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Smelling just got complicated & that speaks of design

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner the smells of roasting turkey and pies will soon be wafting through many of our homes. And for those wanting to know how your sense of smell works, Creation Moments says it is much more complicated than previously thought.

Has Jesus’ childhood home in Nazareth been discovered?

Some are suggesting that an ancient stone house located beneath the Sisters of Nazareth Convent in Nazareth may actually be the house that Jesus grew up in. In his book, The Sisters of Nazareth Convent: A Roman-period, Byzantine and Crusader site in central Nazareth, Professor Ken Dark, an archaeologist at the University of Reading, states that there is evidence that the home partially carved into the side of a limestone hill was constructed in the first century or earlier and was revered by early believers. A group of archaeologists had been working at the site since 2006. The property was donated to the Sister of Nazareth Convent in the 19th century, and led to the construction of their convent. But prior to this, the archaeologists discovered that previous churches had been built at the site. A Byzantine cave church had been built into the hill beside the first-century house in the fourth century. The larger cave church had mosaics and a large marble screen common to Byzantine churches of the day. There is also evidence …

Communist China proposes world tracking system

Taking a page out of the Book of Revelation, Communist China’s tyrant for life, Xi Jinping, is proposing the world embrace a system using QR codes that would track every citizen of the world. He made the recommendation during a recent virtual meeting of the G20. His justification for this is to keep tabs on the spread of the COVID-1984 virus that originated in China. China has been using the system, that tracks people in real time, in a few of its cities as another layer of oppression.

A Third Jewish Temple, Yea or Nay?

There have been two temples in Israel’s history. The first built by King Solomon, was destroyed in 586 BC by the Babylonians and a second one built by Ezra when King Cyrus and Darius allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem from their Babylonian. This second Temple underwent major renovations by King Herod and it was the temple that Jesus visited. That second Temple was obliterated by the Romans in 70 AD and since then Orthodox Jews believe that God wants a third Temple built based on prophecies in Ezekiel that spoke of a temple that did not fit the descriptions of the previous two temples (Ezekiel 40-42). According to Israel365 news, an orthodox Jewish news site, many orthodox Jews are convinced a third temple must be built. They also believe that it will be much larger than the first two because it needs to make room for arrival of the gentiles who will be part of the temple worship (Isaiah 2:2-3). Israel365 writes: The details of the prophecy related to the building of the …

Another very close call

It was a very close call, and was all the more onimous considering that the asteroid flew by on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, if you are into that sort of thing. The Daily Mail reports that an asteroid, the size of a large bus (16 feet to 33 feet), missed earth by just 240 miles (386 km) last Friday. This is the closest an asteroid has come to hitting earth since astronomers started tracking what they describe as near earth objects. What is perhaps equally concerning is that astronomers who track asteroids had no idea this happened until Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System located on Mauna Loa, Hawaii saw it flying away the next day. However, even if it had hit earth, it is suspected the asteroid named 2020 VT4 would have burned up in the earth’s atmosphere. In order for an asteroid to reach earth and potentially cause damage, it’s needs to be at least 25 meters (82 feet) in size and for it to have a global impact the asteroid would need to …

A miracle on Mount Rainier?

I recently read several articles in the secular media on the remarkable and miraculous recovery of Michael Knapinski, 45, after he was caught in a blizzard while hiking on Mount Rainier in Washington, USA. As I read these stories, I increasingly wondered if God had been involved in this miracle. Here is what happened. Michael was out hiking with his cousin on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 when they were hit by a blizzard. Michael was using snow shoes and his cousin was skiing, so they decided to head back separately and meet up later at Paradise, an information center lower down on the mountain. As he was snowshoeing back, Michael was hit by whiteout conditions from the blizzard and was unable to tell where he was going. He is uncertain what happened next, but by the bruises and cuts requiring stitches on his body, it looks like he fell. When Michael still hadn’t showed up at Paradise that evening, his cousin reported him missing to the Park Services. However, because of the …

Fighting for religious freedom: Are Christians verging on becoming second class citizens?

