Tuesday, 30 September 2008

The Pre-Wrath Rapture

#118: Hello again folks! I was talking the other day with Bob Mitchell specifically on the debate ongoing between those believers who hold to the belief in the Pre-Trib Rapture and those who hold to the Post-Trib Rapture view. There may even be a TV debate on this in the near future. My point in discussing this with Bob was that the other two views must also be covered in any debate so that believers can go way and be Bereans and check it out for themselves [not blindly running to their Pastor or favorite Tim La Haye book ... but to literally investigate it for themselves without pre-conceived ideas or notions; comparing scripture with scripture].

Whatever Rapture view one holds to; this is not a primary doctrine or a tenet of the faith. So it should be questioned, studied, debated and tested without the threat of dis-fellowship, excommunication ore even worse, indifference or bigotry. Some movements and churches treat this subject as a holy cow without realising the damage that blind obedience to church articles or policies can do. Paul was pleased to acknowledge the Bereans for their willingness to test all things and prove all things. So should the church in the 21st century.

So what are the other two views on the timing of the Rapture? They are the Mid-Trib view and the Pre-Wrath view. Those heretics [I can't think of an alternative word] who teach that the "rapture is a lie of the devil" are themselves purveyors of the doctrines of demons anyway.

So, I hear you ask, what is the Rapture? The word 'rapture' is derived from the Latin word 'raeptius' that equates to the Greek word 'harpazō' and means 'to snatch away' or 'be caught up; suddenly'. This event of being translated, in the blink of an eye [11/100th's of a second], to be with the Lord Jesus Christ whilst assuming an incorruptible new body, is a part of the prophetic, yet-to-occur happenings as predicted in the Bible; specifically the books of Daniel, Revelation, Matthew 24-25 and 2 Thessalonians amongst others. The debate on the timing of the Rapture should therefore be divided across the four [4] views - not just the two [2] views usually espoused. Here is a brief summary:
  1. Pre-Trib: the Rapture takes place before the seven [7] year [each being 360 days] Tribulation that equates to the seventieth [70th] week of Daniel.
  2. Post-Trib: the Rapture takes place at the end of the Tribulation [2,520 days after antichrist signs the covenant of death].
  3. Mid-Trib: the Rapture takes place at the mid-point of the Tribulation [after 1,260 days]
  4. Pre-Wrath: the Rapture takes place at the time of the sixth [6th] Seal.

The purpose of this blog is to engender debate and study. May I suggest that you visit this [in my opinion] excellent ministry web-site: prewrathministries.org

I also have read these two [2] books and find the amount of prayer, study and scripture comparison with scripture inspiring and informative. As with all books on this subject matter, there is some [personal] speculation within, but on the whole, I personally recommend that you invest in these books:-
  • The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church (Paperback) by Marvin J. Rosenthal (Author); Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (June 1990); ISBN-10: 0840731604; ISBN-13: 978-8407316047
  • The Sign (Paperback) by Robert Van Kampen (Author); Publisher: Crossway Books; 3rd Revised edition (October 20, 2000); ISBN-10: 1581342322; ISBN-13: 978-1581342321

Jesus warned His disciples to be ready for His return and to NOT be deceived. Amongst the perils that will beset the remnant church in these last days is the money gospel and the almost mandatory, mainline 'traditional' belief in the Pre-Trib Rapture. When the current fad for faith in cash and the things of this world [not the next world] fails and, perhaps, the Rapture doesn't happen when expected [some will recognize the antichrist - see 2 Thessalonians 2], I believe that there will be a falling away amongst the church because things didn't happen to the plan taught by their movements and churches; and they have to endure at least part of the Tribulation [the wrath of satan] until they are rescued [if faithful] via the Rapture before the wrath or God/Day of the Lord.

Whether or not you agree with my hypothesis; please research all four views for yourself and don't rely on the opinion of men. Be a Berean and you may well end up better prepared and ready for the curtain call on Time than your brothers and sisters.

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

Monday, 29 September 2008

The Big Picture?

#117: Hello again folks! So the US Senate has [at least initially] thrown out the great bail-out plan; it needed 217 votes but only got 205 votes.

