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Pastor's Commentary

Borrowed Time
Saturday, July 27 2019

Some years ago I watched a movie called “Time Changer”, it was of a Biblical nature. The plot was that the head of a Bible Seminary had inherited (I think) a Time Machine in which he kept under wraps in his barn. There was a certain Professor within the Seminary group who was invited to take a trip into the future, who at the time was quite reluctant, as he couldn’t believe such a device could be functional, but finally agreed. The dial was set for the future, interestingly the time in which we live. The setting of the movie was in the early 1900’s, so the era of time would be some 120 years in the future. The Professor upon his arrival to the future was quite shocked to see the deterioration of society in just a short time. One more relevant part was brought out in the movie. When the Professor had returned from his, in the future visit, the Time Machine was set to see just how far “the future was”, I’ll just say, it’s a must see movie.

So my opening thoughts have given rise to more thoughts. As was depicted in the movie mentioned above, is there a time when God, The Creator, has seen enough, sin has run its course, depravity has become the rule; society has cast itself off from the moral compass of God’s Holy standard? It has happened before, will it happen again, or maybe is happening right now. And if such a premise is tenable, are there signs that would indicate maybe planet earth is living in the days just prior to a cataclysmic judgment as was before? To answer these questions a look at the past may be in order to see if it may reveal a painting/picture of our future.

Before I share some of these historical events, one more thought needs to be considered. We live in a day and time where many folks live in a, “make believe”, world devoid of absolutes, if I don’t believe it, it doesn’t exist. Just close my eyes and it all disappears. An old one liner says; don’t clutter the issue with facts. We hear this often; the Holocaust didn’t happen, it’s a farce. Although I have personally seen one of the death camps while in Germany, infallible evidence is everywhere, but many still debate of it being a lie. Another that surfaces from time to time, the Moon Landing in 1969. I had a neighbor who said the day we all watched it on TV, it’s a lie, the moon is flat like a saucer, you can’t land on that, right, and the Earth is still flat too. Recently on TV, there were still some who doubted the landing. In the end, to ignore verifiable evidence is folly. It is not my intent to try to establish what level of sin and depravation mankind needs to fall to before judgment is levied. My main purpose of inquiry is to see if parallels exist to the past that point to an imminent judgment, not to be the judge. If just such patterns exist, it is my hope that people will not ignore them.

The flood that took place in Noah’s day and time was a judgment, make no mistake about it, God was making a statement that should have bode well for all future generations. To debate the validity of such an event isn’t worth the time and effort in our study here. What is important is to see what happened to cause God to bring this judgment in the first place. From the time of Adam and Eve to the flood was around 1500 years. As incredible as it may seem, the first of many children born to Adam and Eve, one would be a murderer of his own brother, we all know the story, Cain slew Able. There is so much that could be said concerning this period of time, but a brief only. As people populated the earth, chaos would ensue. There were no laws, jails, and the like, everyone done that which was right in their own eyes. This is what God saw; that the wickedness of man was great in the earth (Gen 6:5). To better understand this earthly condition more fully; wickedness means; sinful, immoral, vicious, harmful, destructive and vile, plus more. If this were attended by a few, not that big a problem, but note; God would reference the wickedness of “man” at large. There was another grievance brought out, who but God would know this; that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. That is a condition which speaks of the depravity of the human soul. If this so far wasn’t bad enough, the Lord looked upon the earth and said it was corrupt, (to rot, or induce rottenness, decay), something that is dead (Gen. 6:12). One more fault levied upon mankind; the earth will filled with violence (ruthlessness, fierce, malice), Gen. 6:13). At this point God said; the end of all flesh is come before me (Gen 6:13), make thee an ark, (ship) (Gen 6:14). As we all know, this command was given to Noah, as he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. From the command to build the Ark/ship until judgment came was about 120 years. Noah was a preacher of righteousness (II Peter 2:5) and was ridiculed during the building of the Ark, but continued faithful to his task. Once the Ark was complete God would fill the Ark with what could be called seed stock to remain after the waters assuaged. Anyone that listened to Noah concerning the judgment that was coming could have gone aboard the Ark to be saved. The written record shows, only 8 souls were on board, even thou the door were left open for seven straight days after Noah had entered the Ark. Spiritually speaking Noah and family must represent the Church, the Ark would have to represent the Lord Jesus, and the judgment was a type and shadow of a greater judgment to come. The same words are being spoken again from the righteous few, judgment is coming, get into the Ark, this time it’s not a giant boat, but the Body of Christ, His Church and be saved. But now like then, many think the Church is a farce, or saying; we have heard that judgment junk until we’re tired of it, at any rate; that’s just your religion, thinking, I’ve got my own thank you.

