Pro and Con 1274

Posted 2-2-06

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I found the note below on the Internet. You know who Neptune's sign stands for. I think the two fish actually stand for the saved that go to Heaven in the two Raptures, one Pre-Trib, the other Pre-Wrath. Together, these represent the Body of Christ.

Pisces The Fishes

February 20 to March 20

Pisces is a Mutable [adaptable] sign and is ruled by


Incoming e-mail, Re: Home Page

It is early morning here in Corpus Christi, Texas. Perhaps I am not too alert but I am confused over your "Timetable of End Time Events" for the next possible pre-trib rapture and/or The Tribulation beginning. According to my Hebrew Calendar;; 26 Iyar 5766 falls on the Gregorian calendar Wednesday, 24 May 2006 (Ascension Day), followed by Shavuot/Pentecost on Friday, 6 Sivan 5766, 2 June 2006. Considering the Hebrew day begins at Candles (around 6:00 p.m) the evening before, Ascension would be considered as after 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, 23 May 2006 and after 6:00 p.m., Thursday, 1 Jun 2006.

If my date reporting is correct you need not explain, only correct your Home Page. Please do not think that I am trying to split hairs with you. It just seems your times have been represented incorrectly on your Home Page.

Also Marilyn, through the years I have stood watching firmly with you over the two rapture position. Including the position that the entire "saved and visible" Ekklesia (Church) will be 'Caught up' during the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. The more I study Jesus' Epistles (The Letters to the Seven Churches) and certain Paul's Epistles, I am now more so inclined to believe that 'being left behind' some most true and actual born-again believers. To preach this, most hearers believe one is preaching heresy since most pulpits preach "all saved go" in the Rapture. As you have always preached, repentance is the key as the Scripture points out. Not wanting to sound like a legalist, I now conjecture that 1 John 1:9 has become only as a band aid to repentance to most saints within the visible and earthly churches (Thyatira, Sardis, and Laodicea). It seems that a simple fix of a 1 John 1:9 prayer isn't exactly what Jesus or Paul warns us about. Perhaps (my conjecture) that those left behind have verious serious issues with their garments that require the individual, through grace, a chance to correct them during tribulation to ensure full regeneration. Perhaps I am just caught in the dilemma of realization that the spiritual condition of our earthly visable church is very seriously spotted and blemished. As depressed that I am over this issue, I do realize that despite my concerns, there are precious saints within the earthly visable church and He is building His Ekkesia, without spot or blemish. God bless

My reply

Thanks for telling me about the dates. I fixed them. It's me that wasn't alert enough. On the 17th, I changed a couple of the dates, not realizing that there were more that needed changing. What happened to begin with? I looked at the page for 2005 instead of 2006. Also, I think Pentecost should be Sivan 7, June 3, 2006, but the Jews celebrate it on Sivan 6 and 7.

Luke 12:46 says to the unwise servant, "The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder (lit., cut him off), and will appoint him his portion (the shortened Tribulation) with the unbelievers." Mt. 24:51 adds, "And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites (pretenders): there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Jesus tells the Laodiceans, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold (symbol of deity) tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent" (Rev 3:18,19).

In John 13:8-10, "Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit."

When we are saved, all our "old sins" are forgiven. Any new sins must be brought under the blood of Christ.

II Peter 1:9-11 says, "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." Agape

PERES Meets Rice in Washington

Says Israel ready to hold final status talks with PA after vote - Haaretz

Incoming e-mail, Re: English Gematria

I just happened upon this site and it is mind-boggling! I never knew there was an English Gematria....I knew about Greek and Hebrew but this is just so extraordinary to say the least. Anyone not believing in God would become a believer after reading this! This is awesome!

Scroll down to the "153 list" and you will see what I am referring to.

Blessings to you and Ed as we await our Lord! ysiC

My reply

Please don't think I want to throw cold water on your enthusiasm. I don't, but on this subject, I can't agree with what people who believe in British Israelism say. On this interpretation of numbers obtained by assigning numbers to the English alphabet, I don't buy it. The author is letting his imagination run wild. I hope you will agree with me after you read what he wrote more carefully.

