Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Last Great Day

Holy Days:
Last Great Day
by Martin G. Collins
Forerunner, "Bible Study," September-October 1996

This study concludes the series on God's annual holy days. We have seen that Passover, the first festival, memorializes Jesus' sacrifice for man. The Days of Unleavened Bread instruct Christ's disciples in holy conduct. Pentecost pictures God's Holy Spirit given to His church. The Feast of Trumpets warns mankind of impending war and the return of Jesus Christ. Atonement depicts Satan being restrained and man finally becoming one with God. The Feast of Tabernacles pictures Christ's thousand-year reign of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

The final festival is the Last Great Day. It looks forward to a time after the Millennium when an awesomely wonderful period of salvation will take place. During this time the majority of mankind—rich and poor, young and old, men and women—will be resurrected and have an opportunity to inherit eternal life. Billions will qualify to enter the God Family! On the other hand, those who will not repent, who will not submit to God and His way, will be cast into the Lake of Fire and die the second—eternal—death. What a fair and merciful God we have!

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Muslim confiscates Christian Bible on Temple Mount

Jewish guards prevent Christians and Jews from exercising their religious right to pray on the Temple Mount? That's right! Only Muslims have unlimited access to Judaism's most holy site. Only the Koran is permitted within. The Tanach (Jewish Scripture, known to much of the world as the "Old Testament") and Christian Scriptures (the New Testament) are forbidden. Yet Israel claims to respect the religious rights of all people.


A House of Prayer For All Peoples?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Facebook: friend or foe?

By William Bowmer | Sabbath, September 25, 2010
Researchers have found that heavy users of the social networking site Facebook tend to be more insecure and self-absorbed than others who do not use the popular site. "Individuals higher in narcissism and lower in self-esteem spent more time on the site and filled their pages with more self-promotional content," according to a recent York University press release. Read more Read More

Friday, September 24, 2010

New World Order?

"Everything is in place - after 500 years - to build a true 'new world' in the Western Hemisphere... And what happens if we don't pass NAFTA? I truly don't think that 'criminal' would be too strong a word for rejecting NAFTA."
-- David Rockefeller
(1915- ) Internationalist billionaire, CFR kingpin, founder of the Trilateralist Commission, World Order Godfather
Source: Wall Street Journal, October 1, 1993

"NAFTA represents the single most creative step towards a New World Order."
-- Henry Kissinger
(1923- ) Former US Secretary of State
Source: Aug.1993, Los Angeles Times Syndicate

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Worldwide Church of God Feast of Tabernacles

The first time I visited Israel was with the Worldwide Church of God in 1980 to celebrate Sukkot -- the biblical Feast of Tabernacles. (Some Christians understand that Israel's harvest festival foreshadows the peace and prosperity that everyone will soon enjoy under the Messiah's golden rule). But that whirlwind experience only whet my appetite...

From Toledo to Jerusalem

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Holidays or Holy Days - Does it Matter Which Days We Observe?

Table of Contents

Crucial Questions
Many people are shocked to discover the origins of our most popular religious holidays. They are also surprised to find that the days God commands us to observe in the Bible—the same days Jesus Christ and the apostles kept—are almost universally ignored. Why? Also, why are today's supposedly Christian holidays observed with so many rituals and customs that are not sanctioned anywhere in the Bible? In this booklet you'll discover detailed answers to these questions.

Christmas: The Untold Story
Christmas is one of the world's most popular holidays, celebrated by people of many faiths. Yet the holiday has a strange and convoluted past, one hinted at in such puzzling symbols as decorated trees, holly wreaths and mistletoe.

How Christmas Grew

Christmas vs. the Bible

Biblical Evidence Shows Jesus Wasn't Born on December 25

Easter: Masking a Biblical Truth

Many millions of people believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday morning. But do the Scriptures tell a different story? And how did rabbits and colored eggs come to be associated with Christ's resurrection?

The Resurrection Connection

Fertility Symbols: Beneath the Dignity of God

The Chronology of Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection

Halloween: A Celebration of Evil
Why would anyone celebrate a holiday emphasizing the morbid and macabre? Where did such strange customs originate?

