And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17

And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17
And the Spirit & the bride say, come...Revelation 22:17 - May We One Day Bow Down In The DUST At HIS FEET ...... {click on blog TITLE at top to refresh page}

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mark 16 Commentary Series: Verse 9

Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week,
 he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
out of whom he had cast seven devils.
Mark 16:9

Adam Clarke
Charles Spurgeon
Matthew Henry
 
Mary Magdalene - It seems likely that, after this woman had carried the news of Christ's resurrection to the disciples, she returned alone to the tomb; and that it was then that Christ appeared to her,...
Where grace had wrought its greatest wonders, there Christ paid his first visit:He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”
He appeared to Mary Magdalene, to her first in the garden, which we have a particular narrative of, John 20:14. It was she out of whom he had cast seven devils much was forgiven her, and much was given her, and done for her, and she loved much and this honor Christ did her, that she was the first that saw him after his resurrection.

Suicidal or Want to Die?

"I believe that being suicidal is not the same thing as simply wanting to die. Of course, if you’re suicidal, you do want to die (or, more specifically, to end your pain through death) but, if you simply want to die, you may not be actively suicidal. Please understand that wanting to die and being suicidal are both serious and dangerous,...

Wanting to Die

I admit it — I’ve spent so much of my life wanting to die. I know people hate to hear this, but even today, I experience the desire to die at times. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with my life or my experiences, it’s just that there’s something wrong with my brain. And in my brain, the thought that repeats is, “I want to die.” It’s on an endless loop sometimes. It’s torturous. I can’t stand it. There seems to be nothing that will adequately quiet the thought.

Being Suicidal

In saying that, I haven’t been suicidal that entire time. In my opinion, being suicidal moves you from the realm of wanting to die to the place where you are actively start taking steps to die by suicide. This might be picturing your death, writing a suicide note or making a plan. I tend to picture my death over and over and over. Again, my brain seems to produce this thought endlessly.

.... wanting to die is passive and being suicidal is active. Thus, being suicidal is considerably more dangerous.
Why does the difference between suicidality and wanting to die matter?
Well, I think it impacts how you communicate your feelings. For example, when I simply want to die, I don’t feel that I’m in imminent danger but I know that feeling and thought pattern could be a stepping stone to full-blown suicidality so I need to deal with it and absolutely not ignore it.
If, on the other hand, I’m actively suicidal, that’s the time when a suicide safety plans needs to be put into place and even a trip to the hospital may need to be arranged.
While I absolutely think that both states need to be recognized and dealt with, I still think it’s important to recognize the difference between a serious problem and an emergency situation."
NatashaTracy'sHomeOnline

Then they went out to see what was done;
and came to Jesus, and found the man,
out of whom the devils were departed,
sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed,
 and in his right mind:
Luke 8:35

Solomon's Apes

For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
2 Chronicles 9:21

"This is a fascinating verse intended to help the reader sense something of the almost incredible
wealth of King Solomon. Among other indications of his riches, he had been able to develop an Israelite navy that could sail to distant lands, returning with exotic and valuable cargoes.

But what about the apes? This is the only reference in the Bible to apes (except for a parallel passage in I Kings 10:22), and scholars are uncertain whether the "apes" were true apes, or perhaps monkeys or baboons. But why would Solomon go to such expense to import apes instead of more useful animals (he had a great number of fine horses, for example)? Did he maintain a zoo? He imported ivory, so why not elephants?

 He studied, perhaps wrote, and "spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes" (I Kings 4:33).  HMM

Papal Notes - Korea & Francis

"South Korea President Moon Jae-in sent an envoy to the Holy See two weeks after his election May 9 to seek the Holy Father’s help in establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula.
President Moon, a devout Catholic, is a son of North Korean refugees. He sent Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong of the Diocese of Gwangju, the president of the Korean Bishops’ Conference, to represent him at the Holy See.
He met Pope Francis twice. He also sat down with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state.

