Friday, 19 December 2008

Economic crisis - What is really going on

Economic crisis: what actuality is going on?  Could the answer be found in "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God"? By Andre Delage, Student of Bible Prophesy.

 

In Mr. Hans Rollmann columns printed June 4 2008, The Telegram St John's, title "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God" he attempted to give answer to the origin for Newfoundland motto.  He commented that most other provinces also display patriotic or ethical sayings in their coats of arms, but none quite as blatantly religious as Newfoundland's motto.  "Blatantly" meaning: noisy especially in a vulgar or offensive manner (Merriam-Webster).  Sound to me that Mr Rollmann was "a bit" offended by the historic choice for Newfoundland motto.  Although, his column is historically correct "pertaining the origin of Newfoundland motto", it does lack explanation of Jesus instruction.

 

The main purpose of His instruction is not just for our needs to be look after as promise; moreover, it is to comprehend what God has done, what He is doing, and what He will do.  I am sure that most students of Bible prophecy wound agree.  That is what I am.  I am sure that there are plenty of students of Bible prophecy in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Why is "Seeking the Kingdom of God" so essential?  It is so that, we may not be taken by surprise by the increase misery and crisis, that is propagating worldwide. 

 

Nouriel Roubini in an exclusive TNR interview[1], , professor of economics at NYU's Stern School and chairman of Roubini Global Economics, argues that the worst is yet to come for the global economy. He foresees many more job losses in the U.S. and social upheaval abroad.

 

Beyond the explanations from all national news media, what actuality is going on?  To find the answer, we may have to look from the Bible prophetic point of view.  I came across an expository in Daniel by Ray C Stedman[2] written in 1969.  He describe the fourth kingdom of the great dream image in the book of Daniel to be the last empire until the time when God sets up his own kingdom on earth; it is within the scope of this kingdom that he believe we still live.  I am amaze by how relevant it is for the present time.  The economic disorder seem to play an important part of bringing nations around the world to nationalize a good portion their banks by bailing them out in order to restore markets confident.

 

Sarkozy said the G8 meeting should produce "a new capitalism"[3].  He said the problem is international and therefore needs an international solution.  Barroso said, "We need a new global financial order"[4].  Could we be witnessing the making of the 10 toes of the statue dreamed by king Nebuchadnezzar?

 

It seems to me that we are heading toward global governance. 

 

What is global governance?  According to James M. Boughton and Colin I. Bradford, Jr[5]

"The ideal of global governance is a process of cooperative leadership that brings together national governments, multilateral public agencies, and civil society to achieve commonly accepted goals.  It provides strategic direction and then marshals collective energies to address global challenges.  What is required is a transition to a global system of reformed institutions and new governance mechanisms that can harness diverse energies and resources in a cohesive way to respond effectively to urgent global challenges in the age of massive economic and social transformation that lies ahead". 

 

In the expository in Daniel by Ray C Stedman, he explains Daniel's dream.  He wrote; "What is the symbolism of this?  (The feet and toes partly of potter's clay and partly of iron)  The clay is obviously the opposite of iron.  Iron symbolized an imperialistic attitude or form of government, the power and might of imperialism seeking to dominate and to rule by brute force and strength.  Clay, on the other hand, is weak, pliable, easily molded.  Most Bible scholars are right in identifying this as the principle of democracy.  Perhaps that may cause us to bristle a bit.  We do not like to see democracy attacked.  We like to think that the reason the United States and Great Britain have become strong nations is because they are democracies; that it is the voice of the people that gives strength.  But if you look at history, especially the history of the West, in the light of the revelation of Scripture and in an honest evaluation of democracy, you will discover that democracy is not really a very good form of government.  The voice of the people is always a fickle voice.  It is easily molded, like clay.  That is what politicians capitalize on.  Every election year you can hear them shaping the clay, molding the clay into the opinions they want them to have.  Today we are subject to the tremendous pressures of mass media, which play, upon our minds to mold the will of the people.  That is the weakness of democracy."

 

Professor Alexander Fraser Tytler[6], nearly two centuries ago, while the thirteen original states were still colonies of Great Britain wrote: "Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasure.  From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefit from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship, and then a monarchy."

 

Feet mix of iron and clay.  All western nations (an extension of the Roman empire) combining their effort to save the world economy and the environment might bring the fulfilment of this prophetic dream.  The cause for global warming is over rate.  Could it be a guise for global governance?  Now German scientists are predicting a 10 years colder temperature[7].

