August 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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God To Earth!: --- Katrina Is Here!
Do I Have Your Attention Now?

Was God's hand in the recent hurricane named Katrina? Was God's hand in the destruction of the twin towers in New York in Sept. 2001? Was God's hand in the Tsunami which caused so much destruction in Asia? Was God's hand in the major earthquakes that have caused destruction around the world? IS God's hand in these incurable diseases of cancer, heart trouble, HIV, and many more?

YES! But probably not in the way that most people understand!

After hurricane Katrina submerged New Orleans, Louisiana, wiped out Buloxi and Gulf Port, Mississippi and destroyed a tremendous amount of the Gulf Coast of the United States along with oil refineries and floating oil rigs in the gulf, theories, statements and concerns were rampant promoting ideas from Global Warming, to the direct, destructive Almighty Hand of God and everything in between as the cause of this storm! On the internet there were many religious sites carrying the comments from people who were atheists all the way to those who were deeply religious. And of course, everything in between!

Just what IS the truth of these matters? Can we even know"

We CAN know if we will just get into God's Holy Word and quit taking the 'ideas' and theories of men! However, MOST people don't even look into God's Word for answers, and even if they did they probably wouldn't know where to look since most people are not even remotely familiar with the Bible!

Does God intervene DIRECTLY in the affairs of mankind?

Of course He does! Scripture is full of the times God has directly intervened in man's affairs on this earth.

Please consider the time of God's deliverance of the Children of Israel from the captivity in Egypt. They were in HEAVY bondage, being made to do almost everything for the Egyptians.

God stepped in and cursed the nation of Egypt with PLAGUES that HE SENT PERSONALLY!!

The Children of Israel had to suffer through the first few plagues AS A LESSON to them from God that they needed His protection!! Finally He drew a line around the land of Goshen and declared that no plagues would cross that line and harm the Children of Israel.

THEY WERE THEN IN A PLACE OF SAFETY!!!

Many times God stirred up nations like Assyria to do His Will. They took ten tribes of Israel into captivity when Israel continued to reject God and His Law. Those ten tribes were subsequently scattered through out the world and their identity was "lost" to everyone except God.

There are just too many scriptures which show God directly intervening in mankinds' activities for anyone to rightly claim that "God doesn't do that!"

Of course, He does!! God has a PLAN for the salvation of mankind and that plan is ON TRACK!" God has the power to do as He desires, and He WILL PREVAIL in spite of the disbelief of mankind!!

Now What About Hurricanes, Earthquakes and such?

In the beginning God created ALL THINGS by and through The Word God. (John 1:1-14) During this time of creation, God made the earth. It was perfect from the start (Isaiah 45:18) because God did not create it 'in vain'. That word vain, in the Hebrew, means waste and emptiness, so here Isaiah is stating that God did NOT create the earth the way we find it in the first chapter of Genesis.

God created everything in perfection. The whole universe was IN BALANCE. Every part in balance with every other part, and the earth was part of that balance.

The POWER of Nature and the Penalty of Sin!

When The Word God created all physical things, it was by design. Everything was "powered up" and controlled by His Spirit. Everything was set in order to operate ACCORDING TO HIS LAWS! Everything, as I said before, was in balance!

Even our human bodies were created in balance! They were created to BE HEALTHY!!

Whenever something happened that was NOT according to His Laws, there was a BUILT-IN PUNISHMENT that would be exacted without God even having to intervene.

As mankind has continued to break God's Laws, the physical creation has become unbalanced and there is a penalty that is being enacted because of that unbalance!

The Penalty For 'Unbalance'!

In chapter 24 of the book of Matthew Jesus' deciples came to Him privately and asked Him what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the world (Greek-'aion' = age). They were asking about the end of this particular age of humanity because they knew from His teachings that He preached a wonderful world tomorrow, a new age!!

He began to tell them about those things that would begin to happen. He told them that there would be DECEIVERS coming in His name claiming that Jesus was the Christ, AND WOULD DECEIVE MANY!

Many well-meaning, christian-professing people would believe these deceivers because they were teaching A COUNTERFEIT JESUS, one pictured in the FIRST seal of the book of Revelation. (Rev. 6:2) The Apostle Paul warned about those who would preach ANOTHER JESUS that he and the other Apostles had not preached. (2 Cor. 11:14)

You might like to read our article in the archives entitled "That OTHER Jesus". It might be very enlightening to you!

Jesus went through many more things that would come to pass, i.e. wars and rumors of wars, disease and pestilence, earthquakes in diverse (different) places. All these things are the result of man breaking the laws of God and bringing upon them the AUTOMATIC penalty of sin, which is death and destruction.

