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Integrity – Defined

The ability to withstand extreme pressure

This is a word not often used in today’s speech. We prefer words such as honesty, truthfulness, reliability, or consistency. Perhaps we need to know more about this word.

It’s all about pressure

Consider the submarine. After construction in the shipyard it is taken on a shake-down cruise. If the specifications require that it be submerged to 15,000 feet then the sub goes to that depth. That is the depth I found in the Internet. It could be much lower of course.

On that voyage inspectors examine every single bolt, joint, area, pipe, piece of equipment, floor, ceiling, and porthole at every level. Their question is – can the submarine withstand the intense pressure of a depth so far down? Any failure, even the tiniest, is noted, and when the vessel returns to dock corrections are made.

The managers have examined its “integrity.”

God puts us in the cooker

So with God. He puts us into pressurized situations to examine our integrity. How well will we do under pressure? What is weak and cannot stand? Where are the strongest points?

Remember that to be strong in one area is fine, but under the pressure of three miles down, it is only the weak areas that imperils the ship. And they imperil the whole ship not just those parts.

Perhaps you were wondering about this scripture.

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Your integrity is what this is all about. You may not feel especially joyous about this, but God has His vision for you. God does not test you to find out whether you can take the pressure; the test is to show you what you can take. So the writer tells us to count all these tests as joy.  We can celebrate when we pass a difficult test.

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Who Reads Our Posts?

Today’s assignment is to describe my reader. Back in 1989 I wrote a very short book. Then, and now I’ve had no resources to publish and market it. Clearly no author thinks only of one without the other – the purpose of writing is to be read! This book describes in simple and clear terms the relationship of demons to humans, how they get in, why they stay, and how to get rid of them. The Bible calls this deliverance; exorcism is not the correct word.

Editors have pretty much told me no one wants to know, and therefore they wouldn’t be able to sell the book. And they may be right. I’ve given this book as 37 typewritten pages to serious Christians who had some serious issues and they ignored it. One woman is headed to surgery who still has forgiveness issues. Another man, who left the homosexual life, still has the rascals hanging on, hiding until a weak moment under stress can lure him back.

Cain was warned – sin crouches at the door.

Nevertheless, truth will out. I don’t know when. It takes a great faith to believe God for the spiritual world; the natural world is convenient, and psychology has perfected alibis so thoroughly that virtually every demon can be wished away by the weak believer. Pastors see real spiritual truth a threat to the bottom line, and they are probably right about that too.

But – if you as an internet Editor are out there – it is a small book and it paves the way for a life of holiness. People may not think holiness means a lot, but the time will come when Christians will wish they had more of it.

Meanwhile there are these nine years of posts, all geared to prepare the believer for the Coming of The Lord in their lives, as individuals and as members of planet earth.

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Best Profile of Divorce’s Effect on Children

Best article on this topic

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Please stop trying to make church cool

Trying to bring God down to earth sometimes comes off as merely bringing Him down.

https://wouldyouconsider.net/2014/07/11/the-subtle-world-of-christian-legalism/

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This German Reporter Spent Time With ISIS…And Lived To Tell About It

This German Reporter Spent Time With ISIS…And Lived To Tell About It

Huffington Post article which shows the intensity of the religious war we have stumbled into.

Virus or no virus, we still have radical Islam to worry us internationally.

Coronavirus Lockdown Is A ‘Living Hell’ – personal essay

Chinese resident 30 years old, Wuhan, China

March 3, 202010:55 AM ET

A RESIDENT OF WUHAN

Editor’s note: The author of this essay asked for anonymity for fear of reprisals by authorities for speaking critically of the Chinese government.

The government lockdown orders in Wuhan, China, have emptied the city’s streets. Stringer for NPR

As residents of Wuhan, China, my family and I are living in hell.

The city has been locked down for more than a month. Every night before falling asleep I have been confronted by an unreal feeling and many questions:

Read This Essay In Chinese To read this essay in Chinese, click here.

I know that coronavirus is the reason for the lockdown — but did life in Wuhan have to become a living hell?

Why were we notified about the city lockdown at 2 a.m. on the second to last morning before the Lunar New Year?

Why have I not been given any instructions from a government officer about how to cope when an entire city is on lockdown?

