Special Report: “Pickles and Cucumbers”

Special Report: “Pickles and Cucumbers”
Vol: 70 Issue: 21 Saturday, July 21, 2007

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His Majesty.” (2nd Peter 1:16)

What sets a Christian apart from a Muslim, a Jew, or a Buddhist? Christians wake up each morning, confident in their salvation and unafraid to meet their God.

Their God isn’t an unknowable Allah, or a dead Chinese philosopher or a coming Messiah, but a Risen Savior Who has already paid the full penalty for their sin on the Cross.

To a born-again Christian, at the moment of rebirth, one becomes ‘positionally seated in the heavenlies’ — that is to say, as surely as if that person was there already.

In the beginning, God created man in His Image. God is eternal — existing outside of space and time, He always was and He always will be, in a kind of ever-present now, for want of a better analogy. God created the angels in the same way, although they had a created beginning, they were designed to last eternally.

So, we have the two eternal creations of God — the angels, and man. Everybody with me so far?

The angels rebelled and were cast out of heaven (Jude 1:6, Job 2:2 Isaiah 14:12). Then Adam and Eve fell, and were cast out of Eden. (Genesis 3:23)

After the Flood, God sought out Abraham, with whom He made a covenant. Through Moses, God established the Law, which in essence, subdivided spiritual mankind and created a new spiritual entity in the Jew.

All mankind was now subdivided into either Jew or Gentile. Are you still with me? To this point, there are three distinct eternal entities; angels and mankind, subdivided into Jews and Gentiles.

Spiritually, they are distinctly different with the only common characteristic being that they are created with an eternal spiritual existence. Don’t let me lose you now. Here’s the good part.

The Bible teaches that, at the Cross, a fourth spiritual creation came into existence. It is distinct from either Jew or Gentile, but is related to both.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

You still with me now? Allow me to torture yet another analogy by way of explanation. Think of the caterpillar and the butterfly. Or, better yet, a pickle and a cucumber. Your choice.

You start life spiritually, as a caterpillar (or a cucumber). Unless you get squashed (or eaten) before the transformation takes place, then that is how you remain for eternity.

Stay with me. . .

On the other hand, once the caterpillar becomes a butterfly (or the cucumber becomes a pickle), that is what it is. It isn’t what it WILL be, it is what it IS.

And no matter what you do, you can’t turn a butterfly into a caterpillar (or a pickle into a cucumber). That is why it is called TRANSFORMATION. It is permanent and irrevocable.

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” (Galatians 6:15)

Becoming a ‘new creature’ in Christ is not a future event — it cannot be, since it takes place at the moment of salvation.

“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 ) We already HAVE that power of God and the indwelling Holy Spirit as a birthright procured on our behalf by the Savior.

Let’s pull it all together now. Among the most divisive doctrines in the Body of Christ is the doctrine of eternal security.

At various times, we’ve examined it from the perspective of ‘this is what the context of this verse is’ and, ‘the original Greek says’ and so on, but the fact remains that when a Jew or a Gentile is saved by the Blood of Christ, he becomes a new creature, no longer a spiritual caterpillar, (or a pickle), but something else.

The transformation is complete at that moment. The rest is up to Jesus.

“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” ( Philippians 1:6 )

Whether ‘once saved, always saved’ is a slogan or a doctrine is debated endlessly. But the simple truth of God is that the truth of God is simple.

You can’t turn a butterfly into a caterpillar. And you can’t turn a pickle into a cucumber.

Assessment:

“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:” (2nd Peter 1:19)

Don’t let doubt steal your confidence, and don’t let it be shaken by clever-sounding arguments that keep you bound by guilt and out of the battle. Know you are loved by God, and that “the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.’ (Romans 11:29)

Remember Who ‘He which hath begun a good work in you’ is, and be confident. When you are saved, the power of God indwells you. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

The time is short until He returns and eternity is a long, long time. Each of us knows somebody who is either a caterpillar or a cucumber. How they will spend eternity may be up to you.

The enemy wants you to think that you aren’t good enough to be used by God, heck, you aren’t even really saved! Look at what a mess you are! How can God use you? How can you tell other people that they need to trust Jesus when He can’t even kick your cigarette habit for you?

The enemy wants to blind you to the fact you ARE new creature. If he can hold your salvation over your head, extending it, and then pulling it away, then that gives him power over you.

The real truth is, the only thing still up to you after salvation is whether you re going to be a beautiful butterfly or a moth; a Vlasic or a sour pickle.

But you don’t have to be a spiritual heavyweight to introduce people to Jesus. Or to be ready to answer the skeptic’s arguments, or to give a reason for the hope that is in you.

The only requirement for membership into the Body of Christ is that you must first be a sinner who trusts in Jesus alone for his salvation.

It bears repeating; the simple truth of God is that the truth of God is simple.

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” (1 Corinthians 1:27)

The Land Nobody Wanted. . .

The Land Nobody Wanted. . .
Vol: 70 Issue: 20 Friday, July 20, 2007

The land claimed by Israel is smaller than the state of Rhode Island. In comparison to the Arab Middle East, Israel is like a single piece of sod on a football field.

Carrying the analogy further, imagine that one team has to defend that single piece of sod from an opposing team that outnumbers them 650 to 1. The other team, claiming unfair advantage, is demanding the single piece of sod be divided and half of it be awarded to them.

