When I read the story, my mouth dropped open. Apparently, five extremely unique Red Heifers have just arrived to Israel. These five young female calves are totally red, if they have as many as two black or white hairs on them, they will be rejected. Even the calves feet must be red. They were raised in Texas by Zionist Jews who believe strongly in the rebuilding of the third Jewish Temple and the coming of the Messiah. According to the Temple Institute which is a group of Jews who are organizing the entire project, the procuring of these five animals is a great event. Let's take a look at what the Bible has to say about the Red Heifers. We begin with Numbers Chapter 19 which bears the title, "Laws of Purification." Allow me to summarize what we find there.
The Chapter begins with the Lord telling Moses that Israel should select a Red Heifer, one that had no blemish, no defect and which had never had a yoke on it. Eleazar, the High Priest at the time, was to take the animal outside of the camp, slaughter it, and then take some of the blood with his finger and sprinkle it in the direction of the sanctuary or tabernacle (remember neither of the two Jewish Temples had been built). Then, he was to take the carcass, the hide, the flesh, the blood and burn it completely. Into the fire, the priest was to mix a bit of cedar wood and once everything was burned, the ashes were to be collected and mixed with spring water. The mixing of the ashes and the spring water is clearly a symbolic ritual that pointed to Jesus Christ who would come much later and make a complete atonement for sin. According to Numbers 19:9, last part, the ritual of the Red Heifer WAS TO DEAL WITH SIN. It functioned somewhat like all the other sacrifices that were used before the coming of Christ. Those sacrifices involved sin, death, blood, and fire, actually messy things that are pretty gross. But remember, the Bible says "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6: 23) Sin does nothing but cause us problems, so God is trying to warn all of us, of the evils of sin. Sin leads to our death, and I believe that is the reason that God employs such graphic measures urging us to STAY AWAY FROM IT. When Jesus came later and died on the cross, ALL OF THESE PRACTICES WERE ABOLISHED. Matthew 27: 51-52 and Mark 13: 38 both remind us that when Jesus died on the cross, "The veil of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. JESUS DEATH ON THE CROSS ENDED THE SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM. Hebrews 9: 13 and 14 gives us an even clearer picture of what happened. "For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, satisfies for the purifying of the flesh. HOW MUCH MORE SHALL THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, WHO THROUGH THE ETERNAL SPIRIT OFFERED HIMSELF WITHOUT SPOT TO GOD PURGE YOUR CONSCIENCE FROM DEAD WORKS TO SERVE THE LIVING GOD." Let's look at a few more texts that show us the importance of blood in the act of redemption.
We begin with Leviticus 17: 11 where it tells us THAT THE LIFE OF AN INDIVIDUAL IS IN THE BLOOD AND THAT IT IS THE BLOOD THAT MAKES AN ATONEMENT FOR SIN. Ephesians 1: 7 states. "IN HIM (that is Jesus) WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE. Rev. 1: 5 reminds us THAT WE HAVE BEEN WASHED FROM OUR SINS BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS. And Rev. 12: 11 says we overcome the devil, BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND BY THE WORD OF OUR TESTIMONY. Hebrews 10: 8-10 brings up a great point. In the sacrificial system of old, with all of the animals that were sacrificed including the blood and ashes of the Red Heifer, Jesus was MOST interested in the sinner seeing the real help that was coming in the person of Christ. The text tells us that God was not INTERESTED SO MUCH IN SACRIFICE, BURNT OFFERINGS, AND OFFERINGS FOR SIN, NOR HAD PLEASURE IN THEM, but that the sinner should focus on THE OFFERING OF THE BODY OF JESUS ONCE AND FOR ALL. So according to these verses, THE BLOOD OF THE RED HEIFER HAS LOST ITS IMPORTANCE. It was simply a ritual that pointed directly to Jesus Christ as He hung on the cross for you and I. Once Jesus experienced the cross, the animal sacrifices were not necessary. What the Temple Institute wants to do runs counter to what the Bible teaches. Oh yes, I firmly believe that the Jews may attempt to use the Red Heifer as a sign to rebuild their temple. If the Jews even begin to rebuild their temple, the Middle East will erupt into a hotbed of conflicts that we don't even want to think about.
