The Riddle of Noah and Lot

The Riddle of Noah and Lot
Vol: 48 Issue: 22 Thursday, September 22, 2005

Matthew 24:37: “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” To get a look at that distant, future, generation who would witness the return of Christ, Jesus tells us to look to that distant, past generation who witnessed the Great Flood.

The story of the days of Noe or, Noah, begins with Genesis Chapter Six in which the ‘sons of God’ took wives from the ‘daughters of men’ (6:2).

First, the ‘sons of God’ – those are us, right? Wrong.

When the 70 Jewish scholars that worked on the Septuagint (a translation of the Old Testament Hebrew scriptures into Greek 300 years before Christ) translated the term sons of God in Gen 6:2, they used Angels of God .

Some like to quote Matt 22:30 to prove that angels cannot marry or procreate, but Jesus was addressing the angels in heaven . Genesis 6 speaks not of the obedient angels in Heaven, but of FALLEN angels.

Furthermore, anytime angels are seen by humans they are seen as male (Gen 18:1-19:22, Mark 16:5-7, Luke 24:4-7, Acts 1:10-11) and in the Genesis 18:1-19:22 passage we even see (unfortunately) that the ungodly men of Sodom desired the angels for themselves!

John 1:12 says that; “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” While we, (the Church) have BECOME the ‘sons of God’ by the Power of Christ, Jesus said to look to the ‘times of Noah’.

Genesis 6:2, 6:4, Job 2:6, 2:1, and Job 38:7 are the only Old Testament (pre-Jesus and pre-Church) references to the ‘sons of God’ and in every case, it refers to ‘angels’ — without exception.

There are references to the ‘sons of God’ in Romans, Philippians and 1st John as consisting of the Church, the power to BECOME the ‘sons of God’ is unique to the Church Age, and was unknown in Noah’s day.

The ‘daughters of men’ means exactly that — the daughters of men. Making ‘wives’ of them is not figurative, either, as Genesis 6:4 says ‘they bare children to them’ that the Bible says later became the ‘mighty men which were of old’.

In Genesis chapter 2, God promises a Redeemer who would be the ‘seed of a woman’. Clearly, if Satan could pollute the human bloodline, he could break God’s prophecy. Note that 6:8-9 say that Noah ‘found grace in the eyes of the Lord’ and that he was a ‘just man and perfect in his GENERATIONS’.

God chose Noah out of His grace, Noah was not necessarily good or deserving, rather merely ‘a just man’ BUT he was ‘PERFECT in his generations’ — untainted by the polluted bloodline of the angelic intermarriage.

Since Scripture doesn’t say such angelic intermarriage takes place in the last days, most folks see Jesus’ comment about Noah as prefiguring the Rapture.

That’s true, but there’s lots more there than that. Genesis Chapter 6 describes the most direct and unfettered contact between human beings in general and the spirit world recorded in the entire Bible — apart from those recorded in the Revelation during the Tribulation Period.

Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah . .

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (6:5)

It can be argued that television is imagination in a box. There, we vicariously live out all our dreams and fantasies. Somewhere on the cable dial, there is something for the imagination of everybody’s heart. . .

So take a look at what is the imagination of the thoughts of THIS generation’s heart. Porno, ‘slasher’ movies, Madonna, Brittany Spears, demon movies, movies about Satan — THAT’S the ‘imagination of our hearts’ continually.

Popular culture today is full of the use of spirit guides, alien encounters, and open satanic worship. It will continue and it will increase.

If you have read anything of those who are allegedly in contact with the aliens and spirit guides you will notice the same claims coming through that these beings are going to show themselves physically to those on earth soon.

A similar, but seldom noted parallel is the unholy offspring of Genesis 6 and DNA and cloning research.

The corruption of the human race was the main reason for the Flood and we are in the process of corrupting it again.

In Luke 17:28, Jesus says of the last days; “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot.

The inhabitants of Sodom wanted Lot to turn the angels over to them (Genesis 18:-19:22). The thought behind this is that the men of Sodom thought that sexual union was possible. 2 Pet 2:4-5 and Jude 6-7 also throw some light onto this passage.

Jude tells us that the angels abandoned their proper abode and then contrasts their actions with that of Sodom and Gomorrah, who in the same manner went after strange flesh.

The term strange flesh means to go after an unnatural sexual union. For the men of Sodom it was homosexuality, but for these fallen angels it was inter-marrying with human women.

In any case, the parallel between Sodom and this generation’s moral code is self-evident. You don’t need me to prove that.

Jesus also said that in the last days the signs and wonders performed would be so great that even the elect would be deceived if it were possible.

The Bible warns, “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?” (2 Peter 3:2-3) Peter also uses the example of the Flood and the times of Noah to illustrate the importance of understanding the times in which we live.

It is not a stretch to argue that the strong delusion of 2 Thessalonians could be tied to the emergence of an alien spaceship or direct visible contact with aliens (which in reality are demonic encounters).

Maybe it sounds nutty, but it does tie in with the days of Noah, and Hollywood has certainly been getting people used to the idea in the last decade or two.

The Hale-Bopp cult was convinced enough to die for it.

It would also be a powerful delusion strong enough to shake people s belief to the core. Except that Jesus reminds us that all these things have been prophesied before they happen so that your hope will be firmly rooted in the truth of God s word.

