Daily Archives: April 27, 2021

April 27 Evening Quotes of The Day

Finding Excellency and Happiness in Christ
Ecclesiastes 2:1–23; Hebrews 4:8–10

Worldly men imagine that there is true excellency and true happiness in those things that they are pursuing. They think that if they could but obtain them, they should be happy; and when they obtain them, and cannot find happiness, they look for happiness in something else, and are still upon the pursuit. But Christ Jesus has true excellency, and so great excellency that when they come to see it they look no further, but the mind rests there.

JONATHAN EDWARDS

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

The Heart’s Capacity for Deceiving Itself
Proverbs 20:9; Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9–10; Titus 3:3; 1 John 1:8

The human heart has so many recesses for vanity, so many lurking places for falsehood, is so shrouded by fraud and hypocrisy, that it often deceives itself.

JOHN CALVIN

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

When We Lose Loved Ones and Have Regrets — BLOG – Beautiful Christian Life

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My mom had a sudden and massive heart attack in 2014. I never got to say goodbye. I never had the chance to tell her I loved her and to ask her to forgive me for all the times that I didn’t love her as I ought to have loved her. It was an extremely painful experience. Yet, in the face of extreme sorrow, the Lord graciously filled my mind with thoughts of eternity that I never had before.

We don’t have to be weighed down with perpetual regrets for not having loved believers as we ought to have loved them here and now.

One of those thoughts came on the ride to the cemetery. With anguish of heart my dad said, “I didn’t always love your Mom the way I should have. I know that I won’t be married to Mom in heaven, but I will love her perfectly for all eternity.” This, in turn, awakened thoughts in me that I’ve never had before. One of those thoughts was that Christ has purchased for believers not only forgiveness of sins and a perfect righteousness but also the prospect of loving other believers perfectly in glory for all of eternity.

In Charity and Its Fruits, Jonathan Edwards made the following observation about the way in which the love of God will be worked out perfectly in the saints so that we will love each other perfectly forever:

In every heart in heaven, love dwells and reigns. The heart of God is the original seat or subject of love. Divine love is in him…from God, love flows out toward all the inhabitants of heaven…the angels and saints all love each other. All the members of the glorious society of heaven are sincerely united. There is not a single secret or open enemy among them all. Not a heart is there that is not full of love, and not a solitary inhabitant that is not beloved by all the others. And as all are lovely, so all see each other’s loveliness with full complacence and delight. Every soul goes out in love to every other; and among all the blessed inhabitants, love is mutual, and full, and eternal.

This doesn’t mean that we get to shrug off our responsibility to love those around us now as God requires us to love them. Our Lord Jesus commanded us to love one another as he loved us (John 13:34). We should be zealous to love other believers with the same love with which we have been loved by Christ. We are to love believers now to the best of our ability by the grace of God. However, we don’t have to be weighed down with perpetual regrets for not having loved believers as we ought to have loved them here and now. Of course, we must go to the Lord for pardoning mercy and grace for the many times that we have failed in this respect. Additionally, we must strive to keep short accounts with each other in this life. Still, we know that we all fall miserably short of God’s standard of holiness and love in our relationships with one another.

Christ has purchased for us an eternity in which we will love each other as he has loved us.

We will never love as we ought to love in this life. This, in turn, should lead us to rest in what Christ has accomplished and purchased for us. Though we have failed to love believers with a perfect love, we will forever render to them what we know we owe them and what we sorrow over not having shown them more of in this life. Christ has purchased for us an eternity in which we will love each other as he has loved us—with a perfect and an everlasting love. If you are in Christ, be comforted by the fact that you have an eternity of love awaiting you in which you will love every other believer as you ought to have and as you wish you had loved them in this life.

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Rev. Nick Batzig is an associate editor for Ligonier Ministries and a pastor at Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA). He formerly served as the organizing pastor of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Richmond Hill, Georgia.

This article is adapted from “Losing Loved Ones and Having Regrets” at feedingonchrist.org.Click Here to Subscribe to BCL’s Free Monthly Newsletter and Weekday Devotional

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When We Lose Loved Ones and Have Regrets — BLOG – Beautiful Christian Life

April 27 – Anointed by Christ — Reformed Perspective

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” – Psalm 23:5

Scripture reading: Psalm 23:5

Turning our attention this time to the second phrase in this verse, we see a great blessing that is ours in Christ. We are anointed by Christ with oil. When we think of anointing, we often think of the anointed offices of the Old Testament: prophet, priest and king. Certainly, the idea of our being anointed as prophets, priests and kings is in view here. It was also customary to anoint favored or exalted guests at a feast. In this psalm, Christ is pictured as anointing us, favoring us and exalting us as esteemed guests at His victory feast, in full view of our enemies.

Have you considered how much Christ values you?  Esteems you?  Even exalts you? Do you know that Christ, in saving you, has indeed made you little prophets, priests and kings, reigning with Him over all things?  As it is written in 2 Timothy 2:12, “If we endure, We shall also reign with Him” or also in 1 Corinthians 6:3, “Do you not know that we shall judge angels?”  This is not just something that is entirely in the future either, but Christ exalts us even now, to such an extent that Paul talks about our future being seated next to Christ on His throne as if it has already happened. Ephesians 2:6 says, “and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” [emphasis my own].

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that the Lord would help you to grasp how much you have been given in Christ and praise Him for it. Pray that as an anointed one of Christ, you would serve Him humbly and faithfully all of your life.

Rev. James Roosma has been serving at Grace Reformed Church in Kelowna, BC for six years. He and his wife Jeni have been blessed with two children, Elijah and Tabitha, and have one on the way. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

April 27 – Anointed by Christ — Reformed Perspective

How to Grow Strong in Your Weakness — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

God chose the weak things of this world to shame the strong…so that no one may boast before him.” 1 Corinthians 1: 27-31

None of us likes to be weak, do we? From small up we’ve been trained to “be strong.” “Show them that you can do it!”

As an adult when weakness overwhelms us, we feel embarrassed. Some people use weakness as an excuse. “I could never do that. I just don’t have the strength.”

Some people focus on their weakness—it becomes their identity. “I can’t help it. That’s just me.

