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Why Christianity is the Only True Religion

October 29, 2017 Add Comment
A common question skeptics ask is,
How do you know Christianity is the right religion out of the hundreds of other religions?

Despite the overwhelming evidence for Christianity, most skeptics are not truly interested in an answer. But here's a systematic methodology approach to this question, which proves Christianity is the one true religion.

An important clarification must be made first. There seems to be a popular belief, especially amongst atheists, that all religions are the same foundationally and the differences are only superficial. It’s the popular idea that all religions are different expressions of the same truth and all lead to God somehow.

From a purely rational perspective, nothing could be further from the truth. The five major religions (Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity) are fundamentally different with only superficial similarities. They differ in their teachings on God, Jesus, the Nature of Man, Sin, Salvation, Heaven, Hell, Faith, etc,.. For example, Buddhism is an atheist religion (no god) while Hinduism is a polytheistic religion (many gods) and the other three are monotheistic (one god).

The Law of Non-Contradiction states that contradictory propositions cannot all be true in the same sense and at the same time. Only one religion can be the true one.

1. Does God exist? Atheists and naturalists (who do not accept anything beyond this physical world and universe) say “no.” (See my article on the Cosmological Argument here.) Logical argument, and morality prove God exists - if you still disagree with this, then you are defying the cosmological argument and the basic scientific laws. For example, anything that isn't eternal must have had a first cause. We now know the universe isn't eternal, and therefore it must have been created by an eternal being - which the cosmological argument points to God. This rules out atheists and naturalists.

2. Is the universe eternal? All pantheistic worldviews say that the universe is God and is eternal. Even secular scientists now know the universe isn't eternal, the Big Bang theory also disproves this. In fact, evidence shows the universe isn't even millions of years as non believers claim, but only a few thousand - see Young Earth & Universe Evidence. So this assertion is false. This rules out all pantheistic religions. So, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and all other pantheistic religions are ruled out as valid belief systems.

Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, interestingly enough, are the only core faiths left standing after atheism and pantheism have been eliminated.

3. Is the New Testament true? Islam and Judaism both claim the New Testament of the Bible is untrue in what it claims, and both deny that Jesus is God incarnate, while Christianity affirms both to be true.

There is no faith on the planet that can match the mountains of evidence that exist for Christianity. From the voluminous number of ancient manuscripts, to the very early dating of the documents written during the lifetime of the eyewitnesses (some only 15 years after Christ’s death), to the multiplicity of the accounts (nine authors in 27 books of the New Testament), to the archaeological evidence (Biblical Archeological Discoveries: Top 10—none of which has ever contradicted a single claim the New Testament makes. (See my article: "Is The Bible Reliable?")

A careful comparative analysis of the sacred writings of Hinduism (the Gitas, the Upanishads, etc,), of Islam (the Koran and the Hadith) and of Christianity (the Bible) reveals a startling yet predictable outcome. The only sacred writings that reveal a god that fits EACH AND EVERY ONE of these necessary characteristics is the Bible. Thus, the God of the Bible is a perfect fit for the Cause of the Universe as we observe it.

4. The New Testament’s historical authenticity—that it conveys a truthful account of the actual events as they occurred—is the only right conclusion to reach once all the evidence has been examined. Now, if Jesus is God, then what He says must be true. And if Jesus said that the Bible is inerrant and true in everything it says (which He did), this must mean that the Bible is true in what it proclaim. So anything in the Islamic Koran or writings of Judaism that contradict the Bible cannot be true. In fact, both Islam and Judaism fail since they both say that Jesus is not God incarnate, while the evidence says otherwise. This leaves Christianity.

PLEASE NOTE: We can easily compare Christianity to Islam or Hinduism on MANY other points and we would find that the truthfulness of Christianity far surpasses either of these religions.

Also, whenever an atheist asks you: "How do you know your God is the one true God?" say: "Easy: Out of the 1,000's that exist which one do you focus on with your attacks 99% of the time?"


References:
  • https://www.gotquestions.org/correct-religion.html
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Are there contradictions in the Bible?

October 27, 2017 Add Comment
Many people say that the Bible cannot be trusted because they believe that it contains contradictions. They ask "How can an all knowing, perfect God contradict Himself?" The answer is, He can't. And he doesn't. There are NO contradictions in the Bible. The misunderstanding is due to a lack of study of the scriptures.

Those who make reference to the 'thousands' of contradictions in the Bible are usually unable to name one. Most people simply get their ammunition from these places; they do not find supposed errors on their own. There are also books and websites available that refute every one of these supposed errors.

Most genuine contradictions can be attributed to minor errors in hand copying of individual letters or numbers (eg 2 Ch 36:9 cf 2 Ki 24:8) or to verses being taken out of context (eg Mt 7:8 cf Pr 1:28). Others arise when the same story is told from the perspective of different observers (eg Lk 24:1-2 cf Jn 20:1). These are only “seeming” contradictions, and this is what we would expect. If serial witnesses in court give identical testimonies, one might suspect that the evidence has been fabricated.

Let's take a look at an example of a supposed contradiction: In at least three places in Romans alone the Apostle Paul says that we are saved by faith alone without works (Romans 3:20, 28; 5:1).

But when we turn to James 2:25 we read:
"A man is justified by works, and not by faith only." (James 2:24)
Many verses in the Bible teach that we are justified by faith alone in Christ alone. But James says that faith alone without works is not enough. The key to this verse, and many others, is actually to look at the surrounding words to figure out what each word means. The surroundings make all the difference.

The answer is simple. In Romans, the context is our standing before God, God’s view and verdict upon us. In that sense, God justifies us by our faith, He counts us as righteous because of the faith that He alone can see.

In James, the context is our standing before people, their view and verdict upon us. In that sense, people justify us by works, they conclude we are righteous because of the good works they see in our lives (being unable to see if faith is in our hearts).

You should be able to see just from this one example how supposed contradictions actually confirm the authenticity of the Bible. Do you think if someone went to all the effort to make up the Bible as a fairy tale, they would put in such obvious contradictions? They wouldn't, because any would be carefully edited out in a fake. So apparent contradictions confirm rather than cast doubt on the Bible's authenticity.

Still the fact remains that there is not a single error in the Bible which casts doubt on any significant historical biblical event or doctrine. Whilst accepting that there will always be mysteries, there are reasonable explanations for all the so-called contradictions.