Let’s fast forward to where we are right now in the timeline of eternal events. Are there any signs in our day and time that we may have ticked the Lord off one too many times? Some twenty five hundred years later, after the flood; the Apostle Paul writing under the inspiration of God would record these words. People would pervert themselves once again; they burned in their lust one for another and changed the natural function of the body into the unnatural doing that which is unseemly. The very first institution of God was the family unit, is now being cast away as an archaic waste of time. But there is more; they would be proud, boastful, haters of God, inventors of evil things, further down the list; who knowing the judgment of God, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1). The very thing God sent His Son to earth to give was life, His own life, has now been thrown into heap of things least appreciated. Enter the indiscriminate killing of the unborn. But wait, there’s more, they want to murder an infant after it is born as well, decrying; it’s my body, it’s my right! God help us. Now, recently again, another poor soul in Britain being left to starve to death while in a hospital no less, depriving forcefully his own mother and father to take him home to care for him, actually I have read where this happens hundreds of times a year. It’s a slippery slope to depravation; can there be anything other than judgment for such actions? You may have heard this remark at some time in your life; if God doesn’t judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. I wouldn’t look for that to happen, since everyone has to give account for their own sin. Paul said one more thing I want to bring out here; because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were they thankful. Have we seen this trend where they remove just about every vestige of God? This is pandemic across the land, Crosses are being removed, the Ten Commandments covered or removed, listen God can take a hint, He will not dwell where He is not welcome. These are parallels that cannot be ignored.

A great word of hope is recorded in the Book of Jonah. In around 862 BC, God spoke to the Prophet Jonah and told him to go; arise go to Nineveh and cry against it, for their wickedness is come up before Me (Jonah 1:2). Make no mistake about it these people of Nineveh were a fierce bunch. Just the name of these people wrought fear in the lives of any they would encounter. They were known to literally skin captives alive, the most brutal of the bunch, and yes, they were an enemy to Israel. Bible Scholars point out one of the main reasons Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh was he knew the mercy of God. If these people repented, God would spare them and not destroy the Assyrian city. Jonah went forth and preached; and said “yet forty days Nineveh shall be destroyed” (Jonah 3:4). An amazing thing happened, the people upon hearing of the judgment of God coming repented in sackcloth and ashes, they neither ate not drank, and withheld the same even from livestock. From the King down to the lowliest got humble on their faces. God saw their repentance and withheld His judgment. That is not just a lesson for Nineveh, or the USA, but for everyone that will repent, change direction, will find God is merciful.

In conclusion, I mentioned the movie I had seen in the beginning of this article. The movie though fictional was very much non-fictional in its depiction of events. I mentioned the time line the movie was cast in, the early 1900’s and going into the future to a distant time in 2020, some 120 years. I also noted that from the time God told Noah to build the Ark to the flood judgment was another 120 years. Incredible as it may seem, another 120 year pattern exists with Nineveh. From the time they repented and were spared judgment to the time when they once again went back to their old ways and were finally destroyed was 120 years. Is there a pattern in this for the USA? For students of the Bible, an event took place in an upper room 10 days after the Lord Jesus ascended back to Heaven. It was the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, who would believe it, but there were 120 souls on hand to receive the initial infilling of the Holy Spirit. What does that have to do with the U.S? It has been documented that there was a series of events that took place in the U.S. in early the 1900’s. Once again a huge out-pouring of the Holy Spirit was manifest. The Azusa Street Outpouring, West Virginia coal mines, many consider this a “last days outpouring”. That happened 120 years ago, was that our wake-up call/warning? Better yet, don’t worry about dates, the patterns say; it’s time turn back to God, now.

Pastor Thomas Nosworthy

Light the Way Ministries.

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Special Guest Commentary

101 BODACIOUS QUOTATIONS

TO

INSPIRE PATRIOTISM

Introduction

You might be wondering what prompted the writing of this bodacious quotation book? What better time than now to be reminded of how both essential and fragile our country is. America is experiencing one of its darkest periods in recent history.  For over three years, we have witnessed some truly vicious and ugly political unrest.

          A ceaseless cacophony of accusations, innuendo, and intrigue have kept those in Washington and the media ever busy. Before the Coronavirus pandemic, to watch the daily news and social media, one would never know that the stock market had hit all-time highs numerous times in the last 54 months, or we’d had the lowest unemployment numbers in decades, and the lowest unemployment rate among blacks ever!  President Trump also renegotiated trade deals that  were fairer to America.

