First of all, my heartfelt prayers go out to the Great State of Texas, particularly my hometown of Houston. I was born on October 2, 1960 at St. Joseph Hospital and I guess you could say I was reborn at St. Joseph after a failed suicide attempt in February 2003. The Almighty must have wanted to keep me around for a few more years and I haven't been suicidal since... I have way too much to live for and plenty of work ahead of me.
I have 3 kids, 2 of whom live in Texas: A 20 year old daughter in college and a 15 year old son who lives with his mom on the west side of Houston. My 19 year old son lives with me, here in Brooklyn. As you can see below, I am truly blessed. Children are gifts from God. My 15 year old holds a grudge that I moved to New York City in 2011 and we haven't spoken in a while, so I get updates on his well-being through my daughter. So far, they're both doing well.
I started writing a book in 2010 and published it in 2013. Joe Walsh, lead guitarist for the Eagles, once said that the inevitability of becoming a musician is; "at first you're gonna suck"...and thus my first book, Tribulation by G.R. Miller, is not a very "good read", BUT, it is a prelude to the 2nd book I'm writing, God's Fury and I'm a much better writer now. Eschatological writing, if you "follow the script" ("end times" writings in the Torah, Holy Bible and Quran), can be very difficult and no one likes "bad news".
In February 2014, I published a blog titled "The Apocalyptic Moons of Blood" which discusses Pastor John Hagee who wrote a book titled "4 Blood Moons".
In case you don’t know who is Pastor John Hagee, he is the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational megachurch with more than 20,000 active members. "In his 2005 book Jerusalem Countdown: A Warning to the World, Hagee interprets the Bible to predict that Russia and the Islamic states will invade Israel and will be destroyed by God. This will cause the antichrist, the head of the European Union, to create a confrontation over Israel between China and the West. The book echoes predictions made in The Late, Great Planet Earth, the best-selling 1970 book co-authored by Hal Lindsey and Carole C. Carlson."
In my opinion, he wrote it in an attempt to get rich and start a Holy War between Judeo-Christians and Muslims. Hagee prophesied in 2014, “I believe that in these next two years, we’re going to see something dramatic happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole world,” The story was reported by CBN News and you can read it on the below link:
What Pastor Hagee seemed to "pay little mind to" are the "Blood Moons" referred to in the Bible, are symbolic descriptions of Lunar Eclipses which are 1 of the 4 signs coinciding with the 6th of 7 Seals in the Book of Revelation. It reads like this;
Rev.6:12-17 Then I watched while he broke open the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; the sun turned as black as dark sackcloth* [SOLAR ECLIPSE] and the whole moon became like blood. [LUNAR ECLIPSE] 13The stars in the sky fell to the earth like unripe figs* shaken loose from the tree in a strong wind. [METEOR SHOWER] 14Then the sky was divided* like a torn scroll curling up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place. 15The kings of the earth, the nobles,* the military officers, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid themselves in caves and among mountain crags. 16They cried out to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17because the great day of their* wrath has come and who can withstand it?”
New American Bible (NAB) Footnotes:
* [6:12–14] Symbolic rather than literal description of the cosmic upheavals attending the day of the Lord when the martyrs’ prayer for vindication (Rev 6:10) would be answered; cf. Am 8:8–9; Is 34:4; 50:3; Jl 2:10; 3:3–4; Mt 24:4–36; Mk 13:5–37; Lk 21:8–36.
* [6:12] Dark sackcloth: for mourning, sackcloth was made from the skin of a black goat.
* [6:13] Unripe figs: literally, “summer (or winter) fruit.”
* [6:14] Was divided: literally, “was split,” like a broken papyrus roll torn in two, each half then curling up to form a roll on either side.
* [6:15] Nobles: literally, “courtiers,” “grandees.” Military officers: literally, “commanders of 1,000 men,” used in Josephus and other Greek authors as the equivalent of the Roman tribunus militum. The listing of various ranks of society represents the universality of terror at the impending doom.
* [6:17] Their: this reading is attested in the best manuscripts, but the vast majority read “his” in reference to the wrath of the Lamb in the preceding verse.
The strongest earthquake on record is the Valdivia Earthquake which was a magnitude 9.5 and occurred on May 22, 1960.
The "Blood Moons" relating to 6th Seal events go back as far as the Prophet Isaiah, in Is.24:1-23 titled Judgment upon the World and the Lord’s Enthronement on Mount Zion. I found this passage when I did a word search for "pollute" in my Kindle Version of the New American Bible. I suggest you read all 23 of the verses, but the first 10 read like this;
1See! The LORD is about to empty the earth and lay it waste; he will twist its surface, and scatter its inhabitants: 2People and priest shall fare alike: servant and master, Maid and mistress, buyer and seller, Lender and borrower, creditor and debtor. 3The earth shall be utterly laid waste, utterly stripped, for the LORD has decreed this word. 4The earth mourns and fades, the world languishes and fades; both heaven and earth languish. 5The earth is polluted because of its inhabitants, for they have transgressed laws, violated statutes, broken the ancient covenant.* 6Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants pay for their guilt; Therefore they who dwell on earth have dwindled, and only a few are left. 7The new wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry-hearted groan. 8Stilled are the cheerful timbrels, ended the shouts of the jubilant, stilled the cheerful harp. 9They no longer drink wine and sing; strong brew is bitter to those who drink it. 10Broken down is the city of chaos,* every house is shut against entry.
* [24:1–23] The world is about to be shaken by a devastating judgment that will overthrow both the human and divine enemies of the Lord, who will then reign in glory over his people on Mount Zion.
* [24:5] Ancient covenant: God’s commandments to all humankind (cf. Gn 9:4–6). [The Noahic Covenant]
* [24:10] City of chaos: a godless city which appears several times in chaps. 24–27; see note on 24:1–27:13.