What About Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Purim?
An important distinction between acceptable holidays and those rooted in paganism (like Christmas and Easter) is that they do not alter, replace or distort the meaning of a festival of God or other biblical truths.

God's Days of Worship
Many are surprised to learn that the Bible nowhere encourages us to celebrate Easter and Christmas. It does, however, show that God revealed a series of festivals that teach mankind about His great plan for all of us!

God's Festivals in the New Testament

Does It Matter to God?
History shows that religious authorities systematically set aside the Bible's days of worship and substituted other practices and celebrations with distinctly non-Christian origins. Is God pleased and honored with such worship?

An Ancient Cultural Clash

The Delights of Obedience

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Yom Kippur at Sdot Yam

Tradition - even empty, hollow, shallow - has assisted Jewry to preserve this Day, however imperfectly; yet I also couldn't help but think of God & Kahane who might dismiss such "worship" as vain and such "devotions" as void. Liberal, Hellenist, humanists who have nothing to do with God and are ignorant of or deny His Word as a general rule, as hypocritical & unacceptable as professing Christianity on the pagan days of Christmas and Easter...

Yom Kippur at Sdot Yam

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Are We CURSING Our Land?

Good News
December 1960
Vol. IX, Number 12 

                    Are We CURSING Our Land?

Today we have severe drought in some areas -- unexpected floods in others.  It has not always been this way.  Why the change? Read who is responsible!

                        by J. W. Robinson

   LARGE portions of the United States, Australia, South Africa, which were once productive, are now drought stricken or ravaged by floods.  Streams and springs are drying up in many areas! Much of the topsoil is eroding.  Hurricanes are sweeping inland farther, and with greater frequency, than ever before! 

   Why all this distress?  Is it a NATURALLY CAUSED situation which can be explained away?  OR IS IT PUNISHMENT FOR SIN?

   If it is punishment, for whose sin are YOU being punished?

   Here certainly is a question not only our brethren on the farm need to understand, but all of us everywhere!

Why Climatic Rampage?

   Here is the answer --

   When God gave Israel the law in Mount Sinai, He told them to cultivate the land and harvest its fruit for six years (Ex. 23:10-11).  But He also included this little-known, though vitally important statute: "THE SEVENTH YEAR YOU SHALL LET IT REST AND LIE STILL ... In like manner shall you deal with your vineyard and your oliveyard."

   God made this law a part of His overall law of love.  He knows that the land needs a rest every seventh year.

   God did not say, "Do it if you WANT to."  He made it a definite command FOR OUR OWN GOOD!

   But why the increase in floods, in drought, in blowing topsoil and in tornadoes?  And why the coming war and captivity of this whole people?  What have the people done to merit such devastation?

   Let Leviticus 26:34-35 tell us.  "Then [in the near future] shall the land enjoy her sabbaths AS LONG AS IT LIES DESOLATE, AND YOU BE IN YOUR ENEMIES' LAND; then shall the land rest, AND ENJOY HER SABBATHS.  As long as it lies desolate it shall rest; BECAUSE IT DID NOT REST IN YOUR SABBATHS, WHEN YOU DWELT UPON IT."

   It is all very clear.  The land becomes desolate BECAUSE IT HAS NOT BEEN ALLOWED TO REST AND KEEP ITS SABBATHS!

   Some who call themselves Christians show a great lack of concern for God's sabbatical year.  Does THAT show an attitude of SUBMISSION?  No, it typifies the indifference of this modern age!

   Don't think for a minute that you are on a band wagon with an easy ticket into the Kingdom of God.  YOU MUST OBEY GOD! Otherwise you will suffer with the nation when it pays in full for its sins.

   In the Scriptures God isn't speaking just to your neighbor. HE IS SPEAKING TO YOU!

God's Conditional Promises

   Are you occasionally plagued by disease among your livestock, by insect pest, or by drought?  If so, you may have been neglecting to DESERVE God's promised blessings.  God promises the obedient that He will "... satisfy your soul in drought ... and you shall be like an irrigated garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not" (Isa. 58:11).

