H.E. Miller’s new rock music CD ‘Your Time Will Come’ released today. Available at CDBaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hemiller1
H.E. Miller’s new rock music CD ‘Your Time Will Come’ released today. Available at CDBaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hemiller1
Many people believe the End of the world is coming. Some believe that a specific date or year can be predicted for when it will happen. A popular contemporary theory, based on interpretation of the ancient Mayan calendar, predicts that the world will end sometime in the year 2012. And as of this writing, Christian radio broadcaster and Family Radio president Harold Camping is predicting that the Rapture will be on May 21, 2011 and that God will completely destroy the Earth and the universe five months later on October 21, 2011. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Camping)
Don’t misunderstand me, with the way things have been going no one is more ready than I am for it to happen. And while I know it will happen soon, both of the above predictions are wrong.
My top reason why specific End Time predictions are wrong is that the ‘End’ has already happened and we’re all living in Hell. But seriously, here are the main reasons why End Time predictions are wrong, and right…
Why specific End Time predictions are wrong:
Jesus was asked for details on when the end of the world will happen and he was very sketchy about the whole thing, alluding mainly to ‘signs of when he will return’. However, regarding a specific prediction of exactly when he will return (and by extension, the End of this world as we know it will also happen) he said: "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” -Matthew 24:36
Why non-specific End Time predictions are right
Jesus would not give a specific date or timeframe as to when the End would come, but he was very clear that it Will come when he said: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. -Matthew 24:37-39
:Listen to H.E.Miller’s song ‘Strike the Earth’ http://www.musicxray.com/xrays/21424
(Originally published Oct. 2010)
by Jon Bernstien
“I’m a blast from the past, a calling to the future,” H.E. Miller sings in “Industrialization Blues,” one of the standout tracks in his debut full-length LP Apoclyptic Dreams. Staying true to his word, Miller’s sound is decidedly retro, evoking a pantheon of rock ‘n’ roll legend throughout the 14-track record.
The record was made entirely by H.E. Miller, who sings and plays all instruments on every track. It’s no surprise then that the opener “Rocking Tonight,” with it’s driving rockabilly beat, references one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most mythologized ditties: Elvis Presleys’ “Good Rockin’ Tonight.”
Apocalyptic Dreams, a strongly-thematic concept album that tackles religion and the end times in the 21st century, is a statement in itself in today’s post-album music world. For a debut garage rock album to be precisely conceived, so carefully executed, is both shocking and inspiring.
The roughed, unpolished production on Apocalyptic Dreams can be a bit jarring, but only because itsprofessionalism shines through in every other regard—songwriting, musicianship, sequencing, and thematic unity—sounding more like a record from a worn-in rock legend than a debut album from rock and roll’s next call to the future.
1. Rocking Tonight
2. Peace of Mind
3. Strike the Earth
4. Dead End Street
6. Call On Me
8. Angel of Light
9. The News
10. The Human Race
11. Industrialization Blues
12. Throw the First Stone
13. Death Knocking
14. Where Are You
The story of the Prodigal Son goes something like this: A father has two sons (the father of course is symbolic of God). One of the sons is and always has been faithful and obedient to his father. The other son decides at some point to ask his father for his share of the estate and sets out on his own. He then proceeds to ruin his life by squandering his time and money on worldly pleasures. Down and out with no other options, this prodigal son then gets the idea that he will return home and plead for his father to forgive him and take him back as one of his hired servants. When the father looks up to see his wayward son coming toward him the father is overjoyed. The son begins to tell his father ‘I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ (Luke 15:21) But before his son can finish speaking, the father orders his servants to prepare a huge feast to celebrate his son’s return. The other son takes great umbrage with this. He tells his father that he can’t understand why he never arranged a celebration for him who has always been the faithful and obedient son, but upon seeing the return of his sinful brother he immediately orders a celebration feast. The father replies to the first son that although he acknowledges his lifelong faithful obedience, he has cause to celebrate because the prodigal son ‘was lost and know he is found’.
Recently I was talking to a friend, a devout Christian, who told me he heard this parable of Jesus read in church the previous Sunday and after thinking about it my friend decided that he doesn’t agree with it and in fact has a major problem with. My friend said that he doesn’t think that God should reward someone who has sinned their whole life and then repented; much less to the point of rewarding that type of person even more than someone who has been faithfully religious their whole life and lived what they believe to be a life largely free of sin.
But that is precisely the point of the parable of the Prodigal Son. This story along with other parables that Jesus told, was intended to offer insight into how God thinks, which is often contrary to the way we think. In fact, the point of this parable is that if you are like my friend, the ‘obedient son’, and you have a problem with God forgiving and even rewarding people who have been sinners, then it doesn’t matter what you think of it because this is the way that God feels about it.
These are the lessons of the parable of the Prodigal Son: God appreciates those who have been his faithful servant their whole life, but God also rejoices when someone who has turned away from Him sees the error of their ways and comes back to Him. Those who have made every effort to be faithful their whole lives should not question who should be in God’s favor the most; that is up to God. And also this: people who are sinners and know it might repent every day, while people who are faithful but self righteous may be assuming they themselves are not sinners when in God’s eyes they really might be.
