Culture of Death

Culture of Death
Vol: 88 Issue: 23 Friday, January 23, 2009

Every year on the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, Washington DC is home to a “March For Life” protest by anti-abortion groups and this year was no exception.

It was a kind of a weird protest this year. There were a lot more pro-life protestors than in previous years. On the other hand, many pro-death groups decided to sit this one out.

In Florida, prominent right to kill groups decided their time would be better spent lobbying the new pro-death administration than arguing about their right to kill the unborn.

You’ll notice that instead of using politically correct language, I’m using accurate and descriptive language to characterize the two positions.

Abortion isn’t about a woman’s right to choose. By definition, she has already exercised her right of choice — that’s how she became pregnant in the first place.

But what about victims of rape and incest? Does ANYBODY believe there have been 65 million American rapes since 1973 that resulted in pregnancies?

To listen to the pro-death forces, anybody who opposes the murder of unborn babies in the womb is heartless and unfeeling or misogynistic or some other nasty adjective.

And those who support abortion are caring, progressive individuals that are making hard choices based on what is best for them and their babies.

They call themselves pro-choice. But there is but one choice they support and they fight tooth and nail to prevent anyone from offering an alternative choice.

They call those who support an actual, genuine choice between two alternatives “anti-abortion activists.” Opposing Roe v. Wade does’t make one an ‘anti abortion activist’ — it makes one a supporter of the American democratic system.

Overturning Roe v. Wade would take the question away from the federal government and the federal courts and return it to the control of the individual states. That is ONLY constitutional issue involved — there is NOT a Constitutional right to kill one’s children. The Constitution says absolutely nothing about abortion, any more than it defines marriage.

It probably never occurred to them that anybody would ever be dumb enough to advocate same-sex relationships as ‘marriage’ or infanticide as “choice”.

The closest one can come to finding abortion in America’s founding documents is in the Declaration of Independence which, in its preamble, clearly forbids abortion, saying Americans have a God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It does not differentiate between the born and the unborn, since they understood that the unborn will, without any help or interference from the government, be born with those rights intact.

Out of those documents, a group of judicial activists on the Supreme Court in 1973 found a ‘right’ to deny unwanted babies the right to life, not to mention the liberty and pursuit of happiness stolen from them at the same instant.

Activists like to call the Constitution a ‘living document’ arguing that it was designed to change as the times change. What they really mean is that, as a living document, it can be tortured until it says whatever its torturer wants it to.

Roe v. Wade didn’t legalize abortion. Instead, it struck down every existing state law forbidding abortion. It was done without consulting with the states, by judicial fiat, without any national debate, referendum or input from those who disagree.

For thirty-six years, there has been discord on the issue of abortion, because consensus is irrelevant.

The devisiveness will continue until the issue has been returned to the democratic process, something that can only take place if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

As I said earlier, overturning Roe v. Wade won’t immediately outlaw abortion. Instead, the question will be returned to the jurisdiction of the individual states for resolution.

That is the way America was set up from the beginning. It is implicitly recognized that each state is unique, has its own values and its own priorities. By allowing the states to regulate this issue — as intended — we achieve the impossible: an equally divided nation in which most people live under the law of their choice. People who live in a state where they disagree with its laws can move to a state where the laws are more in keeping with their consciences.

In a vote in which one side loses, it will know that it lost because most people disagreed, not because a handful of elite disenfranchised everyone.

But abortion is big business for the elitists who fear losing a billion dollar a year business. Planned Parenthood reported that in 2002, 227,375 abortions were performed at their clinics.

That figure represents only 17% of all abortions performed in America that year, giving some sense of the size of the abortion ‘industry’.

Far from being ‘pro-choice’ only 6.5% of clients seeking pregnancy related services from Planned Parenthood in 2002 actually received prenatal care. The rest got abortions. They issued only 1,963 adoption referrals in 2002 and not a single actual adoption.

So for every adoption ‘referral’ made by Planned Parenthood, there were 116 babies aborted. But the liberal mainstream call Planned Parenthood a ‘pro-choice’ group. Those who oppose it are ‘anti-abortion.’

A look at Planned Parenthood’s origins makes the love affair it enjoys with liberal groups even more bizarre.

Planned Parenthood itself was founded by a eugenisist named Margaret Sanger, who strongly believed in the superiority of the white race and started the organization with the expressed aim of doing to American blacks what Hitler was attempting to do with German Jews.

Sanger proposed, in a paper defending Planned Parenthood’s ‘Negro Project’ , that;

[the] “most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the [religious] minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

One third of Planned Parenthood’s income ($750 MILLION dollars) comes from GOVERNMENT GRANTS.

The Boy Scouts can’t have federal funds because they oppose gay rights and advance a belief in God, but a group formed for the express purpose of wiping out the black race in the womb got $254 million in federal tax dollars in 2002.