God sends weakness for a reason: to make us aware how much we need Him. God accepts us just as we are but He doesn’t leave us that way.

Through weakness God humbles us before Him. When He sees our obedience to move ahead even when we feel weak, He sends His strength and blessings into our lives. Have you experienced this?

I sure have! Sometimes, at the end of the day, I’m surprised at what has been accomplished.

Why weakness? God wants people to be surprised at us. They’ll know without a doubt, God did it through us.

Weakness is strength when we depend on Him and let him take over. When we lean on Him rather than on our own understanding. This is how we grow strong in our weakness.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3: 5,6 (NLT)

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission
To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com


FURTHER READING

•  Pressing Your Reset Button
•  When Life isn’t Fair

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How to Grow Strong in Your Weakness — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Faith Plus Works Doesn’t Work — The Cripplegate

Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

Galatians 2:16

Judgment day is coming. 

God has already determined the moment of your last breath on earth. That moment is fast approaching and then you will be instantly judged. (Her. 9:27)

We will all stand before God one day soon and will give an account of our lives. We will all fall short of the standard of God to make it to Heaven (Matt. 5:48) and we will all be given guilty sentences.

Some though, through the mercy of God will be allowed entry into Heaven. Those who will have put their faith in Jesus Christ.

The question though is, what does it mean to put our faith in Christ?

We all know people who say they believe in Jesus, but then their life remains unchanged. That is not saving faith.

On the other hand we all know people who say they believe in Jesus but when asked about judgment day they might say something like:

“I’m a good person”.

“I’ve done more good than bad”.

“I was baptized as a child”.

“I confess my sins to the priest”.

“I’ve done good works”.

Sadly, anyone who utters these words is without saving faith as well. 

Having faith in Christ means that you believe that Jesus has saved you from all your sins in an instant. 

Having faith in Christ means that you believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, because of the fact that you couldn’t save yourself. 

Having faith in Christ means that you believe that salvation is through faith in Christ alone.

And the Bible is clear that salvation is by faith alone. 

Hebrews 11 makes this point over and over again. 

“Without faith it is impossible to please God”, shouts the writer of Hebrews in Hebrews 11:6.

It goes on to say that Noah “became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” Hebrews 11:7

The chapter goes on describing that it was the faith of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and the countless who came after them that saved them. Not their works.

Elsewhere in scripture, Paul says that faith is a gift of God and salvation must be apart from works or we could boast one day that we got ourselves to Heaven. (Eph 2:8-9)

Anywhere salvation happens in the Bible it is not a process, but it happens in an instant when someone puts their faith in Christ. (Luke 19:9, Acts 8:37, Acts 16:31, Acts 9:20, Luke 23:43)

When someone adds works to faith, then they don’t have any faith at all. It’s not that they have some faith, or that there are degrees of faith, when it comes to salvation it is all or nothing. 

The Bible describes faith as confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Heb. 11:1). In other words faith is certainty even though it has not happened yet. There is nothing less certain than adding works to salvation. 

Faith plus works doesn’t work.

Let’s say you buy a phone at the store. The reason you love this phone is because it is very reliable, “it just doesn’t break”. But then, when it comes to check out time, the person at the counter offers you the insurance and you decide to buy it just in case. Do you actually have faith in the product? No, it is a lack of trust in the maker. It is not complete faith.

If you stand before God on judgment day, and you are trusting in anything other than Jesus’ righteousness, then you are not trusting in Jesus. 

Jesus demanded complete trust. 

In John 14:6 He says that He is THE way, THE truth and THE life, and that no man can go to the father but through Him. Adding works slaps Jesus in the face.

In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” He wants people to stop doing works to earn salvation and instead to simply put their faith in Him.

Finally in John 6:28-29 he is asked straight out, “What are we to do, so that we may accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” 

The Bible is clear that Faith alone in the messiah is what it takes to get to Heaven, and that adding any works as a reason to merit Heaven, not only is a slap in the face to Jesus, but ultimately is a sign that the faith is not there at all. 

While James rightly reminds us (James 2:14-26) that a lack of works means that there is no saving faith (or in other words that someone without works hasn’t truly been born-again), We must also remember that a trust in works also means that saving faith is missing. You can’t be born again and not believe in instant salvation! Works demands a process of salvation. Works demands a lack of trust in Jesus’ ability to save. Works says “I do not trust you Jesus!”

One of the saddest things that I think often about is the fact that so many of us are wrong about how it will go for our loved ones on judgment day. 

Because of our love for them and our desire to see them go to heaven we assume that they will be ok on that day. 

So many of you have neighbors, friends and family, who say that they have faith, but you know that they do not. And yet, you suppress that truth. You ignore it. You’ve learned to live with it. Perhaps you might actually wonder if they might be genuinely saved. Perhaps you’ve created a new way to Heaven just for them.

The fact of the matter is that if your loved one trusts in their goodness, they are unsaved. They are on their way to hell. The are still at war with their creator (Rom. 8:7), whose standard is perfection (Matt. 5:48), and who was willing to crush His Son on the cross for sin (Isaiah 53:10). You must get beyond the surface, and actually think about these truths. 

I know that it is uncomfortable, it is tragic to think of a loved one in hell, but for their sake and for yours you must think about it. It might mean an uncomfortable conversation, it might mean the loss of a relationship, it might mean uncomfortable thanksgivings, but for the love of God and for the sake of eternity it is imperative that you consider these things. 

One day when we stand before God, we will only be allowed entrance into Heaven if we have faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. We will deserve hell, and yet, get heaven. We will owe an eternal debt, and yet share in God’s inheritance. 

We must preach this Gospel to all and beg people to forsake their futile works and fully trust in Jesus. 

Faith Plus Works Doesn’t Work — The Cripplegate

April 27 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Belief Requires a Miracle
Luke 16:31; Acts 8:13

The Christian Religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.

DAVID HUME

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

The Spirit Keeps Servants Humble
1 Corinthians 4:9; 15:8; Ephesians 3:8; 1 Timothy 1:15

Thus may the servant of God know if he has the Spirit of God: if when the Lord works some good through him, his body—since it is ever at variance with all that is good—is not therefore puffed up; but if he rather becomes viler in his own sight and if he esteems himself less than other men.

FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Sean McDowell on How to Respond to Christians ‘Deconstructing’ Their Faith — Faithwire

In the age of social media, we’re often made hyper-aware of the machinations of the faith journeys of complete strangers, some famous and others not. While some of that is certainly good, it can also be a bit unnerving, particularly when a once-esteemed believer abandons his or her Christian convictions.

Most recently, author Paul Maxwell, a former writer for theologian John Piper’s DesiringGod.org, announced he is no longer a Christian.

Others, like former Christian recording artist Jonathan Steingard, have concluded they “no longer believe in God.” Or, as is the case with Piper’s son Abraham, that ultimate meaning just “doesn’t exist.”

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Then there are those like the late Ravi Zacharias, whose egregious actions — many of which were revealed in detail after his death in May of last year — expose a heart seemingly untransformed by the Christian faith he spent his career defending and promoting.

During a recent interview with Faithwire, Christian author and apologist Sean McDowell said it’s normal and even appropriate to “grieve” these losses, but argued it shouldn’t shake our convictions.

“I’ve got to be committed to believing because I think this is really true,” McDowell said. “So I ask myself, ‘Who do I think God is?’ ‘Why do I think the Bible’s true?’ ‘Who do I think Jesus claimed to be?’ And, as best I can, answer those questions so my faith is not rooted in my emotions when things around me change; it’s rooted in what is true.”

“It’s not enough to just know it’s true,” he continued. “I’ve got to apply it to my life and live it out. It’s one thing to know God is a loving Heavenly Father; it’s another thing to experience God’s grace personally. I want to logically know it’s true, so my faith is grounded in truth, not in a human person, because, if we know anything about people, they’re all going to let us down. … So we’ve gotta know it’s true, but we’ve also gotta live out our faith, which makes that truth become real.”

If that’s the case, he added, we will be “less tempted to jettison our faith because we have a good biblical theology, namely the sinfulness of human nature and our capacity for deception.”

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McDowell went on to point out that, more often than not, at the core of many believers’ faith “deconstruction” journeys is a secondary or tertiary issue made primary. Within Christian culture, he said, there’s often the pull to redefine “very important questions” as “salvific essential questions.”

“Let’s just keep the main thing the main thing,” McDowell said, “so when people come across these challenges to their faith, they’re not tempted to just bail on the entire ship.”

He further acknowledged his heartbreak at learning from people who “deconstructed” that their questions and sincere doubts were dismissed or condemned by their Christian communities.

“If there’s any religion that’s OK with questions,” the apologist said, “it should be Christianity, because it’s actually true and we have a powerful history of brilliant thinkers … offering thoughtful answers.”

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McDowell said this wave of believers “deconstructing” their faith makes clear dismissing Christians’ valid questions has “devastating consequences.

For Christians confident in the faith but who want to come alongside their friends and family members who are “deconstructing,” McDowell urged honesty. Rather than being fearful of discourse, he encouraged Christians to “learn together” with loved ones experiencing doubt.

“Then the Christian is learning, they’re showing, ‘I’m not threatened by your questions. I love you no matter what,’” he said. “[I]f you have a friend who has questions, this is a chance for you to go deeper in your faith, relationally, because now you know it matters. So just tell that person, ‘Gosh, I wish I knew more, but I’m gonna read and think with you and help you through this.’”

Watch our full conversation in the video above.

Sean McDowell on How to Respond to Christians ‘Deconstructing’ Their Faith — Faithwire

27 Apr 2021 News Briefing

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Plans to Connect Continents through Subsea Fiber Cable in the Polar Ocean
The Arctic Connect project will stretch across 11,000 kilometers in the Arctic through a subsea fiber cable aiming to connect the Nordics with Asia using high-speed internet. If all goes according to lan, the construction of the ambitious project will commence as early as next year.

France Will ‘Never Give in to Islamist Terrorism,’ says Macron After Policewoman’s Killing
French prosecutors opened a terror inquiry Friday after a police employee was stabbed to death at a station southwest of Paris by a suspected Islamist extremist from Tunisia who was then shot dead by the security forces. Three people have been detained in connection with the attack.

Cops mock and fake call LeBron James for police advice in viral videos after LeBron attacks cop
“Dispatch, I’ve arrived at that disturbance. Will you have LeBron call my cellphone right away, please? Thank you,” Silvester says in the viral video. The officer then looks out the window and gently asks a pretend suspect to “put the knife down, please.” “Sir, no no, no. Sir, don’t stab him. No, stop stabbing him,” he says before taking a fake phone call from James. “LeBron, hey, yeah it’s me again,” Silvester says. “Listen, I’m out here at this disturbance call and there’s a guy trying to stab another guy with a knife. What do you think I should do?” “Okay, well, they’re both Black,” the cop continues. “One guy is trying to stab another guy with a knife. Deadly force is completely justified.” Silvester pauses as though he is listening to James, and then he adds, “So, you don’t care if a Black person kills another Black person—but you do care if a white cop kills a black person, even if he’s doing it to save the life of another black person?”

Russia Puts U.S. on List of ‘Unfriendly Countries’
Russia has put the U.S. on its list of “unfriendly” states, Russian news agency TASS reported on Monday, quoting Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the Rossiya-1 TV channel. The move comes amid an escalating diplomatic row between Russia and several European countries.

Montana gov signs bill barring enforcement of federal bans on guns, ammunition and magazines
Gov. Greg Gianforte signed H.B. 258 Friday prohibiting Montana’s state and local law enforcement from enforcing, implementing or spending state funds to uphold federal bans on firearms, ammunition and magazines. “Today, I proudly signed Rep. Hinkle’s law prohibiting federal overreach into our Second Amendment-protected rights, including any federal ban on firearms,” Gianforte tweeted.

NYPD cops quitting force spiked 75% in 2020
The New York Police Department saw a 75 percent increase in officers who quit or filed for retirement in 2020 over the number of officers who quit or retired in 2019, according to data reported by the New York Post on Saturday. In total, the NYPD saw 2,600 officers quit the job and another 2,746 file for retirement, for a combined 5,346 leaving or planning to leave the force.