   God commands us, in Exodus 23:25-26, "And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.  There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land."

   Again, in II Chronicles 7:13-14 God promised us, "When I shut up the heavens that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, IF My PEOPLE [Christians today] who are called by My NAME HUMBLE THEMSELVES and PRAY and SEEK My face, and TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and HEAL their land."

   There it is!  God's people must obey God -- and that includes the keeping of the Sabbath year.  Now is the time we need to learn TO PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, "Casting all your cares upon Him; for He cares for you" (I Pet. 5:7).

Punishment for Disobedience

   Notice what happened once before when the people refused to obey this law.  We have a record of this in II Chronicles 36:20-21: "And them that had escaped from the sword carried he [Nebuchadnezzar] away to Babylon; where they were servants of him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: TO FULFILL THE WORD of the Eternal by the mouth of Jeremiah, UNTIL THE LAND HAD ENJOYED HER SABBATHS: for as long as she [the land] lay desolate SHE KEPT SABBATH, to fulfill threescore and ten years." Every sabbatical year unkept meant a year in captivity for Judah! God's corrective measures are sure -- Israel, too, WILL be desolate and the land will soon ENJOY her Sabbaths because the people refuse to turn to God and keep His sabbatical years.

   God warned Israel in Leviticus 26:14-35 what would happen IF THEY DISOBEYED this law.  Israel was to receive severe punishments in four progressively worsening stages unless the nation repented.

   Some have thought this prophecy apples only to Israel's first punishment, and isn't for us today.  They quote verse 22: "I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you FEW in number; and your ways [roads] shall be desolate."

   Those who are scoffers will say, "That is no concern of ours: there are not enough wild beasts in this nation to do any serious damage."  Don't you believe it!  We are already getting a foretaste of this condition. Rabies and other diseases that are spread by animals are becoming increasingly more destructive, especially to our children.  A typical report which illustrates this point is the following news item from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "Red foxes are bringing an EPIDEMIC OF RABIES into heavily populated southern Ontario ... SCHOOL CHILDREN in Grey County recently began carrying clubs while waiting for school busses after one girl drove off an attacking fox ... Anti-rabies vaccine has been given to 400 persons so far this year, compared to 200 for ALL 1957 ... CATTLE have been hit by the disease" (quoted from the "Dallas Times Herald," Nov. 1, 1958).

   Besides the rabies that is being spread far and wide by foxes, skunks, mice, bats, and dogs, there are many more diseases that are bringing great destruction to our children and cattle. Diseases, however, are not the only source of trouble from animals.  Man has so abused his natural surroundings that wildlife populations and their food supplies are becoming unbalanced.  When a species becomes too numerous, or its natural food supply runs low, it is likely to cause abnormal destruction due to sheer hunger madness.  Consider the following report from TRUE MAGAZINE, March, 1960:

   "There are twice as many rats in the world as people -- about five billion (400 million rats in the U. S.). EVERY 12TH FARM IN THE WORLD PRODUCES FOOD ONLY TO FEED RATS; a total of about two million average sized modern farms! ..."  Wild animals are destined to become even more destructive THROUGHOUT the world BECAUSE MEN HAVE SEVERELY ABUSED THE LAND.

How to Keep the Sabbath Year

   We know that "all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in RIGHTEOUSNESS" (II Tim. 3:16).  We know also that we are COMMANDED to keep the Sabbath year and that "ALL {GOD'S} COMMANDMENTS are RIGHTEOUSNESS (Ps. 119:172)."  Therefore let us look into the Scriptures for instruction in the keeping of the Sabbath year.

   God's instructions, in Leviticus 25:3-7, for the Sabbath year are very thorough and complete and are easily understood.  [I quote from the Moffatt translation here because it is more easily understood than is the King James Version.  The meaning, however, is identical in both].

   "For six years you may sow your field, for six years you may prune your vineyard, and gather in the produce; but the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of ENTIRE rest FOR THE LAND, a Sabbath in honor of the Eternal, on which you must neither sow a field nor prune a vineyard, on which you must not even gather the after growth of your harvest nor grapes from your undressed vines honor of the Eternal, on which you must neither sow a field nor prune a vineyard, on which you must not even gather the after growth of your harvest nor grapes from your undressed vines produce of the land shall serve as food for you, for yourself and your slaves, male and female, for your hired servant and any outsiders staying with you, furnishing food also for your cattle and livestock!

