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}

Friday, June 23, 2017

Revival Sermon SERIES by Dwayne Lemon

Revival Sermon SERIES
(by Dwayne Lemon)
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Titus 2:14
Time Is Almost Finished Part 1
Time Is Almost Finished Part 2          
Do We Need The Power of God?  
Outpost Center
The First Work of Reform
The Gospel Experience
Has your mind been diverted  
The Blotting Out of Sin  
The Plan of Rome
Question and Answer

The Reformation Simplified SERIES: The Expository Preacher

Ulrich Zwingli
The Reformer of Zurich
Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) was the Father of the Reformation in Switzerland. On 1 January 1519, he introduced expository preaching. Dispensing with Latin and the mass, he began expounding the Gospel of Matthew, line by line, verse by verse. His Biblical preaching transformed Zurich and later Switzerland. Zwingli preached in the marketplaces and reformed education.
And they that understand among the people shall instruct many:
                                  yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame,
by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
Daniel 11:33

Debunking this Arian revival

There seems to be this old heresy of Arianism raising its ugly head time to nip it in the behind...(the idea that Christ is not eternal)

"One of the key passages that semi-Arians use to prove that Jesus proceeded from the Father is found in Micah 5:2:
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of Thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
The focus is placed on the phrase “goings forth.”  This phrase is from the Hebrew word “mowtsa’ah.  It is claimed that the only place this phrase is found in Scripture is in 2 Kings 10:27 where it is translated as “draught house” or “toilet house.”  They claim this draught house is a smaller house set
apart from a larger house, just as Jesus came forth from the Father.
However, this word “mowtsa’ah” is the feminine form of this word and the masculine form is “mowtsa” which is used 27 times in the Old Testament.  In two places, it is used to described a king or his representative going about His business (2 Samuel 3:25 - representative of king David doing his business; Hosea 6:3 - the Lord going forth as the morning in preparation to pour out the early and latter rain).  Thus, it makes far more sense to see the “goings forth” of Micah 5:2 as Christ the King going about His business as the King of the Universe than to compare Christ to a toilet house set apart from a larger house.

Another key passage for semi-Arians to prove that Jesus was begotten from the Father in the distant past is Proverbs 8.  While Proverbs 8 primarily is describing wisdom personified, Ellen White does use this Scripture passage to apply the subject to Christ starting in Proverbs 8:22. Verse 23 states “I was set up from everlasting from the beginning, or ever the earth was.”  Verse 24 says “I was brought forth.”  Verse 25 says “before the hills was I brought forth.”  The idea is aggressively promoted that these passages provide conclusive proof for a beginning point in time for Christ.
However, Ellen White quotes this passage to use decisive language about the eternal existence of Christ:
Before Abraham was, I am.” Christ is the pre-existent, self-existent Son of God. The message He gave to Moses to give to the children of Israel was, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” The prophet Micah writes of Him, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of Thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” {ST August 29, 1900, par. 13}."

Response to a modern day Penance story

"The route between Paris and Chartres is the first leg of the Way of St James. In itself, however, it has been a pilgrim’s path since the Merovingians, thanks to a well in Chartres
*into which martyrs’ bodies were thrown.
*In the ninth century, Chartres Cathedral acquired a new relic: the Sancta Camisa, Mary’s veil or part of her shirt, which we know to be silk from first-century Palestine.
*Then 35 years ago, a young group decided to revive the route by gathering people together to make the pilgrimage annually at Pentecost, when a bank holiday weekend makes it more feasible for French pilgrims to complete the whole route.

They have since organized themselves into Notre Dame de Chrétienté, the charity which organises
Sancta Camisa
the pilgrimage with military efficiency. The pilgrimage now draws chapters not only from every region of France, but from all over the world. Mass at Chartres was preceded by a parade of the flags and banners of each chapter down the nave, then around and behind the altar. It seemed endless: each one a symbol of dozens of acts of love, gathered to God from east to west.

