The Encroaching Darkness

I want to share one my favorite authors/speakers talking about a subject of great importance.  We are living in dark times, but we are not left alone and without hope.  It is so important to know who we are as children of God and to know what He has said so that we may view the dying world around us through his eyes.  We need to get back into the Word in a way like never before to be salt and light to a world that has largely turned away from Him!

Be blessed!

Can We Trust the Bible

One of the most common arguments I hear when discussing the Bible goes something like this – “I believe in God, but the Bible is written by man.  As such, it is full of fallacies.”  I have my own personal thoughts about such statements, but it does bring out a valid point – How can I be sure that the Bible is accurate and dependable?  Well, one sure way is to put into practice the things you read and see how those principles bear out in your life.  There are several other ways, but the one I want to focus on today is Biblical prophecy.

Now, I must admit, many put Biblical prophecy into the realm of Nostradamus or Madame Cleo…but it is so much more.  God writes the future in advance so you can:

  • Know that He is who he says He is
  • Plan accordingly for the future
  • Gather strength and encouragement
  • Trust fully in Him and His provision

Consider current headline topics: Charlie Hebdo Shooting, Islamic Terrorists Beheadings, Orlando Nightclub Shooting, and the list goes on….  I dare say anybody would refute we are living in turbulent times…and the future only holds more of the same (or worse).  Wouldn’t it be great to know, in advance, what is going to happen?  You can say no to yourself, but the reams of people reading and acting upon their daily horoscopes, seeking ancient wisdom through methods such as Kabbalah, and those seeking the services of mediums and fortune tellers say differently.  Even popular television shows bear witness to this phenomenon.  It is a safe bet to say we want to know.  The method we use to find out makes all the difference.

Chuck Missler, a favorite author and speaker of mine, makes quite a provocative challenge when he says, “We are being plunged into a period of time about which the Bible says more than about any other period in history, including the time when Jesus walked the shores of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea.”  That is a bold statement, and I challenge you to ascertain the truth of it on your own…but to do so, you have to be able to believe that the Bible is truthful and relevant.  I hope to provide illumination towards the truthfulness and relevancy of the Bible with which we are so familiar but use so little in a practical sense.

The subsequent information presented is adapted from a series entitled “Learn the Bible in 24 Hours” (further information available at http://www.khouse.org).  Consider the following statements:
 
Until we can measure a thing, we really know very little about it.
                    William Thomson (Lord Kelvin)

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
                    2 Peter 1:16


As so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
                    2 Peter 1:19


Prophetic Scriptures

 8,362 predictive verses; 1,817 predictions on 737 separate matters.
J. Barton Payne, Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy

The Old Testament (The Tenach)

  • These Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Greek by 270 B.C.
  • They contain over 300 prophecies detailing the Coming Messiah

Old Testament Prophecies Quoted in the Gospels

  • He was to be of David’s family (2 Sam 7:12-16; Ps 89:3-4, 110:1; 132:11, Isa 9:6, 7, 11:1).
  • He would be born of a virgin (Gen 3:15, Isa 7:14).
  • He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
  • He would sojourn in Egypt (Hos 11:1).
  • He would live in Galilee (Isa 9:1,2) … in Nazareth (Isa 11:1).
  • To be announced by an Elijah-like herald (Isa 40:3-5; Mal 3:1; 4:5).
  • Would occasion massacre of Bethlehem’s children (Gen 35:19-20; Jer 31:15).
  • Would proclaim a Jubilee to the world (Isa 58:6; 61:1).
  • His mission would include the Gentiles (Isa 42:1-4).
  • Ministry would be one of healing (Isa 53:4).
  • He would teach through parables (Isa 6:9-10; Ps 78:2).
  • He would be disbelieved, rejected by Rulers (Ps 69:4; 118:22; Isa 6:10; 29:13; 53:1).
  • Would make a triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Zech 9:9; Ps 118:26).
  • Betrayed by friend for 30 pieces of silver (Zech 11:1-13; Ps 41:9).
  • Would be like a smitten shepherd (Zech 13:7).
  • Would be given vinegar and gall (Ps 69:21).
  • They would cast lots for His garments (Ps 22:18).
  • His side would be pierced (Zech 12:10; Ps 22:16).
  • Not a bone would be broken (Ex 12:46; Num 9:12; Ps 34:20).
  • Would die among malefactors (Isa 53:9).
  • His dying words foretold (Ps 22:1; 31:5).
  • Would be buried by a rich man (Isa 53:9).
  • Rise from dead on 3rd day (Gen 22:4; Ps 16:10-11, Jon 1:17).
  • Resurrection followed by destruction of Jerusalem (Dan 9:26; 11:31; 12:1, 11).

