The Chinese Zodiac: Its Difference From The West

By Paul Chong
A Chinese by Descent
An Australian by Consent
25 January 2020

This Chinese New Year or preferably known as Spring Festival in China happened to be the Rat Year as the beginning of the 12-year Animal Zodiac Cycle. It’s timely for me to point the essential differences between that of the West & China.

Some years back this comment was made to the late Chinese Premier Mr. Zhou Enlai: “You Chinese people use the common animals like pig, dog, mouse as zodiac signs! Unlike us, we take after the stars like Taurus, Leo, Virgo.” It was said (Dec 27, 2017) that the late Chinese Premier, Mr Zhou En-lai once shared this to clear the air.

You’d see that the significance of the animal representation. Quote: “ Westerners see the dragon as a fire-breathing evil being. Greek mythology had a 100-headed dragon that was slain by Heracles. Similarly, Heracles slays another dragon called Lerneaen Hydra. In ancient China, the ‘Chinese Dragons’ are legendary creatures that are benevolent. Dragon for the Chinese is “strength and good fortune”. Dragon brings on good omens.

Chinese believe that they are the descendants of the Dragon. While ‘Western Dragons’ lived in castles and caves the Chinese dragon lived in the sea, rivers, and lakes. The Western Dragon breathed fire, the Chinese Dragon brings rain.

Over the centuries, the Chinese Dragon was associated with the Emperor of China. Only Emperors and high Mandarins were allowed to wear robes depicting Dragon motifs. For the Chinese, dragon festivals with dragon boat races, and dragon dances are part of their culture. Children are named dragon, actors such as Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee were given Chinese names as dragon. Incidentally, Chinese movies named “Enter the Dragon”, “Way of the Dragon”, “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” were popular.

The West took awhile to understand the difference. The West and East saw the same dragon differently.

In the Chinese zodiac calendar there are 12 animals for each year, in a cycle of 12 years. In the Western zodiac calendar each animal is for a month with 12 zodiac signs for a year.

The story of the Chinese zodiac animals
There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac calendar, starting with the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal has its own unique characteristics.

The fable goes that the Jade Emperor wanted to invite the animals for dinner and another story says that he wanted to select 12 animals to be his guards. He sent an immortal being into man’s world to spread the message that the first 12 animals that went passed the heavenly gate, would be selected.

Once the news spread across the animal kingdom, the rat got up very early. On his way to the gate, he encountered a river. He had to stop there, owing to the swift current. After waiting a long time, the rat noticed the ox about to cross the river and swiftly jumped onto the ox’s back. The amiable ox did not mind.

The cat too lazily walked up to the ox and jumped. Once upon a time the cat and rat were good friends; so all three of them were on the way to the heavenly gate. In the middle of the river, the cunning rat kicked the sleeping cat off the ox’s back. The cat fell into the river and since cats are poor swimmers never made it to the heavenly gate.

Ever since, the cat has never forgiven the rat. After crossing the river, the rat swiftly jumped off the ox’s back and dashed to the feet of the emperor. The rat won first place and the ox was second.

The tiger and rabbit came third and fourth because both are fast and competitive, but the Tiger was faster. (The rabbit got across the river by hopping on stepping stones and a floating log also with the help of the dragon.)

After the ox, came the tiger, panting away while explaining to the emperor just how difficult it was to cross the river with the heavy currents pushing it downstream all the time. But with powerful strength, it made it to shore and was named the third animal in the cycle.

Coming in fifth place was the gallant dragon. Of course the Emperor was deeply curious as to why a strong flying creature such as the dragon should fail to reach first. The mighty dragon explained that he had to stop and make rain to help all the people and creatures of the earth; therefore he was held back a little. Then on his way to the finish line, he saw a little helpless rabbit clinging on to a log so he did a good deed and gave a puff of breath to the poor creature so that it could land on the shore.

