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, September 22, 2017

J.N . Andrews & 7 Reasons of Sundaykeepers SERIES Page

73rd Psalm Breakdown Series: 6

Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain;
violence covereth them as a garment.
Psalm 73:6

"Verse 6. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain. They are... great in their own esteem ... they want no other ornament than their own pomposity.

No jeweller could sufficiently adorn them; they wear their own pride as a better ornament than a gold chain.

Violence covereth them as a garment. In their boastful arrogance they array themselves; they wear the livery of the devil, and are fond of it. As soon as you see them, you perceive that room must be made for them, for, regardless of the feelings and rights of others, they intend to have their way, and achieve their own ends. They brag and bully, bluster and browbeat, as if they had taken out license to ride roughshod over all mankind."
Charles Spurgeon

Fleur de lis (interesting)

"Fleur de lis is French for “flower of the lily” or simply “lily flower.”


 Not only does the fleur-de-lis pre-date the establishment of France, it goes back about far as you can go, to the first region permanently settled after the Flood: Sumer, in Mesopotamia.

*The fleur-de-lis symbol appears very early in Sumerian art; a Sumerian clay tablet portrays the fertility goddess Inanna (also known as Ishtar) flanked by two winged deities who are each crowned with the fleur-de-lis.

*The Babylonian fish god Dagon is often depicted wearing helmet-like headgear with the fleur-de-lis on the top. (The priests of Dagon wore fish-head headgear that, over the centuries, evolved into the Mitre that bishops and popes still wear today.)

*It can be found carved into Carthaginian breastplate armor, where it seems to grow out of the head of the god Baal-Hammon. (A Phoenician colony, Carthage had a religion that included child sacrifice, much like what prevailed in Canaan at the time of the Israelite conquest.)

*The Fleur-de-lis is also seen in pagan India; it appears on the crown of a Hindu deity, and on the
doorway (next to two ferocious dragons) of the 16th-century Padmanabhaswamy Temple, located in Thiruvananthapuram, India.

*The symbol can be found in the statuary of the Maya; in both India and Pre-Columbian Meso-America, the Fleur-de-lis is often upside down.

*The Fleur-de-lis is found in Buddhism, for example in carvings of the “footprints of Buddha.”

*In numismatics, we find the fleur-de-lis on Greek and Roman coins.

*Since the high middle ages, the fleur-de-lis has come to be associated with Mary and Marian worship. Images of Mary holding the flower appear in the 11th Century.


According to Catholic authorities, the fleur-de-lis is secondarily a symbol of the Trinity, and primarily a symbol of purity, befitting its close association with Mary, whom they believe (1) was conceived without taint of original sin, (2) was personally sinless and perpetually a virgin, and (3) is now reigning as the Queen of Heaven.

But how likely is this purported symbolism, given that the fleur-de-lis originated in the pagan sun worship and fertility religions of the ancient world? Given its association with the original Queens of HeavenIsis, Inanna, Astarte, Asherah, Anat, Hera—isn't it more probable that the fleur-de-lis symbolizes an aspect of fertility religion, to wit, the sexual joining of male and female?

We should note that Judah fell into the worship of the Queen of Heaven during the days of the prophet Jeremiah. (Jer. 7:18) Actually that's not quite correct; by Jeremiah's time the people had so long honored the Queen of Heaven—as had their ancestors, their kings and their officials—that this detestable practice had acquired the legitimacy of tradition (Jer. 44:15-28), which argues that false worship, syncretism, and even questionable symbolism, should be nipped in the bud. Before the conquest of Canaan, Israel had been strictly warned to destroy all Asherah poles (Ex. 34:13; Deut. 7:5; 12:3), and yet they intermittently fell into this degrading form of idolatry. (Judges 3:7; 6:25-32; 2 Kings 21:3,7)

Scripture tells us that the good kings would destroy the idols and tear down the altars to Baal and the Asherah poles sacred to the Queen of Heaven, but usually even the good kings did not destroy the
high places” (1 Kings 15:9-15; 22:41-43; 2 Kings 12:1-3; 14:1-4; 15:1-4, 32-35 [Hezekiah, who did destroy the high places, being the lone exception: 2 Kings 18:1-5]).
Why did even the good kings fail to remove the high places? I believe it was because they did not know that the worship taking place there was wrong. The people were worshiping Yahweh, but they were worshiping Him in places and according to forms that had been dedicated to idolatry. In so doing, they were bringing God down to the level of an idol, and flirting with the licentiousness of the fertility cult with which the place and the forms were associated. Their syncretistic worship was corrupt and and unacceptable to the Lord. These Old Testament histories are written for our admonition and warning. (Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11)

