Look up a topic in the Glossary     View the chapters of the concordance     Look up a verse in the cross-reference Index


    KJV      WEB (Gospels  Epistles)      Parallel Gospels      Endtime Prophecy


How Long Do We Have?


Prophecy about Endtimes


Peter's predicament


Why Churches Don't Spiritually Mature



Once this virus-crisis is behind us, people will say we should have allowed it to run its course, rather than shut down the economy until world events escalate beyond our control, and have to accept the consequences.

Bill Clinton smoked marijuana, but he didn't inhale, like the Corona Virus started in a Chinese laboratory, but it wasn't invented.




A short E-mail conversation


Dear Mr. Michael Johnson [The creator of the WEB translation of the Bible], I had the NASB on my website for a few years and then contacted them for more permissions and they started talking about taking away permissions they had previously given to me, telling me how to design my website and basically becoming my boss. Then I discovered WEB; I replaced the NASB with it. It's a good translation; I like it. Now I don't have to worry about anybody telling me what to do with my website: Thank you so much for the work you put into it. The Internet needs a contemporary translation within public domain.

Thank you, Jim, for taking time to say "Thank you". May God bless you and your ministry.






What About Tariffs?

This was written before Trump imposed tariffs on China


Imposing tariffs on U.S. imports would virtually solve every economic problem of the United States and of other nations around the world, and help return our sovereignty. This simple solution is so foolproof that it proves conspiracy does exist by the very absence of this term on the table of negotiations, and it proves that fools in Washington and the mass media are in bed with the ultra-rich. Try to recall the last time you even heard the word “tariff” mentioned by the president, by a senator or congressman, or by anyone in the media in the last ten years? This word is completely off limits. A tariff tax, used by any nation would help pay off its national debt, and if foreign countries refused to sell us their goods it would heal our GNP problems almost overnight. If real solutions are not soon applied, civilization as we know it will no longer be feasible! Critics of this idea say this would cause a product vacuum, and our store shelves would suddenly be empty, but these are merely hardships associated with making right decisions to get U.S. production markets up and running again. Critics also complain that tariffs would destroy the global market, but whose global market is it anyway? It’s not ours; it belongs to the ultra-rich, who decided for everyone that it would be in their best interest to establish a one world economy. Their next move will be to impose a one-world government to manage their one-world economy, and then how will we stop them?






How Log Do We Have?

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier: "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government." "A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury."
"From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship." "The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years."
"During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith

2. From spiritual faith to great courage

3. From courage to liberty

4. From liberty to abundance

5. From abundance to complacency

6. From complacency to apathy

7. From apathy to dependence

8. From dependence back into bondage
The United States is now somewhere between the "apathy to dependence" phase of Professor Tyler's cycle of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase. If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal aliens and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.


Another way to look at this is according to Francis Schaeffer, who stated that there are five signs of a society that it is about to crash and burn, looking to ancient Rome's demise in 400 ad:

1. A mounting love of show and Luxury

2. A widening gap between the very rich and the very poor

3. An obsession with sex and sexuality

4. Freakishness in the arts, masquerading as originality

5. An increased desire to live off the state


If these five things appear in a society, that nation is about to collapse.





The Pig in the Kettle


Carl Marx said, "Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed."

There was a professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter.

The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting Communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime. In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question: "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?" The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn
again and you put up another side of the fence.

They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat the free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America & Canada. The government keeps pushing us toward Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms a little at a time.

"The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living."






Prophecy about Endtimes


Heb 12,25-29  “See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens."  The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken-that is, created things-so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire."


In a very short time God intends to turn this world upside down and shake it over the bottomless pit. Whatever falls into it has judged itself unworthy of the kingdom of heaven, but those who steadfastly hold to the grace of Christ will prove themselves the true children of God.






Peter's Predicament


Acts 12,5-17  So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists. Then the angel said to him, "Put on your clothes and sandals." And Peter did so. "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me," the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating." When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!" "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel." But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.


This story in Act 12,4-16 bears a close resemblance to the carnage that is happening in our churches today. Peter was miraculously delivered from prison by a personal visitation from an angel. By the power of God he walked past his enemies with no one challenging him through unlocked doors that led to the great city. All these things God did through prayer, yet the very ones who were praying for him would not believe God had set him free. In their prayers they must have been asking God to replace Peter, not to save him. They clearly wrote him off as dead.


Peter anticipated telling his friends the details of his freedom and expected them to rejoice with them, but when he came to them, he was met with rejection and unbelief instead of faith and love, except for Rhoda who answered the door (she was the only mentionable person by name in the group). It never occurred to Peter’s friends that God was listening to their prayers. In the same manner, pastors throughout America stand behind their pulpits fervently preaching the word of God, yet they don’t have enough faith to believe that anyone would ever be set free through their ministries, apparently because they have not experienced the freedom of Christ for themselves. “It is his angel,” was their theological explanation, belittling the power of God. It is questionable whether pastors really want freedom to be a product of their ministries. After all, what would they do with their parishioners if they started obeying Christ instead of merely believing in Him? Pastors know what to do with people in bondage – preach at them. Those who enjoy the freedom of Christ become a menace, because they want an opportunity to share their freedom with others. There is great responsibility with freedom, in that ministers would need to learn to help those set free to develop their ministries to help them share their freedom with others in the Church and outside the Church doors. Delegating authority to people in a growing church scares the clergy, because it makes them feel less essential to the people and less in control. This is opposite of faith. The more authority they delegate to others, the more they receive. It works the same as their "Give to Get" theology they have jammed down our throats; only instead of it being money, it works with authority.





Why Churches Don't Spiritually Mature


The spiritual health of a church can be compared to the economic health of a nation, in that they both stand or fall by the same principles. When there is incentive to make money in an economic system, the country prospers, but when greed takes over, it causes everything to come to a screeching halt. Likewise, if there is incentive in the church to spiritually grow, people will do so, but if leaders hoard the ministry and oppress the gifts by suppressing the truth (the ministry actually belongs to the people), it eliminates the need for spiritual maturity, hence there is no longer incentive to pursue it.


"Man’s chief urge is to improve his lot and capitalism is the only system by which this urge can be realized. Communists, socialists and other collectivists do not agree that anyone should progress ahead of his fellows. History proves, however, that when individual thrift and initiative are unrewarded, a low and declining standard of living and culture is inevitable. Under socialism and communism, sooner or later the real workers rebel against having to support those who shirk their responsibilities and then the structure becomes paralyzed and collapses."

The Speaker’s Desk Book of Quips, Quotes and Anecdotes

Jacob M. Braude  1963


This explains why there is so little giftedness in the church today: it is working under a communistic theology. Most of those who try to rise above the system eventually wear-down from the struggle against indifference and submit to living like everyone else, spiritually impoverished. People in charge don’t think anyone should progress ahead of their fellows. They teach that unity is a matter of equality and that those who seek higher levels of maturity are considered renegades. The Book of Acts paints the opposite picture, that of incorporating the ideals of communism into the church’s economy by “having all things in common,” while allowing capitalism to dictate the level of the spiritual maturity in each person. As It is written, “To everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away” (Mat 25-29). American Christianity has it backwards: outwardly they are capitalistic but inwardly they are communistic. No wonder Christianity isn’t working!