I will prevent war at all cost,” Moon declared last week. “I want all South Koreans to believe with confidence that there will be no war.”
NCR
..... and all the world wondered after the beast.
Revelation 13:3

SDA News - One Project closing down

"The One Project is shutting down.

The semi-popular ministry that focused on many progressive things while claiming to focus on Jesus, is closing its doors of church
division--for now.  After all the young souls that they have attempted to lead astray through recalibration, they are now taking a break.  The only misfortune is that I believe this ministry has done a bit of damage within the church and was not nipped in the bud soon enough.  It bears noting that this organization has cost the jobs of many pastors, Bible workers & Conference employees--all for speaking out against this progressive ministry." Fulcrum7
And the frogs shall depart from thee,...
Exodus 8:11
 

Papal Notes - Waldensians & Methodists

"Pope Francis has urged the Methodist and Waldensian Churches
to continue to walk together with the Catholic Church on the path towards full Christian unity, pointing out that in a world lacerated by violence and fear it is all the more important to live and to convey the Christian message of welcome and fraternity.
The Pope’s words of friendship and closeness came in a message on Monday to the annual Synod of the Italian Methodist and Waldensian Churches taking place in Torre Pellice, near Turin, from 20 to 25 August.
Recalling recent encounters between the Churches and a shared celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the Pope said “May Jesus’ gaze brighten our relationship so that it is never just formal or proper, but fraternal and lively.”
The Good Shepherd wants us to walk together and his gaze embraces all of his disciples whom He wants to see fully united”, he said.

The Waldensians .... In 1975, they merged with the Methodist Evangelical Church to form the Union of Methodist and Waldensian Churches—a majority Waldensian church, with a minority of Methodists." ICN
.... and all the world wondered after the beast.
Revelation 13:3

SDA Issues- Blackout?

SDA Pastors are leading out in a so-called Blackout of the NFL. This includes Carlton Byrd of Breath of Life (goggle it).....these men who claim to be pastors of the Church are putting the social gospel ahead of the Biblical Gospel. Also, they are playing into fanning the flames of racial division by following the false narratives of groups like BLM, based on hate and politics......This is actually disgusting what they are doing....Shouldn't SDA pastors be known for the Everlasting Gospel rather than divisive politics backed by puppet groups for Soros like BLM? And what are pastors doing in our Church doing with the NFL anyway?---The Social Gospel, Green Gospel & Prosperity Gospel should have NO place in our Church...only the BIBLICAL GOSPEL...

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
....lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;2 Timothy 3:1,5
"When teachers or professors shall sacrifice religious principle to please a worldly,
 amusement loving class, they should be considered
unfaithful to their trust and should be discharged."
Testimonies for the Church vol.5,p.14 E.G.W.
"A group of Alabama pastors has launched "NFL Blackout," a campaign with the goal of boycotting the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick.

The pastors posted a video Thursday announcing their intentions to boycott NFL games,
merchandise, and fantasy football as long as Kaepernick is without a team and to spend time with community work and prayer rather than the NFL on Sundays, whether or not Kaepernick finds a new team this season.

"My belief is simply this -- if Colin Kaepernick was willing to take a stand for those of us who are non-celebrities that would have to interact with law enforcement on a day-to-day basis, if he's willing to take a knee for us, certainly we ought to take a stand with him," Pastor Debleaire Snell of the Senior Pastor First SDA Church in Huntsville explained.

Dr. Leslie Pollard, president of Oakwood University in Huntsville, emphasized that the boycott is not one against the United States or the American flag.
"Now we want you to know this protest is not anti-flag because people of color love the stars and stripes," Pollard said. "It is not anti-American because of people of color have loved this country even when this country has not loved us back. And this country is not anti-veteran because we support those who have made sacrifices so that our liberties have been secured. This protest is to ensure the rights of all Americans regardless of color or creed to be heard."

Kaepernick has been without an NFL team since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March. The Seahawks and Ravens showed interest in Kaepernick but declined to sign him, while there are those who would like to see the Jaguars bring in Kaepernick due to the struggles they've been having at the quarterback position. 

