What is the “day of Christ”?

(Please note that the numbers besides the words being studied are taken from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and the definitions are from Strong’s Greek/Hebrew Definitions) 1.

Many in the Church at Thessolonica were being told that Jesus had already returned and they were living in the Tribulation. , 2 Thess 2:1-2 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand”.
First let’s look at the words: “gathering together”. This comes from the translation of the single Greek word, episunagoge [NT:1996 episunago (ep-ee-soon-ag’-o); from NT:1909 and NT:4863; to collect upon the same place:] KJV – gather (together). No where in the New Testament is the word “episunagoge” translated church. So does this “gathering together” speak of the return of the Jews to their homeland. We are certainly seeing this starting with the Balfour Declaration in 1917, then On May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaims the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. Ben-Gurion became Israel’s first premier. Since then persons of Jewish heritage have been returning to their homeland by the millions.

[Do not confuse this with the Greek word for Church ekklesia NT:1577 ekklesia (ek-klay-see’-ah); from a compound of NT:1537 and a derivative of NT:2564; a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): KJV – assembly, church.]

Paul goes on to say, :2 Thess 2:3-8 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: ” KJV

There is a lot of debate on translation of the word “falling away”. In the Greek text it is translated from the word “apostasia” – falling away, forsake. Some want to say it means a “catching away” but following is what Strong’s oncordance says: NT:646 apostasia (ap-os-tas-ee’-ah); feminine of the same as NT:647; defection from truth (properly, the state) [“apostasy”]: KJV – falling away, forsake.
NT:647 apostasion (ap-os-tas’-ee-on); neuter of a (presumed) adj. from a derivative of NT:868; properly, something separative, i.e. (specially) divorce:

Are we not seeing a tremendous forsaking of traditional Christian values and morals among those who call themselves Christians. Even the value of life that is created in God’s image, marriage, sexuality, honesty and integrity, etc. are being devalued and those who still hold to those values are called judgmental, bigots and haters Previously traditional Christian based organizations have divorced themselves from any mention of Christ. Have you been to a AA or Al-Anon meeting lately? Participants are no longer supposed to use the name Jesus, now it is “my higher power” or “the god of my understanding”. Bible verses are not to be quoted but it is o.k. to quote Buddha or Confucius. God and Christ have been booed at the Democratic National Convention. Schools can’t even use Nativity songs during Christmas Concerts. Pope Francis says we all worship the “same god”. I challenge him to ask any Muslim if Jesus is the son of Allah. What do you think the answer will be? You can probably name many more activities that are either distorted or missing altogether in our Churches and pulpits. Is this not all Apostasy?

So, does this mean that the prerequisites for Christ’s return to earth as King, have or are being fulfilled today? I would think so.

Tomorrow we will study the “man of perdition” and perhaps the “Rapture” of the Church.


1.(Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

What does Rosh Hashanah The Annual Feast of Trumpets have to do with the Church?

Today, at sundown, begins the annual 10 day observance of the Feast of Trumpets. Lev 23:23-33  “ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 24 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. 25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 26 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.  29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

Rosh Hashanah is also called “The Feast of Trumpets”.This is the next major Feast in the Jewish Calendar for Christ to fulfil. He has fulfilled Passover, First Fruits, Unleavened Bread and Pentacost. We read in New Testament many times that Christ’s return will be heralded by the sound of a Trumpet. What day and hour we will hear the Trumpet calling us home? The Bible doesn’t say; but we are told to be ready, it could happen at any time.

To read an in depth study of one of the Apostle Paul’s references to this “in gathering” read my next post.

They Would Not Understand

Life isn’t black and white.  It is also grey, green, blue, yellow and sometimes even red.  Self-righteousness has no place in reality.  Yes, there is the Model Life to try to attain but to think that it is really attainable is just an illusion.  To think you have attained it, is an hallucination.  It is a cloke to disguise our own shortcomings.

But are we really hiding our shortcomings?  What we think is a cloke is actually a barrier between us and others.  They see the cloke and know there is something being hidden.  They may not know what it is but they know there is something being hidden.  So the secrets are kept on both sides of the cloke.  Others don’t tell us their secrets because of the cloke.  It says, that secrets are to be hidden, not displayed for all to see.  

We think if others saw our secrets, would they think less of us?  Can we take that chance?   We’ve got to protect our image at all costs.  So we wear the cloke.  We try to present the illusion that we don’t have any problems.  And as long as we project that image, no one will dare tell us they have any problems.  We continue to live in the imaginary world we have created where all is beautiful and lovely.  

