BEN's (Almost Daily) WRITE 88 - 2006 06 30 South Wartzor
I asked the Lord today to let me be a renewed part of His body here on Earth.
Then I realized if I am a part of His body, I can't really be sick. Because then my body is no longer my own but His, and the Lord can't be sick. I'm just a little but integral part of His body on Earth.
Those of us who accept the Lord Jesus into our hearts become His body. The congregation of believers on Earth are the body of Christ.
The body of Christ is whole, it can't get sick because there is no condemnation in Christ nor in anyone who is a part of His body.
Therefore stand your ground against all Evil, because King Jesus has conquered over death, sickness and all Evil on the cross. Use the sword of the Spirit (the bible) to cut all ties to the world.
Take up the cross and follow Him that you may become whole.
BEN's (Almost Daily) WRITE 87 - 2006 06 29 South Wartzor
So much is crazy in the world today. One thing I have to mention is abortion. I'm speaking up for all the millions of unborn babies that are being killed.
I must mention first that there is forgiveness for all those who have gone through abortions and regretted it. God is full of love and forgives us over and over for all our sins, whatever they may be...if we regret them.
I once designed a cover for a Handbook on Abortion, so I know a whole lot about the problem.
The thing that bothers me the most is that, (1) babies who have defects prior to birth are often being aborted for NO REASON!
According to a scientific study that I read about 20 years ago, it was found that all babies with defects (during the study) actually were OK when they were born! (there's more about the subject here). Most (if not all) imperfections that were found during the study had been eradicated before birth.
Why is this never mentioned anymore??? Doctors just kill the babies without mentioning this to the mothers.
Babies feel pain just as everybody else as they are being killed!
I've seen medical videos of unborn babies trying to pull away when they were sliced up with knives in their wombs. They came out as piles of body parts. There are many different methods of killing the babies, but I can't find my book Handbook on abortion right now.
I once talked to a nurse in Stockholm who said that they sometimes abort much older babies than what is legal.
She said that one of them fully developed was alive in a dustbin for a long time before it finally died...I'm not making this up, but I can't tell you which Hospital it was nor the name of the nurse (for obvious reasons). She said it happens all the time, but it's a hush hush situation.
Why do people think that the babies feel no pain, just because they can't scream at that stage? From what I have seen in medical videos they do feel pain and are desperate to stay alive.
I also read a story about a mother (in Cornerstone Magazine) who changed her mind when she felt her little baby girl fight for her life and kick around forcefully for a long time in her mothers stomach. The woman who shared her story was devastated, and felt tricked by the doctors.
God has a plan for every unborn baby (person).
When a baby is killed, a chain of events which should have occurred because of this person is stopped. The consequences are many times dire.
PS. (1) Unfortunately I don't have the report anymore, but it was publicized in a major newspaper.
Here's a link of the different stages in a baby's development: X
BEN's (Almost Daily) WRITE 86 - 2006 06 28 South Wartzor
Romans 10:17 So then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
This is why it's important to go to church.
It boosts your faith when you hear God's word preached. I feel my faith being boosted every time I see God doing supernatural stuff in church, but that's only natural :)
Computer art "Monologue III" © Benjamin Antell 2006
All churches are different though,
so you might have to check out a few until you find one where the Holy Spirit has free reign. Some churches are dead as rocks, others alive and vibrant. That often depends on the pastors since some aren't even Christians. Some pastors may be Christians but lack a spiritual life, because they don't know the Holy Spirit.
Other times the congregation can pull down everything the pastor is trying to do because of religious tradition, preconceived ideas or simply unbelief.
Traditions can be like spanners in the works.
Traditions are often man made rubbish. I'm not knocking all traditions, but many times they hinder the outpouring of the Spirit.
Jesus taught us to be straight forward and truthful. He also taught us to love each other unconditionally. He taught us to help those in need, both financially and time-wise. Many try to pay and run away, that's not what it's about. We have to give each other of our time as well. Tomorrow will still be there the day after (and if it isn't, who cares?), what's the rush?
BEN's (Almost Daily) WRITE 85 - 2006 06 27 South Wartzor
I wrote some stuff in Swedish today...
My new album is mastered and ready for publishing. I have no clue who will release it at this time :)
Some say reminds them of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix, T. Rex :), Pulp Fiction, Black Sabbath (eeek), Led Zeppelin, Beatles...but different...
I don't know myself, I just played what felt natural and pressed rec. No matter how original you try to be, you'll always be compared to others...c'est la vie like they say in Russia, but in russian :)
About 90% of the music happened by "chance". I had no plans, I just pressed rec. an then we played. The record has a live vibe since its recorded without any click track or anything of that nature :)
BEN's (Almost Daily) WRITE 84 - 2006 06 26 South Wartzor
The Holy Spirit is our ears and eyes in the spiritual world!
John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth (gives life); the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.
John 7:37 In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, [then] are you my disciples indeed;
John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:43 Why do you not understand my speech? [even] because you cannot hear my word.
John 8:44 You are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 8:51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
I know it might seem hard to understand these things,
even though they are clear in one sense. That's why we need to get saved and filled by the Holy Spirit, because the Spirit is our ears and eyes in the spiritual world. Without Him we are all blind as bats.
Photo "Lasse Wirén running the LA Marathon -88" © Benjamin Antell 2006
If you feel a pull towards God (a longing to get to know Him).
It's only because He is pulling you towards Himself! Don't resist, don't put it off, because you might not get a second chance. If you have any questions, you can write me...press (here).
Another cool link: Derek Prince Ministries
BEN's (Almost Daily) WRITE 83 - 2006 06 25 South Wartzor
If all men are equal, all men are brothers. Then how come the rich are more equal than others?
Just a thought :-)
I heard it for the first time on one of Larry Norman's albums. He was one of the first Christian artists that I heard, after meeting God. Pray for Larry if you will, he's had heart surgery and is not feeling too great. He's the guy who wrote Why should the Devil have all the good music?. I understand him completely.
I remember reading an interview with Jimi Hendrix where they asked him how it felt to be the greatest guitar player in the world. His reply was -"ask Phil Keaggy". Phil is a great Christian guitar player. The best records I've heard with him are from the 70's. As most artists in the world, he is not allowed to record what he wants too. The major record companies always dictate their way with the artists, in hopes of boosting sales.
