The Omega Letter Looks Back at 2003

The Omega Letter Looks Back at 2003
Vol: 27 Issue: 31 Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Every news organization from the AP to Fox News has at least one feature recapping the past year’s top stories from their perspective. I thought I’d do the same thing from the perspective of the Omega Letter Intelligence Digest archives.

I’d have to say that our number one topic in 2003 was deception.

We began the year by examining two conflicting schools of thought regarding the upcoming war against Saddam Hussein.

In a briefing entitled, ‘Academics’ Launch ‘Fact-Finding’ Mission — Did Some Get Lost?’ we examined the lead from a story in the Agence France-Presse that opened with the line, “A group of American academics who oppose a war with Iraq began a fact-finding and humanitarian mission in Baghdad on Monday, saying a conflict was illegal and unnecessary.”

This was one of the most perfectly constructed sentences I have ever seen — sort of. By ‘perfectly constructed’ I am speaking in the sense of its semantic construction. Here we find a sentence that manages to impart some facts, invent some facts, twist a couple more, all the while subliminally implanting a whole host of thoughts in the reader’s mind.

The impression offered is that of refined, caring intellectuals who seek a greater understanding of the problems at hand. However, note they BEGAN a mission that is allegedly one of ‘fact-finding’ by declaring the conflict ‘illegal and unnecessary’.

Having acknowledged in advance of the facts that they had already arrived at a conclusion, they moved on to the ‘humanitarian’ phase of their ‘mission’ – keeping Saddam’s regime in power.

This worldview continues to reverberate wherever liberals congregate, even after we got a peek behind the curtain after toppling Saddam’s regime.

This is the liberal view that whatever the problem, it’s America’s fault. Then, having established that America is to blame, they then stonewall every legitimate American effort to fix it.

In January, 2003, most of America were still adherents to the School of the Recently Mugged.

The Recently Mugged don’t need fact-finding missions to explain WHY they were recently mugged. They want the mugger stopped before he mugs them again. They recognize that exploring the social contraints that created their mugger won’t stop him from mugging them again. First you stop the mugger.

The spindoctors for the left began speaking wistfully of an illusory world in which there exists the Universal Brotherhood of Man, where we can all live together in harmony if we would just all learn to get along.

By February, they had banded together under the banner of the Useful Idiot Brigade. The unofficial leader emerged in the person of Michael Moore, who was in France accepting an award for an alleged (and discredited) ‘documentary’ about Columbine that was just another liberal anti-gun propaganda piece.

While Moore praised the French for trying to prop up Saddam Hussein, the rest of Hollyweird lined up in support of Saddam Hussein, encouraged by the lunatic left as embodied by the Right Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

The useful idiots at home and at the UN managed to delay the war until March, forcing our troops to begin the fight during the dreaded Iraqi sandstorms and to continue it through Iraq’s 120 degree plus summer months.

Assessing the war through the eyes of the mainstream media, you could only conclude that we were losing the war (until it was won).

By April, the liberals were crying that, having substantially won the war, the US immediately began ‘losing the peace’.

As 2003 progressed with no new attacks from al-Qaeda, the deceivers launched a two-pronged attack, saying the government didn’t do enough to prevent 9/11 while simultaneously complaining about too much security.

By July, then-presidential candidate Bob Graham began calling for George Bush’s impeachment.

In August, attention shifted away from Iraq briefly to focus on the evils of Christianity. Judge Roy Moore became the target of the mainstream media, who castigated him for refusing to remove the 10 Commandments monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Although an August Gallup poll found that 77% of Americans supported Moore’s position, Judge Moore lost his job, and 10 Commandment monuments across the nation became targets of the liberal left.

While no public school teacher in America would dare to read the Bible in class, the NEA endorsed a MANDATORY curriculum called “A Simulation of Islamic History and Culture” – paid for with public money. The American Center for Law and Justice filed a lawsuit, using the same arguments that were used to remove the 10 Commandments in Alabama.

The ACLJ lost when a federal judge ruled that forcing students to study from the Koran, memorize parts of it, pray to Allah and act out Islam’s Five Pillars of Faith’ was NOT a government endorsement of religion.

In September, the uber-liberal Canadian government passed a landmark piece of legislation called Bill C-250, repealing free speech unless it met certain government guidelines.

The Bible became hate literature because it contains prohibitions against homosexual conduct, and homosexuals became a legally protected minority. It was hailed by the liberal left of both countries as a ‘landmark decision for human rights.’

Under the new law, if a heterosexual criticizes the homosexual lifestyle, that is ‘hate speech’. If a homosexual criticizes the traditional heterosexual family, that is ‘free speech’.

In October, a US Army General was ripped to shreds by the LA Times and CNN for saying — in church — that America’s real enemy was Satan.

CNN covered the story without explaining that the General was standing in the pulpit of a church during a church service. It was a classic example of how to create a lie by telling the truth out of context.

CNN made it sound like Boykin was under some kind of media ‘investigation’ for his ‘extremist’ views, saying, “Audio and video tapes of Boykin’s public appearances before religious groups over the past two years were obtained exclusively by NBC News, which reported on them Wednesday night on the “Nightly News” with Tom Brokaw.”

Los Angles Times op-ed columnist William Arkin wrote that, General Boykin “spews this intolerant message while wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army . . .strongly suggests that this is an official and sanctioned view and that the U.S. Army is indeed a Christian army whose mission is to carry out a Christian jihad .

