Pastor Al's Comments
28 Aug 15
Shemitah Dates, Jubilee Years, Blood Moon Tetrads, and Levitical Feasts
September 2015 is generating a lot of questions about and interest in end time Bible prophecies both on the radio and at church. In fact, just last Friday, during our Friday night Bible study, we were discussing the dates of the Shemitah years and trying to figure out what dates they correspond to on the Gregorian calendar.
Unfortunately, with the exception of 29 September 2008/29 Elul 5768 and 17 September 2001/29 Elul 5761, we did not have much success finding a list of the dates. So, with the help of the online Hebcal date converter, I put together a list corresponding Gregorian and Hebrew dates for Shemitah years going back to 14 September 1623/29 Elul 5383. You can find the list here: Shemitah Dates
[For a brief description of how the Jews observed the Shemitah, see this article: What Is Shemittah?]
Pastor Al Fills In On For the Cause of Christ
I want to thank Pastor John Lutz (North Coast Baptist Church, Lakewood, Ohio), for giving me the opportunity to fill in for him last Friday. Pastor Lutz had something come up at the last minute and was unable to make it into the radio station in time to do his program and so he gave me a call.
Since I had the opportunity to be on air live for two back-to-back half-hour programs, I used the time to look at the 7 Levitical feasts in Leviticus 23 and their prophetic implications. During For the Cause of Christ I dealt with how the prophetic implications of the 4 spring Feasts were fulfilled with the events surrounding the first coming of Jesus Christ.
- Passover - Jesus's death on the cross
- Unleavened Bread - Jesus's burial
- First Fruits - Jesus's resurrection
- Pentecost - Pouring out of the Holy Spirit
Then, on our program, Live with Pastor Al, I moved on to discuss how Jesus might possibly fulfill prophetic implications of the 3 autumn feasts during His second coming.
- Rosh HaShanah or Trumpets - The Rapture or catching away of Believers
- Yom Kippur or Atonement - The Return of Christ
- Sukkot or Tabernacles - The Millennial Reign of Christ
Since I spent most of the program dealing with the Feast of Trumpets, I hope to talk more about the final 2 feasts, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles, on today's program.
16 Aug 15
Praise the Lord! Join us tonight as we celebrate 9 years on the radio. It is hard to believe that we first started broadcasting on the radio on the third Sunday in August in 2006 and have been live every Sunday night since.
That's something like 468 consecutive Sundays regardless of rain, snow, traffic, car troubles, health, holidays, vacations, etc.! It never would have happened if apart from God making it happen, so we give Him all the glory for it.
So, join us tonight as we talk about the history of the program, reminisce about some past programs, and thank God making it all possible.
6 Aug 15
Ohio Pastors' Policy Conference
I attended the Ohio Pastors' Policy Conference today with Pastor Max MacKana, of Crusade Baptist Church in Copley, Ohio. It was a long day (9 AM to 4 PM) but packed with informative, inspirational, and motivational speakers including:
- Chris Long (Ohio Christian Alliance)
- Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel
- William J. Federer (Author & Historian)
- Attorney David Gibbs (Christian Law Association)
- Senator Rick Santorum
- Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost
- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
- Rev. Rafael Cruz (father of Senator Ted Cruz)
- Congressman Jim Jordan
Much of the day was spent discussing the political and social fallout of the recent Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex marriage and its potential effects on churches, ministries, and pastors.
I hope to discuss some of the information given and suggestions that were made for motivating and preparing our churches to stand for God and Biblical morality in the face of a seemingly overwhelming onslaught of secularism, immorality, spiritual wickedness in high places on tomorrow's program, and future programs as well.
5 Aug 15
Great Time at the Summit County Fair Last Week!
It was a busy week at the Summit County Fair in Tallmadge, Ohio. I worked at our church booth there from 11 AM to 11 PM Tues, Wed, Thu, and Sat, and from 11 AM to 6 PM on Friday. I even did our Friday radio program live from the fair (see below). Of course, other people from our church helped out from time to time and manned the booth Friday evening and all day Sunday when I was unable to be there.
Our Friday radio broadcast from the fair was a first for us. It was the first time we have done a program from a remote location. We also had several guests on representing ministries with booths at the fair:
- Melissa Williard
Phone: (330) 201-7425
Life's Little Adventures Farm
- Bernard Christy
Phone: (330) 633-1127
Harmony's Helping Hands
- Denise Leipold
Phone: (330) 762-2785
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Right To Life of Northeast Ohio
The response to our display board was great. The statement, "3 Things God Cannot Do" provoked a variety of reactions from disagreement to bewilderment and from anger to curiosity. Most, however, agreed with the first two statements though some took offense at the third. Quite a number of people who looked at the statements actually wanted to use them for a Bible study or Sunday school lesson at their church.
Here are the three things that God cannot do that we featured on our display board:
- God Cannot Lie
"In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;" --Titus 1:2
- God Cannot Change
"For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." --Malachi 3:6
- God Cannot Allow Sinners Into Heaven
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." --John 3:3
Please see our Facebook page for more photos.
28 Jul 15
See Us at the Fair!
I'll be at the Summit County Fair in Tallmadge, Ohio, all this week with our church. Our booth is located near the main entrance, on the right as you enter the fairgrounds.
We have a display board featuring "3 THINGS GO CANNOT DO", as well as a variety of Bible tracts, John & Romans, and information about our church and radio program. We also have a TV set up, playing a variety of Christian videos and documentaries dealing with astronomy, creation vs. evolution, death, Noah's ark, and more. We'll even be broadcasting Friday's program from the fair.
6 Jul 15
Chris Long, president of the Ohio Christian Alliance joined us on the program this past Friday to discuss the fallout of the recent Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision. We also discussed a proposed Pastor's Protection Act and Gov. Kasich's comments to the effect that there's nothing we can do so we just need to live with it:
- "it's time to move on"
- "I think there are so many other things now that we have to focus on"
- "we need to take a deep breath...the Supreme Court has ruled. It's the law of the land and we'll abide by it."
In Jeremiah chapter 5 God lists how Judah had disobeyed and turned away from Him and then says in verses:
A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
And so, the challenge is before us. Are we going to sacrifice our convictions and embrace same-sex marriage or silence our opposition and accept same-sex marriage as the law of the land? Or, are we going to stand by our convictions and fight against the state mandate that we accept same-sex marriage?
"What will ye do in the end thereof?"
