Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The 'Caveat Card' of the "Prophets."

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Hi Friends,
    My own pastor has cautioned me to be careful --- not to ever set a date or time for something that is 'predicted to happen.'   If I have EVER done anything wrong in this area....  I beg you to please forgive me.   But I have always stressed investing in a good KJV bible to look up and sound all scripture into your hearts and minds,  so that no one can slip one by you.  Don't just take the easy, lazy way out by sitting in some church like a bump on a log !   A real, Spirit moved church will have people carrying in their OWN bibles !  The preacher will encourage all to look up the scriptures with him.   All true Christian churches WILL HAVE A MAN Pastor,  unless none are there or qualified, yet.   I advise the good folks to invest in a DEFINED KJV Bible, if they are new, or uneducated, because the bible was translated in 1610- 1611,  when Shakespeare was on earth, and the meanings of words change.   

Let me say:   That Christians are very much like Soldiers in a sense.   To extend the survivability in combat, a Soldier must be ever alert around him for surprises, special noises and other alerts, so he can take cover and be ready to defend his fellow soldiers and company area, or area of operation [AO].   And when they get out of the Army or Marines, they will still tend to be 'hyper-alert' to the same sounds, noises and peculiar scenarios.   It seems that every time the soldier lets his/ her guard down --- something bad happens, and that is just the way of the warrior class.   Look up:   "PTSD" -- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,  to learn more about this subject.     

We must develop a good 'balance point' when talking about bible prophecies.   Not too much in any set direction.   In Ancient Israel,  "False Prophets" were put to death !   And Teachers and Preacher also bear more responsibility before God, so they have to watch what they teach, and stick close to the bible, and not their own personal choices and opinions.     Just like,  the bible doesn't forbid moderate drinking,  but it does forbid drunkenness !    In other words, we all must be BALANCED.    So,  I ask my close friends to watch what I say, and correct me if they see something not proper in my speech and writings.   A single clashing of cymbals will get everyone's attention.   But the constant clashing of  cymbals will irritate people and defeat the original purpose of them.   The bottom line is:    God has not given us an exact date because He knows that imperfect human tendency is that people would goof off all the time until the last few months and then prepare, and act "good" right before the coming calamity.     It is now that God wants us all to prepare for our next life in heaven, and so He is allowing us to experience all sorts of hardship, disappointment, persecution and life in general.   Most folks don't even know what we will be doing in heaven !   Revelation tells us.   
     I don't pretend to know everything,  but I love to study the bible, just to KNOW God, whom I claim I love, and try to do His Will,  by following His Son, Jesus.     That's why I've got to wonder why some women place undue time, money and effort into making their homes the most beautiful on the block -- when they should know that living on earth is a temporary thing !!   Sure we must keep up our dwellings, yards, etc., in good repair and pleasing to the eye, and be clean people all around.   But where is the balance?   And what about keeping God's House in good repair, safe, clean and proper.   See:  Malachi.    Pray for enlightenment.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The Caveat Card of the "prophets"

There are a few in the Christian community who have a win-win gig going. They prophesy doom and destruction for an entire year and when it doesn't happen, they play the "Caveat Card." The Caveat Card is the great fudge factor of the prophetic circuit. They say that while they specifically implied a time frame for fulfillment, they really didn't put any specific dates on what they said would happen, and the events could happen at any time. Then their supporters rally around and personally attack those who dare challenge the veracity of these proclamations. The revenue stream from books and conferences aside, they often trade off of intrigue and fear when sound doctrine should be the focus. 

The real prophets that we read in the Bible had no Caveat Card. They heard from God and their words were consistent with the word of God, and their prophesies were true--often in many layers such as the present, the intermediate future, and the distant future. Prophecy aligns with the word of God in its context. This means that the context of the scripture needs to be considered with regard to prophesy. Context, or Exegesis, must be applied as opposed to daisy-chaining verses together to validate a point or to support a certain doctrine, called Eisegesis. Eisegesis is the process of interpreting a text in such a way that the process introduces presuppositions, agendas or biases into the text.

Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:3, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they draw to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." You see, the world is watching. And when false prophets make their case to tickle people's ears, and they end up having to play the Caveat Card, Christians and prophecy lose credibility, and in turn, perhaps many souls are hardened in the process. What will happen, for example, if Christ doesn't return when these prophets and teachers say he will? Do you trust Christ to take you out of peril or protect you, or will your faith falter and your heart fail?

