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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Christian Fathers Need To Stand Up for America


Building a Hedge of God's Protection, for our Nation

       America today is like a rudderless ship drifting in a turbulent sea.  Our nation thrived as it followed God and allowed him to guide our path. God provided a hedge of protection for America. As America shifts more onto a path of self-righteousness the hedge of God’s Protection has withered. If we are going to save America and the World, the Father’s in our nation need to stand up and take the helm and turn our nation back to God.  In Isaiah it speaks of a great nation crashing on the rocks in rough seas. In 30:25 it mentions the fall of the towers, and in 33:18 it describes a period of terror. It also speaks of a period of seventy years which is how long it has been since Israel became a nation again. The irony in those verses is that Israel had to exist as a nation. It didn’t for over 2000 years. When you read Isaiah 24:1 it makes clear that even worse times are to come, all of which is purely coincidence unless you believe God says what he means, and means what he says.

      Surviving in the world today is a hard thing to do.  Especially when you have no job, mouths to feed and the need to provide shelter. As the old saying goes been there and done that. It is purely by the Grace of God that I am here today.  God provides a hedge of protection that protects us from the evil in this world. Left to my own devices I would have starved to death.  At one point in my life I had my own business and was making what I thought was good money.  The problem was I lost sight of the source of my blessing. I had to get as low as I could go before I realized that I had turned away from the source of my blessing.  I had lost my business, my house, my car and my family.  In retrospect there was no need to have lost any of it.  The reason I did lose it all was by feeling that “I” was doing it all.  I was the master of my destiny and that “I” could do it on my own.  Looking back it is easy to see dozens of ways it could have been avoided, but God was letting me “do my own thing.”

       In reality I knew where my blessings were coming from. It was a willful choice to turn away from God.  It was not that I intentionally turned my back on God.  It got to the point I started taking for granted the blessings I was receiving. Slowly I stopped tithing, I stopped looking for God in the things happening in my life and worst of all I quit giving even verbal thanks to him. God simply removed his hedge of protection and let me see how well I could do on my own.  Having reached a point where I had virtually nothing and the only way I could look was up. I did.  I told God I understood the error of my ways.  I had nothing.  I promised to tithe 10% of my time to the Lord as it was all I had to give.  The next several years I spent at least two and one half hours a day in the Bible.  It was easy when I was unemployed, but it became a challenge when I had a job. It was a period that changed my life.  In less than three years I had my family back and had recovered all my losses and then some.  God is good to His Word.  My desire now is to return to spending that time with the Lord.  Notice there are a whole lot of I's in these first paragraphs.

        In the course of studying God’s Word many things became clear to me..  One is that God does work the same yesterday, today and forever just as His Word says.  He does provide a hedge of protection for us.  Just as Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  While that verse is in Matthew, Jesus was quoting it from Deuteronomy 8:3.  If you study the Bible you will find it says, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” Proverbs 30:5 At that point a shield would have been handy. The Bible gives us many stories as examples of how and how not to live our lives.               

        Hedges are mentioned several times in the Bible. The first is in Job 1:10.  God is having a conversation with Satan.  Satan wants to harm Job but he can’t because God protects Job.  In the course of the Book of Job we get to see what happens to a person when God removes his protection.  At the end of this post there is a list of verses that show what and how a hedge works. How it works is determined by our walk with the Lord.  In Hosea 4:6 it says, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will reject thee.”  Notice it says my people.  It does not say sinners or heathens.

       God does not wish that any should perish. II Chronicles 16:9 makes that clear.  It says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.  He makes it clear in Ezekiel 33:11 that he does not desire that the wicked die, but that they turn from their evil.  He also makes it clear in the next couple verses that trusting in your own righteousness will not save you if you sin.  It is cut and dried and as they would say in this day and age.  It is either God’s way or the highway.  He does not play let’s make a deal.

       Three verses in the Bible changed my life. The first was Luke 6:46 “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say.  That means I have to do what he said to do.  He told his Father to forgive those crucifying him.  In Matthew 6:14 he makes it clear the same is required of us.  The last commandment he gave as far as I can tell was in 1st Corinthians 11:23-30 that we partake of the body and the blood of Christ every time we come together in remembrance of him and what he did.  Will taking communion get me into heaven?  No I do not think so, but I do think it shows I am seeking to follow His Word as he proclaimed it.  Very few churches besides the Catholic Church; the Church of Christ which has two kinds, instrumental and non- instrumental and the Christian Churches actually do so.

        In Haggai 1:6 we are told, “You have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe yourselves, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it in a bag with holes. 7. Thus saith the Lord of host: Consider your ways.”  This was God’s judgment for failing to follow him and His Word.  God offered them a solution in Malachi 3:10-12,  10“ Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruit of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts 12. And all nations shall call you blessed. That is a pretty awesome challenge.

        America may have had a Malachi blessing, but we are definitely turning towards a Haggai curse. The 28th Chapter of Deuteronomy gives a list of the blessings and curses that befall a nation that follows God and one that turns its back on God.  The first fourteen verses describe the blessings.  The remaining fifty-four verses describe the curses that befall a nation that turns its back on God.  Read it and make up your own mind where America is headed as a nation.

