Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Recommended Reading for 2009

#168: Hello again folks! 2008 is drawing to a close and, for me, it has been a year of ups and downs. I am still amazed at believers attitudes to the question of the timing of the rapture.
The 'sacred cow' seems to be the theory that is the pre-tribulation rapture and any discussion or debate on the subject appears to bring about much angst to its proponents. True believers should be True Bereans and that means that they should look at what I call secondary doctrines such as the timing of the rapture with an investigative mind.
What I find is not a checking of the scriptures to see it is so; but a manic, legalistic defence of the pre-trib theory ... at any cost. I applaud anyone who has the firmness of mind to check these things out for themselves in the Word without the motive of simply defending what they have been taught by their pastor, church or college. There is nothing wrong in testing and checking the pre-trib theory in light of the whole counsel of scripture.
So, for you my friend[s], I have a challenge and a recommendation in one. Try reading one or both of these two [2] books. Just read them with an open mind ... check them out ... and then dismiss, accept or critique them to your hearts content. The point I would like to make is this. If the pre-trib theory [which is implicit at best but not explicit in the Bible ... in my opinion] is right then all well and good. But ... if it is wrong and the mid-trib; post-trib or pre-wrath rapture theorems turn out to be nearer the truth as the end times play out ... then you will be PREPARED [think on those foolish virgins]. That's all I'm suggesting here. Neither book is perfect but both are easy to read; have lots of graphs, glossaries and explanations to suit all tastes. If after investigating you decide to stick with the pre-trib scenario ... fair enough ... at least you would have been biblical in checking it out.
Remember that Paul was not offended that the Bereans wanted to test what he preached and taught. Then neither should colleges, certain authors and institutions; church movements &/or pastors be offended if one questions this most sensitive of issues. The early True church did not escape chronic persecution; neither did it escape tribulation in the Middle Ages and neither will it at the end of days. Shalom ... and thank you for reading this blog from the bottom of my heart.
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 31-Dec-2008

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

The Gazan Gambit

#167: Hello again folks! Man is fallen; Israelis/Jews make mistakes and so do arabs/gentiles. The situation in Gaza is not as "complex" as the mass media tell us it is. But we need to understand what is really going on in southern Israel. Any loss of innocent civilian life is sad and regrettable but we see here the fundamental differences between islam and other 'religions'. That is ... the love of death versus the value and sanctity of life. Let us remind ourselves what is happening down in Gaza:

  • For over two years; missiles have been fired randomly by Hamas into southern Israel hitting the towns of Sderot; Ashkelon and now Ashdod as well as dwellings in the Negev.
  • The means of delivering these rockets have been hidden either in or between or next to residential habitations [whether the Gazan citizen 'on-the-street' really wants this or he/she has been 'persuaded' to co-operate by their friendly local Hamas 'officials' is debatable]; Do you remember Avi Lipkin's 'Edmonton Revelation'???
  • The media in general has not overly reported the incessant and continuous missile hits that the residents of southern Israel have endured for the last two years - even during the so-called 'ceasefire' in the last six [6] months. Apparently; Israeli/Jewish lives lost are not as newsworthy as those of others in the region.
  • The people of Gaza 'democratically' voted in Hamas ahead of Fatah. The Hamas charter includes their major goal of not only not ever recognizing the Jewish nation of Israel but also its total destruction. This aligns with the true islamic goal of a worldwide ummah with those 'monkeys and pigs' i.e. what the koran calls christians and Jews; either being removed or classed as dhimmis. Hamas is a truly islamic political entity with islamic goals.
So, where are we at? The Gazans have what they asked for. The Israeli government has tried [hopefully for the last time] the 'land for peace' stratagem. But it won't work with true islamists ... who are allowed to make false covenants and lie in their jihad if it gains them ground or gives them time to develop superior military advantage.

The mass media of the world will almost uniformally condemn Israel and the 'quartet' of political 'leading' nations will call for an unconditional, permanent ceasefire. Which Israel will keep but Hamas will not as history shows that the 'palestinians' have not kept one of their pledges from the Oslo Accord. And the circle of events will keep repeating ... unless Hamas is taken out. But don't forget that Fatah is not a lot better. Their goals towards the Israelis/Jews are the same as Hamas. They indoctrinate their children too from the age of two upward to hate Jews and by extension Israel.

The concept of democracy is totally alien and opposite to the 'theocracy' that is islam. But it is a tool to gain power, favour and ultimately victory over the 'dar el harb' [the 'house of war'] or the 'infidels'. The UN; the EU; our weak government here in the UK and the incoming new regime in the US have never grasped the real deal with islam. All we hear is that islam is a religion of peace and it's god is the same god as that of the Jews and True Christians. The evidence is to the contrary.

The only answer to all this isn't the destruction of Hamas or even islam [although it needs to be confronted and tamed]. The only answer is repentance and a living faith in the finished work of Messiah Yeshua. He is returning soon ... and the [world] government will be on His shoulders alone ... the best ever government and a perfect theocracy. In the meantime; please pray for the salvation of Jews, gentiles, arabs, muslims, Israelis alike. And don't believe what is being broadcast on your local news channel without checking it out for yourself. Remember that we are all fallen and likely to make mistakes. The issue in Gaza; the so-called 'West Bank'; Lebanon et al is the same. Islam versus the world. Having had the opportunity to visit southern Israel this year and hear what is happening 'on-the-ground' with my own ears and see with my own eyes the ongoing situation; it has taken several attempts to write this blog in a heartfelt and matter-of-fact manner. Truth really is at a premium in these 'last days'. But it is the Truth that will really set you free. Shalom!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 30-Dec-2008

