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More Prophetic Evidence Revealed

ETM Press Release – ETM Publishing of Oklahoma, U.S.A. has just republished the second volume of its series of books called REVEALED. It has been thirty years since Robert O. Robbins’ book called What the Righteous Desire to See was first published in 1988. At that time it received mixed reviews with people showing less interest in its historical proof of prophecy than the more popular pretribulation theory being widely taught at that time. Since that first publication date, much has happened concerning world events. The Iron Curtain was torn down shortly after this book was first published with Russia becoming more westernized shortly thereafter, causing the world politics to seemingly get closer as Robbins implied would happen in his book.

The radical Islamic believers have raised their heads once again in the world’s history and have declared jihad against the U.S. and all other of the world’s unbelievers in the Islamic faith, proving them to continue to be the “scourge of the Earth” even as Robbins implied they would be in his book. And the super-rich of the world, the multi-billionaires who control most of the true wealth and productivity of the planet, have begun to show their true intent with the “forgiveness” of the bankers for the economic crash in the U.S. in 2009 at the end of George W. Bush’s second term of Presidential office. And now the election of a presumed billionaire to the presidency who has had no previous political experience could fall in line with prophecy according to Robbins. While not in detail, all these events can be found lightly indicative of things which the Apostle John saw in his vision and wrote about in The Book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ nearly 2000 years ago.

It is because history seems to be marching on at a much faster pace than previously toward the fulfillment of prophecy that E.T.M. Publishing has decided to republish this book series. The main body of the series is the same as it was in its original edition, but the original book has been broken into four books which appear now in two volumes under the name of REVEALED.

“This was done to make the work less ‘intimidating,’” said Mr. Robbins. “I don’t claim to be a great writer. The way I have chosen to understand and explain prophecy is one which was taught by Hebraic schools during “Old Testament” times, and it was the way Jesus taught his disciples to understand prophecies and parables. I explain this system in Volume One of REVEALED. In Volume Two, I have carefully correlated the events prophesied by John in The Revelation with history. While I go beyond what can be proven by history and current events to be accurate prophecy, and while I make some predictions which may surprise people about what I believe will occur in the near future, I am the first to recognize that the proof of prophecy can only be absolute with the passage of time. What I predict, like perhaps the way the ‘mark of the beast’ shall be given, may not occur the exact way I have stated in the book but since the mark represents an economic system for materialistic control then the purpose is more important than the method.”

Since the original words of the book have been kept as first published for the reader to see that there have been no significant changes in what Robbins said thirty years ago, updating has been done in the form of footnotes. Volume One contains two separate books, The Prophet’s Language and The Prophet’s Dictionary are both presented to teach the reader the system of understanding the prophetic words and where they can be found in the Christian Holy Bible. Volume Two gives the “interpretation” of the figurative language found in The Book of The Revelation into literal language and the correlation of the prophecy with history, called What the Righteous Desire to See.

Both volumes are now available for anyone to obtain at Amazon.com. It can either be read “free” through the Prime membership library or purchased through the Kindle bookstore. Printed copies are not yet available. Profits from the sale of this work will be used toward the expenses of publicizing and distributing this message of hope and toward the ministry of helping those in need as required. To discuss this topic or more information concerning this “middle path” ministry please visit the Espirational Faith blog at espirational.org.


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Walking the Middle Path

Excellent read of Espirational’s stance of religious faith written by Rogene Robbins.

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I walk the middle path.  It can be a lonely place to be.  It can be a dangerous and frightening place to be, caught between two extremes at war with each other with verbal, spiritual and even sometimes physical shots being fired by both sides.   But as a Christian who tries to follow the teachings and example of the Master Teacher it is where I am called to be, shining the light of God’s love.

So, what does walking the middle path mean for me?  Well, it means being a Christian.  It means not being an “Evangelical” or a “Progressive.”  It means not being a Democrat or a Republican.  It means not being  “conservative” or  “liberal.”  It means believing that being “pro-life” does not end with the birth of a child.  It means believing in protecting and caring for children once they are here. Protecting and respecting the lives of individuals with…

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WAIT! Who’s Really Christian Here?