He said,
> > Let me share a bit from the Monthly Notes of the BRITISH-ISRAEL World Federation

"British-Israel" is the first hint I caught that something might be wrong with this article. It looks like the author is making something out of anything he can conjure up to back up his ideas, but his conclusions won't wash. To me, British Israelism seems to be without credible proof. They compare names of people and places that even remotely sound like the 10 so-called lost tribes to prove their point, that the USA (made up of immigrants from all over the world) and Great Britain are the 10 lost tribes of Israel.

Zeph 3:9 says, "For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent." There is no good reason I can think of to assume that this language will be English. Zephaniah wrote in Hebrew, and Hebrew might not even be the "pure language". It might be something totally different from all earthly languages.

We have to be careful. Rev 3:9 warns us, saying, "Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee."

> > SOME WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT GOD'S PURPOSE FOR THE EARTH AND MAN IS THE SALVATION OF MAN. IF THAT WERE TRUE, THEN THE BIBLE WOULD TALK A LOT ABOUT SALVATION. Did you ever notice how little Jesus talked about salvation? Follow Jesus' life and preaching and you'll find almost nothing about salvation, but that he went "casting out demons and preaching THE KINGDOM OF GOD." God has been getting the earth and mankind ready for His Kingdom.

The Bible talks a lot about salvation." The word "salvation" occurs 164 times. It is a common thread throughout. The first time it is used is in Gen 49:18: "I have waited for thy salvation (y'shua, saving), O LORD (Yahweh)." Y'shua (Jesus) is Yahweh of hosts, the Redeemer.

Isa. 44:6 says, "Thus saith the LORD (Yahweh) the King of Israel, AND his redeemer the LORD (Yahweh) of hosts; I am the FIRST (Yahweh King of Israel), AND I am the LAST (Yahweh of hosts, the Redeemer, i.e., Jesus), and beside me there is no God."

It is as II Cor. 5:19 says, "God was in Christ, RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF."

The "kingdom of God" is used 69 times, all in the New Testament. 1Co 15:50-52 says, "Now this I say, brethren, that FLESH AND BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed (made literally immortal), In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump (i.e., the second Rapture): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."

> > When the end of the world comes, it'll come in English. Jesus’ 1000 year rule of The Golden Age will be lived in English. Do you suppose that happened by chance? What if there IS a God?
"O ye of little faith" Mt. 6:30.

> > I have discovered a great deal of information which supports that Jesus Died on “4/3”

I think he died on Thursday, Nisan 13, 30 AD (April 6, 3790, Julian).

> > Paul has worked out 9/29 as Jesus’ birth date. I agree. It has long been postulated that Jesus was born on Rosh Hashanah, which is at the end of our month of September.

I agree with Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets, but I think Jesus was born Tishri 1, 3759 (Sept. 4, 5 BC).

> > “The earth is positioned “93” million miles from the sun; our orbit takes us “93” on each side of the sun; so, our solar diameter is “2_93’s” (=186, which --> the speed of light, at 186,000 miles a second). Jesus represents Pisces; Jesus is The “Son” of God; so, the sign is like The “Son”; with “93” on each side of Pisces we would have “93” on each side of The “Son” in the same way that we have “93” on each side of the “sun” ….(sign symmetry) all we have to do is examine our bodies to determine the symmetry in God’s handiwork; “age symmetry”=”151”; realize “two 93”=”151; “mirror imaging”=”151”. “God”=26; but recall “G_O_D”= “7_15_4” --> “7154”. Now note 186 divided by 26 =7.1538461….I would say that’s “pretty close” to '7154.'”
> > "Stock Exchange = 135 (68+67). This matches Wall Street, which is also on 135. We can even throw in what they do on Wall Street. Speculation is on 135.
> > Moving on to Exclusivity we find the words “akimbo”, “Tally Ho”, and “Homing”. These words are used almost exclusively with the words “arms”, “hunting” and “pigeon.” Before leaving the word “arms,” let’s notice the connection to “Mars” 51, “Arms” 51 and “Canals” 50.

