Daily Archives: March 15, 2013

Stay safe. Stay free. Stay armed.

2013_03 11 Iron County Utah just says NO

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Today’s tweet harvest

2013_03 14 Mr T tweets congrats to Pope Francis

  • TWEET – Marco Rubio: Gotten hooked on the #Bible miniseries on #HistoryChannel.
  • I’ll spare you the Leftie hate tweets that ensued and skip right to the commentary on the hate tweets:
  • TWEET – This sure is the party of tolerance….until you disagree with them.
  • TWEET – Yes, but the good thing is we won’t have to see them in Heaven. 🙂

Bastiat makes sense

  • TWEET – Marco Rubio: We don’t need a new idea. There is an idea. The idea is called America. And it still works.

US NAVY Life, Liberty and the pursuit of all who threaten it

  • TWEET – Socialism: If You Build It, You Must Keep Them In At Gunpoint

Capitalism works

  • TWEET – Less than 2% of existing health plans in the individual market provide the essential health benefits required under Obama care.

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Pope Francis UPDATED!

March 15, 2013 The new pope in motion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWJmpRGwxfU

2013_03 15 New name

2013_03 15 Taking the bus

Three Popes

Three popes in one photo

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Continuing my study of the Book of Revelation

Until I started this Revelation study, I was only aware of two End Time events – the Second Coming and the Final Judgment. I had the impression these happened together at the very end, but what I’m finding in the Scriptures is that the Second Coming comes before while the Final Judgment comes after the Great Tribulation.

In First Corinthians, St. Paul said,

“In Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power.” [1 Cor 15:22-24]

These look like three separate events to me.

  • 1) Christ the firstfruits.
  • 2) Then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ.
  • 3) Then comes the end when he hands over the kingdom.

I found another multi-part End Time prophecy in Isaiah 25 that seems to support this interpretation:

“On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations. He will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces.” [Is 25:7-8]

  • 1) He will destroy the veil that veils all peoples.
  • 2) He will destroy the web that is woven over all nations.
  • 3) He will destroy death forever.

and

  • 1, 2, 3) The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces.

If these three sets of threes really are matchers, they should line up convincingly without any twisting of Scripture. The ones all match up beautifully.

1) Christ the firstfruits. Jesus’ rose on the Feast of Firstfruits. The First Triduum timeline was:

  1. Friday, April 3, 33 AD – Preparation Day: Jesus was being crucified while Passover lambs were being slaughtered at the Temple.
  2. Saturday, April 4, 33 AD – Sabbath Passover: Jesus was in the tomb on a day when the mandated Passover rest day coincided with the mandated Sabbath rest day. A day of double rest like this is called a High Sabbath.
  3. Sunday, April 5, 33 AD – Feast of Firstfruits: Jesus rose from the dead. In biblical times, the first crop harvested in spring-time was barley, a very important staple in the diet of the Jewish people, particularly for the poor who could not afford wheat. Leviticus records God’s command that newly harvested barley not be eaten until the firstfruits of that harvest had been offered to Him on the day after the Sabbath that fell within the week-long Festival of Unleavened Bread. In 33 AD, this fell on the Sunday Jesus rose from the dead.

1) He will destroy the veil that veils all peoples.

  • VEIL: “When Jesus died, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.” [Matt 21:50-53]
  • DEATH: “On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala saw the stone removed from the tomb.” [John 20:1, paraphrased]

1) The Lord will wipe away tears.

“Mary of Magdala stayed outside the tomb weeping. Then, Jesus appeared and said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Go to my brothers and tell them.’ So she went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’.” [John 20:11-18, paraphrased]

So far so good. But we must be very cautious when moving from recounting the events of the first Holy Week, which are well attested to by history, into interpreting the confusing and much disputed prophecies regarding the Second Coming and Final Judgment. In particular, we need to understand what the torn veil and moved stone mean.

The Veil

Temple Tabernacle floor plan

The Tabernacle in the Jewish Temple had two rooms – the most sacred inner room where God’s presence dwelt and the sacred outer room where priests kept the seven oil lamps on the menorah lit continually, burned incense twice a day, and changed out the twelves loaves of showbread once a week.

The veil was an enormous embroidered curtain that hung between the two rooms to protect sinners from the perfection of God. It was too big and too thick to have been torn by any action of man. When Jesus died, the veil miraculously tore from top to bottom, signifying that Jesus had paid for all our sins. Through him, we have no need for a barrier. “Through the blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil.” [Hebrews 10:19-22]

The Stone

The tearing of the veil was both miraculous and a sign; so too was the moving of the stone from the entrance to Jesus’ tomb. Matthew tells us it was moved by an angel, who said to Mary Magdalene and her companion, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” [Matt 28:1-6, paraphrased]

Stone blocking tomb

Jesus himself clearly did not need the stone moved to exit the tomb; on the road to Emmaus he “vanished from their sight” [Luke 24:31] then later appeared to them inside a locked room [John 20:19]. No, the moving of the stone was for us, a miraculous sign that Jesus had conquered death “and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” [2 Tim 1:10]

This has gotten long, so I’ll let you go with this interesting thought:

The Holy of Holies is a representation of heaven itself, God’s dwelling place, to which we have access now through Christ. If you keep the Temple Tabernacle in mind, the geography of John’s visions are easier to visualize.

  • God’s throne is located in the Holy of Holies.
  • The “seven spirits before his throne” are the flames of the menorah.
  • The souls of the martyrs (Seal Five) are under the altar of showbread.
  • And the angel with the gold censer is at the altar of incense.

Holy Place furnishings

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