Holy Exposé, Batman! They found out the secret location!!
First time out of the state in two and a half years and we found ’em in North Carolina!
Holy Exposé, Batman! They found out the secret location!!
First time out of the state in two and a half years and we found ’em in North Carolina!
“Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3)
Many people read the words of Jesus following this question, and without looking at what He really said think false prophets, wars, rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, persecution of Christ-followers, betrayals and lawlessness are the signs of the end of the age.
But we must pay attention to what Jesus actually said: “All these are but the beginning of the birth pains,” NOT the signs of the end. He provided ONE and only one sign of the end of the age:
“This gospel [good news] of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Mathew 24:14)
Now we do not know exactly what Father evaluates as a “nation” or ethnicity (a more accurate translation of this word, ἔθνεσιν). Could it include the Sentinel Indians that John Chau was trying to reach? Nor do we know what the “testimony” involves: someone announcing it on a soapbox or a Bible translation in the native language?
In any case, we should not think that because Russia is invading another country, THIS is it. The tragic 2015 earthquake in Nepal was not an indication that Jesus was coming soon. The 21 Coptic Christ-followers that were beheaded by merciless ISIS Muslims was not the end. The summer riots of 2021 in Seattle, Portland and other cities of the U.S. were not indications of Jesus’ return any more than the Watts riots of 1965 or the Dead Rabbits riots of Irish immigrants of 1857.
Jim Jones was one of many false prophets to flit across our television screens depicting crazy guys who led many people to their deaths when they “drank the cool-aid” quite literally. He simply followed the path of previous devious leaders like Joseph Smith of Mormon fame and Pope Julius who sold indulgences to enrich the coffers of his organization. Such wars, rumors of wars, natural disasters and false teachers will continue until Jesus returns.
Jesus main emphasis in describing all this was to say, “See that no one leads you astray!” He mostly wanted His followers to be careful not to be deceived by miracles and false prophecies. He laid down a basic principle for future prophecy in John 14:29: “Now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.” Though this was in regard to specific things coming the next day at His crucifixion, the postulate is applicable across the board for all Bible predictions of coming events.
We need to study the future prophecies of the Bible to have some ideas of what to expect, but we likely will not be able to predict stock market crashes, where the next riot will occur, when the tsunami will break over the Northwest coast or who the Anti-Christ is . . . until he is revealed. (BIG hint: he’s probably not Donald Trump nor Joe Biden.🙄) The important thing is to keep in tune with the Spirit of God and be able to understand what is happening in the world as it unfolds. And BE READY! Scripture (Matthew 24:17-20) suggests events will occur so rapidly that one will not even have time to grab an extra coat! It will happen as fast as lighting‼️
So what is The Sign? Tell everyone that Jesus is returning. Tell everyone that sin is forgivable. Tell everyone that there is hope, even when the world seems to be reeling out of control. Tell everyone that Jesus is God, that The God Who Is has revealed Himself in Jesus who died to take away our sins, MY sins, YOUR sins. Preach this Good News to all the world all the time until everyone has had an opportunity to accept or reject the claims Jesus made. Then the end will come and the redeemed will be saved, the blind will receive sight, the oppressed will be set free and God’s will will be done in earth as it is in Heaven.
Whatever we believe about the End Times, they will happen according to God’s timeline, not ours. They will happen according to His plan, not any man’s. But the End Times will happen.
Know and love the truth.
Do not be deceived.
Not my words, but the words of Jesus: “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3,5)
Everything in the western church and in churches around the world who have copied Willow Creek, Saddleback or Hillsong radiates love and blessing. “Jesus loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” is the message of hope, relief from pain, provision for expenses, all the health and wealth that comes from living a godly life consistent with Biblical principles. And up to a point, this happens.
But sometimes I wonder if we are actually applying Biblical principles that we have “cherry-picked” and avoided those that do not make good upbeat Hillsong tunes.
Jesus talked to the crowd around Him who were calling His attention to some Galileans who Pilate had insulted by mixing their blood with their sacrifices. Some zealots had recently rebelled against Rome and tried to reestablish Jewish rulership in Jerusalem. When the rebellion failed, Pilate showed Rome was still in charge by desecrating their sacrifices that had been made to Yahweh by adding the zealots’ blood.
But then Jesus expanded the despair of His listeners by suggesting not just human evil but even circumstantial evil: “Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?” (Luke 13:4)
His point was that bad things are going to happen, and unless your heart is in tune with the Creator of the universe, you will not understand the events that are coming.
Isaiah was a godly prophet and served Yahweh faithfully. Yet, when he “saw the LORD high and lifted up” he cried out, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.” (Isaiah 6:5) Then the angel “helped” him by giving him third degree burns on his mouth.
