The poor old new world order pushers, Soros, Rockefeller, Gaites, the Pope etc etc are having a tough time becoming the rulers of the world, which they had been planning to be for decades. They don't realise that they, together with the proponents of Islam, have been manipulated by Satan himself, who has no intention of allowing them or Islam to rule the world, because HE ALONE intends to rule the world and be worshipped as God.
Ever heard of the Antichrist?
These poor deluded billionaires and liberals have been set up and used, and they have no idea. One could feel sorry for them if they weren't such God hating, self absorbed downright evil egotists.
No wonder God laughs at these globalists, because He sees them being ripened for the picking, and knew of it eons ago.
He knows Satan is using these people to eventually double cross them, and He also knows that Satan in turn, is going to be check mated by Himself, at the end of this rapidly concluding age.
In the meantime, God appears to be allowing many of these globalists and their demonically controlled followers to be exposed as the evil people they are, before he allows Satan to have his turn at trying to rule the world.
All of this I find extremely intriguing to watch. What a momentous time to be alive. It's all so obvious and clear when viewed through Bible Prophecy. Each day, more and more liberals and media outlets can be seen to be putting a noose around their own necks, while smugly mocking all that is good and lying about anything if it furthers the delusional cause of their masters.
This world is on a raft swept along by a rapidly flowing river leading faster and faster to a steep waterfall, at the bottom of which is seven years of hell on earth, known commonly as "the tribulation". Only one person can get you off this raft.
For goodness sake, don't be fooled by those others on the raft partying around you, oblivious to the danger ahead. Ignore their mocking and ridicule. Wake up.
Admit to God that you are a sinner. Believe that Jesus died and rose again to pay the penalty you owe God for that sinfulness. Confess that you believe Jesus to be Lord.
If you have done that sincerely, you are now no longer on the raft. You will soon be swept up to be with Jesus Christ forever. The mockers will be swept down to their doom.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
" This know also, that in the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. From such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. " [2 Timothy 3:1-7]
I just don't know what's worth adding to this month's blog.
The above description now fits most people in most nations.
So, are we in the last days and perilous times?
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
I believe the recent American elections were just a hiccup in the plans of those illuminated elitists buried deep below the obvious and visible workings of worldwide governments.
Sinister secret societies and ungodly men have manipulated America from its foundation in my opinion despite opinions to the contrary. The sulphur smell of freemasonry has wafted through the halls of power since America's inception, occasionally blown away by genuine Holy Spirit led spiritual awakenings.
That is why nothing ever really changes for the good permanently, and I don't believe it will now. Those looking for decades of America again powerfully leading the world, spreading justice and prosperity are I think mixing hope with the wrong kind of mushrooms.
There are a few very well known non-mainstream media commentators who are hailing the electoral defeat of the leftist loonies as a defeat of the 'one-worlders' and the illuminati itself, but nothing could be further from the truth. Behind these elitist groups is Satan himself and he fully intends to use them to set himself up as God and he will. The Bible promises it.
Satan's reign however will be painfully short lived and abruptly brought to an end. Not by Trump, or by a worldwide uprising against globalism, but by Yeshua HaMashiach alone. I doubt even "the Donald" has any idea of the dark, deep and unseen forces that he is up against let alone any idea as to how to defeat them.
The aforementioned independent commentators and bloggers appear genuine and freely use the name of Jesus, and requests for prayer on their programmes, but they appear to have no knowledge of bible prophecy at all, convinced that their efforts and the votes of a conservative portion of the population means victory. A tragic mix of ignorance, pride and delusion exists even amongst the seemingly "good guys".
Shortly, a series of end time prophecies will be fulfilled in quick succession and the horrors of the tribulation will commence. Why? Because the Bible predicts it, and it hasn't been wrong yet.
The big picture is that there are just too many hate filled Christ rejecting people in the world, deceived and yet to be deceived, and too much anti-Semitism for God to stay His hand much longer. The evil currents are now too deep and too strong to be stopped by man.
Don't pin your hopes on a political figure to right all the wrongs. Rather, look up in expectancy for Christ to return and bring about the new beginning we're all longing for. (Acts 1:11)
NOTE : ( Recently I believe God has blessed Australia for distancing itself from UN attacks on Israel by miraculously thwarting several planned islamic terrorist attacks in Eastern Australia. I pray Australian leaders will continue to invoke God's blessing and protection according to Genesis 12:3 and Joel 3:2)
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
With the election of Donald Trump, will America indeed become great again as many are suggesting?
Can a nation that continues to promote and condone abortion, homosexuality, the world's largest pornography industry, gay marriage and men going into little girl's bathrooms truly ever be great in God's eyes?
Can a nation that just a few days ago did (thanks to "O-barmy"), betray Israel at the United Nations in a most bitter and harmful way, can such a nation avoid a whirlwind of indignation from God's throne?
Good luck America and good luck New Zealand who together engineered the betrayal. As for "O-barmy", I believe his luck ran out a long time ago and he's just ripening nicely on the vine before being devoured.
America may briefly recover economically, but that has nothing to do with real greatness.
An economic reboot may in fact lead lead to Luke 17:27 like conditions, and hence hasten rather than delay the completion of the end of this age.
Recently I saw on YouTube, a "prophecy" that Donald Trump would lead America to greatness again over the next eight years amid a national and worldwide spiritual revival.
Will this "prophecy" come true?
Well, 99% of "prophecies" I've heard given in churches and on the internet have failed, BUT, I suppose this one could be amongst the 1% of contemporary prophecies that does prove to be correct.
I hope it is, but I personally doubt it.
At the very most, I believe the election of Trump may have bought Christians just a little more time to evangelise, a little more space in which to breathe, and be the impetus that will actually set in motion more quickly a series of end time prophetic fulfilments by siding with Israel against those bent on the final solution, that is, the destruction of Israel once and for all.
All the current prophetic action is really occurring in the Middle East and Europe, NOT in America.
I certainly felt relief at the election results in America, but that in no way overshadows what is ramping up in the spiritual realm and the prophecy realm.
America just doesn't seem to be that prominent in the upcoming unfolding of stupendous events that will shake the world and culminate in the return of Jesus Christ to rule the planet, BUT, time alone will prove that for sure.
Ultimately, we are NOT headed into a period of freedom, prosperity and liberty. We are headed into the most horrifying period of enslavement and deception in human history, seven years known commonly as "the tribulation".
The only nation that will truly be great in the future is Israel, under the rulership of Jesus Christ Himself.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Recently, I came across a YouTube show featuring a very well known American commentator on bible prophecy and end times. I decided to listen, even though it went for over two hours.
Most of what this gentleman said seemed spot on, even though he was hard to listen to. He had an unfortunate way of talking non-stop in a very forceful and raspy manner. Still, I listened on. His manner became quite brusque at times, and then he started sharing revelationary dreams Jesus had given him.
Alarm bell number one went off!
Still, he continued to speak many things I agreed with. But suddenly, from out of nowhere, he blamed America's currently increasing spiritual apostasy on Christians who believe in the rapture. Whoa!
Alarm bell number two went off!
What an absurd, ignorant and arrogant remark to make.
"A bit like like Hillary Clinton's backfiring remark that Donald Trump's supporters were deplorable", I thought to myself.
By now, I could take no more of this "expert", and decided to check out his website.
Alarm bell number three went off!
The puzzle pieces fell into place. For sale on his website were precious metals as insurance against the coming economic meltdown he has apparently been constantly predicting for some time, together with survivalist goods to see one through the tribulation.
There was obviously a buck to be made here by calling belief in the rapture heresy!
As they say, just follow the money trail to find the villains. This unfortunately applies to many so called Christian Eschatology teachers as well.
Now, I don't know or judge this man's salvation status or anointing status, but I think this experience shows us the need to be EXTRA DILIGENT about who we pay heed to in these end times.........
and who we choose to be our spiritual mentors.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
I am in the process of reading Terry James' new book "Rapture Ready...or Not?"
I highly recommend it.
I don't of course agree with all of Terry's ideas, but certainly do with most of them.
Terry, together with Todd Strandberg, founded the website that inspired this one. That site is "raptureready.com"
I highly recommend that site as well.
Terry is one of those diminishing number of writers on bible prophecy who exhibit insight and knowledge, whilst leaving his ego at the door.
In the book, he takes umbrage with the many writers today who sell books as a result of pushing fear and anxiety. He explains the validity of the rapture and why it offers hope, as opposed to the fear that many others exude on any media outlet they can find.
He also elaborates on how the plethora of UFO sightings may play into the end times delusion that the scriptures indicate is coming upon the whole world, a position that I have adhered to since a child.
Like Terry, I often get emails from people berating me for believing in the Rapture and featuring articles on it. Their arguments nearly always contain an air of bitterness and anger about them which I find illuminating.
I cannot help but think that somewhere along their journey, these people took a wrong turn at Albuquerque.
The Rapture is a source of great hope and encouragement, as it was always intended to be as laid out in the writings of Paul the apostle and evidenced elsewhere in the scriptures.
Don't let ill informed anxiety merchants and joyless tribulation preppers take that hope and comfort from you in their pursuit of gain and/or fame.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Every now and then I find I must step away from studying end time prophetic events.
Even more often, I find I must step away from "prophecy celebrities" peddling their latest book or DVD.
As I've said before, the study of "end times" has become, unfortunately, largely an industry in itself and one must tread very carefully through the minefield of mostly self proclaimed experts, to get to the genuine God ordained interpreters.
It does well to remember that prophecy is mainly intended to prove the veracity of God's word and the truthfulness of his revelation to us in the bible AFTER it has proven to be true, NOT to simply tell the future.
Just this week I have read three or four completely different assertions of what and who Ezekiel 38 and 39 refer to, and the timing of events contained therein, all by very well known "experts" who appear ad nauseum on programmes designed to sell their latest promulgations.
A large number of these "oracles" appear on TV and Radio Shows hosted by previously proven "shysters" and "heresy pushers." Their rationale for doing so is that the "truth" must be put out there no matter what.
Whose truth? Theirs of course. In their minds, the end justifies the means, the end being to get their products sold and also procure a further round of guest appearances.
Sorry, but I don't buy their rationale.
If the truths these modern day "enlightened ones" have discovered is so sound and God given, then why do they charge for it and promote it through questionable channels?
Most of these celebrities use SPECULATION and HYPE as the means whereby they tickle the ears of those who are hungry for titillation, and a new hero to worship.
One can't help but be sceptical of this peculiarly American phenomenon.
Yes, I have my own opinion as to what certain prophecies might mean, but I am more than prepared to probably be proven wrong, and I certainly don't appear on national programmes to push my revelations and make a buck.
I just don't think a correct interpretation of an "obscure" prophecy is critically important. When and if a prophecy does become desperately salient to His children, God will raise up another Daniel to do the analysis, not some motor mouthed, cash register toting snake oil salesman.
Fortunately, there are still a handful of Christian authors and expositors who combine a LARGE amount of biblical teaching with a MINIMAL portion of current events and imagination to produce sound analysis of prophecy whilst adopting a humble and teachable attitude.
Humility becomes far more discernable in the midst of boiling egos. Sadly, the egoists currently outnumber the humble.
John 14:29 says "And now I have told you before it comes to pass, so that when it does come to pass, you might believe."
There is the ultimate purpose of prophecy. To prove God is faithful to his word and thereby encourage us to believe what he says about ALL things.
I am not against conjecture as to how a rather difficult passage of scripture might be interpreted, but I take offence at "experts" asserting their revelations as the truth while lining their coffers as well.
This only brings ridicule to Christendom and Bible Prophecy in general.
So, more and more, I am stepping back from Christian TV shows, Prophecy YouTube channels and End Times Radio Shows.
The benefits are even now noticeable. Already, I am less confused, and much more settled on the Word of God ALONE.
I have considerably more money to spend on better things....
like evangelism and loved ones.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
This month, my much loved Aunt died. She had no children of her own, and thus she treated her nieces and nephews, myself included, as her own offspring. That is why she was so embraced by us.
She was a Christian who loved the Lord and the Bible, and enjoyed talking about Bible prophecy to anyone who shared a similar interest.
The funeral was, as many truly Christian funerals are, a joyous occasion as the majority of people there were in fact Christians just like my Aunt, and knew beyond any shadow of a doubt that we would see her soon, a fact to us, and not just a fanciful hope.
During her life, my Aunt had tried to share her faith with one particular nephew, who was consistent in his rejection of the Gospel message. Her mentioning anything spiritual irritated him, but every now and then, she would try and provoke him to think about such matters and eternity, but right up until her death, her efforts met with an abrupt dismissal of such 'nonsense' from this nephew.
I was one of the few who knew of her frustration at trying to get him to consider his spiritual state, and of his hostility to the Gospel.
The funeral service, was conducted by my brother who is a Pastor. He of course mentioned my Aunt's Christian faith and expounded upon it at some length. I myself gave a eulogy, and highlighted the fact that her Christian values paralleled my own, and were the basis of a special bond between us.
The Gospel was shared at this service in no uncertain manner.
The nephew in question, was intended to be a pallbearer at the conclusion of the service. However, though being present up till then, he was now nowhere to be found. We were all somewhat disappointed and saddened at his sudden departure.
But then it dawned on me as to perhaps why he had left.
He had always loved his Aunt, but hated her mentioning the Gospel, or questioning him about his eternal destiny. He would dismiss her and then change the subject.
Ironically, as a result of her passing, he had just had to sit through about an hour of the Gospel. It must have quite distressed him I think, to have had to face the death of his Aunt, be reminded of her devotion to Jesus Christ, witnessed the Christian faith of those around him, and to again have indirectly had the question of his own eternal destination put to him.
I just think he wanted to be out of there as quickly as possible.
It's uncomfortable to be around willing and joyful submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, when you are harbouring rebellion towards that same Person.
Truth and lies are painfully incompatible.
That, I believe ......
is probably why we were one pallbearer short.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Well, in some respects, things haven't changed much. But the pace at which small events within larger events are happening is astonishing.
The 'Cosmic Chess Match' as others have coined it, goes on as usual with Satan trying to thwart God's plans at every opportunity, but the pieces on the board are flying around everywhere at ever increasing speed as the players near the check mate move.
God of course wins, which takes a lot of stress out of watching the game for true believers in Christ. But for the non believers and scoffers, the tension is beginning to take its toll I believe.
Ever since I was a young boy, I have followed a certain football team, prompted by my elder brother's promise to relieve me of my teeth if I didn't.
I find listening to their games or watching them on television somewhat nerve jangling. My feet fly out at imaginary kicks, my neck swings involuntarily to avoid high tackles, I twitch, jump and lean, and frequently visit the bathroom.
When my team wins, there is of course a great sense of relief in being able to put the sedatives away from prying eyes and open the amenities to the rest of the family. When we lose, a period of mourning is initiated as I try to convince myself that it doesn't really matter.
It's got to the point where if it is a really important game or a final, I simply won't watch it or listen to it, but only check the result when it's over. I am indeed made of stern stuff.
I do of course record important games in case we win, and if by chance we do, what pleasure there is in sitting down to watch it, enjoying the highlights, applauding my favourite players and joining in the celebrations at the end. All without the stress of wondering if we lose or not, and all whilst calmly consuming copious amounts of munchies and coffee.
The GREAT thing about being a Christian, is that we can watch all the ghastly and terrible and unfair things in the world increasing day by day, and whilst being concerned about them, not stress and fear as the world does. Why?
Because we know our team wins, led by our magnificent Captain, Jesus Christ. It's so much easier on the nerves being a believer and having a knowledge of the Bible and Prophecy.
Yes, the world lurches from one level of madness to a higher one, almost hourly, but our peace remains rock solid. We await the end of the game, when we will surely join in the greatest victory celebrations ever.
Throw out the sedatives, open the bathroom to one and all. For all true Christians everywhere......
the festivities are soon to begin!!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
The other day, I opened Google to search for a particular subject and was greeted by a large Google sponsored colourful banner promoting and pushing the gay and lesbian and anything goes sexually agenda. Besides being offended by their ignorant brainwashing of their mainly younger users, who are ripe for social engineering, I thought to myself...
"Just a sign of the times."
I recently watched an episode of a TV series where a couple of detectives investigate murders, and track down the perpetrators. In this episode, Christianity was clearly ridiculed, and homosexuality was presented as normal and those who practice it as downtrodden and misunderstood. The programme was clearly being used to push agendas as well as entertain. I thought to my self...
"Just a sign of the times."
Watching the news, I noticed another mass shooting by a muslim described simply as the act of a deranged individual who was possibly under the influence of prescription drugs of some sort. One deluded, overpaid, senseless and unfortunately increasingly typical commentator, even blamed Christians for the attack. Never mind that the attacker shouted, "Allah Akbar!" at the scene. I thought to myself...
"Just a sign of the times."
I saw American officials admit that they had misled the public over the Iran nuclear deal. Iran's leaders continue to predict their annihilation of Israel. The UN maintains its anti Semitic stance. I see Europe becoming a quagmire of multicultural mayhem. Countries like Sweden are under siege from political correctness, as laws were passed criminalising anyone criticising immigration. Hence the mayhem caused by the influx of muslims.( see https://www.youtube.com/embed/a-hPCnel0qc ) I think to myself...
"Just a sign of the times."
During this year of political campaigns, I saw politicians being openly rude and crude in public. I saw then lying with straight unflinching faces. I saw them unabashedly saying anything at anytime that might deceive the gullible listeners and win them over, just to maintain or get power. I saw truth being torn apart by agendas. I thought to myself...
"Just a sign of times."
I saw the British people vote to exit the European Union. It was interesting that the majority in mainly Muslim areas of England voted to remain, while the more traditionally English regions voted to leave. I believe the decision by the majority to abandon the EU was more based on a fear of being overrun by fanatical islam than for economic concerns. I thought to myself...
"Just a sign of the times."
I saw a video clip of an American air force veteran being physically removed from a flag-folding ceremony because he was going to mention the word "God." I'm still reeling from that one. As the saying goes in the rest of the world with regards to 'over the top' and nonsensical occurrences, "It could only happen in America." I thought to myself...
"Just a sign of the times."
And just what times are these things a sign of......?
The END TIMES my friends..........., the END TIMES!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
This world is getting crazier by the day.
American President, Barack Obama, has just implied that because Jesus Christ said, "Love your neighbour as yourself", then God would condone men going into women's toilets and change rooms, and vice versa.
Romans 1:28 says that a time comes when God allows men to be overcome by their reprobate minds. Look no further than the White House to see the proof of this truth.
Then there are those who are praying and saying, that America will become great again. I'm sorry, but I don't see that scenario playing out. America is, I perceive, half way down the road to oblivion already. I can't see any nation becoming great again this side of the Lord's return.
Geopolitically and morally, planet Earth has never been more aligned than now with Bible prophecies concerning the judgement of God and the return of Jesus Christ.
If America were to become great again, it would put the return of Christ back many decades. The USA is not even mentioned in end time prophecy. At best it is only alluded to in a few insignificant passages. It would only have to begin the process of decline all over again.
The window of opportunity for America to repent and delay the return of Jesus Christ has passed.
The world's current geopolitical and moral status cannot last forever and the chances of that status dissolving or reversing, then occurring again decades into the future, are miniscule to none.
Significantly also, Israel is being pummelled from all sides like never before, to give up land or do whatever is necessary to achieve peace with its Arab neighbours, even if that involves actions detrimental to its very survival. A covenant or treaty must occur soon, fulfilling Daniel 9:27.
It's time to cease being proud of ones country or ones self, of ones country's achievements or of ones own possessions. Now is the hour to lay up treasures in Heaven. Treasures that don't decay or deteriorate over time. Treasures that aren't stolen by individuals or governments.
How is that done?
By serving God in whatever capacity He puts before you, even if it's just praying for someone, and by loving God more than the pleasures offered by this world.
"Lord, you who made the sun come shining through my window in the morning, lighting up my room and warming my face, please come back soon."
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
When I first started this site, many years ago now, it was fairly clear that we were approaching the end of this age. Slowly but surely, culture and politics were progressing in a direction that seemingly aligned itself with bible prophecy.
Every few weeks, sometimes only every few months, events would occur that would fortify my belief that, rather than making moral progress, this world was slipping into self delusion and a position where in fact, it was inviting God's anger to reach a tipping point.
It's quite remarkable how instead of this 'slipping further' into the time of God's judgement slowing down, or even stopping, or reversing as some predicted, this slide towards the period described in the Bible as "Jacob's trouble", commonly known as the "seven year tribulation", has exponentially sped up to the point where already, long before I had anticipated, it appears we are right at the doorway to that time period.
In just the last year or two, we have had.....
The legalising of same sex marriage in country after country
The rise of ISIS
The maniacal persecution of Christians world wide
The Islamisation of Europe
The moral and military decay of America
The rebirth of Russia as a world influence with greedy eyes on the middle east, and in particular the recent oil and gas discoveries by Israel
The meteoric increase in anti-Semitism
The alignment of nearly every nation on the planet against Israel
The tampering with the DNA of animals and humans, not to mention the mixing of the two
The explosion of fascism in western countries
The completely insane and evil indoctrination of children with the nonsense that they are neither male or female, or they can choose their gender for themselves
The disproportionate rise in moderate to severe earthquakes.....
and the mind blowing list just goes on and on.
Meanwhile the average narcissistic westerner nonchalantly lines up for his or her new iPhone.
To any fair minded and reasonable intellect, there can simply be no doubt as to the veracity of end times Bible prophecy and how that it is quickly coming to pass in this generation.
Satan and his earthly and non-earthly accomplices have finalised their plans for the ultimate takeover of planet earth, and believe it or not, their hoped for defeat of God Himself.
It's laughably but tragically true.
It is time to reflect on how truly great and powerful God is.
Psalm 2:4 tells us that God is in fact no more than amused by Satan's and man's plottings against Him, and against Israel, the apple of His eye. We sometimes think of Jesus very thinly. As a sad figure unjustly murdered and nailed to a cross. A divine man full of love, but who was unfortunately betrayed and killed.
In fact, Jesus spoke the UNIVERSE into existence. Every knee will eventually shakingly bow before Him. His enemies will be thrown, not gently asked to go there, but thrown into hell to be punished, not for a time till parole is granted, but FOREVER.
Jesus is God.
His plans are never thwarted. He is coming back just as HE said HE would. He will not rule by consensus, but with a Rod of Iron. (Revelation 2:27)
Nations will pay Him His dues and toe the line, or suffer the consequences. Judgement against evil will be swift and final. Who is man or Satan compared to Him who created the still expanding UNIVERSE.
If you have never taken Jesus Christ and His claims seriously, it's time to do so.
We should all quake in our boots, both Christians and non Christians, at the prospect of a soon returning Jesus Christ. It's time to clean house, push back at sin in our lives, meditate on the Word of God and look up......
because our redemption, or our judgement, draws close.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Australia has for a long time now followed
the perverse and idiotic cultural trends of America. The
Americanisation of 'the land down under' has been tragic to say
the least, and the subservience of Australian politicians to
American leadership has long been sickening.
Here's why I say this. The following is an article from the Australian Broadcasting Commission's news programme 'AM' ...
Christian Lobby has condemned a move by a Sydney high school to
allow male students to wear female uniforms, and to let students
freely express what gender they identify with.
A lot of parents are starting to ask questions about where on earth this rainbow ideology is taking us."
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Recently, I decided to visit my three granddaughters. They live some distance away, so I don't get to see them as often as I'd like to.
I fuelled up the car, grabbed a rare can of cola to keep me alert, a few treats for the girls and headed off.
When I arrived quite some time later, the girls were waiting for me on their front doorstep. I was excitedly informed that this was the last day of their two week swimming course, and soon Mum (my daughter), the Flowers (my granddaughters as I call them) and myself were headed off to the Aquatic centre.
Before long I was seated in a cloud of steam and chlorine, peering through a maze of thrashing little bodies trying to spot the girls. It seemed like mayhem, but somewhere out there the Flowers were receiving their final lesson and being assessed.
After what seemed like an eternity, my daughter suggested I go get a coffee from the cafe. What she didn't tell me was that I'd find a queue of babbling mothers a mile long all with the same idea, so I returned coffee-less to my seat.
It wasn't long however before the three Flowers stood before me proudly showing of their certificates of achievement having passed their individual stages, and we headed off to the park for a barbeque with my daughter's in-laws who we were to meet there.
