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Movie review: Exodus-Gods and Kings


5ac78eb0e2c3b7a0ab0bb3a1d14c089dThe newest Biblically based Hollywood movie to come to the silver screen is the account of Moses, who led the children of Israel out of the 400 year bondage to Egypt and its Pharaohs to freedom. Some of the other critics have lambasted director, Ridley Scott, for failing to have Jewish or Egyptian actors play these parts; but he has had his come-back, so to speak, by replying that Egypt would have been a very multi-national cosmopolitan country at that time.  Other critics writing about this movie have declared that they wouldn’t “pay to see the movie.”  Hmmm.  Then how were they able to critique the movie?

This writer did pay to see the movie on the big screen and it was a bit disappointing that the writers did not remain faithful to the Scriptural accounts of this particular event.  For example, the Scriptures make the account in which God turned the Nile into blood; however the writers depicted this event utilizing monster-sized crocodiles that attack an Egyptian boat, thus killing all of the inhabitants, and so their blood contaminates the Nile.  Though the writers show about 5-6 men being graphically torn apart, realistically, their bodies do not contain enough blood to contaminate the entire Nile River, nor even just the area where the Pharaoh is living either.  Then we must deal with the idea that these crocodiles are the writer’s fantasy, because there was no such plague. Regarding the plague of blood, the writer has attempted to normalize and reduce the enormity of it as well as give a natural cause for its existence, thus highlighting the writer’s own faithlessness in an awesome and totally all-consuming God, better known as the Great I am.

However, the cinematic rendering of the other plagues, was very well done.  This writer especially liked the plague of darkness and then the final plague in which every firstborn child died, if they had not been covered by the blood of the lamb.  It was shown as being a great shadow that fell over the land and as it passed over the houses, the first-born children simply stopped breathing. The 1957 version depicted it as a green phantasm in the shape of a bony hand of death.

Then there is a particular character that shows up in this movie, i.e. is it God? is it Jesus? or perhaps a messenger angel?  The writer failed egregiously with this, in that, if this is the Great I Am, why the image of a child? If this is supposed to be a pre-incarnate Jesus, with the hinting around of Isaiah 11:6  “….and a little child shall lead them,” then we have some major issues that abound here, especially, since Moses lived thousands of years before Isaiah prophesied about the child.  It leaves the viewer totally confused and even more so when Moses blatantly tells this ‘child’ he didn’t want to deal with a messenger.

The Scriptures also do not recount that Moses tried to carry out the overthrow of the Pharaoh with his own methods; with the (God) child finally telling him, almost as if he was about to say, ‘tsk, tsk, tsk…okay….just stand back and watch this!’  Seriously?  This whole scene fell flat.

The writer has also attempted to downplay other major events contained within the whole scope of the story, such as: very little coverage concerning the making of the golden calf; or the reception of the stone tablets with God’s very own laws thusly written upon them; Miriam is left back in Egypt when clearly she sang and danced with her timbrels when Pharaoh’s chariots were cast into the sea.

Finally, other critics have mentioned that the Red Sea crossing was done all wrong.  It was if you were expecting another Cecil B. DeMille rendition.  Let’s face it shall we?  Charlton Heston raising his arms along with his special staff over the waters and the wind picking up and dividing the sea with the very breath of God is one movie scene that would be hard to outdo.  But here is the point that this writer would like to make; is there anyone living or ever lived that wrote down the exact way in which God divided the waters?  We know the answer to that one, don’t we? Since this writer attended seminary, and has entertained many schools of religious streams of thought; it would appear that what the writer was attempting to do was to lay the groundwork for a liberal theologian’s ideas, in which Moses really crossed the Red Sea at a point where the deepest part was approximately ten inches. But here is the biblically conservative come-back to that idea: how did Pharaoh’s army drown in ten inches of water?  So the writer has attempted to give credence to the idea that the children of Israel crossed in shallow water; however, this idea totally leaves God out of the picture.  Plus, as they are crossing the Red Sea, the writer attempts to blend in the traditional view and pretty soon they are crossing on almost dry land.  The cinematography of the water sweeping back, plus the giant waterspouts forming, which presumably has been the force to draw the water back, still has an incredible realism that doesn’t displease the viewer.