Friday, 26 December 2008

Entertaining Angels

#166: Hello again folks! I love the record and video by Newsboys called "Entertaining Angels"; and today's article is on a similar topic. The following article on is self explanatory. The picture opposite may give you an insight as to what those shepherds saw at the the herald of Messiah Yeshua's first advent or what Elisha saw what all seemed lost .. or what you need to see if you are fervently praying for someone or something.
The writer of Hebrews [Paul?] said that we can entertain angels unawares, particularly when we are welcoming or giving or we are good samaritans not seeking immediate reward ... just because we are blessing people because we want to or we are obedient to God. So please have a look at this article and be blessed:-
At this time of year people are thinking about giving ... they are admittedly thinking about grabbing bargains and doing a whole host of other more honourable things too. Some people are doing the most awful things ... my nephew was burgled on Christmas Eve ... his children's gifts stolen and home ransacked. In the USA; a man dressed as Santa killed seven [7] people at a family party. We live in a fallen world; there is still a faint glow of the original glory of God's creation ... just look at the Northern Lights or a Fire Rainbow here ...
You can see that, despite everything, God really is still in control ... in the natural and in the supernatural. You never know ... you may be protected by; visited by or you may entertain unaware ... angels ... messengers of God. So keep believing ... for faith pleases God.
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 26-Dec-2008

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Reason for the Season [2]

#165: Hello again folks! I would like to take this opportunity [despite the fact that Jesus was not born on December 25th!] to wish all visitors to my blogspot a peaceful and Christ-centred holiday.
I would also like to remind readers of the blessings involved in blessing the people ordained by God to be His nation. The nation of Israel is not perfect by any means ... but it will be when the Lord returns to take His place as King.
The Jewish people are still [after nearly 2,000 years] blinded spiritually with regard to believing, acknowledging and receiving their Messiah Yeshua en mass [although not a few have been saved] but we should still be praying for the peace of Jerusalem [Psalm 122:6-7]; for their security and most importantly; their salvation. If celebrating Christmas is about anything; it should also be about the fact that Jesus Christ is Jewish; born of a Jewish mother married to a Jewish man in the land of Israel; Whose elected disciples were Jewish and Whose 'ekklesia' [or "called out ones" - the early True Church] was initially, mostly Jewish too. For me; 'Christ-mass' is a time to thank God not only for the birth of our Saviour; the Lord Jesus Christ; but for the bigger picture too. His faithfulness to the descendants of Abraham is a marker for us gentile believers too. So; once again; "Happy Christmas" to you and "Thank you" to God for His people Israel!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 24-Dec-2008

Failure to Deliver

#164: Hello again folks! Happy Christmas Eve! Being one of those souls who have to go to work today [am I lucky or unlucky in this?]; I was trawling breakfast news TV this morning as I motivated myself for work. One of the channels [I think ITV] had a woman vicar on it for a few minutes talking to the presenter about the real meaning of Christmas &/or the irrelevance of 'religion' a la 'christianity' [the CoE brand me thinks]. This was after an article on BBC News highlighting a 'small' group of believers who are trying to stop the dumbing down of Christmas carols and hymns that have the audacity to speak of God as a 'He' etc. [good luck to them ... they are in a 'David & Goliath' stand against a very intolerant [at least against True Christianity] PC crowd.
Back to the vicar. She stated a number of times that the meaning of Christmas [to you and me: saturnalia] was to celebrate the gift of a small baby born in poverty; even a refugee ... the gift of God to the world. That was it. No mention of of the real reason why God gave us this gift of a 'babe in swaddling clothes'. Most importantly ... no mention of the 'S' words ... SIN or SINNERS that are in dire need of salvation; or that this the the real reason for the season. Another opportunity lost. A few precious minutes to put out the True Gospel wasted. Once again fluffed by the public face of the CoE. Another failure to deliver. May most of us that are minded that way seek to at least remind one [1] person this 'christ-mass' as to the what it's all about.
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 24-Dec-2008

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Shalom: Happy Hanukkah!

#163: Hello again folks! It's Hanukkah again ... much more significant than saturnalia a.k.a. 25th December; my personal belief being that the Lord was born during the Feast of Tabernacles anyway! Here is a great piece by Jerry Golden - a good man of God if ever there were one - on the history and significance of Hanukkah; which this year falls from Kislev 24th until Tevet 2nd or begins on the night of December 21st for eight [8] nights. "The Feast of Dedication" or Hanukkah - you will not find this holiday in Leviticus chapter 23 with the seven Feasts of the Lord. But you will it in John chapter 10; verse 22 and other places as well. I think it may be necessary to do a little history here before going on; this will not be a history lesson, just a little background.
The time was around 167BC or, if you are Jewish, BCE. Prior to this date, a young ruler named Alexander the Great, ruled the entire ancient world. This period of time is referred to as “the Hellenistic [Greek] period”. His untimely death caused a power struggle and four of his generals split up the kingdom. The one that ended up with Israel was Antiochus IV. This new ruler of Israel commanded everyone to convert to Hellenism [Greek Metrology] and the Greek values that he held. Many did, even many of the Jews of the land because they found it to be a very civilized way of life.
But, there were those Jews who held close to the Torah and God’s way of worship and refused to embrace Hellenism. In fact, Antiochus gave the Jews an ultimatum, to either give up their distinctive customs, such as worshipping on the Sabbath [Saturday], Circumcision, and Kosher Laws, or die.
One of the first things Antiochus did was to desecrate the Holy Temple. He ordered the utensils, such as the Menorah, Altar, and Table to be defiled and torn down. Then to be certain that he had accomplished his job, he ordered a pig to be sacrificed on the holy altar. After doing all of that, he order that a Greek god Zeus be worshipped in the Temple . When Antiochus heard that the people were murmuring and talking about revolt against him, he marched his troops to a town in the foothills called Modi’in. His plan was to erect a false god in the city and force the people to worship it. Modi’in was the home of a priest named Mattathias who had five sons. He and his sons revolted and killed the soldiers and began the revolt against this evil ruler. One of Mattathias’s sons was Judah, and he became the new leader and was quickly nicknamed “Maccabee” ['the Hammer' in Hebrew]. To bring this piece of history to a close, we will just report that Maccabee and his men defeated the Greek armies and got rid of Antiochus.
The Maccabees now faced the task of restoring the Temple for Jewish worship to their Holy God. They cleansed the Temple and restored the furnishings. There was special attention given to the Menorah, for it symbolized the Light of God. They restored it and when they went to light it, they found there was a problem. This Menorah could only be used with special oil, and it took eight days to prepare such oil. They found enough of this special oil to burn only one day. To celebrate the victory of the battle fought for their religious liberty, they decided to light the Menorah anyway and allow the light of God to shine forth with its glory, even if but for a day. But God gave them a miracle, and the oil lasted eight days, until the new oil was made ready. So today we have the eight days of the Feast of Dedication “Hanukkah.” It is also why you will see a nine branch Menorah instead of seven in most Jewish homes. It represents the miracle of the eight days the oil burned; the ninth branch [in the center] is the Shamash [Servant Lamp], which represents the Messiah.
There are many customs and traditions that brings one closer to God and understanding of His greatness associated with this holiday, but I want to keep this as short as possible. Each night for eight nights a candle is lighted. The Shamash [the center] is always lit first, for it is from the Messiah that all light flows. It is then used to light each candle for the eight nights. Blessing is said and songs about Hanukkah sung. Gifts are given to the children each of the eight nights. During the lighting of the Shamash and the other candles are lit with the Shamash, the following blessings are said. I will try to write the Hebrew in English letters for you, I hope I do it correctly.
A little advice in lighting the candles, you place them in the Menorah from right to left, but you light them with the Shamash from left to right.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has set us apart by your commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of Hanukkah.
So after lighting the candles and singing the Hanukkah songs, you set down for a festive meal, each night for eight nights.
A good portion of the aboved noted events will be replayed during the time of the antichrist [a la the 'time of Yacov's trouble' a.k.a. 'the Tribulation']; but instead of defiling the temple with swine; he himself will sit in the temple some 1,260 days [3.5 years x 360 days] after the 'covenant of sheol' was signed/confirmed and he will declare himself [as] god. Those very days are fast approaching. Do not be deceived and do not be betrayed by others or by your own wisdom/understanding. Get some oil in yer lamp! And ... "Happy Hannukah!"
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 23-Dec-2008

