Saturday, August 6, 2011

Euphrates River Drying Up

According to the New York Times, The Euphrates started drying up two years ago. Here is a quote from that article:

The Euphrates is drying up. Strangled by the water policies of Iraq’s neighbors, Turkey and Syria; a two-year drought; and years of misuse by Iraq and its farmers, the river is significantly smaller than it was just a few years ago. Some officials worry that it could soon be half of what it is now.


The shrinking of the Euphrates, a river so crucial to the birth of civilization that the Book of Revelation prophesied its drying up as a sign of the end times, has decimated farms along its banks, has left fishermen impoverished and has depleted riverside towns as farmers flee to the cities looking for work...

...The drought is widespread in Iraq. The area sown with wheat and barley in the rain-fed north is down roughly 95 percent from the usual, and the date palm and citrus orchards of the east are parched. For two years rainfall has been far below normal, leaving the reservoirs dry, and American officials predict that wheat and barley output will be a little over half of what it was two years ago.

The Euphrates is half of what it was in 2009, when it started escalating. On the basis of the information in this article, it appears that the Euphrates is drying up at an exponential rate. The Euphrates is shrinking to half its size once every two years. If this trend continues, then between the years 2023 and  2025 the Euphrates will become passable by land transportation. The table below illustrates the progressive shrinking of the Euphrates. all numbers are in feet:




       Year       Depth       Width



2009 750 1200
2011 375 600
2013 188 300
2015 94 150
2017 47 75
2019 23 38
2021 12 19
2023 6 9
2025 3 5


If the drying up of the Euphrates is for the purpose and the current drying is the beginning of the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, then by 2025 armies will be able to cross the Euphrates using foot soldiers and land vehicles.  The Battle of Amrgeddon may come sooner than we think?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Digital Logical Abstraction - Smoking Gun for Intelligent Design

How did the universe reach its current level or order and complexity? Was it an accident or by design? William Paley put forward an argument for the existence of God by appealing to evidences of design. Paley used numerous analogies for design. His favorites were the structure and function of bird wings and the complexities of the eye.

Paley’s analogical argument for design was persuasive with many before the advent of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Looking at the design of the human eye, for example, one finds it difficult to think such intricate detail could be accomplished by accident. The evolution of complex systems, such as the eye, is   highly improbable. Darwin introduced the idea of slow, gradual change over millions and even billions of years. The introduction of such time frames makes even the most improbable outcomes plausible.

The study of analogical complexity has been around for a long time. Analogical complexity exists because a designer or designers create analogous structures and analogous architecture by arranging things in a physical order than is compatible with the logical order that was set in the mind. Analogical design is always based on the physical properties of the elements of the design. For example, the design of a stopwatch is based on the physical relationship between the tension of the spring, the size of the gears, and the speed the gears move. Watchmakers used that relationship to calculate the time. Examples of analog computers include abacuses, telescopes, hourglasses, etc.

Atheists dismiss the improbably of analogous design occurring by chance or random processes. Analogous design renders the development of complex structure and even architectures of structures highly improbable, but not absolutely impossible. However, we are discovering evidence of digital design. Whereas analog design is marked by direct physical relationship between the conceptual design and physical components, digital design is marked by segregation of logical and physical components.

In computer technology, the physical components that are relevant to data storage and transmission are electrical impulses. Electrical impulses are on or off. The one logical component that has a relationship with the physical is the binary code. One corresponds to on and zero corresponds to off.  There exists, however, no analogous relationship between characters and binary code. A convention called ASCII assigns each character a unique ASCII code, which is a number 1 and 255 that translates to an eight digit binary code between 00000000 and 11111111. The ASCII code is an arbitrary convention. Any number could be assigned to any character.  ASCII code is a building block in multiple layers of a logical structure that has no physical analogy. The logical structure has connection to the physical world if and only if the logical structure is created by a mind with logical categories that correspond with the physical world.

In the human mind, we discover no analogy between symbols used in language and the real world objects they signify. No physical relationship between the letters G-O-D and reality of God. We could have referred to God as D-O-G or O-D-G or E-L-O-H-I-Y-M or A-L-L-A-H. People form symbols in language based on whatever convention they choose. Language is an effective tool in thinking and communicating with the real world if and only if the language is created by a mind with logical categories that correspond with categories in the real world.

Digital logical abstraction   as a way of processing and interacting with the real analog world is possible because there is a mind with categories that corresponds with categories in the real world. How is it possible that the categories of a human mind correspond to the categories of the external world? The human mind did not create the external world. 

The initial answer is that the mind has the categories it has because the brain has the cognitive structure/information architecture necessary to support language. Atheist linguistic expert Noam Chomsky refers to this as a universal grammar. But this merely pushes the question back. Where did the brain get its cognitive structure? It got it from instructions in DNA. DNA preceded not only human minds but of any living physical creature, so man did not create DNA. Any evidence of design in DNA is evidence of a Supernatural designer.

One of the most revolutionary discoveries in recent scientific discovery is that DNA is a digital program. It is composed of quaternary, rather than binary, digital code. The chemistry of DNA is radically different from conventional chemistry. The outcomes of chemical reaction involving DNA are based not on the chemical properties, but the physical sequence or arrangement of the pairs. The chemistry of DNA behaves like that of text or digital code. It is the arrangement of characters/bits/base pairs defines the logic and function of digital code rather than physical or chemical properties of the components.

If DNA is a digital code, then digital logical abstraction occurs in the natural universe. If digital logical abstraction occurs in nature, and it can occur if and only if there is a Mind to encode/decode for the abstraction, then the creation/evolution of DNA is the architecture of a mind or minds.

