Archive for September, 2013


The Road Back to the Sabbath (An Infographic)

The Road Back to the Sabbath (An Infographic)

Why do Christians go to church on Sunday instead of Saturday, like Jesus did? What would Jesus do today? The “Road Back to the Sabbath” infographic examines intriguing Bible passages and Sabbath history to answer these questions and more. It’s all designed to get you thinking more deeply about a Bible subject that you might just be taking for granted …

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The Road Back to the Sabbath


A militant group linked to Al-Qaeda took responsibility for an attack on a mall in an upscale district of Nairobi, Kenya that lasted four days. At least sixty-one civilians, six Kenyan Special Forces soldiers, and five of the attackers were killed, and approximately 175 civilians and soldiers were injured. The death toll may still rise once a collapsed section of the mall is cleared.

The fifteen gunmen (apparently including one woman) with AK-47s and other sophisticated weapons are believed to be based in Somalia and were targeting non-Muslim Kenyans and Westerners in the area.

The gunmen entered the Westgate Mall and tossed grenades and opened fire on panicked shoppers. The gunman asked Muslims to leave before opening fire. “They came and said: ‘If you are Muslim, stand up. We’ve come to rescue you,” said one witness. They quizzed them to determine if they were really Muslim. The Muslims left with their hands up, and then the gunmen began shooting.

The militant group has carried out attacks on Kenyans near the border of Somalia and has been blamed for church bombings there. The group vowed to attack Nairobi two years ago after Kenya sent troops and bombers into Somalia to get control of the border situation.

Many United Nations workers and other expatriate Westerners live near the mall, which has a lot of Western brand-name stores. There are also a lot of Western hotels in the area. The mall has light security, which is no match for the gunmen.

Ironically, Kenya was celebrating the International Day of Peace when the attack took place.

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3

The senseless violence brings to mind the words of Jesus who said the conditions of the antediluvian world just before the flood would be repeated before the second coming.

“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” Genesis 6:11-13

39 die in Kenya mall siege; hostages still held

Nairobi Westgate shoot-out kills 11 in Kenya

Westgate shopping mall shooting

Is There Anything Left You Can Trust?
22,223 Reads
 Lesson #1
In these morally challenged times – when billions are embezzled through corporate fraud when trusted, spiritual leaders prove false when lying in politics seems to be the norm when those you depend on the most often hurt you the deepest – is there anything left you can trust? Yes! You can fully trust the Bible! Why? Just take a look at the evidence… …

The Ultimate Deliverance
8,093 Reads
 Lesson #8
It’s no fairytale – one day, you can be free from all the hurt, hunger, aloneness, crime, and chaos infecting the world today. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? But it’s not going to be some charismatic earthly leader who’s going to deliver you… no, He’s much more superior than that! Jesus is coming soon, but there is a lot of popular misconceptions regarding just how He’s coming. So take a few mi…


Prophetic Intelligence Briefings

Pope Francis recently granted a papal audience to the Prime Minister of Lithuania, Algirdas Butkevičius. The two men discussed the “contributions of the Catholic Church in the social and educational fields in Lithuania.” They also discussed “improving awareness of spiritual values.” They also discussed “European matters of mutual interest,” and the need to bring peace to the Middle East.

As is customary, the Prime Minister met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

“European matters of mutual interest,” sounds innocuous enough. But, no doubt the discussions were aimed at instructing the Lithuanian Prime Minister in the aims of the Papacy in increasing her influence both in Lithuania and in the European Union. The European Union is a project designed to restore the ancient papal patrimony known as the Holy Roman Empire.

“With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” Revelation 17:2

Pope Meets with Prime Minister of Lithuania

The Other Woman
5,916 Reads
 Lesson #22
Every marriage must rely on trust – and likewise in our union with Christ, we must remain faithful to Him and His Word. Revelation speaks about the true bride of Christ, but there is another woman who is trying to seduce believers away from God’s Word. Revelation contains a shocking message about Babylon, the other woman. Babylon is fallen, and Christ’s people must escape her charms or perish! Thu…

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The Bride of Christ
7,291 Reads
 Lesson #23
The Bible says there is but one body, or church, into which Jesus calls His end-time people – the bride of Christ. To some, this is unnerving, as there are thousands of different churches today that call themselves Christian. Virtually every one claims to be God’s church, yet they each differ widely in biblical interpretation, faith, and practice. It’s quite impossible for the honest seeker of t…


On September 17, 2013 Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old civilian U.S. Navy IT contractor entered the Navy Shipyard in Washington DC and began killing people with a shotgun, 9mm pistol and a AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Thirteen people died including Alexis (killed by a police officer) and three others were injured in the melee. Five others were injured from other causes than gunfire. He had a secret security clearance and could get access to the base unchallenged.

