Truth Provided Newsletter 4-25-1999


As in the days of Noah

A few nights ago I was watching a TV preacher share his "beliefs" on the prophecies of the Lord's soon coming. Needless to say I became a little upset about what he was preaching to the population watching. It was kind of like the last straw for me. All week I had been hearing one or more preacher on the radio, tv, or even in the newspaper preaching obvious and open errors on more than many subjects in God's Word on prophecy. I actually had to step outside in the cool of the night and ask the Almighty why He is allowing this to continue in such a worldwide blanketed magnitude. "It appears hopeless," I prayed, "I see so many lies being preached all over the media that it appears absolutely hopeless." I know I am not the only one that understands these prophecies, but I do know our numbers are small because the Word says that in the last days we will be very few in number. To get an idea of how small our numbers are, the Lord tells us in Luke 17:26, that it will be "as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man." We all know the entire world was in error, with the exception of eight souls upon the ark of Noah. It seems so utterly hopeless for someone like me or anyone else that understands the truth to be effective in squelching this worldwide message of lies that is preached with such "self" confidence. Suddenly the Lord revealed something so magnificent that night, that I must share it with you in this newsletter.
In the first book of Samuel we read about the Biblical event of "David and Goliath." "Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span." [I Samuel 17:4] (9 feet 9 inches tall!) His, "coat of mail... was five thousand shekels of brass" [ISamuel 17:5] (125 lbs of chain mail!) Plus, "his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron" [ISamuel 17:7] (15 lbs!) This guy was fortified! So fortified in fact that he even had a soldier, "bearing a shield... before him" [ISamuel 17:7] It looked totally hopeless to all of Israel! Goliath even began to boast of his great ability as a fighter to all Israel, mocking God and His children. He actually, "stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them... choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. [1Samuel 17:8-11]
Imagine this near 10 foot giant in full combat gear waving his colossal sword demanding you fight him! Such fear fell upon all of Israel! Everyone felt in their hearts that they would soon become the servants of the Philistines. No one had the courage to step forward and proclaim the truth that Israel is the protected nation of the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth. They were so wrapped up in their fear of Goliath that they missed the fact that he defied the children of God that day! Everyone including the Philistines knew that God fought for Israel, but when Goliath shouted "give me a man that we may fight together", they took their eyes off the Omnipotent Creator God, and placed their eyes upon the request of Goliath. "THEMSELVES!" They fell for the ploy of the enemy. They were looking at their limited fleshly bodies, and Goliath's mortally graphic and obviously powerful fortified abilities. It wasn't until this time did the Lord have a small lad step forward with the faith of a child to answer Goliath's challenge. "And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance." [1Samuel 17:42] The Almighty and ever living God could have chosen the strongest man within the ranks of the Israelites army to fight Goliath. He could have also sent King Saul forward with new found strength. But no, He sent a boy forward so as to make no mistake as to who was fighting for Israel that day. A mighty warrior, or even a King stepping to battle may have led some to believe the "creation" that is man won the battle rather than the Creator. The Lord allowed David to win, so all would know. There is a God in Israel.
In the days of Jesus' birth, our Heavenly Father could have proclaimed His Son's arrival through the high priest. Or any one of the highly respected theologians of the day. But no, the Lord used simple Shepard's to proclaim the good news.
Later, in the beginning of Jesus' ministry Almighty God could have proclaimed all to repent through the high priest. Or He could have used any one of the many well learned men of the cloth to step forward in boldness to proclaim the arrival of the Lamb of God. But once again He chose to use one that would be "our" last choice as herald. One who appears totally unable, one who was never taught by man, one who would never claim glory for his own. He used the one called "John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.[Matthew 3:1-3]
Keep in mind people, John did not have a $1.000 suit, or a $10.000 Rolex. He didn't live in a big beautiful house in a well to do neighborhood, or drive a fancy car. John didn't even dine on steak and lobster, or even burgers and fries! As a matter of fact, "John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey." [Matthew 3:4]
The Lord revealed to me in the cool of that night that He will again use those that none would expect. They will have the faith of a child and proclaim His Son's arrival with great boldness. He will not use those that preach ear-tickling messages to assure the donations are flowing. He will not use those that translate prophetic events with a bevy of words like "maybe", "possibly", or "perhaps." No His choice of herald will be the unpopular and small "remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." [Revelation 12:17] These that speak for the Lord will have absolutely no doubt in their hearts as to the validity of their message. These are "thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: ...for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." [Revelation 19:10] They will not preach as one who is unsure of themselves. They have no self worth. They will only preach as one who is anchored in their God! Yes, it appeared an impossible situation when Goliath stood before the armies of Israel. "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." [Matthew 19:26] Those of us that are daily vexed in our souls from hearing the lies that are being preached worldwide, have a bold and confident faith that the Lord is indeed coming soon. Yes it looks hopeless to the unguarded, and unknowing heart. But those of us that know the truth realize, this is allowed so that all may soon know that HE IS GOD. I openly challenge the child of God to step forward and proclaim to the "mountain" before them that Jesus is Lord! And just as John the Baptist in all his meek ability, we shall all "go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." [Luke 1:17] No the Lord will not use the high priest or the theologian to proclaim His Son's Arrival. Nor will He use the ear tickling preachers far and wide. As He has done many times before. The prophecy stands true! "God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;" [1 Corinthians 1:27] It may appear hopeless now, but much sooner than most can accept. All will know that...HE IS GOD!