Summary
Digital logical abstraction is proof of the existence of mind because it is impossible to evolve properties of physical elements. This is no unbroken analogy between perceptions/concepts and chemical impulses in the brain. There is no broken analogy between electrical impulses and advanced software platforms. There is no unbroken analogy between WHY a particular DNA sequence yields a particular function. In each of these cases, there is a mind to mediate these relationships. A logical and digital abstraction is performed by the mind.

In computers, the abstraction that is performed by the Operating System using a Hardware Abstraction Layer succeeds because there existed minds beyond that of that which was embedded in the operating system that created the architecture that allowed the abstraction to occur. Likewise, the human mind can perform abstraction only because there is an Architect that created an architecture that gave the human mind both a cognitive structure compatible with the real world and the capability to engage in logical digital abstraction.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Green Lantern Review- A Lesson in Courage.


When I was growing up, my favorite cartoon was the Superfriends. In spite of the corny dialogue and unrealistic scenarios that abounded in the show, it taught me the value of pursuing justice and righteousness- of always striving to do the right thing. In recent years this element has been missing in many of the Superhero tales. In Batman, for example, it was difficult to figure out at time if Batman was a hero or villain. In Ironman, Tony stark is essentially a playboy devoid of moral guidance who stumbles into the role of Ironman. The Hulk is an angry man who coincidentally does good deeds.

Last Night I watched Green Lantern. I would rate it among the top three superhero movies ever made. Green Lantern has a moral lesson much needed today. It is the story of Hal Jordan, the man without fear. It is a story of how he found his courage. Hal Jordan became Green Lantern because the ring choose him, seeing in him courage that Jordan didn't know he had. The story of Hal Jordan was of how he faced his fears and overcame them to become a courageous man and the Greatest of the Green Lanterns. He first overcame his fear and then defeated Parallax, which was fear personified.

The lesson of courage is one that is much needed today.

Courage is an essential virtue in living and promoting the gospel. It took courage for the early Christians to face the wrath of Rome, the wrath of persecution of priests and kings throughout history, and the wrath of Communist and Islamist persecutors today. Without this courage, the gospel, with its positive fruits, would not have flourished. This is why the Bible condemns fear so much.

Courage is an essential virtue in gaining and keeping our freedom. It took courage for soldiers to sacrifice their lives to fight the enemies of freedom. It takes courage for citizens to stand up to their own government when it is out of control. When those in power seek to exploit to destroy the freedom of the people, the power they wield to bring harm to those who oppose them can be a frightening thing. It takes courage to risk loss of reputation, confiscation of wealth, imprisonment, and even death. In order to beat the forces of oppression it takes strong convictions. The conviction must be backed by strong faith and enough love for the ideal to risk personal sacrifice to advance it.

The message of courage is desperately needed in the culture of fear that currently dominates. We have a culture of fear because there are many powerful people who have vested motives in keeping people afraid. They use fear to paralyze the populace and persuade the people into surrendering their freedom to them. The greatest enemy of their schemes is a courageous people who will stand up to them at the risk of “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” I suspect that if any of these fear mongers were watching Green Lantern, they were rooting for Parallax. Let us be people of courage to stand up against evil.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Apostasy and Restoration of Israel- A Commentary on Hosea 3-4

Hosea chapters 3-4 begins a prophesy the coming judgment and restoration on Israel and Judah. Ch 3 gives us the summary while 4 gives us some details. We see in these chapters that the ancient Israelites used relativism and spin as means to evade the truth so that they could pursue their selfish desires.

In chapter 3, God commands Hosea to buy back Gomer. She had committed harlotry, left Hosea, and ended up as a slave on the market. The history of Gomer parallels that of Israel. As Gomer left Hosea for a season, ended up in slavery and then was redeemed, so Israel would become dispossessed from the land, the temple, and her King for a season, and then become redeemed. Israel has twice been scattered from the land. The first was under the Babylonians and lasted only 70 years, the second was the Roman occupation. The temple was destroyed in 70 and in 135 most of the Jews were evicted from their land. There was no more Jewish state until 1948. Both times, God restored the Jews to the land He promised them.

Chapter 4 begins by laying out the issues that are the grounds for His judgments. These are developed into three layers: relativism, spin, and party-party. These are intertwined in a systematic rejection of the truth. (Isaiah 59;John 3:18-21; Romans 1:18-32)

We see in verses 1-3, the harbinger of moral relativism. The text reads “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery they break all restraint ” They throw off moral norms by simply taking what they wanted, whether it by money or sex, and then using deception and murder to cover it up. The Ancient Israelites rejected the moral absolutes of God's Word to accommodate their selfish nature.

In verses 4-6, we see the spin cycle in full motion. God admonished no one to rebuke one another “For your people are like those who contend with the priest. ” Because ancient Israel rejected the “knowledge” of absolutes of God's Word (v6), they stumbled “Day” and “night” (vs5), and perished. God was going to reject them. This people's heart were set upon iniquity(vs8) to the degree that they actually fed off of it. The spin, the lies, and the harlotries was practiced by both the leaders and the people.

From verse 11 to the end of the chapter a dark picture is painted of people devoted to debauchery, from spiritual adultery to physical adultery to ritual sex. In verses 16, the Lord gives them over to a reprobate mind. “ He lets them “forage like a lamb in open country ”. He admonishes people to leave Ephraim alone, because he is “joined to idols.”

Monday, May 30, 2011

Stages of Persecution


As I am thinking this memorial day about the sacrifices that are made to protect our freedom, I was pondering how a free people can become enslaved. I am particularly following the growing attacks on the religious freedom of Christians. I have observed a seven step pattern of emerging persecution. Each of these phases are cumulative. Each phase continues to be manifest even as a culture moves into the next phase. (I.E they are still ridiculing even as they plot genocide.)

