Revisiting Old Inspirations

I've been browsing around the Wayback Machine finding old comments and blog posts that I published almost 20 years ago. I found one particular rant that captures my inspiration for what eventually led to the creation of Founding Word. It was written in 2003, I was far more abrasive then, I painted with a much broader brush than I probably should have, but the passion of what I wrote still flames today.

From the very beginning, with all my crazy and pointless posts of humor and foolishness, I wanted to demonstrate the miracle of God teaching even the silliest of people how to understand His Word. That was what I wanted to do. To demonstrate, not to teach, but to demonstrate that "if Josh can digest the deepest things of God's Word, then ANYBODY can."

Here's the rant that I'm talking about. I published it in 2003 and it was in response to a thread of debates between atheists and religious people of various degrees from Christians, Muslims, Wiccans, all kinds of cults and semi-cults, and many of them were even masked under a banner of Christianity. It was written in the heat of anger, so pardon it's abrasiveness and just absorb its message. It captures what eventually inspired the creation of Founding Word.

JPA 2003
There are millions of Christian groups and subgroups out there with teachers and preachers that don’t have any idea of what they’re talking about. If you were to ask a lot of people why they believe the way they do, they will give you a rehearsed answer that is based on nothing more than what they’ve been told.

I think many Christians here are secretly afraid that what they believe is nothing more than a fairy tale and therefore, they’ve convinced themselves that blindly holding on to their faith without actually thinking about it is what they’re supposed to do. So they say things like, “This is what I believe because this is the faith that I follow.” That way these people can hold onto their own beliefs without discrediting any other beliefs just in case their own belief might be wrong.

In other words, “Just leave me alone with what I believe and I’ll leave you alone with what you believe.” Many people think that’s a mature and enlightened attitude. In other words, “Just pick the faith that works best for you while being tolerant of all the other faiths out there because none of us really know for sure.” I have a hard time following that kind of thinking. I can’t just believe something for the sake of believing it. Wouldn’t it be better to base your faith on solid facts and personal experience knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that what you believe is accurate?

For example, I don’t abide by the law of gravity because I believe in it thru blind faith. I abide by the law of gravity because of solid facts about gravity and because of personal experience with gravity. Therefore, I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is gravity and I have a personal relationship with it.

Many in religious circles wander around aimlessly, believing this and believing that while looking like a bunch of fools because they have no idea why they believe the way they do. In the meantime, most of the facts concerning God and the Bible get buried thru rituals, formalities and clichés.

God has flawlessly woven together an awesome group of writings that have evidences of supernatural engineering. These writings are what we call today, the Bible. Yes, I know that every religion out there has it’s own bible. But what makes God’s Bible unique is that God went out of His way to put things in it that no human could possibly create or replicate. That way the reader can know with settled assurance that he or she is not reading one man’s opinion, but the words of God Himself.

Another thing that makes it unique is that most of it will not make any sense unless the reader is a Christian. (I Corinthians. 2:12-14) If the reader is a Christian, then the reader is given the promise that not only will God interpret the Bible for them, but God will interpret it so well that the reader will have no need for a teacher. (I John 2:27) A lot of people don’t know that. A lot of Christians don’t know that, which is why most of them never bother to open it except on Sunday mornings when their preacher tells them to. They don’t know what they’re missing. If I can get it, anybody can."

I used to quote 1st John 2:27 a lot back in those days and I was often misunderstood in that people thought I was saying that God doesn't use teachers. How absurd. God most certainly uses teachers otherwise He wouldn't have given people the Spiritual Gift of teaching. But God has given every one of us a primary Teacher known as the Holy Spirit. He is the first Teacher whom all things filter. When we listen to gifted teachers, it's the Holy Spirit within us that takes apart what we're hearing and teaches it to us so that we can apply it to our heart. But what the Holy Spirit teaches through MOST is HIS WORD. That's the point of 1st John 2:27.

