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It was in late 1965-66 that many of us young musicians were migrating to Hollywood in search of ‘that break.’ .. In fact, several of us lived in an apartment complex in North Hollywood. .. Besides myself & several members of our group, the list included Gregg & Duane Allman, several members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with occasional appearances from Jackson Brown, Stephen Stills, Steve Martin, & many others …

Greg & his brother called themselves “The Hour Glass” in those days. .. They, along with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steve Martin, and our group, “The Sunshine Company” signed with William McKewen Productions. .. Soon after, the Allmans, along with our group, signed recording contracts with Liberty/Imperial Records. .. The Allmans completed two albums as the Hour Glass during that time but eventually ended that venture & headed back to the southland to soon reform & ultimately become “The Allman Brothers Band.” .. Of course, the rest is history. .. This occurred sometime in 1968. …

Over the next several years, our paths crossed during concert tours. .. Of course, as some of you know, his brother Duane was killed in 1971 in a motorcycle accident. .. To me, it was a huge loss for the guitarists of the world as he was simply ‘one of the all-time greats.’ .. Having the opportunity to hear him & his brother ‘live’ as well as a few rare opportunities to ‘jam together’ at a couple of clubs along the way was a privilege. ..

As for Gregg, I can’t honestly say that we were buddy-buddy, but we did have several opportunities to ‘hang’ together, either on tour or during the ‘early, starving, waiting for the break’ days. .. I remember him as being a straight-up, honest & sincere guy. .. Needless to say, he definitely was blessed with a gift for not only singing & writing songs, but also was a good keyboard player. .. Like so few, he was given the opportunity to share his talents with the world. …

I don’t have any idea as to how his later life was lived as I fled the industry in 1973. .. My hope & prayer is that he found the peace that I have found, that being the saving grace of Jesus Christ .. ’cause if he did, I can’t wait to make some heavenly music with him! .. Hallelujah! ..

Finally, I pray for peace for those he has left behind & that I will hear his gift once again in the promised land. …

Until next time,

Red

Here he goes again! .. The old nut-job just can’t stop ranting & raving about how Bible prophecy is all coming to a rapid climax .. that it all will soon be over. .. If you are thinking that, you are absolutely correct in your analysis. .. But I really can’t help it because it IS all about to come to a dramatic climax. .. The signs of the times from a biblical perspective are exploding across the world’s landscape at a pace that even a ‘watchman’ like myself can barely fathom. ……

OK .. So how can I even begin to get this across to folks who are living in a world where attention spans have dramatically shortened .. where time is limited in this chaotic society. .. I mean, there is so much going on right now, I could write a long book & still not get it all in! ..

So, now that I’ve already wasted some of your time with all the excuses, let me get to the point. .. Most of us who follow Bible prophecy realize that Israel is essentially God’s time clock for the culmination of this current biblical age. .. We also know that numbers play a huge role in the overall Hebrew-biblical picture. .. Once again, there is a myriad of number factors relating to the prophecies. .. Today I want to focus on just one of them – the ’50-year Jubilee’. .. What is a ‘Jubilee’? ..  “The 50th year after seven cycles of seven years, when specific instructions about poverty & slavery took effect.”  (see Leviticus 25:8-55). … Now here’s a prophecy which uses the ‘Jubilee’ number combinations. ……. The Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel prophesied in 1217 AD that Jerusalem would be conquered by the Ottoman Turks & that they would hold control for 400 years, or eight jubilees (8 x 50 = 400). .. This came true 300 years after his death. .. It happened in 1517 AD & lasted until 1917 AD when the British conquered them & declared Jerusalem to be a ‘no-man’s land’ .. exactly 400 years! .. But wait, there’s more to the Rabbi’s prophecy. .. He also said that after the 400 years of Ottoman rule, Jerusalem would be declared a ‘no-man’s land’ for one Jubilee (50 years) & then Israel would regain control. .. Well guess what? .. Once again, he was dead accurate! .. After 50 years, Israel re-captured Jerusalem in 1967 –  one jubilee (50 years) – exactly as prophesied! .. But wait! .. He’s not quite finished!  .. Rabbi Ben Samuel then prophesied that following this, one more Jubilee would pass (1967-2017) & that this would be the Messianic end-times. .. Wow! .. That’s now! .. This year! .. Quite obviously, he was right with all the other ‘Jubilee’ prophecies. .. So then, is this the year? .. Guess we will know soon enough. ..