The emperor was very pleased with the actions of the dragon and he was added into the zodiac cycle. As soon as he had done so, a galloping sound was heard and the horse appeared. Hidden on the horse’s hoof was the slimy sneaky snake whose sudden appearance gave the horse a fright thus making it fall back and gave the snake sixth spot whilst the horse took seventh.

Not long after that, a little distance away, the sheep, monkey, and rooster came to the shore. These three creatures helped each other to get to where they are. The rooster spotted a raft, and took the other two animals with it. Together, the sheep and the monkey cleared the weeds, tugged and pulled and finally got the raft to the shore. Because of their combined efforts, the Emperor was very pleased and promptly named the sheep as the eighth creature, the monkey as the ninth, and the rooster the tenth.

The 11th animal is the dog. His explanation for being late although he was supposed to be the best swimmer amongst the rest was that he needed a good bath after a long spell, and the fresh water from the river was too big a temptation. For that, he almost didn’t make it to the finish line.

Just as the emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little pig. The term “lazy pig” is due here as the pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast, then fell asleep. After the nap, the pig continued the race and was named the twelfth and last animal of the zodiac cycle.

These 12 animals became guards of the heavenly gate and entered the Chinese zodiac signs.

The Chinese zodiac sign based on the year one is born signifies your character. This is the Chinese belief.
By the way, Chinese New Year is well celebrated not only in China but throughout the world by all of Chinese descent . . . also not just for a day but for 15 days ending in Chap Goh Mei, the fifteen night of the Lunar Calendar. Chinese work hard throughout the year & really celebrate their well earned rest & holidays at this time of the year.

The West Can Learn A Thing Or Two From China

The West Can Learn A Thing Or Two From China

By Paul Chong
22 January 2020

A certain wise old man from the village was confronted by a fresh young university graduate who challenged his wisdom. “Hey, old man, I understand you are well renown for your wisdom in the village. Tell me, I have this little bird in my hand. Is it dead or alive?”
The old man simply replied, “It’s up to you.”
“What do you mean?”
Here wisdom, age & experience, rather than knowledge & youth, had the better of the day’s challenge, “ Its fate rests entirely with you . . . dead or alive depending upon you squeezing it or releasing it & the little bird will fly away.”

China with a civilisation of more than 5 thousand years would diminish a younger country with only a couple hundred of years history. In the process of human growth, a child needs first to learn how to sit, crawl, toddle, walk & then run. By the same token that would be the process of growth of a nation.

From the page of the short history, you learn “How the West Was Won” of war atrocities, extermination & exploitation of the lesser Red Indians who had but bows & arrows. Among themselves, their struggle for survival was essentially based upon “Fastest Gun Alive” or “Quick On the Draw”. Throughout its short history the American have always been saying “If you are not with us then you are against us.” Its bullying syndrome, threats, destruction, conquests & intimidation ever present. The Americans have nothing to fear but fear itself. There is no country on earth strong or stupid enough to confront the US. Evidently, US goes about its world affairs under the guise of democracy & hidden agenda.

China is a big civilised nation with a big heart. Right from its Dynasty days, all that China wanted was trade. China never planted flags on foreign shores to lay claims of ownership nor engaged themselves in wars against foreign lands or claiming so-called “terra nullius” such as Australia.

China is now standing tall & economically powerful. The benevolent reposing dragon has gone through more than a century of humiliation by some eight western nations. China is reviving itself to its past greatness. Its benevolence extends to establishing the Belt & Road Initiative 一带一路 (Yi Dai Yi Lu) whereby China is sharing its high level of technology, building infrastructures, opening up communications & extending its economic arms in all its win-win deals. A new world will be born bonded in close cooperation instead of confrontation. Peace & harmony & of course prosperity would prevail.

With the rise of China (economically) & the decline of the West, and though still harbouring its secret agenda in containing China, I believe the West is beginning to want to learn from China, for example governance and innovation (with Chinese characteristics), Wildlife Conservation, the assiduous nature of Chinese working hard, Chinese cultural value, the deep sense of patriotism, its language & essentially what made the Chinese tick.