A stomach full of sausages and salad later, we headed home. I thoroughly enjoyed it all. So did the in-law's Labrador dog, who after sternly visually interrogating us, received her share as well.
That evening after dinner, the Flowers and I got into a discussion about heaven and what it would be like.
The eldest Flower was concerned. She didn't want to go to heaven. She wanted to grow up and be a ballet dancer, and have children of her own. She liked her house and didn't want to leave it. You know, many Christians feel the same way, having unfulfilled ambitions and liking their lives the way they are and being relatively problem free. They don't want to talk about Heaven much or the nearness of Christ's return. It's understandable to a point, but very short-sighted never the less.
The youngest Flower was simply scared of the whole idea of going to Heaven. The fear of the unknown and the security of her present surroundings made her wary of leaving earth for what seemed to her a far off destination. Once again, many Christians harbour similar thoughts.
The middle Flower however instantly bonded with my enthusiasm about Heaven. She couldn't wait to go. It was all I could do to stop her heading off to her bedroom to start packing. The thought of no more pain or hurt, a perfect body, lots of friends, seeing Jesus, and of course, being with "Poppy" forever was too much. She wanted 'there' right now!
Sadly, it's a minority of Christians that seem to share her and my enthusiasm. How sad for them. Most seem so firmly anchored to this world's vain offerings and fleeting pleasures, that they shy away from thinking about life after death and Bible prophecies indicating the nearness of the end of this age. Personally, I just don't understand them.
But wait, there's more! Not only is there much comfort, joy and excitement in wanting to go to heaven and be with Jesus right now, there comes with this desire a bonus. No, it's not a steak knife ..........
it's a CROWN! (2 Timothy 4:8)
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
There's an awful lot of hype currently in Christian prophecy circles concerning the month of September, 2015 and what may happen then.
Speculation abounds from "the rapture will occur" to "there will a total world wide economic collapse" and pretty much anything else catastrophic in between that you can think of.
And YouTube seems to have been taken over at gun point by every crazy with a knowledge of at least one apocalyptic Bible verse and a bag of crack. What is really scary are the people talking up their personal dreams and visions of coming calamities. These folk are in the main "nutters" seeking their minute of fame in the sun, or those who have already spent too much time there.
Sure, something extraordinary may occur in September, and it may rain here on Friday as predicted, but I have no plans to buy an umbrella based on the accuracy of recent forecasts.
I'm not getting carried away with all the hype. If something "big" happens, I'll deal with it then. If the rapture happens, I won't be exactly disappointed. If nothing happens, life will go on.
Of course we are in the very end times as laid out in the Bible, so obviously momentous events lie ahead, but any statements as to when that is, are only educated guesses.
Rather, knowing that we are nearing the end of the Church Age, let's make a concerted effort to clean up our lives, letting go of those sins that we have indulged in for years thinking no one knew about them.
BUT GOD KNEW ALL ALONG, and is not impressed. Deliberately sinning, knowing it's wrong, time after time after time, even if confessing it each time, is simply asking for disaster.
God will sooner or later withdraw His blessing and hedge, and it will be a horrible time while He delivers you up to be purged till the slate is clean. Why, it almost sounds as if I speak from experience doesn't it?
Do you want to burst into Heaven, chest proudly out breaking the finishing tape, or do you want to slink in, head down, embarrassed as your works and deeds are evaluated, and miss out on a degree of eternal respect and reward.
Possibly, the real catastrophe that may occur in September is us not sweeping out our internal Temple in which the Spirit resides, and ridding it of every impurity that is a stench in God's nostrils, and casting out from it every sin and hindrance to our serving Jesus Christ in some capacity in the little time remaining before He returns.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
I don't know about you, but the last nine months or so have been an uphill slog for me.
It started with neighbourhood issues, followed by family discord and peaked with health issues.
Then there's the constant stream of blatant lies and liars, anti-Semitism, Government ineptness, horrific acts of violence everywhere and in general, a sense that the world is becoming a very unfriendly if not downright dangerous place, especially for Christians and those who question the poison and deception fed to them from all directions every day.
It seems like evil wins every time, eating away at all things noble till they be no more. The United States Supreme Court for example has just ruled that perverse same sex marriage is now constitutionally valid.
There are prophets of doom to get you down, and prophets of a brave new world and spiritual revival to get you up again, till you can't stand any more speculation from either side.
I've found myself grumbling to God as I drive my car one day, calling out for His help the next, and questioning His nature a day later.
But it is all to no avail. The fact is, we are caught up in the final days of a battle between a Creator and a being He created, and bigger things are at stake here than my feeling miserable and sorry for myself, and being angry at God. That's why He ignores my tantrums.
The time for nibbling at candy is over. Now is ripe for biting down hard on the leather till the pain of this age passes and healing sets in. There's still work to be done, blessings to be thankful for and a God worth believing in.
We can't win this battle with evil. We cannot even slow it down much any more. We can only hold firm, help others around us who may be falling behind, and call out to Yeshua that we are needing and wanting His return.
He alone can and will, put an end to Satan and his human grovelling accomplices who seek only to destroy and enslave.
Forgive my moaning and grumbling Father. By your Spirit make me strong enough to endure and overcome. I ask this in Jesus name.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
As you can imagine, I get some fairly angry emails at times via the "comments" section.
A member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) just wrote me that the article www.rapturenotes.com/adventists.html, which is NOT an attack on the SDA church, contained serious errors and misinformation.
End of message. What errors were anybody's guess, so I replied asking for enlightenment so that I could amend the article if indeed it was misleading.
I was then presented by email, a full page of accusations that I had made mistakes in the article, but I could find no actual explanation of what the exact mistakes were. It was in effect nothing more than an exultation of the SDA church as the purest one true church remaining on earth.
I quote in part from the email:
"What Seventh-Day Adventist do believe is that there is no other church on earth today teaching the Bible and the Bible only as their sole rule of faith. What is more, Seventh-Day Adventist believe that the day is coming when every person living will be required to make a choice for or against God. They teach that the Seventh-Day Sabbath will be made the central issues that divides all who will accept the Law of God, and those who choose to deny him by trying to implement their own man made day of worship."
So now, the seventh day Sabbath is the central issue, not faith in Christ. This is not what I read in the Word, (Ephesians 2:8-9, Colossians 2:16-23)
As far as the Law goes, Romans 3:20 says "Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law, we become conscious of our sin."
I quote again:
"Sin and Sinners will be consumed in the lake of fire. But they will not be tormented for all eternity just because the smoke of their torment ascends for ever and ever."
So what does Revelation 14:11 mean? Does not "And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name," ... mean just that ...
FOREVER. ( If the smoke is from their torment, but their torment stops, why doesn't the smoke stop I wonder? )
Revelation 20:10 says "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
Matthew 25:46 says "And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Me thinks the SDA, the "last true church", should give reading lessons to their members and a copy of a reputable Bible.
I quote again:
"Some Adventist decided to make their own Bible. That is a mistake and should not be viewed as any sort of denominational effort to make a Seventh-Day Adventist Bible."
Not very reassuring. Who's reading what bible then, amongst SDA members?
Again quoting: "Seventh-Day Adventists believe Ellen G. White was given visions from God and that they are verifiable."
Please explain how a private vision is verifiable. It's like trying to verify a persons near death experience. It can't be done. Any denomination building foundations on someone's personal dreams and visions is anything but the last true church, (mormonism and islam come to mind). I have read some of Ellen G. White's visions and they are rambling vague affairs at best that could never be proven or made much sense of.
To quote again: "The overwhelming majority of mainline Christians can’t name more than 3 of the Ten Commandments, and they have no explanation for why they keep the first day instead of the seventh-day as the Sabbath. They do not know their right hand from their left when it comes to the Bible."
I think we have covered the SDA Sabbath keeping flaw already, but what this conveys to me is pride. Pride in a denomination. It would appear this person bases their salvation in a denomination as much as a Person.
There is only one true church folks. It is made up of ALL those who have accepted that the God-Man Jesus Christ died for THEIR sins and rose again, is now seated in the heavens, and will soon return for His Church, following which HE will shortly thereafter reign over all the earth and abolish man made religions. And the people comprising this church come from all over the world, from many denominations and from no denominations, going back two thousand years.
That's the LAST REMAINING TRUE CHURCH folks and if not already one ...
I urge and implore you to become a member, because as I see Bible prophecy unfolding in front of us and society imploding daily, the " join by date " will have passed very soon.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Recently, I heard a very well known American Bible Teacher recently say, " If you are not prepared to tell everyone you come across of their need for salvation, then you are a coward. "
If that is what your Pastor says to you, get another one. There are many Christian Ministers who equate a big mouth with being a good witness. Well folks, it just isn't necessarily so. There are many ways to communicate and demonstrate the love of Christ to people, and just as many ways to turn people off Christianity for good.
How easily and flippantly Christian Pastors bring so many people under condemnation on a daily basis astounds me. So often their mouths outrun what little sense they have, and they exhibit an amazing lack of wisdom.
Ministers of the Gospel who crush the spirit of the members of their churches through thoughtless, unscriptural, self serving, ignorant and ego dripping pronouncements are as numerous as the psychologists they drive their members to.
How can a Church Leader know the background, trauma, abuse, trials, heartaches, emotional disposition, strengths and weaknesses of each member of the unfortunate church they head up? Does the bible teach that everyone is a natural evangelist? Do all members of the Body of Christ have the same function? Do all have the same strengths, talents, boldness, opportunities and gifts?
There are so many WOLVES masquerading as Christian Pastors out there that I don't even attend a church anymore. I guess there must be a few churches true to God's word out there, headed up by Spirit led Leaders, but unfortunately, none near where I live.
It's my opinion that most non-Laodicean churches are in non-western countries these days.
I was once told by a counsellor that most of the patients he saw were Christians suffering from guilt laid on them by Pastors and fellow Christians.
GUILT ... I think this is these wolves number one weapon.
Guilt trip one ... if you don't give the church a percentage of your money, LOOK OUT!!!
Guilt trip two ... if you don't witness to your neighbours, milkman, paper boy, gardener and whoever else is unfortunate enough to cross your path, then you are unworthy of Jesus Christ.
Guilt trip three ... if you glance at an attractive woman or guy, you've gone feral. Say one hundred "Hail Marys", and take a one hour cold shower. (One insecure Bible teacher recently wrote that if you see an attractive member of the opposite sex, you should immediately look away. Living near a popular summer seaside resort as I do, with multiple café strips, this would involve a lot of walking into street signs.)
Guilt trip four ... don't miss coming to a church service, unless you're dead. Otherwise, you are being unfaithful and a poor witness.
Guilt trip five ... don't have that glass of wine on your wedding anniversary, or you'll invite demon possession.
Guilt trip six ... don't just give us a tenth of your income, give more. The tenth is just the very basic requirement. The tenth part doesn't guarantee blessing, but the extra certainly will.
Guilt trip seven ... if you have a sinful thought, bang yourself over the head about it for whatever length of time you feel it takes to cleanse yourself.
Guilt trip eight ... do not question our interpretation of the Bible. Do so, and you will open yourself up to error, and the Devil will make play dough out of you.
Guilt trip nine ... when we ask for volunteers to paint the church, if you say no, don't expect the Lord to bless you or answer your prayers.
Guilt trip ten ... be perfect. Do not sin. Think no evil thought. Witness to all your workmates and your boss as well. Bring as least one new person to church each month. Throw out all your sixties music. Any thing less indicates you are back slidden.
On and on the list goes .........
Greater and greater the guilt grows .........
Meanwhile, we as laypersons, find ourselves gutted, feeling worthless, filthy and sinful. Our nerves are shot. Our confidence has gone. Fear reigns. God looms as an angry displeased countenance from the heavens scowling at us. Depression invades our thoughts and lifestyle. We become emotionally impotent. We just want to lock the door and sleep in a dark corner. Worse, we might even contemplate a permanent end to our unworthiness.
Combined with the guilt trips laid on us by the self righteous, we may also be carrying the burdens of misguided parental and peer ordinances.
Don't stare ... I still feel guilty if someone sees me looking at them.
Keep quiet ... I still think twice before offering an opinion on anything.
Don't show off ... I still get guilty or embarrassed if someone applauds an effort of mine.
Don't be proud ... If you perform a task well, don't acknowledge it or even believe it, lest pride lead you to a downfall. In effect, fear success.
On and on the list still grows .........
On and on the guilt still grows ........
BUT THERE IS HOPE
His name is Yeshua (Jesus). He simply says, paraphrasing, ...
"Child, forget all these people, I love you just the way you are. I died for you just the way you are, knowing what you can become in me. I'll do any restoration work needed in you. You don't have to do anything except love me back. If I want you to perform a particular task for me, I'll equip you to do so."
So oppressed ones, come out of your dark refuges, feel the warmth of the Son on you face, rebuke the wolves, dig a deep hole and bury your guilt, raise your hands and praise Yeshua, feel loved, know your worth, run along the beach with bare feet in the cool wet sand, and ...
laugh at the wind blowing against your face!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Firstly.... I am sick of the sight of human bodies smothered in grotesque, silly, inane, ugly, unsightly and messy tattoos.
I believe it is a symptom of increasing general rebelliousness, the inability to resist mindless societal pressure and a sad desire to mimic sad celebrities.
If I have hereby offended multiple tattoo recipients of multiple tattoos ..... oh dear, how sad, never mind.
I saw a husband and wife recently, both covered in them, and the sight of it nearly made me nauseous. The woman especially had left no body part un-scribbled on it seemed.
I thought to my self, "When that poor bloke is intimate with his wife, it must be like making love to a newspaper!"
( Ref .... Leviticus 19:28 )
Secondly.... For some months now I have been suffering a medical condition called "Cervical Dystonia". It's cause is unknown, there is no cure, and treatment provides only temporary relief, if any.
It greatly hinders my ability to produce and maintain this website, and diminishes ones quality of life in general.
If I haven't upset you too much, and you feel so inclined, I would therefore much appreciate your prayers.
Bye for now.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
"Are we there yet?"
When my children were very young, I would occasionally on impulse decide to treat them, and my parents, by driving them to Grandma's house. The trouble was, it was a long, long way and involved a good amount of preparation and planning to keep the kids occupied.
This was in the days before in vehicle DVD players and games consoles. Colouring-in sheets and story books were the main distractions available, together with an aching hope that the young ones would sleep during the gruelling trip. That hope was usually relegated to the disappointment basket a short way into the journey.
Half an hour or so after leaving home for Grandma's house, those terrifying words from the rear would start their insidious crawl into my ears....."Are we there yet? Are we there yet?".
"Just read another book kids, or, why don't you count the on-coming cars, and the first to count to a thousand gets a treat."
Moans of disgust at my brilliant solutions to their impatience filled the already heated air.
"Look kids, over on the right, see all those funny coloured cows. And wow, see that really old car coming towards us. Isn't that interesting?"
On and on I would prattle, till glancing in the rear view mirror, I could see they had taken the only way out. They had gone to sleep.
I would put the nerve pills back in the glove box, settle back, and continue on down the long, long road to Grandma's, trying to keep my own eyes open by winding my window down a little.
Another half hour or so would pass before a terrifying chill would run down my spine again.
"Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"
There they were again. Scary voices from the other side, of the seat that is.
"Here kids, have some sweets", I would say passing them backwards whilst trying to avoid a head on collision with the oncoming road train carrying what surely must have been half the country's cattle in its trailers.
After some bargaining, swapping and fighting over who had more, ten minutes later would see me glancing hopefully into the rear vision mirror to see them both asleep again. It's the little things that bring most joy I've found.
Hours would pass, these episodes repeating many times, like bad re-runs on late night television.
Eventually, with my nether regions numb, eyes staring wide open like a barn owl, fingers welded to the steering wheel, and a frozen mask like appearance, I would pull into Grandma's street.
As if woken by an Angel with a suspect sense of humour, the kids would suddenly rouse from their current state with ear piercing......
"Are we there yet, please Dad, are we there YET????"
"We have just turned into Grandma's street", I'd quietly inform them.
Actual violence would then erupt in the vehicle as two young excited children began grappling with colouring papers, books, candy wrappings, rubbish and finally, door handles as they were virtually flung from the car into Grandma's driveway, already running to see their Grandparents. The resulting joy, smiles and hugs well and truly made up for the long tortuous journey.
All that, to say this to my fellow Bible believing Christians who may be a little weary from the long journey we began at the Cross at Calvary.
I believe, prophetically speaking.................
we are just turning into Grandma's street!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Islamists today murdered twelve people in a French magazine's office after objecting to material they had published.
Greg Smith, resident cartoonist at The Sunday Times, Australia
( says it all....Keygar )
Two innocent Australians are dead following a 16 hour siege in Sydney where hostages were held captive by a Muslim true to the Koran.
True Muslims are all terrorists and are commanded to kill infidels, Jews and Christians, but of course the media worms and trembling politicians won't tell you that.
And the cowering "peaceful" pretend Muslims won't speak up, or protest en masse against this true manifestation of islam either, because they themselves are afraid of those who fully follow their Koran's teachings (Qur'an Sura 2:191-193, 4:91, 5:51, 9:5 etc).
Who is responsible for this atrocity on Australian soil?
Well, why not for starters, Obama? He indirectly bought into existence ISIS.
And why not Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott? He cowered to Obama once again, demonstrating testicular absentia, and involved Australia in the up till now pretend war against ISIS, which Obama stumblingly orchestrated into existence in the first place, as previously stated.
And why not the Australian media, which like the media worldwide, labels any person who exposes the true nature of islam as islamophobic, because they're too intellectually challenged and indolent to do their homework on this religion of hate and violence?
And what about the Australian people themselves, who are better at recognizing beer brands than the con of peaceful islam being perpetrated on them?
I am so very grieved for my fallen fellow Australians and their families, and believe it or not, even a tiny bit sorry for the deluded dead islamic fool who murdered them in the name of an evil religion, then discovered allah wasn't there to welcome him, and now........
is experiencing what true terror is!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Every now and then it is breath takingly enlightening to cease looking at bible prophecy sites and reading about the latest signs of the approaching end, and take a long step back.
You know, in America, Bible prophecy is to a degree, an industry in itself, and discernment is necessary. We humans have a tendency to think any individual, author or church with a large following must be successful and on the right track, but referring back to Bible based teaching on what success truly is, usually reveals that they are in fact on the WRONG track.
This may seem like a strange thing for a person like myself, who runs a site about prophecy amongst other things, to say, but here's why I do so.
Sensationalism, speculation and the associated promotion of same will always attract a vast number of excitable people out there. The pure and simple word of God as found in the Bible however attracts very few readers. It's a bit like the trashy newspapers featuring page three scantily clad girls, far outselling the journalistically sound publications.
There is a seemingly endless flow of sensational speculation emanating from many prophecy scholars of renown, particularly American ones it seems.
It is so easy to get emotionally caught up in a whirl of expectation when so many supposed new proofs that we are indeed at the end of this age are thrown around. But the fact is, most of these proofs in books and DVDs are really speculation and no more, made to sound a certainty by many, sometimes well meaning but often irresponsible public figures in the Bible prophecy community.
The hype created by these theories in often best selling books is astounding. Even I am caught up in it at times.
It is inevitable however that some of these speculations WILL prove to be correct, through the law of averages alone, if not the occasional correct diagnosis of Bible passages and current events. Let's look at a few.
The Blood Moons.
Supposedly the current series of lunar eclipses portend the imminent return of Christ. This is SPECULATION.
The Torah Codes.
The contention that the Torah (first five books of the Bible) contains intentional words or phrases appearing as letters with equal spacing between those letters. This is SPECULATION.
The idea that Antichrist's troops will be made up of hybrid beings, which may even now, be walking amongst us. This is SPECULATION.
Strange sounds in the atmosphere.
Reports of unusual trumpet like sounds in the atmosphere are angelic beings activities slipping through into our dimension. This is SPECULATION.
A muslim antichrist.
The idea that the antichrist will be a muslim, based on islamic eschatology that predicts their coming Mahdi to rule the world. This is SPECULATION.
Prophecy of the Popes.
Based on an old catholic writing, which states that the current Pope is the last Pope, and possibly the false prophet. This is SPECULATION.
America is Babylon.
The assertion that Mystery Babylon referred to in Revelation is in fact modern America. Whilst America certainly fits the bill in most ways, this is SPECULATION.
Prophecy of Elam.
An idea that Iran's current nuclear ambitions fulfil the prophecy of Jeremiah 49. This is SPECULATION.
ISIS is the precursor to Psalm 83 being fulfilled.
Based on the idea that the ISIS phenomena will usher in the supposedly future war described in Psalm 83. This is speculation.
Psalm 83 war and Israeli expansion.
The reasoning and assertion that Psalm 83 speaks of a prophesied future war which Israel will win and as a result, hugely increase its size, wealth and world influence. Whilst certainly possible, this is SPECULATION.
The Rapture will coincide with a Jewish Feast Day.
A position that the rapture will occur on a particular Jewish feast day. This is SPECULATION.
Near death experiences.
Whilst not directly related to prophecy, although some of these claim to reveal the future, more and more of these near death experiences are being written about. But the conclusions drawn from these profitable books are SPECULATION.
The idea is that America's future from 9/11 was foretold in Isaiah 9:10-11. It certainly appeals to the ingrained American pre-occupation with itself, but is it not SPECULATION?
The fig tree generation.
Based on Matthew 24:32-35, is the idea that those born around 1948 constitute the LAST generation, be it forty, seventy, eighty or one hundred and twenty years, and it will be the one that sees the second coming of Christ. This is SPECULATION.
This links the Jewish Shemitah with economic or some other form of judgement on, you guessed it, America. This is SPECULATION.
The Jubilee year.
The approaching 70th Jewish Jubilee year, which is the year at the end of seven cycles of shmita (Sabbatical years), somehow points to the nearness of the end. This is SPECULATION.
Quite honestly, I could continue for pages in this vein. Lets remember that speculation is not proven fact, but is does attract large audiences and make for highly saleable products.
The point I am making is that while there is certainly nothing wrong in mulling over these ideas, as even I myself do, and while some of them may well prove to have merit or be correct, unless one of them is particularly intriguing to you, think twice before supporting the prophecy industry by forking out your hard earned money on every book and DVD that comes out with a NEW revelation.
That money would be far better spent on supporting those who preach the basic message of salvation through Jesus Christ, particularly in under evangelised countries like Asia, China and Africa.
All one really has to do to realise that the return of Christ is nearing is step back, refocus on the big picture, and see that:
Israel is back as a nation after 2000 years, as foretold in the Bible.
The Ezekiel 38 and 39 alliances are coming together.
Isaiah 17 prophecy is well and truly in the mix of current events.
Homosexuality has become acceptable and legal.
Morality on all levels, particularly sexual, has plummeted.
A New World Order is openly being promoted.
Israel has become isolated and abandoned by her former allies.
Anti-Semitism is increasing again, exponentially.
America has long been finished as the world's moral superpower.
Jerusalem's status is an ongoing source of disputes, as per bible prophecy.
The world today has the ability to destroy itself, as prophesied.
Apostasy is the norm in most churches and Christendom in general.
There you have it. No new revelations or SPECULATIONS needed, so let's not get pre-occupied with them. End of story, and indeed, the story of man's rebellion against God is almost ended. And that's no new idea.............
that's a fact.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Question: Keygar, what is hypergrace?
Hypergrace maintains that all sins are forgiven so there's no need to confess any new ones. It concludes that when God looks at us, He sees us as purely holy and righteous. Thus, we are not bound by Jesus’ teaching, as we are not under the Law. We believers are no longer responsible for our sin, and anyone who says otherwise is a legalist.
In short, Hypergrace adherents abuse
the gracious and kind nature of our God in order to continue on
their merry way while thumbing their noses at God's laws and
Hypergrace is another recent (to this generation anyway) fad designed to make half baked Christians buy more half baked books written by half witted opportunists to make a half a buck and a name for themselves.
Forget Jesus said "go and sin no more." (John 8:11)
Of course, no one will ever be perfect, but every Christian should be forever changed to some degree, and forever changing under the influence of the Holy Spirit, at varying rates.
Forget that faith without fruits is dead. (James 2:14-26)
Why bother becoming a new creature, (2 Corinthians 5:17) when you can be saved and remain like the old one.
Hypergrace proponents claim the Holy Spirit won't convict Christians of their sin. True Christians will recognize this fallacy right away.
