Posted in glorification, new earth, new heaven, sanctification, sin

Those distressing sin-battles

By Elizabeth Prata

Sin is a torture. There is no avoiding it. There is no getting away from it. I hate the sin in me, and I hate that the older I grow in Christ, the sadder and more disappointed about my sin I become. Why? The more I’m sanctified the more sin I see. The more sin I see the more I realize that, blessedly, Jesus is the only One who can catch me up. He will glorify me on His Day. The most I can do is run the race. Persevere. (1 Corinthians 9:24)

I love the bible. My Savior, who I really love, sent His Spirit to inspire an entire book which reveals God to us. I love that. It encourages us with words of life. In this book are common men, men and women who were living lives and worshiping or not worshiping, or in Apostle Saul/Paul’s case, killing. One day, Jesus broke the veil and converted Paul. Hallelujah!

I can’t wait until our soul and our flesh are both perfectly pure!

However, even with a direct confrontation with a glorified risen Jesus, and even with the Spirit as fully on Paul as He was, Paul still did what he didn’t want to and didn’t do what he wanted. That old flesh.

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.” (Romans 7:15-20)

In other words, Paul struggled. The flesh certainly has a grip on us, doesn’t it? I’m grateful again that the people who are written down in the book are regular people, saints of grace, but not saintly. At least I can relate to the passage there in Romans.

When Jesus came, and some disciples told John the Baptist that people were going over to Jesus, John replied.

He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)

O, Lord, please increase the Spirit in me! Please, more each day. Yes, I know that’s sanctification, but it is all right to long for the glorification, is it not? When there be no more sin in me, when I can worship Jesus properly? O happy day. I know I am not the only one to feel this way.

There is then…there is then sort of an ongoing sadness in the Christian life, isn’t there? And the longer you’re a Christian, the sadder you are over your sin. And what makes you sadder than you used to be is you keep assuming that you ought to grow out of this. There’s a place in life for fun and there’s a place in life for joy. And the Lord wants us to rejoice, all of that. But there’s always that nagging reality in the life of a true Christian, that deep-felt grief and sorrow over sin until it is repentant of. ~John MacArthur, The Only Way to Happiness is to Mourn Over Sin

There is the joy that we know we don’t have to increase by ourselves. We can’t. We have joy in knowing the Holy Spirit in us is the One who will increase us to Christ-Likeness.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

He is a glorious, wonderful Savior to save us from wallowing for an eternity in our sins. What a blessed relief that is coming, final and eternal release from the sinful flesh.

New Heavens and a New Earth

17“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.
18But be glad and rejoice forever
in that which I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. 19I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people;
no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.
(Isaiah 65:17-20)

What a Creator. We brought sin into the world, but He will finally banish it. No more distressing flesh-battles…only peace- and purity.

Posted in glorification, new earth, new heaven, sanctification, sin

Those distressing sin-battles

Sin is a torture. There is no avoiding it. There is no getting away from it. I hate the sin in me, and I hate that the older I grow in Christ, the sadder and more disappointed about my sin I become. Why? The more I’m sanctified the more sin I see. The more sin I see the more I realize that, blessedly, Jesus is the only One who can catch me up. He will glorify me on His Day. The most I can do is run the race. Persevere. (1 Corinthians 9:24)

I love the bible. My Savior, who I really love, sent His Spirit to inspire an entire book which reveals God to us. I love that. It encourages us with words of life. In this book are common men, men and women who were living lives and worshiping or not worshiping, or in Apostle Saul/Paul’s case, killing. One day, Jesus broke the veil and converted Paul. Hallelujah!

I can’t wait until our soul and our flesh are both perfectly pure!

However, even with a direct confrontation with a glorified risen Jesus, and even with the Spirit as fully on Paul as He was, Paul still did what he didn’t want to and didn’t do what he wanted. That old flesh.

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.” (Romans 7:15-20)

In other words, Paul struggled. The flesh certainly has a grip on us, doesn’t it? I’m grateful again that the people who are written down in the book are regular people, saints of grace, but not saintly. At least I can relate to the passage there in Romans.

When Jesus came, and some disciples told John the Baptist that people were going over to Jesus, John replied.

He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)

O, Lord, please increase the Spirit in me! Please, more each day. Yes, I know that’s sanctification, but it is all right to long for the glorification, is it not? When there be no more sin in me, when I can worship Jesus properly? O happy day. I know I am not the only one to feel this way.

