Feb 6, 2020

Old Testament prophets knew about the future Apocalypse


End Times 52-Week Bible Prophecy 

Countdown Week 37 - the Old and New Testaments foretell the far future

Summary of chapters in Revelation, also called the Apocalypse

 
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In the next few weeks, we will be looking at this prophetic book more closely. 

John the apostle begins his far future record after the first three chapters. An outline below will help us to see how the book is divided.

One of the most challenging aspects of the Revelation that Jesus gave John is that the unfolding events do not always fit into a strictly sequential chronology.

With that in mind, we can begin to explore a bit more of the “far future” events that some of the Old Testament prophets had glimpses of and that the New Testament apostles and disciples of Jesus were able to add to the bigger picture. Without doubt, the book describes events that are simply take our breath away.

Chapters            Events

1                         Jesus Christ in His role as High Priest*

2-3                      Letters to the seven churches

4-19                   Tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ

20                       The 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ and
                           the white-throne judgment

21-22                  New heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem

End Times events in the Old and New Testaments

Old                               Event                                           New

Isa. 13:13                     The earth is shaken,                    Rev. 6:12-14
                                      stars fall, sinners killed

Zech. 12-14                  Battle for Jerusalem and              Rev. 13 & 19
                                      return of Jesus Christ

Dan. 7 & 8                    The last beast, 10 kings,              Rev. 13:1-2
                                      last kingdom

Joel 2:28-30                 Sun darkens, moon turns             Rev. 8:12
                                      to smoke, fire and smoke

Mal. 4:5                         Return of Elijah** before the         Rev. 11:1-6
                                      ‘Day of the Lord’

Jesus is described in his role as our High Priest who intervenes for us
(after the Resurrection/Hebrews 14-16), and will appear later in
Revelation in his role as judge. Jesus: Savior, High Priest, Judge.

**According to Bible scholars, one of the two witnesses in Revelation
could be Elijah. The second one could be Enoch or Moses. Elijah and
Enoch were taken to heaven without dying, the Bible indicates.

[Note: Although this message mentions the "far future," it is my personal opinion that we are in the beginnings of the End Times.]


If you know Jesus, then you can lead a victorious life

John 15:4 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

1 John 2:16 (NIV) – “For everything in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--comes not from the Father but from the world.

1 John 2:16 (NLT) – “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”

If you do not know Jesus Christ, the Savior, then you must be born again

The sinless Jesus Christ took on the sins of the world AND the punishment for those sins so that we could be saved. 

Today, if you do not know Jesus, receive His free offer of salvation and put all your trust in Him.

John 1:29 (NLT) – “The next day he [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

2 Corinthians 6:2 – 

“ For God says,
“At just the right time, I heard you.
    On the day of salvation, I helped you.”
Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.”

Acts 2:38 (NLT) – “Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”

Shalom

Faith Today Christian Ministries

Exalting the name of Jesus!


 



Feb 1, 2020

The Super Bown and avocados: Environmentalists not all keen on the guacamole craze

 Essay
The Super Bowl and avocados
Kent Patterson/The Digie Zone Network
Avocado images by shutterstock.
In a now established Superbowl ritual, media consumers on both sides of the border are getting another big bite of the avocado. For the sixth year in a row, the Mexican Association of Avocado Producers and Exporters (APEAM) rolled out a pricey Superbowl ad, reportedly costing $5 million for 30 seconds of airtime.
To get the message across, APEAM's creative producers showcased avocado accessories for hip connoisseurs, including an anti-bear (and anti-avocado poaching human) yurt, an avocado "baby carrier" and a one-and-only tortilla chip pool float that ensures a dip in the backyard pool is not time away from the old guacamole. 
The avocado, of course, is the central ingredient of the guacamole that's devoured in ever massive quantities by U.S. football fans on Superbowl Sunday.
A boom crop in Mexico that's sometimes called "green gold," the avocado has achieved something of a celebrity status in the NAFTA Plus economy that's turned Mexican agriculture into an export machine for the U.S. market.
In 2016, Ecoamericas reported that the U.S. bought 700,000 tons of Mexican avocados the preceding year. In 2020, that number is expected to hover around 1.2 million tons valued at more than $2.5 billion, according to the Mexican daily La Jornada. In 1993, immediately prior to the implementation of NAFTA, Mexican avocado exports earned a mere $19.135 million.
A January 29 story by the BBC reported nine out of ten avocados sold in the U.S. come from Mexico, specifically the southwestern state of Michoacan.
There, production skyrocketed from a respectable 32,000 acres in 1974 (Ecoamericas) to an astonishing 415,000 acres by 2018, figures from the Mexican federal agricultural agency report.
Accodrding to to Mexican media reports, the Michoacan avocado industry involves 26,234 producers and 60 packers, providing 310,000 direct and 78,000 indirect jobs to the local economy.
Avocado orchards have transformed Michoacan's landscape, turning an estimated 121,000 acres of former carbon dioxide absorbing forests into export producing orchards.
A drive through Michoacan these days is a journey through avocado wonder land, with fruit bearing trees stretching for miles upon miles and even clinging precariously to unlikely hillsides. Imagine a large chunk of land more than twice the size of New York City glistening in the rain with avocado trees.
While commercial interests boost more and more avocado production for the ravenous U.S. market, some residents of Michoacan are saying enough is enough.
In late January, the Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan approved a resolution at a gathering attended by 500 delegates to support the prohibition of land use changes for avocado production because of the observed effects of mono cropping.
"There is an awareness of the damage caused by avocado cultivation," Pavel Gomez, the council's spokesman, told La Jornada. "The communal authorities know perfectly well that we are winding up without water and with thousands of eroded hectares."
Gomez's group represents 52 indigenous Purepecha communities.  Though coming on the eve of the Superbowl, the Supreme Indigenous Council's avocado resolution barely got a blip in Mexican media, much less in the U.S press.
In recent years, as Michoacan's avocado orchards ate up great tracts of pasture, cropland and forests in the poor state, some community members and environmentalists became increasingly concerned about the ecological effects of the expanding industry. Among the biggest concerns are excessive water usage, pressure on groundwater reserves and the lingering presence of agrochemicals in the soil.
A 2018 university study reported by Mexico's Quadtrain news agency found that a hectare (approximately 2.5 acres) with 156 avocado trees consumes 1.6 times more water than a hectare of forest with 677 trees.
"Avocados occupy terrain that was previously corn fields and when those ran out pressure began on the forest acreage," Dr. Alberto Gomez-Tagle of the San Nicolas de Hidalgo Michoacan University, the principal investigator of the study, was quoted by Quadtrain. "Avocados always consume more water than pines."
Kent Paterson is a veteran journalist-author and a frequent contributor to the Digie Zone Network.