The Temple Institute and the Jewish people are searching for anything that will help them to rebuild their temple. King Solomon somewhere around 950 BC built the first Temple. That was a glorious edifice and was the pride of the nation. In fact, King Josiah who reigned from 640 BC until 609 BC decreed that ALL SACRIFICES WOULD BE DONE AT THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM. That temple was destroyed around 600 BC by King Nebuchadnezzar of the Babylonians. Most of the Jews were taken into captivity at that time (this is the time of Daniel) the holy vessels from the temple were taken as well. Following seventy years of captivity, the Jews were allowed to return to their homeland and at that time under the supervision of Zerubbabel, the Jews built a Second Temple which was inferior to the earlier one. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70 when they conquered Jerusalem. And since that time, THERE HAS BEEN NO JEWISH TEMPLE. For much of that time, the area of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has been occupied by Palestinians. And that presents to the Temple Institute a real problem. THERE IS NO WHERE TO KILL THE RED HEIFER AND NO WHERE TO SPRINKLE THE BLOOD. And remember too that only NINE RED HEIFERS have been killed over the years and there has been NONE since the temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. And that is the main reason many Jews are saying, "Get those Red Heifers from Texas, examine them carefully and if they pass the inspection, sacrifice ONE OF THEM and START BUILDING THE THIRD TEMPLE. The Temple Institute sees THIS AS THEIR GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY. The big question is, "Will it happen?" Let's see.
The Temple Institute may accept one or all of the Red Heifers from Texas and may decide to begin building. BUT ALL HADES WILL BRING OUT IF THAT HAPPENS. The Bible suggests that that Temple WILL NEVER BE BUILT." And why is that? A couple of answers come to mind. For one thing, The Messiah has already come in the person of JESUS CHRIST. And the second reason is that God is working now through the Christian Church and not the Jews. Please allow me to be very clear. The Bible teaches that the Jewish Nation as a light to the world was terminated because they failed in their duties. JESUS IS NOW WORKING THROUGH THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. And He has promised a finished work through them. See Matt. 24: 14 In the earth made new (see Rev. 21 and 22) there is an interesting thought brought out in Rev. 21: 22, where John says plainly, "I SAW NO TEMPLE THERE FOR THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY AND THE LAMB ARE ITS TEMPLE." And why is that? Because sin has been conquered. The temples and the Red Heifers and all the other animal sacrifices are no longer needed. The dark night of sin is over. And sin will never lift its head again. See Isaiah 65: 17-25. What a great promise!
Wayne Easley/written on Sept. 23, 2022/Harvey, North Dakota
No one knows for sure exactly where the phrase, "OUT OF CHAOS COMES ORDER" originated. It may have come from the work of the German Philosopher and Thinker Friedrich Nietzsche who wrote in the 19th Century. But what we do know is that the phrase has been closely associated with the writings of Saul D. Alinsky who was deeply influenced by one of his professors at the University of Chicago, Robert Park. Park believed that the changes in urban society were models or reflectors of the evils of society that should be changed. Alinsky wrote in 1971 that progress is best achieved as an entity, an urban group on a small scale or a world power that sees the opportunity to increase its influence globally seizeing a time of chaos to achieve order. In other words, CHAOS IS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE ORDER AND TO CREATE THE COMMON GOOD. The idea shouts out loud and clear, "NEVER LET A GOOD CRISIS GO TO WASTE!" That would mean that something that destroys businesses, wrecks the economy, leaves many without jobs and stripped of their constitutional rights is fine because the chaos that exists will eventually lead to order. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to see that our world of today is in a real mess; one could accurately call it, TOTAL CHAOS. The economy of the world is chaotic. The price of fuel, grocery products, and most everything else is out of control. We may be looking at Digital Currency in the near future. Here in the United States we have a southern border that is wide-open: it is estimated as many as 6,000 to 8,000 illegals are walking into the US every single day. We appear to be more divided than ever before: we are knee-deep in discussions about abortion, homosexual marriage, transgenderism and when it comes to politics we have forgotten how to disagree. Not a few are predicting that if the situation gets any worse, we could be looking at CIVIL WAR in the near-future. And to add insult to injury, we have experienced, along with the rest of the world, the chaos of the Covid 19 Pandemic, certainly a dark and trying time for most of us.
