Tuesday, April 22, 2014

12-Year-Old Girl Sends a Letter to Every Legislator Urging Them to Stop Abortion

An interesting story from www.lifenews.com about a 12 year old campaigning against abortion.  This follows this post about pro-life Hollywood celebrities. This follows this post about the Catholic House Minority Leader calling pro-lifers dumb. (WHY won't the Catholic church excommunicate her?) For more that you can do to get involved click HERE and you can also get two very interesting books HEREYou can follow me at blogspot here and at twitter here https://twitter.com/brianleesblog. Please consider following both in case one goes down!








12-Year-Old Girl Sends a Letter to Every Legislator Urging Them to Stop Abortion


by Liberty Pike | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com |
A week ago, I told you about Brenn, a 15-year old who spends her free time praying outside her local Planned Parenthood clinic (a clinic that was just shuttered last week, in part due to her efforts!).
Now I want to tell you about Samantha. She is 12 now, but she was 11 when she figured out what part she could play to help stop abortion in America.
She decided she should start writing letters to her state’s Congress. She sent out 165 letters, one for every senator and representative. In it, she pleaded with the congressional members to make abortion illegal, to return America to truly “one nation under God,” abiding by His commandment not to kill. She received 13 responses to her handwritten letter which is attached below.
She closed her letter by saying, “I might be small, but I can make a big difference if I try.”
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This year, she decided to write again, this time explaining the mother’s side of an abortion to the lawmakers. She imaginatively and accurately (according to my dear friends at Silent No More who are post-abortive) described an abortion experience from the mom’s perspective.
samanthaShe again closed her letter by saying, “I might be small but I can make a difference if I try.”
Samantha has received a response from Texas Right to Life and also House Member Van Taylor who wants her to come meet with him to discuss ways they can both make a difference for life in Texas.
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Her mom Tabbatha, who told LifeNews about her daughter’s efforts, says, “As her mother, I am incredibly proud of her desire to get involved, her dedication at such a young age to make a change, and her courage to take a stand for what she believes is right.”
We should all be inspired by Samantha’s courageous efforts to make a difference, a big one, even though she “might be small.” We look forward to hearing the results of Samantha’s second letter.
If you are a young person, the pro-life movement needs your strength and energy more than ever before! You too can mail letters, or even schedule appointments to lobby your state’s legislators. You also can start a pro-life club in your school which will directly impact the next generation of women and men who might otherwise seek an abortion. Please visit Students for Life for help in starting your club.
In the words of Samantha, “We might be small, but we can make a big difference if we try.”


Left-Wing Project to Publicize Massive Gaps in Border Fence


An interesting article from www.Alipac.US about gaps in the Border Fence. This follows this post about foreign workers being increased despite Congress's objections. REMEMBER, “Amnesty” means ANY non-enforcement of existing immigration laws! This follows this comment and this post about how to Report Illegal Immigrants! For more about what you can do click here and you can read two very interesting books HERE.
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Left-Wing Project to Publicize Massive Gaps in Border Fence



A coalition of investigative journalists to include the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) recently announced a public project to map border infrastructure used to hopefully minimize unlawful crossing and other illegal activities. While the effort is understandably time-consuming and leads to frustration when clearly seeing much of the border unfenced--security experts argue the key is proper placement, rather than blanket coverage with infrastructure.

The Center for Investigative Reporting’s map of a U.S./Mexico border fence, or lack thereof, offers a seeming disparity of border assets allocated—leaving viewers to assume that Texas is left largely un-guarded compared to the relative coverage enjoyed by California, Arizona and New Mexico. Breitbart Texas’ Contributing Editor Sylvia Longmire downplayed concerns potentially felt when witnessing the gaps of fence.

Breitbart
by Logan Churchwell
21 Apr 2014

“The most notable gap runs along most of the Texas-Mexico border, and while this looks alarming from a map view, it's important to remember that geographic features act as natural deterrents to smugglers and illegal immigrants in most of these areas,” Longmire said. “However, the problem becomes very apparent when you start looking at the patchwork of fence sections in south Texas where construction is challenged by the levee system and winding river. Not every mile of border needs a barrier, but there are many sections both unfenced and fenced that could use a lot of reinforcement.”

The CIR detailed its efforts with federal agencies to collect existing maps and information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but was reportedly unsuccessful—citing a number of appeals where they were told such data were sensitive for border security concerns. That experience served as a catalyst for developing the map.

