The Harbinger

This is a post from the best selling book, “The Harbinger”. I recommend everyone read it.

“They
had no idea what was coming. They thought it would all go on as it
always had, as if it would never change. They had no idea what was about
to happen or what it was all leading to. Everything they had ever
known, up to that point, their entire world, would vanish.” “Who?” “An
ancient people…an ancient kingdom. Israel, the northern kingdom, eighth
century B.C. They should have known. It was all there from the
beginning, but they forgot.” “Forgot what?” “Their purpose, their
foundation, that which made them unique. No other nation had been called
into being for the will of God or dedicated to His purposes from
conception. No other people had been given a covenant. But the covenant
had a condition. If they followed the ways of God, they would become the
most blessed of nations. But if they fell away and turned against His
ways, then their blessings would be removed and replaced by calamity, as
they did, and as it was.” “But why would they turn away if they were
given so much?” “It’s a mystery,” said the prophet, “a kind of spiritual
amnesia. When it began, they were still using God’s name, but with less
and less meaning behind it. Then they started merging Him, confusing
Him with the gods of the nations. And then they began turning against
Him—subtly at first, then outright, then brazenly—driving Him out of
their national life and bringing in idols to fill the void. The land
became covered with idols and altars to foreign gods. They rejected
their covenant, abandoned their standards, and exchanged the values they
had always lived by for those they had never known—spirituality for
sensuality, holiness for profanity, and righteousness for self-interest.
They cut themselves off from the faith on which their nation had been
established and became strangers to God. And as for their most innocent,
their little children, they offered them up as sacrifices.”
“Literally?” I asked. “They literally killed their own children?” “On
the altars of Baal and Molech, their newfound gods. That’s how far they
descended. Everything was now upside down. What they had once known as
right, they now saw as outdated, intolerant, and immoral. And what they
had once known as immoral, they now championed and celebrated as sacred.
They had transformed themselves into the enemies of the God Him—subtly
at first, then outright, then brazenly—driving Him out of their national
life and bringing in idols to fill the void. The land became covered
with idols and altars to foreign gods. They rejected their covenant,
abandoned their standards, and exchanged the values they had always
lived by for those they had never known—spirituality for sensuality,
holiness for profanity, and righteousness for self-interest. They cut
themselves off from the faith on which their nation had been established
and became strangers to God. And as for their most innocent, their
little children, they offered them up as sacrifices.” “Literally?” I
asked. “They literally killed their own children?” “On the altars of
Baal and Molech, their newfound gods. That’s how far they descended.
Everything was now upside down. What they had once known as right, they
now saw as outdated, intolerant, and immoral. And what they had once
known as immoral, they now championed and celebrated as sacred. They had
transformed themselves into the enemies of the God they had once
worshiped and the faith they had once followed, until the very mention
of His name was banned from their public squares. And yet in spite of
all this, He was merciful and called to them, again and again.” “Through
the prophets?” “Through the prophets—Elijah, Elisha, Hosea, and Amos,
pleading with them, warning them, calling them to return. But they
rejected the call and declared war on those who remained faithful. They
branded them as troublemakers, irritants, dangerous, and, finally,
enemies of the state. They were marginalized, vilified, persecuted, and
even hunted down. So the nation grew deaf to the call of those trying to
save them from judgment. The alarm would have to grow louder and the
warnings more severe.” “More severe?” “They would enter a new stage. The
words of the prophets would now be joined to the sound of calamity. God
would remove the hedge.” “Remove what hedge?” I asked. “The hedge He
had placed around them, the hedge of protection, of national security
that had kept them safe up to that point. As long as it was in place,
they were safe. No enemy kingdom, no empire, no power on earth could
touch them. But once it was removed, everything changed. Their enemies
could now enter, breach their land, and enter their gates. It was a new
phase, much more dangerous than before. Thus began the days of
calamities and shakings…the days of final warning.” “And when did this
all happen? When was this hedge removed?” “732 B.C.” “Maybe I’m missing
something,” I said. “But what does all this, what happened two and a
half thousand years ago, have to do with anything…with now? What does it
have to do with why you’re here and why I’m listening to all this? When
we first met, you said it wasn’t about an ancient nation. But so far
all you’ve talked about is an ancient nation.” “I said, ‘Not for an
ancient nation.’ That’s different.” “But why are you talking about an
ancient nation?”