While other Christians scoff, argue that the Church has replaced Israel in God’s Plan, that they’ve been hearing ‘for ages’ that the Lord is coming back, or that prophecy was all fulfilled back in AD 70, keep this thought in mind.

God has chosen a few out of this generation to be the watchmen on the wall.

Peter tells us, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19)

Keep the faith. The King IS coming.

“Behold, I have told you before.” (Matthew 24:25)

Note:

I am still plagued with computer problems since my computer motherboard was fried during Hurricane Ophelia. My antivirus went crazy and I’ve been working on it all morning, afraid to surf the net without protection.

This morning’s OmegaLetter was originally published in 2003 and is being republished this morning with my apologies for the technical difficulties.

‘Stormy Wind Fulfilling His Word ‘

‘Stormy Wind Fulfilling His Word ‘
Vol: 48 Issue: 21 Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The speed with which Hurricane Rita is gathering strength is terrifying to behold. What had been a tropical storm only hours before making landfall on the Florida Keys as a weak Category One hurricane.

Although the Keys took a direct hit, damage and flooding was far below anticipated levels. Praise the Lord for His mercy!

But now Hurricane Rita is a Category Three hurricane, and the National Hurricane Center says it will most certainly reach Category Four status within hours. Rita is making a beeline toward the ravaged Gulf Coast, with most forecasts projecting landfall somewhere along the Texas Gulf Coast.

It is important to remember that in a hurricane, particularly one as massive as Rita is projected to be, where it makes landfall is not the only place affected. Add a hundred miles on either side, plus a hundred miles or so inland. Rita is a massive storm, one that could easily rival that of Katrina.

The latest National Weather Service Bulletin offers some slightly ‘hopeful’ projections, saying, “If anything can be said to be positive about this it is that hurricanes rarely maintain such a high intensity for a long period. For that reason Rita is likely to make landfall as a category 3 hurricane or less, Friday evening or Saturday morning.”

A ‘Category Three Hurricane’ is defined as having maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, accompanied by storm surges of 9-12 feet.

We just experienced a direct hit from Hurricane Ophelia, which brought Category One force hurricane winds that lingered for almost twelve hours. Although we personally sustained no damage more severe than a blown motherboard, much of the area took a real beating.

Less than 500 yards from my home, a shopping center’s roof was blown off. A pier collapsed less than a mile from me. I found a billboard sign from a restaurant behind my house laying on the beach beside a mile marker sign torn from the roadside some two miles up the road.

It is hard to imagine the destructive force of a Category Three hurricane like Rita.

Assessment:

“Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling His Word,” wrote the Psalmist. (148:8) ‘Stormy wind’ has all but flattened the Gulf Coast from Louisiana eastward to the Florida Panhandle. Now Rita threatens to sweep the Coast clean from Louisiana westward to south Texas.

But the Psalmist says in no uncertain terms that the ‘stormy wind’ is a direct fulfillment of God’s Word.

Proverbs 30:4 tells us that God “gathers the wind in His Fists.” During a sudden storm on the Galilee, Mark tells us that Jesus rebuked the wind, saying, “Peace, be still. And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

Is it God that sends hurricanes? In a word, yes.

This is one of those ‘hard sayings’ of Scripture that so perplexes atheists and skeptics, and even some Christians.

The question always arises; “Why do good things happen to bad people?” And nobody likes the answer, which is, in essence, “Why not?”

Sometimes, Scripture says, God uses storms as a method of judgment, as He did with the Great Flood, (Genesis 7:11) or in His judgment of Ramses II’s refusal to ‘let His people go’ from Egypt. (Exodus 9:23)

Sometimes, storms are just storms, (Job 27:21, Luke 12:55) necessary elements of the natural order of things.

And sometimes, storms can be a warning. (Jonah 1:4)

The Bible says that God deals directly with individuals to the degree that ‘even the very hairs of our heads are numbered’ (Luke 12:7) but that He also deals with nations collectively. As members of that collective group, catastrophe falls on us equally, according to His will.

James asks rhetorically, “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14)

Paul writes; “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)

I’ve told the story before about a man who was caught in a flash flood. A boat came by and offered to rescue him. “No, thanks,” the man replied. “I’m trusting the Lord to save me.” The boat went on and the water rose. A second boat came by and offered assistance.

“No, thanks,” the man replied. “I’m trusting the Lord to save me.” Finally, as the man stood on his rooftop, water rising to his chest, a helicopter dropped him a ladder. He waved it off, saying, “No, thanks. I’m trusting the Lord to save me.”

The man drowned and was brought into the Presence of the Lord. “What happened?” the man cried. “I trusted You to save me.” “What are you talking about?” answered the Lord. “I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”

I say that to say to our many brothers and sisters in the path of Hurricane Rita — evacuate! Remember the man in Alabama faced with the choice of letting the storm take his wife or take his kids.

Bad things happen to good people. The evacuation warnings are your ‘two boats and a helicopter’.

The National Weather Service says it expects to run out of names for the first time in its history this hurricane season. At the beginning of each Atlantic storm season, the center publishes a list of 21 storm names. They alternate male and female names in alphabetical order.

Rita is the 17th named storm of the season. The National Weather Service says that its backup plan (which has never been necessary) is to go to the Greek alphabet, with Hurricanes Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, etc. There has NEVER been a ‘Hurricane Alpha’.

