on the 'ring-of-fire' a volcano erupted mightily.  On the other 
side of the globe a good-size earthquake erupted. Where David Cloud and 
his wife work as missionaries in Nepal the description was "You couldn't 
stand or walk or run. You could only fall, and the major shocks lasted a 
long time." 

In Japan, as a kid, earthquakes were the scariest thing this kid ever 
experienced, even moreso than when the occasional house (made of wood, 
straw floors, straw roofs) would be engulfed in flames. Sometimes you 
would hear the "bang" in the distance, and a few seconds later the 
ground would "wave" past, like a wave on the water. More than once my 
dad and I would stand under the door beams while the house would shake 
all over the place all around us. When the "terra firma" isn't so 
"firma", what does that do to one's foundation!

But little by little the Almighty is seeing to Satan's destruction. On 
the CBS news they made a point to mention damage to the pagan temples. 
Between ISIL and God's storms paganism is being deal blows.

Just wait till the largest volcano blows its top...Yellowstone.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear when the earth changes, when mountains are 
slipping into the midst of the seas. Let its waters roar and foam; let 
the mountains shake with the swelling of it. Selah." (Ps46:1-3)

Amen!

April 13, 2015
Sinners 

And then, lately I've been reading through Samuel and Kings. Remember 
how God said to Samuel "for they have not rejected you, but they have 
rejected Me, for Me to not reign over them." (1Sa8:7)  when they lust 
for a king, and Saul became their king.

Then David, the one "after God's own heart" (1Sa13:14) becomes the one 
who "had done what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, and had not turned 
aside from anything that He had commanded him all the days of his life, 
except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite." (1Ki15:5) and when 
confronted by Nathan for that incident "I have sinned against Jehovah" 
(2Sa12:13)  When Messiah was born He was called the "SON OF DAVID" 

When Jehoshaphat became king of Judah it says "he walked in the way of 
the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done...he did evil in 
the eyes of Jehovah."  And yet "Jehovah would not destroy Judah, for the 
sake of his servant David, as He had promised him to give a lamp to him 
and his sons all their days." (2Ki8:16-19)

When Solomon follows David, and he has a thousand women tied to him. If 
you read through the chapters, for as great as Solomon was, it was in 
his reign the kingdom already began to fall. Along the way there were 
individual kings who were pleasing to God. But for the most part Solomon 
began the legacy where Israel/Judah began its waywardness to the Queen 
of Heaven. By the time of Jeremiah the people were -retorting- to God 
that "we -WILL- prepare" and do what we have said... to be idolatrous. 
(Jer44:17-19)

It might have been during the time of Jeremiah....but it began with 
Solomon. Israel couldn't manage to keep itself righteous through even 
one king (David), but immediately his son, Solomon began to go wayward. 
All the glamor and glory of building the temple didn't matter. They are 
building the temple, and ALREADY they were beginning the downward 
spiral. Solomon had already married the daughter of Pharaoh as he is 
building the temple.

It was Solomon through whom: 

"if My people who have been called by My name will humble themselves, 
and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will 
hear from the heavens, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 
(2Ch7:14)
 
So...what is the verdict for God's people...the Church?  What is the 
church's 'excuse'???

March 29, 2015
Seeing Faith? 

"Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, the evidence of things 
not seen." (Heb11:1)

A few days ago (a couple weeks, actually) I returned on one of my 
circuits around the neighborhood in my walks, came past the retired Air 
Force guy who drives that little Smart Car (for being so small, he let 
me sit in it one day, they have surprising head-room), and he was out 
there raking up a bit of his front lawn. I stopped and shared some 
airline pilot humor I had heard on Family Feud, and we exchanged 
experiences we had: him from the Air Force, and me from taking the ride 
up near the Presidents' Heads in the Black Hills in the little chopper, 
and experiences flying in Cesnas, etc.

And then, for whatever reason, I forget now, we got into the topic of 
"Faith". He was a person who could share/quote Biblical passages right 
and left...but his conclusion in all cases was that: THERE WAS NO PROOF 
THAT ANY OF IT IS REAL. So, something is written in the Bible, but who 
knows those people (John, Paul, Mark, Jesus, etc) even existed. When we 
leave this earthly existence, what is the PROOF that anything (this way 
or that) will come to pass? All this stuff (that is written) was written 
in recent years -PRETENDING- to be from some fictitious "ancient" 
people. But it's all -MADE UP-.

Talk about airplanes, showing me his little gas-to-electric conversion 
Chevy pickup project he is working on, me talking about motorcycles, 
etc....he's a 'normal' guy. But as soon as the topic would change to 
"religion", he has his mind made up, in his ignorance his mind is firmly 
implanted, that NOBODY CAN KNOW 
ANY SORT OF CERTAINTY OF ANYTHING. And 
he was asking me for "proof" of this, that or the other thing. And as 
soon as I would try to 'reason' with him "from the Scriptures" (Ac17:2) 
his wall was erected, interrupting, where I could not continue saying 
anything, due to his interrupting. No, No, Nope! Blah, Blah, Blah!

So, would you be convinced when the Lord comes back? No, No, No! There's 
no such proof!!! -PEOPLE- wrote those words, and there's NO PROOF that 
such people ever existed.

So....'tell you what (No, No, No!) when the Lord (No, No, No!) comes 
back, (No, No, No!) think back and remember to 'this' conversation (No, 
No, No!) we have just been having. (No, No, No, Nope!)

There was a man who once said... 

"Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger 
into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not 
ever believe. And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and 
Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the 
midst, and said, Peace to you. Then He said to Thomas, Bring your finger 
here, and look at My hands; and bring your hand here, and put it into My 
side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing. And Thomas answered and said 
to Him, My Lord and my God! Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have 
seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those not seeing and yet 
believing. And truly Jesus did many other signs before His disciples, 
which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may 
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you 
may have life in His name." (Jn20:25-31)

Amen!

March 29, 2015
Down to Egypt? 

"Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and lean on horses and 
trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they 
are so very strong; but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor 
do they seek Jehovah!" (Is31:1)

The other evening PBS had a special on Nova regarding "Bible Secrets". 
It basically covered Israel's "monotheism" vs the rest of the world's 
"polytheism", tracing history back thousands of years. They seem to have 
many in their ranks of my AirForce neighbor's view that the Bible can't 
be trusted to be accurate. They would search out various historical 
narratives and get all excited when some Biblical account would match 
and/or agree with archeological records from Egypt. Egypt was their 
plumb line by which to gauge everything else.

They were in wonderment how Israel could be so "successful", then 
suddenly, seemingly without explanation, was "lower" in world esteem as 
though in "exile". How could a God (Yahweh), who had "made promises" to 
keep them as His own special people, at times seamingly 'abandon' them. 
And I'm sitting there yelling at the TV "THEY ABANDONED HIM!!!" And then 
along the way, as they spoke of Israel's "monotheism" they would also 
dig up archaeological evidence of Israel's -idols-. They had these 
"cute" little images of "Ashtoreth". Like in our western cultures to 
have little angels and such figurines on Xmass trees.

Did Israel "slip" and "oops!" into idolatry?  Oops! Sorry, we didn't 
mean to....?  No.... They MEANT TO...!!!!  Notice....

"And all the men who knew that their wives had burned incense to other 
gods, and all the women who stood by, a great multitude, even all the 
people who lived in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, 
saying, As for the Word that you have spoken to us in the name of 
Jehovah, we will not give heed to you. But we will prepare and do 
whatever goes forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the Queen 
of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we, 
and our fathers, our kings, and our rulers, in the cities of Judah, and 
in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, and were 
well-off, and saw no evil. But since we stopped burning incense to the 
Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked 
everything, and have been consumed by the sword and by famine. And the 
women also said, when we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven, and 
poured out drink offerings to her, did we make our cakes in her image, 
and pour out drink offerings to her without our men?" (Jer44:15-19)

Almost as though they were chiding God: as though, just who do You think 
You are, expecting us to give sole allegiance to You???

Israel was a nation after Yahweh. Of what sort of witness/testimony 
where they to the surrounding world? God intended them to be a light to 
the nations.

"I am Jehovah; that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, 
nor My praise to graven images." (Is42:8)

God intended Israel to be a "father of many nations" (Ro4:18)

And this is what unbelievers expected from Israel's high calling. But 
what did they get?

"And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by
 it will be astonished and shall hiss, and say, Why has Jehovah 
done thus to this land and to this house? Then they will answer, 
Because they have forsaken Jehovah their God, who brought their 
fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken up with other gods, 
and bowed down to them and served them; therefore Jehovah has brought 
all this evil upon them." (1Ki9:8-9)

"Has a nation changed their gods, which are not gods? But My people have 
changed their Glory for that which does not profit. Be appalled, O 
heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; be greatly desolated, says 
Jehovah. For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, 
the Fountain of Living Waters, to hew out cisterns for themselves, 
broken cisterns that can hold no water. Is Israel a servant? Or is he a 
homeborn slave? Why is he plundered?" (Jer2:11-14)

Something the world -did- notice, in more recent years as Israel has 
again been more prosperous, they are NOT seeing the figurines (idols). 
Israel is yet in unbelief, still awaiting their "new covenant"

"Behold, the days are coming, says Jehovah, that I will make a new 
covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah, not 
according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that 
I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; My 
covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them, says 
Jehovah. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of 
Israel: After those days, says Jehovah, I will put My Law in their 
inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and 
they shall be My people. And they shall no more teach each man his 
neighbor and each man his brother, saying, Know Jehovah; for they shall 
all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says 
Jehovah. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will 
remember no more." (Jer31:31-34)

So, to you who call yourselves "the Church" who claim to "know the Lord" 
(Heb8:11) ... 

WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?

Amen!

March 15, 2015
Your repentance gospel 

VISITOR COMMENTS:
Your repentance gospel is works-based and Dave Hunt is 100% correct - it 
is not him who is preaching a false gospel...you are. Repentance in the 
Gospel is clearly explained here:

http://www.blabla/NOrepentanceInTheGospel.htm  (not the correct URL)

VW ANSWER:
'Not going to spend the time reading it all, but I gleaned enough to see 
that they teach a different Salvation depending on whether the person is 
Jew or Gentile. And to this, here is this little tidbit

"When they heard these things they kept silent; and they glorified God, 
saying, Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance unto life." 
(Ac11:18)
 
"Repentance unto life" is offered to -both- Jew and Gentile.


VISITOR: 
I read all your email/material so that I can learn and grow in my 
Christian faith - I hope that you will do the same with mine....if so, 
you might find this helpful: 

You are quoting the response that the Christian Jews said to Peter - 
that's all it is, just a  quote. These same people ONLY preached the 
Word to the Jews (see the next verse 19), so are you  now going to 
follow their example and teach that the Word should only be preached to 
the Jews  because they did it?....of course not, the verse you quoted in 
Acts 11:18 is simply a response  by the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem 
and is NOT a God-given doctrine of Soteriology.

Once again, like all repentance preachers, you at misquoting scripture 
and taking a passage that  is specifically directed to Israel and are 
pushing a Jewish, works-based gospel of "repentance"  that cannot save 
anyone. Israel does not repent until Christ's Second Coming and you at 
taking  these verses to say that we are to repent as part of the Gospel 
now.


VW ANSWER:
Paul was -sumarizing- the message he had been preaching when he said

"how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and 
taught you publicly and from house to house,  testifying both to Jews, 
and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord 
Jesus Christ." (Ac20:20-21)

We submit to God: "God, be merciful to me a sinner" (Lk18:13)  The tax 
collector was not doing a "work" ....  he was "repenting" of his sinful 
state.  And Jesus, who proclaimed of Himself that He is "the way the 
truth and the Life"  (Jn14:6) proclaimed that  "I tell you, this man 
went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who 
exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself (repents) 
will be exalted." (Lk18:14)

And Paul proclaimed that it was the same message to "Jews, and also to 
Greeks"

"For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord 
over all is rich toward all who call upon Him. For everyone, whoever 
calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Ro10:12-13)

Amen!

