Sunday Go to Meeting Bun! Good Sailing!

Dad6Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

My beloved father passed away quietly in his sleep last night from Alzheimer’s.  I am on my way to their home near Philadelphia… He was 94 years old. 

You’re in a better place pop!

L. A. 

1 Corinthians 15:13

2Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised;

14and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

15Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.…

(This is written, in part, while in route to my parents house on the plane from Los Angeles.  L.A.)

My father passed away last night.   We got the call at 4:30 this morning.  I last saw him only two days ago, as I went from the Colorado conference to my parents house and stayed until Thursday.  We all knew he was fading and I prayed over him and told him it was OK to go home.

I counseled my mom too, and told her to try to let him go.  Of course she couldn’t do that, as she had been with him since she was 5 years old.  They were child-hood sweet hearts and as my Uncle George stated in a recent phone conversation, one inhales the other exhales.  

Mom has been in a state of mourning, as the disease took my father ability to communicate months ago, so in a very real sense, we lost him then.

A few years ago when he was still able to walk, Dad and I took a walk around the neighborhood.  We talked about many things.  He knew he was slipping but at this point he could still carry on a conversation.   At some point we talked about Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  My Dad was raised Catholic and I don’t think anyone had ever asked him if he wanted to accept the Holy Spirit.  He thought about it for a moment and then told me, “Yes, I think I’d like to do that. ”

We prayed and he asked the spirit of the Living God into his heart.

I miss my Dad.

About 18 months ago, Peggy and I were getting ready to head back to Los Angeles.  We had popped in to see how he was doing.  Dad was sitting in a chair in his bedroom and he waved to us as we were leaving and said, Good sailing!  He had a big smile on his face and I’ll never forget how he looked.  These were the last coherent words he said to me.

Dad had Alzheimer’s and the disease slowly but surely chipped away at every part of him and stole his mind from both him and us.  During the last year when I would pop in to see him, I could see his eyes light up.  Somewhere in his mind, he knew who I was, but he couldn’t connect the dots.

My Dad fought in WWII.  He came back from that war shell-shocked and devastated by what he had seen.  He was a Captain in the infantry and landed on the shores of France, in D-Day.  He was awarded two purple hearts and the Bronze Star.  He never talked about the war until the 50th anniversary of D-day and then for a few days he was an open book.  He could talk about the war without breaking down, which he had never been able to do before and after that open window, on the 50th.

My Dad loved the game of golf.  He taught both my brother and I the game.  He taught us not only the rudiments and rules of golf, but what to him was the heart of the game, good sportsmanship.  He loved to see the little white ball fly through the air.  He loved the outdoors and the smell of the fresh-cut grass and dew on the greens, in the early morning.

My Dad was a good man.  He was honest and truly a man without guile.  He was a good father, loving and kind.

The scripture above is the essence of our hope in the Risen Savior.  As Paul says, if Jesus did not rise from the dead  then our faith is in vain.   For those of us who have been born again, by the spirit of the Living God, we know through our experience, that this is our blessed hope.  One day we will see Him, who died in our place at Cavalry so long ago, but then rose from the dead three days later!

When the trumpet sounds He will gather us to Himself in the air!  The Dead in Messiah will rise first and then we who are yet alive will be gathered to Him.

This might sound like fantasy to some, but it is the fulfillment of the promise, of the redemption of all mankind.

Like David, so long ago, I know I will see my Dad again.  This is the promise of eternal life, which is given to us by just believing on Him who was sent, Jesus.  If we confess our sins and ask Him into our hearts then we are then born again from above, and the Spirit of the Living God resides in us.

In closing todays Bun.  My Dad loved Jesus.  He prayed every night to Him before bed.  All of us miss him, but I know that he is in a better place and one day I will see him again…. Good Sailing Dad!

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Go-to-Meeting – BUN!

Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

1 Cor 15: 13  If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.

Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.

I lost two friends this week, Wayne Kendall – who was also my first mentor in the Christian faith –  and Andy Radford, Host of the Edge Am – see link below.  Death is never convenient and the sting of it reminds us that at some point in the future we will all pass that way.  Everything that has breath on this planet at some point succumbs to it.  No one lives forever and the wealth and possessions that we accumulate will be left to another.  We come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing.

As the verses tell us above, if there is no resurrection from the dead then everything is useless, jejune, and we might as well adopt a Nihilistic attitude and world view.  However, He rose on the third day and this is our hope, that at some point we will also be like Him and conquer death.

