A Brief Bio
At the age of 25, shortly after the birth of my third child, I had just finished a moment of quiet private prayer before going to bed one evening. The room with the most brilliant light imaginable. I had to hide my face. Then a voice that shook me to my very core shouted, "Michael, it is time, I will have you go forth and do my work." I knew what that meant but I had no idea how to fulfill the mission.
I spoke to my Pastor the following day and we agreed I should begin seminary courses via correspondence through the Southern Baptist Convention. I found this wonderfully fulfilling, I filled pulpits around eastern Ohio, taught Sunday school, became a Deacon. When we moved to Columbus I continued my preaching whenever possible by filling pulpits and teaching Sunday school. However, I felt God leading me down another path, as though the "pulpit" was not where He needed me. I felt conflicted and became admittedly frustrated. My seminary courses fell by the wayside after 3 years, my Bible study became basically an argument between God and I; He was going to have to prove things to me. Fortunately, over the past 25 years, He has! He has shown me the work He intended me to do, I embrace it daily even though my stubbornness kept me away far too long.
Recently, I felt compelled by God in a dream three nights in a row ( I'm BIG on the 3 in a row thing) to renew my study of prophesy in the Book of Daniel. I half-heartedly poked at it in a blog post here in 2009: http://buckeyemike-theramblingsofarowley.blogspot.com/2009/09/time-travel.html .
The date March 1, 2013 was constantly implanted in my mind, I wrote it down several times over the course of 5 days while reading Daniel. Then it struck me to apply the days of days Daniel spoke of concerning the desecration of the sacrifice in the Temple...1290 days. Going backward from March 1, 2013 to find the day that "the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up" (Dan. 12:11) results in August 19, 2009.
August 19, 2009
One month before the beginning of Rosh Hashana, President Barack Obama held a teleconference with about 1,000 Jewish rabbis asking them for their help in supporting his health care plan which would be headed for a battle in congress during the Jewish holiday. During this conference, the president quoted the Unetanneh Tokef , the prayer of Rosh Hashana:
"On Rosh Hashana will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur will be sealed how many will pass from the earth and how many will be created; who will live and who will die; who will die at his predestined time and who before his time.”
Notice, in asking for support from Jewish rabbis for his sweeping healthcare reform which pervades our freedom of control over our own choice to care for ourselves, he uses a reference from one of their prayers where God's people are praising HIM, rejoicing in HIS power to decide who lives and who dies, and when, and not one of them notices or takes offense!
I reference my thought on Obama's muslim faith. Here is a tidbit, although circumstantial; enlightening:
10 Quotes by Barack Obama about Islam
#1 "Islam has always been part of America"
#2 "we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities"
#3 "These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings."
#4 "America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."
#5 "So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed"
#6 "Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality"
#7 "As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith."
#8 "I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month."
#9 "That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear."
#10 "I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story."
Pretty positive all the way through...
10 Quotes By Barack Obama About Christianity
#1 "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation"
#2 "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."
#3 "Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?"
#4 "Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life."
#5 "The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics."
#6 From Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope: "I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex—nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount."
#7 "I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That’s just not part of my religious makeup."
#8 "Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will–they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths."
#9 On his support for civil unions for gay couples: "If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount."
#10 "I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people."
Does he sound like a Christian? I am not a judge, God will judge him. I have to live with him therefore I need to make a determination whether I trust his judgement to lead my nation. I pray God will give me wisdom to do so. This man speaks so clearly it seems God uses his voice to slap me upside the head!