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Interceding For Sodom

Posted by wordforit on February 3, 2009

In the past few years, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis, Chapter 19 has been on the minds of many and the subject matter for any number of articles. Rarely, however, have I seen Abraham’s efforts to intercede brought forth.

It isn’t the ability of God that’s hard to accept. Rather, it’s the inability and unwillingness of humans to acknowledge Him in decisions and choices that’s hard to fathom. For those of us who continually seek to know and understand God’s will, Genesis, Chapter 18 is not a surprise.

Three men came to visit Abraham, two of whom were angels with the third being Yahweh himself (v1″And the Lord appeared. . .”; v13- He knew Sarah’s thoughts. Also, cf Judges 13:15-23, Manoah’s experience in not recognizing Yahweh immediately) . The visit concerned the promise that Sarah would bear a child and how she laughed inwardly, thinking how old she was to even consider conceiving a child. We should know by now that Isaac was, indeed, born.

Note: Of the three sent to Abraham, two are the ones we read of as being sent to Sodom to warn Lot (Gen. 18:16-22).

More to the point about Sodom and Gomorrah. In verses 23-33 of chapter 18, Abraham has been made aware of the intention to destroy Sodom. Abraham’s distress was toward the righteous that lived there, including his nephew and family, Lot and his clan.

It’s extraordinary that Abraham pled for the Lord to give that city a chance if fifty righteous individuals could be found living there. Are we consciously and diligently praying for those who are confused, without Salvation ? As the scripture progresses, the number becomes smaller until God agrees to allow the city to survive if only TEN righteous individuals can be found.

Ten righteous individuals to avoid destruction and it could not be accomplished!

Every now and then, I think back to the years spent with early teens in the public school system and how shocked I was by the flagrancy with which students began to display their carnality and extended knowledge of same.

A pattern began to emerge when Jerry Springer aired at noon from a local TV station. A substantive number of students would ask for a pass to the nurse around 11 a.m. so they would be home in time to watch JSpringer. As I realized the game plan, the subject came up one day with a group of seventh graders during “Life Skills” (that’s a whole other topic. Why are the government schools allowed to implement a class teaching what parents should be instilling?).

During the conversation, Jerry Springer’s show was integrated into the lesson by the students as a way of expressing and explaining their worldview. I wonder if JS knows or cares how many lives he has influenced. Several of the students watch that depraved, soul-stealing, gut-wrenchingly sick nonsense with parents and/or parents’ approval. That small group in Small Town, USA made me aware of what future generations will think is acceptable behavior, with the exception of the few who are taught early-on to discern evil. JS is the proverbial tip of the iceberg, and evil is more serious than an easy-to-decide right from wrong in whether to steal a pencil from the teacher.

My thoughts many times would be, “And they’ll be voting in a few years”. Guess what? That would be the very group who are now 18-20 years old! Are they the ones who, having been fed an enormous amount of talk-court show drama, were chanting Na-na-na-na, hey, hey,hey good-bye to President Bush while weeping over and worshipping the one who is claiming entitlement? That would be the one who doesn’t believe in “those obscure verses in Romans” and proclaims that ‘we can set up our own kingdom right here on earth‘.

Who’s going to set up what kingdom?! Are these the ones we’ve been waiting for so that Jesus says, “That’s about enough of that!”? I’m ready, but my heart breaks for the many who aren’t and have become mired in worldly endeavors via corrupt political and religious systems. A Christian cannot and should not separate ‘religion and politics’ in the sense of leaving God out of any facet of life, but what we have witnessed for decades now requires divine intervention like never before!  

Just as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, many are living riotously rather than righteously. Many are living for revelry rather than live reverently. Many are living in reveries rather than reality. When the trumpet sounds, they will attempt to play a trump card.

Speaking of trump cards, I highly recommend a visit to www.gracethrufaith.com. Jack Kelley has an excellent site with a particularly interesting and admirable approach to reading the Bible. In an article written as if John is ‘telling’ us his revelation, Mr. Kelley allows John to discuss the folk who worship satan as the ‘good guy’ while believing God is the ‘bad guy’, which identifies the blind leading the blind ‘trump card’. Worthy of thought, study, and prayer, I excerpted a section below. http://gracethrufaith.com/the-bible-thru-the-eyes-of-its-writers/the-revelation-story/#more-440

To augment understanding, from a truly Christian perspective, I also implore you to visit www.inplainsite.org, especially their recent addition referencing the background and activities of the Luciferian Doctrine/Lucis Trust, spoken of in the Revelation story on GraceThruFaith. http://www.inplainsite.org/html/alice_bailey_and_lucis_trust.html 

Also in the IPS superlatively informative article, we should recognize the international humanitarian and welfare speak becoming so prevalent from many directions. Of course we should look out for others but we should also be wise enough to know when a wolf is disguised as a sheep and when we are thought of as weak sheep being led to slaughter. Wise as serpents, harmless as doves, Matthew 10:16 (if you’ve never read Matthew, Chapter 10, it might clarify a lot of Christianity’s stands.)

