The Bible Made Plain

The Most Dangerous Book

by David F. Lloyd

The Bible is so widely available today that it’s easy to take it for granted. But it hasn’t always been that way.

The Opening of Genesis Chapter 1 from a 1620-21 King James Bible in black letter type. The first edition of the KJV was 1611.

The year was 1428. A large procession approached the Church of St. Mary in the town of Lutterworth in Leicestershire, England. A number of senior clerics including several bishops were there, as were the lord sheriff of the county, lawyers, and several high-ranking lords and ladies. This was already an unusual assembly, but what made it disturbing was the presence of gravediggers and an executioner. A large group of townspeople followed.

The procession entered the church through the main doors and then turned in to the chancel, where someone pointed out an inscription on a flagstone. The gravediggers removed the flagstone, then prepared to exhume the coffin that had lain undisturbed for more than 40 years.

After some time they lifted up the coffin, proceeded up the nave, and then manhandled the casket through a small side door. The procession moved solemnly down the road to a field of execution that was close to the River Swift. Bundles of dry sticks had been arranged around a stake, to which a chain was attached at shoulder height. The coffin was opened and the body inside was jerked upright by the executioner and chained to the stake. The coffin itself was smashed to pieces and added to the dry wood.

The bishop of Lincoln stepped forward and solemnly cursed the partly mummified corpse as the pyre was ignited, commending the dead man’s soul to the devil for the crime of heresy. When all had been consumed, the ashes were scraped up and thrown into the nearby river so that no trace of the man remained to be revered by his admirers.

The man was John Wycliffe, and his ‘heresy’ had been the translation and dissemination of the first complete Bible in English. However, it was because of the effect that reading the Bible had on people’s lives, and the danger this posed to the established church, that the penalty of burning for the act of heresy had been introduced. Later, during the Inquisition, the first question that was often asked of a suspected heretic was ‘Have you read the Bible in your own language?’

Today people all over the world can read their own Bibles in their own languages, and they take their easy access to it for granted. But for more than 1,000 years the Bible was generally available only in Latin and thus mostly unavailable to the common people in any of their vernaculars. The result was that the vast majority were utterly oblivious to what the Bible taught.

The Word gets out

The rapid spread of Bibles in many European languages began shortly before the Protestant Reformation. Among them, of course, was the English-language Bible.

Wycliffe had been instrumental in kindling a desire for the unadulterated Word of God in English, and he had become a figurehead for its spread in the latter third of the 14th century. Yet for this he was hated – condemned as next to the devil himself in wickedness. His translation was seen as a direct attack on the church. A second objection, given at least in part to cloak the first, was that popular access to a vernacular Bible would lead to heretical misunderstandings. It was believed that Scripture was given to, and could be understood by, only the learned or the clergy, and that Scripture was dangerous and seditious in the hands of the common man. The large numbers of handcopied Wycliffite Bibles, whole or partial, that began to circulate therefore elicited a rigorous and often violent reaction from the English state and clergy, who were controlled by the church at Rome.

Though Wycliffe had lit a fire that smoldered underground and could not be extinguished in spite of all the persecution, England had to wait another 120 years for the Bible to become available to all. During that period, several factors worked together to lay the groundwork for change.

1. Printing

Around 1450, Johannes Gutenberg invented a movable-type printing press, facilitating the mass production of works that had previously been laboriously handcopied. This improved printing method enabled the rapid communication of ideas and information – for example, in 1517, when Martin Luther presented his 95 theses as an appeal to end church corruption, reputedly fastening them to the door of the chapel of Wittenberg Castle in Germany. Thanks to the printing press, copies of his theses were circulated far and wide, so that what might otherwise have been nothing more than a local issue became a widespread public controversy.

Mass printing was quickly put to use in publishing the Bible in a number of vernacular versions, including Luther’s German translation, thereby feeding a growing discontent with the Roman church and various of its teachings and practices.

2. The Protestant Reformation

The Reformation, the unexpected outcome of Luther’s opposition to church corruption, was accidentally born from an attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church from within. Luther, an Augustinian monk, later often protested that he hadn’t intended the results, but his actions, coupled with the invention of printing, nevertheless marked a turning point in church history. It broke the grip of the Roman church over religious ideas and created an environment in which diversity of ideas, including those about the truth of God and His Word, could flourish.

The Reformation, like Gutenberg’s printing press, became a major force in the mass publication of Bibles in European languages.

3. Erasmus’s Translation

Another significant event at the time was the publication of a Latin New Testament in 1516 by the most eminent scholar of the day, the Dutchman Desiderius Erasmus. The work was remarkable in that Erasmus’s new Latin translation was published side-by-side with a Greek New Testament. Prior to the Renaissance, Greek had not been widely taught in the universities of Western Europe. Now, with the help of newly published Greek grammars and lexicons, scholars, all of whom spoke Latin, were able to translate the New Testament from the original Greek into various European languages. Previous translations had always been from Latin.

Erasmus’s New Testament underwent several revisions as the scholar gained access to better Greek manuscripts, compelling him to update the Greek text and correct the resultant errors in his Latin translation. With or without errors, however, his parallel New Testament proved immensely popular both during his lifetime and after his death in 1536.

Erasmus had actually dedicated his New Testament translation to Pope Leo XI, who commended him for it. Little did the pontiff realize that the translator’s work would prove instrumental in making the Bible accessible to the common people.

4. William Tyndale

Tyndale’s life’s mission was the translation of the Bible from its original languages of Greek and Hebrew into English so that the common man could read it freely. His work was the major reference point for most of the English translations that followed for a century after his death in 1536, including the King James Version.

Like Wycliffe, Tyndale was burned as a heretic, having translated the entire New Testament and part of the Old. His last words as he bravely faced death were ‘Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!’

5. Henry VIII’s battle with Rome

Henry VIII (1491–1547), the king of whom Tyndale spoke, was driven by a desire to father a male heir. His break with Rome (from 1532) over his divorce and remarriage led to the dissolution of monasteries and the wholesale seizure of church lands. It also broke the power of the church in England. Henry then set himself up as the head of a new institution – the Church of England.

Before long, having the Bible in English was seen as a useful and powerful political counter to the religious influence of Rome. So Henry’s new chancellor, Thomas Cromwell, who had drafted the legislation that made the Church of England separate from Rome, began to maneuver for this.

The distinction of producing the first complete printed English-language Bible (1535) goes to Miles Coverdale. Not knowing Greek or Hebrew, Coverdale relied on Tyndale’s translation for the New Testament. For the Old Testament, he used what Tyndale had completed and added to it translations from Luther’s German Bible and certain Latin versions. Ironically the first edition was coming off the presses (probably in Germany) while Tyndale was languishing in prison.

John Rogers, who seems to have worked for a short time with Coverdale assisting Tyndale in his translation work, is thought to have rescued much of Tyndale’s Old Testament after the latter’s betrayal and arrest. Rogers then produced another version based on Tyndale’s. What was lacking of the Old Testament was made up with Coverdale’s translation. Because Tyndale had been branded a heretic, his name could not be mentioned, so it was replaced by “Thomas Matthew” (after two of Christ’s disciples). Fifteen hundred copies of the “Matthew’s Bible” sold out quickly in England in 1537.

So within a year of Tyndale’s death a second Bible in English was circulating in Britain. To complete the irony, this Bible, two thirds of which was Tyndale’s translation, was approved by King Henry. The title page stated, “Set forth with the king’s most gracious license.” Only a subsequent edition of Coverdale’s Bible (1537) shares the honor of having been licensed by an English monarch. (The King James Version, known in later editions as the Authorized Version, was commissioned but never authorized by James I. Only the Great Bible of 1540, a revision of Matthew’s Bible produced under King Henry’s authority, was actually authorized, as distinct from licensed, by an English monarch).

God may or may not have opened the king of England’s eyes, but the king’s infidelity and desire to perpetuate his dynasty at any cost led to something far beyond Tyndale’s hopes. A literal flood of Bible translations and editions followed those printed in King Henry’s reign, the most well-known being the Geneva Bible (1560) and the 1611 King James Version.

6. The developing English language

By the early 16th century, the English language was ripe for the genius of Tyndale, who honed it to a new level of expressiveness and cohesiveness through his translation of the New Testament. It has been said that he didn’t just translate into English, he transformed English. He set a new standard for the language – part of the basis on which later literary giants such as William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser and John Milton would build. Tyndale’s achievement was similar to the better-known contribution Luther made to the development of the German language.

It seems that English was destined to become a lingua franca. And the King James translation of 1611, the work of scholarly committees who leaned heavily on Tyndale’s work, also set a standard and came to be seen as a monument to a language whose time had come. It became a point of reference at a time when the English-speaking nations were beginning their journey to great power.

7. The Bible itself

The greatest force for change was the impact of the Bible itself on the minds and convictions of those whose lives it touched. What Tyndale had wanted, as he once famously said, was that every boy who drove a plough would know his Bible. That was really the thrust of his dying prayer. There is little doubt that he would have seen the amazing transformation in the fortunes of the English-language Bible – the initial trickle of Bibles becoming a torrent – as a fulfillment of his lifelong dream.

But was it enough?

William Tyndale, before being strangled and burned at the stake, cries out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes”. woodcut from Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (1563)

The combined effect of the seven historic factors discussed above created a unique transformation. A prominent English historian, Patrick Collinson, notes: “England, which at the beginning of the sixteenth century seems to have been one of the most Catholic countries in Europe, became, by the seventeenth century, the most virulently anti-Catholic.”

Perhaps this can be attributed at least in part to the fact that their newly acquired access to Scripture allowed people to appreciate the yawning gap between biblical standards of conduct and those embraced by the prevailing church. The Bible also exposed or held up to scrutiny many of the superstitions and false notions that had masqueraded as truth or science.

Over time, the Bible and an awareness of its laws and principles found its way into the constitutions, institutions and culture of modern English-speaking peoples. Unlike many European nations, which generally adopted the Roman model, many British and American conventions trace their origins, in large part, to the Bible.

Even so, most of the people who brought the vernacular English Bible to us never fully subjected themselves to its authority either. Traditional Christianity of various stripes continued to hold on to and even build on some of the errors that had found their way into the church over the centuries. So while many English-speaking nations were founded to a great extent on biblical principles and laws, those foundations were nevertheless compromised. The eventual result has been that the mores of and even the laws now being passed by our English-speaking Western nations, often supported by people who consider themselves Christian, are in flagrant opposition to the Book that was for a time revered by many as the authoritative reference source for moral standards and conduct.

Perhaps some things haven’t changed much in the past 2,000 years. The Jews in Christ’s day believed they were the chosen people, the people of the Book. And in part they were. But many of their leaders were hung up on customs, power, position and prestige. They were, in effect, some of the most tenacious opponents of the truth while claiming to be its greatest protagonists (see Matthew 23). They and many of their forefathers stopped at nothing in their resistance to the unadulterated message of God’s Word (Acts 7:51–54).

Today there are those who similarly prefer to look to human authority for comfortable standards of conduct and systems of belief. But the Bible is a book that makes claims on all men and women, regardless of nationality, language or station in life. It is a book that claims to be the very handbook that their maker, God, caused to be written as an authoritative guide for conduct in all its aspects. Maybe it was inevitable that such a claim to authority would not long remain unchallenged.

From numerous directions – now predominantly secular and humanistic – the “book of books” has again come under sustained and vehement attack. Both the credibility and the historical influence of the Bible are marginalized or even openly attacked by those who see human reasoning as the only rational guide in life.

And so the Bible continues to be viewed in some circles as a most dangerous book.

 

Reproduced by permission of Vision.org. Permission does not imply endorsement. Source: The Most Dangerous Book, Spring 2004 Issue, http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/religion-and-spirituality-the-history-of-the-bible-dangerous-book/672.aspx

The Bible Made Plain

If A Man Is Not Saved Before He Dies, Is He Lost Forever?

Temuan warriors from Kampong Asli Dengkil, Malaysia. Are people such as these, who may not even have heard the name of Jesus, going to burn in hell forever if they die unsaved? Photo courtesy: Tianyake – flickr.com

 

The basic answer to this theological question is already given briefly in my message ‘The Churches’ Hellish Teaching About Hell’. If you haven’t read it yet, please read that message after you have read this, for this message will complement what you understand there.

I have a question for those reading this message who have been believing till today that if a man is not saved before he dies God will cast him into hell to be roasted alive there forever and forever. That is what most Christian denominations officially believe is the fate of the incorrigible wicked. Now, my sincere question…because I truly cannot understand how anybody could allow such a terrifying concept in their mind…is, how can such a believer ever think of our Heavenly Father in that way!!??

They will be horrified with disbelief if thoughts came to them about their own physical father casting them alive into a burning pit. They would immediately cast such thoughts out of their minds. But they don’t have any problem having such thoughts about their Father in heaven, who is infinitely more compassionate and merciful than any human father can possibly be.

I don’t know if this story really happened, but I am absolutely sure similar stories have happened throughout the history of Christian evangelization. I read many years ago of a missionary in China, in the early years of the 20th century. A runner came to him with the urgent plea that a man was dying in his village, about five days journey away on foot, and about two days journey by horse or by T-Ford. The courier, who had converted to Christianity through this missionary, told him that a few days ago the old man had expressed a keen interest in knowing about Christ and had asked to be baptized before he died.

The old car carrying the missionary and his convert sputtered as fast as its aged engine can carry it in the direction of the dying man’s village. Just about a couple of hours to the destination, the radiator overheated and Ford’s amazing invention stalled. It took a half hour for the occupants to cool the engine, find some water, and get going again.

They finally arrived at the house of the old man…only to hear loud wailings and beatings of chests. The missionary was told that the man had kicked the spittoon bucket in his final spasm just ten minutes earlier.

After the funeral, the missionary got back on his car, his disappointment and sorrow very visible on his face. For a soul has been lost, and consigned to the eternal flames just because his engine conked at the most critical time.

What a narrow miss of salvation indeed. The old villager, who heard the name of Christ for the first time in his life only a week before he died, was sent to hell because a T-Ford overheated and stalled for about 30 minutes. (Another version of it is that the missionary had a flat tire, but whatever…)

If people think that our Father in heaven has been sending billions and billions of people in China, Mongolia, India and the Amazon Forest in the last couple of thousand years to burn in hell just because they never once got a chance even to hear the name of Jesus, then they have got the true God confused for the god that wants all people everywhere to believe the horrible tale of lost souls burning in Inferno.

What is the eternal fate of all the people in the various faiths who died without once hearing the Gospel of Christ?

Even a renowned theologian and evangelist friend of mine believed that lie, and once showed me a book written by John Bunyan, one of the most respected writers in Christianity, in which the author claims a vision from God of the afterlife. John Bunyan was a 17th century English preacher who spent 12 years in prison for his Christian faith and wrote over 40 books. His best known writing is Pilgrim’s Progress, one of the most famous books in history. One of his books, ‘Visions of Heaven and Hell’, is an account of how an angel was sent by the Lord to take John Bunyan on a tour of heaven and hell. This book has influenced many Christians over the centuries, including my theologian friend, reaffirming their belief in the traditional concept of hell.

I sensed in my spirit something awry about the authenticity of the vision. If John Bunyan indeed received a vision from God about hell, then what he wrote in his book contradicts what God’s Book says about hell. After some fervent online research, I found the answer.

I showed the theologian that authorities at the John Bunyan museum in UK, which has custody of the original manuscripts of Visions of Heaven and Hell, have officially declared this book to be a fraud – a work by someone else masquerading as John Bunyan a few centuries ago. (A few days after I had completed this message, I wanted to reconfirm the spuriousness of that book and wrote to the John Bunyan Museum & Library in Bedford, England. Here’s the reply:

“Many thanks for your enquiry. According to our records, ‘Visions of Heaven and Hell’ is considered a spurious work which has been wrongly attributed to John Bunyan. I hope this has been of help to you, please don’t hesitate to contact us again if you have any further questions. Sincerely, Jennifer Ayley, Librarian”)

Satan will go to any length to convince God’s people that this is the only day of salvation, and that if a person is not saved before he dies, he’s destined to spend eternity with worms and writhing souls in steaming ghoul soup inside a red cavern. This unthinkable fate of the unsaved is the very reason for the intense urgency in televangelists’ tone. That is the sole reason for the impassioned pleas and screams of pentecostals at revival meetings. God bless their souls, for they mean well.

The concept of hell as taught by most churches.

So is there no need for all the urgency and fervency of evangelists? Of course there is! But there is no need for the desperation in their voices. If they have a flat tire or something else that hinders them from reaching unsaved people with the Gospel in time, then they need not panic. God is more concerned than they are in saving a soul. In fact, he is concerned about even their every hair on their head. (Luke 21:18)

The people of Nineveh, Sodom, the Queen of Sheba, the old Chinese man whom the missionary couldnt reach in time, my ancestors who worshipped man-eating demonesses, and even Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein and their evil ilk, will hear the Gospel of Christ one day soon, just as you and me have heard it in this age.

In fact these sinners are going to rise from the dead when their Redeemer comes to save the whole world, and on understanding the Gospel for the first time, they will look around and see many people of our generation who had professed to be Christians, but who on rising from the graves, found that former heathens and harlots have entered the Kingdom of God while they are still waiting to exchange their grave clothes for white shining gowns.

‘The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it…The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it’   Mat 12:41-42

‘And you, Capernaum…for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.’   Mat 11:23,24

‘Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.’   Mat 21:31

Assuredly, says Jesus to every Bible believer who thought that now is the only day salvation, that today is only ‘a’ day of salvation. ‘The’ day is coming, and it is coming for the whole world. Some script, whose beliefs got in his way while translating the Bible, faithfully chose to insert the wrong article in this verse:

‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.’   2 Cor 6:2

‘the’ in the ‘the day of salvation’ is not in the original Greek, and it was left to the translator to insert the article of his choice. The King James Version, while overall the most reliable translation, has some of the most notoriously wrong verses too. The same verse in other translations read:

‘I have listened to thee in an accepted time, and I have helped thee in a day of salvation: behold, now [is the] well-accepted time; behold, now [the] day of salvation’    Darby Translation  (The words in brackets indicate they are not in the original manuscript.)

‘In an acceptable time I did hear thee, and in A day of salvation I did help thee, lo, now [is] A well-accepted time; lo, now, A day of salvation’   Young’s Literal Translation

‘In a time acceptable I heard you and in A day of salvation I helped you’   Orthodox Jewish Bible

Now is indeed ‘the’ day of salvation for those who have been called to Christ. But it is only a day for the rest of the world, for there is another day for them. And when that day comes, when all the people in all the nations will be saved, the whole world will praise God for his mercies and wonderful works.

‘God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!’   Ps 67:1-4

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

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Why temptations dont seem to go away

By understanding exactly how temptations work in your conscious and subconscious mind, you can deal with it more effectively and more quickly.

 

Some years ago, I sat down to counsel a middleaged man whom I have known since his boyhood.  I have personally witnessed his transformation over the past couple of decades, from a young profligate person whose vile life defied description, to someone so miraculously transformed by God’s grace that I have seldom seen anyone else with such great zeal and good works for his Savior.

He confessed to me that no matter how instantaneously he put certain vile temptations out his mind during his waking hours, when he was asleep filthy scenes ran riot in his dreams, and, overwhelming his desire to flee from the filthy scenes, he almost always found himself indulging in the sinful acts his subconscious mind conjured up. The lustful acts he was carrying out in his dreams were just as bad, and often worse than what he had indulged in during his licentious days before his conversion to the Christ life. All his supplications to God to enable him to be rid of these filthy dreams had been futile so far.

As a result he was in constant deep anguish at his impossibility to lead an equally clean life in his subconscious mind as in his conscious.

I asked him, ‘You put away vile thoughts instantly when they come to your thoughts when you are awake. What about the not-so-vile thoughts? Is there a wee little allowance in your mind for a few things in your daily life that you know in your heart are better to give up than to continue in them? Say, eating some food, or drinking some beverage?’

He pondered for a few seconds, and then replied, ‘As far as my conscience knows, the only things I give in to now and then is my yearning for chocolate and ice-cream.’

‘But you are diabetic, aren’t you?’

‘Yes, but I do not take them daily, just when the yearning comes now and then’.

‘But your doctor has advised you even against the occasional indulgence in sweet foods?’

‘Yea, but..’

‘Think, is there another one small yearning you give in to occasionally. Beer?’

I knew he loved beer, and was drinking it regularly though moderately. I have even sat down for beer sessions with him in those days when I too used to take this beverage in the weekends.

‘Oh, yea. You know I don’t take it excessively.’

‘But after drinking beer, how did you find your sleep that night?’

‘Actually, almost every time I have beer during the daytime, I tend to find the vile dreams are more profuse and more intense. I don’t understand why. When taking beer, I allow nothing vile I into my mind.’

‘I believe that. But alcohol had caused you some big troubles in the days before Christ found you, right?’

‘Yea, it was one of my greatest weaknesses, and that which caused me to commit several other sins.’

‘And probably many times after your conversion, you had wanted to stop taking it completely and have nothing to do with something that wrecked so much havoc in your earlier life?’

He was quiet for a while, and then spoke up.

‘Frankly, I made many attempts to stop drinking beer even in moderate quantity, because I saw its association with my filthy dreams. But I never thought it was a serious problem.’

‘No, the drinking in itself is not the problem. But your allowing it, even when you know you shouldnt is the problem. That spirit of moderate allowance in your conscious mind is the intimate little brother of the spirit of free indulgence of filth in your subconscious mind. When you are asleep it is this little brother that always opens the backdoor to your mind to his more wicked sibling, without your knowing it.’

‘But the filthy spirit apparently has another little brother too’, I continued. ‘So even if the beer spirit doesn’t open, the chocolate brother would.’

The man was smiling, but I saw his eyes were widening.

‘You think my drinking and eating chocolate is what is causing my helplessness at my filthy dreams?’

‘It is not your drinking beer and eating chocolates that are causing it. It is your lack of selfcontrol in these two areas. On the day your conscience allows you to take them without feeling the least guilty, you may. But until you exercise absolute selfcontrol in these two areas as well – and if there be anything else in your life you haven’t told me – the door to your subconscious mind will continue to be under the control of these little housekeeping elves of the devil.’

The man returned home with a new perspective of his ‘harmless’ little indulgences.

A lack of selfcontrol in one area of a person’s life is invariably connected to another larger lack of selfcontrol in another area in him. Sexual temptations are the half brother of belly temptations, or beer or gambling.

He who is selfcontrolled in the least is also selfcontrolled in the greatest. And he is not selfcontrolled in the least cannot be selfcontrolled in the greatest. This is a corollary truth of Christ’s statement,

‘He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.’   Luke 16:10

If temptations continue stalking you relentlessly, it is a sure sign that a red light is flashing from heaven in your life.

If you cannot find the answer in the direct temptation, look for it in another area of your life.

Perhaps there is someone you are unable to forgive totally, though you still love him or her, perhaps there is some longstanding offense against a person who had done you a wrong, even if you dont hate him or her, perhaps you occasionally let your eyes linger over a pornographic image for a few seconds instead of turning your eyes off it instantly, perhaps there is thought that you allow lodgment in your mind for a short while, which should not be entertained for even a fraction of a second in a Christian’s life – then that is where the cause lies for your inability to have permanent victory over a far greater area of weakness or temptation.

The way to remove the mountain of temptation in your life is to shovel away with God’s help the little mounds of tempting delights.

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

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The Final State of Maturity In A Christian’s Life

A Christian has reached the final state of his spiritual growth when he is able to keep Christ’s ‘command to persevere’.

Because you have kept my command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.’   Rev 3:10

Persevere’ in Greek is the same word translated elsewhere as in the Bible as ‘endurance, constancy, enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting)’.

The final state in perseverance or endurance is reached after a person goes through many years of troubles, as in the case of most Christians, or zenithed through a single instance of ultimate testing, as in the case of people such as Abraham and Job, and other ancient servants of God who were tested at some point in their lives by an extreme trouble, and in the case of Christians today who, in unswerving faith, go through severe persecution or personal tragedy – people who are especially selected by God and equipped to fulfill a great and special purpose in Christ’s ministry after they have been tested and proven in the fiery furnaces of affliction.

If this seems a frightening aspect of the true Christian life, then always keep it uppermost in your mind that no believer will ever go through an extreme suffering unless God equips him or her for it, according to his precious promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13.

‘No temptation has come your way that is too hard for flesh and blood to bear. But God can be trusted not to allow you to suffer any temptation beyond your powers of endurance. He will see to it that every temptation has a way out, so that it will never be impossible for you to bear it.’   JBP

Remember this sentence, especially the word ‘every’, in that verse whenever you think of any Christian’s adversity:

‘He will see to it that every temptation has a way out, so that it will be impossible for you to bear it.’

What greater assurance and comfort do we need to face any trial!

The Greek word for ‘temptation’ is ‘peirasmos’, which means ‘a putting to proof, discipline, by implication adversity’. So when God allows you to be tested, he is putting you to proof, to refine you, so you could come out of the furnace of adversity refined, mature, and steadfast.

This refining process is lifelong. Our entire life is comprised of small, medium and big trails, which are the crucibles of our growth in Christian maturity. The final point of absolute full maturity is reached only when a person finishes his life course and breathes his last.

