WARNING: Persecution Creeps toward the USA

From watch.org on November 1

Billy Graham’s Warning to American Churches: ‘Prepare for Persecution’

The Rev. Billy Graham has issued a written warning to America’s churches: “Prepare for persecution.”

The renowned preacher and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association penned a commentary that was posted on his website last week and is slated to appear in the November edition of Decision magazine.

In the magazine, Graham notes that the American church has been largely unfamiliar with persecution, writing that this “immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual.”

“As a whole, our nation does not know what privation is. We do not know what sacrifice is. We do not know what suffering is. Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries,” wrote Graham.

“Since we have experienced little religious persecution in this country, it is likely that under pressure many would deny Christ. Those who shout the loudest about their faith may surrender soonest.”

———– End Times Note ———-

Persecution of the “saints” comes in the end of this era of time on earth. This is clearly noted in Scripture. Reverend Graham is attempting to wake up a sleeping public. The US has spent more time recently being PC (politically correct) and as a result there are those claiming rights, as in civil rights, for issues that are not merely civil, but sinful. Scripture tells us we will arrive at a time when “right is wrong and wrong is right” … a lawless state will creep across the globe … it’s already happening and you are probably sleeping in the face of reality.

Like ISIS beheading ‘infidels’ or oppressing peoples in the Middle East of the imposition of religious law (Shiria law) on those who have otherwise lived at peace and with morality unifying their communities (e.g., Iraq, Syria, elsewhere) … persecution in the extreme will plow all that under into darkness … why would that only happen “over there” and not here … persecution creeps and spreads its tendrils … slowly and over time … persecution comes.

If you want to read exactly what appears in Decision Magazine, you can download an electronic copy here.

Director, windowview.org

Global Halloween 2015

Clearly we live in a world increasingly at risk for falling directly into the Bible’s end time scenario. In fact, Muslims of the extreme stripe already agree.  After all ISIS is beheading ‘infidels’ (according to their definition) and attacking peaceful people to create a disruption that most nations sit quietly to watch from the sidelines. That in itself is a Global Halloween horror!

Oh, yes I hear folks say it all the time this is just “saber rattling” that happens throughout history. So, what’s so new about all this and maybe we can just ignore the friction and continue living as if all this stuff carries no relevance. This would be living by “our understanding” and not recognizing a more all encompassing perspective of biblical proportions. You may not get it today … but the Global Halloween is full of evidence for the horrors and misdeeds of the end times that are not simply yet to come … THEY ARE upon us today.  Why? Well! To just highlight a couple thoughts …

RUSSIAN TRICKS and TREATS

There is nothing more obvious when lies are conspicuous to the global community. What’s worse, the nations of the world see the lies of one nation and then not call out that bad player as lier and deceiver.

Russia has moved into the Middle East to support a weak ally in Syria. Declaring their effort is aimed at defeating terrorism and even battling ISIS, the daily news reports clearly show otherwise. In fact, Russia is helping Iran to enter into the fray by transporting Iranian weapons into Syria to fight the opposing forces to the Syrian ‘leadership,’ as is if we can even consider Assad a leader of any honest nature. But here is the bottom line on Russia’s trickery … the treats awaiting Russia will be called out by a Heavenly Father who understands the evil nature of man, perhaps especially Putin himself, and this one day will be the eternal downfall to what Russia has started recently. But more so, Russia has begun, and adds to, the circling of hostile nations and hostile forces, in and around Israel … one more step deeper into End Time. You do not have to agree, it’s just happening in spite of what any wishful thinking might be … and, oh yeah, recently China has shown up with war ships in the arena of the Middle East … Trick or Treat!

GHOULS in GAZA and GOLAN 

Can the terrorists stop sending missiles across Israel’s borders in their attempt to harass, kill, and disrupt Israel? Again, we see signs of the End Time because the rhetoric keeps being amplified … and the enemies of Israel teach their children that is is good to stab with knives, to wear bombs as martyrs, and to simply focus on hate. You don’t even have to have any particular opinion of Israel to know, within one’s heart, that all these behaviors are ghoulish and sick. It’s the global zombies, voodoo thinking, and mindless brain washed beings who just “don’t get it!”  Wake up from the dead! And yet, all the while, the global community of nations sit in the bleachers hoping the global nightmare will all go away.