P.S.
If you are "adding" things to your website (as you said) make sure you 
add this, too.

When Job saw God in all His glory, he bewails "I have heard of You by 
the hearing of the ear, but now my eye has seen You. Therefore I despise 
myself, and have repented in dust and ashes." (Job42:5-6)

Everybody wants to "la-dee-da" their way into Heaven, but nobody wants 
to "humble" themselves (repent). 

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will exalt you." 
(Ja4:10)

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may 
exalt you in due time" (1Pt5:6)

"There were present at that time some who told Him about the Galileans 
whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered 
and said to them, Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners 
than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, 
no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those 
eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think 
that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 
I tell you, no; but UNLESS YOU REPENT YOU WILL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH." 
(Lk13:1-5)

March 1, 2015
Picturing God? 

What does God look like?  

Jesus said, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known 
Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how do you say, 
Show us the Father?" (Jn14:9)  And again "I and the Father are One" 
(Jn10:30)

So then...-which- "jesus"?  The one strung up on the likeness of a cross 
depicted with a crown of thorns? The one portrayed as a 70s hippy, 
hugging wrestling with all His "buddies" and rolling around on the 
ground in the dirt? The one with neatly trimmed beard and wearing the 
latest in fashion up-to-date clothing?

Let's see, when the two going to Emmaus (for those who lust after the 
"emmaus walk") are met by Jesus and He describes the events concerning 
Himself "their eyes were held, so that they did not recognize Him." 
(Lk24:16) And then "their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He 
vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, Did not our 
heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He 
opened the Scriptures to us?" (vs31-32)  If they didn't recognize Him, 
what is so different about our pictures?

The disciple "whom Jesus loved" who reclined "at Jesus' bosom" 
(Jn13:23), when he sees Him later "Do not be terrified; I am the First 
and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive 
forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death." 
(Re1:17-18)

What did the prophet see when he "saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high 
and lifted up" (Is6:1)  He was dismayed and said "Woe is me! for I am 
undone! for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a 
people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of 
Hosts." (vs5) 

Isaiah was a  special prophet, foretelling the coming of Messiah. But 
when the Law was given through Moses, he warns...

"Take diligent heed to your souls, for you saw no form on the day 
Jehovah spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, that you not 
act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any 
statue: male or female figures," (De4:15-16)

Even somebody as great as Moses was told...

"And he said, Please, let me see Your glory. And He said, I will make 
all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of Jehovah 
before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will 
have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But He said, You are not 
able to see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live. And Jehovah 
said, Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it 
shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of 
the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will 
take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be 
seen." (Ex33:18-23)

Jesus said, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father"

The description of Jesus is the 

"...Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except 
through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; 
and from now on you know Him and have seen Him. (Jn14:6-7)

And how do we see Him?

"Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or if not, 
believe Me on account of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to 
you, he who believes into Me, the works that I do he will do also; and 
greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father." 
(vs11-12)

"Come, behold the works of Jehovah, who has made desolations on the 
earth; who makes wars to cease to the ends of the earth; He breaks the 
bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots in the fire. Be 
still, and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations, I 
will be exalted in the earth! Jehovah of Hosts is with us; the God of 
Jacob is our refuge." (Ps46:8-11) 

"Then He said to Thomas, Bring your finger here, and look at My hands; 
and bring your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be 
unbelieving, but believing. And Thomas answered and said to Him, MY LORD 
AND MY GOD! Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen Me, you 
have believed. Blessed are those not seeing and yet believing." 
(Jn20:27-29)

"Have faith in God" (Mk11:22)  "whom having not seen you love. Though 
now you do not see Him yet, believing, you rejoice with joy 
inexpressible and full of glory" (1Pt1:8)

Amen!

February 16, 2015
God's Wonderful People 

There's a song that goes something like:

I love the thrill that I feel when I get together with !#! God's 
wonderful people.

So...how "wonderful" -are- God's people? Truly? 

Samuel reviews to Israel their record when God brought them out of 
Egypt, and they responded:

"We have sinned because we have forsaken Jehovah and served the Baals 
and Ashtaroth; but now deliver us from the hand of our enemies, and we 
will serve You." (1Sa12:10)

And then they said, "No, but a king shall reign over us, even though 
Jehovah your God was your king." (vs12)
 
And so when Saul becomes king, one of the first things he does is to 
take upon himself the pre-battle sacrifice. (ch13) Saying...

"I forced myself" (1Sam13:12)

"But now your kingdom shall not stand. Jehovah has sought for Himself a 
man after His own heart, and Jehovah has ordained him to be ruler over 
His people, because you have not kept what Jehovah has commanded you." 
(vs14)

If you go and look up the surrounding chapters, we see how Israel for a 
time is obedient and God gives them victories. They then slide into 
idolatry, and God says...

"I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which 
Joshua has left when he died," (Jdg2:21)

And so Israel find themselves in military straights and, like little 
children when God's prophet chides them about their waywardness: Yes, we 
know, we know, we've been bad, but if God will help us out JUST THIS 
ONCE, PL-eeeeeeeese, we'll put away the idols and serve God. They serve 
God for a little while, and then "same song, 39th verse, the fly sat on 
the wall"

Notice God's word to Samuel when Israel asked for a king:"for they have 
not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, for Me to not reign over 
them." (1Sa8:7)

And just 'who' were these 'gods' whom they were idolizing? They were 
sacrificing their babies to Baal. They would beat the drums loudly to 
drown out the screams of the babies as they were placed on the fires 
-live-. (Have you seen the video the "Silent Scream")

Ashtaroth has been known by various names down through history: Ishtar, 
Isis, Queen of Heaven, Venus, Mary, Aphrodite, etc. She is the chief 
that is worshipped at "christmass", "easter". And if you are rising up 
with your hackles sharpened, please tell us all where these observances 
are found in the Scriptures!

Israel continually reverted to idol worship. And today's so-called 
"church" engages in worship of idols. (Again, if we have just stepped on 
your favorite pleasures, tell us where the Bible tells you to do what 
you are doing!)