Samuel Alito, 70, was appointed to the US Supreme Court in 2007 under US President George Bush. He is considered an originalist when it comes to the US Constitution, meaning he interprets it as it was intended by the original writers, not by what a person wants it to mean. On Thursday, he was delivering a speech online for the Federalist Society and warned that Christians are verging on becoming second class citizens: “[There are] emerging trends in the assessment of individual rights. This is especially evident with respect to religious liberty. It pains me to say this, but in certain quarters , religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right.” He added that the COVID-1984 is simply exposing this underlying sentiment and is being used to restrict religious freedom. As an example, Alito referred specifically to what happened in Nevada where Alito said the government “blatantly discriminated against houses of worship.” The state government placed heavy COVID restrictions on Houses of Worship while not doing the same for Casinos that in practice function very …

Meet a hypocritical Canadian Green activist?

He hates big oil. He has chained himself to gas pumps to stop people from buying gas for their cars. He climbed the CN Tower in Toronto to call for an end to climate change. Today, he is cabinet minister in the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Writing for the Toronto Sun, Brian Lilley explains: The first time I remember meeting Steven Guilbeault was about 20 years ago when the Greenpeace activist joined colleagues in trying to shut down an Esso station in downtown Montreal by chaining themselves to the pumps. Guilbeault was against the oil industry, he was against regular people driving to and from work, and he wanted to shut it down. Now, Guilbeault is a minister in the Trudeau government who drives more in just a few months than the average Canadian drives in a year. […] I have no issue with Guilbeault having a car and driver, it’s standard for ministers in Ottawa. The problem here is his utter hypocrisy, spending a career as an activist chiding average Canadians for …

Is the earth pulsating the Name of God?

According to an article on WND.com, the earth has been emanating a regular pulse every 26 seconds for the last several decades. We don’t know exactly how long this has been going on, but it was first noticed in the 1960s by Jack Oliver a geologist who was working for Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory. He heard the noise that he called a ‘microseism’ but had no idea what was causing it. He also lacked the equipment to narrow down where it was coming from. According to an article on Israel365, the pulse was essentially ignored for a dozen or so years, until another geologist, Gary Holmes, took a look at the sound in the 1980s and determined this seismic pulse was louder during storms. Then a 2006 study wondered if it was being caused by the sun warming the earth. In 2013, geologist Garret Euler concluded, based on his study, that the pulse was originating in an area called the Bight of Bonny located in the Gulf of Guinea. Euler suggested it was being …

Is the U.S. election in Bible Prophecy?

The United States is completing an election, as I write this, and what an election it has been. The two sides were divided and angry from the beginning, and the results will be almost a tie. When one side is finally declared the winner, the other side will argue about dishonesty and corruption in the voting process. There will be legal challenges, probably for months, and some people will never accept the results. For the record, I am not choosing sides, and I hope everyone involved can find a good future. This election has divided the people of the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world, and the whole world will feel the fallout. There is no middle ground, or neutral position. The nation is divided. This must hurt; the Russians are laughing at the Americans about the election: READ: Russian media serve up smugness, mockery after U.S. vote This is huge. So, is such a world-changing event in Bible prophecy? The Bible says many things about the future, and it focuses on things …

Some call it a miracle: She survived COVID, a stroke, heart attack and being declared brain-dead

In May, Tionna Hairston, 26, was at home caring for her mother, Stacy Peatross, who had been diagnosed with COVID. At the end of May, Tionna also started showing symptoms of the Coronavirus that included losing her sense of smell and taste. By early June, she was starting to feel nauseous and weak. However, it was these symptoms, that are common with COVID, that initially resulted in the family attributing her severe headache and loss of movement in her arm and leg as COVID symptoms rather than the actual cause, a major stroke. Stacy only realized her daughter was having a stroke when “her eyes were going opposite of each other.” She was immediately taken to Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where scans reported bleeding on her brain. But things continued to pile up on Tionna, while in intensive care she also had a heart attack. For the next half hour, doctors fought to get Tionna’s heart working properly. Though they were able to do this, the medical staff was very concerned about her …

Did Luke Bernard’s healing involve ‘battering’ prayer?

