Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jesus' Instructions: How to be Worthy to Escape


These are NOT MY words. Pray and ask Jesus for discernment and revelation to know if these are His words. Scripture: Luke 21:36, Received 3/18/13.


Word from the Lord: Relationship is not Religious Practices – July 29, 2015


SEE ALSO: Those Who Will Be Raptured


Pt. 2:
https://youtu.be/dC0A6W83Ubc

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Is the California quake & (the first) Rapture / translation event going to be on July 30-31?

This brother-in-Christ's dream of 2 BLUE MOONS and Tu B'Av symbolism is phenomenal:
https://youtu.be/y32bRK-GOJY

Best Video on Tu B'Av / 15th of Av


RELATED POSTS by Elizabeth Russell:

January / March 2013 Visions

The Visions I Was Shown in 2013 Are Being Fulfilled


"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." -- Jesus (Luke 21:36).

I live in Davis, California (next to the state capitol in Sacramento), which is in the Central Valley (and that is adjacent to the San Francisco Bay Area). In 2013 I was shown a small handful of visions which included a west coast and/or California earthquake and martial law.

In 2014 I was only shown two things. In February, I laid down (and without falling asleep) I was immediately shown a flash, picture vision of myself walking down the street on a sunny day and all of a sudden I started to go up into the air. Before I knew it I was coming back down again. I got up immediately and thought that I was given a glimpse of the rapture but I felt the part about coming back down meant that was that it wasn’t time yet. I had had a really rough day that day due to persecution for my religious beliefs and so I feel that the Lord showed me this to give me hope and let me know that it wouldn’t be much longer.

In August of 2014, I heard a “Word from the Lord” in my spirit and it said, “October 13.” I didn’t get a year, just a month and a day. I made note of it and wrote it down.

I didn’t experience any other dreams or visions until this May of 2015. I was scheduled to housesit at my sister’s in Alameda, CA (a 3-sided “island”) on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay.

A morning or two before I was scheduled to leave I dreamt that it was nighttime as I was leaving my sister’s house to return home (as if returning home at the end of my stay) and I was headed upward in elevation toward the Oakland Hills (a small coastal mountain range) – which is the way I usually go – when all of a sudden I hit a bump and the vehicle and I went flying into the air and I could tell we weren’t coming back down. It was so jarring I woke up.

After I was done staying at my sister’s (and I was headed home) I wondered whether the dream would come to pass in waking life but it did not.

I kind of forgot about the dream for a few weeks and then on July 9 my sister asked me to housesit again on July 25 – August 1 or 2nd. I said, “Yes” and then 4 days before I was scheduled to arrive a 4.0 earthquake hit Fremont, just 4 cities down interstate 880 from Alameda (20 miles) on the infamous Hayward fault. The San Andreas is much more famous (hence the title of a movie that just happened to be realeased this summer) but it’s the Hayward fault that is said will produce the “Big One.”

So it wasn’t so surprising, in and of itself, that a USGS scientist would predict “the Big One” could hit the Bay Area any day now – although normally scientists shy away from making predictions, but what is more odd is that same day – July 21 – a video was released on social and alternative media which showed the CNN news ticker from July 10 saying that a massive 9.0 earthquake had hit the Bay Area (– whether the powers-that-be might know of this in advance through occult, supernatural means, or because it will be artificially created I do not know, but it could be what people call “predictive programming.”)

As soon as I saw these news stories juxtaposed together and the fact that I was headed toward the epicenter I suddenly remembered my dream.



As soon as I remembered my dream I suddenly remembered the first vision I had in 2013, the vision that started it all and how similar the dream and the vision were.

I realize now that the earthquake vision I had in January of 2013 was symbolic of the Rapture. I knew in the vision that we were being gathered to a place of refuge and I was raised to believe it would be a physical gathering the way the Lord had gathered his people before destruction in the past. I did not realize the Lord was going to gather us in the air this time around until he revealed it to me in 2013. I believe that that vision revealed the timing of the Rapture (or first Rapture, if there is more than one) to be during the great California and/or west coast earthquake. This didn’t occur to me until I remembered the dream from May about leaving my sister’s house.

