Apologetics

 

Introduction


This page is largely for those who're not impressed with Christendom, and who often confuse Christendom with Christianity. For a fuller and deeper understanding of the following, you will need to visit my Christian section.


"Truth is not what I believe. Truth is not even what I know.
Truth is fact. I may not believe it. I may not know it. That does not change it.
It is there nevertheless, waiting to be discovered and believed.
Truth does not depend on the unsettled and changing opinions of men.
It was truth before it was believed. It will remain truth, whether it is believed or not.
Reason does not originate or create it. It merely discovers it.
Consequently, reason is not a source. Truth goes back beyond reason.
Others would have us believe that the Church is the source of authority,
particularly in matters of theology. They are WRONG!
The Church is the product of truth. It does not originate it.
It came into being by accepting divine revelations. It is not the source of that revelation.
Truth goes beyond the Church, it is antecedent to it."
Carlyle B. Haynes (1882-1958).


By the way:

Why is pointing out the errors in any denomination or religion important?
1)
Because that information made public can help prevent others from embracing that same error too.
2)
Because that information made public can help those who’ve already embraced that error to see why it is in fact error.
3)
Because that information should naturally be made available in order for folk to truly have freedom of choice.
4)
Because people can draw up arguments from the very same source as us — God's Word, say — and thus one not only has to find and present the correct position, the truth, but show and prove the error in any counter argument (which some people wrongly call knocking when it's really informing).
5)
Because certain beliefs that some people are holding to are very destructive. ISIS the worst of examples.
6)
Because much done and said in the name of God hasn't been of God at all.


 



POEMS



1.  Some Of The Nicest Folk Aren't Christians

And I’ll tell you why:

Christianity is an ideal cover for many folk who’ve ill intent,
Those who have some far from godly agenda and who Heaven has hardly sent.
And thus this being one burden that Christianity has always had to bear,
And not just Christianity, for conmen are known to pop up anywhere.

And this being why the Christian Bible warns of false Christs, prophets and teachers, and,
Says to put them to the test, check them out — wisdom and that Bible close at hand.
For charlatans are successful because of their ability to deceive,
Folk not guessing they’re actually fraudsters, and whistle blowers oft disbelieve,

Who’ve seen through the sham, spotted the heresy, that which in time gives cause to grieve.

Then there’re those Christians who’ve acknowledged God and His Word intellectually,
But that's about it, and why many are rather Pharisaical, sadly.
In other words, they’re hardly in a relationship with God, if you catch my drift,
Only their head having been reached, not their heart, though I pray that there’ll be a shift.

Another truth is that Christians are human too, casualties of same ill winds,
Many with issues up to their neck, for life oft bruises, stabs, cuts, scars and skins.
Hence why they can lose it at times, act poorly and succumb to temptations too,
For they’re hardly made perfect at their conversion, it their direction that’s new.

And this being why churches will always be full of imperfections, erring souls,
Many of them good, upstanding folk who simply fall short of their godly goals.
And yes, there’ll always be outright hypocrites, but such folk we’ll find everywhere,
For the world’s no better, and reasons for sitting up and taking notice near,

In fact, already here.

Yes,

Some of the nicest folk aren’t Christians, but how many baddies aren’t Christians too?
And this why expectations should sometimes be modified and fairness shown too.
It’s one thing to change direction, another to be a perfect example,
Though such not meant to hand anyone an excuse, for there’s no excuse for ill.

And all this why the Christian Bible tells Christians to keep their eyes on their Lord,
And not on other folk, because humans always disappoint, hurt and defraud.
And that, my friend, is the sad reality of this world that we’re living in,
And why its so that there’re folk out there who’re far more Christian than many a Christian,

Sad to say.

Yes, the Christian Church doesn’t have the monopoly on pride, ego trips and
personal agendas, (even folk one can’t stand),
For wherever there’s the human element there will always be offenders.
And though such shouldn’t really be found within Christianity, it’s clear it will be,
And hence why onlookers oft throw the baby out with the bathwater, sadly.

By Lance Landall





2.  Not Impressed With Christians?


I can understand you noticing, disliking and condemning much Christian hypocrisy,
For such shouldn’t be, but rather, each Christian a shining example of Christianity.
But you know, such is an expectation that’s not based on either fairness or reality,
For whether one’s a Buddhist, Muslin, atheist, Christian or whatever, who acts perfectly?

You see, we’re all growing with time — well, hopefully — are at various stages along the way,
And thus no Christian becoming an instant Christian, and why somehow, somewhere, wrong they’ll display.
Yes, no Christian becoming an overnight success, but they simply beginning their journey,
As it is with all who desire to be better, they knowing that such won’t happen magically.

At the end of the day, we all have our issues, and hence why there is no one who doesn’t err,
We often struggling with our weaknesses and faults, even if a better way we now prefer.
And that better way not coming easy, bad habits deeply rooted, self defending its throne,
And God no doubt deeply saddened, even riled by certain things that He sees, and which He can’t condone.

But having said that, and He knowing our fallen condition, He mercifully bearing long,
He well aware that many things in life conspire to thwart our attempts to act right and not wrong.
Yes, tiredness, ill heath, things that can all come at once, shocks and surprises, burdens heavy to bear,
And those upsetting words and actions of others — many of them not Christians — who same guilt share.

However, there have always been and will continue to be, Christians who’re only so in name,
They bringing Christendom into disrepute, and who the One they profess to follow thus shame.
And it’s not unknown for certain ones to hide behind Christianity, they working within,
Their intentions evil or just pain selfish, and why it oft seems as if Christians can’t win.

Hence why those who’re looking at Christians and Christianity should be fair in their appraisal,
For though Christians oft only have themselves to blame, they’re not the only ones capable of ill.
And hence why we see wrong coming from every quarter, Christians thus not alone in their failings,
And why there’s a certain hypocrisy coming from many who point the finger midst their wailings.

Yes, some bias aside, they also guilty of doing wrong things that they know they shouldn’t do,
Thus acting contrary to their inner and expressed knowledge and belief, and thus askew too.
Such being a problem that plagues us all — no excuses, mind you — all needing to clean up their act,
And when it comes to others, should more thoughtfully, kindly, fairly and maturely interact.

And one more thing:

Many point to the atrocities committed in God’s name, and very understandably,
But such belongs with Christendom — the deluded and their heresy — not Christianity.
Yes, those who’ve somehow departed from the apostolic gospel and way, and who God thus shame,
And hence why all who’re looking at the Christian faith should be more mindful of where they place the blame.

By Lance Landall





3.  Best You Ignore Such Folk


Yes, I’m sorry about those in-your-face Christians who’re so unlike their Saviour,
Given their insensitive, aggressive, obnoxious, loud public behaviour,
And who I wouldn’t bother labelling given that they’re out on their own, and,
An embarrassment to their fellow Christians who find such hard to understand.

Oh, how we cringe when we see those ill chosen words on their placards or t-shirts,
Any truth conveyed in a way that wrongly and needlessly angers or hurts,
For it’s one thing to stand up and speak out, and one thing to call a spade a spade,
But quite another to speak and act offensively which Christ himself forbade.

Yes, there’s certainly a place for the straight word, and one could say more so today,
Given the direction in which society’s headed; much in disarray.
But fighting fire with fire is hypocritical when perched on some moral ground,
And why within Christendom such un-Christ-like behaviour should never be found.

And why I apologise, for what’s seen is a terrible representation
And thus why some folk don’t give Christianity any consideration;
And though I could say that such is understandable, two wrongs don’t make a right,
And why I say ignore them; and here, in defence of Christianity write.

Yes, best you ignore such folk, (except, of course, when and where they're acting rightly).

By Lance Landall





4.  "In The Name Of Allah," They Say


“In the name of Allah,” they say, beheading some poor soul that they call their foe,
And hence I have to ask, “Who is Allah?”, he not sounding like the God I know.
For the God that I know — Jesus Christ — was a saviour who died on Calvary,
One who sought to spare and not destroy, and who said, “Thou shalt not kill,” you see.

And that’s not all that He said, but to turn the other cheek, love your enemies,
Do violence to no man, put others first; and he made more statements like these.
Oh yes, He hating the lover of violence, according to His Word, and,
On His soon return, (it literal, audible, earthshaking, bright and grand),

Will deliver Divine retribution; so look out those who’ve blood on their hand,
And this what He calls His strange work, for slaying isn’t His way, let’s understand.

So folk shouldn’t point to the Bible in order to sanction killing, for come Calvary,
A new order took place, Christ thus turning His back on that old theocracy,
And that being, ancient Israel, a nation that He personally directed,
He taking men where He found them then, but now a different path expected.

Yes, He stopping the ISIS-like Saul in his tracks, He reproving Peter too,
Telling him to put his dagger away, Christ not interested in some coup.
No, “My kingdom’s not of this world,” He said, shunning political agendas,
And as far as any wrong goes, He said that Christians shouldn’t be offenders.

Yes,

Christ condemning revenge, retaliation, that warrior mentality,
That love affair with weaponry, torture and any form of brutality.
Thus no one to respond in like manner, for that sad path belongs in the past,
It the result of sin’s entrance, a devil’s presence who’ll soon feel Christ’s fiery blast.

Not that God is a hypocrite, but that every government must have its laws,
Even His, love hardly stupid or irresponsible, for that would show flaws.
And God is faultless, holy and righteous, we’re told, though often misunderstood,
His dealings with this fallen creation not always how He normally would.

In other words, the God I know is all about love, not punishment or fear,
He tender in nature, merciful and longsuffering, not cruel or severe.
But as with parents, there are times when He must act, and soon He will, and rightly,
His kingdom a heavenly one, only for those who reflect the heavenly,

For Heaven is all about goodness, virtue, fairness, love, peace and harmony.

By Lance Landall


"The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion"
(Ps 11:5, NIV).

"This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do
what is right is not God's child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister" (1 John 3:10, NIV).

“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone”
(1 Thess 5:15, ESV).

“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”
(Rom 12:19-21, ESV).





5.  It's Christendom's Fault


Christendom is all about people, Christianity all about Christ, so,
Some should mind what they say, Christendom and not Christ behaving more like a foe.
Hence those so-called Holy wars, that pre-Reformation persecution, or other,
Such hardly paying attention to that love your fellow sister and brother.

But Christ still blamed when some who take the name of Christian behave so terribly,
Christ having had nothing to do with it, but those who their folly failed to see.
So they did what they did, not just making Christ look bad, but other Christians too,
Who’re more to do with Christianity than that Christendom that’s oft askew.

By Lance Landall





6.  If I Were God


If I were God-cum-Jesus Christ, and looking at a fallen planet full of evil and ill,
I — in all fairness — would ultimately deal with all who dared to oppress, persecute, maim or kill,
(And would eradicate suffering too, by the way, thus ending evil’s reign and sorrow’s chill).
But meantime, if a God of great love and mercy who wanted all to follow Him willingly,
I wouldn’t dream of interfering with freedom of choice, nor civil-religious liberty.

And being the wise and knowing ruler of the universe, I would inform, instruct, help and guide,
Even giving direct access via prayer — and where needed, followers would discipline and chide.
In other words, in same manner as any concerned parent who has their child’s well-being at heart,
But never abusively or overbearingly, for My ways and man’s ways are poles apart.

In line with all this, I’d want to see a free press-cum-one not interfered with in any way,
All being given unrestricted access to information that anyone sought to convey.
For how else could folk discover the truth of anything; or have total faith and trust in Me?
And why I’d be seeking accountability from all in positions of authority.

Yes, ultimately I’d be making some tough decisions before My return, for after all,
Justice would require such, and indeed why the hearts and minds of all would be weighed — such being My call.
Yes, for the buck would stop with Me, Heaven hardly for the selfish, rebellious, heartless and cruel,
For should I let such infectiousness enter Paradise — given what’s gone before — I’d be a fool.

And as for this Earth, I’d want to restore it to the condition it was in before man’s fall,
Its present condition a result of his folly, and thus it in for a major overhaul.
And why I wouldn’t install My kingdom until ready to do so, justice done and ill gone,
For no polluted, sick, vice ridden planet would I ever set My Holy city upon.

