Clashes of feelings

5 12 2007

I have a taste of what to expect for the next few weeks, a clash of mixed feelings, of perpetual fear to a cry of hope. I am human, a sorrowful puddle of contradictions that still bound to this fallen flesh, while within a renewed spirit striving on the hope in Christ for what’s to come. I will not lie, nor run away from the fact, there is a certain degree of fear, and i suppose that’s normal for what’s human without fear, for someone to venture into something as huge as this without fear is sheer audacity insanely. My trust must and should remain in God, to take every step in the venture with God. Let my heart Father be humbled by your Grace and Mercy, I can’t do it without You, and I want You on board. Exciting times ahead, but let me not stray away from You, and let my heart seeks after you wholeheartedly!

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Eyes on Israel

4 12 2007

Latest Reports from Israel Today

The Temple Institute in Jerusalem this week announced the completion of the solid gold crown the Bible instructs Israel’s high priest to wear while conducting his duties at the Temple, reported Israel National News.

The crown took craftsman carefully following descriptions contained in the Bible, Jewish holy texts and various historical sources more than one year to make.

The crown will be on display in Jerusalem’s Old City until the time that the Third Temple is built on the Temple Mount and Israel’s priestly caste resumes its activities there.

The Temple Institute has for decades been preparing the garments and articles needed for the day the Temple is rebuilt.

Temple Institute Director Rabbi Chaim Richman told Israel National News the next task is the completion of architectural blueprints for the Third Temple, including cost projections and detailed electrical and plumbing schematics.

This means, the time for Israel to build the Temple is near. This event is significant because it will spark off conflicts with the Arabs, and usher the introduction of the Anti Christ in the making of the false peace treaty. Let’s keep all eyes on God, as what transpires in Israel, will be a sign for us, that Jesus is coming back real soon. The world is ready for His coming as it was 2000 years ago.

Another excerpt from Prophezine.

Today some big news came out. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announced that they have finally received the crown of the High Priest. The new crow replaces the older one, which was in accordance with scripture. After much research and reading the scriptures, commentaries and even historical accounts including Josephus, the new crown was produced.

“The new tzitz is an improvement on one made several years ago, in that it has a back piece, in accordance with some commentators and the account of Josephus.  In addition, it has a locking mechanism so that it will not slip off the Priest’s head, and can be adjusted to fit heads of different sizes.  The old one will be preserved, of course as a “spare,” in keeping with the Mishnaic account that several models of various vessels were kept in the Temple, in case the need arose to replace one.

Asked what project they’re working on at present, Rabbi Richman said, “We have begun work on 120 sets of garments for ‘regular’ priests, not the High Priest.  This involves special thread from India, etc.  In addition, we have begun work on architectural blueprints for the Third Temple, including cost projection, modern supplies, electricity, plumbing, computers, etc.” http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124443

You may be asking yourself, “Why is this so important?”

It will be the third temple, the one that will be built during the tribulation that the Antichrist will go into and defile as foretold in scripture.

Daniel 9:27 (KJV) And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

A special note here; this temple that will be built during the tribulation is God’s temple, not the antichrist’s as some believe. Paul, writing to the Thessalonians and speaking of the antichrist makes it very clear that the temple is the temple of God.

2 Thessalonians 2:4 (KJV) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

We know that we as Christians will not be here to watch the Temple go up, but the fact that the Jews are so focused on their efforts to the building the temple itself is very exciting in deed. This means that we will not be here for much longer.

It is truly an exciting time to be alive.





Are you confused?

1 12 2007

I do not usually approve such comment, but for this specific one, I would want to show God loves this person, despite the confusion and the anger from years of ‘church’ christianity that has shown what not faith is all about. Here’s the comment from a beloved brother.

I personally believe that the bible was written several hundred years ago, published and distributed in an attempt (by governing authorities) to control the masses of the public.

