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2/1/2023

 

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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Ezekiel 34:2 “Shepherd, feed the flock”

 

 

You have value and purpose in this life, not because of what you've done, but because of who created you. God created you with Intention. You are god's handiwork. You live and function best when you are living according to his ways and bringing honor and glory to Him. Just as a clock is made to tell time, so you have been crafted to display the goodness of god in all that you do. (Devotion - Cottonwood Creek.org)

 

 

 

URL - FINAL THOUGHTS ON HONORING YOUR PARENTS

https://www.wnd.com/2023/01/final-thoughts-honoring-parents/

 

URL - REVELATION 7: WHO'S BEHIND THE WEATHER? THE SUPERNATURAL

https://www.christianpost.com/voices/revelation-7-whos-behind-the-weather-the-supernatural.html

 

 

 

 

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DON’T MAKE ME COME DOWN THERE

Dolly Parton

https://youtu.be/UQmX7jT2LEg

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:13-16).

 

 

INTERESTING ARTICLES SUMMARY

 

·        God’s thoughts should be our thoughts Truth is revealed and knowable

·        Are you too good to get to Heaven?

·        Is serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

·        From Pearl Harbor to Calvary: A Japanese pilot’s radical journey to Salvation

·        AN EXAMPLE OF SERVICE

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GOD’S THOUGHTS SHOULD BE OUR THOUGHTS: TRUTH IS REVEALED AND KNOWABLE

Isaiah55:8-9 is among those verses that have taken on a life of their own in Christian circles

Christian Headline News – Jan. 23, 2023 -- For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Christians often cite these verses as meaning that God’s thoughts and ways are so transcendent and inscrutable, we cannot know them. This is, we are told, a reason for comfort for the Christian, especially when circumstances around us are confusing and painful. Some even use these verses to defend a kind of Christian anti-intellectualism. After all, if God is unknowable, why study theology at all? When having a “child-like” faith is confused with a purely emotive faith, there’s no sense in stewarding our minds to the knowledge and worship of God. Unfortunately, this way of approaching God has further devolved into the idea that if God is unknowable, we can’t really know His moral will when it comes especially to certain behaviors and lifestyles.

Of course, it is true that God is omniscient, and we are not. He not only knows vastly more than we can imagine or comprehend, He is the source of all knowledge. Because there is so much He has not revealed, there is no sense in which humans could ever know God exhaustively. All of which is why my friend Greg Koukl often says that Christians should never read a Bible verse. What he means is that Christians should never read only one verse by itself.

In the context of the verses before and after, Isaiah 55:8-9 does not suggest that we cannot know God’s thoughts and ways. In fact, Isaiah is saying the exact opposite. Two verses earlier, Isaiah says:

Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Did you catch that? The wicked man should “forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts….” Why? So, they can think the higher thoughts and adopt the higher ways of God. Far from an excuse for not studying or seeking the mind of God, this passage is actually an urgent call to make God’s thoughts and ways our thoughts and ways. And if we fail to have His thoughts and ways, Isaiah clearly states, He invites us to repent so we can have them.

What God has chosen to not reveal is much, but the entire narrative of Scripture reveals a God committed to making Himself known. Just because we cannot know Him exhaustively does not mean we cannot know Him truthfully.

In fact, this is a crucial foundation of a Christian worldview. Specifically, it’s Christian epistemology, a 50-cent word that just means the study of how we know. The answer is not complicated: We know because God has not hidden Himself but has revealed Himself generously in His creation and in Scripture.

By seeking and studying what God has revealed, we can make God’s thoughts our thoughts. We have, Paul wrote, the mind of Christ. We can know His design for human beings and for marriage and family, the purpose of government, the rightful end and object of worship, the significance of art and music and the place of science, and especially what has gone wrong with our world and what He’s doing to set it right. The ultimate goal is not to know things about God or even about His mighty acts in history. It is to know Him, and as Jesus put it, to love Him, with all our heart, soul, and mind.

ARE YOU TOO GOOD TO GET TO HEAVEN?

