“As in the days of Noah…” Rapture, anyone?

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“For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark.” – Matthew 24:38

The upcoming epic movie of biblical proportions has gotten many people excited, whether they believe in the bible or not.

Watch the trailer here:

Remember the Ten Commandments 1956 movie starring Charlton Heston? Not biblical. Hollywood’s version is less fact and more fiction.

A careful reading of the biblical account would lead one to understand that the movie has explored the artistic freedom so much so that if you think you know what happened because you’ve watched the movie, the truth is, you don’t. From the characters of Ramses,  Queen Nefertiri, Moses’ adoptive mom (pharaoh’s daughter), to even the role of Joshua and Dathan, the movie is just one big epic fictional love story set on a factual event, much like how the movie Titanic was.

The upcoming movie NOAH appears to be following the same path. It is not the biblical account. One blog post has even made it in the news because in the script, Noah is allegedly portayed like an “environmentalist whacko.”

“Stand up for the truth” has more information here on how much “artistic liberty” the director has actually done to tweak this bible story: 12 REASONS NOT TO FALL FOR THE NOAH MOVIE HYPE

With all the recent catastrophic events apparently prophesied

and upcoming celestial signs,

it has been in the forefront of my mind that we may indeed be living in the end times.

With that thought, this verse suddenly came to mind. “For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark.” – Matthew 24:38

I began to think what if maybe there might be a relationship between the movie and the signs of the times? I did a bit of research and this is what I came up with:

  1. The movie is not expected to be faithful to the biblical account.  Fox news reports: “A source tells FOX411 that Paramount is determined to make a movie that is as biblically accurate as possible and appeals to those who go to church each Sunday, while Aronofsky – an independent filmmaker making his first big studio film – has a very different creative vision less in the line with scripture.”
  2. The movie is set to hit the big screens on March 28, 2014.
  3. The biblical account of Noah points to the 17th of Nisan as the day Noah’s ark rests on the earth for the first time after the flood. (Genesis 8)
  4. The 17th of Nisan is also said to be the date of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Other significant events that are said to occur on this date can be found here: The Mystery of the 17th
  5. In our modern calendar, this 17th of Nisan from the Hebrew Calendar translates to April 17, 2014.
  6. Nisan 1 is also considered as the  “Biblical New Year” : theSeason for our Liberation.
  7. The first of the blood moon tetrad of 2014-2015 will occur in April 15, 2014. This is also the 15th of Nisan in the Hebrew Calendar or PASSOVER. (Article on the Coming Four Blood Moons)
  8. The Feast of First Fruits occurs in April 20, 2014, just 5 days after the blood moon. (This date is according to this calendar: 2013-2014 Biblical and Jewish Holidays)
  9. The Feast of the First Fruits has also been said as the possible date of rapture. For as Jesus was the first fruit and he resurrected on the the said feast, so will the elect also possibly be gathered up on such a day.“‘Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Read: “The Rapture and the Feast of First Fruits”)
  10. ALL THESE DATES ARE MAKING ME DIZZY. But somehow, there seems to me that there is something very significant to watch out for this coming spring between March-April 2014; and it is NOT the movie “Noah,” but something much more biblical in proportion.

I am not a bible scholar nor a preacher or anything like that. I am an ordinary person who believes in an extraordinary God. I believe the Bible and am merely trying to follow what Jesus said which is to “watch and pray”, to “look up” and to “be ready” for we don’t know the time nor the hour. But Jesus also said we would know WHEN THE TIME IS NEAR. I am not researching this with dreaded fear or anxiety, but with a great awe and anticipation of what is to come.

Because for those who put their trust in Jesus, we are called “children of the light.”

1 Thessalonians 5

“1Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate,and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

SHALOM!

(Disclaimer: This is not intended to be a prophecy.)

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The Bible in 90 Days Journal: 2Chronicles (Foolish Wisdom)

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Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the City of David to the palace he had built for her, for he said, “My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the Lord has entered are holy.” (2 Chronicles 8:11 NIV)

Solomon was clearly disobeying God’s instructions (which is not to intermarry with foreign women) when he married Pharaoh’s daughter and yet was careful not to let her live in a “holy place” lest he offend God. Hmmm…

God is not pleased with such half-hearted obedience and it eventually led to Solomon’s downfall. He put all those laws in place for a reason — He even said why (because the foreign women would lead them to worship the pagan gods), but we still see the wisest person who ever lived ignore God’s voice and still commit a very foolish mistake.

