Apr 262015
 

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Last Sunday we posted about habitual sin, and the control, destructiveness, and misery it causes us.

Our inability to overcome a persistent sin is proof that we have allowed and repeated an offense which satisfies a particular desire in us. Each time it is repeated, it settles more deeply into an ingrained pattern.

It could be something as simple as biting your fingernails to more serious mannerisms/behaviors/disorders such as, drinking alcohol to ‘calm your nerves’, looking at immoral websites, physically abusing someone, etc. These are opposite to the spirit and design of the gospel (the heart).

We are called to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. Our ‘warfare’ is with a spiritual enemy who wishes to cast down any and every argument against the knowledge of God. An enemy of our saving faith in Christ who wants to struggle against our peace in Christ.

We who are followers of Jesus Christ and study His word know when our behavior is disobedient and opposes the Word of God. We have His Holy Spirit nudging our spirit. John 14:26

Click on the BLUE HEADLINE LINK above to read about the weapons of our warfare. Ephesians 6:11-18

 

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Apr 252015
 

26EARTHQUAKE_HP_SS-slide-VJVX-jumboBBC News; “The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal has risen over 1,000, a police spokesman has said.

The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area of central Nepal between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara.

There were also victims in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest.

The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas, and help has been offered by countries around the world.”

Opinion: Matthew 24:7  speaks of earthquakes in divers places as a sign of the ‘birth pangs’ or beginning of the sorrows.

According to earth.web “a graph showing how the number of all magnitude earthquakes has grown over recent years. Although we are primarily concerned with long term trends for larger magnitude earthquakes in this report, it is worth noting the trend as it applies to all earthquakes – whether large or small, over a 30 years period or so from the mid-1970s.”

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  1. With today’s 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, the 21st century has had 7 major earthquakes
  2. April 11, 2012: A magnitude-8.6 quake off the west coast of northern Sumatra in Indonesia triggers tsunami warnings in more than two dozen nations.
  3. March 11, 2011: A magnitude-9.0 quake off the northeast coast of Japan triggers a tsunami, killing more than 18,000 people.
  4. Sept. 12, 2007: A magnitude-8.5 quake near Sumatra in Indonesia kills at least 25 people.
  5. Jan. 31, 1906: A magnitude-8.8 quake off the coast of Ecuador generates a tsunami that kills at least 500 people.
  6. March 28, 2005: A magnitude-8.6 quake in northern Sumatra in Indonesia kills about 1,300 people.
  7. Dec. 26, 2004: A magnitude-9.1 quake in Indonesia triggers an Indian Ocean tsunami, killing 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

The world’s strongest earthquakes since 1900 here

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Apr 252015
 

Canada Free Press:  “There were several legitimate reasons not to confirm her:

  • Lynch made it clear she believes the “right to work is shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here
  • Lynch also opposes voter ID laws because they ostensibly disenfranchise voters
  • Lynch also refused to answer Sen. Ted Cruz’s question whether is it constitutional for the federal government to take out an American citizen on U.S. soil

In short, the Senate has confirmed someone as racially polarizing and constitutionally contemptuous as Eric Holder.”

Opinion: The final vote was 56-43, with 10 Republicans joining all Democrats in supporting her.

The Clintons can breathe a sigh of relief.

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Apr 252015
 

Prensa Latina News Agency: “More than 60,000 displaced from the western Al-Anbar province arrived in Babel after escaping from clashes between Iraqi government troops and terrorists of the so-called Islamic State (IS), reported humanitarian sources today.

The chief of the Red Crescent Society (the Red Cross in the Muslim countries) in Babel, Amir Al-Mamouri, announced that 1500 families have arrived in Babel, in central Iraq, in the last 48 hours, totalling so far in over 12,000 the number of displaced.

Opinion: There are two prominent cities in the Bible.

  • Babylon, referred to over 300 times in the Bible, and is depicted as the city of unregenerate man and false religion
  • Jerusalem, on the other hand is referred to over 800 times as the eternal city of God.

I often see Babylon confused with either a spiritual state or since 9/11, New York. As a literal Bible student, my focus for this post is literal Babylon, in Iraq, for five reasons:

  • America is only mentioned in prophecy as a powerless nation (Ezekiel 38:13) making New York an unlikely candidate
  • There’s no scriptural reason to spiritualize Babylon’s location
  • Jeremiah 50:45  specifically speaks to the Lords future plans for Babylon: “Therefore hear the plan of the Lord which He has planned against Babylon, and His purposes which He has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their pasture desolate because of them.”
  • Isaiah 13: 5-6 is a prophecy against Babylon in the Day of the Lord (Tribulation): “They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens—the Lord and the weapons of his wrath—    to destroy the whole country. Wail, for the day of the Lord is near;  it will come like destruction from the Almighty”
  • Isaiah 14:22-23 is still unfulfilled  “…I will wipe out Babylon’s name and survivors, her offspring and descendants, declares the Lord. I will turn her into a place for owls and into swampland; I will sweep her with the broom of destruction, declares the Lord Almighty.”

