“NO GOATS, IN HEAVEN” Dick Duerksen, from The Gleaner Oct. 2017 issue.

My many thanks, to all who made this article possible. ( John  B)

I’m not sure what God,The Father of all, has against goats, but it looks like they’ll be missing in the Earth Made New, Sheep shall make it, but no goats.

NOTE(JB): Sheep willingly will follow their Shepherd, Jesus Christ, goats, well not so much, they are likened to the herding of cats! Goats are much like many humans, who insist on “Doing things my way”, as the song says— “I did it MY way”!

Jesus’ own words are written in :….

 Matthew 25:31-32 “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:”

Jesus spoke these words, as a parable to people who really wanted to get into heaven. They listened eagerly, perhaps even taking notes,, on how to make through the gates.                As Jesus described the Great Judge placing the sheep at His right hand and the goats on the left, some of the people poked each other and made “Baaaaing” sounds, perhaps thinking of course, that they would all be called sheep!

No such luck. Yes, there were sheep, but then as today, there’s a whole lot more goats! Yet the funny thing is, both groups were very much surprised!                                                       The sheep were surprised because they din’t think they had spent that much time caring for the sick, the elderly, or making sure, that the widows had food, or sending care packages to lands under drought, or to visit those in prisons.

“Sure, Lord, we did all that, but it wasn’t anything special, it’s just what we learned to do as You led us to love others,  being loved by You.”

The ‘goaty folks’, were also surprised, “Wait a minute, Lord. We did all that stuff too. Just like you told us to. We even kept a running record, of all this on a magnetic chart on the refrigerator door. In fact we visited prisoners 734 times, helped 23 widows and bought 19 heifers for Relief agencies programs to help farmers in poor nations. Wasn’t that not what You asked for?

The goats expected their rewards commensurate to their efforts, what they did not grasp, is that one can not earn, nor buy their way into heaven. Help others, because of love, not because of any expected reward!

The way Ellen White wrote about the Judge’s decision in chapter 70 of “The Desire of Ages”  as:   “Thus Christ on the Mount of Olives pictured the scene of the Great judgment Day. And He represented its decision as turning on one point. When the nations {all humanity] are gathered before Him, there will be but two classes, and their eternal destiny will be determined by what they have done, or have neglected to do for Him in the person of the poor and the suffering.”

I’m amazed THE ONE THING, that determines my eternal destiny is how I cared for the poor and suffering. Nothing is said about understanding prophecy, or memorizing all of Ezekiel, or even keeping the Sabbath, Only ONE THING, Have I loved the unlovely?

 Matthew 25:33-40 “And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, That which you have not done to the least of these,  my bretheren, ye have done it unto me.”



GOATS OR SHEEP, WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE?

IF….if we are “doing”, because Jesus said, do so, we are goats!  However, if we’re doing because we have, each asked Jesus to get inside of us, and change our character, to be more like His, we are changed to way we look at our world, and can not help but to serve others, as He came to serve, all others. We become sheep!

This takes me back to Ellen White and a prayer she challenges us all to pray: “Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me, in spite of myself. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of The love can flow through my soul.”

Sound like a sheep’s prayer to me, how about Y O U?

NOTE (JB): Not at all bad, for a lady that had no more than a 3rd grade education, agree?

Dick Duerksen, Oregon Conference, assistant to the president for creative communications.

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:THE COST OF A CARNIVORE, to this earth. Ross Chadwick/Signs of the Times. Oct. 2017

Many thanks for this timely article goes to Mr. Chadwick and the Signs of the Times magazine. (John B)

We talk a lot about the need to reduce greenhouse gases, climate change, pollution, and emissions for vehicles and industry, plus we lament the destruction these are causing to the environment. We tell ourselves to save water, and we get upset about the destruction of the world’s rainforests. Many of us, however forget that even what we chose to put onto our dinner plates, has an even greater impact on the environment, that’s even much more destructive than many of these other factors!

THOSE “GREENHOUSE” GASES; 

TWENTY TWO ACRES OF LAND, AS APPOSED TO ONE ACRE, TO FEED A MEAT EATER, AND A VEGETARIAN, RESPECTIVELY! That a ratio of 22:1 in land area needed to feed one person, thus what one puts on their plates DOES have a REAL impact!   BUT………

Animal agriculture isn’t usually included in the catalog of destructions mentioned above, but it is in fact the most destructive industry impacting the planet today! Using the measures and impacts of the above causes, its’ the production of animals for human consumption that destroying our world. Animals raised for food  create 51 Per Cent of global greenhouse gases, as opposed to 13 percent from transport. Livestock is responsible for more than one-half of Nitrous Oxide emissions worldwide, and nitrous oxide is 24 percent more destructive to our atmosphere than Carbon Dioxide. As carbon dioxide makes up only 0.03 percent of the atmosphere, so it isn’t a real greenhouse gas! Because unlike methane and nitrous oxide, it’s heavier than air, so it doesn’t float into the upper atmosphere.

BUT.. THERE’S MORE…

And that’s only the beginning of our planet’s woes. At present, it’s calculated that one-third of Earth’s total land has been turned into desert because of livestock. For example, the deserts of the middle east are to a large extent the result of overgrazing by sheep and goats, over millennia. Desertification is also caused by man, clearing the forests, which leaves the land free to erosion from wind and water. It also aids in the encroachment of wind-blown sands. We need only to look at the Amazon rainforest, that’s being cleared at an alarming rate.

Note(JB): The worse part of this is, that rainforest soils are very nutrient poor, thus the grasses, are of poor quality, and more and more tress are taken to get NEW GROUND!

Cleared to make pastures for grazing cows, and for the growing of Palm Oil trees. The very same thing is happening in Indonesia, and other Asian nations.                                              Livestock, currently takes up 45 percent of what remains of Earth’s total USABLE land, and the demand is increasing exponentially, thanks to our meat appetites!   Admittedly, a portion of current grazing lands can not be used for farming. But 22 acres of land is needed to feed one person on meat as opposed to one acre that’s needed to feed one person on a vegetarian diet!  The largest contributing factor (91 percent) for deforestation is the desire for more and more land for animal agriculture! With a big proportion of deforestation occurring in the amazon rainforest, species and plant extinction, is compounding the problem.

NOTE(JB): Seeing as there is no money to be made by the big Pharma, who knows how much plant life is lost, that holds the cure for human diseases? After all, one of the biggest sellers of supplements, comes from the Jelly-fish, for a brain enhancement extract! Whoda Thunk it?

TROUBLE AT SEA:

A similar situation exists in  the marine world, where for every pound of fish caught for human consumption, five pounds, are discarded as “BYCATCH”, and is discarded, over the side!  With 80.4 million metric tons [2200 pounds in a metric ton?] of fish pulled from the oceans each year, there’s a great amount of marine life un-intentionally and needlessly caught and destroyed.

