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Questions and comments from rapturenotes.com with explanations

May 16, 2015

The below questions and comments are from a comments page at www.rapturenotes.com and possibly other places…

Below, see my responses for those who seek truth…

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I just want to ask about the new heaven and new earth.

1. Will the people who have been saved go to a new heaven or new earth?

–Yes. The new heaven descends at the end of what we call “The Millenium” and rests upon the earth. This is seen in Revelation 21 and 22.

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2. Will the 144,000 live on earth or in heaven during the millennium?

–The 144,000 refers to God’s generals and leaders during the Tribulation time. In chapter 7 of Revelation is the voice of the angel that orders that the plagues wait in abeyance “until we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”

That’s apparently a spiritual anointing for some such that they escape the plagues, or get special protection of some kind against the harm of the seven judgments of the trumpets.

Rev 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

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3. Are paradise and the new heaven the same?

There is a “paradise” that does not wait for the end of “The Millenium”. Luke 23:43 ( And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.). And 2 Cor 12:4 (How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.)

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4. What can you say about the passages in Matthew 27:52-53? Was it the first rapture? Was it a partial rapture?

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose–Matt 27:52

That was the first Resurrection. The power unleashed in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ arrived to many saints who arose when he did. There is no more mention of them later; they likely were simply taken up as Elijah was taken up, and Enoch, at that time..

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(quoting…) I am a Seventh Day Adventist. I would like to point out that Ellen White is not infallible and above scripture. Today’s SDA church is as mainstream as any other denomination. If we were to go looking for cult like churches I think more concern could be directed at the numerous Pentecostal movements.

You are wrong, just like everyone of the prophesy morons who follow CI Schofields’ false teaching of a 7 year tribulation.
…(Should I stay the moron you say I am, or change to become like your good self? Now that’s a tough one…)

Scofield’s teaching about the Tribulation was wrong on many counts. For one thing, noting the division of those seven years at the end of Daniel 9, one can see that the placing of the “abomination of desolation” by the Antichrist in the “temple” at the middle of the seven years begins the time of trouble “spoken of by Daniel the prophet” and referenced by Jesus.

In other words and with corroboration of the time period in days, months and years, we see that repeated several places in Daniel and Revelation.

I don’t call anybody a moron. The “cult” word is thrown about by gossips and backbiters as a euphemism for more personal insults like “moron”.

I was raised in a Pentecostal church, my Dad was a loving pastor, and they know they have something to get really excited about. The ones who do more unorthodox things like the fads of laughing fits are few and passing, but others like to concentrate on them. In other ways, some Baptist spokesmouths tend to disdain for the gift of tongues. The Holy Spirit is very obviously and clearly regarded by scripture as distinct from salvation, but God gives it for the asking as promised. (No purchase necessary, no tongues necessary any more than tongues of fire)

Anyway there are only two important doctrine types of Christians among the thousands of “denominations”. Those who believe their continued works earn their place in Heaven (after a bow to grace in rebirth), and two, those who believe that salvation is by grace for those who believe in Him, and that works are only fruits of salvation. “That none should boast”.

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I have been praying but have been having real problems sleeping after. Why is this?

I have no idea why you cannot sleep, so that is something you can ask the Lord to show you in those prayers. It reminds me of a counsel from a wise Christian writer, who said if you can’t sleep it’s a sign that the Lord wants you to pray for someone. You can pray as you lay down as well. “Pray without ceasing”, anyway. It’s a beautiful way to sleep.

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Is having a relationship with God only through prayer? Your site says church membership is not needed but don’t you have to worship with other people? What about being a lukewarm Christian?

A relationship with God is in everything you do. Jesus never said to build church buildings, the “church” in the epistles were the groups of Christians in each area that mostly lived together (Acts 2, Acts 4). But Jesus did say to “Make disciples of all nations”.

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The Seventh Day Adventist church is the ONLY true mainline church in existence.

Being a “mainline” church is nothing to brag about. Their salvation doctrine is one of works. But I will give them credit that they seem to be clear in their belief of the Bible in Genesis, the Creation week, the Flood, and so on. They have not compromised that.

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I have long suffered under the misconception that all men were missing a rib, and just had an argument with my daughter about it, which I lost. Men and women have the same number of ribs. Your explanation is an eye opener as to why men and women both need and complement each other.

