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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

Sailor Lifestyle Condemned

Feb
18
2013

Today’s verse is Isaiah 23:4 which is badly translated, glossing over the potent condemnation of the life of sailors. Specifically, the port city of Sidon will be brought to utmost shame and ruin, as the fortress of the sea condemns the port for not promoting family morality.

The life of a sailor has historically been one of gross immorality and anti-family morals. Not only is the man of the house gone (and now women) and temptation to do wrong the norm among peers, but those at home are tempted to violate marriage and morals. God designed that a family be made of a woman and man working in harmony following His Word, and children experiencing the promotion of high moral values like virginity, education, sharp mental acuity, and clean moral values and manners. With either the man or woman being away, this will not happen properly. There will be distortions and lack of balance in the home.

Specifically condemned is the fact that sailors are not there when childbirth happens. Childbirth is a long process that starts a year before birth (and longer), and becomes more intense after pregnancy. Things culminate with the painful birth process for the couple, which is followed by months of sleepless nights and worry, and intense labor to see the child gets a good start in life. The life of a sailor boycotts this whole process.

Next, a sailors life does not build capable, strong, ethical, moral young men. It builds the opposite. Boys enamored with the sea spurn education, moral values, honor of authority, dignified demeanor and conduct, and above all, God. Living at sea does not produce sound, great young men.

Next, a sailor’s life does not promote virginity, and high feminine values among girls. Instead it promotes prostitution, alcoholism, promiscuity, and everything contrary to an elevated and honored woman. Girls instead are demeaned and nothing more than sex toys, and feminism is promoted rather than godly womanhood, and motherhood.

The result of a life that is dependent on the sea is a broken down town, where crime and corruption is rampant, and where children are not raised, but instead left to their own devises or the controls of a government that will not discipline or allow proper familial love to be applied. The end result is a lawless and deadly zone that has to be completely obliterated to preserve human life and dignity.

It is interesting to note that the great sea fortresses are the ones that speak this shame on the port. Even today when the ships are actually floating cities with every possible human want supplied, promiscuity reigns supreme even on military ships. Now with women sailing with men, there is no limit to the adultery and broken lives that come from being a sailor, or navy person. Disease and uncleanness abound even on the most “sterile” of ships because of filthy sexual habits of those on board. Then when on land, it pours over like never before in unabated lust and destruction, all enhanced by drugs and alcohol.

God hates the filth that sea living has generated, and will bring an end to it all when the Messiah returns to this earth. Will you be one of those who will die at sea or in port? Flee such a life!

The Dry Roar

Oct
17
2012

Our daily studies have taken us to the book of Amos. Today we worked on Amos 1:2. The verse talks about how God is going to come to mount Zion and roar like a lion in Jerusalem, and against all the enemies that Israel has, which makes up most of the world.

But this roar from God is not just noise. It is so powerful that it blows away the countryside homes and dries up the pastures for the farm animals. God’s roar is so powerful it brings about immediate changes to the geography of the area. In other words, no one, not even a deaf person, can be ignorant of God’s roar.

By why does God let these very desirable homes and choice pastures just blow away? Isn’t that destructive? Isn’t that harmful? Isn’t that going backwards in civilization? What good can come from destroying the creature comforts that have been built up over time?

First, God’s own people are not innocent. They have made deals with their enemies and sought to befriend those who seek to destroy them. God had told them to completely clear the land of those that serve other gods. Israel never did obey that rule, and instead intermarried with the heathens around them, and has always absorbed their heathen cultures and customs. When God comes to town and roars, it is because He is incredibly angry and it is time to finally put any and all who compromise with the devil and his people to death.

Second, there’s been so much bloodshed in and around Jerusalem, that the whole area needs a thorough purging. Add to this the diseases and corruptions from immorality and unethical behavior, and you have soil that is extremely polluted. The only way to clean the whole mess up is to literally blast away all human residences, and destroy all plant life in the area. Even the animals and insects need to fast so that their systems can be purified and cleansed.

Third, everyone in the world needs to understand that God is present, and that he will not tolerate even the least transgression from His laws which were created for the benefit and health of mankind. Refusing to learn and follow God’s instructions, is a sure way to be locked into a life of corruption and misery. God’s roar signals that man’s freedoms are finally curbed. No longer will it be permitted for people to act criminally, immorally, depraved, or even improperly and so continue the effects of sin and disease.