Every true follower of Christ should have at one time or another felt overwhelming guilt when they have sinned.
If you're married, forget it if the missus sleeps around. She said she loves you ok. Sure, she's been unfaithful twenty or so times now, but nobody's perfect, just forgiven eh? You must still believe her marriage vows were sincere don't you?
Be fair, just because she married you, surely she doesn't have to stop being a harlot does she? After all, she's obviously good at it, and a great cook as well they tell me.
Don't be conned into believing Jesus, when he said all sorts of evil people won't get to heaven. If He forgave them once and for all time, then the place will be full of them. You'll be right at ease, why, it'll just be like home, or rather hell, sorry.
Hypergrace forms when hyper dribble falls from the mouths of hyper dopes onto weed seeds below, which then grow into lush hyper grass which is eaten by hyper quasi spiritual mammoths who are destined for a repeated hyper shock, that is, extinction.
If you are a new creature transformed into such by the Holy Spirit, you'd better show some evidence of it, other wise you're going to seriously hyper-ventilate when Jesus says to you, "So long, I never knew you."
If I have offended anyone here, and you still believe in, or teach Hypergrace ........
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
I have long believed 'Google' would
eventually have to jump into bed with those who 'control' what
information is allowed to be disseminated to the unknowing
public, as well as what information is unknowingly gathered from
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
To believe that Jesus Christ existed won't get anyone to heaven. To just believe He was a great teacher won't get anyone on God's side. To casually say a prayer of salvation in response to an invitation from a Pastor or church leader won't get anyone a pardon from hell. Going to church, being baptised, confessing your sins to a priest, knowing the Bible back to front, living a good life and giving to charity, NONE of these things will bring about an eternal life changing destination in anyone's life.
No, to truly be 'born again' by the Holy Spirit, to truly be forgiven and made a new creature, to truly produce evidence of a change in ones life, one must believe IN, that is... IN, Jesus Christ. One must love Him in your heart for how He suffered for your very own sins and wrongdoings. There needs to be a genuine intellectual acceptance of the reality and mission of Jesus Christ coupled with an emotional and humble response of gratitude to Him, with a determination to follow Jesus and please Him.
An earthly marriage based on the promises, wealth or fame of a prospective spouse, or the simple selfish realisation of the need for a companion is an ugly, shallow, counterfeit copy of the real joining of a man and a woman in love, respect, admiration and selflessness.
The principle is the same when deciding to join Christ in a spiritual union.
I know a man who professes to be a Christian, but his life is one of complete unproductiveness as a follower of Jesus Christ, and has been for a long time. He says all the 'right things' that a Christian would say, but there is no evidence of his faith producing any good fruit or works, either of a temporal or eternal kind.
His life is a self absorbed trail of one type of addiction after another, lazily living off the taxes paid by those who work hard for a living while criticising anyone who might suggest there appears to be some inconsistencies between his affirmations of being a follower of Christ, and the actual life he is living.
Is he truly a Christian? God alone knows, but I personally have some doubts. I hope I am wrong.
Yes, I fear many are deluded, and think they have a relationship with Christ, but the reality is....
Likewise, I fear many believe they are on their way to heaven, but sadly, so very sadly....
They are not!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
I get very frustrated and despondent when I learn of fellow Christians being brutally murdered by godless muslims in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq at the moment. I feel helpless. I pray for them, but they continue to be murdered, simply for believing in Jesus Christ as I do.
I feel ashamed that I live so free and they must surrender their lives. It seems so unfair. I am even guilty of becoming angry at God about the goings on currently occurring in the middle east.
I also simply cannot understand the anti-Semitism everywhere, and why Israel continues to try and placate the United States, which seems to be as much their enemy these days as most islamic nations are.
WHERE is Jehovah in all this? Will He ever take revenge for the evils perpetrated on His children? Will those who have callously butchered His own, pay for what they have done, and will they know they have been punished by Him directly, and what have they have been punished for?
You'd better believe it!
God is no soft hearted, soft headed pushover. Just read the old testament if you think He is. Remember the flood? Remember Sodom and Gomorrah?
More relevant to these times and the near future, remember what occurs in Revelation 6:10. Here, countless millions of people who have been slaughtered during the last seven years of current world history for choosing Christ, cry out to God.... "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?"
Does God now tell them to turn the other cheek? Does HE now say they must forgive their enemies? Does He now inform them He'll pardon their slayers, because they didn't know what they were doing?
No. Not this time!
Chillingly for their murderers, these souls are told to wait just a little longer. That is, it is clearly implied that God has no intentions of letting these thugs get away with killing His children. It's just a matter of time till He takes them to task, thoroughly and to the last one.
Similarly, my brothers and sisters in Christ who are being murdered all over the world as I write this, will be avenged by the Most High God of Israel. Their killers will fearfully face God and their eternally honoured victims, as they are sentenced and their eternal punishment is carried out.
It still grieves me to know what is happening to my fellow Christians, but I gain great comfort from knowing that.....
JUSTICE will be done.....and by the grace of Jesus Christ.....
I will be there to witness it!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Regular readers of this blog will know I'm partial to taking in a coffee at various cafes where I live. It affords me with a great opportunity to talk, listen, watch and ponder. I'd like to share some recent caffeine inspired thoughts.
Walking towards me while I was sipping a flat white was a huge man accompanied by his female partner. I did a double take as I noticed a steel bolt protruding from each of his nostrils. This was in artistic union with the grotesque tattoos adorning his hairy limbs. His girlfriend was missing the bolts, but wore such a short pair of pants, it was beyond cheeky. They exposed bulging parts of her that in all fair judgement, should not be seen by anyone drinking coffee or trying to enjoy a meal.
Following the odd couple, was a young man wearing a t-shirt with an explicit picture of a nude female adorning it. The young man looked at peace with the world. A sort of peaceful look that accompanies the recent use of some sort of narcotic.
Next appeared an older man, blissfully walking his dog, which was trying at every opportunity to savage passers by, apparently with his full approval as he seemed not to care in the slightest.
Next appeared an unkempt woman who appeared to have fallen over in a recently used cow paddock. She was pushing a pram containing an equally unkempt screaming toddler who was attempting to break the record for perforating bystanders eardrums within a set distance. To her credit, Mum stopped and tried to quieten the child, using as many four letter expletives as I've ever heard ushered in just one breath.
Next, I read on my mobile phone an article by a learned journalist who must have printed out his own diploma, about how evil the Israelis were to have attacked Hamas terrorists after Hamas broke a ceasefire which they themselves had called for, and then launched half a dozen rockets into Israel.
As I sipped on my remaining coffee, I remembered how God said that in the end times, people would become delusional, thinking good was bad, bad was good, right was wrong, and being unable to grasp even basic truths or reason things through properly.
It was just as well I had taken another caffeine hit, because next came two women holding hands and hugging each other, enjoying the thrill of their sexual aberration and flaunting it in a way even a heterosexual couple would not have done. I see many lesbian couples lately, considerably more than gay couples for whatever reason.
Call me chauvinistic if you like, but is it my imagination, or are the majority of lesbians in fact seriously unattractive? I don't know for sure if there is a link there or not.
I could go on and on, about the thousands being killed as I write this in the name of that peaceful religion, Islam, or about how Putin and Iran are buddying up in accordance with bible prophecy etc, or about the spectacularly absurd insanities coming from the American White House, but I'm out of coffee, and steam.
I remember as a teenager hearing a preacher talk about how shortly before Christ came again, conditions and people in the world would be very similar to what they were in Noah's time, that is, senseless, ugly, violent, loveless, abnormal and lacking true and wholesome love.
I used to say to myself, "Man, I'm glad I won't be alive to see a return to Noah-like days."
But guess what?
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
I first saw it as a dark shadow out the corner of my eye. I could not make out exactly what it was, but it was certainly not there before today. It was amongst the lower dark branches of the trees and shrubs that surrounded it. It was difficult to keep steering my vehicle in the right direction as I tried to figure out just what was that dark shape to the front and the left of me by the side of the road.
My questions were soon answered. A blinding flash held the answer.
A SPEED CAMERA!
Oh no I thought. Money down the drain. How unfair to put a speed camera there. I was exceeding the speed limit yes, but not by much. Why should I be singled out by that black hooded piece of evil technology. Revenue raising, that's what it is. How unjust. Surely if I take this to court, the judge will let me off because I am really a good citizen for the most part.
Was I speeding? Well yes. It's true I was. Were there speed limit signs in the vicinity? Yes, ok, there were a few around. Should I receive special treatment over and above the rest of the community, and let off for this accidental infringement? No, I guess not. And was it an accident that I was speeding? No, not really I had to admit. So summing everything up, was I guilty?
Thinking about it, if the law enforcement agencies decided to, as an act of goodwill, do away with speed cameras all together, do we really think we as drivers, would do the right thing in response, and drive more safely and courteously?
Give me a break.
If we do away with God's word as the ultimate guide in how we should treat each other and live together, do we honestly think people would be kind, considerate, loving and selfless?
Give me another break! Look around you.
One day, all those who haven't accepted forgiveness from the nail scarred hands of Jesus Christ will face a court room presided over by God himself. No defence will be adequate. God will say His laws were available for all to sense in their spirits, read about or observe in the world around them. Ignorance will be no excuse.
The indictment will be for wilfully ignoring Him.
The price for rejecting Jesus Christ will be considerably more than it is for ignoring speed limits.
It will be eternal regret, sorrow and misery.
Accept Jesus Christ right now as the forgiver of all your sins, past, present and future because.....
it's the ONLY WAY you'll get off the charge!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Recently over a cup of coffee, someone told me that they had no time for Christianity because of a couple of bad experiences they had with so called Christians. One incident concerned a salvation army officer who told them they had to play a tambourine on a street corner one night, and the other concerned a home visit by a catholic priest who apparently was none too diplomatic. Thus Christianity was written off by this person.
Their reaction could be understood up to a certain point, but also, it could have simply been a convenient response, or at the very least, an unwise one. Millions upon millions of people have used the excuse of bad experiences with the church or Christians to justify taking no interest in spiritual matters or their need for forgiveness.
Imagine if there was only one restaurant in town, and you and your partner wanted to go out for dinner to celebrate a special occasion. You had never eaten at this restaurant before so you asked all your friends what they thought of it. They all provided glowing reports about the great food and service there. No one had a bad word to say about it, so off you both went one night to enjoy a fabulous meal.
Unfortunately, unknown to you, that very night, the regular chef went down ill, and the owner had to do the cooking, and you found yourself on the end of a very ordinary meal. You swore you'd never go back there and indeed, you never did, even though there was no where else to dine out. Whilst your initial reaction would have been understandable, your premature judgement based on not looking into all the facts, would have cost you possibly years of pleasant culinary outings with your partner.
From a slightly different perspective, imagine this time that you really wanted a home of your own and to be financially secure. You had an interest in prospecting, and one day in the middle of nowhere, you came across an old map pinpointing a rich vein of gold. You had the map examined and everything pointed to it being authentic.
Now if you were the type of person above who had the bad restaurant experience, you may just say that yes, it might be a genuine map, but you had also heard of so called genuine maps turning out to be fake, so no, you weren't going to bother following it up.
But if you were truly a seeker, looking for that elusive pot of gold, nothing would stop you from following that map no matter how difficult it was, till you came upon the reward you deserved for your effort and tenacity.
If a person is truly looking for God, the truth, and some answers to the big questions in life, then a few bad experiences should not stop them.
Going back to the restaurant scenario, the people who had recommended it were indeed correct and honest in doing so. Judging it adversely on one bad experience was very unwise.
Down through the centuries, possibly billions of people have recommended Jesus Christ as the answer to all that really matters. Indeed, countless millions have chosen to be murdered rather than abandon that opinion. There must be something to Christianity and Jesus Christ.
In fact, to decide otherwise based on a few unpleasant experiences is just........
PLAIN STUPID, PLAIN LAZY AND PROBABLY PLAIN DISINGENUOUS.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
I get asked many questions from visitors to this site.
Please understand that I am not an authority on prophecy or the Bible. That is why I present on this site, a collection of articles and radio shows by people.......who are!
Rapture Notes is, if you like, a storeroom of knowledge and opinions by learned men and women, and I am simply the storeman who keeps it stocked and open, so you can look through it if you so desire.
If you want detailed answers to questions related to prophecy or the Bible, I suggest you search the articles and audio presentations on Rapture Notes, similar sites, or simply 'Google' the topic or query you have in mind, and do your own research.
With that in mind, the following is a question I received this week, and my answer to it:
Hi Keygar. I just want to ask about the new
heaven and new earth.
Megan (...not real name)
Thanks for your
interest Megan. I could give you my opinions on these matters,
but it would be somewhat pointless.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
I know a man named William who has two brothers. They are somewhat older than him. Each of these two brothers are fine men in their own right, and William tells me he considers himself fortunate to have such fine fellows related to him.
But oddly enough, he tells me he doesn't really feel as though he truly knows them, and conversely, he thinks they don't fully know or understand him either. He puts this down to the fact that when he was born, his brothers were already young boys, and thus he really had little to do with them, either then or down through the following years.
Oh they all get on well together when they occasionally meet up, William tells me, but it's somewhat superficial he feels and the lack of a deep and meaningful exchange frustrates him.
William blames no-one for this, seeing it as just the way things are, being the result of circumstances beyond everyone's control. But it does sadden him a little on occasion.
He would love to have a heart connect with his two brothers, but has resigned himself to the fact that it will never be.
I can imagine Jesus feeling a little like William at times. He knows of many people who believe He exists, talk about Him, sing to Him, and even seem to work for Him. These folk go to church, take their children to Sunday School, and some are even famous and preach about Him on television networks across the world.
But sadly, Jesus has no heart connection to them. You see, these men and women have never wanted to get close to Jesus. They haven't really desired to get into the heart and mind of Jesus to bond deeply with Him.
In short, they have never really known Him.
We Christians should ask ourselves who Jesus really is to us. Just how important is He to us? If He were to appear in front of us, would we fall before Him crying with joy hugging his legs, like a lost child re-united with its parent? Do we ache with Christ when we see depictions of Him suffering on the cross because of us? Have we truly met Him and interacted with Him in our souls and spirits?
Oh, the audible disappointment that will infuse the voice of Yeshua when at a future time, He has to say to so many who vehemently claim that they love Him......
"Depart from me, I never knew you." (Matthew 7:21-23)
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
I awoke about 8 a.m., half fell out of bed and staggered to the window. Peering through the blinds revealed a grey day and drizzling rain.
"There'll be no boat trip today", I thought.
For some weeks I had been looking forward to an excursion on the river organised by myself and a group of fellow musicians. I enjoyed getting together with them, having a few laughs and discussing whatever crossed our minds.
The trip was scheduled for twelve noon, and surprisingly, by about 11 a.m., the rain had stopped, the wind had dropped and there were patches of blue struggling through. It had turned into a perfect day for a trip down the river, so I made myself look human and headed down to the departure point.
The water was like glass, thoughtlessly reflecting my face when I peered into it. Soon, the others started to arrive, and before long, we were all seated aboard the large two storey boat. We did a head count, and discovered that there was still one person yet to board. The skipper began to get a little restless as we asked him to wait a few minutes more before setting out.
Frantic phone calls followed and it was discovered the person concerned was on their way, having got their instructions wrong. To the skippers relief, they soon arrived, and before long, we were cruising up the mirror like river.
It wasn't but a quarter of an hour or so before we found ourselves in the middle of a frolicking pod of Bottlenose dolphins. They seemed to be everywhere, and of course, the cameras were soon out all over the place as a bunch of mad musicians enjoyed the happy spectacle. I decided to go upstairs and get a better view. Soon I was looking at one of the most heart-warming sights I have ever seen.
There, only metres in front of me, was a mum dolphin cruising along with a little baby grey missile right by her side. Every move they made was in perfect union. Surfacing, diving, veering left, swinging right, surfing the bow waves, no matter what, it was all done together with perfect timing as if they were one. It truly looked as though the baby dolphin was actually glued to its mother.
Soon, more dolphins came around to join the party, and other boats cruised in to observe the performance. Mum and baby were surrounded, but nothing could break that bond that held them together in every way. Neither was concerned by the commotion around them and each seemed so contented. It was truly a moving experience.
Having a mind that wanders off, unsupervised, on a regular basis, I remembered the bible verse that says Jesus will never leave us or abandon us, (Hebrews 13:5). Mum and baby dolphin reminded me of my relationship with Jesus Christ. If I just stick close to Him, no matter what storms might threaten, He will be there for me. For all eternity, nothing will separate us.
Now that's better than even a perfect boating trip, is it not?
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
When I was growing up, my church which was an excellent church, encouraged us as Christians to be separate from the world, but to an extreme extent I think, looking back.
We were kind of expected to live our lives not associating in any way where possible, with the dreaded "non-believers." If we had to work with them, well that was alright, after all, we had to put food on the table. But to socialise with them was frowned upon for we may have become tainted by their wicked lifestyles and the things of the world.
It was a fearful thing to be seen at the beach on a Sunday, or having a glass of wine at a restaurant, or observed listening to a folk singer, or wearing your hair long if you were a male. Listening to jazz music was almost an irreversible crossing of the decency line. Actually playing in such a band was liable to send the church hierarchy into convulsions.
The only time you could hold your girlfriend's hand in church and get away with it was at a film evening, when the lights were off. Ah yes, the memory of those forbidden stolen moments touching fingers still excites. Considering all of the above, I personally may well have been responsible for the premature death of some of our church elders.
Don't misunderstand me. I wouldn't have preferred being brought up in any other church than the one I was in, but they did go a little overboard on the separation from the world thing.
After all, we are supposed to be light and salt to the world. How can that be if we keep our salt in the pantry and our light under the bed. If our beliefs and commitment to Christ can't stand the company of unbelievers without crumbling, it obviously needs a lot of work done on it.
Man was created a sociable being, needing interaction with other people, and being needed by other people in return. That interaction and exposure should not be limited just to Christians for believers. We should be interacting with everyone, Christian and non-Christian. Otherwise how can we ever show people the light and love the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to them through us.
Most of my leisure time is spent with non-Christians, simply because they vastly outnumber Christians. The great majority of non-Christians are not hell bent on leading me into sin or corrupting me. They are simply folk like myself, living, loving, battling, hurting and laughing. I need not fear them and vice versa. I can easily enjoy their company and befriend them without compromising my Christian faith.
We can learn a lot from believers, and from non-believers. And by interacting with all sorts of people from all walks of life, somewhere along the way we should be able to point someone to the truth of Jesus Christ.
Let us as Christians embrace everyone. Strike up conversations with any one who is receptive. Respond to anyone who looks like they'd enjoy talking to you. Offer an ear to those who want to share a problem or air a grievance. And when the opportunity arises, give an explanation for the hope and faith that keeps you optimistic and cheerful.
So, take the salt from the pantry........
and come out from under the bed.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
This week it was my birthday. I had a look in the mirror and was not impressed.
My buttocks had inched closer to the floor. My chin had now met its perfect double. There were more lines on my face than on a writing pad. My hair was beginning to lose its sense of direction and had veered off into my ears.
The bags under my eyes had morphed into suitcases. When I raised my arms, my biceps no longer stood up, but seem intent on meeting up for coffee with the afore mentioned buttocks. A few million head hairs had decided to quit while the growing was not good, and there was an unseasonal amount of snow on the roof.
You can't fight it. Everything degenerates in this world, and few things degenerate more noticeably than the human body.
Cars rust. Wood rots. Material fades. Buildings deteriorate. Roads crack. Paint peels. TV's grow dim. Money loses value. Mobile phones die and become obsolete. Hollywood stars melt into obscurity. Plastic buckles. Wallpaper falls off. Carpets lose their colour. Train lines buckle. Crops get eaten by locusts. Politicians become corrupt. Everything gets dirty.
You get my drift?
There's no escaping any of this. There's no way out. There's no stopping oneself from getting old.
All MUST DIE. It's the ultimate and saddest degeneration. What's the cause of all this misery? Simple.
But even sadder is the fact that the misery doesn't end even with death. There's more. It gets grimmer.
After death, if you have not asked Jesus Christ to save and forgive you, there's the Devil waiting to welcome you to the real hell. Don't believe it?
Then that's proof that your spirit and mind are already degenerate, as are we all, from the moment we are conceived.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
There is a popular heresy circulating in churches today, which claims that speaking in tongues is a necessary proof of salvation. Of course, no such teaching is taught anywhere in the Word of God.
I am truly tired of being accosted in shopping malls by "Christians" telling me I'm not saved unless I speak in tongues. They remind me of a group of people Jesus spoke about, saying.........
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'"
The Bible does not teach that speaking in tongues is the evidence that someone is saved. Rather, it teaches that it is one of very many evidences of someone possessing the Holy Spirit.
Paul states rhetorically in 1 Cor.12:29....
"Are all prophets, are all apostles and teachers?"
The answer is NO!
"Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak in tongues?"
Again the answer is NO!
Was the thief on the cross who expressed a belief in Jesus Christ, saved when Jesus told him that he and Jesus would be together that day after they had both died? How more saved can you get than to be with Jesus Christ after you die? Did this thief on the cross speak in tongues? No!
Did Moses and Elijah speak in tongues? No! Were they saved? Well, they appeared with Jesus at the transfiguration. Would they have been there if they weren't saved? No!
Romans 10, verses 9 and 10 say...."If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."
No mention of tongues there, or of it necessarily occurring later, or of it being an accompaniment to salvation, or of it being proof one is saved.
Please don't twist God's simple truth to support an erroneous dogma.
These people who demand all should speak in tongues to be saved should ask themselves who and what they really love and worship. Is the object of their affection and devotion the person of Jesus Christ, or is it signs and wonders?
They are dangerously close to preaching another Gospel, if not actually doing so. They are in fact telling a lie. And who is the father of lies?
If you are one of these people, read ALL the bible for yourself, pray in humility for enlightenment as to the truth of this matter, confess your sin of bringing people unnecessarily under condemnation, and PLEASE.....
keep out of my shopping malls!!!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Today I went shopping. There were people everywhere as school children are on holidays at the moment. I bought some vitamins from the health shop in the hope they might give me some more energy. Then I looked at some cases for my glasses but couldn't find anything suitable.
I then sought out a coffee shop and finally sat down for a bit of a rest, a flat white and a chocolate slice. So much for the diet.
I felt like a chat so I phoned my aging Aunty who is a source of great company and inspiration in this nephew's life. As always, we had a lot of laughs and encouraged each other with the prospect of the soon return of King Yeshua.
Soon I was on my feet again, searching the shops for a smart new shirt to counteract this ugly old man's appearance. I found one, and quickly purchased it before some other ugly old man grabbed it.
The jewellery shops and ladies clothes shops were full of mums and daughters scouring the shelves for a glittering bargain. The department stores were overflowing, manned by sweaty and exhausted looking staff. Kids with faces full of ice scream were yelling for another one. Mothers were impatient. Fathers were in shock.
It suddenly struck me that nearly all of these people have no idea what is coming. If these are what the Bible describes as the "last days", then well over half these people may well perish in a dozen different ways soon. Not a happy thought to have so soon after buying a cool new shirt.
I saw the flurry of money changing hands in various shops and remembered the words of Jesus, "As in the days of Noah, people will be buying and selling, oblivious to the coming horrors".
That was it, the edge had definitely been taken off my day out. Most people of course, would label me as a "wacko" for thinking such things. But this thinking didn't originate with me. It was Jesus who said that just before He returned, people would be buying, selling, marrying, eating and drinking and so on, unawares of their soon demise. So if I'm a "wacko", so is Jesus. I call that being in good company.
I believe time is running out. If you are a Christian reading this, act now. If you have unsaved family members or neighbours, tell them what's coming and how to prepare spiritually. If you can't talk to them, post them a gospel leaflet, anonymously if necessary.
Next time you use a public convenience, leave something good in there for a change, like a gospel tract. After you have a coffee at a cafe, leave a pamphlet on the seat. Do a letter drop in your street, AT MIDNIGHT, if you're embarrassed. ( Tract HERE ). If you still can't bring yourself to do any of the above, at least give some money and support to someone who will.
If you are reading this and you think myself and other Christians are "wacko", do yourself a favour and at least read some of the New Testament in the Bible, or a few of the articles on this website, and see if that changes your mind. If it doesn't, then so be it. But don't complain when life becomes a nightmare. You have been warned.