Meantime, I’d slowly withdraw My restraining hand in order to get humanity’s attention,
Given the seared consciences, cold hearts, self-inflicted blindness, mirth, and much more I could mention.
After all, I wouldn’t want anyone lost, the ark-like door of My return about to shut,
For as soon as I saw evil’s ultimate agenda for planet Earth fulfilled, I’d shout, “Cut!”

Yes, if I were God, and just like it says in the Bible, loving, compassionate, merciful,
And transparent, I’d oppose all that’s unjust, underhand, false, inhumane and contemptible.
For My goodness and holiness would hate such, I against what hurts, damages, robs and misleads,
And why I would only reward the one who — desiring what is better — My will and way heeds.

Meantime, I’d also try to help everyone see that I’m their only hope, respecting free choice,
I only able to rejoice over those who happily responded to the love in My voice.
For unlike man, I’d never force, but simply warn of the sad consequences, I knowing best,
And the proof of My honourable intentions? A saving, hope filled cross, where My case I’d rest.

By Lance Landall





7.  Those False Messiahs


(and look-a-likes)

Certain people have claimed to be Jesus, His Word warning of such, thankfully,
And others have simply tried to look like Him, deludedly or mockingly.
And both are denounced by His Word, that long hair fantasy, not reality,
Christ not a Nasserite, and long hair on men is condemned biblically.

So where did Jesus having long hair come from then? Tradition, undoubtedly,
It belonging with other wrong things that have crept into Christianity.
All why the Bible talks of a woman’s long hair being her crowning glory;
Those long-haired Jesus look-a-likes and false messiahs muddying the story.

Thus it hardly surprising if the devil himself appeared as Christ on Earth,
For just as men lead folk astray, so too Christ’s enemy, who sneers midst his mirth.
Both Satan and them deluded, pied pipers being the order of the day,
Hence why all should mind, and given there are unseen forces of darkness at play.

By Lance Landall





8.  Religion's Baddies


It’s the likes of ISIS, (bigoted murderers), and ISIS-like religious folk,

(Who’d love to legislate their will and ways — and in time, no doubt, more fires stoke),
Who give both God and religion a bad name, and who make it hard for others,
Those who’d never force, maim or kill anyone-cum-fellow sisters or brothers.

Religion’s one thing, sharing your beliefs and pointing out errant beliefs too,
But wanting to rule the world and kill so-called infidels? — man, that’s sick and askew.
Yes, I could say sorry for coming on strong, but I don’t think a sorry’s due,
For who in their right mind would condone such and something so satanic pursue?

And they pointing to God! Well, such would make me laugh if it wasn’t so evil,
So darn Hitler-like, so unenlightened, so medieval and primeval.
Yes, it the product of darkened minds, indoctrinated clones-cum-the misled,
Who plague this Earth with their terror and venomously spout the ill they’ve been fed.

And hey, they disowned by many of their own, fellow Muslims who disagree,
They knowing such isn’t the way of either God or good men, but that all be free;
And I’m sure you know what I mean by that — yes, civil, religious liberty,
All following their own path, but not forcing, maiming, killing mercilessly.

No, not turning to weapons, not seeking control stealthily or legally,
But turning to the ways of love, letting folk be-cum-living harmoniously.
And that’s the Christmas message, isn’t it, “Peace on Earth and goodwill to all men,”
Who lessons from the past should’ve learnt and thus not over and over again.

Yes, religion’s baddies, for though one could say there’re some strange religions out there,
It’s these violent, bigoted baddies who’re more the concern and cause for fear,
For tolerance is foreign to them, it their way or not at all, I’m afraid,
Hence their resorting to trickery, dark and inhumane ways, bullets and blade.

Yes, it’s hardly the voice of God they’re hearing, and hardly His words they’re reading,
For Christ who came to save folk, (one going by His words), and for whom He's pleading,
Would hardly order such killings, condone such use of force, sanction bigotry;
Yes, He who bore no weapon, raised no hand, nor forced His ways legislatively.

By Lance Landall





9.  The Ill And Hell Of Religious Crusades


Come those past crusades and so many point to Christianity, but wrongly,
They simply religious, and Christendom off track, who better should know, sadly.
Well, certainly these days, those early crusades a people still finding their way,
They having come out of the darkness of inquisitions — a hijack, let’s say —

So much biblical truth having been withheld, twisted or lost along the way.

Yes, the Christian Church having been hijacked, hence the Protestant reformation,
And Constantine guilty too, he having feed Christians faulty information,
For he was the one who blended Church and State, sanctioned Christians going to war,
Such completely at variance with the New Testament directives, God’s Law.

(And dear oh dear, what did this errant Roman emperor
not do, furthermore).

But what do we see? — Many Christians acting like that ancient theocracy,
Israel, which ended at the cross, war and weaponry condemned at Calvary.
In other words, such not for the Christian now living midst a mixed multitude;
And wars oft unjustified, or orchestrated — for oh, how some folk collude.

No,

It’s not Christianity at fault, Christ condemning violence, weaponry,
And why those Christians who participate in war are clinging to heresy.
For nowhere has Christ condoned or promoted such, but men who twist things to suit,
Their trust hardly in God whose teachings they often misinterpret or dispute,

Hence the ill and hell of religious crusades where men become brutes, stab or shoot.


By Lance Landall


"The horrors of atheistic atrocities in the 20th century alone dwarf all the Christian atrocities
in all the centuries combined."
Johnathan Sarfati





10.  To All, Though Particularly...

Dear followers of any religion, (not that you’re alone in this, sadly),
But your religion’s a flawed one, (and certainly a threat to humanity),
If in God’s name or anyone else’s name it sanctions the following ills:
Terrorism, persecution-cum-torture, violence-cum-that which blood spills.

It’s one thing to share your beliefs, encourage folk to join your religion, or,
To point out any error that you believe others hold, or truths they ignore,
And such is your right, what liberty and freedom’s all about, and how God acts,
But force, threats, hurt or manipulation are things that only a devil backs.

The only place for any anger — righteous anger — is where there’re such assaults,
But even here, there’s a line that one shouldn’t cross, otherwise evil results.
For all have a right to their own path, to believe and worship how, what and whom,
Just so long as they don’t seek to injure or control — and no doubt to their doom,

 the prerogatives of God assume.

To vindicate themselves, some turn to the acts of an ancient theocracy,
And there they err, it being a growing nation that God himself ruled directly.
But be it this or that that folk turn to, it should only be to do what’s right,
And why it’s clear that those who maim, deceive or oppress aren’t walking in the light.

As for that ancient theocracy — well, a backward bunch they were, until,
God slowly pulled them up by their boot straps, told them to discontinue their ill.
And then came Christ-cum-Christianity, that “Turn the other cheek” instruction,
And with it, warnings that all who take up the sword are destined for destruction.

Certain things that God commanded back then were in the context of the time-cum-day,
Hence why one needs to mind when pointing to Scripture, those past folk oft seen to stray.
Yes, tough measures for a hard-nosed stiff-necked people-cum-theocracy,
A wayward nation Christ divorced long ago
another fulfilled prophecy.

Hence why Christ never carried any weapon, nor sought one for business or fun,
But rather, and when here on Earth, emulated His Father, who, via His Son,
Taught all to leave weapons alone, and then reminded folk that they shouldn’t kill,
But rather, emulate Christ in whom only love and goodness is seen to dwell.


By Lance Landall




11.  It's Us, Not God!

There’s no question that whether you believe in God or not, Earth’s coming to some end,
A fact that’s surely clear, for look at the state of this Earth and society, friend.
Yes, both in a dreadful state, perilous state, and thus coming apart at the seams,
And why we need to take stock of where we’re at, face reality, not cling to dreams.

So why’s it all happening, and is God, (for some reason), responding angrily,
He supposedly behind all the mayhem, each disaster and calamity?
The answer? No! But rather, that He's been slowly withdrawing His restraining hand
Given the growing wickedness that has been accelerating in every land.

But you know, if God didn’t withdraw His restraining hand, far more folk would be lost,
They not awakened from their self-imposed slumber, folly-cum-distractions that cost.
And thus they not ready nor prepared for Christ’s return, even scoffing at the thought,
Having no belief in God at all, or not having given such the thought they ought.

The truth is, that it’s not God who’s been causing anything, but dumb humanity,
Folk having largely repudiated all that once protected society.
And then there're those offenders, some with agendas, some who’d like to control us all,
Or who simply bring ill on others via their selfishness, wickedness or wrong call.

However, given all I’ve said, God can’t stand idly by, and let’s remember too,
That He’s given us plenty of time to get our act together, like we should do.
Or rather, should've done, for who created us, gave us life we wouldn’t have had
If it wasn’t for His generous nature; and He, not guilty of all that's bad...

And with every right to be hopping mad.

Thus, be it earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes or storms, it’s a sign of the times, friend,
For such ills are on the increase-cum-planet Earth convulsing as it nears its end.
And God not to blame, but man, though much the result of a planet in its death throes,
Aided by irresponsible caretakers — us — which, (sadly so), glaringly shows…

And God no longer prepared to hold things back.


By Lance Landall


“ ‘There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of  the sea [destructive forces of nature]. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory’ ” (Luke 21:25-27, NIV).

“ ‘...and there will be famines and earthquakes’ ”
(Matt 24:6,7, NASB).


A few of my Christian poems cover this subject matter in greater detail.




12.  In Defence Of God

Is it any wonder that God’s not understood, for the following is clear,
And that being, that most hardly know Him, nor His Word, and just go by what they hear.
Yes, they’ve never experienced Him personally, nor seen the proof He’s real,
That evidence that points to a Creator who again Himself will reveal.

Yes, that God of old who worked within the confines of a rebellious rabble, He
Ruling them directly, hence that ancient Jewish nation — a theocracy.
And such why the likes of an eye for an eye, and the death penalty back then,
 Stood at that time until Christ appeared and pointed out a better way to men.

In other words, that theocracy long gone, Christ having been spurned by His own,
They acting like those destroyed in the flood, their minds corrupt, their hearts more like stone.
And so it’ll be near Earth’s end, we’re told, and why God will once again have to act,
For when He’s spurned or rebelled against, it’s soon seen that every evil is backed.

Yes, one doesn’t have to be a Christian to know the Bible’s onto something
When it says, “As in the days of Noah, so it’ll be again-cum-every wrong thing.”
For look around you, friend, as humanity is growing sicker by the day,
Rather than improving as things always have when people have done things God’s way.

Hence why throughout history God’s had to make some tough decisions, otherwise
We wouldn’t have lasted this long, and why even His own He’s seen to chastise.
Oh, how so many of them act like those ancient Jews, or those before the flood,
And they, foolishly thinking that they will still be covered by their Saviour’s blood.

Well, they won’t be, for those who wish to be saved must take God’s will seriously,
And surely Christians can see this by just looking at biblical history.
First a worldwide flood, then the end of an old theocracy, and finally
Due to “As in the days of Noah,” another scene, apocalyptically.

Yes, its best folk get to know God, and well, He no ogre but a God of love,
Who warns us in order to spare us ill below and rightful wrath from above.
And surely we can see He knows what He’s talking about, for look at our tracks,
They embedded in evil, folly and failure, and if in doubt, look at the facts!

Facts that God has had to deal with, and for our own good, not that most see this though,
Many denying Him, knocking Him, or bending His Word to suit as they go.
And thus where not denied, He oft accused of this or that-cum-misunderstood,
Some even using His name-cum-authority to do things they never should.

Hence why I write in defence of God, my understanding having grown with time,
And why I can better see behind those things where there appears no rhythm or rhyme.
For there is an overall picture, certain things having to play out, and then,
God’s better ways will be proven so, and so too, all that foolishness of men.

Yes, God’s little understood, even by those who profess to know Him — Christians —
They oft more lost in what’s un-Heavenly, still indulging in favourite sins.
And hence those heresies that are presented as biblical truth, or those acts,
Be they private or corporate, that neither the Bible nor God himself backs.


By Lance Landall


“ ‘Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man [the state of the world at the time of Christ’s appearing]…’ ” (Luke 17:26, NIV) ——— “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth [pre–Flood], and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence [hence the worldwide flood that God sent]”
(Gen 6:5,11, NASB).

“Many [Christians] will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity’ ” (Matt 7:22,23, KJV).

"Do you not know that wrongdoers will not enter the kingdom of God?..." (1 Cor 6:9).