30 Jun 15
We continued talking about Friday's 5:4 Supreme Court decision establishing same-sex marriage and its ramifications on Sunday night's program. I also talked a bit about Biblical marriage, homosexuality, and population control as well.
Regarding population control, I briefly outlined 3 methods that are being used to reduce the earth's population:
- Abortion - has killed hundreds of millions of babies worldwide and, as a consequence, reduced the number of babies that would have had the chance to grow up and have children of their own.
- The needless ban on DDT - junk science and the radical environmentalist agenda, has caused millions to die from malaria that could have been prevented through mosquito control programs.
- Homosexuality and same-sex marriage - also an effective way to reduce population growth since homosexual's tend to not produce many babies.
You can listen to the program at: 28 Jun 15.
Evolution vs. Homosexuality
Speaking of homosexuality, here's a unique argument that I've come up with that uses the belief in evolution to argue against homosexuality. Since most homosexuals and same-sex advocates tend to believe in evolution then it follows that they must also accept the concept of survival of the fittest. That is to say, they must believe that only the fittest individuals in a given population pass their genes on to the next generation and the less fit do not.
So, if you believe in evolution, you must also believe that homosexuals, who tend not to have children, are not the fittest members of the population. Survival of the fittest would thus select against homosexuality since it possesses no evolutionary advantage. Consequently, it is an evolutionary dead end that offers no significant benefit to the population as a whole.
Hey, if you are going to believe in evolution then your going to have to accept the consequences! At least if you are intellectually honest. Of course, if you are intellectually honest, you would reject both homosexuality and evolution and believe God's Word instead...
27 Jun 15
As in the days of Lot...
Luke 17:28-30 says,
"Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed."
Friday's 5:4 Supreme Court decision establishing same-sex marriage, while not unexpected or surprising, was, nevertheless, very disappointing. Still, it is not time to quit the fight. Now, more than ever, we need to stand and exercise our Biblical mandate to be salt and light in the decaying, darkening society around us.
The Court's decision prompted a number of calls to the program, enough that I plan to continue with the topic this coming Sunday night. In the meanwhile, you can listen to the Friday's discussion here: Friday, June 26.
We live in the last days and this decision, as Jesus said in Luke 17, is yet another sign of that. Instead of giving up and being discouraged, we need to remember what Jesus said in Luke 21:28, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
1 Jun 15
Miscellaneous News Items...
It has been said that you can tell the character of a man by the company he keeps...does that apply to an administration, too?
"Uncomfortable" students would like to ban Bibles on college campuses here, too. Fortunately, unlike Britain, have a Constitution guaranteeing (at least on paper) freedom of religion and freedom of speech, not freedom from being made "uncomfortable".
Decriminalizing pedophilia and calling it a disorder is the first step to legalizing pedophilia. The next step will be to claim that it is not really a disorder but an alternative lifestyle that only a "pedophobe" would criticize and a move to remove pedophilia from the DSM [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders].
In fact, we may have to adapt the infamous Riddle Homophobia Scale:
- Repulsion: Pedophilia is seen as a crime against nature. Pedophiles are considered sick, crazy, immoral, sinful, wicked, etc. Anything is justified to change them: incarceration, hospitalization, behavior therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, etc.
- Pity: Represents adult oriented sexual chauvinism. Adult oriented sexuality is considered more mature and certainly to be preferred. It is believed that any possibility of becoming "normal" should be reinforced, and those who seem to be born that way should be pitied as less fortunate ("the poor dears").
- Tolerance: Pedophilia is viewed as a phase of pre-adolescent development that many people go through and most people grow out of. Thus, pedophiles are less mature than straights and should be treated with the protectiveness and indulgence one uses with children who are still maturing. It is believed that pedophiles should not be given positions of authority because they are still working through their pre-adolescent behavior.
- Acceptance: Still implies that there is something to accept; the existing climate of discrimination is ignored. Characterized by such statements as "You're not a pedophile to me, you're a person!" or "What you do in bed is your own business." or "That's fine with me as long as you don't flaunt it!"
- Support: People at this level may be uncomfortable themselves, but they are aware of the pedophobic climate and the irrational unfairness, and work to safeguard the rights of pedophiles.
- Admiration: It is acknowledged that being a pedophile in our society takes strength. People at this level are willing to truly examine their pedophobic attitudes, values, and behaviors.
- Appreciation: The diversity of people is considered valuable and pedophiles are seen as a valid part of that diversity. People on this level are willing to combat pedophobia in themselves and others.
- Nurturance: Assumes that pedophilic people are indispensable in our society. People on this level view pedophiles with genuine affection and delight, and are willing to be their allies and advocates.
Hey, it's worked before...
28 Apr 15
Last Sunday night I talked about the how the US Supreme Court was to hear arguments for and against same-sex marriage and why marriage is under attack.
In my discussion I outlined two main reasons that the devil is attacking the institution of marriage. The first reason, based out of Genesis 2:21-25, is that God ordained marriage as the fundamental building block of civilized society. Consequently, the devil knows that if he can destroy and disrupt the institution of marriage, he can destroy and disrupt civilized society.
The second reason is from Ephesians 5:18-33. There we read that the marriage of a man and a woman is a picture of Christ and the church. So, by destroying and disrupting marriages, the devil is striking a blow against the very image of Christ and the church.
And, you can listen to the discussion here at: Why the Attack on Marriage?.
Or, you can listen to the whole Sunday night program here: 26 Apr 15.
11 Apr 15
I discussed an article, Why Entertainment is Costing the Church its Young People , on last Friday's program. It resulted in a couple of phone calls immediately following the program for further information and discussion about the article.
Consequently, I am posting the web address for the article and encourage you to read it for yourself: Why Entertainment is Costing the Church its Young People
And, you can listen to the program here: 10 Apr 15.
25 Mar 15
Possible Passion Week Timeline
Ordering the Events from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday:
Sunday (Palm Sunday)
- Jesus travels into Jerusalem from Bethphage on a borrowed donkey; the people line the road with palm branches and garments crying, "Hosanna!" (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-18).
- Jesus enters the Temple, looks around, and then, in the evening, heads to Bethany with the 12 disciples (Mark 11:11).
- Jesus returns to Jerusalem in the morning, curses the fig tree along the way (Matthew 21:18-19; Mark 11:12-14).
- Jesus weeps over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44).
- Jesus enters the Temple and cleanses it (Matthew 21:12-13; Mark11:15-17; Luke 19:45-46).