We are not in trouble, nor should we fear. We should be praying and seeking God’s providence, as Abraham did, over all that we recognize as ‘The Plan’ in the final struggle between good and evil.

Romans (the non-obscure-unless-you-don’t-like-it book of the Bible) 1:20 is clear that there will not be an excuse for rejecting God’s truth nor for a lackadaisical attitude in professing His eternal power and Godhead.

He has been manifested to each and every one of us, as promised.

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The following is John “speaking” about The Revelation (excerpt from chapter 9.Emphasis and links added by WFI):

From: http://gracethrufaith.com/the-bible-thru-the-eyes-of-its-writers/the-revelation-story/#more-440 

. . . “You’d think with those demonic locusts attacking only non-believers and 3 billion people being killed from wars and other disasters, that people would be flocking to the Lord in search of comfort and security. But this just didn’t happen, and I’ll tell you why.

There is a belief floating around that’s as old as mankind but in the last days will become a religion that deceives almost everybody. It’s called the Luciferian Doctrine and understanding it helps explain why the world won’t turn to its Creator in this, the worst time in human history. The Luciferian doctrine is named of course after Lucifer, a Latin name that translates “light bearer”, and holds that Lucifer is the good guy trying to enlighten the people of the world in preparation for the spiritual evolution necessary to bring peace to all mankind. According to Luciferian Doctrine our physical evolution is finished and all we need to do now is throw off the bonds of Judeo-Christian thinking to complete our spiritual evolution and enter into the Utopian Era. But Lucifer’s being hindered in all this by the evil Adonai (Hebrew for Lord) Who, along with His followers, is working to thwart Lucifer’s grand plan by requiring everyone to adhere to His reactionary religion, effectively preventing our spiritual evolution. In order for humanity to achieve Utopia those who insist on clinging to their obsolete Judeo- Christian faith have to be eliminated. The Great Tribulation is characterized in Luciferian Doctrine as the evil Adonai’s last great effort to destroy mankind’s “light bearer” and prevent our ascension into Utopia, keeping us in bondage to Him.

Following the church’s disappearance the Truth became pretty scarce on Earth and whole world was deceived into believing the Luciferian Doctrine just as my friend Paul warned would happen (2 Thes. 2:9-12). So naturally, thinking the Lord is the bad guy, they became even more intense in their worship of Lucifer, hoping that he would prevail and bring an end to their suffering. (There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof is death … Prov. 14:12) Lucifer, of course, is also widely known as Satan or The Devil.”. . .

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From: http://www.inplainsite.org/html/alice_bailey_and_lucis_trust.html

. . .”The Christ?: And who is this ‘Christ’ they look for. The answer becomes very simple when we remember that Theosophy (below [on IPS site]) views Lucifer as one of the

“solar Angels”… advanced beings who, according to Theosophy, descended (thus “the fall”) from Venus to our planet eons ago to ‘help’ man. The descent of these solar Angels was not a fall into sin or disgrace, but rather an act of great sacrifice, as is suggested in the name “Lucifer” which means light-bearer”.

In other words the antichrist.

David Spangler considered one of the founding figures of the modern New Age movement, initially influenced by Bailey, was instrumental in helping establish Findhorn in northern Scotland. His web site [http://davidspangler.com/] says that he has, since 1965, “worked clairvoyantly with a group of non-physical beings from the inner worlds of spirit”. In his book Reflections On The Christ, he portrays Lucifer as a positive influence on man who desires the best for humanity, saying

“Lucifer is literally the angel of experience. Lucifer, then, is neither good or bad in his true essence. He is completely neutral. He is an agent of God’s love acting through evolution.”.

