Posted by: cindybythesea | April 25, 2015

No Rabbit Trick

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“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie”  2 Thessalonians 2:9

Who doesn’t like a good magic trick? With flare and sleight of hand, a good magician can make us see what our eyes cannot believe. So, it will be with the man the Bible refers to as the Anti-Christ, the Anti-Messiah, the lawless one. His coming according to the Bible will be marked with all kinds of signs, wonders and displays of power. So, powerful in fact, that even the elect would be deceived, if that were possible.

The President and the rainbow

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The photo above was twittered by the Whitehouse as the President departed Jamaica a couple of weeks ago on April 9. Interesting, it looks as if a rainbow is emanating from his finger tips. Kind of odd isn’t It? Causing me to wonder why they continue to publish these messianic type images so prevalent in the early days of his Presidency in spite of his continued drop in popularity over the past few years.  Is it simply an attempt to recapture the magic of his early campaign …… or, is it perhaps something more?

The rainbow is of course, a symbol of God’s promise following Noah’s flood to never judge the earth again by water. With the family of 8 saved aboard the ark, it was the opportunity for a new beginning. But, in the last few years, the rainbow has been hijacked from its Biblical meaning to become a symbol for the lesbian and gay movement. And, with the President leading the charge against traditional marriage, it is perhaps appropriate that the rainbow in the photo above is seen emanating from his finger tips.  After all he did promise change.

One of the hallmarks of the anti-Christ will be to oppose the laws of God, thus, the lawless one. In leading the charge against traditional marriage that is exactly what Mr. Obama is doing – opposing the laws of God. For what God established from the beginning, Mr Obama and those like him seek to change – for marriage and the family demonstrate the very nature and character of God as set out from the beginning – from creation itself, which is why, the destruction of these foundational relationships (marriage and family) is so very grievous to God whether through same sex marriage, divorce, adultery, fornication or any thing else that would do harm to these sacred relationships.

We must be careful of those who seek to sell us on this  ….. it may appear as simple and harmless as pulling a rabbit out of a hat but be assured …. it is no trick –  its serious business and one with lasting consequences. This calls for wisdom, strength and repentance on the part of the saints – for we, too have been guilty of these same things. I know I have. And, the Lord is impressing on me that it is only through true humility, deep understanding and the unshakeable conviction of his holiness that we will be able to stand and persevere in these increasingly difficult and changing times – for the days we are living in may well test us in ways we have never been before.

May God help us to be found ready  ….. and, as always –

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”   Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | April 15, 2015

Operation Jade Helm or Jade Knife? – ***Updated

Image result for mayan jade ceremonial knife   Jade Knives

From July 15th of 2015 to September 15th 2015,  the U.S. military will be conducting a massive drill throughout 9 states in an operation dubbed “Jade Helm” which will as mentioned encompass 9 states and involve Army Green Berets, U.S. Marines Special Ops Command, U.S. Navy Seals and U.S. Air Force Special Ops Command.

Take a look at the logo for this special operation?

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Rather unusual, wouldn’t you say?  “Master the human domain“? What’s that all about? And, what is its relevance to this exercise? Note also the stylized letters – obviously Asian or Chinese in appearance. Why?

How many of you know that Jade is a very hard stone? Decorative in appearance it is also harder than iron and was frequently used in military and ceremonial rituals by both the Chinese and the Mayans. And, because of its hardness, it is a stone that cannot be carved or chipped away at – instead it must be worn away or shaped by abrasion – a task that requires immense patience. Kind of like turning the helm on a very large ship – hence Jade Helm.

I was reading a post by one of my favorite Christian bloggers and accomplished Scholar Luis Vega and he had this to say about Operation Jade Helm:

“The word helm is used to steer a ship …. and jade to the ancient Mexicas or Mexica and Maya was primarily used in the sacrificial instruments that tore out the living hearts of its captives and victims. Would this term Jade Helm be an encryption that the nation like a boat is about to be harshly turned and sacrificed on the altar to have its heart cut out metaphorically?”

It’s also interesting to note that the 9 states involved (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, California, Arizona, Louisiana, Florida, Utah and Nevada) comprise to a large degree territory that once belonged to Mexico. And, now we know that Isis has established a base camp just 8 miles from the Texas border and have most likely been passing back and forth across our ill secured border for some time now. Add to that the abrupt closure of 5 Wal-Mart stores within these same states due to “plumbing problems” – and, you have something that should make even the most hardened skeptic put on his tin foil hat. For there’s something that stinks here alright and its not backed up sewers.