Overall, it still rates 4/5 stars from this critic, even with the writer not remaining faithful to the Scriptures.  This writer definitely says: Go see it for yourself.  It is good that Hollywood has finally decided to make Biblically based movies at long last.  This writer has heard many complaints about the fact that there is nothing ‘decent’ to see at the movie houses, and this writer has made plenty of complaints also.  Should Christians just not rather rejoice that at the very least, we are being given movies to see and enjoy?  Plus, opportunities to speak the truth about the real Scriptural events and how our God deserves all the glory is laid out like a red carpet before us.

 

Pearl Harbor 1941, the day that lived in infamy


h72273ktToday is December 7th, the day that we remember the Japanese attack on our naval base located in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.  This is the 73rd anniversary of that fateful day when our naval base was attacked in the early morning hours.  The Navy personnel acted in a calm and purposeful manner on that morning, despite being attacked in such early hours.  Seeing that it has been 73 years, there are not many survivors left and the ones that are still living make their way to honor their dead shipmates.  As the picture shows, the Navy Honor Guard saluting the survivors of Pearl Harbor on December 2 as they came to pay tribute.  The following quote is from one of the commanding officers in his report that he filed for December 7 on the Arizona:

Lieutenant Commander S. G. Fuqua wrote as follows:

I was in the ward room eating breakfast about 0755 when a short signal on the ship’s air raid alarm was made. I immediately went to the phone and called the Officer-of-the-Deck to sound general quarters and then shortly thereafter ran up to the starboard side of the quarter deck to see if he had received word. On coming out of the ward room hatch on the port side, I saw a Japanese plane go by, the machine guns firing, at an altitude of about 100 feet. As I was running forward on the starboard side of the quarter deck, approximately by the starboard gangway, I was apparently knocked out by the blast of a bomb which I learned later had struck the face plate of #4 turret on the starboard side and had glanced off and gone through the deck just forward of the captain’s hatch, penetrating the decks and exploding on the third deck. When I came to and got up off the deck, the ship was a mass of flames amidships on the boat deck and the deck aft was awash to about frame 90. The anti-aircraft battery and machine guns apparently were still firing at this time. Some of the Arizona boats had pulled clear of the oil and were lying off the stern.

At this time I attempted, with the assistance of the crews of #2 and #4 turrets to put out the fire which was coming from the boat deck and which had extended to the quarter deck. There was no water on the fire mains. However, about 14 C02s were obtained that were stowed on the port side and held the flames back from the quarter deck enabling us to pick up wounded who were running down the boat deck out of the flames. I placed about 70 wounded and injured in the boats which had been picked up off the deck aft and landed them at the Ford Island landing. This was completed about 0900 or 0930. Not knowing whether the Captain or the Admiral had ever reached the bridge, I had the Captain’s hatch opened up, immediately after I came to, and sent officers Ensign G. B. Lennig, USNR. and Ensign J. D. Miller, USN down to search the Captain’s and Admirals cabins to see if they were there. By this time the Captain’s cabin and Admiral’s cabin were about waist deep in water. A search of the two cabins revealed that the Admiral and Captain were not there. Knowing that they were on board I assume that they had proceeded to the bridge. All personnel but 3 or 4 men, turrets #3 and #4, were saved.

About 0900, seeing that all guns of the anti-aircraft and secondary battery were out of action and that the ship could not possibly be saved, I ordered all hands to abandon ship (Navy History).