13.  God Didn't Cause That Earthquake

Oh, how they think they know it all, that they’re so right — “God caused that earthquake,” they say,
Possibly referring to some law sanctioning unions between those who’re Gay.
Well, despite God loathing same-sex sexual acts, there’s no one He doesn’t love,
And this being why He’s not sitting there zapping cities and people from above.

No question that God’s slowly withdrawing His restraining hand which holds things in check,
Man’s cup of iniquity full and God trying to get his attention quick,
Hence the increase in the likes of earthquakes that with time would happen anyway,
For much below Earth’s surface was damaged by the flood, is ready to give way.

Yes, there was a worldwide flood, the evidence crystal clear, but sin came before,
All why the Earth’s been in a state of decay and its end nearly at the door.
And how God worked with folk back in Old Testament times, (Earth’s early history),
Is another thing, He acting within the framework of a theocracy.

Now we’re a mixed multitude. However…

That withdrawing of God’s hand does display a general disapproval, and,
That there'll also be a day of reckoning — judgment
sin’s end being at hand.
All why the likes of earthquakes should have folk pause, for if God’s real, as I believe,
And has warned us, then disbelief and ignorance will leave us with cause to grieve.

Yes, it’s funny, isn’t it, for “God caused that earthquake,” they say, (somewhat smugly),
Yet He didn’t do something about that same wrong elsewhere, interestingly.
Hence why those particular Christians need to study God’s Word more carefully,
Thereby getting to the truth of their God’s ways lest they witness incorrectly.

As far as God's concerned, sin is sin, be it committed by Gays or those termed straight,
And thus all whose hearts aren't clean and conscience clear looking at the very same fate;
In other words, that time ahead-cum-Christ's return when He rewards or deals to,
And why in the meantime all should mind those things that they think, say, do and pursue. 

By Lance Landall


"We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time"
(Rom 8:22, NIV).

"By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men" (2 Peter 3:7, NIV).




14.  Darwin's Folly

Okay, so you may not believe in God, but nor would I in evolution,
For such a theory is nothing but nonsense, has no worthwhile contribution.
I mean, how could we have possibly come out of nothing-cum-no beginning?
For nothing creates nothing but nothing, including those hairy chimps that swing.

And in fact, all that evolution does is rob us all of worth and value,
We merely things that evolved and taught ourselves how and what to think, say and do.
Well, isn’t that amazing — yes, too amazing to be true, and why it’s not,
And why when it comes to evolution there’re so many flaws that one can spot.

Yes, we having no beginning and no idea where we’re heading-cum-no hope,
And I guess that’s why many have turned to gurus and are getting high on dope.
For what’s there to truly believe in, and thus perhaps anything one wants too,
And I guess that’s why most just eat, drink and get merry, no right, wrong, false or true.

In other words, there being no basis-cum-foundation for laws and principles,
But rather, such made up as we go along; one’s conscience choosing its own bells.
And hence why folk are all over the place, and others filling up prison cells,
For a missing day of reckoning-cum-God of love and justice equals ills.

Well, surely logic says so, no one answerable to anyone, clearly,
Given that we just evolved and thus who’s in charge? — all having authority;
In other words, all able to suit themselves, and many do, for who are you,
But just another object that evolved, so don’t try telling me what to do!

Get the picture? Yes, Darwin’s folly, now the biggest hoax on Earth dressed to snare,
And snare it has, debauchery and suicide on the rise, and who should care?
After all, isn’t it a case of survival of the fittest? — and thus we
Only needing to look after ourselves, not ennobled nor bound morally.

Yes, evolution doesn’t offer anything but excuses, all being why
Darwin’s flawed, sorry and borrowed theory of evolution I wouldn’t buy.
But rather, and if any, that creation account in the Bible, which I do,
For when it comes to such, and Jesus Christ, there’s far more evidence that rings true.

By Lance Landall




15.  Did You Know...?

Did you know that the Christian religion is the only one with a Saviour?
A God whose grace alone saves, (through faith), and not one’s rituals or behaviour.
You see, all other religions teach salvation by good works, such being folly,
For good works are simply that, works, and we, still fallen sin-sick humanity.

Oh, how some like to think they’re not too bad, even pretty good, but such not so,
For even our so-called goodness is tainted, we self obsessed from head to toe.
Yes, so unlike that Saviour in whom not an ounce of self was found, hence that cross,
It shouting love and sacrifice, whereby, no one need suffer eternal loss.

Sure we should all be into good works, but such can’t and will not save anyone,
For we not only need a new heart but Someone who can work that — Christ the Son.
The truth is, that we all need help outside ourselves, both heart wise and future wise,
And why any religion that says otherwise is clearly playing with lies.

No founders of the world’s religions could conquer their own death, rise from their grave,
And no man’s able to redeem himself by his own efforts, how we behave.
And here’s where Christianity differs, its Saviour seeking, saving, restoring,
Hence why Christianity’s not merely a religion, but relationship...

And why, “Take the world but give me Jesus,” Christians sing, change their citizenship.

Other religions attempt to reach up to God, but with Christianity
It’s God reaching down to us, He calling out, wooing and waiting patiently.
In other religions we see man’s answers to man’s problems, but once again,
With Christianity we see God’s answers to man’s problems, and now, not when.

Yes, God does for man what man can’t do for himself, hence Christ being the redeemer,
And not man redeeming himself, such thinking the work of Satan the schemer,
Who, has so many running after anything but Christ, Christianity,
And why today we’re seeing so much New Age nonsense, and even heresy.

You see, opposing convictions, beliefs, can’t both be true, and thus why it’s so,
That there can only be one true God and one true way, which all should seek to know —
Yes, the Christian faith being based on a historical event, the Resurrection,
And why Christianity’s unique, the Bible passing any inspection…

Yes, it tested, proven, reliable, and full of hope and sound direction.

By Lance Landall


“The basic difference between Christianity and the world’s religions is this: As a Hindu I [S.K] was drowning in a large lake and I did not know how to swim. The religious leaders and gurus came by and gave me lectures on how to swim. Confucius taught, “You should have followed my teaching and then you would never have fallen.” Mohammed advised, “Allah wills whatsoever he wills.” Buddha came by and said, “It’s all an illusion in the mind, change your mind and you will change the problem.” Krishna came along and said, “It’s your karma that you have fallen into the lake. You deserve it.” Then Jesus Christ came. He did not give a lecture or some good advice. He said, “I have come to seek and to save those who are lost,” and He came right into the lake and lifted me out of it and changed my life and put a new song in my heart.”

Taken from the book “Christianity For Skeptics” by Dr Steve Kumar

“Indeed, taking all the evidence together, it is not too much to say that there is no single historic incident better or more variously supported than the resurrection of Christ.”
The Gospel of the Resurrection by B.F. Westcott




16.  Unconditional Love?

Unconditional love is a phrase that we’ve all probably used at some time,
Such no doubt more prevalent where poets wax lyrical via rhythm and rhyme.
Folk speaking of a love without conditions, but what kind of love would that be?
And there’re those who’d say, “Weak, reckless and irresponsible, enter anarchy.”

Yes, we've coined the phrase “unconditional love,” such not even in the Bible,
And in fact, Scripture talking about God’s Law and boundaries, how He’ll deal with ill.
Yes, it one thing for a God of love to love us despite our warts and failures, but,
Love must deal with evil, and there came a time when the door to Noah’s ark was shut.

So, everlasting love? Yes. Boundless love? Yes. Unconditional love? Not really.

But God aside — you possibly an atheist — one thing’s painfully clear today,
And that is, that where there is spousal abuse, too many women are seen to stay.
And why it’s so that where such women still love their man, they should hardly stick around,
But love him from a distance until he mends his ways, knows a love more fair and sound.

Thus one assumes that unconditional love wouldn’t shun the person but their ill,
Though it surely aware that certain measures are oft needed, hence that sage “until.”
For how would anyone learn if such a love was just a doormat for dirty feet,
Rather than a sure friend, gracious king still entitled to his throne, dispensing seat,

Where love, sense and justice would surely meet.

Thus it all about context, and the context having to be warts and all, clearly,
Someone standing by us through it all, but they hardly acting irresponsibly.
Yes, our IQ, background, faults and failings immaterial, pushed to one side,
But unconditional love being a prudent friend in whom one could trust and confide.

Though to be honest, the phrase “unconditional love” is rather misleading, and
Why what is surely meant by such a no conditions phrase folk need to understand.
Hence my attempt to throw some light, love not giving folk an excuse to snooze or laze,
Nor some rebellious licence, and why “unconditional love” isn’t the wisest phrase.

So yes, such a love would accept people where it found them, warts and all, so to speak,
Rank, race, looks and so on not getting in its way, but such love not silly or weak.
And this being why such love would only be unconditional in a certain sense,
It still a believer in laws and boundaries and not something that sat on the fence.

In other words,

It not tolerating anything and everything, but loving regardless, and,
Not giving up on folk because of failure, ways that might be hard to understand.
Thus unconditional love being constant, it loving though not always liking, and,
Still chastising where necessary, hugs and discipline thus going hand in hand.

Now back to those battered women,

Who, though they may still love their man, shouldn’t stick around, but tell him to change his ways,
Of which I’m sure you’d agree, for here, a no conditions love would surely amaze.
Yes, “because she’d be a fool to expose herself to more abuse,” I hear you say,
And likewise: God a fool to not have rules and still save those who chose to disobey.

Unfortunately,

And this, despite there being copious biblical evidence to the contrary,
Why the humanistic phrase “unconditional love” has been deceiving many.
They thinking that they can continue to deliberately sin and still be saved,
And thus this how that perilous path to their eternal ruin-cum-loss is being paved.

And this, whether one’s a Christian or not, why the wrong behaviour of so many
Is simply being winked at, excused or tolerated when it really shouldn’t be.
And no wonder,
For an “unconditional love” is a love free of conditions, obviously,
And why those who choose to use this phrase should think again, or clarify it, clearly.

Yes, it’s so easy to parrot what is oft or commonly said, as if it’s right,
Some things sounding good and innocent ’till one grabs hold of a torch that throws more light.
And so it is here, and why there’s a time and place for tough love, for love would be dumb
If via the likes of “unconditional love,” it far too far swung the pendulum.


By Lance Landall


This poem also appears in my Christian section.


"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
 George Orwell (1903-1950)

“ ‘Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only he who
does the will of My Father who is in Heaven,' ” (Matt 7:21, NIV).

"Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' "And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness' (Matt 7:22,23, NASB).

"So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth" (Rev 3:16, NASB).

“For if we go on sinning deliberately [lawlessness] after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins [we void God's grace], but a fearful expectation of judgment…” (Heb 10:26,27, ESV).

"God is a just God, and God is angry with the wicked every day" (Ps 7:11, NKJV).

"The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion" (Ps 11:5, NIV).


"Unconditional love comes from the Spirit World."
Bradley E. Gosselin, "Source of Love: An inspired trance message, from a Spirit Helper,"
The National Spiritualist Summit, 24 February 2002.


So please note:
All why, as of August 2015, I have removed the phrase “unconditional love” from any poems of mine, and I hoping that I haven't missed any. Can't do much about those already floating.





This poem follows on from "Unconditional Love?" 

17.  God's Hate

Where men are so evil that they’ve become as if sin itself, enter God’s hate,
Because God hates sin, and why as a consequence, there’s that needed judgment date;
For the forbearance that God exercises toward the wicked, out of love,
Only seems to embolden them in transgression, they scoffing at Him above.

Though God loves us despite our fallen condition, even rebelliousness, say,
There comes a time when He must make a judgment call, and the life of each man weigh.
All why the lovers of violence and debauchery are sealing their fate,
Or have sealed their fate
for the mercy of God, such folk sorely test-cum-frustrate.

Yes,

Because of His nature, God naturally finds evil hateful, and therefore,
It’s existence in men is loathsome to Him, and given the cost that He bore.
Hence why God’s Word expresses Divine contempt for rebellion — hence enmity,
In other words, a positive hatred, and man’s cup full of iniquity.

And thus it goes,

From abhorring the action to abhorring the one who’s committing the ill,
(The abomination), hence the pre-cross global flood, God having had His fill.
And why when men become as if sin itself, continually turning to ill,
They kindle God’s wrath, God’s hate — and eventually, eternity farewell.

