It s All In the Headlines. . .
Vol: 96 Issue: 30 Wednesday, September 30, 2009
For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Last month, as part of the administration s full court press to pass the Democrat health care bill, Obama met with the leaders of prominent liberal religious groups to explain why Jesus would vote for the plan.
Obama informed the group, (called Faithful America and included mainstream Protestant and Catholic leaders), of “a core ethical and moral obligation: that is that we look out for one another, that I am my brother’s keeper, that I am my sister’s keeper.”
Among today’s headlines is a story about group of cheerleaders at a Catoosa County Georgia high school who put up a banner saying Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The school received a complaint, and evidently fearing someone might read the message and worse, heed it the school banned the banners as a violation of the 1st Amendment!
(They have their brains on backwards. The 1st Amendment prohibits Congress from making laws establishing religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.)
Evidently, the Left finds no fault with using God to endorse a policy position, but is horrified at the prospect students may decide to worship Him.
During the presidential campaign, TIME Magazine ran a cover story article (July 12, 2007) entitled, How the Democrats Got Religion.
In this campaign season, if Clinton and Barack Obama and John Edwards are any measure, there will be nothing unusual in Democrats’ talking about the God who guides them and the beliefs that sustain them.
Clinton has hired Burns Strider, a Congressional staffer (and evangelical Baptist from Mississippi) who is assembling a faith steering group from major denominations and sends out a weekly wrap-up, Faith, Family and Values.
Edwards has been organizing conference calls with progressive religious leaders and is about to embark on a 12-city poverty tour.
In the past month alone, Obama’s campaign has run six faith forums in New Hampshire, where local clergy and laypeople discuss religious engagement in politics.”
Hillary s faith and family values steering groups are gone now. I don t know if evangelical Baptist Burns Strider is guiding the State Department or if he is among America s unemployed millions.
John Edward s publicly-revealed hypocrisy is almost staggering in its breadth and scope. While campaigning for the little guy in the name of religion, multi-millionaire trial lawyer Edwards made his wife Elizabeth s terminal cancer a campaign asset while he was simultaneously carrying on an affair that ultimately produced an illegitimate child.
“Science is a gift of God to all of us,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a debate on increased embryo-research funding, “and science has taken us to a place that is biblical in its power to cure.”
Then she went to Rome to lecture the Pope on the morality of abortion. Science is a gift from God. Pregnancy, on the other hand, can be cured . Science has taken us to a new place, all right.
Obama s religiousity was an issue from the beginning. Is he a Muslim? No, he says he s a Christian. His pastor s anti-American rants, together with his affiliation with the Nation of Islam, made it necessary for Obama to resign from that church.
And now that s he s president, he doesn t have to go to church anyway. So he doesn t. I heard a joke the other day that proves the adage about truth in humor.
“You know the difference between God and Obama? God doesn’t think he’s Obama.”
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
The New York Times reported today that despite the public show of unity, there is deep division and continuing debate among American, European and Israeli allies over how far along Iran s nuclear program really is.
The Israelis believe Iran has resumed the weaponizing process that marks the final stages of construction of a nuclear bomb. The White House publicly accepts the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that declared Iran had halted the program and probably hasn t restarted it yet.
The Germans believe the weapons work was never halted. The French believe the IAEA is suppressing information they have about Iran s program.
Iran has called for the destruction of Israel and has promised to wipe Israel off the map. At issue is whether Israel will strike Iran militarily, or as part of an allied strike aimed at destroying, rather than disabling, Iran s nuclear program. Complicating the decision are the interconnected alliances between Iran and Russia, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas and Venezuela.
The recent meeting of governments at the UN General Assembly highlighted the division of nations over the issue when representatives of eleven countries walked out on Ahmadinejad but 182 remained seated and politely applauded.
Africa is gripped by famine on a scale not seen in almost two decades, according to a recent UN report. World-wide, more than a billion people are underfed. Worldwide, famine claims 16,000 children per day, according to UN figures. More than 5 billion people worldwide live on less than $3000 US per year.
In New York today, hundreds of health-care workers marched on Albany to protest against a mandate that state health care workers be vaccinated against the dreaded H1N1 flu virus. The World Health Organization has declared the H1NI flu virus a pandemic and world health emergency.
A killer tsunami slammed into the coast of American Samoa yesterday, with dozens dead and dozens more missing and feared washed out to sea. Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet high reached up to a mile inland. Hundreds more were injured. Entire villages were wiped from the face of the earth.
