Two nights ago, the Lord gave me (7/2/2018) a dream of a picture of Israel, with a drone-like aerial view of this land. I think the view was from a more rural part of the country as opposed to Jerusalem, the coast of the desert parts of the country.
Breaking; as I finished writing this today (10/2/2018) Israel is under attack again, with a drone the came into the north of Israel from Iran. This in turn meant several Iranian/Hezbollah targets have been hit by Israel in Syria, then an Israeli F16 jet was shot down but just before the pilot ejected who is alive but with some injuries.
For everything God tells us not to do, humans will find a way to try and justify it with some kind of clever words. The war in the middle east is only half fought with conventional weapons, but the other half is manifested through the media and a distorted picture of what is actually going on. Israel is constantly lambasted by the media, the Islamic world, the United Nations and the European Union. But I see Israel as not a perfect country but a distinctly different place of democracy in a dark part of the world, I also the modern nation of Israel as an example of God’s faithfulness.
This week is a minor holiday in the Jewish calendar, Tu Bishvat (New Year of Trees) and again there is talk on the internet about the Blood Red Moons and End Times.
Here is the moon in Jerusalem, I’ve taken this from a reliable source of someone I know out there at the moment.
Here is the moon from the camera of my phone (1/2/2018) Thursday of this week, its the thing in the middle, it looked not red at the time, but very big and clear.
Note I’m an average Christian, saved by grace and not law, of non-Jewish descent, and not a Hebrew Roots guy but worked with Jewish people for a number of years and prefer to have a non-ambiguous approach to my faith.) I like to use Jewish holidays to meet up with Jewish friends, but I don’t fully observe them and definitely don’t force them on Christian or secular friend.
In the past, the whole Blood Red Moons thing got a bit ridiculous amongst hysteria online but I think God could be trying to get our attention, by coinciding events in the Jewish holiday with the movement of planets in the sky.
I see it as this, to get right with God, seek Christ alone, and pray for our nation and communities.
Railway station in Beijing. This and Shanghai’s station is bigger than most airports!
Its just as formal and requires all the security prerequisites as well, scanning your luggage, showing passport and documents of where you are intending to go. This is a departure louge which the gate takes you to the railway platform.
Nothing too intense but China pretty much expects you to have detailed list of where you going, this isn’t a place where you can make it up as you go.
Finally to the platform!
I bought two tickets online to go each way from Beijing to Shanghai before I left the UK, this was US$85 each.
This journey takes 5 hours, there are only a handful of stops. There was a screen on the wall of the train that were travelling at 306kph (190mph) most of the way. What better way to go between two mega cities on the Chinese own showcase high speed rail system? This doesn’t feel fast, as the train track is raised up and you just glide gloriously smoothly. This isn’t even the fastest train, the Chinese have another railways elsewhere which uses Japanese technology at 400kph.
I took my laptop and watched some films, this might of got me into trouble, I watched a video about Brother Yun with headphones. Before I left I copied this off to Youtube to MP4 and saved to a hidden folder of my Chinese made Lenovo laptop. Brother Yun is best known as the father of the modern Chinese church, having escaped from prison after being locked up for the crime of being Christian.
15. Beijing train museum
17. Chinese street food breakfast