Recall Newsom Election Officially Triggered In California After Signatures Counted
A recall effort against California governor Gavin Newsom (D) gained enough signatures to trigger a special election, according to the latest count by the Secretary of State’s office, which says 1,626,042 submitted signatures have been verified – surpassing the 1.495 million signatures required. “The People of California have done what the politicians thought would be impossible. This recall movement to remove Governor Gavin Newsom from office has reached yet another milestone,” said Orrin Heatlie, Lead Proponent of the Recall Gavin Newsom campaign and founder of the California Patriot Coalition.

TX Gains 2 House Seats, CA, NY Lose One As US Political Map Is Redrawn
The first set of results from the 2020 census are in, and reveal that the red state of Texas is set to gain two House seats, while California and New York will each lose one. This will bring the red state of Texas to a total of 38 seats and 40 electoral college votes – the 2nd highest behind California.

Pompeo Pushes Investigation Into Kerry for Leaking Secrets to Iran
Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Republican foreign policy leaders in Congress are demanding a formal investigation into John Kerry following revelations he informed Iranian leaders about covert Israeli military operations. The revelation is already generating calls for Kerry, the special presidential envoy for climate, to resign from the Biden administration and face a congressional investigation for possibly spilling highly classified secrets to one of America’s leading enemies.

EU Army warning: Candidate to replace Merkel demands ‘serious steps’ taken – huge backlash
The German Green Party’s candidate to succeed Ms Merkel has set out steps to implement the creation of a European Union armed forces in the party’s foreign policy agenda. Polls in Germany suggest that the Green Party’s Annalena Baerbock has a high chance of becoming the nation’s first Green Chancellor.

Vladimir Putin unveils terrifying rocket which can ‘destroy US space missiles’
Videos from Russian media outlets show the launch of an anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defence system at the Sary Shagan test site in Kazakhstan. It comes amid flared tensions between Russia, the West and Ukraine over military deployments in Eastern Europe.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard sets policy and Russia tried to thwart nuclear deal, Zarif says in leaked remarks
Former Iranian vice president says comments by FM ‘tantamount to Israel stealing nuclear documents,’ could impact ongoing efforts to reinstate 2015 pact; Zarif says ‘astonished’ to discover Israel hit Iranian targets in Syria over 200 times

US Homeland Security to investigate domestic extremism in its ranks
The US Department of Homeland Security will investigate the potential threat of domestic violent extremism within its own ranks, the department said on Monday.

Security Cabinet authorizes Netanyahu, Gantz to approve plans to attack Gaza
The Political-Security Cabinet convened today (Monday) for a two-and-a-half-hour discussion on tensions on the southern border. The meeting was convened at the demand of Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Cabinet ministers have authorized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz to approve plans to attack Gaza after dozens of rockets were fired at Israel over the weekend.

Iranian FM claims Kerry told him about Israeli covert operations in Syria
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed in recently leaked audio that former US Secretary of State John Kerry informed him of more than 200 Israeli operations in Syria, Fox News reported on Monday. Kerry shocked Zarif by revealing that Israel had attacked Iranian targets in Syria more than 200 times, according to leaked audio obtained by The New York Times and other outlets.

Fatah lays the groundwork for canceling the PA elections
In order to avoid being seen as the one who canceled the elections for fear of losing, Fatah has set two preconditions for holding the elections that its leaders and members hope Israel will reject. When Israel then rejects the preconditions, Abbas will claim that he was forced to cancel the elections because Israel prevented them from being held.

Biden recognizes Armenian Genocide: Turkey Livid
On Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day marking the 106th anniversary of the beginning of the massacre, President Joe Biden became the first US president to officially recognize the murder of approximately one million Christian Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War I, lasting from 1915-1923. 32 countries around the world currently recognize the Armenian genocide.

Veggie Tales Creator, Phil Vischer, Says Christians Shouldn’t Oppose Transgenderism
Phil Vischer, who is best known for creating the Christian-themed-but-filled-with-bad-doctrine children’s cartoon series, Veggie Tales, has made a new name for himself among the rising Evangelical Beast of Revelation known as the Woke Church. Vischer, who wonders if Latino people who vote Republican are actually just white people in disguise, has been a staunch advocate for Christians trading in their moral compass and embracing leftist, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual politics all in the name of wokeness.

IRGC boats harassed US Coast Guard in Persian Gulf – report
A group of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels harassed two US Coast Guard ships in the Persian Gulf at the beginning of April, Navy officials told The Wall Street Journal on Monday. The incident took place on April 2, just a day after the US, Iran and European nations announced that they would conduct talks to return to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal.

Antisemitic incidents in US third highest on record despite lockdowns
Antisemitic incidents in the US decreased by four percent in 2020 from 2019 figures, but still amounted to the third-highest number of such incidents ever to be recorded, the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit report has shown. Over the course of 2020, incidents of antisemitic physical assault and vandalism were significantly down from 2019’s numbers, although antisemitic harassment increased.

Explosive balloons launched from Gaza amid riots along border – report
Explosive balloons were sent from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory late Monday night, according to a Telegram channel reportedly associated with the Palestinian balloon units in Gaza. Additionally, about 200 protesters gathered along the border fence in Gaza. The IDF tried to disperse the crowds, Army Radio reported.

John Kerry denies giving Iran info on Israeli attacks in Syria
United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry on Monday denied ever giving Iran information about Israeli attacks in Syria, as claimed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in his recently leaked, explosive audio recording. The recording was revealed by Iran International…news channel on Sunday and it apparently contains a discussion between Zarif and Iranian economist Saeed Leylaz.

Security Cabinet authorizes IDF strike on Gaza if rocket fire persists
The Security Cabinet decided at the end of a Monday evening meeting to approve a substantial air force attack on the Gaza Strip if the launch rocket fire into Israeli territory persists. The IDF presented various operational scenarios targeting Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group which Israel holds responsible for any cross-border aggression.

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of ‘apartheid’ crimes against Palestinians
An international rights watchdog accused Israel on Tuesday of pursuing policies of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians — and against its own Arab minority — that amount to crimes against humanity. New York-based Human Rights Watch published a 213-page report which, it said, was…assessing “whether specific acts and policies” constitute apartheid as defined under international law.

