Television: “A Form of Godliness”

By admin On December 11th, 2019

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“He that is unjust,

let him be unjust still:

and he which is filthy,

let him be filthy still:

and he that is righteous,

let him be righteous still:

and he that is holy,

let him be holy still.”

Revelation 22:11

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A very successful television host made a career out of helping his viewers to become “better people”.

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Yes, he made it his life’s mission to “fix broken people”, as the saying goes.

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And this kindly man’s television show became a household name across the nation. And he eventually became lauded by the press and by others who praised his goodness, not only on television, but also in his sterling personal life! An avowed Christian, this man lived an exemplary life in all respects, or so it seemed. And each day, he tried his best to give people advice on how to be kinder, more helpful, more honest, and to become just plain “good people” in all areas of life. Oh yes, he kept his faith separate from his TV show, and so his show had an appeal to people from all faiths, and even secular people too!

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“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still

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Our signature verse today, from Revelation 22:11, indeed seems like a very unusual command for God to make, at least the first half of that statement seems rather odd…“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still…”

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Why in the world does God command us to allow unjust and filthy people to remain in their wretched condition!? Why not try to help them overcome their unjust and filthy ways?

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Does the Bible ever give further corroboration to this seemingly crazy idea?

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Well, yes. 

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Satan…thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”

Matthew 16:23

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Remember when Peter scolded Jesus, because Jesus foretold that the Jewish leaders would soon scourge Him and crucify Him?

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And Peter “began to rebuke Him, saying…Lord: this shall not be unto Thee!” Matthew 16:23. Peter was being a real first-class humanitarian here, attempting to discourage Jesus from allowing Himself to be tortured and finally killed.

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But Jesus…“said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Matthew 16:23

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Jesus was revealing a huge truth about “the god of this world”, Satan! Yes, Jesus was letting Peter (and us) know, that Peter’s “do-gooder” stance was actually from Satan. In other words, while Peter was concerned about the physical well-being of Jesus, he did not savor the eternal things of Heaven, at least, not at this moment. And Peter’s earthly concerns were akin to Satan’s desires.

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After all, why should Satan care if a person goes to Hell being sick or healthy, corrupt or moral? It’s all the same to him!

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TELEVISION

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Television spends a whole lot of time trying to help us be better people. Oh yes, TV also has some pretty degrading, decadent, and disgusting shows at times. But just think of all those daily talk shows dedicated to helping people to become better. Just think about all the radio shows and magazine articles, and humanitarian organizations dedicated to social justice causes!

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“having a form of godliness, but denying the Power thereof: from such turn away.”

2nd Timothy 3:5

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Why in the world would Satan allow all this helpful advice and humanitarian efforts to go out daily via the airways, if he truly is “the god of this world”? Why, if Satan is totally evil, doesn’t he instead try to stop all these “do-gooders” from their humanitarian efforts?

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Actually the answer is simple.

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First of all, without salvation, and without Jesus, you can be the nicest and kindest and most loving individual, and yet you are heading straight to Hell! The lowest Hell! That’s right! It matters not how good a person seems to be, if the Holy Spirit of Christ is not abiding in that person’s heart.

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Those who seem like great people, yet have not Jesus ruling in their hearts, are merely walking talking advertisements for this selfish world. And Satan loves to see this world’s citizens, “having a form of godliness, but denying the Power thereof: from such turn away.” 2nd Timothy 3:5

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It only makes this world seem like a good place to live. It confuses people. It’s harder to convince them that this is the Devil’s world. They merely point to all the so-called “good people” and say “What do we need Jesus for, anyway? You Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites! We’re doing just fine without you and without your Jesus!”

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And thus, they reject the call to repentance and redemption in Jesus!

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“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

2nd Timothy 3:13 

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And let’s face the ugly truth! The more humanitarian efforts employed in this world, the worse things seem to be getting. People are becoming more hateful, more unsympathetic, more dishonest, more impatient, more greedy, more sick, more licentious, lustful, war-like, and paganistic. This world is really sinking into Hell!

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The Bible says, “That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting (lacking) cannot be numbered (“filled” or “completed”).” Ecclesiastes 1:15 

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Try as we may, we just cannot straighten out this broken world.

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“A new heart also will I give you”

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But the very Good News is, there is One who can fix broken people. Yes, those who turn to the One who died for them, can find restoration and renewal for their souls, and for their lives! And when that longing soul becomes filled with God’s Holy Spirit, that individual will experience the most wonderful transformation…“A new heart also will I give you, and a new Spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh…” Ezekiel 36:26

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Then, all those wonderful virtues which people would like to possess in their own lives, but cannot, will begin to appear in every true Believer’s life, because of the new heart he or she receives from Jesus.

 

Vernon McGee, “A Teacher of Babylon?”