By the way, I have tried wearing my new shirt, and..........
it doesn't help.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
FIRSTLY, to the hundreds of thousands of visitors to Rapture Notes in 2013, who have downloaded many terabytes of articles, interviews, videos and music, thankyou, and thankyou again. You make the many dollars and hours of work required to keep this site running worthwhile, and you're encouraging comments and emails are so very much needed, and appreciated.
Now............on with the blog.............
If you're one of those people who believe that humans are basically good and decent creatures, you obviously haven't visited any online forums lately, including so called Christian online forums. They are not places for the thin skinned. They are not places for the easily offended. Certainly children should be kept away from them. I wouldn't even let my dog look at some of them, unless I was training her to attack.
These forum "discussions" usually start out with a facade of civility, but soon the true nature of man, woman, and child cannot help but surface and express itself in a torrent of insults, rudeness, crudeness and anger. Most often this exhibition of basic human behaviour is triggered by a simple disagreement of some inane subject.
The funniest brawls can be seen on forums where people fight over which current mobile phone is the best. This is where you can really get a sad sort of laugh from the millions it appears of intellectually and socially challenged life forms who lurk behind unhinged doors in suburbia.
Sadly, after these individuals have spat their poison at opposing camps in the technological arena, it appears they then move on to Christian chat forums.
Here, they usually begin with a pious "God bless you all" followed by a "Jesus loves you", and then the obligatory bible verse, after which everyone welcomes them to the chat room.
Then up come the subjects like "Who is the Antichrist", or "Is Psalm 83 a prophecy", or "Are we the last generation before Christ returns", or "Is America mystery Babylon", or "Is there really a Rapture?" A dozen or more other examples of topics could be given, but the end result is nearly always the same.
Name calling, dogmatism, belittling, ridiculing and insults all begin and multiply at an alarming rate like bacteria on a stinking hot day, as each person gives their illuminated knowledge on the subject under consideration.
Some people's opinions are of course indisputable, because they had a dream about it, or because Jesus himself took time out and sat next to them in their car and explained all about the end times to them. Some were even lucky enough to have a vision in which the Antichrist's identity was revealed to them. My goodness. What can happen when you eat a bit of green beef eh?
Quite honestly, if most of these "Christians" do get to share eternity with me, I hope they choose to live on a different planet, just as they seem to do now.
Moving on to 2014, I make no predictions prophetically speaking. Ask me this time next year, and I'll gladly tell you what happened. It's very dangerous and irresponsible to stick ones neck out dogmatically and predict what will happen next on God's timeline.
Most prophecies to do with the very end of these last days, will I believe, only be correctly understood by those living in the last seven or so years before Jesus returns, or after they have actually been fulfilled. To quarrel over their interpretation now is both unfruitful and un-Christian.
It's no wonder so few in the western world are turning to Christ when they see the way we Christians carry on. It's no wonder I often prefer the company of non-Christians. It's no wonder so many are uninterested in Bible prophecies when we who are, bicker and fight over our interpretations of them.
The most important message for a Christian to get across to the world is the pure and simple good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Let's REMEMBER THAT, and............
FORGET the forums!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Am I crazy or what? Are the politicians who just signed a deal with Iran all mad as hatters?
Imagine you're a Police Officer arriving at a domestic dispute. The husband's name is Ruhollah and his wife's name is Hadasah. Ruhollah has a gun pointed at his wife's head, and is yelling.....
"Don't come any closer. I'm going to shoot her. She is a dog. She doesn't deserve to live, and never has. No matter what you say or do copper, she will die, either now or later."
The perplexed police officer urgently calls his boss, Commissioner Jack Carey. Carey, under orders from District Attorney Barack Hussein, soon arrives on the scene amidst wailing sirens and screeching tyres, and bursting into the house says with a quivering voice.....
"Sir, please, let's work out a deal here. Ok, you say this woman is a pig who deserves to die, and in fact will die sooner or later, but look, just give me the bullets out of your gun right now, then promise me you won't buy any more, and after that we'll forget any of this ever happened eh? Maybe we can talk to you and your wife about your problems again in, say, another six months time. Alright?"
The woman is furious and beside herself. She screams.....
"Are you completely crazy Commissioner? Didn't you just hear what my husband said? He wants to kill me, and will do so sooner or later. Lock him up now. Please! He's a dangerous maniac. Do something. Take him away. Just get him out of here", she yells, shaking and almost collapsing through fear with the pistol barrel still pressed hard up against her temple.
"Let's not be hasty Hadasah", says Commissioner Carey. "My boss assures me all will be well. He's convinced Ruhollah is just misunderstood and really means you no harm. Although he has threatened to kill you repeatedly, we are convinced he doesn't mean it."
The Commissioner turns again to the husband.....
"Sir, if we give you a very large sum of money, and see to it that your threats against your wife are not officially recorded, will you give us the bullets from your gun, right now?"
The husband smiles menacingly.
"Why, Commissioner, that sounds fair to me", he sneers, slowly lowering his pistol while glancing menacingly at the woman.
"But are you sure I'll get the money, and no conviction will be recorded against me?"
"Of course, of course. No question about it. I have the authority to do anything I want to please you", says Carey, his dark heart warming at the thought of the praise he will receive from the Attorney General for defusing the situation.
The woman protests, screaming that her very life will soon end. But she is ignored and pushed to one side as the two men finalise their agreement.
Commissioner Carey turns and leaves through the door, patting the back of the husband who still can't believe his good fortune.
"I'll be dead in six months", the woman screams at the departing Carey while trying to break free of her husband's iron like grip on her arm, "You see if I'm not!"
But the Commissioner slinks away into the darkness.
"What a stupid noisy woman. Oh how my master Barack Hussein will praise me", he thinks to himself. "Master understands, he knows what is precious and what is not."
His eyes narrow into tight slits, eerily reflecting the yellow light from the few dim street lamps ahead. The woman's sobbing and screams for help fade into the night.
Carey smiles, unaware of the unearthly plot that is at that very moment being formed against him and his boss.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
It doesn't really matter right now whether America, Iraq, Rome, Jerusalem or good old mother England is Mystery Babylon. It may as well be Kathmandu.
Right now, it's unimportant as to where the antichrist comes from. It may be Europe, Turkey, America, Britain, or the middle east somewhere. Maybe he comes from Nuuk.
I don't really care right now if Gog is Putin, Satan, Obama, the antichrist or Prince Charles. He, or if it were a she, may as well be Lady Gaga, whatever she may be?
I don't lose sleep right now wondering if Psalm 83 is a prophecy or a prayer, or whether or not Nephilim hybrids are already amongst us, or if the rapture occurs before the tribulation or at the end of it, or if America stays as a world power or dissipates.
I don't know right now who the false prophet is, whether it's the Pope, the Prince of Wales or a demonic being. He may as well be Sun Myung Moon.
I'm unsure right now who the antichrist will be. Will he be the Shiite Muslim's Mahdi, Satan himself, a Satan possessed individual, the American president, some dude from Europe in a tweed suit or a despot who comes from out of nowhere? He may as well be a newly discovered Lou Costello.
Who right now really knows for sure whether or not we western Christians will face severe persecution, even death, like our brothers and sisters in hostile countries already do, or who knows unequivocally that we Christians won't suffer famine, disease, financial ruin, imprisonment or the loss of everything before we go to be with Jesus Christ? If there's a phone nearby, perhaps "dial a prayer" may help.
Who right now really understands which generation Matthew chapter 24 refers to? Is it the generation since 1948 when Israel was re-established? Is it the generation that exists after the tribulation begins? Is a generation 40, 70, 80, 100, or a hundred and twenty years in length? Or does the word generation refer only to a race of people? It may as well simply refer to some means of producing electricity.
If the rapture of the church occurred right now, would it produce world wide mayhem or hardly a ripple? Would UFO's suddenly appear overhead taking credit for "the disappearance"? Would one hundred million Americans disappear, or would it be more like only ten million or so who were really "born again"? It may as well be only eight people, as with Noah and his family when they were taken out of harm's way.
Right now, is it even critical if there is a rapture or not? If there is, is it critical as to whether it happens before the tribulation, in the middle of it, or at the end of it? Does it really matter if the war of Ezekiel 38 is before the tribulation, just after the tribulation starts, in the middle of the tribulation or even if it and the battle of Armageddon are actually the same war? Perhaps we should ask a journalist. They would surely tell the truth, wouldn't they?
Is Israel on the verge of signing a peace treaty with the Arabs right now? Or is that still some way off in the future? Is Iran going to go nuclear, or will Israel stop that from happening? Will America continue to betray Israel and try to force it to relinquish more land for peace? If it does, will another judgement befall America, such as perhaps an earthquake of hitherto unknown proportions? Then again, maybe Obama really does have Israel's back as he says, where he can easily put a knife in it.
Did Lee Harvey Oswald kill President John Kennedy or was it a planned assassination by those in power whose interests Kennedy threatened? Was he really killed by a bullet that emerged in pristine condition after doing so much damage and does it matter right now that Oswald was most likely set up to take the blame? If it was Oswald, he was a better shot than Annie Oakley ever dreamed of being, and he deserves credit for being able to be in several places at one time.
Was 9/11 perpetrated solely by Muslim fanatics, or was it an inside job as claimed by hundreds of experts in the fields of aviation, construction, fire, explosions and demolitions? Could it have been simply a ruse to strip away personal freedoms, move power to the elite and fight a war against an ethereal enemy for the financial gain of a few? Does it matter right now? At least we have now learnt that undamaged high rise buildings can freefall perfectly at any moment into their own footprint. Be careful walking through the city.
Are UFO's from other galaxies, demonic manifestations, or craft designed and built right here on earth that the public and enemies must not know about, yet? How can they travel so fast and turn right now so quickly?
Whilst all of these things are interesting and beneficial to ponder, and it's alright to have a view on them, are they really important RIGHT NOW?
Actually, all that matters is where you will spend eternity and whether or not you have made peace with Jesus Christ regarding your sins and how you are living your life.
That's what you really need to worry about..........
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
There are those who are involved in so called discernment ministries, who fashion themselves after the Bereans, searching the scriptures daily, ascertaining its meaning and finding truths therein. They often do a good job, and alert us to where the church and possibly ourselves, are getting a little off track, or misinterpreting a verse or two. I am thankful for them. But is there not an element of curiosity in what drives them to do so? I would have thought so, otherwise why bother to even study the scriptures to see what they say. Is their curiosity wrong? No. It is commendable.
Why then do these same people, often criticise others, perhaps like myself, who are curious as to who the Nephilim were mentioned in Genesis? Why do they criticise those who ponder what the great end times deception might be, or how it might be played out? Why are we lampooned because we think about who might be behind the indisputable and countless UFO sightings, or intricate crop circles viewable only from the air which appear in hours, or manifestations of independently moving objects in "haunted" houses? Why are we wrong to be interested in the book of Enoch actually referred to in the New Testament?
Is curiosity wrong, or is it a valuable God given attribute of the human mind? Or is its use permissible to an elect few only, but not to all?
If we don't stray from the fundamental principles of the Gospel and the basic agreed upon requirements for salvation as clearly laid out in God's word, is it wrong to wonder about where heaven is, what constitutes time, what beings may be controlling UFO's, how come there were giants on the earth in Noah's time and what were their origins, how the Papacy may be involved in the end times, which prophesied latter days wars might occur next and in what order, or how new age teachings and Islamic eschatology might relate to Biblical prophecy?
Does God forbid us to use the imagination and curiosity He built into us? If so, what a dull, boring, colourless, staid, legalistic and disappointing life awaits us. Indeed, without curiosity, how many people would actually look for the truth, read the Bible, ask questions and discover the way to salvation, and by God's grace, inherit a place in His kingdom?
Those involved in the "discernment" ministry are an invaluable part of Christendom, but please, to those who are, don't label us curious folk as apostate or cranks. If we stray from the fundamental truths of the bible, then certainly point our errors out to us, otherwise..........just leave us alone............
and concentrate on what you're good at.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Today's blog is for all those folk who may be just a little down, or in need of a lift in their spirits........
I am currently reading a book by Mark Hitchcock called "The End". It gives a good overview of bible prophecy and thus would be ideal for someone new to the subject and interested in what may lie ahead, and how we got to where we are on the timeline of world events as they relate to the bible.
In one chapter, Hitchcock describes what eternity will be like for those redeemed by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In part, he quotes what another writer, Steven Lawson, had to say on the matter. I found it encouraging and comforting to say the least, so I thought I'd share it with you here:
"There will be no funeral homes, no hospitals, no abortion clinics, no divorce courts, no brothels, no bankruptcy courts, no psychiatric wards, and no treatment centres.
There will be no pornography, no teen suicides, no AIDS, no cancer, no rape, no missing children, no drug problems, no drive by shootings, no racial tension and no prejudice.
There will be no misunderstandings, no injustice, no depression, no hurtful words, no gossip, no hurt feelings, no worry, no emptiness and no child abuse.
There will be no wars, no financial worries, no emotional heartaches, no physical pain, no relational divisions and no murders.
There'll be no tears, no suffering, no separations, no starvation, no arguments, no accidents, no emergency departments, no doctors, no nurses, no heart monitors, no rust, no perplexing questions, no false teachers, no financial shortages, no hurricanes, no bad habits, no decay and no locks.
We will never need to confess sin. Never need to apologise again. Never need to straighten out a strained relationship. Never have to resist Satan again. Never have to resist temptation again. NEVER!"
Now.............. you should feel better after that!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Recently, we had a general federal election here in Australia. A new Prime Minister was elected. A couple of days later it was reported he had received a call from President Barack Obama.
I must admit (apologies to American readers if offended), I felt a little dismayed at this, because although America has had a long history of convenient "friendship" with Australia, I personally find no comfort in the thought of our new Prime Minister continuing the tradition of hanging onto America's coat-tails.
I no longer trust America's leaders, and I truly believe Obama is driven by an evil agenda. It's my hope our Prime Minister can see through Obama, and steer us away from him and his policies.
In the past few weeks, I believe America has passed the baton of world leadership to the despots and terrorists of the world, and I believe it has been passed on, deliberately and knowingly by the American leadership.
Obama is going out of his way to support the Muslim Brotherhood at every opportunity. This Muslim organisation is actively murdering and harassing Christians, Jews and non-Muslims all the way from the Middle East to Indonesia.
This cannot be simple stupidity. It must be deliberate. There is I believe evil afoot in the White House.
America is now perceived to be stuttering and impotent. This perception is justified I believe, especially following Obama's recent Middle East oscillations and procrastinations, and deliberate backing of terrorists in Syria and Egypt.
America's mask of morality has slipped, and it has slipped off just far enough that we now are getting a glimpse of unexpected evil and treachery. If you look hard enough, the face of a wolf can just be seen through the woollen overlay.
It saddens me to write this blog, but then I always knew America had to decline to make way for the end times Antichrist. I just never thought that it would go down so quickly, with so much of its demise seemingly orchestrated by its own President, and going perhaps even deeper, by those who control him.
Prime Minister, if President Obama calls you again on the phone, please tell him, "Mr President.........
don't call us, we'll call you".
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
If one day you visit this site and it says "this site is currently unavailable", or "due to overwhelming traffic demand, this site is temporarily down", it probably means I've either died or the RAPTURE has come and gone, and me with it.
If you unfortunately have been left behind,
but believe this site is worth "keeping on the air" under such
circumstances, please contact
and / or ....
"Web City" at
http://hosting.webcity.com.au for the mirror site..,
Me, I'll be with Jesus by His grace, and no
longer much interested in "Rapture Notes" as such, but it would
be nice to know it was still being a source of encouragement and
information to some.
You could just download individual files manually and save them, or alternatively, free software such as "wget" or "httrack" can be used to quickly copy this website in its entirety. Just Google these programmes and you can soon have the whole Rapture Notes website on disc to share with others.
If you do decide to do any of the suggested above, I've no doubt you will get a big hug of thanks from me one day, and infinitely more importantly, a warm...
from Jesus Christ Himself.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
A sporting team, be it baseball, football, basketball or whatever, is made up of players who have varying degrees of talent and ability, and varying degrees of maturity as people outside of sport. There are those players who have to work and train extremely hard to obtain a place in the team and be effective, and there are those who seem to require very little preparation to still be able to put in match winning performances.
Some players play in positions on the field where they are relatively unnoticed, but the tasks they are set to do really determine whether or not the team wins on the day. They are unsung heroes. The speedy players who run through the centre, attacking and scoring goals usually get the media's and the public's acclaim. But a discerning coach understands who really made the scoring possible, and is quick to reward and praise more realistically and fairly.
There is always one player in the team who is by everybody's measure, a real champion. They are usually simply natural athletes, gifted in most aspects of the game, who can in a few moments turn a contest on its ear in spectacular fashion, and bring victory within grasp. Such players seem to be able to attempt the impossible, and bring it off. Naturally, these become the members of the team the media and public fall over themselves to praise and worship.
Sadly, very often, this unnatural amount of attention and deifying, has a detrimental effect on these superstar players. They begin to believe they are infallible and indispensible. In their own eyes, they become bigger than the team. This situation is a coach's worst nightmare. The superstar now begins to make decisions on field that are designed to bring even more attention to themselves, but are in fact detrimental to the coach's plan.
The team suffers, and if the superstar remains unchecked in this attitude, then there remains no option but to drop them from the team, in the hope that the player concerned learns some humility and becomes of use once again.
The Body of Christ is made up of many members (Romans 12:3-5). We as Christians are those members. We are parts of the Body of Christ. We all have important functions to perform. Some of us are highly visible and easily recognised. Others are hidden away, performing vital tasks, but rarely noticed.
Then there are the superstar members, that appear on television, radio shows and at book signings. These parts are fawned over and envied. Sometimes these parts begin to think that they are bigger than the Body they belong to. Disaster for them follows, as the Body eventually has to shake them off as they begin to do more harm than good.
Satan himself is a prime example of one who was made so beautiful and powerful, that he thought himself greater than the One he was made by. God shook him off.
In a sports team, NO ONE is bigger than the team.
In the true church, made up of all those who have accepted the resurrected Jesus Christ as the forgiver of their sins, NO ONE............
is bigger than the Body.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
The middle east seems such a long way away from where I am. Here the sun warms my skin as I walk along the picturesque foreshore watching smiling faces and cavorting children while listening to laughter and endless cheerful chatter from inside the many busy cafes and waterfront restaurants. It's all somewhat surreal.
For on the other side of the world, events are occurring that threaten to imminently change our comfortable lives dramatically and for the worse.
America once again is coercing Israel to give up land and murderers for the sake of its own agenda. Egypt is ablaze with citizens killing each other, when they are not united in killing Christians and burning down churches. Iran continues to threaten America and Israel with annihilation. Thousands of innocent people in Syria die horribly as a result of chemical weapons being used against them.
But who committed this horrendous act, forces loyal to the Syrian government or those fighting Assad's regime? No one knows for sure, except a few who claim they do, such as America's leaders. But, does anyone really believe America's leaders anymore?
Should the west even support the rebels in Syria, after all, the rebels appear to be as evil and degenerate as the government they are opposing. Who's really pulling the strings here? How long can all this go on? Why is Russia poking its nose in so strongly? And is it not alarming yet amazing how all that is happening in that part of the world appears to be in line with clear and indisputable bible prophecy?
Do we really think the bubbling pot which is the middle east at the moment, can continue much longer without eventually boiling over and scalding a lot of people, including us in the west?
If we do, I think we are living in the land of delusion, our heads firmly inserted in our own nether regions. It's most probable that the allotted time span for normalcy has about reached its end. Soon, things will never be the same again. For a time, following the bursting of the middle east boil, life may appear to return to something almost resembling normal, but it will be vapour like and short lived.
Then will come a period of unprecedented horrors and disasters in which most of the world's people will die, and in most unpleasant ways. How do I know this? God told me, and you. The difference, perhaps, is that I have read what He told us and believe it, and you haven't. Why do I believe God? Because everything He said would happen up to date, has happened, and so I find it logical to conclude that everything He says is yet to happen, will also come to pass.
What lies ahead is not pleasant. A cosmic battle is about to reach its conclusion. God and Satan, head to head.
GUESS WHO WINS?
Just in case you don't know, I'll tell you. Satan is roundly defeated, and so are all those who are on his side. And God's word makes it quite evident that if you're not clearly on His side, you are automatically presumed to be on Satan's. Will you end up amongst those suffering or dead from wars, disease, hunger, natural calamities and civil unrest?
Or will you acknowledge now Jesus Christ as God, who became a man, to die for you, so you might live forever with Him?
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
QUESTION: Keygar, I have been praying, but have been having real problems sleeping after. Why is this? Is having a relationship with God only through prayer? Your site says church membership is not needed but don't you have to worship with other people? What about being a lukewarm Christian?
ANSWER: I don't believe church membership is ESSENTIAL, but I do say it can be very beneficial. It can also be very dangerous if you are a member of an ever increasing number of apostate churches.
Certainly for encouragement and growth, one needs to interact with other Christians at SOME level, which is exactly what you and I are doing here.
A lukewarm Christian is I think, one who has
their feet a little too firmly planted into this world and its
associated cares, but is still a Christian, albeit a likely
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
There are few things more beautiful and awe inspiring than to see time lapse photography of a larva evolving into a butterfly. It's powerful and inexplicable, but it is fact. It makes one believe anything is possible. It's uplifting and exhilarating.
Even more breathtaking, but intensely sadder, is to see a magnificent proud butterfly, devolve into a grub. I have seen it once in my lifetime, and I never want to see it again, such is the feeling of emptiness it birthed inside me.
That grub, sad to say......is America.
Once the champion of liberty and the downtrodden, America has morphed into an all too familiar evil entity, that injects its accumulated toxins into others it snares through camouflaged chicanery.
Now, the grotesque grub, urged on by smiling despots in white washed houses, and the vast majority of its humanistic supporters, slithers not towards a bright future as a magnificent butterfly, but into a pile of decaying leafy litter, to be eventually trodden upon by a wandering nobody.
A dusty grand piano gone out of tune, a painting masterpiece faded and peeling, a beaming child's face, twisted by indulgence, lust and pride into an aged contorted mask, a guiding lighted beacon fallen from atop the cliff into the black seas below.
Such has become America.
How on earth did that butterfly of indescribable beauty and markings get plucked from its free uplifting flight and end up under foot............?
It simply let go of the One who made it beautiful.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
One of the benefits of operating a web site like this one, is that you get exposed to a very wide number of bible experts and prophecy teachers, their areas of expertise, and their ideas and thoughts on a variety of matters. There is however an ever present danger of following one of these experts too far down their trails of thought into areas that are quite foggy, or irrelevant.
There is also the ever present danger of too quickly dismissing an author or teacher as too far "out there" or simply put, a kook.
In recent years, there has been an increasing amount of research done into the Nephilim, as pertaining to the giants spoken of in the bible. Many books have written on the subject, leading readers down a variety of scientific and occult roads to seemingly logical or alternatively speculative conclusions.
Another subject to receive much attention is that of UFO's. Many explanations have been forthcoming. They are all natural occurrences, even if unexplainable at this time. Or they are actually craft manned by hybrid beings already created and ready to join Antichrist's army given the command. Or, they are manifestations of a demonic presence with the ultimate design of deceiving mankind into believing they are benevolent beings from "out there", come to rescue us from ourselves.
Then there are the authors and teachers who pooh pooh all of the above, explaining that this is all pure conjecture, and all we need to do is read the bible and nothing else. They leave no room for speculation or analysis of what might be or could have been. They hold all such ponderings as foolishness and even ungodliness.
To my way of thinking, there are errors in both camps. The latter group come across as small minded folk who seem to think that if roast lamb, baked potatoes and peas aren't mentioned somewhere in the scriptures, then it's off the menu. They seem to discount anything miraculous that might occur in these times as evil or simply coincidence. They are quick to criticise, all in the name of biblical correctness and discerning the scriptures. They suffocate lateral thinking and normal curiosity while piously holding up their bibles.
This irritates me.
Then there is the former group. They draw on new age teachers for evidence to support their theories. They quote the legends of pagan people to substantiate their claims and ideas. They hold endless conferences to promote their books and videos. They form a clique of like minded individuals, and their conferences often seem to evolve into "love ins" or purely merchandising opportunities. They try to lead us down many suspect paths to back up the startling revelations to be found in their latest book.
