Demon Politics

Demon Politics
Vol: 103 Issue: 22 Thursday, April 22, 2010

The legislative assault on America started in 2007 with Nancy Pelosi’s “First 100 Days” pledge to “drain the GOP swamp” in Congress.

She made good on that promise when she became Speaker, draining the GOP swamp and replacing it with fresh Democratic alligators.  

She also made good on her promise to “break the link” between GOP lobbyists and legislators, replacing them with lobbyists of her own.

Fully two years before America handed over the keys to the front door to Barack Obama, Pelosi had already begun the legislative process of socialist wealth redistribution as she had promised during the ’06 Congressional campaign.

Pelosi contrasted her vision for America with that of the GOP, saying of the GOP:

“They have only rewarded wealth, not work.  . . . We must share the benefits of our wealth beyond the privileged few.”

The assault on ‘the rich’ was more than simply an assault on their wealth.   Thanks to Bernie Madoff’s massive theft — and the resultant cascading economic collapse, the Democrats were able to paint a great big bull’s eye on anybody who wasn’t either a union member or on the government dole.

The economic collapse was another gift to the Left’s socialist agenda – Barack Obama rode it into the White House like a surfer rides a wave. 

When the wave receded, exposing the wreckage left behind, shell-shocked Americans were too stunned to react to the onslaught of financial and social legislation that followed. 

By the time the dust settled, the administration had racked up more debt than had all the rest of his predecessors from 2007 back to George Washington combined.

And ‘the rich’ now means anybody who makes $55,000.00 per year, has a better-than-high-school education that is white, male, married and over forty-five.

And not coincidentally, that is also the profile for a right-wing extremist who may be plotting to blow up buildings.

The demonization of the Tea Party activists is among the most openly fascist techniques espoused by this administration, but the Tea Partiers are by no means the Left’s only target –  just the most dangerous to their agenda.

The administration had already begun the policy of demonizing its enemies within weeks of Obama’s inauguration. 

In March, 2009 the Department of Homeland Security put out an eleven-page memo entitled “Domestic Extremist Lexicon”  (note: PDF document, Adobe reader required) that identified pro-life advocates as “right wing extremists” and “violent” claiming that “they employ racist overtones while engaging in criminal actions.

Here is how the DHS memo described the pro-life movement.  (Remember, this is a movement dedicated to protecting the unborn from dissection in the name of convenience.)

The definition reads: “A movement of groups or individuals who are virulently antiabortion and advocate violence against providers of abortion-related services, their employees, and their facilities. Some cite various racist and anti-Semitic beliefs to justify their criminal activities.”

According to the document’s introduction:

“This product provides definitions for key terms and phrases that often appear in DHS analysis that addresses the nature and scope of the threat that domestic, non-Islamic extremism poses to the United States. Definitions were derived from a variety of open source materials and unclassified information, then further developed during facilitated workshops with DHS intelligence analysts knowledgeable about domestic, non-Islamic extremism in the United States.”

Last April, the DHS produced a “right wing extremist report” (also PDF format) warning that returning American veterans were prime targets for right-wing extremist ‘radicalization’ since they were already trained for violent attacks by the ‘right-wing.’

The April memo identified right wing extremist causes, including anti-abortion, anti-immigration, animal rights, black separatism, anti-technology extremism, Cuban independence activism, tax resistors, and religious extremism of various faiths – but specifically excluding Islam.

Assessment:

Demonizing one’s enemies is part and parcel of Politics 101.  In America, the politics of demonization used to be used primarily against external enemies.

During WWI the German Hun was portrayed as a brutal monster that ravished women and murdered children for their supper.  

During WWII the Japanese soldier was portrayed as a heartless, bucktoothed, weak-eyed but brutal killer – as well as a ravisher of women and murderer of children.  

But the demonization of one’s own population belongs to a different class of politics. 

Hitler used demonization of his political enemies to consolidate his power.  Hitler rose to power as the leader of what was primarily a labor movement. ( NAZI = National Socialist Worker’s Party)

Once in power, however, Hitler turned on the labor unions, demonizing them before banning them altogether.   Then he began to demonize the “brownshirts” that helped him to seize power – before ultimately dispatching them during the infamous “Night of the Long Knives” Massacre.

Hitler’s demonization of the Jews was a precursor to the launch of “Kristallnacht” – the event that historians view as the kickoff to the Holocaust.

Stalin demonized his domestic enemies as “capitalist enemies of the state”  before ‘purging’ them at various times during what is still remembered in Russia as “The Great Terror.”

Chairman Mao demonized his enemies “old ways of thinking” before launching his “Cultural Revolution” that ultimately resulted in at least thirty million deaths from famine.

The demonization of one’s own citizens by a government is the first step towards a fascist dictatorship.   Demonization of one’s opponents is the first step in an action plan that is expected to meet popular resistance.

Those that opposed Obamacare were demonized as selfish, heartless proponents of the status quo that would deny affordable healthcare to millions of their fellow citizens.

Those that oppose the cap-and-trade plan are demonized as greedy oil profiteers dedicated to propping up oil-rich dictatorships to rack up huge profits for themselves. 

Those that oppose the government’s financial reform proposals are demonized as wanting to maintain the status quo for their own ends. 

Those that oppose disproportionate tax increases on “the rich” are demonized as corporate fat-cats trying to protect their outrageous profits.  

And of course, there are the Tea Partiers, who are regularly demonized as domestic terrorists-in-waiting for the next opportunity to do something terroristic.   They favor private gun ownership because they harbor violent, anti-government tendencies.

About the only tea party protest to get national media attention this year were the ones at which gun-rights activists openly carried guns. 

Suddenly, the previously uninterested mainstream media was shocked into wakefulness!  Google retrieved more than 530 articles, many like this ominously worded LA Times report summary:

Armed protesters gather in a Virginia park, citing threats to the Constitution.”   

Although only two paragraphs long, the LA Times was able to squeeze in this quote:

“It’s paid for in blood and, if necessary, we’ll defend it in blood!” said Bob Wright, speaking of the Constitution, as he and other protesters gathered at Gravelly Point Park, a national park just across the Potomac River from Washington.”