         Hopefully you will read the verses that I put at the end of this post.  You will see why you want to have a relation with God.  Especially one in which he puts a hedge of protection around you and your family.  If you feel you are walking with God may you be encouraged to look at the hedge you presently have.  Is it growing or dying.  I challenge you to spend some time in the study of God’s Word.  Especially if you feel you are coming up short in life and see if it does not fill the void.  All the blessings may not be financial, some may be doors opening and protection for loved ones.  You will see the difference if you just open your eyes and look for it. 

Verses dealing with Hedges
Job 1:10        
Prov 15:19
Ec 10:8
Isa 5:5
Eze 13:5 Warning against following false prophets
Eze 22:30 Warns that there was no one to stand in the gap.
Ho 2:6
Mic 7:4

Mk 12:1

Monday, June 5, 2017

June 7th? End of Days? Or a New Beginning?


The Final Lap?

Fifty years ago today I was a twenty year old soldier stationed in Mainz, Germany. In January I had volunteered for Vietnam and was supposed to leave that week for the United States on my way to Vietnam. When I got up Monday morning my whole life had changed and my schedule had been put on hold.  The Israeli Six Day War had started and America was committed to backing up Israel if it became necessary.

     My job was rigging supplies to drop by parachute. It was not my first rig out, but it moved at a level I had never seen before. While we rigged, the Infantry units tried to cram door to door fighting techniques into a minimum amount of time. They were also gearing up for a dessert war. The base was humming. Busses arrived and hauled troops to the flight line at Rhein Main Air Force Base. We started rigging live ammo for dropping.  Units started distributing basic loads of ammo to the troops. That upped the ante for us so that we knew this was the real deal. Shortly later it got totally confirmed.  In all the rig outs we had done we strived for realism, but when the blood plasma arrived it cinched the deal.

    Some units were in the air within hours.  It was a long ways to go. Due to the cold war we could not fly over communist territory, Switzerland and France denied us the use of their air space also.  We had to fly to the English Channel, down the coast and then across the Mediterranean to Turkey. Israel was holding its own so the decision was made to stage aircraft in Turkey, in case we got the go ahead. Some units spent several days sitting under the wings of the aircraft waiting for a decision to be made.  Other troops were sitting at Rhein Main AFB and waiting, Rigging and training went on twenty four hours a day for the whole five days. We were dead on our feet.

     One piece of good news for us was when we heard that Israel had captured the Temple Mount on the 7th of June, and that they were getting the upper hand. It was still tense right up till the end of the War. Gearing down from a war footing was a very tedious process. The following week things started getting back to a more normal pace and I departed for the States

    So what does all that have to do with things happening today?  If you read the Bible and know what a Jubilee is and what Pentecost is about you can see the significance clearly.  Wednesday will be the 50th Anniversary of the capture of the Temple Mount and the Jubilee which started by the blowing of a shofar. It is an action that started the clock ticking for a fifty year period of time.  A jubilee is supposed to end with all debts being repaid and all slaves being set free and allowed to return to their land. It is also a time of judgment. The significance is that this is the first time that has happened in over two thousand years with Israel in the Promised Land for the whole period of time.  It is something that was prophesied and promised over two thousand years ago.

     Anybody who has read my blog posts knows that I am fixated on recurring events in the Bible, but also in my own life and events. In 1917 my Grandfather was stationed in France during World War I. He was a Teamster and drove horse drawn wagons to the front. He was sprayed with mustard gas and it affected his lungs for the rest of his life.

    Fifty years later I found myself in Vietnam in 1967, where I learned to drive a truck, which is how I made my living after leaving the Army, and my health was damaged by being sprayed with Agent Orange. So what is the significance of that to today? My grandfather served in France.  I served in a war that had been started by the French in one of their colonies. That brings us up to today and the Paris Climate Treaty.  So what do I have invested in today’s events.  My youngest daughters, youngest son is in basic training in the U.S. Army. The chemical warfare in Syria bothers me.

    What are the chances of America going to war during his time in the Army?  Pretty high considering the President we now have for a leader of this country. In barely four months he has alienated almost every nation that America could count as a friend.

   So am I saying it is the end of time?  Not hardly.  There are way too many prophecies yet to be fulfilled.  Yet the stage may be being set.  If you read Revelations 11:18, it makes reference to God destroying those who destroy the earth. It might be something to think about.  It may show that even after all these years, things are not just happening.  God’s hand is still in the middle of it all guiding it to the inevitable end that His Word clearly lays out as coming to pass.

      My cousin just gave me a direction for tomorrow. A movie is being released called In Our Hands, The Battle for Jerusalem.  It is fifty miles to the nearest theater, but it may be worth the drive, especially as Wednesday the World as we know it today may be changed, or starting to anyhow. It is going to happen sooner or later. I think we are at later.

