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Monday, June 29, 2009

The WHY of Creation / Part 3: Theory vs. Experience

In part 1 and part 2 of this series we concluded that:

  1. God the Father is an invisible being because He is immaterial; He is Intelligence and Energy but not a corporeal being.
  2. One of the reasons for material creation was to make manifest, make visible the invisible God through his material creation. (Romans 1:20)
  3. However, the main reason for material creation was for God the Creator who is Spirit not flesh to begin to exist as a corporeal being, have bodily existence. Jesus Christ is God in corporeal form, God in a body. (Colossians 2:9)

The question that arises is why did God, who is Spirit, who is perfect, who is infinite in understanding deem it necessary to make himself a body. Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me. In order to understand why God has driven the Universe through successive ages, and suffered so much, up to and including the pain of death at the hands of his own creation just so that he could begin existence in a body or bodies it is needful to understand the difference between THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE and EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE.

Job 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

We have all heard the story of Job whose name has become synonymous with patience in suffering. The question that many have asked is why God allowed Job, who was a righteous man, to suffer the things he did. The answer to this question is found in the 2 verses quoted above; Job was a man with a great deal of mental knowledge of God but without actually having experienced God. It is like man living in a desert who has heard much about oceans and even seen pictures of them. He knows all about tides and waves and tsunamis but he has never ever seen the ocean. The experience of seeing the ocean, of witnessing the majesty of high waves or the terrible power of a tsunami can never be compared to mere mental knowledge of these things even if a person has seen pictures, or even video footage of such events. We all saw the terrible videos of the 2004 tsunami but not one of us can understand the experience of those who lived through it or died in it. The point here is that there is a world of difference between ‘theoretical knowledge’ and ‘experiential knowledge’. What Job gained from his ordeal was the experience of God; he went from someone who had all the theoretical knowledge of skydiving to actually jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet. He now knew God; he had experienced God whereas before he only knew about God. This new found experience of God led him to repent, to change fundamentally in the core of his person so that it became forever impossible for him to ever be the same person he was prior to this EXPERIENCE.

One of the most important words in the bible is the word KNOW, it is the word YADA in Hebrew (Strong’s H 3045). yāḏa‛: A verb meaning to know, to learn, to perceive, to discern, to experience, to confess, to consider, to know people relationally, to know how, to be skillful, to be made known, to make oneself known, to make to know. The simple meaning, to know, is its most common translation out of the eight hundred or more uses. One of the primary uses means to know relationally and experientially. This word more often than not means EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE rather than mere theoretical knowledge. This idea of experiencing life to gain the knowledge of life goes back to Genesis and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. What Adam, and mankind as a whole needed was not the mere theoretical knowledge of good and evil, they needed to EXPERIENCE good and evil. Why they needed to experience evil is an important part of the WHY of creation and will be addressed in this series in a future article. Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know (YADA - EXPERIENCE) good and evil. Let’s also look at Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. What the serpent was telling Eve and Adam was that by eating the forbidden fruit they would gain the experience of good and also of evil, experiences that would give them the knowledge of good and evil that they could not otherwise obtain.

As an aside the preceding two scriptures also define for us what the word god (Hebrew Elohim) means in the bible. In Gen 3:22 The LORD God (Hebrew JEHOVAH Elohim) said that man is become one of us (Elohim). The devil in Gen. 3:5 told Adam and Eve that they would become as ‘gods’ (Elohim)… So what was the pre-requisite to be considered ‘gods’ or Elohim? The answer according to both the LORD God and the serpent is to KNOW (have the experience) of good and evil, that’s it. According to this definition all mankind are Elohim, gods! Not that they have superpowers or can leap tall buildings or fly like nocturnal creatures but rather that they have the experience of good and evil. Some Elohim are fallen angels, some are devils or demons, some are mankind but there is one Elohim, one God whose name alone is JEHOVAH who is the maker of all these other Elohim, or gods. No other Elohim whether angel or beast, such as the serpent of Genesis, or man can claim that name JEHOVAH, who alone is the true God, the true Elohim, the Creator who has made all things. Although there are many Elohim (gods), there is only one JEHOVAH, the great I AM, the maker and former of all things. The bible does say about man that ‘ye are gods’ (Elohim) but don’t get too excited, it doesn’t mean you should wear a cape and leap off the Empire State building, all that will happen is that you will be flattened like a pancake. The knowledge of good and evil that comes to us through the experience of good and evil indeed makes us ‘gods’ but not in the sense that is generally implied when the word God or gods is used. In contrast, WE, meaning mankind, have been given power to become the ‘sons of God’ which is an entirely new species of creature of whom Jesus Christ was the Firstbegotten, the archetype. John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. As this series progresses it will become apparent what these seemingly confusing terms such as Elohim, sons of God as in Gen. 6, Firstbegotten, only begotten and begotten sons of God really mean. God is not the author of confusion so a careful study will reveal to us truths so that, like Job we too will be able to say, ‘Now mine eye seeth thee.’ God will become visible to us and will no longer remain a hidden mystery that we only know about, rather than having experienced and handled as the apostles and the early disciples did.

The question still remains why God put himself in a body and suffered so much? If He is of infinite understanding could he not have done things differently? What’s so special about the body that God who is Spirit and thus immune to all the trials and tribulations that come with a body chose to house himself in a body? Remember the word EXPERIENCE that I wrote about earlier in this article, keep that word in mind as we come to the understanding the relationship of the body to the experiencing of life, not just for man but also for God.

To be continued…

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The WHY of creation Part 2 / The Invisible God in the body of Christ

In part 1 of The Why of Creation / The Invisible Made Visible I proved, I hope, that God the Father is an invisible being for the simple reason that He is not corporeal, He does not have a body. The word CORPOREAL is defined as follows: [L. corporeus, fr. corpus body.] Having a body; consisting of, or pertaining to, a material body or substance; material; -- opposed to spiritual or immaterial. Immaterial is defined as: Not consisting of matter; incorporeal; spiritual; disembodied. Although secular dictionaries define ‘Corporeal’ as ‘not spiritual’, and ‘Immaterial’ as ‘spiritual’, biblically speaking this is not quite correct. It is possible to be corporeal, and spiritual at the same time. The correct word to use for an antonym of the word Corporeal is the word SPIRIT not spiritual. Spirit beings such as angels are not corporeal, the bible tells us that God is a Spirit and therefore He is not corporeal, and not being corporeal He is invisible, much as angels are invisible.

Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.

Col. 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.

