Saturday, 28 February 2009
Friday, 27 February 2009
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Hello again folks! Please pray for me folks! It's been a hard week. I've been poorly and have been feeling somewhat low as well. I've been minded to remember some statements that I've made that destroyed my pride in the past. In light of all the observations and study that proliferate in Christendom, both on paper and on the Internet regarding the 'end times' or 'last days', including those I've voiced my thoughts upon within this blog, I think it important to let you know that I have 'got it wrong' in the past on what I call 'secondary doctrine'. I was wrong [because I was either immature; was taught it one way or another &/or because I didn't test it for myself at the time] about:
- The timing of the 'Rapture' [a.k.a. the 'pretribulation rapture' theory]
- The Gifts of the Spirit ending in the first century [a.k.a. 'cessationism']
- Once Saved; Always Saved [a.k.a. 'eternal security' despite ourselves]
I was not willingly deceived at that time. Neither do I now believe that those who espoused these doctrines intended to deceive me. They were [or are still] convinced in their own minds of these doctrines themselves &/or fully behind the 'statement of faith' of their movement[s]. In other words: 'churchianity'. I always remember saying, when debating these contentious issues with other believers of differing positions, that I would leave the door open; that if it could be proved that I was in error, that I would reconsider my own position.
By God's grace, over time and by God ordained circumstance; I came to the position of needing to declare publically that I had changed my view on these issues. And believe me; when those times arrive; there is no room for pride; only space for contrition; repentance and forgiveness.
Why do I say this? Because it is, in all probability, the case that I may also be wrong about some of what is coming upon the earth it terms of eschatology. I believe events will unfold relatively quickly, like dominoes - if you will, and I think that there will be a shock or three along the way. As things become clearer and the threads of prophecy unravel; and that ever quickly too; people like moi are going to have to rely less on what they see, hear, touch, sense and smell in the temporal and more on the true revelation of the Holy Spirit either through the Word of the Lord &/or the Lord of the Word directly in the eternal.
Because man is fallen and the creation is fallen; True Believers are, in a sense, illegal aliens in this present darkness. Deception will abound and great delusion is coming. That's not to say that we shouldn't be watching world events. But maybe instead of trying to squeeze the news into the Bible; we should see it and consider it prophetically; truthfully. One of my recent quotes was:
"Very soon; the word 'normal' will have to be redefined."
But Truth is always Truth with a capital 'T'; Pilate asked a good question about this very subject! Now, I have another quote for you today to consider and mull over:
"Knowledge without Wisdom is vanity."
We can all obtain knowledge [it is indeed increasing - see Daniel 12:4]; but Wisdom is from the Lord alone. Without both in tandem; we have a church of peoples opinions [literally the church of 'Laodicea'] and not God's divine 'ekklesia' of 'called out ones'. One scripture for us to commit to memory and act upon:
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." [Proverbs 3:5-6]
Watchmen need to warn; evangelists need to compel - but we all need to be faithful Bereans. Like I said at the outset; please [continue] to pray for me and my family. Thankyou for sharing in my life.
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 27-Feb-2009
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Hello again folks! I saw [or was it I heard] some interesting figures banded about last week w.r.t. the continuing financial impact of the 'credit crunch1 that I would like to share with you:
- Year-on-year tax receipts for the UK government were down £7 Billion
- The national debt of the UK is 49% of GDP
- Our national debt will be [when the cost of all the bail-outs or 'government assisted packages' is accounted for] will be £77 Billion
Individually, these numbers seem to be the latest in a long stream of numbers being banded about about the 'true cost of the worldwide recession' to us. But, being as I tend to think on things sometimes somewhat laterally, I couldn't help but think of this:
All of these figures are related to the number seven  - £7 Billion; 49% is seven  times seven  and £77 Billion is [obviously!] eleven  times seven .
What comes to mind is this ... all the doom and gloom; all these financial woes et al correspond [to me] to JUDGEMENT. You see, the number seven  is God's number of completeness ... His signature, if you will.
Could it be that for multiplying reasons - our turning against Israel; our turning away from our Judeo-Christian heritage; our embrace of evolutionism and islam [and any other 'religion' except the one true one] as well as many others - we are experiencing the divine judgement of God? Just as Israel and Judah did in biblical times for our mounting national sin and sins? It's a question worth asking and deserves an answer worth considering.
"Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near" [Isaiah 55:6] seems, to me, to be being shouted in the heavenlies in this present darkness. And this doesn't just apply to the United Kingdom does it?
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 21-Feb-2009
Friday, 20 February 2009
I was not old enough [or savvy enough] to see the 'original' line-up of ELO but, thanks to Kelly, I did not only get to see and hear their music live on multiple occasions in the nineties and noughties via the vehicles of ELO Part II and The Orchestra, I also got to enjoy many of Kelly's solo gigs in the Midlands too. My interest in ELO in the early nineties helped me recover from the major low point in my life; at a time when I was also backslidden. So meeting Kelly, and later on, the rest of the band totally fulfilled one of my childhood ambitions. But there are two occasions that really come to mind when I think of Kelly.
The first event was hearing Kelly playing and singing the Roy Orbison song "Blue Angel" at one of his gigs in Himley just after the death of my son in September 1992. It broke me. The second event was going backstage at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, at his request, on Saturday 12th June 1993 and meeting the band. I'll never forget these immortal words either: "Don't talk to me about Part Two ..."; for reasons known only to myself and my great friend Christian Evans!
I'll leave you with the message I posted on the BBC News web-site earlier today - it sort of sums up how I feel:
"I was always proud to tell folks of the times my path crossed with Kelly G. All those gigs across the Midlands and with ELO Part II. "The Fox" was a great cut. He was a great singer and all round musician. We wouldn't have heard those ELO hits live in the 90's without him. Top memory was his playing me a song in 1992 following the death of my son. Encore ... Kelly"
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 20-Feb-2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Monday, 16 February 2009
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
- Do not true adherents of islam - who follow the same verses as quoted in "Fitna" [amongst others] to the letter "... cause hatred ..."?
- Does not true islam cause hatred toward Jews, Christians, other 'infidels' &/or those who wish to leave it behind or critique it as other religions are?
- How can this one man be such a threat when a man who shared his views; Dutch film director Theo Van Gough; was murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri [an islamic 'extremist' or 'fundamentalist' muslim] in 2004?
- Why is our government afraid to let its own citizens have the choice to decide and judge, for themselves, the claims and actions of islam without being censored?
- Why do we see this constant capitulation to islam in the UK; the EU and the West?
The answer to the last question is in part addressed in yesterdays blog. True Christians need to understand their enemy [or one of them]. It is not that the One True Triune God [YHWH] hates muslims; He hates any vehicle that leads countless billions of souls down the wide road to eternal destruction. True Salvation is only via the Messiah; the Lord Jesus [Yeshua] Christ; the risen Son of God [that islam denies]. I'll leave you with just one  quotation from the NT:
"Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me." [John 14:6]
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 11-Feb-2009
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Last Sunday, I finally got around to watching the classic movie "Schindlers List" in its entirety. I was so very moved ... again ... as when I saw the movie "Defiance" last month [twice!]. The end of the film really touched me when all the surviving Schindlerjuden [at that time] were filmed visiting Oskar Schindler's grave; paying their respects. The other highly charged, emotional scene for me [and there are so many in this wonderful film] was also near the end when Mr. Schindler apologized for wasting his resources and not saving more Jews. To top it all; when I consider that I visited this man's grave myself last May; I realized just how privileged and blessed I was to not only visit Israel; Jerusalem et al ... but also I really regret not watching "Schindlers List" BEFORE I went out there. It would have been on the same level as that feeling of 'oneness' I had when I visited the Wailing Wall. You know folks; sometimes you don't know what you've got until its gone or what you've done until after the afterglow has faded away. It's no coincidence [in my opinion] that bothe Oskar Schindler and the Bielski brothers saved 1,200 Jews in both of their life stories. For that reason alone; I think it a good thing to get hold of a copy of the DVD of "Schindlers List" and [when it is released later this year] "Defiance". With the rise in antisemitism; anti-Israeliism and Holocaust denial both here in the UK and in Europe[not just in Iran or the Vatican]; we should take the opportunity to utilize our present freedoms we have to avail ourselves of recent history before it is re-written. Forewarned is forearmed my friends! Watchmen should stick to blowing their shofars. God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 04-Feb-2009