Updating the swag on my truck

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So, I have had this truck for something like 4 or 5 years now… if not longer. And the entire time I have had it there has been this massive sticker on the back window totally obstructing my view in the rearview mirror. After all this time I had never attempted to take that sticker off because I thought it would mess up the tent. And sure enough, silly me… the tenting is on the inside.

How silly do I feel, right?

Anyway, now that I realized this after such a long time… this last weekend I took off that massive sticker of a monster-dog and replaced it with something a little more befitting, I think. Oh, and I also got a license plate cover, too.

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Sin’s affect on the weather… wait, what?

I feel that in today’s world the church faith as a whole has been fading. We seem to be taking less and less of the bible literally as time goes on, forcing more and more of scripture into allegory and poetry with each passing generation.

Matthew 8:26-27He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.

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The other week on a Wednesday night at church we were going through one of the chapters in 2 Samuel and came to a part about the sins one man and the affect they had on others. We talked about how our sin affects our loved ones, our friends, our spouses… etc. What I noticed apart from the study (which was an amazing study) was that God allowed the famine because of sin. The reason for this famine was a result of the sins of Saul in particular.

2 Samuel 21:1Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, “It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites.”

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Later in the end of the chapter the famine ends, bringing rain after 3 years once the sins had been brought to justice through some specific means (in this case, the death of Saul’s sons as retribution)Luckily my sins have already been brought to justice through the retribution of Christ.

What I am getting at is this…

Our sins affect more than just ourselves and those around us. Sin also affects the weather. Now, it today’s world of “higher thinking and science” this sounds absurd. But, honestly think on it for just a moment.

The 40 days of rain which caused the flood was a result of sin. The massive balls of rock that fell from the sky in Godom and Gomorrah were a result of sin. Famine was a result of sin. In Revelation, the sun burning hotter to the point of pain is a result of sin. Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind… it just goes on and on.

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With all of that said, I go back to the first verse I shared in this post. Jesus clearly demonstrates his power over the weather by calming the seas while on a boat. God is really above us. Jesus really is building a place. And he really is coming back down here one day.

Now… who are we kidding, right? I clearly am ignorant.

The answer here is global warming and “climate change“. Sin has nothing to do with it.

Random mind explosion in the shower

I had a thought while staring into the abyss motionless under the warm running water of my shower just now, sparking this random and unplanned blog post.

Here we go…

When many of us grew up, there were nine planets in the solar system. It was like a fixed point in our brains. As kids, memorizing this list was an early right of passage of nerd pride: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. In August 2006 however the International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgraded the status of Pluto to that of “dwarf planet“. This means that from now on only the rocky worlds of the inner Solar System and the gas giants of the outer system would be designated as actual planets. With that in mind, according to the Copernican Principle of Heliocentric evolutionary dogma there are only 8 planets in our solar system.

The reason Pluto is not consider a planet is simple. It has not yet cleared the neighborhood of its orbit in space. Because it does not follow this rule, Pluto is no longer considered a planet.

In short, Pluto is not a planet in our solar system. There are only 8 planets.

Now, since we exist on one of these so called planets there are only 7 observable planets for us to see in the night sky.

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Assuming I haven’t lost anyone yet, here is the part where I might. But whatever, I am diving into it anyway.

From my reading of the Bible I have concluded that there is a distinct correlation between the stars and the angels of heaven. For example, in Genesis 2:1 we find that God created the heaven and earth and all the “hosts” of them. And with that, there are countless scriptures where the phrase “the hosts of heaven” is referring to angels and stars as one. On top of this we have epic verses like the following one that clearly suggest that stars, can, will, and have… fallen to the earth, and that those stars are in fact angels.

Revelation 9:1 – And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit (and to the star was given a key).

I could load this blog post down with scriptures to back this view, but rather than doing that I want to keep it short by getting to the point regarding the planets of our solar system specifically, from a biblical perspective.

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Based on the Copernican Principle of Heliocentric evolutionary dogma there are only 7 observable planets. What makes us know that they are planets is their orbit. Every planet in our solar system except for Venus and Uranus rotates counter-clockwise on their axis as seen from above the North Pole; that is to say, from west to east. West to east however is the official direction in which “all the planets” orbit the sun.

In short, all of the planets travel across our night sky from west to east. With that said, for an observer on the earth, all celestial objects move from east to west with these 7 objects being an exception to the rule (over time traveling in the opposing direction).

Now… for the epiphany I had in the shower.

In ancient times there was what is called the gods of the five wandering stars. They were named Phainon (planet Saturn), Phaethon (planet Jupiter), Pyroeis (planet Mars), Eosphoros (planet Venus) and Stilbon (planet Mercury). In ancient Greek they were depicted as youths diving into the earth, something that matches exactly with several biblical depictions of stars either falling or being cast to the earth.

The two remaining planets Uranus and Neptune are invisible to the naked eyes which is why they were not known as the 7 wondering stars.

What I am getting at is the simple fact that the bible is not the only place where the stars are attributed as being living beings with the capability of falling to the earth while at the same time being garnished by the Greeks with the phrase “wondering stars”.

With all of that laid out here is the biblical point I am trying to make.

Jude 1:5-13And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

So here is my question…

If the stars are in fact not beings, but just big balls of gas, dust, and rock… why does the bible suggest that these wondering stars have stepped out of their intended habitation and in turn will be punished with both everlasting chains and eternal darkness for stepping out of line?

Why would God take the time to punish an inanimate rock?