Penance is what pilgrimage is really about. The Extraordinary Form has a longer Penitential Act. The language of its Offertory begs for mercy and expresses sorrow for sin, in addition to the admiration of God’s goodness expressed in the Ordinary Form’s. Depending on your metric, there’s three times as much breast-striking; and the Prayer of Humble Access is twice repeated.

So there’s a safely contained explanation for why “trads”, and not charismatic, “folk Mass”, or “mainstream” Catholics, would be the ones behind an international lay initiative like this.
But penance, unlike “changing the world”, redeems; and the Church is redeemed all of us together."

1) As for Penance:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:9
2) It's NOT the church that redeems you:
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1 Peter 1:18,19

On the Streets of Babylon: Indicted by the Feds

Babylon is fallen, is fallen,... 
Come out of her, my people,
Revelation 14:8/18:4
There appears to be an "indictment" on the Streets of Babylon by the Feds....

"Todd Coontz, a prosperity pimp out of Charlotte, NC with ties to Benny Hinn and other major
religious financial frauds is the founder of Rock Wealth Ministries International and author of Please Don’t Repo My Car. He was recently indicted on several federal charges, including three counts of failing to pay taxes and four counts of falsifying tax returns according to the Charlotte Observer.

William Todd Coontz enjoyed a life of luxury, federal prosecutors contend, by claiming as business expenses the $1.5 million condo he and his family lived in as their parsonage and the luxury vehicles they drove, including three BMWs, two Ferraris, a Maserati and a Land Rover.
As of this writing, his Twitter account is still live, although the recent videos of him asking for money appear to be removed." Pulpit&Pen

IN the NEWS - Fatima coming to the Big Screen

"Plans for a new film about Fatima, which were announced at the Cannes Film Festival last month,
have been endorsed by the World Apostolate of Fatima. The movie, currently in preproduction will be directed by Marco Pontecorvo and star Harvey Keitel and Sonia Braga. Gary Hamilton, managing director of Arclight Films, said the company was thrilled to be working on the project. Last month two of the visionaries, Jacinta and Francisco were canonised by Pope Francis.
The Fatima story has not been told on the big screen since the Warner Bros’ 1952 classic, Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. The publicity for the new film promises audiences: "a vivid, immersive, and impressive cinematic experience of this incredible story."
The World Apostolate of Fatima say it "gladly endorses the initiative and efforts of Origin Entertainment. This movie will certainly become a precious asset in disseminating the story and message of Fatima and renew the faith of many people.” ICN

.....mine heart have been deceived by a woman,....
Job 31:9

Papal Notes - Shaking a "stick" at the Dutch

"On Thursday Pope Francis met with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, as part of the visit returning to them a long-lost royal stick of a 16th century Dutch king.
An important diplomatic portion of the audience June 22, was the Vatican’s return of the stick of William I, Prince of Orange, which until recently had remained lost in the Jesuit Catalan archives.
The stick, which resembles a sort of scepter or baton, and depicts the coat of arms of William of Orange, was given by the 16th century Dutch royal to a Dutch commander in the Battle of Mookerheyde in 1574.
The stick was waved by William’s brother, Luigi of Nassau, during the battle.
After it was lost, it came into the hands of a Spanish general and eventually a Jesuit general, until being returned Thursday, through the Vatican, to Willem-Alexander, current King of the Netherlands
and Prince of Orange.
According to a press release from the National Military Museum of the Netherlands, the delivery of the stick represents “a testimony of reconciliation, and of the current union between the two countries and religions.
“It is also a symbol of the long journey that the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Kingdom of the Netherlands, have passed
from the past of rivalry, war and repression to a present of mutual respect and promotion of peace and human rights.” CRUX is withered, it is become like a stick.
Lamentations 4:8

Job Simplified- Chapter 28

Chapter 28
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord,
that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Job 28:28

