Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755



"Some Serious Thoughts Occasioned by the Late Earthquake at Lisbon" (1755)

   By John Wesley

Thinking men generally allow that the greater part of modern Christians are not more virtuous than the ancient Heathens; perhaps less so; since public spirit, love of our country, generous honesty, and simple truth, are scarce any where to be found. On the contrary, covetousness, ambition, various injustice, luxury, and falsehood in every kind, have infected every rank and denomination of people, the Clergy themselves not excepted. Now, they who believe there is a God are apt to believe he is not well pleased with this. Nay, they think, he has intimated it very plainly, in many parts of the Christian world. How many hundred thousand men have been swept away by war, in Europe only, within half a century! How many thousands, within little more than this, hath the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up! Numbers sunk at Port-Royal, and rose no more! Many thousands went quick into the pit at Lima! The whole city of Catanea, in Sicily, and every inhabitant of it, perished together.7 Nothing but heaps of ashes and cinders show where it stood. Not so much as one Lot escaped out of Sodom!

And what shall we say of the late accounts from Portugal? That some thou sand houses, and many thousand persons, are no more! that a fair city is now in ruinous heaps! Is there indeed a God that judges the world? And is he now making inquisition for blood? If so, it is not surprising, he should begin there, where so much blood has been poured on the ground like water! where so many brave men have been murdered, in the most base and cowardly as well as barbarous manner, almost every day, as well as every night, while none regarded or laid it to heart. "Let them hunt and destroy the precious life, so we may secure our stores of gold and precious stones." How long has their blood been crying from the earth! Yea, how long has that bloody House of Mercy, the scandal not only of all religion, but even of human nature, stood to insult both heaven and earth! "And shall I not visit for these things, saith the Lord? Shall not my soul be avenged on such a city as this?". . .

But alas! why should we not be convinced sooner, while that conviction may avail, that it is not chance which governs the world? Why should we not now, before London is as Lisbon, Lima, or Catanea, acknowledge the hand of the Almighty, arising to maintain his own cause? Why, we have a general answer always ready, to screen us from any such conviction: "All these things are purely natural and accidental; the result of natural causes." But there are two objections to this answer: First, it is untrue: Secondly, it is uncomfortable.

First. If by affirming, "All this is purely natural," you mean, it is not providential, or that God has nothing to do with it, this is not true, that is, supposing the Bible to be true. For supposing this, you may descant ever so long on the natural causes of murrain, winds, thunder, lightning, and yet you are altogether wide of the mark, you prove nothing at all, unless you can prove that God never works in or by natural causes. But this you cannot prove; nay, none can doubt of his so working, who allows the Scripture to be of God. For this asserts, in the clearest and strongest terms, that "all things" (in nature) "serve him;" that (by or without a train of natural causes) He "sendeth his rain on the earth;" that He "bringeth the winds out of his treasures," and "maketh a way for the lightning and the thunder;" in general, that "fire and hail, snow and vapour, wind and storm, fulfil his word." Therefore, allowing there are natural causes of all these, they are still under the direction of the Lord of nature:

Nay, what is nature itself, but the art of God, or God's method of acting in the material world?[...]

A Second objection to your answer is. It is extremely uncomfortable. For if things really be as you affirm; if all these afflictive incidents entirely depend on the fortuitous concourse and agency of blind, material causes; what hope, what help, what resource is left for the poor sufferers by them? . . .

What defence do you find from thousands of gold and silver? You cannot fly; for you cannot quit the earth, unless you will leave your dear body behind you. And while you are on the earth, you know not where to flee to, neither where to flee from. You may buy intelligence, where the shock was yesterday, but not where it will be to-morrow,—to-day. It comes! The roof trembles! The beams crack! The ground rocks to and fro! Hoarse thunder resounds from the bowels of the earth! And all these are but the beginning of sorrows. Now, what help? What wisdom can prevent, what strength resist, the blow? What money can purchase, I will not say deliverance, but an hour's reprieve? Poor honourable fool, where are now thy titles? Wealthy fool, where is now thy golden god? If any thing can help, it must be prayer. But what wilt thou pray to? Not to the God of heaven; you suppose him to have nothing to do with earthquakes. . . .