Okay, so with the title of this article post one might be able to tell somewhat of what it is about. You, the reader, might think, “Well, isn’t he the brave soul who thinks he has the authority to judge in such a way.” Or perhaps you will wonder where I got my facts or even had the time or incentive to get them. But in most cases you who are reading this post will be simply shocked that anyone would have the gall to publish such a bold statement such as this and declare me either brave, insane or a fool with satanic tendencies of rudeness. Think what you will, after nearly seventy years of living on this planet which is filled with the intensity of so called intelligent creatures who each believe they are God’s own special gift to the world I have finally come to the point of realizing the real irony of humans, us, trying to govern ourselves or to even imagine we can comprehend our Creator.

Through my life, I have lived in this country called the United States which has boldly been called a “Christian nation” by many. I have intentionally visited many denominational churches, preaching in some, singing in many, and listening to the preachers teach their theologies in all. Amazingly, all of the churches I have visited who called themselves “Christian” did have one basic message between them: that being that Jesus is the Christ who was born, killed upon a cross, buried, resurrected and taken somewhere with most teaching the hope of him returning sometime in the future.  But the similitude ends there. The way these things happened and what is promised to happen after that differs in as many ways as there are mountains on the planet. Beyond this maze of so called messages of truth are several other similar mazes of other people attempting to live the best way they know how by following leaders like Mohammed, Gautama the Buddha, and others, they believe or have been taught have found the truth. Each of these groups, these religions, like Christianity claim absolute possession of the truth with no one else having right to make that claim.

If you’ve been reading my posts on this blog then you’ve seen me ask the question before of what does it really mean to be “Christian.” I don’t really expect you to be able to just sit down at your computer and start typing your answer immediately. But we have entered into a period of time in our world’s history where everyone making the claim that they are “Christian” have a very clear definition in their minds of what that means. There seems to be three major ways to study the Christian Holy Bible and each of these ways tends to shape a person’s concept of what it means to live the “Christ life.” Interestingly, the three basic concepts of the Christ life follow the Christian teaching of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit  — the “Trinity.”

Traditionalists (One God – The Father). Many denominations believe that in order to be like Jesus, the Christ, one must study the Old Testament history which leads up to the birth of Jesus and to help bring, no, to demand the establishment of the Kingdom of God on Earth even if it means doing so by force. They teach a readiness to take up arms when necessary. They believe there is no place in heaven for the so called “coward,” and devote much time in studying the scriptures to prove their responsibility to God regardless what it takes. These believers become single minded, single purposed, and single hearted. Put simply, it is best to stay out of their way or they may consider you God’s enemy and think it their responsibility to destroy you. They see Jesus as a quiet warrior who accepted a fate of being innocently sentenced unjustly to death, being crucified and later, to be able to show his followers that they really had nothing to fear, not even death itself and to pay the penalty of being less than perfect required by Jewish law. Why? Because Jesus’ resurrection proved the believers’ power over death, the “King of Terror.” These believers emphasize the basic Hebraic belief that there is but one God, but they have various ways of proclaiming that belief all best summarized by the fact that they in essence are stating that Jesus was and is God. This fact, and the belief in a promise that sometime in the future Jesus is promised to return to Earth to establish the Kingdom of God on this planet is of prime importance to these believers. Thus this body of believers’ faith is based on the history of this world and is centered upon overcoming this world to eventually establish God’s kingdom upon it to make it a paradisiacal existence as it was originally created to be.

