September 23, 2017

The IM Saturday Brunch Edition: September 23, 2017 — Planet X Edition

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH

”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”

Today’s the day!

Wow, it seems like only yesterday that today was the day — Remember THIS?

But, no, really, I’m not kidding this time. Today’s the day! Or, at least it’s the day that will bring us the final sign pointing to the REAL day! Then THAT will be the day!

That’s what David Meade says, anyway.

My book details the world-changing events that will transpire in October of 2017.

Think of it this way: September is the Sign Month and October is the Action Month. What is so amazing is that we are taught everything is proven by two or three witnesses (in the Word). Here we have the three witnesses–three events that could only be traced to the hand of God. One is the Revelation 12 Sign, the second is the Great Pyramid of Giza Sign and the third is my mathematical permutations that tie in the Great Tribulation to a start date of October of 2017. And actually we have a fourth: The Great American Eclipse Sign of August pointing us toward October and bracketing the Tribulation for us. The first Great American Eclipse is in 2017 and the second is in 2024, crossing out America with a giant X.

Planet X is tied and correlated directly to the Tribulation period of the Book of Revelation. That’s how I determined dates–using astronomical software and the Great Sign of the Woman in Revelation 12. Planet X appears at the beginning of the Tribulation and is responsible for what is known as the trumpet judgments.

When the birth of Jupiter from Virgo occurs, we also see the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12:4 when great and fearful signs in the heavens are given. This birthing occurs according to the latest astronomical data available on October 15, 2017. This is when the King Planet, Jupiter, crosses the womb region of Virgo.

This is the day of the onset of the seven-year Day of the Lord, or Tribulation. If we use astronomical calculations and the Book of Revelation only, and no extra-Biblical source such as visions, this takes us to the most important date of this century or millennium–October 15th this year.

To which I say, “Huh?”

No, seriously, that’s some Bible calculatin’ there!

But note that David Meade says that it is actually October 15 which is the “most important date of this century or millennium.” That will be the beginning of the Great Tribulation.

What, then, is the significance of today, September 23? Here’s Meade again:

In this year of 2017 we’ve just experienced the Sign of Jonah–the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017. This is a time marker to October, which begins 40 days later–to final judgment. In this year of 2017 we are about to experience the Revelation 12:1-2 Sign, also known as the Sign of the Son of Man. This falls on September 23, 2017. These are absolute final warnings. Not so much to the world, which doesn’t understand anything, but to the church–and the message is Get Ready Now. The New World Order plot to establish a one-world government is almost in place. But keep in mind that these New World Order people are not the sharpest pencils in the box; in the end, they are defeated. They, of course, oppose the Bible, oppose the Second Amendment and so forth. You know the story.

The major signs that converge on September 23rd are indeed amazing, but those are celestial events. They are time markers. The mainstream media states that something visible will occur on these dates. I don’t believe that. The actual event of the beginning of the Tribulation occurs on October 15th. That’s when the action starts. Hold on and watch. Wait until the middle of October and I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed.

To which I again say, “Huh?”

Whatever it means it sure sounds like none of us will want to be on the side of those opposing the Bible and the Second Amendment!

Or then again, maybe this creepy poster will make it clear…

But no, seriously, this is what’s supposed to happen — September 23 is the day when the mysterious Planet X, or Nibiru, will enter our solar system to wreak havoc on us. As the planet approaches, it is expected to interfere with the Earth’s gravitation, pulling it slightly off its axis, resulting in severe earthquakes and storms. The solar eclipse was one of the last signs before the coming tribulation, and the coming of Nibiru is the final portent: as Meade says, “When it occurs, it places the Earth immediately before the time of the Sixth Seal of Revelation.”

September 23 — TODAY! — is 33 days after the solar eclipse, which Meade sees as significant (see “Bible Calculatin'” above). He believes that a constellation will reveal itself over Jerusalem on Saturday, triggering the launch of a series of catastrophic “tribulations” that will mean the end of life as we know it.

