Friday, September 17, 2021

Seneca Rock, WVA

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We took Em and H-Bug to see Seneca Rock.
It was hazy because of the fires on the west coast.
The natural landmark, which is a favorite of local climbers, rises 900 feet above the North Fork River. It is made of Tuscarora quartzite. If you like geology, it is worth researching. If you like history, you may enjoy reading about the Seneca Trail the Native Americans used for trading and waging war on other tribes.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Article: Time Crystal

Otherworldly 'time crystal' made inside Google quantum computer could change physics forever

The crystal is able to forever cycle between states without losing energy.

 https://www.livescience.com/google-invents-time-crystal

In this sense, a time crystal is like a pendulum that never stops swinging.

"Even if you totally physically isolate a pendulum from the universe, so there's no friction and no air resistance, it will eventually stop. And that's because of the second law of thermodynamics," Achilleas Lazarides, a physicist at the University of Loughborough in the U.K. who was among the scientists to first discover the theoretical possibility of the new phase in 2015, told Live Science. "Energy starts out concentrated in the pendulum's center of mass, but there's all of these internal degrees of freedom — like the ways the atoms can vibrate inside the rod — that it will eventually be transferred into."

In fact, there's no way for a large-scale object to behave like a time crystal without sounding absurd, because the only rules that enable time crystals to exist are the spooky and surreal rules that govern the world of the very small — quantum mechanics

Sunday's Menu

Boston Butt


Collards Seasoned with Bacon
Roasted Carrots
Garlic Cheddar Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Hawaiian Rolls 


Cinnamon Crumb Cake



*Joshua and Brandon picked out what they wanted me to serve.

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sourced from a friend who follows: https://thefreebieguy.com/overcharged-for-chicken-products-class-action-settlement/

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Swallows

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Our barn swallows showed off their babies and said goodbye for the year right before they migrated south. They have done this every year. When we are in the pool, they will swoop pretty close to us and capture bugs. They don't mind us, and we don't mind them. We live in harmony!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Biblical Prophecy on the Horizon?

https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2020060606

Dear Reader, Does this tie into Biblical prophecy? Does the publication number make you think of anything? Pray harder than you ever have. Examine every area of your life and get yourself right with God. We are facing many battles. 

Turkey x 5

Brandon acquired five turkeys and several ducks. Brandon really enjoys ducks and their antics. He wants to breed them on his 3.5 acre hobby farm. The birds were a package deal.

Brandon was told the turkeys were a Royal Palm, a heritage breed (smaller, reproduce successfully). He was going to keep them at his place and breed them next year. Well, he realized very quickly they were not heritage breeds! The five of them were far too large for his pen. So he put them in one of my spare pens. He wasn't sure what he had. Once I got home, I knew. 

They are production turkeys known as White Broad Breasted. They are far too large for Brandon's pen, and the cost to feed them grain only will be enormous. So, he gave them to me. 

The two toms are about 50-55 lbs and the three females around 35-40. Emily, who is our poultry trainer, is teaching them to follow her out of the pen in the morning and back into it at night. They are still penned but will be allowed to free-range as soon as they learn the pen is their new home and learn to come when called. 

Don't feel bad for them being penned until they learn. Their pen is 40 x 30 with an additional 100 square feet shelter. This is larger than the entire suburban backyard where they lived before.

This breed is generally unable to breed successfully so they have to be artificially inseminated. I used generally because there are exceptions, but it is nothing one can rely upon. I could let them drop off in weight to give them a better chance at breeding successfully, but there are no guarantees it would work. 

I could also buy a heritage tom and keep two females. People who have done that say the result is a smaller but faster-growing bird with the coloring of the tom. 

It takes a lot of feed to raise a turkey to full weight. It also takes a lot of feed to allow them to maintain that weight. 

I will pray about it and think on it. 


Wildflowers Running Free in a Spruce Forest

EmilyandHannah

Monday, September 13, 2021

those going to the slaughter

“Salt. It’s what the church is supposed to be. To preserve, to save the culture, to hold back evil. Do you feel like evil is being held back? And yet there is a church on nearly every corner, with their ridiculous “clever” sayings on their signs. It’s getting harder to stomach even driving by them. It’s not enough just to have a reputation in your community of doing good. It’s only half the job. We *must* expose evil, to hold back those going to the slaughter. “I know your works. You have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.” (Rev 3:1,2) Salt that isn’t salty is only good for trampling underfoot. Jesus said that. Judgement never begins with the godless, judgement always begins in the house of God. You as an individual need no one’s permission to do as we have been commanded. You don’t need to wait for a group or a church program. Step out of the corpse and live.” -JS

Sunday, September 12, 2021

they had been with Jesus

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men,

they marveled.