Job’s poem about wisdom
v1 In the right place, there is silver.
There is also gold. But men must use fire to make pure gold.
v2 Men obtain iron from dust.
And they make copper (another metal) from the rocks.
v3 A man carries his torch into the darkest places. He searches everywhere.
He looks for valuable rocks in the deepest darkness.
v4 He goes away from the town. He goes to places that other people have forgotten.
There, he bores through the rock. He descends into a deep cave. There, he hangs and swings round.
v5 Food comes from the earth’s surface.
But everything is different underneath the surface.
Fire has changed everything.
v6 There are beautiful precious stones in the rocks.
There is gold in the dust.
v7 This is a secret that the birds do not know.
Birds do not visit such places. Birds cannot see these places.
v8 The proudest animals have not been there.
Lions do not go that way.
v9 But a man breaks those rocks.
A man explores beneath the mountains.
v10 A man breaks the rocks to see the precious things inside.

v11 He causes the rivers not to flow.
Then, he sees the things that the waters hid.
v12 But the man does not discover wisdom.
He does not know how to be intelligent.
v13 He does not even realise that wisdom is valuable.
He cannot discover wisdom among the living things of the earth.
v14 He cannot discover wisdom in the sea.
Even if he went to the deepest places, he would not become wise.
v15 Nobody can buy wisdom.
Even the best gold and silver cannot make someone wise.
v16 Wisdom is more precious than the beautiful things from the rocks.
Wisdom is more precious than gold.
Wisdom is more precious than precious stones, for example onyx and sapphires.
v17 Wisdom is better than the purest things.
Wisdom is even more valuable than gold or glass.
v18 Wisdom is much better than the beautiful things that come from the sea, for example coral and pearls.
Wisdom is more valuable than the most expensive precious stones.
v19 In the distant country called Ethiopia, there is a precious stone called topaz.
But topaz is not as good as wisdom.
Even the richest person cannot buy wisdom.
v20 But people need to discover wisdom.
They have to know how to be intelligent.
v21 But no living thing can find wisdom.
Even the birds do not know where to look for it.
v22 You will not even become wise when you die.
In hell, people can only whisper about wisdom.
v23 Only God understands wisdom.
He alone can teach you to be wise.
v24 Only God sees the whole earth.
Only God knows everything.
v25 He established the strength of the wind.
He measured the waters in the clouds.
v26 He decided how the rain would fall.
He chose a route for the storm and the lightning.
v27 God saw wisdom!
God declared wisdom!
God prepared wisdom!
God tested wisdom!
v28 So, God said to people:
‘If you respect God, then you will be wise.
If you refuse to do evil things, then you will be intelligent.’
Verses 1-2
All metals were precious when Job lived. Men seemed to make metals from ordinary rocks. But the process needed great skill. The workmen had to search for the right rocks. Then they would burn the rocks in the hottest fire. In the end, they would produce a tiny quantity of pure metal.
Verses 3-4
In fact, the rocks that men needed to make metals were special rocks. To find these rocks, a man
would have to go underground. The man would squeeze his body through cracks in the ground. He would enter a cave. He would descend further on ropes.
Verses 5-6
The soil where plants grow seems so ordinary. But nothing is ordinary underground. A man needs a torch to see anything. But, with his torch, the man may find precious things.
Verses 7-8
Animals do not live in such places. But men have learned the skills to go there.
Verses 9-11
But the man is not gentle when he enters this special place. He is like a thief. He breaks the rocks. He takes away everything that is precious. He destroys everything so that he may become rich.
Verse 12
This man has many skills.
But he is still a fool.
He may discover gold and silver.
He may become rich.
But wisdom is better than gold or silver.
If the man does not learn to be wise, that man is stupid.
Verse 13
This man does not appreciate wisdom. And he does not care about wisdom. He only thinks about his own wealth.
Verse 14
The man will not discover wisdom underground. Other men dive into the sea to find precious things (verse 18). But they will not find wisdom there, either.
Verse 15
Some things matter more than money. A wealthy man cannot buy wisdom. And a poor man may be very wise.
Verses 16-18
Wisdom is precious. Wisdom is perfect. And wisdom is valuable. In other words, wisdom is much better than anything else. Job was emphasising the importance of wisdom.
Verse 19
The country called Ethiopia was a long way from where Job lived. And the precious stone called topaz was very, very rare. And so it was very expensive. But it is better to be wise, than to own much topaz.
Verse 20
Topaz (verse 19) may be beautiful. But it is not useful. God and silver (verse 15) are valuable. But money cannot teach us how to trust God. So wisdom is better than all these things. But wisdom is not something that you can just discover. In fact, wisdom does not even belong in this world.
Verses 21-22
In verse 21, Job spoke about things that are alive.
 In verse 22, he spoke about people who are dead.
Neither life nor death can teach you how to be wise.
Verse 23
You may think that it is impossible to learn such wisdom. But wisdom is God’s gift to people (James 1:5). God wants everyone to learn to be wise (Proverbs 1:5).
Verses 24-26
These verses are similar to Proverbs 8:22-31. God himself used wisdom when he created the world.
Verse 27
Wisdom is not merely the thoughts of human minds. And wisdom is not clever ideas, like the ideas of Job’s friends.
God chose wisdom as a quality that people need.
Wisdom will benefit our whole lives. And wisdom will bring us to heaven when we die.
This is a very important verse. It explains how we can be wise. Like Job, (Job 1:1) we must:
·     respect God, and
·     refuse to do evil things.
See also Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 3:5-6.
This was also Jesus’ message in Mark 1:15. He told the people to believe God’s message. In other words, he told them to respect God’s words. And Jesus told them to stop their evil behavior.
If we respect God, he will teach us. He will show us how to please him.
Then, we shall learn to be his people.
But, in order to respect God, we need to obey his commands. So, we should refuse to do evil deeds. We shall make many mistakes. But if we confess our errors to God, he will forgive us (1 John 1:9).
Keith Simons

