August 2017 - Christian Evidence

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Signs of the Times (Matthew 24)

August 30, 2017 Add Comment
In His ministry Jesus had rebuked the religious leaders, for not "discerning" the signs of the times. Will we make the same mistake? 


"As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives,the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” "Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many." (Matthew 24:3-14)
In every century since the first there have been imposters who have claimed to be sent from God, and the 20th and 21st century has had its share. Especially in the last century.

"You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come."
Since 9/11 the world has continually been subjected to "wars and rumours of wars" The United States has invaded both Afghanistan, Iraq; various nations have invaded countries in Africa. Indonesia invaded the Aceh Province, while Australia invaded The Solomon Islands. There are many more of these activities which constitute a global "Wars and Rumors of Wars". Almost daily, we have heard such "Wars" and "Rumors of Wars".

"Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom."

The twentieth century has had two world wars, the worst in history. Regional wars that have occurred between North and South Korea, Viet Nam, and Iran and Iraq and elsewhere, also fulfilling his predictions that kingdom would come against kingdom.

"There will be famines and earthquakes in various places."
In the year 1970 when there were 4,139 recorded earthquakes. Then in 1980 there were 7,348 and in 1990 there were 16,612, more than double the amount in year 1980 and four times the amount in 1970. In 2000 there were 22,256 recorded quakes. The trend has increased dramatically since the start of the 20th century.

"All these are the beginning of birth pains."
As a woman is ready to give birth, the labor pains get closer and closer together. That's what we are seeing these days - the events are getting closer together. For example just 20 years ago, there would be an event every few months or so, maybe once a year. Now, it just seems like every week there are things happening that remind us that Bible prophecy is being fulfilled and Christ is coming.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me."
Christ’s followers have been killed for their faith in the last century than in most of the previous centuries combined. The global evangelism movement reports an average of 165,000 martyrs a year, more than four times the number in the past century.

"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."

Today the Bible is available in thousands of languages, satellites broadcast Christian programming throughout the world, by radio, TV, the Internet, satellite, and every day, missionaries carry the gospel to people who have never heard it before. The gospel wasn’t always so widespread. Even after 1,500 years of Christianity, the message of Jesus was largely confined to the European continent. But today, the gospel is preached in every nation. Our generation is literally on the verge of spreading the gospel to every last person on earth.

I think these should produce Christians an urgency to share their faith. These prophecies written in the Bible thousands of years ago are being fulfilled today. There is no doubt we are living in the end times.

See more end time signs, here.
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Global Flood Evidence in the Fossil Record

August 29, 2017 Add Comment
If Noah's flood really happened, then we should expect to see evidence of it in the fossil record, and that's exactly what we find...

1) Fossils such as fish eating or giving birth appear to have been frozen in time without warning.


2) Fossilized jellyfish must have been rapidly buried because their soft bodies float and decay within hours of death. There are millions of fossilized jellyfish.


3) It is not possible for trees to remain vertical for thousands of years while layers form around them. Yet we see thousands of them.


4) We find fossils of sea creatures in rock layers that cover all the continents (more than a mile above sea level) contain marine fossils. Fossilized shellfish are even found in the Himalayas...


5) Water current indicators (such as ripple marks) preserved in rock layers show that water currents were consistently flowing from northeast to southwest across all of North and South America supposedly for "300 million years” Impossible! The only way this could occur is over a few weeks during a global Flood.


6) Rocks do not normally bend; they break because they are hard and brittle. But in many places we find whole sequences of strata that were bent without fracturing, indicating that all the rock layers were rapidly deposited and folded while still wet and pliable before final hardening.


7) We find evidence of rapid erosion, or even of no erosion, between rock layers. Flat, knife-edge boundaries between rock layers indicate continuous deposition of one layer after another, with no time for erosion. For example, there is no evidence of any “missing” millions of years (of erosion) in any rock layers.


8) The sheer size and extent of the layers tells us that they could not have been formed by rivers, nor river deltas. That's because many of the "layers" are quite thick and cover literally thousands of square miles. One example is the Coconino Sandstone, this sandstone is conservatively estimated at 10,000 cubic miles (41,700 cubic kilometres). That’s a lot of sand!

9) A thorough research into the fossilized trackways (footprints in sandstones) showed that all but one had to have been made by animals moving up cross bed slopes. Furthermore, these tracks often show that the animals were moving in one direction while their feet were pointing in a different direction. It would appear that the animals were walking in a current of water, not air. Other trackways start or stop abruptly, with no sign that the animals’ missing tracks were covered by some disturbance such as shifting sediments. It appears that these animals simply swam away from the sediment. Many of the tracks have characteristics that are ‘just about impossible’ to explain unless the animals were moving underwater.


10) All fossils, including those in the lowest layers, appear abruptly and fully formed, showing no sign of evolution.

11) The evolutionary "ancestor" should be at the lowest strata level if evolution was such a thing. However, many times the evolutionary “ancestor” is found in higher strata.


12) What happens to a fish when it dies? It either floats to the surface or sinks to the bottom where it decays and is eaten by scavengers. Yet many fish fossils are so exquisitely preserved that even the scales and organs are preserved. Obviously there was no time for decay and bacterial action. Experiments with fresh dead fish have shown that dead fish in water will disintegrate and their skeletons will fall apart in less than one week! The abundant remains of intact fossil fish skeletons indicate rapid burial sufficiently deep to prevent oxidation, bacterial decay, and breakage due to feeding by other animals.


13) Massive graveyards of thousands and even millions of fish, dinosaurs, and mammals are seen in North America, Europe, and Africa. The same is true of plants. These sites reveal the following information:
  1. The burial of great quantities of animals together. 
  2. Rapid burial and excellent preservation. 
  3. The presence of species now limited to different continents. 
  4. The position of mammals that suggest death by drowning. Geological processes as seen in the modern world cannot account for such unusual conditions. 

14) How about the mixing of widely diverse animals from different geographical areas and habitats? Open ocean fish, bottom dwelling fish, freshwater fish, and sharks along with plants are all mixed together. How could such unusual mixtures be brought together and buried except by unusual catastrophic transport by water?


15) Stones that are rolled around by waves or currents become rounded and are called wash rock (also called conglomerate). Conglomerate beds are common all over the world. However, no similar deposits of this extent are being produced in the world today...?


16) Even most volcanic mountains with their pillow lavas seem largely to have been formed when under water. On Mount Ararat, for example, pillow lava is found at the 14,000 foot level!


Evolutionists have difficulty explaining away these evidences for Noah's flood. In fact, Peter actually told the early Christians that in the last days people would scoff at the idea of a global flood and be willingly ignorant of it - implying that the biblical flood and its evidence is known of, but rejected and ignored. That's exactly what evolutionists do.
"There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of... the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished." (2 Pet. 3:3-6) 

References:
  • https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/what-are-some-of-the-best-flood-evidences/
  • https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/global/worldwide-flood-evidence/
  • https://creation.com/startling-evidence-for-noahs-flood
  • https://www.icr.org/article/504
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