And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13


Dear Reader, May people think/say the same about each of us as we seek His will for our lives and try to live out His Word.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Just be in your place.

"Don't be so quick to write off those who are not 'like-minded.' Not everyone is at the same place. Don't feel like everyone has to be standing exactly where you are on every issue. The fact is, not everyone will agree with you on every issue. Just be in your place. Speak and walk in truth. Serve your Brothers and Sisters without judging them. Seek peace and let God be God!" ~from Homeschooling for Eternity

We are called to be united with believers in the Gospel. The secondary matters do not change the need for unity or the Reason we are united. Remember your place. We are servants of the Most High. Servants. We serve Him. His Word says to be united and to outdo each other in love. It does not say to argue over everything else. -Mama Asbell

be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled

 "Some things will be happening now right before God's coming that could shake you up quite a bit. I'm referring to events that will be so dramatic that they could leave your head spinning. Occurrences of such serious nature that many people will end up feeling alarmed, panicked, intimidating, and unnerving. Naturally speaking these events could put your nerves on edge and make you feel apprehensive and insecure how I wish I could tell you these incidents were going to be a One-Shot deal but when they finally get rolling they're going to keep coming and coming, one after another. That's why you have to determine not to be shaken or moved by anything you see or hear. You need to get a grip on your mind and refuse to allow yourself to be traumatized by these events. If you let these things get to you it won't be too long until you're a nervous wreck." -author unknown

 
2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Until we meet again...

 https://www.vacremationsociety.com/obituary/james-edward-stalnaker-jr/

This is a beautiful write up that honors a strong Christian neighbor and good friend to our family. Please pray for Rose and the rest of Eddie's family.

This and That

We're all OK. It's been very busy. 

Clint and I celebrated our 33rd year of marriage and 36th year of being a couple. We had a very nice time away. 

In the middle of our anniversary get away, our neighbor called us for help because his aid forgot to secure things before leaving. No one else would answer the phone, so we gladly went to assist him. It was no problem at all. Clint and I are very blessed that we can get in a long weekend together nearly every month, so the interruption wasn't a big deal for either of us. We were happy to help make sure he was safe and comfortable.

As soon as we got home, I knew a friend's time on this earth was very short. I hurried through catching things up at home in case I was called upon as a support person. 

A few days after our friend passed, I had to leave again for work (side hustle). 

Then I was off to a Labor Day celebration where I prepped food and grilled for eight hours. Our group dined on hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, chicken, shrimp/beef/chicken/pork shishkabobs with plenty of fresh and colorful veggies (yellow squash, zucchini, red and green peppers, sweet purple onions) followed by fruit and some pies. 

Then I was off again for more work which is what I am taking a break from at the moment. 

I am rewarding myself with a full day of Bible study. Life is busy, but it sure is fun and fruitful! 

Brandon was given his review. He received very, very high praises! He was given a very nice raise and a bonus. He was also told that his skill level has advanced enough that his boss is going to recommend him for her position when she leaves the company which will happen in 2-5 years. If he wants it, it will be a sizeable increase in pay for Brandon.

Amanda's boss failed to tell her that she was supposed to work the holiday weekend. She mentioned that she was off, but no one corrected her at the time. When she did not show up, they tried calling, but our family was in an area where there was no reception. One of her co-workers decided to stab her in the back with a lie. Amanda didn't even worry about it. She said the joke was on them because the Lord is on her side and her attendance (perfect) and over-time (a very large amount) record speaks for itself. She went to the boss and set the story straight with directness and honesty like people of integrity do. Her boss told her he believed her and nothing will go on her permanent record. I am very proud of her faith and confidence that the Lord would handle it for her. I am also proud of her for dealing with it quickly with no hesitation or fear. 

Joshua has been feeling off. He pukes in the mornings. I am concerned he either has a stomach acid or a blood sugar problem. It's infrequent and tied to not eating regularly. He will get up at 4, skip breakfast, unload a truck for hours for the restaurant, and then eat when lunch rolls around. His teen body handled that well. His adult body is complaining that it needs more nutrition and fuel. He is making adjustments, and we will see what happens.

Caleb is still working three jobs. His bank account is showing his efforts too. Everyone who knows him loves him. He helped his best friend, Desiree, work on her car in the Walmart parking lot when she was stranded this past weekend too.

