Friday, August 26, 2005

Blessed is he who is not offended in me... 

Blessed are you who are not offended
and blessed are you who are not confused!

He's not a baby in a manger anymore.

He's not a man hanging on a cross.

And He will not stay in heaven forever.

He's preparing to do a new thing.

For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.(Isa 28:21)

And blessed are you who are not offended
And blessed are you who are not confused

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
(Isa 63:1-4)

The Lord will roar from Zion.

And blessed are you who are not offended
And blessed are you who are not confused

And it's nearer now than when you first believed.
It's closer than it's ever been.

Blessed are you if you are not offended.
Blessed are you if you are not confused by the things that shortly must come upon the earth and all that dwell therein.

For then shall be Tribulation on the earth, such as never has been nor ever shall be. And men's hearts shall fail them for fear for looking on the things that are coming on the earth.

And blessed are you...

Friday, August 19, 2005

Israel Identity and the Amazing Vanishing New Testament 

Once again I find myself rubbing shoulders with “patriots” and “American Sovereigns” and the old, once forgotten vocabulary is reasserting itself into my consciousness.  I have always shrugged off some of the absurdities of the terminology; I am not me, I am a legal fiction; my name is not my name, it is the name of a corporation; the government is not legal; our money is not real money (but if I sign my name to an IOU, that IS real money); and on and on.


I have even sat quietly as those about me asserted that George Bush personally planned and directed the attack on the Twin Towers to provide an excuse to go to war with Iraq.  Why?  For the oil, of course!  No one has explained to me where W. is putting this oil. In a barn in Crawford, Texas?


But now I am hearing something I cannot abide and about which I cannot remain silent.  And that is, that the Jews are not really Jews and the modern nation of Israel has nothing to do with the prophesied restoration of Israel because it is being run by Zionists who believe the Talmud rather than Judaistic adherents of Torah. 


Now, there are just all kinds of things wrong with this kind of thinking.


First of all, if I claim to be a Bible-believing Christian and I want to know who is a “true Jew,” I only need to look to the sons of Esau and Ishmael to help me locate them.  It will be the people that is most detested, held in the most contempt, and for whom the most animosity is displayed.  Yep.  See how easy it is?


Since it doesn’t make sense, there must be some deeper reason why it becomes so important for these “Christians” to distance themselves from the historic victims of the Inquisition, the Pogroms, and the Holocaust (easily identifiable and traceable—this is the Diaspora that has streamed into the nation of Israel since the refounding of the nation in 1948).  What could the reason be?


As far as I can see, they are motivated by the same hate for the U.S. government in general and George W. Bush in particular that drives Cindy Sheehan and her fellow ditch-dwellers camped out in Crawford, Texas.


This, with a healthy dose of racism, known as the “Christian Identity” movement or the “Israel Identity” movement seems to explain a lot.  These “identity” movements are nothing more or less than blatant racism (many can be traced to the White Supremacist movement) attempting to demonstrate that white, Bible-believing Christians in America are the “true Israel” and the Jews currently in the nation of Israel are half demonic imposters who are not to be supported in any way shape or form.


The intellectual and scriptural contortions one must subject oneself to in order to actually come to a place of believing this are almost beyond imagining.


It seems once one has taken this position, it is just a hop, skip, and a jump to the position that the Apostle Paul was an imposter and that he is not the great Apostle God used to establish the church throughout Asia Minor, but is in fact the greatest corrupter of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that ever walked on two legs.  This is the “new thing” being promoted by Sherry Shriner, Harry Walther, Zeph Daniel, and a host of others.  If you don’t know who these people are, it’s quite alright. 


But what impresses me most is how wonderfully and masterfully the Word of God has been woven, like an intricate tapestry—such that an effort to eliminate even one line eventually causes the entire book to unravel in your hands.  For example, these “Identity-ists” find it necessary to defuse Romans 9 through 11:25. To achieve this, they have to eliminate all of the writings of Paul. But having made a devil out of Paul, they also lose the book of Acts, and to accomplish this (the discrediting of Luke), one also loses one of the four Gospels.  The New Testament now consists of Matthew, Mark, John, and Hebrews through Revelation.


But wait.  Paul’s authorship of Hebrews, although denied by mainline scholars is almost a certainty, and if it is not authored by Paul it is certainly authored by a Pauline wantabee.  So let’s strike Hebrews as well.  But it gets worse.  Peter insists that the letters Paul has written are to be accepted as scripture (II Peter 3:15, 16).  He goes further to say that those who try to twist the writings of Paul to suit their own needs do so at the risk of their own damnation!


No problem.  We can appeal to the textual critics who doubt the Peterine authorship of the epistles ascribe to Peter (as they doubt all things attested to in Scripture).


