Archive for the ‘Sin’ Tag

To Be Free   4 comments

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“To be free is the same thing as to be pious, to be wise, to be temperate and just, to be frugal and abstinent, and lastly, to be magnanimous and brave; so to be the opposite of all these is the same as to be a slave; and it usually happens to the appointment, and as it were retributive justice, of the Deity, that that people which cannot govern themselves, and moderate their passions, but crouch under the slavery of their lusts, should be delivered up to the sway of those whom they abhor, and made to submit to an involuntary servitude.”

–John Milton, Second Defense of the English People

Proverbs 14: 34:  “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Defensio Secunda

Shocking Discovery in SODOM & GOMORRAH   2 comments

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Ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah

Shocking Discovery in SODOM & GOMORRAH

The Bible vs the Sodomites
The Killer Angels
New York Deathscape
Leonard Ravenhill – Abraham and Lot
Sodom & Gomorrah, Mount Sodom and Lot’s Wife
Sodom and Gomorrah (a visual tour of the infamous Biblical cities)
Phil Schneider’s Life and Death

Posted September 10, 2019 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Every Man on Earth is Sick with the Fever of Sin   3 comments

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This is from the blog Dover Beach:

“Every man on earth is sick with the fever of sin, with the blindness of sin and is overcome with its fury. As sins consist mostly of malice and pride, it is necessary to treat everyone who suffers from the malady of sin with kindness and love. This is an important truth, which we often forget. Very often we act in the opposite manner: we add malice to malice by our anger, we oppose pride with pride. Thus, evil grows within us and does not decrease; it is not cured – rather it spreads”

–John of Kronstadt

Posted February 18, 2018 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Modern Christianity is Careful Not to Oppose Sin   8 comments

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The quote by A.W. Tozer above was taken from the Singapore Christian blog.  This is my comment below:

I Corinthians 9: 20-22: “And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

I believe too many Christians take the above scripture and re-translate it like this: “I must be conformed to the world so that I can save the world.” Too many worldly Christians on this planet. The Lord has called us to be a holy people–separate from the world system.

The Holy Ghost Fire really separates the wheat from the chaff.

II Corinthians 6: 17-18: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

James 4: 4: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

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Something to meditate on:

Why did John the Baptist camp out on the other side of the Jordan River?

[John 1: 28:  “These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.]

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John the Baptist lived a very short life; very little is written about him in the New Testament.  Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest man ever born of woman.  Maybe we could say that John the Baptist was a greater prophet than Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah and all the rest of the Old Testament prophets.  The Book of Isaiah has 66 chapters; the Book of Jeremiah has 52 chapters; much more is written about Samuel and Elijah than John the Baptist.

Why is the life of John the Baptist still a powerful witness unto this day?

Probably because the crucified life has more power than the words that come out of our mouth.

The Spirit of a Prophet
Wearing a Rough Garment
Outside the Camp
Locusts and Wild Honey
Josephus on John the Baptist
John the Baptist and the Fire of God
The Spirit and Power of John and Elijah
Hog Pen Christianity

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“Tell me what time you spend alone with God . . .
and I’ll tell you how spiritual you are.”

–Leonard Ravenhill

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Scorched Earth   2 comments

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Lot and his daughters fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah

Scorched Earth
By Tim Shey

Genesis 19: 28:   “And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.”

Harlot of the Tetons
The stench of your sin
Rose up to highest Heaven
You were fashionably dressed
Like ancient Sodom
Till the day the Lord
Scorched your streets with fire.

Jackson, Wyoming
Jacksonites, Yours is a Bloody City
A Parable About Lukewarm, American Christianity
Jeremiah 19: 1-13
Jackson, Wyoming Fire, 2012
Today’s Baal Worshipers
Get Out of Jackson, Wyoming!
Northern California Wildfires & Mexican Drug Cartels

You Reap What You Sow   2 comments

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This is from the blog Vessels of Clay:

You have plowed iniquity; you have reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your warriors, therefore the tumult of war shall arise among your people, and all your fortresses shall be destroyed, Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle; mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel, because of your great evil. At dawn the king of Israelshall be utterly cut off. – Hosea 10:13-15 ESV

At times, even as believers, we are surprised at the outcomes of some of our decision making. We are somehow amazed that our lies have consequences. We are shocked when our love affair with materialism leaves us struggling with greed, envy, covetousness, worry and anxiety. We wonder why we are so angry, yet never connect the dots to our daily consumption of violence-filled media. We wrestle with lust, but never seem to associate it with the sexually explicit programming that fills our TV screens each and every night.