It is up to our current generations to teach our children about the history of the United States of America.  This is how the memories of those that gave their all and those that survived that terrible attack can be remembered and honored as we pay them tribute on this day.  Many places have been flying their American flags at half-mast in remembrance of this day.  This is a good way to show that we remember Pearl Harbor and all that it means.  We need to restore the patriotism that was a part of the people of the United States of America.  It is highly recommended by this writer that if you get the chance to visit Pearl Harbor, to teach your children or your grandchildren our history of the incredible bravery of the men and women who rose to the call of battle.  The Naval Chaplaincy members were also awarded Medals of Honor for their heroic actions on this day as well.

Second ‘Blood Moon’ tetrad during October 8 early morning hours


October 8 2014 blood moonThe second of the four ‘Blood Moon’ tetrads that were announced last year will be viewable on October 8 during the early morning hours.  Whether or not these are indicative of the soon arrival of the Messiah, or Yeshua Ha Mashiach is unclear at this time.  However, the Scriptures are clear on one issue, which is that every Christian should be ready to receive their Messiah at any hour of any day.  Nevertheless, it is still rather exciting to ponder these thoughts that at some time possibly in the very near future, the heavenly shofar will be sounding and the King of kings will be standing in the clouds beckoning His people to rise up and join Him.

Luke 21:28

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

According to Pastor Hagee and NASA there will be a total of four blood moon occurrences: the first one was on April 15, 2014, which was also the beginning of Passover; the next one will be on October 8, 2014, in the early morning hours. This will be on the Feast of Tabernacles, which is a feast that Israel kept to signify the Lord God being present with them in a personal way, thus tabernacling with them.  Hence faithful Jewish people would build little lean-to’s and sit in them so that they could experience the presence of the Lord.  The third blood moon will occur on Passover April 4, 2015; and finally, the fourth blood moon in this Tetrad will happen on September 28, 2015.  As Pastor John Hagee stated in 2013 “that these happenings occurring is what is known as a Blood Moon Tetrad; it is beyond the null hypothesis of probability.”

The last ‘Blood Moon’ that this writer witnessed, which was on April 15, 2014 was indeed a soft red in color since the sun’s rays were being blocked by the earth passing between the sun and moon.  Quoting myself:

This writer also found it remarkable that a light breeze was blowing, though it was very cold, and the chimes on a nearby house were playing.  In the awesome quiet of this early morning hour with the lunar eclipse turning blood red in the sky, it was as if the chimes were singing their own song of praise to the Creator of the universe. Shortly thereafter, the birds began to sing as well.  It was totally awe inspiring this morning.

This writer is looking forward to being a witness to this second ‘blood moon’ tetrad and to see the awesome sights that the Lord Creator will be displaying this time.  In my last article, this writer had viewed a video that had been produced by Evangelist, Anita Fuentes had listed some remarkable timelines concerning this two-year, Jewish Feast centered, celestial happenings:

The blood moon on April 15, 2014 is in the sign of Virgo, which represents not only the Mother of Christ but the Bride of Christ as well.  The blood moon that will happen on October 8, 2014 will be in the sign of Pisces, which is represented by two fishes; which also represents the two houses of Israel.  Then again it will repeat during the Passover on April 4, 2015 and the Feast of Tabernacles on September 28, 2015.  But even more importantly, on Adar 29 or March 20, 2015 there will be a ‘Sackcloth Sun’ which will also be in the sign of Pisces.

The fact that these four blood moons will be occurring on two of Israel’s feasts in 2014 and 2015 is phenomenal.  It was recorded during the years of 1493-1494 when Spain fell; the Jews were expelled on the 9th of Av, which is known as the ‘Narrow Straits'; as well as being the date that the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed…both times; and Columbus discovered America.  Then in 1949-1950 after Israel became a nation and the last one was in 1967-1968 during Israel’s Six Day War.  It seems that when these blood moon tetrads occur, there is a coinciding of happenings of great world events also occurring during these periods.  Currently, ISIS or ISIL has been threatening non-Muslim believers with annihilation, beginning with Israel. The middle east has been in an uproar, namely with Hamas attacking Israel, before these four ‘blood moon’ tetrads even began and definitely now during their occurrences.  Coincidence?

