Intelligence

Recently, out of boredom, I took an IQ test.  To the best of my recollection, the test results came in right around the same as one I had taken years ago, near 120.  I pondered this, wondering where these supposed standards come from.    Did the world’s smartest man create the IQ test?  What is logic?  What standards are used to measure presumed intelligence?  What is intelligence?  Why is it so many intelligent people are against their Creator?    Recently I had a conversation with a pastor regarding biblical Salvation.  The pastor appeared to be spot on and seemed to have a true zeal towards God.  Our conversation changed to discussing the Flood and Creation.  In that conversation the pastor left open the possibility of a gap theory, while still holding to six literal days of Creation.  While he didn’t affirm that it was so, he also did not affirm that it was not.  After our conversation I pondered whether or not it was acceptable as a Believer to allow any sort of compromise regarding the allowance of a gap theory into what the Bible actually teaches.   As I was pondering this we made our way to another building where there was a display of rare rocks and minerals.  Having a keen interest in rock hounding, I quickly found myself in a conversation with a gentlemen behind the table regarding their collection.  I noted that some of the local rocks that he had collected, I also had in my possession at home.  He began to explain that those rocks were pre-algae.  At first I avoided any confrontation regarding...

Unrepentant

Our national anthem declares that “In God is our trust“.  The lyrics of America the Beautiful declares that “God shed his grace on thee“.  If we were a newly founded country would either of these terms be allowed with all of the liberal anti God mentality that is out there.  I’m sure our country would have to come up with songs that would include everyone’s beliefs and the only people whom it could be offensive too would be true Believers, of whom probably very few would actually take offense.   “Remember the Word that I said to you, A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My Word, they will keep yours also.”  John 15:20   America consistently is heading in a direction that is contrary to God.  This has been going on for quite some time, in fact out west, in places like Montana, there certainly was lawlessness back in the foundation and afterwards of this state, but those who were about to be hung for their crimes would still often confess that they were indeed guilty before their Creator.  Even though their sins had been found out, they were guilty, they had done evil, the point is they still knew that they would stand before their Creator, guilty.  Nowadays America is like a prostitute who does wrong, but in her own eyes she has not committed evil.   “This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, I have done no wickedness.”  Proverbs 30:20   Does America still...

What’s Different this Time?

I’ve always been keen on the news, especially when it comes to deciphering the truth of what is going on in the world.  Fake news is not a new concept to All Will Stand.  Originally I was part of a website with Brandon that was in its infancy in creating real news article.  Back then, in 2011, we didn’t call it fake news, but rather just knew that oftentimes there was more to a story, a different side, then what was being bombarded on the television screens and newspaper articles across the United States.   The rise of alternative news was growing quickly back then as patriots were providing articles, radio programs and videos about what was really going on.  This time things are different when it comes to North Korea, while there are certainly much more to learn about the regime via alternative outlets, the mainstream media is telling the truth regarding North Korea’s ability to hit the United States mainland with nuclear weapons, the only differing points is whether they have the ability to hit the entire continental United States or from the west coast all the way to Chicago.    Kim Yong-un, North Korea’s dictator, has been saying for quite some time that he could hit the mainland, the United States shrugged off this idea and it was presumed that eventually, if not stopped, he would be able to.  With this thought many Americans happily went along with the idea of trying to stop North Korea from getting the advanced technology to hit the United States with nuclear weapons, either diplomatically or military.  Well now that...

Freedom

Recently I was reminded of the struggles of people during the Soviet Union.  The oppression of those who wished to actually serve God according to the Holy Scriptures and preach what the Holy Spirit had led them to preach was quite staggering.  In the Soviet Union each sermon had to be approved by the state, any swaying from that could lead to immediate trouble.   The Soviet Union was not alone in this regard, even with the fall of the Soviet Union, now Putin has reinstated laws that require a Christian to be licensed in order to hand out religious literature or witness to another person.  Everything must be within the organized religions setup within Russia.  However, China is much more repressive than Russia is, with a strong underground Church movement.   “We ought to obey God rather than men.”  Acts 5:29b   In any country were there is oppression against Believers, understand that many people are carted off to prisons, camps or put into mental institutions, some will die, others will be maimed or permanently damaged.  Those who are arrested for such offenses know that it is worthy to be in trouble for the cause of following the Lord.  They realize that suffering persecution is part of being a Believer.   “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  Remember the Word that I said to you, A servant...

