Prophecy and the NewsTweet
Posted 5/22/15 at 9:45 AM | Michael Bresciani
The news is rife with sad stories, tragedies and other matters not just hard to ingest, but hard just to watch.
Like a shooting star or a beautiful sighting of the occasional firefly on a summer night, a story or clip will flash across the waves of the worst behaviors of mankind. It is these kinds of stories that spark the depths of the human heart, where, although deeply buried and desensitized, hope, kindness and the better nature of decent people resides. We may be brought to tears, inspired or re-warmed by the best things humans can do instead of the worst.
The story begins in Prattville, Alabama, a town named after industrialist and architect Daniel Pratt and founded in 1839. Known for its huge cotton gin set by the Autauga Creek it was well known as an industrial center until recent times, but now has been placed prominently on the map once again by a five year old boy named Josiah Duncan.
Upon taking her five year old to eat at a local Waffle House, Josiah’s mother, Ava Faulk was bombarded with questions when he saw a homeless man sitting in front of the restaurant. He wanted to know exactly what a homeless person was and if he had no house where would he keep his groceries. FULL POST
Posted 5/20/15 at 7:09 AM | Michael Bresciani
“A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” – The Great King Solomon, Pr 18: 24
Teachers and educators refer to their various academic pursuits as “disciplines.’ It is interesting to note that the word ‘disciple’ has its derivation from the same word. Secular educators are all someone’s disciple whether they recognize this or not.
While everyone is following one philosophy or another, some like to think of themselves as well rounded eclectics who can pull the best out of several disciplines and fit in with any secularists on all levels. Over generalization, becomes their mentor. They are people of the world, taught by the world and answerable to no one in particular. Most people in the rank and file today, fit well into the latter category.
Unknown to the modern secularist is the fact that they do not have any idea they are deceived, if they knew that they might repent. If they knew the source of their deception they would shudder, but the truth is that their deception is in equal and direct proportion to which they remove themselves from the knowledge of God. FULL POST
Posted 5/15/15 at 10:17 AM | Michael Bresciani
The First Tree - Erez
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn author of ‘The Harbinger’ introduced the parallel between the prophecies of Isaiah and the raising of the Erez tree in place of the fallen Sycamore after the events of 9/11. In the spring of 2014 even the Erez tree was completely removed and Cahn has explained that this means that America is not just in decline, but is facing an impending judgment.
Few would dare to argue with Cahn’s declaration due to the rapidly changing social climate in America. Pop-culture trends are quickly replacing old moral standards and what was once unmentionable is now becoming daily occurrence.
Yet, there are two remaining trees that must be reckoned with, one is eternal and will never be removed from the course of human history throughout time and eternity. The other tree is passing and will be the signal of a brief time when America and the entire world will bravely, howbeit, foolishly enter what Barack Obama has called “Change we can believe in.”
While a small window of time now exists in which to change course, if Obama’s “change” is not altered, it will, as promised, produce a change, but it will bring more regret and severity than all the sorrow produced in the first the second wars combined. Obama’s change seems like the brave new world of global multiculturism and PC leveling of all playing fields, and although it is received in a happy party spirit it will leave this nation and all others who adopt it – desolate. FULL POST
Posted 5/4/15 at 8:39 PM | Michael Bresciani
Who would have thought that Christ addressed the controversial subject of ‘global warming’ slightly over 2000 years ago? In fact, he was silent on the subject, but was vociferous about the cold that would bring the world into a last day’s calamity of universal proportions.
It isn’t the heat on the planet, but the cold that is in men’s hearts that brings us down in a ball of confusion that leads to a final judgement. If its love that makes the ‘world go round’ then it will be the lack of love that messes with its spin – not global warming.
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Mt 24: 12 NIV)
Leaning toward lawlessness starting with the President and downward is all pointing to a day when the final world ruler (antichrist) will lead the world in the last few years of history as we now know it.
