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November 7, 2007

I sustain that genetic modifications through Dna manipulations is the "sign" that we have gone too far and judgment is upon us. Specifically, this "sign" is not among those given by the Lord Jesus Christ, when His disciples asked

"Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" Mat. 24:3

Certainly it would have been quite a challenge to the sacred writers to come to terms with such a concept, but regardless, if we read Jesus reply with attention and most importantly, in the spirit, we can see pointers and reflections of that very fact.
The business of creation, as I have said before, does not belong to fallen man.

Enter super-mouse. DNA

For a while, we have been hearing of strange experiments, starting from Dolly (not the first case, but surely the most talked about) and ending up with today's super mouse. Every time a new case surfaces, we suffer the usual diatribes of the pro and cons and then, after two days all is gone and forgotten from public view. Personally, I find it boldly daring that these kind of news surface at all. I do not want to even imagine what is NOT brought into public scrutiny.

England is much at the forefront of this type of weird "science." Just a few weeks ago, a law was passed in the United Kingdom, allowing for the "scientific" mixing of human and animal Dna, thus producing the strange hybrid, called "Chimera" (Wikipedia).

These kind of experiments, which not long ago would have horrified any sane person are becoming so common place and are actually being welcomed by a selfish population whose only objective is to extend their self-indulgent lifestyle to the max and perhaps, eternally. The fools!

Most people are totally ignorant about how much gene and Dna manipulation has advanced. Big Pharma and Big Bio are going, excuse the pun, really big on this. They can engineer a "new" something, copyright it and just sit down and collect. These self-appointed benefactors of humanity are very shrewd in placing their money where the biggest profits are foreseen, bypassing or leaving behind "minor" infirmities or third world diseases, where there is no money to be made. And when people read that the super mouse ... can run for hours at 20 meters per minute without getting tired, lives longer, has more sex, and eats more without gaining weight the unanimous reaction is "I want in."

Egoism is a very dangerous state of being. It blinds and it leads to destruction those who practice it especially when coupled with pride.

And the LORD said, Behold, the people [is] one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Genesis 11:6

As I read these verses I am in awe: certainly the people of that time had progressed much in matters that concerned their lives and moreover they were planning for their future: We must assume that their plans for the future were wildly out-of-order if God decided to intervene. God knew that their evil imaginations could become reality, just like God knows today that these evil experiments will bring much sorrow upon a deluded humanity. Experiments, as a rule, have a way to get out of hand. Past history and literature offer ample proof to that.

Whatever man can conceive, he will realize, sooner or later, such is the power of the human mind. Today, the cat is out of the bag and it will not be placed back in. With visions of a super body and a life span approaching eternity dancing before its eyes, mankind slides instead into the ancient trap. As it was in the beginning, so ... the circle closes. 

 

Scientists have been astounded by the creation of a genetically modified "supermouse" with extraordinary physical abilities – comparable to the performance of the very best athletes – raising the prospect that the discovery may one day be used to transform people's capacities.

The mouse can run up to six kilometers (3.7 miles) at a speed of 20 meters per minute for five hours or more without stopping. Scientists said that this was equivalent of a man cycling at speed up an Alpine mountain without a break. Although it eats up to 60 per cent more food than an ordinary mouse, the modified mouse does not put on weight. It also lives longer and enjoys an active sex life well into old age – being capable of breeding at three times the normal maximum age.

American scientists who created the mice – they now have a breeding colony of 500 – said that they were stunned by their abilities, especially given that the animals came about as a result of a standard genetic modification to a single metabolism gene shared with humans.

By Steve Connor, Science Editor - The Independent
02 November 2007

As it happens, God wants the same benefits (and much much more) for his creatures, and He will soon deliver the promises to the His faithful, but it is going to be His Way, which is the Right Way. God wants to change FIRST our heart and then the our body and our surroundings, while man wants to change his body and his surroundings, and does not give a hoot about the heart and there lies the problem. All technical marvels will turn deadly in the hands of unregenerate men. Science fiction movies, unconsciously, have well depicted the hopelessness of a future without God, where danger and evil are always waiting in the wings. In God's Kingdom there will be no place for that.

