My regular readers may think I have gone off my rocker but let me clearly say, I have not! Maybe because, like most people, I think of modern technology as a way to simply life. After all, we never had running water until 1970. Yes, that meant we used an “outhouse” until 1970. So when we had running water, I was thrilled. We had a TV before we had running water.
So dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, running clean water are all modern marvels I am truly thankful to God for these conveniences. The first computer I got was about 1983 a TSR 80 from Radio Shack. You had to write code to get it to do what you wanted. Then I won a free Apple Mac around 1987 and I used it for data processing Bible studies. Then the Internet and the World Wide Web aka www. was born and I got my first Internet capable computer about 1998. I had to call my brother to teach me how to do email. That was a short 18 years ago. One could clearly see the post offices were going to have to change because fewer letters would by mailed.
Now people have all kinds of computerized gadgets. People are even putting computers into their body. I just learned when mankind installs computers into their body they are then called, Trans human. Kind of like a Cyborg. Anyone remember The Borg from Star Trek?
Wouldn’t you know it, Sweden accepts chip implants to board planes now. Not only can you buy the chip kit, you can program it to hack smart phones, scan personal data as you are near someone and a lot more. If you want to see the video of a man checking in at an airport in Stockholm Sweden using a chip in his hand, here is the link, Chip implant to board planes
If you Google NFC readers – Near Field Communication readers, you will get a plethora of information.
There is a difference between RFID and NFC. Basically, RFID is the process by which items are identified using radio waves. NFC is a subset or family member of the RFID family/technology.
Here is a chart:
When you watch the video from the link above, you can understand how people could receive a mark in their forehead or in their right hand. This chip implant is the beginning of preparing the people. Read Revelation 13:16-18 KJV
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Until next time my friends.
Let me paint a picture. You know this person who professes to be saved, a believer. And by all accounts, the evidence is conclusive, they are a true believer. Then one day you hear this person has walked away from God. They quit on Christianity. They even start doing things they know God hates. How do you process something like that?
There are many reasons why people turn away from God. Mostly, people blame God for things he did or didn’t do. Others, their denomination has made God into a task master. They realize after working for their “task master” they can not keep it up year after year so they fall away.
People turn away from God for many reasons:
~ God didn’t answer their prayer the way they wanted.
~ Deception from Satan
~ Wealth and fame
I know this man who said he use to be a Pastor of a Christian church. He had left the police force and the church / God. Why? Because one day he came home and found his wife in their bathtub – she had shot herself in the head. He blamed God. He quit preaching, quit serving the Lord and now you would never know he use to preach God’s word. One day I said to him, God loves you. He was hardened so much he turned to me and said, ” Don’t hand me that crap”.
When we think about some of the trials and tribulations we have been through did you ever feel like throwing in the towel? We all have. But friends, trials and tribulations are times of sifting. It is not always God who sifts us. Look at
Luke 22:31-32 KJV
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Notice what the answer is in times of sifting? Verse 32 is the answer.
 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
When we see or hear of a believer being sifted, pray God strengthen their faith. Friends, we all go through times of sifting. God says he will sift the house of Israel in Amos 9:9. God does not tempt anyone, he tests or tries us, our faith in him. That is what made King David the apple of God’s eye. David stood with the Lord through good decisions and bad, through victory and sin, through prosperity and poverty. Will you?
When my mom died I started thinking about areas of scripture that I hadn’t spent much thought on before. Yes, my mom had gotten saved when she was 56 and lived 26 years as a saved person. But I wondered if she could see what was going on here on earth. I heard a man speak one time that said he died in an auto accident.
There are several accounts of people, lost and saved, who have died and come back to life (many startling their care givers) and give an account of what happened. I have not been afraid to die. I know I am saved and going to heaven. But it has been “the sting of death” that has bothered me.
When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 15 he explained in full, the gospel of salvation, and he spoke of a group of people who would be caught up in the air (we call it the rapture of believers ) and Paul said then shall be brought to pass the saying, Death is swallowed up in victory. But notice the next verse (55) ” O death, where is thy sting?” Paul explains in verse 56 the sting of death is sin. But I often thought when people die, isn’t there pain? A sting of death?
I know doctrinally, when Jesus was speaking of the rich man and Lazarus the begger, in Luke 16, this was before Jesus went to the cross.
Note: Matthew 27:50 – 54 and Luke 23:43.
But notice the role of the angels with God’s people. Luke 16:22 KJV ” And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;”
Angels carried Lazarus. This made me think about angels carried my mom?
Notice the rich man was not carried, only Lazarus was carried by God’s angels. And Paul tells us when we (believers only) are absent from our body, we are present with the Lord in 2 Corinthians 5:8.
We will explore this topic more. My prayer is you believe God and his record on how to be 100% sure you and your family will go to heaven when you die. Click How To Be Saved from our menu.
If you touch that hot stove, you will get burned. Everyone that is born will die. There is a heaven and a hell and only those born again ( God’s way, not a church way) are going to heaven.