Now, we have a black president in office who supports the genocide because, as he says, “women don’t come to this choice easily.” A black president who by the definition of Planned Parenthood, should have been aborted in the womb.

Barack Obama was a mixed-race baby, conceived out of wedlock to a teenaged mother. By every conceivable pro-abortion argument, Barack Hussein Obama should have been dismembered by an abortionist.

The pro-life argument against his abortion is that every life has worth and the circumstances of our birth should not disqualify us from life.

If Obama’s mama had shared the view her son now advances, America would still be waiting to elect its first black president — because the one that DID get elected wouldn’t have existed.

Interesting.

Release Terrorists – Prosecute Bush!

Release Terrorists – Prosecute Bush!
Vol: 88 Issue: 22 Thursday, January 22, 2009

President Barack Hussein Obama has already made good on his campaign promise that the first thing he’d do upon taking power is to close Gitmo.

“In view of the significant concerns raised by these detentions, both within the United States and internationally, prompt and appropriate disposition of the individuals currently detained at Guantanamo and closure of the facility would further the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice,” said the draft executive order that would close Guantanamo, (appropriately posted on the ALCU’s website.)

The executive order was one of three expected on how to interrogate and prosecute al-Qaida, Taliban or other foreign fighters believed to threaten the United States.

A few hours after his inauguration, Obama ordered the suspension of military trials for the remaining detainees. The new order provides for a diplomatic offensive to transfer some of the detainees.

It also stipulates an immediate assessment of Guantanamo itself to ensure the detainees are held in conditions that meet the ‘humanitarian requirements of the Geneva Convention’.

(No similar assessment reviews are planned to confirm that the Taliban are also treating their prisoners in accordance with the Geneva Conventions — before they are tortured and decapitated.)

“This is the first ray of sunlight in what has been eight long years of darkness, of trampling on America’s treasured values of justice and due process,” ACLU said in a statement.

“The order is remarkable in its timing and its clear intent to close down Guantanamo and unequivocally halt the Bush administration’s shameful military commissions.”

“With the stroke of a pen, President Obama will make great progress toward restoring America’s moral authority,” said Jennifer Daskal, HRW senior counterterrorism counsel. “By shutting down a global symbol of abuse, he will deprive terrorists of a powerful recruitment tool.”

These people actually went to college and everything?

Assessment:

Liberals think that 250 or so terrorists at Gitmo will be so grateful at being released they’ll do what liberals do after they get out of prison — write books, go on the lecture circuit and get rich criticizing the system.

The criminally-stupid John “Jack” Murtha, (D. Pa.) went on the airwaves to invite Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Ramsi bin Alshib to come stay in his district in Western Pennsylvania.

He says he doesn’t have a maximum security federal prison, but thinks his district’s minimum security facility will be just fine.

It is a source of endless fascination to me that liberals oppose prosecuting the planners of the 9/11 attacks, while actively planning criminal prosecutions for members of the Bush administration.

This is what is called ‘progressive’ thinking. In normal thinking, the enemy is the one to attack and your side is the one to defend.

But in progressive thinking, one looks beyond that to see that the enemy had no choice but to attack us the way they did, considering our relative size.

Our disproportionate response only served to anger him more, thereby providing him with a powerful recruitment tool. Here’s how that thinking operates.

Recruiter: “If you attack America, they’ll either kill you or imprison you forever!”

Recruit: “Really? Cool. Where do I sign!”

But here’s the way the liberals think it will be under Obama’s plan.

Recruiter: “If you attack America, they are unlikely to do anything to you in return.”

Recruit: “Really? What a great place America is! Not interested. Sorry.”

It’s only Day Two and America is already taking on something of the surreal in both its public statements and private actions.

First off, the MAJORITY of Americans of all political persuasions oppose closing Gitmo. Not everybody believes that moving Ramsi bin Alshib to Pittsburg will stymie al-Qaeda’s recruiting operations. The majority think that importing terrorists into America is, what’s the word . . . ah! stupid!

Shouldn’t that count? In a word, no. The Obama administration is made up entirely of Democrats — what do they care what the majority thinks?

It isn’t just Gitmo — Obama plans to either try or release all the detainees being held by the CIA worldwide. There are 800 terrorists being held at the Baghram airbase alone — any one of whom would cut your throat without hesitation.

Still, I’m astonished that Obama made closing Gitmo his first official act. It is one thing to promise to close Gitmo in order to woo liberals, it is altogether something else to actually do so.

It’s fairly obvious they aren’t too concerned about the damage another attack on America might incur on its victims. But it is amazing that nobody has calculated the political damage such an attack might do to the Obama administration.

That’s a lot to risk on principle – particularly since so far, we’ve seen very little evidence to suggest Mr. Obama or any of his top advisors have any.

But we’re only on Day Two. I could be wrong.

Special Report: Now What?

