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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Last Passover.

           The Last Passover before the Jubilee

     Sometimes I am pretty dense but I have learned sometimes things happen so God can get our attention.  Recently I had one of those events. It was totally unexpected. I was only doing a good deed by going to a banquet for the FFA(Future Farmers of America) with my great nephew.  He lives with me and I am sort of his guardian.  He asked both me and my wife to go but she was already committed to something else.

    I had the pleasure watching Gabe actually sit on the board and speak.  You would have to know how quiet he is to understand how significant that action was.  In the few years he has lived with me I have learned several things, some by accident.  Did you know Gabriel was the Angel who spoke to both Mary and Daniel?  Both are linked to the end time and being able to understand what God is doing.

   In the course of the dinner the gentleman I was sharing my table with. (His daughter was also in FFA and very involved) asked me if I drove a truck for a living. I told him I used too.  He then informed me that he had been the one who pulled my truck out of a ditch on my birthday in 1997.  There was an ice storm and I was leaving Saturday night to be in Laredo on Monday morning like a good little trucker. My whole family was at my house, but duty called and I left. Down the road I learned from that experience and if I had things to do at home I did them. That is why instead of delivering to Bayonne, New Jersey on Monday 10th September 2001, I unloaded a day later and was an eyewitness to the events of 9/11. 

   His revelation of our connection in the past really moved me.  I was sure there was some significance that I had yet to grasp. If you read my post Coming Full Circle you will have a better understanding of why timing of events in life are sometimes prophetic. At least in my life they seem to be.

     In nineteen sixty-seven Israel fought the six day war.  At that time I was a paratrooper stationed in Germany and on orders to go to Vietnam.  Then their war started and all of a sudden I had a vision of going to Armageddon instead of Vietnam.  Fortunately things worked out.  We had troops who had left Germany and landed in Turkey in route to Israel.  Had things not gone the way they did America was fully committed to backing Israel up. I also learned a new measure to tell if our excercise was just training or reality. We had rigged live ammo for deployment many times, but we had never rigged blood plasma for a parachute drop. That became for me the what defined maybe from reality. We didn’t have to back Israel up and a few days later I was off to Vietnam.

    It was shortly after the dinner that I had a bit of a revelation.  Because of a dream/vision (not sure which it was) I always believed I would be here for the coming of Christ.  My health has made me question that wisdom and made me take a harder look at the events in the vision.  I was in my room looking out and down when it happened.  So now maybe it was not me in the vision, but it is still going to happen.  With Gabe living here and my brother now living next door I realized they might be the ones in the vision.

     I am not sure how I came to the realization but I had not noticed before that this is the last Passover before the start of the Jubilee year that should start June 7th.  That will be the end of the forty nine year period leading up to the first Jubilee since Israel recaptured the temple mound.  To me the Passover has reminded me of the promise of God to return to his people.  Reading Leviticus 25 will give one a better understanding of what the Jubilee is all about.  It is about honoring God and turning to him.

     So if you believe the Bible and take it to heart the start of the year of Jubilee starts a series of events that climax with the return of God to fulfill His Word to those who believe in him. A Jubilee year lasts the whole year. It is sort of like we are living in the 21st century.  The year 2100 has not come but each day brings us closer to it.  All events before the year 2000 started were not part of the 21st century. All events that happen before June 7th are not part of the Jubilee, but they lead up to it. Yes there will be a Passover in 2017 and it will be part of the Jubilee year.  The only point I am making, and not doing very well at it, is that we will be entering a period of time prophesied by God over 4000 years ago, at the time of the writing of the Book of Leviticus. A prophecy made "before" Israel entered the Promised Land and before they were removed from the land, which also was prophesied, just as their return at a future point in time. A time which came to pass in November 1947 by a United Nations mandate and the physical return in May of 1948. Just as promised in the Word of God.

      Does that mean the world ends on June 7th 2017?  There are still a lot of prophecies to be fulfilled, like the two witnesses to the end time. They testify for three and a half years. What can happen though is the beginning of the time of tribulation.  If you read Matthew 24: 29-31 it makes clear that those who believe will not be delivered till “after” the period of tribulation starts. This is contrary to the popular series of books that stirred interest in the end time. Just remember they are fiction and not the Bible. So my advice is if you believe the Word of God.  Do you believe it to be literal or figurative?  For me it is the literal Word of God.