It is not enough to sit back and condemn the unrighteous of our generation: those perverts, those abortionists, those transgenders, those hateful people, those ballot liars, those gamblers, those drunkards, those people who don’t use their blinkers to change lanes.
We must look beyond our own viewpoints and silos of righteousness and realize we are as much a part of the problems of our society as those with whom we disagree, because our hearts… my heart… has not been in tune with Father’s heart. “I am a man of unclean lips.” Not the other guy, not the protestor, not the deceived. ME!
Until we see the LORD, high and lifted up, we will not be able to speak to our generation of His ways and compassion. Unless we repent, we will all likewise perish.
May The God Who Is have mercy on us all.
yours and His,
As the weather warms in Lexington the Unicorns come out on Harrodsburg Road.
Two weeks ago, I utilized PKAdams blog for her research on digital money. This has been an occasional subject for some of my blogs as well:
This blog is just a warning and a reminder that digital currency will come very soon, not just to China, where they are already rolling out digital yuan in many cities. Other nations are looking at initiating digital currencies in the near future.
Let’s understand what “money” is. There is nothing inherently valuable in the green pieces of paper we use in the US for our currency. The paper, ink and special printing involved to make any bill, whether $1.00 or $1000 (yes, there ARE $1000 bills) are worth only a few cents if you measured it just in terms of the physical properties.
But the special paper, mostly a cotton and linen mix, and the special plates and protected manufacturing process make our bills in the US very secure; that is, they are extremely difficult to counterfeit. But what makes it worth ANYTHNG⁉️
It is simply the agreed value you and I put on it. Since the Sumerians in 3000 BCE first started using metal coins instead of bartering with goods and services, every currency developed as an accepted standard of exchange that translates our work, ideas and products into a transferable medium to which we agree.
That’s what makes Munch’s ‘The Scream’ allegedly “worth” $120,000,000❗ Some idiot with too much money and nothing else to do decided the painting is worth this much and bid at an auction for it. You and I do somewhat the same thing when we line up at a gas station to pay for gas. We have decided to accept the value Shell or Sam’s Club has put on their fuel and we pony up, even beside the posters that say, “I did that.” 😁 We agree to a value equivalent to our time, labor or produce and fill up the tank whether or not the President had anything to do with it.
The problems with paper or metal cash are numerous: counterfeiting, loss or misplacement, theft, destruction, to name a few. Digital money would solve all these difficulties because one cannot counterfeit an account (unless you’re a really good hacker… like the 14 year-old neighbor down the street! 😱) You cannot misplace it, though you might forget a password. It cannot be stolen (again, except by the kid on my block). And there is nothing to destroy… except a few lines of computer code… and we all know how reliable that is! 🙄
Of course, governments can “assist” by guaranteeing theft or loss can be recovered; help desks can aid with password recovery, etc.. Furthermore, you can access your account anywhere in the world with a computer! So basically, no downsides! Except SOMEONE will be able to track every transaction from your MacDonald’s lunch to the purchase of a yacht to a donation to a cause, NGO or politician. NO MORE SECRETS! For some, this is a step toward utopia or nirvana, depending on your religious leanings: Complete Transparency in All Financial Dealings.
The final glitch in this system is the PASSWORD or CARD used to access your accounts. Passwords can be difficult to reproduce if forgotten (How did I spell my first grade teacher’s name?) and cards can be lost or destroyed. Thus, the final step will be either an implant in one’s right hand or forehead or some kind of biometric measurable from one of these two sites in the body.
This is THE POINT OF NO RETURN‼️ There is hope for anyone who refuses to get a “mark” to access their account, even if it means not being able to purchase groceries or trade stocks. There may be an “underground” system of barter available if you know the “right people,” and are confident they will not report you, but it will be sparse and difficult to live without access to your “money.” Many will be executed for refusing to participate in the new global system once it becomes world-wide because they will be perceived as being anti-social, dangerous and disobedient to government.
How soon? We do not know, but every indication is that Digital Currency and its point of no return is coming faster than many realize. When these things begin to occur, they will happen at lightning speed, shining from east to west in a flash! If you have not prepared your heart and mind for these things, you will be left reeling and afraid.
For those who know Jesus, there is nothing to fear. (Matthew 10:28) This will just be the beginning of the End Times for which creation is waiting (Romans 8:22). Pick up a copy of Approaching Hoofbeats by Billy Graham for more on this theme.
Paula Adams covers this territory very well with excellent research and a conservative Christ-honoring perspective. I will have more to say on this theme soon, but this is enough to get you started thinking about what YOU will do when the government can track EVERY transaction by way of digital money. China is already rolling out a digital yuan in select cities. This was Paula’s March 17 blog:
When I wrote this post about biometrics and the mark of the beast, I was still a little unsure what the dangers were with this idea of ‘digital identity’. I knew that it seemed dangerous for some reason, but I couldn’t put it into words yet.