Longmire considers the federal government’s excuse off the mark.
“The excuse that it's sensitive information that can be exploited by drug and human smugglers is bunk; traffickers and ‘coyotes’ know every square inch of that border, and it's not like new sections of the fence go up overnight,” Longmire added.

Breitbart Texas managing Director Brandon Darby largely agreed with Longmire's analysis. He has covered the Texas border with Mexico extensively for Breitbart News and stated, "So much of my previous work was the result of walking the border, seeing it with my own eyes. There are simply many areas that are completely unprotected." He added, "I found a vast region near El Paso where the Rio Grande River was less than two feet wide and the only security was a three-strand barbed wire fence a rancher had erected."

In Darby's analysis, the entire discussion about a wall on the border has gone on for too long. He said, "We found several unfinished parts of the fence in residential areas. They had been left unfinished for years. Many would prefer to debate this issue ad nauseam rather than simply allowing more human beings to guard our porous border. The U.S. Border Patrol has a pay reform package they have sought to get passed so that more of them can be on the border and can actually perform the task their administrators seem hellbent on keeping them from accomplishing."

According to both the CIR and Longmire, the effort to map the fence is technically ongoing until each section of the border that can be improved with fencing or other boundary assets have been constructed. Understanding such, the mapping project was hosted on OpenStreetMap for other public parties to later adjust or add new sections.

Wknd Box Office: Transcendence, Heaven is For Real, Joe

Here is an interesting article from http://www.debbieschlussel.com/ reviewing some of the movies that came out over the past weekend. This follows this post about some of the movies from last week and THIS POST about some movies that have been released over the past few years that you might have missed! This all follows this post about guidelines to choosing good movies to watch yourself!



Wknd Box Office: Transcendence, Heaven is For Real, Joe



By Debbie Schlussel
Only one really crappy movie new in theaters this weekend, and it’s an arthouse flick.
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* “Transcendence“: I enjoyed this movie for the first two-thirds of it. It does a great job of social commentary on the dangers of the “Brave New World” era of computer-human hybrids and the tragedies that can result. And the “terrorists” in the movie aren’t black-and-white terrorists either. Scientists and computer experts say we are only about 30 years away from being able to upload a human mind to a computer and vice versa and only about that amount of time away from computers that think and operate for themselves in the ultimate in dangerous artificial intelligence that is beyond our control. This movie elucidates some of the worst that can happen from this.








