Posted by: cindybythesea | July 30, 2014

Dark Skies – Part 1

 If the night had eyes what would it see?
On the night of November 5, 1975, a man by the name of Travis Walton went missing after he and a crew of men he was logging with spotted a large silvery disc hovering above a clearing in the mountains of Arizona. Stopping their truck to investigate, Walton got out for a closer look, where according to witnesses, he was struck by a beam of light emanating from the craft, which levitated his body in to the air before dropping it back to the ground. Terrified, the men fled the scene to notify authorities who on investigation were unable to find any trace of Walton until five days later when he turned up claiming that he had been abducted by aliens aboard the silver craft he had left his truck to investigate.  The story generated a good deal of publicity and was later made in to a movie titled “Fire in the Sky” which many of you may have seen.
It was in this same year – 1975 – that someone close to me had an encounter that would rival the Travis Walton story.  It’s a story I know well. And, one that has had a direct impact on myself and my family in the years that followed. A story that is both riveting in content and disturbing in detail.  A story (like that of Travis Walton) of such magnitude, if true – that the world in which we live will never be viewed the same by those who hear it.
For  many, the idea of E.T. is completely laughable. But, in the last 20-30 years following a movie by the same name, there has been a growing acceptance of the idea that we are indeed “not alone”.  But, who are these space brothers?  And, if they are visiting us, what is their agenda?  Questions I ask in a rhetorical sense only as most readers of this blog would agree they are anything but what they would have us believe.  And, are in fact much more of the spiritual realm than of the astral –  a detail given away by their behavior and a careful study of the Bible.
That being said, I believe there are pieces of the puzzle yet to be uncovered and it is my goal in writing this series to try to understand (and bring to light) what happened under dark skies in May of 1975 in the hope and prayer that those affected would be freed from their long reaching tentacles and that they would be exposed for what they really are.
I like how LA Marzulli puts it (regarding the alien presence and their agenda) -
                    “it’s real, it’s burgeoning and it’s not going away” 
And, folks I’m here to tell you – he’s right.  It’s not going away – but, it will be exposed and brought to light just as Jesus said, in Luke 8:17 -
  “There is nothing hidden that won’t be revealed, and there is nothing secret that won’t become known and come in to light”.
“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 | July 28, 2014

Two Towers, Two Flags – Surrendering to the New World Order

      On the morning of July 22, 2014, New Yorker’s awoke to the sight of white flags fluttering in the breeze atop the twin towers that serve as brackets for the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.  As of this writing, it is still a mystery as to who placed the flags atop these extremely difficult to reach towers and why.  Adding insult to injury, the bridge is under heavy video surveillance and police protection leaving one to wonder how a “stunt” or” a prank” (as it has been called by the NYC authorities) could have been carried out without a hint of detection.  But, is this all it was – a stunt or a prank?  If  you buy that story  then all I can say is this – “ I have a bridge in Brooklyn, I would like to sell you!”
    In the early hours of the morning, (3:30 a.m. to be exact) –  the lights to one of the towers above the bridge flickered out followed 13 minutes later by the light to the other tower. The next morning,  lo, and behold – the American flags that normally grace these towers had been replaced by bleached American flags – the source of the snuffed out lights – aluminum foil baking pans of the type turkey’s are basted in used to cover the lights that normally illuminate the towers.
    As I started to investigate this story I was initially convinced that the bridge which spans the East River was the focal point of the story,  but have since changed my mind. I now believe that the focal point is the towers themselves and not the bridge. Take a look at the photo above.  In the background to one of the bridge towers, the One World Tower can plainly be seen standing where the other twin towers once stood. The date of the bridge  incident (July 22) – 51 days short of the 13th anniversary of the fallen 9/11  towers.  Which leads me to believe that these two events are somehow connected.  The date of July 22 possible chosen to represent a doubling of the number 11 – the two towers of 9/11 and the two towers of the bridge.  But, if this is so – why?
I think it would be safe to say that the America we knew pre 9/11 has faded from its former glory – much like the faded colors on the white flags.  Not erased, but barely visible. The powerful red, white and blue that stood watch over a nation now faded to but a ghost of its former glorious self.  A once valiant young man, now aged and decrepit – impotent of strength and purpose – now more dead than alive.
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High towers in the Bible are often symbols of pride. And, on 9/11 – a nation proud and arrogant in its own strength was brought to its knees.  But, instead of being humbled –  it was determined – yes, even vowed,  – that we would come back better and stronger than before.  But, has that been the case?  Realistically, we know it has not.  The nation has steadily been in decline and seems to be even now in the throes of death – the faded white flags a possible acknowledgement of that fact.
     The use of white flags as a symbol of surrender (or truce)  date back many centuries and  is universally understood by just about everyone. But, these flags weren’t just white – they were American flags deliberately bleached to fade the colors. This I believe was done as a statement.  In other words, the nation represented by “Old Glory” is set to fade from history – the goal of the One World Order has been realized at last and is  coming in to view.  The bleached white flags on the twin towers of the bridge may be an acknowledgement of the realization of these goals.
     As a side note it is interesting that the aluminum pans used in this incident were turkey basting pans of the type used in almost every American home on Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving, pilgrims, founding of the nation etc.  A holiday that commemorates blessing and thanking God for all he has done for the people of this nation.  In this incident – the aluminum foil pans were used to block rather than illuminate light – which, I find to be interesting given the current state of the nation and its attitude towards God.
     Most will view the switching of the flags on the Brooklyn Bridge as nothing more than a prank. I suppose only time will tell.  If nothing else, it serves as a reminder that in spite of our high-tech precautions and often intrusive procedures put in place after 9/11 – we remain as vulnerable as ever.  There is no safety outside the protection of God – if you think otherwise, dear friend, you are sincerely deluded.  I encourage you now, if you have not done so already – make God your hiding place – there is no other.
     “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 | June 3, 2014