Bible prophecy is an extremely important aspect of today's living. There are events occurring every day that reveal the pace of prophecy. But what did Jesus answer first when asked about the sign of his coming and the end of the world? He said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." He further warned that there would be many false prophets that "shall deceive many." It is easy to get excited about the times in which we live. At the same time, we all must be very careful as to not overstate or inflame the events before us into something they are not. Prophecy always aligns with God's word. The challenge is to not take someone else's word for God's word, but know it yourself. No one will have a Caveat Card when they stand before the Lord on that day.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

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Why you should almost NEVER un-load your self-defense handgun

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If you own a handgun for self-defense, then you should almost never unload it and in this article you’ll discover why …
And if for some reason you DO have to unload it, then I will tell you how to do it in a way that might just save your life one day.
You might think I’m going to talk about how to safely “clear” your handgun, or give you some safety tips about how to unload it, or something like that but that’s notwhat this is about.
The truth is, constantly unloading your self-defense handgun could get you killed.
In fact, it almost got one Law Enforcement Officer killed in Georgia (and probably many others we’ll never know about).
Let’s talk about why …

Self-Defense Guns Should Stay Loaded

What we’re talking about here is your self-defense firearm, specifically your self-defense handgun. I’m imagining that you carry this gun on you each day as your concealed carry piece or at the very least, that you keep it in the home for self-defense.
In either case, you should keep it loaded as much as possible.
The problem at this point is two fold:
1. Most people think loaded guns are dangerous and …
2. Sometimes you DO have to unload your gun, in certain circumstances …
So let’s address those now.

Loaded Guns Are No More Dangerous Than Unloaded Guns

The truth is that you should treat all guns the same.
This is the reason why the FIRST rule of the four fundamental firearms safety rules is “1. All guns are always loaded“.
Logically, we all understand that — at some point — a gun will mechanically be “unloaded” but the point of the first firearms safety rule is that ALL guns are ALWAYS treated as if they are loaded. All the time.
That would imply that, even if you think a gun is unloaded, you follow the other three safety rules by treating it as a loaded gun:
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
So that you never experience a very, very loud noise when you expected a click. And you never have a negligent discharge where you injure yourself or someone else unintentionally.
In fact, many notable firearms trainers, such as Tom Givens, have pointed out that (once you get past a beginner’s FIRST class where they don’t know a single thing) a “hot range” where all guns are kept loaded (but in the holster) the entire time are often safer than “cold ranges” where the students are told to “unload and show clear” their guns often throughout the day.
This is because almost all people treat their guns with more respect when they know they are loaded and because of this extra care and safety minded attitude, negligent discharges happen less frequently on these “hot ranges”.
The bottom line is that you should ALREADY treat all guns as if they are loaded. Period.
That makes it a SIMPLE two-step decision EVERY time you pick up a gun.
You either
1.) pick it up to shoot it or
2.) if you are doing ANYTHING else with it, you need to “clear” it first (unload it and check the chamber to make sure that it’s not loaded) so you can perform any number of administrative tasks such as checking the sights, cleaning it, etc.
So as you can see, constantly unloading and loading your handgun is not going to make you safer. In fact, one could argue that you’re more likely to have a negligent discharge in the process of all this administrative gun handling than at any other time. So keep it loaded and leave it alone.

How Constantly Unloading A Handgun Almost Got One Policeman Killed

Now, let’s talk about why you don’t want to constantly unload your handgun.
As we’ve discussed before, you should have “practice” ammo and “self defense” ammo for your handgun because handgun bullets are wimpy and you need all the help you can get.
That self defense ammo that’s in your gun should not be unloaded and reloaded multiple times though. This bulletin bulletin released by the Gwinnett County (GA) Sheriff’s Department will tell you why (in full disclosure, I first heard this story from Tom Givens, but here is the full story in written format with emphasis mine):
 Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department
Training Bulletin
January 1, 2012

