Baptist Assembly: Day 1

So the 2012 Baptist Assembly starts today and I’m kinda excited. I’m really looking forward to seeing some friends (especially the guys that don’t stay in Johannesburg like Malcolm and Rocky). I’m also looking forward to some great discussion, there are sound thinkers in the Union and I love to spend time getting sharpened by them. I’m looking forward to the morning devotionals (which were a highlight for me last year) and the keynote addresses (last year there were some outstanding expository sermons, especially Trent and ilk). Oh, and Gideon Mpeni is going with me and I’m really looking forward to introducing him to all that is good about being connected.

I’m a bit miffed that the Assembly is over a weekend, a Sunday away from the flock. I’m sure that the conference could (and maybe should) run from Tuesday to Friday. But the joy is that while I’m away our congregation will, for the next two weeks, receive teaching from two preachers from amongst our own number for the very first time, Charles and Gideon. Also while I’m on the Westrand I get to preach away from home this week which is always exciting.

Basically I’m going into the Assembly on a high note; which is much better than last year when I went in on an apprehensive note. I’ll check in regularly and hopefully take some good pics this year :).


God’s terrifing agenda playing out soon near you

USS John F. Kennedy the White House 2012 Apocalypse

Beautiful still of the USS John F. Kennedy crashing into what I think is the White House. Click image to enlarge.

Yesterday I watched the fast paced, action packed, end times flick 2012. I was at a corporate function hosted at Monte Casino which was capped off with a premier viewing of the movie. It was… ok… I guess. I might be slowly slipping beyond Hollywood’s targeted demographic. I’d give it a 5 out of 10, Although some of the scenes like LA slipping into the ocean, Hawaii bubbling over in molten lava and the humongous tidal wave crashing through the Himalayas were visually spectacular.

Tectonic plates 2012 Apocalypse LA Los Angeles

Tectonic plates on steroids? Click image to enlarge.

Isn’t it predictable how Hollywood loves Biblical imagery but despises the God it testifies to? 2012 is peppered with Apocalyptic scenes and ideas and a few Genesis moments. This genre of movies, fueled by advances in CGI, get more expressive with each release in their graphic description of the coming cosmic cataclysm. Seems everyone knows it’s on the way they just refuse to acknowledge the cause.


Hollywood, all fired up. Click image to enlarge.

I’m a Bible kinda guy so there were a whole host of things I could have blogged on relating to the movie such as the misuse of the word rapture, the amusing references to the Ark or Hollywood’s fascination with syncretism that is seriously starting to frustrate me. Instead here’s God’s description of what’s going to happen in the near future; and God’s Word is clear, when this goes down you don’t want to be around.

The coming turmoil is split into 3 cycles. The first cycle is called the seven seals and are prophesied in Revelation 6:1-17 and 8:1-5. The second cycle is called the seven trumpets and are relayed in Revelation 8:6-21 and 11:15-19. Finally the seven bowl judgments are described in Revelation 16:1-21. These judgments get progressively worse and more intense as the world hurtles towards its finally climatic crescendo.

Here are the bowl judgments,

2 So the first {angel} went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image. 3 The second {angel} poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like {that} of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died. 4 Then the third {angel} poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood.

8 The fourth {angel} poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. 9 Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory. 10 Then the fifth {angel} poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, 11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds. 12 The sixth {angel} poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up…

17 Then the seventh {angel} poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.” 18 And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake {was it, and} so mighty. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, *came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague *was extremely severe.

Want to hear the verse in context? Revelation 16
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