This is all speculation. It seems like anything goes.

> > One more anomaly before we go on. How long have witches been riding broomsticks? Why do we find Witch paired with Broom on 63, with Stick on 62 and Riding on 61?---which adds up to this alignment:
> > 124 Witch Riding, 124 Broom Stick
> > Because at some past time the idea, which is numerically paired, was projected into the mind of man!
> > Then in the plural or possessive form this quartette is found: 87 Witches, 87 Seething, 88 Cauldron, 88 Decoction.

Why would anyone professing to believe in the Bible say anything like this about witches? And do they think witches really ride broomsticks? What has that got to do with the Bible?

> > Over 15 years and 30 some radio shows, I've demonstrated that BRITAIN, THE USA AND NORTHWEST EUROPE ARE THE LOST TEN TRIBES OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, beyond even unreasonable doubt. It took lots of Bible and History study to prove it. All along, the confirmation was right there in the English words that appear in the box labeled “Lost Tribes.”
> > BRITISH ISRAEL is the term usually applied to the teaching that the Anglo Saxon Race in the British Isles, are THE MODERN DESCENDANTS OF THE 10 LOST TRIBES. All of these points find their alignment of 149!!! To which may be added, USA is Manasseh and Correct Teaching.
> > 149 BRITISH ISRAEL, 149 Anglo Saxon Race, 149 British Isles, 149 10 Lost Tribes, 149 USA is Manasseh, 149 Correct Teaching.
> > The wording of Ephraim’s and Manasseh’s respective destinies which were not fulfilled in Palestinian days, become vividly fulfilled if we can recognize that MANASSEH TODAY IS THE GREAT PEOPLE OF THE USA AND EPHRAIM IS THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS.

We can't find that in the Bible. Nehemiah tells us about those that had gone back to Judea/Judah, and the "residue of Israel" is mentioned.

Neh 9:1,2 says, "Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. And the SEED OF ISRAEL separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers."
Neh 10:39 says, "For the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God."

Neh 11:1-4,20 says, "the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem: the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other cities. And the people blessed all the men, that willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem. Now these are the chief of the province that dwelt in Jerusalem: but IN THE CITIES OF JUDAH DWELT EVERY ONE IN HIS POSSESSION IN THEIR CITIES, TO WIT, ISRAEL, the priests, and the Levites, and the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants. AND AT JERUSALEM DWELT CERTAIN OF THE CHILDREN OF JUDAH, AND OF THE CHILDREN OF BENJAMIN. AND THE RESIDUE OF ISRAEL, of the priests, and the Levites, WERE IN ALL THE CITIES OF JUDAH." Agape
Question: "What happened to the lost tribes of Israel?"

Answer: There are many mysteries, legends, and traditions as to what happened to the 10 lost tribes of the Northern Kingdom. The truth is that the tribes were never lost. Most of the people of the Northern Kingdom were deported to ancient Assyria (2 Kings 17:6). Many of those who remained in the land re-united with Judah in the south (2 Chronicles 34:6-9). Assyria was then conquered by Babylon, who then went on to conquer and deport the two remaining tribes of the Southern Kingdom, Judah and Benjamin (2 Kings 25:21). When King Cyrus allows the Israelites to return to Israel (Ezra chapter 1), many from the northern ten tribes and southern two tribes returned to Israel. In the New Testament, the prophetess Anna (Luke 2:36) was from the tribe of Asher (one of the 10 supposed lost tribes). In Jesus’ day, Israel was a mix of those from the former Northern and Southern Kingdoms.

Does the Bible give any indication that Tishri is the beginning of the civil year?

By Marilyn Agee

Yes. The Bible indicates both the Civil and the Sacred Calendar. De. 11:14 says, "I will give you the rain of your land in HIS (JESUS') DUE SEASON, the FIRST RAIN (i.e., former rain, Tishri 1) AND the LATTER RAIN (Nisan 1)."