Oh yes, we get riled up and then we roar, but when we roar bad things happen! People get hurt and disease spreads. When God roars, things cleanup, and get moved back into proper position, and what is right and proper becomes established.

To see this study and how it relates in subject matter, timeline, and just plain facts, see Amos 1:2 in the Prophecy Guide.

Babies will play with Vipers!

Oct
02
2012

Isaiah 11:8 is a very potent verse about the millennial kingdom under Christ Jesus. Things will be different where people live. There will be two areas where humans are not able to go, because the creatures there are so vile and evil, but in the rest of the world, the wild animals will be tame, or not tolerated.

In this verse, little babies will be safe by a snake hole. The previously venomous snake will actually play with a baby and cause it to giggle and be entertained.

The second part of the couplet says a toddler will swipe his hands over the light shining on a viper and will not be hurt. This is a very powerful statement. During the day, snakes sun themselves, and when something warm intercepts that heat source, they will strike at it to eat it or make it leave. A child will be able to toddle to a snake and cast its shadow on it, and even run its hands on it and not be harmed.

Click to see more in the Prophecy Guide on Isaiah 11:8.

Shepherding Wild and Domestic Animals

Oct
01
2012

Isaiah 11:7 has a very interesting meaning. Bears and Cows with young will be shepherded together. They will spend their time together and raise their young together.

This may be the missing element we have in the dairy herds today. Cows are easily spooked and a whole dairy can loose significant amounts of milk if the cows sense something is wrong.

With sheep, we have goats to keep the sheep calm and happy. But with cows, they don’t have any protector today except the shepherd, who is not usually present in a comforting way.

What if the purpose of the bear was to be able to defend the cows and calves, and so are equipped to do so? Perhaps the bear does not want to be a lonely creature, that reacts violently even to humans and is seen as an absolute threat to the farmer today.

When God changes the climate and atmosphere back to where it supports life better, the bear may not be in such a hungry wild state, that it could be herded with calving cows and serve as their protector, keeping other animals away during this precarious time.

The last phrase is the most telling. The lion will eat the silage that plow oxen eat. Instead of seeking meat, they will eat high protein cattle feed! This means that not only their natures will be changed, but their nutritional needs and digestive system will return to its previous function on handling vegetation.

Sorry farmer! The dream of having lions pulling plows is not part of the picture! But, how about an animal that stands by your plow ox and protects him, keeping him from being picked on by other animals? How about an animal that loves to comb and clean your oxen’s hide? How about an animal that loves the oxen that likes to play with them, and keep them active and happy? Wouldn’t that be a big asset to a farm?

Now offer the same kind of care and concern to the mother cow. Let her hide be licked with the bear’s tongue. Let her ears be scratched with the smaller claws of a friendly bear.  Let the bugs be kept at bay by a bear! Also have a bear to make sure the calf does not stray too far from its mother, and is kept from dangerous areas. What farmer would not mind feeding an extra animal that offers all that to his cows? Fencing would probably not be needed after a while. Vet bills would become a thing almost of the past. Farmers would be able to sleep better at night and spend less time fussing over trivial matters during the day.

So what are we waiting for? If you are waiting for the government to force this to happen, you will never survive as a farmer, because the government simply cannot figure out the problem of predation today. They want to think that the wildest and most dangerous animal is actually a harmless creature forced to be evil. As long and officials live in a dream world, they will never be of benefit. God, however, created all animals and knows their true nature and what the reasons were each was created. He can easily change things back to His plan. All He needs is for those created in His image (mankind) to turn and embrace Him completely. The rest will follow. But just as we cannot remove the wild and dangerous nature from the wild animals, we cannot change the heart of ungodly politicians. Both need to be removed from society for it to prosper in this day and age!

To see more on this verse and how it fits into prophecy: Isaiah 11:7 in the Prophecy Guide.

Previously Wild with the Prey

Sep
28
2012

It’s been a while since I blogged about my daily Bible Study! I have learned much and really enjoy these times each day.

Today’s study was the finishing up of Isaiah 11: 6 where the famous statements about wolves being with sheep and lions with cows is made.

However, what seems to be missed in normal commentating from the English translations and interpretations is the precise Hebrew wording of the verse.

