Sword Of The Lord Newspaper / Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor / March 10, 2017

Small Mississippi Town Fights Back After Mayor Forced to Remove Christian Flag

Hundreds of residents in a small Mississippi town took part in a demonstration on February 4 to fight back after the town’s mayor was forced to remove a Christian flag flying over a local park.

According to WREG-TV, Mayor Walter Williams of Rienzi, Mississippi, was forced to remove the Christian flag flying over the town’s Veterans Memorial Park after the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened the town with a $500,000 lawsuit.

Since the town has just several hundred residents, Williams said his hands were tied….

The predominantly Christian town was not happy with the situation, so they decided to organize a demonstration where they would rehoist the Christian flag.

“There just comes a point in time when you’ve got to be politically incorrect and take a stand,” event organizer Kevin Nelms told WREG.

“We’re not gonna let other people, or a foundation, or anybody else up in Wisconsin tell us that we can’t fly our flag!”  he added.  “You’re gonna take one down, we’re gonna put a hundred back up.”  So that’s what the residents did.  -Chris Enloe, theblaze.com

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The Amen Corner

Do what the Lord bids you, when He bids you, where He bids you, as He bids you, as long as He bids you; and do it at once.  -Charles Spurgeon

The Word of God, in order to be blessed to the hearer, must be preached from the heart!  Jeremiah said, “His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones”  (20:9).  It is heart preaching that has power, not head preaching.  -John R. Rice

Peace is not made at the council tables or by treaties but in the hearts of men.  -Herbert Hoover

We cannot rest in God until we nest in God.  -Vance Havner

It is one of the Devil’s oldest tricks to discourage Christian believers by causing them to look back at what they once were.  It is indeed the enemy of our souls who makes us forget that we are never at the end of God’s love.  No one will make progress with God until the eyes are lifted to the faithfulness of God and we stop looking at ourselves!  -A.W. Tozer

In the years of your Christian life there are many promotions in spiritual growth, but no graduation.  -T.J. Bach

Is it not blessed to think that God is always so quick in the rescue of His children?  Swifter than a thrush’s wing, swifter than a swallow’s wing, swifter than an eagle’s wing are the wings of the Almighty.  -T. DeWitt Talmage

Our faith must be tested.  God builds no ships but what He sends to sea.  -D.L. Moody

Pray hardest when it is hardest to pray.  -Charles H. Brent

The Lord may lead you around, but He will lead you aright.  -Exchange

Are Dinosaurs Extinct?

All right.  You are from Missouri and say “show me.”  Watch the following “hot off the press You Tube” from Kim Joiner in Florida.

Published on Jan 16, 2017

Who says Dinosaurs are extinct?”
Giant gator caught strolling through Polk nature center
A giant alligator was caught on camera during a morning stroll at a nature center in Polk County.
The Lakeland Police Department shared the video, taken by Kim Joiner, on their Facebook page saying, “Who says Dinosaurs are extinct?”
The big daddy gator was strolling through the Circle B Bar Reserve, an area of of protected lands in Polk County.
In the video you can see four other people recording the surprise encounter, and not from a far distance – Ekkk!
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What these folks do not know, is that a giant alligator IS a dinosaur.  Dinosaur means “terrible lizard.”  I would suggest the aforementioned “You Tube” qualifies.  And so does the following, featuring the Komodo Dragons, the largest lizards on earth.  The folks in Indonesia who live near these reptiles, leave their lights on at night because there is no end to what they will try to eat – including the poor soul whose turn it is to take out the trash.

Dinosaurs coexisted with man.  Science, history, paleontology, archaeology, and anthropology all prove this to be true.  The best proof to the born again Christian is found in the book of Job.  Read Job 40:15-24 and all of chapter 41.  In these pages you will find a reference to a giant land dinosaur, a plesiosaur, and a fire breathing dragon.  Every continent and every major ancient culture refers to dinosaurs.  A dragon is featured on the national flag of Wales, one was carved on the ancient Ishtar Gates of Babylon, they are carved on the Ica stones in Peru, and they were observed by Marco Polo during his explorations throughout the Far East.  They are represented in the parades in China when they celebrate the new year.  They are replete throughout history.