The above scriptures tell us that not only were all things created by God, and not only were they created for Him; creation itself begins with the creation of Jesus Christ. The very purpose for which everything was created was for the purpose of the creation of Jesus, who is God in corporeal form. Having understood that God the Father is not a corporeal being but rather an invisible and immaterial being, we understand that all creation was created by God with the express purpose of replicating himself in corporeal form. God is a mind, He is intelligence, He is energy that is immaterial and in order to make Himself visible and material He had to make for Himself a body. Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me. The very intent and purpose for which creation was started by God was to prepare for Himself a body to dwell in, the significance of corporeal existence will be explored in part 3 of this series as to why God wanted to exist corporeally not just as immaterial spirit. God’s body however does not consist of just the one body possessed by the man Jesus Christ who came to Earth about 2000 years ago, died on the cross and arose from the dead three days later. Jesus now dwells in an immortal body and is the living God in corporeal form. Jesus Christ is both eternal and has a beginning in time, this seeming paradox can be thus understood: The body in which Jesus Christ dwells was prepared for him and given to him after his resurrection from the dead. As the first begotten from the dead He is the very first person in the universe to inhabit an immortal body composed of some unknown material similar to our flesh yet not corruptible and also with very different properties, for instance this body is not subject to the laws of physics. Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. ..

So how is it possible that Jesus Christ is both eternal and has a beginning in time? To understand that we need to understand who is Jesus Christ? The bible calls Jesus Christ the Word of God but who is the Word of God? John 1:1 tells us plainly that the Word of God is God. ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ Who then is Jesus? He is God. How then can he have a beginning? Of course the eternal God, the great I Am, the one who exists from everlasting to everlasting does not have a beginning or an ending; however, the body that He now inhabits certainly did have a beginning. So if we can understand that when the bible refers to Jesus, who is the eternal God, as the ‘beginning of the creation of God’ it is referring to His body not his person, then the seeming paradox of Jesus being eternal and also having a beginning can be easily resolved. So God the Father, the immaterial, invisible being that is pure energy chose to build Himself a house that we know as the body, and in this body he replicated his very own person and character, filled the body with all of His Spirit, all of His Mind, all of His Intelligence, all of His Power, all of His personality, all of His character and the being that was created as a result of this process was Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

As discussed in part 1, one of the purposes of material creation is to make the invisible God visible through His creation that reveals to us various facets of His character, of His person. But the first and foremost purpose of creation was for God to not only make Himself fully visible through His creation but by taking on corporeal form Himself, for God to begin to exist in bodily form which finally happened about 2000 years ago. All the previous ages of creation have driven the universe towards this very goal; for God to become man, for spirit to become flesh, but why? Does it not seem that this is going backwards, should man not strive to become spirit or non – corporeal, existing only as pure energy, a goal that new agers so ardently desire? Yet God seems to be doing the opposite, why? Those of us who know our God are keenly aware that everything He does is perfect, not only perfectly planned but also perfectly executed. Therefore the reasons for the infinite God to put on a seemingly finite form must have been truly mind boggling and that they are; to understand the reasons why, it is necessary to understand the role of the body in the experiencing of life. I will explore this role of the body fully in part 3 but now it will suffice to say that it is really not possible to experience life without a body, this is true just as much for God as it is for man, or the devil for that matter. The ultimate purpose for all creation is for God to derive pleasure from his creation, the question is how does He gain this pleasure, as a Spirit, immaterial, invisible being or as a corporeal, material being?

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Swine Flu update and coming Pestilences

Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

There were 20 civil wars ongoing worldwide since 2007. There have been 60 major conflicts between nations since the end of WW II. Despite all the rhetoric for peace that we hear coming from various leaders, the only constant in man's history has been war. With advances in technology the intensity of war increases constantly, so expect the next major one to be truly apocalyptic in scale. If the end of the world is truly near then we will have events other than war also overwhelm mankind at the same time, one of these events will be the rise in pestilences or in modern vernacular, pandemics, diseases on a worldwide scale. Though Swine flu has fallen off the front pages of newspapers and is no longer the lead story on the evening news it is nonetheless spreading farther and wider, or so we are being told. This story hints that the virus (what the heck is a virus anyway) is mutating, and the writer (mind-conditioner) of this story strongly hints that it will become deadlier and therefore we should be afraid, be very afraid!

Fear mongering is not the purpose of this writer but staying informed, and informing others is very much a purpose of this blog. Unlike SARS that came and went, this Swine flu seems to be here to stay, and it is possible that come autumn we may start seeing a repeat of the 1918 Swine flu pandemic and its deadly spread across the world, except on a much larger scale. Whether this is man-made or man spread is not important, what is important is to realize that this horseman of the apocalypse cannot be released upon Earth except as a judgment from God. Mankind has been so conditioned to thinking of good (God) as evil, and evil (the devil) as good that people find it strange that God would judge this world at all, and then on such a scale that we truly cannot fathom it with our minds. We dare not flaunt the laws of man for fear of judgment but we flaunt, without fear and shame, the laws of God and then find it strange that he would send judgment!

Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

Please realize now before it’s too late that God’s judgment is just and true, and if he deems it necessary to judge our world then the state of this world is far worse than you and I can imagine. After all God does have a bird’s eye view of the world that we down here do not have, He sees things that we truly do not even wish to see, all we can do is realize that He alone has power over these, and all plagues. If we begin today to clean our own house, our own minds and bodies, then no plague will have power over us. But we should see the signs, and realize that the very signs that Jesus gave us so that we could be prepared, be ready and watching for his return are now taking place right before our eyes. We should lift up our eyes for our redemption draws near, and we should pray and fast like never before in our lives. There is no other formula that I can offer you that will keep you safe in this world, or the next.

The following trailer is for the movie 2012 coming in November; this is a visual representation of the words we read in the book of Revelation, we know these things must come to pass because Jesus said they would come; nonetheless when they do arrive, I doubt that there will be anyone that would not wish that things could have been otherwise. Isaiah 24:1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


The International is a major Hollywood movie starring Clive Owen as Lou, an Interpol investigator and Naomi Watts as Eleanor, a Manhattan DA. The International is actually a bank called International Bank of Business and Credit, IBBC. The bank’s headquarters in Luxembourg is a magnificent edifice of glass and steel that must have cost billions, everything in it bought and paid for in blood. The name of the bank and the story is loosely based upon a real bank, The BCCI which shut down a few years ago amidst major scandals. From The Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) was a major international bank founded in Karachi, Pakistan in 1972 by Agha Hasan Abedi, a Pakistani financier. The company was registered in Luxembourg. At its peak, it operated in 78 countries, had over 400 branches, and had assets in excess of US$ 20 billion making it the 7th largest private bank in the world by assets.

The movie begins with the assassination of an investigator by poison to make it look like a heart attack, the methodology employed very much suggests an intelligence operation. The Manhattan DA, Eleanor Whitman played by Naomi Watts does not trust the Department of Justice complaining that they always stall her investigations into the involvement of a major investment bank in financing illegal arms deals, among other activities. What we read between the lines, or what becomes apparent from between the frames is the fact that the reason there are so many different agencies and departments supposedly working towards the same goal of ‘serving and protecting’, of bringing all to justice, no matter how poor or powerful is to do the exact opposite. Because of jurisdictional issues, everyone is more interested in protecting their turf than ‘serving and protecting’, and because of jurisdictional problems it is a literal walk in the park for those involved in shadowy activities provided they have friends in high places, or better still, they themselves hold office in high places.