The Israelites were also oblivious to the cause-and-effect nature of their lives. So God made it clear to them: “you have cultivated wickedness and harvested a thriving crop of sins” (Hosea 10:13 NLT). In other words, they were reaping exactly what they should have expected. No surprises. Just the natural consequences of living their lives apart from God. They had consumed a daily dose of lies about everything. They had been told that God would not punish them for their sins because they were His chosen people. They had been promised that alliances with foreign powers would protect them from destruction. They believed that the gods of pagan nations were anything but false. But while a steady diet of lies may taste good going down and make you feel good for the moment, it will leave you spiritually weak, malnourished, and starving to death. 

Self-reliance and misplaced trust were behind the behavior of the Israelites. “Claiming to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22 ESV). The prophet, Jeremiah, recorded a similar indictment from God against the people of Judah. “My people are foolish and do not know me. They are stupid children who have no understanding. They are clever enough at doing wrong, but they have no idea how to do right!” (Jeremiah 4:22 NLT). They thought they knew better than God. They rejected His commands and ignored His warnings. They lived life according to their own terms. They stopped trusting God and, instead, placed their hope in false gods. When things got tough and they found themselves threatened by outside forces, they turned to alliances with countries like Egypt. They refused to rely on God. He had become small, insignificant and insufficient to meet their needs. The God who had delivered them from captivity in Egypt and given them the land of Canaan had become too weak to meet their needs. They had long ago forgotten the words of David:

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heavenwith the saving might of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. – Psalm 20:6-8 ESV

Not only did they doubt God’s salvation, they denied His judgment. They really did not believe that they could fall. They were so confident in their status as God’s chosen people, that they believed they were invincible. And yet, they never seemed to recognize the fact that their protection by God was based on their obedience and faithfulness to him. He had warned them that disobedience would bring His discipline. Unfaithfulness would have consequences. So God gave them the bad news: “Now the terrors of war will rise among your people” (Hosea 10:14 NLT). Their army would be impotent. Their alliances would prove useless. Their fortresses and defensive measures would be insufficient. And their false gods would be exposed for what they were: non-existent and, therefore, no help in time of need.

The devastation would be horrific. Referring to a past battle, God warned them that their fall would be brutal and merciless: “as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle; mothers were dashed in pieces with their children” (Hosea 10:14b ESV). The Assyrians were going to show no mercy. Their destruction of the nation of Israel would be complete and no one would escape their wrath. From king to commoner, priest to prostitute, the influential to innocent infants – all would feel the wrath of the Assyrians and the judgment of God.

These kinds of passages make us uncomfortable as believers. They paint a picture of God that seems to contradict our view of Him as loving, gracious, forgiving and merciful. But too often, our understanding of God can become one-dimensional. We prefer to emphasize His love while downplaying His holiness and hatred of sin. We find comfort in His grace, but don’t want to think about His righteous wrath and divine obligation to punish sin. In doing so, we diminish the value of the gift of His Son. But it is in understanding the severity of sin’s offensiveness to God and His just and righteous obligation to punish sin that we fully comprehend the magnitude of what Christ has done for us. “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NLT). Jesus “was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God” (Romans 4:25 NLT). The inescapable reality was that “even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead” (Ephesians 2:5 NLT).