This irritates me.
But in all honesty, both camps do have something to offer us all, if only they weren't so over the top. When skippering a boat up the river where I live, I try to maintain a safe position in the channel between the port and starboard markers, while still observing and noting things of interest in the slightly more obscure waters either side of them. I believe as Christians in these times we should do the same, that is, observe and note everything, but......
STAY BETWEEN THE MARKERS.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
I've mentioned before that I belong to a musician's "Keyboard" club where members get together regularly and exchange information on technology, songs and the like. It's a great opportunity to meet people and have a lot of laughs along the way. Occasionally, we also have a concert where each of us perform a few songs. Everyone is welcome, and people even walk in off the street.
Recently, at one such concert, I was not scheduled to play, but at the end of the evening, the organiser asked me if I could play a couple of tunes on the piano to finish up with. I didn't like to say no, but I really had nothing prepared at all. Anyway, succumbing to their somewhat considerable powers of persuasion, I agreed.
With trepidation, my brain racing to think of something to play, I climbed the stairs to the stage, and sat down at the piano.
"I'll just play some distinctly Australian tunes, run them all together and try to do a fancy ending", I thought to myself.
I made the mistake of looking at the audience. Their eager faces made me a little nervous as I hoped I wouldn't disappoint them. I launched into a medley.
Half way through, my thought processes hit the wall and I just stopped. I mean I just could not think of what to play next. I came to a merciless halt, hands poised above the keys. An eerie silence fell upon the room. I'm sure they must have thought I'd had a seizure or similar.
Anyway, one of the audience must have decided that I'd in fact finished and kindly began to clap enthusiastically, with a few others now joining in.
Unfortunately, at exactly that same instant, I had an inspiration, and burst forth into the remainder of my medley, this time leaving the applauders with their own hands suspended in mid air.
Finally, I finished, with the big ending I had planned.
"Oh my goodness," I thought to myself, "What a disaster. That's the last time I'll be asked to play."
However, the people burst into applause as I numbingly stepped down from the stage.
"These folk are either very kind, or plain crazy", I thought to myself as I sat down in the wrong chair.
But since that night, some time ago now, people still tell me how much they enjoyed that performance and ask when will I play for them again. I've come to the conclusion that even though I believed my contribution was awful, it really must have been enjoyed by the majority of people there, so now I just humbly accept their thanks and appreciation.
This underestimating of our influence and ability applies, I believe, to all areas of our life, including and especially, our Christian journey.
Many times we miss the opportunity to really impact someone because of a lack of confidence, or by undermining ourselves. We may feel insignificant or lacking in abilities compared to others. But the truth is, we're all designed and qualified to be able to impact others. We all need each other. We can all benefit from the next person.
So from now on, when you think you might have something useful to say to someone, or that you may be able to help somebody in one of a thousand ways, take my advice and just go for it. You will, in fact, probably very pleasantly surprise them...........
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Regular visitors to Rapture Notes may have noticed a decrease in activity here in recent months. The following are some excuses I offer for your consideration.
Recently we moved house, and upon moving in, discovered many defects that needed rectification, some cleverly hidden I suspect by the previous owner, although I can't be one hundred percent sure of that.
For example, to name a few, the first day, the hot water system decided to literally shower us in pretty orange water and then retire, obviously none too pleased with its new owners for whatever reason.
The second day, the world fell in upon us in the form of the dining room ceiling, a none too encouraging turn of events.
The third day, during a heavy rain downpour, we discovered the gutters had been cleverly designed to overflow and wash the patio area to a depth of several inches, and all done automatically.
Another cunning built in safety feature was that the doors jammed shut upon closing, thereby not allowing small children, and weight lifters, to open them.
I would go on, but the bouts of uncontrolled weeping have not stopped yet.
Also, I have now targeted Rapture Notes at the world, via Google, rather than just Australia. I feel this country has had ample opportunities to embrace Christ, and so now, I would like Rapture Notes to be more readily available to people in other areas. This has resulted in a slight drop in traffic to this site, but more visits from people in non-western countries.
To top it off, I am feeling just a little weary. I'm tired of the evil and stupidity in high and low places, and tired of the filthy and unprincipled mainstream media. And dare I say it, I am even tired of running Rapture Notes, on occasions.
But probably most of all, I am tired of myself and my many imperfections. One of the greatest reasons for my longing to arrive in my eternal home, is that there, I shall be freed from the weight of my shortcomings.
If you, like me, are fed up with wanting what others have got, worrying about what others think of you, carnal desires, scheming ways to make a dollar or save a dollar, and putting yourself first when you know you should be putting others first, etcetera, won't you PLEASE join me in a LOUD.........
JESUS..............GET US OUT OF HERE!!!
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
The Bible says...."There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited."
I have just returned from a holiday in Thailand.
At breakfast, we tourists all descended upon the main restaurant for a variety of morning treats. There I was amazed to see children disciplining their parents, a complete reversal of the family hierarchy arrangement that I was brought up in.
Children telling their mums and dads what they would eat, and how, and throwing insults and complaints if their wishes weren't meant. Amazingly, these mums and dads were ceding to their children. No discipline or correction whatsoever. These days, kids think nothing of barging into conversations, demanding to be listened to and manoeuvring till they get what they want. I cringe when I think of what sort of people these "never told NO" children will be in adulthood.
Travelling into Patong, we were confronted with lady boys, bars, prostitutes and older men lined up looking for gratification, with plenty of women there to provide it, in a sleazy atmosphere of pretend happiness and laughter.
Tourists and market owners argued over prices for anything from shirts to massages, one party wanting to save a buck with the other party wanting to make a buck.
Back at the hotel, white skinned bodies from cold European countries drifted through the swimming pools, eagerly consuming cans of alcoholic drinks, at 10am in the morning.
Some older children, unsupervised by disinterested parents off elsewhere indulging themselves, ignored the large signs laying out the rules for pool use, jumping and bombing noisily into the waters, screaming and shouting with unrestrained belligerence.
In the lobby, an overweight, sloppily dressed woman pressed up against the reception desk and berated the quiet humble Thai girls there, about her children's fish and fries dinner not being served hot enough. On and on she went about it, till the manager had to be called. When I left, she was still complaining.
In the room next to us, nearly every day, three couples from the UK drank wine from sun up till bed time, while chatting and laughing loudly with no concern for anyone else.
At breakfast one morning, we initiated a conversation with an Austrian gentleman and his wife. They seemed reasonably responsive, but spent the rest of their stay looking away from us every time they saw us, apparently aggrieved by something we had innocently said, or perhaps feeling we weren't up to their social standard as he was high up in Government circles I recall.
I noticed that the latest fad when posing for a photo, appears to be to strike a crude, arrogant or aggressive posture. There's no more embarrassment or coyness. That was very telling I thought. It's all about me, showing off and brazenness.
We went into a fine clothing materials shop run by a very polite Indian gentleman. He told us how a lady had just burst into his shop asking for cigarettes. He explained that he didn't sell cigarettes, but calmly offered her one of his own. She sneered at him, accusing him of probably wanting money for it, and stormed out.
I could go on and on with such stories, but I'd risk boring you. So, referring back to the very beginning of this blog.......
do you get the point?
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Same sex marriage has recently been given the green light in New Zealand and France. Many countries have now legalised it.
Enormous pressure from the media is being applied to the Australian Government to legalise it, and it is just a matter of time before our own weak willed and morally bankrupt politicians capitulate.
Satan has indeed done his homework on infiltrating this abomination into society, particularly into the minds of younger adults. What a rotten influence the media is in the hands of God's arch enemy.
I think the legalisation of same sex marriage is a definite signpost that we're on the road to an imminent showdown with the God of Israel. It is I believe one of the very final signs that a civilisation is near implosion point. The rapid suicidal march of this world to a final judgement is so clear and predictable, it is almost comical, in a sad way.
Watching this world at the moment is almost like observing someone on a talent contest who firmly believes they have a wonderful singing voice, but it is clearly apparent to the judge, that the singer is in fact, a non-starter.
The majority of this world's people, manipulated by agenda driven homosexuals, TV networks and Hollywood, think they are so progressive and enlightened, yet God sees them as non-starters, stumbling to their judgement.
Yes, it's only a matter of time before same sex marriage becomes legal in Australia.
It's only a matter of time.........
till God hangs us out to dry.
( my two cents worth....Keygar )
Home is where the heart is, and mine's with the Lord
This old world does nothing for me
The one I want to see is already there
so heaven's the place I really want to be
I'm tired of those who misunderstand
I'm tired of the friendships built on sand
I've had enough of hypocrites and critics
Who counsel you with blood on their hands
I'm visiting but don't want to live here
I'm passing through but don't want to stay
I want to be with Jesus just as soon as I can
Even tho He has a purpose for each day
I JUST WANT TO GO HOME ...
Rest is where your trust is and mine's in the Lord
This old world gives no peace of mind
The voice I want to hear is so far away
That's why I want to leave this world behind
I've had enough of man's vain ideas
I've seen enough of liar's empty tears
I'm tired of the love that's manufactured
And those who take but don't want to give
I'm visiting but don't want to live here
I'm passing through but don't want to stay
I want to be with Jesus just as soon as I can
Even tho He has a purpose for each day.....
I JUST WANT TO GO HOME !
( my two cents worth....Keygar © )
This week I was truly humbled. "About time", I hear you say? Let me elaborate.
Some time ago, I joined a keyboard player's club. It consists of a group of musicians who specialise in playing keyboard based instruments, and who share songs, musical ideas, inspiration and enthusiasm. A great time is had by all.
While speaking to a fellow member by the name of John recently, I mentioned that I had always wanted to learn how to paint. That is, to paint pictures on a canvas, not paint wooden fences. John said that he himself was an artist and held painting classes at his church once a week, and asked me if I'd like to come along and take some lessons from him. I jumped at the opportunity and have now been attending for about eight weeks. I must say that so far, most of my paintings seem to look better when viewed upside down, and preferably from another room.
This week, when I arrived at the church for a painting lesson, John said that he would not be available for an hour or so because he had to go to a nursing home to visit some elderly folk. I asked him why he was going. He explained that once a month, he and several of his fellow church members went to the nursing home, and led those who wanted to attend, in singing some hymns. They would then share a brief word and celebrate the Lord's Supper with those who desired to. I immediately asked if I could join them, even though they were part of a particular protestant denomination that I was not all that impressed with. They welcomed my wanting to attend with them, and soon we set off.
It was a dreadful hot and humid day and by the time we arrived at the nursing home, we were all dripping with sweat. We entered the premises and went down a long passage way to a room where in one corner was an ancient electric organ surrounded by a few chairs scattered here and there.
"There's no-one coming", I thought, but soon, about twenty very old and frail people were wheeled into the room in wheelchairs and beds by the staff. Soon under the guidance of one of the church members, these dear old folk were singing hymns and smiling happily. I found it quite moving. John was playing the old organ, another gentleman from the church was leading the singing, and another member said a few words and organised the communion service. My contribution was limited to singing as loudly as I could to support the person leading the singing.
At the end of the meeting, everyone thanked us and went their way. I was hugely struck by the humility and service to Christ of these few humble folk from a denomination that I had not held in high regard. It dawned on me that God was more impressed with these humble servants of His who in such a simple way sought to care for and encourage those elderly folk who loved and worshipped Him, than He was with most well known and publicly honoured Christians to whom much in the way of talent, resources and charisma has been given.
I understood why it says in the Bible that many who are considered great in earthly terms, will be considered least in eternal terms.
We can all serve God, either in a way that is great in the eyes of man............
or in a way that is great in the eyes of God.
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
Well, the Pope has resigned. No great loss in my opinion, especially to the many people who sought some justice following years of endemic child abuse within the Catholic Church, which the current Pope took no positive action on.
Then there is of course the "prophecy of the Popes" [ http://www.rapturenotes.com/mp3sermons_files/the_last_pope.mp3 ], which predicts that the next Pope to be elected, that is, the 112th Pope, will in fact be the last Pope. It must be remembered that Satan is a great counterfeiter. That is the basis upon which psychics work and are able to predict the future with limited success. However, if the "prophecy of the Popes" again proves to be somewhat accurate, as it has done in the past, it will certainly provide food for thought as to what may soon transpire on planet Earth.
It remains a truth however, that the only faithful source of accurate prophecies concerning the future, is the Bible.
It could be that the Vatican, the U.N, the Illuminati (Freemasonry), and those who pull the strings in America have almost finished sitting on Satan's egg, and what's about to hatch out will bring forth the HUGE deception mentioned in the bible that will utterly fool most of the world's population into believing a lie about the origins of mankind, and its future.
Throw in a concocted alien visitation, a story about how humans were seeded here eons ago, a few inexplicable miracles here and there broadcast world wide, together with a charismatic character or two, and the world's people, ignorant of the truths and warnings littered throughout the Bible, will be led like steers to the abattoir.
Yes, turbulent times lie just ahead. Unless you know the Bible, its warnings and its truths, and act upon its directions to escape the worst of what's up ahead.......
you're a gonner!
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
This week, it was service my car time again. An annual event, it involves changing the oil filter, flushing the radiator, checking brakes, power steering, fluids, changing the oil etc. I do it myself because one, it saves money, two, I know it's been done properly, and three, I've been ripped off in the past by dodgy mechanics.
However, I should have chosen a day when I was more awake as you will discover. After spending an hour flushing the cooling system and adding new coolant, I began topping up the fluids that were down a bit. I first topped up the power steering fluid, than the brake fluid. Problem was, I topped up the brake fluid reservoir with the power steering fluid. Bright boy no? I only picked it up because there were now two different coloured fluids in the brake master cylinder, a lovely green colour, followed by a bright red layer floating on top.
"Oh no", I panicked, "what have I done?".
I pondered for several minutes, the option of just letting it be, but a nagging worry led me to the internet and a forum site. I explained what I had done. Shock and horror was the response.
"Get it out of there, NOW", these mechanical gurus screamed. They explained that as power steering fluid was lighter than brake fluid, it should be floating on top, which indeed it was, and I would be able to suck it out with a tube of some sort and then flush the reservoir, then repeat the process a few times. Legs crossed, all should then be ok. Apparently, if I left the power steering fluid in the brake fluid, I could kiss my bottom goodbye in a braking emergency.
I have to tell you, brake fluid is not something I'd order at a restaurant. It tastes horrible. Back to the forum.
"What do I do if I swallow brake fluid?"
"Drink plenty of water and then have your head examined", was the cute reply.
Anyway, about an hour later, I had the job done, and the red peril was gone from the brake fluid. All was green again.
As Christians, it's easy while not thinking, to let our spiritual fluids get contaminated with something deadly if we aren't concentrating on what Beelzebub is up to, or what our own lusts are hatching in the background. Once we discover the mistake, to prevent possible irreparable damage, we must get rid of the contaminants, no matter how distasteful the process. Prayer, confession and allowing the Holy Spirit to cleanse us is what is required.
Well, so far, the car is running ok, with no braking problems. The only unpleasant side effect from the whole experience, is that now, after swallowing all that brake fluid, I can no longer enjoy the long walks that I used to take...........
I keep suddenly stopping!
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
Recently, my wife has been waiting for a special parcel to arrive. It's way overdue, and as she was returning home from walking the dog the other day, she saw from a distance, a FedEx van pulling out of our driveway. Her heart leapt, as she looked forward to seeing her parcel by the front door when she got there. Alas, there was no parcel. She decided to wait a few more days.
Then came an email. It was from FedEx, saying they had tried to deliver it, but without success as no-one was home.
"Please click on the link for instructions on how to pick up your parcel", it said. This had to be genuine she thought, after all, she was expecting a parcel and she did see that FedEx van. However, being a bit suspicious of emails and attachments, she forwarded the email to me, believing that I would know exactly what to do with it.
I opened the email, and there was the link to click. I followed the link, and it downloaded a file onto my computer, which awaited a further and final click.
"This must be genuine," I thought, considering all of the above. It was too much of a coincidence, and the virus checker was saying it posed no threat, and virus checkers are infallible right? My wife so much wanted this parcel, I had to do my bit in helping her to get it. So, being overcome by a wave of sentimental lunacy, I CLICKED AGAIN! Suddenly, up popped a dialogue box.
"That's weird," I thought. What was more weird was that I couldn't close it. I tried to open a browser.
"The browser you are attempting to open is corrupt," the message on the screen mockingly hissed at me. The penny dropped. My defences had been breached. No restore option, no fix, just utter pandemonium inside the circuitry of my seriously ill laptop.
Two days later, I am writing this, having wiped my computer clean, calm and order having been restored through blood, sweat and tears. Well, sweat and tears anyway. Actually, certainly through sweat, ok? The point is, one little innocent looking path led to a shutdown.
How similar is our Christian walk and example. We can be sailing along just fine. We feel close to God, our loved ones and just about anyone who crosses our path. We sense we are following God's GPS device correctly and are still on that path that is pleasing to Him. Then it happens.
WE LET IT IN.
It may be pornography, bitterness, lust, anger, jealousy, drugs, booze or a host of other things. Suddenly, as Christians, like a broken down laptop, we just don't work anymore. Our peace is gone. God feels a million miles away. We can't look anyone in the face. Our example is worthless. It's happened to me and I'm sure it's happened to you as well. Our spiritual virus checker fails, over ridden by a most sinister virus indeed, the human heart.
There is only one course of action to follow when this happens. Wipe our hearts clean and start again. How? By confessing what we've done to God, receiving forgiveness, and being determined not to let it, in again.
( For those curious folk out there, no, the parcel never did arrive )
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
Well, another Christmas has come and gone. The year 2012 didn't see the end of the world, as any student of bible prophecy already knew.
What does 2013 have in store for us? The answer........you tell me!
Around this time each year, quite a few bible prophecy experts make the mistake of predicting with an air of apparent inspiration what will transpire shortly. It seldom, if ever, does.
I'm certainly making no specific predictions. I have NO IDEA what the next major event prophetically speaking will be. The only certainties that I see ahead are those laid out in the bible.
Increasing will be violence, lawlessness, immorality, perverseness, disrespect, apostasy, greed, theft, promiscuity, uncertainty, fear, stupidity and disillusionment.
Decreasing will be personal freedoms, tolerance of true Christians, adherence to past moral guidelines, liberty, personal safety and trust.
Israel is the place to watch to get your prophetic bearings. Not America. Not Australia. Not the United Nations Organisation. Not Russia, and not Europe. No, the Middle East is where end time events unfold and give some possible clue as to what might happen next, and when.
It all culminates of course with the return of Jesus Christ. Then all the guessing will cease. When will that happen? Who knows? But the one prediction I will make is this........
it will happen!
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
Another miserable, gut wrenching, evil day in America has occurred where dozens of innocent little children have been murdered by a gunman motivated by who knows what.
What I'm about to say will rock some people's boats, but hey, if you suffer from sea sickness, take a pill.
As a non-American looking in, I continue to observe from afar with bewilderment these happenings, seemingly peculiar to mainly America. I don't understand American's obsession with guns, but I do understand that there are now so many guns privately owned in America, it would be impracticable if not impossible to get them all back and start again.
I comprehend the completely different and unique cultural background the USA has, and I don't claim to be infallible on this subject, but it's always baffled me how easy it is for anyone in America to just walk into a store, and walk out again a potential killing machine.
The assertion that if two people each have a gun, then neither will use it against the other is mind numbingly absurd. Yet I've heard that argument put time after time in commentaries from the land of the free and home of the brave.
One commentator claims that if you are going to control guns, then you must also control knives, baseball bats and anything else that can kill, even Doctors whose misdiagnosis may have contributed to a patient's death. Really?
How many people could a lone individual atop a building overlooking a school yard kill in five minutes, using a knife or a brick? Now give that same individual a couple of guns and a bullet proof vest. Is there really a sane comparison there?
How many Doctors that you know of, have deliberately set out to murder their patients, especially twenty or thirty of them?
In Australia, one can certainly own a gun, but the requirements needed to be met to obtain one, are many, strict, and rigorously enforced.
Some years back, when living on a rural property, I decided to apply for a gun licence to control the snakes there, but after almost completing all the necessary legal and practical tests and obligations, I simply ran out of puff, and gave up on the idea. The snakes were more afraid of me anyway. The point is, I certainly could have gotten my gun, but not without meeting some sensible and responsible requirements first.
It is comforting to know that although there are as many loonies in Australia as in America on a per capita basis, at least they won't be coming after me with easily available weapons of all sorts.
My heart weeps at this one more violent mass murder of innocents in the USA.
Can some American citizen please explain to me why they want to be able to freely purchase killing machines with the ease that they do? In particular, why do American Christians want to be armed to the hilt? Where did I miss in the bible the part where it says that as a follower of Christ, I must live behind a rifle? Did Jesus send the disciples out, two by two, bearing semi automatics in case they were attacked or otherwise threatened?
Am I missing something here? I definitely do not advocate banning guns, but what is actually wrong with some form of fair and effectively applied gun control?
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
Imagine for a moment that you are a Medical Doctor. A young man comes in to see you one day. He is tall, good looking, athletic and yet he has a problem. He can't quit smoking and has developed a slight irritating cough.
After a series of tests, you advise him that he must give up smoking because there is no doubt that in time, it will be the cause of his death. He assures you that he feels fine, and thanks you for your trouble, but walks out of your office telling you he has no intention of giving up cigarettes. His friends all smoke, and apart from the little cough, he feels great. His father smoked for seventy years, and it never affected him at all he explains, as he waves goodbye.
In the following years and decades, you see him often for various ailments, and each time you remind him that he should quit smoking or he will surely die prematurely. And each time, he smiles broadly, and reassures you that he will live to be an old man. As his Doctor, you are continually frustrated by this young likeable fellow. You have tried every way and every thing you can think of, to alter his self destructive path, but all to no avail. You know he can save himself, even now, but he won't.
Some days you wish you had chosen another profession. You find yourself becoming emotionally involved with your patients and it wears you down. But you keep going, in the hope of at least some of your patients heeding your advice and accepting your help, and as a result, leading happy lives and reaching a fruitful end.
One day an acquaintance of the young man walks into your surgery. You enquire after his smiling friend. He lowers his head and informs you that the young man died recently. Cancer had invaded his lungs just as you had predicted and quickly stolen his life away. His chance had come, and now gone, forever. You try and absorb the news professionally. You express your condolences, but inside, you begin a long weep.
You're tired, and the time comes when retiring is the only way of escaping the burden of responsibilities. So you do, and eventually, peace does preside.
Well............ now you might have some idea of how the biblical "watchmen on the wall" felt. It was their job to pronounce to the people God's coming judgements. No one listened. No one took the warnings seriously. Things were going along just as always. Everyone felt invincible. Why should they listen to these watchmen. They were just cranks. But, judgement did eventually come, and the people were lost. The watchmen were right after all.
Today, there are still many watchmen working for God, trying to warn people about the coming judgements on a rebellious world. These watchmen, and watchwomen, spend decade after frustrating decade, shouting a lonely message, becoming more and more saddened and isolated by the indifferent and even mocking response to their words.
Compounding their trials, is the fact that in comparison to Doctors, who are generally highly regarded and respected in the community, watchmen are almost totally spurned by the world at large, ignored by most Christians, and regularly avoided by embarrassed and scornful family members and in-laws. Only when God retires them, do they at last find peace.
So, occasionally, when you are praying to the God of Israel concerning the burdens upon your heart, please ...................
remember the watchmen!
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
In the past month or so, we have had new neighbours move in. Young teenage girls who work shift work at restaurants etc. and who are barely adults. They have no regard for the neighbours who live close by, and entertain friends, girls and boys, at all hours of the night wilfully ignoring morals and responsibilities. Their activities prompted us to put our house on the market.
We received an offer almost immediately, which went slightly haywire when it was discovered the agent handling the sale of our property had neglected several important legal issues through negligence and general haphazardness. Never the less, the offer was supposedly sound and it was just a matter of time we thought before the sale of our house went through, and we would be able to purchase a property that we in turn had put an offer on, and live happily ever after.
Then, soon after, when my wife was out driving, a fellow went through a red light and smashed into my wife's car. Thanks to God, my wife was unhurt, but her car was written off. At the accident scene, the other driver admitted his error, and it seemed we would at least not have to pay the excess on our insurance policy, though my wife would have to part with her beloved car.
