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INTERESTING INFORMATION MINISTRY

7/24/2024

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The following material is provided for information purposes only.  Any conclusions or opinions formed should be based on the principles as outlined in Acts 17:11. The material is intended for use as a witnessing tool and to keep you informed so you will not be unaware (Luke 21:34) of what is happening according to Scripture’s

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“However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find any faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b)

 

Ezekiel 34:2 “Shepherd, feed the flock”

 

 

                                               

GOD’S CALLING OF BELIEVERS

God’s saving and calling of believers is not according to works. It is impossible for people to earn their way into Heaven. Salvation is according to God’s own purpose or sovereign plan and by His grace. The Lord called us and saved us in Christ Jesus before time began. (2 Timothy 1:9 - Footnote to the Nelson Study Bible, NKJV)

 

 

 

CHRISTIAN MUSIC VIDEO

 

EVERY PRAISE TO OUR GOD55 / 5:28

Hezekiah Walker 

https://youtu.be/UuuZMg6NVeA

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – JESUS - "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

 

 

 

INTERESTING ARTICLE SUMMARY

·        Are religion and Morality essential to a free Republic

·        “God bless Trump” – Israeli politicos react to assassination attempt

·        Faith leaders praise God for saving Trump’s life

·        Declare your Faith through praise

·        2024 Republican Platform

·        THE NEED FOR SALVATION

 

INTERESTING ARTICLES

 

ARE RELIGION AND MORALITY ESSENTIAL TO A FREE REPUBLIC?

Charisma News – Jul. 21, 2024 -- On Thursday evening, Donald Trump closed a Republican National Convention filled with prayers and expressions of faith in Jesus Christ by making a speech in which he said, “I am here by the grace of Almighty God.” This was too much God for many Democrats, and one liberal journalist derisively wrote, “Though the RNC meant to pitch a big tent, it ended up being a tent revival.”  

This, of course, has reignited arguments about the role of religion, particularly Christianity, in American politics. Also, the attempted assassination of Trump has renewed arguments about the need to curtail rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, such as freedom of speech and the right to bear arms. 

Those who want to limit these rights argue that unregulated hate speech can stir violent reactions, often with guns, and laws must be put in place to limit and regulate both. Opponents argue that this would be a violation of rights guaranteed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. 

America’s Founders Had the Answer

America’s founders had an answer to this problem but from a completely different perspective. The restraints they advocated were religious and moral. They believed that only a religious and moral people would be capable of enjoying the freedoms they had enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. An irreligious and amoral people, they believed, would turn freedom into lawlessness and anarchy.

This is why George Washington, in his 1796 farewell address, urged the new nation to maintain “religion” and “morality,” which he called “indispensable” supports for national prosperity. Interestingly, Washington did not see religion as something to be tolerated, but as something indispensable for the life of the nation.

In this same address, Washington called religion and morality “those great pillars of human happiness” and warned against indulging the supposition that morality could be had apart from religion. “Both reason and experience,” he said, “forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle” (Hyatt, “1726, the Year That Defined America,” 165).

By “religion,” Washington meant Christianity, and like the other founders, he believed that only Christianity provided the intellectual and moral underpinnings for a stable and prosperous society. John Adams made this clear in a 1798 speech in which he said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson completely agreed with Washington’s farewell address, and he made it required reading at the University of Virginia, which he founded. Jefferson also said, “The philosophy of Jesus is the most sublime and benevolent code of morals ever offered to man. A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen.”

Indeed, the Founding Fathers believed that the teachings of Jesus and the entire Bible would awaken the best in the human heart and be a constraining force on the baser elements of human nature. This is why Dr. Benjamin Rush, member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence, declared: “The only foundation for a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments” (Hyatt, 163).

Understanding the First Amendment

The opening clause of the First Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion nor hindering the free exercise thereof.” This was not a rejection of religion, for the day after ratifying the First Amendment, those same founders proclaimed a national day of prayer and thanksgiving.

The First Amendment merely blocked Congress from ever establishing a European-style, official state church. The First Amendment created in America a free and open marketplace for the exchange and propagation of religious ideas and teachings without government interference. 

The founders believed such religious liberty, influencing every part of society, to be necessary for a stable and prosperous nation. And this was still the American way in 1831 when the French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville visited America to study her institutions.

After spending six months traveling throughout the land, he concluded that Americans had so merged Christianity with civil liberty in their thinking that it was impossible to make them conceive of one without the other. He wrote, “From the beginning, politics and religion contracted an alliance which has never been dissolved.” These facts led the late Dr. Michael Novak to declare, “Far from having a hostility toward religion, the Founders counted on religion [Christianity] for the underlying philosophy of the republic, its supporting ethic, and its reliable source of rejuvenation” (Hyatt, 171).

The Choice for America is Clear

Fast-forward to 2024, and for the past 70 years, America has been in the process of eradicating the very things—religion and morality—its founders said would preserve the nation. Crosses, Christian symbols and Ten Commandments displays  have been systematically removed from public properties. Prayer and Bible reading have been banned from public schools. 

The consequences have been devastating with failing test scores, moral confusion and horrendous school shootings. This is why it is so refreshing to read of Louisiana  requiring the posting of the Ten Commandments in the public classroom. Other states, including Texas, are promising to follow suit. 

This could signal a turn in the direction that will save America from the deadly, un-American idea that the answer for every problem is more government regulation. As James Madison is reported to have said,

“We have staked the whole future of the American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future … upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments” (Hyatt, “Pilgrims and Patriots [Second Edition],” 172).

After watching the Republican National Convention this week, I would say that the choice for America is quite clear. We will either choose leaders who believe we should be a free people, governed from within by Christian principles of morality and ethics, or we will choose leaders who want to control us from without with burdensome laws and tyrannical authority? As William Penn put it, “If we will not be governed by God, we will be ruled by tyrants.”

‘GOD BLESS TRUMP’- ISRAELI POLITICOS REACT TO ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT (Excerpt)

"Violence can never ever be part of politics," tweeted Foreign Minister Israel Katz.

Jul. 16, 2024 – Jewish News Syndicate -- Israelis from across the political spectrum on Sunday conveyed overwhelming support for Donald Trump following the attempt on his life at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the assassination attempt on the former president and presumptive Republican nominee for the White House “is not only a heinous crime, it is also an attempt to assassinate American democracy.”

At the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, Netanyahu said that he “would like to send him in my name, in the name of my wife, Sara, in the name of the ministers of the Israeli government and in the name of the entire people of Israel our best wishes for a speedy recovery and a return to full strength.”

Netanyahu earlier wrote that he and Sara were “shocked by the apparent attack on President Trump” and praying “for his safety and speedy recovery.”

Foreign Minister Israel Katz tweeted, “I am shocked by the shooting at the 45th President of the U.S. Donald Trump. I pray for his speedy recovery. Violence can never ever be part of politics.

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid described the shooting as “greatly troubling and dangerous,” tweeting, “Political violence is an existential threat to democratic systems. I extend my wishes for a speedy recovery to the former president.”

“Wishing former President Trump a speedy recovery and strength following the attack on Saturday in Pennsylvania,” wrote Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

 

FAITH LEADERS PRAISE GOD FOR SAVING TRUMP’S LIFE

Charisma News – Jul. 16, 2024 -- Faith leaders across America have been speaking out about this past weekend’s shocking event when a 20-year-old gunman tried to assassinate former president Donald Trump.

In a post on X, Paula White-Cain asked for believers to pray for Trump.