“Because
unless you understand what happened then, you’ll never understand
what’s happening now.” “Now? So it’s some kind of key?” “A key for the
appointed time, for the word to be given and for the message to go
forth, but not for an ancient nation.” “Then for what…for what nation?”
He was silent. I asked him again, “Then for what nation?” It was only
then that he voiced it. “America,” he said. “Now for America.” With
that, he got up from the bench and walked over toward the water. I
couldn’t let it go at that. I followed him there. “All this has to do
with America?” “Yes.” “So it’s the appointed time for America? For a
mystery to be revealed and a message to be given to America?” “Yes.”
“But what does America have to do with ancient Israel?” “Israel was
unique among nations in that it was conceived and dedicated at its
foundation for the purposes of God.” “OK…” “But there was one other—a
civilization also conceived and dedicated to the will of God from its
conception…America. In fact, those who laid its foundations…” “The
Founding Fathers.” “No, long before the Founding Fathers. Those who laid
America’s foundations saw it as a new Israel, an Israel of the New
World. And as with ancient Israel, they saw it as in covenant with God.”
“Meaning?” “Meaning its rise or fall would be dependent on its
relationship with God. If it followed His ways, America would become the
most blessed, prosperous, and powerful nation on earth. From the very
beginning they foretold it. And what they foretold would come true.
America would rise to heights no other nation had ever known. Not that
it was ever without fault or sin, but it would aspire to fulfill its
calling.” “What calling?” “To be a vessel of redemption, an instrument
of God’s purposes, a light to the world. It would give refuge to the
world’s poor and needy, and hope to its oppressed. It would stand
against tyranny. It would fight, more than once, against the dark
movements of the modern world that threatened to engulf the earth. It
would liberate millions. And, as much as it fulfilled its calling or
aspired to, it would become the most blessed, the most prosperous, the
most powerful, and the most revered nation on the earth—just as its
founders had prophesied.” “But there’s a but coming, isn’t there?”
“Yes,” he replied. “There was always another side to the covenant. If
ancient Israel fell away from God and turned against His ways, its
blessings would be removed and replaced with curses.” “But wasn’t Israel
surrounded by nations far worse,” I asked, “with no concept of God or
moral code? So why


would
Israel be judged?” “Because to whom much is given, much is required.
And no nation had ever been given so much. None had been so spiritually
blessed. So the standards were higher, the stakes greater, and the
judgment, when it came, more severe.” “And America…” I said. “And
America has done much good. And there’s no shortage of nations far
exceeding any of its faults or sins. But no nation in the modern world
has ever been given so much. None has been so blessed. To whom much is
given, much is required. If a nation so blessed by God should turn away
from Him, what then?” “Its blessings will be replaced with curses?”
“Yes.” “And has America turned away from God?” I asked. “It has turned,
and is turning.” “How?” “In the same way Israel turned. It started with a
spiritual complacency, then spiritual confusion, then the merging of
God with idols, and then, ultimately, the rejection of His ways. Just as
with ancient Israel, America began ruling God out of its life, turning,
step by step, against His ways, at first subtly, and then, more and
more, brazenly.” “When?” I asked. “When did it start?” “There’s no one
simple answer. In America’s greatest moments there was always sin, and
in its worst moments, greatness. But there are critical junctures. In
the middle of the twentieth century America began officially removing
God from its national life. It abolished prayer and Scripture in its
public schools. As ancient Israel had removed the Ten Commandments from
its national consciousness, so America did likewise, removing the Ten
Commandments from public view, banning it from its public squares, and
taking it down, by government decree, from its walls. As it was in
ancient Israel, so too in America, God was progressively driven out of
the nation’s public life. The very mention of the name God or Jesus in
any relevant context became more and more taboo and unwelcome unless for
the purpose of mockery and attack. That which had once been revered as
sacred was now increasingly treated as profanity. And as God was driven
out, idols were brought in to replace Him.” “But Americans don’t worship
idols.” “No,” said the prophet, “they just don’t call them idols. As
God was expunged from American life, idols came in to fill the
void—idols of sensuality, idols of greed, of money, success, comfort,
materialism, pleasure, sexual immorality, self-worship, self-obsession.
The sacred increasingly disappeared, and the profane took its place. It
was another kind of spiritual amnesia; the nation forgot its
foundations, its purpose, and its calling. The standards and values it
had long upheld were now abandoned. What it had once known as immoral,
it now accepted. Its culture was increasingly corrupted by the corrosion
of sexual immorality, growing continuously more crude and vulgar. A
wave of pornography began penetrating its media. The same nation that
had once been dedicated to spreading God’s light to the nations now
filled the world with the pornographic and the obscene.”