But how shall we secure the favour of this great God? How, but by worshipping him in spirit and in truth; by uniformly imitating Him we worship, in all his imitable perfections? without which the most accurate systems of opinions, all external modes of religion, are idle cobwebs of the brain, dull farce and empty show. Now, God is love: Love God then, and you are a true worshipper. Love mankind, and God is your God, your Father, and your Friend. But see that you deceive not your own soul; for this is not a point of small importance. And by this you may know: If you love God, then you are happy in God; if you love God, riches, honours, and the pleasures of sense are no more to you than bubbles on the water: You look on dress and equipage, as the tassels of a fool's cap; diversions, as the bells on a fool's coat. If you love God, God is in all your thoughts, and your whole life is a sacrifice to him. And if you love mankind, it is your own design, desire, and endeavour, to spread virtue and happiness all around you; to lessen the present sorrows, and increase the joys, of every child of man; and, if it be possible, to bring them with you to the rivers of pleasure that are at God's right hand for evermore.

Las Vegas Earthquake
2011 Japan Earthquake
1755 Lisbon Earthquake
The Great Lisbon Earthquake:  Thinking Theology and Natural Disasters

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fifty Cubits High



Esther 8: 7-8:  "Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.   Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse."

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Fifty Cubits High

Esther 5: 14: "Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made."

Fifty cubits high (75 feet high). Interesting detail. Why make a gallows so high? Haman made it so high so that everyone could see Mordecai hanging from it.  But the Lord intervened and Haman ended up hanging from his own gallows. In 2018, that 75-foot high gallows or platform would be the world wide media. When the Lord finally hangs the Deep State out to dry, everyone on the planet will see it.

(The left-wing media will hang themselves, also.)

The Deep State built a gallows fifty cubits high. . .

Barack Obama and Africa
The Lord Will Judge the Media
Kim Clement's Prophecy 3-25-10 "Betrayal in the White House"

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12 July 2018

This morning I walked into the kitchen and turned on the TV.  There was an old film playing:  The Black Book or Reign of Terror (1949).  The film is about the French Revolution (1789-1799) and Maximilien Robespierre, starring Richard Basehart.  

I saw the last part of the film where the French mob goes after Robespierre, who was the leader of the Reign of Terror.  (The Reign of Terror killed thousands of Frenchmen through the use of the guillotine.)  The mob corners Robespierre in a room and then someone takes a pistol and shoots Robespierre in the mouth, so he is unable to speak and defend himself.  The mob then take Robespierre to the guillotine where he is killed.

When Robespierre was killed, it reminded me of the death of Haman in the Book of Esther.  It also reminds me of the self-destruction of the Democratic Party by the Marxist left wing in the United States.

The Black Book (1949) Reign of Terror

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

ObamaGate


COMMENTARY:  Looming ObamaGate will make Watergate look like a misdemeanor

By Wayne Allyn Root
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 23, 2017

An ancient Chinese philosopher once said, “May you live in interesting times.” Congratulations, we’ve hit the jackpot.

We are in the beginning phase of Obamagate. This is our generation’s Watergate. Except far worse.

Here’s a refresher course for those too young to remember. Watergate was the biggest scandal in modern political history. Republican President Richard Nixon desperately wanted to know what Democrats were planning for their 1972 presidential campaign against him. He ordered a team of trusted aides to spy on them. They literally broke into the offices of the Democrat National Committee inside the Watergate Building. That was the beginning of the end for Nixon.

But today no one needs to physically break into an office to spy on a political rival. All you have to do is use the high-tech electronic power of government. A corrupt president can use the government to listen in on anyone, anytime.

The media and liberal critics went ballistic when Donald Trump tweeted in March that Barack Obama spied on him. CNN tweeted, “Trump’s baseless wiretap claim” and, “Trump just flat-out lied about wiretapping.” Well guess who was right? Trump — again.