The process of learning never cease. Knowledge is ever expanding & changing. What we know today maybe obsolete tomorrow. Let’s learn, share & grow together. There is no question of theft. An “artificial sun” is being built & would be commissioned by China in 2020. Think what this could mean . . . clean controlled energy through nuclear fusion with a core temperature 7 times that of the natural sun.

To end here, I pose this question: Is it wise to hurt your own self, consciously or otherwise, by hurting others?

How It All Started

How It All Started

By Paul Chong
18 January 2020

Yesterday gathering at Sommerville Restaurant in Winthrop was a tremendous success. We had for the first time a full quorum with our spouces. The years may roll by but memories such as this will remain evergreen.

With the oldest octogenarian to the youngest septuagenarian, it seems like yesterday when we first started . . . assembling at McDonalds for free coffee before adjourning to our chosen restaurant for lunch for that day.
We even celebrated each other’s birthday in respective homes feasting away roasted suckling pigs. Somehow good things never last & our named group Senior Fraternity Initiative (SFI) took a slow dying path.

Clearly Raymond & I initiated the group in 19..? Raymond introduced Peter & Tony while I initiated Heng, Tommy, Frances & Richard. Some others were in our guest list but never got to stay.

Such is the origin of the Lunch Group. If your memory serves you better, please correct me if I am wrong.

Hello Fellow Senior Citizens

Hello Fellow Senior Citizens
By Paul Chong (19 January 2020)
Congratulations for having attained life’s status of septuagenarian & octogenarian & even going on to the category of nonagenarian. With the advancement of modern medical technology we could be living beyond all ages as centenarian.
Growing old (must be accompanied by growing up) is a privilege which few people have. Remember too that age is but a figure for your GP to worry about, but for us to be living it up & staying “Younger Than Springtime”. Or as Dean Martin would sing “Stay as young as you are”.
If you are just in the sixties, then you are still young . . . with the world ahead of you.
This is the most exciting era to be living in when all impossibilities become realities. We just learn that China has built an “artificial sun” (named HL-2M Tokamak) fuelled by hydrogen & deuterium gases through controlled nuclear fusion, which clean energy would be seven times that of the natural sun. The artificial sun is capable of generating clean energy up to the top temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius compared to that of our natural sun with a core temperature of only 15 million Celsius.
THINK what this could mean for China . . . taking China to the top of the world by becoming the world’s greatest supplier of clean energy . . . clean & green . . . no more pollution. This technical breakthrough is exactly what we all need. China will commission this device in 2020, a new dawn for mankind.

With the rapid advancement of modern technology & medical science & barring accidents we can possibly & hopefully live to a ripe old age. In Biblical times quite a number of God fearing men lived beyond century of years. Bible does predict longevity of life in the future. … the details are mentioned in Isaiah65:17-25 For example: Adam lived 930 years (Genesis 5:5); Noah lived 950.

Apart from the Bible, Quran 29:14 states that Noah had been living among the people who he was sent to for 950 years when the flood started. And, indeed, [in times long past] We sent forth Noah unto his people, and he dwelt among them a thousand years bar fifty; and then the floods overwhelmed them while they were still lost in evildoing.

Biblically, evil destroyed the world & evil will do likewise as we live dangerously on. Live a life that’s fit & clean & God will say it’s good.

It’s all also a question of attitude more than aptitude that scales the altitude.

With God’s Grace & Mercy, we shall prevail.

Staying Younger Than Springtime

By Paul Chong 18 January 2020

Yesterday a mixed group of us senior citizens of engineers, accountants, surveyor, lawyer, businessman, lawyer & lecturer, all in the septuagenarian & octogenarian class, had a wonderful time by staying younger than Springtime.

My old-time favourite Pat Boone would sing melodiously “A Wonderful Time Up There”. Fortunately, for our vibrant group of eight, it was still wonderful down here. And we were in the elevated site of Sommerville Chinese Restaurant in Winthrop Village – a place elevated from its main artery road Sommerville Boulevald.