By admin On December 10th, 2019

Perhaps, the world’s most popular daily Bible study is now the 5-year “Thru The Bible” study, heard daily via many radio stations, both domestically as well as in other nations, hosted by the late, John Vernon McGee.

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And when it began in the 1970’s it seemed like a very great way to be introduced to the Bible via its, book-by-book, chapter-by-chapter, and sometimes even verse-by-verse systematic study through the entire Bible, over a five year period, then repeating itself for another five year period. And so, a new listener could “jump in” at any point and continue, knowing that in five years, he or she would have completed the entire Bible, regardless of whatever book of the Bible they first jumped in at.

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And Vernon McGee made a very plain and easy to understand presentation, often adding his own humorous quips, grandfatherly advice, and folksy “down-home” witticisms, which only made his study that much more popular with neophyte Christians.

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Unfortunately, McGee’s study has its flaws.

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First, how McGee ever concluded that there is humor in the Bible, thus allowing him to tell jokes, quips, witticisms etc., is truly a mystery! Because the Bible, while being the very essence of godly love, sympathy, tenderness, etc., never resorts to humor, or jesting, no, not even once! 

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But aside from that grave error, Doctor McGee also allowed himself to be heavily influenced by the extremely flawed, even heretical writings of Cyrus Scofield, who, among other heresies, convinced McGee that there was a previous creation, dying off prior to the 7 day Creation week recorded in Genesis! This grievous error, McGee somewhat publicly renounced on his radio program, prior to the end of his 5-year Thru The Bible radio series.

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He also clung tenaciously to Scofield’s Pre-Tribulation Rapture teachings, as well as Scofield’s hyper-dispensationalism teachings.

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On the other hand, to McGee’s credit, he did believe in Election by grace and grace alone. And his 5-year series stayed fairly much within the basic parameters of Bible truth. And truth-be-told, much of his daily teachings were really excellent, barring the aforementioned Scofield-inspired false doctrines (A Pre-Adamic-Creation, Hyper-Dispensationalism, and Pre-Tribulation Rapture, as well as his irreverent humor).

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Nevertheless, his grandfatherly demeanor was very biblical and even much needed and appreciated by so many of his followers, who grew up in non-Christian homes, void of Bible-believing parents to nurture them up in the Word, on a daily basis.

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Therefore, with great sadness it must be confessed that McGee’s ministry was severely tarnished with the same Babylonish influences and errors, of which God is now calling His people to come out of and separate from… “Come out of her (Babylon) My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

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The great day of God is upon us! And God is wanting to purify His Elect with the same purity as Jesus Christ possessed, even as it is written…“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1st John 3:3. Without such Christlike purity, it would be impossible for God’s people to “shine forth as the Sun“, as Matthew 13:43 prophesy’s of in these last moments of New Testament times.

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But the very Good News is, that we still have opportunity to study God’s Word for our own selves. And along with the teachings of the messages of the three angels of Revelation 14, there is ample study material to keep one extremely busy “until the Lord come”. 1st Corinthians 4:5

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And praise the Lord, He has given us two very wonderful patriarchs  who did not rely on worldly humor, to fill the void of our “less than godly family situations”! Both Harold Camping and Ellen White can more than compensate for our needs as we join this end-time exodus away from this City of Destruction, and begin our heavenward sojourn to the Celestial City of God, the heavenly Promised Land!

CHAPTER 7: . “One Flew “INTO” The Cuckoo’s Nest” Part 2:  “Surf’s Up!”…

By admin On December 6th, 2019

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I was now in Unit 3600! And, as I looked at that big beautiful mountain, I longed to be up there once again.

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Yes, I longed for the former days of my blissful ignorance, which I knew were gone forever!

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And now, those days were merely memories.

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But the odd thing about this life is, that so many societal changes come and go like the tides of the ocean.

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And now that I knew that unseen powers controlled this world, the “how’s” and “why’s” of these societal tsunami tidal-waves began to make sense… 

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The Scream – by E. Munch – Wikipedia – public domain by edvard munch c.1893

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CHAPTER 7:

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“One Flew “INTO” The Cuckoo’s Nest”

Part 2: 

“Surf’s Up!”…

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ANOTHER DUDE NAMED CHUCK

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And as already mentioned, my public schooling had a big impact on my spirituality, because it constantly pressed Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution on us students.

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And so, my spiritual life (which wasn’t that great to begin with!) was kind-of like the Moon, when it begins to wane thinner and thinner.

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And I was now just becoming a teenager. My interests were turning toward other things besides pets (like good ol’ Sammy, the dog).

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I now had new and better things to do, exciting places to go, and new people to meet!

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Goodbye daily prayers!

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Charles Darwin – by John Collier (artist) – www.wikimedia.com – Public Domain

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SURF CITY, HERE I COME!