      OH! This may be a weird way to end, but I thank anyone who prayed for my plants. After planting several hundred gourd seeds and none coming up I had one plant come up in my greenhouse. It made my day. One is better than none. I pray your hand is in the right hand if something significant does happen in the next few days. Thanks to all those who read my posts. Especially those in Korea as they often outnumber my American readers.  I served with the ROK’s in Vietnam and they are super in my book. At one point in life I had a Korean girlfriend and she convinced me that Korean’s are awesome people. I pray all the issues settle down and both sides come to their senses.


   My final advice is to read Matthew 6:15 and take it to heart. You know the Lord’s Prayer, but do you know what the first verse after it says, you should….

Friday, May 26, 2017

Pentecost is Coming, Is Christ?


Full Circle

     Sometimes life throws us curve balls and that is when it gets interesting. Especially if we are alert enough to catch them.  This week a lot of things have come together all at once. My blog post Coming Full Circle of June, 7 2015 deals with the issue of circles in our lives and how at times we do not see the full picture till much later.  I have had or recognized three such events in the past few days.

     Saturday my great-nephew Gabriel will be graduating from high school. He has lived with my wife and I the last three years and attended the high school near our home.  My wife and I got married about forty-five years ago this year.  We met in October 1971 and one of the first events we attended together was the graduation of her brother Luis from high school, but not just any high school. It was the same high school we will watch Gabriel graduate from this Saturday.

     In the post I mentioned earlier called Coming Full Circle I spoke of several circles and events in my life. One of them was attending the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. I attended it for three years and I think it helped me a lot in becoming a better writer.  This is the third year I have missed. This year’s conference started last Sunday. I made up my mind at the end of the 2014 conference, if my writing did not pay my way I would not go back till it did.  I also mentioned my desire for God to open the door and use me in some way.  The last two years I have been taking care of my five year old twin great-grand-daughters about fifty hours a week so their mom does not have to hire a babysitter and so they did not have to be dragged out in the cold in the middle of winter at six in the morning.

   Having a lot of time to reminisce while the girls watch cartoons allows me to see things I might otherwise have missed.  Last Thursday the twins graduated from Head Start and are now ready to start Kindergarten this fall. It was the same Head Start Program our daughters graduated from about thirty-five years ago.  It was in the same building my wife spent half of her working career working in.

  This Easter I also realized that my post Israel’s First Jubilee in Two Thousand Years dated May 17, 2016 has also come full circle. My Bible readings got me interested in the day of Pentecost which is the fiftieth day after Easter. This year that works out to be June 4th. The Israeli Six Day war I mentioned in the post was from June 5th to June 10th 1967. I was on orders for Vietnam at the time and was supposed to leave Germany but everything got put on hold till things worked themselves out in Israel.  I do not think I am stretching to see the significance of the time.  It makes me a little unsettled to see world events unfolding with our President in the Middle East and going to the Wailing Wall where the whole fifty year cycle began. Shortly after that he will be meeting with the Pope. 

      Yep I am out there and a bit of a conspiracy theory nut, but in my opinion the Bible stresses the significance of the Pentecost and Jubilee’s for a reason. God initiated the time tables that define them. Jesus said no one would know the hour or the day of his coming, but he also said “we would” be able to discern the time we are in. There are a lot of things left to happen that are mentioned in Old Testament Prophecy, unfortunately not many of them are good things or things that will bring joy to our hearts. Jesus spent his last night on earth warning us of things to come for a reason.  So we would not be caught unawares.

    Some time back I wrote a light hearted piece about one of my experiences in life.  It was about how I discovered that God is in control and that He has a sense of humor. It was titled, When God Says April Fool!! The highlighted link will take you to it. Over the seventy years of my life God has used my experiences in life to help me better understand His Word and how He is still working today to bring His Word to fulfillment. Jesus said for us to put our hand to the plow and if we looked back we were not worthy to enter the kingdom.  Shortly after Jesus was resurrected we find Peter and his friends went back doing what they were when Jesus found them. They went back to fishing, but when Jesus returned he knew where to find them. When he called them to spread The Word, they did it.
              Yes those are gourds and they do grow to provide shade, just as the book of Jonah says.

   For many years I was a sort of Jonah type Christian, I believed God, I knew His Word, but I was running from him and not committing my life to Him. That all changed on April Fool’s Day of 1969.  It took years to get my life turned around and to actually follow His Word and not just read it.  I still come up short all the time, but I now know the way back to the right path is thru His Word.  Now that I have run my course I am ready to take a rest.  I grow gourds and decorate them. Jonah sat under a gourd God provided to protect himself from the sun. In the Bible story it wilted. Well this year mine are wilting before they even get started.  I have even bought seed at the store, but not one of my seeds has sprouted and I planted hundreds.  It is another reason I wonder if we are near the end time.

     In First John 2:27 the Word makes clear to us. That we need no man to teach us the things of the spirit, the Lord said he will provide the knowledge we need.  In Jeremiah 17:5 it says we are to put our trust in no man.  Looking at the events going on in the world today America is not following God’s direction.  Some think Trump will be America’s salvation. When I look at his actions though, many verses tell me he is not the answer. James 1:8 says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways and as time progresses we are seeing how unstable Donald Trump really is.  Then in Proverbs 6:16-19 make clear that there are seven things God finds to be an Abomination and Donald Trump is seven for seven as I read threw the list.  Finally the Word of God says pride goes before the fall, Trump and America in general are very prideful. The recent meeting of Trump with NATO shows his arrogance and pride clearly.  He very rudely pushed the Prime Minister of  Montenegro out of his way just to get in a picture.  Watching his face change   during that encounter is enlightening to those who will see it.

