4-11-16: Monday’s Overload

http://www.hischannel.com/DavidHocking/2304A

This timing has to be a God thing on us coming across this sermon from David Hocking over the weekend.   In some ways it’s a direct response to my previous blog entry: https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/the-biblical-being-in-the-wilderness-situation/

Please listen to this sermon carefully when time allows.  Among the highlights include near the end when he starts getting into talking points about how/if people feel like their lives are so wrecked God can’t use them any more and so forth.

It’s true and this is why I quoted some of the Scriptures about not trusting feelings and the heart being deceitful and how it and earlier blogs have talked about how being it the wilderness takes us down to a blind faith level.

I would also like to share this article from Wilfred Hahn:  http://www.eternalvalue.com/adownload/EVR_04_2016_WEB.pdf

As usual, I find Hahn to be a very refreshingly sober and balanced take on a number of subjects.

Among the highlights I would like to indicate the “deliverance for profit” segment which touches on a huge and growing pet peeve of disgust that I have and yes, if the shoe fits wear it.  As the say in the world of politics: The optics look awful even if at least some people’s intentions are good.

CHINA AND CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION:

I think I have problems?   All I have to do is remember my brethren east of the Atlantic and see the likes of this in China, for example:

My friend Walt F….  he knows who he is 🙂 …   wrote this awesome post along with this article.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/659545/Horror-as-China-tears-down-thousands-of-crucifixes-in-crude-bid-to-eradicate-Christianity

Horror as China tears down THOUSANDS of crucifixes in crude bid to eradicate Christianity
CHRISTIAN communities in China have been left horrified after the government started tearing down THOUSANDS of crucifixes in a crude bid to eradicate the faith in the country.
Walt F: “When I read stories like this, one question always comes to mind, WHY NOW? The answer could very well be the times we are in living in….last days. We know that Christian persecution will increase as we progress along God’s timeline.

I think supporting evidence lies in the rapid growth of Christianity in China. In another story I found on Slate the question was asked, “When Will China Become the World’s Largest Christian Country”.
NOTE: The Slate article is just one of many by various contributors asking that question.

Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Center of Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University makes this observation: Protestant Christianity has been the fastest growing religion in China. When the CCP took power in the mainland (excluding Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau) in 1949, there were no more than one million Protestant Christians. Following decades of suppression and eradication, the CCP admitted in an official document released in 1982 that there were about three million Protestant Christians. Since then, estimates have varied. The Party-State has insisted on some very low-end estimates, suggesting about 23 million Protestant Christians in 2010; others—including missionary organizations outside China but also a reported internal document of the CCP—have made higher estimates, suggesting as many as 100 to 130 million in 2010. The Pew Research Center’s Report of Global Christianity, after carefully comparing the various estimates and reasoning through survey findings, reports that there were about 58 million Protestant Christians and 9 million Catholics in China in 2010. I think this is a more prudent estimate that may be used to make projections of future growth.

So WHY NOW? Well it is time for a Bible verse. King Solomon made the observation that there is nothing new under the sun, what has been will be again. China has always suppressed religion in all forms, but God will not be denied…….. Christianity continues to grow, but just like Egypt and the Jews I believe China’s rulers are beginning to fear the Christians.

Exodus 1
8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

I think that is what we are seeing here, China’s leaders are fearing the growth of religious groups. Their answer historically has been to eradicate any evidence of Christianity. Little do they know that it will not be long till God helps them out by providing an Exodus of Christians en masse in the Rapture.
Maranatha “

I couldn’t agree more and my feeble two cents and response to that is this:

There is a real underground revival going on there and the persecution is picking up. The Chinese government is going crazy because nothing they do is stamping it down successfully.

Yes, it absolutely is because of the times we are in. I am convinced myself that this and the Middle East underground revival could very well be the final push on the “time of the Gentiles.”

I would also add Psalm 2 and especially verse 4 as the response to the idea of “eradicating” Christianity.

On that same note from last week:

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/0,2506,L-4784989,00.html

Israel and China increase cooperation

A major Israel-China conference was held by the Israeli Foreign Ministry this week. Subjects discussed were increased inter-governmental cooperation, and mutual relaxing of visa restrictions.

No question this opens the window for a time for more aliyah from China to Israel.  I would not be surprised if some of the Christians get out this way as well to Israel.   Avi Lipkin may very well be right in a near term scenario:  If things get bad for the Jews in enough of these countries…and Christians… there is only one place they can go and it won’t be the United States.    I can see why his Judeo Christian political party has an excellent chance of success. I would say it’s a safe bet at least in the near future.