Thanks to our food connoisseur Francis Chin who arranged & ordered the variety of delicious of fish & prawns, roast duck & chicken, vegies and the house speciality of chilli-dry fried Hokkien noodles . . . so good & palatable that it kind of melted in our mouths before our stomach had the pleasure of it. My wife & I even bought a packet home for our dinner. Quality aside, its quantity was enough for three persons & costing us only A$12.

Our thanks also go to our high-tech wizard Tommy who provided us with his mobile karaoke microphone with pre-recorded of thousands of songs, which were rendered beautifully for our entertainment & sing along by his lovely architect wife Florence. She sang like a bird . . . more like the nightingale.

We were each poorer off by A$25. Every cent of it was well spent. We ate, drank both white & red wine (with the compliments of Richard) & much Chinese tea also.

Our group started many years ago. We were more frequent in meeting up in the days gone by. However, as with time, our vision blurred, our limbs weakened with more restrictive mobility, our meetings are now less frequent. This is our first gathering to welcome the year 2020 . . . trustingly that our precious years ahead would see our world a much safer place. Let peace & harmony reign.

China is Your Friend China Is No Foe

By Paul Chong
A Chinese By Descent
An Australian By Consent

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Before the return of Hong Kong to its motherland China in 1997, its GDP constituted 27% that of China. Today, that GDP has diminished to a mere 3%. It goes without saying that Hong Kong needs China to grow & progress more than it used to be. Shenzhen, across the border of Hong Kong, a mere fishing village 40 years ago, is now bigger than Hong Kong.

China has designed Hong Kong to be one great metropolitan in the participation of the greater development of the Great Bay Area (Pearl River Delta Region) together with the other Guangdong metropolis as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Zhaoqing, and the SARs of Hong Kong and Macau, thereby forming one great megalopolis like in the north consisting of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei which is to be known as Jing-Jin-Ji. In evidence, the mighty cross-sea bridge linking Hong Kong/Zhuhai/Macau has been completed & opened to traffic. As it is, Hong Kong is now linked to Beijing by high Speed rail directly. The fact is China can do more for Hong Kong than what Hong Kong can do for China. The role has been reversed & China is the future of Hong Kong.

No name has yet been suggested to this southern great megalopolis. All the conglomerate cities will be linked by high speed rail, flyways & highways . . . the ease, convenience & speed of connectivity will be the keynote of China’s development. Everywhere within the great megalopolis will take no more than 45 minutes to commute. In terms of productivity, it will be second to none. Hong Kong’s future will shine bright as one great financial & service centre.

Hong Kong’s fate & destiny rest squarely on its youthful shoulders. For the past 150 years under the British colonial master, as with other colonies elsewhere in the world, Hong Kong has largely been a “drainage” port for the illegitimate mother England . . . for Hong Kong was stolen from China by unfair means of humiliation, intimidation & wholly illicit opium war. The kind of past development that Hong Kong enjoyed benefitted the landed tycoons whose exploitation of the poor majority bred the present economic woes particularly in the area of affordable housing & job opportunities.

All Hong Kong residents must remember this . . . you are all Chinese. Hong Kong has always belonged to China. You are all good hardworking Chinese as in mainland motherland. Don’t throw sand into your rice bowls . . . worst still is to allow others to add injury to insult & mislead your young mind.

You are directing your frustrations & misspent energy in the wrong path & at the wrong people. You are no doubt orchestrated & funded by interfering hands. Under the guise of democracy, rightly known as “demon-crazy”, the US & the foxy British are misleading you down “the river of no return.” They have their obvious secret agenda. Together with the likes of Jimmy Lai born Lai Chee-Ying (the billionaire fugitive), Guo Wengui aka Miles Kwok a Chinese billionaire businessman (now also a fugitive in US), who together with his counterpart Steve Bannon, a former White House Strategist, all are funding & fuelling the Hong Kong protests, riots & violence of an unprecedented height. Other named culprits are Martin Lee (Lee Chu-Ming), Hong Kong’s former pro-democracy veteran, Anson Chan, former chief secretary of Hong Kong & Emily Lau all play their “black” hands.