The referees agree, and penalize the defending team for refusing to concede half of its 1/6th of one percent of the field to the opposition [that outnumbers them 650 to one]. The crowd loudly boos the defenders.

That is roughly analogous to the rules of engagement under which the Middle East conflict is being played out.

The Arab side makes two concurrent claims; 1) Israel has no historical right to the land; and 2) Israel, by its existence, has dispossessed the indigenous Palestinian people, leaving them with nowhere to go.

Except for a few decades of Christian control during the Crusades era, the land claimed by Israel was under Islamic control for 1300 years. That is one of the principle arguments advanced in favor of the Palestinian claim that Israel has no historical right to the Land of Promise.

That argument is bolstered by the existence of an Arab mosque atop what the Jews claim as Temple Mount, a mosque that has graced Mount Moriah for some 1,350 years.

According to Islam, the mosque atop Mount Moriah is the third-holiest site in Islam. Islamic tradition says the al Aqsa Mosque marks the place where Mohammed ascended into heaven aboard a winged horse. For that reason, it ranks third in line behind Mecca and Medina as Islam’s holiest cities.

In ancient times, Israel sat atop the most strategic crossroads of the known world. One couldn’t get from Babylon to Egypt by chariot without passing through it. Israel and Jerusalem have been fought over and conquered by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Arabs, Turks, and finally, the British in 1917.

In each of its conquests, Jerusalem was strategic because of its strategic value as Israel’s God-given capital. From Nebuchadnezzar to Titus, each successive conqueror acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of the Jews.

When the region was conquered by Islam, taking Jerusalem was a strategic, rather than religious necessity. Whoever controlled the Jewish holy city controlled the remaining indigenous Jews.

The reconquest of Jerusalem became a holy religious duty only after the Crusaders claimed the city for Christianity. Since the city was holy to Judaism and holy to Christianity, it became holy to Islam, as well.

But ‘holy’ doesn’t mean the same thing to Islam as it does to Christians and Jews. To Christians or Jews, ‘holy’ means worthy of reverence, whereas to Islam, ‘holy’ means worthy of possession.

Under Islamic possession, Jerusalem was just another dusty city of the province of Southern Syria. In the four hundred years Jerusalem was under Ottoman rule until 1917, the city was never even a regional or provincial capital.

After the Ottoman Empire fell to the Allies in the First World War, British foreign secretary Lord Balfour put into writing Britain’s support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

When the League of Nations made Palestine a British mandate after the war, Lord Balfour’s declaration was assumed as part of the deal and the allied powers of the Great War all agreed. By 1935, there were more than 300,000 Jews in Palestine. Tel Aviv, founded in 1909, had 100,000 people.

In 1947 Britain, which had been handed the Palestine problem by the now-defunct League of Nations passed it on, with relief, to the newly born United Nations. The UN agreed to partition Palestine into a Jewish state, an Arab state, and a neutral UN zone containing Jerusalem, a city sacred to three religions. The Jews were thrilled, the Arabs adamantly opposed.

In late 1947 the plan was ratified by the UN, and the State of Israel proclaimed on May 14, 1948. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled the country. The the British pulled out completely, and most of the Arab world- Egypt, Transjordan (now Jordan), Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon, as well as Palestinians- immediately attacked in an attempt to destroy Israel.

By the time of armistice in 1949 Israel held three quarters of Palestine- twice as much land as the UN had proposed- Jordan had taken the land on the West Bank of the Jordan River, and Egypt had taken the Gaza Strip.

It is at this point in the story of the Middle East that history ends and the modern myth of the Middle East is born.

Assessment:

The modern myth is that at the end of the Israeli War of Independence, the indigenous ‘Palestinian’ people were dispossessed by Israel and left with nothing.

The historical fact is that, until the mid 1930’s, the term ‘Palestinian’ was a label applied to the Jews.

Until 1950, the name of the Jerusalem Post was THE PALESTINE POST; the journal of the Zionist Organization of America was NEW PALESTINE; Bank Leumi was the ANGLO-PALESTINE BANK; the Israel Electric Company was the PALESTINE ELECTRIC COMPANY; there was the PALESTINE FOUNDATION FUND and the PALESTINE PHILHARMONIC.

All these were Jewish organizations. In America, Zionist youngsters sang “PALESTINE, MY PALESTINE”, “PALESTINE SCOUT SONG” and “PALESTINE SPRING SONG”

In general, the terms Palestine and Palestinian referred to the region of Palestine as it was. Thus “Palestinian Jew” and “Palestinian Arab” are straightforward expressions. “Palestine Post” and “Palestine Philharmonic” refer to these bodies as they existed in a place then known as Palestine.

The adoption of a Palestinian identity by the Arabs of Palestine is a recent phenomenon. Until the establishment of the State of Israel, and for another decade or so, the term ‘Palestinian’ applied almost exclusively to the Jews.

The claims of the Arab ‘Palestinians’ to be a separate people is an utter fiction. There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians.

Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent British invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc.

Syria was created by the British and subsequently given to France as the French Mandate. The Syrians declared independence after the British left in 1946, two years before Israel did the same thing. Jordan was created by the British in 1921.

The same British government that created the modern Arab world in 1920 at the San Remo Conference in Italy — by decree — also created a Jewish homeland the same way at the same conference.

And the Jewish Palestine of the Balfour Declaration as confirmed at San Remo encompassed a much bigger chunk of ground than Israel claims today.