I repeat --- it is NOT necessary for God to personally intervene for the penalty of sin to be enacted. IT IS BUILT INTO CREATION!!

SURE! God IS Love! BUT .... (and it is a big but) --- SIN BRINGS A PENALTY because it is BAD for human kind and creates that unbalanced state of which I was speaking! God's Law then re-balances nature through whatever means was built into the physical creation. It could be earthquakes, disease, wars, hatred, hurricanes, tsunamis, or whatever, but THE BALANCE WILL BE RE-INSTITUTED!! If not now, surely it will be after the return of Jesus!!!

Was God Directly Involved in Hurricane Katrina?

Sometimes I have various flashes of what I think is understanding on a deeper level that I experience. I think that because God's Spirit (His Mind) is so powerful even His desires influence what He has created without Him becoming involved.. There are times when I feel that He doesn't always need to decide directly about something before it is done.

Why would I think that? Because God's character is PERFECT, His total being and existence is perfect, and His desires from that perfect character only wants the very best for all mankind! Everything He desires is for the GOOD of mankind, althought it might not seem that way to us sometimes.

God HATES SIN because He KNOWS what it does to mankind. He knows it is the exact antithesis of His Way of Life which is perfect happiness and peace. The hating of sin then would INFLUENCE things in this physical creation even to the point of, perhaps, increasing the strength of a hurricane or perhaps redirecting its path to cause mankind to look to Him for their deliverance even more.

You could bet that many people along the gulf shores of the United States did more praying to God when the fury and intensity of Katrina came ashore, bearing out what they had been told by weather forecasters. And yet in their complacency they thought it was going to be more of the same and that they could "ride it out" in safety with perhaps minor discomfort.

Experts now are telling us that the death toll could be, and probably will be, into the thousands rather than a few as had been expected.

Was God's Hand directly involved in that tragic hurricane? Maybe, but it is more than likely that the hurricane was a product of mankinds sins unbalancing nature to the point that the Gulf waters got warmer than they should and a giant "built-in-fan" started in order to cool those waters before a worse tragedy could strike.

Yes. A hurricane is like a giant fan of which one of it's jobs is to cool the surface of the waters. I am certain there are other benefits of which we are not aware, but it is difficult to look at a hurricane as beneficial, isn't it?

Would God's desire, that people repent and live more righteous lives, influence something like that hurricane?

God knows how much evil is sponsored there in New Orleans. God has seen the observances of "Fat Tuesday" (Mardi Gras) and the "Southern Decadence" festival. That last festival was supposed to start two days after Katrina struck!

What is the "Southern Decadence" festival, you ask?

It is an annual five-day gathering of homosexuals which has been held there for 33 years now. and "features" sex acts in the public streets and bars!! Last year it drew 125,000 revelers!!

We have this statement from writer John d'Addario's "Southern Decadence 2005: A How-to Guide" posted on the web site FrenchQuarter.com:

"Parades and non-stop parties aside, Southern Decadence may be most famous (or infamous) for the displays of naked flesh which characterizes the event -- which is only fitting, since New Orleans in early September is generally the closest thing you'll ever experience to walking around in a steambath outside of a health spa. While police have started to crack down on public lewdness and pressure from a local crackpot conservative religious organization has caused the five-day festival to become a little more sedate than it was in years past, the atmosphere of Southern Decandence has stayed true to its name and public displays of sexuality are pretty much everywhere you look."

Hurricane Katrina put a stop to this observance this year. However, it is a matter of public record that three former and current mayors of New Orleans have issued OFFICIAL proclamations welcoming visitors to Southern Decandence, thereby becoming PARTAKERS of those sins!! (Rom. 1:32)

From the holidayspot.com web site we find this about Mardi Gras: "

Mardi Gras, the French for 'fat Tuesday', has got quite a few names. While the English used to call it Shrove Tuesday, or, later as Pancake Day, to the Germans it is Fastnachtkuchen, or, just Fastnacht. Yet, irrespective of this name game, Mardi Gras - or at least its counterparts under different names, is no newcomer in the history of humanity. Take, for instance, the Carnival. This can be regarded as the mother of Mardi Gras traditions, with the origin embedded in ancient Rome. However, around the middle of the second century traditions of the Carnival became popular as a way to feast and act wild before the somber days of Lent. This is still celebrated as a splendid festival across South America and in the Catholic countries of Europe.

Also quoting from the same web site:

"Mardi Gras in the Melting Pot:
Although Mardi Gras is basically a Catholic holiday, today it is party for everyone here in United States. This is especially true in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana which can be credited for introducing this tradition in the country.