Those who argue against a rapidly changing climate in favor of a normal routine storm cycle of ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ are at a loss to explain both the extent and ferocity of this storm season, already worse than the worst hurricane season since records began — and it is only halfway through. The Atlantic hurricane season runs until November 30.

Is Rita part of a Divine judgment on the Gulf Coast begun by Katrina? I don’t believe so. Not against the Gulf Coast, at least.

But it is part of an overall pattern predicted for the final days before the Tribulation judgments begin. When asked of the signs of His coming, Jesus predicted a general global upheaval, earthquakes, famines, wars, pestilences — on an ever-increasing scale of frequency and intensity.

He tied these events to the restoration of the ‘fig tree’ [Israel] and said that, like birth pangs, they would increase as the time approached.

As the signs progressed throughout that last generation before His return, Jesus warned,

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26)

Men’s hearts are certainly failing them for fear as Rita approaches the Gulf Coast in the wake of Katrina. Forecasters are certainly perplexed about the possibility of running out of names for the first time in history. Officials in New Orleans say Rita’s ‘sea and the waves roaring’ could breach its fragile levees and put the city back underwater.

Could it all be a coincidence? That is the only other possibility, and I haven’t that much faith in coincidences. I believe it is a warning, much like the warning sent to Jonah. (1:4)

“So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:31-32)

Before the Ink Was Dry . . .

Before the Ink Was Dry . . .
Vol: 48 Issue: 20 Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The ink isn’t even dry and the North Koreans are already beginning to backpedal on what had been hailed as recently as yesterday as a ‘breakthrough’ nuclear weapons deal.

Initial reports said that the White House was prepared to normalize relations with a government the president had earlier condemned as a member of “the axis of evil”; it agreed to consider construction of a civilian power reactor in North Korea; and it dropped its earlier insistence that North Korea had to completely dismantle its nuclear program before the United States would offer any economic aid or other benefits.

The San Francisco Chronicle ran a long analysis piece on the ramifications and wisdom of such a deal; evidently, its editorial writer was working off the North Korean interpretation of what the deal said.

The North Koreans issued a statement saying in effect that as soon as the United States provides a light-water nuclear reactor, it will suspend its nuclear program.

“The U.S. should not even dream of the issue of the DPRK’s dismantlement of its nuclear deterrent before providing LWRs,” said the statement, published by KCNA news agency. “This is our just and consistent stand as solid as a deeply rooted rock.”

(DPRK is short for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. LWRs are light-water reactors that experts say are more proliferation-resistant than others.)

The White House responded by saying that the North must completely dismantle its nuclear weapons program before talks on the light-water nuclear reactor can begin.

The State Department said the North’s views, set out in the lengthy statement, did not match the agreement it signed at six-country talks in Beijing.

Japan said the North’s demand was ‘unacceptable’ and China asked all sides to ‘fulfil their promises’.

Assessment:

The deal was doomed from the start; it was nothing more than a diplomatic pro-forma exercise. Appeasement doesn’t work, and that was what the six parties agreed to.

Veteran arms negotiator Fred Ikle summed up the reason why when he described Kim Jong Il as ‘appallingly nutty’.

In 1994, former president Jimmy Carter was dispatched by President Clinton to negotiate a nuclear weapons freeze with the ‘appallingly nutty’ Kim Jong Il.

Ultimately, the Clinton administration signed what was called the Agreed Framework, a deal that promised to provide North Korea with fuel oil, food assistance and, eventually, two civilian power reactors in return for a halt to its weapons activities.

(“Here’s some bullets. Don’t build any guns.”)

Carter returned to America waving a piece of paper and declaring, “peace in our time.” Back in North Korea, Kim starved his people, using American aid to build uranium bombs. The lowest estimate is that Kim starved to death over 1 million of his own people, even with the U.S. aid program.

During the mid-1990’s ‘Chinagate’ era, China allowed Pakistan to send nuclear technology purchased from Beijing to North Korea in exchange for North Korea’s No Dong missile technology. (Kim didn’t demand food for his starving millions. He wanted nukes.)

Beijing provided Pakistan with its nuclear weapons technology, including an operational atomic bomb design. Pakistan is now providing North Korea with equipment and engineering to assist in its bomb-making efforts.

North Korea acquired some key equipment for its nuclear weapons program from Pakistan in 1998. The key equipment, including a working gas centrifuge used to enrich uranium, was shipped to Pyongyang in the coffin of the murdered wife of a North Korean diplomat.

In 1999, Bill Clinton agreed to first major easing of economic sanctions against North Korea since 1953 Korean War truce. Six months later, Pyongyang threatened to restart its nuclear program if Washington does not compensate for loss of electricity due to delays in building nuclear power plants.

In June, 2001, Kim Jong Il warned the new Bush administration it will ‘reconsider’ its missile test moratorium if Washington doesn’t resume contacts aimed at normalizing relations.

In December, instead of offering more concessions, the Bush administration warned North Korea will be “held accountable” if they develop weapons of mass destruction.

In 2002, after the Bush ‘Axis of Evil’ speech, China sold Pyongyang a large shipment of tributyl phosphate, a key chemical used to extract plutonium and uranium from spent fuel rods for atomic bombs.

In February, 2005, Pyongyang officially announced it has nuclear weapons.

Yesterday, the Bush administration offered Pyongyang another appeasement deal, including pledges of energy assistance, promises not to invade or place nuclear weapons in the region and pledges to normalize relations with Kim Jong Il’s lunatic asylum of a country.

