Paul's Passing Thoughts

Rush Limbaugh Nails the Core Reason for Present-Day Division in American Politics

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on December 11, 2020

Thessalonica, and a Contemporary End Time Scenario

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on December 9, 2020

Bible prophecy was a keen interest of mine when I first became a Christian in 1983 and I have recently revisited the subject. As you know, I believe the Bible is inspired by God because of its consistent theme of justification by new birth as opposed to religion’s soteriology of choice, progressive justification, which throws biblical understanding into total chaos. The Bible is best understood by interpreting its words biblically to determine the meaning in context, and letting the words say what they say.

This is why I believe the next historical act of God will be a sudden and unexpected snatching up of living Christians from the earth. Though we do not know when this will occur, we can get an idea of how close we are to this event from biblical information compared to current events. The apostle Paul’s two letters to Christ’s assemblies in Thessalonica are key to understanding this.

But first, let’s establish the idea of a sudden and unexpected transport of living Christians from the earth to meet Christ in the air, or among the clouds. This was first revealed in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians:

1Corinthians 15:50 – I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.

Biblically, a “mystery” is something that God has planned in the past but revealed at some other time. A resurrection would not have been a mystery to the Corinthians or any other Christians at that time. This is something different. This is a mass resurrection of Christians who are still living. This is something previously not revealed: “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” Biblically, trumpets are synonymous with a public announcement or a call to assemble. “Last” often refers to the last part of an event that can vary in number. Some scholars believe “last” in this passage refers to a second sounding of a trumpet in regard to this particular event.

1Thessalonians 4:16 – For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Some suggest “last” is a second trumpet in this event that heralds the snatching up of living Christians in this same event. The dead in Christ will be raised “first.” This is a consistent literary construction in other biblical passages. Also, however, we are in a time when God’s people are specifically identified as ekklesia, or Christ’s called out assembly for specific purposes. The idea of a last trumpet could refer to a last grand gathering of the ekklesia with Christ.

When will this happen? The Bible gives us one clue: at a time when people think it’s not going to happen anytime soon or at all. We are in those times. The idea of Christ coming unexpectedly and snatching away his followers from the earth is widely mocked in the church and chalked up to spiritual immaturity. In addition, the Bible suggests that this return of Christ will come during a time of peace and prosperity. These are not going to be popular ideas during a time that we are in now, that is, a return to Martin Luther’s Theology of the Cross soteriology in the church, which makes suffering the driving principle for salvation and sanctification. “No pain, no gain,” so to speak.

Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians supply definitive information on this subject and this post is limited to that information. The unexpected return of Christ to snatch living Christians from the earth, referred to as “the rapture,” will occur prior to the day of the Lord which is a seven year period culminating in Armageddon. I believe the rapture itself will initiate the day of the Lord. In the best scenario I see presently, the “great reset” will FAIL in regard to COVID-19, but will prevail in regard to the panic and chaos that the rapture will bring about. This is because the rapture will not go unnoticed:

1Thessolonians 4:16 – For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

COVID-19 will NOT usher in the great reset, but will usher in the the intended technology that got all dressed up with no place to go. In this THEORY I am presenting, the present-day worldwide populist movement will prevail against the Orwellian “great reset” that is presently being foisted upon the world with the excuse being COVID-19. However, the rapture will be an apocalyptical event that will circumvent all reason and make the masses putty in the hands of the world leader who will emerge.

The rapture will not occur during the day of the Lord for this simple reason: the day of the Lord is a succinct seven-year period marked by uber-unique historical events and a very specific timeline. In fact, regarding when the day of the Lord is going to occur, Paul told the Thessalonians that it is a mute issue:

1Thessolonians 5:1ff – Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Paul’s point here is that Christians are always ready for the day of the Lord’s return and whenever it comes, they will not be taken by surprise like those who say, “Where is the promise of his coming?” and “peace and safety.” Throughout the New Testament, this point is belabored over and over again by Christ and others. The Thessalonians had received a fake letter stating that the day of the Lord had already come. Paul replied by reminding them that the antichrist would be revealed first, and then defining the day of the Lord by describing the major events that would take place during that time period:

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he clearly states that days or seasons are irrelevant because the time comes like a thief in the night who gives no clues as to a time or place and relies on the element of surprise. But, since the Thessalonians were being taught that the day of the Lord had already come, Paul points to events that mark the beginning of the day of the Lord and goes on to describe the whole time period. Specifically, what marks the beginning, middle, and end. Paul writes this to comfort them. If the day of the Lord includes the rapture, why would this necessarily upset the Thessalonians when it would indicate the rapture was near (within seven years at most)? NO, Paul was comforting them because they thought they had missed the rapture which means they were false converts. If Paul had taught them in this context that “through much suffering we must enter the kingdom of God,” and the day of the Lord was at hand which also means that the rapture was at hand, why would that shake their mind and cause alarm? Why would times and seasons be the issue rather than their attitude about the reality? And, once the beginning signs of the day of the Lord occur, where is the thief’s element of surprise?