Doctors told the family of actor Luke Benjamin Bernard, 25, that it would be a miracle if he survived his serious car accident in a vegetative state. Bernard came from a Christian home and in a podcast on Pureflix, Bernard shared his story of what happened after a serious car accident in 2013. When he arrived at hospital, doctors classified him as level 3 on the Glasgow Coma Scale. His pupils were dilated and fixed and doctors told his family to get to the hospital as soon as possible fearing death was imminent. However, his Christian parents would not accept his death sentence. They began praying for their son, and Bernard explained the two important elements of their prayer that led to his miracle recovery. First, he says it was persistent prayer “Basically, they did the best thing they could for me … and the only thing they could have done was — they prayed. They read scriptures, they sang praise … at my bedside again and again and again.” Secondly, he says it was …

Young Norwegian boy, sick for 11 years, healed by power of prayer

Norwegian doctors were shocked by the dramatic healing that took place in America when Adrian, now 16, was prayed for during a church meeting in 2015. Shortly after Adrian was born, he developed a mysterious illness that doctors were unable to explain. He became extremely sick whenever he ate. Because eating caused such serious symptoms, he was fed by IV for several years and during the first three years of his life, Adrian spent weeks in hospital. As a result of his illness, his muscles were weakening, and he was also experiencing epileptic seizures and a racing heart condition called tachycardia. When he was 11 years old, doctors recommended that Adrian’s Christian parents take their son on a trip. They were probably envisioning a trip to Disneyland and the California beaches, through which the family could build some memories of their son, because there was growing uncertainty on how long Adrian would live. However, Adrian’s parents had been calling out to God for their son. And part of their trip to the US, included attending …

Man rips cross off London church on Sunday afternoon

In a brazen act, this past Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18, 2020, a man ripped a cross off a Baptist church in East London. Several shocked bystanders videoed the incident. Breitbart reports: A viral video on social media appears to a show a man standing on top of a church and ripping down its cross in broad daylight. The video shows a young male methodically yanking down the cross on top of the Chadwell Heath Baptist Church, which describes itself as “an informal multinational congregation of around 70 people [who] seek to worship God and pray together, to share the good news of Jesus Christ, to encourage people to be His disciples and serve the local community and wider church family.” The man makes no attempt to even partially hide his identity — which would not be difficult, with the sight of people wearing masks even outdoors not uncommon in London amid the ongoing Wuhan virus pandemic — and appears heedless of the fact that there are multiple people at the scene or passing by at the time of the act. …

A just weight for all

As Israel was being set up in the Promised Land, God gave the nation a stern warning against corruption and the need for honest weights and measures. 14 You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small. 15 You shall have a full and just weight; you shall have a full and just measure, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you. (Deuteronomy 25:14-15 NASV) Weights were used to measure goods being presented for taxes and temple sacrifices and as well in the trade of goods. But notice how God warned about having two weights, a large and small weight. One of them was undoubtedly the correct weight and the second a slightly smaller false weight, as the verse calls for a full and just weight. So, it would seem that a just weight was used for some people and an unjust weight for others. Now the difference in these two weights would not be huge. It had to be small enough so people …

Are we getting technologically closer to the Mark of the Beast?

Over the centuries, Bible scholars have pondered about the Mark of the Beast that the Apostle John mentioned in his vision of the end times written down in the Book of Revelation. He saw that people were forced to take a mark on their hand or forehead and without it, they would be unable to buy or sell. John stated that the mark of the beast revealed an individual’s support of the anti-Christ regime. “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.” Revelation 13: 16-17 (NIV) Some have suggested that this mark was simply a symbolic identification with the satanic realm, while others believe it was a literal mark revealing a person’s support. The emergence of a temporary high tech tattoo created by researchers at Penn State University may indicate how …

Earth’s ideal climate is 5 degrees warmer, study

A recent study, published in Astrobiology, a peer-review journal, will drive the man-made global warming crowd over the edge. Researchers were looking for other planets best suited for sustaining life, but first they needed to determine what would be the optimal conditions for life. The group concluded that ideal temperature would be 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than earth’s current average temperature.

Pope Francis pushes communism & one world government?

A couple of stories on Pope Francis reveals some concerns about the leader of the Roman Catholic Church which as of 2018 had 1.3 baptized adherents. Both articles focussed on a teaching entitled the new encyclical, ‘Fratelli Tutti’ (Brothers All) that the Pope gave on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. In the first article reported in the Daily Mail, the leader of the world’s Catholic seems to be indirectly pushing communism as the answer to the world’s woes. The Daily Mail explains: Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has proven that the ‘magic theories’ of market capitalism have failed and that the world needs a new type of politics that promotes dialogue and solidarity. […] He rejected the concept of an absolute right to property for individuals, stressing instead the ‘social purpose’ and common good that must come from sharing the Earth’s resources. READ: Pope says coronavirus pandemic has proven that ‘magic theories’ of market capitalism have failed and world needs a new type of politics Since the Pope is considered the spiritual leader of Catholics, …

Signs of the end times?