To Israel God says, "I also will no longer drive out...." (Jdg2:21) 
their enemies.

"Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will 
not be pleased; nor will I regard the peace offerings of your fat 
animals." (Am5:22)

Is God any more pleased today with that which calls itself His "church"?

"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, .... Nevertheless I 
have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who 
calls herself a prophetess, to teach and lead astray My servants to 
prostitute themselves to sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to 
idols. And I gave her time to repent of her sexual perversion, and she 
did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a bed, and those who commit 
adultery with her into great affliction, unless they repent of their 
deeds. And I will kill her children with death, and all the churches 
shall know that I am He who searches the inner thoughts and hearts. And 
I will give to each one of you according to your works." (Re2:18-23)

Rather than the "smiling faces" of people pretending to be from 
"heavenly places", I'd rather see people humbling themselves before God, 
turning from sin and seeking His face. (2Ch7:14)

Amen!

February 8, 2015
Finding a "walk"? 

VISITOR QUESTION:
I have long wanted to participate in a walk.  I live in the central 
US during the summer months and in Mexico from Nov. thru 
April.  Can you tell me where I could find a Walk that I could be part 
of?

VW ANSWER:
Jesus says...

"Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they immediately 
left their nets and followed Him." (Mt4:19-20)

Otherwise, we find ourselves in a dearth, where Jesus also said, 
"Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the 
earth?" (Lk18:8)  Elijah was a prominent prophet in Israel, and yet, as 
he is running away from Jezebel, he complaines to God "I, alone am left" 
(1Ki19:10)  God encourages him, "I have reserved to Myself seven 
thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

"Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the 
election of grace." (Ro11:4-5)

If it is similar today, "7000" is not all that many, to be spread 
throughout the US, Mexico, or the world. The Lord's orders are today 
what they are to Philadelphia, "Behold, I am coming quickly. Hold fast 
what you have, that no one may take your crown." (Re3:11)

This is one reason the vw mailing list exists. It's not the same as 
seeing the "whites of their eyes" fellowship. But we re-run Bible 
studies, answer questions, and mail songs.


February 8, 2015
From Judah, the Scepter 

READER COMMENTS:
Regarding v 11 (Ge49:11), amazing to me is considering that the first 
book of the Bible speaks of what is to come and the last book of the 
Bible speaks of what is to come.. and to think the authors of these two 
books were generations apart!  Always such a reminder of how infinite 
God truly is.

VW ANSWER:
And, what would you guess that Jacob, himself, likely didn't even 
understand the significance of  the donkey's colt, what Jesus would be 
riding into Jerusalem, while he said those words.  But God knows 
(declairs) the "end from the beginning" (Is46:10)

I get a kick out of God's "humor" at times....addressing the false gods:
"Present your case....Make known the things to come after this, so that 
we may know that you are gods. Yes, do good, or do evil, so that we may 
anxiously watch it together." (Is41:21,23)

February 8, 2015
Keeping non-believers out? 

READER QUESTION:
Got a question.  When you talk about keeping non-believers out do you 
mean not even people who come into a church who aren't saved but might 
if they hear God's word? Or do you mean people actually joining the 
church?

VW ANSWER:
A couple of verses come to mind with this question:

"And when the tabernacle sets out, the Levites shall take it down; and 
when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up. The 
stranger who comes near shall be put to death." (Nu1:51) See also 
Nu3:10,38, 18:7

I often have written about churches having the unsaved doing things like 
janitorial work. Today we don't take the unsaved out and stone them, but 
in the O.T. with the tabernacle they did.

And Jehoiada "stationed the gatekeepers at the gates of the house of 
Jehovah, so that no one who was in any way unclean could enter." 
(2Ch23:18,19)

A "gatekeeper" was like an armed guard.

"John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace 
from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven 
Spirits who are before His throne,  and from Jesus Christ, the Faithful 
Witness, the Firstborn out from the dead, and the Ruler over the kings 
of the earth; to Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own 
blood, and has made us KINGS AND PRIESTS to God, even His Father; to Him 
be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." (Re1:4-6)

By virtue of the cleansing that Christ has done in/for/to us Believers, 
we are every bit as "holy" as the OT priests who had all the ritual 
cleansings done upon them.

"Otherwise, if you praise in the spirit, how will he who occupies the 
place set apart for the unlearned say Amen at your giving of thanks, 
since he does not understand what you say?" (1Co14:16)

I don't know if this means that Believers and the unsaved had two 
separate rooms in which they met. ??


1Co 3:17  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For 
the temple of God is holy, which you are.
1Co 6:19  Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy 
Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
1Pt 2:9  But you are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a 
people of His possession, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who 
called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

On the day of Pentecost everybody was running together to see what the 
ruckus was all about (tongues)....and then Peter preached the Gospel.  
Did all the early churches meet as they did in 1Co14:16?  Other than the 
 sideways glance by Paul, I don't recall any specific non-OT  teaching 
to the Church on the matter. But there does seem to be a manner 
established for Israel.

It would seem to me that when a group is met for 'intimate' fellowship, 
Bible study, Lord's Supper, it should only be Believers. Even Jesus 
would take "the twelve" apart into a deserted place "by themselves" 
(Mk6:32)  And when He revealed Himself (transfiguration) it was the 
three "by themselves" (Mk9:2)

What a group does must be governed by their corporate purpose. If they 
have a larger building, with many unsaved, perhaps they would  taylor 
the meetings in an evangelistic way to preach the Gospel. And save the 
serious study and prayer for the smaller group meetings where the 
unsaved are not invited?