Until the Jews renewed their claim to the land of Palestine, nobody else wanted it. The Jews petitioned for statehood on the principle that Palestine was “a land without a people” and that the Jews were “a people without a land.”

Arab revisionist historians say that claim was ‘a myth.’ History and mathematics tell a different story — if anybody were interested in the facts, that is.

In 1948, there were about 735,000 Muslim and Christian Arabs in Palestine. There were about 716,000 Jews. Since the same land now supports a population of more than 12 million combined Arabs and Jews, the argument that the Arabs were ‘crowded out’ by the Jews makes no sense.

The ‘Palestinian refugees’ languishing in ‘refugee camps’ in Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere, were not interned by Israel. They were interned by their own governments after those governments lost the war with Israel.

Those Jordanian citizens that lived in Jordan’s West Bank and the citizens of Egypt’s Gaza Strip (who, on May 30, 1967 were still Egyptians), became instant ‘Palestinians’ on June 7, 1967.

From the moment of its declaration of statehood, the Jews of Israel have lived under the constant threat of annihilation by the surrounding Arab states. As Golda Meir observed during the Yom Kippur War, “the Arabs can fight, and lose, and come back to fight another day. Israel can only lose once.”

What makes this significant is that NONE of this is a secret. Knowing this, the entire world prefers the fictional account advanced by the Islamic world; that the Palestinians pre-existed the Jews, that the Jews stole ‘Palestinian land’ dispossessed its inhabitants and locked them away in refugee camps.

Remember the football field and the single square of sod analogy. To the world, dividing that single square of sod defended by a team outnumbered 650 to one that holds the rest of the football field is an example of ‘leveling the playing field’.

It is nothing short of madness. But it is a madness that seems to have infected the world at large. The Islamic version of the Arab-Israeli conflict is a monstrous lie being advanced in favor of a claim to land that nobody wanted until the Jews did.

In the midst of a global war on terror, the world is prepared to countenance an openly terrorist government ruling over a ‘people’ that do not exist, (a people whose only goal is the ANNIHILATION of another people whose history is THE most documented record of ancient times) based on the argument that the Jewish claim to Jerusalem is historically invalid.

That lie is so delusional that it boggles the mind. Yet it is the basic reason for a global war on terror that now threatens to spill over into an all-out war of civilizations.

Israel, by its very existence, is a stench in the nostrils of the secular world. It is a constant reminder of the existence and reality of God, and therefore, man’s accountability before Him.

Paul explains it this way: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind. . .” (Romans 1:28)

The secular world’s war against the Jews is unreasoning, blind anti-semitism so ingrained in its psyche it is blissfully unaware it even exists.

Any critically-thinking person can see the truth, yet the UN consistently finds the ‘anti-truth’ when it involves Israel. It is almost supernatural in its scope and breadth. In fact, scratch ‘almost’ from that last sentence.

It IS supernatural.

“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)

Note:

Today is Day One of the Omega Letter National Gathering at Angel’s Bed and Breakfast in Hermann, Missouri. It is also Gayle’s 50th birthday. Between the two, there is so much excitement that I really should give both events my undivided attention. So, with your kind indulgence, today’s and tomorrow’s OL briefs will be repeats of previous columns. I hope you enjoy them.

Forgetting Pearl Harbor

Forgetting Pearl Harbor
Vol: 70 Issue: 19 Thursday, July 19, 2007

Forgetting Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese government launched a sneak attack against the United States, striking without warning and scoring a devastating blow against a nation that thought it was at peace.

When asked what he thought the Japanese sneak attack against the US Sixth Fleet had accomplished for the Japanese Imperial war effort, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto offered a surprisingly glum assessment.

It was surprising because the Imperial Japanese Navy had scored an uncompromising victory.

The Japanese strike force had succeeded in destroying five battleships, a minelayer, and had sunk or severely damaged three battleships. One hundred and eighty-eight aircraft were destroyed on the ground, and the US Navy suffered 2,333 dead and 1,139 wounded.

By contrast, Japan’s losses were negligible: five midget subs, 29 aircraft and 64 men. Instead of jumping for joy at the victory, Yamamoto said instead, “I fear that all we have accomplished is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

On December 7, 1941, the United States was nowhere near ready for war. It’s fleet was antiquated, its military forces were still at peacetime levels, it had no air force to speak of, and those forces that it did have were poorly equipped.

Some new recruits, in the first few months following the attacks, trained using wooden rifles and mock weapons because there weren’t enough to go around.

But Yamamoto was right. The battle cry, “Remember Pearl Harbor” struck deep into the hearts of every American, and the “terrible resolve” it imbued resulted in the utter destruction of the Japanese war machine just over three and a half years later.

Assessment:

On September 11, 2001, forces loyal to Islam launched a sneak attack against US civilian targets within the homeland, using US civilian aircraft as improvised bombs.

Both of the towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed: the 110 story structures collapsed from the heat of the fires, killing 2,752 innocent American civilians — an even greater death toll than those lost at Pearl Harbor.

A second attack, this one launched against the heart of the US military in the heart of the American capital, destroyed a significant part of the Pentagon’s outer wall and killed another 189 Americans.

And yet a third attack, this one aimed at the US Capitol Building, or perhaps the White House, was thwarted by the passengers aboard Flight 93, who forced that plane down into a farmer’s field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

In total, 2, 974 Americans died on September 11, 2001. Unlike Isoroku Yamamoto, the mastermind of this attack, Osama bin-Laden, danced with glee.