Explosive-laden ‘drone’ boat targets Saudi port of Yanbu
A remotely piloted boat packed with explosives targeted the Saudi port of Yanbu in the Red Sea on Tuesday, the kingdom said, with the blast sending black smoke into the sky off the coast. Saudi Arabia claimed to have intercepted and destroyed the attack boat. However, private security firms suggested commercial traffic near the port may have been hit in the assault.

600 large sinkholes open in Turkey’s breadbasket amid worsening drought
Huge sinkholes fill the drought-stricken breadbasket areas of Konya, Turkey, posing a challenge for farmers as they look for other means to water their fields, the French Press Agency (AFP) reports. Experts have so far counted around 600 large sinkholes– nearly twice the number of 350 in 2019, as the dry spell situation gets worse this year.

NY health department requires nursing home staff and residents to sign paperwork if they decline the coronavirus vaccine
The New York State Department of Health issued new guidance on April 15 that requires nursing homes to offer “an opportunity to receive” the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) jab to all consenting residents and staff by April 29, and within two weeks of a new hire or a new admission.

Amazon delivery drivers forced to submit to AI-powered camera tracking of their activities INSIDE the vehicle to retain job 
Amazon is requiring its delivery drivers to sign new contracts permitting the use of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered camera technology meant to monitor them while they conduct their deliveries.

Under evil Biden regime, the NIH abandons ethics board, resumes trafficking of aborted baby body parts using taxpayers’ money 
On Friday, April 16, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the disbanding of the independent ethics board that reviews applications for federal funding for projects that use fetal tissue.

Mississippi man suffers a STROKE four hours after getting Johnson & Johnson vaccine
A Mississippi man experienced a blood clot and a stroke just four hours after getting Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. His family believes the vaccine is responsible for his ordeal.

U.S. Postal Service has new role – running a “covert operations program” to spy on Americans by monitoring their social media posts 
For decades the U.S. Postal Service has failed to live up to its design: Efficiently handling and delivering the nation’s mail.

One-third of all American billionaires’ wealth gains over the last 30 years came during the pandemic
Despite the economic impact of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. billionaires have continued to get rich over the past year. In fact, a new report indicates that one-third of billionaire wealth gains in the last three decades came during the last 13 months of the pandemic.

WOW: Canadian provincial leader actually admits officials “got it wrong” with widespread COVID lockdowns in tearful apology 
The leader of one of Canada’s provinces has put his American political counterparts to shame by actually stepping up and taking responsibility for getting a lot about the COVID-19 pandemic response wrong and harming people in the process, to include the enduring, draconian lockdowns that destroyed economies and livelihoods for no good reason.

Covid swabs and masks appear to contain “hooks” and strange fibers that can be inhaled directly into the lungs
Over the weekend we published a series of nearly 40 microscope photos showing strange fibers, structures and even “hooks” that are embedded in the fibers of covid nasal swabs and masks. Many of these fibers appear to possess properties that would cause them to adhere to soft tissue such as lung tissue. Their presence in covid masks is very disturbing, given that these fibers are very likely easily inhaled and may lodge in lung tissue.

Scientists Create Meat from Human Cells But Claim It’s Not Cannibalism
When is eating the flesh of humans not cannibalism? According to scientists at a company specializing in regenerative medicine and developing biomaterial for spinal cord treatments, it’s not cannibalism if the ‘steaks’ are grown from the consumer’s own cells at home … and the see this as a way to reduce the consumption of animal flesh and all of the environmental and health issues associated with it. Before you dismiss this as some futuristic dystopian fantasy, these human ‘steaks’ have a ‘brand name’ – Ourboros Steak – and prototypes are on display at a museum in London. Yikes!

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Dragon Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Outer Space Only To Be Greeted By UFO, Says NASA
Since the last half of 2019, we’ve been telling you to prepare yourselves for the return of the fallen angels and the Genesis 6 Giants, their time on the prophetic stage is about to begin and for many months now we’ve been watching them “warm up” for their big appearance. Elon Musk and his Dragon space capsule got a taste of that over the weekend. Ready or not, here they come.

Source: 27 Apr 2021 – Rapture Ready

Apostasy Watch Wednesday 4-27-21

Gary DeMar – The Mafia is Running the Government

Bob Smietana – ‘If you have eyes, plagiarize’: When Borrowing a Sermon Goes Too Far

Op-Ed: A Warning Against Henry Hilderbrandt and ‘Church of God Restoration’

Liberty University’s Lawsuit Against Falwell is an Admission of Guilt

CNN Anchor Names And Shames Evangelical Pastors Who Spread COVID-19 Misinformation

Wheaton College Professor Faces Death Threats for Advocating for Vaccines

Spiritual group accused of cult-like activities may be planting roots in Mt. Shasta area

Pastor Todd Wagner Resigns from Watermark Amid Turmoil

Man caught on camera vandalizing Van Nuys church

New Witness Alleges Cover-Up of Sex Abuse at Kanakuk Kamps

‘Houses of Worship Provide Soul-Sustaining Operations’: Indiana Gov. Designates Churches as Essential

Oklahoma Gov Kevin Stitt Signs Bill Banning Abortions When Unborn Baby’s Heart Begins Beating

Supreme Court Stops California From Locking Down Church, Banning Singing During Worship