 

Dr. Roger Pelke Jr. pointed out in his April 30th Prometheus post after reviewing the Nature piece:  "If global cooling over the next few decades is consistent with model predictions, then so too is pretty much anything and everything under the sun.  This means that from a practical standpoint climate models are of no practical use beyond providing some intellectual authority in the promotional battle over global climate policy." 

 

Now, it is hard to believe that so many environmentalists are so gullible in listening to Mr Al Gore who plays a good part for global governance.

 

Jennifer Rast, Contender Ministries[8] stated:  Since 1995, Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong have co-chaired a global process with the purpose of implementing the Earth Charter on a global scale and ushering in the one world religion.  Under the cloak of an environmental crisis and impending doom, they hope to gain wide acceptance of the Earth Charter, which contains much more than a new environmental policy.  How many times lately have you heard the terms "global community", "globalization", "world economy", "sustainable development" or "interdependent world"?  These are all phrases that appear throughout the Earth Charter along with other New Age terms such as "circles of compassion", "triangles of meditation", "reverence for Earth and Cosmos", and "Mother Earth".

 

Eighteen month from now, it may well be a very different world, consisting of ten Kingdoms (ten toes).

 

Is Canada part of this objective?  The Right Hon. Steven Harper said, "We need new infrastructure", explaining that the world doesn't have the mechanisms needed to cope with the current financial crisis. [9].  What policies those the leaders of the oppositions have?  Do they have a mandate to relinquish our economic sovereignty?

 

In conclusion, what are we to do?  For Christians, Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, meaning, "Draw Near To God, and He will draw near to you".  For non-Christians take this as a witness of things to come.  "Go ye preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all nations as a witness".  This instruction was not intend to convert the entire world, it was intent to instruct all nations that the King of kings is coming back to claim His dominion.  This was quite different from the "Gospel of Salvation" which is "everlasting life for those who believe in the one that God has sent - Jesus". That is what Christmas reminds us.  God is working out His purpose.

 

As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man.

 

May God bless the people of Newfoundland and Labrador for they "Seek the Kingdom of God".

 

A Student of Bible Prophecy, wishing you a very Merry Christmas in the Lord

 

Andre Delage

 

Glovertown, NL

 

 

 

 



[1] Nouriel Roubini http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_plank/archive/2008/12/14/tnrtv-roubini-predicts-deeper-recession.aspx

 

[2] Ray C Stedman Long-time pastor of Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California, and author of Body Life and other books, http://www.raystedman.org/daniel/0362.html

[3] http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/10/15/eu-summit.html

[4] http://www.moneymorning.com/2008/10/24/bretton-woods/

[5] James Boughton is IMF Historian and Assistant Director of the Policy Development and Review Department. Colin Bradford, Jr., is Nonresident Senior Fellow for Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution.

[6] Professor Alexander Fraser Tytler, http://www.conservativeforum.org/authquot.asp?ID=723

[7] German scientists are predicting a 10 years colder temperature.

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2008/dec/11/warming-on-land-begins-in-the-sea/

[8] The Earth Charter's Spiritual Agenda, http://www.contenderministries.org/articles/earthcharter.php

[9] http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=079abc91-ed93-41c2-bce4-0579af73ea32

Thursday, 16 October 2008

THE LAST ACT

I came across an expository in Daniel by Ray C. Stedman written in 1969. It describe the fourth kingdom of the great dream image in the book of Daniel which is be the last from the disappearance of the Grecian empire until the time when God sets up his own kingdom on earth; it is within the scope of this kingdom that we still live. I'm impress by how relevant it is for the present time. The economic havoc seem to play an important part of bringing nations around the world to take control of their banks by bailing them out, nationalizing a good portion of them. It is a step closer of globalizing the monitory system to one central banking system. We can see the making of the 10 toes of the statue dreamed by king Nebuchadnezzar. Feet mix of iron and clay. All western nations (an extension of the Roman Emperor) combining their effort to save the world economy, which will bring the fulfilment of the prophetic dream. This is great understanding to those who look for signs of time.

THE LAST ACT

by Ray C. Stedman


We are attempting now to interpret the prophecies of Daniel. In our introductory message we noted that this book of Daniel is rejected by many today as uninspired, having been written by another than the historical personage of Daniel, and containing a lurid sample of what is called "apocalyptic" literature which has no real historic value.

