Revived Roman Empire

Revelation 13:1(KJV)

13 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

There’s so much prophecy regarding the return of the Roman Empire that I won’t go into it, because this page says more than I could, and links to other sources and verses.

The reason I’m posting about it is because this particular prophecy appears to be coming true. Glenn Beck has just posted an article explaining how Vladimir Putin has discussed  plans to revive the Roman Empire and set himself up as the leader.

Okay, so maybe you don’t like Glenn Beck. Fair enough. Here’s an article from last April. Last May. Another End Times site. Those were posted before now, so of course they may not be up to date on the current situation. Which is actually a good thing, because now we’ve got people years ago saying this would happen and now it is happening.

Now, I’m not saying Putin is the antichrist, but it certainly does seem that way. Of course, just because he sets up the Empire doesn’t mean he’ll be the one running it.

But isn’t it just too interesting that this is happening the week of the solar eclipse in the middle of the Four Blood Moons?

God Uses All Things For Good

Romans 8:28(KJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Every time something bad happens, people say God will use it for good. Atheists love to point to this verse when a woman has a miscarriage or there’s a major natural disaster and say, “How can God use this for good?”.

But the verse doesn’t say that. It says all things come together for good for those who love God. In other words, all things work together for blessing cookies if you love God. The individual ingredients for cookies might not be desirable by themselves, but bring them together and you have something amazing.

Interracial Marriage

Deuteronomy 7:3-4(KJV)

Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

Oh, you read it right there! Interracial marriage is forbidden! Whites don’t marry blacks! The South was right! Oh, the humanity!!

Okay, I always say context is key, and that’s just as true with this verse, one which has been used to justify segregation throughout history. The Israelites were the only people this applied to. Remember what I said about context? If you read the whole chapter, you’ll see it’s talking about a specific thing. Namely, lands they conquered.

But also, the Israelites were the only people at the time that had a covenant with God, so they were always kept separated from everyone else.

When it comes to things like this, it’s always best to see what the New Testament says on the matter…

2 Corinthians 6:14(KJV)

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

So the New Testament says to not marry a nonbeliever. It doesn’t say to not mix races, just to not marry a non-Christian.

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

You’re probably wondering how people could take this verse out of context. I mean, how else could you interpret it? Well, for starters, it’d help if the Bible  actually said that. As Got Questions points out, Scripture actually says the opposite.

Isaiah 25:4(KJV)

For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Basically, God helps the helpless. Which makes far more sense than the “meet God halfway” I grew up being taught and believed until twenty minutes ago. Which just goes to show we’re students for life, and that you have to study God’s Word on your own instead of just going on what the pastor tells you.

King James VI of Scotland

Whenever someone wants to discredit the King James Version of the Bible, they usually say it was translated by an earthly king who wanted to make himself appear higher than anyone else. They say King James was out to glorify himself with his version.

This is a very ignorant statement to make.

King James was very educated, and often questioned the bishops of the Church of England. When he dared to say he had a personal relationship with God, they scolded him, saying that he’s not on the same level as God. There were already several English translations of the Bible, but all of them (the Geneva Bible, the Bishop’s Bible, etc) were corrupted and often had the translator’s opinions thrown in.

In 1604, James commissioned a new translation of the Bible. One that had no bias, but instead was based entirely on the original texts. In fact, if you take the Greek and Hebrew versions and do a literal translation of them for yourself, you’ll get something extremely close to the King James Version. As I’ve said before, other translations change the Word, and those don’t hold up when looked at the original languages.

People also like to point out all of James’ flaws to show the his version must also be flawed. If you’re looking at any human, you’ll find a long list of imperfections. The only perfect person was and is Jesus Christ.

Root of All Evil

My whole life I’ve heard it preached that “Money is the root of all evil”, so wanting money is a sin. Having money is a sin. Only the poor are righteous!

But the Bible does not say that. They have taken out a couple words out to change the meaning of the verse. Let’s look at the verse itself.