Bethany is working part-time still. She still does not have her driver's license due to issues with our DMV due to CoVid. We have tried working around it. We have even tried to enroll her in a driving course because the instructor can give her the exam, and she will not need to go to the DMV for the behind-the-wheel test. The local companies are overbooked for the same reasons. Bethany is not in a rush. She has her car and her siblings take her anywhere she wants to go. She is trusting the Lord for the next step. 

Emily and Hannah, our two peas in a pod, have been traveling with me some. Other times, they are at home keeping things going and working on their homeschool. They are enjoying the changes in routine. I am enjoying the time with my two youngest daughters in different settings which is bringing out more of their personalities. They are keeping me laughing! 

Another shared article:

Here is another link that was shared with me regarding menstrual cycle disruption:

https://eatrightstaytight.com/the-jab-may-have-some-really-concerning-side-effects-for-women/

I am still not home and will probably not be home until early next week.

Sunday, September 05, 2021

the gate to endless joy

Death is no punishment for the believer. 
It is the gate to endless joy. 
Charles H Spurgeon

To me, the only important thing about living is Christ. 
And even death would be for my benefit.
Philippians 1:21

Friday, September 03, 2021

Mylar Bags of Food for the Struggling

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a few bags ready to go

I wanted to get a picture and share it before I sent out another batch in case others would like to do the same. I am very tired. I have been measuring, labeling, and sealing food into mylar bags and then putting those into kits for 4.5 hours. I will give leave some of these for the homeless tonight. I know I need to make a post about this now before it slips my mind yet again.

With rising food prices, more and more people are being forced into desperate situations. I believe we, as the Church, if we are able, should help alleviate suffering by tending to people's needs while sharing the gospel. 

Dried beans, rice, powdered milk, salt, pepper, spices, sugar, flour, oatmeal, grits, Pop Tart type toaster pastries, yeast packets, are all very well received by those living in the forests in our surrounding cities and counties. 

I originally packaged, and still will if necessary, dried goods in freezer bags. I started using mylar a few years ago. The mylar helps protect food from the air and moisture better. Moisture is a big problem for those who live in tents or bush-crafted dwellings. Mylar packaged foods give them a backup food source for when times are lean. Buying it in bulk allows me to get a cheaper price, but it has to be divided up to help the people who need it. 

If you own a dehydrator, you can share more dried items. I have dried and shared blueberries, strawberries, marshmallows, chicken breasts, hamburger, sausage, mixed vegetables (use frozen), corn (use frozen), apple slices, orange slices, cabbage, collards, cheese, etc. I always put a moisture absorber in these items. 

There are very tiny bags you can purchase to hold small quantities of vitamins and OTC medications. 

Canned and boxed goods can be added into the bag or box with mylar bags. I have also packaged them in 5 gallon buckets and plastic household storage containers.

A few clothespins included in the box will help close the bags after opening to help keep the contents fresh until used. Some of the mylar bags I use can be sealed with heat and have a zipper closure that can be used once opened.

If you own an iron, then you can seal mylar bags. I have sealed hundreds of them with mine with no issues. I have even washed and reused mylar bags that came from the grocery store or came through the mail when I ordered something. You can also re-seal potato chip type mylar bags once you learn the settings on your iron. Tip: Thinner bags need less heat than thicker bags. Start low and add heat until you can get a seal. I wrote the temperature settings on my iron with a permanent marker. 

These food kits can be left where you know the homeless frequent. In my area, there are two groups behind two different grocery stores. The local restaurants, convenience stores, and vegetable department managers of some grocery stores will leave things beside the dumpsters for them. If you see this happening, those can be a good place to leave a food gift.

We also make kits for ourselves for when we go camping, hiking, or on an all-day trip. We have also shared them with the elderly and disabled. They can be stored for hurricanes or other natural disasters too. I'd like to get to where I have nine five-gallon buckets packed with dried foods, water, and toiletries where we can grab and go if we need to evacuate. However, there are 8 of them and one of me. They will rob the buckets if they can't find what they need. I can not think of anywhere I can hide them all either. 

A few different gospel tracts, a thrift store purchased Bible, and some Chrisitan reading material are easy to include in the boxes. 

There are some in the homeless community who are hiding from the law. The keyword there is "some." This is a fact. Those individuals make face-to-face encounters very risky. Others may not be able to cope with human interaction and just want to be left alone. It is best to go with a group or to leave things where they can find them. 