Lt. General Boykin had been nominated for Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. With the ‘shocking’revelation that he went to church and believed the Bible went public, his nomination went in the trashcan.

In November, the Congress passed a bi-partisan bill that forbade partial birth abortion, which is the practice of killing a full term healthy baby before it’s feet have completely exited the womb.

Legal challenges were immediately launched and federal courts across the country agreed. “Allowing Congress to practice medicine without a license endangers the lives and health of women,” Vicki Saporta, chief executive officer of the NAF, told the Associated Press. “Thankfully, the court understood the gravity of the situation and stopped this law from taking effect.”

Douglas Johnson, a spokesman for the National Right to Life Committee, explained what the court’s ‘understanding of the gravity of the situation’ really meant.

“Partly born, premature infants will continue to die at the point of seven-inch scissors because of these judicial orders,” Johnson commented. NARAL’s comments were widely quoted. Johnson’s were spiked.

The liberal media universally praised the courts for overturning a majority vote of Congress for ‘courageously protecting a woman’s right to choose’.

Universally ignored by the press was a Gallup Poll released in November that said only a slight majority of Americans (51%) describe themselves as ‘philosophically pro-choice’ but, even then, being ‘pro-choice’ isn’t the same as being pro-abortion.

When the poll question wording changes from ‘are you pro-choice?’ to ‘are you pro-abortion?’ the pro-abortion response is closer to 25%.

In addition, 86% of Americans support restrictions on abortion in the third trimester, and 69% in the second trimester. 62% support restrictions when a woman says she “can’t afford” the baby; and 51% would support restrictions on abortion of fetuses diagnosed as mentally handicapped.

Most Americans are NOT in favor of abortion on demand. A significant majority (if 86% of Americans can be called ‘significant’) oppose abortions in the third trimester.

Also spiked was the finding that third trimester abortions are on the rise, while abortions overall are at their lowest levels in thirty years.

The Congress and the Senate debated the issue for more than a decade and have passed two similar laws, both of which were vetoed by Bill Clinton.

After ten years of trying, the Congress and Senate passed a law that nine Americans in ten support. It was signed by the President of the United States. It was squashed before the ink was dry.

But you didn’t learn any of that from ABC News. Instead, you learned of a ‘victory for a woman’s right to choose’.

And December’s hot story was the debate over whether or not Christmas should be renamed to keep from offending liberals, atheists, Muslims and Jews.

The story was so hot, in fact, that it pushed Howard Dean’s statement that the capture of Saddam Hussein did NOT make America any safer right out of most newscasts.

Assessment:

2003 was the year deception became a legitimate art form. Scripture says that Satan is the father of deception. When asked what would be the sign of His soon return the first words out of His Mouth were, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you.’

He concluded His discourse by telling His disciples, “And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

2003 From the Rearview Mirror

2003 From the Rearview Mirror
Vol: 27 Issue: 30 Tuesday, December 30, 2003

The Apostle Paul wrote; “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

2003 was the year that the Supreme Court ruled that Texans have a constitutional right to sodomy, striking down a long-standing state law prohibiting it.

Another key legal ruling, this one by the Massachusetts Supreme Court, paved the way for legalizing gay marriages.

The revelations of rampant homosexuality among Catholic priests and the Vatican’s longstanding policy of covering up for pedophile priests in 2002 was followed by the elevation to bishop of Gene Robinson by the American Episcopal Church.

Gene Robinson was elevated to the post of Bishop of New Hampshire. Despite the fact he was a divorcee openly living in an active homosexual relationship.

A number of US parishes, including some within the New England state, announced that they were changing their names and setting up independently of the national church in protest.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant built his reputation as a role model for young people. He was charged in 2003 with raping a 19 year old woman.

The bizarre Michael Jackson was booked on multiple counts of child molestation as he protested that there was nothing wrong with sharing his bed with other people’s children.

Remarkably, many parents said they’d have no problem sending their kids to stay overnight at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

Rock and roll pioneer Phil Specter murdered an aspiring actress in his home. Singer R. Kelly was charged with statutory rape.

Madonna and Brittany Spears shared an open-mouthed kiss on national TV. Harry Potter, a series of books indoctrinating children into the occult, made its author richer than the Queen of England. One of the season’s top reality show hits is entitled ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.’

And “50 Cents”, a former drug dealer from Queens who wore his multiple gunshot wounds as a badge of honor became the year’s most popular and best-selling artist.

The Year Hatred BECAME a Cause

The sense of unity that swelled across the country in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks faded, and heated rhetoric and finger-pointing returned as America edged closer to the 2004 presidential race.

The nine Democratic contenders for the presidential nomination united over a single issue in 2003. The only thing they seemed capable of agreeing on is how much they hate George Bush.

2003 was the year much of America was driven insane by hatred. How else can you explain Dean s statement that the capture of Saddam Hussein doesn t make America safer? Saddam went to war with America (twice), waged war against our allies, attempted to assassinate an American President and actively funded terrorism against the United States.

And Dean is the FRONT RUNNER for the nomination!

The nominees are vying with one another to see who can be the most sympathetic to America’s enemies.

Former General Wesley Clark said of the homicidal maniacs currently held at Gitmo Bay, “I think they should be tried. I think we should convene an international court like the international criminal court. Not as prisoners of war, but give them lawyers and put them on trial.”

Howard Dean came back with “Military tribunals that fail to protect the basic rights of the accused lessen our moral credibility in the eyes of the world.”