Although I loathe America-hater Johnny Depp, the movie is good until a last third that is a jumbled mess and repetitive and an ending that isn’t believable or satisfying.
Depp plays a scientist who has uploaded the mind of a rhesus monkey to a computer, which is independent and thinks and acts on its own. An anti-technology terrorist group blows up a number of computer networks at major government labs and, on the same day, tries to murder Depp. He’s shot, but he recovers from the bullet, or so he thought. Soon, doctors discover the bullet has been coated with radiation material and he’s going to die within the month. His wife (Rebecca Hall), desperate to hold on to her husband, insists that he upload himself to a computer, and he agrees. Then, she uploads the computer to the internet, and Depp’s mind is unleashed on the world and all of its computer networks, like a virus. He wants to dominate the world and inject himself into others, all in the guise of helping the world and healing its injured and ill people.
The terrorists in this movie aren’t typical. Led by Kate Mara, at first you believe they are anti-technology crazies. But then you learn that they are, in fact, very tech-savvy former students of Depp who foresaw the destruction his work wrought and could wreak on the world. Even though they are violent, they are trying to save the world from control by independent computers. Some might be troubled by this movie’s justification of terrorism. But in this case, they aren’t really terrorists, so much as brave warriors trying to save humanity. On the other hand, the terrorists’ actions brought the world much closer to this scary reality much more quickly.
Other movies have covered the topic of artificial intelligence taking over and costing lives, such as “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.” But none have done it with such interesting depth, raising so many moral questions and provoking thought and discussion that must be had as we come closer to this likely reality. At least, none that I’ve seen.
The first 2/3rds of this movie are fascinating and a great exercise in sci-fi that not only doesn’t seem so “fi,” it isn’t. If we are that close to these kinds of things happening, what will we do if independent-thinking computers run amok and take over our world? It isn’t so impossible. Is it?
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* “Heaven is for Real“: This movie is based on a best-selling book by Pastor Todd Burpo, about his young son’s claimed visit to heaven, when the son is being operated on in the hospital and clinging to life. After the surgery, the son tells of vivid visits to heaven, meeting family members who he was never told existed, and noting the actions of his parents while he was supposedly under anesthesia and being operated on. These are things he couldn’t possibly have known but for divine intervention.
As readers know, I’m not a Christian and I don’t believe Jesus was or is the savior. But, still, I appreciated this religious movie that appeals to people of faith. I do believe that people have or can have out of body experiences in which they temporarily died and saw heaven, angels, and/or G-d. And, so, I appreciated this movie.
Since this is a Christian movie, I was surprised at one or two of the lines in this movie which imply sexual acts, even though it’s between married people. But, overall, it’s fine for family viewing and kids, though they may not understand it entirely. The acting is fine, and the story is entertaining. Greg Kinnear plays Pastor Burpo. But the real star is first time actor, Connor Corum, a very cute six-year-old whose acting skills and poise are well beyond his years.
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* “Joe“: Oy Vey! I cannot believe I sat through this and didn’t walk out. Two hours wasted I’ll never get back. This is absolute garbage. YUUUUUUCK.
Nicolas Cage plays an ex-con who runs a tree-felling business somewhere down South or in Appalachia. I couldn’t exactly tell where, but it’s a rural area that’s very poor. He drinks, is violent, and patronizes prostitutes. And he gets in constant trouble with police. He also shot someone’s dog . . . or something. Amidst all this, he’s “mentoring” the 15-year-old son of nearly-homeless, drunken hillbillies. The son wants to work and is a good worker, and he wants to buy Cage’s old truck. But his drunken father beats him for the money. And the drunken father murders a Black homeless man for his liquor bottle. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the drunken father prostitutes his mute, mentally slow daughter for money for alcohol. In the end, they all have a final confrontation that results in a lot of killing.
The movie has such classy dialogue as this line uttered by Cage in a brothel to a prostitute: “What’s your favorite color? . . . Red? Now blow me.”
If only they’d killed everybody at the beginning and saved me the two hours of this pure Gitmo torture material.
And it should be noted that all of the Black characters in this movie–from the Black tree fellers to the Black cops to the Black wino–are nice guys, hard workers, and victims. And nearly every White person–with the exception of the 15-year-old boy and his mute sister–are horrible people.
Absolute dreck. Whoever greenlighted this crap should be shot. The people who made this are evil. But I’m sure all the liberals will tell me that I just don’t understand or appreciate this “great cinematic art” and “social commentary.” Uh-huh. You keep tellin’ yourself that. This is absolutely depraved trash.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Editorial: Media coverage of crimes

Editorial

The past week began with the neo-Nazi shooting of the Jewish Community center in Kansas. While this was wrong, a key point is how crime is covered by the U.S. media and that is evident in coverage when leftists commit crimes as the article showed here and here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

That Kansas City "Nazi" Shooting: Why Don't You Know The FBI Says Leftist Terrorism Far More Common?

An interesting article from www.Vdare.com about the Kansas City shooting. This follows this post about the University of Michigan requiring students to take a course on America's "racism." You can follow me at blogspot here and at twitter here https://twitter.com/brianleesblog. Please consider following both in case one goes down!


That Kansas City "Nazi" Shooting: Why Don't You Know The FBI Says Leftist Terrorism Far More Common?