I am not going to write about the prospects for peace, because when a peace covenant finally does come (it’s in Scripture folks), especially for the sake of Jerusalem and the to be built Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, the ghouls will still be around and will only help to usher in the sequence of events that are called the End Time. Yep, they all decry “Peace, Peace,” but the end comes. It was and is written … and you can read it in Scripture. I don’t have to repeat it here … I’m just telling you the ghouls have their way today … tomorrow reveals their paradise is something of a Halloween horror that they have been tricked into thinking is something wonderful, but in fact is eternally awful. It’s awful enough here, today. Do you get it?

FEAR of END TIMES

I write all this with a special sadness in my heart. I say this because any discerning person, even Muslims, those who want a peaceful non-conflicting life, can read the Scripture of the Old and New Covenants to see ‘another side’ to what the Koran alone says. I once read an article that noted the Prophet’s hands “are open t the New Covenant.” Wow! Really? Incredible! How could that even be true if Islam is to embrace humanity as a whole in love and peace. Christians and Jews all around the world watch what is going on in the Middle East and see strife revealing humanity’s obsessions with issues and causes that do not solve global problems. Global Halloween is here every day!

But wait … we are encouraged by the western African Imam who declared a Green Jihad for the sake of ‘saving our environment.’ What an absolutely bold stroke and universally aware perspective from within the Islamic community, even in agreement with the global scientific community … something that looks at a much larger picture and embraces life and not the tricks and mis-guided treats of a misdirected human will.

Mr. Putin’s play for power or those who espouse death to any person or nation on earth are all going to face the reality of God (the God of the Bible, of Israel, Father of all) and in a moment of confrontation with the Eternal and His truth will come a bone chilling, bone rattling, and penetrating truth, which is, we all have in this day the possibility of embracing the ultimate truth … it’s all written in the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Scriptures.

Maybe for you the real treat of this Halloween is to learn the truth and to stop tricking yourself into think about a false paradise … the eternal truth is the ultimate treat and we all, I mean WE all, everyone of any nation, religion, culture, WE ALL need to see through the global trickery to see TRUTH.

Frank Kingsley, Independent Correspondent for WindowView.org

You NEED to Watch as a Watchman: Brigitte Gabriel Speaks at 2015 Watchment on the Wall Conference

If you watch what this lady is saying … no matter how she gets to the point of greatest concern … the POINT IS the world at large is still in a stupor and asleep in the face of crisis that grew from mild heat to hot crisis that encircles the globe. THIS IS THE “OTHER CLIMATE CHANGE.” What are you doing about it? If you are a peaceful Muslim maybe you are disturbed or just quiet … but for all others, the expansion of persecution is getting old and maybe OBVIOUS to the point many grow numb! What is to become of the human race … if their god won’t be saving you … WHO will do the salvation thing for you?

Watch … think … you live on the same planet with everyone else …

Brigitte Gabriel : At the 2015 Watchmen on the Wall Conference I was honored to share my story about how I, as a young girl, almost died at the hands of radical Islam. I outlined the plan of the Muslim Brotherhood and how they have planned and have been executing the destruction of the West. I also discuss how this infiltration is happening through our education system–indoctrinating our the most vulnerable individuals, our children.

October 17 – End Time Signs – Mounting Evidence the World is Turning a Corner

Take a sobering look at the news feed from the Middle East. For those in the West, take note that the network news is typically sanitized and there is never a mention of how we are headed right into biblical end time factors … which include religious  friction around the temple mount in Jerusalem and the nations continually circling in war patterns in the region. The following is from watch.org:

  • OCTOBER 17, 2015
  •  Israel will never agree to the stationing of international forces on Temple Mount, Jerusalem’s new envoy to the United Nations, Danny Danon, said on Friday.

    “If you are serious about promoting peace, if you are really committed to advancing co-existence in our region, make a clear statement against the incitement that fuels terror, support direct negotiations,” Danon said on Friday, addressing the international community and the UN Security Council.

    Danon held a press conference just before the council’s emergency meeting on the situation in the Middle East, which has seen an escalation in violence.