Two-thirds of the Earth is covered in water, of which 97 percent is salted and 2 percent is frozen, leaving only 1 percent of all the earth’s water available for human consumption! Yet we are really good at polluting the remainder. Yet most of this pollution does NOT come from the manufacturing side but from the animal-rearing industries. Such nutrient-rich runoff is destroying Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

WATER POLLUTION:

For example, a study in the United States showed that seven million pounds of excrement are produced EVERY MINUTE from animals raised for food. The waste from only 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a human population of more than 400,000 people! A significant portion of which gets washed into our watersheds. As unlike cities, or towns, few farm have waste affluent plants to deal with all this manure. Particularly dairy farms that have at best, oxidation ponds, which are not that effective. At the same time, water pollution from nutrient run-off as a result of animal agriculture also causes “DEAD – ZONES” {Hypoxia}  in our oceans and water-ways., which is a reduced level of oxygen in the water that causes marine life to either die or leave.

BEST USAGE OF LIMITED RESOURCES:

Speaking of water, are Y O U aware that the meat and dairy industries, uses one-third of the Earth’s fresh water? It takes 800 gallons of water to produce just ONE hamburger patty, including the time it takes for the cow to grow to slaughter stage, and then to process the patty to eating stage. That’s the average equivalent of two months of showers! If Y O U chose to continue long showers and brush your teeth with the tap-water, but your reduced meat consumption would save more water by simply taking Navy showers.

As you can now see plainly, the single most comprehensive factor leading to the earth’s destruction, of its atmosphere and the biosphere that supports life is the production of animals for human consumptions. In purely arithmetic terms, this world could support 27 times its current population IF… if all of us would support and live within the vegetarian lifestyle.  A plant-based diet would cut your carbon-foot-print by 50 percent, thus making our world a much healthier place, and your own health would also greatly improve!

NOTE(JB): We have not yet addressed the largest methane producers on this planet, swamps, volcanoes, and termites, as well as the frozen methane locked up on the ocean’s floors! Yes we can drain the swamps, which will lower the ground water levels, greatly, the others I am open to suggestions, but know of no viable way to deal with the rest!  The question of “Global Warming”, and “Climate Change,” as well as “Evolution” are modern men’s newest RELIGIONS! They have their source from Satan, who is forever trying to separate men from God, by his telling us that we are but products of nature!

Thanking Y O U for your time.

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How to Set YOUR clock, for the Time of the End” Randy Maxwell

My thanks to R. Maxwell and Signs of the Times September 21017 Issue. (John B)

 2 Peter 3:3-6 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:”

NOTE(JB): Please know, that Mr. Randy Maxwell had space restrictions, that I do not have. The above passage is my attempt, to show YOU, dear reader, that skepticism over the Bible is not new, but I know that Heaven’s real, and the Godhead, lives and loves each of us, and I’ve experienced far too many miracles for all this to be but, a fairytale, as many hold! Now to the story:

The clock has already been set for us. On January 26, 2017, the board members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , moved the “Doomsday Clock” ahead 30 seconds to two and a half minutes to midnight. For these scientists, who’ve kept a watch on the probability of humanity’s extinction since the United States unleashed the atomic bomb in 1945, “Doomsday” represents a man-made apocalypse.

The closest the world got to “Midnight”, was in 1962 during the Cuban missile crises, when thermonuclear war between The old Soviet Union {USSR} and the United States seemed imminent.  I was but three, at the time and my Mom was with child, my baby brother. She was knitting socks, ans she told me many times that she questioned whether or not to finish knitting socks for a baby that might not ever be born! The fate of the planet hung in the balance, and the Doomsday clock was reset at two minutes to midnight.                   Since then the clock has been moved several times– even back as much as 15 minutes, but recently it had held steady at 11:57… UNTIL NOW.  Tensions between United States and Russia, cyber warfare, lack of progress on climate change,…..

NOTE(JB): Climate Change… Global Warming, and Evolution, have one thing in common, to their supporters, THIS IS THEIR RELIGION! Yet few speak to the growth if the ice-pack in Antarctica,  nor do any speak about the earth’s third largest ice/snow pack on the Himalayan Range. IF….IF climate change were, as claimed by the Faux Scientists, than the rivers this ice pack feeds would be in flood stage in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and China, but they are running at normal levels, WHY??? Is this Global Warming, only centered upon the North Pole? Remember, in the 1970’s all of the PhD’s were screaming… Ice Age, and that earth was entering into another one? Plus by 1990 earth would be totally void of crude oil, as dinosaurs “gave their all”? Who realizes, that in the 1600’s we had a year, without a summer, and millions starved to death, no food-crops! It’s ALL about CONTROL, and who gets ALL the MONEY! But horded wealth will soon, at Christ’s return, be totally worthless!  Do Y O U know who was the MOST ardent of supporters during the Russian Revolution, by the Communists? OUR y\teachers in colleges and universities, they were in love with the idea.. “From those that have, to those who need..” this still is the dream of the Progressive Left, today, which in reality are Regressive, wanting to take back into the Stone Age, for life-styles next to nature.   Back to the story….

” The Probability of global catastrophe is very high, ” warned the Science and Security Board, “and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon” The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said that “In 2017″, we find the danger to be even greater, the need for action more urgent. It is two and half minutes to midnight, the Clock is ticking, global danger looms.”                                                                                                              This begs the question: “If it’s two minutes and a half to doomsday, in the world of science,, what TIME is it prophetically? Indeed, many of the global conditions that spell disaster among the scientific establishment today, were predicted about 2,000 years ago by a Carpenter who claimed to be The Messiah. His “bulletin” was given in answer to a question about His Second Coming, and the end.

On Climate change He said this: Luke 21:11 “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”

On rising nationalism and global security deterioration : Luke 21:10 “Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:”

Regarding earth’s many wars: Matthew 24:6 “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Love for our neighbors:  Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

False Prophets: Matthew 24:11″And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”

Regarding human religions: Matthew 24:4 “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”

It will not need a prophet nor a scientist to see the reality of these very words fulfilled as scenes of terrorists attacks, babies burned by chemical weapons, and the unrelenting gun violence in Democratic controlled cities, {JB Chicago had more killed that we suffered in a war in Afghanistan!] serves as “breaking News every minute of every day!                                Social Media is oversaturated with “STUFF” that Paul was led to put paper: 2 Timothy 3:1-7 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Scientifically, politically, socially, biologically, technologically, economically, and, spiritually the clock is ticking, BUT is anyone listening? For those who are, what can YOU do about it? How do Y O U set your personal clock for the time of the end?                                  As I write these words, I’m thinking about my own adult children. They are millennials living in this world that is nearing its end. They believe in God, country, an afterlife, the Second Coming, social engagement, family, fun, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I thought about them and wondered what advice I could share with them on this very topic, that would be real, practical, and not preachy. I figured if I came across to them, I might also come across that way with Y O U!

Here goes.

IT IT’S NEARLY “MID-NIGHT”, STOP LIVING AS IF IT’S ONLY 9:30 P. M.