But there is one particular point in the life of every child of God when he or she crosses the spiritual Jordan, whereby e proves to God that e is now a solid Christian, capable of patiently enduring any trial he or she is put through, capable of serving God in any capacity, a ‘strong-meat’ believer, no more needing the soft milk of a tender and immature child of God, as were some of Paul’s brethren.

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able.’ ‘But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age’.   1 Cor 3:1-2; Heb 5:14 KJV

Strong meat’ is the state when a Christian is able to accept and digest every spiritual solid food and every cup of strong drink God gives him for his growth.

Jesus asked James and John, ‘Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to him, ‘We are able” ’.

And Jesus did not doubt their conviction. ‘You will indeed drink my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with’, he responded. (Mat 20:22-23)

When you are also able to drink the same cup of affliction that the disciples did, and be baptized with the same baptism that they went through – which means burying your selfcentered will in a watery grave and raising up to a new life to do only the will of God, whatever that involves – you reach the same state of spiritual maturity as ‘he who endures to the end’ (Mat 24:13). This is the point of growth that Christ desires for every follower of his to reach as soon as possible.

For some, this point is reached imperceptibly, and the person one day wakes up to realize that he or she has already reached this mature state of perseverance after many years of seemingly endless troubles. For many others, this final proving point to God is reached during the severest trial of their lives. This is the point that Abraham reached when he lifted his knife to sacrifice Isaac. This is the point that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego reached when they were cast into the furnace by Nebuchadnezzar. This is the point that many faithful Christians reach when they are faced with the prospect of choosing life and betraying God, or choosing to risk death or great trouble so they can be faithful to God, and they unhesitatingly choose to be faithful to God.

And to those who are ready to choose to be faithful to God at any cost, let me give you this assurance based on my personal experience:

When I came to the excruciatingly painful point that I knew I would be physically devastated or even die if I did not get immediate medical help (in a place, deep in the dungeons of Arabia, where, no matter how critical a person’s physical state, if it was the weekend, no doctor would be available), and the devil wanted me to give up trusting God anymore to deliver me, I forced my right hand, weakened by my affliction, to slowly raise itself up, and pointed my forefinger and middle finger in a victory sign to the devil in the sight of all the heavenly hosts. It was the climax of several weeks of extreme affliction. But that was the turning point. From that moment onward, the devil left me and my pain decreased almost immediately and I was soon able to smile and move around normally, and within a few days I was walking out of my prison cell, to lead a far more active Christian life than ever.

Once you have convinced the devil you would rather die than betray your Savior, he will flee from you terrified, and thereafter, any attacks on you would be from a safe distance and could never be as intense as the one which enabled you to cross the Jordan of your life.

‘Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.’   James 4:7 AMP

‘And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.’   Phi 1:28 AMP

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Israel’s troubles and challenges did not end soon after they crossed the Jordan, but they were nothing compared to what they had endured during the 40 year trek through the Sinai desert. Even so, once you reach the maturity point where you have proved to God you will be faithful to him at any cost in your life, all troubles that come to you after that are just finishing touches to your refinement process and seem, by comparison, mild.

There will come times, sometimes lasting a long time, when all the promises of God would seem unavailable, when God himself seems far away from your trouble, and all your cries for help seem to go no higher than the ceiling of your bedroom. You would cry, like David did,

‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me, And from the words of my groaning?   Ps 22:1

And there is absolutely nothing you can do about it, except to ‘be still’ decide to endure and trust God to deliver you in his own time. (Ps 46:10)

These are times in a growing Christian’s life that he will have to endure from hour to hour and from day to day. He becomes an hourly and daily survivor with whatever strength and little reliefs he receives in his misery.

God will not allow a Christian to go through such an intense phase until he or she is ready for it, irrespective of whether the Christian emself feels ready for it. Almost always, the Christian would feel he or she is simply not able to cope with it, but find, on looking back after some months and years of endurance that e has somehow managed to survive through the fire e had initially thought he or she could never go through.

This, faithful follower of Christ, is the most difficult and painful, and ultimately the most rewarding of all Christian experiences. Even the great God in all his omnipotence could not find another way of refining us more perfectly than through severe troubles that require our patient endurance.

It is only when you reach this God-given ability to endure patiently to the end every trouble that you will also have reached the final state of spiritual maturity where there is no more need for your severe testing. You will also have reached the state where you are eligible to be spared from the terrible tribulation coming upon the whole world in the endtimes. I repeat Christ’s personal assurance:

‘Because you have kept my command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.’   Rev 3:10

You need not be tested with extreme troubles with the rest of unrepentant humanity. A time of unthinkable tribulation is coming soon upon the whole world ‘such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.’ (Mat 24:21)

To escape the coming tribulation, you have to keep Christ’s command to persevere through your troubles. You have to endure without complaining whatever God allows you to go through today.

But remember always: however severe your present trouble seems to be, however unsolvable your present situation seems to be, God promises you this:

‘I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears…This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.’   Ps 34:4,6

Thank God we have his promise we will come out of every trouble smiling and praising him ever more!


It is only when you reach this God-given ability to endure patiently to the end every trouble that you will also have reached the final state of spiritual maturity where there is no more need for your severe testing.


One vital final point of this message.

The state of patient endurance is reached not by your determination to grit your teeth and patiently endure every trouble that comes your way. When you do that, the pain of your troubles only increases. Just as a patient’s pain is increased when he braces himself and tenses his biceps as the doctor inserts an injection needle into his arm. The least painful state is to lie relaxed and untensed and let the physician perform his job without any effort on your own part to help him reduce your pain. This least painful state is attained not by your struggles and efforts, but only by your belief that whatever is happening now is God’s specific will for you and therefore you willingly and unresistingly accept the work of your heavenly Surgeon in every area of your daily life so he can quickly excise every offending and toxic quality in your spiritual body.

The longer you resist, the longer you will have to go through the cleansing process. It is your belief in God’s personal care of you, your confidence that he will not allow you to suffer beyond the capability he has already given you, and your willingness to submit to whatever he does in you that are the calming factors in all your afflictions.

’When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence. And if, in the process, any of you does not know how to meet any particular problem he has only to ask God – who gives generously to all men without making them feel foolish or guilty – and he may be quite sure that the necessary wisdom will be given him.’   James 1:2-5 JBP

Just run to Christ in sincere desire and persevering prayer for him to help you carry the heavy crosses of your life. When you do that daily, you will soon reach the point where you will have crossed the Jordan and find an amazing change in the way the troubles affect you now: they are so endurable now, so light to bear!

‘Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’   Mat 11:28-30

‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]’   John 16:33 AMP

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

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How UFOs Are Going to Severely Affect Most Christians

Huge UFO filmed Live over Portugal – June 2017.

 

Observant Bible believers have noticed the dramatic increase in supernatural events reported around the world. Sightings of UFOs by men in positions of government authority and abduction claims by many other people of credible reputation have been around for some decades. But in recent years the phenomenon of alien sightings has intensified to the extent that both the Catholic church and the US government have begun to admit not just the possibility but the probability of contact with aliens.

The greatest impact of the acknowledgement of UFO existence is on religion. And the major religions are coming to grips with the reality of alien life. The Vatican has officially stated its position on extraterrestrial life. According to one media report,

‘The Vatican has taken a leadership role in preparing mankind for the discovery of intelligent extraterrestrial life…In essence the Pope is saying to the world, prepare yourself for the discovery of intelligent life in the universe’.   educatinghumanity.com

This official statement from the Vatican is the beginning of many other preparatory works by churches and governments to ready themselves for the intervention of alien beings in earth’s affairs.

In preparing for the visit of aliens, it is obvious that the church has also to endorse evolution. And that is precisely what the present pope has done.

In his address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on October 27, 2014, Pope Francis said,

‘Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve…He created beings and allowed them to develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one, so that they were able to develop and to arrive and their fullness of being…And so creation continued for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia, until it became which we know today, precisely because God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the creator who gives being to all things.’

This open declaration was welcome news for diehard evolutionists.

Giovanni Bignami, a professor and president of Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics, welcomed Francis’ statement, saying he had buried the ‘pseudo theories’ of creationists.

‘The pope’s statement is significant. We are the direct descendents from the Big Bang that created the universe. Evolution came from creation.’   Religion News Service October 27, 2014

The magnitude of the Pope’s statement and its impact on the syche of the masses is so profound it radically changes the way billions of Catholics and other Christians think of God, creation and the Bible. And it all adds up to one purpose: to prepare mankind, especially Christians, for the intervention of, and subsequent submission to, extraterrestrial beings.

‘It is important not to underestimate the magnitude of the Pope’s statement since it supports radical ideas of intelligent design such as extraterrestrial intervention in human history may be part of ‘the plan of the creator’…The Vatican’s astrobiology conference is yet one more sign that major global institutions are preparing for some kind of formal disclosure concerning UFOs and, or, extraterrestrial life… Numerous independent sources have predicted such disclosure is imminent, and that the Obama administration is expected to play a prominent role.’   examiner.com

In preparing the world for the disclosure, the Vatican has joined hands with secular forces such as the United Nations. In February 2008, the Vatican’s permanent representative to the UN, Archbishop Celestino Migliore met with a number of prominent government officials at secret meetings held at the United Nations to discuss increased UFO sightings and the implications of extraterrestrial visitation. These closed-door discussions reportedly led to a new policy of openness being adopted by approximately 30 nations.

And when do these organizations expect their first contact with the aliens?

‘It is not hyperbolic to suggest that scientists could very well discover extraterrestrial intelligence within two decades’ time or less, given resources to conduct the search,” Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, said in testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Two decades from now, as I write this, is 2034. This should be exciting news for Star Trek fans (I used to be one), for even in that farfetched sci-flick, the first contact with extraterrestrial beings was in 2063. So scientists are actually expecting the contact several decades head of the fictional date!

Why is the Vatican so earnest about contact with beings from other planets.

‘It is not surprising that the Vatican views preparation for discovery of intelligent alien life as an opportunity for gaining new recruits to the Christian faith.’   examiner.com

It is not just the Catholic church that is espousing alien life. Even Islam is not antipathetic to this idea. In an interview, Dr. Shabir Ally, President of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre, Toronto, Canada, said.

‘We must allow for the possibility that they [intelligent extraterrestrials] do exist. The Quran actually is quite open to the possibility that many Earths do exist, because the first chapter of the Quran says: “Praise be to God, the Lord of the worlds”. In fact, it says here Al-Alamin which is “The Universes” in the plural…So there could be many other sorts of creatures out there…So the Quran does say that God has created human beings in the best of molds, but it doesn’t mean that only humans have been created in this best form. At one time people may have thought only human beings were as such, because everything else they knew were inferior to human beings. But now, we can see that there is a possibility that other such beings like ourselves exist in other parts of the universe.’   onislam.net

The only faction of Christianity – probably, mankind –  still resistant to the concept of intelligent beings other than man are those in evangelical Protestantism. But this can change soon. When the actual UFOs make their dramatic appearance over the skies in every nation and over every church steeple, rare indeed would be the individual – fervent evangelical or fiery pentecostal – who would continue to disbelieve in them.

US Coast Guard photograph of “flying saucers” over Salem in 1952. Source: Daily Telegraph.

Films as such as ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and ‘Independence Day’ have already done their part in syching millions into a subconscious acceptance of such events in real life. Imagine this scenario:

One fine morning, you wake up to a lot of commotion outside your house. You look through your window and you see a huge crowd of people staring at the sky. You rush out and see what  you never believed you would ever see in real life. Hovering high above the tallest buildings you see the base of a spacecraft a hundred meters in diameter. As the days pass, more and more alien sightings occur, and soon the first sightings of the alien beings appear on tv and then several of them come to your own neighborhood. The government issues directions for the public on how to respond to these visitors. Gradually, the whole world accepts the most astonishing event to happen on planet earth since creation – the appearance of beings from other planets.

A new world order would then begin to be put in place with the help of these alien beings. New government authorities would be supernaturally empowered by the aliens to rule with authority. A final world authority will arise with powers to institute global changes. Where the UN failed, the world ruler will succeed. Regional conflicts, wars, terrorism will come to a grinding halt. Mankind will be in awe and submit in totality to the world ruler. Helping to submit to the new power would be the churches and other religious institutions with their new breed of preachers and prophets. There will even arise a person in every religion who will claim to be the endtime ‘messiah’.

Only a very small fraction of people around the world will not submit to the world ruler because they have been alert to the Bible warnings of such events preceding the return of Christ. They are referred to as ‘the elect’. Even this small group of undeceived people are able to escape the delusions coming upon the whole world only because of God’s special protection over them; otherwise even the most ardent Bible believer would also be carried away by the extraterrestrial events.

‘For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.’   Mat 24:24

The very first global indication of extraterrestrial interest in human affairs was when the crop circles began to appear mysteriously in many countries. For an interesting insight into the phenomenon of crop circles, please see my message Crop Circles – The Biggest Supernatural Sign of Our Times‘.

Who really are these aliens who are making contact with us in increasing frequency? The Bible speaks of demonic forces that can appear as angels of light, or even as aliens from other planets.

‘For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.’   2 Cor 11: 13-14

Delusions by both ‘angels’ and ‘aliens’ will occur contemporaneously. The one will appeal to the traditional religionists, the other to the secular world. The outcome in each case is the same – submission to the coming world ruler whom the Bible calls the Beast.

Extraterrestrial and supernatural phenomena is occurring all over the world in such frequency and intensity that we can safely say that the present generation will witness awesome public interactions between man and alien beings.

And unless you are rooted in the Bible truths and daily praying for God’s protection over yourself and your loved ones, the day is coming soon that you will be swept away by the sooncoming tidal wave of supernatural and extraterrestrial events.

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

 

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Crop Circles – The Biggest Supernatural Sign of Our Times

A 780 ft (240 m) crop circle in the form of a double (six-sided triskelion) composed of 409 circles. This crop circle noticed on Milk Hill in Wiltshire (Southern England) on August 13, 2001 is hailed as the most awesome ever made.

 

Crop circles are literally the biggest supernatural phenomenon of the modern times – both in its physical dimensions and in its importance. For those who are new to this subject, I will first give a description of what crop circles are.

Crop circles are intricate patterns created by flattening of a crop such as wheat, maize, barley. They appear all over the world. A 2009 report gave the number of countries where this phenomenon exists at over 52, including Australia, China, Germany, Russia, Japan, USA, The Netherlands, Austria, Canada, Brazil, Romania, Hungary. Documented cases have substantially increased from the 1970s to current times and now number in the thousands. Formations usually appear overnight; local farmers wake up to find an entire field of wheat flattened. Some are reported to have appeared during the day, but there is not a single case of anyone witnessing how they are made, except when some hoaxers were creating one.

Many of the crop circles are hoaxes, produced by human pranksters, such as by dragging planks attached to ropes, but scientific authorities confirm that many others are of non-human origin. U.K. crop circle researcher Karen Alexander said,

‘There’s no doubt that some crop circles are made by people…But then there’s quite a large percentage for which origin is just unknown’, said Alexander, co-author of Crop Circles: Signs, Wonders, and Mysteries.   National Geographic News

ABC News reported the investigation of the phenomenon by Colin Andrews, an electrical engineer who has studied and written about crop circles for more than 20 years. His conclusion: ‘I am totally convinced that we are looking at some form of intelligence.’ He came to this conclusion after his ‘investigations showed there were some circles in which the plants where not damaged at all but compressed to the ground and continuing to grow’.

As noted by a London businessman, Michael Glickman, ‘[If the circles are made by pranksters] They are erudite in geometry and drawing and proportion. They are capable of invisibility because they’ve never been seen or caught. They are capable of floating above the ground, because they’ve never left a track. What is their motive please?’

M. Night Shyamalan, director of the movie, Signs, which is based on crop circles, said that if they’re hoaxes, ‘it’s an interesting thing that everybody in all these countries seems to express themselves in the same way’.

Crop circle, Waylands Smithy, Oxfordshire. July 8, 2006

Over the last three decades, the formations have evolved from simple, relatively small circles to huge designs with multiple circles, elaborate pictograms, and shapes that invoke complex non-linear mathematical principles. A formation that appeared overnight on August 13, 2001 at Milk Hill in Wiltshire contained 409 circles, covered about 12 acres (5 hectares), and was more than 800 feet (243 meters) across. The sheer size and complexity of this formation is staggering. It has been estimated that hoaxers would have had to make one circle every 30 seconds during the night time hours in order to create this design!

And the phenomenon shows no signs of abating. Hundreds of new crop formations continue to be discovered in designs of growing sophistication and size which leaves no doubt that there is an unexplained force at work. More than 10,000 have been documented since records began. According to some estimates, crop circles appear overnight in farmers’ fields every week somewhere around the world .

A crop circle in Switzerland. July 29, 2007

Crop Circles and More is a research organization and website established by Bert Janssen to try to solve the mystery of this phenomenon. Janssen has been attempting to solve them for nearly 20 years now, and this is how he feels about them:

‘From my way of looking at it, crop circles are the greatest mystery of modern times. These are images or voices of light in a world that is void of it.’   cropcirclesandmore.com

Not only for crop circle researchers and extraterrestrial believers, I believe that for Bible believers too it is literally the biggest supernatural sign on earth today that we are living in the ‘last days’, and that we are most probably the very generation that will witness the end of this age and the return of Christ. We cannot know the day and time, but I think, just like we know that when the fig tree puts out its sprouts summer should come not in another one or two years but in the very year that it sprouts, even so we can say that when the prophesied endtime signs begin to appear, we can know it is ‘very near’, and the very generation that sees this sign will also be the generation that will witness the return of Jesus Christ.


“If they’re hoaxes, it’s an interesting thing that everybody in all these countries seems to express themselves in the same way.”    Night Shyamalan


Now let me go on to make plain what these crop circles mean for you personally and what should be your attitude and response to them.

First of all, understand that the authentic crop circles are a sign from an unknown source. It is one of the sure signs that we are living in the end times.

‘Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?…And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven’   Mat 24:3,11

The signs are not from the ‘heaven’ where God’s throne is now, but from the ‘sky’, which is one of the three meanings of the original Greek word ouranos. It is the same word translated ‘air’ and ‘sky’ in the following verses:

‘And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” ’   Mat 8:20
‘He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’ ” ’   Mat 16:2

Crop circle, Savernake Forrest, Wiltshire. July 6, 2006

The other two meanings of ouranos are space or cosmos, where the planets are, and the heaven where God now dwells. The meaning depends on the context of the verse.

In this case, the signs have to be from sources in the sky or air, or in space because God cannot be the One forming the crop circles. And what are these sources in the sky or in space?

‘For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.’   Eph 6:12

‘heavenly places’ is translated from epouranios, which means ‘above the sky’, and is a derivative of the word ouranos

A close study of the design of the crop circles clearly show them of similar pattern to ancient pagan religious symbols.

“The formations are universal symbols that have been used by various peoples throughout time… These geometric shapes are like hieroglyphs. The hieroglyphs and pictographs carved in stone on this planet are a similar generation of intelligence.”   phils.com.au

Crop circle, resembling a piece of jewelry. Chilbolton Radio Telescope, Hampshire, England. August 2000.

Most, perhaps, all, of these crop circles appear, not near churches or places of Godly fellowship, but close to ancient pagan worship or burial sites such as in Stonehenge and Avebury, Britain. Wiltshire – generally acknowledged as crop circle central – is littered with Stone Age monuments. They have also been found near mounds of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves. Many New Age groups incorporate crop circles into their belief systems.

‘Crop circles “like” ancient sites’, noted Karen Alexander, co-author of Crop Circles: Signs, Wonders, and Mysteries.

Crop circle patterns have a striking similarity to many pagan symbols such as found in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and in Eastern religions today. Interestingly, crop circles appear in countries where there is a significant population of people believing, or susceptible to belief, in the occult sciences, including astrology. Their appearance is closely tied to the general psyche or culture of the people. The Wikipedia notes, ‘Circle crops are culture-dependent: they appear mostly in Western countries and Japan, but they don’t appear at all in Muslim countries’.

Why not the Muslim countries? Because Satan knows that the Muslims are forbidden to believe in anything that strays from their belief in Allah and what the Koran teaches. It is an absolute waste of time for Satan to try to convince a nation of daily-five-times praying citizens to take an interest in aliens and their messages.

But what about Britain and the other ‘Christian’ countries, where crop circles appear in the largest numbers? Don’t these nations have the Bible and believe in the Great God? Here is God’s own testimony about the people who officially are known as Christians:

‘Surely [Lord] You have rejected and forsaken your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled [with customs] from the east and with soothsayers [who foretell] like the Philistines; also they strike hands and make pledges and agreements with the children of aliens.’   Is 2:6 AMP

The House of Jacob refers to the descendants of the twelve tribes of Israel, who are now found mainly in the English-speaking countries and in some parts of Europe. More about their identities in other messages in this website.

The so-called Christian nations as a whole are as pagan in their attitude and culture as those in the Eastern religions. Only a small minority of people who call themselves Christian are truly Christians in God’s sight.

Crop circles are part of a great conspiracy by Satan to deceive the whole world by diverting people’s attention from the endtime events prophesied in the Bible to events that reinforce belief in ufos and aliens. The crop circles are actually coded messages from the demonic world, masquerading as contact attempts by aliens. At least one message has been decoded by researchers but what it refers to is not clear to the researchers yet. One of the communications from the unknown source is known as the ‘Arecibo Message Reply’.

The Arecibo Message that was sent in 1974 from the Arecibo Observatory.

The Arecibo Message Reply is perceived by researchers as a reply from an extraterrestrial intelligence in response to astronomers (including Carl Sagan) at Cornell University sending a short communication, named Arecibo Message, into space on November 16, 1974. The Arecibo Message was a binary coded sketch that had a basic information about human beings and earth. It was sent out from the Arecibo Station in Puerto Rico, so thus its name.

Then, 27 years later, on August 14, 2001 – one day after the awesome Wiltshire crop circle appeared – a crop formation appeared that had unique properties in its design. It notably appeared next to the UK’s largest astronomical station. This crop formation had a recognizable human-like face. Then, on August 17, 2001, three days later, another crop circle near it appeared overnight in farmland next to the Chilbolton radio telescope; home to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) in Hampshire, UK. Many believe it is a reply to the Arecibo Message, and thus has been called the Arecibo Message Reply. With this ‘reply’, many are claiming that this crop circle is the first ‘contact in a series of communication’ with extraterrestrials.

Almost an exact year later, another astounding crop circle appeared overnight that depicted an Alien holding up a sort of CD Disk. The Disk appeared to have a binary code configuration. Crop researchers used image analysis to convert the binary sequences into ASCII. What came out of the coding was a very comprehendible message of five sentences in English as follows:

‘Beware of the bearers of false gifts and their broken promises. Much pain but still time. There is good out there. We oppose deception. Conduit closing.’

The Arecibo Message Reply. 75 feet wide and 120 feet long. August 17, 2001

This is a significant message, for both alien-believers and Bible-believers. For people who are not familiar with Bible warnings about communications from another world, this message seems a benevolent warning to mankind. It seems to warn man of people who come preaching spiritual gifts and making date-specific prophecies that never come to pass. Who are these ‘bearers’. More than anyone else, I think of Christian preachers who have been prophesying, especially since the beginning of the 20th century, about the end of the world and the return of Christ. A quick search on the internet will show the numerous ‘broken’ prophecies of the past few decades.

I was once a member of a worldwide church led by man whose prophecies led many members to prepare earnestly for the ‘end’. At least one member stacked up canned food in his trailer to live through the prophesied global famine. It is only because of God’s mercies that I was delivered from accepting any more false gifts and broken promises, and was shown where to go for gifts and promises that never fail. May this message reveal to you yet one more aspect of how you can be prepared for the coming of Jesus Christ, the bearer of true gifts and eternal promises.

The alien messenger purports concern for mankind’s suffering, but offers hope that it is still not too late to save the world, and that if mankind puts in enough effort they can still find enough good in the world to deliver themselves out of their escalating global problems. And then the Arch-Deceiver, to deflect any doubts that this message is from him, delivers a psychological tactic to thwart suspicion about the intent of this communication. Since this messenger opposes deception, people therefore can naturally trust all such future communications from this source.

Then the messenger closes his communication conduit, and now the deceived people would eagerly await the opening of his next channel of communication to bring them further light on coming world events.

‘And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light’   2 Cor 11:14 AMP

The ‘face’ crop formation. Chilbolton Radio Telescope. August 14, 2001.

The thousands of crop circles which have appeared so far have each a message of its own, but right now the messenger is not ready to reveal them yet to mankind. So why bother forming unexplainable crop circles now, and not when the messages are ready for revelation? Because then there would not be time enough to reveal them all at one fell swoop. What is probably going to happen is, in the coming years, researchers would find a way to decode the patterns of the crop circle and record each message. The thousands of messages thus decoded and recorded will be then be made available to mankind so that their minds can be set to accept the Satanic deceptions in the endtimes.

‘The circles and shapes being put on Earth are all connected to one another, and if they were written out simultaneously on some farmer’s field, something would happen to them immediately. These shapes hold intelligence and are being set up to eventually connect and make an intelligent gridwork around the planet. This gridwork will have a frequency that humanity can use to evolve. The whole language is not on the planet at this time.’   phils.com.au

And what could be the essence of this extraterrestrial revelation?