In the movie Clive Owen is a burnt out former Scotland Yard investigator who left the Yard because of a case he had built against the bank was shut down by his superiors. He had brought in a credible witness against the bank and his own superiors had the witness discredited and the witness died in a mysterious car crash a few days later, along with his wife and child. Now that wouldn’t happen in real life now, would it? National police forces like Scotland Yard, The FBI and The RCMP don’t work for bankers, do they?

About 10:33 into the movie, we hear this dialogue from Lou, the Interpol investigator “Anyone that has ever been in a position to move against this bank has either ended up dead or disappeared. “ The banker who had agreed to testify against the bank dies in a freak car accident. How many of these stories have we heard in real life? The initial accident report filed by the Gendarmerie, the Luxembourg police implicates the bank President in the death of his VP that was going to testify against the bank. But voila, the senior head of the Gendarmerie presents a different report that conflicts with the initial report and claims that the original report had an error. Once again art imitating life! German authorities refuse to investigate the bank dismissing the claims of the DA and her investigative partner from Interpol as ‘unsubstantiated theories.’ Bankers, like Catholic priests, are protected everywhere.

In another scene DA Whitman and the Lou the Interpol investigator are talking to an Italian politician who owns an armaments manufacturing company. Isn’t it ironic how they call these companies ‘defense contractors’?

Dialogue at about 33:20 into the movie:

DA Whitman: Mr. Calvini, we’d like to know why the IBBC, a bank would be purchasing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of missile guidance and control systems from your company?

Calvini: The IBBC has purchased billions of dollars worth of Silkworm missiles from the People’s Republic of China which they have presold to clients in the Middle East. Contingent upon the missiles being equipped with VOLCON guidance systems. My company is one of only two in the world which produce the VOLCON.

DA: But why is the bank committing so much of its capital and resources to the sale of these missiles?

Calvini: It’s a test. Small arms are the only weapons used in 99% of the world’s conflicts and no one has the capacity to manufacture them faster and cheaper than China. What Skarssen (IBBC CEO) is attempting to do is to make the IBBC the exclusive broker of Chinese small arms to the Third World. And the missile deal is the gateway transaction.

Lou: Yeah, but billions of dollars invested simply to be a broker? There can’t be that much profit for them.

Calvini: No. This is not about making a profit from weapon sales. It’s about control.

DA: Control the flow of weapons, control the conflict.

Calvini: No, no. The IBBC is a bank. Their objective isn’t to control the conflict; it’s to control the debt that the conflict produces. You see, the real value of a conflict, the true value is in the debt that it creates. You control the debt, you control everything. You find this upsetting, yes? But this is the very essence of the banking industry, to make us all, whether we be nations or individuals slaves to debt.

The above statement, ironic as it is coming from an arms manufacturer is probably one of the most profound indictments of modern banking coming from any source, especially a major Hollywood movie. In this movie the IBBC is a midsize bank not a Behemoth like JP Morgan or Goldman Sachs or Leviathanesque in stature bank like The Federal Reserve or The Bank of England. The story of banking as revealed in this movie is indeed a true one: all banks, be it a local loan shark or Citibank are in the business of creating debt and debt it is that puts individuals and nations into bondage. This is the sleight of hand that the average person never catches on to because the wizards behind the curtains never allow the truth about banking to be taught in any school or college, the fact that Central Banks are in the BUSINESS of putting nations into debt just as commercial banks are in the BUSINESS of putting individuals into debt. Yes, neither Central banks nor Commercial banks are the friends of any individual or nation. This fact is nowhere near being brought out in the movie and the movie makers do not indict any major bank like Goldman Sachs of being involved in such murderous activities. Moneychangers have always, throughout history been merchants of death. They are the real King makers, politicians do not control bankers, bankers control politicians. And when any politician dares to overstep the bounds set for him by the bankers as JFK did in defying the Federal Reserve he is disposed of, assassinated, as was his brother Bobby. Please note that by the word BANKER I do not mean the bank teller or even a bank branch manager or even a higher up at the head office of a commercial bank. Real bankers are a very small international fraternity who give their allegiance to no country, who control both the production and distribution of money, or at least the paper that we call money such as dollars. International finance works on dollars and the handful of men who truly control the production of dollars control the finances of the whole world, and by indebting every nation on Earth they have made slaves out of every nation. That money is produced like a TV set or a computer, and then sold like a TV set or computer is little understood by the majority of people. The biggest purchasers of money from bankers are the governments of nations who borrow the money from the bankers, at interest, to manage, or rather mismanage the affairs of their nations. Governments who have the power to create money interest free refuse to do so anywhere in the world but why? Because the men and women who constitute any government are beholden to the bankers; they are in power because the bankers financed them into power. Therefore their allegiance lies not to the country or the citizenry but to their banker masters.

In the movie there is a JFK like sub – plot involving the aspiring politician Umberto Calvini who is gunned down because he dared to oppose the bankers. There are two shooters and a crooked cop plants false evidence to prove there was only one shooter. The patsy shooter, ala Oswald, is gunned down by the police chief and thus permanently silenced. It is soon concluded in a Warren Report type scenario that the shooter was a member of The Red Brigade, and the assassination was politically motivated, a neat clean explanation that leaves the truth out completely but is presented as the gospel truth both by the authorities and the media. Watching this movie is a Déjà vu experience, the plot is all too real and the story straight out of the pages of The New York Times or any major daily. We have heard these stories in the papers and on the evening news, there have been congressional and parliamentary investigations that have dealt with, or rather not dealt with the issue of international money laundering, international illegal arms sales, international drug trafficking, diamond trafficking, and even human trafficking.

Anything and everything in this world is for sale and there is always a banker ready to finance any activity, no matter how deadly, how cruel and how immoral it might be. And we are not talking about the little seedy, hair slicked back, switch blade wielding loan shark in East LA or Southside Chicago, no siree, these are ‘bankers’ dressed in Armani suits wearing Prada shoes who meet at The Waldorf Astoria, or in private estates, ala the movie Eyes Wide Shut, and plot the deaths of untold millions as a sacrifice to their god Mammon. So it goes for The World Bank, and The IMF that rob the wealth of nations thereby impoverishing the people and use this looted wealth to build skyscrapers that bear their names and logos. They care not that the higher the building with their name the greater the number of people they have murdered in cold blood, I do not mean this metaphorically, I mean it literally. These 100 story shrines to modern banking are dripping in blood, rather are overflowing with blood; little do they realize that they may have forgotten how many millions they have slaughtered and continue to slaughter but The Lord God knows exactly how many, and each one of those innocent victims will have their blood avenged on that Great Day of Judgment that draws near with each passing day.