Now that governments and banks are putting out more propaganda of how having an ‘identity’ is a human right and will be so wonderful and convenient, I think I can see the plan more clearly. This has been in the works for long time and is part of the digital transformation.
If you don’t know anything about this topic, I suggest listening to this podcast or watching the video. Or you can watch this video from ID2020. Actually, I urge you to watch both videos. They are very informative.
The main selling point for these biometric identity systems are that they will help the poor participate in the economy. A secondary selling point is that digital identity is necessary to prevent fraud in the increasing digitally connected world. And also important they say is that we need identity so we can have easy access to government services. On the surface the arguments for these IDs sound reasonable.
But let us ask ourselves, how have humans managed to function all these 5,000 years or so without them? James Corbett says that people used their reputations to do business before the invention of birth certificates and social security cards. Many people were born at home and had no legal birth certificate before industrial times.
According to the American Bar Association, birth certificates arrived around the end of the 19th century. “The idea that a government should also record this vital information is a relatively modern development. The United Kingdom was the first country to mandate collection of birth data at the national level in 1853. The United States began collecting birth data at the national level in 1902, via the U.S. Census.”
But even now, though many people do have drivers licenses and social security cards or other type of identity cards, many people do NOT, and they still EXIST and live their lives. Proof of identity is provided by the fact that you are alive and interacting with someone else, not a card or digital record.
And really, why does anyone need to know who you are if you buying and selling? The relevant information is your payment which could be cash, credit, digital currency, or even bartering. When I go to Walmart and pay cash, no one cares who I am. When I sell something on Marketplace or eBay, I do not ask for ID!
In my mind, the only reason to provide ID when transacting business is to keep a record of it for tax purposes or to provide proof of ownership. But in the past this has been accomplished fairly easily with a signed receipt or bill of sale or other contract. To make the claim that people cannot do business without a digital ID is nonsense. I’m sure the people in developing countries would agree.
My point is that a digital identity RECORD does not create your IDENTITY. Humans have life, dignity and worth apart from any assigned number from the state.
Second question, why does everyone need easy access to government services? Obviously they intend for government to play an even bigger roll in our lives in the future. Cradle to grave control.
I think many of my friends and followers will easily see the dangers of digital identity system. You are the same people who instantly saw the dangers of the Covid passport, mandatory vaccines, and forced lockdowns. It started with a ‘state of emergency’ and continues under the guise of ‘public health’, which will continue to be an excuse for increasing control. Governments should not have this much power over our lives.
The idea of a digital identity system that we are told is absolutely an essential human right because people can’t buy or sell in the marketplace should set off some warning bells if you know your Bible.
In the prophecies about the time period before Jesus returns to judge the world, which is called the End Times, the Last Times, the Tribulation or ‘that day’, and is interpreted differently by different people, there is a verse that says that when the Anti-Christ comes into power, people who do not worship him will not be able to buy or sell unless they have the ‘mark of the beast‘ and they will be killed. These same prophecies also discuss the immensity of the global market during this time and the fact that people are still being sold as slaves.
In my opinion, it’s not biometrics per se that are the mark of the beast, it is the digital identity system itself. And I believe that fingerprints, selfies, and retinal scans are only the beginning. In fact, I am starting to wonder if the ‘beast’ will actually be a computer or Artificial Intelligence that is used to control over the whole economy. Have you heard of algorithmic trading?
My guess is that eventually everyone’s genetic information will be part of their digital record and your data will be somehow attached or implanted or tattooed to your skin. This will be needed to buy, sell, go to school, conduct any kind of government business, travel, communicate, you name it. There is already a problem with people using masks to thwart facial recognition and crooks can cut off your finger to use it for fingerprint ID systems. So, oh well, I guess we will have to have a sample of your DNA!
What is the problem with giving them this information? Why should I care if the government can not only track my every move, but also send me helpful reminders to get my vaccines, and make sure that I have everything I need? Isn’t the government just trying to help me have a better life? If you have to ask that question, I will assume that you have never had to deal with bureaucrats or pay taxes or noticed the immense corruption in every level of government. Lucky you!
What could happen if you do not agree with something the government says to do? I think having a digital ID will seem very convenient and safe and logical to most of the public, until one day, the trap is sprung. By then it will be too late to take back the DNA that you freely handed over or have the chip implant removed or find alternative ways of doing business. And what is the ultimate goal? To make you worship the beast. No mark? You will be beheaded.
If this all sounds too sci-fi for you, I hope you’ll do your own research, and do some thinking about what could happen when you give up your right to privacy. One of the claims these digital ID people love to make is that your ‘privacy’ will be protected. Hahaha! From who? Not from them. Privacy means something very different to them.