I’m nearly 30 years old. My family members and I have devoted ourselves to our jobs to build a better life — and we have largely succeeded. There’s only a little more to do before we reach the level of middle class.

But along the way, things did not go exactly as I’d hoped. I have been working hard in school since I was small. My dream was to become a journalist, and I passed the test to enter the best school for journalism in China.

After school, I learned that government supervision of the media meant that telling the truth was not an option.

So I gave up my dream and turned to another career. I kept telling myself that my hard work would reward me in my personal life. And to protect myself, I decided to shut up, to be silent about politics — even when I saw people treated unfairly by the government. I thought that if I followed that path, I would be secure, I would be one of the fortunate ones.

Now I realize that this is an illusion. A secure life is not an option with a political system that does not give us freedom to speak out and that does not communicate with us truthfully.

Now I realize that this is an illusion. A secure life is not an option with a political system that does not give us freedom to speak out and that does not communicate with us truthfully.

Wuhan resident

At the moment when the city was first locked down, I hoped with all my heart that China’s political system, known for concentrating resources to get big jobs done, could save the Wuhanese. But infected patients were treated in the hospital in Wuhan as early as the beginning of December, and for unknown reasons, the government held off informing the public and taking effective action.

So they missed the best window of prevention due to this cover-up. That knowledge has made me fall into desperation.

The order to lock down the city appeared from nowhere on Jan. 23 at 2 a.m., without any sign or explanation to residents — even though everyone knew what was up.

People rushed to shop at 24-hour convenience stores at 3 a.m. to gather necessary food and other items. We tried every method to escape from Wuhan, but the cage was already locked.

On new year’s eve, Jan. 24, I watched the glorious performances from a gala aired on CCTV, Chinese television. But our celebratory meal was sparse, pieced together from the few ingredients I’d been able to buy in that last-minute shopping trip.

Then on the second day of the new year, another order arrived out of the blue, notifying us that the Wuhanese shall not drive. But this order only survived for less than six hours — perhaps because the authorities realized that, with public transportation shut down, cars would be needed to drive medical staffers to work and back home. So community officers called upon residents of Wuhan to provide rides for many of these workers — and to get permits to do this driving. Under the pressure of massive criticism, the government had to revoke this order for residents to provide rides.

Other orders were issued that reflected the chaos. Residents were asked to donate rice and oil to feed the medical staffers at Wuhan’s top hospital since there was not enough food to guarantee meals for them. But we are the taxpayers. Shouldn’t the government be able to provide?

From former schoolmates who now work in the medical profession, I learned that medical workers were not given medical supplies and were exposed to a risk of death. Many people wonder: Why didn’t they go on strike? It is because they were informed that if they went on strike, their licenses to practice medicine would be revoked and their family members’ jobs would be affected.

Before this coronavirus, I always thought it was OK to sacrifice some level of democracy and freedom for better living conditions. But now I have changed my attitude. Without democracy and freedom, the truth of the outbreak in Wuhan would never be known.

Before this coronavirus, I always thought it was OK to sacrifice some level of democracy and freedom for better living conditions. But now I have changed my attitude. Without democracy and freedom, the truth of the outbreak in Wuhan would never be known.

Wuhan resident

What has happened in Wuhan is as if your house caught on fire and all your neighbors knew but forbade you from jumping out of the window. Only until the fire is out of control, and the entire town ablaze, do they slowly begin taking responsibility while highlighting their own heroic efforts.

Not everyone has the same privileges and rights. Because I knew how to get outside of the Great Firewall that blocks the Internet, I was able to obtain masks.

The younger generations, born after 1995 and in the 2000s, have good impressions about the Chinese system, putting the nation before all because they have been living in an era of prosperity and have yet to experience adversity.

The things that happened during this outbreak have greatly surprised those kids. For example, a young man scolded others on Weibo in the early days of the outbreak. He accused them of spreading rumors and argued that if we don’t trust the government, there is nothing we can trust.

Later, he said, when a member of his family was infected with the coronavirus but was unable to get treatment in the overcrowded hospital, he cursed and called for help.

When Li Wenliang, one of the doctors who first reported a mysterious SARS-like illness, died of the disease himself, a student commented on the Internet: “It was just the virus that killed him, so we should focus on the epidemics.” But then the student’s dormitory was appropriated for quarantine patients — and he was shocked and dismayed.

