Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gap Theory or Gap Fact?

     I was recently asked to explain the "Gap Theory"  of Genesis 1:1-1:2 and since it takes a considerable amount of scriptural exegesis and quite a bit of time to explain, I thought I would put it in a post so it could be read by anyone with interest.

     So, What is the "Gap Theory"?  It is a theory (more like a principle) that between the verses of Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 there was an unknown period of time in which Lucifer (AKA Satan) ruled over a "Pre-Adamic" earth consisting of angels, people, nations of people, and other creatures.  After his revolt and fall from grace this world became exceedingly sinful and wicked.  It was possibly genetically corrupted by Satan and his angels in order to destroy God's creation and ultimate plan for the human race.
     Eventually God, out of anger with Satan's actions, caused a catastrophic destruction of the earth and all of its inhabitants, possibly with a meteor or something of that nature, resulting in a flooded, darkened world described by the Bible as "without form and void".  The Bible does not detail this possibility because it is not a history book, it is an instruction book on how to live for God and an explanation of the creation, fall, and eventual restoration of man's relationship to God.  That was the "nutshell version", now let's get down to business.

     I'll be quoting quite a bit of scripture in this post and introducing some Hebrew words and their associated definitions.  The quotes will be from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible and I will not differentiate the KJV italicized words (words added by KJV translators for clarity).  Hebrew words will be shown in parenthesis.

     Somewhere in the dateless past, God created the heaven and the earth from nothing, ex-nihilo, from non existent material, out of thin air so to speak.  This is made clear by the Hebrew word "bara" in Genesis 1:1

"In the Beginning God created (bara) the heaven and the earth"

     The Hebrew word "bara" means absolute creation, creation from nothing.  This is in contrast with another Hebrew word, "asah" which means to make or mould  from existing material.  Please note as well that the word heaven is singular and not capitalized, this means the "heaven" referred to here is the immediate atmosphere surrounding the earth. 
     In the early Jewish Masoretic texts written from the 7th to the 9th century B.C., immediately after the word "earth" is an article of punctuation called a "rebhia".  It was a dis-junctive accent (or participle) that prompted the reader to pause for reflection, suggesting a change in the train of thought.  Please note this for the discussion on Genesis 1:2 coming up now:

     "And (waw) the earth was (hayah) without form (tohu) and void (bohu); and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters".

     The Hebrew language does not differentiate between "and" or "but", they use the word "waw", letting the context and accent determine whether it is to be rendered "and" or "but", so depending on the particular KJV translator (out of 70), it could be rendered either way.  Since the "rebhia" at the end of verse 1 is a dis-junctive (non-connective) accent then we should assume the "waw" to be rendered "but" instead of "and".
     The next Hebrew word we get to is "hayah" which has been translated as "was".  The word "hayah" has been rendered "became" 67 times in the Old Testament (Gen 2:7, 19:26, 20:12, 24:67 for example) and has also been rendered as "becamest", "become", "come to pass", and "came to pass".  Since the context of verse 2 is still dis-junctive to verse 1 we will use the word "became" in the place of "was".
     Finally, we come to "tohu" and "bohu", Hebrew words that mean pretty much the same thing.  The word "tohu" means desolation and wilderness, and "bohu" means empty and void.  At this point we can thus render Genesis 1:2 as:

     "But the earth became without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."

     Early church Fathers like the Jews in Alexandria, Josephus, Tertullian, and Clement also rendered the first word of this verse as "but".
     This suggests that something catastrophic happened to the earth to make it "without form and void", besides, we know that God is perfect in all his ways and does not create things in this fashion.  Some would suggest that this was an initial creation of the earth and sky into usable material, and that God had to "tweak" his creation in the succeeding verses; let's see if scripture supports this view.

     We will start with 2 Peter 3:5-7 which says:

     "For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world (kosmos) that then was, being overflowed with water, perished (apollumi):  But the Heavens and the Earth, which are now, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the Day of Judgement and Perdition of ungodly men".

     Peter says several things of importance here.  God created the world by his words long ago, the earth was in the water and protruding out of the water, then the world (kosmos) was overflowed with water and perished (apollumi).  The word "kosmos" means the world and all inhabitants.  The word "apollumi" means fully destroyed.  Peter is not speaking of the Noahic flood here because there were survivors of that flood as we well know from scripture.  It is probable that he is speaking of some ancient, non-disclosed event.  Notice also that Peter says there is a willful "ignorance" of this fact.

     The best proof in exercises of Biblical exegesis is supporting scripture.  Lets turn to Isaiah 45:18 which says:

     "For thus saith the Lord that created (bara) the Heavens; God Himself Who formed (yatsar) the Earth and made (asah) it; He has established it, He created (bara) it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited:  I am the LORD; and there is none else."

     Well, there you go, I call that support.  As I stated before, "bara" is creation from nothing.  The new words here are "asah" which means to "make" in the broadest sense, and "yatsar" which means to mould from existing material. Note that Isaiah is emphatic that the earth was not created in vain and was formed to be inhabited.

     Now let's check scripture from another prophet, Jeremiah 4:23-26 states:

     "I beheld the Earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the Heavens, and they had no light.  I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.  I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the Heavens were fled.  I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the Presence of the LORD, and by His fierce anger."

     In addition to being a prophetic view and a warning of what was in store for Judah and Jerusalem, it is also a perfect recollection of Genesis 1:2.  The importance is that it shows the reason for the chaotic state of the earth as described in Genesis 1:2 - The Presence and anger of the LORD!  
     What could have happened to make God angry enough to bring destruction upon his creation then turn around and restore the earth and try it again?

     Here is where it gets interesting; lets go to Isaiah 14:12-17 which says:

     "How are you fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!  For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:  I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the North:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.  Yet you shall be brought down to Hell, to the sides of the pit.  They who see you shall narrowly look upon you, and consider you, saying, Is this the man who made the earth to tremble, who did shake kingdoms; Who made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; who opened not the house of his prisoners?"

     This scripture addresses the future Antichrist and details the fall of Lucifer from his original position as the anointed cherub that covereth.  This is obvious because he names Lucifer and calls him "son of the morning"; this is Satan, of which the Antichrist will be the human incarnation of.  Because of pride and self righteousness, Lucifer had determined that he would be like God and would ascend above the heights of the clouds.  They are both described as one who weakens nations, shakes kingdoms, and destroys cities.
     It appears that Lucifer (Satan), before he revolted, while he was still true to God, was given dominion over the original Pre-Adamic earth, which included angels, people, nations of people, other creatures, and cities.  During this revolt, one third of the angels in heaven went with Lucifer.

     Are there more scriptures to support this story?  Now we turn to Ezekiel 28:12-19 saying:

     Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; You seal up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.  You have been in Eden the Garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold:  the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created.  You are the anointed Cherub who covers; and I have set you so:  you were upon the Holy Mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you, By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the midst of you with violence, and you have sinned; therefore I will cast you as profane out of the Mountain of God:  and I will destroy you, O covering Cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness:  I will cast you to the ground, I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you.  You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of you, it shall devour you, and I will bring you to ashes upon the Earth in the sight of all them who behold you.  All they who know you among the people shall be astonished at you: you shall be a terror, and never shall you be any more."

