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Posted 3/26/15 at 8:16 PM | Michael Bresciani
Most of the trouble in our world takes place either when civil and ecclesiastical powers marry or merge or when civil power takes it upon itself to completely stop religion. Not all religion is legitimately pointing to the Creator God so it goes without saying that this statement does not include all religions in the most general sense of the word, but only those ordained by the Creator of mankind.
Biblical faith has its various divisions which all come together to present the full will and counsel of God to a fleeting and temporary world. There is history, law, moral and spiritual guidance, poetry, the all-important gospel message and finally about one third of the Bible is prophecy.
Pre, mid and post exilic, Messianic and pre-millennial prophecies are divisions within the general prophecies of the bible.
All prophecy culminates or quite simply comes to a head at the full revelation of the part of prophecy aforementioned and well known as “pre-millennial prophecy.” As the term implies this is when all prophecy converges in a single period of time or a single generation and it is just before the promised millennial (1,000 years) rule of Christ upon the earth. FULL POST
Posted 3/24/15 at 12:06 PM | Michael Bresciani
“This is our fight. The answer will not come from Washington. It will come only from the men and women across this country, from men and women, from people of faith, from lovers of liberty, from people who respect the Constitution. It will only come as it has come from every other time of challenge in this country, when the American people stand together and say we will get back to the principles that have made this country great. We will get back and restore that shining city on a hill - that is the United States of America.” - Ted Cruz, March 23, 2015 at Liberty University
Ted Cruz asked Liberty students to imagine a lot of things about America and most of them were connected to the nation’s original vision of freedom and opportunity. It would seem no one would find fault with such an exercise in restoration and patriotic revival, but as expected liberals and the indifferent found fodder to lob at the strongman of the Senate from the state of Texas.
With no notes or prompter Cruz dashed across the platform, fully animated, impeccably articulated and left nothing out of his announcement. He touched on every area of foreign and domestic policy and did not flinch when it came to the so called “hot button” social issues like marriage and abortion. FULL POST
Posted 3/20/15 at 11:13 AM | Michael Bresciani
Cultural phenomenon has broad and ever changing definitions quite simply due to its ever changing nature. What is popular today will be forgotten tomorrow.
The word of God and its prophetic message will never change because it emanates from the heart of the Living God. Its definition alone indicates its immutability. All prophecy is the forth telling of the will and counsel of God for all time, past, present and future.
This generation, more than any in history has come to believe that a popular movement, notion or practice is given credence and substance by the sheer number of people that have chosen to accept it, adhere to it, or adopt it as their own.
The notion that so many people can’t be wrong is exposed by God’s word as the very opposite of what it is denoting.
“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment.” (Ex 23: 2)
Popular ideas about who Christ is, theology and final judgement will always lead to a perverted and dangerous error that will cost more than a silly, drugged, dopey and sottish world really wants to pay. “There is safety in numbers” doesn’t work when we see that one day, all men will stand alone before the judgment seat of Christ. FULL POST
Posted 3/12/15 at 1:23 PM | Michael Bresciani
In times past it may have been true that you could lead a horse to water even if you couldn’t make him drink. Today, it may be counterproductive, politically incorrect, not trendy or just plain illegal to lead the horse to water.
UC Irvine executive cabinet vetoed a resolution banning the American flag in all student government offices. Some sixty members of the faculty still believe the ban should be in effect citing the times throughout history when the flag represented colonialism or imperialism. Also noted was the notion that the flag may create xenophobia or racial bias among the pampered PC students whose feelings must be regarded as inclusion and diversity are given their due reverence.
A generation long effort to kick God out of the halls of academia is now in its advanced stages where even the by-products of America’s Christian foundations are being tossed, such as the constitution and any semblance of national pride.
Southern California’s KTLA5 posted an article and video on March 10, 2015 declaring that the ban may be causing a possible ‘threat of violence’ on the campus. No one can say for sure if the faculty or students would be willing to take bumps and bruises to make their point, but for millions the of Americans it’s too late to stop the ‘threat of stupidity’ – it has already erupted. FULL POST
Posted 3/2/15 at 7:57 AM | Michael Bresciani
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on – Julia Ward Howe 1861
Julia Howe rose at the first light of day one morning in 1861 to pen the words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. She remarked that she took no thought, but the words seemed to flow down through the old scrap of a pencil she found the day before. Inspired by the singing of the Union soldiers around their camps who sang with such enthusiasm, even though all they had for lyrics were the un-consolatory words of John Brown’s body laying molding in the grave.
Howe saw the shape of patriotism without form and grace and by her gift of poetry and pentameter she gave the soldiers’ a picture of a more directed and noble sentiment.
