Drama of Lost Disciples

Disciples Brief Book Report

The Drama of the Lost Disciples, by George F. Jowett, a well-documented account of Christian history during New Testament times and beyond. While the doctrine and gospel teachings of the New Testament are fundamental to our faith, the vast historical information in this book is largely unappreciated by the world.  Yet, the historical information in this book is fundamental to understanding the main origin of the Christian movement following the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord.  For example, Jowett shares that Britain was the main reason why Christianity exploded throughout the then known world.

Key Players

Our key player is Joseph of Arimathea – Jesus’ uncle, who took the Savior’s body from the cross and buried Him in his own tomb.  Joseph was not only a well-respected member of the Sanhedrin but also a very successful merchant.  He had ships carrying tin from Britain to many places in the known world.  Jesus accompanied him on some of these trips.
Because of the extreme persecution of the Christians by the Jews and the Romans after Christ’s resurrection, they decided to send Joseph of Arimathea along with the family and close friends of Jesus to a watery grave by putting them in a boat without oars or sail.  Besides Joseph, this included Jesus’ mother, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Lazurus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, the blind man, whose name was Maximum, healed in Chapter 9 of the gospel of John and others totaling twelve.
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Jordan Peterson – Combatant to Secular Encroachment

Jordan Peterson is a combatant to the secular-materialistic encroachment on Christianity. He is brilliant and extremely well-read.  Ever since he graduated from Fairview HS (1979) in northern Alberta, Canada, he has been on a quest as to why humankind seems basically evil. He logically concludes since there is this dark-side to humanity, there must also be light.

The Bible gives many answers to his searching’s. Peterson often debates atheists and the leftist in their socialist agendas.

I write this blog article because of Jordan’s innate understanding of Christianity, which are the principles he stands for.

Well-Accepted / Unpopular

Jordan has amazing popularity on the internet. Jordan is brilliant and extremely well-read. He is reaching the millennial’s in droves because of his insights. He continually has people coming up to him thanking him for helping them have a better personal life and a better family life. The accumulated good that I see him doing across the globe is impressive to me.

However, most of the media hate him as well as many university professors because of his criticism of their leftist-socialist view of life.  Peterson often debates atheists and the leftist in their socialist agendas.
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What is Time?

Time has always been a mystery in the mind of man.  When our lives are going well, time seems to fly by.  When we are having challenges, time seems to stop or at least slowdown. There is a reason for this odd perception of time.

•        Time is metaphysical – an idea in our minds.
•        You cannot extract it from the universe.  It does not exist as a measurable entity.
•        Time, as kept by humankind is not time; it is time-interval: the accumulation of time intervals from some origin.  For example, the number of years A.D.; the number of days in a year; the number of hours in a day starting at midnight; the number of days in your life-time, etc.

Time Interval

The Official Definition of “time-interval,” is the length of the second.
In my lifetime the accuracy of “time-interval” has improved a billion-fold.  The earth speeds up or slows down every day by about 0.0001 of a second in the 86400 seconds that transpire in a day. That is about nine digits of accuracy.  Now the best atomic clocks have eighteen digits of accuracy.  That is like a second in the age ofa the universe as currently science believes it to be.  When scientists realized they could extract much more accurate “time-interval” from atomic clocks than could be obtained from any astronomical measurement, the second was redefined.

This new definition states: “The second is the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom.” (13th CGPM (1967), Resolution 1)

Since most of my readers are not from a scientific background, you may not have understood the “new definition”. You are probably wondering how all this relates to you. The bottom line is, in the grand scheme of things, our personal “Time Interval” is very short. We all face the experience of death, some sooner than others.  Our big personal question is how well have we used our time-interval here on earth?

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What Is Truth

What is TruthWhen Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Pilate told the Jews he was satisfied with his answer and could “find in him no fault at all.” (John 18:38)  Jesus had already answered this question for His disciples: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)  The early followers of Jesus called the Christian movement, “The Way.”  Jesus is the way back to the Father and the greatest of all the gifts of God — Eternal Life. (highlights mine)

He extended the great promise, “If any man will do his will, he shall KNOW of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:17) In other words, if we live the doctrine He is teaching, we can know it is true by the fruits. Wherefore by their fruits, ye shall know them.” (Luke 6:43-44)

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The Resurrection Disproves the Theory of Organic Evolution

I Am a Unique Scientist in Many Ways, and I Do Not Support the Evolution Theory.