“Some
would call it tolerance,” I said. “Yes,” he replied, “the same
tolerance that overtook ancient Israel…a tolerance for everything
opposed to God, a growing tolerance for immorality and a growing
intolerance for the pure—a tolerance that mocked, marginalized, and
condemned those who remained faithful to the values now being discarded.
Innocence was ridiculed and virtue was vilified. Children were taught
of sexual immorality in public schools while the Word of God was banned.
It was a tolerance that put the profane on public display and removed
nativity scenes from public sight…contraband, as if somehow they had
become a threat—a strangely intolerant tolerance.” “But still,” I
countered, “how does all that compare to what happened in ancient
Israel? America doesn’t offer its children on altars of sacrifice?”
“Does it not?” he said. “Ten years after removing prayer and Scripture
from its public schools, the nation legalized the killing of its unborn.
The blood of the innocent now stained its collective hands. Israel had


sacrificed
thousands on the altars of Baal and Molech. But by the dawn of the
twenty-first century, America had sacrificed millions. For its
thousands, judgment came upon Israel. What then of America?” “So what
are you saying? He didn’t respond. “Is America in danger of judgment?” I
asked. Again he was silent. “Tell me…is America in danger of judgment?”
“Are you sure you want to know the answer?” “I’m sure.” “The answer to
your question is yes…Yes. America is in danger of judgment.” I didn’t
respond immediately. I was trying to come up with a defense. Finally I
said, “It can’t be as bad as it was in ancient Israel. They came against
the prophets. But if God sent a message today to America, calling it
back, people would listen.” “Would they?” “They wouldn’t?” “No.”


“How
do you know?” “Because they’ve deafened their ears to those voices. So
as with ancient Israel, the alarm would have to grow louder and the
calling more severe.” “Which means what?” “Which means that America
would enter a new stage.” “Of what?” “Of what happened to Israel,” he
answered. “The hedge?” “The removal of the nation’s hedge of
protection.” “And what would it mean if something like that would
happen?” There was a long pause before he answered that. “It already
has.” “What do you mean?” “America’s hedge has already been removed, and
the Nine Harbingers have been manifested.” “The Nine Harbingers?” “The
Nine Harbingers that manifested in ancient Israel in the nation’s last
days. Each one was a sign.


Each
one was a warning of judgment…of their end…the Nine Harbingers of
judgment.” “I don’t understand.” “It’s all happening again according to
the same pattern, according to the judgment of ancient Israel. The Nine
Harbingers that appeared in the last days of ancient Israel are now
appearing in America.” “Appearing in America?” “Each one manifesting on
American soil. Each one containing a prophetic message. And upon these,
the future of the nation hangs.” “I don’t understand…” “You don’t have
to understand. It will all be

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What I've Learned

What I’ve
Learned…

I’ve learned that I like my teacher because
she cries when we sing “Silent
Night” – Age 6

