Appropriate God's Mercy
June 3, 2007
v. 2 - "Hath this been in your days, or in the days of your
A calamity unknown in memory of living men, unheard of
in the days of their fathers and unparalleled in the past
experience of the nation.
v. 3 - "Tell ye your children of it and let your children tell
their children, and their children another generation"
It won't violate church and state this time - I read in the
Western Recorder that
Plainfield Township, Michigan, was not allowed by the
school administration, to sing the "Lord's Prayer" in memory
of a class mate, which they had sung at his funeral in the fall -
Local school system paying a fee of around one million
dollars to stop gap what a paddle did 30 years ago -
$86,000 going to educate teachers - (now one year later later –
this being June, 2008 - the Board voted to drop it)
ACLU - Bro. Bob McCord said the next issue was
stop Christmas cards which I find far fetched but
plausible to those who will not receive the truth but
believe a lie!
The original purpose of God - Psalm 78:5-6, 2b-4**
v. 2 - "give ear"
Rev. 2 & 3 - "he that hath an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit says unto the churches" - over and over!
The Lord insists the record be handed from one generation to
another but here it is talked about to impress upon the people the
work of God in this visitation, its severity, the sin
that caused it and the call to repentance!
Ezekiel 2:3-7 - impudent - hard of face - compare Eph.4:19
3:11, 27 - "past feeling"
"and they shall know that I am the Lord" - 62 times in Ezekiel
Importance of Word of God, of the human mind and
heart, of a concordance - impression of the word
"know" in concordance of Ezekiel!
v. 7 - "laid my vine waste and barked my fig tree"
beavers doing this to my trees -
v. 9 - apply to the
drink offering accompanied the morning and
the evening sacrifice - expressions of gratitude
to God for His mercies - a visible memorial of
Jehovah's covenant with His people - the fact of
it being cut off implied the cessation or suspension
of that covenant and the people's exclusion from
the covenanted mercies of God!
Cause - ACLU false - Evolution is false - Freudism -
sexual liberty is false - pragmatism is false -
psychology is false if it replaces revelation of
God's Word -
This in green below are pages 4-9 of notes on II Peter 2
vs. 4-6 - Ancient examples of punishment -
(a) fallen angels - cast down to Tartarus - the division
of Hades which is the place of preliminary punishment
(The Spirit World by Clarence Larkin) - as distinguished
from Gehenna, the place of final punishment.
(b) the Flood - the most disastrous thing that has happened
in the history of the human race - only to be superceded by
- the coming of Jesus Christ "in flaming fire taking vengeance - -
on them that know not God" - II Thess. 1:8 -See also II Pet. 3:10-11 -
the wickedness of man was great - every imagination of the -
thoughts of his heart was only evil continually - an awful -- ---
picture of the corrupting power of sin - God spared not the
ancient world - the antediluvians were ungodly - they had
lost the impression even of the existence of God and had
cast off Divine restraints. They ate and drank and
lived a life devoted to the world of sense. The exception
was Noah - " a preacher of righteousness" in the midst
of the prevailing ungodliness.
(c) the overthrow of
God condemned them with an overthrow and
turned the cities into ashes - His purpose was to
make them for all time an example (Jude7) unto those who
should live ungodly so as to know what to expect
from ungodliness! They were obliterated!
Lot made a choice - he should never have been in
he is called "righteous
had no regard for law either human or Divine - their
behavior had a "wearing out
saw and heard tormented his righteous soul.
Bright side - "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the
godly out of temptation" - the godly are not
exempt from temptation but are delivered out of it.
Dark side - "and to reserve the unjust unto the day
of judgment to be punished"
"spared not the angels that sinned" - He will not spare
"spared not the old world" - the fewness of the saved
"turned the cities of
"saved Noah...a preacher of righteousness"
Through all this compare what Jude said!
v. 7 - "filthy conversation of the wicked" - the
behavior of the lawless in their licentiousness"
licentiousness - lacking moral restraint - a disregard of
sexual restraint - a disregard of strict conduct -
v. 8 - "seeing and hearing" - a daily grief
guilt of dishonor done to God and the guilt of his
v. 9 - The Lord knows how to deliver the righteous
and punish the wicked.