At the same time; over here in the UK; the Government [and I use that term loosely] has now nationalized the 8th biggest bank - the 'Bradford & Bingley'. This follows on from the Northern Rock collapse, the Alliance & Leicester surrender and HBOS falling into the clutches of Lloyds TSB. Not to mention the bankruptcy of 'XL'; the UK's third biggest tour operator. We have a situation here where mass debt is being 'nationalized'. Like a house of cards or a train of dominoes. Falling one at a time.

And the same is happening with our American cousins. I've now lost count of how many US national and regional financial institutions have gone bust or have been swallowed up or have been bailed out by the US Treasury [of course, on behalf of you ordinary US citizens and taxpayers].

Barry Smith was right ... wasn't he? He may have got the timing out but not the certainty of these events.

The Iranians and all those Arab; Japanese and Chinese investors [including their governments] must be watching with interest. And with some glee at the troubles of the final days of George W Bush II's second term. If the slide cannot be arrested, very soon the US will not be seen as a 'AAA' economy; stable enough to host the worlds present reserve currency - the US Dollar. Iran has already commenced its own oil bourse [trading in Euros] with the express aim of destabilizing the US economy directly or indirectly.

The US was in a great deal of debt before the 'credit crunch'. Add the recent additions of billions of dollars to this and that is quite a sum... here is a link to the US National Debt Clock:
I am not a prophet or a seer. But this is where I think we might be headed if our understanding is right of the framework of the tapestry that is the build-up to the Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The US is not in the picture as a major player in End Times theology [eschatology]. Therefore it must decline while [I hate to say it] the EU is on the up [Europa Rising]. I believe we are seeing this major correction or the beginning of it right now. On the flip-side of this; we see Russia and China becoming major players with the former in league with Syria and Iran [kings of the north?] and the latter in league with Sudan [one of the kings of the south]; amongst others. Israel's only big-time benefactor is the US. The Russians and the Chinese are not exactly friends; they are foes. If and when the US suffers this fall from grace [for whatever reason - and there are many]; Israel will be, to a large extent, on its own. I believe that it is then that some sort of conflict [maybe by a proxy war: Syria/Russia/Iran thru' Hezbollah/Hamas] will ensue. The economic wobble that always occurs during and after a major conflict; on the back of the 'credit crunch'; will put 'world stability' at risk in terms of the fallout from wars [and rumours of wars] and financial meltdown. Someone will then arrive on the scene internationally seeming to have all the answers to the war, oil and money ills of the days. He will also confirm or construct a 'peace settlement' for Israel with her enemies [the Bible calls this 'agreement' the covenant of sheol - death]. Israel will be charmed by the seemingly messianic 'everyones a winner' plaudits that this man will be awarded with. You know the rest - if you know your Bible.
If you are British or American; if there ever was a time for national repentance before God for our backsliding and our desertion of Israel; it is now. If you are a True Christian; if there ever was a time to try to reach your family; friends and even foes; it is now. If you are none of the above; the Bible says that NOW is the day of salvation [not tomorrow; next week; next month or next year]. And there is only one Saviour; one Mediator between God and man [i.e. you]; one Redeemer; one Righteous Judge and one King - the Lord Jesus Christ - who took your place on the cross @ Calvary - who paid for your sins so that you can receive the gift of True Salvation and Eternal Life. A truly good deal. All you have to do is just ask Him. And He'll do the rest because it's already done!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 29-Sep-2008

Back to Basics

#116: Hello again folks! I am over the moon about Wolverhampton Wanderers being the #1 team in the English Football League Championship at the moment with seven wins and a draw in their first eight [8] games and twenty three [23] goals too! So today I was looking at the BBC sports web-site today in anticipation of Wolves' next game tomorrow against Reading when I stumbled on some 'news' regarding the Church of England: news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7639434.stm
I'll summarize for you. The CoE has put advertisements in some of the Midlands football clubs' programmes asking readers to "return to church". Why? Because marketing and polling experts ['researchers'] have told them that six million [6,000,000] people would "return to church" if somebody asked them!
So much for the 'Alpha Course'; the 'Purpose Driven Life' et al. Folks, we've all missed the mark. All we ever needed to do was to ask people to come to church and the CoE would now be bursting at the seams ... let alone other denominations.
I have a message for the CoE on what to do to arrest their slide - from the good book:-
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." [2 Timothy 4:2]
There's no need for advertising campaigns; ecumenism; the 'social gospel'; redundant 'bible' or 'life question' courses or any other gimmicks. Please just stick to the Great Commission:-
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." [Matthew 28:19-20]
Try God's [narrow] Way instead of fallen man's [wide] ways and, you never know, you might just see some real growth; not necessarily in numbers at first - but in spiritual maturity - the real measure.
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 29-Sep-2008

