Posted by: cindybythesea | March 31, 2014

Disappointment with God

After seeing the movie “God is Not Dead” yesterday, I was reminded by the quote or rather misquote by Mark Twain, “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated”. And, so it is with God. No, God is not dead as some would have us believe. Nor is he away on vacation, napping on a cloud or backlogged on prayer requests that he just can’t seem to get to.

Funny the concept people have about God. Most of it a combination of wishful thinking and mythological lore. Kind of like the current Noah movie, more fantasy than fact. Ask a dozen people randomly about God and I am guessing you would get just about as many different answers. Even from Christians. The sad fact is that very little is being taught today about the nature and character of God; which leaves people grasping for an understanding of God that comes not from the Bible, but from their own imagination.  In the aforementioned movie, God Is Not Dead, the college Professor who challenged the Christian student turned out to be less of an atheist than he was a God hater. A man whose disappointment with God at a young age, soon became bitterness and bitterness; hate -  because bitterness left unchecked – like a river running downhill – will always turn to hate for it has no where else to go.

It’s important that we look to the Bible for the true nature and character of God. For God in his true nature will never disappoint. That is not to say that we will always understand why God allows some things. But, this we know. God is good and God is good all of the time.  Not some of the time, but all of the time. And, as his children he always has our best interests at heart. This is the nature of our  heavenly Father; the one our earthly Fathers are patterned after.  And,  while our earthly Father’s may sometimes fail us, our heavenly Father never will.  It is completely impossible and contrary to his nature and to his will to do so.

When we look at things like the horrific mudslide in Washington state, the missing Malaysian plane and the countless numbers of children abused and even murdered on a daily basis, we often wonder where God is. Does God see and does God care?  And, while we sometimes want instant answers, it is the Bible that emphatically assures us that yes; yes, he does. God not only cares, but, cares enough to have intervened on our behalf.

Where you say; where did he intervene?

Think about this. The Bible says that God is light. In him there is no darkness at all.  Before a single candle in a darkened room can even be lit, as soon as the first match is struck, the darkness is dispelled – for darkness can never over power light.  Light will always prevail.

We may not understand all the dynamics but, the Bible is clear.  Jesus, the light of the world has overcome sin and death. And, while God may intervene in specific ways in specific cases, the reality is that he already has. We can never accuse God of doing nothing.

We must understand that God has already accomplished what was needed most. When Jesus said, “It is finished” – he meant exactly that.  It is finished!  No longer would sin and death and evil and trouble have any power over us.  For Christ has triumphed on our behalf.  Do you not see - in Christ, whether we live or die – it’s all the same. Wherever we are, whatever our circumstances found in Him, we are safe. And, that can never disappoint.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | March 26, 2014

All Right, Good Night

Can there be any more normal words than the ones above?  The last recorded words spoken by the pilot of MH370, the missing Malaysian jet.  Without a doubt, these four words have added as much to the mystery of the disappearance of the ill-fated jet liner as anything else.  With hearts broken for the families of the missing passengers and crew, we have all watched the news reports as the experts have speculated from every angle as to what may or may not have happened aboard that aircraft.

Just today, the families of the missing passengers were notified first by text message and then by official announcement that the airliner is most likely lost in the far reaches of the southern Indian ocean. An area so remote that it is astonishing to think that the airliner could have flown so far off course.  Add to that the difficulty of searching some of the most rough, turbulent and deep waters of the world have only added to the frustration.

It is looking likely that the plane did indeed crash in to the sea, perhaps flying until it could fly no more.; running out of fuel until it plummeted in to the watery depths of the remote waters below.  I had thought perhaps (as many others did) that the plane may have been routed to Pakistan or some other hostile country where it was being weaponized for future use. That scenario is looking doubtful now but, given the times we live in anything is possible and I think we can expect to be surprised.  In other words, expect the unexpected.

 A TIME WHEN NO MAN CAN WORK

Jesus had said there was a time coming when no one could work. What did he mean by that?  In John 9:4 it says:

“As long as it is day we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work.”

There is a time coming when spiritually speaking no one can work.  A time of darkness and no light.  A time when day has passed away in to night just as the missing  plane with it passengers and crew  disappeared in to the early morning hours of the  night following these oh, so normal words -  “All right, good night”.