Unfortunately, many of us have become lazy to rely upon teachers as a crutch for not spending time with the Lord in prayer and His Word. God never intended for His children to starve to death between the little snacks of a weekly feeding that we might get from a gifted teacher. He certainly never intended for His children to die of food poisoning while listening to false teachers when we have such pure teaching in God's Word and the Holy Spirit to guide us and teach us through it.


It's Not A Performance-Based Relationship

When Jesus was lifted up on the cross, He offered up His body as a blank check for the balance transfer of every sin-debt of every human being that ever lived. When you acknowledge to God that you accept His terms of reconciliation through His son’s atonement for your sins, then you are spiritually reborn right then and there. God submerges your living spirit into Himself, giving birth to a new spirit within you. And this spiritual rebirth places you legally, spiritually, and one day physically, into the kingdom of God.

Spiritual rebirth is not reversible once it has taken place. Just as no one can revert into a fetus and crawl back into their mother's womb, neither can anyone undo what God has done to their spirit after they're reborn. The rest of the Christian life is filled with many possibilities and challenges, but losing your salvation isn't one of them. God did not save you and adopt you as His child to live in a performance-based relationship with Him.

For many of us, one of the more difficult realities to grasp is the fact that God has already done everything necessary to save us and make us one of His children. We keep making it harder than it really is by thinking we have to bring something to the table. But there's nothing else needed to be saved but to accept His salvation.

One of the mental barriers that continues to block a lot of people from allowing God to save them is the long list of changes they feel they will have to make in order to be worthy. They think, “I’ll have to start going to church, start doing good deeds, stop cussing, quit drinking, quit smoking, quit thinking impure thoughts, only pure thoughts, etc...” but none of those things are necessary to get saved, to be saved or stay saved. Your salvation is not dependent upon you, other than your willingness to accept His invitation. The only part you play in salvation is accepting or rejecting the invitation, and that's all.

You can go to church, do good deeds, stop cussing, quit drinking, quit smoking, think pure thoughts, but if you haven't accepted His invitation for reconciliation through His Son’s atonement for your sins, then you ARE NOT saved.

On the other hand, you could cuss, drink and smoke all you wanted, skip church and forget all about doing good deeds, if you have accepted His invitation for reconciliation through His son’s atonement for your sins, then you ARE saved. You might not look saved to any body else, but you ARE saved because looking saved isn’t what saves you.

That simple little fact rubs a lot of people the wrong way but the fact is, what gets you saved is the blood of Jesus plus NOTHING. If it's the blood of Jesus plus anything else, then Jesus could not have said, “It Is Finished, Paid In Full.” He didn't say, “It's almost finished, now it's up to you.” All of your sins are paid for, as a matter of fact, your sins are paid for even if you don't accept the invitation! That's what makes rejecting the invitation such a tragedy.

As far as God is concerned, His demands for justice have been satisfied at the cross. That's why Jesus could say, “Paid In Full.” Your sins have already been paid for even if you don't accept that. Everything you owe to God, as far as God is concerned, has already been paid. You've already been forgiven. But if you reject that forgiveness, then you reject His terms for reconciliation and you remain separated from Him. But if you accept His terms for reconciliation and accept His forgiveness, then He will spiritually rebirth you into one of his children.

This and this alone is what places you PERMANENTLY in God’s kingdom as a member of a royal family. You're spirit is now sealed with God's Spirit. You're legally adopted as a child of God which makes you royalty. And when your body physically dies, your soul and spirit will be uploaded into a new body, placing you PHYSICALLY into God's kingdom. Until then, you have the rest of your natural life to invest in that kingdom. But investing in the kingdom is not a requirement for salvation, it's an opportunity for those who are already saved!

The relationship you now have with God is no longer the relationship between a criminal and their judge, it's the relationship between a child and their Father. It's not a performance-based relationship. If it were, who could ever be good enough?


The Music Of Heaven

And The Birds Were Singing  ~  By Alain Morisod & Sweet People

Revelation 5:9-13
"And they sung a new song, saying, You [Jesus] are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

And have made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."

