PS: Marilyn, it is interesting to note that in the picture, it looks like two crossbows combined....a "double bow," to match those double rainbows seen lately.
This would be spectacular anywhere in the sky, but to have it in VELA, the sails of the ship ARGO (THE COMPANY OF TRAVELERS) is thrilling. It says to me, "Look at this spot. Think about it." To have it in the same place as the new star, Nova Velorum, that appeared last year on Sivan 7, Pentecost (May 22, 1999) sure calls our attention again to Pentecost and those reefed sails in this ship that is docking, backing into harbor. Symbolically, we are in this ship. Like Noah's Ark, this ship represents Christ, and we are in Christ. This ship has Christ's face just above the waterline and the ram's head above it on the prow. Thank you Lord for such a spectacular unique display to thrill our hearts. Agape
Miraculously, in the last one month, He has brought to me 9 persons for sharing/witnessing. 4 of them were somewhat touched while the other 5, I elieve seeds have been sown. I believe God is good and He is really telling Christians all over the world to wake up from their spiritual lumber for He is returning really very soon. He has given me a space to repent over the last 3 years. And I believe it is no coincidence that I come across this site and particularly for all the things that has happened to me over this short span of the last one month. I am a very conservative person who would normally never share such things so openly, but I can sense that God wants me to speak my testimony so that others may be encouraged one way or another and draw back to God. And to you, Marilyn, I thank you for all the contibutions put in. I believe God is using you in a very special way. I pray that He gives you strength to continue His work here. And I am indeed looking forward to being raptured unto Christ. And I thank God for shaking me so violently and turning me around so quickly that I am confident to say that should Christ return today, I am now ready. Blessed be the Lord God Almighty. In Jesus name, Amen.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
I believe the only way to take this is that History repeats itself by design. God is Awesome. Come Lord Jesus. Peace in Christ
Some of the text and context was clear, some was a jumble of half-sentences, dead-ends, and squiggle marks, etc. that seemed to defy interpretation. (In recent years, a Jewish authority on the Scroll, M. A. Ben-Luria said: "...the scroll could not be understood without a knowledge of rabbinical literature and vocabulary.) Baffled by its contents, the discovery team withheld news of its discovery for four years. They subsequently released a transcription of the text (later found to contain 80 transcription errors!) along with their initial interpretation, but offered a heavy dose of doubt that its contents were genuine. Many who attempted to deal with its contents labeled it as a "hoax," "a forgery," "the work of a madman," "Jewish mystical folklore," etc. and it was generally considered a dead issue and ignored by almost all of the academic authorities.
However, the inventory on the Copper Scroll was a list of the Holy Treasures from Israel's First Temple (Solomon's Temple) that had been hidden away before its destruction by the Babylonians (circa 422 BCE), treasures which remained hidden during the entire Second Temple period.
Amongst the writings on the Copper Scroll was the
"In the desolations of the Valley of Achor, under the hill that must be climbed, hidden under the east side, forty stones deep, is a silver chest, and with it, the vestments of the High Priest, all the gold and silver with the Great Tabernacle (the "Mishkan") and all its Treasures." ....
Subsequent validation for the significance of the Copper Scroll was forthcoming (but not until the 1990's). Rabbi Mendel Tropper and Rabbi Rachmael Steinberg, came across a long forgotten text called the Emeq HaMelek which had been written by Rabbi Naftali Hertz Ben Ya'acov Elchanon in the year 1648 in Amsterdam. Rabbi Steinberg cites that "Rav Hertz was known as a very holy and very prominent Rabbi, whose knowledge of both the written and oral Torah was superb and he was in the line of transmission from Rabbi Ari Ben Luria who was the leader of the most illustrious group of Rabbis in the world, including the great Torah giant Rabbi Yosef Cairo, author of the Shulchan Aruch.
"Inside the text of Emek HaMelek (Valley of the King) is the complete text of a missing Mishnaic text called 'Massakhet Keilim' consisting of twelve chapters. Each chapter describes various vessels which were hidden away by Jeremiah the Prophet in the Jewish year 3331 (429 BCE), seven years before the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem in 422 BCE. The text mentions that five holy men were put in charge of this awesome task and it names them. They were Shimor HaLevi, Chizkiah, Tzidkiyahu, Haggai the Prophet and Zechariah the Prophet. In Chapter Three, it also mentions that other prophets were with them along with Ezra the Scribe when the twelve chapters were written in Babylon.
I think Christians will recognize the real Christ. Heb. 12:25 warns, "See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall NOT WE ESCAPE (in the Rapture), if we turn away from him that SPEAKETH FROM HEAVEN." Christ will come IN THE CLOUDS, speak with a voice like a trumpet, and say "COME UP HITHER" (Rev. 4:1), and we will rise to meet him in the CLOUDS (I Thess. 4:17). We have Rev. 11:12 to show us exactly what this "Come up hither" means. It says, "And they (Moses and Elijah) heard a great voice FROM HEAVEN saying unto them, COME UP HITHER. And THEY ASCENDED UP TO HEAVEN in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them." When we hear Christ's voice like a trumpet saying "Come up hither," we will also ascend up to heaven, meeting Christ in the clouds.