     This scripture gives a "lamentation" against the King of Tyrus, however the description given can only be applied to Satan - No king of Tyrus was full of wisdom and perfect in beauty (he may of thought he was).  We know Satan was in Eden, the garden of God, because that is where he successfully tempted Eve and Adam.  Verse 14 calls him the "Anointed Cherub who covers" and says he was on the Holy Mountain of God.  He was perfect until iniquity (evil, perverseness, unjustness, unrighteousness, wickedness) was found in him, causing his fall from grace.  

     We can deduce from the preceding scriptures that Satan (Lucifer) had dominion over a populated earth in which he ruled from Eden, that he had access to God, being allowed to travel up to and down from the throne freely.  His evil nature caused him to revolt, taking a third of all the angels with him (Rev 12:4,9) to the earth where they took to the task of making God's creation a wasteland, and most likely used various methods to genetically corrupt man and beast as well.

     Starting in verse 3 of Genesis Chapter 1, the new earth is restored as indicated  by words like "asah" (made from existing material)  and "dasha" (to sprout).  Verse 11 indicates that the seeds of plants and trees were already in the ground.
     Take note that after every creative action is complete, save one, God saw "that it was good".  Verse 6 is the exception; when making the firmament, dividing the waters, and making the sky he does not say "that it was good"  This is because when he destroyed the original earth that was corrupted by Satan and his angels, the souls of all the inhabitants had no other place to go but into the heavens above the earth.  They became the "principalities and powers of the air", "the rulers of the darkness of this age", and the "spiritual wickedness in high places" we were warned about in Ephesians 6:12.  Hence, God could not say "that it was good".

     It is believed by many scholars and early church fathers that demons are the disembodied spirits of some of the inhabitants of the "Pre-Adamic" world I have been describing.  Any human beings in this Pre-Adamic world would most likely have been involved in Satan's revolt and obviously destroyed during whatever catastrophe God used.  We know that demons are around us looking for human bodies to inhabit or depress - this could explain where they come from.

     According to earlier scripture from Peter, the way in which the earth became "formless and void" was by water and this is confirmed in Genesis 1:2.  The earth and sky had basically become one mass of watery darkness, causing the earth to cool, evidencing an ice age that entombed large quadrupeds and winged creatures that we recognize as dinosaurs, possibly part of the animal kingdom or genetic chimera's present in the Pre-Adamic age.  Satan does all that he can to destroy God's creation, especially mankind.

     When God created Adam and Eve, he told them to go and "replenish" the earth, intimating that it had been populated before.  It's instructive that God used the exact same words to Noah after the great flood of his day.

     Why is this "Gap Theory" important at all?  Many people have a problem with the veracity of the Bible and Christianity in general because science has taught them the two cannot co-exist.  They are told that evolution is fact and that creation is fiction, when in fact, science has yet to disprove anything from the Bible.
     They ask, how do you explain dinosaur fossils? How can you say that the earth is only 6000 years old?
My answer is that the "Gap Theory" explains it all, science can be supported by the Bible, and those who have always looked to science for the answers but have an open mind, might be swayed towards scripture and have a chance to be saved.  That is important.

God Bless,

Bryan




    

    


Sunday, September 2, 2012

To Obey or Disobey, That is the Question.

     With the recent activity by Catholics and Evangelicals (Christians) across the nation joining in opposition to the HHS ("contraceptive") mandate and the U.S. government deciding it is prudent to "poke the bear", so to speak, by treading on our rights to freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience, I thought it would be educational to cover the subject from a spiritual standpoint and in the context of Romans 13 in the bible.  From here on I will be referring to this group of Evangelicals and Catholics as "Christians" for ease of discussion.

 We'll start by quoting The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans, Chapter 13, Verses 1-7 which states:

     "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the Ordinance of God:  and they who resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil.  Will you then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and you shall have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to you for good.  But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain:  for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him who does evil.  Wherefore you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.  For for this cause pay ye tribute also:  for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.  Render therefore to all their dues:  tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to who custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour."

     Let me begin by stating that God has ordained the institution of "government" as the power Paul is speaking of here, not any particular human being.  Government was ordained of God in order to afford protection of the God given rights of every individual.  The absence of government would bring anarchy (which is not of God) and a de-regulation of human affairs which cannot be tolerated in society.
     Governments institute laws and constitutions in order to regulate the activities of their citizens as well as the activities of the authority.  Whenever these laws and constitutions are followed by both parties, society functions as it was "ordained" to function. 
     As Christians, we are to obey the laws of the land we live in or "receive damnation".  The damnation spoken of here is not "eternal damnation from God", but damnation from the society we live in.  The Apostle is also making an assumption that the laws will be fair and just, and that since they are ordained by God, they will be laws that Christians won't have a problem obeying.

     What are "Christian" laws?  The Old Testament Decalogue (the ten commandments) was just a starting point and was the basic foundation for Judeo-Christian regulation.  Israel was eventually under the regulation of over 600 laws, the breaking of any one law resulting in the death of some poor animal as a blood sacrifice for sin.  It was immediately apparent that the "law" could only be followed by supernatural means, hence the coming of Christ, who fulfilled the law by being the perfect human example.
     The laws of Christ are still based on the ten commandments (with the exception of the sabbath - which I will not get into in this post) but are actually tougher because Christ looks at the heart, and not merely at the obedience of a law.   For example instead of a commandment that says "thou shalt not murder", Christ says that if you think of killing someone, you have committed murder in your heart.  If you look at a woman with lust you have committed adultery in your heart.  Its a HEART thing, and that begins with CONSCIENCE.
 
     When you are "born again", you are regenerated (read re-gene'd), and your heart is not the same as it was before.  Your conscience won't let you get away with thinking about doing something wrong without bringing a "conviction" which forces you to ask God for forgiveness and help.  So when you think about it, a Christian believer is held to a much higher standard of thought and action than others are.  Because of this, the thought of abortion, homosexuality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, deceit, malignity, hate, pride, evil, etc.. is abhorrent to a Christian.  The thought of being forced to obey a law that supports or propagates any of these things is even more abhorrent to the Christian conscience.

     So what happens when a Government issues laws that conflict with Christian conscience?  Do we still have to obey that law or that government?  The same "conviction" that tells me when I am doing or thinking something wrong also tells me that when having to make a choice to disobey God or to disobey man, the choice is always to disobey man if what he wants is contrary to God..
     As Christians, we are to obey our government in all things which are not CONTRARY to God's laws.  Acts 5:28-29 gives us an example of how to react when being told to do something against our Christian conscience;  In response to the High Priests order to not preach in the name of Christ, the Apostles replied "We ought to obey God rather than men".  They were consistently taken to prison and beaten for their choice, but they were "counted worthy to suffer shame for his Name".
    