Despite the fact that many critics reject the book of Daniel, it is most interesting to observe that the Lord Jesus highly recommends this prophet. As he sat with his disciples on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the city, among many other things he said to them, "When you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place" (Matthew 24:15 KJV). Then Matthew adds these words in parenthesis, "let the reader understand." By that, Jesus indicates that there is considerable profit to be gained by studying the book of Daniel.

We are now in the second chapter of Daniel, trying to determine the meaning of the great dream image which was first seen by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, and later recalled to him by Daniel the prophet, and interpreted for him. As we saw, this great dream image, consisting of a man divided into four sections, with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet of mingled iron and clay, constitutes a great outline of history into which all other prophetic passages of the Scripture can be placed. It is our task now to investigate Daniel's interpretation of this dream and especially that part of it which has to do with the fourth division, the fourth kingdom which is to come upon the earth.

Beginning with Verse 36 of Chapter 2, Daniel gives us the interpretation of the dream.

"This was the dream; now we will tell the king its interpretation. You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the sons of men, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the air, making you rule over them all -- you are the head of gold. After you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth." (Daniel 2:36-39 RSV)

We saw in our last study that these first three divisions of the image have been already fulfilled in history, and were fulfilled exactly according to the pattern predicted here by Daniel. The head of gold was the empire of Babylon, headed by Nebuchadnezzar, and existing within Daniel's own lifetime. It was superseded as the world power of its day by the divided kingdom of Media-Persia -- first the Medes and then the Persians coming in -- and yet history recognizes it as essentially one kingdom, though there were two ruling families involved. Then this was followed, as we know now from history, by the rapid-fire conquests of Alexander the Great, who swept across the world of his day, conquering the known kingdoms of earth and weeping because he had no other worlds to conquer. This was the "belly and thighs of bronze."

Then Daniel comes to the fourth kingdom. This is of peculiar interest to us because it is within the scope of this kingdom that we still live. As Daniel made clear, this kingdom is to last from the disappearance of the Grecian empire until the time when God sets up his own kingdom on earth. As we focus now on this fourth kingdom we shall have several matters of intense interest suggested to us. Let us look first at Verse 40:

"And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things; and like iron which crushes, it shall break and crush all these." (Daniel 2:40 RSV)

This is the prophet's interpretation of the fourth division of the image consisting of the legs of iron and extending clear down to the feet and toes of mingled iron and clay. This was to be the fourth empire. There are several things we can note immediately about this. History interprets a good deal of this for us as we look backward from our twentieth-century vantage point. It is clear now to us, as it must have been even to those in our Lord's day who read the prophecy of Daniel, that the fourth kingdom began with the Roman Empire.

For three hundred years before Christ, the city-state of Rome, located on the banks of the Tiber River in Italy, had already dominated other city-states and tribes of Italy and had begun to thrust out into the Mediterranean world. Gradually its legions conquered territory throughout Italy and around southern France and into Spain, had crossed the seas into North Africa, was doing long-term battle with Carthage, and had begun to thrust out into Egypt, Greece, and east, almost to India. By our Lord's day, this kingdom was enthroned as the dominant power of earth. It is clear to us, as we look at history, that the Roman Empire was aptly symbolized by the iron of this image, because, as the prophet said, iron breaks to pieces and shatters and crushes. Anyone who has read the story of the Roman Empire knows how characteristic this was of Rome. They were dominated by a passion to rule the world and they had the power to achieve it and to continue that rule. Roman legions were known everywhere for their ability to fight, to march in and overwhelm all opposition, utilizing the short sword which became the famous mark of the Roman soldier. The Roman phalanxes and legions moved throughout the earth and eventually dominated every kingdom known to the Western world.

The chief mark of Rome was its resolute will to conquer. Will Durant, in his remarkable volumes, The History of Civilization, tells us that the Roman senate sometimes deliberately began wars in order to acquire further wealth for Rome or to quiet unrest among the plebeians and slaves at home. The Roman legions became synonymous with peace so that men boasted of what they called the Pax Romana, a peace of conquest by military might which kept everything stable and quiet throughout the Empire.