I appeal to logic, reason, reliable data, and what we can KNOW!  Most of the world believes in organic evolution – along with a large percentage of Christians — and the internet is full of information in support of this theory.

My Science Background

To give background for how I provide proof that the resurrection falsifies Darwin’s theory, I share the following.  I have been studying the sciences and how nature works for 68 years, but the most important truth I have learned is that God is the Master Scientist. I am known by many of my colleagues as the “Praying Physicist.”
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Does the Resurrection Save Us?

Is not the resurrection of Christ the most miraculous and well documented miracle in the history of the Earth? How are we saved through the atonement? Is it through Christ’s sufferings or is it through His resurrection?”  Most Christians – including members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – look only to the cross and His sufferings to cover our sins as we accept Him as our Savior.  We often hear the prayer phrase, “We are grateful for Thy atoning sacrifice” — leaving out the resurrection.

Without the Resurrection We Are Damned

Does it surprise you then to know that without the resurrection we are damned!  We would be in Satan’s grasp forever.  For the early Christians who lived at the time Jesus arose from the tomb, it was such a spectacular event that they could not stop talking about it.  To see the glorified risen Lord after all his suffering and most horrendous death on the cross was a contrast that the early Christians shared with great enthusiasm.

The membership in the Church grew rapidly as people internalized the implications of Jesus arising from the dead and opening the door for all of us to do the same – along with the anticipated and promised blessings of eternal life. Before His resurrection eternal life was a belief and hope for the faithful.  With His resurrection, it became a reality.
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Resurrection – Capstone of the Atonement

Most Christians look to Christ to be forgiven of their sins and that believing on Him is the door way to salvation.  And do not the scriptures teach us this?  Satan will do anything he can to take us away from understanding the infinite atonement. However, the searching soul will ask, “Have false traditions crept in so that we miss the full power and beauty of the infinite atonement of our Lord and Savior?”  This blog article and following ones will better help us appreciate the infinite atonement.

The Capstone of His Infinite Atonement

Most Christians look to the cross and to His suffering for forgiveness of sins.  We often hear the phrase, “We are thankful for His atoning sacrifice.”  When studied, we find that His glorious resurrection is the capstone step of His infinite atonement, and when it occurred  2000 years ago the early saints saw it as such. For Christ to go from infinite suffering to infinite glory in those three days changed the world forever, and the early Christians could not contain their joy knowing, “He is risen!” – as proclaimed in the scriptures and so profoundly in Handel’s oratorio “Messiah.”

We find there are seven fantastic accomplishments in His infinite atonement, and seven sub-steps to each of these.  Seven is the number of perfection or completion in the Lord’s arithmetic.  And the scriptures outline all 49 of these steps.
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A Promised Land And God’s Mercy

Six Hundred years before Christ, the prophet Lehi saw in vision a land which was choice above  all other lands, a precious land, a land of promise, and a land of liberty. The message from the scriptures is very clear regarding this, the Land of Liberty. If we turn from the God of this Land, who is Jesus Christ, His protection will be taken from us, as a nation, leading us to a Mighty purging. This is a fundamental message of the Bible as well as of the Book of Mormon, which many Americans are ignoring, as we view their moral decline, and as we witness them turning from God’s commandments.  We sing the anthem: GOD BLESS AMERICA; how can we expect His blessings if we don’t keep His commandments?

Most Americans Don’t Remember the Price Paid for Liberty

We forget that as we live in this Promised Land of Freedom and Liberty that there have been no wars on this land for over 150 years.  Nowhere in traditional history has that ever happened in any nation.  Wars have been part of every other generation.  God’s tender mercies have been upon us.  Over those 150 years our nation has been involved in several terrible wars, but always elsewhere.  Never here!