This morning, it’s back to Square One.

With each passing day, the world becomes more polarized, more focused, and always in the same direction prophesied in the future historical outline of the last days.

The Bible forecasts a world split up among four major spheres of global power; a revived Roman Empire, the Russian/Islamic Gog Magog Alliance, the Kings of the South and the Kings of the East.

China armed Pakistan with nukes, and assisted Pyongyang in getting theirs, while claiming credit for helping negotiate settlements for conditions they deliberately created.

Russia is currently doing exactly the same thing regarding its nuclear proliferation program with Iran, named chief conspirator by Ezekiel with Russia in the Gog-Magog invasion.

Opposing both Gog-Magog and the Kings of the East is the revived Roman Empire of Europe, who stepped up pressure on Tehran and this week threatened to refer it to the Security Council.

I am continually on the watch for something that breaks into the pattern; some new trend that tends to deviate from the general outline of alliances and geopolitical relationships forecast by the Bible for the last days.

Those that appeared to, such as the collapse of the Soviet Union and the apparent new friendship between Washington and Moscow, soon fell back into their prophesied pattern, and, as with Russia, generally fit the overall outline even more clearly than at first.

Earthquakes, famines, wars, ethnic unrest, pestilences, Israel, the unsolvable Arab-Israeli conflict, the prophesied geopolitical divisions and alliances, strange sights in the heavens, shifting global weather patterns, the collapsing social structure, the rise of global government, the global religious wars, the utterly essential global economy, the ever-increasing capacity of computer knowledge, religious persecution, nuclear proliferation . . . all in one generation.

A generation that, according to the Prophet Joel, would witness “wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” (Joel 2:30)

“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:33-34)

Tyranny of the Ten Percent

Tyranny of the Ten Percent
Vol: 48 Issue: 19 Monday, September 19, 2005

In the early 1960s, Roy Torcaso was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to the position of Notary Public.

When the time came for him to actually assume his duties, he was denied his commission and had his appointment rescinded because he refused to declare his belief in God. Torcaso filed suit in state court because he felt the test unfairly penalized him for not believing in God.

The Supreme Court ruled UNANIMOUSLY in Torcaso’s favor, issuing a ruling that prohibited the government from using religious faith as one of the criteria for assuming public office.

But the Torcaso v. Watkins case also included a much more important element, one overlooked by the Court in recent years.

In the final opinion, the Court ruled, “We repeat and again reaffirm that neither a State nor the Federal Government can constitutionally force a person “to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion.”

Here’s the key opinion . . . read it carefully.

“Neither can constitutionally pass laws or impose requirements which aid all religions as against non-believers, and neither can aid those religions based on a belief in the existence of God as AGAINST THOSE RELIGIONS FOUNDED ON DIFFERENT BELIEFS.”

Stay with me here, while Justice Black sums things up for us:

“Among the religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism, and others.”

The IRS grants secular humanism 501 (c)3 religious tax status, based on Welsh v. the United States (1970), in which the Supreme Court elaborated on the Torcaso dictum;

“[i]f an individual deeply and sincerely holds beliefs that are purely ethical or moral in source and content but that nevertheless impose upon him a duty of conscience to refrain from participating in any war at any time, those beliefs certainly occupy in the life of that individual a place parallel to that filled by… God in the lives of traditionally religious persons.” Thus, religious beliefs include many beliefs (for example, Taoism, Buddhism, and Secular Humanism) that do not posit the existence of a Supreme Being in the conventional sense.”

Boasts the Washington Area Secular Humanists on their website; “that promotes the application of critical thought, the scientific method . . .” etc., etc.

Let’s run down the belief structure of the religion of secular humanism:

1) There is no supreme being besides man. 2) Evolution as the explanation for the origin of life. 3) No afterlife. 4) Denial of the existence of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ as forces. Reasons for wrongdoing are explored through scientific methods, e.g. through study of sociology, psychology, criminology. 5) No concept of afterlife or spiritual liberation or salvation.

The American Humanist Association endorses elective abortion. Other contemporary views include working for equality for homosexuals, gender equality, a secular approach to divorce and remarriage, working to end poverty, promoting peace and nonviolence, and environmental protection.

Now, to America’s demographic structure for a second, courtesy of the CIA World Factbook under the heading ‘Religions’:

Protestant 52%, Roman Catholic 24%, Mormon 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 1%, other 10%, none 10% (2002 est.)

Are you still with me? “None” equals 10 percent of the US population. It is reasonable to infer a significant number of those in the ‘none’ category are secular humanists — ‘religionists’ — according to both established Supreme Court precedent and the IRS.

Assessment:

Last week, Michael Newdow, the country’s most selfish humanist obtained a court injunction declaring the words ‘under God’ unconstitutional and therefore, illegal.

Newdow already had the right to refuse to say ‘under God’ or even refuse to say the pledge at all. He objected to HEARING the words ‘under God’ — based on his OWN religious belief that there is no God.

Yesterday, the American Humanist Association blasted President Bush for ‘promoting prayer’ during Bush’s declared “National Day of Prayer and Remembrance” for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Here again, we see both religious views, deist and non-deist, included — prayer for deists — and ‘remembrance’ for the ten percent who deny the existence of God.

That isn’t good enough. Instead, the American Humanist Association said Bush used “religion as a diversion instead of fully admitting his mistakes and focusing on responsibility and readiness” regarding the Katrina disaster.”