In a grainy videotape smuggled out of Afghanistan months later, Osama is chortling about how pleased he was at the carnage, which he said was much greater than he had expected.

Osama bragged that he inflicted that carnage with only 19 losses to his side, most of whom, Osama chuckled, didn’t know they were on a suicide mission until after the planes had taken off.

Osama had no fear of having ‘awakened a sleeping giant’. And he had already long before reached the conclusion that American resolve was a myth.

It will be six years this September since 19 hijackers armed with box knives killed more Americans than the fleet of 20 Japanese ships of the Imperial Navy inflicted at Pearl Harbor.

As Osama expected, the sleeping giant quickly rolled over and went back to sleep. American resolve evaporated as quickly the Democrat’s promises not to politicize the war for partisan purposes.

Within months, Democrats were solemnly declaring the war in Afghanistan was a “quagmire” and that George Bush had “dragged the nation into another Vietnam.”

Teddy Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, the New York Times, etc., were all reminding us that Afghanistan defeated the mighty Soviet Union after a twelve year conflict and prognosticating that same fate for America.

When that prediction failed to materialize, they dusted off the same rhetoric, replacing “Afghanistan” with “Iraq.”

Three and a half years after the fall of Saddam, (about the same length of time necessary to destroy the Imperial Japanese war machine) the Democrats in Congress forced an all-night debate over the issue of surrendering — to the same al-Qaeda terrorists that attacked us on 9/11.

Colin Powell, in a National Public Radio interview, predicted current U.S. troop levels can’t be sustained past the middle of 2008.

“We have to get us out of a middle of a civil war,” said Joe Biden. The debate was over a bill that would require the US to begin to withdraw its forces from Iraq within 120 days, finishing the withdrawal by April 30, 2008, leaving al-Qaeda’s forces in possession of the battlefield.

“We can’t win,” says Senators Carl Levin and Jack Reed. “We’ve already lost,” moans Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “President Bush has embroiled us in a quagmire!” the Democrats chant in unison.

“This bill will deprive us of the opportunity to destroy the American forces which we have caught in a historic trap,” lamented Democratic ally, Ayman al Zawahiri.

Pearl Harbor? Pearl Harbor? Isn’t that a beach somewhere in Hawaii?

When Love is Hate

When Love is Hate
Vol: 70 Issue: 18 Wednesday, July 18, 2007

During the period of Christian persecution under the Romans, Christians were thrown to the lions, burned at the stake, beheaded or otherwise dispatched to heaven because they were judged to be guilty of hate crimes.

It began when the Emperor Nero, seeking to divert attention away from himself, blamed Christians for setting fire to Rome. Nero was widely suspected of having set the fire deliberately himself.

In his Annals, the historian Tacitus says that “to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace.”

Tacitus continued; “Their originator, Christ, had been executed in Tiberius’ reign by the Procurator of Judaea, Pontius Pilatus. . . First, Nero had the self-admitted Christians arrested. Then, on their information, large numbers of others were condemned–not so much for starting fires as because of their hatred for the human race.

It is estimated by some historians that over the centuries, as many as 70 million Christians have been martyred for their witness of Christ. Interestingly, those same historians calculate that 65% of those were martyred during the 20th century alone.

The Jeremiah Project website makes this observation:

“The first step in the progression toward persecution of persons is identification. The second is marginalization; the third, vilification; the fourth, criminalization; and finally, persecution. This was the tactic Germany used against the Jews, and it is now the same tactic being used by liberals in America against the Christian church.”

In America, it is a ‘hate crime’ to say that homosexual conduct is a sin, but it is a free speech issue for homosexuals to call Christians ‘homophobes’.

It is a ‘hate crime’ to say Islam preaches death and destruction to non-Muslims, but it is freedom of religion issue for Muslims to preach it.

A cartoon that depicts Mohammed is a ‘hate crime’ if it offends Muslims. A cartoon vilifying Jesus is ‘free speech’ whether it offends Christians or not.

“The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007”, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, would leave it to someone who claims to be offended to determine whether a “crime” has been committed.

Similar laws already exist in other Western countries. In Canada, Canadian pastors are fearful of reading Biblical injunctions against homosexuality. In Australia, pastors have been convicted of “vilifying” Islam — by quoting Islamic texts.

Worldnetdaily recently reported: “Peter LaBarbera, of Americans for Truth, noted that in Canada and France both, legislators have been fined for publicly criticizing homosexuality. Three years ago, a Swedish hate crimes law was used to put Pastor Ake Green, who preached that homosexuality is a sin, in jail for a month.

“And recently, a British couple told how they were denied the chance to adopt because it was determined that their Christian faith might ‘prejudice’ them against a homosexual child put in their care,” LaBarbera added.

Already in the United States, Catholic Charities of Boston halted all adoption operations in the state after being told under Massachusetts’ pro-‘gay’ nondiscrimination law, only agencies that placed children in homosexual-led households would get licensed by the state.”

Assessment:

A number of OL subscribers have written in recently to complain that their Omega Letter isn’t being delivered, assuming we aren’t sending it. That isn’t the case. What is the case is that it isn’t being delivered. It is being intercepted and being returned as ‘hate literature’ by the ISP’s involved.

Any Omega Letter that argues against the gay agenda will be returned by some ISP’s as hate literature. An OL that questions the concept of Islam as a ‘religion of peace and love’ will be filtered and/or rejected.