When I remembered the dream about leaving my sister’s, I immediately thought that hitting the bump in the road (that made me and my truck go flying into the air) was an earthquake. #1, because an earthquake is one of the few things that could cause a vehicle to go flying through the air, and #2 because a bump in the road is a bump in the earth. The road and the earth are synonymous and a bump in the earth caused me to go flying. Symbolically, that sounds like the earth bumping or quaking to me.

So the dream hit me along with the Holy Spirit and I suddenly had not a sense of fear but a sense of urgency of preparing to depart this earth by way of entering directly into a storm. I prayed to know if it was just me imagining things or if this sense of urgency was from the Lord.

Suddenly, I started noticing some videos appearing about the 9th of Av – the 15th of Av (Hebrew calendar: July 26 – July 31) being high Rapture watch dates due to “the most mysterious holiday on the Jewish calendar” – the Jewish Valentine’s Day and most popular day for Jewish weddings). So I started praying even more fervently – since I just happened to be scheduled to be in the Bay Area at the exact same time) to ask if this was another confirmation or not.

Jul 17, 2015: The 15th of Av ( Tu Bav ): July 31/August 1, 2015. the most mysterious day of the Jewish Calendar! https://youtu.be/eph8ECL-yDc

On July 22, I somehow stumbled onto a blog: SOUND THE ALARM!...the Bridegroom is coming by Warrior Princess. There was a Word from the Lord posted on February 5, 2015 that said,

“Events will kick off when you see the red skies. Watch the skies”

A little while later, around 3pm, I walked outside and noticed that the sky was rapidly and apocalyptically turning dark and cloudy. There was a reddish tinge to the sky and that sense of urgency hit me again like a ton of bricks. I wondered if the sky was suddenly turning red due to what people call earthquake weather, but probably due to prayer I felt inspired to check the internet to see if there was a fire nearby. I soon learned that a massive fire - which is now being called the Wragg Fire - was only about a half an hour away. [As of this writing, 7/29/15, the fire has consumed at least 7500 acres. It has flared back up after being mostly contained. Evacuations have begun again today, and now the closest perimeter to my housing development on the edge of town is only about 16 miles away.] That night, the second "unscheduled" Blood Moon was seen over California's Central Valley since June 26th (when the Supreme Court decision was rendered regarding gay marriage). The one prior to this was on July 1st and reported being seen, not only by my mother who lives in California's Central Valley, but across America. http://www.wtvm.com/story/29449944/nws-explains-red-moon-in-hsv The RED SKY over Fenway Park this month also made national headlines: https://youtu.be/nfuENTIVgs0

On July 23, I went outside and there was a layer of ash on everything including the laudry I'd hung out to dry the day before. The sky was still dark from smoke. I thought of the verse in Joel that comes right after the one about how shortly before Jesus' return God will pour out prophetic dreams and visions upon people from diverse walks of life.

And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. -- Joel 2:30

and interestingly, the verse that comes after that one is this:

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. -- Joel 2:31

Later, I went for a walk on the university property across the street from my housing development. I walked into an orchard and was praying to know if I was imagining all these signs and sense of urgency or if the Lord was really trying to tell me something. The next thing I noticed when I looked up was that each tree was numbered. The tree closest to me had the number 26 on it. There were five more trees until the end of that row: #s 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31. That is where the row ended, on #31. I felt like I was looking at a calendar. These were the dates I was scheduled to be in the Bay Area and the dates that correspond to the 9th of Av through the 15th of Av on the Hebrew calendar.

My mind was pretty well reeling at this point. What are the odds? Later I walked into a store and I was talking to the Lord, still questioning and asking for more witnesses when immediately a song by David Bowie came on - CHANGES. I was like, "You've got to be kidding, Lord." I thought about the Word that the Lord had given to me to share with everyone I met in 2013: "Everything is about to change and it is never going to be the same again," and the words that my mother had oft repeated since a visit from my deceased father a few years ago, "Great changes are coming upon the earth."

On July 27, after I arrived in the Bay Area, Brother Todd over at the Hidden Bride channel on YouTube posted this video: https://youtu.be/xnqyjGcffb8 titled HIGH ALERT. The description says,

5 Packages just arrived at my home today addressed to a company called "Omnicare" 5 8x111/2 inch envelopes with HIGH ALERT on each one. Coincidence? There are none with GOD... Be ready!!! REPENT AND PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD, JESUS CHRIST!

