Blood Moon

Well here we go again. I’ve posted many times about gloom and doom apocalypsers and here is yet another one. The blood moon we will begin hearing about is on its way! It is a full, albeit eclipsed, moon which will appear in 2014 and again in 2015. Now the Bible does in fact talk about something like this. For example: The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the LORD arrives. (Acts 2:20) And we also read The full moon turned as red as blood. (Rev 6:12)  And also: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.” (Joel 2:31)

Modern day prophets have cited several important events in the life of the nation of Israel which more or less loosely align themselves with these rare occurrences, but here we are, just like a Timex watch, this old Earth “takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” I now catch myself asking why these end-of-timers don’t discuss the various other “moons.” Some of them are equally as threatening as a blood moon.

For instance, there is the Wolf Moon, the Sugaring Moon, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, and my favorite (and soon to be yours) the Moon of the Pairing Reindeer! Yes, you can see these and others at http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970314a.html .

There may be signs, but I don’t think for a minute we can properly interpret them. There may be hints, but we’re far too removed from the surrounding history to get them. There may be symbolism, but the references are just too ancient for most of us to correlate them.

I stand by my original contention: when in doubt, PRAY and trust the red letters: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Mt 24:36)

For a great little workbook on the Lord’s Prayer (and prayer in general) go see: www.therealprayer.org

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King of Israel

On my morning commute during the holiday season, I listen to Christmas carols. With the exception of some new R&B almost-quasi-emotive-christmas-ish-sounding song from the last few years I know nearly every Christmas song there is. Whether pop, jazz standard, ancient carol, up to and including the Kinks “Father Christmas,” I can sing along.

This morning I was singing “The First Noel” along with some new pop star and actually admiring how heart-felt it all seemed. Then I sang the words “Born is the King of Israel” and suddenly felt distracted. There is no king in Israel. A president, yes, but no king. There is no pharaoh in Egypt,either. There is a president in Syria and also much political strife and killing, but no king.

The last King of Israel was a guy named Hoshea who ascended to the throne by killing his predecessor and who surrendered his throne to the Assyrians when Israel was conquered in c. 728 BC. Israel remained a non-nation until 1968 or so. Since then the strife continues, wars threaten, unrest is the daily bread, but no king.

Even when Jesus was born and eventually proclaimed King by the prophets, priests, and followers, it was not official. Jealous rulers, both church and state, vowed to silence him and squash this kingdom, even if it was only a spiritual kingdom.

It makes me ask–“Who would I have been?” Would I have been his defender, his supporter? Would I have made my aim the promotion of his teachings, a propagator of the faith? Or would I have simply gone on my way, ignoring one more in a long line of rabble-rousers, knowing what his end would be, knowing that if I ignore him, he’ll go away.

I hope somehow, one of these Christmases, we’ll remember Jesus. Whether we remember him as a king, babe in a manger, prophet, teacher, whatever, will not matter as long as we remember him. And maybe, with a little practice, we will recall, and perhaps reclaim, his true mission–to be King of Israel and Savior of the World.

It could be the start of a great conversation.

For a great little workbook on prayer, go see:  www.therealprayer.com

Noah’s Ark found (again)

A group of explorers has claimed that there is a 99.9% cahnce that the massive structure underneath the snow on Mt Ararat in Turkey is what’s left of the famous Noah’s Ark. I remember a similar find back in the 70’s, but the Turkish government wouldn’t let the finders be the keepers. In spite of the  strange fact that a ship could be found this high in the mountains, many are more interested in the banter between the touters and doubters than in any possibility of truth.

Is it the ark? Who knows? Whether a person is a believer or not, finding a huge wooden ship this high in the mountains from 5000 years ago is still quite a find! Unfortunately, however, this find is tied to a story which is in the Bible which has of late become a fashionable target for slamming and ridicule. Just think: If this vessel had been found independent of any religious reference at all, it would be on the cover of National Geographic.  Instead, it is simply comment fodder for news blogs.

Believers can never let any late-term discovery turn into an attempt at validation for their faith. You either believe or not–ark or not. The kingdom is ever and always the creator’s. We are just along for the journey and not to wage some kind of belief battle with doubters. Everyone must find their own way in their own time. Just like you did.

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