Adam could have one more rib than we do now. Or he simply had one less after God’s operation. There is no detail on this there in Genesis. It’s irrelevant. I lot of people believed that though.

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I appreciate this site very much. I wanted to know your opinion concerning Darwinism.

…(It seems the evolutionists are slowly losing the battle to prove their theory. It’s interesting that the Vatican and others are preparing to welcome extraterrestrials, and most people now believe in UFO’s etc. I think the coming great deception spoken of in the bible may well be, that we humans were ‘planted’ here by an alien form of life from somewhere else in the galaxy)

Darwinism is the Big Lie of the Devil. During the 20th century it was one of the biggest reasons youth left their faith. It was one of the biggest objections to the Bible. It was a “gateway drug” to atheism for youth during the Christian-dominated culture of the 19th century. Some big Darwinian name said once that Darwin’s theory gave them intellectual permission (his words i believe) to embrace atheism. Another one said people embraced Darwinism because faith “interfered with their sexual mores” (or something like that).

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I’m confused about Antichrist’s and the False Prophet’s origins.

…(You’re in good company. The leading eschatologists of today are still in debate as to where the Antichrist will come from. The predominant view seems to be that he will emerge from a revived Roman Empire (the European Union). I lean to that view myself, but I’ve read good arguments about his coming from Syria, a future Assyria, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Germany and of course, the good old U.S.A. There is also the theory that the antichrist may actually be purely demonic in origin. As to the false prophet, many believe that he will be a future Pope. Time will tell. I still think much of this could be tied to some sort of deceptive revealing of a so called benevolent intervention into human affairs from an extra terrestrial (actually demonic) source. Fortunately, no-one seems to think the antichrist or the false prophet will come from Australia, which is comforting, as we have enough crooks here already. As with much bible prophecy, the BIG picture is clear, but many minor details are still fuzzy, yet to come into focus)

Most Christians are sorely mistaken on Bible prophecy. The best interpretation of the prophecies indicate that both the Antichrist and False Prophet are humans; the Antichrist appears to be Satan-possessed. There is some indication of the origins of Antichrist in Daniel 8. One of the four divisions of the Greek Empire after Alexander is what it says there.

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The Mayans and all their similar ilk seem to have a good amount of egg on their collective faces, but lo and behold….the Word of the Lord still stands true.

Lots of witches and psychics are proven wrong over and over again throughout history, no more prophetic than a Chinese fortune cookie. BUT NOTE that many students of the Mayan calendar said the doomsday interpretations were wrong.

The fall of the Mayan culture, and the fall of many others, shows that the increase in science and knowledge is not inevitable. Secular sources say drought or this or that blah blah and they don’t know. The fact of human sacrifice by Mayans toward the end to false gods was put front and center by Mel Gibson’s movie Apocalypto.

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Godspeed.

Reuters, Globalization and Directed History

August 6, 2014

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/35532/Spin-Reuters-Backward-to-Understand-the-True-Meaning-of-Globalist-Argumentation/

http://www.thedailybell.com/definitions/params/id/28330/

The link is to Daily Bell’s insightful reaction to a Reuters article. That writing lamented the alleged disruption of the march toward globalization. The Daily Bell artfully spun the story backwards to capture a view of the truth.

One ex-witch, member of an arm of the “Directed history” operators, become born again and who said the Vietnam War (and rock music) was meant to turn the youth on to drugs in the U.S. I dunno, but my music producer son tells me he has played stuff backwards and yes indeedy there are those clear messages there that drive men batty.

My “Trostsky” Communist comrade in college (before my “progression” to left-anarchist) was also a Beatles fanatic. He resolved the “Count me out” (of revolutionary violence) contradiction when he told me the background chorus sang “Count me in”. I went on to hear stuff even out loud nobody paid attention to in the rock, like “You are a puppet on a string”, “Your mind is a thoroughbred” (racism! eugenics!) and other  fiendishness, including, yes, drugs (not so hidden: “ten feet tall”, “monkey on my back”, “driving that train high on cocaine”.) Guy that loved Black Sabbath once told me their sound mixer was an overt Satanist. Satanists are rabid pro-statists. (Some pretend dissidence, especially in their pretension that the regime is so “theocratic”. Ha ha)

Directed history is very much multi-faceted, and there is an inter-clique of powerful people coordinating certain events. They are even today however very much NOT omnipotent, else they would declare themselves openly. They still have to do their stuff in secret. In my opinion, that might be why George Carroll withdrew his book Tragedy and Hope from circulation, that maybe it was a trial balloon (or meant to circulate only among few, like Atlas Shrugged)…

The aforementioned defector from witchcraft to Christ said also that at one meeting the “leaders” announced that their “Supreme Lord” was alive..