This article uses the plight of Evangelical Christians to illustrate how persecution develops, but it is applicable to the persecution of any group.The seven stages of persecution are:
  1. Demonization Through Ridicule
  2. Picking the Fight
  3. Propagating Conspiracy Theories
  4. Official Thuggery
  5. Systematic Persecution
  6. Extreme Systematic Persecution
  7. Genocide

Demonization through Ridicule.
A conspiracy to disenfranchise a people-group first strives to create a negative perception of that group by ridiculing that group. Members of that group are subjected to negative stereotypes and made the butt of jokes. Although the disenfranchisement of Christians is the ultimate goal, at this point nothing is put out into the mainstream that argued for any restriction on rights. From the 1920's through the 1970's Evangelical Christians were often ridiculed.

Picking the Fight
In 1983, police raided and padlocked Faith Baptist Church in Louisville, Nebraska. The state maintained that it had a monopoly on education. The heavy handed tactics of the government galvanized Christians to stand up. Evangelicals believed the state to be a threat to religious liberty and organized politically to counter that threat. Group like thew Moral Majority proliferated. The Politicization of Evangelicalism became known as the Religious Right. The power of the Religious Right culminated with the candidacy of Pat Robertson for President in 1988.

Fights are picked in culture wars to test the waters. There was a huge outcry against the government intrusion into the church. The government backed down because they realized continued attacks would result in revolution. Those who wished to destroy the freedom of Evangelical Christians realized they must poisoned minds against Christians. During this phase, laws are twisted to create an atmosphere of hostility against Christians.

The purpose of picking a fight is so that the victim can be painted as an aggressor. It is similar to a bully picking a fight and his friends lying and saying the victim started it. If the victim is an despised individual or a member of a despised group, the victim is perceived to be a bully by the authorities and the surrounding culture. The true bully makes the victim look like the bully by propagating conspiracy theories.

Propagating Conspiracy Theories
Would be persecutors responded by denying that it was the state that was the threat. They argued instead that Evangelical Christians were a threat. In the 1990's Hillary Clinton began her conspiracy theories. She repeatedly asserted that there was a “vast right wing conspiracy.” She persisted in this to the point where she had her husband, President Clinton, commission an FBI investigation into whether there was a conspiracy to engage in abortion clinic violence. In spite of the exoneration of Evangelical Christians as the outcome of the investigation, conspiracy theories that allege that Evangelical Christians are out to set up a theocratic dictatorship abound.

At this point, there have only been isolated incidents of persecution. Mostly in the form of anti-Christian discrimination. While Christians at that time were rightly concerned about government attacks on religious freedom, the attacks were done primarily to provoke a fight so that the conspiracy theories could be launched. The purpose of the conspiracy theories is to change public perception about a group so that government attacks against that will not be seen as tyranny but as justified measures necessary to protect citizens. Paint the church as a bully, so when the church gets victimized no one will give them the sympathy due to victims, but will regard them as deserving the thuggery.

Official Thuggery
As public perception of a group become more negative, and particularly when that negative perception is accompanied with a growing feeling that the group is a threat, an environment is created that is favorable to official thuggery. This is where America is at concerning the persecutions of Christians. Police will routinely make illegal arrest in an attempt to stop Christian activity. The isolated attacks become more frequent, and part of a pervasive culture of hostility and Anti-Christian sentiment. I call this official thuggery because persecution of not systematically part of the law.

Systematic Persecution
Eventually Anti-Christian bias becomes part of the law of the land. A key difference between systematic persecution and official thuggery is that there is legal recourse against official thuggery. Official thuggery becomes systematic persecution when either the law is changed to take away those legal recourses or a society becomes so lawless that there is no rule of law. In Europe there is systematic persecution of Christians.

Systematic persecution can be with a velvet glove or with an iron fist. Velvet glove persecution target culturally undesirable activities of a persecuted group and uses political tools. This is where the European Union is right now. Christians are currently targeted only at the point where the Christian faith conflicts with the predominant culture. Punishment vary from discrimination to fines and imprisonment. Christians in Europe rarely suffer violence, and Christians who are willing to compromise their faith can get along in such a society temporarily.

Extreme Systematic Persecution
Systematic Persecution becomes more extreme in one or both of two ways. When persecution goes from political to violent, and when persecution targets not just culturally undesirable activities but also targets the very existence of a group. Communist and Islamist countries engage in extreme systematic persecution of Christian. Christians routinely suffer violence, and suffer regardless of attempts to fit into society. Christians are not targeted because of what they do, but who they are. This is what is typically thought of when the topic of persecution is brought up.

Genocide
The most extreme form of systematic persecution happens when the persecutors attempt to wipe out a group from off of the face of the earth. The seven phases of persecution are like various stages of life of a persecuting spirit. One inevitable leads to the other if the persecution is not confronted.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Greatest Revival the World has Ever Known to Break out as Israel is Surrounded by the Nations


A slate of recent reports suggests that we are soon to enter into the time in history when Israel is surrounded by armies. Obama is shifting America's policy away from Israel and towards the Palestinians. This is coupled with revolutions in the Middle East that are resulting in the replacement of U.S. - friendly governments with more radical governments. Both of these developments are setting the stage for a major war where Israel is surrounded by a coalition of armies.

Psalm 118 gives some promises that apply to this time. He promises great revival and victory. The end-time revival occurs within the context of world war against Israel. It will involve both Jews and Christians. Great revival, the likes of which the world has never seen, will break out on the Temple Mount as Jews join with Christians in seeking God.

Both testimony of the enduring mercies of God and encouragement to testify to those mercies is given in verse 1-4. Both Israel and the House of Aaron are called upon to praise God. This is a universal call on all of God's people, both those who are God's people in Moses (The House of Aaron), and those who are grafted into Israel in Christ. Both the people and the priests are called.

In the remainder of the chapter, there is a call to prayer, praise, and proclamation. Psalm 118 is a special call to seek God during the time of greatest distress for God's people.