Creation Moment 6/24/2017 - Biblical Population modelling

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply....
Genesis 1:28

"The Bible presents several historical scenarios in which the human population grew from very small numbers. These include the initial populating of the world starting with Adam and Eve and the repopulating of the earth from three founding couples after Noah’s Flood. There were also multiple small-scale duplications of these events within the many post-Babel populations, including the growth of the Hebrew nation from Jacob and his twelve sons. Most modern commentators on the subject of biblical demographics have assumed a smooth increase in the population over time, but small populations do not tend to grow in an algebraic manner. We wanted to analyze many different biblical scenarios, so we created a population modelling program in the C# programming language that could handle multiple variables like age of maturation, minimum child spacing, and age of menopause, as well as probabilities like polygamy, twinning rates, and a variable risk of death according to age. We were able to demonstrate that the current world population and the
size of the Exodus population are easy to account for under most parameter settings. The size of the antediluvian and Babel populations, however, remain unknown.

While we do not know what environmental challenges the antediluvian and immediate post-diluvian populations faced, human populations have the ability to grow quite quickly. Based on numerous examples from recent history, we expect the early post-Creation and post-Flood generations would have experienced a rapid population increase, under a wide range of potential conditions, but what rate of growth is reasonable?

The standard exponential model of population growth is as follows:
N = N0e kt
where N = the population size at time t, N0 is the population size at time 0, and k = the growth rate. Importantly, this formula should only be applied to large populations. While it is true that the human population only needed to average a 0.464% growth rate (k) to go from 6 (N0) to 7 billion (N) people in the c. 4,500 years (t) since the Flood, the growth of small populations is stochastic by nature. One reason for this is the fact that random births and deaths have a much greater effect in a population of, for example, 10 individuals than they do in a population of 10,000 individuals.

Another reason is the unpredictable availability of members of the opposite sex in very small populations. Consider a biblical model starting with Adam and Eve. The population size at 100 years could be drastically different if they had children in the order boy-girl-boy-girl-boy-girl versus a scenario where they had a series of boys (or a series of girls) in the early years. Thus, it is impossible to predict or accurately model the growth of small populations with the exponential growth formula.
Modern genetic data indicate the human population has exploded over the past several thousand years. But that is only considering the size of the population. In fact, excess population has had a significant factor throughout much of world history. For example, various Greek colonies were founded across the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions by young people looking for space.
Likewise, the invasions of the Germanic tribes into Roman Europe in the waning years of that empire
were driven in part by population expansion.