There are others: these are quoted explicitly from the New Testament text….  There is an additional list for the final week….

The Old testament was translated into Greek by 270 B.C.  They contain over 300 prophecies detailing the Coming Messiah.  We are now going to examine just eight of them.

For this statistical analysis, I am indebted to Peter Stoner, Science Speaks (which I took as the basis and modified).  Can we measure our confidence that Jesus real was who He said He was?

Prophecy #1: Born in Bethlehem

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel; whose going forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
                    Micah 5:2

What is the probability of any person, taken at random, of fulfilling this?
p = 10,000/1,000,000,000
p = 10 to the 4th / 10 to the 9th (1:100,000)

Prophecy #2: King on Donkey

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Zechariah 9:9

How many have presented themselves a king to Jerusalem riding a donkey?
p = 1:100

Prophecy #3: 30 Pieces of Silver

And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear.  So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
Zechariah 11:12

How many people have been betrayed for 30 pieces of silver?
p = 1:1,000

Prophecy #4: Temple, Potter, etc…

And the Lord said unto me, cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prized at of them.  And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.
                    Zechariah 11:13

And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, “It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.”  And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.  Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
Matthew 27:6-8

The precision of Zech 11:13.  Price: 30 pieces of silver; location of the transaction: the House of the Lord (Temple); who ends up with the money? The potter!
p = 1:100,000

Prophecy #5: Wounds in Hands

And one shall say unto him, “What are these wounds in thine hands?”  Then he shall answer, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”
                     Zechariah 13:6

Thomas’ Unbelief

But he [Thomas] said unto them, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them; then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace be unto you.”  Then saith he to Thomas, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing.”  And Thomas answered and said unto him, “My Lord and my God.”  Jesus saith unto him, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou has believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
                    John 20:25-29 

How many people, taken at random, have been “wounded in their hands” and in “the house of their friends?”
p = 1:1,000

Prophecy #6:  No Defense Though Innocent

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Isaiah 53:7

How many prisoners, accused of a capital crime, make no defense even though innocent?
                    p = 1:1,000

Prophecy #7: Died with Wicked; Buried with Rich

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
                    Isaiah 53:9


How many died among the wicked, yet were buried with the rich?
p = 1:1,000

Prophecy #8: Crucified

For dogs have compassed me; the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
                    Psalm 22:16

(700 years before crucifixion invented.)  How many, taken at random, have died by having hands and feet pierced?
p = 1:10,000

Composite Probabilities

If a population has 60% male and 40% female, what is the probability that one taken at random is female?  40% or p = 0.4

If a population is 60% right-handed and 40% left-handed, what is the probability that someone taken at random is left-handed?  40% or p = 0.4

What is the probability of selecting a left-handed female?
p = 0.4 x 0.4 = .16

8 Prophecies

  • Micah 5:2
    • Born in Bethlehem
    • 1:100,000
  • Zechariah 9:9
    • King on Donkey
    • 1:100
  • Zechariah 11:12
    • Thirty Pieces of Silver
    • 1:1000
  • Zechariah 11:13
    • Temple, Potter, etc…
    • 1:100,000
  • Zechariah 13:6
    • Wounds in hands
    • 1:1,000
  • Isaiah 53:7
    • No defense; innocent
    • 1:1,000
  • Isaiah 53:9
    • Died with the wicked, Grave with the rich
    • 1:1,000
  • Psalm 22:16
    • Crucified
    • 1:10,000
  • Total: 1:100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

