Sunday, February 25, 2007

Do Women Preachers Pervert And Pollute The Pulpit?

The courageous - but concerning women preachers misled Christian - David Ben-Ariel, writes in his recent blog - http://daniel-911.blogspot.com/2007/02/women-preachers-pervert-and-pollute.html - that "women preachers pervert and pollute the pulpit".

He continues: "We need more men to stand their holy ground, and holy women to speak out against the perversion of the pulpit when its polluted with a woman preacher! No women preachers, plain and simple!"

The Roman Catholic Church, and the Greek Orthodox Church, have historically and traditionally kept women out of their pulpits.

What on the other hand is new - and what I strongly react against - is this new wave of discrimination and persecution of women preachers in Protestant Churches.

During the times of the Vikings in Scandinavia, the women there enjoyed equality and lived in harmony with the men on an equal basis.

When Scandinavia became Catholic, about one thousand years ago, it really meant degradation, sufferings and hardships under tyrannical circumstances for the female part of the population.

The situation eventually got better for the Scandinavian women after the Reformation to Protestantism, which took place some 500 years ago.

In Revelation 12:1, we see the image of a woman clothed with the sun. This is the image of the Roman Catholic Church.

Now, we know that the Antichrist is wroth on the woman, see Revelation 12:17.

Nevertheless, the scriptures are telling us that the Antichrist will not conquer the Edomites - the Roman Catholic Church countries - or rule over them during the regime of the 666 system, see Daniel 11:41.

However, the scriptures are telling us that the Antichrist leaves the woman - the Roman Catholic Church - that he is persecuting and goes to "make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ", see Revelation 12:17.

This seed of Israel, which has the testimony of Jesus Christ, is none other than the 10 lost tribes of Israel, which are the Protestant countries of North America, Northern Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, see Matthew 15:24.

In other words, the Antichrist persecution will primarily hit the Protestant countries, since these make up the 10 lost tribes of Israel.

"God is no respecter of persons", see Acts 10:34, and I hope the Church will understand this, see Revelation 12:14.

Women have always been persecuted and discriminated.

I find it therefore most lamentable, when discrimination of women preachers, in these last days before the return of our Lord, is orchestrated and supported by all Churches.

But thanks to the elect, the days of the coming great tribulation will be shortened, see Matthew 24:21 - 22; se also Romans 11:1, 26, and Revelation 1:7.

"Pacem relinquo vobis, pacem meam do vobis; non quomodo mundus dat, ego do vobis. Non turbetur cor vestrum neque formidet", John 14:27.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Should Women Be Allowed To Preach The Gospel?

Sometimes the Old Testament law rears its ugly head in the New Testament.

One example concerning this is when Paul referred to the Old Testament and said: "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law", see 1 Corinthians 14:34.

The devastating effect of the Old Testament law is widely seen in the Churches. Consequently, the Roman Catholic Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, many mainline Protestant Churches, and the Churches of Christ, have historically and traditionally kept women out of their pulpits.

It would be better for these Churches that millstones were hanged about their necks, and that they were cast into the sea, than that they should offend one of the weaker vessels, compare with Luke 17:2, and 1 Peter 3:7.

Now "God is no respecter of persons", see Acts 10:34 and Romans 2:11, and there is a gift of the Holy Spirit that is given to both men and women in the New Testament, see 1 Corinthians 12:4 - 8; see also 2 Corinthians 3:6. This is what makes the New Testament a New Testament rather than the Old Testament.

The great commission, see Mark 16:15, to "preach the gospel", is to all believers, and to all the Church of Jesus Christ, because all believers are priests, see 1 Peter 2:9 and Revelation 1:6.

The command to "preach the gospel" is thus to both male and female.

To condemn women preachers and women Church workers is a serious offense, because God has stamped His approval on them by His Spirit over and over again. Women were even prophetesses in the New Testament Church, see Acts 21:9.

God called and used women as preachers in the New Testament.