“They have tried to destroy this man from the day he walked down the escalator,” she wrote. “They lied on him, slandered him, tried to impeach him, tried to imprison him and now have tried to kill him. God is with him! Pray for President Donald J. Trump and his family!”

Reverend Franklin Graham, son of the late Billy Graham, also took to X to share his gratitude for Trump’s life.

“I thank God that former President @realDonaldTrump is alive,” Graham wrote.

Perry Stone also posted a statement on Facebook about the miracle of Trump still being alive.

Only divine intervention! There is no other way to describe what we have seen happen with Trump – except a miracle,” Stone wrote.

“We must pray for God’s protection and God’s will in our lives and in the lives of our leaders,” he continued.

Pastor Jentezen Franklin also joined Paula White-Cain in prayer with the America First Policy Institute the night of the shooting.

“We praise You today that President Trump is gonna be alright,” Franklin prayed.

“We thank You that You were there,” Franklin prayed. “You persevered his life, and You don’t preserve anything You don’t have a purpose for. So, You have a mighty purpose for President Trump. He knows now like never before that he is not immortal, that one day he will stand before You in fear and trembling. And God, make him a man on a mission now.”

Pastor Greg Laurie also spoke on the disturbing incident as well.

“We often speak of someone ‘dodging a bullet,’ but for President Trump, this became reality. We thank God he was spared and pray for his complete recovery,” Laurie wrote on Facebook.

“America stands at a pivotal crossroads, and now more than ever, we need God, we need the Bible and we need the redemptive power of Jesus Christ,” he concluded.

This is a time for us all to reflect on our gratitude to God for miraculously saving Trump’s life.

DECLARE YOUR FAITH THROUGH PRAISE

 

Charisma News – Jul. 21, 2024 -- Just before Mary gave birth to Jesus, she was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to sing praise. She began to sing a song unto the Lord. She became the fulfillment of Miriam. “Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah [which means praise]” (Luke 1:39, NKJV).

Do you think God was trying to tell us something? Mary went with haste to the city of praise, entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mother), “And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41).

Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (v. 42). “Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord'” (vv. 42-45).

Mary responded, “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant'” (Luke 1:46-48a). Her praise ends in verse 56 with, “And Mary remained with her for about three months, and returned to her house.”

How long did they travel in the wilderness? There are many prophetic fulfillments all over the Bible. In the book of Exodus, we see Miriam praising the Lord. Then the people enter the wilderness for three days, where the bitter waters become sweet. We see Mary, who praises the Lord. She is also named Miriam, which means “praise.” “And she is filled and praises the Lord.

“She stayed there for about three months” (Luke 1:56). Where? In the city of Judah, the city of praise. Don’t get discouraged when you enter into praise and then enter into the wilderness of Shur as mentioned in Exodus 15:22-25.

2024 REPUBLICAN PLATFORM

The Republican party has released their shortened platform for 2024 based largely on Trump's vision for the party. Below are some quotes on topics of key interest to Christians, although there has been some pushback that the platform is not pro-life enough. We need to pray for pro-life policies as much as possible at both the state and federal levels. We also need to pray that President Trump will not try to implement a two-state plan in the Middle East in a second term but will instead stand for Israel's right to their land and not use discussions about the land as collateral for other peace agreements.

Israel: "We will stand with Israel, and seek peace in the Middle East."

Antisemitism: "Deport pro-Hamas radicals and make our college campuses safe and patriotic again. ... Republicans condemn antisemitism, and support revoking Visas of Foreign Nationals who support terrorism and jihadism. We will hold accountable those who perpetrate violence against Jewish people."

Abortion: "We proudly stand for families and Life. We believe that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees that no person can be denied Life or Liberty without Due Process, and that the States are, therefore, free to pass Laws protecting those Rights. After 51 years, because of us, that power has been given to the States and to a vote of the People. We will oppose Late Term Abortion, while supporting mothers and policies that advance Prenatal Care, access to Birth Control, and IVF (fertility treatments)."

Gender: "We will keep men out of women’s sports, ban Taxpayer funding for sex change surgeries, and stop Taxpayer-funded Schools from promoting gender transition, reverse Biden’s radical rewrite of Title IX Education Regulations, and restore protections for women and girls."

Marriage: "Republicans will promote a Culture that values the Sanctity of Marriage, the blessings of childhood, the foundational role of families, and supports working parents. We will end policies that punish families." 

Digital Currencies: "Republicans will end Democrats’ unlawful and unAmerican Crypto crackdown and oppose the creation of a Central Bank Digital Currency. We will defend the right to mine Bitcoin, and ensure every American has the right to self-custody of their Digital Assets, and transact free from Government Surveillance and Control."

Education: "Cut federal funding for any school pushing critical race theory, radical gender ideology, and other inappropriate racial, sexual, or political content on our children."

Prayer: "Republicans will champion the First Amendment Right to Pray and Read the Bible in school, and stand up to those who violate the Religious Freedoms of American students."

Religious Liberty: "We are the defenders of the First Amendment Right to Religious Liberty. It protects the Right not only to Worship according to the dictates of Conscience, but also to act in accordance with those Beliefs, not just in places of Worship, but in everyday life. Our ranks include men and women from every Faith and Tradition, and we respect the Right of every American to follow his or her deeply held Beliefs. To protect Religious Liberty, Republicans support a new Federal Task Force on Fighting Anti-Christian Bias that will investigate all forms of illegal discrimination, harassment, and persecution against Christians in America."

THE NEED FOR SALVATION

We were born in darkness, but God invites all of us into His glorious light.

Ephesians 2:1-3

Followers of Christ know the importance of being saved, but the world sees no need for rescue. Those who don’t have a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus are:

• Spiritually dead. There are three kinds of death—physical, spiritual, and eternal. Spiritual death occurred in the Garden of Eden when disobedience severed Adam and Eve’s connection to God (Romans 5:12). As a result, we’re born as “dead” people in need of new life. Eternal death comes at the end of the age, when all those who have refused Jesus are cast away from God (Matthew 25:41).

• Living a life of sin. Our nature is to rebel against God. We’re enslaved to sin (John 8:34), and any effort to free ourselves from its power is in vain. We need someone to rescue us.

• Under divine wrath. Because of our disobedience, we are under God’s judgment. All efforts to earn His approval and escape our sentence are insufficient. Sinful man has nothing acceptable to offer holy God. Our only hope of escape is for someone else to pay our penalty.

The good news is that the Lord has provided a way for all to pass from spiritual death to life, from sin’s bondage to freedom, and from condemnation to intimacy with Him. Jesus Christ alone is the way (John 14:6), and He meets our every need.

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7/17/2024

 

 

                                               

A WALK THROUGH THE PARABLES

“AN EARTHLY STORY WITH A HEAVENLY MEANING"

Pastor Len Mclaughlin

http://www.heritagechurchmckinney.com/messages/An%20Earthly%20Story%20With%20A%20Heavenly%20Meaning.mp3

 

 

ISRAEL AND THE END TIMES

Pastor Jimmy Evens

(You must listen to this!!)

https://youtu.be/iksrmK0I9MQ

 

 

 

CHRISTIAN MUSIC VIDEO

 

IN GOD ALONE

Vince Ambrosetti

https://youtu.be/mCMNqWXsRNY

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Remember this one thing: love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love changes things. 1 Corinthians 13:7 - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

 

 

INTERESTING ARTICLE SUMMARY

·        Melania Trump on assassination attempt: “Love Transends”

·        ‘God Alone’: Trump Praises God For Saving His Life After Assassination Attempt

·        Prophecy foretold attempted assassination months in advance

·        God is bringing down the proud and arrogant

·        Ancient site reveals hidden treasure linked to Ten Commandments

·        Looting of Pier aid shows who’s really a fault for Gazan misery

·        The gift of Humor

·        THE ART OF CONFRONTATION

 

INTERESTING ARTICLES

MELANIA TRUMP ON ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT: ‘LOVE TRANSCENDS”

Charisma News – Jul. 14, 2024 -- In the wake of the attempted assassination of former president Donald Trump at his rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, the former first lady, Melania Trump, has issued a statement on yesterday’s tragic and horrifying events.

