Archive for December, 2014
Rev. Repriestly: As American Christians attend New Year’s Eve services this year, or pray around together around the family altar, hopefully they will remember fellow believers suffering for their faith in The LORD Jesus around the world––in China, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, and other nations, even in the U.S.
Ally I. Feermeno: To be sure, Satan often changes his tactics against the rise of Christianity in some nations. For instance in China, billionbibles.org argues ‘Christian Persecution in China Is Rising Again’:
“On the whole, the main thrust of Satan’s attack on the body of Christ in China has shifted away from brute force to the more insidious temptation of compromise, money and heresy . . . Rather than the euphemistically named Public Security Bureau kicking down doors, the bigger threats to the church in today’s increasingly materialistic China is the lure of wealth & prosperity and other false gospel, much of it imported from the West.”
Ida B. Wells: My, my Ally that means Christians in the East face the same temptations as Christians here do––only wanting Christ for what He can do for them, rather than asking God what they can do for Him.
Jim Seerfar: Right you are Ida. These bring sure signs of The LORD’s coming soon, as is tremendous activity in space travel, space ‘science’ and what I can space-hooey. Truly leaders of various nations will face God’s wrath for wasting billions of wealth in space endeavors while humans under their watch go hungry.
Cecil Certifier: It is all so totally insane. Consider what His Eminence Metropolitan Elias of Tyre and Sidon said at an Orthodox Church service recently:
“ The Church of Antioch, as you know, was founded by the two Apostles, Peter and Paul. And most of this Church is suffering now….in most places, we have either war or pressure from all sides.
“And this is not new for us: Our Lord Jesus Christ has told us that we will go through such places and such situations. And, you know, the Church from the very beginning had past persecution and many kinds of pressures. But, in the end, love will be prevailing. As Our Lord told us: You will have difficult times, but at the end you will win because I have conquered the world. So, Jesus Christ is always the winner; love is always the winner; we are the winners if we stay near to Jesus Christ.”
John J. Sr.: Amen to that Cecil. In this New Year let us pray for precious believers around the world. And please pray for the earthend-newbeginning.com that we may be able to reach more and more people through the internet, and other doors The LORD will open for us.
Rev. Repriestly: As Taryn of I.E. Plexus tells us our wholesale Christian sweatshirts insist: “Prayer Is The Answer.” So in 2015 let us all practice more of God’s Word every day and “Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5: 17).” With that said let us end with “Happy New Year” to all of you from all of us!
Rev. Repriestly: We don’t mean to be Grinch’s this Christmas, but increasing materialism this year shows it is past time for truth about Christmas. The Bible doesn’t specify Jesus’ birthdate, but we do know it was not on December 25th.
Remember ‘Jesus Is The Reason for the Season.’ If you want to tell Him ‘Happy Birthday’ go ahead. But that is part of prayer and worship. It does not necessarily go with gorging food, going into debt to buy gifts, or wild parties.
Cecil Certifier: Actually, for centuries Europeans celebrated winter, cold and snow as part of the Winter Solstice on that date. It was also part of Saturnalia: “The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms,” says Wikipedia.
Jim Seerfar: Hmm. Sound familiar? Banquets, gift-giving, partying, etc. Like Rev. Repriestly says materialism. This Solstice thing is also connected to astrology star worship. Wikipedia explains: “Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year.”
In ‘History of Yule,’ Lady SpringWolf writes: “The Winter Solstice has been recognized and celebrated for eons by ancient people around the globe. Etymology Online describes Yule as: A heathen feast, later taken over by Christianity and from unknown origin. Gaius Valerius Catullus (84 BC– 54 BC) was a Roman poet of the 1st century BC. He describes Saturnalia as: the best of days. . . It was a time of celebration, visits to friends, and gift-giving, particularly of wax candles (cerei), and earthenware figurines (sigillaria).” Let me ask again, sound familiar?