          Then, in January 2020, our nation was rocked when the Coronavirus landed on our shores and ended our way of life as we know it. Soon there were daily press briefings from the White House and various doctors. Each day virus information was plentiful, contradictory, and confusing. People were dying. We heard that hospitals were going to be overrun with COVID cases.

          The army set up hospital tents in various cities to handle the tens of thousands that were expected to land there. It didn’t happen. Hospitals were going to be inundated and unable to care for all of the sick. The army hospitals were never used – not one patient was seen in many of these. They were eventually dismantled. What happened? All non-essential surgeries and doctors’ visits were canceled. Hospitals were virtually emptied. And now? Many health care workers have been terminated or furloughed because the hospital's operating capital has vanished.    

           Now, thousands have died! Our elderly, who were not adequately protected in nursing homes, have had the most significant number of deaths. The actual numbers of COVID deaths cannot be relied upon because of highly questionable methodologies for assigning the cause of death. The rationale for this might be related to government funding to hospitals for each COVID case.     Time will tell as we compare data from previous years for various causes of deaths to see if the other numbers are in line with past years, OR if there's been a sharp decline in other categories, and they have been pushed into the COVID category.  And, suddenly, in the last several weeks, cases have begun to spike again. There is substantial debate on if it’s because many more people are getting tested. There is so much information out there – unreliable at best, that there’s no sense in discussing it at this point.

          Governors in many states issued draconian lock-down orders threatening people with arrests and the closure of businesses, or cancellation of necessary licenses if they didn’t abide by these rules. Masks and gloves were donned, not in hospitals, but stores and any public places. We even saw a parent handcuffed and arrested in front of his little girl because he dared to play ball with her in an empty field. A salon owner was arrested and jailed for opening her salon to pay her bills and put food on her table. Many other Gestapo tactics, such as these, were used to keep people in line. YES, I am talking about America!

            Americans have turned against one another. Some believe everything that the CDC, World Health Organization, and government say. Others believe there is a conspiracy to subjugate the people as a test to see how much they'll tolerate and for how long. It's been, in my opinion, a phenomenal success. People hate each other more than ever. Make no mistake; the various powers have observed very carefully to see how we've all responded. Unfortunately, it's been too much for many, and suicides have skyrocketed. Prescriptions for mood-altering drugs to cope with the crisis have also gone up dramatically (as if we didn't already have an opioid epidemic.)

          Younger Americans seem to be suffering more than most from deep depression, isolation, and loneliness.  I find this completely paradoxical since they are the generation that is so disconnected from one-on-one relationships, and so completely connected to their phones and other electronic devices. You can’t sit in the same room, or at the same table with them, without sharing their time with their hand-held devices! And yet, they are  the ones suffering from their own self-created lack of meaningful relationships with others.  

           The mainstream media, who now chooses to cherry-pick what they report, excluding vital details, has become an op-ed machine rather than a fair and unbiased media. What was once the actual news is now a daily dose of propaganda. And fear mongering. I once believed everything I heard on the evening news! I now question absolutely everything I hear on the evening news! I have no faith in the honesty, integrity, or intentions of what is being "reported." Who exactly can we turn to for the facts and not opinions? I don't know.

           Just when we were beginning to see the light, and the states were opening things back up, one rogue cop, caught in the horrendous act of murdering a black man by kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes, captured the country’s attention.  The anger and outrage at this injustice rocked every corner of our nation. But, within the black community, it ignited a firestorm of rage and anger. That moment symbolized, for many, both black and white, the brutality of a small percentage of police that has unfairly tarnished ALL police officers. To believe this of an entire segment of people is blatantly untrue and unfair.

           That was the tinderbox that erupted into the scenarios we are now witnessing, hour by hour, day after day, that could be right out of the movie “Escape from New York.”  Cities are burning. Businesses looted. People are being shot, and armed citizens are patrolling their neighborhoods to keep looters out and their areas safe with their weapons.

          A six-block area has been taken over by anarchists. Checkpoints have been established for entering and exiting, and there are check-points to allow people in or out. They are extorting business owners, and the Mayor of Seattle seems to think it’s a “summer block party.”  I guess she is not aware that a new country has been set up in a six-block area now known as CHAZ/CHOP – Capital Hill Autonomous Zone. You can’t make this stuff up!

          All across our country,  statues and monuments are being defaced and torn down – while those in charge sit on their hands and let the anarchists destroy America, insisting there is nothing they can do. Every day the frenzy continues as the calls for changing names of military bases, schools, colleges, sports teams, etc., escalates. It is complete insanity.

           Right on cue, the media and politicians have seized upon the opportunity to stoke the coals of division and hatred. I cry for our nation and what we have allowed ourselves to become.  I don't know the people seen on T.V. I don't come in contact with the level of black, or white,  Americans seen on there – they don't represent those with whom I daily interact.  People with thinking brains understand that these broad generalizations are not only untrue, but inherently harmful to us individually, and collectively as a nation.    