It could be argued that most people have no idea of the history of the fleur-de-lis, and see it only as an aesthetically pleasing decorative element; if they do not know of anything wrong with it, then for them there is nothing wrong with it. But Israel was apparently in the same situation with regard to the high places; most saw nothing wrong with what they were doing. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Prov. 14:12) God is very particular about sacred worship (Lev. 10:1-3; Num. 16), and about symbolism. (Gen. 4:2-7; Num. 20:6-12) Of the syncretism innocently practiced by the Samaritan woman, Jesus said, “Ye worship ye know not what. We know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22) and “God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” (v. 24) Truth matters. True worshipers must learn the truth and follow it.

Even if someone is absolutely convinced that there is nothing
wrong with the fleur-de-lis, Paul's counsel in 1 Corinthians 8 is relevant. Paul says that idols are nothing, and hence he personally has no qualms about eating food offered to idols. But other Christians believe they are defiled by consuming such offerings, so, to protect their consciences, he will not eat meat offered to idols. The same principle applies here. You may see nothing wrong with the fleur-de-lis, but others are aware of its dark history and are scandalized when they see it in a Seventh-day Adventist sanctuary. For their sakes, do not insist on putting it in the sanctuary, where in any case it has no real need to be."
DavidRead/AdVindicate

IN the NEWS - From reformation to “reforming catholic.”

"Hundreds of Protestant and evangelical scholars, pastors, and theologians have signed a document called “Reforming Catholic Confession”  to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which will be commemorated on October 31, 2017. According to Dr. Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, who co-chaired the Confession’s steering committee, “a significant motivating factor of the Confession’s participants is to call the Church to spiritual
renewal.”

To begin with, the majority of the hundreds of initial signatories either promote the contemplative prayer movement (a movement that has its roots in Catholic mysticism and panentheism and is drawing Protestants in that direction) directly themselves or represent institutions or denominations that do.

Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), is another signatory of the “Reforming Catholic Confession.” Anderson was a pioneer of the emerging church movement as described in Roger Oakland’s book Faith Undone, which quotes Anderson saying he is hoping for a paradigm shift within the church:
The only way to cope and be effective during this period of structural change in society is to change some of the ways we view our world and the church. It is what some call a paradigm shift—a new way of looking at something. Such a shift will allow us to view our changing world with new perspective. It is like a map. Old maps from 1950 may have sufficed before the construction of interstate highways and the expansion of major cities, but new maps are needed now. Likewise, we need a paradigm shift for the future.
It was Leith Anderson, Rick Warren, and Bill Hybels who were instrumental in helping Bob Buford (under the inspiration of Peter Drucker) launch the emergent church (then called Terra Nova) around 1998 with a group of young pastors: Doug Pagitt, Dan Kimball, Mark Driscoll, and Brian McLaren. Things have never been the same since, which leads us to ask the question: Is the “Reforming Catholic Confession” (which uses the word “catholic” over 30 times) another step in this emergent paradigm shift that Leith Anderson longed for twenty years ago where “a new way of looking at something [the church]” comes into play?

It stands to reason, based on evidence, that the “Reforming Catholic Confession” is just an extension of the Manhattan Declaration’s goal to “build a movement” of Catholics, Evangelical and Orthodox Christians “who will stand together.”

We find it  a little unnerving when the Confession states that we should go from reformation to “reforming catholic.” LighthouseTrails
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Revelation 17:5

SDA Issues - WHY ALEX?

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
Psalm 71:1

WHY Alex,....WHY do you do these things?...
"Alex Bryan listed emergent & spiritual formation author Brian
McLaren as recommended reading material in his breakfastfires BlogSpot in 2007.  Also, Alex Bryan is believed to be one of the Adventist leaders referenced in this "Conversations behind the Pulpit" document (see last paragraph on page 1) who met with Brian McLaren and were encouraged by him to remain in the Adventist Church and be a "force for change."F7
 

J.N . Andrews & 7 Reasons of Sundaykeepers SERIES #7

"SEVENTH REASON. John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, which was the first day of the week. Rev.1:10.

This is the kind of reasoning which the advocates of Sunday are invariably obliged to adopt. But we ask, What right have they to assume the very point which they ought to prove? This text, it is true, furnishes direct proof that there is a day in the gospel dispensation which the Lord claims as his; but is there one text in the Bible which testifies that the first day of the week is the Lord’s day? There is not one.

Has God ever claimed that day as his? Never. Has God ever claimed any day as his, and reserved it to himself? He has. "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." Gen.2:3.