By James Fulford    
A shooting rampage in Kansas has produced some unusually accurate reporting in the Main Stream Media. Reports identify the race of the shooter, race (or religion or ethnicity, if you prefer) of the victims, and the ideology behind the attack. That's because the shooter was white:
In contrast, when a black person shoots large numbers of people out of hatred of whites, it's a constant struggle to find out if they're black at all. Even then, their motives don't appear, or are suppressed by the MSM, or denied by the police.
A classic anti-Semitic hate crime  which was also an "Immigrant Mass Murder", was the Empire State Building shooting by Ali Abu Kamal in 1997. Kamal was a Palestinian terrorist who hated the US  for its support of Israel, went to New York and shot 7 people. See 1997 Empire State Building Shooter And The NYPD.
But the rare terrorist who can be linked to the "right wing", like the Holocaust Museum Shooting, is happily promoted by the media.
Terrorism of all kinds is actually fairly rare, especially compared to such deliberately underreported phenomena as  (a) regular minority hate crimes not called terrorism, and (b) immigrant mass murder. This pie chart shows what kinds of terrorism there are out there, according to official FBI figures. [Chronological Summary of Terrorist Incidents in the United States 1980-2005 ]
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The chart is produced by "Loonwatch", a group of haters who hate people like me, Bill O'Reilly, and especially "Islamophobes":
You don’t live in constant fear of radicalized Latinos (unless you’re Lou Dobbs), even though they commit seven times more acts of terrorism than Muslims in America.  Why then are you wetting yourself over Islamic radicals?
[All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t, by Danios on January 20, 2010].
Well, Lou Dobbs has been both shot at and fired from his job because of Hispanic radicals, so his concern is justifed. But any crimes by white guys like the guy who shot up the Jewish Community Center in Kansas are buried in "others" section, which at 18% is smaller than "Communists" and "Extreme Left Wing Groups" (29% combined). The FBI doesn't even bother breaking out "Extreme Right Wing Groups."
David Sirota wrote in Salon before the Tsarnaev's were arrested: "Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American" [April 16, 2013]
He quoted anti-white activist Tim Wise to the effect that
“White privilege is knowing that even if the bomber turns out to be white, no one will call for your group to be profiled as terrorists as a result, subjected to special screening or threatened with deportation,” writes author Tim Wise.
None of that is true. White activists are profiled as terrorists by the FBI and SPLC, they are subjected to special screening, and if not born in the United States, they're frequently actually deported. We can expect calls for more in the next few days.
Here are some previous articles:
about attacks similar to the Kansas City Attack (the Freddie's Fashion Mart Killings and the Crown Heights Pogrom) which were definitely inspired by Al Sharpton.
Result? Al Sharpton is on MSNBC.

Something Better Than Easter

An interesting article from http://www.ucg.org/ about Easter observance. This follows this post about the likelihood of a war in Asia. This follows this post about Jesus statement about "three days and three nights" as his proof of being the Messiah. For a free magazine subscription or to get the book recommended for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886- 8632. You can follow me at blogspot here and at twitter here https://twitter.com/brianleesblog. Please consider following both in case one goes down!




Something Better Than Easter







Exactly how did Easter - a holiday not found in the Bible and never celebrated in the early Church - come to replace the Passover, an observance that is plainly found in the Bible?

Bust of Constantine in the Vatican Museum.
Bust of Roman emperor Constantine in the Vatican Museum.

Source: Wikimedia
How did Easter become the popular holiday it is today? Have you ever looked into it?
Isn't it important to know the truth of the matter? Jesus Christ Himself said that the truth would make us free (John:8:32). He was speaking of being free of wrong ideas that mislead, entrap and enslave us.
If we look back in history, one key date regarding Easter is the year A.D. 325. At that time, the Roman emperor Constantine held an assembly with some 250 bishops at Nicaea, a town in what is now northwestern Turkey, close to present-day Istanbul. This meeting is known in history as the Council of Nicaea.
What does this Council have to do with Easter? It actually set the stage for the removal of God's biblical feasts and the establishing of alternative feasts not found in the Bible, including Easter. Yet the Bible reveals what our practice ought to be.