I believe that The Shroud of Turin is forensic evidence, or as I prefer to call it God’s calling card that shows us that there is another reality, a super reality and there is a personal God who loves us and is not bound by the laws of physics as we know them.  There was a miracle in that tomb almost tow thousand years ago and the lifeless body was brought back to life.  The empty tomb of Yashua/Jesus is our hope that for those of us who believe on Him, will at the sound of the last trumpet, rise and meet Him in the air.  These are not empty words but are our blessed hope.  At some point I will see Wayne and Andy again.  Death will no longer have its sting.  We will live forever and be with the author and finisher of our faith, our king, our redeemer, Yashua/Jesus.

In closing the Bun!  As Christians we have a real template to look to and that is the resurrection of Yashua/Jesus.  Without this we have nothing.  This is what separates what we believe from any other religion on the planet, that, and the prophetic thread that runs through all of scripture.  We shall all be changed, in a moment in a twinkling of an eye,  the dead in Christ will rise first and them we who remain alive will also and greet the Lord in the air….

I’m off to OK city today to be a guest on Prophecy in the News….

Here is the link to Andy’s show:The ReadyNation Newsletter

Life is Fragile…

Today is Friday and it will be my last day on the East Coast spent with my aging parents. We had a woman from Angel Companions come in yesterday and she helped out with the daily routine of getting my Dad showered and dressed and fed. My brother and I have set this in place hoping that it will help ease the strain on my mothers 24 hour care of my father. For the record, my wife and I offered our home to my parents, to come and live with us, but my mother refused the offer… she’s the most stubborn person I have ever met!
We spent Wednesday night in the emergency room as my Mom was blocked up again and in much pain. While there I witnessed the death of a woman directly across the hallway – my Mom and Dad were oblivious to what was going on – and the scene could have come out of a movie as a doctor tried to get the woman’s heart to start beating again but was unable to do so. It reminded me of the opening scene in my novel Nephilim, except that it was real. The daughter rushed out of the room sobbing bitterly. It was a very, very, intense situation and when it was over, the doctors and nurses filed silently out of the room and closed the door behind them…
Life is fragile. We take it for granted. Our lungs “breathe” by themselves, and our hearts pump life through our veins and we never give it a second thought. We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made.
Life is a gift, not an evolutionary accident. It is precious and it begins at conception. We spend our lives on this blue planet, in the middle of who knows where. Our philosophers try to grapple with the questions of our origins and Darwinists tell us that life is an accident, an end result of millions of years of a series of random accidents which produced human beings. Balderdash!
When I was in the doctors office I studied the cross section of a human heart on the wall and I marveled at its intricacy. A nurse was attending my mother and I said, “we are fearfully and wonderfully made.” The nurse turned and smiled at me and said, “Amen.”
We are caught in a system that was put in place thousands of years ago when Adam and Eve lost their inheritance in the garden. When it was stolen from them and us, when the Fallen One, the Serpent, told Eve the lie, that she would be like God and her eyes would be opened, and Eve believed it. The Fallen One has ruled this planet ever since and he has sought to enslave, destroy, rob and kill. He delights in death and destruction and will stop at nothing to attain those goals. However, one man came in the name of the Most High God and destroyed the Fallen Ones works and He did this when he laid down His life as a ransom for many. Yashua/Jesus’ death and atonement on Cavalry was a game changer. It brought about the end of the Fallen Ones kingdom. He is coming back soon, to claim that kingdom, as the signs of His coming are all around us. He will set up His kingdom and the Fallen Ones system of greed, war, death, and destruction will no longer be in place. This is our blessed hope, what those of us who know, the one that was sent, cling to.
In closing today’s post: Life is a gift. Our souls reside in these shells of human flesh and we will one day pass from this life into the next, or as some of us hope, we will be taken, raptured from this place, and rise to meet the one who we love, even though we have not seen Him, in the air. Comfort one another with these words….

Rapture: Keep Our Eyes on the GAME!

Commentary & Analysis

by

L. A. Marzulli

There are many comments about the Rapture recently, so I have decided to address the issue again. Actually, all the debating about when it happens proves my point! It takes our eyes off the GAME and focuses on proving that what we believe is right.

