The devil is rightly called the “accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) and his tactics are to bring believers into fear and condemnation. His works are increasing in these last days, so maybe there is something to be learned from what happened to me last night.Continue reading
In my current re-reading of the Book of Revelation I developed a curiosity about how much overlap there was with the events of AD70 when Jerusalem was destroyed. I also considered Daniel’s statue alongside the similar Beast of Revelation and therefore thought about the continuation of Rome into our own time (in thought and deed, if not in fact.)
I am not a Historicist, much less a Preterist, but at the same time I am not close-minded about the types and shadows that occur many times in the bible prophecies.Continue reading
With the end of the month fast approaching I thought it might be helpful to examine the origins and practises surrounding Halloween. Some are questioning whether they ought to “celebrate” this day, and I think after reading this you may decide not to!Continue reading
I felt there was a need to offer a meeting place for Christians who are feeling isolated in this day and age of deception and rampant conspiracies. I’ve set up a Facebook Group called “God’s Remnant Gathered” in the hope that it can offer a little bit of fellowship and information. If you feel this could be for you, the link is here:
Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters are ready for him to become the 19th president [not the 45th or 46th] on March 4th. Why is that, and is there any validity in the belief? This article, reprinted from the link below, examines all the claims, where they come from, and much more.Continue reading
When I stumbled over the video shown below, I watched it with confusion. I knew it couldn’t be Donald Trump, but at the same time, it WAS! I watched it, then shared it with someone else, asking “what do you see? Is this Trump? If it’s an actor, he’s identical to the President.”Continue reading
There’s nothing that brings out the theological nerd in me more than unpicking the true meaning of a word in scripture, and this one is a doozy! Atonement!
For a start, it’s not really a biblical word, but was coined by the bible translators for a Hebrew word for which they felt there was no near English equivalent.
No doubt you are as troubled about world events as I am, especially as there seems no relief in sight.
And these days, praying isn’t so straightforward either, since we have less and less clarity on exactly what is the Lord’s intention (except for the obvious biblical prophecies.)
(Personally, I pray Lord, let YOUR will be done, and YOUR will prevail.)
I was recently led to start reading the book of Samuel. Unexpectedly I stumbled on scriptures that informed my thoughts about Friday’s Presidential Inauguration.
I should explain that this was part of my regular reading plan, not a deliberate policy. It happened, as they say, by chance.
I had come to the end of the book of Acts and intended to start Luke’s Gospel again, but in the meanwhile I came upon a verse in Samuel and then thought “why don’t I start Samuel instead?”
That was a week or so ago. All of this is to say, I believe I was led to read Samuel because the Presidential Inauguration was coming up on Friday this week (20th January). Continue reading
I have been reading the book of Acts. When I came to chapter 14 suddenly for the first time something occurred to me. On checking my thoughts on the Net, it seems I wasn’t the only one!
In Lystra, where Paul and the others has gone to escape the persecution in Antioch, Paul was stoned by some of the Jewish elders of Antioch who had travelled there on purpose to harass him.
My thought was this: when Paul was stoned by the Jews and left for dead, did he actually die? And was THIS the time he later referred to as his visit to heaven: Continue reading
It seems my last blog post about fake news was timely.
A day or two afterwards, there was the news that a gunman had entered a Pizza cafe (Comet Ping Pong) with a rifle in order to “self-investigate” a rumour that has been circulating widely. It now even has a name – Pizzagate.
Although nobody was injured, the staff were terrorised and the cafe was damaged when the deluded man used his rifle. How long is it before somebody is killed? Continue reading
I know the world is changing radically when none other than the prestigious Oxford Dictionary committee add a word to their volumes – and that word is POST-TRUTH.
See for yourself here, where there are also graphs of the astounding rise in the concept in 2016.
Quote “After much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is post-truth – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’…The term has moved from being relatively new to being widely understood in the course of a year – demonstrating its impact on the national and international consciousness.”
Why does ISIS exist? Why is it advancing almost unchecked? I have prayed these things without an answer. But the answers are more complex than we would like to admit.
We would simply like for the refugees to be rescued, and the bloodshed to end. Human nature yearns for peace and security in the Middle East, and the threat against Israel as well as other nations to be removed. It’s heart-wrenching to hear of yet another atrocity, bomb blast, mass execution! The souls of all right-thinking people are wrenched with pity, and in this I include many ordinary Muslims and members of other religions.
But here lies the problem – and the answer. It’s not at a time of war, but when they say “peace and security!” that “sudden destruction comes upon them”.
1 Thess 5:2-4 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief…”
Jordan’s King Abdullah is reported to have said that Israel “must choose between the mentality of “Israel the fortress” or “living in peace and security with its neighbors.”” The pressure to do so will mount as the attacks grow fiercer, and as the borders fall, making Israel more and more vulnerable. But at what price, peace? Continue reading
Sometimes we need to dig around the roots to find what kind of tree is growing. The EU flag so proudly and prominently displayed everywhere is a puzzle to some. What does it signify? Why is it blue? Why are there twelve stars? What is its origin?
Going to the official EU site won’t help you! They kind of admit with a noncommittal shrug that they don’t really know. They come up with a lame excuse about unity: “The 12 stars in a circle symbolise the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe.” Uh-huh. OOOkaay!
One of the earliest attempts at European integration was called the European Council. As an organization, it made few policy contributions, but in 1955, they came up with a design for a flag that all member states could agree upon. This task proved so arduous that even after the European Council was absorbed by the predecessor to the European Union, members decided to keep the original design.