Constantine and the Nicene Council reject biblical practices

At the Council of Nicaea, under the dominating eye of Constantine, the majority of the bishops backed replacing the biblical and Christian observance of Passover with the celebration of Easter, among other issues.
Actually, it should be understood that while they called the new celebration of Jesus' resurrection Pascha or Passover, it was certainly not the Passover of Scripture, but a religious celebration derived from pagan origins. Later it would become known as "Easter," the Germanic name for this festival and what it is commonly called today. (Other languages still call it Passover of the Resurrection, which can cause some confusion. Some English sources refer to the true Christian Passover, a memorial of Christ's death, as Easter, but this is clearly a misnomer, as we'll see.).
The dispute over this matter in the early Christian centuries is known in history as the Paschal Controversy. Regrettably, we virtually have only one side of the story.
James Carroll, writing about the Nicene Council in his book Constantine's Sword, explains the Roman emperor's motives: "Immediately upon coming to power as the sole ruler of the empire [A.D. 324], but only then, Constantine asserted the right to exercise absolute authority over the entire Church. He did this despite the fact that he was not baptized, and, as was not unusual, would not be until shortly before he died" (2001, p. 188, emphasis added throughout).
After this Council, Constantine wrote a blatantly anti-Semitic letter to the churches in the Roman Empire letting them know his thoughts about the Easter-Passover controversy.
Here is part of what he wrote as to the rationale for Christians to abandon the biblical feast of Passover, which the Jewish people had long observed in fulfillment of God's commands: "And truly, in the first place, it seemed to everyone a most unworthy thing that we should follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this most holy solemnity, who, polluted wretches!, having stained their hands with a nefarious crime, are justly blinded in their minds.
"It is fit, therefore, that, rejecting the practice of this people, we should perpetuate to all future ages the celebration of this rite in a more legitimate order ... Let us then have nothing in common with the most hostile rabble of the Jews.
" We have received another method from the Savior. A more lawful and proper course is open to our most holy religion ... Let us withdraw ourselves, my much honored brethren, from that most odious fellowship" (quoted by Eusebius of Caesarea, Ecclesiastical History , "Council of Nice," 1974, p. 52).
At first glance, it appears Constantine was attacking only Jews of the Jewish faith, but notice what Mal and Donna Broadhurst insightfully point out: "The fact that Christianity never had religious fellowship with non-Christian Jews means the Jews referred to were the Christian Jews . The reference to Jews instructing Christians how to observe the Christian Passover feast could only be applicable to Christian Jews, as non-Christian Jews did not tell Christians how to observe the Passover. The fellowship from which Constantine wanted the Church to withdraw was fellowship with Christian Jews" ( Passover Before Messiah and After ,1987, p. 147).
In fact, the leaders of Jewish Christianity, the successors of the group who had held the prevailing beliefs for the first century after the Church was founded, were either not invited to this Council or knew better and did not appear.
As the Broadhursts point out: "Constantine apparently began his plan to unify the church by simply not inviting any [Christian] Jewish representatives to the Council. (It is possible Jewish church leaders were invited and refused to come, but other facts about the Council lead to the former conclusion.) The lists of those present at the Council shows them all to have had Greek names. None of those present had characteristic Jewish names. The Palestinian delegates were from the coastal cities where mainly Gentiles lived. It is known that there were Jewish bishops in Palestine at the time" (p. 146).

The sword drawn against "Fourteeners"

As emperor, Constantine tolerated no dissent. So he soon drew his sword against those not following his wishes in not conforming to the teachings of the Catholic, or universal, church. The historian Robin Lane Fox notes: "At Nicaea, the Emperor himself imposed criminal sentences of exile on the bishops who refused to sign . He also investigated other reports of heresy" ( Pagans and Christians, 1986, p. 656).
Eventually, those bishops who did not agree with the decisions made in Nicaea were exiled and their works banned. A vicious persecution against Christian Jews and others branded as heretics began. So the Catholic Church, which previously had been persecuted, became the chief persecutor of those who chose to obey the commands of the Bible rather than the commands of a deeply compromised church.
"The Paschal Controversy was 'settled' at the Council of Nicaea—not theologically, but politically," the Broadhursts further explain. "It was settled by eliminating one of the viewpoints. Church law had been laid down. No longer could any Christians celebrate [the] Christian Passover the way [the apostle] John, Philip and other [Christian] Jews had celebrated it. All were required to celebrate on the Sunday following the 14th [of the Hebrew first month of Nisan]. Once respected 'Quartodecimans' ["Fourteeners"] who persisted in the belief handed down to them from the Apostles, would henceforth be called heretics" (p. 148).
What was the result of this Council? Historian Jesse Hurlbut candidly describes the consequences: "But while the triumph of Christianity resulted in much that was good, inevitably the alliance of the church and state also brought in its train many evils. The ceasing of persecution was a blessing, but the establishment of Christianity as the state religion became a curse.
"Everyone sought membership in the church, and nearly everybody was accepted ... The forms and ceremonies of paganism gradually crept into the worship. Some of the old heathen feasts became church festival s with change of name and of worship ... As a result of the church sitting in power, we do not see Christianity transforming the world to its ideal, but the world dominating the church" ( A History of the Christian Church, 1918, pp. 78-79).