- Jesus teaches and heals people in the Temple (Matthew 21:14-16; Luke 19:47).
- Sometime Monday, or possibly Tuesday, the Chief Priests and Scribes decide to kill Jesus (Matthew 26:2-5; Mark 11:18; 14:1-2; Luke 19:47-48; 22:1-2; John 12:19).
- Jesus heads back to Bethany in the evening (Matthew 21:17; Mark 11:19; 14:3).
- Feast at house of Simon the Leper possibly occurred this night; Judas Iscariot becomes disgruntled (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:2-9 [John's account could be an earlier, similar feast-possibly the previous Saturday night]).
- Jesus returns to Jerusalem in the morning; disciples notice and comment on the fig tree which is now dried up; Jesus teaches the disciples about prayer (Matthew 21:20-22; Mark 11:20-26).
- Jesus teaches in Jerusalem and debates with the Pharisees, Herodians, Sadducees, Scribes, and others (Matthew 21:23-23:39; Mark 11:27-12:44; Luke 20:1-21:4).
- Sometime during the day Judas Iscariot meets with the Chief Priests and Scribes and agrees with them to betray Jesus (Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6).
- Jesus and His disciples talk about the Temple buildings and then, late in the day, they go to the Mount of Olives where Jesus teaches them about the signs and circumstances regarding His return and the end of the world (Matthew 24:1-25:46; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-37).
- Jesus and His Disciples return into Jerusalem that night to observe an early Passover Feast (not the actual Passover which would not be until Wednesday night) where Jesus institutes the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:1-2; 17-29; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-38; John 13:1-17:26).
- After the supper Jesus and His Disciples return to the Mount of Olives where Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:30-44; Mark14:26-40; Luke 22:39-44; John 18:1).
- First Day of Unleavened Bread, the day of the preparation of the Passover Sabbath when the Passover lamb was killed, starts at sunset and ends at sunset the next day (Mark 14:12; 15:42; Luke 22:7).
- In the early hours of the morning, Jesus is betrayed by Judas, taken into custody, falsely accused, condemned, beaten, and led to Calvary (Matthew 26:45-27:32; Mark 14:41-15:21; Luke 22:45-23:32; John 18:2-19:16).
- Jesus crucified at 9:00 AM (sixth hour) and dies at 3:00 PM (ninth hour), the same time that the Passover lambs were being killed (Matthew 27:45; Mark 14:12; 15:22-41; Luke 23:34-49; John 19:17-37).
- Jesus taken from the cross and laid in Joseph of Arimathaea's tomb prior to sunset and the start of the Passover Sabbath (Matthew 27:57-60; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-55; John 19:31,38-42).
- Jewish Passover begins at sunset (John 19:42).
- Passover Sabbath ends at sunset.
- Following the Passover Sabbath the Chief Priests and Pharisees ask Pilot to secure the tomb (Matthew 27:62-64).
- Pilot grants the Jews request, the tomb is sealed and a guard is set (Matthew 27:65-66).
- Jesus has now been in the tomb one night and one day.
- During the day, the women buy and prepare spices and ointments to anoint the body of Jesus but are unable to go to the tomb until after the weekly Sabbath (Mark 16:1; Luke 23:56).
- The regular weekly Sabbath begins at sunset.
- Jesus has now been in the tomb two nights and two days.
- Weekly Sabbath ends at sunset.
- Jesus has now been in the tomb three days and three nights, in accordance with His prophecy recorded in Matthew 12:39-40.
- Resurrection takes place sometime after sunset, which is the start of the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:9).
- Woman arrive at the tomb prior to sunrise on the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2-3; Luke 24:1; John 20:1).
- The stone is rolled away and an angel invites the women to see that the tomb is empty (Matthew 28:2-8; Mark 16:4-8; Luke 24:2-12).
- Jesus begins to appear to people after His resurrection (Matthew 28:9-10, Mark 16:9-14; Luke 24:13-43; John 20:11-23).
17 Mar 15
Last Friday I discussed the subject of transhumanism. I believe it is one of the latest incarnations of Satan's lie to Eve, that "ye shall be as gods." It also represents man's futile attempts to overcome the effects of the curse by the works of his own hands. It may even be a sign of the last days, producing a similar situation to the days of "Noe" or Noah when the nephilim plagued the earth.
You can listen to the audio segment here at: Transhumanism: the Quest to Become Gods
My first caller this past Sunday night had several questions about Islam. He wanted to know how similar Islam is to Christianity and whether or not Christians should talk to Muslims or allow their children to play with Muslim children.
Briefly, the only similarities between the two religions are superficial: both are monotheistic, both honor Abraham, and both talk of an afterlife of either paradise (heaven) or torment (hell). However, that's about where the similarities end. Islam is a satanic counterfeit religion presenting a works salvation, an arbitrary, unloving god, and a sensual paradise catering to the fleshly desires of men.
Despite our irreconcilable doctrinal differences, we should not avoid Muslims, however. We should, instead, seek to win them to Christ. To do so, we need to show them the love of Christ and cultivate friendships where possible in order to reach them with the gospel.
You can listen to the audio segment here at: Is Islam Compatible with Christianity?
12 Mar 15
I've been a bit behind in posting past programs to the website lately. However, if you look over to the right you will find the up to date list of available programs to listen to.
I try to get programs posted within a few days of broadcast but sometimes get a bit behind. As pastor, show host, web master, and chief bottle washer, it all depends on how busy I am with other things as to when things get posted.
Please pray for my father, Roy Davis. I took him to a doctor's appointment a little over a week ago (he recently had a rather large melanoma removed and a skin graft). We stopped at the post office on the way home so that he could buy some stamps and mail some bills while I picked up the church mail. Unfortunately, he slipped on the ice while getting out of the car and broke his hip.
I ended up spending the rest of the day, and well into the evening, in the ER with him. Eventually, late that night, he was moved to a room and I finally got to head home myself. I spent most of the next few days at the hospital while he underwent a variety of tests, hip replacement surgery, and recovery. Praise God he came through everything with flying colors and is now doing well in rehab. Lord willing he will be home in a couple of weeks.
If you have been following our Facebook page you have probably already been praying for my dad. Thanks so very much for your prayers. Please pray for my dad as he continues his rehab and recovery.
10 Feb 15
Violence in Christianity & Islam
Sunday night I discussed President Obama's remarks at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast. In his remarks, which have been widely discussed in the media, both on-air and online, the President sought to equate violence in Christianity with violence in Islam:
And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.