In summary, God doesn't hate anyone who’s redeemable, just the sin,
But a time can come where God’s hate of sin is aimed at the sinner, dead within.
Those, who, just like the ones who were destroyed by the flood, are beyond redeeming,
They unrepentant and evil to the core, and thus still wickedly scheming.

However,

In His Word, God’s hate is expressed in human language, and might not seem to gel,
Sin and sinner being considered identical, and thus one feeling a chill.
But like anything, it all comes down to context and understanding, and why
We need to study God’s Word very carefully, and some commonsense apply.


By Lance Landall


"Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them there. Because of their sinful deeds, I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious" (Hosea 9:15, NIV).

"They, too, will drink the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb" (Rev 14:10, NIV).

"These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." (Prov 6:16-18, KJV).


Also note the texts that are under the poem just above this one.




18.  Beware Of Angels


Whether one’s a Christian or not, it’s clear that two forces are operating,
One from which good is seen to spring, and the other from which evil’s seen to spring,
And why, according to the Christian Bible, there are both good and bad angels,
Who, either took God’s side or Satan’s side; and Satan being the cause of Earth’s ills.

And all why we should beware of angels, for which ones might be telling us what?
And why, if they speak contrary to the Bible, they should be easy to spot.
However, given that their skills and abilities clearly outweigh ours, and,
That they can appear in human form, there is much that we need to understand.

So,

If angels can appear in human form, I’ve no doubts that evil angels would,
But as if good, though we can be certain that their agenda wouldn’t be good.
And what if they could impersonate any of us, acting criminally,
Or whatever, and this in order to sink us, paint us as some enemy.

At the end of the day, if people frame others, why wouldn’t the old devil,
And his deceiving cohorts? — who’re more than willing to sink to any level,
And why they turn to any trick in the book, and why we’ve been warned to keep watch,
For Satan’s already claimed millions, and dare it be that we’re another notch.

And don’t forget those ghostly apparitions, visitations of the deceased,
Which, in these occult ridden times, (thanks to the likes of Harry Potter), have increased.
Yes, Satan cashing in on the turning away from truth, disbelief in God,
And who, when it comes to his final deception, will give his cohorts the nod.

Demonic forces are very real and cruel, their target being us, and hence why
We need to be on our guard and their modus operandi identify.
Yes, their evil intent being to gain control, deceive, mar. spoil, wreck and destroy,
They cunningly using many a Trogon horse, and humans often employ.

So yes, beware of angels, those evil ones feeding mediums and physics,
And who’ve oft painted God-fearing, truth upholding folk as nuts and heretics.
And who relish this world’s obsession with the supernatural, fantasy,
For nothing suits their plans and trickery better-cum-makes their job easy.

By Lance Landall


“Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon [Satan]. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world — he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him” (Rev 12:7-9, ESV).

“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14, ESV).

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved” (2 Thess 2:9,10, NIV).

"But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be acursed" (Gal 1:8, ESV).

"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and willl turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into
myths" (2 Tim 4:3,4, ESV).




19.  There's No Eternally Burning Hell

The biggest lie and monstrous claim ever perpetrated, and oft in God’s name,
Is that there’s an eternally burning Hell, some cruel place that’s always aflame.
And that there, those whom God has deemed unworthy of eternal life, are burning,
And for evermore — yes, an evil claim that every person should be spurning.

Why? Because firstly, any God who claims to be the God of love, and is so,
Wouldn’t act so barbarically, for such the very opposite would show.
Yes, such being the act of a callous being, one lacking in wisdom and mercy,
For who’d punish any forever whose lifespan-cum-wrong passes so quickly?

Talk about a miscarriage of justice, and bear in mind the following too,
That those who were spared such a Hell, would hardly be at peace given that gross view.
In other words, they not only knowing that a loved one was always burning,
But such able to see, and thus no doubt why they would be tossing and turning.

All why we don’t lock folk up for life who break the speed limit, nor torture them,
For there’d soon be a hue and cry, and thus we quick to such perverseness condemn.
And why a God who’s far more intelligent than us wouldn’t act so badly,
So over the top, but rather, carefully balance punishment with mercy.

Secondly, the belief that the unworthy burn in some Hell eternally,
Came about as a result of Greek influence distorting things terribly.
Oh yes, some point to the Bible itself, but where the Bible speaks of some Hell,
It’s the grave, (not even the quick, complete destruction of those Christ will farewell).

Though the Bible appears to speak of an eternal torment, such isn’t so,
It oft using metaphoric language, and this fact other Bible texts show.
For on the other hand it speaks of those who’re consumed by fire as being no more,
Just ashes that are trodden on, and thus why one should always further explore.

Yes, justice will indeed have its day, (because it must), and this Earth will soon end,
But those who don’t ascend on Christ’s return, eternity in some Hell won't spend.
No, such is as off-track as that belief that God hates Gay folk, when it’s their acts,
And why all should exchange any myths and heresies for true biblical facts.

The truth is, that God hates no one, but only any wrong-cum-evil they do,
For He’s a Holy, righteous God, a God of goodness who’s faithful, kind and true.
Not one who’d torture folk eternally, and why He hates any kind of wrong,
He calling such sin and rebellion, such so typical of us, Earth’s fallen throng.

God’s Word tells us that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by "eternal" fire,
But are they still burning? No! And therefore, Hell the invention of a liar.
In other words, it a satanic invention, both pagan and untruthful,
One that misinterprets the Bible’s figurative speech — it not biblical


Yes, a false belief that has made God look like a monster, a sadistic one,
Rather than a loving God who died that we might live, and who said, “Cruelty shun.”
For cruelty’s purely the work of a devil who’s behind a fallen world, and
Thus has nothing to do with a Saviour who has nail prints in each foot and hand.

Eternal fire refers to the fact that it won’t stop until it’s done its job,
And that being, to consume the wicked via a short-lived lake of fire 'cross Earth’s sod.
And hence those ashes that are spoken of, for endless torture isn’t God’s style,
And why misinterpreted figurative expressions just make Satan smile.

“Death and Hell were cast into the lake of fire,” God’s Word says — figuratively —
But meaning: Death and the abode of the dead won’t figure again, quite clearly,
For death’s the result of a fallen world that’s about to end, and hence no graves,
Nor that devil who midst maligning Christ via promoting an eternal Hell,

Rants and raves.  


By Lance Landall

“...‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live…’ ” (Ezekiel 33:11, NIV). 

“For the Lord shall rise up as in Mount Perazim, He shall be wroth as in the Valley of Gibeon,
that He may do His work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange
act [it’s foreign to His nature to destroy]” (Isaiah 28:21, KJV).

" 'Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,' says the Lord Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who revere My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things," says the Lord Almighty" ( Mal 4:1-3, NIV).






20.  No One's Gone Anywhere

Okay, so you’re not a Christian, but let me fill you in on a few things, friend,
For despite what most Christians think, no one goes to Heaven until this Earth’s end.
Hence why the Christian Bible speaks of an airlift come Christ’s return, and also
Of a resurrection; everyone who’s saved having to wait, and then upwards go.

Yes, it’s a myth that folk go to Heaven at death, just another heresy,
One that crept into the Christian Church after the old apostles died, sadly.
And why the Bible says that God has a fairer plan in mind, it His return,
When all, and together, (both the saved and unsaved), their happy or sad fate will learn.

And hence why the Christian Bible talks of a separation that will take place;
The saved termed “sheep” and the unsaved termed “goats” — the latter, eternal death to face.
And not because God wants them destroyed, but they effectively making that choice,
One group responding and the other group rejecting His loving, warning voice.

And hence why there’s no departed loved ones on the other side, Heaven or Hell,
For such is purely the thinking of those who don’t know the Bible very well.
And why mediums have a field day, they milking that erroneous belief,
Thus preying on the gullible and vulnerable, making money out of grief.

So, where are the dead? Still on Earth, they metaphorically sleeping, we’re told,
And they, unable to speak, move, or even breathe, they lifeless and deathly cold.
In other words, they no more until their Creator returns, He the life-giver,
Who from the grave, or the surrounding chaos of the times, such will deliver.

Yes, and no soul that meantime departs, such nothing but more foolish nonsense too,
Which, sad to say, also crept into the Christian Church, a doctrine that’s askew.
For each of us is a soul, not has a soul, and why we say, “That poor old soul,”
Who, just like us come their death, ceases to be anything, hence that plot-cum-hole.

But one from which they’ll very soon be delivered if having chosen wisely,
For it’s clear that Earth’s on borrowed time — and we, sad and broken humanity.
In other words, in need of a Saviour; a heavenly one-cum-Christ the Son,
Who’ll return as soon as His Judgment’s over, such having already begun.

By Lance Landall


“Now he [Paul] reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come,
Felix was afraid…” (Acts 24:25, NKJV).

“He [an angel] said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come, worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water’ ” (Rev 14:7, NIV).

“ ‘For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He
will reward each person according to what he has done’ ” (Matt 16:27, NIV).

“ ‘Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according
to what he has done’ ” (Rev 22:12, NIV).

“These [faithful heroes of the Bible] were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised [they didn’t go the Heaven-cum-receive eternal life]. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect [they will have to wait to receive immortality]”
(Heb 11:39,40, NIV).

"...that he [David] both died and was buried and his tomb is with us today. For David did not ascend into the heavens.." (Acts 2:29,34, ESV).




21.  A Year Of Celebrity Deaths


“It’s been a year of celebrity deaths,” folk say, as if, “What’s going on here?”
When the truth is, there’s little odd about it, celebrities dying each year.
And maybe more so one year, that’s all, and age catching up with most of them, who,
Were possibly born around the same time, give or take a century or two.

Yes, some dying earlier or later, drugs and hard living oft subtracting,
Not to mention the dangers of the occult that too many is attracting.
The latter folk drawn into a mysterious and satanic vortex,
Though most simply sapped and then felled by riotous parties, highs, booze and sex.

“But so many in one year?”, folk question, and some looking at God again, who,
Often is blamed for this or that, and here, untimely deaths of certain folk too.
In other words, not just those so-called acts-of-God, disasters, calamities,
But the snuffing of certain lives, and one assuming, more so those who displease,

God, that is.

Well, the answers, “No,” and simply this, (and given man’s cup of iniquity’s full),
God is slowly withdrawing His restraining hand that more might be reachable.
And so, lives He might have spared, and calamities stopped, He’s now allowing,
That rebellious observers might awaken, most having ignored His warning.

Yes, Christ’s coming soon, and now’s His judgment hour, He wanting folk saved and not lost,
Because the path that most are on will ensure that their heavenly home is lost.
Hence why all should take note, Earth’s end near, more and worse yet to come, and why being:
Because even midst all these deaths and calamities, people still aren’t seeing,

And are still besotted with those they idolise rather than with God who’s love,
And who’s saddened by the crazy fixation with things on Earth and not above.
Thus those deaths and calamities being a reality check, wakeup call,
God more than robbed of glory, most looking elsewhere, coveting what should appal,

Earth always bound to disappoint and pain, but not God though, if we heed His call.

But you know,

Much is the result of man’s folly finally catching up with him, and so,
Cancer’s on the rise given lifestyles that aren’t wise, folk reaping what they sow.
Yes, many indulging in recklessness, and then there’s environmental ills,
War, disease, poverty and violence, which many on Earth, and not God, farewells.


By Lance Landall





22.  The Chat


Mandy quickly popped a porcelain vase on the table, then answered the knock on the door,
Surprise turning to exclamations and hugs, delight at the bouquet her kind friend bore.
If there was one thing Mandy loved, it was flowers — “nature’s jewellery,” she oft would say,
Yes, treasures for the plucking, that both natural beauty and endearing charm convey.

Mandy fetched some water and placed the bouquet in the vase that she’d popped on the table.
“I thought I’d call whilst passing,” June relayed. Mandy sighed. “Oh, I’m so glad you were able,
And such has worked out really well, given that on Tuesdays I’m usually not in.
It has been quite a while, and you should see my garden now — it’s a real little Eden.”