A group of un-elected Global Bureaucrats based in Davos, Switzerland are proclaiming to the world that they have the answers. Klaus Schwab, a German lobbyist who heads up the World Economic Forum sees the chaos of the Pandemic as a wonderful opportunity to start over again. Schwab said not too long ago, "THE PANDEMIC REPRESENTS A RARE AND NARROW WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT AND RESET OUR WORLD, TO CREATE A HEALTHIER WORLD, MORE EQUITABLE AND MORE PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE. Prince Charles of the British Monarchy seconded Schwab's ideas with this thought, "WE have a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to seize something good from this crisis. THE SHOCK WAVES FROM THE PANDEMIC CHAOS MAY WELL MAKE PEOPLE MORE RECEPTIVE TO BIG VISIONS OF CHANGE." The Prince added this thought, "The seeds of this strategy may only flower while the world is distracted amidst enormous chaos. Privacy and freedoms may have to be forfeited for the common good." So these men see CHAOS AS A GOOD THING, and the PERFECT EXCUSE TO CREATE A NEW WORLD. The whole thing seems to dove-tail with what President Biden calls, BUILD BACK BETTER. The president seems to be saying also, "Let's not let this opportunity go to waste. Let's start over and build a better world." But the whole idea raises a lot of questions. Will we still enjoy the freedoms that have made American great: the freedom of free speech, the freedom to worship as we please, the freedoms to pursue life, liberty and happiness? Some of us have serious doubts that that is where these people want us to go? Will it be a world where massive electronic surveillance controls the day? Will it be a technocratic world of 5 G technology? Will our health system be changed? What about jobs and the economy? Will we be able to trust the schools and the teachers of the day? Or will this massive reset that is supposedly coming in 2030 create a two-tied society: those who run the show and all the rest who are subservient to the higher-ups? We better give it some serious thoughts before we buy into their "pie in the sky ideas"!
My Bible does not say one word about man creating a new world. Man is not God and he simply can't do that. The Bible does NOT tell us that MAN can turn things around in this world. My Bible does say however, that THINGS ARE GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE THEY GET BETTER. See 2 Tim. 3: 1-5, Daniel 12: 1-4, Romans 1: 18-32, and John 14: 1-3. But He, the Great God of Heaven, not some Economic Forum will intervene and will give us a New Heaven and a New Earth. Some of the most powerful words in all of the Bible are found in Rev. 21: 1-6. There the God of the Universe promises to re-build everything. "And God will wipe away ALL TEARS FROM THEIR EYES, THERE WILL BE NO MORE DEATH, NOR SORROW, NOR CRYING, AND THERE SHALL BE NO MORE PAIN, FOR THE FORMER THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY." This wonderful promise of Scripture closes with the thought, "BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW." (Rev. 21: 5) Sorry but for me, The Great Reset or what Biden would call Build Back Better is simply not going to happen. My faith, my trust is in the Creator God who promises to do FOR US WHAT MAN CAN NOT DO.
Wayne Easley/written on Sept. 7, 2022/Harvey, North Dakota
Are you acquainted with a brand new word we are hearing nowadays? That word is Flash Mob. It started several years ago, quite innocently at first, suggesting through the use of the Internet that people assemble at a given location for the purpose of doing a random act very quickly and just as quickly dispersing. Actually from those harmless beginnings, the whole idea has gone terribly wrong. In fact it is frightening to even think about. Let me explain.
