Thursday, May 24, 2012
Though it is dark in this world of sin
Though evil prospers it shall not win
First tribulation, then with a shout
We'll be caught away 'fore his wrath's poured out
The Lord will come with ten thousands of saints
He'll judge the earth for his righteous name's sake
Through tribulation, though we must come
There's naught can sep'rate us from his love
When sorrows increase, be not dismayed
All must be fulfilled before that day
The man of sin we will surely see
The sun and moon darkened then we shall be free
We must trust in him, though times seem dire
These trials purify us with refining fire
When these come to pass, redemption is nigh
He'll catch us away in the blink of an eye
Sheet Music for Hymnal:
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
At home in heaven, Othniel had hardly been gone when
The people of promise had perverted their way
Sinning in the Lord’s sight & serving other gods. The
Lord’s choler was kindled & his countenance was
Changed toward the children of his chosen Israel
Amalek and Ammon, led by Eglon the Moabite
Invaded Israel and instituted a tyrannical rule.
For 18 years, they yearned for yesterday’s freedom
And lamented their loss of liberty to no avail.
Finally, they faced the fact that forgetting the Lord
Had caused their calamity. They cried out to the Lord
To forgive their failure & free them from their foes.
The gracious God heard their groanings & granted
The people a pardon by providing a deliverer
To lead them to liberty. The Lord raised up Ehud
To break their bonds and battle the Moabites.
The 12 tribes at that time were under tribute to Eglon
& were forced to give gifts to the greedy warlord
Ehud carried that cargo to the king of Moab
But he had hidden a weapon, a handmade dagger which he
Had run in under his raiment on his right thigh.
So as Eglon sat in his summer parlor
Ehud, Israel’s emissary entered his presence &
Presented the portly prince with the present they sent.
Then Ehud said, “Sir I have a secret errand to thee.”
The king told the courier to keep silence until he had
Told all of his attendants To take leave of him
When Ehud and Eglon were alone in the chamber
Ehud came close to him and quietly said to the
Morbidly obese Moabite “I have a message from God.”
Then he lifted his left hand and lunged with his dagger
Blunting the blade into the belly of Eglon
Where His fat folded over and fastened the dagger.
As Eglon gave up the ghost & groaned his last, Ehud with
All his strength struggled to extricate his dagger
From the flesh of the fallen warlord
Pull and pry as he may the weapon was
Held fast by its haft in his huge stomach.
Unable to draw the dagger he darted for the windows
And winged his way off to the wilderness of Seirath
But before he broke loose he bolted the doors
Of the prince’s parlor to prevent the entry
Of soldier or sentry till he was safe in Seirath
There he rallied resistance to rout the Moabites
And end the enslavement of every Israelite
Eglon’s servants, surprised to see that their master
Lingered so long in the locked parlour
Waited in the wings wondering what to do.
They knocked & knocked but none answered.
It would be embarrassing to barge in on Eglon, but
Too much time had gone by to tarry any longer.
They called for a key, came into the parlour &
were dumbfounded to find the fallen Eglon
Lying down dead upon the deck of his chamber.
- Steven L Anderson, 2011
In the conquest of Canaan Caleb, the son of Hezron
Had inherited Hebron through hard-fought warfare.
Then came Caleb to Kirjathsepher and said to his
Soldiers, “He that smiteth Kirjathsepher shall marry
Achsah, the apple of my eye and only daughter
Of my old age.” And Othniel, the son of
Kenaz, Caleb’s brother conquered Kirjathsepher.
He was Caleb’s Kinsman and Achsah’s admirer.
He had proven his prowess & thus procured him
The favor of the fair Achsah & her famous father. He
Had earned a beautiful bride because of his bravery.
But after, Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord
And so came a cruel king Chushanrishathaim,
Monarch of Mesopotamia, and made them serve 8 years
In bitter bondage. They begged the Lord
To forgive their follies & defend them from this
Powerful opponent & the pain he had caused them.
So Othniel went out to war with weapon in hand.
The Holy Ghost of God would give him the victory.
The fighting was fierce as famous men and their
Faithful followers fought with all their might.
Bright blades clashed & broken bodies collapsed
Amid the clank & clamor caused by the killing.
But by and by, the battle’s outcome was clear,
Obvious to all. Othniel had dealt
A decisive defeat to the devilish Canaanites.
Israel praised Providence for preserving their lives &
Freedom, forgiving their faults, and raising up
A daring deliverer to defy their enemies
& a respected ruler to rebuke unrighteousness.
And so, for forty years, he faithfully ruled them
Preserving peace, and preaching righteousness.
-Steven L Anderson, 2011
The tale of twelve judges and a tyrant king,
Bad Abimelech, bastard son of Gideon.
Wayward and wanton, he was a wicked king
Who had killed his own kin as Cain had done.
In the dismal days after the death of Joshua,
A lack of leadership had led the children of Israel
To leave the law of the Lord and learn the ways
Of the heathen hordes inhabiting Canaan.
