A news article about seriousness.
The following article from Israel National News surprised me. They have done sacrifices at the Temple Mount during Passover before.
Temple-Times Passover Sacrifice Nixed by Government
“Israel’s Veterinary Services will not authorize the planned public ritual sacrifice of a goat in honor of Passover this year, Veterinary Services representative Zohar Dvorkin said Thursday. Jewish groups dedicated to the Temple Mount and Temple renewal are planning the sacrifice as a reminder of what Passover looked like in Temple times. The ritual slaughter is to take place in Jerusalem, in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood opposite the Temple Mount. The organizations planning the sacrifice were unpleasantly surprised at the Veterinary Services’ response. The Veterinary Services has authorized previous sacrifices in honor of Passover, including one held in Jerusalem last year.”
But coming on the heels of the wrangling over the Temple Mount and the recent violence there with a firebombing, maybe it is not so surprising. The activity in and around God’s holy ground is getting more severe. Expect more articles of this kind in the near future. The fighting is not over the actual mosque or temple, it is satan trying to prevent God from occupying His designated spot. For a short while in the near future, satan will be allowed to place himself there, to allow sin to run its full course. We are fast approaching that time now. It all will come down to a narrow, laser-point focus on Jerusalem.
“who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
“The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.” (Daniel 11:36).
“He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (Daniel 9:27).
Now we go from seriousness to silliness. This is of the “I saw the face of Jesus in my corn flakes” variety of craziness.
Angel-Shaped Cloud Appears In Florida Sky After New Pope Is Announced
“Some say it’s nothing. Others believe it’s a message from heaven on a big day for the Roman Catholic Church. Just hours after Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio made his first appearance as Pope Francis at the Vatican, Florida resident Jodi Guthrie snapped a photo of a stunning cloud shaped like an angel hovering in the sky over Royal Palm Beach.”
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There’s no denying that it is a very pretty cloud and an unusual shape. But it’s in…Florida, and has nothing to do with the Pope from Argentina who lives in Italy. If anything, it is a false wonder designed to delude people, not a sign from God. I would tend to think lightning striking the Vatican twice on the day of the pope’s resignation is more from God than this cloud in Florida is.
On the other hand, it’s very good that people are looking around their world and wondering of the religious things happening have anything to do with the natural things happening. That is a good connection to make. However, the imbroglio at the Vatican has nothing to do with God and everything to do with satan, so it is a missed connection. We can pray that as people lift their heads and look up, they make the proper connection. The right things to think in these days are that Jesus is coming soon to judge the living and the dead. He is active and involved with the world in His general revelation (Romans 1) and will soon be appearing in His special revelation (Ezekiel 39). If it causes a person to wonder how they may fare before a holy God then good. If it causes a person to think this is praise for a new pope, then it is bad.
While we are on the topic, we can ask the question, “Do angels have wings?“
There is a situation occurring now in Brooklyn NY that you may not be aware of. A 16-year-old teen named Kimani Gray was shot by Brooklyn police. He was shot 7 times, which infuriated the black community. He pointed a loaded gun at police and threatened to shoot, which infuriated the peace officer community. There’s been three nights of rioting, and more police have been deployed to the neighborhood. 45 people were arrested after protests last night and the UK Daily Mail’s headline is a little more inflammatory but quite vivid: “It sounds like a war zone’: Chaos in Brooklyn as 100 teenagers ‘riot’ on the streets following vigil of 16-year-old who was shot dead by NYPD plainclothes cops”. The situation has become a powder keg, reports The New York Times. There have been mobs marauding the streets, vigils, speeches, and now apparently martial law. Or what they call “A State of Exception.”
Iran’s PressTV reports,
“The NYPD turned the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn into a ‘State of Exception’ on Thursday, arresting over 45 people including the sister of slain 16-year-old Kimani Gray.”
Tensions in civil life between those in authority and those who perceive themselves to be oppressed rise exponentially when there is economic hardship. Put another way, people are angry and more often they unhesitatingly take it out on other people. Whether the police acted badly and took it out on “an innocent boy” simply adjusting his waistband, or the boy was angry and took it out on “brave and ethical police” protecting the public good and have commendations to back up their long and distinguished careers, is an age-old discussion and not new. However, the reaction to the issue is. The go-to solution used to be discussion, meetings between parties, and civil resolutions through procedures such as inquests or Internal Affairs. Now, people just riot. It’s an indication of taking the law into their own hands, and ignoring the thin veneer of civil authority that used to hold the lost sinners at bay, but now as the Restrainer slowly lifts His hand, is more quick to surface.
Here is a peek at our world today:
Above, a Bahraini anti-government protester is engulfed in flames when a shot fired by riot police hit the bomb in his hand that he was preparing to throw during clashes in Sanabis, Bahrain. Hasan Jamali/AP. It has been two years since Arab Spring and Saudi-led forces quelled unrest in Gulf island. Protests mark the date
Above, thousands of students, teachers, and concerned citizens protested in Madrid against cuts in education, and rising tuition fees imposed by the Minister of Education. The demonstration ended in front of Ministry of Education building.
Above, March 9, 2013– Pakistani demonstrators torch Christians’ belongings during a protest over blasphemy in a Christian neighborhood in Lahore. More than 3,000 Muslim protesters turned violent over derogatory remarks allegedly made by Sawan Masih, 28 against the prophet Muhammad in a Christian neighboorhood in Badami Bagh area. Arif Ali / AFP/Getty Images
Amid all this violence and protests as to the way things are, want to see what love is? It is still on earth, sometimes hidden among the cracks of a crumbling society, like a flower emerging from the concrete crack in the sidewalk, but it is still here. Watch this very moving 4-minute clip- and enjoy your day in Jesus. Days with Him are always good.