There is then…there is then sort of an ongoing sadness in the Christian life, isn’t there? And the longer you’re a Christian, the sadder you are over your sin. And what makes you sadder than you used to be is you keep assuming that you ought to grow out of this. There’s a place in life for fun and there’s a place in life for joy. And the Lord wants us to rejoice, all of that. But there’s always that nagging reality in the life of a true Christian, that deep-felt grief and sorrow over sin until it is repentant of. ~John MacArthur, The Only Way to Happiness is to Mourn Over Sin

There is the joy that we know we don’t have to increase by ourselves. We can’t. We have joy in knowing the Holy Spirit in us is the One who will increase us to Christ-Likeness.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

He is a glorious, wonderful Savior to save us from wallowing for an eternity in our sins. What a blessed relief that is coming, final and eternal release from the sinful flesh.

New Heavens and a New Earth

17“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.
18But be glad and rejoice forever
in that which I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. 19I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people;
no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.
(Isaiah 65:17-20)

What a Creator. We brought sin into the world, but He will finally banish it. No more distressing flesh-battles…only peace- and purity.

Posted in Arkansas oil spill, manatees, new heaven, sea lions

‘Unusual mortality event’ with sea lions, stricken manatees, plus, oil spill in Arkansas

In the past I’ve reported on unusual animal die-offs. I’ve also reported on the unusual animal events that have occurred, such as animal attacks and bird migration patterns suddenly changing. I don’t report on those as frequently now because we have gone into an advanced phase of the end time and the signs of the times have become obvious to most who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

But I want to bring us back to these things for a moment, because it bears repeating: it is a fact that we are on a dying world. This world has been on a death trajectory since Genesis 3:6-7, when sin came into the world via satan and Adam.

The sins that are piling up are heavy. (Ezra 9:6, Jeremiah 51:9, Revelation 18:5). You know how a towel is when it gets wet. The more it is saturated, the heavier it becomes. I imagine that metaphorically, the earth is the same, like a sponge or a towel heavy-laden with sin.

That the earth is corrupt there is no doubt. The real pollution and the sin-pollution is bound to have an effect. These are the effects we see now. This is an article from Reuters,

“A federal agency has declared that more sick and dying sea lion pups have stranded themselves on southern California beaches so far in 2013 than in the previous five years combined, but scientists are still unsure what is afflicting the mammals. The “unusual mortality event” notice from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released late on Wednesday follows animal rescue groups’ warnings of a large influx of ailing sea lion pups in California.”

This from NPR,

Algae Bloom Kills Record Number Of Florida Manatees
More than 200 manatees have died in Florida’s waterways since January from an algae bloom called red tide, just as wildlife officials try to remove the marine mammal from the endangered species list. It used to be boat propellers that were the biggest killer of manatees, but red tide has been especially bad this year.”I think that it’s terrible. Red tide is something that is not good for the ecosystem overall and obviously not for these animals that are dying from it,” Martell says. It’s impossible to contain or control red tide. The blooms occur naturally almost every year along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The algae produce toxins that are absorbed by the sea grass, which manatees eat. No one knows why the outbreak is so severe this year.”

The Wildlife Biologist went on to say that it seems to be “bad luck”. I can’t imagine how hard it is for biologists to retrieve cute little dead sea lion pups or baby manatees … sad!

In addition to these unfortunate events there are a couple of others taking place in Arkansas. An Exxon pipeline leaked into a subdivision.

Washington Post has the story–

Exxon Mobil pipeline leaks ‘a few thousand’ barrels of crude oil in Arkansas
Exxon Mobil said that one of its pipelines leaked “a few thousand” barrels of Canadian heavy crude oil near Mayflower, Ark., prompting the evacuation of 22 homes and reinforcing concerns many critics have raised about the Keystone XL pipeline that is awaiting State Department approval. The pipeline breach took place late Friday, Exxon said, in the 20-inch diameter, 95,000-barrel-a-day Pegasus pipeline, which originates in Patoka, Ill., and carries crude oil to the Texas Gulf Coast, the country’s main refining center. Mayflower is about 25 miles north of Little Rock.”

This photo is circulating on Facebook, and though I think it is genuine, please be discerning, considering the source. The caption says it is a backyard at one of the affected subdivisions in Mayflower Arkansas, and to please share the photo.

Also in Arkansas, a nuclear accident happened, killing one. CNN reports,

Accident at Arkansas nuclear site kills man
“An accident at a nuclear facility in Arkansas killed one person Sunday, a county coroner said. The accident took place “in a non-radiation area, and there has been no risk to public health and safety identified,” the Arkansas Department of Health said in a statement. … Officials have not said how he was killed.”