Unfortunately for the President and his speech writers, and even for many of his critics, they fail to understand the key difference in violence in the name of Christianity versus violence in the name of Islam. The torture and slaughter of nonbelievers carried out by the Roman Catholic Church during the Crusades and the Inquisition was done in spite of the Bible, not because of it. The torture and slaughter of nonbelievers carried out by the Islamic Jihadis is done in accordance with the Qur'an.
Furthermore, the persecution, the beheading, and the burning of the ancient Baptists and other Bible believing Christians, as well as that of Jews and other non-Christians, by the Roman Catholic Church and many of the Protestant Reformers may have been done in the name of Christ, but it was all done contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Bible. The persecution, the beheading, and the burning of the infidels and apostates by Jihadi groups such as Al Qaeda, Islamic State, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbolla, etc. are done in direct accordance with the teachings of Mohammed and the Qur'an.
the contrast between the teachings of the following two passages epitomizes the fundamental difference between what the Bible teaches versus what the Qur'an teaches:
The Bible says: "But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (2 Timothy 2:23-26)"
The Qur'an says: "O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites! Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey's-end...O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him). (Surah 9:73,123)"
An Islamic Reformation?
There is a lot of talk about the need for an Islamic Reformation among conservative and even Christian commentators. The reasoning is that the Protestant Reformation rescued Christianity from the errors and excesses of the Dark Ages. So, the thought is that an Islamic reformation would produce a kinder, gentler form of Islam.
The problem is, the errors and excesses of attributed to Christianity came about because the Roman Catholic Church had moved away from the Bible, becoming worldly, carnal, and apostate. The Protestant Reformation sought to bring people back to a more fundamental, Biblical position.
Using the same line of reasoning, we should expect to see an Islamic reformation move worldly, apostate Muslims back to a more fundamental, Qur'anic position. In terms of national security, religious freedom, and peaceful coexistence, it would seem, then, that an Islamic reformation is the last thing we need. And it would also seem that, with rise of militant Islamic fundamentalists, we are in the midst of an Islamic reformation.
7 Feb 15
Program Available: Allen Newton, Author & Missionary
Yesterday's program with missionary and author, Allen Newton, is now uploaded and available at: http://live.mapleknoll.us/6feb15.mp3. We had a great conversation about not only his new book, The Babylonian, but also about the value and need for good Christian fiction from a fundamental, Bible-believing point of view.
You can find out more about Allen's book, The Babylonian at http://www.eyesofnimrod.com/. You can also find out more about his new book publishing service, The Newton International Literary Agency at http://newtonsbooks.webs.com/.
6 Feb 15
Special Guest on Today's Program: Allen Newton, Author & Missionary
Allen Newton is a missionary to Portugal and the author of a new book, The Babylonian. Allen's book is the first in a planned series of historical fiction called The Eyes of Nimrod. We will be talking about Allen's book and the need for good Christian fiction from a fundamental, Bible-believing point of view.
Join us today at 1:30 PM (Eastern Time) on AM 1220 WHKW or at www.whkwradio.com.
27 Jan 15
Interview with Missionary Nader Baraty
This past Friday, Jan 23, Nader Baraty, missionary to Ethiopia, was a guest on our program. Bro. Baraty has an unusual background in that he is the son of an Iranian Muslim and an American Christian and, as a result, has dual citizenship in both America and Iran.
Although his mother died at a young age she was able to plant the gospel seed in Nader's heart. Consequently, even though his father exposed him to life in Iran and Islam, he eventually came to trust in Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour. Now, he longs to reach Muslims and others with the same Gospel saved him and see souls saved and churches planted in Ethiopia and throughout the Islamic world.
You can listen to the program here: http://live.mapleknoll.us/23jan15.mp3.
15 Jan 15
Would You If You Could?
Amongst other things, we got into an interesting discussion, based Mathew 5:28 ("But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."), that if desiring to commit a sinful act is, in God's eyes, as bad as actually doing it, then desiring to do a good deed just as good as doing it?
I think the answer lies in James 2:15-17: "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."
Then again, maybe it could be summed up with the question, "Would you if you could?" After all, one of the main reasons that we don't act on our sinful thoughts and desires is that we are afraid of the cost or consequence of actually doing it. In other words, if we could we would. So, applying that line of reasoning to a good deed, can we honestly say that we would if we could? Or, is it more of a case of we wouldn't even if we could? If it is the latter, then I don't see how there would be any merit or reward to good intentions that we do never actually intend to carry out.
You can listen to the program here: http://live.mapleknoll.us/11jan15.mp3. (The question and discussion begins at 39:20.)
18 Dec 14
Audio Segment: When Does Life Begin?
I edited last Friday's discussion [see below] about abortion and when life begins into a stand alone audio clip.
You can listen to the segment here: http://live.mapleknoll.us/whendoeslifebegin.mp3
17 Dec 14
When Does Life Begin?
I spent some time discussing abortion, focusing on just when does life begin on last Friday's program. Briefly, I outlined how biology, the Bible, and reason all point to life beginning at conception.
Biology tells us that at the moment of conception, the unique DNA of a new human being, distinct from both the father and the mother is formed and this new human being begins all the functions of a living organism. Consequently, an abortion is the destruction of a distinct, living human being prior to birth.
The Bible tells us that at the moment of conception we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" and that in God's "book [DNA] all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." (See Psalm 139:13-16) The Bible also equates the death of an unborn child the same as the death of person in Exodus 21:22-23.
And, reason tells us that there would be no need for abortion if the unborn baby was not alive. It also tells us that abortion debate does not really revolve around when human life begins but rather when is it permissible to end human life.
You can listen to the program here: http://live.mapleknoll.us/12dec14.mp3
Unfortunately, Ohio State Representative Matt Lynch was unable to join us last Friday. I hope to reschedule him sometime in the future to talk about some issues stemming from the defeat of the Ohio Heartbeat Bill.
12 Dec 14
Program note: Ohio State Representative Matt Lynch will be calling in to our Friday, December 12, program at about 1:45 PM
We will be talking about the failure of the Ohio House to pass the Heartbeat Bill due to the betrayal of pro-life voters by the Republican leadership and several Republican representatives who ran as pro-life candidates just over a month ago.
Tune in live at 1:30 PM or visit our webpage and click on the link for AM 1220 WHKW to listen online. If you cannot listen live, I will be posting an mp3 file of the program later on,both here and on our Facebook page.