How many times have we also chosen to obey God’s Words that seem acceptable to us while at the same time consciously ignoring other commands that would cause us inconvenience?

“Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.” – Proverbs 28:26

We cannot choose for ourselves what are the things that would be acceptable to God or not. To trust our own wisdom would be very foolish. Deliberately choosing to obey one aspect of God’s instructions thinking it is more important, while at the same time knowingly disregarding another is a recipe for failure. God has set up a standard of holiness and we need to know His heart if we are to understand how to follow Him correctly. True wisdom comes from listening and obeying God’s voice, whether it seems convenient or not.

“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.” – Job 12:13

The Bible in 90 days Journal: Genesis (The fall of man)

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THE GREAT DECEPTION AND FALL OF MAN

It is common knowledge that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden and evil came to our world through their sin of disobedience. Satan deceived Eve by making her doubt God’s Words, and he made the temptation sound wonderful by making an offer that by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they could “BE LIKE GOD.”

““You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and YOU WILL BE LIKE GOD, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3:4-5

This was actually Satan’s own desire as we read how he wanted to raise his throne above the stars of God and said, “I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14;13, 14)

How ironic because this desire to “be like God” was in fact, God’s plan and purpose for the human race.

“So God CREATED MANKIND IN HIS OWN IMAGE, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27).”

From the start, God had in mind that man was to “be like Him” (made in His image and likeness). By eating the fruit from the forbidden tree, Adam and Eve bypassed God’s original plan which was in all likelihood, to have us undergo a certain “processing” of some sort so that we could be more and more like Him. When Adam and Eve were still connected to the Spirit of God, all wisdom and knowledge was given to them as it pleased God to so. When the serpent made them question God’s motives of placing a rule for them,  they took it upon themselves to use their own efforts to make this desired thing of “being like God” happen; they did not let God be God. This, of course, displeased our Maker, and our loving God who is also the God of justice punished them for their sin.

It seems that this desire to “be like God” and to exalt oneself was a constant struggle for man, for even right after the great flood, the people gathered together and said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, SO THAT WE MAY MAKE A NAME FOR OURSELVES; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

To me, what is striking is how people so long to achieve something that God has in fact already designed for man in the first place. Man tends to ignore “Master Planner” and tries to achieve the goal by his own strength, wisdom and efforts, rather than work with the Creator Himself and be led to become what He has created us to be, which again, ironically, is to be like Him.

But God, being the sovereign God who holds everything in His might hand, did not give up on mankind because of what happened that fateful day in the garden. Instead, God’s purpose remains, and to those whom He has chosen to believe, we are being perfected from glory to glory, with the goal to be more and more like Christ, ending in perfection with our glorified bodies when we will be like Christ and see Him face to face.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, CREATED TO BE LIKE GOD in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:22-24

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are BEING TRANSFORMED INTO HIS IMAGE WITH EVER-INCREASING GLORY, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” – Romans 8:29

(Note: This particular revelation is something I learned from the ST505 course in http://christiancourses.com/ from Dr. Roger Nicole. As I started the the Bible in 90 days plan, it was one of the first things that came to mind as I read the book of Genesis.)

Of the perseverance of the saints…

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Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12, 13 NIV)

Thank You dear Father, that we have the assurance from Your Word that we have a sure hope and a great reason to persevere; and that is, as a people whom You have mercifully called out of darkness into Your marvelous light, it is by Your gracious and mighty hand, and not our own feeble strength that we are in fact able to do anything good at all, and that since it is Your sovereign plan at work in our lives, we cannot help but rest in Your victory and proclaim Your glory in our lives. All praises to You Almighty God!!!

(Praise God for all the wonderful things I learned from the ST505: Doctrine of Salvation  by Roger R. Nicole, Th.D.The free course ended today, and I’m considering paying for the certificate course to learn more from this great man of God about God’s wonderful plan of salvation.