Saturday, September 5, 2009

A dragon in the ocean

There is a visual!

"You are more like a dragon in the ocean, snorting and thrashing about!

This was a lament over Egypt - at the time one of the most powerful nations on earth. It's interesting. Now we would say, "Egypt? Really? It was once a powerful nation?"

Here is God's message...

1 -2 "In the twelfth year, on the first day of the twelfth month, God's Message came to me:
"Son of man, sing a funeral lament over Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Tell him:
"'You think you're a young lion
prowling through the nations.
You're more like a dragon in the ocean,
snorting and thrashing about.
3 -10 "'God, the Master, says:
"'I'm going to throw my net over you
—many nations will get in on this operation—
and haul you out with my dragnet.
I'll dump you on the ground
out in an open field
And bring in all the crows and vultures
for a sumptuous carrion lunch.
I'll invite wild animals from all over the world
to gorge on your guts.
I'll scatter hunks of your meat in the mountains
and strew your bones in the valleys.
The country, right up to the mountains,
will be drenched with your blood,
your blood filling every ditch and channel.
When I blot you out,
I'll pull the curtain on the skies
and shut out the stars.
I'll throw a cloud across the sun
and turn off the moonlight.
I'll turn out every light in the sky above you
and put your land in the dark.
Decree of God, the Master.
I'll shake up everyone worldwide
when I take you off captive to strange and far-off countries.
I'll shock people with you.
Kings will take one look and shudder.
I'll shake my sword
and they'll shake in their boots.
On the day you crash, they'll tremble,
"That could be me!"

China to take over the US?

China buys $14.9b of US treasury bonds

By Xu Shenglan ( 2008-09-19 11:36
According to statistics released by US Treasury on September 17, China held $518.7 billion worth of US treasury bonds in July, $14.9 billion more than in June.
The growth in US bonds held by China was the second peak since this January, with China placed as the second largest holder of US treasuries.
The US subprime mortgage crisis has made dollar-denominated investment products less attractive to foreign investors. Net purchases of long-term US securities totaled $53.4 billion in June, far less than the revised value of $83.2 billion in the previous month.
China's increasing US holdings had a connection to the growing foreign exchange reserves in July, said professor Ding Zhijie from the University of International Business and Economics
Not long ago the USA was "king of the heap".

Present policies are ensuring the end of the US superpower status.
Don't be alarmed! Every superpower in history has come to an end. The end of US reign will absolutely happen. The only thing that is unsure is when.

Listen to God talking to Ezekiel about a long ago superpower and their demise.

Ezekiel 28
The Money Has Gone to Your Head
1 -5 "God's Message came to me, "Son of man, tell the prince of Tyre, 'This is what God, the Master, says:
"'Your heart is proud,
going around saying, "I'm a god. I sit on God's divine throne,
ruling the sea"— You, a mere mortal,
not even close to being a god, A mere mortal
trying to be a god. Look, you think you're smarter than Daniel.

No enigmas can stump you. Your sharp intelligence
made you world-wealthy. You piled up gold and silver
in your banks. You used your head well,
worked good deals, made a lot of money. But the money has gone to your head,
swelled your head—what a big head!

-11"'Therefore, God, the Master, says:
"'Because you're acting like a god,
pretending to be a god, I'm giving fair warning: I'm bringing strangers down on you,
the most vicious of all nations. They'll pull their swords and make hash
of your reputation for knowing it all. They'll puncture the balloon
of your god-pretensions. They'll bring you down from your self-made pedestal
and bury you in the deep blue sea. Will you protest to your assassins,
"You can't do that! I'm a god"? To them you're a mere mortal.
They're killing a man, not a god. You'll die like a stray dog,
killed by strangers— Because I said so.

Decree of God, the Master.'"
11 -19God's Message came to me: "Son of man, raise a funeral song over the king of Tyre.
Tell him, A Message from God, the Master:
"You had everything going for you.
You were in Eden, God's garden. You were dressed in splendor,
your robe studded with jewels: Carnelian, peridot, and moonstone,
beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald,
all in settings of engraved gold. A robe was prepared for you
the same day you were created. You were the anointed cherub.
I placed you on the mountain of God. You strolled in magnificence
among the stones of fire. From the day of your creation
you were sheer perfection...
and then imperfection—evil!—was detected in you.
In much buying and selling
you turned violent, you sinned! I threw you, disgraced, off the mountain of God.
I threw you out—you, the anointed angel-cherub.
No more strolling among the gems of fire for you! Your beauty went to your head.
You corrupted wisdom by using it to get worldly fame. I threw you to the ground,
you sprawling before an audience of kings
and let them gloat over your demise. By sin after sin after sin,
by your corrupt ways of doing business,
you defiled your holy places of worship. So I set a fire around and within you.