    Will I be here to see it all happen?  It really doesn’t matter.  I have shared everything I think the Lord has Blessed me with.  So whether I am here or there is really irrelevant.  The point is that His Word will come to pass, Every jot and tittle. The only way you really know God is too know His Word, as it testifies of him.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Trump versus the Status Quo

                        Trump versus the Status Quo

    My only problem with Donald Trump being President is if the Oval Office will have a roulette table or slot machines and whether the Rose Garden will be the 18th hole or the teeing off spot for the Washington Mall golf course. Some may not find this humorous but the present election cycle needs some humor, it is a very sad situation.

    Remember when politicians talked about budget deficits and balanced budgets.  It may be because you have to have a special calculator with extra digits just to put in the numbers that it is not mentioned anymore. Cutting spending is not even a topic, Let alone balancing the budget.  The size of the government was another favorite that has gone by the wayside. If the real dark horse, Sanders, were to win, the present budget would double over night. He will give everybody, everything they could ever want at tax payers expense. I actually heard him say raising our Federal taxes from 700 to 800 dollars a year would be a good thing for America. The last time you could use a regular calculator and do the national budget was during the Clinton administration. Wars and terror have not been good for the budget.

     Trump has definitely stirred up a hornet’s nest.  It has a lot of ironies if you sit back and look at it. The more popular Donald has become the harder the mainline Republican Party has tried to discount him as a serious candidate.  The more they do so, the more popular he becomes.  His outside of regular politics status fuels that growth.  As other candidates have come and gone Trump has capitalized on his ability to rock the boat.  He has insulted almost every possible constituency in America.  Yet he has continued to stretch his lead.

      When I look at Trump the sixth chapter of Proverbs keeps coming to mind. Especially verses sixteen thru twenty.  It makes clear that there are seven things that God hates. Trump is seven for seven and is the only reason I see him becoming President.  It is simply God giving America what it deserves based on what America has become.

    He has no comprehension of national security.  His threats to use nukes and to give nukes to South Korea and Japan as well as pulling out of NATO have finally brought his ignorance of the duties of the presidency into clear view.  He does not seem to comprehend that he will have to contend with Congress to pass all his wild ideas.  Of course he may be considering following Obama’s use of executive orders as a means to get things done.

     The only reality I have seen in this cycle is that Hilary Clinton may very well be the next President of the United States, that would be a God thing too.  If Trump gets the Republican nomination she is almost guaranteed a win. Trump’s only way of talking to women is by insulting them.  He has proven that matter over and over.  When you constantly insult half of the voting base, your chances are slim to none.  His only hope is that all the Bernie Sander’s voters will come over to him. Many believe Sander’s popularity is simply people voting against Hilary, not for Sanders.

    One irony is the very thing that is making him popular is the same reason that many say is the reason he can’t beat Hilary,  but if any candidate is part of the system it is Hilary.  Which may be the only reason Trump might beat her in the election as people are fed up with the Good Old Boy system of politics. We are doomed either way.

      Beating Sanders would be a piece of cake for Trump.  Sander’s is a non-Democratic Democrat.  Sander’s is a lifelong politician who has always been an independent third party candidate.  At least till this election cycle. His changing horses to get elected will probably cost him the election if he gets the nomination.

      Then there is the Cruz question.  How can he win when half his party hates him?  America can’t afford another eight years of grid lock which his unwillingness to compromise on anything would guarantee.  Cruz would probably be buried alive by the Clinton campaign.  Against Sander’s he would be very iffy in a head to head.

     Finally there is John Kasich whose only hope is a brokered convention.  If it comes down to a brokered convention he might get nominated as the least of three evils. He is probably the only hope the Republicans really have of winning the White House.  Unfortunately those chances are slim to none.

     The next few months ought to be interesting.  The only thing that could save America is if all of the states would put a box on their ballots for none of the above. Trump could get serious and threaten to do away with the Electoral College and make the popular vote the winner in all elections.  Doing away with super delegates who have the power to swing elections would make the system a little more of the people, by the people and for the people that Lincoln proclaimed it should be.

     At this point I will be checking the block for none of the above, well maybe for Kasich, but that is probably a throw away vote.  The only thing I know for sure is that America will get the President that God thinks we deserve and will accomplish his God’s) desires, be it wrath, or a collapse of the system. At least as we know it, the dice are being cast.  The only real question is can America survive this election cycle with so little hope for the future.
   I guess in the fall election I will be doing a write in vote for Willy Nelson.  He is probably the only person who could win no matter which side he ran on.  Unfortunately he is smarter than the average politician and isn’t running.  A lack of smarts seems to be a qualifying characteristic for politicians.

    Having finally put in my two bits, maybe I can get back too things a lot more important than this election cycle, at least it is out of my mind.