Category Archives: New Year

-Read the Whole Bible in 2011

As the new year is approaching many are considering turning a new leaf and resolving to do things differently in 2011. One of the best New year’s resolutions that one might choose is to read the Bible daily in the new year.

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Several polls taken during the last year have unfortunately demonstrated that American Christians are somewhat illiterate when it comes to the Bible and particularly Biblical teachings.

One good way to reverse the trend is to set aside time to read the good book everyday. An excellent idea is to read through the whole Bible or at least the New Testament during 2011. There are a number of good programs to help you in the process.

One of the easiest ways to get it done is to get a ‘One Year Bible’, I’ve used one of these several times. The whole year is divided up into daily readings usually with a selection from the New Testament, the Old Testament, and from Psalms. You can even get it in your favorite version at the book store or at Amazon.

If you find that reading all of it in one year is maybe too much, then you could read just the New Testament and Psalm offerings for each day and then maybe save the Old Testament for the following year (or visa versa).

There are also a number of good plans available that allow you to use your regular Bible for the reading. Here’s a few  plans online:

The One year Bible Online, Bible Year-eSword, Bible Gateway

You could also get the Bible on CD or tape and listen to it on the way to work this year or download it into your iPod, iPhone or MP3: iTunes, Apps me now

There are lots more Bible helps available just search online. If any of my readers have other Bible reading favorites or have found some other helpful sites and apps please let us know about them in a comment.

May God Bless you and yours during the new year.

Michael

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-2010: What I’m NOT Looking Forward To

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Happy New Year!  2010 has finally arrived and just in the nick of time, 2009 had surely worn out its welcome.

What I am Not Looking Forward To

1. A New World Currency and Government

The first thing that the New European Union President did last month in his first day of office was call for a new World government. This sent chills down the spine of every end-time prophecy buff including myself.

There also seems to be a lot of talk about a new world currency and new World economic governing authority. A new world currency that replaces the American Dollar as the major medium for world trade and exchange could be catastrophic for an American economy that is already in the middle of a major recession. The Chinese, Japanese, and Middle Eastern nations are pushing for this along with the Europeans.

A new world authority or government of any kind could affect the freedoms we now have under our Constitution.

There is talk about putting the United Sates under the purview of the World court at the Hague. Note that recently the European court over- ruled the UK laws that gave the Church of England an exemption from hiring homosexuals.

Also at the recent global warming conference in Copenhagen there was talk about establishing some kind of world forum to regulate the World economy and adherence to some kind of climate treaty.

All of these things could affect our economy along with the independence of the United States and our freedoms if we become subject to the rulings of international courts and new World economic boards and/or international climate authorities.

Unfortunately we also have a President who is in favor of anything international and would sign us up in a NY minute. Fortunately, the Senate still has to ratify any international treaties.

2. A Nuclear Iran

Iran is the major reason for some of my greatest fears and nightmares for 2010. The Iranians keep marching toward obtaining a nuclear weapon. Their President on numerous occasions has made it plain that he would like to destroy Israel. Meanwhile, the Israelis are pretty open about their plans to eliminate any potential Iranian nuclear treat.

I have literally read dozens of intelligence articles that claim that Iran will probably have their nuclear weapon ready sometime in 2010. Also last week the Iranians tested a new missile that could carry a nuclear warhead and threaten Israel and even Eastern Europe.

If the Israelis do end up attacking Iran this year it could be catastrophic to the oil business in the Middle East and shut down shipments to the West and thereby cause an even greater recession than we now have. Can you imagine gasoline at $7 or $8 per gallon and the consequences?

I am hoping against hope for the Obama administration to step in and alleviate the Iranian threat. Also I am praying for a regime change in Iran—one that is  less radical to replace the current Islamic Republic.

3. The Rise of Turkey –A New Islamic Caliphate

The government of Turkey is trying to put together a new Middle Eastern economic union similar to Europe. For over 30 years Turkey has been trying to become a part of the European Union and has been thwarted in their every attempt.

Now the current administration is far more Islamic and is trying to become the lead nation in the Middle East instead.

Since WWII, Turkey has been close to the US and Israel and an important part of NATO. All of that is now changing and the new leaders of Turkey are in the process of completing new treaties with Iran, Syria, and Jordan with a view toward establishing a new Islamic union and caliphate.

This development has real potential for changing the balance of power in both Europe and the Middle East—and not for the better from an American perspective.

Some end-time prophecy students have begun to wonder if the rise of the last empire might be Islamic and in the area of the old Eastern Roman Empire instead of the West. This would put Turkey square in the middle of any end-time scenario. About half of the old Biblical countries mentioned in Ezekiel 38 that attack Israel are now a part of Turkey and the others are all in the process of lining up as allies.

The rise of Turkey and its internal metamorphosis from a secular nation to an Islamic republic has quietly gone unnoticed by the international press. Now this nation is in the process of turning its back on the US and Israel yet our brilliant minds in the State Department seem to be unaware that we are losing Turkey and that it is linking up with some of our greatest enemies including Syria and Iran.

4. An End-Time Scenario

In the middle 70’s and early 80’s I was convinced that the end was coming at any moment. I must have read a couple  hundred books on the end-times and more formally Eschatology starting with The Late Great Planet Earth.

Since the 90’s and the fall of Communism in Europe I have been less concerned and my attention has been on the current Great Harvest which is taking the gospel to every nation and people with signs following. In fact I was beginning to believe that perhaps I might live out my life without seeing the end.

However, with some of the stuff above raising its ugly head, I am now once more concerned with potential end-time scenarios.

I will say this about the subject. Just like those in the first century were looking for the coming of a Messiah and got it all wrong—so also I expect that those living at the end will not necessarily be able to put it all together.

I firmly believe that any end-time scenario published in any book anywhere but the Bible is somewhat incorrect. Also, if I finally write a book on the end-times it will be wrong to.

Fortunately, I do believe that the Lord is developing a whole new generation of prophetic ministers which will help us all out and be far more accurate than we have ever seen.            *Top

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