Please understand that this is all something I've never experienced any 
place where I was in attendance. The last time I was 'part' of a group 
was something like over 20 years ago, when I had not yet "come out of 
her my people" (Re18:4)  it was before I started VW  website and done 
the vw translation work. But were the Lord to lead me to do something 
now, this would be one of the considerations.  And I expect it would be 
a 'small' group!  Likely not very many who would want to participate 
with such a "crazy" person!  (vbg)

February 8, 2015
Delilah and Jezebel 

"And she said, The Philistines are upon you, Samson! So he awoke from 
his sleep, and thought, I will go out as before, at other times, and 
shake myself free! BUT HE HAD NOT PERCEIVED THAT 
JEHOVAH HAD DEPARTED FROM HIM. 
And the Philistines took him and bored out his eyes, and 
brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he was 
grinding in the prison house." (Jg16:20-21)

Oh...the sweet lovin! Has not the name "Delilah" come to be known as a 
'temptress'. The Siren who lures the mariner to crash with her 
irresistible singing. Not to mention her sister, Jezebel. The man 
thus-captivated loses all sense.

What did Sampson think was going to happen when the person started 
shaving his head? After all, she had whined: Awe you don't really love 
me. What can your enemies do to capture you? My hair has never been cut. 
Next thing that happens...his hair is being cut. Was he helpless? They 
tied him down to cut it off?  No. He goes to sleep in her warm embrace.

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about 
like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." (1Pt5:8)
 
Sampson knew how to handle a lion. (14:5-6) But weeping and whining 
(14:16,17) Now that's another matter! Along with deception. (2Ti3:1-7) 
And the temptress is a lot more "fun" to look at (with her painted eyes 
2Ki9:30) and be with. And when the eyes are thus-diverted, we are no 
longer "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith" 
(Heb12:2a) 

Sampson's hair grew back and he was victorious in the final conflict. 
But he forfeited his life.

If we allow ourselves to get diverted, what are the circumstances in 
which that happens...and what is the final outcome? Do you want to take 
that chance to find out?

"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write... I know your works, 
and love, and service, and faith, and patience and your works; and the 
last being more than the first. Nevertheless I have a few things against 
you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a 
prophetess, to teach and lead astray My servants to prostitute 
themselves to sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.... 
Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have 
this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I 
will put on you no other burden. But HOLD FAST WHAT YOU HAVE TILL I 
COME." (Rev2:18-25)

"...take up all the armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the 
evil day, and having done all, to stand." (Eph6:13)
 
Amen!

January 29, 2015
Gog/Magog 

Correspondence as some readers have been finding a new church
group to fellowship with.

READER QUESTION:
Now with a month underneath our belts with this new church, I am happy 
to say I do believe that the pastor is a biblical Christian who is 
teaching the Word of God.  While there are a few points of contention, 
such as when Gog/Magog is (he thinks at the end of the 1000 year reign) 

VW ANSWER:
Re20:7-9

7  Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be set loose out 
of his prison
8  and will go out to lead astray the nations which are in the four 
corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, 
whose number is as the sand of the sea.
9  And they went up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the 
camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out 
of heaven and devoured them.


READER:
Okay...hadn't noticed that before.  So how does this work.  I thought
Gog/Magog and Armageddon were correlated OR Gog/Magog happened at 
perhaps the beginning of the time of Jacob's trouble.

VW:
I don't know. Somehow it has always seemed to be 'symbolic' of the real. 
Notice that it says the "four corners of the earth", and then names it 
"Gog and Magog".

When the earth was populated after the flood we see Gomer and Tubal that 
many scholars have located in the France/Turkey regions. Meshech has 
been thought of as Moscow. Togarmah from the "far north" has Siberian 
implications. If you've seen the Bible Trivia item "Hell is in Siberia" 
http://www.a-voice.org/trivia/015.htm
the recording clearly is a hoax. But what was the thing that climbed out 
of the hole with bat wings, proclaiming "I have conquered"?

Armagedon is described in fair detail. But when Gog/Magog comes after 
the 1000 year peacful reign it says, "And fire came down from God out of 
heaven and devoured them." (Re20:9)  Sort of a quick "zap", and it's 
done.

At the beginning of the 1000 years satan is bound in the bottomless pit. 
Satan won't be causing trouble. Mankind cannot say "the devil made me do 
it", and yet they will sin....proving that 

"The -HEART- is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who 
can know it? I Jehovah search the heart, I examine the soul, even to 
give to each man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his 
doings." (Jer17:9-10)

And so, when the devil is released from the pit, Gog/Magog will follow 
him, because that is what is in their heart.

 
ADDENDUM:
"For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into the heavens, I will 
exalt my throne above the stars of the Mighty God; I will also sit on 
the mount of the appointed assembly, in the RECESSES OF THE NORTH. I 
will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most 
High. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the recesses of the 
Pit." (Is14:13-15)

Notice that satan is said to come from the "recesses of the north"

"And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus says the Lord 
Jehovah: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, 
and Tubal; and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up 
from the RECESSES OF THE NORTH, and bring you upon the mountains of 
Israel." (Eze39:1-2)

And here the "recesses of the north" is equated with Russia and the 
Armageddon event.

Two events, a thousand years apart, involving many of the same names.

January 17, 2015
Big Bang 

The other night I was watching the PBS program "Nova" in which they were 
discussing the "big bang theory". I typically watch the weekly episodes 
of the sitcom by the same name, in which they banter back and forth, and 
their Dr. Sheldon Cooper pretends to be on a par with Stephen Hawking, 
and finagled a trip to see the Cern super-colider (only: he then got 
sick and couldn't go). The terms "higgs bozon", string theory, dark 
matter are bantered back and forth. From the program I came to discover 
that "higgs" actually comes from a man with the name "Higgs", and on the 
program saw Mr. Higgs depicted.

I don't know about in-depth physics, but do understand concepts enough 
to have gained entertainment value when Lisa Simpson manipulated 
something or other with Springfield's nuclear plant and created a 
basketball-sized black hole, and little by little everybody and 
everything was getting sucked in. I don't remember if Homer was getting 
in a few "Doh"s on that one. But have read some theoretical 
speculations that, if they are successful in creating the higgs bozon at 
Cern, that they could theoretically make the entire earth disappear in 
the resultant black hole. 

In googling a few terms just now (so that I would know how to spell 
them) I see one heading where Steven Hawking "warns that the Higgs 
boson, or "god particle," could end the universe one day."

I'm not smart enough to know what a "string" is (in string theory), but 
I'm smarter than them all because of "WHOM" I know.

