Second Coming

The second coming is one coming. Single event, just as Jesus ascended to heaven, so in that same way He will return. There is no evidence at all from Scriptures, that Jesus will secretly come back to reign for a 1,000 years before His actual coming back again. It is untenable. Unless you like to read too much and infer too much from things that are unspoken and extrapolate it to fit your preference for physical deliverance. 

The main issue that Premillenialist (like Macarthur) are not answering, is the unity of the bible. Which is why Premillenialist by logic has to be Dispensationalist. They do not believe in the unity of the message of the bible. In fact, Old Testament is not the same message as the New Testament. They make demarcations that are unnecessary and forget that, running through the course of history, there is but one method of salvation; through faith and submission to work of Jesus Christ at the cross at Calvary. 

Hebrews 11 is a vivid passage that spells this out clearly on the practical level. In fact, the whole of the epistle to the Hebrews painstakingly elaborates on the necessity to see the thread of salvation throughout human history.

If you want to find out whether you are a Dispensation-Premilleanialist believer, ask yourself this question: How were the Old Testament saints saved? On what basis.

If it is on a different basis than what was revealed in the New Testament, then you are a DP guy. 

Being a literalist by definition does not automatically mean that you are accurate. Unfortunately, many Christians are deluded into thinking that a ‘literal’ approach is always the best approach. Just because it applies to historical books in the bible, does not mean it is applied equally on those books that are prophetic, poetic, wisdom, etc. 

The book of Revelation is a wonderful portion of God’s Word that gives us the truth concerning the future from various emphasis to better clarify the spiritual matter so that we do not miss it at all. 

For that, we thank God for the hope of the coming trials and glorification of His saints on earth and in heaven.

Stop deluding yourselves on a physical kingdom on earth, and look at the emphasis of Jesus on a spiritual kingdom in heaven. That has always been the case. Physical Israel was never meant to be a lasting kingdom in the physical sense, for even the multitudes of Israel died in unbelief while in the wilderness. 

(1 Corinthians 10:5-6)  
Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.  (6)  Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.

The conjunctive word “now” and “that” in verse 6 shows the connection between what happened to those unbelieving Jews that did die in the wilderness as judgment from God (not all Israelites who died were in the grace of God). Those who desire evil, prove that God’s grace is not in them. 

(Hebrews 3:7-11)  
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice,  (8)  do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness,  (9)  where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.  (10)  Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’  (11)  As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.'”

Again this is obvious from the letters to the Hebrews.

So, are you short-sighted and putting your hope on the physical things of this world? Or are you looking upwards to the heavenly possession that God has given, through His begotten Son who was slain for your salvation?

Do not seek to avoid the tributation, for it will come. Hope that you will not see the Great Tribulation, and if you do, that God’s grace is sufficient for us, even to death. 

Soli Deo Gloria.

Project Offset Still Alive

I donated to this project a long time ago. I think it was in 2005, when I saw it’s breath-taking game engine on one of the videos. Until now, I am still impressed with what it aspired to be.

However, since it’s acquisition by Intel, the communications on the project has been cut. There were no communication at all. We did not know whether it was alive or not. Anyway, after so long, someone (one of the workers, called Paul Tozour) is beginning to answer questions and assure the community (which has dwindled) that the Project team is still alive and will be showcasing the game next year, under the Intel flagship.

http://www.projectoffset.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=22

Macarthur Freed

Good news:

I like listening to a variety of preachers/teachers, regardless of whether I fully agree on them on every single point or not. More for the issues that they bring up on, usually from their context. It widens the perspective that I have on the world, and frame it properly. 

This is good news for Macarthur regulars. 

🙂

Hybrid Dual Portable Computer (HDPC) from Korea

This is an incredible piece of mobile computing phone. 

 

MIU(www.miubit.com) introduced its new wireless IP-based hybrid portable device dubbed ‘HDPC (Hybrid Dual Portable Computer)’ in Korea market, which is equipped with dual OS(Windows XP/Windows CE 5.0 or Linux Qplus). 

Adopting a keyboard of general PC and a 4-inch display with 800×480 resolution, the HDPC supports dual-mode function and wireless internet function. It is the concept that user can make a choice of any type of soft/hard ware according to users’ needs. 

As the name ‘HDPC’ signifies, user can converge the stand-alone technologies of existing portable devices such as car PC, navigation, mobile phone, PMP, mp3, UMPC, electronic dictionary, internet phone, PSP, digital camera, voice recorder, mobile IPTV into HDPC.

 

Amazing what they can make out of phones nowadays. Reminds me of HTC’s Advantage series (X7500s), but clearly this is much better, and sleeker in design. More information can be found in the links provided by:http://www.pocketables.net/2008/10/redesigned-miu.html

The Math Behind Numb3rs

Website is here:http://numb3rs.wolfram.com/wolfram.html

I love to watch Numb3rs because of some element of geekiness in it. I often wish that I had a bigger passion for mathematics than I have for computers… but such will not eventuate. The only thing that I am not happy with (okay, disappointed with… if you want me to use the proper word for it :P) is the amount of public affection between Charlie and his girlfriend, who are both supposed to be professors of the fictitous university called “CalSci”. I know, I know… the general populace in America have promiscuity at a high level… does not mean that I have to accept it!

