HAS SODOM AND GOMORRAH BEEN FOUND?

 

Steven Collins, a professor of biblical studies and apologetics at Trinity Southwest University, says a “monstrous” site in Tall el-Hammam in the southern Jordan Valley, which lies eight miles northeast of the Dead Sea, perfectly matches the biblical descriptions of the “city of sin,” destroyed in a day by fire and brimstone.

Collins began exploring the rubble in 2005 and eventually concluded that it is indeed the site inhabited by Lot who was saved by Abraham from judgment of the dominant city-state of the era.

“When we explored the area, the choice of Tall el-Hammam as the site of Sodom was virtually a no-brainer since it was at least five to 10 times larger than all the other Bronze Age sites in the entire region.”

The site is a large mound, or tel, that he believes represents the ruins of the two cities. The team of researchers has since found high and thick defensive walls, gates, towers, plazas and ramparts as well as a palace in the upper city.

As one would expect, life in the city appears to have come to a sudden halt near the end of the Middle Bronze Age period before being abandoned for 700 years.

“Tall el-Hammam seemed to match every Sodom criterion demanded by the text,” said Collins.

Based on the excavated site, despite the heavily fortified defensive capabilities, the city seems to have come to a sudden, inexplicable end – just as the Genesis account in the Bible says.

For millennia, the ancient cities have been used as metaphors for vice and homosexuality.

Collins said the city was likely abandoned after an earthquake, while other experts suggested an asteroid may have been to blame.

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In 2008, mysterious circular clay tablets were identified as a witness’ account of an asteroid that destroyed the cities. Two rocket scientists – Alan Bond and Mark Hempsell, who spent eight years trying to solve the mystery – believe that the tablet’s symbols give a detailed account of how a mile-long asteroid hit the region, causing thousands of deaths and devastating an area of more than 386,000 square miles. The impact, equivalent to more than 1,000 tons of TNT exploding, would have created one of the world’s biggest-ever landslides.

The clay tablet, called the Planisphere, was discovered by the Victorian archaeologist Henry Layard in the remains of the library of the Royal Palace at Nineveh.

The duo used computers to recreate the night sky thousands of years ago and pinpointed the sighting described on the tablet by a Sumerian astrologer, pinpointing the likely date to before dawn June 29 in the year 3,123 B.C.

What does the Bible say about Sodom and Gomorrah? There are references in Genesis and the New Testament as well.

Genesis 19 is a detailed account of two angels who visited the city in an effort to save Lot and his family and were confronted by a gang threatening to sexually assault them. The angels had been dispatched by God at the urging of Abraham, Lot’s uncle.

The angels gathered Lot’s family and took them out of the city, saying: “For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.”

The angels cautioned Lot’s family not to look back once they had been safely removed from the cities.

“Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven,” it says in Genesis 19:24-26. “25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

Genesis 13:13 explains that the people of Sodom “were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.”

The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos and Zephaniah all refer to the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Jesus referred to Sodom and Gomorrah in Matthew 10, explaining to His disciples that when they visited towns to share the good news and met resistance to shake the dust off their feet before leaving:

“Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city,” it says in verse 15.

Jesus is also quoted in Matthew 11:23 as pronouncing judgment on the Galilee town of Capernaum with a reference to Sodom. The ruins of Capernaum have since been excavated and it remains a popular tourist site today.

2 Peter 2:6 quotes the apostle as saying the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes remained as an example to “those that should live ungodly” in his day.

Likewise, Jude 7:7 says: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, 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.”


 

Who is Jesus?

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Edited by George C Duke

Another great time to witness approaches as we approach Easter.  While the prophets usually said, “This is what the Lord says,” Jesus said, “I tell you the truth.” , “Prophets spoke for God, but Jesus consistently spoke as God. In addition, Jesus claimed God’s title, “I am,” and other significant characteristics of God—such as the ability to forgive sins.”That’s what Jesus claimed, but the question is, was He telling the truth? Or maybe he was crazy. Or maybe the Gospel accounts are fairy tales. Or maybe…