     The issue we face today is quite similar and we have the added dimension of a government that has been overtly trying to subvert a constitution that they have (ironically) sworn to God to protect and defend!  What more do we need?  If that does not justify disobedience, then I don't know what does.
     Now, The Epistle to the Romans was written during the times of some pretty tyrannical rulers like Claudius, Caligula, and Nero, who spent a fair amount of time mercilessly persecuting Christians and the Apostle Paul still held to the dictate that their laws should be obeyed.  But we need to understand that Paul used to be one of those persecutors, and he was giving advise to a flock he was trying to protect from torture and death, his answer was to remove the flock from the situation and keep out of the politics of the day.

     If Nero was actually our President today, my advice would be pretty much the same as Paul's; "shut up and do what your told, and pray that God will fix it".  The Constitution of America was formed specifically to make sure we never see a "Nero" or a "Caesar", therefore, we have a process that was not available to the early Christian church, and that process is undermined, underutilized, and under attack. 
     We know from the Bible that God quite often uses "ungodly" men for his aims.  He has a plan, and that plan quite often includes a despotic ruler or system being used by Satan to limit the spread and influence of Christianity in the world.  God gives leeway to Satan in order to make his final plan come to pass, but he always protects his true and faithful believer unless its time to bring that believer home.  I believe God's plan includes the weakening of America's power and influence around the globe and He has allowed the current president the task of doing this under Satan's guidance.  However, we don't have to help him!

     For some strange reason, the Christian church as a whole has removed itself from the political process and unfortunately the government (and liberals/progressives in particular) continues to use the process to guide us all into an America that is ungodly and tyrannical.  The powers that be are constantly attacking the faith of Christians from all sides and we cannot afford to run away from it.
     They get plenty of help from the mainstream news media that constantly pushes the message that Christians are uneducated dolts who don't understand the "real world" and just want to force everyone to accept their morals and faith; they hate the thought of Christians becoming politically active, and wish that we would all just disappear.
     You want to know why?  Lets crunch some numbers:  In the 2008 general election there was a total of around 129.5 million votes split between the top two candidates, Obama got roughly 69.5 million and McCain got roughly 60 million.  According to statistics, there are supposedly around 90 million evangelical believers in the United States today.  If we were to get just 77% of all those evangelicals on the same page, there is no way we would have to put up with just the two establishment idiots they put up for election every four years, we could have our own candidate and they would not be able to "rig it" like they do now.
     They know it too!  Why do you think they scare pastors into thinking that they can't speak the truth from the pulpit?  They know we have the single biggest voting block in the world!  The problem here is a lack of unity, true unity.  I'm not talking about holding hands and singing Kum-ba-ya, I'm talking about the same gospel message being spoken from every Christian pulpit in the nation and every pastor having the courage to "tell it like it is", the 501c3 be damned! 
     If you need Caesars "tax exemption" to keep the church running then you're not preaching a gospel that Christ is willing to protect.  Our people are destroyed for lack of knowledge and its the pastor's job to make sure his flock understands the issues and that they know how to vote like a Christian.  If that responsibility had been taken seriously in the past, we would not be facing the issues we face today.

     Instead, we have denominations that openly accept "gay"pastors and bishops, willingly perform "same-sex marriage" ceremonies, preach "feel good" "I'm OK, your OK" messages from the pulpit, and think that cleaning windshields and handing out bottled water at intersections is witnessing for Christ.  I want to be as far away from these churches as I can get when the Lord returns, cause it ain't gonna be pretty.
      How about some more math - In 2008 Obama got 24% of evangelical voters, that is at least 21.6 million votes over a 9.5 million vote difference for the candidates.  Evangelical voters gave Obama the election!  The truth is, every one of those voters could have looked at his public voting record, researched his past, and came to the same conclusion I did.  The Christian decision was... DO NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA.
     Wanna hear something truly ironic?  This HHS mandate has stirred up the Catholic church something fierce, and 54% of Catholics who voted in 2008, voted for...you guessed it, Obama.  A little tip folks, when someone supports abortion, supports the homosexual agenda, lies, takes part in "dirty politics" at every level, hangs with unrepentant terrorists and Black Liberation Theologists, and finally maintains that he is a Christian, don't buy it, he's blowing sunshine up your breeches.

     To summarize, the powers that run this nation and their media minions want you to believe that anyone who thinks that Christianity is being marginalized, attacked, or restricted is some kind of wing nut.  It is so obvious to any awake observer that its ridiculous.  As Christians, we would not be in this position if our people would vote their conscience in obedience to God, its that simple.
     You have some choices to make very soon.  Will you obey God or man?  Will you vote for the man that claims to be a Christian and shows absolutely no Christian fruit and is really most likely a Muslim?  Will you vote for the other man who believes that when he dies he'll become the god of his own planet?    If 90 million unified Christians were to vote for one third man the system would have to recognize him. 
     I realize that it won't happen, but dreaming is not illegal, yet.  All I can ask is that every Christian in the country would educate themselves, get registered to vote, and vote with Christian conscience.  Go to God and get guidance, and when faced with the opportunity to choose God's word over mans laws, make the choice to glorify God, not man.
     Myself, I see this election as a choice of ice-cream with poop on top or poop with ice-cream on top....It may look different, but its all the same.

God Bless and good luck

Bryan

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Convert a Gay at Chick-Fil-A

     The recent flap over Chick-Fil-A's president Dan Cathy's outspoken opinion on marriage and the fact that he supports "traditional marriage" as being between a man and a woman has thrown Christian salt on the open wound of unrepentant gays and their supporters nationwide.
     A recent blog post from a Washington Post reporter named Sally Quinn suggests some ways for gays to retaliate against the record setting success of the Mike Huckabee suggested "Chick-Fil-A appreciation day" held nationwide on August 1st.  The word is that most locations ran out of food by the end of the day!

     Quinn's post, entitled "Chick-fil-A day: Don't boycott. Infiltrate" suggests that gays start applying for jobs at Chick-fil-A, that they become managers, and take over the stores.  She suggests that they should patronize the stores and make them the gay hangouts of the community.  Next, that gay partners and same sex couples should take their children there, have birthday parties, and gay pride events at the locations.  Finally, they could have gay weddings, all in the face of Chick-fil-A patrons.

     As a Christian, I say bring it on!  We would like nothing better than to have the opportunity to witness to gays and lesbians about their sinful and immoral lifestyles in a comfortable and safe environment, instead of having to corner them in some debuachery filled "gay pride" parade or some other event.  Getting gays into the store would save a whole lot of hassle for our witnessing plans.  We could just plan to have lunch or supper on certain days, bring our bibles and make plans to help them to repent of their immorality, and help free them from their bondage of homosexuality.