Biblically, the entire human race descends from just two people, Adam and Eve. Growing to unknown numbers over the first one and a half millennia, the population then went through an extreme but short bottleneck when only eight people survived Noah’s Flood. From the three sons of Noah (and their three wives), the population grew again to unknown numbers before being subdivided at the Tower of Babel, whereupon each of the resulting subpopulations followed an independent, and complex, growth trajectory.
Those three demographic expansion events need to be addressed mathematically to see if they comport to reality. An additional population expansion mentioned in the Bible is that of the Israelites.

Even though we attempted to be as comprehensive as possible, there were several areas where we simply had to make assumptions. For example, we assume a rate of twinning of 1 in 89 births. This ratio changes over time and across cultures but since it is less than 2% of all births, it should have but a small effect on population growth.
Likewise, there is no available data for ancient maternal mortality when carrying twins, and ancient mortality rates should be higher than today, so we simply doubled the set maternal mortality rate for twins. We did not even consider triplets, for they are several orders of magnitude more rare and the maternal death rates in these cases were extreme for times more than 100 years ago.

.....the effect of polygamy (polygyny). A small percentage of men were allowed up to a maximum of five wives (details in Methods). On average, most model runs experienced a boost of approximately 4% over baseline (i.e. they were growing at 104% the rate of a non-polygamous model with the same parameter settings).
Near the edge of population survivability, polygyny enabled some populations to experience more growth, on average, due to the fact that unwed women were more rare.

The date of the Tower of Babel event is unknown. From context, it appears the timing has something to do with a man named Peleg, whose name means ‘division’ (Gen 10:25). He was born c. 101 years after the Flood and lived until c. 340 years after the Flood (Gen 11).
If the division of people occurred only 100 years after the Flood, there would not be many people in the world. However, the data behind the growth rates calculated indicate that under some scenarios it is possible to obtain a population size greater than 1,000 individuals in that much time.

We modelled various scenarios that started with a single founding couple. As before, it was simple to obtain significant numbers in a short amount of time. However, we know very little about the age of maturation (minimum CBA), minimum or average child spacing, etc., of antediluvian women.
Therefore, there are too many unknown variables and there is no way to estimate the antediluvian population size. It could have been in the billions. Or it could have been a few thousand. We cannot know.

There are two main factors that influence population growth the most: minimum CBA and minimum child spacing. This makes sense in that a population will grow most quickly when people marry young and have children close together. This also means, however, that the maximum CBA is far less relevant. Furthermore, since the people who reproduce earliest will have a higher percent representation in the future population, genetics should be driving all populations towards faster reproduction, by default. Early maturation is thus a mathematical certainty, given a population with individuals that have a range of maturation ages. This alone could explain the population-wide drop-off in lifespan after the Flood. While it is true that individual mutation count should increase over time, contributing to a decline in lifespan, it is also true that the ones who reproduce the fastest will outnumber those who do not. In the end, maximum lifespan does not matter.

In fact, the relative individual impact on the future population size of any two people is simply the ratio of inverse population sizes when each person was born, which can be reduced to a simple ratio of the relative times when they were born:
(1/N0e kt1) / (1/N0e kt2) = t2/t1
The only caveat is that people who lived a long time may not have matured as young as modern people, so the minimum CBA might come into play to a greater degree than we illustrate here. Yet, the average generation span for the first seven generations born after the Flood is 31.4 years, and there is no reason to suspect these are all oldest children. Interestingly, the modern average human generation time is approximately 30 years.