Special Report: Now What?
Vol: 88 Issue: 21 Wednesday, January 21, 2009

One of the most difficult things to gauge when I am writing the Omega Letter is when I’ve passed the saturation point; that point where all that needs to be said has been said on a given topic.

When it comes to Barack Hussein Obama, I feel like I’ve hit the saturation point already — and he’s only been president since yesterday. But there is yet one issue we need to address before settling in to witness what the Obamanation maketh desolate in the days ahead.

What should we, as Christians, do about Barack Obama? One of our members quoted 1st Timothy 2:1-2:

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

The general thought is that this verse calls on Christians to pray for those in authority. When we use the term ‘pray for’ — correct me if I’m wrong — it is generally used in the positive sense.

That is to say, when you pray for somebody or something, you are praying for a positive outcome — for them.

But that’s not exactly what Paul is telling Timothy. Let’s break it down into its component elements.

Paul’s first point is that the supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks offered should be on behalf of all men.

Secondly, they should be offered (on behalf of all men) for kings and those in authority to a specific purpose — that is to say, Paul is telling Timothy to pray for something from God concerning kings and those in authority.

Finally, Paul gets to the actual prayer, which is that we (Christians) be permitted to lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty (ie practice our faith without interference.)

I’d like to believe that this verse exhorts us simply to pray for the success of our political leaders. In the end, the prayer is offered on behalf of the Church, not for kings and those in authority.

In Paul’s day, that would have been Nero. Nero’s political platform called for the extermination of the cult of Christianity that was sweeping the Roman Empire.

Could Paul have been exhorting Timothy to pray for Nero’s success in destroying the churches Paul dedicated his life to planting and nurturing?

Consider the famous evangelist, Corrie Ten Boom. When Holland was occupied by the Nazis, she worked tirelessly to hide and save Jews from the death camps.

But Holland was under Nazi occupation, making Adolph Hitler the ‘king’ in authority. Paul certainly wasn’t exhorting Corrie Ten Boom to pray for Hitler’s successful administration.

Then there is Romans Chapter 13 to take into account. In this passage Paul writes: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

When Paul notes that the powers that be are “ordained of God” he is stating the obvious.

God has His purposes and He is the one who sets up and tears down kingdoms according to His will. Therefore, Paul tells us not to rise up against those powers because resisting the powers ordained by God is akin to resisting God Himself.

“Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.”

Again, it is important to remember that the Apostle Paul’s world was ruled by the Emperor Nero. And it was Nero who ultimately took Paul’s head. Yet of Nero, Paul the Apostle writes;

“For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (Romans 13:1-4)

Nero is “the minister of God TO THEE for good” — because “we know 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)

Paul knew that God had a purpose for Nero that would ultimately work together for ‘good’ — from God’s perspective. Historians look back on the early Church and credit Nero with inadvertently helping it grow.

The Christians in the arenas faced horrifying deaths with such serenity that it made the witnesses wonder what there was about this Christianity that inspired such faith and courage?

Whether Nero wanted to be used by God or not was irrelevant. God used Nero to His purpose. While the ‘good’ was not that clear to Paul and probably completely obscured from most other martyrs, they trusted the Lord that there was a purpose for both Nero’s reign and their own martyrdom.

So they prayed, not that Nero would accomplish HIS will, but rather that God would use Nero like the tool that Nero was in order to accomplish GOD’s will.

The early Christians undoubtedly prayed that Nero would be unsuccessful in his efforts to exterminate Christianity, and they probably prayed that lots of other programs he instituted would fail.

The Bible never tells us to pray for the will of the person in authority to be done. Instead it reminds us that God put that person in authority because it is God’s will that ultimately matters. Good and evil are outcomes and therefore, to quote Obama himself, “above our pay grade.”

Nero was evil, but God’s purpose was to use Nero to advance the growth of the Church, which was good. But that didn’t mean Nero’s persecution of Christians was right or that Christians who fled persecution were wrong. Right and wrong are the choices placed before the individual, not good and evil.

Joseph’s brothers intended evil for Joseph when they sold him into slavery in Egypt. They didn’t know God would use that evil act to save them from starvation during the famine to come.

I can’t pray for Barack Obama to be successful in poisoning the judiciary with liberal activist judges. I can’t pray that he’ll be successful in his efforts to remove all legal restrictions on abortion.

Or that he’ll be successful in overturning the ban on gays in the military or expanding the definition of marriage. Or any of at least two dozen other issues. Indeed, I must pray that he fails.

On these issues, I can only pray that God’s will be done, according to His purposes, and study the Scriptures to see what the Lord wants us to know about those purposes and how they relate to our mission of leading as many to Christ as possible in the time allotted to us.

It is a conundrum. How does one pray for one’s nation while praying for the failure of its leadership? It boils down to the black and white issues of right and wrong. Pray for what is right. Speak out against what is wrong.

And in all things, His will be done.