     Ms. Quinn apparently gets her theological teaching from a gay Bishop named Gene Robinson who obviously would not know Jesus Christ if he sat down in the front pew of his church and showed him his nail scarred hands!
     "Bishop" Robinson says "according to the accounts of the life of Jesus as recorded by the Gospels, Jesus never said anything about sexually intimate relationship(s) between people of the same gender.  Nor did  he comment on the sexual behavior between people of the same gender.  Period."
    
     Wow!  Theological genius at work here!  Jesus never said anything about sexually intimate relationships between people and parakeets either, but I'm quite certain he would consider it sinful. 
     A little lesson for the Bishop:  Jesus was a Jew who was born and raised under the old Mosaic and Levitical Law.  That law was clear about the fate of homosexuals.  He came to fullfill that law as the only human being who could obey it to the letter.  Without his successful fulfillment of the entire law and his atoning sacrifice on the cross for all mankind, including gays, all of those gays who hate him so much would still be getting "stoned to death" for their sin today. 
     Because of Jesus, all they need to do now is repent and accept him as the Lord of their life and they will be changed.   A whole lot better than being stoned, don't you think?  Instead, what gays want to do is try to destroy the messenger, the person who wants to stand up for their Lord and his laws.

     Mr. Cathy's testimony on traditional marriage did not hurt anyone, gays and lesbians weren't actually hurt by what he said, they were convicted by the Holy Spirit, they were reminded again that the lifestyle they chose is abnormal an immoral and that they are in bondage to a community and lifestyle that they want to be free from, but cannot leave.  They refuse to face the truth in their heart because of pride and fear.

     It does not help the situation when idiot mayors like Rahm Emanuel (Chicago) and Thomas Menino (Boston) begin a policy of disallowing Christian supporting businesses to set up shop in their city.  That's OK Rahm, try to imagine what your city would be like if every true christian decided to vacate Chicago and move somewhere more suitable to religious freedom.  You don't have enough cops to cover the chaos, but I'm sure you would find some crooked way to benefit!

     Ms. Quinn also asks the question, "what are biblical principles?"  Let me take the time to answer that question for her and her theological muse Bishop Robinson.
     The Apostle Paul was a Roman persecutor of Jews and new Christians.  He oversaw the Stoning death of the first Christian Martyr Stephen.  He became an Apostle after his personal conversion by Jesus Christ himself.  In his Epistle to the Romans 1:21-32, Paul says this:

     "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foollish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.
     Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lust of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the creator, who is blessed forever.  Amen.
     For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:  for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.
     Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, mailiciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them who do them." 

     Please take heed to which side you are on in this debate.  Myself, I want to be as far as I can get from Bishop Robinson when the Lord Jesus Christ comes back.  Ms. Quinn is just misinformed and misled; I pray that she will have her eyes and heart opened.

     If you are a Christian, you should do your part to support Chick-fil-A in the future and consider purchasing products and services provided by christian believing companies as well as stopping purchases from companies who support anti-Christian beliefs. 
     FYI, the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has just recently donated $2.5 million to help pass a same sex marriage referendum in Washington state.  In the past, I have spent a lot of money on Amazon.com.  It won't happen in the future, sorry JB, you chose your side!


God bless Chick-fil-A, and God bless you,

Bryan






    

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Abort the HHS Mandate and Heal Our Land

     "If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways:  Then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will HEAL THEIR LAND."

     In 1774 the first act of the Continental Congress was to pause for a prayer that was based on the 35th Psalm, which begins with the phrase "Plead my cause O LORD, with them that strive with me:  Fight against them that fight against me."  Later in verse 20, "For they speak not peace:  But they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land." 
     All 28 verses of this Psalm could apply to the current political and religious climate of America today.

     In 1776, the same Continental Congress called for a national day of fasting and prayer with the Fast Day Proclamation of December 11.  It stated, "Resolved, that it be recommended to all the united states, as soon as possible, to appoint a day of solemn fasting and humiliation; to implore of almighty God the forgiveness of the many sins prevailing among all ranks, and to beg the countenance and assistance of his providence in the prosecution of the present just and necessary war."  The first Congress made it a habit of consulting God, the Christian God, for assistance.

     The Declaration of Independence references God in one way or another four times.  As "Natures God", the "Creator", the "Supreme Judge of the World", and finally as "Divine Providence".  Today, the president of the United States quotes passages from this document while deleting any reference of God.

     On April 30, 1789, during his first inaugural address, George Washington said "The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself hath ordained."
     This message was a prophecy which was fulfilled for America.  Secular and religious leaders of today have disregarded God's rules and morals, and as a result, his hedge of protection has been cut down.

     We are constantly reminded by our leaders that we have "inalienable rights" that are protected by civil government but lately it has become obvious that they believe we have no natural right in opposition to social "duties" that they require as citizens of the New Global World Order.
     As a consequence, this minority of leftists have decided that our right to religious conscience should give way to the social "duties" of abortion, sterilization, contraception, and other population control and eugenics measures.  The HHS Mandate will codify these "duties" now and in the future.

     James Madison, in his Memorial and Remonstrance (1785) said "Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe", and that no man's rights in the matters of religion should be abridged by the institution of civil society.  Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority and are tyrants.  "The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves."

     The HHS mandate is really just another ploy reared up by Satan and his minions in order to marginalize Christian influence on our society.  The ultimate goal is to destroy the church which can be done through the destruction of Christian morals & dogma, elimination of the family unit, redefinition of marriage and the complete removal of God's word as a guiding light to society.
     They seem to have gained a lot so far but it is only because the church has become complacent and compromising.  Church leadership as a whole is full of false teachers, globalist change agents, and quite honestly, cowards that won't stand firm for the Word of God.

     The entire spectrum of the HHS mandate is a basic issue of sanctity of life dressed up as "women's reproductive rights and health".  The sanctity of life is a transcendental concept that only truly means something to those who know and obey God.
     The continual removal of God from every facet of public life has made our society susceptible to the slick lie that government should be able  to decide what a "quality life" should be, in effect making them not just "godlike", but actually god.  The result is that they decide what measures need to be taken to assure that their definition of a "quality life" is accepted and demanded.
     Unfortunately, by their standards, a poor quality life is defined as poor heredity, accidental pregnancy, being  uneducated, being elderly, being crippled, and being mentally or physically handicapped.  All of these conditions require elimination through drastic measures like sterilization, abortion, and euthanasia in order for these unregenerate elitists to gain their New World Order, low population, perfect race utopia.
     The solutions for these "poor quality" lifestyles are provided to us by our government through non-legislative acts like the HHS Mandate that guarantees the free availability of sterilization services, abortion services, and contraceptive products.  Next we'll be forced to provide free euthanasia services, free genetic manipulation, free sex change operations, etc...

     As law abiding citizens, the Christian community does not deny equal freedom to those who believe differently than us in regards to God, but when we stand up for our freedom to embrace, profess, and observe the laws of God, the rest of society tries their best to deny us those rights.  We are constantly being accused of trying to "legislate our morality" for other people. 
     The facts appear to be contrary however;  Our government is trying to use unconstitutional "mandates", issued by irrelevant government appointees (not duly elected representatives) that result in the legislation of its immorality on us.
      In the meantime, Christians who try to stop this unconstitutional encroachment upon our religious freedom are mocked and persecuted.  We are labeled as "haters" and "exclusivists".  Christ was accurate when he mentioned that we would be hated for his names sake and for our attempt to live by his law.