    So what does all I have said prove?  Nothing really, but if you are using the Bible as a measuring stick we are definitely in the end of days. Jesus said it would be as in the days of Noah. Genesis 6: 5 and 11-13 make clear we are in that kind of time.

    Trump seems by his actions to have an utter contempt for the poor.  Yet the Bible and our Constitution both say we have an obligation to help those in need.

Micah 6:8 says 
    He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 

James 2:14-20
      4What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  19Thou believe that there is one God; thou do well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?  23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith,  Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. 

    James makes clear what is required of us as Christians.  Forgetting the  poor and helpless is not what we are to be about.
        James1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep yourself unspotted from the world.

     Even the Constitution of the United States requires Congress in Article 1, Section 8 to provide for the defense and welfare of America.  Webster defines welfare as taking care of the poor and the needy. In America today the poor and needy are looked down on and the rich and powerful are to ignorant to realize that it is only by the Grace of God that they are not in that situation. If Donald Trump continues on he will bring America to its knees.  He is not the successful person he claims to be.  He got most of his wealth from defrauding people who were stupid enough to do business with him.  Bankruptcy to him is a tool to get more wealth by not paying his creditors, but this is the fool that America has chosen to follow.

     It may be too late to turn the cart around.   It is not too late to come to your senses and actually start reading and heeding God’s Word and applying it to your life. We need to make a concerted effort to bring those we care about to the Lord.  The time to do that is definitely running out.  According to Revelations there are events coming that will destroy a third part of mankind. I used to hate the thought of that, but it is appointed all men one time to die. The only thing that tears my heart out about that is the loss of the children who had no fault, but I finally realized God will take care of them.  So as I sit here with nine days to go before Pentecost I wonder what will unfold in the near future.  Christ gave us warning and it will come to pass whether we are ready or not.  Now or in the not too distant future, but it is coming. We have God’s Word on that matter.

     In Amos God said he would judge the nations four times. He has clearly brought Israel back into their land after a period of two thousand years fulfilling His promise to the people of Israel. God had given His Word to Israel on four occasions that can be documented.  He gave them the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. Then after the Babylonian captivity he gave them His Word again as it says in II Chronicles 34.  Many years later the Word came forth incarnate in the being of Jesus Christ.  Then after two thousand years and only a year or so before Israel returned to the Promised Land the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. So God has delivered His Word to Israel four times. Just as Amos said it would happen almost three thousand years ago.  That is a pretty good track record for prophecy.

   There are three provable periods of history in which God dealt with the people of Israel in the Old Testament. Are we living in the fourth period of time now?  Daniel gave a prophecy that knowledge would be increased in the end times.  So when are the end times?  I had always wondered why the Bible says in Exodus 12: 41 that they left Egypt after four hundred thirty years, to the very day.  Then they wandered in the wilderness for forty years, it was another thirty years after Joshua entered into the Promised Land before they took full possession of the land or a period of five hundred years.  I lay all this out in some of my older blogs.

    There is a kind of irony that from the time Martin Luther nailed his paper to the door of the church in Germany and Israel becoming a nation was four hundred and thirty years.  History definitely entered a period during which knowledge definitely increased.  This day and age shows no signs of that explosion slowing down. It also became a reality that The Word could be preached to the “Whole World.”  The key is that all the four hundred and thirty year periods were or are followed by a period of seventy years.  The coming Pentecost will be seventy years since Israel returned to their land. All of it is just coincidence I am sure.  Regardless I will be looking up from now till my dying day or the Rapture whichever comes first.


    My post of 6/23/16 “A Tale of Life and Death – My Last Post” has a section in it called “The Vision” and tales the tale of why I feel I will be here when the Rapture happens.  Having been dead twice already I know that may not be the case but it does tell how or why I came to study the Bible.  The only thing I have left to say on the matter is that if the Bible says it is going to happen, you can take it to the bank that it will happen.  Almost sixty years of following and running from God has shown me that His Word is truth, we need to not only read it, but heed it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Why Easter and Pentecost Predict Change is Coming


Our Last Easter?  Pentecost at Hand

    Sometimes writing becomes a challenge. Sometimes you go blank and can think of nothing you feel is important to say.  Recently I have found there is something worse than not having something to say, but having something to say and not being able to figure out how to start saying it. 

    Years ago there was a popular saying, “Sometimes it is hard to remember your job is to drain the swamp, especially when you are up to your butt in alligators.” Life often offers us distractions from what we should be doing. A life-long friend of mine has a saying he uses and it usually works better than mine. He says, “Always shoot the bear closest to the cave.” Or more simply taking care of whatever is the greatest threat to keeping you from accomplishing your goals.