If you have never trusted Jesus as your Savior, I urge you to do so now. The times in which we live are unprecedented. Bible prophecy is being fulfilled at an alarming rate indicating that there is not much time left – everything is about to change in a dramatic way.  The rapture of the church is on the near horizon and the world is close to being thrust in to darkness. Are you ready?

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | March 24, 2014

Take Warning, Take Warning!

Red sky at morning, sailor take warning, red sky at night, sailor’s delight

I’m not sure where this particular saying originated but, it has been long understood that the weather for sailors and just about everyone else, could be predicted with more than a little reliability by just a look at the skies.  When storm clouds gather it is most likely going to rain. We don’t need the weather channel to tell us that.  And, when it comes to prophetic understanding of the word,  the same could be true.  For Jesus himself said, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” Luke 21:28  In other words, be on alert, pay attention. The time for sleeping is past. Be watching and be ready!

This Friday March 28th, the Noah movie will debut in theatres across the country. And, from what I have read it is a disgrace to the Biblical account. Not worth the paper the script was written on.  But, what I do find interesting is the timing of the film. For Jesus has said that in the days just prior to his return it would be as in the days of Noah; people eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage and basically living life to the hilt with little thought to anything beyond their own personal indulgences. Just as it is today. A point the film makes (I believe)  just by being there.  Why NOAH and why now?  To me it is like a big billboard – a gigantic sign saying – pay attention – red sky at morning – take warning, take warning.  A warning that most will not heed.  People like comedian Bill Maher who called God (in reference to the Biblical account of the flood)  a “psychotic mass murderer, who kills babies” – and, this from the mouth of someone who almost certainly support abortion rights – a statement as hypocritical as it is blasphemous.  No surprise, they didn’t listen then and most will not listen now.

How curious and delightful those first rain drops must have felt.  People stopping in the middle of what they were doing to look up.  One drop on the top of the head, another on the tip of the nose – little puddles forming,  splash, splash, splash,   …… plink, plink plink  …. until one drop becomes a million, then a hundred million and more … another and another  until suddenly its a deluge and what was once delightful becomes the worst nightmare one can imagine as everyone and everything is suddenly swept away.

It cannot be by accident that Jesus said, ” When you see these things, stand up and look up, your redemption draws nigh”.  For by the time, the people of Noah’s day began to look up, the rain had already begun to fall -and,  by that time, it was already to late.

Where are you today?  Are you looking up? I hope so. The sky has been red now for a while – take warning, take warning. Be ready, be ready for  Jesus is coming soon!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!   Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | February 23, 2014

Fed to the Lions

A crowd gathers to watch as a two-year old baby giraffe is shot and dissected before being fed to lions. For fear of inbreeding, the Copenhagen Zoo made the decision to dispose of baby giraffe Marius after discovering the similarity of his gene pool to the rest of the herd. In spite of public outcry and offers to relocate the young giraffe the zoo went forward with the public execution and dismemberment of the young animal.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2555079/Danish-zoo-kills-young-giraffe-deemed-surplus-feeds-lions.html

I find it interesting that this gruesome and sad spectacle was carried out in front of young school children who watched as the animal was shot, skinned, dismembered and fed to lions during the same week that the Danish government deemed kosher or ritual killing of animals as prescribed by Jewish and Islamic law to be inhumane  because kosher slaughter houses do not first use a stun gun before killing the animal.    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/denmark-bans-halal-and-kosher-slaughter-as-minister-says-animal-rights-come-before-religion-9135580.html

But is this what this is all about – animal rights?  I don’t think so.

A Dangerous Precedent – Rights over Religion

As I read these stories I was struck by the fact that there is much more going on here than meets the eye. First of all the assertion that the kosher slaughter of animals is inhumane is just not true for kosher butchers are very skilled at what they do, in fact, it is required that they be specially trained and licensed in order to ensure that the animals are processed as quickly and painlessly as possible according to Jewish law.  *see below