“A little Eden!” June exclaimed, “You haven’t gone all religious?” “Well,” Mandy began,
“It’s all very well for you to smile, but I’m convinced that there is some kind of plan.”
June feigned a frown. “What do you mean by a plan?” Both now moved to a welcoming chair.
“Well,” Mandy began again, “As far as I’m concerned, one thing’s becoming very clear:

Beauty like that found in a garden, just couldn’t have evolved, but must have been designed,
And if that’s so, then there just has to be some sort of supernatural mastermind.”
“Are you suggesting that there might be a God?” June questioned, somewhat less humorously,
And wondering what might well be coming next, what exactly had come over Mandy.

“I really don’t know,” Mandy replied, “But there surely has to be a being of some sort,
And why not a God? One capable of all this, just like Christianity has taught.”
“It would take more than a garden to convince me of that,” June replied, “Quite a lot more.”
“But don’t you see,” Mandy countered, “Could that not be our problem — we’ve lost our sense of awe?”

“You see, we’re always looking for the dramatic, some supernatural revelation,
When one could possibly argue that there is enough evidence within creation.”
“Oh, I can certainly appreciate just how beautiful gardens are,” June agreed,
“But beautiful or not, any garden is something that one constantly has to weed.”

“If there is a God, what’s with the weeds? And even evil people can look beautiful,
So I wouldn’t get too carried away, or next thing you'll be getting all biblical.”
“I can’t explain the weeds,” Mandy replied, “But that doesn't mean there’s no explanation,
And as for evil people who’re beautiful, there’s purely and simply no relation.”

“People choose to be evil, and due to lust or lack of control, in such will revel,
But isn’t it possible there’s an evil supernatural being too — a devil?”
“Well, if there is a God, I suppose that there could well be a devil too,” June admitted.
“And,” Mandy broke in, “A God who for some reason both those weeds and evil permitted.”

“Maybe something went amiss, something that we don’t really understand, but will in time,
Which might explain why in this world things oft occur for which there seems no rhythm or rhyme.
And those weeds that you mentioned, no doubt the work of that evil one, who such ill began,
Aided and abetted by erring humanity, very often referred to as man.”

“Yes, two forces, one producing good, the other, evil — battling for supremacy,
Hence the rose with its thorns, the bee with its sting — laughter, yet pain — defeat, yet victory.
Yes, I like to think and dare to believe that good will conquer evil eventually,
And that the beauty I see in my garden came about purposely, not randomly.”

“Why stop at gardens?” June chimed in, seemingly coming on board. “Indeed!” Mandy replied,
“There’re all those beautiful sunsets that we see, and there’re the delights of the countryside.
And oh, look at each new born baby, a mother’s love — and love itself, let’s not forget,
And those genuine acts of loving kindness that most of us throughout our life have met.”

“But to me, a garden’s surely evidence enough, for there isn’t just beauty there,
But design and engineering, and surely an intelligence of another sphere.
Yes, the more I spend my time there, pottering and observing, sunny or cloudy day,
The more the possibility of a Creator with a divine plan I’m forced to weigh.”

By Lance Landall




23.  Is This The New Spirituality,


Form of Godliness?

She as good as strips, takes part in raunchy scenes, thus despatching morality,
Then gets married in a church with its dedicated-to-God sanctuary.
Her movie antics laughing at marriage and faithfulness, those vows one repeats,
And you’d think she’d blush with shame in front of the minister, those bottoms on seats.

Well, I mean to say, hasn’t she read her Bible which condemns hypocrisy,
Sex before marriage, immoral behaviour, crudity and adultery?
Or perhaps she holds the mistaken view that because God is a God of love,
He winks at such, and still has a place for such libertine hypocrites above.

Yes, her raunchy scenes encouraging countless teenagers to follow suit, or,
Women in general who’ve swallowed the same lie, many now into hard-core.
And there’s that minister talking about love, and she dressed in a white gown too,
It all making a mockery of Christian belief and practice, but what’s new?

Oh, what a lovely wedding, so spiritual seeming, and seeming is right,
And hence why I ask: Is this the new spirituality, so-called new light?
It all about love now — morals, principles and standards all things of the past,
As if love never had its boundaries, and its lot with debauchery cast,

Those raunchy scenes that must have angels gasp.

Surely those who marry in a church should be upholders of its Owner’s Word,
Not seeking His blessing while they’re indulging in things that seem much more preferred.
This latter comment surely one that even non-Christians can appreciate,
Who a mere form of Godliness are quick to spot, and such hypocrisy hate.

It seems Christianity’s being exchanged for some look-alike that’ll please all,
And those still teaching biblical doctrine and instruction seen as having a gall.
No one paying too much attention to the Bible except where it speaks of love,
Thus ignoring what doesn't suit — and as for God, He just some Santa Claus above.

So where’s that day of justice that God speaks and warns about, or does evil pay?
People getting away with ill, and upward to Heaven still making their way.
So too those Christians whose lives suggest anything but, they just look-alikes too,
Who, midst waxing lyrical about the love of God, wrong things still choose to do.

If we’re prepared to act out raunchy scenes, we’re not prepared for Heaven above,
Nor that sinless God who mentions righteous living in the very same breath as love.
And our church wedding even an effrontery, we twofaced at the altar,
And our false witness most likely causing a fellow traveller to falter.

The wedding service nice, and others innocent, perhaps, but hardly her though,
And certainly not if she hadn’t repented, because better she should know.
And if she doesn’t, just how much of a Christian is she, ’cause God gave His Word,
A book that she should be going by, and a conscience that that book should've stirred.

And I have to ask,

What would draw a man to such a woman who’s prepared to act out raunchy scenes?
Her standards hardly high, a loose mother to be, whose sad behaviour blasphemes.
Oh, how most have accepted the shameful these days, and I’m meaning Christians too,
Who, someone they once wouldn’t have considered, are now hopelessly drawn to.

A Christian’s a follower of Christ, not an acquaintance, but a disciple,
One who walks in accordance with Christ’s teachings, and in a way that all can tell.
Otherwise they’re only a Christian in name, and their wedding but tradition,
And Christ seeing through it all, it devoid of true commitment and contrition.


By Lance Landall


“You must understand this, THAT IN THE LAST DAYS DISTRESSING TIMES WILL COME. FOR PEOPLE WILL BE LOVERS OF THEMSELVES, LOVERS OF MONEY, BOASTERS, ARROGANT, ABUSIVE, DISOBEDIENT TO THEIR PARENTS, UNGRATEFUL, UNHOLY, INHUMAN, IMPLACABLE, SLANDERERS, PROFLIGATES, BRUTES, HATERS OF GOOD, TREACHEROUS, RECKLESS, SWOLLEN WITH CONCEIT, LOVERS OF PLEASURE RATHER THAN LOVERS OF GOD, HOLDING TO THE OUTWARD FORM OF GODLINESS [the external characteristics of religion] but denying its power. Avoid them!”
(2 Tim 3:1-5).


 



Articles


Give Me Proof That God Is Real


“If one believes in the existence of Socrates, Alexander the Great, or Julius Caesar, then one should definitely believe in Christ’s existence. If historicity is established by written records in multiple copies that date originally from near contemporaneous sources, there is far more historical evidence for Christ’s existence than for any of theirs. The historicity of Christ is attested not only by Christians but also by Greek, Roman, and Jewish Sources.”
Who is Jesus Really? by Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett


Well, it takes faith to believe in evolution too, but the thing about the biblical creation story is, that it is an account, something that one can grasp, something that makes sense of it all.

The Christian Bible, which has stood the test of time as an authentic book that’s historically accurate, explains the entrance of good and evil, supernatural beings, our origin, why we’re here and what’s ahead.

It provides a protective and healthy hedge via its morals, principles, standards and those Ten Commandments that point to right living and accountability. It provides us with hope given that it speaks of a better life to come for the repentant who’ve turned from their wrong ways, and it also speaks of a time when justice will have its day, when evil doers will get their comeuppance.

Evolution on the other hand provides us with nothing at all, just a dog eat dog, survival of the fittest scenario devoid of purpose, accountability and hope, and this why many just don’t care anymore. Evolution is a modern theory that has neither pedigree, history, time, sense, nor good on its side given its tooth and claw.

Scientists know that nothing can come out of nothing, nor amazingly throw itself together in some amazingly complex form, even with time. Even Darwin’s faith in evolution was shaken by the complexity of the human eye. Evolution, unlike the biblical creation story, is hardly believable and there’s simply no sense to it anyway.

But where’s that proof that God is real?

Well, let’s look at the following:

1.
The biblical creation account, (seen in the book of Genesis), is the only origin of the seven day week, such not based on any lunar cycles.

"When someone tells me 'We can't trust the Bible because it was written by men,' I like to gently point out that their conclusion doesn't follow their premise. Just because something was written by men doesn't mean it's not trustworthy. If that were the case we would have to throw out encyclopedias, dictionaries, automobile manuals, et cetera—all written by men. Men are capable of communicating truthfully, especially when they have God's help, as the Biblical authors did."

“Today there survives more than 25,0000 partial and complete, ancient handwritten manuscript copies of the New Testament. These hand written manuscripts have allowed scholars and textual critics to go back and verify that the Bible we have in our possession today is the same Bible that the early church possessed 2,000 years ago.”
Charlie H. Campbell

“There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane [secular] history.”
Isaac Newton

2.
People in both the scientific and medical world know that there are certain seven day cycles, and also things that only occur on the seventh day of each week, Saturday — such being the very day that the Bible says God set apart, blessed and hallowed. Now isn’t that intriguing.

Collier's Encyclopedia: Saturday, seventh day of the week.


Regarding numbers one and two, see the other three articles below this one.

3.
The dental structures of humans posses all the features of a strictly herbivorous creature, which harmonises with the biblical account, the diet that Adam and Eve were given in the garden of Eden (Genesis 1:29).

You may wish to visit my page Why I'm A Vegetarian which will enlighten further.

4.
People of note in the scientific world have stated that the galaxy appears to have been put together by a pure mathematician given its preciseness. Think, for example, of how planet Earth keeps on spinning.

5.
And again, people of note in that same realm have stated that the intricacy and incredibleness of the created world is such that it appears as if it has been designed.

6.
There’s also a great deal of archaeological evidence supporting those biblical accounts of things that were once predicted — fulfilled prophecies, that is.

7.
And regarding biblically prophesied signs that point to Christ’s return and End-time events, (apocalyptic), such have been and are coming true.

8.
The Bible has been proven to be historically correct in every way.

9.
But you know, logic surely shouts at us that the likes of love, kindness, selflessness, compassion, mercy, morals, principles and beauty could have hardly come out of nothing too, some empty evolutionary dog eat dog, survival of the fittest chain.

"Someone once said that if you sat a million monkeys at a million typewriters for a million years, one of them would eventually type out all of Hamlet by chance. But when we find the text of Hamlet, we don’t wonder whether it came from chance and monkeys. Why then does the atheist use that incredibly improbable explanation for the universe? Clearly, because it is his only chance of remaining an atheist. At this point we need a psychological explanation of the atheist rather than a logical explanation of the universe."
Peter Kreeft

"What can account for the marvellous unity in all the idolatrous [pagan] systems of the world, but that the facts recorded in the early chapters of Genesis were real transactions, in which, as all mankind were involved, so all mankind have preserved in their various systems [in various ways and forms], distinct and undeniable memorials of them, though those who have preserved them have long lost the true key to their meaning"
Alexander Hislop, author of The Two Babylons

10.
And then there's personal experience, direct answers to prayer that could have no other explanation but that of a loving, benevolent and divine source.


And further to, in question form.

If God’s not real and the Bible full of fancy tales:

Why are the predicted signs of Christ’s return coming true?

How come there’s geological evidence of a major catastrophe that affected the whole world like the Bible says (referring to a worldwide flood)? Hence volcanoes, fault lines, and fossilized fish at the top of mountains, for three.
Funny how 70% of Earth is covered in water.

Why is there ample archaeological evidence backing up many biblical accounts; like sulphur deposits where Sodom and Gomorrah once stood, and chariot wheels at the bottom of the Red Sea, where the Israelites were chased, to name but two.

Why are both the dental structures and intestines of a human clearly that of a herbivore like the biblical account in the book of Genesis?

Why is behind the scenes activity (and not so behind the scenes activity) pointing to a coming global persecuting power (a lamb that becomes a dragon) like the book of Revelation predicts?

Why is there no other explanation for the seven day week other than the biblical account?

How come the mathematical equations of our solar system are so precise, bird and herd migrations as regular as clockwork, and the engineering of the human body so complex, that it all points to a master designer?

