It was all over the Internet. Every news outlet imaginable carried a headline that went something like this, “Biblical Storm Protects Israel.” Many Youtube headlines proclaimed “…SENT BY GOD…”; each showed the same video of the storm.
What’s all the fuss about? On Dec. 1, 2016, about 8 am an unusual storm appeared on the Syrian side of Israel’s border in the Golan Heights, just as Israeli soldiers were conducting routine operations on the Israeli side. The storm, a combination of wind, dust, and rain, did not cross into Israel, but formed a stationary protective barricade against potential attackers. This is the exact same location where Israeli soldiers had been attacked by ISIS several weeks prior.
Some people attributed the storm to an act of God. Others simply tried to dismiss it as an “ordinary” weather phenomenon. But it is rather strange that the storm obeyed a political boundary defined by humans, and did not cross the border fence. Certainly one would not expect an “ordinary” storm driven by random atmospheric patterns to honor a political boundary. Tornadoes don’t. Hurricanes don’t. Desert dust storms don’t. Furthermore, storms are not stationary. They move. This storm did not. Clearly this was an extraordinary storm for which no one has presented a cogent scientific explanation.
This storm started me thinking, “What was the root cause? What happened?” Read more…
The Church is offensive and offensive. Read more…
As I’ve been working on this series of essays about God as an all consuming fire, my daughter casually remarked, “You know, Dad, most people die of smoke – not the fire.”
“How appropriate,” I responded. Read more…
In the last essay we saw that today’s events are driven in large part by a cosmic spiritual war between God and Satan. If there is indeed such a spiritual war of cosmic proportions raging in our midst, one would expect to see some evidence of that conflict. More precisely, since God’s current offensive is pressed through The Church, evidence of this war should be most evident within The Church itself or through interactions between The Church and the world.
A Consuming Fire
One must understand the nature of something to find evidence about it.
God wages war as a consuming fire:
God is a consuming fire (Deu 4:24, 9:3, Isa 33:10-14, Heb 12:29)
Every war, but especially God’s spiritual war, rages like a forest fire. A forest fire burns furiously until extinguished or all the fuel is spent. Wars burn furiously and uncontrollably until all the fuel is spent. Read more…
In the previous posts we examined the importance of accurately understanding ancient history. We have seen the dual nature of that conflict: Spiritual as well as worldly. In the last two essays we examined the spiritual conflict in depth.
In this essay we will examine the conflict from the world’s perspective. From the worldly perspective, the Middle East conflict has two fundamental root causes:
o Squatters’ rights
o Family feuds.
Let us examine each briefly. Read more…
In the previous post we examined the importance of accurately understanding ancient history. We have seen the dual nature of the conflict: Spiritual as well as worldly. Lastly we have concluded that The Bible provides a more reliable account of ancient history.
In this post we will examine in more depth the nature and root cause of the spiritual conflict sweeping the Middle East and the world from a Biblical perspective. Let us then start with an examination of the Biblical root cause of our very existence: The Creator God. Read more…