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American Sea Change

In Culture Apologetic, Uncategorized on September 29, 2017 at 8:46 AM

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(sings)
Full fathom five thy father lies.
Of his bones are coral made.
Those are pearls that were his eyes.
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell
(From Shakespeare’s The Tempest)

In the latest Spider-Man movie (Homecoming) there are two telling scenes surrounding the character M.J. that go beyond the movie plot and make comment on America’s future.

First, we see M.J. headed to Washington D.C. as part of the High School academic decathlon team. She mentions that the main reason she is going is to protest. The teacher then says, “Protesting is patriotic.”

The second scene has M.J. and the same teacher in D.C. Standing at the base of the Washington Monument. He is behaving as a tour guide pointing out the monument positively, but M.J. confesses that she can’t celebrate something that was built by slaves (a massive overstatement and possibly not true at all).

The salient points here are these: the shaping of this present generation of young people/young adults has gone beyond a few anecdotal examples of rebellion or disconnect from what has been the norm. Our youth are growing up to believe that protest=patriotism, and on principle they can’t celebrate the things, people, and events of the past that have so shaped us that we have built monuments to them! This is a fundamental sea change in our nation. The ramifications will be myriad and exponential.

What’s Going to Happen on September 23, 2017?

In Current Event, Uncategorized on September 20, 2017 at 7:51 PM

So, I have had several people ask what I think about the so-called apocalyptic signs that are to be seen in the heavens on September 23. Here is where I stand:

FIRST, let’s be clear: the claim that Saturday’s alignment is “unique” is based on Venus, Mars, and Mercury being lined up in a somewhat evenly-spaced alignment with Regulus making it look like Leo has 12 stars instead of 9. The claim is that this has never happened before, which is not the case.

Let me explain: There are various software programs that allow you to rewind or fast forward the movement of the stars and planets, etc as far back in time as you can imagine and forward in time as well. This reveals a universe that works precisely. I used one of these software programs myself a few years ago studying the very formation in question for this Saturday.

Here’s the thing, unless there are grounds for saying that Mercury, Venus and Mars must be lined up in a straight line, then the claim that this formation has never happened before with “twelve stars” crowning the virgin is simply not true. It happened in September 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056.

SECOND, most of the Christians expecting the end on Saturday are believers in a pre-trib Rapture. However, for this to be a fulfillment of Rev. 12 would be a denial of how pre-tribbers interpret Revelation. In fact, for pre-tribbers, the Rapture takes place all the way back in Revelation 4.

THIRD, combining Revelation 12 with the expectation that some have that the Rapture must take place at the Feast of Trumpets is another huge assumption coupled with a selective use of Rev. 12.

Do I believe in the Rapture? Yes! Do I believe we are living in the end times? Yes! Could God use this weekend’s events in the heavens to do something amazing? Of course. But this weekend’s heavenly configurations are not a first time ever event.

LAST POINT: My issue in all of this, along with my recent posts about hurricanes, etc., is that too many Christians are trafficking in lazy, lazy Scripture twisting usually inconsistent with even their own beliefs! When will Christians ever learn to stop saying more than Scripture itself says?