Be a Loser for Jesus

Trump thumps losers. A Twitter archivist says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has tweeted on his Twitter account 117 times calling various people derogatorily a "loser."After Jesus died on the cross, Jews said he was a loser because he got killed. And to make matters worse, the state executed him by the dreadfully-tortuous and shameful method of crucifixion. Jews said their Messiah will be a big winner. They said the real Messiah will come in glory, deliver them from their enemies, and … [Read more...]

Junichiro Koisumi Calls for Japan to Abandon Nuclear Energy

In 1941, a very militaristic Japan unjustly and unmercifully attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. They did it submarines firing explosives and airplanes dropping bombs. About 2,800 Americans, nearly all in the military, were killed. Until then, the U.S. had refused to join WWII in Europe. But this attack caused it to enter the war.In 1945, the U.S. became the first nation to develop and manufacture the first atomic bomb. To end the war with Japan, in August, 1945, the U.S. dropped two … [Read more...]

Doomsday Clock Looms Larger in 2017

The metaphorical Doomsday Clock is an image of a clock with its hour and minute hands set close to midnight. It was created in 1947 by concerned American scientists who were members of the Manhattan Project that had created the atomic bomb. Two such bombs were then dropped on Japan that helped end WWII in late 1945.Only weeks afterwards, these scientists created the non-profit organization Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. They did so because, even though they had created the atomic bomb, … [Read more...]

Trump Moves the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Closer to Bible Prophecy

I blogged fifteen months about the U.S. presidential election. I wrote nearly thirty posts expressing my objection to Donald Trump as president. Yet I believe he has a superior position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than nearly all other non-Jewish parties think. He's got half of the puzzle right; he just needs to get the rest of it put together. If I may say so without appearing arrogant, that's where I come in with my book, Palestine Is Coming: The Revival of Ancient … [Read more...]

Palestinians Need Philistine DNA Match to Get their State

This week's issue of Christianity Today magazine has an article entitled, "Biblical Archaeology's Top Ten Discoveries of 2016." It says the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon archaeology team's discovery and announcement of a mass graveyard at the ancient Philistine city of Ashkelon is the fourth most important archaeological discovery in 2016. But I think it could become number 1.As I've posted before, the main intent of this team is to get DNA from some of these approximately 210 Philistine … [Read more...]

Did the Doomsday Clock Just Move Closer to Midnight?

No. But after what happened Thursday, it appears it could happen soon.The Doomsday Clock was created two years after the catastrophe in which the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan during WWII. The wikipedia article on The Doomsday Clock begins, "The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face that represents a countdown to possible global catastrophe (e.g., nuclear war or climate change). It has been maintained since 1947 by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists . . . … [Read more...]

Must We Believe in the Virgin Birth to be Saved?

The Christian faith, to a certain extent, is propositional. That is, the New Testament says we must believe in Jesus or believe in his name to be saved from our sins, thus forgiven by God, and thereby be given salvation. For example, Peter preached to the Jews about "the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth," saying, "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved" (Acts 4.10, 12; cf. 10.43). (All scripture citations are from … [Read more...]

Jesus As Son of Man Was Isaiah’s Suffering Servant

A week ago I posted “Jesus Was Daniel’s Suffering Son of Man.” I wrote, "Among those modern scholars who reject that Daniel’s “one like a son of man” refers to Jesus, many of them do so because Daniel 7 [v. 13] does not depict this figure as coming to earth or, more importantly, as suffering and dying, which latter Jesus did. . . . And as for Daniel 7 not saying this “one like a son of man” will experience suffering and death, this also is implied since so many of these saints in Daniel 7 are per … [Read more...]