Of course, some will say that’s the whole point: Christians are not overtaken by the day like they would be by a thief because they know what signs to look for. Then why would Paul say there is no need to discuss days and seasons because thieves don’t hint at when they are coming? And, while Paul was describing the beginning, middle, and end of the day of the Lord, why wouldn’t he specify where the rapture was going to occur specifically in that time period?

Also, if we want to rely on strict grammar to make our conclusions, we must ask what day Paul is talking about? The day of the Lord or the rapture? The context is clear: it’s the “day of the Lord” which is the whole seven year period ending with Armageddon. The subject is clearly the day of the Lord with the implications of that time’s arrival being the cause for alarm.

I would say the present-day populist movement ushering in a time of peace and prosperity is a likely scenario leading up to the day of the Lord. However, the ability of patriots, nationalists, and conservatives to recognize how a pandemic is being used to take control of the world is different than “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing.” The worldwide populist movement is not a Biblicist movement; when the antichrist starts performing miraculous signs and wonders, all bets will be off. Populists will stand in line to receive whatever the mega church state (that the antichrist will be in charge of) tells them to receive. For example, conservatives like Tucker Carlson accept the possibilities of extraterrestrial aliens who have visited earth. If, by way of the antichrist being allowed to display miraculous delusions, aliens show up and endorse the antichrist, all present logic and politics would be thrown out the window; Biblicists would be the only ones capable of lodging a logical argument through what the Bible has predicted. Certainly, liberal versus conservative ideas would quickly become a thing of the past.

Another consideration follows: the antichrists is described as being “lawless”  or the “man of lawlessness.” At least in the United States, politics have replaced all principles. The Obama administration was completely lawless. I think Barak Obama, to some degree, is a snapshot of what the antichrist will be: a self-willed arrogant individual who completely disregards basic principles of right and wrong and completely disregards the laws of the land. This is the new leadership style we see worldwide; a total disregard for basic principles of right and wrong that are self-evident.

This would be my best guess: the present-day populist movement will usher in a time of worldwide peace and prosperity. If the Democrats successfully steal this election, their power will be short-lived and the populist movement Donald Trump has started will make a huge comeback within a couple of years. The result will be an unprecedented time of peace and prosperity worldwide. Then, the rapture will take place and that will do what COVID-19 couldn’t. The great reset, headed by the antichrist, will take place virtually unhindered.

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The Sign of Christ’s Coming: Peace and Prosperity

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on November 22, 2020

Sundowner Rebellion

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on November 21, 2020

Every long term facility is unique in regard to the residents who call those places home. That is, in a manner of speaking; to be more precise, many never accept long term facilities as their home and will let you know it often. At least half, if not more, of long term facility residents would rather be living at the home taken from them before they were placed in a long term facility by their families. Those facilities receive the lifelong fruits of the resident’s labor in exchange for end of life care. For better or worse, most residents feel imprisoned at long term care facilities. Now, because of COVID-19, they are imprisoned within the prison.

Before COVID-19, long term care facility prisons were a good place to be as far as prisons go. Many have really good food, spacious courtyards, activities, visiting medical specialists, and in-house nursing care. Family and others were free to visit at any time. Right now, all of that is restricted and residents are actually confined to their rooms 24/7. It’s solitary confinement. Before all of this, there was a joke circulating around that prisoners in correctional facilities have more rights than long term facility residents. Humor is funny because to some degree there is truth in it; unfortunately, there is no humor left in that particular joke.

So, has the isolation policy worked to prevent COVID-19 in long term facilities? No, not at all. And isolation has done more to kill residents than COVID ever could. Isolation policies at long term care facilities has been a colossal disaster. COVID outbreaks are dominating a majority of facilities. ER doctors and nurses would be horrified if they could see the protocols being played out in real time. Many units that were entirely occupied by residents of the “independent” classification are now all either heavy one-person assist or two-person assist. It is very unlikely that they can be restored to independent status. That’s what isolation does. Especially in latter life, mental and physical heath will deteriorate quickly. The body is made to work and do things, and we are social beings. Isolation first breaks the will and well-being of the residents, and than comes the COVID. The results are not good.

The biggest mistake was restricting families from the facilities. Family members who visit their loved ones in the facilities are a certain type of individual; they more than likely would have helped the situation greatly on many levels. Family restriction was/is a policy monstrosity on apocalyptic levels. Experts can be really, really stupid, and government often makes stupid look good.

And before I move on, I might mention that courage is a peculiar thing and prevalent in humanity. For the most part, it is the specialists who won’t go near the facilities. I won’t reveal which specialist was portrayed yesterday, but labels cannot trump neglect when it gets to that point. Abandonment by aides and nurses is only about 25%. Several have caught the virus more than once and the second time is worse. This past week, I worked with two nurses who almost died from it. Both were young, healthy, and a little less cocky, but not much.