For more information on the death of the Heartbeat Bill, go to: Anti-abortion 'heartbeat bill' dies in Ohio House.
31 Oct 14
A Biblical Ghost Story
Today being Halloween I decided to read a ghost story from the Word of God. That story is found in Job 4:12-21:
"Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom."
In the story, Job's friend, Eliphaz, is awakened in the middle of the night by ghostly apparition that terrifies him. The spirit is silent at first but then delivers a message to Eliphaz.
Interestingly, the message of the spirit is, in and of itself, true in principle. However, it is the application of the statement to Job that causes Eliphaz, as well as Bildad and Zophar, to accuse Job of harboring secret sin and to, consequently, afflict Job rather than comfort him. Rather than try the spirits, Eliphaz listened and thereby allowed himself to be used of the devil to add to Job's suffering.
All in all, this story has many of the attributes of a modern day ghost story. A person wakes in the middle of the night, terrified. A ghostly presence appears in front of them with a message. Problems ensue as result of the encounter. Only God is able to resolve the situation in the end.
You can listen to the program at: A Biblical Ghost Story
15 Oct 14
New Facebook PageLive with Pastor Al
Recently, with a great deal of trepidation, I created a Facebook page for the radio program. I say trepidation because I have purposely avoided getting involved with Facebook for quite some time now, figuring that our webpage and my LinkedIn account were more than enough. Nevertheless, in order to expand the outreach of our program and hopefully gain some more listeners, I finally gave in to the advice of a few friends and set up a page.
So, check out our new Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Live-with-Pastor-Al/292635240925258?ref=profile" and, if you are on Facebook yourself, please "like" our page and recommend it to a friend.
11 Oct 14
I was recently asked about the prophecy in Jeremiah 49:34-39 regarding the judgment of Elam. Specifically, I was asked if it might be applied to Iran today since the area of Elam is located within the modern state of Iran.
The last verse of the passage in Jeremiah says, in verse 39, "it shall come to pass in the latter days," indicates that ultimate fulfillment of the prophecy is to take place in the last days.
Interestingly, the passage also says, in verse 35, "I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might." Breaking "the bow of Elam" likely indicates that the military might of Elam will be broken. It also indicates that "the chief of their might" is also broken. What makes this even more interesting is that Bashehr, Iran, which is located in the area of ancient Elam, is a center of Iran's nuclear weapons program. Could this be what is meant by "the chief of their might"?
If so, perhaps the end times fulfillment of Jeremiah 49:34-39 refers to a coming attack on Iran's nuclear weapons program. This attack could come during the Ezekiel 38 invasion of Israel or, perhaps more likely, during pre-Ezekiel 38 war that is described in Psalm 83. You can listen to the segment by clicking on: Elam, Iran, and Jeremiah 49.
6 Oct 14
Last night, a caller asked about the the Islamic State (also called ISIS or ISIL) and if it had anything to do with Bible prophecy. Since it was nearing the end of the first half of the program I said I would discuss it at length after the break. I ended up examining the current situation of the Islamic State and the Kurds in light of the prophecies regarding Babylon and the Medes in Isaiah 13 at length for most of the second half of the program.
The synopsis of the discussion is that the Islamic State is gaining control over the area occupied by Babylon in Isaiah's day and that the Kurds are the modern day descendants of the Medes. Babylon is destroyed by forces that "come from a far country, from the end of heaven, (vs. 5)" and become "as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah (vs. 19)". Further, Isaiah's prophecy states that, although animals will dwell in the ruins, "It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. (vs. 20)". Following Babylon's destruction the Medes will stirred against them (vs. 17) and have no pity, even towards children (vs. 18).
The Islamic State is taking control of the area that was Babylon in Isaiah's time and viciously attacking and killing the descendants of the Medes (Kurds), driving them out of their homes and into the mountains with just the clothes on their backs. When you look at what the Islamic State fighters are doing to the Kurds, you see them doing all the things that Isaiah prophecies will be done by the Medes to the Babylonians: "Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished. Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it. Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children. (Isaiah 13:15-18)" It may be that, when the Islamic State is destroyed by the people that "come from a far country, from the end of heaven," that the Kurds do to the Islamic State the things that the Islamic State are currently doing to the Kurds as revenge.
So, who are the people that "come from a far country, from the end of heaven"? Well, since the type of destruction Babylon suffers seems to best be explained by a nuclear attack, it seems reasonable to identify the people that "come from a far country, from the end of heaven," as a nation possessing nuclear weapons. Some believe this could be the United States because, while there a number of nuclear states that could attack the Islamic State, the United States is the farthest away.
Whether or not the current situation in the Middle East is the unfolding of Isaiah's prophecy, it should cause us to pay more attention to God's Word and to get more involved in God's work. As Jesus said in Luke 21:28, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
You can listen to the discussion by clicking on: The Islamic State, the Kurds, & Isaiah 13
22 Sep 14
Special Guest: Evangelist David Porter
David Porter joined me on our program this past Sunday night. Porter shared his testimony during the first half of the program about how doctors diagnosed him with a large brain tumor and gave him less than two months to live in January, 2004. Despite the pessimistic diagnosis, Porter prayed for God's will to be done and now, nearly 11 years later, he continues to preach the gospel.
You can listen to his testimony and the rest of the program by clicking HERE.
22 Sep 14
Special Guest: Dr. John Yingling, General Director of Baptist International Outreach
Dr. John Yingling and his son, Jeremiah, joined me on Late Night Live with Pastor Al this past Sunday night. Dr. Yingling and I worked together as missionaries in the Samoan Islands in the 1990's where we planted the Grace Baptist Church, now known as Vai O Le Ola Baptist Church in American Samoa. Since that time, Dr. Yinling has gone on to become the General Director of the independent Baptist missions agency, Baptist International Outreach.
During the first part of the program we spent some time talking about the challenges and blessings we experienced as missionaries in the Samoan Islands and how those experiences have impacted our lives and ministries since then. From there we moved into a general discussion of missions today. Along the way, we discussed some of the ways churches can help and encourage their missionaries and talked about opportunities for church members -- especially those who are retired -- to make a difference on the mission field using their skills and knowledge.
You can listen to the program by clicking HERE.
15 Sep 14
Pastor Al Guest Hosts Where Is God's Word? Again
Bruce Musselman, host of Where Is God's Word? was unable to host his program Thursday, September 5. Consequently, he once again contacted me about filling in for him and I was thankful for the opportunity.