There are viable and intellectually plausible answers to every supposed Bible contradiction and error.

See these links for responses to every supposed contradiction:
  1. https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/scripture-index/
  2. http://defendinginerrancy.com/bible-difficulties/

Time precludes more complex examples here. But time and again, supposed biblical problems fade in light of logic, history, and archaeology. The Bible’s track record under scrutiny argues for its trustworthiness. The saddest thing is that most people who attack the Bible are not truly interested in an answer. Many “Bible attackers” are even aware of these answers, but they continue to use the same old shallow attacks again and again.


References:
  •  http://pjsaunders.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/is-bible-reliable.html
  • http://www.christianity.com/bible/apologetics/the-biggest-contradiction-in-the-bible.html
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Is the Bible reliable?

October 25, 2017 Add Comment
"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." (Psalm 12:6-7)

Many non believers today question the Bible's accuracy. This questioning usually boils down to one of four main questions: Are there errors of fact? Are there errors of verbal transmission? Are there errors of written transmission? Are there contradictions? 
Let's see...

 New Testament

There is more evidence for the Bible’s authenticity than for any literature of antiquity. The New Testament was written in first century A.D. There are some 25,000 early manuscripts in existence, almost 6,000 of which (many being only recognizable fragments) are Greek texts from which the original wording of New Testament books can be determined, and the others being early translations of the Greek New Testament. (Such as another 18,000 other manuscripts in several other languages, e.g., Armenian, Latin Vulgate, Ethiopic, and more). The earliest textual evidence we have was copied not long after the original. The sheer volume of biblical manuscripts makes it possible to recognize any attempts to distort its words. In contrast:

The evidence for just the New Testament's reliability FAR outweighs all the others!

In addition to the many thousands of New Testament manuscripts, there are over 86,000 quotations of the New Testament in the early church fathers. There are also New Testament quotations in thousands of early church Lectionaries (worship books). In fact, there are enough quotations from the early church fathers that even if we did not have a single copy of the Bible, scholars could still reconstruct all but 11 verses of the entire New Testament from material written within 150 to 200 years from the time of Christ!

Entire copies of the New Testament are still in existence from the fourth century (two important ones include Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus). Their contents help us to confirm the earliest wordings in nearly every instance. There are tens of thousands of manuscripts from the New Testament, in part or in whole, dating from the second century A.D. to the late fifteenth century, when the printing press was invented. These manuscripts have been found in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy, making collusion unlikely.

Old Testament

Before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, our earliest Hebrew copy of the Old Testament was the Masoretic text, dating around 800 A.D. The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the twentieth century provided copies of almost every book of the Old Testament from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D. That's about a thousand years earlier (150 B.C.) than the other Old Testament manuscripts then in our possession (which dated to A.D. 900). Despite minor differences, the Old Testament text has remained amazingly intact.

We also have the Septuagint which is a Greek translation of the Old Testament dating in the second century B.C. When we compare these texts which have an 800-1000 years gap between them we are amazed that 95% of the texts are identical with only minor variations and a few discrepancies. The 5 percent of variation consisted chiefly of obvious slips of the pen and variations in spelling. The significant thing is that when one compares the two sets of manuscripts, it is clear that they are essentially the same, with very few changes. The fact that manuscripts separated by a thousand years are essentially the same indicates the incredible accuracy of the Old Testament's manuscript transmission.

This 2,000-year-old scroll (pictured below) has been in the hands of archaeologists for decades. It hasn’t been possible to read it, since it was too dangerous to open the charred and brittle scroll. Scientists have now been able to read it, using special imaging technology that can look into what’s inside. The results? The current manuscripts we have of the book of Leviticus haven't changed in 2,000 years at all! Outside of the Dead Sea Scrolls, this scroll is the oldest fragment of the Bible to be found in modern times.


Another amazing thing to consider, is the fact that the Bible is 66 books! And yet it has complete unity of the overall message despite having so many different authors writing over many centuries on hundreds of controversial subjects - that is unbelievable in itself! The Bible was written over a period of roughly 2,000 years by 40 different authors from three continents, who wrote in three different languages. These facts alone make the Bible one of a kind, but there are many more amazing details that defy natural explanation. 

And what about the contradictions? There are NO contradictions in the Bible. The misunderstanding is due to a lack of study of the scriptures. I've done a whole article on the so-called contradictions, which you can read here.

The funny thing is, those who dismiss the New Testament as reliable information, must also dismiss the reliability of the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Caesar, Homer, and any other historical authors... On the other hand, those who accept the historicity and writings of those other individuals, must also retain the historicity and writings of the New and Old Testament authors; after all, the evidence for the Testaments' reliability FAR outweighs all the others. The Christian has substantially superior criteria for affirming the Old/New Testament documents than he does for any other ancient writing. I believe the real reason for those who have a problem dismissing the Bible, yet no trouble accepting any other ancient source, is not due to one of the above reasons, but for one of five reasons:

1. Hearsay. They have never looked at it but have heard that others reject it.
2. Presuppositions. They believe that miracles cannot happen and because the Bible describes miracles it must therefore be false.
3. Science. They think the Bible makes claims which have been disproved scientifically.
4. Morality. They reject the Bible’s moral teaching especially about sexuality.
5. Personal. They are unwilling to accept the personal implications of the Bible’s teaching. 

Bottom line: the New and Old Testament have an overwhelming amount of evidence supporting their reliability. In fact, the Bible should be enough Christian evidence for anyone since its reliability, alone, defies natural explanation. 

PLEASE NOTE: Even without a knowledge of the above information, the hidden messages/proof in the Bible, and the extraordinary mathematical design of the Bible alone, shows it was inspired by God, and is extremely well preserved.

The Bible’s power rests upon the fact that it is the reliable, errorless, and infallible Word of God. - Chuck Colson


References:
  • http://pjsaunders.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/is-bible-reliable.html
  • http://www.icr.org/bible-manuscripts/
  • http://www.unsealed.org/2017/08/ten-recent-discoveries-that-will-blow.html
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Biblical Archeological Discoveries: Top 10

October 22, 2017 Add Comment
Archaeologists once boasted that the Bible was full of errors because no independent, historic Christian evidence had been found to confirm the Bible’s claims. But a slew of astounding discoveries has put a damper on their boasting. The historical Christian evidence is literally everywhere. Consider just a few of the discoveries that have confirmed biblical accounts:

1. The Tel Dan Stela. In 1993 and 1994, fragments of a stela (inscribed stone) were found at Tel Dan in northern Israel. The stela contained an inscription with references to “Israel” and “the House of David.” ‘King of Israel’ was also on one line. Prior to this discovery, critics had disputed whether the biblical King David actually existed.