I was talking to my daughter Seven Stars about the Wal-Mart closures as many have been speculating on the likelihood that 5 stores in various different states required immediate and prolonged closure due to plumbing problems all at the same time …. And, if you buy that one, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you!  But, what would be the point?

There’s a lot of conjecture out there from Fema camps to confiscation of their fully stocked inventories but, I thought my daughter hit upon a good one ….. what if these stores were covers for something larger ….. something being delivered to them over time ….. something no one would suspect when a big semi-truck pulls up to unload at night at one of these mega stores? hmmmm …. something to think about right?

Keep an eye on this one folks ….. we’re three quarters of the way through the tetrads and we know that Jesus is coming soon. Whether we live or die, we have nothing to fear. And, as always ….

**** Be sure to read this very important article from Running From Babylon …. I think I understand a whole lot clearer now what Jade Helm is all about.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy


Posted by: cindybythesea | April 15, 2015

Playing with Fire – *Updated

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Titus Arch depicting the looting and destruction of Jerusalem 70 AD

It would be almost 9 years before God’s judgment against Rome and its newest emperor Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus would come. But, come it did and within a few short hours, the City of Pompeii was completely destroyed by the eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvius sending the city of Rome reeling as the favored resort of affluent Romans was buried in heaps of scorching sulfur and ash, Yes, in a matter of hours, the city of Pompeii with its public bath houses, its amphitheatre, its many restaurants and pools was completely obliterated as if they had never existed.

It would have been hard for Titus to have imagined what the future would hold for him. Hailed a hero for his middle-East conquest and systematic destruction of Jerusalem he would ascend to the throne in just a few short years, but his success would be short-lived and would in fact be marred by one disaster after another culminating in his untimely death two years later – by poisoned fish, no less according to some; a fitting ending you might say for the man who destroyed Jerusalem and its holy temple and completed the Colosseum  which in time became the place of martyrdom for many Christians.

   Stones from the Western Wall of the Temple Mount (Jerusalem) thrown onto the street by Roman soldiers on the Ninth of Av, 70

Jerusalem, a burdensome stone

The Bible declares in Zechariah 12:3 that Jerusalem will be a “burdensome stone” and all who try to move it will severely injure themselves. Titus found this out. The stone arch depicting his systematic destruction of the city and its temple erected after his death in 81 AD by his brother Emperor Domitian as a memorial to him – an etched in stone reminder of one who pitted himself against this stone and lost, A warning perhaps to anyone who might be foolish enough to do the same.

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On Monday April 6, while reading to children from the book “Where the Wild Things Are” at the annual White House Easter Egg hunt, President Obama and the children he was reading to were invaded by some pesky bees that  interrupted the reading of the story and left the children shrieking, At first glance this seems innocent enough. A pretty day, a garden party ….. what could be dark or malignant about that?

We’re all familiar with the old adage that those who do not learn from history are in destined to repeat it. And, if you are familiar with the Bible at all you recognize that many Biblical events often occur and repeat on certain dates which  is where the bee incident gets really interesting. Consider this:

– Monday April 6 (the day of the bee incident) was Nisan 17, the day Haman ( in the book of Esther) was hanged for his plot against the Jews.

– And, Wednesday April 1 (also April Fool’s Day) was Nisan 13 the date on which the Persian King enacted his decree for the destruction of the Jews, at the behest of Haman, which is the same day President Obama signed the framework for the deal with Iran freeing their hands you might say to complete the destruction of the Jewish people and of the state of Israel to which they have vowed.

A sign, I believe that the actions of this President are about to bring judgment upon himself and the nation.  Just consider how many times, this Presidents public image has been marred by flies, rodents and now bees. All known to represent enemies of God’s chosen people. Where the wild things are, indeed!

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There comes a time when God’s judgment will be enacted . Which brings me to the terrible visions that many have had regarding the future of America and its demise. In the last few years there have been a number of Christians  who have had  horrific visions of America burning as a result of God’s judgment. A terrifying thought when you consider what could happen when God’s hand of mercy and protection is removed. For a sobering account of these visions check out the  Friday April 10, blog my friend Charmaine at Running from Babylon.