   Normally I spend about fifty hours a week taking care of my twin five year old Great-grand-daughters which is a full time job and requires me to get up at five thirty in the morning.  Their mom has to leave by six to go to work.  Then I bring them to my house till seven thirty and then I take them to school.  Some people ask me why in the world I would do that at seventy years old. I consider it a Blessing on two counts, one is that I am able to do it and two is that I get to do it.  I spent thirteen years in the Army and twenty years driving a truck.  As I wasn’t around much when my children and grand-children were growing this is my chance to be involved with raising children. This may be TMI, but I think it is pertinent so you understand what I am dealing with.

   A couple weeks ago my wife called me on the phone at five forty-five AM as I was putting my shoes on to go get the girls. She was less than thirty feet away in her bedroom. She asked me to check on her when I got back. We have been married forty-five years this year.  She had never been sick but once or twice that I can remember. I checked on her and ended up taking her to the Emergency Room and dropping her off on the way to taking the girls to school. It ended up being a good move that she went to the ER as she had an infection that got into her blood system. She spent the better part of a week in the hospital. She got out just in time to make an emergency run to Texas as her Mother was diagnosed with a serious condition. On top of this my brother had to have an emergency procedure on his prostrate and I was adapting to using insulin as I was diagnosed as be diabetic.

    My reason for going into all that is that I have not written a post since 1 April. That might not mean much to most people, but to me it has a special significance. In the course of the last two months a little light came on for me. In June of 1967 I was stationed in Germany and on orders for Vietnam.  When the Israeli Six Day war started on the 5th of June everything got put on hold. All of a sudden we were gearing up to go help Israel, but it turned out they did not need us. So what is significant about that information?  This year the Day of Pentecost falls on the 4th of June. It just happens to be the last day of a fifty year period which has much Biblical significance. I am not saying it sets a day or anything, there are a lot of end time things that still need to happen, but on the last day of Pentecost all accounts are to be settled, slaves are to be freed and debts are to be paid.  My post of May 17, 2017  Israel’s first Jubilee in 2000 years , explains that this is the first Jubilee that Israel has had in which they have spent the whole fifty years in the Promised Land.  The only significance to that is that after 2000 years they have returned to their land just as God said they would by his prophet’s.  We are in a time when we are seeing prophecy fulfilled, if we take the time to look.

    In April 1969 I saw God do an amazing thing in my life.  I went all the ways around the world only to come back not only to the same company I had been in before leaving for Vietnam, but to the same building, the same room, the same bed and same wall locker I had left almost two years before. It left no doubt in my mind that God is real.  Easter has had special meaning to me for all these years and I have looked forward to it, always hoping to be caught away.

     Suddenly another light came on for me. From April 1st to 20 May is fifty days or a Pentecost.  That really means nothing, other than I need to get this off my chest and written as I have been putting it off. A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks. My Mother in law underwent surgery on the vein in her neck. My oldest grandson’s other Grandfather passed away last week. He had the same thing my wife did but was not as blessed. The twins last day of Head Start is tomorrow. So I a have them all day till school starts in August. I have a post entitled Coming Full Circle, June 7, 2015.  As the 50th anniversary of the Israeli Six Day War approaches I since something is imminent but I am not sure what.  Suddenly my personal Pentecost is two days away, but we have seventeen days till the 4th of June. When the Rabbi blew the trumpet when Israel captured the Temple Mount on 6th June 1967 it effectively reset the Biblical clock to start the countdown and the fulfillment of all the unfulfilled prophecy of the Old Testament.

   The dates I give may, or may not matter. What does matter is that God is still working and His Word is as true today as it was when Moses came down off of Mt. Sinai. The only point I am trying to make is that the clock is still ticking and if you have ones you care about, it is time to share your faith with them, or even start living up to what we say we believe. The Bible says God is the same, yesterday today and forever.  In Exodus 12:41 it says Israel left Egypt after 430 years to the day. Do some studying and read some of my posts and you will find 430 years occurs several times in the Old Testament.  Each time is part of a 500 year period.
From the time Martin Luther nailed his treatise on the door of the church till it was voted on in the United Nations in November 1947 was a period of 430 years,  we are now seventy years from that point, or at the close of a forth 500 year period.



The next couple paragraphs five links to stories that show why I  find April Fools day to be significant.

If you read my April 11, 2014 post When God Says, April Fool!! You may understand why I say that.  Here is the link http://rictheturtleryan.blogspot.com/2014/04/when-god-says-april-fool.html  or read

A tale of Life and Death June 23, 2016 which contains my testimony and an experience which changed my life. http://rictheturtleryan.blogspot.com/2016/06/a-tale-of-life-and-death-my-last-post.html

 Pentecost

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Where Are We Headed?

                        Work, Play, Rest and Grow






      Sometimes the simplest things in life are the hardest to grasp. It took me years to learn to ask God to take care of the small things in my life as well as the big ones. The light came on as I cruised around an overflowing parking lot. It had been a long hot day and I was very tired. I told the Lord I really did not want to walk all the ways from the back of the parking lot.  Then the verse in James 4:2 passed thru my mind. “You have not because you ask not.”  So without wavering I asked the Lord to provide me a space.  As I cruised up the aisle I saw the very first car in the row start backing out.  I said, Thank You Lord and pulled into the parking spot. I sat there a few minutes pondering what had happened.  Is it really that simple or was it just a coincidence.  Looking back on the course of my life it had happened many times. To me Proverbs 4:18 says the more you trust God the brighter his light gets in your life. From that day forward I have tried to remember to take everything to the Lord.