(“Blood!”  That’s what the Tea Partiers want!  “Give us BLOOD!!!!!!!)

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating.  The Left is launching wave after wave of assaults against at various segments of the population, as if there is no looming election in November. 

Given the circumstances, it is more than counterproductive to their agenda – it is an almost suicidal attack.  

If the Right regains majority control of both Houses, Obama becomes a lame duck and the Left’s entire socialist agenda is dead in the water.

It makes no sense in the natural  — and that is what bears watching.  When it comes to the supernatural, everything gets turned around backwards. 

The Bible says it is the foolish things that confound the wise, that one gains victory through surrender, that it is through death that one passes into life eternal, and that while the things of the Spirit are foolishness to the world,  to those who are saved it is the power of God.  

Everything about the supernatural is backwards from the natural order. 

The first qualification for being a Christian is that you must first be a sinner, which in the natural, would seem to disqualify you for salvation.  It is by weakness that we are strong.

“For though He was crucified through weakness, yet He liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.”  

When Paul besought the Lord to remove from him an unspecified ‘messenger of Satan sent to buffet him,” the Lord gave him what, in the natural, would seem to be the exact opposite of the expected reply.

“And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

The enemy also operates from the supernatural.  From a place where it does make sense for a politician to demonize his own electorate in defiance of all natural logic. Like he doesn’t expect it to matter by November.   

Like he knows something that we don’t about why we won’t matter, come November.  

Prophecy? Or Predestination?

Prophecy? Or Predestination?
Vol: 103 Issue: 21 Wednesday, April 21, 2010

One of the most controversial (and least understood) points of doctrine apart from eternal security or a pre-trib Rapture is the doctrine of predestination.

“For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.” (Romans 8:29)

‘Predestination’ suffers from the same malady as do many other controversial doctrinal issues — political correctness. 

(WHAT?  No, really.  It’s true.  Hear me out.)

There are two main objections to predestination.   One is doctrinal, the other, political.   Let’s look at the political objection first.

If the doctrine of predestination is true, then it follows that those who were not predestinated to be conformed to the Image of His Son were predestinated for hell.   That is politically incorrect;  it is hateful and exclusionary.    

The second objection to predestination is that it negates free will.  Of the two objections, this seems to be the one with the least ground to stand on.   Because God knows what your decision is going to be doesn’t mean that you don’t have any choice.

I could offer you a million dollars, tax free, without any strings or a good swift kick in your behind.   I could also predict in advance what your choice would be.   

You may surprise me and choose the kick in the rear.  But my prediction would not affect your choice. 

The difference is that in my case, I could be wrong on my prediction, whereas God isn’t guessing.  He already knows.   But YOU don’t know what your choice is until you make it.

Your free will is unencumbered.  

Assessment:

Many of the same people that just can’t seem to get their head around the concept of predestination have absolutely no problem in believing in Bible prophecy.   How is it that YOU view Bible prophecy?  

Consider the following Scriptures:

“I  am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.”

“For dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet. I may tell all My bones: they look and stare upon Me. They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.” (Psalms 22:14-18)

Did Psalms 22 predestinate the Crucifixion?  Or does it simply predict it?  Is there a difference?  In what way?

Did God foreknow Judas?  Did God foreknow Caiaphas?  Did God foreknow the Roman soldiers who scourged Him, spat upon Him, drove the nails into His hands and feet?   Did God foreknow which of them would gamble for His robe?

Is this really even a question?  Of course God foreknew each of them — or He couldn’t have foreknown me.  Which then means the Bible cannot be true, since it says that He foreknows us all.

Foreknowledge is the same thing as predestination in the sense that God’s knowledge is perfect.  But since you don’t know your own future, how can your free will decisions be encumbered by the fact that God does?

The politically correct response to predestination being advanced as a doctrine is to shout “Calvinist!” at the top of one’s lungs, cover one’s ears with one’s hands and to run screaming from the room.

One needn’t be a Calvinist to believe that God is omniscient.  One needn’t be a Calvinist to believe that the Old Testament prophets predicted Christ’s First Advent.  Isaiah wasn’t a Calvinist when he wrote of the suffering Messiah of Isaiah 53.

“Calvinist” is a label applied to the five major points of doctrine outlined by French theologian John Calvin in the mid-14th century.   Calvin’s five points are identified by the acronym TULIP.

1. Total Depravity of Man  2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistible Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints.

Calvinism teaches that salvation is entirely the work of God; God chose His elect, the Son died to pay their sin debt, and the Holy Spirit makes Christ’s death effective by bringing the elect to faith and repentance, thereby causing them to willingly obey the Gospel.

I am not a Calvinist, primarily because the general understanding of Calvinism is that Calvinists need not witness to the lost because God’s irresistible grace nullifies our obligation under the Great Commission.  

So according to that understanding, I am not a Calvinist.  But that understanding is so totally flawed that it astonishes me that anyone can actually believe it.

If prophecy is foreknowledge, why is it not predestination? And if it is predestination, then what is the argument against predestination?  If prophecy were to fail, what would that mean?  That man’s free will trumps God’s foreknowledge? 

“And 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)

The goodness of God in converting and saving sinners encourages others to hope in His grace and mercy. Our faith, our conversion, and our eternal salvation, are not of works, lest any man should boast. These things are not brought to pass by anything done by us, therefore all boasting is shut out.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” (Titus 3:5)

It is the free gift of God, and the effect of being quickened by His power. It was His purpose, to which he prepared us, by blessing us with the knowledge of His will, and His Holy Spirit producing such a change in us, that we should glorify God by our perseverance to holiness.

‘Holiness’ (Gk hagiasmos) means ‘purification’ which is a PROCESS, also accomplished by God through 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)

There are no Christians more deserving than others. Because you have not yet achieved the state of holiness others have does not mean you are less favored. We all come to the Cross equally lost, and we all came away equally saved.

Salvation is an eternal state for which each of us were called before the world began, or else the Bible is not telling the truth.