And if one accepts the argument they use to discredit the writings of Paul, namely that the things he teaches contradict the teachings of Jesus, one could easily make the same arguments against the writings of John.  After all, nowhere in the two gospels that agree did Jesus say anything about a “new birth,” the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, or being “saved by faith” as John proposes in John 3:16 and elsewhere.  This concept of being “saved by faith” is said by Sherry Shriner and her ilk to be the most reprehensible false teaching of Paul. Therefore, the gospel of John can be shown to wholly Pauline in its teachings.  So let’s toss all of the writings of John.  Our New Testament now consists of Matthew, Mark, James, and Jude.  We could eliminate the gospel of Mark through his association with Peter, who we have already had to dump.  And it is questionable whether Jude was one of the 12 apostles, leaving Matthew and James.  


Some New Testament!


Don’t mess with Texas… and leave that New Testament alone.  God has it booby-trapped so that you either take the New Testament as whole, or lose the whole thing.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Wheels, Bridges, and the Gaza Strip 

I've paid my vows, no turning around
I've burned the bridges, they can't be found

Or as the Grateful Dead sang

The wheel is turning and you can't slow it down
You can't let go and you can't hold on
Can't go back and you can't stand still
If the thunder don't get ya, then the lightening will

The world continues to press on toward Armegeddon.

The Israeli government will begin its forced evacuation of Jewish settlements in the Gaza strip this week.

What a monumental mistake! The Lord God the Holy One of Israel has returned the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to the land which He promised to their fathers, and for the first time in history the leaders of the people are voluntarily giving the land away, abandoning it to the enemies of Israel, God, and all that is good.

Could this be the very "covenant with death" the Lord spoke of in Isaiah 28:15-18, which He said He would "disannul." It certainly has every indication of being suicidal. After all, there will be no peace with the Palestinians. Not ever. Have you ever heard a Palestinian proposal for a Palestinian state and a secure Israel. Why, of course not. The Palestinians are totally of one mind and one accord in their determination to utterly destroy every Jewish man, woman, and child in Israel. And you're going to appease this bunch by surrending a few settlements?

This is going to be a hell of a week.

A hell of week.

We've been waiting for the other shoe to drop. Watch this! For when they say "Peace," then sudden destruction shall come upon them.



The pullout from the settlements, they say, are intended to result in... peace! Hold on to your hat. Fasten your seat belts. The wheel is turning and you can't slow it down. It won't be long now.

Small wheel turn by fire and rod
Big wheel turn by the grace of God
Every time that wheel turns 'round
We're bound to cover just a little more ground.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

End of the World (I Feel Fine) 

Today was a mixed bag at best. I couldn't get Sherry Shriner's "Aliens in the News" and I think she may have discontinued it. Where are we going to find out what's really going on around here? Fox News!!??

I was able to listen to an archived broadcast of Rob McConnell's X-Zone Radio, and as usual he played one of my favorite songs:

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home

Truly inspired. Another great tune by R.E.M heard on McConnell's show today...

Tell me with the rapture and the
reverent in the right - right.

You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light
feeling pretty psyched.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

Also inspired, if not inspiring. Something to keep us entertained while we sit here and wait for the other shoe to drop.

And we need to be entertained. We have come to feel it is a constitutional right, endowed on us by our Creator.

What is most of what we see on TBN and in most of our churches if it is not entertainment? It is certainly NOT preaching in the sense that you would have expected from Paul, Peter, John, or any of the first century apostles! It is specifically designed NOT to make anyone uncomfortable, but, on the contrary, to make people feel good about themselves, and to feel, well, entertained. How else are you going to keep them coming back when there is so much competition?

If God had a name, what would it be
And would you call it to his face
If you were faced with him in all his glory
What would you ask if you had just one question

And as always, have a nice day!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Have a Nice Day! 

I just rediscovered this blog. Evidently I posted once and then forgot about it.

Lately I've been thinking it might be a good time to get a blog going. There is so much going on. Things are heating up so quickly. The Lord is at the door. The world is about to be shaken apart, almost to the point of utter destruction. Billions will die. This will be a time of great tribulation such as has never been...

Have a nice day!

So what should we talk about? The coming alien invasion? The earthquake that is about to nearly destroy the West Coast? Nuclear strikes on U.S. cities? Solar flares, or "kill shots" turning the earth into a rotisserie? United Nations troops rounding up Christians and moving them to FEMA-run concentration camps for "their own safety?" The government deliberately poisoning the water supply of millions to effect selective population control?

These are a few of my favorite things--as the song goes. This is just a sampling of the things we will be faced with over the next very few years.

Why do you think Jesus said men's hearts would be failing them for fear when they see the things coming upon the earth?

Did you think He was kidding? Or exaggerating?

Let me tell you something. God does NOT exaggerate.

I know one thing. Very soon our priorities are going to change. Drastically. So many of things we sit around and argue and bicker about now are going to pale in significance compared to finding food and water, finding safe lodging underground to keep from being roasted by the sun and contaminated by nuclear fall out.

So, like I said, have a nice day.

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