Roy’s Blog: “Tisha Ba’ Av”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/08/09/roys-blog-tisha-ba-av

Daniel 9:27 “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week [tribulation] he will stop the offering and sacrifices.”

The ninth of Av, the day of the sin of the spies, and the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. Av is the fifth month of the Jewish calendar, and this Friday at sundown starts the “remembrance” of their sins and the loss of both temples.

The director of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem declared, “Tisha B’ Av is not about mourning. It is about acting to bring the Holy Temple back to the world–a ‘house of prayer for all nations’.”

He declares, “It’s time to vote with our feet and send a clear message to the world: Now is the time. The dream of 2000 years is finally within our reach. We truly hope and pray for a time of unparalleled world peace and harmony with the building of the Third Temple.”

Roy’s Blog: “A Cure For Cancer?”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/08/08/roys-blog-a-cure-for-cancer

Ezekiel 38:13 “Have you assembled your company to…capture a great spoil?”

Israeli researchers say they have developed a vaccine and treatment for skin cancer in mice. Scientists at Tel Aviv University say they were able to alert the immune system to the presence of melanoma cells and lead to an efficient immune response against the disease. (Melanoma is the malignant skin cancer that can deepen and spread to other parts of the body.)

Once the melanoma cells were identified by the mice’s bodies, their immune systems sprang into life and was far more effective in destroying the malignant growths.

The researchers say the treatment appears effective as both a preventative measure and as a treatment for an existing disease. This is an amazing feat. Why is it so prophetically important? It is all a part of the “budding of the fig tree” (Israel) Jesus spoke about near the end of the age. Bible prophesy is being played out day by day. Christ’s return is near–right at the door.

Roy’s Blog: “Me And My Shadow”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/08/07/roys-blog-me-and-my-shadow

Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

It is tragic that 70 plus percent of our children grow up without a father’s influence in the home in America. The metro areas, in particular, are lacking this needed influence.

My wife took a picture the other day of us standing beside each other, the sun at our backs. Our shadows stretched out in front of us across the sidewalk. Every movement, every cloud, had an affect on our shadows.

Children are, or should be like little shadows watching our every move. Learning about life and how to act. And, we as parents, Dads and Moms, should be teaching them the right way to conduct themselves. To do that you have to spend time with them, not on the phone, not competing with video games. Work on the car, cook. In other words, do everyday life with them as your shadow. They will learn how to do everyday things, and they will see how you react to problems and hardships that come up.

We have an affect on our kids and everyone around us. Our actions, or lack of when needed, affects others. Today we see the result of missing fathers in our homes. Children and mothers who have lived lives without the security, love, and guiding influence of a father in the home. This is one of the contributing factors in our decline as a nation and a foreview of what is to come.

Roy’s Blog: “Food For Thought”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/08/06/roys-blog-food-for-thought

I Corinthians 10:3 “And all ate the same spiritual food.”

We spend so much time eating and thinking about eating it consumes a large part of our day. We’ve found ourselves planning for days on what to have for a special party that will please everyone and make it special. Everyone eats and enjoys the meal, then they leave and go their separate ways.

During the Exodus from Egypt, the nation of Israel all walked through the wilderness under the cloud guided by God’s presence and a column of fire by night. They all walked through the Red Sea on dry ground under God’s supernatural protection. They all ate the same food, but only two entered the promised land God had provided. All but two died while wandering in the wilderness. Why? Because of their failure to trust God and follow His directions.

The Bible says, “Few there be that enter [heaven].” Because of our failure to trust and follow God through to the end.

Roy’s Blog: “Run”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/08/05/roys-blog-run

I Corinthians 9:24 “Run in such a way that you may win.”

It seems as if everyone is running somewhere. They run around the trail for exercise, but at the end of the trail they end up right where the started. Also, it seems everyone is going somewhere when you try to get across town. What should take a few minutes ends up taking an hour.

The other day a short trip ended up being a long journey, and at the end of it, I’m not even sure where I went.

Paul understood how life finds us running to and fro and getting nowhere. He’d watched the Olympic Games at Athens and the Isthmian games at Corinth. He exhorted the early Christian church that they run their race in life with direction, following the rules set forth by God, so that they may win.

Roy’s Blog: “Zion”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/08/03/roys-blog-zion

Psalm 137:1 “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.”

The term “Zion” was first used for the ancient stronghold built on one of Jerusalem’s hills, but came to refer to the city itself. To remember Zion, was to remember Jerusalem.

Daniel made sure that his home in Babylon, where he had been taken as a captive, had windows facing Jerusalem. He would open those windows and pray in that direction three times a day. Trusting God’s faithfulness, Daniel remained faithful even under threat of death.

In Psalm 137:5-6, we read the pledge that became central for the Jewish people around the earth, “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill, my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.”

For hundreds of years, Jews have ended their Passover Sedar with the phrase, “Next year in Jerusalem.” No matter where they were…they did not forget God’s promises.

Israel was “reborn” on May 14, 1948. They regained control of Jerusalem in 1967. God has kept His promises. We shouldn’t forget that we have promises from God as well. And God keeps His promises! He is coming again!

Roy’s Blog: “Peace Plan”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/08/02/roys-blog-peace-plan

Daniel 9:27 The Antichrist “will make a firm covenant with the many for one week (7 years), but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifices…”

Jared Kushner is meeting with Jordan’s King. Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister is in a new tour to discuss a peace plan. The White House denies plans to summit with Arab leaders to roll out the peace plan. These are today’s headlines. The coming of the Lord can’t be much longer.

Another interesting bit of news: Top Rabbi in Israel declared, “We must build the Temple. When the Roman Empire gave the Jews permission to build the temple, they built it. They didn’t wait for it to fall from the sky.”

The majority of Jewish people in Israel believe the time to rebuild the temple is now. Not five or ten years from now, but now.

The administration in America believes the time to present the “Peace Plan” is now, within the next couple of months. Why is this important news? Because they are signs that point to the nearness of Jesus return. The Bible tells us–watch for the signs!