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”  (2 Timothy 1:9)

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that CANNOT LIE, PROMISED before the world began. . .” (Titus 1:2)

Let’s bring it together. Nobody can come to Christ unless they are drawn by the Father, who provides us with both the extension of the offer of salvation and the faith necessary to receive it, a calling that was sealed in heaven before the world began, according to His purpose and grace.

Our salvation is immediate and eternal, but our purification is a process, which, having been begun in us at the moment of salvation, will be performed in us — BY CHRIST — until the day we stand before Him. Lest anyone should boast.

That’s not my opinion of what the Bible says — look up the verses in context and see if you can make them mean something else.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10-12)

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:23-24)

Legalism runs counter to the clear teaching of Scripture. This is a very difficult doctrine to both teach and understand. It sounds like a license to sin.  It is not.  

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Galatians 2:21)

We don’t think like God does, which is why He inspired the Scriptures.   To provide us with the tiniest bit of insight into the way God sees things.

Our relationship to Christ is unique — that God knows our hearts, and has already judged us accordingly. So that sin cannot reign supreme in our mortal body and thereby render us useless to our calling.

If the enemy can convince us of our own personal unrighteousness (of which each of us is acutely aware) or cause us to doubt the truth of Scripture or of our faith (which is a gift from God, lest anyone should boast) or cause us to doubt our own salvation, then we will not be able to effectively wield the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

God has a plan for each of us, and His plan is to send us to seek out and introduce others to their Savior. That is our assignment on this earth. THAT is our ‘calling.’

To spread the Gospel.

As Christians, we have an awesome responsibility before God. We have been assigned to seek out the lost and offer them the Gospel. To accomplish our mission, we need to be fully equipped for the task.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1st Peter 3:15)

The most effective weapon we have in our war with the enemy is the knowledge that he cannot take away our salvation.  We walk in the light of the Gospel, but we remain human beings and sinners, washed in the Blood of the Lamb, but still trapped in the “body of this death“.

Consequently, there is never a time when we are unworthy to tell others of Jesus Christ.  

 “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  (1st John 1:7-8)

Bible prophecy isn’t Calvinism.  Is Bible prophecy predestinated?  Well, it is written down in advance.  The choices necessary for its fulfillment have not yet been made by the participants. 

And God says that Bible prophecy will all be fulfilled to the letter.  What else could it be?

Predestination plays no role in your free will, or in the free will choices of anyone else.    

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  (Ephesians 2:8-9) 

Trust Him.   The more hopeless you think you are, the more you have to rely on Him.

Don’t let the enemy convince you that you aren’t worthy to carry the message.  After all, your prospect is just as liable to say, “Heck, if he can be saved, then there must be hope for me.”

God knew what He was doing when He gave you this job.  Trust Him.

And get ‘er done!  Maranatha!

Days of Noah

Days of Noah
Vol: 103 Issue: 20 Tuesday, April 20, 2010

When Jesus was asked what signs would precede His coming at the end of the world, He likened the social structure of those days to those of the days of Noah.

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39)

Most expositors interpret this verse figuratively; the days of Noe were the earliest days of restored mankind – the beginning of human government and the Times of the Gentiles. The coming of the Son of Man takes place at the conclusion of human government.

In this interpretation, the ‘sign’ is no sign — things will rock on normally, despite the warnings, until the Rapture takes us all away before judgment.

Others see the sign of Noe as meaning that like Noah, the Church will be carried safely through judgment.  

But instead of interpreting the ‘days of Noe’ figuratively, or symbolically, let’s assume that the Lord means it literally.   What were the ‘days of Noe’ like?

God created the angels at some time in eternity past – we know that they were eyewitnesses to creation from the book of Job (38:7)

God’s next sentient (intelligent, self-aware) creation was Adam, the first Gentile.  Adam primarily means, ‘a human being’ but its secondary use is to describe a common sort, low, mean, a person of low degree.

Adam essentially means “Basic man” — without any of the frills.   All men were Gentiles except for the polluted bloodline of Genesis 6.  

“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”

 Genesis 6:4 tells us that there were giants in the earth in those days, and also after that.  

These ‘giants’ (nphil-v.“to fall”  adj “a bully or a tyrant”, only secondarily a ‘giant’) were born to the daughters of men after the sons of God (ben-Elohim – angels) ‘came into’ (bow – come against, forcibly) them. 

These ‘giants’ we’re told, were ‘mighty men (gabor – powerful, tyrannical) which were of old, (owlam,  time out of mind, ancient, (almost eternal ) men of renown.’

There is a lot of information packed into this single verse.  The first is that they were the product of an unholy, forcible impregnation of the daughters of men.

The second thing we learn is that the “giants” (Nephilim) were spiritually fallen, tyrannical and powerful. 

The third is that the offspring of the ‘sons of God” became those which were the ancients from time out of mind, back to the very beginning.  Let’s look at that again!

These ‘giants’ became the ancients – one gets a sense of using the daughters of men in some kind of ‘cloning’ operation to ‘manufacture’ physical bodies to be inhabited by ‘the ancients.’

“And God saw that the wickedness (rarah –calamitous, immoral, evil) of man was great (rab abundant, enough) in the earth, and that every imagination (yetser, concept, thing) of the thoughts (machashabahcontrivance, machine) of his heart (leb – mind, will and emotions) was only evil continually (yowm – continually, hot, perpetual).” (Genesis 6:5)

So it was with the wicked and powerful ancients in charge of an increasingly immoral society.  Their minds and intellect were focused on evil, their contrivances and machines brought forth evil by design

“And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.”  Genesis 6:6

He repented??  What does this mean?  That the Lord made a mistake?   The Lord doesn’t make mistakes.  How can this be?  

It can’t be.  ‘Repented’ (nacham) primarily means, “sighed” – and only by implication or context, means ‘sorry’.    It also says it ‘grieved Him at His heart, suggesting remorse.

But God doesn’t feel remorse – God is perfect.  It grieved (atsab- to carve, with pain) Him at His Heart – literally, it carved His heart with pain’ at what the man He had made on the earth had become.