Monday, 22 December 2008

Just as in the Days of Noah!

#162: Hello again folks! I'm back!!! As we approach Christmas ... er ... Saturnalia and the New Year [2009]; there are so many things and events that deserve comment. It's been a strange 'ol year hasn't it? But I want to keep a promise first and present this proposition.
The scriptures detail quite concisely the social scenario and spiritual stage of the days of Noah of our common ancestor ... Noah [and by extension Adam]. We know that following the fall of man and the sudden occurrence of the first murder; things went downhill relatively quickly. The water canopy-covered; ideal environment of the antediluvian [pre-flood] world bred immense growth of both population and spiritual wickedness.
I've had a number of debates about whether Noah; that righteous preacher; witnessed for 100 or 120 years before or while he built the Ark. The point is he was faithful and obedient.
Two principle events; as recorded in the book of Genesis; are referred to specifically by the Lord Jesus Christ when He spoke about the time of the end. He said that the general manner of life would be 'normal'; [i.e. people eating; drinking; spousing; espousing et al]. He said that the [second] coming of the Son of Man would be just as in the days of Noah and as in the days of Lot. A reference to the calm before the storm of the Noadic flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord also said that there would be a great apostacy or 'falling away' [as did the Apostle Paul] at that time. So we will see past biblical events being replayed in the last days in the ultimate fulfillment of Bible prophecy and eschatology.
An idea occurred to me ... just how 'as' ... "as in the days of Noah" literally did Jesus intend this prophetic alarm to be? The Word should be rightly divided. Usually; if the Lord told a parable; He would present it as such. If the Psalmist wrote prose or poetry ... it was such and if the writer of Genesis wrote historic and/or scientific fact; it was such. We should take the Book of the Lord literally unless otherwise advised.
Now another thought then occurred to me ... JUST as in the days of Noah ... what if there was a falling away here too? I'm not saying that eight [8] people couldn't have built the Ark in 100 years to time, plan and God's economy; just that maybe Noah was initially a little more successful in his message of repentance and that; despite the spreading wickedness; despite the fact that no-one had even seen or heard of 'rain' before [and Noah having the unfair label of being the world's worst preacher/evangelist in terms of 'numbers' since]; what if Noah had a few more than eight 'disciples' to start with? [Remember: he didn't know the timescale of God's jugdement]. What if all those helpers gradually 'fell away' as the predicted catastrophe didn't happen as they thought it would? Any bells ringing? What if all he really was left with to finish the job was the 'remnant' of his wife; his three sons and their wives? Imagine the other family members who didn't make it. Just maybe Noah was the ultimate man of faith to carry on, a day at a time - for 100 years or 36,000 days - while all around him lost their heads? Even close friends and family! Despite everything. Like Job.
So ... when the Lord said "Just" as in the days of Noah ... did He really mean it on many different levels? Are the end times are a dramatic finale and literal replay of those early times? Should we expect True believers to fall away and even betray their brothers and sisters in Christ [as did Judas Iscariot - the man of perditon]? One thing I do know; the Lord warned about this also.
One of the major end time markers is DECEPTION [Remember: how many times did Jesus warn the 'ekklesia' or His 'called out ones' to 'be NOT deceived'?]
The other one [a replay of His first advent is some way] is BETRAYAL [fathers/mothers against their own sons/daughters and vice versa et al].
So please maybe re-consider these important Words from the Lord. Maybe; JUST maybe; JUST as in the days of Noah means JUST as in the days of Noah. We need to take our blinkers off and re-read and meditate on the Word. Chew it over ... that's what biblical meditation really is ... going over fallowed ground afresh under the illumination of the Holy Spirit. I'd love to hear your comments/thoughts on this subject! And it's great to be back!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 22-Dec-2008

Friday, 19 December 2008


#161: Hello again folks! This is a quick posting to apologize [again] for the lack of blogs!!! I've so much to say and write [even both at the same time!] and I feel so frustrated ... I've been a little under the weather lately with an 'orrible sore throat and rank cough. So please be patient with me; keep checking out the 'ol blog and, of course, please pray for me; and my family. One more thing ... keep watching events in Israel ... very closely ... and remember to peek beneath the headlines at what REALLY is going on. Speak to you again - soon!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 19-Dec-2008