 

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  Apoc 21:4



July 16, 2007

Pope

When Pope Benedict XVI was elected, I nurtured some reasonable hope that he would move the Catholic Church closer to the Biblical standard of truth, being an intelligent and theologically well-versed scholar. I had heard him, on a televised interview, dissect the cause of Christ just as any good evangelical would have. Moreover, his personal and extensive knowledge of Protestantism promised a solid and sound season of confrontation. However, as times goes by, he is revealing himself as an abject failure in just about any field he has addressed and an open embarrassment to many in the same Catholic church.

Indeed, he demonstrates two (at the very least) profound truths:

1) study and scholarship do not a man of God make
2) the Catholic Church remains unrecoverable

One truly remains stupefied at the gross Biblical ignorance practiced by the Catholic clergy and by the quite, resigned and naive acquiescence of their faithful. It seems the all are under a spell, and in a way, they are. As stated in other parts of this web site, I know that there are many, many Catholics which are saved. God knows the heart, and God knows how much light they received. I do differentiate between clergy and faithful, for the simple fact that the latter were until recent times ignorant of the Sacred Scriptures, at least in many countries, like Italy, were I grew up.

I was about to write a rebuttal to the pope's latest outburst (about the Catholic Church being the only true church), just as I happened upon an article which amazingly said what I wanted to say, so I will post this whole article and my resounding Amen! to it. By the way, as the article writer, I also grew up in the Catholic Church and served Mass and was tops in catechism. Only nobody ever bothered to tell me about the New Birth, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and that He is willing and able to help anyone with a contrite heart who asks Him to. And He can do it right now and instantly, not in the bye and bye.

He is risen and very much alive and He's got the whole world in His Hands ...

 

Non-Catholics who are up in arms of the proclamation by Pope Benedict XVI that the only true church in the world is that of Catholicism shouldn't even bother getting upset. Just chalk it up to an old man trying to get a little attention.

For him to even suggest that only the Catholic Church can provide true salvation to believers in Christ shows that he is wholly ignorant of the Scriptures that I have known all my life.

Sorry, let me take that back. I've really only known the Bible for the last 13 of my 38 years. That's because those first 25 years were spent as a die-hard Catholic.

That's right, I was born and raised in the Catholic Church. One of the first meetings to build the church I was raised in -- Our Lady Star of the Sea in Houston -- took place in my grandparents' living room. Many of my Saturdays and Sundays were spent serving as an altar boy, Catholic Youth Organization leader, dedicated student of Catechism, and constantly reciting the Holy Rosary.

And the reality is that we were never really encouraged to study the Scriptures. The standard practice was for all of us to read the same pamphlets passed out by the church, recite the readings from the New and Old Testaments, listen to the Scripture chosen for us in the Gospel and hear a normally bland homily.

That isn't always the case at some Catholic churches. If you visit St. Sabina in Chicago, Father Michael Pfleger will surely have your soul jumping with his strong sermons and willingness to engage the community to get involved in direct action.

Yet as I reflect on my years as a Catholic, it pretty much was a wasted experience, as there was more identification with the church, and not with Christ.

And that's why Pope Benedict XVI is meaningless, along with his decision to re-state the primacy of the Catholic Church. This week, the pope released a document correcting interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, which some say modernized the church. But for hardliners like Pope Benedict XVI, the liberals went too far in some of their declarations.

But what ticked folks off was his assertion in the 16-page document by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that the only denominations that can call themselves true churches are ones that can trace their roots back to Jesus Christ's original apostles. He even suggested they suffer from defects.

This is nothing but a naked attempt by Pope Benedict XVI to "own" Jesus by virtue of the Catholic Church considering the apostle Peter as its leader. He refuses to acknowledge the reality that Jesus didn't consider a church to be most important. What was? The Great Commission.

The Bible records in Matthew 28:16 that Jesus called his 11 disciples (the other, Judas, hanged himself after betraying Jesus) to Mount Galilee and decreed, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (New International Version).

It doesn't matter what Pope Benedict XVI has to say, or for that matter, any other religious leader. A Christian believes in Jesus Christ and what He had to say, not what a man of God has to say. This is not an attempt to completely dismiss religious leaders, but is further evidence of what happens when ego is more important than the work of Christ.

John 14:6 says, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Nowhere does it say that Peter, Pope Benedict XVI or anyone else can supplant Jesus as the leader of the church.

It is these kinds of missives by Pope Benedict XVI that do nothing to support or build the community of faith. All it does is divide.