I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either- Age 7

I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what

they are doing and wave back – Age 9

I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me

clean it up again – Age 12

I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try

cheering someone else up – Age 14

I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my

parents are strict with me – Age 15

I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of

advice – Age 24

I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great

pleasures – Age 26

I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed

me there – Age 29

I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live

so that no one will believe it – Age 30

I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know

how to show it – Age 42

I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a

little note – Age 44

I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his

or her need to cast blame on others – Age 46

I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies – Age 47

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life

does go on, and it will be better tomorrow – Age 48

I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours –

Age 49

I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the

phone – Age 50

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles

these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree
lights – Age 52

I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet

full of pills – Age 52

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you

miss them terribly after they die – Age 53

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life


Age 58

I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children,

work to improve your marriage – Age 61

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance – Age 62

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on

both hands You need to be able to throw something back – Age 64

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you But if you

focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people,
and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you – Age 65

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually

make the right decision – Age 66

I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer – Age 72

I’ve learned that it pays to believe in miracles And to tell the truth,

I’ve seen several – Age 75

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one – Age 82

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone People

love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on
the back – Age 85

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn – Age 92

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about

Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile –
Age
less

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The Costume Party

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The Costume Party

A couple was invited to a swanky masked Halloween Party. She got a
terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone. He,
being a devoted husband, protested, but she argued and said she was
going to take some aspirin and go to bed, and there was no need for his
good time being spoiled by not going. So he took his costume and away he
went.The wife, after sleeping soundly for one hour, awakened without
pain. As it was still early, she decided to go to the party. Since her
husband didn’t know what her costume was since she had gotten them from
the shop, she thought she would have some fun by watching her husband to
see how he acted when she was not with him.

She joined the party and soon spotted her husband cavorting around on
the dance floor, dancing with every nice chick he could, even copping a
little feel here and a little kiss there. She contained her anger and
sidled up to him and, being a rather seductive babe herself, he left his
partner high and dry and devoted his time to the new stuff that had
just arrived.

She let him go as far as he wished — and why not, since he was her
husband?! Finally he whispered a little proposition in her ear and she
agreed, so off they went to one of the cars and had a little bang, still
keeping their masks on.

Just before unmasking at midnight, she slipped away and went home and
put the costume away and got into bed, wondering what kind of
explanation he would make for his behavior. She was sitting up reading
when he came in and asked what kind of a time he had. He said, “Oh, the
same old thing. You know I never have a good time when you’re not
there.”

Then she asked, “Well, did you even get any dancing in?” she asked, knowing how much he enjoys dancing.

“Well, I have a confession to make, honey,” he says. Here we go,
she thinks. “Sweetie, I never even danced one dance. When I got there, I
saw Pete, Bill and Johnny, so we went into the den and played poker all
evening. But I’ll tell you: the guy I loaned my costume says he sure
had a good time!”

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He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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The wisdom of our ancestors

The wisdom of our ancestors

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


The western coast of Mexico has many interesting areas to visit. The often neglected Mexican Rivera , as it has been named, holds many reasons to take the time to explore and enjoy it’s many attributes. 
Cruise ship leaving Puerto Vallarta

Located on the west side of Mexico, it is not as accessible as the more popular eastern coast with the notoriety of many  Cozumel and Cancun resorts and beaches.

The Mexican Rivera boasts such tourist cities as Cabo San Lucas,Acapulco, Mazatlan, Ensenada, and others. However, in my estimation, nothing can compare to Puerto Vallarta.

Located about half way down the western coast of Mexico, and just a short distance below the Baja Peninsula, it is unequaled in charm and beauty.

Besides being one of the more safe destinations to visit in Mexico, there are many attractions and restaurants to enjoy. A popular cruise destination, the Marina is only a short five minute cab ride from the cruise port.

Featuring several restaurants, this has to be a must visit area for even the short time visitor. One of my favorite things to do is enjoy a relaxing breakfast at Mr. Cheese’s located on the north side of the marina.
Mr. Creme’s

Featuring an outside patio dining experience and some of the best pancakes this side of Aunt Jemima’s House, it is Mexican dining at it’s finest.