   READ THESE VERSES AGAIN VERY CAREFULLY.  THEY ARE IMPORTANT. Notice that the sabbatical year is a year of ENTIRE rest FOR THE LAND.  Verse five tells you that you must not gather your crops or fruit for commercial use or to store up in that year.  They must, in general, be allowed to return to the soil.  Yet verse six tells you that the NATURAL produce of the land -- that which grows voluntarily -- in the sabbatical year shall serve as food for you, your servants, and strangers or guests that are with you.

   Some people are temporarily confused when reading these two verses, thinking YOU must not harvest the produce of the land in order to sell it.  Neither are you to store up the produce of the Sabbath year for future use.  You may use the voluntary produce for day-to-day needs.  God wants you to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season, even in the Sabbath year.

   The natural produce of the land in that year will also furnish food for your cattle and other livestock which may graze on the land (verse 7).  This clearly shows that it is permissible to allow cattle to graze the fields in addition to the pasture in the Sabbath year.  To take advantage of this liberty it is permissible to allow your cattle herd to increase while they are grazing the whole farm.  One man, WHO DID NOT STUDY THESE SCRIPTURES, mistakenly assumed he should sell all of his cattle the Sabbath year!

   Definite proof that we should not plant a garden in our sabbatical year, nor harvest or can its produce, is found in Leviticus 25:20-21: "And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year?  behold, we shall not sow nor gather in our increase ..."  Notice that God is making provision for those who will be concerned about what they are going to eat during the year in which their land is resting.  If we could plant a vegetable garden in the sabbatical year, no one would wonder where his food is coming from, because a well-managed garden can be depended upon to provide an abundance of fresh food.  Under such a condition, there would be no test of the faith of the individual.

God's Blessings Promised

   Some are sure to say, "How can we make a living in the Sabbath year?  A little fresh fruit and vegetables will not support my family.  I need a cash crop.  I THINK God wants us to use our minds and learn to draw our own conclusions; and I THINK we should let one-seventh of the farm lie idle each year."  This looks good to the natural reasoning of some people, but WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT IT?

   God DOES want you to use your minds.  And if you use them properly, you will come to the conclusion that EVERYONE must learn God's point of view and live by it.  The only other recourse is to follow human reasoning, independent of the Scriptures, which leads only to heartaches, sorrows, and wretchedness.  Therefore, let us turn to God's Word so that He will tell us HOW to keep the Sabbath year.

   God tells us in Leviticus 25:20-22, "And if you shall say, 'What shall we eat the seventh year?  Behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase.'  Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year; and it shall bring forth produce for three years.  And you shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old produce until the ninth year; until her produce comes in you shall eat of the old produce."

   There you see a definite command that one particular year should be set aside in which the WHOLE FARM should rest by being uncultivated.  Also you see a VERY DISTINCT PROMISE that God will so abundantly bless you in the sixth year that your produce will last until the fall crops are harvested in the end of the eighth year to give you food for the ninth year.

   You should be diligent in your work, but not overly concerned with such matters as your physical needs, because there is very little that YOU can do about it.  MAKING YOUR CROPS GROW IS ONE OF GOD'S JOBS.  Strive for greater spiritual growth and God will supply your needs.  "For your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask Him" (Mat. 6:8).

   "Take no thought, saying, 'What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed?' -- for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you" (Mat. 6:25-34).

   What about shrubbery and flowers?  How should you care for them in the Sabbath year?  The answer is that you should keep the house and its surroundings neat with whatever lawn and hedge trimming may be necessary.  God would not want you to let your home become run-down and dilapidated looking.  The law of the sabbatical year involves ONLY THAT LAND FROM WHICH CROPS ARE HARVESTED, REMOVED, SOLD OR STORED.  It does not include your pasture or the lawn, shrubbery, and flowers around your home.