The Obama Nation

The Obama Nation
Vol: 88 Issue: 20 Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The programmers at Home Box Office are seldom accused of moral sensitivity in their programming, but evidently, broadcasting the invocation from an openly gay bishop as part of the Obamanation celebration was too much even for them.

Josh Earnest, Presidential Inauguration Committee communications director, sent out an emailed apology to gays and whoever else might have been offended at not having the chance to hear “Rev” Robinson trash Scripture:

We had always intended and planned for Rt. Rev. Robinson s invocation to be included in the televised portion of yesterday s program. We regret the error in executing this plan but are gratified that hundreds of thousands of people who gathered on the mall heard his eloquent prayer for our nation that was a fitting start to our event.”

I anticipate this being the first of many, many apologies to come. When you are all things to all people, you are bound to disappoint many. About the only groups one can be relatively certain won’t be disappointed will be illegal aliens, Islamic militants, welfare recipients, and Bush-hating liberals.

In keeping with the theme of America’s transition into an Obamanation, Obama pal Oprah Winfrey featured two gay ‘ministers’ proclaiming that being gay is a gift from God.

Not to be outdone, Obama buddy Spike Lee told MSNBC that the market crash was ordained by God to get Barack Obama elected.

A liberal school teacher from the Left Coast published an op-ed piece in the Seattle Post Intelligencer calling for censorship now that America is an Obamanation.

“The time has arrived to update the literature we use in high school classrooms,” writes John Foley about Mark Twain’s classic novel, Huckleberry Finn. “Barack Obama is president-elect of the United States, and novels that use the ‘N-word’ repeatedly need to go.”

Maybe we could inaugurate the Obamanation by having a big book-burning party? We can burn books like Huckleberry Finn and replace them with books like ‘Heather has Two Mommies’.

The Obamanation will be consecrated, not just by a gay bishop, but also by the president of the Islamic Society of North America.

Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, is one of several religious leaders scheduled to speak at the inaugural prayer service Wednesday at Washington’s National Cathedral.

The Islamic Society of North America has ties to Islamic terror groups like the Holy Land Foundation and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Last July, federal prosecutors in Dallas filed court documents saying they had “a wide array of testimonial and documentary evidence expressly linking” the Islamic society to Hamas, which the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization, as well as other radical groups.

During the Bush administration, that was not such a good thing. But in an Obamanation, those kinds of connections can get you a speaking role in a presidential religious service.

There were more than ten thousand articles in today’s Google news aggregator about the inauguration of The One. The whole world is watching the new American Obamanation.

The LA Times headlined “Tens of Thousands Head To Washington Mall To Witness History.”

The Beeb’s headline reads; “Crowds Await Historic Obama Oath”. The Hurriyet’s (Turkey) headline reads: “World Ready to Mark Inauguration of Obama as First Black US President”

The French AFP’s headline announced “Joy and Poignancy in Washington for Obama’s Big Day.” ABCNews headlined its story, “Worldwide Audience Reflects On Historic Day”. The AP: “Obama to Step Into History as First Black President” — UPI: Eyes of Nation, World on Obama.

And finally, (before I gag), the Dallas Morning News’ editorial headline: “Barack Obama, To the Mountaintop”.

Frank and I were chatting about the whole thing this morning. Frank mentioned two things I thought worth sharing. The first is that the winning numbers for the Illinois State Lottery on November 6th following Obama’s election were 6-6-6. I thought that was kind of interesting.

The second comment came as we were discussing the fawning world-wide media coverage. Frank said, “If that isn’t worship, I don’t know what is.” Can’t argue with him there, either.

Welcome to the Obamanation.

Preparing For The Obama Nation

Preparing For The Obama Nation
Vol: 88 Issue: 19 Monday, January 19, 2009

Preparing For The Obama Nation

America is but twenty-four hours from inaugurating its first African-American president. I know that is true because that is exactly the way all the newspapers are framing it; “America’s First African-American President” has become Obama’s official nickname.

Even as I type these words, on the television is a split screen with Barack Hussein Obama on the left, with Martin Luther King on the right. The crawl on Fox News says, “Obama Carries King’s Legacy Forward.”

I read an AP headline that says, (and I’m not making this up) “Israel to Pull Out of Gaza By Obama Inauguration.” Wow! Now that’s power! The AP makes it clear that there is no coincidence between the pullout and Obama’s inauguration:

“Israel plans to pull all of its troops out of the Gaza Strip by the time President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated Tuesday . . . By getting its soldiers out before the Obama inauguration, Israel hopes to pave the way for a smooth beginning with the Obama administration and spare the incoming president the trouble of having to deal with a burning problem in Gaza from his first day, the Israeli officials said.”

Isn’t that sweet of the Israelis! To take time out from a war aimed at saving its civilian population just so Obama can have a smooth inauguration experience. Or maybe it’s something else.