For example, Priscilla and Aquila - a married couple - both acted in the role of pastor to a man from Alexandria, see Acts 18:24 - 26. And Paul refers to Phoebe as a minister of the Church at Cenchrea, see Romans 16:1. Paul also refers to a a female apostle, Lunia, as outstanding among the apostles, see Romans 16:7.

According to the apostle Peter, some women are given the gift of being an effective pastor, see 1 Peter 4:10 - 11. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, see 2 Corinthians 5:17.

The New Testament teaches us that Jesus Christ has all the authority of the Father, see Matthew 28:18, John 10:30 and John 14:9.

In the same way women are equal with men, see 1 Corinthians 12:12 - 25, Galatians 3:28, and Colossians 3:11.

Thanks to Jesus, the Old Testament law is nailed to the cross, see Ephesians 2:15, and Colossians 2:13 - 14.

"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them", see 2 Corinthians 4:3 - 4.

"Non est Iudaeus neque Graecus, non est servus neque liber, non est masculus neque femina; omnes enim vos unum estis in Christo Iesu", Galatians 3:28.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Old Testament Law Is Nailed To The Cross

Thanks to Jesus the Old Testament law is nailed to the cross, see Colossians 2:13 - 14.

Therefore the Sunday is the Holy Day for us Christians, because Jesus was resurrected on a Sunday, see John 20:1, and did away with the evil legalistic system, of which the Saturday worship was part, see Colossians 2:16.

Thus the Sunday is the holy day for us Christians, and it is on this day of the week that the first Christian believers came together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, see Acts 20:7.

We Christians are under the New Testament "law of liberty", see James 1:25, which will never pass away, see Matthew 5:18 and 1 Peter 1:25.

If those who worship the Old Testament law would be heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven, then faith would be made void, and the promise to Abraham made of no effect, see Romans 4:13 - 14 and Matthew 5:3.

Therefore Jesus states that the natural heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven will be driven out and cast out into utter darkness, see Matthew 8:12, because they say they are Jews, but they are indeed nothing less than the synagogue of Satan, see Revelation 2:9 and John 8:44.

However, we read in John 4:22, that "salvation is of the Jews", and we know that "God is a Spirit", see John 4:24, and that "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved", see Romans 10:13.

Let us therefore pray that the eyes of Israel soon will be opened, see Romans 11:25 - 26, and Matthew 23:39, since Jesus proved the Old Testament prophets to be thieves and robbers, see John 10:8. Se also Matthew 15:24.

Now, the Jews have the prophet Elijah, who sits at God's right hand, and of whom it is prophesied, see John 1:21 and Matthew 27:47.

But does Elijah - see http://www.two-olive-trees.org - understand, that the one in his and God's presence, see Matthew 17:3, even Moses, the accuser, see John 5:45, is Satan incarnated, see Revelation 12:9 - 10?

We know how difficult it will be for the modern cities of Sodom and Gomorrha, see Jude 1:7 - which are Jerusalem and Constantinople - see Revelation 11:8 and compare with Romans 10:12, and the days of Noah and Lot, see Luke 17:26 - 30. But anyway everything is predestinated, and Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren, see Romans 8:29.

But are we strong enough to take up our God in our arms, see Luke 2:28, 18:8, and Philippians 4:13? Compare with the nice song of the Swedish group BWO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=940DU9SQPSY.

God wants us te be His sons, not His slaves, Romans 8:17, and thus to tell Him what we like. Compare with this song of the talented Swedish singer Jessica Folcker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB4aWNGjp38.

We should sing with joy in our heart to the Lord, see Ephesians 5:19. Now Jesus wants to set the world on fire, see Luke 12:49, and that reminds me of my Swedish friend and musician Martin "E-type" Eriksson, who wrote a song about this - compare with the E-type Megamix, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK2Amr_V1Fg.

"Quid ergo dicemus ad haec? Si Deus pro nobis, quis contra nos?", Romans 8:31.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

It Is God's Will That All Peoples Should Be Saved

God does not want anyone to perish, see 1 John 4:14. See also Matthew 28:18 - 20, Luke 9:56, John 3:16 - 17, and John 10:10.