Wittenberg, Obama, October 31st, and the 500

Tradition ascribes the date of October 31, 1517 as the beginning of the Reformation. On October 31, 2017, many in Germany and around the world will mark 500 years since this event that permanently changed the face and course of Christianity.

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Today, the Obama Foundation announced additional information on the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago on October 31 and November 1. The Foundation will welcome approximately five hundred civic leaders from around Chicago, the United States, and the world for a two-day, immersive event. During this inaugural Summit, young leaders will come together for a hands-on exchange of ideas to inspire and empower participants with tools to create positive change in their communities.

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I am not posting this to make any type of correlation. I just find it interesting that these dates and numbers match up. It makes me wonder if there is anything to look at here. Because, you have to admit… it’s pretty ironic.

Reviewing the Revelation Sign some more

Well, as I stated in my last post, I haven’t been able to set this Revelation sign down for some reason.  I just keep looking at it and toward what potential signs might be in the sky that match what the bible has to say regarding that sign. With that, here is a quick update on what I have found.

First, I covered a good chunk of verses 1 through 3 in previous posts, which leads me to verse 4.

Revelation 12:4 – And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

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So, basically in short, Draco the dragon constellation is going to be the cause of a meteor shower on October 7th.  Exactly fifteen days after the great wonder in heaven, we have a dragon casting down stars.

Another cool thing that I noticed in this article is that the Harvest moon is mentioned. Not only is the Harvest moon tonight, and it will be huge and orange, but… I particularly like what it represents. Not only will this be the first in almost a decade, but it essentially symbolizes a time when the harvest is ripe and ready to be plucked from the earth (the bride perhaps?). Before the advent of electricity, laborers would work through the night on a harvest moon collecting the harvest since the moonlight was so bright. Its light is so bright that it allowed them to visibly work through the night collecting the fruits of their labor.

Mathew 9:37Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few (here Jesus is talking about spreading the gospel and growing the fold).

Is God telling us something?

Is it possible that the Revelation 12 events are still unfolding before us in the heavens right now. Could God be telling us that the harvest is ready and that soon Satan will be cast down and given just a short while?

Regardless of what God’s timing ends up being, I am still watching and hopeful.

Something exciting is happening. I can just feel it.

Then again, I’m probably just ignorant.

Signs of the Times and the end of the world

Over the course of the last two weeks I have been amerced in the quote “signs of the times“, as I am sure many other Christians have been doing. It has been a roller coaster to say the least. The ups and downs of anxiety, excitement, disappointment, and urgency have left me with a frenzy of varying expectations.

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As the great wonder in heaven approached us between September 21st and the 23rd (Revelation 12:1-2) I found myself amerced in the bible trying to figure out the so called signs of the times. This last few weeks I have found myself feeling like those disciples as they asked Jesus face to face when the end would come and how to tell when it was happening.

Mathew 24:3And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

After this verse we find Jesus spitting out a huge laundry list of things that would hint toward the second coming and the end of the world. As the great wonder in heaven came and went and I was left to my vises perplexed with awe and wonder on September 24th, I began to dig even deeper into the bible for answers. For a short while I continued to find myself digging deeper into the Jewish calendar and the different festivals and feasts in an attempt to discern the times. Things like the fact that this year marks the 120th Jubilee, or 6,000th biblical year. Or the fact that the day of Atonement is exactly 40 days after the Great American Eclipse (also known as Yom Kippur). There are just so many amazing things lining up here that I could literally go on and on and on and on about it.

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But, I decided to stop… because I realized something. And here’s why…

Luke 12:56Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

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In the bible we are presented with a vast people intelligent enough to commit the entire Old Testament to memory. These people knew the Torah front and back as if it were sown into the back of their eyelids. And yet, the Pharisees of that day and most of the Jews of that time (including today) were expecting something different. They were taking a more literal approach to the Old Testament prophecies about the coming king that would save. They were expecting a king that would rise to power rather than a king that would die and rise to glory. To be blunt, the people who spent their lives injecting the Torah into their brains like meth missed the mark when it came to the prophecies surrounding the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of their coming king.

Now, taking that into context for today, how does that make us as Christians any different?

As this great wonder of the Revelation 12 sign was ready to appear so many of us rushed to the aid of those old tactics of the Pharisees by trying to tie everything Jesus said and did alongside the prophecies of his second coming.

How does doing this not make us just like them?

Is it possible that there is another meaning that seems like it wouldn’t make sense to us just as it did in the days of Christ’s ministry on the earth?

With this type of mindset I stepped away from the prophecies, Jubilees, Feast days, festivals, and global events with the realization that the second time around might very well be just as subtle and misinterpreted as the first time around.

With that, shortly after, I stumbled into this following video. Although I will admit that I don’t claim to agree entirely… I find it rather peculiar that what is being said here lines up with some of what has been on my heart for the last few days. Despite the fact that some of what is mentioned here might place you outside of your comfort zone regarding the rapture and the second coming of Christ… one can’t help but take it all in and ponder the possibilities.

With all of that said, I am absolutely certain that the first two verses of Revelation 12 have been fulfilled (which proves that the time is at hand). The real question now is what we plan to do about it. Because, at the end of it all… this event will come on you like a thief in the night. Unless of course, if you are awake.

Revelation 3:3Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

In short; if you are watching… he will not come on you as a thief and you will know the hour that he comes. And, is it possible that we are under thinking it by over complicating it?

Although I in no way claim to have any of this stuff figured out… my encouragement to you all is to stay watchful. We are in the midnight hour. The bridegroom is coming. Don’t run out of oil. Keep your lamp burning.