(This, from an outfit that uses its religion to impose its will on the majority at every opportunity).

Mel Lipman, president of the AHA and a constitutional lawyer, blasted Bush for “promoting prayer,” saying his call for prayer and remembrance violates the First Amendment.

Lipman was referring to the so-called “Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment, which he reminded us, states that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.”

(Lipman’s statement conveniently ignored the rest of the clause; “nor prohibit the free exercise thereof”)

“The U.S. does not have a national religion – our president’s role is not the director of faith – a national day of prayer is inherently exclusionary and a violation of the First Amendment principle of church-state separation,” said Lipman.

Lipman is wrong. The United States doesn’t have a national religion. The United States has TWO ‘national’ religions. The declared legal religion of the United States is secular humanism. But to the rest of the world, the United States is the world’s most Christian country.

I agree that the United States, as a nation, should have no national religion, either Christian or humanist. If America’s national religion were Christianity, then the most popular Christians would end up running things. (Like Pat Robertson, Paul Crouch, Jerry Falwell — or maybe the Pope?)

It would seem obvious that the American Humanist Association, (which itself is a 501 (c)3 tax-exempt charity) should be blocked from imposing their religious beliefs on the rest of America, but, for some reason, the tyranny of the ten percent has all but eliminated any religious expression from the public discourse but their own.

Secular humanism is the only religion taught in public schools. Even the suggestion of intelligent design (a far cry from the acceptance of the God of the Bible) is immediately squashed by the ten percent tyrants among us.

The Bible defines secular humanism and secular humanists thusly: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalms 14:1)

Paul elaborates more fully: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: (Romans 1:28-31)

Paul’s outline is repeated again, for clarity, in his 2nd Letter to Timothy, except that a new detail was added first:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2nd Timothy 3:1)

Newdow Redux

Newdow Redux
Vol: 48 Issue: 17 Saturday, September 17, 2005

Michael Newdow, the California atheist who successfully argued that the Pledge of Allegiance violated the non-existent ‘separation clause’ of the Constitution before being overturned by the Supreme Court, refiled his lawsuit and has won another round.

First, a little background. Newdow is a both a physician and lawyer, in addition to being among the most selfish men in America. Newdow doesn’t believe in God, and therefore, he has made it his mission to ensure nobody else can, either.

The famous Greek philosopher of antiquity, Aesop, is credited with a fable that perfectly encapsulates Newdow’s position, called, “The Dog in the Manger.’

In his fable, a dog takes up residence in a manger and drives the hungry cattle away from their food. One cow turns to the other and observes, “What a selfish beast! He can’t eat, but he won’t let those who can.”

Newdow launched his first lawsuit on behalf of his daughter. Several observations about his case underscore the eagerness with which the courts embraced his lawsuit against God.

First, Newdow didn’t have custody of the child. Secondly, his child is a Christian who had no complaints about reciting the Pledge as written. Third, it was obvious to anyone who listened to Newdow that his beef wasn’t with the Pledge, but with his custody arrangement with his former girlfriend, who is now also a Christian.

Finally, there is no religion that I can think of that doesn’t have some kind of deity, almost all of whom are granted the title, ‘god’.

Newdow claimed that such references were ‘poisoning his daughter’s mind’ and, incredibly, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. I say ‘incredibly’ because the child in question was being raised a Christian.

It isn’t like the kid was a Muslim, or an atheist or a Buddhist or something. Logic would dictate that she hears a lot more about God at home and in church than the single, generic, reference to God in the Pledge.

So the ‘poisoning her mind’ argument is so transparently obvious that it boggles the mind.

Let’s summarize the case as those justices understood it.

Michael Newdow is the child’s biological father. The child’s mother has full custody. According to the custody order, Banning has the final say over their daughter’s education. Banning filed a brief with the court saying she was being educated according to her wishes and that she wanted her daughter to recite the Pledge without amendment. Banning teaches her daughter every day that America is a nation under God.

Newdow claims that the reference to God was forcing religion on his biological daughter, over whom he admitted he had no custodial standing. Newdow admitted that his daughter was being raised by a Christian as a Christian, in accordance with the custody order.

Knowing that Newdow had no legal standing to bring the lawsuit, having heard that the child was being raised in accordance with the custody order, and hearing that the child was a Christian, the 9th Circuit Court not only heard the case, but decided in favor of Newdow last year.

The effect of the 9th Circuit’s decision was to make it illegal to say the Pledge of Allegiance in its district, which covers most of the Western United States.

So, when the case reached the Supreme Court, they threw it out because it never should have been heard in the first place.

Assessment:

The 4th Amendment bars Congress from ‘establishing a religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof’. The courts have not ruled exactly what ‘religion’ is being established by a reference to God, and they have yet to address the second half of the so-called ‘establishment clause’ — that of prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

Obviously, if it is illegal to mention God in the Pledge of Allegiance, and there are people who WANT to mention God in the Pledge, then the court’s ruling upholds one half of the ‘separation clause’ by violating the other.

Not only is the 1st Amendment right guaranteeing the free exercise of religion in the trash can, it is joined by that other 1st Amendment right of freedom of speech.

It isn’t a crime in America to worship Adolf Hitler. It isn’t illegal in America to practice the tenets of a religion that is dedicated to the destruction of America, like Islam.

