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What Is Going On?

Democrats are against Democrats. Republicans are against Republicans. And of course they’re against each other. What is going on? Why is this happening?

It seems like there are Americans who want to tear America apart. Why? I believe I know why. And what’s more, I believe God even warned us about it.

“I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3

The nation of Israel belongs to God. Yes He has punished that country from time to time, but He also said He would curse any who shows contempt towards Israel.

The Lord your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate and persecute you. Deuteronomy 30:7

I was amazed at how people were reacting about the presidential election back in November 2016. When Trump won the election, many people were very upset. On the west coast of the United States, people in Washington State, Oregon, and California said they wanted their state to leave the nation. Why? If you ask them if they love their country, they would most likely answer ‘Yes’. So why would they want to tear their own country apart?

Many if not most of these people believe that Israel must be divided into Israel and Palestine. Many of the same people as well as government officials work hard for this ‘two state solution’. Some will do whatever they can it seems, like to make Israel the bad guy. They may say they support Israel. But their idea of supporting Israel is tearing that small country in two. So now The Lord God put it into their hearts to tear their own country in two. And it seems they don’t understand.

I heard that before the election Trump was the only candidate who signed a paper claiming he supported Israel and will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying that all of Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. I don’t know if this is absolutely true, but if it is, it would explain why Trump was elected. God kept His promise. “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3

The way the United States has been treating Israel, I’m surprised we haven’t fallen yet. I’m glad we haven’t. But from what I’ve seen from the presidential election in 2016, I wonder if when God does judge us and we fall, how many Americans who claim to love America, will be OK with this. How many will not understand.

God may seem slow in keeping His promise, but He does keep them. The God of Israel is God. He is Lord. I believe in the God of Israel and His son Jesus Chirst.

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The Political Party Of Jesus

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If Jesus were to come back right now, what political party would He belong to? I have been told at times that if Jesus came back now, He would be Democrat. Well the people who say that are wrong.

Right about now some of you maybe happily thinking ‘Of course not. He would be a Republican.’ And you too would be wrong.

I’m wondering if there are some who believes Jesus wouldn’t get involved in any form of political affairs since He is a religious figure. Believing that one must not mix religion with government affairs. If so, they too would be wrong.

Jesus is not a Republican, or Democrat, or Socialist, or Communist. Oh, and the early Christians in the book of Acts were not Socialist either. Socialism is where the government takes (often by force) and gives some of it to others. The early Christians in Acts gave out of their hearts with love to help others.

Let’s say there is someone in need. Maybe because of earthquake, flood, health problems, homelessness, you name it. And let’s say you personally care and want to help, so you give your time, or money, or both. That is what the Christians in Acts were doing.

Acts 2:44-46
And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity

So what political party would Jesus be part of? His own! Jesus is KING. He is LORD. Besides, what makes you think He would be that impressed with anything we have?

There are two places in Revelation that you may find interesting. The first one is when the Anti-Christ’s armies will go to war against the Lamb (Jesus), but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him. Revelation 17:14

The second is Revelation 21:22-26 which will happen after the Anti-Christ is gone, after the thousand years of Christ’s reign, after Satan is released again, and after the whole world is destroyed, then recreated. Revelation 21:22-26 says:
I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory. Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there. And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city.

So the LORD will rule the world and yet there will be different nations. How this will work, I’m not sure. The only thing I can think of is the United States of America. Here we have one president, one federal government with federal laws. However we are made up of 50 different states with different laws and customs. For an example: the state of Oregon has an income tax, but no sales tax. Where Washington State has no income tax, but it does have sales tax. In Louisiana they celebrate Mardi Gras. Not so much in the other states. Also what’s legal in one state may be illegal in the next. Yet we are all united states, or United States of America. However when Jesus reigns, it will be perfect.

So what political party will Jesus belong to? His own. He’s KING and LORD. And that’s my thoughts.

It’s Not Hopeless

London WWII – National Archives, US Government

London WWII – National Archives, US Government

Lately I have been hearing things about prophesy and the future that isn’t quite right. What I have hearing from people, seems to be void of all hope.

The other week I was talking with someone and they were telling me that the America could fall. OK I too believe that America could fall. Then they told me that there is now a thing that can create a EMP blast that will send all of America into the dark ages forever. Life here will be like it was 100 years ago.