On May 29, 1986, the 12-starred flag was relaunched as the flag of Europe. [Source]
In this video, journalist Michael Hobbes explains the process of coming up with the seemingly simple design. It’s brief, instructional and watchable, but some of his explanations depend on the official explanation not the real one, and some of his comments are without any foundation at all. Like, the colour blue was chosen because every other colour was taken. (huh?) Watch it anyway, it’s fun. Continue reading
Democracy? Don’t make me laugh! One battle-scarred veteran councillor delivers a devastating insight into what really goes on in your Town Hall
By ROBIN PAGE (26 April 2013)
Exactly one year ago, after three recounts, I was swept back into power as a local district councillor by a massive two votes. Despite an astonishingly vitriolic campaign against me, I unseated a Liberal Democrat — and life as a district councillor began again.
I say again because I had already done 36 years during an earlier stint as an Independent on South Cambridgeshire District Council. I’d resigned in 2006 as a matter of principle, fed up with the pervasive culture of political correctness and the crazy rules on ‘standards of behaviour’ for councillors introduced under Labour by John Prescott. Continue reading
It’s gone too far.
I can’t stand it any more, and instead of letting it raise my blood pressure I’m going to have a rant.
I watch the TV News every morning before breakfast, usually BBC News and Sky News (although the topics covered on both are identical, even to the timing, so there’s no real difference between these two) and when after about two minutes I’m screaming at the screen, I have to go to Al Jazeera to find out what’s really going on in the world. [Sad, because Al Jazeera is pro-Muslim but it still covers world events in a more balanced way than the Beeb.]
In vain do I seek for information about the war in Syria, the economy in America, terrorism in Mali (or whatever). Continue reading
If the title of this post alarms you, then I’m glad, because many people will shrug their shoulders and pass on.
However, I remember back in the early 90’s when Virtual Reality was first being touted as an exciting futuristic technology, I had an inkling of where things might go, even then.
Even back then, it was suggested that people could eventually don a VR headset and enter into an alternative 3D universe where their interaction with people and objects could be as near to reality as possible.
Well, folks, the choice is clear — and I suppose there must be some people out there who approve of the bizarre and defeatist policy of Labour leader Ed Miliband.
There must be at least a couple of readers who think the EU is just maaaahvellous in every respect. Perhaps you are one of them? Perhaps you think the whole Brussels set-up is beyond improvement, and that it is somehow vulgar to try to get a better deal for Britain.
I have actually completed (gasp!) some new articles for my Birthpangs.org website.
The new articles are “Jesus or Paul: will you withstand the testing of the last days?” and two small pieces attached to that, one on the Greek translation of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 (about the endtimes and rapture – you might be surprised or shocked!) and another short digression about the Restrainer.
That one needs more work so it’s only a note at present. I may continue to work on it.
Secondly, I’ve finally uploaded Craig’s excellent set of studies on Bill Johnson and Bethel, which were originally posted to his blog CrossWise. Thanks Craig! Visit his blog for even more articles.
Watchmen, sound the alarm.
Watchmen, sound the alarm.
No, for we have grown silent.
There is a time to speak;
– and a time for silence.
Let the dead bury their dead.
The walls have been breached.
Let what must be, be.
They heard not our warnings.
They did not take heed.
Now it’s too late.
The people were deaf when they were surrounded all about.
What hope do they have?
The Rephaim walk among them now.
The shades are confused with their shadows.
For the night has fallen as a thick veil.
They cannot discern the light from darkness.
The Shades and the people walk together.
They walk the same way.
How can two walk together unless they agree?
The times of this age have drawn to an end.
The last man heard our last call and he has entered.
A new time of troubles is about to start.
And we have become silent.
A silence that fell from Heaven.
Heaven itself is silent.
Like the walls of Jericho.
There was silence before the trumpet blast.
Let the dead bury their dead.
Let what must be, be.
I am posting the above poem from my fellow-worker at Living Journey because it moved me deeply and I believe it is a word from God. She comments, “I had these words last night. It was a restless night… little sleep. A warning, I fear”.
I also had a restless night with troubling dreams, and was even crying in my sleep; I said to my husband when I woke up, I have this troubling sense that something is coming, like we are waiting for something to happen. There’s a kind a sadness that I cannot account for.
Crossing a Red Line
Later he said, I’ve heard the phrase “red line” three times now.
Once was with regard to the Israel-Iran situation (Source) where Netanyahu said that a red line had to be drawn:
“A dangerous game of high-flying messages has been taking place between Washington and Jerusalem. Netanyahu made demands for a “red line” for Iran, beyond which action will be taken. “Iran will not stop unless it sees clear determination by the democratic countries of the world and a clear red line,” Netanyahu said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Co. Namely, he doesn’t see the necessary determination from countries such as the United States.”
Secondly, the term “red line” was today applied to the media who just don’t know where to stop. This was about the repellent publication, in a French gossip column, of topless photos of the wife of Prince William during their visit to a private holiday resort. (Source).
Thirdly, the Youtube film trailer about Islam, that has sparked this present unrest across the Middle East, was said by some to have “crossed a red line” of public opinion and commentary. In speaking of these three mentions, I’m not taking sides one way or the other, but saying the term “drawing a red line” has been in the news, and the concept of crossing a red line has entered public consciousness.
But earlier this year I found myself saying something similar: we have passed the point of no return, we have turned a corner. Humanity has crossed the line.
As we approach Rosh Hashannah on 17th September, followed by Yom Kippur on 26th September we are entering another year – one that threatens to escalate all the troubles engulfing humanity up to now. Truly, the birthpangs that Jesus spoke of, leading to his return, are happening right now and we would do well to take heed!
See my website for more: Birthpangs of a New World