‘From my way of looking at it, crop circles are the greatest mystery of modern times. These are images or voices of light in a world that is void of it.’   Bert Janssen, Crop Circles and More, a research organization


Just as Christ’s gospel is going out into all the world today through his true servants, an alternate gospel is being propagated by Satan’s servants with equal intensity in all the nations. Christ’s gospel includes a sequence of terrifying endtime events.

‘And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come…Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect…Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it…For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be…Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.’   Mat 24:14-29

Greater signs for both Bible believers and unbelievers are coming very soon. When believers see them, they will know that their Lord’s coming is imminent. But when the unbelievers see them, they will be convinced of the authenticity of all the messages they have been receiving through the crop circles and other media of alien communication. They will be prepped with these messages till the onset of the prophesied sights in the sky.

The messages will warn them of an invasion by alien enemies from outer space. And when the actual events preceding the coming of the Lord happen, the whole world will unify against the invading forces. Nations that have been warring against each other will now gather together at a place outside Jerusalem called the Valley of Megiddo, and there the battle called Armageddon will occur between Earth forces and the supposedly space invaders. Even Hollywood, with its films such as Independence Day and War of the Worlds, is playing an active part in syching people to respond as Satan wants them to at the coming of Christ.

You and your family need not be caught up in a false preparation for the endtime events as the rest of the world sees it. Your God has given ample warnings for his own people on what they must do now and when these events take place. Now what our Lord expects us to do is to be alert to world events, including all the signs, even those from the global Deceiver.

‘But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[ your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’   Mat 24:36-44

‘Alien with Disk’. 400 feet longer than a football field. 2002.

All the paranoia in the world today about UFOs and alien abductions will find its culmination among the deceived people when the actual disappearance of people occur en masse in every nation. Two men…suddenly one disappears; two women…in a blink, one vanishes. Both abducted by aliens.

The alternative messages and awesome signs from the spirit world will be so convincing that even the people close to God and who are fully aware of his endtime prophecies could be deceived. However, God will provide his chosen people with supernatural discernment so that they will not be deceived.

‘For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.’   Mat 24:24,25

O People of God, watch and heed. Know your Bible and what God’s Word says about the events leading to the coming of our Savior. Be watchful daily and pray often and earnestly for your and your loved ones’ protection in these end times so you and your family will not be snared by the daily cares of this life but will be counted worthy to escape all these things which are going to come soon.

‘But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.’   Luke 21:34-36

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

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The Ominous Rise of the Far Right Nationalists in Germany

Nazis alongside members of the far-right reactionary and monarchist German National People’s Party (DNVP), in 1931 during the Nazi-DNVP alliance in the Harzburg Front.

The far-right politics refers to the social movement that ‘supports supremacy of certain individuals or groups deemed to be innately superior who are to be more valued than those deemed to be innately inferior’. The most extreme-right movements, such as the Nazis, have pursued oppression and genocide against groups of people on the basis of their alleged inferiority.

It was far-right politics in Germany that brought that nation to ignite the two World Wars.

Following the fall of Nazi Germany and the dissolution of the Nazi Party in 1945, the far right in Germany quickly reorganized itself. The Deutsche Rechtspartei was founded in 1946, succeeded by the Deutsche Reichspartei in 1950, and several other parties. The currently most successful movement is the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD). In the 2006 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state election, the NPD received 7.3 percent of the vote and thus achieved state representation there.

The German government tried to ban the National Democratic Party in 2003, using a clause in the constitution outlawing neo-Nazi parties. But the Constitutional Court refused to hear the case because the government had infiltrated the party with informants. Insisting it rejected violence, the NPD won 5 percent of the votes in Saxony’s state elections in 2009.

In 2011, the Verfassungsschutz (Federal German intelligence) reported a total of 25,000 right-wing extremists in Germany, including 5,600 neo-Nazis. The Verfassungsschutz says that both the number of neo-Nazis and the potential for violent acts have increased, especially among the growing number of Autonome Nationalisten (‘Independent Nationalists’) who gradually replace the declining number of Nazi Skinheads.

In 1980, a 27-year old German named Gundolf Koehler exploded a bomb at the Oktoberfest in Munich, killing himself and 12 others. Documents were found on Koehler’s body linking him to the paramilitary Defense Sport Group (Wehrsportgruppe) led by Karl-Heinz Hoffmann, who saw himself as the ‘spiritual descendant’ of Hitler.

German neo-Nazis attacked accommodations for refugees and migrant workers in several towns in the early 1990s. Neo-Nazis were involved in the murders of three Turkish girls in a 1992 arson attack in Mölln. A 1993 arson attack by far-right skinheads on the house of a Turkish family in Solingen resulted in the deaths of two women and three girls. In 2000, ten immigrants, most of them Jewish, were injured in a bomb attack in Dusseldorf.

Beginning in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Neo-Nazis started holding demonstrations on the anniversary of the Bombing of Dresden in World War II. The 2009 march was organized by Junge Landsmannschaft Ostdeutschland, which is supported by the National Democratic Party of Germany. In 2011 neo-Nazis were linked to ten murders.

Neonazi rally in Munich on April 2, 2005

German law forbids the production of pro-Nazi materials, although they have been smuggled into the country. But some German neo-Nazis use early symbols of the Reichskriegsflagge (the official name of the war flag used by the German armed forces from 1867 to 1945) predating the introduction of the Nazi swastika, and therefore are legal in Germany.

Neo-Nazi rock bands such as Landser have been outlawed in Germany, yet bootleg copies of their albums printed in the United States and other countries are still sold in the country. German neo-Nazi websites mostly depend on internet servers in the US and Canada. They often use symbols that are reminiscent of the swastika, and adopt other symbols used by the Nazis, such as the sun cross, wolf’s hook and black sun.

CNN says of the growing far right movement: ‘For generations, politics in Europe has been defined in terms of class: the contest between left and right, socialists against conservatives or Christian Democrats. It is still the prevailing divide, but recent election results and the resurgence of far-right groups suggest the issue of identity is beginning to intrude.’

Does the Bible say anything about this movement. It does not mention the movement by name, but it vividly depicts the actions of this movement in the endtimes.

In a nutshell, the neo-Nazi party will soon emerge as the strongest party in Germany. Germany itself will lead a far-right union of ten European nations, which will sway world politics in its favor. An extreme-right ruler, whom the Bible calls the Beast, will then succeed where Hitler and Napoleon failed – attack America, Britain and their allied nations and lead them captive to other lands, as Assyria did to ancient Israel.

Keep watching the far-right movement in Germany, and Germany’s military rise on the world scene.

Watch also the rise of the far-right movement in Japan, which, as in Germany, is growing rapidly. Japan had allied with Germany against Britain in the last World War. Watch also the growing alliance between Germany and Japan.

The nationalist far-right group Ganbare Nippon stages a Senkaku Islands protest.

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

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The Third Temple Is About to Rise!

Preparations for the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem have begun in earnest. This event is among the surest signs that Christ’s return is imminent…very imminent.

The following article contains opinions and quotes from various media and the literature of various groups who have been involved one way or another in plans for the rebuilding of the Temple. The author does not necessarily endorse nor condemn these statements; they are merely offered in the interest of giving a broad picture of the activities revolving round preparations for the construction of a Third Temple. 

The First Temple

There are three Temples in the lives of faithful Jews today. The First Temple, built by Solomon was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE – about 400 years after the Temple was constructed. Some seventy years later, approximately, Jewish exiles were allowed to return to Jerusalem to build an altar, the ‘Second’ Jewish temple, and finally the walls of the city. Although modest in comparison to the First Temple, the Second Temple was later greatly enlarged and expanded by Herod the Great. This latter temple was the Temple in which Jesus was dedicated, and where He taught and cast out the money changers on two occasions. The Second Temple was built on the site of the First Temple and was completed in 516 BCE. This Temple was also destroyed, this time during the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE.

The Second Temple

The destruction of the two Temples took place about 656 years apart, but on the same day in the Hebrew calendar – 9th Av. These two events were so tragic in the history of the Jewish people that the ancient rabbis declared the anniversary of the Temples’ destruction a day of mourning and fasting. This anniversary is known as Tisha B’Av, (meaning ‘9th of Av’), which is observed to this day in Israel. But there is another tradition that Jews have been observing daily up to the present day. They pray three times a day for the restoration of the Temple. Which means, the Jews as a nation are eagerly awaiting the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.

When I first received the news, about 12 years ago, that serious efforts were going on in Jerusalem to build the Third Temple, I was shocked. It seemed incredible news, that a certain pivotal prophecy in the Bible should begin to be fulfilled in my lifetime; for the building of the Third Temple is prophesied to occur just before the return of Christ. It was not the preparations for building the Temple itself that was the most incredible news to me, but the fact that this is probably the greatest of all signs that Jesus Christ is very probably coming in my generation, or surely in my children’s lifetime.

The New Testament contains one reference to a Third Temple in Jerusalem at the end of the present age.

‘for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.’   Thes 2:3-4

In the Old Testament, there are several references to a future Temple in Jerusalem. In Ezekiel chapters 40 to 47 is given a detailed description of the architecture and dimensions of this temple. The new temple, which measures about 875 feet square, is much too large to fit on the present Temple Mount site. Ezekiel’s temple is also very different in many details from the previous two temples.

A model of the Third Temple, based on the prophecy in Ezekiel.

Some Jewish and Christian scholars think that the coming Third Temple will be followed by a Fourth or ‘Millennial’ Temple, which will be built by the Messiah when he comes.

‘Only a small number of Orthodox Jewish believers in Israel today believe that the coming Third Temple will be built by the Jewish Messiah when he appears. Groups such as The Temple Institute believe it is incumbent upon them to make all possible preparations in advance – and to build the Third Temple when the freedom to do so is gained…whether or not the Messiah arrives before or after a Third Temple is erected.’   The Temple Of Ezekiel’ by Lambert Dolphin – ldolphin.org

Now, how far have the preparations been made? Almost everything is ready to take off, including the foundation stones! All that is required now is for the Israeli government to give the green signal. Even the cornerstones for the temple are hewn and kept ready. Here are some media reports about what’s going on with regard to such preparations:

‘In l982, after years of disagreement about methods of approach, three groups of devout Jews, The Jerusalem Temple Foundation, To the Mountain of the Lord and The Faithful of the Temple Mount combined their forces to plan for and build the Third Temple. More recently The Temple Institute has begun to build the sacred vessels to be used in the Third Temple.’   templemount.org

‘Next week Israel’s Ministry of Religious Affairs will sponsor a first-ever Conference of Temple Research to discuss whether contemporary Jews are obligated to rebuild the Temple. However, several small organizations in Jerusalem believe the question is settled. They are zealously making preparation for the new Temple…Two Talmudic schools located near the Western (Wailing) Wall are teaching nearly 200 students the elaborate details of Temple service. Other groups are researching the family lines of Jewish priests who alone may conduct sacrifices‘ Time for a New Temple?’   Time, Oct. 16, ‘89

‘Has a red heifer been born in Israel? Israeli television and Hebrew newspapers recently reported that a red heifer was born at a village in Kfar Chasidim. The heifer, currently a year and a half old, has been meticulously checked by the local Jewish religious authorities with a magnifying glass in order to see if she is completely red…Ultra-orthodox have accepted this animal as a possible candidate for being the red heifer…A red heifer must be three years old before it can be sacrificed. After another year and a half, the heifer will be rechecked… Orthodox Jews strongly believe the birth of this red heifer is another definite sign that points to the soon coming of the Messiah and the rebuilding of the Temple.’   Southwest Radio Church letter May, 1997

‘One of the most exciting and very important finds was the recent discovery of a small golden bell that hung on the High Priest’s beautiful robe that he wore when he entered into the Holy of Holies inside the Holy Temple of the G-D of Israel…Together with the Golden Bell of the High Priest and other holy discoveries from the Temple that have been found, it is direct archaeological evidence of Jewish activity in the Holy Temple on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem during the Second Temple Era. [The discoveries are] considered another clear call and timely message from the G-D of Israel to His People Israel: “Build my Temple on My Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem now with no delay!” ’   templemountfaithful.org

What does the Scripture say about the Third Temple, and does it say anything about yet another, a Fourth Temple?

The Bible says that when Christ comes, there would already be a temple existing in Jerusalem. And to this Third Temple he will make a sudden appearance.

“Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple’   Mal 3:1

But prelude to Christ making his sudden appearance in the temple, the Beast (the coming ruler of the resurrected Roman Empire) will invade Jerusalem and place his ‘abomination of desolation’ in the holy place. He will place his pagan emblem in the temple, probably in the Holy of Holies, and stop Jews from offering their daily sacrifices..

‘And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.’   Dan 11:31
‘Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place’   Mat 24:15

The forces of the Beast will surround Jerusalem and make it a desolation.

‘But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.’   Mark 21:20

Great will be the suffering of the Jews once again at the hand of their enemies.

‘The end has come upon My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore. And the songs of the temple shall be wailing in that day,” says the Lord GOD—“Many dead bodies everywhere, they shall be thrown out in silence.” ‘   Amos 8:2-3

It is while this suffering in desolated Jerusalem is happening that the Messiah will make his sudden appearance to save his people. (Malachi 3:1)

A great and devastating earthquake accompanies Christ’s landing in Jerusalem. (Zachariah 14:4-5) Some Bible commentators think that this Third Temple will be destroyed by this earthquake or at the desolation of Jerusalem by the invading forces. But I have not found a single scripture that gives even a hint of the destruction of the Third Temple. It is my understanding of the prophesied endtime events that before the Beast could destroy the temple, as his predecessors did to the First and Second Temples, the Messiah will intervene and stop any further devastation by his enemies.

‘For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem…Then the Lord will go forth go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.’ Zec 14:2-3

Once the Messiah returns to his temple and establishes his throne in Jerusalem, he will begin to expand the Third Temple according to the plan in Ezekiel chapters 40 to 47. This could actually be considered as the Fourth Temple, for the original structure of the Third Temple will pale to insignificance compared to the awesome new edifice that will built from it. I think perhaps only the Holy of Holies will be preserved from the old structure.

‘Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH!…he shall build the temple of the Lord; Yes, he shall build the temple of the Lord.’ Zec 6:12-13

But whether the Third Temple will be destroyed or not, and an entirely new Fourth Temple will be built by the Messiah, the Bible speaks of yet one more, a Fifth Temple that will be located on the very spot of the previous four temples. This final Temple will be very different from all the preceding Temples. For it will comprise not just one location – the whole of Jerusalem will be the Temple of God. And this city-temple will no more be constructed with human hands. God himself will personally do every bit of its construction work. Nor will it be constructed on earth, but in heaven. And when the construction is complete, it will make a glorious descent on earth, and the Throne of God will be located on the very spot where the Holy of Holies was located in the previous temples.

‘Then, I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men…But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.’ Rev 21:2,3,22

The Cornerstones for the Third Temple are ready

God’s people in all the nations should pray that if the Third Temple will be built in our generation, it may be done so in peace, and that any construction of the Temple would not offend the people of other faiths in Jerusalem. In this regard, it may be relevant to note that the Second Temple was not a unilateral decision of the Jews, but was sanctioned by a non Israeli world power, Babylon. Similarly, a unilateral decision by Israel could lead it to severe conflict with the rest of the world. Perhaps, we may see the United Nations playing a pivotal role in the sanctioning of the construction of the Temple, after an agreement is made with the leaders of other faiths that have key interests in Jerusalem. Keep your eyes daily open to media news of what’s happening in Jerusalem. I don’t think we will have to wait much longer to find out how exactly the Temple will be built.

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

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The Merger of Man and Machine – Coming In Your Lifetime

 

Twenty years ago, I could never have imagined that I would be able to reach you with my message, wherever you are in the world now reading this, by clicking on my keyboard. I could never fantasize then that two decades later I would carry a device with me wherever I go that enables me to communicate with anyone anywhere in the world, and, if I wish, even to see the person I am talking to. Today, if I mention with awe to a young person that I could do such amazing feats it might cause that person to look askance at me as if I had just emerged into modern society from a tribal village deep in some Indian jungle.

Well, actually I’m from a middle-class family, and I spent my boyhood and youth in a rural place which was as developed as any other place in my country in the 60s and early 70s. But I remember the years I lived in literally the stone age. All our household appliances were made of stone, including the millstone, the grindstone, the pounding stone, and stone jars.  There was no electric lights, no fans, no fridge, no piped water, no washing machine, no food processor, no phone, no car, no tv, no extra pair of shoes. Life was so blissful. In the mid 70s, my astonished eyes beheld the first electronic item in my life – a small calculator that a relative living abroad gifted me. It was so amazing a device that I considered it my most prized possession in those years.

Ten to fifteen years from now, you and I will be able to do things that will be incomparably more awesome than what we can do with any advanced gadgets now. We will have little devices that will be more revolutionary than a telephone in a world where the latest technology to speak to a person beyond the reach of one’s voice through cupped palms was a bullhorn. They will more drastically change one’s work life than did the advent of the computer to my own profession in an age when I was trashing typescript after typescript because they contained too many typos that I just couldnt erase and rewrite over with my typewriter. The sooncoming inventions will be more awesomely life-changing than the internet which totally eliminated my obsession to visit libraries wherever I go and wade in amazement through all the different categories of books on the shelves.

What is coming in the next one and half decades is more awesomely revolutionary than any invention or discovery in the history of man. It is Artificial Intelligence.

The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which will be literally billions of times more capable than the sum total of all human brains on earth, will usher in a new dimension into man’s existence such as never occurred in history. For in this new dimension man will be interacting, for both good and bad, with a community of intelligent machine beings immeasurably superior in skills, knowledge and capability than any advanced society of humans.

The greatest application of AI will be to merge human and machine functions. When this happens, the global phenomenon known as ‘The Singularity’ will occur. The Singularity will usher in the greatest transformation of human civilization since mankind first began to live together as a society on planet earth.

Ray Kurzweil, probably the savviest futurologist of this generation, and author of the bestselling ‘The Singularity Is Near’ is the man who popularized this term. The Singularity, he says, is the point in human development when current global trends go wildly off the charts and technological changes become so rapid that we cannot possibly envision its results.

There will be radical transformation in the way people work and relate to each other in our generation. The merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distinction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physical and virtual reality.

The Singularity will result in global paradigm shifts (the typical way all systems work in civilization) in every facet of human endeavor and thinking.

Scientists expect the technological paradigm shift to happen sooner than most people realize – between 2020 and 2040 – when technology advances beyond the human mind and people will no longer be the source of great invention. Did you get that? It will not be human beings anymore that will be inventing and discovering new things! Artificial Intelligence will be able to examine its own source code and improve it in an iterative design cycle!!

At that point, AI will be responsible for creating new breakthroughs with minimal human input. This new global order will be accompanied by paradigm shifts in social life, international relations and social values. Together, they will cause the greatest change in man’s lifestyle and interactions since Adam’s generation.

The Singularity will drastically impact one’s professional life. The paradigm shifts in the workplace will mean that unprepared professionals in every field will find themselves redundant and their skills of no more use anywhere. Prepared professionals will find themselves useful elsewhere. One great purpose of my ministry is to encourage you to be prepared for what’s coming in your lifetime.

The Singularity will be even more profound in your personal life. It will affect your relationships with people, it will change the way your parent your children, it will change the way you even husband your wife, or wife your husband. For the God-directed professional the Singularity can be used to enhance his personal and family life. But for the others, it will serve to further the perversions and wickedness on earth. Just as the computer and internet is serving a Godly purpose for me now, it is serving an evil purpose for billions of others who use it to indulge their lusts and to promote hate and strife locally and globally, or to spread destruction over the worldwide web to satiate their warped senses. A 12-year old cyber expert, for example, can wreak havoc around the world with a viral program he creates.


It will not be human beings anymore that will be inventing and discovering new things!


Now look at these amazing developments going on today, right now.

Nonbiological intelligence is currently multiplying by over 1,000 per decade. Between 2020 and 2040, nonbiological intelligence will be a billion times more powerful than the 10^26 (10 followed by 26 zeros) computations per second that all biological humanity represents. Artificial intelligence in certain computers is already more complex than a human brain and has surpassed the 20-petahertz threshold for potential intelligence. In 10 years, it will be everywhere. It’s already a short step to computer systems that make better decisions than corporate managers do, say scientists. Organizations have to be able to redefine themselves at an increasingly faster pace.

Machines are increasingly exceeding us in the performance of more and more tasks, from guiding objects like missiles or satellites to assembling other machines. They are merging with us ever more intimately and are learning how to reconfigure our biology in new technological domains.

At some point in the next decade, as machines become smarter than people, humans will get augmented with smart biochips and wearables, becoming supersmart cyborgs.

Here is a glimpse into how AI will affect our social lives shortly – very likely even before most of your hair turns grey:

‘By 2015, computers will be largely invisible…we will have images input directly onto our retinas. This allows for a very high-resolution display that encompasses the entire visual field of view yet is physically tiny…If we want a large, high-resolution computer image, it will just appear virtually in the air. We will have augmented reality, including popup displays explaining what is happening in the real world. We will be able to go into full-immersion, visual auditory virtual reality environments…and have nanobots in our brain that will shut down the signals coming from our nerves and sense organs, and replace them with the signals that we would be receiving if we were in the virtual environment. We can be actors in this virtual environment, and have a virtual body. But this virtual body doesn’t need to be the same as our real body. We will encounter other people in similar situations in this virtual world.’   From an interview with Ray Kurzweil, published by CRN News

Who needs undependable friends and spouses if we can have much better, but physically as-good-as-real, companions and mates in the other world?

Now, where do God and his prophecies come in this emerging world order? Surely the Bible, in its prophesies, could not have overlooked this greatest of human-generated events since Creation.

Keep reading the messages in this website, child of God, and you will get a good understanding of what’s coming, both from man’s side and from God’s side. Just to arouse your curiosity, consider these two endtime events mentioned in the book of Revelation:

‘The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like faces of men. They had hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails.’   Rev 9:7-10

Until three or four years ago, whenever I read this passage, I assumed it was purely a symbolic description of some terrible creatures, as certainly are the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse and the vision of the seven-headed beast rising from the sea. But the more I understand the prophecies, the more I think that some of the visions are more literal than most theologians think.

Now, remember – the greatest application of AI will be to merge human and machine functions. With AI, biotechnology could easily create creatures like the woman-locusts of Revelation. Very possible. But I am not definitely saying that the passage in Revelation is a result of biotechnology. Perhaps they may be supernatural creatures. But certainly, it is interesting to consider the other possibilities as well.

Just one more possibility to think of:

‘He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die.’  Rev 13:15

The Message version puts it this way:

‘It was able to animate the image of the Beast so that it talked, and then arrange that anyone not worshiping the Beast would be killed.’

Artificial Intelligence that is far superior to the human brain?

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

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The Tower of Babylon Today

 

In the 1997 film ‘The Devil’s Advocate’, Satan, in the person of John Milton (played by Al Pacino), says to his victim, ‘Who, in their right mind, Kevin, could possibly deny the twentieth century was entirely mine?’

Who indeed? Has there ever been a century, since the Flood – in the advancement of its civilization, in its bloodshed, in its wickedness – like the 20th century?

‘This century was the bloodiest in all history. More than 170 million people were killed by governments with 10 million being killed in World War I and 50 million killed in World War II. In regard to the 50 million killed in World War II, it is significant that nearly 70 percent were innocent civilians…This number of 50 million deaths does not include the estimated 6 to 12 million Russians killed by Stalin before World War II, and the several million people he killed after the war ended when Roosevelt delivered to him one-third of Europe as part of the settlement conferences…the greatest tragedy of Western civilization erupted with World War I in 1914.’   ‘A Century of War ‘ by John V Denson

The only century ever – in the past and in the future of man’s history – that will greatly outdo the 20th in its horrors and global human suffering will be our present century.

On May 30, 2002, I was sitting in front of the tv and watching the ceremony to mark the official ending of the cleaning up of the world trade center site. A CNN news reporter was recounting his visit to the Twin Tower’s rubble soon after the fall, and a video clip of that visit was being shown. As he walked with his camera amidst the debris he saw a Bible with pages open under a piece of concrete. He focused his camera closer to the passage on the open page and the first thing he saw was the caption ‘The Tower of Babylon’.

All the viewers, including me, could see clearly that particular passage on the open page that was being telecast. The reporter then remarked he considered this a positive sign and that he felt God was involved and watching over the events. As for me, my thoughts were different. I was thinking then it was a sign that God considered the trade center as the tallest symbol in the world today of Babylon, the power or system described in the Bible as ‘the great harlot’ that rules over all the nations of earth and that is drunk with the blood of the saints and martyrs of Jesus (Rev 17:5,6).

Another CNN news reporter said the ceremony marked the end of a dark chapter. I was thinking it marked the beginning of the darkest chapter in Western and Christian history.

As I watched the closing ceremony, I took the Bible and opened the pages at random and my eyes fell upon Jeremiah chapter 4 starting with verse 13 and upto 31. Coincidence or providence, what I read was astonishing in that it revealed exactly what are the other disasters that are going to happen to America and several other nations after this first 911 emergency call to them.

