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Easter and Prophecy – The Resurrection You Will Believe

by Rev. Michael Bresciani on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

This is article 170 of 245 in the topic Religion

tn_Resurrection_will-I-see-God.JPGApproaching Easter for 2013, it is apparent that each celebration of Christ’s resurrection from now on, has more significance than at any other time in history. The reason is simple; what is known as the “first resurrection” (Rev 20: 5, 6) is according to prophecy not very far away.

Yes, this writer is aware of the pagan roots of the holiday we now call Easter, but we are addressing the heart of the matter here, not the misguided perception. The heart is resurrection, nothing more.

What Easter is Not!

People who only darken the door of the church on Christmas and Easter are not likely to have any knowledge of how these holy days really came about and if they were to ask, they would most likely get a standard religious answer based on that church’s view, rather than a scripturally based explanation.

If the resurrection was only meant to signify the coming of spring, new life, the joy of rabbits and Easter eggs, or even the beauty of orchids, lilies and flowers it would make Christ’s death on the cross a rather foolish act. It would be an object lesson that reaches to the furthest corners of goofy to extract a lesson. Without the clarifying light of scripture such a celebration would become ersatz – or is it too late already, has perception already overtaken reality?

Resurrection of Christ – A Promise and a Stamp of Approval

Christ’s resurrection, rather than merely being a cause to celebrate spring, is a promise that one day we will all be resurrected. When Jesus used ‘verily verily’ to precede a statement it was a signal to take heed. It was fair warning that the truth within his declaration was a surety not a wistful or pious platitude open to many interpretations and debate. One such declaration was his promise that one day; we will all see our own resurrection.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” (Jn 5: 25)

When the lepers, the blind and every kind of disease was healed during Christ’s public ministry it was to verify his deity. It was proof to a dying world that they were witnessing the works of the Creator and Master of Life. The final verification, his resurrection, was the capstone and full stamp of approval from God the Father that Jesus was indeed his only begotten son.

In reality, God did not approve Jesus because he was resurrected, but rather his approval came because Christ – is the resurrection.

“Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (Jn 11: 23-25)

The Resurrection and Prophecy – Inextricably Entwined

Prophecy contains pictures of future events, the last day’s falling away, the coming of Antichrist, the destruction of Muslim invading armies on the plains and hills of Israel and much more.

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End Of The World? Only The Father Knows

by Bob Livingston on Friday, May 20th, 2011

This is article 6 of 13 in the topic Doomsday Theories

End Of The World? Only The Father Knows

This will be the last Freedom Watch I will write. The world as we know it ends tomorrow, according to Harold Camping, who said his calculations come from his reading of the Bible and comparing numerological calculations to historical events like the founding of Israel in 1948.

Camping has been broadcasting on his Family Radio Worldwide independent ministry that the Rapture — the time when Christians both dead and alive will be taken into heaven and a period of tribulation will begin on Earth — will definitely occur Saturday.

“Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment,” he said in January.

A lot of people believe it. There are news reports of unrest and gatherings in countries around the world as Camping’s followers prepare. One of his followers, Chris McCann, told Fox News he plans to spend Saturday with his family, reading the Bible and praying. McCann works with eBible Fellowship, which met for the last time on Monday.

“We had a final lunch and everyone said goodbye,” McCann said. “We don’t actually know who’s saved and who isn’t, but we won’t gather as a fellowship again.”

Likewise, I won’t be writing another Freedom Watch, unless…

Jesus is quoted in Matthew 24:36: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

I’m not certain what calculations Camping used to come up with his date, but it takes a great deal of hubris for someone to think he knows more about God’s schedule than the Son of God. I, personally, wouldn’t deign to say Christ is coming tomorrow — or that He isn’t. Or that He is coming the next day or in 1,000 years.

But I do think it’s great that McCann will spend the day with family reading the Bible and praying. That’s something we should all do every day. After all, we are guaranteed only the time we are in. A heart attack, a lighting strike, a meteor, a bus, a crazed gunman and a host of other possibilities exist that could take us out in an instant.

And that’s why we should heed Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24:44: “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

So this will be the last Freedom Watch I will write, or it won’t. But since we can’t be sure if the world will end tomorrow, we are going to go ahead and have Monday’s Personal Liberty Alerts™ put together this afternoon, as we normally would, so you can get it first thing Monday… if you’re still here.

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Raised with Christ

by La Shawn Barber on Sunday, April 24th, 2011

This is article 20 of 245 in the topic Religion

Originally published on April 2, 2010. No need to reinvent the microchip!

Raised with ChristAdrian Warnock and I go way back.

A pastor and an M.D. in London, Adrian started the Blogdom of God a long time ago in web years – maybe 2003. His aggregator raised my profile, and my blog consistently ranked near the top.

In his new book, Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything, Adrian says Christians need to talk more about the Resurrection. It is, after all, the cornerstone of our faith. If Christ didn’t rise bodily from the dead, we’re still in our sins.

“The church sometimes attempts to tell the gospel story without any reference to the resurrection of Jesus,” Adrian writes. “In a relatively recent development, some in the liberal movement of the last century or so have even denied the resurrection, making them the first significant group in history to claim to be Christians without believing Jesus rose from the dead.”

Can someone be saved and not believe the Resurrection? It is a central tenet of the faith, along with such others as Christ is the Son of God who condescended to become a man to save men from the Father’s wrath. If a “Christian” denies the Resurrection, what hope does he have that he’s actually saved?