I remember hearing a Beatles 60's recording made in the USA. "They" made the Beatles sound like any other American band at that time, all their personality was completely gone...it was dead boring...no magic left.
It's sad that even mega stars like Eric Clapton aren't allowed to record what they want to. I think we are missing out on a lot of fabulous music.
And now for something completely different.
Holy laughter is not orderly?
Why does everything have to be so strict an orderly in many churches???
Act 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. (that doesn't sound very orderly)
I think all the silly stuck up attitude is killing the spirit in many churches. Many criticize everything that the Spirit does, and claim that everything's some modern fad.
What about the apostles? People thought that they were drunk many times I'm sure!
Act 2:13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Laughter in the Spirit is not something new. Laughter is a symbol for victory in the spiritual realm. It's weird how ignorant most Christians and theologians seem to be in these matters. Get out your bibles, and pray for guidance and forget about all your hang ups, and you'll learn a lot :)
Psa 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. :-)
Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (alrightie then :-)
I remember Derek Prince's personal testimony, where he talks about his conversion. He began laughing in the spirit as he found God... and that was way back during the second world war. I have his testimony on tape. If anyone would like to hear it.
Derek Prince meant a lot to me when I had just found the Lord (or the other way around :-) Check him out on his web site!
BEN's (Almost Daily) WRITE 82 - 2006 06 24 South Wartzor
Just heard a sermon where Jonah was mentioned.
Jonah the rebellious prophet, tried to run away from God (when God sent him to Nineveh). Jonah got gobbled up by some big fish. When he was in the fish's belly, he realized that without a miracle from God, the way in was not the way out
I think that's a very straightforward picture of what our lives will end up like without God.
Jonah 1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
(According to Jack T. Chick Publications. PO Box 662, Chino, Ca 91708-0662 USA. The following story from the early 1900's is true).
There was a fisherman in England who got swallowed by a shark and lived!
The man was a sailor called Charlie, he lived in England. He was swallowed by a shark while fishing. He was in the shark's belly for 2 days, and was still alive when they caught the fish! His skin was discolored because of the gastric juices, and his hair gone. Needless to say he was a freak for the rest of his life.
Once when I walked on shallow rocks in the water from the beach of Wollongong, Australia. A shark swam by me, almost 1 foot away from me. Lucky for me he wasn't hungry :-)
PS. The sermon was by Rodney Howard Browne
BEN's (Almost Daily) WRITE 81 - 2006 06 23 South Wartzor
You can get a supernatural life in Christ!
It's not just a philosophy, it's a real exciting supernatural life. I have it, and you can have it too! You can come before God's throne anytime, if you ask for speaks in Jesus name! God will listen to you. Isn't that fantastic? I think so.
There is no middle ground.
I have a friend who thinks he can "make it", if he doesn't irritate God nor the devil. But as I have tried to explain before, there is no middle ground. Either you choose God, or you lose your life.
We can choose if we want to live short selfish lives here on Earth or follow Christ, and receive an eternal life by Grace. The choice is entirely ours! I choose eternal life, because I'm not very fond of this one. There has to be something better than this...
It doesn't matter if you irritate the devil, if you are saved. Jesus won the battle against him when Jesus conquered death. So the devil has no right to you any longer, if you accept Jesus. That doesn't mean that you should take on the devil foolishly, because he is not dead yet, and he know a lot of tricks. He will probably try to trip you somehow. The main thing is to stay close to Jesus, because He is much stronger.
Pray for your country every day.
BEN's (Almost Daily) WRITE 80 - 2006 06 22 South Wartzor
Almost 19,000 Druids, New Agers and and other lost souls gathered at Stonehenge the other day.
The solstice "is a way of praising the creation.", was one comment...how sad is that?. Thousands of lost souls are praising the creation instead of the Creator. None of these people will see Heaven, if they don't find God instead of the nonsense.
Praying to sticks and stones, was never on my agenda.
I'm not saying that I'm a better man, or anything silly like that, that's not what its about. Not one of us is perfect. We all need the Lord in our lives. Without Him there will always be a void inside, that can't be filled by anything else successfully.
It's sad how the church many times has diluted the Gospel, so that there is no power left. That's why people are turning to all kinds of Mumbo-Jumbo in these last days.
Markku Koivisto is now officially defrocked for 4 months!
The bishops and other (pagan?) clergy members in Finland, are fighting to get rid of Markku Koivisto a priest who delivers people from sickness and evil spirits etc., just like Jesus told us to do!!!
Luke 10:9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
Luke 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
Naturally the devil is furious with brothers like MK. Anyone who does God's will, immediately get on the devil's death list. That's just the way it is.
It sounds as if Markku Koivisto is up against modern day Pharisees :-) The Pharisees tried to bash Jesus every chance they got.
Matthew 5:20, For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Did you know that the same thing happened to
Yes, the famous painter was also an Evangelist! When he began sharing his money etc. to the poor in the mining village of Framieres, the Evangelical Mission of Bruxelles saw to it that Vincent was fired! Vincent worked in the coal mining district of Frameries, Wasmes. The proud and arrogant priests in charge were ashamed of Vincent who lived as a coal miner, instead of prancing about like an important idiot.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
I've never seen these facts mentioned in art books. But then again the books are seldom written by born again Christians, that's why such facts are normally left out.
It's sad how the public is many times robbed of interesting truths and exciting bits of history. The publisher's are only interested in making money, this is why they distort the truth many times.
They write about Vincent as if he were a maniac...because maniacs sell!
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I almost drowned in Belmont, Queensland once.
I used to swim underwater a lot when I was a kid. Once when I was about 10, I noticed that it was a lot easier to dive if you exhaled before diving. So I exhaled and dove about 5 or 6 meters...stayed down for a minute or so, Then when I ran out of air and engaged in the climb, fear did grip me because it was incredibly hard to swim upwards without air in my lungs. After about 3 meters, I thought "I'm dead". I thought there was no way to manage the last 2 meters, but I did. It's incredible how much extra power you can muster when you really need too, or perhaps it just wasn't my time...who knows. I've escaped death many times in different ways :)
I feel just about the same way, like suffocating if I don't go to church. It's a weird feeling, I can't really describe it since it's a more spiritual thing.
1Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
This is why it's impossible for professors of theology or whatever etc. to understand God's word! You can't understand it without the help of the Holy Spirit. There is simply NO WAY.
1Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Photo "I'm a cow" © Benjamin Antell 2006
I made a big mistake when I was younger.
I sometimes gave people Christian books to read instead of praying with them. I didn't know what to do when people told me they were interested in finding God. I don't understand how I could be that stupid, but I was. Go figure. It's much easier for people to meet God if you just pray with them "on the spot". I've prayed with people on trains stations, on the phone and here and there. Most of the ones that I've prayed with have experienced God in some way or another thanks to God.
I think it's common to give people books etc., instead of introducing them directly to God. I seem to remember Bob Dylan singing, "don't give me no picture shows or books to read" or something like that on either SAVED or SLOW TRAIN COMING...it reminded me of especially one guy that lost his way totally. He is now a Buddhist.
Naturally he will not see Heaven, if he doesn't find God instead. I feel like it's my fault. I could have prayed down Heaven into his life, but I was too stupid back then. It's going to be a lot harder for him to meet God now that he has been subjected to Buddhist spirits.
It's the same with most eastern religions. People get infected with the deceiving spirits of those religions, and many times have a really hard time getting set free. Most of the time they don't even realize that they have spirits, until they are confronted with the Holy Spirit. Because the evil spirits are afraid of the Holy Spirit and Jesus.
I'm glad that I never tried eastern religions.
I have "read" the Gita, the Qur'an and many other books but that was after I had met God. I just wanted to know what they were about.
It's really easy to tell the difference between the Bible and all those other religions, because I can easily see that the other books are written by mere men, and the Bible dictated by someone completely different.
The Gita is very shallow and mostly about evil spirits toying with the reader. The one who wrote the Qou'ran 600 years AFTER the Bible, sounds like a very bitter man. He is constantly bashing Christians and Jews. His hatred towards all others than Muslims is just too much.
Hatred can never be good, it's like a cancer...it devours us from the inside.
Photo "I can sea" © Benjamin Antell 2006
I really don't like religions.
Religion is death. God is love. I don't like to call myself a Christian, but I guess that's what I am since I'm a follower of Christ. I don't care for religious traditions.
I can't concentrate in churches where the priests run around in weird dresses, doing all kinds of silly man-made rituals. To Hell with the rubbish I say. I think they should stop with that nonsense, and get a life.
Christ deserves respect and obedience, and not a lot of silly meaningless show.
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I've noticed that my brother Conan O'Brian sometimes sings "I'm a gonna go to Hell when I die"...
as if it were a joke. Many people think that life is but a joke. Conan will regret his choice no end, on the day of judgment. There will be no joking around on that day. And people will stand there in horror. Many will not believe their ears and eyes. Their sins will come down on them like a ton of bricks. Many "good persons" will get the Hell sentence! Jesus is the stumbling rock, if you don't have Him, you have NOTHING.
I'm saying "they", because I don't have to stand in line with them
on that day, because I asked for forgiveness, and I got it! I'm going to have a good time in Heaven, it's gonna be a ball. I've already seen particles of it so I know it's gonna be a blast. Everything is different and exciting in Heaven. The music, nature and everything in general is different there. I can't wait to get there. I just hope that I manage to take some friends with me God willing, before it's time to leave this place.
Photo "Cabrillo" © Benjamin Antell 2006
If I don't go and help my wife with her earthly toils right now, I might get to Heaven even sooner :)
BEN's (Almost Daily) WRITE 77 - 2006 06 19 South Wartzor
Saw a program on Swedish TV last night about religions.
There was a Swedish professor in Theology who whimsically concluded, that "the only thing you have to do to become a Christian is to get baptized" :) I've never heard anything so silly and this guy is a "professor"!
Furthermore he concluded that the only thing you have to do to become a Muslim is to "live right", whatever that means??? The Koran teaches that if you do good deeds the moon god Allah will forgive you... The Koran (or Qur'an) was written 600 years after the Bible.
The Bible teaches that deeds will get you nowhere.
Only Jesus can give you eternal life. I know this to be true, because I have met Jesus personally, just as millions of other true Christians have. I have seen Jesus twice...so far :-)
Rom 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Photo "Azusa Mt." © Benjamin Antell 2006
To become a Christian you have to believe that Christ is Lord,
and not just a prophet. And believe that He rose from the dead. You should to ask Him to come into your heart and take over. You should to live according to your conciense, be kind, generous and helpful to those around you. Not to get into quarrels etc. You should give a tenth or 12 % of what you earn to the Church that you belong to (if you are really cool you will give more gladly :) When you give, don't expect anything in return, and do it with a glad heart or else you can just forget about it.
Mar 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
We have to follow the 10 commandments of God.
If we love our fellow man (all people), then we will fulfill all the other commandments automatically...
Don't take this as some religious exercise,
like many other religions do. There is NOTHING you can "do" in your own might, to get to Heaven. It's all about Grace. Jesus paid for your ticket to Heaven with His life. All you need to do basically is accept His offer, and get on board. When you accept Him into your life seriously, your life will begin to change. Many become a different person in an instant, for others it might take longer. It's always a change for the better :)
I got baptized before I met God.
I just did it because it was one of the requests in the Bible. It was no big deal, but I did it to show those around me that I was looking for a change in my life (nothing happened to me right then). That's why you do it normally, to show others that you have changed. I met God about a month later.
Photo "reflections in LA" © Benjamin Antell 2006
My life changed in a second!
One minute I was a sinner and totally miserable, a second later I was filled with the Holy Spirit and loved everybody. It can happen to you too. Jesus is just a prayer away! Go for it, you won't regret it.
I remember running around telling everybody of what I had found.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
PS. Many seem to have a problem understanding the Trinity.
I guess it's kinda strange to some, that three can get along nicely :)
1. God (I AM) is the Creator of the Universe,
2. Jesus Christ is His son who came to Earth and went through most of the stuff that we do, as mere men. And then He gave his life in our place, so that we would not be lost in our sins, for everybody sins...every day. Jesus did not sin, He is perfect and Holy. He stood all tests on Earth, He never fell.
3. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman who is our teacher, He reveals many of God's secrets to us Christians, things that the world knows absolutely nothing about.
The angels are merely messengers and helpers, who many times defend us against the dark force. They are important to us, but they should not be worshiped! They too worship The Father, Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Act 12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon [him], and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from [his] hands.
Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
BEN's (Almost Daily) WRITE 76 - 2006 06 18 South Wartzor
Five teens die in New Orleans shooting
Teenagers gunned down. I don't see how people can believe that man is basically good...I can't.
Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Ephesians 4:27Neither give place to the devil.
If the teens did not know Jesus, then they won't see Heaven either. That's why it's important for Christians to spread the good news, while we still can. Many won't listen, but at least then their blood won't be on our hands. I believe that the Lord demands it of us!
Photo LA © Benjamin Antell 2006
Ezekiel 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Ezekiel 3:19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
1 John 5:19 [And] we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.
1 John 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
1Pe 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
Photo taken at Melrose California © Benjamin Antell 2006(forgot the artists name, anyone know? -tell me, so I can add his name)
I would like to ask those of you who care, to pray for
for the 2 following weeks. That he may find Jesus. I see a longing in his heart for the truth. I don't know him personally, but I'm praying for him already. He is a great comedian/singer, and I for one would love to see him in Heaven.
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I hear you knockin', but you can't come in.
Computer painting "Which Doctor" © Benjamin Antell 2006
There are many people knocking on doors pushing their religions and whatever. Who should I listen too? Is it OK to let everybody into the house?
The bible states that we should not let anyone into our homes, who preaches any other gospel than that of Christ. If you encourage a person like that in any way, you become part in his/her wickedness.
To me this sounds a tad hard, I'd like to wish everybody well, but if God tells me not to, then I guess I'll have to obey Him. He knows best anyway, and I trust Him.
That's why I don't let Jehovas witnesses etc. into my home. I just mentioned them because it's required of them in their religion that they have to be out a certain amount of hours and minutes. (That is what they (JV) told me once in Sweden)
2 John 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed:
2 John 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
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I don't want to sound like a doomsday prophet, but there's a lot of grief heading our way, as well as joy.
I know I've mentioned this before, but soon we won't be able to buy or sell anything without a mark of some sort on our right hand or on our forehead. It's all in the bible.
The bible talks about a mark, since there was no other way to explain it back then. The world leaders will decide that we need to go from money to some other kind of payment form. This could be due to robberies, security etc.
Drawing "666" © Benjamin Antell 2006
Anyway all men and women will be marked with an ID code. Without the code nobody can buy or sell anything in the whole world.
(it will probably be based on 666 which is the number of the Beast)
By the way, did you know that there is a super computer in Europe which holds all personal/financial data of all registered people in the world? That's all I can say about it, but it's true. It is actually called the Beast...
The bible warns us not to take the mark on our bodies, just as it speaks against tattoos and piercing. (naturally if you've done it without knowing it was wrong, it doesn't matter...but now you know).
The one's who decide to take the mark, will not see Heaven. It's a very serious matter. I won't take the mark, if they introduce the system while I'm alive.
I don't think it will take long until it's introduced though. The technology is already available, People have already been injected with small data chips with all their personal data on them.
From the Bible:
Revelation 13:16 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:
Revelation 13:17 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 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Revelation 14:11 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 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
Revelation 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and [upon] them which worshipped his image.
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
PS. Did you know that Frank Zappa was a born again Christian at one time? He even handed out tracts in the street. I have no idea what was going through his mind spiritually in his latter years though.
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I think it's weird that some believers don't go to church in the summer,
I need to go to church all the time. If I don't go every week I get very thirsty spiritually. I wish they had meetings every day. I wonder if they think that God is away on vacation too... Wouldn't that be something (with Jim Carrey "Bruce Almighty " in charge). That was a funny movie by the way.
There's a scene where he asks God for a sign, and he gets swamped by signs...but it's like he can't see the forest for the trees. That's probably my favorite scene, because that's what often happens in real life.
I give Bruce Almighty 4 Uncle's out of 5 possible.
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I don't think that we thank God enough,
We take a lot in life for granted. When I've gone through hard times in my life, I've noticed that my prayers often have been about luxury. When you are used to things going smoothly and you're making a bit of money, you sometimes don't think of God so much. And when you get a bad break in life and lose everything, through sickness or something else, it's easy to start wining about your situation. It can feel pretty rough at first to be confined to the home, not being able to go and see friends or travel, as you are used to. Small things turn into mountains in your life.
But we really only need food for the day and a roof over our heads, some don't even have that, and are grateful anyway. So I think it's important to thank God that things aren't worse. Things can always get worse.
Remember to thank God for His blessings great and small. He will bless you for it.
I wish I could stay alert every day and just thank God for all the positive things that I have or have been through. We all have many things to be grateful for, just think about it for a while and let God know that you are grateful. That's often the key to even greater blessings. I've experienced many supernatural moments with God while thanking Him for this and that.
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The British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said at a news conference in Hong Kong that humans could inhabit a permanent lunar base in 20 years and also have a colony on planet Mars in 40 years from now.
Computer painting "Armageddon dream" © Benjamin Antell 2006
I don't think this will happen, man is not smart enough to survive in peace for much longer. There would have to be a great element of love towards fellow man for that to happen.
It is of no interest to me if we make it to the moon or not :) I just don't care, there are much more important issues to attend. The most important thing is that as many as possible get to know the Lord, and get to face eternity without any condemnation.
We don't have to worry about the future,
God knows what will happen, and He has everything under control. If we follow His word, we'll be OK. The worst thing that can happen to us is that we die and go to Heaven :) What's so bad about that?
I have heard some Christians say that -"if Jesus were to come back now He would spoil everything", they were so content with their apartment, their children etc.... I thought that was a really dumb thing to say, but I know that some people are so caught up in this world, that they can't see the BIG picture.
Nobody know's when the Son of Man will return,
The bible is clear about that. If somebody say's that Jesus will come at a certain date or that the world will go under then. Don't believe them, because only the Father knows.
Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour
when ye think not.
For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under
heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the
Son of man be in his day.