     Like I mentioned earlier, this is a basic issue of the sanctity of life.  To destroy a human life, in the womb or out is the denial of life and mercy, and is the antithesis of God and love.  This is something that we as believers cannot allow the government to legislate upon us, period!
     The embracing of abortion, sterilization, eugenics, contraception, etc... helps to create a cultural environment that is ripe for genocide, which is made possible whenever a society can be misled into defining individuals as less than human and not deserving of value and respect.

     Imagine if you will, a virgin fourteen year old girl insisting that her pregnancy was the responsibility of the Holy Spirit, and that a holy vision from an angel told her that the baby in her womb was the long awaited messiah, the savior of the world.
     Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, HHS, and the current Executive Branch would have a hey day with that one.  Applying their definition of a "quality life", our savior and his earthly mother would be perfect candidates for their "mandate".
     It is ironic and sad that the same child would eventually have to die an unmerciful death without dignity on a cross at Calvary in order to save us all from our own merciless, selfish, evil ways.  Something that none of us should ever forget.

     In closing, I would like to take you back to 2 Chronicles 17:4 referenced at the beginning of this post.

     Jesus Christ is standing OUTSIDE this Laodicean church knocking on the door, wanting to come back in and if we let him back in --------He will heal our land.

God Bless,
Bryan






    

  

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Gimme that One World Religion - Cathol-islam!? (Repost from Feb. 2012)

     "Now the Spirit speaks expressly , that in the latter times some shall depart from the Faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of Devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their consciences seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the Truth."
                                                                                                    I Timothy 4:1-3

     Recently, there has been a lot of internet discussion in "religious" circles about the Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Summer Institute of Liguistics (SIL) issuing a Bible that removes all references to God as "Father" or Jesus as his "Son" or to Jesus as the "Son of God".
     The reason for this is to be able to market a Bible to the Muslim faith that will not be offensive to their religious sensibilities.  You see, Islam teaches that Jesus Christ was a Prophet, Healer, and a Teacher, but that he was NOT the Son of God, nor was he crucified, so he was NOT resurrected from the dead as the Bible tells us.  Any Muslim who would confess that God has a Son named Jesus Christ is guilty of the Islamic sin of "Shirk" and unless he recants would most likely be beheaded or hanged for that sin.

     Before we get to the meat of this post I would like to say that Wycliffe and SIL have issued statements denying that they have created such blasphemous Bibles.
      Their response in part is, "While we have never intentionally sponsored a translation that neglects to properly communicate the divine familial terms, some observers have raised concerns about whether our methodology has consistently met our goal.  We are listening to those concerns and are seeking God's guidance as we re-evaluate our methodology and investigate to ensure that our committment to accurate and clear translation is being reflected in every project."
     SIL responded by saying, "Without reservation, SIL's scripture translation practice is to use wording which accurately communicates to the intended audience the relationship of Father by which God chose to describe Himself in relationship to His Son, Jesus Christ, as is stated in the original languages of scripture."

     I personally have not seen the "new translation" myself, but the accusation is that for example, Matthew 28:19 has been changed from "baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" to a more Muslim friendly, "cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiah, and his Holy Spirit."
     First, changing the original intent of the word of God is a no-no.  Second, if this example is in fact a true example then both translator/publishers just issued a bald faced lie.  Allah is NOT the God of the Bible and to even write his name in the place of God is blasphemy.  Allah has a Messiah, but he has not yet come, he is known as the Mahdi, or 12th Imam, and he is the Antichrist of the Bible.  Allah does not have a holy spirit, he has a demon spirit, because he is Satan. 
     Note:  Allah =Moon God=Set=Bel=Baal=Horus=Moloch=etc..

     The intent of this garbage is no different than the intent of current evangelical leaders like Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Tony Campolo, Brian McLaren, Paul Wilkinson, etc... in trying to merge all faiths together into a global religious utopia. 
     The world see's the two most "fundamentalist" faiths as Christianity and Islam, and history shows that Christians are more prone to "compromise" than Muslims, hence, we see movements like this one to include Muslims in another "Abrahamic" faith with a watered version of the Bible, and other movements like "Christlam" being pushed by these "leaders" of modern evangelicalism.
      Everything you see here is just another basket full of seducing spirits and doctrines of Devils pointed out in the scriptural introduction.  We are in the end times and these "evangelical leaders" are part and parcel of the plan of Satan to introduce a new ONE WORLD RELIGION which will eventually be based in Rome then Babylon.  It will be guided by the Antichrist and his False Prophet who will reign down persecution on the remaining Jews and others who did not receive Christ before the Rapture.

     "And I saw Thrones, and they that sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them and I saw the souls of them who were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the Beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."

     This scripture taken from Revelation 20:4 has John describing what he see's in Heaven during his vision on the Isle of Patmos.  It says that the AntiChrist (Beast) will "behead" those who will not worship him, or his image, or will not take his mark.
     I can only think of two religious faiths that have historically forced people to accept their dogma and doctrine under threat of the sword, Catholicism and Islam.  Both faiths have beheaded people for their witness for Jesus Christ and for the Word of God.  One faith has historically ruled from Rome and they both had their cultural beginnings in Babylon.  They say "All roads lead to Rome" and they are right.
     Today we hear protestant evangelical leaders touting the Catholic system.  Billy Graham was famous for getting people saved then telling them they could remain in their false religious system; he is probably a Jesuit Priest, and is definitely a Master Mason, I can show you a picture of him receiving his certificate!

     You never hear the Catholic Church complaining about the mishandling of Biblical scripture in regards to all of the false doctrine being spread around in the modern evangelical church; doctrines like Christlam, Dominionism, Emergent Church, Word Faith, Prosperity, Seeker Sensitive, Hebraic Movement, I could go on and on.  Why?  because they have a bunch of false doctrine of their own.
     Right now, the one catholic person reading this blog is tearing his clothes, throwing dirt in the air and beating his chest, just like the Muslim next to him, but before you rush for your simitar and head for my house, do me one favor.  Go take that dusty Vatican II Roman Catholic Catechism off the shelf and turn to paragraph 841 and read the following words:

     841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."