We tell our children, and we were told, do not lie. Yet we lie. Remember when you found out there really is no Santa Claus, no Easter bunny, no Prince Charming, no Perfect Woman, you can have it all? These were all lies. But why? These lies were told to perpetuate good feelings? Happiness? Desire? So what do you do with these lies once you find out the truth? And friends, that is what we are accountable for before God.
As the world looks at “Easter” one has to ask if celebrating Easter really matters. Some would say, but it represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Does it? Are stores selling little Jesus dolls? How many bloody crosses have you bought lately?
People say Easter is in the Bible. Yes it is, one time. Out of thousands of words in the scriptures, Easter is mentioned once in Acts 12:4 but look at the context. When was Jesus crucified? During the feast of Unleavened Bread. You have a 7 day period that includes unleavened bread, Passover and the feast of Firstfruits.
These feasts are clearly laid out in Exodus 13:1-7 and then look at Matthew 26:17-29. Passover was first instituted in Exodus 12:1-20. It is the Lord’s Passover Exodus 12:11. So if Christ was crucified on Passover, and he was, and he rose from the dead on Firstfruits, which he did, why isn’t Easter on Passover?
Look at the context of Acts 12:1-4.
Herod – a pagan king
Vex the church – kills James and John
Verse 3 – then were the days of “unleavened bread”. The Jews, Passover.
Verse 4 – context is Herod, a heathen, four soldiers, heathen, and Easter.
Verse 3 says, Jews, Peter, unleavened bread.
Verse 4 says, Herod, soldiers, Easter
I could go into the bunny and the eggs but if you want to learn that let me recommend a good book, The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop. Only one quote I will use from his book, page 107. Alexander points out the early Christian church celebrated Pasch (Passover). But “and pagan Easter enforced by Rome”.. ” And it was only by violence and bloodshed…that the Festival of the Anglo-Saxon or Chaldean goddess came to supersede that which had been held in honour of Christ”.
It saddens me to see Christians, born again believers celebrate and reference Easter as the day of Christ’s resurrection. All of these Bible scholars and teachers ignore Matthew 26:17-29. Christians know Jesus Christ was crucified on Passover and rose from the dead on Firstfruits and celebrate that weekly or monthly through Communion.
If Easter were a Bible doctrine, then Easter would always be on Passover.
1 Corinthians 10:20-22 KJV. “But I say , that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
How did Paul know, was my question? Here you have this “goverment” worker who is a high mucky muck. He is the deputy of the country. He was a prudent man and he wanted to hear the word of God. (How’s that grabbing you?) So he calls for Paul and Barnabas.
Paul and Barnabas are on their way to speak God’s word to this government guy and they hit an obstacle. An unbeliever who is a sorcerer named Elymas, withstood Paul and Barnabas. Notice Paul knew right away who this was who was coming against them. Notice, this false prophet, this sorcerer, whose name was Barjesus, was with the government guy. And the sorcerer Elymas withstood them.
Okay, here is the account from scripture.
Acts 13:4-13 KJV
So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.
 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus:
 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.
Scripture puts this Elymas fellow in the same category as the sorcerers of Egypt in Moses time, see Exodus 7:11. But unlike Moses, Paul recognized who came against them. Look at Acts 13:9,10. Paul called him a child of the devil. So how did Paul know? How did Paul see something most people miss?
What were Paul and Barnabas doing when they hit the obstacle?
They were on their way to share God’s word with someone.
Paul noticed this sorcerer was subtitle, perverted the right ways of the Lord and Paul noticed he was full of mischief.
But notice, the goverment man watched and heard Paul’s rebuke of Elymas and it caused the government man to believe, to get saved.
Friends, when we are on our way to share the truth of God’s word and obstacles get in our way, pray and press on. When you reach your destination know this, children of the devil may be around you and the person you are sharing God’s word with. It is not just asking them to leave but praying out loud for God to shut them up so you can speak freely.
One way may be telling that person the hand of the Lord is upon them and they will have a huge stomach pain for so many days, or diarrhea for 48 hours or whatever. But know this, God is alive and well and the Holy Ghost helps us win. Stand firm for the Lord, he is our strength. Until next time.
1 Corinthians 1:27 KJV. “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”
Did you ever ask God, what are the foolish things you chose? Is it me or do you read and study scripture like a reporter? I ask God questions all the time. He answers. So when I read 1 Corinthians 1:27 I read it like this –
God has chosen the foolish things of the world –
To do what? Confound the wise.
Why? Verse 29 – That no flesh should glory in his presence.
As I started digging through my cross references for verse 27, I started to notice a pattern. See if you notice the pattern.
Psalm 8:2 KJV “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”
Isaiah 29:10-14 KJV “For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.”
There are plenty of verses but Paul makes it clear, foolish things of the world are words. Words of a book just like Isaiah was saying in Isaiah 29.
The foolish things God chose to confound the wise – words in a book. His book. Scripture. Look at 1 Corinthians 1:31 “That, according as it is written, …”
Until next time.