Agape is the Greek word, not directly translatable in English, for the very best kind of love, God's love. Agape is translated as "charity" in the King James Version, but that Old English expression doesn't say the right thing to us today. One of the attributes of God is perfect love, agape love. Thus God is love. When we are filled with the Spirit of God, we are filled with his agape love. It flows through us out to others. God uses us to speak to others in the greatest form of love, agape love. Phileo means to be fond of a person as a friend. Thus Philadelphia means brotherly love. Agape is more than that, much more. I Cor. 13:13 says, "And now abideth faith, hope, charity (agape), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (agape)."
Another Christian was arguing with a non-Christian that dinosaurs didn't exist. I thought the Bible mentioned beasts roaming the land before man was created, but I couldn't find it in my NIV (it may have been in KJV translation). Apparently his argument is that if God didn't create it (i.e. he didn't specifically list them in his word and they significantly predated man), they didn't exist. Now there is substantial proof in their remains discovered in various digs. As a side issue, how does Neanderthal 'man' come into the picture?
Perhaps you can set us straight. If not, have a great day.
I believe that they were pretty much wiped out when an asteroid struck Earth, probably about 65 million years ago. The asteroid impact at that time left a layer of iridium spread over the entire Earth. That much is fact. It has been found, identified, and the layers above it are not full of fossils as the layers below the iridium layer are. I think that iridium layer at the KT boundary could only have come from an asteroid impact. Most scientists have come to accept that too. What animal life that didn't get it then was finished off when another asteroid struck before Earth was refreshed to make it a fit habitat for Adam. When God started to work on Earth in Genesis, the land was all under water. The asteroid impact had made the Earth waste and desolation. But much of the rich vegetation, including vast forests of trees, and much of the animal population, was buried underground to furnish mankind with fossil fuel later on. God plans ahead.
I don't know exactly what kind of a creature the Neanderthals really were, but they were not like Adam, made in the image of God. Science has finally proved that the DNA of Neanderthals is not related to the DNA of man. We are not descended from them any more than we are descended from apes. Adam was a new creation. An article in Sci/Tech Wednesday, 29 March, 2000, "Neanderthals not human ancestors," laid that old dispute to rest. It says,
Modern humans do not have Neanderthal ancestors in their family tree, a new DNA study concludes. The DNA extracted from the ribs of a Neanderthal infant buried in southern Russia 29,000 years ago was found to be too distinct from modern human DNA to be related....
Last of the Neanderthals
The bones from the Neanderthal infant were very well preserved and the child must have been among the last of the Neanderthals as they died out about 30,000 years ago....
The research by Dr Goodwin and his Swedish and Russian colleagues agrees with the findings of the first analysis of Neanderthal DNA in 1997.
That study of DNA, taken from the first Neanderthal skeleton found in the Feldhofer Cave in Germany in 1856, supports the theory that modern humans replaced Neanderthals.
According to Dr Goodwin, the DNA sequence from the infant was very similar to the specimen from the Feldhofer Cave, proving that there was little diversity among Neanderthals.
"If they had been very diverse at the DNA level, they could have encompassed modern humans. The fact that these two Neanderthals are closely related and not related to modern humans implies that they don't have the diversity to encompass a modern human gene pool," said Dr Goodwin.
DNA comparisons also showed that different ethnic groups do not have any links to Neanderthals.
In a commentary on the research in Nature, Matthias Hoss, of the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, said the two studies provide the most reliable proof so far of the authenticity of ancient DNA sequences.
The similar features of the two samples "argues against the idea that modern Europeans are at least partly of Neanderthal origin," he said.
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Neanderthals belong in the past, before Adam. God formed the Earth to be inhabited. It has been inhabited in the past, is inhabited now, and will be inhabited in the future. Isa. 45:18 says, "thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain (waste), HE FORMED IT TO BE INHABITED."
What animal life was here in the past was annihilated before Adam was created. Only seeds and roots in the soil could grow again. Gen. 2:5 says, "And every plant of the field BEFORE it was in the earth, and every herb of the field BEFORE it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was NOT A MAN to till the ground. The plants survived, but "THERE WAS NOT A MAN" on Earth, none. Whatever the Neanderthals were, they did not survive the catastrophe. Adam was a new creation. Agape
5278 (1517) + 400 (Acts 7:7) = 5678 (1917/1918) - Modern Exodus to the Promised Land began
5278 (1517) + 430 (Ex 12:41) = 5708 (1947/1948) - Israel declared her Independence
5278 (1517) + 450 Acts 13:20 = 5728 (1967/1968) - Israel grew leaves in the Six-Day War
5278 (1517) + 480 (I Ki 6:1) = 5758 (1997/1998) - Yr 6000, living stones given "SPACE TO REPENT"
5278 (1517) + 483 (Dan 9:26) = 5761 (2000/2001) - Beginning of Tribulation
5278 (1517) + 490 (Dan 9:24) = 5768 (2007/2008) - Day of Wrath, then 7 mo later - Second Advent
5278 (1517) + 490 (Acts 13:21 & 22) = 5768 (2007/2008) - Christ enthroned by God, as David was, who "shall fulfil all my (God's) will."
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