The New Group Of World Servers

IPS (Institute for Planetary Synthesis) [IPS also happens to be the abbreviation for InPlainSite, from where this portion is excerpted.wfi], an organization located in Geneva, has on its site a page called The New Group Of World Servers, which quoting from various Bailey books, says

“These men and women of goodwill must be found and organized and thus discover their numerical potency – for it is there. They must form a world group, standing for right human relations and educating the public in the nature and power of goodwill. They will thus create a world public opinion which will be so forceful and so outspoken on the side of human welfare that leaders, statesmen, politicians, businessmen, and churchmen will be forced to listen and comply. Steadily and regularly, the general public must be taught an internationalism and a world unity which is based on simple goodwill and on cooperative interdependence.” (7)

They then go on to talk of The Ten Seed Groups among whom are Telepathic Communicators, who “are receptive to impression from the Masters and from each other”, Educators in the New Age, who “will work to bring in the new type of education” and Political organizers, whose major objective is “The bringing about of international understanding”. These Ten Seed Groups…

“…are in process of being “esoterically anchored” in the field of the world… to precipitate and further the growth of the Kingdom of God in such a manner that this fifth kingdom in nature may be a tangible, factual and objective occurrence upon the Earth.”. . .

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Where is the United States in Bible Prophecy?

Posted by wordforit on January 18, 2008

One of the most common questions regarding Bible prophecy is where is the United States in scripture? Many nations of the world are not mentioneed in scripture, however it is hard to understand how the world’s most powerful nation would not be. At least not in a way that we recognize it clearly.

There are many theories and ideas as to why this is but here are three of the most common:

*The United States is no longer relevant
*The United States is destroyed
*The United States is no longer its own country – but part of a larger union of nations – possibly controlled by the Antichrist.

All of these responses are based on speculation. We simply do not know the answer but it is very possible there may be some symbolism that the United States may fit into. We must simply watch and wait to see what God’s plan for America is.

To that effect we monitor what impact terrorism and war might have on the United States as well any other factors that could contribute to its decline or change on the world stage.

America is also Israel’s closest ally. God promises to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel (Genesis 12:3). America’s relationship with Israel will be closely watched.

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Visit: ProphecyNewsWatch.com for more insights and information to augment your understanding. I am convinced the USA will no longer exist as we know it, sooner rather than later, but will instead be part of a region under the United Nations/ Global Alliance. Be equipped and prepared to share God’s message!

Note: Click on the link provided here (opens in new window), page down, and hold your mouse over any of the topics of interest to you. I pray that you enjoy learning more about God’s promises! ~WordForIt

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2. Israel – God’s Timepiece

3. A Revived Roman Empire

4. The Gog/Magog War

Ezekiel 37-39 describes a time when Israel has been restored to her land but will then face an invasion force from a country in the north and her allies after God puts hooks in their jaws. Those countries are listed by names we don’t recognize today but many scholars believe they have identified where those people groups were once from. The following are the most common interpretations for those countries:

MAGOG is believed to be modern-day Russia and should also include Kazakhstan (the area north of the Caspian Sea).

MESHECH can include the southern part of Russia by the Black Sea, as well as Georgia and Armenia. Some believe Turkey could also be included.

TUBAL is a part of Russia between the Black and Caspian seas. It also includes the Ukraine and Kazakhstan and possibly Georgia and Azerbaijan.

PERSIA is modern-day Iran.

ETHIOPIA (or Cush). Some consider that other surrounding areas, such as the Sudan or Eritrea, could also be included.

AND LIBYA (or Phut).

GOMER may include the Ukraine. Some believe it may also include the area SE of the Black Sea, such as Georgia. Some believe this may also be a reference to Germany.

THE HOUSE OF TOGARMAH OF THE (far or remote parts of the) NORTH QUARTERS may include Armenia. Many believe this will also include Turkey,

AND MANY PEOPLE (or nations) WITH THEE. This may indicate that there will be yet other nations allied with Russia that are unlisted. It may be noted that Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan are not mentioned.

Russia is no longer the superpower it once was and while it may be hard to see such a scenario happening today, it is no more difficult for God to accomplish than He did the recreation of Israel as a nation in 1948.

Ezekiel 39 would also seem to indicate the use of nuclear weapons in this conflict as specific instructions are given on burying the dead, including specialists who do this.

We will continue to monitor Russia’s relations with Israel. Iran, one of the nations mentioned is also important to keep an eye on in light of its mutual assistance treaty with Russia. Israel has threatened to attack Iran if it continues with is nuclear program – this very well could be the hook in the jaws that draws Russia down. Another nation to keep an eye on is Turkey as it is currently Israel’s ally. If Turkey is to be involved in this invasion it would be a great dupe on Israel or things could change quickly in this Muslim country. The nuclear arms race in the Middle East continues and could play a factor in this conflict.