Modern day moneychangers, international banksters are true sons of their father Lucifer, the original banker, and will suffer the same fate, if not in this world then in the world to come. Ezekiel 28:16 speaking of Lucifer: By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned. Lucifer was the original banker merchant, the inventor of money which makes it possible to take that which God gave freely to all men, the resources of this Earth and make them into merchandise. Where there is merchandise there is violence; the inside of these merchant / investment bankers is truly filled with violence; they have no compassion, show no mercy because what they love is money and the god they serve is Mammon. As an interesting aside ‘later occultist writings such as De Plancy's Dictionnaire Infernal describe Mammon as Hell's ambassador to England.’ The city of London is probably the most powerful banking centre on the planet, even more so than New York, so it surprises me not one bit that even back in the early 19th century people had concluded that Mammon ruled over England from the City which is how the square mile that is the financial heart in the city of London is commonly referred to. Bankers at the top of the hierarchy who understand the alchemy of the production of money are a priesthood as much as any ancient Babylonian or Egyptian temple priests. Their institutions are even referred to as temples and even architecturally designed in the shape of ancient Greek / Roman temples that in turn were designed as ancient Egyptian / Babylonian temples. They practice their dark arts in these temples and cast their spells over every nation so that the spellbound people are clueless as to the bondage they are in to these priests of Mammon and Satan. Bankers desire to turn even the air we breathe into merchandise so they can kill more of us with our own money. The driving spirit of bankers is bloodlust, and therefore they finance revolutions and wars that kill, maim, wound, and emotionally scar millions every year. There is a sub – plot in the movie involving an African revolutionary who is promised power in exchange for selling, or rather giving away the resources of his nation to the bankers. Now, that’ totally fiction, isn’t it?

This is an interesting movie but like all Hollywood movies it dare not go to the real heart of the matter. Nonetheless it is worth watching because the story is more fact than it is fiction. Pay attention to the dialogue at about 59 minutes into the movie between the DA and her boss as he tells her that she is under the gun not the bankers. The DA says: “The truth means responsibility, Arnie!” And Arnie responds, Exactly, which is why everyone dreads it.”

And also at about 1:28 in the movie there is some great dialogue between Lou the investigator and the Colonel, a former East German communist now working for the bank:

Lou: Skarssen and that bank need to answer for what they’ve done. They have to be brought to justice. You can help me do that.

Colonel: Justice…is not possible.

Lou: Why not?

Colonel: Because, agent Salinger…your idea of justice is an illusion. Understand the very system that you serve and protect will never allow anything to happen to Skarssen or the bank. On the contrary, the system guarantees the IBBC’s safety because everyone is involved.

Lou: What do you mean, everyone?

Colonel: Hezbollah, CIA, The Columbian drug cartels, Russian organized crime, governments of Iran, Germany, China, your government, every multinational corporation, everyone. They all need banks like the IBBC so that they can operate within the black and gray latitudes, and this is why your investigative efforts have either been ignored or undermined and why you and I will be quietly disposed of before any case against the bank ever reaches a court of law.

Interesting dialogue indeed and I might add that even if the case was to reach a court of law it would bring no one to justice; judges are just as corrupt, are just as bought and paid for as are politicians. This movie is recommended even though there are some improbable and gratuitous scenes of violence with big explosions and such that make this a lesser movie than it could have been. The movie does make a link between international arms sales and international investment banking without making mention of the fact that the two major players in both arms sales and investment banking are The United States and Britain. The sub – plot of the African revolutionary being financed by the bank to buy weapons made by their silent or not so silent partners reveals the truth about how wars are fomented by bankers and arms salesmen working in tandem, how revolutions are stirred up (is one being stirred up in Iran right now?), how governments of countries are persuaded to spend their meager resources to buy weapons to kill their own citizens rather than to buy them healthcare or to improve agriculture, build schools to educate their children or to build a manufacturing base to make the nation self – sufficient. Have you ever wondered why many African countries have no drinking water yet there is no shortage of arms for the government soldiers and for the revolutionaries opposing the government? Any leaders such as Arbenz in Guatemala or Mossadeq in Iran that oppose the Anglo – American corporate hegemony find themselves either at the receiving end of a coup or an assassination. Movies such as this one and the ones listed below reveal in a limited manner the evil evil world that we live in, a world the true condition of which the majority of Americans, Canadians and Europeans are blissfully ignorant.

  • Blood Diamond
  • The Constant Gardner
  • Lord of War
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Life and Debt / A documentary about the nefarious activities of The IMF and World Bank in defrauding and impoverishing the tiny nation of Jamaica.
  • The Fog of War / a biography of one of the biggest mass murderers of the 20th century, Robert McNamara, former Defense Secretary and head of the World Bank.

1 John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. There are none so wicked as these banksters whose day does not begin before they shed innocent blood through the policies they formulate using their bought, and paid for politicians and by financing the execution of war on a small and large scale throughout the globe. It takes arms to prosecute a war, civil war or war between nations, and it takes money to buy arms and who has the money? Financiers of death occupying the highest seats in the land, even I am amazed at the depth of the darkness of the human heart.

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The WHY of creation Part 1 / The Invisible made visible

In some of my past articles and blog entries, and in numerous radio shows with Randy Maugans on The Threshing Floor, and with Vyzygoth on Think or be Eaten, I have written and spoken at length on the history of creation. Almost all these articles and shows addressed the topic of HOW all things that we can see with our eyes were created by the INVISIBLE GOD. So far I have not addressed the subject of why God created anything at all. In order to understand the WHY of creation we need to investigate why God is invisible. The following scriptures tell us that God the Father is invisible:

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

1 Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

The word invisible in the original Greek language is the word AORATOS and is defined as follows: aóratos; gen. aorátou, masc.-fem., neut. aóraton, adj. from the priv. a (G1), without, and horáō (G3708), to see. Invisible, that which cannot be seen with the physical eyes. The definition is pretty straightforward and means pretty much what we expect it to mean.

If we understand that God the Father is not a corporeal being; he does not, or he did not have a body in the beginning, then it becomes easy to understand why he is invisible. So what does the bible tells us about God the Father, not the Son of God or even The Holy Spirit, but rather that person that the bible calls God the Father? Galatians 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father,…

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

God = The Word (The Intelligence, The Reason, The Logic, The Language, The Sound or the intelligent energy expressed through sound whether audible to the human ear or not. ) This scripture tells us that God the Father is the Intelligence that is infinite (Psalm 147:5), and this intelligence is pure energy, it did not exist in a corporeal form and therefore it is invisible. We could conclude, without being in error, that God is a mind that did not inhabit a body in the beginning. A mind is not visible, at least corporeally, and therefore God the Father is invisible. How do we know that this intelligence that is God is energy? The answer is found in Hebrews 4:12, For the word of God is quick, and powerful,… The word ‘Quick’ in this scripture means ALIVE, and the word ‘Powerful’ means ENERGY; so we can rephrase this verse as follows: The Word of God is alive and energy or the Word of God is living energy. Since the Word is God, we can conclude that God the Father is living energy, not a corporeal being, and therefore he is invisible.