This is the lesson these young people are learning. When someone says we can accomplish something but we must pay a price, do not rush to applaud.

One day you may become the price that is paid.

There is a saying in Chinese that has taken on new meaning in this coronavirus era: “When the stick hits my own head, I finally understand the pain — and why some others once cried out of pain.”

Perhaps it is true that only China can build a hospital in 10 days, only China can mobilize so many people to devote themselves to the anti-epidemic agenda, only China can lock down a city with millions of people at lightning speed.

But people are not thinking critically. They do not understand that if we had human rights, democracy and freedom, we would have learned about what happened in Wuhan one month earlier. And the first whistleblower would not have died for nothing./30

I bumped into this essay by accident. Talking with a Messianic Jewish immigrant from Jamaica to Florida last night, I learned that NPR reported that Covid-19 was a virus smuggled out of China for the express purposes of infecting Chinese enemies. Now this is NPR you know – hardly a right wing news organization. In attempting to check on this, I found this testimony. It had the ring of truth, the disillusionment of the young people. I am so glad I lived in China because I appreciate their real life and understand what they are going through. Please pass this along. My blog is censored by Google, Twitter and Facebook, reducing readership by 3/4ths.

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President Dwight Eisenhower speaks on political parties

If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Movie Review “We are Marshall”

Time was when the only occasion to read a movie review was right after it was released. The myriad of online sources, such as Netflix, makes any old movie available sometimes free, sometimes for a fee.

Dealing with Grief, Loss, Failure

I found “We are Marshall” free on Roku after working straight through for 10 hours on a nasty, complex project involving some evildoers who falsified information against a political candidate. The problem solved, I needed a “brain fast.” The review rating was 2 Plus. Mistake.

If we look at fiction of any kind, I’ll include singing and dancing here, we can learn. Art is a form of teaching we may not recognize while it is happening.

This movie is based on a real story from the 1970s. A small West Virginia college loses an entire team. The result is that every family, every business, every student is burdened not just with grief but waves of extended loss, frustration, failure and that covers everything they were, and do and now are no longer doing. Time is standing still. Their future is gone.

The head of the college advisers, for example, is asked to go home to his family after sitting in a local diner for several hours and he says, flatly, “I have no more family.” Shock flash freezes you in time and you cannot move forward. The movie pictures this perfectly which is why it appears to be slow. The process of dealing with grief can be very slow. That is part of the lesson.

The cure is an action plan

How can they move on? Enter star Matthew McConaughey as a new coach from another city working with only three depressed football players and a few remaining resistant staff. I won’t spoil the story with any more details. How the team, the town and the college all right themselves is the balance of the movie.

Winning over grief is everything

McConaughey is so quirky he blind-sides the college president and drags the students, new coaches and players, many unwillingly, into the future. One minute he is interrupting someone’s depression, another he climbs up on a roof to encourage a former staff member to return to the team. The former i.e. late coach preached that winning was everything. Now their foe is not another football team but their own emotional state.

Job’s Counselors

How easily we tell people – You got to start over, get a life, deal with the past, put a sock into, get involved. All the casual warnings and advice to the person just hanging on after a life-changing unexpected massive attack on the inner man. Death, especially violent unexpected death goes to the inner core and wounds parts you did not know were there.

Like Job’s counselors our efforts to minster life sound like death instead. We do this because we don’t know what to say. “Everything is going to be alright” is not a panacea. And in some cases, is not true.

Real, concrete, written out and planned goals actually do start the cure. Death is permanent, grief is not. It is a process and it must start somewhere.

You can’t “Move On” until you move

Yes, you will, you must start over but, you do not dishonor the past by making a new life.

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#grief #loss #failure #depression #death

Happy New Year

Lord, this year let me be a bridge over which Jews can walk into the Kingdom of God, and where Christians can walk back into the Chosen People for one united fellowship under the King of Kings.

Holy Spirit as Unifier

Back in 2008 when I was a missionary in China that nation suffered an earthquake which took over 1/4 million lives. When I returned to the States I learned that a well-known California family had lost their adopted Chinese child through a freak accident around that same time. The Lord showed me (more accurately the Holy Spirit showed me) – that this child was now reunited with her original Chinese family – a great home-going for them all.