2. The Pilate Stone. Many critics dismissed Pontius Pilate as a mythical figure. But in 1961, a block of limestone was discovered in Caesarea, with an inscription that contained the name “Pontius Pilatus” and referred to him as the prefect of Judaea, confirming the biblical record.


3. Abraham's Genealogy. During excavations at Mari, an ancient city on the Euphrates in present-day Syria, an impressive royal palace was discovered, which yielded thousands of inscribed tablets that were once part of a proud royal archive. Modern estimations on Abraham’s chronology fall somewhere between 2000 and 1500 BC: The archive found at Mari was in use from around 2300 to 1760 BC, and the names on these tablets show that the names in Abraham’s genealogy were in use in this area during this time (In the second half of Genesis 11, we have a detailed account of Abraham’s family tree, mentioning dozens of names).


4. Crucified Man Remains found. One tomb contained the bones of two generations of a family who lived in the century before the time of Jesus. One member of that family had been crucified. His bones were discovered in an 18-inch long limestone ossuary (or bone-box), and a seven-inch nail had been driven through the heel bone of his left foot. Fragments of olive wood were found at the point of the nail, revealing the wood of the cross on which he died. It also demonstrates that crucifixion victims were buried, just as the Gospel accounts suggest. This is proof that Jesus died on a Roman cross, or that the method of crucifixion even existed, which had been disputed by many who don't want to believe such a substitutionary death could even take place.


5. The Meesha Stele (846 BC). Popularly known as the Moabite Stone, it records the revolt of Meesha, King of Moab, against Israel. This incredible stele mentions Omri, King of Israel, and David of the United Monarchy. It even refers to Yahweh, the unique name of the God of Israel!

 


6. The Nabonidus Cylinder (550 BC). King Nabonidus of Babylonia left a magnificent cuneiform cylinder (wedge-shaped letters inscribed on a clay cylinder) mentioning his elder son, Belshazzar by name. Critics of the Bible had claimed for many years that the account in the book of Daniel was wrong; they said Belshazzar was never a king in Babylon and that Nabonidus was not his father. The discovery of this cylinder clearly showed that these scholars were dead wrong.


7. Caiaphas & James Ossuary. An ossuary was a box constructed to hold the bones of the dead after decomposition. In 1990 a startling discovery was made that shook biblical scholars and archaeologists alike. In the Peace Forest section of Jerusalem was discovered a burial cave containing twelve ossuaries, one of them being none other than that of Caiaphas, the high priest who presided at the trial of Jesus. This amazing discovery provides us with a powerful historical connection to the events described in the Gospels. This ossuary practice was employed for only a brief period of time from about B.C. 20 to A.D. 70., which alone, confirms the date around Jesus time. What's even more remarkable is a mid first century AD chalk ossuary discovered in 2002 which bears this inscription: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" in the Aramaic script of the time (James the brother of Jesus was martyred in AD 62!). Careful studies, including scrutiny under a scanning electron microscope show the inscription to be genuine.


8. Walls of King Solomon. In the biblical passage found in 1 Kings 9:15 it notes that King Solomon constructed the city wall for the town of Gezer.  Archaeologists working at the site have now identified Solomon's wall, and the photo displayed here shows the remains of the gated portion.


9. Yahweh inscription. An inscription bearing the name "Yahweh," the personal name of God (cf. Exodus 3) - the oldest known inscription of the name, was found written in hieroglyphs and is dated to c. 1400 BC. It was discovered in the temple built by the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Soleb, which is in modern day Sudan. The text refers to a group of wandering followers of Yahweh who are possibly the Israelites; however, this is uncertain at this time.


10. 2 Kings 18:1 reads, "In the third year of King Hoshea son of Eila of Yisrael, Chizkiyahu son of King Achaz of Yehuda became king." Incontrovertible proof of Hezekiah’s reign in the 8th century B.C. was provided when a seal bearing his name was discovered in Jerusalem in December 2015. Dr. Eilat Mazar, the Israeli archaeologist who discovered the seal of Hezekiah in the Ophel excavations and held it in her hands, supported Mykytiuk’s conclusions.


There have been thousands of Bible discoveries; but the wonder of it all is that even with all the overwhelming archaeological evidence, none has ever contradicted a single claim the Old and New Testament makes! See loads more Christian evidence that have been discovered here.

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References:
  • https://listverse.com/2016/11/04/10-archaeological-discoveries-consistent-with-biblical-passages/ 
  • https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2017/March-2017/9-archaeology-finds-that-confirm-the-New-Testament
  • https://biblicalfoundations.weebly.com/bibles-history-archaeology.html
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Israel Significant Dates: Prophesied in the Bible

October 21, 2017 Add Comment
Was May 14, 1948, chosen by God as the exact day in time to resurrect the nation of Israel, or was it just some random date in human history? 
Could it be possible that this exact date was prophesied thousands of years before in Scripture? The amazing answer is YES! It was prophesied down to the very year, and month! Let's see the prophecy...  
"Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year." (Ezekiel 4:4-6)
In this strange prophecy, Ezekiel is commanded to first lay on his left side for 390 days and then on his right side for 40 days, for a total of 430 days, as punishment for the iniquities of the house of Israel. God has appointed each day for a year, so God decreed to Israel a total of 430 years of punishment for her sins against Him. That punishment consisted of physical removal from the land God had promised His people. Israel’s captivity in Babylon was exactly 70 years as prophesied by the prophet Jeremiah, "And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years" (Jeremiah 25:11)

Therefore, the first 70 years of Israel’s punishment was completed when the Babylonian captivity ended. By the decree of King Cyrus, conquerer or Babylon, the Jews were set free from their captivity in the year 538 B.C. 430 years minus the 70 year captivity equals 360 years of remaining punishment to come.

Now, if we combine this with Leviticus 26:23-24, "And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins."

Combined with Leviticus 26, the 360 years of remaining punishment, if multiplied by seven, make a total of 2,520 years. Using the 360-day Hebrew calendar, that totals 907,200 days. When converted to the 365-day calendar, the 2,520 years or 907,200 days becomes 2,485 years and five months.