California allows hundreds of men to transfer to women’s prisons

Report: Israel to deport members of African Hebrew Israelite sect

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Pixar looking to cast its first openly transgender characterPosted: 27 Apr 2021 08:00 AM PDT(ETH) – Pixar Animation Studios has reportedly begun looking to cast someone to voice the character of Jess in an upcoming project. who is Jess? They are described as someone who is “compassionate, funny, and always has your back.”They are looking for a 12–17-year-old who is “enthusiastic, outgoing, funny, and energetic” who also feels “comfortable acting in front of a microphone” and can “authentically portray a 14-year-old transgender girl.” Yes, Jess will reportedly become the first openly transgender character in a Pixar project.Continue reading Pixar looking to cast its first openly transgender character at End Time Headlines.
Federal Judge sides with trans-identified boys as female athletesPosted: 27 Apr 2021 07:44 AM PDT(ETH) – A federal judge has just tossed out a high-profile lawsuit that was filed on behalf of four female athletes that filed a lawsuit to stop a Connecticut high school athletics association policy that is allowing biological males who identify as females to compete in girls’ sports at the K-12 level.According to the Christian Post, lawyers that are currently representing the athletes plan to appeal the ruling.Continue reading Federal Judge sides with trans-identified boys as female athletes at End Time Headlines.
Democratic Texas state legislator insists there are 6 sexes, critics say he was off by 4Posted: 27 Apr 2021 07:22 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – A Harvard-educated Texas Democratic lawmaker just raised a lot of eyebrows after declaring at a recent hearing that there are six sexes, which prompted a quick rebuke from skeptics who said his count was off by four.According to the report from the Washington Times,  Texas state Rep. James Talarico made this pronouncement prior to public testimony on Tuesday before the Public Education Committee on House Bill 4042, which is a measure to bar transgender athletes from girls’ K-12 scholastic sports.Continue reading Democratic Texas state legislator insists there are 6 sexes, critics say he was off by 4 at End Time Headlines.
Arizona warns water supply could be greatly impacted by Mega Drought – 600 Sinkholes open in TurkeyPosted: 27 Apr 2021 07:02 AM PDT(ETH) – Officials in Arizona are sounding the alarm that they expect the first-ever shortage declaration for the Colorado river in 2022, which will produce substantial cuts to Arizona’s share of the water supply.“The resources are suffering because of climate change and drought, but we are responding appropriately to what’s happening and we’re prepared for it to get worse,” says Ted Cooke, the General Manager for the Central Arizona Project, or C.A.P.Continue reading Arizona warns water supply could be greatly impacted by Mega Drought – 600 Sinkholes open in Turkey at End Time Headlines.
10 signs that America is imploding before our very eyesPosted: 27 Apr 2021 06:35 AM PDT(OPINION) MS – Everything is great, and America is about to enter a golden new era that will be overflowing with peace, prosperity, and happiness.  If you believe that, there is a very large bridge that I would like to sell to you.  There is certainly nothing wrong with being optimistic about the future, and personally, I am very excited about the next chapters in my life.But if you think that the United States is heading in the right direction you are not thinking straight. Continue reading 10 signs that America is imploding before our very eyes at End Time Headlines.
Proxima Centauri releases one of largest stellar flares ever recorded – 100 times more powerful than the sunPosted: 27 Apr 2021 06:28 AM PDT(ETH) – One of the largest stellar flares ever recorded in our galaxy has just been spotted by scientists. The red dwarf star Proxima Centauri reportedly released a stellar flare that was one hundred times more powerful than those emitted by the sun. According to the report from space. The event could change the way scientists think about solar radiation and alien life.According to Space.com: “Proxima Centauri is said to be a red dwarf planet that is the smallest, dimmest, and most common type of main-sequence stars in the galaxy and said to be located approximately 4.25 light-years from Earth.Continue reading Proxima Centauri releases one of largest stellar flares ever recorded – 100 times more powerful than the sun at End Time Headlines.
Some see coming ‘Super Blood Moon’ followed by a ‘Ring of Fire’ as sign of the End TimesPosted: 26 Apr 2021 03:22 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – A new lunar eclipse or “blood moon” will soon be visible on May 26, 2021, and be partially visible from eastern Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and much of the Americas.This particular event is being called a “Super Blood Moon” and will be the first total eclipse since January 2019.  According to Forbes.com, this “supermoon” full Moon will move into Earth’s dark central umbral shadow where it will appear as a “Blood Moon” for 15 minutes, briefly turning the lunar surface a reddish-copper color.Continue reading Some see coming ‘Super Blood Moon’ followed by a ‘Ring of Fire’ as sign of the End Times at End Time Headlines.
Russia successfully tests weapon capable of destroying US space missilesPosted: 26 Apr 2021 12:41 PM PDT(ETH) – Vladamir Putin has just successfully tested a new interceptor rocket capable of destroying US space missiles according to a new chilling report. A video was released that showed the apparent launch of this anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defense system at the Sary Shagan test site in Kazakhstan.According to details of the report from TheSun, The system was specifically designed to protect against attacks from ballistic missiles which are usually fired into a high sub-orbital spaceflight before re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.Continue reading Russia successfully tests weapon capable of destroying US space missiles at End Time Headlines.
43 major companies make a pact to oppose Texas bills that protect girls’ sports, and ban trans experimentation on kidsPosted: 26 Apr 2021 12:27 PM PDT(ETH) – Over 43 Companies that do business in Texas have all signed a pact opposing two bills that would essentially ban boys who identify as female from competing in girls’ sports and ban the use of experimental puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and genital mutilation of minors suffering from gender dysphoria according to the Christian Post.All these companies reportedly deem the bills as “divisive” and signed a statement advocating for trans-identified athletes to compete in girls’ sports and for minors to be able to obtain elective cosmetic surgeries such as double mastectomies, phalloplasties, and orchiectomies (testicle removal). Continue reading 43 major companies make a pact to oppose Texas bills that protect girls’ sports, and ban trans experimentation on kids at End Time Headlines.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 27, 2021

THE FOUNDATION“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.” —George Washington (1793)

John Kerry: Anti-American Snitch

DOUGLAS ANDREWSHe claims he didn’t snitch on Israel to our nation’s sworn enemy, Iran, but the plain facts suggest otherwise.

SCOTUS Finally Takes a Critical Gun Case

THOMAS GALLATINThe justices have agreed to take up a case involving Americans’ right to bear arms outside of their homes.

Take Off the Mask

NATE JACKSONAt least when you’re outside, and especially if you’re vaccinated, it’s time.

Our Cops Are Quitting in Droves

DOUGLAS ANDREWSUnder constant assault in the Left’s War on Cops, our nation’s Thin Blue Line is getting even thinner.

Don’t Cooperate With the Double Standard

HAROLD HUTCHISONPatriots must stand up against the Left’s duplicitous efforts everywhere.

George Floyd Memorial Promotes Racism as Justice

THOMAS GALLATINA sign at the site of Floyd’s death gives instructions to “white people.”

Woke CEOs Can’t Explain What’s Racist About Election Laws

CATHERINE MORTENSENThey refused or were unable to answer questions or give specifics about how Georgia’s law is “racist.”