“When I watched the violent bullet strike my husband, Donald, I realized my life, and Barron’s life, were on the brink of devastating change. I am grateful to the brave secret service agents and law enforcement officials who risked their own lives to protect my husband,” Trump writes.

“To the families of the innocent victims who are now suffering from this heinous act, I humbly offer my sincerest sympathy. Your need to summon your inner strength for such a terrible reason saddens me.”

The former first lady continued, calling the shooter, Thomas Matthew Crooks, a monster who didn’t recognize Donald as a human being.

“A monster who recognized my husband as an inhuman political machine attempted to ring out Donald’s passion – his laughter, ingenuity, love of music, and inspiration. The core facets of my husband’s life – his human side – were buried below the political machine. Donald, the generous, and caring man who I have been with through the best of times and the worst of times.

Let us not forget that differing opinions, policy, and political games are inferior to love. Our personal, structural, and life commitment – until death – is at serious risk. Political concepts are simple when compared to us, human beings.”

Trump reminded Americans that love is vital, and that our humanity and worth as human beings goes beyond party lines.

“And let us remember that the time comes to look beyond the left and the right, beyond the red and the blue, we all come from families with the passion to fight for a better life together, while we are here, in this earthly realm.”

It is love, above all other things, that the former first lady wants people to recognize and stand for in this hour.

“We all want a world where respect is paramount, family is first, and love transcends,” she writes.

The winds of change have arrived. For those of you who cry in support, I thank you. I commend those of you who have reached out beyond the political divide – thank you for remembering that every single politician is a man or a woman with a loving family,” the statement concludes.

Continue to pray for the Trump family, for the victims and our nation in this most upsetting hour.

1 Cor. 13:13 “and now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is love”

‘GOD ALONE’: TRUMP PRAISES GOD FOR SAVING HIS LIFE AFTER ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT

Former President Donald Trump is praising God for saving his life after yesterday’s assassination attempt.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers yesterday, as it was God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening. We will FEAR NOT, but instead remain resilient in our Faith and Defiant in the face of Wickedness. Our love goes out to the other victims and their families.

 

We pray for the recovery of those who were wounded, and hold in our hearts the memory of the citizen who was so horribly killed. In this moment, it is more important than ever that we stand United, and show our True Character as Americans, remaining Strong and Determined, and not allowing Evil to win.

 

I truly love our Country, and love you all, and look forward to speaking to our Great Nation this week from Wisconsin.”

 

PROPHECY FORETOLD ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION MONTHS IN ADVANCE

Charisama News -On March 14, 2024, a podcast interview was posted on Steve Cioccolanti & Discover Ministries.

Within this interview, guests Brandon Biggs and Amanda Grace share certain prophetic words the Lord gave them, and the events of Saturday, July 13, appear to have fulfilled the prophecy Biggs gave in startlingly accurate fashion.

After describing a new wave of patriotism rising out of the heartland of America, Biggs shares what the Lord showed him regarding former President Donald Trump.

“I saw Trump rising up, and then I saw an attempt on his life,” Biggs says.

“This bullet flew by his ear and it came so close to his head that it busted his drum, ear drum,” he says. “And I saw he fell to his knees during this time frame and he started worshipping the Lord. He got radically born again during this time frame. People say he’s saved now, but he becomes really on fire for Jesus for what I saw coming.”

The bullet Biggs prophesied about grazed the former president in the ear, reportedly affected by the wind at the time, and dropped Trump to his knees, but only briefly. He soon rose to his feet and pumped his fist in the air, telling his fellow Americans to “fight” against the waves of tyranny and authoritarianism facing America today.

Trump has already responded after the incident, praising God for his safety in his follow-up statement after 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks tried to kill him at the Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. Whether he becomes radically on fire for Jesus as Biggs spoke remains to be seen, but the coming days will tell us for certain.

GOD IS BRINGING DOWN THE PROUD AND ARROGANT

Charisma News – Jul. 14, 2024 -- While I was preaching and elaborating on the dramatic encounter of Saul of Tarsus with Jesus on the Damascus Road, something unusual happened. As I began my comments on Acts 9:6, something stirred deep in my heart. I stopped in the middle of my message and prayed, “O God, bring down the proud and arrogant leaders in our nation, both political and religious.”

Acts 9:6 (NKJV) where Saul’s experience occurred, reads, “So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘“’Lord, what do you want me to do?'”

Saul, who was on his way to Damascus to arrest followers of Jesus, was struck down by a bright light from heaven. Lying in the dust, he heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4b). Astonished and trembling, he asked about the identity of the voice and heard, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:5b).

As I elaborated on these passages, I was so taken at how shattered Paul must have been, lying in the dust of the Damascus Road after encountering the risen Lord. His world had been turned upside down. At that moment, I spontaneously prayed that God would bring down the proud and arrogant leaders in our nation, both political and religious.

God Hates Pride

God hates pride, and both James 4:6 and I Peter 5:5 quote Proverbs 3:34, warning, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Paul warned against putting a “novice” (one new to the faith) into a place of leadership, “lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil” (1 Tim. 3:6).

ANCIENT SITE REVEALS HIDDEN TREASURE LINKED TO TEN COMMANDMENTS

Charisma News – Apr. 4, 2024 -- As history continues to be unearth through archaeological excavations, the Bible is re-proven true and historically accurate when artifacts are discovered.

This also includes the impact Christianity has had on the development of the West, as many these days try to argue that America was never a Christian nation, even though the ideals, morals and values it was founded on are derived directly from the Bible.

Continuing this pattern of validation hidden in earthly secrets, archaeologists recently discovered a unique marble shrine. Within this shrine they found an ancient relic covered in Christian decorative patterns, and a link back to Moses receiving the Ten Commandments.

As reported by Fox News, “The item was discovered by archaeologists from Innsbruck University in southern Austria under an altar inside a chapel at the summit of Burgbichl, a small hill, in the municipality of Irschen.”

Researchers have been excavating the area in the Carinthian Drava Valley, and are hoping more of these types of relics will be found in the area.

“We know of around 40 ivory boxes of this kind worldwide and, as far as I know, the last time one of these was found during excavations was around 100 years ago–the few pyxes that exist are either preserved in cathedral treasures or exhibited in museums,” says lead archaeologist Gerald Grabherr in a press release.

Giving credence to the impact of both Jewish and Christian texts throughout history, one motif shows what researchers believe to be Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from God.

 “This is the typical depiction of the handing over of the laws to Moses on Mount Sinai, the beginning of the covenant between God and man from the Old Testament,” says Grabherr.

Another motif of particular importance is one that researchers believe depicts one of the greatest events in the New Testament: the ascension of Jesus.

“We assume that this is a depiction of the ascension of Christ, the fulfillment of the covenant with God. The depiction of scenes from the Old Testament and their connection with scenes from the New Testament is typical of late antiquity and thus fits in with our pyx; however, the depiction of the Ascension of Christ with a so-called biga, a two-horse chariot, is very special and previously unknown,” Grabherr continues.

