A Real Quick Book Review

rapture“17” REASONS Why The Rapture Will Be on September 22nd 2017
by No Man Knoweth
105 pgs., paper
lulu.com

One of the more fun perks I have with working for Grace to You is seeing the myriad of books people will send our ministry. A lot of the books come in manuscript form sent by the author or publisher asking if John would be willing to review the material and write an endorsement for the book. Others have already been published and either the author or publisher want to send a complimentary copy to John or Phil for some reason or another. Sometimes we get multiple copies and I get to snag them for myself.

The really fun ones are those books that clearly emanate from the outer fringes of the so-called Christian world. Generally, those books are sent to us by some well-meaning, but clearly undiscerning listener who believes the book in question just has to be read by John MacArthur because the truths contained therein are so profound and important, reading it will open his eyes to what is really going on in the church or the world or whatever.

For years after it was published, for instance, GTY received at least one to two copies of Gail Riplinger’s, New Age Bible Versions, almost on a monthly basis, with an attached note written by the sender begging John to, “read this book to see the truth of what was happening to our Bibles!” We had a small shelf filled with them until we had to dump them. Those kind of books provide a unique glimpse into the deep, dark bowels of American evangelicalism. Most of the folks here at GTY flip through them, get a laugh, and then toss them out. I however, because I am a fan of unusual and obscure curiosities and conspiracy theories, eat those books up like they are candy cigarettes.

thingSo last week, Phil received a little paperback in the mail entitled, “17” Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be On September 22nd, 2017. He tweeted out a picture of the book; I immediately had to go see it for myself. Thankfully, I was able get it away from Phil long enough so I could skim over the pages to see what those 17 reasons would be. I mean, who is to say the book could be wrong? After hundreds of prophetic date setting books being printed over the years, surely there has to be one that gets all the details right. I’d hate to be that guy who misses out on having all that inside info before the Antichrist and the spawns of hell are unleashed upon the earth.

The book is written by No Man Knoweth, or for my review purposes, Nomak. (I’m only assuming Nomak is a man’s name, so please forgive me if it’s Miss Nomak). The book is in a plain, glossy white cover, (or maybe it is egg shell white, I get my color swatches mixed up), with merely the title in candy apple red printed on the front. I appreciate the humble approach by the author. No fancy designs and pictures that distract from the importance of the information contained within.

Nomak lays out his case in a brief 105 pages as to why he thinks the rapture will happen on September 22, of 2017. With books like this, I believe brevity is the better way to go; get right to the point. Additionally, Nomak avoids all the screaming hysteria typical of the prophetic-date setting genre. That means there is no gratuitous over use of ALL CAPS and exclamation points. It is hard reading a book where I feel as though the author is yelling at me. Instead, Nomak has opted for a more conversational style, using the candy apple red lettering, along with bold italics, to emphasize significant information one should ponder. I appreciated that. He wants to persuade with his arguments, not shout down at people for being idiots.

According to Nomak, he was inspired to write his short book from one Edger Whisenant wrote called, 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will be in 1988. [17 Reasons, i]. The problem with Whisenant’s failed date-setting book was the fact that technology was not at the place in 1988 for the Antichrist to pull off what he needs to do technologically so to deceive the world in a short 3 and a half years of the tribulation. Whisenant did not realize this important point in the 1980s. [ibid].

After that brief introduction, Nomak outlines his 17 reasons and expounds a little bit on each one. I’ll review them in turn here,

#1 – The signs Jesus presents during His Olivet Discourse, Matthew 24, Mark 13. The phrase, know man knows the day and the hour, is really a Hebrew idiom speaking to when Rosh Hashanah will take place on the Hebrew festival calendar.

#2 – The astrological star chart that speaks to the Gospel in the Stars when interpreted correctly will give us the exact date of September 22-23 as the starting of the Jubilee of Jubilee’s fulfilling Daniel’s prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27.

#3 – The 6 Day war in 1967 restarted the prophetic time clock for Israel. 2017 will be the 50th year of the 6 Day war.

#4 – God’s Feasts point to the rapture in September 22, 2017.

#5 – Rosh Hashanah, 2017, will fall in year 5777 of the Jewish calendar. 777 is the number of completion.

#6 – The last ten historical years of Jubilee are all tied to significant events in Jewish history.

#7 – The blowing of the shofar trumpet will take place on September 22, 2017.

#8 – The fulfillment of Revelation 17:10-11, with the seven kings who are fallen being the last seven popes before the 8th, who is pope Francis.