Energy can be converted into matter which is how the universe came into being, God the Father, the living energy shaped that energy into matter using his intelligence. So nothing came into existence randomly or by chance; everything material came into existence by a transforming of energy into matter, infinite energy that is not subject to time or space. This energy of course is God, and this energy is intelligent and sentient which is how intelligent creatures like man that are also subject to feeling and emotions, are sentient, like their creator came into existence.

If God the Father is pure energy that is an intelligent person yet not a corporeal being then it stands to reason that he is invisible exactly as the bible teaches. So the purpose number one of material creation was to make the invisible God visible. Romans 1:20 states, ‘For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.’ Material creation testifies loudly and clearly of the creator. Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. Material creation reveals to us the creation, the various facets of our creator. The infinite universe speaks to us of his infinity, the heavens and the celestial bodies like the sun, moon and stars speak to us of his highness and loftiness, of his majesty and royalty. Earthly buildings reflect the glory of the builder, Buckingham Palace for instance speaks of the glory of the English royalty, and so do the heavens declare the glory of God as the psalmist testifies. Granted man is too stupid and too greedy and too self centered to even look up and reflect upon the heavens, and to understand what they reveal but nonetheless they are constantly speaking to us.

Each age of creation has revealed to his creation, his intelligent creation, more of the creator. As chronicled in my Chronology of Creation series, all of God’s creation did not appear magically and instantaneously, it has unfolded slowly, and over many ages spanning eons, periods of time that may have lasted millions of years, the exact time is impossible for us to determine, only God knows for sure. As Romans 1:20 tells us that the very nature of God, his eternal power, his Godhead maybe clearly seen, may be understood by the things that are made, things that are visible speak to us of the invisible God. So one of the purposes of creation was to make the invisible God visible, this has happened in a series of revelations that have lasted several ages until the present age which is the penultimate age of creation. We are now on the cusp of the full revelation, of knowing fully, of seeing clearly not darkly through a glass; 1 Cor. 13:12, For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. That which has been revealed is so lofty, so high, so magnificent, and so powerful that it could not be done instantaneously. It had to be done slowly and progressively; everything that has happened has happened according to plan including the origin of evil and of darkness as embodied in Satan. However there is more to material creation or the purposes of material creation than meets the eye.

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. This scripture clearly explains that God created all things for His own pleasure; the question is how does he derive pleasure from his creation?

To be continued...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

As in the days of Noah...

God told Noah he would destroy the world by sending a flood upon the face of the whole earth. Noah was a preacher according to 2 Peter 2:5 ‘And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly’. Being a preacher in the vein of his great grandfather Enoch it would stand to reason that he preached the message of coming doom through the flood that God was planning on sending. So what was the reaction of the people? Did they repent in sackcloth and ashes as the inhabitants of Nineveh did at the preaching of Jonah? Did they endeavor to understand the state of their world and why God would bring such a drastic judgment upon it? Did they copy Noah and start building arks to save themselves and their households? No they did no such thing, so what did they do? The answer may surprise some people but the bible tells us exactly what they did – NOTHING! Matthew 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away;… So what were they doing in the days before the flood? They were:

  • · Eating
  • · Drinking
  • · Marrying
  • · Giving in Marriage

In other words they were living a ‘normal’ life, to them life was all about eating and drinking, marrying, having babies, just living a normal life, at least what is considered to be a normal life. THEY KNEW NOT that there was a problem confronting them till the very day that the flood came, and destroyed them all. Well you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men! All their ‘normal’ planned lives that they so cherished, all gone forever in a single day, like the sinking of the legendary Atlantis. What about the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah, what were they up to prior to the raining down of fire and brimstone? Luke 17:28 ‘Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.’ So right up until the day that destruction from above in the form of some heavy duty firepower fell upon their cities and burnt them to cinders, the jolly citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah were occupying their time in the following activities:

  • · Eating
  • · Drinking
  • · Buying
  • · Selling
  • · Planting
  • · Building

And I bet they were marrying, perhaps even having same sex marriages, and living what the world would consider a very ‘normal’ life. History teaches us that man has an amazing capacity for very easily becoming sensitized to the most horrifying evils, and considering them ‘normal.’ Things like Sodomy, pedophilia, child and human sacrifices including burning little babies in the fires, unimaginable brutality towards each other, whatever activity or lifestyle is unholy, wicked, and abominable, man can not only indulge in, he can cloak it with the garb of normality. So today, as our world rapidly degenerates into perhaps the most evil and Satanic it has ever been, man rejoices in his wickedness and evil having deluded himself into believing that all such behavior is ‘normal.’ June is ‘Gay Pride’ month across North America where homosexuals by the millions will openly flaunt their shame, and mock their creator. Are such shameful displays not harbingers of pending judgment? Isaiah 3:9 ‘The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. ‘Such open flaunting of God’s commandments are financially and legally supported by our politicians, and also by the media. These parades like those of conquering Caesars of yesteryear are broadcast on TV for little children to witness unmatched displays of debauchery and deviant behavior; foolish people even take their innocent kids to watch these ‘parades’! And those of us who vex our souls with the unlawful deeds of our societies are branded as ‘bigoted’, ‘narrow minded’, ‘homophobic’ and other such reproaches are heaped upon us just because we fear God, and we fear that such emboldened ‘lawlessness’, according to God, must bring judgment upon our world on the scale of Noah’s days judgment, or at least on the scale of Lot’s days judgment.

‘Normal’ is evil! Everyone pictures evildoers as Hitlers or Stalins, and on a lesser scale as long haired hippie bikers with brass knuckles, but the truth is that God sees your sweet Auntie ‘Em’ baking apple pies for the family as evil, or your Grandpa who taught you to fish and never so much as uttered one cuss word as evil! And what makes me come to this conclusion? The simple fact that Auntie ‘Em’ did not teach Dorothy right from wrong, did not teach her that God’s laws ought not to be infringed even if man’s laws say it’s OK to do so. Man’s laws, when God is left out of those laws, are framed by the throne of iniquity, by the god of this world, Satan, not by God; Psalm 94:20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? There are reams of mischievous laws on our books that are openly defiant of God’s laws! Sadly, even the appearance of righteousness has disappeared from our societies! Therefore I am of the opinion that God’s judgments which have already begun will increase in severity as man’s defiance of God’s laws becomes more commonplace, and people rejoice as they break God’s laws as they will be all across North America later this month. How long do we have before God says as he did in the days of the prophet Jeremiah not to even pray for the wicked nation(s) anymore!, Jeremiah 11:14 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. It is time for God’s righteous remnant to stand up and boldly proclaim his word no matter what the threats from ungodly men and women, no matter what the consequences. Yes, there are plenty of man’s laws that will classify us as criminals as Jesus was branded a criminal by the laws of the Pharisees; as the apostles were branded as criminals by both (false) religious and secular authorities. We are not in a popularity contest, we are not looking to become prom king and queen, we simply lover our Maker, and we honor him by living by his laws even if it makes us criminals by man’s laws!