“The archaeological and art-historical significance of the pyx cannot be denied,” he adds.

During times of fear and doubt, we can look at the world around us and see that it declares God’s glory. As the world tries to downplay and outright deny God’s role in every aspect of creation, we can view things through a biblical lens and see how it all comes together, thanking and worshipping as we carry on through life.

LOOTING OF PIER AID SHOWS WHO’S REALLY AT FAULT FOR GAZAN MISERY

New York Post – 5-25-24 -- President Biden’s plan to deliver aid to Palestinians via a pier on the Gaza shore is being sabotaged by an inconvenient truth: Getting aid in isn’t the hard part, it’s preventing it from being stolen.

Ignore the wailing of leftists who accuse Israel of preventing food and other shipments from getting to Gazans by, say, shutting down land routes for security; truth is, plenty of aid — more than 569 metric tons — has been processed into Gaza through the floating pier the US finished building this month.

Yet delivering it in a warzone is a logistical nightmare, involving a web of nongovernmental organizations and hard facts on the ground.

The pier was supposed to facilitate the delivery of about 90 trucks of aid a day, but only about 70 had made it to warehouses in the entire week after the pier was built.

The most odious (and predictable) wrench in the cogs: looters.

Eleven of the 16 aid trucks heading from the pier to a warehouse by UN World Food Program on May 18 were ransacked on their route by crowds of people, who stripped the vehicles of goods.

Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder admitted that “some of that initial aid that was brought in. . . was intercepted by some people who took that aid off those vehicles.”

Deliveries were temporarily halted while the Pentagon and UNWFP tried to find alternate routes and sort out better security.

There are few details on exactly who was responsible for the looting in this case, but as Eli Lake highlighted in the Free Press, the amount and quality of food that Israel has facilitated into Gaza is not only sufficient, it’s been improving since January 2024 — yet there’s plenty of evidence that Hamas keeps stealing it.

There is one and only one group in this war that’s bent on causing misery for the people of Gaza — and it’s Hamas.

That’s a fact that neither the Biden administration nor the European Union can seem to come to terms with.

They won’t even listen when this comes straight from the mouths of Gazans: One brave Palestinian woman openly (and bravely) condemned Hamas for hoarding aid meant for civilians some months back.

THE GIFT OF HUMOR

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 “To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven . . . A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”

Creation Moments -- When Scripture talks about laughter, it most often speaks of laughter as a form of derision. God is described as laughing at the pride and plans of the wicked. However, that does not mean that God is against the right kind of humor.

After all, He gave us the ability to laugh. In Ecclesiastes 3:4 we read that there is also a time to laugh. Jesus reminds the faithful, in the Beatitudes, that those who weep now will laugh with joy later. When you stop and think about it, anyone who can create the playful kitten cannot be against laughter.

Medical researchers are finding out just what a wonderful gift laughter is. Laughter, it has been found, is excellent exercise for the lungs. It clears the respiratory system and is emotionally healthy. Laughter relaxes muscles. It is a proven reliever of emotional tension. Research also suggests that laughter has healing effects, possibly boosting the immune system.

Laughter also has been found to have a natural pain-killing effect. In one experiment involving patients viewing funny films, the pain-killing effect of laughter lasted for up to two hours.

Laughter has also been identified among chimpanzees and apes. Very possibly, other creatures have their own way of laughing. If we remember that Scripture also encourages us to “avoid foolish talk,” we can also give thanks to God for the gift of humor.

THE ART OF CONFRONTATION

When difficult topics come up in a relationship, the best way to proceed is by listening to the Holy Spirit.

Have you ever noticed how often Jesus said things people didn’t want to hear? He loved the rich young ruler but knew the prospect of giving up possessions would be distressing. Yet Jesus urged him anyway, because He wanted the young man to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 19:16-22). Or consider the woman at the well—a conversation between a Jew and a Samaritan was taboo to begin with, but Jesus even brought up the disquieting topic of her relationships with multiple men. For Him, however, the discomfort was necessary to point her in the direction of eternal life (John 4:1-29).

It’s tempting to think that if we’re nice and pleasing, then we are handling our friendships in a Christlike way. But Scripture makes it clear that keeping the status quo isn’t a Christian value. Instead, our main priority is to follow God’s Spirit—even if He leads us into uncomfortable conversations with people we love. Though we should encourage friends more often than we confront them, ultimately we’re to rely on the Holy Spirit to know when—and how—to do both.

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SECTION II - SPECIAL ARTICLES/ BOOK REVIEWS

IN THIS SECTION:

·        WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE?  (WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS)

·        WHAT’S IN A NAME?

·        "BOB PIERCE - THIS ONE THING I DO" - A BOOKREVIEW/SUMMARY

·        "THE HIDDEN CODES OF THE BIBLE" - A BOOK REVIEW/SUMMARY

·        "SIGNS OF THE TIME” - A BOOK REVIEW/SUMMARY

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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE?

 

By D.E. Davis

 

For Christians, we are told in Scripture in 2Cr 5:8 that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. For those who turn away from God, we are told that they are eternally separated from God and go to a place called Hell.  Rev 14:11 says that the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever.

 

The question that everyone ponders is: What really happens after we die? Do we just lay dormant until the Lord takes us to be with him or until judgement is handed out at the Great White Throne as called out in Rev. 20:11? Are we conscience? Do we feel, touch, think, recognize loved ones, know what is happening around us? All questions that we have ask ourselves, no doubt, at some time in our life.

 

My own personal review of the Scriptures has led me to believe that after we die, even though our body may be dead and buried, our Spirit is alive and fully conscience. Chuck Missler likens this state of conscienceness to the software that runs the Computer; once the hardware goes, the software remains intact and available for further applications.

 

There are two illustrations in the Bible that makes it clear as to what happens after death, when we're in the spirit.

 

The first one is illustrated in the Luke account of Lazarus and the rich man in Chapter 16. After death, Lazarus, a man of God, is escorted into Abraham’s Bosom, a holding compartment in Hell for the Believers prior to the Cross. The non-believing rich man was "buried" and went into a separate compartment in Hell (Hades), apart from Abraham’s Bosom, where he was in Torment according to Scripture. Both were in a Spirit state; yet by the account, they could see each other and speak to each other.

 

The second account is in Revelation, where John is taken (in the Spirit) to Heaven to see those things that shall come to pass prior to the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth, or Second Coming (not the Rapture).

 

I had to conclude from the study, based on the following Scripture, that all of the senses we have here on earth will be with us throughout eternity, even unto death.

