Saturday, August 27, 2016

Are You Able to Learn, Unlearn and Relearn? Do You Need All The Answers?

Powerful, Knowledgeable Women Are Not Welcome Nor Are Pesky Kids

Armstrongism has always had an issue with strong women.  Highly educated women were not the ideal for Ambassador College or the church.  Women were to be subservient to all men.  Women came to Ambassador with the assumption they would marry ministerial candidates at graduation and head off to serve in a field church planning potlucks and sewing circles.  Forget ever leading a bible study with other women!

Tom Mahon has been on rant for several years now on how awful he sees the the state of the church that it is in all because of "hireling" ministers.  He has the true answers to set the church back on track.  Just like Malm and Thiel.

He also is getting tired of rebellious children and wild women ruling men.  Women must know their place and children seen, but not heard.

The prophet Isaiah was inspired to write: "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them"(Isa.3:12). He wasn't inspired to write that as a blessing to the nation but a curse. Today, unless all people have been struck by supernatural blindness, they cannot fail to see that a generation of young people have arisen, who cannot keep their own property nor allow others to keep theirs, and who have abandon all sense of decency and good behaviour. So, children indeed have become the oppressors of the elderly, who are afraid to go out day or night.
The prophet goes on to say: "and women rule over them." That prophecy has also been fulfilled. For today, in almost every home on earth, women rule over men; and that is shockingly true even in so-called Christian homes, where the wife is commanded by God to be obedient to her husband. But when we turn to the media and politics, we see women dominating TV and radio, pontificating lots of vacuous opinions, and running for the high office of president and Prime Minister, Yet, the Apostle Paul, lovely called by his Lord and master, "A Chosen Vessel," was inspired to write:"I suffer not( that is, I permit not) a women to teach, nor usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence"(1 Tim.2:12). Then he added: "For Adam was first form, then Eve." The narrative continues thus: "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."  
What does that mean? It means that women are more susceptible to deception than men, and therefore should not be in authority. Yet, In Pentecostal, Baptist and other false churches, women are permitted to teach and exercise authority over men, despite the fact that God forbids it. Now we have babes ruling countries or aspiring to high office. And God allowed this because the world has turned away from him. The Oppression of Children and the Rule of Women.

The date that Christ is to return on has been finalized

It's Time Church of God, has set forth the true and final time table for the return of Jesus Christ.  How many of these people will the COG members have to listen to till they wake up and realize they are being lied to? Dave Pack is a liar, Rod Meredith is a lair, Bob Thiel is a lair, James Malm is a lair, Gerald Flurry is a liar...on and on the list goes.  Self appointed false prophets deceiving the sincere members.  Will we also hear this COG catch-phrase at the end of 2020: "The church was not ready.  Christ has delayed his coming."
Tribulation timeline
We know that in order for Christ to be in the grave 3 days and nights, He was killed on a Wednesday. The only year during the time frame of His ministry that has a Wednesday Passover with the corresponding moon, is 30 A.D. 
In our near future, again, the only year that parallels 30 A.D. is the year 2020.  
The two witnesses will be killed on Wednesday April 8, 2020, and 3 days later, April 11, Christ returns. 
Let's, for the time being, just see how the other prophetic times match up.The span from the Feast of Trumpets in 2016, to the day of Christ's return is 1290 days, thus fulfilling the Daniel 12:11prophecy. 
30 days later, (Hosea 5:7) Jerusalem is taken and the witnesses start judging the nations, hence the fulfillment of the 1260 day prophecy of Revelation 11:3. 
The last prophecy relating to those days is found in Daniel 12:12, that being: "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days." It is exactly 1335 days from the Feast of Trumpets in 2016 to the day of Pentecost in 2020. 
Like Daniel 12:12, we find in Luke 24:49 where Christ told the disciples to "tarry" which means "wait" "until ye be endued with power from on high", which happened on the day of Pentecost. 
The 144,000 from Revelation 7:4 will have been taught during the 3.5 years and just like the original Apostles, they tarry until Pentecost when they too will be given the Holy Spirit. Following exactly the pattern set forth by Christ and the Apostles. 
The time spans between the Holy Days of 2016 and 2020 are the only years in which they match perfectly with the times dictated by prophecy.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cognitive Dissonance

In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time; performs an action that is contradictory to one or more beliefs, ideas, or values; or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.

The fact is that the Old Testament God is indeed a jealous God, full of wrath and short mercy, compassion and not a God given to "Come let us reason together."

In the original intent YHVH is quoted as "You shall not bring any other gods into my presence, for I the Lord YOUR God am a jealous God."  No one then believed there was just one god, just superior and inferior ones as they competed for top god.  Today we say, "Well , ahem...OF COURSE, there is no other God", but to them, there were plenty. 

Did these events actually happen?  Probably not as written with the Scribes and Priests of Israel giving themselves a great conquering pedigree in written form to advance their status and exaggerating beyond measure.  Men do that.  

Here are the statistics.

 How many did God kill in the Bible?
  •                                                 2,821,364
How many did Satan Kill?

  ( In Job) and even these he shares with God, since God allowed him to do it as a part of a bet. 
Even as a child in the Presbyterian Church constructing "Temples in the Wilderness"  and models out of shoe boxes and hearing these stories in Sunday School, it all  seemed beyond the pale and confusing as to why all these were good stories and what was the point for us?  Some of them were dismissed as merely "Earthly stories with Heavenly meanings."  I took that, as a child, to mean, "Don't screw with God."  Jesus was taught to be the solution to just about everything in the Old Testament and while his Father slew children in ways too horrible to imagine, Jesus advised the disciples to let them "Come unto me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."  Quite a contrast and relief for sure.  Perhaps he only meant Jewish children. 
Yet the stories are horrific. The amount of condoned killing in the name of religion should give one pause as to the cultic nature of the stories, the people and the Book. 
As a child it ALWAYS left me wondering just what kind  of a God is this and why I am I supposed to feel good about it and hold it all as sacred text. 

It might be easier to accept if we could leave it all behind in the OT and move on to the New. Sad to say, the Book of Revelation reveals a Jesus unlike Gospel Jesus, who shows all the signs of having not fallen far from the tree and is embraced far more often and with far more enthusiasm in the Churches of God as everyone but them getting what they deserve.  From the hymns they sing to the sermons they hear, "Blessed are the merciful" Gospel Jesus is a mere shadow compared to the powerful and Rod of Iron wielding Christ of Revelation. 
Recall how you could rarely if ever find any Jesus in the Church's Sabbath School Lessons.  
And so they are to this day
It's a shame to not live the life you actually have for one the cultic minded and theologically challenged one man show types imagine for you....send it in.