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Friday, June 5, 2009

James Bond and the Love of Money

Just finished watching the latest James Bond movie, ‘Quantum of Solace’. Must say it is an excellent movie, almost no humor in it which makes it the most un Bond movie of the series but better story wise than the usual Bond fare. It has the usual car chases, big explosions, exotic locales, although Haiti does not exactly qualify as exotic, and neither does Bolivia but it does showcase the Italian countryside rather well. This movie is almost too cerebral for a Bond film and in this regard it requires a viewer’s undivided attention to follow the story. Those of us who understand the ‘conspiracy’ angle of world politics and finance will truly enjoy this latest Bond offering, now out on DVD. What I found interesting about the film is that it reveals quite clearly the role that intelligence agencies play in our world. As the story develops, an informed viewer soon comes to realize that intelligence agents are not really working to make the world safer; on the contrary they are the one most likely to be the ones that foment revolutions, topple governments, put in power brutal dictators and puppet regimes, And why might they do such things that are detrimental, to put it mildly, to the welfare, prosperity and peace of any nation? What do the real life Bonds get out of bringing misery and crushing poverty to billions across the globe? Even now they are operating in every country, in Africa, South America, Asia, and elsewhere ensuring trade does not stop, even though this trade is not favorable to most of the poorer countries of the world. Most third world countries would be much better off developing their own resources and using them for their own benefit rather than being used as slave labor in their own countries, and then giving away their precious God given resources to powerful and richer nations at a fraction of their market value.

Although in the movie Bond is supposedly fighting the bad corporate guy who represents some mysterious but ultra powerful organization called ‘Quantum’, in reality observing the role played by the CIA (Corporate Intelligence Agency) man, and carefully listening to the dialogue between ‘M’ and her boss it becomes apparent that the function of these agents is to develop trade for their bosses, who obviously are the corporate elite, Wall Street, Bay Street, The City of London and their counterparts. What also becomes obvious watching some of the amazing technology, especially in the field of communications is the seamless manner in which these ‘intelligence agencies’ operate, seems like whether they are American or British or Canadian or Russian or Israeli, they all have access to each other’s data and are fully co – operational with each other; there are no enemies in this fraternity, they are all one big happy family! And who is the real boss of the Americans, the Brits, the Canuck, the Russkies, and any other nation powerful enough to have a real international intelligence operation? The answer is MAMMON, yes all these low level agents like Bond work for bosses who worship mammon, for whom the love of money is the reason for living and breathing. This is the real reason why there is such a close relationship between Wall Street and the CIA, a number of CIA directors have come from Wall Street including Daddy Bush. Same with MI-5 and MI-6, they have close ties to the city of London, the other financial capital of the world besides New York. It is the job of these agents to do whatever is necessary to protect the profitability of their corporate bosses.

The movie is mainly set in Bolivia and the story deals with the real life issue of the exploitation of the resources of the nation of Bolivia, especially their water. This problem with an artificially created shortage of water has in fact left a large percentage of the Bolivian population impoverished. In one symbolic scene Bond is walking across a small Bolivian village in which the village square is a graveyard with dozens of recent graves with plain old sticks and tree branches stuck in the ground as crosses to mark the graves. The villain in the movie is a ‘philanthropist’ businessman named Bill Gates, well not really but he is a nerdy businessman type named Greene with an organization named Greene Planet. O how he loves the planet but sadly not the inhabitants of the planet, just the resources. To get access to the resources of, say a small to mid size nation, Mr. Greene is quite willing to spread a little green around, and paint a few towns red, literally by starting a coup here, a revolution there, and before you know it he has a puppet ‘El Presidente’ in power who is more than willing to let Mr. Greene buy and sell whatever part of his country he chooses. Here’s a sample dialogue from the movie: “As of now we own 60% of Bolivia’s water supply (contractual agreement for putting a man in power and overthrowing the current Govt.) But you should know something about me and the people I work with. We deal with the left or the right, with dictators or liberators. If the current president had been more agreeable I wouldn’t be talking to you.” In the movie he encourages the ‘General’ that he was promoting to President to double the rates that the people would pay for their own water, and let’s say the encouragement was not very subtle. Most people watching will fail to see the facts in this fiction but I truly enjoyed the film even though it had some extreme violence in it.

Eze. 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: Eze. 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick.

Rev. 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more.

That is the real truth about James Bond and the intelligence business; first and foremost it is a business, in business, for business. The rich men of the earth, who control the wealth of nations from the shadows, control these agencies and their agents. Like the original merchant prince, Lucifer, these modern day merchant bankers want money, money, and more money even though they have all the money in the world through their control of central banks of the world. But like their god Lucifer who was burnt up by his burning desire for merchandise and traffick, these worshipers of mammon will also be burnt to cinders by their insatiable love for money that causes them to bring death and misery to untold millions across the globe. Their days to weep and howl draw ever closer and no Bond, James Bond, Double O 7 will be able to save them from the wrath of Almighty God.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Extra, Extra, Extra: Pigs can fly

It now appears to have been confirmed that pigs can fly; and by the sounds of it Swine Airlines will soon reach cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, at least according to The WHO. The following headlines from news releases by such august bodies as The WHO confirm this observation. ‘WHO: Swine flu cases pass 20,000 worldwide’: Virus blamed for deaths in 66 countries; 1,000 new infections in U.S. "We are at Phase 5 but are getting closer to Phase 6," Keiji Fukuda, acting WHO assistant director-general, told journalists during a telephone conference.

Inquiring minds would want to know how is it possible that 66 countries have such sophisticated diagnostic tools at their disposal that they can accurately determine that it is these little miss piggies that are actually killing these folks? I can’t imagine there being a level 4 lab in Outer Mongolia to do such diagnostics, and confirm the number of deaths with such accuracy. If it is just The WHO or CDC teams that are doing the detection work, in the vein of the movie Outbreak, I can’t imagine them having so many teams that they can actually send them to 66 countries where there have been reported deaths, let alone all of the countries that have reported it but without deaths. So here we have an apparently ‘new’ never before seen virus that somehow emerged after combining 3 different kinds of viruses, (human, swine, and avian), and yet 66 countries have accurately diagnosed the virus and determined it to be the cause of infection in, get this, 20,246 cases to be exact. Not 20,000 give or take a 1000 but rather 20,246 to be exact! Ain’t it comforting to know that those in charge of keeping us healthy are doing such a fine job, that within weeks they have not only perfected diagnostic tools for something completely new, but they will have a vaccine, no let me correct that, they will have two vaccines ready for the masses by fall? Actually Americans and I am sure Canadians, and Australians, and Britishers, and pretty much the entire world will be required, yes required, to take not just one shot but three shots for this lethal little piggy come this fall, .