Another thing he said was that they had most of the churches on their payoff list. I heard later that Jerry Fallwell was $5 million richer from them. Establishment “Christianity” mercilessly excoriated him. Most Biblical Christians consider most of “Churchianity” –its leaders at least– to be apostate, anyway. (Plus the ones a Jesuit defector –and also the aforementioned Satanist witch) said they send in to disrupt the churches) What’s new? In Ezekiel 8, God showed the prophet that the priesthood worshipped the sun and had idols decorating the walls in secret chambers of the Temple.

One last comment. The directed history is not exactly a “conspiracy” to establish world government yet, but it is presented as an idea competing with nationalism. And most definitely the “directors” have no qualms about ordering up wars under false pretexts that hide their purposes. So call it not exactly a hidden conspiracy, but the direction and operations are full of beaucoup conspiracies.

Jesus said what is whispered in secret will be shouted on the rooftops:

Luke 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

Evangelicals are not trying to bring on Armageddon, just protect Israel

October 30, 2013

This is in reaction to the article written by one Dr. Manion, just a comment about your reference to dispensationalists. In general I agree with his criticism of the warmongers among Christians, but have one small “correction” on one point in the interest of understanding them:
http://www.fgfbooks.com/Manion/2013/Manion130901.html

I’ve been irritated by the crazy dispensationalist doctrines since I became a Christian again as an adult. Some of my blogs about it, in case you have interest in such things:
https://truebook.wordpress.com/tag/dispensationalism/

You wrote this:

During the Bush years, Thomas served as a critical intellectual intermediary between the president and American Evangelicals, especially the Dispensationalists. This curious group supported war not only in Iraq but throughout the Middle East.

Why? Because Dispensationalists thought that war would bring on Armageddon, and thus the Second Coming, in their lifetimes — allowing them to rule over all the Earth with Jesus Christ for a thousand years in the Millennium.

But this is not the case, in my opinion, and many people misunderstand them, just like your statement about misunderstanding the MIddle East when people say they “hate us for our freedom”.

But it is also a mistake to say Muslims do suicide bombings just because they want those 72 virgins!

Along the same lines, evangelicals are not just interested in hastening Armageddon, although you might think so from some literature if you don’t try to understand them. I’m a Christian, but such labels do not fit me, I was against the Vietnam War in the 1960s as the young Communist I was, but ever since I came back to Christ in 1971, I have been against every single war the US has engaged in to date.

Most evangelicals in the pews are more motivated by thinking they are supposed to be friends to Israel, help protect Israel against the world. This is indeed due more to the dispensationalist influence than anything else, and “dispensationalists” will agree with this, but most people in their pews in church do not understand this well.

It’s all about helping Israel right up to the pre-Tribulation moment (another false doctrine) when they are raptured out of the Earth, and the world is left behind for the Antichrist to take over.

The main historical devil responsible for “dispensations” getting a false interpretation is Cyrus Scofield, and then there’s his own mentor, Charles Darby in England. Scofield’s notes gave special twists and turns to scripture, made many of them seem backwards from what they were. In other words, he hated the Bible but knew that Americans would not be so easily fooled as to new false “translations” like Darby’s, so he just wrote copious notes that did the job.

Gullible Christians;

Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

I wrote more about Scofield here:
https://truebook.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/208/

Thanks for listening

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Syria: America’s Waterloo?

June 20, 2013
Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington Is Insane — Paul Craig Roberts – PaulCraigRoberts.org:
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/06/17/washington-is-insane-paul-craig-roberts/

There they go again. Washington DC is showing again that it doesn’t care what Americans think. They’re going to do in Syria what they did in Libya, they’re going to overthrow the regime. Or rather, they’re going to help their “enemies”, al Qaeda and its affiliates, overthrow the Syrian government.

North Africa seemed like a pushover, Egypt leading the way with American government-backed factions taking over at the expense, “incidentally”, of the Coptic Egyptians. A teller at a bank I did business with recently was from Egypt, and her brother was killed by this Arab Winter. Not much of a Spring, after all.

But now Americans are not the dupes we once were.

The next few years will be “interesting”, like the “interesting” of that old Chinese proverb (or was it a “curse”?)