What is fascinating about the various legislative remedies, internet censorship policies and criminal prosecutions is that, in each case, whether or not the thoughts expressed are true is no defense.

For example, to say there is a Biblical prohibition against homosexual conduct is a crime, regardless of the fact that it is demonstrably true — there IS a Biblical prohibition.

In this case, one isn’t expressing an opinion, personal or otherwise. It is a statement of fact — a statement of fact that can result in a prison term simply for pointing it out.

For the record, the Bible does NOT say that BEING a homosexual is a sin. Instead, it says that homosexual CONDUCT is a sin. It is the act, not the condition that God condemns.

It is equally true that heterosexual sin outside of marriage is also a sin. It is the act, not the condition, that God condemns.

That is not my opinion. It is what the Scriptures say, and I not only didn’t write the Scriptures, they’ve said that for thousands of years before I ever made my appearance on this planet.

Nowhere in this text do I express MY opinion regarding homosexual conduct. Neither do I express MY opinion in this text regarding Islam.

I am, however, expressing my opinion on hate crimes legislation. It won’t be MY thoughts that are offensive, but the thoughts of the readers who choose to be offended that will determine whether or not this is hate literature.

It is a trap for which there is no escape, since the hate actually exists in the mind of the ‘victim’.

There will be some Omega Letter members who will write to say their OL wasn’t delivered today. So some of you will have to go to the website to read what I DID say, because your ISP will censor your mail.

Not because of what I said, but rather, because of how some will interpret it.

However, I will express my opinion on Christianity. Christianity is, by definition, an intolerant religion. Jesus NEVER preached tolerance. He preached that there is only one way to Heaven, and that is through Him.

“I am the way, the truth and the life, and no man comes to the Father, but by Me,” He taught.

Because that means that anybody who believes otherwise will be condemned, it qualifies under most of these legislative packages as a ‘hate crime’ against other religions.

And it means that, for at least some of you, today’s OL will likely be censored.

Bush Announces International Peace Conference

Bush Announces International Peace Conference
Vol: 70 Issue: 17 Tuesday, July 17, 2007

President Bush announced the formation of an international conference to address the Israeli-Arab conflict in a special address he gave on Monday.

The President’s remarks seemed (to me) to reflect an ongoing and fundamental misunderstanding of the situation within the ranks of the Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza, not to mention the Palestinian Authority itself.

As much as I want to see the administration succeed, and as angry as I am at the Left’s incessant and unfair attacks against Bush, sometimes he seems to make it difficult to argue against some of the Left’s assessments of his presidency.

Its almost like he goes out of his own way to give their charges credibility — particularly the charge that he is none too bright.

For example, every time he repeats the claim that Allah is just another name for God, or that Islam is really a religion of peace and love hijacked by a handful of extremists, I wonder if he really reads any of the intelligence assessments that cross his desk.

Last week, my friend Todd Strandberg of “Rapture Ready” wrote an article entitled “Kowtowing to Islam Doesn’t Work.” I liked it so much I featured it on the Omega Letter’s main page.

I particularly liked the way he opened the column, because he summarized the true nature of Islam in his first paragraph:

“Let s play a little guessing game that I like to call Guess who s behind the bombing. You turn your TV to the news and find live coverage of a bombing at a crowded public place. Now, who would you guess is responsible for this attack?. . .”

Let’s play Todd’s game together, shall we? Who comes first to your mind? The Salvation Army? The Swedish Olympic Swim Team? Mothers Against Drunk Driving? The Irish Republican Army? The Boy Scouts of America?

Of course not. Some of those on my list are tongue-in-cheek, but the IRA IS a terrorist group that sometimes bombs civilian targets. Until Islamic terror reared its ugly head, the IRA was probably the best-known and longest running terrorist organization in the Western world. Before the rise of Islamic terror, the IRA would qualify as the worst of the worst.

But even the IRA doesn’t target civilians themselves. Traditionally, the IRA would plant a bomb, but then call in a bomb threat to give police a chance to clear the area.

Civilians still got killed, the bombings were still reprehensible and all that, but the IRA’s beef was with England, not English civilians.

When it is a suicide bombing aimed at killing as many innocent civilians as possible, ten times out of ten its an Islamic attack. The IRA’s goal is to drive the British from Northern Ireland. Using bombs is a means to an end.

Islamic terror is aimed at killing people. Killing is not a means, it IS the end goal. It doesn’t matter if they kill Christians, Jews, Hindus or each other. Suicide bombers kill THEMSELVES as a way of achieving “shehada” so they can go to heaven. The GOAL is death.

Back to Todd’s game for a second. Did any of you NOT guess Islam on the first try? Does that mean you are racist, xenophobic, anti-Islam or anti-Arab? Or does it mean that, since every suicide bombing you can think of is Islamic-inspired, you are not naive?

Now, to return to Bush’s international peace conference speech. In it, the president declared:

“In Gaza, Hamas radicals betrayed the Palestinian people with a lawless and violent takeover. By its actions, Hamas has demonstrated beyond all doubt that it is [more] devoted to extremism and murder than to serving the Palestinian people.”

“Betrayed” the Palestinians who voted for them? Hamas ran on a platform of destroying Israel by any means necessary. It campaigned on the iron-clad promise NOT to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and it promise, if elected, that it would oppose any Palestinian effort aimed at peace with Israel.

