Month: October 2018

Green Wooden Boats

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In the 1950’s and 60’s, when I was growing up in southern Indiana, I only remember wooden rowboats, and all were green. 

I remember the first boat I helped my father build. We built it with yellow poplar. Yellow poplar is a strong, lightweight wood, that was highly valued for furniture making. My father owned a sawmill, therefore, we had access to the lumber we needed. My father set aside two wide clear boards fourteen feet long, for the sides. He then cut four inch wide boards for the bottom. All the lumber was clear, knot and blemish free. This boat came to a point in front. It was easy to row and handle. Slat bottom boats were common in those days. While the wood was painted, it was not sealed tight. The wood would swell and seal the joints against leaks. The old wood boats were great. They were quiet and very stable. You didn’t move them in and out of the water much. They were heavy to move, plus you didn’t want them to dry out and start to leak.

We used this first boat for several years. We would put it in the water in the spring and take it out in the fall. Each winter it seemed to dry out more and more, and by spring the joints would be cracked apart. The last year I remember using this boat, the cracks between the slats were nearly one-quarter wide.  We put it in our pond, to allow the wood to swell up and seal the cracks. After a week or so, we pulled it out with the tractor. We bailed the water out and it was good to go.

We hauled it to the White River, where we put out trotlines for catfish. The boat spent the summer on the water. When we weren’t using it. It was tied to a tree on shore. That fall when we took it out of the water, it had soaked up so much water that it took six men to lift it out of the water and load it on a flatbed truck. (more…)

The Case for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture

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Pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, or a post-tribulation rapture? I know this can be a controversial subject among Christians. Please read the entire short post before commenting.

I believe the Bible is very clear, the Rapture of the saints is the next event on the prophetic calendar. The time is short and people need to be prepared. We need to make sure our friends and family are ready.

Why is the Bible clear about a pre-tribulation rapture? There are several reasons, but I am only going to give three reasons, that I believe are enough to justify this view.

First, the Bible tells us that we will not have to endure the wrath of the Antichrist. (1 Thessalonians 1:10, 5:9)

The Lord promised the believers that we would not have to endure the tribulation. (Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. Revelation 3:) Jesus promises to keep His people not just from the testing but from “the hour of testing.” God will keep His people not just from the trials of the tribulation but from the tribulation itself.

Woe to anyone that will experience the wrath of Satan and the Antichrist during the tribulation.

Second, Jesus said that only the Father in heaven knows when the rapture will occur (Matthew 24:36). Jesus was on earth when He spoke those words. Now that He is back in heaven, He would, of course, know the time.

Only the pre-tribulation rapture meets that at-any-moment expectation of the Lord’s coming.

Third, the church is mentioned seventeen times in the first three chapters in Revelation, but not mentioned again until chapter 19, when it (the believers) returns with the Lord at His glorious appearing.

Professor Richard Mayhue stated: “It is remarkable and totally unexpected that John would shift from detailed instructions for the church to absolute silence about the church….If, in fact, the church continued into the tribulation. If the church will experience the tribulation…. then surely the most detailed study of tribulation events would include an account of the church’s role. But it doesn’t!”

Pastor David Jeremiah writes: “Yet in all the New Testament, there is not a single statement to warn Christians of the coming Great Tribulation or to help them prepare for it…….. Isn’t it strange that God never gave one tidbit of information, encouragement, warning, or instruction on the preparation for it? The reason for that omission is clear: the church will not be present at all when the tribulation comes.”

How could the church (the believers) return with the Lord and the angels, if they were not already in heaven? (Revelation 19:11-14)

The time is short, much of the end time prophecy has been fulfilled. The next prophecy to be fulfilled will be the rapture. Are you ready? Are your friends and family ready?

How Did All the Animals Fit in the Ark?


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Critics of the Bible and the worldwide flood like to make the statement that all the different species of creatures would never be able to fit into the Ark. This statement shows that they really don’t know much about the Flood, and second, they have no idea how big the Ark really was.

There have been estimates by those who wish to discredit the Biblical flood account, that the number of animals supposedly on the Ark would have been in the millions, and therefore it couldn’t have happened. These type of estimates of the number of animals are not only wrong, but they border on the absurd, by people who simply don’t know the scriptures or more often just wish to disprove the Flood account.
    Notice that the scriptures say “kinds” of animals, not species. For instance, there was two of the dog family, two of the pig family, two of the horse family and so on. In the thousands of years since the flood, the animals that were aboard the Ark could easily have diversified into the varieties that we know today.
     There were seven of each of the clean animals. However, there were comparatively few animals that were classified as clean.
     There have been more reasonable estimates of the number of animals on the ark ranging from 15,000 to 35,000. Of these, there are very few really large animals, and very young animals could have represented these. It is conceivable that many animals aboard the Ark were young animals. Even if they were all adult animals and they numbered 35,000, there would have been more than adequate space for them.
    Naval architects made up a scale model of the Ark and determined that it would certainly be large enough to hold a pair of each kind of animal, bird, and insect we have today, as well as Noah and his family, and a vast food supply.

The Ark was an enormous vessel, with the three decks it had a combined area of 101,250 square feet and a capacity of over one and a half million cubic feet. It was a ship of over 43,000 tons, and nearly equal in size to the Titanic. The Ark’s actual cubic volume and tonnage were not exceeded until the arrival of the oil supertankers.
     To care for thousands of animals would have been a daunting task for eight people, even when we consider that the animals were inactive and would require much less food than normal. We have to believe that the omnipotent God had a hand in the care of his creatures. It is possible that they were in a semi-dormant state or a type of hibernation.
     The entire Noachian Flood was a supernatural event, and the gathering and care of the animals were simply part of God’s plan.

Noah and the Great Flood: Proof and Effects,