When Apostolic Christians say that Christianity is true, we’re not saying that we think it’s true. Or that it’s true for us and not for “them.” Or that it’s true if you believe. No, we mean that it’s true whether you believe it or not. We mean that Christianity is just flat-out true: that Jesus actually lived, that you could have seen Him, that the crucifixion actually took place, that He really did rise from the dead. How can we not believe when we have had such a wonderful powerdul experience with Jesus Christ. Pentecost is alive within each of us that has allowed him to fill us with his Spirit the bible way. If you have never experienced the Acts 2 experience remember the words of Peter when he stated as a fact that it is for you, your children, and their children too. Acts 2:39-40

Had you been there, you could’ve eaten the fish and loaves that were multiplied by Jesus from the little boy’s lunch. The water that Jesus walked on would have gotten you wet. And had you been in that upper room with Thomas, you could have seen the wounds on Jesus’ hands and placed your finger in His side.

These historical events are not just matters of personal faith; they’re matters of public truth. And you and I, especially in this cultural moment, have a responsibility, a task, a calling even, to articulate and defend these truths when called upon.
Another great truth is found in the person of Jesus Christ. Yes I said the person because Jesus is the person of God. In him not them dwelleth all of the fulness of the Godhead bodily and ye are complete in him not them. Jesus Christ was and is the body of flesh that God created for himself to dwell in.
Even so as Easter reminds the world of the Jesus Christ , what are we going to do with this opportunity in front of us? Because that’s what it is…a great opportunity to tell friends and neighbors the truth about Jesus.  After all, the events surrounding the life of Jesus, especially the crucifixion and the resurrection, either happened or they didn’t. We’re not talking about merely issues of personal belief; we’re talking about real events of history, and if they happened, change everything. As an Apostolic the greatest story you can tell is about  Jesus Christ and how he allowed you to become a son of God. That is your testimony as to how Jesus Christ lives in you. So shout it out, He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today.

Preparing for Armageddon?

‘Largest military base in world’ building up across Israel’s border

( Editor George Duke- Over the past many years the world has been in a coma beleiving every lie that has been spoken by politicians that have cheated, lied, stole, and made deals for monetary gain instead of standing for what was right or for what they had promised their constituents. Politicians enter into the political arena poor and leave wealthy and the ignorant continue to put them back into office. Also many Christian people continue to sleep as the world marches onward toward the brink of the war of Armageddon. Forces from around the world are building around Isreal to destroy her very existance. But Christians still continue to sleep beleiving that lie that was perpetrated that it is not yet time. Muslims are slowly capturing our Christian nations and we continue to allow it to occur. WAKE UP CHRISTIANS AND SMELL THE (roses) TIME THAT YOU ARE SLEEPING IN. IT STINKS )

The fuse to light the powder keg that is the Middle East continues its slow burn, as Israel’s enemies mass huge stockpiles of weapons in Syria and Lebanon pointed alarmingly at the Jewish people.

“The combined territories that Iran and Hezbollah controls in Lebanon and parts of Syria is the largest military base in the world right now,” U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher told radio host Hugh Hewitt on February 14th.

Rep. Gallagher serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He also spent seven years as a Marine on active duty as a counterintelligence/human intelligence officer in the Middle East and North Africa and aided General Petraeus’s Central Command Assessment Team.

He believes the biggest story in the Middle East in the last six years has been the rise of the Iranian-Russia axis.

“The Iranian threat network has advanced across the Middle East,” he observes. “Certainly in places like Lebanon, Hezbollah has transformed hundreds of villages into military strongholds, effectively conscripting human shields who will become human casualties blamed on Israel.”

It is difficult to believe the weapons being amassed are purely for defensive purposes. “They have stockpiled 180,000 rockets and missiles across Lebanon and 70,000 rockets in Syria, that have transformed key parts of Syria into effectively a military base.

“That’s 250,000 rockets – many hidden under human shields that they can use to impose an enormous cost on Israel.”

Ironically, Americans may have inadvertently bankrolled some of the weaponry. “By the way, a lot of this was financed by money we gave them for the nuclear deal,” Rep. Gallagher asserted. “Think about how this threatens Israel!”

“I don’t think we fully grasp what the cost of this conflict could be. I don’t think the Israelis have faced a threat like this since 1973, maybe ever. I don’t think we’ve grasped the cost caused by Hezbollah’s use of human shields. More than 80 % of their assets are in civilian areas.”