"I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your Testimonies 
are my meditation." (Ps119:99)

They were wracking their brains to go back in time far enough to account 
for all the things that would have needed to happen, as they progress in 
their evolutionary theories. Eventually, before plants and animal life, 
they speculate that there had to be a time, an "X" on their timeline on 
their chalkboard, where there was "Nothing". And that is why they are 
playing around with shooting protons at each other through the super 
colider. If they can make the protons 'hit' each other, having been 
aimed in opposite directions at each other, they are hoping to make a 
mini-big-bang. A man-made big bang. A man-made "creation". A man-made 
"in the beginning".

Oh, wait!  Somebody has already done that!

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth 
was without form, and void, with darkness on the face of the deep; and 
the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." (Ge1:1-2)

That place where "X" marks the spot? God recorded how it already 
happened. And they talk about "dark matter"? That's all there was before 
God said, "Let there be light" (Ge1:3)

Instead of scratching their brains trying to figure how how it "might 
have" happened, they ought to read God's Word as to how it "DID HAPPEN".

"For ever since the creation of the world the unseen things of Him are 
clearly perceived, being understood by the things that are made, even 
His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, 
although they know God, they do not glorify Him as God, nor are 
thankful, but become vain in their reasonings, and their stupid hearts 
are darkened. Professing to be wise, they become foolish, and change the 
glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, 
and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God 
also gives them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to 
dishonor their bodies among themselves, who change the truth of God into 
the lie, and fear and serve the created things more than the Creator, 
who is blessed forever. Amen." (Rom1:20-25)


January 17, 2015
Following God's Commands 

"And you shall return and obey the voice of Jehovah and do all His 
commandments which I am commanding you today. Jehovah your God will make 
you abound in every work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb, in the 
fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your land for good. For 
Jehovah will again rejoice over you for good, as He has rejoiced over 
your fathers, if you obey the voice of Jehovah your God, to keep His 
commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, 
and if you turn to Jehovah your God with all your heart and with all 
your soul." (De30:8-10)

What person in today's world has not heard of the "Ten Commandments". A 
person might consider them the "big ones". But equally, in today's 
world, they might nit-pick: the Bible doesn't say anything about 
homosexuality. Well, let's see...

"A woman shall not wear anything that is fitting to a man, nor shall a 
man put on a womanís garments, for all who do so are an abomination unto 
Jehovah your God." (De22:5)

And what is the natural outcome of cross-dressing? What does 
"abomination" mean? From the dictionary: "Abhorrence; disgust" God is 
DISGUSTED with what today's society embraces.

"If a man lies with a male as one lies with a woman, both of them have 
committed an abomination. They shall be executed to death. Their blood 
shall be upon them." (Le20:13)

Or something else that goes on a lot today as we see it on the news:

"If a man is found kidnapping any of his brethren of the children of 
Israel, and has treated him as a slave or sold him, then that kidnapper 
shall die; thus you shall put away the evil from among you." (De24:7)

The "Ten Commandments" don't say anything about "kidnapping", but does 
it not 'fit' the "heart" of God's intent.

"There shall not be found among you anyone...who practices divination, 
or conjuring, or fortunetelling, or sorcery, or one who charms magic 
spells, or a medium, or a wizard, or one who calls up the dead. For all 
who do these things are an abomination unto Jehovah, and because of 
these abominations Jehovah your God is dispossessing them before you." 
(De18:10-12)

What is the name of that medium that appears all over the place: on Dr. 
Phil, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, etc.etc.  Going for walks one sees the back 
windows of cars and SUVs with every conceivable words and symbols for 
the occult, witchcraft, what-have-you...symbols of today's belief 
systems and gods. The way things are going today, before too much 
longer, Christianity and the Bible will become outlawed, in favor of 
every occult entity and belief.

But we are told to follow and obey God's commandments. And it doesn't 
require a seminary degree to sort out and understand them:

"For this commandment which I am commanding you today is not too 
difficult for you to understand, nor is it far off. It is not in the 
heavens, for you to think: Who shall ascend into the heavens for us and 
bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it? Nor is it beyond the sea, 
for you to think: Who shall go over the sea for us and bring it to us, 
that we may hear it and do it? But the Word is very near you, in your 
mouth and in your heart, that you may do it." (De30:11-14)

God is not a 'complex' God. His commands do not require a straining, 
with grunting, to ponder in order to understand. It is a simple choice, 
really. Good or evil. Life or death.

God offered Israel the choice, as He does to us today:

"Behold, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil" 
(vs15)

God calls to heaven and earth, to bear witness: it is not done in 
secret, as though "hush hush".

"I call Heaven and earth to bear witness against you today, that I have 
set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. THEREFORE 
CHOOSE LIFE, that both you and your seed may live; to love Jehovah your 
God, to obey His voice, and to cleave unto Him, for He is your life and 
the length of your days;" (vs19-20)

The book of Deuteronomy contains the "LAW" in minute detail, given to 
Israel. A lot of people today think the Law was done away in Jesus 
Christ since we are now under the N.T. But they have obviously not read 
the first chapter of Romans. It refers back to the O.T. And for those 
who think we are "not under law, but under grace" (Rom6:14-15) they 
should read the standard of the righteous God...

"...being filled with every unrighteousness, sexual perversion, 
wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, 
deceit, depravity; whisperers...who, knowing the righteous judgment of 
God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not 
only do them, but also approve of those who practice them." (Rom1:29,32)

Amen!

January 1, 2015
Not an "accident" 

"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will 
not depart from it." (Pr22:6)

How many times haven't we all witnessed it: an adult is shopping in a 
large supermarket, with a kid (or two) stuffed in the shopping cart. The 
kid(s) might be stirring up a fuss and racket...screaming or crying. But 
at least they are not running all over. They are not doing like I 
witnessed one time where the little toddler was running around, pulling 
the stock off the shelves, dumping them on the floor, and the mother not 
reprimanding or putting it back. (In that case, when I made some comment 
about the incident, the mother made it known in no uncertain terms that 
I should @%$%$ mind my own business.)