Then today, July 29, this video by L4JRapture was in my feed:
URGENT!! URGENT!! RAPTURE HIGH ALERT, DREAM FROM THE LORD!!! (Pt. 1)
WILL WE BE RAPTURED THIS WEEKEND??? I'M WONDERING. ♥♥ God gave Noah a 7-day warning before the flood and I'm wondering if He has given me a 3-day warning before the Rapture!
https://youtu.be/qTi8D9GtCw8

In her dream she saw 2 moons. This is interesting because in mid-June one of my sisters reported to me and the rest of my family that she experienced a prophetic dream about 2 moons. My sister is one of these random people from diverse walks of life that Joel prophesies about in the Last Days who is a very unlikely candidate to experience a supernatural dream or visitation. My sister swears that she had not been reading the scriptures, not been thinking about prophecy or the Last Days, and definitely does not watch YouTube videos. My sister wrote:

"It was supposed to be afternoon so I was surprised when I went outside I was surprised that it was night time." [My sister does not know that many people have been prophesying about 3 days of darkness.] My sister went on to say that she saw two moons in the sky. Then they merged into one and turned into a giant red moon. "It was a really kind of scary dream and very real and I woke up like I was jumping out of bed and remember everything vividly. In my dream, someone was with me and was talking about how some people would live but how everything would be different for those who live. I had a feeling in the dream that I might be one of the ones that live but that a lot of people would die and the moon felt very scary as it got bigger and redder!"

My sister also did not know that 18 months prior this young lady (Alicia / KingdomServant) had a dream about 2 moons: https://youtu.be/XVCqgqDMbkQ

or that 7 months prior Crystal Clay and Shannon Johnson (Boldsojah4Christ) had dreams about 2 moons on the SAME DAY.
https://youtu.be/hr45ugMdDeU

LJ4Rapture thinks that the two moons could refer to the "Blue Moon" this month (2 full moons in one month).

Interestingly, more moderate earthquakes hit the Bay Area today. There was a 3.2 in San Jose, and a 1.8 in Alameda. Yesterday, there was a 2.2 in Alameda.

The 15th of Av starts tomorrow at Sundown. I am about 2 blocks from the shoreline. Prayers appreciated.

UPDATE: July 29/30: UNSCHEDULED "BLOOD MOON" reported in Russia:
https://youtu.be/HtnGqZmO764

and additional footage HERE:
https://youtu.be/8SuCGdsCPmM

The Visions I Was Shown in 2013 Are Being Fulfilled

RELATED POST:
Is the California quake & (the first) Rapture / translation event going to be on July 30-31?
http://bethanymagdalene.blogspot.com/2015/07/is-california-quake-first-rapture.html

It appears that whatever it is that "Operation Jade Helm 15" is preparing for (or represents) is what I was shown in 2013.

The original 2013 blog post is HERE:
http://bethanymagdalene.blogspot.com/2013/10/january-march-2013-visions.html

Additional confirmations I received since then:
http://bethanymagdalene.blogspot.com/2013/11/update-this-is-what-sovereign-lord-says.html

What is OJH15?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jade_Helm_15_conspiracy_theories

MSM Caught Lying: Breaking Jade Helm Update by The Alex Jones Channel


Jade Helm 15 Will Change America Forever by Steve Quayle





Friday, July 24, 2015

The Web of Wyrd and The Book of Enoch



The Book of Enoch and Cosmic Sin by Margaret Barker

from The Ecologist, Jan, 2000

(for more info on Margaret Barker go to thinlyveiled.com)

“Unity with nature is the foundation of man’s existence on the planet. It is the foundation of all social relationships between groups and people. Without it, the present civilisation, like those of the past, will move towards decline and decay.” —Edmond Bordeaux Szekely

The Book of Enoch is the oldest apocalyptic writing known. In the centuries after it was written it was held in high esteem, but eventually fell from favour, and by the ninth century it had disappeared altogether. It was not until 1773 that two Ethiopic manuscripts were discovered in Abyssinia. The Book of Enoch was also ‘rediscovered’ earlier this century among the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves of Qumran.