The tsunami was spawned by an undersea magnitude-8.3 earthquake centered about 125 miles off Samoa s coast. The earthquake itself had already destroyed much of the island before the wave struck a few minutes later.
Five years ago, an earthquake so powerful that it reshaped the earth s surface and actually disrupted time generated a tsunami that claimed so many lives that the true toll may never be calculated. Five years later, it stands at more than one quarter-million dead in eleven countries around the Pacific Rim.
For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:5)
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (Matthew 24:7)
You tell me.
Twenty years ago when I was writing the television program, This Week in Bible Prophecy it took me a whole week to find enough material related to Bible prophecy in the news to fill a half-hour program.
There is enough material in today s OL to fill a half hour television program and the problem wasn t finding the material, it was deciding which material to use because there is so much of it.
Think about what I mean by material . I mean evidence drawn from the pages of today s headlines that conform to the prophecies of the Bible for the last days.
Do you remember after 9/11 when there was a sudden spike in interest in Nostradamus prophecies? Some of his quatrains, after extensive reworking, seemed to prophesy the 9/11 attacks on New York, almost. Sort of.
And the crowd went wild! Nostradamus has done it again! It s amazing! Nostradamus books have never been out of print and a sort of cult religion has sprung up around the French priest.
The Mayan calendar seems to suggest that the world will end on December 23rd, 2012. Astronomers say there is an immense black hole in space radiating high energy gamma waves. In 2012, the alignment of the sun, the black hole and the earth could put earth in the path of these killer gamma waves
Lesser-known prophecies about the end of the world in 2012 include the Planet X, or Nibiru. Nibiru is a planet on a collision course with earth that is the real cause of all the seismic activity, climate change, etc.
A 10th century Catholic priest named St Malachy is said to have accurately predicted every pope to sit on the throne since Malachy s death. According to St Malachy, the pope to follow John Paul II would be a Benedictine.
The current pope took the papal name, Benedict. St Malachy says the next pope, Peter the Great, will be the last.
Each of these alleged prophets and the prophecies have their True Believers yet these same True Believers would scoff at Bible prophecy. There are entire television networks dedicated to strange and mysterious stuff like prophecy.
But whenever it comes to Bible prophecy, it is from the perspective that there must be an alternative explanation for its accuracy apart from the existence of God. Even mainstream Christianity scoffs at the idea of Bible prophecy being fulfilled in our generation.
But EVERYBODY is talking about the antichrist. Is Barack Obama the antichrist? Is he NOT the antichrist? But notice that the idea that the antichrist is just around the corner is not up for debate.
They know. But they don t want to know. So they don t.
I was having a discussion with an old friend the other day in my backyard and the topic turned to Bible prophecy. My friend is a childhood buddy I still see occasionally, but he is militantly anti-Christian.
He likes to believe in something out there, and so he allows room for that something to maybe have influenced the Bible prophets. In the course of the explanation of a particular prophecy, I mentioned born-again and his eyes narrowed.
It was remarkable to me. Here s a guy who can accept there is a something and acknowledge that the prophecies of the Bible look exactly like the headlines, but cannot bring himself to recognize God for Who He is.
He s always been a bit bull-headed, but an otherwise bright guy. I ve known him since childhood, he trusts me and he trusts my word. But he can t bring himself to trust the God he so clearly recognizes.
There has been more evidence available for the existence of God in this generation than in any other since the Lord walked this earth. Jesus proved His authority by many miracles, then was rejected, even by many of the eyewitnesses to those miracles.
But the Bible says that after His resurrection, many of those eyewitnesses became witnesses for Christ. It was the fervor and dedication and fearlessness of those first century witnesses that gave inspiration to the Church for centuries to come.
Over the course of the 20th century, mankind has produced many miracles of science and medicine that has established, in the minds of many, the authority of man. It was to this generation that the Lord revealed His authority through the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
Satan has his counterfeit prophets and prophecies witness the millions who will marvel at the prophecies of Nostradamus and scoff at those of Ezekiel.
This too, is prophesied, together with the reminder that while Satan can make educated guesses, God has certain foreknowledge. That s how we can tell St. Paul from St. Malachy.
And Paul said that before the coming of the antichrist, the ministry of the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the way so that that Wicked might be revealed.
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (2nd Thessalonians 2:10-11)
Since the Holy Spirit is the Comforter that Jesus promised would indwell me until He comes, the Church must be taken out of the way, too.
Then, there won t be anybody left that knows the difference between Ezekiel and Edgar Cayce.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:8)
It’s all in the headlines.