Ally I. Feermeno and Ida B. Wells: Christians must know what they do and why they do it. Apostle Paul warns: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Ephesians 5: 11). In 2 Corinthians 2: 11, he talks about Satan deviousness, i.e. Santa moves one letter of his name: “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Sarah Newsworthy and Wendy Weathersbee: This blog and our sister site worldscollide-culture-Christianity-endoftime.com writes constantly that in 2014-15, time is coming to an end. So be especially careful during this season when people drive crazily and do other whacky things.
Earlier forecasters assured that few parts of the U.S. will see snow this Christmas. But now they change their tune, insisting on AccuWeather.com: “A storm bearing gusty winds, torrential rain, snow, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the East and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create major travel delays, both on the roads and at airports.” So try to stay home and be safe!
Dr. Ad Versery and Professor Maleeke: And for goodness sake avoid people who cough, wash and/or sanitize hands constantly, eat healthy foods and avoid so many sweets and get plenty of rest. Diseases and viruses attack our country now.
Inspector Butterman and John J., Jr.: So they have stepped into the over-eating area, we were going to cover. But one more thing, our Web Advisor Taryn at I.E. Plexus.com would not forgive the team if we didn’t remind you to be sure to get one of those wholesale Christian sweatshirts offered in our store. Otherwise, have a Merry, Merry Christmas and feel free to tell Our Lord ‘Happy Birthday’!
Dr. Jael Ever asks for a complete overhaul of each section’s blog agendas and priorities, to explore needs for new staff. Obviously, all bloggers on this network remain so burdened down with research, little time remains for intelligent writing. My colleagues and I lament that more help is needed.
Maleeke will continue her work on Ebola in Africa, while I must spend my time on new diseases attacking in the U.S. or moving up the coast from other nations on this continent, as well investigations of federal health agencies.
But there are many more medical stories demanding attention. Someone must keep an eye on day-to-day physical needs, necessary medical advice and seemingly incidental problems, that if left untreated, can create serious illnesses.
Thus, added to our staff is Nurse Betty, a nursing school graduate assistant. She will blog now and then on these areas, as well as work with Frank Butterman on dietary warnings about food disasters. Nurse Betty if you please:
Nurse Betty: Thank you so much Dr. Ad Versery. Well, let me organize my notes. So much information on hand. Best to list them: First, Drink Green Tea as often as possible, says Bob Livingston of Personal Liberty Digest. As a habit, it can cut down high blood pressure as much as 45%.
And, let’s see. Oh yes, this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a warning that Listeria disease found in caramel apples is traced to 28 cases and even five deaths. So avoid eating caramel apples.
Robert Roos, editor of CIDRAP News, memos that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) tied Listeria in caramel apples from Carnival and Kitchen Cravings brands to “four cases of Listeria, two of which were fatal.”
Roos adds the CDC: “ . . . is recommending avoidance of all commercial caramel apples, including those with toppings such as nuts, sprinkles, or chocolate,” until further notice. In school, we studied the Listeria outbreak in Colorado from cantaloupes, resulting in 147 cases and 33 deaths a few years ago.
And oh yes all reporting sources note a rise of flu cases around the nation during this holiday season. Lisa Schnirring from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) tells nurses and doctors:
“With Christmas holiday days away, the nation’s flu markers are showing spirited rises, with 29 states reporting widespread activity and the disease affecting nearly all regions . . .With the H3N2 virus as the clearly dominant strain . . .9 of the 10 CDC regions see a rise of doctor visits with influenza-like illnesses.”
So wash or sanitize hands often. Avoid people sneezing or coughing. And keep kitchens and bathrooms squeaky clean! Don’t overdo the Christmas shopping, cooking and eating rage. And get plenty of rest. Also my notes say . . . .
Dr. Ad Versery: Thank you Nurse Betty. That’s enough for one day. We’ll hear more from you soon. Let’s all remember what wholesale Christian Bibles recommend on the subject of health and healing:
“Bless The LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Bless The LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies (Psalm 103: 1 – 3).”