Adrian examines why the Resurrection is important, how it can change us, and how it can affect our thinking and daily living. He dissects and debunks claims that Christ rising from the dead was a myth, that the disciples lied about it, that the disciples stole Jesus’ corpse, that authorities hid the body, and so on.

crossAdrian says that in his experience, Christians tend to place more emphasis on Christ’s death when sharing the Gospel than on his Resurrection. The cross is recognized worldwide as a symbol of Christianity, but “only the resurrection transforms the cross from a symbol of despair to a symbol of hope.” The empty tomb “underlines that the work of Jesus is complete.”

Why might there be an emphasis on Christ’s death, while emphasis on his resurrection is neglected? One of the reasons Adrian cites is Satan himself.

Satan’s first approach to undermining truths essential to our faith is to “assault biblical truth directly by encouraging us to doubt it or to form wrong conclusions about it…Satan’s other strategies might well be to encourage us to neglect a doctrine by merely assuming it.”

The Bible indeed reveals that Satan goes “to and fro on the earth…walking back and forth on it,” and that our battles with evil are not against flesh and blood, but against “principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

What are the Resurrection’s consequences in our lives? We know that Christ’s physical resurrection is a sign pointing to a spiritual truth. It points to what Christ has done, will do, and is doing to and for us.

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Everyone Wants a Piece of Passover

by Alan Caruba on Sunday, April 17th, 2011

A recent article by Diane Cole in The Wall Street Journal, “Is Passover the New Christmas?” took note of the way some Christians are embracing Passover and giving it their own interpretation, though she says it “seems an unlikely phenomenon.”

Maybe not. Christianity draws much of its substance from Judaism and would not exist without Judaism, given that Jesus and his apostles were all Jews and his message was preached to Jews.

The New Testament departs from Judaism when it states that the very human Jesus was, in fact, also the son of God, born of a virgin, and, for good measure, the church conjured up the holy trinity that includes the Holy Ghost.

I have never met a Christian who can explain the trinity. Jews of Jesus’ time were appalled and generally inhospitable to the greatest salesman of Christianity, Saul of Tarsus aka Saint Paul, frequently driving him out of town for what they judged was blasphemy.

In simplest terms, take away the Jesus story and you have Judaism. Christ has been a great comfort to many, but there was “in the beginning”, God. The Old Testament says that God chose the Jews and, in exchange for the land of Israel, they entered into a covenant with Him.

The last two thousand years have been a source of serious grief for Jews who had already been exiled from Israel in 70 A.D. by the Romans; the same ones who had killed Jesus by crucifixion, a common punishment. With a decree by the emperor Constantine in 312 A.D., Christianity went from being an outlaw religion to the religion of the state. Crucifixion was banned.

Passover celebrates the story of the much earlier Exodus when Jews escaped from Egyptian slavery and then, we’re told, wandered around in a desert for forty years before receiving the Ten Commandments, conquering Canaan, and making history for a while under kings David and Solomon, among others.

Modern archeology with its carbon dating and other discoveries now posits that Judaism wasn’t the result of the Exodus story and that the Canaanites were likely the first Jews, moving away from worshipping many gods in favor of just one.

The fact remains that here, in 2011, we have a religion—Judaism—that has been around for 3,500 years, wrote the Old Testament, wrote the Talmud to explore its meaning, waited 2,000 years to reclaim its homeland, revived the ancient language of Hebrew, and in just over sixty years has resisted non-stop attacks to build a nation both unrivaled and totally reviled in the Middle East.

You want a miracle? How about Israel today? How about the survivors of the Holocaust who went there because there was no reason to return to a Europe that had abandoned them or those who went there to escape the oppression of the former Soviet Union? Today Israel continues to absorb new immigrants, thanks to the pogroms of Islamic nations driving out their Christians, having long since done the same to the Jews who had dwelt among them, often for centuries.

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Snookipocalypse: The End Has Come

by Doug Giles on Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Many of my Christian brothers believe that the ubiquitous earthquakes, recent tsunamis, violent weather systems and the Middle East uprisings all equate to God getting really ticked and about to run the credits on this failed earth flick. For me, I’m not so certain about this being the end of times and that the Son of God is gearing up to go Ted Nugent on our nation. That was until now.

This past Friday I learned the shocking, apocalyptic news that convinced me that Jehovah is about to unleash the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse upon our nation, that something bad, really bad, is about to happen.

So, what gave me a fright that Jesus might jettison this great land unto the compost heap of failed civilizations, you ask? Was it my realization that there’s a death of faith abroad, or a degeneration of morals and contempt for traditional values, a collapse of culture, a paralysis of national will, and the fact that foreign, America-loathing invaders are not only unopposed but welcomed to our great land?! Nope, it wasn’t even that junk, but I sure just depressed myself.

The thing that made me think that our nation has sunk below an obese, pregnant Dachshund’s tits and has moved to the point of no return was that Snooki, head hooch of the Jersey Shore “reality show” (a show that eclipses its inanity with its vulgarity) got $32,000 for a speaking gig this past week at Rutgers University. 32k, Rutgers? And that would be, Jersey taxpayers, $32,000 from your wallet for college kids to hear this tart blather about bunkum, as the drachmas drummed up to remunerate this dame for services rendered came from Rutgers’ “mandatory student activity fee.”

Well, mom and dad (who are still worth their salt), you now can officially scratch Rutgers off the list of colleges to visit this summer with your high schooler. The kicker in this hellish scenario is that this over-tanned hobbit with the morals of a drunken alley cat and the brainpower of a hockey puck got two grand more than Nobel-winning author Toni Morrison will be getting for her commencement address at Rutgers U later this year. I’ve got two words for this misappropriation of funds: Revelation Eighteen.

Oh, by the way, Snooki advised the ogling undergrads at Rutgers to “study hard, but party harder.” Buh-bye $32,000. Bye-bye.

Snooki, JWoww, and their Guido co-stars are disgusting human train wrecks, veritable carnies in a Cirque de Hades 2.0.

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