The third thing suggested by this prophecy is that Rome would stamp its image upon the entire Western world. Here is where we of the Western hemisphere enter the picture. The Roman government was marked by a passion to establish colonies and then to defend these colonies by military power. That characteristic of Rome has continued throughout the history of the West. Western nations have been colonizing nations who have reached to the uttermost parts of the earth. With the colonizing came the necessity for great military power to protect the trade routes and the colonies from being overwhelmed by others. Thus the Western nations became mighty militarily, protecting the colonies which they had established.

The Roman Empire was soon divided into two portions, corresponding to the two legs of iron of this image. One division was in the West, centered in Rome; the other was in the East, with Constantinople its capital, and became the Byzantine empire which colonized toward the north, into Russia, and into the east, to Persia, Iran and Iraq, and spread Byzantine culture all through the area.

In the West the empire centered on Rome. It first mastered the whole of the Mediterranean area and Western Europe and even after the fall of Rome itself continued to dominate as the kingdoms of Europe, the monarchies of France, of Germany, Spain, Great Britain and Portugal. These, in turn, began to reach into the western hemisphere after Christopher Columbus discovered the New World. The interesting thing now is that every single nation of this western hemisphere was begun by one of the nations of the Roman empire. Our entire Western world is Roman to the core. You can see that even in our own history. We have a senate which is one of the fundamental bases of our government, and which we copied directly from the Roman senate. The very republican form of the United States government is based upon the republic of Rome. Our courts, our laws, our military, all reflect the courts and laws and military forms of the Roman Empire. We even derived our national symbol from Rome. The American eagle is known throughout the world as were the Roman eagles in the days of Rome's power.

In Europe today there is an even more remarkable tracing of Roman heritage possible. As students of history know, the Goths and Huns and other pagan tribes of the north swept down over the Alps, overran Italy, and finally sacked the city of Rome. There emerged from this chaos what is called in history, "the Holy Roman Empire." The Church became a stabilizing influence through all that time and the Pope emerged finally as a Roman ruler. It was still Roman, but it was now a religious empire. The seat of imperial government was transferred first to France, then into Spain, and finally ended up in Germany. The German rulers were called Kaisers, which is simply the German spelling of the word Caesar, so it is apparent that the Roman Caesars were perpetuated in the Western empires as the Kaisers.

A strikingly similar thing took place in the Eastern empire under the Byzantines. In about 1453 the city of Constantinople was sacked by the northern tribes and the seat of government was ultimately transferred from Constantinople to Russia. The ruler was called the Czar, which is the Russian spelling of Caesar. Thus the Roman Caesars have continued right up to modern times. What to me is a fascinating footnote to history is that both of these divisions of the Roman Empire, in its imperial form, ended in the same year, 1918, when the Russian Czar was overthrown and murdered by the Bolsheviks as they came into power in Russia, and the German empire with the Kaisers ended at the close of World War I. So we have the whole of the Western world as an extension of this mighty fourth kingdom which Daniel saw was to dominate the earth. It is stamped with the Roman image from that day to this. It is still Roman, and only recently has ceased to colonize, and thus dominate, major parts of the earth. Vast military power is characteristic of the fourth kingdom throughout its duration.

In Verse 41 a strange and remarkable new element enters into the picture. Daniel says to the king,

"And as you saw the feet and toes partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the miry clay." (Daniel 2:41 RSV)

There was a sense in which the Western kingdom was "divided" between the Roman and Byzantine Empires, analogous to the legs of the image, but now here is a different division. This is a division in character which comes in at the foot stage of the image. The legs were made of solid iron, but Daniel saw that the feet of the image were made of mingled iron and clay.

What is the symbolism of this? The clay is obviously the opposite of iron. Iron symbolized an imperialistic attitude or form of government, the power and might of imperialism seeking to dominate and to rule by brute force and strength. Clay, on the other hand, is weak, pliable, easily molded. Most Bible scholars are right in identifying this as the principle of democracy. Perhaps that may cause us to bristle a bit. We do not like to see democracy attacked. We like to think that the reason the United States and Great Britain have become strong nations is because they are democracies; that it is the voice of the people that gives strength. But if you look at history, especially the history of the West, in the light of the revelation of Scripture and in an honest evaluation of democracy, you will discover that democracy is not really a very good form of government.

The voice of the people is always a fickle voice. It is easily molded, like clay. That is what politicians capitalize on. Every election year you can hear them shaping the clay, molding the clay into the opinions they want them to have. Today we are subject to the tremendous pressures of mass media which play upon our minds to mold the will of the people. That is the weakness of democracy.

