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Dancing towards Doomsday 
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 
Wendy Wippel 

The Bible speaks of a time to come in the "last days" that will involve the whole world at war.  Jesus himself says in Matthew 24 that in that war everyone on earth would die unless God himself stepped in.  II Timothy 3:1 calls these last days "perilous times", and they are.

Think about it.

Throughout most of earth history the entire population of the earth being wiped out simultaneously was hard to picture.  That changed, however, with the invention of the atomic bomb in 1945.  Suddenly the prediction Jesus made didn't seem far-fetched at all!

By 1947 scientists had invented a Doomsday Clock which serves as a guess as to how close the world is to destroying itself in a nuclear war.  The first clock was set at seven till midnight with midnight representing the destruction of the earth in a nuclear war.

Since 1947 the clock has read anywhere between two minutes to midnight and seventeen minutes to midnight, depending on the number of wars in progress and the number of new nations that possess nuclear weapons. (For the record, it now stands at six minutes till midnight.)

God has a similar clock.  His clock defines where the world is in his predetermined plan for world history, namely, to defeat Satan and rescue human beings from sin through the "seed of the woman", the redeemer who paid the penalty for sin in their place.  God's clock is the nation of Israel, and its history defines where the world is with regards to God's plan.

Despite being the best-selling book in history, printed in more than 2000 languages and selling more than 6 trillion copies, the Bible really focuses on only one tiny group of people: the Jews.  As far as the Bible is concerned, Israel is the center of gravity for the human race.  The bible discusses world history only as it impacts the Jews.

The lens of prophecy is focused on Israel, and the take-home lesson is this: If you want to know what time it is, prophetically, you have to look at Israel.

Israel's re-establishment as a nation on May 15, 1948, was a common theme among Israel's prophets: 

"I will accept you as fragrant incense when I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will be proved holy through you in the sight of the nations. Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I bring you into the land of Israel, the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your ancestors. Ezekiel 20:41-42 

The divided kingdom was reunited, as prophesied in Ezekiel  37:21-22.  Jerusalem was regained in the Six-Day War in 1967 (prophesied in Zechariah 12:2-3).  The Jews flocked back to the new homeland (unlike the situation after the Babylonian captivity), as prophesied in Jeremiah 29:14.  They rebuilt their cities (prophesied in Amos 9:14-15) and made the land abundantly fertile again (prophesied in Ezekiel 36:30).

I hear you skeptics: all this could have been coincidence, or the work of mere man wishing to prove prophecy true! 

How about Isaiah 66:8?

"Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this?  Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?  Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children."

How exactly did Israel return to statehood after 2500 years?

Persecution of the Jews, particularly in Russia and Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century, birthed the Zionist movement which called for a return to their homeland.  In the aftermath of WWI, the League of Nations (echoing the recent Balfour Declaration) issued a mandate for Palestine to be set aside for just that purpose, and gave Britain (the home of Earl Alfred Balfour) the job of administrating the region.  The issues that fueled WWI, however (never quite resolved) ignited WWII, and in the meantime the invention of gasoline-powered planes, trains and automobiles made mideastern politics much more complicated. 

We all know the fate of Israel's sons and daughters during WWII.  When the war ended, millions of Jews, displaced from their homes, had nowhere to go.  England, rather than fulfilling the UN mandate to encourage their return to Eretz Israel, blocked refugee ships from landing on Palestine's shores and, incredibly, even returned their passengers to the concentration camps they had escaped (albeit now calling them refugee centers).

Tensions escalated. British authority over Israel ended on May 15, 1948, and Britain announced that it would pull its troops out, putting the sticky matter into UN hands.

Some in Israel, however, recognized a window of opportunity in the coming transfer of power. At 1:30 On May 14, a committee of Jewish leaders met to finalize a draft asserting Jewish statehood and set up a press conference for 4:00 at the Tel Aviv museum.  The draft, much of the debate centering on whether or not to mention God's role in Israel's rebirth, was finally completed at 3 pm, and the participants rushed to the museum to make the announcement (the formal draft held up in traffic and arriving only after the official declaration had already been made).