However, our accuser is Moses, see John 5:45, the shining one with the splendor fading away, see 2 Corinthians 3:7, who accuses our brothers and sisters day and night in the presence of our God, see Revelation 12:10.

Nevertheless, in the glorious New Testament, Jesus is presented as "the light of the world", see John 8:12.

The shining face of Jesus Christ, is the true light of God, see Matthew 17:2, Acts 26:13, 1 John 1:5, and Revelation 1:16 and 22:5.

Now, Jesus is our God, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords; see for example John 1:3, John 1:10, John 8:58, John 10:30, John 14:9, Acts 4:12, Romans 9:5, 1 Timothy 3:16, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 1:8, 1 John 3:16, 1 John 5:20, Revelation 1:8, and Revelation 19:16.

Jesus will reign forever and ever on the throne of His father David, and of His kingdom there shall be no end, see Luke 1:31 - 33. Accordingly, our world is without end, see Ephesians 3:21.

The Sunday is the holy day for us Christians, because it is on this day of the week that the first Christian believers came together, see Acts 20:7.

The Old Testament democracy - which consists of listening to the people, but at the same time rejecting God, see 1 Samuel 8:7 - is replaced by the everlasting New Testament democracy, where God always comes first, see Acts 5:29.

This is also a reason to why the New Testament has replaced the Old Testament, see Luke 16:16, 2 Corinthians 3:11,13, and Hebrews 8:7, 13.

Therefore the New Testament law of liberty is eternal, see Matthew 5:18, Hebrews 8:6, and Revelation 14:6. Because if we were righteous by ourselves, or were saved by the Old Testament law, then Christ would have died in vain, see Galatians 2:21.

But "the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God", see 1 Corinthians 1:18.

All flesh shall see the salvation of God, see Luke 3:6.

This also includes the animals, see Romans 8:21 - 22, and 1 Cor.15:35 - 44, like our pets; see also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ5i7nCvyaU.

God has dominion over us all, and since animals have a breathing spirit, they were meant to live forever, just like Man.

"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death", see 1 Corinthians 15:26.

Now, Jesus is resurrected, and the "firstborn from the dead", see Colossians 1:18, but we humans have to understand the inns and outs of life, because it is very easy to stumble, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd4h-IyFHxU&eurl.

Be therefore noble by searching the scriptures daily, see Acts 17:11.

We must also understand that the inside of our hearts, see Hebrews 4:12, counts as much, if not more, than the outside, see for example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsyWlcQAy-Q.

Blessed be those who cause "great joy unto all the brethren", see Acts 15:3, whether they are artists or politicians, see http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1921276117304287501&q=label%3Aloose+change&pr=goog-sl.

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away", see Revelation 21:4.

"Notum igitur sit vobis, viri fratres, quia per hunc vobis remissio peccatorum adnuntiatur; ab omnibus, quibus non potuistis in lege Mosi iustificari, in hoc omnis, qui credit, iustificatur", Acts 13:39.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Will The Temple Be Rebuilt In Jerusalem?

In the Holy City of Jerusalem - see Matthew 5:35 and Matthew 27:53 - a repair project on a walkway at the Temple Mount has started.

Jesus prophesied concerning the Second Temple, that stone would not be left upon stone upon it, see Matthew 24:2. The Second Temple was the reconstructed Temple in Jerusalem which stood between 515 BC until its destruction in 70 AD.

But will the Temple be rebuilt again in Jerusalem?

Well, yes, in the New Testament Paul spoke of a future Third Temple in Jerusalem.

This future Temple in Jerusalem would, according to Paul, not be regarded as just any Temple, but as The Holy Temple of God, see 2 Thessalonians 2:4.

In the Book of Revelation, 11:1, we read another prophecy concerning the imminent Third Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem: "Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein".