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At this point in time, a new musical genre had just taken the world by storm: Surf Music! And Hot-Rod Music!

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This opened up a brand new culture here in America for those of us who were coming-of-age. Fast and heroic songs about hot-rod races and daring surfers! And syrupy-sweet love songs about surfer girls and falling in love, under an amber sunset on a warm summer beach! 

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And this music, with its exciting and even romantic songs and flawless harmonies, and pleasant pictures of surfing, and oceans and pretty girls, was just about as intoxicating as well…as intoxicating as…well, I didn’t know how intoxicating it was! Because up to this point, I never tried any intoxicant. But this new music was incredible! It was original! It was romantic! It was fresh! And it painted such a wonderful image of the romanticism attached to the ocean, and to surfing, and to being young…and in love!

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And even my Mickey Mouse Club childhood sweetheart, Annette Funicello (who btw, I was 100%, head-over-heals in-love with, but I also had just a little competition! You see, every other boy in America also had a crush on Annette!) she had all grown up, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Annette_Funicello_Former_Mouseketeer_1975.jpgand traded in her Mousketeer Hat for a swimming suit, and was now making surf movies!

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Well, I too got on board this giant wave, known as surf-music. No, I didn’t take up surfing. Nor did I take up hot-rod racing (I was only 13 or 14)! But I (and everybody else) listened to that incredible music, day and night! And of course, with such romantic ballads, and other similar songs, at a time, when I was entering teen-hood, this was like nitro-to-glycerin, as far as I was concerned! I mean, well…I didn’t have my pal, Sammy the dog anymore.

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Annette Funicello Former Mouseketeer 1975

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But now I myself had turned into a love-sick puppy dog! My thoughts had now turned to finding a girlfriend…and finding one ASAP! And I was no different than any other teen of that period of time. The entire nation of teens were swept up in this giant wave, called Surf Music. 

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And in addition, in the not-too-distant future, I would find myself singing Pop songs to the pretty, young girls. Oh yeah, me and a few other guys began imitating those surf-music groups, and we began singing to our girl-friends at parties, and on snow-ski buses, etc… And then eventually we formed a combo musical group and began to play dances. And what better way is there, to find a girlfriend, than to play in a dance band!

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MICKEY-MOUSE-CLUBBED BY CUPID

“IN DREAMS YOU’RE MINE”

Lyrics from Roy Orbison’s 1963 song, “In Dreams” 

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And speaking of Annette, I remember on one of our family’s summer camping trips, probably at beautiful Big Lake up in the Cascades. I was in the 5th or 6th grade.

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But one day, I wandered out into the forest a short distance from camp. And as I sat on a fallen log, I began to envision Annette coming out into this little clearing in the woods, and then we embraced and kissed! Well, this little scenario repeated in my teenie-tiny brain for about an hour. And the incredible thing about this was how intoxicating it was to me! I mean, it was so overwhelming, http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/File:Devil-goat.jpgwords can barely describe it.

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Now, thinking back on it, I finally realize that it wasn’t just me in charge of this narcotic-like fantasy, but actually was that old, “Hope you guessed my name” dude, now posing as Cupid.

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Annette and Frankie – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL SOMETIMES!”

Chorus lyrics from the 1973 hit by Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool” 

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rikkancs.JPGNow about this same time, there was a new girl in school. Boy, was she cute! And I was so absolutely smitten by her, that I would often go about 4 blocks out of my way home from school each afternoon, just to stand and wait on the old Mill-Creek Bridge, hoping to see her as she passed by on her way home.

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I even remember asking a friend, who delivered newspapers to her house, if I could go https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Broken_Bike_in_YNU.jpgwith him one day. Well, as his paper-route finally arrived by her house, I asked him if I could throw the newspaper onto her porch (just hoping she’d see me in such an action-hero pose, tossing her newspaper right down on her doorstep!).

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But as I threw the paper, I lost my balance, and went crashing to the street. And much to my embarrassment, my dream-girl, her mother, and brother all came out to help peel me off the pavement.

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And so, that little episode probably cured me of following her around like a love-sick little puppy dog!

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And well, this was the first time this young kid made a fool of himself over a female.

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But would it be his last time?

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Whadayou think!?! 

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WIPE OUT!

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Well, a few years passed by. And just about as fast as the surf music tsunami swept over America, there came another tsunami, which just about wiped out surf music in a single day! Actually it was more like a pestilence! It was a swarm of beetles and crickets, etc., in the form of British music!

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And immediately, almost the entire teen population around the world, it seemed, were smitten by this British invasion! So everybody ditched their surf boards and hot rods, and grew out their crew cuts, and the young people in many nations were led away by these pied pipers from Liverpool.

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And so was I. 

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But in the process of time, these mopped-haired magician musicians began a magical mystery bus tour, to lead the world’s young people into drugs as they began weaving hallucinogenics into their music. And millions of teens around the world got on board that magical mystery bus tour, and began experimenting with drugs.