Protestant leaders: Don't buy into the foolishness. Let Pope Benedict XVI keep running off at the mouth and making pointless declarations. If you keep bringing good news to the poor, setting the captives free and assisting those who seek to know Jesus, then you'll make more headway in doing the work of Jesus than any 16-page document will.

By Roland S. Martin
CNN Contributor and a talk-show host for WVON-AM in Chicago
updated 5:04 p.m. EDT, Fri July 13, 2007



June 5, 2007

I could post dozens of articles on the effects of climate changes which have been occurring in the last few years, and I do not have to go too far to notice them. Right where I live we have been experiencing freak and record breaking weather. Farmers are stunned at the irregular weather patterns and noticeable damage has been done to the agricultural sector as in other parts of the world. And this brings us to the subject of FAMINE, one of the end times signs. The skeptics will say that we have had famines throughout the history of mankind, so what? Let me expand somewhat the vistas of such people. While it is true that famines have been reported in the past, then, it was mostly a local event involving a limited number of persons. What is being prepared here is something radically different in nature and scope: It will be global, and it will involve most people on the face of the earth.

According to the International Programs Center, U.S. Census Bureau, the total population of the World, projected to 06/05/07 at 16:14 GMT (EST+5) is  6,599,707,750.

While I cannot say for sure, I believe that there has never been such a large number of human beings living at the same time on this planet. A widespread famine will have devastating effects upon all (the rich, as usual, will take care of themselves).

Famine will be just one judgment which will be poured on a reckless sinning humanity which has no time for God. Well, God has His ways to get our attention and He certainly will get it.

In my last article which can be read below this one, I said:
In truth, something is indeed happening, surely and not so slowly.

As to confirm my statement, the following article has just been published:

 

Global warming 'is three times faster than worst predictions'
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
The Independent - 03 June 2007

Global warming is accelerating three times more quickly than feared, a series of startling, authoritative studies has revealed.

They have found that emissions of carbon dioxide have been rising at thrice the rate in the 1990s. The Arctic ice cap is melting three times as fast - and the seas are rising twice as rapidly - as had been predicted.

News of the studies - which are bound to lead to calls for even tougher anti-pollution measures than have yet been contemplated - comes as the leaders of the world's most powerful nations prepare for the most crucial meeting yet on tackling climate change.

The issue will be top of the agenda of the G8 summit which opens in the German Baltic resort of Heiligendamm on Wednesday, placing unprecedented pressure on President George Bush finally to agree to international measures.

The study, published by the US National Academy of Sciences, shows that carbon dioxide emissions have been increasing by about 3 per cent a year during this decade, compared with 1.1 per cent a year in the 1990s.

The significance is that this is much faster than even the highest scenario outlined in this year's massive reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - and suggests that their dire forecasts of devastating harvests, dwindling water supplies, melting ice and loss of species are likely to be understating the threat facing the world.

The study found that nearly three-quarters of the growth in emissions came from developing countries, with a particularly rapid rise in China. The country, however, will resist being blamed for the problem, pointing out that its people on average still contribute only about a sixth of the carbon dioxide emitted by each American. And, the study shows, developed countries, with less than a sixth of the world's people, still contribute more than two-thirds of total emissions of the greenhouse gas.

On the ground, a study by the University of California's National Snow and Ice Data Center shows that Arctic ice has declined by 7.8 per cent a decade over the past 50 years, compared with an average estimate by IPCC computer models of 2.5 per cent.

As I am wrapping up this post, here comes another "crazy climate" event:

 

An unusual event is happening over the next 48 hours, as the first tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds, and major hurricane-force winds at that, is approaching the Gulf of Oman, to strike the eastern coast of Oman, curve northward, and make landfall on the coast of Iran. In the tropical cyclone best tracks and the modern era of weather satellites, there is no record of such an occurrence.

... This is an unprecedented event. NO CYCLONE has ever entered the Gulf of Oman. And there are no custom 'storm surge' models available for that area. This forecast is based on my experience and subjective analysis of the seabed slope and storm surge interaction with the sea floor. Considering the region has never experienced a hurricane, let alone a strong one it is highly unlikely the loading facilities or platforms were constructed to withstand the forces - both wave action and wind force - that they will experience. Significant, damage will occur. How much long term damage, and the volumes associated with it - can not be determined at this time.