    “When a Palestinian child opens the television he doesn’t see Barney or Donald Duck, he sees murderers portrayed as heroes,” he said. “When he opens a textbook to do his homework, he doesn’t learn about math and science, he is being taught to hate.”

  •  France is drafting a ‘presidential statement’ in order to advance a plan to station international observers at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount to ensure that the status quo at the site is preserved, French daily Le Figaro reported on Saturday, quoting French diplomatic sources.

    French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre said, at an emergency meeting on Friday of the UN Security Council on the ongoing violence between Israel and the Palestinians, that he would circulate a draft statement to the council that would appeal for calm and restraint and for a revival of the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and for maintaining the status quo at the Temple Mount.

    Statements by the 15-member council must be agreed unanimously.

  • Iran said on Saturday that its recent test launch of a long-range missile does not violate UN Security Council resolutions as claimed by the United States and France.

    “Our missile tests have nothing to do with Resolution 2231, which only mentions missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a news conference.

    Speaking in Tehran alongside his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, he added: “None of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s missiles have been designed for nuclear capabilities.”

  •  The United States has confirmed that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, in “clear violation” of a United Nations Security Council ban on ballistic missile tests, a senior US official said on Friday.

    “The United States is deeply concerned about Iran’s recent ballistic missile launch,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said in a statement.

    “After reviewing the available information, we can confirm that Iran launched on Oct. 10 a medium-range ballistic missile inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon,” she said. “This was a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1929.”

  •  At Security Council meeting, UN chief’s representative says both sides to blame for violence, criticizes Israel’s ‘heavy-handed’ actions.

    Israel on Friday rejected Palestinian calls for an international force to be deployed in East Jerusalem to promote calm around the Temple Mount and the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque.

    “Let me be crystal clear — Israel will not agree to any international presence on the Temple Mount. Such a presence would be a change in the status quo,” Israeli Deputy Ambassador David Roet told the UN Security Council.

    The 15-member council met in an emergency session to discuss weeks of escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians in Jerusalem and the territories.

  •  Abbas orders inquiry after rioters set compound on fire; Palestinian security forces extinguish blaze; Israel preparing for clashes in West Bank, Gaza after Friday prayers.

    Palestinians set alight parts of Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus overnight Thursday as they rioted and threw Molotov cocktails, while security forces have prepared for confrontations on Friday.

    Palestinian security forces chased the arsonists away and put out the fire.

    The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai and the head of the Civil Administration Brig. Gen. David Menachem spoke with Palestinian officials regarding the incident, who condemned it.

    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas ordered the formation of an inquiry commission on the incident, which was described in the official Palestinian news agency as an irresponsible act. Abbas also instructed immediate repairs to the site.

    END TIMES EXPECTATION:

    We understand, anyone reading to this point in the post may be saying noting is new in Israel or the Middle East. But that glosses over the point that in the final stages of the end times, there will be a peace pact, a covenant of seven years, set aside for the sake of the temple and peace in Jerusalem … tensions today are taking us in that very direction. The Bible be true, the rest of what will happen has already been laid out in detail … if, in fact you care to read ahead.

Hide God’s Law and He Hides Himself From Us

THOU SHALL NOT

The photo below appeared in an October 7 throw away daily paper given out at subways stops in the metropolitan area of our nation’s capital. The caption below the picture includes: “THOU SHALL NOT: Workers remove a Ten Commandments monument from its base on the grounds of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City Monday night.  Oklahoma’s Supreme Court ruled in June the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property. … ”  The monument was removed to a storage facility.

What are the implications?

Oklahoma City judge directs removal of God's Law

Oklahoma City judge directs removal of God’s Law

Removal of the Bible’s Ten Commandments may seem to be part of the changes going on in our nation and around  the world today. “So what?” you may ask. The real response to this is: “Is the new normal really normal or an abstraction of what is the ultimate reality to our life?”

Here we approach the divide between blessing from the Devine and the pit of despair that so often beset Israel as her kings would turn their backs on the God of Israel.  And for the nations today, the rest of us, we were the intended audience to watch what Israel did or does when blessed to see how the rest of us may inherit what Israel was always intended for … God’s will and THE blessing.