Next, my wife was admitted to hospital with another issue, which was of course worrying and stressful. Fortunately, things went well, and so far so good on that front.
Now, back to the house. You guessed it. The offer on our house fell through, so here we are, still, with our delightful teenage tenant neighbours.
Then we were informed by our insurance company, that the driver who hit my wife's car, obviously to avoid being charged with a serious offence, had changed his story and was now claiming it was my wife who had in fact driven through a red light and caused the accident.
Is all of this becoming a bit unbelievable? Well, these are just some of the traumas of the last month or so. The enemy is seeking to have a field day, but he is doomed, no?
To the writer of that well known hit song of a few years back which was called, "What a wonderful world"...........
you've GOT to be kidding, right?
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
Well, Obama is back for another four years. The American people
have spoken. More importantly, I believe God has spoken.
Prophetically speaking, Obama is the man for the times. He
appears to be the instrument whereby God is judging America and
bringing Middle East prophecies to pass. I'm excited. It means
that the return of Jesus Christ must be closer than I thought.
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
Not all of us are gifted with great oratory powers. In fact, when I start to speak, even the dog yawns lazily and wanders off. We don't all have the smarts to study the original Hebrew and Greek of the bible and write exhaustive dissertations on bible subjects for the edification and conversion of mankind.
There are few of us who, like Moses, are hand picked by God to lead our nations out of bondage into a promised land. The last time I led someone, it was across the street.
Few are given the wealth to build huge churches, fill them with television cameras and audio equipment, and then broadcast the gospel around the world. Not many are set apart by God to be a Billy Graham and win millions to the Lord and have the ear of world leaders. The only ears I have are increasingly hair laden and have tinnitus.
This could of course become a bit discouraging, but such need NOT be the case. There is one thing we as Christians can all do, even if we are deaf, blind or even mute. We can ALL PRAY!
And what a mighty powerful thing it is to be able to do. God says that the prayers of a righteous person achieve a great deal. But we are not righteous you say. That's true. But having been born again, a Christian is justified by the righteousness of Jesus Christ, not ours, so all Christians have this effective tool of prayer at their finger tips, just waiting to be used.
God hears every prayer we utter. Every syllable, every nuance, every emotion, every motive is noted by God and acted upon one way or another, sooner or later. Let me give just one quick example.
Years ago, when I worked for a Telephone Company, a young man named Peter joined our team. On the face of it, he was quite an objectionable sort of person. His language was crude and loud and his many jokes were suggestive and lewd. Yet for some reason I liked him. Yes, I'm odd like that.
Also working alongside me was another man, of Indian descent, named Ron, who was a born again Christian, with whom I had enjoyed a few good conversations. Some few weeks after his joining us, I learned that Peter was in fact dying of cancer, a particularly virulent type. Working shift hours, I didn't have the opportunity, or, I must admit, the courage, to tell Peter about his need for forgiveness and to get his life right before God. I felt guilty about this and decided I could at the very least pray for Peter. I did so, asking God to not let him pass into eternity lost forever.
I did this several times feeling more and more guilty for not at least going to see him in hospital and talking to him. Some days later, I returned to work to be advised that Peter had passed away. I was devastated and depressed by guilt.
"Why hadn't I at least tried to lead him to Jesus Christ", I kept thinking, to the point of distraction. Then, in the main office of the building, I came across Ron, my Indian friend. I explained to him how bad I was feeling about not having spoken to Peter before he died. Ron's face slowly lit up into a broad, shiny black smile, his teeth standing out like headlights on a moonless night.
"Don't worry mate", he beamed, "Peter's with the Lord. The night before he died, I felt really pushed to go and see him, and incredibly, I was able to talk to him about spiritual matters, and lead him to the Lord there and then".
I gave Ron a hug, managed a smile almost as outstanding as his, and wandered off, dazed and amazed at God's grace and answer to prayer. So next time you feel helpless, useless, powerless or just plain inadequate, at least........
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
No doubt I am about to offend. Too bad. You have been warned so if you don't like being offended, look away....NOW.
To those remaining I say this. Amongst non-Christians there are those I would class as reasonable, intelligent and likeable people. There are also those I would class as dopes. Well, I have found, the same goes for Christians.
Man, that was close. That rock just missed me. I told you to look away didn't I?
I get emails from Christians telling me that believing in a Rapture and a literal thousand year reign on earth by Jesus Christ makes me stupid. Others tell me I must pray for God's blessing upon crooked and perverse leaders who rule this country. I must not offend a homosexual with the truth of what God says about their lifestyle. Where is my Christian love if I tell someone that they will go to hell if they aren't forgiven for their sins?
I must tolerate islam according to many church goers as Muslims worship the same God as we do you know. Apparently, the church has replaced Israel as the apple of Gods eye as well, I'm frequently told. And forget about prophecies in the bible, they're unimportant and confusing.
I am spreading hate and intolerance if I stick to the bible as the final authority in any given matter. It's out of date now. I must become enlightened and love everyone no matter what.
Well, because I don't rely on the support, financial or otherwise, of any person or organisation, and because I have had a gutful, I say this....if you are a "Christian", and you have said, or would like to say any of the above to me, you may indeed be on your way to heaven, but you're still.......
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
When I was a kid at school, and I seem to remember dinosaurs roaming the earth at the time, often our teacher would give us some quiet study to do, enabling her to gaze out of the window and enjoy the peace. But inevitably, teacher would leave the room for a cigarette. That was our cue. Out would come the paper planes and chewing gum, following which objects of various shapes and sizes would start flying around the room. Study had officially ended. Eventually upon re-entering the room, teacher would scream for order and silence and then say, "Come on now, heads down". Study would then resume, amidst the aroma of stale tobacco.
It is easy to become a little too pre-occupied with what is occurring in the world today, as it relates to bible prophecy. A strange statement to come from someone seemingly over concerned with bible prophecies some would say. But, I do believe we can at times, become too obsessed with current world events and how they might indicate the soon return of Jesus Christ, just as we so often become overly obsessed with a myriad other things during our sojourn on planet earth. We can so to speak, spend too much time on the mountain top gazing longingly up into the sky .
Several well known prophecy teachers often end their articles and programmes with something like, "Keep looking up folks, for Jesus is coming soon". Whilst I whole heartedly agree with the sentiment expressed, just looking up all the time can produce nothing more that a stiff neck.
Just as our school teacher occasionally had to bring an end to our un-productiveness with a few choice words, perhaps it would do us Christians some good, to occasionally be told......
"Come on now people, heads down, there's work to be done."
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
Recently my mobile phone died on me. It was the third time it had "passed away" since I purchased it. The quality testing on many modern gadgets must be non existent I think. Such is the competition between manufacturers these days that products are, I think, released onto the market way too quickly and we the consumers are the ones to suffer. But that doesn't bother the big corporations much, because they know our addiction to the latest and greatest guarantees them their ongoing profits.
I am not immune to a passion for electronic gadgets. In fact, I'm a sucker for them. Needless to say, I was very disappointed when my phone threw a fit shortly after I purchased it. I am a bit of a perfectionist, although as I age, scepticism and reality are eroding that trait of mine.
In an era past, I used to pamper my motor vehicles like a new born baby. Any scratch or scuff mark sent waves of twitching horror through me. An intermittent squeak from the interior, or a knock from the motor had me tossing all night wondering what it was. I rested not till it was rectified, and made sure no one else did either. Even now, I become very restless if my computer is behaving slightly oddly, or the source of a warning pop up message is unknown. All these imperfections amongst innumerable others take the shine off an otherwise near blissful existence.
However, the greatest imperfection that dilutes my enjoyment of life and my feeling of all is well, exists deep down inside my very being. It is an imperfection inherited from the beginning of time itself as we currently measure it. That imperfection is sin.
No matter where I am, what I am doing, who I am talking to, who is talking to me, what I am planning or even if I am sitting in church, I am aware of it. The wickedness and double standards that exist in my heart are forever before me. I will never be truly happy till, like my mobile phone and like my motor vehicle, I am fixed permanently.
According to God's user manual for human beings, I will not be perfected till I see Christ. At that time apparently, I will become like Him, that is, perfect. That is why I often find myself muttering out loud as I walk along in the warming sun..........
"Come soon Lord Jesus".
(my two cents worth....Keygar)
QUESTION: Keygar, I have been sending this question to several of the websites I frequent recently, because its something that's really troubling me lately. It has to do with all of the "Prepping" of which I am a participant of. I assume that the majority of people who come here are born-again, waiting for Jesus to call us home at any moment believers who also believe that its prudent to keep a supply of essentials on hand for the sure to come hard times staring us in the face. My question is this(and I am asking it to myself, by the way)....although Jesus told us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, cloth the naked, etc., at what point, when the supplies run VERY LOW (if we are still here for that) do we say no? At what point do we refuse believers and non-believers alike ANYTHING if it means it would danger our survival or the survival of our loved ones? At what point are we ready (albeit the sale of firearms are up and I am a believer in ownership of same) to literally kill to insure our temporary existence, even though we all claim to want to be with Jesus so badly? I am not trying to start a fire or a fight here with these questions...I sincerely am looking for an answer. Even so, Come quickly Lord Jesus!
you for your input. I believe it is always wise to prepare for
trouble if you see it coming. But there is only so much one can
do. And different people are able to prepare to differing
degrees. I'm sure God who is our loving Father is aware of our
individual circumstances. It strikes me that some Christians are
TOO concerned with keeping their earthly treasures, whilst
others drift TOO sleepily along unawares. As with most issues, I
think there is a balance to be sought. Ultimately the main
preparation for the future is to accept Christ as ones Saviour,
and then trust Him to look after us, which He has promised to
do. I have been through very hard times before, and the Lord has
always brought me out of them. HE alone is my main hedge, not
gold, silver, guns or bunkers.
This week I was told about a flaw that I had. I didn't like it.
My first reaction was one of embarrassment. Then my little
self-centred part went on to register hurt. How could someone
say such a bad thing about me. Anger followed, as I tried to
think of some hurtful things to retaliate with. I'd show them.
Trouble was, I couldn't think of anything to say.
NO, I didn't watch the Olympic Games opening ceremony. I've seen
too many such ceremonies for the fascination to grip me anymore.
Actually the whole idea of the Games bores me to tears these
days. I mean, what's point in being able to run a hundred metres
one thousandth of a second faster than anyone else anyway?
Personally, I can't think of a less memorable achievement. Yes,
I know, I'm just a stick in the mud.
Isn't planet earth a lovely place? We have a despot in Syria
happily murdering his fellow countrymen, just to stay in power.
We have bombers blowing up bus passengers in Bulgaria. Then
there's the politicians blaming all the wrong people, just to
maintain their agenda at any cost. In America, the killing
sprees continue with gunmen shooting down innocent people in
(Contributed by Bob, a regular visitor to
I watched a programme recently about a British brain surgeon who
went at his own expense to Ukraine to operate on patients there
with brain tumours. These were people who couldn't afford
treatment overseas and who didn't have local surgeons with the
expertise to perform the delicate operations required to restore
them to health. It was a very moving presentation.
Recently my wife bought herself some new prescription sun
glasses. Her reports of their benefits were glowing. Envy
immediately reared its head. I simply could not tolerate her
having something better than me, so I booked myself in for an
I used to like watching old western movies. Still do actually.
The old church building used to always have a tower from which
the bells would ring out across the dusty plains whenever
something important was occurring or about to occur, and all the
townsfolk would rush to the building.
I was taught as a child, that there is a danger in trying to
read too much into bible verses. The clear upfront meaning of
each verse should be obvious, and if it isn't, then perhaps some
extra investigation is warranted, but apart from that, leave
well enough alone.
Over the last few years, I have been astounded at the increase
in the number of people having tattoos inserted on their bodies.
Prior to that, I was astounded at the number of people having
piercings done to themselves. I'm not talking here about an
earring or two, or a sailor's tattoo on the forearm. I'm talking
about the extreme becoming the norm.
Often, around five o'clock in the morning, I
wake up. Not before time some would say. It's then that often my
mind goes wandering off without my permission. I don't have much
say in it, it just goes, in search of something to say in
Keygar's Korner that is different, and has a point to it. It's
usually as a result of too much peanut butter on my supper
biscuits I think. Anyway, this is what my mind came back with
one morning this week.
When I was a kid, there was a playground
area at our school. It was full of all sorts of structures
designed to encouraged kiddies to break one limb or another.
Monkey bars, swings, seesaws, you name it, it had it.
There are differences of opinion as to the
when the Gog Magog battle occurs. There are differences as to
whether there is a rapture or not. Disagreement abounds as to
Psalm 83. Is it actually a prophecy of a soon to occur war, or
simply a prayer?
Recently, on the sundeck of a boat, in the
middle of nowhere, I found myself opposite what I thought was a
rather strange looking couple. She was round faced with a
slightly superior air about her. Her eyes peered out from
beneath a bland fringe, and were staring straight at me. He was
short, going grey, and appeared a little highly strung. She
spoke to me. "Do you know why I can't read a book?", she
On a regular basis, I receive email from
people informing me that I am a blight on Christendom because I
support the doctrine of the Rapture. I am accused of generating
complacency amongst Christians by lulling them into a false
sense of security.
As always, a recent holiday my wife and I had cruising up a river in a paddle boat, produced a plethora of experiences and thoughts.
Firstly I had never had a bedroom underneath a kitchen before, and the thumping of busy footsteps running back and fro at all hours of the night was a new and frustrating experience. But that was soon fixed by a set of ear plugs purchased at the first town we docked at.
We met many and varied people, and had a lot of laughs as well as food for thought. Many folk were travelling alone, looking for friendship, and perhaps even a companion. Some were wealthy old men with young wives out to impress them. Others were simple hard working folk just looking for a break from health or family worries and career stresses.
Talking with different people at various tables during myriad meals served up, it became clear many travellers roam the globe because they want to experience as much as they can, because they don't expect anything after they pass away, or at least, they are unsure of eternal matters.
For others, it is simply a matter of the old "keeping up with the Joneses". A desire to impress or show off prompts many, un-encouraged, to rattle off ad nauseam the names of places they have visited. After sitting through the avalanche of their achievements, one is relieved at the thought that one can finally exit their presence politely, only to have that hope dashed, as they then commence to tell you, in minute detail, about all they places they are planning to go to next. Oh for thumping feet in a kitchen above on such occasions.
I was surprised at the number of individuals who appeared to have embarked on the trip simply to find a different place to imbibe alcohol on an almost continuous basis. I wondered why a few just didn't have the barman insert a Scotch drip into their arms. It was amusing to see their surprised and a little angry expressions when they finally received their drinks bill. Alcohol is certainly an anaesthetic for lots of folk, used to speed them away from harsh realities.
I must admit I myself did try the "cocktail of the day" one time. It was called a "White Cockatoo". Consuming the first half was quite pleasurable. However, by the time I finished it I was feeling decidedly queasy, and remember feeling sorry for the real Cockatoo I decided they must have used in it.
All in all, it was a very relaxing trip for us both. I am just so grateful, that wherever I am, be it in my humble earthly abode, or on a holiday somewhere, I am basically content and at peace. That peace comes from on high, and there is simply no substitute for it.
Wherever I am, I'm always at home. Why?........
Because home is where the heart is, and my heart is with Christ in heavenly places.
Have you ever asked someone for something and they've replied, "Of course, why didn't you say something earlier?" Have you ever had one of your children ask you for something they don't really need and you've replied, "No you can't have that, be satisfied with what you've got", only to later upon reflection, think, "Oh, let them have it, they've been good lately, I'll give them a treat", and off you go to fetch it with a light heart, eager to see the light turn on in their smile when they receive it.
Some teach that Christians shouldn't ask God for anything, because that is coveting. Then there's the 'name it and claim it' crowd. The 'blab it and grab it' mob. I'm sure God turns His back on such presumptuousness.
Certainly the bible warns against coveting and greed, and in general, we should be more driven to give than to receive, but does it teach we should be afraid to ask our Heavenly Father for something we desire? Mine doesn't. It says things like, "Ask and you shall receive", and "You have not because you ask not". God knows whether we can handle a blessing or not. He knows if we deserve a blessing or not. He knows if we can receive something graciously or not. He knows our heart and our motives, so DON'T BE AFRAID TO AT LEAST ASK.
Once, I drove into a garage, and there was a gleaming white Ford Falcon Station Wagon, parked awaiting a service I presume. I said out loud, "Lord, please help me to get a car just like that, one day, please Lord."
I already had a car, but it was a bit of a wreck. I had very little money at the time, but I knew God was generous, and I thought, well, the worst He can say is NO. A week or so later I was driving down a road and there in a car yard to one side, was the exact same type of vehicle up on a high stand. You couldn't miss it, and I certainly didn't. I went in to speak to the salesman. After much debate about my financial position, it was concluded that I just didn't meet the requirements for a loan. Crestfallen, I crossed the road back to my old car, thinking, "Oh well, wasn't meant to be".
I was just about to drive off when a different salesman came running out. Turned out he had a friend in the loan business who could help me out. Half an hour later, I drove out of that yard feeling like a king, in my gleaming, fully automatic, huge, Ford station wagon. It was even white, like I had wanted. I was able to pay it off ahead of schedule, and it served me well for about ten years until I purchased another automobile.
Another example? Once I was driving through the country. Most people there lived on acreage. The hills rolled out in front of me, green and cool and lush. The views were spectacular. The peace was audible. Kangaroos hopped alongside the car as we drove along. Birds of prey soared above us. Once again, at the time, I was financially stretched. It would be impossible, surely, but I said, "Lord, forgive me for being covetous if I am, but if it be possible, I would like to live in this place before I die, just to experience it. Thankyou you Father, I leave it with you".
In less than a year, after a series of financial near impossibles being made possible, we moved into our country home, high on the top of a hill, looking out over an expansive green valley while kangaroos munched peacefully on our back lawn.
I could go on, but I'll spare you. So next time you wonder why God hasn't blessed you or given you that little treat you really wanted, or met that need you have, go back over your check list and see.........
did you ever ask?
( .... Keygar )
No matter where I go, or what I am doing, there's always someone
telling me how to live a full and satisfying life. Lately there
has been a series of advertisements telling me that if I buy a
house in a new estate, I will be full of happiness with schools
and shops nearby, lots of parks and playgrounds within walking
distance, and lovely views to the ocean thrown in just to make
my blissful experience complete.
This week, I had my bottom anti-fouled. No, it's not related to
the BOIL I spoke of last week. "Then what are you talking
about", I hear you enquire. Well, till a month or so ago, I
didn't know what anti-fouling was either. I would have thought
it was perhaps something to do with animal rights, or perhaps a
misdemeanour during a team game.
During the last few weeks I have been afflicted with a hitherto
unexperienced ailment, a BOIL. After some research, I discovered
that it is in fact just like a GIANT pimple. I think the word
giant here is a good one as it reached the size of a golf ball
at its peak. As a matter of fact, it did almost feel like
walking around a golf course with a spare golf ball in my back
pocket because you see, this boil out of a wicked sense of
humour, decided to locate itself right on my "sit upon", a most
inconvenient location no? Unfortunately, matters still haven't
come to a head so to speak, and the unwanted experience
Sometimes, one just really doesn't have much to say. That's me
this week. I was woken up early today by my neighbour sawing up
wood. I admit I was a bit tired and grumpy. Still am. I went
next door wanting to take over, and then use him as a log, but
came away mellowed by his gentle nature and winning ways. I told
myself I needed to start getting up earlier anyway.
This week I sat for my "Skippers Ticket". What's that you ask?
Well, where I live, if you wish to operate a powered boat, you
need to pass a written examination, and then go out on the water
with an assessor, and successfully demonstrate your ability to
perform nine or so procedures. You are given two practice runs
for each procedure, and then you are assessed. Any verbal or
practical errors on each procedure, and it's game over aaaaaand
back to the boat shed.
Once upon a time....When I was beaten by all of my foes
One of the major benefits of being a bible believing, prophecy
studying Christian is.....knowing.
Where I live, school children are currently
on holidays. They are everywhere, like grains of sand swirling
around in a strong wind. And like grains of sand, they seem to
get anywhere and everywhere, and the discomfort they can cause
is also similar to grains of sand, as any beach goer will know.
( my two cents worth..... Keygar )
I used to play in a country and western band
at one of the leading entertainment hotels in the state where I
live. It was great fun. The interaction between us musicians and
the crowd was very satisfying and I do on occasions miss those
days, especially the camaraderie and being part of a team
presenting a product that the people wanted and enjoyed.
In this new year, will we see the middle east erupt into nuclear war? Will Syria carry out it's threats to wipe out Tel Aviv? Will Iran procure a nuclear weapon if it hasn't already? Will the rapture of the church occur plunging the world into chaos setting it up for the appearance of the antichrist? Will the U.S. president keep dancing to the tunes piped by the world's financial elite? Will Israel go it alone and take out Iran's nuclear development sites? Will anti-Semitism continue to rear it's ugly head from the media all the way up to the united nations? Answer.....who knows?
Here in Australia, will the general "duh" population wake up to the fairytale of the carbon tax? Will it become obvious that this country is being led by a "green" homosexual with same sex marriage one of his main aims, whilst a gullible prime minister follows him for the sake of power? Will a politician with some real understanding of the games the U.N and U.S.A. are playing with them, emerge? Will the gods of Australia continue to be money, sport, sex and booze, or will a genuine spiritual awakening occur? Will Aussie television get any sillier, boring, ruder, cruder and uninforming? Answer.....who knows?
Will the euro fly out the door like a burst balloon? Will the American dollar finally fall through the trapdoor prepared for it? Will there be more bank runs and share market collapses or will there emerge a way out of the financial glue pot? Will gold continue its bull run or will those holding large amounts see it melt through their fingers? Will property values continue to fall as many homeowners now see their assets running behind their debts trying to catch up? Will a new world wide economic order emerge, or even a new world currency? Answer.....who knows?
Will we finally make contact with "extra terrestrials" and will people get sucked into the subsequent deception? Will earthquakes and freakish weather continue to increase? Will lawlessness and violence increase? Closer to home, will we find a way to stop roaming packs of youths whose main utterances are "can you give me some money" or "huh", from vandalising everything in sight? Will old people continue to get beaten and murdered in their own homes? Answer.....who knows?
So, in summary, considering all of the above questions and scenarios, who DOES know all the answers?.........
God only knows.
Most people have at one time or another
heard about Jesus Christ, or heard the name at least. But the
majority just assume He was a historical character who had
fanciful stories made up about Him, and that He isn't really
much more important than the bloke down the street these days.
They certainly don't read the bible to try and learn more. It
would interfere with their internet surfing time or their TV
In this age of rebellion, perversion,
apathy, dumbing down, lawlessness and lunacy, the latest truth
to be called a lie by the intellectually challenged who feed and
instruct the other mentally miniaturised hordes, is the bible
testimony that Jesus Christ was born to a virgin. There are two
types of people in the world. Those who take the bible seriously
and those, including many deluded folk who mistakenly think they
are Christians, who don't.
Sharing our faith with others, commonly
known as "witnessing", is a crucial component and activity of
our belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of our sins. Christians can "witness" in many ways.
From handing out welcome newsletters to visitors as they come
through the church doors, to preaching on television to an
audience of millions, it's all of value to the Lord, and equal
in his sight. Some regard the TV preacher as more important, but
that simply is not the case. Much is expected from those to whom
much has been given, but I believe the blessing for service is
the same, be it significant or unnoticed in the world's eyes.
When I worked for the Police Department,
even though I was not a front line officer, I was quite often
privy to situations where altercations broke out between gangs
of young men, usually racially or economically triggered. Often
the two or sometimes three groups would meet in a hotel car park
at night, armed with knives, pickets, machetes and anything else
they could get their hands on. Always at first, it was just an
insult slinging match with neither group really wanting a fight.
But unless officers arrived quickly, inevitably, one or two
protagonists would lose it, and push the limits to breaking
point and an all out brawl would result, sometimes with tragic
Sometimes we Christians of considerable
years and experience, tend to think that we have come a long way
on our spiritual journey, and have passed several important
heavenly examinations. We remember the apostle Paul's words
about baby Christians moving on to become adult Christians, and
feel a sense of satisfaction that, yes indeed, we have
progressed substantially along the enlightened road. That is
when God usually gives us a wake up call. I got one this week.