How to Figure Your Sabbath Year

   The Sabbath year is counted according to the Old Testament from about one Feast of Tabernacles to the next, beginning and ending in the autumn of the year.  In ancient Israel the sabbatical years included the Jubilee every 50th year.  The Jubilee is reckoned ONLY WHEN THERE IS A GOD-GIVEN PERMANENT INHERITANCE.

   After the Jews returned from captivity under Ezra and Nehemiah they were not given any permanent inheritance.  Therefore God did not require them to keep a jubilee -- but only the sabbatical years every seventh year.

   After the Jews returned from the Babylonian captivity they reckoned sabbatical years, without Jubilees, from the time they REOCCUPIED the land.  WE ARE IN A SIMILAR SITUATION TODAY.

   We have no permanent inheritance.  It is apparent that God intends us to use a personal, and not a national, system.  YOUR SABBATH YEAR WOULD BE THE SEVENTH YEAR from the time that this knowledge comes to you -- or from YOUR CONVERSION, COUNTED FROM ONE FEAST OF TABERNACLES TO THE NEXT.  Count the year of your conversion as your first year if it is more than half a year.

Is This Your Problem?

   Someone is sure to ask, "Should renters, as well as landowners, keep the Sabbath year?"  The answer is an emphatic "yes."

   There may be landowners who will not allow their renters to let the whole land rest for a year.  Renters do not have the authority to force the issue in this case but must submit to the demands of the owner.  In this case the renter should let a portion rest each year until it has all rested.  Through this method the land will at least have its recuperative rest.

   The exact year that the land rests is not of primary importance because CHRISTIANS ARE NOT NOW AN ORGANIZED COMMUNITY. THEY DO NOT ALL HAVE THE SAME SABBATH YEAR ANYWAY.

   Since renters do not own the land, they must not insist that the owners obey God.  Instead, they may have to find, work and a farm elsewhere.

   Actually, all land renters who are obeying God should, AFTER WISE COUNSEL, aim to become landowners so that they will have full authority to farm according to God's principles.  (But don't buy a farm in a drought-stricken area!)

   If you are obeying God, you, like Abraham, must be willing to leave the locality in which your ancestors lived.  But BEFORE you move into a new area, MAKE SURE YOU CAN MAKE A LIVING THERE.  God is not obligated to supply your needs if you move into a desolate, drought-stricken area, or if you grow up in such an area and stay there.  You should start your farming venture in an area that is not yet suffering.

   Then, AFTER YOU HAVE FULFILLED YOUR NORMAL OBLIGATIONS AND ARE OBEYING AND TRUSTING GOD TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY, GOD WILL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS!  Of this, you have His SURE PROMISE in Deuteronomy 28:1-6, 11-12 and Matthew 6:25-34.  Read these scriptures carefully.

Land Left Fallow Every 2nd or 3rd Year?

   There may arise the question, "What should be done with land that is already being left idle every second, third, or fourth year?  How should it be handled in order to conform to God's Sabbath year?

   Three general types of land are being managed in this manner. The first type to be considered is GOOD, PRODUCTIVE LAND that is periodically being left idle, usually being seeded to a winter legume or other soil builder.  Such a practice builds the soil up to a richer, more productive capacity and should in no way be discouraged.  However, this should be IN ADDITION to the sabbatical rest.

   In some Plains States areas there is fertile soil that must be SUMMER FALLOWED every other year because it receives so little rainfall that it will not produce yearly crops.  In such an area, it would be permissible to summer fallow in a sabbatical year so that the land will not be sapped of all its surface water, which is needed for the following year's crop.  Some in dry areas have not summer fallowed their land, letting weeds grow to maturity. They did not raise a crop in the eighth year.  But in each succeeding year the production has steadily increased WELL BEYOND ANY PREVIOUS YEARLY AVERAGE.

   If you were to summer fallow during your sabbatical year, you should allow some growth to spring up, but disk it into the soil while it is young and tender enough to decompose rapidly.  In the Jewish translation of the Old Testament, the word "rest" is translated by "lie fallow."