In verses 5-9, We see that God answers our cry for deliverance by “setting us in a large place” We are to trust in God and NOT in our political alliances with “princes.” During this time, God's people cease to trust in their political alliances and trust in the Lord. This trust results in assurance that God will strengthen us for the coming battle.

Verses 10-13 positively identify this as the end-time global war on God's people. Israel is surrounded by all nations. The global hostility to God's people extends to Christians as well. Jesus says in Matthew 24:7-9 that, among other things, that we will “hated by all nations for My name’s sake.”

There is confession of great victory in verses 14-18. We read repeatedly,”in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.” While God's people suffer much during this time, it is a time of victory. The people of God are militant about their faith in the face of war.

The remainder of the chapter is a call for God to “Open to me the gates of righteousness.” This is a call for God to open to pathway to His Presence. We will see that “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner” Christ, who has been rejected by the Jews, will finally be recognized by the Jews as her rightful King. After almost 2000 years of rejecting Christ, the Jews finally call on them. When Christ departed from Israel, He told them in Matthew 23:38-39, “you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! ' ” Verse 26 contains that exact phrase. What Jesus is saying is that when God's people start to pray Psalm 118 in the time of global distress, then Christ will return.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spiritual Adultery - Breaking God's Heart and Drawing His Wrath. A commentary on Hosea 1-2


Hosea commanded to take an unfaithful wife to illustrate spiritual adultery. Spiritual adultery is unfaithfulness to our allegiance and relationship to God. Whenever we look to something or someone else for those things we should look to God for. He is our King, Saviour, and provider, not the nations nor the corporations. Whenever we compromise ourselves spiritually or morally to get things from these worldly sources, we commit spiritual adultery

His adulterous wife, Gomer, has three children by Hosea:
  1. Jezreel (verse 4) – “I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu, And bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel
  2. Lo-Ruhammah (verse 6,7) - “For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel, But I will utterly take them away. Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah, Will save them by the LORD their God, And will not save them by bow, Nor by sword or battle, By horses or horsemen.”
  3. Lo- Ammi (verse 8) - “For you are not My people, And I will not be your God.”

The cumulative effect is that Israel and Judah are judged, suffer disaster, and become disenfranchised from the rights that pertain to citizenship in the people of God. This disenfranchisement, however, is NOT permanent. Chapter 1 ends with a promise of restoration and regathering of Israel. In verse 10, we read that the very group that was labeled, “not my people”, are subsequently declared “sons of the living God.” When the nation of Israel is restored, they are no longer two nations as they were at the time of Hosea's writing but are once again one nation.

Chapter 2 begins with a command for the children to bring charges against their mother
In verse 1, the Lord is speaking to a select child or select children of Israel. He commands them to bring charges against their mother. This mother is Israel, but who are the children being addressed. To understand who the children are, we need to understand some other cross references to this imagery of Israel as mother.

Revelation 12 begins with the imagery of a woman clothed with the sun, standing on the moon and crowned with a crown of 12 stars. This is the image of faithful Israel. Her firstborn child is none other than Jesus Christ, who will rule all nations with a rod of iron. The story of the birth of Christ in Revelation 12 coincides with war in heaven. When Satan is cast out in defeat he wages war against the rest of her offspring which are those who have faith in Jesus Christ.

If the children of faithful Israel are Christ and those who have put their faith in Him, then these children are the same ones being addressed in Hosea 2. This passage is being addressed to us who believe in Christ. We are the children of the free woman described in Galatians 5:22-31.

In vss 24-25 of Galatians 5, however, we are told that there are two covenants and two Jerusalems: “the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.” The Jerusalem that is above corresponds with faithful Israel. The earthly Jerusalem who is in bondage is unfaithful Israel and is referring to those Jews who have rejected Christ.

The faithful children are to speak to the unfaithful children, both of the wannabe Christian and of Jews who have rejected Christ. The faithless Christians are in the same boat as the faithless Jews, having been brought into the family and then running away from the right ways of the Lord. The faithful children are to preach repentance so that the faithless do not suffer dire judgments which are briefly described in verses 3-5.

The charge being levied against unfaithful Israel, but also applies to the unfaithful church - is revealed in verses 5-7b and 9-12: She looks to her lovers for material things – spiritual adultery with the powers of the world. She prostitutes and compromises herself to worldly powers for wealth and power.

How many today make moral compromises on the job to get that promotion- whether it be lying, cheating, and stealing, or possibly literal prostitution where employees have sexual intercourse with their bosses?

How many people today make moral compromises by “voting for the lesser of two evils,” not realizing that caving in result in continued degradation of political norms towards the vile, the bloodthirsty, the corrupt, and the tyrannical? How many people buy into the political spin that lying politicians and their media bed partners feed them?

How many people today defile themselves with the abominations promoted by the media in their entertainment, not realizing the destruction that these debaucheries cause? Numerous marriages have been destroyed because idle minds were corrupted by so-called reality TV programs that paint a distorted picture of sex and relationships. Millions have indulged in pornography and, as a result, have fed the epidemic of sex trafficking and child rape.

How many millions have covered up their wickedness by going to the neighborhood abortionist and butchering the child that was conceived? We are in the midst of a holocaust that makes the Nazi holocaust look tame. Over 1 billion people have been slaughtered, mostly for convenience.

How many in the church or ministry have set their sights on building private empires, turning churches into self help centers rather than places to hear the gospel. How many pastors preach canned sermons that reak with worldly philosophy, psycho-babble and get-rich quick schemes rather than the true gospel? So many churches are ruined, preaching a Christ as a facilitator to help us live fulfilled lives rather a savior who brutally suffered to save us from the just judgment of God.