My commentary said that Aristotle ( I don't know what
he has to do with it) made a distinction between
kolasis - chastisement for the good of those chastised and
timoria - punishment inflicted on the incorrigible for the
satisfaction of justice but it cannot be maintained in
Koine Greek of the New Testament
times - interesting thought though!
v. 10 - "chiefly"- "them that walk after the flesh in the lust
"and despise government" - all forms of authority
"presumptuous" - daring " - "Fools make a mock at
sin" - Prov. 14:9
They talk wildly, living on the edge, dissecting things above
v. 12 - "as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and
destroyed" - as creatures without reason, as animals
to be taken and destroyed"
Compare Romans 1:21-32 - How ironical the evolutionists!
"speak evil of things they understand not"
"shall utterly perish in their own corruption"
The false teachers who act like irrational animals,
shall be destroyed with the destruction of irrational
v. 13 - they are not only insubordinate, irreverent, but
also sensual - "they count it pleasure to riot in
the daytime" - living for a day - enjoying what
is temporal and short-lived.
They give the business hours of the day to self-indulgence.
They are "spots...and blemishes" - they are deceivers -
and are self-indulgent.
v. 14 -
v. 15 - "which have forsaken the right way and are
v. 17 - "to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for
v. 18 - "allure through the lusts of the flesh....wantonness" -
they hide their deadly hook with an alluring bait -
the sphere in which these men live - their habits of life.
v. 19 - "liberty" - these libertines preached liberty in
great swelling words - they talked loudly but
what they meant was the liberty to sin.
They want freedom from moral restraints - it is a revolt
against the Law of God - it is a LIE - it contradicts both
the moral instincts of human nature and the truth
They erroneously want peace and prosperity with
freedom to live like the devil, break God's commandments with impunity
and have all the benefits of a good economy but that goes against the
teachings of the Bible and God becomes involved in JUDGMENT!
"Bawl for freedom in their senseless mood,
And still revolt when truth would set them free.
mean when they cry, '
For who loves that must first be wise and good"
They are those who denounce "patriotism as the last
refuge of a scoundrel" and are unfamiliar with
George Washington's position "that it is impossible to
rightly govern the world without God and the Bible!
They deny that human beings are constituted with
moral capabilities and with faculties to be used in
a moral life.
BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS - gifted maybe,
but who endeavor to lower by their writings or
philosophy the standard of human morality.
"they themselves are servants of corruption" - all
the time bond servants, the slaves of corruption!
They have yielded themselves up to the evil one - he
has corrupted their whole nature and uses them to
corrupt others - BEWARE THIS HAPPENS NOT TO
v. 21 - "the way of righteousness" - the state to which we
are advancing where unrighteousness is altogether
and for ever unknown. ch. 3:13 Rev. 21:27
The orange below are pages 1-3 of II Peter 3 notes
v. 1 - "pure minds" - what if? - the mind is the reflective
faculty and it should be exercised in holy things!
What would the world be like if man took heed? Think
of the pornographic nature of society today!
v. 3 - "there shall come in the last days scoffers walking
after their own lusts" - self indulgence often leads
to skepticism - unbelief is associated often with
an ungodly life.
The pure morality of the gospel offends the self-indulgent.
It is a constant reproach - the Scripture teaching concerning
the judgment is repulsive to them - besides sin hardens the
heart! A sensual life blinds the soul and makes men
incapable of discerning spiritual truth.
v. 4 - "Where is the promise of His coming?"
"since the fathers fell asleep" - the first generation of
Christians were rapidly passing away.
All things have not continued as they are.
Adrian Rogers - Jerry Falwell
- Roscoe Stringer - Bro.
v. 5 - the "willingly ignorant" - previous chapter full of this!