The Christian Post – Jan. 25, 2023 -- Man naturally assumes that eternal life is awarded to those who do plenty of good works during their life on Earth. If you asked 100 people how someone gains entrance into Heaven, you would see what I mean. The common assumption is that getting into Heaven is merit-based.

Scripture comes along and blows that misguided theory out of the water. After all, “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

In the Lord’s eyes, all have sinned and broken God’s commandments. “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it” (James 2:10). This is why God sent his only Son to pay for our sins on the cross. It was the only way we could be reconciled to our Father in Heaven. Believers are declared righteous in God’s sight on account of Christ. “If righteousness could be gained through the Law, Christ died for nothing” (Galatians 2:21).

You may ask, “What if a person sincerely tries to live a good life, but does not believe in Jesus as Savior?” Many people assume that sincerity is enough. The Chinese philosopher Mencius said, “Sincerity is the way to Heaven.” But is it? The Bible reveals that multitudes of people are sincerely wrong about God, human righteousness, Heaven, Hell, and the path to Paradise. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).

The purpose of Christ’s crucifixion was not to change God’s mind about Heaven but to provide forgiveness for sinners so that we could in fact actually enter Heaven. The blood of Jesus shed on the cross has the power to wash away your sins. This spiritual cleansing occurs the moment you rely upon the sacrifice of Christ for your salvation. Trusting in good works to save your soul is futile. After all, performing 10,000 good works does not wash away a single sin.

God definitely wants his children to do good works, but you will first need to place your faith in Christ alone. Those who rely upon their own righteous acts for salvation remain lost in their sins. The only way to be justified before God is through faith in Christ alone.

The Apostle Paul had plenty of experience trying to work his way into Heaven. After his conversion, however, Paul's entire perspective changed. He wrote, “We know that a man is not justified by observing the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the Law, because by observing the Law no one will be justified” (Galatians 2:15-16).

You realize what this means, don’t you? A person can actually be “too good” to make it into Heaven. Those who seek to earn eternal life by their own righteousness commit a fatal error.

The Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus said, “All religions must be tolerated … for every man must get to Heaven in his own way.” Now compare this philosopher’s proud declaration to the words of the Messiah, who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

One of the thieves being crucified along with Jesus said to the Lord, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:42-43).

Advanced SettingsEternal life in Heaven is a free gift. You can’t earn it, can’t buy it, you can only receive it; It’s a gift. Eternal life is free. Do you believe it? One of the final verses of the Bible states: “Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).

Once you realize how far your sins have separated you from God, you become thirsty for God’s grace. Will you come to Jesus today and receive the free gift of salvation? Those who repent and receive this free gift instantly become inheritors of eternal life in Heaven. 

Sound too good to be true? Oswald Chambers wrote, “The reason it is so easy to obtain salvation is because it cost God so much.”

Humble yourself before God and admit that you have sinned against him unless of course, you are too good to get into Heaven. If you are striving to save your soul through your own efforts, then I feel very sorry for you. Until you stop trying to save yourself, you will fail to enter into a relationship with the Messiah. 

Simply let go and let God. Trust Jesus as your Savior, as you reject the idea that you can be good enough to work your way into Heaven.

Only then will you be able to understand and appreciate these words which the Apostle Paul wrote to Christians in Ephesus: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

You see, Christians do good works not in order to be saved, but because we have already been saved through faith in Christ alone. Do you see it now? If so, will you believe it now? 

Man’s righteous acts cannot wash away any of his sins, period. Faith in Christ alone is the only way to be saved, redeemed, justified, born again, and forgiven. And salvation occurs on the front end of your relationship with Christ. 

IS SERIAL KILLER JEFFREY DAHMER IN HEAVEN?

Charisma News – Nov. 18, 2022 -- Is it possible that behind the pearly gates of heaven there are murderers, pedophiles and cannibals walking along the streets of gold? We are taught in the book of Romans, "That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Rom. 10:9).

"I have come to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the true creator of the heavens and the earth. I have accepted Him as my Lord and Savior and I believe that I as well as everyone else will be accountable to Him." These are the words of convicted serial killer Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Monster. There has been a resurgence of interest in the heinous crimes committed by Dahmer after the Netflix series was released in September 2022. Since its release, 'Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,' has streamed over 850 million viewing hours.