Simply put, get in sync with the times. On March 12 this year, most states “Sprang Forwards”  into daylight saving time. I’d much rather let nature take its course and lengthen the days naturally, the way God the Creator intended. {JB by the way in Genesis 1:5 and all other “days”, He set the day from sunset to sunset, in order for men to know when the Sabbath, the seventh day, began and ended, as none had any watches, but men changed it to midnight to midnight!]

However, if we do so, please remember to compensate either one hour ahead or behind in winter, or you’ll be either very early or very late for your appointments!

Yet we do the same thing when it co,mes to Jesus’ return. The Bible is clear that these are the times of the end, and it’s nearly midnight. Sadly many, even believers, live in their own version of “Standard Time”, as if it’s still only 9:30 P.M. Standard time is preoccupied, with the standard things— eating, drinking, entertainments, retirement careers, and planning for our futures.  Please know that the Titanic had lots of “Social Activities” even as she sank, the band kept on playing!      Luke 17:27-32 “They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife.” {JB she missed her “stuff” and turned to look back, and was turned into a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26] However, if one has struck and iceberg, it’s time to get into the lifeboats, not time for another round of shuffleboard, or a another game with Candy Crush Saga.    As Jesus spoke:

Luke 21:34-36 “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, No self control] and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

True, we must keep occupied until He returns, but know that Satan has plans to keep you so busy, with “Things” of the world, that many have no time for Jesus of the Bible! We must be aware of the “TIME”, and be in “sync” with God, or we will be late for the “Wedding”!

STOCKING UP ON “OIL” 

NOTE(JB): Oil is symbolic for the Holy Spirit, whose presence we must invite daily. It is HE, that teaches us, and remakes our character, which is the ONLY thing we take with us to Heaven!

The Department of Homeland Security, DHS, recommends that everyone have a 72 hour supply of food and water, in the event of an emergency, as it may take up to three days for responders to get to you, so we must prepare for this delay. “You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You’ll not have time to search for supplies or to shop for them”

This bit of advice could have been inspired by the “OIL CRISIS” written of  here…                    Matthew 25:1-13 “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”

Jesus used this parable, not to warn us about sleeping, but about the oil in the bridemaids lamps. Five had extra oil, {perhaps a 72 hour supply], while five did not, [verse 3] They had only an immediate supply enough to get by on “Standard Time”, schedule.                          When the bridegroom {Christ} finally arrived and the young maidens trimmed their lamps, the five. “enough to get by”, girls didn’t have enough oil to get to the wedding. Their lamps were going out. In desperation, they begged the prepared girls for some pf their oil.      ” NO”. the wise girls replied. “There may not be enough for both of us, and you. Instead go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves”  [Verse 9].   But, as the DHS said, there wasn’t time to search nor shop for the supplies they needed, and the bridegroom came and took those who were ready into the wedding banquet.

NOTE(JB): OIL is the symbol of the workings of the Holy Spirit, and HE nor His works, can be bought, at any price, it must be asked for in prayers!

Although, this story, this parable, that Jesus used compared His coming to an emergency, He predicted a delay and pointed to “OIL” as the essential ingredient for admittance to Heaven. In the Bible, oil is a symbol for the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is essential for knowing God. Knowing God— and having a personal relationship with Him– is what this parable is all about! For when the unprepared girls, came back to the wedding banquet, the master of the banquet said, “I don’t know you”. [vs 12]                                             So, how does one “stock-up” upon the Holy Spirit? How do Y O U make spiritual purchases? The following steps are found in Isaiah 55:1-7

  • LISTEN TO…GOD VRS.2-3. Isaiah 55:2-3 “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.”

NOTE(jb): We “hear” God speaking in His Word! Especially when we study the Word, even a regular 15 minute study each day will yield big results. Science, can’t “see” God, can’t”measure”, nor” weight”, Him, so they chose to say, and believe, He does not exist, and thus fall upon the Satanic lies of evolution’s”dead stuff” came to life. Yet they know and can prove, that ALL life, animal. vegetable, plant, have the common building blocks of life D.N.A. which can… and does store… information for life, which no chemical, no protein, is able! This is their “RELIGION” which they hold onto with FAITH! Ditto for “Global Warming-CLIMATE-CHANGE”! {You see this gives science, the foundation, to requests great funds, for “RESEARCH”!}  Or “follow the money, Honey”!

Come to..God: [ VS3]. &, Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

NOTE(JB): When One is God, there’s no need for self-pride, as He is all outwards love, to each of His children.

  • Eat what is good: Isaiah 55:2 “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.”    John 6:63  “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”                                                                                                                                      Galatians 5:17-23 “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
  • NOTE(JB): Please, do not take this as…we are now spiritual, thus we can not sin. Yes we can and do, all of us do sin! 1 John 1:10 “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

Seek the Lord, while He may be found: Isaiah 55:6 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”  Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

NOTE(JB): Faith is trust is faith. So put your total trust into His hands, and He shall see you through. Please know there shall come a time, when He can’t be FOUND! at the close of probation, foe all humanity , and at our death for each of us. There’s no repentance, nor asking for forgiveness, from the grave, the dead know not anything, Ecclesiastes 9:5 “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”

  • “Call on Him, while He’s near”.. Isaiah 55:6 {above} Pray to Him, the same way you speak to your best friend. Do NOT “Unfriend Him” via non communication. He is near now, but not available at the close of probation. Midnight to late to call a friend. Google the Midnight Cry. Revelation 14:6-7.
  • Forsake wicked ways and thoughts:  Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
  • Turn to the Lord: Isaiah 55:8-9 ” For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

If you are still “Living on Standard Time”, please reset your clock, and get “in sync,” with Him Who created YOU! Repentance is all about changing, one’s direction, with the help of the Holy Spirit anyone can do this, no matter where they are, or have been, or done!

 Acts 2:38-40 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.”

Relieve suffering, seek justice:

Do we not all want to be involved, in things that have meaning? The Father-God wants the same things for us all…..Isaiah 58:6-12 “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward. Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”

 Matthew 25:35-40 “For I was a hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Most of the people shall be lost because just as the 5 foolish virgins, they also were not ready! ARE YOU?  Satan, is very, very good, at keeping us so busy with worldly things, that we find no time for the Bible nor our Maker, as he wants much company where he’s going, so with who will you abide, in Jesus or in Satan? Will you obey the Words of God, or the many words of men?

Reset your clock and your life, while yet there is time, as the clock is nearing midnight, The Father has given us all the Free-Will, and gives us all the choice, as He uses only love and truth, while the Devil shall never use these two, but uses, everything else, as lies, deceptions half-truths, just read Genesis 2,3 chapters. and find his first recorded lie in Gen 3:4 by adding the word NOT! And many teach that the human soul is eternal because of it!

Thanking Y O U for your time.  Questions?  Comments?  John at servant@frontier.com

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FREEDOM, ARE y o u FREE?” PASTOR RAY IRWIN 7/29/2017.

MY MANY THANKS TO ELDER IRWIN: (John B)

There are those who equate their freedom, without any moral nor legal restrictions, but is this not anarchy? How different would this be to the “Law of the Jungle, survival of the fittest, fastest or meanest?  How many of us would really want to live like this?