God certainly did not cause the Twin Towers to collapse and kill thousands, just as he is not going to cause the other greater disasters about to fall on those prophesied nations. He just is not going to anymore stop Satan from causing these disasters, as God has stopped so many times since the founding of these nations.

As that passage in Jeremiah prophesies what is going to happen to America and all other nations that are descended from the 12 tribes of Israel – the nations that profess themselves, even if nominally, to be Christian nations – it is vital that you understand what God’s Word reveals about these coming events. I shall quote these verses in Jeremiah and make them plain later in this message.

The Twin Towers was the loftiest symbol of the might and sway of the power that runs today’s society. This power is referred to in the Bible variously as ‘Babylon the great’, ‘the great city’, ‘the great harlot’. Babylon is ‘the great harlot with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication’ (Rev 17:1,2); ‘that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth’ (Rev 17:18); ‘Babylon the great…the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury’ (Rev 18:2,3); ‘the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth’ (Rev 17:5).

This power controls – or in the least, greatly influences –  the system that runs, every facet of society – the national and local governments, the trading, the businesses, the banks, the lifestyle, the entertainment, the education, and even all the religious institutions (except the true Church of God). And who is  this controlling or influencing power?

‘All these authority [‘all the kingdoms of the world’] I will give you and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.’, said the devil to Christ who did not refute his statement. (Luke 4:6)

If one wants to be successful in Babylon, he has to be subject to and follow this system. God’s people today are subject to the laws of Babylon today, and that is perfectly ok, and in fact that is what God expects his people to do, unless some of those laws are in conflict with his laws, which, mercifully, is usually rare. (See Romans 13:1-7 on subjecting ourselves to the governing authorities.)

Realize that it is not the laws of Babylon that are the main problem for God’s people in this age, but the influence that the devil has over every facet of the Babylonian system that runs the global society.

The fall of the World Trade Center is the first direct warning sign to God’s people of the eventual total collapse of Babylon prophesied to happen in this very generation of ours – the generation that is already seeing many other signs of the endtimes happening around them.

‘Assuredly, I say to you, this generation [that sees these signs beginning to happen] will by no means pass away till all these things take place.’ Mat 24:34
‘Babylon the great is fallen…the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury…Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment is come. And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her’   Rev 18:2, 3,10,11


A CNN news reporter focused his camera closer to the passage on the open page and the first thing he saw was the caption ‘The Tower of Babylon’.


Before the total collapse of global Babylon – governments, economy, trade, religions, and all other facets of human civilization – human interaction, commerce, and knowledge will continue to increase at a dizzying rate of acceleration worldwide.

‘…the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.’   Dan 12:4

When an ancient people pooled their knowledge and skills to build the first Tower of Babylon, progress became so rapid that God said, ‘the people are one…and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.’ (Genesis 11:6)  Even so now, as the end of this age draws near, the synergized pool of global knowledge will make it possible of humans to achieve literally anything that they propose to achieve. And what are some of these proposals mankind has set themselves to achieve?

Probably the greatest of all man’s quests today is the creation of Artificial Intelligence (AI). More than space exploration, and more than any other technological innovation, AI – once man has achieved the breakthrough needed to manufacture it with a brain capability that exceeds that of man – will usher in a  new world order more than any other past invention or event in human history. The point when this happens is referred to by scientists as ‘The Singularity’. (Please read ‘The Merger of Man and Machine – Coming In Your Lifetime in this section.) The Singularity will be the tallest and mightiest of the sooncoming Towers of Babylon.

Here is what Ray Kurzweil, the wellknown futurist and the most ardent of the Singularity proponents, says about this coming event:

‘By 2029…intelligent machines will combine the subtle and supple skills that humans now excel in with ways in which machines are already superior…By the mid-2040s, the nonbiological portion of the intelligence of our human-machine civilization will be about a billion times greater than the biological portion…So what will we do when our intelligence is in the range of a googol (numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros) calculations per second? One thing we may do is to engineer new universes’   Foreword to The Intelligent Universe by Ray Kurzweil

One of Kurzweil’s readers posted the following comment on this subject:

‘Our logic systems put us at the helm, as our own gods…maybe we are gods after all, baby gods only just now waking up to our true power.’

That reader’s statement sums up the crux, the very core purpose of all of man’s great quests from the very beginning of history.

From the moment that Eve and Adam desired to become ‘like God’ (Genesis 3:5), mankind’s greatest desire and quest was to be in full control of the whole universe and to ‘engineer new universes’. It was this desire that propelled the ancient people to set up a tower in Babel that reached up to the skies. It is this unfulfilled desire that is driving man in all his technological progress and in all his space explorations. It is this innate driving force that is building the global towers of world trade and that, in our own generation, will culminate in the creation of a world government.

So what can we expect next of this generation as they continue to build their ultimate towers of Babylon?

In next couple of decades – based on Daniel 12:4 and on the present rate of knowledge growth, as well as on the predictions of AI scientists – technology, commerce, communication and transportation will see paradigmatic growths, aided by Artificial Intelligence that will far exceed human brain capabilities. You will see awesome global trade towers, both literally in concrete and globally in activity, rising in several nations. The World Trade Center edifice has fallen, but the spirit of the original Tower of Babylon is rising again – more magnificent and more towering than before. It was the Twin Towers before. Now it is the One World Trade Center, named aptly in faithfulness to their builders’ inherited desire to be one people (see Genesis 11:6). The 104-story One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth-tallest building in the world, with its spire reaching a symbolic 1,776 feet (541.3 m) in reference to the year of American independence.

But as in the days of Noah, and as in the days of the original Tower of Babylon, God is once again going to look down upon earth, and intervene to save man from destroying himself. For that is the final outcome of all of man’s grandest dreams – his own total destruction. But for God’s merciful intervention at the first Tower, humanity would have become so wicked after a few generations (if we reckon the time it took for the degeneration of human nature from Adam to Noah’s civilization) that either they would have completely destroyed themselves, or God would have had to directly intervene to put an early end to their misery. Once again, when the final Tower of Babylon is built, God will have to intervene, or ‘no flesh would be saved’ (Matthew 24:22).

But before God intervenes, he is going to allow man to continue with his grand plans for some time. Then, suddenly, just as the first World Trade Center fell when the whole nation was going about their daily lives as usual, all the majestic edifices of human endeavor are going to fall when least expected. This is coming upon a people that God chose above all other nations to be a righteous model to the Gentiles, but instead has become so depraved that even pagan nations are disgusted with the perverted ways of the ‘Christian’ nations. (Ezekiel 16:27)

‘For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.’   1 Thes 5:3

Ground Zero, World Trade Center

Now I would like to show you a passage that gives certain details of what will happen to America, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and other English speaking nations, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, and a few others, collectively known as Jacob in the Scriptures. These are the most naturally, geographically and materially blessed of all the nations on earth.

Before you read that passage, understand that the names Judah and Jerusalem in the present age refer respectively to the Christian nations and their cities. (For a detailed understanding of the identity of these nations, please read, ‘How to Understand Bible Prophecies for Today’ in this section).

Here is the passage in Jeremiah 4:

“O people of Judah and Jerusalem, surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the Lord, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.
“Shout to Judah, and broadcast to Jerusalem! Tell them to sound the alarm throughout the land: ‘Run for your lives! Flee to the fortified cities!’ Raise a signal flag as a warning for Jerusalem: ‘Flee now! Do not delay!’ For I am bringing terrible destruction upon you from the north.”…
“Warn the surrounding nations and announce this to Jerusalem: The enemy is coming from a distant land, raising a battle cry against the towns of Judah. They surround Jerusalem like watchmen around a field, for my people have rebelled against me,” says the Lord…
“For I have heard the blast of enemy trumpets and the roar of their battle cries. Waves of destruction roll over the land, until it lies in complete desolation. Suddenly my tents are destroyed; in a moment my shelters are crushed…
“At the noise of charioteers and archers, the people flee in terror. They hide in the bushes and run for the mountains. All the towns have been abandoned – not a person remains!…The allies who were your lovers despise you and seek to kill you.” NLT

Presently unthinkable terrors and horrors are going to suddenly fall upon a people who have forsaken their true God and are living in such state of depravity that Sodom’s and Gomorrah’s sins look mild in comparison. (Matthew 10:15)

So great will be the suffering of these nations that both Daniel and Jesus prophesies that ‘there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time’; ‘there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be’. (Daniel 11:1; Matthew 24:21)

The suffering that’s soon coming upon the ‘Christian’ nations of the West, and subsequently upon the whole world, will exceed that of any previous century in human history. The 20th century, till now, was the most radical of all centuries in changing human behavior and attitudes.

‘The twentieth century was a period of radical departure from almost every previous area of human activity. Accelerating scientific understanding, better communications, faster transportation transformed the world in those hundred years more than any time in the past. It was a century that started with steam powered ships as the most sophisticated means of transport, and ended with the space shuttle…Terms like ideology, world war, genocide, and nuclear war entered common usage and became an influence on the lives of everyday people.’   Wikipedia

The 20th century was also the most violent in history in the number of lives lost in wars. World War I started in 1914, inaugurating the age of total war. It was the first global war in history. And soon after, World War II, the second global war.

‘War reached an unprecedented scale and level of sophistication; in the Second World War alone, approximately 57 million people died, mainly due to massive improvements in weaponry…Arguably, the 20th century re-shaped the face of the planet in more ways than any previous century.’   ibid

According to Voice of the Martyrs,

‘More Christians have been killed for their faith in the 20th century than have been martyred in the total history of Christianity’.

But if Daniel and Christ’s words are true, what’s coming in our lifetime will far exceed the horrors and sufferings of the 20th century in its darkest years. But, mankind, drunk with their technological marvels and the pursuit of mastering the universe, cannot foresee today the calamities that are coming upon themselves, although the signs are so clear to those who are willing to open their eyes and ears to God’s revelation in his Word. ‘He who has a ear, let him ear’, says your Savior. (Matthew 11:15)

‘The horror of the twentieth century could hardly have been predicted in the nineteenth century, which saw the eighteenth century end with the American Revolution bringing about the creation of the first classical liberal government…The nineteenth century largely remained, in practice, a century of individual freedom, material progress, and relative peace, which allowed great developments in science, technology, and industry.’   ‘A Century of War’ by John V Denson

Humanity as a whole today, enjoying progress like never before, is oblivious to the warnings of God about the coming world events. But you need not be. You can be among those who have God’s promise of protection during the time of the greatest tribulation ever. When the towers begin to fall, you can be kept away in a safe place.

On September 11, 2001, the lives of thousands of people were spared because of unusual obstacles that stalled them. To mention a specific case: Joe Andrew, a Washington lawyer and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, had a ticket for seat 6-C on the ill-fated American Airlines flight 77 from Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles, but switched to a later flight at the last minute. ‘I happen to be a person of faith’, says Mr Andrew.

For hundreds of other people in the cities affected by the deadly terrorist assault, Tuesday morning turned out to be an incredibly ‘lucky’ time to oversleep, reschedule a meeting or take time off to sneak in a haircut. On that morning, there were scores of unexpected traffic delays, subway delays, and commuter train delays. A train packed with commuters was stopped at a signal just short of the WTC and was able to return to Jersey City. The four flights together could accommodate more than 1,000 passengers, yet there were only 266 aboard on those day. Of the more than 50,000 people who worked in the two towers, only 20,000 were at their desks on September 11. The two towers held up for a half hour, enabling many people inside them to escape. Finally, the towers fell inward rather than topple over, which would have killed far more people. The foundations of six surrounding buildings were demolished by the fall of the towers, but the buildings held up for enough time for all the occupants to be safely evacuated.

Possibly, many of those who escaped might have done so by sheer luck, for ‘time and chance happen to them all. For man also does not know his time: like fish taken in a cruel net, like birds caught in a snare, so the sons of men are snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them.’  (Eccl 9:11,12) But if God’s promises to deliver the people who put their trust in him in the time of disaster are of any value, then he must have delivered his people out of, or prevented them from entering, the World Trade Center site.

‘He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty…He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge…You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow [or bullet, or plane] that flies by day…Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday [or at 9:59 a.m., or at 10:28 a.m.].

‘A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you…Because you have made the Lord…your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you…For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’  Ps 91:1-12

And just before the final collapse of all of Babylon’s global majestic towers, God is going to say to the people who have taken refuge under his wings,

‘Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.’   Is 26:20

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

World Today In Prophecy

America – The Unthinkable Is Poised To Happen

 

I remember reading Billy Graham’s book ‘World Aflame’ decades ago, about the coming judgment of God on earth. I don’t remember now what he wrote of America, but I have with me the following quote of his wife, Ruth, who after reading the chapter in the book about the sinful conditions in that country, told her husband: “Billy, if God doesn’t come soon and bring judgment upon the United States, He’s going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!”

Of course, God can never do something that would require an apology from him later. He is the same today in every aspect as he was thousands of years ago. If the same sins of Sodom and Gomorrah are committed in any land, would God let it continue in its horrible state when he didnt in the case of those two ancient cities? Judgment day on immoral America seems actually past its due time, but that day is hastening faster upon that sick nation than a locomotive accelerating full steam down a hill not knowing the tracks end suddenly half way down.

In fact, God himself calls the extremely sinful cities of America by the names of Sodom and Gomorrah. In his eyes, these cities have already turned into Sodom and Gomorrah, not merely on their way to becoming doomed like the ancient cities.

‘Hear the word of the Lord, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah’   Is 1:10
‘They commit adultery and walk in lies; They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, and her inhabitants like Gomorrah.’   Jer 23:14
‘The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it.’   Is 3:9

Does any city declare their sin so blatantly and unabashedly like the cities in America, where they have regular sodomite and lesbian parades (or ‘gay pride marches’, to use the politically correct term), and where, such as in Hollywood, pretty women have no hesitation in stripping themselves bare for audiences around the world to gaze upon their nakedness? America does not know how to blush anymore.

‘Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush.’   Jer 6:15

And because the nations that God revealed himself to chose to be unfaithful to him and live like harlots and sodomites, and have no shame for their perversions, God will turn away from his people in disgust, and the nations that do not have the true God will strip America naked of all its beauty and wealth.

‘She revealed her harlotry and uncovered her nakedness. Then I alienated Myself from her’   Ezek 23:18
‘surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness.’   Ezek 16:37

Judgment is coming upon America. And with greater intensity of punishment than it was for the perverted ancient cities.

‘The punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment, with no hand to help her!’   Lam 4:6

In the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, God directly rained down destruction upon them. In the case of today’s evil cities, God is bringing his judgment upon them in another way – in a quick succession of destructive phases. This succession of American’s destruction is brought about by God’s not intervening to protect his people as he has been doing for hundreds of years since America and other Bible-holding nations were founded!

Britain, US and other Christian nations were miraculously protected through both World War 1 and 2. But unless these nations repent and turn to God with all their heart, there is no more chance left for them to survive another round of national calamity.

The Western world is crumbling in all areas of its society, including its economy. The US economy came to the verge of collapse at least twice in the past, but recovered amazingly. The few economists who had understood what was happening and tried to warn the nation were derided by the great financial institutions and venerable economists. These few economists are now warning the nation again…of total economic collapse.

‘The Aftershock Survival Summit’ is a video produced by Newsmax media. The video features an exclusive interview with famed economist and bestselling author Robert Wiedemer. According to Moneynews, this ‘disturbing presentation exposes harsh economic truths along with a dire financial warning’

The video was so disturbing and controversial that various online networks repeatedly shut it down.

The controversy was caused by allegations that economists and policy makers in Washington have ‘failed miserably’. They include former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and his successor, Ben Bernanke. At one point in the video, Wiedemer refers to Ben Bernanke saying that his “money from heaven will be the path to hell.” ’

‘This wasn’t the first time Wiedemer’s predictions hit a nerve. In 2006, he and his team of economists accurately predicted the four-bubble meltdown in the housing, stock, private debt, and consumer spending markets that almost sunk America. Regardless of his warnings and survival advice, Bernanke and Greenspan were not about to support Wiedemer publicly, nor were the mainstream media.’   Moneynews

In Aftershock Survival Summit, Wiedemer cites the unthinkable – disturbing evidence and financial charts forecasting 50% unemployment, a 90% stock market collapse, and 100% annual inflation.

Wiedemer isn’t alone in his predictions. Jim Rogers, the best-selling financial author and co-founder of the Quantum Fund, warns,

‘The S&P’s recent downgrade didn’t go far enough, as Washington probably doesn’t even deserve the AA+ rating’.

Even Dow Jones and S&P have taken serious note of the video. The Dow Jones’ MarketWatch said,

‘Aftershock will teach you how to protect yourself against an increasingly hostile Wall Street-Corporate-America-Washington conspiracy undermining average stock market investors.’

S&P calls Wiedemer’s work ‘a compelling argument for a chilling conclusion. [His] track record demands our attention’.

Aftershock Survival Summit is available free from Newsmax. Just google it.

Ancient Israelites (kinky haired) being taken captive by the Assyrian army at Lachish – relief found in his palace at Nineveh, located in modern day Iraq.

Another market analyst and author, David Skarica, has warned that Americans’ investments soon could become insolvent, unless they acted immediately. Skarica is no ordinary market guru. He has a track record of being accurate time and again on major market moves. He accurately predicted the housing market meltdown, the liquidity crisis, the stock market crash (and the 10-year bear market of the 2000s), and even the market rebound of 2009-2010, which he says is ‘a phantom rally’. In fact, Skarica’s track record has been so remarkable, one of New York’s major financial book publishers sought him out to publish his first major work, ‘The Great Super Cycle: Profit from the Coming Inflation Tidal Wave and the Dollar Devaluation’.

But does corporate America as a whole believe these dire predictions of economists who already have a proven track record? Not in the least, judging from the news media. The US and the western world in the general will continue in their present economic lifestyle until the bubble bursts again, as it did in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Only this time, the Bible predicts that the collapse will not be confined to just the economy.

The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse is a prophecy for the whole earth, but these four global calamities will be antedated by its occurrence in all the English-speaking nations, as well as other ‘Christian’ nations such as Denmark, Netherlands and Scandinavia, countries which, at least nominally, have the Bible as the supreme authority for their religious beliefs and where the population are mostly Protestant. It does not refer to Catholic-dominated nations such as Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and other nations where the Pope is looked upon as the ultimate religious authority on earth. France is an exception and is included among the nations referred to as ‘Jacob’ in the Bible, as are also some other predominantly Catholic nations such as Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium. (Please read ‘How to Understand Bible Prophecies for Today’ in this section for a detailed look into the identity of the present-day descendants of ancient Israel.)

The phased collapse of America will begin with the absolute collapse of morality in the nation as a whole. Homosexuality and perversity will become so rampant and open in every city that the few righteous people there will be forced to immigrate or move out to safer places.

Next, or along with moral collapse, will be economic calamity. A nation weakened morally and economically is an easy target for her enemies, who will suddenly attack her. Nuclear devastation will cause mass famine and plagues of such shocking proportions that I presently don’t have the emotional strength to write about it here. The Bible gives a graphic account of what will happen when these calamities befall America and the other nations.

Suffice to say here, the unfaithful Christian nations will go through three and half year of war, famine, plagues, and captivity such as no nation in history had gone through before, nor will any nation will suffer such intensity of terrors ever again.

‘For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.’   Mat 24:21

In World War II, millions of Jewish men and women were made to march naked to the concentration camps and thence to the gas chambers. The Germans who did that to the Jews are the descendants of the very people who carried off ancient Israel as slaves to other countries. And it is a custom of this Aryan race to humiliate their captives by making them – men and women and children – march stark naked to their doom.

‘so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt’   Is 20:4

Jewish women, some holding babies, forced to strip naked, awaiting ‘showers’ at a German concentration camp.

The generation that is today witnessing many of the prophesied endtime events taking place will also see tens of millions of people from the nations that comprise modern ‘Jacob’ marching naked to the enemies’ lands.

‘Now then, O harlot, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God: “Because your filthiness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry with your lovers, and with all your abominable idols, and because of the blood of your children which you gave to them, surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness.’   Ezek 16:35-37
‘Pass by in naked shame…But disaster came down from the Lord to the gate of Jerusalem.’   Micah 1:11-12

If you are living in one of those nations that have played the harlot against their Maker, then God calls out to you,

‘And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.’   Rev 18:4

Of course, God does not mean your coming out of these nations physically. (God will do that miraculously and take you to a physical place of safety later, just before Christ returns.) He means you come out of her system, out of her sinful ways. Don’t take a passive or neutral attitude to issues that are not neutral in God’s sight. Hate the sinful deeds of the people in those nations. Keep yourself and your family far from everything that contaminates your purity or compromises your faithfulness to your God.

A German in a military uniform shoots at a Jewish woman after a mass execution in Mizocz, Ukraine. In October of 1942, the 1,700 people in the Mizocz ghetto fought with Ukrainian auxiliaries and German policemen who had intended to liquidate the population. About half the residents were able to flee or hide during the confusion before the uprising was finally put down. The captured survivors were taken to a ravine and shot.

God’s judgment is coming first upon the nations that he chose to first give his Word to. Instead of using the Bible to guide their ways and become a light to other nations, the chosen nations have instead have become so corrupt and filthy that even the pagan nations that do not know the true God of the Bible despise her for her vile character.

‘Remember the days when you were putting on airs, acting so high and mighty, looking down on sister Sodom? That was before your evil ways were exposed. And now you’re the butt of contempt, despised by the Edomite women, the Philistine women, and everybody else around. But you have to face it, to accept the shame of your obscene and vile life.’   Ezek 16:56-58. The Message

After the judgment of America and the other Christian nations, God will judge the entire world.

Watch national and global events in the light of Bible prophecies. This website itself is a good place for you to keep updated on world events. And as you watch, pray fervently and daily that you and your family may be counted worthy to escape all those prophesied things that are coming and stand before the Lord when he comes.

‘Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape ALL these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.’  Luke 21:36

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

World Today In Prophecy

The prophesied ‘perilous times’ are upon the world, but you can escape them

Start praying for protection and prepare yourself and your family for what’s coming upon the whole world in this generation.

‘But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come’  2 Tim 3:1

 

Many, if not most, Christians believe that we are living in the ‘endtimes’ just preceding the return of Jesus Christ. The signs are too globally evident for any discerning Bible believer to overlook them or take them lightly. What are the most obvious of these ‘signs of the endtimes’ today?

Perhaps the most globally recognized changes in the world’s times are those related to the climate. Earth’s weather patterns – which have remained basically unchanged since the Flood of Noah’s time – have turned so ominous in recent times that obscure and even normally obdurate nations are giving their full attention to doing something to avert the consequences of climate change.

Personally, I am experiencing in my native land today a monsoon season gone awry. Ever since I can remember from childhood, until about 3 or 4 years ago, the monsoon was a very predictable event in the lives of the people of my country. Schools in the state where I live reopen for the new academic year on the first working day of June. As kids prepare to leave their homes on the first day, the skies too begin their preparation for the new season. And as the students leave their homes for school, the monsoon breaks heavily upon them. If it didn’t on school reopening day, then surely it fell on the kids the next day, but rarely beyond that.

Now the monsoon comes whenever it does, and has no relation whatever to school reopening day. There may be sporadic rains one or two months before June and for a few months after that. Gone are the heavy downpours that used to last for hours at a stretch. Gone is the systematic annual flooding of the roads, stopping all traffic for several days, from the overflowing river nearby.

What’s happening to the climate in my native land is a minor inconvenience compared to what’s happening to weather patterns on a global scale. All governments now know that drastic steps have to be taken if they want to escape the worldwide calamities arising from the greenhouse effect.

The tsunami of 2004 December was probably the greatest flood, in terms of its global scope and of the lives it took, since the days of Noah. And that tsunami, in which over 225,000 people perished, was just a beginning.

It is not just the prophecy preachers who are predicting more tsunamis and other calamities around the world. Some time ago, a group of scientists researching the changing climate’s effects on geological hazards met at a conference on Climate Forcing of Geological and Geomorphological Hazards in London. The researchers predicted more frequent and violent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and tsunamis as global warming affects the earth’s crust.

The researchers concluded that Mother Earth is so sensitive that ‘even slight changes in weather and climate can rip the planet’s crust apart, unleashing the furious might of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides’. Even human attempts to stall global warming could trigger a catastrophic event, they say.

Perhaps the greatest geological hazards during climate change will be the result of melting ice sheets, the scientists warn. Apart from the risk that loose sediments exposed by melted ice could slip into the sea as tsunami-generating landslides, the removal of heavy ice could also trigger volcanic eruptions.

Jesus said that just preceding his second coming the seas and the waves will roar (tsunamis come with a terrifying roar) with such magnitude that people who witness them will faint.