"The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." Ex.20:10."
J.N. Andrews

Creation Moment 9/23/2017 - ArdiFacts Missing

"The belief taught in most of our textbooks is that our four-legged ancestors were forced out of the forests into desert conditions due to a drastic climate change, then evolved to walk on two legs. This is called the savannah hypothesis. But then, a skeleton first discovered in 1994, dubbed Ardipithecus ramidus (“Ardi” for short), claimed to be 4.4 million years old, challenged that view. (The claim that with Ardi paleontologists had finally found the ‘missing link’ is a tacit admission that they hadn’t
found it before, in spite of numerous claims otherwise.) Actually, the new debate is more often a question of trying to settle internal conflicts within the community of evolutionary paleoanthropologists.  The “true believers” in ape to human evolution keep changing their views with each discovery of new bones.

When examined, less than half of the Ardi skull fragments were found, leaving much room for speculation and interpreter bias. Its brain volume was estimated to be even smaller than that of a chimp. Nonetheless, paleontologists have tried to deduce much from the skeletal fragments found. Although often described as relatively complete, the fragments are probably close to 20 percent complete when measured by weight. The hand and foot bones were found, which allowed some scientist to conclude that Ardi didn’t swing below branches or knuckle-walk. This suggested to them that the ape which gave rise to chimps and humans may not have been very chimp-like. Thus, the idea—now more than a century old—that chimps are humans’ closest ancestors, is wrong. Evolutionists actually have no idea what the putative ape-human common ancestor looked like. Paleoanthropologists are not even sure if Ardi was a male or female." CEH
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:5

Thursday, September 21, 2017

73rd Psalm Breakdown Series: 5

They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
Psalm 73:5

"Verse 5. They are not in trouble as other men. The prosperous wicked escape the killing toils which afflict the mass of mankind; their bread comes to them without care, their wine without stint. Ordinary domestic and personal troubles do not appear to molest them. Neither are they plagued like other men. Fierce trials do not arise to assail them: they smart not under the divine rod.


While many saints are both poor and afflicted, the prosperous sinner is neither. He is worse than other men, and yet he is better off; he ploughs least, and yet has the most fodder.
All this is clear to the eyes of faith, which unriddles the riddle; but to the bleared eye of sense it seems an enigma indeed. They are to have nothing hereafter, let them have what they can here; they, after all, only possess what is of secondary value, and their possessing it is meant to teach us to set little store by transient things. If earthly good were of much value, the Lord would not give so large a measure of it to those who have least of his love."
Charles Spurgeon

J.N . Andrews & 7 Reasons of Sundaykeepers SERIES #6


"SIXTH REASON. Paul commanded the church at Corinth to take up a public collection on the first day of the week; therefore it follows that this must have been a day of public worship, and consequently is the Christian Sabbath. 1Cor.16:2.

We answer, It is a remarkable fact that Paul enjoins exactly the reverse of a public collection. He does not say, Place your alms in the public treasury on the first day of the week; but he says, "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store."

J. W. Morton, in his "Vindication of the True Sabbath," pp.51,52, says:—
"The apostle simply orders that each one of the Corinthian brethren should lay up at home some portion of his weekly gains on the first day of the week. The whole question turns upon the meaning of the expression, ‘by him;’ and I marvel greatly how you can imagine that it means ‘in the collection-box of the congregation.’ Greenfield, in his Lexicon, translates the Greek term, ‘by one’s self, i.e., at home.’ Two Latin versions, the Vulgate and that of Castellio, render it, ‘apud se,’ with one’s self, at home. Three French translations, those of Martin, Osterwald, and De Sacy, ‘chez soi,’ at his own house, at home. The German of Luther, ‘bei sich selbst,’ by himself, at home. The Dutch, ‘by hemselven,’ same as the German. The Italian of Diodati, ‘appresso di se,’ in his own presence, at home. The Spanish of Felipe Scio, ‘en su casa,’ in his own house. The Portuguese of Ferreira, ‘para isso,’ with himself. The Swedish, ‘noer sig self,’ near himself. I know
not how much this list of authorities might be swelled; for I have not examined one translation that differs from those quoted above."
The text, therefore, does not prove that the Corinthian church was assembled for public worship on that day; but, on the contrary, it does prove that each must be at his own home where he could examine his worldly affairs, and lay by himself in store as God had prospered him. If each one should thus, from week to week, collect his earnings, when the apostle should come their bounty would be ready, and each would be able to present to him what he had gathered. So that, if the first-day Sabbath has no better foundation than the inference drawn from this text, it truly rests upon sliding sand."
J.N. Andrews

IN the NEWS - Another Week of Eery Headlines

....and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.... and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Matthew 24:7/Luke 21:25


From the Orange County Register....End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts in Orange County 
"Some Orange County residents were stunned Thursday, Sept. 21, when television programming was suddenly interrupted for about a minute with an ominous message predicting the end of the world.