The general theme of the program was that Bible prophecy proves the reliability of the Bible. You can listen to the program by clicking here.
30 Aug 14
Pastor Al Speaking at Crusade Baptist Church, September 3
I'll be speaking at Crusade Baptist Church, located at 2982 Copley Road in Copley, Ohio, on Wednesday, September 3, at 7:00 PM. Pastor Max McKanna asked me to speak about Bible prophecy and current events in the Middle East so our church folks are going to join with Crusade Baptist for this special service.
If you are in the area we would love to see you. Crusade Baptist Church is located just west of Akron, Ohio, on Copley Road between Jacoby Road and Copley Circle. It is easy to get to off either I-77 or State Route 21.
Hope to see you there!
21 Aug 14
Benefit Golf Tournament For Brother In Christ with Cancer
"At only 42 years of age, Steve Weese, a follower of Jesus Christ, husband of 20 years to Chrissy, father of 5 young children and a dear friend to many, was recently diagnoses with a very aggressive form of Cancer.
"100% of the net proceeds of this event will be used to help the family through this difficult trial. Consider this your personal invitation to show your love and support to our friend."
Please click on the picture above or go to this link,
to find out more information on you can pray and play for Bro. Weese and his family.
17 Aug 14
Free EBook Give-Away To Celebrate 8 Years On the Radio with Late Night Live with Pastor Al!
Eight years ago, myself, my wife, and our church took a step of faith and began a radio outreach ministry. Now our radio outreach has grown to include not only our hour long Sunday night program, but a half hour program every Friday afternoon, helping with an hour long program every Thursday, and guest hosting for a couple of other radio programs occasionally. Additionally, we have gone from being only on our flag ship station, AM 1220 WHKW in Independence (Cleveland), Ohio, to being on Faith Talk 570 and 910 WTBN in Tampa, Florida, as well.
I'll be talking a bit about the history of the program tonight so I hope you will be able to join us. However, I also want to so something to thank our listeners, whether you listen on the air, online, or to our recorded mp3 programs at the right. As many of you know, I wrote an ebook, The Coming Arab-Israeli Nuclear War that deals with events in the Middle East and the possible fulfillment of Bible prophecies dealing with Israel and its neighbors. As you can see, the book is available for purchase over on the right side of this website.
In celebration of our eight years on the radio, however, I want to make my book available free to all our listeners and to those who follow this website. There is a catch, though. This is a limited time offer and in order to get the book for free you will have to go to the website, Smashwords.com, where the book was originally published and sign up -- for free -- to download the book using the following coupon code: AE96F.
Or, you can click on the book cover at the left and, once you are signed up with Smashwords.com, you can enter the coupon code: AE96F at purchase in order to get my book FREE.
Remember, this only works at Smashwords.com and is for a limited time only. The coupon will expire by 14 September 2014.
15 Aug 14
Pastor Al Guest Hosts Where Is God's Word?
Bruce Musselman, host of Where Is God's Word? was unable to host his program last Thursday. He called late Wednesday evening and asked if I could host the program.
Well, the Bible says to be instant in season and out of season and I have been praying for more opportunities to be on the radio (and I do help Bro. Musselman with his program each week) so I agreed. You can listen to the program by clicking here.
12 Aug 14
Pastor Al & Pastor Lutz Combine Programs for GG9
Pastor John Lutz (North Coast Baptist Church, Lakewood, Ohio), host of For the Cause Of Christ and I combined our two individual half-hour programs last Friday, Aug 8, in order to do a special, hour long program in honor of the GG9.
What is the GG9, you ask? Well, it is the ninth quadrennial Gay Games, and it is being held in Cleveland, Ohio. Actually, the games are being held at several venues across the Cleveland-Akron area and hotels throughout the area (including where our church meets) are hosting participants, officials, media, and spectators of the games. They are patterned after the Olympics and intended to cast homosexuals in a positive light through the media coverage and attention during the games.
Since both Pastor Lutz and I wanted to use the games as an opportunity to counter the popular media's glowing portrayal of homosexuality with a Biblical perspective, we decided to pool our efforts by combining our programs. In addition, we also had a special guest, Greg Quinlan, who came out of the homosexual lifestyle after trusting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.
You can find the two programs here:
We did a similar combined program about a year and a half ago regarding a billboard along I-71 in Brunswick, Ohio, that said, "Homosexuality is sin...but Christ can set you free."
You can find those two programs here:
While we're on the subject, here's some of what the Bible says about homosexuality:
- "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)"
- "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)"
- "And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. (1 Kings 14:24)"
- "Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (Romans 1:24-27)"
- "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)"
- "But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. (1 Timothy 1:8-11)"
- "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. (Jude 1:7-8)"
11 Aug 14
New Web Address: www.livewithpastoral.com
It's been a long time coming but we now have a simpler, easier to remember website address: www.livewithpastoral.com. Of course, it will still send traffic to this page, nevertheless, it is a much more user-friendly address than http://live.mapleknoll.us.
Eight years ago, when we first started the program, domain names where more expensive than they are today. Consequently, since I already had the domain www.mapleknoll.us registered, and since we were operating on a shoestring budget, we set up the website for the radio program as a subdomain of the Mapleknoll domain to save money.
Hopefully this new domain name will be a blessing and make it easier to find our webpage.
1 Aug 14
Welcome to our new listeners at Faith Talk 570 and 910 WTBN in Florida!
I am excited to announce that our Sunday night program, Late Night Live with Pastor Al, is coming to Faith Talk 570 and 910 WTBN in Florida! Be sure to tune in this Sunday night, August 3, at 11:00 PM for an hour of live talk and conversation featuring your questions about the Bible and current events in light of God's Word.
Late Night Live with Pastor Al began nearly eight years ago as a radio outreach ministry of our home church, the Bible Baptist Church in Richfield, Ohio. We began broadcasting on 1220 WHKW in Cleveland, Ohio, early Monday mornings from Midnight to 1:00 AM. A few months later we were able to move up to the 11:00 hour on Sunday nights. After about six years, God enabled us to begin an additional half-hour program on WHKW Friday afternoons at 1:30 PM.
Recently, we began praying for an opportunity to expand our radio outreach by syndicating our Sunday night program. After investigating and praying over a number of potential areas and stations, God opened the door for us to join the Sunday night line up at WTBN.