‘And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth’   Luke 21: 25-26

Earthquakes

Earthquakes are increasing in frightening frequency. Look at this statistics from the US Geological Survey:

Number of earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 and greater.
1983 to 1900 – 38 years – 12
1901 to 1983   – 38 years – 53
1939 to 1976 – 38 years – 71
1976 to 2010 – 34 years – 167
2011 to 2016 – 6 years – 102

Since 1997 the frequency has increased tremendously. For example, between 1986 and 1996, a period of 11 years, there were just 15 earthquakes listed by USGS of magnitude 7.0 or greater. This is not markedly different from previous similar periods of 20th century, where an average of about 18 might be expected. But between 1997 and 2007, a period of only 11 years, there were 99 earthquakes with magnitude 7.0 or greater. This is more than a 6-fold increase on the previous similar period. And then from 2011 to 2016, there were 102 earthquakes in just 6 years, more than in the 11 years between 1997 and 2007! The increase is frighteningly exponential.

Famine

Famine death in Kharkov, Russia, 1933.

In his article, ‘The Century of Famine’ Peter Goodchild, says:

‘Without ample, free-flowing petroleum, it will not be possible to support a population of several billion for long. Famine caused by petroleum supply failure alone will result in about 2.5 billion above-normal deaths before the year 2050; lost and averted births will amount to roughly an equal number.

‘In terms of its effects on daily human life, the most significant aspect of fossil-fuel depletion will be the lack of food. ‘Peak oil’ is basically ‘peak food’. Modern agriculture is highly dependent on fossil fuels for fertilizers [one of the processes for manufacturing fertilizers involves combining natural gas with atmospheric nitrogen], pesticides, and the operation of machines for irrigation, harvesting, processing, and transportation. Without fossil fuels, modern methods of food production will disappear, and crop yields will be far less than at present. Crop yields are far lower in societies that do not have fossil fuels or modern machinery. We should therefore have no illusions that several billion humans can be fed by ‘organic gardening’ or anything else of that nature…Over the next few decades, therefore, there will be famine on a scale many times larger than ever before in human history…

‘The news of the coming famine might not be announced with sufficient clarity. Famines tend to be back-page news nowadays, perhaps for the very reason that they are too common to be worth mentioning. Although Ó Gráda speaks of ‘making famine history’, the reality is that between 70 and 80 million people died of famine in the twentieth century, far more than in any previous century.’

Drought

In his book ‘Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning’, George Monbiot writes:

‘Many parts of the world, for reasons which have little to do with climate change, are already beginning to lose their water. In When the Rivers Run Dry, Fred Pearce, who is New Scientist’s environment consultant, travels around the world trying to assess the state of our water resources. He finds that we survive today as a result of borrowing from the future.

‘The great famines predicted for the 1970s were averted by new varieties of rice, wheat and maize, whose development is known as the ‘green revolution’. They produce tremendous yields, but require plenty of water. This has been provided by irrigation, much of which uses underground reserves. Unfortunately, many of them are being exploited much faster than they are being replenished…

‘Roughly half the world’s population lives within 60 kilometers of the coast. Eight of the ten largest cities on earth have been built beside the sea. Many of them rely on underground lenses of fresh water, effectively floating, within the porous rocks, on salt water which has soaked into the land from the sea. As the fresh water is sucked out, the salt water rises and can start to contaminate the aquifer. This is already happening in hundreds of places. The worst case is the Gaza strip, which relies entirely on underground water which is now almost undrinkable. As the sea level rises as a result of climate change, salt pollution in coastal regions is likely to accelerate.

‘As these two effects of climate change – global drying and rising salt pollution – run up against the growing demand for water, and as irrigation systems run dry or become contaminated, the possibility arises of a permanent global food deficit. Even with a net food surplus, 800 million people are malnourished. Nothing I could write would begin to describe what a world in deficit – carrying 9 billion people – would look like.’

For God’s people to have a glimpse of how horrific the coming famine would be, the Bible gives an example:  It is so shocking and sickening I don’t wish to describe it here, but I urge to read it in the following passages and plead with God to spare your nation from such a situation.

2 Kings 6:25-29; Deuteronomy 28:53-57; Leviticus 26:26,29

Israel sinned and received all these curses as a result, which had been prophesied. The nations that have the Bible but have cast God and His Word behind their backs will suffer even more than the ancient people of God who forsook him.

When the great droughts and ensuing famines happen and millions of people will be starving to death around the world, God promises to supply bread and keep alive those who look to him for protection during these evil days.

‘Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.’  Ps 33:18-19

Diseases

First, a look at what the Bible says will the world scenario when pandemics sweep through every continent.

Let’s start with what is probably the most widespread pandemic in the world today: obesity and overweight. According to a WHO report, globally there are 1.6 billion overweight adults (age 15+), with at least 400 million being obese. WHO projects that 2015, approximately 2.3 billion adults will be overweight and more than 700 million will be obese.

While obesity itself may not be looked upon as a deadly disease, it is the diseases that obesity is directly responsible for that are the dangers. Anybody who is overweight stands at great risk of several chronic diseases, including, heart disease and stroke – already the world’s number one cause of death, killing 17 million people each year; diabetes –WHO projects that diabetes deaths will increase by more than 50 percent worldwide in the next 10 years!. Another disease that overweight causes is cancer, especially of the uterus, breast, and colon. Children who are obese are at risk of premature death and disability in adulthood.

Overweight was once considered a symptom of an affluent society, not a problem encountered commonly in the poor and developing nations. That has changed and overweight and obesity are now dramatically on the rise in the low and middle income countries.

An overlooked sign of the endtimes is the calories consumed by people worldwide. As the world heads towards the prophesied cataclysmic end, an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended will grow each year. People will continue to increasingly consume energy-dense foods that are high in fat and sugars but low in vitamin and other vital nutrients. Fast food will become faster and slow-cooked meals will become rarer. Keeping pace hand in hand with the consumption of junk food will be decreased physical activity and increased sedentary work. And so, far more overweight, far more increase in its related diseases and far more deaths in every country.

Animal-borne diseases

Animal-borne epidemics are already out of human control.

‘For centuries, humans have been afflicted with diseases that originate in animals. Many of the agents responsible for epidemics throughout human history have their origins in animals: tuberculosis, influenza, bubonic plague, food-borne illness, and AIDS. Episodes of animal-borne diseases, also referred to aszoonotic diseases or zoonoses, are increasing around the globe. Exotic sounding ailments, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), monkeypox, mad cow disease, Lyme disease, and chronic wasting disease(CWD), have been capturing global headlines. Some scientists expect the rise in zoonotic disease episodes to continue.’ 3

Even the most advanced nations are not equipped to prevent and control these diseases. In the US, for example, there is no coordinated effort or a single federal agency with the command and control responsibility for managing the this growing health problem.

In India, I had a harrowing experience when H1N1, or swine flu, fear sweeped through the nation. I happened to be in an unfamiliar city for a few days during this time. Surgical masks were selling faster than hot chapattis as people frantically tried every means possible to protect themselves. While in the grip of this fear myself, I started getting the first symptoms of this deadly horror. But for this fear, I would have treated my symptom as those of a normal cold or a seasonal flu. But, no, public warning posters everywhere, urgent radio and tv announcements, daily newspaper coverage of new cases of swine flu, and the sight of masked people walking on the streets, send me as fast as a vehicle’s wheels could take me, to the nearest hospital that had advertised itself as swine flue detection center. They weren’t dealing with it anymore and directed me to another, where I met the same response. Finally, I landed in a government hospital and joined a large crowd of people in a similar situation as mine waiting outside the hall were the detection tests were being done. But it was already too late for us. The day’s visiting time was over, and we had to return the next day. But one frantic mother wasn’t giving up. She was pleading pathetically for the hospital staff to just treat one more case – her little child. I don’t know if the child was taken in, but I returned shocked at the inadequacy of a nation to deal with an emergency situation for a good percentage of its billions of citizens.

As for me, I was told that I had to fill in a long application form, submit corroborating documents with it, stand in queue of hours and then perhaps I might be lucky the next day to have the test taken. Now this was only for the test to see if I had contracted swine flu – not the treatment for swine flu, which did not exist. I decided that was better to risk out my symptoms than go through the futile efforts in getting some futile government attention. By God’s grace, my symptoms started receding soon, and a couple of days later, I was fleeing back to my native land. But in my mind, the vision of what’s going to happen in the sooncoming years in each city around the world was strongly etched by what I experienced in that city in India.

‘Humans who come in contact with infected animals risk contracting a zoonotic disease that the animal may be carrying. The opportunities for such contact are growing steadily. Human and farm animal populations are increasing around the world, and in some areas like Southeast Asia, this is bringing more humans and animals into close contact. People are moving into parts of the world where humans have never lived before, exposing themselves to unknown infectious agents.

‘Air travel and cargo ships allow an infectious person or animal to reach far flung parts of the globe in less time than the incubation period of many pathogens. The monkeypox virus entered the US through imported Gambian giant rats sold in the nation’s under-regulated exotic pet trade. The rats infected pet prairie dogs which are kept as pets, which passed the virus along to humans. The outbreak sheds light on the lack of coordinated federal oversight to prevent future zoonotic disease outbreaks, as well as the confusing state and federal laws that govern exotic pet trade…The spread of infectious disease, not just human-to-human, but also animal-to-human, knows no boundaries.’   ‘Animal-Borne Epidemics Out of Control: Threatening the Nation’s Health’, published by Trust For America’s Health.

War

‘The Encyclopedia Britannica says that the Thirty Years’ War which ended in 1648 was “the most horrible military episode in western history prior to the 20th century”. Cautious estimates say that about 7 million died in the Thirty Years’ War. When we come to modern times we find that World War I (1914 to 1918) in just over 4 years killed approximately 20 million people. But only 21 years later World War II began (1939 to 1945), resulting in the loss of 62 million lives, triple the loss of World War I, while the monetary costs quadrupled from an estimated $340 billion to an estimated $4.5 trillion. There can be no question that there has been a great increase in the intensity of warfare.

‘It has been calculated by a former president of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, aided by historians from England, Egypt, Germany, and India, that since 3600 BC, over 14,531 wars have been waged in which 3,640,000,000 people have been killed.” (Harold L. Willmington, Signs of the Times)

‘Since World War II there have been at least 12 limited wars in the world,…74 rebellions for independence, and 162 social revolutions, either political, economic, racial or religious.” (U.S. News and World Report)’

‘From these figures it is easy to see that wars and revolts have greatly increased. For example, during the 5,500 plus years since 3600 BC, an average of about 657,000 people died as a result of war per year (including WW I and WW II). Whereas, if we average the 82 million deaths of WW I and WW II alone using the entire 100 years of the 20th Century we arrive at an average of 820,000 deaths per year from war. This is not counting the deaths from the over 260 other wars, rebellions and revolutions of the 20th Century.

‘Today at least 35 nations have nuclear weapons. The United States and Russia alone having a total of 12,000 strategic nuclear warheads and about 48,000 smaller tactical nuclear weapons. The combined total of both superpowers nuclear power equaling a total of about 1,350,000 Hiroshima size bombs! Many people are worried that nuclear warheads can reach any part of the globe within 30 minutes, and that the superpowers have stockpiled enough nuclear explosives to equal 300 pounds of TNT for every man, woman, and child on earth.’   ‘Are Wars Increasing?’ Real-World-News.org

Increase in knowledge and global traffic

The increase in knowledge and traffic in our modern age was predicted in Daniel 12:4.

‘But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.’

The incredibly dramatic increase in mankind’s fund of knowledge since the late 19th century onwards has been going hand in hand with the increase in global travel and transportation, and vice versa. That is, the more people travel, the more knowledge increases and is spread, and the more it increases the more people run to and fro to dissipate it.

Population increase is ‘exponential’. It does not increase in the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 order; it explodes in the 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 order. That word is even more applicable to the increase in knowledge today, especially technology, the progress of which has been defined by Moore’s Law  (‘The number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years’). Futurists such as Ray Kurzweil believe that the exponential improvement described by Moore’s law will ultimately lead to a technological ‘singularity’: a period where progress in technology occurs almost instantly, the time when current global trends go wildly off the charts and technological changes ‘become so rapid that we cannot possibly envision its results’.

I urge God’s people everywhere to understand more about this sooncoming ‘singularity’ so they can be prepared for it.

We in this generation have already entered a new era. Levels of intelligence far greater than our own are evolving rapidly right today. Machines are increasingly exceeding us in the performance of more and more tasks, from guiding objects like missiles or satellites to assembling other machines. They are merging with us ever more intimately and are learning how to reconfigure our biology in new and significantly faster technological domains.

When the singularity happens – scientists expect it to happen between 2020 and 2040 – technology will have advanced beyond the human mind and it will be machines then, and not people, which will be the source of new inventions. At that point, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be responsible for creating new breakthroughs with minimal human input.

By the 2040s, when nonbiological intelligence will have soared past the capability of the human brain, machines will be a billion times more powerful than the 10^26 computations per second that all biological humanity represents. Artificial intelligence in certain computers is already more complex than a human brain and has surpassed the 20-petahertz threshold for potential intelligence. In 10 years, it will be everywhere. It’s already a short step to computer systems that make better decisions than corporate managers do, say scientists.

When the singularity happens, there will be radical transformation in the way people work and relate to each other. The sudden explosion in machine intelligence, along with the rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distinction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physical and virtual reality.

Kurzweil says that by 2019 the current rate of technological progress will ultimately result in most routine jobs in the economy being automated via technologies such as robotics and specialized artificial intelligence and that this will cause significant unemployment, as well as a drastic decline in consumer demand and confidence, possibly precipitating a major global economic crisis.

At some point in the next decade, as machines become smarter than people, humans will get fitted with smart biochips, wearables (for a small foretaste of that, search the YouTube for ‘Pranav Mistry’s wearable Sixth Sense’), and other enhancements. What happens when people and machines converge into a mass-mind superintelligence?

The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which convenes the annual Singularity Summit to coordinate and educate scientists and other concerned individuals on the challenges facing humanity, asks these disturbing questions: ‘How will near human and smarter-than-human AIs act towards humans? Why? Are their motivations dependent on our design?’

‘The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.’ Albert Einstein

Says scientist Damien Broderick: ‘We will live forever; or we will all perish most horribly; our minds will emigrate to cyberspace, and start the most ferocious overpopulation race ever seen on the planet; or our machines will transcend and take us with them, or leave us in some peaceful backwater where the meek shall inherit the Earth. Or something else, something far weirder and.unimaginable.’

And where do God and his prophecies come in this emerging world order? Surely the Bible, in its prophesies, could not have overlooked the ‘Singularity’ – considered by secular minds to occur soon as the single greatest event in human development history. Begin to read the prophecies in the Bible in the light of the new understanding you have gained about this subject.

Human behavior

But more than any of the preceding signs of the endtimes, the most frightening is the change in human behavior.

‘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’   2 Tim 3:1-4 KJV

The Amplified Bible is more lucid:

‘But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane. [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.’

The word ‘perilous’ is translated from the Greek word ‘khalepos’. This word is defined in the Bible Greek Lexicon as ‘fierce, hard to bear, dangerous, savage’. This is the same Greek word used to describe the demon possessed man of the Gergesenes.

‘And when He arrived at the other side in the country of the Gadarenes, two men under the control of demons went to meet Him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce and savage that no one was able to pass that way.   Mat 8:28 AMP

In 2 Timothy 3:1-4, Paul was not referring to just wicked men, or people in some places but to mankind in general – ‘For men shall be lovers of their own selves…’. The average man’s life will be marked by increasing insensitivity to the needs and sufferings of others. The average godless man will be fierce and dangerous. Streets in every nation will be filled with people who are walking pressure bombs. Press them a little and they explode at you.

People of God, you are living in fierce times which have already fallen on this world as never before in history. And the frightening truth is that this fierce times are getting fiercer day by day.

As the end draws near, you will hear of and see with your own eyes hate among men increasing. Men will be less and less tolerant of others. Brutal acts will increase in the intensity and scope of their brutality.

The most tragic aspect of the hate and violence of the endtimes will be in the family. Men and women will continue to marry in greater numbers, only to divorce soon in almost equal numbers. The hearts of the fathers will turn away from the hearts of the children. Natural paternal love will decrease. Children of ungodly families will grow increasingly abhorrent of their parents to the extent that many parents will die as a direct consequence of their children’s hate for them.

‘Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.’  Mat 10:21

All the prophesied endtime disasters and violence may bring a kind of warped thrill to some people today. But when the evil sweeps through the whole world in its strength, each day will be a day of depressing gloom. When it is day people will hope to find refuge in the night, when it is day, people will long for the safety of the day.

‘In the morning you shall say, “Oh, that it were evening!” And at evening you shall say, “Oh, that it were morning!” because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and because of the sight which your eyes see.’   Deut 28:67

While mankind as a whole will be experiencing great agonies during these times, there will be a group of people who have been prayerfully watching world events unfolding as prophesied in the Bible, and who have been seeking God’s protection constantly. These people will be considered ‘worthy’ to escape all the global terrors which are coming upon earth. And when the climatic end happens, this group of protected people will be whisked away from their residences, or wherever they are at that time, to a place of safety specially prepared for them by God. There they will be cared for supernaturally until the return of Christ, when he will cut short the evil days before it utterly destroys the whole world leaving absolutely no survivor. But ‘for the elects’ sake’, God the Father will send his Son for a swift and dramatic intervention to what’s happening on earth.

‘Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.’   Luke 21:36

‘Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.’   Is 26:20

‘But the woman was supplied with the two wings of a giant eagle, so that she might fly from the presence of the serpent into the desert (wilderness), to the retreat where she is to be kept safe and fed for a time, and times, and half a time (three and one-half years, or 1,260 days).’   Rev 12:14 AMP

‘And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.’   Mat 24:22

The endtime signs are happening so quickly that I am almost certain I will live to see Christ descending with the clouds, and if not in my lifetime then surely the world cannot go on as it is now beyond my children’s days. Christ said no one can know the precise time – the day or the hour – of his coming. But he also said that the generation seeing these signs will not pass away until all that he had prophesied had taken place (Matthew 24:34).

I have not covered all the signs of the endtimes here. Other signs that will occur on a global scale are religious deception and the rise of miracle-working false christs and prophets; the severe increase in the persecution of Christians around the world; the rebirth of the Holy Roman Empire as 10 united nations in Europe, with the Beast and the False Prophet as their political and spiritual leaders; the captivity and tribulation of the nations that God refers to as ‘Jacob’ –  US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, and the Scandinavian countries; the increase in the world’s population of homosexuals, with some cities having overwhelmingly more homosexuals than heterosexuals; the increase in women in political power; the building of the third temple in Jerusalem, and the world’s increasing focus on that city; and many other signs, each of which I will share in depth in my coming messages on this website.

You are blessed to receive this understanding. There must be some reason why God chose to reveal to you what he is going to do soon on earth while concealing the same understanding from billions of others. I plead with you, O child of God who has been chosen to receive his revelation, that you take his prophecies in the Bible with utmost seriousness and urgency.

Is there anything else in the world or in your personal life that is more vital and more urgent than to ensure the safety of your and your family’s protection in these fierce times?

Pray like you have never prayed before. Pray daily from today on for the protection of your children, spouse and other loved ones. Cry out to God to have mercy on you and everyone in your family so that you with your loved ones will be considered worthy of escaping all the evil that is coming soon.

And as you cry out to God daily, begin to examine your relationship with God, and see if there be anything in your life that he wants you to come out of. Keep the 10 Commandments with all your heart and might, for that is the first step to getting right with God. See what Jesus told the young man in Matthew 19:16-18.

See if there is any hate or grudge in your heart against anyone who did you wrong. Even if you find it impossible to forgive that person, you can at least ask God to enable you to forgive. Hate willfully kept in your heart will block every blessing in your life.

Especially watch your sexual life and ensure it is kept pure and undefiled. Do you frequently or occasionally watch pornographic stuff? Then, ‘flee sexual immorality’! (1 Corinthians 6:18). For no person who deliberately continues to be lead a filthy life either in act or imagination can ever hope to be taken to the place of safety. If you don’t repent you will perish with the rest of the world’s ‘filthy dreamers’ (Jude 1:8).

As you begin to sincerely seek God and his help in cleaning up your life, you will come to understand his revelation in the Bible with increasing clarity and thrill. Read Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 to know what Christ himself said about the sooncoming world events. Read the whole book of Revelation, even if most of it sounds mysterious to you initially. As you continue to read the Bible and earnestly seek to understand it, you will come to the point that the whole book of Revelation is in the fact the most fascinating to understand of all the books. In fact, for no other book of the Bible has God pronounced a special blessing to those for reading and heeding what’s written in it.

‘The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place…Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.’  Rev 1:1,3 NIV

Today, even as you read this, God is calling you to be ready for ‘what must soon take place’. Today can be the real beginning point in your and your family lives of receiving God’s protection until Christ comes.

My prayer for you:

Lord God, bless this child of yours who is reading this message, whose heart is being moved by your Holy Spirit to seek you so he or she can be cleansed and prepared by you for the return of your Son Jesus Christ. Begin to keep this blessed child and his or her family under your wings of protection until the fierce times are over. Amen.

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

World Today In Prophecy

The ‘Times of the Gentiles’ Has Begun

The ‘Times of the Gentiles’ is the short period in the end times when the gentile nations will ascend in the world scene. It is also the time when America and Britain and their kin nations enter their very last few years before the Great Tribulation.

When Great Britain ruled the world. General Lord Cornwallis, Commander-in-Chief of British India, receiving two of Tipu Sultan’s sons as hostages in the year 1793.Tipu Sultan was the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in India.

 

‘And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.’   Luke 21:24

The Gentiles are essentially the nations that are outside the English-speaking and Protestant commonwealth of nations. The non Gentiles are the peoples of USA, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the mainly Protestant countries of Netherlands, Scandinavia; also a few that are predominantly Catholic, such as France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland.1 Non Gentile peoples are also found in other countries such as Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, but they are only minority populations in these countries. The white race in South Africa are also non-Gentiles.

As you may note, the non Gentile nations are the world’s most developed, the most blessed with natural resources, and the most advanced of all nations in every aspect of civilization in the modern era.

These physically and materially blessed nations – nations chosen by God for a purpose – have the following common features: The great majority are English speaking (about five times more than the non-English speaking chosen nations combined) and Protestant. They are all without exception democratic nations. They are all without exception Caucasian genetically.

The great majority of these nations have the Bible as their ultimate religious authority, even if it is only a nominal acknowledgment (as opposed to the Catholics who have the Pope instead). It is from these nations that the Bible was spread to all corners of the world. For these are the nations that God chose to first spread the Gospel of his Son to the gentiles. It is through the missionaries sent by these nations that countries such as India, China, Russia, South America and every other nation where you now find Bible believers, received their Gospel. It is because of these chosen nations that I, whose forefathers worshipped in idolatrous temples and burned young widows alive on the funeral pyres of their husbands, am a Bible believer and follower of Christ.

Why were these particular nations chosen, and not, say, my race? When I mean chosen, I mean in the physical and national, sense – not spiritual. Spiritually, I and all my fellow believers in Christ are the chosen ones, whatever the color of our skin or however wavy or kinky our hair. (Colossians 3:11-12)

When Abraham showed how much he loved his Creator, even above his miraculously begotten son Isaac, God was so carried away by his act of absolute faith that he made the greatest vow that he as the Eternal could ever make to a person.

‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said. ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son…I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.’    Gen 22:12-18

This vow of blessings was both on a physical and a spiritual scale. Physically the descendants of Abraham – referred to in the prophecies as Jacob or Israel – are to be so numerous that they are uncountable, just as sea sand and the stars are beyond human estimate.

To the physical Israelites, God revealed himself as ‘YHWH’ – usually pronounced as ‘Yahweh’ or ‘Yehowah’ (wrongly translated as Jehovah in the older Bible versions; modern versions substitute the word ‘LORD’ wherever YHWH is used).

‘I am the LORD [YHWH] your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.’    Ex 20:2-3

The physical blessings began on a national scale with the exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt into the land of Canaan, where they began to flourish as twelve tribes, or sub-nations. God gave them his laws so that by them they could be a model nation to the gentiles. Thus, it was God’s plan that through one nation of chosen people he could eventually bring his salvation through Christ to the gentile nations.

‘This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’    Ex 19:3-6

‘See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?’    Deut 4:5-8

The gentiles that opposed or attacked Israel were, with supernatural help, destroyed or subdued by this chosen nation. This has been the inevitable fate of all their enemies, from the ancient nations which attacked them when they got out of Egypt to the modern nations which tried to annihilate them in the last two World Wars. But the gentiles who willingly submitted to Israel and their God were absorbed as full citizens with all constitutional rights.

‘The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself’    Lev 19:34 NIV

Tragically, the very thing that God warned his people to guard against – a spirit of complacency leading to idolatry – once they take his blessings for granted, did happen, with calamitous consequences for the whole nation.

‘Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.’    Deut 4:9

‘So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land…to give you large and beautiful cities…houses full of all good things, vineyards and olive trees…when you have eaten and are full – then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage…You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you’    Deut 6:10-12

Their eyes began to wander wantonly towards the gentile nations whose gods seemed far more liberal than their Yahweh. Those gods permitted sexual liberty, while theirs permitted monotonously just one bedpartner, and that for life. There were no rigid restrictions imposed by The 10 Commandments. They could have orgies and gluttonous feasts – no more concerns about getting too intoxicated; there werent any proscriptions at all on unclean meats – they could eat rabbits, wild boar, frog legs, and especially lobsters; no death penalty to be terrified of if they wanted to covet their neighbors’ voluptuous wives or their fine breed of donkeys. They could do, speak, and think anything their desires led them to…if only they would exchange the stern Yahweh for these more worshipper-friendly gods. All they had to do was make a few molten calves, overlay them with gold and bow down to them, and occasionally pass a few of their unlucky little ones to pass through the fire so that if for some unknown reasons the calf-gods aren’t too pleased with them, they could be appeased with these untainted-blood sacrifices.