Stacy Laflamme of Lake Forest said she was watching the HGTV channel via Cox Communications about 11:05 a.m. when suddenly an emergency alert flashed across her screen followed by a voice.
Realize this, extremely violent times will come,” a man’s voice boomed, according to a video of the alert. Laflamme said she was alarmed.
In addition to Cox, Spectrum cable customers in Orange County received the alert.
Erin Mireles of Diamond Bar was watching the Bravo channel on Spectrum’s cable system when her show was interrupted by the alert.
I was definitely startled, ’cause the volume increased exponentially,” she said.
The mysterious alert became a hot topic on social media.
The problem occurred because of one or more radio stations conducting an emergency test, Joe Camero, a spokesman for Cox, said Thursday." OCR

From msn....Puerto Rico entirely without power as Hurricane Maria hammers island with force not seen in ‘modern history’
"Abner Gómez, head of the disaster management agency, said none of the customers of Puerto Rico's
Electric Power Authority had any electricity.
The US National Hurricane Center said "catastrophic" flooding was sweeping parts of the island.
"When we are able to go outside, we are going to find our island destroyed," Mr Gómez was quoted as saying by the El Nuevo Dia newspaper.
"It's a system that has destroyed everything in its path." BBC

From Express....Mexico City earthquake: 7.1 magnitude quake hits DAYS after biggest in century
"Some Mexico City residents slept in the street while authorities
and volunteers set up tented collection centers to distribute food and water.
Volunteers, soldiers and firefighters formed human chains and dug with hammers and picks to find dust-covered survivors and dead bodies in the remains of apartment buildings, schools and a factory.
Del Valle, a middle-class neighbourhood in the capital, was among those hit hardest by the quake and all but a few buildings on one street were reduced to rubble.
With power failures still affecting large swathes of the city, much of the rescue efforts were conducted in the dark with only torches and the odd generator providing power." Express

From YT....6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan One Day After Mexico City Quake
"Less than 24 hours after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake pummeled Mexico City, another tremor has occurred off the east coast of Japan. The 6.1-magnitude quake struck roughly 175 miles east of the shuttered Fukushima nuclear plant at roughly 2:30 a.m. local time, according to the US Geological Survey. Its hypocenter — the underwater locus of the quake — happened at a depth of about 6 miles." YT

From ST.....Recent quake swarm at Rainier
"More than 20 small quakes have struck under the volcano in the past week, a rate that’s higher than usual....Nearly two dozen small earthquakes have rattled Mount Rainier over the past week,..." ST




From MarketWatch...WHO warns the world is running out of antibiotics
"Concern about growing global antibiotic resistance has come to a head: The World Health Organization is now warning that the world is running out of
antibiotics.
There aren’t enough truly new antibiotics being developed, especially for the most concerning antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a WHO report released Tuesday.
The United Nations health agency has aired its concerns about antibiotic resistance, which makes it more difficult to treat infections, for some time." MarketWatch

From ABC....Experts break down the North Korean threat amid heightened tensions
"Steve Ganyard, an ABC News contributor and a former deputy assistant secretary of state, was
quick to note that nobody really knows what motivates Kim but “the consensus in the intelligence community is that he’s trying to use nuclear weapons for regime stability and the ability to make the U.S. think twice about whether they would trade Seoul for Seattle.”
He said that while North Koreans call the country’s nuclear weapons program “the treasured sword,” Kim sees it as “the great equalizer.”  The latest missile was launched on Sept. 14, and Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the missile flew as much as 478 miles up and about 2,300 miles horizontally.
According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, if angled correctly, that ICBM could travel as far as Washington, D.C., or New York." ABC
 
From Guardian...Iran is not meeting 'expectations' of nuclear deal
"US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, emerged from the meeting ...insisted Tehran was not fulfilling the “expectations” of the agreement. He confirmed that Donald Trump had made a decision on whether to continue to stick with the deal or walk away next month." Guardian

On the Streets of Babylon: Not Again...

Babylon is fallen, is fallen,...  Come out of her, my people...
Revelation 14:8/18:4

There seems to be yet another date set for the Secret "Rapture" on the Streets of Babylon this Saturday....Not again...