1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

See that? The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Greed. How many times have you been  screwed over because of money? A phone company that charges for everything you do on your phone, a store charging you to use their plastic bags, ATM fees making you buy your own money, etc.

When I registered this domain, I paid $5 to for the domain itself, $16 to keep my information private, then $15 to WordPress to even connect it to my site. That’s $36 for a $5 domain. While I know that’s still pretty cheap (a friend of mine paid $25 just for his domain with a different site…..I highly recommend, that’s a bunch of extra charges.

Another, probably better, example is my phone. I dropped it and cracked the screen back in November. I wasn’t concerned because I had insurance on my phone. I’d just go to my carrier’s store and get it replaced. I’m not going to say the name of my carrier, but I will say it’s another word for “run”. I paid $150 for my phone, but even with insurance they wanted $280 to replace the phone. The guy at the “run” store was confused when I got frustrated and walked out. That phone company just wants my money. I have another year on my contract, then I’m going with Net10.

My point is that the world we live in is filled with examples of the LOVE of money being the root of all evil. I want more money than I’m currently getting because what I’m getting now only covers my bills, I can’t even afford food. I’m relying on food pantries.

I don’t want to be a millionaire, I just want enough to live comfortably without having to worry if I’m going to have my phone cut off next month, and also be able to put some away into savings. People keep telling me “You need to manage your money better”, but you need money to manage money. I’m always broke because of bills, debts from when I couldn’t pay bills, and overdraft fees from when I tried to pay those bills anyway.

You need money to live these days. It’s not evil to want or need money. It’s evil (read: a sin) to manipulate and hurt others in order to get money.

God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle

1 Corinthians 10:13(KJV)

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

This is an often misquoted verse. Not only is it taken out of context, it’s always split in half, the second half rarely being taught. This is where people get the notion that “God will never give you more than you can handle”. The verse does not say that. It says, “but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape”.

You will receive more than you can handle, but there will always be a way to escape the situation you’re in. Maybe there’s a financially beneficial door God opens that will get you out of your debt. It’s up to you to go through the doors God opens for you.

I’ve seen countless people refusing every bit of help offered to them, then claim God hates them and that no one will help them. Don’t slam the open doors shut then blame God for your situation. A modern saying that works great here is don’t burn your bridges then complain about the island.

Predestined Free Will

1 Samuel 8:19-21 (KJV)

19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; 20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. 21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord.

It’s often heatedly debated weather or not we have free will or if our every action is governed by God, like a giant game of Sims. Those who think we’re controlled like Sims should keep in mind that if you let the Sim do it’s own thing, it ends up killing itself on accident. In that scenario, free will is a bad thing. But if it’s predestined, then that means God is deliberately doing evil things like killing babies and making people have terminal illnesses.

But if God controlled every movement we did, we’d all do nothing but worship Him 24/7. But at the same time, He knows everything that’s going to happen, so how can we have free will if everything is already known by God?

The answer, according to what I’ve found through studying, is what I shall call “predestined free will”. If I were to throw my phone against the wall as hard as I could and smash it, God didn’t make me do it. I chose to do it. He knew before He created the universe I was going to smash my phone. So is it free will that I smashed my phone if He always knew about it? I’ve debated people over this subjected, mostly my own friends. It’s taken nearly a year for me to get around to writing about this because I could never word it to where I could express it. I have finally found a foundation for predestined free will in scripture.

The early days of the Nation of Israel didn’t have an earthly king because God, Jehovah, is the King of Israel. But the Israelites eventually decided they wanted an earthly king because that’s what everyone else was doing. Or as scripture says, “That we also may be like all the nations”. God originally refused because, as I said, He is their King. But they kept at it, using their free will to tell Jehovah He wasn’t good enough for them. Finally, He told them they can have their king.

1 Samuel 8:22 (KJV)

22 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

He knew before he even set Himself up as King that this would happen, so He used it as part of His plan. The blood line leading directly to Christ starts with King David, the second earthly king of Israel.

Likewise, you have free will to believe in Jesus or not believe. If you were being controlled by Him, you’d have no choice to believe. But He already knows who is going to believe and not believe.