Controlled by the wicked and powerful spiritual ancients who shared with them their contrivances and machines which produced only evil by design.  

Assessment:

“Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:42)

The ‘days of Noe’ was clearly not intended to be taken symbolically or even figuratively – the Lord intended it to be understood literally. 

“And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Now, watch how the coming of the Son of Man is described by the Son of Man.

“Then two shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” 

Most prophecy teachers are disinclined to see this as a picture of the Rapture on the grounds that it proposes a fifty-fifty split between those who are taken and those who are left.

But Jesus doesn’t say that every other person will be taken.  Jesus gave two illustrations: one of two guys working in the field, and the other of two women working in the mill.

I’ve seen the Rapture depicted dozens of times in movies, documentaries and so forth – I’ve even been involved in producing a couple of recreations myself.

That’s the only way the illustration makes sense – as an illustration.

The pilot disappears, leaving the co-pilot sitting beside him.  The mailman disappears as he is handing a lady her mail – his stuff falls to the ground while she stands there staring.

That doesn’t illustrate that only pilots and mailmen will be raptured – the illustration isn’t even those raptured – since they disappeared, what would that illustrate? 

The illustration is from the perspective of those who are left behind, not those who are taken.  To them, it will look like almost everybody.

If ever there were a time in history that approximates the days of Noah, this is it.   Not because we’re eating and drinking and marrying and giving in marriage – that is a sign appropriate to any generation.  

The picture in Noah’s day was of Noah giving the warning and the world, mesmerized by the machinery of evil, rejecting the warning, was taken totally by surprise when the rains came. 

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 8-9)

Noah was NOT perfect – he was perfect in his generations, meaning his bloodline was unpolluted.  Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord’ and Noah walked with God.

Christians are saved by grace, and that not of ourselves, but it is the gift of God.  Lest any man should boast [of himself]. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

And because of that unmerited grace, there is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, that walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

We are not perfect, but our bloodline is unpolluted, washed clean and pure by the Blood of the Lamb through the grace of God. And by virtue of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we “walk with God.”

The imagination of our hearts (movies, TV, etc) is only evil continually.   Our intellect creates the machinery of war, the epitome of evil by design.  

The signs are everywhere, and there is no shortage of Noahs out there giving the warning.   As it was in the days of Noah, so it is today.  Noah and his family were ready. 

Nobody else was.  Until it started raining out of a clear blue sky.

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:44)

”Religion’s OK — Just Keep God Out of It”

”Religion’s OK — Just Keep God Out of It”
Vol: 103 Issue: 19 Monday, April 19, 2010

Last year, the Bloomington, Indiana Transit Board voted to accept an advertisement sponsored by the “Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign” after the ACLU threatened a lawsuit.

ACLU attorney Paul Newman and several members from the INABC attended the board meeting to witness the vote, which was quick and unanimous. Newman then stood and made a brief speech of appreciation.

“The search for the truth is controversial.  And that was our objection to the form of policy is that you were cutting out exactly what the First Amendment is there to protect, which is controversial minority points of view.”

As the INABC members applauded, he said, “So we thank you.”

Doesn’t’t it just warm the cockles of your heart to hear the ACLU champion the ‘search for the truth’?  

Clearly, that’s what this ad was aimed at – ‘searching for the truth’ with this declarative statement:  “You Can Be Good Without God”.

Similar bus campaigns showed up all over the country.  “There is no God” declares another “truth-seeking” message.

My favorite ‘truth-seeking’ message is this one: “You Don’t Have to Believe in God to be a Moral or Ethical Person.”

Maybe not – but it would help to explain where the concepts of morality and ethics come from.  Morality cannot exist without moral absolutes – something that atheism denies.  

For morality to exist, there must be something called ‘immorality’.   That cannot exist without moral absolutes against which immorality can be measured. 

‘Moral’ is much like ‘legal’ in that way.  Something is illegal or it is legal based on whether or not somebody crosses that line from absolutely legal to absolutely illegal.   Were there no legal absolutes, nothing could be deemed “illegal” – legal and illegal would simply be matters of individual perspective.

You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to. . .”  — I’ve heard that argument applied to the ethics of abortion, the morality of pedophilia,  alternative forms of ‘marriage’ – try using that defense in a murder charge.

You might call it ‘post-natal abortion’ but there is a judge who determines, based on legal absolutes, what is ‘legal’ and what is ‘illegal’.

For morality to exist, there must also be a judge to determine what is moral and what is immoral – otherwise, one cannot know if one is ‘moral’ – just as one cannot know what is legal apart from the law.

It is possible to be ‘good’ without God, since ‘good’ is a subjective term.   An airstrike taking out the top leadership of the Taliban is good, right?  

(Unless, of course, you are the top leadership of the Taliban.  Then it is really bad.)

You can be good without God. But you can’t even know if you are moral or ethical without Him.

Moral compared to whom?  Barack Obama?   Pope Benedict?  Osama bin Laden?  Each has his own morality and ethics – all three are different. 

(Or so one fervently hopes.)

Assessment:

That there is a concerted war against Christianity in America is well-documented. 

In 2004, a group of Christians was arrested, spent 21 hours and jail and were charged with multiple felonies for peacefully protesting at a Philadelphia “Gay Pride” event.

They were arrested and charged even though the event was open to the public and held on city streets and sidewalks.

In 2006, the California Supreme Court voted unanimously that the City of Berkeley could withdraw a rent subsidy to a Boy Scouts affiliate (the Sea Scouts) at the city marina because of the scouts’ opposition to homosexuality.

Also in 2006, Emily Brooker, a social-work student at Missouri State University, was charged with violating the school’s “Standards of Essential Functioning in Social Work Education.”

One of her professors accused her of the violation after he assigned a project that required the entire class to write and each sign a letter to the Missouri Legislature in support of gay adoption. Brooker said her Christian beliefs required her to refuse to sign the letter.

In 2007, the Oakland, Calif. city government found the words “Marriage is the foundation of the natural family and sustains family values” to be a hate crime and reprimanded a group of Oakland city government employees for using these words on a flier in the workplace.