So starting at 538 years B.C. and adding the remaining punishment, 2 ,485 years and five months to come, you get 1,947 years and five months. There was no year zero, so the year 1,947.5 we call the year 1948.5. So exactly 1,947.5 years after 538 B.C., we come to the date of May 1948!

May is the fifth month of the modern calendar, and on May 14, 1948, Israel arose from the ashes of extinction to become a nation!

Note: Many commentators had difficulty when attempting to apply this specifically to Israel's history. The 360 years did not seem to fit any period of history on their own. Leviticus 26 was the key to this prophecy.

The "Desolations of Jerusalem"

There are actually two different periods that are candidates for this prophecy: Israel becoming a nation, and the "Desolations of Jerusalem." Each of these were prophesied to be seventy years in duration and many assume they are synonymous of each other; however, they are not. The first siege began the countdown to Israel's return as a nation in 538 B.C,. as we saw above, however the third siege of Nebuchad-nezzar, in 587 B.C., began the "Desolations of Jerusalem," which lasted until 518 B.C.

Furthermore, the time span from the rebirth of Israel as a nation in 1948 to the 6 Day War in 1967 is 19 years. The time from the loss of independence in 606 B.C. to the time of the loss of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. was also 19 years. Was the recapture of Jerusalem in 1967 also prophesied?

If 518 B.C. was the completion of the walls of Jerusalem, then adding the same 2,485 years and five months comes to June 1967!

On June 7, 1967, as a result of the Six Day War, the Biblical city of Old Jerusalem was restored to the nation. Another remarkable coincidence!



Not only was Israel becoming a nation prophesied, it was also prophesied down to the very date. And if that wasn't enough proof for you, the recapture of Jerusalem was also prophesied to the very date! Two of Israel's most significant prophecies fulfilled, and predicted by date - thousands of years beforehand! Amazing proof of God!

If you don't know about Israel's two amazing fulfillment of prophecy, see here. 


References:
  • http://mobile.wnd.com/2012/06/author-bible-predicted-date-of-israels-return/#z76Eqd0ApkKYexuB.99
  • http://www.khouse.org/articles/2000/276/
  • http://www.khouse.org/articles/2000/276/
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Young Earth & Universe Evidence

October 19, 2017 3 Comments
No scientific method can prove the age of the universe or the earth. It relies upon our assumptions. Without making assumptions, we must look at the observable evidence. The observable evidence for a young universe is overwhelming, and the evidence is clearly contradicting of the evolutionary age of 14 billion years for the universe, and 4.5 billion years for the solar system. Most of these evidences for younger ages were discovered when creationist scientists started researching things that were supposed to "prove" long ages...

1. Evidence supports that the sun’s power comes from the fusion of hydrogen into helium deep in the sun’s core. And, as the hydrogen fuses, it changes the composition of the sun’s core, gradually increasing the sun’s temperature. However, this means that the earth was colder in the past. In fact, the earth would have been below freezing 3.5 billion years ago, when life supposedly evolved.


2. Radioactive elements in rocks produce a lot of helium as they decay; and this gas quickly slips away into the atmosphere, especially when the rocks are hot. Yet radioactive rocks in the earth’s crust contain a lot of helium. Helium diffuses so rapidly that all the helium should have leaked out in less than 100,000 years. So why are these rocks still full of helium atoms? The only possible explanation: the helium hasn’t had time to escape!


3. The earth’s magnetic field is wearing down so quickly. It could be no more than 20,000 years old. The earth is surrounded by a magnetic field that protects living things from solar radiation. Without it, life could not exist. That’s why scientists were surprised to discover that the field is quickly wearing down. At the current rate, the field and thus the earth could be no older than 20,000 years old.

4. Galaxy Seeds. Scientists believe that, if the Big Bang is true (first, there was nothing, then, BANG, something came into being), then temperature “ripples” should exist in space, and it would be these ripples that enabled matter to collect into galaxies. To discover whether these ripples exist, the Cosmic Background Explorer – COBE – was launched in 1989 to find them, with the findings being released in 1992. What COBE found was perfect/precise ripples that, sure enough, enable galaxies to form. So critical and spectacular was this finding that the NASA lead for COBE, said, “If you’re religious, it’s like looking at God.”


5. Fossil radioactivity shortens geologic "ages" to a few years. Radiohalos are rings of color formed around microscopic bits of radioactive minerals in rock crystals. They are fossil evidence of radioactive decay. "Squashed" Polonium-210 radiohalos indicate that Jurassic, Triassic, and Eocene formations in the Colorado plateau were deposited within months of one another, not hundreds of millions of years apart as required by the conventional time scale. "Orphan" Polonium-218 radiohalos, having no evidence of their mother elements, imply accelerated nuclear decay and very rapid formation of associated minerals.


6. There is evidence of recent volcanic activity on Earth’s moon. This contradicts the supposed vast age - it should have long since cooled if it were billions of years old!


7. Lazarus bacteria. Bacteria which were revived from salt inclusions, supposedly 250 million years old! Perhaps because the salt is much younger...


8. The decay in the human genome. Due to multiple slightly harmful mutations added, each generation is consistent with an origin several thousand years ago.


9. Measured rates of stalactite and stalagmite growth in limestone caves are consistent with an age of several thousand years.


10. Presence of magnetic fields on Uranus and Neptune. These magnetic fields should be “dead” according to evolutionary long-age beliefs. By assuming a solar system age of thousands of years, physicist Russell Humphreys accurately predicted the strengths of the magnetic fields of Uranus and Neptune.


11. There's methane on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon! It should all be gone in just 10,000 years because of UV-induced breakdown to ethane. And the large quantities of ethane are not there either...


12. Speedy stars are consistent with a young age for the universe. For example, many stars in the dwarf galaxies in the Local Group are moving away from each other at speeds of 10–12 km/s. At these speeds, the stars should have dispersed in 100 million years, which, compared with the supposed 14 billion-year age of the universe, is a short time.


13. The amount of lead in zircons from deep drill cores vs. shallow ones is similar. But there should be less in the deep ones due to the higher heat causing higher diffusion rates over the long ages supposed. If the ages are only thousands of years, this would explain the similarity.