Hamas never made any secret of the fact that it is “more devoted to extremism and murder than to serving the Palestinian people” — IT SAYS SO IN ITS CHARTER!

Here are some of the highlights of the Hamas Charter as it exists now, unchanged from when it was written in 1987:

“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

“The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. “

“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

How does one get the idea that Hamas has any intention of “serving the Palestinian people” from the charter that defines its reason for existence? Hamas didn’t “betray” the Palestinians who voted them into office on that platform — it did EXACTLY what Palestinian voters elected them to do.

President Bush DID acknowledge the true intentions of Hamas, and the voters’ understanding of those intentions in his speech. But evidently, it was an inadvertent truth that he stumbled upon by accident without realizing it.

” There is the vision of Hamas, which the world saw in Gaza – with murderers in black masks, and summary executions, and men thrown to their death from rooftops. By following this path, the Palestinian people would guarantee chaos, and suffering, and the endless perpetuation of grievance. They would surrender their future to Hamas’ foreign sponsors in Syria and Iran. And they would crush the possibility of any – of a Palestinian state.”

YES!! That is the EXACT version that Hamas promised, and that the Palestinian majority voted for. But apparently, the only one who didn’t know it was our president.

Assessment:

In his speech, President Bush called on Israel to release funds to the Palestinian Authority “so they can help President Abbas improve economic and humanitarian conditions” — as if this were either or new idea, or it has some remote possibility of working.

Israel has released funds to Abbas before. International donor countries have send billions to Abbas before. The money either disappeared into secret bank accounts, or it was used to buy weapons that were then turned on Israel.

Washington has not only sent seven figure cash donations to Abbas, it has also supplied truckloads of weapons, saving the Palestinians the trouble of having to buy them elsewhere.

The weapons went directly to Hamas. The cash didn’t strengthen Abbas or the Palestinian Authority. They stole it. And because they stole some rather than using it ALL to buy weapons, it strengthened Hamas.

Giving Abbas money won’t strengthen his government. It will just give Hamas another chance to point out how corrupt the Palestinian Authority is.

Hamas didn’t SEIZE Gaza. The Palestinians ELECTED them. the Palestinian Authority is a democratic government, and Hamas was given the majority in a free and open election.

To argue that Hamas SEIZED Gaza is to turn the idea of what pure democracy means on its head. Abbas’ Fatah Party LOST the election — the Palestinian voters turned the government over to Hamas, eyes wide open.

He is only president of the Palestinian people today because he ignored the results of that election the same way that every other Middle Eastern Islamic despot does, including his mentor, Yasser Arafat.

The Bush administration insisted on a democratic election. The Palestinian electorate cooperated. But since the White House didn’t like the results, now it is forced to smile and pretend it didn’t turn out the way it did and try and IMPOSE a government more to its liking.

Abbas is a terrorist. He has ALWAYS been a terrorist. If Hamas were crushed tomorrow, Abbas wouldn’t make peace with Israel. He would use the “two-state solution” to set up a terrorist state dedicated to Israel’s destruction.

That was what Abbas worked towards BEFORE Hamas was elected. If Hamas would cooperate now, that is what Abbas would be working for today.

And, should Abbas achieve statehood, it will be what he will work for in the future. Not peace, but the destruction of Israel by whatever means possible, including the promise of peace.

Arafat promised peace. He delivered war. Abbas has promised peace since Arafat’s death at every opportunity.

But he tried to form a coalition with Hamas, declaring on many occasions that it was the fundamental duty of every Palestinian to work towards the destruction of Israel.

The only difference between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority is the methodology. Both share the identical goal.

How can President Bush NOT know this? Then, there is the even more baffling question. How can OHLMERT not know this? It is beyond insanity. There is absolutely ZERO evidence that Abbas wants a two-state “solution.” But President Bush’s proposed conference is described thusly by the President himself:

” an international meeting this fall of representatives from nations that support a two-state solution, reject violence, recognize Israel’s right to exist, and commit to all previous agreements between the parties.”

Then, the kicker: Who will these representatives be? The key participants in this meeting will be the Israelis, the Palestinians, and their neighbors in the region. Secretary Rice will chair the meeting.”

The only ones on that list who meet Bush’s criteria are the Israelis and, [perhaps] Secretary Rice.

The PLO Charter remains unchanged and it still calls for a “one-state solution” and Israel isn’t that state.

Palestinian textbooks show all of Israel as “Palestine.” It does NOT reject violence. It does NOT recognize Israel’s right to exist. It has never kept a single provision of any previous agreement. Not a single one.

Israel’s “neighbors” in the region are Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. Two of them are still at war with Israel. NONE of them have meaningful diplomatic relations with Israel. ALL of them have contributed or are contributing logistics, weapons, money and political support for the PLO’s armed struggle against Israel.

But nobody, not the President of the United States, not the nations and diplomatic corps of the Quartet, not even the Israeli government, is capable of seeing what is taking place.

But to those of us who believe the Bible, it is as plain as was the nose on Arafat’s face.

“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14)

“For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 8:11)

“To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 13:16)

“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 12:3)

“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.” (1st Thessalonians 5:3)

“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)

The Nano “Manhattan Project”

The Nano “Manhattan Project”
Vol: 70 Issue: 16 Monday, July 16, 2007

Nano: From the Greek word: “nanos” — meaning “dwarf”– it is a ratio that in its purest definition means “one billionth” as in 1 to 1,000,000,000.