The more the overfed and overblessed Israelites saw how the gentiles enjoyed pleasures beyond measure, the more they craved them, and finally indulged in them. The plague of idolatry and licentiousness very soon became pandemic and the whole of Israel was living just like the worst of the pagans around them. Yahweh, who had delivered them from slavery in Egypt and who prospered them to this level, was no longer in their consciousness; their minds would admit of no supreme Authority that restricted their natural cravings. And God, who never imposes his will on anyone, withdrew.

The God of Hosts (meaning ‘armies’ in Hebrew), who had always gone before the armies of Israel whenever they went to war, stopped being their commander and rear guard at battles.

‘as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” ’    Jos 5:14-15

‘But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.’    Is 52:12

‘But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies.’    Ps 44:9

Without divine protection, the vulnerable Israelites soon became an easy and frequent target for their enemies. The apostate nation suffered ferocious attacks from those who envied them. Whenever their enemies devastated them, they would remember Yahweh and cry out to him. And every time this strange God, whose mercy never seemed to fail, unlike the other gods they had adopted, would forgive and forget how terribly he had been betrayed by his people. Their Commander would then rise, destroy their enemies and deliver them. He would resume his blessings upon the nation…until the people again overfed themselves, made golden images of fatted heifers, and committed spiritual harlotry.

‘Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again. They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer. But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant. Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath…Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power – the day he redeemed them from the oppressor’    Ps 78:34-42

But this became a routine solution from trouble for Israel. Once they were delivered, they would submit to God for a few years, become wanton again, get battered by their enemies, cry out, and receive deliverance. God realized that his chosen nation will continue like this forever if he allowed it. And so, when Israel’s idolatry and wickedness became rampant one more time as usual, God decided to withdraw his presence for a much longer period than he normally did.

Around 740 BC, the northern nation of Israel, comprising ten tribes, was taken as slaves by the Assyrians to other lands. They never fully repented and hence never were able to return to their homeland till this day.

In 582 BC, the southern nation of Israel, called Judah, was taken as slaves to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. After 70 years of exile, God heard the cries of a repentant people languishing in captivity and caused king Cyrus to issue a decree that allowed the people of Judah, called Jews, to return to their homeland. But the Jews, 400 years after they had returned from exile, again forsook their God – this time by going to the extent of crucifying him. In 70 AD, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem, scattering the Jews as exiles all over the world.

But God never for a moment forgot his promise to Abraham regarding his descendants. When Jesus came to the Jews, he made sure the gospel preached to them was also proclaimed to the rest of his chosen nation – the other tribes still exiled in various countries, and now referred as The Lost Sheep of Israel.

‘These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’    Mat 10:5-7

In 1917, Britain issued the Balfour Declaration, granting the Jewish diaspora the right to return to their original homeland in Israel. And thus the nation of Israel was once again on the map of the world. Although named Israel, the modern nation comprises mainly the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and a portion of Levi and possibly Simeon.

The Ten Lost Sheep still await their return to their original homeland. But until then, these tribes of northern Israel have been placed in lands more naturally blessed than any other country in the world. Where are they now?

It is not the purpose of this message to get into an exposition of the migrations of the Lost Tribes. You may read that in my other messages. Suffice to say here, the lost sheep of Israel, to whom Jesus had sent his disciples to preach the gospel, began to land in the British Isles, starting with the immigration of a people called the Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century AD, followed by waves of Vikings into the Isles from AD 800.

‘The arrival of the Anglo-Saxons …is still perceived as an important and interesting event because it is believed to have been a key factor in the identity of the present inhabitants of the British Isles, involving migration on such a scale as to permanently change the population of south-east Britain.’    Catherine Hills, The Origins of the English

The people who settled in the British Isles over the next few centuries flourished and became culturally, materially and socially the most advanced civilization in the world. Between the late 16th and early 18th centuries they also became militarily the world’s mightiest nation. At its height, Britain was the largest empire in history and for over a century it was the foremost global power.

By 1922 the British Empire held sway over about 458 million people, one-fifth of the world’s population at the time. The empire covered almost a quarter of the Earth’s total land area. At its peak, it was often said that ‘the sun never sets on the British Empire’, because its span across the globe ensured that the sun was always shining on at least one of its numerous dominions.

Bible-believing preachers from Britain and other Christian nations such as Netherlands went to all the gentile nations, spreading the Gospel that the original disciples of Christ had given them about one and half millennia ago. As a result, Christianity spread into all the nations. So did the Empire’s political, legal, linguistic and cultural legacies.

While the British were holding sway over the whole world, the nation, true to their ancestors’ nature, again began to forget their God who had given them all their glory and global dominance. The nation’s sense of morality began to decline. The chosen race again wanted a say in their choice of gods.

A group of earnest Bible believers realized that their country was becoming an unGodly nation. Looking for a new start in a new world, one hundred Puritans boarded a ship in 1620, and after a voyage of much tribulation, landed on the shores of America on Christmas day the same year. Thus began the rise of yet another global power.

By early 20th century, the sun on the British Empire began setting. With its moral decline, the empire began a corresponding descent into the economic sinkhole. Germany and the United States began to overtake Britain in material wealth. After the two world wars, Great Britain was no more viewed by the world as ‘Great’ and was no longer even a formidable industrial or military power. British India, the empire’s most valuable and populous possession, achieved independence two years after World War 2. Britain was also forced to grant independence to most of her other colonies. The last vestige of colonial greatness ended with the political transfer of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

Today, Britain is literally in a pathetic state of unglory in terms of national pride. Even its so-called ‘crown jewels’ – the corporate icons of a nation’s glorious achievements – had to be sold off to the gentiles for its survival.

‘The scale of what is happening is truly breathtaking. No other economy is as open as Britain’s or makes takeovers so easy’.    The Guardian

Here are a few cases of tumbling national pride:

Airport and Seaport sectors: BAA (British Airports Authority) was sold off to the Spanish construction giant Grupo Ferrovial. London’s Independent called the $19 billion deal ‘the most dramatic example yet of the way in which strategic UK assets are falling to overseas bidders’. Many considered BAA one of Britain’s crown jewels because it owns and operates airports that handle 63 percent of travelers going in and out of Britain. Besides providing jobs for thousands of employees, BAA has played a strategic role facilitating the movement of goods and people into and out of Britain and around the world. In essence, BAA was the keeper for the United Kingdom’s air gates. P&O, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, was purchased by Dubai Ports World.

Automotive: Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, MG Rover, Mini Cooper, are now all foreign owned. (The tragic irony is that Rolls-Royce, now owned by Germany’s BMW, is the company that produced the engine that powered the World War II Spitfire fighter that was so effective in combating the German BMW-built aircraft.)

Electricity and Gas: npower, Britain’s third-largest energy supplier, was bought by German energy giant RWE Power. Another German energy giant, E.On is already Britain’s second-largest electricity and gas provider. EDF Energy, the French state-owned energy giant, is Britain’s fifth-largest electricity and gas provider. Britain’s largest gas utility, Centrica, was sold to Russian state-owned Gazprom. (Gazprom is the company that cut off the gas supply to Ukraine and consequently much of Europe some years ago in what was seen as a political spat between the two governments.)

Nuclear Power Generation: British Energy, UK’s largest electricity generation company by volume, was taken over by Électricité de France. British Energy operated eight former UK state-owned nuclear power stations and one coal fired power station. British Nuclear Fuels, the British state-owned nuclear power manufacturer, sold its power station construction arm, Westinghouse, to Japan’s Toshiba corporation. Engineers and scientists attacked the sell-off for ‘robbing Britain of new-build expertise’.

Water: Britain’s largest water utility, Thames Water, taken over earlier by Germans, was sold to Australia’s Kemble Water Limited, with shares owned by China Investment Corporation and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Thames Water supplies water and wastewater services to millions of Britons and other customers around the globe.

Finance: Abbey National, Britain’s sixth-largest bank and second-largest mortgage lender, was purchased by Spain’s Banco Santander. Another British bank, Alliance & Leicester PLC, was acquired by the Spanish Santander Group. Even the London Stock Exchange, the largest in Europe and the third-largest in the world, has to fight off hostile takeover attempts such as by Nasdaq.

P&O Cruises’ MV Aurora alongside at Dubrovnik, Croatia. P&O was purchased by Dubai Ports World.

I have mentioned only the critical industries where Britain’s crown jewels had to be either pawned or auctioned off. Other sell-offs may not affect national security, but they are all pride-shattering as well – from KitKat to Harry Ramsden’s, Britain’s largest fish and chips chain; from HP sauce to the Body Shop; from Manchester United to Beefeater gin; from Harrods to Savoy; and much more!

Governments in the gentile nations, on the contrary, restrict foreign takeovers. Nations like Germany, France and Spain fight to protect their strategic industry from foreign hands. But the British apparently lack that basic sense of loyalty and pride in the crown jewels of their home country.

‘British politicians of all parties, unlike their continental equivalents, could not care less if British industry…is foreign-owned.’    Times Online

Britain’s leaders are silent about this shocking sell-offs to foreigners, including former enemies. The Guardian says the lack of outcry from the government is because, ‘apart from the US, no other economy needs the inflow of overseas cash so acutely. Britain’s industrial and financial jewels are being auctioned to pay for a record trade deficit…With no end to the trade deficit in sight, the auction will go on until the cupboard is bare…Britain is being sold off at a rate unprecedented in modern times…Yet there is no debate; scarcely an eyebrow is raised. In any other country there would be uproar…With this rate of takeover, within a generation most British workers outside the public sector will be working for foreign companies. The scale of what is happening is truly breathtaking compared with even five years ago.’

And that warning by Guardian was in 2006!

For Little Britain, the loss of ownership of these companies is even more than a security or economic concern – it is a sign that the nation is in its last throes, and that the ‘times of the gentiles’ have begun, according to the unfailing prophecies in the Bible.

Rolls Royce – Britain’s jewel of pride, sold off to Germany.

As the 19th century was the century of Britain’s greatness, the 20th century was the period in which America became the world’s undisputed leading global power in every respect. But American too started following in the steps of her elder sister Britain. It’s become even more idolatrous and its harlotry even more shocking.

‘Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother. They became prostitutes…The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They were mine…Oholah engaged in prostitution while she was still mine…Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister…I saw that she too defiled herself…But she carried her prostitution still further.’    Ezek 23:2-14

Billy Graham said that America’s greatest sin was illicit sex. And he also stated something I repeat in total affirmation:  ‘If God doesn’t come soon and bring judgment upon the United States, He’s going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!’2

We can know from the Scriptures that the nation of America, along with the rest of the Lost Sheep of Israel, is more guilty of adultery against their God than any other nation in history. Here are two verses that prove that.

‘But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.’    Mat 24:37-39

In the last days, the spiritual state of the nations chosen by God would be like that of the world just before it perished in the Deluge in Noah’s time.

But its punishment is greater than what Noah’s generation had to suffer.

‘For then there will be great tribulation, such as has NOT been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.’    Mat 24:21 [Emphasis mine]

Obviously, the greater the sin, the greater the punishment.

So filthy is the moral state of the so-called Christian nations today that even pagan people in other nations who have not known the true God despise America and her sister nations for their depravity.

‘Remember the days when you were putting on airs, acting so high and mighty, looking down on sister Sodom? That was before your evil ways were exposed. And now you’re the butt of contempt, despised by the Edomite women, the Philistine women, and everybody else around. But you have to face it, to accept the shame of your obscene and vile life.’   Ezek 16:56-58

For one, I have not yet heard of any non Bible-holding nation officially sanctioning gay marriages – a nauseating abomination to God! Worse, there are even mainstream Christian churches that take a soft, neutral stand on this issue, not to mention the many false churches of the synagogue of Satan that call themselves ‘pro-gay’.

‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.’    Lev 18:22

The nations called by God to be a model to other nations, when their sins are greater than those of the nations they are supposed to be a light to, then surely we can expect a swift and terrible penalty on them. America has already become seriously sick as a consequence of her sins, but she refuses to acknowledge it.

‘I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me…the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. From the sole of the feet even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.’    Is 1:2,5-6

Every facet of Western civilization is on the brink of total collapse. Already, the US is tottering on the edge of economic depression such as never happened in its history – an economic collapse from which it will never recover, unlike the Great Depression of the 1930s. Wise economists are crying out their warnings. But the nation prefers to listen to the soothing words of its false seers.

If you haven’t yet, please read my message ‘America – the Unthinkable Is Poised to Happen’, where I mentioned that the economist Robert Wiedemer has stated that ‘the people in Washington have failed miserably’. Wiedemer had predicted America’s four-bubble meltdown in the housing, stock, private debt, and consumer spending markets that almost sunk America in 2008. But his predictions were pooh-poohed by the more reputable economists such as former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and his successor Ben Bernanke. Wiedemer now warns of far greater troubles for the nation in the next very few years.

But is America paying attention? The Scripture doesn’t give us much hope for the chosen nation as a whole. But on an individual level, you and your family can be protected from the sooncoming endtime events that will bring terrible suffering upon all mankind, starting with the Great Tribulation of the nations that had betrayed God.

‘Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.’    Luke 21:36

While the good times of the chosen nations are swiftly ending, the gentiles are rising with a domino effect in all the continents with a speed greater than did Britain and US. The gentile nations began their quick ascend on the world scene with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the economic rise of the BRICS nations, and above all the rise of the European Union – soon to be a political union, according to prophecy.

In his book, The Great Super Cycle, David Skarica says:

‘The U.S. ‘empire’ is undergoing a tectonic shift of gravity. As when Great Britain lost its empire in the 1940s and ’50s as the world’s economic power shifted to the United States, America now is facing the same dramatic axis shift to Asian economic powers such as China and India.’

America has betrayed its Maker more blatantly than any other of the chosen nations. So flagrant is America’s rebellion against their God that the nation officially banned prayer in all its schools since 1962. No kid is allowed in their premises to thank the One who gave them every blessing. I read a case of a child getting into trouble with the school authorities for even praying over her food. They dont want God to be in their schools. But, funnily they assumed that once God is out, the devil too will stay out. Is it any coincidence that public schools in America are increasingly becoming the devil’s playground for shooting deaths. Here are what some thinking people are saying:

‘American political figures, such as former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, as well as Bryan Fischer, a director in the American Family Association, have stated that the removal of school prayer from schools has led to increased school shootings.’    Wikipedia

‘A recent statistical analysis by David Barton graphically illustrates how America has plummeted from righteous living, prosperity and success in the last quarter century. Consider the following chart compiled from his study, America: To Pray or Not to Pray…As you might have already noticed on Mr. Barton’s graph, America’s moral decline rapidly accelerated following one event – the U.S. Supreme Court’s removal of prayer from our nation’s schools. On June 25, l962, 39 million students were forbidden to do what they and their predecessors had been doing since the founding of our nation – publicly calling upon the name of the Lord at the beginning of each school day. The New York school children which prompted the Engel vs. Vitale ruling had simply prayed: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee and beg Thy blessing over us, our parents, our teachers and our nation.”

‘America has experienced radical decline in each of the four areas which the children’s prayer touched upon: youth, family, education, national life…By the judicial act of forbidding invocation, the Court audaciously elevated a secularized system of education beyond the authority, reach and blessing of God Himself. Worse than taking the Lord’s sacred name in vain is treating it with contempt, denying it its rightful place and stripping it from public use and even from the lips of children. Jesus’ own expressed desire, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them” was also violated by these judges, many of whom were raised in Christian homes.’    forerunner.com

God is no more in America’s schools. He is no more in any of America’s institutions. He is no more going out with US armies anywhere. The Vietnam War was the first indication that God is no more the rear guard of his chosen people’s armies. The blessings that Britain and US have been enjoying for hundreds of years started evaporating since the past four or five decades. Very soon – and I am almost sure that I will see it with my own eyes – the descendants of Abraham are once more going into captivity as slaves.

The Times of the Gentiles will end and the Times of Israel revive only when Christ returns and, one last time, rescues his people from their captivity among the Gentile nations.

China is in the lead among the rising gentile nations.

Before I close, I want to pass on to you a little more understanding about the ‘Times of the Gentiles’.

Israel turned away from God and did not fulfill their purpose of being a light to the gentiles. Now, God is giving the chance to the gentiles. Ironically, it is through the gentiles that God will turn Israel back to him. Paul summarizes the role of Israel and Gentiles in God’s plan:

‘I ask, then, has God rejected his own people, the nation of Israel? Of course not!…No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning…Did God’s people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But he wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves. Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it…For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. And if the people of Israel turn from their unbelief, they will be grafted in again, for God has the power to graft them back into the tree…

‘I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved…

‘Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead…Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy….For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone…Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!’    Rom 11:1-33 NLT

 

Pappa Joseph

 

1 Please read ‘How to Understand Bible Prophecies for Today’ for understanding on this subject.
2 This statement frequently attributed to Billy Graham, actually originated with his wife, Ruth, during a review of her husband’s manuscript for his book, World Aflame, published in 1965. He had just finished a chapter vividly describing the sinful conditions in America, and gave it to Ruth to read. She was very much sobered by the writing and returned the document to the study where he was writing and laid it on his desk, saying, ‘Billy, if God doesn’t come soon and bring judgment upon the United States, He’s going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!’ The account was recalled briefly as an illustration in a message by Dr. James Kennedy (pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian, Fort Lauderdale, Florida), entitled ‘Prayer and the World Crisis’, at the National Prayer Congress, Dallas, Texas in 1976. The statement has frequently been requoted by many others since that time.

 

 

World Today In Prophecy

How to Understand Bible Prophecies for Today

 

Almost one-third of the Bible is prophecy. According to one Bible teacher, from whom I received my first prophecy lessons, of that one-third, 90 percent pertains to our generation! But from what I have seen in my study of the Scriptures, the percentage is even more. It is more likely to be 98 or 99 percent, with one or two percent specifically referring to events that happened at the first coming of Christ or events that relate to some ancient nations which do not exist anymore.

The first truth you should know when reading the prophecies is that almost all the prophecies, except the one or two percent that I referred to above, have a dual fulfillment, and several have a threefold or more fulfillments. Let me give you a few examples.

There are about 350 Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah that were fulfilled by the life of Jesus Christ when he came in the flesh over 2000 years ago. But except for the very few that speak of events that relate to his birth, betrayal and crucifixion – which are fewer than 10 prophecies (his virgin birth, betrayal by Judas, physical abuse by his enemies, hanging on a cross, the piecing of his side, not a bone of his being broken) – all the other verses that were fulfilled at Christ’s first coming are going to be fulfilled in far greater scope when he comes again. Take this prophecy, for example:

‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.’ Gen 3:15

When Jesus died on the cross, he fulfilled the first phase of this prophecy.

‘Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil’   Heb 2:14

But this original, or archetypal, fulfillment foreshadows something far more universal and absolute in scope that will happen in the endtimes. Satan will once again bruise the heel of Christ’s body, the Church, with persecutions, but when the Lord returns with power, he is going to crush Satan’s head with a greater force and finality that the devil will never be able to raise his head again to bruise God’s people.

‘And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are [‘had been thrown’ – NIV], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.   Rev 20:10 KJV

Here’s another example:

‘The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will bring presents; the kings of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts. Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him.’   Ps 72:10-11

‘Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.’   Mat 2:1,11

The wise men giving gold and other gifts to baby Jesus is only a miniature precursor of what is going to take place when the King of Kings rules in glory on his throne in Jerusalem.

‘Your God has commanded your strength; strengthen, O God, what You have done for us. Because of Your temple at Jerusalem, kings will bring presents to You.’   Ps 68:28-30

‘You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive; you have received gifts among men, even from the rebellious’   Ps 68:18

An example of a prophecy that has a threefold fulfillment relates to Elijah. There was the original Elijah of ancient Israel, and then there was John, the Elijah during Christ’s first coming, and then there will come yet another Elijah in the end times just before Christ’s second coming.

‘And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.’   Mat 17:11-13

Another prophecy with a threefold fulfillment is about ruler called the Beast.

‘The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.’   Dan 9:26-27  NIV

The archetypal fulfillment was when the Syrian king Antiochus IV Epiphanes desecrated the Second Temple and erected a statue of Zeus in the Holy of Holies.

But this prophecy mainly refers to the king who will come in the endtimes and defile the temple. Jesus’ prophecy was about the endtimes, in answer to the disciples’ question as to what are the signs of his coming and of the end of this age.

‘Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”…Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand) then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.’   Mat 24:3,15-16

Antiochus IV Epiphanes is the archetype of a king of similar character in the endtimes, called the ‘Beast’ in Revelation 11:7, and referred to by Paul as the ‘man of lawlessness’ whose coming will precede the return of Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:2-4 NIV). But after this beast is destroyed, another world ruler, also called the Beast, will rise to oppress God’s people again, as described in Revelation chapter 13.

That’s the first principle you should remember in studying Bible prophecy. Every prophecy, except for the very few I mentioned earlier, has it greater fulfillment in the last days. The first fulfillment was only a foreshadowing, on a much smaller scale, of sooncoming world events, many, or most, of which will happen in our generation – the generation that is already witnessing several signs of the last days.


Almost all the prophecies have a dual fulfillment, and several have a threefold or more fulfillments.


The second truth is the cyclic rise and wane of nations and empires throughout history – from the rise of the first empire, Babylon, to the destruction of the Beast’s global realm at Christ’s return, and from the beginning of Israel as a nation in the land of Canaan to its final exile and restoration in the last days.

The first empire in history was that of the Chaldeans under Nebuchadnezzar. It was, compared to the empires that would come after, a golden one in glory. When the golden empire waned, it was followed by a silver empire, then a third one like bronze, and finally an empire that’s as strong as iron. (Daniel 2:31-43)

A similar vision is given in Daniel chapter 7, which speaks of a succession of four empires – the first represented by a lion, the second by a bear, the third by a leopard, and the fourth by a dreadfully awesome beast. These two visions saw their first fulfillment in the Chaldean empire,  succeeded by the Medo-Persian, then the Greco-Macedonian Empire led by Alexander, and finally the mightiest of them all, the Roman empire.

The fourth and final empire is itself prophesied to have 10 revivals (Daniel 7:24). In its first reign, Rome took the Jews captive and dispersed them among the nations, until God brought them back as a nation again in 1948 in the modern state of Israel. The Roman empire waxed and waned through the centuries. One of its revivals was under Napoleon, who tried to conquer Britain but was thwarted by the intervention of God.

Napoleon Bonaparte

After Napoleon’s reign ended, there was a period of dormancy for the Roman empire. In the early 20th century, it briefly revived again as the ‘Deutsches Reich’, that is, German Empire, which ended with its defeat at World War 1. It did not rear its iron head for about 20 years, after which it rose again, this time as the ‘Third Reich’ under Adolf Hitler, with the same mission of destroying the chosen people of God. It succeeded in destroying 6 million Jews – about two-thirds of the total Jewish population in Europe, and about one-third worldwide – who had been living peacefully as citizens in Germany and the nearby countries that Germany annexed. When Germany with its ally Japan,  tried to destroy the rest of the chosen nations by attacking Britain and US, God rose again and caused both the German and Japanese empires to be annihilated from the face of the earth, just as they had intended to destroy God’s people.

But the Bible prophesies yet one more revival of the Roman Empire, before it is eternally destroyed by God. The next revival has already begun with the emergence of Germany as the greatest economic force in the European Union, and with Japan, its future ally again, as the greatest in the East. Soon both Germany and Japan will turn their attention to becoming the greatest military forces in the world. And then, the endtime events relating to God’s modern chosen nations will happen in quick succession.

A deep study of the similarities of the nations and the individuals involved in the cyclic world events will reveal some astonishing facts. Just to ignite your own interest in researching prophecy, consider these similarities between the two kings of the revived Roman Empire.

Napoleon Bonaparte sent millions of men to their death without any remorse, in an age where one million people hardly ever lived in a single city, and European countries were composed of only a few million people. Adolf Hitler slaughtered far more millions of people. They both thought and felt alike:

Napoleon: “I shall bury the world beneath my ruin”
Hitler: “We may be destroyed, but, if we are, we’ll drag the world down with us, a world in flames.”

Napoleon: “A man like me cares little about losing the lives of a million men.”
Hitler: “I can send the flower of German youth into the hell of war without the slightest pity.”

In reference to Europe,

Napoleon: “A rotten old whore whom I shall treat as I please”
Hitler: “I had to rape it in order to possess it.”

Adolf Hitler

Also, consider this incredible timing of events in their lives:

Napoleon was born in 1760. Hitler was born in 1889 – 129 years difference.
Napoleon was elected in 1804. Hitler was elected in 1933 – 129 years.

Napoleon captured Vienna in 1809. Hitler captured Vienna in 1938 – 129 years.
Napoleon attacked USSR in 1812. Hitler attacked USSR in 1941- 129 years.