   Another grade of soil is occasionally left idle because it is too poor to produce crops any more often.  Such soil is gradually wasting away and is so thin that it should not be cultivated in the first place.  Rather, it ought to be seeded to a good pasture grass AND TURNED INTO PERMANENT PASTURE.

   It is VITALLY IMPORTANT, however, that you DO NOT OVERGRAZE YOUR LAND!  One cause of the present distress in our Western states is that much of the land has been overgrazed in the interest of TEMPORARY higher profits.

   If too many cattle are on the land they will nibble the grass SO SHORT that it will afford no PROTECTIVE COVERING for the soil. The land will then dry up -- the grass will starve -- the topsoil will be blown away.

   Some land is overgrazed even under the best grazing arrangement.  Such land has already been worn out and should be left to nature so that shrubs and trees may take over and enrich the soil and, at the same time, produce a tree crop for future generations.  Do not think of PRESENT PROFITS ONLY.  Think of future generations who will reclaim this land after the captivity -- after the land shall have kept its Sabbaths.

What Work Should One Do in the Sabbath Year?

   Some will want to know, "What should I do on the Sabbath year? I know I shouldn't become idle.  Should I get a job in town?"

   Considering the purpose of the Sabbath year, you should not get a job UNTIL YOU HAVE PUT YOUR FARM IN GOOD REPAIR.  The Sabbath year does for your land what the Sabbath day does for your physical body.  One rejuvenates the physical body; the other rejuvenates and improves the land.  Surely you have buildings and fences that need repairing.  Do you need new fences?  Then build them.  Digging post holes will not be a violation of the principle of letting the land rest.  The Sabbath year is A SABBATH FOR THE LAND.  It's the year you work for the land instead of the land working for you.

   Possibly your home needs remodeling and painting.  Take time to renovate it thoroughly in your seventh year.  That will be the best opportunity you will have to make of it the kind of home you want.  Overhaul or repair all of your machinery -- make sure that everything is in good condition before the beginning of the eighth year.

   After all this is accomplished, why not take an EDUCATIONAL VACATION?  Go to the cities' libraries and museums to study and broaden your understanding of the world around you.  You might also visit some of the nation's beautiful parks or attend concerts that would be inaccessible in the other six years. 
   When you have done all of these things that you CAN AFFORD -- go ahead and set a job for the remainder of the year!  IT IS GOOD TO STAY BUSY, and the extra money can certainly be useful.

Trust God

   Remember that the Sabbath year is a time for rejoicing, created for the benefit of man.  If you OBEY God and TRUST Him, in FAITH, He will fully supply all your needs.  In Deuteronomy 11:13-15 God promises you that if you OBEY Him, He will send you rain at the right season so that your fields will produce abundant crops and your pastures plenty of grass "... that you may eat and be satisfied."

   Do you think it would be difficult for God to punish the nation WITHOUT INJURING YOU?  Turn to Psalm 91:7-10 and read God's answer to this question: "A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.  Only with your eyes shall you see the reward of the wicked.  Because you have made the Eternal, who is my refuge, and the Most High, your habitation; there shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling."

   Turn to Amos 4:7, also, and read: "I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered." This definitely PROVES that God can give YOU rain while your neighbor suffers from drought.  If you doubt that this refers to our day, read carefully verses 6-12.  The statement, "Prepare to meet your God, O Israel" at the end of verse 12 shows that this Scripture is for our day -- just before the return of Christ.

   Could you want stronger promises?  What could be stronger than these assurances taken directly from God's inspired word?  Do you believe God?  If you do not, you have a very wretched life ahead of you! Anyone can see that conditions are worsening the world over.  Human scheming certainly cannot save you from the rapidly approaching chaos and ruin.  Are you going to continue disobeying God like the world around you and suffer for it?  Or will you OBEY Him so that He can heap HIS BLESSINGS upon you?

LCG Commentary: "Blasphemers and naysayers"

By Adam J. West | Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The world continues its toboggan slide into depravity, and, frankly, into the Great Tribulation. This is a stark reality, but one that we must realize and understand fully. We are living in the end times and the signs of this are becoming more evident and poignant with each passing day. Read more Read More

Mankind continues its Satanically inspired quest to -- unwittingly in some cases -- support Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche’s claim that “God is dead.” Others are saying that God, in the form of Jesus Christ, anyway, never existed -- while some even slander the Son of God openly, and pop culture is latching on, “hook, line, and sinker.”