Isaiah 55:12-13
"For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."

The following is a slightly different musical arrangement with more bird song.
This is just a tiny glimpse into areas of Heaven & the coming Kingdom.


Mysterious Sounds, Booms & Explosions

Separating The Viral Video Wheat From The Viral Video Chaff

Of all the weird and prophetic topics I've dared to discuss on this blog, the one area I've avoided is the subject of strange sounds coming out of the sky. There is a very good reason for my avoiding it up until now which I'll explain later in this post. The type of sounds people claim to be hearing fall under two categories: (1) Various booming sounds from the sky which range from small to great and (2) Loud groaning sounds from the sky which many have compared to the classic Shofar trumpet.

Starting in 2009, people all over the globe started reporting unexplainable sounds that resembled loud bumps or even explosions with no evidence as to the source. The case of Clintonville comes to mind as the most legitimate and documented case since the entire town (including the Mayor and local police) were hearing the noises and all members of the media covered it exhaustively. The case in Clintonville is almost identical to cases reported all over the world. The geological community has risen to offer an explanation, citing tremors sounding through special types of granite to be the culprit. Their explanation sounds logical but it doesn't tell us why it's never happened before, why it's happening now, and what about all those other places all over the world where the so-called special types of granite aren't available?

This phenomenon comes close to home since my neighbors and I have heard something like it ourselves here in Tyler, Texas. One morning around 11 AM, I heard what sounded like the limb of a tree falling on the roof of my house. My next-door neighbor has tall pine trees with limbs that could easily fall on our house given the right amount of wind so I went outside to see where the limb had hit, but no limb was there. Then a moment later, I noticed my neighbors across the street walking around their house looking up toward their roof looking for something. I walked over to see what was going on and they heard the same noise, something that caused them to believe that a physical object had fallen and hit their roof. We both heard the same noise and there was nothing physically evident to identify the source. We don't have earthquakes in our area but to be certain, I went to the USGS online to see if there had been any nearby tremors. Nothing had been reported. It's been over 3 weeks since it happened and we never did solve the mystery.

Another type of boom that's been reported are strange throbbing sounds from the sky that sound like some type of artificial current of electricity that's being generated by a massive engine of unknown origin. I've only found one or two videos of this nature online and only at YouTube so we don't have any further information about those. Theories run the gambit from distant electrical storms to CERN, HARP and the Hadron Collider. (Isn't it interesting how you can take an internet rumor and make it sound legit by calling it a theory?)

In addition to unexplained bumping noises, many YouTube users throughout 2011 began posting videos of what sounded like strange groans coming from the sky. The first original video of this sort was posted at YouTube from Kiev in November of 2011. That link will take you to the original YouTube user's video post along with all the descriptions and comments included. After the video went viral, the local news in that area tried to validate the story but found that no one in the neighborhood heard these sounds except the user who uploaded the video. While digital annalists had proven that the video's audio track wasn't doctored, they couldn't rule out the possibility that the "strange sounds" weren't coming from an alternate audio source playing from inside the room while the camera was facing outside the window. Another damning piece of evidence that's in the video itself, is that no one seen walking around in the video seems to be aware of the noise. At one point, a bunch of guys walking along are even seen laughing, paying no attention to the ungodly noise supposedly coming out of the sky.

A few months after the release of this first video, countless other videos were published at YouTube titled "Strange Sounds Out Of Heaven From All Over The World" in which the audio from the 1st video published out of Kiev was ripped and dubbed on top of staged videos of people staring into the sky. You can tell the videos are hoaxed because even the sounds of the passing birds from the Kiev video can be heard in all the "me-too" videos, supposedly from Canada, Russia, Germany, England, Connecticut, Texas, etc... Main stream media outlets such as CNN and FOX began running the story using all of the hoaxed video frauds as evidence. What fueled this even further was all of the 2012 hype as these new videos were being published during January and February of 2012. Enthusiasts of Bible Prophecy then carelessly jumped on the bandwagon and noted how close these noises resembled the sounds of the classic Jewish Shofar trumpet. "Are these the Trumpets of Revelation?" many began to ask.

