Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Feast of Tabernacles and the Second Blood Moon

This evening is time to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.   But now is not only the time to celebrate.  It is time to watch because tomorrow morning we will see the Second Blood Moon.  

What has happened since the First?   We have seen wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes in diverse places, pestilences. 

If you don’t believe me, check the most recent headlines.  Consider this: ISIS/ISIL, Gaza, Russia and the Ukraine, Volcanoes, Sinkholes, Ebola and other viruses. Still don't believe me.  Check out the video below.


Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come.  Matt. 24:42.


So you must also be ready, because the Son of Man will come, at an hour when you do not expect Him. Matt. 24:44


Monday, April 14, 2014

The Blood Moons are Here

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;
-          Luke 21:25

The Blood Moons are here, but there is no reason to panic.....kind of, sort of....  For a while there has been quite a bit of talk about the Blood Moons.  For some, this phenomenon has been discussed for years.  Others have discussed it for months.  Still, others are just discovering this concept for the first time.   Make no mistake about it, beginning tonight the Blood Moons are here and despite the opinions of the skeptics, they should not be dismissed.

The Blood Moons are about lunar eclipses.  They are referred to as “Blood Moons” because during the eclipse the moon looks red.  A lunar eclipse really is not a big deal, but the upcoming Blood Moons have generated attention because of another term called “Tetrad.”  Regarding eclipses or Blood Moons, tetrad is significant because it points to 4 consecutive full lunar eclipses, as opposed to a mix between full lunar eclipses and partial lunar eclipses.

Several years back, Pastor Mark Biltz noticed that there was a pattern between with these Blood Moon Tetrads and the Jewish calendar.  First, he noted that on a small handful of occasions these Tetrads coincided with Jewish Holidays or Jewish Feast Days.   He then noted that when these Tetrads or Blood Moons landed on Jewish Feast Days, something significant happened with the children of Abraham. 
For example, in 1492, the Jews were expelled from Spain.  This is not common knowledge unless you are a European historian.  Many Jews died fleeing from Spain.  Of course, we recognize 1492 as the year in which Columbus, in search of India, landed in America.   Given this discovery, many Jews fleeing Ferdinand and Isabella made America their home.  The tetrad of this period occurred during the Jewish Feasts in 1493 and 1494. 

In 1948, for the first time since 70 AD, the Jews regained their home in Israel.  The Arabs were not happy and war ensued.  Israel’s political leaders from the 1960s and 1970s were young men who fought the Arabs in this war.  Little Israel, defeated the Arabs.  The Blood Moons or Tetrads were visible during the Feast Days in 1949 and 1950.

Twenty years later, the Arabs are agitated.  Syria is using Jordan as a passage to launch attacks into Israel.  Although these Arab nations do not like each other, Egypt, Jordan and Syria agree to go to war against Israel.  In the Six Day War of 1968, Israel defeated their Arab invaders and among other things gain Jerusalem.    The tetrads coinciding with the Six Day War were visible on Passover and Tabernacles of 1968 and 1969.  That was the last time we had a Tetrad that coincided with the Feast Days until now.




Beginning tomorrow (or tonight) we will witness the beginning of the eighth Tetrad - April 15, 2014.  As our Jewish friends begin celebrating Passover, a lunar eclipse will occur at in the middle of the night.  Most of us on the east coast will be sleeping at that time.  This will be the first of the four Blood Moons for 2014-2015.   In the fall, on the Feast Day of Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles, the second Blood Moon will be visible.  This occurs on October 8, 2014.  Then, this pattern will repeat itself again on Passover and Tabernacles of 2015 - April 4 and September 28, respectively.  Some may dismiss these Tetrads, but it is worth considering that in the last 2000 years, there has only been 7 of these Tetrads on Jewish Feast Days.  

We do not know what this all means, but given the history, something big will occur over the next couple of years.  Some may mock at Christians given the talk of the Blood Moons,  but we should consider that the Blood Moons should not be considered an event.  In other words, do not expect something to happen on April 15, then when nothing happens, say see I told you so.  Instead, the Blood Moons should be a marker for the season.  While, April 15 may come and go without anything of significance occurring, we need to watch out for major events over the next couple of years.  Indeed, some may argue that these events have already started. 

I began by noting that we should not panic.  Despite all of the above, I am still holding to the view that there is no need to panic.  I will try not to panic because Jesus predicted this and told his disciples, "see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass."  See Matthew 24:6.

Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come.
                - Matthew 24:42

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 
                - Matthew 24:44



Thursday, August 8, 2013

Christian Man Sentenced for Preaching - In Iran

Just heard that a Christian man in Iran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.  His crime was for preaching.  Mohammad-Hadi (Mostafa) Bordbar, a 27-year-old resident of the city of Rasht, was ‘tried by Judge Pir-Abbasi on the morning of June 9, 2013 in branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran,’ amid a wider government crackdown on spreading Christianity in Iran said Mohabat News, an agency of Iranian Christian and activists.  Iran seems to be in good company since they are arresting preachers in California, North Carolina and New Orleans.

Don't forget to pray for Brett Coronado and Mark Mackey as they face the potential for jail time in California.

See: Christian Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for PreachingPreachers Cannot Preach to Captive Audience

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Man arrested for reading Bible in public! Freedom of speech violation

Preachers Cannot Preach to a Captive Audience

The criminal trial of two California preachers began on Monday. The state of California found it necessary to prosecute these men for preaching early in the morning at the Department of Motor Vehicles parking lot.

In California, as in many other places, people go to the DMV as early as possible to apply for or renew their driver’s license. Recognizing this as a great opportunity to share their faith, the preachers showed up and started reading from the Bible.

A California patrol officer by the name of Darrin Meyer grabbed one of the preacher’s Bible and placed the preacher in handcuffs. The officer said that they could not “preach to a captive audience.” I could never imagine that in the United States the government could arrest preachers for preaching.  Then again, I did have my suspicions.  Obviously, they can in California.

The preachers were arrested for impeding an open business.  By the way, at the time of the arrest, the DMV was closed. The law that is being applied to the preachers states: “Any person who intentionally interferes with any lawful business carried on by the employees of a public agency open to the public, by obstructing or intimidating those attempting to carry on business, or those persons there to transact business with the public agency . . . is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to 90 days, or by a fine of up to four hundred dollars ($400), or by both that imprisonment and fine.”

An attorney for the State of California claims that reading the Bible and preaching creates “an intimidating situation for people who simply want to get their driver’s licenses renewed… He does not have the right to intimidate others and force them to listen, and impede their ability to do normal daily business activities, such as go to the DMV.”

Nice job California. I thought we would have to wait 10-15 years before this kind of persecution would occur in the United States. Make no mistake about it. Persecution is here. Prayers for Brett Coronado and Mark Mackey as they face the potential for jail time in California.



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review of Austin Dragon's Thy Kingdom Fall

I enjoy science fiction. I am a big fan of Star Trek and Doctor Who, as well as many others. Many Star Trek fans are familiar with the Enterprise traveling to strange new worlds and that Gene Roddenberry created a future in which humans on earth eliminated war, money etc.

In Thy Kingdom Fall, Austin Dragon presents us with a different future for the end of the 21st Century. Although the Americans in this future enjoy the comforts of many technological advances - smart cars, smart houses, smart cities - this future is far from perfect. Certainly, this was not the vision of Madison and Jefferson. While crime has been significantly reduced, Americans have grown used to surveillance drones hovering over their cities.

Dragon masterfully looks at recent history and current trends to create this futuristic setting. Thus, America in the late 21st Century is completely secular, with the population proudly referring to themselves as "Pagans." In the future, the people of faith are the minority with the Pagans derisively referring to them as "Jew-Christians".

The book combines a murder mystery with political intrigue. A major conflict in the book focuses on the tension between the people of faith and the government. This tension presents challenging questions. How should a Christian respond when the government outlaws your Bibles? Should Christians live in separate communities or enclaves when the government is hostile toward you because of your faith? Should Christians launch surveillance and snatch missions that would make Mossad envious?

Austin Dragon has written an excellent book in Thy Kingdom Fall and I look forward to the release of the second book in the series as America moves closer to World War Three.

Is Jail Time Possible for Christian Baker Who Refuse to Bake Cake?

Should bakers and other vendors be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians, specifically when it comes to marital ceremonies? “No,” argues one gay couple who have filed a discrimination complaint against a Colorado baker who refused to provide them with a wedding cake.

Masterpiece Cakeshop, owned by Jack Phillips and based near Denver, Colorado, is at the center of the dispute after David Mullins and Charlie Craig attempted to order the baked good from the business last summer.

Phillips, declining to provide service after learning of the couple’s sexuality, cited his Christian beliefs. But Mullins and Craig aren’t accepting Biblical arguments as a viable basis for the refusal.

....the Colorado Attorney General’s office also filed a formal complaint. If the baker loses and continues to refuse service to gays and lesbians, he could be fined $500 per instance — and given up to a year in jail, his attorney claims. Phillips will stand in front of the state’s Civil Rights Commission in September.

More Here:  COULD A CHRISTIAN BAKER WHO REFUSED TO MAKE WEDDING CAKE FOR A GAY COUPLE REALLY GO TO JAIL?