Our sin was real. God’s judgment against our sin was deserved. And yet He showed us mercy – in spite of our sinfulness. Grace does not diminish the gravity of sin. It actually reveals the amazing love of God as He provides a means of salvation that is capable of satisfying His wrath against sin. He gave His Son. It was the death of Jesus alone that could propitiate or satisfy the just judgment of God against the sinfulness of mankind. Nothing else would do. No other payment could have been made that would have paid the debt that was owed. So when we elevate God’s love while ignoring His wrath, we actually diminish the amazing nature of that love. He loved us in spite of us, not because of us.

And yet, we continue to sow and reap, sin and suffer, because we don’t fully appreciate the gravity of sin and the greatness of His grace. We justify our actions, rationalize our sinful behavior and then wonder why we reap discontentment, dissatisfaction, anger, joylessness, envy, greed, and immorality. It is an accurate understanding of the grace of God that should produce in us the fruit of righteousness. As God told the people of Israel, “Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you” (Hosea 10:12 NLT).

Discipline

California’s Culture of Death   4 comments

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This is from the blog Fellowship of the Minds:

Last Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed ABX2-15, the End of Life Option Act, thereby making lawful “physician-assisted suicide” — the politically-palatable name for euthanasia. (See “California legalizes euthanasia“)

A day after euthanasia became legal, KPBS reports that a group called Seniors Against Suicide (SAS) filed papers to place a referendum to repeal the law on next year’s ballot. SAS has only 90 days to collect the signatures of 365,880 registered voters.

The referendum effort faces steep obstacles, if we go by the results of the latest Field Poll.

Released a day after Brown signed ABX2-15 into law, the statewide poll of 1,002 registered voters found broad voter support for the End of Life Option Act:

  • 2 in 3 voters in the poll (65%) favor the new law; only 27% are opposed.
  • Support is broad-based, spanning nearly all major subgroups of the state’s voting population:
    • Groups giving the law the strongest support – 70% or more in favor – are liberals, Democrats, non-partisan Independents, white non-Hispanics, those with no religious preference, and non-Christian religions.
    • Majorities of Protestants, Catholics, and registered Republicans also support the new euthanasia law.
  • Political conservatives and born-again Christians are least likely to support the bill.
  • 71% of those polled favor a more generic question about euthanasia — allowing terminally ill patients the right to ask for and
    get life-ending medication.

The Netherlands and Belgium show how physician-assisted suicide can be and is being abused, resulting in doctors killing people who are not terminally-ill, including the elderly, the young, the mentally ill, and babies. See:

See also “Why you should be concerned that the largest U.S. nursing association endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for President” (Hint: Sanders is pro-euthanasia.)

~Éowyn

California:  The Great American Wasteland
Three Witnesses
WordPress shuts down Fellowship of the Minds
The Destruction of California

Posted October 10, 2015 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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The Terror of Hell   6 comments

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“Thieves” by Gustave Dore

“If preaching of terror is legal preaching, then the law was more preached in the New Testament than ever it was under the Old. I make it appear thus: There are more terrible and dreadful doctrines scattered up and down in the New Testament than in the Old. It is a note of Chrysostom that in all the Old Testament the word damnation was never used, but it is used thirteen times in the New. And it is observable further that in the Old Testament, though the word hell is often used, yet it is most commonly used for the grave and not for the place of the damned. But in the New Testament, except in two places, hell is altogether taken for the place of the damned, Acts 2:27 and 31. Therefore it is clear to every eye that the gospel is more backed with terror, and with the doctrines of hell and damnation, than ever the law was. The preaching of the law has only ‘Anathema,’ but the gospel has ‘Maranatha’ also. Therefore, all those who are of that seducing antinomian error that cry down pressing duty such as preaching the law greatly deceive themselves, for Christ Himself and the apostles and evangelists all preached more terror than any of the prophets ever did.”

–Christopher Love (English Covenanter and Martyr)

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Matthew 13: 50:  “And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

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“Thou heardst me truer than tongue confess
Thy terror, O Christ, O God.”

–Gerard Manley Hopkins

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II Thessalonians 1: 9:  “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”

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“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”

–Dante Alighieri

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Jude 7:  “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

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“The frown of his face
Before me, the hurtle of hell
Behind.”