Why did Christ suffer? Because He loves us. He longs to have a relationship with us. Chapter 2, verse 14 gives  us a sad note For the days of the Baals to which she burned incense. She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, And went after her lovers; But Me she forgot,” says the LORD People have used God and dumped Him on the side of the road much the way a wayward wife dumps her husband to pursue her lovers who end up turning on her.

The primary reason God's judgment falls on His own people is that we have broken His heart. While He is angry at the abominations that His people have committed, He is mostly heartbroken over our rejection of Him to pursue worthless lovers. He would rather have us reconciled to Him than the do His duty as the Supreme Judge of the Universe. For those who will not repent, there is fierce wrath awaiting them.
The remainder of the chapter is about God wooing His people back. In verse 16, we read that God restores the spiritual marriage. He will take away the idolatry and iniquity and restore the relationship. He must first break down rebellious people before He can rebuild in a way that makes possible a spiritual marriage.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Craving for the Presence by David Wilkerson - Part 1

Part 1 of a message from David Wilkerson. This message was presented sometime in 1998 around the time of the publication of his book, America's Last Call , which was published in 1998. God showed him the economic storm we are suffering today. He encourages to Crave for the Presence of God.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Israel Delivered by Her King- a commentary on Joel 3

In the previous chapter, we read about the dire predicament God's people were in, and the only hope for escape. If the people of God repent collectively in sacred assembly, then God will send revival and deliverance. This repentance followed by deliverance includes both the church and Israel. Joel 3 is a description of the final battle that is fought in Israel and how the Lord delivers her.

The Timing of  This Invasion
Vss 1-2 tells us the timing of this invasion of Israel by an international coalition. It happens “ in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will ALSO gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.” It happens in the same season that God returns the Jewish captives from the nations back to Israel. He also gather the Gentile nations to Israel to the battle of Armageddon.

Why does He gather together in Israel all of the Gentile nations? “And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. ” The text says that all of these nations have divided the land and scattered the people. When has God both gathered the people back to Israel? When have ALL nations scattered the Israelites. The answer cannot be the Babylonian captivity, as only the nations within the Babylonian Empire participated in that dispersion. It cannot be the Roman occupation either, as only nations within the Roman Empire participated in that dispersion. It is only after the Jews reclaimed the land only to have it carved up through the so-called Middle East Peace Process that modern nations like Brazil, Japan, and the United States can incur guilt for dividing up the land and people of Israel.

Prophecy Against the Palestinians (verses 4-8)
There is a prophecy against the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, Philistia, and Edom. The prophecy is against the people who occupy these ancient land rather than the ancient people. Tyre and Sidon would include Lebanon and the Golan Heights, and Philistia would include both the West Bank and Gaza. Edom would include the West Bank and Eastern Jordan. These areas todays are the areas that have concentrated Palestinian populations.

God asks of them in verse 4 “Will you retaliate against Me? But if you retaliate against Me, Swiftly and speedily I will return your retaliation upon your own head;” The Palestinians are plotting to retaliate against God for bringing Jews back to the land. They are planning to disperse the Jews again. They are planning to sell the Jews “to the Greeks” (verse 6) At no time in history have the historic Philistines or Edomites sold them to the Greeks, but the term 'Greeks' is being used here as a reference to the Gentile nations. Modern day Palestinians are using propaganda and diplomatic tools to draw into their conflict with Israel the gentile powers who will carve up the land.

In verses 7-9, we see the judgment of the Palestinian people. They will become a dispossessed people. Because this battle is just before the Millennium, the Palestinians will be stateless people during the Millennium.

The Call to the Battle of Armageddon
Verses 9-21 is the call to the nations to the Battle of Armageddon. In this passages several signs accompany this battle to confirm that this war ends with the Battle of Armageddon. Each of these signs are also described in parallel passages that place these events near the time of Armageddon

  1. In verse 13 we read a passage that parallels Revelation 14:14-20 : “Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; For the winepress is full, The vats overflow”.
  2. In verse 15 reads in a way that parallels several end-time passages: “The sun and moon will grow dark, And the stars will diminish their brightness.
  3. In verse 16, we read that the “The LORD also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the LORD will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel.”, Paralleling several end-time passages.

In verses 18-21, there will be eternal blessings on Israel. There will be physical blessings on the restored Israel, and God will complete the process of restoration. God forgives Israel of blood-guilt not previously forgiven. Israel is chosen and restored not because she has merited it, but because of God's grace.

Happy Birthday King James Version of the Bible

Today is the 400th birthday of the King James Version of the Bible. Considered by many the most important book in the English language.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bully Israel- and Face the Wrath of her King


There are several promises that God has given to the nation of Israel. He promised Abraham in Gen 12:3 that "I will bless those who bless you,And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed And I will curse him who curses you;  " In Joel 3, we see that at he time God restores Israel from  her diaspora, that nations would conspire to carve up her land, and that He will judge them. Is there a pattern that supports the idea that the King of Heaven judges attempts to carve up the land He calls "My Land".

There has, indeed, emerged over the past 20 years a curious pattern. A clear pattern that, As Alice would say, is getting “curiouser and curiouser.” Significant dates in the so-called Middle East Peace Process, which is basically a program to carve land out of Israel to male room for a Palestinian state, are connected to dates for some of the worst disasters in modern history.

Writing on these connections is nothing new. Numerous people have written on this. TruthorFiction.com has confirmed that this pattern has a factual basis. What I wish to do here that has not been attempted before is to assign probabilities to these events. I have chosen just six of these events to assign probabilities. The list of events larger. I examined the probabilities that major floods, Cat-5 hurricanes, tornado outbreaks, and super-earthquakes (8.5+) would happen at any given specific time and did some math.