14. Galaxies wind themselves up too fast. The stars of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, rotate about the galactic center with different speeds, the inner ones rotating faster than the outer ones. The observed rotation speeds are so fast that if our galaxy were more than a few hundred million years old, it would be a featureless disc of stars instead of its present spiral shape.Yet our galaxy is supposed to be at least 10 billion years old. Evolutionists call this "the winding-up dilemma," which they have known about for fifty years. The same "winding-up" dilemma also applies to other galaxies. They have devised many theories to try to explain it, each one failing after a brief period of popularity.


15. Too few supernova remnants. Galaxies like our own experience about one supernova (a violently-exploding star) every 25 years. The gas and dust remnants from such explosions expand outward rapidly and should remain visible for over amillion years. Yet the nearby parts of our galaxy in which we could observe such gas and dust shells contain only about 200 supernova remnants. That number is consistent with only about 7,000 years worth of supernovas.


16. Not enough mud on the sea floor. Each year, water and winds erode about 20 billion tons of dirt and rock from the continents and deposit it in the ocean. According to secular scientific literature, that process presently removes only 1 billion tons per year. As far as anyone knows, the other 19 billion tons per year simply accumulate. At that rate, erosion would deposit the present mass of sediment in less than 12 million years. Yet according to evolutionary theory, erosion and plate subduction have been going on as long as the oceans have existed, an alleged three billion years. If that were so, the rates above imply that the oceans would be massively choked with sediment dozens of kilometers deep.


17. Not enough sodium in the sea. Every year, rivers and other sources dump over 450 million tons of sodium into the ocean. Only 27% of this sodium manages to get back out of the sea each year. As far as anyone knows, the remainder simply accumulates in the ocean. If the sea had no sodium to start with, it would have accumulated its present amount in less than million years at today's input and output rates.This is much less than the evolutionary age of the ocean, three billion years.


The list goes on... Note: There are hundreds more evidence for a young universe, I have only selected a few examples!

These bring into question the vast ages claimed. Evolutionists reject these evidences because it doesn't fit their theory. They are bias, and will do anything they can to deny an almighty creator. This is scientific evidence for creation, so just ignore those evolutionists who say, 'There's no scientific evidence for God'. I've just showed you far more scientific evidence than evolution can offer, and a better question is, "Where's the scientific evidence for evolution?" No transitional fossils, never been observed. Just a myth. The universe and the earth are young!

See the overwhelming evidence for the global flood here!


References:
  • http://www.icr.org/article/evidence-for-young-world/
  • https://creation.com/young-universe-evidence
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As in the Days of Noah: Warnings for Today

October 17, 2017 1 Comment
We look at the deteriorating moral values in our nation–the divorce rate, abortion, pornography, drug addiction and child abuse. We witness what has transpired in the homosexual community. We are shocked at the violent crimes, the drive-by shootings and the terrorism that plagues our world. What is the world coming to?
"As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be." (Matthew 24:37)

What was it like in the days of Noah?

Compare the days of Noah with our modern times today and you'll notice the striking parallels: (Noah's day vs Today)

1. Oblivious to the signs. Jesus pointed out in Matthew 24:38-39, "For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that [Noah] entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be." The people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage - totally oblivious to the coming judgment of God. It was pretty much business as usual. There was no awareness that the judgment of God was about to fall upon them. They did not realize anything was wrong until Noah went into the ark and the rain began to fall. People today do not realize how ripe the world is for judgment. We see a worldwide financial crisis, disasters, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods, famines and the AIDS epidemic. But try to suggest to a worldly person that these indicate the beginning of sorrows and God’s judgment, and they will laugh at you.

2. Great wickedness and evilness. Genesis 6:5 tells us, “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” As we look at our world today, we see the parallel–the movie industry corrupting our values, television defiling our homes, children’s video games teaching violence–all these are polluting people’s minds until the thoughts and the imagination of man’s heart is continually evil. Some of the major acts of evil we have seen in headlines just recently; 
  • Senseless murder. Two teenagers killed a man just to know what it was like to kill a person.
  • People enter public places to gun down and blow up innocent people. 
  • Terrorists ramming a van into crowds of tourists. 
  • Sexual immorality. Young women are kidnapped daily and used as sex slaves all around the world. Premarital sex is encouraged, and same-sex relationships are not just approved of but glorified in the news. 
  • Sexual and violent entertainment. Movies and video games viewed and played by millions are violent and often pornographic. Celebrities—widely followed by impressionable, young people—dress and perform lewd acts in music videos and on television. 
  • Theft. All around the globe hackers steal people’s identities and rob them every day.
The list goes on... 

3. Corruption and violence. We read in Genesis 6:11 that “the earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” Pick up the newspaper and you will see the hostility that fills the earth. Our nation’s morality has sunk extremely low! More murder, more armed conflicts, and more terrorism than ever before. Wars in the past 90 years killed more people than during the previous 500 years combined! An estimated 203 million people were killed by wars just in the 20th century. Just in the last decade, war has claimed the lives of an estimated 2 million children and has disabled another 4 to 5 million children. But what's even more shocking is that in just this past year alone, nearly as many children were murdered via abortion as the total number of people who died in all of World War II combined!

4. Contact with spiritual world. Genesis 6:1-2 reads, "When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose." Here's a strange event in Noah's day. The Bible says that the ‘sons of God’ married the ‘daughters of men’! The ‘sons of God’ is a term used to denote angels, so the chapter starts with the dramatic increase and contact between the human and spirit worlds. In other words we should expect to see a dramatic increase in the contact between humans and the spirit world as the time of Jesus’ return draws closer. Which is exactly what we see taking place already, whether it is through the increased use of spirit guides, alien encounters, or open satanic worship. If you have read anything of those who are allegedly in contact with the ‘aliens’ and ‘spirit guides’ you will notice the same claims coming through that these beings are going to show themselves physically to those on earth soon.