I had to correct this person. Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) has been around for a very long time. It was first made by man during WWII. The US government noticed it when experimenting with the atom bomb. But it has been around since the beginning of time. Lightening strikes are some and I believe solar flares are too.

So will an EMP strike throw the whole United States into the dark ages forever? No. Revelation 13:8 says the people of this world will worship the beast or the Anti-Christ. People can’t worship the beast without the Internet and social media.

Another thing I heard was on television. Some guy was saying that volcanoes could go off covering everything with a fine glass like volcanic ash. True. It will block out the sun and you would not want to be outside breathing this stuff into your lungs. Also true. This happened when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1981. This same guy said that at that time you will need a generator to light your home. You will also need to use duct tape to seal every part of your home to keep the ash out. He said this many times, and I saw it many times with the closed caption.

I soon realized that this man just wasn’t thinking about what he was saying. I’m sorry but when you think about this, it makes no sense. When Mt. St. Helens erupted the ash not only blocked out the sun and covered the ground, it also clogged the air filters of cars and trucks to the point where their engines could not run. People, the ash would also keep the generators from running too. And don’t think solar panels will help you. The same ash that will cover the ground will also cover the solar panels. So what should you use? Flashlights. Normal everyday flashlights. And for your lungs, I would use face dust filters like you would buy at a hardware store. But keep in mind that just because ash is covering the ground, it does not mean the power to your home would be out.

In the eastern part of Washington State, the volcanic ash stuck around for years. However most people were able to go outside in a day or two. By the way, I heard the ash was great for the crops a few years after.

I also heard that having a gun is a good thing to have. I have no argument there. Some say that if you have a gun, you could stop a terrorist! People please watch the news. Unless someone is a nut, a terrorist will most likely use a bomb. I have never heard of I gun stopping a bomb.

So what should you do? Many people live in areas where they often have hurricanes, tornadoes, and other very bad storms. My personal thoughts are to do what these people do. Prepare, but don’t go nuts. Also don’t count on the government to help you because they will most likely be struggling through same disaster as you.

Another thing that bothers me is when people talk about the Anti-Christ. They talk as if, when the Anti-Christ comes, then that’s it. That’s the end. No! That is not the end! Far from it. Jesus will come and defeat the Anti-Christ. And after that there will be life. Things will be OK.

However if you follow the Anti-Christ, you will be domed forever. But what if someone chose not to follow the Anti-Christ and yet still was not a follower of Jesus? I believe life will get better for them. Though they may not live as long. I base this on Isaiah 65:19-21. Please check out what I say as I am not trained in this.

Copper Ridge, North Cascade National Park -National Park Service

Copper Ridge, North Cascade National Park -National Park Service

But please don’t settle on this. Because if you die without Christ, you’ll be without Him forever. And that would truly be everlasting hopelessness. You don’t know when your last day will be.

Turn your life over to Jesus who died for your sins and then raised again, physically from the dead. Believe in Him and you will have eternal life. With Jesus, life is not hopeless.

America

Early American flag with 13 stars for the 13 states

Early American flag with 13 stars for the 13 states

On July 4th the United States will be celebrating it’s independence. The celebration will most likely includes fireworks, cooking hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. Some communities will even have a parade.

But how did all of this get started? Some say America started with Biblical ideas. Others say there was no thought of God at all in the beginning. So what’s true?

One of the things that many people say is that there is a separation between church and state. In a way there is, but not the way many want you to think.

From the Bill of Rights we get:
Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
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The government is not to make laws against Christian belief. And yet sometimes they do. Like stopping Christians from praying in school. Or even trying to stop Christian chaplains in the military from praying in the name of Jesus.

I have heard that there was no Christianity or any religion in the beginning of this country. Yet the Declaration of Independence says: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Modern American flag with 50 stars for all 50 states

Modern American flag with 50 stars for all 50 states

There are some who believes there there is no Biblical law nor should be any Biblical law in the United States, except for don’t steal and don’t murder. But is this true?

