Revelation 6:12: The Great U.S. Earthquake?

The Apostle John on the Island of Patmos by Hieronymous Boshch (1450-1516 AD): Wikipedia

The Apostle John receiving his vision on the Island of Patmos by Hieronymous Bosch (1450-1516 AD): Wikipedia

I have been doing a study of Revelation 6:12-13, where in his vision of the apocalyptic end times, the Apostle John saw an angel opening the sixth seal:

 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. (Revelation 6:12-13 NASV)

God gave four signs that would show the sixth seal has been opened: (1) The appearance of a “Blood Moon” (Read: Blood moons, a sign of the times?); (2) a Solar eclipse; (3) Stars falling from the sky (read: Is ‘blind luck’ all that is stopping the opening of the Book of Revelation’s sixth seal? )and (4) a great earthquake

In this article, I want to turn our attention to the Apostle John’s vision of a “Great Earthquake.” (more…)

Is ‘blind luck’ all that is stopping the opening of the Book of Revelation’s sixth seal?

According to former Nasa scientists, it's blind luck a populated are of earth hasn't been hit by an asteroid. Photo an asteroid called '243 Ida" taken by the Galileo spacecraft. This asteroid is big enough to have its own moon (right): Wikipedia/Nasa

According to former NASA scientists, it’s blind luck a populated area of earth hasn’t been hit by an asteroid. Photo asteroid ’243 Ida” taken by the Galileo spacecraft. This asteroid is big enough to have its own moon (seen on the right): Wikipedia/NASA

Former NASA physicist and astronaut Ed Lu and astronauts Tom Jones and Bill Anders released information showing that since 2001, there have been 26 known explosions on earth as a direct result of asteroids.

This is upwards of 10 times more strikes than previously thought.

They state it has been “blind luck” that a populated area of the earth has not been hit by an asteroid causing major destruction and death. Asteroids are called mini-planets with some big enough to have their own moons. (more…)

The ‘Spring Citadel’: the beginning and end of David’s kingship

The "Spring Citadel" -- the original Jebusite fortress uncovered: Image Israel Antiquity Authority

The “Spring Citadel” — remains of the original Jebusite fortress uncovered: Image Israel Antiquity Authority

After the death of Saul, David officially became king of Israel. He had been anointed years earlier by the prophet Samuel, but never actually took the throne until much later.

David’s first order as king was to take the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites who occupied the city.

However, the Jebusites were confident of their ability to withstand a frontal assault from David. Obviously, there was some negotiation before the battle as David tried to convince the Jebusites to surrender. (more…)

Can You Trust the Bible?

Hope Mission

Hope Mission

Scholars of the Bible are usually divided into two camps, liberals and conservatives. In the most extreme situations, these two groups despise each other. Conservative scholars generally believe that the Bible is historically accurate, and Liberals generally believe it is not.

Years ago I had an English professor at a university who identified himself as a church-going Christian. When I spoke to him in his office I mentioned that my family also went to church, and he politely asked me what church we attended. When I told him, his tone changed to a sneer, and he said “Oh, so you’re a literalist.” Apparently I was a fool who believed what the Bible said. It felt like I was the target of a racial slur.

That was my introduction to the mean streets of biblical historical criticism. (more…)

Second Chapter of Acts: The “Easter Song”

“The angel up on the tombstone said He has risen just as He said. Quickly now go tell the disciples that Jesus Christ is no longer dead.”

Second Chapter of Acts is one of my favorite Gospel groups. They were prominent during the 70s and 80s. They had a unique style that set them apart from many groups at the time.

There is not a lot of archival video footage of the band, so I was delighted when I came across video of live concert in California from 1987.

The “Easter Song” is one of my favorites by the band.

The group, which disbanded in 1988, is composed of two sisters Annie Herring and Nellie Greisen and brother Mathew Ward.

I wrote a previous article on the group, which you can read here if you are interested in a bit of their history.

Wess Morgan sings “You Paid it All”

Wess Morgan is a relatively unknown gospel singer. He serves as both worship leader and an associate pastor at Celebration of Life Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. His parents Joseph and Yolanda Morgan pastor the church.

As a boy, John Wesley (Wess) Morgan traveled with his parents and two siblings in their singing ministry across the U.S..

However, things began to derail for Wess. He became involved in drugs and alcohol, discovering cocaine at age 15. He ended up in juvenile detention after police charged Wess with armed robbery at age 17 and was again jailed for threatening people with an axe. (more…)

Study shows even casual marijuana use affects the brain

Areas of brain affected by marijuana usage. Image Wikipedia/lecerveau.mcgill.ca

Two areas of brain affected by marijuana usage — n. accumbens and amygdale. Image Wikipedia/lecerveau.mcgill.ca

“The interaction of marijuana with brain development could be a significant problem.” Dr Han Breiter, Professor of Psychiatry and co-study author

A team of researchers has warned that even casual marijuana use can damage the brain.

Previous studies have shown that significant marijuana usage by teens can have a profound impact on the person’s brain even leading to serious mental illnesses such as  schizophrenia.

Now researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Harvard University have found even casual marijuana usage by teens, as little as once a week, can affect their brain. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Neuroscience. (more…)

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