In some cases, the attacks are out in the open; the war on Christmas, the annual Easter ‘exposes’ of the ‘real’ Jesus by Newsweek and Time, the abolition all any Christian symbols from public life, etc.

The atheist bus campaign is a good example.  The signs weren’t’t endorsements of atheism – a belief in nothing is difficult to endorse. 

Since nothing doesn’t’t exist, the atheist message comes in the form of an attack on God, since He does.  The signs therefore make an inadvertent, yet logically positive statement about God.

In each atheist sign, there is reference to God because atheism NEEDS God to exist in order for atheism to exist.

The marriage/gay rights debate is simply another front in the same war.  There are different agendas but the same objective – the elimination of God from the public square, and with Him, those pesky moral absolutes they find so hateful.

The war on Christianity and the increasingly blind hatred for God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by American secularists has become so white-hot that it has lost all sense of reason.

Recently, an Islamic group bought ads on Miami city buses offering invitations to join Islam.  The ads claimed Islam was “submission to God and the way of life to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed.”

Another ad offered a toll-free number and the address to their website.

Wow. That’s pretty religious, don’t you think? 

The city defended accepting the ads, claiming that it was freedom of speech issue.  According to Phyllis Berry, the spokeswoman for the Broward County Transportation Department,

“. . . [I] it’s about fairness, it’s about the law and it’s about what it’s like to live in America. We don’t always like the law, but it’s there for a reason.”

But when a group called “Stop Islamization of America” bought ads saying, “Fatwa on your head? Is your community or family threatening you?” and inviting them to “Leave Islam” the rules for ‘what it is like to live in America’ change.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch purchased the ads.   He said that three of the bus companies that accepted the “join Islam” ads rejected the “leave Islam” ads outright. 

The Miami ads were pulled within 48 hours after a complaint by CAIR that the ads were ‘offensive to Muslims’.

But when Christians complained that using Jesus to advertise a religion that demeans Him was offensive to Christians, they were told to ‘suck it up’ in the name of religious liberty.

Just like they were told to suck it up when the atheists ran signs attacking God and implying that believers are simple-minded and superstitious.   What could possibly be offensive about that?  

The war isn’t’t on faith.  Islam is a faith.  Secular humanism is a faith.  Evolution is a faith.  The war is against faith in the God of the Christians and the Jews. 

The atheists aren’t running signs saying “There is no Allah.”   There are no Gay Pride celebrations mocking Islam or portraying Mohammed as gay.

That’s all reserved for Jesus. 

If an honest skeptic were really interested in the truth, the concentrated attack on all things related to the God of the Bible should be all the evidence necessary.  

There are roughly as many Muslims in the world as there are Christians.  Where are the secular attacks against Islam?  

Granted, nobody is afraid of Christians – they know enough about the Bible to know that genuine Christians are no threat.    

But since Islam also imposes a strict standard of moral and ethical absolutes, one would think that somebody might have the courage of their convictions besides the Christians that paid for the “leave Islam” ad.

That should also interest the honest skeptic genuinely seeking the truth about the relationship between ethics and morality and the existence of God.  

God must exist in order to explain the white-hot hatred that the mere mention of His Name engenders among His enemies.   

A hatred so blinding that it will tolerate proselytizing for Islam – or nothing at all – but will fight tooth and nail to prevent any mention of Jesus.

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

The progression outlined here is typical of the Holy Spirit, i.e., perfect.  It begins with their choice.  Those who chose not to retain God in their knowledge, God gave over to be guided by their unregenerate mind.  

By their fruits, ye shall know them, the Scriptures say.  

“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Romans 1:32)

Another way to know them is by their fear of a ‘mythical’ God.  

Angry White Men

Angry White Men
Vol: 103 Issue: 17 Saturday, April 17, 2010

Are you angry at the fact that the government took on average, $7000 of your tax money and gave it to the banks?  

Are you angry because more than half of Americans (52%) pay no federal taxes but get a ‘refund’ (Earned Income Credit) funded by the 48% of Americans who do pay federal taxes?

Are you angry because the federal government has done so little to secure the southern borders that local Texas law enforcement is calling on citizens to arm and defend themselves?

Are you angry at the way the Congress is ignoring the majority will of the voters?    Are you angry because the government is stealing from the next generation to buy off this one? 

Are you sympathetic to the Tea Party?  Are you white

Then the only difference between you and Timothy McVeigh is that he already blew up a building to express his anger.  

You haven’t yet, but you probably will.    Bill Clinton said so.  

Speaking at an event sponsored by Center for American Progress Action Fund, the former president drew a parallel between the terrorist nuts who blew up the Alfred P Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 and the Tea Party movement.

“What we learned from Oklahoma City is not that we should gag each other or that we should reduce our passion for the positions we hold – but that the words we use really do matter, because there’s this vast echo chamber, and they go across space and they fall on the serious and the delirious alike. They fall on the connected and the unhinged alike.”

So if you went to one of the thousands of Tea Party rallies held across the country on April 15th, you are too passionate about the position you hold — then you are either “serious” (presumably the 49% who approve of the job Obama is doing) or you are “delirious” (the 46% that disapprove).

You are either numbered among “the connected” who support the socialist transformation of America,, or among the “unhinged” that disapprove. 

If you disapprove of the way the health care bill was rammed through in a procedure in which only the opposition was bi-partisan,  then you’re probably off your medication, according to the former prez, (who sounded like he was off his).

“I’m glad they’re fighting over health care and everything else. Let them have at it. But I think that all you have to do is read the paper every day to see how many people there are who are deeply, deeply troubled.”

The NationDeeply troubled, indeed!  But the proper response isn’t to protest and demonstrate. No, no, no.  That might be your Constitutional right, but you need to exercise it ‘responsibly’ — and not by coming together as “angry mobs of white men” that are only pretending to be angry over domestic policy.  

However, if they just have to demonstrate, they should be more responsible with their rhetoric and show a little more respect for the office.  (You know, like when they were ones protesting against the Bush administration.)Tea Parties are too passionate?