The much tamed wolf will temporarily join the young male lambs of the flock. The Hebrew term is to sojourn, or be dependent on the hospitality of strangers. The wolf, in other words, is going to be dependent on the young male rams, and will have to follow the rules of the farmer to be able to pasture. The wolf will be a guest of the rams being raised for sacrifice or eating. Perhaps the wolf will provide the necessary missing element in sheep, by exercising them and playing with them, and helping them stay away from situations they are not safe to enter. As such, wolves would be welcome to a flock, in the same way dogs are used to help herd sheep today.

The next phrase is also a bit different. The panther will recline or repose with the young male kid goats. The point is they do are not raised together, they will join the young bucks when they are resting. Young bucks are not in need of exercise or being herded away from dangerous situations like sheep. They do not need to be kept from embankments (sheep slip and roll onto their backs and if not found die), be kept away from thickets (where their wool entangles with the branches and so traps a sheep), or tend to be lazy and in need of exercise. The idea presented is that in the heat of the day, when the male kids are taking their afternoon nap, and seeking shade, the panther may join them and be accepted temporarily.

The third phrase is about the lion and calf. This is a young male calf that is being fattened up for sacrifice or eating, and somewhat confined, but given lots of food. Young male lions (who can jump just about any kind of fence) will join the young ox and share the food.

The three phrases strongly imply the fulfillment of the first orders given to mankind. Humans were to have dominion over all the created animals. They were to control even the wild animals, and set boundaries for everything. Wolves will be tolerated as long as they are helpful and serve a purpose among the young rams. Panthers and leopards will be permitted to rest briefly with the male kid goats. Young lions will be allowed to share the food of young male cows being fattened for market.

The safety factor will be such that teenage boys will be able to competently herd and control the domesticated animals and the wild ones. The townsmen will not be called together to hunt down these vile predators as they have had to be hunted throughout mankind’s history, upon the suggestion or sighting of one in an area.

The ridiculous anti farming and anti human government rules today of protecting these evil animals is outrageous. They cannot be permitted to roam freely and under protected status. The only place they can be permitted is in zoos or in completely wild and uninhabited places (an African safari?).

Today wolves are dangerous not only to sheep, but to humans as well. They are a dangerous pack animal, that if left to multiply will fulfill the prophecy of the animals turning on humans and killing them in numbers. Of course, the more we protect wolves, panthers and lions, the more humans are being killed on a daily basis even in towns and cities. The higher their numbers go, even congested city citizens will find themselves in great danger.

So today, farmers are spending a great deal of money on fencing and patrols and all kinds of methods to try to keep wild animals away from their precious stock of domesticated animals. No matter how much the government thinks they have the power to have them co-exist with their predators as they think this verse states, they do not! Only the Messiah can bring about the changes necessary, and He can only do it will an iron fist (rod of iron). Oh, and the first thing to go will be every government official of any kind to be replaced by only those who are actually qualified! What a different day that will be!

See the verse in the Prophecy Guide: Isaiah 11:6 commentary

Violin Audio Files Working Again….

Jul
11
2012

Well! We were surprised to see the audio player was no longer working when we visited the Violin solo page! So it took a while to pick a new audio player, but we think we have one that should work in almost any browser!

We are sorry the sound files blanked out and hope it is not a problem to any of you! Give things another try and hopefully you will not be disappointed!

The page is: Classic Violin Hymn Arrangements

Also a note! My mother used to have beginning students just do the first verse of her arrangements. Then intermediate students would work on adding the second verse and advanced students would add the third verse. So don’t think that just because you cannot play through the whole arrangement you can’t use it! A lot of students never get past the easiest first verses!

Also she had certain pieces to begin with and other pieces once things were going better.  There is a whole range of hymns to check into.

If the student feels the one verse is too short, then she would have them play through it twice.

She always believed that less was more. So, going through a hymn twice was more than most will politely sit through, unless things were building and becoming more interesting. Many students fail to hold the interest of an audience when they try to play too long and too much, until they become very skillful.

Mount Olivet Split

Jul
11
2012

We are reviewing and reworking Zechariah 14 and today had the fourth verse!

What a hidden gem! Christ is going to touch down and stand on the Mount of Olives. At that point the mountain will split into two halves and create a wide open valley.

I always thought their would be a little gorge or rift, and that it would be scary going in the little space, requiring a great deal of faith.