So-called philosophers of the past have written, that the masses, all they want is security of income, shelter, and, food, and no God!  Yet how about this saying: “Your freedom stops your fist, one inch away from my nose”?

Yet the freedom I speak about, is far greater than self, as it can and should cover the entire human race. How about the freedom that Jesus Christ is able to bring unto you? The way to eternal live and love? By living life, where other are placed before self?

Revelation 22:14-15 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”

Who remembers  Bernie Maddoff? the Ponze scheme king? He made millions cheating his clients, and now he has nothing, left, the court took it all and he’s got a prison cell for life!

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

NOTE(JB):  What’s better, to be a living dog, or a dead lion? What does your pride say?

 Ecclesiastes 9:4 “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”

The dead are just that dead! All those who teach that the human soul is eternal, are teaching you error!Satan’

s first lie in Genesis 3: 4, even while God’s voice still echoed in the garden, “The day ye eat of it Ye shall surely die Gen.,2:17. Then, again, many are they that teach the words of men, and not the Word of God!

In Israel’s economy at the time of Christ, it was custom for the father’s wealth to be transferred to the eldest son, who then became the families leader in financial and spiritual growth. But this did not always suit those younger…..

 Luke 12:13-15 “And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

Why should none be thinking in this manner?

  Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

NOTE(JB): Remember Genesis 2:7, “God breathed into His nostrils man man became a living soul.”  Thus remove the soul. the Breath of life, the Living Spirit, the man, the woman is dead! So never believe Satan’s lie, Ye shall surely NOT die! That many preachers teaches from the pulpits!

Remember Proverbs 16:8? It was written by Solomon, Biblically the wisest man never lived, until he got too full of self, as he gathered more and more power and wealth. I t was not until in the twilight of his years, that he began to get it right, with God, and the why of his remarks in 16:8!

Will y o u agree with this? All human faults can trace their origin back to the devil, Satan? Have you not ever had his “Ticker-tape” of evil thoughts run through your mind, and left you wondering “Where did that…come from”?  One of Satan’s most effective lies, has convinced many that neither he nor God even exists, agree?

Yet who can argue with this:  “all our fears, doubts, worries, depression bouts, anger, rage, are all the result of of one’s lack of faith in Christ Jesus! They are all the weapons that Satan uses, to drive us away from the Father-God! Because all these emotions are the manifestation of self centered love, whereas Heaven’s love is always outwards, never inwards, and why Jesus COULD give His life, willingly, for the sins of us all!

Did Y O U, dear reader, know that the phrase “Fear not” appears in the O.T. 120 times, and 28 times in the New! We CAN and SHOULD take Him at His word!

John 8:35-36 “And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

 Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

NOTE(JB): The above verse is Jesus speaking, why can we know this?

  John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”      John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Note(JB) The Father-God is The Creator, and Jesus Christ is His creation AGENCY! Read Genesis 1:1-2, and learn the entire God-head was involved in the Creation act: God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit! If anyone tells you different, ask them to study His Word, not quoting men!

No human can fully teach another unless……..Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”

Have Y O U dear reader not ever wondered of the why the addicted to drugs, alcohol etc, have those problems? Jeremiah 5:25″ Your iniquities  {sins] have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.”

Do you not think, that there’s a price to pay beyond the health and the financials, when we partake in mind-altering practices? Or doe thing we can do what-ever, take whatever, eat whatever, and drink whatever, without any cost? Please , think again!

On personal note, this man USED TO HAVE, a pack-a day tobacco habit, that I knew I could set-aside anytime I wished, in fact I have quit this habit sometimes several times in one day! It was not until some 40 years later, when I gave all the stuff away, including l;lighters and ashtrays, got on my knees, and prayed, “Father, you have seen me get rid of all things for this habit, now I need you Father, to remove the urge, the force of habit, of reaching for another smoke. from me Father, let Thy will be my will!” It was three weeks later, when I realized this habit was no longer mine! That was many years ago! So I can, and DO attest, that He is far greater and far stronger than any silly habit anyone the devil has used upon them!

So why did He come to this earth, knowing that there’s a force, Satan, that will try to kill him via his servants?

  Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

NOTE(JB) As He made mad from a formed pile of clay, Genesis 2:7, what makes you think He can’t free you from what ever habit you are burdened with? He spoke the Sun and the stars into existence, and your problem is too big??? Your thinking is far too small!

John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

NOTE(JB): BUT ONLY if Y O U allow it, Jesus will never use force, in fact His only tools are truth and love. Satan, on the other hand, has no such restrictions! Live as but a WAR, over your soul! Only YOU can determine who shall win, Jesus or Satan! That in my mind makes all this real simple! Jesus take my heart, as I can’t give it to you!

 James 1:25-27 “ But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

It’s God’s will and powers that sets us free from Satan’s many snares, but we each must ask in prayer.

Galatians 5:13-15 “ For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.”

Question: “Is this not where Humanity is these days? Hurrah for me, and to hell for you?

Psalms 119:44-48 “ So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.”

Revelation 22:6-7″ And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”

We can summon all this up with these two verses:    Revelation 21:7-8″He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Thanking Y O U for your time. Questions?  Comment? John at servant@frontier.com

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God’s Test of Loyalty, Can YOU pass it? Elder John Bazen

As a Seventh-day Adventist, we have just finished our quarterly Bible School Study titled, FEED MY SHEEP, covering the 1,2.3 Epistles of John.

Speaking only for myself, even though I do study daily the Word, when we meet for Bible School Lessons on Sabbath morn invariably, someone will bring up a point, that I did not think of, thus connecting more and more “dots”.  It is a lot like a BBQ, when one pulls a hot and burning coal, of to the side,  the fire goes out, people are subject to the same thing!

Have YOU, dear reader, ever really prayed often, about something, and did not get an answer, that you could recognize? Is this why……..

James 4:2-3 “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

Please, stop and think about this verse! Then ask self, Have I sinned, and not confessed it before God in prayer, repented of it, and asked for forgiveness?  Don’t you know that The Father, of us all, hates sin so much, that He sent His Son Jesus, to show how to live, life as perfect, and then was beaten, and nailed alive to die on the Cross because of our collective sins? This is an indisputable and historical fact, and it is NOT as the secularists try to fool themselves, by calling this a fairy-tale! We CAN, and,  should bet our eternal lives upon it!

If I was not fully convinced of this fact, then I am most miserable of men, as I have believed a fable. But I know what I was, before Christ entered my heart/mind, and I also know that The Father is not yet finished re-working my character, to be more like Jesus, I Thank God that I am no longer the man I used to be! Other wise I’d tell you all to go to —-! An not bother with all these blogs! As you can tell this man is not one that tippy-toes around topics!

Proverbs 14:12″ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” [Prov. 16:25]

Why does The Creator so write?

1 Corinthians 13:12-13 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

Please remember this verse:…..James 2:18-20 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

Now know the why of I Cor.,13: 13 above, that charity is called the greatest, because its works without the expectation of a reward! Only those who have willingly surrendered to Christ, shall be able to withstand the persecutions yet to come, but take cheer, during the Ten Plaques in Egypt did the Israelite nation,  suffer beyond being a witness?  NO! Ditto for all those in Christ in the tribulations of the time of the end!