In Brief: Math Is Racist?

POLITICAL EDITORSVirginia’s Department of Education will eliminate accelerated math courses as part of its “equity” plan.

Tuesday Executive News Summary

JORDAN CANDLERRed states benefit from reapportionment, Oscars ratings crater, pivotal 2A case, and more.

Tuesday Short Cuts

JORDAN CANDLERNotable quotables from Clarence Thomas, Andrew McCarthy, Bill Maher, and more.

Video: Joe Biden and the Dems Are in Trouble

Biden’s approval rating at the 100-day mark of his presidency is the third-lowest since tracking began in 1945.

Video: Did Biden Create Systemic Racism?

Biden’s own press secretary can’t even give a satisfying answer on if the man who served in government all his life is responsible for systemic racism.

Video: Satire: Mostly Peaceful Waters

Maxine Waters is “The Most Mostly Peaceful Politician of All Time”!

TODAY’S OPINION
STEPHEN MOORE
Unions Sell Out Their Own Workers for the Biden Energy Plan
The victims of the new energy policies in Washington are the blue-collar workers.

TONY PERKINS
Left-of-Century: Biden’s 100 First Days
The 46th president’s approval rating at 52 percent is the lowest of any modern president except Donald Trump and Gerald Ford.

DENNIS PRAGER
Affluence + Secularism = Boredom = Leftism
Leftism has always been a secular religion. It kills traditional religion and presents itself as a secular alternative.

SALENA ZITO
Ancient and Lonely Urban Monuments Evoke Today’s Political Division
When you make everything about race, you are often unable to reach people who would normally be sympathetic to your cause.

INSTITUTE FOR FAITH & FREEDOM
Outside the Lines: American Corporations and Society
Activism on a scale that is being seen now goes beyond corporate responsibility.
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Major Ramifications – Judicial Watch FOIA Request Uncovers Direct Evidence of California Government and Biden Campaign Instructing Social Media Firms to Remove Content | The Last Refuge

Judicial Watch has done an excellent job discovering direct evidence of collusion between government officials, the Biden campaign and social media companies Facebook, Twitter, Google (YouTube) to censor speech and remove content.  California officials were using a list generated by a firm called SKDK  (working for Biden campaign) to inform the social media companies of content for removal.

[…] The Office of Election Cybersecurity in the California Secretary of State’s office monitored and tracked social media posts, decided if they were misinformation, stored the posts in an internal database coded by threat level, and on 31 different occasions requested posts be removed.

This is an explosive new element to an ongoing story of big tech censorship because the documents directly highlight California government officials and tech companies working together to remove political content adverse to the interests of the Biden campaign; and later the Biden administration.

One of the California government officials, Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Communications Officer Paula Valle, even begins to question the legality of their coordinated conduct after journalists and people who had their content removed started asking for specific answers why.

 

[…] “the reporter at Cal Matters who PRA’d us is doing a follow-up story. We asked him to send us his questions. I am not necessarily comfortable with his line of questions and the additional doors that this will open. I want to get your feedback I would simply like to give him a statement about what our goal is and leave it at that. Thoughts?” (read more)

READ JUDICIAL WATCH STORY HERE

Those who support censorship of content have hidden their ideology behind the issue that it was/is a private company making these content decisions.  However, these documents clearly show government officials coordinating the censorship itself…. A clear violation of the first amendment.  Let the lawsuits begin.

This is additionally important because it has been reported the Federal Department of Homeland Security is also working with Big Tech to monitor the social media posting of American citizens in order to identify “domestic extremists.”

REMEMBER….  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now getting ready to hire public companies, individual contractors outside government, to scour public data and social media in order to provide information for the new “domestic terror watch lists.”  From the description it appears DHS is going to pay “big tech” (Google, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, etc.), via contracts, to hire and organize internal monitoring teams to assist the government by sending information on citizens they deem “dangerous.”

NBC News Aricle

Source: Major Ramifications – Judicial Watch FOIA Request Uncovers Direct Evidence of California Government and Biden Campaign Instructing Social Media Firms to Remove Content

Federal agency won’t say how Kamala’s book got in welcome bags for migrant kids | WND

President Joe Biden walks with Vice President Kamala Harris across the West Executive Avenue at the White House Monday, March 29, 2021, following the president’s remarks in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. (Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson)

By Kaylee Greenlee
Daily Caller News Foundation

A federal agency has not explained who provided copies of Vice President Kamala Harris’ children’s book to migrant children at a facility in Long Beach, California.

Harris’s book “Superheroes Are Everywhere” was included with clothing and hygiene items in welcome packs given to unaccompanied migrant minors at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Fox News reported.

The children are medically examined and given clothing, food, snacks and a place to sleep, when they arrive at the shelter, a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) statement said Thursday. The department did not respond to multiple requests for comment about who provided the welcome packs for the unaccompanied children or how Harris’s children’s book was reportedly included in the pack.

Harris was reportedly unaware of the welcome packs, which are usually made and distributed by community members, a White House official told Fox News.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not know if Harris is earning proceeds from the copies given to migrant minors, during a White House press conference Monday.

“I have to certainly check on that. Hear it’s a good book,” Psaki said.

Harris was appointed to address the surge of migrants arriving at the southern border in March, though she has not traveled to the border or held a press conference on the matter, the Post reported.

“Republicans are attacking you, saying you shouldn’t be in New Hampshire talking about infrastructure, you should be at the southern border talking about immigration,” a reporter with WMUR, a local ABC affiliate, asked Harris Sunday. “How do you respond to that?”

Harris told the reporter she was “not going to play political games.”

The Office of Refugee Resettlement will host 1,000 unaccompanied migrant minors at the Long Beach Emergency Intake Site until they are placed with sponsors in the interior of the U.S., according to HHS. The agency has expanded to several temporary locations to provide shelter for an increasing number of unaccompanied minors in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody.

CBP officials encountered over 172,000 migrants including a record number of unaccompanied migrant minors reaching nearly 19,000 in March, according to the agency. Over 21,900 migrant children were in HHS custody as of Monday, the agency reported.