I’m just as skeptical of Russian and Chinese politicians as I am of American politicians, but even with a skeptical filter the following quote from Russian Minister Lavrov just makes sense.

The Russians certainly know that Washington is lying. The Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said: “The [Assad] government, as the opposition is saying openly, is enjoying military success on the ground. The [Assad] regime isn’t driven to the wall. What sense is there for the regime to use chemical arms–especially in such small amounts.”

And now this:

Addendum: Russia says it will not allow Syria no-fly zones. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35318.htm

Not pretty. Although I disagree with Paul Craig Roberts that a World War Three means the “end of life on earth”, I do agree that a total such war would end a very significant part of it. The Bible even says so, and talks about the valley of Megiddo requiring a very, very long time to recover from that last war of these modern times.

I think there are shadow governments influencing the visible ones that will try to keep damage to a minimum. High-level Russian military defectors have told us that the Russian military academies have taught their officers that a nuclear war is inevitable, and that the side that delivers the fist strike will win it.

At this time, however, in terms of interventionism and general foreign meddling beyond borders, the American government is the one engaging in criminal activities today in Syria, after showing in Libya that it has no compunction at all supporting armies that wipe out entire villages with a pathological indifference.

This may be the war in which America meets its judgment.

Jeremiah 2:34
Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.

Revelation 18:
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

Can IBM’S Big Blue Or Watson beat THIS?

March 16, 2013
Animation of the structure of a section of DNA...

Animation of the structure of a section of DNA. The bases lie horizontally between the two spiraling strands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DNA is a biochemical analogue of a memory chip with programming. mRNA, RNA, is like the hardware that interprets the machine-language instructions for the epigenetic environment and the cellular machinery.

The DNA itself is a recording of a written coded language. Computers today store all information in bits, charges of “zero” and “one” in magnetic or optic media. A gene is stored in a DNA molecule in a medium of the arrangement of nucleotides linked in a chain. The A, C, T, G nucleotides are the ONLY letters in the completely digitized SYMBOLIC language to store the data.

The clincher for me is that the language in the DNA has NOTHING to do with the eventual effect it has in the cell. Run source code through the CPU and the machine does nothing, or freezes, or stops. Source code has to be translated. So does DNA.

It’s mind-boggling. A computer has to have a programmer. DNA indeed has one:

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.(Psalm 139:16)

That verse actually exposes the modern counterfeit translations. One guy once asked me why I changed the words in my quote of the verse to make it “look like” DNA. I didn’t. The other modern versions DO change the words to make it NOT look like DNA.

Darwinian evolution is nothing new though. It’s a very old idea that Satan used Darwin to cloak in modern lingo:

Jeremiah 2:27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.

That verse in Jeremiah 2, part of the introduction of the book of prophecies of the judgment coming to Israel for such beliefs, actually shows that (1) the beliefs, that life “came forth” from rocks that were eroded and scorched and melted into the primeval ooze, are NOT a “discovery” of the 18th and 19th centuries, but were there way back in the effort to avoid God searing their conscience, and (2) the belief that humans are evolved from lesser animals like “stock”, is also an ancient myth.

They modern academic ruling class censors this history, along with the history of unions, the Roosevelt statist policies that made the Great Depression much worse and longer than it had to be, the criminal actions of the Federal Reserve and its traitorous passage in 1913 in the US Congress.

They hide the fact that Karl Marx included a “Graduated” income tax in his Communist Manifesto platform, plus a “central bank” in every nation of the world. This is the anti-capitalist? Sneaking in a policy of private-sector Wall Street types and international banksters to control the world’s currency, interest rates, mortgages, and economies?

But did Mao Tse-Tung push economics or even Communist Party doctrines into the first things he pushed into his schools after taking over? Nah, he pushed evolution as the first priority in education in China.

Jesus believed in the six-day Creation, too:

Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

So did Paul:

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Why the Bible is libertarian

December 31, 2012
Memorial statue of William Wilberforce in West...

Memorial statue of William Wilberforce in Westminster Abbey, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rothbard had an opinion on “The Politics of the Apocalypse”, and quite a few had some comments to make on the subject.

http://mises.org/daily/4574/Kingdom-Come-The-Politics-of-the-Millenium

http://flyoverpress.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/rothbard-on-the-politics-of-the-apocalypse/

Wow. All this talk about Christian doctrine variants more especially in the comments from people who don’t know very much about the subject, and repeat talking points from others who don’t know very much either.