Most of the protestors & rioters are in their teens . . . all being led by the above mentioned “pipe pipers” onto fear, hatred & violence never known before. Often people don’t appreciate what they’ve got until they lose it. Don’t let the West demonize the experimental system of One Country Two Systems. China is standing by patiently. Just don’t spite your rightful mother mainland. Carrie Lam, your Chief Administrative Executive & her Legislative Council have your interests at heart. Hong Kong will have its greater days ahead & could very well spearhead the greater development & progress of the Great Bay Region. Do you want to have Hong Kong as a criminal refugees’ centre or have it as a clean vibrant economic centre? The choice is yours. I can’t imagine the adult population of over 7 million to follow & be led by the young & immature Hong Kong teens such as Joshua Wong, a mere 17 year-old student then during the failed 2014 Umbrella Movement, who was imprisoned & now freed but still very much a black in the present upheaval.

Peace & harmony, stability & security are pre-requisites to the growth, progress & development of any nation. This the basis that China is spreading its goodwill & sharing its prosperity globally via its Belt & Road Initiative. China does not go around destabilising other nations, advocating regime change with the political overtones attached. War & violence achieve nothing, only suffering & misery.

The are organisations within & without the country established by devious, envious & greedy foreign powers to subvert weaker nations to succumb to their ways. The American have always threaten others “If you are not with us, then you are against us.”

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a U.S. non-profit soft power organization that was founded in 1983 with the stated goal of promoting democracy abroad. It is funded primarily through an annual allocation from the U.S. Its meddling black hands have been all over the place in the world . . . Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria . . . now Hong Kong. Suffice to name a few. The list is long & unbelievable.

Hong Kong, please grow up & wake up from your long colonial slumber. Surely you are not going backwards & “kow-tow” to your old colonial master or the declining US. It is laughable no mention of democracy has ever been proposed by the British colonial master over its reign of one & a half century.

China with its long & continuous unbroken civilisation of over 5,000 years is now standing tall & strong. Never again will the West put up such prohibiting notices as “Dogs & Chinese are not allowed in this premise.” President Xi JinPing in announcing in his first term of office that China would give residence & protection rights to all Chinese the world over has rendered the true meaning & pride of being Chinese. Therefore, since our ancestors’ roots lie in China, it’s senseless that anyone should claim himself/herself not being Chinese.

His Great Commission

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all . . . – Matthew 28:19-20

By Paul Chong
Thursday, 14 March 2019

Let’s make our lives count
Disregard our bank accounts
There’s a purpose in our living
Since Jesus on Calvary did His giving.

Turn your eye away from this material world
Lift your hearts & souls to the eternal realm
The greatest things on this earth now can be
The kingdom in Christ’s followers
But what do other people see?

We’re all Christians let’s share this with one & all
The good news & gospel with persistent call
When they are released from their bondages freed
Our praise will be to Jesus and
To Jesus we will be.

Our mission is to help His Kingdom grow
Our submission means our hearts must fully know
The Kingdom of Life is in charge of it all
Don’t shirk the work to lead the souls
Speak out so others could hear the call.

Senior Fraternity Initiative Club (SFIC)

By Paul Chong
Thursday, 7 March 2019

Original SFI Members

This is a senior male group that has existed for quite a number of years. In keeping with changing times with existing members getting on in years & dwindling in number, we are taking steps to review & make changes. The object is to make it more meaningful & exciting rather than just meeting for a meal.

Some of the changes will be to include female membership, to introduce games & fun for social integration like mahjong & karaoke, visiting places & having guest speakers. Also, to introduce a nominal annual membership fee, fines session to help boost club fund for absentees (AWOL) & for whatever reasons that can be plausibly presented.

Some of the changes will be to include female membership, to introduce games & fun for social integration like mahjong & karaoke, visiting places & having guest speakers. Also, to introduce a nominal annual membership fee, fines session to help boost club fund for absentees (AWOL) & for whatever reasons that can be plausibly presented.