Friends, the President has embarked upon a plan which will have serious consequences not just for him but for the nation.  Without a doubt the Iran deal is playing with fire. And, like Titus and the city of Pompeii  judgment may not come today, tomorrow or the next day – but, be assured, it will come and when it does it will be swift and through.

*** Please see April 16 post at Running from Babylon for a video of Pompeii that is a must see!

Make sure today that if you have not done so already that you have made Jesus your place of safety.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | April 3, 2015

Four warned

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The number 4 is everywhere right now. At least in terms of this weekends lunar eclipse. Yes, in the early morning hours of Saturday April 4, we will see the moon change from a halo of light to a deep ruddy color, the color of blood.  I was thinking about this earlier today when I read a post from El Shaddai Ministries on FB titled “Shocking Passover Blood Moon Predictions by Israeli Rabbi”.  Apparently well-known sage and Rabbi Amram Vaknin is as concerned about this weekends  blood moons as many Christians are and this is what he had to say in a recent article to Israel Breaking News:

“the numeric value of the Hebrew word for blood, dam, which is 44 alludes to the 44th president of the United States”

Wow! He doesn’t mince any words does he?  And after studying the number four in its many associations with this event, I have to say, He’s right!

Take a look at this – all these fours centered around this weekends lunar eclipse.

1- It occurs on April 4, fourth month, fourth day on the Gentile, solar calendar – double 4’s …44

2- The duration of the eclipse when it reaches its maximum will be 4 minutes and 44 seconds – 444

3- A lunar eclipse is also known as a blood moon – dam in Hebrew (as noted above) with a numerical value of 44. (Blood also associated with the tenth plague of Passover on which this lunar eclipse appears.).

4- President Obama is the 44th President of the United States. The first and only President to seriously undermine the state of Israel since its rebirth in 1948 with his policies, and particularly now with his demonic inspired talks with Iran.

5 – The number 4 associated with the fourth day of creation in which the sun, moon and stars were given for signs and seasons.

6-  And, according to Bible Prophecy Numbers, the number 444 indicates a time of trial. As does 44 – 40, the number for testing, and 4, the number for the earth.

A clear reference I believe to this scripture:

“Because you have kept the word of my perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, (40)  that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth (4)..”  Revelation 3:10


Image result for mark twain the mysterious stranger #44       A few years ago, I wrote about Mark Twain and his book titled, #44, The Mysterious Stranger. It’s curious, when you read the story to find out that the mysterious stranger, # 44 is none other than Lucifer, Satan, the devil himself. But, why would Twain give his character the devil, the odd name of #44?

Back in 2010 before we knew anything about the blood moons, I wrote a post titled “Testing the Earth”.  In it, I explore the relationship of the 44th President with the character 44 of the Mark Twain novel, which you can find here.

It’s interesting, by revisiting this, I think, I may have figured out something I missed previously. Although the previous article alludes to why Twain’s character is called 44, I never quite connect the dots. I think I get it now.

It comes back to this. As I mention in the previous post, when Twain was in school he knew two Jewish boys, who he and his friends referred to as  #22 or “twice Levin”.  Get it, two ones make an eleven – twice “levin” as eleven might be pronounced in the south, But, here’s the kicker, which just occurred to me  -Levin, is a common Jewish name but, it is also when spelled leaven, the symbol of sin in the bible -for  leaven (yeast) is always symbolic of sin. So, as you can see, it is a play one words of sorts.

The two boys are like the number eleven doubled is 22.

And, doubled again is 44.

And, what does yeast do when added to things – it doubles or enlarges them- just like sin. Which is why at Passover all leaven must be removed from your houses

Also, the number 11 in the Bible represents disorder, imperfection, incompleteness. Making 44 the other perfect number for the devil besides 666.

11 x 2 =22 and doubled again is 44.

Somehow, it is no accident that Twain chose these numbers a full one hundred years before another mysterious stranger, another #44 would come on the scene – Barack Hussein Obama.

Which leads me to believe that this 44th President is instrumental in both cause and effect in what is happening right now and what is being signified in just a few hours by this April 4th’s blood moon.