*The Hebrew term shechita (anglicized: /ʃəxˈtɑː/; Hebrew: שחיטה‎, [ʃχiˈta]), also transliterated shehitah, shechitah, shehita, is the ritual slaughter of mammals and birds for food according to Jewish dietary laws (Deut. 12:21, Deut. 14:21, Num. 11:22) The animal must be killed “with respect and compassion[1][2] by a shochet (Hebrew: שוחט‎, “ritual slaughterer”), a religious Jew who is duly licensed and trained. The act is performed by severing the trachea, esophagus, carotid arteries, jugular veins and vagus nerve in a swift action using an extremely sharp blade (“chalef”) only by a qualified shochet. This results in a rapid drop in blood pressure in the brain and loss of consciousness. According to Jewish religious sources, the animal is now insensible to pain and exsanguinates in a prompt and precise action.[3] The animal can be in a number of positions; when the animal is lying on its back, this is referred to as shechita munachat; in a standing position it is known as shechita me’umedet. Before slaughtering, the animal must be healthy, uninjured, and viable.

So as you can see this is not really about animal rights at all.  What it is really about is setting a precedent – rights over religion – whether they be reproductive rights as it applies to abortion, gay rights as it applies to marriage or just about anything else.

No, this is a smoke-screen for something else; for if animal rights were so important, the baby giraffe would not have been killed – and killed in front of children.

Think about it. A giraffe for most children is a warm and fuzzy kind of animal. Crib toys are often shaped like a giraffe and on almost every depiction of Noah’s ark it is the head of a giraffe that can be spotted first towering high above the heads of the other animals.  Children love giraffes!

So if children can be convinced that it is more humane to kill a beloved animal such as this than it is to let it live, what’s next?  I can imagine the conversation at the zoo going something like this.

 “Children, poor Marius the giraffe is defective.  His genes are not right in a way that could hurt the rest of the herd. In fact, we would have to keep him away from the other giraffes and that would make him very sad.  So as you can see it would be best for him if he were not around. But, don’t worry, he won’t feel a thing and his meat won’t go to waste as we have some very hungry lions just waiting for a tasty meal!”

Yeah, right.

Fed to the lions. One of the favored methods for disposing of Christians at one time as we all remember. Interesting, the name Marius comes from the Roman god of war – Mars.

Friends, the stage is being set for war on Christians.  The day is coming and very soon, when people of faith will not be tolerated. Other religions will bow to secular pressure and surrender their rights but, Christians (true believers) will not – and, there will be a price to pay. Are you ready?

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | February 11, 2014

Closing in on the Finish Line

If you’re like me, you have been watching the Olympics the past few days.  The competitors each doing their best to secure a place in Olympic history. Months and years of training all coming in to focus for this one moment in time. The Bible speaks much about running the race and for those of us who study and watch the unfolding of Bible prophecy, we are aware that the finish line is now in sight. The question I have for myself and perhaps for you, is this – with the finish line now so closely in sight, what kind of finish will I have? What kind of finish do I want?  Am I competing at all?

In 2 Timothy 2:5, the apostle Paul says:

“…if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules”.

In other words, an athlete may be the best in the world but if they fail to follow the rules and regulations of the game, they will never receive the crown or in this case the gold – in fact, they would be disqualified.

Because salvation is a gift which can never be earned, what then is Paul driving at?

One of the first thing that comes to mind for me is the training that goes on behind the scenes. Months and months, if not years of dedicated training that brings these athletes to this one moment in time. But, what good is training if one never enters the race. In order to win, one must first compete.

As believers, we have all entered the race. The starting line is Jesus and the course that is set  is the Christian life. But, how many for lack of training, lack of will and lack of dedication make much progress towards the finish line. It’s there alright, but, for lack of training many will never see it. Instead, like untrained athletes they spin out of control, coming dangerously close to crossing the boundary lines and never make any real progress toward the strong finish that God desires for all of us. The victor’s crown.

I don’t know about you but, I would like to be able to finish the race strong. In the last moments of any race it is tempting to slow down as weariness sets in. But, then suddenly the finish line is in sight and fresh stores of energy propel the body forward to do what it was trained to do. To receive the victor’s crown.

Brothers and sisters, press on. The finish line is clearly in sight. May 2014 be remembered not for the athletes that competed at Sochi but for those running the race for Jesus Christ.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | January 22, 2014

The “Supernatural” Superbowl

“Of all the sons she bore there was none to guide her, of all the sons she reared there was none to take her by the hand. These double calamities have come upon you -who can comfort you — ruin and destruction, famine and sword – who can console you”. Isaiah 51:18,19

I live in a part of the country where Bronco fever is running high. Every where I look is orange and blue – bumper stickers, sweat shirts and assorted paraphernalia of every kind. Even the early morning sky in streaks of rusty reds and steely blues seems to be smitten with Bronco fever. The same could be said, I’m sure by those living in the Pacific NorthWest -the blues of the bay and the greens of the woods surely pointing towards a Seahawk win.