Not so, the Mount will break apart and plow open a large, clean, fresh space for God’s remnant of holy Israelites to enter.

The southern half of the mountain will flatten and fill in the area as it moves toward the Negev. The northern half of Olivet will flatten and fill in the area heading toward the north.

So what will this mean? It means the Arab sections will be completely destroyed just east of the Temple Mount. Only God knows how much of the mountain will be moved, but if the whole elevated portion of the mount just east of the temple platform is included, the sweeping movement will pulverize all the Arab quarters from Bethlehem to Ramallah.

This will leave a clean area, free of graves, and other pollution going back 5,000 years! God’s holy remnant of Israelites will have that vast open area to swarm into, and await the saving work of their Messiah.

But isn’t the destruction of the Arab lands a horrible thing? Frankly, the Arabs in the region are there only to force the Israelites out of their land and to see that no Jewish person survives. They are so bent on destroying Israel, they cannot be reasoned with, any more than Moses could reason with the Egyptian Pharaoh, before the Jewish people were given the land around Jerusalem.

The only way to gain peace in Israel is for every Arab to be removed permanently from the full land of Israel which is a vast area laid out by God, the Creator. The Israelites have never obeyed God in removing these heathen peoples, so God will have to step in and do it Himself. Obviously, God is extending every chance for the Arab to convert, but the majority of Arabs have hardened their hearts to hate God and His people.

Take a peak at all the neat features we have on the verse in our new Prophecy Guide: Zechariah 14:4

Zephaniah 1:10

Feb
01
2012

Wow! What a verse! Everywhere that fish is sold there’ll be nothing but howling. People will be filled with dismay and horror when they go to the fish rack, aisle or counter, and all they find is bare and empty shelves. Everyone in the industry will be howling and crying out in horror, because their whole livelihood is gone.

So what is this saying? It is saying that the current fish industry, as we know it today, and as it has been for thousands of years, is going to stop. Even some of Christ’s disciples fished with nets, and lived off the fishing industry. In the millennium, there is no talk of a fish industry. There will be no more seas or oceans. The great fish today will be miniature fish in the future. And the small and insignificant fish of today will be the large delicious fish of the future. Furthermore it only talks about people using a fishing line in order to catch fish.

With sin out-of-the way, the labor that is involved in producing food will no longer be a hindrance or problem. If you want some fish, you walk down to the river that comes from the Temple, toss in a hook on a line, and you have immediately a good healthy fish almost ready to eat.

There will not be a need for fish markets, fishermen, regulators, packing sheds, fish processors, freezers, shippers, canners, inspectors, buyers, auction houses, boat builders, boat suppliers, boat repair, search and rescue, etc. everyone involved in any part of the industry will simply be out of a job. On the day of God they will go about howling in despair. They will meet together to commiserate and mourn the loss of their way of life.

To make sure we understand the message, the second warning of this verse says that all the secondary industries attached to fishing, will be full of wailing. In other words, the destruction of this one industry will have wide repercussions in the world. There will be a large portion of society in every country that will be impacted by this change. This would include a large portion of the vitamin and pill industry today. It would impact the medical industry and their use of shark cartilage and fish oils and many other things that come from the oceans.

But, it is widely known that this industry is already in dire straits. Something dramatic has to happen soon to change the world’s reliance on this bounty of the sea. The fish of our day are over run with parasites, worms, Mercury poisoning, and all sorts of unusual and harmful pests. The numbers of fish have dramatically declined in recent history. Fish today are generally soft and lacking in character compared to what they once were. There has been a strong degradation and all of the fish species.

The Lord Jesus Christ is returning to this Earth with the Saints, and He’s going to put things back the way they are supposed to be. The fish industry is just one element that will be completely changed. And, it must be completely changed.

But this is only one area, because there is a whole world of change that is going to take place. And to keep us from just focusing on fish, we are reminded that all the hills will be brought down. So while there is mourning going on all over the earth over the loss of this major industry, there will also be the sound of rocks crumbling, being crashed, shattered and broken in the hills wherever they are. The only mountain in the whole earth will be mount Zion. Every crooked way, every hilly area, will be leveled. So even though the oceans, seas, and lakes that we know today will be emptied, the basins where they stand will also be filled. Instead of water basins, there will be a river that will leave the Temple of God in Jerusalem, and it will flow to the four corners of the Earth. In that river, which becomes four great mighty rivers, will be an abundant supply of healthy and easily caught fish. The fish life will also be a great joy to watch and will bring happiness and entertainment to mankind. The great dangers of the oceans, of boating accidents, of dangerous sea creatures, will be a thing of the past.

