On a return trip from Tenerife at the end of a family holiday, as the plane landed and was speeding down the runway at Gatwick, our grandson, who was two-years-old at the time, suddenly stood up in the seat in front of me, turned round and raised both arms in the air exclaiming, “We did it granddad! We did it!” much to the amusement of all those sitting around us.
We hardly ever hear the word “demon” mentioned in sermons these days. At one time, forty or so years ago, demons seemed to be everywhere. They were in the sermons, in books, in conferences. There was an abundance of teaching on such themes as the occult and New Age religions. I don’t know if the Church became so proficient at casting out demons that there are none left to talk about now, or if we have moved on to some other phase—Has the Church moved from casting out demons to accepting the doctrines of demons? Certainly there is a plethora of false teaching to pick and choose from.
The Psalmist could have written this verse for Meir Abelson personally. Meir lay in the cock-pit of his crashed plane. It was during World War II when Meir was a British Air Force pilot. His plane had come down and his crew lay dead around him. Meir could not move and thinking he was going to die, be began to recite the Shema. But God had other plans. “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Psalm 28:15)
Here is Meir’s story written by his own hand.
You are what you eat. Well, that’s what some people say. Is there any truth in this statement?
What shall we have for lunch today? It’s been a busy day, how about rat? Warm up a can of rat curry, something quick and easy. I wonder if this is what they serve our hard working MP’s in Parliament. Interesting thought!
“Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: In those days [it shall come to pass], that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” (Zechariah 8:23 ASV)
What is Truth?
In the years that I was growing up there used to be what was known as ‘lunatic asylums’. You don’t hear of such places now. They were establishments where people that had been declared insane were put and kept. There was a great stigma attached to anyone that was mentally ill even, let alone insane; something like the lepers in the Bible I suppose. The insane were separated from the rest of society and out of harm’s way.
I don’t know if people are declared insane these days. Times have changed so much since I was a boy and are changing ever more rapidly. People today have their ‘own truth’. What might be truth for one person may not be for another person, but it is still truth. Do we have our own ‘realities’ now as well? Where what is real to a person means it exists, even if only in their minds and no-one else’s. Does the term ‘insanity’ no longer apply?
My curiosity on this subject has been aroused since my interest in the Middle East developed. Watching and listening to the various Middle Eastern leaders over the years made me think that in my youth, some of these men would have been declared insane. They just do not make any sense. All the demands Arafat made for peace with Israel was handed to him on a plate by the Israeli leader of that time. What happened? Instead of making an agreement Arafat stormed out of the meeting! Leaders in the Palestinian Authority fantasise about the Palestinians being an ancient people and that they were in the land of Canaan before the Jews re-entered the land at the hand of Joshua. They claim the Jews were never on what is now called the Temple Mount while at the same time are busy destroying the evidence that the Jews were there millennia ago.
In his editorial, Aviel Schneider (Israel Today, April 2014, No.177) comments:
There has been an increase in the flow of teaching, both good and bad, on the signs of the coming again of Jesus, and interest in the Second Coming has grown in recent times, particularly since the erroneous exposition of Joel 2 and the ‘Blood Red Moons’.
The Bible talks about sparrows— Jesus said, “…not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” (Matthew 10:29) One winter in 1958 an ‘estimated’ 194, 432 sparrows were killed in one day, in one area alone. Across the whole nation the sparrow population was decimated with millions of birds dead on the ground. Without the sparrow population the bugs they once fed on thrived. The locust population spiralled out of control along with the grasshoppers. Famine followed as the insects devoured the crops.
Britain is a witness to the world of a nation that has departed from the presence of the Lord. Britain, in abandoning her God has surrendered her moral, spiritual and intellectual standards that were the norm when we acknowledged Him as our Lord and King. Common sense has been tossed overboard by the fiery prongs of Hell replacing it with Political Correctness. The intelligentsia and some of the common people too, have experienced the seeping contamination of Hell’s sludge, and have come under the hypnotic spell causing fumes.