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Conservatism mixed with a little end time theology

Which Message Is It?

It seems like every other chapter in the Old Testament dealt with Israel defending itself from another nation.

Sometimes, the message went forth that the Lord was for the city and would defend it from its enemies; at other times, the message was the exact opposite and the Lord would hand the nation over to its enemies.

In Isaiah 36 and 37, the Assyrian King Sennacherib was the foe.  The people of Judah, under King Hezekiah, fasted and prayed to the Lord for deliverance, and the Lord answered and delivered the city.  Isaiah 37:36 –

Then the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!

Imagine waking up to that scene!  There was much celebration and praise given to Yahweh that day.

Fast forward just two chapters to Isaiah 39, and this time the message goes forth that when the Babylonian King comes, the city will be delivered over to its enemies.  Listen to the warning in Isaiah 39:6 –

The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD.

So, what happens?  In Jeremiah 28, the nation of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem.  The false prophet Hananiah goes out proclaiming the deliverance of the Lord.  Jeremiah receives the true message from the Lord and counters the message of Hananiah: The Lord will deliver Jerusalem into the hands of its enemies.

This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yoke on the necks of all these nations to make them serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they will serve him.

Now, imagine those who believed the message of the false prophet!  “Peace and Safety!” he cried, when that message was for an earlier time in Israel’s history.  The true message for the day was to flee the city for trouble was coming.

What time are we living in?

I think the better question should be: What should our response be?  America has experienced a financial shaking.  There are rogue nations – Iran, North Korea – developing nuclear technology with the intent on harming the US.  There are famines, fires, and new pandemics (the Swine Flu) breaking out.

I just can’t see the message relevant to today’s Christians being one of peace, safety, and prosperity.  Our response should be one of Deuteronomy 28-29 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.  We need to pray, fast, and seek the Lord now – it is vital we develop a history in God while we still can.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

This isn’t something we want to cram for the night before.  It’s time to move past conferences that teach us how to grin and bear our quiet times and pursue walking out the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle before everything falls apart.

Is my heart ready to stay steadfast in love to Jesus no matter what is happening around me?

Jesus, give me strength to do this!  I am so weak!  Give me grace to fast, grace to pray.

God’s dealing with individuals is very different from how He deals with nations.  I can be in church on Sunday and feel the presence of God and then the next day America could be invaded by another country.  This wouldn’t change at all my experience the previous day.

I am no prophet and yet these things stand out to me.

If my response from the message that has gone out puts in me even more fire to run hard after Jesus…….

Seems to me to be the message of the day. 😉

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Filed under: 1st Commandment, Signs of the Times

Possible Health Care Restrictions and a Call to Greatness

The Right Revelation Podcast!

A look into 2 new possible Health Care restrictions – mandatory circumcision and a ban on Happy Hour.  A brief look into football and will we be given a new choice for Social Security?

Also includes a brief discussion on Jesus’ call to be considered great in the Kingdom of God.

Duration: 15 minutes 15 seconds

Filed under: 1st Commandment, Economy, Health Care, Media/News, Podcasts

Invitation to Greatness

I’ve been posting a lot of news lately.  It’s a good time to step back for a moment and focus on the Word.

Jesus has offered to His people the chance to be called great in the Kingdom of God.  He opens the opportunity to anyone – it doesn’t matter on the size of ones ministry or how well known we are.   We may never be known at all in our church, city, workplace…but we have an open door for greatness in His eyes.

Jesus states in Matthew 5:17-19 –

Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

A quick read through the Old Testament will confirm that the Jewish community throughout history did not live up to nor understand 100% the commands that God gave them.  Jesus came to express the full intent of what God intended the commands to be.

The law won’t be fully expressed – or fulfilled – until  the smallest details and tiniest parts of the law are fully embodied in the lives of His people.

Jesus then makes the call to be great and opens it up to ‘whoever’ – to anyone – whoever keeps the most minute part of My commandments, and then teaches others to do the same, will be considered great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

God is looking for people that aren’t thinking of ways to escape obedience; they are trying to find ways to enter into the power of God to fully walk out the least intention of what God meant when He gave those commandments.

But, there’s a flip side: Those who break the least of these commands and then teaches others to do the same will be considered least in the Kingdom of God.  They will be saved, they will have the Holy Spirit, and their experience will be glorious.  But, they will be on the least end of the spectrum of the Glory of God being manifest through them and the Lord using them for His purposes in the age to come.

