It was decided that unshod horses would not be allowed to be used in commercial ventures. People couldn't ride horses for a living; salesman couldn't load goods onto their horses; and horses could no longer pull carts. While it all seemed quite logical and humane, the unforeseen consequence of the law was that the supply of goods into and out of the town began to dwindle, until in the end, business after business went bankrupt. As time went by the whole city went bust until the only ones left were those who could not afford to move, and one of these was our blacksmith. One day, considering that since the council itself was now gone, the blacksmith decided to restart his business.
In another time in a place far away there lived a busy blacksmith. He was the only blacksmith in his city. He had inherited the business from his father who had inherited it from his father and his father and his father before that. In fact, centuries before there was nothing but a blacksmith shop in that part of the country.
Over the years, businesses began to spring up around the blacksmith shop, attracted by the frequent flow of horsemen who needed shoes made for their horses or who required a sword or a shield to be made or fixed. First there was a little cafe to feed the hungry travelers, and before long a hotel to house the weary journeymen. Eventually a whole city sprang up. This story is not about how that happened, but how the blacksmith went out of business.
What started as an out of the way country road place, eventually turned into a thriving city with the blacksmith shop right smack dab in the middle of it. But there came a day when the smithy's presence began to be an annoyance to those living nearby.
One day at the regular city council meeting, it was decided that the blacksmith's presence in the city centre was no longer appropriate in such a prosperous place and so a letter was sent to him advising that he had 30 days to move his business. He was allowed to appeal the decision of course, but it didn't do him any good.
"Your business creates a lot of unwelcome noise" they told him when he appealed their decision, "and the smell of the horses is not all that pleasant" they said.
"Who will pay the cost of my moving?" he asked, "And what about the loss of income during the transition?"
"This is not our responsibility!" replied the council members. "We are acting in the best interest of the whole population."
And so it was that on a certain day at a certain time, he closed his business and moved to a far corner on the edge of the city.
It took time for people to get to discover the location of his new premises, and for a while the Smithy's income dropped. But in time, business picked up. But as his business begun to flourish again, the locals began to become annoyed at his presence, and having heard of the city council's previous decision to move him from the city center, they appealed to the council to have him moved from their presence as well.
When he got the notice informing that he needed to move far from residential sections of the city, he knew that he would be fighting a losing battle to contest the decision, and so it was that he packed up his belongings and moved outside into the rural areas.
This however did cause him considerable loss of business, for those living in the East of the city who used to come into the city center to have their horses shod, and made use of their time by shopping, thought it a waste of time to travel so far west to find him, unless of course they were headed in that direction in the first place.
And so it was that he lost a lot of clients from the East of the City. They preferred to have their horses shod when they traveled east to the next city. Nevertheless, the Smithy was still making ends meet.
One day however, he received notice from the county officials that complaints had been made that his new premises off the side of the main highway into town, was creating problems for local farmers who had complained that the noise from his business was scaring the livestock and affecting milk and egg supplies. Furthermore, some had complained that all the customers hanging about by the side of the road were an eyesore and that the Smithy should also have built a cafe or rest house for his clients. As it was, the county officials felt that they had no choice but to order his business closed.
The Smithy did not appeal the decision, he merely requested from the county officials, where he might best, and without disturbance to anyone, relocate his business. Eventually it was decided that he could set up his business on a barren hill 3 miles north of his then present location, and without further ado, he did just that.
Unfortunately, the move proved disastrous. Nobody could find him, and when he put up signs on the highway, county officials informed him that the signs were inappropriate to the location. Well as you can imagine, the blacksmith finally closed up shop, and moved back to the city to look for some gainful employment.
Once again, misfortune overtook him. You see while his business was declining, fewer and fewer people were getting their horses shod. The city's only blacksmith was so far away that they stopped going to get their horses shod, and then finally when he was no longer in business, people were not able to get their horses shod.
Now I must point out here that this problem was not just restricted to this one city, for as it happened, other nearby cities had followed the example of our smithy's city council and they too had banished the local blacksmiths.
Well, as I have pointed out, people began to forego shoeing their horses, which in and of itself meant nothing, but as time moved on, various people began to complain about the poor and possibly inhumane treatment of the horses. As you can imagine, many people became incensed at this poor treatment, and upon complaining to the city council, and after much deliberation, it was decided that unshod horses would not be allowed to be used in commercial ventures. People couldn't ride horses for a living; salesman couldn't load goods onto their horses; and horses could no longer pull carts.
While it all seemed quite logical and humane, the unforeseen consequence of the law was that the supply of goods into and out of the town began to dwindle, until in the end, business after business went bankrupt.
As time went by the whole city went bust until the only ones left were those who could not afford to move, and one of these was our blacksmith.
One day, considering that since the council itself was now gone, the blacksmith decided to restart his business. All he could hope for was a few pence from travelers occasionally passing through the dead city. Well, as strange as it might seem, it didn't actually take him too long to establish a thriving business. You see, once it was known that there was a blacksmith operating there, people came from far and wide to get their horses shod and their swords, shields and sundry other items made or repaired and with so many people coming into the city, the blacksmith reached out to a few of those still left in the city, to help him set up a cafe and a motel for the weary travelers.