The crimes Jeffrey Dahmer committed will always be remembered for their repulsive and grotesque nature. Between the years 1978 and 1991, Dahmer killed, dismembered and cannibalized 16 men in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and one in his family home in Ohio.

In 1995, Charisma Media reported this disturbing story and interviewed Dahmer's spiritual adviser, Pastor Roy Ratcliff.

"I grew to deeply appreciate and respect Jeff, mostly because of his thirst for truth and his hunger for what was right and what was wrong," Ratcliff said. He baptized the prolific serial killer in the prison and met with him weekly until Dahmer was murdered by a fellow inmate in November 1994. Ratcliff eulogized Dahmer at his funeral service, stating, "Jeff confessed to me his great remorse for his crimes. He wished he could do something for the families of his victims to make it right, but there was nothing he could do. He turned to God because there was no one else to turn to, but he showed great courage in his daring to ask the question, 'Is heaven for me too?' I think many people are resentful of him for asking that question. But he dared to ask, and he dared to believe the answer," Ratcliff recalls.

While the judicial system sentenced Dahmer to 16 consecutive life sentences for his egregious crimes, God's grace guaranteed him eternal salvation. In his book 'Total Forgiveness,' author R.T. Kendall states, "Grace is undeserved favor. Mercy is not getting what we do deserve, grace is getting what we don't deserve." As believers, we know that no sin is beyond the reach of God's grace, and where sin increases grace increases all the more. We must remember, it is not about the severity of the sin, it is about the atoning sacrifice of Christ.

The shed blood of the sinless Lamb of God is able to cover everyone who believes in Him and there is no limit to the size or graveness of sins covered. As Kendall says, "We must let God be God and the blood of Christ do what it in fact did; remove our guilt and satisfy God's sense of justice."

With Dahmer's sadistic appetite for gruesome murder, many people feel that it is unfair for him to be in a better place and for Netflix to capitalize on their recent productions. Ratcliff contended "It's unfair for anyone to go to heaven because heaven is not for good people. Heaven is for people who have turned to God." Although the pain remains for the families of the victims, we know that "all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28). 'Total Forgiveness' explains, "Whether your enemy is temporary or a 'life sentence,' never forget that God is at the bottom of it all."

The families of the victims may not ever forgive Dahmer for his abhorrent actions, but Ratcliff explains, "Jeff wasn't seeking forgiveness from people, he was seeking forgiveness from God."

While many believe that Dahmer's salvation was not sincere or deserved, only the Lord knows the true condition of Dahmer's heart. Ratcliff states "I think he is in the hands of God; I think he has embraced God and God has embraced him back." Romans 5:20 teaches us, "Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more." This grace is available for all sinners who call upon the name of the Lord. Kendall's 'Total Forgiveness' captured the nature of grace best, "Grace isn't grace if we have to be good enough for it to apply to us." 

FROM PEARL HARBOR TO CALVARY: A JAPANESE PILOT'S RADICAL JOURNEY TO SALVATION

Captain Mitsuo Fuchida was "disgusted by the idea of war trials." He believed that everyone should know that "war was war and that cruel acts occurred on both sides," and the idea of testifying as to the events of Dec. 1941 angered him greatly.

Little did the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor know one day he would accept Jesus Christ as his savior, and that testimonies from an American prisoner of war would inspire him greatly.

The attack on Pearl Harbor, a complete shock to an unsuspecting United States, killed 2,403 people—68 of whom were civilians. The attack destroyed 19 Navy ships, eight of which were battleships.

The attack motivated the US to enter the war, turning the tides of history.

Fuchida led the first wave of 183 attack aircraft on Pearl Harbor. His plane was hit 21 times by anti-aircraft fire, but it did not crash. The success of his mission granted him an audience with Emperor Showa.

It was after the war, however, that Fuchida was summoned by American Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Tokyo. He also met with his former flight engineer, Kazuo Kanegasaki, who told him that, as a prisoner of war, he was treated well.

Kanegasaki told Fuchida of the story of Peggy Covell, who cared for Japanese prisoners and whose parents were captured by Japanese soldiers. Before the soldiers beheaded them, her parents asked for and were granted 30 minutes to pray for their executioners.