Hosea 6:3 says, "the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and HE SHALL COME UNTO US AS THE RAIN, as the LATTER and FORMER RAIN unto the earth."

There is no doubt about the twelve months of the Sacred Calendar running from Nisan to Adar. Esther 3:7 says, "In the FIRST MONTH, that is, the month NISAN, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the TWELFTH MONTH, that is, the month ADAR".

Just as there can't be a last trumpet (last Rapture) unless there is a first trumpet (first Rapture), there can't be a latter rain (Second Coming) unless there is a former rain (First Coming).

Therefore, we can deduce that there is a "former rain" (starting in Tishri) and a "latter rain" (starting in Nisan). Joel 2:23 says, "Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you (in the past) the FORMER RAIN (i.e., Jesus' First Advent on Tishri 1) moderately, and he will (in the future) cause to come down for you the rain, the FORMER RAIN (as he did at the First Advent on Tishri 1), and the LATTER RAIN (as he will at the Second Advent on Nisan 1) in the FIRST MONTH (chodesh, i.e., Nisan)." The Hebrew "chodesh" means both new moon and month, because the new moon is the beginning of the new month.

Nisan is also called Abib. Ex. 13:45 says. "This day came ye out (of Egypt) in the month ABIB. And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service (Unleavened Bread) in this month." Ex. 23:15 says, "Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month ABIB; for in it thou camest out from Egypt".

Sunspots And Earthquakes

By Mel Acheson:

...a quote from the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, who ventured to say: 'all truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident'."

If Freund has a problem getting such a simple idea accepted, how much more difficult is it going to be to get both astronomers and geoscientists to accept that the Earth is a charged body in an Electric Universe?

The missing link between the sunspots and earthquakes is the fact that the electric discharges on the Sun that cause sunspots also affect the Earth's ionosphere. The ionosphere forms one "plate" of a capacitor, while the Earth forms the other. Changes of voltage on one plate will induce movement of charge on the other. But unlike a capacitor, the Earth has charge distributed beneath the surface. And if the subsurface rock has become semi-conducting because of stress, there is an opportunity for sudden electrical breakdown to occur through that rock. The mystery of how the current is generated is solved and the link with sunspots exposed. Subsurface lightning causes earthquakes! Seismic waves are the equivalent of the rumble of thunder. The energy released may be equivalent to the detonation of many atomic bombs but only a small proportion needs to come from the release of strain in the rocks. Most of it comes from the Earth's stored internal electrical energy.

True size of Pool of Siloam discovered due to sewer blockage

By Nadav Shragai:

If the central sewage line for Jerusalem's Old City, which runs down the slope of the village of Silwan, had not gotten blocked a year ago, it would probably have been many years before we would have discovered the real dimensions of the historic Pool of Siloam from the Second Temple Period.

The pool, whose present small dimensions date from Byzantine times, is the outlet for the spring water coursing through the ancient Hezekiah's tunnel. It was once huge - three to four dunams.

And if the huge dimensions of the pool had not been discovered, it is doubtful that the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Elad association, which is working for the development of the area also known as the City of David, would not have come across the dramatic discovery now underway: the far end of a street dating from the Herodian period, which begins at the outer southwestern corner of the Temple Mount and is familiar to visitors to the Western Wall.

Incoming e-mail, Re: Concern and Encouragement

I get concerned with you are not in print for this long a period. I hope and have prayed that your antibiotics have taken effect and the Lord has touched your weariness. I am also praying for Ed in his warrior weary battle with the effects of his physical condition. I am sending an article that I was asked to write for a women's was such a blessing to revisit a familiar topic and plummet the depths of the words and their original gives meaning to these difficult days as we wait for the Bridegroom to let the Spirit's strange "beauty treatments" for us accomplish their eternal purpose. I hope it might encourage your heart as it did mine to give meaning to the weary day. Agape
The Spirit’s Fragrant Fruit

The Spirit’s fruit doesn’t strive to be fragrant, it just is. The life given up to the Spirit doesn’t struggle to produce fruit, but its fruit will become evident in the midst of life’s struggle. Like spring’s fragrant flower, the fruit of the Spirit appeals without effort, even though its bulb is born out of winter’s weariness.