Rep. Gallagher believes it is an urgent priority for the U.S. to develop a clear end-game in Syria. “We need to aggressively back Israel’s moves in Syria,” he told Hewitt. “I think we should explicitly recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights considering Hezbollah is trying to claim that territory and use that territory as a staging ground for a future attack against Israel.

“They have boasted about their ability to launch an effective ground campaign against Israel, using in part, very sophisticated tunnel networks they have built in those areas.”

Hezbollah stated that the recent downing of the F-16 marks the beginning of a “new strategic phase” that will end Israeli violations of Syrian airspace. “I think we should take them at their word and start gearing up for how serious this situation is,” Rep. Gallagher warned.

Radio host Hugh Hewitt noted the complexity of Syria. “It is an archipelago of gangs and warlords. Assad has his rule over Damascus and he’s a brutal dictator and they are executing people in his prisons. But we have a slice of Syria, the Russians have a slice of Syria, Iran has a slice of Syria…there are gangs everywhere, there is the Free Syrian Army, a centrist Kurdish group, a left wing Kurdish group…and Turkey has invaded and is marching toward us!”

To further complicate matters, U.S. backing of 60,000 Syrian Democratic Forces, which includes a mix of Kurdish forces and non-Kurdish forces, has caused a rift between the U.S. and Turkey.

“We have to find a way – as difficult as it will be — to get on the same page with Turkey,” Rep. Gallagher said. “I think we can do that without surrendering our support of the Kurds as long as we signal that our support for the Kurds doesn’t mean support for the PKK. I don’t how to make a strategy work in Syria unless Turkey secures their own border.”

“We can’t allow the Iranian-Russia axis to turn into an Iranian-Russian-Turkish axis. That would be an absolute disaster for us.”

Rep. Gallagher says one intermediate goal for U.S. policy should be to deny Iran a land bridge that links their efforts from Tehran through Baghdad to Damascus and Lebanon. “Right now they effectively have that land bridge. I think we should push back aggressively against all advances by Iran and their proxies in the region.”

In 2017, Rep. Gallagher worked to get a bill passed sanctioning Hezbollah for their use of human shields. He would like to see the Senate take up the matter as well.


Amazing Video Testimony, An Ex Transgender and Bisexual accepts Jesus Christ

Salvation Plan by George Duke
Salvation could be divided into two categories? The first would be with you accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour without following the plan that Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about. This first category takes the chance that even though Jesus Christ did not give me the new birth he has still saved you? This plan takes you to the Judgement of God to find out if your plan was enough. The second category assures you of your salvation as long as you continue with him. This is the one spoken by Jesus Christ in St. John chapter 3 and fulfilled in Acts chapter 2. You need to read both of these chapters and understand that all of the early disciples were recipients of this salvation. So my question to you is: Do you want to be saved in the way Jesus spoke of or in the way the modern church tells you.


Students No Longer Reading Lord’s Prayer Over Loudspeaker at Louisiana School Following Lawsuit

As a result of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, students are no longer permitted to read the Lord’s Prayer during morning announcements at a Louisiana high school. The prayer was presented voluntarily by students and came under scrutiny when an agnostic student raised the issue with her mother. Reactions to the decision have been mixed, but many local Christians have expressed their support for the student-led practice.

Students at a public high school in Louisiana are no longer reading The Lord’s Prayer over the loudspeaker each morning following a lawsuit filed by a woman who professes to be a Christian and her agnostic daughter.

Christy Cole and her 17-year-old daughter Kaylee recently told CNN that no one has presented the prayer at Lakeside Junior/High School in Minde since students returned from the holiday break. The Lord’s Prayer had customarily been read over the loudspeaker each morning during the daily announcements, along with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Students had asked their classmates to stand to their feet, but Cole declined to as she identifies as agnostic and doesn’t like messages about God appearing in various forms throughout the school day.

As previously reported, Cole’s mother professes to be a Christian, but still objects to Christianity being promoted in public schools and believes that “praying in public is a sin.” With the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), she filed suit against the Webster Parish School District in December in an effort to put an end to what the legal challenge called “pervasive religious indoctrination.”