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Recommended: Post Tribulation Forum [Bob Mitchell]

#160: Hello again folks! The 'JUST as in the days of Noah' blog is on it's way but I must tell you first about Bob Mitchell's new blogspot; reference the post-tribulation rapture view.
If you have been a regular visitor to this blogspot; you will be aware that I, like Bob, am not an adherent to the pre-tribulation rapture theory [and it is a theory]. My personal belief in the pre-wrath rapture view [that the rapture is after satan's wrath but before God's wrath a la the sixth [6th] seal or thereabouts] differs slightly from Bob's but we are 'united' in challenging and critiquing the pre-trib view. I wish with all my heart that it was the correct view but I 'fear' it is not.
The pre-trib theory is at best implicit in scripture but not explicit. Have a look at my previous blogs: "The Pre-Wrath Rapture"; "False Shepherds?" and "Questions for a Pre-Tribulationist" to get a handle on where I'm coming from on this issue. I am a little controversial but the 'sacred cow' of the pre-trib view must be examined and tested if one is to correctly and rightly divide the Word of Truth and call oneself a True Berean. This is the link to this exciting new blog and I shall be shortly adding it onto my recommended picks:
You may be interested to know that I shall be submitting some articles on this new blog via Bob. I'd rather be prepared for the worst and it not happen rather than not be prepared [a la the ten virgins of Matthew chapter 25] and it does happen! Forewarned is fore-armed my friends ... a true watchman warns and sounds the shofar. Even more so in these days of deception ...
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 10-Dec-2008

Friday, 5 December 2008

Bright Lights

#159: Hello again folks! It's a good job I delayed the issuing of this blog! Following on from an earlier blog entitled "White Lines"; this article also stems from my motoring around on these roads in England and Wales. Whether or not my eyesight is getting worse; I've noticed lately just how many other drivers have maladjusted front lights or wait until the last possible moment before turning off their 'full beam'. Last night some unknown personage who couldn't judge the width of their car and the width of their side of the road clipped my wing mirror. I was about four [4] inches from a collision and a foot [12"] from a head-on crash! But I'm OK! God really does employ His angels ... even over undeserving souls like moi. I only need to replace my [expensive] wing mirror and nothing else! If a cat has nine [9] lives; how many do I?
So finishing off this blog today has real significance. You see while being regularly blinded on these winter nights by other drivers - for whatever reason - I got to thinking: that too much light is as bad as too little. In the same way that fast drivers are dangerous; so are slow ones. We are told to not look directly into the sun for good reason - one can be blinded. Too little light and all you can see is shadow and dusk; outline and twilight. Too much light and at best you can only squint and see the periphery.
Often what happens in the natural is mirrored in the spiritual. Too much light is not always good. The Holy Bible speaks of believers who can only handle milk; meat is out of the question. They are carnal; still trying to master the flesh. Too much Truth or light will startle then; shock them or cause them to shrink back. I am ashamed to admit that in the past I have maybe put a little too much food on the table or light in the eyes of some souls who have crossed my path. I had the right motive but maybe the wrong delivery or timing. Baby believers need nurturing and weaning off milk .. onto rusks ... and progressively to solids. So is the case with discipling and helping new/young born-again believers on the road to glory. One day at a time as God leads is the way. Some are gifted in certain areas meaning they start fast and move quickly. Some need grounding and foundations strengthening for their walk. But too much light too soon or the wrong mix too soon are as bad as none at all. Like developing photographic film.
The end-times True Church will be just like the early Church. Persecuted; poor; in peoples homes but full of fellowship, prayer, communion, community and all kinds of spiritual gifting. Part of that 'mix' will be the need for real; authentic discipleship [Jesus said to go and make disciples; He didn't say to go and make converts - Rick Warren and Nicky Gumbel please note!]. Bright lights blind as does intense light; but in the right measure light reveals all in context and panorama. And so it is in the spiritual realm. To quote a character from that 80's TV series "Hill Street Blues" ... 'Let's be careful out there!"
Next blog: JUST as in the days of Noah ... literally: A new view.
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 05-Dec-2008

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Mumbai Musings

#158: Hello again folks! These are my thoughts on what transpired last week in Bombay. The massacre in Mumbai was, of course, truly awful and represents just how depraved fallen man has become. Wall to wall media coverage really brings it all home. Most of the headlines have centred on whether India had prior knowledge of the plot via the USA and whether there was any Pakistani involvement [directly or indirectly]. People and organizations like Jerry Golden and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre have been vocal in the area of what I believe is being deliberately NOT reported by the BBC and its ilk.
That is that this was an islamic 'attack'. When you consider that the perpetrators main targets were Jewish or those who held American or British passports; it should give you a clue. This attack was a truly islamic inspired jihadic operation. The murder of the six [6] Jewish personages at the outreach centre of Chabad Lubavitch was reported but not the reasons for this supposed 'shock' attack.
The islamic koran calls Jews and Christians the sons of pigs and monkeys. It promotes either their eradication or their second or third class status as 'dhimmis'. The true islamist takes his or her koran at its true meaning and enters jihad for allah. The 'terrorists' who did this did it to please allah and to earn paradise. The house of peace went to battle with the house of war. These deluded souls were true muslims. They were not 'fundamentalists' [as if there are non-fundamentalist muslims elsewhere!]; they planned and executed this attack on Jews, Christians, infidels and polytheists [in their own words] and it wasn't the fault of Pakistan; Afghanistan; the USA; the UK or Israel ... and it had nothing to do with the 'palestinians' either. It was to do with islam. Plain and simple. It is this root cause and this fact that the mass media - in fulfilling the wishes of islamic/arab oil bloc and their friends in the UN; CFR et al - have, unsurprisingly, failed to report.
Remember this ... Jews; arabs; muslims; socialists; communists; atheists; capitalists and any other 'ists' need to hear, receive and accept the True Gospel. That they are sinners in need of salvation via the finished work and Person of Yeshua; the Son of God; Who presented Himself - ONCE and FOR ALL - on the cross in our place; Who died; rose again and is currently seated at the right hand of the Father and Who is returning ... soon and very soon. I'm not against muslims; I'm for them ... they need the Lord Jesus Christ because allah is not YHWH; Jehovah or the God of the bible ... you work it out.