How exciting. But of course the grieving Californians could not know what I’d been told. I have no contact with these people so I completely forgot my revelation.

Then I moved to Texas where I joined a modern charismatic church. The pastor one morning told the congregation that this Chinese child’s father was his personal friend. Later I told him what the Lord had revealed to me. Would he would please tell the grieving father, even though now it is 2 years later? Then I completely forgot about it.

Many months later I asked if he had talked to the father? Had he told him about what God had told me? NO, he had not. The Holy Spirit is called The Comforter, but his friend offered him no comfort.

Frankly it shocked me that this pastor would not care enough for his friend to ease his pain with this revelation. In fact, I was so put off by it I left the church entirely. Then I moved to another town and the entire thing was lost to my mind once more.

Eventually the impact of this earthquake came up again so I asked God – Why didn’t he tell his friend, the father? The Lord made it clear to  “Her father already knows!” So God gave the revelation of what had happened to his child, perhaps directly, perhaps through another person. God is more than willing to tell us why He is doing things, or what has happened to our family beyond the grave. And it relieved my mind too, knowing that a family of Chinese were happily in heaven after I’d spent so much of my time trying to reach my Chinese students for the gospel.

This is what God wants for his church. He wants us to minister revelation and truth to each other. When that happens, the Real Church happens. Look at Acts 2. They are all in an upper room, in one accord. Out of this upper room came a massive 5,000 souls revival including a large number of foreigners (that is they were all speaking diverse languages) were taken into the church in one day. A crusade followed when many were sent out, miracles were common. Out of that original unity came the greatest single move of God up until that time.

And that is what God wants now.

No – He is not giving revelation to just anyone. Non-believers, mockers and the hostile are not included in the revelation of truth. But if God’s people will come together they’ll find themselves being effective beyond their wildest dreams. And prophecy is not just about the future – but also present reality and confirmation that when we are obedient we can receive assurance that we are on the right track.

Right now, angels are gathering people together – people who believe the word of God, in addition to people known as “tares” – those who pretend to be believers but who don’t believe. This is before the final harvest.

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field:

25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

If someone in your church does not agree, let them go.

If you no longer agree with what is being done in your church, you go. God has new barns and will deal with the nay-sayers.

We lost that unity and still don’t have it back, but the call of God and the potential is still there. When we are all on one page God will show up and do mighty things.  It requires us all to be in total agreement with the word and the will of God.

Can any two walk together lest they be agreed? Amos 3:3

If you are tempted to, don’t ask God to rifle through piles of tares to drag them out and into the Kingdom. Not all people are going to be saved. Only those who do God’s business God’s way! We are to pray that those who have not made up their minds will be sought by God, but as for the rest – Let them go. His business and yours is the Kingdom.

That event in my life demonstrated to me one of the major duties the Holy Spirit has in this world – that of bringing believers together and empowering them to minister to each other.

#unbelievers #prophecy #Chinaearthquake

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New View of the Rapture and “Left Behind”

This makes sense to me.

If Jesus went to all that trouble to die on the cross for the human race and the earth as well, why would He leave it in enemy hands? and take the believers to heaven when it is easier to take the wicked and leave His earth to His people?

What if we have the Rapture theory backwards?

Thank you Dr. Craig @Reasonable Faith.com.

Here is some up-to-date information about the last days. Click below.

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#rapture #church

Before You Buy that Thanksgiving Turkey

This happened when I was living in China.  I was in the mood to cook something at home.  I’d tried some local  mutton and no amount of cooking could turn what I had purchased into anything easier to eat than my American shoes.  Into the trash it went.halal-meat

Then I headed to a little meat shop around the corner, quite unaware that it was Muslim owned.  Little did I know that Muslims are not allowed to sell meat to “infidels” which, according to their religious system, I definitely am. After I saw him in his get up, I was glad to know why I was rejected and I left relieved.

It is against the New Testament rules to eat meat dedicated to a foreign god, in this case Allah.  The vast majority of Christians pay no attention to what they buy for meals, believing that the Department of Agriculture has things nailed down in terms of inspection.

However, we have never had to worry about our food being offered as a sacrifice to Allah until now.  Alas, the Butterball people have been allowing an Islamic priest to say prayers over our favorite turkeys when they are slaughtered, a clear violation of this passage.