According to Genesis, Enoch “walked with God and was no more, because God took him away”(Gen. 5.24). This walking with God was understood to refer to special revelations made to him, and this— together with his mysterious disappearance— added to his popularity amongst apocalyptic writers. The Book of Enoch influenced later Jewish apocrypha, and left marks in the New Testament and amongst the works of the early Fathers. It still gives important insights into the Origin of Evil and Covenant theory (see ‘The Cosmic Covenant’ by Robert Murray in this issue)

In two places in that part of 1 Enoch referred to as the Similitudes, we read of a “Great Oath” which binds the forces of the Creation. At first sight, this seems to be an idea so bizarre that it cannot have any relevance to twentieth-century Christianity. When this idea of the ‘Cosmic Covenant’ is explored, however, it proves to be one of the most significant aspects of Enochic theology, and one which comes very near to much of what environmentalists are saying today. It provides a totally new way of looking at the Creation. Even though 1 Enoch was known and used by the first Christians, this aspect of its theology was lost along with so much else.

The Great Oath

This important document, the Similitudes, describes Enoch’s three visions, of which two are about a ‘Great Oath’. In 1 Enoch 41, all the heavenly bodies are kept on their course in accordance with the oath which binds them. 1 Enoch 69 sees the workings of the Great Oath. The first part of the text is confused, but we are told that the powerful oath was entrusted to the archangel Michael. The oath secures the order of the Creation, and holds the heavens firm and the Earth secure. It keeps the sea in check with a barrier of sand. It regulates the course of the Sun and Moon. Then there is a list of all the other forces of Creation: spirits of water, winds, thunders, hail, frost, mist, rain and dew. They all function safely through the strength of the great
oath, and they praise the Lord of Spirits. The text here seems to be in the form of a poem or hymn, with a refrain at the end of each section: “And they are strong through his oath:

And the heaven was suspended before the world was created, And for ever.
And through it the earth was founded upon the water,
And from the secret recesses of the mountains come beautiful waters,
From the creation of the world and unto eternity.
And through that oath the sea was created,
And as its foundation He set for it the sand against the time of (its) anger.
And it dare not pass beyond it from the creation of the world unto eternity.
And through that oath are the depths made fast,
And abide and stir not from their place from eternity to eternity,
And through that oath the sun and moon complete their course,
And deviate not from their ordinance from eternity to eternity.
And through that oath the stars complete their course,
And He calls them by their names,
And they answer Hun from eternity to eternity...
And this oath is mighty over them,
And through it [they are preserved and] their paths are preserved,
And their course is not destroyed.”— 1 Enoch 69.16-21,25

Binding the Creation

The idea of creating by ‘binding’ the forces of Creation— the elements— is very ancient. It was widely known among ancient peoples who believed in a cosmic or eternal covenant, which kept all things in harmony, in accordance with a divine plan. To break this covenant was to release forces which could destroy Creation. It is interesting that the Hebrew word for covenant, b’rith, is thought to be related to the word for ‘binding’. The German word for ‘covenant’ is ‘bund’. Its verb 'binden’ means ‘binding’. In effect, a ‘Bund’ is a binding oath.

The climax of the last vision of judgement in the Similitudes is the revealing of the Son of Man and his passing judgement on all those who had corrupted the Earth— binding them, so that evil passes away.

The ‘Cosmic Covenant’

Covenant is a very important word in the Bible; the very names by which the two parts are known, Old Testament and New Testament, actually mean Old Covenant and New Covenant. By exploring the ancient concept of the eternal covenant, which is mentioned in the Old Testament, we may add another dimension to our understanding of Christianity as a New Covenant.

