Saturday, June 25, 2011

For Fuel of Fire

Charles Spurgeon in his Treasury of David, expounding upon the carnage of Endor (Psalm 83) includes this explanatory note:

Verse 10. "... Who became as dung for the earth." In the year 1830, it is estimated that more than a million bushels of "human and inhuman bones" were imported from the continent of Europe into the port of Hull. The neighbourhood of Leipsic, Austerlitz, Waterloo, etc., where the principal battles were fought some fifteen or twenty years before, were swept alike of the bones of the hero, and the horse which he rode. Thus collected from every quarter, they were shipped to Hull, and thence forwarded to the Yorkshire bone grinders, who, by steam engines and powerful machinery, reduced them to a granulary state. In this condition they were sent chiefly to Doncaster, one of the largest agricultural markets of the country, and were there sold to the farmers to manure their lands. The oily substance gradually evolving as the bone calcines, makes better manure than almost any other substance—particularly human bones. K. Arvine.

"But the Day is coming when "... all the armor of the armed man in the tumult, and the garments rolled in blood, shall be for burning, for fuel of fire. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever...." (Isaiah 9:5-7).

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Solution for Monetary Measurement

Ultimately, America and the world will choose the "obvious" solution for monetary measurement. The technology has long been available; expect it to be proposed any day. No more floating exchange rates; no more identify thief; something "better" than the gold standard:

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name" (Revelation 13:16-17).

"... if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name." Revelation (14:9-11).

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Commonality of Calvinism

Calvinism is just another "in-process" system of theology with variants: there are Five-Point-Calvinists, Four-Point, Three-Point, two. There are Hyper-Calvinists and "Not-So-Hyper" Calvinists. There are Old-School and New. There are the purist, Calvin-Calvinists. And there are Calvinists who couch arguments in terms that only they can pronounce e.g., Sublapsarianism, Sublapsarianism, Infralapsarianism. However, they all have one thing in common: the certainty that only THEIR Calvinism is Truth.