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Article: Homeschooled Teen Wins Gold at Physics Olympiad

Homeschooled Teen Wins Gold at Physics Olympiad

Homeschooled student Evan Erickson has become one of the most accomplished teens on the planet when it comes to physics and math.

In July, the 17-year-old from Minnesota won a gold medal at the 51st International Physics Olympiad, where he competed as part of a five-member team representing the United States.

Evan’s mother, Rena, who has homeschooled her five children over the course of  23 years, admits she’s excited by Evan’s achievement and his moment of renown. She’s quick to add that she and her husband Dan encourage all their children to develop their full potential and to celebrate one another’s triumphs.

“We don’t compete with each other,” Rena said. “Everybody is everybody else’s cheerleader.” 

read the rest here: https://hslda.org/post/homeschooled-teen-wins-gold-at-physics-olympiad

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Are you salty?

 "Many churches today have too much sugar and not enough salt." -Bethany

Too many churches are helping Christians grow closer to the world-the same world Jesus called us out from.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot." Matthew 5:13


Monday, August 30, 2021

updated sheet re: heart risks

https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/fda-issues-warning-about-increased-risk-heart-inflammation-caused-moderna-jab

This was shared with me. I have not had time to read it yet. Taking a break from mowing a very overgrown yard.

What the Church Needs to Know about CoVid

"This might be one of the most important and timely things you’ve ever read. If you take the time to read it, and then you disagree, I’ll reimburse you for your time. I’m not joking."

https://jeff-childers.medium.com/what-the-church-needs-to-know-about-covid-19-2307dc2a111c

Another Trail, Another Adventure!

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This is another one of our many recent 4WD journeys. This time, however, I had my Canon instead of my phone.

Three people: "You can't do that road in a stock suburban." One person: "You are brave if you are going down that road in THAT!!" Clint: "Move aside and watch me." We had to wait for a couple to turn around because the first 100 yards scared them. It took them 45 minutes to do that 100 yards. Besides them, we saw a few motocross bikes, a nice young couple in a Jeep, and an older couple on a four-wheeler. For most of the trail, we had it to ourselves.

We had a BLAST! This was the worst part of the road, and the suburban scraped just a little. That's OK. No damage was done, and now there's slightly more clearance for the next driver! We did it alone and had no issues with the trail at all. We met one of the men who told us we couldn't do it at the bottom of the trail. He said Clint was one heck of a driver!

We have been able to do many trails people did not think a stock suburban could do. The key is tire placement. Clint will study the rocks and find his path through. Then he takes it easy.

For our rock crawling friends, there are some great picture-taking opportunities on this trail. For overlanders and campers, there are some very nice, very large campsites.

Clint and I just like to go for the remoteness and scenery. As someone very strong in naturalistic intelligence, I thoroughly enjoy "getting away" from it all. To be honest, I need to do it ever now and again. It recharges me. I enjoy observing the changes in the topography and flora and fauna. I use to collect different kinds of rocks, so I pay attention to things like that. I also enjoy finding medicinal and edible plants and mushrooms. There is plenty of history to enjoy in the places we go too.

There are many unmapped 4WD and hiking trails off of this area that we did not have a chance to explore, so Lord willing, we're going back! We took one ridge that had hip to waist-high grass in the middle. It appeared no one had been down there in ages. It gets quite narrow with very sheer drops on either side. We had to pull in our mirrors to fit in some places. At the end is a small grassy field where you can turn around. It was filled with flowers, bees, and butterflies. As we explored we walked through hundreds of busy bees, and they never bothered us.

There was very spotty cell phone reception. If you get stuck, you might have to walk a mile or two to get reception. There were no running creeks or streams for water when we went. Everything we did see lower on the mountain that might have had water was very dry due to the drought. If you plan to camp, you need to bring all of the water you need with you. There is plenty of firewood to gather. All of the campsites except the few on the knob had plenty of privacy.

We will probably head to Ferrum soon for business. We'll see if we can find any places to explore there.

Location: I-81 to exit #235 on to route 256 west , north on route 11, west on route 727, north on route 613, west on route 257, this turns into route 924 west, which becomes a ridge road up to the intersection for Forest Road 85A / Flag Pole Road. Keep going and you will find the Stoney Gap section of this road (Forest Service Road 225 aka "Stone House" Road). Be safe, and have fun!! Love to all!