Shouldn’t phrases like, you will need three SHOTS ring some alarm bells inside a person’s head? Sadly, most heads are filled with so much ‘truth’ from TV that most of these informed minds will follow the talking heads and get themselves shot right up. What these shots will contain is anyone’s guess but if I was a guessing man I’d say there will be at least a few little piggies in them. Can’t have a pandemic without a disease now, can you? And if the little piggies just don’t mutate fast enough to do the job, a little shot in the arm can’t hurt now, can it? What job do you ask? Well, let’s put is this way, according to certain powerful and wealthy folks there are just way too many people on the planet, they classify the vast majority of the earth’s inhabitants as ‘useless eaters’, and according to these elites a few people, let’s say around 5 billion, need to be eliminated to ensure the survival of the planet. Don’t believe me, just do a Google search on ‘depopulation agenda’ and see for yourself. Nothing like a short video for some enlightenment so just click on the following link and watch: .

While I firmly believe that such agendas are not mere fiction, and will be implemented in the near future, I do not agree with the causes attributed to mere human plans and purposes. There is little doubt that we are on the threshold of loss of human life, not to mention destruction of property on a scale unprecedented in human history. However it would behoove us to remember that this destruction comes from the Almighty, not the Council on Foreign Relations, or the Club of Rome or the Vatican or any other human organization. Yes, they will be used by God to bring about this destruction, and being legends in their own minds the elites will think, and maybe even believe that it is their plans that are being fulfilled not realizing that they are mere puppets in the hands of the Omnipotent God, even as their master Satan is a mere puppet doing God’s bidding. Such destruction, and loss of life in the millions and billions will come about as a result of God’s judgment upon man, the methods used will be varied but will include such things as pandemics, diseases created in laboratories, and deliberately spread through vaccinations. There will be a massive campaign in the fall to educate, rather condition, people to accept these shots; isn’t it amazing how they have already charted the growth of the disease, and calculated that it will mutate by the fall into something more deadly for which people (sheeple) will need a shot or two or three? If the mutation has not yet occurred how can they have a vaccine ready that will work? Inquiring minds should ask these questions, no? And why vaccines? Haven’t oral remedies worked for things like flu for centuries? Sad though it is, I do believe these massive depopulation scenarios will become commonplace in the not too distant future, not because man says they will but because the Word of God tells us so. We also need to closely examine the state of our world that would warrant such drastic judgments to befall it, and I will do that in a later entry. The following scriptures alone tell us that in a short time a quarter of the world’s population will fall, and sometime after that a third of the remaining 2/3rds will die. Based on 6 billion, in the days of the opening of the six seals, 1.5 billion will die, and then later at least a third of the remaining 4.5 billion, meaning another 1.5 billion will suffer the same fate. That is a total of 3 billion out of 6 that the bible tells us will perish in just two plagues, is swine flu one of these? I am starting to think it might be!

Rev. 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Rev. 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

In conclusion please remember him who has power over these plagues; do not be overly concerned for your physical safety: God is able to keep you safe in the midst of a raging pandemic (Psalm 91:7). First and foremost keep him in mind who has power over these plagues, who alone can keep you safe. Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

More on Predestination vs. Free Will

I have just finished re – reading my last two posts titled ‘Did God Create Evil’ and ‘Predestination vs. Free Will’. In order to rightly divide the Word of Truth as we are admonished to do in 2 Tim. 2:15, we have to tackle such difficult topics as the origins of evil and the subject of free will and predestination. In these last two entries I have proven, I hope; that God alone is sovereign whose will (purpose) alone is absolute. He has created all things for his purpose, and no one can alter His will but rather every one is subject to that will. As far as salvation is concerned, it has been pre – determined by God as to who will partake of it, and who will not. By salvation it is to be understood that once this life is over, some will continue to exist in a state of life, and some will continue to exist in a state of death. What the differences are between the state of life, and the state of death is a topic best left alone for another time, but it will be addressed at a future date. While attempting to understand the topic of predestination it may be misunderstood that God does things rather arbitrarily without justification. However, this is far from the truth; if anyone is just, if anyone is fair, if anyone is patient and longsuffering, it is God.

Let us consider the world we live in and think about the following facts:
1. God created the earth we dwell upon. (Genesis 1)
2. God equipped with earth with everything we need for our well being. (James 1:17, 2 Peter 1:3)
3. God is our maker. (Gen 1:27, Psalm 100:3)
4. God it is that gives us the very breath that we breathe to stay alive. (Gen. 2:7, Psalm 22:29, James 2:26)

Just on the basis of the above 4 facts it is apparent that we neither created the earth to dwell on, nor do we have any control over our own breath, we cannot even keep ourselves alive. Life is a fleeting vapor, like the dew of the morning that vanishes even before the noonday sun reaches its zenith, yet we consider not to whom we owe our very existence. What are people all over the world occupied with? A visitor from outer space would be amazed at the fact that people on earth are merely concerned with fulfilling their bodily desires: they spend most of their time doing meaningless jobs that earn them a little bit of money so that they can have food and shelter. If they are blessed enough to be born in a wealthier part of the world, they spend any left over money on entertainment; going to football games, bars, and vacations. They do not stop for a moment to consider their own mortality as to what lies beyond the mortal coil. They make no preparation for the most important journey they will ever embark upon, and have idea of their destination on that journey. They are so engrossed in their mundane lives that they actually believe, or pretend to believe that these topics are too mysterious for them to understand, that there is no way of knowing or understanding their own origins or what lies beyond this present life. People go through life with a dazed look, like they are hypnotized, which they are, like there is a fog surrounding their minds that prevents them from seeing clearly, which also happens to be a sad fact.