Let me share with you an interesting quotation which I think you will find most significant, especially in view of when it was uttered. It is called, Why Democracies Fail.

Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasure. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefit from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship, and then a monarchy.

That sounds as if it was written today, does it not? But it was written by professor Alexander Fraser Tytler, nearly two centuries ago, while our thirteen original states were still colonies of Great Britain. At the time he was writing of the decline and fall of the Athenian Republic, over two thousand years before. It is a clear and honest evaluation of democracy. No, it is not democracy that has made the United States great; it is another element -- the same element which produced greatness for a considerable period in Great Britain and other nations. Scripture reveals that the element which makes a nation great is righteousness. When righteousness pervades a nation that people is strong; without righteousness it begins to falter. That is why we are seeing our American democracy beginning to totter, stagger, and crumble. The element of righteousness is fast disappearing within it. Democracy has no power to stand or be strong unless righteousness is there. This one thing God's word clearly reveals: "righteousness exalts a nation, but shame is a reproach to any people." In the words of the motto of the state of Hawaii, Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono, which means, "The life of the land is preserved in righteousness." That has been the fundamental secret of the strength of the United States.

In this passage the prophet Daniel says the kingdom is to be so divided. In the final stage of this collection of Western nations, dominated by Roman principles, there would come a struggle for dominance between two principles: the iron of imperialism, and the clay of democracy. These two things would struggle and attempt to mingle together.

As we look back in history we can see that World War I marked the beginning of the end of an era. The end of that war was characterized by the fall of crowned heads all over the world. Many monarchies ended then, either abruptly and completely, or they were transformed into representative monarchies in which the king became merely a figurehead, exercising no power or authority at all.

World War II completed the picture; the age of kings ended in that interim period. From that time on there has been clearly emerging a new age, a new condition among nations. It is described for us in Verses 42-43, when we come to the very toes of the feet of the image.

"And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay." (Daniel 2:42-43 RSV)

The phrase translated in the RSV, "in marriage," is not too accurate. Literally, it is (in the King James), "they shall mingle together with the seed of men," which seems to imply a universal application, i.e., this is a grass roots matter, it permeates the masses. In the stream of humanity these two conflicting currents struggle together, and as we near the end of this fourth kingdom it becomes a struggle at the grass roots level. It strikes me as highly significant that this is what we see arising in our own day. I am not going to be dogmatic on this as being positively the fulfillment of this prophecy, but the trend seems to be unmistakable.

What is happening in the nations of the West in our day? Well, clearly they are torn by domestic strife. They are being weakened by internal conflict. There is enough iron yet to threaten with the power and strength of ancient Rome, but there is enough clay to weaken and paralyze so that nations are unable to accomplish their objectives. Thus we have the sight of great and powerful nations which are almost helpless to carry out what they set themselves to do. They are being throttled and thwarted by internal weakness, by struggles breaking out from within, by the unmixable principle of the voice of the people and the iron will of authority in conflict.

This is what sets the stage for the final act of history. By this the world becomes ripe for the invasion of God. That last act is given to us now in Verses 44-45:

"And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand for ever; just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be hereafter. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure." (Daniel 2:44-45 RSV)

Our attention is immediately drawn to this opening phrase, "And in the days of those kings." What kings? There have not been any kings mentioned in this passage at all. Kingdoms, yes; kings, no. "In the days of those kings" -- what a cryptic reference this is. But as you compare this passage with other passages in the seventh chapter of Daniel. and also with the book of Revelation, it becomes clear that the final form of the Western confederacy of nations will be the emergence of a confederation of ten nations, here symbolized by the ten toes of this image. The only possible antecedent for the reference to "those kings" is the ten toes of the image. In the days when the ten-kingdomed empire emerges as the final form of the fourth kingdom (essentially Roman in its emphasis and characteristic), then God, in those days, shall set up a kingdom which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel saw in the dream that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and struck the entire image crumbled, suddenly, dramatically. Then the stone grew until it became a mountain that filled the entire earth. It is not difficult to interpret this imagery. The stone is identified for us clearly in Scripture. The Apostle Peter gathers up several passages out of the Old Testament and identifies the stone for us. In First Peter, Chapter 2, Verse 6, he says:

For it stands in scripture:
  "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious,
  and he who believes in him will not be put to shame." (1 Peter 2:6 RSV)

To you therefore who believe, he is precious, but for those who do not believe, "The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner," and "A stone that will make men stumble, a rock that will make them fall;" for they stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

What a remarkable revelation of the authority, power, and right of Jesus Christ to rule among the kingdoms of men! He is the stone that comes striking suddenly into the affairs of mankind -- God once again intervening dramatically in history to destroy all that man has built through the centuries. The entire structure of civilization collapses and crumbles at the impact of this mighty stone, and the stone in turn grows to fill the entire earth. This clearly introduces the millenial kingdom which has been prophesied by the prophets.