Sources
Below are some of the sources I used. I simply added up the number of events and divided by the number of years to get the average interval between events. 1/ (average interval= number of days between events) = the likelihood that it will happen on a specific day


Major flood prob within 24 hours = 1/(365 * 111/76) = 0.00187

Tornado outbreak prob = 1/(180 * 111/260) = 0.0130

32 Atlantic cat-5 hurricanes

14 Pacific cat-5 hurricanes
hurricane prob = 1/(90 * 111/46) = 0.0046

16 earthquakes 8.5 and higher since 1900 on anniversary = 16/365 = 0.0438




Events
August 23- 24,1992 Hurricane Andrew
Hurricane Andrew occurred as the Madrid Peace talks moved to Washington DC.The talk were on trying to get Israel to give up the Golan Heights. Andrew was a cat-5 hurricane. I calculated the total number of cat-5 hurricanes, which is 46, and divided by the number of days. That gave the average number of days between cat- 5 hurricanes. The reciprocal (1/x) of that is the likelihood that a cat-5 hurricane will strike on any given day. That number is 0.0046.

August 23-31, 2005 Hurricane Katrina
Katrina was the most expensive natural disaster in American history, causing over $80 billion in damage. Between August 15-22, Israel, under pressure from US, forcibly and permanently evacuated over 8000 Jewish settlers from Gush Katif. Israel was forced to practice apartheid with the hearty approval of the world. Settlers were not evicted because they did not have valid deeds to their properties but because of their Jewish ethnicity. The day after the evacuation, Katrina was born and would grow to a cat-5. The probability of this was also 0.0046. The cumulative probability is 0.0046 * 0.0046 = 0.00002116 or about 1 chance per fifty-thousand. The calculated probabilities do not include the parallels between the Gush Katif evacuation and the evacuation of similar percentage of Americans New Orleans.

This outbreak included the most powerful tornado ever recorded. On this day Yasser Arafat was scheduled to declare a Palestinian state. That declaration was postponed. Probability of this is 0.0130. The cumulative probability is 0.00002116 * 0.0130 = 0.00000027508 or 1 chance in five millllion.

Mar 11,2011 Japan earthquake
On March 11, 2010 Japan issued a statement condemning Jews building settlements in East Jerusalem. Japan agreed with the rest of the world that apartheid based on Jewish ethnicity is OK. On the 1st year anniversary of Japan's affirmation of apartheid, a 9.0 earthquake shook Japan so hard it moved the island 8 inches closer to the United States. This resulted in a tsunami which caused the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Since this did not happen the same day, I calculated the probability of a super-earthquake (8.5 or higher) happening on an anniversary day. (16 / 365 = 0.0438). Prob = 0.0438 * 0.00000027508 = 0.000000012048504 or 1 chance in 100 million.

October 15-22, 1998: Texas Flooded
October 15-22, 1998, Arafat and Netanyahu meet at the Wye River Plantation in Maryland. The focus of the talks was on Israel giving up 13 percent of Yesha. Starting October 17, Texas has excessive rain until the 22nd. The probability of the floods starting the second day is 0.00187 * 2 =
Prob = 0.00374 * 0.000000012048504 = 0.00000000004506140496 or 1 chance in 25 million.

12 April 2011 UN endorses statehood
On April 12, 2011, The United Nations issued a report that said that the Palestinian Territories are ready for statehood and set a timetable for a September declaration of statehood. On 14-27 April 2011 a combination tornado outbreak followed by a major flood in t5he Ohio-Mississippi Valleys followed by another major tornado outbreak. The two outbreaks ranked 2nd and 3rd on the list of worst outbreaks. The probability of this sequence is 0.0130 * within 2days * 0.00187 * within 9 days *0.0130 * within 15 days = 0.000085328.
Cumulative probability = 0.000085328 * 0.00000000004506140496 = 0.00000000000000384499956242688 or 1 chance in 250 trillion.

 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Proofs of the Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is  central to the Christian faith. The Bible teaches that we are united with Christ in His death and resurrection. Our sins are killed in Christ's death, and His bodily resurrection enables Him to give life to us.

If Christ is not raised from the dead He cannot conquer the power of death that operates in the body. we would still be separated from God, and without divine resources to deal with sin and do the work of God. 1 Corinthians 15 present several proofs of the resurrection.

1 Corinthians 15:13-14 KJV    But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:    And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
The resurrection is so fundamental to the gospel that any preaching of Christ is useless if He has not risen. If Christ cannot exercise power in His dead body, raising it, then He cannot exercise power in our bodies to empower our faith or preaching. His power in our lives is linked to His power that raised His body from the dead

1 Corinthians 15:15 KJV    Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 

Notice the text does not say only that they are false witnesses, but that the are FOUND false witnesses. If Jesus body was still in the tomb, then when the apostles preached that God raised Jesus from the dead the preaching have been quickly exposed as a hoax. The enemies of the gospel would have said something like this:
He has not risen. He was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Go there and see that His body is still there.
The Jews came up with there own version of a 911 conspiracy theory to cover up the resurrection. The had the Roman guards say that the disciples stole the body while they slept. How would the Romans know who stole the body if they were sleeping? Why would a Roman soldier commit suicide  by saying they were sleeping on duty? (Sleeping at the post was a capital offense that would result in the entire troop being executed.) If a Roman troop was vigilantly guarding the tomb how could the disciples have entered to take he the body without staging an armed rebellion, which would have drawed the wrath of Rome? The Jews conspiracy theory designed to cover up the resurrection falls apart.

1 Corinthians 15:16-17 KJV  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

Man's basic sin problem is that he is separated from God. This forces man to trust in the arm of the flesh, bring sin and a curse.Christ got rid of our sins by killing those sins on the cross. This opened the way for the life of God to enter man, eliminating the need to trust in he arm of the flesh. We can now trust God. If Christ has not risen from the dead, the life of God cannot enter us. We are then still forced to trus in the arm of the flesh-and still in our sins and bad habits reinforced by the action of our flesh. If Christ is not raised, then no one would miraculously overcome the habits of the flesh.