The following was sent to me by a
regular visitor to Rapture Notes. I don't know who the author
is, so I can't give that person credit here unfortunately, but I
hope this piece touches you, like it did me.
This week I began servicing our two motor
vehicles. It's an annual event in our household. I always
perform this task before the really hot weather comes and when
my bones have loosened up after the winter months. I prefer to
service them myself because I don't trust acne faced youths with
earphones on to do a decent job, and because I'm reluctant to
give the moths in my wallet their freedom.
When my children were just kids, they loved
to play a computer game called "Tetris". They played it so long
and often that they were being treated for repetitive strain
injury and I was on sedatives.
I know a couple of people who like a good
laugh. They must do. They have spent most of their life going
around seeking out church folk and Pastors who they can offload
their troubles and burdens to. Pouring out their woes to others
and getting a pat on the back with a "there...there" seems to
satisfy them for a time.
This week, my mother broke through the thin,
fragile membrane separating this world from the next and went to
be with Jesus. She was the rock upon which my earthly family was
built, and Jesus was the rock on which she built her own life.
Along with bible prophecy, one of the least
preached about subjects in churches today is, DEMONS! Apparently
Jesus cast them off the earth when He returned to heaven. Would
be nice, but it didn't happen. Perhaps they just sit around hell
playing pool. Nice way to pass a day but I don't think so.
Last week, I had a gripe session in Keygar's
Korner. This week, I'll try and be a bit more positive.
Today I feel like having a gripe. Why not,
as long as I don't let the sun go down while I'm still angry eh?
One of the most visited pages on RAPTURE
NOTES is "crowns". It seems many Christians are preoccupied with
what rewards and crowns they might get in heaven. To me, it's an
attitude of covetousness that borders on replicating the
materialism that rules particularly western society here on
earth. Jesus definitely says that we should concentrate on
serving Him and thereby accumulate results and rewards of an
eternal value, but He emphasises that the main reason for doing
so is that heavenly treasures don't depreciate or get stolen as
they do on earth.
Lately, I have been researching several
Christian websites which deal primarily with the end times. Much
valuable material I have gleaned from them, and much insight
into areas of expertise beyond my sphere of knowledge. In the
main, I am in agreement with their prognosis and predictions.
Where I live, there is a marina full of huge
sailing and powered boats of all sorts, worth millions upon
millions of dollars. Surprisingly, many of them appear to be
seldom used. They're just bobbing up and down as a way of
telling onlookers how wealthy their owners must be.
The birth, life, ministry, death, and
resurrection of Christ are the "turning points" in world
history. It is fitting, therefore, that Jesus Christ is the
separation of "old" and "new." BC was "before Christ" and since
His birth, AD (anno domini), we have been living "in the year of
our Lord." Now the intellectually challenged have stepped in.
It deeply saddens me to see what is
happening to America. As a young Australian boy, America was
almost what I imagined heaven to be like. All these years later,
what possessed the American people to put a Muslim (my opinion)
in the WHITE HOUSE? What caused the USA to go from a nation
under God to a nation under slavery to Satan. Strong words? Yes
indeed, but that's as I see it. One answer springs to
Today we took our dog for a play down at the
beach. I love going down there. The wind from the ocean tinged
with salt and spray seems to blow away the cares and stresses of
this tiresome world. Any sense of claustrophobia fades away as
one surveys the endless horizon. The noise from the breaking
waves blocks out traffic, sirens, radios and people. It's
Many seem surprised at the mindless and
uninhibited violence in London over the last week or so. Sadly,
I'm not. I mean seriously, it's all laid out in the GOOD BOOK
isn't it. In the last days, LAWLESSNESS will become rampant. So
where's the surprise to a Bible reading person with an egg cup
of intelligence? There should be no surprise.
My Bible tells me that during the
Millennium, a thousand year period in the future, the earth will
be in pristine condition. Genesis 8:22 also tells me "While the
earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and
winter, and day and night will not cease".
I received an email this week from someone I
respect as a Christian and a student of the bible. He included
an article in which he argued that the biblical bride of Christ
will exclude Christians who have achieved little or nothing for
Christ's kingdom, even though they will be saved and have a home
in Heaven. He presented some compelling arguments, but I finally
had to disagree with his conclusion.
Just before American Harold Camping's
predicted date of the rapture, which was May 21st 2011, traffic
to this web site went through the roof. Christians and non
Christians alike jumped on the band wagon and followed the story
closely. For the first time I can remember, even the liberal
media in Australia got hold of the story and threw up "end of
the world" banners and "prepare to disappear in the rapture"
headlines. I've never seen such interest, benevolent and
malevolent, in the rapture and the predictions of the bible.
I don't believe in extra terrestrial beings.
I do however believe in extra dimensional beings, that is,
demons, who perhaps in the future will indeed masquerade as
spacemen and deceive many. But that's another story.
You can only say so much about any subject.
Even the Bible is limited in size. God told us all we need to
know, and now leaves the rest to us. A recipe in a cook book can
only be so detailed in how to make a certain dish, but if the
cook won't read it, or follow the directions, then I'd hate to
be the one eating the result. This website, Rapture Notes,
cannot really add much more to what it already presents.
When you were a child shopping with your
Mum, did you ever lose sight of her, and feel terrified? Have
you seen children in a park screaming with pale, tear stained
contorted faces, frantically looking left and right for their
parents? Have you ever felt that sort of almost tangible panic?
I would abandon Christianity and my belief
in Christ in a flash, if mankind could and would show me
something better. I'd throw my Bible in the ocean if I read a
book that better summed up our existence here with sensible
reasons for the past, together with accurate predictions for the
Last night I had a really frightening and
disturbing dream. No, it wasn't a vision or anything
supernatural, just a really nasty dream. In it, millions upon
millions of people were suddenly plunged into darkness, circling
confusedly and bewildered like a mammoth herd of wildebeest.
There was an awesome sad depressing air of knowing that suddenly
normalcy had ended.
When a coach recruits a new player for his
team, he not only evaluates the player's ability and skills, but
he also looks into the character of the person. How the player
reacts to pressure in his personal life, and whether or not he
has good morals. Is the new recruit of honest disposition or is
he involved in questionable pastimes or have friends of dubious
reputation? The coach must do this as it can determine the
eventual success or failure of the player on the field, as well
as off the field. The coach cannot afford to have a player bring
shame and disrespect to the coach himself, the other players and
the whole team in general.
Yesterday I watched a western movie. An old
prospector discovered gold in the hills and rode into town,
where he took the nugget to the assayer's office to cash it in.
He let slip to the assayer that he had drawn a map of where he
found the nugget. The assayer paid the old prospector the
nugget's worth, and smilingly offered to ride out with him to
where he found the nugget and help him stake his claim.
Obama has just abandoned Israel. Of course in doing so, he just abandoned America to an existence without Israel's God's protection. I would be much more afraid right now to be an American than I would to be an Israeli.
No, the rapture is not going to happen on MAY the 21st. There are lots of rapture jokes around at the moment because of that well known prediction. The biggest rapture joke of course is Harold Camping who made the forecast.
If this so called Christian is indeed a Christian, Jesus must be thinking "with followers like this, who needs more enemies". Perhaps Camping and Obama should form a comedy duo, if it were not for the tragic consequences of their act.
( .... Keygar! )
I used to spend a lot of time fearing for the future of my
unsaved children, friends and relatives. I'd pray constantly for
them, uneasily, hoping that they would be ok and that God would
protect them. I never had much peace about it though, and would
repeat the prayer on a daily basis believing that it was
necessary to keep getting God's attention about the matter so He
wouldn't forget to look out for my loved ones. It was quite
Today I went fishing. When the fish heard I was heading their
way, they didn't panic. Instead, they laughed their fins off as
they know I'm the worst fisherman in Australia.
Every day it seems this old world becomes more and more
unlikeable as anti Christian sentiment becomes more and more
pervasive. Wickedness, evil, immorality, greed, lies,
compromise, deception, idiocy, apostasy and just plain dumbness
pours in from myriad widening holes in the walls of decency,
common sense and faith.
Sometimes we need to change our message. If we wear a T shirt
saying "repent or go to hell", even though the message is true,
we will probably only get a few people asking us to elaborate.
Many times I have said things I should not have said. Often out of vanity I've lied and I've misled.
I've spoken as a wise man but acted like a fool. I've told others how to live, but broken the same rules.
Lord, please undo the damage that I've done and heal up the wounds I have caused. Please repair the hearts I have broken and lift up the ones I've let down.
( ...... Keygar! )
I'm led to believe that John Cleese, the famous English comedian, was once asked when it was that he realised life was NOT just one big comedy full of laughs. He apparently answered... "when I realised those in government and authority had no idea what they were doing".
It certainly is a wake up call when you find most people you trust are just flapping around like headless chooks in the dark.
I think of the Middle East and the mindless blindness and ineffective confusion being exhibited amongst western leaders such as Obama, Sarkozy, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and the UN's Ban Ki-moon.
Here in Australia I think of the compromising Julia Gillard, the power driven Independents who gave her control, the moral-less and naive Greens Party, and the media barons who throw lies and inane junk entertainment at their consumers 24 hours a day because it makes them a buck. I certainly empathise with Cleese.
The worry is, Cleese's comedy TV shows were known to be just a deliberate temporary distraction from normalcy and reality. But the farcical show being put on by the afore-mentioned leaders is meant to be serious.
That is why their show is in fact not even a comedy. It's a tragedy.
( ...... Keygar! )
This week we took possession of our new puppy. Now everyone knows that puppies came from rain falling on rocks, at least, that's what evolutionists believe. Perhaps the water and the rocks were sourced from under the evolutionist's craniums.
Evolutionists run around in ever increasing circles trying to push God out of existence. All they do, is tire themselves out while God stays in the middle bemused by their actions.
Are you tiring yourself out? I suggest you stand on the one TRUE rock that produces life ..... Jesus Christ.
With so much turmoil happening in the middle east, earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan, tsunamis wreaking havoc and loss of life, record floods in Australia, Libya being invaded and on and on, my head is spinning.
The world is like an audience at an orchestral concert. The conductor has turned and seen that most of the audience has fallen asleep. So He has decided to up the volume and the pace of the finale, in an effort to get some attention.
But still, the audience sleeps. The conductor seems to be getting frustrated now, and just a touch angry.
If I wasn't a Christian, I'd be feeling a little uneasy.
It's essential that Pastors and Church Leaders keep both feet on the ground. Often, but not always of course, Pastors are held in high esteem by their church members, to the point of almost being worshipped themselves. They live in an illusionary mist of adoration, where the flock lives on their every word and where gifts and monies are given to them with no questions asked, or performance criteria met.
Frequently, overseas trips to conventions for the Pastor and often their partner, are paid for by the congregation in the name of "furthering Christ's work". The value of most of these conventions is at best, questionable. Words and actions directed at the Church leaders are filtered for anything offensive, before being delivered. The Pastors are in effect wrapped in cotton wool and spoilt to death.
All this, while their church members face ridicule for their faith, sweat all day to earn a dollar at one job or often two jobs, work overtime for a holiday where possible, and confront filth and immorality everyday and everywhere.
Pastors, like the Apostle Paul, should work, at least part time, to help support themselves and to always remember what it's like in the "real world" away from their pandering followers. This would be of great benefit I believe to the Pastors themselves, and the churches they lead.
.......my two cents worth, Keygar!
In the U.K. the High Court has prevented a Christian couple from adopting a child on the grounds that their beliefs may harm the child.
YES, IT IS TRUE!!!
The court ruled that because the couple would not portray the perverse lifestyle of homosexuality as normal to the child, then the child would suffer.
Idiots, fools, devils and demons surely sit on the High Court bench in most countries around the world, but particularly so in Britain it would appear. What a moral cesspool of a country it has become.
A leader in the Western World indeed when it comes to lunacy and depravity is our mother country, England.
What a spiritual harlot mum's become.
Australia's Prime Minister is pushing through a carbon tax, being nudged by the intellectually and morally starved Greens Party. Australia's contribution to greenhouse gasses is about as noticeable as a fly's bum as it whistles past, but, we must pay more tax to help out. China, who comparatively is a swarm of flies, pays nothing.
Man caused global warming is a con anyway on top of everything else. But it's a really good theory to get people warm, fuzzy, scared and united about, so they'll conform with what the pollies want. Why do these idiot politicians get voted into power?
It's because people just don't do their homework before waving their pen around in the election booth. Most voters are too lazy, too easily mesmerised by a dishonest, ill informed media and too eager to just get back to their beer and football to really examine the issues and the people they are putting in control of their lives.
For exactly the same reasons, most people elect not to do their homework about eternity. They just eat, drink, laugh, believe lies, delude themselves that all will be ok, die, and wake up in hell.
Problem is, there are no more elections in hell.
I've heard it said that people are basically good. I beg to differ. After several decades on this earth, I believe people, myself included of course, are basically bad.
Why else do we need police, laws, rules, regulations, fines, penalties, surveillance cameras, courts, lawyers, prosecutors, armies, firemen, signs, paramedics, bouncers, body guards, gun control, and on and on and on?
Why just recently, a local where I live let a passerby pat their dog. They turned around, turned back, and the dog and the passer by were gone.
Basically good? Give me a break. Basically bad is the truth, with laws in place to make us behave more or less civilly. But our hearts always remain essentially bad, and don't let's kid ourselves of anything different.
Susan awoke after a short fitful sleep. She reached over to Dave, her husband. He wasn't there. She got out of bed and went downstairs. The house was silent. A sense of foreboding was beginning to descend on her. She rushed to her son's bedroom. Empty. Now foreboding was replaced by panic. In the distance she heard shouting and yelling as if coming from an out of control party. The TV was still on, as was the computer Dave had been sitting at when she sleepily retired for the night.
A stern faced news broadcaster was announcing a breaking story. Thousands, if not millions of people, had seemingly in the last hour or so, just gone. Susan looked upwards and screamed a grief stricken "GOD!". She looked at the web page open on Dave's computer. He had been looking at that crazy site again on bible prophecy and how the end of the world as we know it was coming. She fumbled with the mouse using shaking fingers as she skimmed through the pages glaring at her from the computer screen. A few ideas and explanations began to fall into place in her whirling mind. Cynicism began to evolve into a frightening realisation.
... Keygar ( that's why I have this web site.., for people like Susan )
I love dogs. Since our own dog died last year, I've really missed having a canine companion. Many well respected Christian scientific minds believe all current dog breeds originated from an original pair of wolves or similar. That makes sense to me because of dog interbreeding etc. However, evolutionists scoff at this and say we Christians must be loonies to believe that.
They insist that eons ago, dogs and all life resulted from rain falling on a rock.
TELL ME.......WHO ARE THE LOONIES??
I love old Western movies. Life seemed so simple. A horse, sheriff, baddy, goody, saloon, bank, a hold up, a good woman and possibly an Indian attack.
Very often, there was also a runaway stagecoach, hurtling
through the desert surrounded by towering mountains.
The coach is full of the world's people being thrown from side to side just hanging on. The driver is Satan. With a smirk on his face, he whips the horses into a frenzy as they pull their load faster and faster.
The horses are the politicians and the media who willingly obey
their driver and are happy to sweat and lather on his behalf.
just a thought.......Keygar!
Do you ever feel out-numbered? I do. I'd say out of 50 people, you might find one or two genuine Christians. Most people are going to hell. I didn't say that, Jesus did. It's unnerving at times to be a minority. Christians are a bit like a football team that is really struggling to put a win on the board. There just seems to be more players on the other team and we seem to be swamped before we can even get rolling.
But if a bad football team has just one SUPERSTAR player, occasionally that star can cut loose and drag the rest of the under dog team over the line to victory. Folks, we out-numbered Christians have a SUPERSTAR on our team. He has a funny sounding name, YESHUA, but man can he play. The good news is, in the game of life and the earth's history, we have the sports results ahead of time. YESHUA went berserk in the dying seconds of the game, and led the Christians to victory. They're still singing his praises. I'll stick with the minority thanks. Can't wait for that winning moment........Keygar!
Recently I bought a new mobile phone. I love gadgets and this phone had lots of bells and whistles. I was in paradise. Then it stopped working! How many times I have purchased the latest and the greatest only to have it break or fail in some way I can't remember, and everyone I speak to has a similar story. It's the story of life in general in some ways. So many things we look forward to as being "the thing" that will satisfy us, fail to measure up. Why is this so?
Well, it's because humanity is basically flawed, so anything that springs from it will be flawed in some way. Only God is not flawed, so we'd all be better off setting our efforts and ambitions towards eternity, where nothing will fail, everything will satisfy and all will be as we so often want it be here and now, but it never is.
my two cents worth ... Keygar!
In the 1970s, I read a book by an American
prophecy teacher who was and still is considered the GURU of
bible prophecy. He implied very strongly the rapture would
probably occur in the early 1980s. I was young and
impressionable at the time, and made some seriously wrong life
decisions based on a faith in the
To this day, the same man continues to make predictions and prophetic announcements that turn out to be false. The internet is full of other experts who predict the time of the rapture, often with long and complicated arguments, which seem very convincing.
The fact is none of us knows the year or even the decade in which the rapture will occur, so folks, let's just get on with life, serving God as best we can, and planning for our own lives and our children's lives as we normally would. If the rapture occurs tomorrow, it's a bonus, but if it doesn't, at least we won't have wasted time sleepily looking up into the heavens whilst forgetting about out our earthly and heavenly chores.
I used to live on the top of a hill in the country, overlooking a vast valley to the horizon beyond. In the summer, the air was usually alive with the sound of birds, farm animals and the wind in the trees. Occasionally however, all would go eerily silent. From beyond the horizon, tar black clouds would roll in slowly eating up the sunshine and casting a soundless gloomy pall over the hill on which we dwelt.
We would just sit outside in the heat and wait. Suddenly all hell would break loose. Lightning, thunder, searing winds and hail, together with screeching parrots scattering.
Prophetically, we are now sitting out the back in the silence, waiting as the world gets darker. Again, there's a storm approaching. One like no other. This time the preparations we must take are spiritual. Have you heard the warnings? Have you taken appropriate measures?
This week I met an elderly Australian gentlemen with a much younger Thai wife. At first I was a little uneasy. Their union seemed a little unnatural to me at first and I pondered on how such a marriage could work. But it soon became obvious that she loved him and wanted only to please him. He in turn was very protective of her and told me he was delighted to have her as his wife and share his wealth and belongings with her.
I thought of how little God has in common with us, after all, He created us. Yet he delights in sharing Himself and His creation with us in return for our love and acceptance of Him.
Just a thought ..... Keygar!
Just who and what is a "liberal". A liberal is usually regarded as someone who is tolerant of all positions in a debate, someone who is accepting of change and adopts the attitude that each person can do what they want as long as it doesn't interfere with them or others. Thus being a liberal often means that a person condones and / or accepts abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage etc, which are all anti-Christian in principle.
In Australia, the definition is blurred somewhat because of the "Liberal" political party which is actually made up of mostly non-liberal or conservative thinking type politicians. But in general, a "liberal" is someone who is more likely to hold views that accept and tolerate non Christian ideals. Of course there are many who call themselves liberal Christians.
These people are a little spiritually naive perhaps, to put it kindly.
Truth is dismissed by those who are brainwashed by the media and their peers. Truth is subsequently violently opposed by those who are inwardly aware of their need, but unwillingness, to accept it.
However the truth just doesn't go away and it will win out, often after long and bitter confrontations. This can be at a personal level, a national level or at an international level.
Soon, this world will reel under God's judgements simply because truth was dismissed for so long. And once again, as always, truth as only God knows and reveals it, WILL PREVAIL !!
I'll stand by Israel because our Messiah is Jewish, the writers of our blessed book called the Bible were Jewish, and "salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22). The roots of Christianity are Jewish, thus the olive tree (Romans 9-10-11). Her critics are in the millions. Her friends are a tiny minority, scoffed at by the intellectuals and scolded by the religious Left and other liberals of all persuasion.
The cameras, lights, and action are turned precisely on the nations and issues God’s Word foretold will be at the centre of deteriorating world conditions as the time of Christ’s return approaches. Jesus told the disciples who are alive at the time these things come into view to be watchful (Mark 13:37). Certainly, there is much to watch in these troubling, though exciting days.
Today, the architects or manipulators of the government, society, and the economy are quite narrow minded in their goals. They want to control everything, and they will not turn from their goal. They have no thought for what is actually right according to the absolute truths of the Bible. Their eyes are fully on their goals, and God have mercy on those who get in their way.
We understand that Israel is surrounded by 22 Islamic nations (and 1.4 billion Muslim's worldwide) and occupies about one-sixth of 1 percent of the land that the Arabs say belongs to them. It seems to me that if the Palestinians want a place to live, they have plenty of places from which to choose without occupying Israel.
I have torn apart the Book of Ecclesiastes many times and have spent countless hours reading Solomon's summation of this life. In looking back over his life, having had all that anyone who lives in this world could ever want, the word that Solomon used over and over was "meaningless." As he looked back, he realized that in the end all of the temporal things of this world were exactly that, meaningless. It is, actually, a pretty negative book until you get to the next to last verse. As only the wisest man who ever lived could, in 6 words Solomon summed up what this life is all about, "Fear God and Keep His Commandments."
A principle of motivational compensation holds that when you give people something they haven’t earned and don’t deserve, you don’t gain their respect, you gain their resentment. Never before has God given the world so much more than we deserve, and never before has the world resented His presence more than today.
Isn't it interesting to say the very least, how absolutely outraged the mainstream media and all the "lefties" are, that an abortionist named George Tiller who killed thousands of babies, was himself murdered in cold blood recently?
Once government sells the idea that "hate" is a crime, it can start defining what "hate" is. Pretty soon, the "hater" won't have to commit a crime to be punished. The mere act of "hating" will become the crime.
There’s a well known quote, and I don’t know who said it but it certainly is a good one. It went something like this “The greatest victory Satan ever won was convincing the world he isn’t real.” Never were truer words spoken. If there’s no Satan then there’s no sin and you have no need of a saviour. It’s really rather simple.
Satan couldn’t care less if you don’t believe in him. In fact he prefers it that way. You become easier to manipulate because you never realize you are under attack. And that’s just the way he likes it. He knows that ultimately you’ll be sharing a long eternity together, so who cares if you believe in him?
The key problem with the whole atheist movement is that it's an empty shell. The atheists’ hatred of God is the only thing they have in common. If religion is the result of ignorance, atheists should be doing their best to educate people. The death blow to Christianity will only come from neglect. This is what killed off thousands of other gods; they died when people quit believing in them. If you want to remove a God-based religion from society, you need to replace it with a better system.
Michael Jackson, the so called “King of Pop” has passed
away. One day, all of the mindless hoopla surrounding these flawed individuals
will also pass away. But, the TRUE King, Jesus Christ, who alone merits praise,
honour, and glory.....
With due respect for the family of the just-departed Michael Jackson, the frenetic, worldwide hoopla over the self-proclaimed "King of Pop," when considered against the infinitely more important news going on at the time, punctuates the insanity infecting this generation.
This morning 100 Christian houses and churches were set on fire by local Muslims in the city of Kasur South, east of Lahore, Pakistan. The riots were incited by broadcasts from local mosques. This incident is similar to a February 1997 attack when thousands of Christian houses and churches were burned and hundreds of Christians were injured.
Tolerance is a one-way street that flows away from Jesus.
We should rejoice in our salvation, pray about everything, be fearful of nothing, and give thanks for anything. This alone will give us peace.
Lying in the underbelly of this monstrous, ungodly and very pervasive homosexual agenda is something else, something even more sinister. The homosexual community, which is made up of many zealots, is prepared to fight all the way to the highest courts in every country and province where they will push their agenda of legitimacy to the extreme, all in the name of equal rights?
Like many diplomats and intellectuals, Solana appears to
regard a Palestinian state - whose establishment under viable terms, it
apparently needs stressing, Israelis support - as some kind of regional
cure-all. Reading between the lines, it's as if he believes that the mullahs in
Iran will stop grabbing for regional hegemony, stealing (rigged) elections, and
pursuing nuclear weapons; that Arab autocrats will guide their polities toward
tolerance and representative government; that Shi'ites and Sunnis will stop
blowing each other up; that Kurds, Copts and Baha'is will gain equality.