A.D. 325 as the beginning of the Dark Ages

So the year 325 is crucial in the outcome of what traditional Christianity has become.
"As far as [the] Christian Passover is concerned , "the Broadhursts conclude, "the beginning of the Dark Ages can be set at 325 A.D. with the Council of Nicaea. Along with turning their backs on [Christian] Jews, the Gentiles turned their backs on the Jewish Scriptures [the Old Testament].
"They disallowed Jewish input to their faith, lifestyle, and worship ... It took a major reformation centuries later [in the 1500s] to begin to undo the horror and destruction the church brought on the world when the Gentiles at Nicaea formally adopted the policy of 'having nothing in common with the Jews'" (p. 149).
A few years later, in 332, Constantine again sternly rebuked those who opposed Catholic teachings with this warning and threat: "Forasmuch, then, as it is no longer possible to bear with your pernicious errors, we give warning by this present statute that none of you henceforth presume to assemble yourselves together.
"We have directed, accordingly, that you be deprived of all the houses in which you are accustomed to hold your assemblies: and [ we ] forbid the holding of your superstitious and senseless meetings, not in public merely, but in any private house or place whatsoever.
"Let those of you, therefore, who are desirous of embracing the true and pure religion, take the far better course of entering the catholic Church, and uniting with it in holy fellowship, whereby you will be enabled to arrive at the knowledge of the truth" (quoted by Eusebius, Life of Constantine, sect. 3, chap. 65).
A bloodbath eventually occurred. Those who did not conform to the Church of Rome, now united with the powerful Roman Empire, suffered implacable persecution. Regarding the aftermath of the Council of Nicaea, famed historian Will Durant stated, "Probably more Christians were slaughtered by Christians in these two years (342-3) than by all the persecutions of Christians by pagans in the history of Rome" ( The Story of Civilization, Vol. 4: The Age of Faith, 1950, p. 8).

The Roman calendar adopted by the Roman Church

Due to the decisions of the Nicene Council, the pagan Roman calendar was adopted instead of the Jewish calendar to determine the dates of what were now deemed to be Christian festivals. Those who continued keeping the true Christian Passover as handed down from the apostles had to go into hiding, for they were targeted along with other "heretics" by the church under Constantine and his successors.
Church historian Henry Chadwick points out about the Easter controversy: "Victor of Rome's intervention [referring to the earlier Roman bishop Victor's ruling to observe Easter instead of the Christian Passover or be excommunicated] turned out to be successful in the sense that his view was eventually to prevail. But it was a long time before those who kept Easter [i.e., the true Passover, it being misnamed here] on the fourteenth day (nicknamed Quartodecimans) died out.
"The group still existed in the ninth century despite the vigor with which church councils deplored them. It was impossible in so weighty a practical question for diversity to be allowed, but there can be little doubt that the Quartodecimans were right in thinking that they had preserved the most ancient and apostolic custom. They had become heretics simply by being behind the times" ( The Early Church, 1967, p. 85).
So from approximately 325 to 1585, a period of 1,260 years, Christians who continued to follow the Bible's instruction about Passover had to flee and hide from the vicious church and state persecutions during those ensuing centuries.

The curtain finally rises on the period of religious persecution

It was only during the time of Elizabethan England that a measure of religious tolerance was granted and the inheritors of the legacy of those early Jewish and gentile Christians, who followed the original practices of Jesus and the apostles, could finally emerge.
In 1585, England and Spain went to war, mainly over the attempt of Spain to militarily impose the Catholic faith on England. Spain lost the war, and also its famed Spanish Armada, so England was free to continue its religious tolerance—which eventually spread to its colonies abroad, including what became the United States and Canada.
Interestingly, there is a prophecy in the Bible which describes how the Church, symbolized by a woman, would have to flee and hide in safety for 1,260 days (Revelation:12:1-6). According to Scripture, a "day" in a prophetic context can represent a year (see Numbers:14:34; Ezekiel:4:6). So this period mentioned in Revelation 12 could well refer to the Church having to flee from the vicious persecutions during those terrible 1,260 years—until those dark ages ended and a new era of religious tolerance began.
In large part thanks to what happened then, we enjoy those same freedoms of worship in advanced nations of the world today.

The returning Christ will lead the world to keep God's festivals

Let's move forward to the 21st century. From what we have read, dare we ask if there is something better and more biblical to observe than Easter?
To answer this, just imagine in your mind the following scene: Jesus Christ has finally returned to rule on the earth, just as He had promised (Matthew:24:30).
And note what will happen, as foretold in Zechariah:14:3-19: "Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east ... And the Lord shall be King over all the earth ...
"And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles [one of God's annual festivals, listed in Leviticus 23]. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain.
"If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles."
Yet that is not the only festival all will be required to observe. Jesus will command all to celebrate God's weekly Sabbath and all His appointed annual feasts, and those who don't will be sternly disciplined. At last, all the nations will accept His rule and will observe His teachings. Then there will finally be joy, peace and harmony on the earth.
Included then among the required festival observances will be not Easter, but the true Christian Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread immediately following.