Then, our loved one commits suicide or is arrested for drugs, or commits adultry or worse.  Or maybe we do those things.  If we are wealthy, we can sometimes spend the money to keep it quiet.  Don’t let this show to others.  Cover it with the cloke.  Pretend it never happened.  Make up a story to take the place of reality.  Others would not understand.

BEEN THINKING ABOUT Black Lives Matter and White Privilege.

I was watching a Pod Cast of a Conservative talking about how *underprivileged* people in Eastern Kentucky are.  Nine of the worst counties in the U.S. are in Eastern Kentucky and yet it is predominantly White.  But no one talks about Eastern Kentucky in the news.  He showed present day pictures of living conditions there.  It is like third world country.  The life expectancy is 7 years below the U.S. average.  The drugs are rampant as well as suicide. A very small percentage of the population has a Bachelor’s degree.  But these are White people.

Then he spoke of what he considered his own *privilege*.  Yes, he is white but he did not consider that as important to his success in life as his childhood, being brought up by both parents who stayed together and are still together.  He had parents who put their children’s welfare above their own, making sure they had healthy food, adequate shelter and clothing and most important Spiritual training and loving discipline.  That is a privilege he experienced that many Black children never have.  So what causes that.

OK, we will talk about the Elephant in the room.  During slavery Black men were moved around from female to female to breed the same as one only needs one rooster or bull to breed with up to 10 females (or more).  Eventually, the black men who could produce the most offspring without caring about being torn from the family unit, became prized as slaves.  Within about three generations, this became a norm in the Black population and still exists today.  We see healthy, intelligent Black men going from woman to woman leaving more unsupported children in their wake with no adequate support or a male role model to guide and direct them.  The boys brag about how many “baby mamas” they have and even the girls expect to have babies by a number of different men. 

The pod-caster named fatherless homes as a Black disadvantage.  I think we are also seeing this as a growing trend among the White population.  The pod-caster asked, “What do we do about it”. 

God is not three different gods.

I worship a Triune God. I do not worship three different gods. I recognize and worship God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit). But that is not three different Gods.

Confused? No, let me explain in simple terms. My son-in-law is a professional MLB coach. That is his profession. When he is on the job, he acts like a Coach. To his players his name is “Coach”. They relate to him as a Coach.  He trains them and observes their techniques and gives correction and advice as needed and all the things coaches do.

To My grandchildren he is “Dad”.  They call him “Dad”. He relates to them as a Dad. He provides for them and does things that dads like to do for their children.  They look to him for the things they have grown to expect of him as a Dad.

To my daughter, he is her husband.  She calls him either by his actual name or other terms of endearment they use with one another.  She does things for him such as a wife should do and expects things from him that a husband should do.

Coach, Dad, Husband, he is not three different people.  He is one person with different roles and functions.  Sometimes the roles overlap.  He may act like a coach with the children or treat a player in a fatherly manner.  But the division of roles still remains.  

God the Father or as some call him Creator God, is the source of all energy and matter among other things. 

God the Son or as He is first shown to us in the Bible as the Word of God, spoke the Heavens and Earth into existence.  At least nine times in the First Chapter of Genesis we read the words, “And God said . . .”  Some of the attributes of the Son are especially spoken of in the book of Colossians, where he is again shown as being present in the creation (Col 1:16) and a physical image of God (Col 1:15) & (Col 2:9).  And the Book of John says, ” 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. ” KJV

It would take many books to fully address the office of the Son but most of us understand his sacrificial death for our salvation. 

Then there is the role of the Holy Spirit.  We see the Holy Spirit manifested many times in the Old Testament where He came down and entered into individuals to empower them to speak truths (Gen 41:38), enable with special skills (Exodus chapters 31 & 35), and many other abilities even worship (I Sam chapter 10).  Jesus addressed Him as a comforter who would guide and lead us into “all knowledge”.  Through the Spirit of God we are actually able to communicate with the Godhead.  Humans can actually talk to God as a father or brother.

These roles also sometimes appear to overlap as God works with mankind.  So we see that Christians do not worship three separate gods but One God who reveals Himself to Man in three different ways.  For children and the simple minded, whom God loves dearly, He simplifies by dividing those roles so they can relate more easily.  But to those who “Diligently seek Him” (Heb 11:6), God gives the opportunity to know Him even better and understand Him more clearly.