John Edwards worried, “They never see a lawyer, never see a judge, never get a hearing. These things violate the very heart and soul of this country.”

From Howard Dean to Hillary Clinton, American soldiers are being told they are risking their lives in a war that has no legitimacy and no support back home. Terrorists learn from our own leaders than their strategy is working.

Each new terror attack prompts new calls for America to pull out effectively handing victory to our enemies.

The Year America Rejected God

Despite the fact an overwhelming majority of Americans polled identify themselves as Christian, Christianity took its worst beating in American history in 2003. The Bible portrays the last days in terms that can only be described as spiritual madness a time of ‘strong delusion’. Consider this for delusion.

According to virtually EVERY poll, the majority of Americans are Christians. Yet practicing Christianity is think about this ALREADY illegal under many circumstances. Preaching certain parts of the Bible concerning homosexuality is considered a ‘hate crime’.

Liberals have launched an all out assault on anything Christian, from removing the 10 Commandments from public parks to trying to rename Christmas to keep from offending anybody.

Nobody is advocating renaming Hanukah, Ramadan or Kwanzaa to keep from offending America s Christian majority.

The Bryon Independent School District in California won a lawsuit filed by the American Center for Law and Justice. The ACLJ complained about a course entitled, “Islam: A Simulation of Islamic History and Culture”.

Handouts introduce the lessons by proclaiming, “You and your classmates will become Muslims”, accompany the book. The student assumes a Muslim name, wears Muslim clothes and even memorizes a prayer that includes the line, “Praise be to Allah, Lord of Creation.”

A federal district court ruled that teaching the fundamental tenets of Islam, including praying to Allah, does NOT constitute state-sponsored religious instruction.

If any state in America mandated a course whereby students were given handouts telling them they will become Christians, carry Bibles and be required to memorize the Lord’s Prayer, that course would not last through the first period.

For generations, Christians have been allowed to freely and openly worship in America. That is changing. As the servants of political correctness become bolder, the attacks against Christians will become more violent.

Assessment:

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2 Peter 3:1-4)

The Wall

The Wall
Vol: 27 Issue: 29 Monday, December 29, 2003

The Israeli decision to act unilaterally by dismantling some illegal settlements in the West Bank, complete the security fence and redeploy its troops inside it sounds like its everything the Palestinians have been demanding.

The fence does run through some territory beyond the ‘Green Line’ (pre-1967 borders) but the land involved is negligible, especially when viewed historically.

The ‘Green Line’ is not a border — it was the armistice lines as they existed at the end of the 1948-49 Israeli War of Independence. Historically speaking, then, Israel’s Green Line existed for just 19 years.

Following the 1967 Six Days War, (the fourth of five wars of annihilation launched against Israel by her Arab neighbors), Israel retained and annexed the territory of the West Bank and Gaza that it won in battle, claiming it as a ‘buffer zone’ against future attacks.

Let’s stop here, for a second, and take a second look. Question: WHY would Israel NEED a buffer zone against future attacks?

Answer: To make it more difficult for the countries that had already attacked them four times in 19 years to do it again. Even with that buffer zone, the Arabs, led by Egypt and Syria, attacked Israel only seven years later, during Israel’s highest holy day, the Day of Atonement.

Despite the buffer zone, the Yom Kippur War of 1973 almost accomplished the Arab goal of annihilating Israel.

I don’t know if anyone has articulated Israel’s situation more succinctly than Prime Minister Golda Meir when defending Israel’s annexation of what are now called ‘Arab lands’.

She told a press conference in 1967, “The Arabs can fight, and lose, and return to fight another day. Israel can only lose once.”

The buffer zone plan didn’t work. The Jordanian Arabs who found themselves inside the buffer zone were abandoned by Jordan. Jordan declared them ‘Palestinians’ as did the other losing Arab states. Any ‘Palestinians’ living in these Arab states were promptly interned in Arab concentration camps. Thus began the myth of the ‘displaced Palestinians’.

This isn’t political opinion — it is history. Whether or not one likes the historical record is immaterial. Something either happened or it didn’t.

What didn’t happen was that Palestinian territory was ‘occupied’ by a ‘brutal occupier’. Israeli administration meant economic opportunity, safer streets, and functioning municipal services.

I was in the West Bank in 1992 under Israeli ‘occupation.’ Bethlehem and Jericho were as clean and safe as was Jerusalem. There were tourists (and tourist money) everywhere.

Garbage wasn’t piled in the streets, homes weren’t shattered, the water was clean, the street lights were on, and it was hard to tell from looking around which side of the ‘Green Line’ one was actually on.

Then Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Agreement and took over the administration of municipal services. Does anybody else see the connection between that event and the spiral into chaos that now characterizes the ‘territories’?

Oslo initially gave Arafat civil administrative authority over Jericho to see how that worked out. Arafat demanded the entire West Bank, the Gaza Strip and half of Jerusalem, looted the Palestinian treasury, began the current terrorist war and ultimately turned it into the garbage dump it is today.

Assessment:

The ‘Green Line’ existed for just 19 years. For the next 30 years, the West Bank and Gaza were entirely within Israel’s de facto borders. The Arafat administration has only existed for a decade. Israel has only existed for fifty-five years. So for the majority of its history, Israel was bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River.

The ‘Green Line’ was not only a temporary armistice line, it was pushed back as the direct result of Arab violation of that original armistice.