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And so did I.

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flower_Power_demonstrator.jpg‘SUMMER OF LOVE’ IN HAIGHT

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Well, after a few more years, and this drug-music developed into the Hippy movement. But I won’t go too much into this third wave which swept over the younger generation in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Junction_of_Haight_and_Ashbury.jpgthe late sixties. The Hippy Scene: Haight Ashbury, Woodstock, and all those drug-induced, long-haired rock groups. Oh yeah, I got caught up in that movement too! Our band threw out all those dance songs, and began playing what was dubbed, Acid Rock. Yeah, we had all the colored lights and vomit-inducing strobes and un-danceable, heavy music.

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jimi_Hendrix_Gravestone.jpg“THE 27 CLUB”

 

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JIM_MORRISON_PERE_LACHAISE.jpgBut that whole drug-filled Hippy music scene didn’t last long. No, it all seemed to come to an abrupt halt when three very giant super-stars met their untimely deaths, while on drugs. They became known as “The 27 Club”, because they were all 27 years old when they all died in just a 12 month span.

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Yes, they died one after another! It was a triple shock to society. And it served as a wake-up call to the younger generation. They realized that things had gone too far! Oh yeah, it still went on a few more years. But it was now like a receding tide.

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“Maybe drugs aren’t such a cool thing”, we surmised.

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Flower Power Demonstrator – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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JIM MORRISON Grave – cropped image – Wikimedia – GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2

Site of the Fillmore East – cropped image – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

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THE FLOODS OF SATAN

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Now I’ve shared this personal history for several reasons. And one big reason is to make a point about those gigantic musical and cultural waves which swept over the younger generation of the 60’s: Surf Music, the British Invasion, and the Hippy Scene.

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But here’s the point. As one looks at all the various cultural waves that have swept through the land, (and still do), one must ask his or her self this question: why do these societal tidal waves happen? Now are we really supposed to believe that these three phenomena just happened by accident?

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Are we actually to accept the notion, that a mere handful of pimple-faced teenagers, can possess so much hypnotic power, that they can actually lead an entire generation down into the moral and spiritual abyss? Or did they have help?

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Yes, did they perhaps have UNSEEN HELPERS?  Were the same type of spiritual powers that were now causing me all this torment in the mental ward, belong to a much greater legion of many spiritual powers who are leading humanity in and out of one spiritual and cultural tidal-wave after another?

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Listen to this passage… “I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; The sorrows of Hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented (or, came against) me;” Psalms 22:4-6

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Now this above passage begins to make sense of these phenomena which sweep over society like giant waves from time to time. And don’t these incredible cult-hero-phenoms seem like giant destructive waves? But the fact is, the Bible compares the activity of Satan’s orchestrating powers to waves and to waters!

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Listen again… “And there appeared another wonder (sign) in heaven; and behold a great red dragon… And the serpent (i.e., the Dragon, Satan) cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman (the Church), that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” Revelation 12:3, 15, 16

Revelation 12 Dragon spewing wave of water - Signs Of Heaven

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So this passage lets it be known just who is behind these floods which seem to carry away entire generations into moral and spiritual destruction. His waves come, and then after a time, the earth seems to swallow them up. But after a while, another wave comes.

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But hey! If you wanna believe that these mega-cultural-tsunamis are merely accidental or coincidental, you are certainly free to believe that way!

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But maybe you’re being just a bit naïve!

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TWENTY YEARS AFTER…

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Well, that was a long time ago, 20 years or so, from where I was at this moment in the mental ward! Those childhood days were now long gone!

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And so now, after almost 20 years of doing my own thing…well…here I was! Ward 3600! The mental ward of Merle-West Hospital! I had now come full-circle! And presently, it wasn’t my Sammy-dog that I was just now praying for, in this multi-purpose room of the mental ward! Now it was for me! I was the one who was now in heap-big trouble! I just had the ultimate rude awakening, of all rude awakenings (as I’ve already stressed)! And now I knew that God was for real! And now I knew that atheism was an utterly bogus ideology! And I really, really needed His help…badly! 

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And so, I fell to my knees, lifted my hands together, like a soldier begging for mercy from his sword-wielding conqueror! And in the quietness of that multi-purpose room, I lifted my hands and cried out for His mercy… “Oh God help me! Oh God please help me!”

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My 20-year moratorium on praying had now come to an abrupt halt! I can’t remember how long this prayer went on for. Or how many times I went in there to pray. And though this was the multi-purpose room, nevertheless my prayers had a very singular purpose: GOD’S MERCY! That’s what I needed! God’s mercy! That’s what I needed more than anything else in the world at this very moment in time!