 

·         THE ABILITY TO LOOK/SEE - Luke 16:23;Rev. 1:12;4:1,4; 5:1,2; 6:1,2,8,9; 7:1,2; 8:2; 9:1,17; 10:1,5; 13:1,2,3;14:1,6; 15:1,2; 16:13; 17:3,6; 18:1; 19:11,17,19; 20:1,4,11,12; 21:1,2,22; 22:8

·         THE ABILITY TO HEAR - Rev. 1:10; 4:1; 5:11; 6:1,3,5,6,7; 7:4; 9:13,16; 10:4,8; 12:10; 14:2,13; 16:1,5,7; 18:4; 19:1,6; 21: 3; 22:8

·         THE ABILITY TO BEHOLD ( to obtain knowledge of: understand: perceive) - Rev. 5:6,11; 6:5,8,12; 7:9; 8:13; 13:11

·         THE ABILITY TO REASON - Luke 16:30

·         THE ABILITY TO CRY (even though there will be no more crying in Heaven) - Rev. 5:4,5; Luke 16:24

·         THE ABILITY TO SPEAK - Rev. 5:13; 10:9; 21:6,15; Luke 16:24, 29,30,31

·         THE ABILITY TO FEEL/TOUCH - Luke 16:23, 24,25

·         THE ABILITY TO REMEMBER - Luke 16:25

·         THE ABILITY TO WONDER - Rev. 17:6

·         THE ABILITY TO WRITE - Rev. 1:11; 10:4; 19:9

·         THE ABILITY TO QUESTION - Rev. 7:13

·         THE ABILITY TO TAKE (THE BOOK/ROD) - Rev. 10:8,9,10

·         THE ABILITY TO FALL (ON KNEES) - Rev. 19:10; 22:8

·         THE ABILITY TO STAND - Rev. 13:1

·         THE ABILITY TO WORSHIP - Rev. 19:10; 22:8

·         THE ABILITY TO PERFORM TASKS - Rev. 11:1

 

God has promised in 1 Thess 4:16 and 1 Cor. 15:52,53 that one day, we shall be reunited with Him in body and will be transformed and conformed to Him - in the twinkling of an eye. We are also told in Scripture that we shall see Him face to face- see the Lamb that was slain for you and me. We know by His Word, that we will Praise Him, Worship Him and Rule with Him.

 

One thing in the study that I found extremely fascinating was the difference in treatment between Lazarus and the non-believing rich man. Scripture says that Lazarus was escorted to Heaven by an Angel, but there is no indication in Scripture about how the rich man arrived at Hell. Could it be that God had a specific purpose why He chose not to tell us in Scripture?

 

Finally, knowing that others may have varying interpretations of these Scriptures, I strongly urge you to review the Scriptures yourselves to determine what you find as the truth according to God’s Word.

 

 

 

 

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

 

For those who wish you had some other name because you don't like the name you were given, you had better think twice.  It is most likely that the name your parents picked out for you was not their choice but God's choice.  Let’ s face it, the word of the Lord is true.  That's why in Eph. 1:4, God proclaimed that He had chosen us from before the very beginning of the world.

 

If you follow the Genealogy of Adam in Genesis, Chapter 5 (*) you will receive an insight into what importance God put in names - It's an exciting message:

 

Genealogy              Meaning

Adam                     Man

Seth                        Appointed

Enosh                     Mortal

Kenan                    Sorrow

Mahalalel              The blessed God

Jared                      Shall come down

Enoch                    Teaching

Methuselah           His Death shall bring

Lamech                 The Despairing

Noah                      Rest, Comfort

 

Now let us look at God’s Plan for Redemption:

 

"Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest."

 

Let us now look at the Genealogy of Abraham (*):

 

Genealogy            Meaning

Abraham               Predestination

Isaac                      Called

Jacob                      Justified

Joseph                   Glorified

 

(*) Source: Chuck Missler’s Briefing package: “A Walk Thru the Bible”

 

WELL YOU SAY! BUT THAT WAS ALL OLD TESTAMENT AND WOULDN'T BE APPLICABLE FOR TODAY - WOULD IT?

 

Well, let us see.................. As a Christian, did God not choose you by name at the same time he chose Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph - before the very foundation of the world?  If God had a purpose for their name, would you expect anything less for your name since He chose you at the same time?

 

As a Christian, You ought to thank God daily that you, by your given name, was written in the Lamb's book of life before the very foundation of the world and that you will be a partaker in all the promises  of Rev 21:27.

 

Within the last couple of years, researchers have found many startling discoveries through the use of super computers, specifically, hidden codes that God supernaturally placed within the Hebrew text of the Bible.  Over 2000 years ago, the names of historical and current leader’s names were placed in the Bible. Such names as Adolph Hitler, Eichmann, Arafat, Peres, Rabin, Rabin's murderer Amir, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, Saddan Hussein, George Bush, Schwarzkoph, Peter Arnet (CNN), Timithy McVeigh, Bill Clinton.

 

Do you think that God would limit His calling out to just those who had a highly visible historical impact on this world?  There is no doubt that He had a purpose in doing this, if nothing else, just to get your attention that He is the Creator; that He alone knows the beginning from the end.

 

It is my firm belief that as we advance further with our computer technology and peel back the layers of the Hebrew text of the scriptures, we will make many more startling and exciting discoveries.  One being that God has written each and every one of our names in His Word.

 

HERE IS WHAT GOD SAID: Isaiah 66:22 "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain."

 

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW by D. E. Davis (September 1997)

 

BOB PIERCE -"THIS ONE THING I DO"

 

By Franklin Graham with Jeanette Lockerbie

 

 

It is amazing the worlds that open up to an individual, once the Power of the Holy Spirit comes upon him. Just three years ago, where once I was blind to Missions, to all the inspired men and women God has called to service and the multitude of people all over the world who have been saved, new worlds are ever opening to me to see how awesome the power of God is in our Christian lives.

 

 

Such was the power and strength of faith Bob Pierce had in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  It is difficult for me to even attempt  to assess where God has put Bob along with other past great men of the faith, but from what I read about his life with Christ, he certainly had his eyes focused on Jesus!  I personally feel inadequate and humbled to even put in words, my thoughts about this man.  Bob was a man Blessed by God.  I feel sad that I never had an opportunity to know him, but look forward to meeting him one day in heaven.

 

If ever there was a verse of scripture that represented Bob Pierce, it had to be the title of this book as taken from Philippians 3:13,14 ".......this one thing I do,....I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ."

 

Bob was raised in Los Angeles and at the age of 12, gave his life to Christ and was baptized in the Nazarene Church. "God simply called me to give my heart to Jesus, and I followed Him."  He died in 1978 of leukemia but lived his life for Christ in between in between those dates as if Christ was coming tomorrow and he still had to witness to the whole world before dawn broke.  Throughout his career, he dedicated his life mainly to Missions and over the years was responsible for founding such World re-noun programs as "World Vision", an organization dedicated to meeting the emergency needs in crisis areas such as Korea after the Korean war.  During that time of need, he established  a Korean Orphanage, serving over 30 thousand Korean war orphans.  Bob was also responsible for starting the World re-noun Korean Orphan's Choir.  As an outgrowth of "World Vision" he founded "World Medical Mission" which covered all emergency medical needs in countries all over the world which had no medical facilities.  He was also founder of "Samaritan's Purse" and organization dedicated to funding World emergency need, no matter where they were.  These organizations are still meeting the needs of those in crisis today.

 

If his work through these organizations was not enough, he became a United Nations War Correspondent during World War II; was Co-founder for "Youth for Christ"; and became a Motion Picture producer/Radio program host, author and a lecturer, but first and last, he always considered himself an evangelist! Even though Bob knew that he was "extraordinarily gifted by God, he was never impressed with himself - he considered himself just an earthly vessel, available at all times for the exclusive use of the Lord".

 

In his own words, he had "many flaws, failings but had abundant faith in God who lives and cares about people."

 

If I had to pick four areas of the Christian life that I feel truly represented Bob Pierce, they would be 1) Unwavering Faith, 2) Compassion for others, 3) Obedience to God and 4) Commitment to accomplish the Will of God in his life.

 

From the Beginning, Bob knew his calling was for Missions to the Asian Countries.  His first mission led him through Hawaii to Hong Kong and eventually to China.  Getting to China was his first big test of faith - he had no money, even for the first leg to Hawaii.  Bob held the opinion that God knows ones needs already and if He has called you to a task, He will provide and enable you - just move out! He did just that and went to the L.A. airport that day without any money in his pocket.  His faith paid off as God provided the funding for each leg of his trip just at the moment he needed it.  This was the norm rather  than the exception throughout his career as an evangelist. What ever it was, where ever it was, if God called, Bob would act no matter what the circumstance......he knew that God would always provide.....and He did!