MIDDLE EAST:

SYRIA:

http://www.debka.com/newsupdate/15830/Iran-warns-Assad%E2%80%99s-ouster-is-a-red-line
Iran states that Assad ouster is a red line

Unlike what’s here in the West, my hunch is that this red line actually has some value behind it.

Meanwhile:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/syria-defies-russia-in-bid-to-keep-assad-1460332538

Syria Defies Russia in Bid to Keep Assad

Damascus, emboldened by battlefield victories, pushes a political plan even as allies prepare military offensive to retake Aleppo

Drama is as drama does.
In other words, whether they want to be or not, Russia is stuck and there to stay.  Call me crazy but the first phrase that came to my mind was “hook in the jaw.”  🙂

Methinks it would do Assad well to not bite the hand that’s fed him and kept him in power this long.  This drama has no signs of dying down regardless of chess moves with troops and military activity.

ISRAEL:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/saudis-pledge-to-honor-israel-peace-terms-for-islands-given-by-egypt/

Saudis pledge to honor Israel peace terms for islands given by Egypt

Jerusalem reportedly kept informed of new agreement transferring authority over Gulf of Aqaba’s Sanafir and Tiran from Cairo to Riyadh

Given these countries eventual roles in future prophetic wars against Israel anything like this should be duly noted from a strategic consideration.

BIG BROTHER:

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002859676
Fingerprints to be tested as currency in Japan.   

This is not as new as it may sound and it’s an inevitable process for the eventual “post smartphone” scenario that some analysts say is 5 years or less away. What comes after that? A chip?  We already see fingerprint usage common on smartphones and other devices so at some point it will be time get rid of the middleman as this “frog in the kettle” boiling process continues.

Stay tuned. It’s closer than you think if this is what’s being de-classified around the world. They could do it today if they wanted to.   The only reason they can’t is because The Restrainer is still in place.    See 2 Thessalonians 2:7.

HIGH STRANGENESS:

http://appalachianmagazine.com/2014/09/26/the-giants-of-appalachia/

Pay attention before it disappears along with all the rest of the material about giants that everyone used to know about back then but no one knows about or believe any more now.

PARTING THOUGHT:

2 Peter 3. We are living it now.

 

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1-21-2016: Snowmageddon Edition

I am in an area not being affected by the present bad weather in the country but I am certainly mindful and praying for everyone that is or will be. Stay safe and warm, all.

 

 CASHLESS SOCIETY:

Canada is well on its way just like everyone else.  Parts of Europe already are.    Keep an eye on these sorts of developments as we see the inevitable march towards the “North American Union” concept of equivalent thereof.

 

MIDDLE EAST/RUSSIA:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/21/when-russias-money-runs-out-the-real-trouble-starts.html

When Russia’s money runs out, the ‘real trouble starts’

Yes it does.  Many Bible scholars have long been convinced that, among other things, economic needs and more would be an element to this “hook in the jaw” that would  ultimately drag Russia downwards towards the Middle East and ultimately Israel in a hostile invasion. Outsiders are even quoted in that chapter asking “Have you come to take booty?”  which means anything of value and riches.

Russia is large in the Middle East now. We see them everywhere and they are already openly arming and beefing up their two biggest friends, Iran and Syria, as well their proxies like Hezbollah.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4755776,00.html

It’s my opinion but I truly believe at least one major Biblical prophetic event will occur before this decade is out. I’m increasingly liking the odds that I have above 50/50 on possibly as soon as this year.  I’d love for that to be the Rapture, of course, but there’s no way to know and we have to live one day at a time and “occupy until He comes.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION:
I had recently posted a prayer request on my Facebook page for myself and my family about being “in the wilderness” which is an allusion to times in the Bible where God has people set aside in a time of seeing quiet where the five senses really don’t do you any good. It seems “dark”  “silent” and there’s nothing to go by.  An example of this would be Moses being in the wilderness for 40 years, as an extreme example.  We, like a growing number of others, are having increasing difficulty dealing with New World Order fallout that isn’t our fault. Lack of fellowship. Lack of personal and professional prospects.  The devil using these to whisper in our ears with everything from the  “what if” bugaboos to “would have/could have/should have” and so forth.  Everyone deals with this.

It is a time where society as a whole is breaking down as we get ready for the final page turn which can’t happen fast enough. We have Christians being slaughtered in the Middle East right now. They don’t need an Antichrist. It’s the Tribulation right now for them essentially which is why I take increasing umbrage with things like Rapture arguments and so forth.  Then I get annoyed with myself with all my first world problems.