Even in a so-called democracy, American people have no say-so over how politicians allocate tons of billions of tax-payer dollars on space exploration. Major media just excitedly announces that one ‘stupendous’ space achievement or another is done. Whether or not they expect the populous to care: leaders won’t admit.
For instance, how many billions of dollars did it cost to send NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover to Mars last August. marsdaily.com headlines: ‘Curiosity Finds Clues to How Water Helped Shape Mars.’ The article ‘explains’:
“Observations by NASA’s Curiosity Rover indicate Mars’ Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years. This interpretation of Curiosity’s finds in Gale Crater suggests ancient Mars maintained a climate that could have produced long-lasting lakes at many locations on the Red Planet. If our hypothesis for Mount Sharp holds up, it challenges the notion that warm and wet conditions were transient, local, or only underground on Mars.”
Since these same scientific types can’t explain hundreds of exploding volcanoes under this earth’s oceans, or do anything to stop the thousands of animal species now falling into extinction, or create gadgets that would employ needy out-of-work Americans, why is it important that they understand a lake bed on a planet created tens of millions of years ago––one upon which they will never live?
“We are making headway in solving the mystery of Mount Sharp,” said Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology. “Where there’s now a mountain, there may have once been a series of lakes.” Since Dr. Grotzinger’s salary probably ranges one or two hundred thousand a year, can he please posit how such information helps average Americans, or what return it provides for their tax dollars?
Also, Ed Payne and Ralph Ellis of CNN write about another space ‘miracle’: the internationally-funded Philae space probe made a bouncy landing on a comet some 310 million miles from earth. The celebrating scientists called the landing an ‘engineering miracle.’ But why hasn’t such ‘scientific’ thinking produced cars capable of driving thousands of miles on water, or livable houses for even the poorest of families, keeping them safe from robberies or crashing planes.
Such a waste of talent, time and resources will surely one day be judged. One, ten, dozens or thousands of men will never understand the universe. God alone created it. And He alone keeps it together. His mind is omniscient. Even multiplying groups of mortal men cannot fathom the depths of His thinking.
Moreover, ‘all the king’s horses and all the king’s men’ in this post-modern age can never do what those who submit themselves to God’s way and to His Spirit can do––even in outer space. Take Joshua for instance: wholesale Christian Bibles explain that he made both the sun and moon stand still so he could win a battle:
“Then spake Joshua to The LORD in the day when The LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day (Joshua 10: 12-13).”
Now that’s power. God’s power. And it didn’t take 500 PhDs and gazillions of wasted dollars. It just took one man who had faith in the promises of God’s Holy Word. Such men and women are most sorely needed in these last days!
With increased awareness, scientists specializing in medical history realize that this present earth is now pelted with multiple new viruses, death knell diseases and unimaginable pandemics such as never before. Some have even tried to warn that Ebola is just a recent ‘first’ of new diseases, but many many more follow.
Not only is the human medical establishment fighting these new, more exotic diseases, older maladies––i.e. mumps, measles, polio, Alzheimer’s, various cancers, chickenpox, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases, cardiovascular ailments, lupus, lyme disease, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.––long thought under vaccination or other controls, now rush back over societies.
But other new diseases have also attacked the world. As Steve Watson writes in ‘There Will Be Pestilences: Why Are So Many Deadly Diseases Breaking Out All Over The Globe Right Now?,’ “Ebola, Marburg, Enterovirus and Chikungunya––these diseases were not even on the radar of most people coming into 2014, but now each one of them is making headline news.
“Why are so many deadly diseases breaking out all over the world right now? Is there some kind of a connection, or is the fact that so many horrible diseases are arising all at once just a giant coincidence? . . . For example, there are now more than a million cases of Chikungunya in Central and South America, and authorities project there will be millions more in 2015.”
Consider the various forms of Avian and Swine Flues washing over the world in the last several years, as well as other new illnesses, i.e.: Fifth Disease, Fowleri Virus, Hanatvirus, Monkeypox, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), salmonella, etc.