8 Prophecies Combined

  • Total population # 100 billion (10 raised to the eleventh)
  • Combined probabilities: 10 to the 28th / 10 to the 11th = 10 to the 17th
  • A “bucket” of 10 to the 17th silver dollars?
    •  Would fill an area the size of Texas to a depth of 2 feet (above your knees)
    • Mark one silver dollar with a red X
    • Toss it down and somehow mix them all up
    • Place yourself randomly anywhere in the state and walk until you decide to pick one
    • The probability of picking the single dollar with the red X is the same as one person fulfilling just 8 of over 300 prophecies.
    • That person was Jesus!

16 Prophecies Combined

  • Over 300 to choose from
  • The next 8 would be more specific (each less likely than the previous)
  • Assuming no decrease in the likelihoods: 10 to the 28th x 10 to the 28th = 10 to the 56th
  • Combined probabilities: 10 to the 56th / 10 to the 11th = 10 to the 45th
  • How big a “bucket” do we need now?  A ball of silver dollars with a radius that is 30 times the distance between the earth and the sun!

48 Prophecies Combined

  • Over 300 to choose from
  • Assuming no decrease in likelihoods: 10 raised to the 168th
  • Combined probabilities: 10 raised to the 168th / 10 raised to the 11th = 10 raised to the 157th
  • Silver dollars won’t work for this one…
  • Make a “ball” of every atom in the universe: 10 raised to the 66th
  • Make one for each atom of the universe: 10 raised to the 66th x 10 raised to the 66th = 10 raised to the 132nd
  • Repeat this exercise every second since the universe began: 10 raised to the 132nd x 10 raised to the 17th = 10 raised to the 149th
  • 10 raised to the 149th vs 10 raised to the 157th?
  • …we are still short by 10 raised to the 8th: 100,000,000 times!
  • …and we’ve dealt with only 48 of over 300 prophecies!

Once again I put forth the statement of Chuck Missler:  “We are being plunged into a period about which the Bible says more than about any other period in history…including the time when Jesus walked the shores of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea.”  See for yourself if this is true!

Blessings!

Before Abraham Was, I am…

John 8:58 has got to be one of my favorite passages in the Bible!  Jesus just finished confounding the scribes and the Pharisees when they tried to test him with the woman caught in adultery (v. 2-11).

He then begins to tell them that he is the light of the world and that the truth will set you free.  The scribes and the Pharisees just cannot take it any longer at this point and start to engage him again, saying “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

Jesus explains it for them again, telling them if they were children of Abraham, then they would be doing the works that Abraham did.  As it was, they were trying to kill him – something Abraham wouldn’t do because he would understand who Jesus is and embrace the truth he was imparting to the people.

So they retort, using the insult that they weren’t born of immorality (implying that Jesus was a bastard as a result of his virgin birth) and again cling to the fact that Abraham was their father.  Jesus quickly corrects them and lets them know who their true father is: the Devil.  They claim he has a demon and Jesus replies that he honors his Father and they (the scribes and the Pharisees) dishonor him (Jesus) by what they are doing.

Again, Jesus imparts wisdom, “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”  That does it.  The scribes and Pharisees have heard enough!  “Now we know you have a demon.  Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death’.  Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died?  And the prophets died!  Who do you make yourself out to be?

And here is the part I love: Jesus breaks it down and makes it really simple for them.  The results were staggering and the implications profound:

 If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing.  It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’  But you have not known him.  I know him.  If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word.  Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day.  He saw it and was glad.  So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”  Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”  So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

Wow!  Before Abraham was, I am.  Talk about a thunder-clap statement!  There can be no denying what Jesus just did: He directly tied himself to YHVH, the God of the burning bush…the God of creation.  I’ll bet you could have heard a pin drop in that moment!