Who Does God Hate?

We’re all familiar with this image, the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz. The lion who joined Dorothy and her friends in a trip to see the wizard in search of that which they lacked; a heart, a home, a brain – and courage. Yes, courage. I came across an article on Raiders News Up-date recently regarding a HUFFPOST article by Pastor  Derek Penwell regarding a recent statement by Franklin Graham speaking at the Family Research Council Watchman on the Wall, where he ask this question of his audience. Who does God hate?

“Cowards” he said, “God hates cowards”.

A statement Pastor Penwell apparently takes great issue as demonstrated by his remarks on a recent blog.

But what does the Bible say about cowards?

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murders, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, idolaters and all liars – they will be consigned to the lake of burning sulphur – this is the second death”. Revelation 21:18

According to Penwell statements like these make it hard to convince anyone that God is a loving God.

From his article, Penwell is quoted as saying:

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peaking as a Christian pastor, I attest that following Jesus is difficult enough without having to live down the advanced billing from folks like Franklin Graham, who are convinced that God has nothing better to do than to figure out new categories of people to despise. 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/derek-penwell/franklin-graham-is-the-wo_b_5392373.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Really? New people to despise?  This in my opinion this rates up there with one of the most ludicrous statements I have ever heard, and from a Christian Pastor no less.

What planet is Pastor Penwell living on anyway? Or rather, what Bible has he been reading? Because it sure doesn’t sound like mine.

What startles me more than anything is the small view that Pastor Penwell obviously has of God. Small view and lack of understanding of character.

Yes, Pastor Penwell, God hates cowards.  And, so should we.  And, if we find it in ourselves, we need to do some serious thinking about what it means to be a Christian.

God hates because he loves. Did you get that —– GOD HATES BECAUSE HE LOVES!!

And, it is because the things he hates, are the very things that destroy those that he loves.

Pastor Penwell believes that we will have a hard time selling the love of God by condemning what God despises.  But, I have news for you Pastor,  It’s not my job to sell the world on God’s love. Its only my job to tell the world of God’s love. And, to defend it ….. something a coward will not do.

I don’t know about you but I think I have spent a big part of my Christian life in cowardice.  What will people think, what will they say, if they know I believe xyz.

I came face to face with this a couple of years ago, when I was confronted with a decision to make at my job.  My new position required making referrals for women for abortions. All I had to do what make a phone call, fax some papers etc ….. that’s it. Not like I was actively involved in the procedure. But, because of my beliefs I could not do it. I went to my supervisor knowing full well I could be fired and told her I would not do it. I trusted the Lord knowing that her response could go either way. As it turned out, they found someone else to do that job and I was out of the loop on that. But, what I did do was amass information for the local pregnancy center, which, I gave out to the girls when they came in in the hope that one of them would call the center and save their babies. If anyone had turned me I for this, again, I could have been fired.

We’re living in a time folks, when, we are going to be called on to be brave. The days ahead are no days for cowards.  In order to love what God loves, we must hate what he hates. And, be willing to take a stand for it.

I’m sorry Pastor Penwell, cowardice convinces no one of God’s love.

 

**Having trouble with the wordpress format.  The font has become so small that I cannot read it as I write nor to edit. You will probably need a magnifying glass to read this. I have not been able to find a way to change the settings, if anyone call help with this please let me know. Will go ahead and publish …   For some reason Revelation 21:18 is not showing up on final nor are Pastor Penwells comments.  Please see link to article..