What is our part in all this? If we stand, as I believe this passage clearly suggests, at the termination of civilization as we know it; if we are approaching the end of man's day and God's program which the prophets have long predicted is at last to be established, then Peter suggests that it is our privilege now to rejoice in that "chosen and precious stone." The question that impinges upon us in this hour is, What is our relationship to that stone? Is he the foundation for our life, or is he coming to destroy all that we have built? Is the coming of the Lord to us a thrill, or is it a threat? Is he coming as a friend, or as a foe?

The purpose of prophecy is to help us keep our lives balanced, now. What are you going to do tomorrow? You say. "Well, I've got to go back and make a living." Yes, God is interested in you making a living. Prophecy does not remove us from the need to make a living. But it does face us up to the question: What else am I doing tomorrow, and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and throughout the whole week? Even those who are not Christian will be engaged in making a living. But, if I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, what else is involved? Am I doing nothing more than simply trying to get ahead, like the rest of the world? Or am I also investing in eternal issues that will last beyond this time? That is the question which is important. It is a tragic possibility that one may know the Lord, and know the Scriptures, and yet arrive at the end of life and, looking back, find that much of it has been wasted because it was invested only in that which was to crumble and be dispersed to the winds at the coming of Christ.

I find the great hunger of every heart is to do something permanent, something worthwhile, something enduring. These great prophetic Scriptures are designed to face us up with the question: Am I now being an available instrument for the working of God to do his purpose, in terms of my work, my school, my play, or whatever? Am I walking in harmony to the eternal program God is working out through the forces of history? Or am I related only to that which ultimately shall crumble and be scattered to the four winds?

That is the great question before us as we come to the Lord's table. Has he become to us a rock, a stone chosen and precious upon which all life must be built and from which all values come? If so, then we can fellowship together in his Spirit and enjoy the fellowship of faith in the oneness of the body of Christ.

Prayer:

Our Father, as we come to the Lord's table, we pray that we may grasp the swiftness of passing time, and the certainty of the fulfillment of prophecy. Help us to understand ourselves, Lord, in the light of your word. Help us to see our lives as revealed by the light that streams from that word. May we at this time, Lord, renew that marvelous relationship of love, truth, and faith in the Son of God who has called us out of the kingdoms of this world to be part of the kingdom of his love. We ask this in Jesus' name, Amen.


Title: The Last Act
By: Ray C. Stedman
Series: The Outline of the Future
Scripture: Daniel 2:32-45
Message No: 2
Catalog No: 362
Date: February 2, 1969

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Sunday, 29 June 2008

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

How many of us (Christians) are anticipating Christ return? When I look at my life (past and present) and compare it with the one promise in the future (our blessed hope), I can't stop saying "Are we there yet?" I have experience failures in many part of my life. I failed in marriage twice (not counting the relationship before marriage). The present marriage survived by pure miracle. I am the only one on my side of the family who accepted Christ. My brother is an atheist, my sister is recovering from a bad experience with the new age movement, yet refuse to accept Christ to rebuke the spirit that followed her. My mother? She accepted Christ as many Catholics do which is faith plus work. My children who were influence by me (even separated I toke them to church every second weekend) live their lives without Christ. The result is their children are being disrespectful toward them.

As for my present wife, I thank God for she accepted Christ is her life and we share the understanding of the signs of the time and of Christ return. She also had two-failed marriage (abusive). She had skin cancer, heart surgery, lost both father and mother within a year. My wife now is in stress relief from her work causes by so many factors.

Are we there yet?

We are in debt. We invested in establishing a vineyard, which is yet to give revenue. Working in this curse land is difficult. Day to day we live in faith and hope for Christ return.

Are we there yet?