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Creature Feature

#115: Hello again folks! What wonderful weather we are having here in England this September; all the more reason to thank God for our blessings every day. I was pottering about this morning and this scripture came to mind:

"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse; Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." [Romans 1:20-25]

This is what came to mind: there are [amongst all the other] words in this passage of scripture three [3] that spring out; namely CREATION, CREATURE, CREATOR. What is my point here? If there ain't a Creator, there ain't no creation and there ain't no creatures! On the other hand - if there are creatures then there is a creation that they are part of and there is a Creator.

Now; please follow my train of thought: How many animals did you see, hear, touch, smell or feel today? Do you realise that, every day, you and I enjoy with the five [5] senses God gave us the creatures that God created in His creation. Let alone the plants, fauna, rocks, water and sand. Have you seen the sky, the clouds, the heavens at night [we can see Venus and Mars shining brightly in the night sky sometimes as well as the moon]? All around us we see the evidence of the hand of the Creator.
So when Paul wrote his epistle to the True believers in Rome; he reminded them very early in the letter that all around them [and us] is the evidence/proof of a Creator-Redeemer God. Therefore no-one has an excuse in denying the One True God or their own lowly, fallen state. Because the creation is fallen [later on in the letter, as Paul put it, it is groaning [coming apart at the seams]; awaiting redemption - then so are we.
The evolution heresy denies not only the Creator God but the Redeemer God - Jesus Christ. It denies the creation [and by extension the fall of man] and it denies the need for True salvation. It is very difficult in my opinion to receive the True Gospel if you don't understand what sin is and what a sinful state one is in. It is like accepting a ladder to get out of a pit but not remembering or knowing why one is in the pit in the first place!
So; the next time you hear the word CREATURE uttered forth by David Attenborough; Richard Dawkins; any atheist; your Pastor; your neighbour; your family; your friend; your enemy - anyone - they are attesting to the creation - whether they like it or not. Creatures are created by a Creator. Full stop. End of story. Why not make a note of the number of times that you read or hear the word "creature" this week? It'll amaze you folks!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 27-Sep-2008

Friday, 26 September 2008

Match Report: Israel vs. ROTW

#114: Hello again folks! As he [in his own mind at least] attempts to create the conditions for the arrival of the madhi [or maybe the false prophet as the Book of Revelation calls him?]; Iranian President Ahmadinejad made another speech [or tirade] at the UN this week. His speech was NOT widely reported at all; superceded by the hype of the "credit crunch" et al. Here are some of his words:

"The dignity, decency and rights of the American and European nations are being manipulated by a small but cunning group of people called Zionists… who control the important centers of the economy and the decision-making… It is troubling to see that a number of leading presidents and [presidential] candidates from large countries are visiting these people, participating in their conventions… and are committed to their interests… These facts indicate that the American people and the European states are forced to give in to the demands and whims of a small group of materialistic and invasive people… and to waste their resources and dignity on the crimes of the occupiers and the threats of the Zionist network against their will."
Following his speech, Ahmadinejad basked in the applause of heads of state, diplomats and dignitaries. And now, the ultimate insult is that Iran is seeking a seat on the UN Security Council!!! I'm sure his Russian and Chinese friends are assisting him in his quest.
This leader of one the most influential muslim countries in the world is true to his islamic faith and koranic teaching and it should be said that there is not a lot of evidence for the so-called "religion of peace" being, well, a religion of peace. Muslims kill each other more than any 'infidel' ever did [re: the sunni/shi'ite conflict; the Iran/Iraq war et al]. So this continued focus on the 'Zionist regime' is not political at all; it is a religious crusade riding on the anti-Semitic words of the koran, the ultimate in 'hate crime' or 'hate speech'. But it is not outlawed by the UN [they applaud him] or the PC left [silence, what silence?].
Why? Because the prophetic word of the Bible is being fulfilled right before your eyes ... the building up of the ultimate fight: the rest of the world vs. Israel [to be concluded at the Battle of Armageddon] is ramping up. So it is up to Jew and Israel loving Christians to speak up for Jews and Israelis whilst doing their level best to show them that Yeshua truly is Messiah. A difficult balance for sure. But necessary. It may mean that you and I will have to step into the firing line; but God is with those who bless the apple of His eye.
So; we have had that speech this week and also Paul McCartney [with 1,500 security personnel protecting him] defying the threats to his person [by peace -partner palestinians and adherents of the 'religion of peace' - you know which one] for coming to Israel for the first time to play a gig. Why? Because of the 'unfair occupation of the west bank' by Israel. In other words; the ongoing insult to allah due to the fact that land once occupied under the islamic ummah is now in YHWH's chosen peoples hands. Not much evidence here either for the peaceful religion or palestinian peaceful goodwill to its peace-partner?
That speech didn't get a whole lot of mass media coverage and the ex-Beatle members concert received a little more. All while the US economy hogs the headlines. I've been saying this for quite a while now; DON'T MISS WHAT IS GOING ON BEHIND THE HEADLINES! Be faithful watchmen and women and use what is going on to show the validity and Truth of the Holy Bible - while you still have the freedom and before True Christianity is labelled 'hate speech'. Oddly enough; the head of Iran was just given an ovation for his threats against Israel at the UN. Wasn't that real hate speech? The silence is deafening.
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 26-Sep-2008

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Cyber Crime: Shoehorn for the Mark?

#113: Hello again folks! A lot of material is out there detailing the current media trumpeted "credit crunch" and, quite rightly, how this current situation may or will lead to the infamous 'mark of the beast' spoken of the Book of Revelation. And, yes, this is indeed a major part of the picture. Just check out the words "Verichip"; "Digital Angel" or Applied Digital Solutions" in your search engine and see what comes up.
But today I want to write to you about a subject that has personally touched the Sinclair clan in the last month ... and is one of the reasons I haven't had as much time to publish more blogs recently.
During the middle of last month; I received an email, that I thought was from my Internet bank, asking for some personal information [not a password] so that BACS payments could be made more quickly into my account. It was so good in it's format and presentation and so seemingly routine that it fooled me completely. Within a couple of hours, a person with an eastern European name [surprise, surprise] had stolen all the money in our bank account to the nearest pound; including the overdraft facility; and had taken a loan out in my name for nearly £10,000; kindly leaving about 75% of it in my account to mask what they had done. It was so deceptive and quick; like the springing of a coiled Cobra on its prey. But thank God and all due credit to my bank for restoring the status quo; cancelling the loan and going after the criminal[s] who did it.
I have had a little time to ponder this event since, hence this particular blog. I'm not going to use this unfortunate incident to berate illegal immigrants or people from eastern Europe. We can blame the EU indirectly at least. But I do have some thoughts that I would like to share with you.
The '666' "Mark of the Beast" is coming ... and sooner that you think. It will come, probably as a voluntary 'option' first and then, when the antichrist decrees it, it will be mandatory. It will come on the wings of promises of peace and security that the son of perdition will ride upon as he promises that his solutions will benefit all. It will come after the crash of cash; the decline of the US dollar [and probably the USA itself - I can't find our American cousins in end-time prophecy]. It will come as a response to terrorist attacks and setbacks in the 'war on terror' - mainly by islamic fundamentalists [true koran adherents] but also hindu separatists [as is happening now in India; pastors and lay christians are under threat - please read the article below]. It may even come as famines; earthquakes and pestilences mean that people need identifying for medical assistance or burial tagging in greater numbers. This is all part of the tapestry that is the End Times.