There were threes stories this week that may have ominous ties to the end times. I am not suggesting that they are literal fulfillment of what the prophets saw, but at the very least they reveal how easily it could happen. The first took place in Communist China where according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), the leaders of Huang Fei, a village located near China’s Western border, put up a sign warning people against converting to Christianity. They specifically warned of financial consequences if people choose to believe in Jesus Christ. According to CSW, this could include fines and even confiscation of livestock. CSW also reports that the village of Li initiated regulations that permit people in that village to specifically target and isolate Christians. It is uncertain what the consequences of this targeting would be, but again it’s probably financial. Though this is disturbing news, it also reveals that those in positions of authority are becoming increasing threatened by Christianity indicating it must be spreading. In his vision of the end times recorded in …

Dr. Francis Collins: ‘My atheism was dangerously thin’

It is a powerful testimony of how one scientist, Dr. Francis Collins, realized his belief in atheism was “dangerously thin” resulting him becoming a believer in Jesus Christ. And he is not just any scientist, Dr Francis Collins, 70, also serves as the Director of the National Institutes for Health (NIH) in the US which is the agency responsible for developing a COVID-19 vaccine in that country. He is also a world-recognized geneticist and led the Human Genome Project and is credited for finding the genes associated with several diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis. In acceptance speech, after receiving a Templeton Prize on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, Dr. Collins shared his remarkable transformation from atheist to Christian. Dr. Collins started off as an agnostic, but as he pursued his career in science he began to embrace atheism. But that all changed when one of his patients asked him what he believed about God, Collins said: “I realised my atheism was dangerously thin. I began a journey to try to understand why intellectually sophisticated people could actually …

More evidence of the Bible’s accuracy: What the discovery of three capitals tell us?

The discovery of three intricately carved capitals have been called a “once in a lifetime discovery” by archaeologists who found them recently during an archaeological dig in Old Jerusalem. The capitals were installed on top of columns and used to hold up roofs. Since, these three are not particularly large, it suggests that they weren’t intended for a roof of a building but perhaps a smaller covering in a courtyard. They also discovered a toilet at the site and since these were only used by the rich, it suggests that the building was owned by a rich, probably politically connected family. The three intricately decorated capitals were carved on both sides with symbols associated with King David’s dynasty and particularly the first Temple constructed by King David’s son, Solomon. According to the archaeologists this decoration style was reserved for either palaces or important government buildings. Based on other dateable items at the site, archaeologists believe the 2,700-year-old capitals are connected to the reign of King Hezekiah and/or his son Manasseh. However, the building was located …

Are environmentalists behind California’s wildfires?

A couple weeks back, Gavin Newsom, the Democrat governor of California, stood in the midst an area ravaged by a recent wild fire and blamed man-made global warming for the problem. Well Newsom is right about thing, the fires are man-made, but man-made by environmentalists as many suggest their insane policies embraced by the political left are in fact the biggest problem.

Christians: What happens when we quit?

Are you a believer; in anything? Have you thought about quitting? Do you know anyone who has? The pandemic with the Covid virus has closed churches where I live, and it feels like everyone is dropping out. Quitting is like a modern fad. Often, millennials do not like the things that were important to baby boomers, especially religion. There is a growing trend these days, to quit religion. I have some close relatives who have done that. If you do an Internet search with “ex” and any belief, you will find many discussion sites. There are ex-Mormons, ex-Muslims, ex-Evangelicals, and probably any other belief you can think of. Some have video testimonials. I’m a Christian, so what should I do with this information? This is important. I was raised with the idea that new converts would find their way to the truth, but now we have reverts who leave. There are several possibilities: a) They never really believed. People easily drop out of ‘Churchianity’ if they have only joined a religious tribe. Subscribing to a …

Power of worship: Boy raised from the dead after drowning

An incredible story out of North Carolina arguably displays the power of worship. As they do every year, in 2019 the Floyd family headed to Holden Beach with family and friends to celebrate the fourth of July. But their annual visit took a dramatic change when they noticed the body of their 12-year-old son, Levi, floating motionless in the water. When their son’s lifeless body was dragged out of the water, he had no pulse. Leah, who is a member of the family and a nurse, immediately began performing CPR. She was quickly joined by two other nurses at the beach, and they rotated in giving CPR and performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But because nothing was happening, Leah believed there was no hope. Levi was dead. As the rest of the family stood by praying, things dramatically changed when Levi’s sister Lily started singing a worship song, “The King is alive.” In the interview with The 700 Club, Levi’s mother, Lindsey, described what happened next as the whole family joined in singing the song: “It was …

Are we entering the ‘Time of Jacob’s Trouble’?