But think of the implications of what he said as it pertains to us.  Before you were ever thought of or concived, he was God!  Before that illness struck you, he was God.  Before your husband left you for another woman, he was God!  Before you started having all those problems at work, he was God!  Before one particle of this universe came into being, he was God!

It wasn’t a concept or an idea that was nailed to the cross.  It wasn’t something ordinary that was put into the grave.  It wasn’t something ethereal that rose on the third day.  It was Jesus the Messiah that did all of these things…it was the I AM.

Think about that as you reflect upon whom it is you serve.  It makes all the difference in the world!

It Only Takes One…

I was in the car yesterday at a stoplight while out running errands.  As I looked out my window, I saw a woman there with a sign asking for a donation.  I reached into my wallet to pull out my solitary dollar (I tend to use check cards so I don’t carry much cash), then I beckoned the woman over.  I actually had to wait as the truck in front of me was doing the same thing.  She came, got my dollar, then I noticed that the person behind me was giving as well and it made me think back to other times I’d given to someone on the street.  It seems to me that if one persons starts the process, then other people tend to pick up on the moment and give as well.  Perhaps they already had it in mind to do so…perhaps it was guilt, or peer pressure….  Who knows?  But I know the end result is that the person was helped.

Now I know there are myriad reasons for not wanting to give money to a person on the street corner and I will admit that those thoughts cross my mind as well, but the bottom line is we are told to give to those in need.  Period.  I won’t beat a dead horse here, but I will say that I just make it my policy to give and not question the motives of the receiver.  That is between God and them as far as I am concerned.  What I tend to think of is:

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’  (Matthew 25:35-40 ESV)

Remember, an enormous chain of events can start with a single action.  Will you be the one to start it all?

The War Within…

We recently covered Romans Chapter 7 on a Sunday morning in church and reading this again just serves to remind me of the war within…the war between the flesh and the spirit.

I found it interesting to see that the law allows us to recognize sin, and that recognition produces the desire in us, as a fallen race, to do that which we ought not do.

What then shall we say?  That the law is sin?  By no means!  yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin.  For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”  But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness.  For apart from the law, sin lies dead.  I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.  The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.  For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.  So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, bring death to me?  By no means!  It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.  For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. (vv. 7-14 ESV).

Furthermore, the flesh produces all manner of conflict as show by Paul when he continues in verses 15-23:

For I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.  So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.  For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. (vv. 15-23 ESV)

Paul describes the war we all experience within and he, very interestingly, personifies sin.  He doesn’t describe it as some inanimate, impassive, or impotent idea; rather, he uses active words like “seizing”, “deceived”, and “killed” to accurately describe what sin seeks to do to all of mankind who know the righteous Law of God.

This war plagues all who know the truth and Paul laments this, then gives the remedy:

Wretched man that I am!  Who will deliver me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.  There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do.  By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 7:24 – 8:5 ESV)

Thank God!

Lord, may I live by the Spirit and not the flesh this day and every day through your power and sacrifice on my behalf.  Amen.

Have You Ever Wondered? (Part I)

Have you ever been reading the Bible and come across a passage that makes you say “Hmmmmm…” to yourself?  This occurs frequently with me, and here is a passage that evokes that thoughtful sound more than any other:

Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.  And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he [is] flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore [children] to them.  Those [were] the mighty men who [were] of old, men of renown.
      Genesis 6:1-4 NKJV

What?  Sons of God?  Took women?  Had children?  Did I read that right?  These are the questions I asked of myself when I first read, then re-read again and again this short passage.  Of course I asked my Sunday school teacher about it and the response I got went something like, “Mark…the sons of God represent the Godly lineage of Seth while the daughters of men represent….”   “What???” I thought to myself….  How do you get that interpretation from what the scripture states quite plainly?  Well, here is a more studious look at that passage.  Why look at this?  Well, there are two reasons that come immediately to mind.  First, we don’t fully consider the lengths to which Satan will go to corrupt what God has made or to make things very difficult for those who will follow truth.  Secondly, it is simply just interesting.  Enjoy!