After a half million lives were offered up to abolish the curse of slavery now 300 million Americans are on the brink of slavery once again. FULL POST
Posted 2/18/15 at 2:20 PM | Michael Bresciani
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (Ps 116: 15 KJV)
Contrary to Catholic teaching, saints are not just those canonized by the Pope. The appearance of untold millions of redeemed souls in the last days dispels that error completely. They are all called saints and they don’t need the Pope’s approval for that honored appellation. (Rev 5: 11)
Far more important is the fact that their deaths, especially those that are martyred, are ‘precious’ to God. The truth is that the severity of the judgments found in Revelation is due largely because in the last days, the slaughter of his people will begin again and will lead to God’s final intervention into the history of man. It is a worldwide judgment that will make atomic warfare; EMP’s and bio-war seem tame by comparison.
While I know that one day the message of warning and that of thousands of the faithful who share this message will be vindicated, even that, counts for little in our own assessment of things. What does count - are the precious lives and families of those who are disregarded and treated as refuse in a world that is sliding into reprobation at the speed of death. FULL POST
Posted 2/3/15 at 12:08 PM | Michael Bresciani
The Next Hitler Arrives with Great Speed and Fury – He will not be late
After listening to a NPR reporter tell her listeners that Christians have always been apocalyptic and have been warning for generations that judgment was coming - I could only cringe.
Uniformitarianism is the world’s opiate, it is the way the hordes keep themselves immune from watching the signs of the times, and it is why Christ said that the last days will be as the days of Noah.
Quite simply, the days of Noah were a time in which the wine, song and laughter prevailed. Most of the laughter was directed toward one little band of people who were getting ready for the apocalypse they were told would come.
Uniformitarianism has many faces, but it is the inoculation that keeps this generation thinking that everything will go on forever. It is the sleepy cosmologically induced eternity of the day, and the fully accepted invisible, unsupported parameter by which we determine there is nothing much to worry about. FULL POST
Posted 1/29/15 at 6:07 AM | Michael Bresciani
To millions of Christians and people who have not lost their basic understanding of what makes up a reasonable life that is coherently connected to the main stream of thought; abortion is still murder and homosexuality is still perversion. To apologize or shrink away from this view requires lying and denying something so basically human, as to be a sacrilege.
The alternative to this kind of natural, or intrinsic honesty, is to follow the path, the yellow brick road to the fantasy land of political correctness.
PC is not just foolishness, it is becoming dangerous and in some cases deadly.
The refusal of Barack Obama to call Islamic Jihad what it is, is today’s prime example of the kind of denial that is deadly. It is inclusion and diversity that has already cost many people their lives, and will claim even more, if it is not abandoned soon.
When one leader of a nation of 77 million people, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, decides that all of Europe will be labeled “Islamophobic” if they do not allow Turkey to become a member of the EU indicates just how deeply PC nonsense has permeated our world. FULL POST
Posted 1/26/15 at 7:31 PM | Michael Bresciani
America’s premiere nineteenth century folk songster was, hands down, one Stephen Collins Foster. He died a pauper as have many folk songsters before him, but in 1854, Firth, Pond and Company published one of his songs entitled “Hard Times Come Again No More” and it became popular both in America and across the continent of Europe.
Nation founding and pioneering were at their height across the globe, but never so much as in America. Songs of struggles and scarcity were common and Europeans found them interesting in their fully developed nations where poverty was limited to certain cities or regions, but the general welfare of most European citizens was stable.
Foster’s songs invoked the sense of struggle and hard times, but were often misinterpreted as a sign that America was weak and could barely stand to her feet. In fact she was never stronger. Enduring hardships is a cleansing and purifying element that has long gone, and now it may be only the absence of the latest handheld gadget or the money to lavish on entertainment that is considered a hardship.
Difficulty has never made anyone weak if they refuse to move forward conjuring the best attitude and sense of resolve as they go. Was it a prayer or simply a mournful cry for hard times to come no more – in any sense, it was the call for better times that is generated from a belief that they can and will come. FULL POST
Posted 1/9/15 at 5:27 PM | Michael Bresciani
“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam" – Barack Obama
These now famous words of the President of the United States were spoken at the U.N. General Assembly September 25, 2012.
This author is of the opinion that French Magazine Charlie Hebdo’s satirical depictions of various religions and leaders are often disrespectful and over the top. I also completely agree that in a free world they did, and always will, have the right to express their views without fear of reprisal and death.
In the free world and in the Christian schools and seminaries of the United States are found works that examine every religion and religious leader known to man. It is because we can examine the lives and teachings by which we are guided that we can also avoid spurious, false and dangerous religions and false teachers.
The list is enormous and it is not biased by anything except the desire to compare what emerges as true and what is simply falsehood and potentially dangerous. In schools where the Bible is the guide the scrutiny is even greater. In fact, even Christian leaders come under heavy scrutiny including the Pope. It is not for satire, but for far more serious purposes to wit: FULL POST