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 02-Dec-2008

Top Urgent Prayer Request

#157: Hello again folks! Welcome to December. Please could you pray for my good friend Bob Mitchell's brother Brian who is; unless the Lord intervenes dramatically [and He could]; dying of cancer. Please pray for his salvation; for the Lord to reveal Himself to Brian; please also pray for Bob and Maria at this time; that they would be increased in faith and wisdom and that they would have the right word at the right time for the right people. I pray that these sad events in the natural will bring joy in the spiritual for Bob and his family.

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS .. 02-Dec-2008

Sunday, 30 November 2008

I Told You So!

#156: Hello again folks! Things are getting a little busy for the Sinclair clan right now so please accept my apologies for the sparse blog issues! We've just returned from visiting our friends on the Welsh border and it's late on the last day of November ... December here we come! I was going to publish a new blog called 'Bright Lights' tonight and another on the Mumbai [Bombay] islamic terrorist attacks ... but something else has just got my attention ... big time. So they will follow soon [promise!].

I regularly trawl the main news web-sites of the mass media when I log on to my PC. And so I did tonight; only to read this on the BBC news web-site 'tickertape' latest news ...
"EC president Jose Manuel Barroso says leading British politicians are 'actively considering' joining the Euro."
May I earnestly request that you take another look at my previous blog from Monday 24th November entitled "The Return of Controversial Keith" and then watch the 'news' in the coming week and weeks. Miracle of miracles; I got something right! Talk to you again soon folks. Thank you for tuning in!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 30-Nov-2008

Monday, 24 November 2008

The Return of Controversial Keith!

#155: Hello again folks! This short blog of mine addresses the number one news item being broadcast to the brainwashed millions in this country today. Why is it that after a series of bank liquidations followed by the 'credit crunch' and now the 'sudden depression'; we have our government - who have already bailed out five major financial institutions; with lessening tax revenue et al - now deciding [in the words of one major newspaper] to "take a £20 billion tax gamble" [with your money] to 'spend our way out of recession'? Most people will benefit a little from VAT dropping 2.5% [a CD @ £12 will now cost £11.75] and even if this is coupled with the interest rate drop of 1.5% recently ... it will hardly encourage ordinary folk to go out to the shops and suddenly gain super-confidence and go on a pre-Christmas spending binge will it?
This huge amount of borrowing and its resultant debt means that the UK will be in a major fiscal deficit for a long time and it will most probably impact the next generation of earners as much as this. We are going to be taxed to death in the medium term.
But what does this really mean and what is really going on? When a country enters recession and its national debt, as a percentage of GDP, increases ... its currency is far less attractive to investors and tends to devalue. Now, if you check out the 'other' news besides the 'credit crunch' and Madonna's divorce; you will see that the value of the pound is depreciating. And now it may continue its slide. Last year when we had our family holiday in Cyprus you could get €1.40 for £1 ... now it is €1.1728 [a 16% reduction]. If things don't go according to Chancellor Alistair Darling's plan [or Gordon Brown's plan fronted by Mr. Darling]; very soon the pound will be at equity with the euro.
Now ... when the United Kingdom PLC has a currency equal to the euro .. it will be the only real opportunity for the Europhiles to start talk of dropping the pound and adopting the euro. That's my point ... could the 'credit crunch' and Gordon Brown's recapitalization plan and the interest rate chop and this new 'package' all be a plan to damage our economy [and that of the USA] enough for us to swap the pound for the euro? Remember that it is in the interest of our NWO/Illuminati/Club of Rome 'friends' that nations lose their independence [their own currency; constitution et al] and fall in with these trans-national regions ... so that the one world government can be implemented. No wonder Gordon Brown keeps mentioning that 'new world order' of his.
I'm no prophet ... just a watcher ... but I reckon that what it is really going on is planned and is fulfilling, day by day, the scenario predicted in the Word of God. I believe you will see the end of the pound; the elevation of the euro; the demise of the dollar and the rise of the Beast quite dramatically and quite soon. So ends the return of controversial Keith!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 24-Nov-2008

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Questions for a Pretribulationist