The Club may need to be registered with regular meetings (weekly or fortnightly). A team of office bearers to be elected annually.

We like to get your inputs of ideas. I can further think of introducing social dancing, health & exercise programs to make us stay strong & healthy & to live longer.

The word “fraternity” means valued friendship and mutual support within a group: the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity.

Who would be qualified to join? This is essential a social club & naturally we expect you to like people, meeting faces, visiting places & eating delicious, friendly, smiling with a cheerful disposition, easy & free to mix, spontaneous & adaptable, co-operative & helpful.

Karaoke Singers

Australia is no different, where the key word is multiculturalism. From the humanitarian prospective, a would be club like ours coul be uniquely placed & history in the making. Are you thinking of leaving behind arich legacy for your future generations & be proud of you?

I am pretty sure you have heard of such service clubs as Rotary, Lions Club, Apex Clubs & Jaycees. In addition to humanitarian service, they enjoy fellowship and develop leadership skills. Lions began in the United States in 1917 when a group of independent clubs responded to an idea presented to them by a young Chicago insurance agent, Melvin Jones.

In the case of Rotary, the world’s first service club was founded on 23 February 1905 when lawyer Paul Harris and three friends met in a small office in downtown Chicago. They named their new club “Rotary” to describe the practice of meeting in rotation at the members’ various places of business.

We are proud to say that is well represented here in the realm of humanitarian services. The first Apex Club was formed at Geelong in December 1930 when three architects attempted to join the Rotary Club of Geelong. As Rotary has a rule restricting one profession to each club the three architects – Ewan Laird, Langham Proud and John Buchan went on to form The Young Businessmen’s Club of Geelong.

Notifications & general correspondences will be via WhatsApp (preferably/email).

Membership will be on a strict selection basis. Suitable candidates to file their applications to Paul Chong together with recent profile photos to

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Almighty God Is Supreme

Paul Chong
Sunday, 24 February 2019

The Chinese have a saying: “One mountain is higher than another mountain.”


But nothing can compare with God . . . someone once put these compaeusons together:

The highest aims in life: To know God & His will!
The most enriching good habit: Complimenting others
The most destructive bad habit: Worry
The greatest joy: Giving
The greatest loss: Self-respect
The most satisfying work: Helping others
The ugliest personality trait: Selfishness
The most endangered species: Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource: Our youth
The ugliest look: A frown
The greatest”shot in the arm”: Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome: Fear
The most effective sleeping pill: Peace of mind
The most cripling failure disease: Excuses
The surest way to limit God: Unbelief
The most powerful force in life: Love
The most dangerous piranha: A gossiper
The Greatest Life-Giver: The Creator
The world’s most incredible computer: The brain
The worst thing to be without: Hope
The deadliest weapon: The tongue
The two most power-filled words: “I Can”
The greatest asset:Faith
The most worthless emotion: Self-pity
The most beautiful attire: A SMILE!
The most prized possession: Self esteem
The most powerful channel of communication: Prayer
The most contagious spirit: enthusiasm
The most urgent need: SALVATION
The greatest attribute of Jesus: Obedience

So very true!!!

I Have A Vision . . .

. . . with a mission to fullfil His Great Commission

When God first shows you a vision, it’s blur and unclear … for our finite minds just cannot grasp things beyond our imagination. He often shows you a bit at a time. In time, the vision becomes clearer and like a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces will begin to piece together to give you the Big Picture.

The following verses are noteworthy:

. “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and , I too, am working. I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself ; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him, all He does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.”- John 5:17, 19-20

. ” It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”- Philippians 2:13

. ” I am the vine ; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”-John 15:5

. Jesus replied: ” Love the Lord your God with all your your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” – Mathew 22:37-38

. “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” – John 14:21

.”He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not is that you do not belong to God.”- John 8:47

. “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exits and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”- Hebrew 11:6

. ” When God tells you what He wants to do through you, you will face a “crisis of belief.” Jesus looked at them and said, ‘ With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’ “- Mark 10:27

. You cannot remain where you are and go with God. Adjustments in your life need to be made. ” Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”- Luke 14:33

. Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” – John 14:23

Whatever God initiates, He always complete. It will always be God-sized beyond human endeavour.

