September 24, 2017

15th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

More or less. Photo by Peter Bailey

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Shout for joy to God in every land!
All the creatures contained in heaven and earth
must exalt his glory,
and to our God we would

now likewise bring an offering
since in affliction and distress
at all times he has stood by us.

• Soprano Aria from BWV 51

A Beloved Cantata for a Beloved Season

This beautiful solo cantata must be rated among the greats of the cantatas and has certainly been a favourite with audiences and record companies. There are many fine recordings available. It’s a brilliant, joyous exaltation in praise of God.

Simon Crouch

We begin autumn, my favorite season, with one of Bach’s most beloved cantatas, a solo cantata featuring remarkable virtuoso soprano singing. Its theme is pure praise, adoration, and the faithful heart pleading for even more of the spirit of praise and gratitude, culminating with a spectacular “Alleluia!” This cantata is not tied to any particular text for the day or season, but stands alone as a statement of praise.

Let the trumpets resound! Let beautiful voices rise in resplendent glory! Let us praise the God of all creation, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Here are two of my favorite musicians of all time, Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis, singing and playing the opening movement (words above) of BWV 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!” (Shout for joy to God in every land!)

And here is the final “Alleluia!” performed by Elizabeth Watts, with the English Concert:

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Photo by Peter Bailey at Flickr. Creative Commons License

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


”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

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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

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