The 6th Seal "Blood Moons" are "resurrected" in the Synoptic Gospels referring to the Second Coming of Christ: Mk.13:24-27, Mt.25:29-31 and Lk.21:25-28. Their last appearance is the above Rev.6:12-17.
The decoding I did on the following blog, goes into greater detail about the "blood moons".
Pastor John Hagee doesn't believe in Climate Change. In 2007, Hagee stated that he didn't believe in global warming, because he sees the Kyoto Protocol as a conspiracy aimed at manipulating the U.S. economy. He's condemned the Evangelical Climate Initiative, an initiative “signed by 86 evangelical leaders acknowledging the seriousness of global warming and pledging to press for legislation to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Many other Judeo-Christians DO believe in climate change. The National Religious Partnership For The Environment sent several letters to President Obama emphasizing the seriousness of global warming and its threat to our civilization. The National Religious Partnership For The Environment is comprised of:
Back to my book Tribulation: When I wrote it between 2010 and 2013, I didn't have "all of the pieces to the puzzle". I had Seals 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6...I had the Angel with the Small Scroll...I had several of the Trumpets and Bowls...and I had Babylon the Harlot. Mainly, I didn't have the 4th of the 6 seals, "A Rider named Death followed by Hades"..."the 1st and 2nd Beasts" nor "the Lawless One"...neither the "Impudent King Skilled in Intrigue" nor "The Desolating Abomination"......I didn't have President Donald J. Trump because I barely knew anything about him and certainly wasn't a fan of "The Apprentice". I've been fired a couple of times and I've been treated so horribly in the workplace that I just walked off the job a couple of other times. All of these employment separation events occurred while working for companies in the fossil fuel energy business, in Houston, TX.
Typically, each event of The Book of Revelation has a symbol and a modern day human face. I've maintained all along that Houston was Babylon or the Harlot, referred to in Revelation Chapters 14, 17-19 . The face? I once worked for her father. We had a "bit of a falling out" in 2003.
David Leonhardt, an OP-ED Columnist at the New York Times published the following article this morning and it inspired me to write this blog.
Harvey, the Storm That Humans Helped Cause
Reading the article "jogged my memory" about some illustrations that were part of Tribulation. Chapter 6 of the book is titled "The Scroll" which assembles the text, biblical notes, and associated scriptural cross-references from the Book of Revelation, in a spreadsheet format. My intent was twofold: 1) to give the reader an easier-to-read version of Scripture and biblical notes (side by side) along with my commentary, dates, and number of days, where applicable; and 2) to show the reader the significant connection between St. John’s prophecy in the Book of Revelation and the Old Testament prophets, the Gospels, the Pauline Epistles, and the Catholic Epistles. I wanted to do this to help all people read and understand what the prophets are trying to tell us and how, in many cases, that they are telling us the same thing.
The relevant Scripture in the case in Rev.14:19-20
19So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and cut the earth’s vintage. He threw it into the great wine press of God’s fury. 20The wine press was trodden outside the city and blood poured out of the wine press to the height of a horse’s bridle for two hundred miles.*
NAB Biblical Notes
* [14:20] Two hundred miles: literally sixteen hundred stades. The stadion, a Greek unit of measurement, was about 607 feet in length, approximately the length of a furlong.
My commentary was as follows:
(See below map) 200 miles of Buffalo / San Jacinto watershed tributaries leading into Buffalo Bayou, the San Jacinto River, and ultimately the Houston Ship Channel and the Gulf of Mexico ("many waters" as described in Rev.. 17:1) with an explosion or a storm which would push water upstream into these tributaries and water sheds, carrying a "stew" of toxic and flammable materials, oil based, which would give the appearance of blood. Outside the city (Harris County) would be in some place like Galveston Bay or beyond in the Gulf of Mexico.
The numbers 1, 2 and 3 on the image below refer to Revelation 16:19-20:
19The great city* was split into three parts, and the gentile cities fell. But God remembered great Babylon, giving it the cup filled with the wine of his fury and wrath.
* [16:19] The great city: Rome and the empire.
I checked the file date on the image and its dated Sep. 16, 2012
The people of Texas are GOOD PEOPLE. They are known to be hard-working and God-fearing. My first experience with hurricanes was Carla, which made landfall near Port O'Connor, TX on September 11, 1961, less than a month before my first birthday. When my dad saw the waves top the Galveston Seawall on TV, we headed to my parents hometown in central Texas.
As we're seeing this disaster play out, Houstonians will come to your rescue when you're drowning...shelter you, feed you and give you the shirts off their collective backs. The loss of life and property is tragic on a "Biblical Scale". Houston has endured hurricane after hurricane, but has never seen anything as destructive as this. This is as close to a "Noahic Event" that this country has ever seen. I'm proud that my first 50 years on this planet were mostly spent there. Houston will endure. Houston will rebuild but it will take several years to restore the city back to what it was before last Friday. And during that rebuilding period, they may see more hurricanes, God forbid one as devastating as this.
This event is a wakeup call for every person throughout the world who deny both, that climate change is real and that it is manmade. If you're within God's reach of a tropical cyclone, you could be experiencing the next inevitable "Hurricane Harvey" and with global warming, God's reach is getting greater every day.
If this is God's Wrath, it also is Test of Faith: Does humanity dissolve into a "sea of chaos" or does the very best in us, the love for our fellow man, overwhelm the "darkness" of the tragedy? If this is a test, Houston so far you are passing it with flying colors. Don't lose Faith...Don't lose Hope...and most of all, Don't lose Love.
Pray for Houston
Someone once criticized me on Pinterest about not reading enough. I read and write about good vs evil and right now, that's all I have time for. My favorite books are the Bible and anything written by John le Carre.