This passage from Corinthians  is long but if we as Christians join in with idol worship, we can ruin our public testimony, even though we have no belief that our behavior  is wrong.  Let Paul explain it.  The Message version is very clear.

1 Corinthians 8:3-13 

1-3 The question keeps coming up regarding meat that has been offered up to an idol: Should you attend meals where such meat is served, or not? We sometimes tend to think we know all we need to know to answer these kinds of questions—but sometimes our humble hearts can help us more than our proud minds. We never really know enough until we recognize that God alone knows it all.

4-6 Some people say, quite rightly, that idols have no actual existence, that there’s nothing to them, that there is no God other than our one God, that no matter how many of these so-called gods are named and worshiped they still don’t add up to anything but a tall story. They say—again, quite rightly—that there is only one God the Father, that everything comes from him, and that he wants us to live for him. Also, they say that there is only one Master—Jesus the Messiah—and that everything is for his sake, including us. Yes. It’s true.

In strict logic, then, nothing happened to the meat when it was offered up to an idol. It’s just like any other meat. I know that, and you know that. But knowing isn’t everything. If it becomes everything, some people end up as know-it-alls who treat others as know-nothings. Real knowledge isn’t that insensitive.

We need to be sensitive to the fact that we’re not all at the same level of understanding in this. Some of you have spent your entire lives eating “idol meat,” and are sure that there’s something bad in the meat that then becomes something bad inside of you. An imagination and conscience shaped under those conditions isn’t going to change overnight.

8-9 But fortunately God doesn’t grade us on our diet. We’re neither commended when we clean our plate nor reprimanded when we just can’t stomach it. But God does care when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a fellow believer still vulnerable to those old associations to be thrown off track.

10 For instance, say you flaunt your freedom by going to a banquet thrown in honor of idols, where the main course is meat sacrificed to idols. Isn’t there great danger if someone still struggling over this issue, someone who looks up to you as knowledgeable and mature, sees you go into that banquet? The danger is that he will become terribly confused—maybe even to the point of getting mixed up himself in what his conscience tells him is wrong.

Studying other religions

In addition, there is the issue to studying other religions.  We are told not to do it.  The same principles apply here too.  Someone who is not able to be discretionary about what he puts in his mind may become confused.  People with little spiritual foundation can easily get off track with occult information that they are not ready to absorb.  You are free to read those books but why would you if there is nothing there but religious junk food?

11-13 Christ gave up his life for that person. Wouldn’t you at least be willing to give up going to dinner for him—because, as you say, it doesn’t really make any difference? But it does make a difference if you hurt your friend terribly, risking his eternal ruin! When you hurt your friend, you hurt Christ. A free meal here and there isn’t worth it at the cost of even one of these “weak ones.” So, never go to these idol-tainted meals if there’s any chance it will trip up one of your brothers or sisters.”

What you are free to do and what you should be doing publicly are two different things. And you can apply this to some concerts and  musical events, plays and other creative venues that glorify evil in some measure.

Now back to turkeys. To me personally this is no big deal because I don’t like turkey and I never buy it for myself. But my children do.

But Paul does show how our public behavior can be a stumbling block.  Muslims need to know that Christianity does not accept any Muslim doctrine, and since many of them will be moving to the USA our public stance is going to be much more important.

If you think this is nutty, you can read more online about it at How do you like your Butterball turkey?

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When Jesus advised “Mind Your Own Business”

The Message is a Bible translation known for its street language.  It is not a paraphrase partly because Eugene Peterson is such an accomplished scholar.

Here is where Yahshua called out Peter for questioning Jesus about His relationship to another person.

John 21:20-21 Turning his head, Peter noticed the disciple Jesus loved [called John] following right behind. When Peter noticed him, he asked Jesus, “Master, what’s going to happen to him?”

22-23 Jesus said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you? You—follow me.” That is how the rumor got out among the brothers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that is not what Jesus said. He simply said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you?”

This scripture is a clear call for us to spend less time on what Yahweh is doing with and to other leaders. My blog has been going on now for nine years and one of the major concerns of my readers has been “false prophets and false teachers in the church.” You’ll notice that I never identified anyone by name. That is not what Yahweh wants.

God wants us to know His word so well that we can spot fraud ourselves.