Even the ‘Tea Party’ label, according to Bill Clinton, is a fraud.

“The Boston tea party was about … no taxation without representation. It was not about representation by people you didn’t’t vote for and didn’t’t agree with but can vote out in the next election.”

Isn’t that exactly what the Tea Party’s rallying cry is?  Vote the bums out in November?  

So it isn’t really about taxation without representation (even though the Republicans were shut out of the process). No, the real reason is because Barak Obama is black and you are a racist.

“Before the bombing occurred, there was a sort of fever in America. . . Meanwhile, the fabric of American life had been unraveling. More and more people who had a hard time figuring out where they fit in, it is true that we see some of that today.”

You see?  It’s simple!  (And so are you). White people are angry because they used to hold all the power. But all that is slipping away, so the Tea Party is really a reflection of those Americans Obama derided as “clinging to religion and guns and having antipathy (antipathy: a natural, basic, or habitual repugnance) for those who aren’t like them.”

Bush=HitlerThe fact that some of the leaders of the Tea Party movement are black is irrelevant — they are just “Uncle Toms”.  The real motivation behind the Tea Party movement is that we object to the president’s race, so we of course reject his policies.

Clinton is an expert on race.  That’s how lost Teddy Kennedy’s support for Hillary during the ’08 campaign. According to a new book called “Game Changer”  Clinton reportedly said to Kennedy of Obama, “A few years ago, he’d be getting us coffee.” 

After Kennedy sided with Obama,  Clinton reportedly griped, “the only reason you are endorsing him is because he’s black. Let’s just be clear.”

As you can see from the photos, the Tea Party movement needs to take a few lessons from the liberals about how to protest ‘responsibly’.  Got it?

Good.

Assessment:

What the Obama administration needs right now more than anything else is a good crisis.  It isn’t that there isn’t a shortage of potential crises that would suit — but timing is important and November is fast approaching.

If a war doesn’t break out in the Middle East, or if there isn’t a significant terror attack somewhere inside the US or some other violent crisis that might justify the declaration of martial law and the suspension of November elections,  then one will have to be ginned up somewhere else.

And the Tea Party is the PERFECT patsy. If only they will cooperate.  DC Tea Party Protest

The Left has maintained a running narrative about the Tea Party being mainly composed of unhinged right-wing Republicans but notice the contrast between the Tea Partiers in this photo and anti-Bush demonstrators at the top of this page.

The Tea Partiers are not freshly-indoctrinated university students out for an adventure. 

They are mature, responsible Americans.   Fox News’ Chris Wallace scoffed at the notion of the Tea Partiers as an angry mob, describing the demonstrations as being more like “meetings of the Rotary Club.”

But the portrait, nonetheless, has been painted.   All it would take is one act of violence at a Tea Party rally for the media to ‘prove’ the angry white man narrative was accurate all along.  

And all it would take is one act of terrorism by somebody claiming to be part of the Tea Party to justify taking extreme measures to ‘preserve the peace.”

The seed has been planted, watered and carefully cultivated.  Clinton’s comment was just that much more fertilizer (pun intended) to help it grow.   

“This know also, that in the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof . . . .”  (2nd Timothy 3:1-5)

I’m reading through that list to see which apply to the Tea Partiers and which apply to their accusers.   I recommend that you try it for yourself.

I’d be curious to see how your own lists balance out.

Special Report 2010 – Year of Living Dangerously

Special Report 2010 – Year of Living Dangerously
Vol: 103 Issue: 16 Friday, April 16, 2010

The incidences of “skyquakes” appear to be on the rise, with more than a dozen reported around the world in recent days.   Skyquakes are unexplained loud ‘boom’ noises that periodically occur.

Some can be explained away as sonic booms from supersonic aircraft, others as thunder or some other naturally-occurring sounds, but some are totally inexplicable. 

The US Geological Survey thinks they might be caused by earthquakes, but they don’t know for sure.   They reported that there were accounts of “artillery-like” sounds just before and during the New Madrid earthquakes in 1811-1812.

Mystery booms coming from deep in the plate boundary were reported in Indonesia for many months before the December 2004 quake and tsunami that claimed more than a quarter-million lives.

Recent skyquakes have been recorded in areas as diverse Shreveport La, Kincardine, ON, Columbia Missouri, Bridington, UK and Rawalpindi Pakistan.

 Last December, a series of skyquakes boomed across the San Diego sky.   On April 4, the area was rocked by a 7.2 earthquake whose epicenter was in Baja.   Are skyquakes and earthquakes related? 

They think so, but nobody knows for sure. 

In addition to skyquakes, there are literally tens of thousands of sightings of what are still unidentified flying objects.   They have been seen over pretty much ever major city – including Jerusalem – and there are volumes of photographic evidence of something – lights, shapes and impossible feats of aeronautics.  

At the turn of the 21st century, sunspot activity was so pronounced that it baffled astrophysicists.  In 2006, the sun suddenly went quiet.  Sunspot activity and solar flares have been practically non-existent since.   

On Tuesday, the sun exploded back into life, blasting a huge coronal mass ejection into space. A solar wind gust hit Earth’s magnetic field on April 15th, sparking a G1-class geomagnetic storm.

Skies over Finland lit up with a beautiful mix of green and purple. The coronal mass ejection could strike a glancing blow at the earth sometime tonight or tomorrow.  

Space scientists are now warning of the possibility of severe solar storms over the next couple of years and expected to peak sometime in 2012.  

“150 years ago the effect of GeoMagnetic Currents was limited to causing chaos in the telegraph network, but a storm like this would today have a wider impact. The US National Academies estimate the cost of such a future severe geomagnetic storm scenario hitting the USA to be 1-2 trillion dollars in the first year. Depending on the damage, they believe that full recovery could then take 4-10 years.”

On Monday, a 7.1 earthquake rocked southern Qinghai, China, killing more than six hundred and injuring more than 10,000.   Another 300 remain missing.    

This is the 24th earthquake measuring at least 6.5 since January 1st.  So far, earthquake activity in the first four months of this year have claimed as many as 300,000 people.