We cannot thank the fine folks at Faith Talk 570 and 910 WTBN and our good friends here at 1220 WHKW enough for all the hard work that they have done to bring everything together, sync up the equipment and computers, and help me put together the promos and audio recordings that needed to be done in a very short period of time.
We are especially grateful for the opportunity to be on the Bill Bunkley program this past Thursday. It was a real blessing to be able to introduce myself and Late Night Live with Pastor Al to the WTBN audience. If you missed the interview you can listen to it at: Bill Bunkley Interview - 31 Jul 14.
Again, thanks to everyone who has made this possible. Please pray for us and join me, this Sunday night at 11:00 PM. Bring an open mind and an open Bible because you never know what we're going to talk about next.
25 Jul 14
Where Is God's Word?, Thursday, July 24
I had a great time filling in for Evangelist Bruce Musselman, host of Where Is God's Word? yesterday afternoon. And, unless plans change, I will be filling in for Bruce again next week. You can listen to the program by clicking on this link: Where Is God's Word? -- 24 Jul 14
23 Jul 14
Pastor Al will be filling in as a guest host on Where Is God's Word?, Thursday, July 24, at 3:00 PM
I will be sitting in for Evangelist Bruce Musselman, host of Where Is God's Word? tomorrow from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Where Is God's Word? is the radio ministry of evangelist and Bible teacher Bruce Musselman.
Bruce Musselman has been preaching and teaching God's Word for over forty years as a church planter, pastor, college instructor, evangelist, and radio host. Bruce has an encyclopedic knowledge of church and Bible history and a passion to defend the King James Bible as the divinely preserved Word of God in the English language
I plan to look at a number of online resources and websites available to help understand the KJV Bible issue better. And, as we do on our regular programs, Live with Pastor Al and Late Night Live with Pastor Al, we will have the phone lines open to take your phone calls as well.
Also, it looks like I will be filling in for Bruce next week as well (July 31). Be sure to check back here for further updates.
22 Jul 14
Thanks again to Pastor Lutz and the North Coast Baptist Church for allowing me to host their program.
You can find the program here: http://live.mapleknoll.us/ncbc11jul14.mp3.
Please note that, in a couple of weeks, Pastor Lutz and I will be combining our programs on August 8.We are planning a special program in honor of the Gay Games that are being held in Cleveland, Ohio, this summer. Be sure to check back here for further updates.
10 Jul 14
Pastor Al will be filling in as a guest host on For the Cause Of Christ, Friday, July 11, at 1:00 PM
I will be sitting in for Pastor John Lutz, host of For the Cause Of Christ tomorrow from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM. For the Cause Of Christ is the radio outreach ministry of the Northcoast Baptist Church in Lakewood, Ohio.
Thanks again to Pastor Lutz and the North Coast Baptist Church for allowing me to host their program once again.
What About the Bible and UFO's?
A caller last Sunday night mentioned that promos for our program mention that we talk about all kinds of things, including aliens and UFO's. So, he asked me what I thought about the subject in light of God's Word.
The question prompted an impromptu discussion of the subject, resulting in two audio segments that I have listed in my clips at the right. You can also find the two audio clips here at The Bible and UFO's - Part 1 and The Bible and UFO's - Part 2
The short answer to the caller's question is that the vast majority of UFO sightings can be explained simply by people seeing things and lights in the sky and just not knowing or understanding what they are looking at. The small amount of truly unexplained sightings can be mostly explained away as classified military activities or hoaxes. (Do you really think that when the military is asked if they have any classified aircraft flying around that they are going to admit it? It's classified!!)
There does remain, however, a very small number of incidents which cannot be explained away by the preceding explanations. These can best be understood as demonic activity and manifestations designed to lead people away from God and His Word.
I go into a bit more depth in The Bible and UFO's - Part 1 and The Bible and UFO's - Part 2 so I would encourage you to listen or to share the links with those you know who have an interest in this area. I would also suggest that you read Gary Bates's book on the subject, Alien Intrusion: UFO's and the Evolutionary Connection. You can also watch a video of Gary Bates discussing the subject:
30 Jun 14
Just to let you know, Live with Pastor Al will be live on July 4. I hope you will tune in and give a call.
Have a happy and safe Independence Day!
The Bible and UFO's - Part 1
The Bible and UFO's - Part 2
16 Jun 14
Please check out the website for information on the program as well as to listen to past programs.
21 May 14
Pastor Al Joins Evangelist Bruce Musselman's Radio Program
Evangelist Bruce Musselman recently asked me to help out with his radio program, Where Is God's Word? His program airs live each Thursday from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM on AM 1220 WHKW.
Where Is God's Word? deals with the history of the Bible, defends the King James Authorized Version as the preserved Word of God for the English speaking world, and touches on church history, Bible prophecy, and current events. We will be taking questions from listeners as well during the program.
Don't worry, though, I will still be on the air each Friday afternoon and Sunday night with our regular programs.
20 May 14
Pastor Al Guest Hosts For the Cause of Christ
I filled in as a last minute substitute on the radio program, For the Cause of Christ, recently. For the Cause of Christ is the radio ministry of the North Coast Baptist Church in Lakewood, Ohio, and airs every Friday afternoon on AM 1220 WHKW from 1-1:30 (just before our Friday afternoon program).
Pastor John Lutz was busy installing a new baptistery in their church and unable to do the program. So, he called me that morning and asked if I could fill in for him that afternoon. You can find the program here: http://live.mapleknoll.us/ncbc9may14.mp3.
Thanks again to Pastor Lutz and the North Coast Baptist Church for allowing me to host their program.
2 May 14
Disaster Relief Ministry
Pastor Allen Jenkins of Columbia Road Baptist Church, North Olmstead, Ohio, will be with me on today's broadcast. We will be talking about their upcoming tornado relief effort to Conway, Arkansas, next week.
Pastor Jenkins and the Columbia Road Baptist Church are organizing the trip as a part of their disaster relief ministry, 7 on 7 Ministries. If you would like find out more about their disaster relief ministry, or find what you can do to help, please go to their site, http://columbiaroad.org/promotion/tornado-disaster-relief/.
For a complete list of needed items, please click on this link: http://columbiaroad.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/DisasterReliefItems.pdf.
16 Apr 14
On What Day Was Jesus Crucified?
What day was Jesus Christ actually crucified on? If you are like most people, you probably answered, "Friday." After all, that's what the Bible says, right?