This brings up another interesting point; kingship has historically been conferred on the eldest sons. Thus, one might expect a long line of kings to experience more generations on average per century than the rest of the population.
Thus, when Jacob met Pharaoh, he asked him how old he was, as if he was surprised to have met such an old man (Gen 47:8). Jacob was but 12 generations removed from Noah and was the grandson of Abraham, who had met another Pharaoh approximately 200 years earlier. How many generations
after the Flood was the Pharaoh of Jacob’s day, and how many generations was he removed from the Pharaoh who knew Abraham two centuries prior?
The subject of how many generations removed were the modelled people from the starting ancestors is fascinating.
We included this calculation for the sake of curiosity. In each run, there were always people with very long lines going back to the founding couple (essentially equal to the length of run/minimum CBA) and at the same time people with very short lines in their family tree (due to the fact that very old men could still father children with younger wives). There are modern analogues to the Abraham-Pharaoh scenario, so this should really be no surprise.

Concerning the Egyptian sojourn, we started with 12 couples with no children, but Gen 46:27 indicates that Jacob’s sons had already started reproducing before he moved to Egypt.
Also, Jacob brought household servants with him to Egypt (Gen 12:16, Gen 14:14, and Gen 46:1all that he had”), who might have occasionally married into the family. This is especially true of the women, but the male servants were also circumcised (Gen 17:13), meaning they were at least tangentially part of the Covenant.
Could long-standing, multigenerational, faithful, God-fearing, male family servants have married into the family as time progressed? This is likely, especially since many of them would eventually have Jacob as an ancestor, for obvious reasons.

In conclusion, it is relatively easy to explain the modern world population, starting with the six Flood survivors, in c. 4,500 years. The number of people alive at the Tower of Babel event is more difficult to determine, but could easily have been in the thousands, or even tens of thousands, under certain conditions.
The long/short sojourn debate cannot be answered with demographic data, but there is no reason to reject the short sojourn from numerical data alone. And, it is impossible to estimate the number of people alive at the Flood, for we simply do not have the necessary demographic data." CMI

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Reformation Simplified SERIES: "My Goose is Cooked"

Jan Hus
Professor of Prague University

When Anne of Bohemia married King Richard II of England, she sent copies of Professor Wycliffe's writings back to Prague. Inspired by Wycliffe's teachings, Professor Jan Hus (1372-1415) boldly confronted corruption and superstitions, and taught the Scriptures in Prague University. As a result the papacy ex-communicated Hus and condemned him and his writings to be burned. Hus declared: "I would not, for a chapel full of gold, recede from the Truth... the Truth stands and is mighty forever in the Truth of the Gospel I have written, taught and preached, today I will gladly die." As Hus was being burned, he proclaimed: "My goose is cooked!" (Hus is the Bohemian word for goose). "But 100 years from now a swan will arise, whose voice you will not be able to silence."
And they that understand among the people shall instruct many:
                                 yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame,
by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
Daniel 11:33

1st & 2nd Angels Message & 10 virgins

TEXT: Matthew 25:10: And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage; and the door was shut.
"A special message has come to our world in the messages of the first and second angels.
Under the proclamation of these messages, the midnight cry was made, and the believers in the messages were compelled to go out from the churches because they preached the second appearing of Christ in the clouds of heaven. The whole world was to hear that
message, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.” Here is the parable of the ten virgins.
When the ten virgins went forth to meet the bridegroom, their lamps were trimmed and burning. Five of these virgins were wise. They anticipated delay, and filled their flagons with oil, prepared for any emergency. From those flagons their lamps were supplied, and not left to go out. But five of their number had not this foresight. They made no provision for disappointment or delay.
The second call is made, and the ten virgins are still watching for the bridegroom. Hour after hour passes. Their eyes are anxiously looking for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a delay, and the weary, watching ones fall asleep. But at midnight, at the very darkest hour, when their lamps are most needed, the cry is heard, “Behold the bridegroom cometh.” The sleeping eyes are opened. Everyone is astir. They see the procession they are to join moving on, bright with torches and with music.
They hear the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. The five wise virgins trim their lamps from the oil in their flagons, and their lamps burn brightly.
But five of them were foolish.” These had made no provision wherewith to replenish their lamps, and when aroused from their slumbers they found their lights going out. Their flagons were empty.
Their first thought was to borrow of their neighbors, and they said to the wise virgins, “Give us of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the answer comes back, “Not so; lest there be not enough for yourselves and for us. Go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.” And while they went to buy, the procession moved on and left them behind. The bridal train entered within the house, and the door was shut. When the foolish virgins reached the banqueting hall, an unexpected denial was given them. They were left outside in the blackness of the night. The door was shut.
All the Christian world is represented in this parable. The bride constitutes the church that is waiting for the second appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Some who have a nominal faith are not prepared for His coming. The oil of grace is not feeding their lamps, and they are not prepared to enter in to the marriage supper of the Lamb. The representation is such as to call forth our earnest study, that we may know what preparation we who are living in the last days are to make, that we may enter in and partake of the marriage supper of the Lamb. We are to accept the last message of mercy given to a fallen world: “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
Manuscript Releases vol.16 E.G.W.