 

Reformers (God, the Son). Other churches believe that Jesus, the Son of God, taught a radically different method of overcoming the chaos of the world and giving freedom to those in slavery and poverty. This group of believers trusts less on the violent tendencies taught in the Old Testament scriptures and more upon the power of loving God and one another. Their message is less that the truth is for a specific chosen group of people and more that whoever chooses to do so can be a part of the spiritual kingdom of God. They teach less of the history of the Old Testament and more of the life of Jesus and what this master teacher taught,  insisting that it is the emulation of the Christ which will bring peace to the world. They are less concerned with the letter of the law and teach more of the method of truth as taught by Jesus. They study more deeply such Christ teachings as the “Sermon on the Mount” and his teachings and actions concerning the parables and miracles. While recognizing the hope for a future kingdom these believers place less emphasis on prophecy and more on trying to live their current lives in a way they believe is honorable to their spiritual king, Jesus. Many seem to believe that while the evidence in the physical world appears to show otherwise the Kingdom of God is already established in this world through those who believe and attempt to emulate Jesus’ lifestyle.

Spiritualists (God, the Spirit). Then there is this third group of believers with gatherings which appear much smaller but with messages which seems at times much more powerful. That is, if the message is comprehended. They are the ones which believe the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of God is already dwelling within people. The way the Kingdom of Heaven will be established as reality on this planet will be for us to recognize that fact of the indwelling spirit of perfect love and allow it to live through us. These groups tend not to have denominational or even religious boundaries for they believe all “seekers of truth” are seeking the same God and that all religions, including Christians, are serving the same God. It is this indwelling Spirit, best recognized as Agape, that these believers proclaim as the fullness of the “unseen God.” They attempt to show the essence of what they believe God’s love to be with no barriers to others due to race, ethnicity, education, wealth, political stance or religious background. They believe the Kingdom of God to be a spiritual one visible only by the love their varied members have for one another. Their idea of who Jesus was, is that of a highly esteemed master teacher of life alongside of, or sometimes leader of, many other esteemed avatars like Mohammed, the Buddha and others. They generally do not believe the idea of a physical return of Jesus, but rather believe his “second coming” is that of the Holy Spirit indwelling believers through which the whole planet could be “saved” when enough people are controlled by that same Holy Spirit.

 

So there, in a short, simplified description, we can see the Christian concept of Christ as it has shaped our present. The Protestant, Evangelical conservative believers who believe they must now establish the Kingdom of God. By force if necessary. The Protestant, Catholic, liberalistic believers who teach that we must emulate Christ and serve people regardless of who they are. And those who attempt to live a spiritual life and be less involved with worldly philosophies, attempting to live the spiritual life of peace and love in the world today in the hope that if enough people do so that eventually it will change the world.

So who is right? None of them. All of them. The irony of this whole scenario is that this trichotomy of philosophies, while they seem to be somewhat in opposition to one another and in fact at times find their leaders in direct debate, they must through the Holy Spirit somehow lay aside their differences and find their commonalities before the glorious Kingdom of Heaven can come to Earth and the Kingdom of God be established on the planet.

The conservative traditionalist must lay aside their thought that the spiritualists’ teachings of a possible kingdom based on agape love is a weak faith which can lead only to failure. The reformers must recognize and study more of the Old Testament history of the church and how and why Jesus taught as he did. The spiritualists must be more open with their faith and allow the Holy Spirit to be expressed within them more boldly that others might see and experience the peace and love they claim to be possible through such faith. In short, each group has but just part of the wholeness of the truth.

It is only when we all recognize that we are all on this planet together as seekers of the Truth and that we only have a vague image of it shadowed in a few pages of some ancient books that we will begin to comprehend how we can bring the Kingdom of God to this planet. We must recognize that the place where our neighbor is currently at in their faith is, at the time, the best place for them. Yet if we believe what we say we believe then we must actively live our own faith, allowing the same right and privilege to do so to everyone else. The most major hurdle to be made toward bringing the Kingdom of God to Earth will be what Jesus said were the two greatest commandments: Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul and mind, and to love thy neighbor as thyself. Where are you at on this challenge? Where is your church?


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In God we Trust?

This short question asks the most important question everyone needs to answer in today’s world. Reblogged this from espirational.com .