When black men with clubs and batons at a voting booth were given a pass and the Mayor of Baltimore decides to apologize to dangerous gang members for calling them thugs it has already begun. Criminal illegal immigrants are allowed to stay in the country and some of them kill citizens with near impunity, it is as if we are all in the big house where criminals may get out of hand at any moment and begin to riot and murder. Too late, that has already happened too many times already. FULL POST
Posted 4/24/15 at 7:14 AM | Michael Bresciani
When blog trolls and the generally disgruntled leave the safety and anonymity of the blogs to email me and curse and complain I know I have touched a nerve. One such article entitled “Pop Culture Trends are not Morality – What Christians Actually Hate will Surprise You” brought email responses complete with un-refined language and long diatribes about how the perversion of “gay marriage’ is perfectly justifiable.
One of the more common arguments which has been replayed a thousand times is the notion that “love” is all that is needed to greenlight or justify gay unions or “gay marriage.” When writing to ministers of the gospel, people rarely mention the lusts that drive them, but more often than not they engage the “love” word to explain their basest compunction. How can a minister refuse the word, how can he argue with the greatest command of all the scriptures?
Working the idea of love into a wicked lifestyle, or much worse, using the scriptures to justify a sin is nothing new. For thousands of years it has drawn in the scripturally un-grounded who think a little use of the Bible is all that is needed to sweeten the pot of seething lust and immorality. This is why Peter addressed this particular proclivity in no uncertain terms. Peter, speaking of Paul’s letters to the churches said… FULL POST
Posted 4/10/15 at 1:30 PM | Michael Bresciani
Apostate churches abound in these last days, but not all have lost their spine. Some of the best known ministries and ministers have sent warning to the Supreme Court justices of the United States that the scriptures attest that same sex marriage and homosexuality are perversions that violate the laws of God, man and nature.
Citing both the Bible and history a plethora of ministries which includes Pastor Chuck Baldwin, Charles Stanley, Joyce Meyers, the Abraham Lincoln Foundation and the Institute on the Constitution filed their brief via the William J. Olson law firm and the U.S. Justice Foundation. The brief includes a full rendering of Leviticus 18: 22 and verses 24-30.
The Bible clearly warns that the practice and promulgation of homosexuality and other perversions will draw God’s disfavor and in time his severe judgement on this and any nation. Those who take their bibles seriously cannot wait until others take them seriously – it will be too late by then. FULL POST
Posted 3/31/15 at 9:50 PM | Michael Bresciani
With notepad in hand and the company of two others who are well versed in scripture and history I sat down to watch and listen to every nuance of the three hour long Killing Jesus offering, based on Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book.
Having read many things written by O’Reilly including “Killing Jesus” which I found less than inspiring I wanted to be, in the words of O’Reilly and friends, – “fair and balanced.” What I discovered was that any description or summary of the film would not fall under the heading of fair and balanced.
Mr. O’Reilly is accustomed to analyzing and commenting on complex situations in hasty five minute segments and he is not slack with full assessments and personal summaries. If the reader is unable to go beyond a five minute segment to understand what went wrong with Killing Jesus I will make my summary here instead of the end of the review as I have done with other movies.
I combed through every word and dramatic interlude of KJ and listed 23 serious mistakes and extrapolations put forth under the banner of dramatic license. As the list grew it was clear that KJ slaughtered the Bible record of many things and the history that O’Reilly and Martin Dugard so heavily relied upon also falls into repute. For this article I will list only the top eight errors and egregious offences. FULL POST
Posted 3/28/15 at 12:36 PM | Michael Bresciani
Translated into 46 languages and becoming a bestselling book after the sales of 6.5 million copies, Don Piper’s “90 Minutes in Heaven” has been removed from the shelves of all the LifeWay book stores.
Based on the Southern Baptist Convention’s resolution “affirming the sufficiency of biblical revelation” to explain the characteristics of heaven and hell, the remaining books have been pulled from the shelves.
The incongruity of the decision is blaring, considering that they still have almost 75 offerings of various types of media for the LaHaye “Left Behind” series, which after all are purely – fiction.
Other partial fiction or non-biblically embellished pieces are being offered like Roma Downey’s “The Bible” which after all, was unable to spot over three stars for accuracy and relevance under the scrutiny of inspirational movie reviewers.
It may be the fact that Alex Malarkey recently retracted his story about visiting heaven after a serious car accident which spurred the decision to abandon such accounts, but no one has publicly admitted to that at this time.
Weak Theological Premise for Pulling the Book FULL POST
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