Rothbard did understand some of the nuances of the doctrines and how they would relate to libertarians, especially with respect to Gary North, but there was some lack there. And he seemed to completely leave my views out, but then my Biblical views are not too well known even among Christians. (But for those who do it’s closest to “post-Trib”.)

Stay tuned, the only set of laws God mandated for a nation on the planet, was based on no earthly political government at all, and had no enforcement arm except the people themselves (who did a poor job of it in fact). And FORBAD taking a free man slave by the way.

Almost all of us alive today were robbed of the knowledge that THE “father of modern science”, Isaac Newton, was a young-Earth creationists. Oh, and NOW we have science. (Newton didn’t I guess haha).

And robbed of history. St. Patrick‘s legacy is literacy in Ireland, the end of slaving raids between Ireland and England, the saving of Greek and Roman classics by the Irish who learned to love Christ and books from Patrick, the re-introduction of learning and culture to Europe by the Irish and British monks.

And the one man identified with the end of slavery in the British Empire, William Wilberforce, who was sent back to the mission field of the British Parliament for that purpose by the repentant former slaver John Newton (“Amazing Grace”).

Europe’s history of Roman-heritage slavery faded away with the influence of former slave St. Patrick’s legacy, led an entire island of chiefs and serfs, and demon-worshippers and human sacrifices, Druid treat or tricksters, into the people that loved Christ and loved learning and saved many of the pagan Roman and Greek classics we have today.

Libertarianism itself that owes much of its philosophy to the influence that Christ has had in culture for two millennia. The “Golden Rule” has taken a very long time to get to the place where we are now at, and has had the obstacles of many identity thieves who took the credentials of the Prince of Peace to make war on their own people and their neighbors –though never with the savagery of pagans and unbelievers gone before and after.

And this may come as a shock to some Christ-haters, and some who are not so hostile, but the only government God ever really ordained directly was NONE AT ALL, outside the sense in which God is in ultimate control of it all (except where he lets you destroy yourself). Yep there were gobs of rules, and those rebellious and murmuring persnickety Jews in the Exodus that kept whining for how good they had it back in Egypt when they were slaves, they needed them.

There were some penalties ordained that we see today as harsh but you can go read for yourself how fast they quit obeying them and did NOT apply those penalties. And when they demanded a government, God told Samuel to tell them they had rejected HIM.

That’s a real theocracy, with no human mediator except Christ.

There’s more but this is too much already. You can see more of the reasoning when my book comes available on the subject. (Which just needs editing, but that takes a budget of time or money).

As to the relationship of millennial doctrines with political application, please observe that there are LOTS more atheists who are hell-bent on implementing their varied political philosophies and imposing their ways of life on the rest of us –lying platitudes from some of them notwithstanding– than there are Christians trying to run a guerrilla operation to take over. We are still tortured around the world by Christ-haters, along with other dissidents in whatever political geography, while the very loud “fag”-haters and “dominionists” can’t get more than a few dozen followers now.

And I know many devout Christians, born-again believers, who believe the Bible cover to cover, who are some of the most reliable libertarians there are. They have both the spiritual, the Biblical, and the political truths on their side. Some of them condemn homosexuality with the most emphatic language when congregated but exhibited the love and grace of God with homosexuals in their support for Ron Paul, for example.

Jesus did say “Go and sin no more” to the adulterous woman but just before that he said “Neither do I condemn thee”.  Like the early Christians, those who understand among the people shall instruct many, and instead of killing the infidel to spread their message (like pagans, fascists, socialists, and many atheists have done) they lay down their lives like their Christ.

“After the Tribulation”

December 30, 2012

For those who are Biblical Christians and have an interest in prophecy, I have posted a reference on my blog that I use for topics that would interest such an audience and those who are curious as well, including a video that expounds on the subject of “pre-Trib” and “post-Tribulation” rapture:

http://truebook.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/after-the-tribulation/

IBD: Scapegoating Clapper only keeps Benghazi-gate going

November 21, 2012
"Dr. Coburn and Senator Obama look over t...

Coverup meets exposure: “Dr. Coburn and Senator Obama look over the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Elsewhere in the news, Benghazi-gate is not going away, as the story at Investors’ Business Daily points out:

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/112012-634215-blaming-intel-chief-wont-end-benghazigate.htm

Some Republicans may play along with their normal week squeaky protests against abuses of power in the White House, some will not.