Another report from NBC says that three were injured. That reports states that part of a generator fell when it was being moved and killed one man and injured three others. The report says that it was not nuclear related.

That is the official word, anyway. I think everyone is on edge after the major earthquake and tsunami at Japan that ruined the Fukushima Nuclear plant in 2011.

I say all this to remind us of the holy and glorious fact: this is not our world. We are ambassadors stationed here to bear fruit for God’s glory. We are to witness and speak of the One True God. But our sojourn here is not permanent. Read Hebrews 11:13-16, where we are reminded of who God used to bring Himself glory in the past (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses…)

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

We’re strangers and exiles. Faint not, when we read of these sinful and polluting things. We mourn the blight upon the beautiful earth that God has made and installed us upon, yes. We are sad for our brethren who must endure hardship and dislocation. We pray for the lost who experience these things but have no Rock upon which to stand nor rely to get them through. But fear not and faint not. This world will pass away, but Jesus will never pass away. Our home is in joyful communion now and forever with the Precious Risen One!

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)

Posted in higgs boson, new heaven, particle physics

Fireballs of doom: Scientists say Higgs boson makes the universe unstable

Science does a good job of telling me what my temperature is, streaming Netflix to my TV, enabling GPS to help me navigate my yacht, and cure polio. Science does a less stellar job when it comes to explaining the universe. Please note the pun.

When it comes to some things regarding the deeper mysteries of science, any scientist that does not have a Christian perspective will miss the boat. They will come oh, so close. However, as Maxwell Smart used to say, “Missed it by THAT much.”

One example of being close to being right is the recent news of the Higgs Boson. You may recall the hullabaloo when the Large Hadron Collider seemed to have produced evidence that the Higgs Boson particle existed. This is the particle that gives mass to the universe. It is the particle that completes the Standard Model of particle physics. It is the particle that is so fundamental to the universe’s cosmic infrastructure that it’s called The God Particle.

Here is a great explanation from How Stuff Works to explain the Standard Model of particle physics, and the Higgs boson’s place within it.

The model comes to us by way of particle physics, a field filled with physicists dedicated to reducing our complicated universe to its most basic building blocks. It’s a challenge we’ve been tackling for centuries, and we’ve made a lot of progress. First we discovered atoms, then protons, neutrons and electrons, and finally quarks and leptons (more on those later). But the universe doesn’t only contain matter; it also contains forces that act upon that matter. The standard model has given us more insight into the types of matter and forces than perhaps any other theory we have.

Here’s the gist of the standard model, which was developed in the early 1970s: Our entire universe is made of 12 different matter particles and four forces [source: European Organization for Nuclear Research]. Among those 12 particles, you’ll encounter six quarks and six leptons. Quarks make up protons and neutrons, while members of the lepton family include the electron and the electron neutrino, its neutrally charged counterpart. Scientists think that leptons and quarks are indivisible; that you can’t break them apart into smaller particles. Along with all those particles, the standard model also acknowledges four forces: gravity, electromagnetic, strong and weak.

Scientists think each of the four fundamental forces has its own specific bosons. Electromagnetic fields, for instance, depend on the photon to transit electromagnetic force to matter. Physicists think the Higgs boson might have a similar function — but transferring mass itself.

Can’t matter just inherently have mass without the Higgs boson confusing things? Not according to the standard model. But physicists have found a solution. What if all particles have no inherent mass, but instead gain mass by passing through a field? This field, known as a Higgs field, could affect different particles in different ways. Photons could slide through unaffected, while W and Z bosons would get bogged down with mass. In fact, assuming the Higgs boson exists, everything that has mass gets it by interacting with the all-powerful Higgs field, which occupies the entire universe. Like the other fields covered by the standard model, the Higgs one would need a carrier particle to affect other particles, and that particle is known as the Higgs boson.

The article isn’t that long and clearly explains why scientists think the Higgs boson is so important in explaining how the universe works.

With their recent discovery of the Higgs boson, came another startling discovery. The universe could end.

Higgs Boson calculations add up to new Armageddon scenario

Calculations that came with the likely discovery of the Higgs Boson last July also show that the particle’s mass qualities could spell out the end of the universe said Fermilab theoretical physicist Joseph Lykken yesterday, according to NBC’s Cosmic Log. Theory on the particle indicates that mass can be transmitted to other fundamental particles in the universe, which is how the possibility of the end of the world comes into play. This idea of mass transference suggests that the universe is not completely stable — it’s actually in a “metastable” state.