Is God, the Creator of the Universe trying to get our attention?  Many say ‘yes’, and this writer being a faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, says ‘yes’ as well.  Let’s look at some of the Scriptures.

Luke 21:25-28

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Well the signs in the heavens have certainly been happening and there will be two more blood moons which will conclude on September 28, 2015.  But in the middle of these four blood moons the sun will be darkened on Adar 29 or March 20, 2015.  Let us now look at

Matthew 24:29-33

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

This writer believes that everyone should be watching intently to see what happens over the course of the next 12 months and if you are not saved by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, this would be an auspicious moment to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to be your personal Lord and Savior.  The Scriptures declare in

Romans 10:9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Plus, anyone can link to this writer’s Christian website, New Covenant Christian Ministries and read more about how to become a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rosh Ha Shana begins tonight at sundown, Sept. 24


Tonight begins the Jewish feast of Rosh Ha Shana, or the Head of the Year, which simplyRosh Hashana by enjoyfestivals.com means the New Year.  In Biblical times, Israel began its civil new year on Rosh Ha Shana and a new Feast year at Passover.  This time of celebration begins with a series of three Fall Feasts, beginning with the celebration of the Head of the Year which leads into the Days of Awe and then culminates in Yom Kippur, otherwise know as the Day of Atonement.

Rosh Ha Shana is a time of great celebration and the sounding of the Shofar was heard throughout Israel and wherever the scattered tribes of Israel lived throughout the centuries.

Leviticus 23:23-25

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.  Ye shall do no servile work: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

After this feast begins the Days of Awe as stated above after the Head of the Year celebration.  This is to usher in thoughts of repentance and asking humbly for forgiveness for all of our mistakes.  This lasts for ten days, after which, the third Fall Feast begins, Yom Kippur.  Christians celebrate these Fall Feasts by placing Y’shua ha Mashiach at the center of our thoughts and keeping Him as the central focus.  It was the coming of the Messiah and His sacrificial death as the final atonement; seeing that Yeshua came as the Lamb of God.  He made it available for our sins, transgressions and iniquities to be removed as we plead the Holy Blood of our Messiah, which has been eternally placed on the Mercy seat in Heaven before the One True God.  This indeed is a time of great celebration for God has shown great mercy upon all of His people.

The feast technically begins on the eve of September 24th, since the new day begins at sundown and continues until September 25th at sundown.  According to the Jewish calendar, September 25th is reserved as the second day of Rosh Ha Shana for those that live outside of Israel. Some Scriptures that you can read are:

Genesis 21:1-34
Numbers 29:1-6
1 Samuel 1:1 – 2:10
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

So today at sundown, let us begin a joyful celebration, whether you can physically hear the blowing of a Shofar or not, let the spiritual Shofar be heard in your spirit as we look to our God for all of the wonderful things that He has brought to pass as He is fulfilling all of these great Feasts which will culminate with the arrival of our King and God.

The Ten Commandments: Are they still relevant? – Part 15


Torah - FacebookWe were last studying in the books of Galatians and the Gospel of John to define the issue of what happened to the Laws of God once the Lord Jesus Christ became the final and perfect sacrifice; who took our place and received unto Himself the total judgment and wrath of God Almighty for us, subsequently dying in our place. As we saw in Part 14 and more importantly in the Scriptures, that the Laws of God did not actually end, as some have erroneously taught, but rather that they migrated from an external place to a permanent internal place, that is, within our born again spirits. Let us read in