It burned you up. I reduced you to ashes. All anyone sees now
when they look for you is ashes,
a pitiful mound of ashes. All who once knew you
now throw up their hands: 'This can't have happened!
This has happened!'"

Let's do a partial rundown of world superpowers.

This is Phil's imperfect world history in a nutshell.

Egypt - 3000 years
Incas - 1500 years?
Greece - 540 years?
Mongolia - 400 years?
Rome - 450 years
Spain - 400 years
England - 150 years
Germany - 3 years
Japan - 15 years
USSR - 70 years
USA - 200 years

Antichrist - 3.5 years

Jesus Christ - forever

Friday, September 4, 2009

Keep Your Turban Fastened

We say, "Hang on to your hat!"

It means, the storm is about to hit and you need to hang on. Here is an example

Hang On to Your Hats
Nouriel Roubini in The Financial Times:
"...In the next few months, the flow of macroeconomic and earnings news will be much worse than expected. The credit crunch will get worse, with de leveraging continuing as hedge funds and other leveraged players are forced to sell assets into illiquid and distressed markets, leading to further cascading falls in prices, other insolvent financial institutions going bust and a few emerging market economies entering a full-blown financial crisis.
The worst is not behind us: 2009 will be a painful year of a global recession, deflation and bankruptcies. Only very aggressive and co-ordinated policy actions will ensure the global economy recovers in 2010 rather than facing protracted stagnation and deflation."

God said to Ezekiel, "Keep your turban fastened" Read with me...

13 " 'Now your impurity is lewdness. Because I tried to cleanse you but you would not be cleansed from your impurity, you will not be clean again until my wrath against you has subsided.
14 " 'I the LORD have spoken. The time has come for me to act. I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent. You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign LORD.' "
Ezekiel's Wife Dies
15 The word of the LORD came to me: 16 "Son of man, with one blow I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes. Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears. 17 Groan quietly; do not mourn for the dead. Keep your turban fastened and your sandals on your feet; do not cover the lower part of your face or eat the customary food of mourners ."
18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded.
19 Then the people asked me, "Won't you tell us what these things have to do with us?"
20 So I said to them, "The word of the LORD came to me: 21 Say to the house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to desecrate my sanctuary—the stronghold in which you take pride, the delight of your eyes, the object of your affection. The sons and daughters you left behind will fall by the sword. 22 And you will do as I have done. You will not cover the lower part of your face or eat the customary food of mourners . 23 You will keep your turbans on your heads and your sandals on your feet. You will not mourn or weep but will waste away because of [a] your sins and groan among yourselves. 24 Ezekiel will be a sign to you; you will do just as he has done. When this happens, you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.'
25 "And you, son of man, on the day I take away their stronghold, their joy and glory, the delight of their eyes, their heart's desire, and their sons and daughters as well- 26 on that day a fugitive will come to tell you the news. 27 At that time your mouth will be opened; you will speak with him and will no longer be silent. So you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the LORD."
Hang on to your hats!

Sadistic Brutal Violence

Patti and I have had a Friday night date night for around 30 years. We have done different things. Lately we often go out to dinner and a movie. I am in charge of picking out the movie. With the new internet tools available, I have gotten pretty good at picking out good movies and avoiding the shameful or disgusting ones.
If the professional reviewers gush over a movie, it is probably pretty gross. If the fan meter is really heavy on green with virtually no red, it is probably a good movie. The very best movies (read, "Christian" or strong Christian values) are predictably dissed by the professional reviewers.
Here is one that we DID NOT go to see. It was running in theatres just a few months ago.
The Last House on the Left
Opened March 13, 2009 Runtime:1 hr. 49 min. R
sadistic brutal violence including a rape and disturbing images, language, nudity and some drug use
We often ask ourselves, Why would some twisted mind write such a screen play? Even more, why would a sad sadistic company create and promote such a movie? Then most tellingly, why would ANYONE in the whole wide world ever pay money and GO to a disgusting perverted movie such as that?
Today I found some answers. This is not a new problem...
1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices 3 and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood in her midst and defiles herself by making idols, 4 you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed and have become defiled by the idols you have made. You have brought your days to a close, and the end of your years has come. Therefore I will make you an object of scorn to the nations and a laughingstock to all the countries. 5 Those who are near and those who are far away will mock you, O infamous city, full of turmoil.