I believe in the Rapture of the church. I believe that at some point we will be taken up, to meet the Lord in the air, literally. I have had a vision of this and what left me speechless was this. We were gathered together, but there was space between us. We weren’t packed like sardines! Everyone knew exactly what had happened. There was a holy silence, a still reverence, as we all knew where we were! Then, I realized that my sin nature was gone. It wasn’t there anymore. I had been changed in an instant. Then the vision ended. All of this took place in less than a minute. I sometimes tell people about that when I’m speaking. Now that that has been made clear here’s an analogy:

It is the 4th quarter of a football game. Our team is behind by 3 points! We are down at the 25 yard line, deep in enemy territory. A time out has been called and we have about 2 minutes left in the game. We are muddy, bloody, sore and bruised, but we are focused as we belive that we can win the game! We go back to our huddle, arms linked together in fellowship. We listen as the quarterback clears his throat, and we are expecting him to call the play. Instead, this is what he says. I have a big date tonight with the head cheerleader, and we’re going to get burgers and then see a movie. The team stands up and looks at the quarter-back in disbelief. What are you talking about? They shout at him. They are angry and rightfully so as the quarter-back has lost his focus and his mind is not on the game.

Now, while this might seem like a simple analogy and I admit it is, it does provide what I hope is clarification of the whole rapture debate. We should be concerned about destroying the works of the devil. We should be shouting a warning that a time is coming upon the earth that is unprecedented. We should be declaring the good news. We should be calling out and exposing the lies and deception of the enemy, who is seducing our children, killing the unborn and spreading a false gospel. We should be standing up against the crazy world system that celebrates Lady Ga-Ga and a lip-locked Brittany and Madonna. We should be declaring that Darwinism is a theory and not a fact. That Jesus was real and not a myth. That this is still a Christian nation in spite of what our clueless president would have us believe. In short we need to keep our eyes on the game, and not argue about when it’s over!

In closing today’s post. I know that at some point I will hear the trumpet and at that moment, in a twinkling of an eye, I will put on immortality. However, I’m in a cosmic “game” and it’s not over until that trumpet blows. It’s not for me to know when we get snatched away, as is so evident by all the infighting it produces. The fruit of that is division. If we are intellectually honest, no one really knows. So let’s keep our eyes, where they belong. Let’s stay in the fight. Let’s dig in and win!

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In Other News:

U.S. Alarmed by Harsh Tone of China’s Military

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/world/asia/12beijing.html?_r=3&hp

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China currency reserves may hit $2.5 trillion, stoke tensions

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international-business/China-currency-reserves-may-hit-25-trillion-stoke-tensions/articleshow/6733029.cms

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International finance group seeks remedy to looming exchange wars

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=213953

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What are we Instructed to do?

Commentary & Analysis

by

L. A. Marzulli

Every morning after the wifey and I have had our reading from the Guide Book to the Supernatural i,e, the Bible, I sit at my desk and scan the comments. Most of the time I leave then well enough alone, but this morning some of the comments have caught my attention and so I decided to post on that subject which instantly divides Christians, The Rapture.

We are told that we shall rise to meet the Lord in the air. I love that passage. I have had a vision of it, and I posted it here shortly after I received it. I believe in the Rapture of the church. I also belive that the Shroud of Turin may be evidence of the first rapture, Jesus resurrection! Now I’m really ticking some of you off! LOL!

Seriously, we know the Rapture will happen at some point and as demonstrated by some of the posts yesterday, this can be a hot button issue. Most often it divides us rather than bring us together. That being said, what are we instructed to do? We are instructed to destroy the works of the devil! We are living in a time that is unprecedented. The enemy grows bold and the supernatural is manifesting like never before. There are signs in the heavens! Earthquakes like the one today at 7.5. Volcanos that threaten to choke the skies. The gulf stream that may have stalled due to the oil spill. The AIDS epidemic that continues unabated. The slaughter of millions of unborn babies in abortion mills around the world. The New Age deception that tells us that we can be god. Satanic ritual magic that is pumped into our homes via, Lady Ga Ga. With all of this happening in our faces some of us want to argue when we get taken up! It’s exactly what the enemy wants. It is nothing more than a distraction that keeps us from carrying out our mandate of destroying the works of the devil!

I’ve said this before and I’ll post it here again. I have sat through lectures with charts and graphs, by very well-educated men that preached on the three different positions of when the rapture can occur. They all can’t be right! If we are intellectually honest, we can agree that in fact no one really knows when it will happen. I’d rather be fighting the works of the enemy until I get beamed up, than arguing when it’s going to happen. To me it’s pointless.

The endless debate about the rapture takes our eyes off the ball. It removes us from engaging the enemy and destroying his works and instead sets us against each other. We know the well-worn adage, divide and conquer and this issue is certainly divisive.