#154: Hello again folks! Please have a look at this wonderful piece by Robert Van Kampen and the Rev. Roger Best ...
INTRODUCTION The pre-wrath position continues to gain support as serious Bible students examine it in light of Scripture. For that is the crucial test and is why the Bereans "... received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11). The important factor is not what we may teach or believe but rather, what does Scripture say when we take it for what it says. We need to read the language of Scripture in its normal, natural, customary usage, as we are careful to take it in context, and then compare Scripture with Scripture. Too often Christians are not like the Bereans and are led astray and "...tossed here and there by waves. and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming..." (Eph. 4:14). We need Bereans who are faithful in saturating themselves with the Word of God and willing to check out everything they hear to see if indeed it is truth.
We are thankful for many who we hear from who are excited about seeing what God really says about end-time events. One of the many encouraging comments to us was made by Dr. Walter Kaiser, the former dean of faculty at Trinity Seminary, who made the observation that the prewrath position is the only prophetic position that properly understands and utilizes Old Testament prophecy concerning the Day of the Lord. He also stated that if the fathers of dispensationalism had had the choice between pretrib and prewrath, he genuinely believed that the prewrath position would have gotten their vote, hands down. Dr. Kaiser understands the prewrath position as he listened to two 5-6 hour presentations of the prewrath position that we gave to the department heads of Trinity Seminary several years ago.
The prewrath position on the timing of the rapture of the Church is often questioned, especially by pretribulationists. Many find it difficult to give up their traditions, what they have been taught, or perhaps what they have taught. The prewrath position is simply an enhancement of the historical position held by the early church fathers. The pretribulation position, on the other hand, is a relatively new position, first gaining popularity in the late nineteenth century. Those who attack the prewrath position, more times than not, have never read The Sign because either they never considered the position or they fear the consequences if they adopted the position, consequences they are were unwilling to endure. For these reasons, they aggressively try to shoot the position down without really understanding it and how it is arrived at via the teaching of Christ and Paul.
Because of several books and articles that have been written against the prewrath position by Christians which dogmatically maintain that they take Scripture for what it says, we have compiled a list of a few of the problems with pretribulationism. These must be answered both logically and biblically if one is to have real biblical integrity concerning the view he is espousing. Perhaps this list of issues will be helpful to those who are asking us, "How do we get our pretrib pastor to honestly consider the problems associated with what he is teaching?" After all, it is the lives of the flock they are told to shepherd and protect that are directly at risk if their position is wrong. If pretribulationism is true, these problems must be answered honestly from Scripture with logical, unforced answers that do not contradict other passages. Biblical truth does not spawn confusion. If, however, pretribulationism cannot be clearly argued and substantiated from Scripture, pastors must have the right to teach their conscience on this matter without the fear of reprisal from their fellowship leaders. Lives of God's elect are at stake (Mt. 24:21-22), not some remote doctrine that will have no severe consequences if one is wrong. Without going into any great depth, here are a few questions that concern pretribulationism.
WHAT IS PRETRIB'S ORIGIN? First of all, pretribulationism didn't exist before 1830 and there is considerable documentary proof that it was initially introduced in England by Edward Irving, the father of the charismatic Apostolic Church and not John Darby. Edward Irving probably picked up the idea of an "any moment rapture" from his work on the translation of Emanuel Lucunza's book, The Coming of the Messiah in Glory and Majesty, a Catholic priest who initially wrote the book in Spanish under the pen name of Rabbi Ben Ezra. In reality, with whom the pretribulationism position originated really does not make that much difference other than the fact that it contradicts the first 1800 years of prophetic thought and contradicts the plain teaching of the New Testament. On the other had, the basic tenant of prewrath (that the Church will undergo the persecution of Antichrist before the return of Christ) was taught clearly and consistently by early Church fathers. Among the evangelicals, what other basic doctrine of Scripture, other than pretribulationism, has been "discovered" in the past 160 years and directly contradicts the basic, accepted teachings (as a whole) of the early church fathers? There is none. Some will tell you that pretribulationism is a result of "progressive revelation," but look out. There is a lot of baggage when you take that position. Where do you stop and who decides where? The revelation of God ceased with the completion of Scriptures.
DOES PRETRIB HAVE SOLID SCRIPTURAL BASIS? Second, pretribulationism has no clear biblical basis of support, only problem passages such as 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8 (which is ignored) and Matthew 24:15-31 (which is ascribed to unsaved Israel). By comparison, the prewrath position can be clearly argued from the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and the Book of Revelation, with absolute consistency and no contradictions, letting the student of God's Word compare Scripture with Scripture without fear of contradiction, finding instead perfect harmony in all that is recorded in the New Testament.
ARE MATTHEW AND REVELATION FOR THE CHURCH OR UNSAVED ISRAEL? Third, pretribulationism views substantial sections of New Testament Scripture as having no application to the Church (in fact, many pretribulationists find it necessary to eliminate the entire Book of Matthew). For this reason, the applicability of the Beatitudes to the Church is denied, as well at the Great Commission in order to protect pretribulationism from the plain and obvious teachings concerning the timing of Christ's return as given in the Olivet Discourse! However, the flawed position that the Olivet Discourse describes the coming of Christ at Armageddon (instead of the coming of Christ for His elect at the rapture), is both logically and expositionally an absolute impossibility if one takes the time to consider the context of His coming (parousia) as it relates to other clear passages. For example, Christ teaches in the Olivet Discourse that "in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be" (Mt. 24:38-39). In other words, Christ taught His disciples that life will be going on "as usual" right up until the time of His coming. How can the world be going on like nothing has happened, when if pretribulationism is correct and the Olivet Discourse is referring to the battle of Armageddon, the earth has just undergone the worse series of events known to mankind, leading up to the final battle at Armageddon, including the death of a third of mankind (the sixth trumpet), the turning to blood of all the seas and all the rivers and every spring of water (the second and third bowl judgments), and all the armies of the world preparing for battle against God in the plains of Armageddon (the sixth bowl) and, immediately prior to Armageddon, the destruction of every island and mountain by the worst earthquake known to man, followed by 100-pound hail stones rained down upon those in flight (the seventh bowl judgment).