Across the US and across the global landscape of this planet, humans are turning a blind eye to the God over all, Jew and Gentile, and the consequences will come. They did before. They will come yet again. But you are being lulled into a false sense of it won’t happen because “see nothing happened today,” so why worry?

Maybe Oklahoma City will grow a wee bit darker and as we see more lawless behaviors, shootings, sodomy, abuse, immorality, expanding of drug use and other permissive alterations to the otherwise order we call peace … the fabric of our societies frays.

It did before and even as you think “not now” it’s happening slowly … we are all on an ever slippery slope.

Strange as it is, the world is not improving and changes are more degradation than constructive … more conflicts, more tension … you have to wonder why humanity ust never seems to learn!

And that is why the Bible speaks to an end of this era.  Read the text, study what is projected and note the uncanny similarity to the fraying of our time and what the biblical text states for tomorrow. As Yogi Berra said: “the future ain’t what is use to be.”

But God knows what the future brings and you can read it today.

Take down His law and you end up in an age of the lawless … in Oklahoma City and around the globe … you can bet on it! Ask the ancient kings who did the same … read about their fate and demise … look around you now.

Frank Kingsley, Independent Correspondent for WindowView.org

The Present Church Age with LBGT Appreciation

What are we to Think of the LBGT Community in Terms of Bible?

First, a little bit of discussion is needed for context on this perspective. This needs to be sensitive to all who read because the main point made here is first not one of the writer’s making.  Second, anyone who reads the scriptures will see this is a critical and deciding difference between what human culture sees today and what God has determined ages ago.

The book of Revelation starts with seven letters to seven churches.  Each letter is a message to a church in the First Century, but also a message to all seven types of church ages to come.  The last church age is the present age we live in today. To see this illustrated, we refer your to WindowView’s Timelines (First Church Age here at 30 CE, the Second thought Fifth Church Age here, and the Sixth and final Seventh Church Age here). The final letter is to the church at Laodicea.  Further down is text from the web page describing characteristics of the age of apostasy that is now upon us. To be fair, representative congregations of believers from all seven types exist today, but a look at the rapidly changing social norms and it is easy to see why society and even the church is striving for something outside of Scripture and beyond God’s will for all humanity. But for Laodicea the church is labeled apostate (unbelieving, neither hot nor cold, and God ‘spits this church out’).

The Corporate Body of Believing Persons

We might add, the word ‘church’ appears nowhere in the Bible. The Greek term ‘ekklesia‘ (translated from the Greek into the English word church) appears and this essentially recognizes groups of or all of the believing body of persons (believing in Messiah and God). As such, the term could apply to Gentile and Jewish groups (or all persons corporately) who embrace the Jewish Messiah (Yeshua, Jesus). We use the term church here, but ‘ekklesia’ and even include synagogue as a reference point would be appropraite.

Laodicea (1900 to present day) – Apostasy

Apostasy comes in many forms.  From how people avoid, turn away, or disregard the will of God, engage in sin knowingly and wantonly, or turn faith into something that is lukewarm or an academic non-biblical exercise (etc.).

Regarding the churches (and denominations) today that embrace the LBGT community, we want to be clear.  This web post is not anti-anyone. The writer has family who falls into this category. But regarding life style choices, there is a focus here.  For transgender persons we leave open that issues of heredity and biological considerations may prevail. But overall, regarding life style issues, Jesus would have sat down to eat at our table and He did so with all types of persons.  But He, while speaking, would have made a distinction at every opportunity (about sin, gospel, and salvation).

To better understand where we fall on the issue of Christianity (and even for those who embrace the Jewish faith … and thus all within the Judeo-Christian, Jew and Gentile sphere of God fearing persons), we refer you to the book unChristian.

unChristian

unChristian

Not only are relevant statistics cited, an underlying difference between loving all persons and understanding where to stand in the presence of God is a key part of the book’s chapter on the topic of sexuality. The authors draw a line where you must embrace a specific reality to be a believer … and the Bible sets the standard—that is, God draws the line for all humanity, it is not something this post has established.  We all need to heed the difference.