5. Playing God (Genetic manipulation and cloning etc.). Genesis 6:4 says, "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown." We read in verse 4 that the Nephilim were on the earth in those days… and not only then because we read, ‘and also afterward’. The word ‘Nephilim’ means ‘fallen ones’ and they were the giants, men of renown, who were the offspring of the fallen angels and women as mentioned above. It was Satan’s attempt to pervert God’s plan of having the Messiah come from the seed of a woman (Gen 3:15 ). Satan's demons could have selected and indwelt certain men and women, and performed selective breeding experiments to produce over the generations a race of giants. This corruption of the human race was the main reason for the flood, and it is happening again. This time it is humans initiating the corruption through cloning and DNA manipulation. There very well may be good intentions involved but you cannot help but think where it will all end when a sinful fallen race decides to play God. The creation of hybrids and chimeras, a sickening violation of God's created kinds (Genesis 1:20-25, 6:1-4). With genetic breakthroughs like CRISPR, mankind has begun playing god with wanton and arrogant abandonment - manipulating and hybridizing species in a way God never intended. Geneticists are even on the verge of creating brand new life forms. God stepped in (in a big way!) to put a stop to the corruption in the time of Noah and God will put a stop to it again. Obviously we cannot speak with certainty about the 'giants' of Noah's time, for the Bible gives little detail. But, if today animal genes can be inserted into human DNA, could it not have been accomplished by malevolent spiritual beings bent on destruction of the "image of God"?


6. Mockers and scoffers. 2 Peter 3:3-7 reads, "Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly." Unbelievers and Christians-in-name-only are mocking both the Flood and the rapture and arguing that the Flood never happened. This scoffing only began in the 19th century. Before that, most men in the West believed in divine creation. Anyone who believes in the global flood today is ridiculed by Darwinian evolutionists as if they believed in a flat earth. As for the rapture, the world today laughs at the doctrine of Christ’s return. Even a large number of professing Christians do not believe that His coming is imminent. They have spiritualized the prophecies, so they don’t believe in a literal fulfillment of the book of Revelation. These have only taken place within the past century!


7. No respect for life. We read in Genesis 9:5-6, God addressing Noah and his sons, “Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man” God reinforced the special significance and sanctity of human life after the flood. Before the flood in Noah’s day, there was flagrant disregard for human life. I don't think I need to show you anymore examples to see our growing culture of flagrant disregard for human life in today's world...

Check out these other interesting Noah related events which seem to be God trying to get our attention. These could just be coincidences, or another fulfillment of 'As in the days of Noah'...

1. "Noah" is the most popular baby name in the United States for the fourth or fifth year in a row. Noah! Is that really just a coincidence?


2. The rainbow is back. Synonymous with the days of Noah is the rainbow. God described the rainbow in Genesis 9:13-17 as a sign that He would never again destroy all life on the earth with a Flood. Yet we know from 2 Peter 3 that another global cataclysm will come, but this time by fire - and the world is willfully ignorant. It is also interesting that it is the LGBT movement that has stolen the rainbow for their own use. The Apostle Paul uses homosexuality as an example of why God's wrath is coming (Romans 1:18-32).


3. For the first time in human history, full-scale replicas of Noah's Ark have been built. And we're not just talking one replica, but three. There is now a witness to the reality of Noah's Ark and the global Flood in Asia, Europe, and North America. It has been roughly 4,300 years since the Flood and now for the first time ever, just this past decade, there are full-scale replicas of the ark - and you mean to tell me this doesn't mean anything?


4. The terrorist organization, Hamas, has killed hundreds of Israeli citizens, as well as Americans, since 1987. "Hamas" is actually the same word used in Genesis 6:11 and Genesis 6:13 to describe the violence that was on the earth shortly before the Flood came. Is that just coincidence? Look at the Hebrew interlinear below!


The parallels are astounding, and there is no doubt that God's judgment is not far off. So let us pray that God will draw our hearts unto the things of the Spirit and free us from the bondage of corruption that holds the world in its grip.


References:
  • http://www.jesusplusnothing.com/studies/online/daysofnoah.htm
  • http://www.unsealed.org/2017/07/as-it-was-in-days-of-noah.html
  • http://www.icr.org/article/540/ 
  • https://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/end-times/as-in-the-days-of-noah/
  •  https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/february-2009/as-in-the-days-of-noah/
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Inspiration of The Bible: More Incredible Proof

October 14, 2017 Add Comment
God said His Word is perfect and He would preserve it...
"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." (Psalm 12:6-7)
God said His Word cannot be broken...
"...Scripture cannot be broken..." (John 10:35)
God says the scriptures are perfect and that he supernaturally preserves his word. Let's look at some more evidence...


1. 144,000 who go before Jesus -- The verse at Revelation 14:3 tells of the 144,000 who will be purchased from the earth at the Lord's return but it is the next verse that's more important and describes who these 144,000 are. Is it coincidence the verse is Revelation 14:4 (144) whose verse number matches those who it describes? This might be chance except all the other examples tell us this is most likely by design.

2. 1260 days, (3 1/2 years, 42 months time) of the Lord's Return -- Interesting that two verses that predict the Lord's return in 1260 days have verse reference numbers confirming and highlighting the text -- Rev 12:6 (126) "Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she *had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days (1260 days)." and in Dan 12:6 (126) ... "How long {will it be} until the end of {these} wonders?" and the man replied in v7 ...I heard the man dressed in linen...that it would be for a time, times, and half a time (1260 days)....

3. The 24,000th verse highlights the DAY of the Lord-- at intersections of 4 references to number 24s about the Day of the Lord -- Matthew 24:42 is about the Day of the Lord. It is the 24th chapter, it's about the DAY (24 hours) of the Lord; and the 42nd verse (reverse of 24) is the key verse to watch out for we don't know when this DAY will occur. These three references to things related to 24 are all found in the 24,000th verse of the Bible! Now that just blows my mind! Mathematics shows it's statistically impossible for this to be chance occurrence (calculated at billions to one could not be coincidence).

4. 17s and the flood--The rain began on the 17th; the ark rose on the 17th; and rested on the 17th; Jesus ascended on the 17th--As an example of how so many flood related verses are associated with 17 note how - Genesis 7:11 (17) tells of the rain beginning is the 171th verse in the 7th chapter.

5. 69 weeks of prophecy (7 and 62 weeks) confirmed by numbers -- In the 276th verse of the book of Daniel it is prophesied there will be 7 weeks and 62 weeks until the messiah arrives -- a total of 69 weeks. Daniel 9:25 is the 276th verse in the book of Daniel and this cross book verse number contains the same digits 7 and 62 that are found in the text.

6. The 70 weeks prophecy found in the 770th chapter - Jeremiah 25 is the 770th chapter of the Bible and the entire chapter is centered around the famous 70 week prophecy. Verses 11 and 12 specifically mention the 70 weeks.--Jer 25:11-12.