When a golfer slices the ball and it is in danger of striking someone, he yells, “fore” –  in other words, heads up!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy


Posted by: cindybythesea | April 2, 2015

The Time Is Now

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If you’re my age, you’re old enough to remember a song by the band Chicago with these lyrics ….. “does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?”

Good question? And, one that could not be more appropriate for the subject of my post today.

Time, the one thing we think we have plenty of …. until it runs out.

Sometimes we are warned that the clock is ticking …. and sometimes not.

On April 9, 2013, I lost the majority of my hearing within three days. I had no idea that morning when I left for work that it would be my last day on the job. Time was up …. no warning.

Sometimes accidents, illness or death strikes without warning …. time up.

But, not so with God ….. he has given us plenty of warning. The world has been put on notice …. time is nearly up.

In fact, the time is now.


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We’ve all seen signs like the one above mocking and joking about the “crazies” out there declaring that the “end is near”.

And, if truth be told, these folks if they were honest would most likely say – “if the end was really near and there is a God wouldn’t he have given us some kind of sign? …..  “hello McFly” ….. the signs are all around us ….and, if we would turn off Dancing with the Stars and the Kardashians long enough, we just might see it..

The world is in real trouble. And, it’s about to get worse. In fact, there is every indication to believe that following the blood moon on April 4, the world will have passed a threshold from which there is no return. A clear fulfillment of Joel 2:31.

The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord.”

The blood moon tetrads of 2014/2015  (also known as “God’s perfect sign”) the celestial indication that things on this planet are about to radically change.

But, more than that. The fact that John Kerry is even now in discussion with Iran regarding their nuclear program is really the final nail. They (Iran) have vowed once again and have stated that the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people are non-negotiable with them. Something God will never allow to happen. This is a deal with the devil and one which will set us on a direct collision course with the creator. For if God did not intervene this is exactly what would they would do  and, yes, God is holding us directly responsible for giving them the means to do so.

In headlines titled “One More Day” John Kerry is reported to be staying with the Iran talks until Thursday morning. I find this to be interesting as there will be not much more than that before the appearance of the third blood moon in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday.  So, as you can see folks time is of the essence.

The good news is that the Bible tells us “today is the day of salvation”.  And, if you have never before made the decision to receive Christ as Lord and Savior; to accept his kind and generous offer of salvation, you can do so now. With an open and honest heart just pray this simple prayer – and, God will take care of the rest.

Dear God, I come to you now in Jesus name. I confess to you that I am a sinner and that there is nothing I can do to gain your favor. Please forgive me for all my sin. Please send your Holy Spirit to live in me and to change my life. Thank you God for hearing my prayer. In Jesus name, Amen.

* If you prayed this prayer as a result of this blog, please let me or someone else know. It is and will always be, the most important decision of your life. And, yes …. the time is now.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | April 1, 2015

Closer Than We Think

Special: Little Hanru van Niekerk was born with a birthmark shaped like the number 12 on his forehead

Little Hanru van Niekerk of Johannesburg, South Africa was born on November 11, 2014 with an odd birthmark resembling the number 12 in the center of his forehead. As you can see from the photo above, it is quite clear and evenly spaced which gives it the definite appearance of the number twelve and not the separate numbers of one and two.

I mentioned this unusual story to my daughter, the one I often refer to as Seven Stars, who immediately put her thinking cap on and what she found amazed me and had me thinking as well.

An article from the Daily Mail had this to say in their story regarding this strange anomaly.

” (The) Number (twelve) has connotations of the ancient world, the Bible and the Zodiac”

And, you know, they couldn’t be more right as the number twelve is a very interesting number.

Now, before you write this off as completely ridiculous, you might want to consider at least a few things  as we look at it Biblically.

First of all, the number twelve (in the Bible) symbolizes perfection, authority and completeness.

And, in Revelation chapter 7, we see that God has placed his seal in the foreheads of 144,000 witnesses. 12,000 from each tribe Israel.  Perfection, authority and completeness.

His plan is perfect, they have his authority and it is complete.

“Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.  Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.”  Revelation 7:3-4

And, get this – it is exactly 144 days from the day little Hanru was born on November 11, 2014 to Passover April 4, 2015. 144 days!  Which in my opinion is absolutely amazing and not a coincidence.

So, here we have the connection of the numbers 144 (the 144,000)  with the number 12 (12,000 from each tribe) both sealed (or the sign there-of) in the center of their foreheads – all connected to Passover 2015 by the 144 day count.