They got a scapegoat but the White House still went for duck and cover behind the skirts of the United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, who is now caught with her hands in the cookie jar, but she was taking cookies for her boss! She was no doubt hoping for a good helping of promotion.

They let her go out there and blame free speech for the seven-hour full pitched battle in Benghazi –that they watched in real-time in the White House– in which there were so many attackers that the very capable American soldiers were not able to last longer than that.

What demonstration lasts seven hours with bullets and rockets and mortar fire flying all over the place?

How much is too much? When is enough, enough already!

With the re-appointment of Obama by powers unseen, and the help of Propaganda Media, they got him past the election and avoided very much scrutiny over the different places where election fraud apparently occurred. But it is a sign of the times that things have gotten so bad in America that people are able to see this as a credible election outcome.

But the coverups in the government-media complex expose an ugly underbelly here, and the way this re-election operation was executed shows a bit of hubris, in that they now know they have a major portion of the demographic, if not the majority, that they can count on to turn their thinking on a dime without really thinking [oxymoron intended] in true Big Brother fashion.

Those who can see –because they have their eyes open– have an obligation to spread the truth and repeat the truth because truth is the best antidote to a lie. You don’t need tricks and lies and coverups if you’re telling the truth. Those who don’t want the truth are like the guy who said, “Stop it! Don’t confuse me with the facts!”

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2 Thessalonians 2:10

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. – 2 Timothy 3:13

IT’s time for those who can prepare materially for what is inevitably coming to do so, and those who cannot to make sure they are prepared mentally, psychologically, with the knowledge of what is happening, and most importantly, spiritually.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. – Hosea 4:6

And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, [many] days. — Daniel 11:33

But even of the Antichrist, remember:

And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. – Daniel 11:45

Watch out for 666, avoid the embedded chip…

Letters From the Sky: Meaning: Here’s one way to look at it

May 15, 2012
Bible

Bible (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Hi folks!

Generally I do not pay much attention to popular music these days, for a series of reasons I have explained elsewhere and will expound on in the future, but occasionally something catches my attention.

“Letters from the Sky” is one of those..

One of these days the sky’s gonna break and everything will escape and I’ll know
One of these days the mountains are gonna fall into the sea and they’ll know
That you and I were made for this
I was made to taste your kiss
We were made to never fall away
Never fall away

Maybe it’s just because I have the Bible on my mind all the time, but “the sky’s gonna break” reminded me of  Matthew 24:30 “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Acts 1 is another scripture that came to mind, where Christ ascended bodily into heaven and was received into the clouds, and the angels told the disciples that he would come again “in like manner”. Certainly those who are saved by the blood of the Lamb and accepted him will go free, again, because we are really free the moment we are born again.

The next lines talk about the “letters” that are “gonna fall from the sky telling us all to go free”.

Yeah! That’s what I’m talkin’ about, people! Go free from the weight of sin and worry and let it loose and get into the knowledge that everything is going to be alright!

“I’ll find a way to let everybody know” reminded me about the Great Commission, “make disciples of all nations” (Mark 16:15), and “when this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached to all the world as a witness to all nations”, Jesus said in Matthew 24, “then shall the end come”. Look at that!

 One of these days letters are gonna fall from the sky telling us all to go free
But until that day I’ll find a way to let everybody know ’cause you’re coming back, you’re coming back to me
‘Cause even though you left me here I have nothing left to fear
These are only walls that hold me here
Hold me here

I know Jesus is coming back to me and there’s nothing left to fear when you know you’re in good hands –He has the whole world in his hands, after all– and we’re going to be alright.

Aye. I wanna hold you here. Yes. I wanna hold you right here. I wanna hold you here.

One day soon I’ll hold you like the sun holds the moon
And we will hear those planes overhead and we won’t have to be scared

Sure, we want to hold our loved ones here, but some of them have to go on before us.

And “those planes overhead”? The lyrics make the point that we won’t have to be scared when we hear “those planes overhead”, so that must mean a reference to planes in a way that would cause most people to be afraid.

But we don’t have to fear anymore.

In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. – Psalms 56:11.

Twins, Science, ESP, Music, Messages

February 12, 2012
Landing of the Pilgrims by Cornè, Michele Feli...