But a major factor will be the effects of cyber crime - mainly theft - via the sin wagon that is the Internet [80% of which has been estimated to be pornography and a portion of the rest is a con mans paradise]. Having been a victim of cyber crime but having a biblical worldview that means I won't be signing away my freedom just yet; I can see this issue of theft [both of money and identity] becoming - in tandem with all the other factors - the shoehorn for the mark of the Beast. Learn from my mistake [I have]. And keep watching on a international, national and personal level. And read Revelation chapter 13 while you are at it!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 24-Sep-2008

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

EU Watch: Sarkozy Soundbites

#112: Hello again folks! There have been some excellent articles on the UKIP website lately. Here's another interesting piece that I read on the UKIP web site; also dated Thursday 11th September:

"What we need," said President Sarkozy, "is a fixed, two-and-a-half-year presidency and a permanent, fully-fledged foreign minister" UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP reports from Paris.
President Sarkozy explained in detail how he sprang into action within days of the Russian retaliation in South Ossetia and prevented escalation to a larger war. He seemed genuinely to believe that he had achieved this single-handed.
One could not help thinking that perhaps he did, although I was puzzled by his claim that he had acted on behalf of the EU because there had been no EU-summit before he went!"
"Surely, Mr Sarkozy," I said, "in those negotiations with the Russians, you acted as the President of France, did you not, rather than that of the EU Council?"
According to the interpreter, he said: "This is why Lisbon is so essential: if the conflict had broken out, still without the Lisbon Treaty, but under the following Czech EU presidency not much could have been done ..."
"What we need," he urged, "is a fixed, two-and-a-half-year presidency and a permanent, fully-fledged foreign minister." So there you have it: an EU-state, with Sarkozy at the helm, is his answer to everything."
So there you have it. The six-month presidency is not long enough for this fellow. True Christians need not be surprised at the ambition of Monsieur Sarkozy; the French President; maybe the secular world will be - but not Bible-conversant believers. A lot of people have put this gentlemen on their "anti-christ watchlist" - and not without good reason. The EU Beast is a Roman Catholic/Franco-German vehicle after all. And the Bible has plenty to say about political Babylon and religious Babylon.
I wonder when the man of perdition will come to the fore and kick out the three pretenders? Keep watching; testing; proving; praying; fellowshipping; exhorting and discerning with all due diligence!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 23-Sep-2008

EU Watch: Irish Vote #2 on the Way

#111: Hello again folks! Here is another interesting piece that I've read on the UKIP website; dated Thursday 11th September:
"The Irish Republic will be pressed to hold a second referendum on the Lisbon/EU constitutional Treaty, officials in Brussels have decided.
The Daily Telegraph reports that an internal EU briefing paper entitled “The Solution to the Irish Problem” says the Dublin government will give in to demands for a second vote to overturn the previous rejection of the treaty before an EU summit in October.
The briefing suggests that the second referendum would be held in the autumn of next year, leading to the final ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in 2010.
An influential group of French officials has written the document, the Telegraph says. They say Ireland will agree to a new vote because guarantees will be given on abortion, taxes, the country’s neutrality and the maintenance of the Irish Commissioner in Brussels.
However, the president of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, wants the Irish to vote again, and give the "right" answer, before next year’s European elections. He fears the poll will become a referendum on a treaty many people in Europe do not like.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP has said that is precisely how the party sees the 2009 Euro-vote – the referendum that the British people were promised but were never given. Read the story at Telegraph.co.uk"
So the undemocratic EU will force the Irish into yet another vote in order to obtain the "right result". I suggest that you watch this space in the next few months ... and watch how the EU uses "pressure" and open bribery to railroad our Irish friends into the EU 4th Reich. This is the sort of news not being openly broadcast at present amidst all the hype and spin of the "credit crunch" [the 'bust' bit of a 'boom and bust' cycle] et al. Don't be hoodwinked. Check out for yourself what is going on beneath the headlines. Sharia courts in the UK; the EU juggernaut moving into high gear - I bet that you haven't seen this news on the BBC; CNN; ITV; Sky or Fox news. And there's more. So keep watching and warning. These are all excellent witnessing opportunities.
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 23-Sep-2008