This article is about a particular unit where the residents took a stand. I said every facility and units within facilities are unique, and in this particular unit, there is an unusual amount of sundowners. They are defined this way:

While most people are “winding down” or relaxing as the day reaches its end, those with sundowner’s syndrome become increasingly active.  Sundowner’s syndrome has links to dementia, a condition that affects memory, personality, and the ability to reason. It is also known as sundown syndrome or sundowning.

The symptoms of sundowner’s syndrome typically occur between the hours of 4:30 in the afternoon and 11:00 in the evening.

These include:

        • confusion as to the location and identity of people
        • mental confusion that does not respond to reasoning
        • paranoia
        • sleep disturbances, such as inability to sleep at night, possibly leading to excessive sleep during the day
        • sudden changes in behavior unexplained by any other trigger
        • trouble speaking and thinking clearly
        • visual hallucinations
        • wandering
        • yelling or aggressive behavior

In regard this unit? Yes, all of the above. Yes, at about 4 or 5 pm, they all come out of their rooms and start wondering around. Creepy? Definitely. Like nothing I have ever experienced before? No doubt. But wait, they are all in isolation and confined to their rooms, right? Well, good luck with that. As the other aides and I watched the nurses try to instruct them to return to their rooms, we could only smile and shake our heads; not going to happen. Then, several of them went to the dining area and sat down at the tables. Some sat quietly, others, not so much. Requests to return to their rooms was met with comments like, “You think you’re hot sh** don’t you sweetie?” I mentioned to the nurses that at least they were practicing social distancing. They didn’t seem to be amused.

There wasn’t anything we could do. It was a sundowner rebellion. Perhaps there is something to be learned from their example.

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The Book of Revelation and Present Events

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on November 19, 2020

Our home fellowship recently started a study in the book of Revelation to help us keep our sanity in the present circumstances. It helps to remember that as Christians, we await a kingdom on earth that will be ruled by Christ and Israel will be “the head and not the tail.” This is a subject I have studied for years, and have recently taken another look and challenged my previous understanding.

I will not go into detail here, but will share what I believe the landscape looks like. I am not one who believes America is bad because Christians need to suffer as a means to enter heaven. That Protestant attitude has given us Charismatic theology and sorry, the argument for triple imputation is just as logical as double imputation. If Christ came to live a perfect law-keeping life so he can impute it to our sanctification, which by the way, I reject, he also came to overcome death and sickness. Plainly, part of his life was healing sickness, and if his whole life fulfilled the law perfectly, well, you do the math. I reject both theologies, but merely want to once again point out how illogical Protestantism is in a myriad of ways.

So, America is a good thing. I am fortunate to be an ambassador here for God’s kingdom. No government has been a greater force for good than America. God likes good things. He loves justice, and God’s kind of country/government “rewards good and punishes evil.” World history reflects core spiritual matters; you cannot have one without the other, what we see on a historical level is a fight between individualism and collectivism. Neither will get you into heaven, but both have a huge impact on how we experience life. Unlike Martin Luther, I don’t think embracing suffering is the epitome of virtue and the key to salvation.

Here is the question: How close are we to the coming of Christ when he judges the world and establishes God’s kingdom on earth? Let’s consider that a few elements, or signs seem to be taking place in our day. The Antichrist will be a “lawless” leader. What we clearly see today are leaders who are above the law and surrounded by other leaders who lack intestinal fortitude to do anything about it. Presently, outright in-your-face lawlessness is ruling the day. Will Donald Trump prevail? And even if he doesn’t, will he make a comeback that will radically transform America?

The Antichrist will be much like a Barak Obama who thinks he is above the law, and has the audacity to take gaslighting to an all new level. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous his political theories are, it’s just the verbiage that will be on the placard at the top of your cross. His intent is to compel you to obey, by force if necessary, and to fulfill your preordained purpose of serving the state. Of course, for you own wellbeing; everyone should obey their purpose in life. Tyrants are always looking out for your best interest as defined by them. They know best. It’s tough love.

The Bible is clear: Christ returns “at a time when you think not.” Christ returns during a time of peace and prosperity. A time when people are saying, “peace and safety,” and, “Where is the promise of his coming?” By the way, morality isn’t necessarily mutually inclusive with peace and prosperity. At any rate, is Donald Trump the leader who ushers in that time of peace and prosperity? In addition, does the Antichrist come to power by pretending to believe in the same policies?

I do not believe socialism can usher in the coming peace and prosperity that will precede the lord’s return. I believe Trump, or at least his policies and statecraft, will prevail. There will be a calm before the storm that will usher in Christ’s return. The Bible is also clear: the Antichrist will lead a church-state on steroids; a church-state like no other ever seen in the history of the world. This will arise quickly out of the time of peace and prosperity; probably due to the first major crisis to come upon the world that the Bible describes as, “the beginning of birth pangs.”

This is why I believe the Trump populist movement will prevail; stay tuned.

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