Messiah’s Table and Celebrating Commitment in Light of Salvation

We have stated all of the above to set the stage to make a very specific point about the LBGT persons who join in worship of Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus, the Son of Man and Son of God … and God Himself, in unity with the Spirit (Adonai Echad).

Recently, while visiting and attending a worship service at a Christ Congregational Church we encountered the following statement spoken by the pastor as he invited the congregation to the communion table:

“When we approach our communion table and say, “No matter what … no matter who you are, no matter where you came from, no matter what you’ve done or where you’re going, no matter what, you are welcome here,” when we do that, we are rising with Christ.”

These words were spoken on Easter Sunday, most appropriately called Resurrection Sunday, when Messiah conquered both sin and death. Coming to the table is to agree with His act of giving His blood as the Lamb of God that we may have grace and life eternal. That agreement is implied by sharing in the bread and wine at the ‘Table of the Lord.’ You have to be a believing and a confessing person who has repented, to really be one who is sharing the unleavened bread (of sinlessness) and the cup (of wine representing the blood of sacrifice).

 But reread the pastor’s words. These imply you may come sinning and once you leave the table you may continue on (sinning). The rationalization here avoids Scripture or more importantly evidence Messiah provided in His words, spoken before a sinner, while He was present with us on earth.

The gay pastor clearly is mis-teaching his congregation. He rationalized that anyone can share in communion, no matter how they come or to where they will go. The Bible however tells us if someone were to approach the table, then they cannot depart the same way … or lose eternal life.

Do you think that gay persons are off the hook?

Our MAIN  POINT here Follows …

Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery

The object lesson here is simple and clearly makes the point.  In John 8:4-5 we read: “and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.Now what do you say?”

In verse 7: “When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

And as the story goes, everyone present with a stone, dropped their stones, turned, and left that place.

10-11 “Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Take heed, a real believer in Messiah should not and will not condemn a person in sin … for all who live in the flesh have sinned. Anyone engaged in discrimination of anyone, be they LBGT, of any race, religion, or otherwise, cannot be a believer in Messiah. But if Messiah points a way toward leaving sin behind, then any believer should and must point in that same direction. 

The American Standard Version puts it this way: “Go. From now on sin no more.”

This is a simple but powerful illustration of what needs to be acknowledged as the real difference. No congregation can tolerate false teaching. No pastor should turn a blind eye to sin, including his or her own! Worse still, turning a blind eye to Scripture is to lead a congregation to following false docterine. Doing so jeopardizes the salvation of other people … what an awful act in the name of the Lord.

The real point is we may find ourselves in error. So stop. Acknowledge what is going wrong and leave that sin behind to the past. And move forward as an example of a changed person, be born again, be renewed, be assured that Messiah has forgiven and not condemned you.

To the congregations like the one visited and reported here, we say that false doctrine leads to death … beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing … beware of false teachers …

——————– From Scripture and TimeLine —————————-

The Bible on Homosexuality

Leviticus 20:13 ‘If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (NewKJV)

Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (KJV)

What The Bible Says of False Teachers:

Romans Chapter 16

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. (NIV)

Jude 1:4 – For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

From the Timeline Page at WindowView, the following concerns the ‘church age’ we are now in:

Many of the leading critics possessed, at best, a lukewarm relationship with Messiah, and this was reflected in their hazy views of Scripture. The more open skeptics began to deny outright the supernatural aspects of the Biblical faith—all in the name of scholarship—and before long they has ”demythologized” Jesus into a mere man.

This … infection spread like wildfire through the seminaries in Europe and the US, and by the 1920s it was echoing from the pulpits of American churches. The Western world was caught up in scientific and philosophical rationalism and the church got sucked into the vortex because so many of its leaders had never experienced a deep faith in Jesus.

The sad truth is that thousands of churches around the world today call themselves Christian but Messiah is nowhere to be found in them. Tragically, most of the unbelieving world look at them—and want no part of their sham. And I don’t either!
Although this Laodicean lukewarmness is the predominant characteristic of he church age today, there are signs that the Philadelphian evangelistic fervor is reviving in these closing days of human history. That’s consistent with God’s pattern of always showering down grace before hurling blasts of judgment.
The unbelievers of this era will find themselves enmeshed in the judgments of God during the Great Tribulation which is soon coming upon the earth. But everyone within this church age who is a true believer in Jesus will be taken out of the world before the judgment, and will be rewarded for his faith by spending eternity with Jesus.” (Quotation from Lindsey)

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Remembrance of Holocaust: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Information released by the “Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel”:

1. 46% of Israelis believe that a second Holocaust can happen. This is 5% higher than last year.

