Posts Tagged ‘ help ’

Lucifer Darkness

Nov
14
2014

Our devotions have brought us to Isaiah 14:12 again. What an amazing verse.

A deep look at the Hebrew words causes the meaning to be a bit different than the English rendering implies.

First of all, Lucifer is a Latin term, and it was superimposed upon the text from Latin translations.

Second, Lucifer is simply “bright” or “shiny.” This means that he is not made of skin, as we are, but a different being with a shiny appearance instead of dull.

Third, the word for Lucifer is tightly tied to mourning. Meetings with this personage bring mourning in its wake. It is the opposite of an inspiring figure, it is the infamous and degrading figure.

Fourth, “Son of the morning” is a very poor rendering and translation. He is the Son of the predawn. This is quite different from the dawn or the early morning. It is the coldest, most miserable, and darkest time before dawning. But this is the one concept that brings hope. With Satan in the King of Babylon, the world can know that there will be a bright morning soon. It is the Darkest of the Dark Age and soon light and warmth will come and the darkness, cold, and suffering will be over.

The only reason Satan can be an “angel of light” is because it is so dark, he can make a shiney appearance. In the light, he is nothing. In the dark, he almost can be noticed. Christ in contrast, shines light throught the realm when He is present, and scatters darkness. Satan needs darkness to be noticeable. In the light, he is just another creature.

John Robinson sermon

Jul
20
2013

Today is an amazing day and one where you could say that was the real beginning of our Country: The United States of America.

It was spend fasting and praying and listening to an exhortation from a dear old preacher on the importance of not relying on man for help, and instead facing insurmountable difficulties and dangers with God’s help alone. There were over 100 people that gathered this day 393 years ago to seek God’s face, repent of sin, and beg for God’s blessing for each one of them.

Tomorrow is the day when those staying in Holland put on a big feast, or “last meal” together for those leaving. They sang the Psalms in a most beautiful and harmonic fashion, since they were well trained in music. The walk to the Mayflower was a quiet one, with each person’s heart breaking at the thought they may not see each other ever again, and the grimness of what lay ahead of the travellers.

Those first Pilgrims, having to flee Europe’s decadence, immorality, agnosticism, anti-Saints spirit, and general humanism; were setting forth to face a fierce battle just trying to extricate themselves from England. But that was only the beginning of the sorrows and depravations they would endure. They were praying for God’s help in crossing the great Ocean, protection from the most savage people on earth (yes, Savages!), and protection from the French and Spanish, and even other Englishmen in establishing a Biblically based colony.

If such a place could open up today, would we go or stay in this filthy world? It is getting harder for real Christians (saints) to manage living in cities and towns. There is a real effort underfoot, not only politically, but socially, and economically to drive every true Bible believing person from this earth into what they think is oblivion.

Heaven is not a place for patsies, or worldly “Christians.” It is the abode for eternity for those who overcame through the blood of the Lamb!

The link: John Robinson and the Farewell Sermon

Dangerous Existence

Jul
09
2013

Isaiah 24:17 presents a very real picture of the dangers of living after major catastrophes in areas where mankind has lived. Cities especially are filled with dangerous traps, sink holes from all the underground passageways and sewer systems. The rubble left behind is a maze of death traps. After a major disaster, the survivors have to get about to find food and shelter, but the process takes their lives, especially when they are lone survivors.

Before the Savior of the World can come with his mighty saints, the world is going to be devastated. The world socialist system is going to destroy much of the world’s production industry, and it is also going to destroy city maintenance and repair systems. The “natural” disasters of the world wide fires and earthquakes will destroy the rest that is left from the world-wide plunder of a world wide government system.

The few that survive the holocaust of this world are going to find life very precarious. There are numbers of things to be alert and aware of, in a time when a person is famished, weak, wounded and in very poor condition. As they emerge from the rubbles that held them, they will be confronted by the remains of a thousand death traps. Areas they enter will be unstable and ready to fall on them in an instant. The ground they walk on could give way at any moment to the chambers below and trap them there.

The verse begins with the terror that overcomes people that still remain alive. They will be very easily spooked and overwhelmed with fear. Anything could spell the end of their lives and they know it. They will be very careful when they move, watching for anything that might be a threat to their safety and survival. Only God will be able to help them, since living on earth has become so dangerous.

An area not mentioned in this verse is the state of animals. They too will be dangerous and in danger.

In this state of precariousness, where life is hanging on by a thread, people will finally be ready to glorify God and beg for his help, the world over. There will be a revival, but only after the world and its systems are completely trashed and destroyed. All hope of mankind being able to wage a war against God must be removed before mankind will turn to Him for help. It is amazing how stubborn mankind is when it comes to that which is right and holy. It is a shame that God has to let things get so terribly bad before He can be accepted for who He is.

Accept God today, and don’t wait to the bitter end when things will get this bad!

Link: Isaiah 24:17 in the Prophecy Guide

Eliza Hewitt & hymns

Jun
15
2013

Eliza Hewitt remained unmarried all her life and suffered greatly after trying to discipline a boy in school. She was an invalid for several months and had to endure a body cast so her back could heal. During this time, she developed a heart for God and children. She also discovered the value of the pen and began writing poems for church and Sunday School. These were soon found by the song writers and set to music. She also began writing Sunday School material to help teachers reach their students.

Once she was able to get about again, she was thrilled and put her endeavors into the Sunday School movement, doing all she could to teach and reach children with the gospel and Christian ideals. At one point she had a class of 200 students in the Presbyterian church where she was a member.

To see her photo and story use the following links. From that page there are links to the hymn stories she wrote.

Eliza Hewitt, songwriter.

Theodore Roosevelt

Jun
08
2013

We have an article on Theodore Roosevelt, but it needed some more clarification and fact checking. Deborah Macomber, my oldest daughter, did that for us last weekend. She was not able to prove the story about him having his cabinet members search Bibles for the basis of the Monroe Doctrine, but it appears this was not something out of character for him. Can you imagine the last four presidents asking their Cabinet members to come to an emergency meeting to help him find verses in the Bible about an issue that impacts this country? We can only dream of such things, but our Presidents of the past thought nothing of doing such things!

Use this link to find out more: The Extraordinary Theodore Roosevelt.

Joseph Scriven story

May
27
2013

Well, we have worked on this story for several years, and finally got an edition finished and on the website! Joseph Scriven was an obscure man, but what a testimony he left behind! Because he was willing to stay in his small corner, seeking to exemplify an unselfish and holy life, quietly performing important feats of help to the poor and widows, he left a lasting impression on not only the farming community where he lived, but in the legacy of that private poem for his mother known as “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Almost every week this hymn is requested by those that attend our little chapels, and now the folks have the story to go with it.

We hope this story will help our brethren in Christ! The links are:

Joseph Scriven life story

What a Friend We Have in Jesus hymn story

Immediate Aid

Aug
31
2009

In Revelation 12:16, the earth comes to the immediate aid of the Woman of Heaven (Tribulation Saints) and swallows up the flood of waters the Dragon (Satan) spews at her. Today’s word study was on the word “help.” It is used only eight times in the Greek New Testament, but those times are quite moving. Both a father and a mother of demon possessed children came to Jesus for immediate spiritual help. On the day we were saved, Christ immediately comes to our aid in response to our plea for help, and because Christ has undergone severe affliction and pain during the testing of his faith, He can help us during ours. See the interesting word study at:

Help, Quickly Aid