The end of the world as we know it…

The end of the world as we know it…

The end of the world as we know it…

Well, if it is, I can’t think of anything better to do than have brunch with friends. Thanks for coming to the table today.

And if you want to read a couple of the best responses to this mess of hooey, read what Ed Stetzer wrote in his pieces,

Oh yeah, and make sure you always get your weather forecast from this guy:

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (14)

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things
or that I have already reached perfection.
But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize
for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things.
If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.
But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.

• Philippians 3:12-16, NLT

• • •

Ordinary Time Bible Study
Philippians – Friends in the Gospel

Study One: A Friendship Letter

Study Two: Background

Study Three: Greetings in the Gospel

Study Four: Before Anything Else, Thanks

Study Five: All You Need Is (Overflowing) Love

Study Six: The Persevering Pastor

Study Seven: Every Way You Look at It You Win

Study Eight: Courage and Unity

Study Nine: Tending to the Roots

Study Ten: Humility We Must Sing to Imagine

Study Eleven: Tom Wright on Phil. 2:12-18

Study Twelve: Examples of the Jesus-shaped Life

Study Thirteen: Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Joy

Feeding the Hungry

Feeding the Hungry

A sea of greenhouses surrounds a farmer’s home in the Westland region of the Netherlands. The Dutch have become world leaders in agricultural innovation, pioneering new paths to fight hunger.

Matthew 25:34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat… Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you… The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

By the time 2050 rolls around, the population of the world is estimated to reach 9 to 10 billion.  How, especially in the developing countries, are all those people going to be fed?  Are the dire prophecies of Thomas Malthus finally going to come to pass?  Some sobering stats :

  • Although the number of undernourished people has dropped by over 20% since 1992 (216 million fewer than in 1990-92) today there are 795 million people – or one in nine people in the world – who do not have enough to eat.
  • 98% of the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries.
  • 50 percent of pregnant women in developing countries lack proper maternal care, resulting in approximately 300,000 maternal deaths annually from childbirth.
  • 1 out of 6 infants are born with a low birth weight in developing countries.
  • Nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to under-nutrition. This translates into the unnecessary loss of about 3 million young lives a year.
  • Every 10 seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases.

What’s the answer?  Apparently the answer is Holland.  In the September 2017 edition of National Geographic  there is an amazing article about how tiny Netherlands has become the world’s giant in sustainable agriculture.

Despite its size (Indiana is 2.5 times larger than Holland) and dense population (1300 people per square mile), the Netherlands is world’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States.  And they have done it in a sustainable, energy efficient, and nearly pesticide-free manner that has the potential to be put in practice around the world.

What looks to be huge mirrors stretch across the countryside, shining like mirrors when the sun shines and glowing with eerie interior light when night falls. These are Holland’s extraordinary greenhouse complexes, some of them covering 175 acres.  These climate-controlled greenhouses enable a country located only a thousand miles from the Arctic Circle to be a global leader in exports of a fair-weather fruit: the tomato, as well as the world’s top exporter of potatoes and onions and the second largest exporter of vegetables overall in terms of value. More than a third of all global trade in vegetable seeds originates in the Netherlands.

With demand for chicken increasing, Dutch firms are developing technology to maximize poultry production while ensuring humane conditions. This high-tech broiler house holds up to 150,000 birds, from hatching to harvesting.

The Dutch do this by means of what they call “precision farming”.  For example, the global average yield for potatoes is 9 tons per acre, the Dutch average 20 tons per acre.  They carefully measure and monitor soil chemistry, water content, nutrients, and growth down to measurement of a single plant.  They’ve almost completely eliminated the use of chemical pesticides and since 2009 have cut their use of antibiotics by as much as 60 percent.