Sharia Law now Official in the UK

#110: Hello again folks! Here is an interesting piece that I've read on the UKIP website; dated Sunday 14th September:
"Islamic law is now operating in the UK with official backing, reports The Sunday Times. Five sharia courts have been allowed by the government to have their judgements in Muslim civil cases enforceable by the High Court or county courts.
The courts are in Nuneaton, London, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester and two further “official” sharia courts are scheduled for Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Previously depending only on voluntary compliance by Muslims, these courts have been given legal authority by being classified as “tribunals”, the decisions of which are supported by UK courts.
Muslim leaders claim the same authority as Jewish Beth Din courts, which are permitted to resolve civil cases involving such matters as business disputes and divorce. But it has emerged that the sharia courts are also acting in cases of domestic violence and have ambitions to pass judgement in criminal cases.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the head of the judiciary, Lord Phillips, have both supported giving legal force to sharia judgments, but their views have raised fears of the growth of a “parallel” legal system for Muslims in the UK which would undermine the supremacy of British law. Read the full story at Timesonline"
So there you have it. The de-christianization of the United Kingdom PLC is gaining momentum; with the full approval of the archdruid of Canterbury; who - it seems - is more than happy for the reunification of the apostate CoE behemoth to the Roman Catholic Jezebel as well.
Christians ... wake up and smell the coffee! In other words ... watchmen; get watching & get warning ... SOS ... emergency ... calling all Honest Men!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 23-Sep-2008

Monday, 22 September 2008

Tall Stories and Flat Lies?

#109: Hello again folks! What a great meeting at Beit Baruch in Rugeley yesterday with Sir Bob Mitchell. I'm told recordings of his three [3] talks are available @ £5 each. If you are interested; please contact Bob or Julie Edensor or even moi. I have a question for you. Before I ask it I would like you to look at this video clip and steady yourself:
Now - are you sitting comfortably? My question is: What ground-shattering event occurred just over seven [7] years ago [has it really been that long?] and was the catalyst for the supposed 'war on terror' [that should be re-named the 'shoehorn of the new world order']?
I've seen so many demolitions; both filmed and photographed; of various chimneys; tower blocks and the like being brought down to ground zero; and every time the question screams at me: why do [most] people believe the 'official' 9/11 story without reservation?
Remember - not all conspiracies are theories; some are fact.
What I am saying is that people need to check things out for themselves and not believe the mass media without; at the very least; questioning what they are being told. Otherwise the 'Big Brother' Orwellian scenario of '1984' will be played out here in 2008!
The ultimate source of information and Truth with a capital 'T' is the Bible. There you will find the future history of the world and the True Church. But it doesn't do any harm to be a watchman and watch world events as long as one doesn't try the force-fit the Bible into those events instead of enquiring about those events in the prophetic Word of the Bible.
So my friends [er ... sorry Marian - I mean brothers and sisters]: "... believe not every spirit [or news outlet: KJS]; but try the spirits to see if they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world." [I John 4:1]
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 22-Sep-2008

Friday, 19 September 2008

Meeting Announcement: Autumn Concert

#108: Hello again folks! It is my pleasure to support an event being organized by one of my recommended churches ... Temple Baptist Church in Wolverhampton c/o Pastor Tom Gritts:

"Our Autumn Concert is approaching and tickets are being sold. We have a limited number due to the size of the venue so we just wanted to invite and remind you about the event again. On Saturday September 27th; Temple Baptist Church is hosting a Christian Concert at the White House [Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England]. We will start at 5:00PM with a buffet and the music will start at 6:00PM. We hope to be done by at least 9:00PM so no one will be really late home on a Saturday evening! We will have a variety of music from bluegrass to instrumentals. A creche will be provided. It should be a wonderful evening of fellowship and enjoyment. Tickets cost £5.00 per adult and £2.50 per child ages 6-10; under 5's are free. On the door the cost will be more, so if you would like to get the lower price, we need to have your numbers. If you will contact us to hold a number of tickets for you, you can pay on the night at the lower price. An email [tggritts@hotmail.com] or call to me on ++ 44 [0] 1902 843995 will hold your tickets. The concert is a fundraising event for the building extension to Temple Baptist Church so an offering will be received during the evening."

See you there?