When Fuchida heard the story, he was dumbfounded. He couldn't understand why they would pray to a god who "could not save them from the sword. Why would the Covell parents pray for their enemies who would shortly behead them?"

Kanegasaki could not answer the question. Fuchida couldn't reconcile Peggy's forgiveness or "a higher obligation to love someone, especially an enemy."

He would soon discover why.

Summoned again to testify, he met an American soldier named Jacob DeShazer, who handed him a pamphlet titled, "I Was a Prisoner in Japan," which recounted the story of DeShazer, who was one of General Doolittle's Raiders whose B-25 planes bombed Japan in 1942 and he was held captive for 40 months, included 34 months in solitary confinement.

DeShazer was beaten and malnourished and watched as three of his crew were executed by firing squad. During his captivity, however, he asked his guards for a copy of the Bible, which he was allowed to have for only three weeks. He read the Bible in the POW camp, and he accepted the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, which transformed his life.

He learned Japanese and learned to treat his captors with respect. The guards responded positively, which DeShazer says probably saved his life, and he resolved someday to bring the gospel to Japan, which he eventually did, establishing a church in Nagoya, a city which had been bombed 10 years earlier.

The stories of Covell and DeShazer intrigued Fuchida so much that he wanted to know more about this "Christian God." In 1949, Fuchida purchased a Bible in the same city where he had received the pamphlet from DeShazer.

As he read the gospels, the Lord pierced Fuchida's heart and helped him to understand why Covell and DeShazer could show forgiveness to those who had hurt them. It was Jesus' crucifixion and his words in the Gospel of Luke, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing," that penetrated Fuchida's soul.

"That's when I met Jesus," Fuchida said. "Looking back, I can see now that the Lord had laid His hand upon me so that I might serve Him."

And, on April 14, 1950, Fuchida accepted Jesus as his savior. The following month, he sought DeShazer out and said to him, "I have desired to meet you, Mr. DeShazer. My name is Mitsuo Fuchida." DeShazer soon recognized the name, and the former enemies embraced as brothers in Christ.

Fuchida would spend the remainder of his life as a world-traveling evangelist. He even became good friends with the Rev. Billy Graham.Bottom of Form

AN EXAMPLE OF SERVICE

Philippians 2:5-18

When Jesus came to earth as the Jewish Messiah, He wasn’t what His nation expected. They were looking for a powerful king who’d liberate them from the Romans. While He could have banished the Roman presence from the region, that was not the mission His Father gave Him. Rather, “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28). 

Jesus left the glories of heaven and humbled Himself to take on the status of a bondservant—which was at the time a permanent, unpaid slave and the ultimate demonstration of servitude. The Son of God came into the world, willing to do whatever His Father commanded. And that included dying on a cross for undeserving sinners like you and me.

A servant isn’t independent or self-centered but is instead focused on doing whatever his or her master says. That’s our calling as we follow in Christ’s footsteps of selfless service. Are you willing to accept this humble position? The culture may think you’re weak and foolish, but by serving others without grumbling, you prove yourself to be a child of God and a powerful light in a dark world.

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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - HONORING YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER

(You will be amazed how Scripture throughout the books of the Bible brings God’s Commandments into focus) https://youtu.be/mYOngt5kRHM?list=PLmI6y1h4ekf60kIu-TxE3ShPfJgTiUwB2

 

VIDEO – JESUS IS THE SPOKEN WORD

Watching this will bless you!

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WELCOME HOLY SPIRIT

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – What Jesus accomplished for us, the Spirit works out in us” – Our Daily Bread

 

 

INTERESTING ARTICLES SUMMARY

 

·        Justification by the Holy Spirit

·        Israel’s Negev Desert: Past, Present and the world-changing future

·        UNACEPTABLE! Biden doesn’t want Jews to pray on Temple Mount

·        Pope Francis warned Christ followers not to convince someone to become a Christian

·        Adam gave names to all the animals

·        THE JUDGMENT OF BELIEVERS

 

 

 

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JUSTIFICATION BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

Charisma News – Jan. 20, 2023 -- The theology that we prefer concerning justification or righteousness by faith, or by works, remains purely academic, and will not justify us, without ultimately being justified by the Holy Spirit. The heart is where justification resides. The human mind alone cannot receive it. This is true even if the knowledge is entirely from the Bible, "for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life"[1]. The words 'justification' and 'righteousness' are interchangeable. They are both translated from the same Greek word.