#9 – The four blood moons point to a significant sign in the constellation of Leo the lion (a symbol for Christ), that will have exactly 12 stars in the year 2017.

#10 – The four horsemen of the apocalypse represent the totality of Islam which will rise in power before the rapture. The white, red, black, and green on the pan-Islamic flag.

#11 – Allah is a false god, who is called “the deity.” (he doesn’t really explain how this is a reason, sadly).

#12 – The Ottoman empire represented the feet of clay in the statue of Daniel’s vision, Daniel 2.

#13 – The Ottoman empire will rise again during the end-times before the rapture.

#14 – The rise of Islam’s influence throughout the world. (I think he could have combined #13 and #14 into one point, but I figure that would have wrecked his working title and he would had to have gone back and done a big re-edit).

#15 – Planet X will come to destroy the world. (Google it).

collide#16 – God will give humanity over to a strong delusion to accept an alien messiah. Alien, in the sense of little grey men like in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

#17 – Myles, Nomak’s guardian messenger, gave him the 17th reason, which has to do with how Satan is deceiving everyone about the true nature of grey aliens, who are really human/demon hybrids like in Noah’s day before the flood.

mylesNomak ends his book with an exhortation to stand fast in these final days. The end of the world is knocking on our doors, he passionately explains, and we need to go to Jesus to be saved before these events happen or you risk being left behind. He further recommends watching a video posted on the AV Biblebeliever’s youtube channel describing how Roman Catholicism and Islam are connected. In fact, he is so convinced that you will be blown away by the contents of that video, he highlights it several times throughout his book.

He closes his book with a model prayer you can pray, in sky blue font to offset it from the candy apple red font in other parts of his book, in order to be saved. He then signs off telling the reader how he loves us all.

The book is a quick read, and you can obtain a copy for $6.95 at the lulu.com, self-publishing website.

Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpeners – A Review

1115151827~2So we homeschool.

That’s right. We’re one of THOSE families.

When we pull up to Chic Fil A, we disgorge from our minivan like it’s a nauseated clown car. You get the picture.

Like many homeschooling families, we have converted one of the rooms in our house into a makeshift classroom. In our case, it is the room that would otherwise be designated the laundry room. We put the washer and dryer in the garage (which I prefer anyways), and have decorated the space with maps of the world continents, posters explaining the various rules of English grammar, shelves with learning logs and curriculum, the computer, and a long table with a long bench.

As a homeschooling family, we are a pretty much on our own with purchasing our school supplies. That means we have to secure our own printing paper, pencils, pens, erasers, staplers, paper clips, scissors and so forth when the 99 Cent Store, Staples, or Big Lots has a clearance sale.

In our homeschooling world, pencils, both the trusted Ticonderoga and the artsy colored ones, are a necessity. That means we have to have a reliable pencil sharpener.

A number of years ago, my wife secured a nice electric sharpener. It was the mainstay of our makeshift classrooms for several years surviving across two major house moves. Then one day a few weeks ago, I come home and my wife says to me, “We need a new pencil sharpener.” I asked why, and she begins explaining how the electric pencil sharpener isn’t sharpening the pencils but chewing them up like a wood chipper. One of my kids listening to our conversation quickly demonstrated what my wife was talking about and I cringed as I heard the pencil grind to splinters. He produced before me a gnawed wooden stump with a graphite lead sticking out of it.

So then a day or so later, my wife was searching the web for replacement sharpeners and found a link on Facebook to a website called, Classroom Friendly Supplies. The owner claimed he sold the “Best Pencil Sharpener in the World!” We both thought, “really? what’s so great about a pencil sharpener?” I mean, I once drove through New Mexico where this truck stop claimed to sell the “world’s greatest fudge!” and I can tell you that after eating some, I doubted seriously there was a Sherpa in Nepal wishing he had some of that fudge from that truck stop in New Mexico.

At any rate, as my wife browsed the website, she discovered that the owner/creator of the best pencil sharpener in the world offers to send one free to anyone who had a blog with over a 100 followers and who agreed to give some free advertising in the form of a review article with links on social media. I have close to 400 followers and I am an active participant on social media as is my wife, so I thought, why not; I’ll be happy to do a review. I filled out the necessary information, got accepted, and within a week or so, we had our new sharpener to play with.

To begin, the sharpener is constructed from a sturdy, metal case. The one thing I appreciated about these sharpeners is that they come in at least 6 colors: black, blue, red, purple, pink, and green, and not just the typical polished tinfoil. I wish they had orange and even banana yellow, but hey, the choices you do have are nice anyways.