     This statement speaks for itself.  It says several things that contradict Biblical scripture.
  • Salvation does not include those who "acknowledge the Creator".  Satan acknowledges the creator but I can guarantee you he does not have salvation.
  • Muslims claim to hold the faith of Abraham, however, Abraham believed God (not Allah) and it was accounted to him for righteousness.  Righteousness is only accounted to us when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  Holding the faith of Abraham does not bring salvation.
  • We do not adore the same God, but lets look at this in more detail.  Who is "us" in the last phrase of this statement, the Catholic church universal? or the upper leadership who wrote the catechism? (by the way, Vatican II was edited by Joseph Ratzinger, the current Pope) maybe the upper leadership of the Vatican actually does worship Allah, they just don't let everyone else in on it - It must remain a "mystery".  The Koran says that Jesus is not the Son of God, God has no son, God is not part of a trinity, Jesus was not crucified, and therefore could not have been raised from the dead.  My God has a Son named Jesus who was crucified for my sins and was resurrected by God, so we do not adore the same God..
     So, The catholic catechism says you just need to "acknowledge the Creator" to be saved.  No, you have to "profess the faith of Abraham" to be saved.  No, I see, you have to "adore the one, merciful God", the one that the Muslims call "Allah" in order to be saved.  Now I'm really confused.
     Since the Pope is "Infallible" (that means never wrong), and since he's the "Vicar of Christ" (means he is Christs representative on earth), then I have to assume he understood the Muslim faith when he approved this statement for publication, so we must rule out ignorance.  
     Ignorance being ruled out, we could assume that the Pope is trying to deceive someone.  Now why would the most pious man on the planet use deceit?  He's the Vicar of christ! for God's sake.

     No, the reason is this - The leadership of the Catholic Church believes we all worship the same god and that there are many paths to that god.  That is why the fundamental born again Christian is the enemy of the Catholic Church and Islam, not that it matters, but the Catholic Church says that I am not saved because I was not baptized in their church.  That is why the Catholic church keeps her mouth shut on doctrinal issues that differ from the evangelical world.  She knows she will be "in charge" for a short while at the end of the age and will be able to force feed her doctrine to all who are left after the rapture of the true church.  That group will include all those reprobate, apostate, evangelical junk peddlers that are currently destroying Christianity.

     The new world religion will start as a hybrid of Catholicism and Islam and the Catholic Church and her pagan, inclusive, deceiteful doctrines will be exposed and laid bare, destroying her and allowing the antichrist and Islam to take its place as the final One World Religion based in Babylon.  This is just the beginning.

     Time is short, Jesus paid the price for your salvation.  All you have to do is believe this and accept his gift of grace for your life.  Its not hard, its not work, its simple faith in what God has provided that you may have eternal life with him, accept it - its your only way out of this mess.

I can hear the faint blowing of the last trump, don't wait too long.

God Bless,
Bryan

Sunday, February 12, 2012

See Something - Say Something - Are You Kidding?

     I have been trying to resist the urge to address the subject of this post, but I finally have to give in and do it. I just can't take it anymore!  I fully expect some government or google connected security wonk to block or pull this post not long after its published, so read it while you can.

     Your United States Government is quickly and quietly setting up a  surveillance and police state to be thrust upon all of us when they have decided its time for them to make their move for totalitarian power to be shared with all those big, elitist, international banker scumbags they "claim" to loathe.  The proof is in the news every day and most of America is either asleep, ignorant, or too trusting of their government to recognize the danger lying ahead.  Let me try to connect the dots for those folks.

     To make along story short, in 2001 our freedom and liberty was attacked via a "terrorist" attack in New York City that resulted in a law called "The Patriot Act" and the rearrangement of a large security and control infrastructure called FEMA and Homeland Security. 
     This led to every American citizen being considered a threat to national security unless proven otherwise, evidenced by the fact that the TSA is now given access to your "naughty bits" at airports, football stadiums, and even some highway rest areas where VIPR teams are infringing on the rights of perfectly innocent citizens who believe that since they are innocent its OK to let the government trample their rights, after all, if you don't have anything to hide, what are you afraid of?  Totalitarianism you IDIOT!

    Now, here we are 11 years later and what do we have?  A President who thinks he can waltz in and just fire a private company's CEO (GM) and take it over himself, force everyone in the country to buy expensive mercury filled curly cue light bulbs manufactured by one of his best campaign supporters, devise a national health care plan that forces everyone in the country to purchase a government supplied service under the threat of fine or imprisonment, then passes a National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) that allows him to indefinitely detain any "suspect" American without a formal charge or trial (more detail in a minute), and finally comes right out and says that during his second term he is going take our 2nd Amendment rights away!

     Every day I hear some sleazebag on the mainstream propaganda channels spewing out garbage about how the Constitution is outdated and needs to be re-written to apply to modern times.  The one document that has assured unlimited freedom and liberty for over 200 years in the finest, most productive, most innovative, most charitable nation in the history of the whole planet, is outdated and needs to be re-written?!
     Anybody who believes that drivel must have a low 20's IQ, or is a traitor to this nation, or both.  As a matter of fact it appears that we have an assembly full of traitors in Washington D.C.  I thought every one of those tools took an oath to "protect and defend the constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic"?  The assembly is doing a fine job, lets see what they have been up to...

     The Janet Napolitano led homeland security thugs are looking for terrorists around every corner twenty four hours a day and doing everything in their power to keep you safe from people involved in the following unamerican activities, through their "See Something - Say Something" spy on your neighbor program.  Here are some of the "suspicious activities" you may be involved in and what your neighbors have been asked to report to Ms. Incompetano:

  • Stockpiling food, medical supplies, and water for emergencies
  • Taking pictures or videos in public places
  • Voting for third party candidates or putting their bumper sticker on you car
  • Protesting anything the government does
  • Speaking out against government policies that overstep the constitution
  • Questioning environmental policies and denying anthropogenic global warming
  • Purchasing precious metals, or suggesting the use of alternative currencies
  • Paying cash at internet cafes
  • Talking to police officers and asking questions about your rights
  • Opposing the use of surveillance technology without probable cause
  • Wearing a hoody
  • Driving a windowless van
  • Writing on a piece of paper in public
  • Speaking out against the North American Union or NAFTA
  • Understanding your constitutional rights and expecting them to be respected
  • Speaking out against homosexuality, gays, or transgender
  • Speaking out against Islam and false prophets like Muhammad
  • Speaking out against abortion and abortion providers
  • Speaking out against globalization and the New World Order (Shut up conspiracy theorist)
  • Speaking the truth about the Federal Reserve System (its private, not federal)
  • Speaking the truth about false flag terrorism (Tonkin, Pearl Harbor, 911, etc..)
  • Support of "Founding Father" ideals and a love of Constitution / Declaration of Independence
  • Speaking out against the TSA, FEMA, and Homeland Security
  • Homeschooling your children
  • Refusing to let your children be vaccinated or controlled by local school officials
  • Praying or sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ
     This is no joke people, take the time to query your favorite search engine for some of these activities and you will find that I am serious!  These are just a sample of whats in store.
     Before getting too far lets readdress the NDAA issue.  Two traitors, Carl Levin and John McCain sponsored the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.  In case you have not heard, the bill was quietly signed by Obama on January 1, 2012 after he stated that he would not sign it because of some of the more controversial sections written in the bill.  He did it anyway.
     This Act does several things aside from authorizing money for National Defense, it denotes the geographical United States as part of the "battleground" in the war on terror, it authorizes the Department of Defense to detain anyone suspected of supporting terrorism in any way, anywhere in the world.  The bill does not specify who has the responsibility to determine who is a suspect and who is not.
     According to the NDAA anyone can be detained without official charges, without a fair trial, without an indictment by a grand jury, without representation by a lawyer, and without any prior warning or warrant.  The person can be held indefinitely, can be relocated to an overseas location, and as proved by Anwar Al Awlaki's final outcome, the "suspect" can be killed with an armed, unmanned, remotely controlled drone or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) at the order of the President, who incidentally claims he has that right.  Pretty ironic, coming from a President who promised to stop rendition flights and close Guantanamo Bay.
     The NDAA also authorizes the purchase of 30,000 new UAV's for use in the United States of America and directs the FAA to set up flight criteria, and certification, to allow for integration into busy U.S. airspace (the mainstream whore news media is saying they will be used for traffic control, they think you're stupid).
     It also calls for up to ten "test ranges" to be set up to "test and certify" these new drones.  I'll bet there will be ten "test ranges" and there will be one "test range" for each of the ten FEMA regions in the United States.  Arm these drones with the latest and greatest laser guided technology, possibly  including the newest SANDIA Labs guided bullet, connect them with the local threat Fusion Center (each state now has at least one), and Wa-La, the next poor guy who criticizes the government, and screams "Give Me Liberty or Give me death" ends up like Anwar, who, by the way, apparently had breakfast with Pentagon officials a couple of weeks after 9-11.  