Praise the Lord!

But, why a little baby from South Africa?

First thing that comes to mind for me is the word innocence. The 144,000 are (according to Revelation 14:4) – undefiled – which is a type of innocence.

Secondly, its  interesting to note that little Hanru was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Johannes which is a variant of the Hebrew John or Yochanan, one of the 12 apostles, the one Jesus loved and the one who penned the book of Revelation from the isle of Patmos. The name John, which means, “God is gracious“.

It has long been expected that the prophet Elijah would appear some year at Passover to announce the coming of the Messiah. And, we also know that Elijah is most likely one of the two witnesses of Revelation chapter 11.

If the witnesses arrive Passover 2015 and they minister for 1260 days, they will be killed on September 15, 2018 and resurrected three and one half days later on Yom Kippur, September 18, (18/19), 2018.

Interesting when you consider it  was Elijah in 1 Kings 18:31, who took twelve stones, he called Israel, when he defeated the gods of Baal by calling down fire from heaven.

A precursor to  the work of the two witnesses and the 144,000 in last day events? It certainly might be …..

And, if this is the case dear friends, we are closer, oh, so much closer than we think.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | March 23, 2015

Legends of the Past


       Giant track, Abajo Mountains, Utah 1975

I was privileged to listen to Mr. LA Marzulli as he spoke on Friday night at Dine Baptist Church in Waterflow, NM. It was a fascinating evening as Mr. Marzulli shared from his research regarding the giants and the Nephilim.  I was excited to meet him as I have my own stories to tell. I shared with him from my Dark Skies series, which he seemed to find of interest. I also shared with him the photo above; a Polaroid taken on January 26,1975 of an enormous set of tracks, discovered while taking a drive in the mountains of southeasten Utah. On looking at it, he commented, “there looks to be six toes“.

Six toes. Almost all of the legends concerning giants depict them as having six fingers and six toes. Could the legendary Sasquatch or Big Foot be related to or a remnant of what the Bible refers to as the Nephilim?  LA has done some amazing research in this area as have Steve Quayle and Tom Horn. In fact, I just finished reading part two of a new series by Mr. Horn titled “On the path of the Immortals.” Here Mr. Horn visits the American Southwest to get first hand information from the native people regarding the legends of men, giants, reptilians and more. One of the places he visits is Mesa Verde, Colorado about 50 miles from where I grew up and about the same distance from where I live now.

The southwest is full of ruins and rock drawings (petroglyphs) that date back centuries before the native people who live here now. These people were called the Anasazi. They were cliff dwellers, people who made their homes high up in the cliffs. A people and culture that abruptly and mysteriously disappeared leaving us with more questions then there are answers. For instance, why did they build their dwellings so high up in the cliffs? And, where did they disappear to so abruptly. Was it from fear of the giants depicted in their rock drawings?

Take a look at this petroglyph from Newspaper rock in Southeast Utah about 30 miles from where I lived as a child. I remember seeing this rock on school outings when I was a kid. Never thought much about it until now.

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Do you see the feet with six toes?

Interesting that centuries later on a cold but sunny January morning something with six toes made its way across a snowy field in the surrounding mountains of this very same area.

January 26, 1975

The snow was pristine and my fiancé spotted a set of unusual looking tracks as we drove along the mountain road on a cold sunny Sunday morning. Possessed with keen eye sight he was always looking for wild life and /or the tracks that they would make. Spotting what he thought were unusual looking tracks he stopped the car to get a better look. We got out of the car and were amazed to see a series of very large tracks crossing a small field. The tracks were enormous! Three times the size of my fiance size twelve boots.  Also, at 6’6″ tall it took three of his largest strides to step from one from one track to the other. Whatever had made these tracks had to have been enormous in size.

The tracks started off the side of the road where our car was parked, crossed the field and ended abruptly in front of a thick stand of oak brush of which not a twig was out-of-place. It was as if whatever had made the tracks simply disappeared into thin air. Astounded, we drove in to town to get my uncle who is an avid outdoorsman and an experienced trapper. We took him with us to see the tracks and he ruled them out as either bear, snowshoes or large prints which had melted. He was completely dumbfounded. He could not identify them. Almost an exact four months later, my fiancé would have the strangest encounter of his life not more than 150 miles from this very spot.  A coincidence? I’m not so sure.