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To go to Part 3, just click here…

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CH. 8 One Flew Into The Cuckoo’s Nest, Part 3: “Do You Believe In Magic?”

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 This next part 2 has more old memories of supernatural events from my past

Chapter 30 – EPILOGUE

By admin On November 30th, 2019

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CHAPTER 30:

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EPILOGUE

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“HERE LIES ATHEISM…SHOT IN THE BACK”…

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And so, this was how my atheistic belief was shot dead; yes… shot dead by God! As dead as…as for instance, say, Billy the Kid…killed by a ‘bullet in the back’. And just like Billy the Kid, my atheism wasn’t looking for that bullet either!

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Yes, Billy the Kid and atheism have a lot in common! Like Billy, atheism is a ruthless killer. It has slain many-a-man! But as I said, my atheism received that bullet in the back that fateful November night when I personally met the Devil.

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But in my case, meeting the Devil turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me! Not that the Devil was trying to help me. But God is greater than the Devil, and uses the Devil for His own divine purpose. Nevertheless, I’m sure the Devil must’ve had a good time anyway, tormenting me during these months.

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But I hope and pray that every atheist will have his or her atheism shot dead…just like my atheism was shot dead! Just hope ya don’t have to suffer all the torment that I had to suffer.

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“IN TOMBSTONE TERRITORY”…

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Oh, by the way…I read the other day of an old tombstone in Maryland that reads something like…

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“Here lies an atheist 6 feet below. All dressed up, but nowhere to go!”

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An atheist has a truly miserable ideology, or religion, or whatever it is! Nowhere to go after he or she dies! Just food for daisies and earthworms…and crabgrass. But instead of the above epitaph, I would only wish that the following words below might be inscribed on the tombstone of each and every atheist from this moment forward…

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“A former atheist lies here below. His atheism died when he found Jesus, and now he’s got a wonderful place to go!”

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Tour De Oregon

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Becky’s mother came to visit from Guatemala. We decided to go on a 3-day drive up the Oregon coast. And so, I rented a motorhome.

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I must say, I can’t remember a more fun and more trouble-free trip. It was as if the Lord was blessing every moment of our little tour. While stopping in one little town, I saw a little blue captain’s hat, and bought it, and wore it throughout the trip. 

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We went to the incredible Sea-Lion Caves in which an elevator takes you down about a 1000 feet into a large cave, in which the sea lions sit on the rocks barking loudly, which echoes throughout the caves, making a very dramatic scenario!

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Next we went to Depoe Bay, a little tourist mecca. There we went to the little aquarium in which various aquatic species are seen. The main attraction is a pool in which about 5 or 6 seals beg for pieces of fish which are sold to the visitors.

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There was one completely blind seal, whose eyes were completely white. But in spite of his handicap, he perform more tricks, and clownishly slapped his fat belly in hopes of getting some fish thrown at him. And seemingly miraculously, he could sense exactly when and where food was being tossed in his direction, jumping up and catching it mid-air!

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Pretty good for a blind old seal!

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Later on, while laying in the upper loft of the motorhome I began slapping my increasingly fattening belly. When I suddenly realized I was doing a good imitation of that fat old blind seal, I laughed and laughed (I often laughed at myself over something funny. But of course, I didn’t like other people laughing at me!)

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A FEW FINAL THOUGHTS

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This story was concerning events which occurred prior to my becoming a Christian. I tried to write it in somewhat the same irreverent humor that I used back in those days. 

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Becky and I were finally married about 10 months after we met, on December 6th of 1980.

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The reader should keep in mind that this is just the first Part of a three-part story about a man who began a journey out of the fires of Hell, and upward toward the Celestial City of God. My unchristian behavior during this first installment was merely because I had not the slightest clue of how to be a Christian. So please excuse any offensive behavior on my part. This Part 1 of my journey should make more sense, if and when God permits me to write the next two installments.

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“Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low…” Isaiah 2:10-12

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This is the end of this e-book, “Judgment Day-RX7″. However, you may go to the companion web-site. Just click here…

www.signsofheaven.org

 

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why is my christianity not working? coming out of babylon

By admin On November 24th, 2019

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WHY IS MY CHRISTIANITY NOT WORKING? THE BABYLON CURSE

“And I heard another voice from heaven,

saying, Come out of her, My people,

that ye be not partakers of her sins,

and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

Revelation 18:4

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In this little series is discussed just what obstacles may be preventing earnest and faithful church-attendees from having a true and vibrant relationship with the Lord. Why do so many seemingly sincere souls just fall short of a faith-filled walk with Jesus? Why can’t we walk even as He walked? And what is the reason that we are so worldly-minded?

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Well, our signature verse for the day may be just that cause of our lack of spirituality!