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 19-Sep-2008

Signs of the Times [1]

#107: Hello again folks! While all about you are losing their heads [and their pension nest-egg] ...
While we are sidetracked by the silly season that is the mass media [and I have MUCH to write about that; believe me]; I noticed something today whilst picking up Rebekah and James from school this afternoon and then picking up a few knick-knacks from Dorisons [... er ... I mean Morrisons!].
That is, to say, a school uniform being worn about the place. The 'emblem' of Codsall High School here in sunny Wolverhampton is the 'yin and yang' symbol so closely associated with eastern religion and mysticism!
I'm one of the generation that still had school assemblies; sang hymns; prayed [publicly] and even heard scripture [God bless Collingwood Junior School and Northicote High School for these small mercies!].
This is a real sign of the times ... yes ... the present financial system is on the way out and the 'mark' is coming; yes ... there are wars and rumours of wars; yes ... there are earthquakes and famines and pestilences and the waves are roaring regularly giving men faint hearts; but underneath all this ... this country [England] is being abolished; our Christian heritage is being re-written and our children are being brainwashed about things that the Good Book calls 'doctrines of demons'.
I've been saying this for some time. There's a lot going on that ISN'T in the news but is fulfilling the prophetic Word. So keep watching ... men .... and women!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 19-Sep-2008

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Meeting Announcement: Bob Mitchell

#106: Hello again folks! Apologies for the long spaces between my blogs at present ... life issues ... life's full of 'em!
Please be reminded that my good friend and brother Bob Mitchell; together with his wife Maria; will be speaking at an all-day meeting at Beit Baruch, Rugeley, Staffordshire, on Sunday 21st September 2008. The meeting will start at around or about 11:00am at this address:-
Beit Baruch Brereton & Ravenhill Parish Hall off Brereton Park Main Road, Brereton, Rugeley, Staffordshire WS15 1DS England
Please contact the lovely Julie Edensor on telephone number ++ 44 [0] 1889 882031 or email: jl.edensor@virgin.net for further details ... or contact Bob on ++ 44 [0] 1424 422037 or email: shofaruk2@yahoo.com ... or leave any question/query/comment here.

Either way it would be nice to make your acquaintance there and then. Food and refreshments will be available in the short spaces of time between Bob's message[s]! See you there?
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 18-Sep-2008

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Shalom - The Rainbow Shop

#105: Hello again folks! Julie and I have just spent the weekend [without Rebekah and James; thanx are due to my mother and father-in-law for their child minding ministry!] in Evesham celebrating our 11th Wedding Anniversary. And despite the inclement weather we visited Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon plus Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water in the beautiful Cotswolds.
While we were in Bourton; we visited a Christian bookshop/cafe called "Shalom - The Rainbow Shop" [run by Keith & Jennie Hemming] where we looked at their range of Christian books, CD's et al and enjoyed a nice pot of tea c/w scones, cream and jam. This little place was a spiritual oasis and has its own testimony in its very existence.
As with most Christian businesses/ministries; they have had to overcome significant odds [financial; spiritual etc.] just to get going and keep going. Bob and Maria Mitchell have shown us a Christian bookshop in Hastings that has an occultic shop opposite and the same is true in Boscastle, Cornwall and other places in the UK [another 'sign of the times'].
So I am pleased to recommend this place to any of you who live in Gloucestershire or thereabouts; or if you are on holiday or on your travels in that area of England. I've lost count of the testimonies I've heard where the Lord has triumphed in seemingly impossible or improbable circumstances.
The question that this visit has prompted me to ask is this: Do we have a road-block in our life of faith that needs to be totally trusted to the Lord???
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 07-Sep-2008

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Concerned about CERN?