It was 12:40 in the morning when a large group of motorists descended on an intersection near a Seven Eleven Convenience Store located at Figuero and El Segundo Streets in Los Angeles. Blocking traffic with their cars, they created an organizational pit in the center of the intersection and after laying out their plans, they headed for the convenience store. That is when a mob made up of looters entered the business and began stealing everything they could get their hands on: drinks, cigarettes, lottery tickets, candy, you name it. Yelling and screaming, they ransacked the place tossing some items to people at the entrance of the store while other robbers were filling bags they had brought along for the occasion. In the meantime, the store employees, paralyzed with fright, refused to get involved. Not surprisingly, the whole crowd had dispersed before the police arrived. And according to reports that I have, there have been no arrests to this date which may indicate there will be no arrests at all. Let's take a look at what the Bible has to say about these kinds of things.
The Apostle Paul in 2 Tim. 3: verse 1 tells us this, "BUT KNOW THIS, THAT IN THE LAST DAYS, PERILOUS TIMES WILL COME." That word 'PERILOUS' means we will be facing dangerous times. When that begins to happen, it will be best for us to be as far from the big cities as possible. The prophet Daniel speaking of the 'TIME OF THE END' (see Dan. 12: 4) warns us there is 'COMING A TIME OF TROUBLE SUCH AS THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN'. See Dan. 12: 1 Three of the Gospel Writers remind us that the final days of this world's history will be less than rosy: Matt. 24: 26, Mark 13: 19 and Luke 21: 25 and 26 shout out to us that difficult days are ahead. It is interesting that in Luke 21: 26, Doctor Luke predicts that 'MEN'S HEARTS WILL FAIL THEMSELVES FOR FEAR AND THE EXPECTATIONS OF THOSE THINGS THAT ARE COMING ON THE EARTH'! It won't be a cakewalk! As we contemplate these difficult days that seem to be happening even now, there are three things we can do to help prepare us for the future. These three things will help prepare us for what is coming. The three activities are PRAYER, STUDY OF THE WORD, AND TELLING OTHERS WHAT JESUS HAS DONE FOR US.
1-PRAYER has been defined by one writer as "The opening of the heart to God as to a Friend." There is a great verse in Philippians 4: 6-7, "Be anxious for nothing , BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION, WITH THANKSGIVING, LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN TO GOD, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ." David explains to us in Psalms 55: 1,"Evening, morning and at noon I WILL PRAY AND CRY ALOUD, and he shall hear my voice." Jesus set a great example of prayer. We read in Luke 6: 12, "Now it came to pass in those days, that he (Jesus) went out into the mountain TO PRAY, AND CONTINUED ALL NIGHT IN PRAYER." And finally Peter admonishes us in 1 Peter 3: 12, "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, AND HIS EARS ARE OPEN TO THEIR PRAYERS." Prayer will help get us through the difficult times that are ahead of us. We can count on it. Matt. 21: 22 affirms that thought, "And whatsoever things YOU ASK IN PRAYER, BELIEVING, YOU WILL RECEIVE."
2-STUDY of the Word will help to prepare us also for what lies ahead. 2 Tim. 2: 15 urges us, "Study to present yourselves APPROVED BEFORE GOD, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the WORD OF TRUTH." The Apostle Paul admonishes us as well that THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING, AND POWERFUL, AND SHARPER THAN A TWO-EDGED SWORD... AND IT IS A DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART. (Heb. 4: 12) Peter in 2 Peter 1: 20-21 affirms that "HOLY MEN OF GOD WROTE (Scriptures) AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT." One writer suggests that there are over 3,000 promises in the Bible and each one is like a blank check to each of us made out in our name. Read these promises he has made to you and to me, underline them in your Bible and memorize them for the difficult days ahead of us. If we do that we claim the promise with confidence in Philippians 4" 13 that reads, "I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME." That is made possible because we know what the Bible says he is going to do for us.