“Christy Cole believes her daughter and all students should be able to attend public school without exposure to government-sponsored religious practices and messages, and without harassment for their religious beliefs,” the complaint outlined.

“K.C. has felt and feels coerced, both directly and indirectly, to participate in religious activities and expression that did not and do not comport with her personal beliefs,” it stated. “She feels that she has been subjected to unwelcome indoctrination.”


In London’s Hyde Park, a ‘chance encounter’ on park bench leads to new life for Muslim woman

During a recent London Bridges Jesus Film Mission Trip™, one mission team had a welcome encounter while praying about whom to approach with the good news.

The team leader shares:

Our team was enjoying the beauty of Hyde Park. While we walked, prayed and chatted about past mission trips, a team member asked me about my favorite people group. I mentioned a people living in a certain [closed] country on the Arab Peninsula. “Oh, maybe we’ll meet somebody from there,” the team member said. To which I insisted, “No, not here. I’ve never met anybody from [country] here.”

We turned a corner and saw a group of young Middle Eastern women, traditionally dressed, sitting on a park bench. Scooting over, they patted the seat, signaling us to sit. So our group joined theirs—squeezed onto the same park bench together.

We asked them where they were from, and I was surprised and delighted to be able to tell them I had visited their country. It was the very one I had just shared with the team! One of the women exclaimed, “You know my country! You come with us; you stay with us for the day!

We quickly bonded and enjoyed great conversation with them until they eventually looked at their watches and indicated it was time to go. They were hungry and it was time to eat.

I knew, of course, that it was Ramadan—a special time of fasting. So I asked them if they were Muslim and they said they were. I told them I was a Christian but that I hadn’t been raised a Christian. They expressed surprise and indicated that they thought everyone in America was raised a Christian.

Then one of them asked, “How does a person become a Christian?

Well, our team stood flabbergasted at this perfect opportunity to share the gospel. So I told them my story:

I didn’t know either but I tried to be a good person. I always thought religions were like ice cream—different flavors but all involving praying, fasting, reading a holy book, and treating others as we want to be treated.

     “But at the end of the day, my heart was still ‘black.’ Why would a God who created so much beauty [I gestured to the rose garden around us] accept me with my black heart?

     “Well, I didn’t know what to do so I turned to a friend of mine who always talks about God as if He were a friend… not stern and scary. I asked him how his life was different after he accepted the Lord and became a Christian. That’s when he told me that God wanted to be my friend, too, and that I could know Him personally.”

At this point, I explained the gospel to the women. They were sincerely tracking with me through my personal story and about the good news. The entire conversation was the textbook setup. And then the time came to ask them if they would like to accept Jesus.

     “We can’t,” they all said, expressing their religious affiliation without hesitation. I was shocked by how abruptly our “perfect opportunity” had become a dead end.

     “We have to go,” they continued, and then they mentioned a church they enjoyed visiting, called Mary Magdalene.

Boom! I suddenly remembered I had a “Magdalena” DVD in my purse!

     “Oh gosh,” I said, “It’s the weirdest thing… I have this DVD that’s about the person the church is named for and it’s in your language!”

The young women, pleasantly surprised, accepted the DVD; we exchanged email addresses, took pictures and promised each other we’d keep in touch. I knew I would be visiting their country in four months so I wanted to stay connected.

Four months later, I visited the Arab Peninsula and was able to visit with one of the women. I thought surely by now she’d want to become a Christian. This’ll be easy! But every attempt I made to start a spiritual conversation with her was stonewalled.

The night before my flight home, the young woman (along with her father and sister as chaperones) took me to one of the finest restaurants and still I could not get into one conversation about Jesus. I prayed, “Lord, You know I’m leaving tomorrow. Please give me a divine appointment to invite this woman to become a follower of Christ.

We finished dinner and all of us went for a walk toward the beach. As we approached the sand, she and I kept walking but the others stopped as if God had put up a wall. When we reached the water, she confessed, “I love the water; I wish I could swim.”

I said, “Well, why can’t you?” “Because of this,” and she picked up a wad of her traditional dress.