Over the same period last year, there were just twelve. 

A cyclone packing winds of more than 100 mph lashed Bangladesh and India demolished tens of thousands of mud huts in northeastern India, killing at least 112 villagers.  The storm came without warning.  

And skywatchers in Wisconsin and northern Minnesota witnessed a brilliant green fireball streaking across the sky before exploding in midair, lighting up the night sky like it was daylight.

Another cyclone lashed Russia’s Sakhalin region, where they got the equivalent to 80% of a normal month’s rainfall in 24 hours.

Yesterday, airspace was closed over Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, the north of France including all Paris airports, and at airports in northern Germany and parts of Poland. Northern Czech airspace was also closed.

A cloud of volcanic ash from an eruption in Iceland was the reason for the air travel disruptions.  According to officials, disruptions in air travel could last as long as six months.

Ice chunks the size of houses tumbled down from a volcano beneath Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier as hot gases melted the ice. The ash cloud is drifting between 20,000 and 30,000 feet, where microscopic particles of the highly abrasive ash could cause aircraft engines to flame out mid-flight.

As the cloud moved east, flights were halted Friday at Frankfurt airport, Europe’s third-busiest terminal, and at 10 other German airports including Duesseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. No flights were allowed at the Ramstein Air Base, a key U.S. military hub in southwestern Germany.

I was watching a news report when the news anchor suddenly ad-libbed; “the earth is angry.”  The earth doesn’t have emotions – it’s a planet  and it is made out of rock. 

Rocks don’t get angry. 

Still, the planet seems to be in a state of upheaval – literally, in Iceland’s case. Indeed, the whole solar system seems primed for something big.  

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

Remember the demonic-looking ‘face’ created by the smoke and flames as the Twin Towers burned on September 11?   Take a look at the satellite photo of Iceland from outer space.

It’s getting weird out there.

“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)

One, Even, Zero, Even, One and Zero

One, Even, Zero, Even, One and Zero
Vol: 103 Issue: 15 Thursday, April 15, 2010

I served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and immediately afterwards — I recall with great bitterness sitting in a squadbay with a dozen other Marines watching the Fall of Saigon on TV.   Many wept.

It was America’s first military defeat — regardless of how the revisionists style it.  America didn’t lose North Korea, the United Nations did.   But Vietnam was America’s to lose — and we did.  Vietnam was a politician’s war, not a military conflict with clear military goals. 

Whatever else his faults, FDR had the good sense to appoint a military commander-in-chief,  General Dwight D Eisenhower,  to oversee Allied military operations instead of politicians. 

The goal of a politician is to win re-election, not to defeat the enemy.  To a politician, an enemy can be a friend.

FDR won his first election because of the looming Depression. He won his second term, despite the Depression having deepened during his first term, by arguing this was not the time to change horses mid-stream.

FDR used staying out of the war to win re-election in 1940; he used total victory to win an unprecedented fourth term in 1944.

Ike won his first term because of his WWII record; he won a second term in 1956 because of the Soviet threat to world peace. 

JFK was elected on an anti-Soviet platform. Richard Nixon used the Vietnam War to win a second term.  George W Bush used the Iraq War and John Kerry’s anti-war activist past to win re-election in 2006. 

Since 1945, America’s record has been one win, a draw (Korea), a loss (Vietnam) a partial win (Iraq 1990) a tenuous win (Iraq) and a looming loss in Afghanistan. 

That’s one, even, zero, even, one and zero.

Politics almost lost the war in Iraq — the Left fought tooth and nail to prevent the Iraq surge — on April 19th, 2007 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a press conference to announce:

 “I believe … that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything.” 

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D- SC) warned fellow Democrats that if the surge were successful, it would interfere with the Democrat platform that called for setting an artificial timetable for withdrawal.

“I think there would be enough support in that group to want to stay the course and if the Republicans were to stay united as they have been, then it would be a problem for us.”

Then-Senator Hillary Clinton argued that General Petraeus’ report that the surge was succeeding required a “suspension of disbelief.”

“Staying the course”  – fighting to win — created a political PROBLEM, whereas the rising American body count was a political winner.   So a military loss was a political win, and a military win presented a political ‘problem’.

In retrospect, nobody would argue that the Iraq surge was a bad thing — they would, except that Joe Biden recently called Iraq the OBAMA administrations’ #1 success story.

Did anybody else notice (besides me) that even though we still have troops in harm’s way in Iraq — and we getting pounded in Afghanistan,  there hasn’t been an anti-war demonstration since Obama came to office?  

(Just in case you actually believed the opposition was to the war was patriotism and not partisan politics.)

Assessment:

President Obama granted an interview to an Australian television station yesterday about his Afghanistan War strategy.   I find it interesting that he chose the other side of the world to discuss what he refuses to discuss at home.

It isn’t that Australia is a disinterested party — Australia has the largest single contingent of troops fighting in Afghanistan outside of NATO.  Australia used to be among our closest allies — like Canada, only more conservative. 

(One hopes that they still will be after Obama visits in June. If he follows his historical pattern, he’s liable to flip off Australia’s PM and then seek out and unfriendly leader to bow and scrape before.)

I also found it interesting that he chose Australia as the place to reaffirm his commitment to losing in Afghanistan — even finding a way to blame George Bush for the loss.

“I do think that what we have seen is a blunting of the momentum of the Taliban, which had been building up in the year prior to me taking office,” he said.

Obama reiterated his plan to begin drawing down U.S. troops in 2011 and handing responsibility for security to domestic forces in Afghanistan.

“We can’t be there in perpetuity. . .”Neither the American people nor the Australian people should be asked to carry that burden any longer than it needs to be carried.”

Obama’s ‘troop surge’ hasn’t even been fully implemented and he’s already talking about withdrawal while issuing a stern “warning”, practically in the same breath, that:

“No country in the region, let alone the international community, will again allow Afghanistan to be dominated, or used as a strategic asset, by a neighboring state.”

The Taliban, al-Qaeda, Pakistan and Iran are must be rolling on the floor laughing out loud at Obama’s threat to surrender to them — until they submit to his will. 