Some days I wonder why I bother with this site I must be honest. Few people care about the bible or prophecy or anything that doesn't relate to their stomach or what's on TV it seems. Liars selling themselves or their products seem to be on every corner. As soon as you ignore your wallet, they ignore you. Life is so fragile, with friends and loved ones dying regularly, leaving nothing but a few vain meaningless achievements gotten with a lot of sweat. Oh well, I guess I'll keep the site up and running a little longer. You never know, someone may be reading it. It's all vanity anyway eh? Bye for now....Keygar!
To all those who have recently contacted me expressing appreciation for this site...THANKYOU! We all need encouragement at some time. We all need each other, especially in these times when genuine love for our fellow man has flown out the window and evil has flown in. We must brace ourselves, grit our teeth and look to the heavens for HIM, our Redeemer. Come quickly Lord Jesus. .....Keygar
Today's newspaper featured a beaming lesbian couple with their new baby. Their smiles were broad. Ignorance is indeed bliss. The journalist of course was overboard in praise of this breakthrough in a new moral code of acceptance and tolerance. Most journalists are of course on a bus to hell, and eager to play their part in filling up all the seats. Only the baby is innocent in this farce. My heart goes out to it. ...Keygar!
Where I live, violence is exploding, lawlessness is growing, young males and females are flaunting themselves grossly in the media with no shame, and our politicians lie and cheat with no apology or even a sense of guilt. The experts have no answers except those they manufacture in front of the TV cameras on the spur of the moment, answers that shift the blame from the guilty to those who can't answer back or to impersonal causes such as upbringing or environment. We are surrounded by stumbling fools. Be careful you don't trip over one. ....Keygar
Life is largely a lottery really isn't it? We can't control who our parents are, where we are born, our appearance, our inherited genetic defects or many of our personality traits. So much we'd like to change but just cannot. One thing we CAN choose is how we'll be in the next life, assuming you believe in one. Get that choice right because after that, ...... Keygar!
I saw a car today and the rear window was plastered with "THERE IS NO GOD", WHO IS GOD" and "ATHEISM RULES" stickers all over it. There were more anti God stickers on the bumper. I was amazed. I mean, if you believe there is no God, why bother putting anti God stickers everywhere. It implies you are anti nothing. To me it was almost a cry for help by this car owner. They certainly need some. ...Keygar
Genesis 8:22 tells me "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease". That's hard to reconcile with an Australian politician's view I heard recently. He stated that in a few decades the planet would be uninhabitable and we'd all be "fried chips ready to go" as a result of man's overuse of the earth's energy resources. Sorry, but I'll believe the Bible any day over an Aussie pollie. ...Keygar
After a couple of ambulance rides, uncountable injections, hovering staring faces attached to busy hands and the incessant beeping of heart monitors over the last few days, I have a slightly corrected outlook on life today. One, our time here is so fragile and could end so quickly and unexpectedly. Two, so many people are so much worse off than me. Three, we must be ready to meet our Maker before our last breath whispers goodbye to our mortal body. Four, there are still many caring and lovely people about. Five, "Rapture Notes" is not quite finished yet. ...Keygar
I think God has just about finished giving the world over to it's desire to self destruct through rebellion towards it's Maker. As usual in Australia, leading this rebellion are "The GREENS", a political party devoid of morals and spiritual awareness. They are strongly pushing for men to be able to marry men, supported by as usual, Satan's media. Yes, is that a trumpet I can hear? ...Keygar
Where I live, violence is rampant. Bus drivers are refusing to travel certain routes because of attacks on their colleagues, and because large rocks are being thrown through their bus windows on a daily basis. Children are attacking other children and videoing it on their mobile phones to share with their mates. Police officers are assaulted almost every other day and the courts treat the offenders as the victims. Car drivers are ramming each other and assaulting fellow motorists over trivial incidents.
School teachers are now so regularly attacked by students they have called in the Police to help with the situation. The Bible says that when it's getting close to the end of this age, lawlessness will increase markedly and beyond what is normal. Well, we're not close to the end of this age, I think we have in fact arrived!
There's an unbelievable apathy in Australia when it comes to spiritual matters. This country has been blessed for so long it's simply unconsciously taken for granted. Very few visitors to this site are Australian. Here, the rapture is more understood to be the feeling one has with a belly full of beer, and when one's football team has won. Christian simply means boring, or a do gooder, or a church building.
Yes, Australians are tolerant and generally fair minded, and usually not out to create trouble for people, but that's no excuse for ignoring God and His sacrifice at the cross. It's a kind of blissful ignorance that prevails here, but as we all know, reality eventually prevails. That reality will take most Aussies by complete surprise, sadly.
Regular visitors to this site will have noticed a slowing in the number of articles posted. This is because there is simply only so much one can say on any given subject. Even the Bible is limited in size. The Lord God has said all that needs to be said and can be said, for man to know the answers to his biggest questions. The truth is therefore out there available to all who seek it. The fact is...... few do.
Recently whilst in hospital, I had time to think on how wonderfully put together the human body is. It is inconceivable to me that it evolved from a mud pool, or came together as a result of an explosion. I mean, really, I think one would have to be a cretin to believe that. It's like concluding that your mobile phone came into existence as a result of an explosion in an electronics store. I'm sorry evolutionists, but your theory is just plain DUMB! I must go now, my phone is ringing on its own.
In the past few days, I have come up against people who have seemed to be going out of their way to make life unpleasant for me. Their attitudes, ideas and actions can not upon examination, be seen to be founded on reason, fact or truth. They have a blind determination it would seem to simply try and cause me distress. Upon reflection, I have concluded that as the Bible says, often we wrestle not against flesh and blood, that is, normal human beings, but against Satan and his agents, be they demonic or human.
On such occasions we need to come against these entities IN JESUS NAME and send them packing. We Christians will often come under attack from Satan and his deluded followers, but we same Christians WILL ULTIMATELY WIN, with JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF being our secret weapon of mass destruction.
If it became law tomorrow that everyone had to be
homosexual, and the whole country turned "gay", and same sex marriage became
compulsory, the feral homosexuals who strike fear into the heart of morally
deformed politicians in Australia still would not be happy.
If Obama and Rudd are the best leaders that their countries
can offer, and if what's on the news each day is the best the papers and TV
stations can offer, and if what's going around in the way of entertainment is
the best that industry can offer, and if the explanations of why man is here and
where we are going by the worlds most so called illuminated minds are the best
they can offer, then my heart's just not in this world.
I have seen a world where children never die. I have seen a world where mothers never cry. I've seen all the soldiers burn their weapons and return to their own lands and I've seen streets that again were places filled with joyful happy sounds. I've seen peace and justice and safety throughout all the lands. I've seen this world after Jesus returns.
Sometimes when individuals or situations or problems get me
down, or pre-occupy my mind to a point where I'm feeling up against it, I take a
step back and remember how short and insignificant this life we have, really is.
There is a huge plan unfolding for mankind, that God is in control of, and the
most important thing is to contribute to that plan and be a part of it.
We've all had our own battles, some worse than others, some easier than others. We are all really helpless marbles in life's lottery. But in the end, God's handing out the prizes, and He'll make sure everyone is compensated the right amount and everything will be evened out. The last will be first and the first will be last. Can't wait.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wants to forcibly filter our internet here in Australia. This is one of those sugar coated poisoned apples. It is meant to appeal on the outside, that is, he tells us it's to protect our children. The poison takes effect later, when the filter is used for the purposes of those in power, to stifle free speech, opposing views, and liberty. Throw this bad apple back to Canberra, where it belongs with the other ones!
Poor foolish Ahmadinejad. He is the one who is doomed. Fancy challenging Yahweh and His people. Unremarkably there is a growing number of intellectually challenged and spiritually dead people in the western world who agree with Ahmadinejad about the Holocaust the Jewish people suffered through. Satan is alive and well, and recruiting fools by the thousands daily. This bloke who "leads" Iran is amongst his brightest apprentices.......Keygar!
Yesterday, I went to our local zoo. The variety and beauty of so many animals and birds made me realise that our God is so many things. Yes, He is almighty, powerful, everywhere and all knowing. But He is also a wonderful artist. His designs are beautiful and wonderfully thought out. Yes, heaven will truly be a stunning and awesome place to behold. If you are an arts lover, be sure not to miss out on your ticket to the greatest show ever.
Remember, you can only get a pass from one Person.
U.S.A. President Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize. Without wishing to offend any American visitors to this site, I can only
describe this occurrence as...
Thankyou for travelling with us folks. We're almost there. We know the road has been a little long and bumpy, but we're sure that what we have in store for you now, will more than make up for it. You are about to have the greatest experience in the history of mankind, one that will change you forever and one that will fulfil all of your dreams. As you get off the bus please present your ticket to the attendant.
Remember, your ticket must have "PAID IN FULL" written on
it, IN BLOOD, in order to enter, otherwise I'm afraid you will not be allowed to
A religion of peace? I'm fed up with political
I recently was in Hawaii. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to go there. It seemed like paradise in the TV shows set in Honolulu. Now, when I finally got there, it did indeed seem like the paradise I expected. Warm days and nights, gentle breezes, towering palm trees, the music from steel guitars wafting along Waikiki beach and much more.
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to go to heaven too. It
seemed like paradise from all the things I read in the Bible. It took a long
time to get to Hawaii, but I got there. It's taking a long time to get to
heaven, BUT I WILL GET THERE. It will be like a billion Hawaii's all rolled into
A few of my friends and relatives have recently died. Death always forces me to evaluate the worth of my life. NOTHING we accumulate through lust, greed, pride, envy, fame or reputation is worth a cow pat when we leave this earth. So why do we strive so hard for the wrong things, myself included. The answer of course is that our hearts are essentially wicked and selfish.
My resolution is to achieve more things of an eternal value. What's your resolution for next year?
As far as Christian websites go, Rapture Notes is insignificant. It's impact is in my estimation minimal and I have little evidence that it has been very effective at all. I believe that if it is going to be of any notable value, it will be AFTER the rapture, not before.
BUT...at least I'm having a go. I was inspired to start
this site by Todd Strandberg of RAPTURE READY. In Heaven, Todd will certainly
get a "well done". I'll hopefully get a "certificate for trying". What will you
The mind is the Devil's playground. Nearly all actions originate with a thought. Certainly most sinful ones do. One can spend a life time trying to stop doing a particular shameful or wrong act with no success, simply because we fail to stop the originating thought for that action IN OUR MIND FIRST.
Is this easy? No, but I believe it can be done the more we read the Bible and gain knowledge of how to defeat Satan and our own lusts by closing our mind off to wrong incoming thoughts that lead to wrong actions.
2 Timothy 3:1-4 says....
These are stressful times to be sure. We need to comfort
ourselves with the faith by which we were first saved by God's grace.
If you're a Christian, and you express your opinion on abortion or homosexuality in Europe or Canada.....LOOK OUT! The left wing liberals and the crooked politically correct politicians who need a spine transplant, will come after you.
But if you're a Muslim in one of these
countries, and you beat your wife or daughter for fraternising with a Christian,
then just put your feet up.
Often as Christians we feel a total failure. We feel as though we just let God down time and time again. How could God possibly forgive us "again"? We feel frustrated, unworthy and insecure.
Satan loves it when we beat ourselves around the head with our mistakes, because then we lose our joy and our effectiveness. Remember, that why Jesus came, because we are human. Our sins ARE forgiven. There's no need for the ongoing guilt trip.
As the song says, we need to just "pick ourselves up, dust our selves off, and start all over again", ....with a smile :)
Those of us who are accused of being narrow minded are
simply believers who pursue the true Word of God. We like to hear about God and
the Bible with no man derived nonsense added. We want to avoid the latest fads
in the contemporary church that are feel good centres. We are not interested in
the dollar or attendance numbers. As a result, we are called some pretty nasty
Christians should assert that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital
and that Jerusalem shouldn’t be divided.
Patience is a hard thing to incorporate into our daily
lives. We want everything NOW.
See what I mean :)
It amazes me how America has turned on Israel. Has Obama
completely abandoned morals in favour of oil, appeasement and globalism? At
least here in Australia most favour the under dog, who here is seen as
If Easter prompts a Christian to remember the death and resurrection of Christ and be grateful for it, that's a good thing eh? Who cares whether its the actual date of Christ's death or not. If non Christians wanna give eggs and whatever let em. But I think if we remember the core reasons of what Easter is about, that's all that matters. God sees each persons heart at Easter, not what date it is or whether chocolate sales go up.
All He cares about
is the heart. I think Christians who criticize others for celebrating Easter and
giving a chocolate egg to their kids are legalistic and narrow minded. They'd be
better off doing something that in fact reminded people of the death and
resurrection of Jesus at Easter, that is, use Easter to be a witness rather than
The Bible tells us that thousands of years ago God created the animals and then man, and it was very good! Evolutionists still search for the missing link and they must find one, because otherwise they must the God of the Bible and they don’t want to have to answer to Him. The Darwinist are trying to make a monkeys out of us, and I for one will not succumb to their ridiculous assertions!
When I was a little boy, we Australians used to think of America as a sort of imaginary wonderland. A place not far removed from Heaven itself. America carried off our imaginings on a whirlwind of wonder, amazement and even envy. It was a land far too good and wonderful for us to ever even hope to emulate or visit.
Now it is somehow shameful, soiled and uncovered. It's like
discovering your sweetheart has been sleeping around. It's heartbreaking. It's a
The sceptic asks, where is the promise of Jesus's coming,
for all things continue as they always have? As I see it, based on my
world-view, we're seeing the birth pangs of the end. It appears, from where I'm
sitting, that prophetic events are indeed accelerating. Only time will tell for
sure, however I believe we are seeing signs warning us that what is coming upon
the earth soon...
THE great fraud has been found out, and Australia saved -
for now - from the biggest of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's follies. Following is
the worst lie that Kevin Rudd, perhaps our most deceitful Prime Minister ever,
once told about global warming and his Emissions Trading Scheme.....
Sometimes, I wonder if there really is a God. So much misery abounds. Everyone seems to lie and distort in in order to gain an advantage for themselves. At every turn, someone is trying to extract my last dollar from me. Personally, I am lied about, treated as unimportant, lied to, harassed and bullied.
Come to think about it, that's what swings me back to my faith in God. He simply has to be there. There has to be an explanation for mankind's miserable existence. There has to be something better. The BIBLE provides all the answers. Yes there is a God.
Occasional doubt is normal, but believing there is no God is folly.
"In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my
limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is
no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of
What a mess!! This world is crumbling. Honest
leaders...where? Integrity...where? Love for fellow man...where?
When the rapture occurs, the information on this site will be eagerly sought after. If after, or before that time, you would like to do something constructive for the Lord, please consider either mirroring this site, or downloading it onto a DVD disc for distribution.
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Pornography distorts a person’s natural affection for fellow human beings. It gradually reduces normal innocent affection to a darker and more selfish desire to use and control others. Cigarette packets come with a warning that smoking is harmful to your health. Pornography should come with a warning that exposure to it is harmful to a person's emotional, spiritual and sexual health.
You can lead a Christian to the bible, but you can't make them learn from it. Many Christians are saved and that's about as far as they get. They don't live much differently to the world. They don't achieve much for God's kingdom. They don't spread much "light" or "salt" around. They are pretty much selfish Christians. Why do I say that?
Because they are happy to take the free gift of salvation but too self centred to give anything back to God in return. Sure they are saved, but their eternal bank account will have little in it. How's your heavenly retirement looking?
In Australia, our Prime Minister has been dumped and we now
have our first woman leader. The Opposition party has had about three different
leaders in the last year or so. With each change of leadership comes new hope of
things being put right, of integrity finally being unearthed, of morality being
brought back into Public office, and of the best interests of the people being
catered to for a change.
But soon a new leader will burst onto the scene. He'll stand no more nonsense, he'll champion the downtrodden, right the wrongs, give everyone a fair go, punish the wicked and reward the good. His name is Yeshua. Then the cycle will finally stop.
I receive lots of emails from so called Christians who are semi-literate, foul mouthed, bad mannered and just downright rude when they disagree with some opinions expressed on Rapture Notes. Be careful of such people, as they do much damage to Christendom as they tear down, discourage and contribute nothing to Christ's work on earth.
I don't believe they are even Christians usually, but put
there by "the other side" to try and negate those who are genuinely trying to
forward an understanding of God's word.
In parts of Australia there are worries about the growth of the Muslim community, the pressure not to criticise the aggression sections of it displays, and the simultaneous onslaught upon Australian values by the likes of Muslim cleric, Sheik Hilaly. Voters are stating unequivocally that they have seen through all the spin about multiculturalism, all the false arguments about the alleged economic advantages of mass immigration, and all the bullying and name-calling about racism.
The silent majority of sensible people in Australia and Britain have had enough of the immigration based emotional blackmail foisted on them by politicians and senseless do-gooders, and if politicians want to retain power, they'd better listen to that silent majority, and NOW!!
We have just moved house. What a nightmare. We packed for three weeks and were totally exhausted. We had to give our dog away. The removal truck was late. It was pouring with rain while they were shifting the furniture. They ripped our leather sofa. When we got to our new place, the internet wasn't working. We had so much stuff it wouldn't all fit in the house which is smaller, so we had to give a lot of things away at a considerable loss. There were no power points where we needed them and no phone points where we needed them etc etc. Mind you, we love our new little house, don't get me wrong.
But it made me think of a wonderfully smooth move coming soon. A MOVE UPWARDS. There'll be no problems at all, just sheer pleasure and delight and joy. No complications, just .....WOW!!!
I recommend you move with us, you'll be so glad you did :)
Generosity produces prosperity. Not tithing. Not giving to a television evangelist out of cheap hope or fear. Not repeating certain verses from the bible. Not claiming so called promises and Not saying a particular prayer. Generosity is the key. Giving is proof we believe God has endless resources and we trust Him to help us according to our needs .
Meanness is a sign we don’t trust Him so we keep everything we get.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Cor. 9:6,8)
Some may try to impress God with their holiness, but I just try to live temperately within God's guidelines, and be impressed with His holiness.
There are two supernatural forces pulling at the lives of every human being on planet earth. The first force is benevolent, the God of Israel, and the other is malevolent, Satan. They are directly opposed to each other and each person is caught between the two as the battle for their souls, talents, time and usefulness rages. If we could be more aware of this fact, more would become Christians, and those that are already Christians, would be far more effective.
Some Christians enjoy judging other Christians based on many criteria. Who they are seen with, where they are seen, if they drink alcoholic drinks, what music they listen to, what clothes they wear, how long their hair is, whether or not they buy lotto tickets, if they smoke cigarettes and on and on and on. Well if you're that kind of Christian, you are obviously superior and I dip my hat to you.
Personally, I just try to live modestly and temperately according to God's guidelines as set out in the Bible, and let Him be my assessor.
Well, the Australian people have voted and put control of it's ultimate legislation passing senate in the control of "The Greens" whose homosexual leader is Bob Brown. This means Australia is now in effect under the direction of a party that wants same sex marriage legalised and the homosexual agenda pushed like never before, not to mention a whole raft of other anti Christian policies that it's pushing. In effect, Australia today began taking a deliberate swing aimed squarely at God's face.
I am bracing myself for that moment when God catches Australia's hand just before it hits Him, and then lands His own finishing blow against us. Like the recipients of most "king hits", those Australians that brought this about will then say "duh, where did that come from", presuming they can still speak that is.
Some times I feel God is such a long way away. The closeness and sense of the Holy Spirit seem to evaporate like a melting mist in the morning sun. I feel panicky, a little like a child lost in a shopping centre. Now I just dig in, and be patient during these times.
The reason is, I have learned from experience that often it is at these times that God is preparing a new course, or a new vision or a new door for me to go through. So if you're feeling a little lost at the moment, don't be afraid, rather get excited, because a fresh adventure may soon overtake you, that closeness will return, and your joy will be again be full.
Just a thought ...... Keygar!
If you say there should be a two state solution in the middle east, then you're against God. If you say Israel should give up land and allow a Palestinian state, you're against God. If you are pro Palestinian in attitude then you are anti Israel, which makes you against God.
If you are against God, you lose.
I always give the names of writers whose articles are featured on this web site where I know them. This week, I was contacted by the author of an article on RAPTURENOTES. He was annoyed that I hadn't given his name as the author and that people were finding his article on my site rather than his.
His attitude reminded me of the man in the bible (Matthew 6:5) who prayed loudly so everyone could hear him, and Jesus said that man had already received his reward and praise by bringing attention to himself.
Any thing we achieve for God with an attitude of pride and self glory, we have already received our reward for. Don't expect any more thanks in Heaven.
Now and then I get a bit depressed with the state of the world, specially when politicians get elected who I KNOW are bad for the people and their countries, which they so miserably lead. It is very frustrating when for decades you have seen the predictable results from ill conceived decisions happen without fail, yet those foolish decisions continue to be made.
That is when I must reassess and refresh, realising that "GOD IS in charge and His plans WILL be fulfilled and foolishness WILL eventually be done away with.
This week I have been quite ill. It began with a hacking cough all night, followed by a raging fever and a severe headache. Several days later my chest was very sore and then I developed an inflamed throat that made me feel as though I was eating broken glass each time I swallowed. All these symptoms were overseen by constantly aching limbs and chronic fatigue. Truly a fun week no?
In Heaven with Jesus there will never be a moments illness. Take the day you felt the very best here on earth and multiply it a thousand times and you get some idea of how we'll feel forever and ever. And no waiting hours in doctor's surgeries and taking out loans for the medications, (they actually have to do that in some countries you know).
Suddenly..........., I'm feeling much better!
You can blaspheme the name of Jesus every five minutes, burn Bibles, rubbish Christian opposition to homosexuality and abortion, remove Christian instruction from schools, ban praying in Jesus name in public, and generally attack Christianity from any angle and get applauded by the media or met with complete indifference.
But mention burning a Quran, or voice opposition to another mosque being built, or question Obama's origins, or quote Islamic beliefs that promote violence on non believers, or express concern at the power a minority of homosexual activists have, or disagree with same sex marriage, and everyone from the man in the street to the media either looks disdainfully at you or violently denounces you and even on occasion tries to have you put away.
It is so bizarre there seems to be no sense to it. But look deeper and the cause of this odd behaviour comes clearly into view......
Recently someone told me "But I don't feel saved, so how can I be sure I am?" Well, I guess if you had cancer and your doctor treated you for it, and then after several months the same doctor said to you "You are cured, there is no more cancer present, go and enjoy life", I doubt you would go and sit on the edge of your bed and refuse to go outside until you felt cured. More likely, you would shout with joy and go out and get your friends and really whoop it up.
The bible says, "If you declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He rose from the dead, then you are saved". Would you believe God less than a doctor? So ......... are you looking for your bed, or are you ready to party?
I have recently been watching a television series on wars and famous battles this century. Now, in hindsight, it appears unexpected victory after unexpected victory eventually resulted in a political and social set of circumstances under which the nation of Israel was able to be reborn after 2000 years of extinction.
It could have so easily been so different, and no Israel would ever have existed again. God used every war and battle and general to bring about His purposes and fulfil the prophecies concerning Israel recorded in the bible..........
Why do people need "beads" to pray? If my own children only
spoke to me whilst fingering beads and saying pre-determined
repetitive phrases, I'd be hurt, confused and downright annoyed.
"Come to the point!", I'd yell. Why would our heavenly
Father want us to speak to Him using beads. It's nonsense in my
opinion and an insult to God our Father.
Last week my uncle passed away. This week my father journeyed over into Glory. Both men believed in Jesus Christ for their salvation and passed that faith and belief on to their loved ones. Thus, both men were a blessing to this earth because they were salt and light to the world, (Matthew 5:13-16).
Time is so short for this life as we know it, that I am determined to follow their example and spread the word that through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, anyone can be saved, and that they also can be carried by the angels into Heaven when their life here on earth draws to an end.
Are we salt or poison? Are we a light to others or a blanket of darkness. These are critical questions to ask ourselves.
Just a thought ..... Keygar!
This week a favourite Uncle of mine passed away. There was sadness in the hospital room of course as we awaited his leaving us, but also a tangible sense of his nearness to entering the presence of Jesus Christ whom he loved with a deep conviction for most of his life.
It was not a hope, or wishful thinking that pervaded the room, but a surety felt only when truly born again Christians gather together. I weep for those who will never experience it because of proud and hardened hearts.
See you soon Uncle!!