An honored saint of old named Miles Stanford pointed out that to more deeply understand the Christian life, we need not find profound new truths. We need to experience its simple truths more profoundly. So we seek to understand the simple truths of the fruit of the Spirit afresh. When Paul distinguished the life in sync with the Spirit from the struggles of self motivation, he described its qualities in penetrating terms. To experience that impact, the Spirit may need to remove the lacquered layers of familiarity in the words describing His work. May He restore and reveal His original intent as we explore His fruit described by Paul in Gal. 5:22-23: But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control (NLT).*

Love: Agape is God’s essence pumped through our hearts as we co-operate with the Spirit (see I John 4:16 and Rom. 5:5). It is especially effective in the cardio-vascular exercise of rejoicing in our sufferings. The strengthening effect of that effort is a hope that does not disappoint. Joy: Our balloon like capacity for joy is increased by sorrow’s air, Vine’s Expository Dictionary tells us. Jesus grasped joy in enduring the cross. Hebrews (Heb.12:2) points out that He endured the indescribable because of the joy set before Him (Heb.2:10). Peace: Based on a word which means to bind, it is the resultant tranquility of mind found in accepting the merger made at the cross. Here merger is used in the legal sense of being absorbed as a lesser estate into a larger one. Patience: The shock absorbing effect of the Spirit against the potholes of life. It is stability in sometimes dysfunctional settings that target you. It allows you to process from resentment or anger to peace without revenge. Kindness: A Spirit activated tender heart finding favor by and desiring to meet others’ wants and needs in great gentleness. Goodness: This quality is the marching cadence of the one who walks in light. Its goal is truth, integrity and right standing with God on every avenue of this battlefield (See Eph. 5:9, II Thes. 1:11 and Rom. 15:14). Faithfulness: Here is the jeweled product of the Spirit in the persevering Bride. It is not the faith that she exercises but the end result produced in her by the Spirit. It is used by Paul in this sense in one other epistle in II Thes. 1:4. Gentleness: Linked to wisdom in James 3:17, this quality negates any harshness in our treatment of others whether they are deemed incompetent, irresponsible or simply in house. It is a requirement of leaders (IITim.2:24-26). Self-control: The protective barrier keeping out the assaults of the enemy (Prov.25:28).

This list of Spirit produced qualities emerges as a treasured dowry for the Bridegroom in the Bride. As the Bride has been brought through this embattled land, she has been both soothed from her journey weariness by the fruit of the Spirit and prepared for her wedding day. She has been made beautiful in the process. She has not gained her beauty from theological renderings but from intense longing to be with and to please her Beloved throughout the journey home. She is now radiantly adorned by the fruits of the Spirit as a Bride without spot or wrinkle. Strengthened through her dependence, as the approaching Bride, she now anxiously anticipates her full participation in the royal design.

* Greek origins discussed in Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament.

What about you? Do you want the Bridegroom to rejoice in you as His beautiful fragrant Bride? There are steps you can take to yield more effectively to the Spirit’s work in you. Give up your effort to be humanly approved, in place rejoice in your eternal approval in the Beloved. Surrender the right to be right today in exchange for your approaching rule in the King’s land. Let this battle of affliction do its strange work of removing dross covered character until the Beloved sees Himself reflected. Accept gratefully from the King’s heart prayer planted gifts of goodness and intervention. Know that we can trust Him wholly. Know that the events in the journey that strike at our peace are no surprise to Him. He knows what He will do about them. He has planned a hope and a future for you as His surrendered Bride (Jer.29:11). To that end, He awaits you with great anticipation as the fragrance produced by His Spirit in you announces your arrival.

My reply

Check out my Home Page article. I've been busy on that.

Ed and I had doctor's appointments on different days. I had to get gas and shop for groceries, and have to go to Lab tomorrow. It all takes time. Ed can barely walk.

I also had to take time to try to get my computer set up for low vision. Haven't been able to get the magnifier to work well yet.

Thanks for the article. Agape

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