Concerning the suggested identities of the Two Witnesses - of whom Elijah is an American citizen born of an English mother, see http://www.two-olive-trees.org, and of the Antichrist, see http://www.greaterthings.com/News/PrinceCharles/index.html, http://www.clydelewis.com/dis/prince/prince.html, and according to Elijah, see http://nwo-warning.tripod.com/prince666.htm - we cannot be sure before the Third Temple has been built, see Revelation 11:3 - 14.

Brother Harris is Elijah's friend in Cyprus. He was told by the Lord which bird to enter in a song bird competition. But it was a bird that had never sang before. Brother Harris did obey the Lord and the bird sang for the first time ever at the competition. And it won the world championship. This bird never sang again.

Mike Hansen asked me in a recent blog comment to tell why I think that capitalism has anything good to offer.

My answer to that is that freedom and democracy always have been abolished and trampled under feet in countries where socialism has been implemented.

The love of money is the root of all evil, see 1 Timothy 6:10, but the money in itself is not evil, see James 5:4.

Without the Holy Spirit you cannot get anything good done.

As Christians we should always be ready to give an answer to every man that asks us a reason of the hope that is in us with meekness and fear, see 1 Peter 3:15.

What else can I do than magnify the name of our great Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ?

I have found a nice video on YouTube from Christ Church Nashville:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeJTImXhE0o

"Vigilate itaque omni tempore orantes, ut digni habeamini fugere ista omnia, quae futura sunt, et stare ante Filium hominis", Luke 21:36.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Peak Oil - The Crude Reality

What is Peak Oil, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMQd5nGEkr4&mode=related&search and http://localfuture.org/peakoil.htm?

The problem of poverty is not lack of food, or lack of housing, but lack of energy.

Fortunately, we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us, see Philippians 4:13.

The US has only 2% of the oil reserves in the world, but uses 25% of the daily world oil.

In May, 2001, President Bush made the statement: "What people need to hear loud and clear is that we're running out of energy in America".

It is quite normal that states fight for resources, when they turn scarce, and they desperately need them.

The problem is, nevertheless, that after you drive a car off a cliff, it is too late to hit the brakes, and in effect, the world as a whole have gone over the edge of the cliff, when it comes to oil consumption.

Now, oil is the very best energy source we ever found, see http://www.peak-oil-news.info/.

But how much oil is left, see http://www.theoildrum.com/uploads/28/PU200610_Fig1.png?

And do we face a potential world catastrophy within 10 years, see http://www.3k88.com/?

In one century the world population has gone from 1.5 to 6.5 billion people. When I was born, back in 1959, the world population was 2.7 billion people. And yet, even then many people thought the world was already overpopulated.

Thanks to cheap oil supply, the world has experienced a fantastic period of growth, both when it comes to population but also of wealth, see http://abc.net.au/4corners/special_eds/20060710/default_standard.htm.

Today's high oil prices - see http://www.gold-eagle.com/gold_digest_05/hamilton072106.html - will of course affect the future size of the world population.

Historically, not too long ago, during the years around 1865, Sweden had a small population compared to today. But yet many families had to sell some of their children on the local market, because they could not feed them all. A large part of the Swedish population emigrated to the US, and this fate was also shared with many other countries in Europe.

Then many persons found a safe haven in the then rather unknown and promised land - America. And then cheap oil saved us all. Is the Armageddon war for oil, see Revelation 16:16, the only solution for today's generation, see http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net?

But there are some optimists too, see for example this blog http://peakoiloptimist.blogspot.com and http://neinuclearnotes.blogspot.com/2006/12/canadian-minister-nuclear-to-play-role.html.

Now, what does the Bible say about Peak Oil?

In the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament, Joseph explained that the Pharaoh’s nightmares forecast seven bumper harvests, which were followed by seven years of global famine. Genesis here offers us a first lesson in economic theory, involving forecasting, business cycles, supply and demand, stock building, inventory management and rationing.

With rising oil prices dominating both headlines and bottom lines, the question is who is right - the orderly prophesies of Joseph in Genesis, or the apocalyptic ones of John in Revelation?

Actually, the seven-year cycle has run its course, and the Old Testament is no longer to be trusted, see Luke 16:16 and Hebrews 8:7. The oil market follows no more the logic of the very first book of the Old Testament, but rather the logic of the very last book of the New Testament.