Some time ago the restaurant Subway got into trouble because their foot long sandwiches were not a full foot long. When I go buy fuel for our car, I would see a sticker on the pump with a Washington State seal on it, saying its scales are certified to be accurate. This goes along with Leviticus 19:35-36:
“Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight, or volume. Your scales and weights must be accurate. Your containers for measuring dry materials or liquids must be accurate. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

What about bribing the police? In this country it’s against the law. Exodus 23:8. In some countries bribing the police is very common. But in those countries there may be a lot of corruption.

What about rape? In so many countries and cultures around the world, the poor woman who gets raped, also gets killed. Why? Deuteronomy 22:25-27 says: “But if the man meets the engaged woman out in the country, and he rapes her, then only the man must die. Do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no crime worthy of death. She is as innocent as a murder victim. Since the man raped her out in the country, it must be assumed that she screamed, but there was no one to rescue her.”

These are just a few of the laws here in America that are based on Gods word.

Martin Luther King Jr – Wikipedia

Martin Luther King Jr – Wikipedia

Some say Christians must not voice their belief in government. That Christians should not try to change a law. They say that would be very bad. Really? Then why do many of the same people celebrate what Pastor Martin Luther King Jr. did back in the 1960s?

“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before.” Deuteronomy 11:26-28 Even though this was first for the Israelites, I believe it could also apply to other countries. I believe this is why the United States has been blessed over the years. Yes I know we’ve blown it from time to time. But for the most part, in the past we have honored the Lord. But are we still honoring the Lord?

Something to think about as we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, parades, barbecues and other actives. My wife and I will be with friends enjoying a car race.

Lesson Of The Fir Tree

Woodpecker on Fir Tree

Woodpecker on Fir Tree

Fir trees are tall and very durable trees. Birds of course live in them, as well as bats. The bats in the Northwest are very tiny and they sometimes live under the coarse bark of the fir tree. Let’s not forget the squirrels they also run up and down these trees.

When a storm comes, I have seen these trees sway back and forth like windshield wipers on a car. And even though they may loose a few branches, after the storm you’ll still find them standing tall.

There are two things that will weaken a fir tree. One is if the other trees around it have been removed. The other is if the tree starts to rot from the inside.

One day a bug embedded itself beneath the bark and started eating away at the tree from the inside. Soon there were more bugs and the interior of the mighty fir tree starts to rot. On the outside the tree still looks strong. And when the breeze blows, it still gently sways back and forth as before. But the tree gets weaker and weaker as worms and the termites eat away and rots the tree from the inside out.

One day in a mild storm, the once mighty fir tree sways as before but then, it stops. The rot has weaken the tree to the point where it could no longer righten itself up any more. It starts to fall. It’s slow at first. But as it leans over it picks up speed. Finally it hits the ground with full force. When a fir tree hits the ground, it often breaks into two or three pieces. It also crushes anything in its way. Cars, houses, even people.

People I fear that the United States is like the fir tree that is rotting from the inside. We still look strong, but sin has been eating away for years now. Will America fall? I don’t know. Maybe. Maybe not. But either way I do believe we will suffer greatly. If we don’t fall completely, I’m sure we will fall from being a superpower.

Genesis 12:2-3
I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.

This great nation is Israel. (God said He would make Abraham is great nation. Not a big nation.) The US has not been very kind to Israel lately. Neither have many other countries. And we will pay the price for it.

This seems to go along with what a lot of experts on prophesy have been saying. They say there is no hint of America in End Time prophesy. They do say the Bible talks about Russia and China though.

So what can we do about this? Pray. And get ready. Now when I say get ready, I do not mean sell everything, move into the mountains, clear the land, and live completely off the grid. For most of us that would be stupid. Most likely you’d go into debt. And when worst comes to worst, you’ll still have that debt to pay off.

So what should you do? I don’t know. If you can, get out of debt. And pray.

You should also be sure you are right with God. John 3:14-16 says, And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. Believe that Jesus died for you sins. And after he was dead and buried for three days he rose again physically from the dead. Not as a ghost, but as a man who was seen and talked with and ate with. Later He was lifted up into heaven. He will return.

I believe that when America falls, either completely or partly; this world will be one step closer to the anti-Christ.

Also keep in mind that our Lord Jesus could come for us any time from the next few years, to the next few seconds. Be ready.

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