7. The 7200th Bible verse - Number 72 is a number that speaks of witnesses for Jesus, in fact, 144 (as in the 144,000 witnesses) is two times 72. We see this in Luke 9:54 and 10:1 where James and John are sent out and 70 others are sent as well (for a total of 72). In the 7200th verse of the Bible which is also the 72nd verse of the Book of Ruth -- verse 4:9 which says... Boaz said to the elders and all the people, "You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon". Think it is coincidence this is the 7200th verse of the Bible and the 72nd verse of Ruth mentioning being a witness (2x72 (witness)=144)? Consider also; this is in the 236th Bible chapter and 2x36=72; chapter and verse 4:9 also multiply to 36 which is a factor of 72 (2x36). How do all these numbers line up so perfectly?

8. The 500th Bible chapter - Psalm 22 is the 500th Bible chapter that reveals Jesus speaking from the Cross - This well known Psalm tells of Jesus dying on the Cross for our sins. As tragic as it seems, it is a day of Jubilee for all believers - Jesus act of giving his life, paid all our debts and released us from bondage if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The Bible says that number 50 is a number of Jubilee that tells of the law that all debts are to be forgiven on the 50th year anniversary. 500 is an intense form of the number 50 thus pointing out with the cross bible chapter number that Jesus has freed us through his action on the cross. Leviticus 25:10 tells us about Jubilee - 'You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family.

9. The 1000th chapter - John 3, home of John 3:16 and the chapter some consider to be the most important chapter of the Bible. Number 1000 is God's number of perfection (Josephus) - how did this special chapter end up at this very special 1000th position?

10. Psalm 118. The very center of the Bible when measured by chapter count is Psalms 118. Guess what? The longest chapter of the Bible falls just after this center chapter-- Psalm 119, and the shortest chapter of the Bible falls just after this center chapter-- Psalm 117! There are exactly 594 chapters before Psalm 118, and exactly 594 chapters after it. When you add the number of chapters before Psalms 118 and those after, the sum is (594 + 594 = 1,118). And the verse at the VERY CENTER of the Bible is Psalms 118:8. (Psalm 118:8 - "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.") Unbelievable!

But here is the wonder of it all: 40 authors wrote the Bible over a period of 1,500 years! When the 66 books of the Bible with their 1,189 chapters made up of 31,173 verses are brought together (KJV), we find perfect harmony in the message they convey. These Bible discoveries have so far been rejected because it is humanly impossible to be... that's the point. God has somehow had his hand on creating a perfect and divinely structured Bible. This includes the number and order of every book, chapter and verse and well as all the text and even every list in the Bible.

For more of these amazing Bible facts that prove God see here.


References:
  • http://www.amazingword.com/Page_ProofForBibleInspiration.html
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Ancient Israel & America: Uncanny Link

October 11, 2017 1 Comment
America is linked to Israel, both physically and spiritually. Supporting its national identity, in one form or another, consciously or unconsciously, from the time of its inception onward. It is clearly evident at the time of American independence when Benjamin Franklin proposed that the new nation's Great Seal should feature the image of Moses parting the Red Sea, while Thomas Jefferson proposed that of the Israelites journeying through the wilderness. The connection is unique, deep, and intrinsic. The pattern of ancient Israel is embedded in the DNA of American civilization. Even the name, JerUSAlem, has America engraved in it. Those who laid America’s foundations saw it as a new Israel, an Israel of the New World.

Compare the Lord's rebuke of ancient Israel with modern America today and you'll notice the striking similarities:

1. Like modern America, ancient Israel abandoned God for pagan religious practices: "They are full of  superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and embrace pagan customs." (Isaiah 2:6)

2. Like modern America, ancient Israel had not only embraced sexual immorality, but the Jews proudly displayed their perversion in the public square: "They parade their sin like Sodom and do not hide it." (Isaiah 3:9)

3. And like modern America, ancient Israel became a violent nation under the control of clueless and morally bankrupt leaders: "Youths oppress my people; women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path." (Isaiah 3:12)

4. And of course, like modern America today, ancient Israel had a dearth of true faith but no shortage of religion: "Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New moons, Sabbaths and convocations--I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts, my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them." (Isaiah 1:13-14)


Based on Isaiah 9:10, “The bricks have fallen, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will plant cedars in their place,” the northern 10 Tribes of Israel refused to repent after they were struck by the Assyrians - which was a warning from the Lord. Instead of listening to the alarm, of turning back, and humbling themselves in repentance, they boasted of their resolve, that they would rebuild stronger and better than before. They ignored the warning and rejected the call to return. They defied it. Sadly, their defiance led to the nation’s total destruction years later. The ancient prophecy forms the key to the nine harbingers of judgment, which are given to a nation in danger of judgment – each of which have reappeared on American soil – marking America as the nation in danger of judgment.

Before God judges a nation, He sends warning. He sent warning to ancient Israel. This is where we can clearly see the unbelievable link between these two countries, with the attacks of 9/11! The attack were a warning, and like ancient Israel, if the nation ignores God’s warning there will be dire consequences. There were nine harbingers (warning signs) that happened after the first attack when ancient Israel, refused to return to God. These same nine harbingers have been taking place with America since the first warning attack - 9/11! It is clear that these signs are warnings for America in the end times!


“The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.” (Isaiah 9:10)

Let's see the unbelievable link this verse has with the attack of 9/11 in America, and the attack on ancient Israel described in Isaiah 9:10. Compare the nine harbingers Israel faced with America, and see the uncanny link! (ancient Israel's prophecy in red and America's in blue)

First Harbinger: The Breach. In 732 B.C., the hedge of protection was removed and Israel’s enemies invade the land and wreak havoc. The calamity traumatizes the nation but it takes place on a limited scale, as with 9/11. The warning is the removal of the hedge. On September 11, 2001, America’s hedge of protection was removed – the breach of America’s security, and was a sign that God has lifted His protective hand.

Second Harbinger: The Terrorist. It was the dark shadow of Assyrian terror that loomed over the kingdom of Israel. The danger against which the prophets had warned. And when, years later, Israel’s final judgment came, the Assyrians would again be the means through which it would happen. So, too, the attack on America is carried out by terrorists. The Assyrians were a Semitic people, children of the Middle East. So too were the terrorists of 9/11.
  