At some point it will be self-evident as to when the Rapture occurs. That said, it’s none of my business as to the when of it! He is in charge of it, not me. I would rather spend my time posting about the Great Deception that is all around us. Trying to awaken the sleeping church that is unaware of the coming great apostasy. Pointing to the signs that we are told are the birth pangs, in these last days. Speaking boldly about the promise of eternal life through the shedding of Yashua/Jesus’  blood. Most of all rescuing those who are caught in the deception!

In closing today’s post. When I had the vision of the Rapture, we were all gathered in the air, as far as I could see. We weren’t bunched together like sardines, but were spread out. There was a silence, a reverent silence because all of us who had been gathered knew exactly what had happened and where we were. There was also no sin nature. We were all translated in a twinkling of an eye and made like Him. I can comfort you with these words and they are comforting to know that at some point they will happen, but I will not badger you as to when …. Fight the enemy not each other!

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In Other News!

Russia battles to defend nuclear sites from fires

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100810/ts_afp/russiaheatwavefires_20100810101712

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Iran warns ‘we have dug mass graves for your soldiers’ in response to U.S. attack threat

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1301836/Iran-warns-dug-mass-graves-soldiers-response-U-S-attack-threat.html?ITO=1490

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Temperatures continue well below average in Southern California

Shroud Update: Writing found on the Shroud!

Researcher says she found text on Shroud of Turin
(AP) – 2 hours ago
ROME — A Vatican researcher claims she has found a nearly invisible text on the Shroud of Turin and says the discovery proves the authenticity of the artifact revered as Jesus’ burial cloth.
The claim made in a new book by historian Barbara Frale drew immediate skepticism from some scientists, who maintain the shroud is a medieval forgery.
Frale, a researcher at the Vatican archives, says the faint writing emerged through computer analysis of photos of the shroud, which is not normally accessible for study.
Frale says the jumble of Greek, Latin and Aramaic includes the words “Jesus Nazarene” and mentions he was sentenced to death. She believes the text was written on a document by a clerk to identify the body and the ink then seeped into the cloth.

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I want to call your attention to the italicized line that points out that scientists maintain that the Shroud is a medieval forgery! Science is supposed to examine evidence but it seems that when there is evidence presented that points to the supernatural, or in other words phenomena that is outside accepted scientific circles, than these so-called pillars of reason fall of their own weight! A cogent example is the recent work that was done examining the original sample that was taken for the Carbon dating when the Shroud was examined. It has now been proven that the sample was contaminated and that it contained re-woven threads of cotton  that were dyed to match the original linen. Why doesn’t the media run with this story instead of saying that the Shroud is a forgery? Why can’t these critics examine Frale’s evidence before sounding off? I believe the reason for this is that if the Shroud proves that it is indeed from the first century, it may open up an entire new physics that these scientist are not willing to examine. The media refuse to carry the story that challenges the carbon dating on the Shroud. In fact the media always points to the FACT that carbon dating proved the Shroud a fake. I guess if you repeat the same story over and over again it becomes the truth? I have not seen the evidence that Frale has discovered, but before we either dismiss or embrace it, it might behoove us all to take a look at it with an open mind. After all isn’t that what science is supposed to be about? Having an open mind, to go where the evidence takes us and not have a predetermined mindset? I think the real problem, as I mentioned before is that if the Shroud was conclusively proven to be real then this would open a door to a new way of looking at the universe.

For those of us who believe in the rapture, the Shroud may be an example of this. In other words the body of Jesus, that lay in the tomb was translated, changed, and underwent an event so profound that it speaks of a physics we know nothing about! When this event occurred it left the impression that we see today on the Shroud. This artifact not only may be the “proof” that Jesus rose fro the dead, it may very well put to rest the debate on whether the rapture of the church will occur. Behold I tell you a mystery…. we shall rise to meet the Lord in the air…

I am pleased to announce that we will be carry ing the DVD The Fabric of Time. This is an incredible documentary on the Shroud of Turin. It will be available a my web site around the first of December!

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L.A. Marzulli: On Dr. Bill Deagle Show Noon Today!

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Update:

Today on the show Dr. Bill stated that there will be no rapture. Respectfully, I disagree and wanted to put this in writing so there would be no confusion as to my position. It’s his show and I’m respectful of that. On the other hand I believe that scripture is very clear when it tells us that we shall all be changed in a twinkling on an eye at the last trump, when we are gathered to meet the Lord in the air! Sounds like the Rapture to me. As Chuck Missler quips, we’ll explain it to him on the way up! LOL!

L.A.