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog - June 5, 2007

As I have been saying we are in the final stretch and very few are ready for what is coming. Scoffers will continue to say "Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation. " (2 Peter 3:4 ).

And just like at Sodom, just like at Babel, just like at the Flood, the Judgment will fall and they shall not escape.



May 15 , 2007

global warming Global Warming is the buzzword of the moment. Some people have become militant believers of this movement, others make plain fun of it while most people don't know what to make of it and in truth, who can blame them, given the constant barrage of contradictory data and reports which the media have been spewing out in these last months.

I find it extremely amusing that there are scientists on both side of the fence: some affirming without the shadow of a doubt that we are into a man-made global warming era and scientists who seriously debunk the whole thing and since both camps display ample scientific or pseudo-scientific data in support of their positions, the humble man-on-the-street is left as usual dazed and confused. I have believed (till now) that science was based

 

on gathering accurate information about reality and to model this in a way which can be used to make reliable, concrete and quantitative predictions about future events and observations. In a more restricted sense, science refers to a system of acquiring knowledge based on the scientific method, as well as to the organized body of knowledge gained through such research.
Wikipedia

Relativity and pluralism gone wild have created a society incapable of discerning even the simplest of facts. Everything and everyone is open to criticism and doubt and this creates a self-collapsing reality, without fundamentals. Now, the Word of God (and any self-respecting architect will agree) warns us that if a house is not built upon a solid foundation, it will fall down, sooner than later.
Modern scientists, are very biased and very politicized, having as a result a very warped sense of reality seeing only what they want to see and in the way that they want to see it. While it can be argued that the present situation is not entirely or directly attributable to them, the question still remains valid: whom can people trust when one plus one makes three? 
Well, enquiring minds who want to know should try to listen to God for a change. He never misses and He never contradicts Himself and that's a miracle!

In truth, something is indeed happening, surely and not so slowly.

My God-given interest and love for the Word of (Bible) prophecy, has strongly shaped my vision of world events and happenings. While this does not happen to all Christians, I know many who do share this vision. I believe the Holy Spirit impresses upon us the urgency of the moment and spiritually completes, piece by piece, the grand prophetic mosaic of the Bible. It is difficult to explain to those who do not share the experience it but to those who do, no explanation is needed. So, for the benefit of those who do not have this vision, I have gathered some data to ponder upon. These news, if seen separately, might not mean much to an observer, but when collected and connected, do indeed shed a strange light upon our world, being the harbingers of the major upheavals described in the Word and referring to the End Times, in which we dwell:

The tiny Indian island of Ghoramara, in the delta where the River Ganges meets the Bay of Bengal, is a symbol of the crisis the world is facing as it struggles to feed a growing population.

It is a tiny place - just a few kilometers across - and it is getting tinier.

The island, part of a chain called the Sundarbans, was first settled by farmers in colonial times when the authorities decided to expand rice production to feed the multitudes in the city of Calcutta.

But when I visited Ghoramara there was powerful evidence that soil erosion caused in part by farming and the rising surrounding sea level caused by global warming were gradually making the island disappear.

Ajoy Kumar Patra, the headman on the island, stood on the shore looking across the broad choppy waters.

In the far distance a couple of kilometers away I could just make out another low-lying spit of land:

"This island and that piece of land over there used to be separated by just a narrow channel of water", says Mr Patra. "All the land which is now underwater used to be rice paddies".

BBC News - by Mark Doyle
28 March 2007

And the bees ...

 

VISALIA, Calif., Feb. 23 — David Bradshaw has endured countless stings during his life as a beekeeper, but he got the shock of his career when he opened his boxes last month and found half of his 100 million bees missing.

In 24 states throughout the country, beekeepers have gone through similar shocks as their bees have been disappearing inexplicably at an alarming rate, threatening not only their livelihoods but also the production of numerous crops, including California almonds, one of the nation’s most profitable.

“I have never seen anything like it,” Mr. Bradshaw, 50, said from an almond orchard here beginning to bloom. “Box after box after box are just empty. There’s nobody home.

New York Times - by Alexe Barrionuevo
Published: February 27, 2007

and the Pole caps melting away ...