Most people, are so deluded and fully asleep, all the time because of Satan, whom many think is someone we Christians have thought up to be the “Boggy-man” to frighten our children into behaving!Then, again, they think that God doesn’t exist either. All of them have swallowed the Satanic lie called EVOLUTION! Mankind is DEVOLVING NOT EVOLVING!

Do YOU, dear reader wish to know, where we are in the Bible’s stream of time?  Read on…

2 Timothy 3:1-7 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

WE, have been there, in this world, since the mid-1960’s, and those who reveled, in the times of SEX-DRUGS & ROCK-ROLL, are now the ones in “Charge”!  Look further…..

Isaiah 5:20-21 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”

Today, our nation holds, via the majority, that abortions, homo-sexuality, sex-gender confusions, Rest-Room for men, for women, and the confused ones, even in the military, yet most think its all good! If we look down the path of History, all the defunct empires, had three common faults, and this rotten them from within. High Taxes, Low Morals, Total Corruption in leadership, and they were all taken over by their enemies! America, and Americans, WE ARE THERE! Each politician, put self in from of all, then Party, and finally Nation! Be they Donkeys or Elephants, or Independent! But today if one is a Donkey, they wake each day, what did the Elephants, that is wrong, and how can I prove it! meanwhile we have millions trying to survive with a little or nothing, and the homelessness is so high that it is unworthy of America, Yet the picture we get from D.C, is as two mules  tied together, each facing a pile of hay, yet each wants to deny the other the chance to eat! So why not get to gether and share the food, so both can eat, and get stuff done?  NO! SELF FIRST!

Most of us do not know that our creator is a “Hands-on God”…..

Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Psalms 139:13 ” For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.”

Psalms 127:3″ Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

Let’s be brutishly honest OK? The Nazis killed 6 millions+, and we rightly call the evil, BUT since 1967, we, in the U.S.A. have killed 50 + millions via abortion YET we are the GOOD GUYS! To all living I ask “Aren’t you glad your Mother did not abort YOU? Robbing God of His reward!

Man became a WHAT?  Therefore, a soul is a living being, a life-form that breathes air, and can move by its own power, is a living soul, yup even a slug! A soul is not a add-on, nor a separated item, like a car’s accessory, but know that in most of the Bible, soul/spirit/breath of life, are fully interchangeable!If you, dear reader, are of a mind, that God can’t take care of ALL your needs look…… at the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness….

Deuteronomy 8:4-5 “Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.”

A Parent that refuses to correct their child, is guilty of child abuse! Most today, it seems just want to be a friend to their child, not a parent! That will not fly, they want friends of their age, and YOU to be the parent, first and a friend second!

Psalms 34:8 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

Malachi 3:10″ Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

This does not mean we approach The Father, in prayer, as if He were but Santa Clause.

Revelation 10:9-10 “And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.”

The book is the Holy Bible, and it IS sweet in the mouth as we read and speak the words, BUT as we begin to life it, and become doers of the word, we must get rid of our most favorite sins, and that gives us s bitter belly! The Bible as as a Mirror, it shows us where we have the dirt of sin, and the world loves sins!

The word EAT in the revelation verse ,above, is # 2719, in Strong’s concordance, the Greek word, Kaesthlio [kat-es-thee-o] means to eat it down, to devour. Know there’s huge difference between reading and studying the Word!

I wonder, if God The Father, and God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit, each devoted but a hour every week towards our concerns, as this is what most so-called Christians” give Him each week, think you’d enjoy it He turned the time-tables around? The Godhead is on the job, 24/7/365, do you really want Them to devote the time YOU do to Them????  SELAH!

There’s THREE most common errors perpetrated with Christendom in the last few hundred years:  1 The soul is eternal.  2. Die and go right to one’s reward, up, or down. 3: Sun-god worship on Sundays.

Number 1:

Malachi 4:1-3 “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

Do ashes retain the soul?  NO! This includes Satan and his own!

Number 2:

Ecclesiastes 9:5″ For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”   Ecclesiastes 12:7″ Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

Please remember: breath of life/ Spirit/soul are interchangeable, especially in this verse!

#3) Sunday is NOT the Sabbath day!

 Exodus 20:1 “And God spake all these words, saying,   Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Genesis 2:1-3 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 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.”

Sanctify; to be made Holy, to set apart for a holy purpose, mankind can make NOTHING Holy, no not even water!

Daniel 7:24-26 “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.”

Yes, Satan deceptions lies and part truths have deceive many, and only those who prayerfully study, and asking for the wisdom to understand it, will be able to discern God’s truth from Satan’s lies! To all who think Satan is not real look and read…..

Isaiah 14:12-15″ How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

In some circles Lucifer/Satan/The dragon/The devil/the apposer is actually worshiped as the Good guy! No wonder good is called evil, right?

Ezekiel 28:14-19″ Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.”

No God did NOT create the devil, even the angels have a free-will, as do we, thus he chose to rebel against God, and wants to replace him! Just as the Humanists, and some Evangelicals say they too are gods! Well have any walked upon the water, or raised any dead, of late? Apostate blasphemers is what they are!

Another error is from the word FEAR:  Strong’s # 3372 YARE’ [yaw-ray’ ] to fear MORALLY,   to revere, to be i n awe of. Plus forever…Sodom was said to burn forever,  is it still burning today? NO! To burn eternally in the Lake of Fire, means ONLY until the desired work is finished, and fires run out of fuel, but the results for eternal, but not the punishing! WHY can can this be so?
Well for God to burn the sinners forever, He must give eternal life to all sinners, thus perpetuating sins for forever, and that He will not ever do, as sin shall be no more, soon! Besides how can God Who is love, be so gross as to burn while keeping them alive for ever?

How Satanic is this lie? Yet, sadly how many so-called Christian churches teach this garbage?

Not found within the Seventh-day Adventist Churches!

Thanking YOU for your time. JB.

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“AN ANOMALY I N THE PARADIGM” C. Goldstein, Liberty Mag. 5-6/2017.

My grateful thanks to all persons involved in this article, and the costs they bear for it. (John B)

An unfunny thing about political revolutions [at least the ones that succeed, anyway]: Those who “RAGE” against the ‘machine’, the revolutionaries, upon taking power, eventually becomes the ‘Establishment’, the powers that be,, the ‘machine’ [even if another model] that they once raged against. And with rare exceptions, the new machine, becomes as dogmatic and intolerant of dissent. ( JB: as what they fought and replaced in the first place) . [Sometimes even more so!]

This motif doesn’t happen only i n political revolutions, i.e., the French, The Cuban, the Bolshevik, et,. Arguably, the most consequential revolution ever, the scientific revolution, is a powerful case i n point.

Because of science’s overwhelming epistemological ( to believe in the study of origin) and intellectual dominance of today..[ but it’s SCIENCE], few realize that science and scientists were once iconoclasts, outcasts, troublemakers, even revolutionaries. After all, it wasn’t called the “Scientific Revolution”, for nothing.