There are many of the finest resorts to be discovered anywhere, in room hot tubs are popular,many are timeshares and feature Mayan and Aztec style buildings and decor, with highly polished floors, counters and walls , one feels like he may be walking among the Mayas themselves.

With their own water filtration plant,the city boasts it is the only city in Mexico where it is safe to drink water from the tap. Miles of beaches await you stretching from the Marina and beyond to downtown Puerto Vallarta, a few miles to the south, the wide unobstructed beach makes walking downtown a pleasure and doable to anyone who is physically fit.

It’s not uncommon to be walking the beach and be invited to a beach side party at one of the many resorts along the way.

Downtown Puerto Vallarta offers the many amenities of any large city, sightseeing,shopping, and all the restaurants available elsewhere. With a large emphasis on Mexican dining , and extended happy hours, you only have yourself to blame if you leave hungry or thirsty.

Plan to visit PV, either on a cruise or better yet, spend a week at one of their fabulous resorts, you wont be disappointed.

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Tips for staying Young

Tips For Staying
Young

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes
age, weight
and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you
pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches
pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the
computer, crafts,
gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. “An idle mind
is the devil’s workshop;” the devil’s name is
Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things. When the children
are young,
that is all that you can afford. When they are in college,
that is all that you can afford. When you are on retirement,
that is all that you can afford!

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until
you gasp for breath.
Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your
distinctive laughter.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and
move on. The only
person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be alive
while you are alive, don’t put out a mailbox on the highway
of death and just wait in residence for your mail.

7. Surround yourself with what you love,
whether it is family,
pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your
home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health. If it is good,
preserve it. If it is unstable,
improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get
help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Go to the mall,
the next county, a
foreign country, but not to guilt country.

10. Tell the people you love, that you
love them, at every
opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER, Life is not measured
by the
number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take
our breath away.

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The Wealthy Man

The Wealthy Man

One day, a wealthy family man took his son
on a trip to
the country so he could have his son see how poor
country people were. They stayed one day and one night
at the farm of a very humble farm family.

When they got back home the father asked the son, “What
did you think of the trip”? The son replied, “Very nice Dad.”
Dad said, “Did you notice how poor they were?” “Yes”.
“So, what did you learn from this trip?”

“I’ve learned that we have one dog in the house, and they
had four. We have a fountain and imported lamps in our
garden, they have a stream with no end and the stars in
the sky. Our garden goes to the edge of our property, they
have the entire horizon as their back yard.”

At the end of the son’s reply the father was speechless
and then his son said, “Thank you Dad, for showing me
how poor we really are.”

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

alcohol

In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well?

Pay Attention to Your Thoughts

Thoughts
create actions and actions create the life we live. We are the grand
total sum of everything that we have ever experienced and how we reacted
to the event.


When
some so called negative event occurs in our life we have a choice, we
can let it define us, destroy us or it can strengthen us, the choice is
ours. It does no good to be upset about it, it is over and done with and
can’t be changed, you need to move on and learn from it.


We
all get into destructive relationships, it is a fact of life, those
relationships are brought to us so we can learn and grow. Sometimes the
people who give us the most grief are the ones who love us the most and
are trying to teach us something, while they themselves are also
learning. They may not always have the most altruistic motives in mind
as they are also dealing with karma and how you react will  also affect
their growth and have a positive effect on their evolution.


By
setting boundaries on their behavior and how it affects you, you are
teaching them an important lesson. They need to learn they can’t always
have their way, especially if it affects someone else in a negative
light.


We
can’t change the past, stop regretting was done way back when. The road
to success is always under construction ,and there are detours, but you
need to start doing the things today that will improve your life
tomorrow.


By
constantly striving to improve your life and remembering that we often
take two steps forward and one backward, sooner or later you will create
the life you desire. Change normally comes when we least expect it and
sometimes the outcome won’t be exactly the way we envisioned it, but it
will be better than you ever imagined.

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