The teaching begins in the Old Testament: "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people."[

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a new heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them."

Paul explains what this means when he says: "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ toward God; Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory."

God's law is in the inward part of our heart when His Spirit is within us and we are led by the Spirit.[5] We become living epistles when the Spirit of Christ is within us. We are not able to be living epistles without Him. Anyone can quote Scripture; but not everyone is a living book.

We are not able to live righteous lives without the Spirit because as long as we remain slaves to sin, we are not righteous before God. The Spirit frees us from slavery to sin by its fruit that is produced in us.

The new covenant is of the Spirit who brings us life and righteousness. The old covenant of the letter could not do this. Only grace that flows into us through the Spirit can free us from the slavery of sin. The Bible is essential because it instructs us on how to arrive at righteousness; but ultimately we have to draw close to God in order for it to happen.

ISRAEL'S NEGEV DESERT: PAST, PRESENT AND THE WORLD-CHANGING FUTURE (Excerpt)

Charisma News – Jan. 20, 2023 -- Ever since the early Zionist settlers, Israel has made the desert flourish, and today it's a worldwide center of innovation.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva develops technologies that can be used around the world, attracting agricultural scientists across the globe.

And it all started with Abraham.

The Negev Desert takes up two-thirds of Israel's landmass, but only 10% of its population lives there. Abraham lived in Beersheva, which today is the largest city in the northern Negev, with a population of more than 200,000 people. The Negev Desert is also the only part of Israel where Moses walked.

He was not allowed into the Promised Land, but the wandering of the Israelites in the desert brought them from the Sinai, through the Negev, from where they sent out the 12 spies, and then were left to wander for 40 years.

The book of Numbers tells the story of the children of Israel going around the land of Edom and conquering the Amorites, and how the king of Moab sent the prophet Balaam to curse them. These lands are all in the modern-day state of Jordan, so the children of Israel must have gone through the Negev at some point.

Eventually, after Moses' death, they entered Israel by crossing the Jordan River at Gilgal.

This means that the Negev Desert has a significant place in the history of the Jewish people.

This is where God showed His power and might, and sent Manna from heaven, and it's possible this is the area where the miracle of the copper snake occurred, which Jesus spoke about to Nicodemus in John 3:14-15: "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him."

After Joshua's conquest, the northern Negev was allotted to the tribes of Judah and Simeon. Later, Solomon extended Israel's borders all the way to Eilat.

After the Babylonian exile and during the Persian and Greek eras, the Negev was beyond the perimeters of the large empires, being ruled instead by Nabatean tribes who controlled the Negev for their caravan trade routes between Petra and the port of Gaza. Even during the time of Jesus, the Negev was outside the Roman Empire—the Romans didn't conquer the area until 106 A.D. Over 500 years later, Islam arrived.

Under the Ottoman Empire, the Negev Desert was underdeveloped and neglected for centuries. The Turks had other, much bigger deserts to worry about. Once conquered in 1917 by the ANZAC troops of Great Britain, the Negev became part of the British Mandate of Palestine.

The Peel Commission in 1937 suggested dividing the British Mandate into an Arab and a Jewish state, with the entire Negev to be part of the Arab state. A similar proposal was put forward in 1946. In October of the same year, the Jewish Agency built 11 settlements in the Negev overnight, including a fully functioning water supply system. They hoped that the next division plan would make the Negev part of the Jewish state—and they were right.

The 1947 United Nations Partition Plan did, indeed, include most of the Negev as part of the proposed Jewish state, as there were new facts on the ground. In Israel's 1948-1949 War of Independence, Israeli troops successfully reached all the way to Eilat, where they flew an improvised Israeli ink flag. The iconic photo that captured the event resembles the 1945 American photo when the U.S. flag was raised in Iwo Jima.