In many way the “scientific Revolution’ was the final expression of the Renaissance, and another manifestation of the Enlightenment. From the sixteenth century (1700′ s) onward, in Europe what occurred wasn’t just in what people knew, but in what it meant TO KNOW SOMETHING. “Natural Philosophers,” (The word ‘scientist’, was a 19th century invention)  were rejecting the old authorities, seeking to study the world on its own terms. Breaking free from the stranglehold that ARISTOTELIANISM, held on the intellectual thoughts for all those centuries, they began to see the world quantitatively, with its Aristotelian “perfections”, and the like. Such men as Francis Bacon, Nicolaus   Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilee, Isaac Newton, and Rene’ Descartes slowly but surely broke the nooshphere free from the old intellectual regime. Francis Bacon (1561-1626), in trouble for rejecting Aristotelianism, declared in one most revolutionary lines ever: “I cannot be called on to abide by the sentence of a tribunal which itself is on trail.”

By the 19th ans 20th centuries science’s intellectual dominance had become all but absolute {JB remember all the noise from the Scope’s trail, and man decent from monkeys, as Mr. Scopes taught Creation in his class?]  And, as all absolutist, the scientific-industrial complex brooks little {JB NO dissent] dissent or tolerance for those who challenge its canon and creeds.   [JB remember, to these people its their RELIGION!]

And just how little {tolerance] can be see in the story of Mark Armitage.

THE MICROCOPIST:   

Mark Armitage, now in his 60’s is a microscopist, a microscope scientist, having served as the President of the Southern California Society for Microscopy, which describes itself as “Dedicated to increasing interest and information in all areas of microscopy and microananlysis, including, but not limited to: Transmission electron, scanning electron and electron microscope, ion probe, microbeam analysis, optical and confocal microscopes, and microspectroscopes.

In 2009 Amaritage had been hired, part-time but permanent, by California State University Northridge,  (SCUN) to install and run the electron microscope and confocal microscope suite of laboratories in the Biological Department at SCUN. He was to set up a $million electron microscope laboratory for the Biology Department and to make sure that the microscopes were running to specifications. He was also to acquire and install a $350,000 confocal microscope and was to be the point man in the Biology department, for the training of the confocal microscope. He was also to train the professors and undergraduates and graduate students in the art of microscopy. Over the next two years he trained six professors and 44 students on the use of the system, and in 2012 Armitage was asked to teach a graduate course for the Department in Biological Imaging.

In 2012 he was characterized by top department personal, as a person who is “Tops” and was called a” superb microscopist with many decades of experience.” In May of 2012 the department had him produce a 12 hour training vidio complete with examinations to prepare students for further training on the confocal Microscope– a video that is STILL in use this today!

At the very same time, all this was happening, a subtext existed: Mark Armitage was a creationist, whose views were know when he was hired. “During the interview,” he testified in a deposition, “We discussed my being a creationist. In fact, I told the panel that Lorence Collins, in the CSUN  Geology Department, published a critique of my research on SCUN web site. ( It remains there to this day.) My creationism was also apparent from the list of my publications (30 or more), which I provided the interviewers on my resume’. My resume’ also identifies my having obtained a Masters’s degree from the Institute for Creation Research.

Nevertheless, probably given the mechanical-technical nature of his work, he got the job, and, from all indications, Mark Armitage was very good at it.

THEN CAME THE ANOMALY:

I the summer of 2012 Armitage participated in a dif at Hell Creek Formation, in Montana, a world-famous dinosaur graveyard. On the dig he and others uncovered the largest Triceratops horn, ever found at that location. It weighed 18 pounds. He coauthored a peer-review paper in a scholarly journal about the find. The abstract to the paper read:

“Soft fibrillar bone tissue were obtained from a supraorbital horn of Triceratops horridus collected at the Hell Creek Formation in Montana U.S.A. Soft materiel was present in the pre- and post decalicified bone, Horn material yielded numerous small sheets of lamellar bone osteocytes. Some sheets of soft tissue has multiple layers of intact tissues with osteocyte-like structures featuring filipodial-like interconnections and secondary branching, Both oblate and stellate types of osteocyte-like cells were present in sheets of soft tissues and exhibited organelle-like micro-structures, SEM analysis yielded sions of 18-20 UM (? JB) in length Filipodial extensions were delicate and showed no evidence of any permineralization {fossilization- JB}  or crystallization artifact and therefore interpreted to be soft tissue.. This  Triceratops horn  bearing layers of osteocytes, and extends the range and type of dinosaur specimens known to contain non fossilized material in bone matrix.

In laymen’s terms, what that meant was soft tissue existed in the Triceratops horn. The problem? IF THE TRICERATOPS, is 60 million years old, as IT IS SUPPOSED to be,then it would be very highly unlikely, if not impossible, for soft tissue remains, to have been found there. But is WAS! Which meant that this discovery was another Classical Example of a “Kuhnian Anomaly” in the paradigm”   A Kuhnian Anomaly in the Paradigm? What is that, and why did it get him fired?

THOMAS KUHN’S CHALLENGE:

The words “anomaly” and “paradigm” though long existing in the English language, took on a whole new significance with a book by scientist Thomas Kuhn. Published in 1962, Kuhn’s 
“The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”  
became a Phenomenon that has impacted the way people have thought about science, and the claims of science, ever since.

NOTE(JB): Who among us would enjoy, the destruction, of pet ideas we have held or formulated for a longest of time? All of hate to be moved from the ideas held dear, right? Change is not comfortable.

Loved and hated, emulated, and reviled, Kuhn’s book still reverberates today!

NOTE(JB) Silly me, and here all these years I was under the impression, that human science, is the human search for truth! But truth , like beauty, must be  in the eyes of the beholders?

According to Kuhn, science doesn’t work in anywhere near as rational or objectively as the hoi polloi are led to believe. Instead, science and scientific research are, really, just another subjective way that we humans can view the world they are apart of and can interact with. It’s often a fruitless interaction, for sure, but fruitless isn’t synonymous with correctness or truth.The conclusions of the scientists are, Kuhn wrote, “possible determined by his prior experience in other fields, by the accident of his investigations, and by his own individual makeup?

….An apparently arbitrary element, compounded of personal and historical accident, is always a formative ingredient of the beliefs espoused by a given scientific community at a given time.”

Kuhn made the word “Paradigm” a household term (at least in households interested in the philosophy of science). For Kuhn, a paradigm is the background, the ASSUMPTIONS, the framework or model, in which scientific research takes place. The paradigm determines the question asked, the places to look for answers, and the methods considered legitimate in looking for those answers. Paradigms are kind of superheros or meta-theories that sustain an entire tradition of scientific research and theorizing.

NOTE(JB) Research like this has already the answers precluded, before research? The victim is truth!