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Something doesn’t sound quite right

 I wonder if you have ever heard a testimony like this:

“I gave my heart to Jesus when I was a child. Then I became involved in drugs, robbery, muggings, rape, murder, pornography, torture, gambling, money laundering, adultery, perjury, treason, extortion…and other things I’d rather not mention. I was filled with anger, hatred, and greed. But all the time I knew the Lord and gave my heart back to Him when I was forty years old.”

If you’ve heard something like that and said to yourself, “Something doesn’t sound quite right about that,” I trust that this teaching called “True and False Conversion” will shed light on that subject.

~Ray Comfort, Living Waters Ministries

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Sharing....

Hi there Miss Wendy! Here is another article. 

"People given both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were almost six-fold more likely to contract a delta infection and seven-fold more likely to have symptomatic disease than those who recovered. 

“This analysis demonstrated that natural immunity affords longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization due to the delta variant,” the researchers said." 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-27/previous-covid-prevents-delta-infection-better-than-pfizer-shot

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Shared with me. I haven't had time to read it myself. Sharing for those who asked me to share. Not at home. On a break from working in this heat. Love to all! -w

Friday, August 27, 2021

Because they need to be seen and heard...

Teen Dead After Pfizer Shot, Dad Struggling for Answers

16-year-old Ernesto Ramirez died of an enlarged heart five days after the jab, according to his autopsy which showed his heart was double the normal size. This story documents one father's struggle for answers and justice in a culture that shuns and ignores deaths after vaccination.



Emerging Research for Those Who Want to Stay Informed

Science Magazine: 

Having SARS-CoV-2 once confers much greater immunity than a vaccine

Direct Link to Israeli Study on Herd Immunity vs CoVid Vaccine

These were just shared with me. I have not had time to read them all the way through. I am sharing with like-minded friends/family now so I don't forget later. 

Pray for Walter

August 30: I have been slow in updating. He was admitted to the hospital. They did another dilation surgery on him Saturday morning. He did not aspirate anything like the paramedic thought. He was able to go home Saturday afternoon. I checked with Sarah on Sunday and she said he is doing fine. Thank you to those who prayed for this sweet baby boy. 


August 27: Sarah texted me. Walter is heading to CHKD by ambulance. He had breathing issues again. Aspiration is likely according to paramedics. 

Octo Hat

Bethany

Well, she ruined my plans for Christmas. I was going to purchase her the same type of hat she is wearing because I know how much she loves those intelligent, eight-legged creatures. She went off like this too. She doesn't care what others think, and I think that is great! Now I have to figure out another gift for Bethany's Christmas.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

2 prayer requests

Please pray for our good friend Eddie. He is nearing the end of his assignment on this earth. He has stage 4 lung cancer. His wife told me last night they think that his cancer has moved into his bones. There are changes daily. He is more often tired and eating less. We were told before others so we could get prayers started. They will be telling family and other friends over the next few days. 

Please pray that a health issue for one of our family members resolves itself without needing intervention. If it were to worsen, it could be life-threatening. At this point, it is not. We are keeping a very close eye on it. It is not CoVid. 

I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.

 Let your conversation be without covetousness; 
                           and be content with such things as ye have:
                  for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” 
                                                   Hebrews 13:5

forsake comes from the Greek word egkataleipō which means this.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

13,000 Deaths, Nearly 600,000 Adverse Events

13,000 Deaths, Nearly 600,000 Adverse Events Reported After COVID Vaccines, as Debate Heats Up Over Boosters

VAERS data released Friday by the CDC showed a total of 595,622 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 13,068 deaths and 81,050 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020 and Aug. 13, 2021.

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/vaers-cdc-deaths-adverse-events-covid-vaccines-booster-shots-september/

Something is wrong in my Christian walk.

 “A young man once sat in my office and said, “Ray, I’ve been looking at you guys, and I don’t have what you’ve got. I have no zeal for the lost. I don’t have a hunger for the Word. Something is wrong in my Christian walk.”

I asked him, “Do you have love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faith, meekness, and temperance?” (Galatians 5:22). And he said “No” to seven of the nine fruits of the Spirit. So I said, “By your own confession, I don’t see any evidence that you are soundly saved.”
Now at that point he did exercise the fruit of self-control. Because he told me later that he wanted to rearrange my face. But instead of doing that he went home, examined himself to see if he was in the faith, concluded that he wasn’t, and got on his knees and repented before a holy God. And within three months he was such a fruit bearer that he was entrusted with a ministry within our church.”
~Ray Comfort, Living Waters Ministries

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Why I Believe in a Pre-Trib Rapture

Quite often lately, I've been asked if I believe in the Rapture of the Church and when do I think it will happen. It just so happens, I started writing a post like this years ago when I started noticing changes occurring in our world pointing to the end times being very close. For some reason, I left it in my drafts and never finished it. I've been working on this in little bits of time in a very busy season. I apologize for spelling and grammatical errors.

