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}

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Chinese Dynasties

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

"I was lecturing on the Biblical and scientific evidence for recent creation to a university audience in Hong Kong, China, when a
scholar raised the objection: "The Chinese have a documented history going back many thousands of years, much earlier than your dates for creation and the Flood. We have known dynasties and named rulers. The Bible must be wrong."

The solution lies in an examination of the earliest Chinese dynasties. Actually, precisely documented dynasties go back only to about 2000 B.C.

*The first true dynasty was founded about 4000 years ago by a leader remembered for having "sweetened the waters," making the land habitable after wide-spread flooding.

*The ten listed dynasties before that, however, were of a different sort, with very long lives and questionable details attributed to them. From a Biblical viewpoint, as did all of humanity, the Chinese descended from Adam, then Noah through the Tower of Babel incident. The amazing "Table of Nations" in Genesis 10, which chronicles the language groups and their destinations, mentions the "Sinite people" in verse 17, which probably became the Asian groups.

The Asian people descended from language groups migrating away
from the Tower of Babel after God confounded their languages. In all likelihood,
*the well-documented dynasties date to that event,
*while the prior ones were faded memories of pre-Flood patriarchs, preserved as legends.

Doesn't this "Back to Genesis" history have the ring of truth about it? Biblical chronologies place the Babel incident at 4200 or so years ago. Many of the expelled groups took with them
technological knowledge which they put to use in their new homelands. History documents the fact that several major cultures sprang into existence seemingly from nowhere at about the same time—the Egyptians, the Sumerians, the Phoenicians, the Indians, as well as the Chinese—and each possessed a curious mixture of truth and pagan thought, as would be expected from peoples only briefly separated from Noah and his teachings as well as the star worshipping/pyramid building heresy of Nimrod at Babel.

Interestingly, each group mentioned above lists 10 patriarchs in their pre-history, just as does Genesis. Individual leaders would guide their growing language groups to a new land, bringing both
technology and a history with them. Each had personal knowledge of the Flood and pre-Flood days, having learned from Noah, his sons, or their early descendants. The Asian leader evidently gained prominence when he engineered the draining of swampy land left saturated by leftover flood waters. His following dynasty commenced about the time of Abraham, about 2000 B.C., and the memories of long-lived patriarchs of pre-Flood days became early dynasties.

Details in ancient history are necessarily scarce, and proposed origins must be considered tentative. But the fact is, Biblical history is correct." ICR

IN the NEWS - Jail Time?

Again, the intolerant, secular Left is at it......Picture the Scene of these kinds of Politicians (I use the word "politicians" in the most negative connotation of the word) joining forces with "Christians" one day who think they are doing God's will when implementing the Mark of the beast. (These secular Leftists are big on the Green Religion-for example, remember when Obama sent his att. gen. after so-called "Climate Change Deniers", or when Julian Castro, as mayor of San Antonio, passed a bill that gives you a ticket if someone is offended by what you say about LGBT issues, or the former mayor of Houston who issued a subpoena for clergy sermon notes to see if they preached against gay marriage, or when former V.P. Al Gore called for the government to prosecute those who don't believe in man made global warming, or the professor who called for the death penalty for "climate change deniers"....all documented on this blog.....Put "Christians" & these secular Leftists together behind a cause considered saving the planet from peril ("Christians" to appease an angry Father God & Secular Leftists to appease an angry mother earth) and you will have persecution like we haven't seen on a global scale....
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses,
so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds,..
2 Timothy 3:8
"California is on its way to passing a new law that makes it illegal to call transgender senior citizens a pronoun they don't like. For example, if an elderly person who was born male and lives in a long-term care facility wishes to be called "her" or "she," the workers there had better do it or face the
consequences. The proposed law would even apply to Christian facilities.
SB 219, titled the "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident's Bill of Rights," states, "It shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to. ... willfully and repeatedly fail to use a resident's preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns."  It imposes fines and jail time on any long-term care employee who refuses to use transgender pronouns. Fines for repeat offenders could be as high as $1,000 and a jail term of up to a year.
The bill will also mandate bathrooms, and rooming situations be designated by gender identity and not biological sex. There are no exemptions for long-term care facilities run by religious institutions who integrate their beliefs about gender into their policies and practices.
Critics of the law fought against it. California Family Council's Greg Burt testified before the California Assembly Judiciary Committee, saying, "How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?" He added, "Compelled speech is not free speech. Can the government compel a newspaper to use certain pronouns that aren't even in the dictionary? Of course not, or is that coming next?"
"Those proposing this bill are saying, 'If you disagree with me about my view of gender, you are discriminating against me,'" Burt continued. "This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own."