          Many officials of these large cities have refused to address the rioters and insist upon calling them, protesters. They seem to have limited knowledge of vocabulary for no one in their right mind would equate a protester and a rioter who burns, loots,  and harms people, as the same thing.        The very thing that the black community, what all communities need, are jobs and businesses. Now, thousands have seen their streets and businesses burned and destroyed, some of which will never return. Those jobs are permanently lost.  Those black communities will again know the pains of hopelessness and living in burned-out hulls of their former cities.

           But take hope. While all of this has happened, America's elite have raised over twenty million dollars – wait for it – not to help rebuild those cities, but to bail out the “protesters” who have destroyed those cities. Yes, this is where we are. There seems to be no help for those who work and play by the rules. No support is arriving from Hollywood elites and wealthy athletes for those people. One must question why?

           I’m watching this and feeling astounded, and at times utterly hopeless. The Washington leadership (can we call it that?) is still dividing us, still trying to rush through bills that are an atrocity, and I'm thinking to myself, has pandering and appeasement ever gotten anyone anywhere?'  Has that given people jobs and hope? Has that lifted them out of poverty? And, I feel, most importantly, has that increased their self-respect and self-reliance?  That I can answer with a resounding NO! To deny any human being the chance to work and produce, to feel a sense of accomplishment for a job well done, is to deny a basic human need – to feel valued.

          I don’t understand all of the machinations of politics (I couldn’t sleep at night if I did). I do know one thing as a person who loves their country – that we can’t, we must not give up on America. Too many people have given their lives for our America. We are in a fight for the very soul of this country. That might sound dramatic, but it is a fact. Many want to tear it apart – rebuild it into what they “envision” would be a better place. The founding fathers had a profoundly inciteful vision for the greatest country that the world has ever known. They knew history, and they sought to use their knowledge to create a more perfect union. (Where have we heard that before?)

            There are days when I question everything. At moments I give up hope and want to surrender. Times when I think if that is what THEY want, then they can have it. But it is not ours to give away! We owe a debt to our country to protect it from enemies, both foreign and domestic. That is our duty as a patriotic American who is willing to speak up and stop the insanity.

           I call upon my strong faith in God, knowing that whatever He has in store, He is with us. When America turned Him out of their schools, their homes, and their hearts, our decline began.  That is what happens when we shrugged our shoulders and said, “Oh well, what can you do?” Or, “Live and let live.” Now you can see the left doesn’t want people to live and let live. They want to control us. There seems to be no middle ground. This indeed is something new.

            I have seen the thousands of crosses marking graves of our soldiers who fought for democracy around the world and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I mourn with families who have known the pain of losing those heroes. I remind myself that I will do everything humanly possible to ensure that America is a country of citizens who deserve to live in peace and prosperity, fellowship, and understanding. Abraham Lincoln was well aware, as our country teetered on the brink of civil war, that "A house divided against itself cannot stand."  (Mark 3:25)

            America is equivalent to a marriage. Sometimes we see all the best she has to offer, and we're starry-eyed and optimistic. Other times, we see everything as irreconcilable and dark. Then, it's as though we would like a divorce.  But saving America is worth the fight. We have a lot of work ahead of us. A great deal of understanding and healing needs to be done.

          We need to commit to providing more opportunities for all. And, more of a commitment to make each person responsible for their actions. We must step up to the plate and take personal responsibility – stop pointing the finger and passing the buck. Even though it seems impossible through the lens of the current crisis, I do believe in miracles. It's going to take courage, strength, consistency, fairness, rules for all, and laws that everyone must follow - not just a few. It will also necessitate a commitment from those in Washington to come together and serve America – not themselves. I don’t believe they will do that willingly. Their strength lies in our discord!

            How could I express all of these thoughts and feelings in a small book? I've always been enamored with quotations! With just a few carefully chosen words strung together like a beautiful strand of pearls, they present a profound concept. These BODACIOUS quotations have been hand-picked for an important point or reminder about freedom, honesty, politicians, government, personal duty, economics, liberty, and above all else, man's responsibility to think for himself. History has gifted us with brilliant people, whose insightful reasoning and words of wisdom have proven ageless. They deserve to be heard once again as valuable reminders to each of us.

          It is my sincere hope that you will become even more bodacious in your patriotism. I hope that you will find meaningful ways to become a better, more involved citizen. I pray that this will stimulate conversation and inspire each of you to understand your unique "Power of One" and step into your new bodacious life! America is depending upon you.

 

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