    In September of 2011, a GCPD officer was involved in a situation which quickly became a use of deadly force incident.  When the officer made the decision to use deadly force, the chambered round in his duty pistol did not fire. Fortunately, the officer used good tactics, remembered his training and cleared the malfunction, successfully ending the encounter.
    The misfired round, which had a full firing pin strike, was collected and was later sent to the manufacturer for analysis. Their analysis showed the following:
    “…..the cause of the misfire was determined to be from the primer mix being knocked out of the primer when the round was cycled through the firearm multiple times.”
    GCPD also sent an additional 2000 rounds of the Winchester 9mm duty ammunition to the manufacturer. All 2000 rounds were successfully fired.
    In discussions with the officer, we discovered that since he has small children at home, he unloads his duty weapon daily. His routine is to eject the chambered round to store the weapon.  Prior to returning to duty he chambers the top round in his primary magazine, then takes the previously ejected round and puts it back in the magazine. Those two rounds were repeatedly cycled and had been since duty ammunition was issued in February or March of 2011, resulting in as many as 100 chambering and extracting cycles. This caused an internal failure of the primer, not discernable by external inspection.
    This advisory is to inform all sworn personnel that repeated cycling of duty rounds is to be avoided.  As a reminder, when loading the weapon, load from the magazine and do not drop the round directly into the chamber. If an officer’s only method of safe home storage is to unload the weapon, the Firearms Training Unit suggests that you unload an entire magazine and rotate those rounds.  In addition, you should also rotate through all three duty magazines, so that all 46 duty rounds are cycles, not just a few rounds.  A more practical method of home storage is probably to use a trigger lock or a locked storage box.

Repeatedly Unloading and Loading The Same Cartridges Can Ruin Them

So what went wrong, in a nutshell?
Repeatedly unloading and loading the same rounds in this officers gun ruined the primers in these cartridges (in a nutshell). And if the primer doesn’t ignite when struck with the firing pin, the cartridge doesn’t work.
Repeatedly unloading and loading the same rounds can also cause a situation called “bullet setback” where the bullet is pushed back into the brass part of the cartridge causing a dangerous overpressure situation.
The point is, stop unloading and loading the same rounds in your handgun because nothing good can come of it.

What To Do When You Absolutely HAVE To Unload Your Gun

There are some instances where you HAVE to unload your gun. One reason why is not because you have small children at home (we’ll get to that in a minute). But maybe you only have one self defense gun and you want to dry fire practice with it every day (which requires the gun be unloaded). Or for whatever reason you need to unload it do to administrative handling of the firearm.
There is a little bit of good advice in that bulletin from the GCPD, followed by some VERY bad advice. Let’s talk about it.
First, Police are generally “issued” a certain type of self-defense ammo and a certain amount. So they are working with a “fixed amount” of this ammo, so keep that in mind. YOU do not have that restraint. If you want or need to buy more of your chosen self defense ammo you can do so whenever you want, so dont be stingy.
The bulletin says: “… as a reminder, when loading the weapon, load from the magazine and do not drop the round directly into the chamber. If an officer’s only method of safe home storage is to unload the weapon, the Firearms Training Unit suggests that you unload an entire magazine and rotate those rounds.  In addition, you should also rotate through all three duty magazines, so that all 46 duty rounds are cycles, not just a few rounds.”
Which is all pretty good advice.
Here’s better advice. Follow this rule:
“If you load a self-defense round more than twice in your handgun, take it out of your self-defense magazine and put it in with your “practice” ammo so you shoot it the next time you’re at the range. Replace with new cartridge in your self-defense magazine”
Another easy way to make sure this never happens is to always shoot your chambered self defense round as your first round at the range.
If you wear your concealed carry gun to the range, then simply eject the magazine (full of your self-defense ammo) and DO NOT EJECT the self defense cartridge in the chamber, simply put your magazine full of practice ammo in the gun. Then the FIRST shot you always fire was the self defense cartridge that is already in the chamber. At the end of your practice session when you put your self defense ammo filled magazine back in your gun, you’ll top it off with a new round of self-defense ammo. Doing it this way ensures that you always have a “fresh round” in the chamber of your self-defense handgun.
Now, to finish it up, here’s the REALLY bad advice from the GCPD: “… A more practical method of home storage is probably to use a trigger lock”. Don’t use a trigger lock on a loaded handgun because the gun CAN still fire.
Instead, yes, get a locking safe so you can keep your handgun loaded and “ready” but locked away from small children or other unauthorized people.
In conclusion, stop unloading your handgun every time you get home because it’s not necessarily safer and it can actually get you killed because you can ruin your self-defense ammo. And if you must unload your handgun for a specific reason, then you need to make sure that you regularly rotate your self-defense ammo.

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