–Gerard Manley Hopkins

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“God shall not pity them but laugh at their calamity. The righteous company in heaven shall rejoice in the execution of God’s judgment, and shall sing while the smoke riseth up for ever.”

–Thomas Boston

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“I believe that tonight the world is going to hell fire because the church has lost Holy Ghost fire.”

–Leonard Ravenhill

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Jackson, Wyoming
Paradise Lost: The First Book
Jesus spoke of demons and hell
WARNING–HELL IS FOR REAL AND MANY ARE HEADING THERE
A Young Korean Artist Was Taken To Visit Hell and These Were The Pictures She Drew
Is Pope John Paul II in Hell?
Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Selena in Hell
Joel Osteen:  I’m Not Cheating People by Not Talking About Hell
Why the Church has to Start Talking about Hell
What hell seeks to do
Whitney Houston Speaks from Hell
Turkish News Report on Adrenochrome

50 Shades of Exile   5 comments

This is from the blog Fellowship of the Minds:

Is our land about to vomit us out?

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Sin defiles the land; drought is because of sin

Sexual perversion has been a prime mover in the destruction of civilizations. Is America next?

“‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the foreigners residing among you must not do any of these detestable things, for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.’”
– Leviticus 18:24-28

Jackson, Wyoming
California Drought
The Land Vomits

The Eruption of Mount Pelee, St. Pierre, Martinique, 1902   3 comments

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Eruption of Mount Pelee, 1902

Bible-exposition.com:

At the beginning of this century, the French island of Martinique was a prosperous colony in the Caribbean and was known as the Paris of the West Indies. The capital St. Pierre had a population of some 30,000 and lay at the foot of Mount Pelée, an old dormant volcano. During 1902, boiling water and steam were seen erupting from the crater and on April 25th, a scientific expedition was sent up to investigate. The island’s newspaper, Les Colonies published the findings and told the inhabitants that there was no reason to be afraid.

However, some individuals began to get worried, but were mocked by various editorials of the newspaper.  Day by day, life became unbearable on the island. A hideous odour of sulphur filled the air and birds dropped out of the air asphyxiated by the ash and sulphur.

By May 3rd businessmen and prudent individuals moved to the Southern part of the Island. However, the newspaper continued to mock, and on May 7th it published an interview with Professor M. Landes which read, “Mont Pelee presents no more danger to the inhabitants of St. Pierre than does Vesuvius to those of Naples.” The Newspaper added, “We confess we cannot understand this panic. Where could one be better off than in St. Pierre?”

On the morning of May 8th, at 7:52 AM exactly, the Volcano erupted and exploded. There was no warning as the side of the mountain ripped out. Super heated steam at a temperature of 1000 degrees Centigrade blasted out at hurricane speed obliterating the whole town and incinerating 30,000 people. Only two men survived the destruction, a prisoner, who was in the town dungeon and a cobbler who hid in his cellar.

How like many in the world today who treat God like an extinct volcano. They doubt His existence, mock at the thought of hell and judgment, laugh at the Bible, and continue in their sinful ways, all the while neglecting the salvation of their souls.

The Bible tells us:

“the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1).

The good news of the gospel message is that you can be saved from the wrath to come by hiding in Christ. He bore the judgment of God against sin, when He died upon the cross. He rose again from the dead and is in heaven today. He is a refuge for sinners who put their faith in Him. To neglect Christ is to put yourself in danger for God will judge this sinful world. The Bible warns us “Be not deceived, God is not mocked” (Galatians 6v7)

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Victor Hugh Street Before Eruption


May 8, 1902, account of a catastrophe:
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VOLCANO DESTROYS WEST INDIAN TOWN