5. Apostate Christianity

We are told in Revelation[,Chapter] 3 of the 7 Churches. The last church or church age is symbolized by the Church of Laodicea. Laodicea means “the rights of the people.” Thus, this was a church governed by the will of the people, rather than the will of God. This is the church age from which the Antichrist and the False Prophet will emerge. It is the church age Paul talked about that would not endure sound doctrine, but would gather around them teachers that would say what their itching ears wanted and desired to hear (2 Tim 4:3). This church is described as lukewarm, indifferent, not concerned with right and wrong, or with good and evil. They take a neutral position: one of “live and let live; don’t rock the boat; and don’t cause waves.” They are trying to serve two masters-God and self (or the world).

We will continue to monitor the church’s faithfulness to the teaching of the Word of God, realizing that the church of the last days will be marked by apostasy and a falling away. This does not mean that God is not moving and doing great things – but can we also identify the wolves in sheep’s clothing? “For false Christ’s and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the very elect”. (Mark 13:22).

6. The Rise of Islam

Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Demographics studies indicate that it could soon become the dominant religion in many European countries. Very few Christians understand Islam and it’s impact on the people and societies that it governs. Sharia law does not permit a Muslim to leave the faith and to do so means stiff penalties, jail time and even death in countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Radical Islam’s hatred of Israel and the West will be monitored as well as it’s potential role in Bible Prophecy, especially the desire by many Muslims to see the reestablishment of an Islamic Empire or Caliphate. What role will Islam play beyond the traditional Ezekiel 38 scenario? Will it be connected to a Revived Roman Empire or the EU? Will the Antichrist be a Muslim?

We will be monitoring Islam’s rise in terms of both military, political and demographic power. Islam’s impact on Christians and efforts to witness to Muslims will also be covered.

7. Increase in Knowledge/New Technologies

Studies have suggested that the amount of human knowledge is doubling every 8 years. Some of the technologies that are emerging will no doubt have a role to play in Bible Prophecy.

Revelation 13 describes a mark, in the right hand or forehead that will act as not only a form of allegiance or worship, but enable people to buy or sell items – in fact you can’t conduct commerce without it. When you hear comments by the head of MasterCard that microchip implants under the skin could be used for commerce – you can’t help but see the path we are on. The recent approval of the FDA for implants under the skin for medical purposes will no doubt play a role in this emerging trend. The increase of RFID technology also presents some amazing possibilities in terms of commerce and tracking technology.

Revelation 13 also mentions the ability of an image of the Antichrist – to somehow come to life and speak. With cloning and other advanced computer technologies it seems there is nothing man can’t do.

8. Christian Worldview/Issues

9. Other World Events To Watch

Thanks: ProphecyNewsWatch.com

God Bless You Always, in All Ways.

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All Roads Lead to Rome

Posted by wordforit on December 9, 2007

Prophecy – Signs
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Jack Kinsella – Editor  Omega Letter

Nobody really expects much to emerge from the Middle East Peace Summit in Annapolis. Not the Israelis, not the Americans, and certainly not the Palestinians. At best, it’s a case of forcing somebody to do something, even if it is wrong, on the theory that any movement is better than standing still.

This flies in the face of the single most valuable piece of advice my father ever gave me, which was, ‘when you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything until you do.’ There is a similar saying down South — ‘don’t fix it til you know what’s broke.’But Bush is just following the lead of his predecessors, from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton — all of whom tried to fix the Middle East without bothering to figure out what was broke first. At best, Annapolis is likely to set in motion what I call the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Jimmy Carter rammed through the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt in 1977, which led to the signing of a peace deal in 1979. The unilateral nature peace deal inflamed the Islamic world.

(In an Egyptian government poll taken only last year, after three decades of ‘peace’ ninety-two percent of the Egyptian public still views Israel as an enemy nation.)

Egypt was suspended from the Arab League in 1979. It resulted in the assassination of Anwar Sadat by the Muslim Brotherhood. Among the conspirators was a young pediatrician named Ayman al Zawahiri — who went on to become Osama bin Laden’s number two man.

Egypt’s realignment created a power vacuum in the Arab world that a young Saddam Hussein was only too eager to fill. Until Egypt’s fall from grace, Iraq had been only a secondary regional power.

Because of the vague language concerning the implementation of Resolution 242, the Palestinian problem became the primary issue in the Arab-Israeli conflict immediately following the Camp David Accords.

Camp David was the springboard that launched the process that gave the world Beirut in the 1980’s, Saddam Hussein in the 1990’s, the Oslo War in 2000, and Osama bin Laden in 2001.

In 1977, Jimmy Carter was looking for a way to distract attention away from the recession and runaway inflation, the energy crisis, the erosion of the dollar and high unemployment at home.

The Camp David Accords became his presidential legacy, and despite his presiding over what was arguably one of the worst presidencies in US history, the first line in historical bio will be his accomplishments at Camp David.