Proportional Square Root of our work

"The value of our work is in proportion to the impartation of the Holy Spirit."
Desire of Ages p.331 E.G.W.

..... how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Luke 11:13

Book Review: Bones of Contention

(short) Book Review: a book that may be of some interest... 
(Review by CMI)

Bones of Contention
by Marvin Lubenow
Publisher: Baker Books Pages: 400

Find out what evolutionists don’t tell you about human fossils. The author gives you the results of his 35 years of fossil research, and shows without doubt that so-called human evolution is a myth. Easy to read and well documented.


....and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1 Peter 3 :15

Creation Moment 7/24/2017 - Child's Hardware / Software

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
Psalm 139:14
"It’s perhaps the most obvious distinctive trait of humans. Where did language come from, with all its diversity?

Children come equipped with the hardware and software to pick up a language, even though it is not instinctive (otherwise, all children would speak the same language). A new study from the University of Washington Institute of Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), published on Medical Xpress, found that toddlers
can even pick up two languages easily.

When exposed to a second language like English for just an hour a day by a caretaker speaking ‘parentese’ (the characteristic style of speaking parents use with their babies), the children readily gained “an average of 74 English words or phrases per child, per hour” compared to 13 words or phrases in the control group. Moreover, the children retained the ability to speak and understand these words 18 weeks later.

Science indicates that babies’ brains are the best learning machines ever created, and that infants’ learning is time-sensitive. Their brains will never be better at learning a second language than they are between 0 and 3 years of age,” said co-author Patricia Kuhl, co-director of I-LABS and a UW professor of speech and hearing sciences.

The Bible gives an answer that fits the data. Human beings—and humans alone—were created in the image of God, who is the Logos, the Word, the communicator. The Creator’s words have meaning. They are not just signals like bird calls or ape hoots. The first human pair had a God-given language from the beginning, with which they could communicate with their Maker. That was not lost after Adam and Eve sinned; we find God speaking to Cain, Noah, and Abraham. But when human population size grew after the Flood, they disobeyed the command to disperse and multiply, and instead wanted to form one idolatrous civilization in defiance of the one true God. Knowing it would lead to a totalitarian one-world government in rebellion, the Triune God (notice pronoun “Let Us“) mercifully confused their languages at Babel, forcing them to separate and form separate tribes. In a sin-cursed world, we can deduce this was an act of mercy, creating tension between nations that could offset the capacity for one-world government. Now in our time, however, advances in technology are making the threat of global governance a real and present danger. From the Babel experience, we can predict that another judgment is coming. Fortunately, the Bible has told us about it." CEH

Saturday, July 22, 2017

New Life Sermon SERIES by Randy Skeete

New Life Sermon SERIES
(by Randy Skeete)
Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
 
Why Are You Troubled
Deeper and Higher
Two Wars One Enemy
God's Inner Circle
Give In and Win
Moment By Moment
In His Image
Good Fences Make Good Neighbor's
Power of Value
Living In Truth
Look Unto Me
A Family Affair
A Prescription for Life
Let There Be Light
From The Heart

Papal Notes - Sea Sunday & Mary

"I entrust sailors, fishermen, and all those in
difficulty on the seas faraway from home, to the motherly protection of Mary, Star of the Sea, says Pope Francis in a “Tweet” posted on his account @Pontifex_en, this Sunday July 9, 2017, Sea Sunday.
On this occasion, the Vatican published a Message of the Dicastery for the Integral Human Development Service, signed by its Prefect, Cardinal Peter Turkson.
The Message is addressed to chaplains, volunteers, friends and supporters of the Apostleship of the Sea, on the occasion of this annual Sea Sunday.
It stresses the importance of protecting the rights of those working at sea, as expressed in the Maritime Labor Convention of 2006.

The Message also announces the 24th World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea, which will be devoted to fishing and fisheries, and will be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in October 2017."
Zenit

As for me, I will call upon God:
Psalm 55:16

Those Devices

"There is nothing that the great deceiver fears so much
as that we shall become acquainted with his devices."
Great Controversy p.516 E.G.W.
 
Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea!
for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath,
because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Revelation 12:12
 
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us:
for we are not ignorant of his devices.
2 Corinthians 2:11

Creation Moment 7/23/2017 - LCA: Adam or Chimps?

So God created man in his own image,...
Genesis 1:27

"Here is a long, substantive, and interesting article from the BBC — “We still have not found the missing link between us and apes.” It is interesting for two reasons.
  1. It admits that we haven’t found anything that resembles the last common ancestor (LCA) between humans and apes, what author Colin Barras calls the “missing link.”
  2. It admits that it’s hard to even agree on what the LCA might have looked like.
What it doesn’t do is admit the even bigger problem: that we don’t even have transitional forms
between Australopithecus and Homo. This is a major omission.
That having been said, Barras raises a lot of interesting issues relevant to problem above. Scientists can’t agree on what the LCA looked like because humans share different similarities with different primates. It’s hard to decide which primate we’re most closely related to. This shows that the phylogenetic tree of primates isn’t as clear-cut as we’re often told — humans share similarities and differences with many primates in a pattern that doesn’t makes a nice, clear-cut tree.

The article does a good job of discussing this. It states, for example:
Primates in general (particularly monkeys) are often relatively small-bodied, and they scamper around in forest canopies by running along branches. But apes are unusual primates. Most have big bodies with extraordinarily long arms. They often get around by swinging below branches rather than running along the top of them – a form of locomotion called “brachiation”.
According to many of these early researchers, the LCA was a large-bodied, long-armed, brachiating ape.
By the late 1960s, researchers were fleshing out the LCA even further. An anthropologist called Sherwood Washburn pointed out that chimpanzees, and particularly gorillas, actually spend significant amounts of time moving around on all fours on the forest floor.
Both apes use their arms in an idiosyncratic way when they walk: they flex their fingers so that their weight bears down on the knuckles. To Washburn it made sense that the LCA “knuckle-walked” too. The behavior could even be seen as a stepping-stone on the way to walking upright on two legs, he wrote.
But it would be wrong to think that everyone was on board with these ideas of a brachiating, knuckle-walking, chimp-like LCA. In fact, almost from the moment that Huxley first put pen to paper, a minority of scientists were arguing that the earliest human ancestors — and the LCA — was decidedly not chimp-like.
For instance, just a decade after Huxley’s book, biologist St George Mivart argued that humans shared many features in common with monkeys or even lemurs. Meanwhile, from 1918 onwards an anatomist called Frederic Wood Jones argued that humans had a lot more in common with tarsiers than with chimpanzees or gorillas.
… [H]uman arms, hands, legs and feet are not as highly specialized as we might assume.
“In these characters man finds his counterparts not in anthropoid apes [gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans] but in animals that are clearly regarded… as more primitive,” wrote [anatomist William] Straus.
What Straus and a few others were really getting at is that humans show none of the specialized features that allow other apes to swing through the trees. It made sense to at least consider the possibility that humans split apart from other primates before the apes evolved brachiation, or knuckle-walking for that matter. Straus could not say exactly which species should be recognized as our sister. But the LCA could well have been a relatively small-bodied primate that ran along branches rather than swinging beneath them.
This disagreement continued for several more decades, says Nathan Young at the University of California in San Francisco. In fact, even into the 1980s it was not clear from anatomical features alone exactly where humans slotted into the primate evolutionary tree.
So what made them finally ditch the idea that humans are most closely related to “lower” primates in favor of believing that humanity’s closest relative is the chimp? As the article explains, human DNA turned out to be most similar to chimp DNA. So the drift of opinion turned to chimps as our closest cousin.
The kicker, however, is this: We’re constantly told that both our genes and our morphology are very similar to chimps. But as this article concedes, some major aspects of our morphology are more like other primates than they are like chimps. So our morphology isn’t necessarily entirely chimp-like.
Thus, we get this really interesting passage in the article:
The story should end there, but it does not. Surprisingly, the last 15 years have actually
seen popular opinion begin to swing away from the idea of a chimp-like LCA, and towards a model closer to that argued by people like Straus in the 1940s.
There are several factors that explain the recent rethink. A more thorough understanding of chimp and gorilla anatomy helped.
There had been murmurings for some time that gorillas and chimpanzees (and bonobos) might not knuckle-walk in quite the same way. In 1999, Mike Dainton and Gabriele Macho at the University of Liverpool, UK, looked at the idea more formally. From subtle differences in the way gorilla and chimpanzee wrist bones change as the apes grow from juveniles to adults, Dainton and Macho concluded that the two may have evolved knuckle-walking independently.
Over the following decade, other researchers reported similar findings. By 2009, Tracy Kivell — now at the University of Kent, UK — and Daniel Schmitt at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, were arguing that humans did not evolve from a knuckle-walking LCA.
Strikingly, the article even notes that molecular biologists are willing to question whether the LCA links humans most closely to chimps:

 But the search for those crucial fossils is no longer quite as straightforward as it once seemed. In the last five years, some geneticists have begun to question whether the molecular clocks they use to estimate when the LCA lived are being read correctly."
EN&V

Friday, July 21, 2017

Papal Notes - Santa Claus, Putin & Francis

"The pope has openly courted Russia and its vast number of Orthodox Christians, often incurring the criticism and disappointment of those who hoped to hear a stronger opposition from the Vatican towards Vladimir Putin’s authoritative, if not downright aggressive, internal and foreign policy.

The Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, is readying for an August trip to Moscow, which will be an important step in furthering Vatican-Russian relations. Meanwhile, the Vatican’s number two will likely find a willing listener in Putin, who longs to establish himself as the new upholder of morality and defender of persecuted Orthodox Christians in many areas of the Middle East.
Parolin describes his hopes for the historic trip to the Motherland.
I go to Russia as a collaborator to the Pope. As a collaborator of the one who wishes to build bridges in order to increase the ability to comprehend each other, understand each other and dialogue in the world,” Parolin said.
In order to build a climate and an environment of justice and peace,” he added.
Any good flirtation must also offer a gift, something that the Vatican did not forget. The relics of St. Nicolas (aka Santa Claus), a saint profoundly loved and venerated by Orthodox Christians in Russia, were sent from the Italian town of Bari to Moscow in May.
According to the Orthodox Church, more than one million people visited the relics, including Putin himself. Not a bad way to inaugurate Parolin’s visit by any standard.
If the trip proves to be a success, the possibility that Francis may visit Moscow himself may come closer to becoming a reality.
One cannot help but think of the second ‘secret’ of Fatima, when Mary asked “for the Consecration

of Russia to my Immaculate Heart,” a devotion to which Francis is strongly attached."CRUX
Flee out of the midst of Babylon,
and deliver every man his soul:
Jeremiah 51:6

Free Will Question

For those who deny the concept of FREE WILL in soteriology (salvation issues)-just a Question:

Q: WHY then did God give Adam a "test"?...
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Genesis 2:17

What to Preach

"Those who stand before the people as teachers of truth are to grapple with great themes.

They are not to occupy precious time in talking of trivial subjects.

Let them study the Word,
and preach the Word.

Let the Word be in their hands as a sharp,
two-edged sword.
---Let it testify to past truths
----and show what is to be in the future."
Manuscript Releases vol.1,p.39 E.G.W.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God,... 2 Timothy 2:15

Daniel & Revelation: Parallels of "Rome"

DANIEL
Stage 1- United Rome {168 B.C.-476 A.D.}
Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
Daniel 7:23
 
Stage 2- Divided Rome {476 A.D. - 538 A.D.}
And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
Daniel 7:24
 
Stage 3- Papal Rome's 1260 Years {538 A.D. - 1798 A.D.}
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Daniel 7:25
 
Stage 4- Papal Rome Restored {After the 1260 Years but Before the 2nd Advent}
But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
Daniel 7:26
 
REVELATION
Stage 1- Imperial Rome sought to kill Jesus
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.... and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Revelation 12:3,4
 
Stage 2- Divided Rome/Dragon's 10 Horns
....and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Revelation 12:3
 
Stage 3- Papal Rome's 1260 Years (42 Months)
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Revelation 13:5
 
Stage 4- Papal Rome to be restored to Power
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Revelation 13:3

Creation Moment 7/22/2017 - 1st Sabbath

God did three things with regards to the seventh-day Sabbath at creation:
He first rested on it,
and after resting He blessed it
 and made it holy.
 
