Inside is Where We Keep the Good Stuff
Vol: 112 Issue: 21 Friday, January 21, 2011
I was reading through the OL’s Member’s Forum the other day and marveling at the wealth of information contained there. It has exceeded my wildest hopes when we first began mapping out what would become your Omega Letter back in 2001.
It is your Omega Letter, as I had always wanted it to be. The Omega Letter was designed first and foremost as a place where mature believers could fellowship together, but also as a place where they could share information with one another.
Henry Ford once observed, “I’d rather have one percent of the efforts of 100 men than 100 percent of the effort of one” and on that philosophy, invented the automobile assembly line.
Just scrolling through the past week’s worth, one finds discussions on such varied topics as the new Zodiac, Glenn Beck, Obama’s speech, the Mossad’s latest assessment of Iran’s nuclear program, and lots more.
The Omega Letter forums are an information clearing-house of facts and reports that are relevant to Bible prophecy or of interest to mature Christians, presented as they happen by observers unafraid to share their opinions or ask questions of one another.
I couldn’t be more pleased with what the Lord has built.
For example, did you know about the thousands of dead octopuses (octopi?) that mysteriously washed ashore on a beach in Portugal?
I consider myself much more well-informed than most people – after all, it is my job to know things. But I didn’t know about that until I read it in the OL forums.
What about the magma bulge developing in Yellowstone Park? Did you know about that? Starting in 2004, the ground has begun to swell over what National Geographic describes as a ‘super-volcano’.
A super-volcano in America’s heartland? That would seem to be fairly important news. National Geographic describes a super-volcano this way:
“Volcanoes form mountains. Super-volcanoes erase them.”
In the case of the Yellowstone bulge, Nat Geo quotes US Geological Survey scientist Bob Christiansen explaining what the bulge, (which only began in 2004, remember) signifies:
First, a plume of heat wells up from deep within the planet and melts rock just beneath the crust of the Earth, creating a vast chamber filled with a pressurized mix of magma, semisolid rock, and dissolved water vapor, carbon dioxide, and other gases. As additional magma accumulates in the chamber over thousands of years, the land above begins to dome upward by inches. Fractures open along the dome’s edges, as if burglars were sawing a hole from beneath a wooden floor. When the pressure in the magma chamber is released through the fractures, the dissolved gases suddenly explode in a massive, runaway reaction. It’s like “opening the Coke bottle after you’ve shaken it,” says Bob Christiansen, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist who pioneered research on the Yellowstone volcano in the 1960s. With the magma chamber emptied, the surface collapses. The entire domed region simply falls into the planet, as though the Earth were consuming itself. Left behind is a giant caldera, from the Spanish word for “cauldron.”
Why don’t YOU know this? Why isn’t it being shouted from the roof tops? Your guess is as good as mine, but my guess is that somebody somewhere decided there is no point in sounding an alarm to an event for which there is no escape.
“Since 2004, portions of the caldera have surged upward at a rate of nearly three inches a year, much faster than any uplift since close observations began in the 1970s. The surface continues to rise despite an 11-day earthquake swarm that began late in 2008, causing a flurry of apocalyptic rumors on the Internet. “
This is the kind of information you miss if you aren’t cruising the member’s forums. You don’t have to post in the forums to benefit from them, although if nobody posts, there is no benefit to be had.
The Omega Letter Intelligence Digest is only the tip of the iceberg. I try to cover what I believe are the most important issues of any given day from the perspective of Bible prophecy, but our forums are literally filled with insights every bit as valuable.
Another example of the kind of insight you are missing if you aren’t cruising the forums is one posted by an OL member making an observation about the Gospels.
He notes that the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) present Jesus from a perspective unique to the intended audience.
In Matthew, He is presented as King to a primarily Jewish audience. Mark presents Him as a Servant, to a primarily Roman audience. Luke’s Gospel is written principally to the Greeks, presenting Jesus as a Man. All three view essentially the same events, but each from its own unique perspective.
Then we come to the Gospel of John. John’s Gospel is so much different than the Synoptic Gospels that it is the reason the others are called the “synoptics” – to set John’s Gospel apart. John’s Gospel presents Jesus as God, and its primary audience is the Church.
That isn’t particularly insightful – after all, if nobody had noticed it before, we wouldn’t have a cool word like ‘synoptic’ to define it.
But the forums are the place to find insight, like Pete’s observation that the Synoptics – written to the Jew, the Roman and the Greek, all have a variation of the Olivet Discourse.
Note once more that the Synoptics are evangelical; they present Jesus to the unsaved and represent both Jews and Gentiles.
The Gospel of John is written primarily to those that already believe.
Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 record the Lord’s reply to the question, “What will be the sign of Thy coming?” including the outline of the Tribulation and His Second Coming.
John’s Gospel presents an entirely different scenario for the Church. The Lord describes His return for the Church thusly:
“In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2-3)
John’s Gospel makes no mention of the tribulation to come, as do Matthew, Mark and Luke. Matthew, Mark and Luke warn their audiences of tribulation.
To the Jew learning of Jesus as their Messiah and King, Matthew writes:
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:21)
To the Roman learning of Jesus as the Servant of Man, Mark writes:
“For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.” (Mark 13:19)
To the Greek, being presented with a picture of Jesus as a man, Luke writes:
“For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:22)
John’s Gospel, (addressed to the Church), offers not a warning, but a word of comfort. To the Church, saved by grace and not subject to judgment for sin, John records the Lord’s Promise:
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
I am only one person and can only manage to write one Omega Letter a day. But the Omega Letter much more than one daily briefing.
The Omega Letter is a compendium of insights and observations from an entire cross-section of mature believers from all walks of life and almost every region of the world, brought together in fellowship and commitment to their service to the King.
It is a blessing beyond measure to me personally. And if you are an OL member but you’ve not spent any time in the OL forums, you are just seeing the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.
Inside is where we keep all the really good stuff.