"Several videos claiming the rapture will begin on Saturday, September 23rd, have recently gone viral..... the man behind these declarations is a Christian researcher named David Meade, who surmised the rapture would occur 33 days after last month’s solar eclipse. Meade explained his reasoning during an interview,
“‘Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God to the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible]. It’s a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I’m talking astronomy. I’m talking the Bible … and merging the two.’”
According to Meade, a secret planet called Nibiru will incite global catastrophes by passing the Earth on Sunday. Meade’s claims have been widely rebuffed by scientists and theologians alike. NASA has flatly stated that Nibiru doesn’t exist,...." BCN

Creation Moment 9/22/2017 - Edit

"The DNA of an organism can be viewed as its hard drive, containing programs and other information needed to run the cell.

Copies of programs in the DNA, called genes, are transcribed into RNA much like programs from a computer hard drive are copied into temporary memory so the software can be readily used.

Scientists initially thought that the information coded into RNAs didn’t change—it was either used to make a protein, or the RNAs were used directly for some specific purpose in the cell. However, it turns out that the bases in the RNA can be changed dynamically on the fly in a fine-tuning process called RNA editing.

A common type of RNA editing involves the alteration of an adenosine base to an inosine base (A-to-I editing). The inosine base is not part of the standard genetic code, but is interpreted as a guanine base by the cellular machinery. This type of editing has profound effects on gene expression and can lead to the creation of different forms of proteins or RNAs with different functions. Its purposes are still being discovered, but it’s known to be involved in the adaptation and function of the nervous system where lightning-quick responses are required." ICR
I will praise thee;
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
Psalm 139:14

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

IN the NEWS - Pleading for God's Help?

A taste of things to come...?

"A large magnitude–7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico on Tuesday, killing as many as 220 people, possibly more, as world and religious leaders plead for God's help.


Vatican Radio reported that Pope Francis shared his closeness to the people of Mexico following the second massive earthquake to hit the country in the space of two weeks. The magnitude–8.1 earthquake on Sept. 7.

"I ask Almighty God to welcome all those who lost their lives," he
added.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted: "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you." CP
Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Luke 21:26

Papal Notes - Beyond the Sun

"Pope Francis is heading to a big screen near you, in a Vatican-
backed feature film about a group of children who try to emulate the apostles as they search for Jesus. 
   
Produced by Ambi Pictures and filmed in Argentina, ‘Beyond the Sun’ features the pope in an unscripted cameo role playing himself. All profits from the movie will reportedly go to charities for disadvantaged children in the Francis’s native Argentina.

The film was launched at the Cannes Film Festival in May and is having its public debut at the Vatican this week. One of the producers, Andrea Iervolino, told the Guardian he was overwhelmed by the experience of filming the pope, explaining that to him the pope isGod on Earth.” RT

.....and all the world wondered after the beast.
Revelation 13:3

73rd Psalm Breakdown Series: 4

For there are no bands in their death:
 but their strength is firm.
Psalm 73:4

"Verse 4. For there are no bands in their death. This is mentioned as the chief wonder, for we usually expect that in the solemn article of death, a difference will appear, and the wicked will become evidently in trouble.

The notion is still prevalent that a quiet death means a happy hereafter. The psalmist had observed
that the very reverse is true. Careless persons become case hardened, and continue presumptuously secure, even to the last. Some are startled at the approach of judgment, but many more have received a strong delusion to believe a lie. What with the surgeon's drugs and their own infidelity, or false peace, they glide into eternity without a struggle. We have seen godly men bound with doubts, and fettered with anxieties, which have arisen from their holy jealousy; but the godless know nothing of such bands: they care neither for God nor devil. Their strength is firm. What care they for death?

Frequently they are brazen and insolent, and can vent defiant blasphemies even on their last couch. This may occasion sorrow and surprise among saints, but certainly should not suggest envy, for, in this case, the most terrible inward conflict is infinitely to be preferred to the profoundest calm which insolent presumption can create. Let the righteous die as they may, let my last end be like theirs."
Charles Spurgeon

J.N . Andrews & 7 Reasons of Sundaykeepers SERIES #5


"FIFTH REASON. Paul once broke bread upon the first day of the week at Troas. Hence this day was observed as the Christian Sabbath. Acts 20:7.