He does not want us to make lists of false teachers and their teaching. The FBI trains agents in how to spot counterfeit bills, not by showing them the phonies, but by only handling the right stuff. When they pick up a bad bill instantly their fingers recognize the fraud by the texture and feel of the paper itself.

Studying false religions is a waste of time

The Word makes a point of saying do not study the religion of unbelievers. Furthermore one is not even to speak the name of false gods, and considering the prevalence of the word Allah on TV shows this today would be nearly impossible!

Exodus 23:13 “And in all that I have said to you, be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth.

Old Testament rules of morality apply to all

We are to honor the laws of the Old Testament while always remembering that keeping them is not a work to guarantee our salvation. We are only saved by faith in the Messiah. But the good advice of the Old Testament still applies to our daily affairs. Salvation is a process of always being open to the correction and leading of Yahweh.

Recently I saw my Congressman in his office. I went there with one purpose. A week later I see that it was Yahweh’s mission not mine and something quite different from my goals was on His Agenda. More and more I see myself being moved around the board to get stuff done while I am blissfully ignorant. (Maybe He thinks I’d mess it up if I knew more. I’ve been known to do that.)

Who can you expose

It is acceptable to identify someone who has wronged you personally; that is part of your testimony, and if he or she has not made things right or asked for forgiveness you are free to criticize openly.

Here is the Biblical example for that principle from Paul the Apostle:

2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works.

However, the fact that you can do so that does mean you should do it. Yahweh is the one who is supposed to be governing your life, not the rules however clear they may be. Jesus saved His most acidic criticism for those people in the faith, the synagogue, and the church.

For those outside the faith He had nothing but love and acceptance. Perhaps He found that those with a little learning became dangerous things?

In doing some 10 hours of research recently I was annoyed and surprised to see how many educated people spend untold internet pages on lambasting someone else. Besides being unscriptural, it is also damnable to them.

The Old Testament warns not to criticize a servant to his master

Proverbs 30:10 Do not malign a servant to his master, Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

Yahweh is watching people who take shots at others. And in more cases than I care to mention, the critics did not know their arguments against another were simply not true.

One man on TV recently made an error, but he seemed to be such a nice person I wrote him a letter and quoted the Bible passage he had messed up. I didn’t call him a false prophet which others might.  Examine yourself thoroughly before you venture into the sea of negativism; you do not know where God has led someone else and why.

God hates legalistic critics

These are the ones who shine a light on the faults of other ministers.  This is wrong as it puts men in charge of other people, and even an historical nincompoop knows that men cannot manage other humans very well. Yahweh’s purpose for the planet is His running things, that is why it is called the Kingdom of God.

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Three Options for the Day of the Lord

As the political situation becomes more difficult, not just in the USA but also and most urgently worldwide, more and more people ask when will God come to judge the earth.  Almost all information on this is divisive and unclear.  Isaiah speaks of the Day of Wrath.

Isa 13:13-15 – The day of wrath is the day of the lord.   (KJV) 13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.  14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.  15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.

Here is where everyone returns to his own land.  Whether this applies to us believers is a matter of discussion and on whether you believe the rapture occurs before the day of the Lord, or after this passage or whether you believe it is later on.  Definitely one thing is sure – we will all decide on which side of Right or Wrong we stand.

There are 3 interpretations of the “day of the Lord.”

1 – Believers are raptured and watch the events as a cloud of witnesses.

2 – Believers stay here through the judgment and are protected, hidden in some safe place.

3 – Believers stay through the judgment and act as helpers to those whom God wants to save because God has said, “occupy ‘til I come” so we do not leave our post.

The answer to this question depends on timing.  Since God lives in eternity, when He speaks of time its relevance to us is like walking through a mist.  When He says “soon” we cannot know if this is 10 years or 100.

The word “flee” home tells us that people are not returning home voluntarily.  Something has driven them to leave in a big hurry.

These questions have no universal agreement as of yet.  I feel sure they will be straightened out in due time.  For now, I’d suggest that no one can be absolutely sure.

A Messianic Jew, Asher Intrater,    wrote a book on this topic and I am inclined to believe he has the best interpretation of events to come.

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Cosmologists know Nothing abut Origins

donald-trump-1332922__180Cosmologist Stephen Hawking told a British audience he did not understand Donald Trump’s popularity.  He was not alone in his confusion.  There’s a host of Hollywood types, media people, academic savants and various paid pundits also bemoaning Trump’s rise and quick results. A multifaceted view of Trump is very telling here.