Now, we return to the fence and Sharon’s unilateral steps. Since Oslo, Arafat has demanded a Palestinian state with recognized borders. Sharon’s unilateral peace plan would accomplish exactly that.

Only ten years ago, Israel controlled the entire West Bank. With the fence, Israel’s buffer zone shrinks to only a few miles in some places — with most of the fence following the 1948 armistice lines.

For ten years, the Palestinians under Yasser Arafat have refused to take yes for an answer, culminating with Arafat’s refusal in 2000 of a contiguous state comprising 97% of the West Bank and ALL of the Gaza strip.

Instead, Arafat launched the current war against Israel that has destroyed the Palestinian economy, its social infrastructure and claimed thousands of lives.

Among Sharon’s unilateral peace efforts being denounced world wide is his acceptance of the Arab demand for ethnic cleansing of Jews from PA controlled territories.

“There will be no construction behind the existing construction line, no expropriation of land for construction, no special economic incentives and no construction of new settlements,” Sharon said earlier this month.

Ok, let’s look at the scorecard. Arafat demanded ethnic cleansing of the West Bank. Sharon has already begun that process — unilaterally. Arafat demanded a state with firm borders. Sharon has agreed to statehood, and the fence provides those borders.

From the beginning, Israel had only asked to be left in peace. The 1949 armistice was supposed to mean peace. The Arabs started the wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973, wars in which the intent was to annhilate Israel.

Oslo was supposed to bring peace to Israel and a state to the Palestinians. Arafat started the current terror war, aimed primarily at Jewish women and schoolchildren.

Israel entered into peace talks at every possible opportunity, despite Arafat’s oft-repeated statements that the peace agreements were really a delaying tactic until the Arabs could destroy Israel from within.

In it’s desperation to live, Israel has abandoned any claim to the West Bank or Gaza. And one needn’t be a rocket scientist to figure out that the fence would not have been necessary if the Palestinians weren’t waging an offensive war against them to force Israel to modify agreements that the PA had already signed.

But the UN General Assembly says that by constructing a security fence to protect themselves, Israel is violating agreements it NEVER signed, but were instead issued unilaterally against them by UN resolutions.

The World Court is expected to rule that Israel’s security fence is a violation of ‘international law’ — something that can’t be defined, since it gets redefined every time Israel attempts to comply with it.

Israel is the only genuinely free democracy in the Middle East, surrounded by tyrants, dictatorships and monarchies appointed by the British in the 1920’s.

Despite these facts, fully forty-three percent of Americans in a recent poll feel that Israel is the greatest threat to world peace today. An EU poll showed 59% of Europeans ranked Israel the number one threat to global security.

In the final analysis, Israel earned global emnity for the crime of wanting to live. The Palestinians have earned global sympathy, not for wanting a state BESIDE Israel, but for actively working to create a state INSTEAD of Israel.

The modern state of Israel has only existed for fifty-five years. Historical Israel was destroyed by Sargon II in 702 BC. Writing two generations AFTER there was no such place as Israel and two and a half millenia BEFORE there would again be a Jewish state by that name, the prophet Zechariah, under inspiration of God, wrote what could serve a kind of Israeli ‘Year in Review, 2003’.

“The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:1-3)

And in that day, wrote Zechariah, “I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only Son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10)

‘That day’ is coming. It is coming very, very soon.

The Prince of Persia

The Prince of Persia
Vol: 27 Issue: 28 Sunday, December 28, 2003

The earthquake that shattered the Iranian city of Bam has, so far, resulted in a confirmed death toll of more than twenty-two thousand people, and it is expected to go even higher. Some officials estimate the death toll will eventually exceed forty thousand — roughly fifty percent of the population of the ancient city.

Bam is on the old Silk Road route between China and Europe used by merchants and travellers for centuries.

A large part of an ancient citadel, dating back to the time of Christ, was destroyed in the quake, together with nearly three-quarters of the city. Workers dug with shovels and even their bare hands to extricate bodies and possible survivors from the remains of flattened buildings. So far, less than two hundred people have been pulled from the rubble alive.

Rescue teams from around the world have converged on the devastated region, including the use of sniffer dogs. Iran’s reluctance to allow foreign rescue teams to use sniffer dogs in the past has resulted in uncounted deaths.

In Iran, dogs are ‘najess’ or unclean. The Islamic authorities have passed countless laws against dogs since the overthrow of the Shah — but since the mid-1990s a growing number of Iranian theologians have justified the use of sniffer dogs to save human life.

For the first time, Iran’s Interior Minister specifically requested that international rescue teams bring sniffer dogs with them.

The earthquake so devastated Iran that Tehran has opened its airspace to international flights carrying relief supplies and waived visa requirements for foreign relief workers.

Planes from Britain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey have already arrived. Italy and countries as far apart as South Africa and South Korea said they would fly in equipment, aid and workers.

The disaster is far too huge for us to meet all of our needs, President Mohammad Khatami said, declaring three days of mourning. Khatami said that Iran would accept aid from any country, including that Great Satan, the United States. Any country at all.

Except Israel.

Assessment:

I was fascinated by the way the story is being reported world-wide. Virtually every report managed to make Iran’s acceptance of foreign aid sound like it was Tehran that was being gracious, and not the donor states.

Indeed, the fact that Iran was willing to accept aid from the United States was, to the global press corps, more admirable, somehow, than the fact the United States was willing to send it.

Most remarkable of all is the fact that Iran’s rejection out of hand for any aid from Israel was treated so matter of factly.