The AP continues: “Israel has been quietly concerned about possible policy changes by the incoming administration after eight years of staunch support from President George W. Bush. Obama has said Mideast peace will be a priority even as he grapples with a global economic crisis and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(And solves the Mideast peace problem, restores the environment and discovers a cure for cancer . . “Who is like unto Obama? And who is able to make war with him?”)

All the cable news networks are essentially off the air, unless one is looking for information about Obama, the Inauguration celebrations or historical background on Martin Luther King.

Right now, the Reverend Al Sharpton is being interviewed by Fox News. The Washington Post’s headline this morning is “President-Elect Sees His Race as an Opportunity.”

The Post published a letter from a reader in order to give itself an opportunity to “set the record straight”: “We did not elect our first African American president. Rather, we elected our first biracial president,” Douglas Snyder of Bowie wrote in a letter published Saturday in The Post.

Not so, says the Post. “Obama is unambiguous in calling himself an African American, the identity he embraced early on. Though he has always honored his white mother and grandparents, the young Obama read African American writers and studied the mien of the black guys he encountered on the basketball court.

He was intrigued by the older African American men who played cards with his grandfather. He imitated the dance moves he saw on the television show “Soul Train,” and he tried to curse like the late comedian Richard Pryor.”

The Post went on and on — it was all about race and Barack Obama and the White House and the trials and tribulations about being black in America. And the proof is undeniable — anybody who tries to dance like Soul Train and curse like Richard Prior has to be black! (There’s no racism at the Post, is there?)

Politico cited a sign it noted hanging in a Georgetown shop window that recounted a saying that circulated during the campaign: Rosa sat so Martin could walk; Martin walked so Obama could run; Obama is running so our children can fly!

Today is Martin Luther King Day — and lots and lots of commentators are crossing that bridge between MLK Day today and BHO day tomorrow, saying that Barack Obama represents the culmination of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Ironically, the salient part of that speech is this: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. “

I’ve been looking and looking for some evidence that Obama was elected president based on the content of his character. Except that what little is known of his character is that which is reflected by his associates: Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Rod Blagojevich, Bill Ayers, Rahm Emmanuel, etc.

Of The One himself, little is actually known. Indeed, we’re not even absolutely certain where he was born.

Nobody knows how he traveled to Pakistan and Indonesia as a youth, whom he met with, or what he did. The only thing known about his trip is that he left as a student in a small, unimportant California community college.

When he returned to the States, it was to attend Columbia University and later, Harvard.

While one might wonder how a guy makes the transition from a community college to Columbia and Harvard, virtually overnight, no explanation has ever been offered.

Whenever anybody begins to ask hard questions, the race card is introduced and all queries come to a screeching halt.

As to MLK’s dream, the irony of it was best expressed, (ironically) by the racist remarks of Joe Biden, at the time, Obama’s opponent for the nomination:

I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

An African-American who is articulate, bright and clean. And nice-looking to boot! With qualifications like that, how can we lose? There will always be time to discover the content of his character later. Racism is dead in America!

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

The Blessed Hope

The Blessed Hope
Vol: 88 Issue: 17 Saturday, January 17, 2009

The timing of the Rapture is easily one of the most confusing and divisive issues within the Body of the Christ, something I’ve always considered extremely interesting.

It would seem to me that the issue of when He is coming is important only in understanding the signs of the times, but not terribly important in terms of salvation or issues of eternity, or even in terms of living a Spirit-filled life.

Taken separately from following Bible prophecy, believing in Who is coming, and the certainty of His return, are all that is truly necessary to be a Christian. The timing of that event itself, is largely one of academics.

That being said, we ARE students of Bible prophecy; watchmen on the wall, as I like to express it, and the timing of the Rapture is extremely important to understanding the signs of the times.

We see evidence all around us, and we use that evidence to warn of His soon return. To us, understanding the Rapture is understanding how to rightly divide the Word of Truth.

The key to rightly dividing the Word is understanding Dispensationalism and the division between the Age of the Law, the Age of Grace (Church Age) and the Tribulation (Daniel’s 70th Week).

There are four basic interpretations of the Rapture; pre-Tribulational, mid-tribulational and post-tribulational and pre-Wrath.

Pre-Trib holds to the view the Lord returns BEFORE the Tribulation. Mid-Trib teaches that the Rapture of the Church will occur in the middle of the 7 year tribulation period. It will occur sometime around the abomination of desolation when the anti-Christ goes into the rebuilt Jewish temple and there claim to be God.

The Post-Trib view teaches that as the Lord Jesus is returning back to earth, God’s people will be ‘caught up’ or raptured at that point in time. They will immediately return to earth with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each of these views can be supported, to some degree, by Scripture, but only one, obviously, can be the correct view. I believe the one with the fewest Scriptural problems is the best candidate.

One of the problems with a mid-Trib view is glaring; it denies the doctrine of imminency. Although the Scriptures teach a SECRET coming, (no man knoweth the day or hour) once the Tribulation begins, one just has to sit down with a calendar. It will be no surprise and it will come at a known time.