So is this great mourning, and crying out over the loss of the current world system of fishing a bad thing? Not when God is orchestrating it, and bringing about a system that is safe, secure, and not plagued with sin at every level. Instead it will be a means whereby anyone can have a healthy meal when needed, just as the days when Christ baked fish he had caught for the disciples to eat. Can you imagine a world where there are no fish markets anymore? Can you imagine a world where that pungent, sickening smell of fish is gone? Can you imagine a world where fish is free? Can you imagine a world where you don’t have to check through huge manuals and pay great fees for the privilege of sticking a hook into a stream or lake, but knowing you’ll probably go home empty-handed, and with the stack of new expenses? Can you imagine a world where only clean, healthy fish are eaten, and there is no worry about where it came from, or what is in it, who has handled it, or where it is been?

Then you are dreaming of a world without all the barriers that exist today to try to block the progress and impact of sin in disease. You’re dreaming of a world where you can run great distances very quickly and easily. You are dreaming of a world where you do not need to pack your lunch; you simply go about your duty, and know that there will be fresh fruit, and fresh fish, when you get there. You’re also dreaming of the world where it will take much less to survive and do well. Why I would say, that sounds like heaven on earth!

God’s Servants on the Lowly

Oct
13
2011

Today’s study was on Joel 2:29 where God promises in the Millennium to pour out His Spirit on the slaves and girl servants. He had just said His Spirit would be poured out on all creatures, and to make things clear, He further delineates that even the slaves including girl servants would be given His Spirit! Wow! No one exempt.

To see this verse click on the next link: Joel 2:29 in Prophecy.

To get the extent of this change in society, the first term used is slave. These are people who are owned by other people. They are people who have to do the work normal people consider beneath their dignity. Common tasks that must be done, or things that a person does not want to have to do, are done by slaves, or servants. But there is another broad category that the Bible includes in this group. What we correctly label as public servants. Those who work in government are slaves of the people. It is interesting that most civil servants consider themselves masters of citizens, but in fact, they are nothing more than public slaves, there to do the bidding of any citizen. An citizen can take action against a public “official” and see that they suffer for poor service, wrong-doing, or incompetence. Private servants only answer to their master.

The second group mentioned is girl slaves. These are young females that are expected to serve their owners. Because they are girls, they are not expected to do a whole lot, as is expected of men, or even boys. Thus they are relegated to simple household tasks, and often not thought of very much. They pretty much serve the servants.

So what does that mean? God is saying that there is no person that will be too “low” not to have His Spirit! Even the lowliest girl or slave will be given the Holy Spirit. They will be able to grow spiritually and understand the things of God. They will not be spiritually blind, unless they insist on ignoring the Spirit of God.

Can you imagine a society in which God’s Spirit is in all citizens? We came close in some cities when this country was organized as the United States. The Moravians, and Baptists, had exclusive cities with only church members in it where God’s Spirit was prevalent. These societies had little crime, and could grow mightily spiritually. They spun off many other such towns, and were incredibly missionary minded. People loved doing business with such people and often would join, wanting to be more like them.

In contrast you had Presbyterian and Roman Societies. These hated anyone who was saved and sought to execute them. They hurled endless hatred toward those that sought to understand the Scriptures and many good solid people died under their torments. These societies were evil and filled with hatred and ill-will. They looked upon society as worthless chattel, and sought to extract all they could from citizens. Rome took everything of gold and value and sent it to the Vatican. So, not only did you have the whole government economy extracting wealth from the citizen, you had Catholicism doing it as well. It is frankly amazing that citizens can survive under these religions at all. But then again, if you look at those that live under these conditions, they are rarely rich people. They are generally extremely poor, and lowly people.

When Christ takes control of this world, all such non-sense will be ended. No longer will religious groups exist to extract all they can from people, and government will not be oppressive and all about taxing and regulating. Instead, even the youngest and most menial will have God’s Spirit directing and leading them. There will be true repentance and humility in all, and a willingness to serve others.  What a day that will be!