I n the N.F.L when a play is challenged by an opposing team, the referees examine the play itself, but only within the context of pre-established rules, It’s not that rules are challenged, or questioned,, instead the rules are what determines if the challenge or question, is valid. For Kuhn, the paradigm is, simply, the rules of the game.

When a scientist works within a pradigm, they ar3e doing what Khun famously referred to as “Normal Scince”. When engaged in “nor,al Science”, the scientist is NOT questioning the paradigm; on the contrary, the paradigm is what is questioning everything else. The framework is not judged by what unfolds with it; no, the framework judges what unfolds instead! The truth or the falsity of a hypothesis is determined by how it jives or matches, with the paradigm.

Enter the “ANOMALY”. As normal science progresses, Khun argued, over time, “anomalies”- phenomena that don’t do what they are supposed to do ( at least don’t according to the paradigm)– might arise. Anomalies are data that don’t seem to be reading the scientific literature: they are experiments producing results that shouldn’t be there, according to the paradigms. X should occur when you do Y, but Z does does instead, and z does so over and over, persists,, and can’t be explained away within the paradigm, science reaches a “CRISIS”, and the paradigm that dominated that branch of science is called into question. When it’s overturned, that’s what Kuhn called a “Revolution”

And if anything ever qualified as a Kuhnian anomaly in the paradigm, soft tissue in a dinosaur fossil SUPPOSEDLY, 68 millions years old, would indeed be one!

THE TERMINATION OF MARK ARMITAGE.

The implications of Armitage’s findings were not lost on his employers. Not long after Armatige returned from the dig, and word got around about the soft tissue, one of the biology professors confronted him in the lab and shouted, “We are not going to tolerate your religion or your pet creationists projects in this department!”

As per Mark, he never, in the context of the find, talked about his religion. He didn’t need to: soft tissue in a fossil dated 68 millions of years old, said it all for him!  No he was not the first one to find soft tissues on Dion fossils and science has been wrestling with this ever since.  First, it’s  not really soft tissue, but even hard-core evolutionist agree that’s not what it it is. Second, there must be some unknown mechanism that can preserve the tissue, the remains of red blood-cells for millions of years. That’s what some scientists are trying to do. The third is to question the paradigm itself– an unthinkable option, for the scientific-industrial complex, which so readily explains what followed for Mark Armitage.

After the outburst Armitage was told by his supervisor to keep doing his job in the Lab (Armitage studies the horn in his own personal lab, on his own time). Then on February 13, 2103, “Soft Sheets of Fibrillar Bone From a Fossil of the Supraorbital Horn of the Dinosaur Triceratops horridus” was published online then in Acta-Histochemiice vol 115, issue 6 July 2013. PP. 630-608 , a paper he wrote with biologist Kevin Lee Anderson, of Arkansas State University-Beebe. Nothing in the paper mentioned god, the Bible, the Genesis creations account, Noah’s flood, nor anything religious. It din’t make an attempt to explain how the {soft} tissue got there.

It didn’t need to. The implications of the soft tissue itself, the anomaly and the threat it posed to the paradigm, were so clear that within days of the publication, Armatige had been warned by a fellow employee that a “Witch-hunt” was one, and in progress, and that Mark was deemed to be the witch! Later he was asked to resign, and refusing, was fired. The given reason was that the Lab was being closed due to “lack of financial resources”.  (It never was closed)

In short, two weeks after he published an article in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal– never mentioning god, faith, divinity, or creation in the article– Mark Armatige became another victim of the scientific-industrial complex’s intellectual intolerance.

NOTE(JB): This is the very reason many scientists keep their private thoughts private, at the sacrifice of truth, upon the alter of a income!

THE SUIT:

Despite the anomoly of Armitage’s find, nothing was  anomalous about his firing. On the contrary, it’s the scientific-industrial complex doing another version of it’s own kind of “Normal Science”– which is shutting down opposition when ever and where ever possible, to protect the prevailing paradigm, especially one with the metaphysical implications of soft tissue in a fossil that’s supposedly is 68 millions of years old.

The commonly promoted idea of cold rationalistic scientists objectively following the evidence wherever it leads has long been known to be a myth!

NOTE(JB) Ditto in Justice-Judicial system, how oft do we hear about a long-time prisoner finally released due to innocence? Or one charged, but not ever on trail, yet where do they go to get their good name back?

It was a direct challenge to their paradigm, and nothing short of the Nuclear Option is off the table!

Knowing the injustice of what happened to him, Armatige sued.

 

 

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CHRISTIAN–ATHEIST DIALOGUE.

MY MANY THANKS TO BOTH ED DIRKERSON AND SIGNS of the Times  June 2017. [ John B]

It was billed as “A Discussion Between Science and Religion,” but it was nothing of this sort. The Scientist refrained from attacking the Bible’s account, but he kept stating that science demonstrated thew earth to be billions of years old, and THAT SETTLED THAT!

The Pastor, defending the religious side of thew discussion, would not have any of it. He claimed that the Bible declared the earth to be about 6,000 years old, and THAT SETTLED THAT!

Who can not fail to see, these two were not talking to each other, but both were talking PAST, each other, and this is not a dialogue, and honest and open discussion, of facts.

This, sadly, is characteristic of many— and probably most— such discussions between, the two, can we call them both, FAITHS? Due to the simple fact, that both sides of this discussion, draw their fact from the same single source, the Universe! Same evidence, two opposing views. yet one set of facts.  Yes it is all too easy for each side to blame the other for the disconnect, but as we have already seen in the preceding example, the blame lies at the feet of both! The University of British Columbia’s study found that religious people distrust atheists to about the same degree as they distrust rapists. Lead researcher Will Gervais said that “Where there are religious majorities… that is, in most of the world,… atheists are among the least trusted people.”

NOTE[JB] Sorry Mr. Gervais, but I’ve know a few Atheists, and their moral character, is one that many “Christians” cannot match!\

On the other hand, speaking about July 2011, the Japanese tsunami, best-selling author and atheist, Sam Harris said: “Either God can do nothing, or He doesn’t care to, or e doesn’t exist. God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary.”

NOTE(JB) Sam, either is Biblically ignorant, or has not understood it, in its entirety, or is not willing to learn a thing about it! If one is going to dismiss anything, would it not be prudent to learn a few fundamental facts about God, in the first place? Talk about cutting of nose to spite one’s face.

The n there’s Richard Dawkins, in his book, ““The God Disillusion” , calls the God of the Old Testament, “vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser”.  and a “capriciously malevolent bully”. The late Christopher Hitchens devoted a whole book to the proposition that God is not great and that religion poisons everything.

So the question arises, is it possible for Christians and Atheists to have a meaningful conversations? I will begin  by pointing out that this article is not about how public debaters can have a meaningful conversations. Debates are adversarial contests, far from discussions. More as a “Contest” to see who can win over the audience. The purpose of this article is to discuss, how individual, Atheists and Christians can have a meaningful conversations!

Realistically, in a polarized climate, engaging in these conversations can be risky, {JB we all love our beliefs don’t we?]  We have already learned that a debate format, is already defeated before it began, agree?