Babylon has been and is still inhabited: King Cyrus of Persia conquered the city in the 5th century BC as did Alexander the Great 200 years later who made Babylon his home and died there.

The first mention of the city is found in the first book of the Bible (Genesis 10) giving us the first look at a false religious system  Nimrod founded Babylon. Nimrod’s wife, Semiramis, claimed that her son, Tammuz, was the supernatural offspring of the Sun god, counterfeiting the promise of Genesis 3:15, that the seed of the woman, would redeem mankind.

  • Genesis 10:10, the beginning of Nimrod’s kingdom is said to have been “Babel [Babylon], and Erech [Uruk], and Akkad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” 
  • Genesis 11:2 states that ‘Shinar enclosed the plain’ that became the site of the Tower of Babel after the Great Flood.

Babylon was prophesied by Moses (Deut. 49-50), Isaiah 39:6, and Jeremiah who warned the Israelites that idolatry and disobedience would cause then to be carried off to Babylon for 70 years:

“And the whole land shall be a desolation and a horror and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.”  Jeremiah 25:11

Sure enough, king Nebuchadnezzar fulfilled the prophecies perfectly, beginning in 586 BC when the 1st of three groups of Israelites were marched off to Babylon for precisely 70 years. And in fulfillment of the promise, the Lord restored the people, never again to be uprooted Amos 9:15, Isaiah 11:11.

And Babylon has a prominent role in the last book of the Bible:

  • Revelation 17 (spiritual Babylon)
  • Revelation 18 (political Babylon).
  • Revelation 17: 1-5 The Apostle John introduces  a prostitute (false religious system) who sits on many waters (nations/multitudes). The kings of the earth have committed adultery with her (accepted the false religion).
  • The woman sits on a scarlet beast with 7 heads (prominent rulers), and dressed in purple and scarlet glittering with gold and precious stones similar to ritualistic religions of today (universal church)

Antichrist will set up headquarters in Babylon, the same location as Nimrod’s kingdom. After the abomination of desolation at the 3.5 year mark, he stands in a rebuilt temple and declares himself god. From that point to the return of Christ is the great Tribulation of Matthew 24:21.

Recent Babylon construction:

The Ishtar gate was rebuilt, as was the King’s palace and the banquet hall where Daniel read the handwriting on the wall. Saddam had offered $1 million to any Iraqi who could figure out how the hanging gardens were watered so he could restore them. Saddam’s place has been rebuilt as a hotel.

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Antichrist will have 7 years to build his headquarters. Google maps gives this view:

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Babylon was not damaged in either Gulf War.

(Thanks to Vason for finding this article)

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Apr 242015
 

McClatchy DC: “On the opening day of his trial on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, the man known as the “accountant of Auschwitz” told of the moment he lost his “euphoria for Adolf Hitler.”

He was standing on a train platform after Hungarian Jews had been unloaded at the Nazi death camp. The unwitting condemned already had been sent to the gas chambers. The newly arrived slave laborers had been sent in a different direction.

Left behind on the platform was a crying infant. As the child cried, one of the now 93-year-old Oskar Groening’s fellow SS officers approached it, grabbed it by the leg, dashed its head against a nearby truck, then tossed the lifeless body into the truck.

As horrific as that story is, what might have been more shocking was Groening’s next observation.”

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(Thanks to Michael for finding this article)

 

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Apr 242015
 

Zero Hedge: “The war on cash is escalating. Just a week ago, the infamous Willem Buiter, along with Ken Rogoff, voiced their support for a restriction (or ban altogether) on the use of cash (something that was already been implemented in Louisiana in 2011 for used goods).

Chase, the largest bank in the U.S., which has enacted a policy restricting the use of cash in selected markets; bans cash payments for credit cards, mortgages, and auto loans; and disallows the storage of “any cash or coins” in safe deposit boxes.

“The world’s central banks have a problem. When economic conditions worsen, they react by reducing interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But, as has happened across the world in recent years, there comes a point where those central banks run out of room to cut — they can bring interest rates to zero, but reducing them further below that is fraught with problems, the biggest of which is cash in the economy.

Opinion: Joseph Salerno, the writer of the article, is academic vice president of the Mises Institute, professor of economics at Pace University, and editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.

Like most academics, Joseph Salerno does not make a connection between cashless societies and Bible prophecy and for that matter neither does the Bible.

But the Bible does mention that a future dictator will have such control (Revelation 13:17) that no one can buy or sell without a mark that identifies  allegiance to antichrist.

We have written of the fall of the US dollar as world reserve currency for three years. When that happens, in the midst of economic upheaval, a ban on cash would be barely noticed.

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