Now-a-days the mother puts the food, toys, or whatever in the cart. The 
toddler immediately reaches over, picks up the item the mother had just 
deposited, reaches over the edge of the basket and (deliberately) drops 
it onto the floor. Sometimes mother sees it. Other times she doesn't, 
what with her attention on the 'next' item she wants to buy.

And toddlers, doing as toddlers so, if shopping  isn't going on for 
awhile, will do as toddlers do...play with whatever item might happen to 
be close-by. If that happens to be "mommy's purse", the purse becomes a 
"toy". 

In this case !! BANG !!

The news has been headlining with the account of the "TRAGIC ACCIDENT" 
at a Walmart in N.Idaho. Was it "tragic"? Certainly. Was it an 
"accident"? The term "accident" suggests that it was unpredictable. 
Could it have been "predicted"? Toddlers "shoot" their mothers dozens of 
times a day, only they are not killed because mothers typically keep 
deadly instruments away (out-of-reach) from their toddlers, and the 
other 'toys' (makup, keys, credit cards) are not deadly.

This recent shooting was as much an "accident" as a driver who gets 
caught up in a slippery spot on the road. Did the snow and ice "cause" 
the accident? Did that ice jump from the road, climb behind the stearing 
wheel, and "cause" the vehicle to spin out? So often news reports that 
bad weather "caused" accidents. No they did not. Inattention and lacking 
driver skills caused the accident.

It was as much an "accident" as neighborhood kids that shoot BB guns 
across their yards and shoot holes in the neighbor garage windows. Or 
they hit balls with bats, purposely 'outside' their own yard. Or they 
are scrambling after that errant volleyball from the net which is in the 
middle of their yard, scrambling clear across to the fence, and when the 
ball ends up in the neighbor's yard...it was an "accident"

Nobody does any "wrong" these days. Everything is an accident. Children 
are all "innocent".

So, who's to blame for that mother getting shot? Sorry if this sounds 
harsh... but the dead mother has only HERSELF to blame. If she was such 
a 'gun' advocate, she was not following the most 'rudimentary' of safety 
precautions. You never point a gun at anybody, even if you think it's 
unloaded. And you certainly don't leave a gun within reach of a toddler. 
That only "makes sense".

Was it a "tragedy"? Yes.

Was it an "accident"? No way! Given the circumstances, it would have 
been a surprise if something like this didn't happen, sooner or later!


December 20, 2014
It's Empty 

Last week the fellow on the top of the extension laddar, looking for 
"Peace on Earth" proclaimed the box was "empty".

"But, beloved, do not be unaware of this one thing, that with the Lord 
one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The 
Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness, but is 
longsuffering toward us, not purposing that any should perish but that 
all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a 
thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a loud 
noise, and the elements will be dissolved with intense burning; both the 
earth and the works that are in it will be burned up." (2Pt3:8-10)

There are those who view some of us (me) as being too critical, that we 
should share with others "how God has blessed". Do you know how often I 
have shed tears lately. Jeremiah is called the "weeping prophet". 
Notice: Jer9:1,18, 14:17, 31:16 Lam2:11 the apostle shared in it Ac20:31
Apparently I'm not supposed to watch TV or go for walks in my 
neighborhood, but I am supposed to "join a church" and "share my faith 
with fellow christians".  Forget Paul's exhortation to "come out from 
among them and be separate and touch not the unclean" (2Co6:17) After all,
Jesus' disciples were imperfect and scrapping with each other all 
the time.

If, as a "watchman" (Ezk3:17) I see the enemy infiltrating (Ac20:28-31), 
and see that the presumptive "peace on earth" box is empty, where people 
assume it is full of "blessings"...if I were to do as some want me to 
do, going along peacefully "La dee da!" I would be derelect in my duty. 
So, let's leave Oprah to her own self-presumed greatness....and make a 
quick little loop around the world, shall we.

At one end of the globe is N.Korea and Sony. If "Red Dawn" is any 
indication, we could be in a world of hurt. Travel south a bit: is 
Taiwan getting any relief from China? Australia has seen action. There's 
Pakistan with that recent slaughter. What are the current up-to-date 
notes regarding Syria through the various trouble spots throughout 
Africa? What is Israel's most current scenario? What will become of 
Russian finances? What will become of America's current re-vitalization 
of the old communist militance (hands up/don't shoot) and (I can't 
breath).

And then...if I hadn't had the TV on, I would have missed Obama's 
breaking news. He had a "45-minute conversation" with Castro and now we 
are declared "friends" again. (Oh, wait. It's just about time for news. 
Please don't anybody criticise me while I go "turn on the TV". Maybe 
I'll catch a quick bite, too? I'll be right back. )  

OK...onward! It was sometime during my Jr.High days that we had the 
"cuban missile crisis". Since my dad was a "conservative", I was also a 
"conservative", and Castro was the "bad guy" along with the USSR that 
was hauling the missiles into our hemisphere. And "Bay of Bigs" and all 
that stuff. During those days in school we occasionally had discussions 
about hunkering down under our desks, should the need arise.

Well, earlier this year, I think it was, there was a special on PBS on 
Castro. I don't know who is telling the truth, but at the time it seems 
that the Sandanistas were in control of Cuba, and Castro was a "freedom 
fighter" against the Sandanistas, and he would have liked help from the 
USA. But since Castro was a "freedom fighter" he was the "bad guy", and 
thus the USSR took up the slack where the US refused. My neighbor across 
my back fence, about my age, is under the impression that castro and 
(that "guy who used to pound his shoe" on the table) Kruschef were 
becoming "real chummy". You get where this is going? But they had some 
quotes, that I don't now recall, where Castro didn't sound, at all, like 
a "bad guy".

Anyway...since hearing that, I've often wondered what might have become 
of Cuba/USA relations had things been different in the beginning?

However, if it might be right to restore 'friendship' with Cuba, is 
Obama to be trusted to be that go-between?

But even more than "Obama", notice who is being a "peacemaker"? 
The pope. Antichrist.