DIALOGUE VERSUS DEBATE:

The word DIALOGUE, IS CRITICAL,  as it suggests a respectful conversation, the purpose of which is to exchange ideas, inform each other, and to clarify issues. A debate on the other hand, from the listener’s view-point, is nothing but a competition, as each is trying to defeat the other!

Thus, the first requirement, for any honest discussion, is for each side to REALLY listen , to what the other person is saying! This fully attuned as a listener will tell anyone quickly, if the speaker wants to engage in a conversation, or to engage in a debate, or just there to argue and ridicule.  These three things are quite different,and the latter two, sadly, are the most commonly used, by both sides. {JB, are there two sides, or only one human side, with different ideas?] The last two , methods,makes conversations impossible, and in danger of being reduced to a shouting match, in the which, only Satan can be declared the winner!]

Yes, debates have their place,but they are far from being a conversations, in which individuals build up a relationship, based on understanding; whereas a debate is all about persuading an audience. Conversations, are all about building respect and trust, by fully listening and exploring the ideas we share and also those on which we respectfully differ.

Only by first, listening can we discover what the other person is thinking. Everyone wants to be heard. #When we feel that we haven’t been heard, we become frustrated, and that can quickly turn to resentment and to anger and the total breakdown of a relationship.

Fat too often, we instead of listening, are already formulating our response, in our minds, while the other is speaking, and in so doing, we are already sliding into a debate mode! This is getting ready to counter their statement rather than really understanding their statement. This often leads to miscommunication because we are responding to what WE THINK, the other person is saying.

One of Stephen Covey’s seven habits of highly effective people is: “Seek first to understand, then be understood.”\

One of the most effective ways to understand, what the other is speaking about, is to repeat back to them, what they said to us. For example “What I hear you saying is such and such, is this correct?  However, if we simply ‘Parrot’ back, there’s a chance that we may use a different word or meaning. By putting it into our own words, we demonstrate that we truly listened and understood the other’s meaning”  And until that happens, no progress has nor can, be made.

AVOID HARSH LANGUAGE:

Any DIALOGUE, involves give and take. It isn’t about one person, setting the other straight!. Saying, “You’re wrong” or “You are mistaken”, you have already lost the discussion. Remember the ‘Golden Rule’?  “Do onto others, what you want them to do to you.” If what you hear, goes against the grain, you saying “I understand it this way, what do you think”?  Or, “This way makes more sense to me.”  Even, “I don’t agree, because of this or that.” Remember all humans are working with the very same facts, differing only upon our interpretations of the facts!

NOTE(JB) To expand upon the last sentence, can we say that the Bible, Evolution, and, Climate change, are all “RELIGIONS, and each one requires faith? They differ only in their AUTHORSHIP, as evolution and Climate Change are from MAN, the Bible is God’s Word! So do men lie, do men have ulterior motives, are some men evil? God is love   1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”                                                                     Yes God destroyed the sinners, in the Old Book, because…Genesis 6:5-6 “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”        Yes, He could have fully wiped our humanity, but He chose to spare 8, and some animals is the ark. Or would Y O U rather have Him not do this, and reduce life to living by the Laws of the Jungle, instead? Are we not close to that very point these days of 2017?

FACTS VERSES ASSUMPTIONS:

Many exchanges are about Creation verses Evolution, while the Signs of the times, supports the Creation view, we recognize that there are situations when conversations between the two sides need to take place, and the utter importance to remain respectful on both sides . One way to do this is to keep in mind both sides come to the table with some assumptions, facts of faith, if you will.

NOTE(JB) Speaking for myself, and looking back over my life hindsight being 20/20, I can fully admit, there were events, that happened, that just cannot be explained with the powers of God. Yes I am NOT the man  God wants me to be, but I thank God, I am not longer the man I used to be!

Scientists, base their conclusions on evidence derived from observations, witnessed by our five senses, sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, and they assume that these observations will lead us to the correct understanding of life and world we all live in. This assumption is called Naturalism.  And it works! If you don’t believe or except this, try taking a ride on an airplane, or take ride in a boat!

Christians accept many of the conclusions that naturalism. leads to, but the basic worldview is called —- Super naturalism…. the assumption that there is a God, that He has revealed Himself in the Bible, and within nature in the Universe, for all too see. We have proven the Bible’s truths by Archaeology, in but a few cases,.

NOTE(JB): Prophecy regarding the human kingdoms was foretold by a few years for some and by over 500 years before the fact in others, all in the correct order given to Daniel. However, at this date over ninety percent of all prophecy has come to pass, as written, so who thinks  the last less than 10 percent will not also occur? [Daniel 1-7 chapters]

Even with both sides agreeing that a historical event happened, Christians must rely on faith, for the reason and purpose, for the theological insights, that can be read from the Bible. Even Atheists can agree that 2000 years ago a man named Jesus Christ was crucified by Romans, as per some historical evidence,… but we differ greatly upon the conclusion that He died in payment for human sins. Neither sides, can show proof, of their convictions, thus each must take it on faith, as no amount of observable evidence could prove either point!

Neither Science, nor by human faith, can Creation, as per the Bible’s Genesis 1,can give proof positive, that it is factually so! However, since we are living, and the earth is real, and the Universe is visible to all with sight, at night, it must be reality that we exist

Science at least those who want to keep their jobs, or to continue receiving grant money for research, accept in public the evolutionist views, right? But not all do! It take a huge leap in faith, to accept the human assumption of the ORIGIN of LIFE, albeit-spontaneous generation from some primordial soup, or transportation from outer space, and for the very same reasons,NO HUMANS WERE PRESENT< TO SEE< AND RECORD THE EVENT!

Thus faith and supposition are in truth-speaking past one an other, and not to each other

NOTE(JB) Let’s look at the facts both can see, almost anywhere we have either ants or bees, shall we? Evolution would have you believe, that both came by either of the previous written of means. However, both the ant and the bee, can’t remain living as a single life form, the bee is in need of a hive, with a queen and many thousands of fellow bees, the same goes for an ant, it needs a colony, to survive. Both had this same need from day one, so how does evolution explain the instantaneous evolution of both the many ants and bees, all with their queens, drones and workers and warriors, each different is purpose and body styles? The Bee and the ant, are both two of many such examples that begs an answer science thus far refuses to tackle. As science cannot weigh, nor measure, nor quantify God, they ignore Him, and leave Him out of all their ideas.                                                                        One other Question: IF…if evolution’s main driving force is “Survival of the fittest, and how did human love enter into the picture, or how did the human conscience  begin, and lastly where did the human concern for others come from? IF. . .if there is no GOD?

Between these two ideas we must all remember this verse:

Matthew 22:36-40″ Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Thanking Y O U for your time’  Questions? Comments? John at servant@frontier.com

Other sites: AFTV.org BLBN.org AMAZINGDISCOVERIES.org itiswritten,om

Need more? Visit your Seventh-day Adventist Church, any Saturday/Sabbath, 9-10 AM. Learn the why Christ’s death and resurrection, was for Y O U and me!

jb

 

 

 

 

 

 

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