Another problem with the mid-Trib Rapture view is that its followers aren’t looking for Christ, they are watching for the anti-Christ, from whom they derive their timetable.

By contrast, I am awaiting Jesus Christ. I never expect to know who the antichrist will be, and frankly, I don’t really care. My purpose, to the degree I even discuss the antichrist in your Omega Letter, is to demonstrate how the world is preparing for his coming — and to remind people that Jesus is coming FIRST!

The mid-Tribulation view is not widely followed for these reasons, among others.

The post-Tribulation view shares the same problem as mid-Trib — it denies the doctrine of imminency.

It will be even easier to pinpoint the return of Christ, given the Bible gives the exact number of days between the ‘abomination of desolation’ (Matthew 24:15; 2nd Thessalonians 2:4) and the return of the Messiah.

“And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” (Daniel 12:11)

Compare that to Jesus’ Words; “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. ” (Matthew 24:36) If the post-Trib view is correct, that secret is hidden only until the revelation of antichrist.

So it shares the same second flaw with the mid-Trib view; both of these interpretations make the coming of antichrist the seminal event in prophecy, with the secret coming of Christ for His Church a secondary Plan.

The post-Tribulation view also doesn’t pass the logic test. The post-Trib interpretation is that Jesus Raptures the Church, who then return with Him at the Battle of Armageddon.

“And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” (Revelation 19:14) The ‘fine linen, white and clean’ are the garments of those Washed in the Blood of the Lamb.

So, Jesus leaves heaven with ‘ten thousands’ of empty white horses. As He descends, God’s people are Raptured, presumably translated from this earth to the back of a white horse on its way back!

The next problem with this view is what happens next. According to Scripture, the earth is repopulated during the Millennial Kingdom period.

If all God’s people are raptured as the Lord Jesus returns that will leave only the wicked on earth when He returns. The wicked will be destroyed as they will NEVER inherit the kingdom of God.

So if the wicked are destroyed and God’s people are all raptured then who will be left to enter into the 1000 year Kingdom?

When people go into the 1000 year kingdom they will not have their eternal bodies but will be just like we are today.

They will marry and have children. After the rapture all God’s people will have their eternal bodies leaving no mortals left on earth to go into the 1000 year kingdom.

The post-Trib view is widely received, despite its problems. It’s adherents generally also believe that Israel plays no important role in the last days, since the promises of God to Israel were passed on to the Church after the Jews rejected their Messiah.

That is also one of the reasons that post-Tribulationists are so hostile to Dispensationalists and pre-Tribulationists; our ‘wrong-headed’ support for Israel based on our belief that God has a Plan for Israel that doesn’t include the Church.

It explains the blatantly anti-Semitic nature of many mainstream churches. It is at the root of the ‘Christian anti-semitism’ that was responsible for centuries of persecution of the Jews by the Church.

It explains the ‘Christ-killer’ label that is used to incite anti-Semitic actions and to justify anti-Semitism as a worldview. To some Christians, the crowd’s demands, “Then answered all the people, and said, His Blood be on us, and on our children,” (Matthew 27:25) carries more weight than Jesus Himself, when He said, ” Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do,” (Luke 23:34)

That is not intended to characterize all people who hold to a post-Tribulation worldview, but explain the teachings of post-Tribulationalism and some of the reasons for their hostility to the pre-Tribulationist view.

The fourth view is the most recent, being advanced in the late 1980’s by Florida evangelist Marv Rosenthal. It attempts to define the point when the Great Tribulation begins. Pre-Wrath puts the Rapture at a point just after the Sixth Seal.

This view also has its share of problems. For one, it denies the doctrine of imminency. The Rapture cannot take place today. It could not take place tomorrow. The Rapture cannot take place next week, next month or next year or even the year after that!

The Rapture will occur immediately prior to the Day of the Lord and the Day of the Lord will begin with the opening of the seventh seal. The Rapture will occur on the very day that the Day of the Lord begins. We’re still years away from the Day of the Lord, (even if Israel were to sign antichrist’s treaty tomorrow morning.)

Rosenthal divides the 70th Week of Daniel into three distinct periods. The first three and one half years are “the beginnings of sorrows” period. The second is the Great Tribulation, which beings at the middle of the 70th Week.

In his book, “The Pre-Wrath Rapture” (Thomas Nelson Books, 1990) Rosenthal defines the Great Tribulation as “man’s wrath against man” not God’s. (page 105)

According to this view, the Day of the Lord must be clearly distinguished from the Great Tribulation. These two time periods are distinct and separate and do not overlap. They both occur during the last 3 years, beginning with the Great Tribulation and followed immediately by the Day of the Lord.