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trustin him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15:13  NIV  (from Bible Gateway,com)

Here in the U.S. we like to throw the name of God around a lot.  Our “pledge of allegiance” to the flag of our country contains the words “one Nation under God.”  Even our money has the words “in God we Trust.”  But do we  — really?

Do we trust God?  Or do we trust one man alone to solve all the problems in the world and in our country?

Do we trust God?  Or do we trust the government to create a just society?

Do we trust God?  Or do we trust our guns to keep us safe without killing an innocent friend, neighbor or family member?

Do we trust God?  Or…

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A Newborn Year — A Newborn Life

To the new born, everything is new. While usually their eyes are still sealed shut, the new world around them is vibrant with sounds, smells and textures. All of which are spell binding. All of which are wonderfully compelling. All of which create a drive to want to see. To the person who is newly born into the true faith of the Spirit of God, of Christ, within us it is no different. These new born believers hear the sounds of truth around them. They smell the essence of the incense of prayers for them. And they feel the love which is now their life not only within them but all around them. Grow, little children, sleep, observe, play; for soon you will see with your own eyes, your own spirits, that which many have only ever dreamed.

We are holding now a three day old New Year in our hands, what do we do to help it grow and develop into the type of year we can be proud to be part of? We are also holding the occassion to allow the Spirit of the Christ child opportunity to grow within us. The question is will we?

There is only one way a baby grows: By someone loving it enough to provide its basic needs of air, water, milk, warmth and protection. As newborns grow they learn to do these things themselves, but for now they must be comfortable with being cared for by those who love them.

The same is true with this new year. While often uncomfortable, the inability to know the future is actually quite a blessing at times. To know the future would mean that we also would feel responsible to attempt to change that future if something were foreknown to be harmful to someone we love or ourselves. This type of responsibility could cause irresponsible actions by us because we would feel compelled to take actions which, on a universal-eternal basis, may not be prudent.

No, for the most part we know not the future. The year just past has proven that to most of us with the social-political events which have shook the globe. But the globe has been shaken before, yet it still spins on its axis and travels around the sun at a steady pace. And yes, we are still here.

The fact is that the spiritual Kingdom of God is but still an infant, a newborn. The Apostle, Paul, stated that he, representing the early church, “travailed in birth” (GAL 4:19) awaiting the rebirth of the believers in God through the Christ Spirit. And John said, in the book of The Revelation, that the birth of the Christian Church was as if the Hebrew faith were pregnant, and “travailing in birth,” or that is to be in labor (REV 12:2). The early church was the rebirth of mankind’s faith in the true Holy Spirit of God.

It has now been two allegorical days since that birth (2PE 3:8) and while much growth has occurred within the past 2000 years for most of us our eyes are not yet open. Many of us are frustrated and dismayed that the world is still in what seems to be even worse turmoil than historians have recorded to have occurred in the past. So we weep and shout and proclaim ourselves the ones to bring about the promised Kingdom of God on Earth, even with violence if necessary. Yet, even this decision shows that we do not understand Christ’s words when he said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (JON 18:36)

We are still infants, when it comes to true faith in God. Even as this year we call 2017 is but three days old today, the universal, invisible church called “Christian” is just now entering its third day of existence in the Spiritual realm. It is now time for believers to open our eyes to see the possibilities of the spiritual world which cannot be seen, but sensed only in our hearts and minds – only in our spirits. By doing so, and only by doing so, shall we see the fulfillment of the line in the Lord’s Prayer: “ Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”  (MAT 6:9-11)

May God bless you all this coming year.


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Christmas Greetings 2016

OK Genie, put away that camera and let’s get up to your kitchen where you can serve me a pound of that roast you cooked — I’m STARVING!!!

The sleigh is empty, the deer are in the barn, and I’ve changed out of that overstuffed winter survival suit.

NOW LET’s GO EAT!

 

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May the Christ Child be born in your heart.

                            MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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