The pastors join a growing list of people who say they're boycotting the NFL over Kaepernick -- both his supporters and detractors. A petition calling for a boycott earlier this month surpassed 100,000 supporters." ABCsports

Creation Moment 8/23/2017 - Creation gives Assurance

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen,
 being understood by the things that are made,
even his eternal power and Godhead;
so that they are without excuse.
Romans 1:20

"Romans 1:20 gives assurance that every person in the world can know that God exists."
H3

Monday, August 21, 2017

Mark 16 Commentary Series: Verse 8

And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre;
 for they trembled and were amazed:
 neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
Mark 16:8
 
Adam Clarke
Charles Spurgeon
Matthew Henry
 
But, after this, they summoned up courage, and did tell the story of their Lord’s resurrection.

See how much we are enemies to ourselves and our own comfort, in not considering and mixing faith with that Christ hath said to us. Christ had often told them, that the third day he would rise again had they given that its due notice and credit, they would have come to the sepulchre, expecting to have found him risen, and would have received the news of it with a joyful assurance, and not with all this terror and amazement. But, being ordered to tell the disciples, because they were to tell it to all the world, they would not tell it to any one else, they showed not any thing of it to any man that they met by the way, for they were afraid, afraid it was too good news to be true. Note, Our disquieting fears often hinder us from doing that service to Christ and to the souls of men, which if faith and the joy of faith were strong, we might do.

"Cliff" Notes on the Flood

By Cliff Goldstein

"I recently had a heated e-mail exchange with a professed Adventist (a minister!) who had been publicly mocking Noah’s flood. His argument was, essentially, “no flood model” could be scientifically construed, therefore no flood occurred.


He’s not alone. Who knows how many, perhaps millions, of Christians reject the universality of Noah’s flood for one reason: science (the self-proclaimed final arbiter of truth) says no evidence for it exists. End of discussion.

This isn’t the first time the world’s wise have denied the flood, however. In Patriarch and Prophets, Ellen White talked about how, prior to the deluge, “the men of renown—the wise, the prudent” argued that the laws of nature were fixed, consistent, steady, and therefore nothing so extraordinary could happen. “The world before the Flood reasoned that for centuries the laws of nature had been fixed. The recurring seasons had come in their order. Heretofore rain had never fallen; the earth had been watered by a mist or dew. The rivers had never yet passed their boundaries, but had borne their waters safely to the sea. Fixed decrees had kept the waters from overflowing their banks.”

No “flood model” existed before the flood; therefore, no flood would occur. No “flood model” exists after the flood; therefore, no flood did occur.
How much simpler could it be?

For the pre-flood intelligentsia, the mistake was assuming that what is now, the current physical condition of the world, would be the same in the future; for the post-flood intelligentsia, the mistake is assuming that what is now, the current physical condition of the
world, was the same as in the past. In both cases, the assumption of continuity was—and remains—wrong.

No flood model exists because no model could exist. How could science, premised on two assumptions—continuity (the present is the same as the past) and the rejection of the supernatural—model a supernatural event based on a past different from the present?

To accept, at face value, the Scriptural depiction of the flood is to believe in a supernatural event of catastrophic proportions unique in history. Numerous local deluges have wreaked devastating havoc in relatively confined areas, but to Noah’s flood these were but puddles compared to the ocean. Only a power and phenomenon now unknown to us could have done to the earth what Scripture says God did through this flood.

The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive(Genesis 7:18-23).

Nothing in human history, or experience, has come to anything remotely close to this event. Our best guesses, even scientifically-based guesses, are just that—guesses.

Theologians have seen in the flood, which was God’s judgment upon the earth, a destruction of the old creation, in a sense of the world being cast back to the primeval state of tohu vbohu (“without form and void”) of Genesis 1:2 before another, greatly changed existence, emerged.
How could scientists, then, working from two premises, i.e., ontological naturalism (which rejects the existence of the supernatural), and of the past resembling the future, get it right about a supernatural event in a past radically different than the present?
They can’t.