Napoleon was defeated in 1816.
Hitler was defeated in 1945 – 129 years

Both came to power, when they were 44.
Both attacked Russia, when they were 52.
Both lost the war, when they were 56 years old.

Information about the similarities has have been collected from various sources, including ‘Napoleon and Hitler’ by Desmond Seward; ‘Mein Kampf’ by Adolf Hitler; ‘Age of Napoleon’ by J. Christopher Herold.

I don’t know yet the significance of the 129 years difference. It is a number divisible by 7, if that means anything. But the similarities are certainly not coincidental.

Now consider the cyclic rise and fall of another nation, different from all other nations in history.

Israel is delivered from slavery in Egypt, and settled in the Promised Land. After some years of obedience, they forget their covenant with their God, and their hearts turn to other gods.  God removes his protection from them and they are attacked by enemies. They repent, and God sends them judges to deliver them. These happens repeatedly (read Judges) until they start committing wickedness on such national scale and of such depravity, which includes burning their infants alive to appease their new gods, that God completely withdraws from this nation. Israel is taken as slaves by the Assyrians, and eventually they become ‘lost’ among the nations, and come to be known as the ‘Lost Sheep of Israel’.

The tribe of Judah, known as the Jews, however, continues to exist as a nation for some more time. When their sin becomes great, they are conquered by Nebuchadnezzar and taken captives to Babylon. The first temple at Jerusalem is also destroyed. After 70 years of captivity in Babylon, the nation repents and God allows them to return to Jerusalem. They build the second temple and submit to their God for a while. Then it happens again, they sin terribly, and the nation, along with the temple, is destroyed by the Romans. In 1948, Jews are again able to return to their homeland Judah, although the country is now officially known as Israel.

As for the lost tribes of Israel, there are churches that believe that the modern day descendants of ancient Israel can be historically traced. According to their view – a view which I personally strongly endorse – the lost tribes of Israel who had been taken captive by the Assyrians, continued to live among the nations until around the fifth century, when they began to flourish in Europe, and especially, in the British Isles. They were mainly known as the Angles and Saxons.

It is beyond the scope of this message to give you historical proofs that the Anglo-Saxons, along with the Celts, Danes, and some other races, are the descendants of ancient Israel. Some evidence is available with a few churches that believe this, and you may search them online. Presently, I will base my evidence on what happened to the Anglo-Saxons in the light of Bible prophecies.

Let me caution you at the outset that if you are going to base your beliefs about the identity of the descendants of ancient Israel purely on historical records, you may be getting into a lot of controversial theories and counter theories. I am convinced beyond a shadow of doubt – my conviction being based on the prophetic events being fulfilled today among these peoples –  that the nations I mentioned above, who are settled in UK, US, Canada, France, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Australia, and a few other nations, today are the descendants of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel. That is, just as God’s prophecies were fulfilled by what happened to ancient Israel, they are fulfilled in what has happened, what is happening, and what will soon happen to these modern nations.

For your enlightenment consider these parallels between ancient Israel and the modern nations I mentioned.

First, consider the calling of the nations. God called out a slave people from Egypt and made them his own nation. He went before their armies and miraculously delivered them from their enemies. Above all, he gave them the way of life which would ensure their continued blessings. This way is based on The 10 Commandments which God gave to Israel through Moses. As long as they submitted to Yahweh and his commandments and acknowledged him as their only Lord and God, they fared well. When they forsook God to indulge in harlotry with the idols of other nations, they began to wane, until, when their sin reached incorrigible proportions, they ceased to exist as a nation. The became lost among the other nations.

Then, around the 6th century, a people began to rise in Britain. They quickly advanced in their civilization like no other nation since ancient Israel. They became the world’s greatest empire ever, stretching from one end of the earth to the other. Even as this empire was expanding, another people from within the British empire, left homeland and settled in anther continent. This nation soon became an even greater world power than Great Britain. This new world power comprised a multitude or union of peoples, and came to be known as the United States of America, with a population presently about three times larger than that of Britain.

‘his [Ephraim’s] descendants shall become a multitude of nations’.   Gen 48:19

‘They are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.’   Deut 33:17

These two nations were given the very choicest of lands to settle in. From Britain, France, and Scandinavia to America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. A land flowing with milk and honey, and abundance of oil and metals, and every other resource they need so they dont have to depend on imports from any pagan nations.

Strangely, for reasons not explained by any mainstream Christian churches, these very nations also had the same holy Scriptures that ancient Israel had, and they also acknowledged the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The British and US constitutions are based on the same Scriptures that ancient Israel was governed by.

The founding fathers trusted God to protect their nations, and therefore Britain and the US were always protected from their enemies, including their attackers in the two world wars. Here is just one example of how God protected his people by repressing the enemy’s attempts and assisting his people’s efforts in war.

In 1939, during the early stages of World War II, a large contingent of British soldiers where trapped in Dunkirk, a town on the coast of France adjacent to the English Channel. They possessed no means of crossing the Channel, and the Germans pursued close behind. If caught, the soldiers would be forced to surrender, and England and the allies would lose hundreds of thousands of valuable troops. As news reached Britain, a plan was formulated to evacuate the British soldiers back to England. Hundreds of ships, including many small boats, crossed the channel to do their part and help the men of England. Miraculously, while the men were being evacuated from May 25 to June 3, foggy weather inhibited the efforts of the German Luftwaffe. However, in the channel, which normally had notoriously bad weather, the waters were calm, allowing for quick evacuation. By June 3rd, 338,226 men were evacuated from Dunkirk. Without the men saved at Dunkirk, World War II might have had a very different outcome.

God always went before his nations’ armies.

But again, as in ancient Israel, these chosen nations began to be so surfeited in their abundance of blessings, that, like overfed stallions and bull elephants on heat, they began to lust after their neighbors’ wives. The nation became guilty of harlotry against their God, more than her pagan neighbors. They descended so low that their sin was greater than that of Sodom and Gomorrah.

These chosen nations began to legalize homosexuality. Some of the churches that claim the God of the Bible as their Lord, even began to ordain gay priests. Their lives became so decadent that God again withdrew in disgust from a nation that did not want him in their lives anyway.

Beginning with the Vietnam war, God stopped going out with modern Israel’s armies. Even US’s so-called victory over an impoverished second-rate military power like Iraq, has ended in ignominy, with her own people condemning the war and calling it a great mistake.

Since the dawn of the 21st century, the pagan nations began to acquire the wealth and power that once belonged to Britain and America (please see my message ‘The “Times of the Gentiles” Has Begun’).

The chosen nations’ first major devastation by their enemies was the fall of the Twin Towers, which symbolized US dominance over the world’s markets. Far greater catastrophes have been prophesied for the coming years, and I urge you in the Lord’s name to be daily aware of the latest happenings in America and her kin nations in the West. Watch the world news channels. For a Biblical perspective on world happenings, read my other messages in this section.

World Trade Center on 9/11 shortly after the second tower had collapsed.   Courtesy: Wally Gobetz (flickr.com/photos/wallyg/159454993/)

Finally, to understand Bible prophecy, you should understand which are the nations God refers to today when he uses the names of ancient nations and cities in his prophecies for the endtimes.

Jacob – Refers to all the 12 tribes descended from Jacob, which today are found in Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and other Bible-holding nations of the West (though they may not acknowledge it as their spiritual authority anymore), and a few Catholic nations, especially France.

‘For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled with eastern ways; they are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they are pleased with the children of foreigners.’   Is 2:6

Israel, depending on the context of the Scripture, may refer to the 12 tribes, or the 10 tribes (without Judah and Benjamin).

‘For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob.’   Is 14:1

More specifically, Israel refers to the descendants of Joseph – Manasseh and Ephraim – who are the English speaking nations today: UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Jacob, whose name was also Israel, when blessing the sons of Joseph, declared that these two tribes will be known by his own name.

‘Bless the lads [the sons of Joseph]; Let my name be named upon them’   Gen 48:16

The British and US constitutions are based on the same Scriptures that ancient Israel was governed by.

Great Britain and the former British Commonwealth, which included Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, where the Queen is or was the official head of state, inherited the blessings of Manasseh. The US became modern Ephraim, even greater than Britain.

‘His glory is like a firstborn bull, and his horns like the horns of the wild ox; together with them he shall push the peoples to the ends of the earth; they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.’   Deut 33:17

‘He [Manasseh] also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother [Ephraim] shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations…And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.’   Gen 48:19-20

France is Reuben. This nation has always tried to be a world power, but could never excel over Britain or US or match their political stability because the eldest son of Jacob deprived himself of this honor by defiling his father’s bed.

‘Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it’   Gen 49:3-4

Judah and Benjamin, along with a good percentage of Simeon, are the tribes that are now settled in modern Israel.

The endtime characteristics of the other chosen nations are given in Genesis 49. Apart from the few nations I have identified, I am not venturing in this message to identify the other nations. But it is the descendants of the nations that I have identified – the English-speaking nations, France, and modern Israel – that will play the key roles in the prophecies relating to the God’s chosen nations in the end times. All the tribes of Israel will be caught up in what happens to these leading nations.

‘And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the LAST DAYS’   Gen 49:1 Emphasis mine

Assyria is Germany. Gog and Magog are the nations of the former Soviet Union, China Mongolia, and, possibly, Korea. Moab and Ammon are the peoples in Iraq, Palestine and Jordan. Kedar refers to the Bedouin Arabs in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. Kush is Sudan, and, possibly, India.

Many nations still retain their Biblical names, such as Egypt, Libya, Syria, Ethiopia, Persia (which is also referred to as Elam).

Now to the spiritual identifies of some nations today.

‘Babylon’ refers today to the system by which governments run their societies, especially the commercial aspect.

‘Egypt’ in a spiritual sense refers to the governments themselves. Egypt is the government that gives power to Babylon to run society, including powers to regulate religious freedom. In the last days, just before Christ comes, this relationship between Egypt and Babylon will see its greatest fulfillment in the relationship between the two ‘beasts’.

‘Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast’   Rev 13:11-12

Israel refers, in the New Covenant, to all the people called to Christ from every nation. Those who are not Israel are the Gentiles.

Samaria refers to the leadership of Israel, the shepherds who are responsible for the nation’s actions.

Jerusalem refers to the shepherds, that is, the priests, the pastors and other leaders over God’s flock, the Christians.

Zion refers to the bornagain believers in God’s church.

Jews, in the New Covenant, refer to Christians born again in Christ.

‘For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.’   Rm 2:28-29

‘I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.’   Rev 2:9

Many of the identities of the present-day nations will become increasingly evident as the prophecies relating to them begin to unfold. Many have been revealed by God, many are yet to be revealed. Continue to watch world events regularly, and seek to understand them in the light of Bible prophecies. To the extent you earnestly desire it in your heart, God will make plan to you what’s happening today, and you can understand prophecies more clearly than the great theologians and preachers in Christianity who believe the ancient prophecies have little relevance for today.

God bless your study of the prophecies in the Bible so you can be better prepared for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

Blessed Marriage

Scent of A Wife

Courtesy: Urs Gerber – iVision

 

Probably the most delightful of fragrances for me is that of lavender. Everytime its scent reaches me, my thoughts are immediately transported to another dimension, and I could glimpse an infinitesimal vision of Eden restored to full bloom when Christ comes.

But nature is so designed that every such gift created for man’s olfactory pleasure passes by us only for a brief while, enough for us to enjoy it during the few seconds it fills our senses. And then, having given us a forescent of the wonderful world awaiting God’s people, it departs, to waft to us again the next time we pass by that area.

However, if we bottle up a synthetic similitude of that scent, we are able to experience its fragrance everytime we open the bottle and dab a portion of the delight on ourselves. But, after a few seconds the scent vanishes from our senses, and we do not think of it until we spray it or dab it on us again the next day. That’s the wonder of all wonderful sensations we experience, that’s the beauty of all beautiful things we behold.

All delightful experiences, when assimilated continuously beyond a short period of pleasure, take flight from us for our own good – so that we can continually, forever, enjoy the pleasure they give us without being surfeited by them.

The most sensual scent for a man however is not from the plant kingdom or from the great perfumeries of the world, no matter how exquisite they are by themselves. For a man that God has blessed with the second greatest gift for enjoyment of his life – after the gift of the person of Christ – there is nothing that comes even close to the scent of a wife snuggled close to him.

I may state, on the basis of the testimony of at least one wife – that this scent, in its masculine form, is equally true for a woman. The scent of her husband is her supreme sensuality, as long as the emanations from his body do not end at her nasal terminals but permeates deep into her heart that is filled with love for her man.

A heart that has little love for the spouse receives chemically the same smells from the wife or husband, but they are absorbed only by the physical faculties and do not suffuse the deep chambers of the heart. It is the emotional essences that convert even perspiration soaked molecules into reassuring vibes of delight for a husband or a wife. Without overflowing love in the heart of the scent recipient, the daily smells of a spouse have nothing alluring in them, and may sometimes be even an odoriferous experience for the wife or husband.

Now let me tell you what I really mean by scent of a wife. I am not merely referring to the physical sensing of the body smells of your beloved, delightful as they are. It is the sense of togetherness, of the sychological effect of having a lifemate beside you constantly, that the scent of a wife brings you. It is an extended recreation of what Adam experienced when he first beheld Eve. Until then, he was not feeling complete, he was lonely, and God said that this state of not being able to scent a mate, which all the animals in Adam’s care were able to, was ‘not good’ for man.

It is when a man leaves his wife for a few days, or a longer period, that he acutely misses the scent of his woman. A prolonged deprivation in a man of the scent of his wife can do severe damage to his syche. Such deprivation in a man who is not protected by the Holy Spirit puts him in great risk of straying into places where he could get substitute scents illegitimately.

For husbands in God’s family, when situations arise where they are forced to be separated for long periods from their wives (such as imprisonments) they suffer much because of the absence of the daily marital scents. But they are able to patiently endure this suffering, and every other suffering through Christ whose personal fragrance strengthens them (Philippians 4:13), and when they are restored to their wives their appreciation of the blessings of having a life-partner constantly beside them is increased many times. If they had taken their wives’ scent for granted before they were separated, then they vow never to take it for granted again. Which is what I want to tell you finally.

Appreciate every tangible and intangible blessings of married life. It is so easy to take them for granted, so easy for you to lose scent of the wonderful emanations of love from your wife after inhaling them day and night for years. The way to regain scent of the wonderful fragrances of married life is to daily renew your conscious appreciation of all that God has given you in your wife, and to daily praise God and thank him for this most beautiful of scents that fill up your senses every day and every night.

Remember the hit song that conveys the intense longing of a man whose senses are overwhelmed by the memory of his separated wife?

‘You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again’1

If you havent done it so far in your married life, try this: The next time you go near your wife, take a deep breath, and sniff her in the neck or bosom. Then kiss her. Let the subtle shades of the natural scent and flavor of your wife overwhelm you, thrill you and cause you to praise God for his marvelous creation.

‘You, my love, are beautiful. So beautiful!… Your love is more pleasing than the finest wine, and the fragrance of your perfume brings more delight than any spice! Your lips taste sweet like honey off the comb, my bride; milk and honey are beneath your tongue. The scents of your clothes are like the fresh air of Lebanon… your breath is the aroma of apples. Kissing you is more delicious than drinking the finest wine. How wonderful and tasty!   Song of Solomon 4:1,10-11;7:8-9

 

Pappa Joseph

 

1′Annie’s Song’ by John Denver. It is the second most melodious song I have ever heard, second only to ‘Unchained Melody’ by the Righteous Brothers. If you havent heard them yet, you can find them easily on YouTube.

 

 

Blessed Marriage

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

 

‘Are you lonesome tonight,
Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?
Does your memory stray to a brighter sunny day
When I kissed you and called you sweetheart?
Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?
Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?’

Those words arent mine. I have borrowed them from the favorite singer of my boyhood days – Elvis Presley. This 1960s’ song was a world hit, and is probably the most loved song among Presley’s fans. Perhaps people everywhere, at some point in their lives,  could feel their own heart resonating  with the emotions so poignantly conveyed through this song by The King, as the singer is admiringly known among his fans.

Considering Presley’s own tragic married life, perhaps the lyrics must have personally touched a strong cord in his heart, giving an extra depth to the way he sang it. He must have felt lonesome on many a night after being separated from his wife. Truly, a man without his wife sleeping beside him is a miserable human being indeed.

Another great singer, the former Beatle, Paul McCartney, sang a similar song more recently. Ever since his beloved Linda was snatched away from him he must have often longed for the time when the nights would no more be lonely.

‘May I never miss the thrill of being near you
And if it takes a couple of years
To turn your tears to laughter
I will do what I feel to be right
No more lonely nights
Never be another
No more lonely nights
You’re my guiding light
Day or night I’m always there
And I won’t go away until you tell me so
No, I’ll never go away’

Perhaps you who are reading this arent lonely in the nights, thank God. But dont take these nights, when you still have your wife or husband on your bed with you, for granted. We just can never know in this life how long each of us can have the joy and pleasure of feeling our loved one snuggled peacefully by our side. We just dont know how long before the lonely nights come upon us too. Let’s pray they never will.

And if there’s anyone who is reading this whose wife or husband is temporarily separated from you, or not sleeping on the same bed with you anymore, perhaps you should pick up the phone now and serenade the above words of Elvis to your spouse, ending them with…

‘Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?’

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

Blessed Marriage

What Really Happens When A Couple Watch Pornography Together

Understand what really happens to the syche of a man and his wife who watch a pornographic video together.

 

I wish this message was directed only to couples who do not know Christ and his teachings. But sadly, this message is meant for people who consider themselves Christians and who are confident their marriage is on the right track but who do not yet have the understanding of certain marriage-destroying acts that they may be practicing in their private lives.

I know Christian couples who have adult videos or literature stacked away in their closet. No, I did not go snooping into their closets to know this. They themselves have divulged this to me, or Christians who personally know such couples have mentioned it to me in their concern.

What exactly is the harm if married couples use a sex video to impassion their own feelings toward each other? They are not participating in any act of adultery, but using it to enhance their own marital life. In fact, that’s what many popular magazines, such as Cosmopolitan and Glamour, advise their readers. Here’s one such recommendation:

“From the moment you select a skin flick to watch to the moment when you are both breathless, taking the plunge into porn will add fiery fervor to your real-life bump and grinds. If you’re freaked out by the idea of porn, don’t be: Your guy is likely going to only spend about 30 seconds watching the movie before he can’t take his eyes off your reaction. So be daring and let your inhibitions go tonight!”

Yea, be daring and take the plunge into hellfire! For all who follow such advice, that is surely where they are going to finally land up in. I don’t mean the hellfire in the afterlife, I mean the consuming flames fanned by the devil in their married life.

Of course, the world is being taught that porn is ok, provided one doesnt use it to harm others. It can, sex experts assert, act as a safe catharsis for one’s pent up sexual frustrations, if he is single, or if married, as a shot in the groins to rev up a flaccid bedroom life.

If such counsel was found only in little dirty books sold in sex shops, it does little harm to decent people who dont read such filthy stuff. But millions of decent people who call themselves ‘Christian’, read Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and hundreds of other such magazines you can easily find in supermarkets. Even a reputable family magazine such as ‘Good Housekeeping’ has its share of advice on this subject: Here is one of their announcements:

“Spice things up in the bedroom with advice from relationship pros. 4 Steamy Reads. Here are four sexy romance books to enjoy, from the first English-language erotic novel to this season’s toe-curlers.”

The four advertised novels, including Fanny Hill and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, are books that no Godly couple should pick up to even glance through. Because even an erotic sentence you inadvertently read in it, will embed in your memory and keep sprouting its filthy image over and over again in your marital life.

‘Relationships pros’, such as the ones mentioned above, get their PhDs from universities that have evolution as the foundation of all their teachings. Evolution teaches that marriage is an evolved form of the primeval mating behavior driven by an animal’s instinct for survival. That’s why when humans show animal behavior in their sexual life, these relationship pros do not look upon them as abominable acts, but as behaviors classified under medical nomenclature such as ‘sexual orientation disturbance’. But, to be fair to their species, even brutes are not disturbed by certain orientations that humans display, such as homosexuality.

The secular sex counselors practice their profession by this universal dictum:

‘There are no objective norms for human behavior to be found in nature. There are only man-made moral norms more or less widely accepted in society.’  Quote from Humboldt-Universitat zu Berline’s website, which is cited as “Worldwide, the best internet offer in sexual medicine” by the German Central Library of Medicine, Cologne

The only pros whose counsels you can trust are those who get their expertise from the very Authority that created the marriage institution itself. And this Authority already has a marriage manual that all couples can easily access in any language. It has counsels for every aspect of married life, and any couple who follows them need never watch a video or literature, or visit a sex counselor, to revive or pep up their sex life.

Now let me explain what really happens when a husband and his wife watch pornography together.

A couple who follows Christ and strives to live by his commandments in the Bible, will never think of prying through a telescope into the bedroom of a neighbor and watch their intimate acts. That, they know, is certainly sin (and in some lands, such as where I live now, even a crime that is prisonable). But watching a couple copulate in their bedroom on video or film is treated as a different matter – an entertainment for relaxation, or a stimuli for the viewers’ own connubial bliss. In God’s sight, there is absolutely no difference. No other eyes are allowed to watch your and your spouse’s bedroom life, and your eyes are not allowed to watch a person’s coitions with another, even if the bedroom performers are doing it for the whole world to lust along with them.

But that is only one aspect of the danger of watching pornography. The far greater danger is what happens to the syche (‘psyche’ for the oldtimers) of the viewers. When a husband watches another man performing sexual acts on a woman in the video or movie, he is actually subconsciously, and often consciously, doing the very act by proxy or as an avatar (if you have watched that movie…one of the very few, I think, that is safe to watch with your spouse).

The viewer is virtually participating in the sexual orgies that his or her eyes are soaking in!

Women may not realize what’s going on in their husband’s minds at such times, or else a sensible wife would never allow her husband even imaginatively to go into another woman. But listen, wives, every time a married man watches or reads pornography – on home video, in a theater, on his laptop, in the pages of a novel – he is committing adultery against his wife! Not intentionally, not knowingly, but that’s what he is doing in God’s sight, and the consequences of that adultery, perceived or not, will sooner or later wreck his relationship with his wife and tear their marriage apart.

A husband who watches sex acts in the various forms of media will, within a few years, begin to find his wife less alluring sexually. He will even begin to fantasize, while making love to her, that he is doing it with another woman he has seen elsewhere in the act. And then, the danger increases exponentially, and before he or she realizes it the marriage is tottering on the brinks.

As for the wife, I really do not know what goes on in the mind of the woman while she watches others perform sexual acts. My wife is not of much help, as she has never seen a single such video in her life, and I dont have the guts to ask some of my old worldly friends to ask their wives. I just have to rely on the Holy Spirit himself. This is what I believe happens to wives who watch pornography with their husbands.

Their minds become saturated with filthy scenes, and these images recreate themselves in the mind of the affected woman over and over again…until the very thought of a sex act, even with her husband, becomes a disgusting consideration. Nevertheless, to avoid discord, she will continue to have him make love to her, but her disinclination will manifest more and more in her body language and attitude. Seeing the apparent ‘frigidity’ of his wife, the dissatisfied husband would seek other outlets for his sexual fantasies that are continually fed by an increasing addiction to pornography.


When a husband watches another man performing sexual acts on a woman in the video or movie, he is actually subconsciously, and often consciously, doing the very act by proxy or as an avatar.


Physical and emotional intimacy in a marriage is one of the greatest gifts of our Creator to man and woman – something he didnt grant even the angels. Sexual dissatisfaction and ensuing infidelity tears apart this deep intimacy, which is one of the greatest reasons for marriage breakups. See this secular report:

‘Some may argue that sex is not everything in a relationship. Or is it? Although there are many important components that make a sentimental relationship successful, the sexual aspect of the relationship is a driving force that binds or separates couples…

‘Sexual dissatisfaction can be a predictor of infidelity. Moreover, studies have shown that sexual dissatisfaction is a common cause for divorce. Women and men have different views on the value of their sexuality within the context of the relationship. For women, intimacy and the emotional aspect of the relationship greatly impacts their sexual desire and enjoyment in a relationship. On the other hand, men use sex as a mean to intimacy. Therefore, women need intimacy in order to have sex and men need sex in order to lead them to intimacy…

‘When sex loses its place in the relationship, men can take it personally. Men define their masculinity and self-worth by their ability to have sex. Therefore, in the absence of sex, men feel disconnected, which makes them ‘free agents’ in the market of love. Men who are dissatisfied with their sex lives are most likely to cheat than those who enjoy greater levels of sexual satisfaction within their relationships.

‘Women are not infallible to infidelity. On the contrary, sexual dissatisfaction in women can also lead them to infidelity. However, the formula for sexual dissatisfaction among women is different. A woman who does not feel emotionally connected to her partner is not able to enjoy her sexuality. Therefore, when a woman finds a “substitute” for her attention with whom she can make a connection and feel romanced, she becomes more vulnerable to infidelity.’   Dr Tanginika Cuascud – mamiverse.com

O married children of God, if any of you reading this message has been watching pornography with your spouse, or alone – even if it is very occasional – flee, flee from this deadly poison that Satan is injecting into your married life.