To make sure we have a grasp of what a “billion” really means, let’s refer back to our time analogy: A million seconds equals roughly TWELVE DAYS. A billion equals roughly THIRTY-TWO YEARS.

Before moving on, let’s also revisit “The Manhattan Project” as it is known to history.

Early in the second World War, Albert Einstein warned President Roosevelt that the Nazis were hard at work on a project to develop nuclear weaponry.

Not much was known about nuclear power, other than in theory, and even the theory was pretty fuzzy. But it was terrifying to contemplate.

In 1919, a scientist named Ernest Rutherford had discovered that alpha rays could split the nucleus of an atom. He also theorized that atoms are held together by some unknown force of nature so powerful that if an atom could be split, the resulting energy released would be almost unimaginable.

An “atom” is the smallest component of an element that has the chemical properties of that element. Atoms are the basic unit of ordinary matter, made up of a tiny nucleus consisting of protons and neutrons surrounded by orbiting electrons.

Everything in the world is made of different combinations of these atoms.

In 1939 Einstein warned Roosevelt that the Nazis were not only working on the science of splitting the atom, but also weaponizing the explosive energy that it would release.

Finally, in 1942, Roosevelt ordered US scientists to go to work on beating the Nazis to the punch. The research and development effort was labeled “Top Secret” and was code-named “The Manhattan Project.”

The Axis didn’t know how advanced America’s Manhattan Project had become until August 6, 1945, when the Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, and dropped a second bomb over Nagasaki three days later.

Within two weeks, Japan offered its unconditional surrender.

Assessment:

Since 1945, world peace has been guaranteed by something called “Mutual Assured Destruction.” No country possessing nukes would dare use them against another nuclear country because it would itself be destroyed by a retaliatory strike.

The next step beyond nuclear weaponry is something called, “Nano-weapons technology.” Nano-technology would eliminate the threat of mutual assured destruction since it could destroy the other nation’s ability to retaliate.

It isn’t exactly new. Just Ernest Rutherford theorized nuclear weaponry twenty years before the Manhattan Project had been undertaken, in 1959, a scientist named Richard Feynman was already publishing research papers about the theoretic possibilities of developing nano-nukes.

Eric Drexler, a student of Feynman and one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject, founded the “Foresight Institute” to explore nano-weaponry. How does nano-technology compare to nuclear technology?

As a research associate of Drexler s Foresight Institute puts it today, a country confronted by molecular nano weapons would be in the position of a band of spear-throwing warriors, confronted with an army deploying mass-produced guns, armored vehicles, and helicopters .

Using nano-technology, a single bullet could be developed that could destroy an entire building. A nano-weapon the size of a baseball could annihilate a city.

Even ordinary materials could be turned into conflagrant/pyrophoric explosives, which cannot be detected as threats by current standards. This is an emerging, more sinister, threat.

In 1986, the People’s Republic of China embarked on its own ‘Manhattan Project’ in the field of nano-weapons under the code-name “Project 863.” Unlike the Manhattan Project, China didn’t try to conceal it — indeed, it publicly announced its project and its intention to develop post-nuclear nano-weapon technology.

The first nation to win the nano-technology race will win — and America isn’t even competing. There are no American Manhattan Projects in the field of nano-weapons technology. Indeed, the only two nations giving their full attention to this technology are China and Israel.

In this light, it is worthy of noting two intriguing and previously inexplicable events regarding Bible prophecy and the last days.

The first is the destruction of the Gog-Magog invasion force as described by the Prophets Joel, Ezekiel and Zechariah.

Joel says of this invasion force, “But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.”

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.” (Joel 2:20,30-31)

“And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:” (Ezekiel 39:2)

“And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” (Zechariah 14:12)

And second, we have the mysterious and inscrutable two-hundred million man army of the Kings of the East, who march, virtually unopposed, across the Euphrates River.

So, here’s how it shakes out: There are two nations heavily involved in the development of nano-weapons technology — Israel and China. Israel defeats the combined armies of Gog-Magog in a battle in which the opposing forces are virtually consumed as they stand. Only a sixth of that force survives.

China marches unopposed across the Middle East, unhindered by the West, despite the fact that the antichrist’s Roman Empire is at the zenith of its power.

Something is keeping the A/C from even attempting to stop them.

And finally, there is the continuing puzzle about the total absence of America from the entire scene.

There is a danger in being too dogmatic regarding what happens to America to remove it from the outline of Bible prophecy during the Tribulation. I don’t know where it went, and don’t claim to know.

But it is only mildly speculative to assume that the antichrist stands down as the Kings of the East march westward, because he has seen a demonstration of China’s nano-technological power in action.

Here’s what we DO know, however. Time is running out for this old world.

And it is running out even faster for the late, great, USA.

“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)

I’m soon going to need a neck brace.

The Enemy Below

The Enemy Below
Vol: 70 Issue: 14 Saturday, July 14, 2007

One of the first, and most important. rules of warfare is to know your enemy. All military intelligence is geared to that singular purpose. The more you know about your enemy, the better equipped you are to fight him.

The surest way to lose a battle is to underestimate your enemy’s capabilities and strengths, and the surest way to win is to exploit his weaknesses.

Before a boxer goes into the ring, he spends hours and hours watching footage of his opponent in action, analyzing his every move for clues; does he drop his shoulder before throwing a jab?