 

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True Science Is In Perfect Harmony With The Bible / Apologetics

Below are a few of the countless proofs of the inspiration of the Bible.  The Lord knows all about His creation, so the very limited scientific understanding of man was already known by God in eternity past:

FASCINATING BIBLE FACTS!
The Bible is filled with scientific facts, written thousands of years before man discovered them. 
Did you know…
At a time when it was believed that the earth sat on a large animal or a giant (1500 B.C.), the Bible spoke of the earth’s free float in space. Job 26: 7 reads… “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” Science didn’t discover that the earth hangs upon nothing until 1650.
Did you know…
The Scriptures tell us that the earth is round. Isaiah 40:22 reads… “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,…” The word translated “circle” here is the Hebrew wordchuwg, which is also translated “circuit” or “compass” (depending on the context). That is, it indicates something spherical, rounded, or arched – not something that is flat or square. The book of Isaiah was written sometime between 740 and 680 B.C. This is at least 300 years before Aristotle suggested, in his book “On the Heavens,” that the earth might be a sphere. It was another 2,000 years later (at a time when science believed that the earth was flat) that the Scriptures inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world. 
Did you know…
Science can only speculate why dinosaurs disappeared. However, the answer may be in Job 40: 15-24. In this passage, God Himself speaks of a great creature called “behemoth.” Some Bible commentators think this is a reference to the hippopotamus. However, one of the characteristics of this massive animal is that it had a tail the size of a large tree. The Hippo’s tail isn’t like a tree; it’s more like a small twig.
Here are all the given characteristics of this huge animal: It was the largest of all the creatures God made; was plant-eating (herbivorous); had its strength in its hips, and a tail like a large tree. It had very strong bones, lived among the trees, drank massive amounts of water, and was not disturbed by a raging river. He appears impervious to attack because his nose could pierce through snares, but Scripture says in verse 19, “He that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.” In other words, God caused this, the largest of all the creatures He had made, to become extinct. 
Did you know…
Modern deep-sea-diving cameras have discovered amazing hot-water vents on the floor of the oceans – “the springs of the sea.” Job 38:16 reads… “Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?” These thermal vents release huge amounts of mineral-rich, super-heated water – springs in the darkness.
For thousands of years, all the answers to puzzling questions can be found within the precious pages of the Bible. A wise man knows where to go to find the answers!

Massive Full-Scale Version of Noah’s Ark Comes to Life in Kentucky

 

 

There might not be a flood of biblical proportions in the forecast, but Noah’s Ark is coming to Williamstown, Kentucky, this summer.

Massive Full-Size Version of Noah's Ark Comes to Life in Kentucky

A full-size version of Noah’s Ark is expected to be completed before Ark Encounter, a Bible-themed park, opens July 7.

Ken Ham had the massive ship built to match the dimensions set out in the Bible. The entire project is expected to cost $100 million.

“The message that we have — it’s making the Bible come alive, really. By building Noah’s Ark, we’re saying, ‘This really happened. This is plausible,'” Ham told “Nightline.”

According to Ham, his ark is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high. “It gets bigger and bigger. When you get inside, it gets bigger again,” he said.

Ark Encounter is just a few miles from Ham’s Creation Museum, which attracts nearly half a million visitors a year and teaches a young Earth theory of creation. Ham calls his ministry Answers in Genesis.

“We have a lot of people who are not Christians who come here, and they appreciate the way it’s presented. It’s presented very tastefully,” said Ham. “It’s educational.”

Visitors to the Creation Museum can find exhibits like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, which is next to one showing dinosaurs playfully eating fruit.

One of Ham’s biggest critics is Bill Nye, an evolutionist who is known as the television personality the Science Guy. He dismissed Ham’s creationist exhibits as biblical propaganda. Nye said dinosaurs died out long before human beings ever came along.