Talk's cheap.  The value of that belated piece of paper hung largely on the response from the United States.  Providentially, Truman's best friend in the army and later business partner, Edward Jacobson, was Jewish, and had convinced Truman to support statehood. And he did, precisely 11 minutes after David Ben Gurion read the declaration--ink still drying-- on the steps of the Tel Aviv museum.  Israel statehood had been achieved, against all odds, in one day--in startling confirmation of that verse in Isaiah.

Was it just coincidence that Truman was in that position at just that time?

Obviously not:

“Praise be to the name of God forever and ever;  wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. Daniel 2:21

Truman had inherited the office from Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  FDR, though ostensibly supporting the UN mandate for an Israeli homeland, wanted Arab oil and had long been in talks with Saudi King Abdul Aziz.  In the spring of 1945, he met with Aziz on an the U.S.S Quincy in the Suez Canal.  Roosevelt asked for Saudi support for the Israel homeland.  That request was denied.  Roosevelt nevertheless put in writing a promise to Aziz to refrain from offering U.S. support without Saudi permission.  It was April 5.  On April 12, while vacationing in Georgia, Roosevelt succumbed abruptly to a  massive cerebral hemorrhage. 

God promised Abraham that he would make him into a great nation, and that whoever blessed that nation would be blessed, and whoever cursed that nation would be cursed. (Genesis 12:2-3)

In the 1800s it was said that "the sun never set on the British Empire:, and it was true.  Britain ruled on every inhabited continent.

Britain turned its back on Israel in the early 1900s, and plummeted into relative irrelevance with a land mass far less than 1% of their original holdings.

FDR turned his back on Israel and dropped dead, out of the blue, exactly one week later.

And there are countless other examples.

What's that saying?  "Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it? "

Let's all hope this administration learns from history.


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Q. I have theological questions about divorce, remarriage and the single life. The matter weighs me down quite a lot. I was divorced some time ago for reasons other than adultery.  It was an abusive situation and I didn’t know what else to do.  I’ve been single for 15 years but have participated in cyber sex and have had three actual  sexual encounters during that time.   While I’m not in any kind of relationship I would like to know if the opportunity ever presented itself, would I be free to marry again or am I required to remain single.

 

A. When people write in to ask if they’ve sinned by getting a divorce (for reasons other than adultery) and then re-marrying, I always say that they have but that the Lord forgave all their sins at the cross, so they should just confess so they can be forgiven and get on with their lives.  I don’t think the Lord would intend for them to break up another family.

In your case it’s a little different because you’re asking in advance whether re-marriage in your circumstances is permitted in the Bible.  Paul answered this question  in 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 which says,

A wife must not separate from her husband.  But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

Since you did not end your first marriage because of adultery it would be a sin for you to re-marry should the opportunity present itself.  You’re a born again believer, so all the sins of your life are already forgiven.  Therefore committing this sin would not jeopardize your salvationbut like any act of willful disobedience it could carry some serious earthly consequences.   

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I have always been a little confused concerning the 12 tribes of Israel. Jacob had 12 sons, which became the 12 tribes. When land was given to the tribes, Levi received no land, and the 2 sons of Joseph were each given land making them 2 independent tribes. That makes 13 tribes, unless you don’t count Levi, since that tribe received no land.

 

Q. I have always been a little confused concerning the 12 tribes of Israel. Jacob had 12 sons, which became the 12 tribes. When land was given to the tribes, Levi received no land, and the 2 sons of Joseph were each given land making them 2 independent tribes. That makes 13 tribes, unless you don’t count Levi, since that tribe received no land.

After King Solomon’s death, God separated the nation. In 1 Kings, it says that God separated the nation into the northern 10 tribes (counting Joseph’s sons as separate tribes) and the tribe of Judah (10+1=11 tribes). Assuming the Levi was not included in this count because they received no land, that makes 12 tribes accounted for, but, since in the 10 northern tribes Joseph’s sons are counted as separate tribes, there should be a total of 13. The missing tribe appears to be Simeon, which was completely surrounded by the tribe of Judah. Why wasn’t Simeon counted as a tribe therefore making 2 southern tribes? Can you explain why the tribes were counted like this?