     When I leave home I ask the Lord to prepare my path and generally find a front row spot. Often enough that my wife one day asked me how I always seemed to get a front row spot. I told her I pray about it and she laughed, I did too, but mine was a laugh of gratitude for the wisdom I had come to understand and was able to share, which brings me to the purpose of this post.  As my grand-daughter always says, Sharing is caring and that is why I write.

      It is easy to drift away from trusting in the Lord. When I came to the Lord, or better said, back to the Lord, after a long period of running away from him. I had nothing. I had lost my business, my house, my family, and after spending six months one winter living in my van in Ft. Meyers, FL I returned home only to lose the van also. Finally I turned to God and told him I had nothing to give or share but my time and that I would tithe my time in His Word.  For the next few years I spent roughly two and a half hours a day reading the Bible.  It was easy when I was unemployed.  It became a challenge once I got a job.  Having spent months going from door to door looking for a job and doing yard work or whatever I could find to survive I knew the job I had was a Blessing from God.  You read enough of my blog stories you will come to see why I say that.  Less than three years later I had back everything I had lost, including my family. Materially all that I had lost was recovered and actually increased in both quality and quantity.

     Thirty-five years later I sit here and as I look back over the years it is easy to see God’s hand in my life and that he in fact has guided my path and opened the doors in my life. Just as His Word says he will do if we seek Him with all our heart and soul. While it was happening I did not understand much of it. Time has given me the perspective to see that when I had a massive heart attack and had to quit trucking and sell half of everything I owned to keep my house, God’s hand was in it. The easiest way to tell the story is to tell you to read my blog post of June 25, 2006 titled A Tale of Life and Death, My last Post. It tells the story and is fairly long.  Here is the link address http://rictheturtleryan.blogspot.com/2016/06/a-tale-of-life-and-death-my-last-post.html for anyone who might want to read it.

   There is a certain irony for me in sitting here and writing this today.  It is April Fool’s Day and is a day that has had significance in my life since April 1969, Here is a link that explains why.  http://rictheturtleryan.blogspot.com/2014/04/when-god-says-april-fool.html     Sometimes it is easier to share a link than explain, especially since some people are looking for quick answers. The only problem with that is you short change yourself of the results of really searching out an answer.

    It took me a long time to really understand that the following verse applies just as much today as it did when it was given.
      It is II Chronicles 7:14 __ 14If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.

     In this day and age there are too many nominal Christians.  At times I am one, it takes true dedication and perseverance to become a real Christian.  One that lives the Word of God and not one that just quotes it and gives lip service, but make no changes to the way they live. It only matters if you really care where you will spend eternity. Looking at the World we live in today, especially the country we live in today lip service has become the standard most live by. How did we get to this point as a nation?  Certainly not by living according to verse mentioned above.

  In Joshua 1:8 God made it pretty clear what he considered following him.
   “8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”  Many people say I don’t have time for all that.  Then they complain because they walk around broke even though they make decent money, and their lives are in chaos.

    The wisest man who ever lived laid it out very plainly in First Proverbs,

“To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;  4To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.  5A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  8My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

    My goal is not to preach, it is to live according to what I have learned. My writing has definitely diminished as I have tried to apply it to my life.  Hopefully the quality has increased, but that is determined by you the readers and by how much you share it.  I don’t advertise other than sharing on Facebook and Twitter and as my readership grows it lets me know that what is being said is being shared and that is how this post grows. It has been read in over 70 countries now and at times by almost a 1,000 people a month. The more it grows, the more I feel motivated to share from the experiences in my own life.  What I pray for now is for God to give me the stamina and energy to do what I feel called to do. 

     When I started my walk with the Lord I never had a problem finding those two and a half hours a day. I did it before breakfast, during meals and before bedtime. Now finding time for even a few minutes is a challenge.  Not because I have less time, but because my priorities have falling away from my first love. As it says in the first verse I quoted all we need to do is turn our hearts back to Him and He will take care of us.

   This year I am sharing the top thirty posts of all the six years I have been writing. The link in this paragraph links to my best ones from 2015 and before with links. The list following this paragraph gives some new ones for 2016 and the dates they were posted. Hope they share in a way that helps people grow in their understanding and walk with the Lord.