 

GOING, GOING, GONE: April's Arctic ice cap was smallest in recorded history.
Imagine three-fourths of the land mass of Alaska disappearing in a decade. That's roughly the amount of sea ice that has vanished from the Arctic ice cap in recent years -- and now it's melting faster. So say two new reports from ice experts last week that climate-change scientists consider troubling, since sea ice keeps the Earth cool. An ice-free ocean warms it up.

One report noted there was less Arctic sea ice in April than had ever been recorded that month since satellite imagery of the northern ocean began in 1979. Another found that the melting of the Arctic ice cap is proceeding faster than anyone expected.

That second finding -- announced jointly by scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research -- concludes that all the summer Arctic sea ice should disappear "about 30 years" sooner than mainstream climate models earlier predicted.

Anchorage Daily News - by George Bryson
May 7, 2007

I don't know if these climate shifts are normal or not, and I don't know whether it is man's doing or what (sure enough we humans have messed up the earth quite a bit). But I KNOW for sure that we are not entering a glacial era, but rather a "hot" time period.

To be continued ....


March 1, 2007

We are back.

After an extended moment of reflection about the purpose and future of this web site, we are back online and we will gradually explain why the long absence in posting.

First of all, personally and on behalf of our collaborators, I wish to thank all those visitors who have written us concerned by our lack of updates. Thanks for your words of encouragement and for your prayers. This has played its important part in the work of this web ministry.

One of the reasons we stopped this work was the need to examine what has been done and in which manner. In Genesis, God examined all the things that He has created and declared them "good." We should learn to do the same with our work, spiritual, mental or physical: we should step back and look at it from another viewpoint. Unlike God's work, ours needs constantly to be calibrated, revised and many times, deleted.

During this time off, I have been very perplexed about the particular time we are living. I have been feeling in my spirit something heavy and dark regarding our world. A feeling which I have not been able to put into words but whose dread I have been clearly perceiving for awhile. While we have always been very cautious when speaking about the upcoming events of prophetic nature that is about to change. I think we are entering into the last prophetic stretch and from now on events will overtake our very words. More on this later.

the tomb of "Jesus"

In his relentless drive to discredit and eliminate Christianity, Satan has always found willing associates in the human genre to which list, last but not least we must add filmmaker James Cameron (of "Titanic" fame), who, having left the splendors of his filmmaking for the more modest travail of "investigator," has just announced to a bewildered and astonished world </sarcasm> that scientists have found an ossuary in Jerusalem in what may be the lost tomb of Jesus Christ and that Jesus and Mary Magdalene may have had a son named Judah. All the Da Vinci Code fans are shouting for joy and dancing on tables: we told you Christianity is all a lie, there is no God, there is no heaven and there is no hell, yea!

Wow, finally these people have literal "proof" on their hands that they are not going to hell. I understand their urge to rejoice. But ...

Fools, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past that there is/was no God, should once more be warned that they will find out differently upon their death. I have read of how some people dying without Christ realize in their last instants of life that THERE IS A GOD and that the terror they experience at that very moment is just unbearable for those surrounding them.

So, Mr. James Cameron ( I served the dude a meal at a Los Angeles restaurant I was working at, a few years ago), whose primary motivation is certainly not making money, (methinks) having already stuffed his bank accounts with Titanic's titanic revenues has enterprisingly and expertly initiated his anti christian investigative crusade to free mankind of this deadly Christian curse with a documentary and a book (a tv special coming up?)

"This is the beginnings of an ongoing investigation," Cameron said. "If things come to light that erode this investigation, then so be it."

Oh, really Mr. Cameron, may I ask you what drives you in the first place to such an "investigation." After all people do not wake up in the morning with the thought to go and look for the bones of Jesus Christ!

Fools like Mr. Cameron are aplenty today, and this is not surprising at all. Pity those misguided souls that fall for these pipers from hell. Indeed, many lukewarm Christians better beware: the lies will become more powerful as we move towards the end. If you are not well grounded in Christ and His Word you will be simply swept away by the coming storm.

Finally, let me take the time to restate again: JESUS CHRIST IS ALIVE! There is no tomb, no ossuary. The only thing which belongs to Him that is still available on earth is His Blood: today as 2000 years ago, His Blood is available to wash clean every sinner that so desires and to make the dark soul of man white as snow.

Mr. Cameron, repent while you have still time (ask Jesus, your Savior). Or prepare to meet your God (yes, Jesus, your Judge).