Well, I used to believe that, too. That is, until I got to thinking about a specific, prophetic statement that Jesus made regarding His death, burial, and resurrection. In Matthew 12:38 the Bible tells us that "certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees" said to Jesus, "...Master, we would see a sign from thee." Jesus answered in verses 39-40, "...An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
Now, if Jesus was crucified on Friday, we have a problem. Jesus would have been in the tomb ("the heart of the earth") Friday night through Sunday morning. That gives us two days, Saturday and Sunday, and two nights, Friday night and Saturday night. Of course, we could be generous and count parts of days as full days, which is not an uncommon or unreasonable thing to do. Unfortunately, while that does give us three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, it still only gives us two nights, Friday night and Saturday night. Of course, this would not be a problem if Jesus had not specifically said that He would be "three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Not simply three days, but three days AND three nights. Try as we may, there is simply no way to fit three days and three nights between Friday night and Sunday morning.
The problem doesn't stop there, either. If Jesus was indeed crucified on Friday, then Jesus was wrong when He claimed in Matthew 12:39-40 that He would be in the tomb three days and three nights. Failing to fulfill His own prophecy would mean Jesus is a false prophet and we should not pay attention to anything else He has to say. After all, Deuteronomy 18:22 says, "When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him." The only other alternative is that the Bible contradicts itself or is in error, either of which doesn't do much to bolster the credibility of either Jesus or the Bible.
So, if Jesus was not crucified on Friday, why does the Bible say that He was in Luke 23:50-56 and John 19:31? These passages very clearly tell us that Jesus was crucified on the day before the Sabbath. And, since the Sabbath is on Saturday, isn't that proof positive that Jesus was crucified on Friday? Well, even if it were we would still have the same problem of how to get three days and three nights in between the crucifixion and the resurrection and the doubt that it casts upon the credibility of both the Bible and Jesus. However, a closer examination of John 19:31 reveals that there was something different about the Sabbath following the day Jesus was crucified. It was a high Sabbath: "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away." (emphasis added). Consequently, as other passages indicate, there were two Sabbaths that week, a high Sabbath and the weekly Sabbath, with a day in between the two.
If you are keeping track, two Sabbaths that week, with a day in between them, means Jesus must have been crucified on Wednesday, not Friday. That, of course, gives us plenty of time to have three days, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and three nights, Wednesday night, Thursday night, and Friday night, between the crucifixion and the resurrection.
But wait a minute. Doesn't a Wednesday crucifixion conflict with Jesus' prophecy of three days and three nights as well? Didn't Jesus rise from the grave Sunday morning at sunrise? If so, what about Saturday night and Sunday? Too many days and nights is just as much of a problem as too few. And, while we are at it, if Jesus was crucified on Wednesday rather than Friday, how can you fit in all the events in that occurred between Palm Sunday and the crucifixion?
12 Apr 14
Special Blood Moon Tetrad Program
The take away from the program I believe was that there is a factual basis to the blood moon tetrad but we should not be overly obsessed with it. The main thing is that it serves to get our attention and reminds us that we are to be watching and waiting for the Lord's return.
For instance, in Luke 21:25-28, Jesus says:
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Notice, Jesus said, "when these things begin to come to pass", we are to "look up, and lift up your heads". Why? Because our "redemption draweth nigh."
The blood moon tetrads, which could be construed as "signs...in the moon" do not necessarily mean that the rapture of the believers will take place next week, or next month, or next year. It just means that momentous events are occurring, the day of our Lord's return is drawing near, and we need to be wakeful and working.
Just before and during the last three tetrads we saw the rediscovery of the New World in 1492 by a Hebrew, Christopher Columbus, with the first man to set foot in the New World being another Hebrew, Louis DeTorres. The Americas soon became a sanctuary for Jews fleeing persecution and oppression in Europe. Israel became a sovereign Jewish state in 1948 and immediately fought and won a battle for its very survival and right to exist. Then, in 1967, Israel again fought and won another war for its survival, the Six Day War, during which they captured Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. It is no wonder that many are closely watching to see what may happen with regards to Israel and the Jewish people just before or during the coming tetrad that begins on 15 April 2014.
Again, you can listen to the program by clicking here: The Four Blood Moons.
9 Apr 14
Special Blood Moon Tetrad Program - Fri, Apr 11
We've had questions about the coming blood moon tetrad on nearly every program for the last month or more. So, we decided to do a whole program on it prior to the start of the tetrad on April 15. We will have a special guest, Carl Gallups join us to help sort through the hype in an effort to make sense of the phenomena.
Basically, the blood moon tetrad is a succession of two total lunar eclipses occurring on two Jewish holy days in one year and another two total lunar eclipses on the exact same holy days in the following year, with no other lunar eclipses, partial or total, in between. Here is a list of the blood moon tetrads that have occurred since the time of Christ:
- 14 April 32 - Passover
- 7 October 32 - Tabernacles
- 3 April 33 - Passover
- 27 October 33 - Tabernacles
- 17 April 162 - Passover
- 11 October 162 - Tabernacles
- 6 April 163 - Passover
- 30 September 163 - Tabernacles
- 9 April 795 - Passover
- 3 October 795 - Tabernacles
- 28 March 796 - Passover
- 21 September 796 - Tabernacles
- 30 March 842 - Passover
- 23 September 842 - Tabernacles
- 19 March 843 - Passover
- 12 September 843 - Tabernacles
- 9 April 860 - Passover
- 3 October 860 - Tabernacles
- 30 March 861 - Passover
- 22 September 861 - Tabernacles
- 12 April 1493 - Passover
- 25 September 1493 - Tabernacles
- 22 March 1494 - Passover
- 15 September 1494 - Tabernacles
- 13 April 1949 - Passover
- 7 October 1949 - Tabernacles
- 2 April 1950 - Passover
- 26 September 1950 - Tabernacles
- 24 April 1967 - Passover
- 18 October 1967 - Tabernacles
- 13 March 1968 - Passover
- 6 October 1968 - Tabernacles
- 15 April 2014 - Passover
- 8 October 2014 - Tabernacles
- 4 April 2015 - Passover
- 28 September 2015 - Tabernacles
We will be discussing the claims made about the past tetrads and the possible significance, if at all, of the coming tetrad on the program 11 April 2014 at 1:30 PM (EDT) on AM 1220 WHKW. If you cannot listen on air, you can listen online by going to the AM 1220 WHKW website. Hopefully, I will get the program uploaded and posted on this page in just a day or two, so check back for it.
1 Apr 14