Piglrims landing in Massachussets

I’ve always suspected that twins would be the most sensitive –at a distance– to each other’s feelings, desires, thoughts…

http://www.motivateus.com/stories/twins.htm

This reminded me of my intellectual travel through my college and post-college years.

I am a “child of the 1960s”, that agitated generation that was among the first affected by court decisions that declared that America was no longer a “Christian” nation. It had been culturally Christian since the Pilgrims landed, something even the never-“BiblicalTime magazine recognized once upon a time in an edition that the Bible had been the dominant force shaping the cultural and political landscape from the time of the Pilgrims.

But in my first class in high school, the teacher first thing he said was, Let us get one thing clear, right now, he said, the Bible is wrong, period. He didn’t say it like that of course, what he said was that we were created by “evolution”, nothing more, it’s a fact, period, and he would not tolerate dissent.

What a clueless know-it-all idea! I’ve learned since then that the same group of religiously and fanatical Darwinists accuse believers of claiming to “have the corner on truth”!

That was the first volley in the attack on my simple childhood faith and by the time I had gone through my years of college I was not only atheist, but had been a mild agitator in my own right against the Vietnam War and against capitalism.

But thank God my mind did not shut down in stupor like some of my peers.

Because I knew about phenomena like the twins article at the aforementioned link, I began to think about the related science. High school-level physics tells us electronic impulses generate electromagnetic fields, and high-school biology tells us that our nervous systems depend on constant firing of electric charges in combination with chemistry.

One plus one is two, but the next question was, why was research into the obvious possibilities at absolute zero??

It became evident over time that the reason was that the group of people who would be the researchers had decided it was “unscientific” and just refused to go there. Actually there was a subtext there too: such things were “religious”, “spiritual”, too hot to touch for “science”. After all, “science” supposedly proved all religious ideas wrong. Pressed on it, they might invoke “lack of evidence”, by which they really meant, they were not interested in exploring any evidence.

That was the unspoken context of government education. Still is. Genesis One is wrong, goes the narrative, and Christians were among the worst abusers of power of history, blah blah blah. Now, after talk radio was unleashed from the “Unfairness Doctrine”, and a few years of Internet free speech market, the word is out, that it is okay to recognize the obvious: That the worst abusers of all history have been the officially atheist Marxist regimes of the 20th century and even the 21st century. The worst abusers of the last half of the 20th century in second place are some of the Islamic nations, though not necessarily all of them, and historically they were not so consistently totally brutal as the atheist regimes.

Okay, anyway, on goes my story.  Undeterred by the lack of interest by “scientists” in following the confluence of physics and biology where it would lead, I decided to see what materials were out there about ESP (“extrasensory perception), “psychic” phenomena, and other things beyond the “edge” of science. “Tachyons” were already a subject for science fiction, a major hobby interest of mine as well.

I remembered prophecy as a real thing from my Dad’s sermons. I couldn’t find stuff on these subjects except the ones that tended on the “spooky” and crazy stuff. The most promising was an experiment at Stanford University (I think it was) that found they could get people to control the type of brain waves enough to type on a remote keyboard.

Prophecy, what is also called “premonition” or “clairvoyance”, was another thing to think about. This led to memories of sermons about prophecy from childhood days.

I had read one of Isaac Asimov‘s multitude of writings, where he had talked about Bible prophecy and concluded for you that it was all a bunch of nonsense. Self-fulfilling or vague he said.

Not an expert, but I knew that was wrong, vaguely remembering some of the things from earlier. That is now a blur, but ever since then I’ve learned of thousands of very specific predictions in the Bible and outside the Bible.

So that led me to do some research in the Bible, though I was still atheist, thinking there might be something there to learn about growing some ability in this area or find out more about these phenomena.

It led to thinking about everything again.

Hats off to my very liberal Geography teacher in high school, Cleveland High School in St. Louis, we all loved that guy. He emphasized at every turn that we should all think for ourselves about all things. He provoked us in political discussions too, and moderated class discussion about how to decide our vote in elections. He explained why he voted a straight Democratic Party ticket, but he was not a demagogue about it and he didn’t call dissenters names, and he made us feel that we would not be ostracized or humiliated if we dissented.

What a contrast with the religiously Darwinian fanatic, the Biology teacher.

So not necessarily just because of that Geography teacher, my mind began to wander outside the strictures pounded into us by government education, that we were not to take the Bible as history.

Boy oh boy what a ride it was after that.