I just finished reading the Annotated Edition of the Book of Jasher  which is an incredible read – covering the first 2500 years since Adam as a parallel history to the Bible and vindicating the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon in its 91 chapters.  But here again we see nearly continual wars from the beginning as Satan enters into the hearts of men with contention and bigotry.  The conflict between Isaac and Ismael and Jacob and Esau detailed in this book continues to this day between the Arab nations and Israel.

In all of these conflicts is the clear message that as we keep God’s commandments to love Him and our neighbor that we will both avoid wars as well as have His protection and blessings.

The need for Americans to repent and come to Christ is of paramount importance.
See: Americas Greatest Need – Repentance
See: Message from an Ancient Prophet

The Prophet Moroni Also Saw Our Day

The Prophet Moroni was specifically speaking to us as he saw our day from his 421 AD vantage point here in America.  As he closes the Book of Mormon record, he profoundly states:
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. (Moroni 10:3)

Are We Sufficiently Grateful for the Lord’s Tender Mercies?

Christ, who will eventual bring peace on earth, has greatly blessed this land and its mission to share His glorious gospel message around the world in preparation for His Second Advent.  Our gratitude can be shown by both living and sharing His message of gladness, salvation, and exaltation.  The Lord’s infinite atonement is cap-stoned by His superlative resurrection.  This gave the world direct evidence of the Father’s love in the gift of His Son to open the door to eternal life for all who will receive Him and hearken to His voice.

Let us not be guilty of ingratitude!

Let us not be guilty of ingratitude for all of God’s tender mercies in our lives.  Moroni then shares this great promise that if we will remember how merciful the Lord has been to us, then if we will ask the Lord with sincere hearts, we can know of the truth of this record and its message of God’s love in the gift of His Beloved Son and His infinite atonement in our behalf.

How many thousands or perhaps millions of Father’s children have had this promise answered in their hearts?  I don’t know, but I am confident the number is large.  I am one of them that knows, and I thank the Lord for His tender mercies in my life.  I am greatly blessed, and I delight in sharing His glorious message.  May we each have our hearts filled with gratitude for His tender mercies and be full recipients of His infinite atonement, and let us encourage as many as we can of the importance of truly coming to Christ and repenting of all our sins.

David W Allan

 

 

Four Major Challenges Facing America and Solutions

There are major challenges facing the United States today. People are greatly concerned with the conflicts in the Middle-east.  On a personal level, so many lives are peppered with drug and alcohol abuse, the break-down of the traditional family, health issues, and the violence we see in major cities across the USA. The public at large is affected by the personal choices of its citizens.  The “Land of the Free” doesn’t seem so free anymore.  On a world level, we face governments who are seeking world supremacy. I have broken down the content of this post into four major challenges and their solutions, as I see it.

Four Challenges:
1.     We have turned from the God of this land, who is Jesus Christ.
2.     The elite have a plan to take over.
3.     China is planning world domination.
4.     Most don’t know that Russia is posed as the scriptural “Assyrian assault.”

Spiritual Solutions

1. The need for massive repentance in America is paramount.  In the last twenty years Christianity has declined from 70% to 50%, while the number of non-believers and atheists have increased dramatically.  There are more Christians per-capita in Russia now than in the United States.

Timothy Ballard has written the inspiring two volume set “The American Covenant.”  He clearly delineates that America is God’s covenant land with an extremely important role in the winding up scenes leading up to the Coming of Christ.  It is the “Promised Land” spoken of in the Book of Mormon and has God’s promise that if we will keep His commandments we will have His blessings and protection, but if we don’t, we will be “swept off” before His coming. (Ether 2:9-12)  Timothy’s book, The Washington Hypothesis, outlines many of the miracles that allowed America to win the war we should not have won, obtaining liberty.  Historians paint a different picture, but in Washington’s on words, we won because of, “Divine Intervention.”

I have written three blog articles articulating what we can do and the great importance of turning back to the God who gave us this “Land of the Free” with its massively important purpose of being a light to the world and to help bring as many as will to Christ:

1. Who are the Gentiles?  2. America’s Greatest Need. 3. Free PDF Book of Mormon Geography.

Protection from the Plan of The Elite

2. You have undoubtedly heard of the microchip and the “mark of the beast.”  The elite are moving that program forward, but have devised an additional very clever silicon nano-technology technique in their efforts to have control of the world population.
One of the elite’s features of the silicon based material sprayed in the atmosphere by chem trails is that as you breathe it in, you develop a mucus in your lungs.  When you cough it up and swallow it up, the hydrochloric acid in your stomach reacts with it turn it into nanotechnology communication device – giving them control.  Sounds unbelievable?