This has to be one of the most eye-opening and even terrifying teachings: I do not want to be considered least in the Kingdom of God.  Jesus appealed to rewards numerous times when motivating people to obey Him – Lord, forgive me for the time I have wasted!  Yet, thank You for the chance to run the race with even more vigor.

Teaching others doesn’t have to be on a platform; this is done at home, in small groups, with friends – whomever God gives us influence – what is it are we calling them to?

Jesus, give us strength to obey You in the private areas of our life, to seek to obey Your commands out of a loving heart and then go the next step and encourage others to do the same.

Filed under: 1st Commandment, Signs of the Times

Obama Happy to be a One-Term Wonder?

Have you ever seen a politician happy to only hold one term in office?

Isn’t the goal to represent the people well enough that they want to re-elect you?

So, what could possibly be the motive behind this statement?

US President Barack Obama would be fine with serving only one term if he achieved some of his most audacious goals, like his embattled health care overhaul, spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

First of all, I’m glad they are admitting these are his plans…and not what American’s want.

But, here is what Obama is saying to me: Regardless if the people want my plans or not, I’m going to pass them anyway.  Why?  Because I know what’s best for the United States, not you.

Liberals are really convincing me they really do think the Government can do things better than the people!

Don’t believe me?  Read on:

The way he approaches this issue [health care], the economy, Afghanistan, Iraq, any of these issues is not in a mode of self-preservation, said Gibbs.

Obama says he wants to take decisions “he thinks are in the best interests of the American people, not what’s in the best interest of his personal polling numbers”, said the spokesman.

We Americans don’t know what we want; we need Obama to tell us what we want.  And, those silly polls that meant so much to liberals during the Bush era – that say we don’t want BHO’s audacious goals – well, those just mean we really do want them, we just don’t know it yet.

If his plans were really in the best interests of the people, we would reward him and re-elect him to office.  The fact that he feels as though implementing his goals will cause him to sacrifice his popularity clearly states they aren’t popular programs.

This just doesn’t sound like the Obama people voted into Office…

Filed under: Economy, Environment, Health Care, Media/News

Sean Hannity: Talk Radio to US President?

I sure like the idea.

Last Friday (08.21.09), I caught the last portion of Hannity’s Freedom Concert in Ohio.  He offered to take questions from the audience, and I chuckled as the first person asked his question:

Will there be a Hannity/Palin ticket in 2012?

Can you imagine that team?  Solid, effective communicators who believe in the Constitution, fiscal responsibility, are pro-life, and actually take pride in being an American citizen…

Somebody pinch me, I’m dreaming!  Something like that would just be too good to be true.

As the World Net Daily article puts it, sounds like our present-day Ronald Reagan 🙂

Filed under: Media/News

New Polls and the ELCA’s Controversial Vote

The Right Revelation Podcast!

New Rasmussen polls reveal what Americans think of the direction the US is headed; the Chicago Cubs have a new owner; and, the ELCA makes a historic and controversial vote.

Also, a brief discussion on the gladness of Jesus.

Duration: 13 minutes 54 seconds

Filed under: Health Care, Media/News, Podcasts, Signs of the Times

World Ocean Temperatures Highest in 130 Years

If there was one thing I’d like to see happen in the Climate Change debate, it would be for people to make up their minds.

Are we getting hotter, or are we getting cooler?

Let’s begin with the cooler side of things.  It seems the Upper Midwest is having one of the coolest summers since 1889.  Concerned about Polar Bears?  A rather frigid summer in Hudson Bay, Canada has been a ‘boon’ for the white, artic-dwelling carnivore:

A cold summer in many parts of Canada may have meant fewer barbecues and camping trips this year, but lower temperatures have been a boon for the beleaguered Hudson Bay polar bears.

Experts say the summer sea ice has lasted longer than it has in years, which has given the region’s more than 1,000 bears extra time to hunt, feed and raise healthy cubs.

Sounds like the climate is working pretty well up there, yeah?

Good thing the bears don’t live in Maine.  Gee golly, the poor folks in Maine are having to deal with an ocean temperature that feels almost as good as bath water.  Who wants that?  You’ll never guess who’s causing all this ruckus, either:

Meteorologists said there’s a combination of forces at work this year: A natural El Nino system just getting started on top of worsening man-made global warming, and a dash of random weather variations. The resulting ocean heat is already harming threatened coral reefs. It could also hasten the melting of Arctic sea ice and help hurricanes strengthen.