Jeremiah 31:31-33

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

So we read in the foregoing Scriptures that even in the days of Jeremiah, that God had prophesied through His prophet that one day He would institute a new covenant. He would not make it like the old one, namely, that His people would have to sacrifice daily to atone for the sins of Israel in whole and individuals would have to come to a priest to make atonement and peace offerings continually, but that He would send His only begotten Son who would become the final sacrifice for all eternity. So the Lord Jesus Christ became for us our High Priest, not to make continual sacrifices as we read in the book of Hebrews, but just the one, final sacrifice. Why? The animals that they slaughtered for sacrificial purposes, though they might be without spot or blemish on the outside, their blood lines were still corruptible and so rotted. This is why the priests had to apply fresh blood upon the horns of the altar each and every day. However, the blood of the true Lamb of God, His blood is and was incorruptible, and it is still fresh upon the mercy seat in Heaven; which is why the Christian “pleads the blood of Jesus Christ,” when we are asking for forgiveness for our transgressions against our Holy Father in Heaven.

The passage in Jeremiah 31 goes on to say that Israel could not keep these laws; they couldn’t keep them because they were based upon THEIR works. However, when you accept the WORKS of the Lord Jesus Christ and accept the pure blood of the True Lamb of God to be your atonement, it is no longer centered upon your works, but HIS WORKS. Furthermore, God was going to WRITE HIS LAW in our inward parts, i.e. our spirits. Therefore, how can God’s law be ended or over? If we say that God’s law ended with the arrival of the New Covenant, we stand in complete opposition to what His Scriptures declare and basically, you are spitting in God’s face and calling Him a liar. Are you sure you wish to do that?

Now some will say (trying to get out of this requirement, or so they think) that I follow the Apostle Paul or I really like the Apostle John and what he had to say, etc. Really? Then someone please explain why the Apostle John cogently stated in 1 John that God’s commandments were not grievous, but rather were rather easy to keep? Then why did the Apostle Paul teach the church in Ephesus nine of the Ten Commandments? The only one that he did not cite was the first commandment; which is really a no-brainer, since you have chosen to follow Christ; it really is quite axiomatic that you must already have a love for God and His only begotten Son. Therefore, the Christians in Ephesus must not have needed to be reminded to keep the first commandment. They must already have mastered that particular commandment.

Stay tuned for the next part. See you there.

Hobby Lobby wins the day in the Supreme Court


th (1)Hobby Lobby has been in the midst of a long running battle regarding their right to choose what types of birth control methods that they will pay for under their insurance program for their employees.  Since the owners of Hobby Lobby hold deeply held Christian convictions, the Obamacare mandate held that they had to pay for procedures that they felt violated their religious freedoms. Today, the United State Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby owners and is therefore a winning ruling in favor of religious freedom.  The Supreme Court ruled that the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability…at issue here are regulations promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which, as relevant here, requires specified employers’ group health plans to furnish ‘preventive care and screenings’ for women without any ‘cost-sharing requirements.’  Congress did not specify what types of preventive care must be covered; it authorized the Health Resources and Services Administration, a component of HHS, to decide. Non-exempt employers are generally required to provide coverage for the 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including the 4 that may have the effect of preventing an already fertilized egg from developing any further by inhibiting its attachment to the uterus.”

Further, the Supreme Court held  that, “As applied to closely held corporations, the HHS regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violates RFRA.”  It further upheld that “It employed the familiar legal fiction of including corporations within RFRA’s definition of ‘persons,’ but the purpose of extending rights to corporations is to protect the rights of people associated with the corporation, including shareholders, officers and employees.  Protecting the free-exercise rights of closely held corporations thus protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control them.”

So now, Hobby Lobby and other closely held corporations such as Mardel and Conestoga have been afforded the protection under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  As such, they will not be required to implement health care services that they find to be at odds with their religious beliefs.  This is yet another loss for President Obama and his lack of respect for the United States Constitution and his erroneously held beliefs that he has the right to trample upon the rights of the citizens of the United States of America.

Praise the Lord God Almighty for His righteous right arm that has been bared for His people.  Amen.

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