2. 47% of Israel’s 189,000 Holocaust survivors agree.

3. 46% of survivors believe that future generations will not remember the Holocaust after they are gone. This is 9% higher than last year. 31% of the general public feels that this is the case.

4. About 40 of the 189,000 survivors still alive in Israel die each day. Nearly 25% live in poverty. 27% said that they live without heat in their apartments during the winter and 65% said that they needed help to pay for their groceries and medications.

5. Almost half – 45% – report feeling lonely most of the time. Over one-third, or 36%, live alone and half are widowed.

Thursday, April 16, is a day to remember the Holocaust and also be a day to remember the plight of those who survived the Holocaust and are still alive today.  While many millions beyond the Jewish people died in the world war … one third of the Hebrew people died at the hand of a wretched and twisted mind.  That mind was not just one man, but a mindset that infected humanity.  That was yesterday.

Today we see the seeds of that same mindset infecting peoples around the globe, it is happening again! You should ask why and think about how hatred infests the masses and that you have a choice not to do so. Ask why Israel?  What if that nation were just left alone to its own life and customs?

Those who read the Bible anticipate what comes tomorrow.  The seeds of hate bring persecution.  This is what we see blossoming in the tomorrow.  We also know that a Remnant will emerge with foresight of what the LORD intends … The Remnant embrace the Way … the way forward.

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This week there will be marches in cities around the world in remembrance of the Holocaust past. Perhaps you will be so gripped by the reality of yesterday to join in the march.  In so doing, you may also acknowledge that the persecutions of today and tomorrow will not succeed. The Light has come. The Light of Messiah will cause every knee to bend … even those who think that persecution earns hem paradise … when in fact it does no such thing.

Remember to be sober. Remember to think clearly. Remember to see the Way forward.

Director, WindowView.org

Billy Graham … A few words for you

Dr. Graham has spoken for 60 years. Did you ever hear him.

You probably think you can get along missing this … but Really?

You sure?

Sadly, the Middle East is coming apart at the seams. Franklin Graham has publicly asked why the Muslim and Arab nations have not done more to repress the religious extremism, the bombing, the unrest, the beheadings, the loss of life.  Yet clearly the days of end time appear to approach quicker than ever before. No better time to listen closely to Billy Graham say once more what has always been his message, for truth, for life, and forever.

For the real meaning of Peach (Passover) and Easter,

Director, WindowView.org

A Bible Verse Out of Context is a Pre-text and Misrepresentation

SORTING OUT CONFUSION

We were sent an article by a friend via email.  The topic was the events in the Middle East and End Times.

With so many changes over the entire globe in what seems like a blink of an eye, should we be concerned for what might well be biblical truth unfolding before our very eyes?

AN ARTICLE ON THE INTERNET

We refer you to the original article HERE.  (title: MAHDI TO RETURN BY 2016, FOLLOWED BY JESUS?)

The article includes a street view in Iran with an image of Jesus walking behind the Islamic Mahdi. This may be unsettling to Christians and perhaps even to many Jewish citizens inside and outside of Israel. What is the Mahdi and what impact does this figure have on the news coming tomorrow? The article says the Mahdi comes soon. How can we put this in context with the present events of today?

A VIDEO ON END TIMES

To bring the entire topic into context, the article refers to a video you can obtain on DVD. But in the age of the Internet the video is also on YouTube in sections (1 to 7). The first section is linked here, but you can visit YouTube to access all seven sections if you are interested.

The article noted above also contains a link to a web site promoting Islam. In taking a look there we see a comprehensive presentation on Islam. Interesting as a source, but what might a discerning mind discover there?

DIGGING DEEPER ON HOW SCRIPTURE IS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT

Many in congregations across the globe, those that make an effort to study the Bible, know that word play and taking Scripture verses out of context leads to misrepresntation. What is worse, few actually go back to the original Greek or Hebrew words to glean the original meaning that sometimes is muddled by translation to another language, including English.