My wife wanted the red one.

1115151837a~2There is a clear plastic box that holds the pencil grounds that slides easily in and out of the metal casing of the sharpener. I really appreciated that design because I don’t have to twist the cover off like with the standard sharpeners thus risk dumping pencil grounds onto the floor and creating a cloud of graphite particles that get all over my hands and clothes.

The only real drawback with that easy to remove and dump design is that the box could get “lost” in the trash can or even broken if there is not care taken when cleaning it out. But, the website offers replacements for just that scenario.

1115151814a~2There is a L-shaped fastener included that holds the sharpener to the edge of a table. One end inserts into a hole in the case and then the sharpener is held down to the edge of the desk by tightening a plastic clamp with a wingnut.

This is probably the one con we have with the sharpener, because the clamp can slip and you have to fidget with the sharpener and clamp to line it up properly. My wife’s immediate thought was that rather than being round, the L should be a hexagram or square shape that fit into a corresponding shaped hole so that the case won’t slip around. I thought maybe a two-pronged, Y-shape that fit into two holes instead of one; but I am not an engineer. I can only imagine that this was discussed during the initial design phase for the prototype sharpener.

The website does make available a permanent mount plate if you plan to keep your sharpener in one specific location. It looks to be easily installed if you go with that option.

Now what makes this particular sharpener different from your general school room sharpener is the sharpening mechanism. All of my kids that this was the absolute awesomest part of the sharpener. We are use to shoving the pencil in the sharpening hole, holding it steady and straight while cranking the handle, and pulling it out every few turns to check if it has reached its desired sharpness.

With this sharpener, you pull out the silver front plate until it locks in place, pinch the two knobs on top, insert the pencil into the sharpening hole, release the knobs so that now the pencil is held into place, and without holding or pushing the pencil, turn the handle clockwise and the plate pulls the pencil into the sharpener. Once the cranking of the handle spins freely, the pencil is sharpened. Just pinch the knobs holding the pencil and pull it out.

1115151819~2~2Look at the point on that thing! Be careful not to put out an eye!

 

1115151820a~2Sorry, got carried away there. Anyhow,

Instructions and video presentations are available at the website if you are interested in seeing the sharpener in action.

There could be a little bit of a learning curve with this sharpener. Again, it is not your average sharpener we are all familiar with, but the point on the pencil was fantastic. I wouldn’t say it is the world’s best, but it was certainly a nice sharpening. And you get that with every pencil.

A good, sharp blade is key to getting a nice, crisp pointed pencil and the cool thing about School Friendly Supplies is that replacement blades are available for sale. That means that rather than tossing your sharpener and having to by a new one, you can just get the blade, follow the instructions for replacement and have what amounts to a brand new sharpener. I appreciated that option, because it shows me the designer cares about not only the product, but the folks who purchase them. The sharpener is not meant to be a disposable cheap tool, but something built with a bit of quality and concern with how it is used.

So. If you are homeschooling parent, Sunday school teacher, public school teacher, or even some non-educational individual, like an architect who needs a good pencil sharpener, I’d recommend checking out School Friendly Supplies and their superb sharpeners.

11 foot, 8 inches

We are sending out our first batch of ESV study Bibles this week, so blogging will be light. I have a big essay in the works that may be up later, but I don’t know.

In the meantime, allow me to entertain you with an amusing website.

11foot8

I realize this may be sick-minded, but I would find great glee in sitting by the road just waiting for some hapless fellow to come driving through with his U-Haul.

Just to whet your appetite for destruction:

Every Thing You Wish to Know about OTA-HD

One of the contributors to a local progressive blog here in my neck of world put together a great little DIY report on leaving cable and setting up an OTA-HD (that’s Over The Air- High Def. for the uninitiated) antenna rig for his home entertainment needs.

Some of you all may remember the big push last year to inform the general public of the demise of the old-time analog TV broadcasting signal and the birth of the new, HD broadcasting signal. OTA-HD can provide a much sharper, defined picture than cable and satellite, and once the front end hook-up costs pay for themselves, its free. Can’t beat free over an 80 dollar a month cable bill.

Some of the information is related to my hometown (which has just been unofficially nicknamed “Awesome Town!, believe it or not), so you’ll have to look past that, but overall, there is good information for you tech savoy electronics geeks who may want to look into OTA-HD for your area. My wife and I watch TV on a limited basis, and if I had the extra money at the moment, I would maybe look into setting it up for our TV.