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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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I have recently read a few articles on global warming and while I somewhat detest the tree hugger mentality, I do hate the idea of cutting down trees, and love wildlife reserves and such.  My question is this, are the "scientists" who are proclaiming that in the next 30-50 years the heat of our continent's will rise to nearly unbearable temperatures correct and if they are, do you think this is the preparation for events during the tribulation period concerning the trumpets and vials?  I am leaning toward yes in both instances but honestly I would like to read someone who I know can be trusted.


Your thoughts please. 

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I agree NN, if it seemed I was doubting scripture I did not intend the post to read that way.  I have been teaching through Revelation for nearly 3 years and it just seems to me that many of the judgments of God deal with the heat of the world.  As such I wonder if God is giving us warning, even though he knows we will not head it. 

Revelation 16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

The people of the future will know that God is behind the scorching of the sun and yet refuse to repent.  I believe the scientists may be right and that if they are it could be the beginning of what will be finished in the tribulation period.


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I didn't think you were doubting scripture brother...I just gave what I was knowledgeable about. I wasn't aware that scientists are saying the temperatures will be almost unbearable in 30-50 years, so I didn't comment on that.

I also can't comment on whether it may lead up to the tribulation judgments if it does happen.

Sorry if I've already gotten your thread off track...

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The cutting and use of trees was what God intended for us to do. Nothing was ever designed to be a 'preserve', as we were meant to go and subdue the earth. Though at the same time, we are to be good stewards of the earth and the animals and such, not to clear-cut forests and leave nothing in it's place, or to recklessly slaughter entire species' out of existence. Honestly, over the last 100 years, man has gotten better and we seek to replace the trees we cut, grow new forests, and preserve animal species-some of the best environmentalists today are hunters and loggers, because their livelihoods depend on there being animals to hunt and trees to cut.

As for the temperatures, they have been much higher than they are today, in the past, and everything remained just fine. As for becoming unbearable, according to scientists 20 years ago we should have been dying now. In 2006, you may be familiar with Al Gore's supposedly scientific 'truth' that within ten years, (last year) we would reach a tipping point, a point of no return when things would just get worse and temps would explode. And this last winter, as you may also recall, we had one of the wettest winters maybe ever since those numbers have been kept, at least here in California where we broke many rain and snow records after a long drought. And it is still going on-I hear there's lots of rain all over the country, (the US). 

I believe the incidents in Revelation will be direct acts of God, though I believe also that they people will not see His hand because they have been conditioned to look at any such thing as global climate change, and so will not repent of their sin, other than maybe their sin against the false earth goddess, Gaia. No, they will miss God and ignore His hand until Jesus Christ comes in the flesh.

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2 hours ago, No Nicolaitans said:

I didn't think you were doubting scripture brother...I just gave what I was knowledgeable about. I wasn't aware that scientists are saying the temperatures will be almost unbearable in 30-50 years, so I didn't comment on that.

I also can't comment on whether it may lead up to the tribulation judgments if it does happen.

Sorry if I've already gotten your thread off track...

NP I never know if I misrepresented something so was just clarifying.

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