How Dancing Lessons Could Fix America                            110        8/30/16

Comprehensive Two Part Gun Solution                                 115       8/516

JESUS SAID IT NOT ME                                                     118       7/27/16

A Tale of Life and Death, My Last Post?                              219       6/23/16

Coming Full Circle                                                                255        6/7/15

Turning a Corner in Time                                                     165         4/10/15

The Truth Will Set You Free                                                155         3/27/15

How-to Recycled and Cheap Starting Pots                           126        2/9/15

A Book Review of “Running From a Crazy Man”               154        1/10/15

A Little Further Down the Path                                            122         11/4/14

When God Says April Fools                                                 139         4/11/14

Putting Your Hand to the Plow                                           115          12/15/13

Sign of Jonah, The Only Sign Given                                    91           5/27/14

Building A Hedge of God’s Protection                                95           6/22/13

Is America Dysfunctional/ Or Reprobate?                         127          2/22/13

Simple Shelves and Recycled Storage Units, How-to       258          12/26/12

Deadhead ? Or Not? How to Judge                                   132            9/14/12

Money, Victory Over STUFFITIS                                    246             6/13/12

Trucker Logic                                                                   165             5/28/12

Israel’s 1st Jubilee in 2000 Years Begins                         243             5/17/16

Mad Dogs of Darkness                                                     199               5/9/16

Top Posts of 2015                                                              224              3/4/16

Are You Who You Think You Are                                  129              10/15/15

Armageddon  Anyone?                                                     162              10/2/15

Fixing the Holes in Your Pockets                                    170               8/28/15

Blessed to Death                                                    174                    8/13/15

Church of the Eighty Foot Parking Lot                206                     7/24/15

Hope in the Face of Mayhem                               150                     7/20/15


A Meal with the Least of These                              93                    12/25/14

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Gabbatha , The Place of Judgment

                              

                                                    Gabbatha

     Sometimes journeys are measured in units of distance, sometimes in units of time and finally some journeys are measured by experiences.  All three could be applied to the title of this post. The word Gabbatha, however is only used one time and in one place in the whole Bible. It refers to the place of judgment and where the judgment was carried out.

  ‘When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out. Then he sat down on the judge’s bench at the place known as “The Stone Pavement.” In Aramaic this pavement is called “Gabbatha.” 

   As I drove a truck for most of my life, which I learned to do in Vietnam while running away from God, it took on a special meaning to me. To me it means we are judged by the path we walk every day of our lives. You can find a couple versions of that story elsewhere on my blog. My company name was G.I.F.T. Enterprises, The acronym is “Gabbatha Interstate Freight Transportation” At least it was till I had a heart attack died and had to quit trucking.   Then it became ‘God Is for Trusting” That happened thirteen years ago today.  It seems every year about this time I go on a nostalgia trip.

      My wife goes to Texas to see her mom in January and February which is usually not a bad decision but it left me taking care of my twin four year old Great-Grand-Grand-daughters 10 hours a day and five days a week. I was doing fine, till I got the flu earlier in the week.  Fortunately me for their mom took a couple days off and gave me a couple days to recuperate.  Suddenly I found myself with a lot of time on my hands and decided to watch a movie and found the movie Forrest Gump just as it was starting. My dog Forrest Gump, a Boston terrier, was my youngest daughter’s dog before she passed away. You can find the story in one of my blog posts. It is a real tear jerker and even though I cried with my daughter every time we watched it I never realized it was almost the story of her life though she left three boys, not one.

    While watching I had an Epiphany. Suddenly I realized that Jesus’s walk on the Pavement took all his life to get him to that point, but he knew where he was going. Thank God my daughter had the faith to make that journey trusting she was going to a better place. She fought a brain tumor for seven years from 2003 to 2010.  When I had my heart attack in 2004 it gave us a lot of time to be together. The Lord provided me time and a means to be there for her till she went home. It says in Math 27:33 and Mk 15:22 they offered Jesus pain killers, but he refused them. The pain and the suffering were why he was here.

       The thought crossed my mind that Gol’gotha, where they took Jesus to crucify him, was more than a place and very symbolic.  His cross pierced Gol’Gotha (the skull) just as it should our minds so that we really grasp that dying is not a onetime experience, but an ongoing event that is played out in the course of our lives.

     The turmoil and hate that has been generated in America during this election cycle had totally baffled me till I started looking at it. Many people who I know and who I consider good Christians are ready to fight if anyone says anything against the new president.

     All my life elections have been about controlling spending and cutting or fixing the government, things that did not even get a mention during this election cycle by any of the candidates. It was Islamophobia and Immigration and none of the  views expressed during the cycle showed any Christian compassion for those suffering around world, a large portion of which have been caused by American actions to start with.

     Another thing that has come up repeatedly during the course of my life is taking or creation a national ID card.  Christian American would beat that down every time it came up as being a sign of the Mark of the Beast.  I think the will of the people to stop such an action may have been finally wiped out by the fear of terrorism.  I pray not, but I definitely see things to look out for.

    The Bible also says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. I don’t think I need to mention where that might apply.  Proverbs 6 gives us another piece of food for thought, reading the whole chapter may even be more insightful

        16These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  18An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

   Amos 4:6 makes the price of ignorance clear.  Notice he said my people. He did not say the ignorant or the ungodly. He said His people would perish, time may be running out to confirm that the knowledge you possess will actually save you.
      
 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.  7As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

    At some point God will become fed up with mankind and pour out his wrath on mankind. We may be getting very near that point. I have heard several people say that we got the President that God wanted us to have.  That may be true and probably is, but keep in mind that God put some kings in place to lead Israel into judgment.  To me that is where I see this new President leading America. He has done nothing but insult people and nations since he took office.