Alexis was born and raised in Queens, New York. Friends, family, police and military officials say he had an anger management problem. He was also practicing Buddhism, but was always afraid someone was trying to hurt him. His father said he was in New York City on 9-11 and helped with rescue operations. He had apparently been treated Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after the 2001 attacks. More recently,
he was treated at the Veterans Administration for paranoia, insomnia and possible schizophrenia. He had not been declared mentally ill by a judge, so he was still eligible to purchase weapons and maintain his Navy security clearance.

Alexis was addicted to violent video games, such as the popular Call of Duty, and World of Warcraft, which give the gamer realistic opportunity to kill in first person. He sometimes played more than 18 hours a day. His obsession with the video games triggered his dark side and landed him in trouble with police on gun crimes a few times. He also had a drinking problem described as “hard core” by one of his friends.

Alexis complained recently of hearing voices from the ceiling in his hotel room. He also claimed that these voices were trying to penetrate his body with vibrations from a “microwave machine” to prevent him from sleeping. This condition is called paranoia, but it could well have been much more. A mind without Christ is under the control of Satan.

“Despite run-ins with the law, including firearms incidents, Alexis did not need a waiver to enlist in the Navy Reserves in 2007. His commanders noted a “pattern of misconduct” while serving, though none of it rose to the level of court martial. He was honorably discharged.

Many advocates of violent video games deny that they change personality or behavior of their participants. But their claims don’t support the evidence.

Researchers and psychologists say in multiple studies involving over 130,000 participants around the world, show that “violent video games increase aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological arousal (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure), and aggressive behavior. Violent games also decrease helping behavior and feelings of empathy for others. The effects occurred for males and females of all ages, regardless of what country they lived in.

In one study “typical college students who played violent video games for 20 minutes at a time for three consecutive days showed increasingly higher levels of aggressive behavior each day they played. If that’s what happens to typical college students, how might someone like Alexis react to playing for 18 straight hours? What if he does this for months or years?”

Adam Lanza, the killer of 26 children at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, was actively involved in first-person shooting games. And these are not the only examples.

Researchers also noted that players of violent video games were more accurate than others when firing a realistic gun at a mannequin and were more likely to aim for and hit the head. This is an inconvenient fact that advocates of violent video games don’t like to talk about.

It is a law both of the intellectual and the spiritual nature that by beholding we become changed. The mind gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is allowed to dwell. The Great Controversy, Page 555

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12

Is There Anything Left You Can Trust?
21,693 Reads
 Lesson #1
In these morally challenged times – when billions are embezzled through corporate fraud when trusted, spiritual leaders prove false when lying in politics seems to be the norm when those you depend on the most often hurt you the deepest – is there anything left you can trust? Yes! You can fully trust the Bible! Why? Just take a look at the evidence… …

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Did God Create the Devil?
19,406 Reads
 Lesson #2
Most people in the world are being deceived by an evil genius bent on destroying their lives – a brilliant mastermind called the devil, or Satan. But this dark prince is much more than what you might think… many say he’s just a devious mythical figure, but the Bible says he’s very real, and he’s deceiving families, churches, and even nations to increase sorrow and pain. Here are the Bible’s am…

Navy Yard shooter reported hearing voices through walls

Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis heard ‘voices in head’ after playing violent video games up to 18 hours a day

Do violent video games play a role in shootings?


Fifteen US Cities had over 100 Murders in 2012, Chicago had 500!! (September 2013)

“The FBI has released its CRIME in the United States 2012 report, featuring the official crime stats nationwide for 2012. Chicago led the nation with 500 murders, 81 more than the runner up, New York City, whose population is more than three times larger than the Windy City. Fifteen cities logged more than 100 murders in 2012, with Chicago, New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Houston leading the pack with more than 200 murders each.”

Jesus said that in the last days the “love of many would wax cold” (Matthew 24). Friends, it’s time to leave the cities, as things are soon to get a LOT worse. Especially when the mark of the beast is enforced. And these are not the kind of places that God wants His children to grow up in.