This story originally was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Source: Federal agency won’t say how Kamala’s book got in welcome bags for migrant kids

The White House Declares Everything A ‘Crisis’ Except The One At The Border

The Biden White House is quick to call many other things a ‘crisis,’ but unwilling to identify the border surge as one, for clearly political reasons.

Source: The White House Declares Everything A ‘Crisis’ Except The One At The Border

Discerning Poser Christianity | Faith vs. Culture – April 26, 2021

A wolf in sheep’s clothing looks a lot like a sheep. How can we discern true Christianity when there are false prophets in this world? Author and Relearn.org founder Dale Partridge joins Faithwire Managing Editor Dan Andros to discuss on this week’s episode of Faith vs.

Deep Corruption: Is The System Falling Apart? | Ron Paul Institute

Source: Deep Corruption: Is The System Falling Apart?

April 27 Morning Quotes of The Day

“Let Your Heart Be Knowledge”
John 5:24; 1 Corinthians 9:10; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:15; James 5:7

He who thinks to know anything without knowledge which is true and validated by life knows nothing. He is deceived by the snake, no longer loving life. But he who has knowledge with fear and who seeks after life, he plants in hope, expecting fruit. Let your heart be knowledge and your life the true and comprehended word.

EPISTLE TO DIOGNETUS

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Understanding God as Father
Romans 8:15–17; Ephesians 4:4–6

It makes all the difference in the world how we look upon God. Some people fear God, but when they understand that He is their Father, that fear is gone.

DWIGHT L. MOODY

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Modern church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

The Father’s Discipline (Part 1 of 2) – Programs – Truth For Life

When we commit ourselves to Jesus as Savior, we’re counted as God’s children. But how does our Father express His love, and how can we be certain that we’re part of His family? Hear the answer when you listen to Truth For Life with Alistair Begg. 
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April 27 Verse of The Day

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3:8 who can but prophesy. Just as a lion’s voice evokes fear, so the voice of the Lord compels the prophets to proclaim His word (Deut. 18:18; cf. 1 Cor. 9:16).[1]

3:8 Two more rhetorical questions complete the group of nine (vv. 3–6). It would do Israel no good to forbid prophecy (2:12; 7:13, 16); the true prophet must prophesy, just as certainly as God’s judgment must come to pass.[2]

The effect God’s warnings should have (3:8)

a. The people should fear (3:8a). Half of the dispute is settled already. The audience knows that the punishment announced in 3:2b is a warning of what God will do. But the dispute for human hearts, which are the object of the dispute, is still to be settled. If there is no positive response to the mind’s understanding of the message, the dispute will fail to cause its intended results. Thus Amos calls for a personal decision of the heart and will. This shift is revealed in the change in style which contrasts a statement of fact (3:7) with a call for a response (3:8). In the process Amos integrates earlier images (3:4–6) and applies them to the present human situation. The hypothetical attack of a lion becomes reality, and the sound of the trumpet warning is heard. God’s word is the warning and God is the lion (1:2). Since he has roared, he must be in the process of attacking his prey (3:4). This roar is like a trumpet blast which warns a city (3:6); this roar is the prophet’s message of judgment that precedes God’s action (3:7). Is it possible that men will not fear? What other results could this warning cause? A response of fear is necessary if the two parties are to walk together in unity again (3:3).

b. The prophet should warn (3:8b). To encourage this response, Amos identifies the source of his message. This message of punishment is what God has spoken. It is impossible for a man to ignore such a warning and not proclaim it. Amos responded in fear and gave this unpopular prophecy. Now he calls on the nation to respond in fear. The context implies (3:6) that this fear is a trembling before the almighty power of God which determines each person’s destiny. In later chapters he will call for a fuller response. At this point Amos is calling on the people to take the first step and accept the fact that God has announced the judgment of Israel.

Theological Development

In the Near Eastern world it was commonly believed that all events were causally related. If Ur was destroyed by an enemy, the gods were angry (ANET, 455); if there was a victory in war, the gods brought it about. Babylonian records indicate that every event was significant. The shape of rising smoke could predict the future, the behavior of wild animals were omens of good or bad fortune, and the appearance of the stars and the shape of the moon affected one’s fate. Israel also looked for and saw cause-and-effect relationships between events. God was not a theological abstraction that had no contact with or power over the history of natural and human events.54

As people gain financial security, social acceptance, status, political independence, and greater pleasure, their need for dependence on God tends to evaporate. Religion can become a dead acceptance of traditions. The maintenance of the social and political status quo can soon replace the theological implications that true faith has. A person’s concept of responsibility before God and neighbor can be perverted because God no longer affects the events of daily life. Although everyone knows that every effect has a cause, the time delay between an act and its effect can deceive some into forgetting this basic law of life.

Tradition taught that Israel was elect (2:10; 3:2). God elected and redeemed his people from Egypt (2:9–10; 3:1), but Amos announced a contrary message of punishment and destruction (2:13–16; 3:2). This paradoxical reaction by God is fundamentally rejected by Amos’ audience because it is contrary to their orthodoxy. This happened because their orthodoxy eliminated the dynamic of a trusting relationship with God and substituted a static non-relational guaranteed benefit based on covenant promises of blessing. In order to persuade his audience, Amos first redefines the rational contact between cause-and-effect in nature. After he applies the cause-and-effect principle to God’s action, he concludes by challenging his audience to allow the cause (God’s roar) to have an effect (fear) in their lives (3:8).

Although theology does not always seem to be logical to the unbeliever, rationality is a part of the process that helps people understand the nature of the relationship between God and the world. Although God may seem to act irrationally in grace to elect a favored people, God does not irrationally inspire a prophet to deliver a message of destruction on his chosen people unless there is a cause. In fact, God limits his activity to a prophet’s prior announcement of his action (3:7). Therefore, even the roar of God through the prophet’s mouth is an act of grace that warns Israel of God’s impending judgment. The cause of Amos’ prophecy is God’s roar. Who knowing God’s word can help but proclaim it (3:8)? Only those who do not fear God. Only those whose deadened orthodoxy has removed God from the relational, cause-and-effect world of reality can dare ignore the roar of the lion.[3]


[1] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1270). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1051). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] Smith, G. V. (1998). Amos (pp. 153–155). Fearn, Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

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