Catholicism using Mary to appeal to Islam

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast:
Revelation 13:4

From a Catholic website about finding common ground with Isalm & Mary....
"... here are five things to know about Mary and Muslims:
  • Mary is one of the two most important women in Islam. Fatimah, the daughter of the Prophet and wife of Ali ibn Abi Talib, is probably the most important female figure in the Islamic consciousness. Fatimah is given the title “al-Zahrā,” the illustrious. Mary, however, is the dominant female figure in the Qur’an.
  • The content of the Surat Maryam, “The Chapter on Mary,” forms the 19th Chapter of the Qur’an. In this chapter there is an account of an annunciation to Mary (vs. 18-23). There are points of similarity with the Lukan annunciation narrative: an angel is sent by God to Mary to announce that she will have a son, and she responds in the same way as she does in Luke’s Gospel.
  • While the son of Mary in the Qur’an is most definitely not divine, the Qur’an stresses that he was conceived without human agency (vs. 21-22) and that his mother remained a virgin (21:92 and 66:13). In 21:92 we read “And remember her who preserved her virginity; so we {i.e. God} breathed into her of our word and we made her and her son a Sign for the peoples.”
  • When some of the early Muslims fled persecution in Mecca in 615, they fled to the king (negus) of Abyssinia (modern Ethiopia), which was a Christian kingdom. When the king asked them for an account of this new faith (Islam), Ja’far ibn Abi Talib recited Qur’an 19:16-21
    about Mary. The king recognized that it was similar to Christianity and offered the Muslims asylum.
  • In several places in the Middle East—Lebanon and Ephesus, Turkey— Christian shrines to Mary are often frequented by Muslim pilgrims. Although this is severely frowned upon by the salafi/Wahhabi strain of Sunni Islam, which is the official form of Islam in Saudi Arabia, the practice does not seem to have abated, especially in places where it has deep and ancient roots." Aleteia

Pillars of Faith Sermon SERIES by John Lomacang

Pillars of Faith Sermon SERIES
(by John Lomacang)
For what if some did not believe?
shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
Romans 3:3
The Crisis in Heaven
The Crisis in the Garden
The Crisis in the Family
The Crisis in the Heart
Solving the Christian Crisis

IN the NEWS - 3 way marriage in "Catholic" Latin America

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot;.....
Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Luke 17:28,30

"Colombian marriage of three men—a polyamorous “family.”
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say,
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matthew 4:17
Colombia legalized gay marriage in 2016 and polyamorous marriage this year.

"'We wanted to validate our household... and our rights, because we had no solid legal basis establishing us as a family,' said one of the men in a video published by Colombian media this week.
 In New York you can now be fined for not accepting the stated identity of a transgendered employee. That slippery slope has now gone to Canada, where a bill allows its citizens to use whatever pronouns they want." MichaelBrown

Job Simplified- Chapter 27

Chapter 27
For what is the hope of the hypocrite,
though he hath gained,
 when God taketh away his soul?
Job 27:8

Job continues his last speech
Job’s promise
v1 Job continued his speech.
v2 This is my promise:
·     I promise to God, because he lives. He is still my God, although he has not been fair to me. And he is my provider, although he has caused me to suffer.
·     v3 My promise will last for my whole life. My promise will continue while God allows me to breathe.
·     v4 I shall always speak the truth. I promise not to lie.
v5 My friends, I could never agree with your speeches. I must prove that I am innocent. And I will continue until I die. v6 I have chosen to do the right things. And I will continue to do the right things. For my whole life, my conscience will not upset me.