I have prayerfully studied the differing viewpoints numerous times over the course of my life. Every time I delve into it, I come away more convinced of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Now, I could be wrong. I might be missing something or blinded by something. My fallible self is why I am encouraging you seek the Lord on your own and do your own Bible study. He should be the source you seek.

I want to point out that I am sharing only some of my notes on the topic. I realize the individual notes on the different points themselves are brief, but maybe that will encourage you to pray for wisdom and understanding and do your own research and Bible studies into the different points. I had work planned, but I put that aside so I could finish writing this for those who have been asking.

First, I want to make sure that you realize the word rapture is in the Bible. In I Thessalonians 4:17, the words "caught up" are translated into Latin as raptere which is where we get the word rapture. In Latin, it means "to seize and carry off." In Greek, it is harpazo which means "to take/snatch away." This is the same word used to describe Paul being "caught up" to Heaven in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4. I feel the two verses are clearly talking about people being very quickly relocated from the earth. 

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Jesus' own words make me believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. 

In Luke 17 Jesus points out that wrath came after Noah and Lot were safe. Notice that the wrath came immediately after their safety. Jesus tells us it will be like those days. He includes that the righteous were protected and then judgment came.

IsraelLifeExpectancy


In Luke 21, Jesus tells us the same generation will see both Israel reborn as a nation and witness the end times. Someone born in 1948, when Israel became a nation again, is 73 years old today. The average lifespan of one generation is 70-80 years. In that same passage, Jesus also explains what will happen in the end times and then He says: 

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unaware. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:34-36

The word worthy in this verse is translated from the Greek word "kataxioō" which means to deem entirely deserving: - (ac-) count worthy. 

What will we escape? "ALL these things." 

Do you also see the warning? Once the Church is raptured, it will be like a trap has closed on those left behind on the earth. Think of the door being closed on the ark. The people outside of the safe place were trapped to go through God's judgment which was the flood. Once the Rapture occurs, no one else will be able to escape the Tribulation.  

Right now, everyone has a choice. We can repent of our sins and accept His blood atonement. Once that Rapture occurs, there will be no escaping. Would Jesus tell us to pray for an escape if we can not escape it but we needed to endure it instead?

Reflect on the story of the 10 Virgins. Some Christians do not have their souls (lamps) prepared. Some want Jesus as a Savior and never make Him their Lord. Is He truly your Lord? Are you living as a diligent servant expecting your King to return suddenly? Pray that you may be worthy to ESCAPE. 

Revelation 3:10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

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I Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. 

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The Rapture is sudden (twinkling of an eye) and stealthy (unknown time) (like a thief in the night). It involves Christians who are prepared (Parable of the Virgins). The Second Coming does not happen in a twinkling of an eye, and it is easy to pinpoint when it will happen. It is very public. Everyone will see Him. Matthew 24:29-31

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The restraining nature of the Holy Spirit who lives inside believers also points to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. This is called the "indwelling of the Holy Spirit." Very clearly today, we can see evil bulging at the doors. If you are paying close attention, you can see goalposts by the other team being moved further and further back. What's holding evil from running rampant? What has to happen before the end time timeline begins?

2 Thessalonians 2:6-8

And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.  For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.

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But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the nightFor when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. I Thessalonians 5:1-11

I don't find going through the worst period of trouble on the earth very comforting, do you? But, I do find a Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church very, very comforting. 

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God has a pattern of removing His people before He unleashes His wrath. Why would He treat us any less than them?

Noah and his family were removed from society and saved from God's judgment on the earth through the ark. They got into the ark BEFORE it started raining. Jesus is our ark saving us. 

Lot and his family were removed from their society and saved from God's judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot was told by the angel to hurry up because the angel could not do anything to Sodom until Lot had arrived at the safe destination. Genesis 19:21-22.

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We are told in Scripture we are not appointed for wrath. The word appointed here is also translated "to place." What I get from it is that we are not in the place of or in the way of His coming wrath. It's not meant for us. If we are not in the way of His wrath, then we have to be removed just as we see others being removed in other Biblical instances.

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Some maintain the Church has to go through the wrath and judgment to be good enough to go to Heaven. Gently said, to me, that is like saying the work on the Cross was not complete.

