Chile Volcano Cloud - June 5, 2011

Chile Volcano, June 5, 2011 – Another Sign of the Second Coming?

There is confusion, chaos, fear and panic whenever something disastrous takes place. Is there something we can learn and understand from this event?

While volcanic eruptions are not explicitly predicted as signs of the second coming, this is just another warning that the time is at hand. Greater things will come to pass.

Who would have expected that this dormant monster would explode in such manner at such an unexpected moment? This only goes to show that anything can happen at any time. We need to be prepared for anything at all times.

However, there is also another preparation that we have to undertake – preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. He is definitely coming the second time (sooner than expected), and He wants all of us to go with Him to His place in heaven.

When will He come?

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.” 2 Peter 3:10

“But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.” Matthew 24:43

“For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.”   1 Thessalonians 5:2

Our duty is to be prepared for that great event when “every eye shall see Him” “coming in the clouds”; when all of us, “in the twinkling of an eye”, shall be changed from “mortal to immortal”, “corruptible to incorruptible”! Wow! That is going to be simply amazing. I’m waiting for that day when the mysteries and wonders of heaven will be revealed to all; when my mind can finally, in a small sense, comprehend the magnitude of God’s power and majesty; when I can finally stand face to face, beholding the one who suffered and gave so much just to save a wretch like me. What joy, what happiness! No word can describe what I will feel on that day.

I’m waiting for that day. Do you want to?

(All Photographs by: Claudio Santana, AFP/Getty Images)
Isaiah 1412

Isaiah 14:12 – Lucifer, the Light-Bearer

Isaiah 14:12 seems to have bewildered many a person. It’s true! What else can you expect when you’re accustomed to reading the KJV (or other child versions) and find the word ‘Lucifer’ missing from other translations? Take a close look at the verse as found in various translations of the Bible. You can figure which ones have been translated accurately from the original tongue.

New International Version (©1984)
How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!

New Living Translation (©2007)
“How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world.

English Standard Version (©2001)
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
How you have fallen from heaven, you morning star, son of the dawn! How you have been cut down to the ground, you conqueror of nations!

King James Bible
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

American King James Version
How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!

American Standard Version
How art thou fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, that didst lay low the nations!

Bible in Basic English
How great is your fall from heaven, O shining one, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the earth, low among the dead bodies!

Douay-Rheims Bible
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, who didst rise in the morning? how art thou fallen to the earth, that didst wound the nations?

Darby Bible Translation
How art thou fallen from heaven, Lucifer, son of the morning! Thou art cut down to the ground, that didst prostrate the nations!

English Revised Version
How art thou fallen from heaven, O day star, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst lay low the nations!

Webster’s Bible Translation
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

World English Bible
How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, who laid the nations low!

Young’s Literal Translation
How hast thou fallen from the heavens, O shining one, son of the dawn! Thou hast been cut down to earth, O weakener of nations.

Ok. Now you’ve seen it. What next?

Here’s something to think about.

Only the KJV, AKJV, Webster’ and the Douay-Rheims have the word ‘Lucifer’ mentioned in this verse. How is it that all the other major translations omitted this ‘important’ word? Which translation do we follow?

I’ve heard KJV-only advocates state that the Douay-Rheims is full of error and should not be followed; that all other (apart from KJV) translations are ‘bad'; and so on. Now what? The KJV has the same word that the Douay-Rheims chose to retain from Jerome’s Latin version. What’s the difference?

The word ‘Lucifer’ does not appear in the original tongue. St. Jerome, not the martyr during Huss’ time, chose to translate the word as ‘lucifer’ (notice the lowercase) in Latin. The word simply means “light-bearer” or “Morning Star” or “Day Star”. Think about it. If Jesus  is the Morning Star and the Light-Bearer and the Day Star, why would He name this created being after His name when He knew that the exact opposite was going to be true?

Read in context, this verse is a continuation of the pronouncement on the King of Babylon who had lifted himself high. It was, also, a common practice to refer to monarchs by this name. So, why apply it to the devil? Why make an issue out of the newer translations?

Surprising still is the fact that the New Testament never refers to Satan as “Lucifer”. If you think otherwise, please do leave your comment below.

Doomsday – May 21, 2011?

Do you know more than God does? I’ll bet your answer will be “No”. True. No one can fathom the thoughts of God. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than ours. He is the everlasting God who knows the end from the beginning. He is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega. Can we surpass Him? Never ever!