Third Harbinger: The Fallen Bricks. The most visible signs of the attack on ancient Israel were that of the fallen buildings and the ruin heaps of fallen bricks.  The third harbinger is the sign of the fallen bricks of the fallen buildings. On Sept 11, 2001, Americans were confronted with the same sign, fallen bricks of the fallen buildings of the wreckage of Ground Zero. America was not turning back to God. It was a short-lived spiritual revival that never came.  


Fourth Harbinger: The Tower. Israel defiantly began rebuilding on the devastated ground, vowing to rebuild higher and stronger. So, too, in the wake of 9/11, American leaders vowed to rebuild at Ground Zero higher and stronger – the Tower begins to rise at Ground Zero. Those involved act unwittingly. 


Fifth Harbinger: The Gazit Stone. We will rebuild with hewn stone - The Israelites carve out quarried stone from mountain rock and bring it back to the ground of destruction where clay bricks once stood. There have been many plans made to rebuild the twin towers bigger and better and a large “hewn stone” was actually quarried out of the Adirondack Mountains in New York and brought to Ground Zero as a cornerstone. Three years after 9/11, the stone is quarried out of the mountain rock of New York. This massive stone was brought back to Ground Zero. In ancient Israel this stone became a misplaced embodiment of the nation’s confidence in its own power. So too the massive stone at Ground Zero became the symbolic cornerstone of the rebuilding. Public ceremonies accompanied the stone placement. Plans to rebuild Ground Zero would be frustrated for years.  Eventually they would remove the stone from GZ altogether. 


Sixth Harbinger: The Sycamore. The Sycamores have been cut down - The attack on ancient Israel resulted in the striking down of the sycamore tree, a biblical sign of national judgment. The fallen sycamore is a sign of uprooting, a warning and, in ignoring the warning, it becomes a prophecy of judgment. On 9/11, as the North Tower fell it sent debris and wreckage which struck and uprooted an object – a 100 year old sycamore tree growing at Ground Zero.  The tree was made into a symbol and named The Sycamore of Ground Zero. When it fell in ancient Israel it prophesied the nation’s downfall and the end of its kingdom. What happens to America depends on if the warning is heeded.


Seventh Harbinger: The Erez Tree. But we will plant cedars in their place - In their defiance of God, the Israelites replace the fallen sycamore with a Cedar tree.  The cedar, being stronger than the sycamore becomes a symbol of the nation’s arrogant hope that it will emerge from the crisis stronger than before. The English name for this tree is “Cedar,” but the Hebrew word is “Erez.” Erez stands not only for cedar but for a conifer tree of the panacea family.  In November of 2003, a tree was lowered at the corner of Ground Zero into the soil where the fallen sycamore once stood. The tree was a conifer, a panacea tree, the biblical Erez! A ceremony was held around the tree and it, too, became a symbol – entitled The Tree of Hope.  There is always hope.  A nation’s true hope is found only in returning to God. 


Eighth Harbinger: The Utterance. The Eighth Harbinger was the public speaking of the ancient vow of defiance. For this harbinger to manifest, the vow would have to be spoken in the nation’s capital by a national leader, as it had been in ancient Israel. On Sept 11, 2004, every object mentioned in the prophecy of Isa 9:10 had manifested. The public utterance of the prophecy had to take place publicly, which happened on Sept 11, 2004 when VP candidate John Edwards, giving a speech in the capital city, quoted this exact scripture word for word in Wash., DC. Without realizing it, he was joining the two nations together and, without realizing it, pronouncing judgment on America. The ancient and the modern were bound together. 


Ninth Harbinger: The Prophecy. The Ninth Harbinger is the proclaiming of the ancient vow as prophecy, as a matter of public record, and spoken before the words come true. On Sept 12, 2001, the day after 9/11,  America issues its official response to the attack. The one in charge of issuing the response was Tom Daschle, Senate Majority Leader. As he closes his speech he makes a declaration – he proclaims the ancient vow of defiance, word for word, to the world. By doing so he prophesies the nation’s future course, all of which comes to pass. Daschle said: “America will emerge from this tragedy as we have emerged from all adversity – united and strong. Nothing … nothing can replace the losses of those who have suffered. I know there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that speaks to all of us at times like this.” He then went on to read Isaiah 9:10.

Daschle has no idea what he is doing here. He thinks he’s offering comforting words to a grief-stricken people, but he is actually embracing the spiritually defiant and arrogant words of the children of Israel, proclaiming the ancient and ominous vow of the leaders of that nation. He doesn’t realize it, but he is actually inviting more judgment on the nation.”

The prophecy, in its context, concerned ancient Israel. But as a template of judgment, as a sign, it now concerns America. It was given to ancient Israel as warning of judgement, and it's about ancient Israel, but now it's reappearing as a sign of warning to America! And as we saw above, the fact that America bears such a deep connection to ancient Israel makes it all the more striking and fitting for the same signs used to warn Israel of judgement.

What's even more remarkable is that the editors of “The One-Year Bible,” which has 365 days of Scripture readings, had decided to include that verse in the Sept. 11 reading. Isaiah 9:10 was included that day in every version for the 16 years prior to 9/11. Since 1985, millions of Americans had been reading this verse on Sept. 11 for 16 years before 2001!


The link between America, and the harbingers for ancient Israel, was only discovered in 2005 by Jonathan Cahn! Amazingly, by 2004, these events had all happened with an unseen hand, and people acted unwittingly in the unfolding of this prophecy. Unbelievable proof of God!

The warnings, the signs, the harbingers, and manifestations of national judgement are sent - another one of which is the sign of the Shemitah. The sign of the Shemitah was another warning of judgement that was used to warn ancient Israel, amazingly, this same warning of the Shemitah has manifested in America as well! 

You can read the other warning of judgement, the sign of the Shemitah, here!

The US and North Korea are absent from the Book of Revelation implying the two nations will be decimated before the apocalypse strikes. I believe these warning signs for America, are a warning of the coming judgement for America, and in relation to why America is not mentioned in the end times.


References: 
  • http://www1.cbn.com/700club/jonathan-cahn-harbinger
  • http://mobile.wnd.com/2012/06/obama-fulfills-isaiah-910-prophecy-again/#ML1RRHF0QzJ3A6Pf.99
  • http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/isaiah-910-linked-with-911-in-1985/#SzcMMcgd3EUkpp90.99
  • http://whygodreallyexists.com/archives/the-9-harbingers-of-ancient-israel-apply-to-america-today-phyllis-cheslock
  • The Harbinger (Book), By Jonathan Cahn
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