It requires effort to shut it out!
By God's Word "were all the heavens made - all the host of
them by the breath of His mouth!
Don't forget that He who made the world can also destroy it!
By His Word was all the fountains of the great deep broken
up, and the windows of heaven opened. "And all flesh died
that moved upon the earth" - All things did not go on as
The death of the soul is more dreadful than that of the body -
an eternal death, a state of separation from God and all that
is light, joy and love.
The mockers may mock but II Thess. 2:7-10
v. 6 - Peter's answer to the mockers - there had been one great
catastrophe - there will be another!
"by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire"
The earth has been stored with fire in its inner depths!
The final conflagration of the universe!
Malachi 4:1 II Thess. 1:8
"against the day of judgment and perdition of
Rev. 11:18 - "and shouldest destroy them which
destroy the earth"
Ps. 119:13 - God has revealed many of His judgments
by His mouth - by a plain and open revelation
and it is our duty to repeat them! There are judgments
of God which are a great deep, which He does not
reveal and it is wise for us not to intermeddle.
II Thess. 2:8-12 - especially - v. 10 - "because they
received not the love of the truth, that they might
believe a lie"
(See II Peter 3 Insert Maya at end of notes on Joel 1-3)
v. 8 - Judgment deferred should not be made an excuse
to persevere in sin - Judgment delayed should be
used as an opportunity for repentance! (See Ecclesiastes 8:11)
vs. 9 and 15 - the longsuffering of God - I Peter 3:20
Reason for the delay - Ezek. 18:23,32 33:11
I Tim. 2:4 - "Who will have all men to be saved and
to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
The following is back to Joel
v. 10 - back to comment in v. 9 about blowing the
Not just a "field" but the whole "land" had cause to
v. 11 - "Be ye ashamed"
v. 12 - "joy is withered away from the sons of men"
v. 13 - Put on sackcloth - "lament" - repent - night and day
v. 14 - Abstain from food - external evidence of inward sorrow
for sin - don't work - give exclusive attention to
humiliation and prayer - everybody - "all the
inhabitants of the land" - poor and rich alike
had their share in national sin - (class warfare
of today by political parties)
The purpose of the assembly was to cry unto the Lord
to alleviate their distress or remove it altogether - to
be earnest and persevere till He be pleased to send relief!
II Chron. 7:14
v. 15 - A destruction from the Lord - suddenly,
They will behold the destructive process but be
impotent to hinder it!
vs. 16-18 - drought dries up the water - locusts
eats up the crops - people and beasts
seeking food and water and finding neither!
What had been but a few moments before like the
Garden of Eden was turned into a desolate
A week before Katrina hit would you have believed - yet
seven days and
Such judgments are intended to bring contrition
and repentance - kaliosis and timoria
The following in brown are pages 4-5 of II Peter 3 notes
Titus 2:11 - "For the grace of God that bringeth
salvation hath appeared to all men"
v. 10 - "But the day of the Lord WILL COME"
"The wicked shall be turned into hell and all
nations that forget God" - Psalm 9:17
"In the which the heavens shall pass away with
a great noise" - the noun "noise" is used of the
whizzing of arrows, of the rush of wings, of the
sound of mighty winds or roaring waters.
Whistling/whizzing - the crash of a falling world -
the elements of which the universe is composed
and compacted, will be loosed, that is, the
framework of the world will be disorganized.
See Isaiah 24:20-23 and 34:4 Rev. 6:13-14
"melt with fervent heat" - reduced to a state
Matthew 24:35 - "Heaven and earth will pass
away but my words shall not pass away"
I Cor. 3:13
v. 11 - The coming dissolution is already at work
now - "what manner of persons ought ye to be"
v. 12 - The duty of praying - "thy kingdom come"
An event which may be accelerated by our repentance
and prayers and efforts to diffuse the gospel to all the
v. 13 - Isaiah 65:17 66:22
Water - earth baptized by the Flood
Fire - earth purified - notice the Lord's term
"regeneration" in Matt. 19:28
The following is back to Joel
vs. 19-20 - God has said - "Call upon me in the day
of trouble and I will deliver thee" - Ps. 50:15
v. 1 - "Blow ye the trumpet...sound an alarm ...
for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is
nigh at hand"
A call for a congregational meeting for penitence
and prayer - the reason - the coming Day of the Lord!