 

Bob had a compassion for the spiritually and physically suffering of the world.  "He was the friend of the little people, the forgotten, the hurting, the maimed, the unheard and the unsung".  Bob's theme was "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God". It was Bob's personal belief that "wherever you find men and women who really love Jesus Christ, you find the compassion of Christ spilling out of them to meet human need." Over the years World Vision, Samaritan's Purse and other organizations like them; one in particular, Mission Aviation Fellowship Pilots (MAF), who flew Missionaries around the world in crisis situations, helped so many helpless and needy men, women and children. They knew first hand the healing power of God.

 

Bob dared it all to be obedient to the Lord's call.  Once he had in focus the mission that God wanted him to accomplish, he followed in Faith to bring the unsaved to Christ.  It was his opinion that " If you are an ambassador, act like one!"- no matter where you are. Bob would bring to memory how other great men of Faith were obedient even in the face of death.  During World War II, a young South Korean Pastor, Mr. Im was mistaken for a North Korean Communist and imprisoned.   During his internment, he would go around camp singing "Jesus Loves Me" and other Christian songs.  He not only uplifted and inspired other fellow Christian prisoners to come together, he brought many more to Christ.  Together he and another prisoner, Chaplain Voelkel, established a Bible Study where over 6,000 prisoners finished a six month Bible Study.  Six Hundred (600) of those finishing the Bible Study  became pastors and came back to Korea to preach the Gospel.  In another instance, he related how a Korean school teacher was put to death in front of his students because of his faith and obedience to the Lord.

 

To be an ambassador for the Lord "is one of the greatest things that could ever have happened to anyone - to let God put a fish hook into you so deep that there is no way of ever getting off the hook."

 

 "Bob did one thing all of his life, and that was to lead people to the foot of the Cross where they would put their faith in a risen Lord Jesus Christ.  He lived every minute completely amazed that God could use him.  No matter how much he was able to do in how many places, it was never enough."  This was the kind of commitment Bob made to Jesus; "to commit yourself, give yourself away to God irrevocably, forever.  Say to Him, go ahead and burn me up. Spend me. Eat me up.  Use me for you Glory." And that's exactly what he did.

 

Being a man of God was not always easy for Bob and he paid a high price.  In one measure or another he had to forsake his wife, his family, his Mother and Father, his brothers and sisters and other worldly possessions to follow Jesus.  He not only lost his health, he lost his Daughter, Sharon, to death.

 

Committing your life to Christ in a Godless society is never easy; many times you feel like you may be the only one putting your life, your self image, your social acceptance on the line.  As Bob came to realize, ".  Someone has to go and pay that humiliating price of literally letting your ego be stomped on- not just pushed in and suppressed, but laid out there for people to stomp on.  We need to do this by the grace of God with love and patience: sow the seed on rocky soil, nurture it, and maybe never be applauded."

 

Committing your life to Christ really comes down to this; What really matters

to you in Life?

 

On his death bed in the City of Hope, Bob left us this one message - "I don't care what you have attempted. What you have succeeded at, or what has been your work in Christ's name while you are here on earth - only one thing matters when you have reached the last step before you go to stand before Christ:

 

- Did you tell men and women who Jesus is?

- Did you bring them to some comprehension of His redeeming love?

- Did you make it plain to them that He alone can pay their way to heaven throughout His atoning death on the cross?"

 

Such was the life of a man of God, Bob Pierce.

 

 

 

HIDDEN CODES OF THE BIBLE

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ACT 17:11 - Exhorts you to daily review the scriptures to see if what is being said is true

 

References:           Grant R. Jeffrey - "The Signature of God"- RECOMMENDED READING

Other reading:      "The Hebrew Factor" by Yacov Rambsel

                                                Prepared by D. E. Davis

 

Daniel 12: 4 - "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."

 

Here is undeniable proof, the third in the series, that every word, every letter and every punctuation in Bible text was put their by the inspiration of God.  It gives new meaning to the words "increase knowledge".  It's just one of the many signs, and without a doubt, the most exciting revelation that God said he would reveal to man in the "end time".   As you will see, God has put his signature throughout the Bible, has revealed History before it ever happened, all through hidden codes that were supernaturally placed into text which was written over 2,000 years ago; which could only be found with today's computer technological advances.  The codes are found in what scholars call "Equidistant Letter Sequences" or ESL.  That is, each sequential letter in an encoded word or phrase was found the same distance apart numerically; The exact interval designed by God.

 

Actually, the discovery of hidden codes in scripture dates back to before WWI and it was not until 1988 that the use of computers were able to detect a significant amount of coding in scripture.  Since then, the research that Grant Jeffrey and others have done has just exploded and new discoveries are happening every day.

 

Here is a summary of what has been found and outlined in Grant's book, referenced above.  It is my understanding that he is in the process of writing another book to tell what he has found subsequent to "The Signature of God".

 

Luke 21:15 - " For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay (refute) nor resist."

 

Proverbs 25:2 - "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter."

 

THE SIGNATURE OF GOD

 

What follows is what most of the human race would find hard to believe.  It unfathomable to think that the Hebrew Bible, containing 304,805 Hebrew letters, written by 40 individuals could contain hidden messages that if one letter was taken out of the text, one word was removed, the hidden message could not be revealed......yet the message has been sustained for over 2,000 years and has been revealed to man just as Jesus said it would be.  Jesus has actually placed His name and other messages about Himself into text which proves he is the creator of all; King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

GOD'S SIGNATURE

God has personally signed scriptures throughout the Old and New Testaments in various ways.  For example in the Old Testament, he has encoded his name, Jesus, in the following scripture:

 

 

THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD FROM ANCIENT TIMES UNTIL TODAY

God has also encoded unbelievable detail about many of the things we read about and which touch our lives daily.  For example, he outlines:

 

PLACES AND THINGS

·         Gen. 2: 4-10  - The key word "Eden" was spelled out sixteen (16) times in the span of 379 Hebrew letters.  The letters were all equidistant from each other.

·         Gen. 2  - In this chapter which deals with the garden of Eden, scientists found encoded in the Hebrew text, Twenty-five (25) names of trees that were in the

Garden of Eden.

·         Gen. 1:1 - Starting with the first appearance of the Hebrew letter "Tav", the word "Torah" was found every 50th letter.

·         Ex. 1: 1 - Again, starting with the first appearance of the letter "Tav" and counting every 50th letter, the word "Torah" was spelled. Num./Deut. - In the book of Numbers the word "Torah" was found spelled backwards every 50th letter.  In the book of Deuteronomy, "Torah" was found again spelled backwards, but this time every forty-ninth (49) letter.

 

NAMES AND EVENTS

·         Holocaust

·         Deut. 10: 17-22 - Beginning with the second to last appearance of the Hebrew letter "bet" in this passage, they found every Thirteenth (13) letter, the phrase "b'yam marah Auschwitz" which means "in the bitter sea of Auschwitz."   Also encoded in this passage were the names of the other Nazi Concentration camp, "Belsen".

·         Deut. 33:21 - Beginning with the letter (resh) that appeared in the Hebrew word "Yisreal," and counting every twenty-second (22) letter from the left to right they found the phrase "re'tzach alm" discribing the Holocaust, which when translated, means "a people cry murder, slaughter."