Repent, if you have succumbed to this trap of the devil, and cleanse your life and your home from every accursed pornographic object, and never allow any such abomination to enter your sacred marital premises again. And see how God begins to bless your relationship with your spouse in ways you could have never experienced before.

If you are among the blessed few who have not watched pornography, or have repented of watching them, praise God for keeping your marriage safe from the tempting wiles of Satan, the arch destroyer of marriages and the father of all divorces.

‘For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth…Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers. And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.14 You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock…Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.   Deut 7:6-26

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

Blessed Marriage

When The Feelings Have Gone For the One You Married

 

The passionate love that a person had for their spouse when they married can wane within a few years, or after many years, to the point that it becomes an emotionless relationship – unless it is deliberately kept aflame continuously. This is a most vital truth that every person planning to marry, or already married, should keep foremost in their consciousness.

In the beginning months, and sometimes even a few years after the wedding, the husband or wife will go to great lengths to show love to es beloved. But there is an unfailing spiritual law in human relationships that affects every marriage. And this is the law: Showing love for your wife or husband can never be static or motionless. You can never maintain a status quo in your relationship with your beloved. Your love is either growing every day or your love is slackening every day. If it is growing, then there is no end to the growth of this love, and the words in 1 Corinthians 13:8 proves eternally true: ‘love never fails (or ‘ends’ in some other translations).

If your love is slackening, then there is a gradual, or a galloping, end to your relationship with your wife or husband. Love that is not daily growing will daily slow down to the point that it will become motionless with perpetual inertia. When that point is reached, either of two actions happen. Divorce, or a lifelong acceptance of going through the motions of living, devoid of any feelings. This can happen a few months after the wedding, or a few decades after the initial years of nuptial bliss. How many couples I know of personally who have permanently severed their hearts from each other after 25 or more years of cleaving together as one flesh!

What is the reason that love for a spouse wanes, though at one time that very love was so intense and true the person would be willing to give up es life for es beloved without a moment’s hesitation?

Why did Michal’s love for David wane to the point that she actually despised him in her heart, that is, in the deepest recesses of her consciousness? And why did David, a man after God’s own heart, end his love for his wife to the point he never again slept with her for the rest of his life? (2 Samuel 6:16-23) Why is that loving couples, who have faithfully brought up fine kids, and have beautiful grandkids, decide to call it quits in their long relationship, and seek other life partners in their senior years?

The answer is that husbands and wives – but mostly husbands – confuse true love with feelings of affection.

Please keep this counsel deep in your heart, child of God, even if you are sure your relationship with your spouse has a very secure foundation. Unless you understand and apply the following basic truth in all your dealings with your life partner, the day will surely come – as surely as there exists a universal Destroyer of marriages – that you will find that the passionate true love you had for your wife or husband has greatly diminished in its feelings, and with that diminution comes one by one all the deadly effects of a stagnant relationship. And this is the truth:

True love that never fails, that never ends, that always keeps growing forever and ever, is primarily based not on feelings for the one you love, but is primarily based on your will apart from your feelings.

Now let me explain that plainly.

There are two kinds of initial love. One is instinctive love. That’s the love that a mother or a father has for es child. It is a causeless love. The child did nothing to earn or win their parents’ love. Causeless love is also known as unconditional love. That’s the love our Father in heaven has for each of us. It is the love that made our Savior die for our sins even before we knew him. He loves us solely for the reason he created us in his image and likeness, just as we fall in love with our just-born baby solely because that baby came from our own body. Instinctive love is the second most powerful force in the universe. But it is not the love that never ends or fails. The most powerful instinctive love on earth today is mother’s love. But God says even that love has a limit, that awesome love can end if given the extreme circumstances.

‘Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget’   Is 49:15

The word ‘may’ is not in the original Hebrew. Young’s Literal Translation says ‘Yea, these forget’.

‘Surely’, given the circumstances, a mother will forget the child that came from her womb, if all she has is just instinctive love for him or her. And that is because even unconditional instinctive love is ultimately conditional on the responses of the one loved instinctively. Unconditional love becomes conditional after a certain point, and when the conditions for that love cease, unconditional love also ceases.

The other kind of initial love is the love that a man has for a woman he falls in love with, and vice versa. In this category of love also is the love of a close friend or of a brother or sister. This love can also be very deep initially, even to the extent the person will be ready to give up es life to save the one e loves – es wife or husband, or sibling, or friend. (See Romans 5:7) But, as in the case of maternal love, all such initial true love ends when the factors for such love fail.

Now let’s take the relationship of a couple deeply in love. Over many  years of living together, the husband or wife begins to see many negative qualities in the one e loves, which e did not see in the initial years of living together. Arguments, quarrels, misunderstandings, offenses, and perhaps ultimately even betrayal, ensue as the spouse displays more and more of es negative qualities. After a few years, or decades, one spouse has had enough, and quits struggling to live with the unbearable flaws of the other. There is no more feeling of love remaining for the one who has consistently shown only an increasing lack of lovable qualities. In modern times, the relationship formally ends with a divorce. In earlier ages, and even today in the more conservative cultures, the continuing rift of hearts between the couple does not often physically rift the couple apart; instead they continue to stay under the same roof. But their natural conjugal feeling for each other is replaced with a resigned attitude of suppressed bitterness that simmers in their heart for the rest of their lives.

My family knew a man and his wife in our native community many years ago. The man and his wife were active members of their church and respected in society. But everyone knew that the man and his wife never spoke a single word to each other ever since something happened between them many years earlier. They lived together under one roof, but never spoke a syllable to each other for several decades. They both lived to ripe old age and are now dead. How they managed to do that is still a mystery to me. I mean the technicalities of living together without one word of communication at any time. But what is not a mystery is how such extreme living became possible. It is simply another case of a relationship that was based on feelings, and when the feelings evaporated the relationship dried up.

When you put that ring on your beloved’s finger on the blissful day of your union, or, as in my country, tied the string around your bride’s slender neck, or had your glowing groom tie it around your quivering neck, that is a symbol of an unconditional fidelity to each other till death parts you. When a groom or bride answers ‘I do’ to the following question,

‘Do you take (name) for your lawful wife,husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part?’

they absolutely mean it with all their heart. But years later, it slowly becomes evident that the ‘I do’ actually meant,

‘I do promise to take you as my lawful wife,husband, to have and hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part, as long as you don’t act and speak in a manner that will affect my feelings for you.’

So how can you ensure a drying up of your love will never occur in your relationship with your spouse? By ensuring that your love for your wife or husband is not based on feelings. Enjoy the feelings and rejoice over them as long as the feelings come naturally. When the feelings wane, as surely as they will when your spouse begins to reveal his or her hitherto suppressed flaws, replace the feelings with your will of commitment.

If you have been recently married, or married for many years, it is most vital for the lifelong safety of your marriage that you transform your attitude toward your spouse from this day on with the help of God. Renew your old conjugal vows in your mind, and add the following lifelong pledge to yourself and to God:

‘I will love my wife (husband) unconditionally from this day forth, and when I say unconditionally, I mean absolutely unconditionally. If a time ever comes that I cannot find any more happiness in my wife (husband), I will continue to love her (him) even in the absence of any feelings of happiness. Whether she (he) pleases me or not, I will care for her (him) and cherish her (him), just as I would care for and cherish a part of my own body that is giving me pain. When my feelings have gone for her (him), I will continue to love her (him) by a deliberate act of my will in opposition to my natural feelings. So, help me to do this, Lord!’

That’s a pledge that should be foremost in your mind constantly – even in the days of your great happiness with your spouse. It is the surest insurance for the safety of your marriage when the days of trouble come, when God may allow the devil to test you through severe trials in your marriage.

Unless your love for your beloved is based on your will and not on your feelings, all your emotions of marital bliss you enjoyed in the early years of your wedded life will surely wane within a few years.

Now what’s the benefit of loving a spouse who is no longer giving you any happiness? Why take the great and constant pain of continuing to live with em when you could easily have less unhappiness living apart or find happiness again with a new spouse?

Because that’s the way our God loves you and me. Because his love never fails even when we stop loving him. And our God wants us to love our spouse just as he loves us.

To the unhappy husband he says:

‘For husbands, this means love your wives, JUST AS Christ loved the church…In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. As you love her, you ultimately are loving part of yourself (remember, you are one flesh). No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.’   Eph 5:25-29 NLT, VOICE. Emphasis mine

‘Husbands, love your wives [be affectionate and sympathetic with them] and do not be harsh or bitter or resentful toward them.’   Col 3:19 AMP

To the unhappy wife he says:

‘Wives, it should be no different with your husbands. Submit to them as you do to the Lord, for God has given husbands a sacred duty to lead as the Anointed leads the church and serves as the head. (The church is His body; He is her Savior.) So wives should submit to their husbands, respectfully, in all things, JUST AS the church yields to the Anointed One.   Eph 5:22-24 VOICE

And to both the Lord urges:

‘However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly.   Eph 5:33 AMP

And what is the final outcome of a husband loving his wife as his own body, of his not giving in to feelings of bitterness against her [in spite of her seemingly being an incorrigible nag], and of a wife submitting to her husband in everything just as she submits to Christ, of her esteeming him and admiring him exceedingly [in spite of his seemingly obnoxious qualities]?

When you continue to love with your will your wife or husband who continues to hurt you, God’s universal spiritual law guarantees an ultimate result. The hurting person will eventually stop hurting. And a transformation begins to happen in the loveless heart and mind of the spouse as she or he continues to receive your love. All the spots, wrinkles, and blemishes of your faulty spouse begin to clear away one by one. And as your spouse continues to blossom under your unceasing and unconditional love, she or he will begin to do things to you that you could have never imagined even in the wildest fantasy of your dreams on your wedding day or in the initial blissful days of your marriage. And soon you will have a shining spouse standing before you – clean, holy and without a single fault in any area of her or his life.

‘He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and WITHOUT FAULT. IN THE SAME WAY, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies.’   Eph 5:25-29 NLT. Emphasis mine

When you forsake your feelings for your wife or husband and continue to love em, the very same feelings you sacrificed are sooner or later going to come back to you in hundredfold measure, brimful and overflowing. This is an absolute promise from the Creator who brought man and woman together in marriage.

‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time’   Mark 10:29-30

‘Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full – pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap.’  Luke 6:38 NLT

The more feelings you sacrifice so you can willfully continue to love your unlovable spouse, the more will be the love and the feelings of happiness you will eventually receive from your spouse. This is the greatest law of relationship.

Foolish, very foolish indeed is the man or woman, who after some years of enduring unhappiness with his wife or her husband gives up and goes their separate way to seek the happiness and love that eluded them in their first marriage. Whom would you personally choose to marry: A wonderful wife or husband who deserves a heavenly score of 10 points out of a maximum 100 in the measure of lifelong happiness she or he gives you, OR a wife or husband who, after some initial years of not deserving even one point in her or his qualities as a wife or husband, will give you happiness and love that both your heart and heaven will give an unbelievable score of 100 out of 100?

‘I tell you, her sins – and they are many – have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.’   Luke 7:47

‘She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.’   MSG

Before I conclude this message, I urge you to listen to this wonderful song on YouTube – the most influential I have heard in Christian music – by Don Francisco. As you listen, please ponder the words in the lyrics given below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKmkPHUkn5A

Love Is Not A Feeling

So you say you can’t take it, the price is too high
The feelings have gone it seems the river’s run dry
You could never imagine it could turn out so rough
You given, given, given, still it’s never enough

Your emotions have vanished that once held the thrill
You wonder if love could be alive in you still
But that ring on your finger, was put there to say
You’ll never forget the words you promised that day

Jesus didn’t die for you because it was fun
He hung there for love because it had to be done
And despite of the anguish, his word was fulfilled
Love is not a feeling it’s an act of your will
Love is not a feeling it’s an act of your will

Now I wouldn’t try to tell you that it’s easy to stand
When Satan’s throwing everything that’s at his command
But Jesus is faithful, his promise is true
And whatever he asks he gives the power to do

Jesus didn’t die for you because it was fun
He hung there for love because it had to be done
And despite of the anguish, his word was fulfilled
Love is not a feeling it’s an act of your will
Love is not a feeling it’s an act of your will

Courtesy: Don Francisco – Love Is Not A Feeling, from the album ‘The Early Works’  –    www.rockymountainministries.org

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

Blessed Marriage

I Wish I Could’ve Read A Message Like This Before I Married

 

When I was a young husband, I read a lot of manuals on having a great marriage, written by ‘relationship experts’. I read even more literature and heard numerous sermons by ordained ministers of God on this subject. There were many good things I learned from both secular and Christian writings and preachings on marriage. But far more than what I gained from them were vital insights that I did not gain from any of them.

After nearly four decades of being a husband to one woman, I have learned many, many, truths about staying married and about what makes a marriage safe and going for life. I could even give a few tips on how to pep up your bedroom life. Perhaps such insights are available elsewhere too, but since I havent come across them all in one place yet, I hope that this message will be helpful to many men (and perhaps women too) who earnestly are doing all they can to ensure the lifelong stability of their marriage, but who may have some vital truths missing in their understanding of what makes the marriage institution absolutely safe for life.

I have deliberately avoided words like ‘happy’ and ‘exciting’ when referring to what my insights could do to help a marriage relationship. And one of the most vital truths about marriage I want to share with you in this message, and the one I want to mention first, relates to the subject of happiness in marriage.

To ensure that your marriage will last your lifetime, you should not set your heart – that is, base your life happiness and your sense of success – on a ‘happy’ or ‘exciting’ marriage.

It’s the exact opposite that Hollywood tells us, both on screen and behind the screens. A man meets a woman, falls in love, and the next goal in their life is to have a happy marriage. In movies about man-woman relationship, the film usually ends with a radiant couple looking forward to a happy life together. Back in their homes, the actors and actresses cannot put up beyond a few years the act of having a happy married life. Most of them quit their old relationship and look around for the right partner to get the happiness that eluded them in their first marriage.

According to some media information, 8 out of 10 marriages in Hollywood end in divorce! The official divorce rate for the whole of US in 2009 was 52 percent. It could only be even higher now, several years later, at the time of writing this.

I dont have the world divorce statistics, but simple observation is enough to convince us that the divorce rate is rocketing even in countries where marriages had been traditionally stable. India is one sad example. My own state, Kerala – where until about a decade ago most wives, except the rare crazy ones, simply cleaved to their husbands no matter what – now has officially the highest divorce rate in India, and possibly, in Asia.

‘[In India] divorce rates have gone up by 150% over the past decade. Kerala, the most literate Indian state, has seen a rise of 350% in the past ten years.’ divorcerate.com

The first need in your marriage is not happiness but ‘protection from destruction’. After you have ensured your relationship with your wife or husband is safe for life, you may think of having a happy and exciting married life.

I wish somebody had counseled me that unhappiness in marriage is inevitable and that couples who are locked together in blissful union during the first few months of married life are very likely to lock horns with each other within a few years.

I think, from my personal count of unhappy marriages, that in 9.9 out of 10 couples, it is the man who is the first to display his unhappiness at something he didn’t like in his life partner. Women, who are more discerning and shrewd by nature, may actually be the first spouse to encounter unhappiness in a marriage, but they are likely to keep their feelings concealed for many years, revealing them only when they are totally exasperated with their husband.

Remember that it is normal for a couple to encounter their first unhappy moment with each other a few weeks, or surely a few months, after their wedding day bliss. If a couple had a continuous happy walk from the aisle to their first anniversary, then they must be an exceptionally patient and forgiving couple, both husband and wife.

So, safety rule No. 1 for couples, especially husbands: Enter marriage with the foreknowledge – the expectation – that you will have to live through many unhappy days in your married life because of perceived or actual shortcomings in your spouse that you hadnt noticed prior to living together as one flesh.

This attitude, this mental acceptance, of marital troubles as a natural part of your marriage process sets in place a firm foundation for you to confront and overcome the future marital irritations, misunderstandings, quarrels and disappointments, which if left to themselves would fester and turn cancerous, and eventually destroy the marriage. Which is what has happened to all those marriages that had begun with the ecstasy and excitement of a fairytale wedding but ended in acrimonious divorce settlements and custody battles.

Once you have accepted the truth that your spouse has many suppressed and repressed faults as you have, which will sooner or later unveil themselves in es dealings with you, you have done about 10 percent of what you could do to ensure the lifelong protection of your marriage.

The next protective step on the husband’s side is to ensure in his own heart that he has a limitless reserve of patience and forgiveness to see him and his wife safely through the trials of living together.

Let me emphasize this truth above everything else in this message:

Unless you receive God’s power to quickly forgive the faults of your spouse, your marriage risks a short lifespan.

Betrayal and bitterness are the two supreme reasons for the failure of marriages. An embittered husband who continues to keep his resentment within him reaches a stage where he cannot endure the acerbity anymore and looks for a sweet solution elsewhere. This is the reason Paul admonishes married men: ‘Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them’  Col 3:19

As for wives, their most serious fault is their failure to maintain the same sense of respect for their husband that they had when they first fell in love with him. A few years into marriage and the wife sees a different man than the one she thought she was marrying. With the man’s exposure of his previously hidden flaws, the woman naturally finds it hard to maintain the same sense of awe and respect she had once felt for her lover. This is the reason Paul tells married women: ‘let the wife see that she respects her husband’.  Eph 5:33

The husband’s greatest danger is not that he might lose respect for his wife, but that he might lose his love for her in his bitterness.

The wife’s greatest risk is not that she might become bitter and lose her love for her husband, but that on getting to know him better, she might start to lose her respect for him and begin to use words and attitudes that would embitter her husband.

Bitterness toward the wife cannot be overcome by the husband’s struggle to be rid of it. But once he realizes the acute danger that bitterness can cause to his relationship with his wife, he can seek God’s intervention fervently.

I know from experience that marital situations that would be absolutely impossible for a man to resolve in his own wisdom and strength become possible to deal with effectively once he earnestly and perseveringly seeks God’s power to do so.

I wish somebody had told me before I married that if I did not do something to curb my tendencies to keep hurt feelings and dwell on my wife’s shortcomings, it would eventually lead my marriage to a crisis. But because both my wife and I feared God from our youth, he delivered us from marital tragedy. But not before we went through decades of needless quarrels and severe heart wounds. But if I had understood before I married, or even in the early years of my marriage, about the serious consequence of the accumulation of hurt feelings, my marriage would not have gone through all the excruciating travails it had to go through until God drew me to his Son after 30 years of flawed husbanding.

You, man of God, who have been given the awesome gift of a life-partner, do risk keeping within you even an ounce of anger or hurt toward your wife beyond a few hours at the most. Once you realize there is something that is preventing you from loving your wife as God intends you to, then the first and most urgent priority in your life is to daily seek from God his love and power to drive out your hurts and resentments.

Do all in your power through Christ’s help not to go to bed without resolving the matter that has been rankling you throughout the day.

When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down.’   Eph 4:26 AMP

Again, let me emphasize, a man’s own struggle to get to bed with a heart free of anger, after he has been wronged by his wife, is impossible for the normal husband.

So, instead of gritting your teeth and struggling to get rid of hurt feelings out of your system, quietly beseech your Helper in heaven to fill your wounded heart with Christ’s love so you can totally and unconditionally forgive your wife.

I am not giving you sentimental Christian platitudes that sound wonderful but in practice are impossible to live by. What I am passing on to you are precious truths that have worked in my own marriage and in the marriages of many other servants of God who have suffered great tribulations in their relationship with their wife.

The thrill will be gone after a few years unless you have learned to forgive your spouse as Christ forgives you.

There are many other vital insights about marriage that I wish somebody had given me when I was a young husband. I will be sharing all these insights in my various messages in this section for couples, which is set up to encourage God’s people in laying an unshakeable foundation for a safe and blessed marriage.

But before I close there is one little insight, but which I think is a vital insight for all healthy men, unless they are eunuchs. Oh, how I wish some wise counselor had given me this little vital insight before I married. It’s about how a wife naturally responds to the amorous overtures of her husband.

I heard a saying long ago that succinctly states the difference of attitude between men and women to sex, but which I in those days had dismissed as someone’s frivolous observation:

‘Men give love to get sex; women give sex to receive love.’

But as my research into marital relationships went deeper, I realized that it is a fairly accurate analysis of the male and female syche in all physical acts of intimacy in a marriage.

I wish someone had counseled me in my bachelor days that women by nature are not interested in sex per se. In plainer language, women can survive a marriage devoid of sex without feeling emotionally and physically devastated…unlike men.

Is there any divorce that was granted on the grounds that the wife wasnt getting all the sex she wanted from her husband? Unless a woman is afflicted with a rare tragic sickness called nymphomania, no sane wife will discard her husband on the issue of sex alone. Not so the other way round. If a man cant get all the sex he demands of his wife, she isnt going to get the chance to sleep with him much longer.

Do not be surprised, feel hurt or become sullen on the many occasions that your wife will treat your romantic advances with outwardly frigid responses. The mistake men make is to interpret the nonresponses as an indication of a diminution of their physical desirability in their wives’ mind. When a wife doesnt respond with passion to her husband’s sexual urges, it is not because she does not desire her man making love to her, but because of several factors that act as suppressants of her sexual ardor.

If the woman has been hurt by the husband during the day, and the husband has not soothed her emotions back to normal, she cannot be expected to be very responsive in bed. Perhaps it may not be her husband at all that affected her emotions during the day. It could be worry, or fear, or insecurity, or any of the myriad factors that take away the sense of tranquility that a woman needs in her mind for her libido to awake in her body.

If you desire a great bed partner in your life companion, the best way is not to try to arouse her only when she comes to bed. The budding and blossoming of her physical desire for you is a process that takes many hours, and should start at least twelve hours before bedtime. I dont mean that you start your amorous demonstrations half a day in advance. The best way is to show affection to your wife in a nonsexual way throughout the day for her to be able to be receptive to your sexual affections at the end of the day.

Touch her tenderly now and then as you talk to her in the normal course of your daily interactions. Let your eyes emanate gentleness toward her. Especially, take the greatest care with the tone of your voice. The gentle tone of your words throughout the day arouses and prepares your beloved for physical intimacy far more effectively than your impassioned foreplay could by itself.

And one last tip on this subject. Do not tell your wife that you want to make love to her. Something in a woman’s constitution immediately puts up a defensive shield against all sudden proposals of a sexual encounter.

When you have done your work of preparing her carefully throughout the day for her total receptivity to you, then just go ahead and make love. A woman’s syche enjoys unrequested, and even unexpected, submission to her husband more than it would after a planned and pre-determined submission.

The above insights are the foremost of what I personally wish I could have known before I married. There are, of course, far more, and I hope to share them with you in my future messages.

In the meantime, God bless your relationship with your wife, and give you even more insights on how to have a lifelong blessed marriage as you diligently study his Word and keep his commandments.

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

Blessed Marriage

Husbands, Be An Authority, Not An Authoritarian Over Your Wife

 

 

A woman is, by the will of God, always under the authority of a man. Until her marriage she is subject to the will of her father, and after her marriage, to the will, and often, whim, of her husband.

‘To the woman He said…Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’   Gen 3:16

A woman must submit to her husband’s authority over her just as much as a man submits to the authority of Christ in his life.

‘Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church…Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.’   Eph 5:22-24

And so, since Adam, every husband has exercised authority over his wife and every wife, except the wayward ones, has submitted to the rule of her husband. And in doing so, uncountable number of women throughout history have suffered the brutality and harshness of men who turned their authority to authoritarianism.

Authority in man is instituted by God for the ultimate good of the woman under his rule. Authoritarianism is usurped by many men in authority to institute their own pleasure above their wife’s wellbeing and happiness. The one is from the Creator, to create a sense of security for the woman; the other is from the Destroyer, to destroy the woman’s sense of security under a man, so she can seek it from other sources.

Divorces, women’s liberation movements, destitute women, prostitutes, and men-hating feminists are the direct products of men who exercised brutal authoritarianism in their homes, or they are the tragic consequences of men who did not exercise any authority in their homes, which is equally disastrous for the women entrusted to their care.

Even among Godly husbands, including senior ministers of Christ, I have observed many instances where their authority was temporarily transformed into ugly authoritarianism. In such instances, the man’s tone changes, his facial contours distort, and his words and actions cause the woman beside him to express her disappointment and hurt verbally or vibely.

Husbands, if you want your Lord, the Savior of your body, to rejoice in your submission to him, you must give cause for your wife to rejoice in her submission to you. And the way to do it is to exercise authority over her just as Christ exercises authority over you and the rest of his body, the church.

‘Husbands, love your wives, JUST AS Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church…let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself’   Eph 5:25-33. Emphasis mine

In closing, let me mention that there is just one area in a man’s life over which he has no authority himself, but he is subject to the authority of his wife, just as much as she is subject to his authority in the rest of the areas in her life:

‘The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.’   1 Cor 7:4

If the wife so desires the physical body of her husband at any time of the day or night, he has no authority to say no. His mind may belong to him, but his physical body belongs to her.

May the Great Authority over us, even our Lord Jesus, in whom we rejoice, rejoice over us even as we sincerely seek to cause the one over whom we have authority to rejoice in us.

 

Pappa Joseph