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My 500th Article!
28 January 2014
About five and a quarter years ago — 1,910 days to be exact — I wrote my first article on this Web site. During the next 13 months I wrote only seven articles. But in 2010 I started my Your Islamic Future Web site, and the trickle developed into a stream, with total of 75 articles between the two blogs.
On the first day of 2011 I launched a third branch of articles with Brian Byrd's Photo Blog, but for some reason the number of articles for that year actually dipped to only 53. Perhaps it was simply the lull before the storm, because 2012 brought of flood of 179 articles, mostly about photography.
After overindulging in photography during 2012, I started devoting more time and energy to articles on Brian's Bits and Your Islamic Future. Even so, photography still accounted for about half of the 168 articles for 2013. It will be interesting to see how the mix works out for 2014.
During the first four years there was not a large number of people viewing my articles. But in 2013 all three of my Web sites started to gain momentum. Nearly five months ago, on 9 September, I started a new system of keeping track of page views. Since then, 140 days later, I have had 172,043 total views, for a combined daily average of just about 1,230 views for my three blogs, with Brian's Bits accounting for about half. The day with the most views occurred only last week, with a combined 2,547 for that 24-hour period! Who whudda thunk?!
Now, less than a month into the new year, I have at length reached the milestone of my 500th article — 91 articles on Brian's Bits, 108 on Your Islamic Future, and 301 on my photography blog. On such an occasion, the questions might arise: "Why am I even creating all these articles anyway? What's the point or purpose? What is motivating me to write and write and write some more?"
The anwswer to these questions is multifaceted. In response, I'll start by quoting from my very first article on Your Islamic Future from February 2010:
You may be wondering why I've decided to write about Islam. I think a passage from the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel explains it quite well:More recently, in my December 2013 article Four Years of Unemployment, I wrote:
The word of Yahweh came to me: "Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: 'When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head. Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head. If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.'" (Ezekiel 33:1-6)
I am like a watchman on the wall, and I definitely see the sword coming (and it's a curved one, by the way). This Web site is my trumpet call to warn the people. If you don't take heed to my warning, and the sword comes and takes your life, then your blood is on your own head; I am not accountable for your blood. But if I had refused to speak up and sound the warning, then when the sword comes (and it will most surely come), I would be accountable for your blood. In light of this scripture, silence does not sound like a good deal — I think I had better speak up. And once YOU realize that the sword is coming, you would do well to speak up too.
As Yeshua (Jesus) said in John 9:4, "As long as it is day, I must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work." A dark Islamic night IS coming — we need to get the word out and warn people while we still can.
I believe that in the not-too-distant future, the persecution of Christians which has been going on for decades under Communist, Islamic and other totalitarian regimes will start to be more and more common in the West. Us followers of Yeshua in the West are woefully unprepared for suffering and martyrdom, which will result in a large number of believers falling away from God, as I wrote about recently.
For this season of my life, I feel that God has given me the task of warning everyone, but specifically my fellow believers, about what is coming and also to do what I can to prepare and strengthen them. This work is much more important than merely pursuing a career or playing around with photography, because it is a matter of literal eternal life and death.
A number of months ago I was quite stirred by the heart connection I was feeling with Matthew chapter 10 — it seemed like that passage was really coming alive for me. In relation to why I'm writing all of these articles, these words of Yeshua are especially applicable: "What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs." (v. 27)
This is why I write much of what I do: What I hear whispered in my inner ear by Yeshua when I'm in the dark, secret, secluded places alone with Him, these things I proclaim in broad daylight from the virtual rooftop of the World Wide Web.
If the articles on Brian's Bits and Your Islamic Future can help anyone follow Yeshua without the bondage of religion, if they can help anyone know God better and understand the Bible better, if they can help anyone not fall away from God during the coming suffering and persecution under Islam, then all the time and effort and resources invested in these Web sites will be well worth it.
Will the words I write, will the stand I take to proclaim the truth and expose deception, get me into trouble one day? As I wrote last year in Sticking Our Necks Out For Muslims:
What about little old me? Surely I'm insignificant enough to be able to fly under the radar and not attract any undesirable attention? Maybe I am — or maybe not. There will probably come a day in the not-too-distant future when NOBODY will be able to fly under the radar anymore. Am I ready to face the consequences for speaking out against the evils of Islam?Or course, the deception of Islam is not the only topic I write about. There are numerous other deceptions that the Church and the world are under which I am addressing on Brian's Bits. Darkness hates the light, so you can be sure there will be counterattacks. Before and after the Matthew 10:27 verse I quoted above, Yeshua said to His followers:
You should really read the entire chapter, but these excerpts will give you a taste of what Yeshua taught His followers at that time. His pointed instructions are just as applicable in our day as they were then.
"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.... When they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.... You will be hated by everyone because of Me.... Since they have called Me the 'prince of demons', you can expect to be called worse.... Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.... Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care.... So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.... Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword...." (Matthew 10:16a,19a,22a,25b,28a,29,31,34)
I don't know how long this season of intensive article writing will last, but for as long as it does I will continue to diligently listen to that whisper, and faithfully shout what I hear. I have a huge backlog of ideas for articles, and I seem to get new ideas faster than I can write! At that rate I imagine it won't take me a full five years to reach the 1,000 articles milestone ... stay tuned!
This article is 26th a series of articles on this Web site related to My Journey with Yeshua (Jesus) which also includes (scroll to see the entire list):
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