A. After Jacob adopted Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh, there were fourteen names to choose from. But the Bible never lists more than 12 at a time, so sometimes the mix is different. The Levites received no land and never went to war, so they’re often omitted. Joseph was also left out when Ephraim and Manasseh were included. In Revelation 7 Levi and Joseph are included but Dan and Ephraim are not.

There were originally three tribes in the Southern Kingdom; Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin. After the nation was divided, the Levites all moved into the Southern Kingdom as did members of all the other tribes who remained faithful to God, so all the tribes were always represented in the south.(2 Chron. 11)

Part of the confusion lies in the fact that the Northern Kingdom retained the name of Israel while Southern Kingdom was called Judah, which became Judea in the New Testament. Judah is the only name mentioned in your reference, because it refers to the entire Southern Kingdom.

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Question: "Where do I find the age of accountability in the Bible? What happens to babies and young children when they die?"

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The concept of the "age of accountability" is that children are not held accountable by God for their sins until they reach a certain age, and that if a child dies before reaching the "age of accountability,' that child will, by the grace and mercy of God, be granted entrance into Heaven. Is the concept of an age of accountability biblical? Is there such a thing as an "age of innocence"?


Frequently lost in the discussion regarding the age of accountability is the fact that children, no matter how young, are not “innocent” in the sense of being sinless. The Bible tells us that even if an infant or child has not committed personal sin, all people, including infants and children, are guilty before God because of inherited and imputed sin. Inherited sin is that which is passed on from our parents. In Psalm 51:5, David wrote, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” David recognized that even at conception, he was a sinner. The very sad fact that infants sometimes die demonstrates that even infants are impacted by Adam’s sin, since physical and spiritual death were the results of Adam's original sin.

Each person, infant or adult, stands guilty before God; each person has offended the holiness of God. The only way God can be just and at the same time declare a person righteous is for that person to have received forgiveness by faith in Christ. Christ is the only way. John 14:6 records what Jesus said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, except through Me.” Also, Peter states in Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Salvation is an individual choice.

What about babies and young children who never reach the ability to make this individual choice? The age of accountability is a concept that teaches those who die before reaching the age of accountability are automatically saved, by God’s grace and mercy. The age of accountability is a belief that God saves all those who die before reaching the ability to make a decision for or against Christ. Thirteen is the most common number given for the age of accountability, based on the Jewish custom that a child becomes an adult at the age of 13. However, the Bible gives no direct support to the age of 13 always being the age of accountability. It likely varies from child to child. A child has passed the age of accountability once he or she is capable of making a faith decision for or against Christ.

With the above in mind, also consider this: Christ's death is presented as sufficient for all of mankind.First John 2:2 says Jesus is “the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” This verse is clear that Jesus' death was sufficient for all sins, not just the sins of those who specifically have come to Him in faith. The fact that Christ's death was sufficient for all sin would allow the possibility of God’s applying that payment to those who were never capable of believing.

The one passage that seems to identify with this topic more than any other is 2 Samuel 12:21-23. The context of these verses is that King David committed adultery with Bathsheba, with a resulting pregnancy. The prophet Nathan was sent by the Lord to inform David that because of his sin, the Lord would take the child in death. David responded to this by grieving, mourning, and praying for the child. But once the child was taken, David's mourning ended. David's servants were surprised to hear this. They said to King David, “What is this thing that you have done? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” David's response was, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’ But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” David's response indicates that those who cannot believe are safe in the Lord. David said that he could go to the child, but that he could not bring the child back to him. Also, and just as important, David seemed to be comforted over this. In other words, David seemed to be saying that he would see the child (in heaven), though he could not bring him back.

Although it is possible that God applies Christ's payment for sin to those who cannot believe, the Bible does not specifically say that He does this. Therefore, this is a subject about which we should not be adamant or dogmatic. God’s applying Christ’s death to those who cannot believe would seem consistent with His love and mercy. It is our position that God applies Christ's payment for sin to young children and those who are mentally handicapped, since they were not mentally capable of understanding their sinful state and their need for the Savior, but again we cannot be dogmatic. Of this we are certain: God is loving, holy, merciful, just, and gracious. Whatever He does is always right and good.