If they do not ask the question then they have no right to expect an answer. If God has revealed himself to his creation but if the creation is more interested in NFL Sundays or American Idol, then when the day of reckoning comes for them is God unjust in not giving them any more life? Has he not clearly shown us what we need to have ‘eternal life’? Eternal life, everlasting life, are these just meaningless words in the bible or is it the most priceless gift that anyone can ever receive? If God himself subjected himself to mortality and suffered the humiliating of deaths just to free us from the bonds of death; and we continue to deny him by our actions, even if not in words, then is God not fair because we refused the life he freely offered to us, at no charge? All that was required of us was to believe that we had been emancipated from death by Jesus Christ who bore the penalty of death on our behalf? If we refuse him who sacrificed himself so that we could be saved, then do we not make ourselves responsible for finding a way into life on our own? Now if we discover, too late, that there is no escape from death, that we needed to have accepted the free gift of life before we embarked on the journey at the end of this life; then whose fault is it if we are forever lost, so to speak? Once again I say look at the world around you, try telling people that their priorities are backwards, that they need to think of eternity before the present for they do not know how much of a present they really have, and observe how many, or rather how few, if any will listen to you. I wonder how many in their youth, how many in the prime of life will depart today from this world who thought that they had years and years ahead of them. My dad just turned 91, and people say that it is such a long life but if you ask him he will tell you that it all went by in the blink of an eye, so the time people have is much shorter than they realize yet they never stop to question their priorities. Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

The mystery is not that some will be lost; rather the mystery is that some will be saved. This is the true grace of God, none of us are worthy of ‘eternal life’ yet not only did he make the way, he draws us to himself to show us the way. The wickedness of this world is not comprehended by most people because they are too busy living the good life or trying to make enough money so that they can live the good life, no matter at whose expense this life is lived. ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ they say and thus their days are spent discussing sports or soap operas, amusement has become the purpose of life. If they had no time for their creator, is the creator to blame for the end that shall befall them; an end that he clearly warned them about, and even made the way for them to avoid? Those of us who do believe ought to thank God day and night, forever and ever, for were it not for his mercy, his lovingkindness, and his grace, we would all be lost forever. Even when judgment is at the doorstep, God is more than willing to repent, which means he is willing to change his mind, if we are willing to change our hearts. He will withhold his hand even at the eleventh hour, all he requires is for us to turn to him with all our heart. Study the following scriptures for yourself and believe that our God is a tender – hearted, loving, kind and merciful God who does not take pleasure in the destruction of the creatures that he has created with his very own hands. It grieves him at the heart that this horrible fate must befall some but who is to be blamed for their end? Ezekiel 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Joel 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

The above scriptures prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is ever willing that none should perish, though he knows that some will, but that all should come to repentance and be saved. So you do have a choice, make your before it’s too late!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Predestination vs. Free Will

This entry is a continuation on my previous article titled ‘Did God Create Evil?’ in which I presented evidence that only God the creator of all things truly has FREE WILL, all other creatures are subject to his will and thus have no free will of their own. This assertion flies in the face of common religious assumptions that our creator has endowed us with free will, as well as commonly taught humanistic doctrines that conclude the same. Even biblically speaking it seems contradictory to make this claim because God certainly holds man accountable for his actions, and even his words.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

How then can we reconcile this seeming contradiction that if we do not have free will, and are more less puppets doing the bidding of God, why then are we held accountable for our actions? The real understanding of this apparent contradiction lies in understanding how the bible defines the word ‘WILL’. The English word ‘WILL’ in the New Testament is a translation of more than one Greek word and depending on the context these words have somewhat differing meanings. When we understand the different usages and the context in which they are used it will become apparent that biblically speaking the word ‘WILL’ can mean either, 1 Purpose or 2 Desire or wish. For example, let us look at Romans 9:19 ‘Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

The Greek word Will in this verse of scripture is the word Boúlēma which is defined below. What this word denotes is God’s plan, purpose and resolve for every individual; this ultimate plan and purpose is unalterable and therefore each individual is pre-destined to a fate that has been pre-determined by God. In the context of purpose, God alone is sovereign; the individual only has wishes and desires. The more appropriate word for individual will in the New Testament is the Greek word Thélēma which means wish or desire not will as in purpose or resolve. This word is applicable to both God and individual persons. People have wishes and desires that they act upon, so in this sense they have a will that may be classified as free will. Because of this will they make choices that have consequences, they are responsible for their actions which is why God holds them accountable for these actions. However their ultimate destiny, as far as the soul is concerned is pre-determined. Whether this destiny is based on their actions while they were alive, or their actions are based on account of their pre-destination is not quite clear. So it would be accurate to conclude that man is both pre–destined and has a free will.

G1013 boúlēma; neut. noun from boúlomai (G1014), to will. The thing willed, the intention, purpose (Act_27:43). It denotes plan or purpose, resolve, especially when it refers to God's purpose (boúlēma) as in Rom_9:19 when the meaning is that nobody can resist God's purpose as described in Rom_9:18. On the other hand, God's boulḗ is the content of the apostolic message (Act_20:27; Eph_1:1 ff.). Contrast thélēma (G2307) which is not only a will or a wish, but also the execution of it or the desire to execute it. Thélēma gives prominence to the element of wish or inclination (1Pe_4:3 [TR]).

To better understand the difference between purpose and desire as far as God is concerned we should look at Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing (boúlēma), remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will (thélēma), but thine, be done. In this prayer that Jesus prayed just prior to his crucifixion, he asked God to remove the cup of death from him if it served God’s will (his purpose), but if it did not serve God’s purpose then Jesus’ prayer was that his own will, that is his own desire not to die such a horrible death need not be of concern to God.

Let me conclude by saying that pre – destination, both for believers and non – believers is very much a biblical doctrine (Romans 8:29). If all believers have been predestinated to be saved according to God’s election, then all non – believers have also been predestinated to be damned even if it is by default because they were not elected for salvation. God tells us plainly that since he is the potter and we are the clay he is free to make any vessel a vessel for honor, and conversely for dishonor. He does not need to justify his choice and purpose to any man. Those of us who believe in our maker ought to give him thanks continuously knowing that we could have done nothing to have our names written in the Lamb’s book of Life. If we have access to life beyond this body it is only because of God’s election, not because of our actions.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Q & A - The Dawn of Time

Question. If time began once God had separated the light from the darkness, day 1 (as I understand), is this the 'dawn of time' you speak of - the time the pre-historic age began (in reference to Chronology of Creation series of radio shows recorded with Randy Maugans of The Threshing Floor)?

Answer. No, time did not begin with day 1 of the (re) creation; it began IN THE BEGINNING when God created THE HEAVEN (singular) which is the city of Heaven from which God rules and reigns. After he created THE HEAVEN, he created intelligent life, then the EARTH, and then the heavens (plural.) By creation of THE HEAVENS I mean creation of other heavenly bodies, stars and planets besides Earth. It was sometime during this age when the cosmos was growing (this is where the expanding universe theory comes from), that Lucifer rebelled and evil was born. Once evil had reached full maturity God judged that old world which was not limited just to Earth, and that age came to an end. This I believe is what transpired between Gen. 1:1 and Gen. 1:2. Essentially a lot of time had passed before God set about recreating the Earth and the heavens (2 Pet 3:7). So when God said let there be light and the re-creation began, that was not the dawn of time but rather the beginning of the present age, Eph. 3:5 and 3:21 as well as Col. 1:26 teach that there have been ‘ages’ of time not just a single age.