It isn’t a crime to say the president is a liar, or that America is a global bully, or that all Christians are fundamentalist looney-tunes, but the mention of God violates the supreme law of the land, according to the courts.

By its ruling, the Court decided that the God-given rights enshrined by the Constitution were granted by nobody.

The United States Constitution makes America a Constitutional Republic. What that means is that certain inalienable rights are endowed by the Creator and not the government.

And what the Creator has given, the government cannot take away. That is the most basic American fundamental principal. It was deliberately thought out as a measure to limit the government’s authority.

The Constitutional guarantees formed the basis for Newdow’s challenge in the first place. One of those ‘unalienable rights’ is the right to seek justice. So, under the Constitution, Newdow challenged the existence of the God under Whose grant Newdow’s Constitutional right not to believe in God is protected.

And the price for ‘protecting’ Newdow’s ‘right’ NOT to be offended is to give offense to the 9 out of 10 Americans whose religious beliefs are allegedly equally protected under the 1st Amendment.

South Dakota Senator Jim Thune accurately noted, following Newdow’s most recent court victory, “If the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional, then so is the recitation or study of the Declaration of Independence and every other historical document or inscription that recognizes the fact that this country was founded upon religious principles.”

Newdow’s previous lawsuit failed, not on its merits, but because the Supreme Court recognized Newdow had no legal standing to sue on his daughter’s behalf. So Newdow hunted down some other atheists who actually had custody of their children and sued through them. Now, the case goes back to the Supremes.

If it is ruled unconstitutional to acknowledge God as the Author of our liberties, then our liberties HAVE no Author, and the Constitution itself is vulnerable to legal challenge.

One can’t very well have a Constitution that guarantees basic individual liberty based on the authority granted by a legally-defined myth, can one?

God is not merely a part of American life, He is its Guarantor — the Constitution crumbles without His Hand on it. Remove the Guarantor, and who is left to guarantee? The government?

That’s EXACTLY why the Founding Fathers constructed the Constitution under the Authority of God. To keep our freedoms outside the review of government.

To this point, the courts have whittled God down to where it is a crime to identify Him via the Bible, but it is not yet a crime to acknowledge His protection over America.

The President closes almost every speech with ‘God bless America’ — the Supreme Court itself opens its sessions with the invocation, “God save this honorable Court and God Bless the United States”.

But should Newdow and his gang be successful in having God declared unconstitutional and that ‘pledging one nation under God’ is illegal, it is only a matter of time before somebody challenges the Constitutionality of the Constitution itself.

Thomas Jefferson is widely cited as the author of the phrase, ‘wall of separation’ based on a letter he wrote in 1812. For all of his accomplishments on behalf of America, it is the phrase, ‘wall of separation’ with which he is most identified.

But in 1798, Jefferson noted, “One of the amendments to the Constitution… expressly declares that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,’ thereby guarding in the same sentence and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; insomuch that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others.”

In other words, if it is illegal to invoke God, then the rest of the 1st Amendment; freedom of assembly, religion, speech and freedom of the press are all invalidated. How can one be forbidden to mention God and still have freedom of speech, religion or assembly?

The Pledge does not teach children about God or what to believe. It honors the convictions of our forefathers who gifted us the freedom to follow and practice the beliefs of our choice. Banning the public use of the word God from the school lives of our children is the most base violation of these rights.

One can trace our national misfortunes directly to our national relationship with God. As it wanes, so do our blessings. When it resurges, so too, does our national good fortune. But lately, we haven’t had a lot of national good fortune, in case anybody hadn’t noticed.

Jesus told His disciples, “Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.”

But there are two sides to the equation. The Lord then went on to say, “But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)

The Apostle Paul described the general worldview of planet Earth as it will exist in the last days, and in particular, I believe, the spiritual condition of the professing Church just before the return of Christ for His Church at the Rapture.

“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 . . .” (2nd Timothy 3:1-4)

The Lord’s seven letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor also correspond to various epochs within the Church Age over the past two thousand years. Each of the descriptions offered by Jesus correspond exactly with the prevailing worldview of the Church at some point throughout history — so much so that theologians can even assign dates based on the historical record.

The history of the Church may be correlated to Revelation 2-3 as follows:

1- Ephesus (2:1-7): the Loveless Church of the late Apostolic Age (to 100 AD), i.e., “Thou hast left thy First Love” (2:4).

2- Smyrna (2:8-11): the Suffering Church of the period of persecution (100-300 AD), i.e., “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer” (2:10).

3- Pergamos (2:12-17):the Compromising Church (300-500 AD) that led to the Dark Age, i.e., “Thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam [diffusing the power of the godly by alliances with darkness]” (2:14).

4- Thyatira (2:18-29): the Worldly Church of the Dark Age (500-1500 AD), i.e., “Thou sufferest that woman Jezebel [the harlotry of Rome]” (2:20).

5- Sardis (3:1-6): the Barely Alive Church of the Reformation (1500-1700 AD), i.e., “Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die” (3:1-2).

6- Philadelphia (3:7-13): the Missionary Church of the late Church Age (1700-1900 AD), i.e., “I have set before thee an Open Door, and no man can shut it” (3:8).

Finally, we have the seventh and final epoch in the history of the Church Age, the Church at Laodicea — the lukewarm Church of the present apostasy (1900 AD to the present), i.e., “Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth” (3:16).