Who - "all the inhabitants of the land" for all add their
share to the national sin and as a consequence, share the
v. 10 - compare the language of Christ in Matt. 24:27,29
v. 11 - "His camp is very great...He is strong that
executeth His Word"
Resistance is vain and escape is impossible!
"who can abide it (that day)?" - the terrible
character of the day of judgment when the vials
of Divine wrath will be poured out - see Revelation 16
vs. 12-14a - the terrors of that day were designed to bring
the people to repentance, thus judgment was mingled
vs. 15-17 - an extraordinary fast - not a soul was to be absent -
old and young, men and women, mothers with infants
at their breasts, the bridegroom and bride on their
Nothing left to the haphazard nor was there to be improvising
on the spur of the moment - even the prayer they were to pray
was prescribed to them - "Spare thy people O Lord"
v. 23 - rain - right measure - right season - local paper
talking about plight of farmers - yet they continue
to flaunt undermining messages of right and
morality - one of the worst culprits is the section
dealing with First Amendment Rights which trump
the Ten Commandments - we want to sin and be
blessed - we do not understand that life styles and
blessings have strings attached.
vs. 28-29 - not in drops but to pour out in abundance -
plentifulness - wide diffusion - without regard to
age - old men and young men, or sex, or social position -
servants and handmaidens, without national
distinction - "there is neither Jew nor Greek,
circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian,
bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all!"
The blessing of salvation through the Son and Spirit of God
is as wide as the world in its offer and free to all who accept it!
"Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved"
"Whosoever will may come"
The operations of the Holy Spirit have never ceased until now -
there is coming a day when "the knowledge of the Lord shall
cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea" - Isaiah 11:9
BELOW: ON JOEL 2:30-31 and ACTS 2:19-20
For what it is worth department - in reference to Pentecost and
It is true that Jesus said that "It is not for you to know the times
or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power" - Acts 1:7 –
that no man knows the day nor the hour - Matt. 24:36, Mark 13:32 –
but He also said that when things start being fulfilled to "Look up for
your redemption draweth nigh" - Luke 21:28 - and "this generation
shall not pass until all these things be fulfilled." - Matt. 24:34 and Luke 21:32
Also Matthew 24:29-31
WND Exclusive TESTING THE FAITH
Blood moon eclipses: 2nd Coming in 2015?
Minister uses NASA forecasting to study signals of Jesus' return
Posted: April 30, 2008
11:49 pm Eastern
By Joe Kovacs
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
Total lunar eclipses often make the moon appear red
Will Jesus Christ return to Earth in the year 2015?
And can studying NASA's website provide evidence for such a scenario?
A minister who promotes the Old Testament roots of Christianity suggests a
rare string of lunar and solar eclipses said to fall on God's annual holy
days seven years from now could herald what's come to be known as the
"Second Coming" of Jesus.
"God wants us to look at the biblical calendar," says Mark Biltz, pastor of
El Shaddai Ministries in
watching is [because] He will signal His appearance. But we have to know
what to be watching as well. So we need to be watching the biblical
In a video interview on the Prophecy in the News website, Biltz said he's
been studying prophecies that focus on the sun and moon, even going back to
the book of Genesis where it states the lights in the sky would be
signs, and for seasons."
"It means a signal, kind of like 'one if by land, two if by sea.' It's like
God wants to signal us," he said. "The Hebrew word implies ... not only is
it a signal, but it's a signal for coming or His appearing."