I think that we won't remember any pain in heaven,
And I don't think that we will miss anything from Earth. It says in the bible that He will wipe our tears. And that He will create all things new.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall
be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be
any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them,
and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe
away all tears from their eyes.
Forgiveness is for everybody!
No matter what you have done, there is forgiveness for you. God has promised it in His word. All you have to do is to ask for it, and it is yours. It really is that simple. That's why Christ died in our place. He knew that we could never live up to the laws of the old testament, so He gave His life instead, for all of us.
Anyone who receives Him automatically inherits Jesus, that is a promise from the Father, the Creator of the Universe. Just ask and you will receive.
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People are adding "stuff" to the gospel plays...
I sometimes go to a Christian music festival Humle Festivalen in the summer. I have even performed there 3 times I think. But I'm not going this year because they are showing the play Maria Magdalena, which is inspired by the devil himself. It's a blatant attack on Jesus, stripping Him of His holiness.
I've mentioned this before. So now the devil is preaching both in our churches and at our festivals. God's message is being diluted by Lucifer, the same guy that helped us win the European song contest! Many seem to be accepting the words from Hell that the devil is inspiring people to add to the gospel.
I think it's scary how blind and ignorant Christians many times are.
A greater part of us seem to have our brains in sleep mode. It's going to be a rude awakening (like John Fogerty sang) for many when the whatsit hits the fan!
And now 4 something completely different
I built a synthesizer a long time ago,
I've invented music oriented stuff for a long time. I even sketched on a new type of Wind Turbine that housed solar power in the stem (about 10 or 15 years ago). I checked on the Internet today and saw that they have thought about solar towers now! That was basically my idea except that I had the wind rotor on top of it all. When there is no wind, the rotor would be fed by solar power :)
I hope "they" think of it...
It was a one voice synth that sounded OK. I was impressed with my ability to build synths :) and started planning an 88 voice version. But then as I counted the cost (time), I came to the conclusion that it would probably take me 6 months to a year to make the first one, but it would probably take me 10 years more to make it sound like one of the best ones on the market. With all the other manufacturers out there I soon decided to abandon the idea.
I might use my synth called "Deciple" on one of my new records (probably on the third one from now).
I will also use a stereo modulator of my own design. There is no other modulator in the world which sounds like mine. I was partly inspired by Craig Anderton, the electronics chef.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first,
and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
It's the same with God,
We are told to count the cost, if we don't carry the cross, we are not worthy to follow Him.
I have put aside most (probably all that don't relate to God in some way) of my interests just to look for more of God's blessings. I'm doing it because I want to know God more. I can't wait to be in His presence at church, it's such a wonderful feeling. Naturally it happens at home as well, but where there are more people gathered in His name there is more power
And now for something entirely different II
There is a political party in Finland the SFP,
They are now working for gay couples to have the right to adopt children. Here are God's thoughts on the subject:
It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck,
and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe
in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck,
and he were cast into the sea.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in
me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck,
and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
The bible is very clear on the subject as usual. Children need to be brought up in a loving environment, with a mother and father to guide them on their way. Unfortunately children can't choose, so they are our responsibility.
We can't just hand them over to people who are spiritually blind.
And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind?
shall they not both fall into the ditch?
God's view on homosexuality:
Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped
and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.
Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even
their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Can God be any clearer?
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Just because you don't believe in Hell or the devil it won't make them go away.
You can't just put your fingers in your ear and go "la la la la laa". They will still be there when you die. Not to choose is not an option. By not choosing you do choose Hell. I know it feels like there really is no choice, and basically that is true. I guess it's God's way of trying to push you in the right direction, because He loves you no matter what.
I know I can write until my keys burn, and many will still not believe. I still feel that I have an obligation to go on warning people, since I myself has found love and truth. I can't hide it, that would be so wrong.
I'm going to a meeting tonight, to see God in action.
People often fall aver when God's power hits them. I have never seen anyone get hurt, even though they often fall like a ton of bricks to the floor. It's so cool to see God in action. The meeting is at a place called Sursik in Bennäs, a hundred km's north of Vasa in Finland. The same wonders happen at meetings with Benny Hinn, and hundreds or thousands of other preachers.
It also happens in homes, because it's not about the preachers, it's God doing His thing.
I think it's silly how some spend their lives criticizing preachers.
They miss out in life. The blessings go by them while they sit there like sour grapes moaning about this and that. Some are even so silly that they write books about it and put up sites on the Internet. But I guess if you have no spiritual life, it's easy to get up to all kinds of nonsense.
Those who condem others, condem themselves!
I'm outta here, gotta go see what God is up to in Sursik!
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I studied some pages about Hell on the Internet.
There are lots of sites on the Net partly designed by losers, guided by evil spirits and their own fantasies. Some are designed by fools trying to have a good time fooling people (they are also running the devil's errands even though they are not aware of it). Their goal is to mislead as many people as possible, so that they won't find God, and dismiss Him and especially Hell.
I'm very sad for all those who read the rubbish when in doubt.
Many will be mislead by these evil and sometimes just stupid people. I know people who have been dead, and they confirm what the Bible is about. Not all of them are believers though.
As I've said many times, the bible is very clear that there is only one door to God and that is through Christ.
I personally know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, as many others do.
They are alive and well :-) I'm incredibly grateful, and astounded that they take the time to visit ordinary men and women all over the world. God is such a loving God, and Jesus made an enormous sacrifice when He died in our place. The Holy Spirit is a great teacher, He shows us who God is, and what is to come.
It's weird that people worship the devil...
The devil is only a created being!
Think about it, how could he possibly win over his Creator? That is silly. God knows all of the devil's flaws and weaknesses. That's why God whopped his ass in the first place. But the devil is smart, he has fooled thousands of losers into following him to Hell.
In Hell he will show them his real face, man will those people regret they ever gave him the time of day! The devil is a liar, everything he says is premeditated falsehood. He will come on as an angel of light many times, and sound like a bunch of roses, and just when you get ready to smell them Wham! out jumps a snake and bites you in the face. That's just who he is -all evil.
What the devil seems to enjoy a lot is to coach people into taking their lives.
He knows that once someone has taken his/her life it's over, he has won and has another prisoner in Hell. There is no going back! The thoughts are not your own, but Lucifer's. Once you get to Hell, it's for all eternity.