     Just a side note about Anwar: Now the State run press is saying that Anwar was running Abdul the underwear bomber (he's dead and he can't defend himself of course) even after the proof has been publicized that the U.S. government helped him and his underwear get on the plane to the United states.
     Don't misunderstand me, Anwar was a Muslim and most likely an Al-CIA-da terrorist, but he was also a United States citizen; I still believe that a citizen of this nation has the right to face his accusers and make them prove his guilt.  It appears that Obama and the Holder Justice Department have a different philosophy, kill first, then convict.  Pay attention folks, you could be next.

     Back to the "spy on your neighbor" program sponsored by Janet Incompetano and Department of Homeland Surveillance.  Most people see this as an innocent attempt to increase situational awareness in the general public.  History shows that what increases is the amount of pissed off people using the system to get rid of problem neighbors, business partners, "loser" co-workers, ex spouses or lovers, or any other "enemy" for money or other reasons.
     This is what happened in Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, and Mao's China.  People willingly gave up anyone and everyone they could in order to get some sort of favoritism from the state or to save their own hides from persecution.  The state would slowly and gradually start chipping away at standard rights and liberties in the name of "defense" and "safety" while most citizens just took the attitude that "the government is doing what it thinks best to safeguard us", and "I don't care, I'm not doing anything illegal".
     This complacency of the citizenry basically amounted to an "Implied Consent" to the government to go ahead and take whatever rights they wanted.  This is where we are right now in the United states.  If we continue to let this government get bigger and bigger, step all over the Constitution, continue to let one man govern by executive order, signing statements and Presidential directives, then we get what we deserve.
     That neighbor you made angry because you let your dog poop in his yard all the time is liable to call DHS and tell them he thinks you are supporting terrorism.  Next thing you know, all hell is raining down on you from some unmanned UAV being "test flown" from the nearest "test range" by some 18 year old slurpy sipping recruit who owes the government money for college just before a jack-booted homeland security brownshirt dirtbag who thinks he's Rambo is dragging you to a black van, taking you to the nearest rendition staging area, and sending you off to etrernal detainment in some rat infested Haliburton/KBR constructed FEMA camp, never to be seen by your family again.

     Barack Obama is making no bones about the fact that he wants to destroy a constitution that he swore an oath to God to protect; that ought to be enough to throw him out on his ear.  He is clear about the fact that he will get a second term and when he does he's gunning for your right to bear arms, because if he can take away your ability to defend yourself, he can complete his agenda.  These people control elections all the time, so he just might get a second term and you better be paying attention. 
     This government and the current administration have made a wreck of the economy, the social support structure, the housing market, the medical system, the educational system, and many other facets of our national makeup.  The mainstream whore media want you to believe that the majority of people in this nation want Obama for a second term - HOW CAN THIS BE?  DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT FOR ONE SECOND.

     Wake up folks, you have eleven months to research and learn the truth.  The Jews in Germany didn't imagine a government would slaughter 6 million of their brethren, millions of unsuspecting people were murdered under Mao and Stalin, they were trusted too.  IT CAN HAPPEN HERE!!!!

Please check out the following links and follow to their source documents:

http://www.infowars.com/
http://www.prisonplanet.com/
http://www.propagandamatrix.com/
www.fas.org/blog/secrecy
http://www.newswithviews.com/
http://www.raptureready.com/


God Bless,

Bryan

P.S.  I am a perfectly healthy male Christian who loves his family and would NEVER commit suicide.  I am an excellent driver and mechanic and I am the most "situationally aware" person I know.  I do not take any medications, so there is no chance of accidental overdose.





    










Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pre-Tribulation Rapture - Are you ready?

     Today I heard two Pastors on the radio discussing the "Rapture" of the church and arguing whether it would be a "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" or otherwise.  Both pastors agreed that the Bible teaches a future rapture of the church, however, the timing was the issue.  Most people don't feel comfortable discussing this subject, but it happens to be one of my favorite subjects, so I determined to sit down and show that the Bible teaches a "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" event  - PERIOD.

     First lets get the mainstream argument out of the way.  There is no mention of the word "rapture" in the Holy Bible anywhere, second, this concept was not introduced by John Darby, and lastly, these facts make absolutely no difference to the outcome of my argument.
      The Greek word used for " caught up"  in the following scripture is the word Harpazo which means to "pluck" or "snatch away" or "to carry off by force".  All of the scriptures I will refer to will be from the King James Version (KJV).

     "For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel and with the Trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
                                                                                             I Thessalonians 4:15-18

     A few things about this citing - in 1611 AD English, the language used in the Authorized KJV Bible, the word "prevent" was used to convey "precede" or "go in front of" or "go before", so the last part of the first phrase could read shall not go before them which are asleep. 
     The phrase that says "caught up" means just what it says, but through the years and many latin iterations became known as "raptured", however, the best rendering would be the phrase "taken by force".
      The word "clouds" in the original Greek text did not have the definite article "the" preceding it (it should have been translated caught up together with them in clouds) indicating masses with the appearance of clouds. 
     The Greek also used two words for "air", each describing different altitudes;  this verse uses aer which refers to altitudes under 6400 ft. and the other word is aither, meaning higher than 6400 ft.  The lower atmosphere, of aer is also the abode of the "powers and principalities" or demons which will try to stop this event from happening, hence Jesus will have to "pluck us out" or "take us by force".