There is no one in are lives that shared our hope in Christ (His return). We are not part of any Christian's organization which are far from being the simple congregation of the early church. Christ never meant to have one to teach and the rest to be spectators. There was to be no authorities structure within the body of Christ. Only Christ is the head. It was a gathering on no specific day of the week, sharing a meal, breaking the bread not as a ritual but as a simple remembrance of Christ broken body for redeeming us and sharing a glass of wine among believers remembering Christ blood spilled for us washing our sins. All participated according to their spiritual gift sharing Christ experience in their lives.

I am in the body of Christ. I miss the fellowship, as it was meant to be. Are we there yet? A great wedding diner and reception is being prepared for us. Christ will be at the head table. He will take bread and break it. He will take a cup of wine and drink out of it as he did for the last time with His disciples. We all will testify Christ in our lives as we share our meal with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. There will be no more tears, no more hope because we will be living our blessed hope for eternity.

Are we there yet?

My personal impression is that the original church gathering format will return, not at this present time but after Christ return for His Bride. Those left behind will realized that they have missed the boat by lack of faith (figure of speech). The rapture will be a big blow to many so-called Christians, friends and relatives of those taken away. In despair, they will make amend to God and accept Christ. They will be pursue, persecuted, and kill for their belief. They will go in hiding and congregate as the original Christians did. They will be instructed by all the tapes, CDs, Mp3s, and documents left behind by those who had joined Christ in heaven. They will be sharing wine and bread in remembrance of the broken body of Christ, signing hymnals, and sharing their life experience in Christ in a very dangerous and trouble time never seen before. This time, they will have a road map of all the events as described in prophecies in the bible. They will have seven years to notch off event by event. Every day they will live in fear of being captures and beheaded. "Are we there yet?" will be on the lips of every living Christians every time they will meet in secret.

So when I compare my present miseries with the experiences of those left behind, I can say in faith and assurance that "Yes, I am there".

Are you there yet?

Best Regards

Andre


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One Gospel One Truth

One Gospel One Truth

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

The Jews are God chosen people. Here is the evident to prove it.

 

One day in the late 19th Century, Queen Victoria of England reportedly asked her Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, this question..."Mr. Prime Minister, what evidence can you give me of the existence of God?" Disraeli thought for a moment and then replied, "The Jew, your majesty."

 

Denying God existence is denying Israel right to exist. In 1948, a long waited prophetic event came to past. The Jews were given the right to exist in there own land, again.

 

Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.' Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.' Ezekiel 37

 

I believe that God has a plan for this nation, which He intends to be a blessing to all the nations of the earth. "I will bless those who bless you and curse him who curse you" Gen 12:3.

 

The truth is the body of Christ (The Church) and Israel (nation) have their purpose in the fulfilment of Bible prophecies. The Church commission is to spread the gospel of salvation to Jews and gentiles (gospel for the forgiveness of our sins and a promise of everlasting life) and to preach the Kingdom of God (Christ return) to all nations as a witness. It is not commission to force conversion to the entire world. The restoration of the nation Israel is to prove to the world nations that God love Israel, and to inform the entire world that the end time of this world government system is at hand and that all nations will give account on their behaviours toward all Jews worldwide and the nation Israel.

 

For a more insightful understanding of the above topic I suggest that you read a book entitled " Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done, by Ron Graft and Lambert Dolphin, available Free in Internet version, http://ldolphin.org/kingdom.

 

Matthew 24:37. As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man.

 

 




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Thursday, 6 March 2008

Dr Suzuki - using global warming as a pretext to bring the world to one global government

Mr. Andre Delage

Independent Lobbyist

Preaching the gospel as a witness.

7248 Dixon Rd

RR 2, Brockville,

Ontario, Canada

andre.delage@ripnet.com

 

February 14, 2008

 

The David Suzuki Foundation

Mr. David Suzuki

Suite 219, 2211 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6K 4S2

 

Fax: (604) 730-9672

 

Dear Mr. Suzuki,

 

According to a National Post article by Craig Offman, Published: Thursday, February 07, 2008, "Toward the end of your speech, you Mr. Suzuki said that 'we can no longer tolerate what's going on in Ottawa and Edmonton' and then encouraged attendees to hold politicians to a greater green standard. You stated "What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there's a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they're doing is a criminal act. It's an intergenerational crime in the face of all the knowledge and science from over 20 years."