     “You’re not allowed to?” I asked. “No, I’m trapped—literally. My whole generation is trapped. We don’t believe any of this. It’s my parents’ generation. The religion…? All that, it’s theirs.

I said, “Have you thought about our conversation from this summer?” (I was trembling.)

I think about it every day,” she replied.

I brought you a gift,” I said. “It’s a Bible in Arabic and English. Will you read it?

I have searched for one ever since we spoke!” And she grabbed the Bible and kissed it and then kissed me.

Looking outward toward the Gulf, we cried and she said, “I knew God brought you here for a reason.

Since that evening, we have kept in touch. I plan to go back to that region and spend a few days with my new sister in Christ.

This experience was a great reminder that God is always at work… With the help of the Holy Spirit, we plant seeds and He brings them to fruition.


Just a Missionary by Editor George C Duke

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Here are some pages from the book which can be purchased on www.Amazom.com/ or Kendle.comImage result for Every Member a Missionary imagesThere have been so many Missionaries that have done so much for the work of God in reaching the souls of mankind throughout the world. I want to share with you some of the Missionaries that I met while I was a Missionary in the UK. Many Missionaries pay a high price in order to obey God and their calling. Remember that a Pastor, Preacher, or even a Missionary is human just like you and I. Also many times their children suffer because of the parents calling.  We should recognize that when one becomes a missionary it is a decision that they make but their children do not always have a choice. They must go where their parents take them and many times they become the often unrecognized missionary in the family. They suffer much for that calling of God placed upon their lives because of their parents. Many times I have had to listen to my children speak about persecution in the school by teachers or other children just because they were American or a Christian. I would like to dedicate this book to my children and thank them for all the work that they did to help Carol and I to be successful Missionaries. My heart reaches out to them for their suffering and pain because God called me to be just a Missionary.  God bless each of you Mark Clifford Duke, Debra Ann Duke Dominguez, Susan Lorraine Duke Goodhall, and Rebecca Elizabeth Duke Schadt.

Baptism of Billy Graham

One Sunday night we arrived at the Conservative club Hall and found a family waiting for us to have service. It always is a thrill to have new people to attend a service. When I introduced myself to them, they told me that they were the Graham family. The man was Billy Graham and his wife and family. Later when I gave the altar call the whole family came forward and sought the Lord and after the end of the prayer at the altar, Billy asked me if he could come over and meet with me at my home. We agreed on a time and when they arrived, Billy had a note book full of questions that he wanted to speak to me about. Most of these involved Baptism in Jesus name and the gift of the Holy Ghost. He then spoke and asked me about our teaching on who Jesus Christ really was? I must have answered all his questions proper because before he left he asked me to baptize him and his family in Jesus name for the remission of their sins. On Saturday afternoon they came to our home and I was thrilled as I baptized each one of them in the name above all names.

INDEX

Song Who do you say I am

Foreword

Every Member is a Missionary

My Appointment as a Missionary

Arrival on the Field

Resurrection of Sister Barker

Missionary Roy Lindo

Missionary Hilda Allen

Irish Club

Move to the Townfield House

The Guild Hall

The Missionary Taco?

Wycliffe Bible Center

Hari Krishna Missionaries ?

The Missionary Tithe

Tithing the past the present the future

Song It’s For Me

The Baptism of Billy Graham

The U.S. Air Force

The Specialist

Overseas

I Married an Alien

The End of my Air Force Career

The British Board

Missionary Mervyn Muller

Missionary S.G. Sappleton

Missionary David Campbell

Missionary Fred Turley

4 Views of Revelation

Power point Lesson pictures

Missionary James Dallas

Missionary Leroy Francis

Trinity Reformed Church

Tent Crusade in the Park

Missionary Dennis Beedle

Missionary Michael Joules

Missionary Arlo Mohlenpah

Missionary On Deputation

The Texas Mission

Fake Tongues

The Return of the Missionary

The Attempt in Newport Wales

The Lydney Church

Missionary Helen Diamond

Missionary Fred Plumb

Missionary Paul’s Excerpt

Missionary Robert Phillips

Missionary Don Johnson

Song I can’t Complain

The Falkirk Report

Apostolic Creed

Accepted trinity Vs Apostolic Trinity

Missionary Harold and Vivian Caffee

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