“I can prove that beyond any reasonable doubt. That is what’s very troubling. Allosauruses and humans did not live at the same time. Teaching the earth is 6,000 years old is completely wrong and inappropriate,” he told “Nightline.”

“When they dig up dinosaur bones, they don’t dig them up with labels on saying, ‘Hi, I’m 70 million years old,’ or whatever it is,” Ham said. “We’re saying that most of those bones they dig up are actually from the flood of Noah’s day, not from millions of years ago.”

Ham rejected mainstream science institutions as evolutionary doctrinaires.

“Museums like the Natural History Museum inWashington, D.C., Smithsonian or Chicago Field Museum, mostly they teach that we supposedly evolved [from] apelike creatures. Why shouldn’t we be able to use the same technology and really challenge people to consider the Bible as the true history of the world?” he said.

Ham’s Noah’s Ark project took advantage of $18 million in tax benefits and tourism incentives.

The state of Kentucky attempted to block the project from receiving public funding, but Ham took his case to court and won. “Christians pay taxes in this world. We live in this world. We’re not second-class citizens. The federal judge rule in our favor,” he said.

“It’s just inappropriate. To me, [it’s] a clear violation of the First Amendment, for crying out loud,” Nye argued.

To work at Ark Encounter, job applicants must sign a statement of faith, professing a Christian belief in the creation story. For instance, they agree that the “great flood of Genesis was an actual historic event, worldwide in its extent and effect.”

Ham said this is necessary because “we are a Christian organization and we have a Christian message.”

Among the construction workers who have helped build the ark are Amish carpenters who said part of their faith included accepting the Bible as truth. The artists who created the ark’s exhibits are believers too.

“There’s a lot of people that scoff,” Ham said. “We get a lot of attacks by some of the aggressive secularists. Sometimes I feel a bit like Noah.”

Admission to Ark Encounter will be $40 for adults and $28 for children, and Ham said he expects that fascination with Noah and his ark will result in 1 million to 2 million visitors in the first year.

“We really do believe that if we build it, they will come. And they’re going to come,” Ham said.

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About 4,000 years ago, the people laughed at Noah because he built the ark on dry land.  Today, the people laugh at Ken Ham for building a replica of the ark on dry land.  Yes indeed, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Pagan evolutionists like Bill Nye, actually despise the replica of the ark being built because they hate the truth.  The Scopes’ Monkey Trial of 1925 asserted that evolutionists simply desired an equal voice.  That “equal” voice has snuffed God and prayer out of the classroom, and contributed to moral decadence throughout this once great nation.  Abortion, euphanasia, fornication, and every other form of debauchery find their roots in this godless philosophy.  A mere generation ago, Christianity ruled the land as we enjoyed a wonderful way of life.  We have “sown the wind, and we are reaping the whirlwind.”  Hosea 8:7    Maranatha, Pastor Steve

For comprehensive information on the ark to be displayed in Kentucky on 7/7/16, go to arkencounter.com

 

More Proof That The Biblical Giants Mentioned In Genesis 6 Once Walked On Our Planet

There are a plethora of historical and archaeological articles on this blog site, as well actual proof that Biblical Giants once walked the earth, under the category “Old Testament Giants.”  The following article is written from a secular standpoint, but much to the chagrin of worldly thinkers, it places an awful wrinkle in their evolutionary scheme.    Pastor Steve

Key the following link:

10 Alleged Discoveries That Suggest Giants Existed

 

Apostasy Is Becoming Prevalent In The Church

2 Thessalonians 2:3 King James Version (KJV)

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

 