To me, the fact that Israel would offer to send aid to its most implacable enemy, instead of rejoicing at their misfortune, speaks volumes about the character and nature of the Jewish state.

Equally lost on the world was what it said about the character and nature of the Tehran government.

Daniel records a time when he prayed and prayed for deliverance of his people, and seemingly, the doors of heaven were closed to him.

“In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” (Daniel 10:2-3)

When the revealing angel came to Daniel at the end of those three weeks, he explained, “Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” (Daniel 10:12-13)

The angel was enroute to meet Daniel for a specific reason: “Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.” (Daniel 10:14)

We are now in those ‘latter days’ and Daniel’s people continue to live under the ancient threat from the enemy angel — the Prince of Persia — whose hatred of the Jews is no less white hot today than it was 2500 years ago when he did battle with God’s messenger.

The word picture painted by the angel, the conflict with the Prince of Persia that ultimately necessitated the archangel Michael’s intervention, is particularly revealing.

The revealing ‘angel’ or messenger is really the preincarnate Lord Jesus Christ. Compare Daniel’s description in Daniel 10:5-6 to John’s description of the Ancient of Days, the Alpha and Omega of Revelation Chapter 1.

The archangel Michael is the angel assigned to Israel.

“But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.” (Daniel 10:21)

And the Prince of Persia is still there, waiting for the bell to signal Round Two.

There is no earthly explanation for why Iran, as devastated as it is, would reject an offer of help from Israel, but as we’ve noted many times already, the conflict is spiritual.

Because we are living in the last days.

Note:

Please excuse the late delivery of your Omega Letter. I don’t believe I have ever been more sick than I continue to be as a result of this flu bug. I’ve had it for twenty-one days today — it is brutal. Thank you all for your patience and prayers.

Descent into Madness

Descent into Madness
Vol: 27 Issue: 27 Saturday, December 27, 2003

All this week, Fox News has been running a series of reports under the banner question, ‘War on Christianity?’ that purports to ‘get to the bottom’ of alleged persecution of Christians in America.

Of course, it doesn’t actually ‘get to the bottom’ of anything, since all Fox did was grant a forum to idiots like Barry Lynn, who insists on wearing the title ‘Reverend’ while doing his level best to ensure the cause of Christ is completely removed from American life.

Lynn explains, “There is no real conflict between my status as a minister in the United Church of Christ and my rigorous advocacy of church/state separation. I have always believed that the strength of American religion is that it is voluntary.”

Therefore, he argues, voluntarily saying the Pledge of Allegiance should be banned. Voluntary school prayer should be banned. Voluntary attendence of after school Bible studies should be banned.

Lynn calls this view ‘progressive’ and believes anyone who disagrees with him should be marginalized as members of the ‘fundamentalist religious right’ whom he works tirelessly to silence. (Is it just me? — or am I just not ‘progressive’ enough?)

While Lynn equated Judge Roy Moore’s stand for the 10 Commandments with fundamentalism as dangerous as Osama bin Laden’s or the Taliban’s, he has no problem with the Byron School District’s mandatory course on Islam.

Students there are REQUIRED to dress in Muslim garb, take Muslim names, and pray in the name of “Allah the Magnificent,” “Allah the Compassionate.” Seventh graders are REQUIRED, as part of the state-mandated curriculum, to participate in their own jihad.

The textbook for the mandatory course — in use by the State of California since 1991 — is called “Islam: A Simulation of Islamic History and Culture”.

Handouts introduce the lessons by proclaiming, “You and your classmates will become Muslims” accompany the book. The student assumes a Muslim name, wears Muslim clothes and even memorizes a prayer that includes the line, “Praise be to Allah, Lord of Creation.”

When the American Center for Law and Justice (the Christian equivalent to the ACLU) filed suit, the 9th Circuit Court agreed with Lynn. Teaching the fundamental tenets of Islam, including praying to Allah, does NOT constitute state-sponsored religious instruction. As long as there isn’t a Bible anywhere on the premises, its merely ‘progressive’ education.

One parent, Jen Schroeder of San Luis Obispo, tried to pull her son out of the class. The school’s principal denied her request. Schroeder wasn’t very ‘progressive’.

One has to be ‘progressive’ to understand the difference. If any state in America mandated a course whereby students were given handouts telling them they will become Christians, carry Bibles and be required to memorize the Lord’s Prayer, that course would not last through the first period.

Progressives like the Reverend Barry Lynn would make sure of it.

Assessment:

The Constitution’s 1st Amendment, the one that Progressives worship as the ‘Separation Clause’ says that Congress shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion. . .”

There is not a word about keeping faith-based activities out of public activities or public life. If it was their desire to eliminate Christian influence on government, then why has Congress always opened their sessions with prayer? Why must people take an oath on the Bible to tell the truth when acting as a witness in a courtroom?

The founders never meant to deny religious expression in public forums; they only wanted to prevent the federal establishment of a particular religion. More specifically, they didn t want the federal government to endorse a specific Christian denomination.

While the federal government wasn t to endorse a specific religion, nothing prevents the individual states from doing so. In fact, several states had officially recognized state religions, as late as 1877, and these were never considered unconstitutional.

That was then. This is now. Since the rise of the ‘progressives’ (Democrats like that word more than ‘liberal’ America has become the battleground for an all-out war against Christianity. During the Clinton administration, the FBI, BATF and other federal agencies have been used to spy on certain Catholic and Protestant organizations.