Be sure to know that I’m NOT supporting date-setting, but one has to admit that this prophecy is quite fascinating, at the least. .. In addition, adding fuel to this possibility is that EVERY prophetic category revealed in scripture is coming to pass in rapidly increasing succession. .. In just these past several weeks, we have witnessed some astounding circumstance of which ALL relate directly to the Bible’s teachings concerning the culmination of this age. .. Here’s just a few ……

*Societal meltdown across the entire globe ..

*Unprecedented morale decay .. (Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6, etc, etc, etc)

*One-world Church of Revelation 17 now a reality ..

*The ‘Laodicean’ luke-warm last-days Church reigns (Rev. 3:14-22)

* The sons of ishmael surrounding Israel chanting its destruction (Psalm 83) ..

*The Gog-Magog war coalition (Russia, Iran, Turkey, etc) coming together ..(Ez. 38-39) ..

*The soon-coming destruction of Damascus (Is. 17:1) ..

*The plans for the rebuilding of the 3rd Temple in Jerusalem now in play ..

*Unprecedented ‘apocalyptic’ pestilences befalling the planet in record numbers (Matthew 24:6-8) ..

*Signs in the sun, moon and stars (Luke 21:25) ..

*Spiritual signs – the ‘abandonment’ of God from most all societies ..

*Technology’s ‘golden age’ of which will enable several prophecies to become reality (Rev. 11 & 13, Dan. 12:4) ..

The list goes on & on ……

This last one I want to mention for now is the looming reality of the soon-coming Globalist/World Government. .. Just this past week, we’ve seen a surge in Europe of this rhetoric. .. With the election of the young & charismatic new president of France (Macron), this movement gained amazing momentum in what seems just overnight! .. He, along with Chancellor Merkel of Germany & others are now calling for ‘an historic reconstruction’ of the European Union! .. Please realize that this movement will soon culminate in the form of the prophesied ‘Revived Roman Empire.’  .. Now, couple this with the underlying world economic structure that is built upon a foundation of sand, and one which will soon collapse, not to mention the demise of the world’s only super-power (America), this then evolves into the perfect scenario for a globalist government to come into place to ‘save’ mankind from its pending destruction! ..

I’m exhausted! .. My mind is reeling from all this stuff! .. And see what I mean? .. It is entirely impossible to keep these conversations short. .. There’s just too much going on! .. and I still feel like I left out a whole bunch of stuff …

OK … finally .. What is sad to me is the fact that ‘The Days of Noah’ prophecy of Matthew 24:37-39 is upon us. .. People are running “to & fro” (Daniel 12:4) and have no clue as to what is soon to take place in their world! .. The “flood” is coming & is going to take most all of them away! .. Simply, we must pray for as many as possible to come into ‘the light’ before it is too late. ..

1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 tells us this …. “You yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night … but you brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief, for you are all sons of light and sons of day.  We are not of night or darkness, so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.” … For the vast majority of folks out there, Jesus will come as ‘a thief in the night,’ but then He goes on to make it abundantly clear that this will be true ONLY for the pagan world and not for believers. .. Simply, His return should be absolutely no surprise to those of us who know Him and His Word, for we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to give us understanding as to why the times we are living in are spinning totally out of control. .. Jesus tells us plainly what to watch for! – signs that will signal that our Savior is right at the door, ready to come for us! … Hallelujah! …

Jesus said in Luke 21:28 .. “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” .. Once again, Hallelujah! ……

Now I’m really exhausted! … Stay sober & watchful. .. Stay strong & resist the devil in all is wily ways. .. Our ultimate victory is now! .. Finally, one more Hallelujah! …

Until next time,

Red

” ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘when I will send famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.  12) Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.’ ” …
Amos 8:11-12 ……

Let me start by saying the word ‘eclecticism,’ or ‘eclectic’ is way above my mental pay grade. .. So then why bring it up at all, you idiot?! .. I’m so glad you asked! ..