We think of covenant in connection with the great figures of the Old Testament— Noah,
Abraham, David and Moses. Each covenant marks a step forward in the religious history of Israel. After the great flood, God makes a covenant with all living creatures that the Earth will never again be destroyed by flood (Gen. 9.8-11). Noah and his family are obliged in their turn never to shed blood, nor to consume it. With Abraham, there were two occasions of covenant; the land of Canaan was to be given to his descendants (Gen. 15.18-21), and all his male children had to be circumcised (Gen. 17.9-14). A covenant was made with Moses and the Israelite people at Sinai, when the Ten Commandments were given (Exodus 24.8), and the blood of a sacrificial ox was sprinkled on the altar and on the people to seal the covenant. A royal covenant— the eternal covenant— as made with David (2 Sam 7.13), promising to establish his dynasty forever.

The Great Oath, the Cosmic Covenant and the Eternal Covenant are all, in essence, the same thing, and we find the ideas in several parts of the Old Testament.

Shutting Out the Waters of Chaos

Genesis 1 offers several hints that it replaced an older account of the Creation story (see ‘The Cosmic Covenant’ by Robert Murray in this issue). It is very different from the image of a binding and restraining of evil forces, although later traditions imply that this was the work of Day One, and so part of the forbidden mystery. Nonetheless, Genesis 1 gives a picture of ordered calm. God commands and it is done. The waters separate, the firmament appears and there are no hostile seas. Wherever the Genesis meditation on the nature of the world originated, it reflects a relatively late view of the Creation.

Nowhere is the older account of the Creation spelt out in the Old Testament. It has been overlooked. We have to pick up what hints we can from the prophets and the Psalms, and in the books which are not in the Old Testament. These fit into a coherent picture of a more violent Creation, where hostile forces were restrained by the power of God. Enoch’s two short pieces on the Great Oath are the best extended account in existence.

Job 38 describes the Creation in a very Enochic way. The Lord asks Job: “who shut in the sea with doors... and prescribed bounds for it?” (38.8-10); “Can you bind the cha ins of thePleiades?” (38.31). This is exactly what we find in Enoch; binding the waters and the heavenly bodies. The ‘Prayer of Manasseh’, in the Deutero-Canonical books [“Apocrypha”], begins by addressing God as the one who shackled the sea, confined the deep and sealed it with his terrible and glorious name. Here, as in Enoch, it is the power of the name which binds the unruly forces. Here and in the story of the evil angels, which will be described further on, we find that water, depth and chaos are closely linked. Although not prominent in Enoch, this idea is deeply rooted in the Near-Eastern creation.

There are several legends about restraining the great flood and all that it represents. One, in the Babylonian Talmud, says that King David suppressed the great flood by writing the name of God on a potsherd, and throwing it into the deep. The power of the name kept the waters in check.

The Psalms are full of pictures of God’s triumph over the waters, or rescuing his faithful ones from the threat of being overwhelmed by them. Psalm 18.16-17 says that the Lord rescues the Psalmist from many waters, from strong enemies and those who hate him. Time and again, we find that God sets bounds for the sea which it may not pass. They were the sign that the cosmic covenant was secure. Psalm 24.2 says the Lord founded the Earth on the seas. Psalm 46 describes the power of God in the midst of roaring waters which symbolise threatening forces; here they are raging nations (Ps. 46.6). Psalm 69 begins: “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck”. Psalm 93.4 says the Lord is mightier than the sea.

Water, and the binding of it, is one of the strongest symbolisms in the New Testament. It is Jesus, the revelation of the Word of God, who ‘binds’ this unruly force forever. It is with water that one is baptised, and thus ‘bound’. When Jesus stills the storm, the disciples ask: “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” (Matt. 8.27). When the seer John sees the new Jerusalem, the first Heaven and the first Earth have passed away, and there is no more sea (Rev. 21.1). In all these instances, the sea represents what it had represented in the older mythology— chaos. Power over the sea was proof of divine power. Thus Jesus stills the storm, Peter is safe so long as he has faith, and the new Creation in Revelation has no more evil.

The Web of Life

The scriptures make clear that the everlasting covenant does not just bind the natural forces; it also includes moral restraints, and gives us a picture of one law embracing what we might divide into two: the natural and the moral. One of the best descriptions of this idea comes not from the ancient Near East, but from our Anglo-Saxon ancestors. In The Way of Wyrd, Brian Bates describes their world-view as he has reconstructed it from an ancient manuscript in the British Museum.