David Ben-Gurion was a driving force in developing and settling the desert. It is no coincidence that the Beersheva university is named after him. When he retired from politics, he moved to Kibbutz Sde Boker, where he was buried.

In his office, Ben-Gurion always had a sheet of paper in front of him with biblical prophecies by Isaiah about making the desert bloom, and a statue of Moses in front of him. For him, planting trees in the desert was the essence of Zionism.

Israel is a small country and because the Negev takes up two-thirds of it, we don't have the luxury of not using it, unlike the Ottomans for whom the desert was an insignificant part of their vast empire.

Ben-Gurion was a visionary, and already by the '50s, he said things about the desert that could sound as if they were written today; using the desert for solar energy; desalinating water from the Red Sea and Mediterranean for example.

These visions are now being carried out. There are a number of large solar fields in the desert and more are being built. Desalination of sea water is already taking place, enabling Israel to export water to neighboring Jordan. Israeli experts are visiting Dubai to share their know-how. Ben-Gurion University students from developing African nations are learning how to develop food and water security in their homelands.

Some estimate that by the year 2050 roughly 700 million people will have been displaced because of scarce land resources and desertification. Israel may have already provided a solution.

As of today, Israel is the only country in the world where the inhospitable desert isn't growing but shrinking. Large parts of the desert are blooming and Ben-Gurion's vision is being fulfilled in front of our eyes.

'UNACCEPTABLE’: - BIDEN DOESN'T WANT JEWS TO PRAY ON TEMPLE MOUNT

'The United States stands firmly for preservation of the historic status quo'

WND – Jan. 17, 2023 -- The Biden administration, which has worked hand-in-glove on a wide range of funding projects for Palestinians in the Middle East, now says it is adamantly opposed to allowing Jews to pray on Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

Muslims have that right as of now. Jews do not.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that a Biden State Department official insisted it would be "unacceptable" for Jews to be allowed to pray there.

It's because, the Biden official said, that would change the "historic status quo" that only allows Muslims to pray there.

"The stance is a blow to diplomatic relations between the United States and the newly installed Israeli government and signals the Biden administration intends to call out the Jewish state on issues other administrations might address behind closed doors," the Free Beacon explained.

Biden's spokesman said, "The United States stands firmly for preservation of the historic status quo with respect to the holy sites in Jerusalem. Any unilateral actions that depart from the historic status quo is unacceptable."

It's not the first sign of a rift between Biden and Israel's government.

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Biden declined to immediately call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his election win last year, and his administration launched an investigation into the death of a Palestinian-American journalist even though investigators said it was an accident.

And Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended a conference held by J Street, which is a leading anti-Israel organization.

"Should it really be this difficult for the U.S. government to publicly affirm that Jews have a right to visit the holiest site in their religion?" Richard Goldberg, a former White House National Security Council official, told the Free Beacon. "Is the policy of the State Department: Freedom of religion for all except Jews?"

The issue arose a few weeks ago when Israeli leader Itamar Ben-Gvir visited the Temple Mount and said there should be a policy change that would allow Jewish prayer.

In recent years, only Muslims have been allowed prayer time there.

But the visit by Ben-Gvir was seen as a signal that could change.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned of Biden's "pathological obsession with undermining Israel [and] is endangering the national security of America and our allies."

POPE FRANCIS WARNED JESUS CHRIST FOLLOWERS NOT TO CONVINCE SOMEONE TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN, INSISTING IT IS A “PAGAN” ACTIVITY

WND – Jan. 20, 2023 -- “To evangelize is not to proselytize,” the Pope told crowds gathered in the Vatican for his weekly general audience.

“To proselytize is something pagan; it is neither religious nor evangelical,” the Pope said.

“This is not about proselytism, as I said, so that others become ‘one of us’ – no, this is not Christian,” he reiterated.

“It is about loving so that they might be happy children of God,” he added.

Proselytizing, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, means to try to persuade someone to change their religious or political beliefs or way of living to your own.”

Proselytism differs from evangelization, the Pope said, which is the joyful witness of one’s experience of Christ.

“You know your contemporaries, you know that many are alone, that many do not know Jesus,” Francis told young people gathered for a national Catholic youth conference in 2019.