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Listen again…“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

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Here is where so many of us fail. We have not yet made the end-time exodus out of Babylon, the Mother of Harlots. And as a result, we are under the Revelation 18:4 curse…“Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

Chapter 24: “ON A TRAIN BOUND FOR NOWHERE”, CONTINUED: “The Lost Isle of Thunderbolts

By admin On November 21st, 2019

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CHAPTER 24

“ON A TRAIN BOUND FOR NOWHERE”,

CONTINUED:

“THE LOST ISLE OF THUNDERBOLTS!”

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Lightning FL courtesy Craig O’neal for wikipedia creative commons license 2.0

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“They kept not the covenant of God,

and refused to walk in His law;

And forgat His works…

Therefore… their days did He consume in vanity,

and their years in trouble…

and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.

He cast upon them the fierceness of His anger,

wrath, and indignation, and trouble,

by sending evil angels among them.”

Psalm 78:10, 11, 33, 48, 49 

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As told in the previous chapter, Becky and I took a train ride from Guatemala City to the east coast, and onward to the tiny country of Belize. Our ultimate destination was Tikal and the incredible temples of the ancient Mayan civilization.

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But as the title of this and the previous chapter reveals, we were actually riding on “A Train Bound For Nowhere”…

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Photo of Guatemalan train courtesy Wikipedia. click for link to photographer – Nils Öberg.

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“MERCY? SORRY, I’M FRESH OUT!”

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The next day, after that dark and mysterious night, and running into that darker and even more mysterious stranger, Becky bought two tickets for a commuter boat.

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I had absolutely no idea where we were going. I was kind-of in my own world. I was preoccupied with the spirit and his incessant talking.

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The boat was filled with passengers. Maybe 30 people! Maybe 50! (It looked similar to this Wikimedia photo, but about twice the size, or more).

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Now, the spirit was condemning me very heavily at this moment. I distinctly remember that this was definitely a Hitler Day! And as I said, I was in my own little world. This was because, on this day, the spirit condemned me really heavily that, “You just might have been Hitler in your last life”. The spirit was probably coming on stronger than on any previous day, except maybe for that day back in  Antigua, when I was bombarded with noises all day. But once again, he was literally crushing me under the weight of his accusations and con-damnation!

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Photo of  Belize commuter-boat courtesy wikipedia & Mrcveliz  share-alike license. Click here for link.

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“MERCY’S JUST A LADY THAT LIVES DOWN THE STREET!”

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As the boat cruised across the water, I just couldn’t take his threats and condemnation any longer! It became way too much! Finally, in desperation, I pleaded for mercy… “God please have mercy!!”, I silently cried!

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“Oh you want mercy, do you?” said the spirit, pointing me to a large black lady passenger, squeezed into this crowded boat, “Well that’s Mercy sitting there! You see, Chuck, Mercy’s just a lady who lives down the street!”

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But I still kept crying out for mercy (silently of course…in my thoughts). But each time I did, the spirit kept repeatedly pointing me to that same heavy-set middle-aged lady, saying, “Mercy’s just a lady that lives down the street!” Well at the time, I took this to mean that God had no mercy left for the likes of me! You know, just like saying “Mercy? Sorry, I’m fresh out!” 

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But it wouldn’t be till much later, that I would find out what that was all about. I was to eventually meet the real Mercy! And lo and behold…she actually did live just down the street! But I’ll have to tell that story much later.

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Lightning FL courtesy Craig O’neal for wikipedia creative commons license 2.0

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”I SEE EARTHQUAKES & LIGHTNING…

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I HEAR THE VOICE OF RAGE & RUIN!”

(Lyrics from the 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival song, “Bad Moon Arising'”

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After some time the boat landed on an island. I guess it was an island. I guess they call them “cays” here in Belize. Anyway, about a dozen little children, only wearing shorts, came running up to the boat and were all fighting to take our luggage. I looked at all the very big wide eyes, staring at us…obviously working for tips! But there were no smiles. They were all business! Vying for our luggage! A bunch of little right-wing capitalists, no doubt!

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Anyway, we gave the two or three of the “winners” our luggage, and they led us to a motel on this island. It actually was a pretty nice two-story motel in an otherwise primitive looking…uh…jungle village, I guess you could call it. Our motel room was very well-kept, and had a great balcony overlooking the ocean. Actually, nicer than most modest-priced motels here in the States! 

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To tell ya the truth, under different circumstances, this would’ve been a dream vacation!

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“HOT THUNDERBOLTS”

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But before long it grew dark. The rain began to fall again. This time the rain was accompanied by thunder and lightning. And not just a flash of lightning, followed by a delayed peal of thunder! Nooo! This thunderous lightning-flash was super bad! And super loud! ”KARRACK!!!” “KABOOM!!!”…

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It sounded directly over our heads! I can’t recall ever hearing thunder as loud as it thundered that night! This went on for much of the evening as I recall. It was so loud, we had to cover our ears! And even the walls shook, as I recall! And because of the intensity of this lightning and thunder, it really seemed like God was angry with me! ”KARRACK!!! “KABOOM!!!”