 

·         Adolph Hitler

·         Deut. 10: 17-22 - The word "Hitler" spelled out in Hebrew was found every twenty-second (22) letter.

·         Deut. 33:16 - Beginning with the first appearance of the Hebrew letter "mem" and every two hundred and forty-sixth (246) letter from left to right you find that the coded letters spelled out the phrase, "Melek Natzim," which translates as the "king of the Nazis."

 

·         Eichmann

·         Deut. 32:52 - Beginning with the appearance of the first letter (aleph) and counting from left to right every six hundred and seventy (670) letters, the name "Aik'man" is spelled, which is the Hebrew form of the name "Eichmann."

 

·         Egyptian President Anwar Sadat

·         "Sadat occurred together with the name of the leader of the Moslem  Brotherhood assassinating team that killed him.......it contained the year of his assassination, 1981,  and the words "president," "gunfire," "shot'" and 'Murder".

 

·         Desert Storm

·         Beginning in Gen. 1:7 and continuing through the rest of Genesis, Grant Jeffrey indicated at the Prophesy Conference in Irvine,Ca. on 27 Sept. 1996 that they had recently found information in hidden code in scripture relating to Desert Storm.  I believe more details will be available in Grant's next book.

 

·         The French Revolution

·         Gen. 39,41 - "Another passage in the Book of Genesis revealed a cluster of encoded words that deals with the French Revolution.  The following words are clustered ogether" "Mapecha HaSarfatit" which spells "the French Revolution" in Hebrew, "Louis," the name of the French king, and the word "Beit (house of Bourbon,") his royal dynasty.  In the same cluster were the following words:  "Hamarseilles" (the name of the French anthem) and the word "Bastillia" (the infamous French prison for political prisoners........"

 

OTHER HISTORICAL INFORMATION

·         Word pairs - "In their initial experiment, .......the scientists arbitrarily chose three hundred (300) Hebrew word-pairs that were logically related in meaning, such as hammer and anvil, or tree and leaf, or man and woman." ".....the researchers were astonished to find that every single word-pair had been located in Genesis in close proximity to each other."

 

·         King David's Ancestors

·         Gen. 28 - " Every one of the five Hebrew names of these ancestor of King

David     (Pharez, Zerah, Boaz, Obed, Jesse) were found encoded at forty-nine (49) letter intervals, hidden within the text of Genesis 38".

·         Famous Jewish Rabbi -  "The Jewish people celebrate the memory of their famous sages by commemorating their date of death.  Incredibly, the computer program found every single one of the sixty-six names of these famous rabbis embedded in the text of Genesis paired at significantly close proximity with their actual date of birth or their date of death."

 

IS THE HEBREW BIBLE UNIQUE TO GOD' S INSPIRED EMBEDDED CODES?

Grant points out that "The researchers attempted to reproduce these results by running the computer program on other religious Hebrew texts outside the Bible, including the Samaritan Pentateuch. .......the researchers could not detect word pairs in the Samaritan Pentateuch or any other Hebrew text outside the Bible.  In fact, an exhaustive analysis reveals that no other Hebrew text outside the Old testament contains these mysterious codes, not even the Hebrew apocryphal books written during the four hundred years before the birth of Christ"

 

A WORD OF CAUTION

"No one can search the Torah using these codes to foretell future events.  The reason is that it is impossible to extract the encoded information unless you already know what the future facts are."  "The prophet Isaiah warned against false prophets and declared that only God can Prophesy  future events accurately

(Isa. 46: 9,10).

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"Computer tapes are now available so that anyone with a computer can personally verify the existence of these codes beneath the text of the Scriptures.

 

As Christians, we can stand firm in the word and shout for joy.  God has given us "the words and the wisdom that none of our adversaries will be able to refute or contradict", no matter how much they try!

 

PRAISE THE LORD!

 

 

 

SIGNS OF THE TIME

 

 

References:           Grant R. Jeffrey - "The Signature of God"- RECOMMENDED READING

                                               

Prepared by D. E. Davis

June 10, 1997

 

Prelude

 

How do we know that Jesus is the one true God when there are so many religions, cultures and cults that claim that they serve the one true god?  How about Buddha, Allah?

 

Scripture says that God alone knows the beginning from the end.  The way that God establishes His authority is through Biblical Prophesy.  There are over 500 prophesies that were prophesied over 2,000 years ago that have all come to pass.  There are still some Old Testament that have yet have to be fulfilled (Daniel Ezekiel), but there has never been an event prophesied that has not come to pass in it’s time. 100% accuracy tells us that the God of the Bible is the only true God.  No one else in the history of the world, living or dead, can make this claim.

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In Matthew 24:3, just before Jesus' ascension into heaven, the disciples of Jesus ask Him what would be the sign of His second coming.  Over the centuries various groups have attempted to guess when Christ would return to the earth to claim His inheritance as promised throughout scripture.  As we know, no one has been right yet!.  God clearly states in Matthew 24:36 that no man, not even the angels, know the day or the time when Christ will return. Only God the Father knows.

 

This summary is clearly not another attempt to forecast this event.  This summary does, however, attempt to provide an awareness of what is happening around you so that you will not be caught unaware. (Ref. Luke 21:34 and Matthew. 24:42).

 

ACT 17:11- Exhorts you to daily review the scriptures to see if what is being said is true.

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Grant Jeffrey has done a wonderful job of providing critical information about events that are happening in this generation that all Christians need to know;  Events that were prophesied over 2,500 years ago.  Approximately 90% of the material contained herein was extracted and summarized from Grant's book.  I highly recommend reading this book as it contains so much more that you will want to know.

 

THE REBIRTH OF ISRAEL

The rebirth of Israel was prophesied in several scriptures throughout the Bible.  Isaiah 66: 8 predicted that Israel would be born again in "one" day.   Ezekiel 4:3-6 and  Levitcus 26:18 foretold the exact number of days that it would take Israel to re-establish themselves as a nation in the last days. ( The exact calculation can be found in Grant Jeffrey's book referenced above). On May 14, 1948, the Jews proclaimed their independence of the reborn state of Israel.....The exact day that was predicted over twenty-five (25) centuries ago.......No other ancient nation ever ceased to exist for a period of centuries and then returned to take its place on the stage of world history."

 

PRESENT ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT

In Psalms 83:2-8, God inspired King David to predict that upon Israel's rebirth as a nation it would be immediately surrounded by their enemies.  The modern names of those nations named in scripture include Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria....the nations that have now joined the Palestinians in their attempt to destroy Israel.

 

In Gen. 12: 3,  God has promised to punish those nations that come against Israel.  "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."

 

RESTORATION OF THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

When Israel was captured by Nebuchadnezzar in approx. 562 B.C., Israel was no longer allowed to speak the Hebrew language, but had to learn the language of the Chaldeans.  The Lord predicted, however, through Zephaniah 3:9, that he would restore a pure language to Israel so that they may "serve him with one consent".  It was in the early part of this Century that the Hebrew language was revived from the dead language.  Today, Hebrew is a living language to over 5 million Israelis.

 

THE FERTILITY OF ISRAEL

In  Isaiah 27:6; 35:7 and Joel 2:23, the Lord prophesied through these prophets that the deserted, unproductive, barren land of Israel would once again become productive in the last days and that Israel would experience tremendous increases of rain.  Ever since Israel has returned to the land, they have flourished in the land and now supply over 90 percent of the citrus fruit consumed in Europe.  Rainfall has increased by more than "10 percent every decade for the last century and Israel has planted in excess of two hundred (200) million trees and transformed the complete environment of the Promised Land."  According to the United Nations, Israel is now "the most agriculturally efficient land on earth."