Superbowl 48.  The country geared up once again for the most exciting and anticipated sporting event of the year.

It was interesting to read on Drudge today -

“Half of American fans say “supernatural” forces are in play during sporting events”. 

Of course that can mean anything from the wearing of ones lucky socks to praying for ones favored team - and, all other kinds of crazy stuff. The kind of stuff I haven’t indulged in since at least the Elway years. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting thought – tieing the supernatural to sporting events. But, why?

There have been a number of blogs (including my own) which have explored the possibility that each years Superbowl match-up (especially in recent years) is prophetic (in at least a minor way) of the direction the country is headed - and, if not prophetic, at least a reflection or indication of.

Take for instance last years Superbowl, the match-up between two brothers - coaches for the opposing winning teams. Many of us saw in this match-up, the warning of a country becoming increasingly divided – a time coming (should things progress the way they are headed), when once again “brother would be pitted against brother”  - as it was during the bloody days of the Civil War.  And while this has not come to pass yet – it is at least eerie to note the parallel between each years Superbowl match-up with the mood or climate of the country during that particular year.

A HORSE AND A HAWK

In this year’s matchup we have a horse (Bronco) and a hawk (Seahawk).  A Bronco is a wild, untamed, and unbridled horse. And, a Seahawk ( as I found out from google) is a nickname for what is actually an Osprey, also known as a fish hawk or eagle hawk. A bird which preys on fish and is particularly suited for the job by virtue of a reversible fourth toe which allows them to grasp fish more securely.

Very interesting. In prophetic terms it makes me think of Revelation 6 and the opening of the seven seals – which begins with the riding of four horses – white, black, red and pale. And, includes (among other things) the persecution and death of the saints with the opening of the fifth seal.

This should be alarming to us who are Christians as the persecution of believers around the globe is growing by the day ( a fact that the main stream media chooses to ignore)  – with a climate for the same developing in our very own country.  Who would have believed even ten years ago that tolerance for just about everything would be growing with the exception of tolerance for Christians and those who hold to a Biblical world view. Sad to say but, if you are a Chistian in America today – you are under attack!

As I was reading in Isaiah 51 this morning I came across the double calamities of famine and sword  that befell Israel during a time when they had lost sight of God and according to scripture had no one to guide them. The same could be said of America today – we have not only lost sight of God but, we have no one who will guide us in a godly direction;  no one who will rise to the challenge of calling the country back to its Biblical foundation, no one, who will call the nation to personal and national repentance and no one, who will use the platform of democracy to speak and stand for the truth!  As the Bible says, when the blind lead the blind, they both fall in to the ditch.

On February 2, a nation unified on just about nothing anymore (with the exception of major sporting events) will gather for the match-up between an untamed and unbridled horse and a fish eating hawk.

And, should the horse prevail (as Bronco’s are picked to win), it’s almost guaranteed -

once this unbridled, untamed and rebellious horse is loosed – the fish eating hawk is sure to follow.

The supernatural Superbowl?  You decide.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | January 18, 2014