Folks, there is more going on around us than we think. The Bible tells us that there is a time of great deception coming. A time when men’s hearts will fail from fear. Few realize that legends and folklore of the past contain more truth than was once believed.  Truth that believe it or not has everything to do with the future. The question is – are you ready?

* For more on the “Dark Skies” series, you can check out the August/September 2014 archives.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy


Posted by: cindybythesea | March 1, 2015

Cold Shoulder Consequences

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It’s been snowing and snowing and snowing here! No surprise as it has been snowing just about everywhere in the last few days. In fact, in what is reported to be a very rare occurrence, it has been snowing in all 50 states including Hawaii over the past six days. Couldn’t have anything to do with Washington giving Netanyahu the “cold shoulder” in advance of his March 3 visit, could it? No, I didn’t think so. At least that is what some might say.

It has been well documented by those who study such things that national disasters often coincide with a nation’s policy towards Israel and while some of the disasters are limited to specific regions of the country, I find it interesting this particular one is widespread throughout all 50 states. A warning perhaps of the wide-spread consequences of rejecting the prime ministers appeal on his visit of March 3.

The importance of this visit and its timing cannot be emphasized enough as the prime minister will be addressing congress on the eve of Purim. Amazing, when you think of the similarities between Esther going before the King in Persia on behalf of her people and the Prime Minister appearing before “the king” on behalf of his people because of Persia (Iran).  His visit  coming just 17 days before the solar eclipse of March 20, which is also, Nisan 1, the first day on the Jewish religious calendar and one month before Passover and the third blood moon on April 3.

I am praying for and would like to think that our country and its leadership will do the right thing in heeding the Prime Ministers message but, given the solar eclipse and the blood moon that follows, it is not likely to be the case.

17 in the Bible is a number that denotes victory. And, be assured God will have the victory over his enemies with or without our help. And, if the frosty week preceding his visit is not warning enough, by the time 30 days is up, we may be wishing for more than warm temperatures … for the lesson of Purim is this –

the gallows prepared for Mordecai became the gallows on which Haman was hanged.

A lesson we would do well to keep in mind.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall proper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | January 21, 2015

Where Heaven and Earth Meet

Prayer. That important place where heaven and earth meet.

I’ve been thinking a lot about prayer lately. How I pray, when I pray, why I pray. And, importantly – that million dollar question – why, some prayers are answered and some are not. Or, we think not. As Christians, praying in the name of Jesus, we know that all our prayers are heard and, yes – all are answered. Yet, it’s a mysterious thing in many ways – when and how God chooses to answer those prayers.

I’ve been reading the Louie Zamperini story, “Unbroken“- and, if you have not yet seen the film or read the book, I heartily recommend that you do so, as it has been tremendously inspiring to me.

In a life raft in the far reaches of the Pacific without any reason for optimism or hope – Louie offers up this simple prayer –

“God, if you will spare my life, I will use it to serve you”.

A promise he later made good on, when God did indeed, spare his life. What he wasn’t spared though were probably some of the most horrific and trying circumstances any human could endure. But, spared he was.

In reading the book, I was appalled and shocked at how many planes and crew were lost over the Pacific in the early days of the second world war. With technology still in its infancy, pilots often took to the air flying by the seats of their pants in planes held together with little more than baling wire hoping for the best.  Louie Zamperini was in a plane like that – a B-24 named the Green Hornet – a plane, he referred to as a musher.  Sent out with a group of men on a rescue mission, the Green Hornet ended up having to ditch into the sea becoming a rescue mission themselves.

In circumstances like that – who, wouldn’t have been praying? As they say, “there are no atheists in fox holes” – or, life rafts for that matter, I would guess.

So, if many prayers were offered up – yet, so few seemingly answered – why, we ask ourselves was Louie’s prayer answered while others may not have been – at least in the overt way that Louie’s was.

Meeting God half-way

Prayer (ours) and God’s response is of course up to and according to his sovereign will. But, I like to think of prayer as a partnership – one, in which God does the doing, while, we do the trusting. And, I use trusting in the active sense.  In other words, our faith that God does hear and will answer demonstrated by our action. The same way the Bible says that faith without works is dead for any living faith will spur action.