God’s anger grew as they forgat his mercies
And his many miracles in the midst of Egypt
When he had haled the Hebrews to freedom
& punished Egypt’s people with the plagues of his wrath.
They had come to Canaan but could not drive out the
Whole of the inhabitants thereof, having broken
The laws of the Lord and leaving his covenant.
Then being brought into bondage because of
Their sins, they served as slaves in their own land
To the kings of Canaan or the clans of the Philistines.
Hard-pressed & harrowed, the Hebrews called out
To the Saviour of souls to show mercy on them
& give his children a chance to change their churlish ways.
So our gracious God gave them the opportunity
To keep the covenant which was commanded them &
walk in the way of the Lord without departing from it. He’d
Raise up a righteous ruler that would rally the people
To fight against their foes and defend their nation
From the wicked warlords who wasted their substance
And enslaved their sons. Then safe from their enemies
Prosperity, peace, and plenty returned. But when
Their deliverer was dead they degenerated again &
Gat them gods made of gold and silver
Forgetting the fate of their fathers who had forsaken
The Lord. Leaderless their liberty vanished
Until their tribulations would turn them back to
The God of glory. A great judge would rise
And so the cycle would start again.
In the times of these trials and tribulations for Israel
Many a mighty man meted out judgment
Whose daring deeds deserve to be remembered.
- Steven L Anderson, 2010
I encountered an all too familiar sight
A random checkpoint, like you’d expect to see
In the USSR or Nazi Germany
Why do I have to stop and show my papers. Hey!
Aren’t we still in the USA?
I haven’t crossed any borders today
In fact, isn’t Mexico 50 miles away?
We have to search you, for our dog has said,
“Woof! Woof! He has drugs or a body that’s dead!”
“I’d like to know what that means, if I may!”
But the dog was quickly ushered away
And if we’re still living in a free nation…
Where’s your warrant upon oath or affirmation?
Aren’t these the rights for which our forefathers died?
“Why not let them search you, if you’ve nothing to hide?”
This isn’t liberty; the way you behave
Would make the founding fathers roll over in their grave
Don’t you love America; what makes you so bold
To trample the constitution you’re sworn to uphold?
Have Jefferson and Adams been forever replaced?
By Janet Napolitano’s ugly face!
Has Homeland Security reached new heights
That it supersedes the Bill of Rights?!
That I’m an American is plain to see
You’ve already run my plates and know I live in Tempe!
I’m an American citizen on my way home from work
If I won’t consent to searches, does that make me a jerk?
I’m not required by law to open this door!
I’m protected by amendments five and four!
My pleas were met with a laugh and a jeer
“Don’t you get it? your rights don’t matter here”
“We’ll search without a warrant, and if you won’t say ‘yes’
Then we’ll just call the DPS!”
So the DPS arrives on the scene
In order to assist the federal goons in green
Officer, I’m innocent; What have I done!
If I’ve broken a law, then please name one!
Be reasonable, officer, will it really hurt?
To bring the dog back out and see if it will alert?
Do you protect the citizens of Arizona anymore?
Or have you simply become the federal government’s whore?
But the Border Patrol knew the truth, you see
They knew that dog wouldn’t alert to me
“I’ll place you under arrest, if you won’t bow
For failure to obey me right now!
I told you before, I’m an officer of the law
When I say ‘jump,’ you say ‘how high’
“In fact, by now you’ve sealed your fate
I’ll tase you for twenty seconds straight!”
Unfortunately I was fooled by Agent Diaz’s lies
“There’s gonna be glass, so cover your eyes!”
He really just wanted me not to see
The ambush to my left being laid for me
Officer Mitchell broke the passenger window with a smile
Then decided he might as well tase me for a while
The border patrol’s five swings of the baton
And now my driver’s side window was gone!
And as the electricity continually flowed
My driver’s side window began to explode
And because he felt I had given him sass
Agent Spoonamore shoved my face in the broken glass!
My head was pressed into the glass on the door
Blood gushed out of every pore
Fifty thousand volts flowed through my chest
A regular police brutality-fest
Next I was rolled to the ground, and to my dread
A border patrol agent stepped on my head!
I remembered a quote from a book I had read
1984, and here’s what it said:
“If you want to know the future of the human race
Just picture a boot stamping upon a human face”
They finally searched my car, and what did they find?
No drugs, no bodies, and nothing of the kind
“Then they let you go, I assume?”
No, my next stop was the emergency room
So after all the stitches were added to my head
And the nurses had cleaned up all the places I’d bled
I was taken to the station of the DPS
Then from there to the jail where I was told to undress
They had underwear in two sizes: extra-large and small
So I took extra-large and made my single phone call
I was put into cell where the lights are on 24-seven
And lay down to sleep with my stitches eleven.
And so we’ve reached the end of my tale
Me sleeping soundly in the county jail
What was my crime? What had I done?
I stood up for my rights as an American.
- Steven L Anderson, 2009