     Knowing these details, this verse is summarized by stating that "The Word of the Lord says that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not go before them which are dead.  For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel ( Michael) and with the Trump of God.  And the glorified bodies of the dead in Christ shall rise first to be united with their spirit and soul from Heaven:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be carried off by force together with them in great masses of glorified saints having the appearance of clouds to meet the Lord in the lower atmosphere (under 6400ft.):  and so shall we be with the Lord forever."

     The Apostle Paul explained this to the Corinthians in I Cor 15:51-53:  "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump (denoting the end of the Church Age):  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (glorified / no sin nature), and we (those alive at the time) shall be changed."

      The Lord himself is recorded as giving us a comforting promise in John 14:1-3:  "Let not your heart be troubled:  you believe in God, believe also in me.  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 you may be also."
     Jesus Christ is telling us that he will be going to Heaven to prepare a place for us and that when the time is at hand, he will return to recieve us to him so that we can go to Heaven to be with him.  Notice he says nothing in this verse about setting up a Kingdom on Earth, that comes later, after his second coming just before the battle of Armageddon at the end of the tribulation period.

     The Old Testament gives examples or "types" of the rapture as well:

     The Old Testament Patriarch, Enoch was the seventh from Adam, was converted at 65 years of age and lived for God for the rest of his 365 year lifespan, then according to Genesis 5:24 : "And Enoch walked with God:  and he was not; for God took him"  The Hebrew word for "took" in this passage is Laqach, which means "carry away". 
     A passage in Hebrews 11:5 refers to this event as well:  "By Faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him:  for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God."  The word "translated" means transported or removed and Enoch was not the only person who was removed in this manner, there was one more.
     A passage in II Kings 2:11 describes the translation of Elijah:  "And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven."  Nine hundred years later, in Malachi 4:5 we find the following prophecy:  "Behold, I will send you Elijah the Prophet before the great and dreadful day of the Lord."
     These two Godly men were removed without death for a reason.  Hebrews 9:27 says "And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the Judgement", these two men will return alive to Earth during the great Tribulation to prophesy in Jerusalem for 1260 days, after which, they will be murdered by the Antichrist (Rev 11:3-12).

     What is the reason for the "Rapture" of the church?  When the world conditions are right for the final stages of the human quest for salvation through self-righteousness (which the Bible and other sources indicate is a period of 6000 years which will be covered in a different post), the true church of Christ is removed in order to allow for the advancement of evil and the takeover of the world by the Antichrist.
     In II Thessalonians 2:6-8 we read:  "And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time.  For the mystery of iniquity does already work:  only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that wicked be revealed whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming."
     The true church on Earth is acting as a restrainer of the plan of the Antichrist.  This scripture says that when the church is removed, the Antichrist will be revealed for who he is.  The tribulation period is often described as the "70th week of Daniel" (lasting 7 years), or "the time of Jacob's trouble", which means it is the wrath of God poured out on un-repentant Israel.  The Great Tribulation does not apply to the true church of Christ, only Israel.
     The fact that the church is not a part of this wrath is stated in I Thessalonians 5:9-11, "For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do." 

     In the Old Testament there are several examples of God warning his people about a coming wrath, providing his people an escape from that wrath, and the un-repentant remainder of the population having to stay and suffer the wrath.  Noah was warned, escaped in the ark, and the rest of the world suffered.  Lot was warned, escaped Sodom and Gomorrah, and the rest faced judgement.  God warns his people, provides a way to safety, and destroys the enemy.

     The Book of Revelation is actually known as the "Revelation of Jesus Christ", which was given to John in a vision while in the spirit during his exile on the Isle of Patmos.  The book is divided into three parts that John is instructed to write (Rev 1:19) "Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter."   The first part, things seen, are covered in chapter 1.  The second part, things which are, are covered in chapters 2 & 3.  The third part, things to be hereafter, is covered in the remaining chapters 4 through 22.
     Chapters 2 & 3 cover the history of the church, divided into seven periods or ages.  The letters to the churches give a description of the characteristics of the particular church and the corresponding church period as well as warnings to all of these churches.  The only way to get the full picture is to study the history of each of these church periods in order, but that's for another post.
     To summarize, these church periods are as such:
  • Ephesus - The apostolic church - AD 30 to AD 96
  • Smyrna - The martyr church - AD 96 to AD 316
  • Pergamos - The state church - AD 316 to AD 500
  • Thyatira - The Papal church - AD 500 to present
  • Sardis - The reformation church - AD 1500 to present
  • Philadelphia - The missionary church - AD 1793 to present
  • Laodicea - The apostate church - NOW (we don't know exactly when it started)
     The important thing to remember here is that the characteristics of these churches are all characteristics of the current Christian church today, and the same warnings that Christ gave then still apply today.  The Church of Philadelphia is told in chapter 3 verse 10 "Because you have kept the Word of My patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them who dwell upon the earth."  The word "temptation" in this verse means "experience of evil" or "adversity", in other words, the tribulation period.  The tribulation is often referred to as the "temptation".

     The beginning of Revelation 4 starts like this:  "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in Heaven:  and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me, which said, Come up hither, and I will show you things which must be hereafter."
     This verse is a type of the "rapture" of the church which John is a part of.  He hears the trumpet as spoken of in II Thessalonians 4:16, he is "caught up" as described in II Thessalonians 4:17, and is going to be shown what will happen once he is there, or "hereafter" after the rapture.  From this point on the church is not mentioned at all.  The remaining activities on earth are in relation to the Jews of Israel. 
     The rest of the book presents the judgement over the un-repented masses still on earth, the tribulation events, and finally the return of the church as the army of Christ at his second coming in chapter 19.
     From chapter 4 to chapter 19 (verse10) the church has been in Heaven participating in the Judgement Seat of Christ, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb as the Bride of Christ.  The church cannot be on earth at the same time it is participating in these events.
      Luke in chapter 14 verse 14 says that recompense for the saint is done immediately at the resurrection of the just, which is the rapture.  The rapture of the church is a continuation of the resurrection of Christ event, of which Christ was "the firstfruits of them who slept" as stated in I Corinthians 15:20.

     The rapture is PRE-Tribulation.  Are you ready?  There are no more prophetic events that need to happen to set up the rapture of the church, it can happen at any time.  The tribulation period does not have to start immediately following the rapture, it could take several years.
     The present day church is made up of believers and non-believers as well as pastors who are preaching false doctrines.  Today's church is an apostate church with Jesus Christ on the outside knocking and asking to come in.  If your Christian profession will not stand the test of actual possession of salvation, then you will remain on the earth to suffer through the tribulation period, you could still be saved in the future, but it will be very difficult to finish the race.
     If you are not looking for the soon return of the Lord, then you are not ready.  If you have never seen yourself as a lost sinner who needs Jesus Christ as a saviour, and have never put heart-faith trust in him and his blood atonement on the cross for your salvation, then you are not ready for his coming.

The good news is, THE DAY OF GRACE IS TODAY. 

Jesus will receive you if you come to him in faith believing.  Again - are you ready?

God Bless,

Bryan