Jesus concludes His future history of the various epochs of the Church Age with the following admonition:

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 3:22) With those words, the Book of the Revelation closes on the Church Age. In Revelation 4:1, there is a sudden shout from heaven, and an equally sudden shift from the earthly to the heavenly perspective. Stay with me, here.

“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” (Revelation 4:1)

A ‘door opened in heaven’. The sound, ‘like a trumpet’. A shout, “Come up hither,” and finally, the promise reveal the things ‘which must be hereafter.’

Hereafter what?

What is the event that ends the direct revelation and shifts to the things that happen next? Cross reference John’s description in Revelation 4:1 with that of 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17:

“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a SHOUT, with the voice of the archangel, and with the TRUMP of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and [hereafter] SO SHALL WE EVER BE with the Lord.”

“Wherefore, comfort one another with these words.” (1st Thessalonians 4:18)

Useless Nuisance (UN)

Useless Nuisance (UN)
Vol: 48 Issue: 16 Friday, September 16, 2005

Following revelations in the Volcker Report that unmasked the United Nations as a collection of self-serving diplomats less interested in preserving world peace than preserving the status quo (thereby ensuring its continued existence) no less an ‘ally’ that Russian President Vladimir Putin called for its preservation.

Speaking at the 60th session of the UN General Assembly, Putin said the will of civilized mankind not to allow new destructive wars and revival of barbaric ideologies advocating violence, aggression and racial superiority had clearly reflected in the establishment of the United Nations.

“The experience and authority of this organization,” Putin said, and its superior legitimacy let it play an indispensable, really unique role in global politics, economic and humanitarian cooperation.

Putin’s description of the United Nations fit the UN of the 1940’s but bears little resemblance to the creature that now resides along the East River.

Indeed, one could reasonably lay most of the world’s problems at the feet of the very organization that was created to prevent them. It gives validity to zealots and petty bigots. It helps to keep tyrannical dictators in power. It provides money and aid to international terrorists.

UN headquarters was given to the UN by the Rockefeller family. The hope was that it would become the headquarters for a global government.

Instead, they provided a place where pouting and jealous bureaucrats and self-inflated international diplomats can pretend to matter, while they consider ways in which to obstruct and frustrate their hosts.

The UN’s most vocal membership stands in opposition of the American values of controlled representative government, justice, free enterprise, privacy of individuals and private property rights.

The Volcker Report is being interpreted as evidence that the United Nations is in desperate need of ‘reform’ — rather than the more obvious and permanent solution of declaring it in desperate need of dissolution. So world leaders packed their bags and headed off to New York’s Circus by the East River to get the fox’s advice on how to best secure the chicken coop.

The summit began a week after investigators issued their scathing report on corruption and mismanagement of the Oil-For-Food program. Billions of dollars remain unaccounted for.

To keep the cash flowing through the UN’s coffers, the UN vociferously obstructed the liberation of Iraq, and, when obstruction failed, assisted many of Saddam’s collaborators in escaping the coalition.

On the first day of the summit, one hundred and sixty Iraqis were murdered by Iraqi terrorists who were lured into the radius of suicide bombers by promises of work.

Since the fall of Saddam, the UN has all but washed its hands of Iraq, and rebuffed every effort by the new Iraqi government to obtain an accounting of their looted treasury.

The following, from the UN’s own website, provides some insight into how hopelessly beyond reform the UN actually is. . .

“The UN Member States still have no agreed-upon definition. Terminology consensus would, however, be necessary for a single comprehensive convention on terrorism, which some countries favour in place of the present 12 piecemeal conventions and protocols.

The lack of agreement on a definition of terrorism has been a major obstacle to meaningful international countermeasures. Cynics have often commented that one state’s “terrorist” is another state’s “freedom fighter”.

If terrorism is defined strictly in terms of attacks on non-military targets, a number of attacks on military installations and soldiers’ residences could not be included in the statistics. . .”

In a recent article in the London Telegraph, Kofi Annan was quoted as saying he had “not given up hope” that the UN would be able to define terrorism.

“I think a clear, simple definition that gets across the message that the killing of innocent civilians or non-combatants, regardless of one’s cause, is terrorism pure and simple, will suffice,” he said.

Sixty years after the founding of the United Nations and its dedication to the cause of world peace, thirty years after Yasser Arafat invented airplane hijackings, one of the top seven items on the summit’s agenda is a definition of terrorism? Are they kidding?

On the other hand, when the UN’s top envoy in Iraq was killed in an attack on the Baghdad UN headquarters on 19 August, 2003, the headling at the UN’s New Center read, “Top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello killed in terrorist blast in Baghdad.”

It appears that terrorism is pretty easy to define when you are its victim.

Assessment:

Most of the UN s membership consists of nations controlled either by communist regimes, kingdoms or mad dictators where American values are either unknown or viewed as a threat.

Those same nations are working furiously to advance their goal of a global government that can dictate terms to the dangerous hyper-power that is responsible for its creation and finances and hosts its existence.

The UN is is already putting the pieces together with its World Court, global tax schemes and military planning.

Imagine a world run by the justice of China, with the economics of Cuba and the military might of the United States. Such is the world of the future under the United Nations.

It is no secret. The UN has been promoting that agenda since its inception, and the agenda moved into hyperspeed following the first Gulf War.