 

And, “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 | May 7, 2014

Making the Impossible, Possible

   It’s been refreshing to see the number of faith based movies that have been making their way in to the theatres lately and none could be more heart warming and hopeful than the latest “Heaven is for Real”.  I saw it a couple of weeks ago and like most who have seen the movie was completely taken by the portrayal of the young boy who had the experience and his description of what heaven is like.  But, as much as I enjoyed the movie, I would be remiss not to say that in my opinion, it missed the mark and missed it badly.
   It’s been amazing to see the popularity of this movie (and book) and why not – everyone wants to know – is heaven for real?  But that question was answered a long time ago by someone who could answer it with certainty and that someone is Jesus.  Yes, heaven is for real – and, so is hell.  Uh oh – not sure how many movie tickets that would sell!  For Jesus spoke equally about hell as he did heaven, if not more so.  I cringed in the movie when the woman ask the Pastor if her son was in heaven and instead of answering the woman from the words of Jesus, he gave her a generic answer that played more to her emotion than the truth of scripture. Think about it. How would Jesus have answered that question?  Not to be unkind –  Jesus was never unkind, but, he was always truthful.  And, the Pastor should have answered her the same.  Jesus made it plain that the way to heaven was through him – saying himself  –  “I am the way, the truth and the life – no one comes to the Father except through me”. John 14:6
   Yes, according to Jesus there is one way and only one.  And, it is him. Why? Because he is the only one who paid the price for sin and conquered death.  Therefore it is impossible for any other road to lead to heaven.  Simply impossible. In spite of what other religions, philosophies and good works promise, they can never deliver –  for none of them lead to God  but rather away from God and ultimately to a place of permanent separation which the Bible describes as hell.  A place where there is nothing of  light, love, kindness, beauty or goodness – for these are all aspects of God.  Instead there is pain, loneliness, darkness, desperation and hopelessness.- all aspects of separation from God.
   Friend, if you are reading this today and you are not yet convinced that Jesus is the only way. I would beg you to reconsider. For Jesus cannot be a good man, a good teacher or anything else if his words cannot be trusted. The Bible is clear on this. God himself put on flesh to dwell among us. He died for our sins and rose from the grave on the third day – making the impossible, possible - by closing the gap of separation  that keeps us from God.  But, it is a road you must choose.  You don’t get on it by default.  It is a choice.  Repent of your sin, ask forgiveness and receive God’s good gift today – for heaven is for real!
  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever (believes, trusts. puts their faith) in him shall not perish but have everlasting life”  John 3:16
   If you have never done this – take that step today – and, let me know, I would love to rejoice with you and pray with you – just note it in the comments section. It captures your e-mail address and I will get back with you.
   “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
     ** again, I apologize for the lack of spacing in this article – still having problems with format – please, bear with me.
Posted by: cindybythesea | May 3, 2014

Caught in the Current

The weather is finally warming up here in Northern New Mexico and I had the opportunity to go out walking along the river yesterday afternoon. How different things looked from the last time I was down there just a few weeks ago. Tangled barren branches now sporting new green leaves.  Grass growing thick and wild along the river bank. People out walking, jogging, riding bikes and pushing baby prams.

I have a favorite spot where the water spills over some rocks creating a mini rapids of sorts. I sat for a while yesterday watching a trio of ducks and a piece of wood that was caught up in the fast-moving water. It made an interesting contrast and brought several thoughts to mind as I watched.  The wood  circling round and round in a never-ending cycle –  bobbing into the current and back out again – unable to release itself permanently from the currents strong grasp – this in contrast to the ducks, who smart enough to stay out of the faster moving water paddled freely and placidly about.

It occurred to me as I watched from my position along the  bank how like that piece of  wood I often am. They don’t call it drift wood for nothing. Without arms to swim or feet to paddle, the wood is completely at the mercy of the current. And without a change in water speed or depth, the wood would continue in that same cycle perhaps forever – or until the summer runoff subsides and the water level drops leaving the wood exactly where it was but this time stuck – stuck in the mud and going nowhere.

As I was doing my Bible reading this morning, I thought of these words from the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:17  -

 “…. where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom”. 

Yes, freedom!  And, as trite as that may sound it is exactly true.  For in and of ourselves, we are powerless to change much about our lives and the situations we find ourselves in. We can try this and try that but, it is only by God that we will find permanent release and change that will last. A thought I hope that will stay with me the next time I find my self “caught in the current” of life.  Less reliance on me and more on the one who has the power to effect a permanent change – after all, it is he who controls the water does he not?

I love how God speaks to us through the simple things, don’t you? It has made a difference in my day today – I hope it has in yours.

“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 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

 

 

 

 

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