      He says he is going to create jobs, but his tactics may backfire. He has constantly insulted the country of Mexico.  I heard last night on the news that Mexican politicians in retaliation are going to boycott American corn and buy all of their corn from Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.  That will definitely not be good for the American economy.  The President’s business failures and short comings definitely indicate the possibility of a major problem in the making.

     Many countries are in the process of dumping the dollar as their reserve currency. That is not good at all for America.  With all his insults to China they could easily cut America off financially and quit buying American Treasury bonds which at present time pay virtually nothing to those who have them.  Such an event would collapse the American economy in short order.

   Considering all the chaos he has created in just one month, it is hard to believe that America can survive four more years of his Presidency. The scandals he is having in his administration could easily lead to his impeachment, which may be the only hope for America.


     So to those who say we got the President God meant for us to have. We might search our heart and ask what God is trying to tell us as a nation.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Number 70’s Biblical Significance

      


            The Number 70’s Biblical Significance

     If history repeats itself, two thousand seventeen promises to be a very significant year for several historical and Biblical reasons. Of course there are a couple of catches to that statement. First you must actually believe the Bible and you must have read it and understand that it means what it says. Many people read it and then explain why it does not mean what it says. That is a sign of doubt and unbelief.  This is the seventieth year since Israel was revived as nation. When you look at what that means historically in the Old Testament, you also get a grasp of what or why it has significance in this day and age.

   In the Old Testament it was a number that signified that God was performing some great work. When Israel went into the Babylonian captivity prophecy said they would be there seventy years. The reason was to pay for their iniquity which Ezekiel 4:5-6 makes clear is a punishment of every day for a year, which equals a period of 430 years. That number rang a bell in my mind and I remembered reading it in Exodus 12:41 and there it said it was “four hundred thirty years to the day.” It had caught my attention and made me wonder why it was so specific that it was “to the day.” Later I found a reference that from the start of the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity till the coming of Christ was also 430 years. That made three periods of 430 years. Each period was followed with a return to the Promised Land. Two were followed by a period of seventy years.

    Israel was in the Babylonian captivity for seventy years, then while studying I found from the birth of Christ to the destruction of the temple was also a period of seventy years.  All of a sudden I realized there was no seventy year period at the time of Moses, but after some serious studying I found out I was wrong.  There was a seventy year period at the time of Moses. It is just a little harder to see as it is not called a seventy year period, but it exists. Joshua said at the time Moses sent him to search out the land he was forty years old. They then wondered in the wilderness forty years. So when he took charge from Moses and entered the Promised Land the second time he was 80 years old. It also says in 24:27 having done all he was called to do, he lay down and died being 110 years old. That means it took him 30 years to conquer the Promised Land and with his time wondering in the Wilderness it took seventy years from beginning to end. Just a coincidence that there happened to be three periods of 500 years in the Old Testament.

     Sometime later I was reading in Amos and God said he had punished Israel’s enemies three times for their iniquity and that they would be punished for a forth. That got me to wondering wouldn’t he do the same for His Chosen Nation.  As hard as I searched for it I could not find a fourth period in the Old Testament. Then one night I was helping my daughter, Angel, do a paper on Martin Luther and I realized that from the time Martin Luther nailed his treatise to the door of the church in Germany was a period of 431 years. It could not be right as it had to be 430 years to the day. So I got out our World Book and looked it up. I got a real shock. Israel physically became a nation in 1948, but it was voted on in the United Nations and approved in November 1947.  That was 430 years and a couple of days, but knowing it takes time to write legislation I realized it could easily have actually been initiated 430 years to the day. That would take research and going to the United Nations and verifying the facts, but I have no desire to go to that place for any reason.

   Whichever date you use November 1947 or May 1948 the time cycle is about fulfilled. Jesus said in the end time it would be as it was in the days of Noah, read chapter 6 of Genesis and you will find that is exactly the kind of world we are living in today. Recently in a one week period there were, bombings, earthquakes, tornados, tsunami’s and all kinds of destruction going on in the world. I am not a rocket scientist or a genius, but I can see things are coming closer and closer together which is just how it is described in the Bible, like birth pains.

   If you really want some enlightenment read Matthew 24, then realize it is Jesus saying these things and giving these warnings and Tribulation will come before deliverance. If you have those you really care about your time to do something is growing shorter by the day.


    In June of 1967 when Israel regained the Wailing Wall and took control of the Temple Mount I was stationed in Germany. At the time I was twenty one and all of this was unknown to me, but now having reached seventy years of age and been dead twice already myself, my only goal in writing this is to share it so others may understand that the time end time is near. My first big event was thirteen years ago this month. In fact the anniversary is one week from today.  I know I have said this over and over in the last six years I have had a blog, but if it enlightens one soul it will be worth it. At least now I know I can go to rest in peace having shared all I know and hoping it helps someone. My only request if you find this information useful, share it with others.  Remember as my granddaughter says, Sharing is Caring.