Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Collapse Of America

I add the following facts to the video ...
  • Romans 1 indicates homosexuality is the endgame in apostasy (Rom 1:21-27) whereby God gives the rebellious over to the irresistible celebration of this particular sin. It is clear in context that the homosexuality itself is a judgement from God.
  • The Supreme Court of the United States mandated same-sex marriage as the law of the land on June 26, 2015, a decision marked by public celebrations and "gay pride" parades throughout the nation.
  • June 26, 2015 in the Gregorian calendar is the 9th of Tammuz in the Hebrew calendar.
  • Tammuz is the saddest month in the Jewish calendar, marked by fasting and mourning.
  • The 9th of Tammuz is the very date when the Babylonian armies of Nebuchadnezzar breached the walls of the city of Jerusalem after a protracted siege and entered the city, signaling collapse of the nation and judgement of God.
    • As to the year, the commonly accepted date is 586 B.C., but there is uncertainty as to exactly when Nebuchadnezzar reigned, with some Jews ascribing it to 423 B.C - i.e., see here and here
    • The Wikipedia entry for Jewish history places it in 423:  "Tammuz in Jewish history. 9 Tammuz - (423 BCE) - Jerusalem Walls breached. The Babylonian armies of King Nebuchadnezzar breached the walls of Jerusalem on the 9th of Tammuz in the Hebrew year 3338 (423 BCE). King Ziddikiahu (pronounced Tsidikyahu - known as Zedekiah in English) of Judah was captured and taken to Babylon. Three weeks later the capture of Jerusalem was finished with the destruction of the Holy Temple and the exile of most Jews to Babylon). Tammuz 9 was observed as a fast day until the second breaching of Jerusalem's walls by the Romans on the 17th of Tammuz, which was in the Hebrew year 3830 (70 CE), at which time the Rabbis moved the fast to that date. This is according to the Talmud, Rosh Hashanah and Tur Orach Chaim 549. However, Karaite Jews continue to observe the fast on Tammuz 9."
    • While the Jewish Encyclopedia places it in 586 B.C. (see here), most orthodox Jews maintain it occurred in 423 B.C. - i.e., see here.
    • Whatever the year, there is absolutely no disagreement on the day of the year in the Jewish calendar when this calamity occurred - the 9th of Tammuz, a date still mourned by the Jews.
It's interesting that the Supreme Court of the United States mandated same-sex marriage as the law of the land on the same day of the year that Jews mourn the rebellious collapse of their ancient nation and corresponding judgement of God.

As the nation descends deeper into darkness, the more powerful and brilliant the contrast between those that follow Christ and those that reject Him. The darker it is, the more potent the light of the gospel becomes.

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