We answer that at one period the apostolic church at Jerusalem broke bread every day. Acts 2:42-46. If a single instance of breaking bread at
Troas upon the first day of the week was quite sufficient to constitute it the Sabbath, would not the continued practice of the apostolic church at Jerusalem in breaking bread every day be amply sufficient to make every day a Sabbath?
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,...Acts 2:46
But on what day of the week did this act of Paul’s occur? For, if it is of sufficient importance to make the day of its occurrence the future Sabbath of the church, the day is worth determining. The act of breaking bread was after midnight; for Paul preached to the disciples until midnight, then healed Eutychus, and after this attended to breaking bread. Acts 20:7-11. If, as time is reckoned at the present day, the first day of the week terminated at midnight, then Paul’s act of breaking bread was performed upon the second day of the week, or Monday, which should henceforth be regarded as the Christian Sabbath, if breaking bread on a day makes it a Sabbath.
But, if the Bible method of commencing the day, viz., from sunset, was followed, it would appear that the disciples came together at the close of the Sabbath for an evening meeting, as the apostle was to depart in the morning. If it was not an evening meeting, why did they have many lights there? Paul
preached unto them until midnight, and then broke bread with the disciples early in the morning of the first day of the week. Did this act constitute that day the Sabbath? If so, then why did Paul, as soon as it was light, start on his long journey to Jerusalem? If Paul believed that Sunday was the Christian Sabbath, why did he thus openly violate it? If he did not believe it had become the Sabbath, why should you? And why do you grasp, as evidence that the Sabbath has been changed, a single instance in which an evening meeting was held on Sunday, while you overlook the
fact that it was the custom of this same apostle to preach every Sabbath, not only to the Jews, but also to the Gentiles? Acts 13:14,42,44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4.

Paul broke bread on the first day of the week, and then immediately started on his long journey to Jerusalem. So that this, the strongest argument for the first day of the week, furnishes direct proof that Sunday is not the Sabbath."
J.N. Andrews  
 

Stigmatizing God's Day



"The Bible never calls it the Jewish Sabbath, but always "the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." Men should be cautious how they stigmatize God's holy rest day."
SabbthTruth/Exodus 20:10

The Standard in the Judgment

"THE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
HAS BEEN RAISED UP TO UPHOLD
THE TEN COMMANDMENT LAW BEFORE MEN.
THERE IS A LAW THAT HAS TO BE KEPT,
AND IT IS THE STANDARD IN THE JUDGEMENT
."

RandySkeete
Here is the patience of the saints:
here are they that keep the commandments of God,
and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 14:12

Creation Moment 9/21/2017 - AAAS meltdown

"The biggest bombshell of the century in paleontology threatens evolutionary time. It’s not surprising that the AAAS would want to put out the fire.

Dinosaur soft tissue pulls the rug out from millions of years. Most people get that. Tell them that blood vessels, blood cells and
original proteins have been found in dinosaur fossils, and a light bulb will go off in their heads: ‘then they can’t be that old’ is the logical conclusion.

But when Mary Schweitzer went on 60 Minutes in 2010 showing stretchy material she found inside a T. rex bone, it elicited gasps from host Lesley Stahl. Nobody on that show could believe it. And her mentor, dinosaurologist Jack Horner, had no explanation. Schweitzer’s “unorthodox approach”, the narrator stated, “may be changing the whole dino ball game”.

In Science Magazine, Robert F. Service illustrated the AAAS tactical plan to defuse the findings:
(a) Attribute it to Schweitzer’s religious faith;
(b) Portray the findings as controversial and incapable of replication,
(c) Suggest that there are other explanations than original soft tissue, and
(d) Picture Schweitzer as an advocate on a personal quest with dubious motivations.
Even the title of his article, “Keeping the Faith”, starts the discussion going on a religious meme. Service makes a big deal of the fact that Schweitzer was once a young-earth Biblical creationist. Maybe, his writing suggests, she never really got rid of her inner desire to prove evolution wrong, despite her claims otherwise.

But Mary Schweitzer is not the only one finding soft tissue. Mark Armitage, a microscopist, found osteocytes, complete with delicate hairlike filipodia, in a Triceratops horn from the same Hell Creek formation where Schweitzer has worked. There are the seven museum specimens with “fibers and cellular structures” reported here at CEH on June 9, 2015 that were found by scientists from Imperial College London. They published their findings in Nature Communications. Bob Enyart has a long list of soft tissue scientific papers, as well as the conversation about the grant offer to Jack Horner. We have reported numerous cases of soft tissue in fossils, even from Cambrian arthropods over 500 million Darwin Years old. And creation researchers sent dinosaur bones to radiocarbon labs for testing, and detected measurable carbon-14 in numerous samples. Since all carbon-14 should disappear in 100,000 years, this one finding rules out millions of years."
CEH
For this they willingly are ignorant of, ...
2 Peter 3:5

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Noahic Flood's Impact on C-14

And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth;
and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
Genesis 7:19

"The global Flood is the most significant event that affected the amount of carbon-14 in the atmosphere in the past, but scientists ignore this, assuming it never happened. The Flood disrupted the
carbon reservoirs on Earth.