 

WOW, what a stunning declaration! It is amazing how far you are willing to go to force your belief on others, suggesting prison for your critics. What kind of superior intellect do you possess to go to that extreme? Hitler did use the Jews as a pretext to achieve his goal of creating his version of the New Revised Roman Empire.

 

You, Mr Suzuki are using global warming as a pretext to bring the world to one global government. Is it not the goal of the "The Earth Charter" initiative which I quote; "We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations."

 

What about The Green Cross International? It has also a similar goal under the guise of global warming. The mission of Green Cross International is to help ensure a just, sustainable and secure future for all by fostering a value shift and cultivating a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility in humanity's relationship with nature. It is part of its commitment to a new Global Glasnost to support the understanding and solidarity needed to achieve sustainable development. It has an obligation to preserve life in its integrity and diversity and to maintain our planetary home as a healthy and secure abode for present generations and the generations yet to come.

 

At first glance, there is absolutely nothing wrong with these mission statement. I have also a deep respect for God creation. Yet, your greatest error is that you dismiss other opinion in the scientific community. What about the independent expert opinion of Professor John F B Mitchell OBE FRS who has answered some of the most pressing questions about climate change and global warming.

 

The Office Director of Climate Science, Professor Mitchell has spent over 30 years working in this field. He is a lead author in the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and a world expert in the effects of greenhouse gases and related pollutants. Are you going to sue him and put him in prison for voicing his opinion, which is contrary to yours?

 

I thank God that Canada is a democratic country where people can voice their opinion without the fear of being persecuted for it. I support the present government under The Honourable Steven Harper. They have a realistic environmental mandate without compromising our geo-political-economic sovereignty. As a Canadian, I do no wish to be dictated by a global government under the guise of global warming on how to deal with the environment for the sole purpose to steal our sovereignty. Not today.

 

Since I live in a free and democratic country I wish to voice also my opinion. I believe that all your scientific evidence is base on a sham. That sham is "The Theory of Evolution" in which I prefer to call "The False Theology of Evolution". It is founded by those who worship the creation rather then the Creator. The evidence that I have will prove the earth is approximately 6000 years old.

 

The atomic instrument which is use to determine the age of the earth is not well calibrated. It was built after the earth was created. In the manufacturing industry, all measuring instrument is calibrated before a product is built. It is use as a reference to ensure the product is built according to spec. The scientific community pride itself in the atomic clock, which measure with accuracy of the time of day. Yet, state that the rotation of the earth is not exactly 24 hrs. What came first, the rotation of planet earth or the atomic clock? It is obvious that the atomic clock was not calibrated accurately to the earth rotation. This is only an observation not proof.

 

 The real evidence to prove the earth is approximately 6000 years old is the Jews. The Jews have kept the testimony of the evidence of the creation of earth and the universe in the Torah. From Adam to Abel to Noah to Abraham to Moses to Jesus and to our present time, a perfect record had been kept for our witness. The Jews are also the proof of God existence. All the accuracy of the prophetic fulfilment described in the Torah is more accurate then the atomic clock.

 

One of the prophetic fulfilments is the restoration of the Jewish nation of Israel in 1948. The next important advent is the return of Jesus for His Bride the Church and judgement to all nations through His present in Israel His people.

 

Ever since Adam sin, the earth has been degenerating. A worldwide flood had causes the present atmospheric condition.  Man who live to the old age of over 500 years old because of a protective water vapour in the atmosphere against deadly UV from the sun now live in the average of 70 years old.  An increase of solar flare activities is the real causes of sporadic global warming. The earth which use to be at right angle on it axel is increasingly declining causing and amplifying earthquake activity and magnitude worldwide.

 

There are two gospels for two different receptive ears.  There is the gospel of salvation of Jesus Christ to who ever believe in Him may have everlasting life. The other is the gospel of the Kingdom of God (Jesus return to rule and to judge) as a witness to all nations. Not to convert but to warn and to declare, "I told you so." The restoration of the nations of Israel is to make known that it is time out.

 

In conclusion, I totally dismiss your credential Mr. Suzuki. You do not speak for and represent the people of earth and this great nation. Jesus is the Spokesman for all people of all nations. He will fulfill what He prophesied to do.

 

Matthew 24:37. As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man.

 

For a more insightful understanding of the above topic I suggest that you read a book entitled " Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done, by Ron Graft and Lambert Dolphin, available Free in Internet version, http://ldolphin.org/kingdom.

 

Yours truly,

 

Andre Delage




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