#104: Hello again folks! I took off the afternoon on Monday 1st September to spend some quality time with my wife Julie on the occasion of her 21st birthday. Whilst enjoying the hospitality of my mum-in-law [Doris] and basking in the afterglow of her 70th birthday celebrations last Friday; I was directed to an article in 'The Sun' newspaper entitled "End of the world due in nine days" by my father-in-law [Don] concerning what is about to transpire at CERN.
Now you might ask: "Who or what on earth is CERN?" It is the European Nuclear Research Centre in Switzerland and an "experiment" is to be carried out on 10th September at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), located 300ft underground near the French-Swiss border."
END OF THE WORLD DUE IN NINE DAYS [Paul Sutherland; Published: 1st September]
"SCIENTISTS are trying to stop the most powerful experiment ever – saying the black holes it will create could destroy the world. Dubbed by some the Doomsday test, it will be carried out next week in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), located 300ft underground near the French-Swiss border. The machine is 17 miles long and cost £4.4billion to create. When its switch is pulled on September 10, this atom-smasher will become a virtual time machine, revealing what happened when the universe came into existence 14 billion years ago. New particles of matter are expected to be discovered, new dimensions found beyond the four known, as scientists re-create conditions in the first BILLIONTHS of a second after the Big Bang. Experts even predict that millions of tiny black holes will be produced - baby brothers of the monsters gobbling up dust and stars at the heart of the galaxies.
That is why boffins are now trying to stop the project with a last-ditch challenge in the courts. They fear the LHC experimenters are tinkering with the unknown and putting mankind — and our whole planet — at risk. The group responsible for the experiment, the European Nuclear Research Centre (CERN), says that these mini black holes will vanish as quickly as they are created. But the anti-CERN brigade accuse the scientists of playing God, warning that no one can guarantee that the black holes will not survive, rapidly growing in size to suck the Earth out of existence in an instant. But CERN, which includes several UK scientists, say their work is vital to unlock the secrets of matter that forms everything known in the universe. In the experiment, atomic particles will be fired in opposite directions along the 17-mile long underground ring — the length of the Circle Line on the London Underground. They will travel so fast that they make 11,245 trips around the tunnel every SECOND. From the collisions, boffins expect to discover a fundamental bit of the atom, called the Higgs boson, that is expected to exist but which has never been seen. Professor Otto Rossler, from the Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen in Germany, is one of the scientists mounting the legal challenge at the European Court of Human Rights against 20 countries which are funding the project. He said: “It is quite plausible that these little black holes will survive and will grow and eat the planet from the inside out.” A CERN spokesman said: “It will not be producing anything that does not already happen routinely in nature.”
Now; why have I written this blog? To highlight what is going on underneath the headlines and to point out some of my observations:-
    1. Fallen man is still trying to find a way to the ultimate equation ... stilll trying to explain away his existence by his own fallen wisdom ... relying on the false [unproven] theory of evolution. "The fool has said in his heart, There is no God." [Psalm 14:1]
    2. Romans 1:19-22 says it all: "Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools".
    3. As we navigate thru' these Last Days; much deception will abound; 'knowledge' will increase and the ultimate fulfillment of this will be the false miracles of the Beast and false prophet. Could it be that the results of the 'experiment' on 10th September will be used to deceive and lead many from the Truth; even believers?
    4. There is an amazing, insatiable appetite in the worlds media on the subject of the end of the world or 'armageddon' etc. This article in Britain's highest circulation newspaper is typical. Check out the internet on the subject of 21st December 2012 or the end of the Mayan calendar as another example.
    5. Good Bible students already know the framework of the future history of the True Church, the world and the devil. These articles are sometimes interesting but they present an excellent opportunity to witness to the Truth of Creation and God's redemption end-time plan for mankind. We must not let people go thru' their lives towards eternity without standing on the Word and proclaiming the True Gospel.
    6. So the end of the world will not occur on 10th September ... only the Father of lights knows when.
    7. Some trivia ... did you know that I was designing heating jackets for CERN between 1985-1990? This is why my interest in this article was piqued in the first place. Little did I know [at that time] that I had a small part in the project ... but it's a small world!

Remember to keep testing; keep proving; keep alert and ... do not be deceived.

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 03-Sep-2008

Back in the Groove

#103: Hello again folks! Well, the British Spring is over [31st August] and the British Autumn [1st September] has started! What a rotten, wet non-Summer we have had here in the UK. So much for [man-made] global warming. I must apologize for my lack of correspondence ... so much has been happening in the last three [3] weeks that I want to write about ... I just needed some time to collect my thoughts and order them ... and elbow my daughter Rebekah from this keyboard!!!
Some of the issues that I will be covering [amongst many others] will be:
  • Cyber Crime: Shoehorn for the Mark?
  • Concerned about CERN?
  • The Pre-Wrath Rapture
I have some prayer requests for these dear friends:
  • Dave and Christine Hall in Cyprus
  • Jane Turner
  • Marian O'Shea and her daughter Debbie
  • Jerry Golden
  • Bob Mitchell
  • Julie Edensor
  • and lastly ... me!

Until the next article ...

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 03-Sep-2008