1 Corinthians 15:18-19 KJV  (18)  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

If Christ is not raised from the dead, Nobody alive at that time would have anything to gain from perpetrating that hoax. The preaching of Christ drew deadly persecution from both the Jews and the Romans.There are two scenarios here, depending on whether the apostles were lunatics or liars. Both lead to impossible conclusions

Lunatick Scenario:
If the early eyewitnesses of  Christ's resurrection were experiencing delusions and hallucinations and the rest were gullible enough to follow them in spite of persecution, then that would prove that the early church was an insane asylum. The early Christians would have been, in fact, the nuttiest, most unstable group of people on the planet. It is absurd to think that such a group of people could have overcome all the persecution and eventually displace the existing culture.

Liar Scenario: If the early eyewitnesses of  Christ's resurrection were simply lying - attempting to perpetrate a hoax, then the preaching of Christ would involve people dying for a lie, knowing it was a lie, with absolutely nothing to gain on an level by telling the lie. This alone is absurd, but this is not the end of the absurdity. While the liars were telling the lie, they would tell it in such a way that would cause the believers in the lie to become the most honest and passionate lovers of truth to ever walk the face of the earth. The early Christian stuck to their story even in the face of torture and death.

Jesus is Indeed Risen
If the early eyewitnesses weren't liars or lunaticks, then there is only one other logical possibility. They were really eyewitnesses of the resurrection. Not only did Jesus rise from the dead, but the experience of witnessing the resurrected Christ brought a glimpse of His resurrection power into the Church. This power energized the life, faith and preaching of the early Church. Because Christ was alive again His tomb was empty,and because the tomb was empty the enemies of Christ could not point to the dead body of Christ as an argument against the gospel. God's witnesses are not found false witnesses but true witnesses.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Are the Recent Storms an Escalation of God's Judgment

As I write this I am drying out the basement at my house due to flooding. Over the past week, there have been over four storms. According to one meteorologist, there have over 1600 reports of weather emergencies. Couple this with the pandemic earthquakes in Japan and one can only conclude that 2011 has gotten off to a rocky start.

About three weeks ago, I shared a dream I had with the small group I lead. I had a dream that there would be massive flooding in the local area where I live, which is in the Greater Louisville Metropolitan area. This dream has come about. I also had a dream that a tsunami will ravage Florida. This has not happened yet, but I believe it will in the not too distant future.

The one thing no rational person can deny is that there is an escalation of tribulation. I believe that God is entering into judgment against the whole world for wickedness. We need to gather our congregations together for prayers and supplications to repent of sins ask God for mercies.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Passion of the Christ Movie

For this Good Friday, I am watching The Passion of the Christ and thinking about what Christ did for me

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Call to Solemn Assembly - A Commentary on Joel 2


Joel 2 begins with a dire warning that I believe is relevant today. I believe that God's judgment on the whole earth is very near and that disasters and distress we are experiencing are just the beginning of birth pains.
The Day of the Lord is at hand.
Joel 2 begins with a warning that the Day of the Lord is very near. The people are warned to blow the trumpet and sound an alarm. The watchers are to warn the people of danger (Ezekiel 33). Joel 1:3-11 give a vivid description of this army. Vs 10-11 speak of the darkening of the sun and reddening of the moon as signs coinciding. This places this battle in the end-times.

Call to Solemn Assembly
In vss 12-17, there is a call to repentance- specifically a call to what the Bible refers to as a Solemn assembly. While solemn assemblies were instituted under the Mosaic law, the application of it's key component, the solemn assembly, transcends the limitations of the Mosaic law. The solemn assembly was critical to the Feast of Tabernacles. Seven days of observance is followed by a solemn assembly on the eighth day (Lev 23:36).

When the temple of Solomon was dedicated (2 Chr 5-7) it was at the time of then Feast of Tabernacles. They observed seven days and had a solemn assembly on the eighth day. During that solemn assembly, fire came down from God and the priests fell under the power of God. (2 Chr 7:1-9)

We know from the passion narratives that on the third day after Christ died, He rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven 40 days later. the apostles were commanded to abide in an upper room. The apostles stay in the Upper Room where they engaged in “prayer and supplication”; this was engagement in a solemn assembly.

In Zech 14:16-21, which speaks of the time after the Day of the Lord judgment, that the Feast of tabernacles was both a regular and international Feast day.
The call to solemn assembly or sacred assembly is applicable to all legal contexts, not just the Mosaic Covenant. The call to seek God in solemn assembly for public and collective repentance is for today. We are to make prayers and supplication for redemption and revival in the context of impending doom for God to glorify himself by reviving us.


Physical Restoration
Vss 18-27 promise physical restoration, including deliverance from our adversaries. In context the adversary is the Gog coalition that surrounds Israel and breathes out murders against God's people ( Ezekiel 38-39).

Spiritual Restoration – End Time Revival.
The other promise is that of great revival. Vss 28-32 are also recorded in Acts 2 as the prophetic basis of Pentecost. In the context of Joel, this revival occurs before the End-time Day of the Lord judgments. That is why Joel's prophecy includes the darkening of the sun and reddening of the moon as signs accompanying the revival. The revival in Acts was the initial, but not complete, fulfillment of Joel's prophecy. The complete fulfillment occurs just before the Return of Jesus Christ.
The initial awakening resulted in a mighty movement of the Holy Spirit. The end-time revival will see both a continuation of the this mighty move and great manifestation of the Sovereignty of God: The sun darkening and the moon reddening followed by judgment on the nations and great deliverance of His people.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Commentary on Joel 1

The book of Joel was written to both warn of coming judgment and give promises of revival. Chapter 1 sets the stage for what is happening. Joel definitely speaks of the end times. Joel speaks of events happening today.