The Justice Department kept dossiers on various leaders of these organizations. For an individual to qualify for observation he merely had to be pro-life. A pro-life Christian clearly deserves considerably more watching than illegal aliens or individuals traveling to the U.S. from countries known to train terrorists. Just ask a self-proclaimed ‘progressive’, like Nancy Pelosi or Ted Kennedy.

Why Christianity? Christianity is a religion of faith and conscience. People like Barry Lynn or Nancy Pelosi or Ted Kennedy don’t WANT a conscience.

If they had one, they would have to admit how immoral and unethical they are. They might even actually feel they have to be held accountable. Therefore, they have to attack the source of moral conscience. This explains why school districts can force kids to learn Islam, but would immediately fire a teacher caught with a Bible in the classroom. Even a closed Bible sitting on a shelf. (It’s happened)

For generations, Christians have been allowed to freely and openly worship in America. That is changing. As the servants of political correctness become bolder, the attacks against Christians will become more violent.

It was only a few years ago that discussions about the antichrist and the Mark of the Beast invariably ended with ‘it can’t happen here’ — but it is happening. Any faith except Christianity is protected in America. Is that not the spirit of antichrist?

The Bible says of the antichrist, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Revelation 13:7)

Only a few short years ago, that idea was so far-fetched, especially in America, that it seemed impossible. How impossible does it seem now?

The Bible portrays the last days in terms that can only be described as spiritual madness — a time of ‘strong delusion’. Consider this for delusion. According to virtually EVERY poll, the majority of Americans are Christians. Yet practicing Christianity is — think about this — ALREADY illegal under many circumstances. Preaching certain parts of the Bible are ‘hate crimes’ whereas teaching school kids Islam is ‘progressive’.

Progressives argue, in the name of religious tolerance, that Christianity should be outlawed. Progressive ‘tolerance’ doesn’t mean treating people of opposing viewpoints with civility and respect. Instead, it demands that Christians accept anti-Christian values, while simultaneously demanding Christian values be rejected, even by Christians, as ‘intolerant.’

Up is down, black is white, and things that are different really ARE the same.

A kindergartener can’t hold or join hands in prayer with her classmate because she s deemed to be establishing a church. And a high school gospel choir can’t sing in a Florida church off campus because that s an intermixture of church and state.

Janice Price at DePauw in Greencastle, Indiana, put a magazine, James Dobson s “Teachers in Focus,” in the back of the classroom. In it was an article on how to approach homosexuals. She was suspended for creating a hostile environment and fined the equivalent to 25% of her salary.

Scripture explains; “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

This is another example of one of those things that makes NO sense in the natural — because it isn’t. It is supernatural warfare spilling out into the here&now, exactly as the Bible said it would.

We are living in the last days foretold by Scripture. The last of the last days.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The Bible, the ACLU and Cannibalistic Cows

The Bible, the ACLU and Cannibalistic Cows
Vol: 27 Issue: 26 Friday, December 26, 2003

A single cow that was slaughtered in Washington State was confirmed as having Bovine Sponiform Encephalitis, more commonly known as ‘Mad Cow Disease.’ While BSE only affects cattle, consuming infected meat can cause a similar disease in humans called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), or vCJD.

The disease is not common; as of May 2003, there have only been a reported 139 cases of vCJD worldwide.

BSE has been of great concern since 1986, when it was first reported among cattle in the United Kingdom. At its peak, in January 1993, almost 1,000 new cases per week were identified.

The nature of the transmissible agent in BSE is not known. Currently, the most accepted theory is that the agent is a modified form of a normal cell surface component known as a prion protein.

Why or how this substance changes to become disease-producing is still unknown. Prions are resistant to common treatments, such as heat, to reduce or eliminate its infectivity or presence. In other words, cooking or freezing the meat has no effect on it.

There is a disturbingly high instance of the use of the word ‘unknown’ in most scientific documents referencing BSE and vCJD, especially considering the USDA’s confidence that the Holstein cow slaughtered in Washington was the only instance in the United States.

BSE came into existence as a consequence of feeding cattle feed made from the remains of other slaughtered animals. The outbreak in the United Kingdom may have started from the feeding of scrapie-contaminated sheep meat-and-bone meal to cattle. Scrapie is a disease of sheep that is related to BSE in cattle.

There is strong evidence that the outbreak in cattle was amplified in the United Kingdom by feeding rendered bovine meat-and-bone meal to young calves.

Here is what makes BSE-related vCJD so terrifying. Symptoms may not appear for as long as EIGHT years after infection. There are no early warning signs. Once infected, there is no cure. At first, the patient has symptoms resembling those of Alzheimer’s Disease. As the patient nears death, the symptoms more closely resemble rabies as the brain wastes away.

The disease is 100% fatal and the diagnosis cannot even be confirmed until after the patient is dead.

So, had the hamburger you got from your favorite fast food place been infected, about eight years from now, your brain would begin to break down, become spongy, and your illness would be untreatable, and results in a slow, painful, horrible death. Scared yet?

Assessment:

The USDA’s assurances that the US meat supply is ‘safe’ are based on the fact only one cow was diagnosed with the disease. It was a ‘downer cow’ which is a term used for cattle too sick to stand or walk.

Under USDA regulations, such cattle are routinely slaughtered for human consumption. Most downers are spent dairy cattle, and are the prime carriers of “mad-cow” disease.