Did God Create the Devil?
19,216 Reads
 Lesson #2  
Most people in the world are being deceived by an evil genius bent on destroying their lives – a brilliant mastermind called the devil, or Satan. But this dark prince is much more than what you might think… many say he’s just a devious mythical figure, but the Bible says he’s very real, and he’s deceiving families, churches, and even nations to increase sorrow and pain. Here are the Bible’s am…

The Ultimate Deliverance
7,815 Reads
 Lesson #8  
It’s no fairytale – one day, you can be free from all the hurt, hunger, aloneness, crime, and chaos infecting the world today. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? But it’s not going to be some charismatic earthly leader who’s going to deliver you… no, He’s much more superior than that! Jesus is coming soon, but there is a lot of popular misconceptions regarding just how He’s coming. So take a few mi…

Israel Increasingly in EU Orbit

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Israel Increasingly in EU Orbit · September 18, 2013

Israel recently signed an agreement with Greece and Cyprus that will link the three countries’ electricity grids via a 2000-mega-watt underwater cable. By doing this, energy will also be exported from Israel to the European continent. But cooperation on electricity is not the only collaboration tightening the relationship between the three nations, two of which are members of the European Union. The new agreement expands an existing partnership. For instance, Israeli companies previously established four desalination plants in Cyprus.

The new agreement also involves natural gas and water control and security issues including a cooperative project for sewage treatment and water recycling. The three countries will work together in a security arrangement to protect natural gas fields in the Mediterranean contested by Turkey.

Why is Israel snuggling up to the European Union? Turkey sees Israel’s partnership with Cyprus on natural gas as an affront. Turkey has challenged Cyprus over some of the gas fields it claims as its own, and has even threatened military intervention. Jerusalem improved its relationship with Cyprus and Greece as its relationship with Turkey soured in recent times with the rise of a more Islamist government. Israel needs the European Union for national security purposes.

But there is a deeper reason for the energy accord. Germany and the European Union have been aggressively maneuvering to secure and control the energy sources of the continent. This agreement on energy is one piece of the puzzle. Greece and Cyprus have each been rescued by German engineered bailouts, and now these subjugated vassal states will start supplying energy to the European Union through their partnership with Israel.

For its part, Israel wants to give all the help it can to the European Union or its member states, particularly in the key energy sector and other natural resources so that it can secure help from the EU on defense issues. If the European Union has a reasonably strong reliance on Israel for energy, threats to Israel will become threats to the European Union.

But there is still another side to this development. The agreement claims to provide economic development and security. However, drawing closer together in cooperation will also strengthen the influence and control of the Vatican-guided and German-dominated European Union. Giving the European Union more control over Israel or its resources will bring Israel into the orbit of the resurrected Holy Roman Empire. The prophetic little horn is rising and strengthening to the south and east. Giving the EU its natural resources brings Israel under the influence of the Vatican, which is the spiritual power behind the European Union.

“And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.” Daniel 8:9

Israel, Greece, Cyprus sign energy and water deal

Who is the Antichrist?
25,139 Reads
 Lesson #15
Who, or what, is the Antichrist? Evil alliance, or sinister individual? Some say his appearance is still in the future. Others say he appeared long ago in the days of ancient Rome. But the Bible indicates that he is alive today! The Bible prophecies teach this antichrist power will play a crucial role in the final events of earth’s history. Do you know who he is? Are you sure? You need to be, …


Boulder, Colorado (CNN) — “Mother Nature is not cooperating.”

That was the message Sunday from frustrated authorities battling even more bad weather in flood-hit Colorado.

Heavy clouds and rain grounded helicopters, slowing the search for the nearly 500 people who remain unaccounted for. Authorities fear as many as six may be dead.

“Mother Nature is not cooperating with us today, and currently we are not flying. But tomorrow if we get that window of opportunity, which is sounds like we might get, we have the horsepower to hit it hard,” incident commander Shane Del Grosso told reporters.

Up to 1,000 people are waiting to be evacuated, he said.

In the meantime, authorities are looking for opportunities to get in by ground and planning their next steps.

But they are waiting for their break.

“We need a change in the weather pattern … to really go after what needs to be done out there,” Del Grosso said.

 National Guard evacuates flood victims
‘A river outside our door’

All things considered, Tim Ferenc and Kerry Cerelli consider themselves lucky.

The Boulder couple woke up early one morning last week to a rushing river.

“We heard what sounded like strong wind or a river outside our door,” she said. Video he shot showed water running right around their house.

In case they couldn’t later, they decided to evacuate.

