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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.
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