Initially God said this to me: “Build My Church shaped in the form of a Huge Cross up in the hill overlooking Perth. Light it up at night. Let it be a shining beacon to the world below.”

I saw the huge cross-structure, white in colour, rising and towering prominently on the Darling Range escarpment… its vertical pointing towards heaven, and with its horizontals encompassing far and wide from East to West. At night the structure shines as a bright beacon as far as the eyes can behold. When viewed from afar, it has the wonder to zoom right in front of your eyes, appearing so bright and near beckoning you to “come hither.”

Subsequently revelations from God stipulate that the structure, symbolic of the Cross at Calvary, will be the “Prayer Mountain” with seven levels for fasting and prayer. The foundation and peripheral building on the Holy Site of just over 6 Acres, will also be shaped in the form of a Cross when viewed from above. This sacred site was also revealed to me… something which brought on my initial “crisis of belief.”

God’s plan and purpose are often revealed on mountain top. God wants to draw us close to Him and to prepare us as the Day draws near. In Isaiah 2:2-4 the LORD says, ” In the last days the mountain of the LORD’S temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach you us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths…”

After a period of a few months of “delayed obedience” (which tantamount to “disobedience”), a group of thirteen of us assembled one bright and beautiful Sunday Spring morning of 28 September 1997 at seven. Under a clear blue cloudless sky, we praised and worshipped God with the wonderful strains of music from Pastor Jeffrey Saw’s guitar.

An hour after this Dedication Service to claim the Holy Ground in the name of Jesus, the clear blue skywas suddenly transformed. A strange and delightful phenomenon of the “Full Circle of the Rainbow ” appeared up above. SisterValerie Hamilton was the first to behold it. Some of us stood in awe and wonder. Others fell on to their knees. I was prostrating, weeping and sobbing uncontrollably. ( This is the second time I ever cried in public. The first being the time when I was first saved at the Abundant Life Centre in Kuala Lumpur around September 1979). For I have prayed for a sign of confirmation, and then I realised the heavy burden God has placed on me.

Mathew 16:3 says: “You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.”

” If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” – 1John 1:7

This”Full Circle of the Rainbow” phenomenon has been mentioned in the Bible twice only. Ezekiel 1:28 and Revelation 4:3, which include of the “full circle of the rainbow” of God’s glory. The day when we come face to face with God, we shall begin to understand the full circle of His glory, His kindness to man, His love and wisdom. We only see a part rainbow occasionally. God sees it continually. Rainbow had a special srgificance to Noah’s descendants, that the rain would never be again become an earth-engulfing flood. We know that it is the sun which shines through the rain which paints the beauty of the rainbow. Spiritually, we also know that it is when “a person consciously sees the smile and love of God in the midst of present trouble that the true glory and beauty of Christian’s life is revealed to the world around.”

The names of the privileged 13 who witnessed the wonder of God are:

Eng Siong, Peggy & Josephine Liau

Eric & Helena Khoo

Darren & Agnes Meerwald

Pastor Jeffrey Saw

Valerie Hamilton

Helen Anderson

Peter Sein Cho

Paul & Lilian Chong

The question is how much significance does the “Full Rainbow” has on each one of them and you too? To Noah’s descendants, they would never cease to rejoice and praise God by the promise of the rainbow – and that, it’s not even a ” Full Rainbow”. Are you heeding God’s signs and wonder?

Remember, God loves you and He has a purpose and plan for you..

“The harvest is plentiful…but the labourers are few.”

With Praise and Thanksgiving to God!


Your humble servant

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent . . . An Australian by Consent

(itinerant Preacher & Evangelist)

WhatsApp: +61 481 080 105