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A study of the holy feasts as a prophetic outline of future events: Four feasts happen in the spring (early in the timeline) and three happen in the fall (later in the timeline.) 

These teachings that are hidden and found by those who search them out are one of the reasons I love studying the Word. There is the surface reading you can do, and then there are layers upon layers of learning for the diligent seeking Him. This lifetime is not long enough for all He has to teach us in His Word.

Spring:

1. Passover: Jesus' sacrifice for us, the Crucifixion happened
2. Unleavened Bread: removal of sin, Jesus buried on this day
3. First Fruits: Jesus' resurrection, Jesus is called the first fruit in I Cor. 15:20-23
4. Pentecost: 50 days after the Feast of First Fruits, this is when the Holy Spirit fell on the people in the upper room to birth the Church.

Fall: 

5. Trumpets: the blowing of the trumpets/shofar in a feast that goes from sundown on one day to sundown two days later. A lot of Christians believe Jesus will return on these feast days but they do not know the year, day, or time. 

a. Shofars are blown 100x using 9 sessions 11xs each = 99 which leaves one last final blast. The 100th blowing of the shofar is the longest and loudest. No one knows the day or time it will be blown. 

b. There are many names for the Feast of Trumpets. These names also give us clues to the prophetic timeline: Wedding Day of the Messiah (Rapture-Jesus coming for His Bride), Yom Teruah the Day of the Awakening Blast (dead will awaken I Thes 4:13-18), Rosh Hashanah aka the beginning of civil New Year points to a new beginning with Christ. 

The Feast of Trumpets in Jesus's Day was also called The Day Which No One Knows which would have been a name known by the disciples as they listened to Jesus say, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." Matthew 24:36. Both the name and the verse point us to a Jewish wedding where a groom would find a bride and before he could marry her, he would go away to make a place for them to live. The groom could not go get his bride until his father approved the dwelling and gave him permission. There are other names for the Feast of Trumpets, but I only chose to cover a few here for space and time reasons.

6. Atonement: 10 days after the Feast of Trumpets and this points to the Second Coming of Christ.

7. Tabernacles: 5 days later, 7 days long, this is where Jews live for seven days in booths signifying they will dwell with the Lord forever. This feast points us to eternity with our Lord and Savior. This feast is in the 7th month, is 7 days long, and is the 7th feast. 7 is the number of completion.

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The Rapture vs The Second Coming

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Wedding Language: These are just random thoughts I've had while reflecting on things.

Jesus is coming for His Bride..the Church. Does a bridegroom, who loves His bride so much that He would die for her, knowingly allow His bride to be attacked and abused by His enemies before the wedding? Or, does he put her someplace safe?

A wedding is a happy celebration. It is an event you look forward to with joy and anticipation. If the Rapture is not before the Tribulation, then we're not really looking forward to it with eager anticipation. We'd be exhausted, anxious, and desperate for His return mid-Trib and post-Trib. Exhausted, anxious, and desperate doesn't exactly make for a pretty or happy bride at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, does it?

Jesus is not mad at his Church. He loves His Bride. He showed us how He values us when He died for us.

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I do not believe we are in the prophetic timeline yet, but I do believe we are seeing a foreshadowing of what is to come. I believe the other side is putting things into place and doing trial runs for once the Rapture occurs. They know the hour too! They are telling us the hour by their behavior!

I believe the Rapture of the Church is the next prophetic event. If you do not agree with me, I ask that you pray the Lord will show me His Truth through His Word. I am continually asking Him to remove any blinders from my life and ask for His wisdom and leading as I study. I fully trust Him to impart His wisdom and knowledge to me. 

I believe after the Rapture people on this earth will be called upon to give allegiance to God's enemy. That will be a final decision. I have a few theories based on emerging info about technology and why that might be.

Do I believe we will go through difficulty because of sin and evil between now and the Rapture of the Church? Yes, I do. I believe we are already seeing that, and it will continue to grow worse. I believe we will witness great sorrow and suffering in the US as well. This will serve to shake awake the sleeping Christians and help others find salvation through Jesus so they can escape. 

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Dear Reader: These are just some of the notes I have collected over the years regarding the Rapture. I am a lifelong Bible student and am very thankful to God for leading my parents to pay for me to attend a Christian school where I learned so much from strong Christians who are still in my life today. I love getting somewhere to myself, seeking the Lord, and doing in-depth Bible studies. I have notes in my Bibles going back to my very early adulthood in the late 80s and early 90s. (I often make a date notation next to a passage.) I get very excited about God and Scripture, so I can go on for a while about Him and what He says. I do not claim to have it all correct. I am very, very flawed and very, very fallible. Because of that, I encourage you to pray and ask the Lord to give you wisdom and understanding as you study His Word for yourself. I hope these notes bless you and comfort you. My love to all.