It is uncertain when the Great Tribulation ends and when the Day of the Lord begins because THIS is the event of which no man knows the day or the hour (Matthew 24:36)

The Church will be on earth when the Antichrist makes a treaty with Israel which marks the beginning of the 70th week. The Church must enter the 70th week and go through the “beginnings of sorrows.”

The Church must be on earth during the entire period called the Great Tribulation (“the time of Jacob s trouble”) and will not be Raptured until after the Great Tribulation is over, but immediately prior to the Day of the Lord.

Therefore, the Church must be on earth for saints to decide if they will accept the mark of Antichrist.

Assessment:

The Dispensationalist, pre-Tribulationist view of the Rapture is the only one consistent with the teachings of the Scriptures. It allows for a secret, signless, Rapture of the Church, as taught by Our Lord.

It teaches that the Restrainer of evil is removed (the indwelt, Spirit-filled Church) which allows for the unrestrained evil of the antichrist. While the Holy Spirit will remain on the earth during the Tribulation, the Church does not.

The pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church is not awaiting the antichrist, it is awaiting the Christ, which is wholly consistent with Scriptures that promise a special crown for those who await His coming.

Everything harmonizes with the Scriptures without the necessity to allegorize or spiritualize a literal teaching in order to make it work.

Now to the point. Every day we attempt to document some current event relevant to Bible prophecy. In point of fact, we haven’t documented a single FULFILLMENT of a Bible prophecy since the restoration of Israel in 1948 — and that is a prophecy in the process of fulfillment. Israel has been restored, the Jews regathered to their ancient homeland, but their national redemption is yet future.

What we are witnessing are more like shadows in the sense that one can see a shadow of a man, but not his features. From the shadow, you can identify with certainty that it is of a man, but that is about all you can say for sure.

Paul describes it as ‘seeing through a glass darkly’;

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

There are things we know, and there are things unknown. We know, for example, that the government of the antichrist during the Tribulation will control the global economy, global government and global religious system.

While we don’t know who he is, the development, in this generation, of these three distinct systems, casts the shadow of the antichrist.

We know that the world will be divided into four distinct spheres of world power; Gog-Magog, the Kings of the East, the Kings of the South and the revived Roman Empire. The Bible makes no mention of a fifth, overarching superpower.

We see the development of those four Biblical spheres of global power, while the future of America is tenuous, to say the least.

We see, in part, and we know in part, but darkly.

We are seeing shadows of the coming Tribulation – we’re not there, yet.

The signs of His coming, and the unfolding of Bible prophecy, were given as a sign to a ‘wicked and adulterous generation’ which ‘seeketh after a sign’.

We see through a glass, darkly. We know things in part, and we see shadows in the signs of what is to come.

The Bible says that these events are NOT fulfilled until the Tribulation Period begins. These events were given, not as a warning, but as an encouragement the Church through the ages, and in particular, the Church of the last days.

The Apostle Paul called it “the Blessed Hope.”

Special Member’s Report: Who Are We? And What Are We Doing Here?

Special Member’s Report: Who Are We? And What Are We Doing Here?
Vol: 88 Issue: 16 Friday, January 16, 2009

Special Member’s Report: Who Are We? And What Are We Doing Here?

It’s been awhile since we’ve discussed the OL’s mission statement and doctrinal position. Since then, new members have joined, so for those of you to whom this is a review, please accept my apologies.

The Omega Letter IS a ministry, despite the fact we have refused 501(c)3 status. To explain, 501(c)3 is the relevant IRS code that grants ministries tax-exempt status. The government has the authority to censor what is published by those who accept the 501(c)3 exemption.

So we pay our taxes and the government has no input into our messages.

The mission of the Omega Letter is not directed primarily at leading the lost to Christ — at least, not directly through the website.

The majority of our members are assumed to be already saved believers who carry the message of the Gospel to the lost through their daily interaction with people they run across in the course of a day.

Our mission is to equip the saints out there who want to be fruitful for Christ with ammunition useful to their efforts. We try and anticipate the difficult questions that come up from time to time when witnessing to a skeptic, and to provide explanations from Scripture that answer those questions.

We believe the Bible prophecy was given for two main purposes. The first is to reassure the believer that God remains in control. Bible prophecy has a record of 100% accuracy in all areas where it can be measured.

Since Bible prophecy has a proven 100% accuracy rate, we can be assured all Bible prophecy will be fulfilled in future with the same accuracy as it has been fulfilled in the past.

That assures the believer that, no matter how chaotic events appear to be, those events are completely in God’s Hands. He knows what He is doing, and we can confidently apply the Scriptural promise “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)

The second reason is because, “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)

Bible prophecy for the last days was given as a tool for the Church to use as evidence that Jesus Christ is real and that He is God. Only God can know the future. Bible prophecy is the Signature of God Himself;

“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. . .” (Isaiah 46:9)

When Jesus was explaining what the generation that would see His return would experience, He included a reminder for the Church, saying, “Behold, I have told you before.” (Matthew 24:25)

He wanted to make sure we understood that when we witnessed what He described, that He;

“. . .told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.” (Matthew 24:25)

“. . .and that believing ye might have life through His Name.” (John 20:31)

We recognize that this generation is unique to the exclusion of all that came before . . . we live in an age of miracles. For this generation, the miraculous is always just around the next corner.