You have nothing to hide, you say? Neither do I, yet. But if these eager economic/tech/medical/NGO/UN-funded/one world government types get their way, the world is going to be very different in the future. Your personal goals, moral values and religious beliefs will have to be realigned with what’s ‘best for the world’.
I think someone in power has noticed that not everyone is excited about this idea because the IRS website has at least temporarily changed it’s plans to require ID.me to use their website. But they are not going to stop with this. Billions are being invested in digital identity in all kinds of industries. But this is a sign that protesting can make a difference.
Educate your friends and family if you agree with me that digital identity is a bad idea. Send them to the www.corbettreport.com. Let’s all open our eyes so we can see the world of illusion being built before it’s too late.
And while you’re busy fact-checking, have a look at this video https://rumble.com/vwxxi8-ukraine-on-fire.html and this one. Remember that the beast hates God’s people, especially Jews.
For Paula’s blog and other great reading, you can go here: https://blueskiesandgreenpastures.com/2022/03/17/digital-identity-dangers/
“As many were astonished at you, his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind.” Isaiah 52:14
Resurrection Sunday came, but not before THIS happened. Is it any wonder that as a man, Jesus was so strained in the Garden of Gethsemene, that “being in agony He prayed more earnestly; His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:43-44) Hematidrosis is a rare medical condition in which one oozes or “sweats” blood from the skin even thought there is no cut or injury. Though usually not fatal of itself, it has most often occurred in people as they died or in prisoners facing execution. He knew what was about to happen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=125baeLbGvU
Not just the physical torture He was about to endure, but He knew the spiritual battle that we will never see – the acceptance of sin for which He was not guilty, sin that was none of His doing; all the pride, greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth that you and I have committed; all the hatred, lies, murder, abuse and wickedness that men and women have perpetrated since the beginning of the earth until its end! He was looking forward to bearing ALL that in a matter of hours.
And should we expect God will deliver us from all troubles? Yet, “God did not keep bad things from happening to God Himself and there is no darkness into which He has not descended. He knows the texture and taste of everything [we] most fear.” (Tish Harrison Warren, Prayer in the Night)
Western Christians have become so soft and comfortable that the idea of suffering for Christ seems completely foreign. Anticipating Sunday’s Resurrection, we glide through the pleasant days before with nothing to mark us but a little ash on our foreheads.
So many “prosperity gospel” preachers have pounded out verses like Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” that we have come to believe any time we have a problem, we can just go to Jesus and He will fix it in a matter of minutes. They ignore the context of Jeremiah’s encouragement that was in a letter to EXILES! “To the surviving elders of the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.” Note, to the surviving elders! Many had died; many more were taken into captivity in chains or herded like cattle between soldiers on horses.
Yes, it is a nice plan, but the prophet warned it would be 70 years❗, an average person’s lifetime, before God would start working out His plans for their welfare. And so Jeremiah warned, “Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in My name; I did not send them, declares the LORD.”
Friend, if you want an easy life; if you want to avoid controversy; if you want to skate along with the culture, do not become a follower of Jesus! If you are looking for prosperity and the “wonderful plan for your life” that some gospel peddlers offer, just take up their pitch and rest easy. Go with the flow when government orders you to do something; obey every rule and do not make trouble. Remember that the Nazis loved to quote the Bible in Romans 13:1, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.” But they avoided Peter’s assertion in Acts 5:29, “We must obey God rather than men.” And after beating the apostles, they let them go.
Stay with me here: the apostles did not go back to their little prayer group or life-affirming friends and say, “Oh, it was so terrible! Those guys were so mean to us. Please pray that Jesus will protect us from them and we will never encounter that again!” On the contrary, “they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name.” Then they kept on boldly teaching in the religious government’s headquarters (their Temple) and from house to house.
Are you willing to suffer loss for the sake of following our Lord? Are you willing to be ostracized as a narrow-minded, anti-science freak? Are you willing to “Count it all joy,… when you meet trials of various kinds?” (James 1:2) Have you read the Bible, the words of Jesus in Luke 9:23, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” This “cross” is not some illness or natural difficulty you may encounter. “There is something frustrating that occurs on earth, namely, that there are righteous people to whom things happen as if they were doing wicked deeds; and, again, there are wicked people to whom things happen as if they were doing righteous deeds.” (Ecclesiastes 8:14 CJB)
The cross to which Jesus calls us is a choice to obey Him against what your family will call “common sense.” Your friends will wag their heads and say, “Well, they went off the deep end!” Even some religious advisers will warn you not to get too radical. But for many of us, to follow Jesus will mean just that – a radical commitment to a God who was willing to suffer to redeem us.
Oh, and there is a reward, but we may not see it in this life! Do not be so hasty for Sunday morning that you miss what happens before the Resurrection. Are you willing to believe in a God who is willing to die for you? Are you willing to die for a God who will save you?