An example is the Duijvestijns farm, outside of Delft.  Since relocating and restructuring their 70-year-old farm in 2004, the Duijvestijns have declared resource independence on every front. The farm produces almost all of its own energy and fertilizer and even some of the packaging materials necessary for the crop’s distribution and sale. The growing environment is kept at optimal temperatures year-round by heat generated from geothermal aquifers that simmer under at least half of the Netherlands.  There are ranks of deep green tomato vines, 20 feet tall. Rooted not in soil but in fibers spun from basalt and chalk.  The only irrigation source is rainwater.  Each kilogram of tomatoes from their fiber-rooted plants requires less than four gallons of water, compared with 16 gallons for plants in open fields. Once each year the entire crop is regrown from seeds, and the old vines are processed to make packaging crates. The few pests that manage to enter the greenhouses are eaten by Phytoseiulus persimilis, a predatory mite that shows no interest in tomatoes but gorges itself on hundreds of destructive spider mites.  No pesticides are used.

 

Jan and Gijs van den Borne play on mountains of potatoes grown on their family’s ultra-productive farm, which yields twice the global average. The reason? Drones and other tools assess the health of individual plants and determine exactly how much water and nutrients they need to thrive.

The most promising aspect of what this article reported was that none of the science and technology used by the Dutch is too advanced to be used by any developing nation.  And this model of sustainability has been used in the poorer nations.  For example look at the island of Bali.  For at least a thousand years, its farmers have raised ducks and fish within the same flooded paddies where rice is cultivated. It’s an entirely self-contained food system, irrigated by intricate canal systems along mountain terraces sculpted by human hands.  Of course such high-tech agriculture cannot be immediately implemented in the developing countries.  But the Dutch are well into introducing medium-tech solutions that can make a vast difference.  From the article:

The brain trust behind these astounding numbers is centered at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), located 50 miles southeast of Amsterdam. Widely regarded as the world’s top agricultural research institution, WUR is the nodal point of Food Valley, an expansive cluster of agricultural technology start-ups and experimental farms. The name is a deliberate allusion to California’s Silicon Valley, with Wageningen emulating the role of Stanford University in its celebrated merger of academia and entrepreneurship…

Ernst van den Ende, managing director of WUR’s Plant Sciences Group, embodies Food Valley’s blended approach… Hunger could be the 21st century’s most urgent problem, and the visionaries working in Food Valley believe they have found innovative solutions. The wherewithal to stave off catastrophic famine is within reach, van den Ende insists. His optimism rests on feedback from more than a thousand WUR projects in more than 140 countries and on its formal pacts with governments and universities on six continents to share advances and implement them.

“What does our work mean for developing countries? That question is always raised here,” says Martin Scholten, who directs WUR’s Animal Sciences Group. “It’s part of every conversation.”

The Bible says, “Isaiah 58:10 If you give some of your own food to feed those who are hungry and to satisfy the needs of those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun.”  The thing about the Netherlands is that they are on the same secularizing trend as the rest of Europe.  Less than a third of Dutch people have a religious faith and nearly one in four describe themselves as atheists, according to the latest census of belief in the Netherlands .   The trend towards secularization also saw a decline in the number of people describing themselves as spiritual, which dropped from 40% 10 years ago to 31%. The number who believed in the existence of a higher power fell from 36% to 28% over the same period. Overall 25% of people identified themselves as Christian, while 5% were Muslim and 2% belonged to another faith group.  And Amsterdam’s reputation as “sin city” where drugs are tolerated (technically not legal) and prostitution is legal is well known.  De Wallen, the largest and best-known red-light district in Amsterdam, is a destination for international sex tourism, with its infamous “window prostitution”.

So which is it?  Shining city set on a hill, feeding the world, or the whore of Babylon with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication.  I doubt there is any less prostitution in the United States and the Dutch do have a very pragmatic approach. The men and women get to choose their clients safely, they do have legal protections, they have access to health care… It is really much better for sex workers than to risk being prosecuted yourself if you want to report abuses. Also the police does check for human trafficking, so it does limit that.  Of course, by any measure, America is certainly one of the most generous nations on the planet as well.

Perhaps Luther’s famous “Simul justus et peccator” applies here.  Or Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s quote that: “The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.”

So what do you think?

Is this the future of agriculture?

Are the Dutch acting in a “Christ-like” manner in regards to feeding humanity?

 

 

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