The Flight of the Phoenix


   The ‘Phoenix’ robotic spacecraft landed on Mars Saturday – 5-25-08. The mission is headquartered in Tucson, AZ at the University of Az. The flight was 422 million miles and took 10 months. It was launched on Obama’s 46th birthday on August 4, 2007 on top of a Delta rocket from a 330 ft. launch tower at Cape Canaveral.


   It is written of the first tower that man built – the tower of Babel“And they said, Go to, let U.S.  build U.S. a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let U.S. make U.S. a name… and the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech… Therefore is the name of it called Babel…” – (Gen.11:4-9).


   The city of Babel and the first tower to reach into heaven was built by Nimrod, the mighty hunter of men. He was the first emperor of Babylon and a type of Antichrist, emperor of the world ruling from Babylon-USA. Surely God was giving U.S. a hint when He worded ‘us’ here in four places – let U.S. build us a tower – ‘let U.S. make U.S. a name.” US - the United States – and the end time builder of a tower that has reached 422 million miles into heaven. We have become proud and have exalted ourselves as an eagle and set our nest among the stars and the latest nest is ‘phoenix’ on Mars – (Obad.3,4).


   Man, in his continual quest for more and more knowledge, continues to eat from the tree of knowledge, and is now exploring outer space and the new knowledge to be gained in space from Cape Canaveral’s tower of Babel. And we see the language barrier in Phoenix and Tucson, Az. between Spanish and English that is a much greater barrier than the border wall being built.


   God said – “Now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” To prevent man from their upward thrust into the solar system, with the possibility of a future planet colonization and then interplanetary war, the Lord stopped the tower of Babel by confounding their language. Clearly giving man the benefit of having the smart brains he brags about, and clearly recognizing that man is able to populate outer space, but the Creator will stop us from doing it.


    The planet ‘Mars’ is named after the Roman God of war, and because of its fiery red color and iron oxide crust. I’m reading today about the flight of the Phoenix on Monday – 5-26-08, Memorial Day in memory of our wars. The month of March was named after Mars also. It was the most revered god throughout the Roman Empire because of the importance of winning wars as they went forth conquering smaller nations as a beast of prey. It’s where the U.S. and the world is heading – the fiery war of Armageddon.


   The president is in charge of NASA and our space exploration. If Obama becomes president, he will be the head of NASA and our space launches. Our President is called ‘Eagle One’ by the Secret Service.’ And he’s the proud, powerful eagle that puts our nest among the stars. Obama has a new adopted name now – ‘Barack Black Eagle’ – from the Crow Indians in Mont. at Custer’s last stand – a war battle. He will be the one building our high towers to reach into heaven and rule the American Empire like Nimrod.


   I recently read the fiction book –‘Flight of the Phoenix” that went down in the barren desert in the Mideast. The men built a new plane out of parts of the old plane and flew it out. There was not one prayer made to God to help them. It was a ‘triumph of the will.’ The same proud triumph of Satan’s will as Lucifer said – “I will ascend into heaven” – (Is.14:13). “I will be like the Most High.” God requires us to humble ourselves and say – “not my will but God’s will.”


   The flight of the ‘Phoenix’ spacecraft to Mars, a trip of 422 million miles, was a much longer flight, but it landed in a same barren dessert on Mars. On Mars there is not one living thing: not one insect or blade of grass or one cactus or tree or bird or reptile or fish or animal – no life whatsoever. Because God is life and He created no life on Mars – amen. This was also a triumph of man’s will – I will – I will – I will – “I will ascend into heaven.” Yes the United States is saying “let U.S. build U.S. a tower and let U.S. make U.S. a name” – O, the pride and exaltation of U.S. as we go higher and higher into God’s heaven – But God says – “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” – (Prov.16:18). In our pride we are making a name for ourselves – bragging rights. UA President Robert Shelton said – “All of Arizona should take ‘pride’ in this achievement.” And Lucifer – Satan says – “I say amen to that.”


   Man is trying to find other forms of life in the universe and that’s what space exploration is all about. We want to find some sort of life on Mars. We have searched for new forms of life for 6000 yrs. all over our world and now we are searching outer space. It’s all about life and the quest for life. We spend vast amounts of time and money, trying to find ways of extending life. Perversely, we spend much more time and money inventing weapons of mass destruction to kill the whole world.


   Sin has made our world a mess. The earth is like a drunken man with fire all around him, rising like mushroom clouds. He’s staggering and losing his balance and coughing from the deadly fumes and ready to fall over dead. We’ve made such a mess of things with our sinful wicked ways. Certainly you don’t believe for a moment that God would allow us to populate other planets and destroy them the same wicked way. This earth is a test for man. We have a chance to conquer death and have eternal life and go to heaven God’s way. Not in bodies of flesh and bone that were created by God for this earth, but a new incorruptible, eternal body that can live in outer space eternally. We can eat from the tree of life again that we lost because of sin in Eden eating from the tree of knowledge.


   We do not have to fly to God in heaven to obtain eternal life, God came down to man because He loved us. The Lord Jesus Christ came down to earth to solve man’s s greatest problem, sin and the consequence of sin, which is death. And that’s what Easter is all about – “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). We can’t get to heaven and eternal life by eating from the same tree of knowledge that gave us death to start with. Jesus Christ on the tree cross is set before us as the choice between life, eternal life, and death, eternal death in the lake of fire. Our test here on earth has eternal consequences. Will you believe the Bible, God’s wisdom, or continue on believing man’s wisdom?


   Yes, the stars are within our reach, but we can only reach them God’s way. Christ promises us the stars if we get saved – “And I will give him the morning star” – (Rev.2:22). Our eternal bodies will shine like a star – “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” – (Dan.12:3). Again – “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of my father…” – (Mt.13:43).


   We can’t get to heaven by our works of building space ships, we get there by faith – “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” – (Eph.2:8,9). We cannot get to heaven with our pride in our works; we get to heaven by humbling ourselves at the cross of Christ and receiving forgiveness of sins and getting saved by our Savior and becoming a born again new creature in Christ.


   Do you want to get to heaven that is populated with millions of God’s living creatures, His angels and all the saints of God? God has told us from the beginning that there is life in outer space, eternal life, and that we can have this life only though His beloved Son – “I am the resurrection , and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” – (Jn.11:25). Receive God’s Son as Savior as He came down to earth from heaven to show us the way to heaven – “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me” – (Jn.14:6). Christ came down from another world – “Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world” – (Jn.8:23).


   Don’t die in your pride. Repent of your sins and believe in your heart on Jesus Christ by faith and you will be saved from hell and your sins and receive eternal life and have the right to travel all over this universe. “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” – (I Jn.5:11,12). Don’t go to hell with your worldly wisdom that God has made foolish through Christ. You’ll not get to heaven by the wings of Phoenix, you will only get there by the precious atoning blood of Christ between the wings of His cherubim.


   The Phoenix is the fabled bird of Greek Mythology. The long life of the Phoenix and its dramatic rebirth from the ashes made it a symbol of immortality and spiritual rebirth. But the true bird that symbolizes immortality and spiritual rebirth is the dove. It’s the symbol of the Holy Spirit that descended from heaven upon the Lord Jesus – (Jn.1:32,33). When we are born again by the Holy Spirit by believing on Christ, we have immortality and are saved from a burning hell. Don’t believe fables, believe the truth in Christ. This whole earth will burn to ashes at Armageddon and God will make a new earth – (2 Pet.3:10-13). Don’t exalt yourself like a high-flying phoenix; humble yourself like a lowly dove and believe on Christ who rose from the dead. Don’t spurn eternal life.


Be ready to fly away in the rapture.


Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705



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