The Holstein in Yakima County that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was unable to walk due to complications from a pregnancy.

A 2001 study in Germany found that downed cows were up to 240 times more likely to test positive for BSE. The USDA itself has warned that downers “represent a significant pathway for spread of disease if they are not handled or disposed of with appropriate safeguards.”

Despite this known threat, an average of only 10 to 15 per cent of downers are tested for BSE in this country.

Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman and beef-industry representatives blithely assure the public that our food supply is safe. Yet the continuing boycott of Canadian beef by the U.S. and some 30 other countries that so far has cost Canada almost $3 billion makes that claim ring hollow.

(A single cow infected by BSE in Canada was discovered earlier this year.)

The Congress attempted to pass a law requiring ‘downer’ cows to be euthanized and their meat destroyed, but it was killed in conference committee after the dairy industry lobbied against it.

Farmers continue to sell these crippled, low-value animals for processed meat or hamburger, instead of euthanizing them.

(A study by California Department of Agriculture found that their average net value to the farmer is just $28.70 per animal after shipping and other costs are factored in.)

Following its recent outbreak that involved a single, aged dairy cow, Canada is on the verge of banning the slaughter of downed cattle.

That’s exactly the preventive action the USDA should have ordered months ago when the discovery of BSE north of the border signaled its virtually certain appearance here.

While the slaughter of ‘downer cows’ for human consumption is perfectly legal in the US, the USDA banned the meat from ‘downer cows’ from the National School Lunch program. Most fast food chains, like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King deemed downer meat too dangerous for its customrs and refuse to buy it.

California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin prohibit downers from being sold or killed at state-inspected abattoirs.

But states have no control over federally regulated slaughterhouses that process most of these disabled animals. The USDA says that the most risky parts of the cow are the brain and spinal cord tissue, and prohibits processing those parts. Although the federal government bans brain and spinal cord tissue in all meat, a 2002 Agriculture Department survey found central nervous system tissue in beef products at 74 percent of the plants tested.

Despite the assurances of safety, last year the USDA inspected only 20,526 cattle out of a herd of 35 million.

In our hi-tech world, the Bible continues to be under assault as an archaic book of superstitions and outdated rules — rules so dangerous that the mere posting of ten of them in public brings atheists, ACLU lawyers and the lunatic fringe of the liberal left streaming to little towns across America, where they demand these dangerous rules be removed before impressionable young children can read, (and worse, even follow) the Ten Commandments.

To the lunatic fringe of the liberal left, the Bible is dangerous, and has no value or place in modern American society.

We return to the cause of BSE — the rendering of bovine by-products into feed given to young calves.

In the Hebrew books of the Law, in which we find the Ten Commandments, there are no less than THREE admonitions saying, “Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk” (Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:26 and Deuteronomy 14:21)

Any questions?

Sitrep: Christmas Eve 2003

Sitrep: Christmas Eve 2003
Vol: 27 Issue: 24 Wednesday, December 24, 2003

The Palestinian Authority is scrambling to explain the mass exodus of Christian Palestinians from Bethlehem as the result of Israeli occupation, but this time, even the most liberal media is having a hard time giving this story ‘legs’.

The best the BBC could do was to explain that ‘Christians are generally better educated and more prosperous than their Muslim neigbors’ suggesting they have better employment opportunities abroad.

Another possibility, suggests the Beeb helpfully, is that; “Many lose hope because of the continuing violence and the breakdown of the peace process. No one wants to bring up their children in an atmosphere of daily insecurity.”

Then of course, a single throwaway line containing the tiniest whiff of the truth, with the Beeb is careful to dispel in the same line.

“The rise of Islamic militancy is also a factor, though one that is hotly debated.” Hotly debated by whom?

In 1948, Christian Palestinians were a majority in the town of Jesus’ Birth, making up almost 70% of the city’s population. Today, that number has dwindled to less than one-third and is plummeting.

While the anti-Israel press blames Israel, in territories administered by the Palestinian Authority, where 50,000 Christians live, a draft constitution names Islam as the official religion. Could that be a reason? Certainly not, claim the PA’s apologists.

In another decade or so, given present trends, there will be few if any Christians living in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. The same is true of Nazareth, where Jesus grew up, and even of Jerusalem, where nearly 600 historic churches still stand.

Christians in the Palestinian territories have dropped from 15 percent of the Arab population in 1950 to just 2 percent today. Both Bethlehem and Nazareth, which had been overwhelmingly Christian towns, now have strong Muslim majorities.

Today three-fourths of all Bethlehem Christians live abroad, and more Jerusalem Christians live in Sydney, Australia, than in the place of their birth.

Christians now comprise just 2.5 percent of Jerusalem, although those remaining still include a few born in the Old City when Christians there still constituted a majority.

In his recent book, “The Body and the Blood: The Holy Land’s Christians at the Turn of the Century,” Charles Sennott reports on one Christian community after another that is “perilously close to extinction.”

“In one Jerusalem parish there were not enough young Christian men left to carry a casket at a funeral In the sanctuary of an Upper Egypt monastery, Christians cowered in fear of violence from Islamic militants and systematic human rights violations by Egypt’s police state. In Lebanon the empty halls of once-grand Maronite Christian monasteries echoed a long-distant past crumbling and disappearing in the aftermath of a devastating civil war In all these places I found the Christian community withering, as daily life grew steadily more difficult.”