I first discovered it in the story from this headline from Fox News on May 1st — “Millennial Generation Abandoning Christianity  Because it is ‘Too Judgmental’ ”  … In the subsequent news story, the word ‘eclectic’ was used to describe the millennial generation’s preferred approach to life. .. OK, so what is that? .. After struggling through several lengthy & labored cerebral narratives, what I finally discovered that even I could understand was that it came down to them being able to ‘pick & choose’ what works or ‘feels right’ in their choices as to how they want to live. ..

Needless to say, my limited mind went nuts! ..  This explains everything in such a simplistic way! .. Think about it for just a moment! .. We read daily about how our college campuses are increasingly catering to the ‘sensitivities’ of their youthful audience. .. Cry rooms, play-doh, coloring books, thumb-sucking … you name it, they’ve come up with what they think are the perfect solutions to this ever-increasing mental dilemma .. the inability to cope with the real world. .. Sadly, for those of us who have lived beyond this period in our lives, we’ve come to realize that this is a complete distortion to what lies ahead for these precious young lives when they soon enter ‘the real world.’ .. Simply, the ‘eclectic’ approach, or ‘picking & choosing,’ is all fine & good if shopping for clothing or pastry, but when it comes to issues that bear lifelong consequences, it’s not always an option. ..

The example I will use is today’s Church (I’m sure you’re shocked). .. I will use a personal experience to illustrate my point. .. A couple of year’s back, I was attending a thriving Church that was basically ‘on fire’ for God. .. The leadership did its very best to follow ‘all’ the teachings of scripture & to reach out to the lost in an honest & straight-forward approach. .. I so looked forward to every opportunity to serve there. .. But then, something changed. .. The senior leadership team went to a Church conference somewhere down south & when they returned, things began to change in a rapid & dramatic way. .. Teaching went from verse-by-verse to topical subjects .. consequence-judgement preaching all but disappeared .. even “Universalism’ in the form of ‘Velvet Elvis’ became the teaching guideline for the small group gatherings. .. Needless to say, I met several times with leadership and the general thought pattern used in this major change was ‘to become more relevant’ for today’s world. .. In other words, they decided to go with the ‘eclectic’ approach to Church – to pick & choose what they decided was right for their target audience. .. Needless to say, this meant leaving out huge swaths of the Bible so as NOT to offend  or chase away the modern ‘eclectic’ mind-set. .. Wow! .. How dangerous! ..

As usual, I fled the scene. .. And sadly, I am still struggling to find ‘that place’ where the Bible, all 66 books, are the main focus, & that the true reality is that yes, there are many wonderful & joyful teachings that are desperately needed in today’s increasingly dark world. .. But also, there are consequences for lifestyles that fall short of Christ’s teachings. .. Yes, there is a Heaven .. but .. there also is a Hell! .. The devil & his minions are real & they are out there to conquer those who lack a complete foundation in ALL the teachings of the ENTIRE Bible!  ..

Matthew 7:13-14 says this, .. “Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  14) But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” … How dare me! .. I just used a very ‘judgmental’ teaching! .. Most likely, this verse will be missing from most all pulpits today. .. No, it’s not popular, but it is necessary. .. Simply, the ‘eclectic’ approach to scripture is not an option. ..

In closing, I pray that each of you would take a few moments of your time to read about the 7th Church in Revelation 3:14-22. .. Briefly, it is Jesus’ teaching concerning the ‘lukewarm’ condition of the last Church on earth just prior to His triumphant return. .. He spells it out quite clearly .. that those who are just ‘lukewarm’ about their walk with Him .. He said He would ‘spit them out of his mouth’! .. Simply, Jesus is NOT interested in a half-hearted walk with Him. .. You either are, or you’re not. .. You are either in, or you are out .. and that means all of it, not just the ‘eclectic’ choices some have decide to choose. .. Our eternal destination depends on us choosing ALL of His teachings! .. ‘Eclecticism’ in this case is NOT an option!

Time is short! .. Don’t put off the most important thing facing you today, and that is accepting, and then living the life Jesus outlined for us in His teachings. .. And try your best to find a fellowship of believers who are after these same things. .. The ‘remnant’ is getting smaller & smaller, at least around here, but there are some of us out there. .. Praying for each of you to stay strong, even as the opposition increases in these final moments of the Church Age. ……

Until next time,

Red

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