Recently, a courageous Christian lady, Dana Ashlie, recently shared (16 August 2019):   a “Must watch” video.  She shares details of this clever-devilish technology.

This device can be destroyed by you by daily drinking two tablespoons of apple-cider vinegar in a glass of distilled water with a ¼ teaspoon of borax per 100 lb. of body weight.  Add raw honey or pure maple syrup to make it taste good.  So, you can take control of your life. Watch Dana’s video!

In this regard, you may have noticed that about a month ago President Trump commanded the stop of Chem-trails. The skies are blue again; THANK YOU, President Trump as of three weeks or more now.

China World Domination Solution

3. I recently wrote an article on how important English is in sharing the gospel today: In this free pdf article is cited a fascinating dimension of how China is actively planning world domination.  They are doing it in every dimension: physiologically, economically, militarily, etc.  I suggest you read the article to get a feel for how serious this challenge is to America.  The solution is the same as to number 1. Above: REPENT.  Then we will have the Lord’s protection.

Russia and the Assyrian Assault

4. In my book www.ItsAboutTimeBook.com Chapter 23 outlines the time line of the Lord.  All Twelve tribes of the House of Israel have been identified in patriarchal blessings among the Russian people.  In the scriptures, they are identified as part of the Assyrian assault that the Lord will use to purge America, if she does not repent.  I have a full explanation of this in a free pdf entitled, “Who is Israel?”

   This article will explains again the great need we have in repenting and having the Lord’s protecting hand, as we come to Him.

Conclusion

We are free to choose our lives and what they will be, but those choices make all the difference.  I summarize with this great scripture from the Prophet Lehi:

Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.  And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall.   And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.  Where, we are free according to the flesh, and all things are given them which are expedient unto man.  And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, thorough the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.  (2 Nephi 2:25-27)

Should the People of this Promised Land (America) choose not to repent and return to the God of this Land: Then one should pay special attention to the parable of the wheat and the tares.  Read especially the Joseph Smith translation of Matthew 13:36-43, and Doctrine Covenants 86:1-7 and 101:64-66.  Furthermore, the Lord has promised, “And the righteous need not fear,” (1 Nephi 22:22; I suggest reading the whole chapter.  It is a Hebrew Midrash of Isaiah chapters 48 and 49 totally relevant for our day).

In addition, the parable of the “hen” gathering her chicks gives great hope as prophesied for our day:
Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, the Great I AM, whose arm of mercy hath atoned for your sins: Who will gather his people even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, even as many as will hearken to my voice and humble themselves before me, and call upon me in mighty prayer. (D&C 29:12)

When Moroni introduced the coming forth of the Book of Mormon to Joseph Smith in 1823, he quoted Peter in Acts 3:22-23 and said that the time “soon would come” “when ‘they who would not hear his [Jesus Christ] voice should be cut off from among the people.” JS-H 40.

We should not and must not let anything get between us and our Savior if we desire to receive the greatest of all the gifts of God – ETERNAL LIFE.   We need to “treasure up His word” so that we are not deceived (JS-M 37), hearken to His voice, and be true disciples (John 15:8).  He will for sure lead us back home.  He is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6); there is no other way.  “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  His WAY is the sure way for the greatest happiness in this life and eternal life and a fullness of joy in the life to come. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free… If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:32-36)

David W. Allan

 

Annotated Edition of The Book of Mormon and Book of Jasher

David R Hocking I am pleased to introduce a trusted friend, David R. Hocking, from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the editor and publisher of two annotated religious works: The Annotated Edition of The Book of Mormon and the Annotated Edition of The Book of Jasher.

An annotated edition book is a literary work where marginal comments, photos and themes have been added in order to explain or interpret the work. In addition, illuminated words, phrases, quotes or other elements are often added to allow the reader a greater understanding of the work. Often, the text is reformatted for easy reading.
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