A Computer Simulated Reality?

October 20, 2016

It has been a long time since I have posted anything by Gary Stearman. I have always found him to be intellectually minded and I thought this short video was interesting. His shows are always interesting even if I find the conclusions of some of his guests questionable. Whether you agree with Gary or not, he brings up the always interesting question: “How did I get here?” It is a question that science continues to grapple with.

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EQYPT: THE BAD NEWS AND THE GOOD NEWS

November 14, 2013
Photo by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Photo by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

A recent interview between Bill Salus and Gary Stearman can be seen HERE.

I appreciate the views of Mr. Salus and the fact that he uses words like “if” and “maybe” a lot.  HERE he discusses some of the Biblical prophecies that appear to be unfulfilled and that may take place in the near future.  I was a little disappointed when Bill and Gary appeared on TBN because the network supports so many Word of Faith Teachers and teaching.  Nevertheless, I think he makes some good points in this interview.  No matter what anyone thinks about some of the interview, any Christian who studies Bible prophecy will agree that Israel will not be destroyed.  Will the U.S. help defend the little nation surrounded by enemies?  Only time will tell.

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The photo above shows how quickly things in Egypt have changed.  It is a picture of: “Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff bids farewell to Egyptian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in Egypt on Feb. 14, 2010. Mullen is  (was) on a week long tour of the region visiting with key partners and allies. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)”

HERE is one of many articles written about the events in Egypt since the military removed former President Mohamed Morsi from power on July 3.  The article is from late August and paints a similar picture to the one that Bill Salus does in this interview.  It states: “Egypt is careening toward civil war.”

Photo Source

The Aswan Dam


DAMASCUS A RUINOUS HEAP?

September 6, 2013

What about Damascus?  Right now very interesting things are happening in Syria.  You would have to be deaf not to have at least heard a bit about it.  I am posting three videos.  The first was made about a week or so ago.  The second is a post from this blog almost a year ago.  The third was put up yesterday.  They are all from Prophecy in the News, a ministry that I don’t always agree with, but find most interesting.

Here is the video from about a week ago:

https://vimeo.com/73420479

Here is the post that I put up about a year ago:

https://chrisreimersblog.com/2012/11/28/the-future-of-damascus/

And Just yesterday:

https://vimeo.com/73879393

Isaiah 17:1

King James Version (KJV)

17 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

My thoughts:

I believe this is a prophecy that has yet to be fulfilled.  It’s like the prophecies concerning the rapture.  We look for signs but we don’t know when these prophecies will come to pass.  Either could happen tonight. Either could happen in 100 years or more.  It is very possible the prophecy that Isaiah spoke of in 17:1 could happen very soon.  What will God use to destroy Damascus?  It could be an earthquake, a nuclear event, bombing from a regional war, or even a supernatural event that is without explanation.  There are many possibilities.

I continue to watch Israel because I believe that the little nation, created by a covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is God’s timepiece.

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 Damascus, Umayyad Mosque, prayers Photo by Arian Zwegers


Damascus, Umayyad Mosque, prayers
Photo by Arian Zwegers


ESCHATOLOGY WARS

March 18, 2013
A Hill Worth Dying On?Photo by tpholland

A Hill Worth Dying On?
Photo by tpholland

The word “Eschatology” is from the Greek ἔσχατος/ἐσχάτη/ἔσχατον, eschatos/eschatē/eschaton meaning “last” and -logy meaning “the study of”, first used in English around 1550[1]. It is the part of theology, physics, philosophy, and futurology concerned with what are believed to be the final events of history, the ultimate destiny of humanity — commonly referred to as the “end of the world” or “end time“(1)

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I have an interest in eschatology.  There are many different views about “the end of the world.”  I recently ran across an article that perked my interest.  It was reprinted in a blog that I respect for helping me understand many of the crazy things some of our “churches” are teaching today.

The blog is called Appraising Ministries and its creator is Pastor Ken Silva.

The title of the article is THE RISE OF APOCALYPITIC PAGANISM IN THE CHURCH: BIBLE PROPHECY IN CRISIS.  The original is found in a publication named Herescope.  The article criticizes another pastor whom I respect: Gary Stearman.

I respect Pastor Stearman because of his great knowledge and because of his support of the nation of Israel.  He believes that Israel is “God’s Timepiece” and I’m inclined to agree with him.

The Herescope article contends that Gary Stearman and many of his guests rely upon ancient apocryphal literature that is corrupted.  The example given is Gary’s observations of the Book of Enoch.

I have a copy of the Book of Enoch, but I have never read it.  I am not a scholar on the subject so I would have to do some studying before I ever made a conclusion about who is closer to the truth on apocryphal lit.

I have posted things from Pastor Silva and I have posted items from Pastor Stearman.  I think they both have their good points and bad points just like I do.  I went back and reviewed most of the posts I put up from Prophecy in the News (Gary is the Editor).  Israel is the subject of most of the podcasts I have posted.  I don’t think there are any posts of interviews with people listed in the Herescope article. I may be wrong.

The men mentioned in the Herescope article are Doug Woodward, Tom Horn, L.A. Marzulli, and Doug Hamp.  I have seen Pastor Stearman interview all of these guys.  Do I agree with everything these guys are saying?  Of course not.  I can’t recall the topic, but an interview with Mr. Hamp was particularly off.  Much of the literature written by these authors is advertised in the Prophecy in the News monthly magazine, which I receive.

Gary Stearman wrote a very good article in the March’s Prophecy in the News magazine entitled “The Mind of Christ.”  I agree with Gary’s assessment that there will not be another Major revival until after the rapture.  You can read the article here.

So, do we throw the baby out with the bath water? (Gary is anything but a baby; he is brilliant.)

It is true that many of the books advertised by Prophecy in the News are questionable.  At the same time, I have read many thought-provoking articles by Pastor Stearman.

I found it interesting that Herescope didn’t mention the New York Times’ Best Seller The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn.  I’m sure it was mentioned in another piece.  A friend gave me the book and I only made it to chapter 11, the one about the seventh of nine harbingers.  I found an interesting synopsis and opinion about the book here.

I studied the Assyrians and the book of Nahum when I was in college.  The men from the armies of Nineveh could definitely be considered terrorists.  I think that Mr. Cahn, however, went way out-of-bounds with his comparisons to the 911 event.

I could go on about other issues where I don’t know if I agree with the Prophecy in the News folks.  There is the idea that certain years line up with certain Psalms.  There is the Dispensational view.  Gary and most of this persuasion think there will be 7 time periods or Dispensations throughout history. Dr. Charles Ryrie, whose name is on The Ryrie Study Bible, agrees with Dispensationalism but after listening to an interview with him I’m not sure how many Dispensations he believes in.

I could also find areas where Mr. Silva and I differ.  I’m not quite as Calvinist as he is.

So who is right?  I know that this article is all over the place but I do have a few conclusions:

I like Gary Stearman.  I like Ken Silva.  I like Charles Ryrie.  I think they are all saved. None of them are always right and none are always wrong.  I look in the mirror and see someone just like them except less knowledgeable.

Dr. Mark Cain of Village Bible Church says: “Some hills are worth dying on and some aren’t.”

When prophetic speculation reaches the level of paganism, then it is serious.  However, just because someone is wrong doesn’t make them pagan.  I would fit the definition in that case.

I’m not saying that “we should all just get along.” I’m saying that the discussion should be civil.  Thus far, I have never seen Gary Stearman act otherwise.

May God bless us all as we study His word and await His coming.

Chris Reimers

(1)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschatology

The interview with Charles Ryrie looks like an old Japanese monster movie.

Info on Silbury Hill


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