What could possibly be the purpose of the rainbow but the account in the book of Genesis?

Why have prophecies predicted in the book of Daniel (for example; and regarding nations) been proven true by history?

What else could account for good and evil but the great controversy between Christ and Satan outlined in the Bible?

Why has the account of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ been so widely documented?

Why is it that right throughout pagan cultures there are stories or accounts that (in some form) parallel biblical stories and accounts?

How come there have been Christians who’ve experienced miraculous, unexplainable healings after being prayed over?

How come many people have actually encountered demons and demonic forces?

Why is the Bible so geographically and historically accurate?


And here's a wise man's synopsis of Pascal’s Wager

God either exists or He doesn’t. Based on the testimony of both general revelation, (that is Nature), and special revelation, (that is the Bible), it is abundantly fair to concede that there is at least a 50% chance that the Christian Creator God exists. Therefore, since we stand to gain eternity and thus infinity, the wise or safe choice is to live as though God does exist. If we are right, we gain everything and lose nothing. If we are wrong, we lose nothing and gain nothing. Therefore based on simple mathematics, Pascal reasoned that only the fool would choose to live the godless life.
But,

"For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
(Rom 1:20, NLT).



You may wish to visit my page Refuting Evolution which will enlighten further.

This article was upgraded 24 May 2018.





Rhythm Of Life


By Tim Crosby, a sabbatarian

Life on this earth seems to be calibrated in some mysterious way to the number seven. We as humans operate under the cadence of a seven-day week—a cycle of human activity that doesn’t even follow the cosmic timing of the stars, the sun, or the moon.
The number seven even governs the music world. Most people think there are eight notes in an octave, just as there are eight sides to an octagon. But no, an octave has only seven. Count them: do, re, me, fa, so, la, ti—and then we start over again with do. That eighth note, the octave, begins a new cycle of seven. There are as many notes in the scale as there are days in a week.
Six Around One
A hexagon (six-sided object) provides the most efficient use of space. Just ask a bee busily building his honeycomb. Mathematicians and architects insist that a hexagonal room (six walls built around a floor—the “six around one” principle) provides the most efficient perimeter to area ratio and requires the least amount of wall material per square foot of floor space.
Like that central circle set in the middle of six workdays, the Sabbath is God’s original prescription for allowing His people to enjoy optimum health, spirituality, and longevity. “Six days you shall labor,” He says in Exodus 34:21, “but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.”
Biological Rhythms
It seems that all life moves in seven-day rhythms. A growing number of scientists have embraced an entirely new field of study known as chronobiology that examines repeating phenomena in living organisms. These cycles are known as biological rhythms.
Franz Halberg of the University of Minnesota is widely considered the “father of chronobiology.” This tall gentleman from Romania works in an office crammed with bookshelves stacked with copies of journals and papers he’s produced over the years. He insists that we humans don’t just experience circadian rhythms of approximately 24 hours, we also operate under circaseptan or weekly rhythms as well.
Halberg first became interested in the subject when, as a high school student, he accompanied physician friends of his parents in their practice. He began to notice that patients with pneumonia either recovered or died in seven days.
Today, Franz Halberg proposes that body rhythms of that length—far from being passively driven by the social cycle of the calendar week—are innate, self-governing, and perhaps the reason why the calendar week arose in the first place.
Seven-day Cycles
Research has uncovered many conditions about us humans that seem to rise and fall in seven-day cycles. They include: heartbeat, blood pressure, body temperature, hormone levels, acid content in blood, red blood cell count, oral temperature, female breast temperature, urine chemistry and volume, the ratio between two important neurotransmitters: norepinephrine and epinephrine, and the flow of several body chemicals such as the stress-coping hormone cortisol. Even the common cold is circaseptan.
Doctors have long observed that response to malaria infection and pneumonia crisis peaks at seven days. Chicken pox symptoms (a high fever and small red spots) usually appear almost exactly two weeks after exposure to the illness. A person will tend to have an increase in swelling on the seventh and then the fourteenth day after surgery.
Organ transplants face similar crises as the body’s immune system attacks the newly introduced foreign object.
In the Blood
God knew all of this because He created us. Perhaps that’s why He commanded, in Genesis 17:12, that babies were to be circumcised one week after they were born. (Some scholars still don’t realize that on the eighth day is the Hebrew way of saying “one week later”—the eighth day of the Jewish week was the first day of the next week (Leviticus 23:39). The Hebrews used inclusive reckoning when speaking of time, just like we use inclusive reckoning when speaking of the notes of the octave. In other words, God told the Israelites to circumcise their children on the octave of the day they were born.
So, why wait a week? Because doctors tell us that’s when the prothrombin is at maximum.
Prothrombin is what causes the blood to clot, preventing endless bleeding. It’s never so high again.
The Week in History
Today, we take the seven-day cycle for granted. But in ancient cultures “weeks” varied in length from three to nineteen days. But, in the millennium before Christ, Israel’s seven day week took over the world. And their weekly cycle revolved around something very unique.
It was the Jews—those careful keepers of God’s time—who preserved one day as a period of rest and reflection; a “Sabbath” during which to focus on spiritual matters.
As the centuries rolled on, the Jewish Sabbath became an accepted part of Roman society. According to the ancient historian Josephus, writing in his book Against Apion, “The masses have long since shown a keen desire to adopt our religious observances; and there is not one city, Greek or barbarian, nor a single nation, to which our custom of abstaining from work on the seventh day has not spread.”
Symphony Players
We live in a universe, not a multiverse. All of life is a symphony, and we’re each players in God’s great orchestra. Every song has a cadence, a rhythm. When we’re “in the groove” with the conductor, our lives experience a certain serenity, a familiar flow. Once we get out of step with the cadence of the song—the rhythm of time—our lives falter.
Imagine what it would be like if you tried to follow a 30-hour day. You’d soon find yourself completely out of step with society. Human nature is locked into that natural, God-created 24-hour circadian rhythm.
The same is true of the weekly circaseptan rhythm. That means that if you’re working on the Sabbath, you are breaking yourself.
Custom or Creation
One final question. How do we know that these rhythms aren’t just social or religious customs? Perhaps, after several thousand years, the weekly cycle has simply been bred into us.
The problem with such a “social convention” explanation is that it can’t explain circaseptan rhythms in algae, Dahl rats, mice, guinea pigs, honeybees, beach beetles, and face flies.
In his writings, author Jeremy Campbell reports that circaseptan rhythms “are of very ancient origin, appearing in primitive one-celled organisms, and are thought to be present even in bacteria, the simplest form of life now existing.”
Here’s something really intriguing: While human teeth are growing, small lines or ridges form on the dental enamel about every seven days. The growing tooth might even be said to exhibit a weekly “rest” as it leaves behind a dark marker (just as trees show darker rings where their growth pauses in the winter). According to scientific researchers A. Mann, J. Monge, and M. Lampl in their book Investigation Into the Relationship Between Perikymata Counts and Crown Formation Times, these lines—30-40 microns apart—are called striae of Retzius. These stria are found even on the teeth of fossil hominids that lived before modern culture existed.
Why Seven?
Why should all living things have an innate seven-day cycle? I’d like to suggest a not-too-wild theory. “In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:11).
I believe that God put within us rhythms that flow from the internal logic of our bodies.
Isaiah 58 is a chapter containing some potent health secrets. The first is a promise that God will bless those who bless the less fortunate (verses 5-12). The second is that God will bless those who honor His holy day. “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land” (verses 13,14).
Just as we tune our radios to receive our favorite musical broadcasts, so every living cell has embedded in its primal genetic material a resonant frequency—a clock, a beat that puts us in sync with the universe. That powerful, mysterious beat revolves around the number seven.
Right now, God is calling you to tune your life to His heavenly broadcast and join in the song.





Has The Weekly Cycle Been Changed?


By J.J.B. Combrinck

(Am unsure of the date that this article was penned)


“…we have had occasion to investigate the results of the works of specialists in chronology and we have never found one of them that has ever had the slightest doubt about the continuity of the weekly cycle since long before the Christian era.”

" There has been no change in our calendar in past centuries that has affected in any way the cycle of the week."
James Robertson, DAE, Letter, March 12,1932, U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, DC

“It can be said with assurance that not one day has been lost since creation, and all the calendar changes notwithstanding there has been no break to the weekly cycle.”
Dr. Frank Jeffries, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Research Director of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England