Bill Clinton rammed through the second Camp David Accords in an effort to keep Monica Lewinsky’s name out of the first line of his historical bio. His administration botched the 1993 Oslo Agreement by allowing Arafat to set the precedent of signing agreements he had no intention of honoring while requiring Israel to live up to the obligations those same agreements imposed on them.

Arafat grew accustomed to style over substance, and when he was forced into Camp David II, he sparked the intifada Israel now calls the “Oslo War.”

All the various agreements and deals brokered by the Bush administration between Israel and the Palestinians fell victim to the same fate, because every agreement since the Carter administration as attempted to fix what isn’t broken by ignoring what obviously is.

Israel wants peaceful coexistence with her Arab neighbors. The Egyptian government wanted the huge US aid package Carter tied to Camp David. The Egyptian population wanted the absence of war.

There is a difference between ‘peaceful coexistence’ and ‘the absence of war’. What exists between the US and Canada is ‘peaceful coexistence’. It is hard to imagine those two nations ever going to war.

What exists between the US and Russia is the ‘absence of war’. It is hard to imagine how we will manage to avoid an eventual US-Russian war.

What was broken in Egypt in 1977 remains unfixed to this day, Camp David Accords I and II notwithstanding. The goal of Annapolis will only make it worse. Israel wants peace. The Arabs will accept nothing less than victory, which is not a Palestinian state beside Israel, but a Palestinian state instead of Israel.

(One of the sticking points that has already emerged is a Palestinian objection to labelling Israel as ‘a Jewish state’.)

Annapolis aims to hand the Palestinians complete victory over Israel in exchange for what they openly declare to be a one-sided peace.

And a one-sided peace is called surrender.

While Abbas and Olmert met in Annapolis, the democratically-elected Hamas government issued a statement calling Abbas “a traitor” and pledged to reject any decisions or agreements produced from the summit.

You see, THAT is what is broken and hasn’t been fixed. Not Hamas. Not Hezbollah. Not terrorism. Peace isn’t something that exists between governments — it is something that exists between two peoples.

The US could declare war on Canada, or vice-versa, but it would take Americans shooting Canadians or Canadians shooting Americans to prosecute that war. That’s a whole different story.

President Bush is fond of noting that no democracy in world history ever started a war. That was because nobody ever tried to impose a democracy on a people to whom war was a religious duty.

The first chance the Palestinian people got to vote for a government that represented the will of the Palestinian people they elected Hamas. Instead of recognizing the problem, the administration tried to fix it by ignoring the results of an election it demanded.

If the majority of the Palestinian people identify with Hamas and its platform of three ‘Nos’ – no negotiation, no recognition, no peace — then the only thing that can come out of Annapolis is a new violation of the Law of Unintended consequences.

Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Prophet Daniel foresaw the current peace process and foretold it in detail. Sometimes, it is easy to lose sight of what an awesome feat of prognostication that really was.

Daniel was a captive of the Babylonian Empire. The northern Kingdom of Israel had already been destroyed, Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed, and the Jews were either in exile abroad or under occupation back home.

From the mid 5th century BC until AD 1948, there would be no such thing as an independent state of Israel. From AD 70 to 1948, there was no such thing as a Jewish homeland.

But Daniel predicted there would be a Jewish homeland in the last days, that it would be surrounded by enemies, that the focal point of the dispute would be the Temple Mount, even describing the Oslo ‘land for peace’ formula, saying of the antichrist;

“thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.”. (Daniel 11:39)

As I said at the outset, not much is expected to emerge from the Annapolis summit beyond some sort of vague ‘agreement to agree’ on some future issue, declare success and go home to the status quo. The prophet Daniel would seem to concur.

According to Daniel, a seven year treaty based on the formula of dividing the land for gain will be confirmed, but not by an American president or in an American-led process.

The prophet Daniel says the agreement will be confirmed (not brokered) by a ‘prince’ of the people who destroyed the city and sanctuary [the Romans in AD 70].

“[A]nd the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, [Josephus, an eyewitness to the carnage, claimed the blood rose to the level of a horse’s bridle in the streets of Jerusalem] and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” (Daniel 9:26-27)

For the antichrist to interrupt the ‘sacrifices and oblations’ there must exist a Jewish Temple. Whatever comes out of Annapolis, it is unlikely to restore the Temple Mount to Jewish hands.

Annapolis may be on the road map to Daniel’s false peace, but it is just a waypoint — it isn’t the final destination. Daniel says the final destination is Rome — and we aren’t there yet.

But if Annapolis fails, as the saying goes, all roads lead to Rome.

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