In addition, if the Olivet discourse is written for unbelieving Jews going into the seventieth week, why the repeated use of the personal pronoun "you" (vv. 4, 6, 9, 15, 20, 23, 25, 26, 33, etc.), when Christ was addressing His disciples, His followers that soon thereafter would build His Church and would suffer and die for the cause of Christ? And how can the elect (vv. 22, 24) be unsaved Israel, if the unsaved remnant of Israel does not come to know Christ until after the seventieth week is complete (Dan. 9:24; Rom. 11:25-26, cf. Rev. 10:7), and how is it that every other use of the term "elect" in the New Testament is a direct reference only to the Church, and suddenly the elect in the Great Tribulation (Mt. 24:21-22) refers to unsaved Israel. And if not unsaved Israel, how can this be a reference to Gentile converts during a time devoted exclusively to Israel (remember, pretribulationism teaches that the entire seventieth week is a different dispensation, devoted to the nation Israel), especially in light fact that Paul tells us that during the reign of Antichrist there will be little if any salvation. ". . . Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth . . ." (2 Th. 2:9-12). During the Great Tribulation, those unbelievers who are not deceived by Satan will be deluded by God. The elect in the context of the Olivet Discourse cannot be a reference to a huge Jewish or Gentile revival, if Paul's words are taken at face value. Therefore, the Olivet Discourse cannot be a reference to the battle of Armageddon. It must be a reference to exactly what Christ says it is, to His coming when "He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other" (Mt. 24:31). In other words, the rapture of the Church. However, the prewrath position sees all of the Book of Matthew as applicable to the Church and thereby consistent with the command of Christ to teach new believers "all that I command you" (Mt. 28:20). As such, it permits us to accept the parallel teachings concerning the parousia of Christ recorded in the Gospels of Mark and Luke without the confusion of which Gospel is for the Jews and which is for the Church. It also negates the question of why, if the teaching in Matthew is only for the Jews (and it is not), it is included in the other Gospels if they are intended solely for the Church. Pretribulationism sees much, if not all, of the Book of Matthew and most of the Book of Revelation as not written for the Church, but rather for "unsaved" Israel that will come to know Christ during the 70th Week. How can the Church not be in mind in these key passages in light of the given audiences to whom these books are written (Rev. 1:1 - His bondservants, and 22:16 - the churches, and Mt. 28:20 - the new disciples from all nations)? In reality, pretribulationism accomplishes for the conservative Christian what he dare not do with culture. Liberalism throws out Scripture because it says it is cultural. Pretribulationism throws Scripture into what Greek scholar, Samuel Tregelles, called "The Jewish wastebasket" because it says it is not applicable to the Church.
ARE THERE TWO PAROUSIAS OF CHRIST? Fourth, pretribulationism sees two separate parousias (comings) of Christ, one when He comes "for His Church" and the second, when He comes "with His Church," a grammatical position with not one verse of substantiation or explanation. One second coming of Christ (parousia) is referred to, never two, never spoken of in the plural, and never differentiated by any writer, including Christ. As important as the return of Christ is, if two separate parousias were the teachings of Christ and Paul, there would be no confusion in this matter. What's even worse, the proof text of Christ coming "with" the Church is a singular passage given in Revelation 19. At the great and final battle of Armageddon, "the armies which are heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him [Christ] on white horses" (v.14). Simply because they are wearing white linen clothing some assume Christ's army must be the "bride of Christ," even though the angels are seen wearing the exact same clothing (Rev. 15:6). Both Christ and Paul taught that it would be His angels that accompany Christ in battle during the day of the Lord (Mt. 16:27; 2 Th. 1:7-8). The idea that the new bride of Christ is to, immediately after the marriage ceremony described earlier in the chapter, follow her bridegroom into battle stretches one's imagination, especially in the light of the other clear teachings of Scripture. The prewrath view sees only one parousia of Christ, at a time that perfectly harmonizes every passage.
WHAT IS THE TEACHING OF REVELATION 3:10? Fifth, some try to use Revelation 3:10 as the key verse to prove that the Church will not be present during "the hour of testing." However some of the greatest recognized Greek scholars of the past several centuries (i.e. Moffatt, Goodspeed, Fausset, Beckwith, Zahn, Trench, Swete, Alford, Tregelles, and Robertson to name just a few) take the position that this verse promises removal out from within the sphere of danger, not kept outside it. If protection outside the sphere of danger had been what was intended, clearly other Greek words (i.e. apo) would have been used instead of ek. In addition, if pretribulationism is going to use Rev. 3:10 (the church of Philadelphia) as a proof text, then it must also be consistent and use the church of Thyatira with the same end-time application. In that church Christ directly tells John that "My bondservants" (Rev. 2:20) who have been led astray by Jezebel, "I will cast . . . into great tribulation unless they repent of her [Jezebel's] deeds" (Rev. 2:22). The next verse goes on to say that "all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts." Therefore, the bondservants are part of the Church, not a group of believers that come to Christ after the Church has been raptured. As it is, only Christ uses this term "great tribulation" and only three times in Scripture. In the other two cases (Mt. 24:21; Rev. 7:14) there is no question that it refers to the second half of the seventieth week. To accommodate its position, pretribulationism must deny the obvious. On the other hand, If Christ meant what He said, and "great tribulation" refers to exactly how He used the phrase in His other teaching concerning the last days, the pretribulation view of Revelation 3:10 is directly contradictory to Revelation 2:22. Testing always implies separation of ranking. There is no need to test the whole world after the separation has already taken place. However, pretribulationism maintains that the testing occurs after the rapture of the Church. The prewrath view, by comparison, shows that the Church is removed during the testing as the Scripture says, "the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation [the same word translated "testing" in Rev. 3:10] and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment" (2 Peter 2:9).
WHAT ABOUT IMMINENCY? Sixth, the doctrine of imminency is nowhere taught in Scripture. The concept that Christ could return at "any moment" since His departure back to heaven is simply not taught anywhere in the entire Bible. Not one of the passages used to sustain imminency, actually teach imminency. Expectancy, yes. Imminency (an any-moment rapture), no. If imminency had been the concept that the writers had wanted to convey, it could have and would have been clearly stated (in fact 19th century promoters of pretribulationism initially taught expectancy rather than imminency for this reason). In addition, there were many events prophesied by Christ, known throughout the Christian world at that time, that still had to occur before He could return, such as the destruction of the Temple (Lk. 21:6) and the death of Peter (Jn. 21:18-19). Imminency was an impossibility until the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. Likewise, Christ taught that His rescue of the elect of God will occur "on the same day" that His wrath will begin upon the wicked that remain (Lk 17:26-30). There is no gap of time between the rapture and His wrath. If the seventieth week of Daniel is really the wrath of God, as pretribulationism maintains, and the seventieth week begins with Israel's covenant with Antichrist (Dan. 9:27), then Israel must be back in the land and Antichrist must be on the world scene before the Rapture, a simple deduction which once again destroys the unbiblical concept of imminency. But the prewrath position has no problem with any of these passages, including Revelation 12:12, where the persecution of Antichrist against the "elect" of God during the great tribulation is not called the wrath of God, but rather, the wrath of Satan. Pretribulationism makes Antichrist's persecution of God's elect the wrath of God. Prewrath rapturism sees this great persecution as the wrath of Satan (Rev. 12:12 being the proof text). Antichrist's persecution of God's elect is never the wrath of God (Mt. 24:21-22; Rev. 12:7; 13:7; 14:12-13).