Mardi Gras first came to New Orleans through French Culture in the year 1699 when the French explorers celebrated the holiday on the Mississippi River. Over the years, the celebration has witnessed growing national attention with many parades and parties coming in to add to its hue and flavor. Despite the Hispanic invasion later the celebration has not lost its original French influence.

Today though it is celebrated with much fanfare as a public holiday only in the southern states of Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida, its fame gradually extended nationwide. The French tradition apart, influences of the Germans, as well as the British are evident in the day's customs across the country."

Yes, New Orleans truly is a "party" city where ANYTHING GOES, which also includes many gambling casinos where people come to (sometimes) spend their last dollar in the hopes of winning a fortune. Of course, they never realize the percentages are against them and continue to pour their money into these places!

Even Voodoo is still practiced there and animal sacrifices are performed to their PAGAN 'gods'. And yet this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as decadence goes.

And I must say here that the people of New Orleans are no worse sinners than the rest of the people in the USA!!

America has mainly become a nation of God-rejecting, self-centered, hateful people! Even those who call themselves Christians preach that God's Law is DONE AWAY and that no one must OBEY any more!! They teach a DIFFERENT Jesus than the Apostles taught! They teach a Jesus that begs and cries "Oh, won't you come?" A Jesus that just teaches 'love' and 'peace' for all mankind.

And yet they refuse to teach a Jesus who will return to SMITE the earth and it's people because of their false teachings and disobedience!!

Would God Desire That All This Be Stopped?

Of course He would!! All of this is totally against the desires of the TRUE God, and it is no stretch of MY imagination to believe He could intervene in some "natural" disasters (which occur due to the unbalancing of nature by the breaking of God's Law) to promote His OWN agenda and plan!

What Does God Say About Homosexuality?

Leviticus 18:22"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

Certainly the land of New Orleans is "vomiting out" her inhabitants, isn't she?

In Deuteronomy we find a chapter which is referred to as the "blessings and cursings" chapter. God in His infinite wisdom delineates what will happen to mankind if they OBEY God, and what will happen to them if they DISOBEY God.

People .... IT IS A GIVEN!!! God does NOT say something just to be talking. He does NOT say something that He doesn't mean!!

Why then does mankind NOT BELIEVE what God says? (Rom. 8:7) The natural, human mind is an enemy of God and holds deep-rooted hatred for His Ways!!

With that said, let's see what God warns mankind about if they don't obey Him.

Deut. 28:15-45"But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they (these previously mentioned things) shall pursue thee until thou perish.
And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten (terrorized) before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.
The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
The LORD shall smite thee with madness (insanity), and blindness, and astonishment of heart: (heart attacks)
And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.
Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.
Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: (mad cow disease) thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them.
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand.
The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway: (captivity)
So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.
The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. (again - captivity)
And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.
The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. (America has become a DEBTOR nation)

Yes, God says disobedience (transgression of the law - 1 John 3:4) is sin! It is a missing of the mark which He has set before us. It is THROWING AWAY the decision which He has set before us to be able to receive ETERNAL LIFE!! (Deut. 30:19) (much like Esau gave away his blessing for a BOWL of food!!)

What Then Are The Blessings He Promises For Obedience?

I'm glad you asked!!!

Deut. 28:1-14 "And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
"Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
"Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
"Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
"Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
"The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
"The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
"The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
"And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
"And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
"The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
"And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
"And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them."

What magnificent blessings!! And those are just PHYSICAL blessings!!

Please!! Consider what His Spiritual Blessings would be like:

1 Cor. 15:20-28 "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
"Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
"For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
" The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
" For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
"And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."

And also:

1 Cor. 15:50-57 "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (there MUST be a change); neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (into spirit beings).
"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
"The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
" But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Yes! Those who choose to obey God by repenting of their sins, and being submerged in baptism, will receive God's Holy Spirit! That Spirit will cause us to be CHANGED from MORTAL to IMMORTAL at the return of Jesus Christ at the end of this age!!

Until that time we must pray to escape all these things and to stand before the Son of God at that time, for truly, SIN HAS UNBALANCED THIS EARTH AND OUR BODIES, and mankind WILL pay the penalty for that because of the Laws God has embedded within His very creation!!

Isn't it time for America and Britain to RETURN to God in true repentance and begin to KEEP ALL GOD'S LAWS AND STATUTES!

I pray YOU will make the RIGHT CHOICE! May God bless you as you seek to obey and serve Him!!

Your friend,

Ken

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