If the exodus is the result of harsh Israeli policies, then why are only Christians fleeing the Holy Land? There are several reasons, all of which are being revised faster than you can set the spin cycle to ‘fluff’.

Since 1975 Arafat has tried to erase the historic Jesus by depicting Him as the first radical Palestinian armed fedayeen (guerrilla).

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority has adopted Islam as its official religion, used shari’a Islamic codes, and allowed even officially appointed clerics to brand Christians (and Jews) as infidels in their mosques.

The militantly Islamic rhetoric and terrorist acts of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah – all of which Arafat has tolerated and even encouraged – offer little comfort to Christians.

Since the December 1995 Palestinian takeover of Bethlehem, Arafat has placed the Church of the Nativity and other key Christian sites under his direct political supervision.

Palestinian converts to Christianity have been harassed, Christian cemeteries have been destroyed, monasteries have seen their phone lines cut and convents have been broken into.

The Times of London reported back in December 1997: “Life in (PA ruled) Bethlehem has become insufferable for many members of the dwindling Christian minorities. Increasing Muslim-Christian tensions have left some Christians reluctant to celebrate Christmas in the town at the heart of the story of Christ’s birth.”

In May 1999, Sheikh Yussef Salameh, the Palestinian Authority’s undersecretary for religious endowment, praised the idea that Christians should become ‘dhimmis’ (2nd class citizens) under Muslim rule, and such suggestions have become more common since the second intifada began in October 2000.

The grand mufti of Jerusalem, directly appointed by Arafat, has declared that there are no Jewish stones in Jerusalem and “not even the smallest indication of the existence of a Jewish temple on this place in the past.”

Ok, suppose for a second you were a Palestinian Christian living in the Holy Land, and it turns out that there was never a Jewish Temple?

Jesus chased the moneychangers out of — where? The grand mufti did not say. But the implications are clear — if you are Palestinian Christian practicing your faith, your existence is a constant reminder that there must have been a Temple somewhere.

But, to listen to the Beeb and other news outlets, Palestinian Christians — and only Palestinian Christians — are leaving Bethlehem in droves because they can get better jobs elsewhere. The population of Bethlehem itself isn’t shrinking — Palestinian Muslims are quickly moved in to take the places of the fleeing Christians.

The spin from the anti-warriors is that the West is waging an unfair war against Islam, a ‘religion of peace’, that allegedly has respect for what they call the “People of the Book” (Christians and Jews) and that only a tiny handful of Muslims are actually conducting a religious war against the West.

Assessment:

Christians in Saudi Arabia are routinely arrested for having Bibles or holding private, in-house worship services. There are NO Jews in that country.

Christians are fleeing traditional Middle East strongholds like Lebanon, where they are now a minority, and Egypt’s famous Christian Antioch community has dwindled from 15,000 a few years ago to a handful today.

Arab Christians who believe the Bible are faced with accepting a Palestinian militant feyadeen version of Jesus Who never drove Jews out of the Temple, (since there were never any Jews in ‘Palestine’), converting to Islam, or fleeing to other countries not under Arafat’s benevolent protection of the Holy Sites of the ‘three great religions’ — since there is evidently only one. Judaism and Christianity cannot exist, if modern Islamic tradition is true. So much for the ‘People of the Book’.

Thanks to Arafat’s benevolent protection of the Holy Places of the Holy Land, there will be about 200 tourists in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, 2003, as opposed to the hundreds of thousands of Christians who made the pilgrimage in years past, under Israel’s ‘brutal’ occupation.

And most of the world is eager to hand Arafat his own state, saying it is the only path to ‘peace’ in the Middle East.

America’s Christmas, 2003, will be spent under the shadow of an impending terrorist attack that is being billed as greater than that of September 11.

Muslims in America are banding together to create an ‘Anybody But Bush’ voting bloc, already being courted by presidential hopefuls like John Kerry and Howard Dean.

“I want to earn the support of Muslims and Muslim leaders across the United States,” Sen. John Kerry told a recent gathering at the Muslim Public Affairs Council annual convention. Howard Dean told the same conference that; “I very much hope for your support.”

“Today I go to mosques and many people tell me they’ll vote for ABB — anybody but Bush,” said Hossam Ayloush, head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in southern California.

President Bush has continued to court the Islamic vote in America by promising to give Arafat permanent control, through the offer of statehood, to the holiest places of both Christians and Jews, in return for a transparently dishonest promise those sites will be ‘protected’ for adherents to all three faiths.

In the natural, none of this makes any sense. But, we are in the last days foretold by the prophets — so there is no ‘natural’ sense to be had. This is a supernatural conflict, now openly waged in the natural world.

Paul wrote that, ‘in the last days, perilous times shall come.’ (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus said, “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” (John 16:2)

Zechariah wrote; “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:2-3)

After outlining the signs of His coming and the end of the Church Age, Jesus concluded; “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

So, the situation report for Christmas Eve, 2003, seems, in the natural, to be as dismal as any in living memory. But not for Christians — which is of itself, proof events ongoing are supernatural.

Some Christmas message! It sounds like gloom and doom and misery. Not to us that are saved.

Instead, it is undeniable evidence that the Lord remains on His Throne, intimately involved in the affairs of men. What looks like chaos to the world is proof to the Christian that all is firmly under God’s control.

We are eyewitnesses to the fulfillment of promises outlined by God, thousands of years in advance, to reassure us that no promise of Scripture will go unfulfilled.

Including His promise to return for His Church.

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Romans 13:11)