“Go, go and bring the Lord, go and fill your environments, even the digital, but not of convictions, not to convince, not to proselytize, but to witness to the tenderness and mercy of Jesus,” the Pope added.

The Pope then told a group of Christian high school students the following month that they should respect people of other faiths, insisting, “we are not living in the times of the crusades.”

When one of the students asked how a Christian should treat people of other faiths, the Pontiff said, “we are all the same, all children of God,” and that true disciples of Jesus do not proselytize.

“A Christian should never try to convince others of the truth of Christianity but should simply give a testimony of consistency and wait for others to ask about the faith,” he proposed.

“You must be consistent with your faith,” he said.

“It never occurred to me (and nor should it) to say to a boy or a girl: ‘You are Jewish, you are Muslim: come, be converted!’ You be consistent with your faith, and that consistency is what will make you mature. We are not living in the times of the crusades,” the Pope continued.

“The last thing I should do is to try to convince an unbeliever. Never,” he said.

“The last thing I should do is speak. I should live my faith with consistency. And it will be my witness that will awaken the curiosity of the other who may then ask: ‘But why do you do this?’ And yes, then I can speak.”

“But listen, the gospel is never, ever advanced through proselytism,” he continued.

“If someone says he is a disciple of Jesus and comes to you with proselytism, he is not a disciple of Jesus. Proselytism is not the way; the Church does not grow by proselytism,” he emphasised.

The Church grows by attraction, by witness, the Pontiff said.

“Soccer teams can do proselytism, this can be done, political parties can do it, but there should be no proselytism with the faith,” the Pope added.

“And if someone asks me: ‘But why do you do this?’ Read, read, read the Gospel, this is my faith. But without pressure.”

ADAM GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS

 

Genesis 2:19 “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of   the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever  Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.”

 

 

Creation Moments – Nov. 23, 2021 -- It surely wasn’t possible, I am often told, for Adam to have given names to all the millions of species of animals that exist on earth in the space of one day. Obviously, they tell me, this means that the Bible is wrong.

In fact, the activity was nowhere near as arduous as this accusation suggests. The number of animals would be far less than the estimated 2 million species.

Adam did not have to go looking for these animals. God brought them to him. God brought three classes of animals to Adam – livestock, birds of the heavens, and beasts of the field. All of these are vertebrates, whereas 98% of all species are invertebrates. Of the remaining 2% – or 40,000 species – many have developed from others (note: developed, not evolved) by the process of speciation. It is likely that the creatures were all descended from just a couple of thousand baramins, or created kinds.

It would not be that difficult for Adam to assign a name to each of the animals that paraded before him, especially as he was created perfect, and unlikely to get tired. Suppose he took five seconds to name an animal. He could have named 2,000 animals in 2¾ hours. You might think such a task would be boring, but it was not onerous and would easily fit with all the other activities occurring on that sixth day of God’s creation, including God making the land animals and making Eve from Adam.

THE JUDGMENT OF BELIEVERS

2 Corinthians 5:9-10

What do you feel when you think about standing before the judgment seat of Christ—fear or dread? The apostle John says that if we abide in Christ, then when the Lord appears, we can have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame (1 John 2:28). The reason is that we belong to Jesus, who went to on the cross to bear our sins and take the penalty we deserved.

Our future judgment has nothing to do with determining our eternal destiny; that has already been settled. Instead, this judgment is Christ’s evaluation of our deeds—to evaluate “whether [they are] good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). The word bad refers not to evil acts but to those that are of zero value. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 likens Christ’s judgment to a fire that consumes every worthless deed but leaves untouched those worthy of eternal reward. Although our life may look impressive by worldly standards, God alone knows the heart’s motives and which deeds are truly good (1 Corinthians 4:5).

Our actions don’t determine whether we spend eternity with God, but He is gracious to consider them for the purpose of reward. Together, let’s seek to live for Him and His glory each day. And let us also rest, knowing that His righteousness makes us worthy of heaven.

In Touch Ministry

 

 

 

THE GRACE THAT WE STAND IN IS MORE THAN WE DESERVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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----------------------THE SIGNS OF THE TIME-------------------

 

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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