During the Flood, volcanic eruptions blasted carbon dioxide (low in carbon-14) into the atmosphere, vast quantities of vegetation (containing carbon) were buried under sediment, carbon dioxide was dissolved in the oceans, carbon was incorporated into the vast formations of carbonate rocks and changes in the earth’s magnetic fields affected the cosmic shield, changing the rate of production of carbon-14.

Creation scientists estimate that proportion of carbon-14 in the atmosphere relative to carbon-12 was much lower after the Flood, which would give dates that are very old. They suggest it rapidly increased in the early post-Flood period. It has still not wholly recovered from this deviation from equilibrium.

Carbon-14 can also be affected locally by volcanic eruptions causing dates to be too old." CMI 

73rd Psalm Breakdown Series: 3

For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Psalm 73:3

"Verse 3. For I was envious at the foolish. "The foolish" is the generic title of all the wicked: they are beyond all others fools, and he must be a fool who envies fools.


When I saw the prosperity of the wicked. His eye was fixed too much on one thing; he saw their present, and forgot their future, saw their outward display, and overlooked their soul's discomfort."
Charles Spurgeon

J.N . Andrews & 7 Reasons of Sundaykeepers SERIES #4


"FOURTH REASON. The Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost, which was the first day of the week. Therefore, the first day of the week should be observed instead of the Sabbath of the Lord. Acts 2:1,2.

Admitting that the day of Pentecost occurred upon the first day of the week, it remains to be proved
that that day thereby became the Sabbath. But that it was the feast of Pentecost, and not the first day of the week, that God designed to honor, the following facts demonstrate:—

1. While the day of Pentecost is distinctly named, the day of the week on which it occurred is passed in silence.

2. The disciples had been engaged in earnest prayer for the space of ten days; for the day of Pentecost was fifty days from the resurrection of Christ, and forty of those days he spent with his disciples. Acts 1. Forty days from his resurrection would expire on Thursday, the day of his ascension. A period of ten days after his ascension on Thursday would include two first-days, the last of which would
be the day of Pentecost. If the design of God had been to honor the first day of the week, why did not the Holy Ghost descend on the first of those first-days? Why must the day of Pentecost come before the Holy Ghost could descend? This answer is obvious: It was not the design of Heaven to honor the first day of the week, but to mark the antitype of the feast of Pentecost. Hence the first day of the week is passed in silence.

The slaying of the paschal lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month had met its antitype in the death of the Lamb of God on that day. Ex.12; John 19; 1Cor.5:7. The offering of the first-fruits on the sixteenth day of the first month had met its antitype in the resurrection of our Lord on that day, the first-fruits of them that slept. Lev.23; 1Cor.15:20-23. It remained that the day of Pentecost, fifty days later, should also meet its antitype. Lev.23:15-21. The fulfillment of that type is what the pen of inspiration has recorded in Acts 2:1,2. God has spoken nothing in this place respecting a change of his Sabbath. Yet grave men, calling themselves Doctors of Divinity, consider this text one of their strongest testimonies for their so-called Christian Sabbath. They might be profited by this advice of the wise man: "Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." Prov.30:6."
J.N. Andrews
 

IN the NEWS - Asia Bibi awarded while on Death Row

"Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian mother of five who has spent seven years on death row due to blasphemy charges, has been nominated for a prestigious European Union religious freedom prize.

The mother's ongoing legal saga began back in 2009, after Muslim co-workers accused her of
blasphemy for praising Jesus Christ and allegedly insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Bibi denied the charge but was found guilty and sentenced to death in November 2010. Several appeals have since followed and the latest hearing, which Bibi's attorney attempted to have scheduled for June, was delayed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.

Unless Bibi's death sentence is overturned, she is set to become the first woman in Pakistan to be executed under the blasphemy laws.

Previous recipients of the Sakharov Prize include Nadia Murad and Lamya Aji Bashar Taha, two young Yazidi women who were kidnapped by Islamic State extremists and forced to live as sex slaves." CP
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Romans 8:35

Creation Moment 9/20/2017 - Color it White (KIT)

"Identifying mutations and patterns of their appearance and impact is important in furthering the biblical creation model. Genes affecting coloration are relatively easy to identify and several have been well studied. Here, variation in a gene affecting the development and movement of pigment cells, KIT, is examined. This complex gene codes for a complex protein important in a number of pathways. Many mutations have been identified in each of the species studied. Interesting examples of epigenetic modification and reversions have been documented in mice. This gene has shown up in surprising places in cats and dogs. Some mutations result in pleiotropy, although this is variable depending on genetic background, type of mutation, and location of the mutation. Mutations also
result in interesting variety including white animals and white spotting phenotypes.