Caught in the Net

      A little different subject matter for today. I received an e-mail from a friend yesterday warning me about the safety of eating food produced in Asia (particularly China). Evidently there are a great many food products being imported into the United States from other countries under labels we would never suspect if not for the very small print on the package.  Some of the products of concern are chicken, fish and fruit - with fish high on the list.  I checked my freezer to look at a bag of Yellow Fin Tuna filets that I had purchased sometime back. I’ve eaten all but one and while looked they looked and tasted ok, I now have serious reservations about finishing the package.
   The Ahi or yellowfin tuna I purchased at a nationally known food outlet. It was frozen and marked at an incredibly low price. I was amazed as I had just about given up purchasing Ahi in Hawaii as the price had skyrocketed over the past few years. How thrilled I was to find it so affordable in frozen packages. I should have known there was  something wrong with that picture – and, sure enough, when I went to my freezer – in very small print – produced in China  - Singapore to be exact.
   According to the e-mail I received fish and other food products from many other countries (Asia and China in particular) are unregulated and often grown in filthy conditions including contamination with feces and, in some cases even being fed it.  After reading an article from MSN money,(which I have posted below) I will never eat Tilapia again or any other farm raised fish for that matter – for me now, it’s “wild caught” or nothing.
   This may not be “new” news for some of you, but, it certainly was for me.  For those of you interested in reading more on this subject I’ve added  some links below.
   Discouraging news, I know. For it seems  harder and harder these days to eat a healthy diet – as if GMO modified foods were not enough.  And as someone who has always loved fish I was especially dismayed at this information. And, it’s not just fish but, chicken as well.  With the change in policy regarding food imports we will soon have no idea where the chicken in our chicken nuggets is coming from nor the chicken soup we enjoy.  This just isn’t right. So, what can we do?
   1) Take the time to read labels. Reject anything that may have been produced in unsafe conditions. This way you are making known to your food retailer that you care about what you consume. It may cost more to purchase an alternative but, it is worth it – either that or do without – that’s my thought. Let’s put our retailers on notice that will no longer be caught in the net of deceptive food production practices.
    2) Shop at your local farmers market.
   3) Grow your own food, if possible. Even a few pots of tomatoes or herbs will at least give you a sense of taking control.
   4) Last but not least – prayer for wisdom and guidance regarding feeding ourselves and our families. Surely, the Lord hates the despicable practices that are contributing to so many being sick and even dying. The Bible already has much to say on the subject of food and health practices. What do you think? Have you been applying it?  Information, thoughts and ideas welcome for sharing.
Articles of interest:
   From MSN Money – “Tilapia raised on feces hits US tables”
   Disturbing news from NPR article regarding poultry production -
   From USA today, “Imported Food Rarely Inspected” -
  * I apologize for the lack of spacing in the article – having trouble with format again.
   “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6
   Waiting and watching with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy
Posted by: cindybythesea | January 13, 2014

2014 – A Year for Prophetic Fulfillment

First of all, I would like to say a collective thank you to all of you who took the time to write so many encouraging comments in the comments section the past few days; you have blessed me more than you know!

2014 – A Year for Prophetic Fulfillment

I don’t know about you, but, I am excited to see what God has for us this coming year. Already the year has started out with a bang and I don’t mean New Year’s eve firecrackers!  As I was looking for a 2014 photo to post to today’s blog, I came across the one above with the horse leaping through the O and thought it seemed fitting given the state of current events and what we may likely expect in the coming months.

Going back to our Ariel Sharon discussion. I still feel certain that his passing (and the coma he endured for 8 years) was a sign – whether for the Messiah, the anti-Messiah or both, we shall soon see. One thing I feel is certain – and, this more than the Kaduri prophecy may be exactly what the passing of Sharon signified – the end of a generation. This came to me as I read a very well-written tribute to Mr. Sharon posted on Drudge today titled – Ariel Sharon, the last lion of Judea.  Of course that is just a title. The last lion of Judah, as we know will be Messiah, King Jesus but, what I want to point out to you is not the title of the article but, one very important paragraph within. One that I think sums up the importance of Mr. Sharon’s passing more than anything else I have read thus far.

“The end of Ariel Sharon is the end of a symbolic generation. A generation of men and women who knew a world without a Jewish state, and fought on the battle field and in the political arena to establish it; who in its service endured the love and the hatred of many; and are now passing, as they must, from the world. A generation of lions for a people who had for so long been lambs.”

And that may be just the point – the end of a generation.

Remember when Jesus said,  “this generation shall not pass away until all these things are fulfilled” – speaking, I believe of the sign of the fig tree – the re-birth of the state of Israel. The generation that saw the regathering of the Jews to the land of Israel ( and, not just saw – but, actively participated in its prophetic fulfillment) is now passing away and I think the author of the article has inadvertently nailed the real reason the passing of Mr. Sharon is a sign - a sign that the time for prophetic fulfillment in regard to the second coming of Messiah Jesus is now!  Everything else after, I believe is going to happen in rapid successsion. To read this great article in its entirety, click here.  http://www.thetower.org/article/ariel-sharon-last-lion-judaea/

I don’t want to overwhelm you, but I have two more things on my mind to share today. The first is the coming tetrads.