 

Cooking for One

After over 60 years of cooking for a family and then a diabetic husband, I am now cooking only for myself. At first it was difficult to get inspired when it was only the two of us but I find I do not really need to cut back the amount of what I cook. I only had to obtain lots of freezer containers in single portion sizes.

For instance, I love the “Breakfast Bowls” that can cost upwards of $2.00 each. Doesn’t seem like much but when you multiply that times 30 days in a month, you are spending $60.00 a month. So, instead I set a little extra time for breakfast one morning and and make about about a four portion size. I eat one portion fresh out of the pan and then divide the remaining portions into three different containers. I date and label them by applying masking tape on each container and write on it with a black Sharpie. If I don’t do that, I’m liable to forget what or when I filled it. Slip them in the freezer and I guarantee you that whether it is like the Bacon/Spinach omelet pictured or a single serving of soup or stew, it will taste good microwaved for two or three minutes when you really don’t have time or inspiration to cook.

Sometimes when I pray. . .

I feel like a little girl whose Daddy has called her over to his chair and pulled her up onto his lap, gives her a hug and says, “Tell me what’s going on in your life”.  I can talk to Jesus about all my problems and activities.  He lovingly hugs me and may say,  “That sounds like it was fun.”  or He may say, “I’m sorry that happened to you.  Let’s talk about how to avoid that happening again.”  or “So, what are your plans?”.  He really wants to know what I am thinking about.

There is no reason for me to lie or try to hide something from Him.  He is already aware of my problems and issues, faults and virtues. I know not everyone feels that way about Jesus. Not everyone had a dad who gave them that experience. I’ve read that our experience with our earthly father will effect how we perceive our heavenly father. I was so blessed to have a father who doted on me. He was 46 years old when I was born. He started going blind when I was about six years old. He was too poor and old to give me material things but he did give me his love.

As I became a teenager, I was shocked to find my father no longer seemed to hold me in that regard. I have since learned that moral men who do not have a good relationship with a wife in the home will often become distant with their pubescent daughters. The father is so appalled at the idea of ever having an immoral thought about his daughter, he “shuts her out” to avoid that possibility. Of course, at the time, I never imagined that was happening. Not having a mother in my life was hard enough but then I felt like I was also losing my dad.

At the age of 15 I became troubled about my own path in life. My dad recognized what my need was and suggested I start going to Church. There, I found another Father who never “shuts” me out. Jesus is always there for me. Always listening, always loving.

But like a child, I’ve had to avail myself of my new parent’s wisdom through His Word. I feel like the Bible is God’s love letters to me. We discuss things I need to learn and he shows me by relating incidents where others also had lessons to learn. He warns me and admonishes me and encourages me to keep trying when I fail. He assures me of His love but even more of His ability to handle things I can’t handle. He tells me to “wait” and believe He is in control.

I pray that others may be able to develop at least as good a relationship with Jesus as I have and that I grow more aware of His desire for my life.

All the people who can’t post on Facebook any more.

A very well informed Facebook friend, Mike Booth, has been blocked from Facebook.  She had a lot of Conservative connections in Washington and kept us up to date, on what was really happening, ahead of even Fox News.  It isn’t just the big sites Facebook is blocking.  She did have over 4000 Facebook “friends” but she did not have a commercial site and just posted like the rest of us.  Looks like I may have to start posting things here that are Political and just put a link on my facebook timeline.  Here is a link to one of the last things she was able to post.  She had put a link to this in a comment.  Deep State Revealed

Don’t Save a Tree!

Every time someone suggests not using a paper product so we can “save a tree” it makes me cringe.  There are more trees in North America today than when there were when only Native Americans were here.  Paper companies plant millions of trees, cultivate them and then harvest them, mainly to make into paper products.  Then they plant them again.  Farmers plant acres of trees as a cash investment for the future on land not needed for farming.  Trees also mean jobs for a lot of people who work in the paper mills producing paper products.

And don’t get me started on Christmas Trees.  How many farm families depend on the sale of their Christmas Trees to put them in the black for the year.  Again, these trees are planted, cultivated, harvested and replanted on land that might otherwise lie fallow with weeds.

Trees are a renewable resource.  Much more so than the plastic from petroleum by-products.    Paper dissolves within a year when exposed to the elements; Plastic takes centuries to break down.  Don’t save a tree, save a job, our planet, our economy.