Anyway, it was intriguing to read of the real mathematics behind the series. This website gives a scene by scene commentary where math is involved. Interesting stuff.

Cancer

Over the last 10 years, I have had many friends who have died of cancer. Many of them are older folks, who contracted lung cancer of sorts. Those who have been diagnosed with 3rd or 4th level stages never survived the middle doses of chemotheraphy. 

Someone mentioned to be a few months ago: In the West, many who are found with 3rd or 4th stage cancer simply will not go for medication. They would rather have a few more months of quality life than a few more weeks of diminishing hope.

I cannot agree more. 

If you are in the 1st or 2nd stage, by all means, fight it. But I have not seen one that has survived the latter stages. They tend to deteriorate very fast, at the most vital phase; there is no recovery. 

Maybe it’s the wireless microwaves that are encompassing metropolitan life. Maybe it’s the food that we eat. Maybe it’s a combination of everything. 

Whatever it is, it is sobering to know that we are living in a cancer-prone society. The question is not about surviving longer on earth; it is where will you be after this life?

Sobering.

Synergy – Interesting Piece of Software

I have not been posting much. Been very busy with my work. Trying to finish up stuff before the end of the month. Anyway, I found this software to be very interesting. Would love to give this a spin.

From the site itself – http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/:

 

With synergy, all the computers on your desktop form a single virtual screen. You use the mouse and keyboard of only one of the computers while you use all of the monitors on all of the computers. You tell synergy how many screens you have and their positions relative to one another. Synergy then detects when the mouse moves off the edge of a screen and jumps it instantly to the neighboring screen. The keyboard works normally on each screen; input goes to whichever screen has the cursor.

You can arrange screens side-by-side, above and below one another, or any combination. You can even have a screen jump to the opposite edge of itself. Synergy also understands multiple screens attached to the same computer.

Running a game and don’t want synergy to jump screens? No problem. Just toggle Scroll Lock. Synergy keeps the cursor on the same screen when Scroll Lock is on. (This can be configured to another hot key.)

Do you wish you could cut and paste between computers? Now you can! Just copy text, HTML, or an image as you normally would on one screen then switch to another screen and paste it. It’s as if all your computers shared a single clipboard (and separate primary selection for you X11 users). It even converts newlines to each computer’s native form so cut and paste between different operating systems works seamlessly. And it does it all in Unicode so any text can be copied.

Do you use a screen saver? With synergy all your screen savers act in concert. When one starts they all start. When one stops they all stop. And, if you require a password to unlock the screen, you’ll only have to enter a password on one screen.

If you regularly use multiple computers on one desk, give synergy a try. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Try it and let me know what you think. Wish I had a few monitors myself 😛

Rain

Not the Korean guy… but the weather. 

It’s been raining awfully a lot these days. I don’t mind the rain, but the crazy weather is really beginning to get to me; hot weather during the day, and rain in the evenings and night. 

I prefer the Kuantan rain (monsoon season). At least that was consistent! You get weeks without a proper glimpse of sunlight. It suits my liking. 🙂

Maybe it’s because of the many times I spend sitting in front of the house, listening to the drumming sound of rain hitting the zinc porch… it was nice. 

It’s a nice weather to be in bed, and snuggle up.

Hanged for being a Christian in Iran

Being a Christian is not an easy thing. True Christianity will always meet with persecution and not shy from it. The darkness will never accept the light. In fact, the creatures of darkness will retreat away from the light. Those who think that to be a Christian is to be ‘cool’ is gravely mistaken. 

A month ago, the Iranian parliament voted in favour of a draft bill, entitled “Islamic Penal Code”, which would codify the death penalty for any male Iranian who leaves his Islamic faith. Women would get life imprisonment. The majority in favour of the new law was overwhelming: 196 votes for, with just seven against.

Full article can be read from: 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/3179465/Hanged-for-being-a-Christian-in-Iran.html

It is with much sadness that I read news like this. But such is the price or cost for being a true son and daughter of God through His Beloved Son. What more worthier privilege than to walk the path of Christ?

Death for the Christian is never a matter of antagonizing or destroying others for the faith, but dying for our own faith. What rubbish it is to prove one’s faith in killing others, like so many other religions? It is like exalting sin, as a testimony of faith. No, the Christian faith is about dying for what you believe in, bearing the same end that drove Jesus Christ to the cross; the righteous for the unrighteous.

Pray for the martyrs of the faith. There are many in our days, and many more to come before the End.

Android Frenzy

Good news for Google’s Android supporters (like myself):

 

Prepare for an epic showdown between two gnarly gunslingers when the first Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android phone hits the streets in a couple of weeks. The first shipment of the T-Mobile (NYSE: DT) G1 sold out through preorders from existing T-Mobile subscribers, so the company tripled its order to Taiwanese handset maker HTC. The bigger batch sold out, too.

That means that about 1.5 million G1s are destined to fill preorder sales, in addition to another couple of million sets being earmarked for retail sales. It’s a far cry from the 10 million second-generation iPhones Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) originally hoped to sell this year — it may already have reached that goal, according to the Silicon Valley rumor mill — but it’s a heck of a rush for an unproven software concept on never-before-seen hardware.

I find this very interesting, considering that the form factor for the G1 is less than … erm… attractive! But rumours have it that more Android enabled phones are coming next year, and will be looking like the highly attractive HTC Touch HD.