3-And lastly, TELL OTHERS WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE FOR YOU. I love that great story that is found in Mark 5: 1-15. According to the story, Jesus and his disciples were on the far side or the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. Not only was it a desolate area, the first thing they encountered there was a graveyard that was haunted by a devil-possessed man. The Bible says that the man had an unclean spirit and he spend a lot of time cutting on his body. When Jesus asked him his name, he replied that his name was legion for he was filled with many evil spirits. At that point the demons began to realize they were in big trouble with Jesus in the area. Seeing a large herd of swine in the distance, they begged Jesus to cast them into the pigs. Jesus did just that and the herd ran violently down a steep embankment and drowned in the sea. With that the swine herders fled and told the townspeople in a nearby village what had happened. As you can imagine the owners of the pigs, as well as the villagers themselves were not very happy. They quickly went out to where Jesus was and asked him to leave the area. Since Jesus does not stay where he is not wanted, he and the disciples prepared to leave. And guess what the man who had been demon-possessed wanted to do? OF COURSE, HE WANTED TO GO WITH JESUS IN THE BOAT. But Jesus told him to go to his home and TELL EVERYONE WHAT JESUS HAD DONE FOR HIM. And that is what the man did. And that is TELLING OTHERS WHAT JESUS HAS DONE FOR US. It is called witnessing and it is something that every born-again Christian should do. Don't forget that in a world that is beginning to get its kicks from Flash Mobbing, the Lord wants us to Pray, Study and Tell others what Jesus has done for us. Blessings,
Wayne Easley/written on August 28, 2022/Harvey, North Dakota
According to my watch, it was 3:30 at night. I was sound asleep in room 538 of a prestigious hotel, Home 2 in Dallas, Texas (the hotel is part of the Hilton Hotels). I was on a short trip to visit my grandson who is studying for a law degree and who was assigned by his university as part of his studies to assist a murder trial which was taking place in Dallas. By the way, when I landed at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, the temperature was 105 degrees, the eighty-fifth consecutive day in Texas of temps over one hundred degrees. Back to a sound sleep in the middle of the night when suddenly, there was a strident voice from the reception, "WE HAVE A FIRE EMERGENCY, GET OUT OF THE BUILDING NOW, DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR, USE THE STAIRS INSTEAD."
Only half awake, I searched for my pants and grabbed my room key. In the hallway, I met other guests who were scrambling to get outside. Down the stairs we went, hoping we would not run into flames or smoke. Gathering outside near the firetruck and near a battery of policemen, we stood wondering exactly what was going on. I asked a couple who was standing beside me, "What is happening?" The gentleman commented, "We don't know but we were here in the same hotel two weeks ago and the same thing happened then." As quickly as the warning had started, the whole thing was over. "You can return to your rooms now and you can use the elevators." the receptionist urged us to go back to our rooms. There was no explanation as to whether there was a real fire or not. But, the WARNING had been heeded but we never learned exactly what was going on.
That experience sat me to thinking about WARNINGS in the Bible CONCERNING THE END OF THE WORLD. Three of the Gospel Writers in the Bible paint a somber picture of what will happen in the end time. In Matt. 24: 21 Matthew predicts that there will be tribulation in the last days such has not been since the beginning of the world. Echoing those same words, Mark writes in Mark 13: 19, "For in those days (the last days) there will be tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of creation." Doctor Luke proclaims in Luke 21: 26 that in those days (the days just before the coming of Jesus), men's hearts will fail them for fear and the expectations of what is coming." These and other passages in Scripture suggest to us that before Jesus comes, the world will suffer through a period of anguish and affliction that will be so bad that it will make other times of tribulation seem like child's play.