But as the Days of Noah were, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.
     Matthew 24:37

Genesis 6
1]      And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2]    That the Son of God saw the daughters of men that they were fait; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Sons of God = Bene HaElohim (Hebrew)
•    translated consistently when used in the Bible as angels every time.
•    Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7
•    Luke 20:36
•    Septuagint
•    Book of Enoch (for historical reference only)
•  
Daughters of Adam = Benoth Adam (Hebrew)

Daughters of Adam, not just Cain.  Adam had daughters (Gen 5:4): that’s where Cain got his wife!

“took…of all they chose”: doesn’t sound like the girls had much choice in the matter…

3]    And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh; yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4]    There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Hebrew:
Nephilim: “the fallen ones.”
Nephal: “to fall, be cast down to fall away, desert.”
HaGibborim: “the mighty ones.”

Septuagint (Greek):
gigantes (giants)
gigas = “earth-born”

Geneges is the same word used in Greek mythology for “Titans,” creatures emerging from interbreeding of the Greek gods with human beings.  Genea, means “breed,” or “kind.”  The English words “genes” and “genetics” come from the same root.

These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

tamiym = “without blemish, sound, healthful, without spot, unimpaired”

New Testament Confirmations


And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.  Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, 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.

     Jude 6, 7

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
     2 Corinthians 5:2

The Greek word is oiketerion, habitation.  Used only twice: Jude 6 and 2 Corinthians 5.

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the world, but saved Noah…
     2 Peter 2:4, 5

Tartarus: Tartarus is the Greek term for the “dark abode of woe”; the pit of darkness in the unseen world.

Two Views

The commonly taught “Lines of Seth” view emerged in the 5th century but has no Scriptural support.

The “Fallen Angel” view was the view of the ancient Hebrew scholars and also the view of the early church. It was confirmed in the New Testament (Jude 6, 7; 2 Peter 2:4, 5) and it prevails among conservative scholarship today.

Furthermore, the ancient legends of Sumer, Assyria, Egypt, the Incas, the Mayans, Gilgamesh, Persia, Greece, India, Bolivia, South Sea Islands, and the Sioux Indians all bear reference to this phenomenon.

“Angel” View: B.C

•    Traditional Rabbinical literature
•    Book of Enoch (2nd Century)
•    Testimony of the 12 Patriarchs
•    Josephus Flavius
•    Septuagint (LXX)

“Angel” View: Church Fathers

•    Philo of Alexandria
•    Justin Martyr
•    Irenaeus
•    Athenagoras
•    Tertullian
•    Lactantius
•    Amrose
•    Julian

Modern Scholarship

•    G.H. Pember
•    M.R. DeHaan
•    C.H. McIntosh
•    F. Delitzch
•    A.C. Gaebelein
•    A.W. Pink
•    Donald Barnhouse
•    Henry Morris
•    Merril F. Unger
•    Arnold Fructenbaum
•    Hal Lindsey
•    Chuck Smith

The Stratagems of Satan

•    Corruption of Adam’s line: Gen 6
•    Abraham’s seed: Gen 12, 20
•    Famine: Gen 50
•    Destruction of male line: Ex 1
•    Pharaoh’s pursuit:  Ex 14
•    The populating of Canaan: Gen 12:6
•    Against David’s line: 2 Sam 7

Post-Flood Nephilim

•    “…also after that…”: Gen 6:4
•    Rephaim, Emim, Horim, Zamzummim: Gen 14, 15
•    Rephaim often translated “dead”: Ps 88:10, Prov 1:18, 9:18, 21:16, Isa 14:9, 26:14
•    Arba, Anak & his 7 sons (Anakim),    Num 13:33

Encountered in Canaan

•    Og, King of Bashan: Deut 3:1, Josh 12
•    Goliath and his 4 brothers: 2 Sam 21:16-18