What’s not surprising, then, is that many scientists deny a universal flood.
Given their assumptions, they have to. What’s surprising is that many Christians, based on this science, do the same, despite the stark testimony of Scripture.

On the other hand, it’s not so surprising.
Ellen White also wrote about some of the deniers prior to the deluge: The men of that generation were not all, in the fullest acceptation of the term, idolaters. Many professed to be worshipers of God. They claimed that their idols were representations of the Deity, and that through them the people could obtain a clearer conception of the divine Being. This class were foremost in rejecting the preaching of Noah.”

These professed believers became foremost in opposing Noah’s story, just as today many professed Christians (even Adventists) are the most vocal opponents of the same story. Professed followers of God, before the flood, denied that it would come; professed followers of God, after the flood, deny that it came.
Amazing."
CliffGoldstein/AR

Desmond Doss Story on It Is Written

Desmond Doss Story on It Is Written
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Desmond Doss Story on It Is Written Oceania
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The fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring for ever:
Psalm 19:9

Response to Catholics & Eclipse

.....insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Matthew 24:24
What some Catholics are saying...
"September 23, 2017, we see the constellation Virgo with the sun rise directly behind it (the woman clothed with the sun). At the feet of Virgo, we find the moon. And upon her head we find a crown of
twelve stars, formed by the usual nine stars of the constellation Leo with the addition of the planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars.

It just so happens that these events transpire during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of “the woman clothed in the sun,” Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. The culmination of these astronomical events occurs just 3 weeks before the 100th anniversary of the great miracle of Fatima, in which the sun “danced” (another heavenly sign), an event that was witnessed by many thousands.

In the almost century that has followed that great event, we have seen Our Lady’s warnings come true with startling precision. People did not cease offending God and we have seen terrible wars, nations annihilated, and Russia spread her errors throughout the world and, if we are honest, even into the Church itself. And yet, we still await the fulfillment of her promises, the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart, and a period of peace to be granted to the world." LifesiteNews

RESPONSE:
1) The Lady clothed with the sun represents God's people-NOT Mary
2) The solar eclipse is a regular scheduled event by nature-NOT miraculous
3) As for Fatima-that was something MIRACLUS- but NOT of God...if you know what I mean
4) Let's stop mixing astrology with Scripture out there...

Creation Moment 8/22/2017 - Cliff's Question

"Clifford Goldstein raises an interesting question: “Who--believing creation required billions of years, instead of six days--will actually risk persecution for the seventh-day Sabbath as opposed to ‘the mark of the beast?’”  AR

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea,
and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:
wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exodus 20:11

Sunday, August 20, 2017

IN the NEWS - Oh Cut It Out

Oh Cut It Out People....It's a regular scheduled Eclipse....
Through thy precepts I get understanding:
therefore I hate every false way.
Psalm 119:134
"Many Christians see this as a significant warning of the impending apocalypse, the second coming of Christ and the rapture.

The “Great American Total Solar Eclipse” as it is called is said to be a warning sign from God, as it allegedly fulfils a Bible prophecy.
Pastor Paul Begley, host of the Coming Apocalypse radio show, said the eclipse could possibly fulfil a prophecy recorded in the book of Joel.
This states: “The sun shall be turned to darkness before the Day of the Lord come.” 
Mr Begley said “somebody sound the trumpet” because the eclipse may mean “we are living in the last days.”
Writing for Unsealed.org, Gary Ray says the eclipse may mean that 2017 will mark the beginning of the Tribulation, a time the Bible describes as a period of conflict and suffering on a scale never experienced in mankind’s history." Express

Mark 16 Commentary Series: Verse 7

But go your way,
tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee:
 there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.
Mark 16:7
 