You don't "have" to go to Hell for "any" reason.
God loves you, He really does. He needs us, because we are His body on earth! His body! Think about it, he calls us Christians His body. And He needs all of us, to deliver us!
We all have a small but very important part to fill.
One person is symbolically an arm, another a leg etc... The body (the church) needs all its parts to function properly. That is where You come in! The quicker we get God's body together, the quicker we get to go to Heaven!
Heaven will be all that we can't possibly imagine, and in a positive way.
Some simple dudes think we will have streets of gold to dig up :) It's sad how many only think about money all the time. You will have no need for money in Heaven, because our King Jesus Christ has paid out tickets in full. Everything is free, all we have to do is thank Him (who wouldn't). I know Heaven will be a beautiful place in every respect, in every aspect.
Some people think that they stand to lose something by coming to God, that is just silly. They are so bound by earthly thinking that they are spiritually blind.
I met God in 1975 and I've never looked back.
God is good to me, and I look forward to going to Heaven because I know I have a place there of some sort, because Jesus told me so. I don't care what people say or think about me at all :) I really don't care. I know that God loves me and that is enough for me.
Receive life or throw it away, eternal life is your choice...you may not get a second chance.
Don't blow it!
Tell Jesus to come into your heart and take over -right now!
I don't wish to debate with anyone but, you can write to me if you have any questions, keep it short please (limited hours :) =
To write press Uncle Ben's panic button ---> O
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I think it's scary how lightly most people take their lives.
Many sit and dream their lives away. Many dismiss all warnings, without even thinking about them. Many believe fools (thinkers or simply idiots) who say that there is no Hell . Even many foolish ministers say stupid things like that. These men don't know the Lord and have (as I've said before) no right to be ministers, priests or bishops or whatever fancy titles they hide behind, until God blows them out of the water.
Many believe that if they "try" to be good, God will be lenient :) Many think that they can sin because others sin. They actually think that they can point to others on the day of reckoning, and be excused :) That's why many try to get you to do things, that you know in your heart are wrong. These people are your enemies!
Most people will die in their sins. Only those who receive Christ will escape Hell, and enter a new place called Heaven which God has in store for us who believe.
Everybody will have to stand for his/her actions in the end, no buts about it.
What "if" God exists?
What if the bible is the dictated word of God? What if there is a Hell? What if the Gospel is the truth? Boy won't that be a bummer on judgment day? Everything you were warned about is all of a sudden true, and you get to go to Hell for not accepting Christ into your life.
You can dismiss it...
But I know for a fact that it is true. God lives, Jesus died in our place, and he Holy Spirit is a real gentleman. The devil and his gang of thugs are all around us, kicking us around and playing us for fools. They try to get us to do all kinds of things that God has told us not to do. The spirits are invisible, but they are real. I have seen the face of Christ, another person that I know has also seen Him.
I have felt the touch of God physically.
I could never ever doubt him, no matter what. Even if I should go insane :) and turn against Him, I could never deny Him since He has actually touched me.
He is just as real as apple pie.
I have no hidden agenda.
I just want to warn as many people as possible about what is to come, in case they don't know the Lord as I do. I'd be an idiot if I were writing my Write just for fun or whatever. What a waste of time it would be, this is my 67th write.
I'm doing it all for free, nobody helps me except with prayers. But I reckon if only one person finds Christ, it will be worth it.
Jeremiah 17:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel (that means all believers as well), all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.
What does the bible say about Hell?
Here are a few verses from the bible...
I never thought about this much, but acording to Jesus Hell is actually in the earths core somewhere...
Rev 1:18 I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Deu 32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
2Sa 22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
Job 11:8 [It is] as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
Job 26:6 Hell [is] naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.
Psa 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, [and] all the nations that forget God.
Psa 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Psa 18:5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
Psa 55:15 Let death seize upon them, [and] let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them.
Psa 86:13 For great [is] thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
Psa 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there].
Pro 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
Pro 7:27 Her house [is] the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Pro 9:18 But he knoweth not that the dead [are] there; [and that] her guests [are] in the depths of hell.
Pro 15:11 Hell and destruction [are] before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
Pro 15:24 The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
Pro 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
Pro 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
Isa 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
Isa 14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet [thee] at thy
coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, [even] all the chief ones
of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of
Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and
your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge
shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
Isa 57:9 And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase
thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase
[thyself even] unto hell.
Eze 31:16 I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.
Eze 31:17 They also went down into hell with him unto [them that
be] slain with the sword; and [they that were] his arm, [that] dwelt
under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.
Eze 32:21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of
the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they
lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.
Eze 32:27 And they shall not lie with the mighty [that are] fallen
of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons
of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their
iniquities shall be upon their bones, though [they were] the terror
of the mighty in the land of the living.
Amo 9:2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them;
though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
Jon 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the
LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, [and] thou
heardest my voice.
Hab 2:5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, [he is] a proud
man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and
[is] as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations,
and heapeth unto him all people:
Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother
without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall
say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever
shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Mat 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast
[it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members
should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Mat 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast
[it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members
should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able
to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both
soul and body in hell.
Mat 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt
be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done
in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon
this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail
Mat 18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it]
from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather
than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye
make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Mat 23:33 [Ye] serpents, [ye] generation of vipers, how can ye escape
the damnation of hell?
Mar 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for
thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell,
into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for
thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell,
into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better
for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having
two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Luk 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt
be thrust down to hell.
Luk 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which
after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you,
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and
seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Act 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt
thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Act 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ,
that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
Jam 3:6 And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the
tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth
on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
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The bible is designed to work as an answering machine.
Photo © Benjamin Antell 2006
I was pretty much like Lazarus (the dude Jesus woke up from the dead), before I met Christ. I wasn't really dead though, I just smelled funny...
Joking aside...but I had no spiritual insight into the bible at all. It was just a bunch of words to me. On the other hand, I'm sure that God can speak through "any book" if He want's to, but the bible is designed to work as an answering machine, if we are guided by His Holy Spirit. So praise Him, and then ask whatever you need to know. He will tell you which chapter, verse or page to read! That's how He answers me.
I'm very amazed at the accuracy in His reply's most of the time.