Matthew 24:24

 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

APOSTASY  …is when the belief system of the fallen world enters the church.  What was recently called sexual perversion is the new normal.  Today’s America is like ancient Sodom.  Sodom was so apostate that Sodomites even attempted to rape angels, even after the Sodomites were blinded!  [What is mind boggling is the naivety of people today, who seem to believe we are exempt from God’s judgment from our sanctifying of sodomy!  There is absolutely no fear of God.  Keep in mind that we have so much more light than the ancient Sodomites, yet we wink at this hideous abomination.  Judgment is coming very soon.]  Our president and the supreme court have been working on sanctifying “gay” marriage, and promoting the LGBT movement for years with great success.  After the supreme court’s recent vote to allow these “marriages,” the White House was bathed in rainbow colors, thus displaying their consummate approval and endorsement of this decision.  Most Christian leaders realize that the next step for those who practice these abominations, is for them to demand acceptance within the church.  Many mainline churches will have no worries, because they have already gone apostate.  So much for freedom of religion.  Church members are scrambling to change their by laws as to what constitutes a Biblical marriage, who can use the restrooms, etc., etc.  Make no mistake, those who oppose the New World Order (NWO) will eventually have their land and buildings confiscated, and their churches dissolved, unless the Lord intervenes.  The Bible tells us in Daniel 7:25 that the Antichrist will change our laws.  I cannot imagine a greater change than to turn God’s plan for marriage on its’ head.  We have usurped 6,000 years of human history and standards for morality and made a total mockery of God’s ideal for marriage and family.  Many mainline Christian churches have already accepted these life styles which means that the Lord has taken His candlestick out from among them.  Wherever apostasy prevails, the Holy Spirit leaves.  In North Carolina, people who oppose the rights of the LGBT crowd to use the public restrooms are referred to as hateful.  Who would like their nine year old child to enter a public restroom with one who believes they are a man today and a woman tomorrow?  Anyone who stands for Biblical, traditional and normal values is labeled as hateful and phobic.  Churches are becoming less bold and even timid about confronting these issues.                                                                                          Tran bathroom abuse

This photo is taken from Lloyd’s of Rochester blog site

Acceptance of sexual unions outside of God’s parameters is a huge sign that the church age may be winding down.  If this is the case, then apocalyptic events like the rapture of the church and the Great Tribulation could be right around the corner.  So what should be our attitude given these circumstances?  Should we be sad or glad?  The Bible has the answer:

Luke 21:28 King James Version (KJV)

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 This is the blessed hope of the church.  Maranatha, the Lord is coming!

Where Is Solomon’s Temple? Where Is Golgotha? A Paradigm Shift In Archaeology…

Chuck Missler has been working with Bob Cornuke over the past couple of years, attempting to ascertain the genuine sites of both Solomon’s Temple and Mount Calvary / Golgotha, where Jesus Christ was crucified.  Chuck Missler is very well known in Christian circles, affiliated with Koinonia Institute.  Chuck excels in several areas in Christendom, most noteworthy in Bible prophecy.  Bob Cornuke has been referred to as the Indiana Jones, from a Biblical / Christian perspective, in modern archaeology.  In his career, he has pursued the sites of the real Mount Sinai, the Ark of the Covenant, Noah’s Ark, the four anchors of Paul’s shipwreck off Malta, and most recently Solomon’s Temple / Golgotha.  The following You Tubes discuss the recent joint ventures of Chuck Missler and Bob Cornuke, as they pursue the real sites of Solomon’s Temple and Golgotha (where Jesus was crucified):

The Real Solomon’s Temple ~ Bob Cornuke

Here is a fascinating “thumb nail sketch” of Bob Cornuke’s discovery in Jerusalem of the real Solomon’s Temple site.  I devour books as a pastor, and one of the best unique, original and cutting edge books I have ever purchased is “Temple” by Robert Cornuke.  The following You Tube is an excellent summary of the book.  Bob has found channels in which the blood of sacrificed animal flowed, olive presses, and stalls/chains for animals underneath the original City of David/Mount Zion.  This is the site of the Gihon Springs and the water source for Solomon’s Temple.  The “Temple Mount” where the Dome of the Rock is, was the base of a Roman emcampment.  The Temple of Solomon is 600-1000 feet south of this locale, in the original City of David.  Enjoy the audio and pick up a copy of Temple for a detailed analysis:

I just spoke with Bob Cornuke this morning (3/2/16), and there is another mind blowing discovery made, with a book soon to follow.  He is teaming up with Chuck Missler on this latest venture.  I understand Missler will be the premier author.  As soon as specifics are available, they will be on this blog site.  Bob’s website is http://www.baseinstitute.org