Wait, didn’t we just read about the sea ice lasting longer?  My favorite part was the ‘dash of random weather variations.’

If it isn’t the polar bears, it’s the coral reefs. 😉

Filed under: Environment, Media/News

Americans Losing Hope in Obama

The ‘Hope and Change’ slogan is crumbling.  Headline from the AP, “Americans Losing Confidence in Obama.”

I like to use the words ‘hope’ and ‘confidence’ interchangeably.  Simply put, to have hope means you have confidence in an outcome; to have confidence means you are hopeful something will come about.

Americans are losing the hope they placed in Obama.  The silent majority have found their voice and it’s not in support of BHO.

A new poll says that Americans, concerned over the future of health care reform and anxious about the growing federal budget deficit, are losing faith in President Barack Obama.

Less than 50 percent have faith in Obama and his ability to make right decisions on behalf of America.  With little governing experience, what else was expected?

I’d say it all began with the Apology Tour; things only went south from there.

Filed under: Media/News

Controversy over Life Expectancy

A study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has found that life expectancy has hit a an all time high in the US of 78 years.

With all the swirl surrounding our ‘broken’ Health Care system, officials appear to be guarding their words to as not to praise this too much.

“It is difficult to say for sure why this trend continues,” said report author Robert N. Anderson, chief of the Mortality Statistics Branch, at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “We are making improvements in medical care and prevention. There are lots of factors that could be in play,” he noted.

Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine, chimes in:

“I suspect we may be living longer not because of improvements in health, but thanks to the ability of high-tech, high-cost medicine to forestall death despite a growing burden of chronic disease,” he said. “That means we may be adding years to life while reducing the life and vitality in those years, a very dubious bargain.”

Dr. Katz sounds very similar to Obama when he spoke to Jane Sturm.  Why have surgery and prolong life when you can just take a pill?

But, it gets even better.  The media just can’t sit idly by when this positive of news gets out – even if some have already made the attempt to ruin the good news.  To make sure we Americans aren’t too happy about the increase in life expectancy, yet another article was released today titled, “The Truth About Record-Setting Life Expectancy.”

Life expectancy in the United States rose to an all-time high, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today. But that’s only half the story.

The country is behind about 30 others on this measure.  Though the United States has by far the highest level of health care spending per capita in the world, we have one of the lowest life expectancies among developed nations – lower than Italy, Spain and Cuba and just a smidgeon ahead of Chile, Costa Rica and Slovenia, according to the United Nations.

If we are so behind everyone else, how come people come to the US for care?

Have you ever heard of a US citizen going to Canada, the UK – yay, Cuba – to receive Health Care?

Oh, those doggone Cubans.  They’re always just one step ahead of the game.  Why can’t we just be like them? 😉

Filed under: Health Care, Media/News

Warren Buffet Warns of Consequences of Massive Debt

If you don’t believe the warning Conservatives are sounding regarding the US debt levels, please heed the words of one Oracle of Omaha:

A highly influential American has finally hit the panic button about the tremendous mountain of debt the country is piling up.

Last year, Warren Buffett says, we were justified in using any means necessary to stave off another Great Depression.  Now that the economy is beginning to recover, however, we need to curtail our out-of-control spending, or we’ll destroy the value of the dollar and many Americans’ life savings.

Here are some scary statistics given by Buffet:

  • Congress is now spending 185% of what it takes in
  • Our deficit is a post WWII record of 13% of GDP
  • Our debt is growing by 1% a month
  • We are borrowing $1.8 trillion a year

The $1.84 trillion budget deficit for this year trumps the $454.8 billion deficit left by Bush, and most of that was his $383 billion stimulus.

Plus, I really don’t like his comment regarding the ‘destruction of American’s life savings.’  Will our money all of the sudden disappear?  No.  What he’s referring to is the purchasing power of those dollars.  What we will be able to buy with the money in the bank will be drastically reduced, thereby ‘destroying’ our efforts to support ourselves post-work career.

In other words, it would be similar to the German scenario post-WWI where it took a grocery cart of money to buy one loaf of bread.

Well, hopefully it wouldn’t be that bad 🙂

But, just to put the deficit in perspective, if you had $1,000,000,000,000 in cash, you could buy (stats courtesy of Econ4U):

  • 282 billion Big Macs
  • 3.1 million Ferrari 599 GTBs
  • 769 New Yankees Stadiums
  • 28,571 flights into space as a tourist

Anyone up for a journey to space? 😉

Filed under: Economy, Media/News