IS THE GREAT TRIBULATION CUT SHORT? Lastly, why does pretribulationism deny the clear, plain teaching of Christ that states His coming will occur when He cuts short (amputates) the great tribulation for the sake of the lives of the elect (Mt. 24:21-31)? This theme is repeated and expanded upon in Mark and Luke with the same substance and sequence again perfectly confirmed by the teaching of Paul to the Thessalonian church. Why deny the clear warnings given to the Church that enters the last days? The stakes are so very high!
IS THE CHURCH AT RISK? Those who teach pretribulationism run a big risk by telling believers that this does not concern them. Christ specifically told the disciples to teach His disciples from all nations "to observe all that I commanded you" (Mt. 28:20) and again told John "to show to His bondservants that things which must shortly take place" (Rev. 1:1). Yet, pretribulationism teaches that these two critical passages (Matthew 24 and Revelation) are not written for the Church, but for unsaved Israel that enters into the final seven years of human history as we know it. Why are His "bondservants" told to read, hear, and heed the words of the prophecy of Christ's revelation to John (Rev. 1:3)? Woe to the one who "takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, [because] God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city" (Rev. 22:19). If one compares all the passages of Revelation, they all fit perfectly and give no comfort to the compromising Church of the last days. We have such an overwhelming concern for the Church today. We are upset about what is being taught because the teaching of Christ is so clear concerning the persecution the Church will undergo before Christ returns, and the cost will be so high to those who are unprepared.
WHAT DOES SCRIPTURE TEACH? It is very interesting to read the negative reviews on the prewrath position. Not one review to date has dealt with the biblical position of prewrath. Some have set up straw men, and when they tear these straw men down, they think they have accomplished something. Others rehash the idea that certainly all the great men who held to pretribulationism could not have been wrong. The reason, we believe, is because the prewrath position cannot be attacked by taking Scripture at its face value. It is too firmly based upon Scripture. Their argument is not with us, it's with the Word of God. We have only taken it for what it says, harmonized it with all the other passages saying the exact same thing and gone on record that the Bible clearly tells us what will occur just prior to the coming of Christ. To say that we are concerned is an understatement. Whereas we refuse to set dates and hopefully will never be guilty of trying to squeeze Scripture into fitting current events, rather wait for current events to fulfill Scripture; nevertheless, there is a sense of urgency that drives our aggressiveness, as you may sense from the tenor of this study. The condition of the Church today and the world's political scene are such that the beginning of the seventieth week of Daniel could begin, as it were, overnight. Pretribulationism, if it is wrong, will result in the untold agony of innocent Christians who have believed it. In light of that, end-time prophecy becomes very relevant, "For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved [delivered], what will become of the godless man and the sinner?" (1 Peter 4:17-18). On the other hand, if the prewrath view is wrong, it has only helped make Christians more alert and watchful for the return of Christ through holy living (2 Th. 1:4-11; Lk. 21:25-36; 1 Jn. 2:28). The problem is that we know that the words of Christ, substantiated by Paul, are for the Church, and the unprepared Church has been set up for "a great tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall, and unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, those days shall be cut short" (Mt. 24:21). That makes all previous persecutions pale in comparison to the persecution the elect of God will undergo during the great tribulation of Antichrist. The truth must be proclaimed, no matter how unacceptable it is to those who seem more concerned with tradition than the clear teaching of Christ, especially in the day and age we live in today. "It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe that man through whom the stumbling block comes" (Mt. 18:7). Paul, after warning the confused Thessalonians to "let no one in any way deceive you" (2 Th. 2:3) concerning the timing of "our gathering together to Him [Christ]" and the timing of when "the day of the Lord has come" (2 Th. 2:1-2), ends his profoundly clear sequence of events that must precede the "appearance of His [Christ] coming" (2 Th. 2:8) with this admonition: "If anyone does not obey [listen, attend to] our instruction [words] in this letter [which is almost entirely prophetic concerning the second coming of Christ], take special note of that man and do not associate with him so that he may be put to shame. And yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother." (2 Th. 3:14-15). Why? Because the stakes are too high for genuine believers to be misled by teachers in whom they have put their trust. The beginning of the seventieth week could occur almost overnight. We are the first generation of the Church since 70 A.D. to be in this peculiar position in history. As never before, we must be alert and sober.
CONCLUSION We realize that there are many views concerning prophecy. However, there is a major disagreement by sincere men of God over every position one chooses to take and be dogmatic about. If one employs the proper hermeneutic (consistent literal interpretation), truth can be known by those willing to study to show themselves approved, by rightly dividing the Word of God. But truth is truth no matter who agrees or disagrees, or how sincere their motives. So it is with end-time theology. The truth of what is being taught is Scripture is so simple. What are complex and confusing about the coming of Christ are the systems and traditions of men which have absolutely no biblical basis. Men and their wishful thinking make the issues concerning the last days confusing, which aids the cause of Satan who cannot afford to have the Church prepared for the last days. Satan will do all he can to keep men out of the Book of Genesis, upon which fact all men will be held accountable (Rom. 1:20). He will also do all he can to keep men out of the Book of Revelation, because end-time events, in particular the "hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth" (Rev. 3:10), will determine what will happen to Satan (Rev. 20:2) and who will rule the world (Rev. 11:15).
Well, you have seen our heart, our passion, and why we are driven the way we are, especially as we see the compromised condition of the Church today and know the cost of being unprepared. Our prayer is that the Church will not be "surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation" (1 Pet. 4:12-13) rather than "shrink away from Him in shame at His coming" (1 Jn. 2:28). We realize the battle that we are in, yet we know that God has given us the grace to overcome whatever hardships go with the territory. Yet we have the quiet peace that what we do, we do for the sheep we are commanded to shepherd, based upon the authority of Scripture that we teach them "to observe all that I [Christ] command you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Praise God."

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God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 22-Nov-2008