But then, which is worse? Obama stirring around with Cuba, or when Nixon 
opened our doors to communist China? (You with Chinese addresses, 
please don't be offended. You certainly are aware of what goes on.)

It's almost like there is NO PLACE ON EARTH that doesen't bear watching 
these days.


December 20, 2014
Mark of the Beast? 

VISITOR QUESTIONS:
So my name is ???? and i am 12 years old and i have a few questions.

1. Is the RFID michrochip the Mark of the beast (because i have heard 
that it is and people who have it have it in there right hand)

VW ANSWER:
"And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, 
to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, so that no 
one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the 
beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has 
understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of 
a man, and his number is 666." (Rev13:16-18)

The number "666" suggests the pope, there are those who teach such. But 
when it includes the "forehead", that suggests many eastern religions 
such as Hinduism where they put the little paint/ink  sploches on their 
foreheads. On the other hand, it might point back to catholicism, when 
we think of how catholicism puts the smudge on the forehead during Lent. 
The way RFID is related to commerce it -might- be related. The people 
still on earth when it happens will be able to answer that question, as 
it is fulfulled during that time.


VISITOR:
2. How can being ONLY born again get us ready for the rapture the 
kingdom of god is perfect and holy so it deserved more than being just 
born again please show biblical proof.

VW:
"Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, 
unless one is born from above, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.
Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born from above. (Jn3:3,7)

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 
In My Fatherís house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have 
told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a 
place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where 
I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know. 
Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You go, and how can we know 
the way? Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one 
comes to the Father except through Me." (Jn14:1-6)

"let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in 
the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised 
from the dead, in Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the 
Stone which was counted as nothing by you builders, which has become the 
Head of the Corner. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no 
other name under Heaven given among men that is required for us to be 
saved." (Ac4:10-12)


VISITOR:
3.what must i do to be ready for the rapture?

VW:
"For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shouted command, 
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the 
dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall 
be caught up together at the same time with them in the clouds to meet 
the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." 
(1Co4:16-17)

"Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes 
into Me, though he may die, he shall live. And everyone living and 
believing into Me shall never ever die. Do you believe this?" (Jn11:25-26)


VISITOR:
4. Is oceane saved always saved true? people Say it is not but i cant 
find biblical proof for this.

VW:
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall affliction, or 
distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers nor 
powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor 
any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God 
in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom8:35-39)

This is how God keeps and preserves us. 

But there is a category of Believers who "draw back to destruction" 
(Heb10:39)  As Jesus spoke of the ones "No one, having put his hand to 
the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." (Lk9:62)

The part that Jesus does is sure. But God does not save us inspite of 
ourselves. If we are hard-hearted and charging away from God, He is not 
going to force us to be saved if we fight it. As John says, "He who 
says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the 
truth is not in him." (1Jn2:4)

When Jesus returns there will be people with whom the conversation goes 
something like this:

"Therefore from their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to 
Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the 
will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, 
have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and 
done many works of power in Your name? And then I will declare to them, 
I never knew you; depart from Me, you who work out lawlessness!" (Mt7:20-23)


VISITOR:
So I can take the RFID microchip and not be condemned? I am nervous and 
confused 

VW:
"And it was given to him to give spirit to the image of the beast, that 
the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not 
do homage to the image of the beast to be killed. And he causes all, both 
small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their 
right hand or on their foreheads, so that no one may buy or sell except 
one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." 
(Re13:15-17)

Notice:
1)  He will force all to 'worship' the image...and anybody who does not 
will be killed. We are not yet to that point.

2)  The "mark" is tied in with the worship, and will be required to 
carry on commerce. that has not yet happened, either.

3)  Is the "mark" the "RFID" chip?  That hasn't yet been confirmed.  A 
lot of self-proclaimed know-it-alls like to assume that they know it to 
be true. But in fact, it hasn't yet been revealed. There's a lot of 
things we see being developed that "look like" they "might be" this, 
that or the other thing. But in truth the fulness of the facts have not 
yet been revealed.

I notice your return address is France. France isn't yet requiring RFID, 
are they?  I'm sure not, otherwise I would think it had already reached 
the news over here.

As long as #1 & #2 (above) have not yet come about, don't lose too much 
sleep. And I expect that #3 will be informed at the big roll-out and 
announcement. This is going to be a big -global- event when it happens. 
 I imagine a lot of know-it-alls derive a certain sense of "power" in 
causing fear and making people shudder just because -they- say so. 

"Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless 
the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is unveiled, the son 
of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God 
or that is honored, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, declaring 
of himself that he is God.

"For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He is now 
restraining, until it is raised from out of the midst. And then the lawless 
one will be unveiled, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His 
mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the 
lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, 
and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who are 
perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they 
might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, 
that they should believe the lie" (2Th2:3-4,7-11)

If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have nothing to 
fear. You will be kept safe.


VISITOR:
Ok it's just that I noticed that when I type mark of the beast i se the 
RFID microchip and I noticed that people who have it have it in there 
right hand and also I learned that prophets like perry stone and other 
profets fear the RFID michrochip and the worst thing is learned that if 
you do not obey the RFID michrochip will poison and kill you. And last 
but not least it will be mandatory worldwide by 2017. So that's why I am 
scared and. First I was so scared that I didint want to talk about it to 
anyone because I thought the devil would see it. Can you please explain 
this

VW:
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, 
because fear involves punishment. But he who fears has not been made 
complete in love." (1Jn4:18)

If you love the Lord, even if you are called upon to die for Him, that 
is not a cause for fear. Believers have given their lives for the Lord. 
There will be martyrs before the Rapture, and there will be martyrs 
after the Rapture of those who come to Faith then. 

"And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to 
them; and I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness 
to Jesus and for the Word of God, who had not done homage to the beast or 
his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their 
hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But 
the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were 
finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has 
part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no 
authority, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign 
with Him a thousand years." (Re20:4-6)

Amen!

P.S.
By the way, in doing a Google search it seems apparent that Perry Stone
is a false prophet. Among other things he sells a packaged meal that he
calls the "Lord's Supper" and promises 'healing' when eaten. That's shakey
ground for learning about the RFID chip!




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