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SHORT COMMENT ON THE EVENTS IN COLORADO...

Had the children wielding the bombs and guns heard the instruction freely given to all from the Almighty in His Word, ALL of this would have been easily avoided. SHAME on the parents that show no genuine love unto their own! SHAME on them for not sharing the love and peace that is in Jesus! SHAME on them for not disciplining their children in a Christlike and loving way that would have placed morals and good values in the hearts of these boys! SHAME on ALL of us for giving into the laziness of flesh over and above the DUTY of the soul!

Proverbs 4:13-18, "Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day."

By the way, did you know this happened...?

COLORADO MASSACRE
TEEN GIRL KILLED FOR HER FAITH
'Do you believe in God?' she was asked. 'Yes,' she said
--Washington Post

When the gunmen burst into library, Bernall was there studying, as usual. Soon, eyewitnesses said, she came face-to-face with one of the gunmen, who asked her a fateful question: "Do you believe in God?"
Bernall, who friends said belonged to her church's youth group, answered "Yes." And then she was shot.
"The gunman shot her because she is a Christian," said Kevin Koeniger, a Columbine junior and one of Bernall's close friends. "It is just so hard to understand."

Rachel Scott, another student among the dead, also was known to many at Columbine as a passionate Christian. Her pastor, the Rev. Barry Palfer, is convinced that her unshakable faith cost Scott her life.
She, too, was shot to death in the library. "When those guys walked into that room, they were hunting for three types: Christians, athletes and people of a different color," said Palfer, senior associate pastor at Orchard Road Christian Center. "I believe that. Some people died because they got in the way, but these guys seemed to be carrying out a vendetta."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/april99/victims23.htm

Demons can and DO possess children too people!

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A FEW MORE ARTICLES ON INTEREST TO CHRISTIANS...

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CATHOLICS AND JEWS AGREE TO FORGE ALLIANCE
By Victoria Combe, Religion Correspondent

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000271261842766&rtmo=LKxhLKid&atmo=999999d9&pg=/et/99/1/21/nrcj21.html

What does the Almighty say about this?

2 Corinthians 6:14, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"

Just one more error to add to the many of Catholicism.

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>> STUDY SHOWS RISK OF RARE DISORDER FROM FLU VACCINE IS SLIGHT

Flu shots taken by millions of Americans each year slightly increase the risk
of contracting a rare nerve disease, but that chance is so slim that
vaccination is still a good idea, a new study found. Of every million people
who receive influenza vaccines, only one to two people contract Guillain-Barr
syndrome, researchers say.

(Full story)
.... http://cnn.com/cnn/HEALTH/9812/18/flu.vaccine.ap/index.html

I threw this in because it amazes me how people will say "but that chance is so slim that vaccination is still a good idea," Tell that to the ONE or TWO people that will get the dreaded nerve disease. How can it be "worth the risk" if there is a chance you can be destroyed by it? NO RISK is worth it! Not one ina million, not one in a trillion! Why? Because there IS ONE PERSON that will get it. Will it be YOU?

Could be.