We’ve all read a lot about this and some are convinced more than others of their importance. In my opinion they are of extreme importance. Having studied and taught on the 7 feasts of Leviticus 23 for over 25 years, I feel certain that the blood moons occurring on feast days are unmistakable signs intended by the almighty to show us where we are at on the prophetic calendar and what he intends to do in the very near future. If I wasn’t convinced enough already, the article (or study, I should say), posted by  Luis Vega on Five Doves yesterday sealed it for me. It’s a little long but if you have any interest in the tetrads at all, I recommend that you read it. It is excellent and really confirms in my mind the purpose for the tetrads.  Here’s the link. http://www.sonoma.edu/users/v/vegalu/eschatology_files/Olivet-a.pdf

The last thing I want to bring up is the discovery of King David’s palace or “castle” discovered in East Jerusalem. Apparently, this is not new information but for some reason has been suppressed until now – it’s exact location (according to the article) to be revealed on January 17.  The discovery (also, according to the article) is deemed to be “sensitive information”  –  which makes me wonder what it is that makes it so sensitive?  Is it because it is located in East Jerusalem - a discovery which could potentially cause a rift in the present peace negotiations –  or is it possible that it could have some bearing on the rebuilding of the third temple – something Mr. Vega believes is indicated before the end of 2015 according to the tetrads. Which if that be true – we should be seeing some very important news developing in that regard very, very soon.

Here’s a link to the story about the castle. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/176020#.UtFIt55dXKf

Yes, it’s a New Year and so much is happening that we could not have even began to understand or anticipate just a year or so ago.  I’m so happy that we are on this journey together. It’s such a blessing for me as I hope it is  for you.  Looking forward to seeing you all very, very soon!

And, as  always – “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122: 6

Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | January 11, 2014

Spiritual R & R

With most of the nation in the grip of a deep freeze it seems a good time to at least imagine our selves in a warm and sunny place – beachside with gentle waves lapping at our feet.  The stress of our hectic lives melting away like icicles in June.

I don’t know about you but 2014 has been a rough start for me. Acclimating to a new and colder climate, adjusting to hearing loss and looking for work. All of which seem overwhelming at times. So much so that at times I just want to get in bed and pull the covers over my head hoping it will all go away!  Have you ever felt like that?  I’ll bet you have –  so, you know what I am talking about.

What keeps me going is (of course) the Lord - and one of the great things he has given me has been the opportunity to share with you through this blog. For me it has been a tremendous blessing and one I enjoy very much  – and, I thank all of you for what you contribute. Your comments (both negative and positive) encourage me and challenge me to a higher degree of excellence. And for that I am greatful.

I’ll admit to you something you already know – I am neither a great researcher nor a theologian.  Just someone who loves to write in the hope that what I have to share (agreed with or not) will stir conversation, dialogue and thought. And, because Bible prophecy and current events  are often the topic of this blog, I would like to say that in spite of what some may think – no one has a corner on prophetic understanding. Therefore, let us approach one another with kindness and understanding in expressing our various view points.   And, I thank you, my readers, for most of you are champions in this area – your comments always gracious and encouraging – even in critique.

You know it really all comes down to this  – what the apostle Paul has already expressed so succinctly :

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”  1 Corinthians 2:2

And that is something I think we can all agree on – right?

As I was studying this week I came across these verses from Isaiah chapter 30.  What I have termed spiritual R & R.

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”  Isaiah 30:15

These verses have come to mean a lot to me in the last few days. Verses which I believe will also be important for the coming year. For without a doubt this world is becoming (by the day) a more difficult place in which to live.  The prospect of persecution for our faith (for most of us) greater than ever before.  The challenges of living in a world fast becoming a moral and spiritual cesspool more than we could have ever imagined.

How important it is then that in the midst of the battle, we find a place of rest and peace in the Lord. For every great warrior (as we all know) needs some time for R & R. For me, these verses help me to focus on just that. When I begin to feel overwhelmed, I remind my self of two things  – R & R (repentance and rest) and QT (quietness and trust).  And, in these things, I believe, God will accomplish what he has already promised – to replenish, to renew and to refresh us in these last days.