“It’s funny the things you think are important. In that moment, it was our dog, I grabbed my birth certificate, and a couple of our stuffed animals from our childhood, and that was the only thing that seemed important at the moment — just us and a couple of sweet things,” said Cerelli.

The outside of their home is a mess, but the structure itself is in pretty good shape, Ferenc said.

Others weren’t so lucky.

According to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, the floods have destroyed 1,502 residential structures and damaged 17,494.

They have also been blamed for as many as six deaths, counting two people presumed to have been killed.

The four confirmed deaths include a man and a woman, both 19, who were swept away after leaving their car Thursday in Boulder County. Authorities said the woman left the car first, and the man jumped out to try to save her.

Another body was found in a collapsed home in Jamestown in the same county. Rescuers recovered a fourth body on a roadway in Colorado Springs in El Paso County.

Those presumed dead include a 60-year-old woman and an 80-year-old woman, both in Larimer County.

Witnesses saw the younger woman swept away by floodwater that demolished her house. The older woman suffered injuries and was unable to leave her home.

An additional 482 people remained unaccounted for in Larimer County and 318 in Boulder County. Authorities believe most or all of those people are safe but simply out of touch with relatives or officers who found their homes empty.

“They are taking this stuff back’

Despite the devastation, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith told reporters Sunday that some of what he’s seen has restored his hope.

The roads and homes might be gone, he said, but “inch by inch, mile by mile, community by community, they are taking this stuff back.”

Smith spoke of firefighters who pulled signs out of the mud and residents using their ATVs to rescue neighbors.

He recalled “hearty people” who didn’t wait for officials to reach them but who are “finding roads out.” He said he’d heard reports of people hiking out of canyons.

In recent days, rescues in hard-to-reach areas have taken extraordinary measures. On Saturday a Chinook helicopter piloted by the Colorado National Guard picked up 78 children who got stranded while on a field trip.

Smith’s hopeful tone was echoed by Boulder native Jake Koplen. His family nearly evacuated as floodwater surrounded his home. He snapped photos of the scene and posted them to CNN’s iReport.

Now his family is beginning the slow work of cleaning up. But they won’t do it alone. Koplen says his phone has been ringing non-stop with offers of food and assistance.

Still, authorities worry that any additional water on ground that’s already soaked by up to 15 inches of rain will cause more flooding and dislodge mud and debris.

Smith said he couldn’t begin to estimate the scope of the damage. “I’ve known these areas for 25 years,” he said “I don’t recognize some of them.”

Damage worth millions

Boulder County alone will need an estimated $150 million to repair 100 to 150 miles of roadway and 20 to 30 bridges, county transportation director George Gerstle said. The repair bill will be “10 to 15 times our annual budget,” he said.

A helicopter surveillance mission Saturday carrying Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and members of Colorado’s congressional delegation was diverted twice to pick up people waving to be rescued.

After the officials’ delayed arrival at a Boulder airport, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall promised a bipartisan push in Congress for federal aid for flood recovery.

President Barack Obama signed a major disaster declaration for Colorado on Sunday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Boulder County.

Hickenlooper said he spoke by phone with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who “was adamant that the $5 million that was released Friday was just the beginning” of federal assistance.

“We’re going to come back and rebuild better than it was before,” the governor said.

How to help

Already some are doing their own math. Barb Vacek doesn’t know the dollar amount but she’s taken stock of the emotional cost.

Her family is exhausted, their home and many of their mementos, gone. “I did lose my family slides from my parents who are deceased,” she said. “I was the person entrusted with them, so my childhood is wiped out.”

Right now, she says, her guilt outweighs her grief.

Man has no answer why these calamities are happening the Bible is very clear what will happen before Jesus second coming. Earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, etc. are increasing at an unprecedented rate. One-third of the people of the world are hungry, and thousands die daily of starvation. All these things are further proof that we live in earth’s last hour. “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences.” Luke 21:11.

“While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, [Satan] will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation. Even now he is at work. In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power… These visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous. Destruction will be upon both man and beast.” Great Controversy, page 589-590

The Ultimate Deliverance
7,595 Reads
 Lesson #8
It’s no fairytale – one day, you can be free from all the hurt, hunger, aloneness, crime, and chaos infecting the world today. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? But it’s not going to be some charismatic earthly leader who’s going to deliver you… no, He’s much more superior than that! Jesus is coming soon, but there is a lot of popular misconceptions regarding just how He’s coming. So take a few mi…