A documentary movie titled, “The God Who Wasn’t There,” has recently been released. It’s not only an attack on Christianity; it’s a full-scale war against the idea that Jesus Christ even existed.  It’s designed to undermine the faith of those who believe that Jesus Christ of Nazareth was real, that He walked the earth as a human being, and that He gave His life for the sins of mankind.

The movie’s producers say that the story of Christ’s life fits the ancient mold of “the hero pattern,” which they also identify in many other belief systems.  And they present other common criticisms of the Bible and its concepts and tenets.  Promotional text on the movie’s website proclaims:
The taboo-shattering documentary that Newsweek says, “irreverently lays out the case that Jesus Christ never existed.”
If we haven’t already, we all need to begin the quest to answer the ultimate question, “Does God exist?” Reading the booklet The Real God: Proofs and Promises is an excellent place to start.

There are others who, while not denying Jesus’ existence, terribly distort who and what He is. In a Parade Magazine interview, February 17, 2010, the pop singer Elton John said:
I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel...
The better question might be: What brings a person to this depth of blasphemy and lack of biblical understanding in his mind?

The thought of Christ being homosexual is not even worth commenting on, it is so ludicrous. But, because some say that Christ never spoke directly against homosexuality, I feel compelled to address the issue. Christ was the God of the Old Testament (1 Corinthians 10:1-4) and condemned homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22). We need to prove these things for ourselves... we are without question living in the end times, and time is short. Elton John’s comments are indicative of the depravity of this society.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 states:
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Elton John is slinging blasphemous mud at Jesus Christ, the Savior of all mankind. But who really is behind all this? There is a spirit war going on and Satan, the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), continues to step up his game in deceiving society (Revelation 12:9). He is the real culprit, instilling doubt and cynicism at an unprecedented worldwide scale. We have to be ready; we must be prepared to combat in our own minds these onslaughts against the Bible, and against the very concept of Christ Himself.

Naysayers are launching an all-out attack on Christ, and railing blasphemous statements against Him. How much do we need God’s Kingdom, ruled by Jesus Christ, to come? He will, without question, set these matters straight!

To learn more about this soon-coming time of right knowledge and understanding, request The World Ahead: What Will It Be Like?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ohio Mosque Promotes Murder!

I repeated the "spiritual lesson" to the imam and asked him if the Muslims had any such saying. He replied that the Jews create such spurious sayings in order to discredit Islam and Arabs. I then shocked him, and the audience, when I asked: "If that's not a Muslim story, and is spurious and created by the Jews, then why would you, as the leader of this Islamic community permit that very story to be published in your newsletter last month?" He was speechless.

Summary of 9/11 scepticism

Summary of 9/11 scepticism:


For a full list of doubters:

Military leaders questioning the OCT:

CIA veterans doubting:

Engineers & architects doubting:

Physicists doubting:

Pilots doubting:

High-level officials doubting:

In a recent Zogby International poll (September 06, 2007):
51% of Americans want Congress to probe Bush/Cheney regarding 9/11 attacks;
over 30% seek immediate impeachment;
67% fault 9/11 Commission for not investigating anomalous collapse of World Trade Center 7

Protest in Brussels for 911 Truth (09 Sep 2007):

Violence is the answer!

Living Church of God Commentary: Violence is not the answer
Many people have the idea that God loves war and is a bloodthirsty, violent God. What these critics fail to understand is that the true God of the Bible is actually a God of peace. Read more


The Bible condemns senseless violence, however the God of War will enforce peace through strength, won't He? The Prince of Peace will speak in the only language some seem to understand. Why pretend otherwise? Why try to be more righteous than God?

The God of Jacob will force folks to learn His ways or else. After all, He's going to rule with a rod of iron - not a pussy willow; He's the Lion of God, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah - not some pussy.

Violence, as necessary, is the answer and it is called for in the Law of Moses. The wise know to make this biblical distinction (Ezekiel 44:23).