6 " 'See how each of the princes of Israel who are in you uses his power to shed blood. 7 In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the alien and mistreated the fatherless and the widow. 8 You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths. 9 In you are slanderous men bent on shedding blood; in you are those who eat at the mountain shrines and commit lewd acts. 10 In you are those who dishonor their fathers' bed; in you are those who violate women during their period, when they are ceremonially unclean. 11 In you one man commits a detestable offense with his neighbor's wife, another shamefully defiles his daughter-in-law, and another violates his sister, his own father's daughter. 12 In you men accept bribes to shed blood; you take usury and excessive interest [a] and make unjust gain from your neighbors by extortion. And you have forgotten me, declares the Sovereign LORD."
God brought judgement on the people of Israel then.

And He hasn't changed a bit!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tips on how NOT to impress the Almighty

Ezekiel is living his life, minding his own business.

The leaders of Israel come to him. They wanted an appointment with the Almighty. A Word from God.

Ezekiel got an earful, all right. But not exactly what the leaders were hoping for...

" 1 In the seventh year, the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month, some of the leaders of Israel came to ask for guidance from God. They sat down before me.
2 -3 Then God's Message came to me: "Son of man, talk with the leaders of Israel. Tell them, 'God, the Master, says, "Have you come to ask me questions? As sure as I am the living God, I'll not put up with questions from you. Decree of God, the Master."'
4 -5 "Son of man, why don't you do it? Yes, go ahead. Hold them accountable. Confront them with the outrageous obscenities of their parents. Tell them that God, the Master, says:
5 -6 "'On the day I chose Israel, I revealed myself to them in the country of Egypt, raising my hand in a solemn oath to the people of Jacob, in which I said, "I am God, your personal God." On the same day that I raised my hand in the solemn oath, I promised them that I would take them out of the country of Egypt and bring them into a country that I had searched out just for them, a country flowing with milk and honey, a jewel of a country.
7 "'At that time I told them, "Get rid of all the vile things that you've become addicted to. Don't make yourselves filthy with the Egyptian no-god idols. I alone am God, your God."
8 -10 "'But they rebelled against me, wouldn't listen to a word I said. None got rid of the vile things they were addicted to. They held on to the no-gods of Egypt as if for dear life. I seriously considered inflicting my anger on them in force right there in Egypt. Then I thought better of it. I acted out of who I was, not by how I felt. And I acted in a way that would evoke honor, not blasphemy, from the nations around them, nations who had seen me reveal myself by promising to lead my people out of Egypt. And then I did it: I led them out of Egypt into the desert.
11 -12 "'I gave them laws for living, showed them how to live well and obediently before me. I also gave them my weekly holy rest days, my "Sabbaths," a kind of signpost erected between me and them to show them that I, God, am in the business of making them holy.
13 -17 "'But Israel rebelled against me in the desert. They didn't follow my statutes. They despised my laws for living well and obediently in the ways I had set out. And they totally desecrated my holy Sabbaths. I seriously considered unleashing my anger on them right there in the desert. But I thought better of it and acted out of who I was, not by what I felt, so that I might be honored and not blasphemed by the nations who had seen me bring them out. But I did lift my hand in a solemn oath there in the desert and promise them that I would not bring them into the country flowing with milk and honey that I had chosen for them, that jewel among all lands. I canceled my promise because they despised my laws for living obediently, wouldn't follow my statutes, and went ahead and desecrated my holy Sabbaths. They preferred living by their no-god idols. But I didn't go all the way: I didn't wipe them out, didn't finish them off in the desert.
18 -20 "'Then I addressed myself to their children in the desert: "Don't do what your parents did. Don't take up their practices. Don't make yourselves filthy with their no-god idols. I myself am God, your God: Keep my statutes and live by my laws. Keep my Sabbaths as holy rest days, signposts between me and you, signaling that I am God, your God."
21 -22 "'But the children also rebelled against me. They neither followed my statutes nor kept my laws for living upright and well. And they desecrated my Sabbaths. I seriously considered dumping my anger on them, right there in the desert. But I thought better of it and acted out of who I was, not by what I felt, so that I might be honored and not blasphemed by the nations who had seen me bring them out. "

Fair? I'll show you what's fair!

God is on a rant. He is speaking, and Ezekiel is writing furiously. He is speaking to, and about, His beloved people, Israel.

Let's listen in...