 

 

 

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I care about people. I help them out when they are smart and I help them out when they are dumb. I even help people out when they reap what they sow and I help them after they build thier house on sand. But one thing I am not....and that is surprised.

 

EVERY YEAR in SOCAL, southern California the hot dry Santa Ana winds come up and every year there are major fires that hit the news. As long as I can remember every year the Missippi river floods, Tornado alley gets lots of Tornadoes, Hurricanes hit or near miss the Southern states, and most of the time there is a volcanoe going off somewhere in the world.

Why are we surprised?

My wife saw a house slide off a hillside in California and asked me why I didn't care, I told her they'll rebuild and do it all over again.....about that time the News reporter asked the person how many times this had happened.....the home owner said twice.

I just looked at my wife and said nothing.

I saw a great News Story about a home that got flooded on the Mississippi River FLOOD plain. He said, "They told us when we built here this coould happen." That man I could shake his hand. HE KNEW it could happend and since it was ON A FLOOD PLAIN it could FLOOD.

Anyone see a pattern here? Anyone one thinking about House on Sand or Reap what you sow or even the little child that asked me......Why would anyone build a house under sea level?

Please don't tell me anyone is that stubborn and doesn't realize..........some of our disaster cases ARE avoidable.

I am all for helping. I am all for picking up the pieces. I am even up for changing dirty diapers.

But if you tell you are rebuilding a house destroyed by tornado and NOT making it tornado proof.

I will say;

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Tornadoes kill an average of 80 people annually in the Midwest and South, and in some years, many more. The tornado that touched down in Joplin, Mo. yesterday has exceeded that annual average on its own, having killed at least 89 people. So far in 2011, the twister death toll has already topped 400.

By contrast, no one has died in an earthquake in the United States since 2003. While earthquake-proof building codes are becoming ever more stringent for structures built in the country's earthquake zones, why are there no tornado building codes in Tornado Alley?

According to Tim Reinhold, senior vice president for research and chief engineer at the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) in Tampa, Fla., it comes down to something called the "return period" -- the interval between two disaster events in a given location. Although major tornadoes happen every year, the likelihood they'll happen twice in the same place is very low.

"In some areas of California, earthquakes happen tens or hundreds of years apart, and they affect a tremendous area with a lot of properties," Reinhold told Life's Little Mysteries."But for a tornado hitting a particular location in Tornado Alley, you're dealing with return periods of thousands of years."

Earthquake building codes, Reinhold explained, vary between regions, but at their most stringent, they only apply to areas with disaster return periods of 500 to 1,000 years. "Building codes are required for a building that, in any given year, has a 1 in 500 to 1 in 1,000 chance of getting destroyed by an earthquake," he said.

"With tornadoes, because they're relatively small and don't cover very much ground, the chances that a particular building in Tornado Alley would be hit is 1 in 5,000 per year. And within that, the chance that the tornado will be F4 or F5 [the highest levels on the Fujita scale] is even lower. So to make everyone build houses to stand up to that level would be a huge cost increase and we'd all be living in concrete bunkers," Reinhold said.

Whether we're driving, flying in an airplane, or simply living in Tornado Alley, there is always some risk involved in human activities, he pointed out.

Though neither the state nor the federal governments require it, there are precautions people can take to protect themselves in the event of a tornado. "The best thing people can do for personal safety is to put in a storm shelter," Reinhold said. "There is money available from FEMA to help people if they want to build a storm shelter which is designed to withstand 200 mph winds and to resist a two-by-four [piece of wood] hitting the wall at 100 mph. It depends on whether the state is participating as to whether those funds are available."

If people don't want to build storm shelters, "there are guidelines available for what you can do to create a safe area in a home or business as opposed to strengthening a whole house," he said.  One example is to strengthen the wood studs in the wall of an inner room.

"FEMA says when a tornado is threatening your area, the key is having a safe place to go and enough time to get there," he said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) broadcasts weather information all across Tornado Alley, so people should keep their radios tuned in, he said.

  
   



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