Verses 1-2
Job had suffered terrible troubles. And Job supposed that God caused these troubles. But Job still trusted God.
Verse 3
Job’s friends insisted that Job was suffering because of his evil deeds. Job argued that this was not true. Job was a genuine servant of God. Job loved God.
Verse 4
Chapters 27-31 are like the words of a man in a court.
In chapter 27, Job promised to speak the truth.
In chapter 29, he described his good behavior before the troubles began.
In chapter 31, he explained that he refused to do evil deeds.
In Job 23:1-7, Job explained that he wanted God to be his judge.
So in chapters 27-31 Job was speaking as if God was already his judge.
And Job was speaking as if he was already in God’s court.
Verses 5-6
Job was sure that he was innocent.

The fate of wicked men
v7 I wish that all my enemies suffered like wicked men. v8 When an evil man dies, he has no hope. v9 God does not listen to that man’s cry when such a man suffers. v10 That man does not receive any pleasure from God. That man does not pray constantly.
v11 I will teach you about God’s power. I will explain to you how God acts. v12 But you yourselves have seen these things. So, stop your foolish speeches!
v13 God has decided the fate of wicked men. He will give to an evil man the punishment that the man deserves. v14 The evil man may have many children. But they will die in a war. Or they will starve. v15 Or they will die because of illness. When they die, even their widows will not be sad.
v16 A wicked man may have piles of silver, like dust. And he may have piles of clothing too. v17 (But he will not enjoy his own possessions.) Good people will wear that man’s clothes. Innocent people will share his silver. v18 A wicked man’s life is like a house that he builds. But the building is weak. It is like an insect’s home, that the insect makes from silk. Or, the house is like a temporary shelter
that a workman makes.
v19 That wicked man will lose everything in a single night. When he lies down, he is wealthy. When he wakes, he owns nothing. v20 His troubles are as sudden as a flood. During the night, there is a terrible storm. v21 A powerful east wind blows. The wind forces that man to leave his home. v22 But his troubles continue. The wind does not stop. The man runs to escape from the power of the wind. v23 The wind is like his enemy, who claps to frighten the man away. And his enemy calls so that the man must leave his home.

Verses 7-9
In chapter 21, Job argued that God does not seem to punish wicked people. In Job 24:1, Job thought that he was waiting in vain for God to act as judge. But in chapter 27, Job was speaking as if he was already in God’s court. Job knew that God is a fair judge. So Job knew that God would punish wicked people.
Verse 10
Unlike wicked people, Job received pleasure from God (Job 23:12). Unlike wicked people, Job prayed often (Job 1:5).
Verses 11-12
In verse 12, Job recognized that his friends had already said such things. But their speeches were foolish because they were trying to accuse Job.
Verse 13
These words are like Zophar’s words in Job 20:29. And Job’s ideas in verses 14-22 are also similar to Zophar’s ideas in chapter 20.
Job argued with his friends. But the friends were right about many things. For example, God will punish wicked people And, everyone should confess their evil deeds to God.
Verses 14-15
Perhaps Job thought that these children would be as evil as their father. Or perhaps Job thought that the children would suffer because of their father’s evil deeds.
Verses 16-17
When the wicked man dies, other people will receive his possessions. It is as if God is storing these possessions to give to other people.
Verse 18
In other words, the wicked man might seem powerful. But his life is weak. He can die in a moment (Matthew 7:26-27; Luke 12:16-20).
Verses 19-23
In Job 3:16-19, Job thought that death is like sleep.

Keith Simons