Then suddenly, Atheists began taking sport in all of the madness at YouTube claiming that all of the videos were hoaxes, proving that the sounds can be produced by audio software on the Mac. Then it became revealed that the idea for this grand hoax was spawned by the movie "Red State" in which a bunch of religious extremists were fooled in the climax of the film by a bunch of computer geeks who used their iPod to broadcast shofar trumpet blasts over an old firehouse siren. The movie itself was a propaganda film, stereotyping Christians in political "Red States" as a bunch of apocalyptic nuts, who speak predominantly in King James English, preaching hellfire and brimstone upon everyone everywhere for everything. The film was released in September of 2011, just 2 months before the big Kiev video was posted at YouTube.

After all of these viral videos had spent all of their viral gas, the subject of strange sounds out of heaven began to fade until August of 2013 when YouTube user, "Kimberly Wookey" of Terrace BC got things started up again. The local news media once again took the video as evidence and broadcast it on their report. This time, the sound has more of a metallic drilling sound to it. So now, scientists are once again called upon to explain what's going on citing everything from solar flares to new movements of the Earth's crust as the planet expands and retracts. (Why it's expanding and retracting, they don't say.) No one hardly noticed this 2013 video but then Kimberly Wookey uploaded a newer video on May 7th of 2015 saying "It Happened Again!" to which all major news outlets published her video and it went viral. To add to it's credibility, she uploaded another video saying "This one is from my daughter!" and then another video saying "This one is from my neighbor across the street!" All three of these videos have gone viral and once again, conspiracy theorists and enthusiasts of Bible Prophecy are wondering what's going on.

Former members of government or military security will tell you that different levels of contract security require different levels of disinformation to keep a secret hidden. Keeping a secret hidden by a denial of known facts doesn't always work. So whenever a secret becomes so big that it can no longer remain hidden, the only way to keep the truth hidden is to purposefully reveal the truth to the masses and mix the truth with evidence of hoaxing or other forms of foolishness to discredit it. The media has been using this technique with the UFO/Alien Abduction phenomenon for decades. So when it comes to researching the strange sound phenomena, if you're willing to take the time to dig through the manure, you might find small accounts of legitimate people hearing noises of all sorts that they cannot explain. But these videos, I believe, are designed to distract the masses from the more obvious signs that we're living in the last days. You don't need "trumpet sounds out of heaven" to know we're going through what Jesus called, The Beginning of Sorrows.

After watching lots and lots of the videos posted at YouTube, I firmly believe they aren't supernatural. As I said earlier, these so-called "trumpet sounds" that people claim to be hearing sound more like large pieces of metal grinding together if you ask me. What's actually causing that sound, I have no idea. What we're allowed to see probably isn't legit. Some of those videos might be legit, but there's so much hoaxing and foolishness out there that it's difficult to pin them down.

As for the mysterious boom noises, those cases seem to be 100% legit. In fact, these legitimate cases might be what the "strange sounds out of heaven videos" are designed to distract. The videos of mysterious booming noises have multiple reliable witnesses with police and local news teams following up on the cases. The geological scholars are blaming it on deeper earthquakes. Maybe that's what it is, maybe not. We already know that earthquakes have increased drastically in "diverse places" in recent years so that could very well be what's causing those noises.

From a supernatural standpoint, there is in fact a known phenomenon in demonic activity where sounds of large explosions can be heard where there is no physical evidence of the explosion. We know from Ephesians 6 that God's angels are fighting it out with Satan's angels behind the supernatural veil. Who is to say that their warfare isn't occasionally heard with human ears? Just as the engine of a boat sounds different when heard from underwater, how does the warfare of angels sound to human ears from the other side of the veil? If we're indeed living in the last days, it would only be logical to assume that their warfare is increasing in both frequency and magnitude.