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OK, OK, I can just hear you (the Reader), thinking to yourself, “This guy is bending everything against himself…now even the lightning and thunder!”

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OK, OK! I understand! I understand! But let me just say that if you ever go through such an intense lightning storm while at the same time, an unseen spirit is accusing and condemning you…then you’ll probably understand why I felt the way I did! 

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Listen to Scripture…“Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out Thine arrows, and destroy them…The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of Heaven shall He thunder…” Psalm 144:6 & 1st Samuel 2:10.

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So, see!? I’m not so crazy, after all! As these above verses reveal, thunder and lightning are used in the Bible as pictures of God’s wrath upon His enemies! (I’m glad I didn’t know about these two verses back there in that motel room!) 

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Lightning FL courtesy Craig O’neal for wikipedia creative commons license 2.0

Dinosaur lightning – Wikipedia – Photo by Hallie Larsen, National Park Service – Public Domain

Lightning 1882 – Wikimedia – US public domain commons

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“FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD”…

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In the morning the sun came out. It was as if the previous night’s storm had never happened! I guess the tropics can be very forgiving! Because now the ocean was a beautiful turquoise blue. The sand was white. The breeze was soft. The air was warm. It was as if that previous night’s storm had never occurred!

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And this tropical place, or island, or whatever… could’ve been used on a “Gilligan’s Island” episode. (Pretty much like this Wikipedia photo!)

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Island photo courtesy wikipedia. click for link.

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“DEFINITELY A RIGHT-TURN EXTREMIST !”

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And so I decided to go for a walk, to get the lay of the land…to survey the world. And on this very pleasant and warm day, it was very easy to simply wander off from home-base. That was my first mistake. I should never have left Becky, and wandered off by myself!

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Not knowing where I was going, I found a path, not too far from the beach. And so I began to follow the path. It led into a thick jungle. But where it would take me, I just didn’t know!

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But soon the spirit began a really odd phenomenon with me! Now the spirit was leading me to believe that this little excursion was some kind of quest to find something valuable. A kind of mystery hunt for hidden treasure or something. And for some reason, he made it impossible for me to turn to the left. I simply could not turn left. I could only turn right. As I walked through this very primitive little jungle village (much like this photo), I had to turn right. If I wanted to make a left turn, I soon realized I could only do so by turning right for a three-quarters turn. The problem was, I had to do it inconspicuously, so no one else would notice! And there were other people, villagers, also walking along this pathway! Now if I wanted to turn right, there was no problem. But to turn left—that was a different story! So I would kind-of hesitate, as if I was just examining something off in the distance. You know, like a tourist might do. Then I’d turn right a little more. And then a little more. Still pretending to be examining. And finally I would make that three-quarter turn necessary to go left. Ah-ha! I did it! Nobody thought me strange! lol

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This jungle was very beautiful, and very overgrown! And just a beaten path to walk along. Native people were walking back and forth, going about their daily business, no doubt. Some more capitalist-right-wingers, I suppose!

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“YOU CAN KEEP THE CHANGE!”

Right Turn Extremist

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Anyway, the various little huts were interspersed within the thick jungle. I finally found a “Seven/Eleven” quick-Mart. Well not exactly a “Seven/Eleven”. OK, so it was just a grass hut with one side open with a little counter. But I couldn’t be choosy at this moment! IT WAS THE ONLY STORE IN TOWN!! So I bought what ever it was I bought. Actually just a pack of gum. Why gum? I just wanted to buy something! And after making a rather quick inspection of her inventory, I opted for the gum! 5 or 10 cent gum! 

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: This drawing to the right does not depict nearly as much foliage as the actual island had. The artist (me) was just too lazy to draw in all the extra trees and bushes!)

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WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE GUM!

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OK, so 5 or 10 cents for gum! Not a problem, right? Well, there was a problem! You see, this otherwise simple transaction became complicated, when the spirit overwhelmed my mind, insisting that I show my faith, by not getting my change! A five dollar bill (about $15.00 or $20.00 in today’s money, and maybe $50.00 or more in theirs!) For 10 cent gum! With a straight face, the lady accepted the rather large tip.

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But I suppose I was purchasing goodwill from these quaint folk. Probably not! They no doubt decided they were dealing with just another idiot or something! Imagine that!!

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But whatever this lady thought of me, one thing was for sure! The gum that I bought from her, was the most expensive gum I would ever buy! And she unflinchingly took my money as if she were taking my soul!

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 “Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. But whoso commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul.” Proverbs 6:30, 31 

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But then having bought that gum, I proceeded forward on this treasure hunt, or whatever in the world it was! By now I knew better than to trust this unseen being! He was just too changeable to put any confidence in!