They had a vision of the universe, from the gods to the underworld, connected by an enormous all-reaching system of fibres, rather like a three-dimensional spider ‘s web. Everything was connected by strands of fibre to the all-encompassing web. This image far surpasses in ambition our present views of ecology, in which we have extended notions of cause and effect to include longer and more lateral chains of influence in the natural world. The web of fibres of the Anglo-Saxon sorcerer offers an ecological model which encompasses individual life events as well as general physical and biological phenomena, non-material as well as material events, and challenges the very cause-and-effect chains upon which our ecological theories depend (p.12)

This image of the web is very powerful, especially when contrasted with the linear way of thought, which sees one thing causing another in an endless chain, and one person holding ultimate power. Progress, pilgrimage, getting there and ‘making it’ are aspects of a linear view of life. The web view, with everything in all-encompassing interdependence, and several causes and effects in every rupture, whether in the material or non-material world, represents more accurately the thought-world of the cosmic covenant. Progress is not seen as a great alteration, exploiting what we have been given, but rather as healing through ‘re-binding’. The great restoration is about reconstructing the web.

“The earth mourns and withers,
the world languishes and withers;
the heavens languish together with the earth.
The earth lies polluted
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed the laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
and few men are left.”

This is the same picture as Enoch’s, and the pattern continues to correspond. In Enoch, the broken covenant leads to the judgement; as it does here in Isaiah 24.21-22:

“On that day the Lord will punish
the host of heaven, in heaven,
and the kings of the earth, on the Earth.
They will be gathered together
as prisoners in a pit,
they will be shut up in a prison,
and after many days they will be punished.”

The Old Testament describes the connection between ‘fertility’ and ‘peace’ in numerous
passages (Ezekiel 34.25). Since peace is ensured by the covenant, its breaking will affect the fertility of the land. Such is the meaning of droughts and bad harvests. Isaiah 33:7-9 couldn’t make this any clearer:

“The envoys of peace weep bitterly,
The treaty is broken
Its witnesses are despised
The land mourns and wastes away..
And Bashan (smooth, fertile land) and Carmel (garden)
Drop their leaves.”

When the covenant is broken, powerful destructive forces are released and the Creation is at risk. We see another picture of this in Joel. Evil enemies had come against the land (2:2):

“Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains
a great and powerful people;
their like has never been from of old
nor will be again after them
through the years of all generations.”

and the land itself had ceased to bear food (1:17):

“The seed shrivels under the clods,
the storehouses are desolate;
the granaries are ruined
because the grain has failed.”

We think of the disasters of war and the disasters of famine as belonging to separate
categories, but the prophets saw both as aspects of the broken covenant.

The Great Restoration

The way to restoration is expressed in “Rend your hearts, and not your garments.” (Joel 2.13)and the Lord’s promise, “I will pour out my spirit on all flesh” (Joel 2.28). When the great covenant was to be restored, the Earth was to regain its fertility, and the people of God were to be saved from the evil forces which had broken the cosmic covenant (Joel 3). It was this passage in Joel which inspired Peter’s great Pentecost sermon (Acts 2.14-36). This shows that the giving of the Spirit and the birth of the Church were closely bound up with the vision of a renewal of the cosmic covenant; the restoration of all Creation. The apocalyptic tradition, which was the mother of Christianity, preserved the idea of the cosmic covenant, the judgement, and the great renewal.

The binding of evil also has a place in the New Testament. Casting out demons requires that the Strong One be bound first (Matt. 12.29). In Revelation 20.1-16, St. John saw how the Strong One (Azazel) was bound for a thousand years, so that the Earth could enjoy the Millennium Kingdom— Eden restored. Peter, having recognised Jesus as the Messiah, is given the power to bind and to loose, both in Heaven and on Earth (Matt. 16.13-19). The most likely explanation of Peter’s commission is that he was given power over the evil ones (Luke 10.17, where demons are subjected in Jesus’ name— note the role of the name in the task of binding).

The power given to Peter (symbolised by the keys of the kingdom of Heaven which now form the papal coat of arms) was later interpreted as the power to bind and loose sins, the power to absolve. The roots of the idea, however, lie not in forgiving the sin committed by human beings, but in protecting them from evil done to them. The binding was the restraining of evil forces.