Genes affecting coat color are relatively easy to discover and study since they obviously affect the appearance of the animal. So far, well over three hundred genes have been identified as affecting coat color in mammals. Some of these, such as the MC1R2 and ASIP3 genes, have been fairly well studied and useful information has been obtained by examining mutation patterns at these loci. Mutations in these genes affect proteins involved in the signaling pathway for pigment production and explain a large amount of the color variation in mammals.

One locus important in embryogenesis, KIT, has been associated with white coat patterns in several mammalian species and piebaldism in humans. The white areas are depigmented due to the absence of melanocytes, the cell type which produces pigment.

It encodes a receptor tyrosine kinase involved in the development and homeostasis of several cell lines including melanocytic (pigment), hematologic (blood), mast, and germ cells. This explains why heritable loss-of-function mutations sometimes have pleiotropic effects, not only resulting in white color patterns, but also anemia and/or infertility. Some of the stronger mutations cause a dominant white phenotype which is lethal in the homozygous condition.

The KIT gene is rather complex consisting of 21 exons in a 70 kb region. Most of the exons are relatively short (<300 bp). The exception is the final exon which not only codes the terminal portion of the receptor, but also includes a 2,147 bp non-coding sequence that follows. This complex organization of the gene reflects the complex nature of the protein receptor it produces.

KIT resides on the short arm of chromosome 8 in the pig (SSC 8p12). At least eight different alleles have been identified. The wild type (i) was identified in the European wild boar and most colored domestic European breeds. The belted phenotype (IBe) of the Hampshire was mapped to this locus and is believed to be the result of a regulatory mutation. This dominant allele, which produces a white belt around the shoulders and front legs, is carried in the homozygous state with no apparent ill effects.

Since pigs are unclean, a maximum of four KIT alleles would have been carried by the pair on the Ark. The number of alleles in domestic pigs is at least twice this, indicating that new alleles have arisen post-Flood by mutation at this locus. Researchers identify mutations as a change in nucleotide sequence relative to the wild type, which in this case is the European wild boar. In reality, the wild boar itself may carry mutations, but there are other details that can sometimes help to identify alleles carrying mutations. Alleles responsible for impaired migration of melanocytes, resulting in white coloration, can logically be inferred to carry mutations.

KIT resides on the long arm of chromosome 3 in the horse (ECA 3q). There are over 15 alleles; 14 of which are associated with some degree of depigmentation (white or white spotted phenotype). Roan
horses are characterized by white hairs interspersed with pigmented hairs throughout much of the body. This dominant phenotype is assumed to be lethal in the homozygote. It has been mapped to the KIT locus, although the causative mutation has yet to be identified.

In laboratory mice Kit is on chromosome 5 (MMU 5). There are 97 alleles, 66 of which arose via spontaneous mutation. These alleles, only some of which have had the underlying mutation identified, show a variety of phenotypes and pleiotropic effects.

In humans KIT resides on chromosome 4 (4q12). Loss-of-function mutations at this locus are associated with a condition known as piebaldism, a dominant disorder characterized by patches of white skin on the forehead, abdomen, and/or limbs. Thus far, nearly 50 different alleles have been identified in people exhibiting piebaldism including: 28 missense mutations, 5 splice mutations, 9 small deletions, 4 large deletions, and two small insertions. The extent of depigmentation tends to correlate with the region where the mutation occurs. Generally, mutations affecting the extracellular region of KIT are milder while those affecting the intracellular region are more severe.

KIT has a propensity to show up in unusual places. For example, an acute transforming feline retrovirus, Hardy-Zuckerman 4 feline sarcoma virus, was identified with the oncogene v-kit in its genome. This virus induces multicentric fibrosarcomas in the domestic cat. Compared to the cellular form (often called c-kit) there are some deletions at either end of the gene as well as a few point mutations.

KIT is an amazingly complex gene important in a number of critical pathways. Clearly there has been an increase in the alleles at this locus for the species examined here. The vast majority of these alleles are clearly the result of mutation given how they affect the function of the receptor.
One final observation about KIT mutations is their association with interesting variety. White horses have been admired throughout history and are important in biblical prophecy. White sows are very popular because of their high productivity and good mothering ability. White coloration in animals and a white forelock in humans certainly add to the variety and beauty found in creation."
CMI
And I saw, and behold a white horse:
Revelation 6:2