When we went to a section of the web site on Islam that claimed that the Bible has references that reveal the true nature to Christianity, and thus the implication is a faith something less than the beliefs and tenants of Islam, we were curious to see if anything is out of context.

A real study of Scripture comes by reading what comes before and after a verse. That puts meaning in context. Taking a verse alone first risks being a pre-text that leads to prejudice, but worse, if word order is reversed or convoluted, the entire meaning can be shifted.

Let’s look at just one example the Islamic web page cites to apparently represent the true nature to Christianity (the bold and text format are copied from the original page):

6. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)

Notice how the wording suggests you need to (actively “does”) hate your family in order to be a Christian! But move the word not to after the word hate (and remove the ‘does’ from ‘does not’) and the whole meaning shifts.  Looking at the original Greek the wording comes like so:

“…And to him crowds many; and turning He said them, If anyone comes to Me and not hates the father of him and the mother, an wife, and the children, and the brothers, and the sisters, besides and even the of himself soul, not he is able of Me disciple to be …”

The word ‘does’ is not in the Greek.

Many English translations state: “If anyone comes to me and hates not his father …”

What is the real intent of the Scripture verse?

The problem is the Islamic web page wants you to believe Christianity is a religion of hate—even to the point of hating your own family in order to follow Jesus.  But the entire context of the Gospel speaks to loving your neighbor, your enemy, even Muslims (!) and understanding that our lives are a time of sojourning on earth to something eternal. And Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, is the way, the truth, and essentially the only door to a relationship with the Father in heaven (John 14:6). Jesus also claims and demonstrates He is God (proof in that only He fulfills the Hebrew Bible’s prophecies, by performing miracles, by teaching in ways that are universally understood through parables, and yes, He came in a man-suit to walk amongst us, to be the ultimate mediator for sin and a way to salvation), which places Him above the status of being a prophet only (which is indeed one of his array of characteristics, but not sole role).

Let’s put the single verse back into context.  The requires reading the broader text all around the one verse. We will defer to someone who has long commented on the biblical text to a wide radio audience … J. Vernon McGee comments on Luke 14:25-27 by saying: “These verses are simply saying that we should put God first. A believer’s devotedness to Jesus Christ should be such that, by comparison, it looks as if everything else is hated. All terms which define affections are comparative.”  (see: “Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee,” 1983)

This point is further affirmed by a following verse 33: “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” And so it is not hate, but to dislike all by comparison to placing all behind us as we join in relationship with Messiah.

As John Lennox puts it: “They must be ready to “hate” -— that is, give second place to and, if need be, let go — all else …” (‘Against the Flow,’ page 150)

Examined in yet another way, as Lennox puts it: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had to make up their own minds as to whether they were going to put God first.” (‘Against the Flow,’ page 147) And after putting God above all, even their own lives, they were thrown into a furnace. But unlike burning for martyrdom’s sake, faith brings life not death or a false promise of paradise. The God of Israel and Messiah are all about life, not hate, not death, or persecution … because life is an opportunity to choose Him. Anyone who removes that opportunity from you is not of God.

The real rub with missing the context and meaning of the biblical text is a misrepresentation. If you follow the links on this page you may well go on to study other Bible verses that at first appear to make one point, but upon further study tells us something more consistent with the message in the entire Bible. hatred of family is hardly the message of the text. In fact, the entire Hebrew and Greek body of Scripture are designed to point to Yeshua and His role as the Jewish Messiah. To disagree is to take something out of the context of the entire Bible! The entire text points to the God of Israel and what He will do through the nation Israel. Is that any surprise? Might that take us back to the article, video, and topic of the end time referenced above.

Please think. Discern before jumping to conclusions.

Director, WindowView.org

Is there an afterlife? Does prayer work? Do you Believe?

WE ARE WHAT WE THINK WE ARE

Take a look at this NBC clip about life, prayer, faith and God … and consider your belief or lack thereof as the case may be.  This clip reflects so much of what the media tell us today, but is this solid information or just a reflection of deeper issues and limited understanding?