It's like "how on earth can this speak so directly to me at this time". I mean it's been a while since the bible was dictated by God to men of His choosing... The answers are always on the nose.
I remember He used Sting once to talk to me, imagine that :-)
Sting's song was about something else, but God spoke directly to my heart through one of his songs once on the radio. And in the bible God once used a donkey to speak to a stubborn prophet. So I'm sure God can use anyone or anything, if need be.
Don't think that God can't use you, off course He can.
He is Lord of Lords, King of Kings, the Creator of the universe. There is nothing He can't do. And it don't mean diddly what anybody says, God rules!
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Something that's bugged me a lot these last 20 years,
is the spirit of apathy both in the churches and in the world. People have grown so cold and self-centered. Everything is about finding yourself, living out your dreams and pampering yourself. That is the root to loneliness and boredom in my book. The more time you spend on yourself, the less friends you make the more empty you become.
I've found that sharing is very fulfilling.
The more I help people the happier I become inside, it seems as if it is some kind of automatic function in the body. That's what it feels like to me.
I'm also sad about the state of the Christian church.
All the pointless ministers who are spiritually blind, and have no personal relationship with God. They are totally worthless in the body of Christ. Their punishment will be greater than most, since they have worked against Christ.
But that doesn't help us here and now.
So I think that it would be wise to start prayer cells in homes. I know this is nothing new but I think it should have to expand, if God is going to get anywhere with us in these last days. I'm not saying we should stop going to church, but we need additional places to get nourished by the Holy Spirit. In church we can praise God with new songs (hopefully), and pray for the ministers, that they will find the Lord.
One thing that works for me is praying to God to make people happy.
Once you start doing that, people change for the better. Instead of praying "God please change Joe and make him a better man"... simply pray "Lord please make Joe happy".
I've seen prayers like this change a few persons already, and I haven't been doing that for long. I've seen amazing results. To God be the Glory, I'm only doing what He invokes me to do. Always give God the glory for what He does. We are nothing and He is King. God does not need us for anything, but He loves us and that's why we get to go to Heaven. Jesus has paid our ticket in full with His life!
Some religions steal the honor from God by creating Saints (demi gods). I would not like to be under their hoods on the day of reckoning...
Computer painting "the writing of the stone tablets" © Benjamin Antell
The world is in a mess.
I believe that we are reaping a lot of what we have sown especially since the 60's. With abortions, free sex, multiple partners, homosexuality and murder etc.. Everything that God has warned us against in the bible. I believe that's why we have these terrible floods, storms, aids and earth quakes. God is trying desperately to warn us, but nobody seems to be listening...
I'm not saying that every storm is there for that purpose, but I do believe that some of them are there because of our sin.
Everybody is busy watching silly soap operas and meaningless talk shows on TV, while the Earth is going to Hell. And the rich are hoarding money, stocks and stealing oil and natural resources from poor countries, and even killing people for it. Money that they themselves won't have any use for in 10 years or so when they are dead, and get thrown into Hell for a while (until Judgment day).
You can laugh at this now but...you will stand in line, and you won't be worth more than a dog on that day.
The Lord has so much love to give it's crazy.
God is forgiving, kind and merciful. He forgives everything. I think it's pretty crazy that He should forgive us everything, but that's just who He is and what He does. If you decide to work with Him today, your pay will be the same as those who have worked with Him for 70 years.
Found this in the bible yesterday, but I forgot which chapter (Romans?)
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus
Receive Him today while he lets Himself be found!
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It bugged me a lot to be forced into the army, before I had found the meaning of life.
I chose not to bear a weapon, because I never did believe in killing. The bible tells us to carry stuff for the military, if we are being asked to do so, but I didn't know that back then. My fellow soldiers thought that I was a Christian since I didn't carry arms. They asked me all kinds of questions regarding faith, some I could answer, having read the bible, even though I did not always know the meaning myself, but other questions were too hard, since I had not yet met the Lord, and I knew nothing of the Holy Spirit. I wish I had been a born again Christian in the military, so that I could have helped my friends.
I got saved about a year after doing the military service.
I hated every second of the army. We were bullied around mostly by alcoholics for almost a year. It was like kindergarten for lunatics. I learned absolutely nothing in 11 months, it was all just a waste of time and funds. That's the Finnish army for you, a bunch of drunks fooling around on their mopeds when they were too drunk to drive cars. Another thing that was weird, was that many of our instructors were Finnish speaking, and this was supposed to be a Swedish speaking unit (Finland is supposedly bi-ligual). Naturally most soldiers didn't understand what the officers were slurring :) What a mess. I used to drink a lot in the army too, just because I couldn't stand the foolishness. One could not do anything of value there, it was just a total waste of energy and time, and it was very depressing for the most part.
Pets eat better than we did at Dragsvik.
We used to get leftovers from a factory that processed meat. Sometimes we got tiny half rotted red eyed fish (fish that were too small to sell I was told by a fisherman who refused to touch them). The only thing edible were the eggs and the bread. Once when I was on leave (thank God), 1200 (that was just about all of us) of my fellow interns got food poisoning. Man what a disaster. The first thing they did was take the remaining food to the city dump and bury it, so that there could be no investigation :) What a bunch of crooks eh? Why am I telling you this???
Things we were told to do in the army, that the bible is against
....and salute no man by the way.
But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by
heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your
yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
I do believe however that we should defend whatever nation we happen to live in during war. That's just my opinion. But I would never attack another country, that's against all I stand for. Universal Soldier by Donovan is a great song.
It doesn't get any deeper than this today :)
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A few words about love from the bible
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this
is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour
as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Photo (Hollywood) © Benjamin Antell 2006
Your neighbor means everybody! :-)
And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding,
and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour
as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth
another hath fulfilled the law.
As I see it, love is the one law that fulfills every other law.
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them
which hate you,
This must be one of the hardest requests of God, love your enemies...
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because
ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore
the world hateth you.
I'm a tad afraid every time I get good reviews in newspapers, because it makes me think of this passage. The world should hate me for loving and singing about God. Am I clear enough?
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation,
or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can ever separate us from God's love! The worst thing that can happen is that we are killed, and go to heaven :)
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour
preferring one another;
As true believers we must learn to love everybody, and not lock horns with anyone...except the devil, if push comes to shove.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and
of love, and of a sound mind.