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HATE CRIMES LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS
March 12, 1999
Web posted at: 7:24 p.m. EST (0024 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, March 12) -- The House and Senate are taking up identical hate crimes legislation designed to help state and local police battle racial, religious and ethnic violence, as well as violence motivated by disability, sexual orientation or gender.
http://cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1999/03/12/hate.crimes/index.html

Notice they mention "religious" hatred in passing and they do NOT speak of it again in the rest of the article. Why? This bill will be used AGANST those that preach TRUTH! But as Peter said when they tried this on him, "...I will obey God rather then man!" Don't believe me? remember this article...?

The archbishop of St. Louis said: "Heresy and unbelief are crimes; and in Christian countries, as in Italy and Spain, for instance, where all people are Catholics, and where the catholic reigion is an essential part of the law of the land, they are punished as crimes." ... "Every cardinal, archbishop, and bishop in the Catholic Church takes an oath of allegiance to the pope, in which occur the following words" "Heretic, schismatics, and rebels to our said lord (the pope), or his aforesaid successors, I will to my utmost persecute and oppose." [Josiah Strong, "Our Country," ch. 5, pars 2-4.]

It won't be long now that when you preach TRUTH, it will be seen as a hate crime simply because TRUTH expose the lies that are being preached worldwide.

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RELIGIOUS ID CARDS!
Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Dateline Israel

Tue Mar 16 , 1999 -- A visiting delegation from the American Jewish Committee met last Friday with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and other governmental and church officials in Athens. Discussions were aimed at "enhancing Israel's relations with Greece," which have "room for growth," said the AJCommittee's executive director, David Harris. Some of the talks focused on getting Athens to change a law that requires people to list their religion on their ID card.
[Datline Israel Editors comment: Does the listing of religion on ID cards sound familiar? Pre-Holocaust activities under any other name are still anti-Semitic!]
http://upway.com/cgi-bin/readnews?day=99_03_16&item=#921597377

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> JUDGE: FAMILIES NOT ENTITLED TO KEEP RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS ON GRAVES

A judge has ruled that Boca Raton can tear down crosses, stars of David and
other monuments in the municipal cemetery because the decorations are not
essential for religious practice. The ruling was believed to be the first of
its kind in the nation and the first under Florida's Religious Freedom
Restoration Act of 1998, which says governments cannot impose a "substantial
burden" on people's freedom of religious expression.

Families who sued plan to appeal
.... http://cnn.com/US/9903/31/GraveDecorations.ap/index.html

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CHRISTIANS CROSS BANNED IN STOW, OH
City officials forced to cover up religious symbol
--Ohio.com
Stow tries low-tech `cover-up'
Duct tape obscures Christian cross on seal until new version arrives
BY BETTY LIN-FISHER
Beacon Journal staff writer

STOW: Add another use to the growing list for duct tape: complying with federal court decisions.Late last year, the city lost a two-year legal battle to keep its official seal, which included a Christian cross in one quadrant. Yet while officials are waiting for a shipment of redesigned seals, there's a temporary remedy. Little pieces of duct tape.
Employees last week began placing squares of tape on city vehicles -- over the quadrant of the city seal that U.S. District Judge Dan Polster found to be unconstitutional.
http://www.ohio.com/bj/news/pageone/docs/010559.htm

A new use for duct tape? Such versatility! McGyver would be proud!!

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RELIGIOUS TALK IS BUS-STOPPER, WOMAN SAYS
by Diane Brooks
Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau

"I felt humiliated, like a criminal," she said.
Shocks, who is five months pregnant, said she was dropped off a mile from her regular bus stop. She said she had to make a 20-minute walk home in heavy rain, along the shoulder of the Bothell-Everett Highway in evening rush-hour traffic.
"All I was doing was talking about Jesus Christ, which I know isn't a crime," said Shocks, who lives in the Bothell area.
http://www.seattletimes.com/news/local/html98/buss_19990407.html

TALK ABOUT JESUS...YOU ARE A CRIMINAL VOID OF RIGHTS!

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BELIEVERS BECOME TARGETS OF HATE
An Orthodox Jew comes to the aid of persecuted Christians
By Kaye Corbett
1999 WorldNetDaily.com
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/bluesky_exnews/19990402_xex_believers_be.shtml

Truth is truth

...Nicholas


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