Aha! So if the Higgs boson transfers mass to other entities as they pass through the field, the very act of transference makes the universe inherently unstable. Hmmm.

This article from LiveScience says-

For example, the mass of the new particle is about 126 billion electron volts, or about 126 times the mass of the proton. If that particle really is the Higgs, its mass turns out to be just about what’s needed to make the universe fundamentally unstable, in a way that would cause it to end catastrophically in the far future. That’s because the Higgs field is thought to be everywhere, so it affects the vacuum of empty space-time in the universe.

“The mass of the Higgs is related to how stable the vacuum is,” explained Christopher Hill, a physicist at Ohio State University. “It’s right along the critical line. That could either be a cosmic coincidence, or it could be that there’s some physics that’s causing that. That’s something new, which we didn’t know before.”

Strikingly, if the Higgs mass were just a few percent different, the universe wouldn’t be doomed, the scientists said.

A ‘cosmic coincidence,’ lol. I would really be laughing out loud if it wasn’t so tragic. The scientists are so CLOSE to the truth. They search and search but never get there. 2 Timothy 3:7 says of the Godless in the last days, that they are

“always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth”

The tragedy is, the universe will collapse. The scientists say that it will end like this:

“The Higgs Boson doom scenario won’t be a drawn out event and will occur at light speed. But when it does happen, well, it’s going to be a spectacular show. “Fireballs of doom will form spontaneously and destroy the Universe,”

Hmmm, a faster than the speed of light instant implosion by fire? Let’s see what the bible says–

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!” (2 Peter 3:10-12).

Here is a preacher’s exposition on the verse:

“And the universe will pass away. What does that mean? Go out of existence. Isaiah spoke of this in Isaiah 34. And it will go out of existence, this is so interesting, with a roar. Now that’s a hard word to translate. I suppose roar is an option but it is one of those words that we call an onomatopoeia, you know. You remember your English class and figures of speech and an onomatopoetic word is a word that sounds like its meaning. In English we would say, whizzing. There is a word that sounds like what it means…whizzzzz. This word is rhoizedon…rhoizzzedon, rhoizzedon. It has to do with the whizzing, whistling crackling sound of something whizzz, disappearing. That’s the way it’s going to go.

At the same time the elements will be dissolved or destroyed with intense heat.” (Source)

Fireballs of doom, indeed.

This planet is a temporary one. It is disposable, only around for as long as God has His plan of redemption in play. When His work of redeeming souls is done, the planet and the entire universe will melt. However, not to worry, Peter says in 2 Peter 3:12 that there will be a new heavens.

Back to “so close”. Scientists are so close to understanding that it is God who holds the universe together. (Colossians 1:7). They are so close to understanding just how unstable the universe is. It is all held by Jesus and the moment He lets go, with a roar the universe will melt. (2 Peter 3:10). They are so close to knowing that it is Jesus Himself who is the field of power through which all things pass. (Colossians 1:15).

They are so close that we have a tendency to say, as Maxwell Smart did, “Missed it by that much!” But that is wrong thinking. They are not so close to the truth. It is far.

There are two roads, Jesus said. (Matthew 7:13-14). Neither road is close to one another. One is toward life and one is toward death. We see a picture of that enacted in the story from Luke 16:26 where the rich man was in torment in hell. He looked at Lazarus in Abraham’s Bosom and asked for Lazarus to come put a drop of water on his tongue to salve his tormenting thirst. Abraham replied that there is a great gulf fixed between the two places.

Besides all this, between you and us there is a great gulf set, so that they which would go from hence to you, cannot: neither can they come from thence to us. ” (Luke 16:26).

Another verse intimates that the distance between heaven and hell is vast. In Matthew 8:12 we’re told that the unsaved will be cast into outer darkness.

If you are on the narrow road you will inherit a Light of glory that permeates the city and heaven itself.(Revelation 21:23; Revelation 22:5). If you fail to repent you will inherit an eternal darkness at the outer edges from where Jesus is. Psalm 103:2 says that He will remove our transgressions from us and make them be as far as the east is from the west.

So close is an eternity afar. It is painful as a Christian to read of great scientific advances such as the potential unification of the Standard Model of physics. (if they ever figure out where gravity comes from, but that’s another story). To see that the universe will be destroyed, but not to see how the bible already records that it will happen, and in exactly the way that the scientists already see and understand…it is painful. They are so close but devastatingly far from the truth.

We Christians in turn, though, can and do praise Him for His power and His plan of redemption!

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11).