Does he plant his feet first? Does he lean into a right cross? Hunch before throwing an uppercut?

In a military conflict, knowing where an enemy is strongest is just as important as knowing where he is weakest.

How he thinks, what his objectives are, how he uses the resources at his command, his ultimate goals; all these are of vital importance if one hopes to achieve victory.

To protect your own resources, you need to know who your threat is and how they are going to attack. The strategic challenge is to use that knowledge to force him to fight on your terms. This is Basic Warfare 101.

As Christians living in this world, we are warriors in a battle in which we are both the objective and the prize. Our enemy is the most powerful created being in the Universe.

While a created being, Satan’s power is secondary only to God’s.

“Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.”

Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” (Ezekiel 28:12b-15)

Why God, in His infinite foreknowledge, created His own adversary, is one of those things we will have to wait until we see Him and ask Him directly. But the nature of universe in which we live gives us some clues.

God created the universe according to certain immutable, measurable laws. For everything that exists, there is a corresponding opposite against which it can be measured.

God created light, the Bible says. (Genesis 1:3) Light is a created thing. Darkness is dependent on that created thing. Darkness cannot measured independent of light.

Heat is something that must be created. Cold is the absence of heat. It cannot be measured independently.

Good is a creation of God. Evil is the absence of good. Like darkness and cold, it cannot be be measured independently.

There would be no benchmark against which to measure good without the existence of evil. And there would therefore be no choice.

God created the physical universe for reasons of His own, and set in motion the laws that govern it.

One of those laws is that without rebellion, there can be no order. Chaos is the absence of order. For the universe to operate, God had to also allow chaos.

His name was Lucifer. We know him as Satan.

Assessment:

Satan’s sin came in the form of five “I wills.” In those five I wills, we can identify the enemy’s goals and objectives.

“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:13-14)

Satan’s objective and ultimate goal is to be worshipped as God. As those created to worship God, we are therefore both the objective and the prize. We are territory and the battlefield is Planet Earth.

Now, to his relative strengths and weaknesses. God is omnipotent. Satan, while the most powerful created being in the universe, is still secondary to God.

God is infinite. Satan, as a created being, is finite. God is omnipresent; Satan can be in but one place at any given time. People often claim to be under Satanic attack. That is only partially true. Satan doesn’t have the time or capability to attack every believer.

The Bible only gives a handful of instances in which Satan himself gets directly involved in warfare; the Garden of Eden, the attack against Job, the indwelling of Judas Iscariot, and the indwelling of the antichrist.

In the main, he is but the general of a vast army of fallen angels who actually conduct the warfare at his direction. When the revealing angel was delayed in his mission to meet with Daniel, he was delayed by the “Prince of Persia” — not Satan himself. (Daniel 10:20)

God is omniscient. Satan, while brilliant, is of finite intelligence. “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1st Corinthians 2:8)

God created man to have fellowship with Him. “Fellowship” is another word for “friendship”. Friendship involves choice. There is an old saying to the effect that we are born into a family, but we choose our friends.

Satan’s goal is to be worshipped as God; (“I will be like the Most High,”) but his weakness is pride.

Ezekiel tells us that Satan, in effect, fell in love with himself. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor… (Ezek 28.17a)

Paul warns Timothy of the dangers of pride, warning that in selecting bishops, he should ensure that the candidate is “not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride, he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” (1st Timothy 3:6)

Satan uses that pride against us to reduce our effectiveness as witnesses. We look down on the sins of others, while ignoring our own — particularly if ours are different. The New Testament speaks of the Pharisee who prayed loudly in the street:

“The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. ” (Luke 18:11)

(It reminds me of the fat preacher who condemned those in his congregation who smoked for ‘defiling the Temple of the Holy Spirit’.)

It is our will that others believe as we believe, even when it isn’t germane to salvation. That is human pride, and Satan’s best weapon. We debate endlessly over minor points of doctrine, with the end goal not being the salvation of another, but rather to score a win in our column over the subject of the debate.

I’ve witnessed debates between believers over peripheral issues like the timing of the Rapture, or whether or not this sin or that would keep someone from heaven, but all either side was interested in was winning the debate. Satan sits on the sidelines and laughs.

Satan’s sin was “I will.” Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane was “not My will, by Thy will be done.”

What is God’s will? “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, NOT willing that ANY should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:9)

“Repentance” means to change one’s mind about sin.

The lost person instinctively recognizes that sin is part of his makeup. The enemy convinces him that his sin isn’t as bad as somebody else’s. Ask a lost person if they are going to heaven, and they will invariably say, “I think so. I try to be a good person.”

In their mind, they have a picture of someone else whose sins are worse. (Or a picture of a fat preacher condemning somebody else for smoking)

Changing one’s mind about sin involves the recognition that ALL sin comes short of the glory of God, and that ALL men are sinners. Recognizing that fact demonstrates God’s love for us, in that, “while we were YET sinners, He died for us.”

Our salvation depends trusting that God made a way for ALL sinners to be reconciled to Him THROUGH Him, and not our own inherent goodness.

“Being confident of this very thing, that He WHICH HATH BEGUN A GOOD WORK IN YOU WILL PERFORM IT until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

Jesus says, “Trust Me,” and I will see you through this life and bring you into life eternal.

Satan says, “You aren’t worthy. Just ask Joe Christian.”

Joe Christian says, “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.”

Know your enemy. He sure knows us.