The bible which contains 66 books were written over the span of 3000 years. This is a historical fact, can be proven scientifically, historically. And in fact, its first public distribution was by Gutherberg in 1472. And however, through the many years contradicting to your belief, many governing authorities tried to destroy the Scriptures – from the Roman Empire Emperor Nero being the worst persecutor of Christians, from Communism, to Nazism. In fact Lenin and Karl Marx said, Christianity is a clutch for humankind. Perhaps the closest to Authorities using Christianity or rather their Christianity which its fundamental beliefs are far from the Scriptural Christianity to motivate the public to war like the Papacy in the Crusades. But hardly the Popes are Christians themselves than murderers.

Using the bible was a way for the U.S. Government to control the public by appealing to their conscious through a mythical authority such as “God”, “Jesus”, or even the “Devil”, or “Satan”.

You may be surprised, more Americans do not believe in Devil or even a personal saviour like Jesus within the government of America. Do you think George Bush is a Christian more for political favour and affiliation than an actual relationship with Jesus? Or Hilliary Clinton? I am not in position to judge, but their actions speak volume about their lifestyle that’s not consistent with the Scriptures.

I fell for this shit as a teenager. I lived my earlier years dealing with this life oppressing and life altering bullshit. I finally discovered that as a black man living in America, instead of relying on “God”, I needed to stake my claim on R-E-S-P-E-C-T by educating myself and by determining that I would NOT allow myself to be disrespected.

I am sorry that in your situation that you were oppressed for a faith in a God you think is hugely epitomized by the White through the subtle racism that influence your view on what the scriptures actually taught. And i do respect your views, however, i urge you brother, to put aside the race factor and read the scripture as it, and see Jesus as who he is. He is not an advocate for the White race, or any Aryan supremacy. Trust me, as an Asian, we had a history with the British Empire colony in Singapore, and i know how you feel.

It’s unfortunate that a lot, if not most, of Black Americans have fallen victim to this religious bullshit called Christianity. I now refuse to believe that the “God” of the “Bible” exist. I don’t believe that “Jesus” existed. If he did exist, then HE of all people should have realize that it is totally unfair for an “Almighty God” to require the people of the world (who have had absolutely no type of access to 100% truth or have ever seen a divine miracle by Jesus) to put all of their trust and faith in a person written about around 2000 years ago, who claimed to be the son of God (the so called Creator Of The Universe)in order to be assured of eternal life in paradise rather than an eternal existence in a place of torment.

In  my search for the Truth, one common problem existed, the inevitable evil of Man. Many religion existed for the purpose of rectifying that problem. For the issue of the existence of Jesus, do you believe Napoleon existed? Or even Hitler? Have you ever seen Abraham Lincoln himself? Or maybe do you believe the LAST supper was painted by Leonardo? Well i have never seen any of these people, but i believe they existed, because ONE, they left behind evidences of their existence. Same with Jesus, you said Bible is all confusing, or faith in a person who lived 2000 years ago, in fact, the bible has been anything but confusing. Thousands if not more, scholastic achievement, and scientific achievement are not possible without the revelation within the Scriptures itself. The Bible has been put on trial, and has never failed. And when people said the Scriptures are full of contradictions, it is mostly due to the limited understandings of it. Like when i first studied Shakespeare, it is confusing, until i am more acquainted with the semantics of the languages used.

I understand that this will be almost impossible for most people to comprehend, but if you take time to think about it, and think about what your own opinion of the “Almighty God” is and what you’ve been told about the type of Love and Compassion that the “Almighty God” is suppose to have for YOU and for all of Humanity, you’ll begin to realize that all of the information that you’ve been listening to for all of these years is so damn confusing and contradictary. In other words, IT’S ALL BULLSHIT!!!!!! Doesn’t the bible say that “God is not the author of confusion?” Well, the fact that this is written in the bible means that if YOU TRULY believe that the bible was written by the inspiration of “God”, then the bible contradicted itself just by that statement because the bible is FULL Of Contradictions which creates CONFUSION.

Pick a bible up and turn to the book of Proverbs, and tell me that it is a book that promotes confusion. A lack of understanding of the subjects and context the Bible is saying, is not equal to confusion. Throughout history, Bible is proven consistent, with many intellectuals trying to disprove it but failed. Read Josh McDowell’s attempt to disprove it, but he became a believer because the evidences are overwhelming, and many more. The most amazing thing is, God does not need to prove the bible is the truth, because it is. And He loves you no matter what, and He is extending His invitation to come in and show you the truth, only if you are willing to.