25 -28 "Do I hear you saying, 'That's not fair! God's not fair!'?
"Listen, Israel. I'm not fair? You're the ones who aren't fair! If a good person turns away from his good life and takes up sinning, he'll die for it. He'll die for his own sin. Likewise, if a bad person turns away from his bad life and starts living a good life, a fair life, he will save his life. Because he faces up to all the wrongs he's committed and puts them behind him, he will live, really live. He won't die.
29 "And yet Israel keeps on whining, 'That's not fair! God's not fair.'
"I'm not fair, Israel? You're the ones who aren't fair.
30 -32 "The upshot is this, Israel: I'll judge each of you according to the way you live. So turn around! Turn your backs on your rebellious living so that sin won't drag you down. Clean house. No more rebellions, please. Get a new heart! Get a new spirit! Why would you choose to die, Israel? I take no pleasure in anyone's death. Decree of God, the Master.
"Make a clean break! Live!"

A direct challenge from God.

Unwashed. Unwanted. Unclean.

I just read a very negative opinion of a whole class, or race of people.

I quote,"She has no understanding of the long history here in Europe of the thievery and begging that is the basis of (gypsy) culture. What does she know of the centuries of stealing anything that is not bolted down, of the pickpockets that roam the streets of every major town in Eurpope, and the constant begging? What does she know of the encampments all over Europe that turn a once pretty site into a rubbish tip?
We in Europe know all too well, that if Gypsies move into the area, you had better bolt your doors and lock away your valuables, because otherwise they will disappear. It has been this way for centuries because it is the basis on which their lives are founded.
As soon as Romany children are old enough to walk they are taught how to beg on the streets. When they are old enough to run they are taught how to steal wallets, purses and other valuables we carry on our persons. There is no if, but, or maybe, that is the way it is, and always has been."

Without offering any commentary whatsoever on the opinion expressed of these people, I read a similar story in Ezekiel.

'The Message of God, the Master, to Jerusalem: You were born and bred among Canaanites. Your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.
4 -5 "'On the day you were born your umbilical cord was not cut, you weren't bathed and cleaned up, you weren't rubbed with salt, you weren't wrapped in a baby blanket. No one cared a fig for you. No one did one thing to care for you tenderly in these ways. You were thrown out into a vacant lot and left there, dirty and unwashed—a newborn nobody wanted.
6 -7 "'And then I came by. I saw you all miserable and bloody. Yes, I said to you, lying there helpless and filthy, "Live! Grow up like a plant in the field!" And you did. You grew up. You grew tall and matured as a woman, full-breasted, with flowing hair. But you were naked and vulnerable, fragile and exposed.
8 -14 "'I came by again and saw you, saw that you were ready for love and a lover. I took care of you, dressed you and protected you. I promised you my love and entered the covenant of marriage with you. I, God, the Master, gave my word. You became mine. I gave you a good bath, washing off all that old blood, and anointed you with aromatic oils. I dressed you in a colorful gown and put leather sandals on your feet. I gave you linen blouses and a fashionable wardrobe of expensive clothing. I adorned you with jewelry: I placed bracelets on your wrists, fitted you out with a necklace, emerald rings, sapphire earrings, and a diamond tiara. You were provided with everything precious and beautiful: with exquisite clothes and elegant food, garnished with honey and oil. You were absolutely stunning. You were a queen! You became world-famous, a legendary beauty brought to perfection by my adornments. Decree of God, the Master."

This is a lament by God. He found His people, loved them, blessed them, gave them a good life. But they turned their back on Him, on His ways, on His love for them!

What a beautiful - and tragic - story!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Positive Preachers

Today God rants against positive preachers!


1 -2 God's Message came to me: "Son of man, preach against the prophets of Israel who are making things up out of their own heads and calling it 'prophesying.'
2 -6 "Preach to them the real thing. Tell them, 'Listen to God's Message!' God, the Master, pronounces doom on the empty-headed prophets who do their own thing and know nothing of what's going on! Your prophets, Israel, are like jackals scavenging through the ruins. They haven't lifted a finger to repair the defenses of the city and have risked nothing to help Israel stand on God's Day of Judgment. All they do is fantasize comforting illusions and preach lying sermons. They say 'God says...' when God hasn't so much as breathed in their direction. And yet they stand around thinking that something they said is going to happen.
7 -9 "Haven't you fantasized sheer nonsense? Aren't your sermons tissues of lies, saying 'God says...' when I've done nothing of the kind? Therefore—and this is the Message of God, the Master, remember—I'm dead set against prophets who substitute illusions for visions and use sermons to tell lies. I'm going to ban them from the council of my people, remove them from membership in Israel, and outlaw them from the land of Israel. Then you'll realize that I am God, the Master."

The two parts of God. Love for mankind. Hatred for sin.

Both are true, and necessary...