In Enoch’s Book of the Watchers, the evil forces are described in an amazingly realistic manner. He tells of the revolt of 200 powerful angels led by Azazel and Semihazah. Knowing the secrets of Creation, they came down from Heaven and taught them to humankind. A later version says According to The Book of Enoch, the rebel angels, or ‘watchers’, “took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments... They became pregnant, and they bore great giants, who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.” (VII.1)that beautiful adorned women lured still more angels to them.

“Azazel taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made
known to them the metals (of the earth) and the art of working them, and bracelets, and
ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray and became corrupt in all their ways.” (VIII.1)

In doing this, they violated powerful taboos, and hence committed the most heinous cosmic sins— including, as we have seen, just what we are doing today on an ever greater scale. They wilfully destroyed the natural order by extracting metals from the bowels of the Earth to develop technological instruments of war and of seduction. The fallen angels are incarnate in our self-serving political and corporate leaders, who are blind to their real obligations to Heaven and to Earth, and who still persist in oppressing and denaturing God’s Creation— very significantly, they were made blind.

In his vision, Enoch saw the Son of Man restoring the great bonds of creation, healing the rift between Earth and Heaven, and thus restoring the cosmos.

The miracle of healing in John 9 shows how deeply this world-view permeates the Gospels. A man had been born blind, not because of any sin, but so that the power of God could be shown. Jesus healed him. Jesus asked the blind man if he believed in the Son of Man. Why should Jesus have asked about the Son of Man when there had been a healing of blindness? If we read the Fourth Gospel in the light of Enoch, we realise that the ending of blindness was a sign that the power of evil was being broken and the cosmic covenant was being restored. This was the true role of the Son of Man.

Margaret Barker is the author several books on Christianity and Judaism. This article is mainly based on her hook The Lost Prophet— The Book of Enoch and its influence on Christianity, 1988. 5he is at present the President of the Society for Old Testament Study. © 2000 MIT Press Journals in association with The Gale Group and LookSmart. © 2001 Gale Group This version originally at www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m2465/1_30/59520590/print.jhtml




Thursday, July 23, 2015

Well spoken philosopher adds unique perspective to the current debates

Anthony McCarthy - Sex & Love: Moral Decay in a Narcissistic Society - Hour 1





(From YouTube)
Published on Jul 23, 2015
Dr. Anthony McCarthy is the Education and Publications Manager for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) and a Visiting Lecturer in Moral Philosophy at the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria. His philosophy thesis, "Ethical Sex: Sexual Choices and their Nature and Meaning - Perspectives from Natural Law and Marriage " is being prepared for publication as a book. Anthony is with us to help make some sense of the extreme views on sex and marriage that are currently permeating academia, the mainstream media, and politics. In the first segment, we take some time to consider the traditional form of sex in relation to love and lifelong commitments aimed at procreating for future successful generations. Anthony links the political motives of the Frankfurt School of philosophy and social theory to the transformation of sexual views and destabilization of family values we are seeing today. We discuss the atomization of the individual and stripping out of natural roles that has been achieved through the moral restructuring of popular culture by liberal social justice warriors. We also take into account totalitarian ideologies masked as freedom that are ultimately anti-human. In the member’s segment, we talk about the problem of low fertility rates in the west and what we can do on a cultural level to encourage and support more potential parents in committing to raising children. Dr. McCarthy points to our narcissistic society as the main reason men have become less manly and "sexually liberated" women no longer see the need to challenge men to step up to the plate and provide for a family. Then, Anthony speaks to the troublesome implications of gay parents demanding their right to have children, and what is implied by using IVF when there is no consideration for the child’s best interests and human life is reduced to a consumer product.