 

THE UNWALLED CITY

Ezekiel 38:11 speaks of the future invasion of Gog and Magog (Russia) saying "And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of un-walled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls and having neither bars nor gates". Grant explains that "even army bases and Israel's settlements in the West Bank and Gaza have no walls today.........How could Ezekiel have known twenty-five centuries ago that the development of modern weapons such as bombs, airplanes and missiles, would have made walls and gates irrelevant for defensive purposes in the last days.  In the ancient past even small villages as well as cities depended on walls for defense against invading armies."

 

PLANS FOR REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE

Revelations 11:1, 2 foretells of Israel rebuilding the Temple in the last days.  There is much controversy between the Israelis and the Muslim's because the Dome of the Rock (Al-Aqsa Mosque) it is believed, sits on the very spot where the Temple is suppose to be built.  In recent years, however, aerial Infra-red photography shows that this may not be the case.  Ezekiel 44:14-18, tell about the sacred vessels and linen robes that must be used in the Temple.  "The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has already prepared over 75 of the objects, vessels, and linen garments required for future Temple service.......over 500 men from the tribe of Levi have already been trained to fulfill the duties of Temple worship and sacrifice."

 

Update:

Just recently in the Washington Post on May 28, 1997, it was reported that a 10 month old  heifer named "Melody" is the first red heifer to be born in Israel in over 2,000 years.  "In ancient times, the ashes of a red heifer were mixed with spring water to purify high priests before they entered the Temple."

 

THE REBUILDING OF BABYLON

We know that the old city of Babylon (now called Iraq) will be built again in the end times because Isaiah 13:6, 19 foretells of its destruction.  In Isaiah 34:8-10 it is prophesied that the rebuilt City of Babylon will burn for ever.

 

"As unlikely as it seems, the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein has spent over one billion dollars rebuilding the ancient city of Babylon and intends that it will become the center of their future renewed Babylonian Empire.  Interestingly, the whole city of Babylon was built over an underground lake of asphalt and oil."

 

THE ANOINTING OIL

The prophet Daniel prophesied in Dan. 9:24 that the when Jesus returns, that the most Holy of Holies will be anointed with the anointing oil.  "One of the five ingredients, afars' mon, was thought lost forever, when the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and the only two groves of afars'mon trees in existence were burned

to the ground.  Incredibly, several years ago, archeologists in Israel found a clay flask buried near the Dead Sea caves filled with the ancient oil of anointing.  Scientists confirmed that the oil is two thousand years old and is composed of the precise ingredients described in Exodus 30:25,26."

 

 PESTILENCE/FAMINES/EARTHQUAKES

Matthew 24:7 prophesied that in the last days "For nation shall rise against nation and Kingdom against Kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes, in divers (various) places."  Grand Jeffrey writes regarding these matters:

·         Pestilence - In 1991, the Central Intelligence Agency produced a report which "concluded that up to 75% of the population of Africa living in the area south of the Sahara Desert may become infected with AIDS over the next 12 years.  This will mean the death by AIDS of over three hundred million people in       Africa alone.  In July 1991, the South African Medical Journal reported that a staggering 47% of black male and female blood donors tested positive for AIDS during 1989."

 

In Nov. 1996, the Associated Press reported that "Sexually transmitted diseases are diagnosed 12 million times a year in the United States - including a staggering 3 million cases among teen-agers".

·          Famine - The United Nations today "claim that over thirty million in Africa are now at risk of dying from the most devastating famine in this century.  The UN estimates that one billion people are in danger of starvation while another billion lack proper nutrition.  North American food reserves (grain and corn) are at the lowest level in sixty years."

·         Major killer earthquakes – “Major Killer earthquakes (7.2 or greater on the Richter scale) occurred only once per decade throughout history until our century.  However, since A. D. 1900, the growth in major earthquakes has been  relentless.  From 1900 to 1949 it averaged three major quakes per decade.  From 1949 the increase became awesome with 9 killer quakes in the 1950's; 13 in the 1960's; 56 in the 1970's and an amazing 74 major quakes in the 1980's.   Finally, in the 1990's, at the present rate, we will experience 125 major killer quakes in this decade."

 

WORLD WIDE COMMUNICATION

In Revelation 11:9,10, it is prophesied that during the tribulation period, the antichrist will have the two witnesses that God sent killed and their bodies will lay in the street for three and a half days while the whole world watches.

 

Did not the whole world watch Desert Storm on CNN television?  With all the technological advances in telecommunications, including the recent opening of the World Wide Net to our computer industry, any event happening in any part of the world can now be viewed while it is happening.  The prophesy of the two  witnesses could literally be fulfilled today.  This could not have happened just 10 or 15 years ago.

 

INCREASED KNOWLEDGE AND TRAVEL

Daniel 12:4 prophesies how much knowledge and travel will increase in the end time. "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the Book, even to the time of the end:  Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased."

 

Today, it is estimated that "Human knowledge is growing so quickly that it literally doubles every twenty-four months."   With the discovery through the use of modern "Super" computers by Grant Jeffrey and other researchers of the hidden codes that God supernaturally designed into the original Hebrew text of the Torah describing not only the history of the world in advance, but also verifying his Authority through His personal signature throughout his scripture, we realize that God chose this generation to reveal this unique aspect about himself.

 

It is also amazing that in this century, we have gone from horses to cars, from cars to supersonic spacecraft; not only can we now travel the world in a matter of hours, but in the case of the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery, we can now travel at speeds in excess of eighteen thousand miles per hour. 

 

REVIVAL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Daniel 2:40-44 predicts that the old Roman Empire will be revived in the end times into a ten Nation alliance.  We currently see the foundation being laid today through the European Economic Community. "In 1957, six (6) Countries signed the Treaty of Rome laying the foundation for the future United States of Europe.............Since then the Maastricht Treaty consolidated the fifteen (15) Nations of the European Union into the worlds first superstate."  All it will take is the re-shuffling and/or the consolidation of Nations to bring this prophesy to a literal fulfillment.

 

 

ODDS THAT THESE PROPHECIES WERE FULFILLED BY CHANCE IN THIS GENERATION

 

"In the Bible there are several types of generations.  One generation is defined as the length of life of the average person - seventy or eighty years.  However, a generation of governing is usually defined as forty years,...........During the last two thousand years since the days of Christ, there were fifty such forty-year generations.  Therefore, the odds are one chance in fifty that any one of these specific prophecies happened by chance in our generation rather than some other generation."

 

"The odds that more than one event happening in our life time are:

 

"Another way of looking at this is that the chance that the prophets of the Bible correctly guessed these prophecies is also one in 97,500 trillion............in other words, it is simply impossible that men alone could

have written the Bible without the supernatural assistance and inspiration of God."

 

Matthew 24:32-35 - "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."

 

Luke 21:28 - "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

 

ANTI-CHRIST TO BE REVEALED

As of today, no one knows who the Anti-Christ is, but we do know what God has told us about him:

 

Many people try to spiritualize or say the events prophesied in the Bible are just symbolic.  Any doubt about how God handles these prophetic events should have been erased on May 14,1948.  God is literally fulfilling scriptural prophesy before our very eyes.  Can we expect anything less for those few remaining prophesies for which He has promised the world; 1) the removal of the one who restrains the man of lawlessness/Sin (the rapture of the Church), 2) His second coming to take possession of His inheritance, 3) The millennial kingdom  and 4) the new heaven and new earth.

 

 

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Ezekiel 33:6 - "But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."

 

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