Exodus 15:3
The LORD is a man of war; The LORD is His name.

Psalm 2:9
You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Revelation 2:27
‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’

Zechariah 14
16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

Onward Christian Soldiers!

Separation of Church and State? Says Who?

God's One Government Has Two Branches!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

War, Europe (European Army)

Newsletter 2010/09/09 - War, Europe's Backbone

BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Own report) - Politicians in Berlin are using the German imposed dictate of EU austerity to renew the demand for the creation of an EU Army. The strict application of the so-called stability criteria, put through by the German government, imposes drastic austerity measures on all EU member states, which could even cut into their military budgets, according to Berlin. This cannot be achieved except at the expense of a loss of military power, unless steps are taken toward consolidating all of the individual armed forces in Europe using the synergic effects to reinforce the united European army. Berlin has been pursuing this objective for years, confronting - at times open - resistance inside the EU as well as from the United States. Germany has been pushing these plans to enhance its position - with military means - in the new constellation of global forces being created by China's rise to become a world power. The German liberal press explains that a combat-ready EU Army would "almost be like a new backbone for Europe."


Is Sunday the Mark of the Beast?

The MARK of the BEAST
by Herbert W. Armstrong
Better be sure whether this brand is upon you! Without it, no man will be able to buy or sell! Without it, you may be tortured even unto death! But with it, you shall suffer the SEVEN LAST PLAGUES OF GOD

The MARK of the BEAST

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Islam is evil!

Will Providence permit foreign murderers in our midst (in attitude, if not yet in action) to unleash nuclear fires within our major cities? Will militant minorities work with them against us? Won't our British-Israelite brethren suffer the same within their respective biblical inheritances?

I repeated the "spiritual lesson" to the imam and asked him if the Muslims had any such saying. He replied that the Jews create such spurious sayings in order to discredit Islam and Arabs. I then shocked him, and the audience, when I asked: "If that's not a Muslim story, and is spurious and created by the Jews, then why would you, as the leader of this Islamic community permit that very story to be published in your newsletter last month?" He was speechless.

Toledo, Islam, and Terrorists
One day they purposely showed me a newsletter from the Islamic Center in Perrysburg that had a story from the Haddith -- saying attributed to Mohammad -- that spoke of a war in the last days between Jews and Muslims, and how Jews would hide behind trees and the trees would say, "There's a Jew behind me, kill him!" except for one tree that would shelter the Jews.
It's sad to see some pull the veil over the eyes of innocent Americans with disarming and deceitful portrayals of Islam as well-assimilated and innocuous. Let the rest of the story be told

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Living Church of God Commentary: "In pastures green"

By Davy Crockett | Tuesday, September 07, 2010
In this time when we are all being urged to "go green" in every part of our daily lives, we may lose sight of the word picture painted in the 23rd Psalm, which is probably the most oft quoted Psalm in the Bible. I like the way it is expressed in the old English hymn by William Havergal, a well-known writer of hymns (1793-1870).
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Successful Economic Policies? For Whom?

 Congressman Paul's Texas Straight Talk

“Last week, in the wake of another uptick in the official unemployment rate, the administration continued to claim that their economic policies were working, just not fast enough.  This administration inherited an unemployment rate of 7.7% and promised a peak of no higher than 8% if their policies were followed.  Not only does the administration have a funny way of ending a war, but now they claim their economic policies are successful.  For whom, I wonder?”

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Secret Societies

"The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments’ plans."
-- Benjamin Disraeli
(1804-1881) Prime Minister of England, British statesman, novelist
Source: 1876

Monday, September 6, 2010

David Ben-Ariel: August 2010 Monthly Article Performance Summary

Top 3 Performing Articles (Lifetime):

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Adolf and Controversy

Living Church of God Commentary: The quiet life

The quiet life

Almost any time of the day, you can open your front door and get slammed in the face with a noisy, busy world based on false values and false education.  Bravely, we say we aren’t really affected by what’s going on in the world.  We can even claim that “we aren’t really part of what the world’s about these days.”

Thursday, September 2, 2010