Medscape categorizes these new 21st Century maladies as EIDs or ‘Emergences of Infectious Diseases’ and defines their cause as: “The emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases involves many interrelated factors.
“Global interconnectedness continues to increase with international travel and trade; economic, political, and cultural interactions; and human-to-human and animal-to-human interactions.
“These interactions include the accidental and deliberate sharing of microbial agents and antimicrobial resistance and allow the emergence of new and unrecognized microbial disease agents. As the 21st century begins, already new agents have been identified, and new outbreaks have occurred.”
So how are people in this post-modern world suppose to protect themselves from this onslaught of invisible physical or mental enemies? Aside from all possible human precautions: i.e. cleanliness, hand-washing and estrangement from people coughing, etc., the only safety is absolute faith in God’s Everlasting Arms.
As one king prayed in wholesale Christian Bibles: “If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust . . . whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be; What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, . . . which shall know every man the plague of his own heart . . . Then hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart Thou knowest; (for Thou, even Thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men; (1 Kings 8: 37 – 39).”
Various theories as to what caused gasoline prices to lower across the globe flood the internet. But it could well be that U.S. leaders are ‘crazy like a fox’ in orchestrating oil price declines because it brings Russia to its economic knees.
AP reporter Nataliya Vasilyeva writes in ‘Russia Warns Of Recession In 2015 Amid Sanctions And Low Oil Prices’: “The Russian government has acknowledged that the country will fall into recession next year, battered by the combination of Western sanctions and a plunge in the price of its oil exports.
“The news caused the stock market to drop and pushed the ruble to a fresh record low against the dollar. Russian households are expected to take hit, with disposable income seen declining by 2.8 percent against the previously expected 0.4 percent growth.” This should cause Russians to reconsider Putin’s leadership.
But as Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, accurately predicts: “Russian President Vladimir Putin could respond to the economic troubles by trying to divert the Russian public’s attention with even more belligerent policies toward Ukraine and the West, raising tensions and perhaps rattling financial markets.” That’s Putin’s method of operation: to divert attention from his failures always start a war. And his ready-made war is in Ukraine.
Oil is Russia’s only viable international commodity. It was that nation’s excuse for invading Crimea. But without profitable revenue from oil, Russia has few funds to finance its state run government or mail out its massive load of ‘welfare’ checks to unemployment, retired or other-wise nonessential workers.
However, Russia’s decline actually benefits the United States. Eric Lascelles, chief economist at RBC Global Asset Management, explains: “The U.S. is benefiting from the lower oil prices that are driving Russian toward recession, and the money being pulled out of Russia is being pumped into U.S. and European financial markets, helping to keep interest rates low.”
Another sign of Russia’s non-functioning economic system is its empty financial district. New York Times reporter Andrew E. Kramer illustrates with ’In Moscow, a Financial District in Name Only.’ He pictures scruffy hobos living in a sky-scraper’s top floor, intended to house financial titans, and scores of official agencies trying to fill other empty buildings in what was intended to be Moscow’s proof that its state-run financial agencies could match those of capitalism:
“Moscow’s skyscraper district, formally the Moscow International Business Center, reflects the broader problems in the Russian economy. The country, facing broad-ranging financial sanctions and largely dominated by state-run companies, simply has no need for vast office spaces for stock traders, auditors and bankers.”
Eight more buildings are under construction to join these other empty ones. Putin’s plan was world celebration of Russian socialism. Instead, Kramer says: “But Russia’s tanks are now getting more international attention than its banks, leaving Moscow City as a $12 billion reminder of the nation’s economic woes.”
This could be God’s retribution: For years, Communists leaders commandeered churches for government buildings, restaurants, or any other secular use they wanted. Now these God-deniers have no usage for their own buildings. As wholesale Christian Bibles proves man cannot win a battle with God:
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith The Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1: 8).”