So, kick back and take some time to enjoy the “son”.  Make time for some spiritual R & R.  The Lord  is ready and willing to meet us there – bare feet and all – and, I guarantee you, you’ll be glad you did!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | January 4, 2014

Ariel Sharon and the scroll of Revelation 5

“Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David has triumphed! He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

It made headlines on the first day of the New Year, the worsening condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who has been in a vegetative coma since January 4, 2006.  With all major organs reportedly in failure the Prime Minister (according to an article in The Times of Israel on Jan 1) may have as little as four days to live. Interesting time frame considering four days would be January 4, 2014 – an even 8 years from the day he suffered his massive stroke.

Most of us are familiar with prophecy of Rabbi Kaduri who linked the death of Prime Minister Sharon with the soon coming of the Messiah, who he revealed posthumously to be none other than Jesus of Nazareth.  He also said, that the Messiah (Jesus) would return shortly after the death of Ariel Sharon which, if his words are true could be very, very soon.

I’ve been thinking about this the past couple of days and have found myself wondering why, (if the above is true) would God move to reveal his soon coming in this particular way. After all, we have all the information we need in the scripture, don’t we? What more do we need?

PARABLES

Jesus, as we know often spoke in parables and sometimes God has even used people as living illustrations of his word to make a point. In the book of Hosea, we see God make the strange request for Hosea to take to himself an adulterous wife as a symbol of the unfaithfulness of Israel and in Ezekiel chapter 4, the prophet Ezekiel (for whom the book is named) is instructed to lie for 390 days on his left side and then again 40 days on his right as a sign unto Israel of their iniquity. I think therefore that it is just possible that Mr. Sharon is himself a living illustration of what God has already revealed through his word. Let’s take a look.

First of all, the name Ariel.  Besides being the first name of Mr. Sharon, it is also an alternate name for Jerusalem and means “lion of God.” In Isaiah 29:1, we see the city of Jerusalem referred to as Ariel.

” Woe to you Ariel, Ariel, the city where David settled!”

Interesting how the name Ariel is repeated twice – note the similarity, if you will to Matthew 23:37 where Jesus lamenting over Jerusalem uses the name twice as well.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you …..”

The double use of the word is undoubtedly significant – perhaps lending impact not only to the words being spoken but, to the severity of the judgment being leveled against them as well.

But, what has that to do with Mr. Sharon? Well, let’s take a look.

On Jan 4, 2006 after suffering a massive stroke Mr. Sharon slipped into a deep vegetative coma. Just five months earlier he had been instrumental in moving Jewish settlers out of Gaza, an action I believe that led to his current condition.  In Isaiah 29:10 it is prophesied that a deep sleep will fall over Israel for their rejection of God, a condition in which they will remain until God reverses it.

“The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep. He has sealed your eyes (the prophets); he has covered your heads (the seers)”.

And, though they are in deep slumber Jesus made it plain in Matthew 23 that because of their rejection they would not see him again until they say:

“Blessed  is he who comes in the name of the Lord”. 

A strange request for someone deaf, blind and deeply asleep. And, yet this is what Jesus has said.

THE OPENING OF THE SCROLL

Incredibly, their ability to hear and see has to do with the opening of a scroll that has been sealed; a scroll which no one can either open or read.

“For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read and say to him, ‘Read this please’, he will answer ‘I can’t, it is sealed.” Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read and say ‘Read this please’, he will answer, I don’t know how to read …. Isaiah 29:11-12

Do you see the similarity here to the Revelation 5 passage? A sealed scroll in which no one is found who can open or read it? Take a look.

“Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’  But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.” Revelation 5:1-4

But amazingly just as John was about to give up hope someone is found who can.

Then one of the elders said to me , ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”  Revelation 5:1-5

Yes, the Lion of the tribe of Judah is able to open the sealed scroll and on that day according to Isaiah 29 – Israel will both see and hear!

“… in that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll and out of gloom and  darkness the eyes of the blind will see. Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.”  Isaiah 29:11-19.

A PROPHETIC TIMETABLE

 Because of the similarity of these passages I feel there is a strong connection between the verses of Isaiah 29, Revelation chapter 5 and current events as they relate to Mr. Sharon. It is entirely possible that God may be using Mr. Sharon as an indication of where we (and, particularly Israel) are at on the prophetic timetable. If these verses indicate what I think they do – the scroll in heaven may be opening very, very soon!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy

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