Action is the breath that lives within faith.

Even “be still and know that I am God” requires the action of being still. You see what I mean?  And, I believe that God finds delight in granting and answering those types of requests although he may not answer them in the way that we think or expect.

I have an anecdote of answered prayer that still amazes me. It’s quite simple really – yet, nonetheless, one that I look back on as quite extraordinary.

This took place a few years ago while I was living in Hawaii. In Hawaii and other tropical climates houses are not tightly sealed the way they are in colder climates and if you are not very careful and even if you are – rodents (large ones often come calling looking for a place to stay in and out of the rain.

One evening I had just came in from church. It was winter; cold and rainy out, I had just got something to eat, when I saw a very large and fast-moving object streak across the far side of the room. I was terrified for I knew immediately what it was – it was not just as mouse, oh no, but a very large rat! And, rats in that part of the world can be as big as house cats!  I was mortified and as a single woman living alone, I knew this was a problem I was going to have to deal with myself which made it even worse. Just the thought of it made me sick at my stomach. Having no one else to help me, I called on the one that I knew could – Jesus!

I had no idea how my prayer could or would be answered.  I mostly ask for the strength to deal with the situation and confessed how much I loathed having to deal with this vile and hapless creature.

I had a trap, but was not sure where best to place it, so I placed it at the bottom of the steps where I had prayed. I then placed a large trash bag beneath to catch any blood spatter that might occur and for ease in picking it up.  That was the part I dreaded most – picking up the carcass – having to see the large, bloody carcass of a rat, I had just killed.

I know that rats are smart and can be wary of traps so I was not sure how long this process might take. So, the next morning not knowing if I was successful or not I went to the top of my stairs and with trepidation peered down.. At the bottom of the stairs, I could see the plastic bag – but, there was no trap – no trap!  “Oh, my gosh”, I thought, “the rat must have been so big that it carried away the trap!”

Inching down the stairs (as if the rat was going to suddenly appear shaking his instrument of death at me) I could see as I got closer that the rat was still there. Strangely, all I could see was about an inch of it’s tail sticking out from the edge of the bag. Apparently when the trap snapped, it flipped in some way that brought the edge of the bag towards the center and over the rat covering the rat and the trap completely with the exception of that inch of tail which allowed me to gather up the whole thing without my ever having to see the dead and bloodied rat or the trap, so I could carry it to the trash.  Praise God!

I try to remember this story when I pray. I could have just sat, prayed and asked God to chase away the rat.. But, I didn’t. I did what I needed to do in setting the trap but, God understood that my greatest fear was not in catching the rat but, handling the rat itself …… and, praise his gracious and holy name  he took care of that for me superbly!

Prayer and our experience with it,  we must remember is very individual and works in tandem with God’s over all calling on our lives. It’s not a formula by any means and I don’t mean to imply otherwise in any way.  Was God that concerned for me and my rat or was he teaching me a greater lesson about trusting – demonstrating in a unique way that he does hear and answer prayer.

Strangely enough, while living in this same house two women – one to my immediate right and one to my immediate left both strong Christians and both in their forties developed colon cancer, one of which God has since graduated to heaven, the other still receiving treatment today.  And, I know oodles and oodles of people who were and are praying for them, including me.

How does this measure up against my experience with the rat or Louie’s desperate prayer aboard the raft?  I can’t say for sure, but I do know this –

prayer is a special privilege, the place where heaven and earth meet and we are blessed beyond all other living creatures to have this special relationship with God in which he chooses to partner with us.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | January 14, 2015

New Evidence Regarding Samson’s Death

Originally posted on Archealogical Proof of the Bible:

One of my all-time favorite stories in the bible is the story of Samson and his struggles against the Philistines.  During the climax of the story it is said that Samson pulled down an entire temple. Very few people realize there have been major archaeological revelations recently regarding this Biblical story

A major turning point in Israel’s war against the Philistines was Samson’s death. He had been taken captive through the deception of Delilah. The Philistines gouged out his eyes and took him to Gaza, one of their main cities.

There they put him to work grinding grain in a prison. It has been discovered through archaeological findings that this type of prison was in reality a “grinding house.” One of the most time-consuming tasks in antiquity was the grinding of grain. This was a place where slaves and prisoners were put to work. The tools were simple hand grinding…

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