 
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made....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.
Genesis 2:3/Exodus 20:11
 
 
 
 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2 Responses to God's Word

Response 1
Now when they heard this,
they were pricked in their heart,
and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles,
Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Acts 2:37
Response 2
When they heard that,
they were cut to the heart,
and took counsel to slay them.
Acts 5:33

IN the NEWS - Harry Potter & ITCHING EARS


For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Timothy 4:3
ITCHING EARS for the Church of Harry Potter?.....
"Mark Kennedy grew up a Catholic, and a Harry Potter fanatic. Only one stuck.
I considered myself a non-spiritual person,” he said. He thought he was done with religion. And then he stumbled on the podcast “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.”

The podcast told him that the Harry Potter series — the books that he always turned to for solace when he was angry or stressed or in need of an escape — could be a source of spiritual sustenance.
I feel like I’m born again,” he said.
On Tuesday night, Kennedy came to an event space at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in the District with hundreds of fellow fans of the podcast, who have found a surprising spirituality in the magical fiction series, which turns 20 years old this year.
Hosted by Harvard Divinity School graduates Casper ter Kuile and Vanessa Zoltan, the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text” became the number-two podcast in America on iTunes soon after it debuted last summer. It has inspired face-to-face Potter text reading groups, akin to Bible study more than book club, in cities across the country. In Harvard Square, ter Kuile and Zoltan host a weekly church-like service for the secular focused on a Potter text’s meaning.
Touring the country this summer, the podcasters have been met night after night by adoring, mostly millennial crowds who want to soak up their secular meaning-making. For the growing slice of Americans who label themselves “spiritual but not religious,” Casper ter Kuile and Vanessa Zoltan are kind of pop stars.
The irony is, the pair are skeptical about secularism.
It doesn’t speak to people’s hearts and souls,” Zoltan said during a recent interview. “I get that people get connection and meaning from Soul Cycle, but will [those people] visit you when your mom is dying?”
Zoltan and ter Kuile are complicated evangelists for their own cause. Even as their following grows, they are still pondering some big questions: Can non-traditional types of meaning-making build community? Can texts that are deeply moving to readers truly hold them to account in the way Scripture has among the God-fearing?" WashingtonPost

ARCHAEOLOGY: Naboth's Vineyard

"An archaeologist in Israel has shared an exciting new discovery that seems to validate the Bible’s
account of a man named Naboth and his ownership of a vineyard.
The Christian Post reports that Dr. Norma Franklin, one of the leaders of the Jezreel Expedition, confirmed that the Jezreel Valley was a wine-producing region, as the Bible says it is.
The Jezreel Expedition team used laser technology to analyze the region and found several wine and olive presses, as well as over 100 bottle-shaped pits carved into the stone of the region. Franklin believes these hewn-out imprints were used to store wine in ancient times.
This discovery confirms the Biblical account of Naboth and his vineyard in I Kings 21. There, the Bible tells the story of a man named Naboth who owned a vineyard. Israel’s king at the time, the wicked King Ahab, coveted Naboth’s beautiful vineyard and ended up having Naboth killed so he could take the vineyard for himself.
Although Franklin is not a believer, she acknowledged that the discovery does seem to validate the biblical account." BCN
And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard,
which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
1 Kings 21:1

From whence the Heresy of Christ in "hell"?

..... but the dead know not any thing,.... Ecclesiastes 9:5
"This idea that Jesus died and went to Hell stems from an old heresy that is prominent in Word of Faith circles that teach that Jesus died spiritually, and was “born again” after defeating Satan in Hell. Popular teachers of this false teaching are Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, and Creflo Dollar. Joyce Meyer writes in her book, The Most Important Decision You’ll Ever Make, the
following:
Jesus paid on the cross and went to hell in my place. Then as God had promised, on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. The scene in the spirit realm went something like this: God rose up from his throne and said to demon powers tormenting the sinless son of God, “let him go.” Then the resurrection power of Almighty God went through hell and filled Jesus. On earth his grave where they had buried him was filled with light as the power of God filled his body. He was resurrected from the dead–the first born again man.
And Kenneth Copeland similarly writes:
For three days He suffered everything there is to suffer. Some people don’t want to believe that. They want to believe that after His death, Jesus just stayed in that upper region of Sheol that the Bible calls paradise, but they’re mistaken! If He had simply stayed there, there would have been no price paid for sin.
This flies right in the face of biblical truth that Christ’s death on the cross was victorious over sin. Jesus proclaimed victory in his final breath on the cross. Jesus had no need to go to Hell to finish any work, and he certainly did not die spiritually." Pulpit&Pen