SEE ALSO:
Porn and Video Games Leading to ‘Masculinity Crisis’



Published on May 13, 2015
Porn and video game consumption are causing a condition known as PIED (Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction) and a crisis of masculinity, according to Stanford psychologist Philip Zimbardo speaking to the BBC. Zimbardo believes that the brains of young boys are becoming "digitally rewired" particularly in those who are online up to 15 hours a day and play games and watch porn in social isolation. We look at the story on the Lip News with Elliot Hill and Mark Sovel.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

40+-year Baptist Minister preaches the Book of Mormon

Excerpt from A New Day for the Book of Mormon


Watch the rest of the documentary free, online:
http://www.byutv.org/watch/90be2679-e6eb-4039-afa1-fee5477b0c20/new-day-for-the-book-of-mormon-new-day-for-the-book-of-mormon

Dr Ridenhour's official website: Building Bridges - Southern Baptist Minister Bringing Together Reformation and Restoration Christians

More info: Lynn Ridenhour's WINEPRESS MINISTRIES 39-Year Baptist Minister Turned Charismatic Mormon Remnant Gatherer

Press Release:
Missouri Mob Descendant Apologizes to Mormons
Jan. 24, 2005

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Southern Baptist Minister, Lynn Ridenhour, issued a tearful public apology Saturday to the Mormons for the actions of his ancestors in persecuting and driving the Mormons from Missouri in the 1800's... READ MORE: http://www.greaterthings.com/EzekielConference/press_releases/January24_2005/

Article: The Baptist Version of The Book of Mormon: Protestant Doctrines within the Book of Mormon by Lynn Ridenhour, Southern Baptist Minister

Article: A short account of Lynn's conversion


Lynn is a great writer:

  • Those Crazy Charismatic Book of Mormon Lovers:
    "…Houston, we have a problem…"


  • Charismatic Manifestations in a Mormon Context


  • The First Miracle which was done in the Church:
    Newel Knight delivered from demonic possession, filled with Spirit. First LDS general conference: several laid prostrate in the Spirit.


  • Setting the Captives Free: An Essay on Demons
    Essay on the power, modalities, pervasiveness even among righteous Christians, and means of removing demons.





  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    NEW "Star of Bethlehem" TONIGHT!


    Sky & Telescope magazine reports that, "The two brightest planets are gliding closer together in the early evening sky, and their celestial dance culminates with an ultra-close pairing on June 30th," and "Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor Fred Schaaf brings up a very interesting point: this current trio of Venus-Jupiter conjunctions closely resembles a similar series in 3-2 BC that has been suggested as the Star of Bethlehem. 'As has been the case in 2014–15,' he explains, 'the first two conjunctions back then were extremely close, the last one separated by about 1°, all three occurred not far from Regulus, and all were similarly high up in the sky.'" - See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/venus-and-jupiter-a-dazzling-duo-062520154/#sthash.e56bwWNp.dpuf

    image via Creative Commons / Wikipedia

    A Unique Perspective on Friday's Supreme Court Ruling 6/26/15

    Last week the US Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriage. How did they come to this decision and was it correct? Who decides?


    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Isaac Newton's Brilliant Breakdown of Daniel's 70 weeks points to 2015

    Newton was a brilliant Bible scholar and, "wrote more about theology and alchemy than science and math combined." -- Newton's Dark Secrets: The First Modern Scientist and the Last Ancient Magician --PBS documentary, below:

    Newton's Dark Secrets: The First Modern Scientist and the Last of the Ancient Magicians (PBS / Nova documentary)



    . . . [Isaac Newton] looked on the whole universe and all that is in it as a riddle, as a secret which could be read by applying pure thought to certain evidence, certain mystic clues which God had laid about the world to allow a sort of philosopher’s treasure hunt to the esoteric brotherhood. He believed that these clues were to be found partly in the evidence of the heavens and in the constitution of elements (and that is what gives the false suggestion of his being an experimental natural philosopher), but also partly in certain papers and traditions handed down by the brethren in an unbroken chain back to the original cryptic revelation in Babylonia. He regarded the universe as a cryptogram set by the Almighty—just as he himself wrapt the discovery of the calculus in a cryptogram when he communicated with Leibnitz. By pure thought, by concentration of mind, the riddle, he believed, would be revealed to the initiate.
    --John Maynard Keynes

    2015, Daniel 9, and the Lord’s Jubilee


    Isaac Newton's interpretation of Daniel 9:24-27


    Isaac Newton's Brilliant Breakdown of Daniel's 70 Weeks Points to 2015


    Isaac Newton's September 23, 2015 prophecy; September 24, 2015- "100% PROBABILITY" of Asteroid