My first computer cost $1700 eighteen years ago. It bears as much resemblance to the one in front of me at this moment, in technological terms, as a Civil War observation balloon bears to the space shuttle.

In this generation, we cracked the human genetic code. We have duplicated the miracle of birth. It is only a matter of time until science duplicates the miracle of life through human cloning.

In this generation, to the exclusion of all others, God has a lot of competition. Moore’s Law of Computing says that computers will double in speed and capacity every 18 months. As computers get smarter, we get smarter. And we make ever more miraculous breakthroughs.

That some Bible prophecy was exclusively directed to the last generation where the miraculous would be routine is addressed by the revealing Angel in Daniel, 12:4. “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

The Books of Daniel and Revelation, once considered so mysterious that both Calvin and Luther omitted them from their commentaries on the Bible, were unsealed to this generation.

Today, the books Daniel and Revelation are the two most-written about Books in the Canon of Scripture.

Our mission is to use Bible prophecy to its intended purpose — to provide evidence that the Lord is both firmly in control of global events and preparing to return for His own. We consciously avoid the sensational; the plain and unvarnished evidences abound — there is no need to reach beyond our grasp.

The mission of the Omega Letter is to equip an army of one-on-one evangelists to go out into their own communities, armed with the evidence that God provided to counter the arguments of the skeptics and lead them to Christ while there is still time.

Along the way, we try to both inform and encourage, since our principle weapon of war is information, and an army needs to keep up its morale. It is for those reasons that the Omega Letter exists.

That the tactic is effective can be seen from the frequency and intensity of the enemy attacks over the years. Those attacks serve both to encourage AND discourage me.

On the one hand, if we are under attack, it means we are having some effect against the enemy’s lines. On the other, tactically speaking, an enemy generally will focus his attack in the weakest part of the opposing force’s lines.

Our weakness, as a force, is our fascination with the sensational. We can get misdirected away from our primary mission as believers by the ‘gee whiz’ factor, lose sight of our objective, and fall into an enemy trap.

Any effective army issues uniform equipment so there is a benchmark standard to use as a basis for training.

The Omega Letter’s benchmark training equipment is the doctrine of soteriology (salvation) as understood from a Dispensational, pretribulational perspective.

We believe in eternal security, a pretrib Rapture, and that the antichrist will make his appearance only after the Restraining influence of the Holy Spirit (together with the believing Church) is taken ‘out of the way’. (2nd Thessalonians 2:7)

It is from those basic understandings that we try to carry out the Omega Letter’s training mission. To be effective, we must be consistent in both our doctrine and its application to ultimate mission goal.

To see lost souls brought to Christ while there is still time.

Attempting to divine the date of the Rapture is not part of the Omega Letter’s mission to equip believers as effective last-days’ evangelists to the lost. It is a distraction to that mission.

It does not provide evidence to the lost that Jesus is returning soon. It provides the lost with a date on the calendar as an excuse to put off their decision until then.

Divining the date of the Rapture is an exercise in the sensational that, even apart from my belief that the Bible prohibits date setting, is completely at odds with the purpose for which the Omega Letter exists.

As I noted, it is a distraction. It weakens our lines and wastes valuable resources we could be marshalling against the enemy in the battle for the souls of the lost as the hours tick away.

Attempting to identify the antichrist does nothing to convince the lost that the Bible is true and that the Lord is returning. It does nothing to provide answers to the skeptics that might lead them to salvation. If anything, it gives them something to argue about.

And identifying the antichrist is not only fruitless to the mission, but contrary to the Word of God. The Crown of Righteousness is reserved for those who love the Lord’s appearing, not the appearance of His enemy.

Speaking from the doctrinal position of the Omega Letter, the Church will not be here during the Tribulation, so there is no doctrinal reason to ‘prepare’ the Church to go through it.

But it serves as a distraction from our true mission of arming ourselves to meet the lost skeptic with information useful to the mission of winning his soul from the enemy for Christ.

Useless speculation weakens our battle lines and wastes valuable resources that we could be marshaling against the enemy in the war for the souls of the lost as the hours tick away.

When proved untrue, it destroys our credibility. Sensationalism is not part of the whole armor of God.

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11-17 lists that armor as truth, righteousness, the preparation of the Gospel, faith, knowledge of our salvation, and the Word of God.

Divining the date of the Rapture and identifying the antichrist cannot possibly be argued into that list. They are distractions from the battle and an obstacle to the successful prosecution of the Omega Letter’s mission — to lead souls to Christ through the use of the tools God gave this generation to that purpose.

“And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” (Daniel 12:8-10)