If you do not know Jesus, I encourage you to repent of your sins and call out to Him for salvation today. Do not delay!

If you do know the Lord, I recommend you examine your life and make the adjustments necessary. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36

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I highly recommend e-Sword.

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Happy Trails

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Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you 

and that you may be in good health, 

as it goes well with your soul. 

3 John 1:2

Friday, August 20, 2021

More people who need to be represented:

 https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/protectyourfamily

not hyperlinked due to the massive amount of posts that have been deleted

The Lord shall laugh at him

The wicked plotteth against the just, And gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
The Lord shall laugh at him: For he seeth that his day is coming.
Psalm 37:12-13


Thursday, August 19, 2021

mind-muscle musing

 Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the world, and the fort of reason. 

Francis Bacon

fortitude: courage in pain or adversity

marshal: to bring together and order in an appropriate or effective way

armor: a quality or circumstance that affords protection

fort: a strong or fortified place

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

What happens when food stamps increase?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/food-stamps-permanent-increase-biden-administration-25-percent/

I've been here a while. I've seen the pattern. Stock up at lower prices while you can. If the businesses are doing this, and they are, and it is being called a good financial move, then it is a good move for you and I also. 

I am not arguing the necessity of the increase. I am saying I've seen how one thing leads to another.

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Speculation only, but it could get to where some or most of us can not find or purchase all we need for one week. In that instance, we will need to supplement from our garden or stored foods. Make sure you look after the shut-ins in your neighborhood and circle of friends.

In one community I am in, people are already bartering for goods. One person can't find a needed item. Another has plenty, so they make an exchange to help each other out. Keep this in mind as we go forward. 

There is a whole gamut of emotions going through most of us. Prices on everything, lockdowns, viruses, election battles, supply issues, Taiwan, Afghanistan, protests all over, natural disasters, and much more. When the news is stealing your peace, it is time to step back and spend time with the Lord. Reflect on WHO He is and what He has promised us. Reflect on who we are in Him. Memorize a verse that comforts you. -->Speak His truth out loud.<--Remember every step we take forward takes us closer to eternity with Him. We just have to get through this last part. I do not know how bad it is going to get, but I know what comes after. Better yet, I know WHO is coming! MaranathaMy love to all!

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: 
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 
John 14:27

Let not = you have the ability to discipline/calm/control your fear
Practice now.

You can't teach someone to swim while they are drowning because their fear will prevent them from learning. You have to teach them to swim before the crisis occurs so the training will kick in when needed. Work now to manage your fear so it is easier to manage later, in case bigger things are ahead. Prepare your body, mind, and soul. Prepare your family and home. Your mental state is very crucial to your outcome.

I am of the conviction that most of our issues with runaway fear come from having our focus in the wrong place. Faith is expecting God to act on our behalf, but fear is watching what the devil is doing. Where is your focus?

Extracting Capsaicin From Serrano Peppers

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I purchased five pounds of serrano peppers. After they were sliced and placed on the dehydrator I used alcohol to extract the capsaicin from the part that is normally thrown away. I use this in a liniment I make with other herbs to relieve pain and speed the healing of deep muscle strains and sprains. Within 10 minutes we could see the alcohol extracting properties from the leftover bits. It's really cool to watch it start and then grow darker.

We already invested our money in the peppers. Why not be a good steward and get all we can use out of them? I saved the seeds from the six largest peppers too. In three weeks, I will have seeds to share. Next spring, I can sell some of the plants I start to more than recover the cost of the peppers. (The five pounds was $3.20 from the big box W.) That's like getting free food and medicine. It took me about 15 minutes to slice the peppers and another 5 to start the liniment. "Waste not, want not."

Dear Reader, Peppers can leave your mouth on fire, but I know something even hotter. I know Someone who put my soul on fire! I encourage you to get to know Him. If you already know Him, I am praying for you and me to get to know Him even better. May we boldly preach His name wherever we go! My love to all!


Jesus is

‘the stone that you builders thought was not important.
    But this stone has become the cornerstone.’

Jesus is the only one who can save people. His name is the only power in the world that has been given to save anyone. We must be saved through him!”

Acts 4:11-12