Vol: 20 Issue: 25 - Saturday, February 25, 2017
The Rise of the Global 'Superchurch'
According to the Book of the Revelation, during the Tribulation Period, the government of antichrist rests on three main pillars of power.
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Where Are You Heading, Friend?
February 24, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
“I’ve drunk of every fount of pleasure and quaffed every cup of fame, yet, alas, I die of thirst!” ~ Lord Byron
God’s Chosen Language
February 23, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
The Jewish people are unique among all other people. They are also genetically different. Though we do not have DNA samples from Abraham 4,000 years ago in order to compare, there have been plenty of comparative genetic studies on Jews. It appears from these studies that there is a “Jewish” genetic marker that links Jews all over the world, no matter where they now live.
Isaiah in the High Places
February 22, 2017 - Israel - Middle East
The age of enlightenment was "a cultural movement of 17th and 18th century intellectuals who emphasized reason and individualism rather than tradition." (Oxford Dictionary). German pastor Friedrich Schleiermacher (a.k.a. the "father of modern hermeneutics") was one of them. Not good. Hermeneutics is Bible interpretation. And it's his kind of thinking that duplicated Isaiah.
World War IV: Part 1
February 20, 2017 - Prophecy - Signs
In early 1914, though, it seemed almost impossible that Britain and France would go to war with Germany to defend Russia against Austria-Hungary over a dispute with Serbia. Yet by June 28, war moved straight from impossible to inevitable — without ever passing through improbable. Four years later, 10 million people had died. (From World War One: First war was impossible, then inevitable; Anatole Kaletsky)
New Age Spiritual Candy
February 17, 2017 - Globalism - Ecumenism
I love books. In fact I devour them. As I’ve related before, one of the first places I go to when I visit any book store is the section on Religion. Most stores have a general “Religion” bookshelf.
February 16, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
During my life I’ve stayed at numerous hotels, motels and inns; and as a result I was programmed to expect to see a Gideons Bible somewhere, usually a drawer. I didn’t read the Gideons Bible often, because I was just too busy doing whatever; but the Bible was always there.
A Heart of Wisdom
February 15, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
Luke predicted a time when Christians would be fair game for ridicule, persecution, and even death. Today, anybody with eyes and ears and a news feed recognizes an increasing distaste for those who bear His name. You have to wonder, will faith endure till His return? New data says there’s more room for hope then I expected.
Men of Renown
February 13, 2017 - Prophecy - Signs
And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Luke 17:26-27
On Satire, Prejudice & Intolerance
February 10, 2017 - Commentary on the News
You say pot-ah-toe and I say pot-ay-toe. You say satire while I say prejudice.
Life Discovered on Mars
February 09, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
Can you imagine the excitement in the scientific community at that news? Life has been discovered on Mars. In a dark crevice on a hillside, that oscillates between extreme cold and extreme heat as the red planet rotates and orbits the sun, a NASA robot has discovered a bacterium.
We Three Kings
February 08, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
What’s my favorite book of the Bible? No Contest. Daniel. Chock full of both history and prophecy, my all-time favorite topics. To me it is endlessly fascinating. It’s also a favorite of Bible skeptics. For sort of the same reasons: there’s lots of prophecy and history from which to manufacture supposed contradictions. Exhibit A: "The German School of Higher Criticism"; circa 1800’s.
The Last Days According to Everyone
February 06, 2017 - Prophecy - Signs
The ancient Vikings believed in ‘Ragnarok’. The Buddhist believe in the coming of the ‘Maitreya’. The Hindus believe that the ‘Kalki’ brings an end to the current Kali Yuga. Islam predicts that the end will come when the ‘Mahdi’ returns. Even atheists and skeptics posit that we are overdue for an occurrence such as a meteor, super volcano, global weather extreme, or other cataclysmic earth-ending event.
So You Want To Be Left Behind
February 03, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
So you want to be Left Behind? You see no value in the escapist rapture? Warning: there may be the occasional sarcasm and axe grinding ahead.
Slavery and the World of Islam
February 02, 2017 - Terror - Islam
It was early morning in Aleppo, once Syria’s largest city before ISIS got through with it.
Old as Methuselah
February 01, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
''Adam lived 130 years, and begot a son in his own likeness… and named him Seth. Seth lived 105 years, and begot Enosh. Enosh lived 90 years, and begot Cainan. Canain lived...zzzzzzzzz.'' Jesus said every yod and tittle is important. Ever wonder what all those genealogies are there for?
The Rapture According to Jesus Christ
January 30, 2017 - Prophecy - Signs
Not many years ago, famed Reformist and Partial-Preterist theologian R.C. Sproul authored a book entitled “The Last Days According to Jesus Christ”. In it he states that “I am convinced that the substance of the Olivet Discourse was fulfilled in AD 70 and that the bulk of Revelation was likewise fulfilled in that time period” (page 158). Unfortunately, his view is not unique within Christendom.
January 27, 2017 - Israel - Middle East
Earlier this year as a bunch of us were walking together, one of my friends suddenly wondered out loud, "Why does everyone hate the Jews? It was as if the thought suddenly struck him out of the blue and it puzzled him. He wasn't specifically talking about the nation Israel but individual ethnic Jewish people. I think the two are inextricably related yet not entirely dependant on each other.
I Used to Be a Fetus
January 26, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
If anyone ever wants to know if the devil is alive and well, one has to look no further than the Holocaust and the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision. That’s when the U.S. ''Supreme'' Court decided that a woman has a ''right'' to an abortion without any interference from the feds.
January 25, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
The first verse of Genesis makes it clear that the God of the Bible was the agent of our existence: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep."
From Here to Eternity
January 23, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
The Christian world is currently divided into two groups. There are those who suffer under the boot of physical persecution, and those who do not. Those currently experiencing persecution include Christians from the Middle and Far East, Africa, various Latin American countries, and those who live in western nations, but predominantly non-Christian communities.
Please, Just Give Me Christ
January 20, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
Please, just give me Christ! When I left the Christ-less New Age, I tried to attend my local Catholic Church. I wanted to know more about the Lord. Yet every service seemed just another excuse for a social justice commentary. The popular term in those days was "reconciliation."
The Road from Damascus
January 19, 2017 - Israel - Middle East
There are not many ancient cities still standing, though there are remnants of several. When it comes to the oldest cities remaining that have been continuously populated since birth, 7 of the top 10 remain in biblical territories. Damascus remains against all odds.
January 18, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
One verse that has stumped me since pretty much the first week I belonged to Jesus is I John 3:2. "We know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” I’ve been working on what that methodology would look like for 40 years. Finally, (Eureka!) I figured something out. It’s not as much procedural as it is personal.