But, how is it that people think that they know more than what God has revealed? This is especially true with regards to the coming of Jesus (the end of the world). Why do people set dates and times for His return? The Bible says, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Matthew 24:36. The Bible also says that His coming will be like a thief in the night (2 Peter 3:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:2), that is, no one will know the hour of His coming.

Take a look at the list of people who tried and failed miserably. This is only a partial list from the hundreds more.

Failed Predictions

Jesus is definitely coming soon. Wait patiently. Get ready. Your reward is with Him.

God bless!

Are the Natural Disasters in Japan Punishments for their Egoism?

(from nydailynews.com)

March 11, 2011 must have started out as a usual day for Japan. Midway thru the day, things turned upside down for most people. The earthquake that rattled Japan was unlike any other that they experienced. The Tsunami that followed wreaked havoc and damaged property all along its path. Terrible disaster! Lives lost, property damage and economy collapse are but few of the many ways in which Japan, the world’s third largest economy, was affected.

It is a very sad situation for the victims and the families who were affected by these disasters. To top it all, failing nuclear reactors have increased radioactivity in the country. Oh! How scared the residents must be! How much pain and agony they must be facing! People in the entire world are extending whatever support they can through whatever means. Our prayers and best wishes for speedy recovery are with them.

On the other hand, I would like to explore Biblical similarities and allow you to come to your own conclusions.

Let me start by talking about ego and egoism. These words are related. Below are some definitions of these words.

Egoism: Excessive preoccupation with one’s own well-being and interests, usually accompanied by an inflated sense of self-importance.

Ego: an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others

Here are some meanings from the thesaurus.

Egoism: arrogance, assurance, boastfulness, boasting, bragging, conceit, conceitedness, egocentricity, egomania, egotism, gasconade, haughtiness, insolence, megalomania, narcissism, ostentation, overconfidence, presumption, pride, self-absorption, self-admiration, self-confidence, self-importance, self-interest, self-love, self-possession, self-regard, self-centeredness, self-worship, selfishness, superiority, swell headedness, vainglory, vanity, vaunting

That’s a lot to think about!

Were the Japanese egoistic?

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, on Monday, March 14, 2011, told reporters, “Japanese politics is tainted with egoism and populism. We need to use tsunami to wipe out egoism, which has rusted onto the mentality of Japanese over a long period of time.”

“I think (the disaster) is tembatsu (divine punishment), although I feel sorry for disaster victims,” he said. (Read more at: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9LVGSV01&show_article=1)

Though the governor recanted this comment, it made me ponder if there was more to this than meets the eye.

The identity of the Japanese people is selfishness. The Japanese people must take advantage of this tsunami as means of washing away their selfish greed. I really do think this is divine punishment.” (Complete article http://www.japanprobe.com/2011/03/15/tokyo-governor-earthquake-was-divine-punishment-ishihara_damare/)

Going only by these statements, I’m concluding that the Japanese had this psychological characteristic – egoism.

Does the Bible have such experiences recorded for us?

Yes, of course! It is a book for all times. I will pick 2 examples from the scores available.

1. The Shinarites and Their Tower

After the flood, all that people could think of, was safety, was it? The people migrated to the land of Shinar and thought of building a tower reaching the heavens! What could the motive be? They wanted to make a name for themselves in the earth; thinking, if there be a flood again, they wouldn’t need to build a boat; as they would be safe high above the waters. I’m not sure if all these thoughts went thru their minds, but we can speculate these based on the consequent results.

Soon, God allowed confusion to prevail, and the building work stopped. Fortunately, the incident ended only with separation and not destruction. But, I guess you got the point. At the height of man’s ego, God cut it down to size to show where man belongs.

2. Nebuchadnezzar and His Seven Years

King Nebuchadnezzar goes into history as one of the most powerful kings ever, and one of the most humiliated too. You see, after all his invasions and conquering, he was filled with insurmountable pride.

The Babylonian kingdom was magnificent (I wish I was there to have seen it). It was the kingdom of Gold, the head of all nations, the ruler. Wow! Nebuchadnezzar was the ruler of it all. Impressive!

So, as he stood on his balcony, perhaps, and saw his kingdom, he exclaimed something of this sort “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” At that very moment, he became as a beast of the field. Talk about predicted curses and punishments! You can read all about it in Daniel 4.

Don’t you think it is true, my dear readers, that “Pride precedes a disaster, and an arrogant attitude precedes a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 (GOD’S WORD® Translation)

While I deeply sympathize with the people of Japan, I believe that the political stand must rethink on the lines of Ishihara’s words and make changes before anything else happens.

God bless you!