My interest in the end time led me to check out a book by Bill Bonner which bears the title, "America's Nightmare-Winter is Coming/Will You be Prepared?" Bill Bonner is an extremely wealthy man who has made a fortune from his investments. He presently lives in Ireland but his firm has offices in many of the major cities of the world. He has become a famous person because he has predicted correctly some of the greatest happenings in the financial world over the past fifty years. He tells us, in his forth prediction what will happen and he suggests that "America's Nightmare will be his last prediction." As I took a look at his work, I was amazed at how well it correlates with Scripture, especially the verses we have listed above. Is the United States facing a bitter winter and what does that mean for the rest of the world? Bonner warns of two freight trains that are barreling down on each other AND THEY ARE ON THE SAME TRACK. The two BIG PROBLEMS according to Bonner are: the disappearance of diesel fuel and inflation. It sounds as though, he is on to something big!
The first freight train is the obsession of the world to cut out fossil fuels. He suggests that diesel brings us most of our supplies. They come to us by ships, trucks, planes, and trains all of which use diesel fuel. Grocery stores depend on deliveries of food, construction workers depend on building materials to do their jobs, while farmers depend on diesel fuel to run their tractors and combines as well as fueling vehicles that will convey their products to market. It is all made possible through the use of diesel fuel. Bonner predicts that in as short a period as three full days without diesel fuel, we could feel the crunch. Many of the shelves would be empty, food supplies would vanish, AND necessary materials would disappear.
If you remember correctly, the present administration in Washington killed the Keystone Pipeline on its very first day in office. The hue and cry was, "We have to go green and we must replace all cars and trucks with electric vehicles. AND WE MUST DO IT NOW! There was just one big problem however, almost no one was ready to manufacture electric cars and trucks. That decision was ill-conceived and created a lot of confusion. According to Bonner, this is one of the worst decisions ever made in Washington. Why? At the end of 2020, the United States had become practically self sufficient regarding fuel. But governmental policies regarding anything to do with fossil fuels has changed all of that. We demanded a switch to electric vehicles without the ability to manufacture them. Instead of being the world leader in fuel, we began pleading with Russia, Venezuela, or Saudi Arabia to produce more oil so we can get by. A new bill dealing with climate change just passed by Congress that will be signed in a couple of days by the president, will add new restrictions to the production of fossil fuels. Many believe THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A BIG LIE AND THE NEW BILL WHICH WILL COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WILL DO NOTHING TO HELP. Congress further claims that the new bill will help to control inflation which is a long shot to say the least. On the other hand these restrictions will cause even a greater shortage of diesel fuel.
Bonner includes in his warning about diesel fuel a prediction that we will experience a collapse in the production of electricity. He predicts that our overuse of the electric grid will cause it to collapse in many places or cause rolling blackouts in others. With the heat in Texas and the whole of the southwestern part of the US, I began to wonder what it would be like if the electricity went off. Millions of people have been using air conditioning 24/7 for the entire summer. They would not be able to survive without it. And actually, according to Bonner, most of our electricity comes from coal-fueled factories. And one may comment by saying, "But we have solar power and all those expensive windmills, would that not save us?" Bonner suggests that we get only a small portion of electricity from those sources. Already, we are seeing rising prices for gas, diesel and electricity. Diesel, the fuel that moves the world, has been for some time over $5.00 a gallon. Bonner predicts oil could go up to $500.00 a barrel and diesel could hit as much as $50.00 a gallon. And if our electricity is cut off, we could be shivering this coming winter. It seems that Bill Bonner's predictions make a lot of sense. There is trouble ahead.