The whole Kofi Annan-Iraq-looting thing is just a temporary blip along the road. Not even a very big blip, since the President of the United States, together with the assembled heads of 166 other countries, made their way to New York to pay homage to the UN’s ‘accomplished record’ over the last sixty years.

On the UN’s resume are the Rwanda genocide, the ongoing genocide in Sudan, its failure in the Congo, past UN failures in Somalia, Angola Bosnia, Iraq, Cambodia, and, its most crowing failure, Israel.

Who can forget the time the entire Dutch government was forced to resign after Dutch UN peacekeepers stood idly by while thousands were slaughtered in a so-called ‘UN Safe Haven’ in Srebrenica?

Most of the UN’s ‘accomplishments’ consist of treaty entanglements that have created as many conflicts as they have prevented. But, somehow, the United Nations not only manages to survive, somehow, it continues to thrive. Why?

For much of the past sixty years, there has been a growing perception of the need for a global government, one that could rise above the competing self-interests of nations and govern according to the greater global good.

Outside the United States, a global government like the UN system represents a counterweight to the defacto global government the United States has evolved into during the latter half of the 20th century.

Decades of UN-sponsored ‘educational’ initiatives have brainwashed millions of Americans into believing global government is the answer. Ask any Hollywood star. Or wait ten minutes, and they’ll volunteer that information without prompting.

The perception of the need for global government is so pervasive that Kofi Annan and his crew are allowed to reign like royalty. Kofi Annan is the closest thing there is, at present, to a ‘king of the world’.

Like a king, he is presumably accountable to ‘the people’ but, by virtue of the diplomatic immunity of his office, is actually accountable to no one.

He rules as a benevolent dictator, granting percs and rewards for favors, punishing those who displease him and dismissing all critics with a wave of his hand.

And, like a king, the people just love him for it.

1st Samuel 8:1 tells the story of Israel’s demand for a king.

“And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.”

The people came to Samuel and said, “thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

Samuel took it to the Lord, and the Lord gave him the following counsel;

“And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.. .”

You get the idea. Samuel ran down the rest of the list, concluding, “And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.” (1 Samuel 8:1,3,5,11-12)

“Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.” (1st Samuel 8:19-20)

The United Nations was originally created as an instrument to fight corruption and to judge nations before an international tribunal as an alternative to war. It was the in the UN’s arena that diplomats would go before the ‘king’ who would judge the matter, and, figuratively, ‘go out and fight our battles’.

UN membership made every nation ‘like all the other nations’. In the UN General Assembly, the US vote carries the same weight as that of Mauritania. (Can YOU find Mauritania on a map?)

The longing for some kind of global ‘king’ is evidenced by the global reluctance to look too closely at the reigning monarch, for fear, (I can’t resist it) of discovering the emperor has no clothes.

Dr. David Reagan quoted Paul-Henri Spaak, former Belgian Prime Minister and President of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, saying,

“What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass in which we are sinking. Send us such a man and, be he God or the devil, we will receive him.

That isn’t to say Kofi Annan is the coming ‘prince’ described by Daniel. Or that the UN is the final form of world government over which the antichrist will reign. But the Bible says he is coming.

And the world is ready when he is.

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

A Shelter in the Time of Storm
Vol: 48 Issue: 15 Thursday, September 15, 2005

In 1880, Vernon Charlesworth, the headmaster of Charles Spurgeon’s Stockwell Orphanage, composed a hymn that found immediate popularity among fishermen along the north coast of England. They were often heard singing it as they approached their harbors during inclement weather.

“The Lord s our Rock, in Him we hide,

A Shelter in the time of storm;

Secure whatever ill betide,

A Shelter in the time of storm.”

I’ve always loved that hymn, but Charlesworth’s words seemd particularly eloquent to me as Ophelia raged about us.

“The raging storms may round us beat,

A Shelter in the time of storm

We ll never leave our safe retreat,

A Shelter in the time of storm.”

During the worst of the storm, I noticed with surprise that, even as I was unconsciously humming the melody while fighting the wind and rain to get the generator up and running, I felt completely safe.

Not because my little house was designed to take whatever Ophelia was capable of dishing out, but because I had an instant of clarity in which I saw, in a new and profound way, the truth of the saying that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

I don’t know if I can articulate what I mean by having seen this truth in a ‘new and profound way’, but I can tell you it was a warm and wonderful experience.

It is sometimes easy to forget that God is actually in charge of EVERYTHING — lots of times I think I am, and God lets me.

But it is times like these, when something potentially catastrophic comes my way, that I find I am the most at peace. It reminds me that I am given stewardship over a few things, but that God is in charge of EVERYTHING. Including outcomes.

There is little that makes one feel more helpless than facing the awesome power of a hurricane, but for me, it was a reminder that I am NOT ‘helpless’– but rather, DEPENDENT. I am dependent upon God for my provision and protection. As I am every single moment of every single day.

“A shade by day, defense by night,

A Shelter in the time of storm;

No fears alarm, no foes afright,

A Shelter in the time of storm.”

Today’s Omega Letter is a bit abbreviated — I have to conserve gasoline for the generator — there is no telling how long until electricity is restored.

But the howling of the winds and the roaring of the sea, the sounds of things going BANG in the night, the darkness and pounding rain were in the Hands that I trust for my daily provision anyway.

We can SEE a storm. We can’t see if we will have jobs, or homes, even one day into the future.

“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2nd Timothy 1:12)

I thank my Lord for that reminder.