025 Signs of the End 4

In this series of PodCasts we will be looking at Signs of the End times in scripture. We will be covering the apocalyptic books of Daniel and Revelation, the Signs of the End from Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 and the the non-canonical apocalyptic books of 2 Esdras, 2 Baruch and of course Enoch. We will also be looking into the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library and the apocalyptic works they contain.

What does the Abomination of Desolation have to do with the Mark of the Beast? When will the Mark be set up? What do the Seven Heads of the Beast of Revelation represent? How do you know whom God has sent? What does it mean that the earth will end in fire?

In this podcast you will find the answers to these questions and many more.

Topics covered in this PodCast are:
00:00 Introduction
01:48 He whom God has sent
24:19 The Seven Heads
45:34 The Mark of the Beast
1:07:24 The End in Fire
1:42:01 Discussion

Circumcision: A Cut to the Heart

Circumcision, like Baptism, has become a tradition, custom or requirement that differentiates greatly between the religions of the world. ‘Jews’ are well known adherents to a physical circumcision as a way to continue the Covenant of Circumcision between Abraham and God. Muslims consider circumcision an act of ‘purification’ and Christians are split on whether a physical circumcision is required. Catholics are against it and Orthodox Christians are for it. Many protestant Christians, like Catholics, see a water Baptism as the replacement or extension of Circumcision, but this approach varies between denominations.

Consider, as well, the discrepancies between government guidance on the issue. In the US, the government has framed circumcision as a health issue. World War II recruits were routinely circumcised. It is still a commonplace procedure for infants prior to leaving the hospital. Many parents support the practice in adherence to government health guidance. In 1965 over 85% of the US population circumcised male infants. That number has been dropping ever since. Meanwhile, several European countries have tried to outright ban the practice. With such a dizzying array of understanding and motivation for circumcision, has anyone actually cut to the heart of what God calls for?

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