We sometimes hear it said that during the course of the centuries, the weekly cycle has been changed, and that it is hence no longer possible to identify the present days of the week as the same days, in order of sequence, that existed at the beginning of time. We need therefore to examine the claim analytically. Does the assertion stand up to the demands of scholarship and logic? Is it historically and scientifically true? Let us take a close look at the facts. Let us begin our study by considering how the weekly cycle came into existence.
The Origin Of The Week
Where did the week originate? An authoritative work presents the following evidence.
“There can be no doubt about the great antiquity of measuring time by a period of seven days (Gen 8:10; 29:27). The origin of this division of time is a matter which has given rise to much speculation. Its antiquity is so great, its observance so widespread, and it occupies so important a place in sacred things, that it must probably be thrown back as far as the creation of man. The week and the Sabbath are thus as old as man himself.”
A Dictionary of the Bible, edited by William Smith, L.L.D., art. Week, page 745 (1 vol. ed). New York:Fleming H. Revell Co.
Another eminent scholar adds:
“This primeval measure of time was instituted as a memorial of creation in six days, and of the ensuing Sabbath….It was therefore universally observed by Noah’s descendants during the prevalence of the patriarchal religion; but when mankind degenerated, and sank into idolatry, the primitive institution was neglected, and at length lost. And the days of the week were dedicated by the Egyptians, Chaldeans, Syrians, etc., to the heavenly host, the sun, moon, and planets.”
A New Analysis of Chronology and Geography, by William Hales, D.D., Vol 1, page 18. London: C.J.G. & F. Rivington, 1830.s
The week of seven days has no relationship to the sun moon or stars. Since the earliest history of mankind it has been bounded only by the Sabbath. An authoritative work indicates that the week is not determined by nature or by astronomy.
“The week is a period of seven days, having no reference whatever to the celestial motions—a circumstance to which it owes its unalterable uniformity. Although it did not enter into the calendar of the Greeks, and was not introduced at Rome till after the reign of Theodosius, it has been employed from time immemorial in almost all Eastern countries; and as it forms neither an aliquot part of the year, nor of the lunar month, those who reject the Mosaic recital will be at a loss, as Delambre remarks, to assign to it an origin having much semblance of probability.”
The Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. IV, art. Calendar, page 988, 11th edition.
Another writer states:
“The week has no connection with any fact of nature or any explainable material and secular experience of man.
It is uniquely and exclusively an artificial creation…
“History reveals no invariable time period other than the seven day week. Yet for thousands of years this sequence has been perfectly maintained, even from the beginning of our knowledge of any definite time reckoning…
"The explanation given in Genesis 2:2,3 must be the starting point for any effort to explain the origin, the continuance and the growing extension of this unique time division…
“So far as our knowledge goes the week was used only by the progenitors of the Hebrews; by them and related Semitic peoples, and where their influence extended. Since Jesus, the extension of Christianity, especially in the last two centuries, has carried with it increasingly the use of the week for time reckoning…
“From the anthropological approach we would say that this rational time construction, having no relation to any natural phenomenon from which it could have been derived, was an invention of man’s ingenuity. But anthropology finds no data in its own field bearing on the subject. The week, with its Sabbath, is an artificial device. The reason for it is found only in the Old Testament Scriptures…
“In connection only with the week is religion obviously the explanation of its origin, and the week only is uniformly attributed to the command of God. The week exists because of the Sabbath. It is historically and scientifically true that the Sabbath was made by God."
W.O. Carver, “Sabbath Observance,” pages 32-35, Broadman Press, Nashville, Tennessee, 1940.
We have three natural divisions of time which are demarcated by the heavenly bodies, namely the day, the month and the year, but the demarcation of the week is not only unnatural or artificial. At creation it was demarcated by the Creator by the regular return of the Sabbath in the weekly cycle.
The Lord required of His people that they observe the seventh day as a holy day of rest, and He emphasised this for nearly a month before giving them the Ten Commandments (Exodus 16:4-35). By means of weekly recurring miracles the Lord indicated exactly which was the seventh day that God had hallowed and which He expected His people to keep. Had there been the least question regarding the seventh day Sabbath that God had instituted at creation, the Lord would most certainly have given a clear indication at Sinai. From Moses’ day to Christ’s time there was never any doubt as to which day was to be the day of rest. There was never any disruption of the sequence of the days of the week no matter how you look upon Joshua’s long day and the fifteen degrees return on Ahaz’s sun-dial in the days of Hezekiah. Had any confusion slipped in, Jesus Christ would have corrected that when He was on earth.
The Christian faith dates from the beginning of the Christian era and has lasted for nearly two thousand years. Certain festivals have great significance to Christians, especially the weekly day of rest. At first all Christians observed the seventh day of the week according to the holy commandment. Later many of them began observing the weekly day of rest on Sunday, the first day of the week. But the weekly cycle remained unchanged. As far back as the fourth century, Sunday laws were forced on the people by the state. There must have been certainty regarding the numeration of the days of the week in order to implement these decrees. The Mohammedan faith dates from A.D. 610. Its adherents propagated their faith with fanatical zeal. They keep Friday as their day of assemblage and worship. They are very certain abut the sequence of the days of the week, for they did not wish to keep the seventh day as did the Jews, nor Sunday as most Christians did. The Jewish faith counts about 12 million adherents. There are about 870 million Christians. Mohammedans number some 429 million adherents. (Author’s note: Those figures pertain to when this old article when it was written). Jews, Mohammedans and Christians have used entirely separate calendars through the centuries. No group has anything in common with the others. They do not celebrate the same holy days. Nevertheless, in spite of their differing calendars, in spite of their often violent differences regarding theological teachings, there is one respect in which they are always united, and that is the sequence of the days of the week.
The Astronomers
One of the main tasks of the group of scientists whom we call astronomers, is the calculation of time cycles back into the long past and forward into the distant future. They must be absolutely certain of time in order to determine the movements of the various celestial bodies and to predict exact moments of eclipses of the sun and of the moon. These scientists should assuredly be in a position to supply authoritative evidence regarding the unchanged sequence of the days of the week. They were given such an opportunity when the League of Nations discussed a proposal to change the calendar during the 1920s.
The League of Nations Committee for the Simplification of the Calendar suggested changing the calendar into a year of 13 months of 28 days each. The extra month, Sol, would be inserted between June and July. Every month would then begin with Sunday and end with Saturday. The 13 month of 28 days give us a total of 364 days. But the year consists of 365 days. This extra day, the365th of the year, would be called Blank Day and not be counted in the next week. The second day following Saturday would then be called Sunday, although it was actually Monday, and for one whole year the week would be out of step, or behind step. In other words each day of the week would be a day behind the actual weekly cycle. The second year all the days of the week would be two days out of step and by the third year they would be three days out of step. But that was not all. Every fourth year we have a leap year of 366 days. The extra day would not come at the end of February, but between the end of Sol and the first day of July and it too would be a blank day. The fourth year would start out four days behind and by the first of July it would be 5 days out. That is to say, Sunday on the new calendar would be five days behind the actual weekly cycle. The true Sunday of those weeks would then land on Thursday of the new calendar’s weekly cycle. When the League of Nations Committee for the Simplification of the Calendar investigated the question, their first task was to send a ballot paper to all its members in order to gain their views on the suggestion. In order to be able to make really intelligent comments, some countries referred the question to their astronomers and asked for their observations and comments. These astronomers knew of the proposal to insert blank days into the calendar and they were aware of just how much such a free day, or blank day, would affect the cycle of the days of the week. For this reason certain astronomers went ahead on their own and expounded on this disruption of the weekly cycle. Thus they made available to their governments a considerable amount of valuable material. This material was then submitted to the League of Nations committee which met and presented its official report to the League on August 17, 1926. The document is known as the Report in the Reform of the Calendar Submitted to the Advisory and Technical Committee for Communications and Transit of the League of Nations by the Special Committee of Enquiry into the Reform of the Calendar.
The quotations which follow are from that document. I call it simply Report for the sake of brevity.
Among the astronomers who testified were the following:
FINLAND: Finland was not in favour of this kind of calendar reform and quoted inter alia these observations of their astronomers:
“The reform would break the division of the week which has been followed for thousands of years, and therefore has been hallowed by immemorial use.”
 R. M. Anders Dommer, formerly professor of Astronomy at the University of Helsingfors, Report, page 51.
FRANCE: The French government opposed this kind of calendar reform because of the following testimony by her astronomers:
“One essential point is that of the continuity of the week. The majority of the members  of the Office of Longitudes consider that the reform of the calendar should not be based on the breaking of this continuity. They consider that it would be highly undesirable to interrupt a continuity which has existed for do many centuries.” — Dr. M. Emile Picard, Permanent Secretary of the Academy of Sciences (France), president of the Office of Longitudes, Report, page 51.
“I have always hesitated to suggest breaking the continuity of the week, which is without a doubt the most scientific institution bequeathed to us by antiquity.” — Dr. M. Edouard Baillaud, director of the Paris Observatory, Report, page 52.
PORTUGAL: The government of Portugal expressed its disapproval of this kind of calendar reform, and they submitted this statement by their chief astronomer:
“It is very inadvisable to interrupt by means of blank days the absolute continuity of the weeks — the only guarantee in the past, present and future of an efficient control of chronological facts.” — Dr. Frederico Oom, director of the Astronomical Observatory of Lisbon, Report, page 74.
GREECE: Professor D. Eginitis, director of the observatory in Athens, Greece, was a member of the League of Nations Calendar Committee and was appointed by the Ecumenic Patriarch of Constantinople. In a long article on the calendar, Professor Eginitis said, among other things, the following:
“The breaking of the continuity of the week, which has crossed the centuries, and all known calendars, still intact, and the universal use of this unit in the measurement of time, are the reasons why we oppose this change of the calendar.”
BRITAIN: Now consider these words from a prominent scientific journal in the British Empire: Nature, 1931. In “Our Astronomical Column” the writer says:
“The regular sequence of week which has been running without a break for some three thousand years…
“Some of these (Jews and also many Christians) accept the week as of divine institution, with which it is unlawful to tamper; others without these scruples, still feel that it is useful to maintain a time-unit that unlike all others had proceeded in an absolutely invariable manner since what may be called the dawn of history.”
The Julian Calendar
Julius Caesar had hardly conquered the Roman Empire and become its dictator when he set in motion tremendous changes, reorganisation and improvements. Among other things, in the year 46 B.C. he replaced the clumsy and defective Greek-Roman moon calendar with the Egyptian calendar of 365 days, and in addition decreed that every fourth year should be a leap year with 366 days. This calendar, named after him, became known as the Julian Calendar, and gave each year three hundred and sixty-five and a quarter days; but the solar year is actually 12 minutes and 14 seconds shorter, and as a result the Julian calendar fell behind a few minutes every year. During the 1,590 years that the Julian calendar was used the seasons were out of alignment with the sun so that the equinox of March 21 was already 10 days earlier.
The Gregorian Calendar
Astronomers wrote and said a great deal about this until eventually Pope Gregory XIII issued a decree that ten days should be left out of the calendar in October 1582 and that the day following Thursday, October 4, would be known as Friday, October 15. This changed Gregorian calendar was approved only in Italy, Portugal and Spain. The Protestant countries refused to accept the pope’s proposal. There was a difference of ten days between the calendars of the two groups, but the days of the week remained the same everywhere! Gradually other countries began to fall into line with the Gregorian calendar. The Netherlands did so in 1700 and Germany in 1776. In 1752 England did so and by then she had to drop or skip 12 days. The day following Wednesday, September 2, 1752 immediately became Thursday, September 14.
No Disruption Of The Week
“It is to be noted that in the Christian period the order of days of the week has never been interrupted. Thus, when Gregory XIII reformed the calendar in 1582, Thursday, October 4, was followed by Friday, October 15. So in England in 1752, Wednesday, September 2, was followed by Thursday, September 14.”
Catholic Encyclopaedia, Vol. III, page 47.
France, after the revolutionary period, fell into step with the rest of the world when she adopted the Gregorian calendar in January, 1806.
Russia adopted the Gregorian calendar as late as 1922. In Russia what should have been Sunday, September 30, became Sunday, October 14.
The main change of the Gregorian calendar was not to consider the century year as a leap year unless it was divisible by 400. Thus the year 1900 was not a leap year, but the year 2000 will be a leap year.
It must be noted that the calendars of different countries gave different dates to the same day, but there was never any difference concerning which day of the week it was. The changes of the calendar never and nowhere disrupted the sequence of the days of the week.
A Firm Foundation
No, dear friend, the dickerings of man with the calendar have never made the slightest difference to the sequence of the days of the week. The week rests on an immovable, unshakable foundation of divine origin. The weekly cycle was set in motion by God Himself. It formed part of His creative act when He brought the world into existence. It is the sign of the fact that He is the God of time. In Him time has its beginning. In Him time has its end. We can be absolutely certain about one thing: The God who instituted the week at the beginning of time has held His hand over it throughout the course of time, and will continue to do so right to the close of time. In fact, the Bible gives the assurance that even in the new earth, after sin’s night has ended, the week and the month will continue as unintertrupt6ed units of time for the redeemed throughout eternity. The prophet Isaiah foretells weekly and monthly convocations of the saints in God’s kingdom. Notice his prediction in Isaiah 66:23:
“And it shall come to pass, that, from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the Lord.”
The only thing worth living for is to be sure that by God’s grace we are numbered among that company!





Earth From A To Z


The following is based on archaelogical findings, historical evidence, current activities, biblical teachings and prophecy; and ties in with my page Foes Of Humanity which is possibly best read first.


How it all began, how it all will end, and where that number seven, (and things connected with it), pops up again.

A very simple breakdown with non-Christians more in mind; those who want things quick and simple. Because this breakdown is so very simple, it must be bourne in mind that it's less designed to convince than it otherwise would be. For the more convincing, see my page Foes Of Humanity and the link at the bottom of this page.


Begin.

The highest angel in Heaven, (God's headquarters), becomes jealous of Christ, wanting to be equal with Him. That angel's discontent ends in open rebellion; a third of the heavenly angels siding with him.

That angel, Lucifer, and the angels who sided with him, are removed from Heaven. Such had to be as God is a God of order and justice as well as love and mercy.

Lucifer is now referred to as Satan, or the devil, the dragon, the serpent, the father of lies, and roaring lion.

Satan is thus the origin of sin, evil, suffering, and wicked spirit beings — they being, those angels who sided with him.

God forms planet Earth.

God creates human inhabitants for planet Earth.

In order that no one forget who the creator of Earth is, and that God may receive the worship He’s due, He makes the seventh day of creation, Saturday, a holy day, a Sabbath, which He blesses and sets apart for holy exercises. It acting like a forever flag (Gen 2:1-3; Ex 20:8-11).

Collier's Encyclopedia: Saturday, seventh day of the week.

There being absolutely no other explanation for the seven day weekly cycle than the biblical account.

Man [Adam and Eve] proves unfaithful to God via violating God’s implicit instructions, and having been seduced by Satan’s lies.

Satan thereon seeks total control of Earth and its inhabitants, along with their downfall so that they'll be lost like him and his angels.

Satan seeks to establish his own flag.

Humans are quarantined from those in other worlds due to their fallen, contaminated condition.

These humans end up forming camps, taking the right path as did Able [Adam’s son], or taking the wrong path as did Cain [Adam’s other son].

Eventually there’s only one family left on Earth that hasn’t become corrupted.

In order to spare humanity's longevity from His rightful wrath-cum-destruction — a global flood — God spares and preserves Noah and his family via an ark [boat].

In time two more camps form, sadly, those following God’s way, and those following Satan’s way. Yes, same old story.

Satan, working via the latter group, and in order to eventually get control of humanity, establishes the anti-Christ Babylonian Empire. And via this power and following powers seeks to persecute God's faithful followers and fight against truth — all this prophesied in the Bible.
See "Those Beasts" which represent these powers.

