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HuffPo was shocked. Shocked!

Pew issued its latest media report, showing that MSNBC is (wait for it) BIASED.

2013 State of the News Media Pew Report

HuffPo called this idea startling.

2013_03 18 HuffPo SHOCKED at Pew report

Isn’t HuffPo supposed to also be sorta newsy oriented … as in, looking for and recognizing truthy stuff?

::snort::

Tweeters had fun.

@HuffingtonPost complaining about @MSNBC’s lack of hard news is like a crack addict yelling at his older brother for smoking cigarettes.

Projection 101! You can always tell what the Left is doing by looking at what they accuse others of doing.

Huffpo wins the Captain Louis Renault Award for this week.

MSNBC is everything the idiot left accuses Fox of being. Meanwhile, Fox actually reports news.

Fox’s commentary is almost always a left and right debate, too. Not the one-sided stuff on MSNBC.

They should just rename it MSDNC and call it a day.

I’m shocked Pews thinks the factual content is that high.

Dear Obama Admin — is this the legitimate media?

MSNBC dominated by opinion. In other news, Pope Francis is Catholic.

More this hour: A controversial study claims bears crap in woods.

This just in: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

The comments at HuffPo are a riot, spinning it that MSNBC is “opinion based on facts” while Fox is “reporting based on lies.”

Just remember, always wash your hands after you leave Huff Po.

And if it burns when you urinate — see a doctor immediately.

Unless you’re repelling a rapist.

And brain bleach, don’t forget the brain bleach.

Sources:

http://stateofthemedia.org/2013/special-reports-landing-page/the-changing-tv-news-landscape/

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The Olivet Discourse, Seal Six and The Rapture

A few days before Jesus died (probably on Wednesday of Holy Week), he and some of his disciples went up on the Mount of Olives where Jesus talked about the End Times. In particular, he predicted that his “coming in the clouds” would be a Rapture event, NOT the last ingathering for Final Judgment.

I am going to be quoting and paraphrasing from the Olivet Discourse without verse references simply for clarity and ease of understanding, not to twist the original meaning in any way. I encourage you to read these five chapters in full for yourselves: Matthew (24-25), Mark (13), and Luke (17, 21).

There will be wars and insurrections; such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end. Because of the increase in evildoing, the love of many will grow cold. They will seize you and hand you over. You will even be handed over by loved ones. They will persecute you and they will kill you.

70 million martyrs

Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven and all the tribes of the Earth will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Sixth Seal text on illus

According to Jesus himself, four sky signs will occur on the day he comes upon the clouds with power and glory:

  1. the sun will be darkened,
  2. the moon will not give its light,
  3. the stars will fall from the sky, and
  4. the sign of the Son of Man will appear.

When Seal Six is opened (Rev 6:12-14), John sees four things in the sky, the three Jesus specified, plus a fourth thing that I think is likely “the sign of the Son of Man”:

  1. the sun turned as black as dark sackcloth,
  2. the whole moon became like blood,
  3. the stars in the sky fell to the earth, and then
  4. the sky was divided like a torn scroll curling up.

Before I continue, let me be clear that I was very concerned I not interpret these texts wrongly. Remember when I skipped ahead and talked about the Trumpets and Bowls? I did that to find out what sky signs John saw accompanying Jesus’ final victory at Armageddon.

3 Trumpets Bowls chart

See https://polination.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/revelation-trumpets-and-bowls/ for why I believe the Trumpets and Bowls are matchers.

The Trumpet Seven/Bowl Seven/End of Days sky signs say nothing about the sun or the moon; moreover, instead of stars (fire) falling from the sky, there are gigantic hailstones (ice). I think it’s quite clear that the “Jesus in the clouds” event is NOT the same as the End of Days event.

This interpretation also fits with the End Times prophecy God gave to Joel:

The sun will darken, the moon turn blood-red,

Before the day of the LORD arrives, that great and terrible day.

Then everyone who calls upon the name of the LORD will escape harm. (Joel 3:4-5)

I think where Joel speaks of “that great and terrible day”, he means End of Days and that where he speaks of the dark sun and blood moon, he is talking about the Seal Six Rapture event. Joel notes at the Rapture time, “Everyone who calls upon the name of the LORD will escape harm.” Jesus taught the same thing during the Olivet Discourse:

In the days of Noah, before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, in the days of Lot, they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building, then on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

I tell you, on that night, they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. He will send out his angels with a trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the earth/heavens to the other. There will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left. There will be two men in the field; one will be taken, the other left behind.

Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life. Be vigilant at all times lest that day catch you by surprise like a trap. Stay awake! Be watchful! Be alert! You must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. Pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.

When these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand. Remember the wife of Lot. A person who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise a person in the field must not return to what was left behind. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.

Contrast these paragraphs with later in the Olivet Discourse, when Jesus talks about the Final Judgment:

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

There are two huge differences.

  1. The first day involves the Lord miraculously offering the chance of rescue to his elect before the Great Tribulation AND the possibility for each of us to miss out on the offer (as Lot’s wife did) through an excessive concern for the things of this life.
  2. The second day comes after the Great Tribulation AND attendance will be absolutely mandatory for all, living or dead.

If it’s so important that we be ready to say yes, just as Noah and Lot said yes, then we’d best understand what the signs will be. God gave us the list at least three times.

God told Joel who told us in the Old Testament book of Joel:

  1. The sun will darken,
  2. the moon turn blood-red,
  3. Then everyone who calls upon the name of the LORD will escape harm.

Jesus told us while he was here:

  1. the sun will be darkened,
  2. the moon will not give its light,
  3. the stars will fall from the sky, and
  4. the sign of the Son of Man will appear.

God told John who told us in the New Testament book of Revelation:

  1. the sun turned as black as dark sackcloth,
  2. the whole moon became like blood,
  3. the stars in the sky fell to the earth, and then
  4. the sky was divided like a torn scroll curling up.

It looks to me like “the sign of the Son of Man” will be the sky dividing like a torn scroll curling up. The footnote in my Bible says the words translated as “was divided” literally mean “was split” like a broken papyrus roll torn in two, each half then curling up to form a roll on either side.

Torn scroll rolling up

I checked other translations to be sure I had the image correct.

Divided/Split Apart/Separated/Parted

  • NABRE “The sky was divided like a torn scroll curling up.”
  • NET “The sky was split apart like a scroll being rolled up”
  • NAS “The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up”
  • Holman “The sky separated like a scroll being rolled up”
  • Aramaic “And the Heavens were parted like scrolls being rolled up”

Departed/Vanished/Receded/Was Removed/Rolled Up/Passed Away

  • KJB, LDS, Webster’s “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together”
  • Young’s Literal “and heaven departed as a scroll rolled up”
  • ISV and God’s Word “The sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up”
  • ESV “The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up”
  • NIV “The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up”
  • ASV, ERV “And the heaven was removed as a scroll when it is rolled up”
  • WEB “The sky was removed like a scroll when it is rolled up”
  • NLT “The sky was rolled up like a scroll”
  • Weymouth “The sky too passed away, as if a scroll were being rolled up”

When the sky splits open, it will presumably reveal something. My first thought about that puzzling image was that it reminded me of what John said right after Letter Seven:

After this I had a vision of an open door to heaven, and I heard the trumpetlike voice that had spoken to me before, saying, ‘Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards’. At once I was caught up in spirit. A throne was there in heaven. [Rev 4:1-2]

This seems valid, since the images of doors – locked and open – feature prominently in the Letters that occur right before (Philadelphia) and right after (Laodicea) the opening of Seal Six.

3 Letter Seal chart

The other image that jumps to mind is the veil in the Temple that tore down the middle when Jesus died, revealing the Holy of Holies and the Ark of the Covenant, which were representations of God’s dwelling place in Heaven. Keep in mind that any “door” God rips in the sky will be trans-dimensional. We’re not talking about the out-dated, simplistic cosmology of God’s dwelling place being literally above the sky; we know it’s not. Still, I think the graphic below is helpful in visualizing the “torn scroll sky as door to Heaven” event.

Ancient Hebrew conception of universe

There is one further piece of evidence for my interpretation that I want to share here before I let you go. Revelation 6:13 does not just say, “The stars in the sky fell to the earth,” but that they fell “like unripe figs shaken loose from the tree in a strong wind.” Is it just me or does fruit plopping out of a tree just not spring to mind as a descriptor for flaming meteors streaking down?

Stars falling v Unripe figs

John’s incongruous fig image stuck in my head, so when I was reading the Olivet Discourse, I was absolutely stunned to realize that, in all three Gospels, the exact same two lines follow immediately after the list of sky signs:

Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, know that he is near, at the gates. (Matthew 24:29-33, Mark 13: 24-29, Luke 21:25-31).

Wow. Stars falling and fig trees. Jesus at the gates. Could it get any more obvious?

Pretrib Rapture graphic

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Source for parallel Bible translations @ http://bible.cc/revelation/6-14.htm.

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