The Book of Revelation reveals itself as a series of natural upheavals, fitting for a modern society running out of oil. We can see how the big questions and their answers firmly are rooted in the New Testament. It is clear that we need a big change of mind, see Romans 12:2.

Concerning the question of an eventual huge oil reserve in the Holy Land, see http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=48881, it seems normal that God would have chosen the best for His people, see Romans 11:26,29, and see also Matthew 25:1 - 13.

"Et non docebit unusquisque proximum suum, et unusquisque fratrem suum dicens: 'Cognosce Dominum'; quoniam omnes scient me, a minore usque ad maiorem eorum", Hebrews 8:11.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Peak Oil Is A More Serious Threat Than Global Warming

Global oil supply has peaked, see http://www.resourceinvestor.com/pebble.asp?relid=19786.

We must therefore take better care of our oil resources than today, see Revelation 6:6, and stop to ship too many things too far, see http://www.eia.doe.gov/pub/oil_gas/petroleum/feature_articles/2004/worldoilsupply/oilsupply04.html.

It is also important to let people work when they want, and where they want: in other words to liberate the work force from unnecessary commuting, see the comments of Matthew Simmons on http://www.theoildrum.com/node/2239.

The oil production is now rapidly decreasing in Norway, in 40 of the 48 oil fields there, by some 400 000 barrels - compare with http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8f/Norway_hubbert.jpg - and in Mexico they have the same problem with the Cantarell field, which now drops its production with some 500 000 barrels, see http://energybulletin.net/25544.html.

The size of the world population, and of the world consumption, and of jobs, and of wages, and of the level of our quality of life, are dictated by the energy supply available, see http://www.oildecline.com.

The American President George Bush understands how important this issue is, see http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/04/25/bush.energy/index.html.

To produce ethanol consumes 70% more energy, in today's energy prices, than that which it contributes to. However, when crude oil prices will reach above 150 US dollars per barrel, ethanol will start to be an interesting alternative energy source. Therefore it is important to look at ethanol as an alternative source of energy already today.

Ethanol will however never be able to replace oil as energy source, see also http://www.sou.gov.se/inland/pdf/Kjell_Aleklett_Lycksele.pdf.

Light crude oil is cheap today, see http://www.futuresource.com/charts/charts.jsp?s=CL1%21&o=&a=W&z=610x300&d=medium&b=LINE&st, but soon we will reach the point of peak oil recognition, see http://www.financialsense.com/Market/barbera/2007/0123.html.

Those who regularly follow the daily price fluctuations at http://www.livecharts.co.uk/MarketCharts/brent.php, and see also http://www.futuresource.com/charts/charts.jsp?s=CL1%21&o=&a=W&z=610x300&d=medium&b=LINE&st can easily see the high volatility of the oil price.

Some other interesting links for this are:
http://www.marketwatch.com/tools/marketsummary/indices/indices.asp?siteid=mktw&indexid=112&groupid=38&symb=OIX

http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/commodities/energyprices.html

http://www.wtrg.com/daily/crudeoilprice.html

http://profinance.ru/_quote_show_/java

http://www.bry.com/index.php?page=oilprices

http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/commodities/cfutures.html

In the world's largest oil field - Ghawar - in Saudi Arabia they today pump up 4 times more water from it than oil. Since they inject a staggering 7 million barrels of sea water into that field every day - in order for the pressure to be kept up - the percentage of water in that oil field will be over 90% when it finally is abandoned, see http://www.energybulletin.net/1269.html.

The oil fields in the Middle East are getting too old and are at the end of their capacity. The same is true for the oil fields in the US and in the UK, but the world demand increases all the time.

There will therefore by necessity be a tough transition period. However, I am an optimist, because nothing cures high prices like high prices.

"Adeamus ergo cum fiducia ad thronum gratiae, ut misericordiam consequamur et gratiam inveniamus in auxilio oportuno", Hebrews 4:16.