According to multiple media reports out last week, officials in the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign. They wiretapped Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort both before and after the election. It appears other top Trump aides were also wiretapped, as was Trump Tower.

If these media reports are proven true, then the Obama administration was spying on the entire Trump campaign staff. Even if they were listening in on only Manafort, to whom do you think he was speaking? Trump and every high-ranking member of Trump’s campaign staff.

Which means while government agents were supposedly listening for “criminal activity,” they just happened to hear every plan of the Trump campaign … they just happened to know what would be in Trump’s speeches … they knew his line of attack versus Hillary … they knew his debate prep … they knew everything Trump was planning before he did it. That’s some valuable inside information.

Obama just happened to pick the perfect guy to spy on — if he wanted to fix the election for Hillary.

It was the perfect crime — or so Obama thought. Because with all this inside information on the Trump campaign in the hands of Hillary and her campaign team, she couldn’t lose. And after her easy victory, Hillary would be in control of the Department of Justice. So who would ever investigate or prosecute?


Except Trump ruined everything by winning a “fixed” election against all odds. And now Trump controls the DOJ. Trump can investigate and prosecute. Obamagate is directly in Trump’s crosshairs.

Does this Obamagate gameplan sound familiar?

These are the same people who successfully “fixed” the primaries for Hillary. They cheated Bernie Sanders. They even gave CNN’s presidential debate questions to Hillary in advance. These are the same people who used the IRS to destroy Obama’s leading media critics and slow tea party fundraising and activism to a trickle during the 2012 Obama re-election run. Isn’t that an attempt to “fix” the election?

These are the same people caught spying on journalists of Fox News, The Associated Press and CBS’s Emmy Award-winning correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. These are the same people who unmasked Trump advisers and transition officials. Samantha Powers was unmasking names at a speed unheard of in political history.

This is Obamagate. It makes Watergate look like child’s play. The real question is: What did Obama himself know and when did he know it?

ObamaGate Timeline of Corruption
How Will God Remove Obama--Mark Taylor
Prophetic Dream of Obama Scheme Against Trump
Philandering FBI Agents Blow Obama's Cover on ObamaGate



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Charlie Shamp Prophecy on US Embassy Moving to Jerusalem


This is from the blog Richard's Watch:

Further to my closing remark in the previous post Sue Payne at UK Prophetic Words reminded me that Charlie Shamp also foretold an increasing prosperity for the United States. This would be as a result of its President’s radically different approach to Israel.  The following prophetic insights came to Charlie within weeks of Trump’s inauguration.

February 7th 2017 entry in his Destiny Encounters International reads as follows:

PRAYER SHIELD: UNITED STATES EMBASSY WILL  MOVE TO JERUSALEM

Today I saw walls of protection going up around the United States of America. I heard the Lord say, “I have given the country the Key of David.” I saw the Key come down and rest over Washington, D.C. and I saw the address change at the White House to read ‘Isaiah 22:22’ And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. I saw a door of destruction has been closed over the nation and a door of blessing will be opened; American you have nothing to fear! The Lord says,

“I have locked out your enemies and no harm will come to you. Those who seek your demise will be stopped at your borders from this day forward.”

I suddenly was taken to Israel and saw the borders of Israel pushed out and a door standing closed over Jerusalem. I said, “what is this Lord?” I heard the Lord say,

“This is a door of blessing for America, I have given them the key to victory in the Middle East. They shall open the door and do what others were afraid to.”

I saw this Key open the door and a flood of blessing came down. I heard the Lord say that two blessings will come to America when the US moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. First the Lord will pour out a blessing over the United States Dollar, it will soar to new heights and secondly I saw the name David come out for the door and the Lord said there will come a man like David from the United States, a military man who will have a great mind. The Lord will give him wisdom and he will crush ISIS and remove its head, he will lead the US to victory over this darkness. – Charlie

[Emphases and formatting RB]