St. PierreMartinique, Entirely Wiped Out

DEAD MAY NUMBER 25,000

It is Said that All the Inhabitants of the Town Have Been Killed

May 8 7H50 in the morning, Saint-Pierre and the Preacher are wiped off the map


May 8, it is the catastrophe. The stopper of lava which blocks the crater resisted the pressure of the gases which then make burst the most fragile part of the Mount Pelé. Gas clouds charged with ashes and with sulfur, heated with 1000°, descend on the city at more than 200 km/h. A little before 8 hours in the morning, the volcanic cloud strikes Saint-Pierre. The pressure of gases, projected at high speed, reverses all on its passage. In a few seconds any trace of life disappears. Houses and monuments are puffed up. Solid walls of stone, broad of one measures, break down. 30,000 people die instantaneously, thrown out of gear, asphyxiated on the spot by the violence of the shock. Heat causes the explosion of thousands of rum barrels piled up in the multiple warehouses and factories of the city. The explosions follow one another, still a long time after the passage of the cloud. Floods of ignited liquid run out in the streets, completing to calcine the bodies. The shock wave reaches the sea. A tidal wave of 3 meter high falls down on the ships at anchor, at the same time as the gas cloud. Capsized or set fire to, a score of boats run. The city and the neighbourhood are shaven. Small pieces of rock torn off with the volcano are projected to Fort-de-France. A shroud of hot ashes covers all the island with Martinique. The “Small Paris of the Antilles” ceased existing.

http://www.zananas-martinique.com/en-saint-pierre-martinique/pele-mount-eruption-1902.htm

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Victor Hugh Street After Eruption


Summary of sermon by Rev Erlo Stegen:
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I recently read the story of the French island of Martinique. In 1902, it was noticed that Mt. Pelée was giving off smoke and had minor eruptions. Scientists gave soothing predictions but, on 8 May 1902, they were buried along with a population of about 30,000 who were wiped out in the cataclysmic eruption.  Many islanders had been mockers of God. Over Easter, some had “crucified” a pig. Little did they expect a literal fiery hell that was soon to swallow them.

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St. Pierre Before Eruption

 

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St. Pierre After Eruption

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[from Conservapedia]
Eruption of Vesuvius:    Destruction of 
Pompeii, 79 A.D.:

One notable aspect of Pompeii which archaeologists have abundantly evidenced is its pervasive eroticism, which, as was typical, was associated with pagan religion (even the gladiator games began as honoring pagan gods).

The discovery of this lewdness shocked researchers from Christian influenced English society, as one expressed:

Ancient relics . . . are full of objects so indecent, if we compare them to modern compositions, that the brush or needle of our Artists hardly dares to reproduce them for us.  The word chosen for their classification was pornography, a word formulated by German art historian C.O Muller, who’s alluded in his book, Handbuch der Archaolgie der Kunst, 1850, to “the great number of obscene representations . . . to which mythology gave frequent occasion.”

Scott Ashley informs that:

Up to several dozen buildings have been identified as likely houses of prostitution. Some, due to the explicit wall paintings and graffiti found in them, leave no doubt as to their purpose. Even in private homes, wall paintings and mosaics depict all kinds of sexual activity, and many common household objects such as lamps, dishes, vases and fountains have been found with sexual motifs. Recent excavations at one of Pompeii’s public baths indicate that one floor of the structure may have been a brothel.

Due to its pervasive immorality, prior to or shortly after the destruction of Pompeii, someone wrote “Sodom and Gomorrah” onto a wall near the cities central crossroads. The early church leader Tertullian defended Christians against the charge that their neglect of pagan worship resulted in pagan gods causing natural disasters, by indicating that no Christians lived in Pompeii when it was destroyed. Many Christians have since invoked the destruction of Pompeii as an example of God’s judgment against rampant immorality.

http://conservapedia.com/Pompeii

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Famous Last Words:

“However, the newspaper continued to mock, and on May 7th it published an interview with Professor M. Landes which read, ‘Mont Pelee presents no more danger to the inhabitants of St. Pierre than does Vesuvius to those of Naples.’ The Newspaper added, ‘We confess we cannot understand this panic. Where could one be better off than in St. Pierre?’”
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Sodom and Gomorrah. Pompeii. St Pierre. Las Vegas.

Mt Pelee
Wikipedia
How the Lord Will Protect the Righteous When America is Attacked
Fulfilled prophecies: Paris pays price
Las Vegas Earthquake
It’s Time For Justice