The second runaway train that is barreling down on our energy problems is inflation. Inflation is where money loses its value on a daily basis. History tells us and Bonner is right on this that soaring food prices create protests and protests cause riots and revolutions. The average family of today is seeing runaway prices increase for fuel, groceries, and other essentials for the household. Having to pay more, means less people can afford to travel and fewer people are eating out, plus there are lots of things they will not be buying. And what does the US Government tend to do during periods of inflation? According to Bonner, "They throw more money at the problem." Looking at some reports, It appears that our government has added almost five trillion dollars of new money to the economy in the PAST TWO YEARS. The Fed simply prints a large amount and introduces it into our economy. And every time the government does that, money loses its value. People's savings vanish and their monthly salaries fail to cover their needs. Farmers will be forced to pay much greater costs for seeds, fertilizers and harvesting of crops. It is expected that many middle class people will drop down to the level of the poor. While this is not Bonner's idea, many believe that coming chaos will drive the world toward the Great Reset which is scheduled to start in 2030. If that is true then, those in power will welcome turmoil in the world as that will move us to a new economic system. Remember, the Great Reset is the brainchild of Klaus Schwab of Germany who is urging the world to adopt a new economic system that would replace what we have now. If that happens we will move to a one world government, a one world education and a one world religion. And that move could come even sooner than 2030. And let me say in closing that that happening would play in very nicely with the two great powers mentioned in Rev. 13, a sea beast in Rev. 13: 1-10 and a land beast in Rev. 13: 11-18. These two powers will control the world forcing all people to turn back to God and worship Him on Sunday. Those who oppose these two powers would face the death penalty which includes the Mark of the Beast. While we cannot agree with everything that Bonner says, I believe he is on to something that is clearly spelled out in Scripture. Keep close to the Lord as we face difficult times.
Wayne Easley/written on August 15, 2022/Harvey, North Dakota
Wildflowers can be found throughout the State of North Dakota. Whether you are out on the prairie or up in the forests of the Eastern and Northern parts of North Dakota, you will see wildflowers. A wildflower is a natural growing plant that has flowers. Flowers can be located at lakesides, swamps or marshes, places where there is plenty of moisture. But they can also be seen along country roadsides, in ditches, old graveyards and along railroad tracks and often in the forested areas. Some of them love to grow on the extensive prairies of the State, a part of North Dakota that is declining. It is thought that at one time most of North Dakota was prairie but that has drastically changed with the increase of agriculture. Some wildflowers are found only on certain soil types; others are likely to grow where the temperature is just right while others may be found in areas that are akin to deserts. They are everywhere.
Probably the primary reason we like flowers is that they are so beautiful. Many of them have amazing colors and some combine those vivid colors with unique shapes and a lovely fragrance. Another reason we enjoy flowers is that their lifespan may be very short. If you miss your favorite wildflower in a given year, it may be another whole year until you see it again. We can enjoy wildflowers on camping trips, hikes and nature walks. An interest in wildflowers gets us outside in the wide-open spaces where we can relax and enjoy life. Some wildflower enthusiasts will hike for miles, even up into the mountains, to see a new bloom. These adventures bring us into close contact with a Designer God who created such lovely additions to our planet.
Just recently I stopped by a bookstore in Minot, North Dakota and purchased the National Wildlife Federation's Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America. This is a guide that covers the whole of the United States. One can also visit the local library or simply use the Internet to learn more about wildflowers in your area. Remember too that the Great Plains Indians used the roots of many of these plants (ground up and made into a tea) to treat all sorts of ailments including spider bites and rattlesnake bites. Success to each of you, especially to those who may be opening a brand-new chapter in the grand book of nature. Enjoy wildflowers!
Wayne Easley/written on Aug. 11, 2022/Harvey, North Dakota
PICTURES: These can be used for educational purposes.
1- Prairie Smoke-an exciting summer wildflower that can cover the prairie slopes. My favorite.
2-Rocky Mountain Bee Plant-lots of color in this one.
3-Prairie Purple Clover-summer blossoms where the flowers are in dense clusters.
4- Wood Lilies-a widespread summer flower in prairies, meadows and woods. Great flower!
5-6-Prairie Cone Flowers-late summer to early fall.
7-Prairie Sunflower-a wildflower that grows alongside the fields of much larger cultivated sunflowers of North Dakota.
8-Prairie Spiderwort-grows in prairies, plains and fields in spring through summer. Sticky leaves.
9-Bees attracted to Dogwood Flowers in early spring.
10-Lead Plant-found in J. Clark Salyer Refuge near Towner, North Dakota. Tiny flowers are located at the top of leaflets.
11-Thistle-widespread in North Dakota especially in the western part of the State. And there are many more.