In vss 2-3 Joel proclaims that what is about to happen is something that has never happened before. He asks this rhetorical question as the introduction to the book “Has anything like this happened in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? ” The im plied answer is that what is about to happen is unprecedented. What follows appears to be ordinary disasters, but Jesus comments on the use of seemingly ordinary disasters as signs of the end. He likens them to birth pangs. Birth pangs start slow, but steadily increase in both frequency and intensity until childbirth. As we near the end, we will see disasters increase in frequency and intensity. In just the past ten years we have seen disasters escalate: 911, Hurricane Katrina, Tsunamis devastate Indonesia and Japan, Another hurricane devastate Haiti, so this is relevant to us.


We see the same escalation of frequency and intensity in vs 4 “What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten; What the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten; And what the crawling locust left, the consuming locust has eaten.” One disaster is followed by a more extreme disaster until destruction is complete.


Vss 5-13 speak of economic and political ruin. Drunks are told to weep because there is “no new wine” given that people drink aged wine first, it speaks of a total loss. This loss even affects the church. Vs 9 tells us “The grain offering and the drink offering Have been cut off from the house of the LORD; The priests mourn, who minister to the LORD. ” The church has been ruined, unable to fulfill her mission. Those ministers who care grieve. Folks, this is happening today before our eyes. We are witnessing a political, economic, and moral collapse of Western Civilization. What are we to do as things go from bad to worse?


In vss 13-20, We are instructed to seek the Lord in solemn assembly. There is precedent for it in Lev 23:33-36. The solemn assembly, or sacred assembly, was about seeking God in repentance. The solemn assembly has transcended it's Mosaic context, having been a part of the practice of God's people throughout the centuries. Even today, we are to seek God in repentance as repentance is taught throughout Scripture. I will have more on this in the next installment which will be commentary on chapter 2.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How Believers Overcome Satan - It's the Blood of Jesus

Although Satan is no longer able to live in heaven, he is currently able to visit heaven. During these visits, he accuses God's people of every sin they commit and demands that God pour out His wrath upon His own people. The good news is that Satan will not be able to visit heaven indefinitely. The day will come when he is cast permanently.



And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the ACCUSER OF OUR BRETHREN is cast down, which ACCUSED THEM BEFORE OUR GOD DAY AND NIGHT. AND THEY OVERCAME HIM BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, AND BY THE WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY; AND THEY LOVED NOT THEIR LIVES UNTO THE DEATH. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. Rev 12:7-12



Good news! Rev 12 gives us critical information that can be used in our warfare against Satan. The word 'they' in verse 11 refers to believers in Christ. We fight together with the holy angels of God to cast Satan out of heaven and we hold the balance of power. There are four critical pieces of info that will help us.



How Satan Attacks
Satan comes in like a prosecuting attorney. He is called the accuser of the brothers and sisters. Satan seeks to use God's law as a weapon to oppress His people. This doesn't mean that Satan cares about God's law. Satan hates God's law and loves lawlessness. He only cares about how he can use God's law to gain an advantage and cares ONLY about the parts that he can use. Satan is a master on how to use the law to promote lawlessness. Satan is the Father of corrupt prosecutors. Satan will accuse you of lust or hate or whatever sin has overtaken you and ask God to execute judgment against you and act as your adversary. There are several passages that say plainly that God sometimes, even in the New Testament will deliver chastisement to His people.



And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Heb 12:5-11



Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1Co 10:1-12



For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 1Co 11:26-32







But Satan is defeated...




By the Blood of the Lamb.
It is the blood of Jesus that destroys Satan's power and works of Satan. We read in Col 2:11-15 how Christ overcame Satan at the cross.



In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Col 2:11-15



The phrase handwriting of ordinances that was against us is another of referring to criminal charges. Christ dismissed all charges against us by means of His blood This passage could just as easily read 'And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;dismissing any and all CRIMINAL CHARGES and CIVIL SUITS that have been filed against us and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; ' The blood of Christ Jesus took away all of Satan's accusations as well as the sin nature and sins.

Principalities and powers is referring to Satan and his kingdom (see Eph 6:10-18). Satan has been defeated by the blood of Jesus Christ. Christ through the shedding of His blood on the cross takes away Satan's position and right to prosecute



By the Word of Their Testimony .
Our testimony is the means by which the blood of Jesus is applied in the ministry of destroying Satan's kingdom on earth and Satan's access to the Throne of Heaven. Our testimony is our confession of the blood of Jesus. This confession has great power both legally and spiritually. The text below shows us, that in addition to it's legal value in God's court, that confession of the blood is an act of faith that unleashes God's power.



But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom 10:6-10



This text says that with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. The confession becomes the salvation. God uses our confession of his Word to apply His Word to our lives. In the war against Satan we are to confess what the blood of Jesus has done and does. Our confession should be done both individually and in groups and should include the following



The blood of Jesus takes away Satan's accusations
The blood of Jesus takes away sinful desires (be specific to your case)
The blood of Jesus has destroyed Satan's authority.
The blood of Jesus destroys Satan's power
The blood of Jesus destroys the sin nature
The blood of Jesus draws me near to God
The blood of Jesus has redeemed me from the world system
The blood of Jesus takes away Satan's access to God.



Repeated confession of the power of the blood meditation of Scriptures concerning the power of the blood, and singing and listening to songs about the blood unleashes the power of the blood. My personal favorite is the song by Carman This Blood.



They Loved not their lives unto death .
We must be prepared to fight to the death. God does not want willy nilly warfare. Overkill on non-essential tasks and shrinking back from essentials will not win this war.

Spiritual war is the same way. We must be focused on doing those things that will put an end to Satan's assault.