As of this writing, the Vatican Council is poised to canonize Pope John Paul II (i.e. to declare him a Saint). The church’s basis for this is that John Paul II is attributed with performing a miracle on a sick person that prayed to him.
While many support the canonization of John Paul II there are some who oppose it on the grounds that the process is going too fast and should be reconsidered, not only for some of the more controversial aspects of his papacy but also because the validity of the miracle attributed to him may be in question.
I do not doubt that John Paul II was a well intentioned man that did much good in this world, but I have my own reasons why he should not be declared a Saint:
1) People do not have the right or the ability to declare who is closest to God, or who is most in God’s favor, or who has made it to Heaven, or who will most likely get there. By creating icons such as Saints and even the Papacy itself, the church has institutionalized things that were not commanded by Jesus and may actually be contrary to his teachings.
“Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”
– Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 7:7
“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
2) People do not perform miracles, only God does. If the woman that prayed to John Paul II was healed by a miracle, it was God that performed that miracle and not John Paul II.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
— Mark 5:34
3) People should not pray to anyone other than God.
“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”
— Matthew 6:9
By declaring John Paul II a Saint, the church creates an illusion in the general population’s mind that may be contrary to what God actually wants.
To John Lennon: Even though I was just a kid when you died, I was devastated when I learned what happened. How fitting it is that the planets in our solar system aligned this year, and the distant planet Gliese 581G was discovered during the zodiac period Libra, in constellation Libra. If you were alive today, maybe popular music would be more artistic rather than the strictly commercial commodity it has become. When you said that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, at the time you were just stating a verifiable fact. Ironically, I’m afraid that’s generally true about popular music today and sadly, if it was said today no one would care. Your outspoken like-it-is stance on social/political issues and your avant-garde approach to music are missed.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, Charles Dickens wrote in ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ set in the late 1800’s. Unfortunately the same is true today. After the tough economic times between the years 2000-2010, the super-rich are richer than ever, the middle class and poor are struggling, and the already wide gap between the rich and poor is getting even wider. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe go hungry every day, including millions of children. In the United States alone, one of the richest countries in the world, tens of millions of people live in poverty. Certainly these are the best times for some, and the worst for many others.
But when someone advocating for the middle and lower classes attempts to point out that government policies and economic systems are unfairly favoring the rich, they are often accused of waging class warfare, which is a clever tactic that is designed to put an end to the topic so that the rich can go their merry way and the poor can ‘stop their whining’. So, it’s usually the lower classes that are accused of waging class warfare against the rich.
Ironically, multi-billionaire Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world, was quoted recently as saying “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” But it actually would be better for the rich if class warfare was being waged against them; It might help them get to Heaven.
Now some may use religion to justify that wealth is a blessing from God, but I would like to point out some very relevant things the bible has to say about the prospects of the rich getting to heaven, which, if the bible is right and there is a God who is watching this world, we may be well advised to listen to:
When an honorable rich man asked Jesus ‘What good thing must I do to get eternal life?’ Jesus replied: “Sell all your possessions and give all the money to the poor.” When the man went away deeply saddened by the answer he had received, Jesus said to his disciples “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” (Matthew 19:16-24)
Jesus also said “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
And from the second chapter of the book of Isaiah, a warning: “Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end of their treasures. Their land also is full of idols, they have adored the work of their own hands. Enter thou into the rock, and hide thee in the pit from the face of the fear of the Lord, and from the glory of his majesty. The lofty eyes of man are humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be made to stoop, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. Because the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and high minded, and upon every one that is arrogant, and he shall be humbled. And idols shall be utterly destroyed. And they shall go into the holes of rocks and into the caves of the earth, from the face of the fear of the Lord and from the glory of his majesty, when he shall rise up to strike the earth.”
Now, I don’t intend for this to be a rally cry to the lower classes to wage class warfare against the rich. Instead, this is a plea to the rich to come to their senses, to think about what the bible said, and consider that if Jesus was right and it is in fact easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get to heaven, there still might be a way. Perhaps Jesus didn’t really expect anyone to bring themselves to sell everything they own and give the money to the poor. And people must be wary of false prophets who will try to convince you to give them all of your money. But to the rich: in light of Jesus’ answer ask yourself if you are doing all that you can to help those less fortunate than you. And if you are, then maybe the eye of that needle might get just a little bigger. That is of course given that there’s enough time left.
Listen to the song ‘Strike the Earth’ from the Rock Opera ‘Apocalyptic Dreams’ by H.E.Miller: www.musicxray.com/xrays/21424
Going back into the studio over the next few months to finish up my second rock music album. Will post updates.
–Thanks, H.E. Miller
Check out the Video for H.E.Miller’s song ‘Industrialization Blues’ from his rock music CD ‘Apocalyptic Dreams’, on his YouTube channel.
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"I’m a blast from the past, a calling to the future,” H.E. Miller sings in “Industrialization Blues,” one of the standout tracks in his debut full-length LP Apocalyptic Dreams. Staying true to his word, Miller’s sound is decidedly retro, evoking a pantheon of rock ‘n’ roll legend throughout the 14-track record." http://bit.ly/9gkG37