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Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit – Wikipedia – share-alike license

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“YELLOW BRICK ROAD IN REVERSE!”…

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And so, after this pause, I resumed my quest to find whatever it was I was searching for. Still http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cowardly_lion2.jpgonly making right turns. It kind-of started feeling like I was in that old movie, “The Wizard of Oz” walking along that infamous “Yellow Brick Road”.

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But unlike that brainless Scare-Crow in that old movie classic, I was going backward…away from OZ! Me more brainless!

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And instead of the road getting larger, the road only got narrower and narrower! Eventually, my right turns became sharper and more numerous until my path finally came to an end. This not-so-yellow-brick-road ended and I could go no further!

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Was there a pot of gold here? Was this the end of my rainbow?

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Wizard of Oz – wikipedia – US public domain

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“YOU GOTTA KNOW WHEN TO HOLD EM,

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KNOW WHEN TO FOLD EM”…

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Well, as I said, I finally came to the end of the path! And was I ever surprised at what I found there! No, there was no OZ! No, there was no Wizard! No, there was no rainbow! And no, there was no pot of gold either!

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So where was this? What was this?

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Question Mark – at a loss – Wikimedia – Share-alike license

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DESOLATION

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The place I came to, looked like an ancient ruins. It was obvious that some building had once been here…long ago! But now, only the foundation-footings remained (somewhat like this photo I found on the net). I sat down, and lit a cigarette, and contemplated what might this building have been at one time. Maybe this was once part of an ancient civilization!

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But now, only the ruins remained!

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Well, whatever it once was, one thing was for sure. It was now long gone! Now only this monument of a broken foundation remained as a reminder of its former days of glory! And even that was mostly destroyed! I felt like all this time I spent getting here, was a waste of valuable time! And all these right turns! It was a lose-lose situation! What nonsense! The building was long gone! It was too late! The cards were all laid out on the table as far as this treasure hunt on this unknown Island! A civilization gone…or destroyed! Too late to revive it!

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IT LOOKS LIKE THE “DESTROYER” (the mystery man on the train) HAD ALREADY BEEN HERE TOO!

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I guess this group of people hadn’t been holding up their end of the bargain either! You know…with the Commander! They hadn’t held up their bargain with the Commander!

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Jungle covered ruin (4374410534) wikimedia share-alike license

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“KNOW WHEN TO WALK AWAY,

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KNOW WHEN TO RUN!”…

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So after deciding that there was nothing more that I could do here, I knew it was time to walk away, back to home base. I guess I should never have wandered off, away from home-base! And so I went back to home base.

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I could once again turn right or left. Whichever way was more reasonable. That’s the way I once again turned. And never ever again would this strange phenomenon plague me!

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Oh yes, I lost precious time. And though it lasted only 20 minutes or so, at the most, looking back it seemed like 20 years lost! But I was forever cured of wanting to turn to the right (or even to the left!) The experience taught me a valuable lesson I’ll never forget! And the thing that must be remembered is this: even if I could have only made left turns, instead of right turns, I would no doubt have ended up in this very same place! And though this may have once been a great society, now it was just a No-Wheres-Ville, no matter which way you turn! Truly, truly, our train ride the previous day was only just a “train bound for nowhere”!

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So yes, truly this Lost Isle of Thunderbolts  experience cured me forever! Yes, I never ever wanted to turn to the right again! (or even to the left, for that matter!)

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And yes, this little experience seemed to be a harbinger of things to come, not only for me personally, but also for the society around me! But I’ll just have to explain this much later.

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Lightning FL courtesy Craig O’neal for wikipedia creative commons license 2.0

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“Keep thy heart with all diligence;

for out of it are the issues of life…

Ponder the path of thy feet,

and let all thy ways be established. 

Turn not to the right hand

nor to the left:

remove thy foot from evil.”

Proverbs 4:23.26, 27

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“TIME ENOUGH FOR COUNTING

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WHEN THE DEALIN’S DONE!”…

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“Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity…

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One generation passes away, and another generation comes:

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…and there was no profit under the sun.”

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Ecclesiastes 1:2, 4 & 2:11

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-Sand castle, Cannon Beach Oregon – Wikipedia – share-alike license. Click here for link.

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To go to next chapter, just click here…

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Ch. 25  “Return, O Promised One”…

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The Mayans would’ve been proud! NOT!”

 

Thu triest me every moment-by-moment temptations

By admin On November 14th, 2019

Talk about how all things which happen are for our spiritual purification and increase of faith/

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The believer must be watchful and vigilant

vernon mcgee vs. Harold Camping

By admin On November 13th, 2019

take pleasure in distresses

By admin On November 13th, 2019

fervent prayers
increasing faith
not murmuring

road to heaven, or stay down here?

By admin On November 13th, 2019