What’s worse?  “I’m lacking fellowship and outlets and certain other prospects”  or “Gee, I may get my head cut off today while I hide underground?”    Really.     Yes, that’s me self chastising.

So that’s a brief snapshot of where we are at and where I suspect many of you are at as well.  Cling to the Lord. The wilderness is ultimately about getting down to the basics and finally putting the Lord first and being “at the ends of ourselves.”  I hope that’s what happening for us.  A lot of people have far worse problems but we would and do appreciate prayer support on this.

ISRAEL:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/01/israel-ambassador-shapiro-netanyahu-two-state-solution.html#

Is the US giving up on Israel?   

The pretenses are ever shrinking.   I’m sorry but the Bible says that Jerusalem will be a cup of trembling for all and the entire world will be against her. No exceptions. No big buddies.    As an American Christian I hate this but I know what it ultimately is leading to.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all that it entails.

ANTISEMITISM AND THE RE-GATHERING:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/German-Jewish-leaders-We-are-no-longer-safe-here-442078#article=6023RERENERFODVCNTcxRDExRTI4MDZFRUQwMTU3QkUzRUU=

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/jews_in_france_face_a_dilemma.html

 

Germany, France…we’re seeing more of these stories all over Europe (and other parts of the world.)  For varying reasons including terrorism and backlash thereof we again see the Jews caught in the middle of it and somehow it all ends up going against them.  On an increasing basis they are expressing serious concerns for their safety in parts of Europe and as consequence more of them are heading out towards Israel.  Whether they know it or not, this is in continuation of Biblical prophecy where they are being gathered presently in a state of unbelief and ultimately this will be changed.  (Ezekiel 36-39)

A number of factors increasing Jewish aliyah to Israel are significant and need to be watched.  I hope I’m not here for this but there is going to be a point in the future where we will see this happen here in the USA as well for both Jews and Christians.

 

ONE WORLD RELIGION:

The Pope.

https://www.trunews.com/pope-francis-calls-for-one-world-religion/

http://christiannews.net/2016/01/09/pope-calls-for-collaboration-with-worlds-religions-those-who-meet-god-in-different-ways/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/13/pope-francis-google-alphabet-eric-schmidt-vatican-meeting-us-tech-ceo    <-  Why is the Pope with his unique science background meeting the CEO of Big Brother…um, I sorry…Google?  This is just begging for it, isn’t it?

http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/Pope-visits-Rome-synagogue-calls-on-Christians-to-reject-anti-Semitism-441820    Denying the gospel to any group of people is the worst form of hate you can do.

I’ll admit it: We’re not supposed to do this but I’m awfully tempted to declare him the False Prophet and call it a day and take my licks as a kook.   Let me put it this way. If  he isn’t putting on a real  nice audition and prototype setup for the role I don’t know who is.

This is just one of many people out there saying the same things and that’s the biggest takeaway on this but he certainly a major “change agent” at minimum and being a Jesuit out in the open has its own connotations.  Have to watch him.

So no one takes this the wrong way: I can find plenty of this outside of the RCC as well.   I’m just waiting for them to officially declare the end of the Reformation and be done with it.  I won’t be surprised at all on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next year to see a certain bunch of big names bend their knees and kiss the ring of the pope and finish it. I could name those people for fun but I’ll leave it be for now.

“Quote: Some observers also think the pope may address the question of homosexuality and language, in particular the supposed need to put less emphasis on the sinfulness of the sexual behavior and more on the notion of non-discrimination and the acceptance of persons with homosexual inclinations….Even though several cardinals have said openly that such changes are not possible within the Church and would run counter to the faith, Pope Francis has knowingly left the discussion open on these matters – so much so that Catholics, even those closely following the situation, do not know which way the exhortation will decide on them or if it will leave them intentionally ambiguous.”

Jesuit two-step.    I guarantee  you he’s going to “evolve on his views” soon just like we’ve seen plenty of from far too many so called evangelicals. See? This isn’t bash the big bad RCC time.

This is the major wheat/tare issue right now along with Antisemitism. Watch this closely.

Odds and ends:

https://lamarzulli.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/planet-x-the-9th-planet-is-is-possible-all-of-this-is-true-watchers-9/

There may be some validity to this Planet X concept after all if this is anything to go by.   I say this as a heavy skeptic of the concept.  It’s pretty hard to beat a Cal Tech breakdown and I appreciated LA’s commentary. 🙂