I decided that the truth was the goal, no matter what it looked like. As in, open your mind to the truth even if it looks like a narrow truth.

Once that closed-minded barrier broke, following facts, science, history, and logic where it led, it became a road back to a lonely faith. Lonely because it was faith in God but all my peers were now steeped in the anti-faith indoctrination, and did not very open then to reason or rationality.

Other things were going on in my life too at the same time, other slow-forming epiphanies.

I was also getting sorely disillusioned with the fellow anti-war demonstrators and fellow leftists. None of them were much interested in my desire to join forces with the unions to overthrow capitalism. Unions were middle class by then. I remember some of the construction worker wildcat strikes in the news when I was a kid in the 1950s, and remember thinking that the hourly pay they were demanding was astronomical.

And working Americans at the time were heavily patriotic, too. We called them “hard-hats”, and in the early years they were furious over anti-war demonstrations. At one point, there was a pro-war march about half a million strong through central St. Louis, my home town.

But it didn’t take too much to see through the elitist leftist leaders. During those days, Pacific Gas and Electric raised the rates in the area for electricity, and their members, union workers, went on a wildcat strike, demanding they roll back the rates as their top demand!

At the time, a student body leader known as a leftist, led a group of us to something I think he needed to do for academic credits. It was a study of poor people of some theme or another. We went to East St. Louis, on the other side of the river, and went down to the riverbanks of the Mississippi River, and he did his oral interview with a black fellow there who was tending to a few hogs he had there.

About a hundred feet downriver there was a big electric tower, and there were two hard-hats there, remember, these were workers for PG&E. I suggested hey, look, these are the workers we need for revolution, let’s go talk to them. These rich kids –it was an expensive Ivy League university (I was there on 100% scholarship and loan)– starting with the “leader”, could not have snorted any more pig-like than the pig farmer’s hogs when he spit out his epithet: “hard-hats”.

That was my disillusion with that movement. Plus, with seeing the capitalists behind every bad thing happening, why did the Communist “alternative newspapers” treat the JFK assassination like it was nothing to think about, ho-hum?

Then there was rock music. A friend who was a “Trotsky” Communist who also loved the Beatles told me he thought there was a subtle pro-revolution (of the violent kind) message in the Beatles song that seemed to denounce violence for changing the world, which to us seemed a contrast to another one (“A working class hero is something to be”).

Wow. I was at my favorite group the Rolling Stones for singing about everything BUT revolution. Even “fighting in the streets” seemed to be for biker gangs, not us. So after that tidbit about the Beatles, I put on the headphones and started listening to all the Rolling Stones records my radical sociology professor had, because I was renting a room from him at the time.

It was a frustrating few weeks looking for a hidden revolutionary message, until finally one song’s “message” became clear, an exhortation to overdose without care, a message to welcome that “monkey on my back”.

The disillusion became outrage. From there I listened to the other albums I had liked so much. Jefferson Airplane told you “your mind is a thoroughbred” –if you could get through “baby you’re dead”, stroking the ego into eugenics, breed the race. Then there was “The Band”, telling us out loud we were puppets on a string, if you could undo the subtle psychology of the lyrics preceding that used association tricks to sublimate the conscious.

Some readers by now are thinking, Yeah, I knew that. Others are going, Wow, that’s right! Some others stopped thinking back at “monkey on my back”. But then there are psychologists saying “Yep. Light hypnotic state”.

My disillusion turned into frustration because none of my friends thought it was any big deal.

Shortly after that, my college years were over, and I moved my pre-induction draft physical to where the U.S. Statistical Abstract said there were the most medical deferments, North California. I had friends already in Berkeley, California.

The day after the doctors failed me in the exam for medical reasons, I met some street missionaries from the street missionaries that lit fire to the Jesus People movement and spent the afternoon with them.

A couple of months later, I returned to California from St. Louis to join this movement to change the world.

And that’s how it can be done. One heart at a time. You can’t wave a wand and impose goodness and light and  “democracy” on people who are not used to it, even if they yearn for the freedom that comes with a republican form of government. East Germans went through a lot of pain when they merged with their richer cousins of the West. Russia went through some pains with the partial privatization of their economy.

And the “Arab spring” is turning into an “Arab caliphate” ruled by mullahs of the Muslim Brotherhood, thanks to meddling. Better to support the Christians behind the Muslim Wall, and show them the God of love, and the life of resurrection, that wins hearts and minds to the truth.


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