SYNOPSIS: Attempts to divine the future through calendrical calculations and decoding Hebrew year numbers have no basis in Scripture.
September is approaching, the “season” of the Hebrew new year, Rosh Hashanah. As the self-anointed “apostles and prophets” remind us, this is the time of year when “God promises a special blessing from Heaven,” the “season” of the “divine dates on God’s calendar,” and so on. God works according to the phases of the moon, don’t you know! Continue reading Calendar Follies version 20.21
SYNOPSIS: The deception of ‘Christendom’ is an attempt to domesticate the Jesus of scripture so he may be used to validate national institutions, ideologies, and values often more antichrist than Christian.
The English term ‘Christendom,’ supposedly, refers to “that part of the world in which Christianity prevails,” either because most citizens claim to be Christian or because a specific church is recognized by a government as the official religion of that nation. Continue reading Kingdom of God or Christendom?
SYNOPSIS: The Gospel of the Kingdom of God announced by Jesus is a message of hope and gladness for men and women of ALL nations.
Unfortunately and historically, the “Good News” about the Kingdom of God too often has been perverted into good news for some, but bad news for a great many others. This occurs every time a representative of the “church” associates the message of Jesus with any specific nation, race, culture, or partisan ideology. Continue reading Hope for only SOME Nations?
SYNOPSIS: Does the Christian faith I once knew even exist today?
It feels as if the Charismatic Movement has plunged over a precipice at full gallop. Looking back at the community of spirit-filled believers I knew as a young Christian, ironic and disturbing “paradigm shifts” become all too evident. For example, the fundamentalist preachers of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s warned their churches about the growing “liberal social gospel” that was making inroads into mainstream denominations – It would sidetrack the church from its mission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations, or so they warned. In hindsight, they hit that target dead center. Continue reading Charismatic Paradigm Shifts
SYNOPSIS: The fourth trumpet causes a partial darkening of the sun, moon, and the stars – Revelation 8:12.
The image of the darkening of a third of the sun, moon, and the stars is based on the ninth plague of Egypt when the darkness endured for three days: “Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days; but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings” (Exodus 10:21-23). Continue reading Fourth Trumpet
SYNOPSIS: The third trumpet produces a “great star” that falls onto the sources of freshwater, embittering them – Revelation 8:10-11.
The description of the third trumpet includes imagery from the first plague of Egypt when Yahweh struck its sources of freshwater. As Moses warned, God struck all the freshwater sources so the “Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river,” turning their waters “into blood.” Thus, the “fish that are in the river will die and the river shall become foul” (Exodus 7:17-21). Continue reading The Third Trumpet