Let’s take a quick national security tally and see how things are going.  

1. The US border with Mexico is so dangerous and out-of-control  that sheriffs on the US side are advising citizens to arm and prepare to defend themselves against cross-border aggression.  The White House is pushing for amnesty for illegal aliens.

2. The White House foreswore the use of nuclear weapons, even in the event of a biological or chemical attack, eliminating the Mutual Assured Destruction doctrine of nuclear deterrence that prevented nuclear war for the past sixty years.

3. Iran continues to threaten both the US and Israel with nuclear annihilation, announcing last week they are only one month away from having a bomb.  The White House reacted by downplaying Iran’s assessment as ‘bluster and by distancing itself further from the only nation that could and would actually help — Israel.

4. We’re losing the war in Afghanistan to an enemy roughly the size and strength of a large Los Angeles street gang.

5. The FBI has been warned to be on the lookout for domestic terrorists, especially Christians who believe that Bible prophecy is unfolding in this generation.  It remains a crime to profile Muslims.

6. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned that by 2020, the deficit would reach 9% of GDP and that the federal debt will exceed 100% of GDP.   To see what effect that might have on national security, one need look no further than Greece. 

Moody’s Credit Rating Agency warns of growing civil unrest as the economy falters and taxes go up.

“We are not talking about revolution, but the severity of the crisis will force governments to make painful choices that expose weaknesses in society,” wrote Pierre Calleteau, chief author of the Moody’s report.”

Noted the author of “When Empire Hits Home“:

“In other words, due to the massive debt levels of western nations taken on to save the banks from the crisis they caused, the people must now pay through a reduction of their standards of living. Naturally, social unrest would follow. This has not been the first or only warning of “social unrest” in the west, and it certainly won’t be the last.”

Here’s where it all comes together.  The Apostle John symbolized the onset of the Tribulation Period using the Four Horsemen of the Revelation.  

The first, the rider on the white horse, symbolizes the ascension of the antichrist to a position of global power. If there is any one thing for which there seems to be international agreement, it seems to be the recognition of the need for global government.

“And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

There are any number of arguments favoring global government; arms control, global warming, economic oversight, international security . . . but so far nobody has dreamed up a crisis big enough to overcome opposition.  

The antichrist conquers, but he does so through threats.  (Note that while the rider carries a bow, he has no arrows.) Obama is doing his best, but he isn’t the antichrist.   However, he is mapping out a blueprint for all the things the antichrist ought to avoid doing if he hopes to succeed in his mission. 

The second, the rider on the red horse, symbolizes global war

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

The third horseman, the rider on the black horse, is economic collapse

“And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.”

A measure of wheat and three measures of barley are symbolic of a day’s food for one family; a penny is symbolic of a day’s wages.  Oil and wine are symbolic of great wealth. 

For the poor, it will take a day’s wages to put bread on the table — but the wealthy will grow wealthier by betting on the downturn.

Benanke warning is the same, but about two thousand years late.  He warned that, while the stock market is over 11,000 and the economy is in recovery, it will be a “jobless” recovery.

 So if you depend on investment income for your living, you’ll probably do just fine.  If you work for a living, get ready for grinding poverty.

It sounds like we are in the Tribulation now.  But we aren’t.  How can I be so sure?

Two things.  The first is that the Rapture has not yet taken place.  But that is no answer for those that believe in the possibility of a mid-Trib, pre-Wrath or post-Trib rapture scenario.  So let’s go to the second reason.

While the riders on the second and third horses appear to be well along the road,  the rider on the first horse has not yet made his appearance. 

During WWII many theologians saw the similarities between Hitler and Mussolini and the Beast and False Prophet of Revelation.   But despite the similarities,  they couldn’t qualify.  Israel did not yet exist, and the Bible says Israel starts the timeclock. 

I believe there is a similar misunderstanding now.  The antichrist has not yet assumed his position of global authority — there has been no bloodless conquest.    Instead, what we are witnessing is part of the overall set up for the drama about to unfold.  They are but shadows of what is to come.

This is part of the conditioning process preparing the world for the strong delusion promised by God via 2nd Thessalonians 2:11.   The world is not yet ready,  but it is getting there.   The only thing necessary to kick things off is a crisis of sufficient proportions. 

Something that threatens the entire world equally.  I’ll give you a ‘for instance’.  

For instance, suppose that suddenly, millions of people simply disappeared into thin air.  Husbands leaving behind wives, wives leaving behind husbands, children disappearing . . . the whole world would be in a panic, seeking answers to two questions:

1. Where did everybody go?

2. Will I be next?

Whoever has the answers to those questions will qualify.  But first, he needs the right crisis.

“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

That is about the only scenario that would do the job. 

Note to the Fellowship:

The economic downturn is hurting everybody — including ministries.  I’m not necessarily talking about the Omega Letter — we are hurting too, but we have enough to get by.  Others are under more pressure.  

So I’d like to encourage you, if you haven’t already, to order a copy of “How Late is the Hour” Prophecy Panel I participated in with Jan Markell, Jonathan Bernis, Jan Markell et al.,  or my book,  “The Last Generation” to help out another ministry that has always been a good friend to the Omega Letter Family.

Both products are being sold through Jan Markell’s ministry and purchasing either would benefit both the OL and Olivetreeviews.org.   But if you already have your copies, won’t you visit Jan’s e-store and see what else you might need?

Jan has an amazing selection of books and tapes dealing with the kinds of issues of interest to those of us who serve as watchmen on the wall.   In times like these, we need to come together as the forever family that we are and support efforts to share the truth of redemption and hope with a lost and sin-sick world.

Jan has always come through for us — I’d like to return the favor.  If the Lord directs you, I pray that you will pay Olivetreeviews.org a visit,  look around,  maybe help out with a purchase or a donation. 

If we don’t do it,  who will?   (It sure won’t be Obama.)   Drop by Jan’s and say hi.  Let her know we’re praying for her ministry — she’s in the battle up to her neck and needs reinforcements.  That should be us.

Maranatha.  He’s coming!  He’s coming soon.