An old saying suggests that if we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. So what happens if we don’t remember it? A survey conducted of adults between the ages of 18 to 39 (millennials and Gen Z) by Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany) discovered that nearly 66% of young Americans were not aware that the Nazis slaughtered six million Jews in concentration camps during the World War II Holocaust. And the survey also revealed other disturbing news: 23% though the Holocaust was either a myth or was exaggerated or had no opinion. 36% believed less than two million Jews were killed. 12% said they had definitely never heard of the Holocaust. 48% could not provide the name of a Nazi concentration camp. But what is equally concerning is that in New York nearly 20% of millennials blamed the Jews for the Holocaust. It was Jew’s fault that the Nazi’s slaughtered millions of them in the gas chambers. This type of thinking does not bode well for the …

In honour of global warming brace for a cold winter

Though those promoting man-made global warming love to point to CO2 as the reason for our warming. There are dozens of natural factors that have huge impacts on weather. Two of them are La Nina (little girl) and El Nino (little boy) that dramatically impact weather in North and South America. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a La Nina is setting up over the Pacific Ocean and it creates conditions that lead to more wildfires in the west as we are seeing in California, and stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic. Fox News explain: A La Nina climate pattern has appeared in the Pacific Ocean, which could lead to an increase in activity during the ongoing Atlantic hurricane season and create conditions more prone to wildfires out West, forecasters say. La Nina, Spanish for “little girl,” is a naturally occurring phenomenon in which sea surface temperatures across the central and eastern Pacific Ocean are cooler than average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It’s the opposite of the warmer-than-average “El Nino” — and scientists believe this time the pattern will last through at least February. READ: La Nina forms in the Pacific – here’s …

New York City is special, but not that special

A few months back my wife, daughter and I had a chance to visit New York City and Times Square is impressive and the people friendly. But I was puzzled recently because there are actually two groups claiming that the Jewish Messiah will come from New York City. New York City is special, but not that special. Of course, New York is among the most famous cities of the world, but when we look at the Bible, Malachi prophesied that Bethlehem was chosen as the birthplace for the Messiah, because it wasn’t special: But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2 ESV) Bethlehem was also the birthplace of King David (1 Samuel 16:1-3), who foreshadowed the coming of Christ. So, who are claiming that the Jewish Messiah will come from New York City? The first involves a religious group in …

When Darwin went to church: Where is the systemic racism?

In 1859, Charles Darwin published his book “On the Origin of the Species.” What he did not mention was the future of the species, also known as “Social Darwinism.” We all know the general idea, Darwin tried to explain the past, or how we got here, with his theory of evolution. What Darwin did not explain was where we go from here. If we evolved to this point, it must also be true that we will continue evolving and become something else. If evolution is true, it did not stop with us. In practise, this idea of Social Darwinism is one of the most horrible ideas in human history: READ: Social Darwinism Eugenics is the name for science that aims to improve society by ridding the world of “undesirables” which is similar to a farmer breeding cattle. This includes getting rid of the unwanted cattle, and only keeping the best ones. The evolutionary science of Eugenics was founded by a cousin of Charles Darwin. Probably the most famous eugenicist, or forward looking evolutionist was Adolph …

Did archaeology discover a reference to Cush, the son of Ham?

The recent sale of an ancient small clay tablet by a Norwegian collector confirms the Biblical record that Ham, one of the sons of Noah, had a son named Cush. The table discovered in the ancient city of Sumeria dates to 3000 BC sold for $235,000 at auction. The seven-centimetre square tablet not only talks about beer making, but has on its top left-hand corner what many believe is the oldest reference to a person’s name — Kushim. Some have even referred to it as the first signature ever discovered. The person’s name has been found on other tablets where he is referred to as a temple administrator. Many believe there is a connection between this name and the Biblical reference to Cush, that was the name given the oldest son of Ham, one of Noah’s three sons who survived the flood (Genesis 10:6). We are told that Cush moved onto the plains of Shinar (Genesis 11:2) that can also be translated Shumer, which is the location of what today is referred to as the …