“It can be proved that the idolatry of the whole earth is one, that the sacred language of all nations is radically Chaldean [Babylonian] —that the GREAT GODS of every country and clime are called by Babylonian names—and that all the Paganisms of the human race are only a wicked and deliberate, but yet most instructive corruption of the primeval gospel first preached in Eden, and through Noah afterwards conveyed to all mankind. The system, first concocted in Babylon, and thence conveyed to the ends of the earth, has been modified and diluted in different ages  and countries. In Papal Rome only is it now found nearly pure and entire."
Alexander Hislop, author of The Two Babylons

"The penetration of the religion of Babylon became so general and well known that Rome was called the New Babylon."
Faith Of Our Fathers, 1917 ed. Cardinal Gibbons, p 106


More about Papal Rome soon, but next comes:

Medo-Persia.

Next comes Greece.

Next comes pagan Rome.

In order to prop up his ailing kingdom, the pagan Rome emperor Constantine blends Church and State. And in order to please both pagans and Christians, (a number of the latter having decided to keep Sunday instead of Saturday due to a backlash against the troublesome Jews by the Romans), makes Sunday a permanent public holiday on which no work is to be done.

Enter Satan's flag.

"Unquestionably the first law, either ecclesiastical or civil, by which the sabbatical observance of Sunday is known to have been ordained is the sabbatical edict of Constantine, A.D. 32I."
Chambers Encyclopaedia, article "Sunday."

Next on the scene is the Holy Roman empire — papal Rome — which hi-jacks the Christian Church and rules for over a thousand years, making sure that all concede to its demands or else.

“The Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind.”
W.E. Lecky, Rise and influence of rationalism in Europe, volume 2, p.32.

Papal Rome effectively being pagan Rome in ecclesiastical dress with a Christian facade. A Church and State power with its own domain, flag, currency and stamps, along with Swiss military guards. 

"The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof."
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

"In 1978, the year that Pope John Paul I was murdered and Pope John Paul II took over the papacy, a set of Vatican stamps was issued featuring a pyramid and an all-seeing eye."
David Icke

Interestingly, the Bible (in the book of Daniel, Old Testament) refers to Papal Rome as the Little Horn:

"While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts" Dan 7:8, NASB).

Interestingly, the Bible (in the book of Revelation, New Testament) tells us that Papal Rome recovers from her Napoleonic and Protestant Reformation wounds to play a part in End-time events.

"Nearly every Western nation today sends an ambassador to the Vatican, a tiny enclave with approximately 800 citizens. It is a frank recognition of the pope's status as a full-fledged player in the geopolitical arena and that what the French liberals tried to achieve in 1798 has now been amazingly reversed."
Loron Wade

The keeping of Sunday instead of Saturday is soon instituted as Church law by the Bishop of Rome — AD 364, (Canon 29), at the Council of Laodicea, (a Roman Catholic council).

“We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to
Sunday.”
Peter Geiermann, The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine p.50, (1946 ed.).

“They [the Catholic church] allege the Sabbath changed into Sunday, the Lord’s Day, contrary to the decalogue [the Ten Commandments]...neither is there any example more boasted of than the changing of the Sabbath day. Great, say they, is the power and authority of the church, since it dispensed with one of the ten commandments.”
Martin Luther, Augsburg Confession, Article 28, paragraph 9.


The book of Daniel, found in the Christian Bible, predicting all this well before it happened:

He [this power] shall speak words against the Most High [God], and shall wear out the saints of the Most High [persecute them], and shall think to change the times and the law [God's Ten Commandments]; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time"(Dan 7:25, ESV).

Sunday not being the day that God set apart and made holy. It having no significance, hardly pointing to the Creator of Earth who rested on the seventh day from all His work; and thus Sunday acting like a usurper's flag.

"For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men" (Mark 7:8, NKJV).

Next comes the Protestant Reformation.

Foolishly, Protestants still retain that man-made substitute Sabbath, Sunday.

“But since Saturday, not Sunday, is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious that non-Catholics who profess to take their religion directly from the Bible and not from the church, observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, of course, it is
inconsistent; but this change was made about 15 centuries before Protestantism was born, and by that time the custom was universally observed. They have continued the custom, even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text in the Bible. That observance remains as a reminder of the Mother Church from which the non-Catholic sects broke away like a boy running away from home but still carrying in his pocket a picture of his mother or a lock of her hair.”
John A. O’Brien, Faith of Millions.

Jesuits, an arm of the papal Church, set about counter Reformation measures, their desire to see that papal Rome is restored to its former glory and dominant position — their eyes on the world!

“The Jesuits, by their very calling, by the very essence of their institution, are bound to seek, by every means, right or wrong, the destruction of Protestantism. This is the condition of their existence, the duty they must fulfill, or cease to be Jesuits.”
Footprints of the Jesuits, R. W. Thompson, 1894

As part of their counter Reformation measures, two Jesuits come up with two alternatives to those Bible prophecies that point to Papal Rome as the “beast” power, those alternatives thus pointing away from Papal Rome, and those alternatives largely swallowed by Protestants.

The book of Revelation also talks of a modern Babylon. And don't forget this:

"In Papal Rome only is it [Babylon] now found nearly pure and entire."

A power whose wounds were healed.

And it says of this Babylon: That she's the mother of harlots, and guilty of persecuting and killing God’s true and faithful followers (chapter 17, verses 5 and 6). So she’s obviously got children of some kind, and they could only be those who’re somehow complicit in her doings, those who somehow lend their support to her, those who’ve somehow bought into her teachings that confuse people’s brains like an intoxicating drink (what the book of Revelation calls wine -- verse 2).

So, where will things head next?

"For over 200 years, the goal [of the Jesuits] has been the complete destruction of the United States Constitution. In the religious arena, the goal of the Jesuits is to wipe out any trace of Protestantism and other religions, and to restore worldwide domination by the pope."
From the book The Secret Terrorists, by Bill Hughes

Thus enter America:

"Then I saw another beast [power] come up out of the earth. He had two horns like those of a lamb, but he spoke with the voice of a dragon [a character change occurs]" (Rev 13:11, NLT).

"When the United States rules the world, the Catholic Church will rule the world."
James E. Quigley, Roman Catholic Archbishop, Chicago Daily Tribune, May 5, 1903

"If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the Catholic clergy."
Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834)


Aside from the ecumenical movement, and certain Protestants calling for reunification with Rome, the Christian Bible speaks of a coming persecuting global power that will force all to worship it, one that obviously weds Church and State, one that fulfills that past power’s historic thrust, (hence why the new infiltrated power's called an image, a copy, Rev 13:11-18), and one that will persecute those who keep the Commandments of God of which the seventh day Sabbath — Saturday — is a part, the fourth commandment (Rev 14:12; 12:17).
Neither God nor His apostles having said to keep a different day, but confirming the validity of still keeping God’s Ten Commandments.

"Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it...For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows, "And God rested on the seventh day
from all his works "..So then, a Sabbath rest still remains for the people of God...Let us therefore make every effort
to enter that rest..." (Heb 4:1-11).

"Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law" (Rom 3:31, ESV).


The new power, a copy of the old, no doubt installs Sunday as a universal day of rest and eventually forces all to keep it. And the current pope calling for such a legislated day, though he's not alone in that, but Babylonic influenced New Agers, secret societies and many Protestants a part of that scene too.

Did you know that such a bill was attempted in America in 1888? However, it was defeated back then.

"In 1888 Senator H. W. Blair of New Hampshire, America, introduced a Sunday bill into the United States Congress enforcing Sunday in all Federal territories as a “day of worship,” also a religious-education amendment to the Constitution. Both were supported by the National Reform Association organized in 1863 with the purpose of amending the Constitution of the United States so as to declare the country “a Christian nation” and to place “all Christian laws, institutions, and usages on an undeniable legal basis in the fundamental laws of the land.”
Quoted in the American Sentinel, 1:1 January, 1889.

But it won't be defeated this time, clearly.

"We must move as quickly as possible to a one-world government; a one-world religion; under a one-world leader."
Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations

"Sunday is our mark of authority."
Catholic Records, Sept 1, 1923


Snap! Satan achieves his goal. Earth and all its inhabitants under his control via the coming global power, the universal, Babylonic religious system.

When Constantine shifted to Constantinople, he left the Pope in charge of Rome. Hence how pagan Rome ended up becoming papal Rome. The beasts [certain powers] prophetically portrayed in the Bible’s book of Daniel (chapters 7, and 2) end in papal Rome (the Little Horn, Daniel 7:8,20,21,24,25, which, as also predicted, sits amongst the still divided nations of Europe, Daniel 2:41-44). Therefore, we’re effectively still in the days of papal Rome given that papal Rome (once wounded by Napoleon) is not only the last power mentioned, but one that’ll be resurrected (Rev 13:3,11-18) via an infiltrated America that’s Protestants have lost the plot, and via a Church and State tethering. 

"Then I [John the apostle] saw [in vision] another beast [power] coming out of the earth [America]. He had two horns like a lamb [was once innocent, peaceful], but he spoke like a dragon [changes character]. He exercised all the authority of the first beast [the past power] on his behalf [via legislation], and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast [thus fulfilling the past power's historic intentions], whose wound had been healed [it reviving from its previous fall]" (Rev 13:11,12, NIV).

"I saw that one of the heads of the beast [the past beast] seemed wounded beyond recovery--but the fatal wound was healed! The whole world marveled at this miracle and gave allegiance to the beast [in the form of the new power]" (Rev 13:3, NLT).

Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day [Christ's Second Coming] will not come unless THE REBELLION [apostasy] COMES FIRST and THE LAWLESS ONE [God usurping power] IS REVEALED, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God”
(2 Thess 2:3,4, NRSV).

"The coming of the lawless one [God usurping power] will be in accordance with the work of SATAN displayed in all kinds of COUNTERFEIT MIRACLES, SIGNS AND WONDERS, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved" (2 Thess 9,10, NIV).

"Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast
to the faith of Jesus" (Rev 14:12, NRSV).
 

Christ returns; Satan, that power, and all who worship it, are destroyed (Rev 14:8-13).




For further enlightenment, here’s just a few things (facts) regarding Papal Rome (the Vatican):

When Constantine shifted to Constantinople, he left the Pope in charge of Rome. Hence how Pagan Rome ended up becoming Papal Rome; popes effectively ascending the thrones of caesars (Roman emperors). Thus Papal Rome is really just pagan Rome in ecclesiastical dress — and hence the term Roman Catholic.
Papal Rome reigned for over a thousand years.
It used the military might of others for its own purposes.
It has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind.
It was wounded when Napoleon took the pope prisoner, but has since revived from that wound (Revelation 13:3).
It is riddled with idols and occult, pagan symbols.
It teaches much that’s contrary to and foreign to the Christian Bible (ie, monasteries and nunneries; repetitive prayers; the veneration of Mary, and wrongly considers her an intercessor for mankind; purgatory; forbids priests to marry; sprinkles rather than baptising by emersion, and so much more).
It is almost a mirror image of ancient Babylon given it’s practices and teachings.
Via its Catechism (its book of beliefs and instruction), one can see its attempt to alter the Ten Commandments and their order. Such having been biblically predicted (Daniel 7:25).
It made Sunday (in place of the biblical seventh day Saturday Sabbath, the fourth Commandment) Church Law, and of which it wrongly and openly claims the authority to have done so. Sun worship is synonymous with paganism, and  symbols of sun worship are found throughout Catholicism.
It has (so-called) Christianised many pagan celebrations.
It has mystic nuns; mysticism is of occult, pagan orign, and not part of biblical Christianity.
Via the Jesuits (involved in much political intrigue and so on on its behalf) it has been very active in countering the Protestant Reformation (hence the ecumenical movement for one). Their symbol is a sun.
It is obscenely wealthy with worldwide financial tentacles and clout.
It has an ongoing record of corruption and sexual abuse.
It has a vast underground network of secret archives and hidden treasure.
Its popes claim prerogatives of God alone, and take on the title Holy Father, which is outright  blasphemy.
It’s a recognised religious/political power with its own domain, flag, currency and stamps, along with Swiss military guards.
It sits amongst splendour spurned by Christ and His apostles.
And all why it’s not Christian but a hybrid; its form of Christianity hiding both its true character and real agenda which most Catholics wouldn't be aware of.

For a deeper and far more convincing rundown (both secular and Christian), click on the following link which contains very revealing quotes and evidence:

"Is History About To Repeat Itself?"


This article was upgraded 23 September 2018.