Unsparing Commands
Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
     1 Samuel 15:3

Ineligible for Resurrection?
They [Rephaim] shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.
     Isaiah 26:14

Notes excerpted from Chuck Missler on The Nephilim

Books…

Books I am currently reading (Just in Case You Wondered What Things Shape My Thinking):

  • The Kingdom, Power, & Glory – The Overcomer’s Handbook (Chuck and Nancy Missler)
    • This book challenges Christians to become “overcomers”  by laying before them the magnificent future that will be inherited by the faithful and obedient.  Does our behavior as Christians matter once we are assured of our salvation?  Being “born again” is just the beginning of an intimate relationship with God.  This book will change the way you live your day to day life and give you a “heavenly” perspective.
  • Shadow Government – How the Secret Global Elite Is Using Surveillance Against You (Grant R. Jeffrey)
    • Security cameras, surveillance of your financial transactions, radio frequency spy chips hidden in consumer products, tracking of your Internet searches, and eavesdropping on your e-mail and phone calls.  Without your knowledge or consent, every aspect of your life is observed and recorded.  But who is watching the watchers?  In Shadow Government, Grant Jeffrey removes the screen that, up to now, has hidden the work of these diabolical agents.  Jeffrey reveals the biblical description of Satan’s global conquest and identifies the tools of technology that the Antichrist will use to rule the world.
  • Fasting – Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God (Jentezen Franklin)
    • When you fast, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and amazingly sensitive to the things of God.  Once you’ve experienced even a glimpse of this and the countless rewards and blessings that follow, it changes your entire perspective.  This is one of the best and most comprehensive books available on the topic.  Discover how to unlock the power of biblical fasting, including:
      • The types of fasts described in the Bible and how to choose which is right for you
      • The connection between fasting and prayer
      • The essential components of a successful fast
      • What to expect physically, mentally, and spiritually
  • The Holman Christian Standard Bible: John (Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, TN)
    • The Bible is God’s inspired word, inerrant in the original manuscripts.  It is the only means of knowing God’s plan of salvation, and His will for our lives.  It is the only hope and answer for a rebellious, searching world.  Bible translation, both a science and an art, is a bridge that brings God’s word from the ancient world to the world today.  Depending on God to accomplish this task, Holman Bible Publishers presents the Holman Christian Standard Bible, a new English translation of God’s word.
    • The Goals of this Translation
      • To provide English-speaking people across the world with an accurate, readable Bible in contemporary English
      • To Equip serious Bible students with an accurate translation for personal study, private devotions, and memorization
      • To give those who love God’s word a text that is easy to read, visually attractive on the page, and appealing when heard
      • To affirm the authority of the Scriptures as God’s inerrant word and to champion its absolutes against social or cultural agendas that would compromise its accuracy
  • Bioinformatics – A Practical Guide to the Analysis of Genes and Proteins (Edited by Andreas D. Baxevanis and B.F. Francis Ouellette)
    • Equipping biologists with the modern tools necessary to solve practical problems in sequence data analysis, the Second Edition covers the broad spectrum of topics in bioinformatics, ranging from Internet concepts to predictive algorithms used on sequence, structure, and expression data.   With chapters written by experts in the field, this up-to-date reference thoroughly covers vital concepts and is appropriate for both the novice and the experienced practitioner.  Written in clear, simple language, the book is accessible to users without an advance mathematical or computer science background.
  • Performance Evaluation – Proven Approaches for Improving Program and Organizational Performance Research Methods for the Social Sciences (Ingrid J. Lopez-Guerra)
    • Performance Evaluation is a hands-on text for practitioners, researchers, educators, and students in how to use scientifically-based evaluations that are both rigorous and flexible.  Author Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, and internationally-known evaluation expert, introduces the foundations of evaluation and presents the most applicable models for the performance improvement field.  Her book offers a wide variety of tools and techniques that have proven successful and is organized to illustrate evaluation in the context of continual performance evaluation.

Blessings!