Forgetfulness

“And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt so with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?  Was this not the word we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”  Exodus 14:11-12   If it has been awhile or if you have never read it before, take a few minutes to read Exodus 5-12.    God has just shown Himself to the tribes of Israel in Egypt.  Not only that of Israel, but to those who were Egyptians it was also apparent that they were dealing with God.   “And the hail struck throughout the whole land of Egypt, all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail struck every plant of the field and shattered every tree of the field.  Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no hail.”  Exodus 9:25-26   “And Pharaoh’s servants said to him, How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve Jehovah their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt has vanished?”  Exodus 10:7   There was a clear distinguishing between the Egyptians and the Israelites, even Pharaoh’s servants recognized this.  So as God had said, they are finally not only allowed to leave and serve Jehovah, but after the Passover they are being asked to...

They Didn’t Make It

  “Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were pleasing; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.  And Jehovah said, My Spirit shall not continually strive with man, for indeed it is in flesh to sin; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.  There were giants on the earth in those days. And also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them, these were the mighty men from antiquity, men of renown.  And Jehovah saw that the evil of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all day long.  And Jehovah regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved to His heart.  And Jehovah said, I will obliterate man whom I have created from off the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and flying creatures of the heavens, for I regret having made them.  But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah.  These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generation. Noah walked with God.  And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.  The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.  And God looked upon the earth, and behold it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way...

No Place For Them

“And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God. And books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, out of the things which were written in the books.  And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one, according to their works.  And Death and Hades were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death.  And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.”  Revelation 20:11-15   Eventually time is going to run out.  With the way things are looking it could be soon, perhaps even before this article becomes published.  Yet no one knows the day nor the hour.  One thing that man often does is kick the can down the road on things they know they ought to do.   “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.  But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and did not realize until...

First in Line

The other day I had to pick up something at the post office.  As I entered the main lobby, I took my place in line waiting patiently as there were several people in front of me, mailing and picking up packages.  Soon the line behind me stretched all the way to the door and as more people started to approach some became frustrated and stated that they would have to come back later.   That day the line was long and slow.  It seemed to take nearly 20 minutes for me to finally get to the counter to conduct business, but alas it happened.  On my way home I was pondering how many of those who were waiting would have liked to have been able to cut to the front, to be first in line.  I thought of this in regards to the final Judgment where each individual man and woman stand before God Almighty, one at a time, waiting for their turn.   “And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God. And books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, out of the things which were written in the books.  And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one,...

Following Who?

There is a very dangerous trend that has happened in the past and will surely happen in the future.  Man looking for man to solve man’s problems.  While societies could look at their ills that need to be addressed, such as jobs, infrastructure, health care, etc., often times for many people, not only in the United States, but around the world, the are truly focused on their own household.   While there are certainly things that leaders, whether elected, celebrities with their foundations, political movement figures, etc., can certainly do, such as donate a large amount of food or clothing, give money, help create jobs, the bottom line is people are looking towards man to not only fix the ills of society, but those of their own household.    There certainly can be merit in some of the efforts that man does to provide help, but too often the problems they intend to fix create other problems or their public intentions are not their private intentions.  Even if man was able to begin to provide some sort of utopia, what would be a utopia for one segment of society would be a dystopia to another segment.    Families around the world are concerned about a job to make enough income to provide the necessities of life.  Then those who have such an amount of income are often focused on making more to provide for the desires and pleasures of life.  A healthy family who supposedly remains so through access to proper medical care, is another focus, then there are the concerns that some focus on regarding their imagined rights,...

As Little Children

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who then is greater in the kingdom of Heaven?  And Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, Truly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of Heaven.  Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is greater in the kingdom of Heaven.”  Matthew 18:1-4   I awoke today with a thought of just how simple it should be for people to believe the Gospel.  Irregardless of what might be taught by the ‘professionals’ throughout the world, I wondered why no one questions the fact that the world is not yet overpopulated.    A quick Google search and I found that supposedly mankind is six million years old, the current evolved form of mankind (I guess that would be us) is around 200,000 years old, civilization as we know it is around 6,000 years old and the industrial revolution started in the 1800’s.  In and of itself that evolutionary statement of disbelief aligns itself with the Word of God in that the world is around 6,000 years old, so I agree with the civilization portion, any book would quickly verify the industrial revolution.  But according to mankind, the current form of humans is 200,000 years old, why isn’t the population of the world too many people?   In 2000 years, according to those who do such research, the population has went from somewhere between 170 – 400 million, increasing steadily to around 7.5 billion people today.  If mankind...