Adam Clarke
Charles Spurgeon
Matthew Henry
 
Tell his disciples and Peter - Why is not Peter included among the disciples? For this plain reason, - he had forfeited his discipleship, and all right to the honor and privileges of an apostle, by denying
his Lord and Master. However, he is now a penitent: - tell him that Jesus is risen from the dead, and is ready to heal his backsliding, and love him freely; so that, after being converted, he may strengthen his brethren.
Go your way, tell his disciples.” It was very thoughtful of this angel to say “and Peter,” thus linking with the disciples the name of him who had most glaringly transgressed, and denied his Master,
They must be sure to tell Peter. This is particularly taken notice of by this evangelist, who is supposed to have written by Peter's direction. They must tell the disciples, that he is risen. It is a dismal time with them, their dear Master is dead, and all their hopes and joys are buried in his grave they look upon their cause as sunk, and themselves ready to fall an easy prey into the hands of their enemies, so that there remains no more spirit in them, they are perfectly at their wits' end...

PSALM 100

 
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Psalm 100:1
Verse 1. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. The original word signifies a glad shout, such as loyal subjects give when their king appears among them.
Your golden age will never arrive till ye with all your hearts revere him.

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Psalm 100:2
Verse 2. Serve the LORD with gladness.  He is our Lord, and therefore he is to be served;... served with joy. The invitation to worship here given is not a melancholy one, as though adoration were a funeral solemnity, but a cheery gladsome exhortation, as though we were bidden to a marriage feast. Come before his presence with singing. We ought in worship to realize the presence of God, and by an effort of the mind to approach him... not with weepings and wailings, but with Psalms and hymns.
Know ye that the LORD he is God:
 it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3
Verse 3. Know ye that the Lord, he is God.  We ought to know whom we worship and why. To disclaim honor for ourselves is as necessary a part of true reverence as to ascribe glory to the Lord.  For our part, we find it far more easy to believe that the Lord made us than that we were developed by a long chain of natural selections from floating atoms which fashioned themselves. We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:
 be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 100:4
Verse 4. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving. To the occurrence of the word thanksgiving in this place the Psalm probably owes its title. In all our public service the rendering of thanks must abound; it is like the incense of the temple, which filled the whole house with smoke. Be thankful unto him.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100:5
Verse 5. For the Lord is good. This sums up his character and contains a mass of reasons for praise. God is love.And his truth endureth to all generations. No fickle being is he, promising and forgetting. Charles Spurgeon

Why you shouldn't be deceived

For there shall arise false Christs,
and false prophets,
and shall shew great signs and wonders;
 insomuch that,
if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Matthew 24:24
 
Q: Why shouldn't you be deceived?
A: Behold, I have told you before.
Matthew 24:25

Christian "Entropy"

Awake to righteousness, and sin not;
for some have not the knowledge of God:
I speak this to your shame.
I Corinthians 15:34

"In this verse, the Greek word translated "shame" is the fascinating word entrope, meaning, literally, "turning-in." It is used only one other time, in I Corinthians 6:5: "I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?"
 The scientist, Clausius, in 1865, selected this word ("entropy" in English) to describe the dissipation of energy, or state of disorder, in any functioning system.  The famous Second Law of Thermodynamics, which he helped demonstrate to be a universal law of science, states that the entropy (i.e., the disorganization) of any system always tends to increase. That is, any system which "turns inward" to derive the energy or information to keep working, will eventually run down and cease to function. It is this law which indicates that the very concept of evolution is essentially impossible. "Evolution" means "rolling outward," and implies increasing complexity, whereas "entropy" means "turning inward," and implies decreasing complexity.  In the context of our text, the unconcern of the Corinthian Christians that some in their number were "agnostic," or ignorant about the very existence and nature of God their Creator, was a measure of their state of "entropy," or "in-turning"-that is, their self-centeredness-and this was a shameful state!  There is no excuse for a Christian to be an "entropic" Christian-a self-centered, self-sufficient, self-righteous hindrance to the cause of Christ, indifferent to the unbelief and compromise all around him, concerned only with his own personal affairs and comfort. The urgent command to such a one is "Wake up!" HMM