Biltz adds the word "seasons" implies appointed times for God's feasts and
festivals."When we hear the word feast, we think food. But the Hebrew word has
nothingto do with food. It has to do with a divine appointment, as if God has a
daytimer, and He says, 'OK, I'm gonna mark the day and the time when I'm going
to signal My appearance.'"
In the Old Testament, the prophet Joel states, "The sun shall be turned into
darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of
the LORD come." (Joel 2:31)
In the New Testament, Jesus is quoted as saying, "Immediately after the
tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not
give her light ... 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."
Gary Stearman of Prophecy in the News noted, "When we think of the sun
being darkened and the moon not giving her light, we usually think of some
astronomical catastrophe – perhaps the sun sputtering and the moon being
affected by all this. But maybe it's time to rethink this a little bit and
think of it as a natural cycle, the cycle of the eclipses."
Phases of lunar and solar eclipses on NASA's eclipse website
Thus, Biltz began focusing on the precise times of both solar and lunar
eclipses, sometimes called "blood moons" since the moon often takes on a
bloody color. He logged onto NASA's eclipse website which provides
precision tracking of the celestial events.
He noted a rare phenomenon of four consecutive total lunar eclipses,
known as a tetrad.
He says during this century, tetrads occur at least six times, but what's
interesting is that the only string of four consecutive blood moons that
coincide with God's holy days of Passover in the spring and the autumn's
Feast of Tabernacles (also called Succoth) occurs between 2014 and 2015
on today's Gregorian calendar.
"The fact that it doesn't happen again in this century I think is very
significant," Biltz explains. "So then I looked at last century, and,
believe it or not, the last time that four blood red moons occurred together
was in 1967 and 1968 tied to
He then started to notice a pattern of the tetrads.
"What's significant to me is that even before 1967, the next time that you
had four blood red moons again was right after
'48, it happened again in 1949 and 1950 ... on Passover and Succoth. You
didn't have any astronomical tetrads in the 1800s, the 1700s, the 1600s. In
the 1500s, there were six, but none of those fell on Passover and Succoth."
When checking the schedule for solar eclipses, Biltz found two – one on the
first day of the Hebrew year and
the next on the high holy day of Rosh
Hashanah, the first day of the seventh Hebrew month. Both of these take
place in the 2014-2015 year.
The sun's corona becomes visible during a solar eclipse
Biltz says, "You have the religious year beginning with the total solar
eclipse, two weeks later a total lunar eclipse on Passover, and then the
civil year beginning with the solar eclipse followed two weeks later by
another total blood red moon on the Feast of Succoth all in 2015."
"If you think that this is a coincidence, I want you to know that it's
time!" exclaimed Prophecy in the News host
of these for the rest of the century."
The prospect of eclipses pinpointing the time of Jesus' return is getting
mixed reaction in Christian circles.
After seeing Biltz's interview, Jim Bramlett, an author and former vice
president for the Christian Broadcasting Network, expressed excitement.
"I have just watched the program two times and do not think I have ever
encouraged or excited about the soon return of the Lord!" Bramlett said.
"I see the whole sweep and panorama spinning together in a precise
scenario," he said.
During a second video interview, Biltz was presented with Bible quotes
that many think suggest Jesus' return will be a complete surprise, or at
The 25th chapter of Matthew features a parable where Jesus likens His
kingdom to ten virgins all waiting for the arrival of their bridegroom.
Jesus said in the story, "ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the
Son of man cometh." (Matthew 25:13)
Biltz says people need to examine the quote in its proper context.
"When He says you don't know the day or the hour, He's speaking to the
foolish virgins, not the wise virgins," he explained.
Biltz was also asked about the famous statement in Matthew 24:36 when
Jesus was discussing the signs of His "coming, and of the end of the world":
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven,
but my Father only." (Matthew 24:36)
He responded by referring to the annual Feast of Trumpets holiday, saying
Israelites never knew the precise moment it began, "because it was based
on the sighting of the new moon."