Perhaps a man whose head was in the SXDF Galaxy can be excused. One must leave heavenly places to learn about the thoughts of human beings and there is no reason to think anyone who runs a newspaper, movie studio, or TV station has a clue what the country is thinking or doing right now.  They only talk to each other. Donald Trump somehow figured this out. Perhaps he hung around the gaming tables at his many venues.

The Deep State

In a word – the nation is divided into four almost equal parts.  Two parts are the Good Ole Boys of both Democrat and Republican party structures and the people who rely on them for jobs, i.e.  labor unions, corporate welfare queens, employees and foreign  governments on the dole.

Hillary and her retinue, the DNC, CNN and the major networks, the major dailies etc. on one side and the RNC, Congress, their corporate pals and their employees on the other with the media in tow, leaning towards anyone who can get them an invite to a State Dinner at the White House, usually the Democrats but they aren’t that fussy about principle. This is called the Deep State.

The Populists

Against those two are the upstarts – the Conservative-Libertarian-Tea Party Republicans, their reformers and candidates while on the other side cheering them on,  Bernie Sanders, the Pied Piper leading all the Pups into a Utopian Socialism where as Adult Mice they will pay the free-bills promised to them by the high-tax-but-not-as-yet defined state of 2020.

Donald Trump’s campaign has straddled these last two positions.  The line of political Left vs. Right actually is a circle not a straight line which eventually reaches back where right and left meet, the libertarians becoming anarchical as the socialists. Trump meanwhile drained away 20% of the Democrat voting base from the Good Ole Boys who have been lying all these years.

The Republican voters knew they were being scammed but were dumbfounded about what to do.  As a case in  point Congressman Mark Meadows was the Quarterback on the Dump John Boehner movement, thought to be a suicide mission but in a few short months that Speaker of the House was out. Another way we know these media types are clueless is that they think Trump makes unforced errors every time he calls a newsman a bad name – he has a host of them, but the people cheer – both the right wing and the left wing people. They whine about the disrespect of the Press, after four decades of their lies and political bias.  Now! the People have a bully to blast the press and the government.

Two and three-quarters years have passed as Donald Trump not only moved to the middle; he has taken it over and moved the opposition to the far left.

They say Populism is a bad word.  How come?  That is what our Constitution is all about. This is the document that makes us all equal before the law. After that, we are on our own.  It has worked for 200 plus years. I suspect it will continue to work.

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Political Actions as Theological Events

You probably have forgotten The Bathroom Bill of 2016. North Carolinians remember but others do not because it did not involve them. It is a lesson in how Democrats propose legislation that will damage political opponents.

The Nazis knew that Jews were taught to be modest, and that to be naked in public was a sign of shame.  Consequently the prisoners taken to the death camps were forced to remove all their clothes in public in front of men especially but also in front of the opposite sex.  The purpose was to keep them docile and submitted.  It worked. I saw all this in a PBS documentary “Swimming in Auschwitz.”

Leap forward 50 years to the United States of America where radicals have purposed to create a whole new culture, to change the American lifestyle of freedom from fear to one of caution, suspicion and withdrawal.

Gender Identity, part of the Anti-Christian goal of politics

The Bathroom Bill is already a public law in many areas of the country including such heavily LGBT places as Houston, Texas.  The bill requires women especially, but also other modest people and children to risk being seen by strangers of the opposite sex in a traditionally private place.  This has created a whole new social problem where public behavior is restrained from some shopping and other public events for fear of exposure and possibly attacks by people who look to be one gender but claim, without proof, to be another.

water closet and bidet
Water closet and bidet

This bill is but one more attempt by Democrats to make the Americans as docile as possible. But will it work?  It certainly has made many very angry, and increased interest in elections. But do the Transgender folks know they are being used? I rather doubt it. The Jews swept up into cattle cars never envisioned the gas chambers and ovens where they would lose their lives as well as their societies in Europe.

Jews say Today “Never Again”

Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said recently that the Jews in Europe went like sheep to the slaughter.  He also said, We will never do that again.  His promise to his nation is to not give up one inch of Israel to anyone for any reason. 

Will America do that?

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