What Easter replaced—the Christian Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread

Shortly before His death, Jesus prophesied to His disciples what feast He would keep when He returned. Again, it was not the manmade counterfeit Easter. Rather, He said, "With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God" (Luke:22:15-16). Clearly, one of the festivals Christ will again celebrate when He establishes His Kingdom is the Christian Passover!
Similarly, the apostle Paul reminded Church members in Corinth to keep the Christian Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread that followed it. He wrote: "Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth" (1 Corinthians:5:7-8).
These true feasts of God were banished from the mainstream Christian calendar when the Council of Nicaea ruled that people were not to follow biblical instruction with regard to the feasts, but rather to eventually set up a different reckoning of time. As we have seen, the Nicene Council targeted the first of the annual biblical feasts—the Christian Passover—and there they chose instead Easter Sunday. Logically, since the seven annual feasts of God are grouped together as a unit in Leviticus 23, this decree would also affect the keeping of the other listed feasts as well.
This substitution of manmade feasts for the feasts of the Bible should not be taken lightly. It was prophesied centuries earlier in the book Daniel that such change would eventually be attempted, when a future haughty ruler would try to change the biblical dates and laws. (And considering that much of Bible prophecy is dual, these changes may be a forerunner of similar changes to occur during the end times.)
Speaking of this development, God had foretold in Daniel:7:25: "He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law"— dates on the calendar and biblical festivals, among other vile revisions. Remember, only the Bible, as the inspired Word of God, should determine which days are God's Holy Days and when they are to be kept—instead of looking to manmade traditions.
So yes, there is something available that is far better and more satisfying than Easter, and that is the Christian Passover, which was celebrated by the apostles of Jesus and the early Church. And although it was largely stamped out after the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325, God's faithful people continued to celebrate this deeply meaningful biblical festival in spite of the threat of persecution and even death.
We can look forward to the day when Jesus Christ returns and restores all the genuine Christian feasts that were changed by deceived and deluded men in the distant past. The good news is that we can now celebrate all His feasts and rejoice in them every year—having wonderful fellowship and, as Jesus foretold in John:4:23-24, truly worshipping God in spirit and truth.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Get Off of Your Screen!

An interesting article from http://www.ucg.org/ about too much technology. This follows this post about the likelihood of a war in Asia. This follows this post about Jesus statement about "three days and three nights" as his proof of being the Messiah. For a free magazine subscription or to get the book recommended for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886- 8632. You can follow me at blogspot here and at twitter here https://twitter.com/brianleesblog. Please consider following both in case one goes down!




Get Off of Your Screen



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Source: Rudy Rangel
I noticed it recently, and it happened more than once. I was spending time with my daughter. She was riding her bike in our driveway. But I wasn’t there. I was on my phone. Sure, I took her picture, tweeted it and iMessaged it to her grandparents. But I wasn’t enjoying this special moment, sharing in her joy as she was overcoming the trepidation of her “big girl” bike. There was my beautiful daughter riding her bike, and I was staring at my screen. Lost moments.
A recent article popped up on my news feed from NPR about a Vermont cafe that banned laptops. It started off as a fiscal decision. When tables are taken by one person on their computer working, that leaves no seating for customers coming into the store. But the store owner, Jodi Wahlen said it's not just about money.
“To walk into a place and see people looking at their screens with a blank stare, it takes away just kind of the community aspect of it—of you being in a place with other people.” I’m sure you have seen the same scenario in a coffee shop. It’s quiet, no one talking. Just the clickety-clack of keyboards dispersed around the remote island-tables in the store. A coffee shop with a computer ban will have life and vibrancy of people sharing together, building relationships.
We are more social than ever, you may say. But as we are more social on digital networks it can take away from real-life personal connections. I noticed it when I was spending precious time with my daughter. She is a gift from God.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm:127:3).
Spending quality time with our children is a fleeting opportunity. Get off of your screen and enjoy them. Spend quality time with the people that are around you as well. Social networks and your screens will always be there. The real-life moments will not.