"When He (Jesus) says you won't know the day or the hour, He's telling you it's
the Feast of Trumpets because that was known as the feast where no one knew
the day or the hour that it would begin," said Biltz. "So it's kind of like if I told you, '
I'm not going to tell you when I'm coming, but "Gobble, gobble, gobble,'"
Church stressed despite the information suggesting 2015 could be a pivotal time,
"We don't know that that will be the concluding year of the
tribulation period ... so we're not setting a date and saying this is a
warning. We're introducing the possibility of a watch."
If interested, for greater detail go:
vs. 1-3 - at a future time, under the reign of the Messiah,
God will subdue and destroy the Gentile nations
that had oppressed His people.
At the Day of Judgment, God will in just retribution
pour out the vials of His wrath on all the oppressors of
His people and church!
v. 4 - "What have ye to do with me, of
all the coasts of
"swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense
upon your own head" - as usual the wicked fall
themselves into the pit which they dig for others!
vs. 11-12 - "Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen
.......come to the
I sit to judge the heathen"
v. 13 - a just decision come to, a righteous sentence passed,
the execution follows!
Rev. 14:15, 18 - the ripeness of the grain and the grapes!
"for their wickedness is great" - the masses of the sinful
nations are ready for destruction.
vs. 14-16 - God is a fearful Judge to the unsaved but He is a Refuge
and Strength for His people - "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision"
- tumultuous masses - noisy - with a hum - compare the description in
- II Peter of the whizzing of arrows when the skies fall -
Accompaniment with the storm:
(a) the lights of the heavens will be put out - geared for the eye.
(b) "the Lord also shall roar" - the voice of God rolling in terrific
peals along the heavens! - addressed to the ear.
(c) "the heavens and the earth shall shake" - a convulsion of both
earth and sky - compare II Peter 3:10,12
There will be such a shaking that all the dead shall be
roused, as it were, from the sleep.
"Oh! on that day, that wrathful day,
When man to judgment wakes from clay,
Be thou, O Christ, the sinner's Stay,
Though heaven and earth shall pass away."
The presence of God is the immediate cause of these terrors.
Notice the destruction of God's foes - the deliverance of His
The salvation of God's people and the destruction of their
enemies go hand in hand!
II Thess. 1:7-10 - compare with Genesis 7:1 -
"Come thou and all thy house into the ark"
v. 17 - "there shall no strangers pass through her anymore"
the strangers out of the world.
Only the true citizens of
have a right to be there - the born again in Christ!
Freedom of expression, pleading the fifth, the figments of
imagination stretched from the 14 Amendment - due process
Have you ever heard the phrase? - "I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity" Matt. 7:23 -
in Luke 13:27 He say "all ye workers of iniquity"
It is a judicial process - in
It is fully deserved - II Peter 2:12-15
Every one in that huge multitude thinks his mission is to
destroy the people of God and His church - they never dream
that their own doom is sealed, and that they are convened, for
their own annihilation.
They are convoked to appear before the August Tribunal of
the Righteous Ruler of the universe - (who only doth right)
to receive their just sentence - the executioners are already
on the spot and are agents of Jehovah!
"Righteousness and judgment are the habitation
of His throne" - Psalm 97:2
There are many verses in the Bible that reveal
God's ability and resolve to carry justice out!
"The end of all flesh is before me" - Genesis 6:12-13
One example of today - violence - rumble announced -
people will go to watch it - the real one will be in
vs. 18-21 - promise of plenty - promise of perpetuity
John the Baptist - "Behold, the Lamb of God who taketh
away the sins of the world"
Peter's confession - "Thou are the Christ, the Son of the
Jesus - "Upon this rock I will build my church and the
gates of hell shall not prevail against it"
All the guilt of sin shall be purged away - the Church, the
individual soul, "shall be without spot, or wrinkle or any
such thing, but ....holy and without blemish"
(See below for information on Pentecost):
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