Monday, February 23, 2015

Relying on The Lord in the Last Days






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While visiting the Philippines I was asked to give a talk in Sacrament Meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
, in the Victorias First Ward, Cadiz Philippines Stake.

I felt impressed to speak about Relying on The Lord in the Last Days. This is among the most relevant and timely topics to address, and it bears a certain sense of urgency. At the suggestion of my dear wife, I chose to focus a goodly portion of my talk on the importance of temple ordinances in the last days.

I have a deep and abiding personal conviction that vicarious work accomplished exclusively in the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is of utmost concern to the salvation of mankind and the perpetuation of Earth as a habitable planet. No kidding.

For those who prefer the convenience of an eBook, I have published the talk as such.

Read the talk with an open mind. It is provided completely free in all eBook formats at Smashwords. It includes active hyperlinks to a plethora of authoritative sources and explanatory articles.

Regardless of what you believe or where you live, this talk is for you. Feel free to use it, share it, re-post it, print it, distribute it, record it, and do anything you like with it.

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I would have been happy to make this eBook free as well on Amazon Kindle, but Amazon will not allow me to list Kindle books free.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dreams of the Last Days - Where are all the stars?






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This dream had sufficient impact on me that I decided to publish it as a free eBook at Smashwords.com
. For those not familiar with Smashwords, you can download eBooks in all popular formats from one convenient location.

A Kindle edition is available on Amazon for 99 cents. Unfortunately, Amazon will not permit me to list it for free.

Of course, you can read the same account below. However, for those who prefer the convenience of an eBook, I have published it.

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I had a strange dream during the wee hours last Sunday, 1 February 2015.

I only recall pieces of it, but I recall that during the dream, it was a continuous, clear, uninterrupted experience, so vivid, I felt as if I were still enveloped in it upon waking.

What I could still recall when I sat down to write this account some twelve hours after the fact, is this:

I was walking on the flight line of some enormous airport, following a glowing, violet-hued, disk-shaped craft that hovered about fifty feet above the tarmac and moved toward an enormous hangar-like structure. It moved slowly, at a pace just a bit faster that my walking pace.

The craft seemed to have a single-pilot cockpit situated near the trailing edge, between two canted vertical fins. The body was biconvex, circular in shape, thin overall, but thinner at the edges. I could not ascertain how it hovered, but there did not seem to be any turbine or propeller wash, and no rocket exhaust, so it must have been propelled by means other than aerodynamic or rocket power.

As it moved along, I became aware of a frightening but subtle, low-frequency rhythm which I believe had nothing to do with the craft but rather came from the environment.

The craft was not large. About the size of a fighter jet, though shaped differently. As the craft approached the enormous hangar, a large, rectangular door opened upward and inward to allow access. I walked in as the craft hovered forward, ahead of me. The door opened in anticipation of the craft so that the craft never had to slow down or stop.

After walking across an enormous, empty floorspace, I became aware that the back wall of the hangar was another large, rectangular door. It, too, opened into a vast, empty hangar space, and the scene repeated, and then a third hangar door, same routine.

The deeper I walked and followed this craft into the bowels of this colossal hangar complex, the more dimly lit yet clearly visible everything seemed. The dim light was similar to the green hue of night vision goggles, but clear and in focus, not fuzzy or blurred. The ceiling of these hangar sections was astronomically high.

Then, at the back wall of the third hangar section, a row of large, steel double doors was arrayed before me. The craft hovered through an open gap above the wall in which these double doors were arranged.

As I approached a set of the double doors, they opened toward me, and I walked into a fourth room that had no ceiling whatsoever. It had high walls but opened right up into the night sky.

The craft was now a considerable distance ahead of me, and my attention turned to the four or five men wearing white lab coats walking single file, spaced about twenty paces one behind the other, coming toward me along the wall situated several dozen yards to my right.

I had the impression that they were scientists, and that they were exhausted, having worked round the clock, to no avail, trying to come up with a solution, or answers, regarding a recent and unprecedented phenomenon.

I looked up in bewilderment at the clear, cloudless, pitch black sky. I could sense it was open sky extending to infinity. A question just rolled out of my mouth without my thinking of what to say, and without my having any previous familiarity with the problem these men had been working to resolve. I asked, "Where are all the stars?"

The man closest to me answered, "We don't know."

I was surprised that they answered me at all, as I wondered if my presence there was not in violation of some security protocol. I had never been there, and they did not know me, nor I them, yet it seemed to them as if my arrival there was nothing unusual. Perhaps because everything was already unusual. Or were they expecting me?

I scanned the blackness overhead more carefully, and noticed a single pinpoint of light high above the wall to my right and toward the back of the room. Somehow I intuited that that direction should be North, and again without thinking, another question rolled out of my mouth, "Isn't that Polaris, the North Star?"

The reply was again, simply, "We don't know."

Then I woke up.

I have no idea what this means except that perhaps the Earth will be removed from its present location just before the return of Christ in his glory. Or maybe it was not earth at all.

I might not have bothered to post any of this on my blog. However, I experienced a follow-up during waking hours a week later. That indicates to me this is something worth sharing and, at the very least, not dismissing as just another weird dream.

Today, Sunday, 8 February 2015, I was sitting in Sacrament Meeting at Church, reading in The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Out of the blue, the memory of this dream popped up. As I pondered it I felt inspired to search the words of the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah that are reiterated in the Book of Mormon, in Second Nephi.

After some searching, I came across the following passages in 2 Nephi 23:10 (compare Isaiah 13:10), and 2 Nephi 23:13-14 (compare Isaiah 13:13-14).

Below are the precise sentences that jumped out at me as I was reading these verses. I encourage you to read the entire chapters yourself for the sake of context.

"For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light ..."

"Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place ... And it shall be as chased roe, and a sheep that no man taketh up ..."

What makes this even more significant is the fact that the Prophet Isaiah is the single most quoted prophet in the Book of Mormon, and a prophet whose writings Christ himself instructed the Nephites, and us in our day, to search diligently.

See 3 Nephi 20:11 and 3 Nephi 23:1.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Islam and Muslims in End Times Prophecies






As a matter of perspective, what Christians call an Anti-Christ may be the very thing Muslims tote as a savior. Lisa Haven
, Christian News Analyst and narrator in the videos below, offers an invaluable and fresh way of looking at things. She examines prophecies not only from the Christian biblical point of view, but the same prophecies from the Islamic point of view. Interestingly, the Muslims do indeed have prophetic counterparts to many of the end times biblical prophecies.

Take note of how the Muslims see the same prophecies. Mirror reversal. Fulfillment of the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah's words regarding things being turned upside down or backward, and people calling evil good and good evil.

The following YouTube videos share interesting opinions on biblical prophecies about a possible Anti-Christ that many, including myself, have not considered. These thoughts are presented for your own evaluation.

I second the disclaimer expressed by the narrator, that these thoughts are not conclusive but at the same time are not to be discounted as possibilities. Either way, the faithful will be watching and learning as the signs of the times unfold. And Jesus Christ will return.

Study the scriptures and look to the living Prophet, his two counselors, and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for pure doctrine and correct guidance. They hold the keys and constitute the measuring stick for evaluating all things transpiring upon the earth.








Free eBook, The Islamic AntiChrist by John Preacher, may be copied, reprinted, distributed, and sold online by anyone.




For anyone interested, here is a link to a free copy of the Quran.
http://quran.com/