One this is clear to people who are aware of what the Bible has to say is that humanity is rounding the historical bend to something daunting and perhaps with consequences that are eteranl.  Should you care?

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BUT WHAT ARE WE? WHERE DO YOU STAND IN AN AGE OF RELATIVISM?

So … where do you fit in?

If you are like one of the millions who have never really read the Bible, or bothered to study the informative substance there, then you are left with no basis to consider the Hebrew and Greek scriptures are indeed relevant.  Any assumption that material life and nature is all there is, all that explains all,  is equally dangerous.  Being of an opinion of any sort minus solid information is a real problem.

Do you accept the Koran as Devine inspiration without seeking an understanding as to how that written work came into existence? What are the facts? (Some thoughts can be found on a companion page)  Mormons are little aware that the Book of Mormon was written in the US in the 1800s as theistic fiction (See the 1909 text by Dr. McNiece [PDF of McNiece’s Chapter 10] or [PDF download of original complete volume from another website, therein see Chapter Ten]). Followers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) read their translation of the Bible tinkered with by Russell and Rutherford, but history tells neither man knew the original biblical languages.  Misconceptions of the Bible abound.  Meet a JW and they will tell you there are many gods, that they are one of the 144,000 canvassing the globe in the latter days.  But look at what the Bible says of the 144,000 … the fact is each member of this massive 144K evangelical movement is both Jewish and a virgin.  Look at the JW in front of you and ask: “Are you Jewish? Are you a virgin?” Well?

What does this all say? Knowing the reality of the reliable nature of information is key. Many of the moderns today forget the Bible stated the universe had a beginning.  Science only confirmed this fact in the Twentieth Century, thousands of years after the biblical record. For centuries biblical scholars wondered if there really was a King David!  Now, near the Temple mount in Jerusalem, in recent decades the digging reveals the City of David is fact and not fiction.  And the Bible tells us at the end of the latter days, the nations will turn against Israel.  See any trends out there now? That couldn’t have happened until after World War II when Israel became a reality in a modern sense.  And the trend of recent events seems only to ramp up to the very events that biblical prophecy states will come.  Are you observant and willing to study how factual and truthful Scripture is?

The NBC piece comes with some statistics, like 26% of those polled said being close to God was most important in their life.  What does that tell you of the remaining 74%?  The next most important priority was family, a close second at 14%.  What is important out side this top 40% devoted to God and family?  Think about it, 60% of the rest of us have other priorities in life … and not all are moral or selfless!

When 68% say God exists, are they saying “God of Israel” or “a god of some kind?”  Historically, humans have believed in wooden and metal figurines they called god, but as Abraham noted, no such figurine ever responds to anyone … those gods are dead and of no hope or help in life, then and now!

There is confusion as to what God or god is!  A force (54%), a man (27%), a human form not clearly man or woman (12%), other than human (6%) and 2% say woman … but the Bible clearly states God is spirit and we are made in His image.  Why then are there so many impressions and opinions?  You might surmise that assumptions prevail in the absence of close scrutiny, study, or a look at the validity of the Bible and the information therein … the fact of the matter is not considered by the masses.  Are you a mere lemming running into the sea of relativism and mere opinion?

What is truly awesome is that there is a Bible and a Jewish people spoken of in the ancient parts of the text AND that they and Israel exist today.  Moreover the very trends and the nature of what the Bible tells us is alive in right there on the news each and every day … and yet so many are blind to the implications.

What we discover time and again is that the popular media do so much to confuse the real issue of what is the factual basis to believe and faith.  Science digs up facts, but so too faith must rely on fact or it too is mere fiction.  Study how the Bible was written and preserved over time.  Note the connections throughout the text and how this book is alive with connections to our lives in this very moment of history!

Don’t be assured by polls and statistics that put off the urgency of knowing what is really at the heart of our existence.  Your life is in reality an opportunity to make a vital decision about why you are here!  The Bible cuts to the chase in so many ways to reveal its relevance … but until you start to explore, you are just another opinion and part of a percentage point.  Beyond mere opinions there is an opportunity … choose life!  Be alive, look and learn for yourself!

For your further consideration, the WindowView website looks at key scenarios that provide perspectives on who we are, how we got here, and what the future holds.

Director, WindowView.org