There is no fear for those who are in Christ. Think about Christ when your life is on the line. (as always)
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name
of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue;
but in deed and in truth.
Forget about the world, about material stuff, and focus on Jesus. Life is too short to mess about with trivial things. Materia is just stuff, your life is everything. Don't worry about your clothes, car, house and what people think about you. Looks mean nothing in the long run. It's not important in any way. Keep your heart in heaven.
[As] a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, [so is] a fair woman which is without discretion. Proverbs 11:22
I feel really sorry for 90% or more of the women of Hollywood.
Computer painting © Benjamin Antell 2006
They walk around in what looks like underwear and think that men love them.
It's so pathetic. I just feel sorry for them. They have been turned into sex objects by the sleazy perverts who run the film industry. A woman like that can't invoke anything but pity in me, no matter what she does. (I'm not putting you down girls, I just wish that you would wake up and leave the rat race). Jesus loves you and so do I no matter what.
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life
for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love
the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If
any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another,
love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
We have to learn to respect each other. Not those who sin on purpose, don't throw pearls before swine. But be careful not to condemn people. God and His Word are the only true judges. We are all the same in the eyes of the Lord, that's my firm belief.
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour
This is important, honor your parents and live long and fruitful lives. Always help them if they are in need, don't ask for any compensation :-)
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he
will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy
over thee with singing.
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Jesus is a great stumbling block for millions of people,
even many who call themselves Christians. Most people seem to think that their good deed or two will give them instant/free passage to Heaven. This is not the case. No-one can do anything to get to Heaven by himself. That's what God means when He talks about the Cornerstone (stumbling block) in the bible. Without the grace of Jesus we end up in Hell, and Hell is a real place. Jesus has paid out dues, He died in our place!
Drawing Alpha Omega (Cornerstone) © Benjamin Antell 2006
There is no other elevator but Jesus that can take us to Heaven...not one.
1 Peter 2: 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. [Isaiah 28;16]
Epehesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
If you feel like I'm in my diapers spiritually, check out the warriors of God at:
I don't agree with "everything" they preach, but 99% of it is dynamite. You must pray over their sermons yourself, to see what God tells you. They have audio sermons too if you don't read too well :) David Wilkerson is a cool dude.
Actually I can't think of anything off the bat that we disagree on except music. He doesn't like modern music, and I do...I can't stand the white funeral-ish gospel type (of old) that he seems to like...big deal :-) It's probably a generation thing since he is a lot older than I am. Bob Dylan's Saved is the only true Gospel record that I've liked so far.
Did you know?
Praise music clears the deck for the Holy Spirit to come and do His work at the Christian meetings? Praise is like a mighty broomstick. It gets rid of all kinds of obstacles at the meetings and enables God's power to flow more freely. Songs of praise are very important.
God once told me at a meeting that "I am Holy in spite of the music", I thought that was a loving thing to say, since He knew my thoughts.
So now I try really hard to get into praise at church, but it's not always easy with that music :)
Here's another mighty servant of the Lord,
Rodney Howard Browne. I don't know him personally but he seems to be one cool dude also. I have seen many meetings with him on video, and I like him a lot:
Personally I could never ask for money in any way (I don't think),
but a lot of preachers do. Some preachers or whatever are rotten just like many ordinary people are. The bottom line is we are all rotten to some degree. If you think you are perfect then you are in deep poop :-)
I still believe that we should contribute to the ministry and to feed the poor. Pray before you give, so that God can lead you to give to the right cause. And give gladly, otherwise your gift is of no value (no blessing to you).
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They are digging a ditch to my house. They said it would contain a cable with fiber optics, now they tell me they're just putting in an empty cable for future use.
That's a bit like saying you are a Christian and having no real personal connection to God...just an empty shell. But that's how many people are. It doesn't matter if you are a Pope, priest or rock and roll singer, if there is no connection, you are dead as a door nail.
We all need to tap into God's pipe line,
and get filled with His Holy Spirit, that's when things start happening in an individuals life. Forget about religion and philosophy, have a talk with God (like the Stevie Wonder sang...that is a cool song by the way).
The devil/or his bunch got angry with me yesterday,
I guess he didn't like yesterdays write :-) There was a yucky feeling in the studio, so I put on the Swedish CD Hero. Almost instantly there was peace in the studio, the devil and/or his bunch can't stand to hear praise music, not if it's from the heart.
You can find Hero (that's the guys name) here:
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This is the story about the fall of Lucifer...
From Ezekiel 28: 12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king
of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up
the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
Lucifer got proud of his beauty and power, and wanted to become God.
God had to kick him and his fallen angels out of heaven. They are here on earth now and the devil is furious, because he knows that he has very little time left. Since he was once a son of light he is full of tricks, he is the main trixter in the world. He makes fools out of the most intelligent of men and also the wise men of the day. He fools bishops, popes, presidents, kings, common men, idiots, you name it all of us get caught in the spider's web as he endeavors to deceive.
Oil painting "The Word" © Benjamin Antell 2006
Keep your eyes on God, pray for guidance and read His word so that you can see the road ahead. Do it daily because the evil ones never sleep. They are always on the run, looking for prey. If you have God in your heart and stay rue to Him, you have nothing to fear.
No demon can touch you. If you should happen to meet one or two, ignore them, they are certainly not worth the time of day.
PS. These are my own thoughts; I don't believe that we actually meet the devil himself, when we run into demons.
I think that they are only demons with inferiority complexes (who pretend to be the devil), because I can't see that the devil himself would be interested in one lonely dude in Duluth or somewhere :-)
No offense Duluth :)
I think he would go for guys like Hitler, men who would be ready to sell their souls in hopes of ruling the world etc. If I were the devil, I certainly wouldn't live in some little dump somewhere. I would be busy messing up the minds of the rulers of the day.
The devil is not omnipresent like God, he can only be in one place at the time.
I'm not trying to put anyone down with my Write, I'm just trying to convey what God has put on my heart. I also feel that that life is too short, to just shut up and go with the flow, when people suffer under all kinds of bondage, when they could in fact be set free in Christ.
(There is more info about me on the antell.com site, for those who R curious).
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