It didn't take too long at all for the blacksmith to become a rich entrepreneur. He was soon opening grocery stores, clothing shops and leather goods stores. The more people who flocked back to this once dead city, the more money and opportunity there was for the blacksmith and those few stragglers with whom he had set about creating businesses.
Eventually, the city was restored to its former glory.
Then one day, someone complained that there shouldn't be a blacksmith shop in the middle of the city, and ........ Well you can imagine it can't you?
But, in this day of massive government control over so much of our land, our economy, and our basic ability to live free lives, we must be cautious and look at the details of plans, no matter how innocent or well meaning they may seem. National Heritage Areas are such a concern........
Former Deputy Director of the National Park Service, Donald Murphy, testified before the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks that one of the things the Park Service does when administering National Heritage Areas is survey land that would be suitable for future National Parks or National Park expansions.
Of course, as with so many other invasive planning schemes, we are always assured that these are local initiatives, and that these are something citizens want in order to bring an honorary federal designation to help drive tourism into their regions.
It simply isn't the case. For the most part, Heritage Areas are first dreamed up by national organizations or small wealthy organizations within the locality which are looking to promote their own agendas -- paid for by federal tax dollars.
The process then becomes federally driven by the National Park Service which uses the legislation to hand out cash to the very groups that are pushing them..............
Now is the time to stand up in defense of your property rights -- before the legislation is written and presented.
We are engaged in a battle to preserve the unique American system that our Founding Fathers worked so hard to guarantee. I feel those founders are watching us now. They knew one truth that we must all relearn very quickly. They knew that the only way to make sure government doesn't abuse its power is to not grant it in the first place.
Despite all the hysterical accusations made by the sociopathic ideologues, the reality is that REAL everyday Muslims who have left their homelands to settle in democracy loving western lands DON’T WANT to be controlled by Islamists. They more than anyone else know what living under Islamic (theocratic) political and social control means.
I cry for America for two reasons. The first is that the light of honesty and decency – the hallmarks of democracy – are being extinguished by puerile and apparently sociopathic people. But perhaps the more important reason for my tears is that I believe that what we are seeing now is the death throes of the American Republic. If America falls, then so too does democracy, and if democracy falls, what hope do any of the peoples of the world have?
This article relates to the issue of the 480 years quoted in 1 Kings 6:1 in relation to the Mosaic Exodus and the building of Solomon’s Temple. It is in fact an ‘excerpt’ from Chapter 14 of the King’s Calendar. According to the authorised version, 1 King’s 6:1, tells us that Solomon’s 4th year is the 480th year since the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt. The Septuagint however tells us that it is the 440 th. year.
Using Solar Year Calculations to synchronise Biblical Data is insufficient to understand Biblical and Extra Biblical Chronology and Historical Narrative, and contradicts known history....The two great significances of the secular academic approach is that 701 BC which is supposed to be Hezekiah’s 14th year, is plainly not; and 740 BC becomes Ahaz’ 1st year which completely messes up all Biblical chronology in relation to Uzziah, Jotham, Menehem and Pekah. When working in Solar years counting down from the accepted date for the commencement of the reigns of Jehu (Israel) and Athaliah [Judah], that is, from 841 BC to 701 BC, the results are also alarming. The Significance of these figures, is that they throw all the Biblical data out the window and contradict known history. In order to get around this problem, historians have to reject what the Bible says.
Anti-Vilification laws which were supposed to protect or at least provide redress to those who have been abused or attacked on the basis of their ‘difference,’ are constantly used to punish ordinary people who exercise their democratic right to freedome of thought, opinion and speech.
Just as iPatriot has done its share to spread the word of conservatism and oppose the fanatics trying to destroy our world with their totalitarian doctrines, the two organizations which wrote to me are seeking to do their own bit. Both are currently running crowdfunding campaigns.
On this page today, I have collated from the articles listed below, a few photographs which I have tried to present sequentially as a trip from Yichang up to Sanxia. Each has a little commentary which might only make sense if you actually read the articles or eventually buy the book.
On this page today I want to bring to your attention three videos that relate to the negative effect of Islam on Western Democracies. Before the Far Left Liberal Progressives start screaming and shouting, let me just tell you that the American brand of Leftist Liberal Progressivism is precisely what the first speaker – a Muslim – indicates is the problem in America.
The first seven photographs are from two different articles about West Lake or Xihu in Hangzhou. The following two photographs are from Shaoxing which is just an hour by bus from West Lake, and the last two are from Ningbo a town I visited many years ago as part of a school outing but this weekend Nov 11-13, 2016 I am back there visiting with a foreign friend who is there on business.
Notice that I did not say that the 'immigrants' demand that we change. I didn't say that because for the most part it just isn't true! It has been the godless totalitarian PC sociopaths (activists) who have demanded that we change, and they started first with the claim that nativity scenes in shop windows offended non-Christians. For those who don't know, Evangelical Christians traditionally don't believe in icons and depictions of God or Jesus because it is akin to idolatry. If there were any who might have been offended, it was surely the fundamentalist Christians. Certainly the Buddhists and Hindus aren't offended by nativity scenes, and if you think about it, have you ever heard a Muslim, a Jew or an Evangelical Christian complain about Nativity Scenes?
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]