To all of the African American “Christians” out their, Get Off Of Your Knees!!! Don’t Waste Your Time Praying To A God Who Isn’t In The Business Of Granting Requests. You’ve Been Created With All Of The Necessary Tools To Be Self Sufficient. Learn to do what ever it takes to happily exist in this country and to just live on this planet. Consider this message that was written by ME to be the answer to your prayers that just happen to be heard by our TRUE Creator. YOU have what it takes to answer your OWN requests. Get off of your knees and go to work or go back to school and learn something new that you can work at in order to take care of yourselves and your family. If not, just lay down and die. The choice is yours. Either way, you’ll win. But, if you stay on your Knees expecting “God” to do something for you, YOU’LL LOSE!!!!!!!

I agree with you partly. Christians are told to pray and WORK. A lazy hand is a poor man’s curse. The bible encourage us to learn, take care of our families through Work, and it adjusted our attitude to love our God, and our family and those around us. But i dare not move ahead without going down on my knee, and even if i have to move ahead on bended knees, i will do it. Brother, i do not know you, but i will be keeping you in prayer, and I love you and i hope to hear from you. I will not preach Christianity to you, but i want to know more about you. Do write to me 🙂 My Email is daniel.ho@gmail.com God bless you!





Trials by Fire

20 11 2007

Fear is the shadow of Faith – Pastor Doug.

The same is true that trials are the shadows of every moments of intimate with God. A Christian who seeks to find God and to seek God with all his heart, is a definite target for the devil. But surely, with every passing of the storm, the sun will shine. The storm will pass, no matter how bad it is, God still reigns sovereign. My trials by fire lasted one day, from sheer intimate moments with God to the gates of hell, and i can only thank God for His grace and Mercy!





Rest

20 11 2007

Pastor Bruce Allen talked about the 7th Day of Creation where God created Rest, that He make it holy for us. As I was talking to God while walking to work, Oh how i enjoyed coming into His presence and just chat with Him as Adam before his fall in the garden of Eden.

God created Rest for one more purpose and that’s fellowship in intimacy. Notice that God in the state of Rest, walked among the garden looking for Adam, and they had fellowship. There, I know why I am created, for the very purpose of having a fellowship with God, in us, we desire and we seek the very purpose of fulfilling that ‘hole’ in us, only God can satisfy. When I came into His presence, there is a fullness of joy, joy radiating from an intimate fellowship in connection with something bigger than ourselves, and that overwhelms. I am not perfect until I am called back or caught up when Jesus comes again, till then, i know for sure, despite the flaws and the serious problems in my character, i am justified by my faith in God fully. That’s REST. Rest is not just on the Sunday, but Rest comes when we come face to face with the Almighty God.





Taking Revival to the World | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

28 10 2007

Taking Revival to the World | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

A very good article about Hillsongs Australia, now having started up churches in London, Paris and Kiev. While the author explores the corporate operations of the church stemming out of Australia Sydney, the fundamental theological makeup of Hillsongs in the usual Pentecostal’s prosperity message, and to the various agendas as perceived by many of its anti-hillsongs groups, i believe that if a church were to hit the world, it needs to be salty.

Pastor Frankie shared on why John the Baptist was called the Greatest prophet of his time and before by Jesus, because John turned the nation back to God. How many John the Baptist we have today? Hillsongs, while many will see them as cavalier, and all about money, they have done more good than those critics who have not lifted their finger to impact their world for Jesus as Hillsongs have done. From the community driven projects to Hope Rwanda, to Hillsongs Europe, many people have turned back to God cos of their songs, their elaborated social community projects, their driven worship; as many are turning to God.

Hillsongs are impacting the generation for Christ, are you? Am i? This generation is to lose or gain by our decision everyday to live as Christ did. Time does not allow us to live as we pleased, for Christ will come back soon, and when He did, will he see a generation lost by our slumber?