In Christ, Pastor Steve

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 23

Solomon’s Lost Temple  ~  Bob Cornuke

These are exciting times of new discoveries in archaeology.  Exponentially they are coming in a very rapid rate.  Skeptics say:  “Show me and I will believe.”  God says:  “Believe and I will show you.”  You must become a believer in order to recognize what God is doing.  The unsaved do not understand or comprehend what is happening.  80% of college students fall away from their faith.  The Bible warns us not to be deceived by the traditions of the world, that would undermine our faith in Christ.  Philosophy (love of wisdom), evolution, and the traditions of man are all out there trying to steal our faith.

Matthew 11:25  King James Version (KJV)

25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

There is a curse for mocking God and believing man knows everything.  God will actually hide the truth from those who think they are so wise and clever.  Worldly brilliant people think Christians are crazy because of our faith.  University professors marginalize and characterize Christians.

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The Temple findings from Solomon’s Temple are the real deal.  Bob will have a lot more material next year after more study and investigation is accomplished.  In 1986 Bob searched for Noah’s Ark.  He still does trips to this locale.  Noah’s Ark is not on Mount Ararat in Turkey.  Bob does not think that may even be the right mountain.  He thinks the mountain may be in Iran or Pakistan.  (Genesis 11:1-2 says the first generations after Noah came from the land of Shinar in the east).  ***   I believe that Noah’s Ark no longer exists.  There was a devastated earth without grown trees and even shrubbery when Noah and his family of eight exited the ark.  What else could possibly been their source of building homes, outbuildings, barns, pens, implements, fences, etc., etc.?  The ark was dismantled and used for their practical needs.  Pastor Steve   ***

Bob recalled his previous explorations whereby they found the real Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia (Galatians 4:25).  They found altars, pillars, the split rock where the water came out, the top was charred black, and the Bible says it is in the ancient land of Midian.  Scholars laughed at their exploits when they happened twenty five years ago, but now they are all coming around to believing this is indeed the place of the real Mt. Sinai (Jabal al Lawz).

Another item they searched for was the Ark of the Covenant.  Bob took twenty trips to Ethiopia.  Bob believes the Ark is in as small chapel in an Ethiopian town.  (I spoke with Bob on the telephone about eight-ten years ago, and he believed the same thing then).  Bob believes the Ark went to Elephantine Island on the Nile River where it stayed for hundreds of years before it was taken to Ethiopia.  There is a strong historical tradition that asserts this theory, whether or not it is true.

Furthermore, Bob did extensive research off of the coast of Malta, searching for the four anchors from Paul’s shipwreck, summarized in Acts 27,28.  Bob fed the Biblical data into a thirty million dollar computer, and they researched the area that the computer took them to.  The anchors were no longer there because they were already located and retrieved by scuba divers!  They have all been located.

Bob Cornuke opened up a question and answer period for any questions on his explorations of Noah’s Ark, Mount Sinai, the Ark of the Covenant, Paul’s Shipwreck, and The Temple.

It was mentioned that many people inside and outside of Christianity all believe that something is soon coming upon the world, centered in Jerusalem  (Zechariah 12, 13, 14).  Because of this, Bob Cornuke has a tremendous impetus that is open to his exploits in archaeology all around the globe, including many politicians and dignitaries.  It was mentioned that recent archaeological findings are giving strong clues to where the tomb of King David is.

Another question was:  “Are the Jewish people excited that because the real temple location is not near the Dome Of The Rock, they can therefore build immediately?”  The problem here is that the accepted traditional location is so strong by Jewish scholars, rabbis, etc.,  that credence is not always given to recent discoveries.  For further comprehensive information on Bob’s research on the Temple, go to part 5 of this series, and obtain a copy of his recent publication The Temple.  It is the most cutting edge archaeological book that I have read in years.  

Bob’s main theme throughout his archaeological endeavors is to assert the truth of the Bible.  He is viciously attacked because of his firm stance upon the Word of God.